Hallelujah! The King is Back (Rev. 19-20)

Publié le 30 octobre 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Pastor Samuel Niblack on 17th October 2021

When we think of Revelation, we often think of misfortunes and judgment, but this is a book that is mostly about happiness. Do you want to be happy? Are you looking for happiness, joy, elation? This book is for you!

The number 7 gives a certain structure to the book – 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls of wrath. And there is another list of 7; if you read the book, you can count 7 blessings, beatitudes: “Happy is he…”. (1st in Rev 1: 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein!) This is not trivial. This book is not primarily to scare you, confuse you, mystify you, this book is to make you happy, happy when the news is often unhappy, happy because you know the happy ending. Any definition of happiness should take into account the long term, eternity, the afterlife.

And this morning we’re going to watch the happiest moment of all. You will not leave church sad this morning!

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The fall of Babylon (Rev. 17-18)

Publié le 13 octobre 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Pastor Vincent Bourrel on 10th October 2021

Chapters 17-18 focus on one aspect of the seven bowls: the judgment of Babylon. By the time John writes Revelation, Babylon is in ruins, a city greatly reduced in size and without any influence. In the Old  Testament, Babylon symbolized everything that was pagan, powerful, arrogant, self-sufficient, and vile. But it was judged by God in 539 B.C. under the Medo-Persian emperor Cyrus. Babylon was the capital of the empire (Nebuchadnezzar was its illustrious founder), it was an extremely powerful city, magnificent, rich but also debauched, idolatrous, occult…).

So when the angel makes John see Babylon the great harlot, he is not referring to the historical city of Babylon but to what it represents, to the spirit of Babylon that remains throughout the centuries. Babylon embodies the world system that has rejected God and is intoxicated with power, luxury and debauchery… 

In John’s time this system was embodied by the Roman Empire and its capital Rome, (17:9 the city of seven hills). This is the system that persecutes them, these emperors are worshipped as gods. John  cannot name it, as he is already in exile because of the Roman power. That’s why he says v.9 « It is here  that we need an understanding enlightened by wisdom ». We still need this understanding to understand what form Babylon is taking today.  

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Who will win: The woman and her child or the dragon and its beasts? (Rev. 12-13)

Publié le 13 octobre 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Pastor Samuel Niblack on 3rd October 2021

How was your week? Has it been easy or difficult to do what is right, just, and good? Has it been easy or difficult for you to maintain a Christian witness at work, or at home, or at school? Does the future ahead seem easy or difficult? Well, the text today shows why things are often difficult for us.

Let’s read Revelation ch. 12

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Who should we listen to?: The trumpets and the witnesses (Rev. 8-11)

Publié le 13 octobre 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Vincent Bourrel on 26th September 2021

In chapter 6 we saw Christ open the first of the 7 sealed scrolls containing the judgments of God, and we saw how this and all the subsequent judgments ravaged the whole earth. In chapter 7 we saw that only those who are marked with the seal of God, who have placed their trust in the blood of the Lamb shed for them, escape the judgments and are kept by the Lord forever.

In chapter 8 it is the 7th seal that is opened, which triggers 7 judgments that are the 7 trumpets. 

Now let’s read Revelation 8.1-12

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Who can survive? (Rev. 6-7)

Publié le 13 octobre 2021 dans Traductions

Sermon preached by Pastor Vincent Bourrel on 12th September 2021

In chapter 5, we saw a scroll sealed in the hands of God. The scroll contains God’s plans for justice. To open the seals is to unleash the divine purposes of redemption and judgment. If the scroll remains sealed, God’s purposes will not be fulfilled. But Jesus, the slain Lamb, lives to do justice, and he is worthy to open the seals. 

Let’s read about the seven seals, and the seal of God in Revelation ch 6.1-17

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