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Cosmic Conflict- Part 1

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • October 6, 2012
    11:30 AM
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Sermon study guide cosmic conflict part one I want to read the quotation from great controversy page 570 it says it is Satan's constant effort to misrepresent the what is the say the character of God the nature of sin and the real issues at stake in the great controversy great controversy 570 before we get to the heart of the message proper today I want to spend a few moments in background on the Book of Revelation there are many people living today that believe that the Book of Revelation is a sealed book that the Book of Revelation cannot be understood you can know that that is a misunderstanding just by the title of the Book of Revelation because it says the Revelation or the revealing of Jesus Christ is the very nature of the Book of Revelation is that it can be understood Amen in the beginning of the Book of Revelation it says the angel came to John and signified the Book of Revelation meaning in the Greek it says literally that he's placed it in symbolic language the book of Revelation is different than any other book of the Bible it's apocalyptic and it is to be read symbolically unless the context a term and says otherwise other books of the Bible you read literally unless the context determines it to be some. The Book of Revelation is quite unique I have a chart here on the screen and I apologize that the text is kind of small but the Book of Revelation can be divided into 2 major and John rows or segments within it it's historical and ask out a logical meaning and has an end time emphasis pointing toward the future it is historical and ask at a logical. A little literary device that helps us to understand the structure of the Book of Revelation is that it is written in a poetic form for those of you that have ever tried to read the book of revelation you will notice immediately that the book is not linear in nature it's not chronological I've ever tried to read it you're like why this here and it seems like Seems come up is not written chronologically it is actually in what is called a condom the Book of Revelation is a kayak as of now what is a kayak ism today when we write poetry we write it in a particular stance a form of rhyme and rhythm but ancient poetry followed a literary structure called a Cayennes and. And I have a. A slide here on the screen that illustrates the nature of how this works and this for me has really helped me to understand how the Book of Revelation is to be understood because we look at it and this is incredible how the Book of Revelation is laid out in a poetic form and this was discovered in the 1940 S. Dr Bill Shea at the Biblical research institute he retired a number of years ago he nursed a lot of the study that we benefit from today as Bible believing Christians regarding the nature of the book of revelation here we have it you notice the prologue parallels the epilogue you have 7 Apostles 7 angels 7 bowls 7 seals under 44144002 beast 2 witnesses women clothed in the sun women seek keeps the commandments of God dragon persecutes the woman dragon in heaven woman flees the wilderness woman flees to the wilderness and then there you have it Revelation Chapter $1212.00 Satan is cast out of heaven isn't that amazing the way that the structure of the Book of Revelation is in a Kayasth stick literary form the center of the Book of Revelation which we're going to be going today is Revelation Chapter 12 Revelation Chapter 12 is at the apex of this mountain of the chi isn't it is the center the focal point of the book The thematic structure points to Revelation Chapter 12 Now here's another thing about Revelation Chapter 12 is that Revelation Chapter 12 is also a kiasu and let me back up here a little bit revelation is written as a Kayasth I'm the center of the CHI asm is Chapter 12 and Chapter 12 itself. Is in structure here we have it it's all laid out and then you can see the structure here and then here is the center of the center Revelation Chapter 12 and verse 10 so I want to invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to Revelation Chapter 12 and verse 10 here is the center of the center you have a slide here that says the center of the center of the book of the revelation according to scholars is Revelation Chapter 12 and verse 10 Isn't that fascinating how this book is structured and here is the pronouncement it is salvation centered in nature you can see it there it's a beautiful pronouncement and it's a pronouncement from heaven here is the apex of the thematic ASDIC structure of the Book of Revelation 1416 in your pew Bible if you have a few Bible 1416 Revelation Chapter 12 and verse 10 last book of the Bible your it is the center of the center of the Book of Revelation then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now all salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ have come for the accuser of our brethren who accuse them before our God day and night have been cast down and you say amen amen there is the center of the center of the Book of Revelation now is salvation come in the power of His Christ and the devil is cast out we have our study passage and I want us to read the 3 verses preceding the center of the center of the Book of Revelation Revelation Chapter 12 or 78 and 9. It was granted him to make war with the Saints and to overcome them and authority was given him over every tribe Oh I'm in the wrong chapter thank you I'm just keeping your way through this morning all right Jeffrey 12 percent haven't then and a war broke out in heaven that sounds better Right OK and war broke out in heaven and Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and drank in and his angels fought. But they did not prevail and neither was their place found any more in heaven and the Bible says so the great dragon was cast out in the Great Serpent of old called The Devil in Satan who deceives the whole world he was cast out to the earth and his angels were cast out with him so there you have the 3 verses prior to the center of the Book of Revelation. Here the Bible talks about a cosmic conflict between 2 entities Michael and his angels and the dragon and his cohorts this cosmic conflict did not begin on earth but it began where it began in heaven and the conflict was so fierce that it got to the place where the 2 opposing parties could no longer co-exist one had to leave had to vacate heaven and this cosmic conflict is known as the great controversy theme that provides the backdrop for the entire Bible the controversy the cosmic conflict between Michael and the dragon. A few basic questions that we need to ask ourselves Who is Michael Michael is found both in Greek and Hebrew is found both in the Old and New Testament in the Old Testament it's found specifically in the Book of Daniel Daniel Chapter 12 it says Michael shall stand up there's been a lot of people that have different understandings of Michael but Michael in the Hebrew is Mikhail have el God but it literally means one who is like God. And there's 3 verses that given the cation as to who Michael is let's go to Jude 9 I don't have this in your study guide so you may want to write this down if everyone anyone ask you who Michael is Jude 9 Jude only has one chapter so there is only it's very easy easy to miss as well it's found in 1405 in your pew Bible it's right before the Book of Revelation so if you go to the book beginning the book of Revelation and turn to the next book it's it's right there 14 o 5 Jude 9 and here you have another mention of this person who is being Michael it says yet Michael who the archangel in contending with the devil when he disputed the body of Moses Now the point I want you to get from this verse is very simple Michael is who the archangel that means cheese chief among the angels so follow and keep this thought in your mind Michael is the Archangel Let's go over to the passes that is on the screen 1st that's all means for 16 page number for you here in a minute we're trying to discover who Michael is 1st US alone eons for 16 it's Page 1358. $1358.00 1st less lonely as for 16 and I read this verse at every memorial service or funeral and the reason why a person is for 16 it says for the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel there you have it the archangel and the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise 1st Won't that be a wonderful day by the way when Jesus when the Archangel pronounces from heaven and when Jesus comes in the dead in Christ are raised from the dead spectacular day. Let's go back to Jude 9 Michael is the archangel but it's the archangel that comes from heaven with a shout and that shout that voice from heaven raises the who raises the debt the voice of the archangel raises the dead now let's go to John Chapter 5 in this our last verse in this series John Chapter 5 Let's page 12261226 in your Bible John Chapter 5 verse 2627 in 28 for as the father has life in himself so he has granted the son to have life in himself so who also has life within Himself Jesus the Son. And has given Him Jesus authority to execute judgment also because of the son of men verse $28.00 do not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear whose voice Jesus is a voice everyone that's in the grave will hear his voice verse 29 and come forth those that have done good to the resurrection of life and those that have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation let's put it together here. It's mind me a little bit. The Archangel equals Michael right and then the voice of the archangel raises the dead but in John Chapter 5 years 28 it says the voice of Jesus raises the dead there for Jesus equals. Michael which equals the Archangel. Now when the Bible talks about the controversy between Christ and Satan it is put in the terms of the controversy between Michael and the dragon the schools are next question very quickly who is the dragon and where did he come from there's a couple verses that are there on the screen I have them here before you and we need to make note that the Book of Revelation is actually a direct allusion to out of 3 times it quotes a portions of the Old Testament and here is easy to feel Chapter 28 verse 12 Thus saith the LORD your God You are the seal of perfection full of wisdom and perfect in beauty some people have wondered where did the devil come from did God create the devil but his equal tells us that God did not create the devil God created a perfect being in the very beginning it says you were the anointed cherub who covers I established you you remember in the Old Testament there was an article of furniture that was in the most holy place of the sanctuary it was known as the Ark of the covenant it was only piece of furniture found in that in that room and the Ark of the covenant had a fascinating structure in that you had the throne of God and then a bomb to the throne of God you had angels that were hovering over the throne of God Anyone seen depictions of the Ark of the covenant. According to this verse a lucifer the covering cherub was the closest to God He had the distinct honor and the responsibility of being one of the 2 angels that stood closest to the presence of God what an awesome privilege that was he was one of 2 that had the distinct privilege of being closer to God in direct proximity then any other being in the entire universe an awesome privilege you think about Moses and how his face lit up and for days after being in the presence of God for only a few moments here this being holy had a sacred responsibility the verse goes on you were on the mountain the holy mountain of God You walked back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones you were perfect in all your ways from the day you were created till what is a tale iniquity was found in you now this is the mystery of iniquity How is it possible that in the purity of heaven with a perfect being that it can it originate sin mystery of iniquity and you think about the trajectory here you have a being that stood the closest to God that was physically possible and through a series of events this being fell from heaven from Lucifer and became the devil and Satan and is wreaking havoc here on earth your heart was lifted up because of your beauty your corrupted you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. It was pride that caused Lucifer to fall from heaven we come to our thesis question we know that this controversy is between Christ and Satan but what is the controversy about what is the central issue in the cosmic conflict between Christ and seat this is important for us to recognize Now this is the 1st in an ongoing series through the month of October on the notion of the issues in the cosmic conflict but what is the central issue in the cosmic conflict between Christ and Satan because when we think about controversy or conflict in heaven I don't believe that it was a physical conflict in other words it wasn't like Star Wars where they're going back and forth and now there may have been some of that but the real issue in the great controversy is not physical it's spiritual a man because the Bible says we rush will not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers in it darkness now there are some issues that were there in the great controversy between Christ and Satan that led to this conflict in heaven and it's now being carried out here on Earth and we need to ask ourselves what was it that caused that conflict what is the central issues that are there Isaiah Chapter 14 give some indication as to what happened with Lucifer is how are you fallen from heaven allusive Her son of the morning for you have said in your heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will sit on the Mount of the congregation on the farthest signs of the north I will ascend above the clouds. I will be like the most high note is there's a lot of i in there Lucifer desired 3 things he desired a higher position and exalted throne rulership and dominance he thought you know what I'm pretty good matter of fact I can do a better job than God Himself I want you to think about. The implication of Revelation Chapter 12 or 7 through 9 where it says His angels were cast out with him that gives the indication that there were some compelling arguments in Lucifer's claims so compelling that even perfect pure angels believed some of the arguments in the great controversy and in my imagination I believe it went something like this Lucifer goes to one of the other angels and says you know what you don't know what I see you can agree that I stand closer to God than any one of the rest of you and he gives the implication that perhaps there is something that God is holding out on he can't be trusted I don't know about some of the things that God's doing and it started like a seed in and matter of fact I think I can do a better job gone isn't running the universe right and the Angel started think you know what I think he's got a point here is Lucifer he's the closest to God ever out of out of anyone and some of these seeds of doubt started to build so much that the Bible tells us that a 3rd of the angels one 3rd took their side with Lucifer these are not paper thin arguments in the great controversy they were compelling compelling enough that a 3rd of them took their side against the government of God. Lucifer question God US authority and he thought that the government of God was based upon faulty principles what did the devil the tag here you have it there in your study guides of in great controversy 583 This is a central issue in the great controversy here it is from the beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan's purpose to overthrow the law of God it was to accomplish this that he entered upon his rebellion against the creator and though he was cast out of heaven he has continued the same warfare upon the earth I have a picture here on the screen of the Ark of the covenant we talked about how earlier Lucifer was one of those covering cherubs standing over the throne room of God covering the she kind of glory there was something fascinating in the Old Testament tabernacle that Moses was given specific instructions about what he was to do in the building of the tabernacle specifically the Ark of the covenant there was something unusual that Moses did under the instruction of God he was to take the 10 commandments which was written with the finger of God on tablets of stone Incidentally it's the only part of the Bible that God wrote with his own finger of the 10 Commandments found next step to 20 and Moses was to take that tablet those 2 tablets of stone and he was to place it underneath the throne of God inside the R. I want you to think about the implications of what this is saying this is saying that the foundation of the government of God is the 10 Commandments the foundation of God's government is the law of God and the devil brilliant. He knew that to undermind the government of God He had to attack the commandments of God because once he attacks the government of God or the law of God He is undoing or taking away the foundation of Gaunt's government he is saying that the law of God is invalid restrictive can never be kept and by doing that he undermines God's character by the way have you ever heard that before that the Law God. Is no longer valid anymore Have you ever heard that the 10 Commandments are no longer binding those are not new arguments by the way those arguments started in heaven. I want to point out here on the screen an interesting depiction of what the Scripture points out. I share this in a prophecy seminar before this is a comparison of God and His law the law I will says in John chapter 4 verse 24 God is spiritual. But then on the other side it says what his law is spiritual God is love his law is love God is truth His law is truth God is righteousness his law is righteousness God is holy His law is holy there is another slide God is perfect his law is perfect God stands forever his last chance for ever God is good his law is good God is just his law is just. God is pure His law is pure God is unchangeable his law is unchangeable you see what's happening here in the great controversy the devil says I can do a better job and he attacks the government of God by attacking the law of God but really attacking the law of God is attacking the character of God These are the issues at stake in the great controversy and they're being played out right before our very eyes there are people in the world today that say listen we don't have to keep the law anymore I want you to think about the implications of the plan of salvation because in the beginning when there was sin when Adam and Eve sinned if the law was no longer binding and the law could have been changed because the wages of sin is death the easy thing for God to do was to say look you've broken the law you're guilty of death let me just change the law wouldn't that have been easy that meant a lot easier let's just modify the law a little bit so that you can live. But what God did was he recognized that the law is a transcript of the character of God It is the essence of who he is it cannot be changed as written in stone by Gaunts own hand so here's the problem here the sinner has broken the law he deserves debt how does God solve this problem God beats the requirements of the law by dying Amen that's Grace Amen we deserve to die because we have sinned God says look I'll come and die for you if anything the death of Jesus shows. The validity of God's law it is this in this I just wish I had the words of angels to portray this. It is so unchangeable that God Himself had to die to meet its requirements so unchangeable. Grace is not cheap it's expensive expensive doesn't do it justice all of Heaven was poured out in the gift of Jesus Christ it cost God. To save you and me because the claims of the law are unchangeable and God says this is so unchangeable to tell you why I love you so much I'm going to come down. To meet that and this is where at the cross justice and mercy me together because in the death of Jesus it shows the law can't be kept but it shows there's Grace a man because God says I will die in your place while I pray that if you haven't accepted Jesus the day that you do it Amen you can do it right now because Jesus loves you more than anyone else in the entire universe he paid it all. And all is an understatement God is love. His law is love a transcript of God's character and the foundation of God's government and this is the central issue in the cosmic conflict. And the great controversy. What does God want to do for us in the last days after a verse 10 as we ramp up here today for this is the covenant that I will make with Alice of Israel after those days says the Lord. I will put my laws in there I'm right to be they should be in my people that's what God wants to do this is the vision that God has for you and me. And I think of the Old Testament where the people in the Bible they took this literally in the Old Testament they would take parchments of the law of God and and put it on their foreheads and on their parts of their body they were missing the point. Because God was saying look I don't want to put them on a parchment we're not to go around with the 10 Commandments taped to our foreheads God says I want to do something even greater I want to write the law in your hearts because the law of God is not just a list of requirements what it's really talking about the center of the law by the way it's love that's that's what it is because the law of God being written in our hearts is really talking about the character of God being reproduced in his people this is the message gone we'll have a last day people whose law is written in their hearts and minds I want you to think about the implications of that that means that before Jesus comes that God will have a people that are so in love with Jesus so dependent upon Jesus so dependent upon Christ's righteousness covering them that they will allow God to reproduce his character in God's people before he comes do you believe that friends and men that's the only way so dependent upon Jesus that you say Lord I want your character to be reproduced in my life and what a testimony that is in the great controversy because the implications of that is that it doesn't matter your genetics. It doesn't matter what family you come from it doesn't matter the things that you may have struggled with all your life it doesn't matter the social economic status into which you were born with you can be born into this world the most broken individual having no chance this tells us there is hope that God can take you from the depths of sin and recreate in you the image of God and that in the scope of the got great controversy it's not only to transform your life because that's Alternately what God wants to do he loves you but in the scope of the great controversy there is even a greater argument than that because every person that is so broken that except Jesus Christ is Lord and is transformed into the image of God is a statement in the great controversy that someone is willing to trust in the character of God so much that they're willing to be transformed into the same image from glory to glory hollow. Amen and that's why in Joe When God and Satan are having this conversation God says Have you considered my servant Joe. Wow. Have you considered my servant Joe wouldn't be awesome if we become so dependent on Christ and His righteousness the God could say Have you considered the university church have you considered Laura highly. Have you considered. Eric Shah these are people that have accepted my righteousness. As a last person I want to buy you turn with me in your Bibles to Revelation chapter 4 in verse 1214 verse 12 last book of the Bible Revelation Chapter 14 in verse 12 What an awesome privilege we have to be a part of the final movements Revelation Chapter 14 verse 121418 in your pew Bible as we wrap up here very quickly it says here is the patience of the Saints Here are those who keep the commandments of God but not only that it says and have the faith of Jesus scholars have noted that really can say and have faith in Jesus Here's the pronouncement at the end of time God is going to look down from heaven this is an issue in the great controversy and this is why become so of apparent here is the pronouncement here they are you see it here they are here are the people that have my character here are the people that keep the commandments of God have my character my transcript my commandments written in their hearts and minds and it says had have the faith in me the faith of Jesus I don't know about you but. When I look at the cross I want to say Lord I want that it my life Amen as you look at your response here today between you in heaven Lord I pray that you would write your law of love in my heart Lord I pray that your character would shine through me I just wanted by you to raise your hands if you want to say Lord I want your character to shine through me let's pray together our Father in heaven. We have just scratched the surface today in the cosmic conflict Lord we think you that at the cross there was not only justice but there was mercy. Lord we are humbled to recognize today that Jesus was the embodiment of all of Heaven that sin cost you everything and Lord today we thank you that in the role of salvation you do not just forgive us for sins of the past but you transform in us the character of God and we pray today for the gifts as well as the fruits of the spirit that you would help us to be more loving more kind more compassionate that people would see Jesus in us but not only that but in the cosmic conflict of the great controversy that that pronouncement can come from heaven saying here they are here are the people that are just like God because they've accepted his righteousness Lord we recognize today that there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation we thank you that that you work in us both to will and to do of your good pleasure and we pray that you would transform us not because of who we are but because of who you are May you be glorified may you be uplifted blesses the Sabbath. Maybe we should show Jesus to someone today and this week for we asked these things in Jesus name. This media was brought to you by Audioboo a website dedicated to spreading God's word through sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a Visit W W.

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