3ABN Today Bible Q&A

The Marvelous Multitude

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

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Series Code: TDYQA

Program Code: TDYQA210004A

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01:15 Hello, and welcome to another 3ABN Today program.
01:18 I'm Jill Morikone.
01:19 And we're so glad that
01:21 you've taken time from your day to join us
01:22 as we jump in and study the Word of God.
01:25 If you've been following the last few Mondays,
01:28 you know, this program
01:29 is an extra power packed program.
01:32 This is our brand new 3ABN Bible Q and A program.
01:36 So this is where we take your questions at home.
01:38 So I want to encourage you,
01:40 they will be answered by our panelists here.
01:43 Great students of the Word,
01:44 I'll introduce to you in just a moment.
01:46 And each one of the questions is really rapid fire,
01:49 we have two minutes approximately for the answer.
01:52 And I just love
01:53 because each answer is solidly biblical.
01:55 So just grab your Bibles and your pens
01:57 and get ready to take notes and hit that record button.
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02:06 and we will answer them
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02:31 That number again is 618-228-3975.
02:35 And today, I want to introduce to you our family.
02:38 It's really your family as well.
02:39 And they are all tremendous Bible students.
02:42 And I'm looking forward to learning today.
02:44 We have Pastor John Lomacang,
02:46 Director of 3ABN World Evangelism
02:47 and our pastor, so glad to have you here.
02:49 Good to be here.
02:50 This is a time
02:52 where we can hopefully encourage people
02:53 to trust God's Word and not ours.
02:55 Amen. That's right.
02:57 Pastor Ryan Day,
02:58 evangelist, singer and student of the Word of God.
03:02 Thank you for being here.
03:04 It's a blessing to be here.
03:05 And I'm ready to answer some Bible questions,
03:07 exciting ones.
03:08 I think Ryan would say locked and loaded
03:09 and ready to go.
03:11 Locked and loaded and ready to go.
03:12 That's right.
03:14 And we have Jason Bradley,
03:15 always enjoy hearing you share as well.
03:18 General Manager for 3ABN Dare to Dream Networking.
03:20 Glad to have you here.
03:21 It's a pleasure to be here.
03:22 I hope I can keep it within two minutes.
03:25 That's the goal.
03:27 That's right.
03:28 I want to open up for the scripture here.
03:29 This is 2 Timothy, you know that scripture.
03:31 2 Timothy 3:16,
03:34 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God
03:37 and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction,
03:40 instruction in righteousness,"
03:42 why?
03:43 "That the man of God or the woman of God
03:45 may be perfect or complete,
03:48 thoroughly equipped for every good work."
03:50 So join us today as we open up the Word of God
03:54 and discover how we can grow
03:57 and become men and women of God.
03:59 So before we get to the first question,
04:01 Jason, would you pray for us?
04:02 Absolutely.
04:04 Dear Heavenly Father,
04:05 we thank You for the opportunity
04:06 to open Your Word and study it together
04:09 and to find the answers to these questions
04:12 in Your Word.
04:14 And, Lord, we ask that You would guide
04:15 this Bible Question and Answer segment
04:19 and be with the viewers and listeners as well.
04:22 In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
04:24 Amen.
04:25 So Pastor John Lomacang, you are first up.
04:27 Okay.
04:29 So first question for you is,
04:30 who are the great multitude in Revelation 7:9?
04:36 Okay, now obviously Revelation 7 brings out
04:38 two developing pictures,
04:41 one is described as the 144, 000
04:44 and the other the great multitude,
04:46 and the great multitude is a number
04:48 which no one can number.
04:50 Now the 144,000 are referred to in two places in the Bible,
04:53 Revelation 7 and Revelation Chapter 14,
04:55 and they are described in tribal description
04:58 12,000, of 12,000, of 12,000
05:01 and when you look at Genesis Chapter 49,
05:03 these are not the same exact tribes,
05:05 some have been removed.
05:06 For example, Dan is not there.
05:08 Dan never overcame
05:09 because it was a serpent by the way.
05:11 But let's get back to the multitude
05:13 that no one could number.
05:14 Now, there's been some controversial views
05:17 of this even of 144,000.
05:20 Some have nailed him down
05:21 to be an exact number of people.
05:23 Some groups have claimed that is us.
05:25 But the Bible describes them clearly.
05:27 And when you study this carefully,
05:29 and then you parley with Genesis Chapter 49,
05:32 what it suggests strongly is the 144, 000 represent
05:36 those who have overcome
05:38 the different weaknesses in their lives.
05:40 Each of the tribes is identified
05:42 with a particular weakness.
05:44 The 144,000 are specifically referred to.
05:46 Let's look at it in Revelation 7.
05:49 And it says in Revelation 7:13-14.
05:51 Now we know verse 9 talks about
05:54 the great multitude, which no one could number,
05:56 but notice this all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues,
05:59 but here's the answer.
06:02 Verse 13,
06:03 "Then one of the elders answered, saying to me,
06:05 'Who are these arrayed in white robes,
06:07 and where did they come from?'
06:08 And he said to me,
06:10 'Sir, you know.'
06:11 So he said to me,
06:12 'These are the ones
06:14 who come out of the great tribulation,
06:15 and washed their robes and made them white
06:17 in the blood of the Lamb.'"
06:18 The Great Tribulation that is referred to here
06:21 is not the 1260 years,
06:24 that's behind us
06:25 because a greater tribulation is ahead of us.
06:27 Daniel 12:1,
06:28 there should be a time of trouble
06:30 such as never was,
06:31 and those who are part of that,
06:33 who survived through that, who come out of that,
06:35 come out of her My people
06:36 will make up the number that no man could number.
06:40 Amen, powerful answer.
06:42 Jason Bradley, this one's for you.
06:44 This is from Maxine.
06:46 Why is Jesus delaying His second coming?
06:50 Within this question is the presupposition
06:52 that Jesus is delaying His return.
06:55 And the implication is that
06:57 He is altering His timetable based on us.
07:00 We're not in control of time, God is.
07:04 He knows when He's returning,
07:06 and God is also aware of the fact that
07:08 not everyone will be saved,
07:10 however He has been
07:13 and continues to be long suffering with us.
07:17 You know, ultimately,
07:19 it's our choice whom we will serve.
07:21 And God has granted us that freedom of choice.
07:23 If you look at 2 Peter 3:8-9, the Bible says this,
07:29 "But Beloved, do not forget this one thing
07:32 that the Lord one day,
07:35 that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years
07:38 and a thousand years as one day.
07:40 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise,
07:44 as some count slackness,
07:46 but is long suffering toward us
07:48 not, willing that any should perish,
07:50 but that all should come to repentance."
07:53 God wants to save as many people
07:55 as He possibly can.
07:57 But we have to make that choice to follow Him.
08:01 Also, in Matthew 24:14, the Word of God says this,
08:05 "And the gospel of the kingdom
08:07 will be preached in all the world
08:09 as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come."
08:13 So the question is,
08:15 why is Jesus delaying His second comment?
08:17 Are you preaching the gospel? Are you spreading the gospel?
08:20 Do your neighbors know about Jesus?
08:22 Who are you sharing Jesus with?
08:25 Believe it or not, there are a lot of people
08:27 that are still in
08:28 that are in this world that still have...
08:31 They've never heard the name of Jesus
08:33 and they don't know who Jesus is?
08:35 So are we reflecting His character to others?
08:38 And are we sharing Christ with the world?
08:41 Technology thank God has made it possible
08:45 for the gospel to go forward
08:47 to all of the world rather rapidly.
08:50 Amen. Thank you so much.
08:51 God wants us all to be saved.
08:53 Amen.
08:54 Pastor Ryan, what does it mean to be born of the Spirit?
08:57 Hmm, that's a good question.
08:59 Being born of the Spirit is simply being transformed
09:02 and made into a new creature by the Spirit of the Lord.
09:06 Of course, where this concept comes from
09:07 is in the third chapter of John
09:09 when Jesus is having His conversation
09:11 with Nicodemus.
09:12 Nicodemus, you know, ask Him a series of questions
09:15 and Jesus responds to him.
09:17 Notice what it says in John Chapter 3,
09:18 I'm going to be reading verses 3, 5, and 6.
09:21 Notice what Jesus said,
09:22 "He said, 'Most assuredly, I say to you,
09:24 unless one is born again,
09:25 he cannot see the kingdom of God.'
09:28 Jesus answered,
09:30 'Most assuredly, I say unto you,'"
09:31 this is verse 5.
09:32 '"Most assuredly I say unto you,
09:34 unless one is born of the water and the Spirit,
09:36 he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'"
09:37 And then verse 6 says,
09:39 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
09:41 and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
09:44 So what does it mean to be born of the Spirit?
09:46 What Jesus was talking to, to Nicodemus here
09:48 was talking about a transformation.
09:50 That's why Nicodemus says,
09:52 look, can I go back
09:53 into my mother's womb a second time?
09:54 Really, that's impossible.
09:56 And Jesus is like,
09:57 "No, no, no, you're thinking literal.
09:59 I'm talking about spiritual things."
10:00 And what's powerful in that chapter is
10:02 Jesus, He gives the illustration of,
10:06 you know, you see the leaves and you hear the wind,
10:08 but you don't really see the wind,
10:09 you don't know where it's coming and going.
10:11 So also is the Holy Spirit
10:13 is what Christ is simply saying here
10:14 is he's saying, as you look
10:16 and he said, as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
10:18 so shall also the Son of Man be lifted up.
10:21 When we look and we place ourselves
10:23 within the, a worship within a relationship
10:26 with the uplifted Savior,
10:28 the Holy Spirit will come into our life,
10:30 and he will begin to transform us
10:32 when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
10:35 And we follow Him earnestly according to His Word,
10:38 then the Holy Spirit,
10:39 we put ourselves in covenant relationship with God,
10:41 and the Holy Spirit begins to work on us
10:44 to change us, to shape us and mold us as the Bible says,
10:46 He is the potter, we are the clay.
10:48 And so He puts us down there,
10:50 and like that first plop of clay
10:52 on a round table that spinning,
10:54 it doesn't look like much in the beginning,
10:56 but over a period of time,
10:57 the Holy Spirit works in us and through us and changes us.
11:01 That's why 2 Corinthians 5:17 says,
11:04 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus,
11:08 he is a new creature, old things have passed away,
11:11 behold, all things become new."
11:14 So when we are born of the Spirit,
11:15 we are born again, we are converted,
11:18 we are transformed into a new creature,
11:21 a brand new person in Jesus Christ.
11:22 Amen. What a gift the spirit is.
11:25 I want to remind you to send in your questions.
11:28 You can email them to BibleQA@3abn.org
11:33 That email address again is BibleQA@3abn.org
11:38 or you can always text your questions,
11:40 just pick up your cell phone and send us a text
11:43 at 618-228-3975.
11:48 That number again is 618-228-3975.
11:52 We have this program every Monday,
11:54 where we take your Bible questions
11:57 and they're answered by our Bible teachers here.
11:58 So make sure you send in your questions
12:01 and we'll get to them on our future program.
12:04 Jason, this one's for you.
12:05 Does the Bible allow us to drink alcohol?
12:08 This is from Daniel.
12:10 Okay.
12:11 As someone who used to drink alcohol,
12:13 I'll say, no, it doesn't.
12:15 But we will look into the Word of God
12:17 and we'll see what the Word of God says.
12:19 So look at Galatians 5:19-21,
12:24 beginning in verse 19.
12:26 "Now the works of the flesh are evident,
12:28 which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
12:32 lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hate, hatred,
12:37 contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath,
12:40 it looks like we're on a negative pattern here.
12:43 selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy,
12:46 murders, drunkenness, revelries,
12:50 and the like, of which I tell you beforehand,
12:54 just as I also told you in time past,
12:58 that those who practice such things
13:00 will not inherit the kingdom of God."
13:04 And so the Word of God is very clear on this subject,
13:07 it says that they will not inherit
13:10 the kingdom of God.
13:12 Also consider Proverbs 20:1,
13:15 "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler,
13:18 and whoever is led astray by it is not wise."
13:21 It is God's desire for us to be wise
13:24 and wisdom comes from Him.
13:26 So, you know,
13:28 if you can't operate a motor vehicle,
13:29 and if it's against the law for you to drink and drive,
13:33 why would we think that it would be okay
13:35 to drink and grow in the Word,
13:38 you're not going to, the two don't coincide.
13:41 Another thing I'd like to point out is that
13:43 when you pass by a liquor store,
13:46 and you see a liquor store, it says beer, wine and spirits,
13:51 that is not the Holy Spirit that is in that bottle.
13:55 And so we need to be aware of that,
13:58 and make sure that we're not consuming alcohol
14:01 because God wants to communicate to us
14:04 through His Word.
14:05 And we need to have the ability, the cognitive ability
14:09 to understand how He is trying to speak to us.
14:12 Amen.
14:14 I love that, God wants to communicate with us.
14:15 Pastor Ryan, this is for you.
14:17 What is the difference between the first,
14:19 second and third angels' message?
14:23 Well, just simply by reading Revelation 14:6-14,
14:28 you can see very clearly
14:29 there are some major differences there.
14:32 I just want to say right off the front,
14:33 I believe that if the world,
14:35 if all of us would respond positively
14:37 to the first angel's message,
14:38 there would be no need
14:40 for a second or third angel's message.
14:41 For instance, if you read chapters,
14:43 Chapter 14, Revelation 14:6-7, it says,
14:47 "Then I saw the angel fly in the midst of heaven,
14:49 having the everlasting gospel,
14:51 to preach to those
14:52 who dwell upon the earth, right,
14:54 to every nation, tribe, tongue and people
14:56 saying with a loud voice,
14:58 'Fear God and give glory to Him,
15:00 for the hour of His judgment has come,
15:02 and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
15:05 the sea and the springs of waters.'"
15:07 God is calling the whole world into communion,
15:09 into worship, into relationship with Him
15:12 through this first angel's message.
15:14 Now these messages are packed with a lot of information
15:16 in which you can't talk about in two minutes.
15:18 But you asked the difference between the two,
15:20 the first angel's message is
15:21 God's loving call to the entire world saying,
15:24 "Hey, I'm your God, return to worshiping Me.
15:26 I am the creator of the world,
15:28 and you are living in my judgment hour,
15:30 and I'm coming soon.
15:32 So this is God's call to the world.
15:33 Now, if you don't respond positively
15:35 to the first call,
15:37 and we know that the world doesn't,
15:38 the majority of the world
15:39 rejects the first call of the Lord.
15:41 He sends the second and third angels' message.
15:44 And there's a sense of chronology
15:45 to these messages.
15:46 For instance, the second angel's message talks about
15:48 how Babylon has fallen, is fallen.
15:50 This is speaking of spiritual Babylon,
15:51 not the literal city of Babylon,
15:53 she's fallen, that great city,
15:55 because she spent on nations drink of the wine of the wrath
15:58 of her fornication,
15:59 this is talking about that counterfeit,
16:01 false system of worship
16:02 that has made the world confused
16:04 with her false doctrines.
16:05 We see that woman in Revelation 17.
16:08 But when we don't realize
16:09 and we don't respond to the second angel's message,
16:12 which warns us that Babylon is fallen,
16:14 and that we need to come out of her, right,
16:16 then comes the third angel's message
16:18 which reminds us that
16:21 the in this third angel's message,
16:22 there's the warning of not to worship this beast,
16:25 not to receive its mark or worship the image.
16:28 And so the difference is,
16:29 is as God is taking us through multiple levels of warning,
16:33 so that He can prepare us for His soon return.
16:36 Amen.
16:37 Now, this question has to do
16:38 with the three angels' message as well.
16:40 So, Pastor John, this is coming to you.
16:42 When did the first
16:43 and second angels' messages happen in time?
16:46 So a little different than Ryan's question?
16:48 When did the first and second happened in time?
16:50 Well, the first time
16:51 we're talking modern times, specifically,
16:54 denominationally,
16:55 there was a movement called the Millerite movement,
16:57 which began to proclaim the messages of the first angel
17:01 in the 1830s.
17:02 William Miller was a deist, became a Baptist minister.
17:05 And he was moved
17:07 by his discovery of this message
17:09 in the Book of Daniel.
17:10 And he believed that it revealed
17:13 when the Lord would be returning.
17:14 So they began to preach a judgment hour message,
17:17 so chronology or chronologically
17:19 according to time,
17:20 the Millerites
17:21 that were called the early Advent believers,
17:23 not Seventh-day Adventists,
17:24 believe that
17:25 that message was preparatory for the coming of the Lord,
17:28 which they believe was going to happen in 1844.
17:30 So that's the chronology of it.
17:32 However, these messages are broader in their scope,
17:35 because if these messages,
17:37 the contents of them is a continual proclamation,
17:40 that's why Revelation 10 says,
17:43 it says in verse 11,
17:44 "And he said unto me,
17:46 'You must prophesy again
17:47 before many peoples, nations, tongues and kings,
17:50 after they experienced this great disappointment,
17:52 that the Lord did not come
17:54 because no one really knows the day nor the hour,
17:56 they were told to prophesy again."
17:58 So the judgment hour message is still being proclaimed today,
18:01 the fall of symbolic or spiritual Babylon
18:03 is still being proclaimed today.
18:05 But you'll notice something
18:06 the first angel and the third angel's message
18:08 is a loud voice,
18:09 the second one is going to be repeated,
18:11 because when Babylon becomes a full coalition, spiritual,
18:15 financial, religious and social coalition,
18:17 the kings of the earth, the merchants of the earth,
18:20 when it fully coalesces together in a power
18:22 that is united in its adversity against God,
18:26 then that proclamation
18:28 just like the Hebrews on the Plain of Dura,
18:30 they knew about not bowing to images,
18:31 but there were three of them
18:33 at a literal Babylonian setting.
18:35 And at that moment,
18:37 the message became pertinent
18:38 and relative to the time in which they live.
18:40 So it's very relevant to today.
18:42 Amen. Thank you.
18:44 We're staying with the three angels' messages.
18:45 So I'm mixing it up just a bit here.
18:47 We're going back to Ryan,
18:49 this is the third angel's message.
18:50 Is it possible to refuse the mark of the beast
18:53 without having a relationship with Jesus?
18:57 Well, I think the simple answer to this is no.
18:59 And the reason why is because
19:01 it comes down to you
19:03 either have the seal of God
19:04 or you received the mark of the beast.
19:06 Now, that doesn't mean that there won't,
19:08 obviously the issuing of the mark of the beast,
19:11 this whole mark of the beast issue.
19:13 It basically calls for a response from everyone.
19:15 So there will be people
19:17 that have no idea about the truth,
19:19 you know, behind and involving this mark of the beast issue
19:22 that have never heard it before.
19:23 Maybe they haven't even been in relationship with Christ
19:26 up to that point,
19:27 but they will hear this message,
19:28 they will hear the message of the third angel's messages.
19:31 And because they have heard that message,
19:33 it will spark within them to make a decision for Christ
19:37 and in making a positive decision
19:38 to accept Jesus Christ
19:40 and to respond positively to that third angel's message.
19:43 The Spirit of God
19:44 will again place them in a situation
19:46 because they're humble
19:47 because they have submitted themselves
19:48 to the Spirit of the Lord to listen,
19:50 they will be placed
19:51 within relationship with Christ.
19:53 And, of course, they will have received that seal of God.
19:55 So the answer is,
19:56 if that person doesn't have the Spirit of the Lord
19:58 and they have not made that decision to follow Christ.
20:01 I don't believe a person
20:02 who's not in relationship with Christ,
20:03 who is in complete constant
20:05 perpetual rebellion to the Lord,
20:07 they're not going to be able to push the Lord away and go,
20:09 I don't want anything to do with the seal of God.
20:11 And I don't want anything to do with the Spirit of God.
20:13 And I don't want anything to do with Jesus Christ,
20:15 but I'm also not going to receive
20:16 that mark of the beast.
20:18 I don't think that's how it works.
20:19 At that point, you either have,
20:20 you're either in full control by the Spirit of the Lord
20:23 or by the spirit of the enemy.
20:25 Great answer. Thank you.
20:27 Pastor John,
20:28 we're coming back to you for a moment.
20:30 Okay. This is in Psalm 91.
20:31 This question I've heard from many people.
20:33 In Psalm 91 it says, "That no evil will befall you."
20:36 Why then are so many Christians being killed?
20:40 Why is God not protecting them?
20:42 This is from Peggy in North Carolina.
20:44 Okay, let's go to Psalm 91,
20:46 the verses that refer primarily
20:48 to what is being referred to here.
20:50 I'm going to read verses 7 to 11.
20:52 Psalm 91:7-11,
20:54 "A thousand may fall at your side,
20:55 and ten thousand at your right hand,
20:58 but it shall not come near you.
21:00 Only with your eyes shall you look,
21:02 and see the reward of the wicked.
21:04 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
21:06 even the Most High, your dwelling place.
21:09 No evil shall befall you,
21:11 nor shall any plague come near your dwelling,
21:13 for He shall give His angels charge over you,
21:16 to keep you in all your ways."
21:17 A lot of people read that and say,
21:19 well, why are Christians
21:20 and just like you phrase the question.
21:22 The specific application of Psalm 91
21:24 is referring to a time of trouble
21:26 that's coming.
21:27 Good. That's the specific timeframe.
21:29 And to qualify that,
21:31 and to quantify that as Daniel 12:1,
21:33 referring to deliverance on both ends.
21:35 Daniel 12:1,
21:36 "At that time Michael shall stand up,
21:39 the great prince
21:41 who stands watch over the sons of your people,
21:43 and there should be a time of trouble
21:44 such as never was
21:45 since there was a nation,
21:47 even to that same time.
21:48 And at that time, your people shall be delivered,
21:52 everyone who is found written in the book."
21:54 But the Lord just gave me one more.
21:56 Got to Revelation Chapter 6, look at this,
21:58 because this question was asked
22:00 before the symbolic statement of the question,
22:02 and I'm just trying to squeeze this in there,
22:04 the fifth seal, look at this.
22:07 "When he opened the sixth seal, I saw under, "
22:09 verse nine,
22:10 "the souls of those
22:11 who had been slain for the Word of God,
22:13 they were slain
22:14 and for the testimony which they held."
22:15 So people are dying for their witness.
22:17 "And he cried,"
22:18 verse 10,
22:19 "saying 'How long, O Lord,
22:21 holy and true until you judge and avenge our blood
22:22 on those who dwell on the earth?' "
22:24 They're asking the same question
22:25 and listen to what he said.
22:26 Verse 11,
22:28 "And white robes were given to each of them,
22:29 and it was said to them,
22:30 that they should rest a little while longer,
22:32 until both the number of your fellow servants
22:34 and their brethren
22:35 who would be killed as they were,
22:37 was complete."
22:38 So many more will die for their faith.
22:40 But when the time of trouble reaches its apex,
22:43 God is going to stand up and deliver His people.
22:45 Amen.
22:47 What a glorious day that will be.
22:48 Jason, we're coming to you.
22:50 What are the steps to improve my relationship with Jesus?
22:55 So you've already got a relationship with Jesus,
22:57 but you want to improve upon that relationship,
22:59 you want to grow in that relationship.
23:01 So I would say that
23:02 you need to continue to submit to God,
23:05 you have to die to self daily.
23:06 In James 4:7, the Bible says,
23:10 "Therefore, submit to God.
23:13 But then you have to resist the devil
23:16 and he will flee from you."
23:17 See, the devil is kind of like these pop up ads
23:20 that keep coming up on the internet,
23:22 they just keep coming up, keep coming up, keep coming up.
23:25 And then he's trying to pull you
23:27 from your Bible study,
23:28 he's trying to pull you from all of these things
23:31 by putting these pop up ads up to distract you
23:34 and get you off base.
23:36 But God wants to connect with you.
23:38 So then the next thing you need to do is
23:40 search for God with your whole heart.
23:42 Now, Jeremiah 29:13 says,
23:45 "You will seek Me and find Me
23:47 when you seek Me with all your heart."
23:50 So think about the last time
23:52 maybe you've pursued a relationship,
23:54 maybe you were in love with somebody,
23:56 and you were following them,
23:57 you were seeking them with your whole heart.
23:59 What did you do?
24:01 Did you find out what they liked?
24:03 Did you pursue them?
24:05 Did you reach out to them?
24:06 Did you try and spend time with them?
24:08 God wants to spend time with us.
24:10 So spend if you want to grow,
24:12 super saturate your mind in things
24:16 that will draw you closer to Him.
24:19 Then we need to pray and proceed with faith.
24:21 Mark 11:24 says,
24:23 "Therefore I say to you,
24:25 whatever things you ask when you pray,
24:27 believe that you receive them and you will have them."
24:31 Pray in accordance to God's will
24:34 and remember that God has eternity in mind,
24:37 and He desires your salvation.
24:40 Amen. Thanks you, Jason.
24:42 This one, we're gonna stay with relationships,
24:44 but little different aspects of relationships.
24:46 We're coming back to Pastor John.
24:47 How long should you stay married
24:49 to a mocking non believer
24:52 that doesn't want to divorce
24:53 but is not kind with their words?
24:56 Okay.
24:57 Now, this is an interesting question.
25:00 I'm always cautious about answering these questions
25:02 when it comes to relationships,
25:04 because I don't want you to take this question to say,
25:06 Pastor John said, I need to leave you.
25:08 That's very important.
25:09 I think it's always encouraging
25:11 to seek out a professional counselor,
25:13 not for one of you, but for both of you.
25:15 Because there's always three sides to the story,
25:17 hers, his and the truth, combining them together,
25:21 not the each one,
25:22 you got to combine the two stories
25:24 to get the true picture, the full picture.
25:25 But we find in the Book of 1 Corinthians Chapter 7,
25:28 this issue is addressed.
25:29 Verse 13 to 16. Notice what it says?
25:32 "A woman who has a husband who does not believe, "
25:35 very question,
25:36 if he is willing to live with her,
25:38 let her not divorce him,
25:40 for the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife,
25:44 and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband,
25:47 otherwise your children would be unclean,
25:50 but now they are holy.
25:52 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart.
25:55 A brother or a sister
25:56 is not under bondage in such cases,
26:00 but God has called us to peace.
26:02 For how do you know,
26:04 O wife, whether you will serve your husband?
26:07 Or how do you know,
26:09 O husband, whether he will save your wife."
26:12 I said serve, but save your wife
26:13 or save your husband.
26:15 The key issue, you can't save your husband,
26:17 or you can't save your wife,
26:19 but the Lord does not give
26:21 a cantankerous relationship
26:23 and say, he's got a hard head, leave him.
26:26 She doesn't wash the dishes,
26:27 she doesn't clean the house, leave her.
26:29 The Lord doesn't say that at all.
26:31 Seek professional counseling.
26:32 But here's something
26:33 that I always encourage people to do.
26:35 You got to ask yourself the question,
26:37 who is he or who is she before marriage?
26:40 A lot of times people take on another person
26:43 thinking that they are a project,
26:45 they're going to change them
26:47 that they're a duck before.
26:49 They're gonna be a duck for a long time
26:50 until they'll meet Jesus.
26:52 This is realistic. Don't try to change them.
26:54 Let that be the Lord's work,
26:56 but do not be unequally yoked intentionally
26:59 together with unbelievers.
27:01 2 Corinthians 6:14,
27:03 "Make wise decisions about your relationship."
27:05 Amen.
27:06 So the bottom line is, don't be a duck.
27:08 Okay.
27:11 You had your questions for this panel.
27:13 And we always trade out hosts and guests.
27:16 So you will see a different variety of people.
27:18 Send in your Bible questions to BibleQA@3abn.org.
27:23 That's BibleQA@3abn.org,
27:26 or you can text your questions in,
27:29 that number is 618-228-3975,
27:33 618-228-3975.
27:36 We're coming to Pastor Ryan.
27:38 Will there be a burning hell, and how long will it last?
27:41 This came from Valerie in Jamaica.
27:43 Amen. Thank you, Valerie for that.
27:45 First of all, I'll say, Pastor Lomacang,
27:46 you always know how to quack me up.
27:48 That's a good, that was a good point.
27:50 That was a very good point.
27:52 Okay. I'm without any, brother.
27:54 Yeah, I'm both speechless for the first time.
27:57 It doesn't happen often.
27:59 Will there be a burning hell, and how long will it last?
28:02 Thank you, Valerie, for this question.
28:04 The simple answer the Bible makes it very clear
28:06 that there will be a burning hell.
28:08 In fact, I'll just give it,
28:09 there are many scriptural references that I can give
28:11 but for the sake of time,
28:12 I'm going to take us to Matthew 5:22.
28:15 Jesus Himself is speaking here and He says,
28:17 "But I say to you that
28:19 whoever is angry with his brother
28:20 without a cause
28:21 shall be in danger of the judgment.
28:23 And whoever says to his brother,
28:24 'Raca! will be in danger of the council.
28:26 But whoever says, 'You fool!'
28:28 shall be in danger of hellfire.'"
28:30 So the Bible makes it clear
28:32 that there will be a burning hell fire
28:34 for those wicked people who are not surrendered
28:37 and in relationship with the Lord.
28:39 Now you ask the question also, how long will it last?
28:42 There are many different texts that make this clear.
28:46 But I want to just reference for the sake of time,
28:49 Matthew 13
28:50 when Jesus tells the parable of the wheat and the tares.
28:52 He gives an explanation of these tares
28:54 and He makes it clear
28:56 that this hellfire will be at the end of the age.
28:59 So this is Matthew 13:40-42,
29:02 in which he says this will be at the end of the world.
29:04 And so the question is,
29:06 how long will this hell, will this hellfire last?
29:08 Would it last as some people believe
29:09 for ceaseless ages to infinity and beyond, never ceasing?
29:14 There are multiple texts that make it clear
29:16 that obviously this hellfire will burn up the wicked.
29:19 In other words,
29:20 as Pastor has brought out clearly before,
29:22 Romans 6:23,
29:24 "The reward of the wicked
29:26 is not eternal life in hellfire,
29:28 but rather death, eternal death."
29:30 And so Malachi 4:1 tells us
29:33 how long this hellfire will last
29:36 and it gives it to us not once, not twice, but three times
29:39 in the same passage.
29:40 Notice what it says, Malachi Chapter 3,
29:42 excuse me Chapter 4,
29:44 and I'm gonna read verses 1 and 3.
29:45 It says, "For behold, the day is coming."
29:48 Behold the what?
29:49 The day is coming.
29:50 There's a single day,
29:52 "burning like an oven and all the proud,
29:53 yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble."
29:56 And then notice, "And the day"
29:58 there it is again,
29:59 "which is coming shall burn them up,
30:01 says the Lord of host,
30:02 'That will leave them neither root nor branch."
30:04 This is verse 3 now coming in,
30:06 "You shall trample the wicked,
30:08 for they shall be as ashes under the soles of your feet
30:10 on the day that I shall do this,
30:13 says the Lord of hosts."
30:14 So there is a hellfire,
30:16 and it will be at the end of the world,
30:17 and it will be for the duration of one single day.
30:22 Amen. Thank you so much.
30:23 Coming to Jason,
30:25 how do I witness
30:26 when people don't want to hear about the gospel?
30:30 Great question.
30:32 First off, let's look at this,
30:33 this witnessing occasionally when people are witnessing,
30:37 they covet the job of the Holy Spirit.
30:39 So let's look at the work of the Holy Spirit.
30:42 And this is John 16:7-13,
30:45 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth.
30:48 It is to your advantage that I go away,
30:50 for if I do not go away,
30:52 the Helper will not come to you,
30:54 but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
30:57 And when He has come,
30:58 He will convict the world of sin,
31:01 and of righteousness, and of judgment:
31:04 of sin, because they do not believe in Me,
31:06 of righteousness, because I go to My Father
31:08 and you see Me no more,
31:09 of judgment, because
31:11 the ruler of this world is judged."
31:13 In verse 12,
31:14 "I still have many things to say to you,
31:17 but you cannot bear them now.
31:18 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
31:22 He will guide you into all truth,
31:24 for He will not speak on His own authority,
31:27 but whatever He hears He will speak,
31:29 and He will tell you things to come."
31:32 So it's the Holy Spirit's job to convict.
31:35 We need to plant the seed, we need to live out the gospel,
31:40 we need to reflect Christ's character in our life.
31:44 And so when we're doing that,
31:46 when we come into contact with these people
31:49 that don't want to hear about the gospel,
31:51 guess what?
31:52 They're going to see the gospel
31:54 being carried out in your life and in your lifestyle.
31:58 And I would say that
31:59 Christ's method of evangelism
32:01 was the most effective method of evangelism.
32:04 So build these relationships,
32:06 a lot of times we want to lead people to doctrine,
32:09 as opposed to introducing them to Christ,
32:12 the one that they need to be falling in love with,
32:15 and then all of that other stuff
32:17 will fall under that.
32:19 So live out the gospel.
32:21 Amen.
32:22 I love that, live out the gospel.
32:23 Pastor John, we're coming to you.
32:25 This is from David.
32:26 In the Book of Daniel, it says,
32:28 while Daniel prayed
32:29 that his prayers were held
32:31 by the Prince of Persia for 21 days.
32:33 Can the evil angel be more powerful
32:35 than the holy angel?
32:37 Well, the answer clearly is no.
32:40 Now the question you have to ask is,
32:41 what is this story communicating?
32:43 First of all,
32:45 I don't see this to be a symbolic 21 day period,
32:48 because it says
32:49 the Prince of Persia resisted me
32:50 and you're reading in Daniel 10:12-13,
32:53 "Then he said to me,
32:54 'Do not fear, Daniel,
32:56 for from the first day
32:57 that you set your heart to understand,
32:59 and to humble yourself before your God,
33:00 your words were heard,
33:02 and I have come because of your words.
33:05 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia
33:07 withstood me twenty-one days,
33:09 and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes,
33:11 came to help me,
33:12 for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.'"
33:16 You know, this is a beautiful allegory.
33:18 But the one thing that I have to keep in mind
33:20 that I want you to remember,
33:22 Daniel felt alone.
33:24 But when you look at the reality
33:25 that the Lord has committed to us,
33:27 I will never leave you nor forsake you.
33:30 This was a unique situation that brought out the reason
33:33 why we need to endure in prayer.
33:36 Why we need to persist in prayer.
33:37 That's why Paul says, pray without ceasing.
33:40 The reality is there is no power
33:42 in the world of evil
33:44 that is stronger than the power of good.
33:46 You take the story of one angel had killed 180,000 men.
33:51 So just imagine
33:53 the coalescing powers of heaven together.
33:56 There's no power in hell that could resist that.
33:58 That's why Jesus says
34:00 the gates of hell will not prevail against it.
34:01 But you see this
34:03 what's being talked about here is
34:05 in Daniel's vision,
34:06 there was great resistance for Daniel to communicate
34:10 what God had had revealed to him.
34:14 And he was getting direct resistance
34:16 when the Bible talked about the Prince of Persia.
34:17 In this context, it's talking about Satan himself resisting.
34:21 So the Lord Himself Michael,
34:23 this was a controversy repeated again,
34:26 Christ taken on Satan,
34:28 preventing him from
34:29 getting the message through.
34:31 But what's the lesson that's learned here?
34:33 It says, Hebrews 10:35,
34:35 "Do not cast away your confidence,
34:37 which has great reward.
34:39 For you have need of endurance
34:41 so that after you have done the will of God,
34:42 you may receive the promise."
34:44 The endurance is what's talked about here,
34:46 pray without ceasing.
34:47 And if you don't give up,
34:49 if you do not faint
34:51 you will be able to reap what God has sown in your life.
34:54 Amen. That's so encouraging. Thank you.
34:56 Pastor Ryan, this is from Julie in South Dakota.
35:00 Many people say
35:01 all you have to do to be saved is accept Jesus
35:03 and what He did on the cross,
35:05 is this the truth
35:06 and where in the Bible is the scripture reference
35:08 for this concept?
35:10 Okay, so there is something in this question
35:15 that really sparks my attention.
35:16 And that is, it says many people say,
35:18 all you have to do.
35:20 That simply is not true.
35:21 And there is no scripture in all the Bible
35:23 that tells us that
35:24 all we have to do is just believe on Christ,
35:26 and accept that what He done on the cross,
35:29 and then that brings salvation in and of itself.
35:31 We have to remember that the Bible says that
35:33 even the devil believes and trembles, right,
35:36 he believes in Jesus Christ, he knows who Jesus Christ is.
35:39 And he knows that Jesus died on the cross
35:41 for every one sins.
35:42 And so that right there in and of itself
35:44 is proofing the fact that
35:45 there's a little something extra
35:47 in the sense
35:48 that we now have to follow through
35:50 once we believe in Him, once we have accepted Him,
35:52 we have to follow through in daily relationship with Him,
35:55 we have to follow Him,
35:57 we have to remain committed to Him.
35:58 You know, this sparks me many people live
36:00 according to this selective Christianity.
36:03 I'm going to just kind of eeny, meeny, miny, moe
36:05 the scriptures that I like,
36:07 and I'm going to live according to those,
36:08 but we have to take
36:09 the entire Bible in harmony, right?
36:11 We have to look across the board
36:12 and make sure that
36:14 we're living according to God's will
36:15 harmoniously across the board
36:17 according to what the whole of God's Word says,
36:19 not just select scriptures here and there.
36:22 While Jesus did say,
36:23 "Believe on Me,
36:25 and you shall be saved
36:26 or call upon the name of the Lord,
36:27 and you shall be saved."
36:29 Those are important texts that we should keep in mind.
36:30 That's the starting point.
36:31 But nonetheless, even Jesus said that
36:33 there are people that draw nigh to me with their lips.
36:35 I'm thinking of Matthew 15:8-9,
36:37 they draw nigh unto me with their lips,
36:39 they say good things about Me.
36:41 They tell people, they're Christians,
36:42 they tell people that they believe in Me,
36:44 but their heart is far from Me.
36:46 Jesus is looking at the heart.
36:47 Are you really committed to Him?
36:49 That's why, you know, just adding to this,
36:51 Jesus said in John 17:3,
36:53 "And this is eternal life that they may know you,
36:56 the only true God and Jesus Christ
36:57 whom You have sent."
36:59 But when you go over to 1 John 2:3-4,
37:02 it's not just that we just mentally believe
37:04 or accept Him.
37:05 1 John 2:3-4 says,
37:07 "Now, by this, we know that
37:09 we know Him if we keep His commandments.
37:11 And he who says,
37:13 I know Him and does not keep His commandments is a liar,
37:16 and the truth is not in him."
37:17 So yes, we must physically, mentally,
37:19 emotionally, spiritually accept Christ in every aspect,
37:22 believe in what He done on the cross,
37:24 accept that sacrifice,
37:25 but then remain committed to Him
37:27 and following through
37:28 in an obedient daily relationship,
37:30 keeping His commandments, because we love Him.
37:33 Amen. Thank you so much.
37:35 Jason, this is for you.
37:36 What do I do if my children have walked away from God?
37:42 The implication there is that
37:44 your children were once with God,
37:46 which means that they have some sort of foundation there.
37:49 I don't have any kids.
37:51 But I remember when I was 14, and I was a child myself,
37:54 I walked away from the Lord.
37:56 And you know, from about the age of 14 to 28,
38:00 I didn't want anything to really do with God.
38:03 But I'm going to share with you what my mother did
38:06 that made all the difference in my life.
38:08 Number one,
38:10 my mom held on to the promise
38:11 found in the second half of Isaiah 49:25, and it says,
38:16 "For I will contend with him, who contends with you,
38:21 and I will save your children."
38:24 Number two, she prayed for me,
38:26 my mother prayed and prayed and prayed.
38:29 There's nothing like the prayers of a mother.
38:31 So make sure that
38:33 you're praying for your children.
38:35 And number three, she loved me throughout it all.
38:38 She didn't condone my bad behavior,
38:40 but she loved me nonetheless.
38:43 So if your children have walked away from the Lord,
38:45 you need to ask and keep on asking,
38:48 you need to seek and keep on seeking,
38:50 you need to knock and keep on knocking
38:52 and go forward
38:53 knowing that God wants to save your children
38:55 even more than you want them to be saved.
38:58 And He loves them even more than you do.
39:02 Continue to pour out your love on your children,
39:06 and share the gospel.
39:08 Stay in prayer for your kids.
39:12 Amen. I love that.
39:13 Now we have an opportunity.
39:15 We always do this toward the end of the program
39:17 where we toss out a question.
39:19 Excuse me, and everybody has a chance to answer,
39:22 so everybody can jump in
39:23 and pick up whoever wants to start.
39:25 This question actually has to do with prayer.
39:27 I think we'll start here, Jason,
39:28 because you talked about that with praying for your children.
39:31 This is from Shamila.
39:33 How do I pray?
39:34 Do we pray once
39:36 or do we pray every day until we receive a response?
39:41 Is there a need for persistence in prayer?
39:44 Absolutely.
39:45 Let's go to 1 John 5:14.
39:49 1 John 5:14,
39:51 "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him,
39:55 that if we ask anything according to His will,
39:58 He hears us."
40:00 Now the key there is
40:01 we need to pray according to His will.
40:04 We also need to keep in mind that God is viewing things
40:07 in the eyes of eternity as I stated earlier.
40:11 He sees the big picture,
40:12 we just see kind of what's in front of us and that,
40:17 but like He sees
40:19 the whole picture in its totality.
40:23 The other thing that we need to take a look at is
40:25 1 Chronicles 16:11.
40:28 And this is speaking in regards to how often we should pray,
40:32 seek the Lord in His strength,
40:35 seek His face ever more.
40:39 So, always, we always need to be seeking the Lord.
40:43 That's in His Word, that's through prayer.
40:46 And also, we need to recognize the fact that
40:49 God is not too busy for us.
40:51 He desires that relationship,
40:52 and He's longing to speak with us.
40:55 So we can go to Him at any time.
40:57 You don't have to necessarily be on your knees,
40:59 you can be driving down the street,
41:01 you can be walking and talking, all of that,
41:04 just go to the Lord.
41:05 Absolutely.
41:06 You know, I just want to add here.
41:08 This question reminds me
41:09 of the experience that Jacob had with the angel, right?
41:13 He would not let him go until he blessed him.
41:16 Sometimes the Lord wants
41:17 to build our faith, our patience,
41:20 and sometimes He will allow us
41:21 to experience that extended waiting period
41:24 when it seems like we've asked for something once,
41:26 and some people have this idea.
41:27 Just ask one time and that's all I need to do,
41:29 because the Lord heard me the first time
41:31 but God actually encourages us to be persistent,
41:35 keep going forward and asking
41:36 not because He's hard of hearing
41:38 but because He wants you to have faith
41:40 and express that faith in Him.
41:42 Make it of Matthew 7:13, excuse me, verses 7-8.
41:47 So Matthew 7:7-8, Jesus says,
41:50 "Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find,
41:52 knock and it will be open to you.
41:54 For everyone who asks receives and who seeks finds,
41:57 and to him who knocks, it will be open to him."
42:01 I love this text, because,
42:02 you know, it's beautiful on the surface
42:04 right here in the English.
42:05 But if you study within the original Greek here,
42:07 it actually says keep on asking,
42:09 keep on knocking,
42:10 you know, keep on seeking,
42:12 you know, God says,
42:13 keep on keeping on, right?
42:15 So, you know, sometimes we think one is enough.
42:17 But maybe we need to build our faith
42:18 in going to the Lord continuously
42:20 and saying, Lord, I'm coming back again
42:22 to show my faith.
42:23 I'm asking for this once more.
42:24 And if we ask anything according to His will,
42:27 He will answer and He will hear us.
42:28 That's right. And I like the story of Daniel.
42:31 Prayer was Daniel's practice. Yeah.
42:33 When prayer is your practice,
42:35 prayer won't be your frustration.
42:37 That's something we have to keep in mind.
42:39 Daniel 6:16, Daniel 6:10,
42:42 "Now when Daniel knew the writing was signed,
42:44 he went home and in his upper room,
42:47 with his window open toward Jerusalem,
42:49 he knelt down on his knees three times a day,
42:52 and prayed and gave thanks before his God,
42:55 as was his custom."
42:58 When prayer is your practice,
42:59 prayer will not be your frustration.
43:02 You have to keep that in mind.
43:03 Isaiah 40:31,
43:05 God answers and sometimes He says, Wait,
43:08 what happens if you trust God and you wait?
43:10 Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.
43:13 They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
43:15 they shall run and not be weary,
43:17 they shall walk before the answer comes
43:19 and not faint.
43:20 So make it your practice, not your frustration.
43:23 That's powerful. I love that, I'm gonna write that down.
43:25 Okay, this one says,
43:26 what does the Bible say about circumcision?
43:29 Is it mandatory?
43:31 Okay.
43:32 Well, let me throw that one out there.
43:33 1 Corinthians 7:19.
43:35 Let's go ahead and go to the New Testament,
43:36 because the Bible in the Old Testament,
43:38 this was a right that
43:40 when you are an observer of the law,
43:42 when you are a male observer of the ceremonial laws,
43:45 this was a requirement,
43:48 but it didn't continue as a requirement.
43:50 The Jews that did not accept Christ
43:53 made it almost a requirement to the Gentiles.
43:56 Continuing to suggest that you've got to keep,
43:59 you got to be circumcised to keep the law.
44:01 And this is important because a lot of times people say,
44:04 you know, how can Adventist or Seventh-day Adventist say,
44:06 you have to keep the commandments of God.
44:08 Are you circumcised?
44:09 It's not the case.
44:10 It's not a requirement. Right.
44:12 Look at 1 Corinthians 7:19.
44:14 Here's what the Apostle Paul says.
44:16 And the Apostle Paul is never out of harmony
44:19 with God's word.
44:20 He says,
44:21 "Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing,
44:26 but keeping the commandments of God
44:28 is what matters."
44:30 So it's not a requirement to be circumcised,
44:33 it was when you kept the ceremonial law,
44:35 but that was all fulfilled in the life
44:37 and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
44:40 So there is no law today that we have to be circumcised
44:42 to honor and to revere.
44:44 What does he require more than anything else?
44:46 The circumcision of the heart, a new heart,
44:48 cut away that old heart and have a new heart in Christ.
44:51 Amen.
44:53 I'd like to just piggyback off of that
44:54 and go to Romans 2:25-29.
44:58 Okay.
44:59 Romans 2:25-29,
45:02 "For circumcision is indeed profitable
45:04 if you keep the law
45:05 but if you are a breaker of the law,
45:07 your circumcision has become uncircumcision,
45:10 therefore if an uncircumcised man
45:13 keeps the righteous requirements of the law,
45:15 will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision?
45:19 And will not the physically uncircumcised
45:22 if he fulfills the law judge you
45:24 who even with your written code and circumcision
45:28 are a transgressor of the law?
45:30 For he is not a Jew
45:32 who is one outwardly nor is circumcision,
45:35 that which is outward in the flesh,
45:37 but he is a Jew,
45:38 who is one inwardly
45:40 and circumcision is that of the heart,
45:43 in the spirit, not in the letter
45:46 whose praise is not from men, but from God."
45:50 That's right. I'll leave it at the word.
45:51 That's right. Amen.
45:53 That's right.
45:54 What these two brothers said I agree with it.
45:56 It's the circumcision of the heart that matters.
45:58 Amen.
45:59 All right, here's another one.
46:01 I've heard that Seventh-day Adventist Christians
46:03 identify themselves as a movement.
46:05 What does that mean
46:07 when as Seventh-day Adventists say we're a movement?
46:09 Okay, we've spoke, I'll let Ryan start with it.
46:10 Well, no, I'm just gonna
46:12 just want to go back
46:13 to the first angel's message real quick.
46:14 First angel's message in Revelation Chapter 14.
46:16 First of all, you know, everyone likes to say,
46:19 Well, I'm, I go down to the Baptist Church,
46:22 or I go to the Methodist Church,
46:23 or in this case,
46:25 oh, I attend the local Seventh-day Adventist Church,
46:27 right?
46:28 And, yes, we are a denomination.
46:30 But nonetheless, I like to always say,
46:32 you know, I'm a member
46:33 of the Seventh-day Adventist movement,
46:35 because what is,
46:36 what's the root word of movement?
46:38 You're moving, right?
46:39 This work is not something that is just setting still right
46:42 and creating mold.
46:43 Because if we are a people of the Lord
46:45 as Matthew Chapter 24, reminds us,
46:48 "This gospel of the kingdom must go to all the world.
46:51 And so God has a remnant people,
46:53 a people who are on fire full of the Holy Spirit,
46:55 that are moving
46:57 to take this gospel to all the world.
46:58 And we see evidence of that in Revelation 14,
47:01 first angel's message as we read earlier,
47:03 notice what it says, starting with verse 6,
47:05 "Then I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,
47:07 having the everlasting gospel to preach to those,"
47:11 where?
47:12 "Who dwell on all the earth,
47:13 okay, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people."
47:17 If we are going to get this gospel
47:18 and to share the love of Jesus with all of the world,
47:21 it's going to take a movement, okay?
47:24 And so, yes, while we have our individual churches,
47:26 and while we have our denominations,
47:27 and our groups here and there, and our organizations.
47:29 At the end of the day,
47:31 I can count on that hand right there
47:32 how many denominations or churches
47:34 are found in almost every single part of the world,
47:37 and Seventh-day Adventism is one of them.
47:39 And I'm proud to say that
47:40 because we're not just a people
47:42 whose experience is found
47:43 within four walls of a church building
47:45 on one day of a week, in this case, Sabbath.
47:48 We are a people who are constantly moving
47:49 and taking the gospel to all of the world.
47:51 So why are we a movement?
47:53 We're moving for Jesus,
47:54 we are moving the gospel
47:55 and taking that everlasting gospel
47:57 to all of the world
47:58 to all nations, tribes, tongues, and people.
48:00 That's right.
48:02 And by the way, the word movement
48:03 was exactly what happened on the day of Pentecost,
48:06 when the Holy Spirit moved on the apostles,
48:08 that something happened,
48:10 they went from 3000 to 5000
48:12 till the church clerk couldn't add any more.
48:14 And she said, multitudes were added to the church.
48:16 That's what a movement is all about.
48:18 A movement is not a stagnant body of people.
48:20 And I like the phrase that you talked about,
48:22 that sometimes can get moldy.
48:24 No, they will never be mold on a movement.
48:26 That's right.
48:27 That's why the Bible spoke about in 2 Peter 1:21,
48:30 "Holy men of God spake
48:32 as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
48:35 When the Spirit of God is on your life,
48:37 you will never be anything but a movement,
48:41 continually going and growing.
48:42 And like a snowball
48:44 that continues to roll down the hill,
48:46 anyone in this path looking for truth
48:48 will be picked up by that movement.
48:50 So the advent movement is, in fact, just what it is.
48:52 What is an Adventist? What does advent mean?
48:54 People getting the world ready, we are on the move,
48:57 getting the world ready for the advent of Christ.
49:00 And we honor the seventh day Sabbath
49:04 as a result of allegiance to our Creator.
49:06 That's right.
49:08 I just want to add really quickly,
49:09 one of the slowest animals on all the planet is a sloth.
49:12 And they have that thick hair.
49:13 And it's actually known that they move so slowly
49:15 that moss and mold will grow on their fur,
49:18 but we want to be, we want to be a movement,
49:20 I like to refer to ourselves
49:22 as we're spiritual hummingbirds.
49:23 We just never stop moving.
49:25 We're just all over the place,
49:26 spreading the gospel
49:27 and the love and the grace of Jesus Christ.
49:29 Let me add quickly,
49:30 everyone is invited to be a part of that movement.
49:31 Amen.
49:33 John 10:16,
49:34 "Other sheep I have that are not of this fold,
49:36 but them also I must bring."
49:37 That's what a movement does,
49:38 he doesn't leave you where you are.
49:40 The Spirit of God doesn't leave you
49:41 where you are.
49:43 He says, them also I must bring.
49:44 And they'll hear my voice
49:45 and there'll be one fold and one shepherd,
49:47 not gonna be 33,000 denominations going to heaven.
49:49 Those who keep the commandments of God,
49:51 and those who receive the mark of the beast,
49:53 there's no third category.
49:54 Amen.
49:55 He basically said everything
49:57 that I was going to say somewhat,
49:58 you know, in terms of it being a movement
50:00 and not stagnant and all that stuff.
50:01 And when I think about a movement,
50:03 I think about growth,
50:04 and I think about the upward mobility
50:06 of one's character to reflect that of Christ
50:09 and as Adventists I believe that
50:11 we embrace a lifestyle,
50:14 not just like a mere profession of faith,
50:18 things change, you know,
50:20 as you're following the Word of God.
50:21 And so, you know, if it's one thing to say,
50:24 Okay, I'm a Christian,
50:26 and then everything goes back to like
50:29 how it was before you became a Christian?
50:32 Well, there's a problem, there's a disconnect there.
50:34 So I believe that as Seventh-day Adventists,
50:37 it should be a lifestyle.
50:39 And that's a part of the movement.
50:40 I love that, don't let the mold grow on you,
50:43 allow God to move you.
50:45 I think we have time,
50:46 we're going to get one more question
50:47 in real quick.
50:49 When will the gospel go to all the world,
50:50 so we can go to heaven?
50:52 You know, no man knows the day nor the hour
50:55 and no one knows
50:56 when the gospel will go to the entire world but Christ,
50:59 but we're not waiting for that to happen without us.
51:02 We are part of a movement
51:04 24 hours a day, seven days a week
51:06 we do what we do here, radio, television,
51:08 every particular form of communication.
51:11 When it does, believe me, you will know.
51:14 Spiritual hummingbirds, what's gonna take.
51:16 You don't really know.
51:17 What's gonna take, moving,
51:19 allow the Holy Spirit to move you.
51:21 That's what it's going to take.
51:22 It's gonna take the Spirit of the Lord
51:24 to finish this work.
51:25 Jesus said, God repulses,
51:27 God will finish the work
51:29 and cut it short in righteousness.
51:30 It's not gonna be as long as you think.
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