Sunday Sermon: ‘When God Makes All Things Right’

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Have you ever wondered – “Why God? Why are you allowing this to happen to me? Why don’t you put an end to sin? Why don’t you make all things right?” The Bible teaches us that a hunger for righteousness is a part of our salvation. When God saves us, He places within us a desire for what is right. In addition, Jesus told us that we are to pray daily – “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (see Mt 6:10) There is a time coming when our great God is going to make all things right.

The Bible speaks of an event known as the Day of the Lord. We read from the Old Testament prophet Zephaniah-

Zephaniah 2:1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather, O nation without shame, 2 Before the decree takes effect– The day passes like the chaff– Before the burning anger of the LORD comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD’S anger comes upon you. 3 Seek the LORD, All you humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger.” NIV

The Day of the Lord is not one single day, but a time-period when God is going to make all things right. It includes the Tribulation Period, Christ’s Second Coming, the Millennial Kingdom and the Great White Throne Judgment. Today we begin looking at the event known as the Tribulation Period.

This week I have spent a lot of time in Revelation chapters 4 and 5. These two chapters contain so much that we could spend weeks on each of them alone. Yet I feel that it’s necessary that we put the two chapters together in order to get the full picture of what God is trying to say to us. Therefore, rather than examining each individual golden nugget, we’re going to need to look at them in a broad kind of way. As I have read them I sense that God is trying to make three major statements to us.

I. God is Still on the Throne

The first things we need to see is that God is still on the throne.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

A. His Appearance

I realized something as I studied this passage: God loves colors. Just consider creation. God has created so many colors in His creation that it’s mind-boggling. From flowers to fish, this world is filled with many wonderful colors. God used a variety of colors when He created the rainbow as a sign of His goodness and faithfulness. In addition, the Old Testament Temple and Tabernacle were filled with many wonderful colors. The High Priest wore a special breastplate that contained twelve different stones for the twelve different tribes of Israel. And the Bible tell us that the foundation of God’s heavenly city will adorned with many precious stones and color. Heaven must be amazing!

Look at how God describes Himself.

Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

I read about ten or fifteen commentaries trying to get a handle of what it means that God looks like a jasper stone, a sardine stone, and an emerald. Most didn’t say much because the Bible doesn’t reveal to us the full meaning. Here’s a possibility:

1. Jasper stone is white or clear which could represent God’s holiness and purity.

2. The sardine stone is read which could represent His sacrificial nature.

3. And the emerald stone is green which could represent the peace that comes from knowing Him.

If I am even close we could say that our God is pure, He is merciful and gracious and He gives us great peace.

B. Adoration

I have been truly blessed this week as I have pondered upon the worship that goes on in heaven.

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

God has created the angels for His worship. Within the angels are special angels that do nothing but give Him glory, night and day.

In addition, God has created us to give Him glory. Seated around His throne are saints seated upon thrones who are wearing golden crowns. How do I know they are saints?

Consider their clothing. They are wearing white garments which throughout scripture is a symbol of the righteousness God gives to those who receive Jesus as their Savior. Consider their crowns. They are the crown known as a ‘Stephanos’ which is the crown of the victor. Consider also their celebration.

Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

C. Authority

Lastly, let’s take a quick look at God’s authority.

“Thou art worthy, O Lord…” is the song of heaven. Both men and angels sing of God’s worthiness to be praised. Why is God worthy of all our praise?

1. He Created All Things

“…for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Here’s the saddest truth of all eternity – many of those whom God has created specifically for His pleasure and glory, fail to give Him the glory that He is due.

2. He Controls All Things

Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

The King James Version says – ‘a book.’ A better translation would be – ‘a scroll.’ What is this scroll and why is it so special?

a. The Scroll’s Position

Where is this scroll? It’s in God’s right hand. Throughout scripture the right hand is a symbol for power, strength and honor.

b. The Scroll’s Protection

The Bible says that it is sealed with seven seals. Ancient documents were often sealed for several reasons:

i. Authenticity

ii. Authority

iii. Accuracy

c. The Scroll’s Perfection

The number ‘seven’ is often used in scripture to symbolize perfection or completion. In addition, the Bible says that this scroll is written both on the inside and the outside. What does that mean? It’s complete. It’s full of God’s will. As a matter of fact, Revelation 22 says:

Revelation 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

d. The Scroll’s Prophecy

Note what God said when He first called John up into heaven:

Revelation 4:1 …Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

This document is like no other document ever known to man. It reveals what’s going to happen from the moment of the Rapture all the way into eternity.

e. The Scroll’s Purpose

What is the purpose of the book of Revelation? It is at least twofold:

i. It Reveals What Lies Ahead for Those Who Reject Christ

The book of Revelation reveals what will happen to those who have to go through the Tribulation. Revelation 6 gives us but a small taste of the trouble ahead.

Revelation 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

In addition, Revelation 20 teaches us about the Great White Throne Judgment when non-Christians will have to stand before God to be judged for their sins. The Bible says –

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 ii. It Reveals What Lies Ahead for Those Who Receive Christ

Strange as it may sound but the book of Revelation is a book of redemption.

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

II. Man Cannot Solve His Problems

The second great truth found in these two chapters is that man cannot solve his problems.

Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

The phrase “who is worthy” means – “Who is befitting”, “who carries the weight”, “who has the rank and character?” No one. No one in heaven or on earth had the right to open this sacred scroll. No one.

A. John Wept Much

The Bible says that when John realized that no one was worthy to take this scroll and open it, he began to weep.

The word ‘wept’ refers to a weeping that is loud and uncontrollably. It’s like the weeping someone does when they discover the death of a loved one. The Holman Translation of the Bible says – “I cried and cried…” Why did John cry so much that no man was found worthy to take and open this special scroll?

Much of the book of Revelation reveals what is in the scroll. There are seven seals and each time a seal is broken, judgment is released upon the sinful people of this earth. Therefore it might be said that this scroll is God’s plan for bringing the earth back under His power and authority. Although God owns the earth and sustains it, scripture describes Satan as being the ‘god of this world.’ (2 Cor 4:4) Satan does not own the world nor does he do anything to contribute to its advancement. He is the god of this world because the men and women of this world follow him and his devices.

John wept much because he realized that without the opening of this scroll, the world would remain forever under the rule and authority of Satan.

B. Weep Not

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

“Weep not John, for there is One who is worthy.” Who is worthy to open the scroll and to redeem this world back from the clutches of Satan? Jesus the Son of God!

Warren Wiersbe writes – “The scroll represents Christ’s “title deed” to all that the Father promised Him because of His sacrifice on the cross. ‘Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen [nations] for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession’ (Psalm 2:8). Jesus Christ is the “Heir of all things” (Heb 1:2).

III. Jesus is Worthy of All Our Praise                   

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

A. The Lamb is a Lion

What do you think of when you think of a lamb? Do you see a strong ferocious animal that is able to defeat its enemies? Of course not. You think of a meek little animal that is totally defenseless. John tells us something significant about this lamb. This lamb is actually a lion.

The first time this world saw Jesus, they saw a lamb. “Behold the lamb that taketh away the sin of the world” John the Baptist said of Him. (see John 1:29) Jesus came as a lamb for the purpose of giving His life as a sacrifice for our sins. The Bible says: “as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth” we read from Isaiah 53:7 NIV. No man took His life from Him. Jesus laid His life down of His own free will. (see John 10:18)

Do not be deceived dear world. The Lamb is actually a Lion. He is the King of heaven and the next time the world sees Him they will see a meek and lowly Savior, but instead a ferocious Lion who will slay His enemies with the sword of His mouth.

B. The Lamb Has Prevailed

“Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.” Rev 5:5

The Greek word for ‘hath prevailed’ is nikao from which we get the word NIKE. Nikap means: to conquer. Victory!

Notice that the Bible does not say that He will prevail or that He might prevail or that we hope He prevails. The Bible says that He has prevailed. The victory has already been won. When was the victory won? It was won on the cross. When Jesus declared “it is finished” He meant more than I have endured the cross. It meant – I have completed everything that needed to be done to bring an end to the reign of sin and Satan. I am the Redeemer.

D. The Lamb is Worthy of All Our Praise

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

As far as our eye will be able to see there will be angels worshipping our Savior. Ten thousand times ten thousands and thousands of thousands. And with this innumerable amount of angels will be all the saints of God. And with number will be all of creation.

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

I want to take just a moment to call our attention to how heaven will worship our God and His Son.

1. With Submission    

The Bible says that the church will fall down flat on their faces before Him.

2. With Supplication

The word ‘supplication’ means “prayer.”

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

All those times you and I have prayed, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”, God has heard those prayers and He has stored them for this moment. All those prayers that have been made for God to make all things right will be poured out before Him and He will answer them. Jesus will reign!

3. With Song

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song…

This is a song that flows from the heart of those who have experienced God’s forgiveness and redemption. This is a song that is pure and for no other purpose that to give God glory.

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