Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Lion the Lamb and the Throne

Guelph church

The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say, "Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life."
Revelation 4:9‭-‬11 GNT
Tozer says the first problem is the church losing the fundamentals 

32 ft scroll written on both sides was unusual. Sealed with 7 deals. Who is worthy? 

John Milton Paradise Lost is hard to read. Read the first 30 pages and got hooked on his story. Read it all. 
The mighty angel reminds me of one of John Milton's angels. 

The angel asks who is worthy? Not intelligent? 

No one could face Goliath. 

John wept and wept. Something terrible is happening? What is in the scroll? Tension in the air. The scroll contains God's purposes for the future. The scroll must be opened for God's purposes to be realized. 

Behold the Lion of Judah is here. At the end of Genesis Jacob blessed Judah. Lion's cub. There is authority in Judah. The prophesy was fulfilled here. 

He saw a Lamb that had recently been slain but it's not dead. Standing in the centre of the throne. 

Nations chose violent creatures to represent them. Apocalyptic literature has all kinds of symbols. 

7 horns represent complete authority. 7 eyes see everything. Don't try to paint that. 

Is this a lion or a Lamb? Both! 

When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the first and the last. I am the living one! I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I have authority over death and the world of the dead.
Revelation 1:17‭-‬18 GNT

V7 he took the scroll. It is at the right hand of all power and he has no difficulty taking it. The restrained Christ was in the manger for our sake. In his public ministry he was mostly restrained. 

He's arrested, hands tied, condemned, but restrained. He is still restrained today. 

There is coming a day that will reveal Jesus in power. A terrible day if you're on the wrong side and a wonderful day for his followers. The Lord will execute perfect justice. 

We dumb down God as irrelevant. Angels are reduced to babies with wings. Left to ourselves we reduce God to manageable size. Tozer

People in hell will recognize that everything they did had meaning. 

3. All through Scripture there is the theme of the Lamb. Abraham and Isaac. The passover Lamb. John the Baptist behold the Lamb. 

Have confidence in Scripture. 
Notice the presence of central gospel truths in the Bible. 

People are removing the cross. Be here next week. 
The cross is bloody because sin is so terrible. 

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