The eighth in a series of 27 sermons on the book of Revelation

Series Theme

In Christ, the Church has nothing to fear for He watches over His bride and will crush her enemies.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11–16)

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Readings reproduced on this page:
The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996, 1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan

Readings

Isaiah 22 (NIV84)

1An oracle concerning the Valley of Vision: What troubles you now, that you have all gone up on the roofs,

2O town full of commotion, O city of tumult and revelry? Your slain were not killed by the sword, nor did they die in battle.

3All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away.

4Therefore I said, “Turn away from me; let me weep bitterly. Do not try to console me over the destruction of my people.”

5The Lord, the Lord Almighty, has a day of tumult and trampling and terror in the Valley of Vision, a day of battering down walls and of crying out to the mountains.

6Elam takes up the quiver, with her charioteers and horses; Kir uncovers the shield.

7Your choicest valleys are full of chariots, and horsemen are posted at the city gates;

8the defenses of Judah are stripped away. And you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest;

9you saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool.

10You counted the buildings in Jerusalem and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.

11You built a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the Old Pool, but you did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

12The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

13But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink,” you say, “for tomorrow we die!”

14The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

15This is what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: “Go, say to this steward, to Shebna, who is in charge of the palace:

16What are you doing here and who gave you permission to cut out a grave for yourself here, hewing your grave on the height and chiseling your resting place in the rock?

17“Beware, the Lord is about to take firm hold of you and hurl you away, O you mighty man.

18He will roll you up tightly like a ball and throw you into a large country. There you will die and there your splendid chariots will remain— you disgrace to your master’s house!

19I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.

20“In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.

21I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.

22I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

23I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will be a seat of honor for the house of his father.

24All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

25“In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken.

Text

Revelation 3:7–13 (NIV84)

7“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

8I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

9I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.

10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.

11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

12Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.