you living without knowing Who God is?
How many years, days, or minutes do you have left? No one
knows for sure. But you do have right now. Every single
tomorrow should be lived in the light of the knowledge of
Who God is. Are those in
the church living according to Who God is? Do we really know Who God is?
What is wrong with our nation? What is wrong with this generation? What is
wrong with this world?
“What’s wrong” is that they
don’t know Who God is.
If you and I know Who God is, are we living
according to Who He is? Are we living a life
worthy of Who God is? If
not, someday we will stand before Him and give an account for how we lived
What is the hope of our nation?
hope is to be confronted with Who God is. That is what we are not doing.
When we know Who God is we can make a rational decision as to whether we
are going to honor God as God and live in the light of Who He is. Then
whatever your response, at least you will have made it with a clear mind
and you will know where you are headed. The burden for us taking this
course is are we going to see God
seated on His throne, see
the events that are coming and
know the sign of His coming and the
end of this age and live the way we lived before this
knowledge? Don’t do it! We would be fools to not let what we are
seeing change the way we live. We have only 11 weeks so stick with it. We
may not come up with every answer but we will get enough of a glimpse
of God to see that He is
worthy to receive glory and honor and power. Seeing these
things about God, we will then know
how we are to live. Live
accordingly and let others know Who He is.
"Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and
power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they
existed, and were created."
This song of praise comes from the 4 living creatures (lion, calf, face of
man, eagle) who stand before God’s throne and cry “Holy, holy, holy’’.
Saying holy twice gives it emphasis but saying holy 3x moves
into the superlative. The
lion is the king of the beasts. The ox/calf is a symbol of strength. The
face of man is he who is above the other creatures, with the ability to
communicate. The eagle is he majestic one, who when he is ready to die
anchors himself on a rock and looks straight into the face of the sun
until he dies.
These four living creatures do not rest day and night.
And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full
of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY,
HOLY, HOLY, is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND
WHO IS TO COME."
Is God worthy?
Those who have been closest to Him, who have been there from
the beginning, cry out that God is “HOLY” or set apart,
without taint, a Being of total & absolute perfection. “Holy” sums up all
of the attributes of God. Those that hear every decree from the throne,
who see how He rules and reigns, cry “Holy, holy, holy.” Why? Because He
WHAT DOES “WORTHY” MEAN?
axios from ago (to weigh something). So Worthy means to give an
estimate or to give value to something. Worthy means inherent value,
the value that is within not because of what God has done but bc of Who He
is. God has INHERENT VALUE. His worth does not come from something apart
is God worthy of?
Rev 4:11 TEACHES THAT God is to receive...
doxa (Cp. “doxology”) and means ‘to think, to recognize, to
have an opinion’ and comes from the word which means “to seem”. So GLORY
means to recognize, to have an opinion. So when we give God glory, it
means that WE RECOGNIZE HIM FOR WHO HE IS. What is the problem in
our society? Man does not have a correct opinion of
Who God is. He has
failed to recognize God for Who He is. Is the church in America living
according to Who God is? No, not really bc
if we were our society would
not be the way it is. We are the salt of the earth, and salt stops the spread of corruption.
A life lived according to Who God
is gives Him glory.
time which is reverence, proper esteem. We revere God by
dunamis means to be able or capable. He is capable of
performing everything we see in the word of God. He is capable of running
this universe. He is capable of dealing with you as His child. He is
capable of dealing with the unjust and the rebellious angelic hosts. Why
is He capable (using the “5 W’s and an H”)? Because He has created all
things. Nothing in life happens apart from God’s intention/will/purpose.
God is saying that we exist because He willed us to exist. And yes God
willed the devil to exist but not the devil’s choice to desire to
be like God.
exists apart from God’s will
comes from thelo,
which means “to will”. The “-ma” on the end means the result
of His will. It is not the result of
demand but it is an expression of
desire, an expression of
God would tell each of us that we exist because
He desires us to exist. We exist because it is His “good
pleasure” that we exist. This is why He is worthy to receive
glory and honor and power. He has created all things. How? By His
will. Because He
wants them to exist. And if
He created you, then don’t you need to recognize that truth and live
accordingly. Evolution says that we evolved from a lower form of life. If
so then there is nothing special about us. You may say “But evolution
is scientific.” No it is not. There is no scientific proof whatsoever.
Evolution is man’s idea and it came ultimately from “the pit of hell.”
God wants you to know that
He has created you for His pleasure, to bring Him
joy. So when THELEMA is used of God, it indicates what God did of
His good pleasure
And He is the image of the invisible God, the First-born of all creation.
(This does not mean Jesus was created but that He was there before
creation.) 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens
and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
rulers or authorities-- all things have been created by Him and for Him.
So why were you created?
You were created for God,
for His good pleasure. Are you living for His pleasure or for
your own pleasure? Are you living according to Who He is? Are you living
according to the fact that He is worthy to receive glory and honor and
Rev 5:1 And
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.
HIM WHO SAT ON THE THRONE:
God the Father, Creator of all things...in the beginning God--Elohim--created
the heavens and the earth. The “-im” ending in Hebrew is PLURAL.
Gen 1:26 “Let
Us--Father, Son, Holy
Spirit--make man in our
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from
Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come; (the only description like
this in the Bible, referring to the eternality of God) and from the
seven Spirits who are before His throne; (symbolizes the Holy
Spirit...He sees whether you are living a life that is worthy) 5 and
from Jesus Christ, the faithful
witness, the first-born
of the dead, (the first Man to be resurrected from the dead, to
conquer hell and death, to live and to die no more) and the
ruler of the kings of the earth. (not yet seen but
Revelation will show the fulfillment of this truth) To Him Who loves
us, and released us from our sins by His blood,
no longer slaves to sin. The captive has been set free by the
blood of Jesus Christ and is no longer slave to sin because if the Son
shall set you free, you shall be free indeed John 8:36. Kay
describes how she previously was an adulteress but not any more bc she has
been released from the power of that lust. The God of this world had
blinded her eyes (2 Cor 4:4) but Jesus took the scales off so that
she could see His Truth. Now she can live a life worthy of the calling of
Christ Jesus and you can too. Kay now knows Who God is and because she
knows Who God is she no longer lives the way she used to live. And this
“knowing” has become Christ in her Who sets her free. So it’s not just
knowing the truth but it’s receiving and applying truth.
Rev 5:1 And
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.
The SCROLL contains 7 seals and out of the 7th seal
ultimately come the 7 bowl judgments. These judgments bring the end of the
dominion of Satan and the reign of sinful man.
Rev 5:2 And
I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is
worthy (Who has the
inherent value) to open the book and to break its seals?" 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. (No one could even look into it...not even a
glimpse. And yet God gave the revelation to Jesus Christ that He might
reveal to us what is inside those seals. We can know because Jesus is
worthy. ) 4 And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found
worthy (no one had the
inherent value) to open the book, or to look into it; (John must
have known somehow that in this scroll was the ultimate revelation of
holiness, righteousness, justice, truth, mercy, and the just judgment of
God that would bring it all to an end and that would place Jesus Christ on
the throne as King of kings and Lord of lords. But no one was worthy) 5
and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the
Lion that is from the
tribe of Judah,(a descendant of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) the Root
of David, (if you trace Christ’s genealogy, it goes back to David)
has overcome (1Jn5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is
the victory that has overcome
the world-- our faith. Jesus overcame bc He kept the commandments of
His Father. He overcame bc He believed God.) so as to open the book and
its seven seals."
6 And I saw between
the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb
standing, as if slain,
(slain is perfect
tense which means a past completed action with a present and
continuing result. What He did in the past has an import for all eternity.)
having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God,
sent out into all the earth. (Jesus walked by the Spirit.) 7 And He
came, and He took it out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8
And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the
twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and
golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And
they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy
art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast
slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and
tongue and people and nation. 10 "And Thou hast made them to be a kingdom
and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth." (Know
that He is worthy...worthy of everything we have and of everything we are.
He is worthy of living for. He is worthy of dying for.)
Because He paid the price with His blood so that we don’t
have to live in sin. He is worthy
because no one can say to Him that He did not provide the way of escape. But He
did...He paid for it with His blood. What was lost to willful
disobedience, but belonged to God, Jesus has redeemed by walking into the
slave market of sin. He purchased us from the slave block of sin and set
us free. This freedom is not so that we might roam about on this earth but
that we would be a KINGDOM, (note that “kingdom” implies a “KING”!)
PRIESTS unto our God. We need to proclaim this message to the world. The
world must understand WHO GOD IS so that they can make a rational
decision. Knowing WHO GOD IS they have to know also the CONSEQUENCES of
not HONORING HIM AS GOD. They do not have to live in that sinful
lifestyle. They can be set free. Jesus Christ conquered sin and death.
Jesus’ Death & Resurrection broke the stranglehold of principalities and
powers (under Satan’s dominion) over CREATION.
death liberated mankind
And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of
your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all
our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt
consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has
taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had
disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them,
having triumphed over them through Him. (JESUS CHRIST: THE ONE WHO IS
MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH AT SARDIS
This church was dead, like so many churches in our time, even
though they have a reputation that they are alive. They are not alive but
“deader than a doornail.”
Rev 3:4 'But you have a few people in Sardis who
have not soiled their garments;
and they will walk with Me in white; for they are
The One Who sits on the throne is WORTHY. He
created you. We exist because of His good pleasure. Satan blinded us. We
believed the lie. But there is another One Who is WORTHY and that One is
the LAMB OF GOD Who sets you free from what Satan did to you. He purchased
you with His blood. He made you to be a kingdom unto God. And He says in
Revelation (Rev 5:10,
we will reign forever
and ever. But those that reign are those that are WORTHY. And those
that are WORTHY are those that walk with Him in WHITE, those that walk
having their garments cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. They are
those that walk hearing what the Spirit says to the churches. All though
Rev 2&3 the admonition is 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches.' and to him “THAT OVERCOMES”.
Those that walk with Him in white are worthy (of inherent value). They are
made to be of inherent value by the Spirit of God Who lives inside of
them. The Lamb dwells inside and so we should walk WORTHY of the vocation
to which He has called us. We need to let our world and our society know
WHO GOD IS and that they can live a life that has WORTH & VALUE.
Rev 5:12 ..."Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom
and might and honor and glory and blessing." 13 And every created thing
which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea,
and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and
Some day ALL CREATION will say it. Someday all will bow and
proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Recognize this now “precious one” before it is too late. Know how
long you have...no one knows how many tomorrows they have.
don’t live like a fool.
live knowing Who your God is.
He is WORTHY.
He is worthy to be WORSHIPPED.