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“Sound the End” – part 13

Week #44
Sunday, November 3, 2013 … In the year of our LORD
Progressive Christianity – Progressive Revelation
“The Revelation of Jesus The Christ – Christ’s Ministry to His Church”
~ Part 13 ~
“…Let The Trumpets Sound The End:
Preparation For Trumpet 7 –
Assimilate The Word, Purify The Temple,
Be The Witness…”
Definitions / Study Helps
  • Temple – There are two Greek words in the Bible for temple. They are:
    1. Hieron: This comes from a word meaning “holy, hallowed, or consecrated,” and was used of earthly things devoted or dedicated by man to a god. It was later used in the New Testament to designate the temple in Jerusalem. It includes the entire sacred enclosure with its portico, court, and other subordinate buildings. It is never used figuratively. However, the word that is used in Revelation 11 is.
    2. Naos: This refers to the inner sanctuary, it’s composed of the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place. Only priests could lawfully enter. Naos was used among heathen to denote a shrine containing the idol (Acts 17:24 & 19:24). When referring to the Jerusalem temple, Josephus, Philo, the Septuagint, and the New Testament always distinguished hieron from naos. After describing the building of naos by Solomon, Josephus wrote: “Outside the temple (naos) he constructed a sacred enclosure (hieron) in the form of a square.”
    So the reference here is not to the entire temple, but the inner temple complex that was made up of the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The altar is probably the brazen altar, this is the place where the Jews offered their sacrifices. The Hebrew root word for altar is sacrifice.
  • Assimilate the Word (Take and Eat) – A verb and it means to take in, to digest, and understand fully. It means to absorb something and to cause the one who is absorbing it to become like it. As our culture accepts modern day and various media trends, it becomes more like the trend of the Hollywood star and shows. To the contrary, we as believers are to take in the Word of God and become like it.
  • Witnesses – The plural word from which the English word “Martyr” is derived, since so many witnesses of Jesus Christ in the early church paid with their lives.
  • Sackcloth – A rough, heavy, coarse cloth worn in ancient times as a symbol of mourning, distress, grief, and humility. – (Genesis 37:34, 2 Samuel 3:31, 1 Chronicles 21:16 and 2 Kings 6:30)
Primary Verses
• Revelation 11:1-5
Related Verses:
• Acts 21:28-29
• 1 Chronicles 21:16
• 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 & 9:22
• 2 Corinthians 6:15-17
• Daniel 9:27
• Deuteronomy 17:6, 18:15 & 18, 19:15 & 34:5-6
• Exodus 7:17-21
• Genesis 37:34
• James 5:17
• John 1:21, 6:14, 7:40 & 17:14-15
• Jude 1:9
• 1 Kings 17:1
• 2 Kings 1:10-12, 2:11-12 & 6:30
• Luke 21:24
• Mark 13:14-15
• Matthew 17:3, 18:16 & 24:12-15
• Revelation 12:6
• 2 Samuel 3:31
• Zechariah 4:1-14
((To gain the most from these questions, use your Bible. Rather than creative thinking, seek the Word of God for sound truths.))

  1. Using your Bible describe the various ways by which we as believers assimilate the Word of God (Bible) into our lives. Identify where your life may be weak in the area of Bible assimilation and address how the Bible teaches you to strengthen it. (e.g., meditating on the Word of God, prayer, attending worship, Bible teaching, etc…)
  2. Using your Bible seek understanding on what it means to be a pure and undefiled temple of God. What are some ways in which the temple of God is defiled? Identify any area of compromise and what steps you need to take to ensure a pure, holy, and healthy temple of God.
  3. Using your Bible seek understanding on what it means to be a witness (martyr). What does it mean to loose all for the sake of gaining Christ? Identify any area of life in which you’re holding onto for yourself or others and in so doing are kept from being a witness. Give these to God that you may be His true uncompromised witness.

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Sermon Notes
  1. Elijah and Moses never finished their ministry and never died. They were removed from this earth.
  2. Seven is the number of completion.
  3. The temple in the Great Tribulation will be built under the authority of the Antichrist.
  4. While witnessing to someone we mustn’t compromise with their thoughts or this world.
  5. We must make sure we’re always proclaiming the truth of God.
  6. A true witness is persecuted by this world.
  7. We should focus on reading and knowing the Word of God versus trusting our conscience.
  8. We need to edify the Temple of God that resides in us.
  9. The Bible is fully sufficient, it covers all areas of life.

“May the peace of God be with you always.
Our Holy Father in Heaven, by Your grace and mercy lead us to assimilate Your Word into our lives, purify Your temple, and become Your witnesses.
We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

~ Amen ~

One Response so far.

  1. Lucius says:

    Many places in the Bible you will find the number seven. This is a sign that God is immutable.

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