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He Has the Whole World in His Hands

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland is speaker/director of It Is Written Canada. 

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  • February 6, 2016
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It has stood the test of God's book. The Bible. Still relevant in today's complex world. Eat these messages of all around the world. Buddha. Krishna. Mohammad Jesus. Are these men just different manifestations of the One God. Or is there a substantive difference between them. Is there a way that we can determine if these are just different manifestations of the One God. Or do. One of them actually fulfilled the claims that are made about him. As we have studied we have developed a criteria. To answer the question of God's existence in brief what we discovered is that truth. And certainty can be determined through probabilities. Simply put if an event a has a probability of occurring. Only once and ten to the power of fifty. Which is one with fifty zero zero after it. That event is statistically impossible to occur. And that event. Becomes even more impossible. As the probabilities become smaller and smaller but here's what's been amazing. Truly astounding. Is that we have studied the issue of God's existence. And God has defied impossible probabilities. To demonstrate. Decidedly that he exists. Would apply. Statistical probability to the major world religions. We found that in spite of the claims that each of these religions and philosophies and what they make about themselves. All need the Old and New Testament scriptures. Challenge us to test the claims that the Bible makes. And that test is through prophecy. The Bible's claims have been demonstrated to be true and accurate or for. And over again. This book can be trusted. Our study has focused on the Book of Daniel the prophecies. Outlined in Daniel which foretell many of the world events. Cannot be explained as pure chance or just good luck. Now last week we discovered that the longest time prophecy. In the Bible. Pointed to the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary in eighteen forty four. So today we ask additional questions. How do we know that Christ is real. How do we know that the sanctuary in heaven is real and that the activities of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. Are Real. In order to answer those questions. First we need to ask who is the Christ. Many religious leaders have made bold claims. But to claim to be Christ the Messiah. Savior of this earth is a very bold statement. Jesus. According to the Bible was a heated discussion with the Jewish religious leaders. And in John Chapter eight. And verse. Fifty six. He stated. These words. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. And he saw and was glad. The Jewish religious leaders responded to this statement by saying. So you were not yet fifty years old and you have seen. Abraham. In John. Eight fifty eight. Jesus responds by saying. Most assuredly I say to you before Abraham was I am. Now friends this was a bold claim. In Exodus three fourteen. God. Introduced himself to Moses. As the great. I am. The eternal self. Existed. One whose life is original unbar road. And under you arrived in claiming this very title. Jesus was stating in no uncertain terms that he was and is divine. The promised one of a sigh of the Christ. The Jewish leaders. Understood this clearly and that is why they picked up stones to throw at him and stone him. You know when we look at the other major founders of the world religions. We do find that they make some claims. Although there is no single founder of Hinduism. The highest claim of the founders. Was that of a C.H. someone noted and respected for his knowledge integrity and piety. Regarding Islam Mohammad was called the seal of the prophets. He is considered the final prophet whose words could not be disputed. Got to my Buddha. Claim to be. The super enlightened one. He had Chivas his apparent in light mint. After a six year search. While under a fight history. In India and with even an elementary and cursory glance at these claims. It reveals an infinite distance between the claim that Jesus made. And the claims of every other religious leader. The Hindu sages formed a philosophy. In order to show the way to ultimate truth. Buddha stated. Foreign Lightman I was born. For the good of all that lives. Muslim state that the Qur'an is the infallible word of God revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. But Jesus stated these words. I am the way. THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. I am the light of the world. I am the resurrection. And the life. My dear friends it's one thing to say. I can show you the light. But it's all together. Something different to say. I am the light. Those who make these kinds of claims to be God to be the way to be the light. They are either lunatics. Liars. Megalomaniacs or the fact they are. What they claim to be God. Now when we picture in our minds. A lunatic. We see deluded individuals whose thoughts are disjointed and who keep flitting from one absurd scene to another. This seems impossible to reconcile in regards to Jesus. With what some refer to as the greatest sermon ever preached a reference to the Sermon on the mound when we look at Jesus. And Judge the charge of being a liar. His entire life was comprised of transparency on a state and truthfulness. And to the question. Tell us Are you the Son of God that question posed to Jesus by the Sanhedrin during his trial. Jesus answered truthfully. Knowing full well that the consequences would mean. Certain death for him. In fact at one point in his ministry. He challenged his accusers. To convict him of one said they could not. They could not find one set against him. He was a bluff reproach. My friends Jesus wasn't a lunatic. And he wasn't a liar. Was he a megalomaniac. Now. So if you're saying what is that word may make a little mania is the symptom of having delusions of greatness. I don't believe history records. Any examples of megalomaniacs washing the feet of their followers. And that's what Jesus did. Although he claimed. Divinity. He was humble. Like a servant. My friends there is only one logical conclusion Jesus is God. It's some people try to state that he was simply a good man or great man a profit but not God. If friends this doesn't make any sense. Because if he's not God. As he claimed to be that he's not a good man it all. In fact. C.S. Lewis perfectly summed up the futility of those who try to suggest that Jesus was simply a good man but not God in his book Mere Christianity on pages forty to forty one he states. I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about him. I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher. But I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say a man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic. On a level with the man who says he is a poached egg. Or else he would be the devil of hell. You must make a choice. Either this man was an IS the Son of God or else. A madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool. You can spit at him and kill him as a demon. Or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He is not left open to us. He did not intend to Jesus claimed. Divinity. But there is one prophecy that puts such constraints on fulfillment. That it could leave no man. Stake. It is the prophecy of Daniel Chapter nine versus twenty four to twenty seven. Let's turn our attention to study these verses and see if in lightens us anymore. On these claims of cheese. Yes. Daniel Chapter nine versus twenty four to twenty seven. State the following. Seventy weeks are decreed for your people. And for your holy city. To finish the transgression. To make an end of sins to make reconciliation. For iniquity. To bring in everlasting righteousness. To seal up the vision in prophecy. And to anoint the most holy know their foreign understand that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem. On tell Messiah the Prince. There shall be seven weeks. And sixty two weeks. The street shall be built again. And the wall. Even in trouble sometimes. And after sixty two weeks. Messiah shall be cut off. But not for himself and the people of the prince who is to come. Shall destroy the city. And the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood. Until the end of the war desolations are determined that he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week. But in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wane of abominations shall be one who makes desolate. Even until the consummation which is determined. Is poured out on the desolate. Now in last week's show we discovered that the starting place for this prophecy is for fifty seven B.C.. If you miss that show. Feel free to go to our website. It is written canada dot ca. And there you. Can find our archive programs. Before fifty seven B.C. is the year that the command was given to restore and build Jerusalem. Now there are other notable details that are contained in this most remarkable prophecy. Here's the question. Will these details legitimize the claims of Jesus's divinity. Now Daniel States that. From the going forth. Of the do create to restore rebuild reduce Lemn to Messiah the Prince. There would be sixty nine weeks. Sixty nine times seven. That equals four hundred eighty three days. Or four hundred eighty three years. Now the word Messiah is the Greek equivalent of. Christophe's it means. The annoying two to one. Now the Book of Daniel. Here is a known saying that the Messiah would be annoying to exactly four hundred eighty three years after the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem. Now when we add four hundred eighty three years to four fifty seven. Which is kind of like a negative number. Because the year after for fifty seven. Would be four fifty six. We come to twenty seven eighty. Now some of you doing the math right now are saying wait wait wait wait wait wait. I get twenty six. When I do my math. Well that would be right. Under normal math circumstances. However we have a problem. In normal math. Zero is included in the number scale. But when measuring years. There is no year zero. So years went from one B.C. to one A.D.. There was no year zero. So therefore we need to skip years year old by adding one to the year. And that brings us to twenty seven eighty. So day they were market will happen in twenty seven eighty. I'll tell you. Interestingly enough. Off in the Gospel of Luke Dr Luke records. An interesting fact. In Luke three one he says. Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. Now why do I find the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar. Interesting. Well it just so happens that the fifteenth year of type area Caesar is twenty seven eight D. but that by itself is not interesting. Why is it interesting. What just a few verses later in the Bible. Luke records in Luke three twenty one to twenty two. This historical event. When all the people were baptized. It came to pass the Cheesus. Also was baptized. And while he prayed to heaven was open. The Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon him. And a voice came from heaven which said You are my beloved son. In you. I am well pleased. Jesus was baptized in twenty seven eighty. The fifteenth year of type of Caesar. Now this is critical because Acts chapter ten and verse thirty eight. Speaks of Jesus being annoyed did. Listen to these words. How gaunt annoying to Jesus of Nazareth. With the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus was annoyed to did at his baptism. In twenty seven eight. He was annoying to it as most CYA right. On Jesus himself. Referred to this time period in the Book of Daniel. When he entered Mark one fifteen stated these words. After his baptism. The time is fulfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Re pent. And believe in the Gospel. Right on time. Yet this prophecy is seventy weeks of years. Four hundred ninety years. This only takes us. Four hundred eighty three of those years. What happens with those final seven years. But Daniel informs us that the Messiah's ministry would only last about half of that final week that final seven years. Approximately three and a half years. The prophecy states that in the middle of that last week. The messiah would bring an end to the sacrificial system. By the sacrifice of himself there by confirming the covenant. In other words. He would be cut off. But his voluntary sacrifice. Would not be for himself. Instead as Daniel informs us in Daniel nine twenty four. He would finish the transgression. Make an end of sins and make reconciliation. For iniquity. And bring in everlasting righteousness. Seal up the vision in prophecy and annoying to have in the sanctuary. In other words. He would make this great sacrifice in order to provide salvation and righteousness. To you and to me. Three and a half years after the baptism of Jesus and twenty seven a day brings us to thirty one eighty. Jesus was crucified in thirty one a day. Fulfilling all that the Bible predicted. All of it right on time. Those final three and a half years. Bring us to the end of the seventy weeks prophecy. And that ending is in thirty four A D.. Does anything remarkable happen in thirty four eighty. Well in fact in thirty four A.D.. This Sanhedrin executed. Stephen. For his belief that Jesus was the promised Messiah. Daniel stated that the seventy weeks or four hundred ninety years. Were allotted for Daniel's people and for the city of Jerusalem. In other words. With the stoning of Stephen in thirty four. A.D. a probationary period of time and. Good for Daniels people. Because they rejected the Messiah. In the parable of the vineyard found in Matthew twenty one thirty three to forty six. Jesus informed the religious leaders that on account of the great sin they were about to commit. By putting him to death. The Kingdom of God would be taken from them. A given to a nation. Bearing the fruits of it. And with it. Israel as a nation was no longer God's chosen people. All of it happening on time. Now in addition Daniel tells us that the city in the sanctuary. Would be destroyed by the abomination of desolation. Friends in eighty seventy. The Roman armies. Under Titus destroyed both city and sanctuary. Jesus himself. Predicted in Matthew twenty four two that there would be. Not one stone left on another in the temple. It would be thrown down. Friends. Daniel revealed. Almost I half a millennium. Before the events occurred. The arrival of the Anointed One the Messiah. The great. I am. The exact year of Christ's annoyed at his baptism twenty seven. A.D. was revealed that Jesus is ministry would last three and a half years. That he would be caught off for our sins. And that this this sacrifice would bring an end to. The sacrificial system. And that the sanctuary and the city would be destroyed. Difference we don't have to wonder how in the world all of these specific predictions. Ever came true by chance. No no they never could have been by chance. They were fulfilled by the divinely orchestrated plan of God. And here are the ramifications. This means that Buddha. Krishna mom and Jesus and others who would claim to be great religious leaders are not just manifestations of the One God. Know my friends. Jesus is claimed to be the Eternal One is verified by one of the most amazing prophecies of the entire Bible. This amazing book has connected the claims of Christ. With the prophecies of the Bible. Fred. There is no other book on the face of this earth that can do that and this is why Cheese's himself would say in John fourteen twenty nine. And now I have told you before it comes. That when it does come to pass. You may believe you can believe friend that Jesus is the one. The prophecy of. Daniel nine twenty four to twenty seven. Sets the seal on Christ's claim of divinity. But what about this heavenly sanctuary How is it possible to affirm the reality of heavenly things without having the capability to examine them. Now remember when we studied the dream of never can as are in Daniel to we noted that this one prophecy connected. Events that began with Babylon Mido Persia Greece. The ten divisions of Rome. And finally ending with the second coming of Christ as the rock that struck the image on its feet. All of those events with the exception of the Second Coming of Christ. Are completely verifiable from history. But because the second coming is connected to the rest of the prophecy. But has not yet occurred. We can believe that it will happen. On the basis of the other pieces being fulfilled. To deny the reality of the Second Coming of Christ. Well we would also have to deny the rise and fall of the nations and events that are based on the same prophecy. And their friends when you think about it that would not be logical. You see logic is based on the laws of probability and says that we can know with certainty that Christ will come. Based on the fulfillment of the other events of Daniel two. And so it is in a similar way that the seventy weeks prophecy that points to the baptism. The crucifixion of Christ which was all cut off from the twenty three hundred day prophecy about the cleansing of the sanctuary. That began in eight hundred forty four that. Since this is one prophecy running through Daniel. Eight and nine. Demonstrating the reality of Jesus Christ as the eternal one with the reality of Christ as the real presence in the real heavenly sanctuary. We. Can with assurance. Believe there is a sanctuary in heaven where Jesus is to declare that the heavenly sanctuary is not real friends that would be tantamount to declaring that Jesus Christ himself. Is not real. You know it's interesting to note that on one hand. Atheism declares that there is no heaven and thus no sanctuary. Yet on the other hand many Christians beginning with the Early in medieval church. Declare that God in heaven. Should be interpreted on the basis of Greek philosophy which means that material structures in heaven. Like the sanctuary. Are meaningless metaphors and illustrations. Not realities. Friends that idea come straight from the Little Horn. And it declares that God cannot act within the sequence of past present and future. And that is incompatible with space and time. Meaning that God doesn't want to have a real relationship. Friends the consequences of this philosophy for spirituality. Salvation and worship. Are a menace to world views that come essential to the same conclusion. However. The Bible says that all of that is not so. The little horns. Attempt at trivializing the reality of God would be overthrown by a real Christ who came to this real Earth. Became real flash. Really. Dawud for our sins. Really resurrected after the third day in really. Ascended to heaven to dwell in a real sanctuary. Working on our behalf. My dear friends. Let us therefore as humans twelve two says look on to Jesus. The Author and Finisher of our faith. Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross. Despising the shame. And he has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Friend he will forgive you. He will cleanse you. He wants to write His word in your heart and mind. What will you do today. That's pretty heavily father. Thank you to Jesus Israel. Thank you that your sanctuary is real and. Thank you that you want to have a real relationship with each one of us. 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