Great Biblical Doctrines
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Symbolism is a regular part of life. Chances are that today you have already used an image to help get a point across while you are talking with someone. We use symbolism and pictures in our language everyday in order to help people better understand what we are trying to say. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones helps us better understand symbolism and the general themes of Revelation. This type of poetic language is everywhere in the Book of Revelation, and it can sometimes be difficult to understand. Many of the symbols in this book are repeated, and The Doctor points out that this argues for a sort of parallelism. He sees the book as being divided into two main divisions with various subsections. The first division is about the struggle of Christ and the church against unbelievers, while the second is regarding the struggle of Christ and the church against the devil. The battle between God and Satan, says Lloyd-Jones, is the ultimate battle, and this battle is most clearly represented through Scripture in Revelation. The purpose of this book then, is to unfold the glory of our Lord’s triumph! Through its symbolism, this book serves as a beautiful reminder to the believer of the joys to come at the end of time but a solemn warning to those who do not believe in Christ. Listen as The Doctor unwraps these ideas and more in this sermon!
What do the trumpets in Revelation stand for? Why are they in the book? How can we apply their messages to our lives today? In this sermon by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, we learn more about these symbols from the Book of Revelation. The trumpet series begins as a result of prayers, and it is interesting to note that they affect only one-third of the things they afflict. This is contrary to the seals of Revelation, which afflict things as a whole. What do the trumpets represent? They represent what happens to those who persecute God’s people. Many times when people are punished for their sin, it is easy to think that it is all a coincidence, but The Doctor makes certain that we do not make that mistake, reminding us that these calamities in Revelation are sent by God Himself. This is important to remember because it is a reminder that God will judge those who have afflicted His people. Just like the plagues of Egypt, the trumpets in Revelation serve as a warning that God sees the trouble of His people and will seek justice for them. Finally, are these trumpets meant to be taken and understood literally? Lloyd-Jones shows us why this is not the case and how to best interpret these symbols of Revelation!
The spiritual conflict we experience as Christians is much deeper than merely a battle against people. As Paul reminds us, we are battling against spiritual enemies. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches from Revelation on this spiritual warfare as it is written about in this last book of the New Testament. Who are the antagonists behind the opposition of men and women? The Doctor identifies these as the Devil, the secular powers and governments of the earth, false religion, and the seductive power of worldliness. Over and over throughout Scripture, Christians are warned against being lured by the pleasures and promises of the world. The Doctor says that when all attempts fail, Satan leans heavily on this to cause Christians to fall. However, even though God gives us descriptions of our enemies, how marvelous it is that in Revelation He shows us the details of our triumphs! The essence of our comfort is that we as Christians ultimately have no need to fear. God promises that these antagonists will be judged. How will this happen? Lloyd-Jones guides the listener through these questions and more, reminding us that this final judgment is not partial and just a warning— it is final and total.
Perhaps you have read the Left Behind book series that supports the view that before the end of time, Christians will suddenly be raptured from the earth. This is part of a premillennial view of the end times, and in this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones identifies several errors with this interpretation. First, no other passages in the New Testament reference this earthly kingdom and Jesus literally reigning on earth for 1,000 years. Second, this view makes the Kingdom earthly, whereas Jesus’ emphasis is on a spiritual Kingdom. Third, it postpones the idea of the Kingdom to the future, but this is contrary to what Dr. Lloyd-Jones sees in the New Testament. Fourth, it reintroduces the distinction between Jews and Gentiles that Paul so clearly wrote had been abolished. Fifth, Lloyd-Jones says, it proposes that there are three comings of Jesus, whereas Scripture says that there is only one Second Coming of Christ. Sixth, this view says that glorified saints and the Lord Jesus in His glory are on earth together with those who haven't been glorified yet, but this, too, seems contrary to what Scripture teaches. Finally, it is inconceivable that if Christ reigns for 1,000 years Satan will be able to produce an army large enough to wage war against Christ, even though they will be defeated. Listen to this fascinating sermon as The Doctor expands on these points and helps us understand the flaws with a premillennial view of the end times.
If you have unanswered questions about Revelation and the end of time, this sermon will provide answers that will aid you greatly! Continuing his series on Great Biblical Doctrines, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the other possible interpretations of Revelation and the end times. The Postmillennial view, once popular in mainstream evangelical circles, has been held by fewer and fewer people over the last several years. This view holds that Christ will not return until after the millennium, which its supporters hold as a period during which the earth will experience a long period of immense blessing and knowledge of the Lord. However, as The Doctor points out, the difficulty with this view is that Scripture says the earth will go through an absolutely devastating time before the end. If the Postmillennial view isn’t correct, what is? In place of this and the other perspectives discussed in this mini-series, Lloyd-Jones proposes what he calls the Spiritual View. He argues that this section in Revelation and the parallel passages in the gospels point to Satan having been bound and cast out at the time of Christ’s death on the cross! What about the Thousand-Year Reign that Scripture refers to? What is it? The Doctor presents his points for why he thinks that it is occurring now and why it is not a literal thousand-year period
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.