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August 17, 2016
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  • - Bil Cornelius: "Oh Pastor,
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  • I'm struggling with this
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  • addiction, I'm struggling
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  • with this problem.
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  • I don't know how I'm gonna
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  • overcome this debt.
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  • I got this problem
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  • in my marriage.
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  • My kid's actin' up.
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  • My boss is all over me.
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  • I don't know what to do about
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  • this today.
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  • I just don't know what to do.
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  • I have no solutions.
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  • I just don't know what do to."
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  • Do you know what you can tap
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  • into any time you need it?
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  • The power of God is so much
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  • bigger and stronger than
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  • anything you're facing today.
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  • If I believe what God wanted
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  • to reveal to you today, it's not
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  • some crazy, weird stuff, but he
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  • wants to reveal to you that he
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  • is available for whatever
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  • you need right now.
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome,
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  • good to have you here.
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  • Thanks for comin'.
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  • I don't know what it is about
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  • preachers and revelation, but
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  • they always seem to be weird
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  • when they like
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  • the book of Revelation.
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  • I don't know what it is about
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  • that, but I mean,
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  • there's a lot of good ones.
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  • I'm not tryin' to knock every
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  • preacher here, you know,
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  • I are one, right?
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  • But, I mean, at the same time,
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  • it just seems like, if I'm
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  • watchin' TV, and some guy's
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  • talkin' about Revelation,
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  • it's always some guy who's
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  • a little odd.
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  • I'm just being honest right now,
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  • you know, they don't say Jesus,
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  • they say Jeezus, you know
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  • what I'm sayin'?
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  • They're like, "Turn or burn.
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  • Either you're gonna go
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  • to the sky, or you're gonna
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  • get French fried."
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  • I mean, it's just, like, I don't
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  • know what it is, but there's
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  • just somethin' weird
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  • about Revelation.
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  • People just kinda get freaked
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  • out with it, right?
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  • Do I think most people are going
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  • to die because they're havin' to
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  • take the mark of the beast
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  • and all this kinda stuff that's
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  • in the Bible?
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  • It's in the Bible, it's there,
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  • do I think all that's gonna
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  • happen one day?
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  • Yes.
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  • Do I think that it's probably
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  • gonna happen to you?
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  • Probably not.
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  • Statistically speaking, no, and
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  • that's my opinion, that's not
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  • necessarily theologically
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  • like I know because
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  • this Scripture says.
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  • If anyone who says, like, "Oh,
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  • it's gonna happen on this day
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  • because I know, blah, blah,
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  • blah," the Bible says that no
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  • one knows, so the moment you
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  • mention a date, you just
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  • disqualified yourself from
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  • knowing.
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  • So, it's kinda foolish to say,
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  • "Oh, no, it's gonna be in this
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  • particular day."
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  • I mean, you know, like, no, I
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  • actually do know when Jesus is
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  • gonna come back, it's gonna be
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  • the day before the Texans
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  • win the Super Bowl.
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  • That's when he's comin' back.
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  • I'm not bitter, not at all, no.
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  • It's all good, it's no big deal.
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  • Hey, do me a favor and take out
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  • your notes if you would,
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  • and let's talk about Revelation
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  • a little bit.
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  • You guys excited
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  • about this series?
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  • It's gonna be fun.
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  • I'm actually fired up.
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  • As we dive into this, I think
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  • it's pretty appropriate
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  • for you to know that
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  • in Revelation 1, verse 3,
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  • more on that Scripture
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  • next week, it says,
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  • "The end is near."
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  • That's actually a Bible verse,
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  • and so we're gonna talk about
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  • that a little bit next week,
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  • so I'm gonna kinda save that.
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  • But, I wanted to mention a
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  • couple things about Revelation,
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  • if I can.
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  • John, the guy who wrote the book
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  • of Revelation, was the oldest
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  • and longest-living disciple,
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  • okay.
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  • And so, he--theologians kind of
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  • argue his age a bit and say he
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  • wrote it somewhere between
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  • age 86 and 92,
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  • those are the 2 ages I've heard.
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  • I mean, that's up there
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  • in years, right?
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  • And so, basically, he was an
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  • older man when he wrote it.
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  • He was exiled
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  • to the Island of Patmos.
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  • Patmos was probably
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  • about a 5-mile long
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  • and 2-mile wide island,
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  • very small island, right?
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  • And so, and the reason they did
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  • that, to be exiled basically
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  • means they said, "We're tired
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  • of you preaching the gospel, we
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  • don't want everyone hearing
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  • about Jesus anymore, so you're
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  • gonna have to go live on that
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  • island where no one will hear
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  • from you anymore."
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  • So they tried to get rid of him.
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  • In doing that, since he was
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  • alone, he got out some paper,
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  • not like paper like we know it,
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  • but parchment, right,
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  • and he wrote Revelation.
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  • So, he actually became much more
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  • influential with the gospel by
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  • writing the book of Revelation
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  • since he couldn't
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  • go talk to people.
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  • Much like the Apostle Paul, when
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  • they tried to shut him up, it
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  • actually made him much louder
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  • and broader, 'cause he wrote
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  • all these letters.
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  • That make sense?
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  • So, when people try to shut you
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  • down from what God called you
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  • to do, even in their efforts
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  • to shut you down,
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  • it actually amplifies you.
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  • Isn't that cool to know that?
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  • God's gonna get his will done.
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  • Now, a couple things about
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  • Revelation I wanna mention, too,
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  • a couple quick things.
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  • The word "revelation" also comes
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  • from the work "apocalypses,"
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  • which is where we get the word
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  • "apocalypse," right?
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  • You guys know about the word
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  • "apocalypse"?
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  • People think,
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  • "Oh, that's a terrible word.
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  • It means calamity, and disaster,
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  • True, those are modern
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  • translations of that word, but
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  • the original word "apocalypses"
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  • means to unveil,
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  • it means to reveal.
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  • This is why we call it the book
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  • of reveal, which is also
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  • why it's called the book
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  • of Revelation.
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  • That make sense?
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  • And so, before we get any
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  • further into Revelation, I just
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  • wanna encourage you that what
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  • you really want to understand
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  • about Revelation is what's the
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  • theme, what's the heart of it?
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  • And the heart and the theme
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  • of Revelation is found in
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  • Revelation chapter 4.
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  • What I wanted to do was give you
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  • the backdrop of all of
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  • Revelation, and what it's
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  • purpose is, before we get into
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  • some of the scarier stuff
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  • that people are gonna ask
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  • all the questions about.
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  • "What about this?
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  • What about that?"
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  • We're gonna get into some of
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  • that, okay, but before we dive
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  • into that, I want you to
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  • understand the ultimate
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  • unveiling of Revelation is this.
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  • I got some really
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  • good news here.
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  • This is why you don't need
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  • to be scared.
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  • Because people say,
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  • "Oh, but it's gonna be the
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  • end of the world."
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  • Right, and in the end of the
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  • world, guess what happens?
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  • That's a good thing.
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  • Let's look at some Scripture.
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  • Revelation chapter 4, verse 1,
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  • "Then as I looked, I saw a door
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  • standing open in heaven, and the
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  • same voice I had heard
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  • before spoke to me
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  • like a trumpet blast."
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  • Over "voice," write the word
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  • "Jesus," this is his voice.
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  • "The voice said, 'Come up here,
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  • and I will show you what must
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  • happen after this.'"
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  • The reason we know that
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  • it's Jesus is 'cause Jesus
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  • is the only one who
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  • could give us access to the
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  • throne room of God.
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  • And so, Jesus, by dying on the
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  • cross, when he died on the
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  • cross, there was a veil that
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  • separated the Holy of Holies,
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  • the presence of God,
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  • from the people, and the veil
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  • was torn in two.
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  • So, it was through Christ
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  • that we get access to God.
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  • Or, as Jesus put it, "No man
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  • gets to the Father but through
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  • me," right?
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  • So, that's why we know Jesus
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  • is the one.
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  • He said, "Hey, John,
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  • come on in here.
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  • I wanna show you the cool stuff.
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  • Come in here.
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  • I'm gonna show you that this
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  • is where Daddy hangs out.
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  • This is where our heavenly
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  • Father resides."
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  • So, check it out.
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  • "I saw a door standing open in
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  • heaven, and the same voice
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  • I had heard before spoke to me
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  • like a trumpet blast.
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  • The voice said, 'Come up here
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  • and I will show you what must
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  • happen after this,' and
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  • instantly, I was in the Spirit."
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  • Now, don't be freaked out by
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  • that, that doesn't mean that he
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  • had an out-of-body experience.
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  • I've heard people say that, I'm
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  • like, "No, it means he was in
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  • the Sprit," in the same way that
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  • when you're in prayer, and God
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  • begins to speak to you in a
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  • powerful way, we would say
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  • you're in the Spirit.
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  • It doesn't mean you left,
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  • doesn't mean you've floated,
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  • or elevated, or somethin' like
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  • that, just means that in your
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  • prayer time, you sense God
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  • speaking to you.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So, he says, "Instantly, I was
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  • in the Spirit, and I saw a
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  • throne in heaven and someone
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  • sitting on it.
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  • The one sitting on the throne
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  • was as brilliant as gemstones
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  • like jasper and carnelian, and
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  • the glow of an emerald circled
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  • his throne like a rainbow."
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  • Wow, so the reality is, I mean,
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  • he's God.
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  • That must be awesome.
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  • Can you imagine?
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  • You don't have to imagine
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  • though, we have a description.
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  • Like, someone went and wrote
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  • a book about what they saw.
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  • This is so cool.
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  • Jesus is like, "Hey, come in.
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  • I wanna show you what the throne
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  • room looks like."
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  • Here's what else is in the
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  • throne room.
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  • "Twenty-four thrones surrounded
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  • him, and twenty-four elders
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  • sat on them.
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  • They were all clothed in white
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  • and had gold crowns
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  • on their heads."
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  • More about the crowns later
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  • on today.
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  • So, we know there were
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  • 24 elders, would you
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  • write this down?
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  • Twenty-four elders, which
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  • actually we believe represent
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  • twelve tribal leaders of Israel,
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  • and twelve apostles.
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  • That was kinda easy
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  • to figure out.
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  • Most theologians agree
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  • on that one, almost 99%.
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  • That's pretty clear, yeah, that
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  • makes sense that in the
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  • Old Testament you'd have
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  • 12 represented, and in the
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  • New Testament you'd have
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  • 12 represented, 'cause
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  • you've got 12 tribes of Israel,
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  • and in the New Testament
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  • you had 12 disciples.
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  • One of 'em didn't quite make it,
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  • Judas, right?
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  • But he got replaced by the
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  • Apostle Paul who was also
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  • an eyewitness to Jesus.
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  • "Apostle" means eyewitness.
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  • So, you've got 12 in the
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  • Old Testament,
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  • 12 in the New Testament,
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  • 24 elders.
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Are you with me?
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  • Alright, good, alright, don't
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  • you quit amenin' 'cause we're
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  • in classroom today, alright?
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  • I still want you to amen me,
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  • alright, come on now.
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  • So, number one, would you write
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  • this down.
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  • You've been invited to enter
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  • the very presence of God.
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  • You see, if you wanna know what
  • 00:07:59.050 --> 00:08:00.040
  • the book is tryin' to reveal
  • 00:08:00.040 --> 00:08:01.190
  • to you, it's tryin' to reveal
  • 00:08:01.190 --> 00:08:02.160
  • John is saying, "The coolest
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  • thing happened to me,"
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  • and he wrote it down.
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  • "I'm prayin', I'm talkin'
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  • to Jesus like I always do.
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  • I used to talk to him face
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  • to face, in person, you know,
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  • in the flesh.
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  • Then, he ascended to heaven, and
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  • I still talk to him 'cause he
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  • sent me the Holy Spirit,
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  • so I talk to him all the time.
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  • And I'm havin' the conversation
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  • with Jesus, and Jesus says,
  • 00:08:20.270 --> 00:08:21.270
  • 'Hey, John, I want you to come
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  • here with me,'" and he's like,
  • 00:08:23.180 --> 00:08:24.170
  • "Whoa," and he suddenly
  • 00:08:24.170 --> 00:08:25.270
  • realizes, "I'm in the Spirit,
  • 00:08:25.270 --> 00:08:26.270
  • this is crazy."
  • 00:08:26.270 --> 00:08:27.230
  • And Jesus says, "Follow me,
  • 00:08:27.230 --> 00:08:29.070
  • you're gonna love this.
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  • Check this out," and he begins
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  • to follow Jesus into the very
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  • presence of God the Father.
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  • Unbelievable,
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  • But this is what's cool about
  • 00:08:40.190 --> 00:08:42.000
  • this, you and I have been
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  • invited in, too.
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  • This is written because
  • 00:08:45.140 --> 00:08:46.080
  • God's tryin' to say, "You have
  • 00:08:46.080 --> 00:08:47.240
  • an open invitation.
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  • You are welcomed to come in."
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  • "Oh, I can't do that."
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  • Yes, you can, through Jesus
  • 00:08:52.290 --> 00:08:53.230
  • you can.
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  • What do you think prayer is?
  • 00:08:55.260 --> 00:08:58.060
  • It's going to the throne room.
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  • Theologians say that this
  • 00:09:00.210 --> 00:09:01.200
  • is the third heaven.
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  • Did you know there's three
  • 00:09:03.180 --> 00:09:04.060
  • heavens?
  • 00:09:04.060 --> 00:09:05.020
  • Now I'm really throwin' you off,
  • 00:09:05.020 --> 00:09:05.220
  • you're like, "No, I did not
  • 00:09:05.220 --> 00:09:06.150
  • expect that, Pastor.
  • 00:09:06.150 --> 00:09:07.060
  • Three heavens,
  • 00:09:07.060 --> 00:09:07.260
  • what are you talkin' about?"
  • 00:09:07.260 --> 00:09:08.170
  • It's actually one heaven, three
  • 00:09:08.170 --> 00:09:09.280
  • tiers, best way to explain it.
  • 00:09:09.280 --> 00:09:11.160
  • So, here's the three heavens,
  • 00:09:11.160 --> 00:09:12.220
  • if you will.
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  • The Apostle Paul referred to it
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  • as that, several other people
  • 00:09:14.050 --> 00:09:15.000
  • refer to it is that as well.
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  • The first heaven is when you
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  • just look up and you see the
  • 00:09:17.170 --> 00:09:18.230
  • sky, we call that the heavens,
  • 00:09:18.230 --> 00:09:19.160
  • okay?
  • 00:09:19.160 --> 00:09:20.090
  • The second level of heaven is
  • 00:09:20.090 --> 00:09:21.130
  • where the angels and the demons
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  • live, and this is where--and I
  • 00:09:22.280 --> 00:09:24.140
  • know you're thinkin' "Whoa,
  • 00:09:24.140 --> 00:09:25.130
  • demons are gonna be in heaven?"
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  • No, not that heaven, that's the
  • 00:09:26.110 --> 00:09:27.080
  • third heaven you're thinkin' of.
  • 00:09:27.080 --> 00:09:28.140
  • You're thinkin' of when
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  • I die I go to heaven,
  • 00:09:29.030 --> 00:09:29.240
  • that's the third heaven, okay?
  • 00:09:29.240 --> 00:09:31.160
  • But, the second level of heaven
  • 00:09:31.160 --> 00:09:32.180
  • is the spiritual realm
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  • that you and I don't see.
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  • There are battles going on
  • 00:09:34.210 --> 00:09:36.000
  • in the heavenlies.
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  • Does that make sense to you?
  • 00:09:37.250 --> 00:09:39.020
  • Okay, so that's the second level
  • 00:09:39.020 --> 00:09:40.070
  • of heaven, and then
  • 00:09:40.070 --> 00:09:40.290
  • the third level of heaven,
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  • it's called the third heaven,
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  • also called the throne room,
  • 00:09:43.120 --> 00:09:44.190
  • right, also just referred
  • 00:09:44.190 --> 00:09:46.020
  • to as paradise, right,
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:47.180
  • is where God resides.
  • 00:09:47.180 --> 00:09:50.010
  • Now, we know that his Spirit is
  • 00:09:50.010 --> 00:09:51.000
  • everywhere, of course, but he
  • 00:09:51.000 --> 00:09:52.050
  • resides in some type of physical
  • 00:09:52.050 --> 00:09:54.070
  • nature, as well as the Spiritual
  • 00:09:54.070 --> 00:09:55.250
  • nature, in a third heaven.
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  • There is a throne room,
  • 00:09:58.130 --> 00:10:00.210
  • so could you imagine seeing
  • 00:10:00.210 --> 00:10:02.180
  • this throne room?
  • 00:10:02.180 --> 00:10:04.130
  • That's where Jesus
  • 00:10:04.130 --> 00:10:05.220
  • invites you and me.
  • 00:10:05.220 --> 00:10:07.170
  • Now, look what happens next.
  • 00:10:07.170 --> 00:10:08.270
  • "From the throne came flashes
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  • of lightening and rumbles
  • 00:10:10.120 --> 00:10:11.100
  • of thunder.
  • 00:10:11.100 --> 00:10:12.160
  • And in front of the throne were
  • 00:10:12.160 --> 00:10:13.160
  • seven torches with seven flames.
  • 00:10:13.160 --> 00:10:16.060
  • This is the seven-fold
  • 00:10:16.060 --> 00:10:17.070
  • Spirit of God."
  • 00:10:17.070 --> 00:10:18.010
  • Now, we're gonna break down what
  • 00:10:18.010 --> 00:10:18.210
  • those seven torches
  • 00:10:18.210 --> 00:10:20.120
  • and seven flames are next week,
  • 00:10:20.120 --> 00:10:22.030
  • and talk about
  • 00:10:22.030 --> 00:10:22.190
  • the seven churches, and
  • 00:10:22.190 --> 00:10:23.120
  • seven angels of those churches.
  • 00:10:23.120 --> 00:10:24.170
  • We're gonna explain what all
  • 00:10:24.170 --> 00:10:25.090
  • that means next week, so I'm
  • 00:10:25.090 --> 00:10:26.090
  • kinda saving that, and that's
  • 00:10:26.090 --> 00:10:27.220
  • what we're gonna get into,
  • 00:10:27.220 --> 00:10:29.000
  • some of what's goin' on in our
  • 00:10:29.000 --> 00:10:29.230
  • country, what's goin' on
  • 00:10:29.230 --> 00:10:30.270
  • around the world.
  • 00:10:30.270 --> 00:10:31.220
  • We're gonna start diving into
  • 00:10:31.220 --> 00:10:32.130
  • some of that next week, okay,
  • 00:10:32.130 --> 00:10:34.020
  • but we still got some good stuff
  • 00:10:34.020 --> 00:10:35.000
  • today, but just
  • 00:10:35.000 --> 00:10:35.230
  • don't miss next week.
  • 00:10:35.230 --> 00:10:36.190
  • But, let me just say this,
  • 00:10:36.190 --> 00:10:37.220
  • right here, you see that there's
  • 00:10:37.220 --> 00:10:39.020
  • a room.
  • 00:10:39.020 --> 00:10:39.260
  • So, John walks into the room.
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:40.290
  • Now, I don't know about you,
  • 00:10:40.290 --> 00:10:42.030
  • but I have a hard time picturing
  • 00:10:42.030 --> 00:10:43.000
  • this as a small room, 'cause
  • 00:10:43.000 --> 00:10:44.090
  • it's got God in it, right?
  • 00:10:44.090 --> 00:10:45.180
  • Now, have you ever been near
  • 00:10:45.180 --> 00:10:48.040
  • thunder or lightening before?
  • 00:10:48.040 --> 00:10:49.200
  • You ever been within 100 yards
  • 00:10:49.200 --> 00:10:52.030
  • of it, and it scared the
  • 00:10:52.030 --> 00:10:54.100
  • bejeezus out of you?
  • 00:10:54.100 --> 00:10:55.120
  • You know what I'm talkin' about?
  • 00:10:55.120 --> 00:10:56.010
  • You're like,
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:57.060
  • "Is bejeezus a word?"
  • 00:10:57.060 --> 00:10:58.160
  • Now it is.
  • 00:10:58.160 --> 00:11:00.110
  • You know what I'm talkin' about,
  • 00:11:00.110 --> 00:11:01.080
  • right, when you're like, "Oh my,
  • 00:11:01.080 --> 00:11:03.040
  • I think God just showed up."
  • 00:11:03.040 --> 00:11:05.070
  • You know what I'm talkin' about?
  • 00:11:05.070 --> 00:11:06.090
  • Right, it's so loud.
  • 00:11:06.090 --> 00:11:07.180
  • How loud is it then, if this
  • 00:11:07.180 --> 00:11:10.140
  • thunder and lightening--how
  • 00:11:10.140 --> 00:11:12.150
  • bright is it, and how loud is
  • 00:11:12.150 --> 00:11:13.190
  • it, if it all happens within
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:14.190
  • this room?
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:16.180
  • I'm trying to give you a picture
  • 00:11:16.180 --> 00:11:18.290
  • of the power of God.
  • 00:11:19.220 --> 00:11:22.220
  • That kind of power is what you
  • 00:11:23.060 --> 00:11:26.060
  • and I have access to.
  • 00:11:26.060 --> 00:11:28.290
  • Number two, write this down,
  • 00:11:28.290 --> 00:11:29.290
  • please.
  • 00:11:29.290 --> 00:11:30.150
  • You have access
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:31.170
  • to phenomenal power.
  • 00:11:31.200 --> 00:11:34.200
  • And the reason I wanna bring
  • 00:11:34.200 --> 00:11:35.090
  • this up, and some people tell me
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:36.060
  • all the time.
  • 00:11:36.060 --> 00:11:36.230
  • "Oh Pastor, I'm struggling with
  • 00:11:36.230 --> 00:11:37.280
  • this addiction, I'm struggling
  • 00:11:37.280 --> 00:11:39.100
  • with this problem.
  • 00:11:39.100 --> 00:11:40.060
  • I don't know how I'm gonna
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:40.230
  • overcome this debt.
  • 00:11:40.230 --> 00:11:41.170
  • I got this problem
  • 00:11:41.170 --> 00:11:42.100
  • in my marriage.
  • 00:11:42.100 --> 00:11:43.010
  • My kid's actin' up.
  • 00:11:43.010 --> 00:11:43.180
  • I don't know what to do
  • 00:11:45.190 --> 00:11:46.040
  • about this today.
  • 00:11:46.040 --> 00:11:46.190
  • I just don't know what to do.
  • 00:11:46.190 --> 00:11:47.250
  • I have no solutions.
  • 00:11:47.250 --> 00:11:48.220
  • I just don't know what do to."
  • 00:11:48.220 --> 00:11:49.170
  • Do you understand the power
  • 00:11:49.170 --> 00:11:50.240
  • you have access to,
  • 00:11:50.240 --> 00:11:51.190
  • any time you want it?
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:53.220
  • And you're gonna sit here and
  • 00:11:53.220 --> 00:11:54.260
  • tell me that you cannot overcome
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:56.060
  • your problem?
  • 00:11:56.060 --> 00:11:57.000
  • Do you know what you can tap
  • 00:11:57.000 --> 00:11:58.040
  • into any time you need it?
  • 00:11:58.060 --> 00:12:01.080
  • The power of God is so much
  • 00:12:01.080 --> 00:12:04.080
  • bigger and stronger than
  • 00:12:04.080 --> 00:12:06.030
  • anything you're facing today.
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:07.130
  • If I believe what God wanted
  • 00:12:07.130 --> 00:12:08.120
  • to reveal to you today, it's not
  • 00:12:08.120 --> 00:12:09.170
  • some crazy, weird stuff, but he
  • 00:12:09.170 --> 00:12:11.040
  • wants to reveal to you that he
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:12.050
  • is available for whatever you
  • 00:12:12.050 --> 00:12:14.150
  • need right now.
  • 00:12:14.150 --> 00:12:15.280
  • He is God.
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  • When you begin to understand how
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  • powerful he is, it changes
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  • everything, it changes
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  • your prayer life, it changes
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  • your time with the Lord.
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  • A couple details I wanna dive
  • 00:12:28.000 --> 00:12:28.210
  • into here, it says here,
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:29.240
  • it says, "In front of the throne
  • 00:12:29.240 --> 00:12:30.230
  • was a shiny sea of glass,
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  • In the center, and around the
  • 00:12:34.190 --> 00:12:35.190
  • throne were four living beings,
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  • each covered with eyes front
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  • and back."
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  • Wow, and some people
  • 00:12:41.220 --> 00:12:43.080
  • have said, "Well, that's
  • 00:12:43.080 --> 00:12:43.290
  • probably figurative,
  • 00:12:43.290 --> 00:12:44.220
  • that's probably not real."
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  • I disagree, and the reason I
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:46.280
  • disagree--now this will maybe
  • 00:12:46.280 --> 00:12:48.120
  • help you start to think like a
  • 00:12:48.120 --> 00:12:49.090
  • theologian, like, "How would I
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  • even have an opinion."
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  • Here's how I have an opinion.
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  • Why is it explained 24 elders
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  • with actual people, and actual
  • 00:12:55.250 --> 00:12:56.290
  • thrones, and why would these
  • 00:12:56.290 --> 00:12:58.050
  • not be real?
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So, I believe the creatures
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  • are real.
  • 00:13:01.170 --> 00:13:02.070
  • And you say, "Well, these aren't
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  • creatures we have."
  • 00:13:02.280 --> 00:13:03.170
  • No, they're not, they're
  • 00:13:03.170 --> 00:13:04.090
  • heavenly creatures, right, just
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  • like there's angels walkin'
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  • around in heaven, and we don't
  • 00:13:07.000 --> 00:13:07.260
  • really see 'em here.
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  • They are here, they're just
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  • in the spiritual realm.
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  • Make sense?
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  • Probably these are very real.
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  • You say, "Well, what's up with
  • 00:13:13.100 --> 00:13:14.230
  • the eyeballs, why are there
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  • eyeballs all over these things?"
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  • Well, I believe that we have an
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  • all-seeing, all-knowing God, and
  • 00:13:17.120 --> 00:13:18.290
  • we have a great example here
  • 00:13:18.290 --> 00:13:20.170
  • that apparently God, in part of
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.080
  • his seeing, had creatures that
  • 00:13:22.080 --> 00:13:23.260
  • helped him see.
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:24.260
  • Now, I think God can see just
  • 00:13:24.260 --> 00:13:25.230
  • fine, but he had creatures
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  • that were all-seeing
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  • and all-knowing, too.
  • 00:13:29.030 --> 00:13:29.240
  • And I got some interesting news
  • 00:13:29.240 --> 00:13:30.240
  • for you, and I hope this really
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  • relieves you today.
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  • God has seen everything you've
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  • done, and he still loves you.
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  • Isn't that good news?
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  • He's seen everything we've done,
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  • and he still loves us.
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  • Now, write this down.
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  • Many scholars believe this
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  • clear, crystal-like sea
  • 00:13:44.220 --> 00:13:45.290
  • represents baptism,
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  • which represents salvation.
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  • Access to the throne room is
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  • only possible through salvation
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  • in Christ and obedience.
  • 00:13:52.010 --> 00:13:55.010
  • Now, let me be very clear here,
  • 00:13:55.010 --> 00:13:55.270
  • salvation in Christ is what
  • 00:13:55.270 --> 00:13:58.100
  • gives you access
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  • to the throne room, right?
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:01.000
  • But, the reason we listed
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:01.240
  • baptism here is 'cause I believe
  • 00:14:01.240 --> 00:14:02.280
  • the sea represents that, that
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:04.030
  • when you get to the throne--so,
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:05.250
  • listen, listen, listen, you can
  • 00:14:05.250 --> 00:14:07.010
  • be saved and go to heaven,
  • 00:14:07.010 --> 00:14:09.240
  • no problem, right,
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:11.070
  • off of Jesus alone.
  • 00:14:11.070 --> 00:14:12.230
  • You don't actually have to get
  • 00:14:12.230 --> 00:14:13.150
  • baptized for that, but it's
  • 00:14:13.150 --> 00:14:15.050
  • interesting that there's
  • 00:14:15.050 --> 00:14:15.270
  • a sea around them
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  • that represents baptism,
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  • I believe represents baptism.
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  • Some people may disagree with
  • 00:14:20.140 --> 00:14:21.090
  • that, that's okay, 'cause again,
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:22.160
  • there are different
  • 00:14:22.160 --> 00:14:23.210
  • I believe there's a sea around
  • 00:14:25.230 --> 00:14:26.210
  • him to represent baptism, but
  • 00:14:26.210 --> 00:14:27.290
  • baptism is really not about the
  • 00:14:27.290 --> 00:14:29.000
  • water, it's about the obedience.
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  • Are you willing to obey God?
  • 00:14:32.070 --> 00:14:33.080
  • Because here's the thing I've
  • 00:14:33.080 --> 00:14:34.190
  • learned, is if I wanna be in the
  • 00:14:34.190 --> 00:14:35.290
  • very presence and power of God
  • 00:14:35.290 --> 00:14:38.020
  • on a daily basis,
  • 00:14:38.020 --> 00:14:39.040
  • I have to obey him.
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:41.070
  • But he's inviting us, he's
  • 00:14:41.070 --> 00:14:43.050
  • saying please come in,
  • 00:14:43.050 --> 00:14:43.260
  • I have so much to tell you.
  • 00:14:43.260 --> 00:14:46.210
  • I have so much to show you.
  • 00:14:46.210 --> 00:14:48.090
  • Jesus has given us access.
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:50.160
  • And we can learn so much from
  • 00:14:50.160 --> 00:14:51.290
  • the Lord, and we get access
  • 00:14:51.290 --> 00:14:52.290
  • to his power.
  • 00:14:52.290 --> 00:14:54.110
  • The Bible says, "Greater
  • 00:14:54.110 --> 00:14:55.050
  • is he that is in me than he who
  • 00:14:55.050 --> 00:14:56.010
  • is in the world."
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  • We have phenomenal power
  • 00:14:56.220 --> 00:14:58.190
  • that we have access to through
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:15:00.240
  • the throne room.
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:02.070
  • Scripture goes on to say this,
  • 00:15:02.070 --> 00:15:02.250
  • You guys trackin' with me?
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:06.180
  • Okay, Revelation 4, verse 7.
  • 00:15:06.180 --> 00:15:08.070
  • "The first of these living
  • 00:15:08.070 --> 00:15:09.020
  • beings was like a lion,"
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  • so there was these creatures
  • 00:15:10.140 --> 00:15:12.100
  • with eyeballs, right?
  • 00:15:12.100 --> 00:15:13.230
  • "The first of these living
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:14.160
  • beings was like a lion, the
  • 00:15:14.160 --> 00:15:15.220
  • second was like an ox, the third
  • 00:15:15.220 --> 00:15:16.270
  • had a human face, and the forth
  • 00:15:16.270 --> 00:15:18.160
  • was like an eagle in flight.
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  • Each of these living beings had
  • 00:15:20.190 --> 00:15:22.070
  • six wings, and their wings
  • 00:15:22.070 --> 00:15:23.230
  • were covered all over with eyes,
  • 00:15:23.230 --> 00:15:25.210
  • inside and out.
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  • Day after day, and night after
  • 00:15:27.040 --> 00:15:28.180
  • night, they keep on saying,
  • 00:15:28.180 --> 00:15:30.050
  • 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord
  • 00:15:30.060 --> 00:15:33.060
  • God, the Almighty, the one who
  • 00:15:33.060 --> 00:15:34.290
  • always was, who is, and who
  • 00:15:34.290 --> 00:15:36.290
  • is still to come.'"
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:39.010
  • Did you know that whether
  • 00:15:39.010 --> 00:15:40.010
  • you worship God or not,
  • 00:15:40.010 --> 00:15:41.120
  • he will be worshiped,
  • 00:15:41.120 --> 00:15:43.290
  • because he deserves it nonstop?
  • 00:15:45.040 --> 00:15:48.040
  • Isn't that good?
  • 00:15:48.040 --> 00:15:50.120
  • Now, also it says here,
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:51.290
  • "Holy, holy, holy
  • 00:15:51.290 --> 00:15:52.290
  • is the Lord God Almighty."
  • 00:15:52.290 --> 00:15:54.010
  • Let me tell you what that really
  • 00:15:54.010 --> 00:15:55.070
  • means, 'cause we have
  • 00:15:55.070 --> 00:15:56.080
  • a hard time understanding
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:15:56.280
  • the word "holy."
  • 00:15:56.280 --> 00:15:57.210
  • It means set apart, set apart,
  • 00:15:57.210 --> 00:15:59.010
  • set apart is the Lord God
  • 00:15:59.010 --> 00:16:01.280
  • Almighty, which means he is set
  • 00:16:01.280 --> 00:16:02.230
  • apart from everyone else.
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:04.140
  • He is not created, he is the
  • 00:16:04.140 --> 00:16:06.050
  • creator, and so he is set apart
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:09.190
  • from everyone else in the whole
  • 00:16:09.190 --> 00:16:11.240
  • world, the whole universe.
  • 00:16:11.240 --> 00:16:13.160
  • It's interesting that you see
  • 00:16:13.160 --> 00:16:15.220
  • this picture that John has, that
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:18.130
  • he is just saying what he saw.
  • 00:16:18.130 --> 00:16:20.190
  • He's like, "I don't know
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:21.100
  • what all this means,
  • 00:16:21.100 --> 00:16:22.010
  • but here's what I saw."
  • 00:16:22.010 --> 00:16:22.260
  • It's interesting that Ezekiel
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:25.000
  • had a similar experience when
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:26.130
  • he was taken up in the Spirit.
  • 00:16:26.130 --> 00:16:27.200
  • He saw something very similar.
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:28.220
  • Look what he saw
  • 00:16:28.220 --> 00:16:29.120
  • in Ezekiel 1, verse 5.
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:30.250
  • "In the fire was what looked
  • 00:16:30.250 --> 00:16:32.060
  • like four living creatures.
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:33.110
  • In appearance, their form
  • 00:16:33.110 --> 00:16:34.110
  • was human, but each of them
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:35.200
  • had four faces and four wings.
  • 00:16:35.200 --> 00:16:37.020
  • Their faces looked like this,
  • 00:16:37.020 --> 00:16:38.090
  • each of the four had
  • 00:16:38.090 --> 00:16:39.200
  • the face of a human being.
  • 00:16:39.200 --> 00:16:41.020
  • On the right side,
  • 00:16:41.020 --> 00:16:42.100
  • each had the face of a lion.
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:43.220
  • On the left, the face of an ox,
  • 00:16:43.220 --> 00:16:46.050
  • and each also had the face
  • 00:16:46.050 --> 00:16:47.030
  • of an eagle."
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:48.020
  • Interesting that they all four
  • 00:16:48.020 --> 00:16:49.240
  • had the same creatures,
  • 00:16:49.240 --> 00:16:51.180
  • and the same look about them.
  • 00:16:51.180 --> 00:16:53.100
  • And so, this tells us something
  • 00:16:53.100 --> 00:16:54.250
  • that we need to know about God.
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:56.000
  • Number three,
  • 00:16:56.000 --> 00:16:56.180
  • would you write this down?
  • 00:16:56.180 --> 00:16:57.100
  • Take on the character of God
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:58.260
  • as represented
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:16:59.230
  • in these four creatures.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:02.200
  • These four creatures represent
  • 00:17:02.200 --> 00:17:03.190
  • four distinct parts
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:05.150
  • of the character of God.
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:07.050
  • So, let me give this
  • 00:17:07.050 --> 00:17:07.260
  • to you, ready?
  • 00:17:07.260 --> 00:17:08.150
  • So, you got a lion, a calf,
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:09.060
  • a man, an eagle.
  • 00:17:09.060 --> 00:17:09.260
  • The lion represents the majesty
  • 00:17:10.040 --> 00:17:13.040
  • and power of God.
  • 00:17:13.040 --> 00:17:16.010
  • You see, when you get into
  • 00:17:16.010 --> 00:17:17.260
  • the throne room of a king,
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:21.180
  • if you get access like that,
  • 00:17:21.180 --> 00:17:24.000
  • you leave humbled,
  • 00:17:24.000 --> 00:17:27.000
  • but you also leave confident.
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:29.080
  • You're humbled that you got
  • 00:17:29.080 --> 00:17:30.070
  • access to the king, but you also
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:32.100
  • leave saying, "Wow, I realize
  • 00:17:33.040 --> 00:17:36.040
  • that I must be somethin' special
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:38.020
  • for the king to give me access."
  • 00:17:39.100 --> 00:17:42.100
  • Like, our worth is in not
  • 00:17:42.100 --> 00:17:45.010
  • who we are, but whose we are.
  • 00:17:45.070 --> 00:17:48.070
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:48.070 --> 00:17:49.270
  • So, the fact that we get access
  • 00:17:49.270 --> 00:17:50.240
  • is a huge thing, because
  • 00:17:50.240 --> 00:17:52.130
  • he's majestic and powerful,
  • 00:17:53.280 --> 00:17:56.280
  • majesty, power.
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:17:58.040
  • The calf represents faithful.
  • 00:17:58.200 --> 00:18:01.220
  • You ever seen a calf?
  • 00:18:01.220 --> 00:18:02.170
  • They're just faithful,
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:03.100
  • always there.
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:06.070
  • They don't always perform real
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:07.070
  • well, they don't really run
  • 00:18:07.070 --> 00:18:08.040
  • that fast, but they're there,
  • 00:18:08.040 --> 00:18:10.260
  • a lot like you and me.
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:13.020
  • We're not always that great,
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:14.270
  • but we're there, right?
  • 00:18:14.270 --> 00:18:17.230
  • God's not lookin' for you
  • 00:18:17.230 --> 00:18:18.230
  • to be perfect, he's looking
  • 00:18:18.230 --> 00:18:20.120
  • for you to be faithful.
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:22.160
  • The character of God
  • 00:18:22.160 --> 00:18:23.060
  • is someone who is faithful.
  • 00:18:23.060 --> 00:18:24.150
  • The man represents intelligence.
  • 00:18:24.260 --> 00:18:27.260
  • Now, some of you ladies right
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:28.180
  • now are saying, "I take issue
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:29.180
  • with that, I know some guys."
  • 00:18:29.180 --> 00:18:31.230
  • Okay, when we say man, we mean
  • 00:18:31.230 --> 00:18:33.280
  • man and woman, and what we're
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.050
  • really saying is, even though
  • 00:18:35.050 --> 00:18:36.120
  • I believe it was a man, the
  • 00:18:36.120 --> 00:18:37.160
  • masculine tense was used here,
  • 00:18:37.160 --> 00:18:39.270
  • but what we're trying to say
  • 00:18:39.270 --> 00:18:41.140
  • is that the human being is
  • 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:43.060
  • different from an animal, that
  • 00:18:43.060 --> 00:18:44.040
  • they're just more intelligent.
  • 00:18:44.040 --> 00:18:45.060
  • Sometimes that's questionable,
  • 00:18:45.060 --> 00:18:46.030
  • I obviously realize that,
  • 00:18:46.030 --> 00:18:47.030
  • but it is smart animals,
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:49.010
  • so this is speaking
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:50.020
  • of the intelligence of God.
  • 00:18:50.020 --> 00:18:50.250
  • This is important.
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:51.200
  • Now, when you get into
  • 00:18:51.200 --> 00:18:52.110
  • the presence of God,
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:53.220
  • he clarifies your thinking.
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:58.110
  • When you get into the presence
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:00.030
  • of God, he helps you think
  • 00:19:00.030 --> 00:19:02.040
  • clearly about what's going
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:03.060
  • on in your life, he really does.
  • 00:19:03.060 --> 00:19:05.110
  • The last one is the eagle.
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:06.170
  • The eagle represents
  • 00:19:06.170 --> 00:19:07.080
  • sovereignty.
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:08.190
  • That's another way
  • 00:19:08.190 --> 00:19:09.150
  • of saying God is in control.
  • 00:19:11.100 --> 00:19:14.100
  • Eagles have a tendency
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:15.050
  • to fly over problems,
  • 00:19:15.050 --> 00:19:17.100
  • did you know that?
  • 00:19:17.100 --> 00:19:18.130
  • You know, eagles can go higher
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:19.080
  • than birds, the average bird,
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:20.190
  • did you know that?
  • 00:19:20.190 --> 00:19:22.060
  • They can, they can swoop down
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:24.060
  • also, they're predators.
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:25.040
  • Eagles are predators which
  • 00:19:25.040 --> 00:19:26.110
  • also--an eagle has a dominance
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:27.290
  • that most birds don't have, and
  • 00:19:27.290 --> 00:19:29.080
  • this is important to understand,
  • 00:19:29.080 --> 00:19:30.230
  • because I want you to understand
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:31.290
  • that God wants you, when you get
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  • in his presence, when you're
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  • humble in his presence, and he
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  • brings you his presence and his
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  • power in your life, it helps you
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  • leave his presence with
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  • what I call dominant thinking.
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  • This is where you realize
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  • I really am more
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  • than a conqueror here.
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  • I've been in the very presence
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  • of a king, and he has instructed
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  • me, and I have his authority
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  • to go do what God's called me
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  • to do now.
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  • So, it gives you a dominance
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  • in your thinking.
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  • Now, if I can just take a
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  • moment, I'll finish the outline,
  • 00:20:00.220 --> 00:20:02.060
  • I promise, but what we typically
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  • do with God, I don't think we
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  • mean to do this, and I do it,
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  • too, but what I think we
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:10.050
  • typically do is, we just kinda
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  • walk to the throne room of God,
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  • and we stop and pray, and we're
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  • like, "Hey, God, hey, a couple
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  • things I need from you today.
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  • So, can you take care of this,
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  • this, this, and that,
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  • and can you do that?
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  • Awesome, thanks,
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  • see ya tomorrow."
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  • And then, every once in a while,
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:24.010
  • we go to a retreat, or some
  • 00:20:24.010 --> 00:20:26.020
  • church service really hits,
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  • and you realize what he's really
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  • trying to reveal is who he is.
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  • It's really not about what
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  • happens in the world,
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  • the world's actually supposed
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  • to be about him.
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  • And so, the truth is, we keep
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  • traipsing through the throne
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  • room, and the truth is,
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  • when you get access to a king,
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:53.260
  • the King of kings,
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  • the only answer is to
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:56.170
  • stop and say, "You really hear,
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  • and you're real and you love me,
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  • and you've forgiven me
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  • of my sins, and you've made
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  • me new, and I've never been
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  • this close to you,
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  • and I sense your presence,
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  • and I just--all I have is one
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  • response, holy, holy,
  • 00:21:15.050 --> 00:21:18.050
  • holy is the Lord God Almighty.
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  • You are so holy.
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  • Holy is the Lord God Almighty."
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  • Would you join me in worshiping
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  • him, holy, holy, holy
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  • is the Lord God Almighty.
  • 00:21:38.280 --> 00:21:40.100
  • "But I got some stuff"--no, no,
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  • we're in the presence of a king.
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  • Your stuff can wait.
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  • Holy, holy
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  • is the Lord God Almighty.
  • 00:21:50.060 --> 00:21:53.060
  • Or, maybe it goes like this.
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  • Hallowed be your name, hallowed
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  • be your name, the name above
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  • every other name, the only name
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:05.070
  • that's ever set me free, the
  • 00:22:05.070 --> 00:22:07.170
  • only name that's ever made me
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  • new, my only hope is you.
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  • God, I just love you.
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  • I just worship you.
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  • I'm in your presence, and I'm so
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  • sorry that I blow you off, that
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  • I traipse through as if you're
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  • supposed to wait on me.
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  • I'm the subject,
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  • you're the king.
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  • I worship you.
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  • Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God
  • 00:22:36.220 --> 00:22:39.220
  • Almighty, who was, and is,
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  • and is to come.
  • 00:22:45.060 --> 00:22:48.060
  • Can we just honor God right now
  • 00:22:48.060 --> 00:22:49.020
  • "Whenever the living beings give
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  • glory," by the way, you
  • 00:23:03.010 --> 00:23:04.000
  • and I are living beings.
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:05.080
  • We're all living in here, right?
  • 00:23:05.080 --> 00:23:06.070
  • There's a couple of you
  • 00:23:06.070 --> 00:23:07.040
  • I'm worried about, but
  • 00:23:07.040 --> 00:23:07.240
  • most of you are still living.
  • 00:23:07.240 --> 00:23:09.200
  • It says here, "Whenever the
  • 00:23:09.200 --> 00:23:10.230
  • living beings give glory, and
  • 00:23:10.230 --> 00:23:12.060
  • honor, and thanks to the one who
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:13.180
  • is sitting on the throne, the
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  • one who lives forever and ever,
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:15.240
  • the 24 elders fall down and
  • 00:23:15.240 --> 00:23:17.030
  • worship the one sitting
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  • on the throne, the one who lives
  • 00:23:18.040 --> 00:23:19.100
  • forever and ever, and they lay
  • 00:23:19.100 --> 00:23:20.180
  • their crowns," oh, we have
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:22.040
  • crowns, did you know that?
  • 00:23:22.040 --> 00:23:23.220
  • You have a crown.
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:25.100
  • "They lay their crowns before
  • 00:23:25.100 --> 00:23:26.180
  • the throne and say, 'You are
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:27.280
  • worthy, O Lord, our God,
  • 00:23:27.280 --> 00:23:29.150
  • to receive glory, and honor,
  • 00:23:29.150 --> 00:23:30.200
  • and power, for you created all
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:32.010
  • things and they exist because
  • 00:23:32.010 --> 00:23:33.050
  • you created what you pleased.'"
  • 00:23:33.050 --> 00:23:35.060
  • Did you know God's pleased
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:36.160
  • with you?
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.210
  • One of the ways you'll discover
  • 00:23:38.210 --> 00:23:39.230
  • God's pleased with you
  • 00:23:39.230 --> 00:23:40.210
  • is you just hang out with him.
  • 00:23:40.210 --> 00:23:42.170
  • He's pleased with you.
  • 00:23:42.170 --> 00:23:44.080
  • Look at Psalms 8:4, and then
  • 00:23:44.080 --> 00:23:46.020
  • I'll wrap it up.
  • 00:23:46.020 --> 00:23:47.010
  • "What are mere mortals that you
  • 00:23:47.010 --> 00:23:47.280
  • should think about them, human
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:48.200
  • beings that you should care
  • 00:23:48.200 --> 00:23:49.130
  • for them?
  • 00:23:49.130 --> 00:23:50.030
  • Yet, you made them only a little
  • 00:23:50.030 --> 00:23:51.100
  • lower than God, and crowned
  • 00:23:51.100 --> 00:23:53.050
  • them," there it is, we have
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:54.120
  • crowns, "With glory and honor.
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:56.260
  • You gave them charge of
  • 00:23:56.260 --> 00:23:58.150
  • everything you made, putting all
  • 00:23:58.150 --> 00:23:59.200
  • things under their authority."
  • 00:23:59.200 --> 00:24:02.010
  • A crown represents authority,
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:04.010
  • so a crown would have, like,
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:05.000
  • symbolism in it, representing
  • 00:24:05.000 --> 00:24:06.180
  • the kingdom that you're over,
  • 00:24:06.180 --> 00:24:08.030
  • that's why it's a crown, right?
  • 00:24:08.030 --> 00:24:09.170
  • And so, this is what a family
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:10.150
  • crest is for, and more
  • 00:24:10.150 --> 00:24:11.140
  • importantly, a crown has all
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:12.260
  • that in it, because, it's like,
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:14.000
  • okay, the Queen of England's
  • 00:24:14.000 --> 00:24:14.280
  • crown represents England.
  • 00:24:14.280 --> 00:24:16.270
  • It doesn't represent Russia,
  • 00:24:16.270 --> 00:24:18.130
  • or Prussia, or Kazakhstan,
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:20.040
  • it represents England, why?
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:21.110
  • Because that's what she's over.
  • 00:24:21.110 --> 00:24:23.240
  • God is saying to you today, I
  • 00:24:23.240 --> 00:24:25.020
  • have given you gifts, talents,
  • 00:24:25.020 --> 00:24:26.050
  • and abilities, and I want you
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:27.010
  • to dominate in some area.
  • 00:24:27.010 --> 00:24:28.250
  • You need to go LeBron James
  • 00:24:28.250 --> 00:24:29.250
  • in something.
  • 00:24:29.250 --> 00:24:32.010
  • So, the deal is this, number
  • 00:24:32.010 --> 00:24:33.060
  • four, so, keep in mind, right,
  • 00:24:33.060 --> 00:24:35.070
  • you're in his presence, then you
  • 00:24:35.070 --> 00:24:37.020
  • get his power, and now you get
  • 00:24:37.020 --> 00:24:39.000
  • Number four, step into
  • 00:24:41.030 --> 00:24:42.170
  • your position of authority.
  • 00:24:42.170 --> 00:24:45.010
  • This is what God has put on your
  • 00:24:45.010 --> 00:24:46.150
  • heart to do, and he gives you
  • 00:24:46.150 --> 00:24:48.020
  • the authority in the presence
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:49.090
  • of God to do it.
  • 00:24:49.210 --> 00:24:52.210
  • The last thing I wanna leave you
  • 00:24:52.210 --> 00:24:53.220
  • Why are you keeping
  • 00:24:59.130 --> 00:25:00.070
  • a king waiting,
  • 00:25:00.070 --> 00:25:02.280
  • when the Bible says what?
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:04.140
  • "Wait upon the Lord."
  • 00:25:06.070 --> 00:25:09.070
  • So, if anything happens for you
  • 00:25:09.070 --> 00:25:10.170
  • today, I pray it's this, I hope
  • 00:25:10.170 --> 00:25:11.240
  • what's revealed to you is that
  • 00:25:11.240 --> 00:25:12.250
  • God loves you, he's trying
  • 00:25:12.250 --> 00:25:14.140
  • to reveal himself through
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:15.240
  • Revelation, he wants to unveil
  • 00:25:15.240 --> 00:25:18.080
  • his character to you, and he
  • 00:25:18.080 --> 00:25:19.250
  • wants you to know that in the
  • 00:25:19.250 --> 00:25:20.210
  • end, we win through Christ, and
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:23.260
  • so, yeah, it's true, the end is
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:25.190
  • near, and I get all that, and it
  • 00:25:25.190 --> 00:25:27.050
  • seems a little scary to us at
  • 00:25:27.050 --> 00:25:28.110
  • times, but the reality is, you
  • 00:25:30.200 --> 00:25:33.200
  • don't need to be afraid, 'cause
  • 00:25:33.200 --> 00:25:36.120
  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
  • 00:25:47.030 --> 00:25:49.200
  • He is clearly moving today.
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.160
  • I got a question
  • 00:25:51.160 --> 00:25:52.060
  • I would like to ask you.
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:53.100
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:54.210
  • to receive Christ
  • 00:25:54.210 --> 00:25:55.270
  • as your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:55.270 --> 00:25:57.080
  • If you've never done so, would
  • 00:25:57.080 --> 00:25:58.110
  • you pray this simple prayer
  • 00:25:58.110 --> 00:25:59.120
  • with me?
  • 00:25:59.120 --> 00:26:00.040
  • This is actually
  • 00:26:00.040 --> 00:26:00.250
  • how you become a Christian.
  • 00:26:00.250 --> 00:26:02.170
  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:26:02.170 --> 00:26:03.250
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:03.250 --> 00:26:05.170
  • I realize I need you in my life.
  • 00:26:05.170 --> 00:26:07.230
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:07.230 --> 00:26:09.010
  • to pay the price for all my
  • 00:26:09.010 --> 00:26:09.270
  • sins, and that you rose again
  • 00:26:09.270 --> 00:26:12.000
  • from the grave, proving
  • 00:26:12.000 --> 00:26:13.050
  • that you're God.
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:14.120
  • And now, I ask you, I invite you
  • 00:26:14.120 --> 00:26:15.230
  • to come into my life, change me
  • 00:26:15.230 --> 00:26:17.210
  • from within, be my Lord,
  • 00:26:17.210 --> 00:26:19.250
  • and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:21.250
  • Thank you, Jesus,
  • 00:26:21.250 --> 00:26:22.170
  • for saving me."
  • 00:26:22.170 --> 00:26:23.250
  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:23.250 --> 00:26:24.210
  • we believe that Christ has come
  • 00:26:24.210 --> 00:26:25.200
  • into your life, and that's what
  • 00:26:25.200 --> 00:26:27.040
  • it means to become a Christian.
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