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Education and the Three Angels

Doug Baker

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  • February 8, 2018
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In Mark chapter five. Mark is a is a brilliant writer doesn't get the credit that he deserves really but Mark wrote two stories together which is something that he does he takes one story he sticks it in the middle of another story theologians called it a quality mark in sandwich in his sandwich is he takes the story of a twelve year old girl. And a woman who's had a problem for twelve years and he combines stories and so it begins with Iris coming to Jesus and saying you've got to help me my daughter is sick and at the point of death. And Jesus or I don't come and then he's interrupted by another another woman. Who stealthily. Touches him. And then all of a sudden you know Mark says there's a price of the crowd he could hardly walk everybody was touching him and he says Hold on hold on hold on somebody touch me. In the disciples are like yeah. Sure did everybody's been touching you and he's like No no no I felt that because virtue went out for me. And he finds he finds that woman. And now the second literary device that the market uses. And he uses it. Almost every almost every thing that he writes this chaotic and wouldn't isn't chaos because in a parallel structure this is a coyote isn't so at the at the beginning and end you have you know the woman has the issue twelve years in the end you have the girls twelve years old and he he steps it up. And right at the middle. You know the big meaning of the chi as in happens or so like a twist that happens in the very center in the very center are the words. No need to bother the master any further your daughter is dead. And on each side of that center. Is statements of faith Jesus tells the woman it is your faith that has saved you and then immediately Jesus responds to J. Iris. Don't worry just have faith. In the reason that I'm sharing that with you because in my mind. That's an example of mustard seeds. That faith is something that is very small but it's very powerful it. It's like in physics. The when you have a machine there's the concept of mechanical advantage you can hook up a pulley so that you know you pull on something in and though you're only small and little you know you you're lifting something that's ten times your weight that's mechanical advantage the idea of the Mustard Seed is it's a tremendous mechanical advantage because you're taking something that weighs almost nothing and you use it to move a mountain. And that's the principle that's the fundamental principle that Jesus teaches in the mustard seed and the reason that's significant in the story is because death is at the center and it's surrounded by faith in the messages remember Dr from on mentioned this is the issue nobody has the answer to right death is overcome by faith. Faith in Christ overcomes death and that was. I was the meeting that brings through this the story in in Mark chapter five that. Everything seemed completely hopeless. And what happened. Jesus was touched and Jesus touched the connection of the human with the divine. Causes the mountain. However deep the difficulty is when we unite our. Our weakness. With God strange. Things beyond our imagination things beyond what we can even dare to believe happened. Now that's just the thrust of what I want to hear later in mustard seeds but I want to leverage off of that. Because education in the three angels is what I'm talking to you about there is a quote in this book in chapter twenty. It's. On page eighty top of the page it says first quote when those who have reached the years of youth in manhood I see no difference between our schools and the colleges of the world and have no preference as to which they attend the errors taught by precept and example in the schools of the world. Then there is a need of closely examining the reasons that lead to such a conclusion. Our institutions of learning may swing into worldly conformity. Step by step they may advance to the world but they are prisoners of hope and God will correct and then lighten them. And bring them back to their upright position of distinction from the world. That. Is my hope and that is what I want to leverage I want to be like that woman. Who stealthily touched the hem of Jesus is garbage. I want to touch the border of his garment and appeal to him. That this not be a prophecy that the Idol. I want to push it. And I want to push it here and I want to push it. To you. And I want us to push it together. That it begins to roll. Like a snowball down a mountain and gathers and enlargements. And causes great movement. Not just in the institutions that we represent but worldwide because. My point here is that these things are not unrelated the education and the finishing of the three angels message are completely united. And that it is God's intention to use our institutions of learning. To develop young people who will rise up and fulfill their calling. And stand. In the most challenging time of the world's history the problem is a similar problem Jesus had a problem with his disciples Paul had a problem with people in Corinth. And I think it's the same problem I think it's a problem that we have to is entirely possible for for. Someone to teach something you probably had this in your class or where you teach something. And. It's like you never taught anything at all you come back in you're like hey we're two guys in the room when I went over this stuff but it seems like nobody got it right like what was happening while I was talking what happened to my teaching nothing happened. And Jesus had this issue with this disciples. The failure to understand what manner of persons This is a question Peter asked all manner of persons ought to be an all holy conversation and godliness looking for and hastening that's the pushing on to the coming of the day of the Lord where in the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved and the elements shall know with fervent heat What a question that is what kind of person ought he to be Dr simón talked about that this morning you know said to his students. You know back to back in the eighty hundreds people were getting ready every day for the second coming they were anticipating it how ready do you feel now nobody felt ready. What manner of person ought you to be this was quoted earlier I've a seat you therefore by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice holy acceptable under God which is your reasonable sacrifice and be not conform to this world but be transformed by what. You know it's the renewing of your mind the mind is where the issue is which is why it's an education issue right and what kind of mine should we have let this mind being you which was also in Christ Jesus the natural man does not receive the things of God. They their foolishness and to him neither can he know him them in other words the natural man when the natural man is being taught the things of God They don't make any sense he goes on and I brother and could not speak unto you as spiritual but as on to carnal even as babes in Christ and other words you couldn't get the spiritual things because you still really weren't that much transformed. He said I fed you with milk not with meat in other words I gave you the shallow spiritual things not the Deep Ones. For him there too you were not able to bear it neither are you yet now able and then this is verse three. For your good carnal whereas whereas there is among you envying and strife and divisions are you not carnal In other words if there isn't. If there isn't the peace that Jesus prayed for amongst his disciples it's because we are yet current. If we do not have peace and harmony amongst us it's because we have issues and the disciples had the same issues. Which from our chapter four March Chapter four is teaching them about the Kingdom of God and you know he said he that hath an ear let him hear and so they'd have came to him and said. We don't get this and they said he said to them. You know get the parable. Then how will you know all parables. Later on Mark Chapter seven. When he was entered into the house this is this is talking about what's clean and unclean which you can eat which you can't eat and after he said these things he's offended everybody and and the disciples are like there must be some spiritual deep meaning to this because we really don't get it and when he was entered in the house the people from the people his disciples asked him concerning the parable and he said unto them what are you also without understanding they didn't get the things that Jesus was teaching then in March after eight there's this little discussion. I had this often with my parents growing up they would say things to me like Are you dumb or are you just plain stupid. And that's kind of intimidating because I always seem to get the answer wrong and they couldn't remember what they answered last time but I was sure it had to be the other one because I got wrong I mean always last right and this is the same. Awkward kind of conversation perceiving not neither you understand Have you yet have you yet your heart is hardened. Having our eyes see you not having ears hear you not and do you not remember. What sounds like experiences we have with our students from time to time or how is it to you cannot remember the stuff that we went over on Friday. Yeah right that's the conversation that he's having here and he said unto them how is it that you do not understand well spiritually there babes they have a problem and he lives to the problem just shortly before this. Well here this is from Mark six fifty two is right after the feeding of the five thousand mark adds its little comment here they consider not the miracle of the loaves why. Because their hearts were hardened that's why they don't understand that's why nothing makes sense to them so Jesus is trying to explain to them you know the feeding of the four thousand feeding of the five thousand how is it you don't get these things they still did not get the meaning of the breaking of the bread which we'll talk about later. The point is. They could not understand which Jesus was saying So this is the core issue they had what Jesus referred to as the leaven of the fair seas and. Let me just say it this way Will Rogers early American television entertainer was famous for this quote ignorance lies not in the things you don't know but in the things you know that ain't so. That was the problem with the disciples they had things that they knew that ain't so and that was the love in the heresies they also had leaven of Herod which was his desire for supremacy. And in this the passage from. Mark Chapter eight verse I think it's twenty eight through more chapter ten years fifty two that passage deals with the stuff that they know that ain't so now this is an education term. Psychology term proactive interference it's when the stuff that you already know keeps you from knowing stuff that's new and that's the problem Jesus was dealing with was the proactive interference because they already knew what is the leaven of the fairest seas which prevented them from understanding the truth as Jesus was teaching it. Some examples of this. When when you go shopping for groceries and then one weekend they move everything around in the store in one can't find anything and so when you're going for the toothpaste the toothpaste is not where the toothpaste belongs but you keep going there week after week because the old learning keeps you from you know grasping the new reality you've heard the phrase it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks. It's again it's it's. Proactive interference so you want to teach them to to shake and you know every time you take out your little biscuit for him he barks you know it's a no I don't want you to bark I want to shake it is his old learning is interfering with his new learning. You're familiar with this you come back from winter break and nobody. Remembers anything and you find every time you write down something on a piece of paper the date is not twenty eight twenty seventeen right. You learn how to solve math problems the wrong way and so every time you try and solve the problem even though you've been explained the right way you always try to do it the wrong way. OK Jesus Jesus in in the Gospel of Mark it's divided nicely in half it's sixteen chapters the first eight hundred the first eight chapters Jesus is hiding everything. And the last eight chapters is Jesus. Beginning to reveal that he is the Messiah for the first day chapters he hides everything and so he tells his parables and marked chapter four nine to thirteen he said is a candle brought to be put under a bushel or under a bed and not sit on the candle stand well he is the candle. But he's hiding everything he hides his teaching in parables. He goes on to say there is nothing hid which shall not be manifest neither was anything kept secret but that it should come abroad. And then if any man hath ears to hear let him hear and of course the disciples couldn't hear which Jesus was saying. So the first half Jesus forbids demons from telling people who he is Jesus forbids a leper from telling people that he was healed Can you imagine I mean this is borders on ridiculous you know what is he supposed to say when he comes home you know Hi honey I'm home what are you doing home you're not supposed to be here well. I'm better how did that happen I'd love to tell you but I can't. Jesus hid the resurrection of his daughter told the parents don't tell anybody about this Jesus left Israel to hide entire inside Jesus admonished to death and dumb person that he healed don't tell people that he was healed. He takes a blind man out of town to heal him he forbade his disciples from telling people that he is the Christ Peter James and John were not able to speak about the Transfiguration after it happened if they don't tell the other disciples he this is a secret till after I'm risen from the dead they had no idea what he meant by that then Chapter nine verse thirty he has a secret journey through Galilee. So the whole thing the way this gospels divide it is that she uses is a bright light that is hiding under a basket but then this transition when he asks the question Who do people say that I am and he admits that he's the Messiah from there on he begins to expose himself as the Messiah until finally at his trial he admits I am the Messiah and they say OK well this is the light we must put him on the lamp stand which is the cross. This is the way the book is organized and it pivots right in the middle on that dialogue and it's completely symmetrical. I'm going to skip over these things the idea though is. A mark in frame is when Mark takes two incidents that are similar and he begins and ends that passage with them and so that's what he does at the beginning of March in this passage in March after it just before this conversation there is an event this only in Mark it's the blind man the Jesus had trouble healing. The. You know jesus jesus annoyance the guy's eyes and then he says to. See anything. And he says well I see men walking around the kind of like trees and he's OK OK let's try to get him and then you know into me again I think yeah OK men look like men now everything's good and it is a metaphor for that whole passage of Jesus working with his disciples because when he spoke to his disciples he said how is it that you have eyes but you cannot see OK this is the proactive interference that he's dealing with and so for that whole passage three times in that passage he is teaching the disciples I'm going to Jerusalem and I'm going to be crucified and I will die but on the third day I'm going to rise from the dead and they cannot hear a single word that he says. The other end of the passage is the story of blind Bartimaeus our demands which happens right before Jesus goes into Jerusalem you know here's an argument can you imagine having an argument with Jesus. Like face to face maybe we argued with him from time to time but not face to face right OK here's how it goes he's as Jesus went on. In his disciples into the towns assessor of Philip by which is the Northeastern. Area above Lake Galilee and by the way he asked his disciples. Who have been saying to them. And they answered John the Baptist but some say Alija and others say well one of the prophets. And he saith unto them but who do you say that I am Peter answers and says You're the Christ and he charged them they should not tell any one of him. And this is would own White says about this the disciples had so faults a conception of the Messiah in other words this is what's causing their proactive interference this is the. Leaven of the fair since. Their conception of the Messiah was so faults that a public announcement of him would give them no true idea of the character of his work. The disciples expected Christ to reign as the Temple prince although he had so long concealed his design they believed that he would not always remain in poverty in obscurity that the time was near when he would establish His kingdom and this point there starting the trip to Jerusalem. Again desire of ages with the death of Christ the hope of the disciples perish they look upon his closed eyelids and drooping head his hair matted with blood his pierced hands and feet their anguish was indescribable until the last of the words even even though he he went through the trial even though they took him they beat him even though they nailed him to the cross even though he was stung the cross they never really believed he would die. They could hardly believe that he was really dead overwhelmed with sorrow noticed the next words here they did not recall his words for telling the very scene so Sri separate times he teaches them I'm going to Jerusalem and I'm going to be crucified What does he say at the Last Supper. This is my body rips it in half that's not subtle right takes hit takes the wind and he says this is my blood which I'm shouting for you and what is the result of that they have an argument about who is going to be the greatest in the kingdom that they're about to establish. They do not understand anything and until he died they never really believed he would die and that was because there were some scriptures that were misinterpreted so in Mark eight thirty one he begins to teach them that he's going to be killed and after three days rise again. And he spake the saying openly and then Peter says Oh come come over here with me Lord let me talk to you privately this is not the way it's supposed to go you see Messiah never dies and he says and Jesus turns him around in Hebrew buttes him turned him about the look of on the disciples and he rebuke Peter and said yet they be high. The same for the savers not the things that be of God but the things that be of men see the disciples had an understanding of Daniel chapter two that seem to make perfect sense there's the Babylonians the Medes and Persians there's the Greeks and then there's the Roman Empire the Roman Empire was then present with them that was crystal clear Jesus was with them he is the rock he's going to strike that Roman Kingdom and he's going to turn it into powder. And they're on their way to Jerusalem it seemed crystal clear their previous learning present prevented them from understanding the prophecies that were being fulfilled around them. The danger is the same thing is true for us that we may think that we know everything with the same level of zeal and sincerity. That Peter had. I'm ready to dive with you Lord. You know we may be so sure that we know everything. And be taken completely by surprise so the reason that I've said all this to you is because I'm going to show you a bunch of spirit of prophecy which may do the same thing to you. You may say I already know all this. And it may be difficult for you to hear anything different than what you already know the old dog struggles to learn the new trick right we write down two thousand and seventeen when it's two thousand and eighteen it's it's proactive interference. This is some of the reasons why they didn't accept Jesus the people answered. We have heard out of the law the Christ abideth for ever that's what Peter believed in other words Christ will never die so how do you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up who is a Son of Man. After three score and two weeks the Messiah shall be cut off. It's plain language right that's the annual nine twenty six What can that possibly mean right but no one from his day looked at the Scripture because the scripture did not agree with what they already knew. Now there was we need to let the scripture change what we know rather than us. Change the scripture to say what we think it should say. Again. Why did everybody reject him from his town how be it we know whence this man is but when Christ comes no one will know where he came from. In a sense it's true right because he really came from heaven. So nobody really recognized that he came from heaven but they all felt like we know where he's from he's from Nazareth and that's why the people of his hometown were so offended. His friends thought he was out of his mind. And they came to forcibly take him and extricate him from his ministry. Because he had to be out of his mind he seems like he's got some sort of messiah complex right and he was born with us we know him. When he comes to his hometown they ask this question isn't this the carpenter we know him his brothers are we're the list their names we know his sisters and they're greatly offended not only them John the Baptist. John the Baptist who proclaimed this is the Messiah sent messages to Jesus to say Hey did we make a mistake or are you really the Messiah because this is not the kind of messiah I was expecting I sure didn't think I'd be sitting here in jail or you discover let me brought in here Ellen White writes extensively about the struggle that John the Baptist had in the prison. Many of these things I'm going to share with you are probably familiar those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem of moral corruption. Poverty Hawker isn't and increasing crime. She could have she could have been alive with us today and watched the news and then written the statement it is so applicable to us now. But this stuff rises religious leaders put forth the claim that the fast spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so called Christians that it and that the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society this claim is urged especially in America. Satan puts his interpretation on events and they think as he would have them that the calamities which fill the land are the result of Sunday breaking thinking to appease the wrath of God influential men make laws enforcing Sunday observance that's plural I want you to notice laws. It isn't a Sunday law there is a series of Sunday was and they rise A levels local laws which are easier to make state was finally culminating in a US national Sunday law and then Sunday laws spreading to other nations and finally a universal Sunday law. Will be declared that men are offending God. By the violation of the Sunday Sabbath that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced and that those who present the claims of the Fourth Commandment thus destroying reverence for Sunday are troubles of the people preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity. Once you notice the last two words temporal prosperity. Means a healthy economy. Which implies there is a huge economic crash and in order to fix the crash we have to have Sunday was in the ninth season I was in a large company where the subject of education was agitated agitating the minds of all present many were bringing up objections to changing the character of the education which is long but in vote one who has long been our instructor was speaking to the people he said the subject of education should interest the whole Seventh Day Adventists body these words are spoken to me charge the teachers in our schools to prepare the students for what is coming upon the world the Lord has been waiting long for our teachers to walk in the light he has sent them there is need of a humbling of self member Dr some on talked this morning about sitting at Jesus' feet that indicates a humbling of self that Christ may restore the moral image of God in man the character of the education given must be greatly changed before it can give the right mold to our institutions the science of education is the truth which is to be so deeply impressed Jim Ingersoll talk about how it's not deeply impressed that by age twenty we have lost fifty percent of them it should be so deeply impressed that the on the soul that it cannot be obliterated by the errors that everywhere abounds Jim also talked about how the error of bounds everywhere through screens. The thirteen jewels message is the truth and white and power and to present it so that the right impression will be made upon the hearts should be the work of our schools as well as of our churches of the teacher as well as of the minister those who accept positions as educators should prize more and more the revealed will of God so plainly and strikingly presented in Daniel and Revelation. I would assert that the problem is proactive interference. The disciples could not here would Daniel was saying that the Messiah would be cut off. There are things that we cannot hear that Daniel and Revelation want to say to us but we have what we see is truth truth we're ready to die for like Peter. Messiah will never die. That's the furthest thing from the truth it can be that we can be so sure that we are so right that we cannot embrace the truth we must become humble and sit at Jesus' feet to be instructed before we can carry the message of President truth in all its fullness to other countries. Something has to happen you see what it is. We must come into the line of true education. The carrying of the truth to all the other countries of the world. Is the three angels message that goes out throughout the length and breadth of the world that doesn't happen until. We have success in education until our education comes into the line that the Lord wants it to come into until we can touch the hem of Jesus's garment. And say we believe in this we want you to do this and he takes the reins in that and. God calls for messengers who will be true reformers we must educate educate to prepare people who will understand the message and then give the message to the world that's our purpose in our schools so they'd know what we do they know what the messages they believe the message and they deliver the message. Our people are now being tested as to whether they'll obtain wisdom from the greatest teacher the world ever knew or seek the God of background. Let us determine that we will not be tied by so much as the thread to the educational policies of those who do not discern the voice of God and who will not hearken to his commandments our work is reformatory. And it is the purpose of God that through the excellence of the work done where yeah in our educational institutions in his purpose to make our educational institutions deliver the messages that the attention of the world shall be called to the last great effort to save the perishing the third angel is represented as flying through the midst of heaven showing up the message to go throughout the length and breadth of the earth it is the most solemn message ever given to morals and all who proposed to connect themselves with the work should first feel their need of an education of the most thorough train a plan should be made an effort should be put forth remember John Bradshaw last night was saying we need new plans. We can't have this that half of our students leave the faith. By the time they get to college we can't have that we need to have plans made an effort to put forth for the improvement of those who want to support entering any branch of the work. Same way that the children sang in the temple courts was then a blessing to see the cometh in the name of the Lord so in these last days whose voices children's voices will be raised to give the last message of warning to a perishing world when heavenly intelligences see that men are no longer permitted to present the truth the Spirit of God will come upon the children and they will do a work in the proclamation of the truth which the older workers cannot do because their way will be hedged up in order to understand what is comprehended in the work of education we need to consider both the nature of man and God's purpose in creating him we need to consider also the change in man's condition through the coming in of the knowledge of evil and God's plan for still fulfilling his glorious purpose in the education of the human race when Adam came from his creator's hand he bore in his physical mental and spirit. In nature of a likeness to his Maker and by infinite love this planet and the and mercy the plan of salvation had been devised and a life of probation was granted to restore him in the image of his maker to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created to promote the development of body mind and soul that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized. Again this is the work of redemption which is education which is the great object of life. In the highest sense the work of education in the work of redemption or one talked about character building last night character building is the most important work ever intrusted to human beings and never before was its diligent study so important as now never was any previous generation called to meet the issues that are so momentous never before were young men and women confronted by perils so great as confront them today I think Jim's presentation earlier really underscored the point. Again here's the problem. The books of Daniel and Revelation are not properly understood if they were the word when would not be the first word in the sentence he's saying that that is a future event when they're properly understood believers will have an entirely different religious experience. God desires that is people still stand before the world a holy people why because there is a world to be saved by the light of gospel truth and as the message of truth that is to call men out of darkness into God's marvelous light is given by the church the lives of its members sanctified by the Spirit of truth are to bear witness to the verity of the messages proclaim In other words our overt message and our covert message must align the life that we live and the words that we speak must. Be in harmony and thus That's the point here united with Christ in God we shall reveal to the world that as God's chose his son to be his representative on earth even so has Christ chosen us to represent his character that's why character education is so important it is essential to the finishing of the work everyone who has genuine faith in Christ will represent him in character the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ. John last night made the point that the third angel's message is the message of righteousness by faith this is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth that's a reference to the Angel in Revelation Chapter eighteen no notice this in a special sense Seventh Day Adventists have been set in the world as watchman and light bearers and to them has been trusted the last warning for a perishing world on them is shining the wonderful light of the Word of God They have been given a work of the most solemn import the proclamation of the first second and third angels message there is no other work of so great importance they are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention attention. The most solemn truth that ever been intrusted to mortals have been given to us to proclaim to the world the proclamation. To proclaim the proclamation of these truths is to be our work the world is to be warned and God's people are to be true to the trust committed to them. It's not a small matter at the councils and plans of God and still clearly open to us it is a wonderful privilege to be able to understand the will of God as revealed in the sure word of prophecy This place is on us a heavy responsibility we're to understand the progress of events in the marshalling of the nations for the final conflict in the great controversy in other words we should understand the order of the end time events we should know the cause and effect relationships as we near the end of time also it will be so mingled with the truth that only those who have the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be able to distinguish truth from error every wind of doctrine will be blowing everything that can be shaken will be shaken and only those that cannot be shaken will remain the latest scene message has been sounding take this message in all its phases and sound forth to the people wherever Providence opens the way remember we are the problem that we talk about the disciples having. Right metaphorically they were blind right what is the message to the lead scenes yeah anoint the wine eyes with I said we are in the same condition as they were we have the same problem that they have why do we quarrel amongst each other. Right is it is it not because we are like babes we're not we're not grown up that we can. Eat spiritual meat right we are not growing spiritually I mean that's the message to the Laodiceans anoint than eyes with ice out. We're living in the solemn hour of the judgment when we should afflict our souls confess our errors repent of our sins and pray one for another that we may be healed then we shall know if we follow on to know the Lord is going forth is prepared is the morning and he shall common to us as the rain. Like the former in lottery. He is speaking to those who make his law void in storms and floods and tempest in earthquakes by perils by land and sea every single time you turn on the news you see something on that list you cannot watch the news anymore and not see this happening and Ellen White says that is the voice of the Lord speaking to us in another place she says there are little droplets from those goblets that have the seven last plagues in the droplets are a forewarning of what is to come they should cause us to be awake we're standing on the threshold of great and solemn advance upon the mount of Olives to savior rehearse the scenes that were to precede the great event. You shall hear wars and rumors of wars we hear that all the time right you know we're going to go to war with Korea we're going to melt them fired fury right I mean this is constantly impending what what was the reaction of the people in Hawaii you know this is not a drill right they were terrified because they've been hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Nation shall rise against nation kingdom against kingdom and there will be famines and pestilence and earthquakes in divers places we're not at that level that's like the next level up we're in the you know come on it's time to wake up of all right we're not like that the cold slap in the face level that level is which Jesus calls the beginning of sorrows all these are the beginning of sorrows while these prophecies reveal a partial fulfillment of the destruction of Jerusalem they have a more direct application in the last days. So everything that he talked about in Matthew twenty four we may see that is the past but she's saying no that all happens that it's all coming again. Storms rage This is from Hurricane Sandy storms rage with destructive violence harm comes to man and beast and property because men. Continue to transgress God's law he removes their defense. Famine calamity by sea and pestilence that walketh that noonday follow men because they've forgotten their creator. We are mid the perils of the last days and trying times are before us everything that can be shaken will be shaken that those things that cannot be shaken may remain drought famine pestilence earthquakes casualties by sea and land will multiply life will be unsafe anywhere that's a higher level than what we're talking we're experiencing right now life will be imperiled wherever you are. Only as life is hid in Christ now while the angels are holding back the four winds is our opportunity the Seek the Lord most earnestly do you not realize your peril you have the idols you are becoming spiritually be numb it would be better to deny self and make any sacrifice than live without the presence and favor of God There is something more to be dreaded by individuals who have had the light and knowledge of truth than drought famine or temporal inconveniences is a worse thing to lose faith in God in truth in duty it is far worse to choose your own way to love money to love those things which can minister to selfish gratification an indulgence is a terrible thing to imperil the souls highest interest for any temporal gain or worldly advantage now God is withdrawing his restraining hand from the earth that's why we see the increase in the natural disasters in the crime that the reason the earth is changing the way it is long he has been speaking to men and women through the agency of His Holy Spirit but they have not heeded the call they can't hear that way so he has to speak into a way that. Is a little louder now he's speaking to the people and to the world by his judgments the time of these judgments is a time of mercy for those who have not yet had opportunity to learn the truth tenderly the Lord will look upon them his heart of mercy is touched and his hand is still stretched out to save the tent city that was set up after the earthquake in. Haiti two thousand and ten. That's a tsunami in. Japan Satan will bring disease disaster until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation this is the rising during this time which Jesus calls the beginning of sorrows it rises to higher and higher levels and it provides the motivation for the Sunday was in accidents and calamities by sea and by landing a great conflagrations and fears tornadoes in terrific hail storms and tempests and floods and Cyclons tidal waves and earthquakes in every place in a thousand forms Satan is exercising his power these visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous in the world and this is the economic aspect of the end time events in the world gigantic monopolies will be formed a few men will combine to grasp all the means to be obtained in certain lines of business and I put that up because the assets of. H.S.B.C. Bank is two point three trillion dollars That's equal to one tenth of the U.S. national it a lot of money in fact the U.S. only has a gross to metrics domestic product of about twenty trillion dollars So. It's a lot of money Satan's work will be seen in the confusion the strife the discord between labor and capital step by step the world is reaching the conditions that existed in the days of Noah and that's from Occupy Wall Street two thousand and eight the crash of the economy because of. A bunch of problems with the way. Banking was regulated this is this makes the point that what Ellen White said this disparity of income between the poor and the rich that the middle class will disappear this is showing the disappearing middle class while the one percent have seen their incomes rise by eighteen percent in the past decade those in the middle have actually seen their incomes fall for men. With only high school degrees the decline has been precipitous twelve percent in the last quarter century along all growth in recent decades has gone. To those at the top. Ellen White says that agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating their strength in for the last great crisis great changes are soon to take place in our world. And the final movements will be rapid. Not gradual it's moving gradually now but that springs like a mousetrap suddenly in a day everything is changed those who hold the reins of government struggling in vain to police business operations on a more secure bases that is the whole idea of the reformation of our tax system to place business operations on a more more secure basis the scriptures describe the conditions just before price second coming of men who are robbing who by robbery and extortion are amassing great riches is written you have heaped together treasure for the last days the centralizing of wealth and power the vast combinations of enriching the few at the expense of the many the combinations of the poorer classes for the defense of their interests and claims the spirit of unrest of riot and bloodshed the world wide dissemination of the same teachings that led to the French Revolution you know there's a chapter in great controversy on the French Revolution and her point is that it is a micro cause of it is a small picture of what the end will be but the same thing happened in France you know it's huge class of of Lords the elite the wealthy and the middle class disappeared and eventually they said enough is enough. And you know they've they've brought out the guillotine and heads rolled literally they said we've had enough we're close to the same thing all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed. Friends famine and want to stress increase more and more in the world. Poverty is coming upon the world and there will be a time of trouble notice the two concepts he's linking in the same sentence poverty and time of trouble if you stowing cause and effect the poverty will lead to the time of trouble there will be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation strive for bloodshed with famine and pestilence raged everywhere other nations were engaged in this confusion war war caused famine want in bloodshed cause pestilence So there's kind of like a number of things that happen in parallel there's the. There's a worldwide economic failure there's violence against the wealthy as a result of that there's great famine because of the economic failure there's pestilence as a result of these wars the crime increases because the only way to get anything you want is by stealing it and then there are wars at the same time there is. A unity forming in religion of those who keep Sunday this is keenly felt by the poor classes the devil leads them to do His will and stubbornly resisting things they cannot help. This selfishness and violence are exercised thus selfishness and violence are exercised by man over his fellow man the ones who are robbed injured become exasperated and violence and wickedness and cruelty are created in the world soon there will be death and destruction increasing crime and cruel evil working against the rich who have exalted themselves against the poor those who are without God's protection will find no safety in any place or position light has been given me that the cities will be filled with confusion violence and crime and that these things will increase to the end of the service history those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem the wrath of God is upon the inhabitants of the world already fired flood or destroying such thousands of lives and property that has been selfish Lee accumulated by the oppression of the poor So there's already some judgment against the rich Here's an example that's the government palace in Haiti which was destroyed by the earthquake in two thousand and ten terrible shocks will come upon the earth the lordly places erected at great expense will certainly become heaps of ruins. Laba will sweep away the treasures of those who for years have been adding to their wealth by securing large possessions at starvation prices from those in their employ the terrible disasters that are taking place from week to week speak to us in earnest tones of warning declaring that the end is near that something great and decisive will soon necessarily take place plagues and judgments are already falling the calamities by land and sea the unsettled state of society the alarms of war forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude religious leaders put forth the claim that the fast growing corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of sun. Day. Satan works through both religious and secular authorities moving them to the enforcement of human laws in defiance of the law of God. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided the law will be invoked against commandment keepers they will be threatened notice this is the first love finds in imprisonment it isn't a death decree it starts out small. Satan will have power to bring the appearance of a form before us purporting to be our relatives and our friends that now sleep in Jesus it will be made to appear as though they were present the words they uttered while here will be spoken and the same tone of voice which they had while living will fall upon the ear. All all this is to deceive the Saints ensnare them into the belief in this delusion imagine imagine your father coming back. And saying you know Steve all the things that I taught you your old life I apologize I was wrong you know the dead don't actually go into the grave I've been in heaven all this time and I'm back to tell you while there's still time that you need to repent and you need to embrace Sunday that's which the same people you know that you were close to will come and talk to you. Demons Bloom personate them and why not Satan himself will impersonate Christ communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters of Sunday of their error firming that the law of the land should be obeyed as the law of God they will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimony of religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday great will be the indignation excited begins all who were refused to accept their testimony in other words she's saying it's ramp it will be everywhere men under the influence of evil spirits work miracles wonderful scenes with which Satan will be closely connected will soon take place God were declares that Satan will work miracles these works of apparent healing will bring Seventh Day Adventists to the test. Satan put his interpretation on events. Influential men will make laws and forcing Sunday observance the first day of week possessing no sanctity will be set up just as the image in Babylon was set up when the leading churches of the United States. Uniting upon such points of doctrine is held by them in common shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and sustain their institutions then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy and the infliction of civil penalties upon the dissenters will inevitably result that's not a death decree it civil penalties. Awarded show me clearly that the image of the beast will be formed before what. Before probation closes for it's the great test of the people of God by which their eternal destiny will be decided national apostasy will be speedily followed by national ruin you know there is everything that I've said to you up to this time I have been talking about what Jesus calls the beginning of sorrows he says this is not the end it's only the beginning of sorrows this is the second step this is crossing the line when the United States makes that US national Sunday law then the angel of mercy leaves the United States never to return and the disasters bump up to a way higher level this national apostasy is speedily followed by national ruin the assumption of power on the part of our nation in the decree and forcing the papal Sabbath will be a warning to us it will then be time to leave the large cities preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes and secluded places among the mountains this apostasy will be a sign to us that the limit. God's forbearance is reached at the measure of our nation's iniquity is full of the angel of mercy is about to take or flight never to return the people of God will then be plunged into the scenes of affliction and distress which the prophets describe as the time of Jacob's trouble there are things you're probably familiar with Ellen White had visions some of them are written testimonies Volume nine. Great Balls of fire from heaven. Sometimes she describes them destroying buildings in a city she describes the scene as looking out and seeing these things sometimes she describes herself as being in suburbs wealthy suburbs big houses and great balls of fire come down and all the neighbors are standing and the neighbors are talking to each other and one of the neighbors is apparently an Adventist and they say. Yeah we knew that the judgments of God were coming we just didn't know they would be the system and she says their neighbors turn to them and they said you knew this was going to happen. Why didn't you tell us that's that's the question that really. Reverberates to us. How much. How much of the end time events should we let happen before we begin to tell anybody hey you know you might want to repent. There's so much about the fire but the fire is what follows the U.S. National Sunday law and it's a judgment upon the wealthy for causing the worldwide poverty. After the judgment. All during this time has been God's people's preparation of the cleansing. And White says when everything is repented of then comes the ceiling after these things I saw the four Angel stand on the four corners holding the four winds that the winds should not blow and then I saw another angel ascending from the east and Ellen White says that the same way that the wax takes impression of the seal so the soul is too and as to take the impression of the Spirit of God retained the image of Christ which is where we were at the start education is to restore in man the image of Christ which is the seal of God The earth will be filled with the knowledge of salvation those those text going into all the world teach the Matthew twenty four and this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world then shall the end of the three angels message that the Gospel is presented to every kindred nation in time this is the message. And the Bible says it will be it will cover the earth the same way that the waters cover the ocean this is work it's really bad the churches mong profess to look for the Saviors Advent as the consummation of her hopes so the Great to see her will make it appear that Christ really has come and then he goes throughout the world to encourage world leaders to pass the Sunday laws all the judgments before the time of trouble even during the little time of trouble are mingled with mercy but during the Great time of trouble there is no more mercy it's a higher level and then I took the last part and I really condensed it down and in general decree this is the world Sunday law a general decrees fix the time when the commandment keepers may be put to death their enemy. Will in some cases in tis a paid the decree and before the time specified they will endeavor to take their lives angry multitudes. This isn't a great controversy suddenly there is this darkness they're about to kill the people of God they're going to shoot them they're going to stab them suddenly they can't see them because there is worldwide darkness and then they begin to see white they see the light in heaven and then they recognize Oh that's that's Jesus and he's got in his hand two tablets there are ten commandments and one of them has this halo about it it's the Fourth Commandment and then they begin to realize what how I have really been deceived and they've got these weapons in their hand and they're kind of angry and they're thinking you know I remember who taught me all this stuff that was wrong and they turn and they go and they at that time the judgment is really poured out on the pastors and the priests and ministers who led people into all this error. And that's not the second coming there's other things that happened after that but eventually you come to the second coming. And in a moment in the twinkling of an eye the living righteous arise and they're caught up to meet Jesus in the air the call for us I want to touch the hem of Jesus barman. And say I don't want this to be prophecy anymore I want this to be reality. I want to see revival in our schools I want us to have Jesus living deep in our hearts I want us to have a consistency between our overt or covert message. I want people to be convicted by the lives that we live I want to be used every day by the Lord in His own serendipitous way. You know not in plans that I fashioned but that he takes a hold of the work himself makes it go. And I. A prey for that. For myself and for all of us and I pray that our time together may be like the mustard seed that leverages the whole now. If you would stand with me and let's have a closing or to prayer. Our Father we pray that. Jesus would draw nigh to each one here in the same way that you looked at them. Fisherman who didn't didn't have anything to commend them as great teachers yet you made them great teachers that transformed the world in their time. And I pray for the same thing that there are not many of us here that there is not much to commend us. But we pray that through the touch of Jesus life would be infused. In us personally. In our institutions and in your work. In that that life would flow forth from this time in this place. In Greater waves of blessing. To prepare students to carry the message. To prepare people. Of Faith. Since. 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 first if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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