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Return of the King (4 of 4)
Series: The Lord of the Ring
OPEN: At the beginning of WWII, the Philippines were about to fall to the Japanese, and General Douglas MacArthur was ordered by President Roosevelt to evacuate his staff immediately. Before he left, MacArthur made a promise to the Philippine people:
''I shall return!''
Because of the complexity of the war, he was unable to make good on that promise for another 3 years. But all during that long period, Short Wave Radios broadcast support to those carrying on the battle behind the lines, and they repeatedly carried MacArthur's promise -
''I shall return!''.
Eventually, on October 22nd 1944, General MacArthur waded ashore and declared
''I have returned!''
It was a promise that shaped MacArthur's entire strategy for all those years. He'd made a promise, and he intended to fulfill it no matter what the obstacle.
APPLY Jesus, made a similar promise nearly 2000 years ago- ''I am coming soon!'' It's a promise that's been repeated again and again in every church across the nation... and it's a promise that shapes Jesus' engire strategy for all eternity. He's made a promise and He intends to fulfill it at the end of time.
I. Revelation 19 tells us what it's going to be like when Jesus does come back.
God describes an event of great excitement. And He uses the imagery of one of the most festive activities known to man.
Read with me from Revelation 19:7-9
''Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear. (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, 'Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'''
ILLUS: In those days, a wedding ceremony was an elaborate affair, usually beginning in the evening as the groom and his friends made their way thru the city to the bride ...
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