Judgment. Death. Hell. These words seem so ominous. However, when you get to the end of Revelation, they are words that actually bring hope for Christians. Why? Because Jesus is our good judge who judges without impartiality and His judgment of a believer’s life is based on the merit of Christ. Moreover, for those in Christ, death and hell are literally thrown into a lake of fire at the end of Revelation 20, and are destroyed. If these are true, why do the realities of Christ’s judgment, death, and hell even mean anything to us today? For one, we find out in Revelation 20 that there are a couple books representing the perfect memory of God, and they are open to pave the way for the judgment of Christ. One of these books is the book of life that holds the names of all believers who will spend eternity with Jesus. The other is a record of all the works Christians have done, both good and bad. And Jesus judges, and even rewards, believers based on the way they have responded to Christ’s commands and words. In other words, Christ’s judgment, death, and the reality of hell should compel us to live different and proclaim the realities of the gospel to anyone we can. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 AM to hear about our response to this, and worship together!
With the surprising presidential election results, our study of Revelation 17 and 18 this coming Sunday is timely. Jesus said his disciples are “in” the world but not “of” it (John 17:16-18). The entire election process has probably made many of us feel this truth more strongly. If we feel out of place or not at home in the world it’s because Christians are foreigners and exiles in a world that is not our true home (1 Peter 2:11). As much as we have to be thankful for in America, we, like Abraham, “desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16). Like Abraham and the saints of old we are “looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). So how should we live today—in what may be called “The city of man” (i.e. the world)—as we hope in the return of Christ and finally being at home in the “City of God” (the New Jerusalem)? Our passages in Revelation will reveal how we are to live as we await with great hope the coming of the New Jerusalem, our true and final home under the rulership of Christ the righteous King. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45 AM for our Worship Gatherings as we jump into this amazing section of Scripture.
The Mysterious Cosmic Conflict Part 2
The Mysterious Cosmic Conflict Part 1