November 13, 2022

Peals of thunder

Bible Text: Revelation 11:15-19 |

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I get how unbelievers can miss what God is doing in the world. I understand how they can explain away what they see in creation and how they can deny the existence or involvement of God based on how broken the world is. I can see how they would conclude that they can live without God, if he exists at all. But the ability to deny his existence is coming to an end. In time, God will reveal himself in ways that are simply undeniable. In Revelation 11:15-19, John sees another scene of heavenly worship as the 7th trumpet sounds accompanied by, “flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” Signs that are unmistakably divine in origin. All of it announcing that the kingdom of this world has given way to the kingdom of God. Which begs a question, to what extent is the kingdom of this world giving way to the kingdom of God in our own hearts in advance of that final day? That’s what we’ll look at together on Sunday. I'm eager to work it out with you from the Word.

Series: Great & Amazing—Revelation (Part 2)
Todd Dugard
Message: 18–Peals of Thunder
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Revelation 11:15-19
November 13, 2022

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The kingdom of God in me means...

...grateful surrender to his reign (v. 15,17)

Thank you, God, for...

No one knows how bad they are till they have tried very hard to be good.
C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (paraphrased)

World: “Follow your heart.”
Jesus: “Follow me.”
World: “Believe in yourself.”
Jesus: “Believe in me.”
World: “Discover yourself.”
Jesus: “Deny yourself.”
World: “Be true to you.”
Jesus: “Be true to me.”
Matt Smethurst

...humble worship before his throne (v. 16)

Ephesians 2:8–9

...joyful rest in his justice (v. 18)

Biblical justice is not first of all a set of bullet points or a set of rules and guidelines. It is rooted in the very character of God and it is the outworking of that character, which is never less than just.
Tim Keller

Justice in the Bible, Timothy Keller -

...firm confidence in his plan (v. 19)

Revelation 21:3