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The Book of Revelation
By Ed Young
April 3, 2016
Revelation is unquestionably one of the most intriguing books of the Bible. For centuries, people have studied it, debated it, and critiqued it. But how often do we look at the overall picture of this book and understand what it means in our lives?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young gives us a panoramic picture of Revelation. As he unpacks the principles, prophecies, and promises found in the last book of the Bible, we discover how it can help us get the most out of every day of our lives.
I’m sure you have one of those panoramic features, the panoramic pictures. You know, I love to take panoramic pictures but to be totally candid I don’t use that feature enough. It’s time consuming. And then when you’re scrolling through your pictures it’s sort of difficult to see the essence of a panoramic picture.
ILLUS: But several years ago Lisa had this bucket list trip. She said, “Honey, would you please take me to the Grand Canyon?” I did and we did a panoramic view. We went with a couple of tourists in this helicopter, Maverick Tours, if you’re ever in the area. We flew down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, had a little lunch.
I took the panoramic picture. And the panoramic picture looks good on these giant screens but who has screens that big in their home? I don’t. Maybe you do. There’s no way you can capture the essence of the Grand Canyon unless you’re there, literally there on the floor of this wonder of the world. But a panoramic view, a panoramic picture does help. But an old-school Polaroid, that’s kind of pathetic.
Well today I want to talk to you about a panoramic picture of a different kind. I want to talk to you about the panoramic picture of prophecy. Prophecy, the end times. Prophecy, what’s going to unfold in the future. A panoramic view of prophecy and specifically I want to go through a panoramic view of the book of Revelation.
What does Revelation mean? What is Revelation about? It’s very confusing. It’s compelling, it’s full of symbolism. And here’s what I love about the book of Revelation. Basically the book of Revelation has one message. We win.
So I’m not going to do this series to scare you. I’m not going to do this series just to inform you. I pray that this series conforms you into the image of Christ. What can happen is we can get so caught up in the book of Revelation, about the who and the why and the when, that we miss the do part, the “so-what? principle.” In other words, here's the book of Revelation. Here’s the end times. How does it affect me where I live today? That’s the most important thing. We are, though, going to get into some of the unique stuff, some of the symbolism, and some of the futuristic things that I believe will cause us to go wow! Because the book of Revelation means the reveal. The interesting about the reveal is Jesus is the one doing the revealing.
The Book of Revelation
April 10, 2016
The book of Revelation has many aspects to it that many people find it confusing and confounding. But the fact is, the central theme of the book is comforting and can conform us to the life God wants for us.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young breaks down the central focus of the book and the fact that it was originally a letter written for specific people, in specific places, at a specific time. But that letter can also speak clearly to us today as well. As we look at the words penned to the seven churches of the province of Asia, we discover just how they can impact and improve our lives today.
ILLUS: The final round of the Masters is today. How many here have ever been to Augusta National Golf Course? I haven’t but lift your hand if you’ve been to Augusta National? Arguably the most beautiful course in the world. That’s right, the final round is today. The tension mounts. Someone will win the Masters. Somebody’s gonna win the Masters. I’ve been talking about a book in the Bible that’s sort of like the final round of the Masters.
I’ve been talking about the book of Revelation. It is the most compelling, controversial, and mysterious book in all of the 66 books of the Bible. It’s the golden thread that ties everything together.
In the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, we learn a lot about Jesus. Yet Jesus was sort of veiled in the gospels. He had moments where he unveiled himself. In Revelation he has revealed himself. It’s almost like a sculptor has made this beautiful, beautiful bronze and it’s draped. Then you take the drape off and people are like, “whoa!”
That’s the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is the reveal. It’s about the final things. We get the word apocalypsis from the book of Revelation. Sometimes I say that word and people are like, “whoa! Apocalypsis, man. You talking about the end times.”
I’m not doing this to scare anybody. I’m not doing this to freak you out. I’m doing this to build our faith. I’m doing this to give us comfort.
ILLUS: Did you watch the National Championship game? I’m jumping to basketball now, from golf to basketball. Did you see that? Villanova had the ball. Time was melting off the clock. They did a beautiful job of time management. The guy took the shot and when he took the shot time was melting off the clock, and literally when the ball went through the rim and went through the net the buzzer sounded and the Villanova Wildcats won the National Championship.
I think that’s what we should think about as we’re studying the book of Revelation. One eye on the clock, yet so many people, when they study Revelation, are so into the clock. “When’s it going to happen? When’s the end of the world? And how about this? And maybe our president is the antichrist and then Putin is his helper. And the horse with 17 spots and seals…”
It’s so easy, isn’t it? To get lost in the trees that we forget the forest. We need to have our eyes on the game clock. Understand time is melting off the clock. But also we’ve got to play. We’ve got to shoot the ball. The theme of Revelation is we win. We win!
“The Timeline of the End of Times”
April 17, 2016
The book of Revelation is mysterious. Perhaps no more confusing topic in it exists that the end times. People ask questions like: What will the end look like? What will happen? Are we in the midst of that end now?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young breaks down the biblical timeline of the end times. As we discover where things will fall and what will occur, however, we discover God’s truth that those who are Christ followers have a sense of hope, purpose, and direction today.
The book of Revelation is a very compelling yet confusing book. If someone says, oh I understand Revelation, you’re talking to someone who doesn’t. Because it’s mysterious, it’s factual, yet it’s very allegorical, very symbolic, and it’s hard to know exactly what’s going to take place. That’s why I’ve been doing sort of a panoramic photograph of the book.
I love the panoramic feature on my phone, yet it’s sad to say I rarely use it and it’s difficult when you scroll through pictures to actually appreciate a panoramic view. But I still like saying, oh yeah, I’ve got the panoramic feature on my phone. And most people do. When it comes to the book of Revelation it’s critical that those of us who are believers, and I know we have others who are not believers, but it’s critical for those of us who are believers to understand the fact. I’ve been talking about this a lot, we win, that’s huge. The book of Revelation talks about that. And #2, that we will get blessed when we study the book of Revelation. It doesn’t say when we understand it. The Bible says when we study it, when we read it.
As I alluded to in one of the sessions, I took theology in seminary from a gentleman by the name of Dr. L. Russ Bush. And Dr. Bush talked about the theology, the beauty of children’s books. He used children’s books because children’s books usually end “and they lived happily ever after.” They usually end with that sort of ending. And Dr. Bush said we’re made for that ending. We’re made, every one is made, to live happily ever after.
You know those batteries, Eveready? I love those things. I like that name. Eveready. Are you ready for everlasting life? All of us are gonna live, the Bible says, every single person will exist either in one of two places. Either we’ll live together forever with Jesus or we’ll live apart from Jesus. With Jesus is a place called Heaven, apart from Jesus is a place called Hell.
Invariably people always say, well I have problems with God. How can a good God hurl man to Hell? God doesn’t hurl or slam-dunk anyone to Hell. We make that choice. As we’ve learned through the book of Revelation, Hell was not designed for man. Hell was designed for the devil and the demons. So if someone goes to Hell, sadly because our church is so massive and we have so many people watching, so many people involved, I’m sure some of you will end up going to Hell, but you’ll go against God’s agenda. But because of the fact that we have a choice, God says to you and he says to me at the end of the life, at the end of our existence, Hey, you know what? You wanted to keep distance from me on planet Earth and you did that. You did a good job. You will have that in eternity, Hell. So Hell is real. Hell is real.
“The Judgment of God”
April 24, 2016
It’s a common accusation in today’s world. “Don’t judge me, man!” People say this in response to something wrong being pointed out in their lives. But what does true judgment look like?
In this message, Pastor Ed Young opens the book of Revelation to reveal the only true Judge there is – Jesus Christ. As we look at the ultimate form of judgment, for Christians and non-Christian, we discover that God’s judgment is perfect. And when we understand His judgment in heaven, we discover how to get the most out of life on earth.
“Don’t judge me. That’s right. Don't judge me. Don’t tell me what I’m doing wrong. Don’t point out anything negative in my life.”
That’s such a popular phrase, isn’t it, in our culture? Our politically correct, non-confrontational, soft culture. Don’t judge me! What are we saying when we say don’t judge me? Basically we’re saying don’t point out the stuff in my life that’s wrong, that’s bad, that’s negative, especially don’t call it sin. In reality that statement, don’t judge me, is ludicrous. Because we can't judge other people. I can't judge you, you can't judge me. Because we’re not God. I can point out things in your life when you respect me enough and love me enough, and when there’s enough affinity. I can point out things in your life that you need to work on, or inconsistencies, or maybe blind spots. So you’re telling me when I say that to you I’m judging you? Heck no. Heck no. So that whole thing is a bunch of bunk. That statement is crazy. That line of thinking is false. For the most part when I say don’t judge me, I’m making a statement of judgment when I make the statement.
Well today we’re talking about a very controversial subject, a subject that you don’t hear discussed very much. You’re not going to see this on coffee mugs, or on little signs above the kitchen sinks, or on t-shirts. I’m talking to you today about the judgment of God.
We’re in a series on the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation is about the final things. It’s the book of the reveal. What’s Revelation about? Jesus. Who is it about? Jesus. Why, what? Jesus. The Bible is about Jesus. The book of Revelation is about Jesus. Notice in the other Scriptures, specifically the Gospels, you’ve got Jesus as the Savior. You have him as Lord. Now in the book of Revelation in many times, in many circumstances, you have him as the righteous judge. You have him as our sovereign leader. Now all the returns are in. Now all of the accountants are making their final deductions. It is it. It is over. And we can tell, can’t we, by just the way the world is going, we’re moving toward the end. We’re moving toward the judgment.
We all have that judgment chip in our lives. We have that thing about us that says wrongs need to be right. I mean, someone has got to pay for what’s happening. We have that within us. I’m going to talk about two aspects of judgment. Again, this is not popular but this is Bible. It is prolific. It’s something that every single one of us needs to understand and download into our lives. I am going to talk to you about judgment, specifically the judgment of judgment of Christians.
The Book Of Revelation Handouts
Few writings in history spark as much intrigue and interest as the book of Revelation. Written in language that can often be mysterious and crafted in a form that confounds, this book speaks of things that are difficult for us to understand and hard for us to process. Many find themselves asking, “Do the words captured in the book of Revelation really have anything to do with us?” For centuries, this book has been debated and dissected.
In this new series by Pastor Ed Young, we crack open the Book of Revelation to reveal the truth it contains and discover the possibilities it possesses. Because when it comes to experiencing the life God has for us, we can no longer run from Revelation. It’s time to open it, embrace it, and apply it to our everyday lives.