Visions of Heaven

Rev 4:1-11

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.

7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." (NKJ)

"In a sense he is backstage, able to observe the play, but able also to see all those behind-the-scene activities that are required if the play is to go on.

Imagine that one of our great great grandfathers, who lived 150 years ago, was suddenly transported to our time. He witnesses a traffic jam, sees a TV football game (replete with replays), is taken in a 747, and goes to an air-conditioned movie. Then he is returned to his own age, and given the task of explaining it all to his contemporaries.

He lacks all the terms and images we use to describe what are to us commonplace events. He has experienced something that no one else in his day can even imagine. How terribly difficult it must be for him to struggle for words to communicate what he has seen. The Victor Bible Background Commentary, NT

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven.

See notes from previous Sunday.

And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet

This is the same voice that he had heard earlier in 1:10 which is the voice of Jesus Christ.

speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."

See notes from previous Sunday.

Immediately I was in the Spirit;

and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

. . . the powerful images and terrible descriptions continue to remind us that our God is a flaming fire; a God whose righteousness and whose justice will surely strike terror in the hearts of those who reject Him.

This first vision of God immediately focuses our attention on His holiness. He, the Eternal, the Creator, the Source of all being, is holy, holy, holy. What we are about to see in the events of history to come is a revelation of the holiness of God. The Teacher's Commentary; Richards, Lawrence O.

John is telling us this throne was purposefully set in heaven for the coming events or judgments. Perhaps John saw the throne being set and then he saw the One sitting on the throne. The suggestion is that this was not the eternal throne, but one especially set for the Tribulation judgments (cf. Psalm 9:7, ""He has established His throne for judgment"" and Dan. 7:9, ""I kept looking until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat ……"" See also Dan. 7:13-14). It appears this is a special throne prepared for the Tribulation and from this point on the Book becomes predominantly the Book of the throne. The word throne is mentioned 45 times versus only 15 times in all the rest of the New Testament. Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance;

The jasper and the carnelian were the first and last of the 12 gemstones worn on the high priest's breast (cf. Ex. 28:17-21). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament

The sovereign Lord is described in terms of two precious stones, the jasper and the sardius. Rather than anthropomorphic characteristics, God is seen in gem-like colors. We should remember that God''s essential glory cannot be fully communicated to man. Scripture teaches God ""dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen, or can see"" (1 Tim. 6:16). So these stones are used to portray something of God''s eternal glory, awesome holiness, and majesty.

""Jasper."" This was a clear, crystal-like gem, a translucent rock, perhaps even a diamond. It portrays the purity and brilliance of God''s holiness. Since such a stone picks up and reflect light, it calls our attention to the fact that God is light, a holy God who reveals, and unmasks the darkness.

""Sardius."" This stone was blood red undoubtedly portraying God''s wrath and justice, but it would also look at His redemptive work of love and grace in the person of the Lamb of God who came to take away the sin of the world through His death on the cross.

In the Old Testament these stones had a special relationship to the tribes of Israel. Each tribe had a representative stone which the High Priest wore on his priestly garment. As the High Priest, he was representing each tribe before God at the altar. The Jasper was the stone representing the first tribe, the tribe of Reuben. The last tribe, Benjamin, was represented by the Sardius. So these two stones represent the whole nation, the first and the last and all in between.

Reuben means ""Behold a Son"" and Benjamin means ""Son of my right hand."" Surely, then, these two stones also pointed to God the Son whom the Father would give through the nation Israel to save mankind in the person of His beloved Son. Jasper stands for God''s perfect righteousness (Hab. 1:13). As a holy and righteous God, He cannot fellowship with man in his condition of sin. Sardius stands for God''s perfect justice (Rom. 3:19) which means God must judge man in his sin. Being red like blood, it pictures redemption and God''s love and grace to reach out in Christ to provide a substitute, God''s Son (Rom. 5:8). Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices.

""Flashes of lightening and sounds and peals of thunder."" This draws our attention to the judgmental element of the throne and the nature of that which will occur once the Lord begins to open the seven-sealed scroll and pour out its judgments. "... This exhortation is then followed up with a reference to the thundering of God''s voice as in a lightening storm, an obvious reference to the power and judgments of God (29:3). Man has been in rebellion to God and has ignored God''s holiness throughout history, but here God is about to act and put an end to man''s rebellion. Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The seven lamps, defined as the seven Spirits of God, speak of the fullness and perfection of the Spirit and His ministries. In this context, however, there is one particular work of the Spirit which is being stressed. The Holy Spirit is viewed, not in His ministry of saving men, though that will surely occur in the Tribulation, nor is He viewed in any of His other ministries as seen in the church. Rather, here He is set forth in connection with His holy character (righteousness and justice) as light to illuminate the perfections of the throne. Everything inconsistent with the absolute righteousness and purity of God and His throne must and will be judged. Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.

Dr. Donald Barnhouse has written concerning this sea: "Before the throne there was a glassy sea, like crystal. The concordance immediately takes us to the temple built by Solomon after the model of the tabernacle. 'And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from one brim to the other; it was round all about, and its height was five cubits' (1 Ki. 7:23). This great basin, fifteen feet in diameter, was supported on the backs of twelve oxen of brass, faring outward. Here the priests came for their cleansing. Each time before they entered the holy place they stopped for the cleansing ceremony. But thank God the laver will be turned to crystal. The day will come when none of the saints will ever need confession!

One of the greatest joys in the anticipation of Heaven is that the laver is of crystal. I shall never have to go to the Heavenly Father again to tell Him I have sinned. I shall never have to meet that gaze of Christ that caused Peter to go out and weep bitterly. The laver is of crystal only because I and all the saints of the ages will have been made like unto the Lord Jesus Christ." (Revelation, an Expository Commentary, p. 94) Willmington's Guide to the Bible; Willmington, Harold L.

And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.

These may be angels, probably cherubim (cf. Ezek. 10:15-20), or they may be representations of the attributes of God Himself (since they are said to be in the center of the throne). Ryrie Study Bible NASB: Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, Th.D., Ph.D.

J. Vernon McGee writes: "These creatures, of the highest intelligence, are in God's presence. They resemble the Cherubim of Ezekiel 1:5-10; 10:20 and the seraphim of Isaiah 6:2, 3. Are they a new order of creatures in heaven that have not been revealed before in Scripture?" (Reveling Through Revelation, p. 43) Willmington's Guide to the Bible; Willmington, Harold L.

The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

The first living creature was like a lion; this was, say the rabbis, the standard of JUDAH on the east, with the two tribes of Issachar and Zabulon. The second, like a calf or ox which was the emblem of EPHRAIM who pitched on the west, with the two tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin. The third, with the face of a man, which, according to the rabbis, was the standard of REUBEN who pitched on the south, with the two tribes of Simeon and Gad. The fourth, which was like a flying (spread) eagle, was, according to the same writers, the emblem on the ensign of DAN who pitched on the north, with the two tribes of Asher and Naphtali. This traditionists description agrees with the four faces of the cherub in Ezekiel's vision. See my notes and diagrams on Num. 2 (from Adam Clarke Commentary)

The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

[The four beasts had each of them six wings] I have already observed, in the preface to this book, that the phraseology is rabbinical; I might have added, and the imagery also. We have almost a counterpart of this description in Pirkey Elieser. <Rev. 4>. I shall give the substance of this from Schoettgen. "Four troops of ministering angels praise the holy blessed God: the first is Michael, at the right hand; the next is Gabriel, at the left; the third is Uriel, before; and the fourth is Raphael, behind him. The shechinah of the holy, blessed God is in the midst, and he himself sits upon a throne high and elevated, hanging in the air; and his magnificence is as amber (chashmal), in the midst of the fire, <Ezek. 1:4>. On his head is placed a crown and a diadem, with the incommunicable name (Yahweh (heb 3068), Jehovah) inscribed on the front of it. His eyes go throughout the whole earth; a part of them is fire, and a part of them hail. At his right hand stands Life, and at his left hand Death; and he has a fiery sceptre in his hand. Before him is the veil spread, that veil which is between the temple and the holy of holies; and seven angels minister before him within that veil: the veil and his footstool are like fire and lightning; and under the throne of glory there is a shining like fire and sapphire, and about his throne are justice and judgment.

"The place of the throne are the seven clouds of glory; and the chariot wheels, and the cherub, and the living creatures which give glory before his face. The throne is in similitude like sapphire; and at the four feet of it are four living creatures, each of which has four faces and four wings. When God speaks from the east, then it is from between the two cherubim with the face of a MAN; when he speaks from the south, then it is from between the two cherubim with the face of a LION; when from the west, then it is from between the two cherubim with the face of an OX; and when from the north, then it is from between the two cherubim with the face of an EAGLE.

"And the living creatures stand before the throne of glory; and they stand in fear, in trembling, in horror, and in great agitation; and from this agitation a stream of fire flows before them. Of the two seraphim one stands at the right hand of the holy blessed God, and one stands at the left; and each has six wings: with two they cover their face lest they should see the face of the shechina; with two they cover their feet lest they should find out the footstool of the shechinah; and with two they fly, and sanctify his great name. And they answer each other, saying Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. And the living creatures stand near his glory, yet they do not know the place of his glory; but wheresoever his glory is, they cry out and say, Blessed be the glory of the Lord in his place." (from Adam Clarke Commentary)

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting,

These elders cannot be angels, for several reasons: (1) we never see angels on thrones; (2) we never see angels with crowns; (3) in 7:11, the elders are distinguished from the angels; (4) in 5:8-10, the elders sing a hymn of praise, and we have no record that angels ever sing; (5) in their song, they claim to have been redeemed, something an angel could not say; (6) in 5:12, the angels say, while in 5:9 the elders sing; (7) the angels are never numbered, Heb. 12:22; (8) the name "elder" signifies maturity, while angels are timeless beings.

Twenty-four priests served in the OT temple (1 Chron. 24:3-5, 18, and Luke 1:5-9). It seems likely that these twenty-four elders signify the saints raptured and reigning with Christ in glory. When Daniel saw the thrones "set up" (Dan. 7:9; not "cast down"), they were empty; but John sees the thrones filled, for now God's people have been called home. We are kings and priests with Him (1:6).

It is interesting to note that the name of God used here is "Lord God Almighty" (4:8). History tells us that this was the official title used by Emperor Domitian, who was responsible for the persecutions that sent John to Patmos. Men and women may honor themselves, but the day will come when everybody--great and small--will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Wiersbe, Warren W.

Some understand these to be angelic beings, though it is likely that the 24 elders represent redeemed people who are glorified, crowned, and enthroned. Angels are never said to be given crowns, though believers are (2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Peter 5:4; Rev. 2:10). Ryrie Study Bible NASB: Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, Th.D., Ph.D.

These elders represent the Church. The very word "elder" has church significance (1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:5). Crowns throughout the N.T. are exclusively presented as rewards for the faithful in the Church. These elders sit on thrones which are associated with the central judgment throne of God (vv. 2-4; cp. 1 Cor 6:2-3; 2 Tim 2:12).

The appearance of these elders, already glorified, crowned, and enthroned before the opening of the sealed book of judgment (ch. 5) and before the end-time judgments are loosed upon the world (chs. 6-18), reaffirms that the Church is not to be subjected to the judicial wrath and judgments of that time (cp. John 5:24; Rom 5:9; 1 Th 1:10; 5:1-11; Rev 3:10). New Scofield Reference Bible KJV

They are redeemed representatives of the church only. This best fits all the details of the passage and of Scripture as I will attempt to explain.

(1) David divided the priesthood into 24 orders. There were hundreds of priests, and obviously all could not serve at once, so each order was represented by one. By Scripture''s own use, the number 24 has a representative character to it (cf. 1 Chron. 24; 25; Luke 1:5, 8, 9). Josephus, the Jewish historian, tells us his family was ""of the first course of the four and twenty."" So there was one high priest, 24 orders of priests with 24 who served as representatives of the whole.

(2) In the New Testament believers are a spiritual house, a holy and a royal priesthood (1 Pet. 2:5, 9). So the elders could easily be functioning as representatives of the church.

(3) Revelation 5:11 clearly distinguishes the elders from both the four living creatures and the many angels.

(4) They are called ""elders"" which is the Greek word presbuteros. In the New Testament this is virtually a technical term for officers and leaders in the church of Jesus Christ.

(5) They are seen with golden crowns. ""Crowns"" is stefanos, the victor''s crown and the same term used throughout the New Testament for the rewards given to New Testament believers (1 Cor 9:25; 1 Thess. 2:19; 2 Tim. 4:8; James 1:12; 1 Pet. 5:4).

(6) They are clothed in white raiment. In Scripture this is consistently associated with and promised to the believer, the overcomer. This is terminology of the saints not angels (Rev. 3:4-5; 19:8).

(7) A share in Christ''s throne or rule is promised to believers by our Lord in Revelation 2:26-27; 3:21.

(8) Finally, only the church is raptured before the events beginning in chapter 6 (the Tribulation) and is in heaven, glorified, and eligible for reward. Israel or Old Testament believers could not be represented here until after Daniel''s 70th week. Israel''s resurrection and rewards come then, ""after the time of distress such as never occurred ……"" which is undoubtedly a reference to the Great Tribulation (Dan. 12:1-2).

So the evidence tells us that the persons around the throne are representatives of the church here prophetically foreseen by this vision given to John. This then becomes both a prophecy and a promise of the glorious experiences of all New Testament believers. Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

The crowns were similar to those given victors in Greek
games (stephanos), in contrast with the crown of a sovereign ruler
(diadeôma, "diadem"). The crowns seem to indicate that the elders had been
judged and rewarded. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

What are the crowns? They are symbols of God''s rewards for faithful service. Why do they cast them before the throne? Though the crowns had been given to them by God for faithfulness as overcomers, when they see the worship of the living creatures, they recognize it was all by God''s grace and that no crowns rightly belong to us for we all owe our existence and lives to God. He alone is actually worthy, for all we are flows from what He is as we, by faith, allow Him to reproduce His life in us through the Spirit. They then ascribe to Him: Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

"You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created."

With the introduction of the four living creatures, we have the first of twenty hymns, as they might be called, sung by various heavenly groups throughout the book of Revelation. Five of them are in these two chapters prefacing the opening of the seals. The first two are hymns to God: one sung by the living creatures ascribing holiness to God (<Rev 4:8>) and the other by the twenty-four elders acknowledging God as Creator. The opening words of the first hymn remind us of <Isa 6:3>, technically known in ancient hymnology as the [Trisagion]. The third and fourth are hymns to the Lamb, sung by the two groups just mentioned, acknowledging that the Lamb is worthy to open the book (<Rev 5:9-10; 5:11-12>). The fifth hymn is sung to both God and the Lamb by "every created thing in heaven, on the earth, and under the earth" (v. 13), and ascribes to them blessing, honor, glory, and dominion. (from Wycliffe Commentary)

Creation is a natural voice and revelation of God. Day after day, it manifests God''s being and even His divine essence; it declares His glory (Rom. 1:18; Psalm 19).

In the town hall in Copenhagen stands the world''s most complicated clock. It took forty years to build at a cost of more than a million dollars. That clock has ten faces, fifteen thousand parts, and is accurate to two-fifths of a second every three hundred years. The clock computes the time of day, the days of the week, the months and years, and the movements of the planets for twenty-five hundred years. Some parts of that clock will not move until twenty-five centuries have passed. What is intriguing about that clock is that it is not accurate. It loses two-fifths of a second every three hundred years. Like all clocks, that timepiece in Copenhagen must be regulated by a more precise clock, the universe itself. That mighty astronomical clock with its billions of moving parts, from atoms to stars, rolls on century after century with movements so reliable that all time on earth can be measured against it.

But man in his own arrogance has rejected this clear revelation of God and so often in the process, he has also rejected God himself. Evolution, a pure figment of man''s imagination, has sought to replace the concept of creation, and in the process, it has sought to jettison God. So, in the minds of many today, humanism has replaced Theism, the belief in God. Man the rebel has believed the lie of Satan when by rights he should fall down in adoration and worship of the Creator. Instead, he stands in open rebellion and worships the creature, himself, in place of the Creator. Studies in Revelation by J. Hampton Keathley III

 

Visions of Heaven

Rev 4:1-11

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.

3 And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.

4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.

5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.

7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." (NKJ)

Intro: We cannot imagine what John must have saw. There is no language for these heavenly visions that we have here before us. At best it is man's feeble attempt to describe the glory of God. For that we are so completely disabled.

In this vision of chapter 4 John sees three things. He sees God on His throne. He sees the living creatures. He sees the twenty four elders. We could spend a great deal of time discussing who these four living creatures are and who these twenty four elder are or represent. But then we would miss the whole sense of the passage. The passage is meant to strike us with awe at the sight of God.

The problem is that in our technical age, where we can make just about anything appear to happen, we are not easily amazed.

But a real glimpse of God would more than amaze us. It would do to us what it did to Isaiah in chapter 6.

Let us then consider what John saw but in relationship to God for He is the center stage on this set.

  1. GOD ON HIS THRONE
    1. This may not be the real central throne of God but one simply set up for the occasion of the end of the human drama.
    2. Daniel refers to a time at the end when he saw thrones set up and God coming to sit on that throne.
    3. We have all of our grandeur, magnificence, pomp, for show but God has more.
    4. The two stones that we find on the throne, Jasper and Sardina were on the breastplate of the High Priest.
      1. The Jasper stood for Ruben.
      2. The Sardina stood for Benjamin.
      3. They also take significant place in the city of new Jerusalem.
  2. THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES
    1. The thought of these creatures is quite awesome.
    2. We could not try to describe their features.
    3. They may represent various things as is brought out in the notes, but that is not our focus this morning.
    4. The focus of these great and awesome creatures is that they spend all their existence praising God.
      1. Holy, holy, holy, lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
      2. Think of this in your mind.
      3. What an amazing sight, that these four majestic and powerful creatures would do no more that worship God.
      4. Then we have trouble getting people to worship God for an hour a week on Sunday morning.
  3. THE TWENTY FOUR ELDERS
    1. I am going to say that these represent the saints of this age of grace.
      1. There are various reasons for this, get the notes for more details.
      2. They do not represent OT saints.
      3. They are not angels.
    2. The sit on thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting
      1. The idea of thrones is the idea of position and authority.
      2. Saints will judge the world.
      3. They will rule the world with Jesus for 1,000 years.
      4. Paul tells us that the saints will even judge the angels.
    3. In white robes, clothed in white robes
      1. Usually this represents purity.
      2. Purity in relationship to the saints is gained but Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death on the cross.
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    5. They had crowns of gold on their heads.
      1. These are not crowns like God wears a crown.
      2. This is the victors crown.
      3. The same word used here is used by Paul to describe the crowns that saints will attain.
      4. Also the crowns are given because these are already judged.
      5. Paul referred to the Judgment Seat of Christ.
        1. This is a place where the NT saints will receive the reward for their faithful service.
  4. THEIR WORSHIP OF GOD
    1. This is really the main focus as relates to the twenty four elders and the four living creatures.
    2. Worship is where it is at in heaven.
      1. But worship is where it is at on earth.
      2. Some might say well I think I would get tired of worship.
      3. Well just like a grandparent might get tired of telling of their grandchildren.
      4. Nancy & I could tell you about Victoria for a day or two.
    3. God is so much greater than all others that we will worship Him for all eternity.
    4. Notice what they worship about God.
      1. You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power;
        1. Different people worship different types of people.
          1. baseball players
          2. car drivers
          3. move stars
          4. golfers
          5. models
          6. rock stars
        2. How much greater is God than all of these.
        3. We do not worship God as we do these others for we know more about these others than we do about God.
      2. You created all things
        1. Isn't it interesting that the basic theology of this verse is universally denied in our society today.
          1. All around us each day we are inundated with the idea that God did not create us but that we evolved from some super soup cooked by volcanic activity on the ocean floor.
          2. The only thing that has remained constant in the theory of evolution is that God didn't create anything.
          3. As soon as some of their pet theories are proved to be untenable, they simply move into another lie, just as long as we can deny creation to God.
          4. Give to the meteor from Mars.
          5. Give so some cosmic spores borne on the solar winds of a distant star.
          6. Make rocks the mothers of chickens.
          7. Any thing will do but God.
        2. Satan has found a way to rob God of part of the honor due Him with the theory of evolution.
          1. The original idea of evolution as was described by Darwin is so far discounted today by facts that Darwin would not even recognize evolution as it is taught now.
          2. Satan is the author of all that takes glory from God and places it some where else.
          3. He robs God of the glory in a doctrine of salvation by works.
          4. He robs God of the glory of creation with the silly ideas of random selection.
        3. Gods creation continually testifies to the powerful, intelligent, wise, inventive creator.
          1. Ps 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. (NKJ)
          2. Ps 8:3-4 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (NKJ)
          3. Ps 33:6-9 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; he lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. (NKJ)
        4. Even in Christian circles, many have long ago given up the idea of God as creator for the intellectual idea of evolution.
          1. I have little tolerance for those who deny the Bible.
          2. I have little tolerance for those who align against God.
      3. By Your will they exist and were created
        1. The final thing that we need to see in this worship is that everything is for God.
        2. The old catechism said what is the chief end of man. The response was to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever.

I hear one preacher say this is only the rehearsal down here and if you are not in the rehearsal, you are not going to be in the performance.

 

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com