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Deadly Delusions

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • October 31, 2020
    8:00 AM
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All right well today is October 31 and my sermon title is deadly delusions not exactly a cozy topic if you will post something I feel like we need to address especially this time of year. You know this newspaper headline claims Americans are expected this isn't 29000 to splurge 8800000000 on Halloween Can you imagine 8800000000 and I was reading just this week to have the numbers for this year are down but not as down as they thought they were going to be and I think it's even still in the $8000000000.00 range which is incredible when you consider even just 10 years ago 20 tend not to long ago it was only 4800000000 almost doubled not quite And so this morning we're going to take just a moment how did this all begin well in Ancient Britain and Ireland the Celtic festival of Solomon was observed on October 31 to offer sacrifices to honor the God of the dead Isn't that nice it was a special day when the curtain dividing in the living and the dead was thought to be lifted and so spirits of the dead could walk among the living in this was your chance so they thought ghosts witches goblins Black Cats fairies and demons of all kinds and so it was during that time that people could commune with the dead about matters regarding crop expectations or health or romantic prospects you name it somehow that connection with the nether world would give you insight to the here and the now than it was in the 1st century that the pope attempted to Christianize the practice by making November 1st All Saints Day to honor the dead martyrs and the saints yet rather than eliminate the pagan practice it only serves to blend them because you have All Saints' Day you have all how close they would be in the night before we could say All Hallows Eve. Halloween is derived from and how about this notion of trick or treating I believe this goes back to the ancient Druid priests or sorcerers we could say who would go from house to house demanding food for their own consumption and they would also take some of this food and they would offer it to the dead again how nice and cozy if the village would not provide them with food they would speak a demonic curse or over the home claiming that someone in that home would die within the next year and so with that element of fear they would just. Take advantage of people and these Druid priests or sorcerers would also carry with them a large turnip which they would hollow out from the inside and carve a face representing the demonic spirit they depended upon and they put a little candle inside to represent the power in the knowledge that they had as those old turnip lighted candle would go around with them kind of like a lantern for these priests as they went from house to house now in the 18th and 19th centuries turnips weren't that prominent in America and so the pumpkin was soon substitute for turnips and so the name given to the spear which inhabit the turnip was Jock which in America became Jack who lives in the lantern or Jacqueline or do I need to go on I certainly could go on not even living that far from Asheville you probably have your own stories that you could share I was buying a pair of shoes years ago and they said all these Crystal Mountains and think and. Some of the things that take place on how low-Z. or Halloween are very disturbing to say the least Now many will think Well hello and is just a fun time for kids to dress up I have nothing against kids dressing up it can be fun to dress up I think all of us kids at one point or another you have you know that you pull out the old suitcase and there's scarves and hats and and all kinds of things in a wig and different things and so you dress up and dressing up is fun and if you like to dress up or want to dress up maybe you should have a fall festival and you can have some kind of a theme or dress up or what have you but it can easily go beyond the innocent to the very dark very quickly the interesting thing is I believe God saw as he always has the delusion the lies the fear the smear and so he placed within our very precious 3 angels message within the message that we're sharing or Doug Bachelor is sharing that we've shared many. Before things that help us to understand these delusions from God's word so we do not have to be to see an Adventist and there's something called the 5 S's are the things that set us apart and if I had time I would go through each one of these of how they are a safeguard for the time in which we're living the sanctuary gives us a description of the Full Gospel the Sabbath who we are identity in Jesus Christ that He is our creator that he loves us is the seal of God that protects us from the mark of the beast and so on the 2nd coming kingdom is not going to step here on earth as some like to suppose but he's going to come to take us home to be with him we have the Spirit of Prophecy the added advantage if you will that God has always given to his people before something big is impending to help see them through and guide them through and God has given this last a church the Spirit of Prophecy but another one that we don't talk about so much the state of the dead. And the $1000000.00 question when it comes to the State of the dead is can the dead commune with the living because on the surface it all seems rather benign I mean really what difference does it make could be posed if I die and go straight to heaven if I claim Jesus my Lord and Savior if I die and go straight to heaven or by sleep until he comes and calls me out of that grave for me that my experience if you will will be identical if I just die right now I'm struck by like next thing I see Jesus coming whether I am in the grave for hundreds of years for some thousands of years or not so you could pose what difference does it make here is the $1000000.00 question can the dead communicate with the living because if I believe at death you go straight to heaven or perhaps to hell or to some other place I've just left myself very vulnerable have enough to eat any number of deceptions culture tells us over and over and over that when you die you don't really die you don't go to sleep but your soul continues to live on this is a video I won't play it for you but you can still find it today on the Internet of Clinton saying that his wife regular communes with the former 1st lady Eleanor Roosevelt like it's nothing gets good advice and they have a lot in common and so on and so forth Lucille Ball was into making movies but it was Carole Lombard who died in a plane crash 20 years earlier that came back from the dead and told her that she should actually go for movies the big time back to television and this spirit in my opinion said take a chance honey she did in the rest is history you can find books all over the place soul sense in how to commune with your dead loved ones how to talk to spirits The Beginner's Guide maybe this where you should start Beginner's Guide for uniting with your loved ones on the other side on 2nd thought maybe no I mean what was the 1st lie in the garden your. Member and the serpent said to the woman ye shall not surely die now the devil smart but I'm not sure that he is that creative because if it worked then it just might work again and again and again and throughout society today throughout the media today through music and movies and any number of things that we are exposed to the lie the history of the Serpent is there. Surely die we have other verses job 79 and 10 this is a good one write it down if you don't know it as the cloud disappears and vanishes away so he who goes down to the grave does not come up he shall never return to his house nor shall his place be known anymore and you say bastard I know what that says but let me tell you about my experience let me tell you I've heard so many of quotes my experiences just about every adult Bible study I have a somebody we get to this topic and they say Oh Pastor let me tell you and I listen and they have some brandished in of what this verse is plainly saying he shall never return to the house Oh but they did return to my house over and over they return to my house to which I have to try and go to these verses again and show that we need to trust God's word over my experience and that can be a hard sell because I saw Pastor I heard the voice of my brother I heard and I saw and the mannerisms and the things that we shared and the secret conversations that only we had and the things that only we knew or had in common and they knew all of those things and does the devil not have full access to those quote secret conversations is equal 18 for the soul or person who stands will what die and we could break that apart some more but we're short on time today Psalm 115 verse 17 our scripture reading thanks for reading that for us the dead do not pray. The Lord nor any who go down into silence you would think that if when I die go directly to heaven I would praise the Lord for allowing me to be there because it's by his grace that I've been saved but no there's no praising of the Lord and they go down into silence you have the promise of you of the world still continues to remain and linger you can commune with the dead and friends this is a deadly delusion and why is it so important because if we were misled on that simple point we leave the door wide open for all kinds of lies and delusions straight from the pits of hell if you brought your bible invite you to turn with me to another story rather sad story probably not one you read your kids at bedtime 1st Samuel Chapter 28 in verse 3 Verse 3 now Samuel had died who was Samuel prophet of God and all Israel had lamented for him and buried him in Rama and his own city and Saul had put the mediums and Spiritus out of the land so we can see very clearly there's really nothing new under the sun spiritist and mediums in fact it goes back further than this story Leviticus 20 verse 6 says and the person you turn to mediums and from ill your spirits or we can say soothsayers some of your translation say that to prostitute himself with them I will set my face against that person and cut him off from his people you can say well I'm glad we don't still have that today we'll do we Marilyn Monroe Peter Sellers of the Pink Panther Denzel Washington Robin Williams Jana Reeves Heath Ledger Leonardo Di Caprio and Johnny Depp they all have one thing in common you know what it is they have all said by admonition of their own words that they're acting ability comes from demonic forces and describe themselves as being a medium letting the Spirit fill the. Them and they perform in ways they never could have otherwise Robin Williams went as far as to say you know in the old days you get stoned for this now it's just entertainment Deuteronomy 809 when you enter the land your Lord your God has given you do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter can you imagine Does that still happen I chose to leave that out in the fire who practices Devon nation or sorcery or interpret omens engages in witchcraft or cast spells or who is a medium or spirit this or who consults the dead apparently it's been around a while the lie the deception goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden and then in verse 12 anyone who does these things detestable to the Lord because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you why are they being driven out because of that list we just looked at God says you must be blameless before the Lord your God and then we have this verse a man or woman who is a medium or Spiritus among you must be put to death near to stone them their blood will be on their own heads yet witchcraft is far from being put to death today so returning to our story beginning in verse 4 then the Phillis times there are the bad guys gathered together and came and camped and shoot them so Saul gathered all Israel together and they in camp at Gil boa and notice verse 5 when Saul saw the army of the Philistines he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly so he sees with his own eyes the army he is afraid and his heart is trembling Saul at this point in his life is desperate for answers for help he's been driven by his fear and verse 6 and winds. All inquired of the Lord the Lord did not answer him either by dreams or by your room or by the prophets and I remember that you're in the time I'm the you're in was yes that there was light over that the the shadow over the phone was no but that wasn't working in the prophets wasn't working for him nothing seemed to work now be assured the Lord never turns away a soul that comes to him in sincerity and in humility is that true I think of John 637 the verse I had over the top of my classroom as a student missionary the one who comes to me I will in no wise cast out friends as good news and so we could ask why then to turn Saul away unanswered Well the King by his own act forfeited the benefit of all the methods of inquiry of God Number one he had rejected the Council of Samuel the prophet he had tried over and over again to give counsel he blew it off number 2 in exile David the chosen of God the sea accepted he does not Number 3 he get so frustrated exasperated he slays all the priests of the Lord how can he expect to be answered by God when He has cut off all the channels of communication that Heaven had ordained for Saul and further than that I don't believe Saul is truly seeking with the repentant heart after God he's not here with humility He's here in fear in trepidation in desperation looking for answers verse 7 then Saul said to his servants find me a woman who is a medium that I may go to her and inquire of her now wait a 2nd it said just a few verses before that Saul had put all the mediums out of the land so did he obviously he didn't do a very thorough job because if they were all gone he would know that was no longer an option we took care of that but perhaps all of that was just for show perhaps it was for display outward appearance to appear as if he's being obedient and but he asked his top advisers and without bling. Team Well let me go see an insurgent you know they know immediately like it just comes out of a holster they just say in response in fact there is a woman who is a medium at end or just 6 miles away in Gaza not answering he's not providing what I need fine I'll take care of this let's go folks in times of peril we see over and over again that people are desperate for answers we could call this the spirit of Brad us you member barabus he was that terribly wicked man that deserved to die for his crimes but the cry the people was to kill Jesus in exchange for brats Now let's be clear the Roman power in Jesus' day was cruel in fact it was brutal it was oppressive Daniel to describes Rome as the legs of iron iron is the strongest metal legs have your strongest muscles so the Roman Empire was strong and it was crushing the people but Jesus never turned to revolution and as a result he was rejected by his chosen to build a kingdom in the future because that was his plan to build a kingdom in the future rather than to overthrow the Roman power and so the point came when they said enough is enough you're not delivering we want barabus that is clearly serve those who were treated wrongly Jesus clearly ministered to those who were forgotten those that were mistreated those that have been rejected and I'm not saying we shouldn't do good and seek to reverse the effect of racism or injustice or any of those things but if we're not careful we may find ourselves saying you know what I'm tired of waiting on God He doesn't seem to be moving like he should we want us I wonder if in this time of national crisis if we don't see the same spirit of barabus you might say Well where do we see them here's another article says this is from courts this is the u.s. which population has seen an astronomical Ra's in that. Article it says that researcher telling them that there is $1.00 to $1.00 and a half 1000000 people that identify as we can or involved in witchcraft this article is interesting why witchcraft is on the rise that would be a great question and underneath there we see Americans interest in spellcasting tends to wax as instability rises and trust in establishment ideas plummets and perhaps the most disturbing part about this article it's an interview with a 38 year old witch named Diaz and she remembers when she was growing up and her family's spellwork felt to boo but over the past few years which crab Longview to a superstar station and even hostility has been transmitted into mainstream phenomenon with the article said and so now this 38 year old which instructs 8900 other witches and even has when she workshops have mercy just 2 years ago in 2800 she had a bestselling book called witchery in brace the witch within Spiritual Guide Magazine I hope you don't subscribe to that one named her best which is I don't know if it's of the year or what the time day but she says the best which is what they named or just this week she came out with this book plant which are easy you say what's that about well the person interviews he says there's over 400 house plants and then there's incense burning and there's a human skull in the corner and she's talking as he comes and he says I know already what you're thinking I already know what you're going to ask and she starts saying and all these people are following you you're what you call them you're dead ancestral mentors and then there's this other lady that I don't quite recognize and and all of this craziness and what is it with the plants where the plants have healing properties that sound familiar maybe a plant based diet have mercy and apparently it's quite lucrative she gets paid for her services her website claims that last month we had 4 pregnancies 33 job promotions 12 business startups 12 wedding proposals and 4 Court wins and this article was published in March of 2020 gee this isn't working out for me we want barabus. Astrology in the age of uncertainty the article speaks of how New Spirituality is the new norm how the Internet and social media have propelled astrology to the front they cite Pew Research saying that 30 percent of Americans believe in astrology a number that has not been that high since the seventy's zodiac signs horoscopes the whole thing it speaks about how times in political of political panic in times of crisis people search for something to believe in give me answers is there a medium in the land and even claimed the names of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan claims that his chief of staff Ronald Reagan's chief of staff claimed that Reagan consulted the astrologer before virtually every major move and decision here's another one black lies matter is a Spiritual Movement says co-founder Patrice colors here in 2020 the call for racial equality I don't need to tell you has taken center stage there's been a loud outcry for justice and I'm not here to say that speaking out about injustice and inequality is wrong please don't hear what I'm not saying but in times of uncertainty and instability I feel people are looking to the wrong place to conjure up spirits from the deep to help them in their cause in this article Black lives matters a Spiritual Movement says co-founder Patrice colors lifting up the names of victims is literally almost resurrecting a spirit so they can work through us color says sound the disturbing and so here you have a picture of pastors outside of the mayor's office in l.a. in June of this year with their fists in the air they have an interfaith memorial service for George Floyd but what they don't realize is that their practice of calling out names of the victims and advocating for the protests and demonstrators in a kind of way to invoke their spirits and I'll quote from the article it is literally almost a resurrection I think I said it's all right they can. Work through us to get the work that we need to get done so who are these dead people going to work through us we're going to be the medium Koehler says she grew up a Jehovah's witness said she was always someone who almost obsessed about black ancestors and she says I got older I start to feel like I was missing something ancestral worship became really important she. Says as part of the ritual that you see over and over and and there's even youtube videos where you can watch this being done it's rather creepy they recite the names of those taken by state violence before their time and in so doing ancestors are being called back to animate their own justice that's a direct quote animate their own justice they're dead oh no they're not we're bringing them back they're going to help us are going to protect us they're going to be animated through us we're going to be the embodiment of their justice the founders of black lives matter they practice a tradition of pouring libations during their demonstration what's a libation It's a drink poured out an offering to a deity or God So after each name libations or poor on the ground or sometimes in a plant or different things as the group returns the chanted a say which stems from a faith and definition system of religion that goes all the back to West Africa so people are doing these things they don't even realize what they're doing I believe some do but they're saying the name and say say and they're pouring water and doing all these things what does it mean I don't know but I believe in the cause now again don't hear what I'm not saying just like in the civil rights movement there's a time that we should protest injustice certainly and I'm not saying we shouldn't do good to seek to reverse the effect of racism and injustice but if we're not careful we may find ourselves saying you know what I'm tired of the way Jesus does it I'm tired of the results that we've had give me brats but 7 they have this christians do we want to be mixed up in this sadly I saw and I have this publication pastor in North America who put on his billboard black lives matter do they matter absolutely they matter no question but do I want to get behind an organization that's talk full of spiritual ism I don't New York Times this is from 2019 Here's what being a witch really means and here's the quote I'm doing magic when I march in the streets for causes I believe in interesting and so Saul was no different God was silent he was. Looking for answers he heard about a witch an indoor And so in verse 8 we pick up the story so Saul disguised himself and put on other clothes and he went and 2 men with him and they came to the woman by night and he said please conduct a seance for me and bring up for me the one I shall name to you creeped out yet verse 9 in the woman said to him Look you know what Saul has done he has cut off the mediums and the spears from the land why then do you lay a snare for my life to cause me to die is this a set up are you setting me up verse 10 and Saul swore to her by the Lord how interesting is that the same God the same Lord that He has rejected he says I swear to you by the Lord as the Lord lives no punishment will come upon you for this thing and so somewhere between verse 10 verse 11 the incantations in the moaning and the groaning is begin and then the woman said Whom shall I bring up for you and he said bring up Samuel on for me I notice a little word there bring up Samuel If we take the traditional view of what happens to you when you die and if we would hold the idea that Samuel was an upright godly man a prophet of God shouldn't read differently I mean shouldn't she bring down Samuel 1st 12 then when the woman saw Samuel she cried out with a loud voice and the woman spoke to solace saying why have you deceived me for your soul and the king said to her Do not be afraid what do you say knows a few other keys here verse 12 when the woman saw Samuel who sees Samuel the woman and whose pleading What do you see Saul Paul doesn't see anything and the woman said to soul I saw spirit ascending out of the earth so the said descending from heaven according to everybody's thinking on death so he said to her What is his form and she said an old man is coming up and he's. Cover with the mantle and Saul perceive there's another key word perceived that it was Samuel and he stooped with his face to the ground and back out down and then it says Now Samuel said to Saul why have you disturbed me by bringing me up you notice some inconsistency here here again why did you bring me up and up and up it doesn't even fit the whole narrative that they're trying to provide for us it should be down come down come down Saul doesn't see he's bowing down 1st 15 said Now Samuel should be in quotation marks I put them in my Bible he said to saw why do I put quotation marks because I don't believe it sent me and then it says and Saul answered I am deeply distressed for the Philistines make war against me and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore neither by prophets nor by dreams therefore I have called you that you may reveal to me what I should do oh prophet that I never listened to when you were alive and so verse 16 then Samuel said so why do you ask me saying The Lord has departed from you and become your enemy stop right there is the 1st bold faced lie of the devil the Lord has become your enemy Prince that's a bold faced lie God is never your enemy he's never a revengeful tyrant he's never unforgiving he never presents our case as hopeless he longs for us to come to him as repentant and humble but here now this spirit this demon is playing tricks on saw and saying The Lord has become your enemy verse 17 and the Lord has done for himself as he spoke by me for the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor David Now Samuel really did say those words so here we have lies here we have some truth versus 18 because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute his fierce wrath upon am alike therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day moreover the Lord will also do. Liber Israel with you into the hands of the Philistines and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me where is that are they going to the same place the Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines and then verse 20 immediately Saul fell full length on the ground and was dead dreadfully afraid because of the words of Samuel just what the devil wants to discourage to twist the truth to take away all hope and to leave him even more afraid than when he started and then if we skip down to verse 24 now when the woman had fat in the calf to the house and she hastened to kill it and she took flour needed it and baked unleavened bread from it so she brought it before saw the servants and they ate then they arose and went away that night isn't it interesting that the story of Saul ins precisely the way the story of Judas does and he went out and it was night because it's always night when you step away from the light and listen to the darkness how lowing is always in the shadows of night and so here is the question can the dead communicate with the living if you believe the serpents hissing lie in the garden that when you die you do not die you have to answer yes but of course However if you follow the teachings of Jesus and Holy Scripture that when you die you go to sleep to be awakened one day by resurrection then you know the answer is no absolutely no the dead cannot commune with the human race so then who is this Samuel that arises out of the earth to terrorize this desperate King 1st Timothy for one in latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceive in spirits and doctrines of demons and who are these deceiving spirits who are these demons Revelation 129 tells us so the great dragon was cast out that servant of all called The Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world and so you have loyal angles to him they become the. Ns and they're cast to the earth where Lucifer who becomes Satan to be aligned Saul about God and about death would be the deceiver and his hordes and so in this story that we've just read I see for demonic realities reality number one demons impersonate the dead it's not just high schoolers when the teacher steps out for a minute that impersonate their teacher you know it's demons that impersonate dead people the Bible teaches you simply cease to exist at death the body goes to dust the breath of life goes back to God who gave it and the devil cannot resurrect anybody so he has to impersonate the deceased and you might say yes but yes but seeing is not believing friends and if that is the point that your faith gets off if that's where you step off if you will your faith will only take you so far and then you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt you'll be deceived is not a matter of if it's a matter of when demonic reality number 2 demons lie in fact VSAM self said of John 844 when the devil lies he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies he lied to Eve he lied to Saul he lies to you and to me you're no good you're garbage you know amount to anything that was worthless 10000 fail epic fail why did you just end it whose voice is that none other than the voice of the liar himself he has other lies to oh it's not a big fact it's harmless really I mean look around you everybody else is doing it why not go ahead try it it's fine you'll enjoy the reality is he hates you and he lives for your destruction and he will lie to use through his teeth demonic reality number 3 demons mix truth with error I mean in our story this demon quoted some of the very words of Samuel But then he twisted the words in order to tarnish the last bit of hope that Saul had twist demonic reality number 4 demons trends. Business with the currency of fear that's why he's a roaring lion all he wants for us to be afraid to coward to run and so he works hard to intimidate the reality is the devil has to mask true reality because the reality his dominion has been shattered at the cross he has to hide it and so he intimidates you he's like the bully on the playground some clothing market got the crazy idea to make a t. shirt that said in really big red letters Satan and you can walk into a place and read that and you can save and mine the wrong place and then you look a little closer and in small letters it says has been defeated folks that's not how you make that t. shirt but there's a t. shirt owners here you put up here in really tiny letters Satan has been defeated That's what the t. shirt needs to say Calvary was the shattering of the demonic dominion on this planet the war has been won Don't you be intimidated if you have Jesus on your side 1st John 4 verse 4 He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world and who's the he is the 1st in this verse Jesus Christ if Jesus is living in you I hear all kinds of things about well maybe we shouldn't pray out loud because the devil hears and this and the friends when you say the name of Jesus they flee they cannot stay nor do they want to Jesus is your power Revelation 12 or so leaven and they overcame him by the blood of the lamb that's code word for Calvary and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to the death friends this is the truth Don't ever let the devil intimidate you make you think he has a right to you he has 0 nada no right to you at all Calgary's blood has been shed to win you back you belong to another king but there's still something here in this story that we need to look at a little message here maybe we've gotten the hint who brought this message to Saul s a t a and Satan that's who but there's a hidden message. Maybe not that hidden but it's easy to overlook it was those last 2 verses now the woman had a fatted calf in the house you may say I don't see any message tucked in there fatted calf do you know why people have fatted calf we just go to the grocery store today you know why they get the calves fat and plump and juicy because they're looking forward to the day of slaughter there is a fatted calf in this story only it's not the calf it's the King who's being fattened for the day of slaughter his own slaughter just hours away now and I believe in a similar way the human race today in 2020 is being fattened a generation being fattened by Satan and his demons for the impending day of slaughter and I said Come on I'm not getting fattened Are you kidding there are so many shows and movies and series and I don't want to put their pictures on the screen perhaps you've gone to some of these places you know on Internet to pick whatever and it just assaults you it comes out of the screen to grab you names like Lucifer the series why do I want to watch a series on Lucifer this is not a truth based Bible based series we have shows called the medium or Ghost Whisperer naming shows supernatural I mean you name it there's nothing sacred anymore and it's everywhere and it's not just in what we watch but it's what people are put in their ears in their ear buds in their cars there's music lyrics where you're essentially inviting a demon to inhabit you I don't know what it is I'm just bopping to the thing and I'm I think I know the words in a good rhythm you know this is great what do you do and you're inviting the devil is what you're doing I mean if David could play the harp for Saul to drive away a demon can I play something in my car radio that invites the demon in you say well what's the big deal also the big deal too I mean a Revelation Chapter 16 I know we have to wrap it up you have a casserole ready for slaughter revenue. After 16 verse 13 and I saw 3 unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth frogs was the last plague that they were able to fake by the way coming out of the mouth of the dragon out the mouth of the beast now the mouth of the false prophet you might say Who is this spirit prophesy tells us Catholicism is Protestantism and it's paganism or spiritualism it's those 3 and they all unite under 2 main issues Sunday sacredness and immortality of the soul and there at the close of time is to stand down Christ Himself is the earth taken captive by Lucifer and his hordes and so we keep praying for the spirit of demons performing signs which go out to the kings of the earth out of the whole world and gather into the ballot of the Great Day of God Almighty So here we have this huge climax and here we have these 2 main issues and here we have performing signs and miracles and all these things that demons are doing 1st 15 Behold I am coming quickly as a thief bless it is he watches and keeps his garments lest he walk naked and they see as shame and then verse 16 and they gathered them together to the place in Hebrew called Armageddon here is the big showdown between Christ and Satan and they're pulling out all the stops and in that moment if the human race that has been fattened for so long with all this spiritualism and all this garbage and everything they see in movies and everything they hear and then they're experiencing it for themselves everything all of their senses are going to tingle and say this is legit this is for real and he has them just like that who for God's word says for a good Jew I know what I've see Matthew $2424.00 for false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect friends the test will come so razor sharp close that even his friends can be fooled and if the demons can personate the dead as with the Witch of indoor do you suppose the prince of darkness himself might attempt to impersonate And I wonder who that might be. In time who would he impersonate for the day of slaughter 7 Corinthians 11 verse 14 and no wonder for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light not long ago Time magazine devoted a page spread to its cover story on marriage and concluded people are hungry for signs this is a no brainer is no people want signs let me read you this quote great conjurors 624 as the crowning act this is the cherry on top the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself while personate Christ in different parts of the earth say will manifest himself among men as a majestic being dazzling brightness resembling the disc description of the Son of God given by John the revelation look here Pastor you can read about it is identical the glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld the shout of triumph brings out upon the air Christ has come Christ has come the people prostrate themselves in adoration before him while he lifts up his hand and pronounces blessing upon them as Christ blessed his disciples when He was here upon the earth does that scare you just a bit if you're basing things on your feelings you're going to be right there what you see what you hear you're going to be right there and you can be everything within our power the Says I know that's what I see but this is what God's word says I know that's what I hear but this is what God's word says later on same page this is the strong almost overmastering delusion it was so strong so incredibly overwhelmingly strong it was all I could do to keep claiming the promises of God about the state of death and over and over this is a night this isn't it believe our senses trust in the scriptures we can't have it both ways we'll either believe what we see or believe what he said choices that start and I believe the stakes will be eternal So what's the solution great controversy in the same section. Next page over only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive scriptures there is a safeguard they'll be a time I don't feel like it the wave of pressure will be overwhelming but will we continue to sing that little kids song we learned some of us that b b b Yes that's for me I stand alone on the Word of God I hope we're still doing that song and our class to be. That's what we're going to be singing with tears running down our face holding on to all we don't know what's going on around us Christ him selfe faced an attack of demons on the burning sands the wilderness after 40 days of fasting you realize an angel light showed up pretending to be from heaven and when Christ if he is Satan on his own ground what was the weapon of Jesus it is written that was his weapon of choice he didn't flex muscle he didn't say do you know who I am you know who my dad is now he said it is written man and women shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God that I word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against the friends the Bible and the Bible only and that's it that's going to be our test at the close what I see verses what God's word says Have you ever taken a final exam I know you have there is that tipping point in your school experience when you didn't have to study before but you have to start studying now and then there's that point perhaps in medical school or whatever this is the test maybe even today you still wake up in cold sweats over the test that would decide everything and how do you prepare for that well I'm just going to listen a bunch of rock music and go to bed late and know you study and you study and you study all the sudden you're you're rocking out friends are listening the classical will study was done they just want to score well on the test. And it's not just for a few hours before 5 minutes before some of these tests it's weeks months even a year plus before friends a final exam is coming to pass fail and it will be so strong that your eyes will fill your mind and it over calf will be slaughtered but I submit to you that this book is your only hope in Jesus Christ and you have done we have time used the time to read the book to feed on the book devour the book well I already study this morning fine study again before you go to bed daddy some in the afternoon time study the book there will be a safeguard in time of crisis I'm not trying to scare you I'm just trying to strongly urge you and tell you that by Jesus grace consume the book it is written in the Bible and the Bible only where we follow it if so we don't need to fear we don't need to be dismayed we don't need to be perplexed because we serve a God that loves us so much he gave us everything we would need to make it through study the word your Lord the Bible and the Bible only our master himself the king that we worship that was his only his only strategy against the angel of light that deceiver who is out to destroy him it is written Lord there are many opinions floating around this plan about what happens at death but your word is clear death is merely asleep and that you alone are the resurrection and the life your word is truth so let us cling to this book and every man woman and child here together stand firm in Christ were you on that day in Jesus' name we pray Amen. 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