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Sermon Title: "Surprise!??? "
Revelation 16:15
by Pastor John Martin
May 16, 2021

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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)

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1.  Introduction ~ often things do not turn out as expected
2.  Context ~ here we find a break in bowl plagues Rev 16:15 
     2.1.  this is essentially the same warning as in Rev 3:3 
     2.2.  why is perseverance so important? we are easily distracted 
3.  Background ~ let’s think about what Jesus says to us Rev 16:15 
     3.1.  Jesus used this w/ reference to Himself in Luke 12:39–40 
     3.2.  Scripture indicates we will have an inkling of when 1 Thess 5:2-4 
             3.2.1.  yet many will fail to believe Him 2 Pe 3:3-4 
     3.3.  in contrast, we should be encouraging ea other Heb 10:23-25  
4.  Coming Up ~ a time will come when the Beast will make war Rev 11:7 
     4.1.  interestingly, the power to do so comes from God Rev 13:7 
             4.1.1.  these events unfolding on God’s timetable Rev 16:15  
     4.2.  we must trust God’s control Matt 24:9-13  2 Thess 2:3-4 
5.  Our Calling ~ is to “keep our garments” an interesting expression
     5.1.  one Old Testament antecedent is Isa 20:4 
     5.2.  Jesus requires we use-spiritual discernment Matt 24:24
     5.3.  as w/the rest of Revelation there is a Ezek 16:36-37 
     5.4.  failure to listen to the warning has consequences Matt 24:43-44 
             5.4.1.  it says we risk shameful humiliation 1 Cor 3:14-15 
6.  Application ~ our calling is clear Rev 16:15 but what does it mean? 
     6.1.  Jesus answered that question in Matt 22:37-40 
     6.2.  this the walk of faith described in Rom 1:16-17 
             6.2.1.  it is geared to help us consistently interact w/God
     6.3.  I’m talking about historically exercises of Spiritual Disciplines
             6.3.1.  this is what it means when Jesus says Rev 16:15 
 
For Contemplation:
Does my life reflect my readiness for Jesus’ return?
 
Homiletical Idea:
Life should be different for the Christian.
 
For Prayer:
Father, move in my heart for me to desire to seek you with all that I have.