Unlocking Bible Prophecy

The Way

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: UBP

Program Code: UBP000004S

00:01 Does it seem to you like our society is crumbling
00:04 at its very foundations?
00:06 Why is it that everybody seems to have different definitions
00:09 of right and wrong?
00:10 How am I supposed to know what is the right thing to do?
00:14 The Bible speaks boldly
00:16 to the relativistic approach of many people,
00:18 and has clear answers on how our modern society
00:22 could be a much better place.
00:24 Together, we're Unlocking Bible Prophecies.
00:29 The rise of an international pandemic.
00:30 Latest news about the Coronavirus.
00:32 Polarizing global politics.
00:34 The mismanagement and corruption.
00:35 Increasingly destructive natural disasters.
00:38 And bush fires in Australia
00:39 are a warning of what may be to come around the world.
00:42 What does it all mean?
00:43 What does the future hold?
00:48 Join the international speaker Cami Oetman
00:51 on a journey for answers in Unlocking Bible Prophecies.
00:55 In her travels around the world,
00:56 she's come face to face with real life struggles.
00:59 But in the midst of them, she's found miracles of hope.
01:03 Join Cami Oetman for Unlocking Bible Prophecies,
01:07 as she shares how Bible prophecy
01:09 is being fulfilled faster than ever before.
01:20 Hi, I'm Cami.
01:21 Welcome once again to Unlocking Bible Prophecies.
01:24 This continuing series of presentations
01:27 will lead you on a discovery
01:28 of the greatest prophecies of the Bible.
01:31 You can go to awr.org/bible to watch all previous programs
01:36 and find some powerful resources
01:38 for further study.
01:40 Now in our previous presentation,
01:41 The Warning, it was amazing to realize
01:44 that we really are living in the final moments
01:46 of earth's history.
01:48 God loves us so much that He always first sends
01:51 a warning to prepare His people for major world events
01:54 which affect their eternal destiny.
01:57 And the fact that God is calling for people
01:59 to be ready for Jesus' return
02:01 is a powerful reminder of how much God desires
02:04 a personal relationship with each one of us.
02:07 I do hope that you will watch every presentation
02:10 of Unlocking Bible Prophecies to be prepared for that day.
02:14 Today's presentation, The Way,
02:16 is a presentation that is shocking to many.
02:19 The solution to some of the greatest challenges
02:22 of society were written down in this Book,
02:25 yet it has been readily ignored by the masses.
02:28 Today we will see some amazing principles
02:31 of life emerge from the pages of this Book.
02:35 Recently, my video crew
02:36 and I were in the jungles of the Philippines,
02:38 caught in the middle of a thunderstorm.
02:40 I found myself taking shelter
02:42 under a small thatched covering.
02:44 I wasn't alone.
02:46 I was sharing this space with some killers and thieves.
02:50 Stay tuned for that story.
02:53 Now let's pray as we study the way.
02:56 Heavenly Father,
02:58 Lord, thank You so much for providing us
03:01 with biblical answers to know the way back home to You
03:05 to return to a perfect garden of paradise,
03:07 Your original plan, Lord.
03:09 Open our hearts and sharpen our minds
03:12 to have a deeper understanding
03:14 of You and Your character
03:16 so that we may vindicate it, Lord, in everything that we do.
03:21 Lord, we thank You so much again
03:23 for bringing us all together right now to study Your Word.
03:26 In Jesus' precious powerful name, amen.
03:31 So why does everyone seem to have different definitions
03:34 of what's right and wrong?
03:36 Good versus evil?
03:38 Our first topic together,
03:40 we studied how the Bible informs us
03:42 of a war that broke out across heaven.
03:45 What was this war over?
03:47 Simple, Lucifer's pride
03:49 grew into hate for God and His law,
03:52 which is God's way of doing things.
03:54 The very principles that heaven lives by.
03:57 Sin originated with Lucifer in heaven.
04:01 Now what is sin?
04:02 The breaking of God's law.
04:05 Heavenly beings innately knew God's law.
04:08 Lucifer rebelled.
04:10 Next, he lied and manipulated a third of all the angels
04:13 to rebel against God's law.
04:15 And after Satan was cast to planet earth,
04:18 he then deceived our first parents
04:20 into rebelling against God's ways too.
04:22 Satan has led this rebellion against God ever since.
04:27 Satan has the greatest motive to distort
04:29 and twist these truths
04:30 in any way possible to divert humans
04:33 from accepting God as their king.
04:36 All of this rebellion is against God's government,
04:39 His set of standards, His rules to live by,
04:43 you could even say His character
04:47 or His leadership style.
04:49 So exactly, or what exactly is God's style of government?
04:54 Bottom line, it is love and freedom.
04:58 God illustrates the ultimate love
05:00 by creating us with free will,
05:03 allowing us to choose His way or be in opposition to it.
05:07 We are in constant poll to either follow God's way,
05:11 or rebel against Him, to choose right or wrong,
05:15 choose good versus evil.
05:18 So what exactly is His way?
05:21 We don't have to guess.
05:22 He tells us Himself in His Holy Word, the Bible.
05:25 The Bible provides some concrete answers.
05:28 Let's review our theme.
05:30 If it's in the Bible, I believe it.
05:33 If it disagrees with the Bible, then it's not for me.
05:37 Let's look at Exodus 20.
05:39 Here we find the Ten Commandments.
05:42 God gave the Ten Commandments to keep us out of bondage.
05:46 Think of it this way,
05:48 the first four commandments show our love for God,
05:52 the last six show our love for our fellow human beings.
05:56 Let's look at them in sequence.
05:58 Verse 1, "And God spoke all these words, saying:
06:03 'I am the Lord your God,
06:05 who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
06:07 and out of the house of bondage."
06:10 So here we can see that God spoke,
06:12 and all of Israel is listening and acknowledging the fact
06:16 that God just rescued them from being slaves in Egypt.
06:19 So what He's about to say next,
06:22 instructs them how to stay free from any bondage,
06:25 and shows them what freedom really is.
06:29 Let's not forget the unseen battle
06:31 going on behind the scenes between God and Satan.
06:35 The devil must have been observing God
06:36 speaking to the Israelites,
06:38 and I imagined him cringing,
06:40 when he heard the thundering voice of God
06:43 review His heavenly principles
06:45 with the human race.
06:46 Because these same 10 rules are what he hates,
06:50 the very thing that he rebelled against in heaven.
06:54 Plus, if humans follow these laws,
06:56 it makes Satan's work much more difficult.
06:59 Now, verse 3, this is commandment number one,
07:03 "You shall have no other gods before Me."
07:07 When I read that commandment,
07:08 I sit back and I think, if I was God,
07:12 King of the universe,
07:14 and I had just created an incredible planet,
07:16 and I love my beautiful creation so much
07:19 that I would do anything and everything for them
07:22 in the most ideal ultimate way,
07:25 I would want My creations to acknowledge Me as their God,
07:28 love Me by their own freewill, trust Me,
07:32 and enjoy a personal relationship with Me.
07:35 And because I would want to protect My human race,
07:39 I would desire for them to not be misled
07:41 by counterfeit gods that I know have no power.
07:46 Conversely, if I was Satan,
07:49 I would desire for humans to stay occupied,
07:52 even obsessed with anything besides God.
07:56 And it wouldn't have to be gods of other religions,
07:59 but anything that could be put in place of God,
08:02 whether that be riches, fame, position,
08:05 or even television shows that usurp
08:07 humans' thoughts and time, anything to get them off track.
08:13 Friends, the first commandment shows
08:16 God pleading with us to love Him back
08:18 without any stumbling block interfering
08:21 in an intimate relationship with Him.
08:23 He desires that we cherish Him,
08:25 and not the things of this world.
08:28 We are not to have anything in the place of God.
08:31 He is to be our number one.
08:35 Now, Exodus 20:4 is commandment number two,
08:39 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image,
08:42 any likeness of anything that is in heaven above,
08:45 or that is in the earth beneath,
08:47 or that is in the water under the earth,
08:50 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.
08:53 For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
08:56 visiting the iniquity of the fathers
08:59 upon the children
09:00 to the third and fourth generations
09:02 of those who hate Me,
09:04 but showing mercy to thousands
09:06 to those who love Me and keep My commandments."
09:10 I can see why God declared it a sin
09:12 to worship something man made with material objects.
09:16 This lowers man's conception of God.
09:19 If you are bowing down to a stone carving
09:22 or wax figure,
09:24 your mind is not on God above.
09:27 But instead you're attracted to the creature
09:29 or created thing rather than to the Creator.
09:34 As society's conceptions of God lowers,
09:37 man himself becomes more degraded.
09:40 In my travels around the world,
09:42 I witness various multitudes of people
09:45 paying homage to different images and idols.
09:48 Many of these idols are broken down,
09:50 semi deteriorated, worn, and have no life source.
09:55 Many of these gods resemble terrifying monster faces
09:59 and have distorted disfigured bodies.
10:01 They're always selfish gods.
10:04 Isn't it interesting that the living God is selfless
10:08 and all about pure beauty.
10:11 This is reflected onto our planet,
10:13 from gorgeous flowers to breathtaking landscapes,
10:17 from tropical birds to colorful sunsets.
10:21 So isn't it interesting that manmade gods of this world
10:25 are often hideous and grotesque?
10:28 If I was God's chief rival, that's what I'll do.
10:32 God says He's a jealous God, meaning He loves you so much,
10:36 and is willing to do whatever it takes to save you.
10:39 God's saying, "Please
10:41 don't make up replicas and fakes
10:43 when I'm offering you Myself,
10:45 the real deal
10:46 with all the power of the universe."
10:49 God is the living God
10:52 whereas all of these counterfeits crumble
10:54 or die off,
10:56 and are buried in their graves with zero power
11:00 to resurrect themselves or anyone else.
11:03 We show our allegiance via worship.
11:06 So there is no doubt that the enemy of God
11:09 would mess with who and how we worship.
11:13 God says,
11:15 "Don't attempt to come to Me through images,
11:17 because you can't.
11:19 I have made a direct pathway between you and Me,
11:23 come to me directly."
11:26 Satan is constantly endeavoring to attract attention
11:29 to man in the place of God.
11:31 He leads the people to look to bishops,
11:33 to pastors, to professors of theology as their guides,
11:37 instead of searching the scriptures
11:39 to learn their duty for themselves.
11:42 Then by controlling the minds of these leaders,
11:44 the devil can influence the multitudes
11:46 according to his will.
11:49 Prophecy repeatedly shows
11:50 this is the very thing that's happening.
11:54 Also, in this commandment,
11:55 God calls attention to parents advising
11:58 if you as a parent choose wrongdoing in your life,
12:02 or make a God of anything in this world,
12:05 your child witnesses this and is influenced by it.
12:08 God is warning that your children
12:10 are likely to follow in your footsteps.
12:13 So be careful who your God is.
12:16 He cautions,
12:17 if you lessen your time with Me throughout your life,
12:20 it will be their tendency to do the same.
12:24 So you need to consider that you are influencing
12:27 how much your great grandchildren
12:30 will know Me.
12:33 I love how God ends this commandment.
12:36 He shows mercy to thousands
12:38 to those who love Him and keep His commandments.
12:42 Let's move to verse 7.
12:44 Commandment number three,
12:46 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
12:49 for the Lord will not hold him guiltless
12:51 who takes His name in vain."
12:54 Does it matter what comes out of our mouths,
12:56 and how we express ourselves?
12:58 Yes.
12:59 God's request here is to respect His name.
13:03 Our creator deserves our respect
13:06 as a sign of our loyalty to Him.
13:08 This commandment not only prohibits false oaths
13:11 and common swearing,
13:12 but it forbids us to use the name of God
13:14 in a light or careless manner.
13:17 Every unfallen creature of the universe knows
13:21 that God deserves respect.
13:23 It is only we that are fallen,
13:25 that seem to think profanity and swearing is okay.
13:29 Stop and think, God says respect My name.
13:33 So if I lead the rebellion against God,
13:36 I would tempt people to curse Him,
13:38 as I know it hurts Him deeply.
13:41 So, friends,
13:42 when we uplift God with our words,
13:44 it pleases Him, and I know that's what I want to do.
13:48 Exodus 20:8.
13:51 This is commandment number four,
13:53 "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
13:56 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
13:58 but the seventh day is the Sabbath
14:01 of the Lord your God.
14:02 In it you shall do no work, you, nor your son,
14:05 nor your daughter, nor your male servant,
14:07 nor your female servant, nor your cattle,
14:10 nor your stranger who is within your gates.
14:13 For in six days,
14:14 the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
14:16 the sea and all that in the midst
14:19 and rested the seventh day.
14:21 Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day
14:24 and hallowed it."
14:25 I love this commandment,
14:27 because it is so beautiful and personally needed.
14:31 Our creator loved us so much.
14:33 He knew we would enjoy
14:35 and need this weekly rejuvenation.
14:38 These 24 hours is a time of worship with Him
14:40 to celebrate blessings and give thanks.
14:43 This is an opportunity to bond with our families
14:46 while making God the center of it all.
14:50 Now if I wanted to sabotage God's kingdom,
14:52 I definitely mess with this commandment the most,
14:56 as it signifies so much,
14:58 God wants time with humans,
15:00 and a personal relationship with them.
15:03 So I would do everything in my power
15:05 to make sure generations forgot the only commandment
15:08 that God said to remember.
15:11 And if they did remember something about it,
15:13 I would distort and twist it.
15:17 Friends, for me personally,
15:19 I look forward to keeping this commandment every week,
15:22 because the benefits are not only spiritual,
15:25 but also physically and mentally rejuvenating.
15:29 Now, verse 12, commandment number five,
15:32 "Honor your father and your mother
15:34 that your days may be long upon the land
15:36 which the Lord your God has given you."
15:38 I know that when I have not done this in the past,
15:41 when I disrespected my parents in some way,
15:44 I felt terrible.
15:45 Whereas when I treat my parents with love,
15:48 kindness and thoughtfulness, I feel so good,
15:51 not only about them, but about myself.
15:55 Also, this commandment has a promise for a long life.
15:58 We are to honor and respect our earthly parents
16:01 and our Father in heaven.
16:03 There are lessons we can learn from God's nature.
16:06 I heard a story about a man in India,
16:08 who bought a cow from a neighboring village
16:10 and brought the cow to his home.
16:13 The very first night he noticed
16:14 that the village dogs began to bark incessantly.
16:18 They installed a security camera,
16:20 and were surprised at what they saw.
16:23 They tracked down the original owner of the cow
16:26 because of the curiosity of the leopard in the photos.
16:30 They were shocked to find out that the leopard's mother
16:33 had died when the kitten was only 20 days old.
16:36 The people came up with an idea
16:38 to try having the cow care for the baby leopard,
16:42 and that's exactly what happened.
16:44 When the kitten grew up, they returned her to the forest
16:48 but she did not forget her savior
16:50 who nurtured her.
16:51 No matter where the cow is today,
16:53 the leopard comes every night to visit her mother.
16:57 What an example of honoring the one who raised her.
17:01 Parents are to represent the goodness of God
17:03 to shelter their children through the storms of life,
17:06 and be their rock and support.
17:08 I know that some of you have been deeply hurt
17:11 or abused by your earthly parents.
17:14 So how do you honor them?
17:16 It is important to remember
17:17 that our Heavenly Father forgives us,
17:20 so in turn He can help us to forgive them.
17:23 We can pass on the forgiveness that we receive,
17:27 plus, this benefits the healing of your own heart.
17:31 Exodus 20:13, commandment number six,
17:35 "You shall not murder."
17:38 If only our world
17:39 actually follow the seemingly obvious rule,
17:42 then we wouldn't have to worry about traveling anywhere
17:45 at any time, day or night.
17:47 I could go for my power walks without any concern
17:49 in any neighborhood,
17:51 in any city of any country.
17:53 Instead, when I travel to document miracles,
17:55 many times I have bodyguards or military escorts.
18:00 Recently, my video crew and I
18:01 were in the jungle of the Philippines
18:03 caught in the middle of a thunderstorm.
18:05 I found myself taking shelter
18:06 under a small thatched covering.
18:08 I wasn't alone.
18:10 Next to me were my two videographers,
18:12 a multi-generational family of about 20 plus chickens,
18:17 dogs, cats, goats, and yes, even a family of pigs.
18:22 And as we huddled together,
18:24 Jaslene shared her story with us.
18:27 She told me about the day
18:28 that she and her family were eating their breakfast,
18:30 and suddenly the peace of the morning was shattered
18:32 by rapid gunfire.
18:34 Her husband Antonio grabbed his assault weapon.
18:37 He was no stranger to war.
18:39 As a guerrilla fighter,
18:40 he and his wife had seen some fierce battles.
18:43 Now the constant spray of bullets
18:45 could mean only one thing,
18:47 the government soldiers had ambushed them,
18:49 and there seemed no way of escape.
18:51 Antonio ran out the front door,
18:53 and Jaslene grabbed the children
18:55 and escaped out the back door
18:57 making a dash for cover in the jungle.
19:00 They knew of a secret hiding place there.
19:02 As a communist rebel fighter herself,
19:04 Jaslene was more angry than scared
19:07 by these repeated encounters.
19:08 Usually she felt no fear at all.
19:11 As she lay hidden with her children,
19:13 Jaslene wondered if her husband would survive.
19:16 They waited for what seemed an eternity.
19:18 And then the sounds of battle grew distant
19:21 until finally, all was quiet.
19:24 When they returned home,
19:26 they saw Antonio's body being carted off
19:29 by the government soldiers.
19:31 That day Jaslene lost her husband
19:33 and the children lost their father.
19:36 Antonio's body was never recovered
19:38 and this experience hardened Jaslene's heart even more,
19:42 how she hated the Philippine Army soldiers.
19:45 She decided then and there to raise her children
19:47 to be the best fighters possible
19:49 to avenge their father's death.
19:52 The oldest boy was only 10 years old
19:54 when this happened.
19:55 And by the time he turned 13, he had joined the guerrillas.
19:59 Jaslene was proud of him.
20:01 She taught the younger children
20:03 how to sneak through the jungle without making a sound,
20:06 how to forage for food and how to be sharp shooters.
20:09 Their young hearts hardened as well.
20:12 But one day Jaslene turned the dial of her small FM radio
20:16 to an unfamiliar station called Adventist World Radio.
20:20 A man's voice began to talk about a man named Jesus.
20:24 This Jesus was kind, He loved people
20:27 regardless of their economic situation.
20:29 He was all powerful, and He could heal the sick
20:32 and even raise the dead.
20:34 Jaslene was fascinated.
20:36 She began tuning in daily,
20:38 and her heart began to melt as she heard of a God
20:41 who loved her and offered her care and forgiveness.
20:45 A desire began to grow in her heart
20:47 to experience a new kind of life.
20:50 She decided to turn her life over to this Jesus,
20:53 put down her weapons,
20:55 and try to wrap her mind
20:56 around the concept of forgiveness
20:58 for even her worst enemies.
21:01 Soon her boys began listening to the program with her.
21:05 And one day, her son said he'd had enough of fighting.
21:08 He too lay down his weapon to follow Jesus.
21:12 When Jaslene met the radio broadcaster,
21:15 she asked him with tears in her eyes, "Pastor,
21:18 why did it take you so long to tell us about Jesus.
21:21 If only you had started broadcasting sooner,
21:24 my husband would not have died.
21:26 He would have learned about God and given up
21:29 our rebel fighting ways
21:30 before it was too late for him."
21:32 Today, Jaslene and her boys
21:34 love Jesus and keep His commandments,
21:37 and thou shalt not kill is what they live by.
21:41 Now they are warriors of a different order,
21:44 choosing weapons of much greater power
21:46 than their AK-47s.
21:48 Their new weapons are faith, hope, and love.
21:53 Friends, all acts of injustice that tend to shorten life,
21:56 such as hatred and revenge,
21:59 and wishing harm to others
22:01 violates the sixth commandment.
22:04 Verse 14, commandment number seven,
22:07 "You shall not commit adultery."
22:10 If humans were to obey this law,
22:13 marriages would have a high rate of success.
22:16 There'll be no fear
22:17 that your partner was giving him
22:18 or herself to someone else.
22:20 God's view of marriage is a bond of trust and purity.
22:23 It is the ultimate experience of love on this earth.
22:27 When this bond is broken through adultery,
22:29 it shatters the hearts of entire families.
22:32 Without a moral compass,
22:33 our society is void of clear direction
22:36 and becomes confused and derailed.
22:38 Our society says, "Your own mind is the standard.
22:42 There's nobody who can tell you what to do.
22:45 If it feels good, do it.
22:48 If it brings you pleasure, do it.
22:50 Two consenting adults can do anything they please, right?"
22:55 Everything that God wants you to have pleasure with,
22:58 the devil has twisted.
23:00 The devil has twisted the word love into lust.
23:04 Satan's goal is to break up families,
23:06 loosen morals and spread diseases
23:09 and distrust so that partnerships dissolve.
23:12 He loves to divide and conquer households
23:14 to break down society.
23:17 Aren't we grateful that God forewarns us
23:20 how to preserve our homes
23:22 and achieve happiness and peace within?
23:25 What a perfect plan God has to sanctify marriage.
23:30 Exodus 20:15.
23:32 Commandment number eight, "You shall not steal."
23:36 God is referring to many aspects here.
23:38 The obvious is not to rob a bank
23:40 or take something that doesn't belong to you.
23:43 But even beyond that,
23:45 we are not to take advantage of someone
23:47 who is weaker or less fortunate,
23:49 or anything that is considered fraud.
23:52 Now if I was God's archenemy,
23:55 I would have people live in fear,
23:57 clinging to their stuff,
23:58 spending money and time on ensuring their stuff,
24:02 hiding it, and then worrying about it,
24:04 and then grieving it when it was taken away.
24:07 God's plan was that everyone gets
24:09 to enjoy the fruits of their own labor
24:12 without the worry of it being stolen.
24:14 What a perfect plan.
24:17 Verse 16, commandment nine,
24:19 "You shall not bear false witness
24:21 against your neighbor."
24:23 When we lie, in reality,
24:26 we are fooled into thinking
24:27 this gets us out of a hot situation.
24:30 But what we are really doing
24:32 is creating more chaos for ourselves.
24:35 Because we now have to remember
24:37 who did I tell what, when, where?
24:41 Lies to create a self-imprisonment.
24:44 It's like every lie
24:45 puts up another jail cell bar around you.
24:48 You get trapped in your own web of lies.
24:51 Gossiping, telling white lies or partial trues,
24:55 selective omissions and exaggerations
24:58 violate commandment nine
25:00 and comes from the author of lies himself.
25:03 And who's that?
25:04 Well, the Bible can tell us.
25:06 John 8:44,
25:08 "You are of your father the devil,
25:11 and your will is to do your father's desires.
25:14 He was a murderer from the beginning,
25:16 and does not stand in the truth,
25:19 because there's no truth in him.
25:21 When he lies, he speaks out of his own character,
25:24 for he is a liar and the father of lies."
25:27 God wants us to speak truth.
25:29 That means being true to your word.
25:32 Here's a story to illustrate.
25:34 And I love this little story about Jack,
25:36 who lived during the Great Depression
25:38 of the 1830s when money was really scarce.
25:41 His family were simple farmers struggling to get by.
25:44 Jack wanted to be able to help his family out.
25:47 All he had was a pole, a hook, some worms with a creek nearby.
25:52 He decided to catch fish and sell them at the market.
25:55 Every single day, that summer, he would go down to the creek,
25:58 cast his pole into the water and bring up a fish.
26:01 He actually made a deal with a store merchant who said,
26:05 "Jack, I know you're doing this for a good reason.
26:07 And so every fish that you give me,
26:10 no matter how big,
26:11 no matter how small, I will pay 50 cents."
26:15 Now back in the 1800s, 50 cents was a lot of money.
26:19 Jack fished every day that summer.
26:21 Sometimes he would bring in extremely small fish,
26:24 but that merchant did not roll his eyes.
26:27 But for every fish, big or small,
26:29 he paid Jack 50 cents.
26:31 This helped provide for Jack's family
26:33 for an entire year through that winter.
26:36 Jack started feeling bad though questioning
26:37 whether he was taking advantage of the store owner.
26:40 One day he got a hit on his line
26:42 and he started to pull back on the fishing pole.
26:45 This fish just wasn't any fish.
26:47 It was huge.
26:49 The story says it was over 30 pounds.
26:52 As he pulled it out, it was the biggest fish
26:55 he had ever seen in his life.
26:57 As he was walking to the marketplace,
26:59 a stranger was driving by and spotted the boy
27:01 with a giant fish on his back.
27:04 He thought to himself, "Whoa, that's a trophy fish."
27:07 He stopped abruptly and said, "Hey,
27:10 I'll give you 50 cents for that fish right now."
27:12 And Jack replied, "Sorry sir, I can't do that.
27:16 Someone has already spoken for it."
27:18 The dialogue continues
27:20 and Jack got the offer up to two dollars and 50 cents
27:23 which is a lot of money in the 1800s
27:26 but Jack refused.
27:28 "That is very tempting offer,
27:29 but the store owner that I have been selling my fish
27:32 to has taken some pretty rough bargains.
27:34 He has taken some really small fish
27:36 for 50 cents apiece.
27:39 And I think it's time
27:40 that the store owner gets a fish worth his money."
27:43 Jack made a decision
27:44 to be faithful to a commitment he made.
27:47 Now that is the definition of a true witness.
27:50 Jack grew up to be one of the most famous
27:52 generals of his time,
27:54 General Stonewall Jackson.
27:56 And early in his life,
27:58 he made the decision to be a man of honesty,
28:01 a man of integrity and a man of value
28:04 true to his word.
28:07 Now verse 17, commandment number 10,
28:11 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house.
28:13 You shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
28:15 nor his male servant, nor his female servant,
28:18 nor his ox, nor his donkey,
28:20 nor anything that is your neighbor's."
28:23 Friends, this strikes at the very root of all sins.
28:27 It prohibits our selfish desires,
28:29 which can start a domino effect of other sins.
28:33 You know there's a Bible story
28:34 you can read about in 2 Samuel 11
28:36 where King David
28:38 covets his neighbor's wife, Bathsheba.
28:40 This is a perfect example
28:42 of how coveting leads to many other sins,
28:45 as it led David to lie,
28:48 steal and ultimately murder Bathsheba's husband Uriah,
28:52 so that he could have her as his own.
28:56 Now, if I was the leader of the rebellion
28:58 against God's way,
29:00 I would make sure that everyone was dissatisfied
29:03 with their lives.
29:04 I would keep them in a constant rat race
29:07 and make envy grow in their hearts
29:09 like, "Wow, my neighbor has such a beautiful house."
29:13 I would do anything to have a house like that.
29:16 I would blind their eyes to all of God's blessings
29:19 so they would instead focus on what they don't have.
29:23 I would also create a false ideal,
29:26 like Hollywood, that people would covet
29:29 and could not live up to,
29:31 in order to keep them in constant frustration.
29:33 I'd stir it up with who's the sexiest,
29:36 who's the wealthiest, the fastest,
29:38 the funniest, and make it all a competition.
29:42 When people don't feel like they measure up
29:44 to these standards,
29:45 it's easy to become depressed
29:47 or try to find value or love in all the wrong places.
29:51 God gives you your worth
29:54 because you are a child of the King of the Universe.
29:58 He provides what you need, and for that, I am thankful.
30:03 God's law is like a force field or wall of protection,
30:07 prohibiting us from falling
30:09 into one of the many landmines of sin.
30:12 On our own, we are weak against evil powers
30:14 without holy protection.
30:16 We need to surround ourselves with God's standards
30:19 as we wander on life's path.
30:22 Every choice has a consequence.
30:24 It is Satan's goal to trap humans
30:26 in mistakes and bad decisions.
30:28 He schemes to deliberately destroy
30:30 and maim people spiritually,
30:32 mentally, emotionally and physically.
30:35 Whereas it is God's desire for man and woman
30:39 to be happy and live in peace.
30:42 Obeying God's rules will save us
30:44 from learning things the hard way,
30:46 but by themselves,
30:47 they won't give us a personal experience with God.
30:50 In fact, a list of rules
30:52 without having an actual relationship with God
30:55 can be a miserable experience.
30:58 A young couple got married
31:00 and enjoyed a beautiful ceremony
31:01 and honeymoon.
31:02 On the first very first morning together as husband and wife,
31:06 the groom hands his bride a piece of paper.
31:09 He says, "I've made up a list of things
31:11 for you to do every day.
31:13 It will make our marriage go smoother.
31:15 Every day you must get up at 5 am,
31:17 I want a full breakfast
31:19 and make sure my shirt and pants are ironed."
31:23 After he read through the lengthy list,
31:25 he posted on the kitchen wall,
31:27 "Be sure to check each item off when you're done."
31:29 The bride's eyes grew big.
31:32 As he continued,
31:33 "I will make a new list when he we have children
31:35 as there will be much more to do then."
31:37 Everything had to be done exactly according to his list.
31:40 Every evening, they went over the check marks on her list
31:44 as he would bark out his orders.
31:46 Needless to say,
31:48 she got so sick and tired of his demands
31:50 that finally as expected,
31:51 their marriage ended in divorce.
31:54 Then a few years later,
31:56 this same woman fell in love
31:57 with a kind wonderful gentleman,
31:59 and they got married.
32:01 It was a dream life together.
32:03 They both felt like they were floating on air.
32:05 They had such a fantastic marriage.
32:08 And she'd help him and he'd help her.
32:10 They love spending time together
32:12 growing a beautiful garden.
32:14 One afternoon,
32:15 she was going through some boxes in the attic,
32:18 she found one of her ex-husbands to do list.
32:21 Her face turned red.
32:22 Her heart started racing as anger welled up inside her.
32:27 As she read the list out loud, she realized something,
32:30 get up early, I still do.
32:35 Make breakfast, I still do that.
32:39 Iron my suit, I do that too.
32:44 She was still doing all the same things on that list
32:48 that once made her so mad
32:50 when she was told she had to do it.
32:53 But now she had a loving marriage
32:55 to a grateful husband,
32:56 and she was choosing to do these thoughtful things for him
32:59 out of expressions of her love.
33:02 The reason we obey is not
33:04 because we're trying to earn God's favor.
33:07 It's the response of our love for Him.
33:10 I do not obey God to earn my salvation.
33:13 I obey God, not in order to be saved,
33:16 but because I am saved.
33:19 The rules that seem so stifling before you knew God
33:22 will suddenly make sense in your life,
33:25 and it will no longer be about
33:26 trying really hard to do the right thing,
33:29 or what is expected.
33:30 It will be all about the relationship.
33:33 There is a misunderstanding out there
33:35 that God is waiting with a thunderbolt
33:37 ready to smite us when we mess up.
33:40 If that were true,
33:41 we'd all be smoking cinders right now.
33:44 God isn't up there waiting to smite.
33:47 He's up there pleading with us
33:49 to choose a different path
33:51 to avoid the awful consequences He knows are out there.
33:55 The law is also like a mirror, friends,
33:57 it reflects back to us who we really are.
34:01 We think and see in our own minds
34:03 who we want to be.
34:04 And in our minds, we may see ourselves as smart,
34:07 loyal and honest,
34:09 there's a man we want to be or a woman we try to be,
34:13 but when we look at the law, what do we find?
34:16 The law may show us a reflection of ourselves
34:18 that we have never seen before.
34:20 We fall short, and we see ourselves
34:23 as who we really are.
34:25 So when we accept Jesus,
34:27 He comes in
34:28 and He puts His robe of righteousness around us
34:31 so that when God the Father looks at us,
34:33 He sees perfect precious Jesus.
34:36 And then we are accepted and saved into His kingdom.
34:40 Now that we have these 10 rules fresh in our minds,
34:43 let's shift gears and examine some popular questions
34:46 or concerns about the Ten Commandments.
34:49 And as always, allow the Bible to give us the answers.
34:53 Can God's Ten Commandments be changed?
34:56 Luke 16:17, "And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass
35:01 than one tittle or detail of the law to fail."
35:05 Psalms 89:34, "My covenant will I not break,
35:09 nor alter the thing that has gone out of My lips."
35:13 Psalms 111:7-8,
35:16 "All His commandments are sure.
35:19 They stand fast forever and ever."
35:22 Malachi 3:6,
35:24 "For I am the Lord, I change not."
35:30 Under no circumstances can God's Ten Commandment law
35:33 ever be altered or changed.
35:35 It is as permanent as God Himself.
35:38 Three times in the Bible earthly kings,
35:40 Herod, Ahasuerus, and Darius made laws
35:44 they later wanted to change but could not.
35:47 If the laws of weak vacillating kings
35:49 were unchangeable,
35:51 how could anyone think that the eternal law of God,
35:54 written in stone by His own finger
35:58 could be altered?
35:59 It is no more possible to change God's law
36:02 than to change God Himself.
36:05 According to the Bible, what is sin?
36:08 1 John 3:4,
36:09 "Sin is the transgression of the law."
36:13 Romans 3:20, "By the law is the knowledge of sin."
36:19 The devil hates the law, because it makes us aware
36:22 that we need a savior from sin.
36:25 Did Jesus keep the Ten Commandments?
36:28 John 15:10,
36:30 "I have kept My Father's commandments."
36:33 That's pretty clear.
36:34 1 Peter 2:21,
36:36 "For to this you were called
36:38 because Christ also suffered for us,
36:40 leaving us an example,
36:42 that you should follow His footsteps."
36:44 Indeed, Jesus did keep the Ten Commandments
36:47 as an example for you and me.
36:50 How many people have sinned?
36:52 Romans 3:23,
36:54 "For all have sinned
36:56 and come short of the glory of God."
36:59 What is the punishment for living a life of sin?
37:03 Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death."
37:08 If God's law could be changed,
37:10 it would not have been necessary
37:11 for Jesus to die on the cross.
37:14 The fact that Jesus paid the penalty for sin and died
37:19 is proof that the law is unchangeable.
37:23 Some say the Ten Commandments are Old Testament,
37:26 and are not applicable for us New Testament Christians.
37:30 What does Jesus say about this?
37:32 Matthew 19:17,
37:35 "If you want to enter into life,
37:37 keep the commandments."
37:40 John 14:15, Jesus says,
37:43 "If you love Me, keep My commandments."
37:47 Friends, the opposite would also be true.
37:50 If you don't love me, don't keep my commandments.
37:55 Revelation 22: 14,
37:57 "Blessed are they that do His commandments."
38:01 Revelation 14:12,
38:03 "Here is the patience of the saints:
38:05 here are they that keep the commandments of God
38:08 and the faith of Jesus."
38:10 Friends, the New Testament plainly teaches that God's
38:12 people will keep all His commandments.
38:16 We know that the world is in big trouble today
38:19 because so many no longer feel it is important
38:21 to obey God's law.
38:23 The Bible speaks of our day by saying,
38:25 "It is time for You to act, O Lord,
38:28 for they have regarded your law as void."
38:31 That's found in Psalms 119:126.
38:35 You may be asking yourself,
38:36 how is it possible to keep the commandments?
38:39 Philippians 4:13,
38:41 "I can do all things through Christ
38:44 who strengthens me."
38:46 Hebrews 8:10,
38:47 "I will put my laws into their mind
38:49 and write them on their hearts.
38:52 A person's entire nature is changed.
38:55 So he finds God's will is a pleasure.
38:59 Can I be a true Christian
39:00 without keeping His commandments?
39:02 1 John 2:3-4,
39:05 "Now by this we know that we know Him,
39:07 if we keep His commandments.
39:09 He who says I know him
39:11 and does not keep His commandments is a liar,
39:13 and the truth is not in him."
39:16 Are people saved by keeping the law?
39:18 Ephesians 8:8-9,
39:21 "For by grace you have been saved through faith,
39:24 and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
39:27 not of works lest anyone should boast.
39:30 No one is saved by keeping God's law.
39:33 All are saved by the miracle working grace of God.
39:37 By those who are saved
39:38 or transformed by the grace of Jesus,
39:41 they will want to obey His law
39:42 as an expression of their love and thanksgiving to Him.
39:47 As you have heard the message today,
39:49 are you seeing that God has a holy law?
39:52 Now, am I going to mess up?
39:55 Yes.
39:56 Do I intentionally want to break the commandments?
39:59 No.
40:01 When I do fail,
40:02 I sincerely ask forgiveness of my sin.
40:05 Then do I need to question whether I've been forgiven?
40:09 No.
40:10 Jesus says,
40:12 when you ask forgiveness for your sins,
40:14 He is faithful
40:15 and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us
40:18 from all unrighteousness.
40:20 Amen.
40:21 If you haven't cleaned your slate in a while,
40:24 do so tonight, friend.
40:25 Jesus offers this to anyone, no matter what you have done.
40:30 Don't let the devil whisper in your ear
40:32 that you are not good enough,
40:34 that you somehow don't qualify for heaven.
40:37 There isn't a sin too great for Jesus to forgive.
40:41 Don't let another day go without having the assurance
40:45 that you are made white as snow.
40:48 Is it your desire right now, as you watch or listen to say,
40:52 "Lord, I am a sinner in desperate need of a Savior.
40:56 Lord, I want to be obedient to Your law,
40:59 through the power of Your Holy Spirit."
41:02 Friends, let's pray together.
41:06 Heavenly Father,
41:08 tonight we have learned
41:09 what Your way is for our lives.
41:12 And if we follow Your law,
41:14 we can live life to the fullest,
41:16 both now and for eternity.
41:18 Thank you for wanting
41:20 to put this hedge of protection around us.
41:23 Please empower all those who have heard your message
41:26 and are making decisions to walk in Your path.
41:30 In Jesus' precious powerful name.
41:33 Amen.
41:35 Thank you so much for watching.
41:36 God bless you and please join us again tomorrow night
41:40 to understand the authentic seal.
41:43 This is a crucial message that you do not want to miss.
41:47 Thank you for joining us at Unlocking Bible Prophecies.
41:50 Choose God's way.
41:52 Good night, friends.
41:55 As a special bonus for our 3ABN viewers,
41:58 we wanted to share stories of God's incredible miracles
42:01 before we end this program.
42:03 Thank you for your prayers and support
42:05 of Adventist World Radio.
42:07 Every day live lives like these are being changed
42:11 for eternity.
42:16 Hi, I'm Cami Oetman.
42:17 Find out the unique way
42:19 God reached a United States Marine
42:21 on the island of Okinawa.
42:23 This is AWR 360.
42:40 AWR president Dwayne McKee was preparing to preach
42:43 at one of the more than
42:45 160 evangelistic sites across Japan
42:49 during the recent AWR 360
42:51 and Total Member Involvement event.
42:53 At the same time, our AWR partner,
42:56 YouTube evangelist, Mark Fox contacted us
42:59 to share a testimony he had just received.
43:02 It was Stephens's testimony, listen to his story.
43:08 All right.
43:09 I was in Afghanistan,
43:10 I was doing my first tour in Afghanistan,
43:12 it was in 2009 through 2010.
43:15 And it was very hard, we were getting,
43:17 you know, reports from other battalions
43:20 that we've lost friends,
43:22 we saw people lose their lives, friend and foe.
43:26 And I thought to myself,
43:27 what kind of God would allow mankind to be this way,
43:31 to do these terrible crazy things?
43:33 And as I returned back home to garrison,
43:39 I was on a destructive path.
43:40 I chose alcohol as a medicinal purpose,
43:44 to forget the pain
43:46 and the struggle that I had felt
43:48 when I was in Afghanistan.
43:50 After a few years passed,
43:51 I met my wife in Japan, on Okinawa.
43:56 We decided to move back to Japan
43:59 after a couple spells in Michigan,
44:00 she didn't like the weather.
44:02 And I continued on my destructive path.
44:05 I drank, I smoked even after I had my first son.
44:08 I even told myself, I'm going to quit smoking,
44:10 I'm going to drink less, of course,
44:12 never saying that I'm going to stop drinking.
44:15 But I continued drinking and I continued smoking
44:17 and it just didn't seem like I was ever going to stop.
44:20 And then a friend, an angel was sent to God by,
44:26 by God to me in the form of a friend.
44:28 And she spoke to me of my issues and she said,
44:31 "Maybe you need to pray a little bit."
44:32 And so I started praying and I started getting intrigued
44:36 and interested in God.
44:37 So I decided to do some research
44:40 and I went online,
44:41 I found Mark Fox on the internet,
44:44 on YouTube and I started listening to this guy
44:47 preach and share his testimonies
44:49 and share these amazing Bible prophecies online.
44:53 And it inspired me because he, I can feel his emotion,
44:56 I can feel his passion for the Lord
44:59 and it inspired me.
45:01 I felt the Holy Spirit convicting me of the wrong
45:04 that I was doing in my life.
45:07 And so I knew I needed to change and I went online,
45:10 I found a church, the closest one that's,
45:12 you know, was nearest to me.
45:14 And I went, and I found Pastor Mason.
45:16 And he's been helping me,
45:18 you know, in the faith ever since.
45:20 And I've become a vegetarian, I've quit smoking,
45:22 I've quit drinking, and I don't plan on stopping.
45:27 I want to praise the Lord as much as I can
45:29 because I know without God,
45:30 I'm only going to fail
45:32 and I'm going to cause people harm
45:34 and I don't want to do that anymore.
45:37 Isn't it exciting how God used YouTube to reach Stephen?
45:42 After just a few months,
45:44 he was volunteering his time for the local AWR meetings,
45:48 which just happened to be at Dwayne McKee series,
45:51 and he was baptized.
45:53 Isn't our God amazing?
45:55 This is AWR 360.
45:59 Welcome to Zambia, a land of smiling faces,
46:02 impressive waterfalls,
46:04 wide expanses, and wild animals.
46:07 I'm here to document the work of Adventist World Radio
46:10 and how the Lord is using our broadcast
46:12 to touch the lives of people here.
46:15 Hi, I'm Cami, and this is AWR 360.
46:39 Today we are traveling out of town on bumpy dirt roads
46:43 to find Debby and hear his story.
46:47 Debby lives in a mud hut
46:49 surrounded by fields and gardens.
46:52 Several of his children and grandchildren live nearby,
46:55 adding joy to his days.
47:00 It is very peaceful here.
47:02 And Debby tells us with a grin
47:05 that this is his favorite place to be.
47:08 After showing us his beloved radio,
47:11 Debby begins to tell his story.
47:18 I attended a Catholic school growing up
47:21 and soon became a devoted Catholic.
47:26 Time passed,
47:27 Debby married and 10 children were born to them.
47:32 After years in the Catholic Church,
47:34 Debby began questioning
47:36 some of the foundational doctrines he had been taught.
47:39 As he began to study the Bible for himself,
47:42 Debby saw in the Ten Commandments,
47:44 that God forbids the worship of idols.
47:47 This and other beliefs
47:48 caused Debby to question his Catholic faith.
47:51 And before long, he left the church.
47:56 In search of truth,
47:58 Debby joined one denomination after another,
48:00 always leaving with unanswered questions,
48:02 unsatisfied with the interpretations
48:05 of Scripture he found.
48:08 One day while listening to the radio,
48:11 Debby stumbled across an AWR broadcast.
48:14 He listened eagerly
48:16 as a Bible based message was preached.
48:20 Maybe this was what he was looking for.
48:28 I was so intrigued
48:30 with the Adventist World Radio program.
48:32 And every day after listening, I would go to my Bible
48:35 and study for myself to see if what I heard was true.
48:44 As Debby continued listening and studying,
48:46 he came to understand new truths,
48:49 and his many questions were finally being answered.
48:55 To his surprise,
48:56 Debby learned that the day of worship was changed
48:58 by the Catholic Church from Saturday to Sunday,
49:01 and that the seventh day Sabbath
49:02 was created as a memorial of creation,
49:05 and kept holy by Jesus and His disciples,
49:08 as an example for us.
49:10 The Law of God wasn't changed after all.
49:14 Debby soon found a local Seventh-day Adventist Church
49:16 and began attending regularly with his children.
49:19 After years of searching
49:21 and visiting so many different churches,
49:23 Debby finally felt at home.
49:27 Before long, Debby and seven of his children were baptized
49:30 in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
49:32 They happily attend church together every Sabbath,
49:35 and Debby is now a deacon serving his church faithfully.
49:40 Having finally found Bible truth,
49:42 Debby loves to share with others
49:43 what he has learned.
49:46 He hopes that one day soon his wife,
49:48 other children and many friends will join him in the faith.
49:55 Debby shared with us that one of his favorite verses
49:57 is John 8:32,
49:59 which reads, "You shall know the truth,
50:03 and the truth will set you free."
50:07 I am so thankful for the work of Adventist World Radio
50:11 and for the Bible messages
50:13 that lead me to the truth and set me free.
50:18 Will you join us in spreading the gospel message
50:20 filled with peace and hope to countries like Zambia?
50:24 Please pray for the work of Adventist World Radio
50:26 and consider contributing today.
50:28 Together we are making waves from broadcast to baptism.
50:33 This is AWR 360.


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