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Back to the Future Part 1

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August 31, 2020
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As we begin our study of Revelation; we are going to travel back in time 2;000 years to a tiny island in the Aegean Sea where the apostle John received a detailed preview of the future that awaits every human being who has ever lived.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • EVERY SINGLE DAY BRINGSYOU AND ME CLOSER
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  • TO THE EPIC FINALEOF THE UNIVERSE:
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  • THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND GOD HAS REVEALED EXACTLY
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  • HOW THE END TIMEEVENTS WILL UNFOLD.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE GOING TO BEGINOUR VERSE-BY-VERSE STUDY
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  • OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION,
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  • AND WE'RE GOING TO TRAVELBACK IN TIME 2.000 YEARS
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  • TO A TINY ISLAND IN THE AEGEANSEA FOR THE APOSTLE JOHN
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  • RECEIVED A DETAILEDPREVIEW OF THE FUTURE
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  • THAT AWAITS ALL MANKIND.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"BACK TO THE FUTURE"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [PRESENTER] COULD TODAY'SDISTURBING HEADLINES
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  • BE AS SIGN THAT WE'RELIVING IN THE END TIMES?
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK, "THERAPTURE, FACT OR FANTASY?",
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSEXPLAINS OUR LOCATION
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  • ON GOD'S PROPHETIC TIMELINEAND ANSWERS YOUR DOUBTS
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  • AND QUESTIONS ABOUT THERAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
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  • LEARN WHY YOU CAN HAVE HOPEAND PEACE ABOUT GOD'S PLAN
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  • FOR THE FUTURE BY REQUESTINGDR. JEFFRESS' BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "THE RAPTURE, FACT OR FANTASY?".
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  • A COPY IS YOURS WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • IN THE SUMMER OF 1998,
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  • THE EXECUTIVES AT THENEW LINE CINEMA COMPANY
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  • TOOK THE BIGGESTRISK IN FILM HISTORY
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  • WHEN THEY GAVEFILMMAKER PETER JACKSON
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  • $330 MILLION TO MAKENOT JUST ONE FILM
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  • BUT THREE FILMS.
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  • IF THE FIRST ONE WAS A FAILURE,
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  • THEN THE OTHER TWOWOULD FLOP AS WELL.
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  • WELL, THE FIRST ONEWASN'T A FAILURE.
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  • IN FACT, THAT $330 MILLIONINVESTMENT ON THOSE THREE FILMS
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  • HAS EARNED OVER $3 BILLIONTODAY AND STILL COUNTING.
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  • BY NOW, YOU PROBABLYKNOW THE TRILOGY OF FILMS
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  • THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, "THELORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY".
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  • THOSE THREE FILMS, "THEFELLOWSHIP OF THE RING",
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  • "THE TWO TOWERS", "THERETURN OF THE KING"
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  • INTRODUCED US TO A WORLDFILLED WITH HOBBITS AND ELVES
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  • AND DWARVES AND WIZARDS.
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  • IN ONE SCENE IN"THE TWO TOWERS",
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  • THE HOBBIT FRODO ISCOMMISSIONED WITH THE NEARLY
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  • IMPOSSIBLE TASK OF DESTROYINGTHE OBJECT OF ULTIMATE EVIL,
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  • WHICH IS THE ONE RING.
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  • AND HE TELLS HIS COMPANION,SAM, "I CAN'T DO THIS."
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  • SAM'S RESPONSE IS BOTHREALISTIC, BUT ALSO FILLED
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  • WITH HOPE. HE SAYS, "I KNOW,IT'S ALL WRONG.
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  • "BY ALL RIGHTS, WE SHOULDN'TEVEN BE HERE, BUT WE ARE.
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  • "IT'S LIKE IN THE GREATSTORIES, MR. FRODO,
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  • "THE ONES THAT REALLY MATTERED.
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  • "FULL OF DARKNESSAND DANGER THEY WERE.
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  • "AND SOMETIMES YOU DIDN'TWANT TO KNOW THE END,
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  • "BECAUSE HOW COULDTHE END BE HAPPY?
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  • "HOW COULD THE WORLD GOBACK TO THE WAY IT WAS
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  • "WHEN SO MUCH BAD HAS HAPPENED?
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  • "BUT IN THE END, IT'S ONLY APASSING THING, THIS SHADOW.
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  • "EVEN DARKNESS MUST PASS.
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  • "A NEW DAY WILL SHINEOUT, THE CLEARER."
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  • ISN'T THAT A GREATDESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD
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  • THAT WE LIVE IN RIGHT NOW?
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  • IT IS BECOMINGDARKER AND DARKER.
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  • WE THINK, HOW COULDTHINGS EVER GO BACK
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  • TO THE WAY GODORIGINALLY INTENDED?
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  • BUT THIS DARKNESS ISONLY A PASSING SHADOW.
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  • ONE DAY, THE DARKNESS WILL PASS,
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  • A NEW DAY WILL SHINE CLEARER,
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  • AND OUR LONG AWAITEDKING OF KINGS
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  • AND LORD OF LORDS WILL RETURN
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  • AND MARK HIS FINAL CONQUEST.
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  • THAT IS THE THEME OF THEBOOK OF THE REVELATION.
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE BEGINNINGOUR STUDY OF THOSE EVENTS
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  • THAT WILL LEAD UP TOTHE RETURN OF OUR KING,
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  • THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TOREVELATION 1,
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  • BEGINNING WITH VERSE 1.
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  • NOW, I KNOW SOME OF YOUARE CHOMPING UP A BIT
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  • AND WANT TO GET INTOTHE TEXT ITSELF,
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  • BUT REMEMBER EVEN J.R. TOLKIEN
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  • WHEN HE WROTE HIS "LORD OF THERINGS TRILOGY" PROVIDED A MAP
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  • FOR THE READERS TOHELP THEM WORK THROUGH
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  • THE LABYRINTH OF MIDDLE EARTH.
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  • AND IN THE SAME WAY, WENEED A GUIDE TO HELP US
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  • THROUGH THIS BOOK.
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  • LET ME BEGIN BY TALKINGABOUT THE SUBJECT
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  • OF BIBLE PROPHECY IN GENERAL.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHENEVER ASERIES IS ANNOUNCED
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  • ON BIBLE PROPHECY ORTHE BOOK OF REVELATION,
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  • PEOPLE ARE NATURALLY INTERESTED.
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  • AND I HAVE FOUND THATPEOPLE WANT TO STUDY
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  • THE BOOK OF REVELATION USUALLYFOR ONE OF THREE REASONS.
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  • ONE REASON IS SENSATIONALISM.
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  • THEY'VE NEVER READ THE BOOKOF REVELATION THEMSELVES,
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  • BUT THEY HEARTHERE'S SOME PRETTY
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  • EXCITING THINGS IN THE BOOK.
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  • LET ME REMIND YOUTHAT IT'S NOT JUST
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  • THE BOOK OF REVELATIONTHAT'S EXCITING.
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  • 2 TIMOTHY 3 SAYS, "ALLSCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD
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  • "AND IS PROFITABLE FOR TEACHINGFOR REPROOF, FOR CORRECTION,
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  • "FOR TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS."
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  • A SECOND REASON PEOPLESOMETIMES WANT TO STUDY
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  • REVELATION IS INTELLECTUALISM.
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  • INTELLECTUALISM.
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  • THEY ARE INTERESTED IN FILLINGUP THEIR THREE-RING BINDER
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  • WITH NOTES AND NOTES AND NOTES.
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  • THEY GET EXCITED ABOUTKNOWLEDGE, BIBLE KNOWLEDGE,
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  • AND UNWRAPPING THE MYSTERYOF THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
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  • BUT YOU REMEMBER WHAT PAULSAID ABOUT KNOWLEDGE ALONE
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  • IN 1 CORINTHIANS 8:1, HESAID, "KNOWLEDGE PUFFS UP."
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  • IF YOU JUST GET HEADKNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE BIBLE,
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  • IT NOT ONLY DOESN'T HELPYOU, IT CAN HURT YOU AS WELL.
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  • INTELLECTUALISM IS NOT AREASON TO STUDY THE BIBLE.
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  • THE THIRD MOTIVATION FORSTUDYING THE BOOK OF REVELATION
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  • IS THE ONLY RIGHT ONE, ANDTHAT IS OBEDIENCE, OBEDIENCE.
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  • AS WE'RE GOINGTO SEE, THIS BOOK,
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  • THE BOOK OF REVELATION ISTHE ONLY BOOK IN THE BIBLE
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  • THAT HAS A SPECIAL BLESSINGATTACHED TO EVERYONE WHO READS
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  • AND HEEDS WHAT IS IN THIS BOOK.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 3OF REVELATION 1,
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  • "BLESSED, HAPPY ISTHE ONE WHO READS
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  • "AND THOSE WHO HEAR THEWORDS OF THIS PROPHECY,
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  • "AND HEED," THAT IS OBEY,
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  • "THE THINGS THAT ARE WRITTENIN IT FOR THE TIME IS NEAR."
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  • THIS IS A BOOK FILLEDNOT JUST WITH SYMBOLS
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  • AND FANTASTIC EVENTSIN THE FUTURE,
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  • IT IS A BOOK THATWE ARE TO OBEY.
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  • NOW, BEFORE WE GETINTO THE TEXT ITSELF,
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  • I THOUGHT IT WOULD BEHELPFUL FOR US TO GET
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  • A 30.000-FOOT OVERVIEW OFTHE BOOK OF THE REVELATION.
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  • AND WE FIND SUCH AN OVERVIEWBEGINNING IN VERSE 1.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THETITLE OF THE BOOK,
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  • THE OPENING VERSE OF THIS BOOKPROVIDES US WITH THE TITLE,
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  • "THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST,
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  • "WHICH GOD GAVE HIM," JESUS,"TO SHOW TO HIS BOND-SERVANTS,
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  • "THE THINGS WHICHMUST SOON TAKE PLACE.
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  • "AND HE SENT, AND HECOMMUNICATED IT BY HIS ANGEL
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  • "TO HIS BOND-SERVANT JOHN."
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  • BUT THE TITLE OF THE BOOKITSELF IS THE REVELATION.
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  • THE REVELATION.
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  • THAT GREEK WORD REVELATIONIS A COMPOUND WORD.
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  • APO, A-P-O, APREFIX AND KALUPTO.
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  • APO MEANS AWAY FROM; KALUPTOMEANS TO COVER, TO HIDE.
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  • APOKALUPTO MEANS TO TAKE AWAYTHE COVERING OF SOMETHING,
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  • TO REMOVE THE COVERING OFSOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN HIDDEN
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  • SO THAT IT CAN BE MADE KNOWN.
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  • THIS IS ABOUT THEUNVEILING OF SOMETHING,
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  • THE UNVEILING, THEREMOVING OF THE COVERING.
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  • NOW, WHAT IS IT THATHE IS UNVEILING TO US?
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  • NOT A SERIES OF EVENTS.
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  • THIS IS THE UNVEILING, THEAPOKALUPSIS, OF JESUS CHRIST,
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  • OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • NOW, LET'S LOOK AT THEAUTHOR OF THE BOOK.
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  • REVELATION 1:1,
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  • "HE SAID THIS AND HECOMMUNICATED IT BY HIS ANGEL
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  • "TO HIS BOND-SERVANT JOHN."
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  • WHO IS THIS JOHN?
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  • HE IS THE APOSTLE JOHN.
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  • HE'S THE ONE WHOMJESUS ESPECIALLY LOVED.
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  • HE'S THE ONE TO WHOM JESUSENTRUSTED HIS MOTHER, MARY, TO
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  • ON THE CROSS.
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  • WE KNOW FROM SECULARHISTORY THAT EVENTUALLY
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  • JOHN LEFT JERUSALEMBECAUSE OF PERSECUTION.
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  • HE WENT TO PASTOR THECHURCH AT EPHESUS.
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  • LATE IN LIFE, AS AN OLD MAN,
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  • HE WROTE THE GOSPEL OFJOHN AND ALSO THE EPISTLES
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  • 1, 2, AND 3 JOHN.
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  • BUT HE ALSO WROTETHE REVELATION.
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  • AND THE REVELATION, THECIRCUMSTANCES OF THE BOOK
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  • ARE FOUND IN VERSE 9OF CHAPTER 1.
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  • "I, JOHN, YOUR BROTHERAND FELLOW PARTAKER
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  • "IN THE TRIBULATION ANDKINGDOM AND PERSEVERANCE,
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  • "WHICH ARE IN JESUS, WASON THE ISLAND CALLED PATMOS
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  • "BECAUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD
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  • "AND THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS."
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  • PATMOS IS A TINY ISLAND.
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  • IT'S ABOUT SIX MILESWIDE, 10 MILES IN LENGTH,
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  • 25 MILES AWAY FROM EPHESUS.
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  • IT'S IN THE AEGEANSEA, AND JOHN,
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  • THE PASTOR OF THE CHURCHAT EPHESUS AT THAT TIME,
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  • REFUSED TO DO SO.
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  • HE REFUSED TO SAYCAESAR IS LORD.
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  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, HE WASBANISHED TO WORK IN THE MINES
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  • ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS.
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  • BUT IT IS REALLYINTERESTING TO ME
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  • THAT THE EMPEROR DOMITIANTHOUGHT HE COULD SILENCE JOHN
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  • BY RESTRAINING HISACTIVITIES AND PUTTING HIM
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  • ON THE ISLAND OF PATMOS.
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  • BUT WHAT THE EMPEROR COULDN'TRESTRAIN WAS THE WORK
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  • OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GODAND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
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  • WHO CHOSE THIS DISCIPLE,THE ONE HE LOVED ESPECIALLY
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  • TO UNVEIL THE EVENTSTHAT WOULD LEAD
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  • TO THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND THE IRONY OF ALL IRONIESIS BY EXILING JOHN TO PATMOS,
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  • DOMITIAN ACCOMPLISHED NOTHINGEXCEPT THE WRITING OF A LETTER
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  • THAT WOULD ENCOURAGECHRISTIANS TO REMAIN FAITHFUL
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  • AND STAND UP AGAINST PERSECUTION
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  • AND ULTIMATELY DEFEATTHE ROMAN EMPIRE.
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  • THAT IS WHAT HAPPENEDWITH THE APOSTLE JOHN.
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  • HE WAS FAITHFUL TO THE END.
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  • WHO ARE THE RECIPIENTSOF THIS LETTER?
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 11.
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  • THIS IS A LETTER SENT TOA CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE,
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  • "WRITE IN A BOOK WHATYOU SEE AND SEND IT
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  • "TO SEND IT TO THESEVEN CHURCHES:
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  • "TO EPHESUS, TO SMYRNA,TO PERGAMUM, TO THYATIRA,
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  • "TO SARDIS, AND TOPHILADELPHIA AND TO LAODICEA."
  • 00:11:33.215 --> 00:11:37.787
  • THESE WORDS, THISBOOK OF THE REVELATION
  • 00:11:37.820 --> 00:11:42.591
  • WAS SENT SPECIFICALLY TOSEVEN CHURCHES IN ASIA MINOR.
  • 00:11:42.625 --> 00:11:47.363
  • AND THEY WERE READ ALOUD INTHE CHURCHES, THESE WORDS,
  • 00:11:47.396 --> 00:11:50.866
  • SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SAY, WELL,
  • 00:11:50.900 --> 00:11:52.001
  • THESE ARE JUSTREPRESENTATIVE CHURCHES.
  • 00:11:52.034 --> 00:11:54.637
  • THEY REPRESENT DIFFERENTCONDITIONS OF SPIRITUAL HEALTH,
  • 00:11:54.670 --> 00:11:58.941
  • OR THEY REPRESENT SEVENAGES OF CHURCH HISTORY.
  • 00:11:58.974 --> 00:12:02.044
  • YOU COULD READ ALLOF THAT IN THERE,
  • 00:12:02.077 --> 00:12:03.779
  • BUT THESE ARE REAL CHURCHES
  • 00:12:03.813 --> 00:12:06.615
  • AND THEY CONTAINEDREAL CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:12:06.649 --> 00:12:08.984
  • AND IN THESE LETTERSTO THE CHURCHES
  • 00:12:09.018 --> 00:12:12.621
  • AND THE MESSAGESTO THE CHURCHES,
  • 00:12:12.655 --> 00:12:14.857
  • JESUS PRONOUNCES A JUDGMENTAGAINST THESE CHURCHES.
  • 00:12:14.890 --> 00:12:18.561
  • HE COMMENDS THEM FOR THETHINGS THEY'RE DOING WELL.
  • 00:12:18.594 --> 00:12:21.363
  • AND HE CONDEMNS THEM FOR THETHINGS THAT THEY DON'T DO WELL.
  • 00:12:21.397 --> 00:12:26.268
  • THIS BOOK WAS WRITTENTO SEVEN CHURCHES
  • 00:12:26.302 --> 00:12:30.105
  • AS WELL AS TO OUR CHURCH.
  • 00:12:30.139 --> 00:12:31.941
  • NOW THERE ARE TWO SPECIFICCHARACTERISTICS OF THIS BOOK
  • 00:12:31.974 --> 00:12:35.277
  • THAT WILL HELP YOUUNDERSTAND IT BETTER.
  • 00:12:35.311 --> 00:12:37.446
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE REFERENCESTO THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:12:37.479 --> 00:12:41.383
  • ACCORDING TO ONE SCHOLAR,
  • 00:12:41.417 --> 00:12:42.918
  • THERE ARE 404 VERSESFOUND IN REVELATION.
  • 00:12:42.952 --> 00:12:45.855
  • OUT OF THOSE 404 VERSES,278 OF THEM ARE AN ILLUSION
  • 00:12:45.888 --> 00:12:52.094
  • TO SOME PASSAGE INTHE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:12:52.127 --> 00:12:55.331
  • PSALMS, ISAIAH, JEREMIAH,EZEKIEL, DANIEL.
  • 00:12:55.364 --> 00:12:59.168
  • NOW YOU SAY, WELL,WHY WOULD REVELATION
  • 00:12:59.201 --> 00:13:02.905
  • QUOTE SO MUCH FROMTHE OLD TESTAMENT?
  • 00:13:02.938 --> 00:13:06.408
  • I THOUGHT THE OLDTESTAMENT WAS ABOUT
  • 00:13:06.442 --> 00:13:08.310
  • THE FIRST COMING OF JESUS.
  • 00:13:08.344 --> 00:13:10.546
  • NO, NOT AT ALL.
  • 00:13:10.579 --> 00:13:12.381
  • THE BOOK OF REVELATIONREPRESENTS THE FULFILLMENT
  • 00:13:12.414 --> 00:13:16.585
  • OF ALL OF THE PROPHECIESABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:13:16.619 --> 00:13:20.022
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT INTHE OLD TESTAMENT,
  • 00:13:20.055 --> 00:13:22.791
  • THERE ARE 1.800 REFERENCESTO THE SECOND COMING
  • 00:13:22.825 --> 00:13:27.630
  • OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:13:27.663 --> 00:13:29.298
  • IF JESUS ONLY CAME THE FIRSTTIME AND DIED ON THE CROSS
  • 00:13:29.331 --> 00:13:32.902
  • AND ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD,
  • 00:13:32.935 --> 00:13:34.737
  • IF IT STOPS THERE THEN HE HASNOT FULFILLED HIS PROMISES.
  • 00:13:34.770 --> 00:13:39.208
  • HE DID ALL OF THOSE THINGSFOR A GREATER PURPOSE:
  • 00:13:39.241 --> 00:13:42.177
  • TO COME BACK AND RECLAIMTHE PEOPLE ON EARTH
  • 00:13:42.211 --> 00:13:45.114
  • THAT BELONGED TO HIM.
  • 00:13:45.147 --> 00:13:46.382
  • AND THAT'S WHY INTHE OLD TESTAMENT
  • 00:13:46.415 --> 00:13:48.017
  • FOR EVERY ONE PROPHECY ABOUTTHE FIRST COMING OF CHRIST
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:51.253
  • IN BETHLEHEM, THEREARE EIGHT PROPHECIES
  • 00:13:51.287 --> 00:13:53.622
  • ABOUT THE SECOND COMINGOF CHRIST TO THIS EARTH.
  • 00:13:53.656 --> 00:13:56.992
  • SO YOU'LL SEE THAT THROUGHOUTTHE BOOK OF REVELATION,
  • 00:13:57.026 --> 00:13:59.628
  • THE REFERENCES TOTHE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:13:59.662 --> 00:14:01.463
  • A SECOND CHARACTERISTICOF THIS BOOK IS SYMBOLISM.
  • 00:14:01.497 --> 00:14:06.335
  • THIS BOOK USES SYMBOLS.
  • 00:14:06.368 --> 00:14:08.470
  • NOW THAT THROWS A LOT OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:14:08.504 --> 00:14:10.806
  • PEOPLE THINK BECAUSE SOMETHINGIS USED SYMBOLICALLY,
  • 00:14:10.839 --> 00:14:14.443
  • IT MUST NOT BE REAL.
  • 00:14:14.476 --> 00:14:17.079
  • DON'T CONFUSE ASYMBOL WITH A METAPHOR
  • 00:14:17.112 --> 00:14:21.750
  • OR A SYMBOL WITH AN ALLEGORY.
  • 00:14:21.784 --> 00:14:25.020
  • ALLEGORY IS AFICTIONAL, MADE-UP STORY
  • 00:14:25.054 --> 00:14:29.858
  • MEANT TO TEACH USSOME IMPORTANT TRUTH.
  • 00:14:29.892 --> 00:14:33.696
  • THAT IS ALLEGORY.
  • 00:14:33.729 --> 00:14:35.965
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT THEBOOK OF REVELATION IS.
  • 00:14:35.998 --> 00:14:37.900
  • IT'S NOT AN ALLEGORY.
  • 00:14:37.933 --> 00:14:40.002
  • JOHN DIDN'T JUSTDREAM THESE THINGS UP.
  • 00:14:40.035 --> 00:14:43.605
  • THE BIBLE SAYS ININ REVELATION 1:2
  • 00:14:43.639 --> 00:14:45.808
  • THAT JOHN WAS TESTIFYINGTO QUOTE, ALL THAT HE SAW.
  • 00:14:45.841 --> 00:14:52.181
  • HE ACTUALLY SAW THESE EVENTSTHAT WE'RE GOING TO STUDY
  • 00:14:52.214 --> 00:14:55.217
  • IN THE WEEKS ANDTHE MONTHS AHEAD.
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:58.087
  • THESE ARE REAL EVENTS,
  • 00:14:58.120 --> 00:15:00.089
  • BUT HE USES MANY TIMES SYMBOLSLIKE THE BEAST, THE HARLOT,
  • 00:15:00.122 --> 00:15:04.360
  • THE WHITE HORSE, THE LOCUST,AND SO FORTH TO EXPLAIN THEM.
  • 00:15:04.393 --> 00:15:07.763
  • WHY DOES HE MAKE SUCH USEOF SYMBOLS IN THIS BOOK?
  • 00:15:07.796 --> 00:15:11.600
  • LET ME GIVE YOU THREEREASONS FOR SYMBOLS.
  • 00:15:11.633 --> 00:15:13.402
  • FIRST OF ALL, SYMBOLSWERE USED AS A CODE
  • 00:15:13.435 --> 00:15:16.672
  • FOR FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:15:16.705 --> 00:15:19.174
  • THEY WERE UNDER PERSECUTION.
  • 00:15:19.208 --> 00:15:21.276
  • IF JOHN JUST CAME OUT ANDSAID EVERYTHING CLEARLY,
  • 00:15:21.310 --> 00:15:24.613
  • IT WOULD HAVE LED TONEEDLESS PERSECUTION
  • 00:15:24.646 --> 00:15:27.583
  • OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:15:27.616 --> 00:15:28.784
  • ROME COULD USE IT ASEVIDENCE OF SUBMISSION,
  • 00:15:28.817 --> 00:15:31.286
  • AND THERE IS NO USE IN INVITINGUNNECESSARY PERSECUTION.
  • 00:15:31.320 --> 00:15:35.224
  • SO IT WAS USED AS ACODE FOR BELIEVERS.
  • 00:15:35.257 --> 00:15:37.459
  • SECONDLY, SYMBOLS WERE USEDTO COMMUNICATE THE UNFAMILIAR.
  • 00:15:37.493 --> 00:15:43.198
  • NOW THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:15:43.232 --> 00:15:44.600
  • JOHN LIVED IN THE FIRSTCENTURY AND YET GOD GRANTED HIM
  • 00:15:44.633 --> 00:15:48.037
  • A VISION DOWN THECORRIDORS OF THE FUTURE,
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:51.073
  • THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDSOF YEARS INTO THE FUTURE.
  • 00:15:51.106 --> 00:15:54.376
  • AND HE HAD TO WRITEDOWN WHAT HE SAW
  • 00:15:54.410 --> 00:15:58.447
  • IN TERMS WITH WHICHHE WAS FAMILIAR.
  • 00:15:58.480 --> 00:16:01.683
  • WHEN LEONARDO DA VINCIPICTURED A MODERN TANK
  • 00:16:01.717 --> 00:16:06.321
  • HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, HEHAD A VISION FOR A TANK,
  • 00:16:06.355 --> 00:16:10.893
  • BUT WHEN HE SKETCHEDA PICTURE OF IT,
  • 00:16:10.926 --> 00:16:12.694
  • HE HAD TO DO IT IN THINGS,TERMS IN WHICH HE WAS FAMILIAR.
  • 00:16:12.728 --> 00:16:16.298
  • SO HE DREW IT IN THESHAPE OF A TURTLE SHELL.
  • 00:16:16.331 --> 00:16:19.968
  • TO HIM THAT WAS A TANK.
  • 00:16:20.002 --> 00:16:22.938
  • IN THE SAME WAY, JOHN IS GOINGTO BE TALKING ABOUT THINGS
  • 00:16:22.971 --> 00:16:25.974
  • HE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFOREAND DESCRIBING HIM
  • 00:16:26.008 --> 00:16:28.577
  • IN TERMINOLOGY HE UNDERSTOOD.
  • 00:16:28.610 --> 00:16:31.280
  • YOU KNOW, SCIENCEFICTION WRITER,
  • 00:16:31.313 --> 00:16:34.049
  • ARTHUR C. CLARKE ONCE WROTE,"ANY SUFFICIENTLY ADVANCED
  • 00:16:34.083 --> 00:16:38.353
  • "TECHNOLOGY ISINDISTINGUISHABLE FROM MAGIC."
  • 00:16:38.387 --> 00:16:43.759
  • SOMETHING THAT HADN'TBEEN INVENTED YET
  • 00:16:43.792 --> 00:16:45.494
  • WILL LOOK LIKE MAGIC, BUTIT'S NOT; IT'S TECHNOLOGY.
  • 00:16:45.527 --> 00:16:49.264
  • THE SAME THING IS TRUE INTHE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 00:16:49.298 --> 00:16:51.800
  • THESE SYMBOLS ARE REAL THINGS.
  • 00:16:51.834 --> 00:16:54.403
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUTJOHN LOOKING AT
  • 00:16:54.436 --> 00:16:56.505
  • THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.
  • 00:16:56.538 --> 00:16:57.806
  • THINK ABOUT JOHNBEING TRANSPORTED
  • 00:16:57.840 --> 00:17:00.342
  • TO SEE HELICOPTERSFLYING AROUND.
  • 00:17:00.375 --> 00:17:03.412
  • HOW WOULD A FIRST CENTURYPERSON DESCRIBE A HELICOPTER
  • 00:17:03.445 --> 00:17:08.484
  • OR A TANK, OR JETSSTREAKING THROUGH THE SKY
  • 00:17:08.517 --> 00:17:12.387
  • ABOVE MEGIDDO LIKE WE'VESEEN SO MANY TIMES.
  • 00:17:12.421 --> 00:17:15.324
  • NO WONDER HE WAS USING SYMBOLS.
  • 00:17:15.357 --> 00:17:17.092
  • HE WAS USING WHAT WAS FAMILIAR
  • 00:17:17.126 --> 00:17:19.061
  • TO COMMUNICATE THE UNFAMILIAR.
  • 00:17:19.094 --> 00:17:21.029
  • AND FINALLY SYMBOLS AREUSED TO AROUSE EMOTION.
  • 00:17:21.063 --> 00:17:25.467
  • AROUSE EMOTION.
  • 00:17:25.501 --> 00:17:26.702
  • REMEMBER HE WAS TRYINGTO MOTIVATE THE READERS
  • 00:17:26.735 --> 00:17:28.070
  • TO DO SOMETHING, TO BEAROUSED AND UNDERSTAND
  • 00:17:28.103 --> 00:17:31.106
  • WHAT WAS GOING TO TAKE PLACE
  • 00:17:31.140 --> 00:17:33.375
  • AND TO ORDER THEIR LIVESAROUND THOSE FACTS.
  • 00:17:33.408 --> 00:17:37.146
  • WHEN JOHN TALKED ABOUT A WORLDDICTATOR, THE ANTICHRIST,
  • 00:17:37.179 --> 00:17:41.717
  • HE COULD HAVE SAID, THERE'SGOING TO BE A DICTATOR,
  • 00:17:41.750 --> 00:17:44.253
  • BUT INSTEAD HEDESCRIBES HIM AS A BEAST
  • 00:17:44.286 --> 00:17:47.523
  • RISING OUT OF THE SEA.
  • 00:17:47.556 --> 00:17:49.858
  • WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THEWORLD POLITICAL SYSTEM
  • 00:17:49.892 --> 00:17:52.227
  • THAT'S OPPOSED TO GOD,
  • 00:17:52.261 --> 00:17:53.729
  • HE COULD SAY THENATIONS THAT HATE GOD,
  • 00:17:53.762 --> 00:17:56.498
  • BUT INSTEAD HE USEDTHE TERM BABYLON.
  • 00:17:56.532 --> 00:18:00.102
  • BABYLON IS AN IMAGETHROUGHOUT THE BIBLE
  • 00:18:00.135 --> 00:18:03.672
  • FROM THE BEGINNING TIMEOF THAT WORLD SYSTEM
  • 00:18:03.705 --> 00:18:06.708
  • THAT IS OPPOSED TO THE PLANSAND THE PURPOSE OF GOD.
  • 00:18:06.742 --> 00:18:10.913
  • SOMETIMES THESYMBOLISM IS EXPLAINED,
  • 00:18:10.946 --> 00:18:13.282
  • LIKE IN THE CASE OF JESUS,
  • 00:18:13.315 --> 00:18:15.050
  • WALKING AMONG THESEVEN LAMPSTANDS
  • 00:18:15.083 --> 00:18:17.052
  • THAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT INTHE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.
  • 00:18:17.085 --> 00:18:19.688
  • JOHN SAYS THE SEVEN LAMPSTANDSARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES.
  • 00:18:19.721 --> 00:18:23.959
  • OTHER TIMES YOU HAVE TORELY ON YOUR UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:18:23.992 --> 00:18:26.395
  • OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:18:26.428 --> 00:18:27.996
  • BUT WHAT I WANT YOUTO REMEMBER IS THIS,
  • 00:18:28.030 --> 00:18:30.532
  • JUST BECAUSE REVELATIONIS FILLED WITH SYMBOLS
  • 00:18:30.566 --> 00:18:33.602
  • DOES NOT MAKEREVELATION LESS REAL;
  • 00:18:33.635 --> 00:18:37.439
  • IT ACTUALLY MAKES IT MORE REAL.
  • 00:18:37.472 --> 00:18:40.042
  • THESE THINGS ARE SO FANTASTIC,
  • 00:18:40.075 --> 00:18:42.544
  • PHENOMENAL THATARE GOING TO HAPPEN
  • 00:18:42.578 --> 00:18:45.047
  • THERE'S NO WAY I CAN DESCRIBETHEM EXCEPT THROUGH SYMBOLS.
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:50.919
  • NOW, LET'S LOOK AT AN OUTLINEOF THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 00:18:50.953 --> 00:18:53.956
  • AGAIN, WE'RE GAININGA 30.000-FOOT VIEW
  • 00:18:53.989 --> 00:18:57.259
  • OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 00:18:57.292 --> 00:18:59.628
  • I WAS TALKING TO THECAMERA GUY THIS MORNING,
  • 00:18:59.661 --> 00:19:02.698
  • AND HE SAID, "WHAT AREYOU PREACHING ON TODAY?"
  • 00:19:02.731 --> 00:19:05.701
  • AND I SAID, "THEBOOK OF REVELATION."
  • 00:19:05.734 --> 00:19:07.536
  • HE SAID, "OH MAN,THAT'S TOO DIFFICULT.
  • 00:19:07.569 --> 00:19:09.404
  • "I COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT."
  • 00:19:09.438 --> 00:19:11.273
  • AND THAT'S HOW MOST PEOPLE FEEL.
  • 00:19:11.306 --> 00:19:13.008
  • THEY COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 00:19:13.041 --> 00:19:14.743
  • IT'S VERY EASY TO UNDERSTANDIF YOU UNDERSTAND THE OUTLINE
  • 00:19:14.776 --> 00:19:18.080
  • AND WHERE THE BOOK IS GOING.
  • 00:19:18.113 --> 00:19:19.581
  • AND JOHN ACTUALLY GIVESUS THE THREE-POINT OUTLINE
  • 00:19:19.615 --> 00:19:22.351
  • FOR THE BOOK OF REVELATION
  • 00:19:22.384 --> 00:19:23.885
  • IN REVELATION 1:19.
  • 00:19:23.919 --> 00:19:26.822
  • "THE ANGEL SAID TO JOHN,'WRITE THEREFORE THE THINGS
  • 00:19:26.855 --> 00:19:31.193
  • "'WHICH YOU HAVE SEENAND THE THINGS WHICH ARE,
  • 00:19:31.226 --> 00:19:34.529
  • "'AND THE THINGSWHICH SHALL TAKE PLACE
  • 00:19:34.563 --> 00:19:36.632
  • "'AFTER THESE THINGS.'"
  • 00:19:36.665 --> 00:19:39.034
  • DID YOU CATCH THATTHREE-POINT OUTLINE?
  • 00:19:39.067 --> 00:19:40.969
  • FIRST OF ALL, JOHNWRITE DOWN THE THINGS
  • 00:19:41.003 --> 00:19:43.105
  • WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN.
  • 00:19:43.138 --> 00:19:44.773
  • THAT'S REVELATION 1.
  • 00:19:44.806 --> 00:19:46.875
  • WHAT JOHN HAS JUSTSEEN IS JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:19:46.908 --> 00:19:50.178
  • STANDING IN FRONT OF HIMIN HIS GLORIFIED STATE.
  • 00:19:50.212 --> 00:19:53.582
  • THAT'S CHAPTER 1, THE THINGSWHICH YOU HAVE SEEN.
  • 00:19:53.615 --> 00:19:56.118
  • THEN THE ANGEL SAID, "WRITEDOWN THE THINGS WHICH ARE,"
  • 00:19:56.151 --> 00:20:00.122
  • THAT'S THE PRESENT.
  • 00:20:00.155 --> 00:20:01.723
  • THE CONDITION OFTHE SEVEN CHURCHES,
  • 00:20:01.757 --> 00:20:03.525
  • THAT'S FOUND INREVELATION 2 TO 3,
  • 00:20:03.558 --> 00:20:07.529
  • THE THINGS WERE ARE, THECONDITION OF THE CHURCHES.
  • 00:20:07.562 --> 00:20:10.499
  • AND FINALLY HE SAID,
  • 00:20:10.532 --> 00:20:11.767
  • "WRITE DOWN THE THINGSTHAT WILL TAKE PLACE."
  • 00:20:11.800 --> 00:20:14.002
  • THAT IS THE FUTURE,THAT'S CHAPTERS 4
  • 00:20:14.036 --> 00:20:16.938
  • ALL THE WAY TO CHAPTER 22,
  • 00:20:16.972 --> 00:20:20.075
  • THE EVENTS THAT WILLCULMINATE WITH THE RETURN
  • 00:20:20.108 --> 00:20:23.578
  • OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:20:23.612 --> 00:20:26.114
  • NOW, LET ME SAY AWORD ABOUT THE MESSAGE
  • 00:20:26.148 --> 00:20:29.384
  • OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 00:20:29.418 --> 00:20:32.154
  • REMEMBER THIS BOOK WAS WRITTENTO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
  • 00:20:32.187 --> 00:20:36.191
  • AND THE THEME IS VERY SIMPLE.
  • 00:20:36.224 --> 00:20:38.226
  • JOHN SAYS REMAINFAITHFUL TO JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:20:38.260 --> 00:20:42.998
  • IN THE MIDST OFPERSECUTION, WHY?
  • 00:20:43.031 --> 00:20:45.600
  • BECAUSE JESUS IS COMING AGAINSOON TO REWARD THE RIGHTEOUS
  • 00:20:45.634 --> 00:20:51.740
  • AND TO PUNISH THE UNRIGHTEOUS.
  • 00:20:51.773 --> 00:20:53.875
  • THAT'S THE MESSAGE OFTHE BOOK OF REVELATION:
  • 00:20:53.909 --> 00:20:58.046
  • REMAIN FAITHFUL IN THEMIDST OF PERSECUTION
  • 00:20:58.080 --> 00:21:01.650
  • BECAUSE JESUS IS COMING AGAIN.
  • 00:21:01.683 --> 00:21:06.054
  • FRANKLY, THAT'S A HARDMESSAGE FOR US TO RELATE TO.
  • 00:21:06.088 --> 00:21:11.360
  • YOU KNOW WHY IT'S HARDFOR US TO RELATE TO?
  • 00:21:11.393 --> 00:21:14.730
  • BECAUSE UNLIKE OTHERCHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS
  • 00:21:14.763 --> 00:21:18.133
  • AROUND THE WORLD WHO AREBEING TORTURED AND DECAPITATED
  • 00:21:18.166 --> 00:21:22.037
  • AND IMPRISONED FORTHEIR FAITH IN CHRIST,
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:24.773
  • WE'RE NOT EXPERIENCINGTHAT IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 00:21:24.806 --> 00:21:28.176
  • NOT YET ANYWAY.
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:31.079
  • BUT I BELIEVE THE RELATIVEFREEDOM WE HAVE AS A WHOLE
  • 00:21:31.113 --> 00:21:36.051
  • AS CHRISTIANS, SURE,CHRISTIANS SOMETIMES SUFFER
  • 00:21:36.084 --> 00:21:39.221
  • AT THEIR WORKPLACE OR IN SCHOOL
  • 00:21:39.254 --> 00:21:40.922
  • FOR TAKING A STAND FOR CHRIST,
  • 00:21:40.956 --> 00:21:41.690
  • BUT THERE'S NOCOLLECTIVE SUFFERING
  • 00:21:41.723 --> 00:21:43.625
  • BY THE CHURCH RIGHTNOW IN AMERICA.
  • 00:21:43.658 --> 00:21:46.027
  • BUT I DO BELIEVEIT'S ONLY TEMPORARY.
  • 00:21:46.061 --> 00:21:49.264
  • I THINK WHAT WE'REEXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW
  • 00:21:49.297 --> 00:21:52.968
  • IS JUST A LITTLE RESPITE,A LITTLE REPRIEVE.
  • 00:21:53.001 --> 00:21:58.507
  • I THINK THERE IS A WORLD SYSTEM
  • 00:21:58.540 --> 00:22:01.443
  • THAT'S FOUNDATION ISBEING LAID RIGHT NOW
  • 00:22:01.476 --> 00:22:05.580
  • THAT IS GOING TO RESULTIN SUCH A BACKLASH
  • 00:22:05.614 --> 00:22:09.785
  • AGAINST CONSERVATIVECHRISTIANS IN AMERICA
  • 00:22:09.818 --> 00:22:12.154
  • WE CAN'T EVEN BEGIN TOUNDERSTAND.
  • 00:22:12.187 --> 00:22:14.656
  • AS I SAID I BELIEVE THATFOUNDATION IS BEING LAID
  • 00:22:14.689 --> 00:22:17.192
  • RIGHT NOW FOR THIS BACKLASHTHAT IS COMING
  • 00:22:17.225 --> 00:22:21.296
  • AND AS THE CHURCHOF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:22:21.329 --> 00:22:23.298
  • WE BETTER GET READY.
  • 00:22:23.331 --> 00:22:25.934
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:25.967 --> 00:22:30.806
  • REVELATION CAN BEAN INTIMIDATING BOOK
  • 00:22:30.839 --> 00:22:33.575
  • WITH ITS COMPLEX SYMBOLISMAND ITS MANY REFERENCES
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  • TO THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • BUT I HOPE YOU'LL CONTINUETO WALK THROUGH THIS TEXT
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  • WITH ME OVER THECOURSE OF THIS SERIES.
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  • AND BY THE END, I GUARANTEEYOU'LL HAVE A BETTER
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  • UNDERSTANDING OF THEREVELATION OF JESUS TO JOHN
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  • AND WHAT AWAITS YOUAND ME FOR THE FUTURE.
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  • BEFORE OUR TIME IS UP FOR TODAY,
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  • LET ME ENCOURAGE YOU WITH ALETTER FROM CARMEN IN OHIO.
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  • RECENTLY, CARMENWROTE TO US AND SAID,
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  • "I LISTENED TO PATHWAYTO VICTORY EVERY MORNING
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  • "WHEN I'M GETTINGREADY FOR WORK.
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  • "THERE ARE MORNINGS WHEN THESERMONS BRING ME TO TEARS,
  • 00:23:09.044 --> 00:23:12.113
  • "BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLYWHAT I NEEDED
  • 00:23:12.147 --> 00:23:14.349
  • "TO FACE A PROBLEMI WAS DEALING WITH.
  • 00:23:14.382 --> 00:23:17.085
  • "I RUN AND GRAB A PENAND PAPER TO WRITE DOWN
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  • "THE IMPORTANT POINTS AND KEEPTHEM WITH ME DURING THE DAY.
  • 00:23:19.754 --> 00:23:23.625
  • "IT HELPS ME REMEMBER THEREIS NOTHING TOO BIG FOR GOD
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  • "TO HANDLE IN MY LIFE."
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  • WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR THAT ENCOURAGING NOTE.
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  • AND, FRIENDS, WHEN YOUGIVE TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • GOD IS USING YOUR GIFT TO REACHMEN AND WOMEN LIKE CARMEN,
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  • WHO DESPERATELY NEED ANENCOURAGING WORD FROM GOD.
  • 00:23:39.875 --> 00:23:43.845
  • SO THANKS FOR YOURFAITHFUL SUPPORT
  • 00:23:43.879 --> 00:23:46.181
  • AS TOGETHER WEPIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC-CLOCK TICKING
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  • [PRESENTER] IN LIGHTOF CURRENT EVENTS,
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  • YOU CAN'T HELP BUTWONDER IF WE'RE LIVING
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  • IN THE END TIMES.
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  • [JEFFRESS] ONE DAY,THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • THE TRUMPET IS GOING TO SOUND.
  • 00:24:05.233 --> 00:24:08.003
  • THE HEAVENS ARE GOING TO PART.
  • 00:24:08.036 --> 00:24:10.138
  • SHOULD THAT AFFECTHOW WE LIVE TODAY?
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  • [PRESENTER] DR. ROBERTJEFFRESS EXPLAINS
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  • WHERE WE ARE ON GOD'SPROPHETIC TIMELINE
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  • AND WHY CHRISTIANS DON'TNEED TO FEAR THE END
  • 00:24:17.045 --> 00:24:19.748
  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK, "THERAPTURE, FACT OR FANTASY?"
  • 00:24:19.781 --> 00:24:23.785
  • JESUS CHRIST COULD USHER INTHE END TIMES TRIBULATION
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  • AT ANY MOMENT, ANDFACING THIS TRUTH
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  • WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ONTHE WAY YOU AND I LIVE TODAY.
  • 00:24:30.091 --> 00:24:34.863
  • [PRESENTER] A COPY OFDR. JEFFRESS' BOOK ON THE
  • 00:24:34.896 --> 00:24:36.932
  • RAPTURE IS YOURS WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:36.965 --> 00:24:39.367
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:39.401 --> 00:24:41.036
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100OR MORE, YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE
  • 00:24:41.069 --> 00:24:44.472
  • DR. JEFFRESS' SERIES ONTHE BOOK OF REVELATION,
  • 00:24:44.506 --> 00:24:47.275
  • FINAL CONQUEST, ONBOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • IT COULD HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT,THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
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  • THERE ARE NO PROPHECIESTHAT HAVE TO BE FULFILLED
  • 00:24:53.481 --> 00:24:55.483
  • FOR THE RAPTURE.
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  • IT COULD HAPPEN BEFORE WECONCLUDE THE SERVICE TODAY.
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  • [PRESENTER] THANKYOU FOR PARTNERING
  • 00:24:59.988 --> 00:25:01.156
  • WITH PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:25:01.189 --> 00:25:02.424
  • TO SHARE THE GOODNEWS OF THE GOSPEL
  • 00:25:02.457 --> 00:25:04.459
  • AT A TIME WHEN OURWORLD NEEDS IT MOST.
  • 00:25:04.492 --> 00:25:06.861
  • IN THESE DAYS OFANXIETY AND STRIFE,
  • 00:25:06.895 --> 00:25:09.197
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS REACHINGMORE PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE
  • 00:25:09.230 --> 00:25:12.534
  • WITH THE BOLD TEACHINGOF GOD'S TRUTH.
  • 00:25:12.567 --> 00:25:14.769
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE GENEROUSLYTO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
  • 00:25:14.803 --> 00:25:17.539
  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,PLEASE REQUEST YOUR COPY
  • 00:25:17.572 --> 00:25:20.442
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS' BRAND NEWBOOK AND TEACHING SERIES.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:25.313 --> 00:25:27.315
  • THERE'S SO MUCH TOUNCOVER IN THIS RICH BOOK
  • 00:25:27.349 --> 00:25:30.151
  • OF BIBLE PROPHECY.
  • 00:25:30.185 --> 00:25:31.953
  • REMEMBER,REVELATION 1:3 SAYS,
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  • "BLESSED IS THE ONE WHOREADS AND THOSE WHO HEAR
  • 00:25:35.390 --> 00:25:39.027
  • "THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECYAND HEED THE THINGS
  • 00:25:39.060 --> 00:25:42.163
  • "THAT ARE WRITTEN IN IT,FOR THE TIME IS NEAR."
  • 00:25:42.197 --> 00:25:46.267
  • AND SO I'VE SET ASIDETOMORROW'S PROGRAM TO PRESENT
  • 00:25:46.301 --> 00:25:49.604
  • A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THEENTIRE BOOK OF THE REVELATION
  • 00:25:49.638 --> 00:25:53.608
  • AND ALSO TO HIGHLIGHTTHE MAIN PURPOSE
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  • OF THIS INSPIREDSECTION OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:25:56.344 --> 00:25:59.247
  • THE OVERARCHINGMESSAGE OF REVELATION
  • 00:25:59.280 --> 00:26:01.850
  • IS ONE MOST PEOPLEPROBABLY WOULDN'T EXPECT.
  • 00:26:01.883 --> 00:26:05.153
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF OUR NEXT MESSAGE
  • 00:26:05.186 --> 00:26:08.056
  • IN OUR SERIES FINAL CONQUEST.
  • 00:26:08.089 --> 00:26:12.494
  • [PRESENTER] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:12.527 --> 00:26:14.295
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:14.329 --> 00:26:16.931
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:16.965 --> 00:26:19.167
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'BRAND NEW BOOK TITLED
  • 00:26:19.200 --> 00:26:21.503
  • "THE RAPTURE, FACT OR FANTASY?"
  • 00:26:21.536 --> 00:26:24.205
  • PLUS THE BOOKLET BIBLEPROPHECY MADE SIMPLE
  • 00:26:24.239 --> 00:26:26.941
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:26.975 --> 00:26:29.844
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:29.878 --> 00:26:31.579
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:31.613 --> 00:26:34.482
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE FINAL CONQUEST
  • 00:26:34.516 --> 00:26:37.519
  • TEACHING SERIES ONBOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:37.552 --> 00:26:41.122
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:41.156 --> 00:26:42.824
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT,
  • 00:26:42.857 --> 00:26:44.893
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:44.926 --> 00:26:47.629
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:47.662 --> 00:26:48.863
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:48.897 --> 00:26:52.200
  • ISN'T THAT THE DAYWE ALL LONG FOR?
  • 00:26:52.233 --> 00:26:55.570
  • A DAY NOT ONLY THATSPELLS THE END OF SIN
  • 00:26:55.603 --> 00:26:59.207
  • AND SICKNESS ANDSADNESS AND DEATH,
  • 00:26:59.240 --> 00:27:02.677
  • BUT THE END THATINCLUDES OUR FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:27:02.711 --> 00:27:05.680
  • OUR PERFECT FELLOWSHIP WITHTHE ONE PERSON IN THE UNIVERSE
  • 00:27:05.714 --> 00:27:11.953
  • WHO KNOWS US BEST AND LOVES USMOST: THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:27:11.986 --> 00:27:17.692
  • [PRESENTER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:17.726 --> 00:27:19.894
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE:"BACK TO THE FUTURE"
  • 00:27:19.928 --> 00:27:22.430
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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