Greetings Project Ezra. It’s almost time for our Halloween reading, and I’m excited! I pray many of you will participate, and that God will be greatly glorified through the preaching of His word.
I will attempt to keep the preaching notes short this week, and would encourage you to spend time reading and re-reading the passage, and praying for the souls that will hear God’s word this weekend. I was listening to an online sermon by Paul Washer today, and he brought up a point I think we should all remember. He said (I am paraphrasing) that the real work is not done when the message is presented, but on our knees long before we start preaching. We need to give every effort, every word that comes out of our mouths, to God, and trust Him for the results. So if you are reading or preaching, give it to God in prayer first. And if you are not participating this weekend, I hope that you will also go to prayer for your brothers and sisters on the front lines. Please pray for wisdom, humility, divine appointments, and safety during what can be a very ugly weekend.
I would suggest focusing on the following points:
Introduction and reading of Revelation 20-22
The great white throne judgment and the Lamb’s book of life
All of us will be judged by God’s perfect holy standard
Revelation 20:13 - All of us will stand before the great white throne and be
judged according to what they have done.
Revelation 21:8 – Have you committed any of these sins?
What God says about the occult:
Deuteronomy 18:10-11- There shall not be found among you anyone who
burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices
divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a
charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
Are you celebrating Halloween by making entertainment of things God hates?
Philippians 4:8 – Set your minds on the good things of God
The terrors of hell, and the lake of fire
You will not be in hell enjoying the pleasures of sin with Satan and your buddies.
Satan does not rule hell. It is a punishment for him as it is for us.
Revelation 20:10 – The Devil, the Beast, the False Prophet tormented
Revelation 20:14-15 – Death and Hades (those not in the Lamb’s book of
life) thrown into the lake of fire
Luke 16 - The rich man begging for one drop of water to soothe his tongue
The lamb’s book of life – Who’s name will be in it? Will your name be in it?
John 1:29 - The lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world
Revelation 5:6 – Jesus described as a lamb, standing as though slain
In the temple, a perfect lamb was sacrificed to cover sin, but only for a time
Hebrews 7: 23-25 - The former priests were many in number, because
they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds
his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he
is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him,
since he always lives to make intercession for them.
Jesus can take all your sins, permanently. How?
The cross – Jesus sacrificed for the sin of the world
God’s wrath poured out on His own son, so it didn’t have to be poured out on us.
Isaiah 53 - It was the will of the LORD to crush him. He was crushed for our
Repent, and put your faith in the Lamb of God! (Acts 20:21)
The wonders of heaven, and the New Jerusalem
Gold, which many of us would live and die for, is so common and mundane that it is used to pave the streets!
Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall
be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.”
Jesus is coming soon, and bringing His recompense with Him. (Revelation 22:12) Are you ready?
I hope this is helpful, and I will be praying for you, that the Lord will use you mightily this weekend for His glory and the saving of many souls. Please post your testimonies and pictures when you can.
For the praise of His glory!