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5. The United States in Bible Prophecy

Terry Nelson




  • June 19, 2017
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Our dear kind Heavenly Father want to say thank you so much for each 1 it is here and Lord we're discovering an important topic in Lord we just need you to send the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom in guidance and love you so much in your precious name Amen. The year was 1573 it was October 5th and as Mrs winds was in her house doing her daily duties all of a sudden there came a knock on the door and as she opened the door the authorities came in and they took her and dragged her down to the prison they beat her up to within an inch of her life and if that wasn't enough they took it and put a tongue screw on her and I got a picture of that and here it is her son came back later in amongst her ashes the only thing that was left was this metal tongue screw and what they would do is they would actually put your tongue in between those 2 pieces of metal and then they would screw it and clamp it shot and then they would take and burn the tip of your tongue so that it would swell so that it wouldn't come off henceforth they didn't want you to talk. And if that wasn't enough they took her in drag her down the street tied her up to a stake and burned her so she became ashes what was a crime to share in a Bible with their neighbors you see Mrs winds was a was an Anabaptist and she was sharing the Bible but you see in the year 1573 the Bible was not to be shared. As mother Rome didn't want anybody following the Bible she wanted people following her now that's the way things were during the Dark Ages and what I want to see and keep in mind is that the Bible predicts that there is a time coming again when this type of persecution will happen again. So I asked the question. Where or does the United States fit in Bible prophecy. Your thought about it. Well today we want to discover just what that is because I believe the Bible teaches us what happens let's go to Revelation chapter Chapter 13 Revelation Chapter 13. Revelation Chapter 13. And I want to do a quick review of what we went through yesterday what was our topic yesterday. Oh is going to save please don't tell me you forgot already. Yeah we discovered the mark of the Bee She Esther day and I'd like to take and read down through Revelation 131 through 10 and I'm going to read it very quickly notice what it says and I stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rise up out of the sea having 7 heads and 10 horns and upon his horns 10 crowns and upon his heads the name of blasphemy and the Beast which I saw was likened to a leopard in his feet where is the feet of a bear and his mouth is a mouth of a lion and a dragon gave him his power his seat and his great authority. I saw 1 of his heads as it was wounded to death of his deadly wound was healed in all the world wide and wandered after the beast and they worship the dragon which gave power unto the beast and they worship the beast saying who is like and to the beast who is able to make war with him and once again I got to stop there for a moment because as we discovered the whole issue in Revelation is worship isn't it so people the say it doesn't matter when our worship or how worship or where I worship are wrong the Bible's very clear the whole battle in the last day is over worship and God is very specific as to how you were ship him amen amen notice we continue on and it was given to him a mouse speaking great things and blasphemies and power was given unto him to continue 40 in 2 months and he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God to blaspheme is name and his tabernacle and then the dwell in heaven and it was given unto him to make war with the Saints and overcome them. In over all kindreds in tongues and nations and all the dwell upon your show worship Him whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world if any man have been either let him hear he that lead us into captivity shall go into captivity he that killed with the sword must be killed with the sword here is a patience and the faith of the what Saints Now just quickly looking at those identified characteristics of the beast Eros is out of the sea it requires worship it speaks blasphemy it rules for $42.00 months how long is $42.00 months $1260.00 days or Prophetic days equal to a literal years we're told much 160 years persecutes the saints in 666 is the number of a Subway sandwich. It's a number of a man that's right leads into captivity 30 from Pagan Rome which the dragon orchestrated and has a deadly wound it is healed we discovered there's only 1 power in history that actually fits that and that's who. The papal Roman power the Roman Catholic Church now once again I've got to say this and that is God loves Catholic people God this is not about people this is about a system of worship that is chosen to go its own course and walk its own way and teach its own doctrine amen So listen God loves Catholic people just like he loves all people when Jesus died he died for Catholics just as much as he died for administering Baptist or Pentecostal or Methodist or anybody else Amen for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life so we've been brought through a timeline remember Daniel Chapter 7 when we went through there Daniel Chapter 7 showed us there was a lion which was who. Bablon they ruled from 6 o 5 to 538 then you have the next is a bear and the bear is who made a persian a rule from 538-2331 B.C. and then you had the leopard with 4 heads and 4 wings and that represents Greece and Greece ruled from 331-2168 B.C. then you have this nondescript weird looking beast now you can see why it is the Daniel couldn't even describe it because then look like anything else but it has 10 horns who is that that was Rome the pagan Roman or imperial Roman Empire they ruled from 168 B.C. all the way down through 2476 they'd be Rome divided off into 10 kingdoms represented by the 10 horns and so then you have them ruling from 476 up to when was the next thing to rise remember Daniel 7 a little horn that's right now we know from the description of the little horn that is the same as a beast power of the 1st piece of Revelation 13 and that's the papacy a Roman Catholic Church so after the rise of the Little Horn power now you see that the horns rule from $476.00 down through to $538.00 the 3rd horn is uprooted and now the papacy is in charge they run and they run for how long 1260 years that's right thank you 1260 years so they go from 538-2798 yes. Well I do but to see it you'd really have to see that on a map and I don't have a map on me in this presentation but see me afterwards I can get 1. Yeah all the vandals were up over more were Spain was. So OK Very good so then after 1798 Daniel 7 depicts another event that's going to take place what's that. Well Daniel Chapter 7 doesn't depict the United States Yeah well there we are we're in Revelation but we're talking about Daniel 7 because I want to show you want you to draw the comparison. Daniel Chapter 7 after after the little horn comes judgment in fact it's interesting 3 times in the Book of Daniel 7 Daniel Chapter 7 The Bible shows the papacy then judgment the papacy then judgment the papacy and then judgment if God repeats that 3 times you think it's important you understand the sequence I would think that that's true and so then after you have the judgment of course you have the 7 last plagues and then you have the 2nd coming of Jesus now in here we began to see the fact that the 1st beast gives us the description of the papal Roman power we know as we just discussed the papal Roman power was taken out of political power in 798 but that deadly wound was healed wasn't it when was it healed 1929 That's right very good when Mussolini signed a document that actually gave the Vatican that 100 acre parcel to them as an independent country they are their own government in so you begin to see that's why it is that they they have diplomats or priests or all all have diplomatic immunity because they represent the Vatican. What's that. Oh yeah well I don't remember the name of the actual pact they signed a treaty is what they did. In that dept PAC actually gave them that land to own and to operate as an independent government so Italy separated that in and separated the ballot Vatican City or Holy Sea as some call it and they became their own government and that made all parties happen though now notice as we've looked at that we've come now to the year 798 the down fall when General Berthier comes in and he takes Pope Pius the 6 captive and he's taken into exile he ends up dying in exile the Catholic Church did not stop it continued to operate but no longer did it have the political power until once again it was restored and it became their own government in 1929 but now I want to go further because as we look at the screen you're mainstream Protestant preachers Martin Luther of the Lutherans cotton major the Concord congregational Thomas Cranor of the Anglican Roger Williams of the Baptists John Calvin of the Presbyterian John Knox of the Scottish Presbyterian and John Wesley of the Methodist lot of your mainstream Protestant preachers all believe that the papacy was a little more in power of Daniel 7 and once again as we talked about our very 1st day here with the seeker rapture the whole idea of the rising of this theory of the secret rapture was to dispel the focus from the little Hornby in the papacy they want to move it away so that people would not look at them as an anti-Christ power but that they got their authority from God. So here it is once again you begin to see their belief during a Protestant Reformation during the Dark Ages during all of that time their belief was that the papal Roman power was the end to Christ or Little Horn the United States Constitution guarantees both civil and religious freedom to all of its citizens will these historic freedoms ever be challenge. You think. Does the Bible mention the United States in prophecy where. It's not little horn little ones papacy. OK Revelation 13 OK that's got to how many verses 18 verses. OK verse 11 it starts with. A Let's let's start there for a moment verse 11 and I beheld Another be east of beast represents what. A kingdom or nation that's right and I beheld Another be east rise up out of the earth and he had 2 horns like a lamb now who's that how do you know I mean I didn't read in there that it says and I beheld the United States of America coming up out of the earth. OK OK let's. Say number 1 and those are good conclusions number 1 is the 1st beast came up out of the sea right. Represents a multitude of people where we find that. That's true in Revelation Chapter 17 verse 15 Write it down Revelation 17 verse 15 so here the 2nd be east notice let me back up because a multitude of people in John's time were aware. Around the Mediterranean That's right but now it says there's another beast or a nation it arises up out of the earth well what would the Earth be I mean the absence of water right so dry land if waters represents a a multitude of people what would dry land represent. OK I would say nobody necessarily but very sparsely populated area probably would fit in so when you begin to look at this OK there is a country that is rise seen out of the earth and has to Warne's like a walk like a lamb What do you think of when you think of a lamb. You think of Jesus I like that yeah you think of something mild mannered. Notice it didn't say a shield. And it said a lamb in youth Gondo Texas Youth OK energetic young absolutely So what you begin to see is a country that is coming up that takes and is youthful young energetic. Notice it has 2 horns but neither 1 of those horns have crowns so there's no keenly authority there. Well you begin to look at that you know Nancy and I when we used to get in another district we passed or we would take and we would drive past a farm that every spring had baby lambs you know was always 2 or 3 I'm out there playing in times we would stop and we'd just sample you know sit by the road and watch him play would we and it was fun because they didn't have a care in the world they do swing around and played with each other in a romp in a play and so when I read this this text I'm saying while 2 who are ends like a lamb so here it is this country is young it's youthful also remember it is a lamb it's not a lion it's not a bear it's not a leopard it's not a ravishing this beast right so another words a lamb What harm can it do a man see it's not like it went forward in conquered land right like the bear or in a leopard and you know they all took over by conquering the Bible does that's right but the Bible doesn't depict that this beast is doing that it depicts that this beast is actually taking and growing up from youth hood right but then notice as you begin to look at this you say who is this beast that you think it is. How do you say it can only fit we've read 2 lines how can you say that it only fits the United States. OK. What's that. OK Let's let's take it in go through I think that once again many times we've heard this and we thought about this but if you're going to explain this to just simply take this verse and say this is the United States. Who's going to buy that. I know only come from my experience and I'd say I wouldn't buy it. OK I'm just telling truth if you just read me that for sale let me tell you who that is that's a United States I say yeah why and where where do you get that I want to show you where you get that OK because I think it's important for us to understand exactly what the Bible is depicting but we can't just take this verse to be able to empower that So what we want to do is we want to take an take a look at go back with me to chapter 12 for a moment Chapter 12 for a moment. I want to start with verse 1 chapter 12 and their peer degree wonder in heaven a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of what 12 stars Now here's a woman you could compare that with a Revelation 17 and seen a prostate woman that is clothed in purple and Scarlett's in gold and all of that stuff but here you have a picture of God's true church she's clothed with the sun standing upon the moon a crown of 12 stars upon her head now let me ask you a question there are some seats over here. What do you think the sun represents here. Well OK Christ how would we depict that. OK His righteousness. OK here's what you've got to stop thing and that is that I know I've heard I've heard some even ad going to scholars that have said the sun in the moon represent the old New Testament where do I find that how could I prove that through Scripture. See once again listen when you give an answer for your faith you need to be able give me an answer for your faith from of thus saith the Lord. OK so I'm OK with that we were asked at that point at the transition between old the New Testament I get that but once again how do I prove that. But I want you to stop and think about some for a minute what does Psalms 1105 say the I word is a lamp into my feet and a light unto my path and I'm good with the fact of the church is closed with this righteousness praise God for that but what I want to really share with you I believe that God's church is in doubt with the truth of God's word. Songs 1105 so what you find is God's Church walks in fact you can find in another place of F. look it up but it says Paul says that the church is the pillar and ground of truth so God's Church is the 1 that is going to be raised to share the gospel the Word of God to the to the world so then you have this woman standing upon the moon what does the moon do. Reflects what you see the moon the moon I'll love it when Brother Bohr said the other night the moon in itself has no light. What does it do it reflects the light of the sun to the Earth Well what do you have that reflects the light of God's word to his church. The Spirit of Prophecy That's absolutely right now the interesting thing to me about this is a fact that the chapter opens with God's church his faithful people having the Word of God and the gift of prophecy and we show you that in just a minute but this woman has a garland or a crown of 12 stars I mentioned other day that there's 2 words in the Greek that they use for Crown in the English translation 1 is a dyed denim which is a kingly crown and 1 is a stephanotis which is a victor's crown yes which crowned this 1 is this is a Stephanopoulos or a victor is crowned so God's Church is victorious Amen they gain a victory over sin they gain the victory over self they gain a victory over this world and they give themselves to Jesus and they love not their lives even unto the death Amen now jump with me to 17 for just a moment verse 17. And then I want to come back and I want to I want to share some with you. Verse 17 and the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the watch testimony of Jesus Christ so once again you see Revelation Chapter 12 focused on his true church you find the issue is that they were booked in book and by God's people followed the Word of God and the gift of prophecy Amen and I'll tell you what there's a lot of challenge today people throwing out the gift of prophecy but I want to understand some very clear and that is that if you throw away the gift of prophecy you eventually will throw away the Word of God because it's the same Holy Spirit that inspired the gift of prophecy amen the Holy Spirit is 1 it inspired Moses inspired easy CULE inspired Daniel inspired Matthew inspired mark inside Luke and John and and Paul and in John and in Revelation and all of that stuff over over 40 writers over the period of 1500 years you find that the Holy Spirit gave them the wisdom of heaven can you trust the Bible absolutely it's in harmony from Genesis to Revelation it's because it's the same Holy Spirit that inspired him amen amen now come back with me and let's take a look I want to quickly read down through Chapter 12. And she talked about the woman that was close to the sun standing on the moon she being which child cried travailing in birth in pain to be delivered and there appeared another wonder in heaven to behold a great red dragon having 7 heads and 10 horns and 7 crowns upon his heads and his tail drew the 3rd part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered for to devour her child as soon as it was born and she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up under God into his throne and the woman fled into the wilderness where she had to place prepared of God that they should feed her their 8200 and what. 3 score days or 60 days we learned about $1260.00 days. How we how we where we applied at Daniel Chapter 7 we saw it again in Revelation Chapter 13 the little horn or papacy power they ruled for 1260 days or literal years so catch the connection here who is this woman that OK God's church that's right God's church now noticed something in this church is ready to have a child that was going to be born and was going to rule all nations with a rod of iron WHO WOULD THAT BE JESUS That's right and did the devil have someone there to try N. destroy that baby when it was born Sherry remember what hair did it absolutely so then you begin to see that here it is it says in fact the life of Christ is all wrapped up into 1 verse verse 5 and she brought forth a man child who was drool all nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up into God into a stroke the focus of Chapter 12 is not the life of Christ. And so here you begin to see then it says and the church where the woman was led into the wilderness where she has a place prepared of God that they should feed her there a 1200 and threescore days so here you have a picture of God's church that leads you down the timeline to where through the 1260 years so that bring you to what date. 798 very good so this brings us down to 798 at this point time John must have been going Wojo because God puts like a pause but you have a D.V.D. player don't you push pause and it freezes a frame. We're editing video you know it's sometimes we catch people in kind of weird positions because you pause it and in here it is God like pauses this whole situation in order for for John to understand let me just quickly read that verse 7 and there was war in heaven and Michael and his angels fought against a dragon and a dragon fought in is Angels and prevailed not neither was their place found any more in heaven and a great dragon was cast out the old serpent called The Devil and Satan which deceive with the whole world he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him and I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God in the power of his Christ for the accuser of our brother and is cast down which accuse him before God day and night and overcame him by. The blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony listen to me. The way to be saved this is share your faith in men don't think you can hide your lamp in be saved the saved share their faith the Bible says they overcame by the blood of the Lamb which is Jesus' blood praise the Lord for Calvary Amen and by the word of their testimony and they love not their lives on to the death that's absolutely right now stop for just a moment John gets a pause button put on he now get shown that war that took place in heaven why there is this battle that the dragon wants to destroy this child in sowed now it is he begins to see this great controversy battle that is coming and then it says in verse temp now is come salvation and strengthen the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ when did that take place. OK verse 10 says verse 10 says now always come salvation and strengthen the kingdom over God and the power of his Christ when was that. That was the cross. Our salvation was not see old until he paid the price but now he can claim salvation for everyone that will accept it Amen praise God for that now we continue to move on verse 12 therefore rejoice she haven't seen either dwell in them blow to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down on to you having great wide wrath. Because he know if he hath but a what. Short time now catching God kind of puts the play button back on and when the dragon saw that he was cast of the earth he persecuted the woman which brought forth a man child and 2 the women were given 2 wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness into her place where she is nourished for a time and times and a half a time from the face of the serpent Now what time period is that. It's a 1260 days or literal years in other words talking about the same time in which the papacy was in rule from 538-2798 did the church persecute people absolutely So you have a major persecution I read you a slide yesterday that showed the most conservative number I found was 50000000 people that died during the Dark Ages we'll go back and add up how many died in World War 1 and World War 2 and the Korean War Start adding them up and stop and think about how many that was in comparison to those that died during the Dark Ages for the. So you began to look here and see that it brings us down to that same timeline that we came to in verse 6 you see that if you do same in him in verse 6 said that she flies into the wilderness and that they should feed her there for $1200.00 and threescore days right well now we have a time times and a dividing times or half a time same time period OK so now the words God brings us down through to 1798 but notice what happens next verse 15 in the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman that he might cause or be carried away of the woman and of the flood excuse me and the earth helped the woman and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the cat dragon cast out of his mouth now stop and think for a minute John gets this picture the woman is running. No sudden the Devil puts water out of his mouth who. Was in his mid flight of water comes and wants to pick up the woman and take her away and all of sudden the earth opens up and swallows up a lot of water that would literally happen. Remember we're talking about symbolism right what do waters represent multitudes of people the devil uses the papal system to send multitudes of people to stamp out Christianity OK but then notice it says that the earth helped the woman now the earth the woman who. Has church so what's healthful woman I mean obviously the earth is a watt sparsely populated area of the Earth during a time expression towards the end of $798.00 what area of the earth was opening up that it might save people from the persecution of the Paul. There's only 1 my dear friends the United States of America now when I 1st studied this I love this oh wait a minute that isn't fit I mean I know the pilgrims came across in 16 hundreds I mean as way before 798 but when you begin to study it out and take a look at what's happening here the Bible is depicting the rise of a country that would open up and protect his church protect the truth protect his people so that the truth could continue to live and go on Amen amen there's only 1 country that fits that no notice and verse 17 then. And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ now when you come back to Revelation 13 in verse 11 we've passed the time of the papacy right the 1st beast we've come to the end of the rule which would bring us to win. 798 that's right C M M I keep asking that question because I want you to keep the time zone in your mind. In so now we have the rise of another nation a nation that is innocent a nation that did not conquer another nation on its rise a nation that has 2 horns but has no crowns what would that depict you see power horns denote powers or kingdoms in this case here you have a nation that has power but no king only authority so this nation is not governed by a dictatorship it's grew old by by the power of the people well what country is that. What was this country formulated on religious and political freedom that's absolutely right that set us apart from every other country in the world praise God for that amen I don't know what you but I thank God I'm an American today and man now that's nothing gives any other country I'm just simply saying I've taken for granted the freedoms that I have. But but but the notice is so there's no doubt that this 1st beast has to be or the 2nd beast here of Revelation 13 has to be the United States of America now notice as we continue though the Bible says though it has 2 horns like a lamb. And it spake as a dragon who's a dragon say you might say all pastors you're nuts What do you mean we've got religious freedom we can preach whatever we want we can do what we want to share what we want had that's going away brothers and sisters very very quickly but I want you to understand something very clearly in Nat is that how does any nations. Through its laws now if you notice we just went through a campaign here for presidency last year and we saw them get up and promise all kinds of things that they would do the reality is how much of that do they get done see the reality is that they can promise whatever they want but until there is a law that is signed and sealed you don't have to follow it Amen so you begin to look at this and realize that the only way that a country really speaks is through its laws so keep that in mind as we go through at some point in time the laws of this wonderful blessid country that we have is going to speak according to the Dragon. A COUNTRY THE says In God We Trust Amen amen now come with me to screen for just a moment a new nation that rises notice arise the United States the 1600s of pilgrims and I'm showing you this graph because for me when I 1st studied this out as a know it couldn't be the United States because the pilgrims came across in 16 hundreds not in 798 but notice what happens early 16 hundreds of pilgrims landed 776 the Declaration of Independence is drawn up in 1787 the constitution is ratified now stop and think where these things are important in order to have an against stablished government absolutely. In 1789 the Bill of Rights was formulated in 791 the Bill of Rights was adopted are you seen were drawing closer and closer to the date. 1798 Pope Pius a 6 the 2nd captive by France and France recognizes the United States as a nation in the world now that's amazing because the French were the major player in the world in that day and so now they recognize the United States as an independent country not on the shirttails of England but as an independent country that has risen up has a stablished itself and is now an independent country allow all of a sudden that begins to take place because here at the ending of the taking down of the papacy in 798 you have the next power on the scene that rises to become a super power in men and that's the United States in prophecy here that we see 2 horns like a lamb there are no crowns on the horns of the 2nd beast the 1st 3 said crowns which indicated what we have already the 2nd 1 has no crowns on its head the absence of crown indicates freedoms Warne's are a symbol of power they indicate that this beast derives its power from political and religious freedom so it's a lamb like Beast of his rising around 798 arising in a relatively unpopulated area of the world has no crowns on its horns notices from the new world compared to the old the mystery of her coming forth from vacancy like a silent seed we grew into a what empire it was interesting it was not long ago that the leader of the Russian country. Said that he would have to agree that the United States was the only last superpower now it's amazing because the United States grew from nothing into the superpower in the world today and I got to tell you just because we became a superpower I used to think that nobody would ever mess the United Staes. Until September 11th 2001 that will change for me let me tell you something nobody's exempt Amen Daniel revelation by you Ray Smith emerging amidst the silence of the earth adding daily to its power to its power and its strength so no crowns and it would be a young nation it would rise to a position of worldwide power and influence what is the only nation that fits this is scription. It has to be the United States of America that's absolutely right so does the Bible predict the nation we love so well Absolutely and we're seeing it right here today now I'll tell you what praise the Lord that we have been granted freedom to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience and I always tell people why don't you take advantage of it. Stop writing the fence. Stop playing church get active now I'll get the devil active after you but let me tell you something I would rather have the devil mad at me than the God of heaven mete me amen I want to finish this work because I want Jesus to come and I want to go to that world that knows no death and knows no sorrow and there's no more backaches and whining and complaining and all of that is gone Amen amen How does any nation speak we just discovered it. By its laws that's absolutely right so we need to understand that at some point in time this nation that we love is going to establish laws why do I say laws. Because how does any nation speak through their laws then at some point in time the nation is going to establish laws that are going to speak as a dragon right in accordance with the devil and his plan and his sea ology and his deceptions notice we continue on Revelation 13 in verse 12 the Bible says and he who is he. You know the 2nd beast who is the 2nd beast United States that's absolutely right and he exercises because memory if you back up a Says not be held another beast coming up out of the earth he had 2 horns like a lamb and he spake as a dragon he spake as a dragon he wasn't a dragon he spake as a dragon and now was and he talking about the beast right or the United States exercise all the power of the person who is a 1st beast. Rome all the power of the 1st beast before him and cause the Earth and then that dwell there into. Worship the 1st beast whose Deadly Wound was healed so at some point in time God is going to allow there to be laws that are legislated by the country we love so much and it is going to exercise the power that the 1st beast had what was its power. OK church and state united that's absolutely right no other words when you have church and state united you have the ability to use legislature to enforce your religious Mandy's in so here it is during during the time of papal round they use the army they use the government they use religious lation in order to keep things tight within the Catholic Church and if you oppose that if you taught differently than that you were persecuted or put to death. Yeah so you know it's amazing it wasn't just the civil authorities it was also the church the monks and those people that went out to help fight that war now you began to look into the Bible says at some point in time the United States are you with me in the last year now United States is going to legislate laws that are going to speak as a dragon and he's going to cost the earth to worship who. Want to be the 1st means who is that Papal Rome how do you you say well you know I would never become Catholic. But let me ask you a question do you have to become Catholic How do you worship the 1st please. By following their religious doctors listen to me very carefully that's more than Sunday worship. And I'm not going to go into it said need the whole time but I'm telling you today there's issues in the administration that we are following papal doctrine instead of adman is stuck to your bible doctrine and I'll let you depict what that is because I don't have time to get into it but I'll tell you what this is just 1 way. And that's in the issue of Sunday worship they said this is our mark of authority when we choose Sunday worship whether we go to any other church we can choose to go to Sunday worship but God did not establish Sunday as a day for worship for him amen So you have the 2 counterparts you have Jesus and asking you to keep the Sabbath and you have the dragon or the devil that is asking you to keep Sunday because he wants to is all the answer own about the stars of God Amen so now you begin to see this country we love so much and after all stop and think about it what other country is there in the world that could establish something that would have influence in the whole world I mean when Africa does something does that affect you and me No I'll tell you what what takes place in United States trickles out over all the world so you begin to look and here it is that it says that they cause all to worship the full beast their 1st piece and I want you to say I want to say this 1 more time and that is that God is not against Catholic people but he's against a system of worship that walks away from him just like he's not for you walking away from his truth amen and so here you begin to see that the this whole issue and in something else and that is you'll find people that will say I don't really matter when I go to church doesn't really matter when I worship doesn't matter which day you keep Well according to WHO That's Maya my question cording to who you see because my God tells me very clearly he's established the sabbath that is a sign that I recognize him as my God Amen and so you begin to look at this and says Oh Would the this wonderful country is going to cause them to worship the 1st piece is deadly wounds healed done in there look at verse 13 and he he was. United States that's right he does great wonders so that he make it fire come down from heaven and the earth in the sight of men where do you recall a story about fire coming from heaven story. What was the issue in the story of a lie. It was all worship choosey this day whom you going to serve it's all about repenting and coming back and following God in the true form of worship that he has in that story they had the prophets of bail 450 strong and they put up 2 altars the prophets of Bale and Elijah. Same wood on either altar same day had to bullocks 1 for use 1 that the prophets of Bale used so I mean basically everything was the same but the the whole. Test was whichever god answered by fire that's the god it was going to be true God Now we know the story hopefully and that is the fact that God answered you like this prayer fire came down and it burned up not only the sacrifice but the wood in the water and you got rocks in the dust it's quite a fire so you begin to look at it in do you find another place in the Bible that talks about a fire. Burning Bush that's true I'm thinking about Pentecost clothed in tons of fire because fire is another symbol of the Holy Spirit so you began to look and here it is that this nation is going to show you it's Christianity through fire what kind of fire not literal necessarily and we don't know what all it's going to do but we can know 1 thing and that is the charismatic movement has been a huge movement in men and what's it all based on. It's all based on feelings and it's all based on the fact that the Holy Spirit is the 1 governing your life now I have no problem with the Holy Spirit governing my life but the Bible tells me that I'm not to speak of the Holy Spirit I'm not to pray to the Holy Spirit but the Holy Spirit is there to guide me to convict me to help lead me to Jesus Amen so when my focus is on the Holy Spirit I've got the wrong focus we're to let the Holy Spirit use us not us use the Holy Spirit and men came in now so we see we see revivals of all kind but I tell you what many of them are false but you know something as we said yesterday and that is that for every true there's a counterfeit but also tell you for every counterfeit there's a there's a true very good notice verse 14 and to see with them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the B. OK What pieces are talking about you know. The 1st B.'s Papal Rome saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the B. East to what be the 1st piece which is Papal Rome which had the wound by a sword and did live so obviously we know for sure what beast is socking about now stop and think for just a moment what is an image. A likeness OK when I get up in the morning and I look into the mirror is scary is it is. What do I see I see I see myself. But is it me. It's a reflection of me it's an image of mean in so here it is the Bible depicts that this country that we love at some point in time is going to sledge legislate law that is going to have to do with worship to the 1st beast and is going to make a image of the beast or a likeness to the beast it's going to have its kind of power a reflection of what happened in days of old well once again what would have to happen for that to happen. Laws established that's true you have to have the joining of church in state now that's 1 of the principles this this country was was founded on Wasn't it is a separation of church and state but the Bible depicts a time when the church and state will come together and it will be all focused towards what towards worship you're right about towards through. The 1st meet which is to paper on now I want you to stop and think about some for a moment I want to see if you caught it. If we're to make a likeness to the 1st beast if we're to make an image of the 1st beast if we are to worship the 1st beast then who is it that is actually joining hands with church and state to make that reflection. It's not Catholicism because Catholicism is what they're mimicking right or you would me so the only other Christian party you could be would be Protestantism and so Protestant America joins hand with the government and now you have legislation a joining of church and state that now enforces religious mandate and worship on Sunday in honor of whom. The Papacy What a shame it's not in honor of God Amen amen C began to look at this whole idea and see that the fact that the dragon is pushing the United States to enforce laws that will honor him now notice we continue. In verse 15 and he had power to give life who's he. The No. The 2nd B's. Remember this is all focused on what the 2nd beast the United States is going to do with me. And he had power to give life under the image of the beast Well of course he did because he is the able to to legislate law he is able to bring it together he is able because he is 1 of the last great super powers of this world his influence will influence the world and they reach the hands across the abyss to touch hands with room now you mysell pastor that's not possible you haven't been watching the news. Notice we continue on and he had power to give life and to the image of the beast at the image of the beast should both speak and cause once again how do you speak a nation. Through its laws that they should both speak and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be what killed Don't tell me that we're not going to come to the time that there is going to be persecution in a church in persecution of God's people even to the point of death the Bible says this wonderful country we love is going to force us to worship in it in the dictates of the paper Roman power to honor them if we don't we will be kill as Bible says and we read a maybe. Bottle says that they should be killed notice verse 16 and he caused all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark in their right hand or in their forehead the no man might buy yourself save he that had the mark of the marker the name of the beast or the number of the name of his name here is wisdom let him that hath understanding count the number of the man who count the number of them report is the number of a man and his number is 600 threescore and 6 and I want you to stop and think here for a minute because the Bible is saying very clearly that this country that we love at some point in time is going to legislate worship that is going to reach chance across to Rome not tell you what I've appreciated the freedoms I've had but the Bible tells me and I believe the Bible is true that at some point in time that freedom we have and enjoy is going to be gone now listen as our conference lifts up Bible study offer dot com is our is our conference lifts up unlock revelation is our conference is encouraging the churches to go out and witness and share and do evangelism and do Bible studies is because we know there's a time coming that we are not going to be able to openly and freely do what we're doing right now let's get the work finished while we can a man so you begin to look at all of this and then ask yourself the question. Could that really be true. And I'll tell you what I believe it because the Bible says it in men that's all I mean but I want to read a screen for just a moment does the Bible given any indication of the in time events in light of this union Well spiritual decline natural disasters social chaos economic difficulties lead up to the church and state union let me ask you a question Do any of those fit us today absolutely they all fit us today saying takes advantage of the situation by introducing a false what spiritual revival I tell you what any. Revive old that does not lead you to a reformation is false you hear me. You see lots of people get revived lots of people get excited lots of people have feelings but if true revival comes then true reformation comes because you can't separate them in now you have lots of faults revivals going on but the Bible is very clear that true revival will bring Reformation So what is the image of the beast Well it's a likeness of church and state will unite to enforce religious practices is that what we just read absolutely How can you tell the difference between true and false revival. That's right love all ways leads to obedience this isn't Jesus says if you love me keep my commandments So listen we know that God is calling us to do a beating inside of love you evidence is not what they claim to do in his name evidence the evidence is an obedient lie I say a 20 says to the law and to the testimony if they speak not according to this word it's because there's not much light in it. That's why I don't let me get away with that but I want you to stop and think of that implication how many people are reading books by authors that are not preaching the truth and I've had people say oh yeah pass but I can discern what is right and what is wrong and and they got good points in other areas listen to me can you afford to listen to stuff that is there are no let me tell you're feeding your mind with stuff you shouldn't see because the Bible says to the law into the testimony if they speak not according to this word it's because there is no what no light in them that's right. This wonderful constitution that grants us freedom at some point in time will be broken knows what I'm going read you some quotes William Rehnquist the wall of separation between church and state is a metaphor based on what that history so would you say he's for or against church and state togetherness is for it absolutely this from the St Louis Dispatch as the 2nd century of the Bill of Rights draws to a close the Supreme Court is redefining what religious liberty will mean in the 3rd century broadly the court's new approach helps conventional religions while hurtin unconventional ones Justice William O. Douglas It seems to be plain that the by these laws a state compel 1 under the sanction of law to refrain from work or recreation on was Sunday because of the what majorities view on that day let me tell you if you follow the majority what's going to happen. Destruction you're going to end up in the wrong place that's right because Name a time period in the Bible that the Medinat truth was in majority. Even if the time of Christ. The state laws make Sunday a symbol of respect and heard here in state and church come together Christianity Today all businesses including gasoline stations and restaurants should close every what Sunday we were just traveling this last March to to our daughter's place in Washington as we went through North Dakota we saw in a paper there newspaper and it was talking about they had tried to repeal a law that was already in place that said that businesses had to be closed on Sunday unless they were necessary like hospitals ambulances police. You know now football. I'm just I'm just saying when you look at it it was amazing wasn't that Nancy but 2 papers and we brought them home because it's interesting because they already are practicing the issue of the Sunday law that says you can't after 8 on Sunday morning yeah it was like noon or 1 o'clock that's right I think yeah yeah now notice by force of Legislative to the daily elected officials of people what's what are they calling for a legislation of the law the dictates that you can't honor God and you must honor the papacy or Sunday is a holy day Roberson the New World Order the next obligation of citizen of God's order World Order owes is to himself Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy is a command for the personal benefit of each citizen now we probably can all agree with that can we know see goes on higher civilization is civilizations rise when people can rest and draw inspiration from God laws in America that mandated a day of rest Sunday laws have been nullified as a violation of the separation of church and state as an outright insult to God and His plan what is he saying there should never be a separation of church and state you ought to legislate religion only those policies that can can be shown to have a clearly secular purpose are recognized and be recognized this picture Pope John Paul the 2nd in can you recognize who is here former President Bush and his wife former President Bush former President Clinton and you begin to see the whole Cabinet of the of the United States of America. Than he gets this. As they go through in honor to Pope John Paul the 2nd could this happen in the United States. Let's see Miami Herald June 17 Southern Baptist Ignalina gene that they in the Roman Catholics have been in the same what hocks hole for years and formally endorsing Baptists Catholic dialogue. Journal March 219984 the Pentecostals as numerous in Nigeria as Catholics Paul John Paul is the symbolic father of all Bible devoted. Promise Keepers is a non-denominational religious movement it's a coming together of different churches now and I don't say what when that was all popular the Promise Keepers you realize they too had a set of beliefs and 1 of them I think it's number 6 of 7 says I agreed to set aside my day nomination all differences for the sake of unity. I couldn't do that Amen John Rahman's if there be any Roman Catholic readers who are inclined to favor freedom and free enterprise may they understand that they are church does not and therefore they must choose to either be good Catholics or good what Christians you see they make no bones about what they believe in. Much of the interference by federal state and local governments is in the affairs of the US of us people is due to what Roman Catholic influence in American politics you know we're worried about Russia right now and their influence in politics I'll tell you what Russia is not the 1 they better worry about him in. Notice while we're asleep in the Vatican has been pursuing ecumenicalism on a broad front on the following dates the Vatican began formal talks with various Christian bodies in 651965 the Ecumenical Council of Churches 66 the Anglican Church 67 the Methodists and Lutherans in the in 70. Reformed Alliance in 77 Disciples of Christ 80 the Orthodox Church 82 the Pentecostal movement 84 World Baptist alignment 86 a Vatican summit summons 130 leaders from 12 major religions to meet at Italy and pray for peace among them were snake worshippers fire worshippers Spiritus witch doctors and more. I cut you have heard to. Your true notice in The Washington Post November 1999 today the leaders of the modern Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches signed a document that officially settles essential argument about the nature of faith that Luther provoked the agreement declares in effect that it was all a. Misunderstanding I'll tell you was. Yeah the protest is over Yeah we're going to get to that next. Because in June 23 2014 Kenneth Copeland and James and Betty Robinson along with others when to visit with the pope and I'll tell you what is amazing you has made leaders like Goldstein and others that famous preachers that when and visited with the pope and it's it you began to see their excitement in fact 1 stated to the gather in a big a big program that Kenneth Copeland put onto a bunch of pastors and a message from the pope was led let us come together and he says the Lord is blessed scene as we all come together. Now listen you know. After his meeting with pro Pope Francis at the Vatican Copeland returned to report his success on the trip on his website Here's what he said I am so blessed what Jesus asked the father for in John 1721 that we may all be 1 in Him is finally coming to watch to pass Pope Francis is a man filled with the love of Jesus. Is that what we've read. All 8 of us in our meeting together with him were moved by the partner strong presence of who the Holy Spirit in our love for 1 another was strengthened beyond measure like I said I am so blessed What a time to be a believer now 1 telling you he is he is collaborating with the Vatican him in. Notice this this is the 5th 500th year anniversary of the Reformation senior Roman Catholic and Lutheran officials announced on Monday they would mark the $500.00 anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 as a what shared event rather than highlight the clash that split Western Christianity the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation represented a report in Geneva admitting both were guilty of harming Christian unity in the past and describing a growing consensus between the 2 churches in recent decades the $500.00 anniversary of Martin Luther's $95.00 theses the doctrinal challenge that launched the Protestant Reformation will be the 1st Senate Terry celebration in the age of ecumenist says I'm going global as I say Sion and in secularize ation of Western societies the awareness is drawing on Lutherans and Catholics that the struggle of the 16th century is all over the report said the reasons for mutually condemning each other's faith have. Fallen by the wayside let me tell you why we're sleeping there's a growing consensus of reaching the hands across the room and it's led by none other than the country we love so much and the religious leaders of this country and let me tell you as they put more and more pressure on what is happening in the government you will find that they will join hands and as they join hands they will begin to legislate laws and those laws will be pointed against God not for him as they said Catholic record Sunday is our mark of authority the church is above the Bible and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact of course from Faith of Our Fathers of course the Catholic Church claims that the change from Sabbath to Sunday was her act and this act as a mark of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters the central issue regarding the mark of the beast is what is worship that's absolutely right God's mark on the 7th day sabbath Roman Church is Mark on Sunday that's right this is to mean do we live in the time of the mark of the beast No but we're next to it. Because Have we enforced religious worship yet no then we're not in the issue of the mark of the beast because at that time when the mark of the beast is issued you're going to have a choice and I can be faithful to God or my god be faithful to me that time is upon us now if they haven't legislated religion do I know when it's going to happen I don't but I can tell you what it's already in place all they have to do is pull the key yes. Oh yeah you begin to look at it Sunday laws have been around for a long time. So it's all there all they've got to do is pull the trigger but listen brothers and sisters when that time comes you're no longer going to have the freedom to worship the way you want to or you're not going to have the opportunity to share your faith as you're if you're used to yes. Chain gangs Yeah there's no doubt listen I mean we look at those kind of things we think their time in a pass or a fallacy I want you to know the Bible is true. And though you may not be there yet I believe we're knocking on the door and I believe that Jesus is coming soon and we know before he comes this whole issue of the mark of the beast inforced worship some people and say ah that's never going to happen in UNITED STATES Well I'll tell you what I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God I believe God knows I believe God's true and I believe God's trying to warn us to get ready now because if you're not ready to stand in that day you think you're going to just automatically stand by you Mary but it's not very likely in men so when do you need to prepare now you need to be ready now today is a day of salvation you need to be prepared to decide where do I want to spend eternity I can only tell you for me in my house I want to serve Jesus and I want to be faithful and I want to hear when Jesus comes I want to look into his face and I want to hear the words Well done now good and faithful servant that's why when I pastor a church I love them I want to see them all in heaven I don't want 1 to be missing but let me tell you something at the end of the day what's most important to me is that Jesus knows I've done my best for him. Because if I want to please anybody it's Jesus I tell you what we've got too much people pleasing going on in church today and it's allowed too much compromise to go on I'll tell you what Spirit of Prophecy brings out the point that we've got to come back to primitive godliness and then study that out see what that means I'm telling you what that God is looking for a church that is bright and clean and pure and fully surrendered to Him him in so it's important that we realize you can't put In fact take your Bibles go with me to Matthew Chapter 10 for just a moment I got 1 minute Matthew Chapter 10. In notice with me in verse 21 Matthew Chapter 10 in verse 21. The Bible says Jesus is talking and the brother Shelby liver up the brother to death and the father of the child and the children shall raise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death and he should be hated of all men for my name's sake but he that endure is to the end Shelby was saved do you see what Jesus is saying he's brought to you the closest human connection that you have parents will Schild relationship and the same they're going to turn on but you've got to endure it and be faithful to me which means you have to do choose Jesus even over Mom and Dad you got to choose Jesus even over your children you got to choose to be faithful regardless of what the circumstances are because in the end we want Jesus to be happy why because we have to know because we want to go to have then. This and that's exactly right because listen if there was no heaven to win and no hell to shun my life has been better for serving Jesus anyone a man a man so all that other stuff the streets of gold and the heavenly mansions and all that that's just that those are just perks that's not while I go to heaven I want to be with Jesus in men and I just tell you that the Bible predicts there's going to be a time of trouble such as never was it we're going to go through and brother and sisters spend your Power time every day pray and study and pray that God will help you to understand His word and will keep you faithful and then choose you want to a for you choose to be faithful every day as bar has for order prayer of your kind Heavenly Father I just pray that today as we've studied your word that we have a a greater glimpse into what your bible says about this wonderful country that we love and the Lord you will help us to realize that today is the day we need to make a decision to be faithful to you in all matters of our life. And the Lord we will be what you want to study and so Lord bless us now because when you come we want to hear those words well done and the good and faithful servant so bless us now today and continue to bless us you can't meaning in Jesus' precious name. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons Please Visit W W W audio verse or.


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