On The Winning Side (22 of 39) by James Merritt

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ON THE WINNING SIDE (22 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 11:1-13

INTRODUCTION

1. COACH VINCE LOMBARDI OF THE GREEN-BAY PACKERS WAS
ERRONEOUSLY QUOTED AS SAYING, "WINNING ISN'T
EVERYTHING, IT'S THE ONLY THING." ACTUALLY WHAT HE
SAID WAS "WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING, BUT WANTING TO WIN
IS."

2. BUT EVEN IF HE HAD SAID THE ORIGINAL STATEMENT,
THAT IS NOT ALTOGETHER A FALSE STATEMENT. I DO NOT
BELIEVE THAT IN ATHLETICS WINNING IS EVERYTHING. NOR
DO I BELIEVE THAT WINNING IS THE ONLY THING. BUT I DO
BELIEVE THAT IN TIME OF WAR AND CONFLICT THAT
STATEMENT IS TRUE. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR WAS CORRECT WHEN
HE SAID "IN WAR THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY."

3. CHAPTER 11 BRINGS US TO THE MIDDLE OF A CATACLYSMIC
WAR BETWEEN THE FORCES OF GOOD AND EVIL, BETWEEN GOD
HIMSELF AND THE DEVIL INCARNATE. IT IS THAT TIME KNOWN
AS "THE GREAT TRIBULATION" THIS CHAPTER IS A
PARENTHETICAL PREVIEW OF HOW EVERYTHING ULTIMATELY IS
GOING TO TURN OUT. THIS CHAPTER IS SIMPLY A MICROCOSM
OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN GOD AND THE DEVIL, WHICH SHOWS
US THAT TO BE ON GOD'S SIDE IS INDEED TO BE ON THE
WINNING SIDE.

4. THIS CHAPTER WAS WRITTEN NOT ONLY TO ENCOURAGE US
AND ASSURE US THAT VICTORY IN THE FUTURE IS CERTAIN,
BUT ALSO TO REMIND US THAT VICTORY IN THE PRESENT IS
SECURE.

I. THE TEMPLE OF GOD'S WORSHIP

1. "THEN I WAS GIVEN A REED LIKE A MEASURING ROD. AND
THE ANGEL STOOD, SAYING,'RISE AND MEASURE THE TEMPLE
OF GOD, THE ALTAR, AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP THERE'" (V.1)
IMMEDIATELY WE ARE CONFRONTED WITH A QUESTION. IS THIS
A LITERAL TEMPLE TO BE BUILT IN A LITERAL CITY, FOR A
LITERAL PEOPLE? REMEMBER THAT AT THE TIME JOHN WROTE
THIS THERE WAS NO TEMPLE. THE TEMPLE, HEROD'S TEMPLE,
HAD BEEN DESTROYED IN 70 A.D.

2. ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD AT LEAST THREE TEMPLES
HAD BEEN BUILT IN JERUSALEM. THERE WAS SOLOMON'S
TEMPLE DESCRIBED IN I KINGS 8, AND DESTROYED BY
NEBUCHADNEZZAR IN 583 B.C. THERE WAS ZERUBBABE ...


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