Participants: John Dinzey
Series Code: ASHF
Program Code: ASHF000172A
00:20 Hello and welcome to A Sharper Focus.
00:23 Welcome to Wednesday night Bible study here
00:26 in the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist Church.
00:29 And when we say Thompsonville,
00:31 I now have to say Thompsonville, Illinois
00:34 'cause as I was in Michigan
00:35 and I saw a man with a T-shirt that said, Thompsonville,
00:38 and later I asked and they told me
00:39 that there's a Thompsonville in Michigan.
00:41 So Thompsonville, Illinois, we are here at Route 149,
00:46 and just before you get on to the connection
00:49 where Route 149 meets the Route 34
00:52 on the left hand side
00:54 more or less about almost a mile,
00:56 you'll find the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist Church,
00:58 the 3ABN, The Three Angels Broadcasting Worship Center.
01:02 And you are welcome to participate
01:03 in the Wednesday night Bible study here with us,
01:06 here with the group of people that are with us.
01:08 You can study the Bible together.
01:10 Not only that, we can pray together.
01:12 We also encourage you to come
01:14 during our Sabbath day worship service
01:17 which is on Saturday.
01:18 Saturday mornings we are here beginning at nine,
01:21 some people are here before,
01:23 but you are welcome to join us for worship
01:25 and to praise God's name.
01:27 Now those are the ones we are mentioning,
01:28 there are other activities that take place at the church.
01:31 There are prayer groups,
01:32 there are people that meet on Friday and different days
01:35 but these are the ones
01:36 that we are going to mention to you,
01:38 and if you need more information stop by
01:41 the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist Church or call.
01:44 Now we want to encourage you to grab your Bible
01:47 or something to find that has the Bible,
01:50 like a tablet, computer, phone,
01:53 whatever it may be but also we encourage you
01:55 to find something to write with
01:57 because we want to share some scriptures with you
02:00 that we hope you will continue to study.
02:03 So when you have
02:04 the Wednesday night Bible study,
02:06 we want you to be like the people in Berea.
02:08 Look into the scriptures to see
02:10 if these things are true.
02:12 My name is John Dinzey.
02:14 It's a pleasure to be with you
02:15 during this hour to study God's Word together.
02:17 Is it good to study God's Word together?
02:19 Would you say amen?
02:20 Amen. Amen.
02:22 It's good to study God's Word together.
02:23 And before we launch into our study,
02:25 I would like to ask you to join me in prayer,
02:27 then we may ask the Lord to be with us,
02:29 the Lord to guide us and the Lord to speak to us.
02:33 So let's go to the Lord in prayer.
02:35 Our loving heavenly Father,
02:38 we thank You for Your goodness and Your infinite mercy.
02:42 We thank You, Lord,
02:43 that Your mercies are new every morning
02:46 and we come before You in Jesus' name
02:48 to ask for Your blessing.
02:50 The blessing of the Holy Spirit
02:52 that we may understand Your words
02:54 and that we may fight courage
02:57 and hope in Your Holy Scriptures
02:59 because we know you have a message for us,
03:02 a message for us as individuals,
03:04 a message that will help us understand Your great love,
03:08 also the warning that You have for us
03:10 that we may be ready for the soon coming of our Lord
03:14 and our Savior Jesus Christ.
03:16 Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer.
03:17 We pray that You will bless everyone
03:19 that is here
03:20 in the Thompsonville Seventh-day Adventist Church,
03:22 and everyone that is joining us
03:23 wherever they may be in the world.
03:25 We thank You, Father,
03:26 for this medium of Three Angels Broadcasting Network
03:29 that through television, radio, and the internet
03:33 is bringing the everlasting gospel
03:34 to the world.
03:36 Praise Your name and thank you for joining us in this study
03:39 in Jesus' name, amen.
03:42 Well, brothers and sisters, I have to tell you
03:45 that I am not very good
03:47 at coming up with titles to messages.
03:50 And so when they asked me for a title,
03:52 they took me by surprise
03:53 because that was completely out of my mind.
03:55 And so I...
03:56 The first title I submitted,
03:59 I was like, "Wow, that's a long title."
04:01 And it wasn't that good I guess,
04:04 but we came up with this title
04:06 and there was no comment made about it,
04:08 so we kept this one.
04:10 So this title is called, "Christ return confirmed."
04:14 Christ return confirmed.
04:16 And if you continue to be with us,
04:19 I will tell you where this title came from,
04:22 Christ return confirmed.
04:25 So let's go to our study,
04:27 and we begin with Genesis 3:15.
04:32 Genesis 3:15.
04:35 Now we are unfortunately
04:38 living in a world where sin exists.
04:43 And we live in a country
04:48 and you live in a country
04:49 where perhaps you may trust a few people around you,
04:54 but you don't know when someone may show up at your house,
04:57 or something may happen that is a calamity, a tragedy
05:01 and something that will cause you harm
05:04 or your family harm.
05:06 We got into this mess because Adam and Eve
05:10 accepted to sin against God
05:13 and sin against the commandment of God.
05:17 So in Genesis 3:15, God is talking to Adam and Eve
05:22 and He has a message for the serpent.
05:25 Satan used the serpent as a medium to tempt Eve,
05:31 and now God is talking to the serpent
05:34 in Genesis 3:15 in the hearing of course of Adam and Eve.
05:40 And in this verse,
05:41 we find a promise from the Lord
05:43 because even though the devil had defeated Adam and Eve,
05:48 God sent them a message of hope in Genesis 3:15
05:50 which are these words.
05:52 "And I," that is God,
05:54 "will put enmity between you and the woman,
05:58 and between your seed and her seed.
06:02 He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel."
06:07 And so here we have God telling us
06:11 that He would put some separation,
06:14 some, not total communion
06:19 but that God will bring in an enmity,
06:23 a separation between
06:25 the woman and the seed of the woman
06:30 and the seed of the serpent.
06:33 In other words, those that follow the devil.
06:36 And so God was going to bring in the seed, Jesus Christ,
06:41 to crush the head of the serpent
06:44 with is the mortal blow.
06:46 If you want to kill a serpent, a snake,
06:49 people know that you crush their heads.
06:51 And so this was a promise
06:53 that God was going to send His only begotten Son
06:57 to save those that are willing to be saved,
07:00 and I hope you are one of those
07:03 that wants to be saved through Jesus Christ.
07:06 And so this is the promise of the Lord.
07:09 And since that promise was made,
07:12 it entered into the heart of the sons of God,
07:16 those that love the Lord to see that reality come to pass.
07:21 When the Son of God will crush the serpent's head
07:25 and we will be totally liberated from sin,
07:29 its consequences, its effects, and even the atmosphere of sin
07:34 because even the atmosphere of sin
07:36 is not desirable.
07:38 And I don't know
07:39 if you had been in a place or have entered somewhere
07:42 where there's this heavy air that is negative
07:46 and you just don't feel good being there.
07:49 Has anybody been in a situation like that?
07:51 I have also.
07:53 And don't feel comfortable,
07:54 want to leave as soon as possible.
07:56 And so, God wants to completely deliver us from sin,
08:01 its influence, its cause, its destruction
08:04 and God will completely do that in the time of the end.
08:08 Now, not only do we have this promise,
08:12 but we have many promises in the Bible
08:14 concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ.
08:18 I would like to take you to the New Testament
08:20 which speaks of something in the Old Testament
08:24 which was one of the prophets of the Lord that may,
08:27 that presented a message to God's children.
08:30 That is in Jude 14-15.
08:34 Jude 14-15.
08:36 There is one chapter, so we say Jude 1:14-15.
08:42 And so, I hope you write this down
08:44 because as time seems to be escaping us,
08:48 I will begin reading a little faster
08:51 and so let's go to Jude 1:14-15.
08:54 "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam,
08:58 prophesied about these men also, saying,
09:01 'Behold, the Lord comes
09:04 with ten thousands of His saints,
09:06 to execute judgment on all,
09:09 to convict all who are ungodly among them
09:12 of all their ungodly deeds
09:14 which they have committed in an ungodly way,
09:17 and of all the harsh things
09:19 which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.'"
09:22 So we see here that he is talking literally
09:27 about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
09:29 Now he uses a term, "ten thousand of his saints,"
09:32 which means an innumerable company
09:34 of his saints.
09:36 And so this is also a promise of the hope
09:39 that was in God's children for Jesus to return.
09:44 When you go to 1 Kings 8:56,
09:48 1 Kings 8:56,
09:50 there's a wonderful declaration there
09:52 in 1 Kings 8
09:57 I'm sorry verses 56
10:00 1 Kings 56,
10:02 God had made many promises
10:04 to the people of Israel that if they were faithful,
10:07 God will be faithful and bless them abundantly.
10:11 And we come to a time when God had done that,
10:14 the people had been faithful to the Lord
10:16 and the Lord fulfilled His promises.
10:18 Notice what 1 Kings 8:56 says,
10:21 "Blessed be the Lord,
10:23 who has given rest to His people Israel,
10:26 according to all that He promised.
10:29 There has not failed one word of all His good promise,
10:35 which He promised through His servant Moses."
10:41 We see here a declaration that every one of the promises
10:46 that God had made were fulfilled by God.
10:49 Not one word failed.
10:52 Praise the Lord.
10:53 And so we can see evidence
10:56 that when God promises something,
10:58 He keeps His promise.
11:00 Would you say amen to that?
11:01 God keeps His promises.
11:03 And, of course,
11:05 many of the promises of the Lord
11:06 come up on conditions of faithfulness,
11:09 obedience to Him,
11:12 and so you can go to many places,
11:14 you can find some of the promises
11:16 that God made to His people,
11:18 just read the Book of Exodus, read the Book of Deuteronomy,
11:21 and you'll see many promises there.
11:23 So now we want to invite you
11:26 to go to Job 19
11:28 Job 19:25-27.
11:32 Now when I mentioned Job, many people remember Job
11:35 as a man that went through horrendous things
11:40 as he encountered one tragedy after another.
11:45 Satan was attacking this man
11:48 practically in a horrendous way.
11:51 We've talked about this in other times
11:53 during the Wednesday night Bible study.
11:55 But notice the hope
11:57 that burned in the heart of Job.
12:00 Job 19:25-27, notice,
12:04 "For I know that my Redeemer lives,
12:08 And He shall stand at last on the earth.
12:12 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,
12:15 That in my flesh I shall see God,
12:18 Whom I shall see for myself,
12:20 And my eyes shall behold, and not another.
12:23 How my heart yearns within me!"
12:27 And so he is talking about the second coming.
12:31 When everything is said and done,
12:32 I know that my Redeemer lives and that He shall stand.
12:36 That means He will be in control,
12:38 He will be in-charge,
12:40 He, my Redeemer will stand at the latter day
12:45 as it says in the King James.
12:46 And he is talking
12:48 that even after his flesh is destroyed,
12:50 he is talking about the resurrection
12:51 because he says, "After my skin is destroyed,
12:54 this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God,"
12:57 talking about the resurrection when we shall be transformed
13:00 in the twinkling of a night at the last trumpet
13:03 we shall be changed.
13:05 This corruptible shall put on incorruption
13:08 and this mortal shall put on immortality,
13:12 thus, that is what the Bible says.
13:14 Would you say amen to that?
13:15 Praise the Lord.
13:16 I want to take you to another promise
13:18 found in the Book of Psalms 50,
13:20 Psalms 50, and we are going to read Psalms 50
13:25 and this one we will begin in verse 3.
13:30 Psalms 50:3,
13:33 and this is what the Bible tells us.
13:36 "Our God shall come," praise the Lord,"
13:40 and shall not keep silent.
13:41 A fire shall devour before Him,
13:44 and it shall be very tempestuous
13:46 all around Him.
13:47 He shall call to the heavens from above,
13:49 and to the earth, that He may judge His people."
13:53 So even in the Book of Psalms,
13:54 you find promises of the Lord's coming.
13:57 Verse 5, what is He gonna do?
13:59 "He is gonna gather My saints together to Me,
14:03 those who have made a covenant with Me
14:06 by sacrifice."
14:08 He is gonna what? Gather His saints.
14:10 And those who had made a covenant with Him
14:13 by sacrifice.
14:14 In other words, those that have chosen
14:16 to be faithful to the Lord.
14:19 Now let's go to one of the precious promises
14:22 in the Bible found in the New Testament
14:24 in John 14
14:28 and many people know this by memory.
14:31 John 14
14:32 and we are going to read
14:34 verses 1, 2, and 3.
14:39 John 14:1-3.
14:40 This is one of the verses
14:42 that very young I learned in memory
14:46 and my father used to quote it quite often.
14:48 Notice what the Bible says.
14:49 "Let not your heart be troubled,
14:52 you believe in God, believe also in Me.
14:55 In My Father's house are many mansions,
14:57 if they were not so..."
14:59 What is He gonna do?
15:00 "I would have told you.
15:02 I go to prepare a place for you.
15:04 And if I go to prepare a place for you,
15:07 I will" what?
15:09 "Come again and" what?
15:10 "Receive you to Myself, that where I am,
15:13 there you may be also."
15:15 Some of these words remind you of the verse
15:17 we just read in the Book of Psalms.
15:19 "Gather His saints."
15:21 This is what He says, "I will receive you to Myself,
15:25 that where I am there you may be also."
15:27 So here is the place where I found
15:31 the title to today's message.
15:33 It's a promise from Jesus
15:35 that He will come again and receive us to Himself.
15:39 In other words, the promises that He has made
15:42 He will fulfill.
15:44 And Jesus is promising,
15:45 "I will return.
15:48 I will come again and receive you to Myself."
15:51 So I am telling you that Christ has confirmed His return.
15:56 He has confirmed His return.
15:58 You know after flying
16:01 from place to place you discover,
16:03 especially when you fly overseas,
16:05 that the airlines want you to confirm your flight.
16:09 They want to know that you are gonna show up for,
16:13 to sit on your seat that you have purchased
16:15 and sometimes they are not so...
16:19 They are not pushing this
16:21 as much as they used to
16:23 because even today,
16:24 you don't even have to call them,
16:26 you can just go online and check the information,
16:29 make sure that your flight is your correct flight
16:31 and say I want to check-in.
16:33 You can check-in 24 hours before
16:35 you even go to the airport.
16:37 And so you are confirming.
16:40 And Jesus Christ has confirmed His return
16:43 and He will return for those that love Him,
16:45 and I hope you have that hope in your heart.
16:49 Jesus Christ has confirmed His return,
16:52 and I say, praise the Lord for that.
16:54 Would you say amen? Amen.
16:57 Now, we would like to take you to a scripture
17:01 that helps us understand a little bit
17:03 about when He would return.
17:09 So for this we go to 2 Thessalonians 2.
17:16 2 Thessalonians 2,
17:19 and we are going to look at a few verses there,
17:23 2 Thessalonians 2.
17:25 In 2 Thessalonians 2, there is a warning for us
17:30 from the Apostle Paul
17:32 and we have to begin in verse 1 for this warning.
17:37 "Now, brethren,
17:39 concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
17:43 and our gathering together to Him..."
17:47 Notice again the word gathering together with Him.
17:49 "We ask you,
17:51 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled,
17:54 either by spirit or by word or by letter,
17:58 as if from us,
18:00 as though the day of Christ had come.
18:05 Let no one deceive you by any means,
18:08 for that Day will not come
18:10 unless the falling away comes first,
18:14 and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."
18:19 We'll stop there for now.
18:20 Now notice that Paul
18:22 is bringing a message to his brethren
18:26 because some were thinking
18:27 Jesus Christ is coming soon.
18:29 This is the hope of Christians for hundreds of years,
18:32 Jesus Christ is coming soon.
18:33 They were excited about this.
18:35 But Paul is trying to help them to remain faithful
18:39 but also not to expect
18:41 the coming as soon as they were thinking.
18:44 He warned them
18:46 that they would come a falling away, a what?
18:50 A falling away and this is what we are going to read
18:53 now in verse 3.
18:56 We read verse 3...
18:58 Did we read verse 3 already?
18:59 Yes, he says,
19:01 "Let no one deceive you by any means,
19:03 for that Day will not come
19:05 unless the falling away comes first,
19:07 and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."
19:12 Now you will notice that the words,
19:14 "that day will not come"
19:17 are in italics,
19:19 in some of the Bibles they are italicized
19:20 which means
19:22 that they are not in the original Greek,
19:25 in the manuscripts
19:26 or in the letters of the Apostle Paul
19:28 but the translators thought it fit in.
19:32 And really, if you look at the context,
19:34 you will see it seems to fit.
19:36 Would you agree to that?
19:37 It seems to fit.
19:39 When you look at the context, it seems to fit.
19:42 If not those words, some words close to that.
19:45 Now he says there will be a falling away
19:49 that comes first before Jesus returns.
19:53 What does the Apostle Paul means
19:55 by a falling away?
19:57 We are going to talk about that in a moment.
19:59 Now notice what he says.
20:02 He says, the man of sin is to be revealed.
20:07 And he also calls this man of sin,
20:09 the son of perdition.
20:12 Question, what does the word perdition mean?
20:17 The word perdition means someone that is lost.
20:21 You read in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world
20:24 that He gave His only begotten Son,
20:26 that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish
20:28 but have everlasting life."
20:30 And those that have everlasting life
20:35 are not lost.
20:38 So you hear some people,
20:39 "Do you want to be saved or do you want to be lost?"
20:41 And this is the same understanding
20:42 we have here.
20:44 This man of perdition is a man of sin,
20:47 the Bible says, that will be lost,
20:49 that will perish because of his sins.
20:52 And so the Bible says
20:54 that he is the son of perdition.
20:57 And we are going to look at a text
20:58 where this word is used again in another place.
21:01 But first, we want to talk a little bit
21:04 about this falling away, falling away.
21:09 We'll briefly explain that this way.
21:11 Jesus says, "If any man will come after me,
21:15 let him take up his" what?
21:16 "Cross daily and follow Me."
21:20 This is what Jesus said.
21:22 This falling away, if people,
21:24 they have decided
21:25 not to take the cross of Christ,
21:27 not to follow Jesus, but to leave and go away.
21:31 In other words, they choose not to follow Jesus,
21:34 they are following another master
21:37 who will lead them to perdition.
21:39 Because if the man of sin,
21:41 the son of perdition is deceiving people,
21:44 he is leading them to the same place he is going,
21:47 to perdition.
21:48 In other words, as we understand it,
21:51 he will suffer the wages of sin which is death.
21:55 And be thrown into the lake of fire
21:58 and eventually die because the Bible says,
22:00 that is the second death.
22:03 So let's go to the idea of falling away.
22:06 When the Christians accepted Jesus Christ,
22:10 when they began to preach, you see in the Book of Acts,
22:14 and you continue reading in the Book of Acts,
22:16 many people were being saved.
22:19 They were accepting Jesus Christ
22:21 as their personal savior and the day of Pentecost,
22:24 how many people were saved, or accepted salvation?
22:29 About 3,000 people.
22:31 And you keep reading and it says,
22:33 they were added to the church daily
22:36 such as should be saved.
22:39 Eventually you started reading in this,
22:40 you'll find that there's persecution.
22:42 The Apostle Paul, before he was Paul,
22:45 he was what?
22:46 Saul and he was a persecutor of the Christians.
22:51 For a while, the Christians were being persecuted
22:54 mainly by the Jews.
22:56 Excuse me?
23:03 Being persecuted mainly by the Jews.
23:07 The Romans
23:10 did not know what to think of the Christians.
23:12 They just thought
23:14 this is another sect among the Jews.
23:17 Excuse me?
23:18 Losing my voice here.
23:27 They thought it was another sect
23:28 among the Jews.
23:30 Didn't really bothered too much with them.
23:32 But eventually, history reveals
23:34 that also the Romans persecuted the Christians.
23:38 So for a while, the Christians, which were mainly Jews,
23:43 were being persecuted by Jews
23:45 and by the Romans.
23:47 And so these
23:50 faithful followers of the Lord remained faithful.
23:56 But the Apostle Paul said, there would be a falling away.
24:00 What does this mean?
24:01 Some people would go astray.
24:03 Some people will stop following the Lord.
24:05 And the Bible speaks to us
24:06 concerning this
24:07 in one of the places is Revelation 12.
24:10 Revelation 12:13-14
24:13 are the first verses we're gonna read.
24:16 Revelation 12.
24:20 If you found it, please say amen.
24:24 Revelation 12:13,
24:26 "Now when the dragon
24:28 saw that he had been cast to the earth,
24:31 he persecuted the woman,"
24:33 that is the followers of Christ,
24:35 "who gave birth to the male Child.
24:38 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle,
24:43 that she might fly
24:45 into the wilderness to her place,"
24:48 to a place of safety,
24:50 "where she is nourished," by the Lord,
24:53 "for a time, times and half a time,
24:57 from the presence of the serpent."
25:00 What does the serpent want to do?
25:02 He is persecuting the woman to destroy the woman,
25:05 destroy the church.
25:07 And notice that it says, time, times and half a time.
25:12 So time, one, times is two, and then half a time.
25:17 So it's three and a half times.
25:19 Now this time, times and half a time
25:24 is spoken of in different ways in the Bible.
25:28 And one of the places
25:30 that you'll find it is in Revelation 11:3.
25:35 In Revelation 11:3, it refers to this time, times,
25:40 and half a time as 1260 days.
25:46 1260 days.
25:48 We are talking...
25:49 When it says time, it's talking about one year,
25:52 times, two years, that makes three
25:54 and the half a times, that's half a year.
25:57 And we are talking about half a year,
26:00 notice that it says 1260 days.
26:03 What you must do is take into account
26:05 the Hebrew accounting of a month.
26:10 The Hebrew accounting of a month, 30 days.
26:13 Yes, there were some days with 29
26:15 but they round off to 30 days.
26:17 And it equals to 360 days in a year.
26:22 And these 360 days in a year,
26:25 if you would multiply 3 by 360
26:31 and then you add the other 60,
26:34 you will find 1260 days.
26:37 So Revelation 11:3 speaks of it as 1260 days.
26:41 When you go to Revelation 6,
26:44 you will notice that
26:45 this is referred to as 42 months.
26:50 And once again, time, times, and half a time.
26:55 Or in Daniel, it speaks of it as the dividing of time.
26:59 In other words, the dividing of a year,
27:02 a prophetic year.
27:04 So it's three and a half times.
27:05 Please do not get confused by this.
27:07 We are still talking about 1260 days,
27:10 prophetic days, which equals to 1260 years.
27:14 1260 years.
27:16 So in Revelation 12:6,
27:18 you will find 42 months.
27:20 In Daniel 7:25, you will find again,
27:24 time, times, and half a time.
27:26 And you will also find this in Daniel 12:7.
27:30 Daniel 12:7.
27:32 And in this verse that we just read,
27:35 Revelation 12:14,
27:36 it is mentioned as time, times, and half a times.
27:40 And notice that we read that the serpent, the dragon,
27:44 that is the devil went after the woman
27:48 to persecute the woman.
27:49 But then it describes that the woman
27:52 was given two great wings
27:55 as of an eagle to fly into the wilderness,
27:58 and the wilderness is a place that is not heavily populated.
28:02 When people want to get away from cars,
28:06 and pollution, and the hustle and bustle of life,
28:09 they like to go to the forest,
28:10 they like to go to the wilderness,
28:13 and camp out, and be alone.
28:15 So the church to protect itself
28:19 from the corruptions of the world
28:21 and from persecution, the Lord got involved
28:23 in the process of protecting her
28:25 because it says that the Lord had a place for her
28:28 and nourished her.
28:30 What are we trying to say?
28:31 That for 1260 years, the true followers of God
28:37 were in hiding.
28:39 And they would come out
28:41 only to share the gospel with others
28:43 because persecution was active.
28:45 And so let's talk about these 1260 years.
28:50 We continue our reading in Revelation 12,
28:53 we now go to verse 15.
28:54 Revelation 12:15,
28:56 notice the action of the serpent
29:00 following the woman.
29:01 It says, "So the serpent spewed water
29:04 out of his mouth like a flood after the woman."
29:08 What does an excessive amount of flood do in an area?
29:12 It drowns people.
29:14 So it says here that the serpent spewed water
29:17 out of his mouth like a flood after the woman.
29:20 What comes out of the mouth of the devil?
29:23 What comes out of the mouth of the devil
29:25 is confusion, deception.
29:28 And so the devil works through people in the world
29:33 that want to follow him.
29:36 So the devil used people to bring confusion
29:40 and false doctrines into the church.
29:44 And this is what he is talking about here when he says,
29:46 and the devil spewed water out
29:47 like a flood to swallow the woman,
29:50 to confuse her and lead her astray.
29:53 And so, during the 1260 years,
29:57 there was confusion that came in amongst some people
30:00 and people were lead astray with the false doctrines
30:04 that the devil presented.
30:06 So I ask you, if you have
30:12 some pure grape juice and you add...
30:17 If you have half a glass of grape juice
30:19 and you add half a glass of water,
30:21 do you have 100% grape juice?
30:25 When you go to the store, when it's not a 100% juice,
30:27 they call it a grape drink.
30:29 That means it's not a 100% pure.
30:31 And so in the same manner,
30:33 the devil tried to add false doctrines
30:38 to confuse God's children.
30:40 And today, the fact
30:44 that there are so many denominations
30:46 speaks to you of the success that the devil has had
30:50 in bringing confusion into the Christian world.
30:53 But please understand that the woman,
30:56 the true church, the true followers of God
30:57 were hiding in the wilderness
30:59 while the visible church that was in the city
31:03 and continue to operate,
31:05 they had accepted false doctrines
31:07 and adopted some pagan ideas into the worship
31:11 and into the doctrines
31:15 were not the true followers of God.
31:17 They were teaching the people that would listen to them
31:19 false doctrines,
31:21 the mingling of truth and error.
31:24 Not a 100% pure.
31:26 And so this brought confusion among the people.
31:29 But the Bible says that God nourished
31:33 protected the woman from being completely overcome
31:37 by the flood of false doctrines that came in.
31:41 Notice what it says in verse 16,
31:42 "But the earth helped the woman,
31:45 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood
31:48 which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth."
31:51 In other words, the Lord protected God's people
31:53 so that they would not be completely wiped out.
31:56 And this angered the devil because he realized
32:00 that he was not gonna be completely successful
32:03 and this is what in verse 17 says,
32:05 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman."
32:10 And notice how he identifies these people that are faithful.
32:15 He went to make war with the rest of her off spring
32:19 who keep the commandments of God
32:22 and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
32:26 Those are not the ones
32:28 that have not fallen away, those are the ones
32:30 that are still following the pure doctrines of the Lord.
32:34 And the devil is trying to go after them.
32:36 He says, he makes war with them,
32:39 and he is enraged with them.
32:40 And so, for 1260 years, the woman is protected.
32:45 And now I like to take you back
32:48 to 2 Thessalonians 2 once again,
32:52 and let us put together what we have just said.
32:56 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, "Now, brethren,
32:59 concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
33:02 and our gathering together with Him,
33:05 we ask you,
33:07 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled,
33:09 either by spirit or by word or by letter,
33:11 as though the day of Christ had come.
33:13 Let no one deceive you by any means,
33:15 for that Day will not come
33:17 unless the falling away comes first,
33:19 and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."
33:23 And notice some of the characteristics
33:26 of this son of perdition.
33:27 "He opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God
33:33 or that is worshiped,
33:34 so that he sits as God in the temple of God,
33:38 showing himself that he is God."
33:43 So this is one of the characteristics.
33:46 This is a person that makes other believe
33:51 to be a leader of the Lord,
33:54 that's why he says
33:55 that he is in the temple of God,
33:57 but he says that he is God.
33:59 And you have to ask yourselves, where have we seen this before.
34:03 Can we go into history and see if any religious leaders said,
34:09 sat in the temple of God as God.
34:11 Question, do we have any evidence in the Bible
34:14 that the Apostle John did this type of thing?
34:17 No, there is no evidence that the Apostle John
34:19 did this type of thing.
34:21 Sitting in the temple of God, letting others worship him.
34:24 Do we have any other...?
34:27 How about Paul?
34:29 A Great man of God.
34:30 A great servant of the Lord.
34:32 Surely God was using him.
34:34 Could he not sit in the temple of God
34:36 and be worshipped as God?
34:38 Paul would not have it.
34:39 He said, he was a born servant.
34:41 A servant of the Lord.
34:43 Question, what about Peter?
34:45 Some people claim he was the first pope.
34:47 Did he sit in a church
34:49 and be as God and was worshipped?
34:52 I tell you that Peter in no way accepted this.
34:55 And we had some occasions where you see some people
34:59 tried to kneel before the apostle,
35:01 he would say, "No, get up, I am also a man."
35:04 And so Peter would not do this.
35:06 None of the apostles would do this.
35:08 This is a man of sin, a person fallen away
35:11 from the true commandments of God,
35:13 the true doctrines of God
35:15 and now takes some of the authority of God,
35:18 wants to take some of the authority of God
35:20 and show himself as God.
35:22 We don't have much time to talk about this.
35:24 We just want to establish the point that Paul said
35:27 that Jesus Christ will not come until the falling away comes.
35:31 In other words, Paul told us that
35:38 don't look for Jesus Christ to come
35:40 until this falling away takes place
35:42 and the man of sin is revealed.
35:43 Brothers and sisters,
35:45 we have historical facts to let us know
35:47 that this man of sin which we understand
35:50 is the Roman Catholic Church system
35:56 which persecuted Christians and it is in history,
36:00 persecuted Christians and from 538 BC
36:03 when it was in great power and authority,
36:07 I said BC but it's A.D,
36:08 538 AD to 1798 AD
36:14 when the pope is taken captive by the armies of France.
36:20 Taken captive and his authority,
36:22 his power is removed
36:24 and he is no longer the authority
36:27 who could say to kings, "Get off the throne.
36:30 You're no longer authorized to be in the throne."
36:32 And that's what the pope had power to do
36:34 for a period of time.
36:36 Several hundred years this was in power.
36:39 So Paul tells us,
36:40 "Don't look for the second coming of Christ
36:43 until the falling away takes place."
36:45 So when can we look
36:47 for the second coming of Christ to take place?
36:49 After 1798.
36:52 So, brothers and sisters, we have a guide
36:55 to help us understand that after 1798,
36:58 we can begin expecting that Jesus Christ will come
37:02 to rescue His people.
37:03 If you understand that, would you say amen?
37:05 Amen. Praise the Lord.
37:07 So this falling away took place,
37:11 and the Bible, we hope to get to Revelation 13 to read
37:16 some of those scriptures as well.
37:18 Let's go now to this idea of the son of perdition,
37:22 the son of perdition.
37:25 In John 17:12, this phrase,
37:30 "the son of perdition" appears again.
37:33 John 17:12,
37:35 Jesus is talking to the Father,
37:38 and in John 17:12,
37:41 He says this to the Father.
37:43 "While I was with them in the world,
37:45 I kept them in Your name, "talking of His disciples,
37:50 "those whom You gave Me I have kept
37:55 and none of them is lost except the son of perdition,
38:01 that the Scripture might be fulfilled."
38:03 Question, who is Jesus talking about here?
38:09 Jesus is talking about Judas.
38:11 And He is saying, "None of the disciples are lost
38:14 except the son of perdition."
38:18 Why did Jesus call Judas the son of perdition?
38:22 Jesus called Judas the son of perdition
38:25 because Judas chose to follow what the devil wanted.
38:29 So he was called the son of perdition
38:31 because he chose to the bidding of the devil.
38:34 What did Judas choose to do?
38:37 He chose to betray Jesus Christ
38:41 and when he chose to betray Jesus Christ,
38:44 you will see this
38:45 during the time of the Last Supper,
38:47 it says that Jesus says to Judas,
38:53 "What you are going to do, do it quickly."
38:56 And there's a time when Judas gets upset and it says,
38:59 "Then the devil entered Judas."
39:04 Judas made the decision.
39:05 He became a son of perdition.
39:09 And those that follow the devil are children of perdition.
39:14 And so this man of sin
39:17 that sits in the church as a leader
39:22 and as a someone to be worshipped
39:25 is called a son of perdition in the Bible
39:28 because follows, because this individual,
39:31 this system follows the false doctrines
39:35 that the devil brings out.
39:38 Now, as we continue in 2 Thessalonians,
39:40 we go back there,
39:41 2 Thessalonians 2, we go to verse 5.
39:45 2 Thessalonians 2:5.
39:47 There's much more
39:48 that we can say about these things
39:50 but we have to limit ourselves.
39:52 2 Thessalonians 2:5-10, let's go there.
39:56 "Do you not remember that when I was still with you,
39:59 I told you these things?
40:00 And now you know what is restraining,
40:03 that he may be revealed in his own time.
40:06 For the mystery of inequity," it says in the King James.
40:09 In the New King James,
40:10 it uses for the mystery of lawlessness
40:13 because this power is against the law of God.
40:18 And it says, "For the mystery of inequity,
40:21 the mystery of lawlessness is already at work,
40:24 only he who now restrains will do
40:26 so until he is taken out of the way.
40:29 And then the lawless one will be revealed
40:31 whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth
40:34 and destroy with the brightness of His coming."
40:40 And notice verse 9,
40:42 "The coming of the lawless one
40:43 is according to the working of Satan,
40:46 with all power, signs and lying wonders,
40:50 and with all unrighteous deception
40:52 among those who perish, because they did not receive
40:55 the love of the truth, that they might be saved."
40:58 And here's the difference.
40:59 The love of the truth, that they might be saved.
41:03 And when you see this verse
41:06 that the coming of the lawless one,
41:07 the son of perdition, the signs and lying wonders,
41:11 it reminds you
41:12 of what is written in Revelation 13,
41:15 that they do great wonders
41:16 even calling fire down from heaven.
41:19 So let's go to another sign that will help us understand
41:23 that Jesus Christ is coming soon.
41:25 Let's go to Matthew 24.
41:28 In Matthew 24, we are going to read verse 14.
41:33 Matthew 24:14,
41:34 if you know it by memory say amen.
41:38 Several of you know this by memory.
41:39 Matthew 24:14, it says,
41:41 "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached
41:46 in all the world as a witness to all the nations,
41:50 and then the end will come."
41:54 When will it come?
41:56 When the gospel is preached in all the world,
42:00 then the end will come.
42:02 "For a witness unto all nations."
42:03 You see, the gospel of Jesus Christ
42:05 must go to all the world.
42:08 And as you consider the times we are living in
42:11 as we mentioned in other occasions.
42:13 We are living in the times
42:15 when the gospel could be preached
42:17 in a short time.
42:18 If God's people would come together
42:23 and say let's finish this work that God has given us.
42:26 Let's go to all the nations and finish the work.
42:29 Right now,
42:32 I can tell you
42:36 that the Christian church has grown tremendously.
42:41 But there is a lot of work to be done.
42:44 Can you believe that there are some places
42:46 was no Christian church?
42:50 No Christian church.
42:52 But I tell you,
42:54 the work can be done in a short time.
42:58 Today, transportation is faster than ever.
43:02 You can get to places with cars and motorcycles if you wanted.
43:07 You can get to places pretty fast.
43:09 You can fly to places.
43:11 You can go on train.
43:13 But you can get to places fast.
43:15 This work could be finished very fast.
43:19 We have the printed page.
43:21 You can print thousands, thousands in an hour.
43:26 All of our pamphlets and books,
43:29 Bibles that contain the gospel message
43:33 and give them away.
43:36 You also have digital formats of Bible studies
43:41 that people can find on the internet
43:43 that you can easily send by email to people,
43:45 that you can post online on Facebook
43:48 or other social media, easy to share the gospel,
43:51 easier than ever to share the gospel.
43:54 And if people would come together
43:56 and say let's finish this work,
43:58 the work could be done in a very short time.
44:01 Adding to this, is the power of mass media.
44:08 Radio can reach not just one person
44:12 but thousands of people in a moment of time,
44:15 millions of people in a moment of time.
44:18 Given the right amount of power and the right place
44:22 where this antenna is,
44:24 radio could reach millions of people at a time.
44:27 Television can do as well.
44:29 Reach millions of people at a time.
44:32 And not only local broadcast
44:35 but even 3ABN that is on satellite
44:38 reaching millions of people in a moment of time.
44:41 This work can be done very quickly.
44:44 So we are living in a time when this work could be done
44:47 very quickly in a short time.
44:50 You've heard of perhaps dark colonies
44:52 we have in this area,
44:53 some places where we say, "Well, there's not
44:55 a Seventh-day Adventist church in that town,
44:57 or that town, or that town."
44:59 If God's people would come together
45:02 and there are tools unlike ever before
45:05 to preach the gospel
45:06 while you don't even have to talk.
45:08 I've heard of people giving Bible studies
45:09 without even being able to say a word.
45:14 I remember walking in the streets of Chicago
45:18 and a man stopped me.
45:19 He goes...
45:21 And he handed me a card and I looked at it.
45:26 And it said, "I am mute.
45:28 I am not able to speak and I pass out these cards
45:32 to let people know that I cannot talk
45:35 but I want them to have this message."
45:37 And here he gave me a little message.
45:39 He could not talk
45:41 but he was able to give me a message.
45:43 And when I read that he was mute
45:44 I looked at him and he goes...
45:46 As a matter of fact, this man was on a wheelchair.
45:49 And so, you see,
45:50 you don't even have to have the capacity to talk.
45:52 As a matter of fact, you can give people DVDs,
45:55 you can even send people sermons digitally.
45:59 Isn't that amazing?
46:00 There are more ways to preach the gospel than ever.
46:03 And I believe this work can be done quickly
46:06 if people will surrender their lives
46:07 to the Lord and say,
46:09 "Here I am Lord, what do You want me to do?
46:12 And so what Jesus said can happen very quickly.
46:17 Jesus said, "This gospel of the kingdom
46:19 will be preached in all the world
46:20 for witness unto all nations and then the end will come."
46:23 How many would like to see that happen?
46:26 Praise the Lord. I also.
46:28 And so the one that knows
46:32 that the gospel has been preached
46:35 in all the world is the Lord.
46:37 There's only so much that we can do
46:40 because we can't monitor everyone
46:42 going out to different places.
46:44 We don't know that Brother Joe or Sister Marie went to such
46:48 and such a house unless they let us know.
46:51 'Cause we hear of people going to places, I've heard of people
46:54 carrying satellite dishes
46:56 so that people can watch 3ABN over river beds,
47:00 up mountains, going to places
47:03 where there's no electricity
47:05 and connecting through solar panels
47:07 so they can have electricity so that people can watch 3ABN
47:10 at least for a little while as long as the battery lasts.
47:14 And I say, praise the Lord.
47:16 Praise the Lord
47:17 that 3ABN is reaching places
47:19 unlike ever before.
47:20 And so this message can be preached quickly
47:24 all over the world and we have the promise
47:29 that Jesus' disciples
47:31 were blessed with the Holy Spirit,
47:33 we will be blessed with the Holy Spirit.
47:35 We understand this to be called the latter rain.
47:40 And if you ask for the blessing of the Holy Spirit,
47:43 the Lord will give you the Holy Spirit
47:45 so that you may be used according to God's will
47:48 to bring the gospel.
47:50 So, brothers and sisters, I want to share with you
47:53 what is written in Daniel 12.
47:56 In Daniel 12, Daniel considering the things
47:59 that were shown to him, he was anxious.
48:02 He wanted to know
48:03 when these things were gonna be.
48:05 He wanted to know more.
48:06 And he was distressed.
48:08 He was perplexed.
48:10 How could this be, Lord?
48:11 He began to understand a little bit about the time.
48:15 But the Lord revealed something to Daniel
48:18 that we must understand.
48:20 Notice in Daniel 12:9.
48:24 In Daniel 12:9,
48:28 we have these words told to Daniel.
48:30 "And he said, "Go your way, Daniel,
48:34 for the words are closed up
48:36 and sealed
48:38 till the time of the end."
48:43 So as we look at history,
48:46 we understand this time of the end began in 1798.
48:51 Brothers and sisters,
48:52 according to the Book of Daniel,
48:53 according to the prophecies of Daniel,
48:55 we are living in the time of the end.
49:00 It was said to us that this book is sealed
49:03 till the time of the end.
49:04 When did people really begin to understand
49:07 the Book of Daniel?
49:09 It was after 1798 that people began to study Daniel
49:15 and began to connect the dots, as they say,
49:17 to see how time prophecies have been fulfilled,
49:22 were being fulfilled and they began to understand
49:27 that they were living and that we are living
49:29 in the time of the end.
49:31 One of the prophecies they studied was Daniel 8:14.
49:36 And you can continue in Daniel 9.
49:38 There are time prophecies in Daniel 9 as well
49:42 as you see that they are in Daniel 7,
49:47 as well as in Daniel 11 and Daniel 14.
49:51 And people began to study this more after 1798,
49:54 in the 1840s etcetera.
49:57 And we understand
49:58 that we are living in the time of the end.
50:00 So I say to you,
50:02 we are living in the time period
50:03 when Jesus Christ can return.
50:06 How many of you here can say that you have seen signs
50:09 that tell you that Jesus Christ is coming soon.
50:11 Would you raise your hand?
50:13 Praise the Lord.
50:14 I also see signs.
50:15 There are scriptures
50:17 that tell us about these things.
50:18 For this, we now invite you to turn to Matthew 24.
50:21 In Matthew 24,
50:26 something marvelous happens.
50:29 Because the disciples ask questions
50:32 that I would have asked if I had heard Jesus say
50:35 those same things and anxious to know
50:38 when the end would come
50:40 and when Jesus Christ would return.
50:42 Notice Matthew 24:1-3.
50:45 "Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple,
50:50 and His disciples came to show Him
50:52 the buildings of the temple.
50:54 And Jesus said to them,
50:56 'Do you not see all these things?
50:58 Assuredly, I say to you,
51:00 not one stone shall be left here
51:03 upon another,
51:05 that shall not be thrown down.'"
51:07 The disciples were shocked.
51:09 There were amazed at the words of Jesus.
51:11 Looking at the temple, it was a magnificent structure.
51:15 Massive stones.
51:17 And they wondered, "How can this be?"
51:20 To them, the destruction of the temple
51:23 meant the end of the world.
51:26 And they came to Jesus and wanted to know
51:32 what He meant by that.
51:34 That's where we continue Matthew 24:4...
51:40 I'm sorry, did we read verse 3 yet?
51:44 Not yet, verse 3.
51:45 Matthew 24:3,
51:46 "Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives,
51:48 the disciples came to Him privately, saying,
51:52 'Tell us, when will these things be?
51:55 And what will be the sign of Your coming,
51:58 and of the end of the age?'"
52:00 To them, there were connected.
52:03 And actually there were not
52:04 because the destruction of the temple,
52:06 Jesus knew would take place in a few years.
52:10 About 30, about 40 years after Jesus died,
52:17 crucified and was risen.
52:20 And so Jesus combined the two things together
52:23 and He began to answer them.
52:25 Notice what He says.
52:29 "And Jesus answered and said to them,
52:31 'Take heed that no one deceives you.
52:34 For many will come in My name,
52:36 saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.
52:38 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
52:41 See that you are not troubled,
52:43 for all these things must come to pass,
52:44 but the end is not yet.'"
52:47 So wars and rumors of wars
52:50 do not necessarily indicate
52:53 that the end is there.
52:55 He says, those things must come to pass but the end is not yet.
52:58 Notice, "For nation will rise against nation,"
53:00 verse 7, "and kingdom against kingdom.
53:03 And there will be famines, pestilences,
53:05 and earthquakes in various places."
53:07 Verse 8,
53:08 "All these are the beginning of sorrows."
53:10 Brothers and sisters,
53:11 we have seen the beginning of sorrows.
53:13 We have seen nation rising against nation,
53:16 kingdoms against kingdoms.
53:18 And we are living in the time of the end.
53:21 Concerning the destruction of the temple,
53:23 we know that it took place in what year?
53:26 70 AD.
53:28 What Jesus said actually took place.
53:31 The Romans, when they were fighting
53:33 against the Jews...
53:38 They received the orders,
53:39 "Do not do anything against the temple."
53:43 If you read history, you will discover
53:45 that the Jews were throwing things
53:48 and they kept agitating the situation
53:50 and the Romans became upset
53:52 and began to throw torches into the temple.
53:55 There was a great fire in the temple.
53:58 And things were just being burned
54:00 and all the gold that was in the temple
54:03 was just melting and melting away
54:06 and was running in between the stones.
54:08 And literally the soldiers tried to take
54:11 the gold out of the...
54:16 Out from between the stones
54:17 and they began to turn stones over
54:19 to try to get to the gold
54:21 and what Jesus said actually took place.
54:23 That's why
54:26 there is no part of the temple left.
54:29 Because just as Jesus said, the stones were removed,
54:32 they tried to get to the gold, there was massive destruction
54:36 and many hundreds and thousands of Jews died.
54:40 They had not listened to what Jesus said.
54:42 Because Jesus said,
54:44 when you see Jerusalem encompass about the army,
54:46 know that the desolation there of is near.
54:50 And when you see this happen, leave.
54:52 And Christians, Jews,
54:56 Christian Jews that saw this
54:59 because the Romans surrounded Jerusalem
55:02 as if they were about to attack
55:04 and packed up everything,
55:05 turn around and left
55:07 and came back several years later
55:10 and then fought against the Jews
55:12 and destroyed the temple.
55:13 But the followers of the Lord remembered the words of Jesus
55:17 and left Jerusalem,
55:18 they did not come back and they were saved.
55:21 So, brothers and sisters, what Jesus said came true.
55:25 What Jesus said in John 14 is true.
55:29 And so, we want to take you
55:32 to the promise of Jesus
55:35 in Matthew 24:36.
55:39 Notice Matthew 24:36, we're gonna read two verses
55:43 because our time is nearly over.
55:45 Matthew 24:36 and 37,
55:47 "But of that day and hour no one knows,
55:50 not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
55:53 But as the days of Noah were,
55:55 so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be."
55:59 And it describes how things were going to be.
56:02 Notice, "For as in the days before the flood,
56:04 they were eating and drinking,
56:06 marrying and giving in marriage,
56:07 until the day that Noah entered the ark,
56:09 and did not know until the flood came
56:11 and took them all away,
56:13 so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
56:16 The two men will be in the field,
56:18 one will be taken and the other left.
56:19 Two will be in the field, one will be taken,
56:23 one will be left.
56:24 Two women will be grinding at the mill,
56:25 one will be taken and the other left.
56:27 Watch therefore, for you do not know
56:29 what hour your Lord is coming.
56:31 But know this that if the master of the house
56:33 had known what hour the thief would come,
56:35 he would have watched
56:37 and not allowed his house to be broken into.
56:39 Therefore be you also ready,
56:43 for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
56:48 So I tell you, brothers and sisters,
56:51 Jesus Christ is coming with great power
56:54 and great glory.
56:55 These verses that we just read
56:57 are not talking about the secret character,
56:58 they are talking about
57:00 the difference between two people,
57:02 one is saved, the other one is lost.
57:04 One in the field, one is saved, the other one is lost,
57:07 because the coming of Jesus will come
57:10 with power and great glory.
57:12 Continue reading in Matthew 24,
57:14 "It is written that he will come
57:16 with power and great glory,
57:18 with the sounding of a trumpet."
57:20 But this is the message
57:21 we want to leave with you today.
57:23 Christ's return has been confirmed.
57:25 He said, He will come back and He will.
57:28 But He is telling us in Matthew 24:44,
57:33 "You do not know when this time is coming.
57:36 Therefore, you also be ready for the Son of man is coming
57:39 at an hour you do not expect."
57:42 And I would like to invite you to get ready
57:44 for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
57:46 You do not know when it's coming
57:48 but Jesus wants you to be a participant
57:51 in helping others know about Jesus Christ
57:53 and you can share a part
57:54 in bringing the gospel to others
57:57 and Jesus Christ will be your savior.
58:00 Continue following Him. He is coming soon.