Participants: Scott Moore (Host)
Series Code: LOE
Program Code: LOE000014
00:01 The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few.
00:03 Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest
00:06 that He will, He will send forth laborers into His harvest.
00:10 Also I heard the voice of the Lord say:
00:13 "Who shall I send and who will go for us? "
00:17 Then said I: "Here am I... send me, send me. "
00:23 Life on the Edge will enable you to be an effective harvester
00:26 for the Lord. We now invite you into our classroom
00:30 to Come Experience Life.
00:44 We'd like to welcome all of you back here to the classroom.
00:47 We're right now doing our Life on the Edge Bible study course,
00:52 a series. For those of you at home, you're joining us
00:54 here at the Lay Institute for Evangelism.
00:57 The Bible study we are going to go over now is the second
01:00 half of the Bible study on the second coming of Jesus.
01:05 We've already covered in this Bible study that the second
01:08 coming of Jesus is a literal event.
01:12 Let's go ahead and turn in our Bibles to Acts chapter 1.
01:15 We just want to bring us all back up to speed
01:18 and we're going to Acts chapter 1.
01:20 Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts.
01:24 We're going to the first chapter,
01:26 and the reason we're going to
01:27 use Acts to catch us up to speed is because Acts
01:30 right here in verses 9-11 of the first chapter of Acts
01:34 tells us five times that the sense of sight is used
01:38 when Jesus leaves and then when Jesus comes back.
01:42 The same sense will be used for that.
01:45 So we'll just start reading in verse 11...
01:47 or verse 9, rather.
01:48 Acts chapter 1 verse 9.
01:50 "And when He had spoken these things
01:53 while they beheld He was taken up. "
01:56 So what did they do? They beheld or they looked, right?
02:00 "And a cloud received Him out of their sight.
02:04 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven
02:09 as He went up, behold, two men stood by them
02:12 in white apparel.
02:13 Which also said: 'Ye men of Galilee
02:16 why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
02:20 This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven
02:23 shall so come in like manner
02:26 as ye have seen Him go. ' "
02:29 So right here these two beings that come out of that cloud
02:34 that Jesus ascends in
02:36 five times they used a word to describe the sense of sight.
02:40 When Jesus comes back it will be an event that we can see.
02:46 It will also be an event that we can hear.
02:49 Let's go to I Thessalonians chapter 4.
02:53 It will be an event that we can hear: I Thessalonians chapter 4.
02:57 Those of you at home: you want to make sure you are grabbing
02:59 your Bible... that you are looking this up.
03:01 As Miss Elena would say so often:
03:03 "Grab yourself a piece of paper,
03:05 grab yourself a pen, and join us here. "
03:07 Because the texts won't be on the screen...
03:09 you'll have to look those up in your Bible.
03:11 So we are going to I Thessalonians chapter 4.
03:15 And that is, of course, in the T section of the New Testament.
03:19 I Thessalonians chapter 4
03:22 and we will begin here in verse 15.
03:26 I Thessalonians 4:15.
03:29 "For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord
03:32 that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
03:36 Lord shall not prevent or precede
03:39 those which are asleep. "
03:41 Verse 16: "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven
03:45 with a shout. " Convince me. "with a SHOUT. "
03:49 So when the Lord descends from heaven
03:51 will we be able to hear it? Will we be able to see it?
03:54 Absolutely! We'll be able to hear it so well that even if
03:58 we are dead - as long as we are dead in Christ -
04:00 we'll be able to hear it. Let's keep reading there.
04:02 "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout
04:06 with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God
04:11 and the dead in Christ shall rise first. "
04:15 That's right. So the Bible here has already told us
04:18 that when Jesus comes we will be able to see it.
04:21 We will be able to hear it.
04:24 Jesus is going to come. It is going to be a literal event.
04:29 And by the grace of God we will be alive
04:32 when Jesus comes. Tom, do you want to be alive
04:34 when Jesus comes? Amen. Amen.
04:36 Do you want to live through that Jessica?
04:37 So do I. I think it would be the most awesome thing
04:40 to be able to see Jesus come in the clouds.
04:43 Not be... not be woken up from the grave...
04:45 although that's not a bad alternative
04:49 considering what we're going to study in our next Bible study
04:51 which is the millennium
04:52 and those which are raised at the end of the millennium.
04:55 But I want to be one of those that actually gets to see
04:57 the Lord come in the clouds.
05:00 There seems to be a lot of confusion
05:03 about what is going to happen at the second coming.
05:06 And this second part of the Bible study on the second coming
05:11 is designed to cover those misunderstood concepts
05:16 that lots of people are propagating
05:19 in the Christian world.
05:21 So we're going to cover... today we're going to cover
05:23 the topic of Like a Thief in the Night.
05:26 What does that mean from the Bible?
05:27 What does that mean from scripture?
05:30 Is there a way that we can understand what that means?
05:33 We're also going to understand what it means to be either
05:36 left behind or sincerely taken.
05:39 Now I was doing this Bible study up at the Lady Lake SDA Church
05:43 in Lady Lake, Florida. And there was a lady that
05:45 at the beginning of the study she said: "Oh, yes,
05:47 I want to be taken. "
05:49 And at the end of the study she says: "Oh, no,
05:51 I want to be left behind. "
05:52 And so we're going to cover some things that may be new
05:55 to some of us. And we're also going to talk about
05:58 whether Jesus takes the saints off of the earth
06:02 prior to the tribulation or in the middle of the tribulation
06:07 or after the tribulation. You've heard of those terms
06:10 pre-trib; mid-trib; post-trib?
06:13 That's what all that trib is about: the tribulation.
06:16 So we're going to be talking about that today.
06:18 The purpose of our Bible study...
06:21 We'll just go over this very quickly.
06:37 Now on the graphic there you'll see the texts that we
06:41 went over the first half of this Bible study,
06:43 and there were 12 of them.
06:44 So this Bible study... You will remember, this Bible study
06:47 "ended" in I Corinthians 15 verses 51-53.
06:53 But it only ended because... if somebody has never heard
06:58 about the second coming or they haven't studied
07:01 the second coming, then the second half of this study
07:04 may not even need to be covered with them
07:06 because there's no confusion there.
07:08 You can praise the Lord if you're the first one
07:10 that is able to give this Bible study to somebody
07:12 because you don't have a lot of pre-conceived ideas
07:15 that have been pushed by ministers that simply aren't
07:20 taking what the Bible says and sharing it with other people
07:23 but they're adding to it.
07:24 So these are the first twelve texts in The Second Coming.
07:28 And then you'll notice we have another, an additional 12 texts
07:31 that we are going to cover.
07:33 Now if the first 12 texts lasted an hour
07:36 when giving the study, then the second 12 texts
07:39 should last about the same length of time.
07:41 So today we're simply covering left behind;
07:45 we're covering A Thief in the Night;
07:48 and we're also covering...
07:49 What was the third thing I said we were covering?
07:52 Help me out.
07:54 The pre-trib, mid-trib, post- trib. That's absolutely right.
07:58 So we will start here. You notice on the screen
08:02 on the graphic this is the 12th text in the Second Coming study.
08:06 You're in I Corinthians 15 verses 51-53.
08:10 The text that we just came from was I Thessalonians 4.
08:13 That's what we read earlier.
08:15 And then you notice there the end is in asterisks.
08:18 And the end is in asterisks because
08:21 it's only the end if the person you're giving the Bible study to
08:26 does not have lots of questions about pre-trib, mid-trib,
08:29 post-trib or all these other tribs.
08:31 So we're going to go now to II Thessalonians.
08:35 You'll see on the graphic we'll be in II Thessalonians
08:37 chapter 2 and verse 10.
08:40 II Thessalonians. Again, that's in the T section
08:44 of the New Testament.
08:45 Maybe this is the first time you're joining us here
08:47 for Life on the Edge. But the T section in the
08:51 New Testament is in alphabetical order.
08:53 So we are going to II Thessalonians
08:56 chapter 2 and verse 10. And we will ask Mrs. Gloria
09:02 to read that for us: II Thessalonians 2:10.
09:06 "And with all unrighteousness deception among those
09:11 who perish because they did not receive the love
09:15 of the truth that they might be saved. "
09:17 OK. So keep that microphone there Mrs. Gloria.
09:20 What is the reason that people will not be saved?
09:26 According to that text... go ahead.
09:28 They did not receive the love of the truth?
09:32 They do not receive the love of the truth.
09:36 Go ahead and read verse 11 for us too.
09:38 Would you read that for us? "And for this reason
09:41 God will send them strong delusions
09:44 that they should believe a lie. "
09:47 So notice the text here says that there will be people that
09:50 are lost because they did not receive a love
09:55 of the truth. And because they did not receive a love of the
10:00 truth, God Himself will send them a strong delusion
10:04 that they will believe a lie.
10:07 So in order for us to be saved we must love what?
10:11 We must love the truth.
10:14 So then the question begs to be asked:
10:17 what then is truth?
10:20 If we have to love the truth in order to be saved,
10:24 what is truth? Now why are we... why are we talking about
10:27 truth right here in the middle or the beginning of this
10:30 second half of the Second Coming study?
10:32 Because there are a lot of pre-conceived ideas
10:35 about what the second coming will be like
10:38 and what will happen in, around, or before
10:41 the literal second coming of Jesus.
10:43 And so what we're establishing right here
10:46 is that because people do not love the truth -
10:50 and we're going to show from the scriptures that the Word of God
10:52 is the truth - because people would rather believe
10:54 what they've been told rather than what the Bible teaches
10:58 it's important for people to understand that they will be
11:01 lost. Because God expects us when He shares truth with us
11:06 to take that truth into our lives and to live that truth.
11:11 Now for those of you at home, this may be the first time
11:14 that you're ever hearing any of this.
11:15 And maybe... maybe you belong to a church that teaches
11:19 something different. But I want you to remember
11:21 as you watch this program that I will use nothing but the Bible -
11:25 The Bible and the Bible alone -
11:27 to buttress the points that we are making in class today.
11:31 So I want you to get your Bible.
11:33 Make sure you have it with you because I want you to be able
11:35 to go to work tomorrow, I want you to be able to
11:38 call up your mom or your dad tonight and say:
11:40 "This is what I learned from my Bible.
11:43 Nobody told me this; I learned it from my Bible. "
11:46 So now what we're going to do is we're going to go to
11:48 John chapter 17 verse 17.
11:51 That will be our next reference, and you'll see that
11:54 in the graphic. We've just come from II Thessalonians 2:10.
11:58 The text we will go to after this is Matthew 24:42-44.
12:04 So what we are doing is simply establishing that it is
12:07 a love of the truth that will save us.
12:10 And we are going to go ahead an ask Danielle if she will read
12:13 John chapter 17 and verse 17.
12:17 And I'm almost there. John 17:17. OK, I'm ready.
12:22 "Sanctify them through Thy truth; Thy Word is truth. "
12:25 It's very simple, but what did it say, Danielle?
12:28 "Thy Word is truth. " That's right. So when
12:32 II Thessalonians 2:10 said that people perish because
12:35 they did not receive a love of the truth, "
12:37 Danielle, they did not receive a love of what?
12:40 The Word. The Word of God.
12:43 The Bible. "Sanctify them by Thy truth;
12:46 Thy Word is truth. "
12:48 So it's important for us to love the truth, isn't it?
12:52 What happens, Tom, if you and I have always been taught
12:55 something different and then the Bible teaches us
12:58 that what we've been taught wasn't right?
13:00 Can you phrase that another way? Sure...
13:03 Sure I can. What happens if you and I have grown up
13:06 and what we've always been taught by our parents
13:09 or our pastors does not line up with what the Bible says?
13:13 What are we to do?
13:14 We're to follow the truth.
13:16 We're to... So, even if mom and dad get offended?
13:19 That's right! Even if our grandparents died
13:23 in what they thought was truth,
13:24 God expects us to still follow the truth?
13:27 OK. So that's what we're going to focus on now
13:29 is we're going to focus on the truth about the second coming
13:33 and those three items that we talked about just a moment ago.
13:37 We're going to go now to our next reference.
13:40 And we're going to be in the truth; we're going to be
13:42 studying the truth. We're going to go to Matthew 24
13:46 beginning in verse 42. Matthew 24 and verse 42.
13:51 So Matthew is the first book of the New Testament.
13:55 Matthew 24 verse 42.
14:00 And my beautiful bride just got me this nice new Bible
14:05 so the pages are sticking together.
14:06 And I'm loving it. Did you want to see my new Bible?
14:08 This is my new Bible right there.
14:10 My wife just got that for me.
14:11 All right, we're in Matthew 24
14:14 beginning in verse 42.
14:17 And Shelleta, can you read this for us?
14:21 "Watch therefore, for ye know not what hour
14:24 your Lord doth come. " OK, Shelleta,
14:27 what are we supposed to do? Watch.
14:29 Why should we be watching?
14:31 Don't know what hour the Lord comes back. That's right.
14:33 Because we don't know when Jesus is going to come.
14:35 Keeping going. "But know this, if the good man of the house
14:39 had known in what watch the thief would come
14:41 he would have watch and would not have suffered his house
14:44 to be broken up. Therefore, be ye also ready
14:47 for in such an hour as ye think not
14:49 the Son of Man cometh. "
14:51 The importance of us loving the truth
14:56 is that the only way for us to watch for the second coming of
15:00 Jesus is for us to be studying the Word of God.
15:06 My friends, if we are studying the Word of God,
15:09 it doesn't matter what mom and dad had taught us.
15:13 It doesn't matter what grandma and grandpa believed.
15:16 It only matters whether we are willing to follow the truth.
15:20 If we love it so much that we will let that truth
15:24 change our lives. And I know Mike, you studied
15:27 and you found out about the Sabbath and you allowed
15:29 God's truth to change your life.
15:32 So much so that you even lost a job over it, didn't you?
15:34 So when we take God's Word literally
15:38 and we believe God's Word and we fall in love with God's Word
15:43 then we will be willing to do anything for the truth of God...
15:47 even if it means learning something again.
15:51 So we need to watch and be ready because we do not know
15:55 when the Son of Man is going to come.
15:58 Now what we're going to do now is we're going to go over the
16:00 concept of a thief in the night.
16:04 So often when you give Bible studies you will hear people
16:08 say: "Well Jesus is going to come
16:10 like a thief in the night. "
16:11 And they have very good Biblical evidence for saying
16:14 that Jesus is going to come like a thief in the night.
16:16 But let's go right back to the reference that we're in
16:18 right now. I hope you still have that there.
16:20 In Matthew 24 it says: "Watch therefore,
16:24 for you know not what hour your Lord doth come. "
16:28 And then verse 43: "But know this:
16:31 that if the good man of the house had known in what watch
16:36 the thief would come, he would have watched
16:39 and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. "
16:44 What's the difference between Jesus coming like a thief
16:48 in the night and you knowing nothing about it
16:52 or Jesus coming like a thief in the night
16:54 and it's a complete surprise? There's a total difference there
16:57 isn't there? One person is expecting Jesus to come.
17:02 The other person doesn't even care if Jesus comes.
17:07 And that's going to be terrifying
17:09 for the person that doesn't care.
17:11 Let's go to our next reference now as we talk about this
17:13 thief in the night. And keep in mind
17:15 that if the good man of the house had known at which hour
17:18 of the evening the thief would have come
17:20 he would have been there... he would have been ready.
17:22 And the Bible says that you and I can be ready
17:25 for the second coming of Jesus. So we'll just go to our next
17:28 graphic there. We're going to I Thessalonians chapter 5
17:33 verses 1 through 5.
17:34 I Thessalonians chapter 5 verses 1 through 5.
17:39 And we'll ask Mike to read this for us.
17:41 I Thessalonians... again, I Thessalonians is in the
17:44 T section of the New Testament.
17:46 And the T section in the New Testament
17:49 is in alphabetical order.
17:51 So Mike, if you could read for us the first five verses
17:54 of I Thessalonians 5.
17:57 "But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need
18:00 that I write unto you for you yourselves know perfectly
18:03 that the day of the Lord so cometh
18:05 as a thief in the night. " Stop right there.
18:06 Mike, stop right there. Close your Bible.
18:08 Just forget about the rest of it.
18:10 Because there you have it... that's what most people will do.
18:15 They will read and they'll say:
18:16 "Well the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night! "
18:18 And then they'll just close the book and that settles it
18:21 for them. But you and I...
18:23 You remember back to the first week here at the Lay Institute
18:26 for Evangelism you and I learned that the context is as important
18:31 as what just one verse says.
18:34 So the verse said that the day of the Lord comes like
18:37 a thief in the night. But as Mike continues to read
18:40 we're going to get the context of it and it will describe
18:43 who the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night to.
18:48 So Mike, if you could keep reading there in verse 3
18:51 and just... I may interrupt you again, I don't know.
18:55 "For when they shall say 'peace and safety, ' then sudden
18:57 destruction cometh upon them as travail upon a woman with
19:01 child... and they shall not escape.
19:03 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness
19:06 that that day should overtake you as a thief. "
19:08 OK. You knew I was going to interrupt you right there,
19:10 didn't you? It says: "But you, brethren,
19:13 are not in... " what? "darkness that that day
19:16 should overtake you as a thief. "
19:19 Now you remember, if the good man of the house
19:22 had been watching, he wouldn't have allowed
19:25 the house to be broken into.
19:28 Here the Bible says: "You brethren
19:30 are not in darkness that that day should overtake... "
19:34 Jessica "like a thief. "
19:36 It shouldn't. Why? Why shouldn't it, Tom?
19:39 Tell me why it shouldn't overtake Jessica like a thief.
19:42 She'll be watching. Because she'll be watching,
19:44 that's right. Go ahead and read verse 5, would you?
19:47 "Ye are all children of light and the children of the day.
19:50 We are not of the night nor of darkness. "
19:53 OK. So evidently there is a group of people
19:56 that are in darkness and there is a group of people
20:00 that are in the what? They're in the light.
20:03 So which group do you and I want to be in? The dark
20:06 group or the light group?
20:08 We want to be in the light group.
20:09 Now what does it mean that they are "in the light? "
20:14 What could that possibly mean?
20:15 The reference we are going to go to right now is not
20:18 going to be on a graphic so you're just going to have to
20:20 pull this out of your Biblically-enlightened mind.
20:24 What is it that keeps people out of darkness and in the light?
20:28 The Word of God. Prove it to me.
20:30 Tom says "the Word of God" but he's not using one
20:32 microphone at all. Pick up that microphone, brother.
20:34 Prove to me... "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
20:37 and a light unto my path" but I don't know the reference.
20:40 You don't... Does anybody in here know the reference?
20:41 It's in Psalms. Psalm 119; what's the verse?
20:44 105. Let's go there. He quoted it
20:47 but because we want to be people of the Book -
20:49 people that know where things are in their Bible
20:51 and people, praise the Lord, we can quote it
20:53 but what happens if we have to prove it?
20:55 We can make up a quote. I don't think you made it up.
20:57 But... you found it. Well let me catch... Oh, Bill found it
21:02 for you. Well Bill's a good friend to be sitting by
21:04 because he's got a lot of knowledge in scripture.
21:06 You want to read that for us, Tom?
21:08 "Your Word is a lamp unto my feet
21:11 and a light to my path. "
21:13 So remember, our second text in this second half
21:17 was John 17:17. It said: "Sanctify them by Thy truth;
21:21 Thy Word is truth. "
21:23 And here God's Word is described as a what?
21:28 A lamp and a light.
21:31 Now go back. I'm sure you kept your finger there...
21:33 I know Mrs. Gloria's pretty good about keeping her fingers
21:35 wherever we've been in scripture.
21:37 Go back to I Thessalonians 5.
21:39 I Thessalonians 5:5 says:
21:42 "Ye are all children of the... " what?
21:46 "light. " What does that mean?
21:49 Children of the Word.
21:51 "You are all children of the light and children of the day.
21:57 We are not of the night nor of darkness. "
22:02 Go back up there to verse 2.
22:05 "For you yourselves know perfectly
22:09 that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the... "
22:13 what? "in the night. "
22:15 But as long as you and I are in the light we are not in the
22:19 night. That's right. As long as we're in the light
22:22 we're not in the night.
22:24 Mercy! We could make up a whole song about that, couldn't we?
22:26 So what we've learned so far is that in order
22:31 to be saved we must have a love of the truth.
22:35 What is the truth? The truth is the Word of God.
22:38 The Bible says that the Lord comes like a thief in the night
22:43 but it's only to those who are not sanctified by the truth.
22:47 Only those... it only comes as a thief to those who
22:51 aren't watching and waiting for the coming of Jesus.
22:55 And the way that you and I watch and wait
22:59 is by taking the Word of God and studying it.
23:02 You know, Pastor Phillip... My wife gave me this
23:07 new Bible the other day and I've been carrying this
23:09 Bible around because somebody told me
23:12 that if I put palm oil in it on my Bible
23:15 it'll get floppy. And so I know that every likes a floppy Bible.
23:19 So I've been holding it... walking around the house
23:21 holding it like this. And then my wife was holding it
23:23 'cause she didn't want my new Bible to just have my palm oil.
23:26 But the more that you use your Bible at home
23:28 the easier it's going to open.
23:30 Sometimes you'll just turn to a text and you'll say: "Oh,
23:34 there I am already. " Because you've taken God's Word
23:36 and you've started to live in the light of God's Word.
23:40 This... this is a fun class; we're glad that you're here.
23:44 But it's very serious because what you are learning today
23:47 is something that God believes you are ready to hear.
23:51 You may have learned something else your entire life
23:54 but today you're going to be in the Word of God
23:56 and you are going to see that God's Word is going to teach us.
24:00 Now one thing that I forgot to do.
24:02 Right now I just remembered it.
24:03 Can anybody tell me what I forgot to do? Pray.
24:05 I forgot to pray. So we'll ask the Lord to forgive us
24:08 and we'll pray so that we can understand it.
24:10 Because without the Spirit of God, not one of us can
24:12 understand His Word.
24:15 Father in Heaven, I pray that You'll forgive me
24:18 in my excitement of just hopping into this topic.
24:20 And Lord we ask that Your Holy Spirit
24:23 will come and be with us now.
24:26 That You will not only be with us but that You will enlighten
24:29 our minds and that You will live in us
24:32 so that our lives can be a reflection of Your Son.
24:37 Thank you, Father, for being with us and for sending
24:40 Your Spirit. In Your name we praise You, Amen.
24:46 OK. So now let's go to II Peter chapter 3.
24:49 We're going to find another one of these thief in the night
24:53 references. II Peter chapter 3
24:57 verses 9 and 10.
25:00 II Peter is, of course, in the New Testament.
25:02 II Peter's in the New Testament.
25:04 It is past Hebrews... past the T section then past Hebrews.
25:08 Then we're going to II Peter chapter 3
25:11 and we're going to ask Bill to read verses 9 and 10.
25:16 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise
25:19 as some count slackness but is longsuffering toward us
25:23 not willing that any should perish but that all should
25:25 come to repentance. " OK, Bill, could I interrupt you?
25:28 What do you believe is the reason that the Lord is
25:32 delaying His coming out of verse 9?
25:35 He wants us to be saved. He wants us to be saved.
25:38 The Bible said "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise. "
25:42 What promise is that referring to?
25:44 That He came to seek us to save us.
25:48 That's right. But you remember there's a very specific place
25:51 and this was in part one of the study.
25:53 It's the very first text we went to.
25:55 What did Jesus promise His disciples in John 14:1-3?
26:00 Oh, that He would come again. That's right.
26:02 That He would come again. So the Lord is not slack
26:04 concerning His promise. That's the promise to return.
26:10 But then it says He is longsuffering toward us.
26:15 And He's longsuffering toward us, Tom,
26:17 because He doesn't want us to perish
26:19 but He wants us to come to everlasting life.
26:21 And so you may be asking yourself:
26:23 "why if God is so good
26:26 all of this bad stuff is happening and it just keeps
26:29 getting worse? " Because the Lord is waiting for the very
26:32 last person to accept Him as their Savior to do so.
26:37 And maybe that person is you.
26:39 And we pray that today you will accept Christ into your hearts.
26:42 Would you go ahead and finish reading that for us?
26:45 "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. "
26:48 Stop! Stop... because that's where most of Christianity
26:54 stops. Every time we read "like a thief in the night,
26:57 a thief in the night, a thief in the night... "
26:59 that's where we stop!
27:01 But the context is what tells us
27:04 what it means for the Lord to come like a thief in the night.
27:07 Now the context here in II Peter is so vividly clear
27:11 the only way you could miss it would be to stop reading.
27:15 But because we want to be people that study the Bible
27:18 and hear what God has to say we're not just going to stop,
27:20 Jessica, we're going to let Bill read the rest of this text.
27:23 "In which the heavens will pass away with a great noise
27:26 and the elements will melt with fervent heat.
27:28 Both the earth and the works that are in it
27:31 will be burned up. " So the day of the Lord
27:34 comes like a thief in the night and then it describes what
27:38 that's going to be like. And what did it describe?
27:41 What did that describe?
27:43 Say that again: the heavens will pass away
27:47 with a what? A great noise.
27:51 So what we are seeing already even in understanding
27:55 like a thief in the night... You know, if a thief came into
27:59 your house and he was rummaging around in your house
28:02 and he was making lots of noise
28:03 you would hear him, wouldn't you?
28:05 The Bible says that the day of the Lord so comes like
28:09 a thief in the night... "in the which" -
28:12 what does it say there? -
28:13 "in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise
28:19 and the elements will melt with fervent heat.
28:23 The earth also and the works that are therein
28:26 shall be burned up. "
28:29 So when you're giving this Bible study
28:33 some people when you're giving the first half
28:36 or the first 12 texts they will agree with you
28:39 that yes, the day of the Lord is going to come
28:41 and it's going to be a great event; it's going to be
28:43 an awesome event, but that's different from the rapture.
28:46 And then they'll go to these references here like
28:49 I Thessalonians 5 and II Peter 3
28:52 to say that there's going to be a rapture... but not so.
28:56 Because when we read the context of those verses
29:00 we see that the day of the Lord comes like a thief to people
29:04 that aren't ready.
29:07 And all it takes for us to be ready
29:10 is to have a love of the what? Of the truth.
29:14 That's absolutely right. Of the Word of God, that's right.
29:18 So we're going to look at the last reference.
29:20 We will have looked... If I'm not mistaken we will have looked
29:22 at every thief in the night reference in scripture.
29:26 I don't think we've missed one of them.
29:28 This will be the last one. Let's go to Revelation
29:31 chapter 3 and verse 3.
29:33 Revelation chapter 3 and verse 3.
29:36 And we are going to let Jessica read this.
29:39 So we're turning to the last book of the Bible.
29:42 Revelation the 3rd chapter and the 3rd verse.
29:48 And can you read that for us?
29:49 "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard
29:54 and hold fast and repent.
29:56 If therefore thou shalt not watch,
29:59 I will come on thee as a thief
30:01 and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. "
30:06 OK. So what is it that you and I need to be doing
30:09 so that the day of the Lord does not take us
30:11 or overtake us like a thief?
30:13 We need to be watching.
30:16 And the only way for us to be watching
30:18 is to turn the light on.
30:20 Now have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night
30:21 and... because you needed to go to the bathroom...
30:24 and you don't turn the lights on because you're afraid
30:27 the light's going to hurt your eye.
30:29 And then you kick the door jamb
30:31 or you kick a piece of furniture.
30:32 Has that ever happened?
30:34 Oh she said she sees well in the dark.
30:35 Has that ever happened to you, Jessica?
30:36 Jessica says yes it's happened to her.
30:38 It's happened to me, too.
30:39 If I had just turned the light on,
30:42 I could have avoided a lot of pain.
30:45 But because I didn't turn the light on
30:48 not only did I stub my toe but then I had to turn the light on
30:52 to look at my toe and thereby my eyes began to hurt.
30:54 So it was doubly bad, right Bill?
30:57 So even though you and I learn things from scripture that
31:01 may be different from what we've always known
31:03 and it may even hurt to know that we have been lied to
31:08 about what it means for the Lord coming like a thief
31:11 in the night... Even though it hurts us
31:15 it's an awful lot better to turn that light on
31:18 and find out the truth than to kick the door jamb
31:23 then turn the light on and realize that the damage
31:26 has already been done.
31:27 So we must love the truth.
31:31 And it is our hope that you will love the truth
31:34 about the second coming of Jesus.
31:37 So now when somebody says: "Yeah, the day of the Lord's
31:40 going to come like a thief in the night, " Tom,
31:42 pick up the microphone and tell me what you're going to
31:43 tell them. What are you going to tell them?
31:45 What do you remember? Give us a review here.
31:46 Ask me the question again. All right.
31:49 You're good about this. I'll ask it again.
31:51 That way you can think about it, right?
31:52 So what is it that you're going to tell someone
31:56 when they say: "Well you know, I'm going to be raptured
32:01 and I really don't have to worry about this
32:03 because, you know, Jesus is going to rapture me
32:05 so I don't have to worry about it. You know,
32:07 He comes like a thief in the night, so... "
32:09 Well I'll tell them that that day is going to be a loud
32:12 occurrence. There's going to be shouting.
32:14 That's right. The heavens will pass away.
32:17 Things will be burned up. It's not going to be a quiet event.
32:21 Can you remember any of the references
32:22 that we just looked at... listened to?
32:24 Uh yes, there's one in Peter... II Peter 3:9-10.
32:27 You just looked at the screen. That's good.
32:30 And those of you at home, you have the opportunity
32:32 to back this DVD up or to go forward
32:35 and you can get those references as well.
32:36 But it would be a good idea because we're teaching you
32:39 how to mark this in your Bible
32:41 it would be a good idea for you to go ahead and mark that
32:43 in your Bible so if somebody does come to you with
32:45 a thief in the night reference and says: "But the day of the
32:48 Lord comes like a thief in the night, " you can say
32:50 "OK, can you show me your reference? "
32:52 And then you have somewhere to go backwards and forwards
32:55 from that reference because we've looked at all these
32:57 other references for a thief in the night.
33:01 Now when we started this class here
33:04 you remember I told you that there are some people that say:
33:06 "Jesus is going to come pre-trib or before the tribulation. "
33:10 Then there's some people that say: "No, He's going to come
33:12 right in the middle of the tribulation. "
33:14 And those would be mid-trib people.
33:16 And then there are people that say Jesus is going to come
33:18 at the end of the tribulation. That would be post-trib.
33:22 So how do you know if Jesus is coming pre-trib,
33:24 mid-trib, or post-trib?
33:26 What was that? Look in the Word...
33:28 because this is the light that keeps us out of darkness.
33:33 That's right. So we will go to the next reference
33:35 that you see there on the screen.
33:37 We are going to the 19th Second Coming study...
33:41 or second coming text. And we're in Revelation 14
33:44 and there's quite a bit of stuff for us to read here.
33:46 And you can see all that on your screen.
33:48 So we're going to go to Mrs. Gloria.
33:51 And Mrs. Gloria if you could read for us
33:54 Revelation 14 verses 6-12.
33:57 Now I told Mrs. Gloria this probably 10 or 15 times:
34:01 that Mrs. Gloria is going to need to come to my house
34:04 and read for our children for our evening devotionals.
34:08 Because I want you to listen to the way this lady reads.
34:10 She's got one of those voices like my grandma had
34:13 and she could just read to me forever.
34:15 So we're reading verses 6 through 12 of Revelation 14.
34:19 You've got quite a bit of stuff to read there.
34:21 And we may... we may break it up into a couple of us reading
34:24 or I just may interrupt you.
34:26 OK. So we're ready for you now.
34:28 Start in verse 6 of Revelation 14.
34:33 "Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven
34:37 having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell
34:41 on the earth. To every nation, tribe, tongue, and people.
34:47 Saying with a loud voice:
34:49 'Fear God and give glory to Him
34:52 for the hour of His judgment has come.
34:55 And worship Him who made heaven and earth,
34:59 the sea, and the springs of water. '
35:03 And another angel followed saying:
35:05 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen.
35:08 That great city, because she has made all nations
35:12 to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. ' "
35:16 OK. Can I interrupt you?
35:18 So those of you at home: now you know exactly why
35:20 I want Mrs. Gloria to come read to my kids
35:22 for evening worship. Go ahead and read there, Mrs. Gloria.
35:25 "Then a third angel followed them saying with a loud voice:
35:30 "If anyone worships the beast and his image
35:33 and receives his mark on his forehead or in his hand,
35:38 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God
35:43 which is poured out full strength into the cup
35:47 of His indignation. He shall be tormented with the fire
35:51 and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels
35:55 and in the presence of the Lamb. ' "
35:57 OK. Now Mrs. Gloria, who is it
36:00 that is tormented with fire and brimstone
36:02 that receives the wrath of God?
36:05 In verse 9 and 10 that you just read,
36:07 who is it that receives the wrath of God?
36:10 The ones that receive the mark. That's right.
36:12 The ones that receive the mark.
36:15 Now you and I are going to be studying in the future
36:17 about the mark of the beast.
36:19 It's definitely something that you and I can see here
36:22 that we want to avoid. Do you want to know more about
36:24 the mark of the beast? How about you guys here:
36:26 do you want to know more about the mark of the beast?
36:28 Well that means you're going to have to keep watching the DVDs.
36:31 You're going to have to keep tuning in to the program
36:33 that you're watching so that you can get those.
36:35 Now Mrs. Gloria, we're going to go ahead and let you finish
36:38 there in verses 11 and 12, then we'll let somebody else read
36:41 some of the other references.
36:42 "And the smoke of their torment ascended forever and ever
36:47 and they have no rest day or night
36:50 who worship the beast and his image
36:53 and whoever receives the mark of his name. "
36:57 And verse 12...
36:59 "Here is the patience of the saints.
37:01 Here are those who keep the commandments of God
37:05 and the faith of Jesus. " OK, so we'll just...
37:08 We'll just take a little glimpse into the mark of the beast
37:11 study right here. As long as we are keeping the commandments
37:14 of God and have the faith of Jesus
37:17 then we don't receive the mark of the beast.
37:20 It's that easy, isn't it?
37:22 And you'll hear us when we finally do cover the mark
37:25 of the beast study you'll hear me say:
37:26 "that's all we need to know. "
37:28 All we have to know is how to avoid it.
37:30 We don't even have to know what it is so long as we know
37:33 how to stay away from it.
37:34 But the purpose of this here is to show that those who receive
37:38 the wrath of God are the wicked.
37:42 Those that have chosen to receive the mark of the beast,
37:45 those that have worshiped the beast
37:47 and continue to worship the beast.
37:49 So let's go to our next reference now which is
37:53 Revelation 15 verse 1. Revelation 15 verse 1.
37:57 And we'll go ahead and let Mike read that for us.
38:00 Revelation 15 verse 1.
38:05 "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous:
38:09 seven angels having the seven last plagues
38:12 for in them is filled up the wrath of God. "
38:14 OK. So what have we just learned?
38:17 That the seven last plagues are the wrath of God.
38:23 Did you see that? Jessica, you see that there?
38:26 It says in verse 1:
38:27 "seven angels having the seven last plagues
38:30 for in them... " in the seven last plagues... "is filled up
38:35 the wrath of God. "
38:38 Now who? Danielle, who is the wrath of God
38:42 poured out on? What was that Jessica?
38:46 The wicked. Those that receive the mark of the beast -
38:50 those that worship the beast - receive the wrath of God.
38:54 So here it says that there are seven angels
38:57 that have the seven last plagues.
38:59 And in those seven last plagues is filled up
39:03 the wrath of God.
39:05 Now I don't know about you, Mike, but I'd rather not
39:08 be one of the wicked that suffer the wrath of God.
39:11 It just doesn't sound like something I want to do.
39:14 So the Bible says that those that are keeping the
39:17 commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus
39:20 will avoid the wrath of God.
39:23 Well if the wrath of God is poured out in the 7 last plagues
39:27 or during the tribulation
39:30 you and I want to be people that are during the tribulation
39:33 keeping the commandments of God
39:36 and having the faith that Jesus had, don't we?
39:40 So the first indication that Jesus comes either mid-trib
39:44 or post-trib is that during the tribulation there will be
39:48 people that keep the commandments of God.
39:50 So let's just keep reading here.
39:52 We're going to go to Revelation 16 verse 1.
39:55 Revelation 16 verse 1, and Shelleta, can you read this
39:58 for us? We will read verses 1 and 2.
40:01 Revelation 16 verses 1 and 2.
40:05 "And I heard a great voice out of the temple
40:08 saying to the seven angels: 'Go your ways
40:10 and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. '
40:14 And the first went and poured out his vial
40:17 upon the earth, and there fell a noisesome and grievous sore
40:21 upon the men which had the mark of the beast
40:24 and upon them which worshiped his image. "
40:27 OK. So Shelleta, right here we're seeing what vial
40:30 being poured out? Or what angel is pouring out?
40:34 The first. The first. So the reason we go to Revelation 16
40:38 verses 1 and 2 is simply to show that the first angel
40:43 is pouring out the wrath of God.
40:47 The wrath that was filled up in that angel's cup.
40:50 And who is the wrath of God poured out on?
40:53 The wicked. And the wicked are opposite from the saints
40:57 who are keeping the commandments of God
40:59 and have the faith of Jesus.
41:01 Now let's read verse 12.
41:03 And Tom, maybe you could read verse 12 for us.
41:05 Revelation chapter 16 and verse 12.
41:10 "Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river
41:14 Euphrates and its water was dried up so that the way
41:19 of the kings from the east might be prepared. "
41:22 OK, Tom: what number angel is pouring what number vial
41:27 in this verse? This is the sixth angel
41:29 and he's pouring out the sixth vial.
41:30 And how many vials and how many angels do we have total?
41:34 Seven angels. That's fine. Seven angels
41:38 having the seven vials full of God's wrath.
41:41 So now we're going to read verse 17.
41:44 And Bill, why don't you read verse 17 for us?
41:46 Can you do that? Revelation 16 and verse 17.
41:50 And then tell me what angel is pouring out his vial here.
41:53 "Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air
41:56 and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven
41:59 from the throne saying: 'It is done. ' "
42:02 OK. So where is Jesus
42:06 when "It is done" is cried out?
42:12 He's in the throne room. That's right.
42:14 He in the throne, isn't He? He's on the throne.
42:16 Do you remember any other time where Jesus cried out
42:20 "It is finished" or "It is done? "
42:22 On the cross. That's right.
42:25 And so here we see the seventh angel is pouring out his vial.
42:30 But something happens between the 6th angel and the 7th angel.
42:34 What is it that happens between the sixth angel,
42:38 Roberto, and the seventh angel?
42:40 Can you read for us verse 15? Revelation 16:15.
42:47 "Behold... " Sixteen, right?
42:51 Verse 15, yeah. Chapter 16 verse 15.
42:53 "Behold, I am coming as a thief.
42:55 Blessed is he who watches and keeps his garments
43:01 lest he walk naked and they see his shame. "
43:05 So notice here it says between the 6th and the 7th
43:09 plague... So you had plague 1,
43:12 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
43:17 In between the sixth plague and the seventh plague
43:21 Jesus cries out what?
43:24 "Behold, I am coming as a thief. "
43:28 Is that past, present, or future?
43:31 That's future.
43:33 So, did Jesus come before the wrath of God or the tribulation
43:36 was poured out? No.
43:37 Does Jesus come in the middle of the tribulation
43:40 or mid-trib while the plagues are being poured out?
43:42 No, no, no. It is not completely done or finished
43:45 until the seventh vial is poured out.
43:47 And then Jesus cries out: "It is done. "
43:52 And so my friends, those of you that are studying the Bible
43:55 today, understand that Jesus does not come back
43:59 prior to the tribulation.
44:01 Jesus does not come back in the middle of the tribulation.
44:06 But my friends Jesus comes back after the tribulation
44:10 is over. Now that may cause a question in some of our minds.
44:15 If Jesus comes back after the tribulation is over,
44:18 how are we going to survive the tribulation?
44:22 That'd be a good question, wouldn't it?
44:24 Because all of our lives some of us have been taught
44:26 that Jesus comes back before the tribulation
44:28 so we don't even have to worry about it.
44:30 But this is where you as a good Bible student
44:33 will write this down.
44:34 You're taking notes at home and you're taking notes
44:36 in the class. You write down Psalm 91.
44:39 You write down Psalm 91.
44:42 And when this is over, you make sure that you read that.
44:44 And you will see in Psalm 91 it even says
44:48 that none of the plagues will come near your dwelling
44:51 because you are being kept safe
44:55 under the mighty wings or the mighty arm of God.
45:00 So those of you that are concerned now about living
45:03 through the tribulation, don't you worry
45:05 because Jesus has promised to keep us safe.
45:09 Jesus has even promised that our bread and our water
45:12 will be sure during that time period.
45:14 So we don't have to amass anything today
45:17 as far as food to eat during the tribulation
45:19 because Jesus said that He would provide that for us.
45:21 So we see that Jesus does not come back prior to the
45:25 tribulation. He doesn't come back in the middle of
45:28 the tribulation. Jesus comes back at the
45:30 end of the tribulation. And that's good news for us
45:33 because He has promised that He will keep us safe
45:36 during that tribulation.
45:38 So now let's go to the next concept that we want to cover
45:42 in this study. Let's go to Luke the 17th chapter
45:46 verses 26 and 27.
45:49 Luke the 17th chapter verses 26 and 27.
45:54 Luke... Matthew, Mark, Luke.
45:57 If you go to John, you've gone too far.
46:00 We're going to Luke 17 verse 26.
46:04 Luke 17 and verse 26.
46:07 And we will let Danielle read this for us.
46:11 "And as it was in the days of Noah
46:13 so shall it also be in the days of the Son of Man.
46:17 They did eat, they drank, they married wives,
46:20 they were given in marriage until the day that Noah
46:23 entered into the ark
46:24 and the flood came and destroyed them all. "
46:27 So the flood came and did what to them?
46:29 Destroyed them all.
46:32 The Bible tells us: "Like as it was... "
46:34 What does it say there in verse 26?
46:36 "And as it was in the days of Noah
46:38 so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. "
46:43 So when Jesus comes back
46:46 it will be just like it was in the days of Noah.
46:49 Now in the days of Noah, verse 27 of Luke 17 told us
46:53 that they were eating, they were drinking,
46:55 they were getting engaged, they were being married.
46:58 And they didn't know anything until the flood came
47:03 and did what? "Destroyed them all. "
47:07 Let's look at what happened to those people that weren't
47:10 destroyed. Go to Genesis.
47:13 Our next reference: Genesis chapter 7 and verse 23.
47:19 Genesis: the very first book of the Bible.
47:22 And I should have told you to keep your finger there
47:24 in Luke because we're going to come right back to it.
47:26 We're going to go to Genesis chapter 7 and verse 23.
47:31 And we will ask Jessica to read this for us.
47:34 Genesis chapter 7 and verse 23.
47:39 "And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the
47:43 face of the ground, both man and cattle,
47:46 and creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven,
47:50 And they were destroyed from the earth
47:52 and Noah only remained alive
47:55 and they that were with him in the ark. "
47:59 So who was it that got to live during the flood.
48:05 Noah and those that were with him in the ark.
48:08 My friends, you and I right now,
48:11 if we could just spiritualize that text for a moment,
48:13 this is our ark.
48:16 The only way that you and I will remain alive
48:19 during that tribulation is by hiding the truth of God's Word
48:23 in our hearts and loving it.
48:26 Even if it's different from what we've ever known before.
48:29 So this verse here tells us that every living substance
48:34 was destroyed and Noah and his family
48:39 remained alive.
48:41 That's going to be important here in just a minute.
48:43 Everything is destroyed, but Noah and his family remain.
48:48 They remain on the earth or in the ark.
48:52 So let's go to our next reference which is in Luke.
48:55 We're going back to Luke the 17th chapter.
48:57 Luke chapter 17 verses 34-37.
49:01 You can see this is our 22nd second coming reference.
49:05 And again, you don't give all of these references -
49:07 you don't give this entire two halves -
49:10 in one hour. Otherwise you'd be... you'd be going so fast...
49:14 But you don't want to do that. You need to go slow enough
49:18 for people to understand you.
49:20 So Luke 17 verse 34-37.
49:24 Now somebody at home is going to want to read out loud
49:27 but we won't be able to hear you.
49:28 So you read out loud while Mike reads out loud, OK?
49:31 So Mike, why don't you lead us off here?
49:34 "I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed.
49:38 The one shall be taken and the other shall be left. "
49:41 OK, stop right there.
49:43 This is where Christianity
49:46 gets its idea for one is taken
49:51 and the other one is left.
49:52 You know there's an entire series of books
49:55 on left behind or taken.
49:59 The series is called Left Behind, right?
50:02 But we're going to find out that you and I
50:05 want to be just like Noah. We want to remain
50:09 while everything else is destroyed.
50:14 Keep reading for us there, Mike.
50:15 "Two women shall be grinding together. The one shall be taken
50:19 and the other left. Two men shall be in the field.
50:22 The one shall be taken and the other left.
50:24 And they answered and said unto Him:
50:27 'Where Lord? ' And He said unto them:
50:29 'Wheresoever the body is,
50:31 thither will the eagles be gathered together. ' "
50:33 Now would you consider the disciples to be smart men?
50:37 I mean, they did choose to follow Jesus, didn't they?
50:40 So they're highly intelligent.
50:42 Smart enough. Smart enough!
50:43 Verse 34 says: "I tell you in that night... "
50:46 And the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the what?
50:49 In the night. "I tell you in that night
50:51 there shall be two men in one bed.
50:53 This is not talking about homosexuality.
50:56 It says: "There will be two... " Men is a supplied word.
50:59 "There will be two in one bed.
51:01 One shall be taken and the other shall be... " what?
51:04 "left. " Now Mike, tell me: where is the one left?
51:13 Well what does it say there? Where is the one left?
51:15 You said it, Jessica. He's left in the bed.
51:18 That's right. And Roberto,
51:20 the two women that are grinding together...
51:23 one of those is taken and the other one is left where?
51:26 Grinding, right?
51:29 Now Shelleta, two shall be in the field. One shall be taken
51:33 and the other left. Where's he left?
51:35 He's left in the field.
51:36 So what you and I see here in this passage
51:38 is we see a person is left in the bed,
51:41 a person is left grinding,
51:43 and a person is left in a field.
51:45 Then the disciples there in verse 37:
51:49 "And they answered Him and said unto Him:
51:51 "Where, Lord? "
51:53 What are they asking?
51:57 They're asking where they're left?
51:59 They know where they're left.
52:01 Where were they left, Mike?
52:02 That's right. In the field, grinding, and in the bed.
52:07 So they're not asking where are they left because the Lord
52:09 just told them where they were left.
52:11 They're asking: "Where are they taken? "
52:14 And Shelleta, Jesus answers that in a very peculiar way,
52:18 doesn't He? How does He answer that?
52:20 Read that for us again. Read verse 37
52:22 there in Luke 17. Are you in the reference?
52:24 All right. Because I was going to hand you my Bible
52:26 if you weren't.
52:28 "Wheresoever the body is,
52:30 thither will the eagles be gathered together. "
52:33 So wherever the body is... Read that one more time for us.
52:37 Read that one more time for us.
52:39 "Wheresoever the body is,
52:42 thither will the eagles be gathered together. "
52:45 So they ask: "Where are they taken, Lord? "
52:47 And He says: "Wheresoever the body is,
52:50 that's where the eagle's going to be. "
52:51 What in the world is Jesus talking about?
52:54 Go to the next reference you see there on your screen.
52:57 Job 39 verses 27-30.
53:02 Job 39. Now Job is in the Old Testament
53:05 to the left of the book of Psalms.
53:07 So we're going to Job 39
53:09 verses 27 through 30.
53:15 Well, I'll go ahead and read this one here.
53:17 I'll go ahead and read this one. Job 39 verse 27 says:
53:21 "Doth the eagle mount up at Thy command
53:24 and make her nest on high?
53:26 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock;
53:29 upon the crag of the rock and the strong place.
53:32 From thence she seeketh her prey;
53:36 and her eyes behold afar off.
53:39 Her young ones also suck up blood
53:43 and where the slain are, there is she. "
53:48 Where the slain are... that's where the eagle is.
53:52 Where the slain are... that's where the eagle is going to come
53:57 and suck up blood. So the disciples asked Jesus.
54:00 Jesus said: "There's two in the bed. One is taken,
54:02 the other is left. There's two at the mill.
54:05 One is taken, the other is left.
54:06 There's two... " what was the third one? Where were they at?
54:10 In the field, that's right. "There were two in the field.
54:12 One's taken, the other one is left. "
54:13 Where are they left? No. They know where they're left.
54:17 Where are they taken?
54:19 And Jesus says that they are taken to destruction.
54:24 Wherever the body is, that's where the eagle will be.
54:28 Our last reference here tells us that there
54:33 is going to be a great feast at the second coming of Jesus.
54:37 How many of you are looking forward to being eaten?
54:41 Uh-uh, yeah. Got to be careful how you answer that question,
54:43 don't you, because you don't want to be eaten.
54:44 There's going to be a great feast at the second coming
54:48 of Jesus. And that feast is going to be the vultures
54:52 and the eagles and all the birds of prey
54:55 eating the flesh of people.
54:58 It's going to be eating those that were taken
55:02 to destruction. So we'll go to our last reference here.
55:05 This is the last reference in the second half of
55:08 this Second Coming study.
55:10 And we're in Revelation 19.
55:12 Revelation 19 and verse 17.
55:17 Revelation 19 and verse 17.
55:23 And Rober... Let's see... who's got this? OK, Tom's got that.
55:27 Tom, if you'll read Revelation 19 verses 17, 18, and then 21.
55:32 "Then I saw an angel standing in the sun
55:35 and he cried with a loud voice
55:37 saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven:
55:40 'Come and gather together for the supper of the great God. '
55:44 Now what somebody's going to want to do at home is you're
55:47 going to want to read the verses before this because it tells us
55:49 that the Son of Man is coming
55:52 and He has on a vesture that has been dipped in blood.
55:55 His name is called The Word of God there in verse 13.
55:58 Verse 16 says: "He has a name on His thigh
56:02 that is written "KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS. "
56:03 So this is at the second coming of Jesus.
56:06 Then there's this angel in the sun that cries with a loud voice
56:09 telling all the birds to gather together to eat.
56:12 And what does it say in verse 18?
56:13 "You may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains,
56:19 the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses
56:23 and of those who sit on them,
56:25 and the flesh of all people,
56:27 free and slave, both small and great. "
56:30 Verse 21? Um-hmm. "And the rest were killed
56:33 with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him
56:36 who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled
56:39 with their flesh. " Just imagine, my friends...
56:42 you and I can eat the Word of God now.
56:44 It can become part of our lives. We can love the truth
56:47 or we will be eaten by birds at the end of time.
56:51 God's Word is truth.
56:54 Today we have learned from the Bible -
56:56 not my opinion but from the Bible -
56:58 that Jesus is going to come. It's going to be literal.
57:01 We're going to see it; we're going to hear it.
57:03 He's going to come after the tribulation.
57:06 He's going to come like a thief in the night to those people
57:09 that aren't ready.
57:10 My question to you is do you want to be ready?
57:15 Do you want to be ready, Danielle?
57:17 Mrs. Gloria, do you want to be ready?
57:20 God has told us that as long as we remain in the light
57:26 we will be ready.
57:28 That day will not overtake us like a thief in the night.
57:32 And my friend, you, too, will want to continue to study.
57:36 You'll want to continue to open the Word of God
57:38 so that you can remain in the light of His Word.