“The ‘Book’ in God’s Right Hand”
April 28, 2013
Pastor Roger Ball
Words are vital and central to us. Words express your ideas, beliefs and thoughts which express feelings, dreams and identity. Purpose. Vision. Love. Repentance. Hope. Faith. People commune with words. We get this ability from God. Today we see a “book” in God’s right hand with a message for you and me. Is the “book” a big deal to you? Yes. It will change your future.
Revelation 5:1 – I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
Info on this “book”:
Notice words on both sides.
Why seven seals?
Revelation 5:2 – And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”
Is this a rhetorical question?
A fact with a question mark?
Outright challenge?
Revelation 5:3 – And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.
Revelation 5:4 – Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;
What is in the book?
Revelation 1:1 – I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
What is written on the Scroll?
1.Maybe the ______.
2.Maybe the ______. (Revelation 20 and Jeremiah 31:31)
3.Maybe Biblion is the ___________ in Revelation 13:8
4.Parts of the __
_______ like Daniel 7 and 12 and Ezekiel 2-3
5.Official redemption __
________to buy the world back.
6.I think Biblion is the __
________.
Revelation 1:1 – I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
Why 7 and not 5 or 3 or 12?
Revelation 1:2 – And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the [c]book and to break its seals?”
Revelation 1:3 – And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.
The angel “asked” who is worthy! Answer?
Revelation 5:4 – Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;
Why does John weep?

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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