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Revelation (Part 17): The 7th Seal
November 04, 2019 11:08 AM PST
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Today we consider the opening of the final seal, in Revelation 8:1-6. When Jesus opens this 7th seal, there is silence in heaven for half an hour. We are tempted to skip over this silence to the more active parts of Revelation... But let's take a moment to consider this silence, and it's transition into the action of God. The silence from an Old Testament perspective is an anticipation of the coming of God's judgement. The silence from a New Testament perspective is linked to temple worship (in Luke chapter 1). The people were involved in the deep silence of prayer, as the priest began the burning of the incense... which is the transition into the seven trumpets.

Revelation (Part 16): Heard the 144 000, Saw the Multitude
October 29, 2019 08:42 AM PDT
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In this sermon we consider Revelation chapter 7, whose 2 main characteristics are: the list of the 144 000 slaves of God that are sealed on their foreheads, and the multitude that have come out of the great tribulation. The list of those sealed is an allusion to Ezekiel chapter 9, where God is bringing judgement and wrath and death on Jerusalem. The list of 144 000 is a military list, and the multitude is holding palm branches, which is a celebration of victory. And John "heard" the number being sealed, and then he looks and "sees" the multitude. These two groups, the 144 000 and the multitude, are inextricably linked.

Revelation (Part 15): The Opening of the 5th and 6th Seal
October 21, 2019 09:30 AM PDT
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In this sermon we consider the second half of Revelation chapter 6, where Jesus opens the 5th and 6th seal. With the opening of the 5th seal comes a great persecution of Christians, and many Christians are killed for their testimony and for maintaining their belief in the word of God. The opening of the 6th seal unleashes the great day of the wrath of the Lamb, when Jesus kills all the wicked and evil people of the world. We struggle to understand this passage because we live in peace and prosperity in Canada... we conclude by reading letters written by a pastor and an elder from a persecuted church in China... where the reality of persecution brings chapter 6 of Revelation into greater focus and understanding.

Revelation (Part 14): The 4 Horsemen of Thanksgiving
October 17, 2019 07:08 AM PDT
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In this sermon we consider the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In chapter 5, we found Jesus, who is worthy to take the scrolls and open the seals, and in chapter 6: Jesus begins to open the seals. The first 4 seals that Jesus opens call forth 4 horsemen, whose purpose is war. And the natural reaction that we have when we hear of wars and rumours of war, we get anxious. Yet, instead of being worried, we should instead be thankful that Jesus is authority. We are, after all, His kingdom, and He is, after all, worthy of opening these seals.

Revelation (Part 13): The Worthy Lamb
October 07, 2019 10:35 AM PDT
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In this sermon we consider chapter 5 of the book of Revelation. This chapter is dedicated to the Worthiness of Jesus, as the Lion and the Lamb. No one in heaven, on earth, or under the earth is worthy to read the sealed scroll, only Jesus... because of His redeeming work through his sacrifice (His blood), where He makes a kingdom and priests from people of all nations and languages.

Revelation (Part 12) The Throne Room of the Creator
September 30, 2019 10:49 AM PDT
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In this sermon we consider chapter 4 of the book of Revelation. This chapter introduces the setting, the throne room of God, where the majority of the rest of the book of Revelation takes place. It describes the incredibly majesty of God, and the thundering loudness of the worship of God. He is worthy of all worship, because He created and sustains all things.

Communion Truths: What it isn't and What it is
April 14, 2016 04:58 AM PDT
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There are a lot of ideas around what communion is and what it should be. And there are a lot of different ways that different churches go about celebrating communion. So this sermon clarifies 3 things that communion isn't, and gives a brief statement as to the essence of what it really is all about. (Mark 14:12-26, Matt 26:17-30, Luke 22:7-38, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, 1 Cor 10:14-22, Acts 2:42, 1 Cor 5:7)

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