Where will Jesus find us when He comes again? Will we be like little children waiting just for Him? With our fingertips and noses pressed to the windowpanes Longing eyes, expectant hearts for Him to come again.
– Fingertips and Noses, NewSong
The final instruction of the Bible is to live expectantly, longing for Christ’s return. Our mantra is to be maranatha, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’ Is that your mantra? Can you say with the Spirit and the Bride, ‘Come!’ Or is your cry, “not yet!” How eager are you for the return of Christ? How convinced are you that the day of His return will be the very best day, not a day of disaster? Join us this Lord’s Day, as we examine Revelation 22:6-21 and consider a how to live expectantly and cultivate a longing for the return of Christ, training our hearts to cry, “Come, Lord Jesus.”
Everything comes with disclaimers. The fine print. The low-toned, rapid-fire voice at the end of the commercial that you somehow know is offering a hurried, but dire warning. Asterisks and double-daggers qualify every statement, so as to evade charges of false advertising. To disclaim is the opposite of claiming. The salesman claims, the legal department disclaims. Offers are made, then qualified, modified, mortified. The sales pitch promotes benefit without borders, then the disclaimer draws a very small map of possibilities.
Disclaimers makes us jaded toward every remarkable promise, suspicious of every offer. In Eden, Satan disclaimed God’s promises and man doubted. Ever since, man has doubted. God offers more than man can imagine. The offer requires only faith, yet man can only doubt. But God gives something else. He gives faith as a gift. God in his mercy, gives us the faith to trust that his offer comes without disclaimers. The great story of redemption draws to a close in Revelation 21 with a vision of all God’s promises kept. Nothing is withheld. There are no caveats, no conditions, no last-minute substitutions – no disclaimers. Join us as we consider Revelation 21:1-8 and consider the offer that seems too good to be true, but really is.
Rock and roll ballads rarely offer helpful counsel for life’s existential angst. But they do put their finger insightfully on the pulse of the angst itself. Creed’s, My Own Prison, is a poignant example. While its theology is askew, the songs’ message is clear. Without God’s grace, men are self-condemned in a prison of their own sinful making. The Bible is clear about our condition apart from God’s grace. Men try to ignore it, deceive themselves about it, and rail against it, but the they cannot escape their own prison. Judgment is coming. God has not hidden this truth. Throughout the Scriptures the inevitability of God’s judgment is proclaimed with clarity and certainty. The final judgement is never expressed in conditional language. Join us this Lord’s Day as we examine Revelation 20:11-15, commonly called the Great White Throne Judgement, and consider what will make the difference between eternal life and death at the final judgement.
Surely no one was surprised by Brexit? Like a young couple crafting a prenup in their first premarital counseling session, Brexit was an inevitable outcome. The tenuous EU marriage between Britain and the Continent could never last. Despite its pretense as a representative democracy, Britain is forever committed to its Crown. But, as Americans, we mistrust any idea of the monarchy. So, it is hard for us to fully appreciate the implications of Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Scripture passages that speak of The Kingdom and of Christ and the saints ruling and reigning resonate only lightly with us.
Yet, the comfort of Revelation 20 depends upon rightly understanding the reigning of the saints. To miss the meaning of this powerful image is to miss some of the richest gospel comfort offered in Scripture. Join us as we examine Revelation 20:4-10 and find simple, yet profound comfort from one of the Scripture’s most enigmatic passages. Listen to “Coronation Day” from Revelation 20:4-10.
Cracking Hitler’s Enigma machine seems child’s play compared to deciphering the symbolism of Revelation 20. The theologies growing out of the events described in Revelation 20 are the most divisive and enigmatic in Christian eschatology, or the study of ‘last things.’ And Christians often use another’s position on the Millennium as litmus tests for orthodoxy or heterodoxy. Though fashionable to ask, “pre-mil, a-mil, or post-mil?” Asking another Christian his position on the millennium is akin to asking how he voted in the last election.
But the enigmata of Revelation 20 is its ultimate irony. The Revelation is not given to obscure, but reveal. Not to distress, but comfort. Not to divide, but to unify. But accessing the comfort of Revelation 20 depends upon rightly understanding three simple, yet profound images: the binding of the devil, the reigning of the saints, and the two deaths and resurrections. Join us as we examine the enigmas in Revelation 20:1-10 and find simple, yet profound comfort.