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03 Critical Phase 2 of the National Sunday Law

David Wright
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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • January 30, 2021
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So we're continuing this morning with our series on final event and we've been looking at what the Bible and the spirit probably have to say about a little bit about what we're seeing but what we can expect largely people are asking questions in needs lines and in these veins and so we want to see what the Bible has to say so we can be informed it was going on and so we started with the title along the lines of what is the in time prophetic catalyst or the point of no return if you will and we saw how that was the Sunday law and how all of these things that we see happening all around us are moving that needle pushing that needle closer and closer and closer if you will to the national Sunday law and how I believe when the national Sunday law breaks things will happen very very quickly even though there are still pieces to happen I think those are going to happen in really rapid succession until Jesus comes and we talked about the parable of the 10 virgins and how all 10 were asleep to the fact when Jesus would come and knock on the door that midnight cry that loud cry in fact we looked at a lot of those different elements even the abomination desolation all pointing to the national Sunday long on the 2nd sermon we talk more specifically about this abomination of desolation and what it is and without getting into that topic a low over again we saw that there is an initial application of the siege of Jerusalem in 70 a d. There's also a 2nd application of the union of church and state and those dates there for that but the in time application of the Abomination of Desolation we saw also is pointing towards this national Sunday law and so today in the 3rd part we're going to look at the 4 stages of this Sunday law as it were and then we have other things that we have yet to cover and so even after today you may still have some questions keep coming we'll talk about the newer. World Order the little time of trouble we're touching on it barely today latter rain the loud cry which we've talked about but will try and fleshed out a little bit more the death of Korea we're going to talk about that some today but we'll flesh that out some more Jacob's time and trouble God's people delivered as the best news of all and the 2nd coming now maybe that's the best news of all but both of those really going hand in hand and so for part 3 I've been titled it The critical phase 2 of the National Sunday law unless just pray and ask the Lord to be with us Do you have any Father we pray as we delve the entities rather heavy topics if you will that we won't get stuck in the weeds but that you'll help us to understand that your Holy Spirit will impart wisdom and understanding to us for these last days we find ourselves we pray in Jesus name a name in Revelation 1312. And it says and he the beast from the earth exercise all the authority of the 1st beast the beast from the sea and so we have the Beast from the earth which we know historically to be the United States excise all the authority of the 1st beats which we know to be the papacy in his presence and cause the Earth and those who dwell in it to worship the 1st beast whose Deadly Wound was healed now again I'm making some assumptions we have plenty of times where we have talked about and identified these beasts before and if you don't understand that or don't see that we'd love to have that study with you but again I'm making some assumptions here that you have studied some of these things already but this is what causes us to really look at the political scene and see what do we see happening in the United States and with the papacy and these 2 coming together to form a national Sunday law and saw here this is our current president this isn't the picture wasn't taken when he was president believe he's met with the pope since he's been argued to minor standing but he's met the pope several times before and so I'm not necessarily picking on this president we could go back a number of presidents many many that have met with the pope before but you always hear especially in Avonex circles what the papacy is doing what the United States is doing the government and how these 2 are coming together as anybody heard those types of things before of course and that Nazia mum sure but we do know that according to Revelation 13 that there's this union will take place and that they will set up an image to the beast and that image we know will be honoring Sunday as sabbath which is not the biblical Sabbath. I also hear not only that it's our current president but that our current president happens to be Catholic and maybe there's a little bit of a buzz that you heard about that only the 2nd Catholic president that we've had in our history which is rather something as well I think there was a real fear there when you consider how our country was established to put somebody that claims Catholicism in that role so 1st time in u.s. history do we have all 3 this time a Catholic president a Catholic speaker of the house and a Catholic majority on the Supreme Court we've never had those 3 before in fact if we were to circle the individuals that claim Catholicism on the Supreme Court we have 6 out of the 9 that's an easy majority and those are all of our largest branches of government if you will as so some are saying hey this looks like it's poised for something to happen I've heard others say well you know a 3rd of Biden's cabinet is also Catholic and so here is the cabinet that he's at least hoping to have I'm not sure that all of them have been confirmed or in the midst of that process but here we circle those that claim again Catholicism I don't know how involved are active they are but there again you still have a good number of his cabinet that are Catholic Steve Miles is the director of Barnard in the center of Catholic theology union in Chicago and this was his tweet he says there's never been a more catholic administration in u.s. history and he goes on what an opportunity to reset relationships between Catholicism and our politics to hash tag build back better and so you might hear some of these things based on the scripture there never lay ssion 13 that this is something that's just lying everything up. But I imagine we really should ask the question doesn't so much matter and you might say well what do you mean pass or why wouldn't it matter well I'm looking at Revelation 1314 saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make in the image to the beast which had the wound by a sword and did live noticed this does not come from the top down if you will yes of Eventually it will but ultimately it starts from the bottom up you see that there that they should make an image of the beef that they are politicians and they and everything else so it's really this upswell from the bottom and so you know we may time may go on I don't know and we may have different presidents of different religious denominations and so on but ultimately I don't think it really matters who's president of the United States I don't think it really matters I mean yes some of these things are in place that could make it easier I'll certainly give you that but at the same time sometimes I think we put so much focus on who and what and when and where I think it's going to be a lot more like this coven 1000 pandemic that nobody really saw coming and then there's this upswell that we need to do something and regardless of who's in power the end result is going to be the same we won Sunday sacredness and real quick it will be about those issues let me say this I do believe this that God is not waiting and has not been waiting for a Catholic president he hasn't been waiting for a Catholic speaker of the house he hasn't been waiting for a Catholic Supreme Court rather what we talked about last time he is waiting on his people to perfectly reproduce his character to the world and while that sounds daunting we must remember that it is his work in us I think of this verse. Let this mind be in you which also is in Christ Jesus our role is to let him do the work in us that he wants to do I look at Hebrews 122 is looking in to Jesus the author and finisher of our face and so while it seems daunting and how can we see this we keep looking and it is and he will achieve it in us if we will let him do it does that make sense all right we also saw how we can find in Revelation 18 the last time it says in verse one after these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven having great authority and the earth was a lumen aided with His glory and he cried Miley with a loud voice or we could say with a loud cry we looked at that before already saying Babylon the Great is fallen is fallen and is become a dwelling place of demons a prison for every foul spirit and a cage for every un clean and hated bird this is the loud cry message this is the Holy Spirit being poured out in Latter Rain power and we talked about that already in our previous sermons we talk about the midnight cry the loud cry the siege of Jerusalem or the abomination of desolation all pointing to this national Sunday law and so when we continue here in Revelation Chapter 18 verse 2 with this loud cry it says convenient verse 4 and I heard another voice from heaven saying come out of her my people lest you share in her sins unless you receive of her play that would be the 7 last legs for her sins have reached to heaven and God has remembered her iniquities and if you recall and I hope that you are here because we're building on these things but we showed in last events when 98 when 2 or sins return to Heaven. Commentary from the spirit of prophecy if you will on these very verses when do are sins return to Heaven when the law of God is finally made void by what legislation national Sunday law when Bablon sins will return to Heaven the Sunday law is passed but I want to look today at this idea that there will be stages to this Sunday law I've proposed for whether it's 4 or 5 or 3 you know we could debate some of those things I'm not trying to be hard nosed on this but the idea is there are stages of this implementation that I want to be aware of and to look at says in great controversy 6 o 3 in defiance of the warnings which God has given they will continue to trample upon one of the precepts of the Deccan log nested 10 commandments until they are led to persecute those who hold it sacred and so here we see that part of this loud cry message is pointing out that one of the precepts of the deck alog one of the 10 has been trampled on and I think you can guess with me which of the tin it will be the one that pertains to worship worship worship we see throughout Revelation in these key chapters the 4th commandment and we see that this will lead to eventually persecuting those who hold the Sabbath sacred that's the national Sunday law Matthew 25 and again you might remember that the sleeping church wakes up and what wakes up the sleeping church being the 10 virgins it's that midnight cries. And the wise virgins receive the outpoint of the Latter Rain to give the loud cry message and once that message Jesus is at the door it's time to wake up. Great controversy page 6 o 5 here 2 for those who presented the truth of the 3rd angel's message have often been regarded as mere alarmists bunch a mere alarmist What do you do. Today she might say as conspiracy theorists are there some conspiracies out there you better believe there are is there truth out there I tell you it's really hard to find it where do you look who do you trust and people are becoming polarized while your conspiracy theories you're no longer missed and some of those things I'm sure are conspiracies but some of those conspiracies probably are true and to know which ones can be pretty difficult right and if we're not careful something we can go down that road and this road and the other road and chase after things and make comments about things that are really far from the center of what God wants us to be about as a people is that true but at the same time there is something that is true that isn't God's word that is in the spirit of prophecy that people will say well you're just an alarmist your conspiracy theory as to which we have to be able to say well I'm going to stand on God's Word say what you want but there will be those preaching the 3 angels message that are often regarded as alarmist continuing on their predictions that religious intolerance will gain control the United States that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God have been pronounced groundless and up sir have you heard that before and has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been the defender of religious freedom. There's legislation even now that's talking about you know freedom for all it's really if you look at the wording of it wait the religious liberty team was talking about it just this week told the pastors it's not religious freedom for all was the name of the Act I'm referring to somebody help me Equality Act because it sounds like everyone's going to be equal and that sounds like a good thing right we want to equality for everyone and while we don't know exactly how they might tweak the wording and where this might go within the d.n.a. of the Equality Act The fear is in a lot of the wording that's been there unless they take it out is that is not equality for all it's equality for certain persecuted groups largely l.g.b. t. and transgender groups to the extent you can have your religious freedom as long as you don't persecute these groups so what do you do then as a Christian organization when that contradicts what God's word has to say so it's been commonly declared this land could never become other than what it has been the defender of religious freedom but as the questions of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitate the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching and the 3rd message will produce an effect which it could not have had before so some they haven't as how many times have we heard people dealt this idea of a national Sunday law most often it's in circles with other avenues in fact I've heard pastors even some they have in this pastor scoffed at the idea of how absurd this truly is how this is laughable how this will never happen our country was founded on religious freedom and they just say you believe what but friends things are changing if you haven't noticed. I know this gave people pause back in 2015 where there was a joint session of Congress where the room is packed and the pope addresses them but before he does for 2 minutes I'd time it this week because you can still find it he comes then he's introduced and they clap for about a minute and a half these are deuced again so they clap for another 30 seconds 45 seconds or so so for about 2 minutes standing on their feet everyone is just applauding That's a give us pause 1st in our nation's history but friends the Sunday law we're told will empower the church and produce an effect that it could not have had before this is the loud cry this outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the midnight cry that wakens up the sleeping church Elizabeth and I started studying just a few weeks ago with our neighbor we've met twice now and she really knows her Bible quite well and so we're studying there in our living room and the 1st time we got together we spent probably an hour and a half maybe almost 2 hours just talking back and forth about different things and before it was all done I did something that I don't recall that I've done maybe I have but I can't think of one in recent time I turned straight to Revelation 14 the 3 angels message and I went down through the angels messages with her and she says Wow And then I said I can't wait I said there's a lot of things we can study but I can't wait to get to Revelation Chapter 13 and I told her about the beast from the sea being the papacy and the Beast from the earth the United States had I'll show it all to you later but then I showed how there be forced worship and all the rest and do you know what she said at the in the bit she said My goodness In fact her actual words were wow she says that makes more sense to me than anything I've ever heard before. And she left and Elizabeth and I are talking and I said this is so bizarre the idea that we're able to just jump straight into some of these issues and as we're talking Why are we able to do this is because of the events around us that are happening that are giving people Poz to what's going on and give further validity to God's Word that said it all along and so again I think this national Sunday will be a catalyst for the final events but the last to be a catalyst for now point of the Holy Spirit that we have not yet witnessed and what a joy and a privilege and how exciting it will be to be part of it to give this loud cry message that has been so long doubted and disbelieved and scoffed even within this own denomination but will produce an effect that it could not have done before and so these 4 phases the national Sunday law let's put the 1st one up here phase one Sunday enforced as a day of rest there will be encouragement to refrain from work on Sunday it will be a time when shops will be closed that will never happen in this case oh wait maybe it already has. And so this will be an opportunity for God's people to engage in missionary labor let's just unpack this phase one a little bit further 1st we must refrain from work on Sunday it will be a day of rest that will be encouraged and ave this are to engage in missionary labor on that day here is a website maybe you're familiar with it maybe not but I just want to touch on it today but it's called the Green Sabbath project if you can see it up there in the middle and I just took a screenshot and you can't really see the Web site but it's green Sabbath project dot net I believe you can find it there and this is just their front page it says is there nothing you can do about the environment. Nothing maybe one of the best things you can do one day every week do nothing and that says down there in smaller letters take a weekly day of rest make it a real Sabbath for you for Earth don't drive don't shop don't build take a walk eat with friends play or read with your kids sing meditate Now don't misunderstand this is not I believe stage one of the Sunday law it's not but what I'm saying is these ideas are gaining steam and this is not even with the religious purpose this is with the environment in mind and never mind the fact that Co It has shown us how beneficial it would be if the whole earth just took rest once a week so are things being put in place for this to happen quickly I think that they are and so maybe on this dial that the needle if you will that's getting closer and closer to the national son in law may we should put green Sabbath project in there I don't know you could put it anywhere in there those don't necessarily have an order but they're all pushing the needle closer this is been around this isn't new this is June 2015 in cyclical the planet is at a breaking point says Pope Francis I just grabbed this from an old presentation I'm sure he said something more recently that we could put in here this is also from 2014 I think Pope says no work Sundays would be good not just for faithful I mean is this kind of a theme that we're hearing more and more is it not so I think we need to be paying attention things we've always said is something I think we see are going to happen. And this Green said of the project these secularists these environmentalist are yet another idea but it's also the papacy and evangelical Christians that are agitating this idea I want to look at what Ellen White says in Volume 9 the testimonies 232 and it's a letter she wrote and she says Dear Brother I will try to answer your questions as to what you should do in the case of Sunday laws being enforced or good can we listen in the light given me by the Lord at a time when we were expecting just such a crisis as you seem to be approaching was that when the people were moved by a power from beneath you and for Sunday observance 7th Day Adventist were to show their wisdom by refraining from their ordinary work on that day devoting it to missionary effort So in other words don't make it a point of contention to stop your business work on Sunday and that's the key point he says just go ahead and stop we can do mission work no problem that would be a good opportunity for us she continues on a says to defy son in law's will but strengthen in their persecution the religious zealots who are seeking to enforce them give them no occasion to call you law breakers if they are left to rain men who fear neither God nor man the rain up will soon lose its novelty for them and they will see that it is not consistent nor convenient for them to be strict in regard to the observance of Sunday and we continue on keep right on with your missionary work with your Bibles in your hands and the enemy will see that he has worsted his own cause one does not receive the mark of the b. because he shows that he realizes the wisdom of keeping the peace by refraining from work that gives offense doing at the same time a work of the highest importance. And so refraining from work refraining from business from your typical go to work clock in or whatever it is refrain from that on Sunday she says very plainly here is not receiving the mark of the beast she says Fine no problem if they want to close our business on Sunday we can close our business on Sunday what will cost you the mark of the beast which we're getting to you is going along with compelled worship on a day perscribe and we'll get to that but refrain to work as an opportunity to door to door evangelism or mission work or what have you continuous as Sunday can be used for carrying forward various lines of work that will accomplish much for the Lord on this day open air meetings and cottage meetings can be held house to house work can be done those who write can devote this day to writing their articles when ever is possible write let religious services be held on Sunday make these meetings intensely interesting this often confuses people and so that's why I wanted to put it in year because it sounds like maybe to some and they might even use it at that time see we should have our worship services on Sunday it doesn't make a difference that's not what she's saying if you read this in its context which we more or less have been doing she says let's do outreach work and so we can open up our churches even on Sunday and we do that we have a vandal sick meetings that were open almost every night of the week she says go ahead and have your services have people come in teach them things have your Daniel Fast go door to door get involved this is the time she's saying go get them but that's a far cry from when they say now need you have to worship on Sunday saying Ok we'll just lay down and do that that's not what she's saying and that's why I wanted to include it here. It says Sing genuine revival him and speak with power assurance of the Saviour's love speak on temperance and on true religious experience you will thus learn much about how to work and will reach many souls through in phase one we can have religious services we can sing hymns we can speak on temperance we can have our Daniel fast but the key is that Phase one is not mandating worship on Sunday in phase one it's just mandating no work on Sunday you see the difference and so our businesses have to be close and so one great controversy 612 the servants of God with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration will hasten from place to place proclaiming the message from heaven and we can do this any time but when our businesses are all closed her advice for God's people is go to place to place to place I find it interesting now when she is writing this there is no e-mail there are no text messages all of those things there's no social media all of that but I wonder if God led her to write it this way because there's a time when the Internet will not be a place that we can share these things maybe there's a time we won't be able to send these bible studies linked to emails maybe there's a time we won't be able to send them to us to websites because they'll be shut down maybe there's a time when social media platforms Does this sound at all familiar to what we're experiencing in part today could it be that our message at some point will be censored and taken down there's a screen shot I took one of you sent me a video that I was going to watch and I when I click to watch it this is what I read this video has been removed for violating You Tube's terms of service the man is well just said Too bad you're not getting it here maybe that same thing has happened to you a time or 2. Right now it's all about the vaccine and again I don't want to get into this and that in the back and forth with the vaccine that's not my intent this morning if it was here in God's word that I'd be fine talking about it but what does really bother me is the idea that if you don't fit into a certain narrative we just take you down your canceled the platform and we'll take it off and for a long time social media has said in all of these big court cases and all the rest the idea has been we are not responsible for the content we're just the one that passes it along we're the vehicle if you will and so they've been able to just kind of distance themselves from all kinds of things until now and now they're starting to say well I guess maybe we are a little bit responsible and so now they're starting to censor and pull things down and so if somebody is trying to say something about the vaccine that they think is dangerous to go on I mean this nation was founded on freedom of speech the problem is it's not the government that's in charge of freedom of speech anymore frankly it's all of these big tech companies so again and I've gotten accused already that opacity right is too political I don't care if you're Republican if you're Democrat neither one is going to say you're only saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and the promises of his a word I'm really concerned with was having out there and how impact what we hear right here whether you get the vaccine or don't get the vaccine you figured out the challenge with that is figuring it out where do I find the truth Who do I listen to. And so we already have this petri dish if you will of this idea of something controversial and you're looking and searching for truth and you're wondering where to find it friends when it comes to the national Sunday law it will be the same except right here and we will be the one saying I can tell you the truth I can tell you have you read the great controversy turn of these pages tell me if it doesn't ring true for you and if you don't have a great conjurors in your trunk you should get one now because it's some point it's going to be d. platform is going to be hate speech is going to be taken down and so if you don't how would you need at that moment it's too late too late I heard a story just this week another sermon I was listening to and this individual handed out a great controversy doing individual and they saw him again in town I don't know 68 months later and they said you know I remember you're the one that gave me that great country haven't read it yet on the shelf but I'm going to read it and then he came back another 68 months later the same business same thing you know it's still there on the shelf but I'm going to read it and I think about when the time comes and things are censored and cancelled and the platform but you know what I have that book and it's on my shelf I think I might read it so when is the time to get the book out so I thought we could wait to the very end now. I better get back on topic where were we when we devote Sunday to missionary work the whip will be taken out of the hands of the arbitrary zealots who would be well pleased to humiliate 7th Day Adventists when they see that we employ ourselves on Sunday in visiting the people and opening the Scriptures to them they will know that is useless for them to try to hinder our work by making Sunday laws and then she says make no demonstration on Sunday in defiance of law I thought that was interesting too because a lot of defiance and demonstrations going on today that's kind of the vogue thing to do and she says don't do that. Don't make a big stink if you will don't protest don't picket see the writing on the wall and go to your neighbor and have a Bible study that's we need to invest your energy preach the 3 angels message well there's little bit more there we can use Sundays is a day in which we carry forward work that will tell on the side of Christ we are to do our best working with all meekness and lowliness and so phase one of the Sunday law must refrain from work on Sundays the day of rest and that's incursion Agnus are engaged in Mission labor for the war in the world what sin is about to come but I think things will escalate very quickly and so I don't think we'll stay in phase one very long and so the 2nd phase here is forced to honor Sunday and this ratchet things up considerably in fact this is what I titled my sermon after because I don't want you to miss phase 2 because here is where it gets very important in phase 2 we have a lot on and worship on Sunday and we can still observe the Sabbath the 7th day sabbath but social pressure is increasing we enter into little time of trouble the mark of the beast crisis and many 7th Day Adventist compromise so what's the key difference between phase one phase 2 which is what I'm choosing to call them in phase 2 we are forced to honor Sunday and how do you honor that day by worshipping on Sunday so if you go to church on Sunday today it's not the mark of the beast it's not in forced by law you're not showing allegiance to that day now but when that law is passed and when you go and that down if you will on Sunday so this isn't just refrain from work and Granted you can still worship on the 7th day you can still come here we can still have services on Sabbath. But the governments time the snow but Sundays the day you will be in church on Sunday and so the social pressure will increase and they will start enforcing this idea and this is the beginning of the little time trouble or the mark of the beast crisis where if you worship on that day you are Don't miss this you are receiving the mark of the beast either in your forehead or in your hand and some of you I imagine are here say now wait when I thought we could wait until they forbid Sabbath worship that I could do both Nope friends where has God ever called us to lukewarm Christianity where does God say you can serve God and man that my bible says to you this day whom you will serve on the last bullet point there many 7th they have this will compromise even though it hasn't reached the point of fines imprisonment or buying and selling or even the death decree but many will compromise with the pressure because what's the big deal I go to church on Sunday I have a lot of good friends they go to church on Sunday everything is fine I don't I don't see what the deal is and so they go along with this forced worship to the beast while they want to avoid being shunned the inconvenience they don't want to be cancelled or deep lab formed and so they are showing allegiance to that day I can't help but think of the 3 Hebrews and Daniel Chapter 3 and when there was forced worship compulsory worship and what they do they didn't bow down they stood up. Yes but Pastor This was when there was the deaths they create in play so you're honestly telling me that if you take the death decree away and replace it with a bonus at work this would be Ok. I'm just asking you're telling me if you take away the death to create and you replace it with the honor of men it would be Ok folks when is it ever Ok to give the impression that we are worshipping and bowing down in allegiance to anything other then the true God when is that Ok when is it ever Ok to follow the peace where does the Bible say you can serve the world all 6 days a week as long as you still come to church on step when does it say that's Ok and if it's our mindset that we can somehow do both I'm afraid we're preparing to receive the mark of the beast and this is serious stuff and that's why I titled the sermon the critical phase 2 of the National Sunday law because the 2nd phase where the rubber meets the road and it's crucial that we don't compromise lest we receive the mark of the beast and we are told that this phase many 7 they have this will go along pastor you're really over dramatize in this I mean God knows my heart he's a gracious and loving and understanding God He knows that I need my job he knows I need to provide for my family great controversy 6 o 8 as a storm approaches a large class who have professed faith in the 3rd angels message just 7th they have in us a large class but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition that's a said quote by uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit they have come to view matters in nearly the same light and when the test is brought they are prepared to choose the easy popular side friends this is disturbing this is a warning for us even now. If you are not being sanctified if I am not being sanctified by obedience to the truth if the sweet spirit of Jesus and the fruits of the Spirit are not developed in your heart on a daily basis and mine as well if we're not doing these things we're preparing ourselves to compromise with the world and to receive the mark of the beast have mercy and I can't help but bring up the question how are we even now in 2021 choosing to unite with the world and take the easy popular side in times of crisis and if we're doing that are we not preparing ourselves to receive the mark of the beast I mean honestly I'm asking Am I overstating it and so on phase one Sundays and forces a day of rest and we say fine we do missionary work but when critical phase 2 comes which is the 1st part of enforced worship that is the time when we cannot compromise in any way and I've heard friends of mine say well they passed some kind of a law does go to church on Sunday and Saturday and I just pause right there is a pet peeve of mine it's not Saturday friends it's God's holy day there's a difference now I would expect people of the world people that aren't 7th Day Adventists I would expect them to call it Saturday they get a pass I'm fine with that and I don't mind if you say you know what are you doing Saturday night the sun has set it's no longer Sabbath but when you say what are you doing Saturday afternoon it's not Saturn's day is God's holy day I'll be done with that maybe I will in the Hebrew it says Sunday is 6 days until Sabbath Monday is 5 days until South 4 days and just out of 3 days till South everything is until Sabbath until. And then we 7th Avenue say what are you going to do Saturday afternoon Sabbath. Afternoon So where was i oh yeah my friends and say all this to both friends as Mark of the beast think you know I think I've hit that in the we're going to keep rolling because we've got too much more to still cover great controversy 6 o 8 men of talent and pleasing address who want to be Joyce in the truth implore their powers to deceive and mislead souls they become the most bitter enemies of their former brother and when Sabbath ears are brought before the courts to answer for their fate these a pa states these backsliders if you will are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them friends I hope that everyone within the sound of my voice I hope none of us fall into that category but we're told it will happen but we see it escalate further phase 3 forbidden to worship on Sabbath and so to unpack this a little further we have a lot of prohibits worship on Sabbath can only worship on Sunday and then we have fines and imprisonment begin to be imposed and then you cannot buy or sell now Daniel 1143 shows a nice development of this it says he shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt and there the context is secularism is what Egypt is and this is talking about the King of the north the papacy he gains financial in Monterey control over Egypt or the secular world we see it in Revelation 137 that no 1 may buy or excel except one who has the mark or the name of the beast same thing so if you are used to compromising to take care of your family you're going to receive the mark of the beast I mean what choice do i have we got to eat we got to still function were we supposed to go out on the street I mean God understands. I have to pay my bills but if we're compromising today taking a job on the Sabbath cheating on. Well we're just so tight right now and you know eventually will will we'll get back to returning to. Friends we're preparing ourselves to go along with this son in law to compromise between the holy and the profane we learn last time this is called abomination to put the 2 together and what does it lead to desolation and when are self-preservation starts to trump our faith in God's Word we have a problem friends God's word should always trump self-preservation and it's easy to sit here and say now but when push comes to shove and you getting kicked out of your house and your credit card doesn't work anymore that means no gas that means no groceries and that little bit of cash you have stuffed under your bed is almost running now or whatever the situation it's easy to say now but when that time of self-preservation comes and when it doesn't seem to make any sense or maybe I can say especially when it doesn't make any sense to stand alone on the Word of God this be i b l e that's hard but when we do that today we're preparing to stand there so you already this morning to say Pastor I'm already in the time of trouble my whole life is a country song I'm losing everything lives already hard I'm already overwhelmed Could it be that by God's grace he's allowing you to walk this road so that you grow in your faith in him could it be he's allowing you to experience these heartaches so that you learn to trust in him could it be that Tribulation is actually the grace of God to save you from certain compromises I sure think it could be. To learn that in every heart ache and every challenge that God is faithful great contre 6 o 7 as the controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called to God's downtrodden last satanism the power attained the message will only maddened those who oppose it the clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks by every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions the church appeals to the strong arm of civil power and in this work papers and Protestants unite as the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided the law will be invoked against commandment keepers So here you have this movement if you will you have phases it goes from last intends to more and more and more like a crescendo in a song is building until it becomes more bold and decided continuing on here it says they will be threatened with fines and imprisonment and some will be offered positions of influence and other rewards and advantage of it as inducements to renounce their faith friends things are going to heighten and you say well if you set in phase 2 is the mark of the beast you can receive the mark of the beast any time after a face to you might stand through phase 2 and say I'm not doing it I'm not doing it I'm not doing it and then all the sudden there's these fines there's imprisonment oh oh this is starting to be a big deal I don't know about this anymore this isn't making a lot of sense this is getting really hard you know what I think I'll take the easy path because then I'll get positions of influence then I'll get rewards they'll get it then to TJ's I'll get inducements to renounce my they hope so others do all these things and I'll just say yes your Sunday is played today God knows my heart son it's my day mark of the Be There certainly is a crescendo. But notice the response of the faithful but their steadfast answer is show us from the Word of God Our error the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances you don't have to yell out loud like I did you can do it softly and quietly so we might hear from the Word of God and I'll be happy to oblige those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth think about death you and I before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth some say we can't indicate God but is saying we can by how we live our life by allowing his spirit to work through us and by taking a stand for Him We are vindicating the truth for God and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God Praise the Lord. Does lie will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths friends this is the loud cry by the power of the Holy Spirit God will make a strong vindication of the truth and people will hear and they'll accept it and even at that late hour some boy or some girl some man some woman by the thousands are going to say I see it I see it and they're going to take their stand there going to keep all 10 they're going to say I'm willing I'm willing friends I think that's exciting and don't think for a 2nd Adele is not going to come along and say I suppose I just follow what's the point why be a martyr friends are some truth in that for certain issues you can't die on every hill you've got to pick one but when it comes to God's word I think that's a pretty good hill to dial what's the point this is the point why I'm going to die either way our minds will be comfortable mark of the beast thinking stand alone the Word of God stand boldly for him know that he'll give you the words to speak and through you the truth will be vindicated and thousands will take their stand praise the Lord praise the Lord. Phase 4 we got to wrap this up. Some will suppertime. Is number 4 in force by death decree so Phase one son isn't for his day of rest but we engage in missionary labor phase 2 you can honor Sabbath but you must honor Sunday that's when people start receiving the mark of the beast as they go along in worship on Sunday Phase 3 it escalates further where we can't worship on Sabbath anymore only on Sunday now we have find imprisonment that are imposed You cannot buy or sell there really ratcheting it down and then here in Phase 4 we finally reach the point that is enforced by the death decree and so we unpacked a little bit more we're not in the able to hit on all of these one packs or more of these in greater detail as we continue on in this series but we have a death decree spoken of in Revelation 131-5217 Daniel 114445 we have Satan personate Christ we have probation closing and we have the time of Jacob's trouble begins and those last 2 are going to have to unpack at another time but I include them in that list anyway Revelation 1315 to read it and he had power to give life into the image of the beast that the image of the b. should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image the likeness of which is Sunday the image of the beast should be killed we see it also in Daniel chapter 11 verse $44.00 Therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many and continuing on verse 45 and he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain yet he shall come to us and none shall help and let's unpack that little bit he shall plant his tabernacle or church of his palace which is the state for here we have church and state between the seas we have the Mediterranean Sea And we have the Red Sea Both are symbolic of those that are piling on with the papacy. And who are they piling onto the those that are in the glorious holy mountain this is in reference to Mount Zion or the Temple Mount Jerusalem Not literally I believe but God's remnant people and so from all sides are being pounced on and attacked at this moment but it finishes by saying yet he shall come to his a man and none shall help him as the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ to rescue his people great controversy 6 o 4 says fearful is the issue to which the world is to be broad the powers of earth uniting to war against the commandments of God will to create that all both small and great rich and poor free and bond shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false Sabbath all who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties and it will finally be declared again another hint word that there's there's phases of this thing but finally it will be declared that they are deserving of death and on the other hand the law of God enjoying the creator's rest day demands obedience and threatens wrath against all who transgress its precepts with the issue that's clearly brought before him whoever shall trample upon God's law to obey human an act meant to receives the mark of the beast he accepts a sign of allegiance to the power which he chooses to obey instead of God and some you might be saying See that's when you see the mark of the beast it's after the death decree but the fact is in stage 2 This statement is still true is it not whoever shall trample upon God's law to obey human and that in his receives the mark of the beast and so the reality is people really be receiving this mark of the beast at every single stage at any point along the way this is in Revelation 149 and 10. 3 Angels message in Vagas the 3rd angel's message says If any man worship the beast and his image and receive his mark on his forehead or in his hand the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation this will be part of this loud cry message that we're to give that every 7th day adventists at this time will be giving during this Sunday law crisis we're going to be telling the world don't fall for this false religious law it will cause you receive the mark of the beast and if you receive the mark of the beast you'll take part in the 7 last plagues you don't want to do. And so the call will be stand on God's side even when it seems like the whole world is against you with God on your side you will be brought through the crisis now Satan doesn't personate Christ at the last phase of this drama and we're going to see it's referred to as this overwhelming deception let's look at that as the crowning act you could say is the cherry on top as the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself will personate Christ and how's he going to do it the church is long professed to look to the Saviors Advent as the consummation of her hopes true now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come in different parts of the earth Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic beam of dazzling brightness resembling the description of the Son of God given by John the Revelator in Revelation Chapter one The $13.00 to $15.00 he fits the description this is Biblical So he goes around looking like Jesus and then the call goes on the glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet to be held I saw with my own eyes pastor this was the real deal the shout of triumph brings out upon the air Christ has come Christ has come. And the people prostrate themselves in adoration before him while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them as Christ blessed his disciples when He was upon the earth and his voice is soft and subdued yet full of melody in gentle compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious heavenly truths which our Savior uttered yet checks out at checks out as sounds good that's what Jesus said this is it he heals the diseases of the people there's no explanation I can't figure it out this is what they had and they don't have it anymore and then in his assumed character of Christ leading along leading along little bit by little bit until he's gained all their confidence he claims to change going back to the quote he claims and change the Sabbath to Sunday and commands all to how the day which he has bless have mercy in light of everything God's people have gone through up until this point to stand for truth now we have a false christ he looks the part he says the right things he's healing people and now he said with his own lips I have changed the Sabbath to Sunday he declares that those who persist in keeping holy the 7th day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth use them down as a classroom or blast remember as all of you are blasphemers it is Sunday and it says this is the strong almost over mastery delusion and we can see why she continues a little further like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon maggots the multitude from the least to the greatest give heed to these sorcery saying this is. The great power of God. You better believe anybody else on the fence at that moment will be swept away with this great last deception by Satan and I will be sad I can't help but think I remember my dad when I was becoming a teenager he took me out to eat on this one occasion and we had the talk and so part of that was dating and girls and you know all that fun stuff and he said in Dave there are certain things that are reserved for a marriage relationship to a set and he said you really need to decide for yourself what choice you're going to make in regards to that issue here's a little bit more you know use words there was no question what he was talking about but I'm trying to be careful here in our audience b. says but you need to decide what you going to do before you get in that situation because if you wait for that moment to come everything within you is going to want to just you know and so you have to back away and decide beforehand this isn't what I want to do forgive me if that's kind of a crude illustration but I think that same principle holds true if we think we're going to wait until that moment and we're going to decide at that moment based on how I feel and what I see and what society says let's take a poll as c.n.n. and and Fox and n.b.c. they're all saying different stuff I think are just you. Know you have to decide now this is the day where you'll be swept away like the 10 virgins they were all asleep and then that midnight cry came quick get more oil for my lamp is too late it's too late why because God won't receive me now he'll be happy to receive you. But somehow the time is such and the deception is such that if you aren't grounded even when you're grounded it's going to be this almost overwhelming delusion but if you're granted by the grace of God He'll bring you right through but if you're not connected to God you can forget it like the rope on the ship in the middle of the storm if you're not tied in with that wave hits is no problem past I'll tie myself in as the why didn't you just go you're gone you're gone we need some good news here some good news but the people of God will not be misled why the teachings of this false Christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures They're not he was 13 a Jesus Christ as the same yesterday today and forever so why at the last minute he is going to change one of his 10 commandments why was he wrong had he deceived everybody all weapon till the end now is like you know what's on the loose it doesn't make sense of the lips of Jesus himself in the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 517 do not think that I came to destroy the law or the Prophets I did not come to destroy but to fulfill so he didn't come to destroy the law do I was it then why would he come in the in the time to do exactly that for surely I say to you till heaven and earth pass away one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all heaven is fulfilled if you take heed we know what that means lose every jot until everything in a minute changes what words mean already and it is so simple many of these little things what it seems that he says Now one of the Will periods are going to disappear they're all going to be there until the end whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so they'll be called least in the kingdom of heaven I promise you the devil is not going to recite this verse when he comes but the mobs is always saying this is the great power of God. And this will be a time of persecution for God's people but let me give you some more good news conferences 635636 with shouts of triumph jeering and imprecation throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey when low a dense blackness deeper than the darkness of the night falls upon the earth then a rainbow shining with the glory from the throne of God spans the heavens and seems to encircled each Prain company this is a making sense I don't know how we're going to survive is over for us and God says No I got this I got you because you're on your knees and you're praying you're trusting in me I'm the source of your strength he's not going to abandon his people says a season of distress and anguish before us will require faith that can endure weariness delay and hunger a faith that will not faint those severely tried the period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time that says this is our wake up call this is the probationary period to prepare for that time Jacob prevail because he was purser very and determined his victory is an evidence of the power of opportunity prayer which Mitt simply means persistent all the time prayer and friends in this coven 100 Penn Demick has not brought you closer to the Lord I'm concerned for you because I believe this is our wake up call not to pray less but more not just on our Bibles less but more all who lay hold of God's promises as he did and be as earnest and preserving as he was will succeed as he succeeded not a few it says all who lay hold of the promises of God The promises are what tie you in to the boat so friends if you're fearful of what's coming look to Jesus. Look to the promises of his word this is our time of preparation and I don't know when they're going to be cancelled on his overstay your magic I don't know it could be years and years and years but it could be very soon so why not prepare I love Psalm 91 for anybody who is worried just open up to some money one memorize some money one he who dwells in the secret place of the most high shell of by under the shadow of the Almighty I will sand the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress my God in Him I will trust Surely he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence he shall cover you with his feathers and under his wings you shall take refuge his truth shall be your shield and buckler you shall not be afraid of the terror by night nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that walks in darkness nor the destruction that lays waste at noonday a 1000 may fall at your side 10000 at your right hand but it shall not come near you only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked because you have made the Lord who is my refuge even the most high your dwelling place no evil shall befall you nor shall any plague come near your doing for he shall give his angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways in their hands they shall bear you up lest you dash your foot against a stone you shall try to put on the line in the Cobra the young line in the Serpent you shall trampled under foot because he has sent his love upon me therefore I will deliver him I will set him on high because he has known my name he shall call upon me and I will answer him I will be with him in trouble I will deliver and honor him with a long life I will satisfy him eternal life all satisfy him and show him my salvation. Don't tell me those verses will not lift your spirits in any time in any period in any place in any dungeon whatever you may be God is there and he's with you and he's promised never to leave you or forsake you and he will carry you through and so I don't know about you but by God's grace I need to get serious not serious about what I can do in my own strength and recognizing what I can't do I've actually can do anything but I can lean upon the one that can do everything and he will promise to bring us through your family Father I pray that you will be with this group that is listen to me drone on for an hour and a half but Lord I feel like the time in which we live is bigger than lunchtime and so Lord I pray help us to rightly divide your word help us to rightly divide the things we see happening around us and there are so many ways the devil wants to get us distracted and off course but Lord there is something we must pay attention to until or may we be aware of the fulfillment of Bible prophecy what it says in your word what it says in the spirit of prophecy that you have given to us to bring us through safely through this time they we not ignore it may we not cast it away May we study it maybe memorize it may we place it in our hearts and our minds so that when you come we can say low this is our God we have waited for him. Now I have all the rest of eternity to praise you for bringing us through. And to be so thankful. We chose you above everything else around you. 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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