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  • 4 - Revelations Star Wars Battle for the Throne

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    Revelation of Hope

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    My topic tonight is Revelations Star Wars Battle for the Throne

    Tonight we are going to sweep aside the curtain and look at what is really going on in the universe.

    We will discover a star wars conflict beyond our wildest imagination. This war of the worlds features an amazing battle between good and evil angels.

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    Have you noticed our fascination with angels recently? Angels are being featured as stars in hit films. Angels in the OutfieldDo you remember that film? Angels are making a big comeback in our society today.

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    Books about angels are on the best seller list repeatedly.

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    Angels have definitely made it to prime time. They starred in a hit CBS series called, Touched by an Angel

    They make appearances in feature films.

    They are the subject of several best-selling books.

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    Angels are one of the dominant themes of the book of Revelation.

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    The book opens with Jesus sending His angel to John to reveal to him the truths of Revelation. Angels reveal Gods message in each age of human history.

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    In Revelation 2 and 3 angels are Gods messengers to the Seven Churches.

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    Revelation 7 Four angels hold back the winds of strife. Four angels standing on the four corners of the earth hold back the final winds of destruction from totally devastating the earth before the coming of Jesus.

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    Revelation 10 pictures a mighty angel crying with a loud voice of warning to all of earths inhabitants.

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    Revelation 14 three angels are pictured swiftly carrying Gods urgent, end-time message to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people Revelation 14:6to prepare them for the coming of Jesus.

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    An angel unleashes the 7 vials of Revelation 16.

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    And a mighty angel carries Gods last day message in Revelation 18. Angels are major characters in the book of Revelation. They are heavenly beings commissioned by God, invisible to human eyes, but nonethelessreal.

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    Revelation reveals a struggle between good and evil, between Christ and Satan. Good angels exist, but so do evil angels.

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    Angels are heavenly beings created by God to loyally serve Him and enjoy the glory of His presence throughout eternity.

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    The book of Revelation tells us that a war broke out in heaven. Combat erupted in paradise. Angel armies lined up for a dramatic showdown.

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    How can you have war in heaven? That seems impossible. But it happened.

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    Revelation 12:7-9

    And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 18

    but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

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    So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;

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    he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

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    War in heaven? Angels involved in combat? Christ and Satan battling in heaven? Christ winning. Satan losing. Satan and his angels thrown out of heaven? How can this be? This brings up other perplexing questions.

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    Why was there war in heaven? Where did this dragon come from?

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    Fortunately we can find some clues in the Bible. In fact, were able to piece together a kind of pre-history of Satan. You can only understand the book of Revelation if you understand the meaning of its symbols as outlined in the entire Bible. What most people dont understand is that Revelation draws its images from the Old Testament.

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    Revelation quotes directly from the Old Testament in 278 of its 404 verses. Lets look behind the scenes in this cosmic conflict between good and evil.

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    Lets discover what really went on in the heart and mind of Lucifer that led him in rebellion against God.

    You can never fully understand the pain and suffering in our world unless you understand what really went on behind the scenes in heaven.

    You cant understand whats going on down here now until you understand what went on up there millenniums ago.

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    The book of Ezekiel allows us an opportunity to look deeply into the heart of Lucifer himself. It reveals what he was thinking, what was going on in his mind. Lets read it together.

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    Ezekiel 28:12 Thus says the Lord GOD: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

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    Ezekiel 28:14-15 You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; This angel had a special place near the throne of God. He was the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, perfect in beauty.

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    You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

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    You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.

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    God did not create a demon. He did not create the devil. According to the Bible, He created a perfect angelic being.

    The picture of Lucifer walking back and forth among the fiery stones, suggests someone who existed in the midst of the glory of God, near the brilliance of the Holy One.

    But something happened to this wonderful angel:

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    Iniquity was found in him. He allowed sin to enter his life.

    How? What kind of sin? How could sin enter paradise? Ezekiel wrote: 33

    Ezekiel 28:17

    Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.

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    This angel became wrapped up in his own splendor, mesmerized by his own beauty. And his pride led him into sin.

    How could this happen in a perfect universe? There is only one way.

    God gave him the power of choice. If you take away the power of choice, you take away the opportunity to love.

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    Love can never be forced or coerced. It must come voluntarily from the heart. And if you take away the opportunity to love, you take away the ability to be truly happy. Since God desired the ultimate happiness of all His creatures He gave them the power of choice. He wanted all of His creation to love Him voluntarily.

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    He did not want robots or puppets. That could not happen without the power of choice.

    Isaiah the prophet shows us how Lucifer himself chose to rebel against God and change to become a fallen angel. 37

    Isaiah 14:12-14

    How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! . . .

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    For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

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    I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north;

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    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.

    Did you notice the one word which is repeated over and over in the text? What is it? 41

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    Its I Lucifer had I problems.

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    And the center of sin is I. He said, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne. I will be like the most high. He wanted a throne above the stars of God Inhabiting Gods glory wasnt enough. He wanted to be as powerful as the Most High. He wanted to have the authority of the Most High. He wanted to be as exalted as the Most High.

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    Lucifer Desired:

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    1. A higher position

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    2. An exalted throne

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    3. Rulership and Dominance Thats what started it all. Thats how this angel began his tragic fall, a fall that would pull a lot of other angels down with him.

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    The apostle John, the same John that wrote this book of Revelation, emphasizes something often in his letters.

    Love is the answer to the hearts rebellion. We have three of these letters in the New Testament. This is what John wrote:

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    1 John 4:7 Love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God.

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    1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us.

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    1 John 4:8 God is love. John tells us that God is love.

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    Love is the foundation of God's government.

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    Love was all around Lucifer but Lucifer turned away from love. He got so wrapped up in his own glory that he took in less and less of the love of God. And that started a vicious cycle. The less love Lucifer experienced, the more he needed to exalt himself, and the more he exalted himself, the less love he felt.

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