Life On the Edge

Spirit Of Prophecy Pt. 1

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Phillip Sizemore (Host)


Series Code: LOE

Program Code: LOE000026

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.
00:43 Hello, welcome back to the Lay Institute for Evangelism.
00:46 You're joining us here today actually in our class
00:48 at Pine Lake Retreat in sunny Florida.
00:51 Today we're going to be going over a study
00:52 on the Spirit of Prophecy.
00:54 We're going to be looking at how God throughout history
00:57 has guided His church with
00:58 prophets. And actually the...
00:59 that gift of prophecy actually comes down into the last days
01:03 of earth's history to God's remnant church.
01:05 His last day people also will experience that...
01:07 that gift of prophecy. That's what we're going to be
01:09 studying today. As we get into our study...
01:12 Before we get into our study I should say...
01:13 we're going to have a word of prayer.
01:15 So let's bow our heads for a word of prayer.
01:16 Father, I just want to ask right now that as we open up
01:19 Your Word and we study this important subject
01:22 as we teach others how to give Bible studies using
01:25 actually on the Spirit of Prophecy as well as our other
01:29 subjects that you will give us understanding ourselves.
01:32 So Lord, please bless our time together
01:34 both for those of us here and those that are watching
01:36 at home. I pray in Jesus' name, Amen.
01:38 Amen! As you look at the screen here...
01:40 automatically we go to the screen and we find out
01:42 that the Spirit of Prophecy is the title of the study.
01:44 And you'll abbreviate that. Now you remember, as you're
01:46 going through marking up your Bibles, you'll abbreviate
01:48 the Spirit of Prophecy with SP.
01:51 And so once we get into the study you'll see how that works
01:54 out again for those of you that may be seeing this
01:56 for the first time. The purpose of the study
01:58 now is on the screen:
02:04 And that it's also given to us here today in the last days
02:08 as well... through all ages.
02:10 And as we go to the Center It part of the study:
02:17 That's the purpose of the Spirit of Prophecy.
02:19 He gives it to us because He loves us.
02:22 The gift of prophecy as you have looked in your Bibles
02:25 and you've studied your Bibles I'm sure you've read
02:27 that the whole Bible is given to us because of prophets,
02:29 right? And God has guided His people throughout history.
02:32 His church, His people through- out history He would raise up
02:34 prophets at just the right time in order to point the people
02:37 in just the right direction.
02:38 And He hasn't left us here in these last days
02:40 to wonder which way we should go.
02:41 He also gives us a prophet in the last days.
02:44 And that's what we're going to be going through in this study:
02:46 exactly what has God done - even in the last days -
02:49 with this gift of prophecy.
02:51 Now the list of texts that we're going to be going through
02:53 is on the screen now.
02:55 Here's the whole list of texts we're going to be using.
02:56 There's 16 of them plus or minus or actually, plus a couple
03:00 I guess. We'll throw a couple of texts extra
03:02 so you want to have a pencil and paper handy.
03:05 For those of you that are joining us at home
03:06 and maybe this is the first time... maybe you've joined us
03:09 before... I feel like I need to remind you.
03:11 What you need to be doing is you want to have some paper handy...
03:14 just something to write notes on or whatever like that.
03:17 But also, if you would like a copy of the study guides
03:20 that we're using... what the students are using...
03:23 you might not see them have them on their desk
03:24 because they're on their computers...
03:25 but I have a hard copy printed out here.
03:27 And it's the entire study guide for this particular study
03:31 printed out. And you can get it in a Word document
03:33 or a Pages document if you're a Mac user like all of us here.
03:36 And you can find that on our website:
03:38 at www. ComeExperienceLife. com
03:41 So if you go to ComeExperienceLife. com
03:44 you can actually download the study guide.
03:45 You can also watch the video clips.
03:49 Actually the videos... you can download them and watch those
03:51 for all the rest of the studies leading up to this.
03:53 So if you have questions, if I reference something
03:55 during the study and you say: "now wait a minute...
03:57 I don't know how you get that, "
03:59 it's probably something we've covered in an earlier study.
04:01 So if you haven't watched it, you may need to go back
04:03 to pick that up. Again, you can go to our website
04:05 ComeExperienceLife. com to find that.
04:08 So now we're going to get into the bulk, the meat of the study
04:10 you might say, and we're going to begin in Genesis chapter 5.
04:13 Genesis chapter 5 and verses 21 through 29.
04:17 Now as we're turning there, I'm going to share something
04:21 with you... a little personal story.
04:23 Usually whenever we say the word prophet,
04:26 when the word prophet comes up,
04:28 all kinds of things come to mind, don't they?
04:30 You know, I can remember when I was a heathen out in the world
04:33 and I first heard about the idea of a prophet in modern times
04:38 automatically what would come to my mind was not really what
04:41 the Bible refers to as a prophet. But I thought more
04:43 of what you may call a spiritualist.
04:45 You know, when I think of prophet... I used to think of,
04:47 anyway, I used to think of palm reading
04:49 or you know the Tarot card and things like that.
04:51 But when someone said prophet that's just like what came
04:52 to mind automatically. But as I found out from the Bible
04:56 in a Bible perspective that's not what the description
04:59 of a prophet is in the Bible. As a matter of fact,
05:01 those things like that that come to mind actually God condemns.
05:03 Now the reason I'm starting off like this here
05:07 is because this is teaching you how to give a Bible study,
05:10 you know. And we're going to be dealing with different people
05:12 as we give Bible studies. And if you've been raised
05:14 like say in a church setting or something like that
05:17 and you say the word prophet, what comes to mind
05:20 when you say prophet, Mike, is like what we think of
05:23 as a Biblical prophet. Because we're in the church
05:25 we're understanding that. But I want you to understand
05:27 that when you're dealing with someone like in a home
05:29 in a Bible study or something like that
05:30 and you say the word prophet, what comes to mind
05:33 is like Nostradamus
05:35 or you know one of these modern-day spiritualists.
05:38 What are some of the names?
05:40 Is there one by the name of Jean Simpson or something like
05:42 that? Patty... what is it? Duke. Duke? Yeah, anyway
05:45 you see these people like on Oprah or whatever
05:47 and they're like basically fortune tellers.
05:49 But the Bible doesn't talk about those people when it's
05:51 talking about prophets. It actually condemns that.
05:53 But it condones and it has people that, as we're going to
05:56 find out as we go through this study, God has
05:57 a description of what a true Biblical prophet...
06:00 standards that they would meet
06:01 and we're going to find as we go through the study.
06:03 You know, I met... I met a prophet once
06:05 or somebody at least claiming to be that.
06:06 I've met many people that kind of claimed that,
06:08 but one particular story stands out.
06:10 I was a literature evangelist. That's where you go door to door
06:13 you knock on doors. You've seen the blue Bible Story books
06:15 that you find in doctors' offices and things like that?
06:17 And I used to sell those. And usually we'd run on
06:21 lead cards... you know, where people would fill out the card
06:23 at the doctor's office and they would send it in
06:24 and we'd go to the doors. But one day up in Kentucky
06:27 I was in a sub-holler. A sub-holler is where...
06:30 Well a holler is where two hills come together
06:32 and it's in between there that's the holler where you go
06:34 up the middle of a hill: that's what they call a holler
06:36 in Kentucky. Well, I was up in a holler working
06:38 just knocking on doors, and I went into a sub-holler.
06:40 That's a holler that's off of a holler, right?
06:42 And I go in there and it's just a whole bunch of little trailers
06:45 and stuff down through there. And I'm going to the doors
06:47 knocking on them. And I come to this one door
06:49 and the lady comes to the door - we're in the middle of nowhere
06:53 in Kentucky, like I said in a sub-holler -
06:55 and it's in eastern Kentucky area.
06:57 Yeah, that's where I was, towards eastern Kentucky,
06:59 I guess. And the lady comes to the door
07:02 and she invites me right on in. And we sat down in her
07:06 living room. And as soon as I sat down and started showing her
07:08 the book - you know, that I was selling -
07:10 the phone rings. And so she said "excuse me. "
07:13 She answered the phone and she said; "Oh, yeah, just...
07:15 I'll tell you what. Just call me back here in a few minutes. "
07:17 So she hung up the phone and we get right back into it.
07:20 And I open up the stuff again and start showing it to her
07:22 and her phone rings. And by the way, all the time that her
07:25 phone is ringing she has these three little boys like this big,
07:26 this big, and this big. I mean they're real close together...
07:28 maybe a year apart.
07:30 And they're just wrestling and making all kinds of racket.
07:33 They're getting in my case pulling my stuff out.
07:35 They're pulling on my shirt; they're trying to get my
07:36 attention. I mean it's just chaotic in the house.
07:39 And the phone just rang again the second time.
07:41 She says: "Oh yeah, just call me back here
07:42 in just a little bit. " So she hangs up the phone
07:44 and a few minutes later... I mean, it wasn't...
07:46 I just got like one sentence out. Now you know
07:48 as fast as I talk if I got one sentence out
07:50 that wasn't very much time.
07:51 And so I started speaking again to show her the books
07:54 and the phone rings again.
07:55 Now this happened something like 4, maybe 5 times
07:58 within a 5-minute span.
07:59 And I said: "Look, ma'am, I don't mean to be nosy
08:02 but we're in the middle of nowhere. Does the same person
08:05 keep calling you? " She said: "No, no,
08:07 it's different people. "
08:08 I said: "Wow, you must be really popular 'cause, you know,
08:10 there's not a whole lot of people around here anyway. "
08:12 She said: "Well, I'm a prophet. "
08:14 I said: "Oh, really?
08:15 Well what's that have to do with your phone ringing,
08:17 you know? " And she said: "Well, my church members
08:19 and stuff they call and they ask me you know like
08:21 if it's OK for them to go... if it's safe for them to go
08:23 to the store today and this kind of thing. "
08:24 I said: "Really?
08:26 They call you to find out if it's safe to go places? "
08:28 She said: "Yeah, God reveals that to me and I tell them. "
08:31 And I said: "Oh, so you're like a spiritualist, like, not a
08:34 prophet but a fortune teller. " She said: "No, no.
08:36 I go to such and such church and I'm a prophet there
08:38 in the church. " "Oh! " So I'm getting really
08:41 a little nervous, especially with the boys pulling on me
08:43 and acting wild too. Just an uncomfortable situation.
08:45 So I show her the books, and she had no money or anything
08:48 to give me any money for the books. I gave her
08:51 a free book and I said: "Well, you know, I'd like to
08:53 have prayer with you before I go. "
08:54 And so I bowed my head to pray
08:56 and all of a sudden she said to the boys:
08:59 "Hey, we're going to pray. " The noise level went up about
09:01 two octaves... you know, it just went up that much louder
09:04 and they just got that much more rowdy.
09:05 They're doing this thing. I remember when I played
09:07 pee-wee football we had this thing... one of the exercises
09:09 called the monkey roll. You know, we had three guys
09:11 line up and one would jump over him and hit the ground
09:13 and start rolling and another guy would jump over him
09:14 you know and start rolling. They just kept doing this...
09:17 You know what I'm talking about? Just over one another?
09:19 That's like what they were doing in the middle of the floor while
09:21 I was praying. So my prayer in my mind...
09:23 so I knew no one could hear me... I was kind of praying
09:25 that the Lord would just get me out of there.
09:26 And He did. And so that was my experience
09:30 with a prophet. Not much, I know.
09:31 But my idea of a prophet growing up was something like that.
09:36 Like someone would call the fortune teller kind of thing.
09:39 And the reason I went through that whole long story
09:42 and everything was to give you an idea.
09:43 Maybe from your perspective... maybe you're growing up
09:45 in the church or something like that.
09:46 When someone says prophet, many people out in the world -
09:48 the secular world like where I came from -
09:50 that's what they think of.
09:52 So when you start talking about in a study, a Bible study,
09:54 the Spirit of Prophecy, you have to be very explanatory.
09:56 You have to explain very clearly
09:58 that you're not talking about a fortune teller.
10:00 You understand there is a difference, right?
10:02 And so this study here what it's going to do...
10:04 and I love the way this study is laid out...
10:06 is it actually shows how the Bible,
10:08 how God would raise up a prophet and you would have
10:11 a time line. Then He would raise up another prophet.
10:13 And He did that all through the Bible. There's a consistency
10:15 among certain prophets. Now not all prophets were
10:17 raised up the way we're looking at.
10:18 But there was a consistency among like what we would call
10:21 major prophets and that kind of thing.
10:23 So let us begin here now in Genesis chapter 5.
10:26 It may sound a little confusing in the beginning.
10:28 A little confusing. And the reason so?
10:30 Because you're going to say: "Why in the world
10:32 is he worrying about how old Methuselah was
10:34 and how old Lamech was and how old these other guys
10:36 were in the Bible. But it makes sense.
10:38 So, if you'll just follow along.
10:40 I hope you at home will follow along too in the same way
10:43 and not get bored and turn the channel or just stop.
10:46 All right. Let's pick it up in Genesis chapter 5 and verse 21.
10:50 You see on the screen there: Genesis 5:21-29.
10:53 And we're going to find out something about a time line
10:56 prophecy that Enoch gave us.
10:58 Verse 21. I'm going to start reading here
11:01 and then I'll let somebody else pick up as we go along. OK?
11:03 "Enoch lived 65 years and begat Methuselah.
11:06 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah
11:10 300 years and begat sons and daughters. "
11:12 Now before I got any farther I want you to think
11:13 about something. Who was the oldest guy that ever lived?
11:18 Enoch. Enoch... because Enoch never died.
11:21 The oldest guy that ever died was Enoch's son Methuselah.
11:25 So the guy that was the oldest guy that ever died
11:28 was the son of the oldest guy that ever lived.
11:30 So Methuselah was the oldest guy that ever died
11:33 and his dad was Enoch... and Enoch was the oldest guy
11:35 that ever lived. He's still alive; he was just taken off
11:36 to heaven. We'll know that as we read through here.
11:39 So it's interesting how it starts off.
11:40 Here we have Enoch having a son by the name of Methuselah.
11:43 And it says Methuselah... 300 years... verse 22 still...
11:49 "and begat sons and daughters.
11:50 And all the days of Enoch were 365 years. "
11:54 So Enoch lived 365 years and then:
11:56 "Enoch walked with God and he was not for God took him. "
11:59 So Enoch was taken away; God just took him into heaven.
12:01 "And Methuselah lived 187 years and begat Lamech.
12:06 And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech 782 years
12:09 and begat sons and daughters.
12:11 And all the days of Methuselah were 969 years
12:16 and he died. "
12:17 How old was Methuselah when he died?
12:20 969 years old.
12:22 This is going to be important here in just a few minutes.
12:24 "And Lamech lived 182 years and begat a son
12:27 and called his name Noah. "
12:29 An interesting line of families there, isn't that.
12:31 You have Enoch who was that man that walked with God
12:34 and God took him to heaven. Methuselah... the oldest guy
12:36 that ever lived. You have kind of a no-name guy,
12:38 a fellow that you never really heard much of: Lamech.
12:41 And then you have Noah. So the family tree there
12:43 is pretty interesting.
12:44 Now what we're going to do here: I'm going to show you something
12:46 from the Bible. The first guy here:
12:48 Methuselah. His daddy was who?
12:51 Who was Methuselah's daddy?
12:52 Enoch.
12:53 Did you know Enoch was
12:55 a prophet?
12:56 How do we know Enoch was a
12:57 prophet? Somebody open their Bible and go to the book of Jude
12:59 chapter 1 and verse 14.
13:01 Jude chapter 1 and verse 14.
13:03 We're going to find out that Enoch was a prophet.
13:05 We're going to find that out from the Bible.
13:07 Jude is... go all the way to the book of Revelation
13:10 and back up one book.
13:11 And it's one chapter long, so when it says Jude chapter 1
13:14 it's not really chapter 1 because it's only one chapter.
13:16 You just say "Jude 14. "
13:18 So it's Jude verse 14.
13:19 So go to the book of Revelation and back up one book
13:22 to get to the book of Jude.
13:23 Everybody there?
13:25 Mike, you want to read that for us?
13:26 Jude chapter 1 and verse 14.
13:33 "And Enoch also the seventh from Adam
13:37 prophesied of these things saying: 'Behold,
13:39 the Lord cometh with 10,000 of His saints. "
13:42 OK. This text is not one you have to use in your Bible study.
13:45 If you make the mention that Enoch was a prophet
13:50 and they say: "Oh, how do you know that? It doesn't say
13:51 Enoch was a prophet, " you can take them to Jude
13:53 verse 14 and it says that he "prophesied of these things
13:56 saying: 'The Lord comes with 10,000 of His saints. ' "
13:58 So if Enoch prophesied that would make him a?
14:02 Prophet. A prophet. Perfect... yeah.
14:03 No problem, right? So we can say Enoch was a prophet.
14:06 And he named his first son... now this is fascinating to me.
14:08 He named his first son Methuselah
14:11 and his name means something.
14:12 You know, many people in the Bible their name
14:14 means something, right?
14:15 You can just go through and like every name
14:18 basically means something. All the sons of the children
14:20 of Israel... As he went through naming his sons
14:23 you know, this guy is named this because I...
14:25 he brought me through my sufferings and different things
14:27 like that. It was just... Noah's name meant...
14:30 and it says it here actually in the Bible...
14:31 comfort I guess. Because it says his name was Noah.
14:34 And let me see, I have it marked in my Bible.
14:36 His name means comfort or rest.
14:38 So people's names mean something.
14:40 Methuselah: his name meant something in the Bible too.
14:43 It's interesting what Methuselah's name meant.
14:45 And we're going to look at that right now. We're going to go
14:47 to the slide here. Methuselah is a kind of a two-part name.
14:50 It means:
14:53 So his name means: he dies, it comes.
14:55 So he would walk around and people would look at Methuselah
14:58 and they would recognize well something was going to happen
15:00 when he dies. Right?
15:02 When Methuselah dies, something was going to happen.
15:04 And what was that something that was going to take place?
15:08 The flood. We know it was going to be the flood.
15:09 It was... judgment that comes actually is another way
15:11 of saying that. When he dies judgment comes or "it comes. "
15:15 And so Methuselah...
15:17 When Enoch named his son Methuselah he was giving
15:20 a time prophecy.
15:22 That's the point we make with this as we give the study.
15:24 When Enoch named his son Methuselah
15:27 he was actually giving a time prophecy.
15:28 And we're going to look at that as we go along right now.
15:31 Now we're going to have to get some... do some math.
15:33 And I'm not very good at math so I put it on the screen
15:35 to make it a lot easier for me.
15:36 Um, if you notice here on the screen it says:
15:40 Methuselah lived 187 years.
15:41 That's what it says in the Bible: Methuselah lived
15:43 187 years and begat a son. And his son's name was Lamech.
15:48 And Lamech lived 182 years...
15:50 We just read it there in Genesis chapter 5.
15:52 Lamech lived 182 years and he begat a son
15:55 and his name was? Noah.
15:58 Right? His name was Noah.
15:59 So if you take 187 years, which is how old Methuselah was
16:02 when he had Lamech. You add 182 years
16:04 you get the age of Methuselah when who was born?
16:07 Noah. Is that pretty clear? Pretty simple?
16:10 Like if I'm 35 years old and I have a son
16:13 and my son is 35 years old and has a son,
16:16 how old am I going to be when my grandson is born?
16:18 Seventy. So it's pretty simple.
16:20 So if you look at Methuselah was 187 when he has Lamech.
16:22 Lamech was 182 when he has Noah.
16:24 You add those together: 369 years.
16:27 369 years.
16:28 Now we're going to go to our next text
16:30 in our Bible study here.
16:32 And I'm going to remind the person... I'm going to remind
16:34 the person, Jessica, when I'm having a study with them,
16:36 I'm going to remind them... I'm going to ask them -
16:38 like if you're in a study I'm going to ask you -
16:39 "How old was Methuselah when he died? "
16:42 Pick up the microphone and answer me.
16:44 Come on, you remember it. We looked at it already.
16:45 He's the oldest guy that ever died.
16:47 Is it 696? Oh, 969. You were close, yeah.
16:50 969 years. That's exactly right.
16:51 I don't mean to put you on the spot like that.
16:53 But 969 years old.
16:55 And the person you're studying with probably won't get it right
16:58 either... so that makes it more realistic.
16:59 You know, but often times you want... you want to remind them
17:02 that he was 969 years old when he died.
17:05 And how old was he whenever Noah was born?
17:09 369, right.
17:11 Now notice something here... what did his name mean?
17:15 When he dies... it comes. That's what his name meant.
17:18 OK now, go to our next text. It will be on the screen
17:21 as well. Our next text will be on the screen:
17:23 Genesis chapter 7 and verse 6.
17:25 Genesis 7:6... and you'll notice here
17:28 you have 2SP which means 2 Spirit of Prophecy.
17:32 That's where you're at now.
17:33 And you put a line out from it. On the top line
17:35 you're going to put Genesis 5:21-29 because that's
17:38 where you just came from.
17:40 And then on the bottom line you'll put Genesis 15:13-14
17:44 because that's the next text we're going to.
17:46 And so we're at Genesis 7:6
17:49 and what we're going to find out here is how old Noah was
17:51 when the flood came. And Bill, you want to read that for us?
17:55 "Noah was 600 years old when the flood waters
17:59 were on the earth. " So how old was Noah when the flood came?
18:02 600. Now we're going back to the screen here.
18:04 Interesting. Enoch was 182; he begat Methuselah.
18:09 And then he's 187... he begat or has a son named Noah.
18:13 Methuselah was 369 years old when Noah was born.
18:18 And once again, the text you just read, Bill.
18:20 From the text you just read, how old was Noah
18:23 when the flood came? 600. Noah was 600 years old.
18:26 Is everybody keeping up with this OK?
18:27 Look on the screen here.
18:29 Noah was 600 years old at the flood.
18:31 And so you add 600 to 369... how old do you come up with?
18:34 969. So how old was Methuselah when the flood came?
18:38 969. So what happens? Methuselah dies
18:41 and the flood comes. You want to know what his basic message was?
18:45 "Papaw's going to die! Hey everybody,
18:48 get ready... Papaw's going to die! "
18:49 "Papaw's dying soon. Hey everybody, get on the ark
18:51 because Papaw's going to die soon. " Right?
18:53 His Papaw. Do they say Papaw in the north?
18:56 South and east and west... they say that all over the place?
18:58 Papaw means like grandfather, right?
19:00 "Grandpa or Papaw's going to die; he's going to die soon. "
19:03 And when grandpa dies - when Noah's Papaw dies -
19:05 guess what happens: the flood came.
19:07 And so that was Noah's basic message.
19:09 And so one day, I can just picture it right now,
19:12 Methuselah dies. And everybody's like: "Oh, did you hear
19:13 the story? Did you hear the news? The old man died. "
19:16 "Did he really? He died? Nothing's happening. "
19:19 "Well, you know, that crazy old man - his grandson down there,
19:21 Noah, that's been building that big boat on dry land -
19:24 something strange happened just the other day.
19:26 The animals all went onto the ark.
19:28 A bunch of animals went on the ark.
19:30 They all just on their own went on there.
19:31 Filled the thing up!
19:33 And then now today... the old man dies.
19:37 Noah?
19:38 He got on there with the animals
19:40 and the door shut. " Right?
19:42 "The door closed. Strange things are happening.
19:44 The old man is dead. "
19:46 And you know what happened when the old man died, right?
19:49 The flood waters came... because look at this.
19:51 Enoch gives a time prophecy.
19:53 He says - through his son Methuselah he says -
19:56 "It will be a certain amount of time. When this guy dies
19:59 then judgment will come... the flood will come. "
20:01 And then before... before God allowed the flood to come...
20:05 Oh, man, there's just something too. I always like to bring
20:07 this out when I give this study. Don't miss this.
20:10 Do you know what Enoch... I mean Methuselah shows about God?
20:14 It shows God's love and mercy.
20:16 The oldest one that ever lived...
20:18 Why was he the oldest man that ever lived?
20:21 No, no, no... Methuselah. The reason he was the oldest man
20:23 that ever lived was because God knew that whenever he died
20:27 He was going to bring judgment,
20:28 and He put it off as long as He could.
20:30 He was showing His... that's one of the things that shows
20:32 His grace and His mercy like... almost like nothing else.
20:35 You know, you think about it. He could have said: "OK,
20:36 I've had enough of these people" and cut Methuselah off
20:38 at like... at 500 years old, you know?
20:41 But He gave them a complete... every opportunity.
20:43 He let him live longer than anybody else
20:45 because when he died God was going to bring judgment.
20:47 So God had him live 969 years and then he died.
20:50 And so his name meant that when he dies
20:53 judgment will come or the flood would come.
20:54 And so Enoch gives a time line prophecy.
20:56 At the end of the time line prophecy, notice this:
20:58 this is very important to pick up.
20:59 At the end of the time line prophecy, God did not leave
21:02 His people or the world to wonder
21:05 about what we going to happen.
21:06 For 120 years before that prophecy came to an end
21:09 God had Noah faithfully warning the people.
21:12 So He raised up a prophet at the end of that time line prophecy
21:15 to warn the people and let them know: "Hey, the flood's
21:17 getting ready to come. Papaw's going to die.
21:19 Get ready; be ready. It's for going to happen.
21:21 It's for sure going to happen. I know you don't believe it.
21:23 It's never rained before but it's going to happen.
21:25 The prophecy's going to come to an end. "
21:26 God did not leave His people in darkness.
21:29 So He gives a time line prophecy through a prophet.
21:32 At the end of the time line prophecy He raises up
21:33 another prophet to say "Be ready. "
21:36 He doesn't leave in darkness. God could have said
21:38 "I'm not going to raise up Noah; they can just figure it out
21:40 on their own, " couldn't He?
21:41 "Just let them figure it out on their own. "
21:42 Then what would have happened? They all would have been
21:44 destroyed because they were wicked, right?
21:45 But God did not let it go that way.
21:47 He raised up another prophet to give them an opportunity.
21:50 And now we're going to go to our next part of the study.
21:52 We're going to go to the third text in the Spirit of Prophecy.
21:56 Genesis chapter 15 is what we're turning to.
21:58 Genesis chapter 15. And Tom, I think, is going to read that
22:02 for us. Genesis chapter 15. While you're turning there
22:05 verses 13 and 14. And now also, just one more time
22:09 for people marking their Bibles, we want to make sure
22:10 they understand how to do this.
22:12 We're not... we're not doing this as an evangelistic meeting
22:14 you understand, right?
22:15 We want everybody to understand how to mark their Bibles
22:17 at home. We want them to mark their Bibles up
22:18 so you can give these studies yourself.
22:20 The whole purpose of these classes,
22:22 the whole purpose of all this
22:23 is so that you at home can also give this Bible study.
22:25 And so if you'll notice here: you write 3SP.
22:28 You'll circle it and then you put a line.
22:30 You don't have to put the line straight across.
22:31 Remember how we talked about that the other day here?
22:34 If you put the line straight out, you might not have room
22:35 to write on the top and the bottom, so you might
22:37 have to put it in there at an angle.
22:39 And on the top you put the text you just came from
22:40 which was Genesis 7:6.
22:42 And the next verse we're going to be going to will be
22:44 Exodus chapter 3 verses 7-10.
22:46 Now Tom is going to read for us Genesis 15:13-14.
22:50 Everybody there besides me?
22:52 OK. Genesis chapter 15. Tom, go ahead.
22:54 OK. "Then He said to Abram: 'know certainly that your
23:00 descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs
23:04 and will serve them and they will afflict them
23:07 400 years. And also, the nation whom they serve
23:11 I will judge. Afterward, they shall come out
23:14 with great possessions. ' "
23:16 So who was given a time line prophecy here?
23:18 Who was it given a time line prophecy, Tom?
23:19 This is to Abram. This is Abram, right?
23:21 And now that's before his name became Abraham.
23:24 And what is the time line prophecy? For how long is it?
23:26 400 years. And then it says at the 400 years
23:29 or after the 400 years?
23:30 It says they shall come out after 400 years.
23:33 After 400 years. So some time thereafter... right after
23:36 400 years or so it looks like in the Bible
23:38 that they will come out of Egypt.
23:39 Now the reason I'm bringing this up right here...
23:41 um, this is kind of a little bit of a difficult part of the study
23:45 and it depends on who I'm
23:46 studying with or if I'm preaching or whatever
23:48 I bring up a pretty interesting
23:49 point right here because the
23:51 Bible says that the children of
23:52 Israel were there for how long?
23:55 How long did they go in bondage?
23:56 Remember the prophecy here that the children of Israel
23:59 or his descendants would be in bondage for how long?
24:01 400 years. Were they there for 400 years?
24:04 No. They were actually there for 430 years.
24:08 And so now I'm going to bring this up right here just
24:11 to answer an objection that may come up.
24:13 If it doesn't come up, don't deal with it.
24:16 When you can't answer the objection...
24:17 The sort way of answering this objection
24:19 is to simply say: "Hey, were they... it says that"
24:23 Tom read there that "it would be after 400 years
24:25 they would come out. " 430 years after 400?
24:28 Sure it is. It's after 400 years.
24:30 But I like to bring up another point. And let's go to Exodus.
24:34 Now this is separate from what you would normally give
24:37 in the study. But this is just extra in case...
24:39 in case the objections come up and that kind of thing.
24:41 Let's go to Exodus chapter 12 for a minute.
24:46 This is not on your study guide, you know. It's not on the slide
24:48 or on your study guide, so this is one of those places
24:50 you'd have to take an extra note if you want to keep track
24:52 of this. I'm going to read verse 40. It says...
24:56 Exodus chapter 12 and verse 40:
24:58 "Now the sojourning of the children of Israel
25:00 who dwelt in Egypt was 430 years. "
25:03 Isn't that fascinating? It says: "And it came to pass
25:05 at the end of the 430 years - even the self-same day -
25:08 it came to pass that all the host of the Lord went out from
25:10 the land of Egypt. " Now I've had people tell me...
25:12 "Well, well wait a minute. It was 430 years
25:14 from the time they got there till they were delivered
25:16 but it was 400 years in bondage. "
25:20 Not true. It's not true because
25:22 I went and did a little research and I can give you the
25:24 information on this either at a different time or
25:26 a different study because it takes a little while.
25:28 But basically, when Joseph became prime minister of Egypt
25:31 he was 30 years old. The Bible tells us so.
25:34 He was 30 years old. And so if you add 14 to that
25:37 because you remember they had 7 years of good and 7 years
25:40 of famine... so let's just take a full 14 years
25:43 and that makes him how old? 44.
25:45 At the end of that time... somewhere in that last 7 years
25:49 between him being 30 and 44-
25:51 actually between 37 and 44-
25:53 somewhere in that time frame the children of Israel
25:55 came down to Egypt.
25:56 Remember his family came down when the famine got so bad
25:58 toward the end of the 7 years? Remember that taking place?
26:00 And then he dies... Joseph dies at like 100 and I don't remember
26:04 the exact time. It was like 130 years old when he died...
26:06 or something like that.
26:07 Anyway, it turned out to be like 60 years that the children
26:10 of Israel would have been down there
26:12 before Joseph died. OK?
26:14 So there were 60 years that they were actually in Egypt
26:16 before Joseph died. And then it says after Joseph died
26:19 another king arises that does not know Joseph
26:22 or appreciate what he's done, and he puts them in bondage.
26:24 So there had to be a time frame even after Joseph died
26:27 before someone even forgot the good things Joseph had done
26:30 and took the children of Israel into bondage.
26:31 So to say it was 430 years
26:33 because 30 years was the time they were just in Egypt
26:35 doesn't fit. It just doesn't fit that.
26:38 But I think there's an answer that's actually better
26:41 than to say... to try to answer all that that way,
26:44 you know. The bottom line - and Tom picked it up
26:47 when he read his study there - it says there in Genesis
26:50 that after 400 years they'll be delivered.
26:52 And 430 is after 400, right? It definitely fits that.
26:56 But there's another answer that's found in Acts chapter 7.
26:59 And I'm going to take a little time to show that.
27:01 You guys want to see that?
27:02 I mean, to me it kind of makes sense.
27:04 Because here's what I want to say: how long did Abraham
27:06 say they'd be in bondage? 400 years.
27:09 How long were they there? 430 years. OK, so
27:12 Abram's a false prophet.
27:15 Do you feel comfortable with that?
27:16 Abraham's a false prophet? He's not a Biblical prophet,
27:19 is he... because he's a false prophet.
27:20 If he gives a prophecy and it's in the Bible it says 400 years
27:23 and they actually were 430 years in bondage
27:25 that makes him a false prophet, doesn't it?
27:27 I know, stirs us up, doesn't it?
27:29 Pick your thing up there and talk.
27:32 But after 400 years... He raised up a prophet, right?
27:37 Yeah, that's... that's sort of true but now think about this.
27:41 Today if we're going to measure a prophet
27:44 we've got to use the same standards with the old prophets
27:47 as we do with the new prophets.
27:49 If you have a new prophet come along and give a prophecy
27:52 and they say "after 20 years this is going to happen, "
27:54 and it doesn't happen... are you going to reject them?
27:57 Sure. You're going to say they're not a prophet.
27:59 But we look at Abraham and he says 400 years
28:01 and it was 430, and you say... do you want to reject him?
28:05 Obviously there's something wrong with
28:06 our understanding of the prophecy, isn't there?
28:08 Because we know that Abraham's not a false prophet.
28:10 And we're going to look at a couple of things here
28:12 that I think will help clarify this.
28:14 But I want to ask you this: if the Internet was around
28:16 in the days of Abraham, after he passed on, you know,
28:19 and the children of Israel there in Egypt, right?
28:21 And they look at the prophecy and it says 400 years we'll be
28:23 in bondage and it gets to 410 years...
28:25 What do you suppose the Internet and the church folk would be
28:28 saying about Abraham and that time frame? The contemporaries.
28:32 "He's a false prophet. " Right? Wouldn't they be saying that?
28:34 Because it's 410 years into this whole thing
28:37 and we're not delivered yet. And the prophecy he gave was
28:39 400 years. Can you imagine what they'd have been thinking?
28:41 Fascinating, isn't it, to think about.
28:43 Go with me to the book of Acts now... Acts chapter 7.
28:46 Yeah. And all this stuff is extra.
28:48 If the objection comes up, you know, here's the answer
28:51 to the objection. It's a little more time consuming
28:53 I realize to do this,
28:55 but I think if we kind of work through this a little bit
28:58 we can... we can get the good answers... even for ourselves.
29:01 Don't you want to know what God's doing? I mean,
29:04 it almost... when I first saw this, it troubled me.
29:07 Does it trouble you a little bit to think that maybe Abraham
29:09 was a false prophet if he said 400 years and it's 430?
29:11 Don't feel comfortable saying that, do you?
29:14 And I think... I think we've got the answer here in Acts
29:16 chapter 7. Um, this is Stephen's...
29:21 this is Stephen's sermon and it's like the best sermon
29:26 he ever preached, right?
29:28 You know it's the best sermon he ever preached.
29:29 How do you know that?
29:31 Because they killed him at the end, that's exactly right.
29:32 When they kill you at the end of the sermon, it must have been
29:34 a good one, right? And so Stephen here is preaching
29:36 to the leaders of Israel.
29:38 And Jessica's going to do some reading here for us.
29:40 And I'm going to give you a verse to read
29:42 then we're going to stop you. And go to another verse...
29:43 that kind of thing, OK?
29:44 So first of all, read verse 6 for me.
29:47 Acts chapter 7 verse 6.
29:53 "But God also told him that his descendants
29:56 would live in a foreign country where they would be mistreated
30:00 as slaves for 400 years. "
30:02 So he's bringing up the whole... he's going through the history
30:04 of Israel and he's coming up to the point of Joseph here
30:07 and he says that God told Abraham that they would be
30:10 400 years in bondage. And he's leading on up through
30:12 and he goes through some more of the history.
30:14 Now pick it up in verse 16.
30:15 Actually verse 15 would be good.
30:18 15 and 16... start reading there.
30:23 "So Jacob went to Egypt. He died there as did all
30:28 his sons. All of them were taken to Shechem
30:34 and buried in the tomb Abraham had bought
30:38 from the sons of Hamor in Shechem. "
30:42 OK, verse 17:
30:44 "As the time drew near when God would fulfill His promise"
30:48 OK. There you go. "As the time drew near for
30:50 when God would fulfill His promise
30:53 that He promised to Abraham. "
30:56 OK. What promise would that be talking about?
30:58 The 400-year prophecy, right?
31:00 So as that time drew near, Stephen says,
31:02 as that time drew near God did something.
31:04 What did He do, Jessica?
31:06 "The number of our people in Egypt greatly increased" -
31:11 keep going - "but then a new king came to the throne
31:15 of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph.
31:18 This king plotted against our people and forced parents
31:22 to abandon their newborn babies so they would die. "
31:25 One more verse.
31:27 "At that time, Moses was born. " OK, at what time?
31:30 At that 400 years? Right. At the end... the promise is
31:34 drawing nigh, it's getting close. He says the promise
31:35 is getting close, and in that time - when it's getting close
31:37 to that time of their deliverance -
31:39 you know, that's what the context is here: in that time -
31:41 Moses was born.
31:42 So Moses was coming along right at the right time.
31:45 Right? He's coming up at the time, right?
31:47 I'm going to go ahead and read some more of this myself
31:49 because I want to emphasize a few things, OK?
31:51 "In which time Moses was born and was exceedingly fair
31:55 and nourished up in his father's house for three months. "
31:57 And then it goes on talking about Moses a little bit.
31:59 I'll just go ahead and keep reading. Verse 21:
32:02 "And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up
32:04 and nourished him as her own son.
32:05 And when Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians
32:09 and was mighty in words and in deeds
32:12 and when he was a full 40 years old
32:14 it came into his heart to visit his brethren,
32:17 the children of Israel. "
32:19 Who do you suppose put it into his heart?
32:20 Why would it come into Moses' heart?
32:22 Because God is putting it there, right?
32:24 I mean, you think about it. You're living in the palace;
32:26 you're the king's son... you've got it made.
32:28 Why would you want to go visit those... you know, those slaves?
32:31 But God is putting it on his heart, right?
32:33 And so he goes out... verse 24: "He saw one of them
32:36 suffered wrong. He defended him, avenged him that was oppressed,
32:40 and smote the Egyptian
32:42 for he supposed that his brethren would understand
32:44 how that God by his hand" - Moses' hand -
32:48 "would deliver them. But they understood not. "
32:50 You know what happens here?
32:52 The children of Israel as God is putting it in Moses' heart
32:55 to go start delivering them - to start that process -
32:58 Moses goes out. He messes up. I've got to tell you, I think
33:00 he messed up there when he killed the Egyptian.
33:01 But God was going to use Moses to start delivering the
33:04 children of Israel on time.
33:06 But they did not understand.
33:08 And you know what the children of Israel did?
33:10 They rejected the prophet that God was raising up.
33:13 They rejected him!
33:15 Right? Did they reject Moses?
33:16 Remember, God was bringing Moses and he said here
33:18 God would put it in Moses' heart to come and deliver them
33:21 because the time was drawing near.
33:23 That's what Stephen is saying in this sermon.
33:26 He says the time was drawing near. It was getting close
33:28 to that time. God had put it in Moses' heart
33:30 to come and deliver your
33:32 ancestors but they rejected
33:34 Moses. They didn't understand.
33:35 And so it ended up costing them,
33:37 I believe, an extra 30 years in bondage
33:40 because they rejected the prophet.
33:42 Now this is very significant, especially as we get into
33:44 later on in the Spirit of Prophecy study
33:46 and look at the latter-day prophet.
33:49 There's some significance to this.
33:50 So are you understanding this?
33:52 We're not willing to object to... we're not willing to call
33:56 Abraham a false prophet. Are you?
33:58 I'm not willing to do that because he's Biblical.
34:00 Everything makes perfect sense.
34:01 And when you look at what happened here, if the children -
34:04 God's people, the church - rejects the prophet,
34:07 it costs them more time.
34:09 But still, still in the same way, as we go back to Genesis
34:12 chapter 15 now... Genesis chapter... Oh, actually
34:16 we're going to the next text. I'm sorry.
34:17 Genesis 15 was the prophecy, the timeline prophecy given...
34:20 that was given for the 400 years,
34:23 Now we're going to go to Exodus chapter 3 verses 7-10
34:25 and we're going to see that God did raise somebody up.
34:28 It being Moses - as we have already discovered
34:29 and that He raised him up to deliver the children of Israel.
34:32 Now, everything we've done from the time I had Tom read
34:36 this text there in Genesis chapter 15-
34:38 after he got through reading his text, everything I've done
34:40 from there till now, you don't normally have to share
34:43 in a Bible study. OK? What's the short answer?
34:47 If somebody says: "But wait, they were there for 430 years, "
34:49 what's the short answer to that question if you don't want to
34:51 go into full detail? It said after 400 years.
34:53 It says: "After 400 years. " 430 is after 400.
34:56 But now if you want to go into a little more detail
34:58 to make the point, you go to the book of Acts
34:59 and Acts chapter answers that question.
35:02 You know, it's very interesting that Stephen says
35:04 "In which time... " in this time you know, he's raised up.
35:08 So they rejected him. If you reject a prophet,
35:10 it costs you more time, see? God wanted to deliver them
35:12 at the end of a 400-year period.
35:13 Absolutely. But if you're not ready,
35:15 is He going to deliver you anyway?
35:17 No. If you notice the history of the children of Israel
35:20 as they're going into the Promised Land
35:22 why didn't they go directly into the Promised Land?
35:23 'Cause God had to take a certain amount of time
35:26 to prepare them to get ready to go to the Promised Land.
35:27 They finally got there and didn't go in because of
35:29 their rebellion. Ended up being another 40 years
35:31 before they went. Now did God want to wait
35:33 another 40 years to take them to the Promised Land?
35:35 No. But why did He have to wait?
35:37 Because of them. So the prophecy was conditional, wasn't it?
35:40 The prophecy was conditional.
35:42 He wanted to take them right in but their hearts were hard.
35:45 He wanted to deliver them, I believe, through Moses
35:47 pretty quickly... but their hearts were hard
35:50 and they weren't ready to accept the prophet.
35:52 So now let's go to Exodus chapter 3.
35:54 Did that make sense? OK.
35:56 Exodus chapter 3. If it doesn't make sense to you,
35:58 then it's not going to make sense to them at home.
36:00 So you can say: "No, it doesn't make sense. "
36:01 I won't pin you down on a... like, well what doesn't make
36:04 sense about it... too much.
36:06 So you give me just a general idea and I'll try to explain it.
36:07 Because you know if it's not making sense here
36:09 then it's not making sense there, right?
36:10 OK. Exodus chapter 3.
36:12 And who would like to read that? Verses 7 through 10.
36:15 Do I have a volunteer? OK, Mrs. Gloria.
36:19 Exodus chapter 3 verses 7 through 10.
36:27 "And the Lord said: 'I have surely seen the oppression
36:31 of My people who are in Egypt
36:34 and have heard their cry because of their task masters
36:38 for I know their sorrows.
36:41 So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand
36:44 of the Egyptians and to bring them up from the land
36:49 to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk
36:53 and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites
36:57 and the Amorites and the Perizzites
37:00 and the Hivites and Jebu... " Jebusites, right.
37:05 Go ahead. "Now therefore, behold the cry
37:09 of the children of Israel has come to Me
37:12 and I have also seen the oppression with which
37:16 the Egyptians oppress them.
37:18 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh
37:23 that you may bring My people - the children of Israel -
37:28 out of Egypt. ' " So God now is coming down to Moses.
37:31 Moses has been in the wilderness for quite a while now...
37:34 about 40 years.
37:35 Remember, it was 40 years prior to this that He'd put it on
37:39 Moses' heart to visit the children of Israel.
37:41 And then this is 40 years later.
37:43 And God is calling... God is calling Moses now.
37:45 Says: "OK, we're going to go deliver the people now,
37:47 the children of Israel. The timeline prophecy has
37:49 come to an end. It's well past.
37:50 Now we're going to... I've heard the cry of them.
37:52 They're crying and they're whining and complaining
37:54 because of all the affliction that's going on with them
37:56 in Egypt. They're in bondage.
37:57 They don't want to be in bondage any more. "
37:58 You can kind of imagine the scenario, right?
38:00 So He raises up a prophet at the end of this timeline prophecy
38:03 to go back and fulfill the timeline prophecy that
38:06 had been given. Right? Let's look at it on the screen.
38:09 He first of all had Enoch.
38:12 Enoch gave a timeline prophecy.
38:13 At the end of the timeline prophecy Noah raised up
38:16 and a deliverer at the end of that timeline prophecy.
38:20 And then you find Abram... who eventually became Abraham
38:23 after he had the son.
38:26 So Abram... he gives a timeline prophecy.
38:28 God gives him a message and He says: "400 years.
38:30 Four hundred years they're going to be in bondage.
38:32 At the end of the 400 years they're going to come out...
38:34 or AFTER actually the 400 years they're going to come out. "
38:37 And so does God leave the children of Israel to wonder?
38:39 Like, OK, the 400 years is up
38:40 and all of a sudden God is just going to make all the Egyptians
38:42 fall down dead and the children of Israel march out?
38:44 Is that what happened? No. He raised up another prophet
38:46 at the end of that timeline. He comes back and he says
38:48 to the people: "You need to prepare yourself. "
38:50 And you remember through the plagues how God used that
38:52 to prepare them to leave. Especially the last plague
38:55 where the first-born was killed. It had to be such a total thing
38:58 of faith for the children of Israel.
38:59 Moses said: "You've got to go and put blood from a lamb
39:02 over your doorpost and that will keep your son from dying. "
39:04 Doesn't that sound weird?
39:06 But you know what? If he didn't do it, do you want me to tell
39:08 you what would happen? Your first-born would die.
39:10 So it's really interesting to me that God would raise up
39:14 a prophet at the end of that timeline
39:15 and say: "OK, it's time to be delivered.
39:17 I've got to prepare you for deliverance. "
39:18 Once again... so you have two timeline prophecies
39:21 in the Bible given by a prophet.
39:22 And at the end of that timeline prophecy
39:24 another prophet raising up to announce the deliverance.
39:28 Is everybody seeing a pattern develop here?
39:30 Yeah? You see what's going on with the pattern?
39:32 Now think about it in the days of Noah...
39:34 Let's suppose that we had Google in the days of Noah.
39:37 What do you think Google would have been saying about Noah?
39:40 A crazy cult, right? Crazy old man building a boat
39:44 in the middle of dry land. It's just never happened before.
39:46 Nothing's going to happen. He would have been slammed.
39:48 You know what turns out? Noah was right!
39:50 Google would have been wrong, yeah.
39:52 Now you all know Google... I'm not talking about
39:54 Google being a person. It's just anybody can go on the
39:56 Internet, put anything out on the Internet.
39:58 Making that point, right?
39:59 Same way with Abraham and Moses.
40:01 But now we're going to look at another timeline prophecy:
40:02 Jeremiah. Now Jeremiah's one of my all-time favorites.
40:05 Because with Jeremiah... You know what you find with him?
40:08 Not one person... you can read the whole book of Jeremiah
40:10 you don't find any time where one person listened to even
40:13 one thing that Jeremiah had to say.
40:15 Nobody! Would you be discouraged?
40:17 Like every time you preach a sermon in a church
40:20 every time you hold an evangelistic series
40:22 every time you go to anything and preach a message
40:25 no one pays any attention to you.
40:26 They say you're wrong; they make fun of you.
40:28 Can you imagine? That's Jeremiah.
40:30 So let's go to Jeremiah now... chapter 29.
40:32 Jeremiah 29.
40:35 And we're going to read verses 4 through 10.
40:38 And I think that Roberto is going to read that for us.
40:41 And if it gets a little too laborious for you, Roberto,
40:43 reading all those texts, I'll pick up and help you out
40:45 with them, OK? And so he's going to read
40:46 Jeremiah chapter 29 verses 4 through 10.
40:50 "Thus says the Lord of Hosts the God of Israel
40:54 to all who were carried away captive
40:58 whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem
41:03 to Babylon: 'build houses and dwell in them;
41:06 plant gardens and eat their fruit.
41:10 Take wives and beget sons and daughters;
41:15 and take wives for your sons and give your daughters
41:19 to husbands so that they may bear sons and daughters.
41:24 That you may be increased there and not diminished. ' "
41:30 OK. Hold it just there for a second.
41:32 So what... basically what's going on here is Jeremiah
41:34 is giving a prophecy. God told Jeremiah
41:36 "Tell the people... tell the people that they're going away
41:39 to Babylon. They're going to be captives in Babylon.
41:41 Get used to the idea. Go ahead and marry wives.
41:43 Go ahead and have sons and daughters.
41:45 Go ahead and build houses because that's where you're
41:46 going. You're going to go there. "
41:48 Now all the modern-day preachers
41:52 the ones with the big mega churches and all the local
41:55 churches - everybody. And all the pastors and the elders
41:57 and everybody. Every religious person basically in the whole
42:00 town of Jerusalem was making fun of Jeremiah.
42:03 And you'll pick that up as you read through the rest of this.
42:05 You'll see that. I want to kind of lay the ground work.
42:07 So right now as you hear it read it'll kind of make sense.
42:09 They're saying... all the so-called prophets were saying
42:12 "Jeremiah's nuts.
42:13 God is with us; He's going to protect us.
42:15 Everything's going to be just fine. "
42:16 As a matter of fact, they would say: "I've had this vision,
42:18 I've had this dream and I'm going to prophesy
42:20 over you and I'm going to tell you that we're God's chosen
42:23 people and nothing's going to happen to us. "
42:25 OK? That's what the prophets were saying;
42:27 that's what the leaders were saying. And if you read Jeremiah
42:29 chapter 1, one of the things I really appreciate about
42:31 Jeremiah was he was really young - very young -
42:34 and very intimated about when God put the call on him
42:36 he's like: "I can't go... I'm just but a child. "
42:39 And God says: "Don't say you're but a child. "
42:41 Jeremiah chapter 1... "Don't say you're but a child.
42:43 I have sent you... go. "
42:44 Kind of the same thing He did with Moses.
42:46 Moses said: "I can't speak to Pharaoh.
42:47 I have uncircumcised lips. "
42:48 And God said: "Don't say that! Go. "
42:50 And these guys eventually obeyed.
42:52 But they were very intimidated - very shy - about delivering
42:56 the message that God had them to deliver.
42:58 OK. So Jeremiah here... he really didn't want to deliver
43:00 the message but he faithfully did it.
43:02 And he said: "Don't listen... " You'll read it here in just
43:04 a minute. Don't listen to your prophets that dream false dreams
43:07 and your sorcerers and these other guys that are
43:09 saying things that aren't true...
43:10 but here's what God has to say. " Now read it to us.
43:12 Now that we have an idea what it's going to be saying.
43:14 "And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you
43:20 to be carried away captive.
43:22 And pray to the Lord for it,
43:25 for in its cities you will have peace.
43:29 For thus saith the Lord of Hosts
43:33 God of Israel... says the Lord of Hosts, God of Israel
43:38 'Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are
43:42 in your midst deceive you
43:44 nor listen to your dreams...
43:48 which you have caused to be dreamed. ' "
43:50 Fascinating. I'm going to stop you right there for a second.
43:52 See what he says there? "Don't listen to the prophets
43:55 and the diviners in the midst of you.
43:57 And don't listen to the dreams which you have called
43:59 to be dreams. " In other words, it's like
44:01 we want this to happen, so a prophet would come along
44:04 and say "Oh, this is going to happen. "
44:05 And we would all say: "We love this prophet because
44:07 he tells us what we want to hear. "
44:08 You understand what's happening here?
44:10 Jeremiah was telling the people not what they wanted to hear.
44:13 And so Jeremiah said: "Now you've got these other prophets
44:16 here... you have these other prophets that are telling you
44:18 what you want to hear. " In other words, they're having
44:20 dreams that you've caused them to dream
44:22 because of the very fact that you want this to happen
44:25 and they said: "Oh, I had a dream and that's exactly
44:26 what's going to happen. " And they're say: "Oh, you must be a
44:27 true prophet. " Isn't that funny how they're willing to embrace,
44:30 all of us too, we are willing to embrace prophets
44:33 if they're going to tell us something good about us.
44:35 You know I've been around a lot of people that...
44:36 that's in different religious movements and they'll say:
44:39 "Yeah, I was prophesied over at church. "
44:41 And they would say: "And in the prophecy he told me I was going
44:43 to be rich. I was going to marry a good looking girl or guy,
44:46 whatever the case may be, you know.
44:47 And the prophesies always come always as pleasing things,
44:50 right? I never had anybody come up to me and say:
44:52 "Yeah, I was prophesied over at church. They told me
44:54 I was going to die in a car wreck tomorrow. "
44:55 You know? Nothing like that. You never hear those kind of things.
44:58 It's always the pleasing things that we want to hear.
44:59 And the Bible says it will be the same way in the last days.
45:02 But go ahead. This is what's happening right now.
45:03 "For they prophesy falsely to you in My name.
45:09 I have not sent them says the Lord.
45:13 For thus saith the Lord: 'after 70 years... '
45:16 How long? 70. Seventy years.
45:18 "years are complete at Babylon I will visit you and perform
45:24 a good word toward you and cause you to return to this place. "
45:29 Perfect. So how long are they going to be in Babylon
45:31 according to Jeremiah the prophet?
45:33 Seventy years.
45:35 Now this is another what we would call timeline prophecy.
45:38 Right? He's giving a timeline prophecy.
45:39 For 70 years you're going to be in bondage in Babylon.
45:42 And then after the 70 years
45:43 "I'm going to perform My good word toward you
45:45 and I'm going to deliver you. "
45:46 So that's what He's promised them.
45:48 It's a guaranteed thing, right?
45:50 You know, if the Internet was around in Jeremiah's day
45:53 you can imagine what you could have Googled about him.
45:55 None of us would have followed Jeremiah.
45:57 I'm convinced of that. Not one of us would have liked
45:59 to listen to Jeremiah what he had to say.
46:00 As a matter of fact, one of the people who we hold
46:03 in high regard as a prophet even today...
46:05 His name is Daniel.
46:07 Um, I think there's strong
46:09 Biblical evidence that we're going to look at
46:10 here in just a minute that Daniel also
46:12 did not follow Jeremiah
46:15 as a prophet until later on in life.
46:17 Like Daniel was in Jerusalem...
46:20 He was in the city while Jeremiah was saying these things
46:23 right here. He would have been living right here.
46:25 Jeremiah was a contemporary of his.
46:27 OK. So as Jeremiah is saying "you're going to go away
46:29 in bondage for 70 years" Daniel would have been
46:31 one of the young people in the city that would have heard
46:33 that prophecy. But he likely - like many of us -
46:36 would have said: "The majority is not following Jeremiah
46:38 the prophet. The majority is not going along with what
46:41 Jeremiah the prophet is saying. "
46:42 So who do you think we would follow?
46:44 Jeremiah? We would like to think so, wouldn't we?
46:47 But my guess is many of us - probably every one of us -
46:49 would have said: "Well no. The prophets, the priests,
46:52 the leaders in the church... they can't all be wrong.
46:55 Jeremiah must be wrong. "
46:58 Are you following that idea?
47:00 And we know that's the case because as we go to our next
47:02 text - it's going to be on the screen here - Daniel chapter 9.
47:04 Daniel chapter 9 and verse 2 is where we're going to next.
47:07 This is the sixth Spirit of Prophecy text we're going
47:10 to be turning to in the study: 6SP.
47:12 And we just came from Jeremiah 29;
47:13 we're going to Daniel chapter 9. That's to the right of Jeremiah.
47:16 So you have Jeremiah. And then you go to...
47:19 after Jeremiah you've got Lamentations and Ezekiel
47:21 and then you go to the book of Daniel.
47:24 Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel.
47:26 The latter part of Daniel... Daniel chapter 9
47:28 and we're going to start in verse 2. And I'm going to stop
47:32 whoever reads and make quite a bit of commenting.
47:35 And Danielle's going to read for us; she's all ready to read.
47:37 Daniel chapter 9 verse 2, go ahead:
47:40 "In the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood
47:43 by books the number of the years whereof the Word of the Lord
47:47 came to Jeremiah the prophet that He would accomplish
47:50 70 years in the desolations of Jerusalem. "
47:53 So at the end of the 70-year time frame, Daniel is still
47:56 alive! He's an old man by now...
47:58 probably in his early 90's or whatever.
48:00 And he starts thinking back... I can just picture Daniel now.
48:02 He's thinking about like, um, the old days
48:05 and what was going on back in Jerusalem when he was young.
48:08 And perhaps he just gets out the book of Jeremiah the prophet -
48:11 notice that Daniel calls "a contemporary of himself. "
48:13 In other words, living in the same time frame.
48:14 He calls him a prophet and he's calling his writings -
48:17 Jeremiah's writings - prophetic, right?
48:19 And so he's reading the prophecy of Jeremiah. He said: "Oh,
48:21 he said 70 years. " Now why is it Daniel had faith
48:24 in the belief that the 70 years would come to pass?
48:28 It's because that everything that Jeremiah the prophet had
48:30 said had taken place.
48:32 So Jeremiah gives a 70-year time prophecy.
48:35 Daniel realizes 70 years is coming to an end.
48:37 And notice what he says when he begins this prayer.
48:40 I think it's very fascinating. Remember I told you
48:41 I think that Daniel was one of the young people that didn't
48:44 listen to Jeremiah? Daniel confesses that himself.
48:47 He starts this prayer in Daniel chapter 9
48:49 He said: "I set my face... " In verse 3: "I set my face
48:51 to the Lord in prayer, to seek by prayer
48:54 and supplications and fasting and sack cloth and ashes.
48:56 I prayed unto the Lord my God and I made confession
48:59 and said: 'O Lord, great and dreadful God,
49:01 keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him
49:04 and them that keep His commandments. ' "
49:06 Who does God keep His covenant with?
49:07 Those that keep His commandments right?
49:09 Love Him and keep His commandments.
49:10 "We have sinned... " We would include who?
49:14 Daniel. We... "We have sinned.
49:17 We have committed iniquity. We have done wickedly.
49:19 We have rebelled in departing from Your precepts
49:22 and Your judgments. " Now look what it says next.
49:23 "Neither have we listened to Your servants the prophets
49:27 which spake in Your name to our kings,
49:31 our princes, our fathers, and to all the people of the land. "
49:35 So Daniel's putting himself with all the rest of them.
49:37 Said: "You know what? We didn't listen to Your prophets. "
49:41 So he just reads the book of Jeremiah.
49:44 He realizes "we should have listened!
49:46 If we would have listened to Jeremiah we would have caused
49:48 ourselves a whole lot less headaches. " Right?
49:50 "If our people, if our princes, if myself would have listened
49:52 to Jeremiah maybe all this wouldn't have happened
49:54 the way it did. " Because he was prophesying that these things
49:56 would happen... we didn't listen to him.
49:58 You notice prior to Jeremiah the 29th chapter
50:02 where we just came from - prior to that -
50:04 Jeremiah's prophecy was along the lines of trying to get
50:06 the people to repent... turn back to God.
50:08 And because they refused to do what God has asked them to do
50:11 he said: "OK, God's had enough of you. You're now going to go
50:14 into bondage for 70 years. "
50:16 Daniel recognizes that.
50:18 So God gives a timeline prophecy through Enoch.
50:21 At the end of that timeline prophecy God raises up Noah.
50:24 Then He gives a timeline prophecy through Abram.
50:26 And at the end of that timeline prophecy God raises up Moses.
50:30 And then God gives another timeline prophecy
50:33 through Jeremiah the prophet.
50:35 And at the end of that timeline prophecy
50:37 God raises up another prophet by the name of Daniel.
50:40 And Daniel says: "Hey, you know what?
50:42 This 70 years is coming to an end. We need to get ready. "
50:45 And he delivers a message to the people.
50:47 Do you see a Biblical pattern here what God does?
50:49 When God gives a timeline prophecy
50:52 he never leaves His people in the dark about the end
50:54 of the timeline prophecy.
50:56 It wouldn't seem fair, would it?
50:57 That He would do that?
50:58 Like to tell them that this was going to happen at the end
51:01 of the timeline prophecy and it's a long time...
51:03 70 years is a long time. Everybody had forgotten
51:05 what was said. They're all in darkness and they're wondering
51:07 what's going to happen. For God just to leave it to go
51:09 to go blank and no one
51:10 understands He was getting ready
51:11 to be delivered and then deliver
51:12 them all of a sudden. I mean that would be a nice thing
51:14 to have a present like that,
51:15 wouldn't it? But God wants to prepare His people
51:18 for their deliverance.
51:20 When these time-line prophecies come to an end
51:21 God wants to have His people prepared.
51:23 He wants us to be ready.
51:24 He doesn't want to just blind-side us
51:26 and us not know what's going to happen.
51:27 Are you seeing the Biblical pattern here?
51:30 It continues. It continues.
51:33 Let's look at the next one.
51:34 On the screen the next one we're going to is Daniel chapter 9
51:37 and verse 25. Daniel 9:25.
51:39 Did you know that Daniel gave another timeline prophecy
51:42 himself? He gives a timeline prophecy... Daniel does here.
51:46 Now you've already studied this timeline prophecy here
51:49 with Pastor Scott when he did the 70-week prophecy
51:52 or Daniel chapter 9 in the study. He did Daniel chapter 9
51:55 with you, so we've already seen this one before.
51:58 And what we're looking at now is that this timeline prophecy
52:01 when he gives it, God is going to raise up another prophet
52:03 at the end of it to announce it's coming to an end.
52:05 So let us look at Daniel 9 verse 25
52:07 and Tom is going to read that for us.
52:08 Daniel chapter 9 and verse 25.
52:12 "Know therefore and understand that from the going forth
52:15 of the command to restore and build Jerusalem
52:19 until Messiah the Prince
52:23 there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks.
52:26 The street shall be built again and the wall...
52:29 even in troublesome times. "
52:31 So you remember that prophecy? You remember what took place?
52:32 It was 69 weeks he just read there. At the end of 69 weeks
52:35 what was going to happen?
52:38 Well, the Messiah would come.
52:40 Remember? It says from the commandment that goes forth
52:42 to rebuild and restore Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince
52:44 would be sixty-nine weeks.
52:46 So we're looking for the Messiah to come at the end of 69 weeks.
52:50 Now, as a timeline prophecy.
52:53 Does God raise up another prophet at the end of the
52:55 69 weeks to let him know that "Hey, you know what?
52:58 Better get ready 'cause the Messiah's here. "
53:01 Who would it be? John the Baptist.
53:03 John the Baptist. Let us look at it.
53:04 Mark... it's on the slide here. We'll go to the next slide
53:07 as we go to the 8th Spirit of Prophecy study here.
53:09 Mark chapter 1 verses 1-3 and verse 15.
53:12 So Mark. We're going to the right. We're in the
53:14 Old Testament book of Daniel. We're going to the right.
53:16 We'll go find the book of Matthew in the New Testament
53:18 and then the next book will be the book of Mark.
53:20 Mark chapter 1. And God did exactly what He said He would
53:25 do: He raises up another prophet.
53:28 Now Mike is going to read Mark. Mark chapter 1
53:31 and read verses 1 through... actually just do 1 through 4.
53:35 1 through 3 is fine but let's just pick up 1 through 4 here.
53:39 "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
53:42 As it is written in the prophets:
53:43 Behold, I send My messenger
53:45 before Thy face which shall prepare Thy way before Thee.
53:48 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare ye the way
53:51 of the Lord. Make His paths straight. '
53:54 John did baptize in the wilderness and preached the
53:56 baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. "
54:00 So it's getting close to the Messiah to be here, right?
54:03 John the Baptist is coming along... he's preaching.
54:05 It says... how it's worded there in Mark chapter 1
54:08 "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ... "
54:10 So John here is preaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
54:13 He says: "As it is written in the prophets
54:15 I'm sending My messenger before Thy face. "
54:17 And this messenger was? It was John the Baptist.
54:19 And he comes preaching the baptism of repentance
54:21 for the remission of sins.
54:22 I think it's very interesting when Mike reads our next text
54:25 here in Mark chapter 1 and verse 15...
54:27 When he gets to that text you're going to find it's
54:29 very interesting what Jesus says as He begins the
54:33 explanation of John basically. John had just baptized Jesus
54:38 and Jesus comes along with another message, Mike.
54:40 And what is that message that Jesus comes along with?
54:42 "And saying: 'the time is fulfilled... ' " What time?
54:46 The time prophecy. What time prophecy is that?
54:48 The coming of the Messiah... The 69 weeks, right?
54:50 He said it's fulfilled.
54:51 Carry on. "And the kingdom of God is at hand.
54:54 Repent ye and believe the gospel. "
54:56 Isn't that fascinating?
54:58 It's just right on time.
54:59 Jesus comes along after John comes along
55:01 announcing the end of the 69 weeks, Mike.
55:03 He comes along announcing the end of the 69 weeks.
55:05 And then Jesus comes and says what?
55:07 "The time is fulfilled. "
55:08 What time? You know, it's the 69 weeks.
55:11 Powerful isn't it?
55:13 So God is establishing this pattern
55:14 and this pattern continues through the Bible.
55:16 It starts off with Enoch giving a timeline prophecy
55:19 and then it goes on from there to... after the timeline
55:23 prophecy Noah comes along. Then Abram and then Moses.
55:25 And then Jeremiah and Daniel.
55:27 Daniel gives a timeline prophecy, and at the end
55:29 of Daniel's timeline prophecy God does not leave His people
55:32 in the dark. He comes with this powerful message.
55:34 Now by the way, it's getting more into modern times
55:37 and I want you to think about John.
55:39 John wore strange clothes.
55:42 John ate strange food.
55:44 And John had a strange message that was different than
55:47 anybody else was wearing, eating, and preaching
55:50 in that day. Isn't that interesting?
55:53 And so John's message here as he comes along preaching
55:56 is basically: "Repent, turn back. The Messiah is coming. "
56:01 He's preparing the way for the Messiah
56:03 and he's fulfilling the end of the timeline prophecy.
56:06 He's coming to the end of this timeline prophecy
56:08 and he says: "You need to get ready...
56:10 You need to get ready; the Messiah is coming. "
56:12 And so he announces that Jesus is going to come.
56:14 He announces the end of the 69 weeks.
56:16 And I suppose - I just suppose - I can imagine
56:19 if the Internet was around in the day of John the Baptist
56:21 what they would have been saying about him.
56:23 This strange guy living out in the wilderness
56:26 wearing this odd clothing, you know.
56:28 Unlike what everybody else was wearing in the day.
56:31 Preaching this strange message unlike what everybody else
56:33 was preaching... he must be the leader of a cult.
56:36 No one go listen. As a matter of fact,
56:38 you can remember what the leaders said about Jesus.
56:41 "We're not following Him, " right?
56:44 And after John the Baptist points to Jesus
56:46 no one else wanted to follow because... well...
56:48 the leaders weren't doing it.
56:50 Now Daniel gives another timeline prophecy.
56:54 John the Baptist was raised up to announce the end of
56:57 the timeline prophecy.
56:58 Daniel gives another timeline prophecy
57:00 and oh... I'm so sorry... you've got to wait until our next study
57:06 to find out what his next timeline prophecy is
57:08 and who announces the end of that.
57:10 It's a perfect time to end
57:11 right here. So we've got about
57:13 a half a minute left to go here
57:14 on the video and then we're
57:16 going to go to take a little break here
57:17 I'll let you guys get a water break; I'll take one myself.
57:19 And I want to encourage the people at home
57:21 to continue to follow along.
57:23 You want to come back and catch the rest of this study.
57:25 You don't want to miss it because you get to find out
57:26 how God finishes the next timeline prophecy
57:29 and who the following prophet was that He raised up
57:31 at the end of that. So Daniel gives another timeline
57:32 prophecy. That's where we're going to next.
57:34 So you can go onto our website; continue to follow along
57:37 at
57:40 and we'll see you back here in just a few minutes.


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