sermonguide (6-30-2013)
“Silence in Heaven”
June 30, 2013
Pastor Roger Ball
Silence is golden. Silence lets God in. It allows you to ponder God. There will be a sacred 30 minutes of silence in Heaven as all of Heaven contemplates the God awful judgment on people on earth. Will you let God in and ponder the mercy and holiness of God? Jesus understood the grace and judgment of God. Do you?
#1 – At center stage in the future ____ is eclipsed by ______.
God moves His love, grace and mercy almost off stage, to the far background, and places at center stage His God awful rebuke and verdict.
Call this the Judgment Day or the end of the world as described in the Book of Revelation. The apocalypse …Revelation 8:1 – When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.Revelation 8:2 – And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.Revelation 8:3 – Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.Revelation 8:4 – And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.Revelation 8:5 – Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.Revelation 8:6 – And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
#2 – The punishment of God is described as Seven ____, Seven ____, Seven ______, Seven ______ and Seven ______.
Seven __
____ (Revelation 5:1 and 8:1)
Seal #1, #2, #3 and #4 are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6) each working for the Anti-Christ.
Seal #5. Many Christians on earth (Revelation 6:9) are martyred by the Anti-Christ.
Seal #6 – Global earthquake (Revelation 6:12) and the Great Day of Wrath.
Seal #7 – 30 minutes of silence in Heaven (Revelation 8).
Seven __
____ (Revelation 8:2)
Seven ______ (Revelation 8:2)
Seven __
____ (Revelation 15:1)
Seven _____ (Revelation 15:7)
#3 – The 7th seal creates extended __
_____ in Heaven.Revelation 8:1 – When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
#4 – Angels serve God in many waysRevelation 8:2 – And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Angles __
____before GodRevelation 8:3 – Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.Angels _____ in worshipAngels ______ our prayersRevelation 8:4 – And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.Angels execute ______.Revelation 8:5 – Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.Revelation 8:6 – And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.Angles make trumpet ________.
Each trumpet sound brings another specific judgment.
#5 – God’s punishment of men and women on earth is a __
____ and _________.
Are you prepared?
What does Jesus words mean to you in Matthew 24:1-15?

Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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