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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 12 - THE TWO SUPPERS (REVELATION 19:1-21)

INTRODUCTION: A COMMON SETTING FOR BOOKS AND MOVIES FROM AS FAR BACK
AS THEY HAD BOOKS AND MOVIES IS THIS: BAD GUYS HURT THE GOOD GUYS.  AT
THE LAST MINUTE A HERO ENTERS THE STAGE AND RESCUES THE HURT GOOD
GUYS AND PULVERIZES THE BAD GUYS AND GETS THE GIRL.  I LIKE THOSE STORIES. 
JOHN TELLS US IN OUR LESSON THIS WEEK THAT THIS IS REALLY THE WAY THE
STORY OF THE WORLD WILL BE.

I. REJOICING
      A. OUR TEXT FOR THIS WEEK STARTS OUT WITH A LOT OF REJOICING.  OPEN
TO REV. 19 AND LOOK AT V.1-8 AND GIVE ME THE REASONS FOR REJOICING: (LIST)
            1. V.1 SALVATION AND POWER AND GLORY BELONG TO GOD.
            2. V.2 JTS. ARE TRUE & JUST; JUDGED AND CONDEMNED THE
PROSTITUE; AVENGED SAINTS.
            3. V.3 GONE ONCE AND FOR ALL         
            4. V.6 GOD REIGNS
            5. V.7 MARRIAGE

      B. EXPRESSION CALLED "TAKING BACKBEARINGS." BY LOOKING AT A SHORT
PERIOD OF TIME, WITH CAREFUL THOUGHT YOU CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED
IN THE PAST. EX. YOU SEE A POLICEMAN DRIVE UP, AND MEN RUN AWAY.  OR A
TEENAGER REJOICES THAT SHE IS NOT PREGNANT. BY HAVING THIS SHORT
GLIMPSE OF THE PRESENT, YOU GET INSIGHTS INTO THE PAST.  
      C. LETS TAKE SOME BACKBEARINGS FROM THE TEXTS WE JUST DISCUSSED.
            1. IN V. 1 WE FIND THE PEOPLE SHOUTING SO LOUD THAT IT SOUNDS
LIKE A ROAR.  WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE THEY JUST
WENT THROUGH? (TRAMAUTIC. PENT UP EMOTION.  A TIME OF RELEASE AFTER
"CLOSE CALL.")
            2.  WHY REJOICE IN:
                  a. SALVATION?
                  b. POWER?
                  c. GLORY? (IN BIG STRUGGLE OF THE END TIME, GOD'S ABILITY
TO SAVE, HIS ABILITY TO KEEP POWER AND HIS GLORY WERE IN QUESTION. BEING
CHALLENGED BY SATAN.)
            3. WHY SAY HIS JTS. ARE TRUE AND JUST? (SATAN SUGGESTED TO EVE
THAT GOD WAS NOT JUST.  HE SUGGESTED THAT TO THE ANGELS. BET HE SAYS IT
AGAIN IN THE FINAL STRUGGLE.)
            4. AVENGED BLOOD OF THE SAINTS? (SHOWS THAT PEOPLE DIED. 
GOOD PEOPLE.)
            5. GONE ONCE AND FOR ALL. V.3? (POWER OF EVIL SO REAL, FEARED
WOULD NEVER GET AWAY FROM IT.)
            6. GOD REIGNS. V.6? (GOD HAS TAKEN COMPLETE-COMPLETE CONTROL
OF THE SITUATION.)
            7. MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB V.7 (IN THE NORMAL CASE IT WOULD MEAN
SOME COURTING, RIGHT?) LETS LOOK AT THIS IN MORE DETAIL.

II. MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB.
      A. READ REV. 19:7b-9
      B. WHO IS THE LAMB? (JESUS)
      C. WHO IS THE BRIDE? (LAST WEEK YOU TOLD ME THAT A WOMAN
REPRESENTED A CHURCH)
            1. DOES REV. 21:9&10 SEEM TO SAY THE NEW JERUSALM IS THE BRIDE? 
 
            2. ARE WE THE BRIDE?  IF SO, HAVEN'T WE ALWAYS BEEN "MARRIED"
TO CHRIST? (IS.54:5. THAT IS WHY UNFAITHFULNESS TO GOD IS REFERRED TO AS
SPIRITUAL ADULTERY.)
            3. IS THERE SOME WAY, SOME THEORY THAT WE CAN PUT THE SAINTS
AND THE NEW JERUSALEM TOGETHER HERE? (TOWN IS MADE UP OF ITS PEOPLE. 
THE "PURE LINEN" ROBE OF REV.19:8 ARE THE ROBES OF THE SAINTS WHO INHABIT
THE NEW JERUSALM.)

III. ROBE.
      A. LETS NOW PAY A LITTLE ATTENTION TO THE ROBE, BECAUSE I WAS
INTERESTED IN THE COMMENT MADE BY JOHN IN 19:8.
            1. READ 19:8
            2. DOESN'T IT SEEM THAT THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS WORKS?
            3. TURN TO MATT.22. DOES THIS STORY GIVE YOU THE IDEA THAT THE
ROBE IS NOT GIVEN BECAUSE OF WORKS? (SEE ESP. V.8-10) 
            4. SO, WHAT IS THE DEAL? (THE ROBE DOES NOT COVER ANY
CHERISHED SIN. WITH THE AID OF HEAVEN WE MUST RESOLVE NOT TO SIN AND
CHRIST WILL COVER US WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. SEE COL. 315-317.)

IV.JOHN WORSHIPS
      A. READ 19:9.
      B. LETS TAKE SOME BACKBEARINGS AGAIN.  WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT
JOHN HAD SUCH A REACTION? (BELIEVE IT WAS AN INTENSELY EMOTIONAL TIME
FOR HIM. HE AGREES WITH ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT THE SAVED SAY
ABOUT JESUS.)

V. WARRIOR
      A. READ REV. 19:11.
      B. WHAT MEAN BY "HEAVEN STANDING OPEN?" REV. 4:1 SPEAKS OF "A DOOR
STANDING OPEN" IN HEAVEN. (JOHN GOT A LOOK BEFORE, BUT NOW ALL OF
HEAVEN HAS TURNED OUT FOR THIS.)
      C. CONTINUE WITH 12-16. THAT IS OUR HERO.  THE REST OF THE CHPT.
REVEALS THAT HE MARCHES IN AND DOES AWAY WITH THE BAD GUYS.

VI. NEXT WEEK: BEGINNING OF THE MILLENIUM.