Think of the billions of dollars Americans spend on fun items. Stop and think about some: Back in the 1970s we spent over 150 Billion Dollars; by 1975 it reached 275 billion; and by 1980 almost 500 billion; now the figures are in the Trillions. And still people are not happy.
One of the top rock stars years ago said, “I am lonely as h—.”
Someone said, “If we go out in a quest of joy, it will elude us. If we go out to impart joy, we will find it.”
Someone else said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to Christ; but ends with such confidence of a resurrection, and must be applied to Christ, and to Him only.
“In Thy presence is fullness of joy!”
The Hebrew word that is used for fullness is “soba” and means:
I. ABOUNDING SATISFACTION!
1 John 1:4, “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
“That your joy may be full.” This is almost the same language that Jesus used when talking to his disciples as He was about to leave them in John 15:11; and there can be little doubt that John had this statement in mind when he made this remark.
Please read 1 Corinthians 15:51-57.
Quickly: Tachu in Greek means: shortly, i.e. without delay, soon, or (by surprise) suddenly. Jesus told the church of Ephesus to repent, “I come quickly” in Revelation 2:5, “He told the church of Philadelphia to “hold fast I come quickly” in Revelation 3:11, “As we asked last week, “are you ready for His coming?” Are you packed and ready to go? Or would you have to get things straightened out if He were to come this morning?”
Or do you even know Him as your Saviour? No, you will not have time at the sound of the Trumpet. After the trumpet, only those who have not heard will be saved. It will be too late for those who rejected. Don’t wait until it is too late?
When did you receive Him? Do you know it is He speaking to you even at this moment? You cannot be saved and not know it. “These things have I written unto you that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life.”
If you are married this morning, you know it, and you know your wife. You had better know when you were saved or you are probably not saved. Jesus is saying, “Look unto me.”
The church of Philadelphia had no reproofs in Revelation 3:7-13. Some say that we were in the Philadelphia age from 1515-1915-18.
This is the age the KJV was given, when they kept His Word. Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
When I get to heaven I want the WD degree (well done). We are judged according to one thing; faithfulness.
In Revelation 22:20, “John was ready and excited about the coming of Jesus: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
Let us first of all take a moment to remember this day just 18 years ago. We must never forget 3000 people that lost their lives. Our nation and generations of people were forever changed because of this brutal terrorist attack on America. Please pray for our country, that such a terrible attack will never happen again.
Revelation 22 is not talking about The Book of Revelation only, but the entire Bible.
- You see it in the first part of the Book.
Deuteronomy 4:2,“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
- You see it in the middle part of the Book.
Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
- You see it in the last part of the Book
Revelation 22In the beginning, middle and the end of the Book it says it is His entire story.In this life only God’s way really counts. Real Christians and real Baptists realize that God is the only way.
When Jesus returns He is not going to give notice or sound a warning, or ask the FAA for a flight pattern. He is not going to ask the Pope or some Denominational President or the National Council of Churches for permission.
No, He said in Revelation 22, “I come quickly.”
I believe Jesus is speaking in Isaiah 45:22, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!