Revelation Now

Three Angel's Messages

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pr. Jac Colon


Series Code: RN

Program Code: RN000011

01:05 Martin Luther made a incredibly insightful
01:13 statement among many, but this particular one he
01:18 said, if I declare with the loudest voice and the
01:25 clearest exposition every portion of God's truth
01:30 except for the one little bit, which the world and
01:36 the devil are at that moment attacking, then
01:40 I am not confessing Christ at all. Isn't that
01:47 interesting? If I declare with the loudest voice and
01:53 the clearest exposition of every truth in scripture,
01:57 except the one little point that God, that the devil
02:02 and the world are attacking then I am not
02:04 confessing Christ. What is that one point that the
02:13 dragon, the devil is so focused and intent on
02:17 attacking in the last days. Revelation chapter 12,
02:22 verse 17, the dragon was angry at the woman and
02:27 he went off to make war against the remnant of her
02:30 offspring those who obey God's commandments
02:36 and have the testimony of Jesus. The dragon is at
02:40 war with the commandments of the
02:43 law of God. And if I preach every truth in the
02:48 Bible from Genesis to Revelation except the fact
02:52 that the dragon is attacking the law of God
02:55 then I am not confessing Christ according to
02:59 Martin Luther. The Bible, Revelation also predicts
03:04 that there will be a massive revival in the last
03:08 days. Verse 8, chapter 13, all of the inhabitants of
03:13 the earth will worship the beast all except those
03:16 whose names are written in the book of life
03:17 belonging to the Lamb, slain from the creation of
03:20 the world. The whole world is going to worship
03:23 the beast expect for the few that worship the
03:25 lamb. We are looking at a massive, at a global
03:30 revival in worship, but it is a false worship,
03:34 a counterfeit revival because they worship the
03:37 beast instead of God. God isn't silent during this
03:44 time. God has much to say and the Bible also
03:49 predicts that there will be a massive revival of the
03:52 true worship of the true God in the last days.
03:56 Look at it with me all the way back in the Book of
03:59 Isaiah. In Isaiah chapter 2, verse 2, in the last
04:04 days, now we should ask ourselves first of all when
04:09 are the last days because this prophecy the prophet
04:12 Isaiah is looking forward into the future, into the
04:16 last days, one of the last days. Hebrews chapter 1,
04:19 verse 1, in the past God spoke to our forefathers
04:22 through the prophets and many times in various
04:25 ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us
04:31 by his son. So Isaiah is looking ahead in time to
04:37 when God speaks to us by his son and calls it the last
04:41 days in other words he is looking in our time now
04:45 We are living in the last days today. Amen.
04:49 So what's gonna happen in the last days? What's
04:52 going on, that Isaiah sees that's so important, in the
04:56 last days the mountain of the Lord's temple will be
05:00 established as chief among the mountains, it
05:03 will be raised up above all the hills, and all of the
05:07 nations will stream into it. Many people will come
05:11 and say, "Come and let us go up to the mountain of
05:15 the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob and he
05:18 will teach us his ways, that we may walk in his
05:22 paths and the law will go out from Zion, the word
05:27 of the Lord from Jerusalem. Now that is
05:31 revival. Amen. That's when men come to God
05:36 to learn his ways and notice in the last days
05:40 Isaiah sees the time, when the Lord goes out from
05:44 Zion, when the light, when the Lord's
05:47 mountain, the Holy Mountain, is raised up
05:49 above all of the others. Now this does not mean
05:56 that the Holy Mountain over there in Israel Mount
06:00 Zion is going to grow in the last days.
06:04 And become taller then the tallest mountain on earth.
06:08 That isn't what he's talking about at all. So
06:11 what is this mountain and what does it mean when it
06:15 says the law goes forth from Zion. The mountain
06:19 is Mount Zion. In the Old Testament times that was
06:23 the temple mountain, that was the place where the
06:25 temple was. It was the focal point of Israel's
06:29 worship. The true worship of the true God
06:31 centered on Mount Zion, but that was in the
06:37 Old Testament. In the New Testament, we find
06:41 something different. Paul again in the Book of
06:45 Hebrews, turn with me to Hebrews, this time the
06:49 12th chapter, in Hebrews chapter 12, verse 22,
06:55 actually in verse 18 he says you have not come
06:59 to a mountain that can be touched comparing
07:02 Mount Zion to Mount Sinai where Moses went
07:07 up on the mountain remember with the two
07:09 tables of stone. You haven't come to that kind
07:11 of a mountain. That's a mountain that can be
07:14 touched, you have come, verse 22, you have come
07:18 to Mount Zion. Now what is this Mount Zion,
07:23 watch, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to the city of
07:29 the living God. You have come to Mount Zion.
07:34 You have come to the heavenly Jerusalem.
07:37 You have come to the city of the living God. You have
07:42 come to the church of the firstborn, whose names
07:46 are written in heaven in the Lamb's Book of Life.
07:49 You have come to Jesus, the mediator of a new
07:53 covenant. So, according to the Bible in the
07:57 New Testament, Mount Zion, in the Old Testament,
08:01 in the New Testament is a symbol of God's Church.
08:05 The heavenly Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the
08:08 church of the living God, the church of the firstborn
08:11 to Jesus Christ. We, New Testament believers are
08:15 on Mount Zion when we are in Jesus Christ. And
08:21 the law he saw would go forth from Mount Zion.
08:26 And the nations would come and learn about
08:30 God's ways. So Isaiah sees a genuine Revival,
08:36 a true revival, where people come to Christ, to his
08:41 church, his church is lifted up and then they
08:45 learn God's ways and the law goes forth even from
08:49 the church of Jesus Christ. Isaiah sees the
08:54 true revival and we find that prophesy being
08:58 fulfilled in the Book of Revelation. In Revelation
09:04 chapter 14, verse 1, and then I looked and there
09:09 before me was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion
09:14 and with him 144,000, anyone who has ever
09:23 casually read the Book of Revelation has wondered
09:26 who are the 144,000. Does it mean that only
09:32 a 144,000 people are going to be saved in heaven, if
09:36 so boy that doesn't leave much of an opportunity
09:39 for us, well we can't go into all that the 144,000
09:44 means tonight, that's a special topic reserve for
09:48 our advanced seminar. But lets take a look just at
09:52 the surface of the prophesy and you can see
09:55 much there in chapter 14, verse 1, there before me
09:58 was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion. Now the
10:02 lamb is not a real lamb, but the lamb is a symbol
10:07 for Jesus Christ. Amen. So remember the Book of
10:11 Revelation is a symbolic book and it has to be
10:15 understood symbolically, so he is not saying. Well,
10:18 there is going to be a real lamb in heaven walking,
10:21 there may be, but that's not what John is looking
10:23 at right now. He sees the Lamb of God,
10:27 Jesus Christ. On Mount Zion, where Mount Zion we
10:32 have already seen in the New Testament is
10:34 symbolic for the church of the living God for
10:36 Jesus. So there is Jesus standing on Mount Zion
10:40 in the center of his church where Jesus always
10:43 belongs. Remember the Book of Revelation is
10:46 revelation of Jesus Christ. And he is the head
10:51 the body is the church. And so here we see the
10:55 church, Jesus among his church standing on
11:00 Mount Zion and with him 144,000. If the lamb is
11:06 a symbol and Mount Zion is a symbol, then the
11:09 144,000 must be a symbol also and so there
11:13 they are surrounding Jesus, he is standing in
11:17 his church, the 144,000's with him. There is much
11:20 more that we can look at about them tonight is
11:22 enough for us to know just one thing and that's
11:24 found in verse 4, who are the 144,000, verse 4, they
11:29 follow the lamb wherever he goes. That's all you
11:33 need to know about the 144,000. They follow the
11:37 lamb wherever he goes. Wherever Jesus goes they
11:40 are, wherever they are Jesus is there. Now it
11:48 isn't going to be that easy in the last days to follow
11:54 the lamb. Why not, because in verse 11,
12:00 another beast comes up out of the earth. He had
12:03 two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.
12:08 And this beast performs miracles, signs and
12:11 wonders and because of the signs and wonders he
12:14 was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, it
12:17 says in verse 14, he deceived the inhabitants
12:21 of the earth. He sets up an image in honor of the first
12:24 beast and he forces everyone to worship the
12:27 image or there will be threatened with the death
12:29 decree and no one can buy or sell unless he takes
12:33 the mark of the beast, which is the number of
12:36 the beast or the number of his name. We'll look at
12:39 that one coming up on Sunday night, but we can
12:42 easily see what's happening now. The first
12:45 beast comes up out of the water. The second beast
12:47 comes up out of the earth. He has two horns like
12:50 a lamb. He looks like the lamb, those who follow
12:53 him are deceived by the miracles, they think
12:57 they're following the lamb, but they're actually
12:59 following the beast. That's why it isn't always
13:05 easy to follow the lamb. How can we tell the
13:10 difference between the counterfeit lamb and the
13:14 true lamb? It says he spoke like the dragon.
13:21 You judge the difference not by what you feel and
13:26 not by what you see and not by any emotions you
13:30 may have, you judge the difference by the word of
13:33 God. That's why we must understand the scripture
13:38 for the last day because the lamb, because the
13:42 beast looks like the lamb and almost the whole
13:47 world goes after him. In fact using deception and
13:54 force, he is so powerful that everyone except
14:00 those whose names are written in the Lamb's
14:01 Book of Life will worship the beast. And those who
14:06 worship the beast, the Bible says in verse 4, also
14:10 worship the dragon because he gave his
14:13 authority to the beast. He is so powerful and so
14:20 effective that the whole world cries out, who is
14:24 like the beast, who can make war against him,
14:27 who can stand against the beast, well the answer is
14:32 found in Revelation 14. I looked and there before
14:37 me was the lamb who can stand against the beast?
14:42 The lamb. Who can make war against the beast?
14:46 The lamb. Where is the lamb? He is standing on
14:49 Mount Zion. In his church, who is with him?
14:52 The 144,000. You want to be among the 144,000,
14:59 just follow the lamb. You want to be victories over
15:02 the beast follow the lamb. Yes, there will be
15:05 massive world wide global revival,
15:08 a counterfeit revival in the last days. But God's lips
15:12 are not sealed. God has something to say.
15:16 In chapter 14, verse 6, I saw another angel flying in
15:20 the midair, he had the eternal gospel to proclaim
15:23 to those who live on the earth to every nation,
15:26 tribe, language and people. He said in a loud
15:28 voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the
15:32 hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who
15:35 made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the
15:38 springs of water." At the same time that the
15:40 counterfeit, the false prophet, who looks like
15:43 a lamb is deceiving the whole world into
15:45 worshiping the beast. God has a message "Fear God
15:49 not the beast," worship the creator not the
15:52 creature. Problem is that most people are gonna go
16:02 after the counterfeit. So we had better be sure that
16:09 we know the truth. Before we go into the three
16:15 angels messages in anymore depth, I want to
16:18 take a look at the setting. When do these three
16:23 angels sound their three messages to the world.
16:28 If you look at the last part of chapter 14 in Revelation,
16:33 the last part of Revelation 14, the 14th verse gives
16:39 us the time frame, the time setting for this, for
16:43 this, see in this battle, this cosmic conflict over the
16:48 true worship of the true God versus the
16:50 counterfeit worship of the counterfeit God, take
16:53 a look, verse 14 of Revelation 14, I looked
16:57 and there before me was a white cloud, seated on the
17:00 cloud was one like the son of man, who's that?
17:04 That's Jesus and with a crown of gold on his head
17:08 and a sharp sickle in his hand. And then another
17:10 angel came out of the temple and he said in
17:12 a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud,
17:16 take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap
17:20 has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
17:23 And so he who was seated on the cloud, swung the
17:27 sickle on the earth and the earth was harvested.
17:31 Mathew, in Mathew the 13th chapter, Jesus said
17:35 the harvest is the end of the world. Now there is
17:42 another harvest that goes on at the same time. Look
17:47 at verse 17, another angel came out of the temple in
17:52 heaven and he too had a sharp sickle. And still
17:57 another angel, who had charge of the fire came
17:59 from the altar and called in a loud voice to the one
18:03 who had the sharp sickle he said take your sharp
18:06 sickle and gather the cluster of grapes from the
18:10 earth's wine, because the grapes are ripe. And the
18:14 angel swung his sickle on the earth and he gathered
18:18 the grapes, and he threw them into the great wine
18:21 press of God's wrath. And they were trampled in the
18:24 wine press outside the city, and blood flowed
18:28 from the press. You see there are two harvests, the
18:33 harvest of the grain and the harvest of the grapes.
18:42 I think it's safe to say that we want to be harvested
18:46 with the grain. Amen. "Amen."
18:49 So when are these three angels messages sounding
18:53 to the world immediately before the harvest, right
18:56 before the end of the world. God has three
18:59 messages for the whole world, but notice that the
19:03 world is divided into two camps, the grain and the
19:09 grapes, the righteous and the wicked, the believers
19:12 and the sinners. Two camps, there is no one in
19:18 between. You see there are two things that have
19:24 to happen before Jesus comes. Remember we
19:29 learned way back at the beginning of Revelation
19:32 Now that God could have just wiped out the devil
19:37 instantly the moment he rebelled in heaven against
19:40 him. God could have done that, he certainly
19:43 had the power to do it, why didn't he? The
19:46 reason was because if he did just zap Lucifer, that
19:51 perfect angel, the moment he rebelled in heaven. If
19:55 he would have just zapped him out then all of
19:58 the other beings in the universe would be
20:00 worshiping God out of fear instead of love.
20:05 And so God had to let him go. Remember, he had to
20:08 give him some slack, he had to give him room to
20:11 demonstrate how ugly and how awful and how
20:15 terrible sin is. So that when sin is finally
20:20 destroyed and removed from the universe forever,
20:22 everyone will know that it was an act of love.
20:27 So two things have to happen. First of all, the
20:30 grapes have to ripen. Wickedness, sin and evil
20:34 has to blossom and ripen fully so that everyone can
20:38 see how wicked sin is and how no one would
20:42 ever want to live in a kingdom ruled by sin.
20:46 And that's the harvest of the grapes, but the other
20:51 thing that has to happen the grain has to ripen.
20:57 God needs men and women on this earth to
21:00 demonstrate that human beings can in fact follow
21:07 the lamb, can in fact love God, can in fact serve
21:14 God, obey him, keep his commandments. No it
21:19 doesn't mean that they're perfect not yet, but we
21:22 will be perfect soon. Jesus is going to change
21:26 us when he comes and this corruption will put on
21:29 incorruptibility, but those the grain of the ones who
21:34 truly and completely surrender and submit
21:37 their lives to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
21:40 they follow the lamb wherever he goes.
21:44 The grain is ripe. In the face of the severest
21:48 persecution, in the face of death they still follow the
21:53 lamb. And once the world, the grain is ripe
21:58 and the grapes are ripe then Jesus can come.
22:03 What is it that brings about the ripening of the
22:07 grain and the grapes and that's the three angels
22:13 messages? Notice that the world is divided into two
22:17 groups either the grain or the grapes, there is no one
22:21 in between. When Jesus comes, good news, when
22:25 Jesus comes, no one will be able to say God I never
22:30 heard of you before. God says too bad, you're in
22:34 the grapes. It's not going to be that way. The whole
22:39 world will be divided into two groups, the grain and
22:43 the grapes. How does it happen, now we are ready
22:50 to understand the three angels messages. Back to
22:53 Revelation chapter 14 verse 6, I saw another
22:58 angel flying in the midair, he had the eternal gospel
23:03 to proclaim to those who live on the earth.
23:08 I stopped here for a second. There is one more symbol
23:11 we need to understand. Remember the Book of
23:13 Revelation is a symbolic book. And here we see an
23:17 angel flying through the air proclaiming the
23:20 Gospel, which is the good news of Jesus Christ.
23:23 Now God never told angels to preach the
23:27 Gospel. In fact as we learned last night, the
23:32 very last words that Jesus had for his church before
23:36 he ascended to heaven was to what, to go to the
23:39 whole world and preach the Gospel to every
23:43 nation. Now we see the fulfilling of that
23:47 command that Jesus gave to his church before he
23:50 ascended to heaven, I saw another angel flying in
23:53 the midair, he had the eternal Gospel to
23:55 proclaim to those who live on the earth to every
23:58 nation, tribe, language and people. God did not
24:01 commission angels to preach the Gospel.
24:08 He told the church to preach the Gospel. Angels are
24:09 symbols, in the Book of Revelation like all other
24:11 things. He told in the first two chapters, the second
24:17 and third chapter of Revelation, he mentions
24:20 to the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this
24:23 message to the angel of the church in Sardis,
24:26 write this message, to the angel of the church in
24:29 Thyatira, to the angel of the church in Pergamum,
24:32 to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, to the
24:35 angel of the church in Laodicea, write this
24:37 message, so the angels are messengers, in fact
24:41 the word angel in Greek Angelos means
24:43 messenger. They had God's messages to give to
24:49 the churches so the church could proclaim it
24:51 to the world. Now the church becomes the
24:55 messenger. Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus
24:59 Christ, flying through the air, in other words we see
25:02 an intensifying of the proclamation of the
25:05 Gospel, a massive global revival of the truth in the
25:08 last days just before Jesus comes. So no one can say
25:15 God I didn't know this? Because every tribe,
25:21 every language, every people, every nation will
25:24 hear the truth about God before Jesus comes.
25:29 And then it says in a loud voice fear God and give
25:34 him glory because the hour of his judgment has
25:37 come. Now remember the two points of attack that
25:41 the beast launches against the church are the
25:43 commandments of God and the Gospel of
25:45 Jesus Christ. The first angel has the everlasting Gospel.
25:49 The good news that would say by grace
25:51 through faith in Jesus, but he also announces that the
25:54 hour of God's judgment has come. James said, we
25:59 saw it the other night. James said in chapter 2,
26:01 verse 11, that we as a church should speak and
26:04 act as those who are going to be judged by the
26:07 law. And so now we see again a blending of the
26:11 grace of God, the Gospel and the law of God in the
26:15 proclamation of the first angel's message that goes
26:18 to the whole world and as a result he says worship
26:21 him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea
26:24 and the fountains of water. In other words, the
26:26 proclamation of the Gospel in the setting of
26:29 the judgment hour results in the call to worship
26:32 God, the creator of the heavens and the earth.
26:35 The God who made this world in six days and
26:39 then rested on the seventh day, blessed the seventh
26:42 day and made it holy. Worship that God, can't
26:46 you see how the Gospel, the law and the grace of
26:49 God are all entwined together in this last
26:53 message to the last world, to the perishing world.
26:59 And you wonder why we need to talk about the
27:01 law. You can't separate the law from the Book of
27:05 Revelation. That's why so many desperately try,
27:09 because at the heart of the law of God is the
27:12 Sabbath, the reminder that God is the creator.
27:18 Then we go to the next angel in verse 9, in verse
27:23 8, a second angel followed, now you would
27:26 think, bare with me, you would think that if the
27:30 whole world hears the truth about God and the
27:34 whole world learns the Gospel of the Jesus Christ
27:37 and the whole world is called to obey God and
27:40 not the beast, and the whole world is called to
27:43 worship the creator then you think that should be
27:45 the last thing that God should ever have to say to
27:47 the world that ought to be enough. You would think
27:51 the power of truth is enough. Well it is, but it's
27:59 not the last thing that God has to say because
28:03 remember the beast with two horns looks like the
28:07 lamb and he claims to have the truth from God
28:13 and so that makes it necessary for two more
28:16 angels to follow after the announcing of the true
28:20 worship of a true God, the second angel follows and
28:23 says "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great, which
28:26 made all the nations drink the maddening wine of
28:28 her adulteries." In other words Babylon forces all
28:32 the nations to be unfaithful to God.
28:36 Now we are going to spend about five nights looking
28:39 at the prophecies about Babylon because they're
28:42 a major part of the Book of Revelation. Tonight it's
28:46 enough for us to recognize that if on
28:48 Mount Zion, men and women worship the
28:51 creator of the heavens and the earth, then in Mount,
28:53 in Babylon they must be worshiping someone else,
28:58 because Babylon has fallen. You see it's not,
29:01 it's no longer sufficient to merely announce the truth
29:06 God is saying in the last days I've got a message
29:10 that points out the errors of Babylon. Now no
29:15 wonder that's considered politically incorrect
29:19 today. But never the less God has spoken and he is
29:25 saying it's not enough to simply announce the
29:27 truth, we need to point out the errors, then even
29:33 that isn't enough. The third angel follows and he
29:38 said in a loud voice, notice God's messages
29:42 always come in a loud voice. If anyone worships
29:47 the beast and his image, and receives his mark on
29:51 the forehead or on the hand, he will also drink
29:56 the wine of God's fury which has been poured
30:00 full strength into the cup of his wrath and he will
30:04 be tormented with burning sulfur in the
30:07 presence of the holy angels and the lamb and
30:10 the smoke of their torment rises forever and
30:13 ever. There is no rest, day or night for those who
30:19 worship the beast and his image or anyone who
30:23 receives the mark of his name. No rest, day or
30:29 night, is it a coincidence that Jesus said, ''come to
30:36 me and I will give you rest,'' is it a coincidence
30:42 that Jesus said six days you will labor and do all
30:46 of your work, but the seventh day is the day of
30:49 rest on it you won't do any work, is it
30:52 a coincidence that after this massive assault on those
30:57 massive assault on those who want to be faithful to
30:58 the law and the commandments of God,
31:00 that John calls out, this calls in verse 12, for
31:05 patient endurance on the part of the saints who
31:08 obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.
31:15 And there you see the cosmic conflict laid out
31:18 before you, the issue is who will you worship
31:27 or it is easy for us to say I'll worship the lamb,
31:33 I'll worship God. I don't care if they point a gun to my
31:38 head, I'll worship God. Kind of reminds me of
31:42 what Peter said. Not me Lord, I'll never deny you.
31:50 But most of the world worships the beast, they
31:55 are deceived by the miracles, but that isn't all
31:58 he uses his force. He erects an image in honor
32:02 of the beast and causes all to worship the image and
32:05 those who refuse will be put to death. Now I want
32:09 you to see the force of what's happening and
32:12 how the world is divided into two groups. Right
32:17 now people can hear the truth about God and the
32:21 true worship of the true God and they can say
32:23 Well, you know, let me think about it a little bit or
32:28 Pastor, I just can't decide what to do, I can't make
32:32 up my mind. Well, bless your heart if you can't
32:36 make up your mind someone else is going to
32:38 make it up for you and it won't be God because he
32:40 doesn't work by force. I just can't decide, not at
32:49 this point, the time is coming when the whole
32:52 world will be forced to worship the image of the
32:56 beast and we'll identify that on another night.
32:59 Forced to worship the image with the threat of
33:02 a death decree. You see no straddling the fence
33:06 anymore. Who are you for, are you gonna follow
33:10 the lamb or you gonna follow the beast, you
33:12 can't say I can't decide. It'll be a death decree.
33:20 The problem is that those who do worship the beast
33:26 will also receive the wine of the wrath of God.
33:32 We may and some will, I wish, some will lose their
33:40 lives, I wish I could tell you that everyone who
33:42 follows the lamb will never die, but no, the
33:46 Bible says some are gonna lose their lives.
33:51 You'll see it happen, if you're here on this earth
33:54 at that time. Everyone present will be brought to
33:58 that point, worship the lamb or worship the
34:02 beast. If you worship the beast, you get his mark, if
34:07 you refuse a death decree. If you get the mark then
34:10 the wine of the wrath of God. Now, we know that
34:13 men and women are gonna die. They can take
34:17 our lives here on this earth, but they can't take
34:20 our lives up there. Amen. "Amen."
34:22 We may die here, but we rise again. The Bible's
34:27 clear about that and we know that by faith. You
34:30 see how important it is to know God and to trust
34:32 God. And that's how the world is divided into two
34:38 groups, who can stand against the beast. I looked
34:47 and there before me was the lamb standing on
34:50 Mount Zion and with him the 144,000. Oh! I long to
34:55 be among those who follow the lamb all the
34:58 way through to the end. But it won't be easy and
35:05 folks we need to be preparing ourselves right
35:08 now. Because I believe that time is rapidly
35:13 approaching and as we finish this next couple of
35:16 few nights together you're gonna to be
35:18 stunned at how fast it's happening. We need to be
35:21 preparing now, how can we prepare to stand
35:26 against the beast, the first and foremost is the
35:29 Gospel of Jesus Christ, that's the first angel's
35:31 message. You need to have assurance of
35:33 salvation in Jesus Christ. What's the Gospel, it's
35:36 the good news that we're saved by grace.
35:38 In Ephesians, chapter 2, verse 8 and 9, that's one
35:41 of the favorite verses in the Bible, we are saved
35:44 by grace through faith and not by works, it is
35:46 gift of God. The Gospel is the good news, that God
35:50 demands perfect obedience of the law, we
35:52 can't render that obedience. Jesus came as
35:54 a human being, he kept the law perfectly, he died
35:57 on the cross in your place, he was buried and raised
36:01 again on the third day ascended to heaven and
36:04 one day soon the Bible says he is gonna come to
36:06 crush the head of the serpent. In the meantime,
36:08 if we confess that we are sinners, if we repent of
36:11 ours sins then God forgives us and gives us
36:14 the free gift of eternal life, that's the good news
36:17 of the Gospel. Amen. "Amen."
36:19 And you know many want to just stop there,
36:21 I say all it means is that you're forgiven for your
36:24 sins, but the verse doesn't stop there it says we're
36:27 saved by grace through faith, it's a gift of God
36:29 not by works so that no one can boast for we are
36:33 God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to
36:37 do good works which God prepared in advance
36:40 for us to do. The reason that he saves us, the
36:43 reason he forgives us, the reason we are born again
36:45 is in order to do the good works that God wants us
36:49 to do. Yes, he saves us unmerited and
36:54 undeserved, but he saved us in order to obey him.
36:57 In fact in Hebrews, the 8th chapter, in Hebrews
37:01 chapter 8 verse, verse, lets start with verse 8,
37:05 God found fault with the people and he said the
37:10 time is coming, declares the Lord when I'll make
37:12 a new covenant with the house of Israel, the old
37:15 covenant, there was nothing wrong with
37:17 God's promise, there was nothing wrong with God's
37:18 law, the problem was the people, they kept
37:21 breaking the law, so now he said I'm gonna make
37:23 a new covenant with the house of Israel verse 10,
37:26 this is the covenant that I'll make with the house
37:29 of Israel after that time, declares the Lord, I'll put
37:32 my law in their minds, I'll put it on their hearts,
37:34 instead of writing it on stone he writes it on our
37:37 hearts, instead of writing it on stone, he writes it on
37:40 our minds. The same law that was written on stone,
37:43 now he puts in our minds, in our hearts, that's the
37:48 Gospel. We're saved in order to be obedient to
37:52 the law of God. Why it's so important about the
37:55 law of God, because it defines love for us, all of
38:02 his commandments including the fourth
38:05 commandment remember the Sabbath day to keep it
38:07 Holy, so that would be a great revival of genuine
38:13 Godliness in the last days. How do we stand against
38:16 the beast, by grace through faith in Jesus
38:21 Christ. But it means more than just claiming the
38:26 promise. He wants us to do God's will. In Titus the
38:31 2nd chapter, the little book of Titus chapter 2,
38:33 we find another secret to standing in the last days.
38:39 For the grace of God, verse 11, I am reading
38:42 now, for the grace of God that brings salvation has
38:47 appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "no" to
38:53 ungodliness and worldly passion, and to live
38:56 self-controlled, upright Godly lives in this present
39:00 age, while we wait for the blessed hope, the glorious
39:03 appearing of our great God and Savior,
39:06 Jesus Christ, who gave himself up for us, to redeem us
39:10 from all wickedness and purify for himself
39:13 a people that are eager to do what is good. In other
39:20 words, the Gospel, the grace of God teaches us
39:23 to say no to ungodliness. Now it teaches us to live
39:28 self-controlled upright lives. Now, while we wait
39:32 for the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ. So what
39:36 is some of the ungodliness the Gospel
39:38 teaches us to say no to. Well, you don't have to
39:42 go very far just look at the Marquis on the
39:46 neighborhood theater and see the filth, the
39:49 immorality, the things that are portrait on the
39:54 movie screens today as something that are
39:56 beautiful and wholesome and good. The Bible says
40:00 to flee all immorality, but many Christians bring it
40:07 into their own homes feeding themselves on the
40:08 filth and the cesspools of this world. I believe that
40:13 as Christians, we should control what we put into
40:18 our minds, in our brains. Did you know that the
40:22 average young person watches hundreds of
40:28 thousands of brutal cold blooded murders before
40:34 he ever goes to school and we wonder why our
40:39 children don't get turned on anymore by a man
40:42 dying on the cross. Bible says we should say no to
40:57 ungodliness and worldly passions. Movies portray
41:06 drugs, crime, immorality, homosexuality, adultery
41:12 as something beautiful and special. And today
41:22 modern music and songs, songs about drugs, songs
41:30 about cheating on your wife, songs about
41:32 adultery, songs about immorality, songs about
41:35 demons, many popular songwriters even boast
41:39 about getting their music from demons. And we
41:43 hear the same music played in church socials
41:46 in Christian homes. And then you take the same
41:53 music and put it on a dance floor along with the
41:59 suggestive beat and the suggestive motions and it
42:06 only breeds one kind of thought. You know
42:10 Ann Landers wrote years ago not even writing as
42:15 a Christian author, but just from a common decent
42:19 person's point of view. She wrote years ago that
42:23 the modern dance floor is no place for decent young
42:28 people to be anymore, she said 90% of young ladies
42:35 who find themselves in moral difficulty can trace
42:39 the beginning of their downfall to the dance floor.
42:44 And so I wonder why should we have to
42:49 read in the newspaper, what ought to be
42:53 sounding from Christian pulpits, but why is it that
42:57 so many today seem tongue-tied, afraid to say
43:01 that you shouldn't be watching X-rated and
43:05 R-rated and even PG-rated movies, because they take
43:09 God's name in vain, they portray immorality, they
43:12 portray violence, you shouldn't even be
43:14 watching it in your own homes. Why is it that
43:18 people seem afraid to standup and say no to
43:22 ungodliness and worldly passion. People have
43:29 asked me sometime, well, Pastor, if you don't go to
43:32 dirty movies and you don't go to nightclubs and
43:34 lounges and listen to hard rock music, what you do
43:39 to have fun? You know, it's interesting, I used to
43:44 ask the same question, before I became
43:47 a Christian, I would ask the same question, how do
43:49 you, how do you Christians ever have fun?
43:51 What do you do? You know since I've become
43:54 a Christian, the question to me now has never been
43:58 what do you do to have fun, because you see they
44:02 don't understand when you become a Christian,
44:04 God changes the heart, doesn't he. I found out the
44:07 things that I used to really enjoy, I don't care about
44:10 anymore and the things I never care about before
44:12 I find myself enjoying and wanting to do. God
44:15 changes us. The question is never what you do to
44:18 have fun, the question now is how do you find
44:20 time to do everything that you want to do, Amen.
44:24 You see, we need to understand when you
44:26 come to Christ, he changes us and he puts
44:30 within us a desire to say no to ungodliness and
44:35 worldly passion, even now while we wait for the
44:37 blessed hope, the return of our Lord and Savior
44:40 Jesus Christ. Well, there's a little more that I could
44:44 say about preparation for the last days. Do you
44:51 want me to tell you? Well I need a little bit
44:57 more reassurance than that. If you want to
44:59 hear more raise your hand, nod your head say Amen or
45:02 something. "Amen." That's not enough, I need
45:06 to see a few more hands. "Amen."
45:08 Remember now, you asked for it, right?
45:13 We should not be afraid of knowing the truth,
45:17 Amen. God will never take anything away from us
45:24 that we wouldn't readily give up ourselves, if we
45:28 knew what he knew, and we can trust God.
45:32 Bible even tells us in First Corinthians chapter 3
45:36 verse 16, don't you know that you yourselves are
45:38 God's temple, that God's spirit lives in you? If
45:42 anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy
45:46 him, for God's temple is sacred and you are that
45:50 temple. In other words if anybody destroys your
45:54 body then the Bible says God will destroy him,
45:59 because your body is a temple of God we've
46:01 already learned that didn't we. And the Holy Spirit
46:03 wants to live in you. Look at chapter 6, verse, let's
46:07 look at verse 20, you are not your own, you are
46:10 bought at a price, therefore honor God with
46:12 your body. One lady told me one time, well my
46:14 body isn't anything, it's just a sack that holds my
46:18 soul. God doesn't care what happens to my
46:20 body, I said where did you read that? Your body
46:24 is not even your own, it was bought with the
46:27 price, the blood of Jesus. God created the body and
46:30 he breathe into the body the breath of life and it
46:33 became a living being and God said it was very good
46:38 and he wants us to take care of our bodies
46:41 because the Holy Spirit lives in us and then again
46:45 in chapter 10, three times in the same letter he
46:48 warns us, you think he is trying to make a point, so
46:50 whatever you eat, verse 31, whatever you drink or
46:53 whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.
46:57 God is interested in how we care for our bodies, he is
47:00 interested in the way we take care of ourselves.
47:02 He lives in us that means that he doesn't want to be
47:06 breathing all that smoke that we pour into our
47:09 lungs, because smoking causes lung cancer and
47:15 God has something better in store for you. Than
47:20 lying in a hospital bed with tubes coming out of
47:23 your chest, gasping for every breath. God has
47:27 something better for us, he wants our brains to be
47:32 alert and clear, alcohol clogs the brain and makes
47:38 it difficult to understand the wishes and the will of
47:42 God. Drugs do the same, even worse. As Christians
47:48 we should be health conscious, we should take
47:51 care of our bodies. I see worldly people before we
47:54 were on the road, my wife and I would go to a gym
47:57 that we belong to and we would see worldly people
48:00 working out with weights and jogging and running,
48:02 taking care, beating their bodies into submission,
48:05 Christians ought to be at the front of the pack,
48:08 Amen. Because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
48:11 honor God with your body. And then there is
48:18 a little more about the body that God is interested in.
48:24 Now, let's take a look at First Timothy, First
48:28 Timothy chapter 2 verse 9, I also want women to
48:33 dress modestly now I think that if he was
48:36 writing today he would say men too.
48:38 Dress modestly, men too, now it seems like men
48:45 want to run around with their pants down so low
48:48 their underwear is hanging out and God says
48:52 dress modestly. He doesn't want us to look
48:55 like that. Women, dress modestly and decently,
48:58 that means none of these long-slits to come all the
49:01 way up to here and plunging neck lines that
49:03 go down to there. Dress modestly, so that men can
49:08 look at you and think about God and not other
49:11 things. He makes us responsible for the way
49:15 we dress, dress decently, the Bible says, and then
49:20 he goes on though not with braided hair, gold or
49:24 pearls or expensive clothes, but with good
49:26 deeds appropriate for women who profess to
49:29 worship God. You see that's what it's all about,
49:34 we need to dress like men and women who worship
49:38 God, the creator, not the creature. So, God is
49:46 interested in what we eat, he is interested in even
49:51 what we wear, he is interested in what we
49:56 watch, what we do, how we entertain ourselves,
50:00 what we put into our brains? God is interested
50:05 in everything about us, why? Because he wants
50:08 to take away everything that's fun. No, because he
50:11 wants you to stand against the beast. Well,
50:19 Preacher, one lady told me, I really been enjoying
50:24 Revelation Now up until now. But tonight you just
50:31 quit preaching and you're gone to meddling.
50:36 Sometimes people don't like what I've said here
50:40 tonight. When the Gospel touches our heart and
50:45 changes our lives, people sometimes don't like it.
50:50 Here the Bible talks about that too. Paul mentions
50:54 those who gather around them preachers who
50:57 preach what the itching ear wants to hear. And
51:02 they don't want sound doctrine. Well I feel
51:05 pretty safe because I know that you are here
51:08 because you want to know the truth, Amen.
51:11 And I would rather preach the truth and have
51:14 somebody stop coming then to not preach the
51:17 truth, and have to meet him in the judgment day
51:20 and answer the question, Pastor, why didn't you tell
51:23 me? We're here because we want to know the
51:28 truth. Jesus said, you know the truth and the
51:30 truth will set you free. You see the time is
51:34 coming when the truth is going to look like error
51:42 and error looks like the truth. The false prophet
51:48 works miracles. The false prophet can confuse the
51:52 brain into thinking that right is wrong and wrong
51:55 is right. He's been doing it for 6000 years and he is
52:00 getting pretty good at it. That's why we need to
52:05 have our minds clear. My wife just found an article
52:10 in the Seattle Newspaper that I thought was
52:14 appropriate for what we are looking at tonight.
52:17 A group of Dutch scientists discovered that just one
52:20 drink impairs reasoning. Listen to this even
52:25 a single drink of alcohol is enough to impair
52:27 someone's ability to reason quickly and detect
52:30 errors. According to this study, changes in brain
52:34 action were quickly detected even after one
52:37 single drink. Leading researchers have
52:40 concluded that alcohol even in modest doses was
52:44 enough to erode the mind's ability to detect
52:47 and correct errors. One drink, folks the
52:52 counterfeit is gonna seem so close to the real.
52:55 The power of the miracle is going to be so overwhelming
52:58 The threat against life is going to be so powerful.
53:01 That everything inside of you is going to be saying
53:05 that it must be true, but the word of God is saying
53:08 that it's false and I don't want one drop of
53:11 anything in my mind or on my body that will
53:14 impair my ability to hear that still small voice of
53:17 God saying "this is the way, walk in it," that's
53:22 why God says, not because he doesn't want
53:25 you to have fun. He wants you to be in that city and
53:29 that's when we'll have fun, Amen. You know
53:32 some people get it all backwards though and
53:35 they think that they are better than other
53:39 Christians because they watch what they put in
53:41 their bodies and they watch what they wear and
53:43 they don't watch television and they don't
53:45 go here or go there or do this or do that and they
53:48 think they're so much better than other
53:50 Christians. The Bible doesn't say that.
53:54 Bible says that we are all wretched in the eyes of
53:56 God and our righteousness is the righteousness of Christ
54:00 himself. There's not a righteous one among you.
54:05 These things don't make us better. They prepare us
54:09 to determine the deceptions of the enemy,
54:12 but they don't make us better. And there are
54:17 others who take the opposite extreme, it
54:19 doesn't matter become a Christian, Oh! It's a big
54:21 party, Hallelujah, Praise the Lord and I'm saved
54:23 and I can do whatever I want to do because I'm
54:25 saved by the blood of the Lamb, that isn't what the
54:28 Bible teaches either. You were saved by grace
54:30 through faith in order to do the good works of
54:33 God. You know I think that if you just focused on
54:40 Christ everything comes into focus. We just keep
54:46 our eyes on him. A man was on his way home
54:52 from work one Friday and it had been a rough week
54:56 and he was tired and all he wanted to do is just get
54:59 home, take his shoes off, put his feet up on the fire
55:01 place, read the newspaper and relax, but he had two
55:03 small children, and he knew that would be
55:06 impossible. Sure enough, so he started thinking
55:09 about it and on his way home he stopped at his
55:12 little store and he bought a present for them, and it
55:17 was a puzzle, a map of the United States, he
55:19 made sure that the age of that puzzle was older than
55:20 his children. So, he got home and sure enough the
55:25 kids come running up to the door, "Daddy, Daddy
55:27 lets play, lets play." Okay, Hey good, look,
55:30 kids I got a present for you. Oh! Good Daddy
55:32 what is in it? Gives them this puzzle, and he says
55:34 now look, you run upstairs and you put this
55:36 puzzle together, when you get finished come
55:38 call me. So feeling smug, he settles in his easy
55:41 chair, puts his feet up, shoes off, reading the
55:43 newspaper in front of fire place and just a few
55:46 minutes later, he hears them running down the
55:49 steps; "Daddy, Daddy we're finished, we're
55:50 finished." Feeling sabotaged he said who
55:54 helped you, your mother. No, no, no, we did it all
55:58 by ourselves, how do you do it? Well, we started to
56:05 put that map together and we don't know where
56:06 those states go. It was too hard for us. Though one
56:10 of those pieces accidentally flipped over
56:13 and on the back was a ear and so we turn the other
56:20 ones over and they all had different parts of a man's
56:22 face. We know how the face looks, so we put the
56:25 face together and turned it over and it was done.
56:31 You see sometimes we get I think a little too worried
56:35 about the different pieces, what we eat and what we
56:41 wear, what we drink and what we do and go?
56:45 If you just fix your sights on the lamb and follow him
56:53 then all of those pieces will come together. Just
57:02 turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his
57:08 wonderful face and the things of earth will grow
57:13 strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.
57:22 Just follow the lamb.


Revised 2014-12-17