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The Battle is On

Chester Clark III

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Chester Clark III

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  • December 1, 2018
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The year was $1914.00 it was on June 28th in Syria a vote of the city of Syria a vote that the Archduke of Austria Franz Ferdinand the heir to the Austrian throne and his pregnant wife Sophie were assassinated it was a Serbian nationalist by the name of. Princess. He was a part of big a terrorist group called The Black Hand and he was seeking to seeking to make a political statement in Khan in in harmony with his group's revolutionary goals this caused a chain of events that rapidly began to unravel the peace of Europe you see a number of alliances had been put in place between the major European countries what those alliances meant that if one country declared war on another country those countries would come to their aid who were in a treaty with them Britain France and Ireland and Russia were all part of an alliance called the Triple M. tahn té and the Central Powers were made up of Germany and Austria Hungary and so as this assassination had taken the life of an heir to the Austrian throne Germany aligned itself with that with that country as they had a had a treaty and. Austria and Hungary did a threatened war on Serbia and before long sir Germany declared war also because they had to come to the aid of their ally and they also declared war on Russia and France well in the process of marching towards France they the German troops went through Belgium Belgium was technically neutral but they had an alliance with Britain and so the British came to the aid in the 1st battle that the alliance the powers fought was there in Belgium and this began what we know today as World War One World War One was considered the time to be the War to End All Wars This was at that time a very destructive war a widespread war and. Of course it was not the last world war as World War 2 would come in the same century in fact but today we're going to consider the fact that this was not only not the last world war it was not even the 1st World War there was a world war that began long before Arch Duke Ferdinand was assassinated let's fire heads as we pray Father in heaven we thank you that you have given to us the opportunity to study your word today and as we do so we just confess our need for your spirit Lord I pray that we might know Jesus better and love him more because of the time we've spent studying your word today we ask this in Jesus' name amen. Long before World War 11 began in Europe another war began and it began in heaven the Bible tells us in Revelation Chapter 12 beginning in verse 7 that there was war in heaven Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon fought and his angels and prevailed not neither was their place found any more in heaven this is an astounding verse when you think about it when you stop and think about what we know about heaven and then you consider the reality that war entered that place this is an amazing amazing thought that the passage continues and it says the great dragon was cast out that old serpent called The Devil and Satan which deceived the whole world he was cast out into where. The earth and his angels were cast out with him this world became the theater of this war soon after it appears this conflict began and haven't we're going to talk about that a little more in a little while but let's 1st explore a little bit about why this conflict began in heaven in the 1st place why was it that this conflict started or how was it that this con which started we're going to turn her Old Testament passages some of us will be very familiar with them it's always good to review and I like to be in God's Word and and see what we can learn new every time right is equal Chapter 28 we find the account in the Prophet as equals prophetic language symbolic language of the fall of Lucifer and we could read more verses here in fact we might just back up to verse 14 because we could see for sure who it is that he's talking about here you were the anointed cherub who covers now that phrase may not mean much to you but to a Hebrew who is familiar with the sanctuary service this would mean a lot because there was there were there were 2 angels that God said they should make on the ark of the Covenant remember the particle the article of furniture that was the most holy place of the sanctuary they were they were to make these 2 angels and one on the right hand of the mercy seat and one on the left hand of the Mercy Seat these angels would cover with their wings over the mercy seat now the mercy seat was actually the place that represented the throne of God in the earthly sanctuary and we remember that in the Old Testament tabernacle as well as in Solomon's temple when the glory of the Lord filled the temple we called the Chicago in of glory it actually resided over the mercy seat only once a year with a high priest to enter the. Most Holy Place remember this from your study of the of the sanctuary service so this annoying to cherub who covers is a phrase that is describing one of these 2 angles those that are the closest to the throne of God There was no there would be no created beings with more access than these angels there be no created beings with greater knowledge of God than these angels because they were right there and they were privy to the to the conversations and to the decisions and to the very character of God The Bible says of verse 15 you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created I wish you'd just stop there I wish the rest of the story hadn't happened but the read the next phrase is in the Bible and of course it's in the reality of the world that we see around us till iniquity was found in you we sometimes refer to the mystery of iniquity it's because you really cannot understand there's no way that we can explain we know how it happened we don't know why it happened we can't explain how someone that would be perfect could have iniquity found in them that's something that we cannot rationalize it doesn't make sense I want you to know something friends there are certain things that our minds do not make sense of because God didn't intend for them to exist in the 1st place death is one of those things by the way we are not wired for dying or having people around us die that is a foreign element the God never intended to be a part of our experience and so death is a very difficult thing for us to process and rightfully so because God. Does not the author of death it's like a piece of malware of of corrupted code that's inserted into our programming it just causes hang ups and crashes and it doesn't work properly and so mystery of the mystery of iniquity iniquity was found in Lucifer that's something that we will never fully understand I'm think will bow before we before we get discouraged by the mystery of iniquity I'm thankful the Bible also records the mystery of godliness that there is and there's another mystery the mystery that the God of the universe would become incarnate in human flesh in his own creation that itself is a mystery that is itself is a mystery but then that he should bear my sins bear my burdens my heavy burdens as we learned today that he should bear them and pay for their penalty on Calvary's cross that is an even greater mystery and while we're at it let's keep on that that same God can live in my heart and give me his presence and his divine nature and his power and his strength and his righteousness if your mind hasn't blown a few circuit breakers already it should affright we can't comprehend any one of these things must less much less the entirety of the Gospel placed together you see my friends the mystery of iniquity is troubling. But the mystery of godliness the Christ in you forms the hope of glory that you can have salvation through Jesus Christ that He died in your place for your sins that mystery is the song of eternity for all the universe oh what a wonderful wonderful anthem we will raise throughout all of the universe so Lucifer finds a problem with God's government let's turn to our next passage here in Isaiah Chapter 14 Isaiah Chapter 14 and we're going to read here a little more details about how this happened again I don't believe that we can rationalize why it happened but we can see in revel in Isaiah Chapter 14 a little more of how it happened it will start actually in verse 12. Chapter 14 and verse 12 and this is what the prophet says How are you fallen from heaven old Lucifer son of the morning how are you cut down to the ground you who we can to the nations for you have said in your heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the far the sides of the north that by the way is where the throne of God was I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the most high What do you find to repeating over and over and over Lucifer had an eye problem the deed he had a problem of self centeredness he began to be jealous began to be envious began to think that I could do as well as so and so and the so and so was not his neighbor the so and so was not the angel across the the mercy seat from him so and so was God Himself. Perhaps Jesus specifically but he was he was seeking to be equal not equal above God In fact he thought he could do things better he should've immediately dismissed those thoughts whenever they 1st entered his mind he should have recognized that he was not the create or he was the created he was the creature but he did not instead he harbored his jealousy and his evil thoughts and even began confiding them to his angel companions Now I don't think he would come out ride and say I'm jealous of Jesus I want to be like God or take the place of I don't think he would come out out and out and say that I think he was too wise most likely he simply asked questions that were designed to plant doubts in the minds of his compatriots don't you think that there's too many rules here in heaven why I mean we were good people why do we have to have expectations and laws and structures I don't see why holy beings would need such things as laws or commandments and rules I don't think God loves us as he claims he's just getting satisfaction out of issuing us commands and having us obey he's not just a not fair amazingly in a perfect environment among perfect beings the lies affected or I should say infected a 3rd of the jaws that fascinating you've heard the expression before perhaps that a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth gets the shoes on. There's something it's not just about human nature. Lying is deceptive and somehow we these angels were deceived as well they were lies that's what they were there in your window but they didn't they didn't represent reality and so misled by his charisma perhaps perhaps they admired him for his high position after all if there was one of them that should know better it would be one of those covering cherubs right right there in the Throne Room of the universe and so the angels felt that they needed to make a change I don't think they called it an a union event they didn't unionize but it was it was the idea was they were going to gang together and they were going to correct the problems that existed in God's government with infinite patience God endeavored to explain his actions and persuade Lucifer and sympathizers to abandon the idea the disastrous course that they were following but Lucifer and his angels were in corrigible they've fused to accept God's explanations or respond to his and treating entreaties and so eventually they would in fact be cast out of heaven they would be cast out of heaven now there's a lot we could talk about this but we ought to 1st at least pause and say you know if the angels who are perfect beings and right there in the very presence of God were deceived by laid by Lucifer's lies don't you think we need to date 6000 years later or however long later and not living in the very presence of God being fallen beings and with our own misconceptions. What hope do we have right of my not being deceived ourselves we ought to really think about that and realize we need to be humble e asking God to open our eyes in our hearts and we ought to be studying His Word the method he seeks to give to us that we are not deceived because if they were deceived there's a pretty good chance we could be as well I'm not trying to be a fear monger here I'm just saying we ought to really recognize that we need Jesus and we need his word in our lives earth became the war zone of this great conflict that began in heaven and the World War One began it came down here and we read the story let's just look at it briefly here we will read the entire passage but Genesis Chapter 3 we find a we find a little bit about the the events that took place Genesis Chapter 3 and we see it happening in a very personal way and we can a way that we can relate to and the Bible says in Genesis Chapter 3 and verse one Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God made and he said to the woman has God indeed said You shall not eat of every tree of the garden again he didn't come out and say that there was something wrong with God's command he is planting a doubt in the woman's mind why would he have said that you see there are some things we don't understand and I try to tell my little daughter Elle of this sometimes she can't always understand why. Why she can't do a certain thing it looks like fun to jump off of this or looks like fun to play with this or looks like fun to do and you can you can imagine those of you that have had children you know exactly what I'm talking about and of course I'd like to always be able to explain the wise and what would happen but it's simply not possible at this point in her cognitive functioning ability right and so I have to teacher it's my job as a parent our job as her parents to teach or to obey whether she understands or not do you realize that there's we even sing a song sometime and I found myself singing it to her this week trust them for there is no other way to be happy well in Jesus where the song goes but I was singing it you got to trust daddy right well we have to trust Jesus we have to trust that he understands some things that that we don't understand right he knows some things that we just can't quite wrap our finite minds around we have to trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey that's the reality of the world that we live in and Adam and Eve were placed in that garden and they could not have a full understanding of what God understood in fact that was one of the things that Lucifer would use against them the deception that he came to the many he said these are what you don't understand Eve is that God doesn't want you to be like him. You know the story right God doesn't want you to know both good and evil was that true that was true. We can sometimes call that the 1st lie but it really wasn't a lie it was an implied lie what was the implied lie the implied lie there was that it would be advantageously to even if she knew both good and evil something to be grassed before something to be desired something admirable desirable that was the lie what he said if you just look at the meaning of the words it was true God doesn't want you to know both good and evil he knows that if you eat this fruit if you disobeyed him and you don't trust him you're going to know both good and evil Oh that was all true the lie was that that would be something awesome to know both good and evil do you realize the devil still thing telling the same lie today the devil is still telling young people and even old people he's telling all of us that somehow would be better off if we just get experience some of that evil some of that sin it just looks like fun it looks and it looks it looks enjoy it looks pleasurable there's glitter and there's glamour there's flashing lights and there's there's this attraction to it but the knowledge of evil is the source of pain and suffering friends not of joy and in the light meant are you with me on that I wish I never knew what evil was I wish that none of our race had ever known what God already knew what iniquity was God was trying to keep his creation from experiencing the pain of sin and if they would only trust Him and obey him they wouldn't know both good and evil they would only know good oh I wish I only knew good when I look at my daughter I wish she was living in a world where there was only good. When I see the suffering around us and we don't have to look very far friends when I see the suffering around us I realize God never wanted us to know the evil that is in this world when it was in heaven it looked innocent enough when it was simply portrayed as trying to improve on the government of God It looked innocent anough when it's the flashing lights it looks attractive and fun and pleasurable and young people it's a lie it's a lie it only brings heartache and grief sin is the cancer that caused World War One the world war that we're involved in today sin is hateful to God because of the pain it causes sin is destructive of our hearts our homes our relationships our own person our own physical body Sin is an intruder into the world that God intended us to have so sin is not something that we can just play with and and say it's OK and just say it's not a big deal and no all of those things are the doubles lies the Bible records that that the woman got into this conversation with the serpent and he said his 1st outright lie in chapter 3 in verse 4 when he says to the woman you will not surely die for God knows that in the day you eat it your eyes will be open and you will be like God knowing good and evil that you will not surely die that 1st lie is also still being told to day it's disturbing to me when I see it in many for us even in what we call today a Christian nation. Christianity now is adopting in many cases we've had we've had of course the idea of the continuing immortality of the soul for many many years but today in Christianity is a new view is that we're incorporating the eastern sort of reincarnation type of ideas and mystical ideas into Christianity and I'm thinking how can we not see that this is all still that 1st lie you shall not surely die the wages of sin is death friends it's actual death is not eternal punishing it's death and the Bible tells us that the devil argued with God here he contradicted God in the verse says in-situ after free verse 6 so when the woman saw that the tree was good for food that was pleasant of the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise she took of its fruit and ate she also gave her husband with her and he ate and if you want to a little a little Sabbath afternoon reading to contemplate on read the rest of Genesis Chapter 3 and you'll see House how quickly sin brought disunity to the human race the 1st day sin entered humanity you have the 1st marital dispute going on. She's been pointing fingers and he's pointing fingers and they're blaming each other it didn't take long did it look so attractive sin always has a price as someone used to say there's a high cost to living and so earth became the war zone we don't know all the reasons we don't understand everything about why Lucifer came here why the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was planted here it could be some some believe that the earth was particularly a part of this new creation that was going on at the time was particularly a part of Lucifer's jealousy of Jesus the Creator God it could be that this is why this Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was planted here the lucifers claim had been and perhaps the angels in heaven believed it those of followed him at least that would not only would the angels be interested in following Lucifer's better government but this new creation down here planet Earth and humanity would also be benefited by being a part of his new government that he wanted to put into place we don't know all of the reasons but here we find that the devil certainly was cast out of heaven and he was cast out and I believe is limited to this earth in his battle against the government of God The Bible says and we are already read read verses 7 through 9 verse 12 says therefore be joy so heavens and you dwell in them woe to the inhabitants that dwell on oil to the inhabitants of the earth and the scene for the devil has come down to you having great wrath because he knows that he has a short time so this worth Now this world war is continuing here on planet Earth the interesting thing is the most important thing for us to understand is that we are not mere spectators of a. Titanic struggle the celestial struggle between the powers of heavens that's not at all in fact we are very much involved in this conflict and so I want you to turn to feet 1st Peter chapter 5 and verse 8 1st Peter chapter 5 in verse 8 the Bible says very clearly that we are a part and have a part to play in this controversy between good and evil between Christ and Satan In fact let's just read a few verses here in verse 6 will begin and therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you and do what due time casting all your care upon him for he cares for you is that a precious promise it is in fact if I were to just remind you of what I said a few minutes ago the fall of the angels in heaven is a sin is it should be a wake up call right to us living today how can we survive if angels couldn't write if angels were deceived what hope do we have well there's a lot of hope in Jesus we ought to just do what this verse says of these verses say humble ourselves in the side of God cast all of our care our burdens upon him and know that he cares for us verse 8 says be sober be vigilant because your adversary whose adversary our adversary who the devil goes about as a roaring lion seeking to whom he may devour this is the conflict that we are not spectators in we are involved in we have an adversary if we are on God's side the double is our adversary right and I would say even say that. Since God is the one who wants our eternal life whether we're yet on his side or not the devil's our adversary he doesn't really care about us he doesn't really take care of his own he only wants to cause more pain to the heart of God Now it's easy for me to stand up here and preach the sermon about this conflict the battle World War World War One we might call it right because it certainly predated any conflict here what's harder for me is on a daily basis to recognize the battle that's going on in my own heart you know I'm talking about it's very easy for me listen to me friends it's very easy for me when something doesn't go my way to start feeling that that's that person that's rubbing me the wrong way that's crossing that just making wrong assertions or that saying the wrong things or doing the wrong things or doing it the wrong way or it's that person's fault it's hard for me to recognize the devil when he comes to tempt me you know what I'm saying it's very easy for me to start to think that these are just conflicts these are his issues this is just life is and not to remember that every single day there is a battle that battle is for your soul and mine that battle is real the battle is on friends today the devil is trying to deceive you to discourage you to delay your decision for Jesus today the devil is your adversary your enemy and he's trying to devour you that means he's trying to destroy you eternally and cause the heart of God pain. And what I need is not just not understanding of the great controversy is going on in the world what I desperately need is a day early new understanding growing understanding of how that great controversy is happening in my heart because when I understand how that's happening in my heart then I can flee to Jesus then I can resist the double and flee from him and and God and God can give me the victory but so often I'm not realizing it's it's a spiritual battle I'm thinking it's the person that's annoying me I'm not religious spiritual battle I'm just sucked in along with the current of the world the battle is on friends and it's a real battle in the Bible says you're very clearly in Peter's words be sober be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking to me he may devour I'm thankful that their promises that I can claim in this personal battle against the devil for example the Apostle John writes Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world how lujah I'm thankful. I don't want to stand here this morning and glorify the power of Satan out to glorify the power of Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords I want you to know that this fallen angel is fall and I want you to know that when Jesus Christ came and he he held the destiny of the world your destiny and my destiny in his hands when he was born a babe in Bethlehem when he grew up in and became the Messiah the the teacher of the anointed one when he went to Calvary's cross and he stretched his arms and he willingly allowed the soldiers to nail him to that tree when he said those words it is finished Father into your hands I commit my spirit when he accomplished that that sacrifice for you and for me the destiny of this world was sealed there is no mystery now about how this world war is going to win there is no possibility or or probability there is a certainty friends that the devil is a defeated foe and my Savior and yours THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS is going to come as a conqueror and set his people free that is going to happen Matthew chapter $24.00 and verse 14 says that when this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached the Authorized Version Dr White says the shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations then shot all the income we don't use that word Sheil very often do we will is is a very similar word but it might not have quite the strength the child there's no probability or proper possibility expressed here it's not then the end may come it's not it's not then it could prosody probably most likely come this is going to happen friends and we ought to live like it's real. We have to live like the things in heaven are more real than things on Earth because they're all transitory they're going to burn up they're going to pass away this world is not our home where pilgrims are just passing through the real things are the eternal things that will last. Oh if I had a if I could only be reminded on a regular basis of the reality of the battle I might live my life differently I might make decisions differently I might not see my neighbor or my family or my coworker or whoever it is that's rubbing me the wrong way is the enemy realize it's the devil that's the enemy it's the devil that the adversary and he's trying to stir up self in me because by the way that's what the devil is he selfish if I could summarize and you heard me do this before if I could summarize the great controversy in just a few worse it is the devil who is selfish trying to make you selfish and it is Jesus who is the epitome of self lessness that's a gop they love that's 1st Corinthians 13 it is Jesus and he is seeking to change your heart and mine transformed those hearts these naturally selfish hearts to be unselfish and the daily decisions that we make pull us one way or the other the great controversy is pretty simple isn't it it's 2 opposite characters polar opposites ones pulling us one way the others pulling us the other way and Jesus Jesus by His Grace is going to win in my heart I want that do you I want that Luke Chapter 13 Luke Chapter 13. We're going to just have a few more passages years we study this great controversy we've been studying periodical about once a month one of the fundamental teachings of scripture this week we are studying the great controversy Luke Chapter 13 beginning of with verse 11 we see a window into the world and the the problems in the world that we see today and they behold it says there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity 18 years and was bent over and could in no way raise yourself up but when Jesus saw her he called to her he called her to him and said to her Woman you are loosed from your infirmity and he laid his hands on her and immediately she was made straight and glorified God but the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath and he said to the crowd there are 6 days on which men ought to work therefore come and be healed on them and not on the Sabbath day the Lord then answered him and said hypocrite does not each one of you on the Sabbath lose his office or donkey from the stall and lead it away to water it so ought not this woman being a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has bound think of it for 18 years be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath What do we see here happening what we see happening besides the whole conflict over this man made rules about the Sabbath that Jesus was breaking were Jesus broke what we see happening is Jesus giving us an insight into where pain and suffering comes from too many people blame God friends God is not the author of sin is not the offer of suff author of suffering the devil is Satan has bound these 18 years that's the description that Jesus gave of this woman and Jesus set her free. The Bible says that if the son of man shall set you free you shall be free indeed and friends that's a promise not just for this woman Luke Chapter 13 that's a promise meant to apply to all of us Jesus is still in the business of setting people free Jesus is still in the business of saving us from the effects of sin ultimately that will not be until the restoration of all things will still have the effects in some way until then. But that's the business that Jesus is involved in fundamental belief number 8 I'll just review this year with you all humanity is now involved in the great controversy between Christ and Satan regarding the character of God His law and his sovereignty over the universe this conflict originated in heaven when he created being endowed with freedom of choice and self exaltation became Satan God that were serious and led into rebellion and portion of the angels he introduced the spirit of rebellion into this world when he led Adam and Eve into sin this human sin resulted in the distortion of the image of God and humanity the disordering of the created world and its eventual to the station at the time of the global flood as presented in the historical account of Genesis one through 11 observed by the whole creation this will became the arena of universal conflict out of which the God of love will ultimately be vindicated to assist his people in this controversy Christ since the Holy Spirit and the oil angels to guide protect and sustain them in the way of salvation thankful for that hope a thankful that we're not just here in this conflagration in this great conflict without hope without knowing what's going to all go on or what's the end is going to be I'm thankful that the Bible's very clear that there's going to be an end I want to just took a look at a few passages here just as we close because sometimes we need to review we need to remind ourselves of what's going to happen Revelation Chapter 19 beginning of verse 11 we see the the end game as you might call it the last great struggle we sometimes refer to the battle of Armageddon as the great struggle that marks the end of the earth as we know it and the 2nd Coming I believe friends that's a spiritual battle I believe it has a physical component when Jesus comes. Because Jesus actually does destroy the nations of the earth when he comes that's a physical destruction OK but it primarily the nations of the earth are being gathered for a spiritual decision making Who are you going to follow who you're going to obey who's going to be your Lord and Savior verse 11 says now I saw I have an open and behold a white horse and he you sat on him was called faithful and true and in righteousness he judges and makes war his eyes were like a flame of fire and on his head were many crowns he had a name written that no one knew except himself he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood and his name was called What does it say the word of God and the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen white and clean followed him on white horses now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword that with it he should strike the nations and he himself will rule them with a rod of iron he himself treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God and he has on his robe and on his thought i ain name written KING OF KINGS AND LORD. Of Lords That's Jesus that's our Jesus friends the savior the re Deemer the king soon coming King this 2nd coming God at the 2nd coming God delivers his people the beast and his armies are defeated we could study a little more here in Revelation Chapter 19 but we don't have time I want to skip down to the end of the story what is the last in of this this this conflict this rebellion that began in heaven the last book of the Old Testament Malakai chapter 4 and we will read verses verse one tells us what will happen of the one who lead in this rebellion against the God of Heaven the Bible tells us in Molokai chapter 4 and verse one the Bible says For behold the day is coming burning like enough and and all the proud yes all who do wickedly will be stubble the day which is coming shall burn them up says Lord of hosts that will leave them neither root nor branch does it say some of the proud remember the devil is seeking to pull us his direction that's the direction of pride and selfishness self centeredness Gees is trying to save us by transforming our characters by forgiving us for our sins and and changing our hearts a new heart he says he will give us a new spiritual put within us all who are proud and I believe friends that's not excluding the great deceiver himself our last verse Jude 5 through 7 a little book of Jude the last next to last book of the old of the New Testament right next to the Book of Revelations Jude 56 and 7 tells us. Among other verses we could look at the devil himself is going to be destroyed he's going to be burned up he talks about here it says and Jude 5 but I want to remind you though you once knew this that the Lord having saved the people out of the land of Egypt afterward destroyed those who did not believe and the angels who did not keep their proper domain but left their own abode he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them in similar manner to these having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh are set forth as an example suffering the vengeance of eternal fire now we know the Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed right there was that they were they suffered the vengeance we of what Jude calls eternal fire now for what for the record in case you don't believe the newspaper The Bible also says that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed they're not still burning somewhere so the turtle fire doesn't mean that they burned for ever it means they've never been rebuilt That's the fire that this passage tells us has been reserved for who not for you and me it's been reserved for the devil and his angels the devil the devil wants us to join him his fate Jesus wants us to be saved the Bible tells us that Jesus is coming soon that picture that we read about in Revelation Chapter 19 I don't think it'll be too long now I hope it won't be long Jesus comes to bring an end to this World War as we know it back then in 1914 June the assassination took place. Tensions began to escalate Austria Germany Belgium France England all the rest Russia the war began and the lines were drawn and by winter they had reached somewhat of a stalemate there was not an official truce but there's a story that comes to us from 1914 the front lines in what today we sometimes refer to as World War One the way I've heard the story there was a call on the front on the evening of December 2004 and then one of the soldiers began hearing some music playing someone had an instrument a little flute or a little instrument and they were over in their trance and they began playing a Christmas carol Now imagine if you were one of those young boys away from home in a muddy trench cold night missing home and you start hearing Silent night holy night wafting across the no man's land between your trenches and the enemies whoever began playing soon heard for themselves from the other side someone else joining in and in different languages those young boys started singing the Christmas songs The reminded them of home the story goes that someone got brave and put down their rifle and started trudging across towards the other side soon hundreds of those young boys left their weapons in the trenches and joined there in the middle they pulled out their wallets and showed their. Pictures of their girlfriends and families back home some of them had received Christmas cookies or other treats or gifts from the front line and they actually exchanged them with the men they had been firing on just a few hours earlier I don't know why the commanding officers allowed it but it happened it's a part of part of history it was that frailing going France and other sites along the western front soldiers stopped fighting and began to sing and play music and also take this opportunity to recover their dead and fallen comrades What was it that spontaneously caused soldiers who had been trained to fight and kill to put down their weapons and fraternize with the enemy it was friends the power of Jesus Christ now we know that Jesus wasn't born on December 25 but we also know that the world today remembers the birth of Jesus and the story of Jesus' friends has power it was Christmas Eve in 1914 that the killing stopped and peace broke out for a very short time friends just as the story of Jesus 1st coming brought peace on Christmas eve of 914 so the coming of Christ himself in glory and power is going to bring peace and a new heaven and a new earth filled with love. For just as John saw envision the beginning of the great controversy he also saw its end when he says in Revelation 21 God will create a new heaven and a new earth for the 1st heaven and the 1st earth had passed away and at that time friends the great controversy will be over the world war will be ended and there will be new heavens and a new earth where and dwells righteousness I want to be a part of that don't you I want to be a part of God's everlasting kingdom in a world that is functioning in a humanity that is designed as God intended in the beginning with out the curse of sent without the knowledge of evil that your desire to be there in that day Father in heaven I just pray that that our hearts might be touched as we think of Jesus Lord as your spirit is able to move on even hardened soldiers hearts especially during this time of year we pray that he would move on ours that we might be surrendered to Jesus that we might accept his sacrifice for our sins that we might be choose and we might choose to be saved by His power and by His grace that we might have implanted in our hearts a hatred against sin Lord that only you Americal of divine grace a heart change can give Lord I pray that you did make me every day more and more into your image that I might be less selfish and left self centered and less focused on me as Satan is focused on himself that I might be more like Jesus I pray that experience for every person here some day when you come very soon that as you promised you will. He will claim us you will know us for we will be like you we see you as. We thank you for this past 40 Jesus. 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 if you would like to listen to more sermon or leave a Visit W W W audio verse or.

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