Spiritual Thought

This morning, I went to find a “sad face” emoji for a post and I had a strange revelation.

The problem is, I had trouble finding one in the area where my phone stores the emojis I have used recently.

Here’s the revelation that the Holy Spirit dropped on me. The reason I didn’t have a sad face in my stored emojis is, because I hardly ever post anything to be “sad” about.

This has a two-fold greatness. One is I try to post positive things and two, I have been blessed in such a way, that I don’t have anything sad to post about.

My point is, we need to try to spread positivity when we post. I’m not talking about the articles we post. I’m talking about the things we post from the heart.

We control the environment we dwell in and what we deposit in it is what we will “withdraw”. If we sow positive thoughts, then we will yield “positive responses”.

Somebody that you never met, looks up to you and they value everything that you say. Lets make a point to sow more positivity and refrain from sowing negativity in hopes that this environment that we live in will respond with love, laughter, joy, and positivity.

Remember the word INSPIRE = I need + people to + inspire and + restore the + environment!

Happy Saturday and God bless!

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Daily Scripture

133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. – Psalm 119:133 #WordAlert

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In Pursuit of Destiny, Bible Study 10/04/17

Part II: Strategic Connections and Relationships in Destiny

In Pursuit of Destiny

Synopsis of Bible study 10/4/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.destiny

I.            Introduction

  1. We found out in last week’s lesson that destiny is the end game and purpose is the path. When living in purpose, you live a life of fulfillment.
  2. In additions we discussed that when you live in purpose, your life is so filled with purpose, you want to pour it out in earth. You live a full life and die empty, because you left behind what you were supposed to deposit.
  3. Imagine if God dropped an incredible vision in your spirit and it was so big it would change the whole world. Who would you tell that would help you move it forward? Take a moment and try to name five people and write them down.
  4. When you think about strategic relationships, you have to realize that they are required to make it to destiny. Know that because you require partnership, it doesn’t make you needy. The fact is, you need partnership to bring vision to pass.
    1. Think about it, even Jesus used the disciples. John Haywood wrote a quote saying, “Many hands make light work. The more people you have on your time, the quicker you can make things come to pass”. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV) says 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.- It is important to understand the power in partnership.

II.            Make the right connection

A.     Surround yourself with people who are dedicated to their vocation

  1. The people Jesus used were already busy in their vocation when he found them. Matthew 4:18-22 (NKJV) 18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. – Jesus called men already working in their vocation. They had a track record of
  2. People that are already doing something will help you best in implementing vision.
  3. All the disciples had particular jobs before Jesus called them.
  4. Those who excel in their area of work, have potential for greatness. Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV) 29 Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. – People will recognize their work and speak well of them.
    1. If a boat is catching fish and I’m not, then I won’t be jealous, I will pull up and ask them what kind of bait they are using.
    2. Another example is this, if a bald man told you that he had discovered a great hair growth product, don’t follow him, because being bald, he doesn’t have any fruit to back up his claim of productivity. How does he know it will work? If he doesn’t have hair himself, then he doesn’t have any fruit. Find out if the people you use are bearing fruit.
  5. The people that you pick to help with your vision don’t have to be working in the same area of your vision, when you find them. You just want their work ethic and spirit of producing fruit.

 

B.     Seek partners who are passionate and creative.

  1. You can’t always be the smartest person in the room. If you are, you are never going to get there. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV) 17 As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. – You can’t be intimidated by brilliance. It doesn’t minimize you, it sharpens you.
  2. You got to move towards people with passion and productivity. Proverbs 8:12 (NKJV) 12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. – Open yourself up to people and things that will bless you and broaden your horizons.
  3. George Bernard Shaw writes “Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream of things that never were and say why not “- You need people around you that can handle your why not questions.
    1. Our purpose solves a problem. Why not create a noon bible study? Why not have 3 services instead of one? You have to put people in those spaces alongside of the people that will ask the question, “why not”.
  4. Characteristics of highly creative people:

(Take a moment and write down who you have in your life that is highly creative).

  1. Displays a great deal of curiosity about many things.
  2. Generates a large number of ideas or solutions to problems and questions.
  3. Willing to take risks.
  4. Exhibits a good deal of intellectual playfulness.
  5. Has a great sense of humor.
  6. Enjoys aesthetic impressions. Visually moved by undeveloped spaces.
  7. Typically does not conform to rules or standards.

 

III.            Mature in relationship decision making

A.     Don’t make immature decisions

  1. Your ignorance can only be an excuse for so long. 1 Corinthians 13:11N (NKJV) 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
  2. God gave you an ignorance pass, but he will only do it for so long. Acts 17:30 (NKJV) 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

B.     Learn how to be proactive and not reactive

  1. You have to learn to make decisions that go beyond your preparation. You got to be sure that every move you make leads towards destiny.
    1. Romans 8:5-8 (NKJV) 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. – Those who live according to flesh are reactive, because they are focused on their feelings and what just happened to them. They react.
  2. The devil uses offense to cause you to react. If you react, it throws you off your game. That’s why people trash talk during games. They want to throw you off your game.
    1. Imagine if you won $86,400. Say you went to the bank and cashed the check. They give you your money and on the way out, 10 dollars of it fell on the floor. Imagine that a person quickly picked up the $10 that fell and took off. Would you go after the person that picked up the 10 dollars or would you just be happy with the $86,390?
    2. Now there are 86,400 seconds in a day and devil sent somebody to steal 10 seconds of your day, just trying to mess you up, or throw you off your path to your destiny. Messing around with that person could cost you a whole day of productivity. We got to get back on track and salvage those remaining, 86,390 seconds.
    3. The devil manipulates your emotions. He makes emotional designs to retard your process of arriving to your destination.
  3. God will tip you off of things to come. Amos 3:7 (NKJV) 7 Surely the Lord God does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.- ,
    1. Luke 8:17 (NKJV) says 17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.- God will tip you off of stuff coming. How does the pilot know you about to hit turbulence? It is cause he’s in touch with the tower. You might not get informed if you are not in touch with the tower (God).

 

IV.            Measure the importance of your partnerships

A.     Can your relationship move with you when you level up? Can the people in your life operate with you on your next level?

  1. Some people are not cut out to handle your next move. If they are not supposed to go with you, your leap with have them at odds with you. 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV) 14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? – You need people connected that believe in where you’re going.
  2. There are saved people that you can’t take with you. You can be loyal to a fault.
    1. Bishop had an iPhone with an earpiece. He used to use this earpiece in both his iPhone and iPad. He decided, because of his needs, to upgrade his phone. The iPhone he purchased can no longer use the earpiece that he once depended on. He has to use another apparatus with his new iPhone. The earpiece started getting salty, because Bishop didn’t need it anymore.
    2. Bishop explained to the earpiece, “You still have value in my iPad space, but you do not fit in the new iPhone space”.
    3. Bishop further explained, “We are cool here, but when I need to go another level, I have to use another apparatus. I’m not going to compromise what I need over your feelings”. Bishop says, “I need you to be cool in your space”.
    4. Just like this example, people functioned at capacity in your life, but God moved you up and stuff that used to fit, does not fit anymore. Bishop says, “ I am not going to mess up my iPhone plugging in stuff that doesn’t fit”.
    5. Here’s another example. If that uncle showed up with that 8 track tap of Al Green and asked you to play it, what would you play it on? No one has an 8 track player anymore and the 8 track will not fit in your disc player or your iPod. The 8 track was valuable in one season, but it does not fit where you have advanced to.

B.     Are your relationships timeless?

  1. People you need to invest friends no matter where God brings you. Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV) 17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. – People that can handle you and intercede for you while you are going through are real friends.
    1. It is hard to measure who authentically are assigned to your life in fair weather. That’s why God sends
    2. It is hard to find out who your friends are while you driving, but you can see who your real friends are when you are at the bus stop.
  2. You need consistent friends.

 

V.            Conclusion

  1. It’s lonely where you are going. The higher you go, the less people can handle the air space. The oxygen is less plentiful on your higher level.
  2. You have to be selective. This is why Jesus picked Peter, James, and John to share a special moment with him. Matthew 17:1-8 (NKJV) 17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us[a] make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.- Peter, James, and John were not perfect. God took productive men with him, because he knew they could handle his next level.
    1. These 3 were able to understand what He looked like in the future and yet still be able to function in his right now.
  3. You have to be strategic about your connections. Philippians 3:14 (NKJV) 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
  4. We asked earlier, that you name about the 5 people that could use to help you with your vision. Would you still use them now?

 

God says when you walk in purpose going towards destiny, God will align you with people to expand your bandwidth. When walking towards your destiny, God will give you new connections. When they come, do not shun them. These are God moments. They might not be in your same career path, but they will open up doors for you. God will put a new thing around you.

People need you, but you will be reconnected with people that need nothing from you. They will be assigned to bless  you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Flag/Pledge Controversy

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I have been hearing a lot of controversy concerning players kneeling during the National Anthem. As I am a why person, I wanted to really dissect this thing. I wanted to know if it is wrong to kneel during this ceremony (for the lack of a better word), so I decided to do research on it.

Out of all the debates I’ve heard, I gathered that the main issue is the lack of respect for our flag. So I decided to examine the our Pledge of Allegiance to this flag, so I could get a better understanding of what this symbol really stands for and here’s what my research found:

I asked questions towards every definition, so that I could examine, both perspectives.

I pledge – This means a solemn promise or undertaking. So when I pledge to something, I am making a promise.

Allegiance – This means loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause.  So far I am making a promise to be loyal to a group cause.

 To the flag of the United States of AmericaSo I am making a promise, to a group or cause using the flag I presume as a symbol of that cause. That group cause is the United States.

 United is not just a noun, it is also an adjective meaning “joined together politically for a common purpose, or by common feelings”. So my question is, what if we are not united? Do I still make a promise of loyalty to the group cause that claims to be united when they are not?

And to the republic, for which it stands, one nation under God – republic meaning “a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives”. We have the republic part, but what if we are a republic that is not “one nation under God”?

The word “One” brings up that united perspective once again, but aside from that, can a nation that defies everything about God be truly “under God?” Can a nation that wants to remove the 10 commandments from public visibility, or a nation that removes prayer out of schools and from sports events, and a nation that  considered taking “In God we trust” off of the currency be “one nation under God”?

So far we have, I promise to be loyal to a group or cause, being a country that is united, that has elected officials, that is also, one nation under God.

Indivisible – Indivisible means unable to be divided or separated. Are we truly a nation that is unable to be divided or separated?

With liberty– Liberty means the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views. Can we truly say that we have liberty? Can we be free of restrictions imposed by authority regarding the way a person chooses to live or their political view?

And Justice for all – Simply put, it means just behavior or treatment. The quality of being fair and reasonable. – America, can we truly say there is justice in this country by its definition? Are we fair to all races, all social classes, or a person’s financial status? And by fair I mean, can two different people be treated exactly the same surrounding the same circumstances? Can they get the same opportunity as it arises? Can these two different people even expect the same punishment for the same or similar crime?

In summary:

So in summary, I have as a pledge:  I promise to be loyal to a group or cause, being a country that is united, that has elected officials as supreme power, that is one nation under God, that is unable to be divided or separated, that is free of restrictions imposed by authority regarding the way a person chooses to live or regarding their political view, and that promises fair or reasonable treatment to the members of it.

Should this be a pledge that we should make, based on it’s content?

These questions were posed to make you think. If I pledge allegiance to something, shouldn’t I agree that it is true or at the very least something I am trying to live by?

Regarding the issue of kneeling as a protest: I don’t think by definition that it has nothing to do with the soldiers. The pledge of allegiance has more to do with a promise to a symbol (the flag) that is supposed to stand for the great qualities that this country is supposed to have.

Although I stand during the National Anthem to avoid controversy, I don’t see anything wrong with a person that chooses to kneel in protest. I believe that if you feel that you are lying when you pledge your allegiance to something, then you shouldn’t do it. It is no different than refusing to recite a mission statement or promise that you feel has no truth to it.

I come from a family of soldiers and my respect is given to them directly not a symbol. To sum it up, I would just like to say, before you condemn somebody for not doing what the majority does, maybe you should step back and make sure that what the majority is doing is really on the side of right instead of being on the side of what’s politically correct.

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In Pursuit of Destiny, Bible Study 09/27/17

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Part I: Finding the Purpose within You

In Pursuit of Destiny

Synopsis of Bible study 09/27/17

Delivered by Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, DMin.

       I.            Intro

  1. What is your purpose tied to? The answer is destination. It is about the way things turn out.
  2. God calls himself the author and finisher of your faith.
  3. Jeremiah talks about the expected end.
  4. Purpose is the vehicle that pushes us into destiny. Without purpose, I never reach
  5. When I am clear about my assignment, my life becomes Fullness is not just for me, it is something I deposit into the earth. I live full, but I die empty meaning I leave everything here that God wanted me to leave here.
  6. Destiny is not fulfilled It is a marathon not a Sprint. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) 12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  7. Why is this important? Because God is the example of what it is to fulfill destiny. Sometimes we allow our own shortcomings to prevent us from walking into our destiny.
  8. God has given us all, purpose. Purpose is in the mind of the creator. Exodus 9:16 (NKJV) says 16 But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.- There was a purpose that God had in mind for Moses and just like this, he has purpose inside of you. God will reveal it to you, but you got to be in position to receive it.

   II.            Look within yourself

A.     Assess your life

  • You have to conduct a proper assessment of your life.
  • Evaluate your core values – Write down 3 things that make up your core values.
  1. Don’t confuse being busy with living in purpose. – We have busy schedules, but this is simply being in pursuit of a schedule. Doing a lot does not prove productivity.
  2. Productivity is fulfilling that thing of God within your life
  3. The key to being productive, is maximizing all the time in your life. Don’t waste time on things that are not tied to your purpose.
    1. Ex – Bishop explains that he is a very busy man, but though he is busy, everything he does is tied to purpose. For example, he serves on many boards, but he wouldn’t volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors for a coffee manufacture for instance. This is probably a useful board, but it has nothing to do with his purpose. We have to be careful, not to take on any and everything that comes our way.
    2. Lots of people are busy with stuff that has nothing to do with their purpose. Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV) says 38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus[b] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”- You can’t get caught up in acting like your serving, when you’re really not. You can be busy acting like a servant and fail to spend time really serving.

 

  1. Be clear on the purpose you are destined to fulfill – Isaiah 46:10 (NKJV) 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ – God reveals purpose to you and he wants you to have clarity on it.
  2. You are born with a passion. This is often something that as a child, you want to be when you grow up. This is a broad idea of what you want to do. As you mature, it moves from a broad definition and becomes more focused. Once it is focused, you develop a passion for it that burns so much, you are on your job unable to concentrate on your job. Your passion begins to overshadow your concentration.
  3. How does God give it to us? By prayer, scripture, listening to messages, and etc… For example, your Pastor initiates a theological voluntary diet plan for the people that he or she is called to pastor. This diet is designed to produce something. Everything is designed to take you on journey towards your destiny.
  4. God is speaking to you, as he speaks to your Pastor.

 

  1. Know that God is sovereign – Job 42:2 (NKJV) 2 “I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. – God chooses to tell us what he wants our life to be. For example, if it had been up to Bishop, he would have been a lawyer, but God called him to do something else.
  2. You got to be willing to exchange your will for His will.

 

  1. You must be fully committed to God. Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.- Basically, do what is right by God’s standards and all things will be added to you.
  2. Purpose can’t be achieved apart from God.

 

  1. Development of your natural talents and spiritual gifts is necessary.
  2. You have to develop your natural talents. Write down 3 things that you thinl are your natural talents.

 

  1. This is an example of Bishop asking questions of himself, to demonstrate talents and gifts:
    1. Interviewer: Are you anointed to preach?

Bishop: I am anointed to hear from God.

Interviewer: So then, you are anointed to preach?

Bishop: I am anointed to hear from God, but I have a natural talent for adoration. There’s a lot of people that are anointed to hear from God that can’t preach.

Bishop: Early in my career, I developed my natural gift and worked on my communication, so that my handicaps would not hinder my delivery. The anointing is in my ability to hear from God, but I had to develop my public speaking.

Interviewer: So there are people that have an anointing to hear from God, but must develop their gift of deliver, so people can understand what God is saying?

Bishop: My mother would say, “When Joseph was young, he ran off the stage when it was time to do his Easter speech. He was terrified of speaking in front of people until he developed the gift to know how to command an audience”. No matter how anointed you are, if you can’t deliver, people don’t want to hear what you have to say.

If you have a deficiency and you don’t develop it, you will question your natural gifts. Don’t sleep on your natural gifts. Develop it, build on it, and do what you can do.

  1. God wires you toward your purpose. Your likes and your passion is all geared in some way towards your purpose.
  2. You must learn to view yourself the way God views you. Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV) 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.- God wired you this way. He gave you the personality and the skills and everything you have. When Bishop was young, he could not sit still. He had to be doing something all the time. They didn’t know it then, but God had given Bishop the energy for all that he does now, when he very young.
  3. God preprogrammed you for what you about to do.

B. Believe that God has called you to greatness.

  1. When you properly align everything, and realize what is inside you, it will blow your mind. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV) 9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[a]- Bishop often gets the question, “Did you imagine Mt Zion would be where it is today? The answer is no and God didn’t reveal it either, because the guy that started Mt Zion couldn’t have handled a vision that big at that time.
  2. Think about your biggest dream and biggest vision and that is a map to God. We have no idea what God wants to do in our lives. What we call big, God is just a start for God.
    1. For some people, if you could see yourself in your future.

 

III.            Listen with intentionality

A.     Be attentive to the voice of God

  1. Just the other day, Javonte (Bishop’s daughter) comes to the kitchen table, stands up, and says, “God talks to me”. Bishop and First Lady ask, “What did God say”? Javonte replies, “God just talks to me”. She said, “God doesn’t talk when its loud, He talks when it’s quiet. She said he tells me what to do”.
  2. We have a Hollywood image of what God sounds like, but it is not always like that for everyone.
  3. 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV) 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. – God is in that still small voice. You heard it so many times, but you thought you were tripping. God don’t stutter. Think about some of the decisions you’ve made that went against what that still small voice told you to do.

B. Learn to follow God’s instructions

  1. Psalm 25:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.- David understood this in a powerful way.
  2. 1 Chronicles 15:12-15 (NKJV) says 12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it. 13 For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.” 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. 15 And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.- People s lives are at stake. Their lives depend on if you hear God or not.
    1. God instructs Bishop. From the Virtual Church to the Saturday Services, this was all part of God’s instructions. When God speaks to you, walk in it. People’s lives depend on it.

IV.            Leverage your lived experience

A. God has a greater purpose in saving you.

  1. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,- God saved you for a great purpose.
  2. Don’t allow circumstances to mess sup your purpose. You will have trials and tribulation but remember what John 16:33 says. John 16:33 (NKJV) sys 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”- You will have stuff formed against you, but know that you can overcome it.

B.     Purpose is powered by your past

  1. God will use all of it. Romans 8:28 (NKJV) 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – God takes the good bad and the ugly and uses it all for you benefit.
  2. Stop letting your past put you into prison.
  3. Don’t let your sorrow keep you from soaring.

V. Conclusion

  1. Don’t be ashamed of your story. God took it all and made a gumbo of it. Don’t say anything about purpose if you haven’t been through some things.
  2. Everything you do, must align itself. The core values you wrote down are who you you’re Your Natural talents are what you do. Your Spiritual gifts is why you do what you do. Your be, your do, and your why have to line up.
  3. Every ministry you belong to should line up with your destiny. Don’t make a career move unless it lines up in your destiny.
  4. Your relationships should line up with your destiny too. Stop these pit stop relationships and go for the people that are in it for the long haul.
    1. Amos 3:3 (NKJV) says 3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?
  5. God is going to complete what he has started. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) says 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
  6. Don’t be uprooted- 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV) says 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – Stay where God tells you to stay. Don’t be uprooted. Your purpose is tied to that place. We have too many potted plant Christians willing to move as soon as trouble comes their way.
  7. Romans 8:18-21 (NKJV) says 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.- The world is waiting on you to get into your purpose!
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Spiritual Thought

God won’t always take you out of your storm. Sometimes he we deliver you while you are still in it. 
Simply put, he won’t take you out, because their are lessons inside the storm that you need in order to survive what you will encounter later. To come out early would be like taking the cake out of the oven before it is fully baked or using a table before it is fully assembled. 
If you’ve prayed for your storm to end and it hasn’t, examine the elements in the storm and make sure that you have taken everything from it you are supposed to take with you. 
Think about it, since God won’t take you out too early, then you may actually be why your storm is lasting so long. 
Walk through the storm, learn all you can, and wait for God to lead you into your next season. 
After the ⛈ storm comes “your season” 😊

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Revelations IV, Bible Study 09/13/17

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Synospis of Bible Study 9/13/17

Delivered by Bishop Walker III, DMin.

 

I.         Introduction

  1. In the period of tribulation, this is simply talking about the end of days.
  2. We’ve have talked about the 7 seals and the 7 trumpets, so now we are about to see the 7 bowls

II.         The seven last Plagues

A.    The First Bowl: Foul and Painful Sores

Revelation 16:1-2 (NKJV) 16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls[a] of the wrath of God on the earth.” 2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

  1. Those who were following and worshipping the image of beast will experience boils when the first bowl is poured out onto the earth.

B.    The Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood

Revelation 16:3 (NKJV) 3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

  1. When the second bowl was poured, the sea became a sea of blood. This began the destruction of everything that was created that lived in the sea.

C.    The Third Bowl: The Water Turns to Blood

Revelation 16:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord,[a] The One who is and who was and who is to be,[b] Because You have judged these things.

  1. The third bowl is poured and now the springs and rivers turned into blood. Notice the angel says, “You are righteous…” The angel says this, because God’s wrath is just. Because mankind shed the blood of God’s children, they have to drink the blood of the water, as part of God’s wrath.

D.   The Fourth Bowl: Mankind Scorched by the Sun

Revelation 16:8-9 (NKJV) 8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory

  1. With the pouring of the Fourth Bowl, mankind was Instead of being in a mode of remorse or repentance, mankind cursed God for the torture they endured.

E.    Fifth bowl – Darkness and pain.

Revelation 16:10-11 (NKJV) 10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

  1. When the Fifth bowl was poured, it was poured on the throne of the beast. His kingdom gnawed their tongues and blasphemed God, because of their pain.
  2. This is about system and kingdoms. This is judgment poured out upon a government. Why would God pour out judgment on the government?
    1. Some people think the answer to the world is to deal with the sin within man. The problem is, the sin within man is not the only sin in world. You can’t deal with just the sin within me, you have to deal with the sin that I am in too. An example of the sin I’m in is my government. They try to make the bad look good and good to look bad. God is going to attack those systems and kingdoms, because they have also sinned against him.

F.    The Sixth Bowl: The Euphrates Dried Up

Revelation 16:12-13 (NKJV) 12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

  1. When the Sixth bowl was poured, we see three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
    1. These spirits are coming out for a reason. They are trying to organize all wickedness to fight against rightness. Revelation 16:16 (NKJV) 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.[a]
    2. Armageddon is the prophesized location for the final battle between God and Satan.
  2. Notice the three identities. Everything God does, Satan tries to copy. Example: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Satan has the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.
  3. False prophets are people who lie about prophecy. This is a false copy of a prophet. What you have then is prophecy without the anointing.
    1. Note that God never anoints copies, only

G.    The Seventh Bowl: The Earth utterly Shaken

Revelation 16:17-18 (NKJV) 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

Revelation 16:21 (NKJV) 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. – When the Seventh bowl was poured, there was a voice from heaven saying, “It is done”.

  1. There was a great earthquake, bigger than any that ever occurred on earth before.
  2. There was hail that fell from heaven about the weight of a talent. A talent is about
  3. Now the entire earth is repositioned. God is uprooting evil out of the earth.
  4. With this event, everything is starting to shift and move. God is proving that He and He alone is in complete control. Everything man has relied on at this point has been taken away!

III.         The Triumph of Almighty God

A.    Judgement Of the great whore. – civilized man part from God

a.     The woman seated on the beast (17:1-6)

Revelation 17:1-6 (NKJV) 17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me,[a] “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” 3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.[b] 5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS

OF THE EARTH.

6 I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

  1. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet. This suggests that she had wealth.
  2. The woman was a harlot which suggests spiritual infidelity.
  3. She had her hands stuffed with things others were intrigued by. This is sin is wrapped up in sin.
  4. Her being is mysterious. Ex – If you will remember in the garden, this is how Satin seduced Eve. He made her think that God was trying to keep something from her, by not allowing her and Adam to eat of the tree. This created a mystery. It created doubt within her doubt.

b.     The significance of the woman and the beast (17:7-14)

  1. Revelation 17:7-14 (NKJV) 7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.[a] 9 “Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
  2. The 7 heads represent seven mountains on which the woman sits.
  3. The seven horns represent seven kings who receive authority for one hour.
  4. The inhabitants will be amazed when they see what the beast really is. They will be amazed that the attractive woman was a beast as well.
  5. All these give their power and authority to the beast.
  6. Wickedness will have authority for one hour. Everything has a reason behind it.
    1. Remember when Jesus told Peter and the other disciples with to watch and pray. They could not stay awake for one hour. In that our, Roman authority (the enemy) came!
  7. The beast and those that follow him will make war with the Lamb, but they will lose.
  8. Those that are with the Lamb are called chosen and faithful.

c.      The punishment of the whore (17:15-18)

Revelation 17:15-18 (NKJV)  15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on[a] the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

  1. Everyone was consumed with her.
  2. The water where the harlot sits, represent people, nations, and tongues.
  3. The ten horns represent those who hate the harlot and who will eventually, burn her.
  4. The woman represents that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.

B.    The Judgement of Babylon

a.     The fall of Babylon (18:1-3)

Revelation 18:1-3 (NKJV) 18 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily[a] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

  1. Babylon is the system of the world that says we don’t need God.
  2. The people mentioned here are those, tied to the whore of Babylon.

b.     A call to leave the city (18:4-5)

Revelation 18:4-5 (NKJV) 4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached[a] to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

  1. God is going to give her double of what she gave to you.
  2. God warns of the price to pay for not leaving the city.

c.      Judgement on the city (18:6-8)

Revelation 18:6-8 (NKJV) 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you,[a] and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges[b] her.

  1. Babylon will in that day, reap for what she has sown.

d.     A lament over the city’s fall (18:9-19)

Revelation 18:9-19 (NKJV) 9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ 11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[a] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’ 19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’

  1. Babylon was all about economy.
  2. The love of money is the root of all evil. If you really think about it, most retaliation with God’s people, is about money.
    1. Remember when Paul and Silas were cast into jail for casting the demon out of girl who told fortunes for her master. Her master was mad, because with the demon out of her, she was no longer able to tell the fortunes. This cost her masters a lot of money.
    2. What about Jesus who turned over the money tables in the temple, because they had basically turned the temple into a market place?
  3. Many lamented over the fall of the city. After all they had gained, there judgement was just one hour. They lost everything they gained within one hour.

e.     The destruction of the city (18:20-24)

Revelation 18:20-24 (NKJV) 20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles[a] and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!” 21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

  1. Here the city is finally destroyed.
  2. A milestone was thrown by angel, into the sea. This ushered in the destruction.

f.      A thanksgiving for the judgement of Babylon (19:1-5)

Revelation 19:1-5 (NKJV) 19 After these things I heard[a] a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord[b] our God! 2 For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3 Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both[c] small and great!”

  1. Here Babylon has fallen and Heaven rejoices.
  2. Why is all that we have seen important? Because God is ridding the earth of its corruption. He is preparing the world for His return.
  3. People have aligned themselves with the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. They are mad, because everything that they have depended on, up until that point, is gone.
  4. Remember in the beginning, God made the world and he created the Garden of Eden. It was like heaven, until sin came in. Sin had to be dealt with at Calvary. The place God creating again, is just Him creating what he originally set out to do. Before he can allow this to come to pass, he has to deal with the evil in the world first.

C.    The Marriage of the Lamb (19:6-10)

Revelation 19:6-10 (NKJV) 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the[a] Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

  1. The bride of the Lamb is the church. Therefore, as the church, we have to represent ourselves like a good bride.
  2. Verse 6-8 – The church has made herself ready for the groomsman, the Lamb. Who is then is the church? The church are the people, not the building itself.
  3. Verses 9-10 – John got this word and was so overwhelmed, he fell at the angel’s feet. The angel, however, told John not to do this, because he was not God. Too many of us try to worship angels.
  4. John is the writer. All the other writers of gospel, introduce Christ by telling of his birth through Mary, but John starts introducing him by saying, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.

D.   The Final Victory

a.     One called “the Word of God” (19:11-16)

Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV) 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[c] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND

LORD OF LORDS.

  1. God returns on a white horse to judge and make war.
  2. His name is “The Word of God” and he is followed by an army from heaven, clothed in white, dipped in blood, each on a white horse.

b.     The overthrow of the beast and of the false prophet (19:17-21)

Revelation 19:17-21 (NKJV) 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,[a] 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free[b] and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. –

  1. The beast and the false prophet wage war against the One who sat on the horse.
  2. The birds were called together to eat the flesh of both kings and slaves.
  3. The beast and the false prophet was cast alive into the lake of fire burring with brimstone.
  4. Those that followed and worshiped them and the image were killed with the sword which proceeded out of the mouth of Him who sat on the white horse.

Revelation 19:11-14 (NKJV)  11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[a] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[b] followed Him on white horses.- John saw the third heaven (the place where God resides) open up.

  1. He sees someone sitting on a white horse and He on the horse was called “The Word of God” All the saints of God are behind him.
  2. An Angel standing in the sun cried with a loud voice telling all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven to gather for the supper of the great God.
    1. They were instructed to eat the flesh of kings, of captains, and of mighty men, kings, horses, and those that sat upon them.
  3. The beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered to make war against Him who sat upon the horse and his army
  4. The beast and the false prophet were captured and cast into the lake of fire.
  5. The rest were killed with the sword from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse and then the birds ate their flesh.

c.      Satan bound (20:1-3)

Revelation 20:1-3 (NKJV) 20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

  1. Satin (the dragon) was bound and cast into the bottomless pit.
  2. He was bound for 1000 years, but later released for a little while.

d.     The first resurrection (20:4-6)

Revelation 20:4-6 (NKJV) 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

  1. John saw thrones and on them sat the souls that were beheaded in the name of the word and those that didn’t have the mark of the beast.
  2. Judgement was committed to them and they reigned with Christ for 1000 yrs. This was the first resurrection.
  3. The 1000 that God reigns is considerate the first resurrection.
  4. Those that take part in the first resurrection will not undergo the second death.

e.     Satan’s final overthrow (20:7-10)

Revelation 20:7-10 (NKJV) 7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[a] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

  1. Satan is released from the bottomless pit. He goes out to deceive the nations and to gather people to battle.
  2. As they go into the city of the saints, fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
  3. The devil, the beast, and the false prophet are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone and they will be tormented day and night forever.

 

f.      The last judgment (20:11-15)

Revelation 20:11-15 (NKJV) 11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

  1. John saw the dead standing before God and the books were opened, which was the Book of Life.
  2. The dead were judged according to their works, the things written in the books.
  3. The sea, death, and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them and they were judged according to their works.
  4. Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire which is considered the second death.
  5. Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into this lake of fire too.
  6. Satan was taken and bound up for a thousand years. The beast and false prophets were thrown in lake of fire alive.
  7. You have hell and then the lake of fire. The Jews call hell, the state of being apart from God.
  8. After those thousand years, the devil was bound up, but finally loosed.
  9. This is the fall of Satan.
  10. Satin, the beast, and the false prophet failed.
  11. Satin is the serpent, manipulator of it all. During the 1000 yrs he was in prison, God’s people ruled the earth. After Satan is released, God will finally defeat him.
  12. Satin knows he is defeated, but he is trying to recruit people to go down with him, just like he did when he was kicked out of heaven.
  13. All evil is now out of the earth and now it is time for judgement.
  14. No one wants to experience the second death.
  15. There is a book and God judges you by your works.
  16. There is another book where he is looking for your name.
  17. Imagine what this must look like. The kingdom of righteousness has won. Those on earth then are looking.

IV.         A New Heaven and a New Earth

A.    “God with them” (21:1-4)

Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV) 21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John,[a] saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

  1. John sees the holy city, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
  2. A loud voice from heaven says:
    1. The tabernacle of God is with me, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.
    2. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
    3. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
    4. There will be no more death, sorrow, or crying.
    5. There will be no more pain, former things have passed away

B.    Separation between good and evil (21:5-8)

Revelation 21:5-8 (NKJV) 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me,[a] “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” 6 And He said to me, “It is done![b] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[c] and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[d] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

  1. He who sat on the throne made a declaration:
    1. Behold I make all things new
    2. He tells John to write, because these words are true and faithful
    3. He tells John, “It is done, I am the Beginning and the End”
    4. He also tells John, “I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things.”
    5. God warns that the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire, the second death.

C.    The holy city (21:9-21)

  1. Revelation 21:9-21 (NKJV) 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me[a] and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”[b] 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[c] Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names[d] of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
  2. One of the seven angels had seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues. This angel told John that he would show him the bride of the Lamb
  3. John carried away in the spirit to a high mountain, was shown the great city, the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God
  4. The Bride (the New Jerusalem)
    1. Her light like jasper stone or clear crystal.
    2. She had high walls with twelve gates.
    3. There were 12 angels at the gates and the names of the twelve tribes were written on them.
    4. There were 3 gates on the East, the North, the South, and the West.
    5. There were 12 foundations and on them were written the 12 apostles of the Lamb.
    6. The wall of the city was 142 cubits.
    7. The wall was of jasper and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
    8. The foundations of the wall were adorned with precious stones.
      1. 1st foundation – jasper
      2. 2nd foundation – sapphire
  • 3rd foundation – chalcedony
  1. 4th foundation – emerald
  2. 5th foundation – sardonyx
  3. 6th foundation – sardius
  • 7th foundation – chrysolite
  • 8th foundation – beryl
  1. 9th foundation – topaz
  2. 10th foundation – chrysopras
  3. 11th foundation – jacinth
  • 12th foundation – amethyst
  1. The 12 gates were twelve pearls.
  2. The street of the city was of pure gold.

D.   “No night there” (21:22-25)

Revelation 21:22-25 (NKJV) 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it,[a] for the glory[b] of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved[c] shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.[d] 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there)..

  1. You thought you were going to heaven, but heaven is coming to you.
    1. When your loved ones die, they rest in Christ. There is peace in that rest. They are in the place that we refer to as the 3rd heaven, the place where God resides, but when God returns, they will come back with him.
  2. Those that died in sin, are in hell. Note, this is not the lake of fire at this time. Though it is not the lake of fire, they are in hell, and they know it.
  3. Everything sin brought in your way such as pain, death, and tears will go way at that moment.
  4. John saw that there was not temple in the New Jerusalem. There was no need, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb ae the city’s temple.
  5. There is no need for the moon or sun to shine in the city. God’s glory will illuminate it.
  6. There will be no nighttime there either.
  7. The Lamb is the light and all who is saved will walk in it and bring their glory to it.

V.         Conclusion: Epilogue

There will come a day, when things will come to end. Tribulation will come and pass. What will occur then? We will be with the Lord in paradise. No pain, no crying, no worry! Everything will be the way God intended it, before sin entered the Garden.

 

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