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5. An End Time Life Worth Living

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Mark Finley

Assistant to President for Evangelism at the General Conference

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  • December 29, 2017
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This message was presented at the G.U.Y.Z. twenty seventeen conference arise in Phoenix Arizona for other resources like this visit us online at Deb you Deb you depute dot. Org. Father in heaven we're thankful that we can study the principles of heaven we're thankful that the road ahead has clear light that we have a sure word of prophecy that we've not followed cunningly devised fables and I pray that as we study that more than information would fill our heads but the Jesus would fill our hearts that we would sense a closeness to him and a deeper relationship with him in Christ's name Amen Now most of you were here the last couple days and I want to refuse some of the things we've been going over and focus on different aspects of them this class is not designed to speculate about coming events you remember the Bible says in Deuteronomy twenty nine verse twenty nine the secret things be unto the Lord our God but the things that are what revealed belong on to us and His servants the prophets so we want to study the things that are revealed there are those people who look at last day events and they speculate about what might happen and they and they come to you saying we have new light on the future. You now I'm always concerned about that God has given us anough light that is plain to prepare for his soon return and so let's look at some of the things we know where are we today where are we going in the last events one of the things that we observe with our natural. Is an increasing frequency of natural disasters we notice that there are more tornadoes and floods and psychos and hurricanes that are taking place have you noticed that worldwide more tsunami disaster did Jesus say something about that Matthew chapter twenty four verse six and seven Jesus said. They'll be wars and rumors of wars they'll be famines and earthquakes and pestilences what is a pestilence How would one define a pestilence a pestilence is a strange disease either on crops or on human beings that science at this point has not been able to definitely resolve Have you ever heard of pesticides why did they use pesticides because there are pestilences have fifty years ago where there a hundred years ago was were there very many pesticides that are being used not at all but how many times they spray your apples today is there a great movement in America and around the western world on organic eating and are there dangerous about pesticides today so Jesus said there be what famines there would be pestilences there would be earthquakes in Matthew twenty four verse six and seven Jesus adds to that in Luke Chapter twenty one he says men's hearts failing them for fear and looking at the things that are coming on the world what should we expect as the children of God Jesus said you're children of light and not of darkness and you remember a Ellen White's very clear statement in which she says we who believe the truth should be watching for what's going to come upon the world as an overwhelming surprise so we see the steady tread of events we look at natural disasters a second thing that we notice is world wide instability there's a certain instability certain uncertainty in the world today when you look at the economy of the Western world and you see America's national debt that is well over eight teen trillion dollars such as government debt that's not the corporate debt and does the Bible talk at all about a rapid economic crash just take your Bible and look at Revelation the eighteenth chapter Revelation Chapter eighteen there is an instability in economic instability you look at many of the nations of Europe take Greece Spain Italy very serious economic challenges that they're facing look for example at Revelation the eighteenth chapter and here is God's final call to humanity Revelation Chapter eighteen verse one after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven having great authority the earth was saluted with His glory and he cried mightily with a loud voice saying Babylon is for all that has fallen the habitation of demons Now notice verse three it's very interesting for all nations have become drunk with the wine of her of the wrath of reform education so Babilon representing fall'n or false religion sht she commits fornication illicit union with the kings of the earth and they commit fornication and the merchants of the earth join her so here you have a triumph for it the political power is the nations of the of the world. The false religious powers of the world Babylon and the merchants of the world the finance ear but notice what it says as you let your eyes drop down even further verse seven in measure that she glorified herself and lived a log jury Asli So here is Western society filled with secularism that leads ultimately to a union of church state in the financial power and notice what the seventh first says in the measure that she's glorified herself and lived to look your Asli in the same measure give her torment and sorrow for she says I sit as a queen and am no widow and will not see sorrow therefore her plagues will come in one day death and morning now as you go down and read that chapter look at verse fourteen the fruit of her riches is gone and look at verse seventeen in one hour such great riches came to what nothing in one hour that's a sudden financial collapse look at James the fifth chapter of the Bible teaches that there will be world wide instability see all of this is the setting for the mark of the beast because Nat ever increasing frequency of natural disasters that will turn people toward God there will be a true revival of a false revival worldwide instability where the economic bottom falls out of anciently of society turning people to say what must we do look at for example James the fifth chapter James Chapter five again is a picture of the last days of of human history and here in James Chapter five the Bible puts it very clearly when it says. James the fifth chapter and in fact let's even go back a little earlier than that and a look at a couple passages in Scripture. Will look first at let's look at James five on the latter rain therefore be patient brother in verse seven until the coming of the Lord and see how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth waiting patiently until it receives the early in the latter rain you also be patient establish your hearts for the coming of the Lord is at hand so natural disasters we've talked a little bit about world wide instability but under the power of the spirit the gospel will be proclaimed go back a little bit in the book of James and. Look for example at the fourth chapter of the book of James. Verse thirteen the fourth chapter verse thirteen Come now you who say Today or tomorrow will go to such and such a city will spend a year there will buy and sell and make a profit whereas you do not know what tomorrow will bring what your life it's even vapor that appears for a little time and then issues away in other words here people clinging to riches in the time of James and the Scripture points out as we did read in Revelation that they'll be a sudden economic total collapse indeed that is happening James also says you rich men weep and how for your riches that have come upon you for the for what's come upon you so what we're expecting natural disasters worldwide instability there is an economic instability but there's another uncertainty today when you look at the number of nations that are developing nuclear weaponry the world is unstable Have you read anything about North Korea recently and the instability of nuclear weapons Now the interesting thing that's happening there in just this last week is the real fear is biological warfare chemical warfare mounted on some of those missile warheads when you look at the Book of Revelation go over to Revelation Chapter eleven one of the most poignant verses in all the Bible Revelation the eleventh chapter and look at Revelation eleven and we're going to start there with Revelation eleven first eighteen and verse nineteen Revelation eleven verses eighteen and nineteen the nations were angry your wrath is come the time of the dead that they should be judged When's that the time of the dead the coming of Jesus right just before the coming of Jesus that you should reward your servants the prophets and the Saints and those who fear your name small and great notice that next phrase and should destroy those who do what you destroy those who do what destroyed the Earth one hundred and fifty years ago did the human race have the capacity to destroy itself. One hundred fifty years ago. A hundred years ago did the human race have the capacity to destroy itself with thermonuclear warfare we can destroy life on planet earth today because if you ever had a major nuclear attack it would not only devastate cities I have read a Senate report on what a limited nuclear attack would do to America even for a limited and the Senate report said because the United States government commissioned a major report on what would a limited nuclear strike do to America what would happen would be not only would be there be hundreds of thousands of deaths with the immediate strike it would interrupt the supply chain so even people who were not immediately affected would be it would be very difficult to purchase food because we only have about three to five days worth of food in our supermarkets about three to five days so a limited nuclear attack would totally disrupt the supply chain in addition to that it would affect the climate dramatically Now notice what Scripture says that Christ would come to destroy those who did what destroy the earth so at a time that the human race was unstable so you see these increasing natural disasters you see the winds of strife beginning to billow you see worldwide instability with economic instability political instability you see instability in the area of nations with the whole threat of nuclear warfare Have you heard anything about climate change have we discussed climate change in fifty hundred years ago no and what's the real danger of climate change it is the increasing temperatures of the world with the polar ice caps melting and as the result of that the flooding of major coastal cities around the world so there is this natural disaster and worldwide instability what comment to sell in white make about natural disasters What specific comment there is quite a fascinating comment. That she makes she says and this is great conversely page five eight nine in accidents and calamities by sea and by land in great conflagrations in fierce tornadoes in terrific hail storms in Tempus floods cycle cycles and tidal waves and earthquakes in every place and in a thousand forms Satan is exercising his power these visitations what this hurricanes tornadoes natural disasters will become more and more frequent and disastrous destruction will be upon both man and beast So what can we expect greater natural disasters greater worldwide instability this will enable people to have a greater openness and receptivity to the gospel so if there ever was a time for the proclamation of the gospel with power we have entered into that. Secular people are being awakened by the natural disasters by the instability of our world and that is going to increase if ever there was a generation of young people that should prepare to give God's last day a message to the world that generation is now because the stage is being set for the worldwide proclamation of the gospel I'm amazed at what is happening even in our little church in our church in the last six to nine months for the very professional families walked through the door who had no contact with Seventh Day Adventist before and found us on the internet and said we have been searching we have been looking and we found you guys on the internet I was greeting at the door one day and a professional couple came in this man is a financial officer a C F O for a large government agency in the Washington D.C. area his wife his wife walk through the door of the church we greet them how did you learn about us oh we were looking for truth and the wife said this she said just recently three weeks ago she was at one of our health programs and I talked to her and I said hi to tell me your story again she said I was looking for meaning I was looking for purpose it was late at night I was searching the internet and I don't know how Pastor Mark but I came across your programs on the Internet Hope Lives three sixty five and she said I knew I needed hope so I came I watched it and something touched my heart and something moved in my soul and I went Whoa my husband up and I said You gotta see this what what what you say here I gotta see this and she said we watched and we learned that you had a church here we walked they walked through the door of the church. A psychiatry in our city walked through the door of our church found us through a friend on the internet the other day I was greeting at the door and I started talking to him and he gave me his card I told you last time about him from the State Department of the United States government speaks multiple languages been posted all over the world his wife watched us when they were in Brazil on our Brazilian hope channel She then moved to the United States they're posted in Washington D.C. searched the internet and found us what's taking place thinking people sense that there are natural disasters that there is worldwide in stability that's taking place one day I was teaching in a school not far from our church and a man walked in sat next to me suit and tie Here's the first words out of his mouth I know who you are but you don't know who I am. He said let me tell you who you are then I'll tell you who I am and so he began he had searched me on the Internet so he begins to go south through all the unit year this year this year this is this that he has let me tell you I am and he told me his story. He came to the United States as an immigrant had no education got a little job board a small car began to sleep in the back of his car learned that if you want to get ahead in America you have to get some education so he'd sleep in the back of his car he would go to the library and to study all day he had no high school education after months of studying he took the GED and passed his high school equivalency then he kept studying He opposed to Harvard University did so well on his entrance exam that he get into Harvard he took medicine at Harvard University but that wasn't enough for him he graduated and got a Ph D. from Harvard as well as his medical degree he became a teacher at one of the major and I won't name the university one of the major universities in Washington D.C. that he became the president of one of the larger universities there he said that's who I am and let me tell you why a talking to you I said yes he said How much do I have to pay you to work for me first time ever met him I said What do you want me to do I'll work for you but I'll do it for nothing I said I won't take a penny he said I want you to motivate students he said I've studied you on the Internet you know how to motivate students he said I want you to motivate my students because I'm the president of the one of the largest community colleges in America will you come and teach students if they're getting a C. and D. how to get a big in A and I said I'll be happy to do it so I began going to his university and they would put a banquet on for the students and the students would come in and you know what I taught them I taught them they had been a stealth message. It was amazing I tell them OK you want to I said I am not here to tell you what to do but if you want to take your grades from a C. to a from a D. to A C. This way you do it you study for forty five minutes you go take a walk for for fifteen minutes and your piece what you've been going over I talk about oxygen to the brain red blood cells to the brain that we talk about Mrs. Finley's granola and eating more Vitamin D. you know and we get a get out a good diet we talked to them about alcohol and I took all the studies of alcohol you know one hundred forty universities have studied alcohol it's amazing and you can correlate how much a student drinks in the grades they get and so I said look what do you drink or not it's up to you but I mean it's going to tell you I'm here to help you get better grades you want that C. to go up to a B. then you don't drink you know and so then I ask you how would you like to get on an airplane with the pilot walks on like this you know you know he's half drunk in the pilot walks on the airplane you know he can't think clearly because drinking affects the forebrain conscience reason I never get on this I go back to teaching coming up and. There is a there is a opportunity we have today with the with natural disasters the world wide instability for the proclamation of the Gospel the seeds you sow today are going to be come to fruition tomorrow so this is our time now if you were the devil that's not very good if you were the devil if you were the devil and you saw it you were creating these natural disasters as much as God allows you see this world wide instability you see an openness to the proclamation of the Gospel What Would You Do You had promised a false Revival you would do two things you would work with in the ad finish church to create a Laodicean complacency so people are half asleep the second thing you do is within the churches bring in heresy and get people fighting among one another because you know that natural disasters you know worldwide instability you know there is an openness so you try to do two things one you try to accomplish something within the church called the shaking to get as many people out and to shake the Adventist Church you bring liberalism in on the one hand you bring Laodicean ism in on the other every window doctor would be blowing you would create in addition to that false revivals in the world why because you'd want to bring people to the final test God would allow Satan to do that because as the final test comes people either would receive the seal of God or the mark of the beast and when they settled their conviction the lot of rain would be poured out and the Gospel could be proclaimed to the ends of the earth Let's talk a little bit about false revivals and what the devil is going to try to do through those fulls revivals now we're going to talk a little bit about the shaking of Adventism I just introduced this momentarily yesterday but I wanted to go back to it again today and look at the shaking of Adventism some of the things you need to be aware of that the devil's going to do in the light of some of these false revivals. And so we're going to go over to this aspect of the shaking of Adventism and what the devil's going to do how he's going to try to shake some people out and so him and how he's going to work powerfully to accomplish those goals now we should not be surprised at what Satan is going to do because he has done this down through history I'm going to look first at the New Testament in the New Testament to church and state unite they did and you had the Roman Church the Roman state there was a union in the New Testament did the apostle Paul was he in prison. And I want to look at some lessons from the New Testament we're going to first turn to second Timothy Chapter two verse fourteen to nineteen second Timothy Chapter two verse fourteen to nineteen and I want to compare I want to show you four different things the devil is going to try to do in the last days of Earth's history to get people out of God's true church second Timothy we're going to look at chapter two and. Second Timothy Chapter two and we're going to look at verses fourteen through nineteen second Timothy Chapter two verse fourteen through nineteen and as we look at that we're going to talk about just how the devil is going to try to get people out of God's church let's look first though at just to get the setting let's look at First Timothy Chapter four then we're going to go to second Timothy But first Timothy Chapter four first First Timothy Chapter four verse one now the spirit expressly says that in the latter type of this is first of the four one some will depart from the thing giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons what period of time is this First Timothy Chapter four verse one what period of time is it the latter times now the Spirit says what spirit is that the Holy Spirit and he's explaining to us that in latter time some of them to depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits if they depart from the faith what do you know about them they used to be in the faith that's right so here are people so the devil creates a shaking where some who are in the faith leave one of the reasons they leave some as they fall for the false revivals some fall to heresies and I want to look at four agencies four agencies that produce the shaking The first is second Timothy Chapter two second Timothy Chapter two. And we're going to start with verse fifteen second Timothy Chapter two verse fifteen be diligent to present yourself approved to God I want to do that don't you how you approve to got a worker that does not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth another words know the word of the Living God So a shaking will come to Adventism Why is God going to allow that shaking he's going to allow that shaking because he is about ready to part it's a lot of rain there will be natural disasters that will increase worldwide instability that will increase that will prepare the way for the Park Commission of the Gospel and God's final move but the devil seeing this will shake the advantage church and we're looking at for aspects of that shake now notice God invites us to rightly define the word of truth no notice verse sixteen second Timothy Chapter four Chapter two verse sixteen but shun faith profane and thing babblings what is a vain babbling a vain babbling is openly proclaiming something that God has not said and taking what God has not said and making it a divine test of truth and thinking that everybody else who doesn't follow that is an apostate that's what vain babbling is all about now we go down and this becomes even more interesting they will increase to more and godliness another words they mean babbling is taking what God has not said defining that as truth bringing that as a test into the church it divides the church and it only creates ungodliness genuine revival leads us to prayer you are not the Holy Spirit's brother neither are you the Holy Spirit's assistant. YOU ARE JESUS assistant Some people think that they are the Holy Spirit and that they are to convict the church and everybody in it of what they have done wrong and so here I remember getting up to preach once and I was sitting in the front row and a guy handed me a notice what the note says the note says this cry aloud spare not tell Israel my sins their sins so he sends me that note I write on the note on the bottom I say also says comfort comfort comfort me my people I sent the note back through him. We're going out to verse sixteen shun thing and profane babblings they'll increase to more and godliness and their message will spread like cancer. Hi Mini A and Philetus are this sort what is the apostasy of high many of us and Philetus and how is that impacting the advantage to day no notice what it says it says the message of Hi Mini A and Philetus is like a what everybody a cancer how many you want cancer you just praying every day award to me no. But what is this message of Hi Mini us and Philetus It's like what cancer wouldn't it be interesting to know what that message is I'm going to contend to you today that the Seventh Day Adventist Church in a various number of ways that there are those both on the liberal right liberal left and the conservative right that are introducing that heresy Now let's look at it what is that heresy it says they have strayed concerning the truth so were many a sinful letus in the church when they in the church yes and what did they stray concerning the truth now what what was the truth saying that the resurrection is already passed and they overthrow the faith of some Never the less the solid foundation of God stands sure now what did they say about the resurrection they said the resurrection was what passed were they right in declaring that there was a resurrection they were they were to about the resurrection of the dead Incidentally where they right in declaring that there was a Reza would be a resurrection of the dead where they correct what what was their problem somebody said I heard it the timing their problem was the timing so what is the error what is the error of a mini and a sin Philetus it is mis understanding the timing of an event. Are any of those people today we have any a mini us and Philetus that say when you look at the Book of Genesis for example these are long ages and you know maybe God didn't mean that the days of Genesis were twenty four hour periods we believe in creation but this which is thousands a year is and this was just the way that Moses expressed it is there anybody today that says you know I'm not sure about the timing of the twenty three hundred days why that could be reinterpreted in different ways while we believe Sure but do you have any of the twenty five twenty people coming along in the area of timing any of those kind of people what is the cancer of how many S. and Philetus it is taking things that God has said were sure and making those the test of truth in introducing them into the ad than a shirt and dividing the church to accomplish Satan's school so that the proclamation of the Gospel does not occur Now notice what Ellen White says we're looking only at point one how will the shaking take place they'll be false doctrine introduced into the church Ellen White is clear she says this testimonies to ministers page one hundred twelve now what book is Ellen White writing testimonies to ministers isa testimonies that Miss miss what she says when the shaking comes by the introduction of false theories these surface readers anchored Nowhere are like shifting sand So what do you find. These are surface readers they read the Bible surface Lee They don't have any solid anchor no biblical foundation there are a pastors like that unfortunately among us their administrators unfortunately it's like that among us there are church elders like that of Fortune unfortunately among us there are laypeople unfortunately among us and what is going to happen false doctrine all enter into Adventism false theories and as it does they will embrace it as reality and truth why because they are surface readers they have not saturated their minds remember what great conversely says only those that have what filled their mind with the scriptures will stand through the glass great conflict notice this statement volume five page eighty the days are fast approaching when they'll be great composer plex that he and confusion Satan clothed an angel robes will deceive if possible the very elect there will be gods many and lords many every wind of doctrine will be blowing the only solution is to have your mind filled with the Word of God So there is the devil's going to shake his church and there will be heresies that command they'll be false revival that will come in now that the first thing we've noticed in this great area of the shaking is this idea of false revival the next thing that we want to notice is in we've also notice that there will be false teachings that come into the church now the next thing I want you to notice is that the Bible talks about miracles in the last days of verse history take your Bible please and turn and will just look at one text because of time I want you to look at Revelation Chapter sixteen Revelation Chapter sixteen. And we're going to look at the revelation the sixteenth chapter Revelation Chapter sixteen and you go to look at Revelation sixteen and you're going to look there at verse nineteen or verse fourteen rather revelation sixteen and verse fourteen it talks about the battle of Armageddon and Revelation sixteen. Start with about verse fourteen The reason I say about is that much of my revelation is ripped out of the Bible and I have to do it by memory and so as the result of that I don't see what this is it is pages ripped so I'm kind of looking somebody says Why don't you get rid of your old Bible I've been married to my wife fifty years and I get it right or right this Bible and I have travelled around it's a little rumpled and wrinkled I won't say anything more but to yeah. We stick with the old. Chapter six The it's in first thirteen somebody help me here they're the spirits of demons. OK I saw three unclean spirits. Like frogs Yes they go on and they go to the kings of the earth and they do what they do they gather them what else they do they're working miracles right working miracles so what is it that eventually what is it that eventually leads the kings of the earth the merchants of the earth in the false teachers of the earth together it's false miracles it's false miracles no. Notice what Ellen White says about spiritualism this is one that requires a lot of study maybe not a lot of comment I think this is one of the most shocking statements in the writings of Ellen White second selected messages page three eighty Satan will work his miracles to deceive in Satan work miracles this Revelation thirteen teach us that he caused fire to come down from heaven does great signs and wonders does Jesus say that in Matthew twenty four signs wonders false prophets does Revelation sixteen say that miracles are going to bring us Armageddon Yes What about Revelation Chapter nineteen verse eighteen to twenty one it talks about the miracles are those that lead them to accept the mark of the beast so Satan will work as miracles to deceive he'll set up his power Supreme he will make people sick then suddenly remove from them his slate tannic power and they'll be regarded as healed Isn't that just like the devil is that what the devil does he makes people sick that he removes his power now listen to this sentence these works of apparent healing will bring Seventh Day Adventists to the test these works of apparent healing what should we expect in many Advena shirt shoes before Jesus goes. We should expect an emotional form of religion that ramps young people up based on music and emotionalism that is very light fare when it comes to the prophetic proclamation of God's word that actually dumbs down the intellect of youth and believes that all they can handle is an eleven minute homily That's a nice story rather than deep Biblical preaching I will say to you unequivocal. That that dumbs down young people and you're far more intelligent than that far more intelligent that the heart of youth today is longing for deep biblical teaching we should expect natural disasters to increase we should expect worldwide instability we should expect the greatest opportunity for youth to proclaim the gospel in the world that's ever seen but the devil becomes so angry that only introduce false theories he will introduce false counterfeit revivals that are based on emotionalism that are based on feeling good rather than being good that are based soley on the gifts of the spirit rather than manifesting the fruits of the spirit we seek the fruits to reveal the character of Christ and God gives us the gifts will God perform miracles he will but who perform miracles for young people are on their knees pleading with God seeking repentance of sea and saturating their minds with the Bible we can expect that there will be false revivals that the devil brings So how does the shaking come first by a Roni of the fairies second too early by false miracles thirdly and all this did all this happen in the days of the Apostle Paul in the Apostle Paul in many a sinful letus false heresies in the days of the Apostle Paul where there are again miracles that were worked in false miracle worker sure Paul contended with this and then there's the third area of the shake sea and it's this here's your third area in the light of layer to see it is i'm those who are not deceived by false doctrine those who are not caught up in false emotionalism. There are many who will go out because they love the world and that's what Paul says as well and I'll read it to you as get in Ellen White I'm showing you the what shook the New Testament church and parallel is going to take place look at second Timothy Chapter four second time of the chapter for seat when you look at the New Testament the things that shook the New Testament church we're going to once again shake God's movement today the same issues the church is going to face second Timothy Chapter four and you're going to look here at second Timothy four verse seven Paul is making a strong appeal he's in prison he says I for a good fight a second Timothy four Verse five Paul says look at first five first but you be watchful in all things endure afflictions do the work of an evangelist fulfill your ministry look at verse nine be diligent to come to me quickly for Demas has forsaken me having loved this present world was Demas with Paulo was he a trusted compatriot a pole but his heart was not they are are there those people within the church today who are here but they're not here. They are social Adventists they don't understand the urgency in the heart beat of our mission to turn to first John first John what took place in the first century will indeed take place again first John Chapter two verse nineteen first John Chapter two verse nineteen what took place in the first century will take place again now we're going to look at verse eighteen in nineteen John says Little children it is the last hour in as you have heard that the anti-Christ is coming even now there are many anti-Christ that have come what does it mean the the anti-Christ Capitol and many anti-Christ the anti-Christ. Represents of course in its purest form Satan he is the one who is against Christ or predict anti another Christ as you as you look at Revelation thirteen the Anti Christ principle is one when any human being exalts their authority above the authority of God So the papacy that exalts its authority above the authority of God is a visible manifestation of the end of Christ principle in thinking it can change God's law from Saturday the seventh day to the Sunday the first day what does it mean that many anti-christs any time an individual exalts himself above God that's the end of Christ principle no but notice the next verse. It says they went out from us if they went out from a swear word they before they went out from us with us but they were not of us for if they had been of us they would have continued with us but they went out that they might be made manifest that none of them were of us isn't that amazing passage there are those people today what is it when whites say we must stand in defense in truth and righteousness that when what the majority forsake us are there are those with us today in body but they are really not Adventists truly in their hearts they don't have that heart beat passion and understanding of the prophetic nature of Adventism they are with us but they are not what of us and what is what is Scripture say what is it and white say that that third class will leave like Demas So here are four classes we need to move because our class is going on. OK There are four classes class number one they'll be shaken out by false theories class Number two they will be shaken out by false miracles class number three they will be shaken out because they love the world class number four they are the conservative Laodiceans they will be shaken out through lead to see an ism and. They will be shaken out you can read that of course in Revelation Chapter three so what do we expect natural disasters famines insecurity worldwide instability economic disasters threat of nuclear war great opportunity to proclaim the gospel Satan sees that he begins a mighty shaking some are leaving by false doctrine some are leaving because they love the world some a leaving because they are emotionally caught up in miracles some are leaving just because they're Laodicean and that they can't stand the test all this is taking place the proclamation of the Gospel false revivals. Ultimately the test comes over the mark of the beast or the seal of God as men and women make their decision Eve to receive God's seal now what is the seal of God Let me read you the clearest statement in the writings of Ellen White on the whole subject of the seal of God and she defines pretty clearly what the seal is and before I read that though I want you to take a look at the I want you to take a look at a fish and it's a fish in chapter four we're looking at what the seal of God a fish in chapter four and verse thirty. Of physicians for verse thirty and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice because to one another tenderhearted forgiving one another just as God in Christ sake is forgiven you know notice what it says Don't grieve the Holy Spirit by which you are sealed when a person is converted the Holy Spirit begins to work in their life in a process of sealing so ceiling is not an act it's a process like a potter like a potter shaping clay God is shaping US and molding us but they'll come a point when you shape clay that is shaped and you have to put it into the often to be fired when you put it into the oven to be fired the clay is hardened and you cannot change that ceramic after that without breaking it so from the time you were converted the Holy Spirit's working in your life to shape you and mold you as we go through the test and make the decision for Christ the Holy Spirit seals us so he that is righteous let him be what righteous still he that is holy let him be Oly still he that is on only let him be unholy still so at the test men and women either receive the seal of God or the mark of the beast but never think that the ceiling is a final act that takes place here the ceiling is rather a process that culminates there at that test now how do we define the Sabbath as the seal of God There is a difference between the ceiling and the seal there's a difference between the agency of the ceiling the Holy Spirit is the one that seals us the ceiling is a process the Sabbath becomes the visible manifestation of the seal at the time of the test the Sabbath is the sign that we are settled into the truth and that we cannot be moved at the time of that test now in the fourth Bible Commentary page eleven sixty one it says this just as soon and this I think is the clearest statement in the Writings fill in white on the ceiling its fourth volume of the Bible commentaries eleven sixty one just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads it is not any seal or mark that can be seen but a settling into the truth both spiritually and intellectually so they cannot be moved just as soon as the God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking it will come. So the shaking starts actually back here but the great shaking takes place at the time of the test and what is the seal of God It is the settling into the truth so intellectually spiritually can't be moved how does that happen the only Spirit works in our life as that decision is made to sit for a Christ in eternity a great shaking takes place in a great separation because there are those who at the test receive the seal of God Those receive the mark of the beast at this point the Latter Rain is poured out because many don't understand the issues though the early rain has been doing its work the Holy Spirit swells into this great culmination and it's not that we wait for some great super manifestation but God gives us more and more of His Spirit to proclaim the gospel from the time of the test to the closer probation you make get a lot of speculation about how long that's going to be the truth of the matter is the secret things belong to the Lord our God The truth of the matter is we don't know I'd rather spend time emphasizing what we do know than speculating about what we don't know what we do know is that God longs for a people to reflect his image he longs for people to repent of their sin he longs for people to be open to receive His spirit of the latter raid he longs for people to be committed to proclaim the gospel when every human being is has made their decision probation will close and the plagues will be poured out now I want you to take your Bible and turn to Revelation fifteen and Revelation sixteen I have. I have about four minutes I think what time is this cost post and through my I have four minutes to cover Christ in the seven last plagues but I know we can do it this is a good class what I want to show you in the next four minutes is this where do you find Christ I want to show you Christ in the plagues OK So and I want to show you that the plague surge not arbitrary acts on the part of God revelation fifteen. Verse one a move quick revelation fifteen first one then I saw another sign in heaven great in marvelous seven angels having the seven last plagues for in them is the wrath of God complete what is the wrath of God the wrath of God are the judgments of God Not the anger of God Now there are those who believe you will be raptured before the plagues the Bible is clear verse eight for Chapter fifty the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God in from his power no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed could anybody enter the temple before the plagues know so you know clearly that you're not raptured before the place because you can't enter the evilly temple before that it says it clearly now when you look at those plagues sores on the body rivers turn to blood See turns to blood son scorches man darkness on the seat of the beast you say where is jesus and where is love let me show you OK verse what verse verse one in two then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God The judgments on the earth so the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth and a fall lose some sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worship his image sore from head to toe a physical affliction what did those who passed the mark of the beast say to those who would not receive it they said unless you receive the mark of the beast we are going to physically punish you you will be beaten you'll be in prison and will physically punish you what does the first plague say the first plague says to the whole universe there is only physical security in Christ there is no other place for physical security except Jesus second plague then the second angel poured out his pool on the sea and it became as the blood of a dead man if anything like that ever happened if every living creature died in the sea what would that do to transportation what would that do to economics of the world the economics of the world would collapse immediately if every living thing died in the sea if there was no sea lanes of transportation if no oil could be transported if no food could be imported the economic bottom would fall out what did those who enforce the mark of the beast say they said unless you follow what you cannot buy or sell what is the second plague say all economic security is in Christ the first place says all physical security is in Christ the second plague says all economic security is in Christ third plague third plague What does it say and this is where you get your key in the third place the third angel verse four. Poured out his bowl upon the rivers they became blood and I heard the angel say your righteous the Lord because you gave them they shed the blood of saints and margin gave them blood to drink what did they say when they passed the mark of the beast they said will physically punish you number one they said Number two you can't buy or sell they said number three if you don't receive the mark of the beast we're going to do what to you kill you so what is the third plague say our life is he had with Christ in God so the plagues are a corollary to the full system of the world all physical security is where in Christ all economic security is where in Christ our life is he had with God where in Christ what's the fourth plague. What happens in the fourth way the sun does what the sun scorches men in the fourth leg so down through history Egypt Emon Rob Babel and Bellmawr Duke Persia Mithraism sun worship and what have they done they've said they passed a Sunday law and so what is the fourth plague say all true worship is in Christ in the Bible Sabbath Where is what about the fifth plague What is that fifth Oh you know that's one fifth plague. Darkness on the seat of the Beast Where is the darkness on the seat of the Beast What did they say look to the papal power for what light but Jesus said in John eight verse twelve I am what the light of the world so the first place says all physical security is where in Christ second plague says all economic security is where in Christ third place says that all what. All of our life is in Christ the fourth plague says what. Of our worship is in Christ the fifth plague says what. Of our true light Jesus the light of the world is in Christ six plague battle of Armageddon What do they say they say join us our armies are powerful but what is Armageddon It is the final battle between good and evil it says all deliverance is in Christ the seven plagues says Christ triumphs over all the hail stones fall from heaven here is the good news or revelation Christ wins Satan loses your physical security is in Christ today your economic security is in Christ today you are. Well life is in Christ today your worship is in Christ today your true light is in Christ today you are on the winning side deliverances in Christ today and one day he will come Jesus away and say will lose how will you let's pray Father in heaven we thank you that we can go from this place knowing with the assurance Jesus Christ is the one who will redeem us at last that all of our true life all of our true worship of our economic security of our physical security all of it is in Jesus we thank you for that and Christ's name. This message was recorded at the G Y C twenty seventeen conference arrives in Phoenix Arizona. G Y C S A pretty Ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ entered and so many Christians to download or purchase other resources like this visit us online at W.W.W. dot G. Y.C. Web dot org.

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