THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST

THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST

-To ascend Jesus first had to descend
-Ephesians 4:7-10
***there are 3 compartments in hell
             1. Tartarus – where some fallen angels reside
             2. paradise – where believers reside from the OT
             3. sheol – where unbelievers reside
-In the OT, when you died as a believer, you went down to paradise – a place of peace and a holding area
-When Jesus Christ died, He went down to hell and made a victory speech and let out everyone who was in paradise and took them straight to heaven…..
-Now when believers die in the NT, they go straight to heaven – Philippians 1:21
(1) THE ASCENSION AND THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST – ACTS 1:9-11
*The return of Jesus Christ is very close
*No one knows the exact day or time
*There are signs to point to the fact that Jesus Christ is coming back soon
                     2 Things About Signs
            1. the word sign points to the person behind the sign and not the sign itself…
            2. The signs of the return of Jesus are not a single sign, but a convergence or combination of signs – Luke 21:25-28
       SIGNS OF THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST
(1) Cosmic Signs and Disturbances in the Sky – Luke 21:25-28
-8,000 asteroids cross the earths orbit regularly
-we will see signs in the skys
(2) Fear – Luke 21:26
(3) A Dramatic Increase in Travel & Knowledge – Daniel 12:4
travel – travel by rockets
knowledge – internet…robots…google…searee and technology like this
(4) Jerusalem will be Occupied by Israel – Zech 8:7-8
-will be the capital of Israel now and the capital of the universe when Jesus returns
(5) An Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
-pray for revival personally
-practice revival personally
(2) THE ASCENSION AND EXALTATION OF JESUS CHRIST – Philippians 2:5-11
-the exaltation of Jesus Christ completer the redemption process – Eph 4:10
fill – means to complete the process
   a. the exaltation of Jesus Christ gave Jesus a name that is above all names
Highly Exalted – v9 – means elevated to the highest point
-Jesus alone is at the top of the page.  In fact, His name is the only name on the page
Jesus is the only person who has been highly exalted.  It shows Christianity is the only right way and right faith
-Jesus Christ is above everything and everyone
     b. The exaltation of Jesus means that every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord
confess – means an open verbal declaration
***EVERY KNEE WILL BOW…
(3) THE ASCENSION OF JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT – John 14:16
Another – means another of the same kind
-Jesus Christ is God and the Holy Spirit is God
Helper – means encourager…comforter…one called alongside to help
1. The Holy Spirit will never leave you
2. The Holy Spirit is Truth – means that which is real
3. The Holy Spirit lives within us……
-this happens at redemption