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Will the Great Controversy End Soon?

Dennis Priebe


  • April 30, 2005
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after listening to the musical presentation can you tell the difference between the music of heaven and the music of earth I ask only one question is it absolutely necessary to use the music averse to women soften the hearts of our young people this morning we're going to take a lightning trip through the most dramatic verses in the Bible and guess where were going to find those verses in the book of Revelation of course please turn to Revelation chapter twelve with me we will begin reading with verse seven and there was war in heaven Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels and the doubt and the dragon fought and his angels and prevailed not neither was their place found any more in heaven and the great dragon was cast out that old serpent called the Devil and Satan which deceived that the whole world he was cast out into the Europe and his angels were cast out with him can you believe that text war in heaven the last place in the universe you would ever expect expect to read a verse like that but there was there was war things were not as they should be now look at verse three of the same chapter and there appeared another wonder in heaven and behold a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads and his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered for to devour her child is as soon as was born and she brought forth a man child was to rule all nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up to God and to his throne not only was there war but a third of heaven 's inhabitants followed the rebel and then the war came down to this Earth and the war was fought over the person of the one who came into this earth from God 's throne and the attempt was made to destroy him and it failed and he was caught back up to heaven now look at verse six and the woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared of God that they should theater there are thousand two hundred and three score days you begin to see the suite of this chapter of Revelation we are now into the Middle Ages in which God 's people are fleeing for their lives and there was an attempt and attempt to destroy them but there was a place prepared by God for the faithful one now down verse thirteen and when the dragon saw that he was cast under the earth he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child and to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness into her place where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the face of the serpent and the serpent cast out of his mouth his mouth water as a flood after the woman that he might cause her to be carried away of the fly this is an all-out attempt he had failed with Jesus Christ and he now intends to destroy this earth this church completely from the face of the earth but the wilderness nourished the woman at the desolate places they nourished God 's church during this time and that we come down to verse sixteen and the earth helped the woman and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth God preserved his sure when it looked like the church was going under now we come to our time and the dragon was wrong with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ how does he wage war thirteenth chapter of the same book verse eleven and I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth and he had two horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon any exercise of all the power of the first beast before him and cause of the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed and he do with great wonders so that he maketh fire come down from heaven and the earth on in the sight of men and to seem it them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the side of the beast saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast which had the wound by a sort of did live and he had power to give life unto the image of the beast and the image that the image of the beast should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed again the last battle an all-out attempt to destroy from the face of this earth those who are faithful to God and then we come to chapter fourteen and we look over in verse fifteen and another angel came out of the temple crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud thrust in by sickle and read for the time is come for the Sharif for the harvest of the earth is right and he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth and the earth was re- aired we have the solution the end of the story that began way back with the war in heaven came down to this Earth and God finishing up the whole process go back to chapter twelve with you look with me at first ten and I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now is come salvation and strengthened the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ for the accuser of our brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto the day that's the song of victory that's the praise that will come from God 's people and it will only come from those described in chapter fourteen and verse twelve here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus there you have a lightning trip through the great controversy all compacted into three chapters in one book of the Bible the most dramatic story that has ever been told or will ever be told for all eternity all of a few short verses now let's examine that battle more carefully let's go back to the beginning of the great controversy from the beginning of the whole flight Satan said that God 's law was unfair he challenged God 's law as being the enemy of PC said the creator demands self-sacrifice the creator demands self-denial but he himself practices no self-denial he makes no sacrifice of himself his law is unfair since Satan claimed was because of God 's law God gave a law that was impractical unrealistic and unfair to created beings God 's wrist possible for sin now how could John demonstrated that his law was right was a law of love was a law that was good once the great controversy broke out in heaven the stability of the divine government depended on someone coming into the picture who would demonstrate that the law is truly a beautiful thing is truly something to be love turn with me now to the beginning of the battle on this earth in Genesis chapter three when Satan is cast out of heaven immediately he begins his attack on the new created beings Genesis chapter three beginning with verse four and the serpent said unto the woman ye shall not surely die for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil God is a liar twenty saying God 's warning was meaningless Eva would suffer no harm from disobeying God she need not obey God and notice also in Satan 's argument that on alloy goodness is not really desirable what is desirable is a mixture of good and evil a balance of good and evil have we heard that in modern times so the war went on turn with me to the book of Job a few places just a few places in Scripture the veil is drawn back and we begin to see the great controversy beyond the sphere of our earth 's existence and in the book of Job we have one of the most I was about in the entire Bible in the very first chapter beginning with verse six now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan came also among them and the Lord said unto Satan whence spell then Satan answered the Lord instead from going to and fro upon the indie eras and from walking up and down in it and the Lord said to Satan hast thou considered my servant Job that there is none like him in the earth of perfect and upright man one that fear of God in this you with evil then Satan answered the Lord and said it does Job fear God for naught hast not thou made an hedge about him and about his house at about all that he hath on every side God has blessed the work of his hands in his substances increase in the lab but put forth thine hand now and touch all that he hath and he will curse the divine face as that argument been repeated down through history God the only reason they serve you is to get some benefits they want to have a nice life on this earth and then they want to have eternal life they would not serve you if you weren't handing out rewards that's the basic argument that he is continued all down through history and here we have a perfect example of it are we aware home nearly Satan came to winning this great controversy how many people survived the destruction of the earth during the fly and then when God brought his people into the promised land how many of them came back from captivity only a few thank goodness but we don't have to depend solely on the faithfulness of God known those whom God has chosen to represent him we have promises promises based on God 's word not on man's activities and the best one we have is Genesis three fifteen Genesis three fifteen when the human race seemed on the verge of destruction God stepped into the picture with this verse Genesis chapter three verse fifteen and our God will put enmity between the and the woman and between thy seed and her seed it is her seed shall bruise thy head Satan and Powell Satan shalt bruise his heel there will be a war but the war will not end in defeat for God that's a promise and that is the promise of the entire Bible the controversy begun in heaven would continue on earth it would be fought over every individual ceaselessly Satan 's angels would seek through deception to introduce dissension into every family into every workplace into every community and into every nation they would persuade people to disregard both Godspell flaws and his moral laws and saying that they were not fair they were not right and then we come to Philippians chapter two Philippians chapter two describing the single greatest event that has ever happened in human history verse six who who is in Christ Jesus being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men and being found in fashion as a man he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the crops you know some people worry a lot about their reputation there is something more important than reputation my friends it is character and Jesus made himself of no reputation what was Jesus Christ doing during this period of over thirty three thirty years he was unfolding the law of he was telling the universe what God was really like he was saying God 's law is not a law of selfishness look at me I am that law Jesus came to show what it was really all about them there is that in very very fascinating statement from our modern inspired pendant says the law of Jehovah is the tree the gospel is the fragrant blossoms and fruit which it bears does not turn it right upside down we usually think of the gospel as they tree producing old media and to God 's law here it's just reverse that the law is the trade the law is God the law is his character the law is his government the law is the way God is and the way God is produces love and grace and mercy the gospel is out of the law that the gospel flow and if you take away the law there is no God well there is only favoritism and unfair practices that references selected messages volume one page two twelve what is Calvary tell us about the great controversy first it says God 's law is good it will last for all eternity if we love Calvary we have to love the law of God because Calvary is the ultimate expression of the law of God Calvary shows what a beautiful thing God 's law is and then Calvary also shows us that Satan not God is responsible first sin desire of ages page fifty seven at the cross of Calvary love and selfishness stood face-to-face never before in human history have they stood completely face-to-face stripped of all outside accouterments face-to-face love and selfishness Satan made it evident that the real purpose of his rebellion was to be thrown God and to destroy him through whom the love of God was shown his argument it always been look all offered to all you angels and the universal better way God 's law is unfair I got a better idea and for the first time it was clear that he was out to dethrone God and kill the son of God that was the first time it was clearly seen I found the most remarkable statement in signs of the Times December thirty eighteen eighty nine the death of Christ upon the cross made sure the destruction of him who has the power of death who was the originator of sin there will be no danger of another rebellion in the universe of God that were familiar with we understand that that made sure that Satan was a defeated foe but now listen it is through the efficacy of cross the jewels of heaven are guarded from apostasy without the cross they would be no more secure against evil then where the Angels before the fall of Satan the plan of salvation making manifested justice and love of God provides an eternal safeguard against defection in unfallen worlds as well as among those who shall be redeemed by the blood of the life the cross was for the universe we're just getting a little benefit from we just have a little outflow of what it was really designed to accomplish it was designed to keep the universe safe from rebellion for all eternity and so she says old we do not comprehend the value of the atonement if we did we would talk more about it why should man not study the theme of redemption it is the greatest subject that can engage the human mind it's a lot easier sometimes to focus on things even prophecy future events what is going to happen how many days between this and that what the symbols mean the atonement that's the theme of the great controversy it is God 's way to turn things around to meet the answer the challenge that Satan is laid against it it is only in the light of Calvary that we can see what sin is you see someone else has joined Satan 's rebellion the whole world stands charged with the murder of the son of God testimonies to ministers to sixty four novel soul knows what God is this really sees himself in the light reflected from the cross of Calvary and deep tests himself in the bitterness of his soul as long as we look at ourselves and think we're better than those people over there we're doing fairly well we do not know about the cross of Calvary because when we take a good look at the cross of Calvary we will detest ourselves why because we were there we were there the lightning flashed the funders crashed the bowls of wrath he bore for me then in the dark some fiend I see he nailed godson upon the tree that angry face was full of hate just Google could be could be so vile he spat upon that lovely face who couldn't be who couldn't be the darkness breaks that fiend I see all it was the yes it was me I drove the nails at Calvary the truth at last at last I see do we have a true concept of what sinners do we really every time we depart from right when we know the difference between right and wrong do we see it all its hateful malignant character testimonies volume nine page two sixty seven those who have permitted their minds to become be clouded in regard to what constitutes sin are fearfully deceived have we let our minds get clouded all well dawdle forgive me it all just do it this once I know will forgive me tomorrow all right forgiveness is always available to just wipe it away and forget it are we be clouded in regard to what constitutes sin when we sin the great thing is not so much the act that is committed or the word that is said is the entity that exists in the heart I don't like your logon it's unfair I agree with Satan and Satan attempted to kill the son of God every time we depart from right do we realize that in our hearts there exists murder against the murder against the son of God when a man repents he vindicates God what is he saying it is not your fault not it is Satan 's fall and it is my fault that's what happens when we repent a man who fails to repent of his sin a man who blames his circumstances a man who seeks an excuse for sin says virtually not as a fault if he hadn't done it this way I wouldn't have it is God 's fault for my sick Calvary proves in the life of Jesus proves that no circumstance in which any human being can be placed is ever an excuse for seven there is no excuse person but now now we got a question if God is going to exterminate the devil and all evil eventually why didn't he do so right at the death of Christ why did they do so long before we got into the picture why does a good God permit evil there's a text in the book of Joshua that may help us Joshua chapter twenty four verse fifty at the very end of Joshua 's life he challenges the people that will go on after him with this verse Joshua chapter twenty four verse fifty and if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord choose you this day whom ye will serve whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood for the gossipy Amorites in whose land you dwell but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord God who desires are loved too much to destroy it by demanding it freedom to make choices on the basis of evidence underlies the entire great controversy God knew it was best for the universe to become wise about Satan and sin and himself and his law through the examination of evidence looking at the evidence but still the question is if Christ life and Christ death convinced the Angels of God 's goodness and of Satan 's wickedness could not God have destroyed Satan right after the cross why not give the main questions about God 's law and his character were answered by Christ's life and his death why did the great controversy need to go on why didn't God destroy the devil of evil as soon as Jesus died on the cross the principal reason seems to be the Dole stubbornness of our human minds millions billions of us humans still believe Satan 's arguments in the great controversy many of us are still even on Satan 's side of the great controversy by our life acts we are still vindicating Satan in the way we live to see Satan challenges God he says all right Jesus defeated me Jesus lived the logon but where is anyone else that can do that there sends out you have some level bade you but they sent occasionally and you forgive them you cover them with the garments of your righteousness and every now and then they commit sin again and they fall again where is any people in a human beings that can keep the law of God like Jesus Ben all he says you got your up there in the sanctuary you're just covering up the sins of God 's people you'd base and then you just pass them off and you say it doesn't matter I have not Satan says I have not been defeated yet you haven't proved anything yet God virtually says to Satan I will produce those people through my grace in the most degenerate age of Earth 's history I will separate them completely from all sin they will reflect the image of Jesus Foley I will step out of the sanctuary and they will live in the sight of a holy God without a mediator such of people will be produced that will be the wonder of the entire universe through them Satan will be forever defeated at every question that could ever have been raised against the law of God whether humanity can keep that law will be forever answered in that special people that Scripture calls the one hundred forty four thousand and now I want to take you to thought that you may never have thought of before let's go back to the day of atonement it's in the book of Leviticus Leviticus chapter sixteen after the services of the day are complete him through the sacrifices as may have been offered after the high priest is gone into the most holy place and come out cleansing that sanctuary we have one more little bit to add to the story chapter sixteen of Leviticus verse thirty four on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you to cleanse you that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord that's what the day was all about to cleanse the camp from all sin now look at the last detail in the story it's in verse twenty and when he has made an end of reconciling the holy place and the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar is all done it's all clean he shall bring the live goat and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel and all their transgressions and all their sins putting them upon the head of the goat and shall send them away by the hand of a fit man to the wilderness of hitman someone who was able someone was prepared at the lead that's scapegoat out into the wilderness that was the last part of the whole day after the atoning process had been completed and before Satan can be cast out of the sir he must be completely cast out on the lives of God 's people all that hidden iniquity has to be revealed the cleansing of the sanctuary is not just the work of cleansing the sanctuary up in heaven that's easy enough God can take care of that but it means the final making away of sin in the lives of God 's people taking away the dominion of the man of sin for all eternity in people have for the very first time who had lived upon this earth for the first time in six thousand years went at all their sins blotted out what been sealed for eternity and God can say in the face of the whole universe here is a people that it didn't completely separated from sanity will also say they will never go back into same again and by virtue of the fact that these people will never go back into San after the final work of the most holy place by the mere fact that once they've been separated from sin they will never touch the stuff again Satan is ultimately proved to be responsible not God but on the other hand if Satan could lead them into a departure from right in the least particular he has won his points is either had to be a fit man back in Old Testament story who could lead and would lead the scapegoat in the wilderness there had to be someone who can take them away I was able and fit enough and strong enough to do it while the scapegoat was being led away into the wilderness he made a desperate effort to escape and during the plagues all the energy of Satan is going to be expended against the Saints the hundred forty four thousand the remarkable sentence in the Spalding and again collection page two while the plagues are falling the scapegoat is being led away he makes a mighty struggle to escape but he is held fast by the hand that leads him if he should effect his escape Israel would lose their lives I saw that it would take time to lead away the scapegoat into the land of forgetfulness after the sessions were put upon his head when Jesus steps out of the sanctuary he virtually says due to Satan here are my people say they are yours now to do with as you wish only you cannot take their lives Satan has full charge of the legions of darkness and all the wicked join him at a whole vanguard comes against God 's people to overthrow them but he is held fast if Satan could lead one just one of the hundred forty four thousand into sin if he could leave them one of them to depart from God 's law in the least particular to transgress the law he would try him that man will be able through the strength of Jesus to do it because they will not fall they will stay it is in the hundred forty four thousand that Jesus Christ wins the great controversy it is a desperate struggle between Jesus and Satan on earth it was a struggle between Jesus and Satan personally and during the last event of the plagues it is a struggle between Jesus and Satan again but now in the person of those who are living the life that Jesus lived the very fact that Satan will not be able to lead them into sin the transgressed God 's law in that very fact Satan is defeated his cause was lost and he is held fast busy God has to give to the Angels some assurance salvation is really successful it works what assurance of the Angels have that all the redeemed will die down through history will not go back into sin again some have been converted on their death beds what assurance of the Angels have that they will not go back into sin again a slip and fall sometime once God blots out the sins of his last people ballooning Saints he gives them over to let Satan do whatever he wishes to them tempting them testing them to the uttermost he puts them through Satan puts them through every trial that he could ever devise in the most discouraging the most terrible circumstances and they prove they prove that the plan of salvation is a success that it works that it saves to the uttermost but if the scapegoat should escape Israel would lose their lives not just the hundred forty four thousand all Israel all the chosen ones of God down through the centuries God is waiting for a people at the very end of time upon whom he is going to stake his throne Don is going to risk all upon the one hundred forty four thousand if the scapegoat should escape all Israel would be lost the plan of salvation would be proven to be a failure you see there's only one thing that God people fear during the time of Jacob 's trouble they realize that everything does depend on the last generation they realized that they could disgrace God 's throne that is why this company is going to taste more fully than any other humans who have ever lived the experience that Jesus lived through during his life honor there is one more text we need to read the book of Hebrews it's in the famous faith chapter chapter eleven after all these great heroes of faith are described with their tremendous obedience and living out God 's will there is one verse at the end which sometimes we forget Hebrews Chapter 11 verse forty God having provided some better thing for us that they without us they the heroes of faith without us the last ones on the face of this earth they without us should not be made perfect there could be no resurrection of the righteous without the victory of the hundred forty four thousand they without us will not be made perfect they Abraham and Moses and Nola and Elisha Elisha all the heroes of faith are waiting upon God 's last day church someone who can vindicate God 's character someone who will be the site of someone who can lead the scapegoat away they are waiting when God raised double movement a hundred fifty years ago it was not his purpose to raise up just another church along with many other churches the special work of a hundred forty four thousand is to call people out for the seal of the living God not until that is done can the work be finished that work friends is to finish with sin that work is to finish with sin he is waiting for a people through whom he can do this special work sometimes we lose sight of the purpose of the third Angels message God has not raised up a movement just to prepare another generation to go into the gray before you live in the way we are going on Satan could never be led away and the work could never be finished if we continue going on in our business as usual in the Seventh-day Adventist church the devil comes along and tells us all you and Dennis you're doing a marvelous work of wonderful work in the world look at all the people you're helping why you are raising up schools and hospitals and institutions and churches your growing into the millions almost fourteen million of you now just a few years ago there only three or four million US minutes are doing the best work you could possibly be doing St. Vincent 's just carry on with the way you are doing it anything you see anything to blind us to the work that is being left undone in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary that he might blot out all sins and sealed his people with the seal of the living God when at such a victory is waiting for God 's people in the most holy place and that's why God called the movement into existence one hundred fifty years ago since then through a great disappointment raise up a prophet to lead the way sent messengers a hundred years ago to call God 's people to prepare for the final events waited again because that generation was not ready and has now come again to this church in this generation all for one purpose to prepare people to receive the seal of the living God that's all there is best when Adventism is all about there is no other reason for our existence saving souls praise the Lord we can save souls along the way to that goal and that will also produce a risk they a hard response to be ready for God 's seal but that is not the primary reason for our existence in the Seventh-day Adventist church Jesus says very simply behold I have set before you and open door the doors open the latter rain is on the other side of that door waiting to fall upon God 's people waiting our demand and reception Jesus is waiting to finish with San is waiting to finish with sin and God 's people will set their faces like a flint to go up to God 's sanctuary the work will be finished and we will go home and so my friends may we today see the purpose for which God called us to be Seventh-day Adventists and see what Jesus is waiting to do that we might through Jesus through his grace strive with all our might to be among that special company which is called a hundred and forty four eyes as far as I can see there's no other reason for my existence I do not exist on this earth for any other reason than that anything else I do is just a side activity I exist to vindicate God 's name and then Satan 's rule on this plan will you deal with me in a prayer of dedication this morning father in heaven we you marched around mountains for many long years and as we are continued marching into the wilderness and here and there conducting business and doing things we have lost sight of the real reason that we began the march to the mountain and we passed through the Red Sea but we came to hear your character expressed in your law Lord we have gotten careless we have gotten busy with the work of the church we have gotten busy doing good things helping others even saving souls and sometimes we have forgotten what it really means to be to see to want with all our hearts to be part of the last generation to be part of a hundred forty four thousand to be done with sin to say to the entire universe God 's way is right and I will do it no matter what happens I will die rather than dishonor my heavenly father Lord help us to have that vision once again help us to see why we were placed on this earth help us to understand why you call the church into existence not to be another great church in a sea of gray churches but to be that shining light that will shine for the rest of eternity that will protect the universe for all time from ever dabbling in rebellion again may this be that generation I pray father touch our hearts softened and break them take all the pride and the selfishness and the pleasures of the world away and help us to stick another good look at the cross of Calvary and detest ourselves in the bitterness of our souls for our carelessness are sending an earlier decision is made we see that there is no remedy except your love your mercy your grace and your law the only way the desert and his universe will ever be a safe place to live and once again I pray for this people and I pray for myself that we truly may be in this our reverse history Seventh-day Adventists by Jesus Christ and his


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