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Today's Text

Revelation 1:12-18 NASB

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

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Introduction

(A) How do you see Jesus? (B) We can become too comfortable with Jesus who we see as our buddy (C) We can remain fearful and never experience the close relationship with Jesus

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PT I

Vision of a JUDGE

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PT I

Romans 2:5-9 NASB

But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,

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(A)

God warns us a JUDGMENT day will come

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(A)

2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27 NASB

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

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(B)

Judgment will be based on GOD'S WORD

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(B)

Romans 2:16, Galatians 1:6-9 NASB

on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus. I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

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(C)

All our SECRETS will be revealed

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(C)

Romans 2:16 NASB

on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

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(D)

DISOBEDIENCE will be repaid

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(D)

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 NASB

For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,

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(E)

Spiritual LUKEWARMNESS will be dealt with

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(E)

Revelation 3:15-16 NASB

'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

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(F)

For many judgment day will be a TERRIFYING experience

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(F)

Hebrews 10:26-27, Hebrews 10:30-31, Revelation 20:11-15 NASB

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

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PT II

Vision of a SAVIOR

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PT II

Romans 2:6-7, Romans 2:10 NASB

who will render to each person according to his deeds: to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

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(A)

God wants NO ONE to go to Hell

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(A)

2 Peter 3:9 NASB

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

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(B)

That's why He sent JESUS

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(B)

John 3:17 NASB

For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

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(C)

Salvation REMOVES all fear of judgment

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(C)

Romans 5:1, Romans 5:8-9, Romans 8:1, Romans 8:16-17 NASB

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

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(D)

Standing before God on judgment day will be an AWARDS ceremnoy

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(D)

Matthew 25:21 NASB

His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'

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(E)

Jesus is preparing a HOME for us

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(E)

John 14:1-6 NASB

"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas *said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" Jesus *said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

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(F)

The CHOICE is yours

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(F)

1 Kings 18:21 NASB

Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.

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