Great Apostasies of the Bible

The Holy And The Profane

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pr. Stephen Bohr


Series Code: GAB

Program Code: GAB000004

01:11 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:14 Our Father in heaven,
01:15 what a joy it is to be in Your presence
01:18 and we ask that as we open
01:21 the awesome pages of Your holy word
01:24 that Your spirit will hover over this place.
01:28 Give us clarity of thought and give us tender hearts
01:33 to receive Your message
01:35 and we thank you Father for hearing our prayer
01:37 for we asked in Jesus name, amen.
01:42 We like to begin our study today
01:44 by turning to the Book of Genesis 2:15-17.
01:50 Genesis 2:15-17.
01:54 It reads like this, "Then the Lord God took the man
01:59 and put him in the Garden of Eden
02:02 to tend and keep it.
02:04 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying,
02:08 'Of every tree of the garden you made freely eat,
02:12 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
02:16 you shall not eat, for in the day
02:19 that you eat of it you shall surely die.'"
02:25 There's a very important principle in this passage
02:28 and that is that God made a distinction
02:32 between the trees of the garden
02:35 and a special tree that He set aside.
02:39 We could say that the trees of the garden
02:42 were like for the common everyday use of Adam and Eve,
02:47 but they were to respect God's tree
02:50 because God had set it apart.
02:53 In other words there was a difference
02:55 between the common trees and the set apart tree.
03:00 Now the Book of Genesis does not use the words holy and common
03:05 but it's very clear from the passage
03:07 that this tree was separated by God
03:11 and reserved for Himself,
03:14 it was not for the common everyday use of Adam and Eve.
03:19 And of course God told them in this explicit command
03:23 that if they disobey Him and they partook of the tree
03:27 which had been set apart and they ate from that tree
03:32 they would surely die.
03:36 In a very real sense that sin of Adam and Eve
03:39 was to take that which was Holy
03:43 and treat it as if it were common.
03:47 They took God's tree,
03:49 the tree that have been separated
03:51 and they treated it like the everyday trees
03:54 which God gave them permission to eat from.
03:58 The same principle of the distinction
04:01 between the holy and the common
04:03 can be seen in the story of the Conquest of Jericho.
04:07 You see, Jericho was the first city
04:10 that Israel conquered
04:12 when they enter the Promised Land
04:14 and therefore God said
04:16 when you overcome this city the gold and the silver
04:21 will be consecrated to Me,
04:24 it will be set apart for the use in the sanctuary.
04:28 It is not for your common use,
04:31 it is sacred, so to speak.
04:34 You may take the other things in the city
04:37 but the gold and the silver is sacred
04:39 it is set apart for me; it is consecrated
04:43 that's the word that is used in Joshua 6:19.
04:49 But there was a man called Achan,
04:51 and what Achan did was take God's holy gold and silver
04:57 and take it for himself.
04:59 In other words, he took that which God had set apart
05:02 as sacred as holy as consecrated
05:06 and he took it for his own personal use.
05:10 In other words Achan disrespected the holy.
05:16 He treated the holy as if it were common.
05:20 We might say that he desecrated the gold and the silver.
05:26 Now in ancient Israel it was the role
05:29 of the religious leaders to teach the people
05:33 the distinction between the holy and the common,
05:38 between that which was consecrated
05:40 and that which was for everyday use
05:43 that which was secular.
05:46 Especially the high priest was to teach the people
05:50 this distinction as the spiritual leader,
05:53 the difference between the holy and the common.
05:56 The high priest was to teach the people
05:59 to respect that, which was holy.
06:02 And this can be seen by the miter
06:05 that he had on his head.
06:08 We're told in Exodus 28:36 about this miter
06:14 that the high priest had on his forehead.
06:18 It says there, "You show also make a plate of pure gold
06:24 and engraver on it, like the engraving up a signet,
06:29 holiness to the Lord."
06:33 Everything connected with the sanctuary
06:35 and the priesthood was Holy
06:38 and God commanded the high priest
06:40 to teach the people the distinction
06:43 or the difference between the holy and the common
06:47 between that which was sacred and that which was secular.
06:52 The priests were to meticulously
06:55 teach the people this distinction.
06:58 In fact were told this
07:00 in the Book of Ezekiel 44:23, 24.
07:06 Speaking about the priest's not only the high priest
07:09 but the priests we find these words,
07:13 "And they shall teach My people
07:17 the difference between the holy and the unholy,"
07:21 by the way unholy in our English language
07:25 means something negative
07:27 but in the Bible unholy in this sense means
07:32 something that is common or secular for everyday use.
07:36 In other words, it's not consecrated to the Lord.
07:39 It's what says, "And they shall teach my people
07:41 the difference between the holy and the unholy,"
07:44 that is a holy and the common
07:45 "and cause them to discern
07:49 between the unclean and the clean."
07:53 Once again the distinction
07:54 between that which has been separated for God
07:58 and that which is for their common everyday secular use.
08:04 The priests were to be very careful
08:06 in teaching the people this distinction.
08:10 You see, in Israel there was common money
08:14 and there was holy money.
08:16 Common money was the money that the people could use
08:19 for their own necessities,
08:21 the holy money were the tithes and the offerings.
08:25 There was a distinction between holy and common money.
08:29 There was a distinction between holy and common dress.
08:33 When people came to worship the Lord in the sanctuary
08:36 there was special dress that was required.
08:39 They could not come in common garb
08:41 particularly the priesthood.
08:44 You see, there were holy days and common days
08:48 there were also holy places and common places,
08:53 there was holy music and common everyday music,
08:57 there were holy occasions and common occasions
09:01 and there were holy vocations and they were common vocations.
09:06 Now by vocations I mean that God established
09:10 that only certain individuals
09:13 could be ordained to the priesthood.
09:16 Not just any old person any common everyday person
09:20 could be ordained to the priesthood.
09:22 God established that there were individuals
09:25 that were qualified to serve
09:28 in the vocation of the priesthood
09:31 and there were those who were disqualified
09:33 from serving in the priesthood.
09:36 Not that they were bad
09:37 but they could not serve in this sacred endeavor.
09:42 Now we're gonna study today a very interesting story,
09:45 it's a sobering story.
09:48 It's found in the Leviticus Chapter 10.
09:51 It's the story of the two sons of Aaron
09:53 that died in the presence of the Lord.
09:57 In order to understand chapter 10
09:59 that we need to return to chapter 9 verses 23 and 24
10:05 where we have the context for this story.
10:08 You see, we're told in Leviticus 9:23, 24
10:15 that sacrifices were placed up on the altar
10:20 and then when the sacrifices were on the altar
10:23 we're told that God reigned fire from heaven up on the sacrifices
10:28 and the fire consumed those sacrifices.
10:32 Let's read about it Leviticus 9:23, 24
10:37 it says, "And Moses and Aaron
10:39 went into the tabernacle of meeting,
10:43 and came out and blessed the people.
10:46 Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people
10:51 and fire came out from before the Lord
10:55 and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar.
11:01 When all the people saw it,
11:03 they shouted and fell on their faces."
11:07 So, God reigned up on the sacrifices holy fire.
11:12 It was not common, ordinary, everyday fire it was holy fire
11:17 because God had reigned it up on the altar.
11:21 In fact God clearly instructed the priests
11:25 He said, whenever you bring incense into the sanctuary
11:29 you make sure that the fire that you use
11:33 is the fire from the altar that I reigned from heaven
11:36 because that is holy fire.
11:39 He said don't you bring in common fire
11:42 only the fire that I reign from heaven is holy fire
11:46 and God also told them
11:47 that they had to bring in a special type of incense.
11:52 Holy fire and holy incense,
11:54 you see there was common fire and there was common incense
11:58 but they could not offer these.
12:00 Let's read about the incense in Exodus 30:7-9.
12:06 Exodus 30:7-9.
12:10 It says there "Aaron shall burn on it"
12:13 that is on the altar, the golden altar,
12:16 "sweet incense every morning,
12:19 when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it.
12:25 And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight,
12:29 he shall burn incense on it,
12:32 a perpetual incense before the Lord
12:35 throughout your generations."
12:37 And then verse 9 the first part is critically important.
12:41 "You shall not offer strange incense on it."
12:47 By strange it means common incense.
12:52 The type of incense that you would burn in your home
12:55 it's not bad incense, its good incense
12:58 but it is incense to be used for secular purposes
13:02 not for sacred purposes.
13:04 They could not use any old fire
13:06 they could not use any old incense.
13:10 It had to be holy fire blended or mixed with the holy incense.
13:17 Now we need to understand what the incense represented.
13:21 You see, the incense was a symbol
13:24 it represented something beyond the literal.
13:28 This will help us understand a little bit better
13:31 the reason why God was so offended
13:34 when Nadab and Abihu offered strange incense
13:38 or common incense before the Lord.
13:41 You see in scripture incense represents prayer.
13:48 Notice Psalm 141:2.
13:51 Psalm 141:2.
13:55 It says there listen to this,
13:59 "Let my prayer be set before You" as what?
14:05 "As incense, the lifting up of my hands
14:10 as the evening sacrifice."
14:13 So we're clearly told in this text
14:16 that the prayer is represented by what?
14:20 Is represented by incense, by the way
14:24 by holy incense the incense which God has prescribed.
14:30 Notice also Revelation 8:3 on the incense.
14:35 Revelation 8:3.
14:37 It says there, "Then another angel,
14:41 having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar."
14:46 This is the same altar that Aaron offered incense on.
14:50 "And it says there and he was given much incense,
14:54 that he should offer it
14:55 with the prayers of all the saints."
14:57 See here now, we can catch an interesting nuance.
15:00 The prayers of the saints is represented by the incense
15:03 but there's something else, it says here
15:06 that the incense is offered with the prayers of the saints.
15:09 In a moment we're gonna see what this represents.
15:11 And so it says, "And he was given much incense,
15:14 that he should offer it
15:16 with for prayers of all the saints
15:18 upon the golden altar which was before the throne."
15:22 One more passage on the incense
15:24 so that we clearly understand
15:26 that the incense is related to prayer,
15:29 this holy incense is related to the prayers
15:32 that we rise up into the presence of God.
15:35 Luke 1:8-10.
15:38 It's speaking here about Zechariah's
15:41 the father of John the Baptist.
15:43 He was serving in the temple
15:45 and in fact he was offering incense
15:47 and let's notice what the people were doing outside
15:50 while he was offering the incense.
15:52 It says in verse 8,
15:54 "So it was that while he was serving
15:58 as priest before God in the order of his division,
16:02 according to the custom of the priesthood,
16:05 his lot fell to burn incense
16:09 when he went into the temple of the Lord."
16:12 So notice Zechariah is going to burn incense.
16:15 Verse 10, "And the whole multitude of the people
16:20 was praying outside at the hour of incense."
16:25 So as the incense is being placed upon the altar,
16:29 the golden altar the people are outside praying
16:32 because the incense is symbolic of their prayers.
16:37 Now if their prayers but blended with something
16:41 as we already noticed mixed with something.
16:45 Selected Messages volume one page 329
16:48 we find this very significant statement from Ellen White.
16:54 She says this, "With the confession
16:59 of the repenting believing sinner,"
17:04 did you notice that?
17:06 With the confession of the what type of sinner?
17:09 Of the repenting believing sinner,
17:12 not any sinner, not any old sinner
17:15 but a sinner who confesses repents and believes.
17:19 She continues saying,
17:20 "Christ mingles His own righteousness,
17:25 that the prayer of fallen man may go up
17:29 as fragrant incense before the Father,
17:33 and the grace of God be imparted to every believing soul."
17:38 So our prayers are mixed
17:40 with the righteousness of Christ according to this
17:43 or else our prayers would not be acceptable.
17:46 But notice that the prayers, this is very important,
17:49 the prayers had to go up there from a sinner
17:53 who was confessing, repenting and believing in Jesus.
17:59 In other words, there were conditions
18:01 for God receiving the prayer
18:03 or receiving the incense which was offered.
18:09 You see, one of the big problems with Nadab and Abihu
18:15 is that they offered common fire to God
18:20 as if it were holy.
18:23 And we're gonna find that they knew very well
18:26 that they were not supposed to do that.
18:29 God have instructed them very clearly
18:32 that they needed not only to offer holy incense
18:35 but with the incense it needed to be consumed by holy fire,
18:41 holy fire burning the Holy incense
18:44 which represented the prayers
18:47 that go into the presence of God.
18:50 And so we're told in the story of Nadab and Abihu
18:54 in Leviticus 10:1, the following.
19:00 "Then Nadab and Abihu the sons of Aaron,
19:05 each took his censer and put fire in it,
19:10 put incense on it,
19:13 and offered profane fire before the Lord."
19:17 Profane doesn't mean the same word
19:19 as the same as profane for us today.
19:22 Profane means bad.
19:23 Profane simply means ordinary, common everyday fire.
19:31 And so it says "and offered profane fire before the Lord
19:34 which He had not commanded them."
19:38 Let me ask you did they know very clearly
19:40 that there was a certain kind of incense
19:42 that God expected them to offer?
19:44 Did they know very clearly
19:45 that there was a certain kind of fire
19:47 that they should offer?
19:48 Yes, because it said here that they offered strange fire
19:52 which is a fire that God commanded them not,
19:54 which means that God had commanded them
19:56 which fire and which incense to offer.
19:59 So they are doing this what? Knowingly.
20:03 They are not ignorant.
20:05 This is not a sin of ignorance,
20:07 this is a sin with a high hand
20:09 it is willful disobedience to God.
20:12 It is taking that which is common
20:15 and offering it to God as if it were holy.
20:20 That is a very important point taking the common
20:24 and offering it to God as if it were holy.
20:29 And something terrible happened.
20:31 Notice Leviticus 10:2.
20:35 "So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them,
20:41 and they'd tied before the Lord."
20:46 You know this is a side of God that people don't like to hear.
20:50 They like to hear about God,
20:52 you know, being Santa Claus,
20:55 like Santa Claus giving gifts to people
20:58 who are naughty or nice.
20:59 You know, that God doesn't really care
21:02 you know, the way that we dress
21:03 or the way that we use our money
21:05 or the way in which we come into His presence.
21:08 God doesn't really mind
21:09 you know, He just accepts any old thing.
21:12 Well, the fact is that this story teaches us
21:16 that God when He reveals His will
21:18 as to how He supposed to be worshipped
21:21 He expects people to worship Him
21:23 in the way in which He has established.
21:27 These young men were explicitly disobedient to the will of God.
21:32 In fact, what they did was commit abomination against God.
21:37 They were actually practicing false worship
21:41 because they were offering God
21:43 that which was common as if it were holy.
21:48 Now let's go back to the idea of the incense
21:51 which is mingled with the fire and goes to the presence of God.
21:55 We've already noticed that this represents prayer
22:00 but we notice that Nadab and Abihu
22:02 offered God strange fire.
22:06 What happens when people offer up their prayers to God
22:11 and they are willfully disobedient to the will of God?
22:16 I want you to notice that the Bible tells us
22:18 very clearly what happens.
22:21 Notice Proverbs 28: 9.
22:25 Proverbs 28:9.
22:29 It says here, "One who turns away his ear
22:33 from hearing the law,
22:36 even his prayer is an abomination."
22:41 What happens when we don't obey clearly
22:44 the prescriptions of the law of God?
22:47 Our prayer is what?
22:49 An abomination because it is a strange prayer,
22:53 it is a strange incense
22:55 because we are offering it in disobedience to God.
22:58 Let me ask you were Nadab and Abihu
23:01 offering incense burnt with fire
23:04 contrary to what God had told them to offer?
23:07 Yes, and so this symbolize the fact
23:10 that the prayers were ascending to God
23:14 but in disobedience to the explicit will of God.
23:18 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
23:19 Now let's notice also Psalm 66:18- 20.
23:25 Psalm 66:18-20.
23:29 Here the Psalmist says this,
23:31 "If I regard iniquity in my heart
23:36 the Lord will not," what?
23:39 "The Lord will not hear.
23:42 But certainly God has heard me,
23:45 He has attended to the voice of my prayer
23:48 because blessed be God
23:51 who has not turned away my prayer
23:54 nor His mercy from me."
23:56 What happens when we regard iniquity in our hearts
24:00 and we raise a prayer to God?
24:03 We're told very clearly here that the prayer is what?
24:06 Rejected.
24:07 And so Nadab and Abihu take this common fire,
24:11 they mingle it with incense
24:13 in disobedience to the direct will of God.
24:16 They take the common and they offer as if it's holy.
24:21 Could God accept that offering of incense
24:25 mingled with common fire?
24:27 Absolutely not.
24:30 Now I want you to notice Leviticus 10:3.
24:34 Leviticus 10:3.
24:37 After Nadab and Abihu are consumed
24:41 God has some very interesting words
24:44 to speak to Moses and to Aaron.
24:49 It says there in verse 3, "And Moses said to Aaron,"
24:54 by the way this is what the Lord spoke, notice,
24:56 "This is what the Lord spoke, saying,
25:00 'By those who come near Me
25:03 I must be regarded as holy
25:09 and before all the people I must be glorified.'
25:13 So Aaron held his peace."
25:17 Did Nadab and Abihu recognize God as holy?
25:23 No, they did not because they took common fire
25:26 and they offered this profane everyday common fire
25:30 to God as if it were holy.
25:32 And God says I cannot accept that,
25:34 I cannot accept this incense
25:36 which is burnt with strange fire,
25:38 with common fire because this is something
25:41 which is done in disobedience.
25:44 And then God says I must be regarded as what?
25:48 I must be regarded by the people as holy.
25:53 In other words Nadab and Abuhu
25:56 had disregarded the holiness of God.
25:59 They had trampled on the holiness of God
26:02 by offering the common as if it were holy.
26:06 They did not even regard God as holy.
26:10 You see, God cannot be played with,
26:13 God cannot be trifled with,
26:16 we must not think that we can approach Him in any old way.
26:21 We cannot approach God on our terms.
26:25 We're not to think of God as our good old buddy
26:27 or as the man upstairs.
26:30 He's the high and lofty one whose name is holy
26:35 but who also inhabits with Him
26:38 who is his humble and contrary of heart
26:42 which Nadab and Abihu were not.
26:46 They brought common fire
26:48 and they offered it ask if it were holy.
26:52 Now you would think that the people of Israel
26:55 would mourn the death of these two young men
26:57 that Aaron would mourn the death of his own children.
27:01 But I want you to notice the God says
27:04 don't you dare mourn them.
27:07 That's drastic council on the part of God.
27:10 In other words, don't sympathize with the transgressors
27:14 is what God is saying.
27:15 With those who trample on My holiness
27:17 don't sympathize with them
27:19 and say, oh, look what God has done.
27:21 How could God do something like this?
27:23 Because if you blame God for that
27:26 your further disrespecting the holiness of God.
27:30 Notice Leviticus 10:4-7.
27:34 "And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan,
27:39 the sons of Uzzziel the uncle of Aaron,
27:42 and said to them, 'Come near,
27:45 carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.'"
27:50 That's important they're consumed
27:52 by the glory of the Lord
27:53 and they are taken outside the camp.
27:55 It says "So they went near and carried them
27:59 by their tunics out of the camp,"
28:01 because they could touch a dead carcass.
28:04 "As Moses had said.
28:05 And Moses said to Aaron,
28:08 and to Eleazar and to Ithamar, his sons,
28:12 'Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes,"
28:16 by the way these are signs of affliction and mourning,
28:19 "lest you die and wrath come upon all the people."
28:24 What would have happened
28:25 if they'd mourn these transgressors
28:27 who trampled on holiness of God?
28:30 They would be saying
28:31 that these individuals were right and God was what?
28:35 And God was wrong.
28:37 It continue saying, "But let your brethren,
28:40 the whole house of Israel,
28:41 bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled.
28:44 You shall not go out
28:46 from the door of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die,"
28:49 in otherwise you can't even go to the funeral.
28:51 "For the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you.
28:54 And they did according to the word of Moses."
28:59 Folks, this is the same God of the New Testament.
29:07 God does not change.
29:11 You know some people say in the Old Testament
29:13 God was strict but now God is lacks.
29:16 God doesn't change.
29:18 There is no shadow of turning.
29:20 There's no variableness in God according to scripture.
29:24 God still expects people to respect the holy
29:29 and never to treat the common as if it were holy.
29:33 He never asked us to sympathize with people
29:39 who trample on that which is holy.
29:43 Now we must ask a question,
29:45 why did Nadab and Abihu offered common fire in the first place?
29:51 The Bible has an explicit answer to this question.
29:55 Notice Leviticus 10:8, 9, this is after they died,
30:01 do you know that they were actually drunk
30:06 and they couldn't think straight
30:09 and that's why they use common fire
30:11 and presented it as if it was holy?
30:14 Notice Leviticus 10:8, 9.
30:16 "Then the Lord spoke to Aaron, saying,
30:20 'Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink,
30:25 you, nor your sons with you,
30:27 when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die.
30:32 It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.'"
30:35 Why couldn't they distinguish
30:37 between the holy and the common
30:39 because they were what?
30:41 Because they were drunk with wine
30:44 according to the scripture.
30:45 The wine did not allow them
30:47 to distinguish between the holy and the common
30:49 but there's more the wine did not allow them
30:52 to teach the people the distinction
30:55 between the holy and the common.
30:57 Notice what we find In Leviticus 10:10, 11
31:02 after saying that you're not supposed to drink
31:05 any wine or intoxicating drink,
31:09 it says there, "that you may
31:12 distinguish between holy and unholy,
31:15 and between clean and unclean,"
31:17 and notice "and that you make teach
31:20 that children of Israel all the statutes
31:23 which the Lord has spoken to them
31:25 by the hand of Moses."
31:29 Did you notice that God says,
31:32 that the reason why Nadab and Abihu did what they did
31:36 is because they were intoxicated with wine
31:40 which did not allow them to teach the people
31:43 the distinction between the holy and the common.
31:48 And we're told that Nadab and Abihu were destroyed,
31:52 were consumed by the glory of God
31:55 and they were taken outside the camp of the saints.
31:59 In other words, they were no longer
32:00 members of the encampment.
32:02 By the way a little later on will come
32:04 to the fulfillment of this story in the end time,
32:07 and we're gonna find it in the Book of Revelation
32:09 were told that the wicked those drink the wine of Babylon
32:15 will also be consumed
32:17 by the fire that comes from the Lord.
32:19 Those who drink the wine of the end time harlot
32:22 representing the apostate church
32:25 and we're told in Revelation Chapter 20
32:27 that these individuals are outside the camp of the saints.
32:32 In other words, they are consumed
32:33 and they're outside the camp of the saints.
32:37 The great sin of Nadab and Abihu was the sin
32:42 of taking that which was common
32:45 and presenting it as if it was holy.
32:50 Now let's digress for a moment and go to another story.
32:55 We'll look at the other side of the coin.
32:57 We'll look at how God considers people
33:00 who take something holy
33:03 and they treat it as if it was common.
33:06 You see, the sin of Nadab and Abihu was what,
33:08 was that they took that which was common
33:11 and they presented it as holy.
33:13 But God looks just as negatively up on those
33:16 who take something holy and treat it as if it is common.
33:21 You're saying what story illustrates that?
33:24 Well, it's the story of the banquet
33:28 that was planned and implemented by a king called Belshazzar.
33:35 It was the last night of Babylon
33:39 and this led to the fall of Babylon.
33:42 It was the straw which broke the camel's back, if you please.
33:48 You see the big sin of Belshazzar
33:51 is that he took the holy and he treated it
33:55 as if it were common.
33:57 Let's read about it in Daniel 5:1.
34:01 Daniel 5:1, it says
34:04 "Belshazzar the king made a great feast
34:06 for a thousand of his lords,
34:08 and drank wine in the presence of the thousand."
34:11 See he's drinking wine and we're going to notice
34:15 that this does not allow him to think straight,
34:17 it does not allow him to make a distinction
34:20 between that which God has declared to be holy
34:22 and that which God has declared to be common.
34:24 So he's gonna take what's holy
34:26 and he's gonna treat it as if it's common.
34:28 Verse 2, "While he tasted the wine
34:32 Belshazzar gave the command
34:33 to bring the gold and silver vessels
34:36 which his father Nebuchadnezzar
34:38 had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem,
34:42 that the king and his lords, his wives
34:44 and his concubines might drink from them."
34:48 Do you know what these vessels were?
34:51 They were the holy vessels
34:52 which were used when in the Hebrew sanctuary.
34:56 He commanded to bring holy vessels
34:58 to use them for common use.
35:01 The Bible tells us that when he did this he was drunk.
35:03 He was drinking wine that's why he could not think straight,
35:06 he could not distinguish
35:08 the holy vessels from the common vessels.
35:11 In other words he desecrated the vessels of the sanctuary.
35:16 I don't know if you're aware
35:17 what the word desecrated means de-secrate,
35:21 secrate comes from sacred,
35:23 desecrate simply means to remove sacredness.
35:27 To make something unholy.
35:30 In other words, He desecrated these vessels
35:33 from the sanctuary by treating them
35:35 in a common way although they were holy.
35:39 And if you read this story you'll find that
35:42 Belshazzar knew very well the story of these vessels.
35:47 Where they came from?
35:48 That they were from the Hebrew sanctuary
35:50 because later on Daniel comes and he says,
35:53 you did this even though you knew all of his story.
35:56 In other words this is willful, knowledgeable,
36:00 disobedience against the will of God.
36:05 It says in verse 3
36:07 "Then they brought the gold vessels
36:09 that have been taken from the temple
36:11 of the house of God
36:13 which had been in Jerusalem and the king and his lords,
36:17 his wives and his concubines drank from them."
36:22 Verse 4, "They drank wine," and notice what happens
36:26 as a result of desecrating the holy,
36:29 because he's drunk now the end result is idolatry.
36:35 It says "They drank wine,
36:37 and praised the god's of gold and silver,
36:41 bronze and iron, wood and stone."
36:46 Drinking wine did not allow
36:50 Belshazzar to distinguish between the holy and the common.
36:55 In fact this, this incapacity to distinguish
37:00 between the holy and the common
37:02 let him to break God's commandments
37:05 and to practice false worship.
37:10 So we have two stories from the Old Testament.
37:12 One of individuals who knowingly take the common
37:18 and presented as if it was holy.
37:21 And on the other hand you have those who--
37:23 those in the banquet of Belshazzar
37:27 who take those things which are holy
37:29 and they treat them as if they were common.
37:32 And in both cases the reason why
37:34 is because wine has intoxicated the mind
37:38 and does not make it possible to distinguish
37:41 between the holy and the common.
37:44 Now you probably know where I'm going with this.
37:47 In Revelation Chapter 17,
37:50 I'm not gonna read the verses,
37:51 I'm sure that you read them many times.
37:54 You have a harlot woman,
37:57 a harlot in Bible prophecy represents an apostate church.
38:03 A pure woman represents a pure church.
38:05 A harlot woman represents a harlot church.
38:09 She's called the mother.
38:11 So this harlot church must have daughters.
38:14 We're told in verse 5 that she has a cup in her hand
38:18 and in that cup she has wine
38:21 and this wine she gives to the kings of the earth
38:25 and to the multitudes of the earth
38:28 and interestingly enough because they drink this wine
38:33 they are not able to distinguish
38:35 between the holy and the common
38:38 and the result is that they worship the beast
38:42 instead of worshipping God.
38:44 And they trample upon the Commandments of God
38:46 because they're not able to distinguish
38:48 between the holy and the common for the simple reason
38:51 that they have drunk the wine of this end time system.
38:57 I'd like to read a statement in Great Controversy page 389,
39:03 where Ellen White comments on this,
39:07 on this wine that is given by this harlot of Revelation 17.
39:11 Says here Great Controversy 389,
39:15 "When faithful teachers expound the word of God,
39:19 there arise men of learning,"
39:22 listen to this, "men of learning,
39:24 ministers professing to understand the Scriptures,
39:29 who denounce sound doctrine as heresy,
39:33 and thus turn away inquirers after the truth."
39:37 Who was responsible to teach people the difference
39:40 between the holy and the common
39:41 and teach the people the statues of the Lord?
39:43 It was the religious leaders, it was the ministers.
39:46 Here Ellen White is saying
39:48 that the "ministers who profess to understand the Scriptures,
39:51 who denounce sound doctrine as heresy,
39:56 and thus they will turn away inquirers after the truth."
39:59 She continues saying,
40:01 "Were it not that the world is hopelessly intoxicated
40:05 with the wine of Babylon, multitudes would be convicted
40:10 and converted by the plain,
40:13 cutting truths of the word of God.
40:16 But religious faith appears so confused
40:19 and discordant that the people know not
40:23 what to believe as truth.
40:25 The sin of the world's impenitence
40:28 lies at the door of the church."
40:32 So in the end time ministers represented by this harlot woman
40:36 will teach people to desecrate
40:39 that which is holy to treat as common
40:41 that which is holy and to treat as holy
40:43 that which is common interestingly enough.
40:47 Notice Revelation 18:1-5,
40:51 it speaks about the fall of this end time Babylonian system
40:54 and it calls God's faithful people out of this system.
40:58 It says, "After these things
41:00 I saw another angel coming down from heaven,
41:03 having great authority and the earth
41:06 was illuminated with his glory.
41:09 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying,
41:12 'Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,"
41:16 now we're gonna notice why she has fallen.
41:19 "And has become a dwelling place of demons,
41:22 a prison for every foul spirit,
41:24 and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!"
41:28 Now did she fall? Notice verse 3,
41:31 "For all nations have drunk of the wine
41:35 of the wrath of her fornication,
41:37 the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her
41:41 and the merchants of the earth
41:43 have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.'"
41:47 Do you see what's happening here?
41:49 This harlot, this end time system
41:53 primarily through its religious leaders
41:56 is actually giving wine
41:59 to the multitudes and to the kings
42:01 and what this does it does not allow people
42:05 to distinguish between the holy and the common.
42:09 And they treat that which is common as holy
42:11 and that which is holy as common.
42:16 And now notice verse 4,
42:18 "And I heard another voice from Heaven saying,
42:21 'Come out of her, my people.'"
42:23 Does God have people in this system
42:25 who are intoxicated that need to get sober? Yes.
42:28 And we have to help them get sober.
42:31 It says, "Lest you share in her sins,
42:33 and lest you receive of her plagues.
42:36 For her sins have reached to heaven,
42:38 and God has remembered her iniquities."
42:41 Now you're probably saying Pastor Bohr,
42:43 how does the religious world confused all in the common?
42:47 How is it that they present the holy before God
42:50 as if it was common and they take the common
42:52 and presented it as if it were holy?
42:55 There is a huge example
42:57 and that is that the Christian world
43:00 has taken a common day of work
43:05 which is the first day of the week
43:06 and the present to God as if it were holy.
43:11 And they take God's holy Sabbath day
43:15 and they use it for their own secular purposes
43:19 as a work day and the day of recreation.
43:22 Now you tell me in what sense
43:24 is this different than the story of Nadab and Ahibu
43:27 and the story of Belshazzar.
43:29 There's no difference whatsoever.
43:31 And we read in the Book of Revelation
43:34 but it has to do with the fact that people have drunk wine
43:37 and this has affected their thinking processes.
43:42 Why are people not able to distinguish
43:46 between the holy and the common?
43:48 By the way Revelation says,
43:49 that in the end time the religious world
43:51 is gonna trample on the Commandments of God.
43:54 We're also told that they're gonna practice idolatry,
43:57 they are gonna practice false worship.
43:59 What is the reason for this?
44:00 Very simple, for the same reason that Belshazzar did.
44:03 Because they're intoxicated with a false teachings
44:07 and the false doctrines of Babylon
44:10 which does not allow them to see the importance
44:13 of distinguishing between the holy and the common.
44:17 You see the Bible is explicit
44:20 that God made the first day a common workday.
44:24 Six days you shall labor and do all your work.
44:29 The Bible is equally explicit
44:31 when it says the seventh day is the Sabbath
44:34 which God sanctified.
44:35 I mean the Bible is explicitly clear on this point.
44:38 The seventh day is holy
44:40 and the other six days are work days.
44:42 You know, it's very similar
44:44 to what we found at the beginning,
44:47 God had one tree He said you can eat a lot of trees
44:50 but this tree you can't eat.
44:52 He says, you can use all days for your work
44:55 but not this day, this day is reserved for Myself.
45:01 What has the Christian world done with the Sabbath?
45:03 It has desecrated the Sabbath.
45:06 It has removed from the Sabbath its holiness.
45:10 And that's what the word desecrate means incidentally
45:13 and by the way this is the worst kind of idolatry
45:18 because it is a direct violation of the fourth commandment
45:21 with has, which has to do with worship.
45:24 It says in the First Angels message,
45:26 "Worship him who created the heavens,
45:28 the earth, the seas and the fountains of waters."
45:30 You can't talk about worship without keeping the Sabbath
45:33 because the Sabbath tells us we're supposed to worship God
45:36 because He is the Creator and we are His creatures.
45:39 So when the day is trampled
45:41 the immediate result is idolatry.
45:45 You say, how can you say Pastor Bohr,
45:47 that those who are observing the first day of the week
45:51 are practicing idolatry?
45:53 Well, let me ask you a question.
45:55 Who made the Sun? God did.
45:59 Okay, God made the Sun.
46:01 Is that a secular object or is an object of worship?
46:06 It's a common everyday object, right?
46:08 And it's a secular purpose, correct?
46:10 So what happens if you take the Sun
46:14 and you make it an object of worship?
46:17 What is that called? It is called idolatry.
46:21 Now let me ask you,
46:22 who made the first day of the week?
46:25 God made the first day of the week.
46:27 Did He make it for worship?
46:30 No, it's a work day.
46:32 It's not a day of worship.
46:33 So let me ask you,
46:34 what happens if you make it a day of worship
46:37 if it's a common day?
46:38 That's called idolatry.
46:41 You see it doesn't make any difference
46:42 whether you take an object
46:44 that God did not make for worship
46:46 and you worship it or whether you take a day
46:50 which God did not make holy and you keep it holy.
46:54 It's still idolatry because you're making something
46:57 for worship which God did not make for worship.
47:00 Are you understanding what I'm saying?
47:02 In other words, what the Christian world
47:04 does is that they take the first day of the week
47:08 a common working day and they make it holy.
47:11 And they take the Sabbath a holy day
47:14 and they make it a common day to go shopping,
47:16 a day to go out and play golf,
47:19 a day to go to the supermarket, a day to watch television.
47:24 In other words, they desecrated,
47:25 they take away its holiness and one of the main reasons
47:28 is because their preachers tell us,
47:30 tell them that the Sabbath have been changed.
47:33 In other words, the leaders instead of pointing them
47:35 to scripture as they are standard
47:39 they point them to the traditions of men.
47:44 Now can God accept the prayers of individuals
47:48 who openly and willfully disobey the Word of God?
47:53 No, and I know some of you are saying Pastor Bohr,
47:55 are you saying that God doesn't accept the prayers of anyone
47:58 who keep Sunday?
47:59 That's not what I'm saying because most of the people
48:02 who keep Sunday don't know the issues.
48:05 They don't know about the command of God.
48:08 God holds people accountable
48:10 only when there's an explicit command
48:12 which is understood, clearly understood and disobeyed.
48:17 Then the prayer is what? Is an abomination.
48:20 And by the way if and individual knows
48:24 that they are supposed to observe the Sabbath
48:26 as God's holy day of rest
48:28 and they insist on trampling on the Sabbath
48:31 their prayers will not be accepted anymore
48:34 then the prayers of Nadab and Abihu
48:37 because the incense that Nadab and Abihu
48:40 offered with the strange fire was not accepted before God,
48:43 they were destroyed.
48:45 And I know that this is a drastic thing to say
48:48 but the great guilt comes upon the religious leaders
48:52 who have not taught the members
48:54 to make a distinction between the holy and the common.
48:59 I'd like to read one more statement
49:02 where Ellen White caught this point
49:04 that I am sharing with you.
49:06 She says, in Signs of the Times,
49:10 March 31, 1898 the following.
49:13 "Those who ignore the Lord's Sabbath
49:17 to keep holy the first day of the week,
49:20 offer strange fire to God."
49:24 See how she connects it with the story of Nadab and Abihu.
49:26 "Those who ignore the Lord's Sabbath
49:28 to keep holy the first day of the week,
49:29 offer strange fire to God.
49:32 It is a strange Sabbath, which He has commanded them not.
49:37 Will He accept it at their hands?
49:40 Men have sought out many inventions.
49:44 They have taken a common day,
49:46 upon which god has placed no sanctity,
49:49 and have clothed it with sacred prerogatives.
49:53 They have declared it to be a holy day,
49:56 but this does not give it a vestige of sanctity.
50:00 They dishonor God by accepting human institutions
50:05 and presenting to the world as the Christian Sabbath a day
50:09 which has no 'Thus saith the Lord'
50:12 for its authority.
50:14 As did Nadab and Abihu,
50:17 they offer the common in place of the sacred."
50:24 You know, if God accepts Sunday as the day of worship
50:30 when He is not commanded it like He commanded the Sabbath
50:33 and I knowingly trample upon the Sabbath
50:38 and God doesn't care then God is going to do,
50:42 have to do some apologizing to Nadab and Abuihu.
50:45 Because if God would not accept the common
50:48 as if it were holy back then,
50:50 what makes us think that God today will accept a common day
50:55 that the Christian world keeps as holy
50:57 and they offer to God as if it was holy,
51:00 when it really isn't.
51:03 I pray to God that as a people who'll arise the standard,
51:08 that we will respect the holy
51:10 because it is a reflection of a wonderful holy God.
51:16 That we will be a holy people separated unto God
51:20 and that we will respect the holy
51:23 and distinguish it from the common.


Revised 2014-12-17