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A study of Revelation, chapters 6-8.
Zechariah’s text is applied to Jesus by the New Testament. Doing so also makes us the ones responsible for his death. “Look upon the one we have pierced and mourn”. But, for this prophet’s apocalyptic imagination, we are prisoners not to fear or grief or guilt. We are prisoners of HOPE.
A “brand plucked from the burning”, from “filthy clothes” to “festal apparel”, and “omens” of the Branch to come . . . three powerful images that shape our identity as the people of God. With an introduction to the historical context and the apocalyptic imagination.
Peter Talks about the Visons Daniel has in relation to the Four Beasts, each pertaining to a certain Kingdom Between Daniels' time and that of Jesus. Which Kingdom do we serve?
Last week one of the things we learned was how the Bible defines "the last days" - and it is quite different than how they are commonly talked about in our culture. Yet does this matter? This week, among other things, we will look a bit at how science and movies view "apocalyptic" things. Whether we realize it or not, talk about "the end" is nothing new. We will also look at the importance of a little word called genre and how it impacts reading and understanding the Bible.
Series: Preparing for What's Ahead (Part 2) - The literary genre known as "apocalyptic" was introduced in the first sermon (September 27, 2009) of this series. In this second sermon you will learn more about apocalyptic. Ten guidelines (with thanks to Dr. David R. Mains) for understanding apocalyptic are presented and explained. These guidelines will enable you to better understand the meaning of those parts of the Bible that contain the strange symbols, numbers and events that characterize the apocalyptic literary form. You will come to know, too, why God chose apocalyptic to communicate with those who lived at the time the words were written, and why it is important for us to hear what God is saying to us nearly two thousand years later.
Series: Preparing for What's Ahead (Part 1) - There have been many turbulent and unsettling times in history. Are we going through just another difficult period, or is there something special about this time? This series will help you better understand what is the same and what is different about our present crises. It will enable you to understand that God loves you and cares very much for you, and that God has provided you with invaluable insights into both what is unfolding and how you may live so that you can be most helpful to God, to others and to yourself. This introductory message describes why an examination at this time of a series of certain biblical texts written in the literary form called "apocalyptic" is even more important than it was in the past. Those hearing this message and upcoming messages are invited to participate at one of three levels, with each successive level providing a greater opportunity for learning and benefit.
This is a start of a series on Revelations. Revelations is primarily about things that are to take place, from the time it was written till the time of Christ. This revelation came from Jesus Christ, so we must listen to what is being said! So lets see this Jesus Christ, His Glory, His Mercy and we will also see how this applies to the church.
There has always been a hope of restoring Jerusalem... or at least a community that will reflect the "Zion of God." The first Zionist movement took place with the returning exiles from Babylon/Persia. Zechariah reminds the remnant that they are a part of God's plan to restore a new Jerusalem. It would be prosperous, populace, and a place for -- Gentiles!?! A presentation of the Gospel is played out with Joshua the High Priest in chapter 3. It is the basis for how all who are called by God, Jewish and Gentile, will become a part of the New Jerusalem!
"You've returned to the land; you've returned to the work; but have you returned to ME?" The prophet Zechariah opens his text by revealing the anger of the Lord -- and somehow, we are supposed to return to an angry God? How do we return to God rightly? Why would God accept us? How do we acknowledge this "returning" in our corporate worship of God?