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True or False Revival

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • February 20, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Currently we are in a series that we are calling hope in the last days. And last week we focused on how we don't need to fear the last days Christ will bring us through the crisis a man we focus not on the pain but the promises and we don't get depressed as we think about doom but rather we focus on the deliverance in Jesus Christ so we can not only face what is coming but we can face it confidently and courageously in Jesus Christ amen. Fact we looked last week at the coming crisis anticipated or dreaded and we looked at these 4 key events the proclamation of the Gospel the announcement of the judgment the call to worship the creator and lastly a warning against falls worship and today we're looking at a different peace revival genuine or counterfeit and next week we'll look at shaken or sealed So for today's peace revival true or false revival genuine or counterfeit. Have miners it's good to be prepared when you are out backpacking and camping and all of the rest but spiritually Pathfinders is to prepare you as well and so we're going to look at that today you know just as God use Romans in the Reformation period and God is Martin Luther to bring about revival that was present truth for that hour so in these last days I believe Revelation is present truth for our time in this hour and we read in Revelation Chapter one Verse one the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Who God gave Him to show his servants things which must shortly eat take place. And continuing on in verse 3 Blessed is He who does 3 things I don't know about you but I want to be blessed I want to do these 3 things Blessed is He who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it for the time is near God wants his in time people to also be prepare not to be caught off guard. But to be ready for what is coming. You know we look at the news every time we turn on the news I can't help but see signs that say be prepared be prepared be prepared we have never lived I believe in the time that's been quite this crazy where the pope is choosing to weigh in on our political process we live in interesting times. And as we jump into revelation today we will be in Revelation quite as much but will be and some I want to look at 2 principles when it comes to prophecy the 1st principle is repetition and enlarge meant repetition and large meant. We will never interpret prophecy wrongly if you understand this principle which is rather simple and basic repetition and large amount and so if we look at Daniel 2 for example in Daniel 2 we have a basic outline of history that takes you from the days of Babylon and then me to Persia Greece and Rome and then the break of Roman Empire and the coming of Christ we get that outline dont we. But then we move to Daniel Chapter 7 it covers the same ground but then you add that the repetition but then the enlargement you add the judgment and the little horn. Then when you get to Daniel Chapter 8 covers the same ground except it begins and Mido Persia and it goes through Rome the breaking up of the Roman Empire then the little horn the papacy then the judgment and adds the cleansing of the sanctuary so again this idea of repetition and enlargement and by the time you get to Daniel Chapter 11 and the conflict with the king of the north and essentially does the same thing but like Chapter 8 It also leaves out Babylon because his vision is in the days of media Persia and takes us all the way through we have a similar thing in Revelation Revelation Chapter one we have the basic introduction and all time sequence prophecies begins right here in the time the Prophet will look at that in just a minute and then we have the 7 churches which gives us the basic outline if you will then we have the 7 seals which amplifies and enlarges the 7 churches followed by the 7 trumpets which amplify even further the 7 churches and the 7 seals and by the time you get to Revelation 12 it's like a hinge in the book so the 1st principle is repetition and largely And the 2nd principle is time sequence prophecies always begin where the prophet is if you cast so in Daniel 2 It begins in Babylon. At anchors us there because that's where the prophet is by the time you get to Daniel Chapter $8.11 it begins in Mito Persia because at that time Babylon is already passed on and it's starting where the prophet is makes sense. So in Revelation Well there's Daniel to Daniel 7 and then Daniel 8 starts in Persia and then 11 as well so in Revelation where should the time prophecy begin Are you with me according to this principle it should happen in the days of John or begin a new way or the days of Rome. So if you deal with the 7 churches the 7 seals and 7 trumpets in this way it certainly helps otherwise you get all confused you have all kinds of random interpretations start at various times and on and on and on it can lead to all kinds of confusion by the time you get to the trumpets everything is out of control so in Daniel chapters one to 6 we have the how to be ready in times and Daniel Chapter 7 through 12 it answers more of the when in time events will occur in Revelation 1211 again you have this idea of how the practical chapters of a church facing in time and how to prepare that's what we learn in the 7 churches the different kinds of Christians in every age and how to prepare that's what we learn in the 7 seals what the church would face and how to prepare that's what we learn in the 7 trumpets so this is the entire purpose. In the 1st 11 chapters so just like Daniel you have the how 1st in Revelation and then the when 2nd but when you get to Revelation chapters 12 to 22 more of the when the unfolding in the unique detail in time of Vince that answers the when question. So that's a little groundwork remember these 2 principles repetition enlargement and time sequence prophecy always begins where the prophet is that will help us today but now we're going to jump into this revival of true or false revival is it genuine or counterfeit. Did a wonderful job of Remus our scripture today Chapter 6 verse 12 you know these verses well for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this Age Against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The battle is going to be between Christ and Satan good and evil. I mean if the devil can deceive one 3rd of the angels in heaven can we not expect him to pull out every stop at in time. So we're entering a battle and we need to know the battle plan but thank the Lord that we do not go forward blindly but we can be prepare. You know in every war there is a war strategy and I'm thankful that in Revelation in the books of the Bible that also give us insight into Revelation we can understand the devil's war strategy isn't that what every war general would want to know the enemy's war strategy. And so we're going to look at the object of Satan's attack this morning both for non Christians but also for Christians and 7th Day Adventists and so here we have Satan's 2 strategies for non christians Satan's 2 strategies for non Christian strategy number one war conflict and strife. As a strategy for deception Matthew $24.00 verse 7 we read 4 nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom and there will be famine and pestilence earthquakes in various places and friends wars happen not simply because political powers are in conflict wars happened because the devil once them to happen it's a strategy of his deception and great controversy 589 we read this Satan delights in war for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood it is his object the devil's object to incite the nations to war against one another where he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God is that insightful quote It's the devil that incites war to distract us to bring out the worst passions in us by the way a little aside some of them as believe that when they sign up for the military they automatically will get their Sabbath off and they won't have to bear arms that's not the case because there is no draft and in a when you're not in a time of draft and you forfeit when you sign up for the military you forfeit those rights so strategy number one war conflict and strife but Strategy number 2 natural disasters economic chaos and social collapse. Continuing on and great controversy 589 it says Satan works through the elements also to garden garner his harvest of unprepared souls he has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature and uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows in accidents and calamities by sea and by land ing great conflagrations that's fires in fierce tornadoes and terrific hail storms in Tempest floods Cyclons tidal waves and earthquakes in every place and enough 1000 forms Satan is exercising his power he sweeps away the ripening harvest and famine and distress follow he imparts to the air a deadly taint and thousands perish by the pestilence these visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous. We see. You once walked according to the course of this world according to the prince of the power of that. He studies in laboratories of nature he comes up with all kinds of ways the kind that cause all these problems where we have fewer natural disasters and in times no fewer famines no fewer hurricanes. And who is behind it all and why does this plan work well people take for granted that God causes these disasters don't you file your insurance claim and there is a thing that you can fill out this says this was an act of I never see it's an act of the devil is an act of God. And it gives Satan an opportunity to blame disasters on faithful Bible believing Christians who are attempting to live in harmony with God's will so in summary you have repetition you have been largely You have the 3 angels message the Gospel going to the ends of the earth and the call for men and women to obedience to God and is done in the midst of increasing war and calamity and natural disasters and the devil blames God and hardens people in error he's working both ends against the middle listening. Because the calamities but then he blames God for the same calamity but this strategy doesn't work for everyone so he has strategies also for Christians and for 7th they have this let's look at those These are sayings for strategies now not for non Christians but for Christians and for 7th Day Adventists strategy number one faults and counterfeit miracles Matthew 2424. That's not it oh well we'll skip it we'll look it up we've got Bibles we're always prepared Matthew 2424. There we read for false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect great signs and wonders miracles to deceive if possible even the very elect who are the very elect this will come into non Adventist Christian world but will also come into the church as well I believe will God work miracles that in time yes is it important to know the difference between true and false Americal ZZ at the end let's look at this verse now Matthew chapter 7. I just had the wrong text it was right there along you knew that. And. I do want you to look at Matthew chapter 7 I want you to see this for yourself. Matthew chapter 7 verse 21 don't worry about the screen for this. Matthew chapter 7 verse 21 we read not everyone who says to me Lord Lord shall enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does reference to obedience the will of My Father in Heaven many not a few but many will say to me in that day Lord Lord have we not prophesied in your name cast out demons in your name and done many wonders or miracles in your name and then I will declare to them I never knew you Depart from Me you who practice lawlessness. Again reference to obedience he never knew them. He never knew them and apparently just because you do something in the name of the Lord doesn't mean God's and it. Doesn't mean he's behind the activity and why not verse 23 tells us I never do you part me depart from me you who practice law lists NASS all the miracles in the world do not justify disobedience. You can tell the difference between true and false miracles are you more interested in the gifts of the spirit the you are interested in the fruits of the Spirit are you leaving your minds vulnerable to being the sea I had a church member one time he actually was one of my elders and he love the sensational. And you want to be part of this in safely one big crowds come any one big crowds come listen to him speak he want to be able to speak in tongues you want to do all of these things but he was not at all concerned about having the fruits of the Spirit in his own life in fact later it came to my attention that he smoked marijuana and I had to deal with that where in the Bible does God tell us to seek for the gift of healing or the gift of miracles or the gift of prophecy does it tell us to seek after those things 1st Corinthians as if it were on Earth of Earth we're going to look up 1st Corinthians Chapter 12 verse 4 there are Diversity's of gives but the same spirit and verse 11 but one in the same spirit works all these things distributing to each one individually as you desire. Know as He wills so the Holy Spirit distributes the guests as he wills we seek the fruits of the Spirit and God gives us these gifts as he sees fit so if I am lobbying for a certain give. That's a problem collations 522 but the fruit of the Spirit is love joy peace patients kindness goodness faithfulness gentleness self-control. Against such things there is no law but if you're caught in the spectacular and you want power you may get it from the source of fallen or false power no better to seek the fruits of the spirit. And allow Jesus to be manifest in you. To say Lord whatever you want me to do in my life that glorifies you I'm willing to do but the emphasis on this charismatic gifts of the spirit and many a church today is a quick fix for a superficial. Generation. There is not disciplined and study in the Word of God. That transforms our character and heart and mind and soul and life so how do you tell the difference between true and false miracles you tell it by attitude. By ambition by what the heart seeks God does not pour out His Holy Spirit in miracle working power to those seeking self glory God does not pour out the Holy Spirit in the mornings then the evening you can go party if you're more interested in the gift of tongues than dealing with your own critical tongue. In the wrong time the miracle of healings healing John sickness is a greater interest to you than the healing of your lustful thoughts you're in the wrong healing. If the miracle you want is the miracle of power in your life rather than transform ation of your own heart you're looking for the wrong miracle but God has a group of people to say Jesus I'm yours whatever you want to do with me so be it and it is those people that are safe for the Holy Spirit to be poured into their lives and we will see miracles for the glory of God. Satan's. Has faults marigolds and he has some objectives he wants to accomplish I believe in these false miracles one is false miracles are Americal if we could just say create a false religious excitement. It builds ego builds the self looks at me and not him is the illusion of religion this is a sacred religious concert by the way. The illusion of religion the illusion of spirituality but it is not the transformation of character there's no repentance there's no dealing with sin 2nd objective. To strengthen people and disobedience and rebellion again Christian concert. Does that look like dealing with Santa or is that simply strengthening people in disobedience and rebellion if I have the power why do I have to worry about the Sabbath this dichotomy between truth and power and thirdly it discredits God's people why go over it that small turns instead over here I've got the power to look at all the people coming out in mass to my church and worship service and friends there is no justification for a dead evidence church with the message we have and the power of the Holy Spirit every avenue is church should be on fire for him. There's 2 things to note those savings counterfeits are always high quality if you notice that I don't mean high quality in the fact that they're good but high quality in the fact that well they're good now I got you confused say never does anything half way does that make a little more sense his counterfeits are always high quality remember when Moses threw down his rod and pharaohs assistance also threw down their rod high quality same as counterfeits both miracles and the truth you can believe a lie but you can only know the truth. Second best alone eons to verse 9 I want you look that one up with me as well if you have your Bibles turned a 2nd Thessalonians chapter 2 verse 9 an interesting passage. Because it talks about lies and miracles together in the same passage 2nd Corinthians Chapter 2 Thessalonians what I think Corinthians 2 Corinthians OK 2nd best alone eons chapter 2 verse 9 will get it right that's what you're there for. Keep me straight now and see if I can read the right verse in my Bible the coming of the lawless one is according to the working Satan with all powers signs or marigolds and line wonders. So the anti-Christ has power signs line wonders and he is the law this one let's keep going verse 10 and with all unrighteousness with all unrighteous deception among those who perished because they did not receive the love of the truth they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the law now God is not active in sending but allows the slide to come. So if you don't love the truth this passage is saying to us if we don't love the truth if we don't long after the truth seek out the truth. We will believe a lie the truth is the only thing to counter act a lie otherwise how do I know if it's a lie sounds good enough people are believing in the past as well worn. So the devil works up this false religious revival to counterfeit merit calls the introduces error so was the way to not receive the law by simple to love the truth to be immersed in the truth. And then verse 12 and 13 let's finish this. They that all may be condemned did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness 1st for 13 but we are bound to give thanks to God always for you brother and be loved by the Lord because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the spirit leave in the truth there it is again what is it that keeps us secure. It's the holding us is the Spirit working in us it's the truth sanctifying us so how you tell difference being true and false miracles God will work through marigolds through those totally surrendered to Him whose hearts are of undivided loyalty who are committed to his word who want to live obedient and God fearing lives who have this group fruits of the spirit manifest in their lives. But false miracles will be worked by those who want to quick fix that superficial. Imprecise emphasizing the godly life of sanctification and obedience and do whatever you want but come and feel religious for now. So we need to keep moving here for strategies we looked at the 1st one faults and counterfeit miracles these are strategies for Christians and 7th Day Adventist strategy number 2 counterfeit religious revival and all of these go together quite closely the last great move in the world is not a secular movement folks in which secular men and women oppose the people of God No the last great movement will be a religious movement a counterfeit to the revival of pretty primitive godliness. That will be taken place among God's people the last great movement will be a religious movement maybe the pope will weigh in. And the arguments brought against the Saints in the last days will be religious arguments the motivations for those walking close to their Heavenly Father will be religious motivation. With all of this happening why can't we just come together why can't we just pray why don't you open up your churches on Sunday and be part of this in fact it seems like you're kind of blocking what God wants to do. Great controversy for 64 it says before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth now that's the 7 plagues will talk about those later so before the 7 last legs before the close of probation the final visitation on the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since Apostolate times I believe that's a reference to the latter rain falling not all at once but I know I use a plate temp an E. and oftentimes you start low and you grow and you build and you get louder and more intense that's a crescendo Ellen White says we're living in the time of the latter rain now but I believe it's only going to build and Christian. Continuing on the spirit and power of God will be poured out upon his children the enemy of soul desired still hinder this work the latter rain the loud cry and before the time of such a movement shall come he states and will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit So there's a counterfeit revival within Adventism take place before or after the Latter Rain and loud cry are given in its fullness wait a minute there will be in the world and in some avenues churches counterfeit religious revival that will be for. The outpouring of the Latter Rain and the loud cry. Doesn't make sense what good is the counterfeit after the fact the devil reads prophecy he knows that the final pouring of the Latter Rain loud cry will finish God's work so Satan wants to get people involved in the counterfeit so they will miss the truth. That's what he's talking about the quote goes on in those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is being poured out. But will thousands be saying this is God's special blessing but it will be there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest are Gerges for we do have a an expansion of our sanctuary. Multitude will exult that God is working marvelously for them when the work is that of another spirit under our religious guys Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world what can we expect to see here's what we can expect to see here in America we can expect to see a mighty religious interest we can expect economic chaos we can expect further disaster and turmoil and in that context churches will be calling for all night prayer vigils there will be great churches across America that rise up and revival there will be miracles as sweep through these churches they will be the gift of tongues that sweep through many advantageous that have been barren spiritually longing for something genuine and authentic but have not rooted their minds in the Word of God will be swept off their feet I haven't is and will be affected by the crisis that will come. The false revival that will take place in the context of chaos will sweep almost the whole world but there will be those who are loyal and faithful and true to God. Who are longing to reflect and their lives the fruits of the spirit love joy peace. Their longing to bring glory to his name they have surrendered their hearts to the remnant they seek His will and upon this group of people the Holy Spirit is poured out the loud cry is given with thousands of voices all over the world the honest in heart are drawn and multiplied millions come into this last day message and it triumphs in glory that's all we can expect for strategies we need to get moving. Strategy number 3 spiritualism I must only need to talk about this one through the agency of spiritual as Americans will be rocked the sick will be healed and many undeniable wonders will be performed. And as a spiritual profess faith in the Bible and manifest respect for the institutions of the church their work will be accepted as a manifestation of divine power through spiritualism Satan appears as a benefactor of the race healing the diseases of the people and professing to present a new and more exalted system a religious faith through spiritualism So the devil's going to use spiritual life after death experiences I could tell you about experiences you could tell me probably about experiences too like every time I do a Bible say with somebody they say oh but I have a question you know grandma was coming back even even Sharon Ferguson has her own testimony when she was coming into the church. Of a family member that continued to visit her until she understood the truth on this issue. And the devil is just going rampant with this it's all over in the media I almost shudder to show you there is a T.V. show called Supernatural you can hardly read it in between these 2 guys so I try to blow it up it says all evil all will see the light it's what it says and the snake can in their way we'll move on medium I came out a while ago Ghost Whisperer this is spiritualism folks this is another T.V. series called Grimm. You can just read about it online and know that it's not I mean look at the hand there I think this person is trying to protect people from supernatural spirits that haunt them and I mean it just goes on and on. This on the screen very long these are 2 movies that are out that are extremely spiritual spiritualistic in nature and they want to something else Job Chapter 79 and 10 the Dead never return to their homes that says The world doesn't believe that but that's what the Bible says Ecclesiastes 95 the living know that they will die but the dead know not anything. Where you go on Psalm 65 in the grave there is no remembrance of you and Psalm 115 says the dead praise not the lore but the devil's having a field day with this one. And it's all when this huge door if I can just be a little bit curious if a mind can be open to this idea of the netherworld and all the rest now the devil exists in his angels exist. But not in the ways that he portrays and you're opening Pandora's Box when you go there. Friends the devil is going to palm off a huge counterfeit and here it is unless you have faith in the Word of God and you have not learned to trust your emotions you will be deceived I will be to see. If I have learned to trust merely my emotions if you allow yourself to be hyped up constantly. And you live on an experience of the emotional high the devil will give to you faults emotional high that's why God is leading us back to his word as wisely as something solid something secure the devil always Once us to base truth. On experience God wants us to evaluate our experience by truth there is a difference my experience does not determine what is truth truth always governs and guys and shapes my experience it's not that I long for an experience and because I have that experience that verifies what truth is that's backwards but all experience and religious belief is tested by the truth not the other way around but to a generation that says we need to have an experience. That's what these concerts are driven by come to our you'll have an experience you'll feel God to your core are you going to be able to hear anything else for the next 3 days but you'll feel no and sometimes I hear that too about well our worship services we need to really experience we need to be careful God created emotions he wants us to feel his presence and to feel that peace and all those things but if we're hooked merely on an experience void of truth that's a problem and we'll be deceived. The devil can give a counterfeit experience through spiritualism and lastly here strategy number 4 Satan's impersonate of Christ great controversy 624 as the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself or person a Christ the church has long professed to look to the Saviors admin as the consummation of her hopes now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come in different parts of the earth Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation and you can read those verses there that description. And so the false lead to rain comes before the true the false loud cry comes before the true the fall to miracles before the true the false Manifestation of God 2nd coming before the True but thank God for His word thank God for the light on the map on the road ahead that we can be prepared Hosea 6123 come and let us return to the Lord for He has torn but he will heal us he has stricken but he will bind up after 2 days he will revive us on the 3rd day he will raise us up that we may live in His sight let us pursued the knowledge of the Lord's key his going forth is established as the morning he will come to us like the rain like the latter and former rain on the earth God will have the final word you know the former rain fell gently in the spring. Waters the seed helps it germinate starts to grow but it's the latter rain that brings a mighty harvest can the Latter Rain germinate seed that's not been planted can latter rain cause crops to grow. If they're not already there and Luke Chapter 8 we have the parable of the Sower Jesus says the seed is the Word of God. Take the seed of his word and planted in your heart I believe the Holy Spirit longs to intensify the virtues that have already been planted in your life and mine and you might be thinking we passed down all that literature to no avail we did a man who wasn't and nobody was baptized. When did God say only do it if you get results so the seed passed out the literature give the bible studies give the message of God because when the latter rain falls in its fullness all those T.V. radio evangelism Bible studies are going to come to a great harvest for God and thousands and thousands will come to this last day message. We need to be see seed Sowers seed flingers in every place we go throwing sea don't worry about all those people that say it can't be done don't worry about those people say oh you spend all your money out of Angeles I'm Yeah what do you spend your money on. I'm not worried about that. I'm not worried about some ego test egotistical success syndrome all I want to do is I want to do it for Jesus. Tell somebody about Jesus. Give the Bible study get involved in that radio program whatever it is do it for Jesus the work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost in fact right before this it talks about how the Holy Spirit works in our Advent movement and he talks about how that will be nothing in comparison to what God will do and then he says this The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost as the former rain was given and the outpoint of the Holy Spirit as the opening of the gospel to cause the upspringing of the precious seed so the latter rain will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest and then there we have 6 verse 3 then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord his going forth is prepared as the morning and he shall come unto us the rain as the latter in the former rain on to the earth and then she quotes Joel 223 be glad then you children of Zion and rejoice in the Lord your God for he had given you the former rain moderately. He has given you the former rain moderately When was the former given. Pentecost how many were baptized in a single day 3000 that's moderately. Compared to what is to come it says he will cause to come down for you the rain the former rain and the latter rain and then acts 2 in the last days say of God I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh and it shall come to pass that who so ever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. And that beautiful promise. God's people God's truth God's Church will not be outdone by Satan. There will be those on their knees praying and seeking Him who are fully surrendered to Jesus who are passionate about sharing his love with others and he will pour out His Spirit in Latter Rain power. And the work of God on earth will be finished there will be a crisis but Christ will take us through the crisis there will be a great shaky but God's truth will prevail or we thank you for this beautiful message that you have given and intrusted to us Lord may we not hide it under a bushel but when we proclaim it with all love insensitivity but with boldness and with courage because it is your message for this world for this time we know that hell will not prevail against your kingdom that you will have the last word and we want to be found faithful on that day by your grace we pray in Jesus name him in. 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 body overs or if you would like to listen to more service to visit W W W dot. Org.


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