Participants: Lawrence Dorsey
Series Code: UR
Program Code: UR000003
00:57 Good evening. I am Pastor Henoc Paulicin,
01:02 pastor of the Ambassador Seventh-day Adventist Church
01:05 in the great city of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida.
01:07 On behalf of the Ambassador Church family, I wish to welcome
01:13 all of our viewers from around the world who are viewing in as
01:18 as we look at this important series,
01:22 Through the Eyes of John.
01:23 The fact is the Bible says that all scripture is inspired
01:27 by God, and there is no greater evidence of this
01:30 than in the prophetic word.
01:32 And so we look forward with great anticipation
01:37 as the man of God, Pastor Lawrence Dorsey, brings to us
01:42 the Word of God as revealed to the Apostle John.
01:46 But let us begin with a word of prayer.
01:50 Our Father and our God, we thank You for Your Word,
01:54 the prophetic Word that gives us hope and lets us know
01:59 that You care about us enough to give us insight into the future.
02:04 We pray for Your manservant, and we ask that You endow him
02:09 with a double portion of the Holy Spirit.
02:12 May his words come out loudly and clearly,
02:17 and may our hearts be stirred.
02:19 Hear us as we pray.
02:20 This we ask in Jesus' name, Amen.
02:24 You know, the Bible gives us a prescription for depression.
02:33 It gives us a prescription, or remedy,
02:36 for the attacks of the enemy.
02:37 Whenever the devil gets you down, the Bible says just lift
02:44 the name of Jesus. Amen!
02:45 And when you lift the name of Jesus, Jesus reaches down
02:50 and He will lift you.
03:11 He lifts my burdens whenever I'm down.
03:20 He gives me joy when I'm wearing a frown.
03:29 He is my hope in the midst of despair.
03:38 And He, He is my comfort for He's always there.
03:54 So I sing, not because I feel like singing,
04:03 and I praise Him though the end I may not see.
04:13 For whenever I lift the name of Jesus,
04:20 Jesus reaches down, and He lifts me.
04:37 He gives the music that makes my heart glad.
04:46 He whispers peace whenever I am sad.
04:55 He is the sunshine that brightens my day.
05:04 And He is the lighthouse to show me the way.
05:14 So I sing, not because I feel like singing.
05:24 And I praise Him, though the end I may not see.
05:34 For whenever I lift the name of Jesus,
05:41 Jesus reaches down and He lifts me.
05:51 So I sing, not because I just like singing.
06:00 And I praise Him, though the end I may not see.
06:11 For whenever I lift the name of Jesus,
06:18 Jesus reaches down, turns me around,
06:25 and He plants my feet on higher ground.
06:31 He reaches down and He lifts me.
07:02 That was beautiful, Pastor Murray.
07:04 I tell you, I wish I could sing for your preaching one time.
07:09 He reaches down with those hands of love, those nail scarred
07:17 hands, and lifts us up from the deepest depths,
07:23 and brings us to the solid rock.
07:27 Somebody ought to say Amen. Amen!
07:30 A loving God that we serve.
07:32 Tonight we're going to look at a message that I believe is really
07:36 going to be special to you, because God is special to us.
07:40 We're going to look at this message, in this series,
07:44 through the eyes of John called, The Lamb of God,
07:48 The Lamb of God. And those of you who are at home,
07:52 I pray that you have your Bible near that you, too,
07:55 might be able to follow along with us, and receive the full
07:58 blessing that we have by the Spirit of the Living God.
08:02 Shall we pray? Our Father and our God, again we are so
08:05 thankful that You have allowed us to come together again
08:08 to open Thy Word and to be able to worship unmolested.
08:12 We ask that Your Holy Spirit would not only fill this
08:15 sanctuary, but fill the very presence, the space, the air
08:19 with those individuals who are at home, those who are watching
08:22 online and wherever they may be, that Your sweet, sweet spirit
08:26 might draw them closer and closer to You,
08:30 and that as a result of this meeting tonight, dear Lord,
08:33 we will understand Your role as the very Lamb of God
08:38 in a more personal way, is our prayer in Jesus' name, Amen.
08:43 We go directly to our first book of Revelation, chapter 1,
08:49 and this is just a mini-review, chapter 1 verse 1.
08:52 It says this book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ,
09:05 And ladies and gentlemen, we established last night, without
09:08 a shadow of a doubt, that the book of Revelation is not a
09:11 sealed book. It's not closed.
09:13 It's not mysterious.
09:15 It is something for us to study, to cherish, to embrace,
09:19 and most of all to follow.
09:22 We saw in verse 3 of this same book, Revelation 1, it says,
09:26 Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this
09:31 prophecy, and those that keep those things which are written
09:34 therein. In other words, there's a triple blessing for us just
09:37 studying it, reading it, listening to it, and then doing
09:44 the things of the book.
09:46 So when we come together tonight and we look at this sweet book
09:50 of Revelation, and we established last night that
09:53 the key of understanding Revelation is to understand
09:57 that the Bible is it's own expositor.
09:59 In other words it explains itself.
10:02 And we saw last night, our opening night, that the book of
10:05 Revelation has 505 direct, or indirect quotations from 39 of
10:12 the other books of the Bible.
10:14 We see that all of the books of the Bible end and meet there.
10:18 So when we look at it, it is something, and please don't hold
10:22 this against me, but if I had to just take one last book of
10:26 the Bible to keep with me, in these very last days,
10:29 I'd take the book of Revelation, because in it all the books of
10:32 the Bible end and meet.
10:35 I come to this book of Revelation, and I see something,
10:38 and we noticed this last night.
10:40 We said that all of the Bible, the whole Bible,
10:43 we have sure word of prophecy.
10:46 We saw that with the Spirit of the Living God, holy men were
10:50 moved by the Holy Ghost, and presented this book to us
10:56 by the inspiration of God.
10:57 We saw in 2 Timothy 3, 2 Timothy 3:15, that it told us that all
11:05 scripture, all scripture, not some, but all scripture is given
11:09 by God, and it is profitable for doctrine.
11:12 It's profitable for reproof.
11:15 It's profitable for correction.
11:17 It's profitable for instruction, that the man, woman, boy,
11:21 or girl may be able to be thoroughly furnished into all
11:24 good works, and to be perfect in the sight of God.
11:28 And, ladies and gentlemen, that's what really counts,
11:30 to be perfect in the sight of God.
11:32 Not in our own estimate of what and who we are,
11:39 but knowing that heaven is smiling at us,
11:41 and we have heaven's approval in all that we do and say.
11:46 But when we come to the book of Revelation,
11:48 again we see something new, something greater,
11:50 something more, experiencing that when we look at it,
11:55 and understand it, and read it, it lets us know how dear
11:59 this book is to us.
12:00 It was not so much as holy men of God spake
12:04 and moved upon John.
12:06 It was not so much that it was dictated through the power
12:10 of the Holy Spirit.
12:11 But when we look through the book of Revelation and we see
12:16 these words over, and over again, I John saw, I John saw,
12:22 I John behold, what does it mean?
12:25 Well, ladies and gentlemen, it tells me in Revelation 1,
12:29 beginning with verse 9.
12:31 It tells us that John, I John, verse 9, of chapter 1, I John,
12:54 And you all know the story.
12:55 We talked about it the other day.
12:57 John was placed on the island of Patmos because they couldn't
13:01 do anything else with him.
13:02 They tried to kill him, but they couldn't kill him.
13:06 He was the last surviving of the disciples.
13:09 Everyone else met a martyr's death.
13:12 Even Paul had his head taken from him, but they could not
13:16 take his relationship with God. Amen!
13:19 They took Mark and tore him between two horses
13:23 and pulled him apart.
13:24 Then we've looked at Peter and all the rest.
13:26 They went through a martyr's death.
13:28 And they tried to kill John.
13:30 They tried to do something different, something new.
13:32 They didn't want to crucify him.
13:34 They wanted to do something that would cause the people
13:37 to be filled with fear for standing up for God.
13:39 They took a cauldron of oil, and they put it there,
13:43 and they heated it up, and it was boiling, and they took John
13:47 and put him in that hot, boiling oil.
13:52 And friends when you're with Jesus, all that turned out
13:57 to be for John was a hot mineral bath, because my Bible tells me
14:04 that John was able to put together this book of Revelation
14:08 because he survived what man could do for you.
14:11 Folks, don't you know that if you're walking with God
14:13 the devil can't do anything.
14:15 Don't you know that if you're walking with God He can bless
14:18 you, and there's no curse that man or devil can put upon you?
14:21 Don't you know that if you're walking with God there is
14:24 nothing that God will not do for you until your work
14:28 and ministry is done? Amen!
14:31 He has promised never to leave us, never to forsake us,
14:34 never to let the enemy overwhelm us.
14:36 He has promised not even to let temptation come upon you
14:40 that we are not able to bear.
14:43 That's the kind of God we serve. Amen!
14:46 And John in his mercy, and in his relationship with Jesus
14:49 Christ, he is there now, but folks you know what?
14:51 If believe if you just allow me to just insert my own feelings,
14:57 I can imagine that it was worse than death putting John on that
15:02 island all by himself.
15:03 A preacher with nobody to preach to! Have mercy!
15:08 That means the satellite went out! Come on now!
15:12 He had no crowd, and there was nobody there to share
15:15 the good news. You see, when you have a relationship with Jesus
15:18 and what He has done for you, ladies and gentlemen,
15:20 and you don't have to be a preacher on somebody's payroll
15:23 or any conference. When you have a love of Jesus Christ in you,
15:27 it's going to come out of you.
15:29 You have to tell somebody about how good your God is,
15:32 and how He cares, and what He has done for you,
15:34 and how He has forgiven you, and how He helped you.
15:37 Your relationship with Him is so great that you talk to Him
15:41 not only about the crisis time periods in your life,
15:44 but even the little things.
15:46 There are times when I'm in LA and I can't find a parking spot,
15:49 and I say, Lord Jesus, can You just help?
15:51 Can You help Your servant find a parking spot so I don't
15:55 have to walk so far?
15:56 I do need the exercise, but that's not the point.
15:58 I'm talking about on a time schedule.
16:00 And God allows the parking spot to just be there. Amen!
16:05 You see, prayer is talking to God as friend with friend,
16:09 a relationship that you have with Him.
16:11 You can talk about Him.
16:14 You can talk to Him about anything, and everything.
16:19 And it's a sweet relationship.
16:20 And when somebody else gets near you, the first thing you
16:24 want to do is be able to find a way that you can tell them,
16:28 right pastor? You can tell them about the goodness of God. Amen!
16:32 We walk, and walk down these streets of this planet Earth,
16:36 and you see so many people who are heartbroken, and so many
16:40 people who are hurting, and so many people
16:42 who are stressed out.
16:43 You see it on their faces.
16:45 You see people who are bewildered as they watch
16:47 the news night, after night, after night and they see
16:49 all the things happening to planet Earth,
16:51 and they're looking for an answer.
16:53 And, ladies and gentlemen, we have the answer.
16:56 That answer is Jesus Christ the Lord, and He's coming again,
17:00 and we have to engage them and let them see that the reality,
17:05 the reality that will last for eternity is a reality that
17:12 is based in Christ Jesus. Amen!
17:15 So here we have this preacher.
17:16 He's all by himself.
17:18 His compadres have all been slain.
17:23 They put him in a place where he couldn't preach to anyone.
17:30 And many of us, we might have been despondent and discouraged,
17:34 and said, We just give up, but it tells me,
17:36 ladies and gentlemen, it tells me in verse 10,
17:39 and this thing gives me so much joy,
17:41 it says in verse 10 of chapter 1, he says:
17:47 In other words, even though he was by himself, there was no
17:51 one looking at him, there were no members to impress.
17:53 There was no one to preach to.
17:56 The Sabbath School director was not there to see
17:58 if he was on time or not.
18:00 John was by himself on the Lord's Day,
18:03 and he had church by himself.
18:06 I can see him getting up very early in the morning
18:08 for early morning prayer meeting.
18:11 I see him move over now to Sabbath School study time
18:14 as he's studying the parchments that he has the things,
18:17 and recollecting the things that he experienced in his
18:20 relationship with Christ.
18:21 And then when the divine hour comes up, and he is about to
18:25 really get into a meditative thought about his Lord,
18:27 Jesus shows up! Amen! Amen!
18:31 You see, where there are two or three gathered together
18:35 in His name, He's going to show up.
18:37 But guess what? don't feel bad if you're by yourself.
18:40 Jesus is not going to let you stay by yourself.
18:43 He's going to be with you, and He is there in you,
18:46 and He is there drawing you to Him with cords of love. Amen!
18:50 That's the kind of Savior we serve.
18:53 That's the kind of Savior that loves us.
18:55 And when we look at this portion of the scripture,
18:57 get my point, what I am saying is Jesus showed up to not
19:02 only inspire John, but to give him a visual of what's going to
19:10 happen in the last days.
19:12 The record says here, look at it please, in chapter 1,
19:16 verse 10, And I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,
19:18 and I heard behind me a great voice as a trumpet saying,
19:22 I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last,
19:24 and what thou seest write in a book, and send it to the seven
19:28 churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna,
19:31 and to Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis,
19:34 and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
19:36 And I turned to see the voice that spake unto me.
19:40 And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
19:43 and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the
19:46 Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot,
19:49 and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
19:52 His head and his hairs were white like wool,
19:55 as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
19:59 and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a
20:04 furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
20:07 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his
20:10 mouth went a two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the
20:14 sun shineth in his strength.
20:16 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
20:20 And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not;
20:24 I am the first and the last:
20:27 Amen! Can you imagine?
20:30 Here you are all by yourself thinking you're by yourself,
20:35 but John didn't think it, he knew that there are more
20:37 with him than against him even though
20:40 the invisible shield was there.
20:41 By faith he could see into heaven.
20:43 He understood his relationship with his God.
20:47 And even if he was by himself, he had enough sense to count
20:51 down on the calendar, and keep God's Sabbath
20:53 by himself with his God. Amen!
20:57 Oh my friends, the Lord showed up and gave him instant
21:02 spiritual cable vision to shown him the things which must
21:10 shortly come to pass.
21:11 And when we look at this, ladies and gentlemen, He gave John
21:16 a revelation of Himself, and He gave us, ladies and gentlemen,
21:21 the guidelines that we need to make it through to the finish
21:26 line in the last days of Earth's history. Amen!
21:29 The record says He identified Himself.
21:32 God didn't send Gabriel, even though Gabriel would have
21:36 come, He went to Daniel.
21:37 He could have sent some other angel.
21:39 He could have wrote it in the sand.
21:41 He could have just filled his head with a night vision,
21:44 but Jesus Himself came.
21:47 The record says in verse 18: He said, I am He that liveth
21:50 and was dead, and...
22:03 And that is exactly what John did.
22:09 He wrote these things here for us, and they have been kept
22:16 through time that you and I might be able to understand
22:21 them, and read them, and heed them, and not only receive the
22:25 blessings from obeying those things, but be fortified and
22:29 strengthened, and not afraid of the things that shall come
22:33 upon Planet Earth.
22:35 Now tonight, again, the subject is Jesus, the Lamb of God.
22:41 And as I said, there are many names for our Lord and Savior
22:46 Jesus Christ. When you look throughout the scriptures
22:51 He is called the Advocate, the Almighty.
22:53 We heard Him called Alpha and Omega.
22:56 He's the Bread of Life, the Bridegroom, the Beginning
22:59 and the End. He's the Chief Cornerstone, and the Creator.
23:03 He's the Christ our Righteousness, the Deliverer,
23:05 the Savior, the Great I Am.
23:08 And I just love I Am.
23:10 I don't know why.
23:12 I wasn't raised in the church, but as a child I had a cartoon
23:18 hero, and that was Popeye, and Popeye used to say,
23:22 I am what I am. He used to say that.
23:24 And he needed spinach for that.
23:26 And you know, I love spinach, and I would say, I am what I am.
23:29 But then when I saw a real hero who was not fictional,
23:34 come on now, and he could beat the greatest enemy at anytime.
23:42 That's what He did.
23:43 He defeated the devil, the greatest enemy
23:45 and adversary there is, and when He said, I am what I am,
23:52 He didn't need a substance, come on, it was already in Him.
23:56 I Am what I Am, in other words, whatever you need Jesus to be,
24:01 that's what He is.
24:02 If you're sick He's a doctor.
24:04 If you're hungry, He's a grocer.
24:05 Whatever you need Him to be.
24:07 He's your husband, He's your wife, He's your son,
24:10 He's your daughter, He's your brother, He's your friend
24:14 that sticketh closer than a brother. Amen!
24:17 He's all of that and more.
24:19 And when we look at this God, this loving Savior,
24:23 the great I AM, ladies and gentlemen, this El Shaddai,
24:27 this Eloheim, this God who is omnipotent and omniscient.
24:32 This God who cares about us.
24:34 We saw on the first night that 28 times, 28 times, 28 times
24:41 in the book of Revelation He's called the Lamb.
24:44 And in each one of these instances it has to do with our
24:48 salvation, and His relationship with us.
24:51 And we looked at a few of them last night.
24:53 We looked at it where it said in Revelation 7:14 that we will
24:58 wash our robes and they will be made...
25:02 We looked at Revelation 12:11 and it says:
25:08 We looked at Revelation 14:4, and one I really love. It says:
25:15 And everywhere Jesus goes we'll be right there with Him.
25:19 And He's going to fly over to another part of the universe.
25:22 He's going to take some of His redeemed with Him.
25:24 We're going to be right there with Him everywhere He goes!
25:28 I don't know how it's going to work out, folks when we get
25:30 to heaven, you know, sometimes you get selfish about Jesus.
25:33 You get selfish. I said, Lord, will You have time for a private
25:40 audience with me? And guess what folks, He'll have time for every
25:45 one of us because there will be no more time. Amen!
25:49 We shall be with Him from everlasting and everlasting,
25:52 and it will be more than our minds can comprehend.
25:56 So I see Him here as this Lamb, and these instances,
26:00 these instances where He is called this Lamb.
26:04 He is called the Lamb by John the Baptist when His eyes fixed
26:08 on His very own cousin.
26:10 He sees Him in the crowd.
26:11 He knows that there's something different.
26:13 He feels the unction of the Holy Spirit.
26:16 He is moved by the inspiration of the Spirit,
26:19 and he bellows out with this loud voice, Behold the Lamb
26:24 of God which taketh away the sins of the world,
26:28 but people didn't get it!
26:30 They didn't understand it.
26:34 But it didn't take away who He is.
26:37 His Father declared, This is My beloved Son
26:41 in whom I am well pleased.
26:44 And the people heard it, except those that weren't
26:46 walking with the Lord, they thought it thundered.
26:48 Now folks, when God speaks, I want to hear His voice,
26:52 not thunder, hello? Amen!
26:54 So we need to stay close to the Lord, don't we?
26:56 The record tells us, ladies and gentlemen, that in the book of
27:01 Revelation, these 28 times that He is called the Lamb,
27:04 but we see the whole significance of it when we turn
27:09 in our Bibles to Revelation chapter 5. Now follow me.
27:14 Revelation 5:1, there's a particular scene into heaven.
27:20 Now we shared that the Lord gives this instantaneous
27:24 heavenly spiritual cable vision that the individual John
27:30 will be able to see these things, and make an
27:33 impression upon His mind.
27:35 He says, I saw. Again an eye witness account.
27:40 I saw in the right hand of him, verse 1 of chapter 5,
27:45 that sat on the throne a book written within and on the
27:51 backside, sealed with seven seals.
27:55 Now folks, I want us to just back up a little bit so we can
27:59 see the whole picture of this.
28:01 If you go to the first verse in chapter 4, just go back one
28:06 chapter, John is seeing an interactive video, or live shot,
28:15 from heaven. It says in verse 1 of chapter 4:
28:21 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in
28:25 heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were
28:29 a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither,
28:33 and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.
28:38 And immediately I was in the Spirit: and, behold,
28:41 a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
28:45 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine
28:50 stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne,
28:52 in sight like unto an emerald.
28:55 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats:
28:58 and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
29:02 clothed in white raiment; and they had on their
29:05 heads crowns of gold.
29:06 What a scene that John is seeing!
29:09 He is taken up in the very Spirit of the Living God,
29:12 and he is seeing into heaven.
29:15 He's seeing these individuals, four and twenty elders sitting
29:19 around the throne.
29:20 He sees the golden crowns upon their heads.
29:24 He hears in verse 5 the thunders and lightening,
29:29 and voices that are going on.
29:31 He sees the seven lamps of fire burning before the throne,
29:34 which are the seven Spirits of God, which symbolize
29:36 the completeness of the Spirit of God.
29:38 Before that throne, it says in verse 6, he saw a sea of glass
29:43 like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne,
29:46 and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes
29:49 before and behind.
29:50 And, ladies and gentlemen, this sea of glass is the same
29:53 sea of glass that John sees, and Revelation 15:2,
29:57 where he sees those who have gotten the victory over
30:02 the beast and its image and the number of his name stand there
30:05 and with the harps of God, singing the song of
30:07 Moses and the Lamb.
30:09 And as I said to you before, you must have the faith to visualize
30:12 yourself standing before the throne of God victorious. Amen!
30:19 Church you have to know, you have to know that God loves you,
30:26 and He died for you, and you are forgiven.
30:28 You who are at home listening to this message, watching this
30:33 message, you have to know that God cares about you,
30:36 and He doesn't care about your history, or your past,
30:39 and that He loves you with an everlasting love.
30:43 And He, too, wants you to have the faith to believe that you
30:46 will stand before that very throne of God,
30:51 and on that sea of glass. Amen!
30:54 When they sing that song, The Saints Go Marching In,
30:57 Oh When the Saints Go Marching In.
30:59 You have to see yourself as one of the Saints going through.
31:04 Amen! It's in your mindset; in your relationship with God that
31:08 is based on faith, no matter what has happened in your life.
31:12 He says He'll take our sins and throw them down to the depths
31:16 of the sea, and He will won't mention them to us again.
31:19 People might still talk about you.
31:20 And they'll talk about you until they die or you die.
31:23 But God, who loves you, and who gave Himself for you,
31:29 who allowed His Son to come down here and die on Calvary's
31:33 cross, He won't mention them to you again.
31:36 And you will receive a new name, and a new kingdom.
31:39 And that's a promise you can count on. Amen!
31:42 We see this scene that John is seeing.
31:45 It continues to say in verse 8 that these four beasts,
31:48 each of them had six wings about him; and they were full of eyes
31:52 within: and they rest not day and night, saying Holy, holy
31:55 holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
31:59 Ladies and gentlemen, we're talking about angels before the
32:01 very throne of God.
32:02 And these angels, all they do 24/7 is say Holy, holy, holy,
32:08 Lord God Almighty. Amen!
32:10 That's all they say!
32:12 24/7, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.
32:19 Now folks I want you to know that the first time I read this
32:22 I was so thrilled with that, and I was ecstatic at the fact
32:25 that heaven has continuous praise going on. Amen!
32:29 And I began to think, and I'm just going to be honest
32:33 with you, I said to myself, Now man, that might be some job
32:40 that could get a little hard.
32:43 Now this is just my humanity now.
32:45 A little hard if you have to do that through all eternity.
32:52 But then I read this book, Unfolding Revelation,
32:55 by Roy Allen Anderson, and he gave this comment on that text.
32:59 He said that these angels do not lose their enthusiasm.
33:07 It's a bad night tonight folks, help with me.
33:10 They do not lose their enthusiasm because each and
33:15 every time they say that, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,
33:21 that they get a new revelation of what God has done for
33:27 somewhere in God's universe.
33:29 In other words, each time they say that, and their hearts are
33:33 filled up, and folks you know when God does something
33:35 for you, you don't care who's around, you have to stand up
33:38 and shout. The folks might look at you.
33:40 You have to stand up and say, My God did it, and no one else
33:43 did it, and no one else can claim it, because my God did it!
33:46 It gives you a new shot of adrenalin.
33:48 It gives you a new faith.
33:50 It gives you a new encouragement, and you just
33:51 get up higher and higher.
33:53 Well, these angels are, as it were, the collecting point where
33:57 it comes to their mind what God has done for somebody somewhere.
34:02 And they can't stop praising how good our God is! Amen!
34:11 I said I could take that job now, Dear Lord, if You give me
34:16 the insight to keep coming in.
34:18 But as this is going on, ladies and gentlemen, as this is going
34:21 on it tells us that John, he's seeing this scene,
34:24 and he is excited, and he is watching this.
34:26 And then he hears them saying, in verse 11, Thou art worthy,
34:30 O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast
34:33 created all things, and for thy pleasure they
34:36 are and were created.
34:38 In other words, it is reinforcing, watch this,
34:41 it is reinforcing that God made us to be loved by heaven. Amen!
34:49 And then the scene changes.
34:51 We come to chapter 5 and we're going to see here
34:54 Jesus as the Lamb.
34:56 It says, And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the
34:59 throne a book written within and on the backside,
35:02 sealed with seven seals.
35:03 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
35:06 Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
35:10 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth,
35:14 was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
35:18 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open
35:23 and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
35:26 In other words, when John saw this,
35:28 he knew something wasn't right.
35:31 He knew that this was a pivotal point.
35:35 He knew that we were in danger.
35:41 Something was going on.
35:43 This mighty angel is going around proclaiming, and asking
35:47 for someone to open the book, but no one can open the book.
35:50 No one moves! The angels don't move.
35:55 The four and twenty elders don't move.
35:58 And John is sensing the tension in the air.
36:03 As he begins to cry, and I thank God my Jesus feels
36:10 something when we cry.
36:11 Every tear that we shed, ladies and gentlemen, every tear
36:15 that comes from your eyes, it's not unnoticed by a loving God.
36:19 Every heartache that you have, His heart aches, and He wants
36:23 to be able to massage it with His hands of love,
36:26 to bring us peace of mind.
36:28 And it says that as John was watching this, and his eyes
36:31 begin to fill up with tears, ladies and gentlemen,
36:34 it says that one of the elders said unto him...
36:51 In other words, there's somebody who can take care of this.
36:55 You just keep watching! Amen!
36:58 Sometimes we have to learn to wait on the Lord, Amen? Amen!
37:01 And just keep watching, and waiting, and praying,
37:04 and He will send deliverance.
37:06 And then He says:
37:30 Now folks, that Lamb is none other than Jesus. Amen!
37:35 The contrast is He had just been called the Lion
37:39 of the tribe of Judah.
37:40 And, ladies and gentlemen, that is a fitting symbol for Jesus,
37:44 because the lion is the king of the jungle, and Jesus is King of
37:48 kings, and Lord of lords. Amen!
37:50 But when He moves over as this individual who will take this
37:54 legal document that has in it, ladies and gentlemen,
37:58 the eviction notice for planet Earth, for humanity,
38:01 and they need someone to take it over.
38:03 It seems that He can not do this job as King of kings,
38:08 and Lord of lords.
38:09 He has to move into a different realm.
38:11 He has to move in the realm of the Lamb of God. Amen!
38:16 Now you notice it says it was not just an innocent lamb that
38:20 came up, it was a lamb that had been slain. Amen!
38:25 The point of this message is in this vision that John saw,
38:31 and he wrote for us for understanding, the victory
38:35 to buy back planet Earth did not come as Jesus being
38:38 King of kings, and Lord of lords.
38:40 He will always be that.
38:42 But, ladies and gentlemen, it comes because Jesus was
38:45 that innocent Lamb who laid down His life
38:47 that we might have life. Amen!
38:50 That's why He is called that Lamb of God.
38:55 You see, the wages of sin is death.
38:59 But the gift of God is eternal life.
39:02 1 John 3:4 tells us that sin is the transgression of the law.
39:07 And the law had been broken, and the penalty is death,
39:10 and someone had to pay.
39:11 And the someone that paid was Jesus.
39:14 Jesus paid it all on Calvary.
39:17 We continue to read here, and it says, And he came and took
39:22 the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
39:26 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
39:28 and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
39:30 having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors,
39:34 which are the prayers of saints.
39:38 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to
39:42 take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast
39:45 slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every
39:50 kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us
39:53 us unto our God kings and priests:
39:56 and we shall reign on the earth ... with Him.
40:01 Oh my friends, it's because of Jesus as the Lamb.
40:05 And then John saw a celebration break out, verse 11.
40:09 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about
40:12 the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of
40:14 them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
40:16 and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice,
40:19 Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power,
40:23 and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor,
40:26 and glory, and blessing.
40:28 Ladies and gentlemen, seven virtues here
40:31 that show completeness. Amen!
40:35 You see that number seven is a special number
40:37 to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!
40:39 It is the number of completeness.
40:42 When you look at the book of Revelation, there are so many
40:45 things that are there in seven.
40:46 There are seven candlesticks, and seven churches,
40:49 and seven angels with seven vials, and seven plagues,
40:52 and seven trumpets, and seven thunders and sprits of God,
40:55 and eyes of God. And we see all of these things
40:58 in the book of Revelation.
40:59 And it shows the completeness of it. even when we look at
41:01 Even when we look at the verse that talked about the
41:04 seven eyes and seven horns.
41:08 It's talking about with seven horns symbolic of power,
41:11 and seven eyes, meaning Him all knowing.
41:13 And the seven spirits, in other words, the completeness of God.
41:17 But when we look at the number seven in the book,
41:19 the whole book, and nothing but the book, we see,
41:23 ladies and gentlemen, the children of Israel got complete
41:26 victory when they walked around Jericho for seven days.
41:29 And on the seventh day they walked around seven times.
41:32 We see complete healing when Naaman went down
41:35 to that Jordan River.
41:36 He didn't really want to go in because he had better...
41:39 When Naaman went into the Jordan River he
41:42 he had rivers back home.
41:43 And he went down 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 times, and he almost quit.
41:47 But they said, Listen, God said 7 not 5.
41:50 He went down the 6th time expecting something and still
41:53 nothing. But when he went down the 7th time,
41:56 the song said he came up shouting. Amen!
42:00 Complete healing! Amen.
42:02 On creation's week, 1st day, 2nd day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day,
42:08 6th day, God said it was good, but then when it came to number
42:12 7, the 7th day, it says, He blessed it and sanctified it.
42:15 In other words, He set it aside for a holy purpose;
42:18 when we, His people, can have a special relationship with Him.
42:23 He is always with us as we go through our daily chores,
42:27 but on that seventh day He wants to come and take us to a higher
42:31 spiritual level that we might be able to have that special
42:35 relationship, showing the world that we are His people,
42:38 and He is indeed our God.
42:41 Oh yes, that number seven is so special.
42:45 He is the Lamb of God.
42:48 He is that great sacrifice.
42:52 I look at that sacrifice that Jesus gave for us,
42:57 and I understand it better now because it's personal.
43:03 You see, when you turn to 1 Peter 1, 1 Peter.
43:07 What did I say? 1 Peter 1 looking at verse 18,
43:13 it tells us about that sacrifice.
43:17 It tells us how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave His own
43:23 blood for our salvation.
43:26 It tells us in 1 Peter 1:18:
43:56 Now watch this!
44:04 And friends, John the Revelator himself said, in Revelation 15:8
44:10 that Jesus is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation
44:14 of the world. In other words, it was not an act of thought.
44:17 It was planned. It was in the bank.
44:23 It was in the safe, as the emergency exit for us.
44:28 The salvation that came full and free, not as an afterthought,
44:34 but of forethought, because God, who knows all things,
44:37 He is omniscient. He knew what was going to happen.
44:41 We are not individuals who have this program that we have
44:47 to follow through.
44:48 We have the spirit to choose whom we will serve.
44:51 And when Adam and Eve fell, God's Son, and His Father
44:55 came together to make a way that that they had already made for
45:00 us. They just put the plan into practice. Amen!
45:04 Someone had to die for sin, and Jesus chose to do that.
45:09 Ladies and gentlemen, we look throughout the scriptures
45:15 and we see in Isaiah, Isaiah 53, and I can remember
45:20 the first time, and I've shared this with many people,
45:23 and many times, and many meetings.
45:24 I remember the first time that this came clear to my mind.
45:28 I was sitting in my office while I was working
45:32 for the phone company.
45:33 It was lunch time and I was reading my Bible.
45:37 I was reading chapter 53, and I didn't understand
45:41 the connection of it.
45:42 And I was reading chapter 53 of the book of Isaiah,
45:46 and it says, Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the
45:48 arm of the Lord revealed?
45:50 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
45:52 and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor
45:55 comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty
45:58 that we should desire him.
45:59 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows,
46:02 and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces
46:04 from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
46:07 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
46:10 yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
46:14 But he was wounded for our transgressions,
46:17 he was bruised for our iniquities:
46:19 the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
46:21 and with his stripes we are healed.
46:24 All we like sheep have gone astray;
46:26 we have turned every one to his own way;
46:28 and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
46:32 And I remember that day when I read that.
46:34 I said, They're talking about Jesus! Amen!
46:38 I didn't know it. I didn't know how to use my Concordance
46:42 back then, but when I read that I saw it.
46:44 The Living God put this in my heart, and my mind, to know
46:48 He's talking about Jesus.
46:50 He is the Lamb of God! Amen!
46:53 He went to the cross for me!
46:55 When I read about this, and it said, He was taken from prison
46:59 and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation?
47:02 for he was cut off out of the land of the living:
47:04 for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
47:07 And he made his grave with the wicked,
47:09 and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence,
47:12 neither was any deceit in his mouth.
47:14 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him;
47:16 he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an
47:20 offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his
47:25 days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
47:28 He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:
47:32 In other words, when He sees us standing on the sea of glass
47:36 He's going to smile. Amen!
47:40 Because we accepted the sacrifice; that spotless,
47:45 spotless, Lamb on Calvary's cross.
47:48 He was wounded in His head for our unholy thoughts,
47:52 with that crown of thorns.
47:54 His hands were nailed for our misdeeds.
47:57 His feet went to that cross, ladies and gentlemen,
48:00 because the Roman nails pierced His bone where we have walked in
48:05 paths of unrighteousness.
48:07 A Roman spear pierced His side for all of our unholy affection,
48:14 and His back was ripped with the cat of nine tails,
48:17 but with His stripes we are healed. Amen!
48:21 He died the death, ladies and gentlemen, He endured the cross,
48:26 despising the shame, because of the joy, the joy, the joy
48:31 that was set before Him, seeing you and I one day being
48:36 translated in the twinkling of an eye, or coming forth from a
48:39 dusty grave in the newness of life because of
48:43 what He did for us. Amen!
48:45 He is, ladies and gentlemen, the Lamb of God; spotless, pure,
48:52 holy, righteous, and giving willingly and freely by the
48:57 Father for you and I, who were so unworthy.
49:00 But because of the grace and mercy of God, He gives it over
49:05 and over again in our daily relationships with Him, that we
49:09 one day may be able to walk on streets of gold with Him. Amen!
49:14 Oh my brothers and my sisters, evaluate your relationship
49:18 with Jesus. Evaluate your life, and what you're doing,
49:22 and where you've been.
49:24 Make a clear distinct effort to walk with your Lord and Savior.
49:29 Decide to put away sin in your life,
49:33 for look at what sin has caused.
49:36 The Son of God lay down His life.
49:39 He gave His life, ladies and gentlemen, not for anything
49:45 that He has done, but for what we have done,
49:49 and sometimes continue to do.
49:52 Oh my friends, after we have a knowledge of the Living God,
49:55 can we continue to walk in the ways of sin?
49:59 When you look at the Bible, and it tells us that there,
50:05 the priests, what they did.
50:07 They had to bring that lamb, that innocent lamb,
50:12 to the altar, and the sinner had to take that knife,
50:18 and cut that lamb's throat.
50:20 And that blood would pour out.
50:23 And he had to open up that lamb, and he had to take those
50:25 internal organs and take all the fat off of it,
50:30 and throw it into the fire from the altar.
50:31 And, ladies and gentlemen, this lets us know that all sin is
50:36 internal, and it has to be removed from us.
50:39 And, friends, when we look at that, and I don't think any
50:44 of us here today really would have the heart,
50:46 if we had to do that today.
50:48 Either we become so cold in doing it over and over again,
50:53 or it would shock us each time to see that innocent
50:57 victim dying for us.
50:59 Well, friends, the innocent victim that died for us
51:02 is Jesus Christ. He went to Calvary's cross that you and I
51:09 could be saved to the utmost.
51:11 Tonight you at home, and you who are here,
51:14 Jesus is looking at you.
51:17 He's looking at me.
51:19 And He wants to know if we will give Him those secret sins,
51:23 those things that are holding back a full and vibrant
51:27 relationship with Him, that we might have eternal life.
51:31 Tonight won't you let Jesus have His way with you?
51:44 The Savior, He's waiting to enter your heart.
51:56 Why don't you let Him come in?
52:05 There's nothing in this world to keep you apart.
52:18 What is your answer to Him?
52:30 And time after time He has waited before,
52:40 and now He is waiting again, to see if you're willing
52:58 to open the door.
53:04 Oh how He wants to come in!
53:13 If you take one step toward the Savior, my friends,
53:27 you'll find His arms open wide.
53:37 Receive Him and all of your darkness will leave,
53:49 deep in your heart He'll abide.
53:57 And time after time He has waited, He's waited before.
54:11 And now my lovely Savior, He's waiting again,
54:23 to see if you're willing to open the door.
54:35 O how He wants to come in!
54:55 Amen! The Lord wants to come into our hearts,
55:01 ladies and gentlemen.
55:02 He wants to come in and have complete control of our lives.
55:07 Do you want to give Him complete control of your life? Amen!
55:12 I know that we all are always struggling with something.
55:17 But folks, we don't have to struggle anymore
55:21 for Jesus is a burden bearer.
55:25 When I look at my Bible, and I see in 1 Corinthians 10:13,
55:29 it tells us, There hath no temptation taken you but such
55:33 as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer
55:37 you to be tempted above that ye are able;
55:39 but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
55:44 that ye may be able to bear it.
55:46 Is that good news tonight church? Amen!
55:49 Is that good news, you who are sitting at home?
55:51 Whatever temptation that has taken you in the past,
55:54 Jesus says He will come into your life and set you free,
55:59 give you the power to resist, and give you the power
56:03 to live a holy life consistently.
56:07 If it's your desire tonight to receive the Spirit
56:11 of the Living God, and to take this power to transform you
56:15 into a man, woman, boy, or girl that appreciates the sacrifice
56:18 of Jesus on Calvary, won't you stand with me just now?
56:23 Those of you who are at home, I want you, too, to stand
56:28 where you are, if it's possible, or raise your hand heavenward
56:33 and say, Lord Jesus, I am so thankful for Your
56:38 sacrifice on Calvary.
56:40 I recognize You not only did it for the world,
56:43 but You did it for me.
56:45 And by You giving me an opportunity for eternal life,
56:50 I will treasure You, not only as the Lamb of God,
56:55 but I will treasure You as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
57:00 Good night!