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A Sneak Peak Into Heaven's Perspective on Adversity

Revelation 1:9-20

21 Fellowship, SBC

Dr. Simon Goncharenko

  1. John’s experiences teach us about the “upside down” rationale of the kingdom ways – v. 9.
    1. WHO – John the disciple – v. 1.
    2. WHERE – in exile on Patmos – v. 1.

 

  1. John’s encounter with glorified Jesus on the Lord’s Day puts focus on the right person – vv. 12-16.
    1. It is not insignificant that Jesus was standing among the churches – v. 12.
    2. What John saw:
      1. Jesus looked like a man – v. 13.
      2. His robe reached His feet – v. 13.
      3. He had a golden belt around His chest – v. 13.
      4. His head and hair were as white as wool and as snow – v. 14.
      5. His eyes were like a flame of fire – v. 14.
      6. His feet were like polished bronze purified in fire – v. 15.
      7. His voice was like the sound of many waters – v. 15.
      8. He held seven stars in his right hand – v. 16.
      9. There was a double-edged sword proceeding out of His mouth – v. 16.
      10. His face shone like the sun at full strength – v. 16.

 

  1. After experiencing Jesus, John is commissioned and encouraged – vv. 10-11, 17-20.
    1. A loud voice instructed John to write down these words for the edification of the seven churches in Asia – vv. 10-11.
    2. At the sight of Jesus all John could do was fall at His feet – v. 17.
    3. Jesus encouraged John with His touch and words vv. 17-18.
      1. Touching John with His right hand
      2. Relaying His power, eternality, and victory overall
    4. John is commissioned to record what is given him – v. 19.
    5. Jesus upholds His servants in His hand – v. 20.

 

 

While many believe that a closer walk with God will bring health and prosperity His greatest work in our lives is often accomplished in the times of our greatest adversity.