Faith Chapel

The End Time Issue

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Jason Sliger


Series Code: FC

Program Code: FC000209

00:30 We like to welcome you once again to another Faith Chapel.
00:33 My name is Jason Sliger.
00:35 I'm an evangelist with Amazing Facts Ministries
00:37 and today we have a very exciting subject
00:39 that we're gonna be taking to look at,
00:41 entitled "The End Time Issue."
00:43 Today we're looking at a subject
00:45 that's going to be dealing with the end times
00:46 and what's gonna be taking place
00:48 before Christ comes back.
00:49 You know, end time events are very fascinating.
00:51 I find them very interesting
00:53 and something that I like to share with other people
00:55 because the Bible is so full of end time issues
00:58 and what's gonna be taking place
00:59 before Christ comes back.
01:00 And you know in the short time
01:01 that we have we really don't have time
01:03 to cover all the aspects it just would be impossible.
01:06 But today my desire is to just take a look at one aspect,
01:09 just to kind of get a tip off of the iceberg
01:11 in our study together, today.
01:13 For our first Bible text I would like to go
01:15 to Matthew 24:21, 22,
01:19 Matthew 24:21, 22 the Bible tells us here.
01:21 Notice the wording here.
01:22 "For then shall be great tribulation,
01:25 such as was not since the beginning of the world
01:27 to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
01:31 And except those days should be shortened,
01:34 there should no flesh be saved,
01:36 but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
01:41 The Bible tells us here
01:43 that there is going to be a time of great tribulation.
01:46 That there's going to be time of great trial
01:48 a great time of difficulty before Jesus comes back.
01:50 If you've never read Matthew Chapter 24
01:53 you'll understand that
01:54 the disciples came to Jesus in verse 3
01:56 and they asked Him a question.
01:57 They said "Jesus, what will be the signs
01:59 right before thy second coming
02:00 and before the end of the world."
02:01 And then Jesus goes on He gives a commentary
02:03 throughout the rest of Matthew Chapter 24
02:05 on what are going to be the signs
02:07 right before Jesus comes back.
02:09 And one of the things that Jesus says
02:10 about this time period is that there is going to be a time
02:13 of what the Bible defines as great tribulation.
02:17 Now when I look at this passage of scripture
02:19 and I ask myself a question--
02:22 how can I make it through this time of great tribulation?
02:25 But not only how can I make it
02:26 through this time of great tribulation
02:27 but what are gonna be some of the issues
02:29 that surround this time of great tribulation?
02:30 We ask these two questions.
02:32 First question is, what are the issues
02:35 that surround the great tribulation?
02:36 What is going to be taking place during this time
02:38 of when Jesus talked about the great tribulation?
02:41 And then the second question is,
02:42 how can I make it through this time of great tribulation?
02:44 These are two questions that we're going to try
02:46 to find answers to today in our Bible study.
02:48 So to question number one,
02:50 what are the issues that surround the great tribulation
02:53 we turn our Bibles over to Revelation Chapter 13
02:56 and we are going to read verse 11.
02:59 Revelation 13
03:00 and we're going to read verse 11,
03:02 the Bible says this.
03:03 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth
03:07 and he had two horns like a lamb,
03:09 and he spake as a dragon."
03:12 Now let me just kind of explain
03:13 to you little bit of the context that
03:14 we are working here in Revelation 13.
03:16 There are two beasts in Revelation 13
03:18 and Revelation 13:1,2, 3
03:20 there's this beast that comes up
03:21 the Bible says out of the water.
03:22 And then in Revelation 13:11
03:24 it says there's another beast that comes up out of the earth.
03:26 Now a beast in Bible prophecy is oftentimes
03:28 represented as a kingdom in Daniel 7:17, 23
03:33 the Bible tells us that a beast represents a kingdom.
03:36 So when we see these beasts in Bible prophecy
03:39 we can understand that the rising up of the beast
03:42 is arising up of a kingdom.
03:44 So what we have here in verse 11 of Revelation 13
03:47 is arising up of a kingdom, arising up of a nation.
03:49 Now my interest is not to identify
03:52 what this kingdom is.
03:55 What we're going to do is we're going to be taking a look
03:56 and see what is surrounding this kingdom.
03:58 Now we understand that
03:59 Revelation is dealing with the end times
04:01 and what's gonna be taking place before Christ comes back.
04:03 And as we understand who this beast is
04:05 we'll realize that this beast is right before
04:08 Christ comes back.
04:09 Now we're gonna continue on
04:10 we see that there's a beast rising up here in verse 11
04:13 now we're going to go
04:14 to verse 14 of Revelation Chapter 13,
04:17 verse 14 the Bible says this.
04:19 "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth
04:21 by those means of those miracles
04:23 which he had power to do in the sight of the beast
04:25 saying to them that dwell on the earth,
04:28 that they should make an image to the beast,
04:32 which had the wound by a sword, and did live."
04:35 Now this beast that had a wound by sword and did lived
04:38 is the first beast of Revelation Chapter 13
04:40 you can see that if you take a look at yourself.
04:42 The first beast here the Bible says had a wound
04:45 and that the second beast is going to make
04:46 what the Bible defines in image to that first beast.
04:49 Now keep this in mind
04:50 because we're going to be taking to look
04:51 at another story in the Bible
04:53 that's gonna help us understand these end time issues
04:55 and how we can make it through.
04:57 So what we have so far is we have a beast rising up.
04:59 This beast is going to make an image to the first beast
05:02 and then the Bible goes on in verse 15
05:03 and it tells us this in Revelation 13:15
05:07 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
05:10 that the image of the beast should both speak,
05:12 and cause that as many as would not worship
05:15 the image of the beast should be killed."
05:18 Now notice what the Bible is telling us here.
05:20 The Bible is saying that this second beast
05:23 is going to set up an image
05:25 that it's gonna cause people to worship it
05:27 not only is it gonna cause them to worship it
05:29 but if they do not worship it they will be killed.
05:33 They will be killed if they do not worship
05:35 this image to the beast.
05:36 Now we're gonna see that there's another scenario
05:38 identical to this when we go to Daniel the 3rd chapter.
05:42 But I just want to restate
05:43 what we have looked that so far.
05:44 We see a beast rising up,
05:46 this beast sets up an image through the first beast,
05:48 it causes the world--
05:49 causes people to worship that beast
05:51 or giving homage to it--
05:53 a religious aspect of worshipping it.
05:55 And if they do not worship that beast
05:57 the Bible says that they would be killed.
05:59 Verse 16 of Revelation 13, it tells us this.
06:03 "And he causeth all" now notice that word "all"
06:05 A-L-L.
06:06 "He causeth all, both small and great,
06:07 rich and poor, free and bond,
06:09 to receive a mark in their right hand,
06:11 or in their foreheads."
06:13 The Bible tells us that this beast
06:16 is going to cause the world everybody it says
06:19 it causeth all both small and great,
06:20 rich and poor, free and bond to worship this beast
06:23 and if they do not worship this beast
06:25 the Bible goes on it tells us
06:26 that if they do not worship it that they would be killed.
06:30 Now my desire again is not to identify
06:33 what this mark of the beast is
06:34 and all that kind of stuff that's surrounding here
06:36 at Revelation Chapter 13.
06:38 I'm just wanting to look at some of the issues
06:40 that surround this second beast of Revelation 13.
06:43 So what we have is this
06:44 we're gonna summarize it real quick
06:45 and then we're going to jump into our next passage.
06:47 We have a kingdom rising up,
06:48 this kingdom sets up an image to the first beast.
06:51 After it sets up an image to the beast
06:53 it causes the world and it says
06:54 it causeth all both small and great,
06:56 rich and poor, free and bond to worship this beast
06:59 or this image to the beast.
07:01 And if they do not worship it
07:03 the Bible says that they would annihilated,
07:04 that they would be killed, that they would be destroyed.
07:07 Now if find that very interesting here
07:08 in the later times that this is taking place
07:11 because the Bible tells us in Daniel Chapter 3
07:14 that this very same scenario took place
07:17 way back in Daniels time.
07:18 What do we see friends,
07:19 we see a simple illustration here
07:22 of how history simply just repeats itself.
07:24 So if we could study the Bible
07:26 and see how things would dealt with back in the old times,
07:28 back in that historical time
07:30 and see what took place during that time
07:32 it would give us a clue, it give us an idea
07:34 of what is gonna be taking place
07:36 right before Jesus comes back.
07:38 Now, now that we have looked at some of the issues
07:40 that surround the end times
07:42 and what's gonna be taking place
07:43 around this time of great tribulation
07:46 I want to connect it with another passage of scripture
07:49 that's going to give us vital information
07:51 on how we can make it through this time of great tribulation.
07:54 Are you ready?
07:55 Let's go in our Bibles now to Daniel the 3rd chapter
07:58 and we're going to be looking at Daniel Chapter 3
08:00 and we're going to look at verse 1.
08:02 Daniel 3:1 the Bible says this
08:05 "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold,
08:08 whose height was threescore cubits,
08:10 and the breadth thereof six cubits,
08:12 he set it up in the plain of Dura,
08:15 in the providence of Babylon."
08:17 Now what we have here is King Nebuchadnezzar
08:19 the Bible says he set up an image of gold.
08:21 Now who is King Nebuchadnezzar?
08:22 King Nebuchadnezzar is a king
08:24 over the providence of Babylon
08:25 you can see that very clearly from Daniel the first chapter.
08:28 He is the king over the kingdom of Babylon
08:31 and Bible says in Daniel Chapter 3
08:32 that Nebuchadnezzar sets up this image this image of gold.
08:35 He sets up an image.
08:36 Now what do we see here we see something repeating
08:39 that we looked at already in Revelation Chapter 13.
08:41 We see another kingdom rising up
08:44 and it setting up an image.
08:46 Now we've seen another kingdom in Revelation Chapter 13
08:48 rising up and setting up an image.
08:50 Now let's go on and see
08:51 what else the Bible says in Daniel Chapter 3
08:53 and we're gonna look at verse 4.
08:54 Daniel 3:4 it says this.
08:56 "Then an herald cried aloud, to you it is commanded,
08:58 O people, nations, and languages."
09:02 Now we're gonna pause there and look at this Bible passage.
09:04 The Bible says here that
09:05 there is an herald that raised up.
09:06 Now in verse 2 and 3
09:08 you will see that there is
09:09 a gather together in Daniel 3:2-3,
09:12 they were gathered together all the princess,
09:13 the governors, the captains all the mighty
09:15 men of the providence of Babylon
09:17 there was a gathering together of vast assembly
09:20 of all of the important people
09:21 and might I add everybody during that time
09:25 of the providence of Babylon.
09:26 Now you have to understand during the time
09:28 of this kingdom this kingdom of Babylon
09:30 this was the most powerful kingdom
09:32 of the then known world.
09:33 It was the ruling nation it was the nation
09:36 that everybody looked up to during that time.
09:38 It was the most powerful kingdom of its era.
09:41 And the Bible says that
09:42 they were gathering together the people.
09:43 There was a herald that cried aloud to the people,
09:46 multitudes, nations and those people
09:48 that were gathered together there in the plain of Dura
09:50 and it goes on in verse 5
09:52 and the Bible says this in verse 5.
09:55 "That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet,
09:58 flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer,
10:02 and all kinds of musick, ye fall down
10:05 and worship the golden image
10:09 that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up."
10:13 Friends, what do we see here?
10:14 We see here that there is herald that cried aloud.
10:16 He was crying to the people that lived during that time,
10:19 those people that were there in the plain of Dura
10:21 and he said when you hear the sound of the music,
10:23 when you here the flute, the cornet the harp,
10:25 the sackbut, psaltery, the dulcimer
10:26 and all kinds of music when you hear
10:28 the music being played you are to fall down
10:31 and worship that golden image.
10:32 Now are you seeing something repeating here
10:34 that we already looked at in Revelation Chapter 13?
10:37 We have a kingdom rising up,
10:38 setting up an image, calling to everybody
10:41 it's a big thing calling to the world,
10:43 calling to the then known world to come
10:46 and to worship that golden image.
10:48 Now let's go on and continue in our story
10:50 and look at verse 6 of Daniel 3:6.
10:53 The Bible says this.
10:54 "And whoso falleth not down
10:56 and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast
11:00 into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."
11:04 The Bible tells us here
11:07 that there is a same identical scenario taking place
11:11 in Daniel the 3rd chapter
11:12 that's gonna take place in the end of this world.
11:14 The Bible says that the same thing
11:15 that took place in Daniel Chapter 3
11:17 is gonna take place again in Revelation Chapter 13
11:20 down in the end of the world during the time
11:21 of what the Bible calls the great tribulation.
11:23 And friends, if we study Daniel Chapter 3
11:25 if we look at the scenario that surrounds Daniel Chapter 3
11:28 it will give us the ability to make it
11:30 through what the Bible calls this time of great tribulation
11:32 which is gonna take place
11:34 during the time of Revelation Chapter 13.
11:35 So what do we see?
11:36 We see something repeating here
11:37 the same thing that repeated in Revelation 13.
11:40 A kingdom arises up, it sets up an image,
11:42 it calls to the people of that nation
11:45 or the then known world and says
11:47 that you are to worship this golden image
11:49 that Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
11:51 Then not only are they to worship it
11:52 but if they do not fall down and worship it
11:54 they will be annihilated.
11:56 They will be killed, they will be destroyed the Bible says.
11:59 The same thing identical to what happened
12:01 in Daniel Chapter 3
12:03 is gonna take place again in the end of the world.
12:05 And if we again if we look at the story
12:07 and what happened to some of the people
12:08 during this time it will give us the ability,
12:11 it will give us the strength to make it
12:12 through this time of great tribulation.
12:14 Now before we go into our second question
12:16 I just want to state two points
12:17 that are very important for us to understand that
12:19 this issue during the time of great tribulation.
12:22 The first point is this, in Daniel 3:1
12:24 the Bible tells us that Nebuchadnezzar,
12:26 King Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image.
12:28 Now you have to understand the context
12:29 that we're working in.
12:30 In Daniel Chapter 2 Nebuchadnezzar had a dream,
12:33 a dream of an image and this dream
12:35 and this image had different element of metal.
12:38 It had head of gold, chest and arms of silver,
12:39 belly and thighs of brass, legs of iron,
12:40 feet of iron and clay and Daniel God's prophet
12:44 came to Nebuchadnezzar told him what he dreamt
12:46 not only told him what he dreamt
12:47 but also told him the interpretation
12:49 of what all of these things meant.
12:51 And in Daniel Chapter 2,
12:52 Daniel tells king Nebuchadnezzar
12:54 he says king, you are the head of Gold.
12:58 He tells king Nebuchadnezzar
12:59 that the first of his part of dream represented him.
13:02 And I'm sure King Nebuchadnezzar
13:03 he probably felt pretty good
13:04 when Daniel said you're head of gold.
13:06 Yes, I'm the head, I'm gold, I'm the best element of metal
13:09 but then Daniel goes on and he says
13:12 after thee shall arise another nation inferior to thee
13:15 represented by the chest and arms of silver.
13:17 And I'm sure at that point
13:18 Nebuchadnezzar probably scolded Daniel
13:20 because he thought that the kingdom of Babylon
13:23 will never pass away.
13:24 It would go on throughout the ages
13:26 it would never pass away
13:27 it would be the best nation for the rest of this world
13:30 throughout the future
13:32 and throughout the rest of everybody's life
13:34 that Babylon would stand as thee nation
13:36 that everybody would look at.
13:38 But Daniel said no, no, no, that's not what God says,
13:40 God says there's going to be another nation
13:42 that arises that it will be inferior to thee
13:44 but this nation is going to come.
13:45 And then what we do is
13:46 we turn over to Daniel Chapter 3
13:48 and we find out that contrary to what God said
13:51 Nebuchadnezzar sets up an image of gold
13:53 that is totally made out of that element
13:55 that represents his nation or the kingdom of Babylon.
13:57 What was Nebuchadnezzar doing here?
13:59 He was sending out a message to those people
14:01 who heard the interpretation of Daniel's interpretation
14:04 or God's interpretation of this image
14:06 that Nebuchadnezzar saw in Daniel Chapter 2.
14:10 He is sending out a message and he is saying listen
14:12 Babylon is not going to fall,
14:13 Babylon is going to stand forever
14:15 and this is represented by that golden image
14:17 that I have set up.
14:18 What do we see in this scenario is this,
14:21 during the end times right before Jesus comes back
14:23 there is going to be a twisting off the truth.
14:27 You see the truth of the matter was
14:29 Babylon was not gonna last forever,
14:30 Babylon was going to fall.
14:31 But there is a twisting of truth here
14:33 and Nebuchadnezzar says no,
14:34 Babylon is going to stand forever.
14:36 So what we see during the end times
14:37 there is going to be a twisting of truth.
14:39 A twisting of what God says is truth and what I might say
14:42 there's going to be a twisting of God's word.
14:44 People that are going to say things
14:45 about the Word of God that are not true
14:46 and friends, we need to be students of the Word of God.
14:48 We need to go by the Bible and the Bible alone.
14:52 What is the second thing that we see in this scenario
14:55 as we're looking at it here in Daniel Chapter 3?
14:58 What we see is that there is enforced worship of an image.
15:00 There's enforced worship of this image
15:02 and you know what the Bible tells us
15:03 in Exodus Chapter 20
15:05 where the Ten Commandments are recorded
15:06 the Bible says, that we are not to fall down
15:09 and worship graven images.
15:10 That we are not to worship images of gold and of wood
15:12 and of metal and of rock and whatever it may be
15:15 we're not to worship golden images
15:17 but we are to worship the Lord God
15:19 and Him only are we to serve the Bible tells us.
15:22 So what we see during the end times
15:24 is not only is that going to be a twisting of truth
15:26 but there is going to be enforced worship
15:28 that's gonna make people go contrary
15:30 to the Word of God.
15:31 There's gonna be enforced image worship
15:33 instead of worshipping the Lord God and Him only.
15:36 And friends, the Bible tells us that if we worship that image,
15:39 if we worship the image down in the end of this world
15:41 that we will receive the mark of the beast
15:43 and the Bible says in Revelation Chapter 14
15:46 that those who worship that image
15:48 that receive that mark
15:49 that they will receive the wine of the wrath of God.
15:51 So we don't want to receive the wrath of God.
15:53 We want to receive the blessings of God.
15:54 And so what we are going to do now
15:55 is we're gonna answer question number two.
15:57 Question number two was,
15:58 how can I make it through this time of great tribulation?
16:01 How can I make it through this time of great difficulty?
16:03 Friends, this is a question that I want to find the answer
16:06 and I'm sure that's the answer that you want to find as well.
16:09 Now we continue in this story and we think about it this.
16:12 As we continue in our story
16:14 we find out that there were three Hebrew young men,
16:17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
16:18 They were friends of Daniel.
16:19 They were there on the plain of Dura on that day.
16:21 And as that proclamation went out
16:23 that when you hear the sound of the music
16:25 that all those different types of music
16:27 that you are to fall down and worship that golden image
16:29 that King Nebuchadnezzar set up.
16:31 Now they were Hebrews they had been thought
16:33 the truth of our God's word,
16:34 they have been taught the Ten Commandments
16:36 that we are not to worship graven images.
16:38 And so when they were on the plain of Dura
16:40 they were placed in a situation
16:41 where they have to make a decision.
16:42 Am I gonna obey God or am I gonna man.
16:44 And interestingly enough my friends,
16:46 when you look at the Books of Daniel and Revelation
16:48 you see this thing recurring over and over and over again.
16:51 Worship to God, worship to man, worship to God, worship the man
16:53 and we have to make the decision today
16:55 am I going to stand for God
16:57 or am I going to stand on man side.
16:59 And friends, I pray today and I pray everyday
17:01 that God will find a faithful group of people in this world
17:05 that will obey God rather than man.
17:07 And so these young men
17:08 they were placed into this decision
17:09 am I going to fall down and worship this image
17:12 or am I going to stay to faithful to God.
17:13 And you know what it happened
17:14 when that music started playing that beautiful Babylonian music
17:17 I'm sure it was beautiful
17:18 and it probably was all inspiring that music
17:20 and it made somebody want to worship that image.
17:23 I'm sure when they heard that music my friends,
17:26 they were thinking in their minds
17:27 and they made a decision I'm gonna stay faithful to God.
17:30 I'm gonna stand for what's right.
17:32 I'm gonna obey God rather than man.
17:34 And as that music began to play
17:35 and the people bow down like a wave of the sea
17:38 and they bow their heads and worship that image of gold
17:41 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
17:43 the Bible says they stood faithful.
17:45 They stood up in the midst
17:47 of all those compromising people of the age.
17:49 And friends, God wants to go with people
17:51 that will stand firm on His side.
17:55 We go on with the story.
17:56 There is some people that saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
17:59 they weren't bowing down
18:00 and they go and tell King Nebuchadnezzar
18:01 listen, there's some, there's some people
18:02 that are not worshipping the image.
18:04 King Nebuchadnezzar calls them in.
18:05 He gives them a second chance
18:06 and I want to read to you from the Bible
18:08 what Daniel or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego say
18:10 to King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:16-18,
18:15 Daniel 3:16-18 the Bible says this.
18:17 "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
18:19 answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar,
18:22 we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
18:26 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
18:31 from the burning fiery furnace,
18:33 and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18:37 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king,
18:40 that we will not serve thy gods,
18:43 nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."
18:48 Friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
18:50 they stood up before king Nebuchadnezzar
18:53 fearless of what he might do.
18:54 They said listen king,
18:55 you may throw us into the burning fiery furnace,
18:57 you may torture us, you may kill us,
18:59 you can take our life
19:00 but we will not worship that golden image
19:04 that you has set up.
19:05 Friends, what is it that is going to get us
19:07 through this time of great tribulation?
19:09 What is the key element that gives us the power
19:11 to make it through that great time of difficulty?
19:14 Let me tell you what it is.
19:15 What it is its faithfulness to God's word,
19:18 that's what's gonna make us
19:19 get through that time of great tribulation.
19:21 Faithfulness to God's word, obedience to God's word
19:23 and listen friends, we can obey God's word
19:26 we can't be faithful to God's word
19:27 unless we study God's word.
19:29 And so as students of the word as students of God's truth
19:32 friends, as we study the Bible obedience to through that word
19:36 is what is going to give us the strength
19:38 to stand up in that last day
19:40 when the world is compromising and bowing down before that
19:45 that prophetic image there in Revelation Chapter 13.
19:48 What is going to give us the strength to stand my friends,
19:51 is faithfulness to the Word of God.
19:53 Knowing God's word, knowing what's gonna take place
19:55 in the end of the world
19:56 that God will take care of this people
19:58 just like it took care of Shadrach,
20:00 Meshach, and Abednego,
20:01 God will take care of his end time people
20:04 living right before Jesus comes back.
20:07 What happened, the king was furious.
20:10 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were rebellion against him.
20:12 And he had a statement that he had to make.
20:14 So he took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
20:16 he bound them up and he said
20:20 "make the furnace seven times hotter than usual
20:23 and cast these men into that burning fiery furnace.
20:26 I want you to throw these men in that fiery furnace
20:28 and I want to show them
20:29 that I'm the ruler there is no other God.
20:32 My image of gold is thee God and there God is in adequate
20:35 and unable to save them."
20:38 So King Nebuchadnezzar he binds up
20:40 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
20:41 he binds them up and gets the strongest guards
20:44 and he throws them into the midst
20:45 of the burning fiery furnace and what does the king see.
20:49 Notice what the Bible says in Daniel 3:24, 25,
20:53 Daniel 3:24, 25 the Bible says this.
20:56 "Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished."
21:00 He was astonished, it says.
21:01 "And rose up in haste, and spake,
21:04 and said unto his counselors,
21:06 did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?
21:10 They answered and they said unto the king, True, O king.
21:13 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men."
21:16 Not three but four.
21:17 "Loose, walking in the midst of the fire,
21:20 and they have no hurt and the form of the fourth
21:23 is like the Son of God."
21:25 You see Nebuchadnezzar
21:27 he looked into that burning fiery furnace
21:29 and he wanted to see
21:30 he was looking and they were pride.
21:32 You see I'm gonna get rid of these guys.
21:33 They're gonna be destroyed, they're gonna be annihilated,
21:35 they're gonna be burnt up,
21:36 they're gonna be cast into that fire of furnace
21:38 and he looks into that fiery furnace
21:40 from his Babylonian throne with all the pride
21:43 that he has as a Babylonian ruler
21:46 and he sees four people in that fiery furnace.
21:48 He sees four people walking around
21:50 I mean, not only are they walking around
21:51 but the Bible says that they are loose and unharmed.
21:54 Now think about it can men truly walk
21:56 in the midst of the burning fiery furnace?
21:57 No we cannot.
21:58 We will be annihilated,
22:00 we would be destroyed by the fire
22:01 but the Bible tells us
22:03 that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
22:04 that they were they were kept in safety
22:07 because listen to me now this is important
22:10 because of their faithfulness to God,
22:12 God was faithful to them.
22:13 Do you see the connection here
22:15 because of their faithfulness to God,
22:16 God said they're faithful to me
22:18 I'm going to be faithful to them.
22:19 And friends, God has given us a promise
22:21 and you can read it on your own time
22:23 in Psalms Chapter 91
22:24 that during the time of tribulation
22:26 during the time of great difficulty
22:28 during the time when plaques are pour out
22:30 to destroy the wicked people God will keep his people safe.
22:33 The Bible says that no plaque will come not thy dwelling.
22:35 The Bible says the bread shall be given them,
22:38 the water shall be sure
22:39 God will keep His people
22:40 as a go through this time of great difficulty
22:43 He will be faithful to them
22:44 just like He was faithful
22:46 to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
22:47 Now think with me if you would
22:50 what if Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had compromised.
22:53 What if they've compromised and they said well
22:56 we won't worship the image.
22:58 We just act like we're tying our sandal.
22:59 I'll just act like I'm itching my ankle.
23:01 I will just act like
23:02 I'm looking at something
23:03 that's interesting on the ground
23:04 when everybody just happens
23:05 to fall down and worship this image.
23:07 I will just make it look like it
23:08 but I will worship the image I actually worship God.
23:10 I will be praying to the God in heaven as I do this.
23:12 Now what would have happened if they would have compromised?
23:14 There are few things that would have happened.
23:15 The first thing is this.
23:17 They would have been disobeyed God's commandments.
23:18 That's the first thing and I believe
23:19 that's the most important thing.
23:21 They would have been disobedient to God's law.
23:22 The second thing is this they would have missed out
23:25 on being in the presence of God.
23:27 Can you imagine that
23:28 being in the midst of the burning fiery furnace
23:30 being in the midst of that trial that difficulty
23:33 being in the midst of that trial
23:34 they were there with the presence
23:36 in the presence of God himself?
23:38 They would have missed out on that
23:39 if they would have compromised.
23:41 Next thing is that they would have missed out
23:43 on being an effective witness to King Nebuchadnezzar
23:46 and all of the rest of the providence of Babylon.
23:48 They would have missed out on that
23:50 very important opportunity to be a witness to the people
23:53 that lived during that time.
23:55 They wouldn't have been an proper witness
23:56 and the last thing
23:59 is they would have missed out on being
24:00 part of one of the most powerful miracles
24:02 that are recorded in the Bible.
24:04 They wouldn't have been part of that miracle
24:06 of walking in the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24:08 Friends, I want you to ask you a question.
24:10 If you were there on the plain of Dura that day
24:13 and you've seen that beautiful golden image
24:15 that Nebuchadnezzar had set up
24:17 and then you've heard all of that music playing
24:20 that beautiful Babylonian music
24:23 and you've seen that vast assembly around you
24:26 falling down and worshipping that image
24:28 what would you have done?
24:29 Would you have worshiped that image?
24:31 Would you have fallen down and given homage to that image?
24:34 Would you have loved your life
24:36 more than obedience to the Word of God?
24:38 Friends, think about this
24:40 because I believe how will respond it
24:43 during the time of Daniel Chapter 3
24:45 is how you'll respond in the end of this world.
24:48 You see friends, God is looking for people.
24:51 He's is looking for a group of people
24:52 that will be faithful to Him,
24:53 that will be faithful to His commandments,
24:55 that will be faithful to what He has asked us to do.
24:58 And friends, I don't know about you
24:59 but I would rather be faithful to God
25:02 then disobedient to God.
25:03 I would rather obey Him and lose my life
25:06 than be disobedient to Him
25:08 and save my life here in this earth for a short time.
25:11 Friends, I ask you the question what would have done
25:12 if you were there in the plain of Dura?
25:14 You heard that music playing would you have fallen down
25:16 or would you have continued to stand firm and worship God?
25:22 The story goes on and it tells us
25:24 that as a result of Shadrach, Meshach,
25:26 and Abednego standing for what was right
25:29 that he was actually converted over to the truth.
25:31 He was a witness to Nebuchadnezzar.
25:33 And friends, I believe that if we stand for what is right
25:35 we can be a witness to those around us.
25:38 I want to go to Revelation Chapter 7
25:40 and really quickly here and verse 1-3,
25:42 Revelation 7:1-3 it says this
25:44 "And after these things I saw
25:46 four angels standing on the four corners of the earth,
25:48 holding the four winds of the earth,
25:50 that the wind should not blow on the earth,
25:52 nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
25:55 And I saw another angel ascending from the east,
25:58 having the seal of the living God
25:59 and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels,
26:02 to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
26:05 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea."
26:08 Listen to this now.
26:10 "Nor the trees, till we have sealed
26:13 the servants of our God in their foreheads."
26:17 The Bible tells us that God has a seal
26:19 He wants to place on His people.
26:21 That God has a seal He wants to give to His people.
26:23 And friends, I ask you the question
26:25 do you want to receive the mark of the beast
26:26 or do you want to receive the seal of the living God?
26:28 Now we don't, we don't even have to understand exactly
26:31 what the mark of the beast and is the seal of the God is
26:33 to make this decision we want to receive God's seal.
26:36 We want to be loyal to God.
26:37 We want to receive what God wants to give to us
26:39 not what the world wants to give to us.
26:40 Let me share with you a promise enclosing here.
26:42 the Bible tells us this.
26:46 "And I saw as it were
26:50 a sea of glass mingled with fire
26:52 and them that had gotten the victory over the beast,
26:55 and over his image, and over his mark,
26:57 and over the number of his name,
27:00 stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."
27:03 Friends, the Bible tells us here
27:05 that there will be a group of people
27:07 that receives victory over this beast,
27:10 over this beast that is forcing them
27:12 to worship against God's will.
27:15 Friends, I want to be part of that group of people.
27:18 I want to give my life completely over to God
27:20 and say God I want to be part of that group of people
27:23 that receives victory over the beast.
27:25 That receives victory over the things in this world
27:27 over the people in this world, over the trials in this world.
27:30 Friends, do you want to be part of that group of people?
27:32 Do you want to see inside of your heart today
27:34 as you sit in your home, God, I want to be part
27:36 of that group of people that receives victory.
27:38 I want to be Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
27:40 I want to be a modern day
27:41 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
27:43 I want to fully dedicate my life over to You.
27:45 If that's Your desire I would just ask
27:47 that you will pray and say God,
27:49 please, give me the victory.
27:51 May God bless you in your question to over come.


Revised 2014-12-17