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The Pandemic of Persecution - Part 2

Eric Walsh
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How to have salvation in Christ during the future persecutions of God's church.

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Eric Walsh

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  • May 2, 2020
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Father God we thank you Lord for this opportunity to just the study you are today. We know Lord what is going on in the world and we understand the times that we are in the Lord we are asking today for an extra outpouring of your Holy Spirit Philis now Lord with your holy Eagles Lord let me not be seen or heard in Step Father God I pray that you. Lord just give. Give a word and this is our prayer your precious and holy name Amen All right I am. A making short of everyone who we've invited to is on. And I think everybody's doing good on that end we'll get right into this revelation 6 and verse 7 says and when he had opened the 4th seal I heard the voice of the 4th Be say Come and see and I looked and behold a Pale Horse and his name that sat on him was death and hell followed with him and power was given unto them over the 4th part of the earth to kill with the sword and with hunger and with death and with the beasts of the earth. So in part one we talked a bit about the seals is for Seal represents the condition of the church. During the Dark Ages. It would cover into diet Tyra and even Sardis and some some some scholars would argue and we can see that. Only destruction is coming at this time at this point people Rome has also become temporal role meaning that pollute the little horn power now has political power as well as religious power and what the what the Bible says here John is right is that in fact they're given power over a 4th part of the earth to kill with the sword and with hunger and with death and with the beasts of the earth what's fascinating about this is that when it says and with death that word death in the Greek is fine Atos it is interesting because it is the word for death so if it says that a kid that this this. This pale horse kills with death. Fascinating term Some argue this is the 2nd death. Some translated as pestilence but also is interesting is that word fan atolls is where Marvel Comics got the word phantoms from which is their major villain that they've had. For many of their movies and here you can see that this concept this idea of of death riding a horse or was very important in understanding the seal so when we look at a little bit more about what. The conditions word are and as time 2nd Thessalonians 234 and 7 says Let no man deceive you by any means but that day shall not come except there come a falling away 1st and that Man of Sin be revealed the son of perdition will oppose it and exalted himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped so that he as God sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God Paul says and verse 7 a 2nd does it on his 2 for the ministry of iniquity does already work only he who now let us will let until he be taken out of the way Paul was warning the church and remember in of the 1st seal is a white horse and goes forth conquering to conquer and this is the early church up to around $180.00. As a docile to spread like crazy but even then Paul was warning them that iniquity the mystery of iniquity was already beginning to work into the in the church and he was warning that one day would be this great falling away and we know that that has happened Revelation 6 and verse 9 says and when he opened the 5th seal I saw under the alter the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held and they cried of the loud voice saying how long all Ord holy and true the star not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth and here it is when the 5th seal opens something powerful has begun to happen. Just as the blood of righteous Abel cried out to God for justice in Genesis in Revelation blood cries out again and this time the you could hear as it were those that were slain and this is not that there are those floating around but this is the principle that when justice is the Da that hears and understands the circumstance and God wants to deal with that in justice and the Scripture says a crowd of the loud voice how long all or wholly untrue does the not judging avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth and something begins to happen prophetically one of the things that happens is the Protestant Reformation we have a. Image here of Martin Luther who is credited with starting the Reformation but actually there were reformers before him and all of a sudden there is a certain amount of vindication that begins to happen for those who have. Been martyred under the papal rule of the Dark Ages because all of a sudden they begin to realize that in fact as we study in Sabbath school this morning it is Celeste the Torah is the Bible and the Bible alone and once we start to hold up the Bible the falling away and the and the lies that he wrote his teachings begin to become more and more evident but of course we know to there was a deadly wound that was given to this little horn power to this beast and that was when in 798 when the poor Napoleon's general Berthier arrested Pope Pius 6 took him into captivity where he died and established the Republic in Italy and there was a there's a lot to why that that happened the Polian saw the world a bit differently and there is a lot of conversation that is had about that but it was the prophetic time for it to happen this was the official end to the Dark Ages as many historians would say. But it was also a time that transition things in the world as we're about to see. So one of the things that's interesting is that during that that dark ages that 12 and 60 years that we talked about in the 1st part of his message last week I talked about it is that the pope has now come out and apologize for killing Protestants This is from the trumpet. Magazine the Journal of the pope has said listen you know we're sorry after 500 years this is basically on the. On the anniversary of the Reformation. Of the 500 years the pope change the end the biggest split in Christendom development that would radically expand the prestige and reach of the Catholic Church and so people say well you know this is benevolence but these are to say not this is about expanding reach and power from this article there to people talking to the writer and he's quoting a lot of Herbert Armstrong from a July 6th 1981 plain truth magazine article so kind of hard to toggle back and forth and understand it all but here's here's what it says it says the trumpet has long said that the Catholic Church would play a major role in unifying Europe once again the only unifying authority which the coming 10 nations of Roman Catholic Europe can accept is the Pope of Rome and that was written by Herbert Armstrong that quoted part back in 1900 the wanted plain truth magazine and then the author of the of the of the trumpet mag a magazine article says even back then Mr Armstrong saw the potential for religious unity and political unity to be linked this is even before the Vatican 2 Council the famous Catholic meeting that revolutionized the church's approach to outside groups and began laying the groundwork for the type of unity the church is seeking now that had been working on this for decades the nations of Europe want to go together. Yet they are competitive against each other they distrust each other the Common Market is not as is knocking down the chief competitive barrier trade he wrote in the same article speaking to the $163.00 are will another serious barrier has been religion Protestants have been unwilling to submit to the authority of the pope but that barrier to is fast crumbling everywhere there is a relaxing of Protestant opposition against the Roman Catholic Church and so do start to talk about what it was happening this back in the sixty's and the move towards ecumenicalism today both economic and religious barriers to a united Europe greatly weakened he wrote way back in the sixty's the pope is the one political leader who can demolish the political barrier the stage is set all that is needed is a new fear for their common safety from Russia and what I want to see is fair is used to move forward agendas in a pandemic of persecution fear a tidal wave of fear will simple the people and what will happen is that because of fear you can get people to give up their rights to unify would focus otherwise wouldn't unify with and I want you to understand as Christians there's a reason 2nd Timothy 17 says For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind and the reason that the Bible says this is because the Bible and the God is trying to get us to understand through the scripture that if we allow fear to rule in us we can give the devil an advantage the people of God must not live in fear and even of this pandemic rages across the world and even to the death follow you must not live in fear because fear is not just the anti-thesis effect if the Bible says that perfect love casts out all fear experiencing God's Love We don't live in fear because fear is what the devil going to use to move for his agenda in these last days. The super state of the European Union elite is want to create is not possible without some kind of heritage and this is from the article the more modern article writer which is why we see it on the brink of collapse today only the Catholic church can provide that heritage having close relations with Europe other major churches churches is a necessary precondition as Mr Armstrong proposed and as Mr Armstrong pointed out that is already in place no major religious law I want to hear it is clear some of their minister no major religious group in Europe opposes the Catholic Church or the Pope in principle there are there are merely a narrowing number of doctrinal disagreements it's all coming together the deadly wound given to the papacy by birth year in $798.00 is being healed. In 1063 in the midst of the Vatican 2 Council the plain truth reported today the time is ripe according to the of 2 official Catholic views for making the final effort to unite the church bodies of the Christian world the mighty problem of achieving unity is twofold 1st it involves reconciliation of the Orthodox schism that officially commenced in $1054.00 and divided the church in the east Greece Russia and the Balkans and the Mary from Rome 2nd it involves restoration of the Roman communion of all Protestantism which developed from $71517.00 on words to things that must happen one of which they say has basically already been healed it's just the Protestant part and needed to be fixed and he so it's a back in 1963 he was and the 1st problem of the reconciliation of the Orthodox schism that the author now is saying is nearly resolved the only real exception here is the Us Russian Orthodox Church was a tool of the Russian government and therefore less keen on submitting to Rome the 2nd divide is almost resolved as well I want you to see this last sentence carefully of course there will be holdouts who will not return to Rome voluntarily these it would have to be dealt with after a strong political union is in place. I want you to see the words of the trumpet magazine uses here remember the title of his message of the pandemic of persecution it says actually that those who do not fold in under Rome will be dealt with when there is a nuff political but a strong enough political union and I want you to to remember as we go through this. Lead the tactics in the past of getting the whole world to join in on us have been tactics of persecution and other things so today we see an economic crisis fear of terrorism and fair of Russia all pushing Europe together Meanwhile the Catholic Church has already been made great headway the war of unity with Lutherans saw full unity would not just be of interest to religious people it have a real world geo political implication as Mr Armstrong wrote the stage is set so we have been talking about this from a prophetic standpoint for a long time and yet now those outside of us are saying saying this so the 1st thing that has to happen is as we're going to see the spread of prophecy speaks to is that history has to be revised there is an article from The Guardian a British magazine a journal says historians say the Inquisition wasn't that bad centuries people were burned at the stake stretched to death or otherwise tortured for failing to be Roman Catholic but it research released by the Vatican is right the Inquisition was not as bad as one might think that raises goosebumps on your back and on your neck the idea that the time of the Dark Ages and specifically the Inquisition and all that happened during those times actually wasn't all that bad and you can look up there are some who estimate the number of deaths in the millions. Now that the Catholic Church is trying to revise that into much smaller numbers. And so one of the one of the stories of what happened to Christians there are many one of them as a large as the as the French refugees from the Huguenots that left under eat it when one of the edicts the edicts of months for 5098 was overturned by the edict of Fontainebleau in 16852132 Louis 14 persecuted these Huguenots and to this day if you visit South Africa of visited South Africa have a memorial there for where they fled to and of course in the Carolinas in the United States and when you read the stories of what happened to some of these groups some of the massacres and slaughters that happened in Europe to now look back and say well you know these things weren't really all that bad is a really interesting thing to do but remember this is this is how the dragon works Revelation 13 says I like this and I stood up on a sand of the seam and saw a beast rise up out of the sea having 7 heads and 10 horns and upon his horns 10 crowns and upon his heads the name of blasphemy and the Beast which I saw was like unto a leopard and his feet were as the feet of a bear and his mouth as the mouth of a lion and the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority verse 3 is critical it says and I saw one of his hands as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed and all the world wondered after the beast when we look at what is going on in the world today with this pandemic. The stage is once again set for fear to be used to move forward agendas and for this deadly wound to be healed and here you can see this is the pope Francis in Philadelphia laughing with the the president of Obama at the time and it says Take what you need and leave the rest why atheists love Pope Francis all the world wondered after the beast the pope ignites on President a secular excitement and this week us crowds coming to see him will likely be infiltrated by many non-religious at Myer's and in the 70s Have you met the pope and this is to the right where it started remember that it was actually against u.s. law to send diplomats that a Vatican all of that was overturned when 2 senators to Congress members work hard to have that overturned we began this and diplomats back and really the height of the reunion came when Reagan and Pope John Paul the 2nd 2nd work together you can see them there on the right to and to overturn the Soviet Union but John Paul the 2nd being a Polish pope and so we saw we've seen as was prophesied in the spirit of prophecy that the hands of the Protestants and of the Catholic Church would reach across the abyss they'd be unified a 3rd part of that of course a spiritual ism which we want to time to get into today but you can see that and so now we're seeing that the the world religious world is beginning to unify under the pope and again this pandemic that were and is being used as leverage to pandemic unites Christians and prayer and I'll read to just read what's underneath the picture there says Pope Francis leads a global recitation of the Lord's Prayer from the library of the Apostol and palace of the Vatican March 25th 2020. The pope and the Orthodox Anglican and Protestant leaders who joined him for the prayer implored God's mercy on humanity amid the coronavirus pandemic and so you can see that out of this there is a move to bring people together this is just from April 9th 2020 minute many are going to begin to pull together it will be crisis and it will be challenges and Matthew chapter $24.00 and verse 8 was as all these are the Beginning of Sorrows what leads up that out of our wars and natural catastrophes then all of a sudden the persecution starts out of natural. Catastrophe and the problem is what leads the world to a place where pews what a world is once again ripe for persecution This is from the book the keys of this blood by Molokai Martin many of you a probably very familiar with this book I want to read one quote from page 287 it says in the eyes and in brackets here it says of groups like Adventists Baptist and have a delicate sex brackets there regard and respect for democratic principles impose upon them the obligation the religious as well as the civil and political obligation to defend every person's right to be wrong. Every person must have the right not only to believe in hell of the Damned and Heaven of the saved every person was literally be assured of their right to choose hell over heaven that obligation carried to the to that extreme not only sets the minimalists apart from John Paul it sets them against him as well look at this last part of it says there's a medical I'm on who was a vital to the pope and a trans that scrolls a very prominent Catholic he says it sets them apart from the Holy Father because democratic principles can never take precedence over divine revelation no one can be forced to believe in heaven or hell or to choose the one over the other Nevertheless it is adze Omatic for Pope John Paul that no one has the right Democrat Democratic or otherwise to a moral wrong but you get that church according to the papacy is not a very old book you can go back and read it it's it's fascinating you don't have a right to be morally wrong the problem then becomes who's more right is the standard because as we talked about in the 1st part of this the catechisms of change the 10 Commandments so that the 2nd Commandment is removed the against graven images the 4th Commandment is moved to is is is reduced. And becomes the 3rd commandment and it just as Remember the Sabbath day without the rest of it and the 10 Commandments split in half separating being covetous of materials from a couple of a wife of someone's wife so when you when you look at that what happens if legislation or a papal he ticked a bull is put out a says that it is morally wrong to not reverence the 1st day of the week. What happens to all those who do not take that side and what I want you to see in the world right now is that much of what we think is a standard much of what we think will last much of what we think is for sure is not for sure they're not be playing baseball right now in America they're not playing soccer or football in in Europe South America and all rest of the world right now you know people were fighting over toilet paper nurses were garbage bags to try to protect themselves from a virus everything you thought was normal and this is why I just wanted to raise the spirit of prophecy warns us that the last of vents would be rapid ones because what we think is so ingrained and structurally sound in fact is not and things can change quickly and if we are not ready for what is coming upon the earth then we could be in big trouble and in tears and I don't like preaching the sermons I mean you do all these are tough sermons that preach a much sweeter simpler sermons I could preach but when I look at what's going on in the world in the movement in the way it's going I just feel that I feel it's important that the people of God are warned as to what is coming upon the earth and what the Bible says is going to happen and if we only preach fluff and smooth things the people won't be ready when the time comes people who have sat in our pews will be ready when the time of trouble hits. So the great controversy PI's face 565 says this rights of the Roman Church is a far reach as far reaching in our plans and modes of operation she is employing every device to extend her influence and increase her power in preparation for a fierce and determined conflict to regain control of the world to reestablish persecution and to undo all that Protestantism has done but you see that when this wound is healed though they will go back to what they did before in order to undo the Protestant Reformation and it is happening now in church the ballast of them is gaining ground upon every side see the increasing number of churches and chapels in Protestant countries look at the popularity of our colleges and seminarians in America so widely pictured I thought by Protestants look at the growth of ritualism in England and the frequent the Fex into the ranks of the Catholics these things should awaken the anxiety of all who prize the pure principles of the Gospel we talked this morning in Sabbath school and it's less than is about the Bible and study the Bible let me tell you something if the Bible is not your standard you're in trouble because they were mentioning in a discussion in South school this morning about feelings and emotion and there are things that are going to happen to be warm and fuzzy make you feel good but you're going to go to be diametrically opposed to the Word of God and if your standard is not His Word you will be deceived and you will follow feeling rather than following truth. The great controversy page 571 says this The Roman Church now presents if a fair front to the world covering with apologies to record a horrible cruelties just as we just read this alike predicted now you know the Inquisition wasn't that bad and even the end of course the Vatican of the one given them the data to say it wasn't that bad that is not you know if that was a research article being produced by a pharmaceutical company you'd have to question it if you know if if the source matters in the results and miss the same thing the out of Vatican to say well it was it wasn't about it it was a benefits the about a can say that she has cloned herself in Christ like garments but she is unchanged every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today the doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held let none deceive themselves the papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that rule the world in the days of the Reformation when men of God stood up at the peril of their lives to expose her iniquity she possesses the same pride and arrogant assumption that lorded it over kings and princes and claimed the Parag of hymns of God or Spirit is no less cruel and despotic Now that was she crushed out human liberty and slew the saints of the most high Revelation 612 says it like this and I beheld when he had opened the 6th seal. And this is asked after the voices of the martyrs are heard and and they cry out for just as the 6th Seal opens and lo there was a great earthquake the sun became Black a sack cloth of here in the moon became as blood and we noted we that we often attach that earthquake to the great earthquake of Lisbon Portugal. And $755.00 and the stars of heaven fell into the earth and even have a fig tree cats of their own time and figs which is shaken of a mighty wind and has happened in the early in mid 800 that the stars fell from heaven and verse 14 then just as a huge jump before it took 13 and 14 so we go from the early half of the 8 hundreds straights verse 14 of Revelation 6 which says and the heaven the part of the scroll when it is rolled together and every mountain and island were moved out of their places we are in the last days because we know that from the time of those events happen in history and I don't get into them thinking about the time when those you can look at the Lisbon earthquake in the stars falling from heaven and dates and time from no Times the next thing recorded in Revelation 6 is the 2nd coming of Jesus we are living between verse 13 and 14 Revelation Chapter 6 in fact Jesus says it the same way in Matthew chapter 24 and verse 29 very similar language immediately after that the tribulation of those days the Dark Ages John the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light and the star self off from heaven and the powers of heaven shall be shaken we are between verse 29 and 30 because verse 30 says and then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven and then shall all the tribes of the earth morning and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory church you are between the verses that's where we're sitting right now and at any time things can pick up and our Lord can return. So what happens in that space between those verses Revelation 7 there's an interlude inserted in the 7 seals after the 7th the 6th seal these this language appears Revelation 7 in verse one says and after these things I saw 4 angels standing on the 4 corners of the earth holding the 4 winds of the earth that the Winship not blow on the earth nor on the sea nor on any tree and I saw another angel ascending from the East having the seal of the Living God and he cried with a loud voice of the 4 angels to whom it was given to her the earth and the sea saying hurt not the earth neither the sea nor the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads so what happens to the martyrs cry. The sick seal opens we are given a sign that says that the time of the end is beginning but the time that this will be of a reprieve just as Titus pulled back from around the city of Jerusalem there was going to be a reprieve and during that time is the time when the remnant church would come into existence and and truth would be developed as Daniel says the knowledge that would be in trees not just technological knowledge but a Biblical knowledge as Miller and the early had been as pioneers begin to preach this gospel around the globe so there's a pause between the verses and a pause is so that the servants of God This remnant can be sealed in their foreheads Well what does that mean well we know what I know many of you and I have and hope are in medical school or nursing school or public health school or other allied health fields we're talking about the frontal lobe when we talk about your forehead it is the part of the brain here the part of the brain. Where we where where our reasoning centers sit this is where we make decisions is where our character and personality sit that's what the frontal lobe is it is a part of the brain that allows us to be able to make decisions and so that part of the brain is critical and it is it is it is beneficial and must be protected as I say in some of the sermons but that's where the seal of God goes the mark of the beast can also go there in the forehead but the mark of the Beast also has the option of going into someone's hand because if someone just follows they will receive the market a beast even if they never make of this an active decision if they just follow the crowds on a wide path they will perceive that mark as a Christian you must choose God nots what the frontal lobe is all about in fact that is what really is the monkey wrench of the universe it's the choice that God gave us each as individuals the choice that Malakai Martin says jump with a is opposed to Pope John Paul the 2nd is choice given by God to man because there are a couple things that God cannot do and one of them is God cannot force you to love Him He wants your love us out of for it is of the 1st great command Heaven is the love the Lord backed out of all our heart with all I salute we we are to love God that God wants our love that's why we were created but you can't love a dogge you can't choose to love. And so the devil understands that and that's why he shows up in the Garden of Eden to fool even Adam That's why works on Cain to do what he does and all the way through the scripture he deceives and we see all the way up to to Judas how he is able to trick people because they choose the wrong way it's given to us in fact Isaiah one verse 18 remember the frontal lobes where you reason it says Come now let us reason together say of the Lord the ascends be a scarlet they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson they shall be as will it is your ability to choose to make decisions to reason with God That is where your salvation is tied up you cannot save yourself but you do you must choose God you must choose Him It is it is on us to choose Him vision 617 a process like this and take the helmet of salvation why is salvation represented as a helmet because helmets are designed to protect your head the frontal lobe of your brain we have personality and your character set and remember only our character will you take with you to heaven so the helmet of salvation is what is given and the devil that in fact in many ways the entire great controversy is not a battle in the streets or in the pews of churches it is a battle that happens between your ears in a sense in the frontal lobe of your mind Satan wants to win that part of your brain because the beacon placed his flag there you will spend eternity. With away from God and that will hurt one is the only way that he can get back and so he comes after that part of the brain if he says $113.00 says it like this it will be also trusted. After that you heard the word of truth the gospel of your salvation and who also after that he believed you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise what sealed you the Holy Spirit after you hear the truth sort of holy spirit and truth are tied together we'll come back to that just see about a holy spirit and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption so the Holy Spirit seals you and it is a seal of redemption and one of the things that is important as I'm studying this more and more for the last a Christian the last a church is that it is incredibly important that we go back and remember the power of the blood of Jesus Christ in these last days Satan wants you I'm speaking to you present truth Advent hope attending 70 had been is the most right now but but any Bible believing Christian the devil wants you so focused on your past failures he wants you to think that you have sinned in such a way that you cannot recover a relationship with God he want you to think that you're too far from God to be to be forgiven and I want you to know that that will be one of the the enemies the last day the Septuagint making people believe that they have sinned so great and God can't forgive them and I always tell people you cannot have out sin the dogs ability to save. The seal of the Living God is a mark of redemption. As we'll see a white 70 Air What is the feel of the Living God which is placed in the foreheads of his people it is a mark which angels but not human eyes can read but the storage of the strong angel Must see this mark of what is I might say there of redemption church you are to be redeemed you are to be redeemed and you should know that the blood of Jesus Christ works that it still washes away sin and this quote is taken from us the Bible Commentary by and for and letter 126 from 898 but it is a seal of the mark of redemption and l a y says this in manuscript 173 from 1000 or 2 she says just as soon as the people of Dot are sealed in their foreheads it is not any seal or mark that can be seen but to settling into the truth both intellectually and spiritually so that so they cannot be moved just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking it will come because she says her church indeed it has begun already. The judgments of God are now upon the land to give us warning that we may know what is coming this passage is so all right with truth the 1st thing I want to show you from this this is passage of the Spirit of Prophecy is it is that it is that the seal of God is not only a seal or mark that can be seen it is a settling into the truth that you get that what Remember the Holy Ghost is involved in this and is the Holy Spirit that leads us into all truth of the Holy Spirit seals you he will seal you by leading you into truth it is a settling into the truth but watch this it's not simply an intellectual settling into the truth talk a little bit about dozens of schools morning it is also a spiritual settling into the truth which means that you it's not that you simply understand the doctrines like you understand your organic chemistry or your or your physics or you understand a history from your textbook This means that there is a spiritual application the work of the Holy Ghost not just to make you understand this in principle because even the demons believe in Trumbull there is a spiritual level that you must have a connection to God It goes beyond just understanding truth to him to die just in truth to absorbing truth and then living truth how the relationship with Jesus Christ that says I trust his blood I trust his power and I understand that he's working on my behalf when he says something else here at the bottom he said the chicken has already begun to judgments of Dot and now upon the land to give us warning that we may know what is coming I believe that this Corona virus epidemic pandemic that we are in is a warning to the church. We have trusted Laodicea trusted. In her riches and we have trusted as a church in all of our a riches and and we've trusted in not just material riches but in a doctrinal riches let me say something this is a warning that everything that is a round is can collapse and we must know God and Jesus Christ we must have our own relationship with Him We must know him as we know our friend so to 611 a read is the from from this is from last week from the fence on the 5th seal as in when he open the 5th seal us on to the altar souls of them that was slain for the Word of God for the testimony which they held and they cried aloud way saying how long the Lord wholly untrue just are not judge an event of blood on them that well on the earth and look at verse 11 this is what we want to focus on here and white robes were given on to every one of them and it was 2nd to them that it should rest yet for a little season until their fellow servants also and their brethren that should be killed as they were should be fulfilled the Bible says here that they were given white robes the Greek word there is still early and it means a full robe from head to toe this was going to be given to this church. And this is the church probably at around the time of Sardis when when a script just one and Revelation 3 It speaks about of those inside as with a problem such as that there were some network what that were still dressed in red white and some that was still working and doing what God wanted it to be done and so that these were given white roups but is very different than what is said about the Church of Laodicea who was also given white clothing but in the Greek it's him ation and look at this verse 17 says because you say this is legacy it is is the other way the church of our day from Revelation chapter 3 verse 17 because that will say it's time rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing and no it's not that thou art wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked we think we have it all but we're in spiritual trouble that's spiritual settling into the truth has not happened look at what Jesus says in verse 18 says I counsel the to buy of me gold tried in the fire that doll me is to be rich and white Rayment but white women here is not the same word as the word robe that was given still lead to. In Revelation 611 to the martyrs This one says this is like clothing that must be purchased piece by piece it must be bought there is a sacrifice that must be given a sort of work by his use and white Raymond that thou b.s.p. closed and that the same of that I make of this do not appear and annoying Don eyes with I sow that doubt me a seed and then look at verse 1000 church as many as I love I rebuke and chasten be zealous therefore and repent the pandemic of persecution. Of trials and difficulty a part of how we buy what is needed for our starvation the condition of the church is such that it will be trial and difficulty and many of you know my story you know I've gone through trial and difficulty you know that we can be ridiculed mocked fired for our beliefs that can happen in modern day America despite the institution the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of this great nation that in fact it is time that we're going to have to buy it means we're going have to give up something we're going to give up something now if you're poor and make it is obvious enough and you can give so how do you buy. You buy to believe in sacrifice and in verse 19 is critical it says that God loves you so much he's going to allow rebuke and chastening one of these I learned my experience is that when God tries us he tries this because he loves us because he was the Purifiers he wants us to wear white the white that is the character of Christ and that will not happen unless we pass through some fire and that's why we have we by go to try to if I would represent our character I have to follow us as a light as hope everyone that thirst of coming into the waters and he that hath no money come he by and eat yea come buy wine and milk without money and without price Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread and your labor for that would satisfy have not hearken diligently on to me and eat that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fact MOUs incline your ear and come unto me here and your so shall live and I will make an everlasting covenant with you even the sure mercies of David you are to buy it has no price What do you have to give up in exchange for what Christ wants to give you you have to give up your pride. Self righteousness your arrogance you must be humbled as those martyrs were so humble and so purified through their persecution we will go through some difficult times in order to buy a prize wants us to buy James one verse 2 says my brother counted all joy when you shelf when he fall into diverse temptations knowing this that the trying of your faith work of patients but let patients have a perfect work that you may be perfect and Entire want to nothing is what a scripture says here is the patients of the seeds ere these that keep the commandments of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ this is the patience of the saints it comes because our faith has been Try This is why the frontal lobe is so important because righteousness is by faith and that is a frontal lobe experience to believe God to trust God and so do that is what we are being moved to or James one in verse 5 says if any of you lack wisdom if you feel like your frontal lobe isn't pulling its weight let him ask of God a gift to men all men liberally in a break of not and it shall be given him a lot of ask in faith not wavering for he that waiver it is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed for let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord verse 8 says a double minded man is unstable in all his wave there are those who are right now based on what is fair probably teaches that the mind is either being moral the to receive the seal of God of the mark of the beast there are those that are oscillating back and forth between the seal of God and the mark of the beast and this is determined by what we watch and what we listen to what a compass ations we get into the habits we form what are we what are we exposing the frontal lobe to the front row but I want to talk about the body is the sanctuary or the temple the frontal lobe is like the most holy place where the shock time of Glory of God is to fall so listen. Just as the priest couldn't just walk in there anyhow we should not let anything in there not every and anything to be allowed into the frontal lobe Matthew 510 lesson are they which are persecuted for righteously righteousness' sake there is the kingdom of heaven lesson are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven so persecuted they the prophets which were before you you got to believe the promise of Matthew 510-1112 no matter what the pandemic of persecution that may come upon us that is that is prophesied. At the end of the 5th Seal where says that you know those things to rest the while of of those afterwards that which should be killed killed will join them that some of us and we must understand that we are promised great things if we can stand to the time of difficulty that is coming revelation 8 verse one The 7th Seal and when it opened the 7th seal was silence in heaven about the space of a half an hour prophetically this is about a little over a week and I've And we as are taught is the time it will take for Christ to get to earth and bring the redeemed back but more important I want you to know that say Heaven is silent. Because all of heaven comes to collect the redeemed one things are at their worst Jesus comes to our rescue and I'm telling you charge them how bad things are right now our father is coming to get us Jesus is on his way Heaven will soon be silenced Christ will take off his priestly robes and put on his kingly robes he will mind his white horse and he will ride across the Milky Way and he's coming to get those of us who have committed ourselves to him we've chosen him and we've been washed in the blood of the Lamb sort of our clothes our white. Last couple of slides Christian experience and teaching page 100 and White says I saw the 4 angels who would hold the 4 winds until Jesus as work was done in the sanctuary and then will come the 7 last plagues these plagues and raids the wicked against the righteous they thought that we had brought the judgment of God upon them and that if they could rig the earth of us the plagues would then be stayed a decree went forth to slay the Saints which cause them to cry day and night for deliverance this was the time of Jacob's trouble than all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit and were delivered by the voice of God That's the 2nd coming of the 144000 triumphed their faces were lighted up with the glory of God in another post from a book to a few pages later page one of 3 God has shown me that he gave his people in bitter cup to drink to purify and cleanse them it is a bitter draft and they can make it still more bitter by murmuring complaining and repining but those who receive it dust must have another draft for the 1st does not have its designed effect upon the heart and if the 2nd does not affect the work that they must have another and another until it does have its design defect or they will be left filthy impure in heart. Look at this last sentence I saw that this bitter cup can be sweetened by patience in durance and prayer and that it will have its design effect upon the hearts of those who thus receive it and God will be honored and glorified church as we face the pandemic of persecution as we face hard times ahead for believers remember that you are not to approach the difficulties in your life by murmuring complaining and repining those are the whispers of the enemy and what is spread across these thousands of years if that's how you approaches difficulties God has to keep set a new difficulty after the difficulty of the difficulty until you are either spiritually mature or forever filthy and trial comes your way Church patients in durance and prayer will sweeten the bitter comp that's why Matthew 24 Jesus says and he that 7 door to the end the same shall be saved because when you are patient and endure and you have in durance and your praying to God Even your trials don't seem so bad with Jesus in the vessel you can smile at the store with Jesus in the vessel you can smile at a storm let me just finish by saying Mr he's a tough messages you know on this time of of difficulty be a lot easier to just speak words of pure encourage meant nothing else but one of things I need you are us all to get including myself is that this is a time for preparation. This warning has gone out as viruses circle the globe and it tells you that God is beginning to withdraw his Spirit from his planet I've been talking a lot lately about earthquakes all over the place from Serbia to Texas to. The central part of United States it was another one today in Puerto Rico. Talking about a pestilence and coronaviruses just one of all of the pestilences that are circling the globe. And people are worried about and of course the famine that has been threatened now actually 24 it's the signs of the times are being fulfilled quickly and I'm telling you there's no reason to be afraid this is a time to trust to be patient to have and Durrance and to be praying people trusting in God studying His Word and being excited that as the disciples were on a ship and Jesus walked towards them Jesus said to them Be of good cheer as he's walked on the water towards them be of good cheer it is I Be not afraid the signs of what is happening around us simply are telling us that Jesus is on his way there's no reason to be afraid church fathers coming together let's pray Father God we thank you for your word and for your truth and Lord we does ask in a very special way and Lord that you would just prepare us for what is coming Help us Lord to be people of patients in durance and prayer when the better cups of life are passed to us we don't recoil we don't become fearful we don't murmuring complain Lord I've done that in the past murmuring complain when the drought hit me father God I've learned you are trustworthy. You are. The arms of strength that we need to lean upon not the arm of flesh Father God I prayed to be on every one of his heard this message to the Father God we would be ready for your soon return this is our prayer in Jesus is precious and holy me. 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 leader visit w w w audio verse or.

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