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Crisis or Commitment

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • March 12, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Well the words came in don't worry about it. Are you sure yeah yeah don't don't worry about it. Those were the words that forever haunted after that Kerman a Tyler he was the one on duty back in 1941 Sunday morning on a Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Army Air Forces a 1st lieutenant on temporary duty in fact and when it was reported that there was a big blip on the radar screen Don't worry about it. They were pretty sure that they were just big B. 17 bombers that were due at any time and though this blip was 132 miles away with time with do respond in some way shape or form Don't worry about it but you know the rest of the story instead the blip on the radar screen was the 1st wave of 2 waves of 180 Japanese fighters with torpedoes torpedo bombs dive bombers horizontal bombers that surprised attacked Pearl Harbor and the island main airfields at 7 48 am plunging the United States into World War 2. Now the Army Air Force years said it wasn't his fault he wasn't charged with anything they said he did nothing wrong but what enough is what always haunted him what if I would have and could have given a heads up to everybody on the ground the Book of Revelation reveals God's final warning for mankind. And friends I believe we need to sound the alarm. Not in an alarmist way but in order to prepare people for the crisis that is impending. At a time when people say peace and safety when they say don't worry about it. We are continuing a series called Hope in these last days and we've been going through a number of topics. First the coming crisis anticipated or dreaded we've covered that revival genuine or counterfeit we've covered that last time I spoke it was shaken or C. old and Pastor Hyman talked about the lay of the sea in church last week and then this week worship and the national Sunday law and the next week close of probation the 7 last plagues and then eventually after bachelor heaven and eternity is that for real and so that's a series that we have been going through but the central issue that I want to talk about today is loyalty to God whom will you worship Revelation 147 we've looked at this verse before fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment has come and do what we worship Him who made heaven and earth the sea and springs of water issue throughout time has been the worship whether it's been bale or am an RA The God of the Egyptians or Bellmawr do the God of the Babylonians or Apollo or Venus or Zeus the God of the Romans whom will you worship has been the call and we see it again in Revelation Chapter 9 if anyone worships the beast and his image and receive his mark on his forehead or on his hand he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God. 2 forms of worship whom we worship has everything to do with ourselves. And why does God deserve our worship very quickly here revelation 411 You are worthy Oh lord to receive glory and honor and power like this song we just heard Holy holy holy for you created all things and by your will they existed and were created. He is the creator and secondly the 10 Commandments they give a command to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy as we sung about earlier 6 days you shall labor and do all your work but the 7th day is this out of the Lord your God. And one of the 2 identifying characteristics of God's people in the last days we looked at that to Revelation 1412 here is the patience of the Saints Here are those who keep the commandments of God All 10 and the faith of Jesus they keep him commitments the faith or testimony of Jesus in the last days in these last days God is looking for a people that love God whose faith fills their hearts and leads them to keep all 10 of God's commandments and what is the center of the great controversy the law of God great controversy 582 says this the last great conflict between truth and error is about the final struggle of the long standing controversy concerning the what is it law of God. Upon this battle we are now entering a battle between the laws of min and the precepts of Jehovah in the great controversy Lucifer wins against God's law. And said their created beings are superior to the creator and they could judge for themselves between right and wrong and that I was unnecessary to obey follow your heart perhaps So the central issue is worship worship is at the heart of God's law as we just saw and the final struggle is over God's law so this morning this piece that we're going to look at what it will bring about this union of church and state well we'll see here all there is the one of the events that will lead up to the union of church and state or a national Sunday law that's what we're looking at today and so we'll see here that Satan has 2 strategies for deception to make this happen strategy number one counterfeit revivals we touched on that a little bit before we'll look at some more today but working to apparent religious bodies and organizations to cause I counterfeit religious revival and it will be big and strategy number 2 war calamities and natural disasters and so we have a profile of the last days we have the Gospel being preached to the world which creates a reaction from saying before the latter rain and loud cries Satan will bring a counterfeit revival and then they'll also be calamity economic chaos war strife and the list goes on and so we see here in Revelation 13 verse 13 and 14 I want you to open your Bible there's a few verses I want us to actually see for ourselves and our own by wills. And this is one of them Revelation Chapter 13 beginning in verse 13. We're in the last part of our Bibles last book of the Bible Book of Revelation Chapter 13 and we're reading about the beast from the earth and it says here in Revelation 13 verse 13 he performs great signs or Americans that even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth and the sight of mynd I hear some say oh that fire that must be a nuclear bomb that goes off how do we interpret scripture we compare Scripture with Scripture so when is the 1st mention of fire in the Bible can you recall while in Genesis Chapter 3. We have the fiery sword you member the angel after Adam and Eve are cast out of the Garden of Eden and the angel is standing there with a fiery sword representing the presence of God They're no longer able to go in next we see fired the burning bush and Moses again fire representing the presence of God We see the pillar of cloud in the wilderness again representing one presence of God we have the glory and the most holy place representing the presence of God we didn't see a logic calling fire down from heaven presence of God we have tongues of fire and the Book of Acts speaking of the presence of God through the Holy Spirit so this is a false presence of God This is a false or counterfeit revival and we read on verse 14 and he to see those who dwell on the earth by those signs or miracles which he was granted to do in sight of the beast telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. And so we have this beast this faults religious leader and we have this image to the beast a type or counterfeit of any time we see an image in scripture it's the opposite of so here we have a type or a counterfeit an opposite of the law of God opposite of the genuine the image in Daniel 3 is opposite your recall of the genuine in the dream and Daniel Chapter 2 all gold verses various metals you remember so in Revelation Chapter 13 of the image of the beast is not to Jesus Sabbath is the sign of the symbol of our worship to Jesus a call to worship the Creator who can recreate your heart a symbol of righteousness by faith as we rest in our salvation in him but the devil has it all mixed up doesn't it have you heard someone say oh you go to church on Sabbath that's legal is Dick that's right is this by works of friends just the opposite How so you might say when we keep Sabbath that we rest from our labors don't we just like Christ rested after the cross and completed salvation when we rest every Sabbath we are resting in the power and grace. That redeem the world we are resting from our work and accepting his work on the cross so Sabbath is a symbol of rest that connects us to even lost to the cross and to the coming of Christ because south of the Reminds us of the day when God is going to recreate the heavens and the earth. So I rest in completed creation I rest in completed redemption and I rest in a God who is going to complete the work at in time. That's the 7. You might recall Abel believed in the right distance by faith because he did what God said Cain believed in a right to snus by works because he did what felt right to him and his own heart so if I accept man's work in place of the Sabbath itself and accept a counterfeit in place of the truth then I'm accepting the works of man the offering of Cain and doing what I want to do and that's right as by works not rights in this life. So Sunday is legalism because doing what man commands not what God commands Sabbath is a symbol of grace because I rest in His love and care so in Revelation 13 the image of counterfeit sabbath that is an image made to man in contradistinction to the genuine authentic Sabbath that God's given and why did so many keep the counterfeit it says in the text because of Americans and wonders and signs that have been performed in those churches as a result of the faults revival where Wall this lead turned on me just a few pages over maybe just one page to Revelation Chapter 16 verse 14 in the 6th pledge and will study the plagues next week the Revelation Chapter $1614.00 we read this for they are spirits of demons performing some signs or marigolds there it is again which go out to the kings of the earth and the whole world to gather them to the battle of the day great day of God Almighty in verse 16 it talks about the ORM again. So what's happening. So God's work is going forward and as the Latter Rain is being poured out and the loud cry is being given before it reaches its fullness remember its a climax its building and before it reaches its fullness same begins a counterfeit religious revival in an attempt to bring the entire world this verse just said into a single unity at a time of conflict and strife and calamity as the devil brings about this 3 fold Union Protestantism Catholic ism or Catholicism scuse me and paganism or spiritualism and they're unified under a call for a single day of worship how does he do that. Maire calls signs to bring the whole world to the battle of Armageddon that says as we just read We've already seen false miracles in Revelation Chapter 13 we saw them in your Revelation Chapter 161 other place I want to point you to is Revelation chapter I say the Revelation Chapter 19 verse 14 I don't think I'd change the 14 to 20 I think we're going to go to Revelation Chapter 19 verse 20 so don't pay attention to the screen on that one Revelation Chapter 19 verse 20 says then the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who works signs or marigolds in his presence by which he deceive those who receive the mark of the beast and those who worship Him is image Who was it who received the mark of the beast and why did they receive the mark of the beast and what deceived them because they accepted the false what miracles look at this quotation from great controversy 590. It says the great deceiver will persuade man that those who serve God are causing these evils the calamity all the problems going on the world the class that have provoked the displeasure of heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God's Commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors continuing on continuing on there it is and it will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday Sabbath that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced and that those who present the claims of the 4th Commandment thus destroying reverence for Sunday are trouble are the people preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity why was this be regarded in this way another quote here from great controversy 589 while appearing to the children of man as great physician who can heal all their maladies he Satan will bring disease disaster until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation even now he is at work in accidents calamities by sea and by land and great conflagrations and fierce tornadoes and terrific hail storms so what's going to happen to the populous cities they're reduced to ruin. And desolation But what does he do he appears to be the great physician on the one hand he's working a false revival and marigolds and on the other hand he's destroying cities as we've just read even now he's at work and all of these calamities and then as we finish off this quote we read in Tempest flood Cyclons title ways and earthquakes in every place and in a 1000 forms Satan is exercising his power. What will eventually happen well we have here and great controversy again 5000000 to even free America oh it's not going to happen in America it could never happen in America were founded on freedom and religious freedom that's how we started out. Even free America rulers and legislators in order to secure public favor what's public favor popularity here to secure votes to get elected. There were yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance tell you to what the popular demand in fact we saw this happen just last year didn't really all the sudden marriage was redefined. By a small group of people because of the popular demand Where's the demand come from comes from a dictator right no the demand comes from the people where we find this in the Bible you may ask Well it's back in Revelation verse 3013 I'm sorry where we looked already and there's a particular word that is used it's a very interesting word N L Y picks up on this and you have it in various translations is a little bit different I think the most clear translation is the King James version which is here on the screen it says and this even them that dwell on the earth by the means of those Americans which he had power to do in the sight of the beast saying to them that dwell in the earth that they should make an image to the beast who are them the dwell in the earth who are they that's the people right so this is not some dictator This is not some big brother. But even in America rulers legislators in order to secure public favor way yield to the popular demand of the people for a law enforcing the Sunday and so I'm going to attempt to break down a charge here. Because on the one hand you have a 3 fold Union Catholicism Protestantism and spiritual lism and they unite because of faults revivals in Catholicism they unite because of faults revivals and Protestant ism they unite because of faults revivals in spiritual ism they human ite because there are Americans and Catholicism there is Americans and process in Islam there are Americans in spiritual ism and they unite based on the false doctrines of immortality of the stole and essentially what happens is they say we need a common day of rest and worship to bring us all together in unity why because on the other side of our chart having at the same time. We have war terrorism natural disasters economic calamity famines all of these things that are saying we need to get back to God we've lost God's favor we need to unite they're happening simultaneously they're climaxing simultaneously and so there's a popular demand and what will the popular demand be only if we had a common day of rest and worship only if everyone were united. Only if everyone were worshipping together let's drop these differences now sure Baptists will still be Baptist and Pentecostals will still be Pentecostal Hindus will still be Hindus it doesn't mean that all Muslims will become Catholic Tano but under convenience because of a great crisis that is occurring. And because Americans are going on and being worked in all of these various churches and religious bodies they will say we will accept a single day of common rest and worship to worship God in the context of our own personalities yes and the context of our own religion but let's come together on the single day of worship can we at least do that. And so we have this popular demand that leads to legislators influenced to pass an amendment to the US Constitution perhaps we have a national Sunday law and eventually we have an international Sunday law from the outcry of the people as both of these things are happening fault survivals counterfeit false doctrine and all the disaster and we have to come together and the cry is from the bottom up not the top down so sometimes you hear I hear they're meeting and I heard just recently that perhaps the pope the last visit he may they were talking about his in cyclical and how they're gathering together to try to enforce Sunday legislation that type of thing I'm not saying it didn't happen I wasn't there so I can't verify for sure what happened or not and could it be that the devil is setting that up so everything is ready and primed to go when all these other things become filled in that people start to cry out certainly. But all timidly what's going to push it over the top is the cry from the people they so make an image to the these so we have here in great controversy 588 through the 2 great heirs the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation for spiritual ism and we certainly see that today the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome and we see that happening today the Protestants of the United States will be for most in stretching their hands across the Gulf who is that now the Protestants and they'll be what for most so's we should expect to see my numerical sweeping through Protestant churches we should expect to see some of those churches packed we should expect to see thousands going to those churches Oh I want to go to their church to learn church growth I want to learn how to really do a service and pack the house. You may learn church growth but you may learn something else too and maybe it's not the kind of growth that God wants as you have Constantine we're having a seminar on church growth how to pack the church in the 4th century would you go a better get back to this quotation the Protestants the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the goal to get grass the hand of spiritualism they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Roman power and under the influence of this 3 fold Union this country will follow in the steps of Rome and trampling on the rights of conscience so what happens in this time of crisis where there is a religious revival the union takes place and it's not a denomination all differences are dropped but rather that you maintain your denominational differences but unite on 2 points the immortality of the soul which opens up for fall to miracles and spiritualism and Sunday sacredness that's all they need. And I imagine they'll come to us. As these calamities are happening as the world is falling apart as revival seems to be taking place in their churches and their pack they will come to us and I imagine them saying we all can worship why are you guys so different why are you so strange and odd look at the war look at the conflict look at the strife couldn't you set aside the 1st day of the week with the rest of society to see God in prayer are you not a people of prayer why don't you open your churches for prayer unnerve I will that day what was happening in another US This is obviously the moving of the Spirit of God Look at the tongues look at the prophecy look at the Americans why don't you go along but having us recognize that this is all fulfillment of Bible prophecy a counterfeit revival not dealing with the fruits of the spirit but with sensationalism signs and wonders we want to be united but we've been to be united in our God's truth we believe in the true ecumenical movement of John 1717 it says sanctify them by your word your word is truth. We believe God will have a true unity movement of all faiths and creeds that he is leading together that unite under the true banner of his word and under the banner of the Sabbath before he comes we don't accept the fact that signs and wonders will bring people together and this kind of unity so maybe you're thinking what will ultimately happen. Well we'll have increasing magnitude Sunday law enforcement we've talked about. Those that are musicians that means when I played timpani in Yorkshire I started soft and I got loud that was a crescendo now goes the other way around I understand but this is where we're starting out small and it grows and grows and grows and grows and the same is done not just with the war clammy and not just with revival but with Sunday law enforcement it will be a cushy endo just like the latter rain and the loud cry it will be a crescendo just like the shaking so these are not events on a calendar but they begin and gain greater force over time are you with me I believe it's the same with the National Sunday law 1st the laws passed but the penalties get tighter and tighter and tighter 1st phase negative tide of public opinion negative tide of public opinion we read in great controversy 592 those who wanted the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order as breaking down the moral restraints of society causing Anarky and corruption and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth their conscientious scruples will be pronounced obstinance see stubbornness and contempt of authority they will be accused of disaffection toward the government so the tide of public opinion turns against the Sabbath keepers and notice the clear language is declared that they are stubborn that they don't go along with authority. They're accused of disaffection So that's the 1st the tide of public opinion going against the 2nd they're offered rewards or punishment we see some of this and World War 2 as well but that's also what never can as Or did isn't it if you interpret the dream I will. Give you rewards and great wealth but if you don't interpret the dream cut off your head when you really have trouble in rewards or punishment I will start out that drastic for us at this phase just yet but again in World War 2 If you went along you had greater food rations you had nicer clothes for your kids you could have shoes for your kids you could have a case in the list goes on great controversy says the dignitaries of the church and state will unite to bribe persuade or compel all classes to honor Sunday they will be threatened with fines and imprisonment and some will be offered positions of influence and others reward advantages as inducements to read their faith I didn't advance it did I sorry there it is. Did you get the picture strong correlation offering rewards or punishment I can't help but think of this verse in Jeremiah 12 verse 5 if you have run with the footman and they have wearied you then how can you contend with the horses if you sell out for the Sabbath today and play the Judas today how are you possibly going to stand in the crisis Oh I'm going to stand then but you don't stand today. You're on faithful in your tie today no amount of money will bribe me in the time of crisis but I need to pay my child's school tuition so I'm unfaithful in my tie today step by step they yielded God gives us in His gracious mercy tasks today not because the test in itself is so important but because the character that we develop. In following him is important just like the children's story the little things and when you follow him today in financial matters you follow him tomorrow in financial matters but when you're on faithful untied today you will yield to the bribes that they offer you then because the love of money and lack of faith will be deep within your heart God invites us to day in his grace for love and mercy. To be faithful to the task he gives us today so we can triumph with him tomorrow nothing will give me to give up prized by non-selling for food honestly I would never give up my favorite food where those 17 chocolate eclairs you get the point if I could not control my appetite today. If there never was a secret told that I couldn't keep Did you hear did you hear about someone so I can play and I haven't learned to be discreet today will I be one of those betrayers in the time of trouble that's coming see this message is not merely for people in the future this message is for you and for me today it's a call to be faithful in our stewardship to Jesus it's a call to be so in Christ that my body is given to him that I control my lusts and my passions today because if there is something you can't control the devil going to play on that he's going to trip you up on that thing you can't control your passions I'll tell you something the devil's going to play on that. And he will deal with you when the crisis breaks. Surrender your passions to him today so in your body to him today so in your appetites to him today surrender today to this living Christ in your finances be faithful to this living Christ be faithful to your friends when they tell you something don't go badly and every person that you see that walks around in the name of Christian sanctity all Mary told me this and I know I shouldn't say anything but I just love her so much I just have to tell you when you promise not to tell anyone else how many things have gone to the whole church with that little phrase you just have to promise not to tell anyone else. Before you know it the whole church knows but they've all promised not to tell anyone else if you love that person so much keep your mouth shut learn what to say and what not to say because there will be a ton that what you say is absolutely critical during the days of communism one slip of a word would put a friend in prison they knew about how to be discreet ask God to give you a sanctified tongue so there will be a negative tide of public opinion. Secondly as this question no build they'll be offering awards or punishment thirdly an economic boycott we read about this in desire of ages 12122 and the last great conflict of the controversy was saying those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off because they refuse to break his law in obedience to earthly powers they will be forbidden to buy or sell no wine or selling we will learn dependence on God Isaiah 33 Verse 16 bread will be given him his water will be sure what to day totally dependent on him. So today if you have to pray about some tuition money for school thank God that you're learning to lift weights of faith they embody here like to lift weights I like to lift them to try and stay in shape you'll never know it would you but that's OK But you know you don't bench press 285 pounds on the 1st day 1st try you have to begin with those little 10 pound weights right so God gives you those little trials today thank is name for those little trials that are preparing and building spiritual muscle so when that day comes we can be totally dependent on him last not last next the last phase is imprisonment great controversy 608 as the defenders of truth refused to honor the Sunday Sabbath some of them will be thrust into prison some will be exiled some will be treated as slaves slavery will return. And then the last number 5 per cent of death great controversy $60.00 for all who refuse compliance will be visited with the civil penalties and it will finally be declare finally be declared that they are deserving of death so it begins with a negative tide of public opinion then they're offered rewards or punishment then there's an economic boycott nobody can buy or sell then finally imprisonment and then alternate Lee death scientists of Great Eastern University one of those Ivy League schools were doing some experiments on lambs you may not like the experiments and maybe you've heard Mark families share this and all price shared in our meetings coming up again but it makes a good point I believe they were doing experiments on land and they would put them in a pan. With about a dozen feeding stations and at each of these feeding stations they attach a little electrode. With which they could chalk the lamb as it was feeding and so they put this cute little lamb in the pan and it's running around all sun it goes to a feeding station and it gets a shock and it panics and it runs away and it finds a different feeding station and again it gets sucked in panics and runs away to a different feeding station in a different station until eventually this little lamb is shocked at every single one of the feeding stations in the pan. And this lamb goes to the middle of the pan and starts shaking and falls over and dies from too much stress they wanted to see how much is the Lamb could take then they took the twin of that little lamb they put the twin in the same pin with the same feeding stations going to do the same thing the only thing they did different was they put mother in the pin as well and so when there's a lamb went to the 1st being station he got shocked and he started to panic and he ran away and he went over to mama and he found the mother lamb and went. In the mamma Lamb said. And this the lamb went back to the same feeding station teach the more. Got shocked again lifted his head up looked over them oh Bob Ah mamma said. There's where the experiment breaks down we don't know what they're saying. Eventually that lamb after they shocked it over and over and over continued to feed from that station because its mother was in the pan that 2nd Lamb had a place to run and the shocks of life did not cause her to shake or to collapse. But to continue through in the coming crisis it's not about how strong you are but how strong he is perhaps somebody here has been going through some real trials in life some real heartache some disappointment even shock to this feeding station and shock that feeding station you've been shocked at school or at work things didn't go as you wished you didn't get the grades that you were hoping for maybe even shocked in some relationship that you've been investing in it's not worked out and it's ended badly maybe you feel isolated and alone you've been shot maybe even here in this church things have not gone well for you and you've been shocked and you came in this morning wondering if you're even going to hang in there because you've been shot so much maybe your health is troubling your friends I want to tell you this morning in the shocks of life he is there Matthew. 11 verse $28.00 come to me all you who are labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest and another verse I love Isaiah 491516 can a woman forget her nursing child and not have compassion on the son of her own Surely they may forget I dare you to find a mother but surely they may forget yet I will not forget you see I have inscribed you on the palm of my hands he said. And every miner Shockley allows us doesn't see in those socks but in every minor Shockley allows us to have today is because he is helping us to run to him more quickly. He's helping us to depend on him more fully. He's helping us to find grace and peace and strength in him in Jesus and through Jesus and because of Jesus there is no way that the shocks of life can destroy you you don't have to worry about the coming time trouble trouble as long as you are sheltered in his arms. As long as you trust in Him dear lord you are a friend or is having. In the trials of life. And the shocks of life you are there. And Father sometimes you've gotten pretty upset. We fallen apart when things have happened to us. I don't know what we longed so much tell our trials like that little lamb to draw us to you. And Lord we really long to know you better. Father we do not live in fear. We live in hope and confidence. And so Father we would pray this morning that you would send us from this place. With hearts filled with your love your grace your goodness your courage. Help us to know that you are our best friend. That you hold our hand and that in the conflict to come. You are there by our side. And you. Are going to get us through. Lord we think of ourselves and we know our weakness. We look to you. And we thank you for your strength. Thank you in Jesus name that we are secure. In Christ named. Him in. This media was brought to you by audio for years 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 servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.


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