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Battling the Beast

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Battling the Beast

Text:  Revelation 13

Big Idea:  Pledge allegiance to Christ.

Purpose:  To explain the story of Revelation and to encourage people to pledge allegiance to Christ, and avoid the mark of the beast.

Introduction:

Two Christians were driving through an area where the road was being widened. At the end of the repair zone, a sign informed travellers, “Construction Ended. Thank You for Your Patience.”

“I think that would make an appropriate epitaph for my life,” said one of the Christians.

Life requires patience

            -to endure the battle described in the middle of Revelation (12-14)

We have been looking at this story – seeing God’s work to reclaim creation.

            -rightfully belongs to Christ

            -dispersed his troops

            -7 angels blew trumpet of battle

            -Satan tossed out of heaven

                        -and defeated – took out frustrations on God’s children

Today – see the ongoing battle

            -with the central thought of the entire book of revelation.

Textual Overview:

1.  The dragon sets up a beast to be worshipped.

-beast has been wounded but not killed (like the dragon)

-earlier in this text, the dragon was identified as Satan

            -satan is setting up puppet “gods”

2.  Beast reigns for 42 months and makes war against saints.

-familiar 42 - short time (three-and-a-half years, 1260 days)

-question to be asked at this point – is this a chronological story?

            -or is this a repeated story – going back and looking at different points

                        -during the same time frame

                        -that number – three and a half years – is repetitive – suffering

                        -repeated short periods of suffering

                                    -has been consistent with world history

                                    -has been true in the lives of many here

3.  Saints are called to patient endurance. – this is the central verse of the text

            -Perhaps the central verse to the entire book of Revelation

                        -Chapter 6:10 – the saints cried out , “how long”

Beast begets "puppet beasts" to lead to deception.

4.  Beasts call for all to take mark

-mark required for engaging in life

-people ostracized for holding allegiance to Christ

            -without beast’s mark – you are on the outside of society

-if you have Christ’s mark – you feel a sense of loss

            -not being on the inside of the happenings

            -Unable to make a dent - frustrating

The number of the beast is a riddle - 666.

Sermon Body:

Movement 1: *Satan is working to draw people away from Christ

His is not a pro-active strategy, but a desire to take away from God.

-trying to destroy saints, harm Christ's Kingdom.

-he doesn’t care whether you worship him, Allah, Buddha, Confucius, Sumn-Yung Moon

            -as long as you are not worshipping God

Satan will work to get us to volunteer to move away from God

            -by making things look beautiful

            -think of the temptations that we volunteer for

                        -illicit drugs – not shoved down us, we volunteer

                        -telling lies – rarely under compulsion – we think there is a benefit

                                    -(especially if we don’t caught)

                        Let’s take a brief self assessment

                                    -most of the sins we commit – we volunteer

                                    -can’t blame it on anyone else

                                    -if we are honest – we will admit

                                                -in moments of weakness, rebellion

                                                -the way of sin looks appealing – we struggle to refuse

            -in volunteering, we come closer to taking the mark of the beast

                        -submitting to its ways

                        -and abandoning God

Movement 2:  *We are called to patiently endure the battle.

The battle belongs to the Lord.

Even though Satan will battle

            When desperation sets in – no longer mere volunteering

                        -but will use compulsion

                        -and if we are weak, we may give in

                                    -some have been asked to deny Christ at gunpoint

                                    -some have been denied friendships based on their faith

                                    -people in Asia Minor – were often outcasts – if they honored Christ

Trials endure for a period of time

-not often comforting in the middle of struggles

-but Christ is giving us His perspective

-He will succeed.

The question we have – how do we avoid volunteering

            -whether by rebellion

            -or through weakness

Action Steps for endurance:

            Getting ready – putting on armor – Eph. 6:10-19

                        Truth – confession – who you really are

                                    -not merely who you wish to be

                                    -a realistic self assessment

                                                -many people believe illusions about themselves

                                                -they are funny, smart, flaws are minimal

                                                            -truth gives true assessment

                        Righteousness – handle yourself according to God’s guidance

                                    -obedience

                        Readiness from the gospel of peace – to move, act, follow Christ

                        (See also faith, salvation, word of God, prayer)

Movement 3:  *Evil may seem to thrive, but it will be short-lived.

            This is the hope we have – that we are looking forward to better days

           

Exlpain 666

            The format of this book – revolves around three sets of 7

            7 seals that are broken

            7 trumpets – that sound the battle cry – usher in calamities – Christ comes

            7 bowls of wrath – yet to come in our reading – Christ’s judgment

            If you look at 666 - corresponds to the three sets of seven

                        -the nature of the beasts ruling is this:  it’s not yet over

                        -if you look closely at the 6th seal, trumpet, bowl, you will see

            6th Seal – Chapter 7 – brings earthquake, and then a pause

                        -Kings ask to be hidden

                        -God pauses to mark the 144,00 – (His children)

            6th Trumpet – Chapter 9:13-21 – 200,000,000 troops fight

                        -great plague – people to not repent

                        -a pause before the 7th trumpet

                        -angel says the time is now

                        -witnesses are killed

                        -great earthquake

                        -and the trumpet sounds

                        -the 6th was a pause – followed by final victory

            6th bowl of wrath – Chapter 16:12-15

                        -6th bowl of wrath is poured out

                        -demons come forward to perform miraculous signs

                        -rally all of God’s enemies to make one last stand

                        -to pave the way for God’s ultimate victory

                        -it is a

            666 – has often been a number of fear – devilish

                        -Here, it is a number of comfort

                        -represents the final times – brief time

                                    -real power

                                    -but right before the victory of Christ

            Similar to a light bulb – brightest before it pops and burns out

            Similar to a gas engine – revs highest on fumes, before it dies

                        666 – high intensity – that is a signal of doom

 Conclusion:

            No good human rationale – why the church has endured

                        -no weapons, military, land

                        -sometimes persecuted, slandered

                        -yet outlasted the greatest nations, empires

            Today – we may feel the battle – Satan’s attacks

                        -to draw us away, compel us to rebel

            But his time is limited – 666, near the end, pause in movement

                        -But God’s plans will endure even longer

            And when we come to the perfect 7 – we will reign forever.

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