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Jesus Is Large And In Charge (5 of 7)
Series: Ready Or Not. . .Here He Comes
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at Revelation chapter 20 if you would. We are a little over half-way through our summer series of sermons on the second coming of Christ that we have entitled, "Ready Or Not . . . Here He Comes." For those of you who are visiting with us this morning, or maybe you're one of our folks – just back from a 6 week vacation – what we're doing this summer on Sunday mornings is simply hitting the high spots of what Bible scholars call "eschatology." Now, boys and girls, eschatology is a big word that simply means "the study of last things," and so, we're looking at the very last things that are going to be taking place here on planet earth.
We began by looking at the rapture of the church, that time when Jesus is going to return visibly in the air to call all of those who are saved from their places of work, from their homes, from their recreation, and even from their graves to meet him in the sky and to spend forever and ever and ever with Him. It's going to be a great day as we receive our glorified bodies and reunite with our saved loved who've gone on before us.
Next we looked at the next event on God's prophetic calendar, and that's what is called "the Judgment Seat of Christ." The Bible says that after we're raptured and glorified, we're going to have an appointment with the Lord for a time of revelation, review and reward. He's going to see what we did, and what we didn't do, for Him after we were saved. And in return for our righteous works, those things that we're pleasing to Him, the Bible says that we'll receive crowns to place at His feet in worship and reverence.
Then we looked at a terrible time that the Bible says is coming to this planet. It's called "the Great Tribulation." It's great because of its severity. It's great because of its inten ...
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