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00:20 If you would kindly turn in your Bibles with me to Jeremiah
00:26 chapter 10, we're going to read verses 10 and 11. Jeremiah 10
00:32 verses 10 and 11. But the Lord is the true God. He is the
00:38 living God and an everlasting King. At His wrath the earth
00:43 shall tremble and the nations shall not be able to abide his
00:49 indignation. Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have
00:54 not made the heavens and the earth even they shall perish
00:59 from the earth and from under these heavens. He hath made the
01:04 earth by his power. He hath established the world by his
01:10 wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His discretion.
01:15 Good morning everyone. It is my pleasure, my distinct pleasure
01:23 to introduce to you the speaker of the hour. It was perhaps
01:29 longer ago than he would care to admit while as a student at
01:34 the University of Victoria, a public university in British
01:39 Columbia, Canada that Sean Boonstra's life was changed.
01:44 Having watched a television program hosted by It Is
01:49 Written's George Vandeman he became anxious to learn more
01:54 about this thing called the Bible. Raised in a church family
01:58 he by this stage of his life was not what he would describe as a
02:02 Christian. After watching an It Is Written broadcast he
02:05 attended an evangelistic series. There he met Jesus and his life
02:10 was changed. Changed to a degree that he had to do something
02:16 about and something with this Jesus he had met. Not content to
02:21 be a pew warmer, not content to be a casual, cultural Christian,
02:27 Sean Boonstra was touched by God and moved by God to enter a life
02:33 of ministry. He's dedicated his life to preaching the three
02:38 angels messages on every continent on the planet with the
02:43 exception of Antarctica and it might be that he has plans for
02:48 Antarctica. He has held evangelistic meetings in
02:51 every corner of the globe. Under his ministry God has led many
02:55 thousands, the number frankly is immaterial, but a large
02:58 number of people to faith in Jesus Christ. He believes in
03:02 sharing Jesus with all of his heart and empowering others to
03:06 to the same, which is why now as the speaker and director of
03:10 It is... of, I beg your pardon, of Voice of Prophecy...
03:15 Too many TV programs.
03:17 I couldn't have done that if I tried. I'm so sorry. As the
03:21 speaker/director of Voice of Prophecy, a media evangelism
03:26 ministry based in Loveland, Colorado, Sean is active in not
03:30 only proclaiming the risen Christ, but in also resourcing
03:34 others and training others that they too can be heralds of the
03:37 everlasting gospel. So in just a moment I ask you to be
03:41 prayerful for and expectant that God will speak through, this
03:45 morning's speaker, Voice of Prophecy's Pastor Sean Boonstra.
03:49 Why don't we bow our heads for prayer. Loving heavenly Father,
03:54 we have come and gathered into your presence. I pray that your
03:58 Holy Spirit will rest upon us and attend Sean as he speaks to
04:02 us your words. In Jesus name, Amen.
04:05 ¤Let not your heart be troubled Ye believe in God and in me. ¤
04:19 In my Father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a¤
04:34 ¤place for thee. The Lord is coming, are you ready?¤
04:45 ¤The Lord is coming are you. ready? Would your heart be¤
04:55 ¤right if he came tonight? The Lord is coming, are you ready?¤
05:09 ¤Why will you wait, my brother? Promises of God are all true. ¤
05:20 ¤Jesus bought your live on Calvary's mountain and soon¤
05:30 ¤he will come again for you. The Lord is coming are you¤
05:41 ¤ready? The Lord is coming are you ready? Would your heart¤
05:53 ¤be right if he came tonight? The Lord is coming, are you¤
06:06 ¤ready? The Lord is coming, are you ready? Would your heart¤
06:18 ¤be right if he came tonight? The Lord is coming,¤
06:34 ¤Are you ready? ¤
06:44 I love that song, it's one of the first songs I heard after
06:55 becoming a part of the Seventh- day Adventist movement. I was so
07:00 excited I asked if they'd let me join the chorus, but for 25
07:05 years I've been getting a no to that question. Our theme this
07:10 year at ASI is Called, Chosen, Committed so I think this
07:13 morning I want to spend a few minutes with you talking about
07:17 one key aspect of what that means, just one little sliver of
07:21 it. Our text in a moment is going to be 2 Thessalonians
07:25 chapter 2. I know a few of you noticed on the way in, Sean
07:32 you're wearing a tie. Yes I am. Don't get used to it. If they
07:38 hand out ties in heaven, gentlemen, would that be
07:42 disappointing, Yes or no? 2 Thessalonians 2, let's pray.
07:47 Father in heaven, we believe that the Bible is not like every
07:53 other book. This is the voice of our Creator, our God reaching
07:58 through to our sinful world and asking us to take a step in your
08:01 direction. I ask this morning that the world would fade away
08:05 for a moment and we would recognize your voice in these
08:08 words and that when we are done the direction you would have us
08:13 go would be clear. I ask that you forgive my sins and that you
08:18 make me fit to speak this morning. I beg that you would
08:21 take a coal from heaven's altar and anoint my lips with it so
08:25 that what we hear is not human opinion but truth from the
08:28 throne of God. It is our covenant with you this morning
08:32 as always that when you speak we will follow the Lamb wherever
08:38 he goes for that is our prayer in Jesus' name, Amen.
08:43 2 Thessalonians 2 and verse 3 Paul writes, Let no one deceive
08:46 you by any means for that day (the second coming of Christ)
08:53 will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man
08:58 of sin is revealed. He's writing in advance about the great
09:03 apostasy that would begin very early on in the Christian church
09:07 The son of perdition, he writes, who opposes and exalts himself
09:10 above all that is called God or that is worshipped so that he
09:16 sits as God in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.
09:20 I am convinced this morning that that passage that we have just
09:25 read describes the greatest threat that you face between
09:28 this moment this morning in this auditorium and the moment
09:32 that Jesus comes again, but maybe not the way that you think
09:36 We're very used to reading that passage with an external set of
09:40 eyes. We have no problem identifying the son of perdition
09:43 There he is, we know who that is But I want you to look at it
09:45 through new eyes this morning and you might recognize an even
09:49 greater threat buried in what Paul has just written. And to do
09:52 that I want to take you back to the pages of the Old Testament
09:56 and I want you to look at the story of Saul the son of Kish.
09:59 He was a very ordinary, average young man doing something very
10:02 ordinary and average the first time that you meet him. He's out
10:06 looking for his father's missing donkeys. He's like every other
10:09 farm boy who's ever had to go and chase some livestock that
10:12 broke through the fence. He's ordinary and he's average. But
10:16 when you start to read the story of Saul very carefully you
10:20 notice very quickly he is not like every other boy, not even
10:23 close. In some regards, you might want to think about this
10:26 this coming week. In some regard Saul was a lot like Lucifer just
10:30 before he fell. The Bible said he's gifted, he's choice and
10:34 he's very attractive. Easy on the eyes. He's the kind of guy
10:38 who turns the head of every young lady when she walks
10:40 through the room. The kind of guy I hated when I was out
10:43 shopping for a wife because you can't get the attention of
10:46 everybody when Saul the son of Kish walks into the room.
10:49 1 Samuel 9 and verse 2: And he (that's Kish) had a choice and
10:54 handsome son whose name was Saul. How handsome was he? The
10:58 Bible says there was not a more handsome person than he among
11:01 the children of Israel. This is literally the best looking guy
11:05 in the whole country. He's the Brad Pit of his day, Pierce
11:10 Brosnan, the Cary Grant, the Ryan Gosling, the Sean Boo...
11:12 no I'm kidding. He's the best looking guy in the country and
11:19 in addition to being good looking, the Bible says from his
11:21 shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. He's got
11:25 the whole package. He's so amazing he probably doesn't even
11:28 have hair growing out of his ears, this guy. I'm mean not
11:31 that I'm bitter about the way that middle age has turned out
11:34 but this guy's amazing. And one day, according to the story, the
11:38 best looking man in the whole country goes out to find some
11:41 missing donkeys. What stud muffin Saul doesn't realize, at
11:44 least at the beginning of the story is that those donkeys are
11:47 not missing by accident. There's a divine appointment. He's
11:50 supposed to be somewhere. God wants him in a little village
11:53 called Ramah of Benjamin because the elders of Israel have just
11:57 called a meeting with the aging prophet Samuel who shuffles into
12:00 that meeting. Fellows, why would you call a meeting on a
12:04 Wednesday afternoon at 2 p. m. I know you think that all I do
12:08 is preach on Sabbath, but I've got a full agenda. I'm very...
12:11 I hope this is important. And he knows something's up because
12:15 everybody's falls quiet. And finally somebody, working up
12:19 some courage begins to speak nervously. Well, Samuel, ah we,
12:24 we have all, ah, been talking and well we really think that
12:28 you're the best prophet we've every had, we really, really do,
12:33 and ah, you may even be the best prophet since the days of Moses.
12:36 I mean ah guys what do you think You think anybody's ever been
12:39 better than Sam... We're so convinced of it that we actually
12:43 went down to the trophy hut, right there by the post office
12:46 in Ramah and we made you this plaque. Look at what it says
12:49 Samuel. It says for 50 years of faithful service you can hang
12:52 this in your study and every time you look at it you'll know
12:55 how much we love you. Guys, really, you called me in the
12:58 middle of the week to give me a trophy that couldn't wait for
13:01 potluck. You could have done that at potluck. I'm busy. What
13:05 is really on your mind because anybody with experience knows
13:09 that when the world butters you up for no reason the ax is about
13:13 to fall. Well Samuel, there is this one other thing and this
13:17 is not easy to say but we kind of notice that you're not the
13:20 same as you used to be, Samuel. Things have changed. We have
13:23 noticed that at church board meeting the other night, after
13:27 the meeting you went looking for the keys to your ox cart and it
13:29 took you 30 minutes to find them even though they were in your
13:32 hand the whole time. And we notice that even when you are
13:36 sort of able to find your keys, you fall asleep in board meeting
13:39 and when you are awake you can't hear what we're saying and we
13:42 see that things are changing and so we're just kind of thinking
13:44 you know what's going to happen when Samuel the prophet
13:49 is gone? We think that while you're here with us it might be
13:52 time to draft some kind of a succession plan. Oh, a
13:55 succession plan. Guys ah if that's all this is you think I
13:59 don't realize I'm getting up there in years. I've got a plan.
14:02 I've already been training my two boys, Abijah and Joel, I'm
14:05 sure you've noticed these two boys. I've been training them
14:09 and they're going to take my place. More awkward silence.
14:14 Well, ah, Samuel that, that's the thing. We don't want your
14:20 boys. We're not comfortable with Abijah and Joel. According to
14:24 Bible they kind of had a point at that moment. 1 Samuel 8 and
14:28 verse 3 says that those two boys, Abijah and Joel, did not
14:30 walk in the ways of their father In fact, it says they turned
14:34 aside after dishonest gain, they took bribes and they perverted
14:39 justice. Now that might be perfectly acceptable in 21st
14:43 century north American politics but that is completely
14:47 unacceptable in the camp of Israel, completely, because
14:50 leadership in Israel at it's very beginning didn't actually
14:54 legislate anything. They didn't pass any laws. Samuel didn't
14:58 write new laws, he didn't really make any decisions. The only
15:01 role of human leadership in the camp of Israel was kind of a
15:05 coaching role. They were there to direct the people back to the
15:09 One true ruler they had, the God of Israel. That was it. It's a
15:13 coaching role and if Samuel's boys were morally compromised in
15:17 any way they could never have their father's job. So the old
15:21 prophet has to think for a minute, just like you would if
15:25 you've discovered that you've outlived your usefulness and
15:28 your one legacy, your children nobody wants that to _.
15:32 What are you guys suggesting. Well here's what we think Samuel
15:37 Just hear us out. We've been thinking about this for quite a
15:40 while. I mean, here we are now, we're living in the land of
15:44 Canaan, we're no longer slaves, that's a long time ago and we're
15:48 free and respectable people and we've got a culture now, and we
15:52 have industry now and we have college degrees and we hear
15:54 they're even going to get a symphony orchestra down in city
15:56 of Jerusalem. We are completely different than we used to be and
16:00 we think that now it's been so long and we've grown so much
16:04 that maybe it's time to grow up and become a real country. What
16:07 do you mean a real country? You are a real country. You're
16:10 better than a real country. You are God's chosen nation. No, no
16:13 Samuel that's the point. That's what you're missing. You haven't
16:16 been paying attention. We're not a real country. Have you not
16:19 noticed Samuel that every other country, without exception, has
16:23 a king, and every other respectable religion, every
16:27 other church has a responsible human being, a highly trained
16:30 professional, at the top of the organization. And we're just
16:33 starting to get a little bit embarrassed because after all
16:36 this time we still look like a nation of peasants and we want
16:41 to graduate. We want to graduate from prophet to king. Oh,
16:43 gentlemen, that is not a good idea. That is not what God wants
16:49 Oh listen Samuel you don't understand because you're
16:51 just from another generation. You don't get it. You're out of
16:54 touch with the times. You used to probably watch a little more
16:57 CNN. Maybe Samuel you ought to get a Twitter account so you can
17:01 keep up with what's going on. Talk to a few millennial focus
17:04 groups because they all know that you're in the 12th century.
17:07 Good, professional leadership absolutely requires a king.
17:11 That's how things are done and that's how everybody else is
17:15 doing it. And they were right. That is how everybody else was
17:20 doing it. But everybody else folks is not the kingdom of God.
17:24 Everybody else is not the chosen people. Everybody else was not
17:29 God's remnant church and God's people have never been like
17:33 everybody else nor should they be. It shouldn't happen. God's
17:37 people have always swum upstream God's people have always been
17:40 countercultural and that's why it ought to bother us when
17:44 people are forever looking outside the walls of our own
17:48 movement and coveting what everybody else has. It doesn't
17:51 make sense. Oh sure it makes sense to pay attention to the
17:54 culture, yes it does. That's not what I'm preaching. Yes it makes
17:57 sense to make friends with other churches and know what's going
18:00 on, but that's not what I'm talking about. When we covet
18:03 what others have we're missing the boat. Pastor, have you seen?
18:06 There's a new church in town, have you seen that they do. They
18:09 have 30 trained professionals on staff including a staff
18:11 psychiatrist. They write a best selling book every six months.
18:16 They put a Starbucks in the lobby because everybody wants
18:20 Starbucks and they get 20,000 people every week. Have you seen
18:24 it pastor? Yeah, I have and my reply to that is so what.
18:30 Is that what God asked his remnant church to be?
18:32 But we always, always and forever talk about what other
18:36 churches have and what other churches do, what other churches
18:38 teach and we wish we could be like them and we behave like
18:41 God somehow forgot about the Seventh-day Adventist church and
18:44 short changed us. Then it is high time for God's people to
18:47 open their Bibles and remember that this is not another
18:49 denomination. This is the prophetic movement of God, the
18:52 remnant church of Bible prophecy. We were not called to be like
18:56 everybody else. We were called because we were not to be like
19:00 everybody else. So Samuel we want a king. 1 Samuel 8 verse
19:05 6 says that Samuel's displeased so he prayed and he gets a
19:09 shocking answer from God. Verse The Lord said to Samuel, Heed
19:14 the voice of the people in all that they say to you. Give them
19:18 what they want. What?!. They have not rejected you but they
19:22 rejected me that I should not reign over them. There it is
19:26 again. I don't know if you caught it but that was our
19:28 opening verse again. It's a different context in a different
19:31 age and a different situation but it's still there. There it
19:34 is. The biggest problem you face between now and the second
19:37 coming of Christ. It's a different generation but it's
19:40 the man of sin problem. It's still about the throne of God.
19:43 It's still about the throne of God. Lord, how could you tell me
19:46 to give them what they want? I don't like it. Samuel, I don't
19:50 like it either; it hurts. But I'm not going to force these
19:54 people into my kingdom. That's not who I am. I don't make
19:57 slaves. If they want slavery, if they want to go back to Pharaoh
20:01 if they want another round of slavery, I'll let them go but
20:03 I'm not going to make them slaves. You realize that's
20:08 exactly what Israel's asking for, they're asking to go back to
20:11 slavery. They want another Pharaoh. It's amazing to me
20:13 what people are willing to do, what they're willing to lose,
20:16 what they're willing to compromise because they cannot
20:18 bring themselves to believe that God might actually know what
20:21 he's doing and he's going to keep his promises, even on the
20:24 days when it doesn't look like it. These people in this story
20:28 have a direct relationship with the Creator God of heaven. They
20:32 have the Spirit of prophecy in their midst and what do they
20:36 want? More slavery under a new Pharaoh. Before we cluck our
20:40 tongues and say Oooo what a bunch of dummies, we should
20:44 probably remember that it is the story of the entire human race
20:49 right down to this day. Garden of Eden, the ideal situation. Have
20:53 everything we need. What do we do. Hand the keys to a fallen
20:57 angel who makes slaves out of us for thousands of years. Moses
21:00 has been up the mountain Aaron for so long we don't know if he's
21:03 ever coming back. Relax guys. You do understand the cloud on
21:06 that mountain is actually the presence of God. I don't think
21:09 there's anything to worry about at all. I know but we don't know
21:12 if he's ever going to come down and that's the problem. We don't
21:15 know how to relate to that cloud We don't know how to go up that
21:18 mountain. We're not allowed near that. That seems so intangible
21:21 we don't know if we have direct leadership anymore. Moses has
21:24 been missing so long. What do you guys suggest? OK well listen
21:28 Aaron. Here's the thing. Just hear the whole thing out. We
21:32 would like to have, and we understand it's not really God,
21:35 but we really would like to have one of those calves we used to
21:38 see in Egypt. We won't treat it exactly the same but we can
21:41 relate to that. That's what we've known for generations and
21:43 it's relatable and we want... God actually brings that story
21:48 up in here when they ask for a king in 1 Samuel 8. He says in
21:51 1 Samuel 8 verse 8 that the request for a king is according
21:54 to all the works which they have done since I brought them out of
21:57 Egypt even to this day with which they have forsaken me
22:02 and served other Gods. Now people have done this again and
22:08 again and again. This is the biggest problem you face before
22:13 the second coming of Christ. It happens when we stop believing
22:18 and we personally behave exactly like the man of sin and we climb
22:22 up on the throne of God and we try to second guess what he says
22:26 and what he promises. That's what happens. And sometimes we
22:29 don't do it permanently. Look Lord, I'll just get up here and
22:31 make one or two decisions, then I'll get off the throne and
22:35 you'll be God again. That's what happens. We can't trust God to
22:40 be the real king in our lives. And you know it never works when
22:44 you take control. The Old Testament's the story of people
22:46 who climb on the throne for five minutes. Jacob, I know how to
22:50 get my inheritance. Abraham, I know how to get a baby. Leads to
22:53 huge disasters every time. And believe me this morning the man
22:58 of sin is the flag ship but he's not the only one who does it.
23:02 The biggest problem you face between now and the second
23:06 coming of Christ, listen to me carefully and don't
23:07 misunderstand what I'm about to say. But the biggest problem you
23:11 face personally is not the little horn power of Daniel 7.
23:14 What are you saying, Pastor? Yes, it's a real problem and you
23:16 should be paying attention, but it's not your biggest problem
23:19 personally. Your biggest problem isn't the rapid decline of
23:22 western civilization even though that should probably concern you
23:25 if you're trying to raise a family in this day and age.
23:27 It's not you biggest personal problem. You're biggest personal
23:31 problem is not another bad decision coming out of the
23:33 Supreme Court, it's not an executive order from the White
23:35 House, it's not another decision coming out of the congress. Your
23:39 biggest problem is not the people who sit beside you in
23:41 church. Your biggest problem is not your wife, it's not your
23:43 wife, it's not your husband, it's not your kids, it's not
23:45 your boss, it's not your parole officer. Gentlemen, it is not
23:50 even your mother-in-law. The biggest problem you face between
23:54 this moment and when Jesus comes again is sitting in the very
23:59 seat you occupy at this moment. It's you. It's this tendency you
24:03 have to try and take control, behave exactly like the man of
24:06 sin. Climb up on the throne of God and pretend you're in charge
24:09 even for a minute. And if you can't get that impulse under
24:12 control, you can't let God be the king of your heart then
24:16 you're headed for a world of hurt. Really. Whatever do you
24:19 think is going to happen when everything that's going on
24:21 around you finally comes to a head. I hope you've been paying
24:25 attention to the world. People driving trucks through the
24:28 crowds of pedestrians in Europe, bombs in the airport, shootings
24:32 in public places, the economy ballooning to an all-time high
24:36 and yet the debt level's the same as it was in 2008. NATO
24:40 started to pile up armies against the Polish border with
24:43 Russia, NATO launched a missile this week over the sea of Japan.
24:49 People getting beheaded and burned alive on U-Tube. We're
24:52 finally figuring out that our highest public officials have
24:55 been lying to us and the system actually might be rotten to the
24:58 core. When all of that comes to a head, and it will, when it
25:01 finally blows up and it feels like the Spirit of God has been
25:03 lifted from the earth and Moses might never come back down from
25:06 that mountain, then at that moment when this earth is
25:10 plunged into midnight, how are you going to react. Because if
25:12 you have not yet given up your claim to God's throne, you're
25:15 going to find it very hard to resist the first person who
25:17 comes along and offers a little bit of peace and security. And
25:20 he's going to be very convincing because the Bible says he will
25:23 bring fire down from heaven in the sight of men. If you're
25:27 still trying to run the show at that point you're going to
25:31 stumble. Listen carefully because the next few verses in
25:35 this story have shaped world history since the moment it
25:39 happened and it's one of the most important keys to
25:41 understanding the book of Daniel what's about to happen. Now
25:44 before we read it I want to give you a refresher course from high
25:47 school history, because if you were like me, you slept through
25:50 some of high school history or maybe were even absent.
25:55 My kids aren't here. In 1517 Luther nailed the 95 Theses to
26:00 the church door. We're all aware of that. And then the reformers
26:03 began to think about everything that happened since that awful
26:06 moment in the fourth century when we invited the Roman
26:08 emperor Constantine to be the king of the church. What we did
26:11 in the fourth century is a direct parallel with what Israel
26:14 did with Samuel in 1 Samuel chapter 8; we invited a king
26:17 into the church. So Constantine brings peace. He ends the
26:20 Diocletian persecution, just brings it to an end and he looks
26:23 at the Christians; he said this will be the glue that holds my
26:26 empire together. They were so united under persecution. They
26:29 will hold my empire together. He should have gone to a church
26:34 board meeting before he came to that conclusion. Two crises
26:38 emerge immediately, the Donatist controversy in North
26:41 Africa over readmitting apostates and the Arian
26:44 controversy on the nature of Christ. And the church can't
26:47 solve those disputes themselves so you know what they did? They
26:50 made a direct appeal to Constantine. Hey, you like
26:52 Christians, solve this for us. But he's so busy with the
26:55 affairs of the empire that he appoints the Bishop of Rome to
26:57 take over the whole matter and for the first time in history
27:01 the Bishop of Rome becomes first among equals. He rises in
27:04 influence. So are you with me this morning. What we did, it
27:07 wasn't the outside pushing it's way in. It was the inside asking
27:11 the outside to come. We begged the emperor to take over the
27:16 church. That's what we did. And once the government sets foot in
27:21 your church you will never get rid of it. That model was not
27:26 what Jesus established. He expected us to live directly
27:29 beneath God the Israel was supposed to. How do I know?
27:31 Luke 22: He says to his disciples the kings of the
27:34 Gentiles exercise lordship over them but not so among you.
27:37 I don't want a king for the church. But we did it. We
27:40 married Roman politics and Christian faith that gave us
27:43 more than a thousand years of darkness complete with burning
27:47 people at the stake. The reformers opened their Bibles
27:54 and they realized what we had done in the fourth century and
27:57 so they set about the work of freeing themselves from the
28:00 biggest mistake we have every made. Now the reformation was
28:03 about all kinds of things. Yes it was doctrinal; sola fide,
28:06 sola scriptura. It was very doctrinal but at the very core
28:09 of it the reformation was really an attempt to undo the king we
28:13 brought into the church. That's what it was. Suddenly over in
28:16 England Henry VIII is watching what's going on and he thinks
28:19 I like this. The German princes are free from the Bishop of Rome
28:22 I would like to be free from the Bishop of Rome. That would be
28:26 great because he can't get an annulment. So he establishes
28:29 the Church of England and of course all across Britain
28:33 faithful Bible-believing Christians are saying whoo we're
28:36 going to be free. They weren't. Mmm-mm. It doesn't happen
28:39 because Henry's church is built for the wrong reasons and by the
28:43 1600s it's in trouble. By the 1600s the church is telling the
28:45 British, Look you can believe in your head whatever you want
28:48 Go ahead, believe the Sabbath. That was there in the 1600s.
28:51 Believe up here in emersion baptism, but when it comes time
28:55 to worship everybody does the same thing. You will be
28:57 following the Book of Common Prayer. By 1600 there's no real
29:00 freedom anymore and so to avoid going to jail some of the
29:03 dissenters, the British dissenters, actually start to
29:06 leave the country; people like the early Baptists and the
29:09 barrowists (?) and the fifth monarchists and the Puritans and
29:11 the Quakers and the Sabbath keepers, all these people who
29:14 eventually hand down their beliefs to God's last day
29:16 remnant church. These are our spiritual grandparents. That's
29:19 who they are. Where did they go? Some of them flee, I'm proud to
29:22 say as a Dutch kid, flee to the Dutch Republic, which was the
29:25 freest nation of its day. And when they get there they run
29:29 into another group that's fleeing persecution too. The
29:32 Jews are fleeing Spain to get away from the Inquisition and
29:35 they meet up in the Netherlands. And they begin to talk to each
29:38 and study together and Christians begin to read the Old
29:42 Testament in the original Hebrew for the first time in centuries.
29:45 And they'd have access to some very old Hebrew Commentaries and
29:49 they suddenly stumbled across our story for today, I Samuel 8
29:52 verse 11. This will be the behavior of the king who will
29:55 reign over you. He will take your sons and appoint them for
29:59 his own chariots. King's going to make you work for him, it
30:02 says. Verse 12, He'll appoint captains over his thousands.
30:05 They'll be military conscription Verse 14: He'll take the best
30:08 of your fields. There'll be confiscation and taxes to pay,
30:12 and the reformers are reading this, the dissenters are reading
30:15 this and they say Ahhh this might be the trouble we still
30:17 have, this might be the reason we still have trouble with
30:19 human kings 2900 years later and based on this story, they began
30:24 to dream of a place that wouldn't have a king. Began to
30:27 dream of a place you could live directly beneath God. It's the
30:30 hottest topic of debate in the 17th and 18th centuries. William
30:33 Blythe, Thomas Hobbs, John Milton, John Locke, John Bunyan
30:36 who's in prison for his beliefs. They're all discussing this. We
30:39 got rid of the Bishop of Rome, maybe we could get rid of the
30:41 king and they pray for a place and while they're praying over
30:44 this issue they suddenly discovered Deuteronomy chapter
30:47 17 where God anticipates the request for a king and he says
30:50 Okay, one day you'll ask for a king when you get to the
30:53 promised land but here are the conditions. Deuteronomy 7:15:
30:58 He must be one from among your brethren. He has to be a
31:01 commoner. You may not set a foreigner over you. He can't be
31:04 foreign born. Neither shall he multiply silver and gold for
31:07 himself. Verse 17. There were checks and balances to prevent
31:11 corruption. I'm hoping this is starting to ring some bells.
31:14 Also it shall be, (here's the big one) when he sits on the
31:17 throne of his kingdom he shall write for himself a copy of this
31:21 law and this book and be careful to observe all the words of this
31:26 law. The supreme written law. Let me ask you a question. We're
31:30 now in the 1700s. Have you ever heard of a republic where the
31:34 chief executive has to be a commoner, he's not allowed to be
31:37 foreign born, not allowed to get rich off the public purse and
31:40 be subject to the supreme written law of the land. Ever
31:44 heard of such a place emerging in the 1700s? It is not a
31:47 coincidence that the American constitution describes a
31:50 republic without a king and that it guarantees things like
31:53 religious liberty under a supreme written law. Where did
31:56 they get that idea. Every single one of those founding fathers
31:59 even though they were not all Christian had been reading the
32:02 works of the English political philosophers and the English
32:05 dissenters and they used those writings to literally build the
32:08 United States of America. But they did not... I mean they
32:12 weren't all, some were deists but they got the building blocks
32:15 from the reformation. That's why Ellen White in Testimonies
32:18 volume 5, calls the American constitution a protestant
32:22 document. Because there's an unbroken chain of thought
32:25 leading directly from the reformation to the birth of
32:28 America. That's why the Bible describes America the way that
32:31 it does. Revelation 12 says that the earth would open up to give
32:34 the persecuted masses a place to go. Revelation 13 says this
32:38 brand new nation would be Christ like, lamb like, and it doesn't
32:41 even have crowns on its horns like the first beast because
32:45 there wouldn't be a king. The founding fathers of this nation
32:49 knew exactly what they were building, I can prove it. 1787
32:53 constitutional convention, big debate on the floor over state
32:57 representation, I know saints it's hard to imagine a
32:59 convention where the delegates disagree but it happened. And it
33:04 nearly broke apart. This nation came this close to not being a
33:08 nation. When suddenly Ben Franklin stands up and suggests
33:13 everybody takes a break and go spend the day they disagree with
33:16 Then he quotes the Bible by memory for two minutes off the
33:20 top of his head, even though he's a deist. Fourteen
33:23 references, something like that in two minutes and then he makes
33:26 a radical suggestion. Before I sit down, he said, I suggest Mr.
33:29 President, (the chair of that meeting) that propriety of
33:33 nominating and appointing before we separate a chaplain to the
33:36 convention whose duty it shall be uniformly to introduce the
33:38 business of each day by an address to the Creator of the
33:41 Universe and the governor of all nations. You tell me. Who did
33:46 these people believe was the real king of all nations. If
33:49 America wasn't going to have a human king it's because those
33:52 founding fathers knew there was already one in this universe.
33:56 And he wanted people to account directly to him. Newport, Rhode
34:00 Island, 1790, a Jewish synagogue is panicking because they know
34:03 that America has been born as a Christian nation. Not the way
34:07 Christians in this century think of it but in the original sense.
34:10 And they panic. What's going to happen to us. In the old world
34:13 we were persecuted because we were in a Christian nation and
34:16 George Washington hears about it and he writes them a reassuring
34:18 letter. Listen, he says, you can rest in peace. You're going to
34:21 be fine. You're going to be free in this nation and then he says
34:24 this, this is his letter: May the children of the stalk of
34:27 Abraham who dwell in this land continue to merit and enjoy the
34:31 good will of the other inhabitants. While everyone
34:34 shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there
34:37 shall be none to make them afraid. That's a direct quote
34:40 from Micah chapter 4 where God describes his ideal kingdom.
34:43 That's what it is. Listen to me carefully: The founding fathers
34:47 were building a Christian nation in the original Biblical sense.
34:50 What they were trying to do is rewind the clock to one day
34:54 before Saul, before the biggest mistake we've ever made. What's
34:57 really interesting is the way that Saul kind of foreshadows
35:01 the whole fate of America. I mean in the beginning he's
35:04 Christ like, he's lamb like. Look at the story. The Bible
35:07 says Samuel anoints him in private. He doesn't get the
35:10 crown till he proves himself on the battlefield. Jesus is
35:13 anointed the day he goes to heaven, Acts chapter 2 verse 33.
35:15 But he doesn't really get his inheritance until after the
35:19 judgment is complete. There's a parallel. The Bible says Saul
35:22 was filled with the Holy Spirit and became another man, 1 Samuel
35:25 chapter 10. And of course Jesus was anointed by the Spirit at
35:28 the beginning of his ministry and he also became someone else,
35:31 he because one of us. There's no question in the beginning
35:35 Saul is lamb like but you know he's not a type of Christ,
35:39 because as he continues down the story you discover he's really
35:41 a type of the United States of America. He even is ultimately
35:46 replaced by a messianic king who sits on David's throne. Two
35:49 years into his reign Saul wants to go to the battlefield against
35:53 the Philistines and he wants to have a sacrifice but Samuel is
35:56 delayed, seven days, the perfect delay it's the language of the
36:00 second coming and he decides I'll bring fire on the altar
36:04 myself if Samuel doesn't come, which is exactly what the second
36:10 beast does. He brings fire down from heaven on the earth in the
36:15 sight of men. This nation here was born exactly on time for the
36:19 appearance of the remnant church lamb like in the beginning. But
36:23 over the course of the 20th
36:24 over the course of the 20th century as we rejected the light
36:25 of the third angel's message the whole character of America
36:28 began to change all through the 20th century and now we see the
36:32 heartbeat for midnight. And the constitution is under attack.
36:36 Why should that matter to Adventists. Testimonies volume 5
36:39 Ellen White says when our country shall repudiate every
36:43 principle of its constitution as a protestant and republican
36:45 government, then we may know that the time has come for the
36:49 marvelous working of Satan and the end is near. You been paying
36:53 attention for the last 15 years? You know the government listens
36:57 to your phone calls because I know when I say things to see
37:01 if I can hear a click on the line. They force people to
37:04 participate in religious ceremonies, take your business
37:08 if you won't. Forcing people to buy things they don't want to
37:11 buy. Silencing people who say the wrong things on a college
37:14 campus or on U-tube. That's just the last 15 years and that's
37:19 just the warmup. We have already seen Caesar stand in the
37:24 American Congress invited over to speak because we've run out
37:27 of human answers. The Bishop of Rome at the podium of God's last
37:35 day republic. Let me say this. Everybody had an opinion last
37:41 year in 2016, rough year at the ballot box. But it didn't matter
37:46 who won that election. Doesn't matter because no human being
37:51 is the answer you're looking for At the end of his life Saul has
37:55 to kill himself because if you want to run the show you have
37:58 to provide your own problems. The Philistines find his body,
38:01 cut his head off. He's no longer head and shoulders taller than
38:03 everybody else because in the end he is not your king and
38:07 nobody likes Saul as your king. But you move forward 1200 years
38:10 in history, you will find your king writhing in agony on the
38:14 cross we made for him. We spit in his face and we mocked his
38:17 dignity and yet he pleads for you, Father forgive them, they
38:23 don't know what they're doing. That's your king. When I was a
38:28 younger man, 18, I used to hang out at the legislative assembly
38:33 in British Columbia because it was so much more fun than going
38:37 to school. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon they had a question
38:40 and answer period. Question time they called it, question period.
38:43 where the loyal opposition, Her Majesty's loyal opposition got
38:46 to ask questions of the government and embarrass them.
38:48 And you weren't allowed to insult each other but they made
38:50 an art form out of it. Mr. Speaker, would it be okay if I
38:54 called my loyal opponent an idiot No that's not okay. But he
38:58 got it done anyway. I came down one day out of the visitors'
39:01 gallery and I walked out into the rotunda and there in a
39:05 storm of hostile reporters is the Premier of British Columbia,
39:09 Bill Vander Zalm at that time. Some of you know who Bill Vander
39:13 Zalm was. Now if you're an American, he's kind of like the
39:17 governor but not really because we have a fused executive and
39:20 legislative function, different matter. He looks up and sees me.
39:25 I've got ripped jeans and a tattered tee shirt and he says
39:27 hey it's good to see you. I know he doesn't know me but he's
39:30 trying to use me to get away from those reporters. And he
39:32 comes over and puts his arm around me, let's go for a walk.
39:35 We walked down the hallway, the premier of British Columbia,
39:38 walking down the hallway, out the door, out into a breeze way,
39:41 into his executive offices and as we step into his offices
39:44 there are people sitting there that I have only ever seen on
39:47 the news and they rise to their feet. Mr. Premier, so good to
39:50 see you. Gentlemen, sit down, I'll be with you in a minute.
39:53 He walks me into his office, closes the door, has me take a
39:56 seat. He says, just hang out with me for a minute. I don't
40:01 want to talk to those guys. Ahhhh. He asked me what do you
40:05 do? I go to school up at the University of Victoria. What do
40:08 you take? Political science. Oh that's a good degree. Only a
40:13 politician ever says that's a good degree. So he talked a
40:17 little bit. He asked me about my dreams, hopes and fears and then
40:20 10 minutes later escorts me out the door, sends me on my way.
40:25 And I slaved for that guy until he left office for free. Why!
40:30 Because he took the absolute nobody and walked me into the
40:36 halls of power and sat me down like I mattered. I slaved for
40:45 him. So here we are. I'm not 18 anymore, neither are you.
40:53 If you're not sure, look around. But at this moment in the last
41:01 gasp of this world's history God has let us try everything on.
41:08 You want kings? Okay. The kings of Israel became so wicked that
41:14 they caused the abomination of desolation, the temple desolated
41:19 They were offering babies to Molech. We've never had self
41:25 government again, we've never been back. After that Babylon,
41:31 Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, little horn power and then
41:38 something that almost, almost got it right. Second beast. But
41:46 it fails too. And in this moment the rightful king of this
41:51 universe has just slipped his arm around your shoulder and
41:56 said let's go for a walk. Here's what he says, Revelation 3 verse
42:02 20. Listen carefully to this. If anyone hears my voice and opens
42:06 the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with
42:10 me and him who overcomes (here it comes, listen) to him who
42:16 overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne. All this
42:20 time you're trying to seize it, just for a minute here, just for
42:23 a minute there. All this time you've been trying to plan your
42:27 own life and run your own world and all this time the Son of God
42:32 has been planning to share his throne with you anyway. Are we
42:36 going to trust him? The only thing that stands in the way
42:40 between now, this moment right here and that moment then is you
42:46 So when are you going to let go? What are you still clinging to?
42:52 I'll be honest this morning. I'm concerned about a lot of things
42:58 we let distract us as a church. We were only asked to do one
43:07 thing, one thing. God says get down off that throne. Never
43:14 belonged to you in the first place. I asked you to go get my
43:20 children and bring them home. I've searched my Bible for years
43:24 now. It's the only job he gave us. Testimonies volume 5 after
43:35 she describes the undoing of the American constitution how it's
43:40 a warning. She writes this: It is no time now to allow our
43:45 minds to be engrossed with things of minor importance.
43:51 While men are sleeping, Satan is actively arranging matters so
43:56 that the Lord's people may not have mercy or justice.
43:59 The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness.
44:03 That was a long time ago and we went through a whole cycle.
44:07 And if I'm looking at the prophetic landscape and I'm
44:12 watching the news correctly the cycle is repeating and we're
44:16 there again. I know it's fun to get caught up in all kinds of
44:22 things but we do not have time to get distracted. And it is
44:29 time to get off the throne and believe the promises of God and
44:35 get back to the one and only thing He ever asked us to do.
44:46 And His promise to you is, I will share my throne with you.
44:54 It's His. Let Him have it. Maybe you've tried to run your life
45:01 your own way. I have. I'll admit I pull an Abraham once in a
45:07 while. Who and how to make this happen. God's promises are good.
45:12 If I read my Bible correctly He says that the crowd that makes
45:17 it is so big no man can number it. Our work does not peter out,
45:22 it does not fizzle out, it does not whimper or go into the
45:24 darkness. It ends Revelation 18 with the whole world lighting up
45:30 with the glory of Jesus Christ with a mighty shout and until we
45:36 let go and believe God's promise that's not going to happen.
45:42 Father, it's Your throne and we believe we don't belong on
45:48 it and You do. And we will trust Your promises and get the work
45:53 done so that we can stand in glory with the one who gave His
45:58 life to buy us eternity. In Jesus' name, Amen.
46:05 ¤ ¤
46:25 ¤All to Jesus I surrender, All to him I freely give. ¤
46:41 ¤I will ever love and trust him In his presence daily live. ¤
47:01 ¤I surrender all, I surrender all. ¤
47:19 ¤All to thee my blessed savior I surrender all. ¤
47:38 ¤All to Jesus I surrender Make me Savior wholly thine. ¤
47:56 ¤Fill me with thy love and power Know that thou art truly mine. ¤
48:14 ¤I surrender all, I surrender all. ¤
48:36 ¤All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all. ¤
48:52 ¤All to Jesus I surrender, Now I feel the sacred flame. ¤
49:12 ¤Oh the joy of full salvation Glory, glory to his name. ¤
49:32 ¤I surrender all, I surrender all. ¤
49:49 ¤All to thee my blessed Savior I surrender all. ¤
50:31 Let's bow our heads for prayer. Our Father in heaven, we pray
50:39 in a special sense for your Holy Spirit to fill our hearts
50:46 and to prepare our lives for the very soon coming of Jesus and
50:52 for the events that are soon to take place upon the earth that
50:58 we will be prepared, but that we will not only be prepared
51:03 but that we will have a great company of others that will be
51:10 prepared. Oh our Father, we believe that Jesus is coming
51:16 soon. The world is in darkness. The world needs only that which
51:24 you can give and we pray that you will help us. You told us
51:30 that a revival of primitive godliness is our greatest and
51:37 most urgent of all needs. Lord help us I pray.


Revised 2018-03-13