6 min 1 yr

Series THREE COSMIC MESSAGES with Pastor Mark Finley |
Lesson 2: A Moment of Destiny  |
End-Time Themes and Divine Revelations  |
In this lesson, we will delve into the captivating topic “A Moment of Destiny.” Here, we will explore the central aspects of the end-time message that demands both hope and decision. From the return of the Son of Man to the heavenly judgment, we will analyze the biblical prophecies and reflect on their significance for our present and future lives. Let’s immerse ourselves in the symbolism of the victory crown and the truth that every decision yields a harvest as we explore the key themes of this lesson.
Memory Text: Revelation 14:14,15Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, ‘Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Content:
2.1 Eternal Choices
The End-Time Message: Choosing for or against Jesus
Revelation 14 proclaims the final offer of grace from Jesus to a world steeped in sin. Every person is faced with the choice to either choose or reject Jesus. This message of righteousness is proclaimed worldwide, as promised by Jesus (Matthew 24:14), and finds its fulfillment in Revelation 14:6. Jesus’ coming is imminent, and Revelation emphasizes the finality of our decisions. Every day, we make small decisions that shape our eternity, and it is crucial to live for Christ now because our current behavior determines our destiny.
2.2 The Son of Man Returns
The Return of the Son of Man: A Hopeful Expectation
Revelation 14 reveals the central message of the end times, announcing Jesus as the “Son of Man” who returns with the clouds of heaven. This designation, often used by Jesus himself, demonstrates his closeness to us and his ability to understand our human experiences. His coming signifies not only redemption but also a final judgment upon humanity. The Gospels provide further insights into the role of the Son of Man, who appears in glory with angels and determines the fate of all. This coming is a source of hope for believers awaiting ultimate redemption and justice.
2.3 The Heavenly Judgment
Revelation of Divine Trut
Revelation 14:14 and Acts 1:9-11 show clear parallels: Jesus will ascend in a cloud of angels and return in the same manner. This portrayal of the “Son of Man” in connection with judgment, as described in Daniel 7, reveals God’s ultimate righteousness. The judgment serves not only to justify the saints but also to defend God’s character against Satan’s accusations. It is comforting to know that the “Son of Man” – Jesus – is central to the judgment and that his return will be a complete revelation of divine truth.
2.4 The Victor’s Crown
Triumph Over Shame
Revelation 14:14 describes Jesus as the “Son of Man” wearing a golden crown, a symbol of victory and glory. This crown contrasts with the crown of thorns he once wore, a sign of shame. Now he returns as the King of Kings. The similarities between Revelation 14:15 and Mark 4:26-29 reveal the symbolic significance of the ripe harvest, representing spiritual growth. Just as the ripening grains in Jesus’ parable symbolize believers’ continuous growth in faith and sanctification. The golden harvest represents those transformed by grace, leading their lives in obedience and love for Christ.
2.5 Every Seed Produces a Harvest
Revelation of the Final Harvests
Revelation 14 portrays the end times with two harvests: that of the golden grain for the righteous and that of the blood grapes for the unrighteous. Both harvests are fully ripe. The expression “the great winepress of the wrath of God” denotes the impending judgment on rebellious people who have exceeded God’s mercy. The prophetic message underscores that every decision, every seed, has led to a full harvest. God’s people will represent Jesus’ grace and love, while the children of evil will show greed and hatred. Before the universe, Christ’s righteousness will be revealed in God’s people, while the consequences of rebellion against God will be evident to all.
2.6 Summary
Decisive Moments: A Journey Through End-Time Themes and Divine Truths
Lesson 2 illuminates the end-time message and the decisive moment when every person is faced with the choice to either choose or reject Jesus. The return of the Son of Man is depicted as hope and a sign of God’s final justice, while the heavenly judgment marks the revelation of divine truth. The symbolism of the victory crown emphasizes triumph over shame and the spiritual growth of believers. Lastly, the portrayal of the harvests shows that every decision has its consequences and that God’s people represent Jesus’ grace, while those who choose against him will experience God’s wrath.

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