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Sermon Title: "Can I Get A Witness?"

Revelation 11:1-14

by Pastor John Martin

February 7, 2021

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Outline of Revelation:

 

  1. Introduction (1:1-8)

  2. Christ the Royal Priest (1:9-20)

  3. Messages to Churches (2:1-3:22)

  4. The Heavenly Court (4:1-5:14)

  5. Tribulation Plagues (6:1-16:21)

  6. The Return of Christ (17:1-19:21)

  7. The Kingdom (20:1-22:5)

  8. Conclusion (22:6-21)1

1.  Introduction ~ persecution is a part of being Christian Matt 5:11-12 

2.  Context ~ the 7th trumpet carried us past the Millennial Kingdom 

3.  Background ~ Rev 12:1-6 ”portents” (σημεῖον) events that forewarn

     3.1.  there are really only 2 sources of temptation James 1:14 

             3.1.1.  we have an enemy who uses these desires 1 Thess 3:5 

     3.2.  all persecution of the Church is demonically inspired Eph 6:12 

4.  The Great Conflict ~ comes into focus-we can resist James 4:7 

     4.1.  this is possible because what Jesus did on the cross Eph 1:19-23 

     4.2.  getting to our text-John retells the conflict Rev 12:1-2 

5.  The Woman ~ Rev 12:1 John draws from Old Testament Micah 5:2     

     5.1.  there are interesting parallels w/Joseph’s dream Gen 37:9

     5.2.  her going into wilderness draws heavily on Exodus story Ex 19:4 

     5.3.  there is only one people of God Gal 3:26-29 the criteria:Gen 15:6 

6.  The Dragon ~ Rev 12:3-4 clearly not intended as literal Rev 12:9 

     6.1.  The imagery comes from Hebrew Scriptures Ezek 29:3 

             6.1.1.  dragon imagery comes from Dan 7:7 and others

7.  Church Under Attack ~ Rev 12:4 the background us Dan 8:10 

     7.1.  Rev 12:4 this is exactly what we saw happen in Matt 2:16 

             7.1.1.  then again in Luke 4:1-2 & finally with Jesus’ death

     7.2.  somehow-Satan missed this was part of God’s plan 1 Cor 2:7-8 

             7.2.1.  the result is victory is snatched from Satan Rev 12:5  

8.  A Place Prepared ~ Rev 12:6 the time references Dan 7:25 

     8.1.  my conclusion is this a reference to Rev 9:4 & Eph 1:13-14 

9.  Application ~ @ the end of day this is spiritual in nature Eph 6:12

     9.1.  we granted resources to stand & overcome in Jesus Christ

 

For Contemplation:

Am I really resting in God as I go through the events of my life?

 

Homiletical Idea:

I can rest in God’s care for me.

 

For Prayer:

Father, give me power to walk in Your presence all of the time.