The Book of Revelation
Speaker: Aaron Cozort
Revelation 1 (Text)
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Greeting the Seven Churches John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Vision of the Son of Man I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible>. Okay. It’s about time for us to begin.<inaudible> Take your Bibles, if you will, and open them to the book of revelation.<inaudible> Good to have everyone present. It’s good to have Eric with us tonight, down from Missouri. Good to have him get, see him again. As I mentioned,
we’re in the book of revelation. Um, now as we get into this, what I want for our class, what I want you to think about and, and consider just as we get started in this study is the study. The material only actually has us going through revelation one, two, three, and then jumping to the end chapter 22. Um,
let me know if you would like us to spend more time going through the bulk of the book and if so, we will, but I’ll leave that up to y’all. Otherwise we’ll proceed as normal with, with the class material, into the next subject. Alright, revelation chapter one, let’s begin with a word of prayer, Gracious, heavenly father. We thank you for all that you’ve done for us and all that you continue to do for us.
We thank you for the sunshine and the rain, and we thank you for the life and the health that we have, and we pray and thank you for the opportunities that we have to be able to assemble together, but also to be able to study your word, whether a, whether apart or together, to be able to encourage one another, lift one another up,
provoke, one another to love, and the good works. We pray that and all the difficult times and all the difficult things that people deal with, they will be mindful of the fact that you are in control. And even when things don’t seem like it, you are on the throne. We pray that you will help us to remember that as well.
We pray that you will forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory and are willing to repent of those things. And we pray for our nation. We pray for its leaders, pray for their choices. They might choose those things, which are right. They might lead us in ways that are in accordance with your will. That also that they might see who you are and that they might recognize that they are not the final,
uh, person in charge, but instead you are, and they might submit to you. We pray that we might always stand boldly to preach the gospel, to do what’s right, and to speak truth. Whenever we have the opportunity, all this, we pray in jesus’ name. Amen. I have a few slides, um, that we will go over as we get started primarily.
But one of the things that I mentioned as we were studying and, and are studying Zechariah, Zechariah and revelation have a lot in common. They have some imagery in common, but one of the primary things they have in common is that they are, uh, pistols or excuse me, they, they are, they are books of the old new Testament that are primarily figurative in their message.
And we use the idea of figurative, not to mean that they don’t speak about things that are real, but they don’t speak about things that are true, but that their language is not prose. It is not normal. Ordinary language. Joe went to the store. That’s not the book of revelation. That’s not the book of Zechariah. And if you go further back in the old Testament,
much of a Zeke Yule is the same sort of figurative language. And the last half of Daniel is this same sort of figurative language treat this the same way that you do not inform of interpretation, but treat it in the same way you do. Some of the Psalms, not all of the Psalms are intended to be led or read literally in the physical sense.
And neither is the book of revelation. So one commentator stated, I think he did so accurately in spite of what many people claim there is no one who believes that the book of revelation is a hundred percent literal. There are beasts described in the book of revelation that have the head of one animal, the tail of another animal, the middle of a different animal,
and then a human part stuck on no one thinks that’s literal. So it has to be interpreted. It has to be that which we interpret. But here’s what we do with these books, where portion of the book is very figurative. It’s signs and symbols. It’s word pictures. When you get to a part of the Bible that works that way, you reverse what you normally would do when you income to the Bible and you open up Genesis chapter one,
you begin dealing with the Bible in this way. Everything that’s stated is literally true in the way that it is stated it, unless something in the context tells you otherwise, there’s something in the context of the statement that David’s heart melded that tells you that his physical beating heart didn’t melt. There’s something figurative there. When you go to Genesis chapter one in the beginning,
God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was out without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep and the spirit of the Lord moved upon the face of the waters. Tell me where there’s anything figurative there. Tell me where there’s any language in that context that tells you, you should interpret anything there as anything but literal. And it’s not there.
It’s one of the problems that the people who try to interpret Genesis one as having many gaps and ages and, and the day age theory and gap theory, they have a problem because all the language is literal. All the language is ordinary prose, but that’s not true with revelation, but that’s not just our assumption. That’s exactly what revelation says. You should expect.
Notice what happens, read the revelation verse one of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to show his servants. Okay. So number one, the revelation, it is the revealed will of God, by the way, uh, you, you might have seen, uh, different times and occasions where people will claim that there’s, uh, an apocalypse coming.
Okay. They carry that forward from the name of this book, because in the Greek language, the word revelation is a pukka leap SIS. And so as time went on after this book was written, as the language carried forward and people began to interpret it, that word shifted meaning because what it really means is the revealing, but it shifted meaning to be connected with language of signs and symbols and ms.
Mystery. And so now we refer to this figurative language. We were just talking about as apocalyptic language. So you see the word apocalypse it’s really coming from the same root word as revelation. And by the way, one of the ways that they would name the books in the original, uh, copies of the Bible is they’d take the first few words.
And so it’s called revelation because it’s there in the first few words. So this is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to show his servants things which must shortly take place. And he sinned and notice this and signified it by his angel to his servant. John, the word signified there is important. It’s carries a similar idea as vision.
This is something God declared by visions by imagery and not just by words, this wasn’t John just sat down and the Holy spirit caused him to pin the book. This is John saw these things the same way. Zechariah did the same way. When you go back to the book of Daniel, Daniel did okay, is Zeke. You’ll saw those things that he saw while he was sitting there by the river in shoe Shan.
There’s consistency here. And that’s good for us. It means that we can have some confidence when we get to this, that we’re not just grasping at straws because we can go to Daniel and we can interpret what Daniel said, and we can understand it. We can go to Z kill and understand what a Z Kiel said. We can go to Zechariah,
know what he said? And by the way, there’s one other place. John chapter 12, John chapter 12, beginning in verse 30, Jesus answered and said, this voice did not come because of me. But for your sake now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all peoples to myself.
But the following verse says, he this, he said, signifying, giving a sign, a symbol, an indication not using the pro’s not spelling it out, but making a statement that signify by what death he would die. Now, one thing you shouldn’t do when you come to the book of revelation is become a defeatist in your mindset saying, I’ll never get it.
I’ll never understand it. I’ll go ahead and read it because it’s yearly Bible reading and you were at the end of the year. So I’m going to have to read it. No, no, don’t do that. You can understand it. I don’t promise you’ll ever understand every little detail. You want to know why? Because God didn’t tell us the explanation of every little detail,
but he’s given us enough to get the picture and that’s what we’re going to do. And when you get the picture, you understand the book. Now there’s a few things that we want to go through. I’ve already covered that. Um, so as we go through this, I want to first reinforce to you the idea that you already understand how to do this.
You already understand that you can see something. That’s a symbol, that it’s a sign of something, and you can understand its meaning, okay? We do this all the time. It is not foreign to our language and it is not foreign to our consciousness. So somebody tell me what this is. It’s a symbol for what money, but specifically a dollar.
Okay? So here’s a symbol carries multiple connotations for, especially the rest of the world. It is a specific connotation of not generically money, but the U S dollar. Okay. What about this? McDonald’s you don’t have to see the word McDonald’s do you, because you’ve seen the symbol enough times. You know how to interpret the symbol, you driving down the road,
you see right over the Knoll of a Hill that, and you know, what’s there, right? You don’t have to be taught how to do that. By the time a child is four. They know how to do that. What about this one? They’re crossing. Oh, you get it. There’s a possibility around that area that something might leave out.
You should have some, but notice here’s a single picture that carries with it. The possibility of an animal coming out onto the road. In addition to that, the possibility that you as a driver should take more precaution. Here are all these messages packaged into a picture with no words. That’s why pictures are powerful. That’s why symbols are powerful because you can package a lot of meaning in a picture,
biblical context. What do you think of when you hear the word lamb, Jesus sacrifice. What if you were to see a lamb, but the lamb opens its mouth and outcomes. The voice of a dragon. Well, that changes the picture entirely. Doesn’t it? Because that’s not normal, but take that picture and carry over to what Jesus said. When Jesus said that the servants of Satan would appear as sheep,
but were really Raven as wolves. And you get a picture of hypocrisy. What about this one? Crucifixion sacrifice. Think of it in modern terms. What do we associate it with Christianity? But there was a time where the symbol didn’t always mean that around BC 60, that symbol didn’t mean Christianity. What did it indicate? A painful death suffered at the hand of Rome?
Symbols can change. We have to be careful. We must interpret the symbol. Especially importantly, in its time context, we can’t take our usage of a symbol and interpret it back there. We have to take their usage of the symbol and apply it to what was written. What about this one? Red cross. Okay. What about this one? So many problems.
Oh, unit United States of America. Now here’s, here’s the reason why I want us to get this one. This is the flag of the United States of America, but here’s what we all know inside that flag, which is by itself, a symbol are multiple other symbols with their own connotation and we get it. What’s this, the wrong button. There we go. That one.
All right. We were all told, we were all taught when we were in probably grade school that the stars represent something. So the moment we see the stars, we know what they represent and we know why there are the number that there are okay. In the book of revelation, numbers mean something. But we shouldn’t be scared by that because we know numbers mean something.
There’s 50 stars up there for a reason. What about that? Okay. The original 13 colonies and there’s messages, not only in the quantity, but in the colors too, aren’t there. Okay. So I went through all of that to say, we already get it. All we have to do is go into the scriptures and actually understand what the symbols meant to them.
And in the book of revelation, the answer to almost all of that is in the old Testament. That’s why John didn’t have to spell all of this out for the Christians because they knew their old Testament. One of the reason why reasons, why a lot of Christians today struggle with the book of revelation is they’ve never spent substantive amount of time studying the old Testament.
And so when they see the symbols, they don’t know what it means. Yes. What you take somebody from another country. Who’s never seen the American flag and they will see 50 stars and they won’t immediately know what it means, but you and I should because we’ve spent time with it. So that’s one of the things we have to do. Here are some numbers that are fundamentally to the book of revelation.
Normally in these classes, as we’ve gone through this, I wouldn’t go into this depth before we get past verse one, but you’re going to immediately get these numbers. Okay? So that’s, that’s why it’s important. Okay. These are numbers. That mean the same thing throughout the apocalyptic books of the old and new Testament, they carry the same ideas.
Turn over elation, chapter two. I want you to see this. This is still in the part of the book that is more substantively prose, but it’s not all prose. It’s a direct message. But revelation, chapter two, verse 10, do not fear any of those things, which you are about to suffer. Indeed. The devil is about to throw some of you into prison that you may be tested and you will have tribulation 10 days.
Oh, okay. Crate the sentence limitation on the time that we’re in prisons, 10 days. No worries. We’ll be out in a week and a half, right? No, that’s not what it meant. 10 has a meaning. So when you see the number 10 or a multiple of 10, you’re seeing that meaning carried forward. Even in this statement about a literal tribulation and a literal prison and a literal death,
you have the figurative aspects of the books seeping in as it were. But once you hit chapter four, all bets are off on which part is literal. Now there are some places that are literal. There are some places where we understand it to mean exactly what it says, but the context is always the deciding factor. And we begin with figurative and change the literal when the context dictates it,
which is why 144,000 is not 144,000. Okay, we’ll get, we’ll get there. If we get there, we’ll get there in time. So verse one said all of that, and I gotta do chapter one in 20 minutes. Alright. The revelation of Jesus Christ. One of the things I am going to do during our studies is I’m going to put some pictures up,
um, that one’s not the most legible one, but that’s the area of Asia minor. This is the group of churches that are written to, and we’re familiar with that. We’re familiar with chapter two and chapter three. Unfortunately that’s generally all we study and then we go, all right, I don’t get the rest of it. And we move on,
okay. The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants things, which musher shortly take place, do not miss the opening salvo in this revelation, the GRX message. Point one, God gave this to Jesus Christ to give to his servants because these things must shortly take place. I do not understand how there are some of my brethren who think that these things did not shortly take place.
And yet there are, but he’s not just going to say it once in case you missed it, he’s going to say it again. And he sinned and signified it by his angel to his servant. John who bore witness to the word of God, into the testimony of Jesus Christ. To all things that he saw blessed is he who reads. And those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it for,
and somebody finish it. The time is at hand and it was talking about Russia and China in 1980. No. How Lindsey? No, if you pick up the late great planet earth, you pick up any of the writings of pre millennialist. You will see them throw these statements out in the trash and ignore them. And yet turn to revelation 22.
You gotta remember where it is. No, there we go. Verse six. Thank you. I totally lost. I was only looking at the end of the chapter because I thought I was, then he said to me, verse six, these words are faithful and true. And the Lord, God of the Holy prophet sent his angel to show his servants.
The, which must shortly take place John’s or God through John said at the beginning, these things are coming on you now. And he said, at the end, you hold fast to these things because these things are coming on. You. Now, this book is a book about struggle. This book is a book about persecution, and this book is written to them to tell them very clearly,
some of you are going to die and you’re going to die because you were the name of Christ. But don’t give up because the one who overcomes will get to come over. So he says John to the seven churches, which are in Asia. Okay? There’s there’s the picture there, grace, to you and East from him who is and who was,
and who is to come. God has always existed. He was, he is. He is to come, but he goes on to say the first born from the dead, we’re talking about a specific being in the Godhead. God, the father is not the firstborn from the dead. And the spirit is not the first born from the dead. And by the leg question was Jesus.
The first one to have been resurrected in all humanity. No, but what he is is the preeminent one among all who will ever be resurrected. There are times where the word first born doesn’t indicate the very first in number, but the preeminent one. So notice what he says, the firstborn from the dead, the ruler, over the Kings of the earth,
to him who loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Some will question at times, God, really in charge, you look at the way the world is you look at the things that we’re going through and maybe God’s not really in charge, but he was in charge of Nebuchadnezzar in the midst of a nation that was conquering people after people,
after people, after people and a man on the throne who was willing to allow atrocities to occur at the hands of his army, God says I’m still on the throne. And Nebuchadnezzar is going to know it too, because when Nebuchadnezzar thought he was the one on the throne, God showed him. Otherwise God said, go eat the grass like a cow.
And then we’ll talk about who’s on the throat. He then says, and has made us Kings and priests to his Kings and priests to his God and father to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. So you begin with this first recognition of what Christ has done, who he is that he always has existed and that he has done something for us.
He has a relationship with us. He has lifted all Christians up, put yourself in the place of a Christian in the first century. Maybe you’re a slave. Maybe your, a common person may be your, not a citizen of Rome. Like Saul of Tarsus was maybe you don’t get to have that, uh, establishment. And that recognition that if a Roman Centurion or one of the magistrates from one of the areas around Rome decides to start beating you,
you can say, you dare to touch it. Roman citizen, no, you’re not one of those. They can flagrantly abuse you until their heart’s content. And you have no recourse in the law. And yet Jesus Christ took you from what you were and made you a King priest of the most high God, verse seven behold, he is coming with clouds and every eye will see him.
Even they who pierced him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him even so amen. Now here’s the first time you need to be careful about language because we’ll see the word coming. And our 21st century mind will go second coming of Christ, especially if clouds are mentioned, right? And yet all through the book, you’re going to find Christ coming.
As a matter of fact, at the end of the book, Christ says, I come quickly. But even to the churches of Asia minor, he says, if you don’t repent, I will come to you. The coming here is not the second coming of Christ. At the end of time, the coming here is the consistent coming throughout the book of revelation of judgment.
And we need to be careful with our words. We need to be careful, but what John is saying and what is clear here in this book, and by the way, Jesus used the same language in revelation or in Matthew chapter 24. When he was talking about coming in judgment against Jerusalem, we need to be cautious and not jump to conclusions about what something means,
because it sounds like something else. He says, behold, he is coming quick. The clouds and every eye will see him. Even they who pierced him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him even so amen. I am the alpha and the Omega. What is alpha and Omega first for the student in Greek class right now he knows a shirt and Lee,
it is the first and last letter of the Greek. Alphabet Christ is the beginning. And the end. He says, I am the alpha and the Omega, the beginning. And the end says the Lord who is, and who was, and who is the com the almighty. Now you see that word almighty. And you remind yourself of the book of Exodus,
because God wanted Pharaoh to know without any doubt that he was the almighty, that there were no other gods before him and that Pharaoh thought he was on the throne, who is this God that I should be mindful of him? And God said, let me give you a 10 step correspondence course on why you should be mindful of me. I, John remembered change the slides.
I John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ was on the Island. That is called Patmos for the word of God. And for the testimony of Jesus Christ. John says, I was put in this small Island in the Aegean sea because of the testimony of Christ. Somebody had put John there and we learn from history and such that the Island of Patmos was often used as a jailing location.
You were put there and you were in prison there. And John says, that’s where I was. John was in the Island called Patmos, but notice a few things that are important here before we skip past them. Number one, the kingdom already exists. Mark chapter nine, Jesus said to his disciples, his apostles specifically in Mark chapter nine. And in verse one,
assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God present with power. John says, it’s already here and I’m in it. And so are you, so for anyone who wants to claim the kingdom, hasn’t come yet, revelation chapter one, verse nine, it’s already here. And John was already in it and he was suffering because of it.
And they were about to, John wants them to know I’ve gone there before you I’m already there and it’s coming for you too, but you can be faithful. So he was in, uh, on the Island of Patmos, the word of God for, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day,
Sunday. And I heard behind me a loud voice as a trumpet. If you were sitting there in your Pew at church on a Sunday morning and everything was going exactly as you expected it to, and all of a sudden right behind your ear, a trumpet goes off. Now, I’ll tell you how that works. Someone sitting in services forgot to turn their ringer off on their phone and suddenly,
and everybody’s head turns around. Doesn’t it. John, here’s the sound of a trumpet behind him. Was there a trumpet behind him? Not a physical one. Notice what he says. I heard I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day. And I heard behind me a loud voice as a trumpet. Here’s a voice of a declaration. And that declaration says I am the alpha and the Omega the first and the last,
what you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches, which are in Asia to emphasis, to Smyrna, to Pergamum Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia and Laodicea. The command to Jon was you write this down. And the command of John was you send it to these locations, by the way, the idea of us having a Bible.
Wasn’t something that people in the third century came up with. It was something that God intended from the very beginning. That’s why God told John, you write it down and you send it to the churches. But notice he said, then I turned to see the voice that spoke to me or spoke with me and having turned. I saw here’s the first vision John’s sitting there on the Lord’s day.
And he hears a voice as the sound of a trumpet behind them. And he turns around, and this is an artist imagery. I saw seven golden lamp stands. And in the midst of the seven lampstands one, like the son of man. Now you remember over in the book of Daniel, there was a King who saw one light, the son of man.
And where was he in the fiery furnace? And I saw one like the son of man clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. That’s a sash that, that hearkens back to the priestly garments, his head and his hair were white, like wool white carries with it, the symbology of purity, but also regalness the color of one in power.
You have his hair and his head were white, like wool, as white as snow and his eyes like the flame of fire that normalize, not ordinary eyes. Just see the surface, just see what you present to them. These are the eyes that see through you. These are the eyes that see who you really are. His head and his hair were white,
like wool, as white as snow, his eyes like a flame of fire. His feet were like fine brass as if refined in a furnace and his voice as the sound of many waters. Have you ever been by the shore where there’s rocks and the ocean has a storm coming up and you hear the crashing sound of the waves. There’s your picture? The sound of many waters.
The thunderous sound is the sound of his voice. This isn’t the Jesus. In the sense of physically speaking, that they saw come up from the grave and appeared to them in the room and spoke with them quietly. This is a presentation entirely different from that he had in his right hand, seven stars out of his mouth when a sharp twoedged sword and his countenance was like the sun shining in its strike.
John sees Jesus, how do we know it’s Jesus? Because he said he was, I am the alpha, the Omega, the first and the last. And just before that, we read, I am the alpha, the Omega, the first and the last and who wasn’t, who was talking Jesus, but he’s got seven stars. And here’s one of those places where we’re going to start to see that the book of revelation.
Isn’t so hard to understand because quite often the book of revelation interprets itself. So seven stars in his hand, too sharp twoedged sword. We’ve seen that before. That’s Hebrews chapter 12 and his countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead, but he laid his right hand on me saying,
do not be afraid. I am the first and the last I am. He who lives and was dead and behold, I am alive forever more. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of death. Write the things which you have seen and the things which are in the things which will take place after this, the mystery of the seven stars,
which you saw in my right hand. And the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches. And the seven lampstands, which you saw are the seven churches. Most things in the book of revelation have an angel. The angel is the real essence of the thing. You might look at the church and think they’re one thing outwardly,
but God knows who they really are. And God sees them for what they really are. So you have the lampstands and then you have the angels, the stars. Okay? It’s not that hard. Who wrote the book of revelation, John, from where Island of Patmos to whom? Servants of Jesus Christ, seven churches. How did God reveal the things contained in the book of revelation?
He, the word, the word we’re looking for is he signified the them. Okay. Or signs. What did John hear a voice as of a trumpet? What did he see? Son of man and the lampstands and stars in his right hand. Okay. When, by the way, when you go through the book of revelation, if you can start getting the pictures,
if you can, if you can take the visions and you can describe the visions, it won’t be long before you can get the picture. And when you get the picture, you’ll understand the meaning. Okay. Uh, when were the things to occur? Which John wrote shortly or soon, how did Jesus free us from our sins? Washed us in his own blood.
In what manner will Jesus come? Clouds who will see him every eye. How long did God say he had? He, he had existed. All right. Terminally who holds the keys to death and Hades? Jesus Christ does. Okay. That’s going to be important later on in the book. Thank you for your attention.<inaudible> He has a hundred night.
That’s good. Good to see everyone here this evening. We were glad to have you here. Good to see Eric with us. And, uh, I know every one of you probably have already talked to him and, uh, we’re excited about seeing him back here. So, uh, we will hear from him just shortly. Um, we do have several things that we want to mention to you.
Uh, Gladys is now home and it’s doing fine. Of course she has to be careful. And, uh, I know some are going to be there with her from time to time. And we want to remember her in our prayers. Uh, Joan Springer will have a bronchoscopy that’s tomorrow. I think when I announced this Sunday, uh, I didn’t give you the right time,
but it’s tomorrow. So keep that in mind. Rodale Wilson is waiting for results on his heart echo test and then North. So Dorothy has, uh, has been diagnosed with high thyroid and his, his own some deem medication for that. So keep them in your prayers. Pam shaven, her surgery went well today. She will be in the hospital for about three days and they expect everything will be fine for her,
but keep her in your prayers. And of course she can’t have any visitors because of the COVID. And, uh, we’ve all known about that. In fact, you can’t even go in, if it’s one of your family members, they won’t let you go in. So, um, she did, she did well though. And the surgery was less,
took less time than they thought it was going to take. Uh, Sylvia pass will be having her nerve block this coming Friday. So keep her in your prayers. And then don’t forget Janet’s daughter Janell, who has thyroid cancer. She’s in the hospital now and is not doing well. So keep her in your prayers. Uh, Christian Dale, uh, broke his toe,
uh, was that yesterday or today? Day before yesterday. So, uh, we want to remember him and I’m sure, uh, they, they will probably have a difficult time with his broken toe. Just if any of you’ve had a broken toe, you know how that he is it’s hurts, but there’s nothing you can really do about it. So you just have to survive it.
I guess the nationwide gospel meeting call the flyers are on the table there in the four year. If you’d like to pick up one of those and then a Potter children’s home, we’ll beat it. We’ll be here next Wednesday to pick up the, uh, little money cans and also what commodities we’ve gathered for them. So keep that in mind and be sure you bring everything that you plan to bring,
uh, here before they come here next Wednesday. I believe that is, are there any other announcements that maybe I did not have that I need to mention? If not, uh, Marie is going to be leading our song service, uh, there, how sad try to get you out. He’s got the closing prayer and Eric Richardson. I knew he was going to laugh at that.
And Eric, Richardson’s gotta be, bring our devotional in tonight so that that’ll be who’s taking care of things besides myself messing up. Okay. You Mark in your book. Number 470 number four seven zero 453. Number four, five, three. I was sinking deep in sin. Walk from the piece for sure. Very deeply stained within sinking to rise no more.
But the master of the sea heard my despairing cry. Her M O waters lifted me and I say, ah, love lifted me, lifted me when nothing else could help love lifted me. Love me, love me. When a thing could have<inaudible> all my heart to him. I give ever to him our clean and his blessed presence ever. His praise is seen<inaudible> through marriage.
My soul best song fateful, loving serve is to do him. Be long. Love lifted me.<inaudible> me when nothing else could help me.<inaudible> uh, third me when a thing of good help<inaudible> souls in danger look up, uh, Jesus completely say he will lift you by his love out of the angry way. He’s a master of the sea billows.
His will bear. He you’re saying here wants to be saved two day. Love me, love me. When a thing else could help love lifted me. Love me. Love me. When a thing of good health.<inaudible> Good evening. A song. Yep. Good evening. It’s good to be back to see everyone. Um, Holly definitely wish she could be here on the way down.
She called me and she says, I’m jealous that you’re going down there and I can’t be, but they wish they could be here. We all miss. We definitely miss you guys. The other day, I was driving around and listening to truth FM, matter of fact, and uh, I was hurt. I heard a, they were talking about the child’s song that we hear.
I’m Micah loves this song, gospel chariot. And you think about that song talks about roll the gospel chariot along. And when we find our sister, what do we do? Pick her up. We find our brother, we stop and pick him up. When we find a center, we stop and pick him up. But what do we do when we find that devil the devil,
your roll right over him. And it’s an innate song. The kids love to sing it. And we sang it VBS several times this year, that back at home. But you think about when I think about that song, I think about two things. First off, the gospel rolls right over the devil. How is that? Well, see dead.
The devil has a hold on us sin since Genesis chapter three was sin. When we sin, the devil has a hold on us. But think about this. When Jesus died, Satan thought he’d won. He thought I’ve got him. He came to this earth to create this kingdom and he’s dead. He is gone. But yet three days later, when Jesus walked right out of that grave,
he lost first Corinthians chapter 15. Paul says this first Corinthians 15, starting to vis first 54. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption and this moral has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass. The saying that is written. Death is swallowed up in victory. Oh, death. Where is your sting? Oh, Haiti’s where is your victory?
The sting of death is sin. The strength of sin is the law, but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord. Jesus Christ, Jesus arose Jesus overcame death. And because Jesus overcame death. So can we, we have the victory through him. Jesus was the first porn of the dead and we can follow in his steps at the end of our life.
If we have obey the gospel, just like it says in first Thessalonians chapter four, we will meet him in the air. See the gospel rolls right over the devil. It defeats him. But the second thing think about this. The question is asked, well, why did the chariot not run over that center? The Bible talks about how, if a man sins,
he is a servant of the devil. Let’s see the devil had made his choice. The devil’s made his choice and he’s, he’s going to hell. But you and I, as long as we have a breath and our mouth, we can obey the gospel. We can change. We can make that choice to obey the gospel. You think about first Peter chapter,
our first John chapter three and verse eight, it says he who sins is of the devil for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil. We can overcome by obeying the gospel. The thing is, is we don’t know when we’ll die. You know, we may hear if someone unexpectedly dying,
we don’t know. We could walk out this door tonight and get in our car and get in a wreck. We could live for another 20 years, 30 years. We don’t know, but we have to make that choice. Now don’t put it off. See the devil has made his choice. And in first Peter five and verse eight, Peter says be sober.
Be vigilant because your adversary, our enemy, the devil walk up about seeking whom Haim, head of devour. The devil knows where he’s going. He wants you and I, we go with him, but we can defeat him by obeying the gospel. Where are you at tonight? Have you obey the gospel? If not, don’t wait. Well, maybe you’ve fallen away.
You have that chance now to come back. We love you. We care for you. We want to help you, but don’t wait. We don’t know when our last minute mil be. Don’t wait, don’t put it off. Do it now. As we stand, as we sing, I heard it. Oh, the whole, the whole, I would say it came from<inaudible> how he gave it a lie on cavalry ever acts like me.
I heard about here is groaning audit, practice, blah, Tony. I repented up Mike and then one of Victoza. Oh, victory. Jeez<inaudible> or he sought me. Hadn’t bought me where they heads reading, blah, God<inaudible>. I knew him. And, uh, you know, he punched me<inaudible> I heard about Matt. He had built for me,
Angelo. He and I heard about a street of goal.<inaudible> uh<inaudible> and<inaudible> and some sweet day I’ll sing their song. A victory. Oh, victory. And jeez, my<inaudible> for her. He sought me and bought me where the heads<inaudible> God, I, me, I knew him hand all my, uh, is you. He plans me to victory V need a cleansing.
God, God, our father in heaven, we come to you thanking you for the opportunity to assemble here, to see evening to, uh, study another portion of your word and God, we thank you for brother Aaron and brother, Eric presented those words. So Ellis late tonight, we ask that you help each and every one of us take what was taught here tonight and apply it to our lives so we can better serve you.
God. We’re also thankful for the, uh, potentially promising good news on Pam surgery. We pray that she does recover fast. And God, we also know that there are many others amongst us that are upcoming procedures this week or in a very near future. And we ask that you wrap your loving arms around them and around those caretakers that are providing these procedures for them.
And if it be your will restore them to a measure health that they so desire. God, we also know that each one of us falls short of your glory from time to time. And as we do, we bring those sins to you and we ask for your forgiveness. So we please ask that you forgive us of those sins. And as we prepare to depart here,
we ask that you guide garden each and every one of us, we pray all this through your son, Jesus name. Amen.<inaudible>.