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“The Epilogue” (Revelation 22:12-21)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, July 5, 2015

Revelation 22:12–21 (NIV)

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.




1.    Christ, the Alpha and the Omega, will bring both salvation and judgment at his coming (vv. 12-16).

a.    Salvation: The reward for Christ’s people at his coming (vv. 12-14)


See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. (Isa. 40:10, NIV)

b.    Judgment: The exclusion from paradise for the wicked (v. 15).


2.    In light of Christ’s coming, we are provided with a joyous invitation and a solemn warning (vv. 17-19).

a.    A joyous invitation: come and drink the water of life (v. 17)
b.    A solemn warning: don’t tamper with Christ’s message, but obey it (vv. 18-19).


Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.  2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you. (Deut. 4:1-2, NIV)

20 The LORD will never be willing to forgive them; his wrath and zeal will burn against them. All the curses written in this book will fall on them, and the LORD will blot out their names from under heaven.  21 The LORD will single them out from all the tribes of Israel for disaster, according to all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law. (Deut. 29:20-21, NIV)

3.    John’s final benediction (vv. 20-21).

a.    Jesus’ testimony: “I am coming soon”
b.    John’s amen: “Come, Lord Jesus.”
c.    John’s benediction: “The Lord’s grace to God’s people.”


Main Idea: In light of Christ’s soon coming, may we accept his invitation to find eternal life and heed his warning so that we may be partakers of his grace.

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“John and the Angel” (Revelation 22:6–11)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, June 28, 2015

Revelation 22:6–11 (NIV)
 
6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”



1.    An Affirmation of Truth (vv. 6, 8) .

6 The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place." (Rev. 22:6, NIV)

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.  (Rev. 22:8, NIV)

2.    A Blessing for Obedience (v. 7).

7 "Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll." (Rev. 22:7, NIV)

3.    A Partnership in Worship (vv. 8–9).

"Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!" (Rev. 22:9, NIV)

4.    A Declaration of Imminence (v. 10).

7 "Look, I am coming soon!  (Rev. 22:7, NIV)

10 Then he told me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. (Rev. 22:10, NIV)

26 "The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future." (Dan. 8:26, NIV)

4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge." (Dan. 12:4, NIV)

9 He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. (Dan. 12:9, NIV)

5.    A Warning to Pay Attention to the Message (v. 11).

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy." (Rev. 22:11, NIV)

27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.' Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.   (Ezek. 3:27, NIV)

9 He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.  10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Dan. 12:9-10, NIV)

Main Idea: We who worship God need to listen to and obey his Word of Truth, remain faithful to the end, and look forward in hope to our eternal blessing.

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“Paradise Regained” (Revelation 22:1–5)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, June 14, 2015

Revelation 22:1–5 (NIV)

22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.




1.    The New Jerusalem is a New Eden, a restoration of all that was lost in the Fall.

2.    The New Jerusalem is characterized first and foremost by the unmediated presence of God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ.

3.    The New Jerusalem is a place of unending life, joy, peace, and sustenance (symbolized by the life giving water and the life giving fruit of the tree(s) of life).

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter. The Lord will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one Lord, and his name the only name.” (Zechariah 14:8–9, NIV)

The man brought me back to the entrance to the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me around the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was trickling from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross. He asked me, “Son of man, do you see this?” Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”” (Ezekiel 47:1–12, NIV)


“In that day the mountains will drip new wine, and the hills will flow with milk; all the ravines of Judah will run with water. A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house and will water the valley of acacias.” (Joel 3:18, NIV)

A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters.” (Genesis 2:10, NIV)


4.    In the New Jerusalem, all of God’s people, from Israel and all the nations, who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb will reign with God forever as an eternal kingdom of priests.

Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”” (Exodus 19:5–6, NIV)

you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5, NIV)

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9–10, NIV)

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” (Revelation 1:5–6, NIV)

And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”” (Revelation 5:9–10, NIV)


Main Idea: One day, God will dwell with his redeemed, victorious people in a New Edenic Paradise, and we will reign as kings and priests forever with him.

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“The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:9–27)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, June 7, 2015

Revelation 21:9–27
(NIV)

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.




1.    The New Jerusalem in the new earth is the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophetic expectation for the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem (cf. Ezek 40–48).

2.    The New Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ the Lamb.

3.    God’s eternal dwelling place with his redeemed and glorified people will be a terrestrial one, not a heavenly one.

4.    All the people of God from both Old and New Covenants share a common essential unity and a common destiny as the New Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb.

5.    All the people of God, everyone whose name is in the book of life, will enjoy direct access to God’s glorious presence as the high priest did under the Old Covenant.

Main Idea: Everyone redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and recorded in his book of life may look forward with great anticipation to the time when we will enjoy direct and unbroken fellowship with our glorious God.

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“Making Everything New” (Revelation 21:1–8)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist Church/Sunday PM, May 31, 2015

Revelation 21:1–8 (NIV)

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”  for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’  or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”



1.    Heaven comes to earth (vv. 1–2).

2.    God dwells with his people in joy (vv. 3–4).

3.    The eternal, almighty God finishes his eternal plan by restoring all things (vv. 5–6).

4.    God grants eternally life giving water and a glorious inheritance to those who overcome in faith to the end (vv. 6–7).

5.    Only God’s people will inherit the new heaven and new earth; all others will receive their justly deserved eternal punishment (v. 8) .

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“The Last Judgment” (Revelation 20:11–15)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/May 3, 2015

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
(Revelation 20:11–15, NIV)



9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.  10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"  11 Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. (Rev. 6:9-11, NIV)

1.    The Awesome Presence of God (v. 11)

25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.  27 But you remain the same, and your years will never end.  (Psalm 102:25-27, NIV)

12 I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red,  13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.  14 The heavens receded like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.  15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and everyone else, both slave and free, hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!  17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?" (Rev. 6:12-17, NIV)

2.    The Resurrection of All the Dead (v. 12)

"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-- everyone whose name is found written in the book-- will be delivered.  2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.  3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. (Dan. 12:1-3, NIV)

3.    The Triumph of True Justice (v. 12–13)

10 A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened. (Dan. 7:10, NIV)

7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.  8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God's holy people.)  (Rev. 19:7-8, NIV)

31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.  32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.  34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'  40 "The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' (Matt. 25:31-40, NIV)

4.    The End of Death and the Grave (v. 14)

5.    The Final Punishment of the Wicked (v. 15)

Main Idea: The holy God will finally judge sinners and justly punish them for eternity for their rebellion against their Creator.

Response of an unbeliever to this passage:
⦁    Fear and trembling before a holy God who judges sinners
⦁    Acknowledgement of personal sin and rebellion
⦁    Repentance and plea for mercy from God through Christ now before the judgment
⦁    Refusal to delay repentance for the sake of fleeting pleasures

Response of a believer to this passage:
⦁    Awe and fear before our holy God
⦁    Praise for the justice of God
⦁    Gratitude for the mercy of God that has placed our names in the book of life through Christ’s blood shed for us
⦁    Hope in the future mercy of God that spares repentant sinners from this awful fate
⦁    Loving concern for those who will likely be condemned to this fate without responding to the gospel

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“Reigning with Christ” (Revelation 20:1–10)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/April 26, 2015

Revelation 20:1–10 (NIV)

The Thousand Years

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

The Judgment of Satan

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.




Interpretive Challenges
⦁    Is this text chronologically after the events of 19:11-21 or is it a flashback, looking more closely at an event already described?
⦁    Are these events on earth or in heaven?
⦁    What is the abyss and where is it?
⦁    To what extent is Satan bound during the time described? What are his limits?
⦁    Should the 1,000 years be understood literally or figuratively for a long but indefinite period of time?
⦁    Is this “1,000 years” future or figuratively descriptive of an event already passed or currently happening?
⦁    Why will Satan be set free after this period of time to deceive the nations again?
⦁    Who are those seated on the thrones? Are they the martyrs described in verse 4?
⦁    What does it mean that these martyrs came to life? Is this bodily resurrection or a spiritual resurrection?
⦁    Do only the martyrs come to life?
⦁    Who comes to life after the 1,0oo years? What kind of resurrection is theirs? Spiritual or Physical? Who is raised at the second resurrection? Only the wicked or also including believers who were not raised at the first resurrection?
⦁    Does the blessing of verse 6 mean that all believers are raised at the first resurrection or is this just a particular blessing on the martyrs who are raised then?
⦁    Who are Gog and Magog?
⦁    Is the battle of verses 7-10 the same as 19:11-21 or different?

Views on the Millennium
⦁    Premillennialism
⦁    Amillennialism (or Realized Millennialism)
⦁    Postmillennialism

Premillennialism
⦁    Jesus Christ will return to earth and then will set up a literal 1,000 year kingdom on earth, Satan being bound.
⦁    Release of Satan and deceiving of the nations
⦁    Final battle that Christ wins
⦁    Judgment of Satan
⦁    Final Judgment of all people
⦁    Eternity – new heavens/new earth

Amillennialism
⦁    Not a literal 1,000 years, but refers to the current reign of Christ from heaven over the world through his church.
⦁    Satan is partially bound while the gospel advances, followed by a great deception at the end of the age.
⦁    Deceased saints reign with Christ in heaven (resurrection is spiritual).
⦁    Christ returns, final judgment, eternity

Postmillennialism
⦁    Literal or figurative 1,000 years
⦁    Not the whole church age, but a climactic age which will see the triumph of the gospel in the world affecting all elements of society.
⦁    Christ will return to a world Christianized by the gospel and the Spirit.
⦁    Final judgment and eternity

Key Question
⦁    Does Revelation 20 describe an intermediate kingdom reign of Christ subsequent to the present age of the church and previous to the eternal state of a new heavens and new earth?

The Intermediate Kingdom
⦁    The events of 20:1-10 are subsequent to 19:11-21.
⦁    Christ returns and defeats foes who persecuted his church
⦁    Raises his church bodily from the grave and reigns with them on earth for 1,000 years.
⦁    After one final deception, Satan is judged.
⦁    A general resurrection of all before final judgment.
⦁    New heavens/new earth.

Main Reasons
⦁    The description of the binding of Satan does not fit the current age.
⦁    The use of “come to life” strongly favors a bodily resurrection. A two-stage resurrection favors an intermediate kingdom.
⦁    Fits with OT Prophets’ presentation of a future messianic kingdom.
⦁    Jewish apocalyptic literature anticipated an intermediate messianic kingdom.

Walkthrough Revelation 20
⦁    The binding of Satan will limit his ability to deceive the peoples from embracing Christ and the Gospel.
⦁    When Christ returns he will raise all of his redeemed who lived faithfully for him in this world.
⦁    Christ’s resurrected saints will reign with him on earth in an age of peace, prosperity, and righteousness.
⦁    Toward the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, Satan will be set free to deceive the nations one last time.
⦁    All those in opposition to Christ (represented by Gog/Magog) will be defeated.
⦁    Those not raised in the 1st resurrection will be raised to be judged.
⦁    In keeping with Daniel 12 and Matthew 25, the final judgment will separate once and for all the righteous from the wicked.
⦁    The wicked will be punished for all eternity; the righteous will enter into the eternal kingdom in a new heavens/new earth.

Main Idea of Revelation 20
⦁    Those who are faithful to Christ and suffer for him can look forward in hope to the future time when they will share in Christ’s glorious reign.
⦁    The struggles and persecutions of this life for Christ are not in vain, but will be rewarded in his coming kingdom.

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“The Triumph of the King” (Revelation 19:11–21)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/April 19, 2015

Revelation 19:11–21
(NIV)

The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”  He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

king of kings and lord of lords.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.



1.    The Glorious Appearance of the King at His Second Coming (vv. 11–16).

2.    The Ultimate Triumph of the King at the Last Battle (vv. 17–21).

Main Idea: When King Jesus returns, he will return as a triumphant warrior and divine judge who will vindicate his faithful servants and destroy his wicked foes.

So, no matter how dire the present circumstances may appear for God’s people, in the end Christ and his people win.

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“Jesus’ Grace to Peter (and Us)” (John 21:15–17)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/April 19, 2015

“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:15–17, NIV)



1.    Jesus initiates a meeting with Peter. (Jesus goes seeking for his broken disciples.)

2.    Jesus questions Peter’s identity. (Jesus reminds us that we are not our own but belong to him. Our true identity is in him.)

3.    Jesus questions Peter’s self-confident pride. (Jesus strips away our own strength and confidence in ourselves and our tendency to compare ourselves with others.)

4.    Jesus questions Peter’s loyalty and love (3 times).

5.    Jesus humbles Peter so that he might graciously restore him and commission him for ministry.

Main Idea: Jesus delights in graciously restoring broken sinners, especially his own disciples who royally mess up!

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“The Lord God Almighty Reigns” (Revelation 19:1–10)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/April 12, 2015

Revelation 19:1–10 (NIV)

Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall

19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:

“Hallelujah!

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

2 for true and just are his judgments.

He has condemned the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.

He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”

And again they shouted:

“Hallelujah!

The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

“Amen, Hallelujah!”

Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God,

all you his servants,

you who fear him,

both great and small!”

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

“Hallelujah!

For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and be glad

and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

Fine linen, bright and clean,

was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”




1.    The LORD is worthy of praise because his eternal justice means salvation for his people and judgment on his enemies.

2.    The LORD is worthy of praise because of his coming kingdom and the wedding of the Lamb.

3.    Only the LORD is worthy of praise, not any other being in the universe.

Main Idea: The Lord God Almighty Reigns and is worthy of eternal, universal praise.

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“Fellowship with the Risen Christ” (John 21:1–14)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/April 12, 2015

John 21:1–14 (NIV)

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.” (John 21:1–14, NIV)

 
1.    The Risen Christ is pleased to use ordinary people engaged in ordinary occupations with all their faults and insecurities to accomplish his mission in this world.

2.    The Risen Christ shows compassion for his disciples by providing physically and financially for them while also preparing them for their mission.

3.    The Risen Christ demonstrates his divine knowledge and power.

4.    The Risen Christ performs miracles like those during his previous ministry, showing him to be the same Jesus, now risen from the dead.

5.    The Risen Christ eats and fellowships with his disciples, serving them and providing for their needs.

6.    The Risen Christ shows concern for the confident faith of his disciples.

Main Idea: Jesus verifies the reality of his bodily resurrection and confirms the faith of his disciples as he prepares them for their future gospel mission.

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“False Teaching” (1 Timothy 4:1–5)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/April 8, 2015

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:1–5, NIV)

1.    The presence of false teaching should not surprise us (v. 1)

2.    We should not be surprised by the source of false teaching (vv. 1–2).

3.    We should not be deceived by the asceticism of some false teachers (vv. 3–5).

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“The Transformative Power of the Empty Tomb” (John 20:1–31)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Easter Sunday AM/April 5, 2015

1.    Jesus’ Resurrection Transforms Confusion into Understanding.

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.” (John 20:1–10, NIV)

2.    Jesus’ Resurrection Transforms Sorrow into Mission.

“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.” (John 20:11–18, NIV)

3.    Jesus’ Resurrection Transforms Fear into Joy and Peace.

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”” (John 20:19–23, NIV)

4.    Jesus’ Resurrection Transforms Doubt into Faith.

“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”” (John 20:24–29, NIV)

5.    Jesus’ Resurrection Transforms Your               into Faith.

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30–31, NIV)

a.    Where are you now?

i.    Confusion?
ii.    Sorrow, Depression, Anxiety, Worry?
iii.    Fear?
iv.    Doubt or Skepticism?
v.    Indifference or Apathy?

b.    Where is this story drawing you?

i.    To Faith (vv. 30–31).
ii.    A Faith that understands the gospel and its claims regarding God, man, sin, Christ, and salvation.
iii.    A Faith that is sent on mission, compelled to share the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe.
iv.    A Faith that is unafraid of people, unafraid of the cost, unafraid of trading this life for the sake of true and lasting joy.
v.    A Faith that is moved from doubt to abiding confidence in the risen Christ, seeing what is unseen and looking forward to the future hope that is held out to us in the gospel.

Main Idea: Because Christ is risen from the dead and his tomb is empty, he has the power to radically transform lives from fearful, sorrowful, skeptical unbelief into confident, joyful, and enduring faith.

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“The Suffering Savior” (Isaiah 52:13–53:12)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Thursday PM/April 2, 2015

Isaiah 52:13–53:12 (NIV)

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely;
he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand.
53 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, 
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.

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“The Crucifixion and Burial of Our Savior” (John 19:1–42)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/March 29, 2015

1.    Jesus endured our shame and physical abuse.

“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.” (John 19:1–16, NIV)

2.    Jesus endured the curse of our sin and the wrath of God for us.

“Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.” This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, “They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” So this is what the soldiers did. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:17–27, NIV)

3.    Jesus endured death and the grave for us.

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken,” and, as another scripture says, “They will look on the one they have pierced.” Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away. He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” (John 19:28–42, NIV)

Main Idea: Jesus endured our shame, our abuse, our curse, God’s wrath, our death, and the grave for us that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life.

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“The Pillar and Foundation of the Truth” (1 Timothy 3:14–16)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/March 25, 2015

“Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” (1 Timothy 3:14–16, NIV)

1.    The local church must receive and obey the truth (v. 14-15a).

2.    The local church must uphold the truth.

a.    The church is God’s house.
b.    The church belongs to the living God.
c.    The church is the pillar and foundation of the truth.


Main Idea: It is the responsibility of the local church to support, protect, and propagate the truth.

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“The Fall of Babylon the Great” (Revelation 18:1–19:10)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday PM/March 22, 2015

1.    The world laments over the fall of the great city of Rome (1–3).

“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’ She has become a dwelling for demons and a haunt for every impure spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”” (Revelation 18:1–3, NIV)

2.    The churches are warned to separate from Roman paganism, pleasure, and luxury, so as to not be judged with the world (4–8).

“Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “ ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation 18:4–8, NIV)

3.    The kings and merchants of the Roman world collectively mourn the destruction of their source of wealth, security, and pleasure (9–19).

““When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour your doom has come!’ “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore—cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood, and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze, iron and marble; cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold as slaves. “They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you. All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’ The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn and cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls! In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’ “Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off. When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’ They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning cry out: “ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’” (Revelation 18:9–19, NIV)

4.    The fall of Rome represents the final and sure destiny of all who oppress and persecute God’s holy people (20–24).

““Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God! Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with the judgment she imposed on you.” Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said: “With such violence the great city of Babylon will be thrown down, never to be found again. The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters, will never be heard in you again. No worker of any trade will ever be found in you again. The sound of a millstone will never be heard in you again. The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell all the nations were led astray. In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”” (Revelation 18:20–24, NIV)

5.    God’s people rejoice in his sovereign justice when sin is ultimately judged and God reigns supreme (19:1–10).

“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both great and small!” Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.) Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”” (Revelation 19:1–10, NIV)

Main Idea: God’s chosen people should not find their joy in the sins and luxuries of this world; rather they should look with eagerness for the coming kingdom of God when his justice is carried out on a sinful world.

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“Peter Denies Jesus” (John 18:15–18, 25–27)
Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sunday AM/March 22, 2015

“Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the servant girl on duty there and brought Peter in. “You aren’t one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” she asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.” (John 18:15–18, NIV)

“Meanwhile, Simon Peter was still standing there warming himself. So they asked him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” He denied it, saying, “I am not.” One of the high priest’s servants, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, challenged him, “Didn’t I see you with him in the garden?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment a rooster began to crow.” (John 18:25–27, NIV)

1.    Peter’s denial is a fulfillment of Jesus’ own prophetic words.

“Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!” (John 13:37–38, NIV)

2.    Peter’s denial is an example of the truth that Jesus would have to bear the weight of our sins all alone on the cross, abandoned by his closest friends.

3.    Peter’s denial is a reminder that in our own flesh we are often over-confident, but in reality we are too weak to meet real life challenges to our faith.

4.    Peter’s repeated denials illustrate the truth that sin progressively binds the sinner.

5.    Peter’s denials reveal the power of the fear of man to ensnare us.

6.    Peter’s denials and Jesus’ forgiveness reminds us that we stand only by the undeserved grace of God for sinners.

“Jesus Is Interrogated” (John 18:19–24, 28–40)

“Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.” When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded. “If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.” (John 18:19–24, NIV)

“Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?” “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” “But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected. This took place to fulfill what Jesus had said about the kind of death he was going to die. Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” “You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.” (John 18:28–40, NIV)

1.    The interrogation of Jesus before Annas reveals the illegality and injustice that Jesus’ accusers would use to murder Jesus (19–24).

2.    The interrogation of Jesus before Annas reveals that Jesus was on the side of truth and openness, while his accusers were steeped in deception, plots, and manipulation (19–24).

3.    The trial of Jesus before Pilate reveals the hypocrisy of outward religion (28).

4.    Jesus is a true King, but his Kingdom is not a typical earthly kingdom with armies and political alignments. His Kingdom is a spiritual, heavenly one that unworthy sinners enter into by faith (33–36).

5.    Pilate’s skepticism regarding truth reflects our current postmodern age; but this narrative also reminds us that truth can only be found ultimately in Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life (37–38).

6.    Pilate’s willingness to release a condemned man and punish an innocent man reveals the pull of our depraved hearts toward ease, physical security, and the praise of man (38–39).

7.    Jesus’ standing in the place of Barabbas is a picture of what he came to do in his larger mission for sinners (39–40).

Main Idea: Christ endured the abandonment and denial of his friends and the injustice and manipulation of his enemies so that he might rescue sinners from death.

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“Servants in the Church” (1 Timothy 3:8–13)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Wed PM/March 18, 2015 

1 Timothy 3:1–13 (NIV)

3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Main Idea: The needs of the church of Jesus Christ must be met by faithful servants who are mature examples of the Christian faith.

 

The deacon’s responsibility (v.8). A deacon is a servant.

                                                              i.      Diakanos means servant.

                                                           ii.      In one sense all Christians are servants.

                                                         iii.      Deacons in the technical sense are a specifically called out group of people who are given responsibility in the church to serve various needs within the congregation.

                                                          iv.      The area of service is determined by the needs of the congregation.

 

A deacon is not necessarily a teacher. A deacon is not an overseer. The deacon’s qualifications (vv. 8-12). Personal Character Spiritual Life Christian Service Moral Purity Home Life Qualifications for “women.” The deacon’s reward (v. 13).

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“The Adulterous Woman and the Beast” (Revelation 17:1–18)

Cameron Jungels/Eastside Baptist/Sun PM/March 15, 2015 

Revelation 17:1–18 (NIV)

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.”

Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery:

babylon the great

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.

When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.

“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. 10 They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. 11 The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

12 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. 16 The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”

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