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The Victory of the Lamb

The book of Revelation is about victory.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon

by the blood of the martyrs!

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon or any evil power.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb, who was slain!

The book of Revelation is about the victory of God!

Revelation 1:1-3 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

The word “revelation” is the Greek word... apokalupsis. It is the book of Apocalypse. But apocalypse does not mean destruction, or the end of the world, or anything about zombies. The word apocalypse means... to reveal.

--Apocalypse is to take that which is hidden and make it known.

--Apocalypse is the mystery that is solved.

--Apocalypse is the light that is turned on in the darkness.

--Apocalypse is the understanding of what was previously unknown.

--Apocalypse is revealing!

The Book Reveling opens the curtains of this world, what we see with our eyes, to give us a glimpse into what is happening behind the superficial! What is going on in the world is not what appears is going. “Oh, Oh, I want to see behind the curtain! I want to see what is going on.” It’s a secret. Don’t tell everyone. Shh! The Book of Reveling reveals that the Lamb, that was slain, is winning. Shh! How the victory is being accomplished is a military secret. Shh! The secret plan is... the martyrs are defeating the Dragon by their deaths!

The book of Reveling reveals the secret that the Dragon is going to be defeated by the death of the martyrs! “That’s ridiculous. Death is defeat. The army who kills the most wins.” No, no, that is the secret. That is what is about to happen. That is what is near. The Lamb’s death leads to his victory! The martyrs’ death leads to their victory. The Apocalypse is the victory of the Lamb!

Look, look, one like a man... is revealed!

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Revelation 1:12-18 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”

Fear not, I am the one who started everything. I am the one who will end everything. I am the eternal one. I died... but now I live forevermore.” “Wait, wait... he is the one who has the keys.” We are his agents with keys. Here are the keys. These keys open the gates of death. “Fear not, don’t be afraid to follow me. Don’t be afraid to die. Don’t be afraid of Hades. I have the keys...”

The Book of Revealing reveals the one who holds the keys! “Sign me up. I want to follow the one who has the keys!”

To be victorious, the Seven churches, all the followers of the son of man, must be ready. Like those in Philadelphia...

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Revelation 3:7-12 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. "'I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name... Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.”

When the victory of the one who holds the keys comes, I want to be a part of the new Jerusalem! I want to hold on to my crown. I want a new name. I want to be a conqueror.

The Seven churches need to be ready for war!

The book of Revealing reveals where the real power of the universe resides.

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Revelation 4:2-11 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!" And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

The book of Revealing reveals one of rare pictures of the throne of heaven. YHWH sits on the throne... “Holy, holy, holy to the one who is eternal!” The one who created it all!

But it is what happens in front of that throne is the revealed-secret...

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Revelation 5:1-10 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals." And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth."

This is amazingly backwards. A lamb is the least fierce creature on the planet. No one fears a lamb. This lamb looked like it had already been offered as a sacrifice. A dead lamb is as innocuous, as harmless, as can be. But this lamb walks up and takes the scroll of victory. This lamb reveals the battle plans. This lamb is victorious!

The blood of the lamb is both the means and the method of victory.

Worthy is the lamb to open the victory because it has been killed! It is by the blood of the lamb that we are redeemed, translated, relocated, moved from the kingdom of Satan, into the kingdom of Heaven! It is the means of the new covenant.

It is the method we use to defeat Satan! It is by the saints’ willingness to die for the lamb that the world is conquered in his name!

The blood ransoms us to reign over the earth. “Ooh, Ooh, I want to rule the earth!” Okay, offer your life to the lamb.

The Book of Reveling reveals the war...

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Revelation 12:7-11 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world- he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

Satan, the Dragon, is defeated by the death of Jesus AND by the word of their testimony! Their testimony is their death! Their testimony reveals their willingness to die for the Lamb! The Dragon is defeat by His agents with... their testimony! Keys that are testimony?

Revelation 19:11-16 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

His robe is made white with sacrifice. Blood does not stain... it purifies.

His power to rule the nations comes from his blood-dipped robe!

Then, there is the ultimate victory of the Lamb...

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Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 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.

Those not aligned with the Lamb are destroyed.

But, those who belong to the Lamb...

Revelation 21:1-7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also, he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." And he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

Revelation 22:12-14 "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.

Those who have washed their robes in blood, dwell on the new earth in the presence of God and the Lamb... forever!

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The Book of Revealing reveals the most powerful secret ever. The Dragon is defeated by the blood of the Lamb and testimony of the Lamb’s followers. The blood of the Lamb creates a community of people who are victorious by their willingness to sacrifice their lives! Any time, any power, however great, aligns itself against the throne of heaven... it will be defeated by the blood of the Lamb and testimony of the Lamb’s followers.

The book of Revelation is about victory.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon

by the blood of the martyrs!

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb over the Dragon, or any evil power.

The book of Revelation is about the victory of the Lamb who was slain!

The book of Revelation is about the victory of God!

Tim Stidham

August 26, 2018

Los Alamos Church of Christ



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