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Jesus for President

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • October 15, 2016
    11:00 AM
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Our Father in heaven. We thank you for the Sabbath day we thank you. That we can worship you and I think you that we have a few moments to reflect on your word and of way you would have us to be thinking about during this time of earth history. So give me the words to speak now that will be helpful and guides to close your understanding of what you are doing for us right now. I pray in Jesus' name. Well in case you haven't heard there's an election coming up. And according to my calendar I think we're twenty four days away now. So it's getting close November eighth two thousand and sixteen Americans will go to the polls throughout this country and vote for the president of the United States. Interestingly an article came out this week in The Washington Post's entitled. People are so stressed by the selection that the American Psychological Association has coping to. And in August. This is the American Psychological Association included a question in its annual stress in America survey about the selection it released the results of that particular query on Thursday and it found that more than half of U.S. adults. Regardless of Purdy felt very or somewhat stressed by the election more than half of U.S. adults regardless of party felt very or somewhat stressed by the election and a sudden not surprisingly adults who use social media were more likely than those who don't to say the election was stressing them now. And the article goes on to say a number of other things but. When you look at where we are as a country and by the way let me make it very clear today and you can see from the title the title of the message is Jesus for president. I am not here today to tell you who to vote for president. OK. So if you were thinking I might say something along those lines. You're going to be disappointed. I am not here today to tell you who to vote for president I will say this though if out of all the three hundred plus million Americans it comes down to these two individuals this tells us where we are as a country but just before Jesus comes about. So I'm not taking sides. I just say that if this is the best we can do what does that say about us as a nation. Please don't tell me that Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton are going to save our country or make it better. We need to be looking for a better leader and a better cause the fight for. And I want you to go back to our scripture reading for today John Chapter eighteen verse thirty six. John Chapter eighteen. Verse thirty six and this is Jesus speaking when he is on trial. John Chapter eighteen verse thirty six. Jesus answered My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world then would my servants fi that I should not be delivered to the Jews but now is my kingdom not from hence or not from here. Jesus. Who is the creator of this world lived in this world and while he was present in this world. He is the king of the universe and yet he said My kingdom is not of this world. If it were my servants. Yes Would five want to read you a statement from desire of ages page five zero nine today in the religious world there are multitudes who as they believe are working for the establishment of the kingdom of Christ as an earthly and central dominion. They desire to make our Lord the ruler of the kingdoms of this world. The ruler in its courts and camps its legislative halls its palaces and marketplaces. They expect him to rule through legal in the moments enforced by human authority. Since Christ is not now here in person they themselves will undertake to act in his stead execute the laws of his kingdom the establishment now listen to this you think you're doing a good work for God See I'm doing God's will. Through the legislative body but notice what. We read here the establishment of such a kingdom is what the Jews desired in the days of Christ they would have received Jesus had he been willing to establish that central dominion to enforce what they were regarded as the laws of God. And to make them the expires others of his will and the agents of his authority Now here's one of the things that makes America the special nation that has that it has always and then until recently we see a muddying of the waters but America has been a great nation because of the separation of church and state and as we see the the waters of the separation of church and state being muddied we start to see attitudes of the people of our country mirroring the attitudes of the Jews of all the one what goes on. Then to say but Jesus said My kingdom is not of this world and she says he would not accept the Earthly throne now the next paragraph in desire of Ages is very interesting to me. The government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive. Now certainly we could make a litany of lists of things in our government today that are corrupt and oppressive. Not just one thing we could list who knows how many things off the top of her head she says the government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive on every hand were crying abuses extortion intolerance and grinding cruelty. Yet the savior at some level reforms. You know Jesus have better things to focus on than trying to play politics with the Jewish nation or with the Romans. He attacks no national abuses nor condemned the national enemies he did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power he who was our example kept aloof from our earthly government so if Jesus is our example and he kept aloof from earthly governments then what are we doing thinking that a particular candidate is going to save our country. Not because he was indifferent to the woes of men big but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures to be efficient the cure most to reach men and a vigil the end must regenerate the heart not by the decisions of courts or councils or legislative assemblies not by the patronage of worldly great men is the kingdom of Christ established but by the implanting of Christ in nature and humanity through the work of the Holy Spirit that is how Christ establishes His Kingdom. It's by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts so that we become representatives of the kingdom that God is trying to set up now let me also be clear we see in Daniel Chapter two twenty one that God sets up. Things and takes them down. Now the context of that verse is clearly delineating the kingdoms of the world that would come from Babylon to the end of the world but certainly God has his hand over every nation and over every kingdom and over to happens to be the ruler whether it's a president or a prime minister or a king or a queen whatever it may be God allows for that particular individual to be put into that position and he will take them away according to His will and we have to trust in God So it's kings up and takes them down but the question for us today is what kingdom are we striving to be farther. Are we looking to see America continue the way it has banned to be a prosperous a nation. So that we can live the good life here and now and enjoy the fruits of being on the most prosperous nation on or Earth or are we seeking a better Kingdom and a better country with a better leader where God will take sin. Away from the universe. And he reached Chapter eleven. We read a passage about the heroes of face. And we pick it up in verse thirteen. These all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off. And were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth friends if we are truly on our way to heaven. We will truly be strangers and pilgrims Now that doesn't mean will be strange but will be strangers and pilgrims on the earth. So if you happen to be someone who feels like you don't really identify with anybody who is running for. Other than that's a good sign. We are strangers and pilgrims on the earth was fourteen for they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country and surely if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out they might have had opportunity to ever return but now they desire a better country that is and heavenly wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God for he hath prepared for them a city. What country do you desire. What country are you seeking an after you know it's easy to spite the fact that we know that we are seeking a heavenly country to get caught up in that Sampras of the current world that we live in. And why as a couple of other statements that she makes or that we're going to look at now this is a review and Herald June twenty one eight hundred ninety eight we read Christianity. How many there are should you not know what it is it is not something put on the outside it is a life in wrong with the wife of Jesus. It means that we are wearing the robe of Christ's righteousness in regard to the world Christians will say we will not dabble in politics. They will say decidedly we are pilgrims and strangers Our citizenship is above. They will not be seen choosing company for amusement. They will say we have ceased to be infatuated by childish things and I'm sorry if you watch the campaign. It's pretty childish. We are strangers and pilgrims looking for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is gone in the next paragraph the Lord has been greatly dishonored by his people catching up the issues that arise in this time of. On trial his people are to keep free from politics. They are to stand as a separate and peculiar people the name of God are really were is the be in their foreheads showing to all that he is their sovereign is the name of God seen in your life to be your ruler. Can it be said of us that God is our sovereign a leader the Gospel workers page three ninety one there are among those professing to believe present truth. Some who will be stirred up to express their sentiments and political preferences. So that division will be brought into the church service they friends were seeking The Heavenly King and right. Do we really want to be divided about politics. The Lord would have his people bury political questions. On these themes. Silence is eloquence Christ calls upon his followers to come into unity on the pure Gospel Principles which are plainly revealed in the Word of God and then here is the famous statement. We cannot with safety vote for political parties for we do not know whom we are voting for Henri that again we cannot with safety vote for political parties for we do not know whom we are voting for we cannot with safety take part in any political scheme now the context then goes on to say especially with respect to those who may be promoting Sunday worship and then she goes on to say the people of God are not to vote to place such men in office those who would exalt the Sunday as Sabbath for when they do this they are partakers with them. Of the sins which they commit while in office and then the next page those who are Christians indeed will be branches of the true vine and will bear the same fruit as. The vine they will act in harmony in Christian fellowship they will not wear political badges. But the badge of Christ. What are we to do than let political questions alone and then she quotes second Corinthians six B. Jani equally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship Peth righteousness with unrighteousness Now let me say this and I've seen this throughout my life and I've been one that you know watches the news and follows what's happening in the political world but when we as God's people start to make excuses for our candidate of preference preference when they are doing things that are clearly wrong clearly immoral whatever the case may be you can know that you're starting to have fellowship with darkness. We as God's people. Have a better cause to fight for. And then. The last quote that I'm going to read about politics at this moment is gospel workers page three ninety three those teachers in the church or in the school who distinguish themselves themselves who distinguish themselves by their is zeal and politics should be relieved of their work and responsibilities without delay for the Lord will not cooperate with them. That's a strong statement. If you're distinguished in the church for years eleven politics you're doing the wrong thing. The tide should not be used to pay any one for speechifying on political questions every teacher a minister or leader in our ranks who is stirred with a desire to ventilate his opinions on political questions should be converted by a belief in the truth or give up his work his influence must still as a laborer with a gun and winning souls to Christ or his credentials must be taken from him if he does not change. He will do you harm and only harm. Now having said that. Some of us we have a prophetic understanding of what is coming upon this world. He went on. We have an understanding from the books of Daniel and Revelation that eventually the kingdoms of this world will be struck by a stone as Daniel two describes where that stone becomes a great mountain that fills up the earth and God sets of His Kingdom which shall never be destroyed. So we should ask ourselves the question which kingdom. Are we more interested in is that the kingdom that we are living in right now that we are so wrapped up him or is it the kingdom that God is the designing to set up that will never be destroyed in. There are some things that are going to happen in this world before Jesus comes back and when we study the Book of Revelation and we get to Chapter thirteen we see the TO BE We see the first Beast of Revelation which comes up out of the sea having seven heads and two horns and it's a composite beast of a lion bear on the upper end and it has a mouth speaking great things. The mouth is the mouth of the Y and on the Y. and represents Babylon and if the mouth is speaking it's coming from the mind of the lion in the mind of the why is the mind of Babylon. And so this law in with a mouth speaking great things. The first Beast of Revelation thirteen represents the beast of Babylon who Revelation thirteen says the Dragon or Satan gave us power see in authority today and then we see the second beasts the lamb like bees. So you have one beast that speaks like a lion who the dragon gave us power to so we see see represented through. Beast and then we have a second beast that's a lamb like Beast. So it's like Christ than actually and it has to horns and we understand that those two horns represent Republicanism in Protestantism or religious and civil liberty and yet we understand that that second beast will speak like a dragon and a nation a beast represents a nation and nation speaks through the laws in which it and that it's and there are there is a time coming. When this nation that we love so greatly and I believe that this could happen much sooner than some of us even realize will speak like a dragon through the laws in which in an X. that is the future of this nation that we are part of. As it comes together with the first piece the Babylon of Revelation the Roman Church the that is what we have to look forward to. We have so that here's what I see there are two major crises that are coming before Jesus comes back there will be a crisis in the world and there will also be a crisis in the church so let's talk about this crisis in the world testimonies Volume nine page eleven we are living in the time of the in the facile feeling signs of the times the clear that the coming of Christ is near at hand the days in which we live are solemn and important the Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God the calamities by land and sea the unsettled state of society the alarms of war a portentious they forecast approaching of and so the greatest magnitude. They agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating they are strengthening for the last great crisis great changes are soon to take place in our world and the final movements will be rapid ones. Now let me tell you my conviction and I'm not making a prediction this is just an impression or a conviction that I have my conviction is that no matter who is elected president. They will be part of the agencies of evil that are combining their forces and consolidating so that these agencies will be strengthened for the last great pre-crisis no matter who is elected. We have reached a place in the history of America where we have stooped so low in our more rally. That no matter should becomes a lot of good at this point. We will see things happen that will allow the forces of evil to consolidate for the last great crisis and then there will be a swing back to the far right to say it's time to get back to God the judgments of God have been poured upon this nation because we have gone gone so far away from him and so no matter who becomes a like that president I believe that the morality of either one of them will probably lead us perhaps a VERY SOON to such an occurrence. But not only is there a crisis in the world before Jesus comes back there is also going to be a crisis in the Church of God God's body the body of Christ before Jesus comes back there is going to be a shaking. And so left of messages Volume one page two of five Ellen White reports of a dream that she had shortly before us and other testimonies regarding the efforts of the enemy to undermine the foundation of our faith through the dissemination of seductive theories and she speaking of the ELF of heresies with John Harvey kill it. For those of you who know the history where he brought pantheism or spiritualism into the administering attempted to it was ultimately not successful at that time. She goes on to say I had read an incident about a ship in. Fog needing an iceberg. For several nights I slept but little I seem to be bowed down as a carbonates sheaves one night a scene was clearly presented before me a vessel's upon the waters and a heavy fog. Suddenly the lookout cried iceberg Just ahead there towering high above the ship was a gigantic iceberg and authoritative voice cried out need it. There was not a moment's hesitation. It was time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg you know that's not the natural human inclination you would try to avoid conflict if you can but sometimes you just have to meet it head on. With a crash she struck the ice there was a fearful shock and the iceberg broke into many pieces falling with a noise like thunder to the deck the passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collision but no lives were lost the vessel was injured but not beyond repair. She remanded from the contact trembling from sed stem to stern like a living creature. Then she moved forward on her way. Well I knew the meaning of this representation. I had my orders I had heard the words like a voice from our captain meet it. I knew what my duty was and that there was not a moment to lose the time for decided action had come. I must without delay obey the command meet it. Now friends. We are living at the time of history just before Jesus comes back where we as a church are going to be faced with a crisis where theories will come into the church that will try to overrun and undermine the foundation pillars of seventh day adding to them and the way to meet that crisis is not to try to go around it in the say let's just make everyone happy and keep everyone on the ship friends there is going to be a shaking. And we need to stand tall and shrewd for the Word of God and for the Spirit of Prophecy. And for all the things that God has given to us as a church. Because this is the ship that will go through. Now some people have a tendency to jump off the ship because they see the iceberg coming and they start to shake before the shaking even comes and they jump into the icy waters and there is no hope at that point stay on the ship of adding to them friends in closing I want to take you to a parable. That Jesus told in Luke Chapter nineteen starting in verse twelve. Luke Chapter nineteen starting and verse twelve he so therefore a certain noble man. Went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and the rich are now if you study this parable you will understand that the noble man here is Jesus who goes to heaven after His ascension and he goes into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom now specifically this portion of the parable is fulfilled when Jesus goes from the most holy place to the most holy for this. Let me say this again when he goes from the Holy Place to the most holy place at the beginning of the investigative judgment is that the beginning of the investigative judgment that Christ goes to receive the kingdom and he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds and certain to them Occupy till I come now a Seventh Day Adventists we've often interpreted this to say well we need to occupy it all Jesus comes in the way we occupy is by becoming so busy with the things of this world that we forget that Jesus is gone to heaven to receive the kingdom so that he can come back to give us that kingdom and so we're so focused on the. All attacks of the present time that we forget the Occupy till I come does not mean be so consumed with politics that you're not doing the three angles messages are giving the three angles messages living the three angles messages sharing the three angles messages announcing to the world that the hour of Christ judgment is come. He has a condo receive the kingdom. He is the true leader he is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS occupied till I come doing the work of the three angles most of his but his citizens hated him and sent a message after him saying we will not have this man to reign over us and it was as his citizens hated him it wasn't just the world. You know on why applies this verse to how the Pharaoh sees treated Christ but she also says that this was how Christ was treated in the person of his messengers when the Lord sent a message to this church in eight hundred eighty eight. We will not have this man to reign over us. We're happy to have Jesus as the savior of our lives. We're thankful that he died on the cross for us but please don't tell me that Jesus is the Lord of my life to tell me how to live my life. We will not have this man reign over us we might be living on the judgment our of Earth's history but we don't want him to be the Lord of our lives we want to live our lives the way we want to live. Jesus as Occupy till I come and occupy to lie comings you are living a fine faithful life in the judgement hour of this earth's history but sometimes we have a tendency to want the Jesus that suits our idea of who Jesus is rather than who the Jesus of scripture is and so will worship a Jesus that fits our tastes than our liking and as one of my friends told me one time we've become bird. Burger King Christians all have it my way rather than having guns away and it came to pass that when he was returned having received the kingdom. Then he commanded these servants to be called on to him to him he had given them money that he might know how much every man had gained by train trading. Now this is the investigation. He the noble man who is Christ investigates Now what have you done while you have occupied till I came. This is the investigation and you see there are some who were faithful and there were some who were not faithful I'm not going to read all the verses. But Jesus is the noble man who has gone to receive the kingdom and when we go back to the prophetic books go to Daniel serve and as we wrap this up. Jesus has gone to receive the kingdom but he is coming. Matt and when we get to Daniel Chapter seven verse twenty six. It says but the judgment shall see and they shall take away his dominion of the Dominion that is being taken away as that of the Little Horn. Which is the same as the first beast the Revelation thirteen. But the judgment shall she shall sit and they shall take away his dominion to consume and to destroy it and to the end and the kingdom and to men and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole haven't shall be given to the people of the saints of the most high whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and all dominions shall serve and obey him. That is a wonderful promise that at the end of the judgment. Those who have been faithful to God we will be given the kingdom of the most time. So let me tell you something. I understand that the. Maybe for references for who wins the election and there might be two different preferences and they're in there probably is you know what some of you might be disappointed with the outcome of the election on November eighth. But you know what if you're looking for a better Kingdom. Then the outcome of November eighth really doesn't matter because whoever becomes the next president of the United States. Based on our understanding of prophecy will just be one more person in a train of leaders that is going to lead this nation to a place of ruin where an image will be formed of the first beast a Revelation thirteen and so we should not be putting our trust or our hopes or our confidence in earthly leaders we should be occupying till Christ comes by investing our life in the cause of the three Angels' messages because a day is coming as Revelation eleven fifteen says and the seventh angel sounded and there were great voices saying the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ and He shall reign for ever and ever is Christ reigning in your life right now are you occupying till he comes. Or are you saying in your life I will not have this man ran over me right now and to focus on the good live on. Proud to be an American and I am proud to be an American too on Proud to be an American I'm enjoying what I have I'm enjoying the good life. The prosperity the things of this world and I don't need the promises and the commands and whatever it is of Scripture were Jesus says he's not only savior but he's lord of my life I don't need that in my life right now I'm going to live the way I want to live and when I finally get ready to want to be ready for Jesus to come then all of this man Reign Over Me but not right now. I hope that's not your experience. I hope and pray. That you are letting Jesus be your president. No I'm not saying President of the United States but that Jesus is your Lord and that he reigns over you that he is the leader that you follow that you're not the you that your life is not dedicated to following the cause of a certain political party or a certain political cause or a certain political issue. Whatever it may be that your life is dedicated to following Jesus as the Lord of your life and he is reigning over you and that when he comes back and when he investigates in the judgment. What your life has been Mike he will say Well done good and faithful servant and. That is the calling that Christ has given to each one of us some by His grace. Some of us we don't have to be worried about what happens on November eighth watch with interest to see where the country is headed but we will know that God is in control that he sets things up and takes them down and that we are following a better leader but we are headed to a better country and our prayer is that Jesus will come very soon. This media was brought to you by audio from a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about you would like to listen to more sermon Visit W W W or.

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