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God's Hand Received (23 of 41)
Series: The Unveiling
• Last week's message reminded us that, even in the midst of the end-time tribulation, God still extends His hand to people to be saved. The heart of God can be sensed in Revelation 21:3-4. As Chapter 21 opens the New Heaven, New Earth, and the New Jerusalem are now in sight and from the throne, the voice resounds, "Look! God's dwelling is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God." God desires for all men, all people to be in that number. Yet, because God gave humankind the ability to choose, some will reject His offer.
• Last week's message was God's hand extended, today it is God's hand received. Last week we were reminded that God 'shook' the people with a planet changing earthquake. Shaking is often required to get our attention. We then saw God sealing His own Jewish evangelists. They were sealed on the forehead and in the heart to carry the gospel to the planet. Finally, we heard the voices of those saved crying, "Salvation belongs to the Lord." Here's the deal: He owns salvation, so He gives it as He wills. In our sin, the Holy Spirit of God pricks our heart and draws us to Him to receive His free gift.
• Sinner, person outside of Christ, and someone who has never responded to God's call - please do so today before it is too late.
• In context of our scripture, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists are sent out to preach the gospel of Jesus. They warn the inhabitants of earth of impending judgment and eternal fire. They witness to them that the only way to escape is faith in Jesus and the evidence is that untold numbers respond to their call. Problem is: when one makes a decision for Christ during the tribulation, they meet their death as the rulers of this ungodly world are set on annihilating all believers. Arriving at verse 9, our attention is returned to heaven where we see 2 ...
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