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The Worship of the Lamb (12 of 40)
Series: GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
December 15, 2002
We are resuming this morning our study of GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING. And of course I'm referring to the book of Revelation, the Apocalypse, the unveiling of the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, take God's word and join me in the book of Revelation. We come this morning to chapter 5. Now let's remember where we are in our study. Jesus gives us an outline to follow back in 1:19, "Write the things which you have seen (chapter 1: the glory of Jesus), and the things which are (chapters 2-3: the grace of Jesus), and the things which will take place after this" (chapters 4-22: the government of Jesus.)
... "after this", after what? After the church age. After the church, the born-again, the saved are raptured up to Heaven. That takes place between chapters 3 and 4.
In chapters 1-3, you read about the church some twenty times and every time it's on the earth. The next time you read about the church is in chapter 19 and it's in Heaven. The question is: "how did the church get to Heaven from earth?"
The answer is: it was raptured at the beginning of chapter 4. The reason that the church is not mentioned in chapters 4-18 which describes those seven years of tribulation on earth is because the church won't be here! In other words: the church goes up before the judgment comes down. You say, "Why is that?" Well here's why: I Thessalonians 5:9, "For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."
That's why! Listen to Romans 5:9, "...having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him." Now to be sure, as His children, we experience His chastisement but we escape His wrath!
By now you have found Revelation 5. If not, ask your neighbor to help you. All right, now I want you to notice that chapter 5:1 begins with the word "And."
Do you see that? ...
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