Scripture Passage: Revelation 1:1-13
The Book of Revelation was divinely written to inspire and warn those living on the edge of eternity. In Revelation 1, we are given a formal introduction to the contents of the whole book.
First, we see the central Person of Revelation, which is Jesus Christ.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place…” (Revelation 1:1). The Book of Revelation is the unveiling of Jesus Christ; we will see Him in a different way than we’ve seen Him before.
Adrian Rogers says, “Jesus is the hero of the Bible; if you read the Bible and you don’t find Jesus, go back and reread it.”
Revelation 1:1 also presents our clear purpose as servants of Jesus Christ. We are bondslaves who seek to understand the mysteries of Scripture because we love our Master.
There is also a comforting promise within this text:
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3).
We live in a messy, confusing world that is cursed with sin and pain. Through this book, we can understand the mystery of history and make sense out of suffering.
This text also explains Revelation’s certain prophecy.
We are surely living in the Last Days. There are no more prophecies that need to be fulfilled before Jesus can come. Revelation reminds us of the things which were, things which are, and which shall be. It deals with the past, present, and future.
According to the Book of Revelation, the future includes the rapture of the saints and the tribulation of this world. It prophesies the Battle of Armageddon, the beast, the millennium, and the glorification of the Savior.
It tells us of the final judgment, in which each of us will learn of the eternal state of our souls. But lastly, at the end of this book, we’re offered the last invitation of the whole Bible: “Come” (Revelation 22:17)!
As we live on the edge of eternity, may we come to Jesus before it’s too late.
Apply it to your life
Revelation 22:20 says, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” If you want stability on the edge of eternity, keep your eyes on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Now if you don’t learn anything else in this series of sermons on bible prophecy, I want you to learn this the time is always at hand. It may not be immediate, but it is always imminent. Now don’t miss that. Don’t miss that. It may not be immediate. It may be immediate, but it is always imminent. People are saying, are are these the last days pastor friends, the last days began when jesus ascended, they’ve always been the last days we are living in the last days For over 50 years. Pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers preached to audiences and touched lives all over the world with his unique brand of solid biblical teaching. Today, he’ll be bringing that uniqueness to this series of prophetic messages that we’re calling the edge of eternity. Have your bibles ready and join us for today’s message. And as always you can stream this message again and download many other resources related to today’s message all at L WF dot org. Now let’s join Adrian Rogers. Find the last book in the bible. The Book of the Revelation, the last book in the bible and then find the first chapter of that last book and hold that book in your hand. If you don’t have a bible with you Look in the rack before you and most likely there’s one turn to the end of that book, the book of the Revelation and open it up to Chapter one and the reason I’m asking you to do that is I want you to be blessed. This book is the blessing book. Do you want a blessing? Here is a formula For a blessing began in Chapter one verse one, The revelation of jesus christ, which God gave unto him to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass. And he sent and signified it by his angel and to his servant john who bare record of the word of God and the testimony of jesus christ and of all things that he saw. Now look in verse three, blessed, is he that read it and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written, they’re in for The time is at hand. Now look at the first part of verse three again, blessed, blessed, blessed is he that read it and they that hear the words of this prophecy, Do you want a blessing God says here is a book that has a blessing. The book of the revelation, revelation is often ignored, sometimes debated, sometimes discounted, but God says this is the blessing book. If you want a blessing, God says here it is, read it and heat it and you’re going to have a blessing. Now, I’m going to give you a long introduction. So all that I’m going to be saying is introductory for a while, but it’s just kind of important, we’re just gonna lay some groundwork as we look at these first three verses and I want you to see, first of all what I’m gonna call the central person of the book. Look if you will in verse one, the revelation of Jesus Christ. Now you want to know what this book is about. It is about Jesus Christ friend, put it down big and plain and straight, jesus is the hero of the bible, jesus is the hero of the bible. If you read the bible and you don’t find jesus, go back and re read it, it is a hymn book, It is about him. This is the revelation of jesus christ. So many people want to study prophecy and they’re more they’re more concerned about things that are going to happen than the one who is going to come now he’s the central person. What is the clear purpose of the book? Look if you will in verse one again to show unto his servants. Things which must shortly come to pass. Look at the word servant. Do you see it actually, it’s the greek word do Lloyd, which means bond slaves. Bond slave. A bond slave was somebody who had been a slave who had been set free, who willingly went back to his master and said, I don’t want to be free, I wanna be your slave, I want to stay with you, I love my master, that’s who we are friends. We are bond slaves of the Lord, jesus christ, we say, we love our master question, are you a slave to jesus christ. Be careful how you answer that because if you say no, I am not a slave to jesus christ, I can promise you you will not understand the book of the revelation. It is a book written to the bond slaves of jesus christ. And if you’re not a bond slave of jesus christ, you have no right to expect to understand this book because it will be a mystery to you. It is a revelation of jesus to his servants. But if you are a bond slave to jesus, you won’t be stumbling in the, in the dark. Now, I want you to notice not only the clear purpose of it, but I want you to notice the comforting promise of it? Look again in verses two and three, it speaks of john who bare record of the word of God and the testimony of jesus christ and of all things that he saw, blessed is he that read it and they that hear the words of this prophecy. Uh what is the comforting promise of the book? You’re going to be blessed, You are going to be blessed not only if you read it, but if you heat it notice he that read it and they that hear the words of this prophecy, it doesn’t mean to hear it with your ear. Have you ever spoken to your child and said do this and this and this and say come here honey, do you hear me? Do you hear me hear it read it and hear it get it into your heart and God says, you are going to be blessed and then I want you to notice not only the comforting purpose, but the certain prophecy of the book. Look again in verse three, Blessed is he that read it And they that hear the words of the prophecy of this prophecy and keep those things which are written, they’re in for the time is at hand now, that’s, that’s the reason I’m calling this series the edge of eternity. The edge of eternity. The time is at hand Now that was 2000 years ago and John says, Hey, it’s right at hand. What was john wrong? No, he was right now. If you don’t learn anything else in this series of, of sermons on bible prophecy, I want you to learn this. The time is always at hand. It may not be immediate, but it is always imminent. Now don’t miss that. Don’t miss that. It may not be immediate. It may be immediate, but it is always imminent. People are saying, are, are these the last days pastor friends? The last days began when jesus ascended. They’ve always been the last days we are living in the last days, nah, how are we going to understand the book of the revelation? Well, thank God, there’s a golden key that opens this book to us And it’s verse 19 look at it now, the Apostle, john is on the Alcatraz of his day or the devil’s island of his day, he’s been there. It’s the island of Patmos. He’s there for preaching the gospel of jesus christ and they thought that they were going to uh uh somehow shut him up and hide him away. The biggest blessing ever came to this world was old, john going to Patmos because it’s there that God gave him the book of the revelation and there was jOHn there and he’s there in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day. And look if you will in verse 19 here is the commission that God gave to john here was john’s assignment is so clear, right. The things which thou have seen and the things which are and the things we shall be hereafter like a Like a Ham politician. three points Yes, that’s, that’s the commission write the book. That is the goal key that unlocks the whole book of the revelation that it’s very plain. That’s what he was told to write, write the things which thou hast seen the things which are and the things which shall be here after john write the things which you’ve seen, What did he see? The glorified christ, John write the things which are, what did he see seven churches, seven is the perfect number. These churches represent all churches of all times from ah the Biblical times to these present times and I wish I had time to delineate that, but I don’t because I want to get to the third and final thing he said and write the things which shall be not maybe shall be hereafter. It’s very certain no ifs ands and buts no, maybe no, perhaps no happenstance, no surmising things that shall be now. It’s that third thing that we’re going to think about this morning. Hey folks, all this is introduction. Okay, all introduction. Put up one little category, gonna have a big front porch in a small house this morning. But but but but it’s all introduction. I’m just trying to get you set for understanding this book, this blessing book. I want you to see what this book is about and I want you to see God’s outline of the book and then he mentions the last section of this book that which begins with chapter four and goes all the way through chapter 22 the things that shall be here after. Now what I’m gonna do in the next section of this message, I’m gonna mention those things in chronological order. We’re gonna come back in this series on the edge of eternity and we’re going to talk about these things. So if you say pastor, what about this or what about that? Or I don’t understand this or I don’t understand that. Well just hang on because we’re going to come back. But what I want to do now is to give you the big picture, I want to give you what I understand to be a panorama prophecy, the mountain peaks of prophecy, are you ready? Let’s go number one first event that’s going to happen to the things that shall be hereafter is the rapture and the translation of the Saints the rapture and the translation of the Saints look in chapter four now and verse one and after this, I looked and behold, I love it and behold a door was opened in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said come up heather and I will show thee things which must be here after isn’t it obvious? We’re into the third part? He said right, the things that shall be hereafter here we begin the third part. And so john in a vision is caught up into heaven, he hears a voice, he hears the trump, he is caught up into glory. Now this is the rapture of the church being typified, The word rapture is the greek word DARPA’s Oh now raptures, latin english caught away, greek tapas, Oh they all refer to the same thing. Hey epazote rather. And and it just simply means to snatch away at any moment at any moment folks, the trump is going to sound and we’re going to be leaving here. Number two. The second great event is the tribulation and the regimentation of this world when the saints are taken out, The antichrist will come and he’s going to turn this world into a vast concentration camp Now, the bible calls this time, the time of the day of God’s Wrath. I’m only going to dip in and try to give you a sampling of some verses, but look in chapter six, Beginning in verse 12, and I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal. And lo there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as blood and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth. I was talking here about asteroids and and even as a fig tree cast with her untimely figs when she is shaken of a mighty wind and the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth and the great men and the rich men, and the chief captains and the mighty men and every bond man and every free man that is the high the low, the high muckety mucks the big shots, the little shots, everyone look at it. Every free man hid themselves in the dens and the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and the rocks following us and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne. Now here’s one of the most pregnant statements in all of the bible and from the Wrath of the lamb friend, Don’t miss that. The Wrath of the lamb for the great day of his wrath is calm and who is able to stand now, he is the lamb of God full of mercy. But he’s also the God of Wrath and judgment and justice. And there seems to be a battle between God’s Mercy and God’s wrath, and the raging waters of God’s wrath are furiously pounding against the dam of His Mercy. one of these days that dam will burst and the great day of his wrath will come. Who shall be able to stand? The book of the revelation says in that day, men will desire to die, They’ll seek death and cannot find it. What we call death. Today would be a welcome release, but you cannot crawl up into the grave and pull the dirt over your face and hide from God. They go into the dens in the rocks. The songwriter wrote about it, Oh what a weeping and wailing! When the Lost are told of their faith, they cry for the rocks and the mountains, they pray but their prayers are too late. Now, here’s the third event. Now we’re just giving these in order, going through the book number three Armageddon and the destruction of the Beast. Now we said this coming a man, satan’s superman, the man of sin, the Beast who will hold sway over the earth and regiment the whole world by economy and miracles, but they’re finally coming a battle called the Battle of Armageddon. Now let me describe that beast who’s going to be ruling over the world. Look, if you were in revelation. Chapter 13 Pressure’s one through 3 apostle john says. And I stopped and I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rise up out of the sea Having seven heads and 10 horns and upon his horns, 10 crowns and upon his heads. The names of Blasphemy and the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion and the dragon. By the way, the dragon is the devil himself gave him his power and his seat. That means his throne and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world wondered after the beast. Now you say Pastor, what does all that mean? Well, we’re going to bring a message on this beast. So just say there’s coming one and all of these symbols are rich with meaning. But during this time when this this world ruler rises during the tribulation period, demon spirits are going to infest the world and demon spirits are going to be working on the kings of the earth together them and draw them to a battle called the Battle of Armageddon. Next the Millenium and the glorification of the Savior. Revelation 20 begin in verse one. Hold, john is writing as fast as he can. He’s there said john write the things which shall be hereafter. Yes, Lord, here’s what he’s saying now. And I saw an angel come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand and he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil and satan and bound him 1000 years latin a millennium and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal on him that he should deceive the nations no more till the 1000 years should be fulfilled. And after that he must be loosed a little season and I saw Thrones and they set upon them and judgment was given unto them. That’s us folks and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of jesus and for the word of God which had not worshiped the beast neither his image neither had received his mark upon their foreheads or in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ 1000 years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the 1000 years were finished. This is the first resurrection, blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection on such the second death had no power but they shall be priests of God and of christ and shall reign with him 1000 years. You say Pastor, do you really believe that Jesus is going to rule and reign here upon this earth look up here. Yes, yes. Now think about it. How many times have you prayed? How many times have you prayed? Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth even as it isn’t him? Would Jesus have taught us to pray that? Had it not, had it not been meant to come to pass? Did not the Lord jesus christ say in the beatitudes, blessed are the meek for they shall watch inherit. Don’t get the idea that Jesus is going to be thwart. Read the old testament prophecies and the bible prophecies over and over again that the messiah, the son of David will rule from Jerusalem. I believe that with all of my heart there’s coming 1000 golden years when the lamb and the line will lie down together and the land won’t be inside the line. There’s coming a time, dear friend, when the desert will blossom as a rose and the fields of the trees will clap their hands and the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as waters that cover the sea. What a day that will be. We rule with the Lord jesus christ here, planet earth and then next. And I don’t have any more time to deal on that that’s coming the final judgment and the condemnation of the sinners when all of this is coming to a climax. We read here Revelation chapter 20 verse 11 and I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it from whose face the earth and heaven fled away and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, the big shot in the little shot stand before God and the books were opened and another book was opened which is the Book of Life and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works and the sea gave up the dead which were in it and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works and death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and who several was not found written in the book of Life was cast into the lake of fire is your name in the Book of Life. I’m telling you, friend, if it is not one of these days, you’re going to stand before the unavoidable inescapable jesus christ. You have a date with deity. Here’s a great white throne and the dead are raised to stand before him and to be judged, you cursed him behind his back. I wonder if you’re going to curse him to his face. If you do not meet the Lord, jesus christ as savior, you’re gonna meet him as sovereign. But you have a date with Deity. I wish I had more time for that. But it’s coming the final judgment. And God is going to wait till all of history is finished, until the last period is put upon the last sentence upon the last paragraph upon the last chapter upon the last book, When all the deeds are done and then when your influences going on down through the centuries, then at the last uh there will come judgment. Then here’s the final thing. And I wish I had more time for this. But there’s coming the eternal state and the destination of the species. Old. Oh Darwin talked about the origin of the species Friend, you better be concerned about the destination of the species. Where where is it going to end? Look, if you’re willing revelation 21 verses six and eight and he said unto me, it is done. That’s it finished. I’m alpha and omega the beginning and the end I will give to him. That is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things. I love that. Well, no, no. It went into that art. He probably spent everything. He had to build that Archy winning a pumper. But when it came out, you know what he owned the world. He that overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and he shall be my son. Watch this. But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and horse mongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death when God made you, God created you to be a living soul and your soul will no more cease to exist. Then God himself could cease to exist. You’re made in God’s image and you will be in existence somewhere. Now you ask the average person if he’s going to heaven, he said, Well, I hope so. But he doesn’t know, jesus friend. If you think that you can go to heaven without being born again, you’re woefully ignorant. Two things. Number one, you don’t know how sinful you are. Number two, you don’t know how holy he is. There’s only one way to get to heaven. You’re going to either spend eternity in heaven or hell. And it all depends upon what you do with the Lord, jesus christ. Now go to the end of the book and let me show you quickly. The last invitation in the bible Revelation, verse 17, look at it. Here it is and the spirit and the bride say, What’s that next word come and let him that. Hear us say, Come and let him that is a thirst. Come on, now listen to me and and who so ever will let him take water of life freeze three minute you want to be saved. Come, people talking about who are the elect and who are not the election, Let me tell you something Mr if you’re thirsty just come on, come on. Who so ever will let him come and take of the water of life freely. And then let me give you not only the last invitation, but the last prayer in the bible revelation 22 Revelation 22 verse 20 He which testifies these things. Saith now watch, Jesus is the one testifying, Watch it. He which testifies these things. Saith, Surely I come quickly. You know what old john said, he’s saying what Adrian is saying today. Even so, Lord jesus come, Lord jesus, my heart is burning and yearning for the second coming of jesus christ a friend. The rapture of the church could be before the final benediction today. If you’re thirsty God’s word to you has just come, come to jesus. Let’s pray father, I pray today that men, women, boys and girls will say in everlasting Yes to jesus and friend. If you want to be saved, would you pray this prayer, pray it from your heart. Dear God, I am a sinner and my sin deserves judgment but I want mercy jesus, You died to save me and you promised to save me. If I would trust you, I do trust you, jesus. Mhm. With all of my heart, forgive my son cleanse me and saved me and help me this morning openly and publicly to acknowledge you as my Lord and savior in your name. I pray amen. Well, thank God for the message from God’s word and thank God for the power of the Holy Spirit that has been here and I believe that God is touching your heart many of you. I was saying I need jesus, I need to be saved. I want to know that my sin is forgiven. I want to know that christ is in my life to give peace power and comfort and I want to know. Yes, I do that. When I die. When jesus comes again, I’m going to have May I invite you to pray a prayer like this? Lord jesus, I believe you’re the son of God. I believe you paid my sin debt with your shed blood on the cross. I believe that God raised you from the dead. I believe that you promised to save me and will save me if I trust you And Lord jesus, I do I don’t offer you any good works. I just come to you and say Lord, I’m a poor lost sinner. Come into my heart into my life, forgive my sin Clint, save me, Jesus! Save me, Jesus, pray it in me and I promise you he will for the bible says, for who so ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Hallelujah for that. And if you do that, would you write us and let us know? We’ll rejoice. We really will. 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