Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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A Message from Heaven
Rev 11:14-19

NKJV 14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. 15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. 18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."  19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail. NKJV

1.    The . . Telling of the Message from Heaven.

A. Telling About the . . Kingdom. v 14-15 a
    14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly. 15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord . . ."

B. Telling About the . . King. v 15 b
    ". . . and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"

Illustration
For centuries men believed the theories of astronomy as propounded by Greek philosophers. The writings of Aristotle and Ptolemy were scientific gospels, and to challenge them was the worst of heresies. Men were expected to believe without debate that the earth was the center of the universe, for example, and that the heavenly bodies moved in perfect circles. Ingenious theories were invented to explain the seeming retrograde motion of Mars, the alternation of day and night on earth, and various inconsistencies not accounted for by the astronomy of the Greeks. But astronomy was in a hopeless muddle. Men simply did not have the key for they ignored the centrality of the sun.

Then came Nicholas Copernicus and Johannes Kepler. The sun was put in its proper place as the center of the solar system. It was established that the earth and the planets revolve around the sun and that the true path of the planets is an ellipse, not a circle Then everything fell into place. Copernicus and his followers won lasting fame simply by giving the sun its rightful place.

Application

You and I need to make sure we have the SON as the Central Figure of our life and world.
 

2.    The . . Thanks of the Message from Heaven.
    16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.

A. Thanks for the Person. v 16 b - 17 a
    ". . . fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God
Almighty,

        1. Instantaneous Thanks v 16
            16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and
            worshiped God,

        2. Intelligent Thanks. v 17 a
                17 saying: "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and
                who is to come,. . . "

B. Thanks for Power. v 17 b

        1. Assembled Power.
        ". . . Because You have taken Your great power

        2. Asserted Power
        ". . . and reigned."
 

3.    The . . Timing of the Message from Heaven. v 18-19
    18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth." 19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

A. The Timing of . . Reward. v 18 a
    18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great,. . ."

B. The Timing of . . Revenge. v 18 b
    ". . . And should destroy those who destroy the earth."

C. The Timing of . . Revelation. v 19
    19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

        1. This Timing Includes the . . Will of God
            "Then the temple of God was opened in heaven,. . ."

        2. This Timing Includes the . . The Word of God.
            " . . . and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. . .."

        3. This Timing Includes the . . The Ways of God.
            ". . . And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.