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Participants: Terry Shelton


Series Code: FC

Program Code: FC000329

00:31 Hello and welcome to another edition of Faith
00:33 Chapel. My name is Terry Shelton. I like to bring to
00:36 you a message today that I have simply entitled Signs.
00:40 What do you think of when I say the word signs, you
00:44 probably have some ideas about it, before we get into
00:47 the study today. Let us bow for a moment and ask God
00:50 to be with us. Heavenly Father, as we study into
00:55 your word just now, as we open your word we pray
00:58 that you would open our hearts and our minds and
01:01 help us Father to receive your word with gladness.
01:04 For we pray these things in Jesus name, Amen.
01:09 What do you think of when I say signs, if you're like most
01:12 people you're probably thinking of the signs of the
01:14 second coming, isn't that right. And that is a very
01:17 important topic that we could discuss, possibly may
01:20 be you might even be thinking of road signs or
01:23 advertising signs. And those are different types
01:26 of signs but today, I would like to look at
01:29 signs from God's word, signs that God has a plan
01:34 for you and for me. Have you ever prayed and
01:37 asked God, Lord I wanna do your will, just give me
01:41 a sign have you ever prayed that prayer. There
01:44 are others in scripture who have prayed that
01:47 prayer as well, I would like to look at one
01:49 individual by the name of Moses, you know Moses
01:52 don't you. Moses asked God for some signs and
01:56 he received those signs because God was so good
01:58 to give those signs. Let's look at Exodus chapter 3,
02:05 we're gonna begin with verse number 1, Exodus 3
02:06 and verse 1. Now Moses was tending the flock of
02:08 Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian.
02:12 And he led the flock to the back of the desert
02:14 and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And
02:17 the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a
02:19 flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he
02:22 looked, and behold the bush was burning with
02:23 fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses
02:28 said, "I will now turn aside and see this great
02:30 sight, why the bush does not burn." So when the
02:33 Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called
02:36 to him from the midst of the bush and said,
02:38 "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." Then he
02:44 said, Do not draw near this place. Take your
02:46 sandals off your feet, for the place where you
02:49 stand is holy ground. " Moreover he said, " I
02:52 am the God of the your father, the God of
02:53 Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
02:56 Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for he was
02:59 afraid to look upon God. Now let's think
03:03 about this happening here for a moment.
03:06 Here is Moses and he is out tending the flocks
03:08 one day and he looks off in the distance and
03:11 he sees this mountain and he sees this light
03:14 coming from there. And as he looks a little
03:17 closer he notices that there is a bush and it's
03:21 on fire. But the bush is not being consumed.
03:24 You can imagine what maybe Moses might
03:27 have been thinking. Hmm! It's a nice bright
03:29 sunny day, I haven't seen any storm clouds,
03:32 there's not been any lightening why would
03:33 there be a bush on fire. And as he, as he looked
03:37 a little closer, he said, the bush is on fire but is
03:40 not being consumed. You can imagine I've
03:44 got to get closer, he probably thought, I've
03:46 got to go check this out. So as he continued to
03:50 get a littler closer, all of a sudden something
03:52 drastic happened, something, I'm sure he
03:54 never expected in a million years. The bush
03:58 spoke to him Moses, Moses what would be
04:04 your response, if you are in that situation. For
04:09 those of you who have seen the movie Cecil B.
04:11 DeMille's Ten Commandments. If you remember that
04:14 scene where God calls from the bush and you
04:17 hear this voice, "Moses," I don't know if it was
04:21 like that it may have been or it may
04:23 have been a quite and still voice, but yet a
04:26 voice came from the bush, Moses response
04:31 was here I'm, I am right here what do you want?
04:35 So, God begins to identify himself to Moses.
04:40 He says I'm the God of Abraham, the God of
04:43 Isaac and the God of Jacob. And he begins to,
04:47 as we continue to read on, we see that he asked
04:50 something of Moses. Moses had an encounter
04:54 with God in that burning bush. Have you
04:57 had an encounter with God in your life? So, as
05:01 we continue on let's skip on a little bit to the
05:03 same chapter, chapter 3 and let's go to verse 11.
05:07 But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should
05:12 go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the
05:14 children of Israel out of Egypt?" So he said, "I
05:18 will certainly be with you. And this shall be a
05:20 sign to you that I have sent you: When you
05:23 have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall
05:26 serve God on this mountain. Then Moses
05:30 said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the
05:33 children of Israel and say to them, the God of
05:36 your fathers has sent me to you, they say to me,
05:39 what is his name, what shall I say to them?"
05:43 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."
05:47 "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I
05:51 AM has sent me to you." Moreover God
05:55 said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the
05:59 children of Israel, The Lord God of your
06:01 fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of
06:02 Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.'
06:05 This is My name forever, and this is My
06:07 memorial to all generations."
06:12 Moses asked God for a sign, some sign of identification
06:18 and God did identify himself to Moses two
06:22 times in fact he identified himself to
06:24 Moses. Now can you think about; let's think
06:29 about this situation and put yourself in this
06:31 situation. Here is Moses talking to a burning
06:37 bush. And the bush is not being consumed.
06:40 And Moses says, he asked God can you give
06:45 me some proof maybe let's look at chapter 4
06:48 verse 1. Then Moses answered and said, "But
06:53 suppose they will not believe me or listen to
06:55 my voice; suppose they say, the Lord has not
06:57 appeared So the Lord said to him, what is that
07:00 in your hand?" and he said, "A rod." And he
07:03 said, "Cast it to the ground." So he cast it to
07:05 the ground, and it became a serpent;
07:06 and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to
07:09 Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the
07:12 tail" and he reached out his hand and caught it,
07:15 and it became a rod in his hand, "that they may
07:18 believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the
07:20 God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
07:22 God of Jacob, has appeared to you."
07:24 Furthermore the Lord said to him, "Now put
07:27 your hand in your bosom." And when he
07:31 put his hand in his bosom, and when he
07:35 took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like
07:37 snow. And He said, "put your hand in your
07:40 bosom again." And he put his hand in his
07:42 bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and
07:45 behold, it was restored like his other flesh.
07:49 "Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor
07:51 heed the message of the first sign, that they may
07:54 believe the message of the latter sign. And it
07:56 shall be, if they do not believe even these two
07:59 signs or listen to your voice, that you shall
08:02 take water from the river and pour it on the
08:03 dry land. And the water which you take from
08:05 the river will become blood on the dry land."
08:08 Now I want you to think, I want you to
08:10 think about how ironic this situation is, here is
08:13 Moses standing on the middle of a hill and he
08:16 is talking to this bush that is on fire but not
08:21 being consumed. And the bush is talking back
08:24 to him and Moses says give me a sign. I kind of
08:30 believe that God must have looked to those
08:32 around him and said bless his heart. He just
08:36 don't get it, he just don't get it, I mean how many
08:39 of you, I ask you watching today, have
08:41 you ever spoken to a bush, that was on fire
08:46 and not consumed. And they have the bush speak
08:48 back to you, has that ever happened to you.
08:52 Have you ever had an experience like that and
08:55 then turn around and ask God for a sign? God
08:58 must have said bless his heart. He just don't get
09:02 it. That's okay, we'll go ahead and give him the
09:05 signs, so they had the thing about the snake,
09:08 threw down the rod it became a snake. God
09:11 says pick it up by the tail. Have you ever,
09:14 have you ever worked with snakes. People will
09:16 tell you that you do not pick up a snake by the
09:18 tail. You just don't do it, why? Because it will
09:21 come back and bite you that's why. However
09:24 Moses obeyed, reached down, picked up that
09:27 snake it became a rod again. Supernatural
09:30 power, this thing with putting his hand inside
09:35 his coat here bringing it out it was leprous,
09:38 white as snow, put it back in again and it was
09:42 made whole. These were signs that God
09:44 was willing to give Moses. Moses needed a
09:48 little help in just believing this
09:50 commission that God had given him to take
09:53 on. Well what happened, we can read
09:56 the story of how Moses did go to Pharaoh, he
10:00 did go to Egypt and he did say let my people
10:04 go, the Lord God of Israel says. And as we
10:08 continue on, let's look at Exodus chapter 7,
10:13 Exodus chapter 7 beginning with verse 8.
10:17 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron,
10:20 saying, "When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying,
10:23 show a miracle for yourselves, then you
10:26 shall say to Aaron, take your rod and cast it
10:28 before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent."
10:31 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they
10:34 did so, just as the Lord commanded. And Aaron
10:36 cast down his rod before Pharaoh and
10:37 before his servants, and it became a serpent.
10:40 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the
10:42 sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt,
10:44 they also did in like manner with their
10:47 enchantments. For every man threw down
10:50 his rod, and they became serpents. But
10:55 Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods. And
11:00 Pharaoh's heart grew hard, and he did not
11:03 heed them, as the Lord had said. God was
11:07 willing to show his power to the mighty
11:09 Pharaoh, the King of Egypt at that time. God
11:12 was willing to demonstrate who he
11:14 was to mighty Pharaoh. But it is a very
11:17 important point that I want you to get out of
11:19 this small story. What happened when the
11:25 magicians and sorcerers cast down their rods,
11:28 did they not become serpents as well. They
11:33 became serpents I want you to get this point,
11:35 when we asked for a sign it is possible that
11:39 the sign could be falsely given. Is that something
11:43 that could happen in every day life? If I were
11:45 to go and get a rod and throw it down. Do you
11:47 think it would become a serpent, well I'm gonna
11:49 say no, if God had not commanded me to do
11:51 so. This is not something that they
11:54 were used to seeing in everyday life. Yet these
11:57 magicians threw this thing down and it
11:59 became serpents as well. A sign asked can
12:04 be falsely given. Do you believe that it was
12:08 God of heaven behind this power that turned
12:11 their rods into serpents? Of course not, yet it did
12:14 happen, any sign that you or I ask for could
12:19 possibly be falsely given. It has to line up
12:23 with God's word. It would have to line up
12:24 with what God has already said. Well what
12:29 about, what about today, have you ever
12:33 asked God for a sign, let's go backwards, well
12:37 I mean Oh! I mean let's forward from where we
12:38 were just now to the New Testament and ask
12:41 and take a look at those who ask Jesus for a
12:45 sign. Let's look at Mathew chapter 16
12:49 beginning with verse 1, Mathew 16 beginning
12:53 with verse 1. Then the Pharisees and
12:56 Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that
13:00 He would show them a sign from heaven. He
13:03 answered and said to them, "When it is
13:05 evening you say, it will be fair weather, for the
13:08 sky is red, and in the morning, it will be foul
13:10 weather today, for the sky is red and
13:12 threatening. Hypocrites! You know how to
13:16 discern the face of the sky, but you cannot
13:19 discern the signs of the times. A wicked and
13:22 adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and
13:26 no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the
13:29 prophet Jonah." And He left them and departed.
13:32 You see the leaders of the church at that day,
13:35 they asked Jesus for a sign, think about it they
13:38 had him in their midst, they had the
13:41 opportunity to see the miracles that he
13:45 performed. They could have examined the life
13:48 that he lived. They could have watched
13:52 with intense interest on how he lived and what
13:57 he did, and they said we seek a sign. Jesus must
14:02 have said bless their heart. How can they ask
14:06 for a sign. In fact he said there will be no
14:10 sign. That same, that same little story is
14:13 repeated in Mark 8:11 and 12. And it's also
14:16 repeated in Luke 11:29 and 30. And in fact in
14:21 the book of Mark it says that Jesus sighed
14:25 deeply. He must have thought how can they
14:31 ask me for a sign. Everything is right here
14:36 in front of them to examine for themselves,
14:40 how can they ask for a sign. Let's look at
14:44 another passage of scripture here, the
14:45 scripture of John chapter 4, John chapter
14:49 4 and verse 48, John chapter 4 and verse 48.
14:54 Then Jesus said unto him, "Unless you
15:01 people see signs and wonders, you will by no
15:05 means believe." Jesus is here saying you are not
15:09 going to believe me unless you see me
15:11 some, do some fantastic work. Some marvelous
15:15 miracle that you can go home and tell your
15:17 friends and family about; you want to see
15:19 something big, some fantastic thing, when
15:24 you have all the opportunity that you
15:26 need, you will not believe on me unless
15:29 you see these signs. Let's go back to
15:34 Matthew chapter 23, Matthew 23 and verse
15:40 29. Jesus talking here and says, "Woe to you,
15:44 scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because
15:47 you build the tombs of the prophets and
15:49 adorning the monuments of the righteous,
15:50 and say, if we had lived in the days of our
15:54 fathers, we would not have been partakers
15:56 with them in the blood of the prophets.
15:58 Therefore you are witnesses against
16:01 yourselves that you are sons of those who
16:03 murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the
16:06 measure of your fathers' guilt. Serpents, brood of
16:09 vipers! How can you escape the condemnation
16:12 of hell? Therefore, indeed I send you prophets,
16:16 wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill
16:20 and crucify, and some of them you will
16:22 scourge in your synagogues and
16:24 persecute from city to city, that on you may
16:26 come all the righteous blood shed on the earth,
16:29 from the blood of righteous Abel to the
16:31 blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom
16:34 you murdered between the temple and the altar.
16:36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will
16:39 come upon this generation." Jesus says
16:42 I've sent you signs, I have sent you all kinds
16:45 of things that you need, I've sent you prophets,
16:47 I've sent you scribes, I've sent you seers, I
16:50 have sent you the word of God and you
16:51 wouldn't heed them, you wouldn't listen. In
16:54 fact you murdered my prophets. You murdered
16:57 those who brought the word to you. This is
17:00 how you treated me, this you how you have
17:03 heeded my signs, the leaders of God's chosen
17:07 people in that day did not heed the signs.
17:11 Were the signs given? Of course, they had
17:14 Jesus himself he was right there in their
17:18 midst. In fact Jesus said in Luke 16:31, if they
17:24 hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will
17:27 they be persuaded though one rose from
17:29 the dead. Jesus says you are not going to believe,
17:33 no matter what, it doesn't matter if
17:35 someone that you saw buried last month
17:37 comes out of the tomb and walks and brings
17:39 you the word of God you will not hear it
17:42 why? Because you don't wanna hear it. That's
17:45 what he is telling the people of that day. They
17:49 didn't want to believe him, why because it
17:52 went against everything that they had been
17:54 taught, all these things that they had believed
17:56 all these years they didn't understand, they
17:59 didn't want to heed the signs, what about
18:02 today? Has God given us signs of who he is, of
18:08 who we are, and how he wants us to obey. In
18:14 Isaiah chapter 30 and verse 21 it says this,
18:19 Isaiah chapter 30 and verse 21. Your ears
18:24 shall hear a word behind you, saying,
18:26 "This is the way, walk in it." Whenever you
18:30 turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to
18:33 the left. We refer to this possibly today as
18:38 something that we call the conscience, I refer
18:41 to it as God's Holy Spirit speaking to your
18:45 heart and to my heart, helping us to make the
18:49 right decisions, telling us when should go this
18:52 way or go that way. Helping us to discern
18:56 the good from the evil. That small voice in the
19:01 back of your mind that says this is the way,
19:03 walk ye in it. These are some of the signs that
19:08 God has given, what about in Psalm 119:105,
19:12 Psalm 119 and verse 105. Your word is a
19:20 lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. Have
19:25 you received a word today from God? It's
19:28 right here in this Bible. Pick it up everyday and
19:32 read it. You will receive something from God, I
19:34 have no doubt about that, you will receive a
19:37 sign that you need that God is in charge of your
19:42 life. What about this one is Exodus chapter
19:44 31, I'm wondering today is there possibly a
19:49 sign that we are God's people today. What is
19:54 the sign that we are his people. Exodus 31 and
19:57 beginning with verse 12. And the Lord spoke
20:01 to Moses, saying, "Speak also to the
20:04 children of Israel, saying: surely my
20:06 Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a, a what?
20:09 A sign between Me and you throughout your
20:13 generations, that you may know that I am the
20:16 Lord who sanctifies you." And if we
20:21 continue on a little bit further in verse 16 it
20:24 says, Therefore the children of Israel shall
20:25 keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath
20:29 throughout their generations as a
20:30 perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and
20:33 the children of Israel forever; what is the sign
20:36 that we are God's people today. Holy
20:40 Scripture says it is the seventh day Sabbath,
20:43 it's a sign that we are following God, that we
20:47 are obeying his commandments and
20:50 that we wish to be saved in the Kingdom
20:53 of God. I found some very interesting articles
20:57 as I was studying this subject. There is a little
21:03 paragraph I wish to share with you from the
21:05 book called Desire of Ages, page 458 and it
21:10 says this, God does not compel men to give up
21:13 their unbelief. Before them are light and
21:18 darkness, truth and error. It is for them to
21:23 decide which they will accept. The human
21:26 mind is endowed with power to discriminate
21:30 between right and wrong. God designs
21:34 that men shall not decide from impulse,
21:36 but weight of evidence, carefully comparing
21:41 scripture with scripture. You see this, this is
21:45 telling us that God just he doesn't just remove
21:49 all doubt, that would be too easy, it would be
21:53 too easy and then we wouldn't really have
21:55 control over things would we. We wouldn't
21:57 really have that free will. God gives us a
22:01 choice, he says here is this and here is this.
22:05 Which will you choose light or darkness, life or
22:09 death? Here is another one, remember Thomas,
22:14 remember Thomas and how there after Christ
22:18 had come from the grave and he said, I
22:21 won't believe unless I'm able to put my hands in
22:24 his side and feel the scars on his hands and
22:28 feet. Desire of Ages, page 807 says this,
22:32 Many who are given to doubt excuse
22:37 themselves by saying that if they had the
22:40 evidence which Thomas had from his
22:43 companions, they would believe. They do
22:47 not realize that they have not only that
22:50 evidence, but much more. Many who, like
22:54 Thomas, wait for all cause of doubt to be
22:58 removed, will never realize their desire.
23:02 They gradually become confirmed in unbelief.
23:06 Those who educate themselves to look on
23:10 the dark side, and murmur and complain,
23:13 know not what they do. They are sowing the
23:18 seeds of doubt, and they will harvest a doubt,
23:21 have a harvest of doubt to reap. At a time when
23:26 faith and confidence are most essential, many
23:30 will thus find themselves powerless to
23:32 hope and believe. Have you not ever heard of a
23:37 life, perhaps there is someone in your church
23:40 who lived a life of just horrible disobedience
23:44 for many, many years. And all of a sudden the
23:47 Lord got a hold of them and he brought them to
23:50 him and they had a marvelous transformation.
23:53 Is that not a sign that God is in control.
23:56 And some have said well if I could be
23:58 like Thomas, if I could just you know do put
24:01 my hands in his, if I could have some sort of
24:04 miraculous sign then I would believe. This
24:06 paragraph says that we have that sign and
24:08 much, much more. Some have said today I
24:15 will keep the Sabbath when God impresses
24:17 me to do it. Some have said I will quit eating
24:22 unclean foods when God impresses me to do
24:25 that. Some have said I will quit believing in
24:29 the spirits of the dead when God tells me.
24:33 Some have said I will pay tithe when God
24:38 impresses me to do so. Friend, I submit to you
24:42 today that God has already given us these
24:47 signs, it's right here in this book. If you will
24:50 read this book you will find that God still wants
24:55 us to keep his Seventh-Day-Sabbath.
24:57 If you will read this book you will find that
25:00 there are unclean foods that we should not be
25:02 eating. If you will read this book,
25:04 you will find that there is truth about the spirits
25:09 of dead. If you will read this book you will find
25:12 that God expects his children to pay tithe.
25:15 God may not come to you
25:22 personally and give you a message. Now he may, but it's
25:25 possible he may not. And remember what I said earlier,
25:27 that a sign can be falsely given. Have you ever
25:31 looked into heaven and prayed Lord
25:32 give me a sign. I would submit to you today that
25:36 if you will go to this word, if you will go to
25:39 this word with an honest heart and an
25:42 open mind, God will give you what you
25:45 need. God will give you the signs that you are
25:49 asking for. Don't expect some great and big and
25:51 marvelous thing. Don't expect you know I
25:54 remember someone, I remember someone
25:56 once said Lord if you want me to witness to
26:00 so and so today, would you please let me pass
26:03 five cars on the street. This is a true story.
26:05 Would you please let me pass five cars on the
26:09 street? Friend, God's word is already said
26:13 that we should witness of him, that we should
26:16 testify of his love, that we should tell what
26:20 God has done for us. Now there is a
26:25 possibility that God may come to you in a
26:27 dream or a vision or something I don't know
26:30 and that's not for me to judge. But be careful
26:34 with signs like that. Be careful because signs
26:37 can be falsely given. Our responsibility is to
26:41 read this word and to obey. Scripture says
26:46 fear God and keep his commandments, this is
26:50 the whole duty of man. That's all we have to do,
26:54 our responsibility is to read and obey. Friend, I
27:00 would invite you today to just open your heart
27:04 to God's word, get into this book read and
27:10 study this book for yourself, find out what
27:13 is in this book that can change and transform
27:16 your life today. God wants to do that for you
27:20 and for me. Don't ask for some big miraculous
27:24 sign, read the signs that God had already given
27:27 in his word. Read and obey, that's what he
27:32 wants us to do. And let's learn the lessons of
27:35 the prophets, I mean of the Pharisees. Let's
27:38 learn the prophets, of the Sadducees, those
27:41 who received the sign but did not heed the
27:44 warnings. Today let us read God's word, find
27:49 the signs and heed the signs and
27:52 he will bless you and I today.


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