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2. Isn't Jesus Enough?

David Wright
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Why do we need doctrines?  If I just love Jesus that is all I need to do, right?

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • March 4, 2017
    11:30 AM
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I recognize where that is. Grand Canyon how you've been to the Grand Canyon. Almost most of you have you been to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. And I guess that's to say you got back out. That is an adventure I've yet to do a ram to ram. I'm not sure it's at the top of my bucket list as it can get very hot and there's a lot of for those who have been there and especially been of the bottom there's a lot of warning signs that this is not a safe place necessarily fact I went online here's one of them what goes down must go back up sometimes people think oh this is not a problem they get to the bottom and then they pass out on the way back up so warning sign Here's another one. Do not attempt to hike from the canyon rim to the river and back in one day each year hikers suffer serious illness or death from exhaustion. Now those signs really don't mean that do they. Know. I mean as a man. I can do whatever. This actually is a warning sign of this is there at the park could you run the Boston Marathon this was a gal that died at twenty four she had run the Boston just that year she thought she was in good enough shape to run down and back up and she didn't make it and so I imagine it's with her permission that they post this up here saying you know she was in great shape and she didn't pay attention to these signs and thought she could do it course there's others about falling. Ground is not always the most stable so please stay behind railing which simply calls to some there's something good out here come tek it out. Here's one from some time ago it is a three thousand foot or three thousand feet to the. Bottom take no chances. There's a difference between being brave and just plain ordinarily foolish. But the fact remains that every year in all of our parks not just the Grand Canyon people die sometimes it's simply a accident but other tons it's because they're taking pictures or doing some in that they shouldn't and avoiding these signs saying Warning hazard not safe in fact this guy wrote a book over the edge death in Grand Canyon he chronicles seven hundred plus deaths since eight hundred seventy and you know it keeps happening so that's why this is the revised and updated edition apparently. And he talks about some stories I don't have the book but I found some excerpts from it and he talks about various ones the one that hit home to me the most was a father who was up on the edge trying to be funny about falling off the Grand Canyon and. It was back in ninety five I think it was. So my question this morning is What do you do when you see a warning sign and what are those signs put there for. Decoration. Just look nice for reading material. I think not we're continuing this sadly with part two of the series that I'm calling Why am I a seventh they haven't assessed the question we're asking why my Seventh Day Adventist there's a lot of nominations out there why Seventh Day Adventists I'm now way talked about some of the possible reasons last week what we wrestle with primarily last week was does the truce really matter and this idea that truth is relative and your truth can be fine for you and my truth can be fine for me. The second one that we're going to tackle with today is. Isn't loving Jesus enough what makes you so special will be next week. I guess I got that wrong but anyway last week we looked at this few of these for review my ultimate authority is the divine voice in my own soul period and you might remember that and these are books that many are reading and quoting from and so on so forth here's another one the Bible is not considered an accurate absolute authority of or authoritarian source but a book to be experienced remember we talked about experience and one experience can be as valid as any other can experience dialogue feelings and conversations are equated with scripture on equal footing and we talk about the dangers of that you know this idea that my heart is to see fully wicked who can know it. So I truly just follow my heart and my feelings and my senses and if so what is truth. And how is anyone to really know we like to feel these verses below do not believe every spirit but test the spirits where they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world here's another when I say twenty to the lot of the testimony if they do not speak speak according to this word is because there is no light in them that's less just a few of the ones that we looked at. I got this wrong going through the rest of this series here what makes the devil so angry will be another piece will look at and then we're going to finish on what's wrong with being a cultural avenues so that's a little aside of where we're going but today's peace isn't loving Jesus enough because that's kind of the buzz phrase. As long as I love Jesus Jesus is all Jesus is everything Now don't misunderstand Jesus is all and Jesus is everything. The problem I have is this idea that I accept Jesus. Only and that's it don't talk to me about doctrine don't argue about what the Bible has to say don't tell you about any of those things I just want to said Jesus only. Now I don't know about you but that doesn't make a lot of sense to me. That's like somebody asking why did you marry Elizabeth wells because it was a Lizabeth only OK well that's good what does Elizabeth like to eat what her favorite places to go what does she like to do I don't get into that don't ask me those questions. It's just Elizabeth period only period I mean that's it. To me the idea ought to be if I love Elizabeth. And she is my all then I want to know everything about her. I want to know what makes her happy I don't know makes her sad I want to certainly avoid those places I don't know where she likes to go what she wants to do. I don't want to know about this. Elizabeth period or period. Some say this is Seventh Day Adventist Church has too many doctrines. And we mention this last week doctrine is simply the word simply means teaching teaching of who by the way Jesus written in his word his love letter to us and so if I really care about Jesus don't I want to know what he has to say to me. I mean you could ask the question what do you know about the will of God for your life that you wish you didn't. That's what we're basically saying we say I don't want to hear doctrine you know full of. Here Jesus is telling you something. Husband How does that work when your wife tells you something and you plug years ago little or does it work out well for you. For a while you have a brave soul appear on the second row. A few hours the five S's of Adventism Have you ever heard this if not that's OK but we have the second coming is the first one and we're going to go through all five of these but you have a second coming the other savvy of the state of the dead of the sanctuary and spirit prophecy we're going to look at those five S's because if this idea of any denomination is OK as long as they love Jesus and follow Jesus I'll be just fine then that poses the question why bother to be a seventh day I mean if I can be anything and everything else and so that's why I want to ask this question and these five are kind of the key pillars with which averages hangs and so to me God gave us these distinctives and that's not just these things I understand that but these are some of the primary distinctives that set us apart from a lot of other denominations that for me is a big reason big part of why I choose to be honest and it's not simply because I like to be right even though that's part of my name it's. It's because I like to know what the truth is I like to know what Jesus is telling me and I don't like to be fooled is anybody here like to be fooled. If you like to be fooled stick your head in the sand meaning I don't want to hear any of the research on this product or anything else I'm just going to pretend this is the best vacuum and go by no research will tell you if it is or not and the more knowledge that you have that's another catchphrase right why did you get this one. Research is not a bad thing now it's a good thing. Because it keeps you from being duped into buying things that perhaps you shouldn't so I'm going to look at we're going to look at these five we're going to try to to do that all in the time that we. I have and one of those five Ss of Adventism is second coming now I understand this one is probably not as peculiar to Adventists by still think it's an important one for us to look at just briefly looking for the blessing of hope and Glorious Appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ the second coming is that blessid hope. I don't know about you but I need hope. If this is it if there is no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm sunk. If my aches and my pains if my trials and my heart aches if this is it. But it's not is friends. We have a blessid hope of something far better far greater A deliver is coming it's called the Second Coming is going to take us home to be with him for eternity. Another one John fourteen one to let not your heart be troubled you believe in God believe also in Me In My Father's house are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you this is Jesus speaking I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am there you may be also straight from the lips of Jesus he's promising to come and to take us home. That's the blessing hope. The second coming. Gives me hope. That's the first one check it off four more to go. Second one. The sanctuary now probably of the five The sanctuary is the only one that's truly distinctive. Or distinctively Adventist all the other somebody shares were still pry the large. This group this year is old others and even maybe some nuances that they don't understand but the sanctuary Why is that key Well a great controversy for twenty three it says the subject of the sanctuary open to view a complete system of truth. What's a system. Is a system something that has a lot of various moving parts that come together. And so if you will the sanctuary is a bird's eye view a framework of restoring mankind lost mankind. Look at this idea of the Old Testament sanctuary an individual would come a center of places guilt and transfer it to this perfect lamb of unblemished lamb not the gimpy lamb but your most perfect you would then transfer your sense to this land the perfect landless slain in his blood caught in a basin and the lambs body was put on the altar where are we in this old testament sanctuary. In the court you are that's where we are and all of this was to symbolize the ultimate fulfillment of this which was Jesus' death on the cross. But where are we still. In the courtyard John one twenty nine says Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world John the Baptist understood this idea of Jesus as the fulfillment of these lands and had been sacrificed. Yet most churches out there will say it's all then Jesus died on the cross that's it. Now don't misunderstand me that is a huge crucial point without it we are utterly and hopelessly lost. It's kind of like the antidote if I don't have it I'm lost but if I don't apply it. Aka drink it or swallow it or whatever I need to do I'm equally lost. And so on this model that God gave gods idea. Is still not complete he is not only our lamb but he is also our High Priest he was a one in two we have such a high priest who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the majesty in the heavens a minister of the sanctuary this is the heavenly sanctuary of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected and not man huge he this is the heavenly sanctuary and we can spend a lot more time on packing how when God gave this blueprint to Moses it was just that in the uses language that gives hints all along the way that there is a heavenly sanctuary. In fact I didn't take the time but if you go to Revelation we see the sanctuary appear in various chapters all the way through this heavenly sanctuary is God's idea it's God's blueprint to help us understand salvation. Here is as a great controversy the intercession of Christ and man's behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was his death upon the cross. Applying that blood and so I think we have some picture of this here the high priest again symbolic of Jesus takes the blood his own blood and goes into the holy place and he sprinkles that blood on the veil in various places on our behalf and then on the Day of Atonement he go into the most holy place he was seven twenty five therefore he is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through him since he always lives to make intercession for them. Now why do we need intercession. We need someone to intercede on our behalf and overcoming sin in our life. We need somebody to apply that blood in my place. It's. Necessary. And without that piece we're saying Jesus paid it all which he did but if he's not applying it on my behalf if you're not helping me also to overcome sin in my life. And so you have people running around with this idea as long as I accept Jesus and I do on the cross I'm Scott free I can do whatever I want. Is that truly freedom friends. To be caught in the chains of sin. And I've told you before my kids in fact we got in a pile of ants just this last week wasn't Savva there's something we heard Marion screaming I've never seen so many and so my life I mean literally thousands team and they were the big ones. And so I went to Marianne I said Don't worry Marianne they won't kill you. Jesus will make it all better when he comes. His How is he just tells us. This is say Jesus paid it all you'll be fine just keep wallowing in this painful situation no he gives his promises to free us from that he doesn't leave us in the outer court yard of the sanctuary but he intercedes on our behalf to deal with the problem of sin great controversy for a nine to defects in the character Satan works to gain control of the whole mind what's a through. Defects in the character that's your character in my character to gain control of the entire mind and he knows that if these defects are Cherry he will what. Succeed and so we have this lie going on out there the saying just accept Jesus and that's it but if I cherish these defects of character. And if my pastors tell me it's OK you can't overcome sin until Jesus comes. Now it's only by His grace it's only by his power but if he is not powerful enough to deliver me out of. That sin then maybe you were worshipping the wrong god because maybe the devil is more powerful than God is because apparently when it comes to my sin he says I'm sorry there's nothing I can do about it. Devils more powerful not true friends God is more powerful than your sin and my sin and he wants to intercede on our behalf and we can claim the promise is in God's Word which is living and powerful and active to overcome the wiles of the devil. Therefore he's constantly seeking to see the followers of Christ with his fatal softness tree that it is impossible for them to overcome. If I can just get them to to submit to they I know you can't overcome you can or come you can overcome. How does that work out parents when you tell your your kids well I just don't know this biology professor is so hard you're never going to pass you're never going to pass never going to pass never going to pass what do you mean Mom Dad you're going to fail you're going to fail you're going to fail. You know we can have victory in Jesus Christ it's key but Jesus pleading their behalf his wounded hands his bruised body and he declares to all who would follow him my grace Jesus talking my grace is sufficient for the anybody say a man. Let none then regard their defects as incurable God will give faith and grace to over come them. Is by faith it's by grace it's by God's power. And I surrender I submit. Midnight's submit. So she is work and restoring man we have in eighty thirty one Jesus' death in the courtyard but then thirty one eight hundred forty four Jesus ministry and the holy place but then from eight hundred forty four the present Jesus' ministry and the most holy place and that's significant. Because that's the last piece Friends Day of Atonement that's the last. That's where the children of Israel were supposed to afflict their souls and to be on their knees and pray Lord is there any unconfessed sin is there anything that displeases you because I don't want to be left on my on me I want to be cast upon you I want to be forgiven. That's where we are in Hearst history and if you believe this twenty three hundred a prophecy if you believe that Jesus came right on time was baptized died and then the stoning of Stephen all those things just exactly as they said and then you jump out here to eight hundred forty four from your view it should be over here should it to eight hundred forty four if you believe Jesus was in fact the Christ then you also have to believe some have an eight hundred forty four and this is exactly what happened he started ministering in the heavenly sanctuary in the most holy place last piece that should create some urgency for us. But instead we just like to think it's business as usual no big deal. Keeps until Jesus comes don't even bother. Revelation twenty two eleven by the way the last piece after this most holy place is the close of probation. This idea he who is unjust let him be unjust still he was filthy let him be filthy still but he who is righteous let him be righteous till he who is holy let him be holy still. Today is our time to decide whose side we're going to be on the sanctuary give me a complete picture of salvation does that make sense. So we've got one and two down let's keep going Number three the Spirit of Prophecy I'm actually going to spend a whole sermon on this so we'll just do this very quickly if we can. But you want to know if these verses and the dragon was in a rage with the woman the church and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus and so here we have referred to gods in time churches in time people and they have two characteristics that you catch them. Commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus there they are. Revelation one nine hundred ten says for the Spirit of Prophecy. Sorry for the testimony of Jesus is The Spirit of Prophecy so God's in time church will have two characteristics and if you have your phone book here you pull them out how many of you how many of them are following those two characteristics. One. Far as I'm concerned as far as I'm aware there may be a few others that claim to have a prophet but not many. In every major period of Earth's history God has raised up a prophet to prepare his people for what's impending he will say yes so weird semi on the church has a prophet that's just I don't know the prophet aside you know people have done that in Scripture but other times before. In fact just the other day we read in our children's school lesson. A lie show the Prophet go up the bald head go up the bald head no respect for the prophet. Bears came out of the woods how do you think God feels when we take his prophet. And is not something new in every major period verse history God raised up a prophet to prepare his people. For what's impending Sometimes we call it present truth what you need to know right now if this building was on fire present truth would be here is the exits. When the flood was coming whom God raise up you've seen these lies before knowing he was a prophet. When God is choosing to raise up a chosen people whom the father of Israel who. Was of other user who God raise up Father Abraham when the Exodus came who God raise up Moses when the monarchy came to Israel whom God raise up Saniel when the exile came for the Kingdom of God raise up and there's a host of them there's just a few Jeremiah Isaiah Daniel is E.Q. and so on when the Messiah came the first time whom God raised up John the Baptist's when the Gospel was to go to the Gentiles and all the world whom God raised up Paul OK So here's the million dollar question when the Messiah is coming the second time whom would God raise up. Doesn't it make sense he would follow the same pattern he has follow along. Amos three seven surely the Lord God does how much nothing unless he reveals his secret to his servant the prophets. I believe it was a prophet and we're not going to take the time to go through the tests of a prophet this morning you might do that in the next one I'm not sure I have decided. But if you're under if you're on the fence on this you know sometimes people say well we're we're we're people that live by the book well that's good I just showed you two verses that show God's in time people will have the Spirit of Prophecy so if you truly the people of the book but if you reject Ellen White then we're not gods in time remnant church of Bible prophecy we're not this close to Jesus coming that kind of tear down the whole thing we're still just waiting. Like the Jews we're still waiting for a messiah. This is just one point from the study North American division Church Growth survey they did a study to find out the people that regularly and those that don't what differences are there and one of these questions even though all of them were higher but in terms of their relationship with Jesus in terms of outreach to the community and all these things have daily. Personal Bible study these people didn't know that there was just one question you read on white regularly they didn't know how that would affect the entire study but once they answer that they separate that to two groups is there a difference between those that read her and those that don't eighty two percent of the readers of L. white daily read their Bible verses forty seven percent of the nonreaders. That's huge to me. A false prophet is going to draw people away from Scripture a true prophet is continually pointing back to scripture again and again to where they're reading her more that's a thirty five percent difference. To me that's a big deal so we'll talk more about that in the future sermon but the spirit prophecy grounds me in God's word people like to think the process of pulling me away Nonono is grounding me in God's word I'm reading His word more now I'm more excited about it it makes more sense to me and over and over and over in her writings I see scripture quoted AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN. So that's number three spirit prophecy groundsman God's Word five as is valid to some second coming sanctuary spirit prophecy state of the dead. We talked about this one in in. Interface class spiritualism teaches that the soul is immortal. If you're watching. The president give his address this week you saw how. There was this long applause. And I don't want to be judgmental of this individual this is what they understand is what virtually the world understands. And our president says Ryan smiling down is looking down he was a Navy SEAL who died in action recently. He's looking down he's smiling. And he can see exactly what he said but made a reference to the fact that he's in heaven. And everybody just accepts that and they feel that's exactly what the Bible teaches. But we have sold. Many verses in fact we spend a whole study and we can even scratch the surface on all the verses but the soul that sin is shelled I know the soul lives on and what doesn't. Another one or hear the vile use the word soul six hundred times never once has it use the word immoral soul they don't put those together we put those together Jesus comes to give us immortality we don't already have it for the living know they will die but the dead know nothing and again we could flesh this out with all kinds of verses here's no as the cloud disappears and vanishes away so he who goes down to the grave does not come up he shall never return to his house nor shall his place know him any more the reason I pull this one out of the mini is that the devil is using spiritualism big time in the media big time everywhere you look and this is the crux of the matter is that somebody that you know that's passed away is going to communicate with you and tell you all kinds of things they're going to quote Scripture you're going to check it out man this is true and why would I believe grandma. She's always been good to me he knew her Bible better than anybody or whatever it might be. And so after he builds report he not being grandma but the demon. From that trickery. He can then pipe into all of these people that are involved in this spiritualism all around the globe anything that he wants to any of his lies he can just mask communicate and people believe it why because coming from gramma. First him of the six fifteen he was the blessedest only potentate THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS who alone has immortality dwelling in an approachable light if we don't understand this key piece. We're setting ourselves. Up for major deception friends. Big time. Deadly delusions I mean there's book after book Soul sensing how to communicate with dead and loved ones I mean this is straight from the pit how to talk to spirits I mean over and over and over it's everywhere any of you that what better in the media and all you can is nod your head say yeah we see it all the time. It's in virtually every movie that's out there. Great controversy five fifty one the doctrine of man's consciousness and death especially the belief that spirits of the dead return to minister to the living has prepared the way for modern spiritualism. I mean this one single belief it's literally unplugs spiritualism. Why do you think the devil's working so hard to get it out there over and over and over he has power to bring before man the appearance of their departed friends the counterfeit is perfect the familiar look the words the tone are reproduce with marvelous distinctness without suspicion of danger they give ear to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils does that make anybody nervous. The pretended visit tense from the world the spirit sometimes utter cautions and warnings which prove to be correct then as confidence is gained they present doctrines that directly undermine faith in the Scriptures with an appearance of deep interest and the well being of their friends on earth they insinuate the most dangerous errors great controversy five fifty two friends a state of the dead is the safeguard for you and I. It quiets the deceiving voices period. To me that's another pretty important reason to be a seventh day in this. Because otherwise I'm being set up. The world is being set up. For this delusion. And then number five the Sabbath we're going to have to go like gangbusters Are you ready. In your seat belts we may not read all these passages but don't throw rocks. At. The Sabbath I think it's a pretty plain truth in Scripture. I say pretty planning it's very plain let me say that a little better. Number one is given a creation I have a verse for that but I think you can find Genesis and read that and what God did on the seventh day. It's given at Sinai we have it right there in the heart of the Ten Commandments right remember the Sabbath day is a new it's been around since creation to keep it holy. Six days usual labor and do all your work but the seventh day in case you just think you can see any time that you want to do the seven days of Savva the Lord your God and you still not do any work and so on we have it kept by his people is equal twenty verse twelve Moreover I also give them my Sabbath to be a sign between them and me sounds like a couple of teenagers. And exchanging coats or watches or whatever else is going to sign their work together. The Sabbath is God sign with us that they are my people they belong to me. And anybody who recognizes a sign for what it is doesn't just take that jacket and the throw it on the floor what does that just say we're done. And the Sabbath is God's sign number four it was kept by Jesus Jesus our example not just in living but overcoming sand by the way but also in the Sabbath. And as his custom was he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read Number five is honored by the disciples will this when he died everything changed No I didn't accept. Tiene wanted to them Paul as his custom was went in to them and for three Sabbaths reason with them from the Scriptures Acts thirteen forty two the Gentiles beg that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath and this is just a few out of several that we have many in the book of Acts. Number six is a sign of God's power you are worthy Oh lord to receive glory and honor and power why for you created all things and by your will they have existed and were created find Jesus as the Creator and His power and lastly kept on the new earth. Sixty six twenty two and twenty three for his a new heavens and a new earth which I will make shall remain before me says the Lord so shall your descendants and your name remain and it shall come to pass that from one new moon to another and from one Sabbath to another all flesh shall come to worship before me says the Lord. So even in heaven we're going to continue to keep the Sabbath It's very plain. And if you have your Bible we have to open them now to Revelation thirteen because I want you to see this. In your own Bible. Revelation Chapter thirteen. Beginning verse one and I stood on the sand of the sea and I saw a beast rising up out of the Sea Now what kind of doing like a rock skipping off a pond there's a lot of things that we can unpack right here but if you really study that out and I think many of you have if you haven't come see me and I'll be happy to study it out with you but we see that as the papacy in fact most protestant churches would agree with us on that except now they're kind of backpedaling significantly on this but it says in verse three and I saw one of his head as if it was mortally wounded that fits in the prophecy doing his deadly wound was healed and all the world Marvel and follow the beast how we see this deadly wound healed yes is all well Martin after the B.C.S. and was the issue verse four so they worship the. Dragon who gave authority to the beast and they worship the beast saying who is like the beast who is able to make war with him. And then we have some more confirmations of who this is verse eight all who dwell on the earth will worship him and then in verse ten at the end it says here is the patience and faith of the saints. Then verse eleven we have another beast come on the scene coming up out of the earth he had two words like a lamb and spoke like a dragon This is the United States in Bible prophecy and he exercises all the authority of the first beast the papacy and cause the Earth and those to worship in it sorry those who dwell in it I'm going ahead of myself was the issue though to worship the first beast whose Deadly Wound was healed. And he performs great signs so that even he makes fire come down from heaven we talked last week about trusting our feelings and our senses and what we see and hear we have signs again and miracles and fire coming down from heaven. And he deceived those who dwell in the earth by those suns which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast telling those who dwell on the earth and the King James says that they should make an image an image is a likeness of they should make an image or likeness of the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived that image by the way is Sunday sacredness. First fifteen he was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast at the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many who would not worship there is the key issue again the image. Worship the image image worship Sunday sacredness. Of. The beast to be killed and he causes all both small and great rich and poor free and slaves to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads and that no one may buy or sell except who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number. His name. Friends idea the Sabbath isn't just a nice day off. It is that. But it's a huge way to keep God's people from being deceived and in time. The central issue regarding the mark of the Beast What is it it's worship it's over and over and over and over throughout the passage. How will you worship. When you do it God's way or your own way. And you've seen this before the name title and territory that's what makes up a seal so an example Abraham Lincoln he is a president and his territory United States of America in the heart of the Sabbath you have the LORD your God He is the creator and what's the territory heaven and earth that's God's seal the Sabbath is God's seal I don't want the mark I want God's seal done to you you have a right here in the Ten Commandments for in six days the Lord. There is the name made He's the creator the heavens and the earth that's his territory. But we're going to see people abandon this idea of the Sabbath. They're already doing and they've already done it more or less haven't they. Decide. There we go OK Revelation fourteen three angles message and I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach those who dwell in the earth to every nation tribe tongue and people direct excerpt from the fourth commandment. Saying fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment has come sanctuary language and worship Him who made heaven and the earth the sea in the springs of water actually that's the xor by the way fourth commandment then the third angel skipping down followed them saying with a loud voice if anyone worst. The beast and his image and receive the mark on his forehead or on his hand he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God and it concludes here is the patience of the Saints Here are those who keep the commandments of God and of the faith of Jesus or testimony of Jesus. It's a big deal so we have worship the creator we have don't worship the beast keep the commandments of faith of Jesus all right there in the three angels message but notice to this if I can bring in great controversy in our means we'll usually bring that in but if we believe she's a prophet I think we should listen to what she has to say. As the crowning act in the great drama of deception. I hope you're paying attention this is the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself a person a Christ. Resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation the glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld Can you imagine it no you can. Bet anything you've ever seen the shout of try rings out upon the air Christ has come Christ has come is there some emotion in there are people looking at their feelings are they looking with their eyes the people prostrate themselves in adoration before him while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them as Christ blessed his disciples when He was upon the earth to point out all the key passions they want you to say yes it looks good to me. His voice is soft and subdued yet full of melody and gentle compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious heavenly truce which the Savior. He heals the diseases of the people and then in his assumed character of Christ assumed character of Christ He claims of change the Sabbath to Sunday. And commands all to hallow the day which he. Has blessed. That contrary to Scripture. It is but everything in your person at that moment will say this is for real Your eyes your ears your senses everything peer pressure you want to talk about peer pressure. The same things we have in in Daniel with the bow and down the image some great parallels there by the way and he declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blasphemy against worse you are the problem Seventh Day Adventist your the once your blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth maybe as the angel saying on the beds telling people what to believe. And now you're the problem this is the strong almost over mastering delusion friends if we are not grounded here if we don't know beyond a shadow of a doubt. And I know this is this he's saying I know what everybody else is saying I know this looks good I know he's quoting scripture I know this is all the masses are going to have to him but I also know God's word says this and God's word says that he talks about his Sabbath as a sign and talk in fact even tells us this would happen because our God of Love sent us a prophet for once impending And so what is the devil do he throws out the profit and his people throw out the prophet and it leaves us exposed. All because well the prophet offended me and some point. The Bible offended me and some point. And so I'm just I like the culture of Adventism I like the people like the schools I liked. Whatever So I'm just going to hang out for a while. Until this point maybe before. It's not worth this sad. Life and death being at odds. And I imagine I'm one of these that whimper too but I imagine we whimper and whine about well you know my job they lost my job or this haven't or that haven't all because of the sell when. I haven't heard anybody in our community start over the Sabbath yet have you. And I'm right in there with them I love to whine in compliance Oh ho what if we're wanting to play now. Talking to myself here. We need to get to lunch. I need Mary Grace doing this. So we have the second coming the sanctuary Spirit of Prophecy state of the dead and the set of the five Ss of Adventism. And this idea of Jesus all I don't mind Jesus being all as long as he's all of what's written in here. That's what I'm OK with. Second Coming gives me hope the sanctuary give me complete picture of salvation the Spirit of Prophecy grounds me in God's word give me understanding of God's Word the state of the dead quiet the deceiving voices and through the Sabbath I receive the seal of God. And just when it seems like all hope is lost Jesus will come. And deliver his people. In the future the final issue of loyalty will center around worship the warnings are there. The days of Noah got invited people to take a stand the Days of Daniel got invited his people to take a stand. In the days of Jesus God invited people to take a stand in the days of early Christians got invited people to take a stand. And the Dark Ages same thing got invited people take a stand in the last ace. We're not waiting for the last days folks we're living in them. God invites his people to take a stand. Second testimonials to nine the coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power signs and line wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perished because they did not receive the love of the truth. That they might be saved. Just tell me lies tell me lies tell me sweet the lies. Why my seventh Avenue us. Because truth matters. There is such a thing as absolute truth. And for the second reason because our message I believe is a safeguard to end time deceptions period. When wisdom enters your heart and knowledge is your place is pleasant to your sole discretion will preserve you. Understanding will keep you. To deliver you from the way of evil. Proverbs four five and six get wisdom get understanding do not forget do not turn away from the words of my mouth do not for sake or and she will preserve you love her and she will keep you. That is my plea that we will feed on God's word. Day and day out so that when these deceptions come we can stand alone on the Word of God Amen dear Heavenly Father we thank you so much for your word that grounds us for YOUR truth. Texas and your. That envelop us thank you for your love thank you for your truth thank you for your work in Jesus name we pray Amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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