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05 The Little Time of Trouble

David Wright


David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church


  • March 9, 2021
    7:45 AM
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Well today we're going to continue on with our final events series that we're doing where we've been looking at the Bible in the Spirit of Prophecy to see what we can better understand about the times in which we're living or that I feel are right upon us to just get a better understanding there and so we've been tracking through that and we've talked about various things we've talked about this national Sunday law and we started with some dominoes and how there's so many things happening that I think are pushing the need a little bit closer to that being passed and how those final few dominoes there will go down quickly we spent some time talking about the abomination of desolation and its triple fold fulfillment of the one that pertains to us being again this national Sunday law we look at the 4 stages of the son in law a few weeks ago and we see those outlined there and we'll come back to that a little bit we'll touch on that a little bit today but if not you can go back and get that presentation and then just last week we were talking about the new world order and how we found that the true New World Order that we're looking for is when Protestantism or the United States Catholicism or the papacy and spiritual ism unite goes to all kings of the earth and we have this universal Sunday law and so that is truly the New World Order that we're looking for and so we talked about that last time and so this time we're talking about the little time of trouble and then of course we're going to delve into a little more fully the latter rain and loud cry which is also part of a little time of trouble but that's going to be its own presentation the death decree we're going to talk about some more and then Jacob's time of trouble which is a different block it's after the little time of trouble and then God's people delivered in the 2nd coming and so we're making our way through that though for this one the little time of trouble not so little. That's a little daunting of a tie listen and you know for our Pathfinders there's probably nothing more fun than to go out into nature on a backpacking expedition and I know many of you that is they'll sole purpose of joining a Pathfinder club so we can go backpacking so we can get out in nature. And much of what you do here is to practice how to make a fire how to you know last 2 sticks together or long not sticks but I'm talking like small trees to get across rivers or challenges or whatever it might be so when you get into the field you can have fun I remember lots of different backpacking adventures that I've been on I remember a time when my whole stove caught on fire about this high that was a little time of trouble for me. I remember a time in the summer where we went over and over and over and we kept bringing this same tent and it was the heaviest thing and our pack and we thought we're through with bringing this tent it never rains we're leaving it on now yes well. That's the weekend we had the hardest under storm and I remember in the middle of the night the trees start blowing and the rain started pelting and with a low that was our little time of trouble I'm in for another time that we went camping and we brought the tent and when I say tent I mean the canvas part of the tent but no one asked if I had brought the poles. Little time and trouble I remember going with my dad on an expedition just the 2 of us and he mapped out must have been an old map because when we showed up sure enough this is the place we had it right there on the road we pinned it down but there was virtually no trail it kind of started off and then it just kind of dissipated into thin air and so we're studying our map and we're looking and it's getting dark and we need to hurry up and camp and so let's go over this creek and when we go out to this little valley guess what the creek isn't there either. And so we have finally find a puddle of the mud hole really and we depress it down just enough that the silt settle so we can filter off the top our little time of trouble a member camping in Mexico one time intense My wife was with me Elizabeth and all around the campsite people kept seen children Crawley no rattle and little time to. Have you ever been camping next to a whip or will that can be a little time of trouble maybe you forgot a food bag equal time of trouble maybe a bear has gotten into your food bag in the middle of the night now this has never happened to me yet but if you talk to Mr Brice he can tell you all of this. So that's maybe a casual introduction to this idea of a little time of trouble but you are in fact preparing in some part of going without certain things or making do with out certain things and fleeing to the mountains which is where we'll circle back around where we end but the reality is this little time of trouble is not so little is truly a misnomer it's what we call it it's before the Great time of trouble but the little time of trouble is still very great. It's a big ordeal and so we're going to look at that a little more closely this morning now this terminal the time of trouble we don't find that in Scripture we don't really find it in the writings of Ellen White we believe that she alludes to this time and so as evidence we've kind of given it this term so you can call it something different and that's fine but death will be calling it for today but it's that time before the 7 last legs falls before the close of probation and so we look at this chart a little bit so if you have asked and I've e-mailed you this chart I don't know if it's a perfect are betting is a pretty good one so we've been talking about the sun a lot here somewhat in the middle and here they name it the short time of trouble same ideas little time of trouble and then here on the graph we have this great time of trouble and that's the 7 last plagues and at the end of that Jesus comes now again recognize that the distances across do not relate to time just trying to fit everything in if we were to draw a different way we could put up on the board here phases of the National Sunday law began and we could draw our line and that kind of begins this domino effect if you will and let's draw another line here the close of probation and then we can draw a 3rd line which is the 2nd coming of Jesus and we'll put that line up there and there are several things that I believe take place in this period between the national Sunday law and the close of probation and we call that the little time of trouble then the following time is Jacob's time of trouble or the Great time of trouble that makes sense so far and so we have these 2 separate times different things happening at both times there is some debate on which happens on which side of the line of the close of probation and to be perfectly honest we don't fully know when the close of probation takes place we can see the plagues unfolding and start to ask the questions you know I think probation has closed but there's no trumpet blast or anything that lets us know when that is and so while there may be some difference back and forth even on this I don't claim infallibility but I'm going to put up here what I believe makes the most sense. All right so we have forced Sunday worship we already talked about that some we have the call to leave the cities we're going to talk about that more today we have the mark of the beast received during this time period cannot buy or sell that eventually leads to a desk decree there we have Satan counterfeits 2nd Advent some people put that on the other side of the line and we'll talk more about that then we have this latter rain or loud cry we've touched on that a little bit but we're going to have another presentation just on that and it's also the ceiling of 144000 the blotting out of sin and lastly the judgment of the living so we're again just trying to get a big picture here if we go to the other side on Jacob science trouble that's when we have the 7 last plagues and we have the Saints suffer but they do not perish during the plagues which is good news just like in the plagues of the 7 last legs if you will in Egypt protected his people we see the Jacobs time trouble is a worldwide devastation by Satan And then lastly we have this battle of Armageddon so that maybe that helps a little bit and part to clarify these terms that we're talking about as we tried to unfold these but many of these things happen very very quickly and going back to this little time of trouble you have things happening at the same time it's not that they all go in that specific order because you have the latter rain and the loud cry going on throughout the whole period just as you have phase of the Sunday law working their way down and so to begin our study I hope you brought your Bibles this morning we're going to spend some time looking at various things but this is the one verse that I'm going to have you look at in your Bibles we look briefly at Daniel Chapter 11 a time before and we're going to go back now in Daniel chapter 11 verse 31 Daniel Chapter 11 in verse 31. I'm going to hope you remember a little bit of what we talked about Daniel 11 but we read there and forces shall be mustered by him and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress and they shall take away the daily sacrifices and place there the abomination of desolation and maybe remember that presentation and so the king of the North is the papacy and this power will defile the sanctuary which is always been the object lesson for the plan of salvation and so this sanctuary is polluted by putting any system of human works in place of the genuine or the saving grace of Jesus Christ and so the Abomination of Desolation The abomination being the papacy taking the place of prerogatives of God led to the desolation of 1260 years that followed and so this is the union of church and state the papal supremacy for 1260 years from $538.00 to $798.00 which is the persecution of the saints that don't go along with the abomination and we're just going to jump down here diverse $36.00 to try to make sure we're identifying this king of the North correctly and so just let your I drop down to verse 36 it says then the King that's the papacy the king of the north so do according to his own will he still exalt and magnify himself above every God and shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished for what has been determined shell be done and we have talked before how a nation speaks is with its laws but here it speaking blasphemy and so how does the nation speak blasphemy but laws that are blasphemous there against God's laws. They're stepping on top of their trampoline God's law and so that again further clarifies if you will so now let's go back to verse 32 and continue we just finished verse 31 and in verse 32 it says those who do wickedly against the covenant that's God's covenant he the papacy shall corrupt with flattery given all kinds of nice things and benefits and so on and then it continues but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits great exploits this is giving I believe the 3 angels message under the power of the Latter Rain This is the loud cry or the midnight cry and then verse 33 and those of the people who understand shell instruct many praise the Lord yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame by captivity and plundering have mercy so the sword would be murder flame would be burning at the stake captivity would be imprisonment plundering is where people would often give property to the heretics that were killed and so this idea that people are proclaiming the 3 angels message during this little time of trouble during the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain but there is this element of sword and flame and captivity and plundering and that's where people say have mercy has the that's the part I don't want to hear. Manuscripts released Volume 13 page $394.00 and you'll notice a lot of obscure and challenging places that we're going to be quoting from but they're right there in the last day of Vince most of them and so I would direct your attention there. But as says we have no time to lose trouble as times are before us some might make the case this is talking about a little time of trouble the world is stored with the spirit of war soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place and in that quotation She's referring specifically to these verses Daniel Chapter 11 verses 312368 goes on the prophecy in the 11th of Daniel vs $3136.00 that has a bracket there in the quotation that notifies you that's the context has nearly reached its complete fulfillment much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated meaning all of the 1260 years the dark ages all of that is going to be repeated again and we're getting awfully close to its fulfillment Then in verse $33.00 and those of the people understand so instruct me yet for many days they shall fall by sword and flame by captivity and plundering This parallels the loud cry message of Revelation 18 yet they will fall some will fall by sword and by flame and by captivity and spoil for many days many will instruct during the loud cry message and many will respond to the message but this will in fact lead to martyrdom You know it's interesting the word martyr in the Greek from the word Mark toss is the same word that we get witness in the New Testament over and over and over the word witnessed comes also from the word Mark tossed which means to witness literally unto death so the question that we're asking this morning is what do we do to prepare for all of this. Revelation 12 or so leaven it says and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives to. Death friends if we love Jesus we will be willing to die for him and really which is harder steps to Christ tell us that the hardest battle ever fought is the battle with self Have you read that before is it harder to crucify self on the altar or is it harder to allow your body physically to die they're both challenging but if we love Jesus will be willing to die daily right early writings page 85 I saw the holy Sabbath is and will be the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers was the issue going to be Sabbath and that the Sabbath is the great question we can say the great test question to unite the hearts of God's dear waiting Saints I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the 7 so we've just Which know God has his kids in other denominations we could say they do not see and keep the Bible Sabbath but there is kids going on it says they have not rejected the light upon it and at the commencement of the time of trouble I would submit this is the little time of trouble we are filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaim the Sabbath more fully So they're open they're God's kids but they haven't heard about the Sabbath and at this time were proclaiming the Sabbath I mean this fits right in with Revelation 18 verse 14 and this has come out of her. My kids my people come out of her lest you see ever since lest you receive her plagues that's before the close of probation before the 7 last place come out of her my people and we continue in this quote in early writings page $85.00 the commencement of that time of trouble here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plague shall begin to be poured out this is not Jacob's time of trouble but to a short period maybe that's why they call it short time trouble short period just before they are poured l while Christ is in the sanctuary again alluding to the fact that he still ministering for his people and therefore quote probation has not yet closed so during this short time Sabbath is the key issue but he has his kids another denominations they haven't heard of the Sabbath tell me more about the Sabbath they respond to the south has and this is all taking place during that little not so little time of trouble and Jesus is seen interceding through His Church to his kids all over the world continuing this as at that time all the work of salvation is closing trouble be coming on the earth and the nations will be angry yet held in check why so as not to prevent the work of the 3rd angel so in a time of trouble I know what I'm going to do I have a secret hatch right here I'll have to go and I just hide and wait says no the forces of evil are held in check so that we you and I can proclaim our 3 angels message to all of God's kids out there who haven't heard it before. And so again Ellen why does not specifically use the word little time of trouble but we can see clearly see here in this quotation that we just read that there is a short time of trouble that precedes the great time of trouble and we see that in the little time trouble that the Sabbath is reclaim more fully as part of this loud cry message that is given under the outpoint of the Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit and this is all while Christ is still in his sanctuary before probation has closed you still with me so for him to sketch him over this is from last events page 145 those religious bodies who refused to hear God's message of warning will be under strong deception and will unite with the civil power to persecute the saints the Protestant churches will unite with the papal power in persecuting again the commandment keeping people of God So knows that persecution takes place when Prophet churches unite with the papal power it doesn't necessarily mean death you can be persecuted at work even now you can be persecuted by family members now you can be persecuted in all kinds of ways now and continued on his lamb like Beast unites with the Dragon number this lamb like power the United States are processed in America and the dragon is Satan who gives his power seat and authority to the 1st piece of Revelation 13 which is the papacy and so this lamb like Beast unite with the dragon and making war upon those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ Sometimes churches and. So again there is clearly a persecution that is being described here and so when the Sunday law start that starts small but it's like a crescendo for those of you that a musical ice play the temp an e. And oftentimes you start very low and slow. But as the song gets louder you christian know you know what I'm talking about it starts with. As a crescendo sort of so it starts in this crescendo and when you cannot eventually buy or sell and when people are imprisoned that finally culminates with a death decree and so friends if you expect at that moment that you're going to be treated fairly because you live here in America and you have certain unalienable religious rights think again signs the Times May 26th 1908 he writes this those who lived during the last days of the search history will know what it means to be persecuted for the truth sake in the courts in justice will prevail have mercy the judges will refuse to listen to the reasons of those who are loyal to the commandments of God because they know the arguments in favor of the 4th Commandment are unanswerable so we just don't want to hear they will say we have a law and by our law you ought to die God's law is nothing to them signs of that done and evangelism to 36 this is the law of God through the agency of Satan is being made void we see that today don't we in our land of boasted for freedom religious liberty will come to an end you don't have to take my word for it look it up religious liberty we're going to fight for it tooth and nail as long as we can but there comes a point in the little time of trouble when religious liberty becomes laughable it's going to be done away with and the contest will be decided to continue the quote over the Sabbath question which will agitate the whole world you thought your persecution network was bad this is the whole world against you now. Well I am 6 the testimonies page $394.00 there will come a time when because of our advocacy of Bible truth we shall be treated as traitors I mean there's some Bible truth now that this country does not want to accept anymore isn't it true there's Bible truth now that's considered hate speech there's Bible truth that at some point they're going to get bold enough that they will say those Bible believers are extremists but Jesus told we can expect all this to me Luke 21 verse 12 and following they will lay their hands on you and persecute you delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons being brought before kings and rulers for my name sake another way of saying because of me was the reason Jesus was the reason Bible truth was the reason religious convictions therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate before hand on what you will answer you'll be betrayed even by parents and brothers relatives and friends that hurts does not and they will put some of you to death Jesus said and you'll be hated by all for my name sake there is again and so this idea of persecuting rulers or let me just back up 5 testimonies by and by the testimonies page for 50 says this persecuting rulers we would expect ministers maybe not as much doesn't say which nomination and church members certainly would not expect that we like to think that this morning we're all on the same t.v. we're all saying amen to get there but there are people here perhaps have mercy. Who are saying I'm not sure I'm buying this but I've been indoctrinated I know what they believe c.n.n. a.b.c. n.b.c. Fox whoever listen I got some to share about them even church members will conspire against them with voice and pin by boasts threats and ridicule they will seek to overthrow their faith Francis almost sounds like it's talking about today because it doesn't really matter anymore what the facts are have you noticed it is only about the narrative that they want to spin and so if we can just by our own voice by a few tweets by if you text messages about a few things that go viral a few videos by some treads by some ridicule thumbs up thumbs down Ha they will seek to overthrow their face and we'll be treated like traitors here some headlines I told all kind of in relationship to January 6 Have you heard about that Ok this is from The New York Times and please don't misunderstand I'm not trying to be political or take a political side you'll see where I'm going with this in a minute it says capital riot put spotlight on apocalyptically minded global far right and then it talks about their racist ideology hold your opinion here's another article Oh it also calls in extremis I had to underline one more next article New York Times police forces have long tried to weed out extremists in the ranks then came the Capitol riot So again you have this idea of extremis who is defining By the way who are extremists What are extremists what makes a person an extremist. Capitol attack reflects u.s. extremists evolution over decades Here's another one from a.b.c. news that is using again extremist right wing extremism and so on here's another one root out extremists within the military and law enforcement look at their social media before giving them power and trust so again this idea of rooting out extremists Here's a local news broadcast 25 Investigates that's the name of their news in Massachusetts tracking rising extremism in Massachusetts now he said in previous sermons in fact I named the sermon critical phase 2 of the National Sunday law because worship and honor of Sunday when it is forced. And you go along worshiping the beast when it is forced you are receiving the mark of the beast but imagine for just a moment and maybe I'm wrong and I hope that I am but imagine for just a moment there's another avenue out there somewhere is anywhere that says Come on guys this is ridiculous maybe their pastor says this is ridiculous they haven't taken away our Sabbath and so we'll just have to worship services every week on Saturday and on Sunday no big deal we can back out down to the beast as long as we can have our cake and eat it too onset it's vague and I'm sure and if so if that is the case is it possible that members from that church might point to members of another church and say that's not I have been to some where advantageous were law abiding were going to church on Sunday it's not a big deal those are the ones that are the extremists. So again I'm not trying to make political comments on January 6th Ok but I am saying there is an undercurrent already developing to where society can just start calling people extremis based on I don't even know what and it doesn't even really matter what the facts are as long as we label them that way and the if times and we start to say they're the problems in society they're the reason that this is happening or that is happening there the extremists and we need to root amount so again I just ask the question could it be possible we are told installing one selected messages 122 we have far more to fear from with him then from without Can you see how that might be the case have mercy great controversy 592 says those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order your honor in the Bible said that you are an enemy of law and order as breaking down the moral restraints of society causing anarchy and corruption and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth could she may as well of said or use the word extremist doesn't seem that far apart to me 2nd Timothy 312 gives us this warning to all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution but if we love Jesus we're willing to die no matter what great controversy 6 away it is the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday Sabbath some of them will be thrust into prison some will be exiled some will be treated as slaves great controversy 608 continuing to human wisdom all of this now seems impossible or is it seeming more possible. But as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from man and they shall be under the control of Satan who hates the divine precepts there will be strange developments the heart can be very cruel when God's fear and love are removed so those who refused on of the Bible say I was sent to be sent to prison so I will be exiled some to be treated like slaves and these are all forms of persecution but I don't I would submit to you not death just yet because that's getting a little bit extreme too isn't it but when you've asked the question will there be martyrs for the faith prior to the close of probation and secondly how will I be able to stand at that time if you're taking a test I'm kind of giving you a hint to the 1st question and the 2nd question but anyway by and 3 it's like a message $387.00 says the persecution of Protestants by Roman ism by which the religion of Jesus Christ was almost annihilated the persecution that almost analogies will be more than rivals but Mr Park meaning it will be bigger greater it will be more than rival when Protestantism and Popery are combined and so you remember you already know that it was Rome that killed Jesus and they sought to wipe out the religion of Jesus Christ and we can also talk about how bad it was in the dark ages when they said to eradicate Protestant ideas entirely but this union between Protestantism and Popery will be more than rival This book tells us so we can expect that it will be of greater magnitude of greater intensity and they estimate some 50000000 during the Dark Ages and we very well may be the recipients of that persecution that leads to death and murdered him. So we need to be building our faith in preparation for the crisis that is to come but Francis by grace of God allows you to leave to go through trials now so that you start building that spiritual muscle building your faith for those trying overwhelming times later Could it be that in those moments during a little time of trouble you are thanking God for the trials you had leading up to because that is what puts you on your knees that's what got you in the word that's what grounded you in faith in Jesus Christ and that's what brought you through then and so that same thing is going to bring me through now the Lord thank you by your grace that you gave me try selected messages 397 many will be in prison many will flee for their lives from cities and towns and many will be martyrs for Christ sake in standing in defense of the truth same idea but just want to interject this little thought if you can't stand in defense of truth now perhaps that means you're the only one and your place of work or in your school maybe in your church that is standing for what is true now if you're not winning in those little battles by God's grace to stand for defense of truth what are you going to do later in the Final Crisis and again I'm not asking anybody to be militant about standing for truth Jesus stood for truth we did it in a way that was kind that was thoughtful It was gracious Here's another quote of the testimony 712 there is a prospect before us of a continued struggle at the risk of imprisonment loss of property and even life itself to defend the law of God And so the question becomes then very quickly probably in most of our minds how are we going to do it how are we going to stand how are we going to make it I mean my knees are not going right here right now and there's nobody at the door. I like this quote write this one down volume 3 selected messages for 20 it says the best thing for us good is good better is better but best is best the best thing for us is to come into close connection with God and if he would have us be martyrs for the true sake it may be the means of bringing many more into the truth in quote what's the point of martyrdom are we just play things of the devil I was submit to you no we are not and if you die in that time you are a martyr because your blood will be seed for somebody else as they see the piece on your face as they see how you are able to go through these trying times and you're not stressed out about it you're just faithfully trusting in the Lord and they say what do they have they have something I need I long for I've been looking for he died with a book in his hand let me see what that book. I'm reading that book and so somebody else and somebody else and somebody else and the message spreads like wildfire and again though the devil wants to put it out he can't put it out best thing you can do is a close connection with go we have to keep rolling Isaiah 4110 says fear not for I am with you be not dismayed for I am your God I will strengthen you circle it yes I will help you circle it I will up hold you with my righteous right hand take it to the bank stand on the promises of God 1st Peter 56 to 7 humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God. Lord I can't do this on my own correct Lord I'm no match for the devil and his wiles correct humble yourself. Under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time casting all you care upon him because he cares for you he cares for you he will do it and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony they did not love their lives to the death friends God is looking for those will be faithful to Him who are willing to be witnesses Mark toss witnesses and to death in honor of God's name and his cause prophets and kings $588.00 men will be required to render obedience to human edicts and violation of the divine law those who are true to God will be minister denounced and prescribed they will be betrayed by both parents brother in and kinsfolk and friends even unto death and you might be saying there is no way I can burn at the stake the way Jon Husted there's no way I could face death like Martin Luther did and say Here I stand I can do no other so Lord help me how could I be as faithful as those heroes of the Reformation were our high calling page $125.00 it says we are not to have the courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until that is the hinge word we are not to have the courage of for to the martyrs of old until brought into the position they were in should there be a return of persecution there would be grace given to arouse every energy of the soul to show a true hero ism and when does it come not until now this is not talking about just Ok when I'm just going to chill out it doesn't matter no you keep the best thing you can do is focus on your connection with God Remember that he'll give you the words to speak at the right time and then claim this idea that it doesn't come but until or not until this presents itself God will give you every energy you need to bring you through it and so again where does our hope and our power strength lie in Christ alone. How are you going to make it through the time trouble in Crisil Oh all right so what about this crowning act of Satan's deception we could be here too long but this isn't say impersonates Christ this is one artist depiction I don't know that it's necessarily accurate but I thought isn't and how it has modern people bowing down I think at the end of the day it really doesn't scratch the surface of what this person nation of Christ is going to be we looked at this quotation already in this series great conference $624.00 as the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself will personate Christ let's pause right there Notice the word is personate we don't use that word very often often we use the word impersonate and impersonate is when I stand up here and I try and act out Pastor Hyman and whatever he might do like that whatever that's impersonate. All of you know that I'm not him but you get your juggle when you hear something that impersonates and we go to you know different things that we hear President being impersonated and it's all fun and games in there but to personate if you look at up in Webster's it's the idea of fooling somebody. Has a fraudulent intent I remember as a kid hearing a story and I was talking to my dad this week I said Dad you remember this story and I just making it up and he says you know I vaguely remember something about I think I know who might remember and he made a phone call and we got the details actually printed and so I got the article but the story goes like this Dr Akers who's down here in the bottom right in 1970 he became the new president of Washington and this university formally c.u.c. and as the president there they had a picnic not too far away from Camp David. Now the other obvious thing here is that Nixon was the president and Akers look very similar to Nixon and so he was asked constantly you know about are you related are you brothers are you this are you which none of to my understanding was the case but there at the school picnic they're very close to Camp David and actually as it were Nixon was at Camp David at the time working on a speech and so somehow in this picnic and in the conversation they're talking they say you know what would be fun Dr Akers let's put you in this very presidential green Cadillac and let's drive up to the gate and let's see what happens this at least talk to the guards we'll get a good laugh and and they'll turn us away of course and we'll just come back to the picnic will tell really all about it it'll be a fun story and the next thing he knows he's in the front seat of the Cadillac they're driving sure now they come right up to Camp David and this is the word that one of the the college student says it says our president is ready to go through not true he's the president of see you see but he's not President Nixon and when he says those words the guard at the gate. And he salutes he presses the button and the gate opens. And they proceed to drive through. Everyone looking at each other what do we do they all. Dr Akers says turn his car around we're going out in the meantime the guard that beat him in says the president's party has just cleared. Through its response comes back what do you mean he's just cleared he's taking a nap and within seconds Secret Service swarm the car they split everybody up for 3 hours interrogate they take the car apart and they have files that are created and printed off within minutes that are right there of everything they've ever done every degree every everything. And they explain what they are sorry this is we were not trying to and so on after 3 hours they finally let them go Dr Akers who has since passed away not too long ago he retired in the cultural area he said in the end they were actually thankful we alerted them to a weakness in their security plan. He says and I quote They had been preparing for all sorts of things but not for a look alike that's a person nation he was intending to impersonate ended up being personate as the crowning act in the great drama of deception Satan himself will personate Christ friends who have done everything in his power to make people think he is Christ person nation is for deception and almost all who view Satan in this person nation will be deceived because the deception is so great that Christ himself warned us when they say he is here in the desert or is in some other place do not go and see the member those verses. Right here in Matthew 2423 that if anyone says you look here is the Christ or there do not believe it notice there's a here or there and I've told you some people put on different sides of the clothes or probation and there's even been a suggestion it could be both it could be here and there at different times as he can't fully reproduce what God could do or every eye will see him and so on but Jesus' words go on here if possible even for false Christ and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect therefore they say to you Look he's in the desert do not go that's the key I want to drive home right here don't go. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west so also will the coming of the Son of Man be meaning you won't miss the real thing it will be unmistakable but if somebody says oh it's over here don't go and the temptation might be good some day as I know my Bible verses I know Bible prophecy I know what it says you know in Revelation 17 that every eye will see him and I didn't see him I also know that when he comes there by going to be caught up in the clouds together to meet the Lord in the air his feet are going to touch the ground I'm a good haven't asked therefore will always be with the Lord up there and so somebody is going to be tempted to go so I can come back and bring a report and say I looked at his feet they were on the ground. But Jesus says don't go why because it's going to be so incredibly dazzling and bright and magnificent like no I has ever beheld before was about I know you want to get me a Lamborghini for my birthday but I'm really not interested to fear it is bright red wax go insists it and smelly in here I out of doors or however they do now maybe I do one. I don't want to stay in that ritzy hotel that looks like a really horny 20 place and then you walk into the lobby and there's just the whole thing is lined with orchids and zombies waiting on you and a warm hand towel my ass is due here and there you may be I do want to stay here but friends we are warned do not go because if you go even the elect that have taken Adventism 11102 and wild 3 will be to see don't go or you'll be duped. And so going back as the crowning act in the great drama deception say to himself a person a Christ the church has long professed to look to the Savior is adamant as a consummation of our hopes but we keep going in this quote now The Great to see will make it appear that Christ has come in different parts of the earth say it will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation and so he's going to look like Jesus he's going to quote the words of Jesus and the glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eye has beheld the shout of tribe brings out upon the air Christ has come Christ has come and the people prostrate themselves that aeration before him and when every hand is going down and down Don't think for your for a moment that yours won't to that's why you don't go and there are lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them as Christ blessed his disciples when He was upon the earth His voice is soft and subdued yet full of melody and it says in gentle compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious heavenly trues with the Savior he heals the disease of the people and then it is assumed character of Christ he claims to change the Sabbath to Sunday and commands all the how the day which he has blessed now some that I respect say this is in the time of Jacob's trouble this is during the 7 last plagues because the plagues are falling on the wicked and they're starting to rebel against Satan and so he comes impersonates crisis is no son is my day stay strong could be and if I'm wrong it won't be the 1st time and it won't be the last but to me in my simple mind it makes a little more sense that this is coming after perhaps a national Sunday law and before it goes international the world is kind of like I'm not so sure about this but then Jesus himself comes and confirms that all. And the world gets on board I don't know I suppose at some point we'll find out continuous as he declares that those who persist in keeping hold of the 7th day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angel sent to them with light and truth this is a strong almost overmastering delusion I don't think this is going to happen but I suppose you could be in court why you worship it on the Sabbath bring Jesus Christ to the stand I changed it another said almost overmastering delusion continuing $625.00 now great cause for his blessings pronounced on the worshippers of the beast and his image the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God's unmingled wrath or plagues shall be poured out now this quotation is taken from the chapter that mostly describes Jacob's time of trouble and so some say The context shows that it's during that time I receive that but I also see here in the myths because there's other places in that chapter that she goes back to times that are before then and it's pretty plain that she is and then it says here that God's unmingled wrath or plagues shell which is future be poured out so to me that's another reason that it's before the 7 last plagues before the close of probation and then going back to where this quote all started the crowning act in the great drama of deception if you're going to be any good at deceiving you want to do it before it's close or probation and game over it's not that we don't have a choice after it's just that everybody's mind is fixed at the close of probation. Let's say we decided we wanted to paint this church the whole sanctuary we want to either green or we want to purple and everybody who wants a green on this side of me wants a purple on that side and we could talk up here for hours and hours and Ignazio and eventually you'll say look we did it let's vote Nobody's changing their mind or by that was all it right here on the side there like they see in those samples when everybody made a choice that's a closer probation. But to me if you're going to deceive people if you're going to stick it to God You're going to have to grab them before they made up their mind and so it's going to be before the close of probation when somebody's still on the fence and then when Jesus himself come they say aha and that's how the devil swoops with his tail again the kids of God Another quote testimonies the ministers pay $62.00 in this age Anti-Christ will appear is the true Christ and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world notice the word then again is future and I was talking about this law of God being made void not just nationally but the nations of our world to me I feel like this fits into Revelation 17 Revelation 17 verse 8 the beast that you saw was and is not and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition we looked at that last time there was as the papacy but in $798.00 it receives a deadly wound and so it was or is not for a time but then the future when there is a son in law and all the world marvels after the beast that means it shell a san or that it yet is. And so again the papacy will rise to the zenith of power and unite with the state pass around the cup of false doctrines and become a major world force and then we focused briefly on this Revelation 17 verse 12 the 10 horns which you saw are 10 kings who have received no kingdom singular as yet we talked about house 10 is a universal number and represents the kings of the earth coming together for a One World Alliance and we mentioned that kingdom singular not plural because they're all coming together to form one collective yes we agree and what is it I believe that's when it goes from a national Sunday law to an international Sunday law as the Kings form this One World Alliance and again I would suggest that the tipping point could be the person nation of Christ continues as these are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast and they will make war with the lamb so finishing this quote testimonies of ministers rebellion against God's holy law will be fully ripe but the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light and she says men will be deceived and will absolve him to the place of God and defy him but potential interpose and to the apostate churches that unite in the exultation of Satan the sentence will go forth therefore shall future her plagues come and she will be utterly burned with fire for strong is the Lord God who judges her again another reason I think it might be before but you know what at the end of the day does it so much matter when you and I don't fully know when probation will close doesn't really matter going back to great controversy it says but the people of God will not be misled why the teachings of this false Christ are not in accordance with the scriptures that's the point now where it is on the time line is much is that you know the Scriptures. And if you know the Scriptures he says you won't be fooled so what's the best advice yet draw close under Jesus All right let's look at this one piece here called Leave the cities and I'm going to try and do this quickly but you've been asking about that. Forces us to ask several questions when it comes to the call to leave the cities does that mean we should not have churches in the city does that mean that all of our churches in the city should encourage their members to leave and does that mean that every family in the city should leave and there a way to balance the call to leave the cities and even just hearing that makes some nervous so what is this all about well 1st of all God loves cities and the reason God loves cities is because people live in cities and God loves people but when you look at the major cities of the world today it's rather mind boggling Here's Tokyo Japan 37200000 people if you take the greater extent that land is one of those for us to keep sprawling bigger and bigger and bigger the city limits specifically but if you take the overall larger That's what I'm doing with these numbers so Tokyo is 37200000 people this is Chongqing China it's in southwest China covering an area twice the size of Switzerland 32000000 people I can't wrap my mind around that tell Paulo in Brazil 3023400000 people and not even that far away is Rio which is also up in the millions and they're almost connecting to one with one another Mexico City 21600000 people New York 20300000 people and so I want to look here at l a y and divided up into 4 basic reasons that she gives for leaving the cities Ok reason number one preserving the spirituality of young children. And these are kind of obscure too but most of them are taken out that little book country living and so if you're going to get a book I would just go grab country living says that no temporal advantages temp parents to neglect to train up their children whenever possible it is the duty of parents to make homes in the country for their children that's a letter to $68.00 she continues the children and you should be carefully guarded they should be kept away from the hot beds of iniquity that are to be found in our cities let them to be surrounded by influences of a true Christian home a home where Christ abides and that best for our kids if we place ourselves under objectionable influences can we expect God to work Americal to undo the results of our wrong course she says No indeed that's Country Living page 17 Here's another one get out the cities as soon as possible and purchase a little piece of land where you can have a garden where your children can watch the flowers growing and learn from them lessons of simplicity and purity I like that I also have to mention though that if we're not careful we can find that beautiful piece of land we can bring the city right in with us with our phones or Internet connection our t.v. and don't get me started on that but it's happening all too often my project my doctoral project was on that and I've delivered it here I've delivered it other places and what hurts me the most is when parents say I wish I would have heard this a few years ago because they said I never would have given my son my daughter a smartphone Had I known what I was doing continuing on the 2nd reason the influence of the city where on a person spiritually is kind of another bulk of things that she says here's a few of them in harmony with light given me I'm urging people to come out from the great centers of population our cities are increasing in wickedness and it becomes more and more evident that those who remain in them unnecessarily do so at the peril of their souls salvation will look a little bit more on this unnecessarily word but. We can see that to be true here's another mystery of helium $363.00 the world over seas are becoming hotbeds of ice on every hand are the sights and sounds of evil everywhere are enticements to sensuality the tide of corruption and crime is continually swelling every day brings a record of violence robberies murder suicides and crimes unnamable says goes on life in the cities is false and artificial how true the intense passion for money getting the world of excitement and pleasure seeking the thirst for display the luxury and extravagance all our forces that with great masses of mankind are turning the mind from life's true purpose pastor doesn't affect me that is such a telling statement it already has they are opening the doors to a 1000 evils upon the youth they have almost irresistible power one of the most subtle and dangerous temptation to sale the children and youth in the cities is the love of pleasure and we are a pleasure saturated society today you go to work what you do this week and they're basically saying what did you do pleasure yourself that's the mentality the 3rd reason cities will ultimately be destroyed that's a good reason to get out right there are reasons why we should not build in the cities on the cities God judgments are soon to fall that's in country living page 8 this is also there the time is near when large cities will be swept away and all should be warned of these coming judgments Oh the God people had a sense of the impending destruction of thousands of cities now almost given to idolatry. This is the one that's to me is the most gripping is from a vandalism pay 29 a very impressive scene was presented before me I seemed to wake from sleep but was not in my home so she's in vision here from the windows I could be hold a terrible complication Great Balls of fire Wolf were falling upon houses and from these balls fiery arrows were flying in every direction it was impossible to check the fires that were kindled and many places were being destroyed the terror of the people was in describe a ball can you imagine and the last reason the time is coming when we can no longer buy or sell and it will be difficult to leave the cities as the last clump if you will of quotations she gives Us Here is 1.5 The testimonies 464465 it's no time now for God's people to be fixing their affections and I read this before laying up their treasures in the world the time is now far distant when like that early disciples we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places as the seed of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judea Christians not one perished by the way because they follow this command so the assumption of power on the part of our nation in the decree and forcing papal Sabbath will be a warning to us we can say this will be the final call. If you stay beyond this Lord help you if you will then be time to leave the large cities preparatory to leaving the smaller ones for retired homes and school to places among mountains in preparatory mean we leave the large cities 1st in preparation to leave the small cities next so that we have mentioned The end up in the mountains Pathfinder skills come in and all these people are here going to say why Pathfinders I don't know what. To stick with one of these guys you'll be Ok but when the time comes that we can't buy or sell it's almost too late at that point is not. Now that's not the 1st phase of the Sunday law so when the 1st phase comes you get out and we've seen even with this coronavirus a lot of people New York City decided they're not Christian they don't know the Bible they've never heard of prophecy or l y but they decide to get out by the truckloads they're getting out because they see it what a rebuke to us to say no I like I like it here it's comfortable this is home remember Hurricane Katrina in 2005 I mean these images were horrific as I don't know how many I didn't find a number but so many thousands hundreds of thousands of people were stranded there nothing to eat no clean water stealing from one another it was terrible I remember watching the news all the seminarians when this happened and I I remember weeping at the situation they found themselves in and friends if we wait until then too late I'm on the next bus added here guess what there's no more buses that are here even the rioting and 22 in Minneapolis just last year and this is kind of comes up on top of you pretty quick right that's a scary time the more remote you are the better sleep you probably go to the time has come when as God opens the way key part of the quotation family should move out of the cities when as God opens the way the children should be taken into the country the parents should get a suitable place as their means to allow though the dwelling may be small we could say cramped yet there should be a land in connection with it that may be cultivated and when do we do that as God opens the way. As we get on our knees and say Lord we have all these things we have kids in school we have this job thing over here and we have these obligations there and we're involved in our church and and this and that Lord what do you want me to do and when in this is this possibly a window of opportunity you've given to our family to get out of the city and that answer is not the same for everybody right now why it really gives one reason to stay in the city to be a witness for Jesus Christ in that city because that is where people live if you're in the city for any other reason I'm worried for you because the city will rub off on you over time 1.1903 there were about 102200 families in Battle Creek that got the message that we need to leave the cities and so there was almost 200 families 10200 families that were just going to leave I mean just up and go on Battle Creek and this is a council that she wrote she says your letter tells me my brother that there are many who are stirred deeply to move out of Battle Creek and then he says this There is need great need of this work being done and now those who have felt at last to make a move let it not be in a rush in excitement or in a rational manner or in any way that here after they will deeply regret that they did move out I see her saying you've got to make this a matter of prayer guys because there's a work still to be done in the cities where people live so when is the right time God knows and he'll tell you when was he just to do country living pay $20.00 six's think candidly prayerfully studying the Word with all carefulness and prayerful ness with mind and heart awake to hear the voice of God to understand the will of God is a great thing pastor I told as I had to move that's not what I said. I said you get on your knees and you ask. When the right time you prayerfully consider where you're at and you say is this the right place for now to I need to be thinking about the future if something happens where will I go what will I do make that a matter of prayer God will show you Ok or scripture reading Luke 17 verse 26 thank you for us as it was in the days of Noah so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man they ate they drank they married wives they were given in marriage time out as it was wrong with the little sayings nothing problem is that's all that life consisted of that was this where are we going to eat why should we have a drink there's another wedding let's go. Until that day no entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all until that day they are just consumed with the affairs of this life living the American dream the white picket fence I think we can afford this now we can afford that now what is nice always in this luxurious Likewise it was also in the days of Lot they ate they drank they bought they sold they planted they built but on the day the law went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all all Jesus said even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed that's a very kind way of saying unfortunately people will still be clueless they'll be doing their own thing and then this one of the shortest verses in Scripture Remember Lot's wife what she do. She was focused on acquiring wealth and possessions living the American dream she had the pool she always wanted to get the house she always wanted her dream house right yet in perceptibly the city had changed her and over time she had lost the true meaning of life and what is Solomon conclude is the true meaning of life in Ecclesiastes fear God and keep His commandments for this is men's all that was out the window she lost sight and when they were fleeing finally fleeing the city after much resistance Lot's wife looks back remember another verse for where your treasure is there your heart will be also and so she looks back longingly at what she's leaving behind and that's it for her and brought about her demise and then Jesus has this verse in connection with all this verse 33 whoever seeks to save his life will lose it and never lose his life will preserve it I like a little bit better in Mark's translation it says for whoever desires to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the Gospels will say that friends God is looking for a people that are sold out to him that are willing to live not for self but for Christ that are willing to die if necessary for Christ to win others over for Christ and to prayerfully see God's will for their lives now the courage to follow his leading wherever he takes us when ever he takes us because friends a little time of trouble is coming the testing time is coming and sadly for most it will be just like the days of Noah it will be just like the days of Lot and peoples to simply be focused on living the good life when are we going to get back to normal and I'll be completely ignorant of the things of God. Friends may not ever be said of you and me their way may we take our Bible study and prayer time seriously we have more resources at our disposal than ever before let's study this book let's feed on this book let's eat this book and let's spend time on our knees and ask the Lord to reveal us understanding reveal us insight to know what we ought to do that by the grace of God it will be our privilege to be able to honor and stand for our my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ their only Father I pray that you will help us that you will guide us to see the times in which we're living to make the necessary preparations both Exter know and internal and that may we settle in to the truth and may we trust you fully in all things. And may you grow us so that when that testing time comes you will give us everything we need in Jesus name we pray in. 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