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When His Kingdom Finally Comes - Part A

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June 18, 2024 6:00 am

When His Kingdom Finally Comes - Part A

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June 18, 2024 6:00 am

Pastor Skip looks ahead to the day when the physical kingdom of our Lord finally comes.

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Jesus said, my kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would rise up and fight. And he said it again, but my kingdom is not of this world.

That was then. But do you know there's coming a day when his kingdom will include this world. And we're about to read the announcement of that in Revelation chapter 11. Today on Connect with Skip Hyten, Pastor Skip looks ahead to the day.

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Call 800-922-1888 or give online securely at Connect with Skip Hyten. Excellent. Now let's turn to Revelation 11 as we see what Skip has for us today. This is really a message of hope. All in favor of a little more hope these days?

Yeah. Hope is the confident expectation that something better is going to come. And the Bible says we have a hope that is an anchor to our soul in a topsy-turvy world that blows in different directions.

It's great to set our anchors in some stable stuff. And that's what we do in the Word of God. So Revelation 11. 20 centuries ago, a politician stood in front of a prisoner. The politician schooled, trained politically, trained in law, was curious because he was in front of a prisoner who had made some claims.

And there was some scuttlebutt going on around the community about who he was. And what threatened this politician is this claim that he was a king. And so he flatly asked him, are you a king? Jesus said, my kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would rise up and fight. Then he said it again, but my kingdom is not of this world.

That was then. But do you know there's coming a day when his kingdom will include this world? And we're about to read the announcement of that in Revelation chapter 11.

One day, what is only now a spiritual kingdom of Jesus ruling and reigning over individual hearts, all of that will change when he rules and reigns over the earth. On that day, his kingdom will finally come. His will will finally be done. There is coming that day, a day where there will be no more elections. No more campaigning. No more spin. No more empty promises. No more broken promises.

No more accusation of misinformation or disinformation from one side to the other. And during that time, it will not be a four-year stint. It won't be in term for four years like American presidents and their administration.

It will not be a coalition government of a prime minister and his parliament or her parliament. It will be the eternal righteous rule of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, we come to the end of this series, Kingdom City.

This is the 12th and final message in this series. And this passage of Scripture takes us to the kingdom in its fullest sense. Not just kingdom values, not just kingdom-mindedness, not just kingdom example or being kingdom citizens and establishing a Kingdom City mentality. We're talking about an actual, real, literal kingdom. This is not an allegorical kingdom. This is not a metaphorical kingdom. This is not, Lord, a kingdom-like conditions. We're talking about the kingdom.

And know this. All of history has been moving in this direction from the very beginning. From the very beginning. Daniel saw a time when the rule and reign of God would cover the entire earth and last forever. Isaiah predicted a Messiah who would rule and reign forever. The angel said to Mary, who was a teenager, not only are you pregnant, but you're going to have the King of Kings. And God is going to give him the kingdom of his father, David.

And he will rule over the house of Jacob forever. It is that kingdom that we are highlighting. I was interviewed this week in a podcast. Elisa Childers had her podcast and she was asking me some questions. And she said, if you were to explain the overarching narrative of the Bible in 60 seconds, what would you say? I said the Bible can be summed up by saying it is about one person and two events.

The one person, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ. The two events, his first coming and second coming. At his first coming, he came to redeem the world from sin. At his second coming, he will come to rule and reign with those he has redeemed from sin. That's the Bible.

And that's 45 seconds. So the two events, first coming and second coming, we're dealing with the second one, the second, the kingdom coming. And by the way, there's more in the Bible about the second coming than there is about the first coming as we belabored that point in our previous series. Dwight Pentecost, whom I quoted last week, said, there's more scripture that is devoted to the subject of the kingdom developing its character and conditions than any other subject. And Alva MacLean, who wrote a great book on the kingdom, said the kingdom of God is in a certain important sense the grand central theme of all of Holy Scripture. And get this, all the previous studies that we have done on Kingdom City up to this point all have their incentive basis in this study.

Let me explain that. The reason we can be kingdom citizens and do kingdom business and be kingdom minded and all of those responsibilities is because of the reality that is coming. This kingdom that is coming, this provides impetus, motivation, incentive. With that, let's begin looking at our paragraph Revelation chapter 11 verse 15. Then the seventh angel sounded and there were loud voices in heaven saying, the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and he shall reign forever and ever. And the 24 elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God saying, we give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned. The nations were angry and your wrath has come and the time of the dead that they should be judged and that you should reward your servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear your name small and great and should destroy those who destroy the earth. Then the temple of God was opened in heaven and the ark of his covenant was seen in his temple and there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake and great hail.

There are a few ingredients in this kingdom event that I want to draw your attention to. The first is the arrival of the kingdom, the arrival of the kingdom, that's the announcement that is made at the top of the paragraph. Verse 15, the seventh angel sounded.

Now stop there. It doesn't say it here, but when it says sounded, it means sounded with the trumpet. The context of this chapter begins in chapter 8. I'm not going to have you turn to it.

Take my word for it, please. The context begins in chapter 8 when John sees seven angels who stand before God being given seven trumpets and they blow the trumpets and with each blow blast of the trumpet is another judgment that falls on the earth. So six of them happen in chapter 8, chapter 9, chapter 10 is then a hiatus or a parenthesis and then chapter 11 has the seventh angel sounded the trumpet. Now we're dealing with a period of time, and I know you know this, a seven-year future period of time called the tribulation.

Look how good you are. Not only that, but you know the next answer to this. We're specifically dealing with the last half of that seven-year tribulation period known as the Great Tribulation.

Very good class. You've been paying attention. So the tribulation begins in Revelation with Jesus Christ being given a scroll. Remember that scroll has seven seals on it? And Jesus the Lamb begins peeling off each one of the seven seals. And every time he peels off a seal, the scroll opens further revealing more judgment.

Another seal, it opens up further, more judgment. So seven seals revealing seven judgments. The last seal ushers in seven more judgments called trumpets. And then the seventh trumpet will usher in seven more judgments called the bowl judgments where the wrath of God is poured out in rapid fire sequence. And then the end comes. So chronologically, Jesus doesn't take control of the world until chapter 19.

But here in chapter 11 already, it's like the zoom lens is put on the camera and we are ushered to the very end. And this proclamation is made in heaven. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. It's a very important announcement, especially during a dark time. I suppose if there were a weather forecaster in heaven, it might sound something like this. The weather in heaven today is just fine. And earth is also clearing up and promises to be a fine day.

See, the good news can be seen already on the horizon. The King is coming. Now, just a word about trumpets, and again, I know it doesn't have the word in the text, but the idea of the sounding of the trumpet is trumpets were the most significant instrument in the consort of instruments in the Old Testament, in the Hebrew instrumentality. So they show up, trumpets show up twice as much in the Bible as harps do.

People get all hung up. You're going to stand on a cloud playing a harp. Well, you know what? Odds are it'll be a trumpet, first of all. I'm going to ask for an electric guitar, just saying, but trumpets play an important role. When a trumpet was blown, people would assemble together in Israel. When a different trumpet was blown, people would march out to war. The armies would go out. Another trumpet would be blown.

It would be the commencement of a feast in Israel. At Mount Sinai, the law was given when a blast of the trumpet was heard. At Jericho, the armies marched around the city to the blast of the trumpets.

In fact, the walls of the city fell down at the blast of the trumpet. In the Old Testament, kings were elevated and anointed to rule with the blaring of trumpets. And here, in chapter 11, the seventh trumpet in heaven is a cue for a very particular chant, and that chant is in verse 15. Let's put verse 15 up on the screen. Let's look at it. It's a little small for people past like 10 rows, but can you read that? Raise your hand if you can read it in your own church. Wow, all the way back.

You've got good eyes back there. So let's, since there's loud voices in heaven saying this, let's put all of our loud voices on right now. Put your outside voice on, and let's say this together. The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever. This is a hallelujah moment. This is a Wizard of Oz moment. This is the ding-dong, the witch is dead moment. This is the moment that heaven breaks out in song. Why? Because Satan's rule is over, and Jesus' rule is about to begin.

So unrestrained joy breaks out. Now, notice something perhaps peculiar. It says the kingdoms, plural. I know some of your translations say kingdom singular. Mine says kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. Well, how many is that? Well, last count today, there are 195, actually 193, that are member states in the United Nations.

So let's just say over 190 separate sovereign nations, kingdoms on earth that will come to an end. So you remember Nebuchadnezzar in the Old Testament? Remember he had a dream, and he told his guys, interpret my dream, tell me what I dreamed first, then interpret it, and they said, we can't do that. And Daniel comes in and goes, I can do that. So he goes, I saw what you dreamed, you saw a big statue, head of gold, chest of silver, stomach and thighs of brass, bronze, legs of iron, feet of iron and clay. That's what you saw. And Nebuchadnezzar said, yeah, that's what I saw. What does it mean?

He goes, I can tell you what it means. There's going to be a succession of kingdoms that come to this earth. But you also saw in your dream a stone, a rock that came out of heaven and smashed the statue and decimated it and turned to dust. And that stone grew into a mountain that filled the whole earth. And Nebuchadnezzar said, yeah, that's what I saw. Now, what does it mean?

And Daniel said, this is what it means. The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people. It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, plural, and it shall stand forever.

It's way back in the Book of Daniel. By the way, forever is a long time. And just in case somebody might say, well, does forever have an end? It says forever and ever. Forever and ever. So if you were to look in your Bible, you would discover 393 times the word forever shows up.

Another 47 times forever and ever, like here, shows up. So at that time, all human kingdoms come to a screeching halt. And there's a very important reason why, and I'm going to give it to you. Mankind, humankind is incapable of governing himself successfully for very long. The best form of human government that there is will fail.

Because mankind, because he and she are mankind, are doomed for failure because of their sin nature. If you're a student of history, you know this to be true. The Roman Empire lasted 499 years. The Byzantine Empire lasted around 1100 years. The Ottoman Empire lasted around 600 years.

The United States of America will, on July 4th, have lasted 248 years. But all human governments failed because the only best form of government is a theocracy, not a democracy. A theocracy, where God is the only one calling the shots. You don't vote him in and out of office.

He's in charge. That day is coming when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. So that's the first component, the arrival of the kingdom. Following on that is a second component, and that is adoration in the kingdom.

That makes sense. If the kingdom comes, then there is a response to that announcement, and we find that in verse 16. And the 24 elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the one who is, who was, and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned. And you'll notice that John focuses in on one particular group in heaven, 24 elders.

If you know this book, the book of Revelation, you know this group, the 24 elders. They show up several times. They're in chapter 5. They show up again in chapter 11. They show up here in chapter 11. So 5, 7, 11, and then chapter 19, they show up. Who are they?

A lot of guesses. I'll tell you who they're not. They're not angels. Angels in the Bible never sit on thrones, so these are not angels. We find in chapter 4 and 5 the 24 elders, and besides the 24 elders, a group of angels, so they're not the same, two different groups. Without taking you through all the hermeneutical gymnastics, it is my best guess that we're dealing with here the glorified raptured church, the 24 elders, as we have noted before in previous studies. This is the glorified raptured church.

And get this. This is now the third round of heavenly praise. In chapter 4, they praise Him for being the Creator. In chapter 5, they praise Him for being the Redeemer. Here in chapter 11, they praise Him for being the ruler. And when it says, Lord God Almighty, the word almighty, pantakratur, means the absolute, all-powerful, omnipotent ruler.

He is flatly, firmly in charge. So they're praising Him for that. And I just got to have you make a note of this. Whatever's going on in heaven, it's loud.

Sorry to tell some of you that. You guys turn up the music too loud. You may want to bring earplugs to heaven. Because in verse 15, the seventh angel sounded, there were loud voices in heaven. And then look at verse 19. And there were lightnings, uh-oh, noises, uh-oh, thunderings, that's loud, an earthquake, and great hell. So the worship is at least very robust in heaven. What are we dealing with here? We're dealing with a thanksgiving service in heaven.

That's what it says. We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty. Why are they giving them thanks?

Because they've been anticipating this for a long, long time. All of God's people have been looking forward to this from the beginning. Jesus, 2,000 years ago, said, when you pray, say, Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done. Now the announcement, it's come.

That's why the thanksgiving erupts. That's Skip Heiting, encouraging you with the truth that Christ will return to establish his eternal kingdom on earth one day. His message is from the series, Kingdom City. Find the full message as well as books, booklets, and full teaching series at connectwithskip.com.

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That's connectwithskip.com slash donate. Thank you. And remember to tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of Skip's message when his kingdom finally comes. What God is saying here in heaven is similar. That in the midst of judgment, God throws open the holy of holies and invites people in and says in effect, we can have fellowship with him because of the shed blood of his son that when you place your faith in Jesus Christ, that will admit you into the presence of God.

So this is acceptance by the king. Make a connection. Make a connection at the foot of the cross and cast all burdens on his word. Make a connection. A connection. Connect with Skip Heuter is a presentation of Connection Communications, connecting you to God's never-changing truth in ever-changing times.
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