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“Sound the End” – part 14

Week #45
Sunday, November 10, 2013 … In the year of our LORD
Progressive Christianity – Progressive Revelation
“The Revelation of Jesus The Christ – Christ’s Ministry to His Church”
~ Part 14 ~
“…Let The Trumpets Sound The End:
Preparation For Trumpet 7 – For All To See…”
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)
  • Prophecy – In the New Testament, prophecy does not necessarily refer to predicting the future. Its primary meaning is “to speak forth,” “to proclaim,” or “to preach.” The two witnesses will proclaim that the disasters occurring during the Great Tribulation are from God. They will warn that God’s final outpouring of judgment and eternal Hell will follow. At the same time, they will preach the gospel, calling people to repentance, and faith in Jesus Christ.
Primary Verses
• Revelation 11:3-14
Related Verses:
• Deuteronomy 21:22-23 & 34:5-6
• Genesis 2:7
• 2 Kings 2:11
• Leviticus 10:2
• Luke 16:31 & 17:18-19
• Matthew 25:21
• Numbers 11:1 & 16:35
• Psalm 106:17-18
• Revelation 4:9 & 14:7
• Romans 4:20 & 11:4-5
• Zechariah 3:8-10
((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 research what a Christian’s identity in Christ is. How does this shape your view of yourself, God, and others?
  2. Using your Bible research where a Christian’s strength comes from. What happens when we seek strength and security from places outside of where God calls us to seek it?
  3. What does the Bible teach us about our security and comfort in death and assurance of a resurrected life?
  4. How does a Christian impact the world through obedience to Christ?

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Sermon Notes
  1. The temple in the Great Tribulation will be built under the authority of the Antichrist.
  2. We must assimilate the Word of God and purify the temple.
  3. The two witnesses are martyrs of Christ.
  4. We should avoid temptation in this world.
  5. We shouldn’t listen to our opinions, but turn to God and ask Him for truth.
  6. Our identity comes from God.
  7. As Christians, we can seek to impact the world by giving our lives fully to God.

“May the peace of God be with you always.
Our Holy Father in Heaven, we seek Your mercy, salvation, and power that by Your redeeming power all the world may see You in and through us, Your church.
We pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

~ Amen ~

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