Revelation 11:1-19

Revelation 11:1-19

👉 John is told (v 1-2):

• to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there

• to not measure the court outside the temple because it was given over to the nations to trample for 42 months [again – the time limit – the reminder that God sets the parameters – God is in charge]

👉 Two witnesses (v 3-12):

• given authority

• prophesy for 1,260 days

• clothed in sackcloth

• represented by olive trees [see Zechariah 4:11]

• represent all that the Lamb has redeemed

• power to shut the sky [Elijah – 1 Kings 17:1]

• turn water into blood [Moses – Exodus 7:20]

• martyred

• resurrected

• called home

👉 Seventh trumpet (v 15-19):

• loud voices in heaven

• 24 elders fell on their faces and worshipped

• God’s temple opened

• ark of the covenant is seen

• lightening, thunder, earthquake, hail


There has been a lot of suffering and torment taking place but – at the blast of the final trumpet – things begin to happen.

Voices are heard in heaven.

The elders fall down and worship.

God’s temple is opened and the ark – which always represented his presence in Scripture – is seen.

It’s go time.

It’s time (v 18) for:

• the dead to be judged
• the saints to be rewarded
• the destroyers to be destroyed

👉 The rewarding of the saints (v 11-12)

Are you ready for this?

• those who had been dead will receive a breath of life from God

• they will stand up on their feet

• they will hear a loud voice from heaven saying, “Come up here!”

Y’all. Seriously. You think it would have been cool to be there when Jesus told Lazarus to, “Come out”? (John 11:43)

Wait until he tells all his saints to, “Come up here!”

I. can’t. wait.

Happy Friday, friends!

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Revelation 10:1-11

Revelation 10:1-11

👉 A Mighty Angel (v 1-3)

• coming down from heaven

• wrapped in a cloud

• rainbow over his head

• face like the sun

• legs like pillars of fire

• little scroll in his hand

• right foot on the sea

• left foot on the land

• loud voice like a lion

👉 …do not write it down… (v 4)

God reveals and he conceals. There is much that is only God’s to know (Matthew 24:36).

👉 …take it and eat it… (v 9)

We must internalize God’s Word before we verbalize it. Meditate before we speak. Let the Word enter our minds and hearts before it exits our mouths. (Ezekiel received a similar instruction in Ezekiel 3:1-3.)

👉 The message was bittersweet (v 10). There is judgement and there is mercy.

You are loved.

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Revelation 9:1-21

Revelation 9:1-21

Okay, Revelation buddies! We are on chapter 9 today – sorry for the long pause over the weekend!

👉 Fifth trumpet (v 1-6)

• a star fell from heaven to earth [this is Satan – Luke 10:18]

• he was given the keys to the bottomless pit

• he opened the shaft to the pit; smoke rose and darkened the sun

• from the smoke came locusts with the power of scorpions

• told not to harm grass, plant, or tree

• could only harm those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads [remember God’s people had been sealed in Revelation 7:3]

• allowed to torment for five months [notice that Satan was “given the key” and was only “allowed” five months – God is still in control]

👉 Sixth trumpet (v 13-18)

• four angels are released

• to kill 1/3 of mankind

• three plagues: fire, smoke, sulphuric

👉 The two thirds of mankind not killed by the plagues (v 20-21):

• did not repent

• did not give up worshipping idols

Imagine – these people watching mankind (those not sealed) being tormented for five months and then 1/3 of them killed by plagues and still not repenting or giving up their idols.

Aren’t we a stubborn, hard hearted bunch at times? How often do we see someone suffer from addiction, families broken by adultery, relationships devastated by deception – and, yet, we think we can play with those fiery things and not get burned. We think it could never be us.

Lord, soften our hearts and give us wisdom.

Happy Wednesday, friends.

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Revelation 8:1-13

Revelation 8:1-13

The seventh and final seal is opened and there are 30 minutes of complete silence in heaven (v 1). This should really make us feel the intensity of the moment as we have already been told that the angels and elders at the throne praise without ceasing.

So imagine – for just a moment – half an hour of silence.

Seven angels then appear and are given seven trumpets.

Another angel appears and offers incense. The smoke from the incense – along with the prayers of the saints – rise to God (v 4).

The angel then throws fire down onto the earth indicating that the coming judgements are in response to the prayers of the saints being offered to God.

If this were a movie – it would be a nail biter, y’all.

👉 Trumpet 1:

• hail and fire, mixed with blood, fall to the earth

• 1/3 of the earth is burned

👉 Trumpet 2:

• a burning mountain is cast into the sea

• 1/3 of the sea turns to blood

👉 Trumpet 3:

• burning star falls from heaven

• 1/3 of the water is made bitter

👉 Trumpet 4:

• the sun, moon, and stars are struck

• 1/3 of the light becomes darkness

Then, an eagle soars above and cries,
“Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the trumpets that the three angels are about to blow” (v 13).

How’s that for a cliffhanger?

Stay tuned…

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Revelation 7:1-17

Revelation 7:1-17

At the end of chapter 6, everyone from kings to slaves, were hiding from the wrath of God that was about to be unleashed on the earth. They called out, “Who can stand?”

Now, in chapter 7, we see who can stand: the servants of God who have been sealed. (v 3)

👉 Before the throne (v 9-10):

• a great multitude

• all tribes, people, language

• clothed in white robes

• palm branches in hand

• praising God and the Lamb

👉 Who are they (v 13-15)?

• ones coming out of the great tribulation

• robes made white in the blood of the Lamb

• ever before the throne / serving God day and night

👉 What is done for them (v 15-17)?

• God shelters them with his presence

• they hunger no more

• they thirst no more

• they are protected from the scorching heat

• the Lamb is their shepherd and guides them to springs of living water

• every tear is wiped from their eyes

🎶

Are you washed
In the blood
In the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb

Are your garments spotless
Are they white as snow
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb

🎶

You are loved.

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