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Back To The Future – Sermon #27
HEAVENLY REJOICING ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY
Intro: We have spent the better part of a year in the book of Revelation. I don’t know about you, but this book has been speaking to my heart and I am enjoying our study. This message brings us to the half way point of the book of Revelation. It also brings us to the end of a very long section that began back in Rev. 10:1. In this passage, the seventh trumpet, which was announced in Rev. 10:7, is about to sound. When it is sounded, this trumpet will unleash God’s final acts of judgments upon the earth.
seventh trumpet will bring about a devastating wave of judgment. It will
fulfill the ancient prophecies of
the seventh trumpet is sounded here in Rev.
11:1, but the events it brings to pass are not recorded until we get to
This passage takes us forward in time to the very edge of eternity. We are transported ahead to the end of the age to a time when Jesus has taken possession of the world and judged sin and sinners. As we look ahead to that blessed day, we find Heaven in a state of rejoicing.
Today, we want to look into these verses, and by virtue into Heaven itself. In doing so, we are allowed to witness Heaven’s reaction to the reign of the Lord Jesus. I want to show you the great reasons why we see worship, praise and excitement in Heaven as time comes to an end. The words “great voices” translate the Greek words “mega and phonay. We get the word megaphone from these words. It refers to shouting and loud speech. This is a picture of loud, vigorous praise in glory, v. 15-16! I want to preach on this thought: Heavenly Rejoicing On The Edge Of Eternity.
(Heaven rejoices because God and His Son Jesus have taken possession of a world that was lost to sin and Satan thousands of years ago.)
A. v. 15 The Scope Of His Kingdom kingdoms
of this world In the Greek, the word kingdoms is singular.
There are many rulers, leaders, kings and presidents in this world, but there
is but one true kingdom. Men think they rule, in reality, Satan rules this
world today. Satan is called the god of this world in
The truth of Satan’s rule can be seen in the hatred that is being leveled against Jesus Christ and His Gospel in this world. People have no reason to hate Jesus. They do so because they are led to by the devil! He is the ruler of this world today.
I praise the Lord that His kingdom is to be short-lived. Jesus Christ will come in glory and power and assume His rightful place as King, Lord and God of this world! There is just one rightful King and one day, the whole world will bow at His feet and worship Him, Phil. 2:9-11!
B. v. 15 The Span Of His Kingdom He shall reign for ever and ever Jesus will not be like a human ruler. All human rulers eventually reach the end of their reign. They die or are deposed and replaced by another. Not Jesus! He will reign eternally, Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations, Psalm 145:13.
v. 17 The Strength Of His Kingdom God is called Almighty,
hast taken to the Thy great power, and Thou hast reigned. Every human
kingdom fails because it is built on the limited power of men. Saddam Hussein
ruled by the power of fear, but he was overthrown. Kim
God’s kingdom is established on One Who holds all power, Matt. 28:18. He will never be overcome by any enemy, for He has placed all His foes under His feet, Heb. 2:8. He will never be deposed by any rival, for He has no rivals, Psa. 86:10.
The Stability Of His Kingdom
art, and wast and art to come Gods kingdom is an everlasting
kingdom! He has always reigned! It may look like Satan has his hands on the
wheel in this world today. It may look like he is in control. Even Satan is the
servant of Almighty God and he operates within a limited sphere of activity. He
does only that which God allows him to do. His activity is limited by the
providence, sovereignty, purposes and power of God. (
E. The Surety Of His Kingdom The verb phrase are become is in the proleptic aorist tense. This tense is used to describe future events that are so certain; they can be spoken of as they had already happened. This tense is used in Isa. 53:3-9. Though the ministered 700 years before Jesus, he writes of the sufferings of Jesus as though they had already happened!
II. v. 18 THERE IS REJOICING OVER A REWARD
A. The Sinners Will Be Rewarded This world hates Jesus and demonstrates that hatred against Him when He comes to reign. This verse looks ahead to that day when the armies of the world will gather themselves together to fight against the Lord Jesus Christ at His coming, Rev. 16:14.
The hatred of the world is clear to see in our day. Everywhere you look; this world is trying to eradicate the name of Jesus and anything to do with Him from the public arena. They will not bow to Him! Their hatred is expressed in Psalm 2:1-3. There, we see that they will rise up against Him and attempt to conquer the Lord. But, Psalm 2:4-9 tell us that God will have the final say in the matter.
In the end, lost sinners will be rewarded for their rejection of Jesus by having to face Him in judgment, Rev. 20:11-15, v. 18b. God will have the final word and all lost sinners will receive the due reward of their sins, Rom. 6:23. What a tragedy, since they could be saved if they would only come to Him!
(Note: We may wonder about the saints in Heaven rejoicing over the punishment of sinners. It bothers us when we see scenes like that. After all, we do not want to see anyone go to Hell. We want to see people saved. All I can say is that when we arrive in Heaven, we will possess a mind like that of the Lord Jesus. We will think like He thinks and we will agree with His plan to judge all those who reject Him! When He pronounces their sentence, we will say “Amen!”)
The Saints Will Be Rewarded
While the lost sinners will face the Lord in judgment, faithful believers
will be honored for their devotion to Him. He will reward His servants (prophets).
Those who have faithfully preached His Word will be rewarded by the Lord one
day. He will also reward His saints (them that fear thy name, great and small).
One day, every act of devotion to Jesus will be rewarded by Him. Nothing was so
small that He missed it. He saw every sacrifice, every labor of love, every
gift, every deed, which was done in His Name, and He will reward all those who
faithfully serve Him! (
III. v. 19 THERE IS REJOICING OVER A REALITY
The Reality Of Access
The Reality Of Affirmation
The mention of the
(Note: In the Bible, there are five different names for the Ark of the Covenant mentioned. These five names reveal what God is doing in these verses.
1. The Ark of the Covenant Num.
10:33 The ancient
The Ark of God
The Holy Ark
Conc: Verse 19 closes with premonitions of impending disasters. More horrors, worse horrors, than those we have seen thus far, are on the horizon. We are at the half-way point of the book and of the Tribulation. We have seen things from God’s perspective, now we will see things from Satan’s perspective.
These verses have literally taken us to the very edge of eternity. The question that must be faced today is this: Which group mentioned in verse 18 are you a part of?
you a part of that group that will be doomed and damned to Hell? Are you lost
today? If you are, you need to know that the wrath of God already abides on
If you are part of that group that will be rewarded and rejoicing one day, then praise the Lord! You ought to bow before Him and tell Him how thankful you are that He has saved you.
you are lost today, you may be here for the Tribulation and you may not. But
think about this: You are one heartbeat away from eternity. Have you ever
thought about that? All that has to happen for your heart to stop and the
moment it stops and your spirit will leave your body you will be in
eternity. Up in
And dear friend, for every one of us, somewhere on this earth there is a mark. It may be on a death bed in a hospital somewhere. It may be on an interstate highway where an accident will occur. There is some point in time where your time will cease and your eternity will begin.
If you came to the place where your mark is located today, how would it be with your soul? Are you saved? Do you know that you know you're saved? Let’s mind Him today!