From Here to Eternity (Current Series)

A Biblical Study of Future Events

What does the Bible says about the church today, the rapture, the tribulation, the antichrist, the second coming of Jesus Christ, judgments of people both saved and lost, the Millennial Kingdom, heaven and hell and other future events?

Starting this Sunday, September 9, we begin a message series in Revelation entitled “From Here to Eternity: A Biblical Study of Future Events.” In the coming weeks we will dig deeper into what the Bible says about where we are now and what is going to happen in the future.


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THE END is near…  (September 9, 2018)

Revelation 1:1-3 NKJV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part I  (September 16, 2018)

Who wrote Revelation? How do we make sense of the symbolism? Who is giving the author this revelation? Who is the inended audience for the revelation, and what is the intent of Revelation? This week in our message series “From Here to Eternity” we start to go deeper into the book of Revelation to begin to answer these questions.

Revelation 1:1-3 NKJV
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part II  (September 30, 2018)

This week we pick up where we left off last week, focusing on the Author, audience and intent of Revelation.

Revelation 1:3, 5-6 NKJV

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.


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The Letter to the Church in Ephesus – Part I  (October 7, 2018)

The Book of Revelation begins with letters from Jesus to the Seven Churches. This week we look into the Letter to the Church in Ephesus and focus on what is the church.

Revelation 2:1-7 NKJV

1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” 


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The Letter to the Church in Ephesus – Part II  (October 14, 2018)

This week we continue our lesson on the Letter to the Church in Ephesus, where Jesus praises the church for its service, sound doctrine and dedication, but warns the church that is has left its first love.

Revelation 2:2-4 NKJV

2 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; 3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” 


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The Letter to the Church in Smyrna – The Persecuted Church  (October 21, 2018)

“From pastors imprisoned in China to the outright slaughter of religious minority groups in Iraq, religious persecution is a global problem.” (Focus on the Family)

This Sunday, October 21, we continue our study of the seven churches of Revelation focusing on the persecuted church in Smyrna. Jesus knew the church would be persecuted; He taught his disciples this fact over and over again. In Revelation, when Jesus addresses the church in Smyrna, He acknowledges their suffering and yet encourages them to stay strong.

Revelation 2:8-11 NKJV

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

The video below is the one shown prior to Barry’s sermon. Please visit The Voice of the Martyrs for more information.

 


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The Letter to the Church in Pergamos – The Compromising Church (October 28, 2018)

The Compromising Church – Pergamos was a large city in the province of Asia Minor, modern day Turkey, and was awash in pagan worship and became the center of cult of Caesar worship. “Of Pergamum an ancient writer said it was ‘given to idolatry more than all Asia.’” “The church at Pergamum was surrounded by a pagan culture, just as we are surrounded by an increasingly godless culture” today.

This Sunday, October 28, our lesson will focus on Jesus’s letter to the Church in Pergamos in Revelation, correcting the church in Pergamos for its compromise and calling for the church to repent.

Revelation 2:12-17 NKJV

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write,‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’


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The Letter to the Church in Thyatira – The Corrupt Church (November 4, 2018)

In Revelation, Jesus’s letter to the church in Thyatira is a warning to the believers that they are in “grave spiritual danger.” The church in Thyatira was being influenced by false teachers, who were attempting to “graft on to Christianity the mysteries of darkness,” which were in direct opposition to the teachings of Christ. What lessons can today’s Christians learn from the situation in Thyatira? Join us this Sunday, November 4, as we attempt to answer this question.

Revelation 2:18-29 NKJV

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. 24 “Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. 25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— 27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—as I also have received from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’


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The Letter to the Church in Sardis – The Dead Church (November 11, 2018)

The church today can exhibit the same symptoms as the church in Sardis. How do we recognize this and what must we do keep from becoming a dead church? Join us this Sunday, November 11 as we study Jesus’s letter to the Church in Sardis.

Revelation 3:1-6 NKJV

1 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’