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Back To The Future – Sermon #28
GREAT WONDERS IN HEAVEN
Intro: We are moving into the second half of the book of Revelation today. This second portion opens with an amazing vision of some great wonders on the heavens.
Let me remind you that the book of Revelation is not written in chronological order. Chapters 4-9 take us all the way through the end of the Tribulation Period. Chapters 10-11 are passages that stand as like a parenthesis in the action. They reveal some of the “behind the scenes activities of the Lord. Chapter 11 takes us to the very edge of eternity. It closes with the Lord Jesus claiming His rightful dominion over this universe and it reveals as the inhabitants of that glorious land praise their King. Chapters 12-19 take us back through the Tribulation once again.
While chapters 4-9 deal with the timeline or the plan of the Tribulation, chapters 12-19 deal with the characters, or the people of the Tribulation. We are introduced to some of the individuals who will figure greatly during that period of time.
we are going to tread once again on ground we have already visited. As one
writer said, “In
What is said in chapter 12 is essential to a proper understanding of what is going to be said in the rest of the book. If we misinterpret things here, we are going to be off tract the rest of the way through Revelation.
Dr. Ken Trivette shares the story of a young preacher speaking to a pulpit committee. He relates the story as follows: “You could be like the young preacher who was interviewing for his first Church. The Pulpit Committee had met with him to interview him. One of the committee asked, “Son, do you know your Bible pretty good? The young preacher said, Yes, pretty good. The chairman asked, Which part do you know best? The New Testament was the young preachers answer. The chairman said, Well, why don’t you tell us the story of the Prodigal Son. The young preacher said he would be glad to and proceeded.
was a man of the Pharisees name Nicodemus, who went down to
next day, the three wise men came and carried him down to the boat dock and he
caught a ship to
The Committee chairman suddenly interrupted the young minister and said to the remainder of the committee, “Fellows, I think we ought to ask the church to call him as our minister. He is awfully young, but he sure does know his Bible.
So, let’s look into these six important verses today. And see the truths that are revealed here. I want to preach on the subject: Great Wonders In Heaven. The primary characters of this passage are a woman and a red dragon. Let’s see what we can learn about them today.
1.) Roman Catholics have said that this woman is Mary. There are several reasons why this cannot be true: Mary never ascended in Heaven; Mary gave birth on earth and not in Heaven; Mary cannot be wedged into verse 6.
2.) Some believe the woman is the church. However, it was Christ, the man-child that gave birth to the church and not the other way around.
3.) A woman by the name of Mary Baker Patterson Glover Eddy claimed that she was the woman and the religion she gave birth to in 1879, Christian Science, was the man-child. For sake of time, let me just say, it ain’t her either!
So, who is this mysterious woman? The clues given in the text tell us all we need to know about her identity.)
v. 1 Her Description The woman is clothed with the sun.
This speaks of heavenly glory. The Moon is under her feet. This
speaks of dominion and power. She wears a crown. This speaks of royalty.
stars speak of the twelve tribes of
I believe this woman is none other than
the nation of
verse reminds us of what we already know to be true. God is not finished with
B. v. 2 Her Destiny The woman here is in the throes of childbirth. She is in great travail as she tried to being her child into the world.
We are told in verse 5 that her son is to the ruler of the world. This is a reference to the Messiah, to the Lord Jesus Christ. We will say more about Him in a moment. For now, our focus is on the woman.
This picture of
So, it was the nation of
So, this expectant woman is
I. The Personality Of This Woman
II. v. 3-4 THE PERSECUTOR OF THIS WOMAN
A. v. 3 The Personality Of The Dragon The next vision is of a great red dragon who has seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. Lets take this description of the dragon and break it down symbol by symbol,
1. Red The color of war and bloodshed. It brings to mind the red horse of Rev. 6:4. This dragon is a killer. He brings death, war and bloodshed with him when he comes.
2. Dragon A dragon is a winged serpent. There is no such thing in our natural world. It is a picture of the devil. In fact, we are very safe in identifying the dragon and the devil because of what Rev. 12:9.
Seven heads Speak of vast
intelligence. We are dealing with a brilliant and wise creature.
4. Ten horns Horns are a symbol of power. Satan is not all-powerful, but his power is cast. The number ten may refer to a ten nation kingdom that will figure greatly during the last days.
Seven crowns Crowns are a
symbol of authority. Satan is still the god of this world,
B. v. 4a The Pollution Of The Dragon The reference to the stars of heaven being cast down to the earth by the tail of the dragon refer us back to the fall of Satan. He has not always been an evil creature. In the beginning, he was the ranking angel in Heaven, Eze. 28:12-15. But pride was found in Lucifer’s heart and he tried to take God’s throne. He tried to over throw the Lord, Isa. 14:12-14. Lucifer sinned and became Satan. He was cast out of Heaven, Isa. 14:15; Eze. 28:16-18. When Lucifer fell, he drew one-third of the angels of Heaven into his rebellion. They were cast out of Heaven as well. We call these fallen angels demons. They are part of Satan’s kingdom and do his bidding, Eph. 6:12.
v. 4b The Plans Of The Dragon Satan is pictured as standing
Satan had worked from the beginning of time in order to prevent the birth of the Promised Seed of the woman.
Satan moved Cain to kill Abel, thinking he could stop God’s plan. He did not know that God would send Seth.
tried to corrupt the human blood line by having the godly line of Seth
intermarry with the evil line of Cain. He did not know about Noah and the
· He aroused Esau to anger so that Jacob might be killed. He did not know God would help Jacob escape.
tried to kill off the Jews in
tried to lead
failed in every attempt to stop the birth of Christ. And, when the time came
for Jesus to enter the world, Satan did everything in his power to slay the
Christ child when He was an infant. He moved Herod to destroy all the babies in
I. The Personality Of This Woman
II. The Persecutor Of This Woman
III. v. 5 THE PROGENY OF THIS WOMAN
A. His Description He is called a man child. The Seed of the Woman came into the world like every other baby. He came from the womb of His mother; but this child unlike any other child that had ever, or would ever, be born.
You see, this Seed of the Woman was born
without a human father, Matt. 1:20.
His mother was a virgin, Isa. 7:14;
B. His Destiny His destiny is to rule the nations with a rod of iron. This man child would come into the world and He would one day rule the world. We see this prophecy fulfilled in Rev. 19:15. He will rule for several reasons. First, He will rule because He created this universe and it is His, Col. 1:16-17. Second, He will rule because He purchased this world with His Own blood when He died in the cross, Rev. 5:9. Third, He will rule because He alone is worthy to rule and reign, Rev. 4:11.
His Deliverance The
man child is pictured being caught up to God and to the throne of God. Here is
the good news of the Gospel contained in this verse. Jesus Christ died for our
sins on the cross. But, He did not stay dead! He arose from the dead three days
later, Rev. 1:18. After He arose
from the dead, He ascended back to Heaven,
I. The Personality Of This Woman
II. The Persecutor Of This Woman
III. The Progeny Of This Woman
IV. v. 6 THE PROTECTION OF THIS WOMAN
Her Distress The
Woman flees from the Dragon and she goes away into the wilderness to hide. We
are reminded here that Satan hates the nation of
history of the Old Testament is filled with story after story of nations coming
Jew had suffered, but the Jew has survived! They have survived because of the
providence of God. He is not through with
hatred against the Jew is growing stronger in our day as the Muslim nations of
the Middle East cry for the destruction of
(Ill. Satan hates
also hates her because she is a constant reminder to him of the glory he used
to wear. The glory of Heaven rests on
in the 1920’s, there was a man in US, known as W. E. Blackstone. This man was
so certain that
We do not know if it be the place they will seek shelter or not, but there will be a place prepared for them by God that will give them protection from the anti-Christ and his armies, all energized by Satan and his hatred for Christ and the people from whom He came.
are told that in this wilderness refuge the people of
Conc: The Jews are waiting for the coming of the Messiah. According to the Jewish Talmud, Jews are obligated not only to believe in the Messiah, but to yearn for his arrival. Many traditional Jews recite a creed that concludes with this statement: “I believe with perfect faith in the advent of the messiah, and though he may tarry, I will await his arrival every day.
During the Jewish Passover Seder, the Passover meal, there is the tradition of opening the door for Elijah, who will precede the coming of the Messiah.
they don’t understand is that Messiah has already come and His name is Jesus.
The nation of
The Messiah died on Calvary’s cross, was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day and was caught up to heaven where He awaits the hour when He will come back to rule and reign upon the earth.
That is the truth these verses emphasize. God has a plan for the ages and that plan will be worked out in His way in His time.
Are you part of God’s plan? Have you trusted Jesus as your Savior? Have your sins been washed away by the blood of the crucified and risen Lord? Are you saved? Are you living for Him as your should? Are you thankful that He saved your soul?
might want to talk to Him about your relationship with Him. You might want to
thank Him for saving you. You might want to come pray for the peace of