Revelation's Ancient Discoveries

Why So Many Denominations?

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: RAD

Program Code: RAD170020A

00:01 What does the future hold?
00:02 Where can we find certainty in a world of uncertainty?
00:05 The Book of Revelation provides hopeful answers for today,
00:09 tomorrow, and forever.
00:11 Join Mark Finley, author and world-renowned speaker,
00:14 on a journey into the future
00:16 with Revelation's Ancient Discoveries.
00:23 The Book of Revelation answers our deepest questions.
00:27 It reveals God's plans for the future.
00:30 The Book of Revelation written by John on the Island of Patmos
00:33 at the end of the first century
00:35 takes us down the stream of time,
00:38 takes us down the epics of time,
00:41 takes us through history to reveal
00:43 the mighty hand of God in every generation.
00:47 Our Bible study in Revelation today takes us
00:50 to the Four Horsemen of Revelation.
00:53 Your eyes will be opened as the spirit touches you
00:57 with the magnificent truths of the Four Horsemen.
01:00 Let's pray.
01:02 Father in heaven, thank You so much for Jesus.
01:06 Thank You for Him revealing these truths to us.
01:10 As we open the pages of Scripture,
01:12 as we see the revelation of God in history,
01:17 guide us, we pray Thee, closer to You.
01:20 May we make those eternal changes
01:22 and decisions in our life
01:24 that will be decisions that will impact our destiny.
01:29 We pray in Christ's name. Amen.
01:32 My topic is, why are there
01:34 so many different denominations?
01:37 If there is one God, one faith, one Bible,
01:41 where did all these
01:42 different denominations come from?
01:44 And how did we get this confusing array of churches?
01:49 One thing is for certain,
01:51 the average person is bewildered
01:54 by this confusing array of churches.
01:57 If you just take the phonebook and you start with "A",
02:00 you go to assembly of God and past the age,
02:02 you go to the B's, the Baptists, and pass the B's,
02:05 you go to the church of Christ, and pass the C's,
02:08 you go to the disciples of Christ.
02:09 And well, maybe these every man's religion
02:11 but you go down the whole alphabet of religions
02:14 and you end up with the Zionists.
02:16 But where did
02:18 all these different churches come from?
02:19 Is it God's intent for there to be
02:22 this bewildering array of churches?
02:26 How can you...?
02:28 Have you ever wondered
02:29 how can I find the truth with all these churches?
02:31 And let's suppose,
02:33 you're moving into a new city and you go to the Yellow Pages.
02:36 You say, "Where do I choose a church?
02:38 How do I find a church?"
02:40 If you would have to look
02:41 through every different denomination
02:44 and all of their beliefs,
02:47 you would become quite confused.
02:49 In fact, it would take you a lifetime.
02:51 So you never go to the church
02:53 to find out what the Bible teaches,
02:55 rather you go to the Bible to find out what truth is.
02:59 And then you find a church teaching
03:01 in harmony with the Bible.
03:03 Now let me clarify that.
03:04 You see, if you had to go to the church to find out
03:08 what the Bible teaches and you'd have to go
03:11 through all of these varying churches
03:13 one after the other, after the other.
03:15 And maybe it takes you a year to study the doctrines of one
03:18 and then a year to study the doctrines of another.
03:20 And then pretty soon, what happens?
03:24 All of your time is consumed.
03:27 But if you go to the Bible and you raise that question,
03:31 what says the Bible?
03:33 The blessed Bible to me,
03:35 this my only question be what says the Bible,
03:39 the blessed Bible to me?
03:41 So you first go to the Bible to try to discover
03:44 what the church ought to teach not in reverse.
03:49 Bible prophecy clearly reveals
03:53 why there is so many different denominations.
03:56 Bible prophecy, specifically the Book of Revelation
04:00 lets us know just what Scripture teaches
04:06 about where these different denominations came from.
04:10 Revelation's Four Horsemen reveals the future
04:14 of Christianity.
04:17 These four horsemen take us down
04:19 the stream of time.
04:21 Now here is a prophetic principle
04:23 in all time sequence prophecy.
04:27 When you look at the time prophecy say of Daniel,
04:30 the prophecy always begins where the prophet is.
04:34 Remember the great image of Daniel 2
04:37 with the head of gold, the breasts and arms of silver,
04:41 the thighs of brass,
04:42 the legs of iron, the feet of iron and clay.
04:44 That prophecy begins in Daniel's day.
04:48 That's true with the prophecies of the four beasts in Daniel 7,
04:53 and it's true also with the 11th chapter
04:55 in the Book of Daniel.
04:57 When you come to the Book of Revelation
04:59 and you look at chapters 2 and 3,
05:01 the seven churches,
05:02 they begin where the prophet is.
05:04 When you come to the trumpets,
05:05 they begin where the prophet is.
05:07 The same with the prophecy of the seven seals
05:12 or the four horsemen.
05:13 They always begin in the first century
05:16 where the prophet is.
05:17 These four horsemen described in Revelation
05:21 reveal four successive ages in the history of the church.
05:26 Four successive time periods,
05:29 one that follows right after the other
05:32 from the first century to our generation.
05:35 In Revelation 6:1,
05:38 the seals are opened and looking here,
05:41 it says, "Now I saw
05:43 when the Lamb opened one of the seals."
05:47 So who is the Lamb? Who is that, everybody?
05:50 The Lamb of God of course is Jesus Christ.
05:53 He's the great Lamb of Revelation mentioned
05:56 more than 27 times in the Book of Revelation.
06:00 So the Lamb is opening the seals,
06:02 Jesus Christ is revealing to you,
06:04 He's revealing to me
06:06 what's going to happen down the stream of time.
06:09 He's revealing what's going to happen
06:11 to the Christian church
06:12 in each successive generation of history.
06:17 So the Lamb of God, Christ, is opening the seals.
06:20 If Jesus is opening the seals for you and for me,
06:23 don't you think it's quite important for us
06:25 to understand them and study them?
06:27 The first seal opens and it says,
06:29 "I heard one of the four living creatures saying
06:31 with a voice like thunder, 'Come and see."'
06:34 The beings in heaven say to you and me,
06:37 "Come and see.
06:38 Come and take a look at these seals.
06:40 Come and understand these seals.
06:42 Come with us as we unlock
06:44 the mystery of these seals."
06:47 What does the first seal,
06:49 when it's opened, what does it say?
06:50 "And I looked, and behold, a white horse.
06:53 And he who sat on it had a bow, and a crown was given to him,
06:57 and he went forth to conquer and conquering."
07:01 Notice what the Bible says that the first seal opens
07:06 and there's a rider on a white horse.
07:09 When a Roman General conquered the enemy,
07:12 he always came back to Rome riding
07:15 through the streets of Rome triumphantly victoriously
07:20 on a white horse.
07:21 So the symbol of a white horse is the symbol of triumph,
07:25 it's the symbol of victory.
07:27 New Testament Christianity was triumphant.
07:30 White is also a symbol of apostolic purity.
07:34 When Jesus comes
07:36 and He comes riding on a white horse
07:39 with white horses,
07:40 a symbol of purity and righteousness triumphing
07:44 over wickedness and evil.
07:45 So when you look at the first century church,
07:47 it was pure, its members were faithful
07:50 to the living Word of God.
07:53 It was based on the truth of God's Word
07:56 and that church New Testament believers
07:59 went forth conquering and to conquer everywhere.
08:02 So what does the white horse represent?
08:05 This rider on the white horse
08:07 who gallops across the sky with a bow,
08:11 who gallops across the sky triumphing,
08:14 it represents a powerful and pure faith.
08:18 What a description of New Testament Christianity
08:21 from AD 31 to a 100,
08:24 a pure faith, a powerful faith,
08:26 a faith that goes everywhere triumphing
08:30 over the principalities and powers of hell.
08:32 The white horse seal opens,
08:35 represents this conquering faith
08:38 of New Testament.
08:40 You know, one Roman writer put it this way
08:42 describing the New Testament church,
08:45 he said, "You Christians are everywhere.
08:47 You're in our armies, you're in our navies,
08:50 you're in the marketplace and the shops,
08:53 you're in our senate, our universities.
08:55 You are everywhere."
08:58 In fact, one of the early Roman writers wrote back
09:02 to the governor and he said to the governor,
09:06 "These Christians have..."
09:09 He actually said,
09:10 "This infection of Christianity has influenced
09:14 even the smallest villages in the Empire."
09:18 So when you see New Testament Christianity,
09:21 it had a powerful impact on Roman society.
09:26 The story, in fact, is told of 20
09:30 of the leading guards of Rome.
09:34 These were part of the honor guard of Rome.
09:38 These 20 guards became Christians,
09:41 gave their lives to Christ
09:42 and worshiped the living Christ.
09:45 And as they did, they were arrested.
09:48 Another 20 were found. They were arrested.
09:52 They were taken out to a lake in Northern Italy.
09:55 That Lake was now filled with ice,
09:57 it was cold, it was a winter time,
10:00 the ice on the lake a foot two feet thick,
10:04 snow had fallen around the side of the lake,
10:06 temperatures were sub-freezing temperatures
10:10 down in the teens.
10:11 And these 40 men, 40 of the honor guard of Rome,
10:16 40 of those that guarded the Caesar of Rome
10:19 were taken in the center of the lake
10:21 and they were told,
10:22 "We're going to have a fire on the shore,
10:25 and if you desire to save your life,
10:28 if you desire to live,
10:32 all you need to do is deny Christ,
10:34 and you can come to this fire and be warm.
10:37 But if you move from the center of that lake
10:39 without denying Christ,
10:41 you'll be slain with the sword."
10:44 These men circled together,
10:47 huddled together at the centre of the lake,
10:49 and they began to sing 40 wrestlers for Thee,
10:53 O Christ,
10:54 to Thine be the honor, to Thine be the glory,
10:58 Thy name be exalted as they sang through the night,
11:02 they shivered.
11:04 Some of them were facing, freezing to death,
11:08 one of these broke ranks.
11:11 He began to go toward the fire for the warmth.
11:15 He could not stand the cold any longer.
11:18 And as he did, the song began to echo through the air,
11:22 39 wrestlers for Thee, O Christ,
11:25 39 wrestlers for Thee, O Christ,
11:27 to Thine be the honor, to Thine be the glory.
11:30 Then the captain of the Roman guard
11:35 standing by the fire saw
11:38 the faith of these 39,
11:42 he said, "I too will accept Christ."
11:45 He left the warmth of the fire,
11:46 went out into the center of that lake, cold,
11:50 and that song went up again, 40 wrestlers for Thee,
11:53 O Christ, to Thine be the glory.
11:55 One of the early Christian writers,
11:57 Tertullian, put it this way,
11:58 "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the gospel."
12:02 They are in the New Testament, "Nothing could stop
12:06 the progress of first century Christianity,
12:10 armed with the Word of God,
12:13 their minds filled with the truth of God,
12:16 consumed with a passion for Christ,
12:19 they went everywhere.
12:20 Acts 2, 3,000 are baptized into Christ.
12:24 Acts 4, 5,000 more added.
12:27 And you come down and the gospel leaps across
12:29 geographical boundaries, it penetrates the Middle East,
12:33 penetrates Asia, penetrates Europe.
12:35 God is working a miracle in the white horse period.
12:38 You see, my friend,
12:40 when men and women do not compromise truth
12:44 in their own life the church's power,
12:47 why at times today.
12:49 As the church become powerless, why at times today has society
12:54 and culture impacted the church?
12:57 Because when you drift away from the Word of God,
12:59 when you drift away from Christ's passion
13:02 and to have this passion for Christ,
13:04 when religion becomes external,
13:07 then the church loses its power.
13:10 But here in the four seals,
13:12 the four horsemen, the scene changes.
13:15 The devil knows he must do something.
13:17 So we go to the red horse period.
13:19 The Bible says, "Another horse, fiery red went out.
13:22 And it was granted to the one
13:24 who sat on it to take peace from the earth,
13:28 and that people should kill one another.
13:31 There was given to him a great sword."
13:33 The red horse period.
13:35 Persecution comes upon the church,
13:38 the devil sees the church going forward powerfully,
13:41 the devil wants to stop
13:42 that onward motion of the church.
13:44 So the red horse period, bloodshed, conflict come,
13:49 peace is taken from the earth.
13:51 The state powers of Rome persecute the church.
13:56 Christians are brought to the Coliseum,
13:59 some thrown to lions there.
14:01 They brought to Circus Maximus, the great horse-racing stadium.
14:06 And they are told to deny their faith,
14:09 taken in that stadium chained,
14:11 chained one arm, chained one foot,
14:13 put to a horses here, chained this arm,
14:16 chained this leg, horses here, and the Christian is told,
14:20 "Unless you recant of your faith,
14:23 the horses will run in opposite directions.
14:25 You'll be torn apart."
14:26 But yet in the midst of that persecution,
14:30 in the midst of being cast to lions,
14:32 in the midst of being killed with the sword,
14:35 in the midst to be torn apart, not only by wild beasts
14:38 but in those horse racing stadiums,
14:43 Christians were faithful to God.
14:45 And their persecution only showed
14:48 the truthfulness of their faith.
14:50 The red horse period is a blood-stained phase,
14:53 faith from a 100 to 313 AD,
14:56 particularly the 10-year persecution of Diocletian
14:59 from 303 to 313 AD.
15:03 The devil knows, I must do something.
15:05 So what happens?
15:06 The white horse period,
15:08 the pure faith gives ray to the red horse period,
15:10 the blood-stained faith.
15:11 But then another horse marches across the sky,
15:15 the black horse period.
15:17 And here in this black horse period,
15:19 faith compromised.
15:21 Revelation 6:5, "When He opened the third seal,
15:26 I heard the third living creature say,
15:27 'Come and see.'"
15:28 And I say to you, my friend, come and see.
15:31 Come and see the history of Christianity
15:33 during this period.
15:34 "So I looked, and behold, a black horse,
15:37 and he who sat on it
15:39 had a pair of scales in his hand."
15:41 The church is weighed in the balance
15:43 and found wanting.
15:44 This is the period of the fourth, fifth,
15:46 and sixth centuries.
15:48 Compromise comes into the Christian church,
15:50 pagan practices come into the Christian church,
15:53 church and state unites at this period.
15:57 "So I looked," he says, "and behold a black horse
16:00 who sat on had a pair of scales in his hand."
16:03 Satan's strategy was to introduce compromise
16:07 to lead the church to adopt pagan practices.
16:11 The devil knew that he could not destroy
16:15 the church merely through persecution.
16:18 These Christians were solid in their faith for Christ.
16:22 These Christians were stalwart in their faith for Christ.
16:26 These Christians were courageous
16:28 in their faith for Christ.
16:30 So the devil had to decide on another strategy.
16:33 What was that strategy?
16:35 Bringing compromise into the church.
16:39 And so from AD 313 to approximately AD 537
16:43 and 38, we see a compromised faith.
16:47 We see pagan practices and the practices not found
16:52 in the Bible tradition
16:54 coming into the Christian church
16:56 from a pure faith in the white horse period,
16:59 to a red horse of blood-stained faith,
17:02 to the black horse of the compromised faith.
17:05 From the first century to the fourth century,
17:08 things in the Christian church begin to dramatically change.
17:11 Now the Bible predicted this.
17:13 The Apostle Paul actually predicted
17:15 that this would happen.
17:17 Acts 20:29-30 and Paul said this,
17:21 "For I know this,
17:22 that after my departure grievous wolves
17:26 will enter into the flock."
17:28 That is persecution would come from without,
17:32 that is the church would be persecuted,
17:35 torn apart, the sword, fire,
17:40 men and women who stood
17:42 for Christ being cast to the lions.
17:45 That would take place.
17:47 But after that,
17:48 notice what the Apostle Paul says,
17:51 "Also from your own selves will men rise up..."
17:54 From your own selves, who was he talking to?
17:56 He was addressing the leadership
17:58 of the Christian church.
17:59 He was addressing the elders of the church.
18:02 And he said, "From within your own communion,
18:06 your own fellowship,
18:07 there were those men that rise up.
18:09 They'll speak perverse things," what's perverse?
18:12 What's perverse? It's crooked.
18:13 They'll speak crooked things,
18:15 deceitful things to draw away disciples after them.
18:18 So here the Apostle Paul in Acts 20:29-30
18:22 makes two predictions.
18:24 One that persecution would come in to the Christian church.
18:28 Two, in addition to the persecution
18:31 that came in to the Christian church
18:33 that there would be an apostasy within the church,
18:37 that falsehoods would come in, that errors would come in.
18:41 Indeed, history reveals that that took place.
18:44 The teachings of men were substituted
18:47 for the teachings of the Word of God.
18:50 What happened? How did that happen?
18:52 The Roman Empire by this time was falling apart,
18:55 and the pagan Roman Emperor Constantine
18:57 tried to discover a way to unite his empire.
19:00 The barbarian tribes
19:01 were coming down from the north,
19:03 the Huns, the Visigoths, the Ostrogoths, the Alemanni,
19:07 the Suevi, and so forth.
19:09 They were coming down.
19:11 Many of these were being Christianized.
19:14 So to make Christianity more attractive
19:18 to the pagans,
19:19 the pagan emperor Constantine and the church leaders together
19:23 began to make compromises.
19:25 Images were brought into the church.
19:27 The pagans were used to worshipping images.
19:30 Sunday worship came into the church
19:32 during this period of time.
19:34 The Bible says
19:36 that what would happen here Daniel 8:12,
19:39 "He cast truth down to the ground."
19:41 That's this church state power,
19:43 the little horn or what would be called
19:45 the antichrist power in these days.
19:47 "He cast down truth to the ground.
19:49 He did all this and prospered."
19:51 So church and state would unite in these early centuries
19:55 and as it did, it would grow strong,
19:58 truth would be compromised.
20:00 I like the way James Russell Lowell
20:02 puts it in his poem,
20:04 "Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.
20:09 Yet that scaffold sways the future
20:11 and beyond the dim
20:13 unknown standeth God keeping watch over His own."
20:18 God always watches over His children
20:20 even in days of compromise.
20:22 Now in the Development of Christian doctrine,
20:24 page 372, this historian writes,
20:29 "We are told by Eusebius,"
20:30 Eusebius was one
20:32 of the early historians of Rome,
20:33 "that Constantine,
20:35 in order to recommend the new religion,"
20:38 that's Christianity, "to the heathen,"
20:40 so Constantine and the church leaders want
20:43 to recommend Christianity to the heathen.
20:45 What do they do?
20:47 "Transferred into it the outward ornaments
20:50 to which they had been accustomed
20:51 in their own."
20:53 Now don't miss this.
20:54 So Constantine unites with the Christian church.
20:58 He wants to, he desires to have the heathen converted.
21:03 And so what do they do,
21:04 they transfer the ornaments that is the images of paganism,
21:09 the rights of paganism,
21:10 the worship of paganism into the Christianity
21:16 to try to make Christianity more attractive to paganism.
21:20 This really is a compromise period.
21:23 Salvation through Christ, the simplicity of the gospel,
21:28 the teachings of the Word of God
21:31 were replaced by the requirements
21:34 of the church.
21:36 You know, in Ephesians 2:8, it says,
21:38 "By grace are you saved through faith,
21:40 it is the gift of God and not of yourselves."
21:44 So that simplicity of the gospel
21:47 was substituted for the teachings of men
21:51 and the complexity of human tradition,
21:54 the church grew large, large cathedrals were built,
21:58 requirements were placed upon Christian believers
22:02 that were never found in Scripture,
22:04 the lighting of candles,
22:06 the bringing of money to gain indulgences
22:09 as penance for sin,
22:13 kneeling before images, and worshipping those images,
22:18 the taking of incense,
22:20 and offering that as some form of righteousness.
22:23 These works came into the church
22:26 and salvation by grace
22:28 through faith was substituted for the works of man.
22:32 During the age of compromise,
22:34 the pagan's day of the sun replaced the Bible Sabbath.
22:38 Now that might surprise you, and you might say,
22:41 "Why do so many people worship on Sunday
22:44 rather than the Bible Sabbath?
22:45 Where does that come from?"
22:47 You know, in Genesis it's clear.
22:48 God says, "Remember there the Sabbath."
22:51 He sanctified the Sabbath.
22:53 He blessed the Sabbath, He rested upon the Sabbath.
22:57 Remember in Genesis 2:1-3,
22:59 it says, "And on the seventh day
23:01 God finished all the work that He had made,
23:03 and God blessed the seventh day,
23:05 and God sanctified the seventh day,
23:07 and God rested upon the seventh day."
23:09 He gave it right at creation
23:11 before the Jewish race ever existed,
23:12 and He gave it to Adam and Eve.
23:14 And you remember in the Ten Commandments
23:15 written with God's own finger on tables of stone,
23:19 Exodus 20:8-11,
23:21 "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy."
23:23 So all through the Old Testament,
23:25 the Sabbath was the day of God as opposed to sun worship
23:29 by the heathens.
23:31 And then in the New Testament, Luke 4:16, the Bible says,
23:34 "As his custom was Genesis went into the synagogue."
23:37 He went there to worship on the Bible Sabbath.
23:40 The disciples kept the Sabbath
23:41 but look how was the Sabbath changed.
23:45 Here's the history of the Eastern Church,
23:47 page 184.
23:49 It's describing how this Sabbath was changed.
23:52 "The retention
23:54 of the old pagan name of Dies Solis,"
23:57 Dies means day, so a Sunday,
23:59 "for Sunday, is in a great measure
24:02 owing to the union," owing to the union of what?
24:06 "Pagan and Christian sentiment
24:09 with which the first day of the week was recommended
24:11 by Constantine to his subjects Pagan
24:14 and Christian alike,
24:16 as the 'venerable' day of the sun."
24:19 So notice what history says, there is no question
24:23 about how Sabbath was changed, not by God.
24:26 He says, "I am the Lord. I changed not."
24:30 Malachi 3.
24:31 Not by Jesus,
24:33 He says in the Book of Hebrews 13:8,
24:36 "Jesus Christ the same yesterday and forever."
24:39 Not by the disciples, Acts 5:20-29,
24:43 "We ought to obey God rather than men."
24:46 How did the Sabbath get changed?
24:47 By a union, a synthesis,
24:50 a bringing together of pagan
24:54 and Christian sentiments.
24:56 So the pagans were worshiping the sun god,
24:59 some Christians had started worshiping on Sunday,
25:01 the first day, in honor of the resurrection.
25:03 Now the Bible never tells us to do that,
25:05 of course, the symbol of the resurrection is baptism.
25:08 Romans 6 says, "We go into the watery grave
25:10 and we come out resurrected into this new life of Christ."
25:13 So compromises came into the church
25:15 during the black horse period.
25:18 Satan's master strategy
25:21 was to influence powerful church leaders
25:24 to unite with powerful state leaders
25:27 in the black horse period and that happened.
25:29 And once that happened,
25:31 the church began to lose its spiritual power.
25:36 In A Doctrinal Catechism, page 174,
25:39 with the imprimatur of the Pope of Rome
25:42 by Stephen Keenan, the question is asked,
25:46 "Have you any other way of proving
25:50 that the church has power
25:51 to institute festivals of precept?"
25:53 In other words, the question is raised,
25:57 how can the church have authority
26:00 to establish all these holy days
26:02 where if you don't go that sin, you know, to church?
26:04 How can the church do that?
26:06 So the author is arguing here's why,
26:08 "Had she not such power, she could not have done
26:12 that in which all modern religionists
26:15 agree with her."
26:16 Well, what is it
26:18 that all modern religionists agree with?
26:19 "She could not have substituted
26:22 the observance of Sunday the first day of the week,
26:25 for the observance of Saturday the seventh day of the week."
26:29 Are you getting
26:30 the significance of this, my friend?
26:32 Here in the Catechism to uphold
26:35 the authority of Rome,
26:38 Steven Keenan, the author says,
26:40 that one of the evidences that the Church of Rome
26:43 has authority over Christianity
26:47 is that she has changed the Sabbath
26:50 from Saturday the seventh day to Sunday the first day.
26:54 "A change," the Catechism says,
26:57 "for which there is no Scriptural authority."
27:00 On that point I agree with the Catechism,
27:02 there is no scriptural authority.
27:05 There is no clear command at all in the New Testament
27:10 that says the Sabbath was changed
27:13 from the seventh day to the first day of the week.
27:15 When did this happen?
27:16 During the compromise period, during the black horse period.
27:20 The Bible predicted indeed that these pagan practices
27:24 such as sun worship would enter
27:27 into the Christian church during this period of time.
27:30 That leads us to the fourth horse,
27:33 the pale horse.
27:35 Now the pale is a symbol of death,
27:38 and by this time,
27:39 we've gone down the sequence of the ages.
27:42 And now Christianity
27:44 during what's now known as the Dark
27:46 or Middle Ages is experiencing death.
27:50 Look, Revelation 6:8,
27:53 "So I looked, and behold, a pale horse."
27:55 What kind of a horse, everybody?
27:57 A pale horse, death.
27:59 "And the name of him
28:00 who sat on it was Death, and Hades,"
28:02 that's the grave, "followed with him.
28:05 And powers given to them over a fourth of the earth,
28:07 to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death,
28:10 and by the beasts of the earth."
28:11 In other words, church and state had united.
28:15 Anytime the church unites with the state,
28:19 it turns from its true lover Jesus Christ.
28:22 And when the church and state unite
28:25 and the church goes to the state for its power,
28:27 it's because it's lost its godliness,
28:31 it's lost its genuine authority that comes from God,
28:35 and it's lost truly its Holy Spirit power.
28:38 Church and state unite. When they do what happens?
28:41 Typically what happens when church and state unite
28:43 is that there is persecution for those
28:47 who have not gone along,
28:48 who've not accepted this church state union.
28:53 And so power is given.
28:55 So there's persecution that occurs.
28:57 During the black horse period, there was compromise.
29:01 During the pale horse period, there was spiritual death.
29:04 The church grew large.
29:06 The church became
29:07 the major institution of the state.
29:10 But although it had these large edifices,
29:13 there was a lack of spirituality,
29:16 a lack of genuine authentic godliness.
29:19 In fact, in the History of Christianity,
29:21 century 2, chapter 2, section 7,
29:24 there is this statement about Christianity in the Dark Ages.
29:29 It's a remarkable statement.
29:30 "Christianity became an established religion
29:34 in the Roman Empire..."
29:36 Now I want to remind you, this is the historian speaking.
29:39 "And took the place of Paganism...
29:42 Christianity as it existed in the Dark Ages
29:46 might be termed Baptized Paganism."
29:51 What a term, baptized paganism.
29:54 When you bring in these pagan practices
29:57 to the church,
29:58 when you bring in these traditions
30:00 to the church,
30:01 when you bring in the teachings of men
30:03 that substitute for the Word of God,
30:05 what do you have?
30:07 You don't have Christianity.
30:08 You have a weakened faith
30:10 if you can call it a faith at all.
30:12 You have a weakened faith and you have baptized paganism.
30:16 Here we have the pale horse period
30:18 from about 538 AD to 1798.
30:23 But wait, would truth be cast down forever?
30:27 It took about 500 years to go into this period
30:30 from the white horse period of pure faith
30:33 when the church goes forth conquering and to conquer,
30:35 preaching the Word of God, uplifting Jesus Christ,
30:38 faithfully obedient to Him from AD 331 to AD 100.
30:42 The red horse period, blood-stained faith,
30:45 AD 100 to 313,
30:49 black horse period compromised faith,
30:51 AD 313 to AD 538.
30:54 Pagan practices,
30:56 traditions come into the church, compromise,
30:58 but then there is spiritual death,
31:00 the pale horse period about AD 538 to AD 1798,
31:05 what we would call a dead faith.
31:08 There's the union of church and state
31:11 during this period of time.
31:14 True Christianity is being squelched,
31:17 men and women
31:19 during this period of time are chained,
31:21 they're burned again, persecution is revived.
31:25 What are some of those steps that led to this compromise?
31:29 First, you'll find in leading this compromise,
31:32 there were traditions,
31:34 the traditions of men came into the church.
31:36 There were penances. What are penances?
31:39 When you go on long pilgrimages to earn your salvation.
31:43 Many of these Christian pilgrims
31:45 would go on their knees,
31:47 some of them coming to Rome with blood-stained knees,
31:50 some of them fasting long periods of time, why?
31:54 Desiring to earn their salvation.
31:57 Indulgences, what are indulgences?
32:01 Indulgences are grants by the popular Roman church
32:07 for forgiveness of sin
32:09 based on a certain amount of money
32:11 that one might give.
32:13 You see, the church believed this,
32:15 that if you weren't good enough to go to heaven
32:18 and you weren't bad enough to go to hell,
32:20 you'd end up in a place called purgatory.
32:23 And according to the teaching
32:24 of the Roman Church at that time,
32:26 purgatory was a place between heaven and hell
32:28 where you would burn
32:30 and be consumed of all your sin.
32:33 You would be purged of sin in purgatory.
32:36 Now depending on how much you had sinned,
32:38 that would be depending about how long you'd suffer.
32:41 Now you can imagine.
32:42 The average person didn't believe
32:43 they were good enough to go to heaven.
32:45 They weren't righteous like the saints.
32:46 They thought they're probably not bad enough to go to hell
32:48 but they thought that
32:49 they would be burned in purgatory
32:52 and they would be consumed there...
32:54 Their sin would be consumed there.
32:56 Think about it if that was your understanding,
32:58 and one could get out of there by paying money.
33:01 Wouldn't you sell a lot to pay money
33:03 not to live in purgatory?
33:04 That's what indulgences were. Images came into the church.
33:08 You take the image of Apollo,
33:11 the image of Zeus, change their names to Peter.
33:14 Take the image of Venus and change her name to Mary.
33:18 Bring those things into the church.
33:19 All this is taking place during the Dark Ages.
33:23 You got the church hierarchy
33:24 whose authority takes the place of the Bible.
33:27 You have human dogmas and human traditions.
33:29 And so you have this Dark Ages,
33:31 truth of God has been stamped down.
33:33 But would the truth be stamped down forever?
33:36 Would God's truth be trodden down always?
33:40 Would there be voices
33:41 that came to uphold and uplift that truth?
33:45 Jude, "Beloved, while I was very diligent
33:48 to write to you concerning our common salvation,"
33:51 the Bible writer says,
33:53 "I found it necessary to write to you exhorting,"
33:55 that means encouraging,
33:56 "urging you to contend earnestly
33:59 for the faith that was once delivered
34:01 to the saints."
34:03 Earnestly contend for the faith delivered
34:05 to the saints, uphold the Word of God,
34:09 light would shine in the darkness.
34:12 God would raise up man and women
34:15 whose minds would be captive to the Word of God.
34:19 The Bible would be translated
34:20 into the language of the people.
34:22 The Word of God would be copied,
34:24 and copied, and spread.
34:26 And although there would be fierce opposition,
34:29 although many copies of the Word
34:31 would be seized and burned, there would be those
34:35 that faithfully read God's Word,
34:37 those whose lives would be guided by the Word,
34:40 those that would be obedient to the Word,
34:43 those who would find Christ in the Word
34:46 and come to a new joy and a new peace in their life,
34:50 those who would find new spiritual vitality
34:53 as they obeyed God's Word
34:55 and walked in the light of truth.
34:58 One of these groups in the 1300s
35:03 were the Bible-believing Waldensians.
35:06 Peter Waldo was their leader
35:10 and he began to read the Word of God.
35:12 He had some manuscripts of it
35:13 that he was able to get and read from monasteries.
35:17 And as he began to read, his life was transformed.
35:21 The grace of Christ touched Peter Waldo's heart,
35:25 and he began to share from the Word with others.
35:29 He began to recognize
35:31 that the Word of God had authority,
35:33 that the Word of God was supreme,
35:36 that the Word of God stood high
35:38 and above the teachings of the church.
35:41 This led to persecution,
35:44 this led the Waldenses to flee from Rome,
35:49 and to flee from Italy, and flee from Switzerland,
35:52 and flee from France,
35:54 and they came to the mountains of northern Italy
35:58 and southern France, high there in the Alps.
36:01 They built their stone homes there.
36:04 They were a peace-loving people,
36:07 studied the Word of God there.
36:09 But the armies of Rome often pursued them there.
36:14 The Waldensians would flee high up
36:16 into the mountains.
36:18 Not long ago, I was up in these mountains
36:20 in this very stone hut.
36:23 This is where, in fact, they copied the Word of God.
36:27 I remember sitting at this table.
36:29 And I sat at this table with my own Bible in my hand.
36:33 And as I sat there thinking how free it is in our country,
36:38 the United States,
36:39 in many Western countries today to read
36:42 and have a copy of the Bible.
36:43 I thought of these Waldensians sitting
36:45 at this stone table copying the Bible
36:49 so that they could share it.
36:50 And often these Waldensian women
36:53 whose sons were copying the Bible
36:55 and whose husbands were Waldensian preachers.
36:57 Waldensian women would sew secret pockets
37:00 into the long flowing robes of their children.
37:05 They would hide pages of Scripture
37:07 in those long flowing robes.
37:09 These young men, brilliant and young women
37:11 would go down to the cities of Europe.
37:15 They would go as merchants and artisans.
37:17 They'd sell pots and pans and as they found somebody
37:20 that was honest,
37:21 somebody whose heart was opened,
37:23 somebody whose mind was opened,
37:26 they would share the scriptures with them.
37:28 And soon a little light of truth here
37:29 and soon a little light of truth there.
37:30 Many of the Waldenses enrolled
37:32 in the great universities of Europe.
37:35 And they gathered students around secretly,
37:37 of course, and soon the authorities didn't know
37:39 what was happening, the light of truth was shining.
37:42 And I remember the last time
37:44 I was here in the Waldensian valleys,
37:45 there is one thing I wanted to do.
37:47 I hadn't done it all the other times
37:49 I was at the Waldensian valleys.
37:50 I wanted to climb.
37:52 I wanted to go on the route
37:53 that they went over the mountains,
37:55 where they were pursued by the Roman armies.
37:58 We went down into the cave where they hid.
38:00 Then we began to climb hour after hour
38:03 across the mountains.
38:04 What a journey. What a trip.
38:06 The Waldensians believed in the Bible
38:08 and the Bible only but they did not understand
38:11 or know all the truth.
38:13 You see, it took 500 years for the truth
38:16 to be compromised.
38:18 And so God began to restore
38:19 the truth a little bit in each person's mind.
38:23 God raised up John Huss, Czechoslovakian reformer.
38:27 And he made obedience to God his motto.
38:30 I think that's a great motto, don't you?
38:32 Not obedience to the church,
38:34 not obedience to religious prelates,
38:37 not obedience to religious priests
38:40 or pompous pastors but obedience to God.
38:46 Our first allegiance is to God.
38:49 And John Huss came in conflict with the popular church,
38:54 eventually was burned at the stake
38:57 and martyred for his faith.
39:00 God raised up one reformer after the other.
39:05 Huss stood there at the stake.
39:07 And as he did, they took the dry wood,
39:11 put it around his feet.
39:12 The executioner came
39:16 with the torch and Huss was singing,
39:18 "Lord, have mercy on me."
39:20 Offering up his life, why?
39:23 Because he had obedience to God.
39:25 Then the executioner came around behind him,
39:28 was going to light the flame
39:29 and it is reported that Huss said,
39:31 "My friend, you don't need to come behind me,
39:34 bring the flame to my face
39:36 because if I were afraid, I would not be here."
39:39 But as Huss died for his faith, others stepped forward.
39:44 The reformation was going,
39:45 the Spirit of God was moving and it could not be stopped.
39:49 Light was shining in the darkness.
39:53 God raised up Martin Luther
39:56 who was a priest but who felt tormented.
39:59 He felt agonized, wanted to find peace.
40:02 He would beat himself, flagellate himself,
40:05 whip himself but yet could find no peace.
40:08 Traveled to Rome, he thought I can find peace there.
40:11 Climbed up what was believed to be Pilate staircase
40:15 where the Roman church taught, of course, tradition,
40:18 no foundation in history of Scripture
40:20 that the angels brought the Pilate staircase
40:23 that Christ went up on His knees
40:26 from Jerusalem back to Rome.
40:29 Luther was going up that staircase on his knees,
40:33 and then he heard in his ears the words,
40:35 "The just shall live by faith."
40:38 He left that staircase and came back to his home
40:42 in Wittenberg
40:44 because he knew
40:45 that Christ only was our Savior.
40:48 These words echoed in his ears.
40:51 Romans 1:17, "The just shall live by faith."
40:54 He felt such joy.
40:56 It's not climbing up the staircase on your knees,
40:58 it's not flagellating yourself, it's not fasting for days.
41:01 You know, Luther tells what dream he had one night,
41:04 one night he's sleeping and he has a dream.
41:08 And in that dream,
41:09 Satan appears before him in all of his hideous form.
41:13 And Satan unrolls a scroll.
41:15 And on that scroll were Luther's sins
41:18 and Satan says, "Are these your sins?"
41:21 And Luther trembles.
41:22 He says, "They are. They are. They are."
41:25 "Can you deny they are your sins?"
41:27 "No, I cannot." "Is the wages of sin death?"
41:30 "Yes, it is." "Do you deserve to die?"
41:32 "Yes, I do."
41:34 "Will you receive eternal death?"
41:35 And Luther says, "I'm trembling in that dream."
41:38 Then he notices that the devil's hand
41:41 is over something on the top of that scroll.
41:44 And Luther says, "Move your hand.
41:46 Move your hand." The devil says, "No."
41:48 "Move your hand." "No."
41:49 Finally, "In the name of Jesus, move your hand."
41:51 He moves his hand and it says,
41:52 "The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses Martin Luther
41:55 from all his sins."
41:57 Friend of mine, I don't know what guilt fills your life.
42:01 I don't know how condemned you feel.
42:04 I don't know how unclean you feel
42:06 but I know this,
42:07 the blood of Christ will cleanse you
42:09 from all your sins because Acts 4:12,
42:13 "There is no other name under heaven given among men
42:15 by which we must be saved."
42:17 Except the name, the lovely name,
42:19 the beautiful name of Jesus.
42:22 Jesus has never lost a case, and He can save you.
42:25 Light shining through the darkness.
42:28 The Waldensians, the Bible,
42:30 and the Bible alone is the rule of faith.
42:32 John Huss, obedience to God as the motto.
42:36 Martin Luther, grace and faith.
42:39 But not one of these men had all the truth of God.
42:43 The light of truth would penetrate the darkness.
42:46 Just as the sun rises gradually,
42:49 the light of truth was rising.
42:52 Does God turn on all the light at once
42:57 in the morning?
42:58 Does the sun just, boom, come out?
43:00 Look, it took 500 years for the church to go
43:05 from the white horse period to the black horse period
43:08 down to the pale horse period.
43:10 So you have black horse, you have white horse,
43:12 then you have red horse,
43:14 then you have black horse, you have pale horse.
43:15 That whole process took 500 years.
43:21 If God would have led the church out
43:23 of that pale horse period
43:25 and out of that dense deep darkness all at once,
43:29 have you ever walked out
43:30 of a dark room into the sunlight?
43:33 What happens?
43:34 You got to blink and your eyes are blinded.
43:36 So God gradually revealed His truth
43:40 to each generation
43:43 as it was coming out of the period of darkness.
43:45 Why are there so many different denominations?
43:47 Because people camped, they didn't keep moving.
43:50 The Lutheran said,
43:51 "Oh, if Luther believed it, it's good enough for us."
43:53 Hussites, oh, if the Hussites believe it,
43:55 it's good enough for us.
43:56 But God had more truth. He had more light to reveal.
44:00 He was leading His people out of darkness.
44:03 God raised up John Calvin.
44:05 Calvin's special contribution
44:06 was to bring theological truth together,
44:09 to bring biblical truth together.
44:11 He didn't understand everything.
44:12 He actually didn't understand fully religious liberty,
44:14 and he persecuted people
44:16 who were not in harmony with his understanding.
44:19 He'd understand, for example,
44:20 the great truths about the second coming of Christ,
44:24 and the signs of the times, and the way Christ would come.
44:28 He didn't fully understand everything
44:29 about baptism by immersion.
44:31 So what does God do? He uses Calvin.
44:34 He only understood part of the truth
44:36 but God raises up others.
44:38 When John Robinson,
44:42 that great pilgrim preacher,
44:44 stood with his followers on the shores
44:47 there in Holland at the dock and the boat was to sail,
44:51 this is what Robinson said to his followers,
44:54 and it's good counsel for you and me,
44:56 "If God should reveal anything to you
44:59 by any other instrument of His,
45:01 be as ready to receive it as ever you were
45:05 to receive any truth of my ministry.
45:08 For I am confident
45:09 the Lord has more truth and light
45:11 yet to break forth out of His holy word."
45:14 Friend of mine, I would say to you,
45:17 if God reveals more light and truth to you, follow it.
45:21 If God reveals light and truth to you from His Word,
45:25 do not turn your back on it.
45:27 God was leading out of the Dark Ages,
45:30 men and women to the fullness of His truth.
45:33 He raised up the Anabaptists, why?
45:35 Because a truth was long lost sight of,
45:37 what was that truth?
45:39 The truth of baptism.
45:40 You see, Luther still sprinkled,
45:42 he still baptized babies as did others of the reformers.
45:46 But the truth of baptism by immersion
45:50 had been lost sight of.
45:51 So God raised up
45:53 the Anabaptists to restore that truth.
45:55 Often people say to me,
45:56 "Pastor Mark, what do you believe?"
45:58 I believe in the Bible and the Bible only.
46:00 And so in that sense, I'm a Waldensian.
46:03 I believe in obedience to God supremely.
46:06 In that sense, I'm a Hussite.
46:08 I believe in salvation by grace.
46:11 In that sense, I'm a Lutheran.
46:12 I believe that we're supposed to grow in grace.
46:15 In that sense, I'm a Calvinist.
46:16 I believe in baptism by full immersion.
46:18 In that sense, I am a Baptist.
46:21 The Bible says, Matthew 28:19-20,
46:25 "Go therefore
46:26 and make disciples of all nations,
46:28 baptizing them in the name of the Father,
46:31 the Son, and the Holy Spirit,"
46:32 Jesus said, "Go and baptize.
46:34 I believe that."
46:35 And men and women who hear the Word of God
46:37 are to follow Christ and be baptized.
46:39 "Teaching them to observe everything
46:41 I've commanded you,
46:42 and lo, I'm with you always, even to the ends of the earth."
46:45 See, Jesus said, "Go to the ends of the earth,
46:48 don't teach part of what I've commanded."
46:50 What does the Scripture say?
46:51 It says, "Teaching them to observe,
46:54 to keep, to do all things that I have commanded you."
46:58 John Wesley was raised up by God.
47:01 The church lacked in holy standards
47:05 and Wesley came along preaching,
47:08 moving powerful sermons for men and women
47:11 to come to their knees to repent of their worldliness,
47:13 to repent of their earthliness,
47:15 to have high and holy standards in their dress,
47:19 in their music, in their entertainment.
47:21 He brought small groups together
47:23 that studied the Word of God to grow
47:25 in the area of sanctification,
47:27 to grow in the area of holiness.
47:29 I believe that God calls His church
47:32 to be separate from the world.
47:34 I believe that God calls His church to high
47:36 and holy standards.
47:39 I believe that God calls His church
47:41 to be distinct.
47:42 A light can only penetrate the darkness
47:46 if light is distinct from the darkness.
47:48 If the church is like the world,
47:50 the world will not be influenced
47:53 by the church and the church
47:54 can't make an impact on the world.
47:56 Do you see what God's strategy was?
47:58 He is leading a people out of the Dark Ages,
48:01 leading a people back to Himself.
48:05 William Miller was raised up by God.
48:07 You see, at this time the church believed
48:12 and religious leaders taught
48:14 that there'd be a thousand year millennial period on earth.
48:18 The church was not preaching the soon coming,
48:21 imminent second coming of Christ.
48:24 See, the Waldensians were brought up
48:27 in the 12 and 1300s to emphasize
48:30 the Bible and the Bible only.
48:31 Huss came along following them to emphasize obedience to God.
48:36 God raised up Martin Luther, 1517,
48:39 nailed the 95 theses on the wall at Wittenberg.
48:45 So Martin Luther is raised up then.
48:49 Then God raises up John Calvin.
48:52 They bring together the systematic theology.
48:57 God raises up the John Wesleys.
49:00 You see, every generation, by now we come to the 1800s
49:03 but the church isn't beating with an urgency.
49:06 The church is complacent
49:08 the idea Christ is going to come to earth.
49:10 He's going to set up His kingdom.
49:12 William Miller begins to study the Word of God.
49:16 And as he does, light dawns on his mind,
49:18 Christ is coming and He's coming soon.
49:20 And all over the world,
49:22 there is this messianic movement
49:24 this sense of the coming of Christ.
49:26 Manuel Lacunza,
49:28 a Catholic priest in South America
49:30 begins to sense Christ is coming,
49:32 writes under the pen name of Rabbi Ben Ezra.
49:35 Edward Irving, 300 church men in the England begins to write,
49:40 three new preachers there,
49:42 Anglicans begin to write about second coming of Christ.
49:47 Johan Bangel in Germany and Joseph Wolfe
49:50 all over the world God was moving,
49:53 there is an Advent movement and God is restoring the truth
49:57 about the second coming of Jesus Christ.
50:00 What was God doing?
50:01 Why are there so many different denominations?
50:03 Because the Waldensians stopped at Waldo,
50:06 and the Hussites stopped at Huss,
50:08 and the Lutheran stopped at Luther,
50:09 and the Calvinists stopped at Calvin,
50:10 and the Baptists say,
50:12 "If we're baptizing by immersion,
50:13 this is good enough for us", and the Methodists say,
50:17 "Oh, we don't go any further than Wesley,"
50:20 and then you got the Millerites.
50:21 But what was God doing?
50:23 Restoring the truth about the Bible, about obedience,
50:25 about grace, about growth in Christ,
50:28 about baptism, about holiness, about the second coming?
50:30 But was all that truth restored?
50:33 Not at all.
50:34 God would restore the truth of the Bible Sabbath,
50:38 and in an age of evolution, God would lead men and women
50:43 back to the keeping of His commandments.
50:46 And Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love Me," do what?
50:50 "If you love Me," do what? "Keep My commandments."
50:53 God would raise up a Sabbath-keeping body
50:58 that would be the capstone of the reformation.
51:01 God would raise up a last day church.
51:04 The Bible says, "Worship Him who made heaven and earth,
51:08 the sea and the springs of water."
51:10 Worship the Creator,
51:11 an end time message in Revelation
51:14 to go to the ends of the earth at a time of evolution.
51:19 Jesus says in Revelation 14:12,
51:21 "Here is the patience of the saints,
51:23 here are they that believe," like the Hussites,
51:25 the Bible and the Bible only, "here at they that believe,"
51:30 like the Waldensians and the Hussites,
51:32 the Bible and the Bible only
51:34 and obedience to God as our motto.
51:37 Here are they that believe like Luther,
51:39 salvation by grace alone.
51:42 Here are they that believe like Calvin
51:46 that we need to have a theology,
51:48 a belief system that's not scattered
51:50 but unified together and we must grow in grace
51:54 like Wesley said and be separate from the world.
51:56 Here is a group of people
51:58 that believe that Jesus Christ is coming again.
52:01 Here is a Sabbath keeping body
52:03 that bases their faith on the living Word of God.
52:08 Here is a called out people,
52:10 a people that believe in the Bible
52:12 and the Bible only.
52:14 A people that believe in obedience to God
52:16 as their motto,
52:17 a people that believe in salvation
52:19 by grace through Christ,
52:20 a people that believe that the church is organized
52:24 and it must be a mighty movement
52:26 that goes to the ends of the earth,
52:27 a people that believe in baptism
52:30 by immersion, a people that believe too
52:32 that God has called us to holiness,
52:34 and a people that believe in the second coming of Christ,
52:38 and a Sabbath keeping people.
52:39 There's only one group of people
52:40 like that on the face of the earth
52:42 that I know, friend.
52:43 And that are Seventh-day Adventists.
52:46 Some time ago, there were three men,
52:51 Ridley, Kramer, and Latimer.
52:54 And there they were tried
52:56 for their faith in the Middle Ages,
52:57 God is calling men and women again,
52:59 to have that courage, they were burned at the stake,
53:03 burned at the stake in Oxford.
53:06 And while they were, you,
53:10 Latimer looked over at Ridley and he said,
53:12 "Be of good comfort,
53:14 we shall this day light a candle,
53:17 by God's grace
53:18 that shall never ever be put out."
53:20 Step out for Jesus. The Word of God is true today.
53:23 "The grass withers, the flower fades,
53:26 but the word of our God stands forever."
53:30 You can light a candle, a candle in your home.
53:33 You can light a candle.
53:35 You can light a candle, my friend, a candle of truth.
53:39 You can stand with those...
53:41 You can stand with those
53:43 who are faithful to Christ down through the ages.
53:47 You can stand with the people of God.
53:51 Listen, my friend,
53:53 Jesus Christ will never let you go.
53:57 Jesus Christ will never, never keep you
54:02 from walking in the convictions that you have.
54:07 He will empower you. He will strengthen you.
54:11 He will enable you.
54:13 Some people say, "Well, I'm not sure
54:15 if Jesus is leading me that way."
54:17 My friend, Jesus is leading you that way.
54:20 He is leading you to stand with the Waldenses.
54:26 He is leading you to have God
54:30 and God alone as your leader.
54:33 He is leading you to stand with Huss
54:36 and make obedience to God your motto.
54:39 He is leading you to stand with Luther and say,
54:42 "Jesus, all I want is Your grace.
54:47 All I want is Your grace.
54:50 Lord, I know that salvation can only be
54:53 through Your grace."
54:54 That's where Jesus is leading you.
54:56 He's leading you to stand with these great reformers down
54:59 through the ages.
55:01 He's leading you to stand with Wesley who says,
55:07 "Separation from the world
55:10 is a Christian teaching."
55:14 He's leading you to stand with Miller,
55:17 who said, "Christ is coming.
55:20 We must be ready."
55:22 He's leading you to stand
55:23 with those Sabbath keeping believers
55:26 who've been faithful to God down
55:28 through the centuries.
55:31 Jesus is appealing to you.
55:34 Ridley, and Latimer, and Kramer
55:38 stood in that square,
55:41 stood there in Oxford
55:44 as the wood was placed around them,
55:48 and they said, "We will be faithful to God."
55:53 God is calling you to that faithfulness.
55:56 God is calling you to make that decision.
56:00 Jesus is leading you.
56:03 Would you like to say to Jesus right now,
56:04 "Lord, I'm opening my heart to You.
56:08 I'm not going to camp...
56:10 I'm not going to camp
56:12 where my religious forefathers camped.
56:14 I'm not going to stay where they stayed."
56:18 These reformers were men of truth.
56:22 They were godly men.
56:24 They lived up
56:25 to all of the Word of God they had.
56:29 But God had more truth for them,
56:32 and God has more truth for you.
56:35 Your father, your mother may have lived up
56:37 all the truth they had.
56:39 They were faithful,
56:40 and they'll be saved in God's kingdom.
56:42 But God has something more for you.
56:43 Would you step out and say,
56:45 "Jesus, I'm going to walk with Your end time people?"
56:48 As we pray, Father in heaven,
56:50 thank You for Your wonderful love.
56:53 Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your goodness.
56:56 Thank You that You lead us step-by-step,
57:00 that You reveal more light to us,
57:01 that You reveal more truth to us.
57:03 Thank You, Jesus,
57:05 that we can follow You now and forever.
57:08 In Your name, we pray. Amen.
57:10 Thank you for joining us
57:12 for Revelation's Ancient Discoveries.
57:16 God has another step for you to take
57:20 in your Christian experience.
57:22 Why not right now say,
57:23 "Jesus, I will take that step."


Revised 2018-07-06