The Rapture of the Church: Your Only Warning

By Ron English

Today is Monday, August 26, 2019. I am happy to report we had another wonderful downpour of rain early Sunday morning again watering our thirsting grass and trees. The rain was accompanied by heavy-duty lightning followed by loud claps and rumbling thunder. The temperature was reduced a bit and the evening was much more comfortable. As I write these words I don’t expect any more rain for today but I report this with a grateful heart for what the Lord provided.

I enjoyed two slices of delicious watermelon that would rival any I recall from my beloved Georgia (and most of you know how fond I am of Georgia watermelon). Now for a look at today’s Word: “”Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35. There is nothing more precious to a child of God than the blessed holy and inspired Word of God. It is eternal in its origin and breathed out of the mouth of God in its essence. This powerful Word is settled in the heavens and can not be displaced by mortals nor Satanic assault. Jesus, Himself, is said to be the very Word of God. He has died once for the sins of all mankind and He will never die again. He is eternal so is His Word and you cannot separate the Two. It is all too easy for us to think this earth upon which we walk and live will last forever. But it is not so. This earth is temporal at best and is on a collision course with God’s eternal purpose. The world was created by Jesus, the great Creator. He spoke it into existence. He created the first man and woman and from them, He has populated this earth which has grown to almost 8 billion humans.

Sadly, most of these will not be in Heaven. What does the Holy Word say? “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. Most people alive on the earth today have little or no interest in Heaven and no fear of Hell. Sadly, too many Christians seem to be creating wealth and substance as if they expect the earth to last forever and that their seed shall inherit what they gain.

While the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness to the world it, sadly, seems to be foolish preaching to the Christians, too. When the subject of the Rapture of the Church is preached few heed it as being factual and seem to regard it as an old wives’ tale if they give any serious thought to it at all. Too many saints look on the rapture like the people of Noah’s day as he preached the truth of the coming judgment and that God was going to make a way for the righteous to escape the damnation. Only seven humans were spared. I think the duration from the first announcement until the great ark was completed may have been 120 years. Noah is reported in the Scriptures as a preacher of righteousness. Many of the notable righteous died before the ark was completed. I have no doubt that the majority of the men and women who knew of Noah’s preaching and his family’s work in building that large boat laughed at him. Then one day some must have observed all those animals being herded into the wooden vessel. That must have been a sight and fueled no small amount of chatter around the dinner tables of the community. Then one day it was noticed the door was shut and sealed from the outside. That must have added a layer of puzzling conversation.

And then…AND THEN IT BEGAN TO RAIN! It had never rained before. Then the springs erupted from the earth gushing with more water to add to what was falling. And soon the water was filling the countryside and eventually rose to the base of the boat. I am sure a crowd soon reached the outside of the ark and beat on that big, sealed, door. But Noah had no power nor did his three sons have the power to open that door. The flood Noah had predicted was upon them and soon all who were panicking outside drowned in the floodwaters. That judgment was foretold by Noah. The people had 120 years to prepare for it. But they laughed and went about their daily routine.

The whole world was destroyed by water. You would think that devastation would have impacted the collective memory of the population that would grow from Noah’s family and the people would become holy and devout followers of God and His Word. But such was not the case. There must be several thousand men like Noah warning this generation that the Rapture of the Church is near. But do you see any rush to embrace holiness and fill our churches with people who are hungering for the Word of God? If anything we see a world rushing further and further away from God. In our country, you see the great number of men and women who are running for president pointing far away from Heaven and offering no prophetic word of danger approaching. God does not play. As He did in Noah’s day He is preparing to do in our day. The only sign you will see or hear will be the Trumpet sound and the dead in Christ being raised from the grave. That event will be so fast that if you blink your eye you will miss it. Just as fast the Christians who are still alive will be changed in that same blink and they too will disappear. Your only warning is the Word of God. What does it say?

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

No one will have an excuse for missing this great escape–the Rapture of the Church–the catching out of the earth those who have accepted and believed in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and who have trusted in His bodily resurrection.

The time for unbelievers to repent is now. What does the Scripture say about getting ready? “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

No other warning is coming. You have the full weight of past prophecy having been fulfilled in the life and action of Noah and his family. You have the powerful preaching and teaching and testimony of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, and the voices of all the other apostles each confirming this great event that is coming. And you have our Text Post for today:

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35

Your Evil Deeds Follow You

The Influence Of Evil
W. A. Criswell
Longtime Pastor of FBC Dallas
W. A. Criswell

In Amarillo, I had a friend with whom I graduated from high school. We were in the same Sunday school class and were good personal friends. We went to Baylor University together, and to my sorrow and amazement, the young fellow turned out to be an infidel, an atheist. I went to his room one night to talk to him. He was seated under a lamp reading Thomas Paine’s Age of Reason. Tom Paine had been dead for one hundred fifty years, but really dead? The influence of that evil-thinking man has extended through the decades after his body turned back into dust.

   Think of the dividend for evil that wicked people will receive at the judgment bar of Almighty God. We never escape the influence of evil in our lives.

SHADOW MINISTRIES

Dr. W. A. Criswell

Acts 5:12-16

 

 

On the radio, you are listening to the services of the First Baptist Church in Dallas.  This is the pastor bringing the message entitled Shadow Ministries, the unconscious influence that always attends our lives.  Just as a man cannot rid himself of his shadow, it always follows wherever he, is so the influence of a man’s life always attends his way and finds its repercussion in eternity.  I would think that so much of what is done in the name of the Lord, such as at our church camp; those ministries are so small, they are so hidden away, but you never know what God is doing.  You never know the repercussion of the seed that you have sown.  And that is the sermon tonight.

In our preaching through the Book of Acts, we are in chapter 5.  Let us turn to it and read out loud the text together.  Acts, the Book of Acts, the fifth book in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, chapter 5, and the text is verses 14 through 16.  Acts chapter 5:14-16.  Now with the pastor, read the text out loud together.  Acts 5:14-16 together:

 

And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.

Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

There came also a multitude out of cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

[Acts 5:14-16]

 

Now, you saw in it the passage of the text that gives rise to the sermon: “that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them” [Acts 5:15].

The temple area, as you know, was a great area.  It covered twenty-six acres.  And on the eastern side of the temple, on the eastern boundary of the court of the Gentiles, above the Brook Kidron and the winepress, Gethsemane, down there in the valley and then the rise of Mount Olivet on the other side.  In the porch of Solomon on the eastern side, there did the apostles gather with the multitudes and preach the gospel of the grace of the Lord Jesus.

Now there would be coming up to this temple, the fisherman Simon Peter.  There was just a certain number that he could touch out of the multitudes that thronged the preaching of the gospel.  So, finding the way that the big fisherman had of coming up to the house of the Lord, and noticing how he came into that temple area and finally to the porch of Solomon, they would bring their sick people and lay them along the way, that at least the shadow of Peter might fall upon them and they be blessed by just the passing of that tremendous man of God [Acts 5:15].  And that gives rise to the thought of the sermon tonight: Shadow Ministries – wayside ministries; unconscious ministries.  How people are influenced whom you never know, maybe never see, maybe after you are dead, maybe after you are dead a thousand years, the unconscious influence that always attends our way.

There was a great magnate, the president of a vast railroad system in America, who died.  And they announced that his service, a memorial, would be at two o’clock on a certain afternoon.  And at two o’clock on the dot, at two o’clock that afternoon, everything stopped on that vast railway system in honor and in memory of the great and famous president of the railway.  They brought everything to a halt.  Every train stopped; every wheel ceased to turn; every man stood still where he was; every workman laid down his tools.  And for three minutes the entire system shut down, and everything stopped in that vast railway corporation.  All except one thing, and that was the influence of that man in the casket.  It continued on, not stopping three minutes or five minutes or a year or a century, but it goes on forever.  So it is with every man’s life.  There is repercussion that never stops, even from the humblest life.

Sometimes the scientists tell us some of the most unusual things.  One of the things I read was this; that you could drop a pebble in the vast, illimitable ocean.  And the molecular disturbance from the dropping of that one pebble reaches out to the farthest shores of the sea.  If that could be true, think how much more is it true in the life of a man who lives in this earth.  The body dies.  It turns back to the dust of the ground from whence God shaped it and made it.  But personality and soul and influence never die.

Oh, when I look at history and think of the long and extended shadows of men who make that history, I stand in wonder and amazement before it.  There would not be volumes enough in the world to describe the influence of Alexander the Great upon human history – turning the whole world into Hellenic thinking, Hellenic architecture, Hellenic language – in which the New Testament is written – Hellenic thought, Hellenic culture.  It is the basis of our civilization today; the extended shadow of that young man who conquered the world when he was twenty-two years of age.

Did you know, one time looking at the courses taught at Oxford in England, I counted two hundred courses in Oxford on Aristotelian philosophy.  Aristotle died three hundred years before Christ.  And yet today, there will be something like two hundred courses in the great university of England in Oxford teaching Aristotelian philosophy.  And dear me, what could I say of the influence of a man like Nietzsche and Bismarck and finally Hitler?  Germany, as long as there is a Germanic people will never get over or survive the terror and the horror and the hurt of Nietzsche, and Bismarck, and Hitler.  So all of life follows a train like that; the influence that never ceases long after we are gone.

Now let’s I am going to take it two ways; one, the influence for good and the influence for bad.  Let us take the worst first.  A man does not die when he dies.  Would to God that were true with evil men, but the influence of his life lingers on and forever to the great judgment day of Almighty God [Revelation 20:11-15].  I had a friend in Amarillo with whom I was graduated from high school.  He and I were in the same Sunday school class.  We were good personal friends.  We went to Baylor University together.  And to my sorrow and amazement, the young fellow turned out to be an infidel – an atheist.  I went up to his room one night to talk to him.  And as I walked into his room, he was seated there under a lamp reading infidel Tom Paine’s Age of Reason.  Why, Tom Paine had been dead for a hundred fifty years.  Are you sure?  The influence of that evil-thinking man has extended through the decades after his body has turned back into the dust.  Think of the thousandfold dividend for evil that wicked men shall receive at the judgment bar of Almighty God.  We never escape the influence of evil in our lives.

Nathan the prophet said to David, “The sword shall never depart from thy house” [2 Samuel 12:10].  And thereafter, for the generations and the generations, the story of the household of David and the kings of Judea is written in human blood.  O God!  If it were just I, if it were just me and my house – but the families and the lives that are touched in the years and the years and the years that follow after.  The Lord God said to Manasseh, “Because of your sins, Judea will be destroyed, people carried into captivity, and the holy house of God burned down with fire” [2 Kings 21:10-15].  O Lord, the influence of a life for evil – it multiplies, it continues on forever; but enough.

Let us speak of the influence of the life for good.  You know, one of the most beautiful and precious passages, and one of the finest theological foundational truths in the Word of God, is this, written in the fifth chapter of the Book of Romans: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, how much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life” [Romans 5:10].  You have heard, if you have been here in the services before, my exposition of that passage – “saved by His life.”  There are theologians who say that refers to the days of our Lord when He lived in His flesh – saved by His life.  Oh no; oh no!  If when we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son – by the death of His Son, then how much more shall we be saved by the life of the Son of God; that is, His resurrected life – His life in glory.  For the life of our Lord, poured out into this world, lives forever!

The Lord is as much alive today as He was when He walked the shores of Galilee.  The influence of the life of Jesus is a thousand times a thousand times greater now than it was when He opened the eyes of the blind [Matthew 9:27-30], and when He healed the lepers [Mark 140-42; Luke 17:11-14], and when He raised the dead [John 11:43-44].  Jesus is alive [Revelation 1:18].  The greatest truth I know in human history is Jesus is alive, and He is here.  He is in our hearts [Matthew 28:20].  He guides in the way; He leads; Jesus, saving us by His life [1 Corinthians 15:3].

So it is with the lives of every good man; all good men who ever lived.  The repercussion of the influence of their lives is forever.  I could hardly think of how it will be when Simon Peter stands at the great judgment day before the great King.  Think of the influence of his life through the years and the generations.  I think of the apostle Paul.  Oh, what an infinite reward will be his, when God unravels the skein of the influence of the great apostle to the Gentiles!  If we could speak of these mighty men of God whose names are household words.  On the tomb of Dwight L. Moody are written these words, “He that doeth the will of God shall abide for ever” [1 John 2:17] and how true that is.

But we are not Simon Peters; we are not apostle Pauls; or even Dwight L.  Moodys.  What of the humble influence of that sweet disciple of Jesus whose name you never heard of, and whose life you are not conscious of, but there is an influence that God blesses through the years and the years?  Did you ever stand at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, just across the Potomac from Washington?  On the sarcophagus there are written these words, “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”  And when I stand there and look at that monument and read those words, I think of that soldier – an American man who was cut down on a foreign field of battle – who lies there, but nobody knows his name.  With what multitudes of honors and words of appreciation and gratitude have been bestowed upon that man,  but nobody knows his name, or who he is.  In a thousand times and in a thousand ways are our lives just like that; influential, but known only to God.

Look, do you remember the story in the Bible of the little maid, the little girl in the household of Naaman, who was the captain of the hosts of the king of Syria?  And it was through the testimony of that little girl [2 Kings 5:3-4], that the great man was cleansed.  He was saved and became a follower of the true God of heaven.  And there is not a more beautiful story in the Bible than the story of the healing of Naaman [2 Kings 5:5-14].  What is the name of that little girl?  Nobody knows; and you won’t know until you get to heaven.  But think of the repercussion of the testimony of that little child in the household of Naaman the captain of the hosts of [Syria].

Take again, do you know the name of that little boy who was in a crowd – five thousand men – and they were, as the day passed, hungry, listening to the Word of God?  And lest they faint by the way, the Lord said, Feed them.  And the apostles said, Feed them?  Five thousand men?  Feed them?  Yes, said the Lord, feed them.  And they went through the great throng to find food for the multitudes.  And all they found was a little boy’s lunch.  He had five little biscuits and two little fishes [John 6:9].  He gave that to the Lord.  They placed it in His hands.  The Lord blessed it as He always did – saying grace at the table.  The Lord blessed that little boy’s lunch – five little pieces of bread and two little fishes.  And then the Lord broke, and He broke, and He broke, and the disciples passed the food out to the people – the bread and the fish [John 6:10-13], and the bread and the fish.  It was a marvelous miracle of God, and it was followed by one of the most magnificent sermons in the whole Bible, the message on the true manna from heaven: Christ, the bread of life [John 6:31-58].  Now you tell me, what is the name of that little boy who gave his lunch to Jesus?  What is his name?  You do not know.  Nobody knows.  And we will never know until we stand before God’s great throne of grace, at the judgment day, at the bema of Christ [2 Corinthians 5:10].

Take again, do you remember when the apostle Paul was about to be destroyed – slain, ambushed in the way in Jerusalem?  There was a plot on the part of the Jews that they were going to call for him as though they wanted to interrogate him.  And as he was going to be led before the interrogators, they were going to destroy him – to slay him, to assassinate him on the way.  And there was a little boy, Paul’s sister’s son, who overheard the plot and came to the Roman centurion and told him of the threat, and the danger to the life of God’s great apostle and missionary – and saved the life of the apostle Paul [Acts 23:12-33].  What was the name of that little boy?  Do you know?  Nobody knows.  Nor will any one know until we stand at the judgment bar of Almighty God [2 Corinthians 5:10]; the influence, the unconscious influence of these who do something good for God.

Let me ask you again.  Do you know the name of the man who in the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago won the famous White Sox ball player named Billy Sunday to Jesus?  Do you know the name of that man?  I never heard of him.  I never heard of him.  But think of the enormous influence of that humble man who in that mission won that famous baseball player of the Chicago White Sox to the Lord Jesus, his name Billy Sunday.  Think of the name who won him.

Tell me, do you know the name of that humble layman who had in his Sunday school class, a young man, a teenager?  [He] found out that he worked in a shoe store in downtown Boston; found his way to the store, asked for the young fellow, was told he was in the stockroom.  He went back there and the young fellow was on the top of the ladder, working with those shoe boxes way up there on the shelves.  And that layman stood there at the bottom of the ladder and asked the young fellow if he would come down that he might talk to him about Jesus, and won him to the Lord.  That was the conversion of Dwight L. Moody.  Do you know the name of that layman?  Think of what God did through him – and yet his name unknown.

Or, tell me just once again – and we could multiply this for the night; tell me, do you know the name of that Moravian missionary who won John Wesley and George Whitefield to the faith?  I have no idea who he was.  His name has been lost in the world.  But oh, dear God, think of what John Wesley and the great Wesleyan revival did for England.  And think of George Whitefield who began in America the Great Awakening that swept into it the mighty intellectual preaching of Jonathan Edwards.  But who was the name of that Moravian missionary?  Nobody knows.  Shadow ministries, things that humble people do for God but nobody ever realizes, ever remembers, ever knows.  But God knows, and God blesses it through the years.

My time is gone.  May I conclude quickly? That’s the reason, that’s the reason, that when a man dies, he doesn’t receive his reward then.  You don’t receive your reward until the end of the world, until the end of time.  For you don’t die when you die.  And it is only God that can unravel the scheme through all of human life.  And when you stand at the judgment bar of the Lord Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:10], without exception those who stand there are surprised.  “Why, Lord, when did I ever see Thee sick, and ministered to Thee? Or in prison, and came to see Thee?  Or hungry, and fed Thee? Or naked, and clothed Thee?  When did I ever do these things?” [Matthew 25:37-39].  And the Lord will say, “When you did it unto one of the least of these, you were doing it unto Me” [Matthew 25:40].  And God writes it down in the Book of Life.  And that’s why your reward is never bestowed until the end of the age.  Your influence goes on and on and on, and on and only in heaven will you ever know what it means.

Hastily, may I illustrate that?  Listen to this that I have copied.  A woman, a woman whose name has been forgotten, gave a tract one day to a very bad man named Richard Baxter, who read it and was converted.  Richard Baxter became one of the great preachers of all time.  Then Baxter wrote a book, The Call of the Unconverted, which brought a multitude to God; among them, Philip Doddridge, who in turn wrote a book, The Rise and Progress of Religion, which brought tens of thousands into the kingdom; among them, William Wilberforce.  Wilberforce wrote A Practical View of Christianity, which brought a multitude to Christ, among them being Leigh Richmond, who wrote a tract entitled The Dairyman’s Daughter, which has been the means of the conversion of uncounted multitudes.  So the influence went on and on and on.

Now look how that began.  A woman whose name has been forgotten gave a tract one day to a very bad man, and the influence went on and on and on, and it stands to this day, and forever.  When that woman stands at the bema, at the judgment bar of Christ [2 Corinthians 5:10], that is a poor attempt, but God can unravel all of the influences that followed after.  And when that forgotten woman stands at the judgment bar of Almighty God, and the Lord bestows upon her her reward, think of the amazement that will overwhelm her, drown her in glory and in gratitude and in praise to God.  You don’t know what you do when you do something good for Jesus – speaking a word in His name; sowing the seed – shadow ministries; the unconscious influence of those who love Jesus.

We must sing our song of appeal.  And while we sing it, in the balcony round, and there is time and to spare, come, come.  The press of people on this lower floor, come; “Pastor, this is my family, we are all coming tonight.”  “This is my wife, the two of us are coming tonight.”  “This is my friend, I am bringing him tonight.”  As the Spirit of God shall press the appeal to your heart, make the decision now and come.  On the first note of the first stanza, down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. “I have decided for God, pastor; and I am on the way.  Here I am.”  A child, a youth, a couple, a family, somebody you; come now, gladly, wonderfully, while we stand and while we sing.

Jesus Christ is that Lamb

WORTHY IS THE LAMB

By Adrian Rogers (Click Link Below to watch this sermon)

https://www.lwf.org/sermons/video/worthy-is-the-lamb-2341

Find Revelation chapter 5 and when you’ve found it look up here. Revelation chapter 5.
The scene is in Heaven right after the rapture of the church.
May I ask you a personal question? Thank you. Here’s the question: do you have a cause
worth living for? May I ask you another question: is what you are living for worthy of Jesus
dying for? May I ask you another question: when you get to where you are headed, now, listen
to this one, when you get to where you’re headed, where will you be? You are all headed
somewhere. When you get to where you are headed, where will you be?
Now, I want to talk to you about living a life that is worthy; worthy of Jesus. Many of us
are shoveling smoke and plowing water. I mean, after it’s all over, it will make no difference
whatsoever.
A Reader’s Digest article once said that in order for a person to be happy, for a person to
be fulfilled, for a person to have a meaningful life, they needed three things. Number one, they
need someone to love. Number two, they need something to do. Number three, they need
something to hope for: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for. Now I
think they’re basically right, but they didn’t give the answer. The answer is Jesus. He is all three
of those things. He’s the one that we love. He’s the one that we serve. And in Him, in Him, in
Jesus is our hope.
Now, Revelation chapter 5 is beyond a shadow of any doubt or peradventure one of the
most glorious chapters in all of the Bible. And I have titled our message today, “He Is Worthy.”
But I could title the message, “O what a Savior,” because it means exactly, precisely the same
thing. Jesus Christ is the only One worthy of my love, my life, my all, and yours. And you will
never, listen, you will never have satisfaction, you will never have true fulfillment, you will
never understand why you were made, why God created you, until you come to worship the
One who is worthy.
Now, there’re three things I want to say about the Lord Jesus Christ, and I pray God will
write these upon your heart today. First of all, Jesus is exclusively worthy of worship. Now look
if you will in Revelation chapter 5 verse 1. John is in Heaven now and he says, “And I saw in the
right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book,” literally folks, the word is a scroll, something
rolled up, “a scroll written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a
strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy.’” Now this is the whole question,
“Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in Heaven, nor in
earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept
much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, ‘Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root
of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.’”
Now what is all of this about? Well, when God created the world, God turned this world
over to Adam and said, “Adam, you’re the king of the Earth. Eve, you’re the queen. I give you
dominion.” And God gave to Adam and Eve dominion over the whole wide world. He gave this
to Adam.
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But then Satan came into the Garden of Eden, as you remember, and crawled his slimy,
corroding path onto the pages of history. And he beguiled Eve, and he ruined Adam. And he
was, what we’d call today, a con-artist. And he slicked them. And they sold the farm to him as it
were. And he went away with the title deed to all creation. They took that dominion that God
had given to them and they turned it over to Satan.
Le
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back. He’s our near kinsman. That’s the reason He stepped out of Heaven and became a man.
He had to be a man to redeem us. Our inheritance was lost by a man; it has to be redeemed by
a man. But not just any man, because this man who redeems it has to have the price of
redemption and the price of redemption, as we’re going to see, is the precious blood of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Now John sees this book and he wants this book opened. He wants the seals broken.
But, an angel gives a challenge, “Who is worthy? Who is able to open the book?” Notice in
verse 2, “And a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the book,
and to loose the seals thereof?’”
In order for a person to be worthy, number one, he had to be a near kinsman, and
number two, he had to have the price to pay. And so, they’re looking around, there’s a search
for someone worthy. No man in Heaven, none of the saints: Peter, James, Paul, Andrew, Moses,
David, none in Heaven was able. Nor in the Earth: no man all around, John as he looked at all of
those who might be living, of all of the saints on the Earth. And if he were living today, he would
see that the presidents and the kings, it doesn’t say who is willing; it says who is worthy.
There’re plenty willing, Mussolini and Hitler and Genghis Khan, Charlemagne the Great,
Napoleon, they were all willing, but they weren’t able. “No man in Heaven, nor in earth, neither
under the earth.” There’s no demon spirit, none who have died, none who have gone ahead,
none in the netherworld. There’s none that’s able to open the book, neither to look upon.
And so John begins to weep great salty tears. Is there no hope for planet Earth? Yes, yes
surely the redeemed are in glory there around the throne. But what about this Earth? This
Earth that is such a mess. This dominion that God made. Is the devil going to get it? Is he going
to keep it? And John’s tears represent the tears of people from the time that Adam and Eve
looked down upon the broken and bruised body of their son, Abel, that was murdered by
another of their sons. And John weeps and our world is filled with tears and saturated with
buckets of blood and oceans of tears and John says, “Is there no hope?” Yes, we’ve been
redeemed, but what about the Earth? What about God’s creation? And John begins to weep,
because look in verses 3 and 4, “No man in Heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was
able to open the book, and I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open, to read the
book, and to look thereon.”
Why could no man do it? Well, because all of those of us who are in Adam are slaves.
You see, Adam became a slave of Satan. He was brought into bondage. Now, the child of a
slave, the son of a slave is a slave himself. And we were all born into slavery. We were all born
as slaves of Satan, descendants of Adam. And not only does the master own the slave, but he
owns all that the slave owns. So we are slaves and we’re bankrupt. There’s no way that we can
redeem, there’s no way that we can buy back what Adam lost because we do not have what it
takes. That’s the reason Jesus came to Earth. He came as the second Adam to undo, or to put
back right what the first Adam did.
By the way, that’s why He was born of a virgin. Had He not been born of a virgin, He
would have been a son of Adam. Being born of a virgin He’s the Son of God. Now if He’d been a
son of Adam, He’d have been a slave. And all that belonged to Adam would belong to Him, the
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slavery and the bankruptcy. But He is born of a virgin. The Holy Spirit of God generated in the
womb of Mary that holy life. And now, though He’s perfect man made of a woman, He is not a
son of Adam. He is the Son of God; Son of Man and Son of God. He was born of a virgin to be
what He was: sinless. He was sinless to do what He did: to die on the cross to pay our sin debt.
For the Bible says, “We’re not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver and gold, but with
the precious blood of Christ as a lamb without spot or without blemish.” He had to be a perfect,
sinless sacrifice. He could not offer any corruptible sacrifice. Only the blood of Jesus Christ, the
sinless blood of Jesus Christ could pay the debt. And so the Lord Jesus Christ stepped out of
Heaven and the Lord Jesus Christ is exclusively worthy.
Now listen to me. Listen, there is no way, I hope you’ll listen to this, I hope you will hear
this. There’s absolutely no way, there’s not one scintilla of an iota, one half a hallelujah of a
chance of anybody anywhere from the time of creation till the time of consumption ever going
to Heaven apart from Jesus Christ. That’s it. You say, “That’s narrow.” You’ve got it. You’ve got
it. You say, “You’re bigoted.” Well, don’t call me bigoted, just call Jesus bigoted. He’s the One
who said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
That’s Scripture. The Bible says, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there’s none other
name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
Here’s the first point of our message: Jesus Christ is exclusively worthy. No one else
could do it. John says there’s no one in Heaven, Earth, or beneath the Earth that was worthy to
open this
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It’s not about us Lord. Not about me; it’s about You. Did you think everything’s all about
you? Do you think you’re the center of the universe? It was all created by Him and for Him. And
He’s the One who is worthy of our worship. He’s the creator. No one else can create. Men talk
about creating life in the laboratory. You can’t create life in the laboratory. Man can take what
God has synthesized and create some life-like substance in the laboratory. Suppose my father’s
a master builder and he can build magnificent houses. And when my father’s away, I get my
father’s tools, my father’s plans, my father’s materials and I build a dog house. And then I point
at that dog house and say, “You see that dog house? That proves my father doesn’t exist.”
That’s what man does to try to say that he doesn’t need God.
There’s a story going around about a man who got in an argument with God and said,
“Look, You’re not the only creator. I can create now.” He’s a scientist. “I can make a man.” God
said, “Well, let’s see you do it.” So the man says, “Well, I’m gonna take this, these elements out
of this dirt.” God said, “Uh, uh, uh. Get your own dirt.” Get your own dirt.
There’s only one, only one who can create. And friend, listen to me, His name is Jesus
and He’s worthy. He’s worthy because of creation. Secondly, He’s worthy because of Calvary.
Now go to chapter 5 and look at verses 6 and 7, “And I beheld, in the midst of the throne and
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. And He
came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne.” The Lamb,
there we see the sacrificial Lamb. He’s the one there in the glory. And He comes and takes this
book out of the hand of this mighty angel. It is the title deed to all of the Earth.
Now, John is weeping. No one is able. Who’s able? Well, here comes the Lamb. The
Lamb says, “I can take this book and I can open it.” Well, John, really is expecting to see a lion;
because, the lion of the tribe of Judah, but there is a Lamb that is there.
And notice if you will, in this verse. What does John see when he sees this lamb? Well,
first of all, he sees a redeeming lamb, a redeeming lamb. You know the Greek word for Lamb is
amnos. But that’s not the word that’s used here. The word that’s used here is arnios. And what
that word arnios means is a little pet lamb. John, expecting to see a lion, and he sees a lamb.
And not even a lamb that’s fairly good size. He sees the most helpless of creatures: a little
arnios, a little pet lamb. You can’t conceive of anything weaker than a little lamb.
You remember in the Passover when they were to take a lamb, a firstling of the flock,
and sacrifice it? God said they were not to just take any lamb off the streets. They were to
select a perfect lamb, a lamb without spot and a lamb without blemish. And then they were to
take it and keep it in their home for four days. Now, can you imagine what would happen in a
Hebrew home if you had a little lamb like that for four days in your house? You imagine how
the children would feel about that lamb? This little lamb. They would cuddle it; they would hold
it; they would pet it; they would snuggle it; this little helpless creature until they had identified
themselves with it. This word arnios is only used one other time in the, in the Bible where Jesus
said to Peter, “Feed My little arnios. My pet lambs.”
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And so here’s what John sees: he sees this one, this lamb, this little, tiny, innocent,
helpless Lamb, but wait a minute. John says, “This Lamb is different.” John looks at this Lamb,
and he finds some characteristics about this Lamb that I want you to see. For example, this
Lamb as though it had been slain is now standing. This redeeming Lamb, this one who shed His
blood, He’s now standing. That is, He’s no longer dead. He’s a lamb, as though it’d been slain,
so He still has the marks, the nail prints, but now He’s standing. He laid down in death, but now
this Lamb has risen.
He is a redeeming Lamb. He is a resurrected Lamb. Now watch this, and He is a reigning
Lamb. Look in verse 6, chapter 5 and verse 6 and notice how He is described, “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
little Lamb as if it had been slain,” that’s a redeeming Lamb, “He stood,” that’s a resurrected
Lamb, “having seven horns.” Now in the Bible, in Bible prophecy, a horn speaks of power. Seven
is the perfect number. This Lamb is omnipotent. He has seven horns.
Now notice also, and He has seven eyes. Eyes speak of wisdom. Not only is He
omnipotent, He is omniscient. He sees everything. “The eyes of the Lord run to and throughout
the whole earth.”
And then notice also and there are, “Seven Spirits of God sent forth to all of the earth.”
Again, seven the perfect number, He is not only omnipotent, He’s not only omniscient, He’s
omnipresent, “To all the earth.” There’s no where that He is not! What a Lamb!
Now in the Bible, here in the book of the Revelation, we’re going to see the devil. What
is the devil? A great red dragon with a tail so long he sweeps a third of the stars from Heaven.
And then we’re going to see the beast out of the sea, the antichrist with his militant millions.
And who comes against them all? A Lamb, the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus. The redeeming
Lamb, the resurrected Lamb, the reigning Lamb.
And Jesus is worthy because of creation. He is worthy because of Calvary. And he is
worthy because of conquest. I want you to notice also, look in verse 5, “And one of the elders
said unto me, ‘Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath
prevailed to open the book.’” Do you see that word prevailed? It’s the Greek word, nikao. It’s
the word we get our word Nike from. It speaks of victory. Some of you kids have tennis shoes,
how many of you got any tennis shoes called Nike? That just simply is, it’s the, it’s the symbol of
victory. It’s the name of victory. This Lamb is Nikao. He is the One who has prevailed. He is the
One who is the victor.
So if you were to ask the Lord Jesus, “Jesus, by what right do You have? How can You
take this book and open this book?” He’d say, “I’ll tell you why. I’ll tell you why I’m worthy. I’m
worthy because of creation; I made it all to begin with. I’m worthy, number two, because of
Calvary; I have redeemed it and I bought it with My blood. I am the precious Lamb of God. And
number three, I am worthy because of conquest; I have prevailed.” And friend, He has. And I
want to tell you, I love Him with all of my heart, with all of my heart because He is worthy. He is
worthy. He is exclusively worthy. And there is none other. No one else can open this book. He is
exceedingly worthy through creation, through Calvary, through conquest.
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Now here’s the third thing I want to say about Him: He is eternally worthy, He is
eternally worthy. Chapter 5 verse 8, “And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and the
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden
vials,” the word vial here is better translated bowls, “full of odors,” which means incense,
“which are the prayers of the saints. And they sung a new song, saying, ‘Thou art worthy to take
the book, and 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; And hast made us unto our God
kings and priests.’” And then, skip on down to verses 13 and 14, “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 honor, and glory, and power,’” now listen to this, “‘be unto
Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.’”
He is eternally worthy, forever and ever. There was never a time when He’s not worthy.
Never will be a time when He is not worthy. He is worthy of our worship. This is the eternal
song of the ages.
Now here we enter the throne zone. And we see there in Heaven this praise symbolized
by harps and by bowls. The harps is our worship expressed. You know, the Old Testament
Psalms were sung to harp music. And then the bowls are incense. And, it speaks of our praise
and of our prayers.
Now, are we still praying up in Heaven? Well, these prayers, as we’re going to see later
on in the book of Revelation, that are mentioned here are prayers that have already been
prayed. They may have been prayed by your grandmother or by your great grandfather, or by
the apostle Paul. But now they’re collected, these prayers are up in Heaven, and they’re sweet
incense. And God has not forgotten a single prayer. Now sometimes we don’t see our prayers
answered and we think perhaps they’ve been forgotten. Or sometimes we don’t see God
working and we think that God is not working. But here we see these golden bowls full of
incense.
When the high priest would go into the temple, he would take a bowl, a basin of
incense. The aroma would perfume the air. And that’s only an illustration of the prayers of the
saints. Did you know that when you pray, it’s a sweet smelling savor in the nostrils of God? And
when you praise, the Bible calls that the sacrifice of prayer.
Have you thought that perhaps God didn’t hear your prayer? Let me ask you a question:
how many of you have ever prayed this prayer? And every hand ought to go up. “Thy kingdom
come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Have you ever prayed that prayer let me see
your hand? We’ve all prayed that prayer.
Alright, now I want to ask you a question: has God’s kingdom come? Is His will being
done on Earth as it is in Heaven? No. Did you pray a prayer therefore that was not answered?
Friend, that prayer is heard and you’re going to see the answer to that prayer here in the book
of the Revelation. Because one of these days His kingdom will come and, “The kingdoms of this
world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ.” This is what it is all about. God has
not forgotten. And your prayers are there as a sweet savor in the nostrils of almighty God.
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So, now there’s a song in Heaven. I want you to notice the refrain of that song in
Revelation chapter 5 and verse 12, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” Do you know what
we’re gonna be singing in Heaven? We’re going to be singing about the blood. Now the Bible
says they sang a new song. It’s not new in the sense that nobody’s ever heard it before. It’s new
because we’re now redeemed up in the glory. “And when in scenes of glory I sing the new, new
song, it will be the old, old story that I have loved so long.”
The refrain of that song; think of the reach of that song. It’s going to echo and thunder
from the highest Heaven to the lowest Hell. Look in verses 13 and 14, “And every creature
which is Heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such are, are in the sea, and all
that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power to the Lamb forever
and ever.’” From every possible sphere, they’re going to give the Lord Jesus Christ glory.
Everybody’s going to confess it. “‘As I live,’ saith the Lord, ‘Every knee shall bow to Me and every
tongue shall confess to God.’”
Now look up here for a moment. Reach down and touch your knees. Okay, now stick
your tongue out at me. Feel that tongue, touch those knees, listen to me and don’t you forget
it, everyone listening to me. Those knees are going to bow to Jesus Christ. That tongue, I tell
you as I’m standing here, will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Every knee shall bow; every
tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Osama will confess
it. Madeline Murray O’Hare will confess it, the famous atheist. Look up here and let me tell you
something. She is not an atheist now. She is not an atheist now.
Jesus Christ, hear me my friend, He is exclusively worthy! There’s none other! No one
can open this book. He is exceedingly worthy because of Calvary, because of creation, because
of conquest. And He is eternally worthy forever and ever and ever. If I had a thousand lives, I’d
give every one to Jesus Christ. The wisest thing that anybody could ever do would to be to bow
the knee to Jesus Christ. Because friend, you may not receive Him as Savior, but I will promise
you, one day you will confess Him as Lord. One day you will. Why not receive Him as Savior?
Would you bow your heads is, in, in prayer? Every head bowed and every eye closed.
How many can say today, “Pastor Rogers, I know by the grace of God, I have repented of my
sin. I’ve trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. He has redeemed me. He has
changed my life. And I have a changed life as a testimony. I know that I am saved and if I should
die today I’d go straight to Heaven.” If you’d give me that testimony, would you lift your hand?
Hold it up. Alright, now take it down.
If you couldn’t lift your hand, may I help you right now to get it settled? Salvation is a
gift. And therefore, you can receive it by faith today, you can have the experience of knowing
Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. I’m not talking about an emotional experience. It
may or may not be emotional. I’m not talking about seeing a vision. I’m talking about receiving
Christ.
May I guide you in a prayer? We call this the sinner’s prayer. Would you pray this
prayer? “Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner. I know that I have no hope apart from the Lord
Jesus Christ. He alone is worthy of my praise and my life. Thank You Jesus, as the Lamb of God,
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You paid my sin debt with Your blood. You were slain, but You were raised from the dead. And
now You reign forever and ever. And I now by an act of faith receive You into my life, right now
I receive You. I do. Come into my life. Forgive my sin. Cleanse me. Save me, Lord Jesus. Thank
You, Jesus, thank You. Now, Lord Jesus, give me the courage and the obedience to make this
public. In Your name I pray, Amen.

SERMON OUTLINE
SERMON TITLE: Worthy Is the Lamb
SERMON REFERENCE: Revelation 5
LWF SERMON NUMBER: #2341
We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this outline produced
from a sermon preached by Adrian Rogers while serving as
pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
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1) INTRODUCTION
a) The scene in Revelation 5 takes place in Heaven right after the rapture.
b) There are three questions we each should ask ourselves:
i) Do I have a cause worth living for?
ii) Is what I am living for worthy of Jesus dying for?
iii) When I get to where I’m headed, where will I be?
c) Jesus Christ is the only one worthy of our love, our lives, and our all.
d) We will never have satisfaction, true fulfillment, or understand why we were created
until we come to worship the One who is worthy, Jesus Christ.
2) JESUS IS EXCLUSIVELY WORTHY (Revelation 5:1-5)
a) When God created the world, He gave Adam and Eve dominion.
i) Adam and Eve turned that dominion over to Satan when they sinned in the Garden.
(1) 2 Peter 2:19
(2) Luke 4:6
(3) 2 Corinthians 4:4
ii) Adam legally lost dominion to Satan, and now it has to be legally regained.
iii) Leviticus 25:25
(1) When a man lost his possession, God made a way for it to be bought back
through a near kinsman redeemer.
(2) This is a picture of salvation.
(3) Jesus is our near kinsman.
iv) Jesus legally bought back what Adam lost.
(1) Our inheritance was lost by a man, and it had to be redeemed by a man, but not
just any man.
(a) The price of redemption is the blood of Jesus Christ.
b) Revelation 5:2
i) In order for a person to be worthy to open the book and loose the seals:
(1) He had to be a near kinsman.
(2) He had to have the price to pay.
ii) No man in Heaven or on Earth was worthy, and no demon spirit was worthy.
iii) Revelation 5:3-4
(1) No man is worthy to open the book because we are all in Adam.
(a) Adam is a slave to Satan, and the children of a slave are slaves themselves.
(b) As descendants of Adam, we were all born as slaves to Satan.
(i) Not only does the master own the slave, but he owns all that the slave
owns.
(c) We are slaves, and we are bankrupt.
(2) Jesus, the second Adam, came to Earth to regain what the first Adam lost.
(a) Had He not been born of a virgin, He would have been a son of Adam.
(i) Though He is perfect man made of woman, He is not a son of Adam.
(ii) He is Son of Man and Son of God.
(3) Jesus was born of a virgin to be what He was: sinless.
(4) Jesus was sinless to do what He did: die on the cross to pay our sin debt.
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(a) 1 Peter 1:18-19
c) There is no way to Heaven apart from Jesus Christ.
i) John 14:6
ii) Acts 4:12
d) Jesus is exclusively worthy.
3) JESUS IS EXCEEDINGLY WORTHY (Revelation 4:10-11)
a) He is worthy because of creation.
i) Revelation 4:11
ii) It was all created by Him and for Him.
(1) We are not the center of the universe.
iii) No one else can create.
(1) Scientists claim to “create” life in a laboratory.
(a) Man can only take matter that God has already created and synthesized and
then make a “life-like” substance from already created matter.
b) He is worthy because of Calvary.
i) Revelation 5:6-7
(1) The sacrificial Lamb, Jesus, is the only one who can take the book, the title deed
to all the Earth, and open the seals.
ii) What does John see in the Lamb?
(1) He sees a redeeming Lamb.
(a) The Greek word for “lamb” is not the word used in this passage of
Revelation.
(b) The word for “lamb” used here is the word for a little pet lamb.
(i) John, expecting to see a lion (the Lion of the tribe of Judah), instead sees
a lamb; but not just a lamb of fairly good size, but the most helpless of all
creatures: a little pet lamb.
(ii) This same Greek word for a little pet lamb is used only one other time in
the Bible, when Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs.”
1. John 21:15
(2) He sees a resurrected Lamb.
(a) This Lamb, as though it had been slain, is now standing.
(i) The Lamb still has the nail prints.
(b) The Lamb is no longer dead.
(3) He sees a reigning Lamb.
(a) Revelation 5:6
(i) In Bible prophecy, horns speak of power.
(ii) The number seven is the perfect number.
1. This Lamb is omnipotent.
(iii) This Lamb also has seven eyes; eyes speak of wisdom.
1. He sees everything.
2. This Lamb is omniscient.
3. 2 Chronicles 16:9
(iv) The “seven Spirits of God” shows that He is also omnipresent.
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1. There is no where that He is not.
c) He is worthy because of conquest.
i) Revelation 5:5
(1) The word “prevailed” is the word we get our word “Nike” from, meaning victory.
(2) The Lamb is the victor; He has prevailed.
(a) The devil in the book of the Revelation is described as a great, red dragon.
(i) The beast will also rise out of the sea, and the Antichrist will come with
his militant millions.
(b) The one who comes against them all is the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ.
4) JESUS IS ETERNALLY WORTHY (Revelation 5:8-10, 13-14)
a) There was never a time when Jesus was not worthy, and there never will be a time
when He is not worthy.
b) In this passage, we see in Heaven praise that is symbolized by harps and bowls.
i) The harps speak of our worship expressed.
ii) The bowls are incense and speak of our praise and our prayers.
(1) These are prayers that have already been prayed.
(a) God has not forgotten a single prayer that we have prayed.
(i) When the high priest would go into the temple, he would take a bowl, or
basin, of incense; the aroma of which would fill the air.
(ii) This is an illustration of the prayers of the saints.
(iii) When we pray, it is a sweet smelling savor to God.
(iv) When we praise Him, the Bible calls that the sacrifice of prayer.
c) There is also a song in Heaven.
i) Revelation 5:12
ii) We will sing in Heaven to the Lamb.
(1) The refrain of that song:
(a) We will sing about the blood of the Lamb.
(b) We will sing a new song because we’re now redeemed up in the glory.
(2) The reach of that song:
(a) It will echo and thunder from the highest Heaven to the lowest hell.
(b) Revelation 5:13
(c) From every possible sphere, they will give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
(d) Romans 14:11
(i) Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.
5) CONCLUSION
a) The wisest thing anyone can ever do is to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
b) Even those you do not receive Him as Savior will one day confess Him as Lord.
c) Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come
into your life.
d) Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to
forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
i) Romans 3:23
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ii) Romans 10:9-10
iii) Romans 10:13
iv) Acts 16:31