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The Sealing: The Signature of God

David Shin

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Pastor David shares the significance of the seal of God on the forehead of the 144,000.

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David Shin

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

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  • August 26, 2017
    11:30 AM

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On the screen I have a photograph of the most famous painting in all the world the Mona Lisa resides at the Louvre in Paris France and. The former director of the Loo said that in 2014 there were $9000000.00 visitors that year to the loo of any estimated that 80 percent of them came to just get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. This photograph of the painting has filled people with just wonder at. The question of whether she's actually smiling or not because it's a mysterious slight smile this painting was created by the quintessential renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci and for a number of years it was thought that this painting was never signed until in 2011 Silvano not to go President of Italy's National Committee for cultural heritage examined the Mona Lisa more carefully under a magnifying glass and as he took here is magnifying glass and examined the right eye and more specifically the pupil of the Mona Lisa there were in black paint the letters L V which many assume to be the initials of the unit Vinci he had according to many specialists. They believe that he did sign his masterpiece of a painting called The Mona Lisa. Did you know that all of us will bear God's signature and I want to invite you to open your Bibles to the last book of the Bible Revelation chapter 22 and verse 4 this is after we are restored to Eden we are standing before God glorified after all of the things have come to pass and all things are made new in Revelation chapter 22 it describes the tree of life flowing through from the throne of God through the city and in 22 verse 4 the Bible makes this declaration about God's people they shall see his face and his want. And his name shall be on their forehead the Bible tells us that God's name will be written on our forehead God signature at the prefrontal cortex the place where our conscience our character resigns and you'll notice that there is a relationship between seeing God and having his father's name written on our forehead remember and in Eden Adam and Eve were able to have open communion with God They had the image of God they were created in His image but after sin this was no longer possible and in Exodus Chapter 33 you remember Moses was there on Mount Sinai and your Remember he made the request of God Can I see your face and what did God say no man can see my face and live. He said what you can see my back and so he hid Moses in the cleft of the rock that's where we get that song and as he was passing by he put his hand there and let his hand revealed his back he was only allowed to see the back of God But here we see when Eden is restored we are able to see the face of God because the father's name is written on our foreheads very quickly on the screen I have a picture of a bird's eye view of the same ship wherry and this really shows the plan of salvation in kindergarten elementary Illustrated form this is where Adam and Eve were in a Denecke perfection open communion with God a conversation with God face to face eyeball to eyeball After Sin this was no longer possible the entire human race was placed outside and we can spend entire presentation on this but the plan of salvation and the story of redemption and the story of the Bible I would add is showing us the path back to the throne of God So he brings us into the courtyard into the holy place into the most holy place in Revelation chapter 22 you see that God has completed his work the father's name is written on our foreheads and we are able to see gone face to face a beautiful summary of this is found in the book education education page $125.00 the central theme of the Bible the theme about which every other in the whole book clusters is the redemption plan the restoration notice the language here the restoration. In the human soul of the image of God they shall see his face and his name shall be in their forehead the burden of every book and the passage of the Bible is the unfolding of this wondrous theme so Gaunts plan is to bring us back is not only to restore even the place but it's also to restore the people to bring us back to restore in man the image of God and this is God's plan this is God's signature and this is not a literal. Stamping of God's name on our forehead this is not saying that when we get to heaven God is going to come down and stamp his signature on our forehead. The name of God is referring to the character of God In the reason why it's on our forehead is this is where the character resides the pre-frontal cortex reason conscience personality this is where it's at and so the Bible is telling us that when Eden is restored the people that inhabit eat in will also be restored as well we will be like God His father's name our father's name will be written on our forehead Now last we talked about the 144000 and there is another characteristic of the 144000 it's found in Revelation Chapter 14 verse one then I looked and there before me was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with him the 144000 who had his name and his father's name written on their forehead the Bible tells us that this group called the 144000 which is a symbolic number and if you missed last week's presentation one encourage you to get it is a symbolic number talking about God's people who are alive when He comes there translated without seeing death and the Bible tells us that they will have the father's name written on their forehead now open your Bibles to last week study Revelation Chapter 7 verse 3 and 4 and you'll see that the 144000 are described has having something else on their forehead that is related to the name of God Revelation Chapter 7 and this pick up in verses one to 4. Revelation Chapter 7 vs one through 4 after these things I saw 4 angels 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 tree then 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 not 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 now this is the picture that the Bible is painting and this is the picture that is emerging out of this verse there are 4 angels there holding the winds of strife by the way God is not waiting for world events according to this verse because waiting for the ceiling so these angels are holding the wins and a 5th angel comes and he says keep holding them until we have sealed the servants of our God on their forehead you'll notice that in Revelation Chapter 14144000 have the father's name on their forehead here the Bible tells us that they have the seal of God on their forehead they're really referring to the same thing in ancient times there was a way that you authenticated a document this is an archaeological discovery of a seal from the 1st century. When these officials would write a document the way that they would authenticate it the way that they would sign it would they would take this seal dip it into wax and then impress the seal upon the scroll indicating that the creator of the document had signed it this was the way that they signed documents this is what a seal was so the New Testament individual that would read the words of Revelation and see the notion of a seal knew that it was synonymous with a signature Now here's the question I have for you when you compose a document when you create a document. At what point do you sign it. Do you sign the document before you've ever created it no I would argue that the last thing that you do after you have composed a document after you have edited the document after you have drafted the document after it's finalized the vast thing that you do to authenticate it is to sign it the same way with paintings when an artist paints a painting The last thing that he or she does is sign it it is the signature indicating who the creator was. Now in the Bible God creates the earth in 6 days they one day to day 3 day 4 day 5 day 6 and the Bible tells us that on day 7 he stamped it with his signature Do you believe that they meant he did not stamp it in time. I said I should say he did not stamp it in a place he stamped it in time I'm so glad that he didn't make it a place Amma that every day 7 days we have to make a pilgrimage to somewhere in the Middle East that would be just logistically difficult but he put his signature of creation in time so that no matter where you are in the world that sacred signature in time comes over us like a holy way beautiful every 1000 days that sacred signature comes over us and we are now worshipping in this time here's the signature and on the 7th day God what did he do he ended it he ended his masterpiece he finished his creation and he said I'm going to sign it and 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 blast the 7th day and sanctified it which literally means to make it holy because in it he rested from his work which God had created and made so here we have. Gone creates yours in 6 days on the 7th day. He signs it he places his stamp upon it not in a place but it's a sanctuary in time. And the Bible indicates that in chapter 21st 12 Also I gave them my sabots as a sign between us so that they would know that the Lord made them holy. What the Bible is telling us is that every time we keep the Sabbath it is not only a signature of creation but every time we keep the Sabbath it is a signature of salvation because God takes the Earth without form and void turbulence he forms it he fills it then he signs it God takes us or a mass. Just the way we are says look I'm going to make you a new creation forms us fills us and he signs us and every time we keep the Sabbath it is a recognition that all of us are a work in progress Amen Gaunts workmanship in progress and by the way some people say oh you 7th Day Adventists you're a bunch of legal lists because you keep the Sabbath quite the contrary it is far from legalism it is actually saying that look we can't make ourselves Holy we need to rest in the assurance that it is God who makes us holy. And man so every Sabbath when we come together it's not only a recognition of the signature of creation but it's also a personal recognition that there is nothing that I can do that can make myself holy that I'm a work in progress it's an acknowledgment of his workmanship that he takes us he forms US He fills us and the Sabbath is a recognition that God is working in our lives it is he is signature and we need to not work we need to rest in that reality and that assurance that is the beauty of the Sabbath and so we have this beautiful signature God creates God restores his masterpiece and I like to use this analogy of the painter God He is the painter we are his canvas the painting is his character this is really what the ceiling is all about God takes us and says you know what. I'm going to restore in you the image of God and just like he can speak and there is light he speaks and from nothing there is created the semblance and the reflection of the character of God. There is this quotation. And that is quite a lightning rod in many circles it's from Christ object lessons page 69 perhaps you've heard of this quotation before it's from Ellen whites writings Christ object lessons page 69 Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of himself in his church when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will come to claim them as his own have you heard of this statement before when the character of Christ is perfectly reproduced in people then you will come to claim them as his own and I have been in some circles where this portion has been grossly misinterpreted. They take it to say when veganism is perfectly reproduced then Christ will come to take them as his own now I support health reform but I have been around. Nice speaking. And not so nice beacons we're missing the point this is talking about character Amen It says the character of Christ we can't miss this because I have been in circles where people have taken this quotation completely out of context and said you know what you have to adopt the same lifestyle as me you have to eat 12 a day just like me you have to eat this way you have to dress this way now there is a lifestyle change but that's not what this is talking about this is talking about a character transformation in God's people and what is the character of God. Amen John Chapter 13 verse 34 the words of Jesus love one another as I have loved you that you also love one another by this all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another in other words it is not just preaching about the love of God It is demonstrating the love of God in our hearts this is from desire of ages page $641.00 love one another as I have loved you John Chapter 15 verse 12 when we love the world as he has loved it then for us His mission is accomplished we are fitted for heaven for we have have been in our hearts when we love the world as Christ loved the world in his mission for us is accomplished and we quote this text all the time why isn't Jesus coming because the gospel has been preached in all the world have you heard that Matthew chapter $24.00 verse 13 and this gospel the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come now as the Bible says it shall be preached in all the world as a witness now I would say that this includes the proclamation of the love of God in speech but I believe that it is fundamentally more than that it is not just the proclamation of the love of God in what we say. But it is the demonstration of the love of God in who we are God is not looking for more proclamation friends he is looking for more demonstration and this is the irony sometimes. We can get so caught up in proclaiming the love of God in a nasty way I mean this is the irony God is love pull out our theological swords ready to fight in an unchristian ungodly unsanctified venomous way I we've just defeated the whole notion of what the proclamation of the love of God really is and I have a a sentiment that crossed my mind not too long ago do you know that there's going to be people in heaven that don't have their theology all put together nicely there are there are going to be people in heaven that when they get there and I would put myself in the same category I get up there is the Lord I'm sorry I got that one wrong that one was a huge mistake please forgive me Martin Luther Calvin both thank you Lord for grace I got that theology you know all these other ones there's going to be a lot of people that have a tremendous awakening theologically in heaven I plan on getting multiple doctorates when I get there for 1000 years sprucing up and getting my ducks in order but do you know that there is going to be No one in heaven that is not willing to be made like Jesus no one that is not willing to be made like Jesus now please don't misunderstand me I'm not minimizing theology but the Bible says they that worship me will worship me in spirit and in truth there's a whole lot of people out there that have the truth and the Spirit of God says we need both both the proclamation and the demonstration and the issue is not so much theology. The issue is Pastor Shin is the thick skulled stubborn man that when God takes out his paintbrush and says look I want to paint a masterpiece I'm like. No thank you take the paint prize I'm going to paint something of my own that's the real issue here and God is wanting to create his masterpiece in you and in me and he wants to sign it it's time that we let him amen it's time that we let him. Minister of healing page $470.00 the strongest argument in favor of the gospel is a loving and lovable Christian. Not so much proclamation demonstration. A loving and lovable Christian. How does God complete this work in a 2nd Corinthians chapter 3 verse 18 but we all with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord our being transformed our love D.N.A.'s because it gets the Greek tense right it's not just a one time deal are being transformed into this same image from glory to glory other words from character to character just as by the spirit of the Lord how does God do that is what we contemplate when we think about we become God's amazing grace as we close page 3 a one by beholding we are to become changed as we meditate upon the perfections of the divine model we shall desire to become holy transformed and renewed in the image of his purity it is by faith in the Son of God that transformation takes place in the character and the child of Wrath becomes the child of God. How many of you you know up to raise your hand have things in your life. But you wish he didn't have character flaws. Defects addictions personality traits that are simply ungodly. The Bible says there is hope he is the master artist and if we lead him he will take us and create a masterpiece and put his signature on us let us pray. Our Father in heaven we come to you today. Asking you as the master artist to reproduce your character in our lives Lord we recognize. That this isn't in possibility but we thank you that with God all things are possible we pray that you would create a nice a new heart and renew a right spirit within us Lord make us more like Jesus. We surrender. To the creator and the author and the finisher of our faith for me I see things in Jesus name. This media was brought to you by audio verse 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 or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.

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