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King of Kings and Lord of Lords (3 of 8)
This is a glorious time. If you have your Bible I want you to turn to Revelation 19:11. I want to bring a message this morning about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the prophetic point of view. The title of the sermon today is ‘‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords’’.
Now what is described here in these verses is the revelation of Jesus Christ, the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. The return of Jesus Christ, the second coming of Christ is given in two phases in the Bible. There is the secret phase and the open phase. There is the coming of Christ as a thief in the night when only those who know Him will be caught up together in the clouds to meet Him in the air. And then there is the coming of the Lord when the Bible says, ‘‘Behold every eye shall see Him and them also which pierced Him and all they will mourn because of Him.’’
That secret coming of the Lord, that secret part of His coming, that clandestine part we call the rapture of the church, that is described in Revelation 4:1. John said, ‘‘And I saw heaven open. And immediately I was caught up in the spirit.’’ And John was caught up to heaven as a representative of all believers who will be caught up to heaven when the Lord comes.
Now in the verse we just read in verse 11 again the door of heaven is open, not this time to let the church in to heaven, but this time to allow the Lord an exit from heaven. What is described here is not the secret coming of Christ but it is the public coming. It is the glorious coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. And this coming will occur at the conclusion of the tribulation time. The rapture of the church, when Jesus comes for those who know Him, will take place just prior to the beginning of that seven year period known as the tribulation. But the revelation of Christ in power and great glory will occur at the end of that seven year period of time.
I. THE APPEARANCE OF ...
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