Exeter United Methodist Church
Friday, November 22, 2019

Sermon Message- The Book of Revelation

June 21, 2019
Pastor's Sermon Message  "The Book of Revelation- Hope for the Believer"
     We are going to spend the next 23 weeks- until Advent- in the Book of Revelation.  This is a long sermon series, as it was last year when we embarked upon the journey with the Holy Spirit through the Book of Acts.
     The Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John in about 95 A.D. to "the seven" churches in Asia, and to all believers everywhere.  It was written to explicitly reveal the fullness of Christ in the fullness of time, and its purpose was twofold: To warn the churches of Christ's immanent return, and to give hope to those who believe in Him.
     Revelation is written in a form called "apocalyptic" (from the Greek "uncovering") writing, a type of Jewish literature that uses symbolic imagery to communicate the hope of the ultimate triumph of God over evil to those experiencing persecution.  This form of writing is not chronological; that is, it isn't historical writing like the Book of Acts.  Apocalyptic writing occurs elsewhere in the Bible, especially in the Old Testament books of Daniel and Ezekiel, writing to which we will refer throughout our Revelation journey.
     So let us begin.  You will hear "open your Bibles" a lot in these coming weeks.  It's like when the NASCAR race announcer says" "Gentlemen, start your engines!"  If we remain faithful to God's Word and open to the Holy Spirit's leading, we will be blessed with Gospel power.  We will be given the hope of the Lord's victory in our lives and in our time.
So let the race begin!
Rev. Jim Blair