Guess Who's Coming For Dinner (3 of 39) by James Merritt

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GUESS WHO'S COMING FOR DINNER (3 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 1:7-8

INTRODUCTION

1. HAVE YOU EVER HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF SETTLING DOWN
TO WATCH A GOOD MOVIE EITHER AT HOME OR PERHAPS AT THE
THEATRE, PARTICULARLY ONE OF THOSE THRILLERS, ONE OF
THOSE "WHO DONE IT" PICTURES, AND JUST AS THE MOVIE
BEGINS, HAVE SOMEONE LEAN OVER TO YOU AND SAY, "THE
BUTLER DID IT." SOMEWHERE THERE MUST BE A BIBLE VERSE
THAT SAYS, "HE WHO HAS A BIG MOUTH RUINS A GOOD
MOVIE."

2. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO JUST CANNOT WAIT TO TELL
THE END OF THE STORY. I BELIEVE JOHN MAY HAVE HAD THIS
PROBLEM. WITHOUT QUESTION, THE MOST FASCINATING BOOK
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT MUST BE THE BOOK OF THE
REVELATION. IT IS A BOOK THAT HAS EVERYTHING. IT HAS
SUSPENSE, HORROR, REVOLUTION, WAR, VILLAINS, AND
HEROES. JOHN IS LOOKING DOWN THE CORRIDOR OF TIME TO
THE END OF THE AGE. JOHN SEES IT ALL: THE APOSTASY OF
THE CHURCH, THE BREAKDOWN OF LAW AND ORDER, THE
GROWING HORROR OF WAR AND WOE, THE BLOOD BATH OF
PERSECUTION, THE SAVAGE REIGN OF THE BEAST. BUT HE
CANNOT WAIT TO TELL US HOW IT IS ALL GOING TO END. SO
HE BEGINS BY SAYING, "BEHOLD, HE IS COMING."

3. THIS IS THE THEME OF THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION. IN
FACT, IT IS ONE OF THE OVERRIDING THEMES OF
CHRISTIANITY. THE SECOND COMING IS ONE OF THE
DOCTRINES THAT MAKES CHRISTIANITY SO DIFFERENT FROM
HISTORY OR SCIENCE OR PHILOSOPHY. HISTORY SAYS, "LOOK
BACK." SCIENCE SAYS, "LOOK AROUND." PHILOSOPHY SAYS,
"LOOK WITHIN." BUT CHRISTIANITY SAYS, "LOOK UP."

4. NOW AS WE THINK ABOUT THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS I
WANT TO GIVE YOU SEVERAL CAUTIONS. FIRST OF ALL, THE
SECOND COMING OF JESUS IS NOT TO BE A SUBJECT OF
SPECULATION. SPEAKING OF THE HOUR OF HIS RETURN JESUS
SAID, "BUT OF THAT DAY AND HOUR NO ONE KNOWS, NEITHER
THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE
FATHER."(MARK 13:32) SPECULATION ABOUT THE PRECISE
DATE, AND EVEN THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS CONCERNING THE
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