June 29, 2014

The Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End

Passage: Revelation 22
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Bible Text: Revelation 22 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: Abiding in the Lord
The Book of Revelation is the Message of Hope
Jesus KNOWS what we are going through today
Jesus is IN CONTROL of our tomorrows
Revelation 22:1-5 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life…bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations…For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him…for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.
The WATER OF LIFE is a symbol of ETERNAL LIFE and the refreshment of the HOLY SPIRIT.
Life is different when you are a believer in Jesus!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new
What do we know about eternity?
We will have a real place to go to called heaven John 14:2-3
We will have relationships with Jesus and other believers John 14: 3-7
We will not have the same physical limitations 1 Corinthians 15:35-49; John 20:19,26
We will be like Jesus 1 John 3:2
We will have new bodies 1 Corinthians 15
It will be a wonderful, blessed experience 1 Corinthians 2:9
It will be a new environment different from earth Revelation 21:1
It will be a new, different experience of God’s presence 1 Corinthians 13:12; Revelation 21:3
We will have new emotions Revelation 21:4
There will be no more death Revelation 21:4
Revelation 22:6-11 Then the angel said to me, everything you have heard and seen is trustworthy and true. The Lord God, who inspires his prophets, has sent his angel to tell his servants what will happen soon. Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book…Worship only God! 
Worship is to know God and be known by God
How do we see God?
The Bible (scriptures); in music; nature; people; circumstances; events; history; etc.
Learn to slow down and see and hear and feel the Lord
Today is the Day to Believe!
Now is the time to change the course of your life, NOT tomorrow!
Hebrews 9:27-28 And just as each person is destined to die once…
Revelation 22:12-17 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End…
…Let anyone who hears this say, Come. Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. 
I want My church to understand that My promise is real and My word is true
I want My church to get a picture of the future and the future with ME is bright and forever
I want My church to know we are in this together and we will triumph together and live together
Revelation 22:18-21 …If anyone adds anything to what is written here, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone removes any of the words from this book of prophecy, God will remove that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.
He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, Yes, I am coming soon! Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. 

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