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Signs in the Heavens

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • August 19, 2017
    11:00 AM
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Our Father in heaven we think he for this day. We thank you for the Sabbath that we can worship you. And I pray now that you would speak through me that this message will be one the political price and that it would serve each of our hearts to be ready to meet Jesus when He comes so I pray this in Jesus' name. The title for the message this morning is signs in the heavens Well you may have noticed. My daughter's prayers and thinks she's excited about the eclipse in our house and of we're definitely looking forward to it and I thought that since there is going to be a Toller solar eclipse so close to us here that it would be helpful to or a reminder to us just to recall what the Bible says about the signs of the coming of Jesus now I may hasten to add that I am not. And I have seen some people saying this on the Internet this total solar eclipse is not a specific prophecy in the Bible that identifies the timing of the coming of Jesus there are total solar eclipses somewhere on earth as often as every eighteen months it just so happens that the United States gets to see one this time so we're going to look at some of the signs in the Heavens that announce the coming of Jesus now just about this eclipse that is coming up is just two days away now August twenty one and this is from one of our newspapers here in the United States this is a total solar eclipse will sweep across America casting millions of people into separate darkness it will be the biggest astronomical event America has seen in years watched by millions of people from within the path of totality and tens of millions more who are outside it one a strong words as Tyler Nordegren of the University of Redlands has said it will be the most photographed. Most Shared most of them in human history. Maybe not but it's true that this is gathering a lot of attention now I may add that if you are living close enough so that you can go you should. Because you may never see another event like this in your lifetime even if you don't have an eclipse glasses you will still experience the totality you want to head and if it's about two and a half minutes it doesn't matter if you don't have glasses at that point you can experience that so I would encourage you to go some eclipse and Theseus have spent years preparing for the solar spectacle the first the clips across the entire continental United States in almost a century this is the first total solar eclipse to occur solely in the United States since the country was founded for most Americans this is the best chance to see a solar eclipse we will have in our lifetimes and this is the first eclipse in the middle Tennessee area since fourteen seventy eight so I don't think any of us were around when that happened. So hopefully. Many of you can have an opportunity to go find a good spot that's in the path of totality because if you're not in the path and I hate to say this but if you're not in the path. It's not the same. It will be kind of dark but it won't go totally dark so if you can get on the path and I realize not everybody can go but if you have a chance to give. You should try to make it. So we are privileged to have this opportunity to see this sign in the heaven it's a total solar eclipse it's seen every so often around Earth but it's coming to our area but it's a reminder to me that Jesus forts hold certain signs that would take place before he would come back and many people are not aware that these signs of already taken place and. I want to go back to our scripture reading for today Luke Chapter twenty one starting river in verse twenty five. And we read in there shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars and upon the earth the stress of nations with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring. Men's hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of heaven shall be shaken and then shall they see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory and when these things begin to come to pass then look up and lift up your heads for your redemption draw thing I listen friends as followers of Jesus the signs that have come already and that even now as we see on the rest happening on this earth this should not cause our hearts to fail us for fear we should not be afraid of the signs that point to the soon coming of Jesus we should be lifting up our heads because our redemption is drawing near the coming of Jesus is a good sign it's a good news now what are the signs in the the heavens in the sun the moon in the stars will they are mentioned several times and throughout Scripture Jesus first mentions in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew chapter twenty four starting and verse twenty nine Jesus says a mediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened now the tribulation spoken of here is the period of the twelve hundred sixty years of persecution from five thirty eight to seven hundred ninety eight but the persecution ended before seven hundred ninety immediately after the tribulation of those they shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her a lie in the stars shall fall from heaven and the powers of heaven the powers of the heavens shall be shaken here you see the sequence of events that the sun. Be dark and the moon will not give or light the stars will fall from heaven. We also see in Mark chapter thirteen versus twenty four three twenty six a similar description. But in those days after the tribulation the sun shall be darkened on the mantle not give rely on the stars of heaven shall fall in the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken and then shall they see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory Now interesting Lee in the Old Testament as well in the Book of Joel chapter Chewie verse thirty one a description is given of this time in earth's history Joel chapter achieve and I want to read verses thirty one and thirty two the son should be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the Great in the terrible day of the Lord come and it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance as the Lord us that and in the remnant of Him the Lord shall call so the Lord is going to have a remnant people at the end of time who will pass through this period of time where the signs in the heaven take place and he will deliver his people finally in the Book of Revelation there are the seven seals. And you have the first five seals and when you get to the sixth seal this is a transition point you have the first seal starting in Revelation Chapter six. Where you have a white horse this represents the conquering pure Christian church and then you move along to the second seal where there is the red horse This is the persecuted church the black horse This is the Apostolic Church and the third seal the fourth horse is the pill horse where the church goes and to complete apostasy and then the fifth seal describes the souls crying out of the altar This describes the time of the proudest. Reformation where there is a protest to the persecution of God's faithful people and then then the six seals starting in verse twelve it says and when I beheld one he had opened the six seal and lo there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the moon became as one of the stars of heaven fell on to the earth here we see that one further event this great earthquake but we see a dark day we see a falling of the stars. And we see an earthquake the earthquake is the first great event so interesting Lee you read the signs in the heaven Jesus mentions them in the Gospel saying that these are signs that will take place just before I come back when you read the sixth seal in Revelation Chapter six it says after these events in verse fourteen as in the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places and the kings of the earth in the great men in the rich men in the chief captains in the mighty men and every bondman and every free man hid themselves in the dens and on the rocks of the mountains and said of the mountains and rocks fall on us in a hiatus from the face of him that set us on the throne and from the wrath of the lamb for the great day of His wrath is come and who shall be able to stand now the first thing I want to draw your attention to you is what kind of people would be scared of a lamb. When are always afraid of people and they run away very quickly lambs are not something that we are typically afraid of so it's this weird setting in which the leaders of this earth the kings of the earth and the great men in the Richmond in the chief captains and the mighty meant those who are warriors who have fought battles they see the lamb and they are afraid and they call for the rocks on the mountains the fall upon them clearly this is the describing the coming of the great lamb who. Was slain from the foundation of the world the Lamb of God who takes away the sun of the world this is the coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven and for those who have not accepted the sacrifice of the Lamb this day is the scribed as the day of the wrath of the land. And the signs in the heaven and on earth are the signs that precede the coming of Jesus so many of us have gone through these signs before but it's always a good reminder to help us recall where we are prophetically in earth's history in the setting of the six Association of the seven seals in the sixth seal the very first of and it is this great earthquake this is the great Lisbon earthquake of May one seven hundred fifty five which takes place not long before the end of the twelve hundred sixty days this great Lisbon earthquake was an earthquake. Such as the world had never seen to that point and we've seen some very bad earthquakes in recent years there was the earthquake that triggered the tsunami in two thousand and four over in Indonesia in Southeast Asia that killed over one hundred thousand people there was also the earthquake in Japan in two thousand and eleven that triggered a great earthquake with the Lisbon earthquake of May one seven hundred fifty five was a cataclysmic event Ellen White says and the great controversy page three of four in fulfillment of this prophecy there occurred in the year seven hundred fifty five the most terrible earthquake that has ever been recorded the commonly known as the earthquake of Lisbon it extended to the greater part of Europe Africa and America it was felt in Greenland in the West Indies and of the West and these I live there it's down in the Caribbean so your thought about Trinidad and Tobago and you have Grenada and Barbados and some of those islands it was fought all. Away down there. In the island of Madeira in Norway and Sweden Great Britain and Ireland it pervaded next the not less than four million square miles in Africa the shock was almost as severe as in Europe a great part of Alger's was destroyed in a short distance from Iraq to a village containing eight or ten thousand inhabitants was swallowed up a vast wave swept over the coast of swaying in Spain in Africa engulfing cities and causing a great destruction this vast would be a tsunami and there's all sorts of other things you can read about about this terrible earthquake this is the very first sign that is described in the six seal that announces that the coming of Jesus is very near just Church one hundred five years later on May nineteen seventeen eighty we see the fulfillment of the sun becoming black as sackcloth of hair and his jolts you thirty one says the moon turned to blood this is known as the dark day of May nineteen seventeen eighteen. Here we see and this is a great controversy. Page three of six we read almost if not altogether alone as the most mysterious and as yet unexplained phenomenon of its kind stands the dark day of May one thousand seven hundred eighty a most unaccountable darkening of the whole visible heavens an atmosphere in New England I let me say this this total solar eclipse that we are going to experience in two days is going to last for about she want to have some minutes that's pretty cool I mean that's the sky's going to go dark and it's going to be like a sunset a three sixty around the whole horizon the crickets are going to come out you'll be able to see the stars and it's going to last for two and a half minutes and then it's going to be over. The dark day of May one thousand seven hundred eighty started at ten o'clock in the morning and at last of the rest of the day it wasn't for chew and a half minutes so don't. Try to make Let's whole solar eclipse in Chu a repeat of the dark day of May one thousand nine hundred eighty they're not the same thing these total solar eclipse as I said going to happen every eighteen months but the dark day of May one thousand seven hundred eighty was a one of a kind Day Now some people are trying to say oh we're going to have these things repeated in sequence again there's no indication when you study scripture that there's going to be a repetition of this prophetic history these are one time events that will lead to the coming of Jesus there's a great earthquake there's a dark day there's a falling of the stars and then the next thing in the Book of Revelation is the coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven some people will try to create creative interpretations of scripture that will say well there's going to be the solar eclipse on August twenty one and then the leader Leonid meteor shower is going to be heavier than it has been in years so this might be a repeat of Revelation six or Matthew twenty four friends that's not a good way to interpret the bible let's stick with the more sure what a prophecy but what we do see is that we have the Lisbon earthquake of seven hundred fifty five we have the dark day of seven hundred eighty and again it Jesus has a Matthew twenty four that these events will take place immediately after the tribulation which fits with the twelve hundred sixty years of persecution of God's true people from five thirty eight to seven hundred ninety eight and I realize seven hundred fifty five and seven hundred eighty are before seven hundred ninety eight but the persecution had stopped before seven hundred fifty five. So we have this great dark day of May one thousand nine hundred eighty Let me read a little bit further an eyewitness living in Massachusetts describes the event as follows in the morning the sun rose clear but was soon overcast the clouds became lower and from them black an ominous as they seen appeared lightning flash thunder rolled in a little rain fill Toronado o'clock the clouds became thinner and assume the brassiere conferee appearance and earth rocks trees buildings water and persons were changed by the strange unearthly ally a few minutes later a heavy black cloud spread over the entire sky except a narrow. The horizon and it was as dark as it usually is at nine o'clock on a summer evening fearing Zaya the an auger oddly filled the minds of the people women stood at the door looking out upon the dark landscape men return from their labor in the fields the carpenter leftist fools the blacksmith as Fords the tradesmen his counter schools were dismissed and trombone Li The children of flood homeward travellers put up at their nearest farmhouse what is coming where it a real it is seemed as if a hurricane was about to dash across the land or as if it was the day of the consummation of all things but when that day happened everybody was thinking Is this the end of the world. It's good for us to remember that these signs have taken place that Jesus has said that these events would take place just before he comes back and then the next thing we see is that the stars of heaven fell on to the earth and we have the fulfillment of that with the falling of the stars on Nov thirteenth eighteen thirty three which is fifty three years after the Dark Day So with in less than one hundred year period of time it's seventy eight years to be exact we have the Lisbon earthquake the dark day the falling of the stars between seven hundred fifty five and eight hundred thirty three which were all signs that preceded the beginning of the final judgment and have an eight hundred forty four that would take place just before Jesus came back. And let me just read you a brief description of the falling of the stars in eight hundred thirty three this is great controversy page three thirty three this prophecy received a striking and impressive fulfillment in the Greek meteoric shower of November thirteenth eight hundred thirty three that was the most extensive and wonderful display of falling stars which has ever been recorded the whole firmament over all the United States being then for hours and fiery commotion no celestial phenomenon has ever occurred in this country since its first settlement which was viewed with such intense admiration by one. Class in the community or with so much driven alarmed by another it's sublimity and awful beauty still linger in many minds and so you can read other descriptions but it was a very thick and heavy following it was a meteor shower that. Impressed upon the hearts and minds of many the signs that Jesus is coming again and so these were the people that then from eight hundred thirty three onwards eighteen thirty three is the time that William Miller than took the message to the world that the end of all things is the hand that Jesus is coming again and so you have the signs in the heavens the Lisbon earthquake and then the dark day in the falling of the stars. That lead she you the proclamation that Jesus is coming soon. And the Seventh Day Adventists we still believe that these signs in the heavens were not just random events in the history of earth that took place but that they were fulfillments of prophecy according to the sure word of prophecy Jesus himself describes these events described three times recorded three times in the Gospels in Matthew and Mark and Luke it's also seen in the Book of Joel in the Old Testament seen in the Book of Revelation in the New Testament if you see something mentioned five times in the Bible it has great importance. And we believe that these signs point to the fact that we are living in the time that Jesus is coming soon now listen when we get to the end of Revelation six it's as if we're about to see Jesus in the Clowns but when we get to Revelation seven before we can see Jesus in the clouds there is a step back if you will something that needs to take place. In order for Jesus to come back Revelation Chapter seven starting in verse one so as. After these things I saw four angels. Standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds of the earth that the when should not blow on the earth nor on the seen or on any tree and I saw another angel ascending from the East having the seal of the Living God and he cried with a loud voice of the four angels to him it was given to her the earth and the sea saying hurt not the earth neither the seen nor the trees so we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads and I heard the number of them which were sealed and there were sealed in one hundred forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel so there is this holding of the four winds in order for Jesus to come back the four when's must be released and what is holding up the release of the four winds is the ceiling of God's people the one hundred forty four thousand who will be God's representatives on this earth who will take the last message of warning and mercy to a lost and dying world and God has given the signs already that he is about to come back but the final song on that will lead to the coming of Jesus will be when the servants of God the one hundred forty four thousand are sealed in their fortunes. God has already shown us and nothing. To let us know that his coming is even at the door. He doesn't need to give us more and more signs to convince us that he is coming again I'm here ready did that in seven hundred fifty five seven hundred eighty eight hundred thirty three Those were the key prophetic signs in the Heavens that announced that the coming of Jesus nearer than eight hundred forty four he transitions from the holy place of the most holy place to begin the work of final judgment and when that work of final judgment is finished it will coincide with the ceiling of God's. People here on this earth and friends we are his people that he is working to place his seal in our foreheads of Palm. We're not just here to hang out on Earth and have a good time and just kind of have a roll of the dice and see when Jesus might come back some day that's not a reason for existence here on this earth we are here to be representatives of Christ and of His coming and she went now as the coming of Jesus to the world and to show by our lives that we are allowing God to place his seal in our foreheads That's why God has placed us here on this earth. I want to read to you a few statements about the ceiling of God's people this is found testimonies volume five starting on page two of them and we read Jesus is about to leave the mercy seat of the heavenly sanctuary to put on garments of vengeance and poor out his wrath in judgments upon those who have not responded to the light God has given them continuing on later this is page two A instead of being softened by the patience and long forbearance that the Lord has exercised toward them those who fear not God and love not the truth strengthen their hearts in their evil course but there are limits even to the forbearance of God and many are exceeding these boundaries they have overrun the limits of grace and therefore God must enter fear in vindicate his own honor friends we are living in a time where people are saying God will not do good neither will he do evil the earth has continued as a house all of this time look at this we will just continue and keep living as we always have been as it was in the days of now and as it was in the days of Lot it's going it is that way even now and we see the unrest on this or if we see the trouble in this nation and around the world surely. The limits of God's grace. Will not be overrun much longer and even in the church there are some who believe that even though as out in us we have preached that Jesus is coming for so many years there are some who say you know what that message has lost its relevance we need to dumb down our message let's just talk about one thing and one thing only to the exclusion of all other Bible truths and the distinct menace of the Adventists message of the coming of Jesus has been lost sight of in the minds of many because we are not lifting up Jesus completely and fully so that we as a church want him to come. Listen if we were really connected to Jesus the way we should be we would be looking forward to the coming of Jesus. But if we're not really connected to Jesus then we're going to be scared and inconvenienced by the thought that the four ones are about to really be released and you can have a good idea of your standing with God if you're more scared about the time of trouble than you are about looking forward to living with Jesus in heaven. Because the time of trouble will come and go and then you have eternity to live with Jesus yes it will be a time of trouble but each earn it he will be much greater. Oh my goes on to say that which causes me this is page two and that which causes me to tremble is the fact that those who have had the greatest light and privileges have become contaminated by the prevailing iniquity that means people in the church have become contaminated by the prevailing iniquity in the world don't think about other people in the church think about yourselves influenced by the unrighteous around the many even of those who profess the truth have grown cold and are born down by the strong current of evil next. The crisis is fast approaching the rapidly swelling figure show that the time for God's visitation has about come although loath to punish Nevertheless he will punish and that speedily. Friends I believe that Jesus is coming very soon I believe that the day of God's vengeance is rest upon a solenoid so the seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who saw him cry for the abominations done in the land now some people take a quote to mean that we need to be going around and telling everyone about every bad thing that they can find in the church that's not exactly what the statement means yes there is a pointing out of sin but to sayit and to cry means that your heart is broken sometimes I go to certain Facebook pages and websites and it seems as of people are glad that they've discovered apostasy like rubbing their hands of the old good look what I found out about the church that's not sighing and crying friends. Sighing and crying means your heart is broken for things that are not going right in God's church. And those are the ones those who are sighing and crying who will receive the seal of a gun in their foreheads one other statement worth mentioning this is pitched to fourteen of Volume five of the testimonies not one of us. Will ever receive the seal of a gun. While our characters have one spot or stain upon them it is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters to cleanse the sold some pull of every defilement then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost friends God isn't waiting for more signs on the HAVEN'T to show us that he is going to come again those signs of common seven hundred fifty five seven hundred eighty and eight hundred thirty three the signs now that Jesus is coming again are the signs that God. Through Jesus in the most holy place is working to seal his people to transform us into the likeness of Jesus so that he can put out his Holy Spirit through the law to rain upon us before he comes back. Now is the time for us to be ready for come the coming of Jesus like the statement testimonies while in five to sixteen those who are distrustful of self who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads when the decree goes forth and the stamp is imprest their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity friends that is what I want when the decree goes forth and my prayer is that my character will remain pure and spotless for each turn to be friends there are things that are happening in this world today that show that Jesus is coming soon now is not the time to be afraid now is the time to be preparing our hearts as we see these things coming to pass now is the time for us to be looking up to lifting up our has to look unto Jesus because our redemption draw through not that is good news friends it's not scary news it's not bad news this is what we as Seventh Day Adventists have long believed and have taught we believe that Jesus is coming again this is the blood that hope this is the glorious hope and as we see the world falling apart all around us my hope and prayer for each one of us is that we will daily surrender our lives to Jesus that we will allow him to do a work of soul cleansing in our hearts so that whatever. Maybe in our hearts and lives that is preventing him from placing his seal upon us that we would surrender that to him as we are touched by his love for us for Feist for us so that when Jesus comes his seal will be on our foreheads and we will be able to say this is our God we have waited for him and he will save us. This media was brought to you by audio first 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 sermon leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.

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