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The Close of Probation- Part 2

David Shin

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David Shin

Dr. David Shin is the President of Ouachita Hills College.

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  • May 24, 2014
    11:30 AM
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We're continuing our series of messages 2nd part in a 3 part series entitled The clothes of probation. And I want to begin by asking a question that is rarely asked even in Christian circles and it's a poignant unravel a relevant question pertaining to the nature of the delay and it goes something like this 2000 years after the cross to millenniums later we are still here and this is a question that I've many times asked myself what is God waiting for Have you ever asked yourself this before 2000 years relatively a long period even in the eyes of God We are talking not just about centuries but 2000 years after the cross after Jesus has said it is finished on the cross why didn't Jesus come on 100 years later or a 200 years later or even when Paul wrote with his own hand that the Gospel had gone to the entire world in his generation what are we waiting for some people say that we're waiting for final events perhaps we're waiting for the mark of the beast or for the union of church and state perhaps we're waiting for more natural disasters. 2000 years and we are still here on this earth now we don't have time to get into all of the nuances of the answer to this question perhaps we'll save it for another series this has to do with the great controversy what Jesus is doing right now in the heavenly sanctuary but this morning I want us to turn in our Bibles to go to one aspect of why Jesus is delaying his 2nd coming and it's validated by this passage in the Book of Revelation and I want to invite you to turn with me there in your Bibles to Revelation Chapter 6 this is the passage just before our scripture reading Revelation Chapter 6 verse 15 through 17 revelation chapters 6 verse 15 through 17 page 1412 in the bibles that you have provided for you there in the pew relationships are 615 through 17 and the kings of the earth there are rich men. The great man the commanders the mighty men and every slave in every female free man hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and to the rocks fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb now we could preach an entire sermon just from these 3 verses but I want you to notice that the day of God's judgment has come and there's a group of people that are not happy to see Jesus matter of fact they are terrified and notice what the Bible says it says hide us from the wrath of the Lamb that seems very strange I've never seen a lamb that I was scared of it's not a German shepherd it says hide us from the face of him and from the wrath of the Lamb and they ask this question prior to asking this question they say they call for the mountains and the rocks to fall on them and they asked this poignant question at the end of the 6th Seal and it's found in verse 17 it says for the great day of His wrath has come and what is your bible say and who shall be able to stand here we have the judgment of God the 2nd coming about to happen and there's a group of people that are not ready for the 2nd coming they're calling from the mountains on the rocks to fall on them and they said hi to us from his face and they ask this question Who shall be able to stand who can stand in the presence of a holy God who can stand in the presence of the Lamb. The answer to this question Bible commentators believe is found in chapter 7 Now you remember that chapter divisions were not originally there in the manuscripts they were added there for our convenience so the answer to this question Who shall be able to stand is found in chapter 7 and I want to invite you to go there Chapter 7 vs one through 4 after these things I saw for angel standing at the 4 corners of the earth holding the 4 winds of the earth and the wind should not blow on the earth or the sea or any tree that I saw another angel ascending from the East having the seal of the Living God and he cried with a loud voice to the 4 angels to whom it was granted to harm the Earth and the sea saying do not harm the earth the sea or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their ware on their forehead and I heard the number of those who were sealed 144000 from all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed the question is asked Who shall be able to stand and the answer is found in chapter 7 the 144008 group of people symbolized by the 144000 representing those that will be alive when Jesus comes they will be translated without seeing death and they have the seal of the Living God on their foreheads now we will reserve the rest of Chapter 7 for another study but I want to hone in on verse one I have it here on the screen. After this I saw for an angel standing at the 4 corners of the earth holding the 4 winds of the earth that the wind should not blow on the earth on the sea or on any on any tree so here you have this vision that John is given and the imagery here is that there are 4 angles at the 4 corners of the or earth and what are they doing they are holding back these wins commentators believe that these are winds of strife great controversy says that it is the presence of God that is holding back human passion and evil in our world and if the presence of God would were to be removed we would see evil as never as before so these 4 angels are holding these winds back that is the imagery found in verse one in verse 2 we have a nother angel a 5th angel not part of the 4 that comes from the East having the seal of the Living God he's holding something the seal of the Living God and he cried with a loud voice to the fore angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth the sea and saying Do not harm the Earth and the sea or the trees and I have this word highlighted here on the screen what is it till the end A.S.B. says until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads this is what is happening these angels when you look in the context of the Book of Revelation that once they withhold all once they stop holding the 4 winds on the 4 corners of the earth that brings into line a series of events that close probation are you following me here this morning yes or no OK so these angels are holding back the 4 winds once they let him go probation closes and Jesus is coming. But in the dialogue in heaven the angels are told to hold the 4 winds until final events know until gone people are sealed in their foreheads Now the implication of this passage is evident that God is not waiting for final events friends I used to think that once these final events take place in national Sunday law in the union of church and state and I was watching on the barometer of what's happening and what's happening with the beast and all these types of things but the implication of this verse is evident that God is not waiting for final events friends God is not waiting for the beast power God is not waiting for more earthquakes quakes and tsunamis and all these types of things that take over this are gone it is waiting for his people God is waiting for his people to be sealed that word that I have highlighted here on the screen gives the implication that until God's people are sealed in their foreheads God is going to continue to hold the 4 winds that is the implication the significance of this is that gone is looking at his church in this time of sealing and wants God's people are sealed then the final movements and the final moments will be rapid and you will see God close probation and he will come that is what Revelation Chapter 7 is saying in this context God is waiting for his people in this process called the ceiling now what does it mean to be sealed in the forehead the Book of Revelation is not like any other book of the Bible the rest of the Bible it is literal until the context a term into it to be symbolic. Literal until the context of term and to be symbolic The Book of Revelation is the other way around in the beginning of Revelation the angel came down and signified the Book of Revelation meaning in the Greek it is in symbols revelation is symbolic unless the context to turn means it to be literal when you see 7 heads and 10 horns This is not a literal animal that you see at the zoo so when God comes down and places the seal of God on our forehead this is not a literal seal that is stamped on our for it you're not going to be going around on planet earth with a stamp on your forehead what does this mean the forehead is where the conscience reason the frontal lobes the character is the name of God represents the character of God and the seal in Old Testament a New Testament times I have a picture of a seal from a antiquity about 4000 years ago this was a seal that was used it was used in a document at the end of a document they would press this seal on to the document it was the equivalent of a signature so you have the signature of God on our foreheads meaning that there will be a people before Jesus comes that will have the character or the characteristics of Jesus Christ can you say amen there will be a group of people that will be so loving so much like Jesus that He will say OK they have seen the ultimate witness a loving and a lovable Christian and this is the seal the seal of character upon the forehead it is the equivalent of a signature Now when we talk about a signature when do you sign your name. Do you sign your name before you've ever written the letter now perhaps you have but typically what you do if after you have written the letter after you have edited that letter after you have finished the letter the last thing that you do is what you sign it meaning I stand behind this I have created this this is the document that I stand behind David chin MA I signal in the same way gone takes us from the depths of sin and degradation he forgives us and he up builds the character of Jesus within us and when he says look I can stand behind that because I have created he signs his name that's the seal. The signature of God they shall see his face Revelation chapter $22.00 verse 4 and he is what name shall be on their foreheads the character of Jesus the seal of Jesus there will be a group of people before Jesus comes that will have the character of the love of Jesus Christ we talked about his signature there is other signatures in the Bible. God creates the earth in 6 literal consecutive consecutive contiguous 24 hour days can you say Man All right so he creates the earth in 6 literal days in the Bible says that the Earth was very good and he places his signature upon it Genesis chapter $22.00 and $3.00 you know this and on the 7th day God ended his work which he had done he did what he ended it he finished it he come pleaded in on the 7th day God ended his work which he had done and he rested on the 7th day from all his work which he had done then God bless the 7th day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all his work which God had created and made the implication is this. The Sabbath is gone it's seal it is God's signature he finishes his work it is complete and he says look here's my signature is to separate I can stand behind this Bible also says in his chapter 20 verse 12 Moreover I also gave them my sabots to be a what sign between them and me that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them the N.A.S. to be says that they might know that I am the Lord who makes them holy every time you keep the Sabbath you are attributing to the reality that it is not our works that can make us holy men that it is only God that can sanctify our hearts and recreate in us the image of God when you keep the Sabbath you are resting in the reality of righteousness by faith that it is only God who sanctifies you so you have the Sabbath a seal a signature of creation and re creation of creation and redemption God places his seal upon us the Sabbath the signature of God when we talk about paintings many times painters will finish their masterpiece their work of art something that they can stand behind and many times the artist will sign his signature when the picture is complete and friends I want to illustrate it this way God is the painter we are the canvas the painting is his character and he said again God is the painter. We are the canvas the painting is his character all you can do is to canvas is surrender say Lord you got to do it I'm an evil wretched sinner in need of grace but you're the artist you can clean me up he doesn't just clean me up but he paints his image his character his beauty His love upon our hearts God is the painter we are the canvas the painting is his character God is waiting for a group of people upon Planet Earth that love the world as Jesus Christ loves the world that love each other as Jesus Christ wanted us to love each other for he said they will know that you are my disciples by their what by their love by the character of Jesus Christ Christ object lessons page $69.00 Christ is awaiting what is he doing he's waiting for final events for national Sunday law for the union of church and state no he's not waiting for any of these for more tsunamis he's not waiting for final events God is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of whom of himself in his church when the character noticed when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to claim him them as his own I don't know how much more clear than that it could be God is waiting for a reflection of himself in his people and when that happens he says they are just like me in word and deed in character then he will close probation and Jesus will come when you say amen the character of Christ being reproduced in his people. Matthew Chapter $24.00 verse 14 I used to wonder what this would mean and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached where in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then there is the operative word this is a conditional prophecy when the gospel of the kingdom is priest in all the world then the N com noticed that it did not just say preaching the gospel but it said preaching the gospel what for a witness This is not just talking about the pastor going up front and preaching the gospel are you sharing the gospel through the proclamation of the Gospel but the power of the gospel has no life if it is not in planted in the character of the individual proclaiming the gospel the witness of the gospel is the character of the person bearing the Gospel can you following me here this morning so the preaching of the Gospel in the end of time is not just proclaiming the gospel with our words it is the preaching of the gospel through our life and when someone says David I pray that when I go to my grave and if I go to my grave before Jesus comments that people will only say I have seen Jesus reflected through his life I have seen Jesus in that young man. Or that young woman the witness is the character and when God says The world has seen me because you have reflected my character then shall the end comm ministry of healing page for 70 the strongest argument in favor of the gospel. Love the statement the strongest argument. In the favor of the gospel is a what loving and lovable Christian it is the character it is the life it is who you allow to be implanted in imprinted upon the canvas that is the most powerful argument a loving and lovable Christian who you allow Jesus to make you to be practically speaking you say David I want to be like Jesus but how do I become like Jesus I look at my own life and I'm just like all Lord just have mercy upon me a sinner I'm in need of grace when I get up here to preach every Sabbath I'm preaching myself I need Jesus just as much if not more than those of you that are in the pew how do we become like Jesus 1st of all choose the painter you can choose the painter there are 2 individuals that are in the world today that are out there to implant their image upon you it is Christ and Satan we are in a great controversy friends between good and evil between Christ and Satan and the reality is there's only going to be 2 products in the end of time according to The Book of Revelation those that have the seal of God the signature of Jesus Christ he can stand behind his product and those that have the mark of the BE there's going to be people that think just like Jesus in the end of time and then there's going to be another group of people that are going to think just like the devil. Having his signature his imprint his character and these things are coming to a cataclysmic collision in the end of time 2 characters apparent 2 characters developed 2 characters mature to end this is the principle that the Bible gives for how we become 1st we choose the artists we choose the painter 2nd we behold but we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord our being transformed into the same image from glory to glory from character to character just as by the spirit of the Lord their reality is that there are 2 programs in our world 2 software's 2 development of character. Through the media and through the airways and I just want to talk a little bit about this before we close I want to talk about the media as many things good on there but I would say that the great majority of the things that are coming down the pipeline today are straight from the program that is going to develop you not to think like Jesus but to think like the enemy he has his machine orchestrated so that the development of character in the end of time will not be of Jesus Christ but will be a band typewrite and I want to encourage you here this morning to turn off the television to shut down the Internet for periods of the day and spend it in God's word Amen in prayer and in Bible study. And I know how hard it is you think a pastor just jumps up in the morning at 5 or 6 am and say all this study of the Bible I struggle with the warmth of that bed every single day when the alarm clock goes off I have to play a step and I have to place it in the bathroom because I have to go in there and turn on the light and fumble around and hopefully by that time I'm wake and I will not crawl back in bed it is a struggle every single day to do this to be whole Jesus in the morning to spend time in Bible study and in prayer and in meditation upon the principles of God for by beholding we become changed this is the way that we become like Jesus by thinking about him by meditating upon him by looking at his face this is how we become like Christ by be holding we become spending time in His Word spending time in prayer spending time sharing our faith desire of ages page $83.00 it would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ we should take it point by point let the imagination grasp each scene especially the closing ones as we dust well upon his great sacrifice for us our confidence in him will be more constant Our love will be quickened and we shall be more deeply in Bude with his spirit thinking about Jesus meditating upon him looking at the cross looking at the character of Jesus Christ I don't know but from your friends but this morning I want to ask Jesus that when he comes in the clouds of glory that I will be like Jesus in character and say men that the character of love of Jesus Christ will be reflected in my heart and in yours and wanted by you to stand with me as we prepare to close here this morning. As we prepare to pray every had ballot in eyes closed. As want to make 3 appeals 3 specific appeals the 1st one you've heard the Spirit of God speaking to your heart this morning you've heard his voice and you have not yet fully accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord you haven't picked the artist and you want to say Lord today by the grace of God I want to accept you as my Savior all you have to do is say yes and he will come in says Behold I stand at the door and knock if any man open the door I will come in and if that's your desire here today to accept Jesus and you have not fully accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you've been holding back and you want to say Lord today I want to surrender to you amen accept Jesus as my Savior I want to but you to raise your hand here today and say Lord I accept you as my Savior today God bless you God bless the someone else in the balcony God bless you God bless you and I said Lord Jesus I want to accept you as my Savior one make a 2nd his appeal here this morning you've had gone speaking to your heart and you have not been baptized you have been in the valley of decision and you've heard the Lord Jesus appealing to you here this morning saying be baptized unless you are born of water in the spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God and that's your design you know say Lord I'm not worthy but Jesus is worthy I want to prepare for baptism this morning I want to make the steps for baptism want to bite you to raise your hand today if you want to say Lord I want to prepare for baptism I want to prepare for the water and what we've experienced with Jackie here this morning is your desire just raise your hand here this morning we're just opening the doors of the church giving an opportunity for you to respond to God's voice. My last appeal is this and it's a specific appeal perhaps you've been struggling in your morning devotions the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak you desire to spend time with Jesus but there's other things that get in the way and today you want to say Lord I need help I need your assistance I want to spend time beholding Jesus every single day I want to choose you I want to allow you to paint your picture upon my canvas USA Lord help me in my morning devotions I want to commit to allowing Jesus to work in and through me in my morning devotions if that's your desire and you need special prayer here today I want to invite you to come forward at this time Lord Jesus the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak help me to spend time with Jesus every single day and you want to say today Lord help me I am weak but you are strong I want to spend time in the Bible in prayer in ministry by the grace of Jesus Christ and I want to become like Jesus by beholding Jesus God bless you God bless you Jesus is able a man Jesus is. One and by your value has with me as we pray our Father in heaven we thank you for your mercy we thank you for your grace we thank you that you are the artist and we are the canvas the painting is your character and we pray that the image of Jesus Christ would be imprinted upon our hearts and minds by beholding we become changed. LODHI recognize that there is nothing good within ourselves that merits eternal life that it is only through grace through faith that we are say not of ourselves not of works let Mance to boast and we just pray today that you would help us to spend time with you in prayer and in Bible study for this is the means there which how you place your character upon our hearts and upon our minds Lord give us the strength and the fortitude and the courage of conviction to get up in the morning to have an audience with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords Lord we recognize that we're very final moments of Earth's history the doors are about to be closed and we prayed today that you would help us to invest in eternal time building or allowing you to build our characters for eternity help us by your grace give us strength work in and through us both to will and to do your good pleasure we pray that others will take note that we had been with Jesus may your love may your character be reproduced in us today to react see sings in Jesus. 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