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7. Revelation's Great Escape

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • April 9, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Tonight we're looking at Revelations Great Escape and we have a lot that we need to cover and so we're just going to jump in and have a word of prayer and get started our eyes less power heads. Dear Heavenly Father we thank you so much for your goodness to us we thank you for good health and how good we can feel when we follow the directive that we find in scripture and the original diet that you gave in the Garden of Eden and nuts and grains and and eating or drinking all the proper water that we need to and Lord to this Daniel fast that we did not that long ago so many improve their health and how well they felt significantly and Lord what are some other areas in our life that you long to give us peace and hope and assurance in these times in which we live if we follow yet again your directive straight out of Scripture so we ask your Holy Spirit will be here again to night guide and direct us and all that we do may be clear we pray in Jesus name a name in our committee for that happens I believe Jesus is going to come back and we have a lot of evidence in Scripture of this event and that's going to be our topic tonight the great escape and so we're going to be looking at God in time plan as revealed in His Word and we're going to start again in our book of Revelation Chapter one Verse one the Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave Him to show his servants things which must shortly take place and he sent an signified it by his angel to his servant John so jump into the back of the book now Revelation 22 verse 12 and behold I am coming quickly and my reward is with me to give to everyone according to his work and so when Jesus was here the question was asked what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age. Fair question right and that's the same question that we're asking tonight and so Jesus started talking and telling them in Matthew chapter $24.00 this is in verse $24.00 for false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders so I imagine if the devil's going to counterfeit with false prophets there's probably going to be true prophets otherwise it wouldn't be counterfeit and that's one of the warning signs he gives us false Christ and false prophets doing great signs and wonders now we don't live too far away from Asheville and sometimes you can go hiking on these trails and all a sudden you find beads and you find the stones and you find all this stuff and at 1st it's kind of Iowa less fun when the oh listen this is leave that there because in our area there's a lot of this mystical type of thinking and practice and all kinds of things that in my opinion is very much not Biblical. In fact it's trying to tap into something I don't want to have anything to do with it says United States during the last decade the number of people who identify themselves as belonging to the New Age movement increased 247 percent that's kind of depressing. New Age Is there anything new about it no how old is the hills the modern occult Wiccan Pagan and Druid religion is now listed among the 10 largest organized religions in the country teens especially are attracted to these occult movements and outnumber older converts by 3 to one and if you look on T.V. which I don't advise you to do it's everywhere. It's really difficult today to find a good Christian based anything on television and I applaud some of these movie makers that are trying to make some some films that are more along the line with Christian thinking. And I'm not trying to say I agree with everything that they do but I applaud them for their effort to try to change and channel things in a healthier direction right but more often than not AGAIN and AGAIN And AGAIN you have this feeding of the curiosity with this netherworld and this dark side and if you just do this and if you just do that and our kids are practicing not even far from here I heard stories not that long ago of kids making things in mirrors and calling out certain things to try and get spirits to come and they certainly did come and the kids were scared half to death and all these things where they learning these things. Andy Griffith. Lassie. No that's long gone. And here you have maybe a false preacher counterfeits are not always easy to recognize and my counterfeit How do you know. Who told you I'm not a counterfeit Maybe I am a counterfeit and what better thing for a counterfeit to do than suggest is a counterfeit so they know things you can't who really is a counterfeit not be kind of it. What you think you know you may not know because I know if you don't know. Break up a family unit. Complacent attitude towards spiritual things and moral living do we see that. Birth to unmarried women the United States is only goes to 2004 but you see it going up and up. 50 to 75 percent of all marriages end in divorce I was going to throw this out here for free. I'm studying to get my doctorate in family ministry and one of the class that we had a couple years ago was talking about divorce this very topic and he was telling us about a study where people were able to from their own I mean they just asked him the question after their divorce they said 5 years after they got this group back together and they said OK now that you're divorced are you more happy or are you less happy they're not telling them how to answer they're not trying to trick them with all these other questions they're just asking they're a straightforward Are you more happy or less happy because typically the idea is well you know it just didn't work out it didn't work out and we tried with everything we could do and I understand it takes 2 I understand to have to be willing to try understand their situations that you can't do anything about I understand that but the idea is I'm not happy I deserve better and so I'm going to get out that's oftentimes the idea not always but from their own answers 5 years later so I've had a chance to be free to see somebody else or whatever it is they say I'm less happy they bring those same people back 10 years later are you more happy or less happy than when you were married to this person guess what it was less happy so if anybody here things that divorce is just the easy button that you buy at Staples and you say you know what we tried it didn't work out next there's a lot more to it than that you truly do cleave and when you break apart it leaves serious scars and wounds and I'm not trying to add salt to the wounds and if that's happened somebody here I'm sorry. And we need to be compassionate to people that have gone through that we need to rally around people that have gone through that but we also need to remember if we're in a marriage that's maybe not just perfect we need to be careful thinking that divorce is just an easy button the U.S. Census Bureau 2005 American Community Survey 50.3 percent of households are headed by unmarried families 46.9 percent of people over age of 15 are unmarried 31.7 percent children live in unmarried households and again I think these are probably all to 6 just 2007 but a lot's happened since and I want to the statistic of children being raised by same sex couples and that kind of thing. Again I don't want to be. Hard to these people or seem and compassionate but it's one thing to feel a certain way it's quite another to embrace something none of us here are immune to sin right we all have our own struggles and he who is without sin cast the 1st stone right that apply to the homosexual I think it does. But it's one thing to feel drawn in a certain way it's quite another to lobby for your rights it's one thing for me to practice something in my life that's not honorable to God It's quite another when I give up entirely and I say I should be able to do this thing there should be nothing wrong with it you see the difference it does what we are as a society it's no longer but it's is lobbying and saying this should be perfectly OK when we have a book bible far away we have a book right here oh well it only has 70 passages that even talk about it yes and all 78 passages are abundantly clear they don't live leave in the wiggle room. Oh that was culturally conditioned Oh well it was it's always that my friend as soon as you start saying that about any part of scripture and I understand there's parts that are hard to understand and so I just think we have to put on the shelf that this issue is not one of those issues it's very plain now do I sin in areas that the Bible is very plain on YES Do I need to ask for forgiveness yes 20 God's power to overcome those areas yes do I need to just give up and say it's OK I should be and how to do this no and if it is I start to pick apart the scripture and say OK this part's good this party going to was ripped out of this part going to rip out that part and rip on this part offends me and rip that out in my will to a whole thing away and that's what you watch anybody who does that and practices that eventually this book has no bearing on their life at all period none because they've learned what to do. Strikes across something that I enjoy doing throw it out right. Boy. How does this happen OK we've got to roll. Rising crime and violence that hasn't happened has it. Will report on violence and health against a more old city statistics each year more than $1600000.00 people worldwide lose their lives to violence I'm sure it's higher than that by now many more injured and suffering from a range of physical sexual. Reproductive and mental health problems and it's $2002.00 what would it be 8 years later 14 years later violence is among the leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 years worldwide as in 2000 to. Get Me Started to keep going. Accounting for about 40 percent of deaths among males and 7000 deaths of Monk female economic uncertainty we don't have that do a oh my revelation 8074 in one hour such great riches came to nothing. How many of you are carrying much cash on you now. You know I'm going to raise your hand are you. Fred the bridge is going to hit you up we live in a cashless society and very quickly have you saw what came upon us some of you may have some different you know banking or whatever you saw telltale signs but for the general public at large peace and safety peace and safety over there below No it's not calm down and then all of a boom bottom falls out overnight while most of us are sleeping people are scrambling shit big people are shipping money to other places around the world because they have some insight and just like that things change I see that as I have 4 kids that means my wife has been pregnant 4 times I'm also not a math major but anyway we're little stars going into labor I've learned after 4 kids there is that. No problem we got a little time but I better start getting things in order make sure my bags packed make sure this is a clue how long I was there OK make sure things are all right to go. How you feel is with I don't know I think. Who want to sit down. You get the idea right I don't even dare say my wife is I think. How foolish am I if there's a significant and I think peace and safety we'll be fine have babies not come in is not due for another week this is ridiculous. Here are economy did a pretty significant. Piece say. When we find. Foreclosures home for sale we work bailout the unemployed jobs now signs are being fulfilled here just to review false christ wars rumors of wars cries for peace and safety famines pestilence earthquakes sexual immorality homes falling apart violence violence killing our land economic uncertainty friends I believe Jesus is coming soon there are too many birth pains for us to just sit on our hands and say nothing is going to happen revelation 911 now I saw heaven open and behold a white horse and he who sat on him was called faithful and true and in the right distance he judges and makes war and the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen white and clean followed him on white horses a white horse is a symbol of purity and victory and triumphed Jesus is about to mount the white horse and he's about to come in victory to triumph once and for all over the sin sick planet. Christ comes to vanquish the enemy he comes as KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS he will finish the story and be the victor mony he will. Revelation 1115 they came into this world have become the kingdoms our Lord and His Christ and He shall reign how long for ever and ever Lucifer wishes he could claim that about himself that he knows his days are numbered and he's upset. And he's working with all his mind to do one last jab so he was going to look like. God is not some mystic guessing about the future Jesus is not guess he knows he sees the end from the beginning he's the Alvin the a maggot we saw that this morning so the 2nd coming is not vague it is specific So let's look at some of the single scripture that the Bible talks to us about regarding the 2nd Coming and what to look for. Fire water there here we go. The 2nd coming is not an unidentified flying object the coming Messiah will not rise up as an earthly charismatic leader God in time plan is revealed in His Word and so we're going to look at some of these promises Luke 1723 man will tell you there he is or Here he is do not go running off after them they might tell you he's in this city or in that city he's doing all kinds of things that he does he healed and he stops the ears of the deaf and the eyes of the blind and he's bringing people back from the dead and all kinds of incredible things are happening guess what when Jesus comes the 2nd time will be completely different when he came the 1st time but people that don't know their Bibles they don't know any of these things this looks exactly like Jesus he's in everything he just did he's quoting scripture he's over here come see let's go check it out don't do it how come $24.00 for the Son of Man in His day will be like the lightning which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other if you've ever been a real lightning storm you don't miss it when the lightning strikes it gets your attention you can have your eyelids shut and you see that there's lightning right. Christ is coming down from above he won't rise up from below that's another key point OK. And he's not going to be doing all the things that he did before that was the 1st time there's a story I shared a couple weeks ago this couple was new to a town and then barbecue was missing and it just moved in and out there on the porch that's where the barbecue supposed to go and they went and I looked for their barbecue it was gone what kind of a neighborhood do we move into that solar barbecue or pretty upset about this nobody likes to be robbed from especially when you're new to a community expecting a loaf of bread maybe some flowers and they take a barbecue Well then lo and behold the barbecue showed back up. And they were all excited because in the barbecue says we just borrowed it so hard for an inconvenience for your income means here are 2 tickets enjoy the show on us and there were some local event happening in town they were all excited wow they get these Take these are really great tickets good seats right up front let's go and so sure enough on Thursday night they went to this big event and when they came back. Empty it was gone. They did. Christ coming will be a literal event it's not going to be secret you're not going to miss it it's literal let's look at some more signs this same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven the same way must be different right now the same way the same way and cracked up when people say what you think the Bible means right here you have the best answers for that I think it means exactly what it says no not you think it's a spiritual you know and it's got all this other kind of well sometimes in prophecy you have some difficult language and you can know that it's prophecy but by and large I think the Bible means exactly what it says. Here come back in the same way what does that mean I think it means that when Seth a real crisis and a real Christ will descend that make sense another sign Christ coming will be of visible sign. Visible me Behold these coming with clouds and every eye will see him What do you suppose and means on their T.V.'s right no you means that when it says my eye is going to see him. I see Michael Jordan you have where I don't know I clearly did you actually I saw him on T.V. oh me doesn't count come on I have seen the croc on him but he passed away you can touch me later OK cries coming will be an audible of it you know you know who he is that's OK. Cries coming will be an audible I'm in what is ot of all for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the arguendo with the trumpet of God and everybody. What you think it means I think it means exactly what is it does. With a shout and an trumpet if you've ever been in a band before you know the director always gets upset the trumpets trumpets quiet down there's other people trying to play. They have a similar experience those trumpets can play so. You suppose that's the point vision the verse and the dead in Christ will rise 1st that's a beautiful promise the dead in Christ will rise 1st I can't wait for that day all of us have put people in the ground it's not a pleasant experience but on that day we're going to rise 1st. I wonder if I'll notice when that happens. So we have a loud voice a shout a trumpet all these people that were dead in Christ are rising. Sure hope I don't miss that is that even possible I don't think it's possible at all and the dead in Christ will rise for then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Now this topic may bring up some other questions in your mind put them on hold we're going to talk about those but I love this idea of now the dead in Christ rise 1st what is that name and the exactly what it says and those that are still alive and remain What does it mean hopefully you and I we follow Jesus Christ and we need in the air and we're with the Lord. That's a beautiful picture and if I'm not careful now launched in another topic. And thus we shall always be with the Lord Matthew $2426.00 Therefore if they say to you Look he is in the desert do not go out Christ coming will be a glorious of in Matthew 20 $427.00 for lighting that comes from the east is visible even to the west so will be the coming of the Son of Man we find both in Revelation and in Matthew he doesn't want us to miss it right. The real Christ is coming in the sky in the clouds and you and I are going to witness it if we're alive on that day and therefore dead in Christ will be race 1st we won't have to missed out and in that way either the real price is coming to resurrect the dead I just love some of these pictures but this one isn't so good the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn why the morning when I go amped up about the police officer if you were here that night same cop same lights everything the same except one major difference one I'M GOING TO 100 miles an hour the other I'm going 10 under the speed limit and if I'm going to under the speed limit I just got passed by some 100 miles an hour. But if I'm going 100 miles an hour I'm I'm like this. Tech cop comes up to my door. I think I was mean what did I do. The. Same event. Same event it's not only believers who will see Him when He comes when Christ comes the 2nd time every eye sees him back in Matthew $24.00 they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory so Jesus comes literally literally visibly audibly and gloriously Christ coming will be a climactic event and I don't want to miss it 1st Corinthians $155153.00 Listen I tell you mystery we will not all sleep but we will all be changed in a flash in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed is now beautiful for the perishable must call itself with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality notice that's when we get immortality just file that away we'll talk about that some more later that's when the moral and the one that Paris's is close with the things that are imperishable and with immortality when Jesus comes and here's some in a 6 sided about that day revelation 153 great and marvelous are your works Lord God Almighty just and true are your ways. Of the saints there's all kinds of things that happen in this world by man in the reunions that will take place and Isaiah 25 verse 9 this is what I want to be on my lips right here behold this is our God I want to say this is my God about you this is our God we have waited for him and he will save us that time before everything is going to be crazy all hell will break loose but this is the God saves us at the 11th hour. When we have no idea how we're going to get around by through under over we're stuck in every sense of the word but behold Jesus comes this is our God we wait for him and he will save us this is the Lord we have waited for him and he we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation same of in 2 different responses Revelation 61517 says and the kings of the earth the great men the rich men the commanders the mighty men every slave in every free man known as a lot of these people are doing pretty good in worldly standards right and what does it say hid themselves in the caves in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and rocks fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb we know we know we've blown it we made a poor choice and it's going to cost us rock fall on us hide us very similar to these Ponzi schemes or whatever when someone gets found out oftentimes there's no trial because the person does them selves in the same idea in the. Same idea for the Gray Davis wrath is come and who is able to stand 2nd currency and 6 1st to behold analogy except the time behold now is the day of salvation now's the time don't wait until then honestly if you Hail Mary's in good luck now is the day now is the time I don't think he's coming for another 100 years that's fine. But he hit the bottom of this road down here because your brakes don't work and that Mack truck plowed right into YOU 100 years just went real fast for you or for me now is the accepted time. Our eternal destiny has been settled by the choices we make today that's the reality of it like they are today doesn't matter do what you want today live for yourself today live it up for today. I'll tell you the whole scheme of things 5000000000 years from now I'm not going to care 2 hoots about today as far as all the things I could've would've should've done something worldly things right all these temptations all the things I that would have been fulfilling to me all the cases I would have liked to have taken all these things that would have self-serving all the rest I'm going to be in heaven for 5000000000 years anything and look back and think man I shall live it up while I was on Earth really. What happens when Jesus comes last review seismic upheavals righteous dead are raised right is living are changed immortality is bestowed we can live in our destroyed rightness welcome Christ righteous go to heaven this question what about secret rapture and I now have group time and I know well it says Fire Water Doris keep drinking it. What about the secret rapture Matthew 2436 but of that day and hour no one knows not even the angels of heaven but my father only did he says but know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come now there is a thief. As the rapture was the context of this by the way if he would have known what hour the thief would have come he would have been ready he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into now really that's the whole idea of the thief is not so much that he has to keep it a secret he doesn't care about keeping a secret otherwise he will be much more careful when he remise to your house. So you never know in the 1st place now he throws everything around the point is you're not there and if you would have known you would have been there you know the redneck way with your sawed off shotgun in the rocking chair bring it on buddy but you didn't know and so the conceit came and took you for everything you had so time is the issue when it comes to the thief every reference we have to the 2nd coming as a thief is in reference to time not man or everything we just read about the trumpet and the sound of the archangel and all these other things the dead in Christ that's not gonna be secret how do you they're going to be secret as make any sense let me tell you this example fencepost anybody ever dug fence posts for a long maybe a horse's or something OK We got a few here I did one fence post and I put it right here OK and now I can put a 2nd fence post wherever I want to and I have a straight line is it true. If I put it here perfectly straight line if I put it over here perfectly straight line in my mission no I just have to fence post but lets say I put it right here and then now if I'm good at this what am I going to do before I plant this fence post on the line those up on the stand back here skin the one second put a fence here and I'm in a line those up OK good I like death I a grab another chair and another chair and I'm gonna keep line up fence post who and my Uncle Bill comes out and says hey what do you do I'm gonna say I make an offense doesn't look nice Where is he going with this he's lost his money no I haven't I have but I haven't. Let's suppose we have a Bible passage that doesn't line up with the rest so we think we think it's out here. And if this is the only fence post we had we come up with a host of interpretations for it. Are you with me the only one we have so you Terry might be correct my theory that person theory or mystery could be correct and I could stand on this thing all day long and say that's where belongs but if I have that verse and this verse and this verse and this verse and they're all line up and then this one makes it crooked What can I do I can either stand here and yell louder or I can say oh well could I possibly interpret it this way yeah I think I could Hey look at their highest rate since Isn't that great it fits it works I submit to you that there are passages in Scripture that is the only passage we had I want gradually more we would say no it's got to be has got to be that boom we take all of it together compare Scripture with Scripture also on the fence post line up they have to make sense OK so it's a matter of time. Not manner so when Jesus comes as a thief the world will not accept it either. Sorry expected Thank you I need something found right when Jesus comes to thieve the world will not expect it either because it's a matter of time peace and safety is not going to happen there for you all the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect there is a time if it is again you're not expecting it of course not that's why the thief is coming then watch out of it by now you come to mean OK on to this. Second Peter $310.00 but the day of the Lord will come like a thief the heavens will disappear with a roar but the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and everything in it will be laid there does that sound like a secret event the 2nd coming is a surprise to the on prepared that's the point that's the point what about the expression one taking and the other left you'll be on the field I want to be taken and want to be left to her raptured right. Here it is Luke 17362 men will be in the field and won't be taken in the other left they'll be flying the plane the pilot is to be gone person X. you should. Try new things shouldn't someone else have gone as it was in the days of Noah noticed as Luke 1736 right before this as it was in the days of Noah likewise as it was also in the days of Lot were people disappearing the days of no where they disappear in the days of Lot just poof gone you know. We see something very different we see 2 classes one save one last right there is no 2nd opportune the time to get serious about your salvation is now just because there's 2 groups one will be taken to heaven and one long one will be taken and one will be left one will go to heaven and one will stay here one will live for eternity and one was I to make sense so Christ coming will be a joyous event I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am there you may be also there is that space travel here Jesus right here and here's a throng of his followers now's the time to spend on our knees to train our children to pray with our wise spiritual leaders of our homes as we look forward in great anticipation of this event I believe it's real because the Bible says it and I want to be as prepared as I can be I don't want to be a frantic mass I don't want to be a jumbled bunch of nerves why because when he comes behold this is my God I've waited for him and he will save me right now only a gentle bunch of nerves I'll try and ignore him for now but I'll be that 9 is there anything that would keep you from being ready for the coming of Christ. There's only one thing that can satisfy today and forever and that's Jesus Christ you may not believe a lot of people have testimonies about this they were saved by the blood of the Lamb in the word of their testimony in their testimony over and over and over and over again as I tried drugs I tried sex I tried alcohol I tried all of these things and I kept saying at the end I would be satisfied and they got to the end and they got to the end again and they got to the end again and the same song 2nd verse it's not here must be there it's not here it must be there and they keep going and going and searching and searching and they were never find it. It's going to come in a manner maybe similar to this about the size of a man's hand and it grows bigger and bigger until we recognize that Jesus Christ is coming to deliver us and that will be a wonderful wonderful day when families are reunited and I pray on that day the circle will be unbroken and your family in mine and we can live with God in heaven for eternity for he is worthy and he's the only one that can save us but he longs to save us. And to live with us in a world that doesn't have all the pain and suffering and heartache that it has now so Matthew 2534 come you bless them my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world your Heavenly Father. We want to be ready when you come we want to be prepared for your coming we want to live for you and choose you today so that when that day comes we don't have to be filled with fear or with dread but with excitement and with the joy of what that day means and we thank you for your word that makes it so clear what we can expect on the Lord we just pray. Quietly in our own hearts help us to be ready we want to be ready we don't have to question we simply have to say Lord come into my heart. Come into my heart I want to choose you this day I'm going to live for you this day I want you to be my Lord and Savior in your name and prays. This media was brought to you by audio person 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 sermon leave it to W.W.W. dot audio Verse dot org.

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