Sermon Series: Revelation – Jesus Revealed Sermon
Title: The Kingdom of Darkness Destroyed
Scripture: Revelation 18:1-24
Pastor Chris Fritz
Sunday, March 17, 2024

INTRODUCTION

Luke 12:13-21 and Revelation 18:1-3

Verses 1-3: Introduction: The destruction of Satan’s kingdom is an absolute certainty; we see a picture here of “coming-yet-already-established” ruin!

“For the earth WILL BE FILLED with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD

as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14)

I. THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS DESTROYED

Revelation 18:4

Verse 4: Separation – Pursue holiness! Don’t be to the temptations you face!

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)

Take care, and be on your guard against ALL COVETOUSNESS,

for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, YOUR THOUGHTS

will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Revelation 18:5-8

Verses 5-8: Condemnation – God is mighty; He is not mocked! In perfect righteousness and justice, God repays Babylon for all her sins, which are heaped as high as heaven itself!

“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.

For whoever would save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.” (Mark 8:34-35)

“For I will be merciful towards their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)

Revelation 18:9-19

Verses 9-19: Lamentation – Sadly, all the people described here are NOT lamenting over their sin and over the ways that they have offended God; they are sad because they have lost their of power, opportunity, business, luxury, and money.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For ALL that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is PASSING AWAY along with its desires, BUT whoever does the will of God ABIDES FOREVER.” (1 John 2:15-17)

Revelation 18:20

Verse 20: Celebration – Rejoice that God is working all things together for His glory and for the of His people!

Revelation 18:21-24

Verses 21-24: Illustration – The Kingdom of Darkness will soon disappear; it will become like a lifeless, joyless, dreary, dismal, miserable shell.

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

For what can a man give in return for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37)

“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, BUT IT DID NOT FALL, because it had been FOUNDED ON THE ROCK.” (Matthew 7:24-25)

Questions for Further Study, Reflection, and Application…

  1. What is “the real issue” in Luke 12:13-21? What is Jesus warning his hearers about?
  2. What is “Babylon” in Revelation chapter 18? Why is it so important that God destroys it?
  3. What necessary warning/command does God give to His people in verse 4? What does this mean?
  4. Why do the king, merchants, and sailors lament in verses 9-19? What’s wrong with this picture?
  5. According to verse 20, why should heaven and the people of God rejoice?

 

Sermon Series: Revelation – Jesus Revealed

Sermon Title: The Truth Regarding False Religion

Scripture: Revelation 17

Stephen Schultze

Sunday, March 10, 2024

In Revelation 17, John records the angel’s description of God’s final dealing with the “great prostitute” of the world, .

Scriptures: Revelation 9:20; Exodus 34:14; Isaiah 42:8

False religion described (v. 3-6):

  • Supported and empowered by forces for satanic purposes.
  • Has the deceptive of grandeur and glory.
  • Offers perverted and polluted pleasures.
  • Makes great which it cannot deliver.
  • Opposes what is most to Jesus Christ, His church.

The relation and judgment of false religion & the beast explained (v. 7-18):

  • The people of earth will be by the demonic forces of false religion. (v. 8)

Scriptures: Revelation 13:3-4, 8, 11-12; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

  • In a final rebellion the deceived worshippers & doomed world rulers will fully with the antichrist. (v. 9-13)

Scriptures: Psalm 2:1-5

  • The defeat of the united religious & political forces will demonstrate the of God’s kingdom and His people. (v. 14-15)

Scriptures: Matthew 10:28; Hebrew 12:28-29; Ephesians 1:3-4; Matthew 16:18b

  • When false religion cannot deliver victory, the rulers of the world will be used to bring God’s upon false religion. (v. 16-18)

Scriptures: Proverbs 21:1; Daniel 12:7; Isaiah 46:10-11

Questions to consider:

  1. Is immorality an accurate description of false religion? Why or why not?
  2. Why does Satan allow for false religions that do not promote his own fame?
  3. What are some ways that spiritual deception occurs, even among those who claim to be Christians?
  4. How might false religion and the rulers of the world combine forces to oppose the kingdom of God and His church even today?
  5. In what way does the phrase, “He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful” reassure you?
  6. What does it mean that “God has put it in their hearts to carry out his purpose”? What does Scripture have to say about such things?

 

Sermon Series: Revelation – Jesus Revealed

Sermon Title: Seven Bowls of Righteous Wrath

Scripture: Revelation 16:1-21

Pastor Chris Fritz Sunday, March 3, 2024

INTRODUCTION

Five themes that “run” throughout this chapter:

1) The Sovereignty of God: God has the right to do all that He pleases, and He is when He does all that He pleases!

(Psalm 115:3)

2) The Stubborn, Foolish, Hardened Human Heart: Left to ourselves, dead in our sin, apart from the grace of God, we will defiantly and suicidally and “shake our fist” at God!

(Romans 1:24-25)

3) The Sowing and Reaping Principle: God is perfectly and righteous in all His decisions!

(Galatians 6:7-8)

4) The Magnitude, Breadth, and Intensity of God’s Actions: The words “great” and “loud” appear repeatedly in the context of these judgments.

(John 3:19)

5) The Zeal and Love of God for His People: It is crystal clear that God’s people are NOT the target of His wrath and judgment; God fully intends to care for and to them.

(1 Thessalonians 5:9 and Romans 8:1 and Revelation 16:1)

I. THE FINAL SEVEN BOWLS OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUS WRATH

Revelation 16:2 –

Bowl #1 – Painful Sores: Those who took the mark of the beast are now “” by God.

(Job 2:10 and 1 Peter 5:6-7)

Revelation 16:3 –

Bowl #2 – The Sea Destroyed: God vividly and powerfully displays the effects of in creation.

Revelation 16:4-7 –

Bowl #3 – Rivers and Springs Turned to Blood: God’s wrath is always and appropriate.

(2 Corinthians 5:21)

Revelation 16:8-9 –

Bowl #4 – The Scorching Sun: The sinful, hardened heart would rather than repent.

Revelation 16:10-11 –

Bowl #5 – Intense Darkness: God the kingdom of the beast for what it really is.

Revelation 16:12-16 –

Bowl #6 – The River Dries and The “Frogs” are Released: God is “setting the stage” and preparing the way for the of His enemies.

Revelation 16:17-21 –

Bowl #7 – The Final Outpouring of Wrath: God pronounces the of His judgments as this last expression of wrath is poured out on the earth.

(John 19:30)

Questions for Further Study, Reflection, and Application…

  1. As you look at chapter 16 as a whole, what recurring themes or truths do you see?
  2. What kinds of words are used to describe God in this chapter?
  3. As you consider the Seven Bowls, how are they appropriate to mankind’s sin? How do they “fit” the crime?
  4. What does Jesus say in verse 15? Why do you think Jesus speaks in the midst of the sixth bowl?
  5. What connection is there between Revelation 16:17 and John 19:30?

 

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