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This message was presented at the G Y C to the end in Houston Texas for other resources like this visit us online and she Y.C. what. Would it be that this morning you have a word for us. Let it be a gentle tap to our shoulder or an arrow to our heart but let us leave here changed from the inside. Because of exposure to your word in the name of Jesus a man. Of a little. Tradition a little. Experience on Sabbath mornings for me. I go to the pantry. And get to choose my cereal. There are 3 Sabbath cereals. And I am not trying to sanctify these particular cereals. But there are 3 that I'd she was from on Sabbath morning. The other cereals have their chance Sunday through Friday but on Sabbath morning I choose from cornflakes Oh squares or puffins. Those are my 3 options choices. And any one of the 3. In my opinion work for Sabbath morning breakfast. Grab your Bibles go to the 1st chapter of Acts. Our theme is birth out of this narrative Acts chapter one and verse 4 just read to us moments ago Acts Chapter one of verse 4 and being assembled together with them he Jesus commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the Father did you hear the language Dr Luke. Employs. He commanded them. This is the same master that used his command to remove the demons from the demoniacs and throw them into the pig this command non-negotiable cogent and equivocal it must be done there is no option he commanded them not to the part from Duluth Jerusalem but to wait for the promise of the father which he. You've heard from me he says. You've heard from me. Or John truly baptized with water verse 5 but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now and so comes this command not an option but a command from Jesus you've got to stay here and wait for the promise of the father everything is is going to be a result of this John $316.00 for got to love the world that He sent Jesus and then Jesus is now saying Look everything I've done is now going to be poured out through this Gift so don't move without it. It's not like my Sabbath morning practice of going to the pantry and choosing. There are things there are options that we can choose but when it comes to this this was a command from G's. You must wait and pray and work with the Holy Spirit you can't do it without. This was not an option of different cereals you do it your way I'll do it my way. This was the way. I meant. So it's journey through the narrative verse 12. Or in Acts Chapter one then they return to roost to Jerusalem from the Mount called all of it which is near Jerusalem a sabbath days journey so the coming off the the higher plain there of Mt all of it about a sabbath days journey that's led some to wonder could it have been that Jesus ascended on a Sabbath. And when they entered they went into the upper room where they were staying and then it began to lift off their names as they've come together verse 14 these all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women and Mary the Mother of Jesus and with his brothers they knew. That this was not optional. This was a command of Jesus it was the only way in which it could be effective that is the life of Jesus. The life death and resurrection of Jesus was now all centered in this Gift. It was to be mobilized through its power so they came together in one accord Luke likes to use that that expression. Is only used one other time Paul uses it in Romans Chapter 15 but Luke uses it 10 times this one accord and it's a difficult word to to to express it's it's a combination of 2 words whole Hmong were were familiar with that word. Suydam him are not so familiar with with how to to combine those 2 but if it's some likeness they came together in some agreement. We know it wasn't absolute agreement about everything because the next thing they do in the narrative is they is they elect a replacement for Judas and in that replacement they have options that apparently they disagree on some thought Well Matthew some thought no no no no no no we've got to we've got to look for someone else so we're doing Joseph justice and mass the if they they have to make this we know that they think this through. So they're not in just total agreement about everything but they are there is this sense of mission missional agreement that that draws them together jump down a verse 15 in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples all together this is a parent's ethical statement our bodies all together the names were as about $120.00 interesting no according to Jewish law in order to start a new community you had to have a $120.00 people together. So Dr Luke has a parent that eclair just want to I just want to let you know that they met the requirement to start a new movement 120 Jewish law. Peter stood up. And now begins this conversation of an election church and business jumping down a verse 24. They prayed about it they said lord. You know the hearts of all which which implies that we don't. Let me just add as an aside here that we ought to be very beloved very careful or on how we interpret and decide what someone else's motive or heart is. Church or be very careful or interpret in the hearts of someone else. The implied though is we don't know their heart you alone oh god no the hearts of men and so we've got to leave this choice in your hands but we will use the practical methods we know to follow your lead and so they cast lots that would get you cast out of the church today. They cast lot. We would just do it by majority vote. But that was birthed in prayer and couched in prayer they understood would lead them to understand God's gaiety. But they didn't all agree otherwise Joseph justice would have been on the docket he was the one not elected. And something a login say hey look at where Paul shows up just a short while later Paul shows up it's almost as if God had him in the wings that he was but Dr Luke doesn't mind any of this he's not he's not. He's not distracted by the fact that the church had to do business that they came together and made some elections and made some decisions that was OK but what they could not disagree on was coming together in a mission a movement of prayer for the Holy Spirit that was coming and did. But the church says it came together and did business and then as it came together and prayed for the Holy Spirit as those 2 things came together in a community. John Stott says The stage was then set for the Holy Spirit. Church beloved. These 2 elements the church coming together to do business making decisions it can be to it can be distracting but Dr look at it no that's fine the church can do its business it's necessary. But it must have this component of prayer praying for the Holy Spirit. The stage was then set for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Oh Oh could we set the stage again. Could we set the stage again I want to take you. To pulling back the curtain and looking at what was happening in heaven during this time I wish we had more but we do have just a glance. We're back in we're still here in Acts Chapter one now for the very 1st verse. I'm sorry we're in Acts chapter 2 of the very 1st verse of actually after one is also good but Acts chapter 2 verse one when the day of Pentecost had fully come they were all with one accord there's Luke using the word again in one place and suddenly there came a sound from heaven a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting these 120 coming together doing business and praying together heaven opened its doors and poured out on them the Holy Spirit verse 33. Luke Chapter 2 verse 33. Peter is is given a sermon or preaching and he gives us a glimpse he says this Jesus was raised up of which we are all witnesses verse $32.00 verse $33.00 Therefore he being highly exalted to the right hand of God and having received from the father the promise of the Holy Spirit He then poured out this which you now see and hear who picks Luke says Look Jesus was resurrected he went back to Heaven and then he was exalted to the right hand of of the throne of God that. Is an interesting thought. We'll get there in a minute he's the father then gives permission for the Holy Spirit to be poured out Jesus takes that permission and he pours it out without a mom of hesitation he can't wait until his church is mobilized his community because everything he had done his life his death his resurrection was now going to be funneled through the Holy Spirit and ultimately through us. John. John the Revelator now leave your little get these little ribbons in your bible leave that little ribbon in Acts Chapter one go to the Book of Revelation the final picture Revelation Chapter 12. We read this verse just last night or this this passage. Acts chapter of Revelation Chapter 12 stick with me starting in verse one. What was heaven doing. During this. Moment. Will back up John starts. Not a great sign appeared in heaven a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet on her head a garland of 12 stars. Beloved we could spend a lot of time in Revelation Chapter 12 so I but. I invite you just to to move quickly with me. From our study of Revelation chapter 12 and the sign this is the symbolic picture of a woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet on her head a garland of 12 stars we understand that to be the church we we call it the church that can be confusing to some because the church isn't Intel at least that the terminology that we use isn't until the New Testament but we can say the community of God. All right. Then being with child she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth here is the faithful community of God as she becomes pregnant with a child she cries out in labor and pain to give birth that child is Jesus so John is watching the symbolic movement. Here is this woman representing the the community the faithful church of God. And that child will be delivered Jesus then come then he introduces us to these other players verse 3 and another sign appeared in heaven behold a great fiery red dragon having 7 heads and 10 horns and 7 diadems on his heads who is this. We don't have to guess beloved who is this is the Satan. Satan shows up and there's this bit of of sequence you will order as as John is introducing these players. Here's the woman now she's pregnant and she's in labor to give birth. On the scene shows up this fiery red dragon his tail by the way John says drew a 3rd of the stars of the heavens and threw them to the earth. What's that about. That's the beginning the visible beginning of the great controversy. When Satan was separated from heaven said you've got you can't be here any longer a 3rd of the angels. So we think there's something to this and so they pack up and head out with Satan. That's way back. Way back pre Adam any. But now that dragon stood before the woman who is ready to give birth to devour her child as soon as it was born and so now we're we've moved forward this is this is an overview of the great controversy and that dragon has now moved forward he's standing before the woman almost indifferent to the woman at this point. He knows that who he needs to be targeting is that child. Oh he doesn't like the woman the faithful woman but he's almost indifferent to her in and this moment as he stands before her he wants to devour the child he knows he can get to Jesus he can get it all verse 5 she bore a male child who was to rule all nations and now we know why he wanted to get out and he was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her child who was caught up to God and His throne he becomes the problem for the dragon the dragon knows if I'm going to rule all nations I've got to get to him. But he misses his chance Jesus does his work and then ascends he's caught up to the throne of God Peter in his sermon explains that he's caught up to the right hand of the throne of God. He missed his chance then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God that they should feed her their 1260 days so. The woman then had to go into hiding as it were a wilderness time 538 a day to 1798 those years where the church almost becomes invisible the faithful church Jay Wylie describes this as the period the midnight of the world was into a dynamics faithful visible representation on God but you see the sequence you will order 11 this is important now because there's a sequence or order where he moves one player at a time here's the faithful woman she's pregnant introduces the dragon he's going to stand before the woman he's going to try to devour the man child a man child is taken all right now he moves the woman forward into the wilderness he moves her forward and then he steps back and catches up on the child and the dragon verse 7 and war broke out in heaven Michael and his angel spot with the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought let me ask you a question beloved and be slow to answer when is verse 7 when his verse 7. Here we have this this sequence show order of the players moving forward and then the man child is taken up to the throne of God The woman then is moved into the wilderness and then there's war in heaven. When this verse 7 happens and within my community of faith we've often just written it off as something that John is referring to in the distant past. He's been moving forward the entire time and then we just rip it out and say no no that was that was thousands a years ago there's been war in heaven ever since the dragon took that 3rd of the angels but there was some sort of PA almost positive wanted there was always War there was there seems to be some sort of PA. The Book of Job lets us know that that Satan stood before God claiming representation of this planet the Gospel of John Jesus Himself says Satan has been standing before God accusing you. So we know that Satan had been allowed or permitted in some sense to stand before the throne of God. But now but now that man child has died and been arrested or wrecked and is now ascended and Peter says he is going to take the place next to the throne of God representing this earth and Satan now has for thousands of years since his removal been standing before God saying I I have been going to and fro on the earth I represent the earth Jesus arrives and says I beg to differ Holly moon. And now we have to stand before the throne that say they both represent us. There was war. There was war in heaven when Jesus returned as our now Representative he said I have been chosen I have given my blood I have the right to represent that plan if there was war say it wasn't about to give up his position. But he did not prevail verse 8. Nor was there a place found for them in heaven any longer John is saying there had been a place permitted for them for a time but no longer was there a place found for them in heaven they had to go and they had to go permanently. So the great dragon was cast out that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan say Heaven never had a question about who Satan was. But he was finally removed before the universe the serpent of old called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world he was cast of the earth and his angels were cast out with him then verse 10 I heard a loud voice in heaven saying now salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ has come for the accuser of our brother and who accuse them before God before our God day and night Satan's been in heaven a lot but in those 1st 4000 years he had been accusing us before God day and night you want to talk about a patient God He's been accusing. But the power of Christ has come and the accuser of our brother who is accuse them before God day and night has been cast down. Versa Levon and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to death verse 12 therefore rejoined Oh heavens and you who dwell in them heaven. Is now for ever written of Satan he has done he can no longer return Spirit of Prophecy clues and says the the UN fallings will not even talk to him anymore say they won't even talk read so I thought heavens we are done with that. Oh. Oh but whoa to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea for the devil has come down to you having great wrath because he knows he has a short time did you catch that beloved the heavens can rejoice now because they're done with him in that place but now he has moved from his indifference to the woman to now turning his own divided into the man child. Has beat him he has now been. Been been removed he can't accuse us before God day and night so he has only one thing left to do and that is the plague us swot to you and habitants of the earth the devil has come down being cast out of heaven knowing he has a short time step back. Meanwhile on planet Earth the $120.00 have gathered together to do church business and then to pray for the Holy Spirit and so they're praying they're seeking God's directive they're asking they're pleading for the Holy Spirit that's all that they can see but if you were to pull back the curtain. To the supernatural. Jesus is now on the right hand of the throne of God Satan is standing there saying no no no no no I've been here for thousands and I I and Jesus just. She drew stretches out his hands revealing the scars of his sacrifice and there's war in heaven. Satan is thrown out he's removed no longer does he have a place before the throne of God accusing us and the moment that that happens. The moment he is removed from heaven permanently. God says we now have the legal right of pouring our spirit out on that planet before Satan could accuse No no no no you can't pour your spirit out you can't do it I I am their representative and they don't want it but now Jesus stands before the throne as a father that day on it. And like a man and a woman who are deeply in love when they see each other after after a day a pause or after a brief time apart there is no delay in their union they don't look across the room and say a catch after the service. They come together immediately and so it is that Jesus is saying we've got to pour it out there ready. G Y C Let's do it again. Beloved let's do it again. Could it be that that little group of faithful prayer warriors in X. days Jesus the proof as he stood before the throne that they indeed were ready. For the Holy Spirit could it be that when a group of a community come together doing church business but pray pleadingly. For the Holy Spirit could it be that that always gives Jesus proof that we're ready for the Holy Spirit could it be in our final moments of verse history that heaven is again in need. Of a community pray. Let's do it again G Y C Let's do it again church let's do it again. One of my favorite prayer authors E.-M. bounds lays it out very clearly praying is a spiritual work Human nature does not like taxing spiritual work human nature wants the sale to heaven under a pleasant breeze and a full smooth sea prayer is a humbling work in a base is our intellect and pride crucifies vain glory and signals our spiritual bankruptcy all of these are hard for the flesh and blood to bear the past has not exhausted the possibilities nor the demands for doing great things for God let's do it again my favorite favorite lines someone handed them to me on a slip of paper I still have them in the back of my Bible. It's a letter Ellen White wrote while she was in Australia 899 she addresses it to Sister Henry listen to these words when the 3rd angels message shall go forth with a loud voice and the whole earth shall be lightened with his glory the Holy Spirit is poured out upon God's people heaven's going to do it again. The revenue of glory has been accumulating for this closing work of the 3rd angel's message of the prayers that have been ascending for the fulfillment of the promise of the descent of the Holy Spirit not one has been lost. Each prayer has as it been a drop in the vase filling it up each prayer has been accumulating ready to overflow and pour forth a healing flood of heavenly influence and accumulated light for the world. Let's do it again I live in a little town called Johnstown outside of a larger community Loveland in Fort Collins in Colorado our little town. Built a new sports store sporting goods store called Shiels shields puts a ferris wheel in the middle of their store it's huge We're a little town but we're next to this bludger community and they build this huge sporting goods store. And in this morning it stores this huge Ferris wheel. For a fund raising event and publicity shields and the town and the mayor of our little town Johnstown got together and the mayor said I'll ride that Ferris wheel for 50 hours straight as a fundraiser 50 hours on a Fed You've been on a ferris wheel 50 hours I'm good with 5 minutes 5 and we've done 50 hours or so last year the mayor of Johnstown got on that Ferris wheel and rode it for the next 50 hours. In case you're wondering he started on Thursday wrote it all Thursday night. All day Friday all day Friday night all day sabbath into Sabbath night raised $22000.00 for feeding the hungry $22000.00 for 50 hours seems a little low for me but its name is Scott James reading the story for 50 hours on the fares. But here's beloved What I'd like to bring to you if a little town mayor is willing to ride a Ferris wheel for 50 hours in order to raise $22000.00 what is the Church of Christ willing to do for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit you want to talk about persistence talk to the mayor of Johnstown 50 hours he's stuck with it. Ellen why does saying look every prayer is added to the cup and it will fill up and it will one day be poured out but keep praying the prayers. Jesus is beside the throne representing us he is crackdown King he represents us now he knows we want it but let's demonstrated to the on Fallen universe we are ready for the Holy Spirit. From our crowned representative. It's a bit of a cheesy cheesy line but it speaks to me old young boy went to bed one night grandfather clock he would listen to in the hallway would chime its hours as the time passed the little boy is in his bed though and he has sleepless he just can't fall asleep he listens to the clock it 10 and then 11 and then midnight and he just can't go to sleep here's the clock chime again what now should be want to clock out but the clock mouse functions and it begins to chime 123-891-0111 extension 213 with horror he jumps from his bed and runs down the hallway up launching himself on to his parents' bed crying wake up. Wake up. It's later than ever before it's 13. A clock beloved It's 13 o'clock so Jesus Himself gives us the invitation Luke Chapter 11 just listen to these words let them let them cover you I say to you says Jesus asked and it will be given to you seek and you will find knock and the door will be opened if you then though you are evil know how to give good gifts to your children how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. That's the invitation of Jesus brights repeated so we would miss the point ask seek knock the father wants to give the Holy Spirit. A little book in your registration packet called steps to personal revival if you re page 11 it will read this special invitation shows us that according to Jesus something essential something essential it cannot be done without is missing when we don't persistently ask for the Holy Spirit. He draws a to our attention that we absolutely need the Holy Spirit who has the joy Peter does. Are now represented our crown prince. Will take that promise and pour it out on us and saw beloved to the very end. God is calling a people that will ask seek and not they will stay interest want to do business of course but then they will pray and bleed with all of their hearts I saw a picture of the prayer room this morning while we prepared in the back hallelujah it's happened let's do it again. Let's do it again could it be that Jesus the crown prince needs a church that will press together one more time for a final throw down of say. He's been cast out of the heavens but what to the Earth let's do it again one more time let's remove him from this planet now. So before the UN fall in and the fall in witnesses in this place I would invite you to make a decision that your crown of Representative is Jesus. That you will stand for Him Jesus your mind. And then a commitment that you will press together in prayer beloved start a prayer group in your church go at 8 am and pray tell 9 invite the pastor the elders. Invite everyone. We must do it again. It will happen the same way. A group of people pray. G.'s our crown prince will come down and remove say. Again. Let's do it again do I seek out invite you. Going to be that today we would stand we would stand as a physical representation to the fallen and fall and that we accept Jesus as our crown prince he represents us and we will press together and prayer the Holy Spirit can be poured out could it be that standing here we make that statement. This message is recorded at the to the end in Houston Texas. Supporting Ministry of the 7th Day Adventist Church seeks to inspire young people to be bible based pricing and so many Christians to download or purchase other resources like this visit us on line and she Y.C. what happened or.

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