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09 Deliverance at Midnight

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • May 15, 2021
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Well, today, the title of the sermon deliverance at midnight. You liked to be delivered. Saved by the bell if you will, to be rescued. You may recall the bosnian war that took place in April of 1990 due to December of 1995. It was an international armed conflict that took place in bosnia and herzegovina during that time period. And I got to the point that nato intervened after allegations of war crimes against civilians that was put up in the media and different things. And so nato's primary involvement was to enforce a no fly zone over the area. And so as part of that mission, these f sixteens would patrol this area of bosnia, typically to f sixteens and they would patrol around the same area on the same loop almost like clockwork day after day. Why they did it that way. I don't know exactly, but it was on June, 2nd, 1995. That as one of these was flown by a 29 year old united States air Force pilot scott o'grady that something very unique took place. As they flew around this routine pattern, the bosnian serb army laid a trap for these planes. And so to avoid being detected, they turned off their radar and only use it sparingly. And when the playing would fly over top, then they would shoot their missile in the direction of the plane and then turn on their radar. And with the hope that the missile would be close enough and everything would happen so fast, they wouldn't have time to respond. This was the cub surface to air missile that was being used. And so, when they fired these 2 missiles into the air o grady's cockpit alerted him that there was a missile coming. But because he was flying through an overcast sky, he could not see exactly where it was coming from or how to avoid it. The 1st missile exploded between the 2 aircraft that were flying together. The 2nd struck the F. 16 that o'grady was in the other pilot, couldn't tell for sure, but it was later verified that he was able to inject out of the aircraft and float down to safety. Well, sort of. So you are familiar with the story. He was in enemy territory to be sure or raise mind was racing. The parachute down, knowing that he was a target knowing that they were going to find him as quickly as possible. And so he was thinking about what he needed to do, how he needed to do it the order of operations. This was no simulation, this was the real thing. And he had limited time to high before the bosnian serb forces would hunt him down and take him as hostage or kill him. And so, upon landing, he has to care to 29 pounds survival bag he ran, but the sound of troops demanded that he hide and fast. And so he found some bushes off to the sides, and he dove underneath, and he scrubbed his whole face with dirt, and he puts his head down. And he hopes for the beth. And within just moments, there are troops and boots and guns all around the exactly where he had just been, or even where he is just off in the bushes. Trying to breathe, not deeply but calmly. So these leaves would not be going up and on an up and down they shot into the air multiple times in hopes to scare him and flush him out. But he stayed still tried to remain calm, thankful for the 17 days of intense training of what to do in these types of situations. Finally, the group would move on after a period of time. And he would briefly send out with his radio, what they call super shouts to just let people know that I'm alive. And then I'm in this general area. But communication had to be brief because the enemy could pick up on those little pings as well. I'm pretty, turn it on and turn it off, turn on, turn it off carefully, as time would allow in the middle of the night. Or grady had to move his way around in this unknown forest to try to find a place where rescue could come. Where a helicopter might be able to land and he had to do it all and detected day one went by day 2 and by 3 and 4 went by the rations in the survival kits were old and stale and small and very quickly gone. He found himself having to eat leaves and grass and bugs a little bit of rain water. He could catch in some plastic and a sponge on the 6th night on the ground, sleeping through the rain and so on. He made radio contact signaling his location using his radios, limited battery power at this point. And on the 6th day, just after midnight on June 8, 995 already spoken to the radio. And from that brief conversation, a rescue was set in motion. And let me tell you, the rescuers came in force to see stallions loaded full with 51 marines each coming to his rescue, but not by themselves. They were backed up by 2 super cobra's, not one but 2. There was also not just one, but 2 pair of hair. Your jump? Yes. That followed. And so you didn't have just the one helicopter, but you had 6 aircraft. And these 6 aircraft were backed up with 6 identical aircraft ready to jump in when needed. But there was further aircraft support. They were 2 of these navy prowlers that can jam enemy radar systems. There were 2 air Force ravens which can do some electronic jamming and travel supersonic speed. There was some f 18 hornets, which is a fighter and attack aircraft. There were 2, a 10 thunderbolts effective and attacking ground targets and can fly low and slow. All of this was engaged and ready for one man's rescue. There was even us a core sky c hoc that took off from a nearby ship, a search and rescue helicopter. And it took off from this guided missile cruiser to little bit overwhelming to think of all of this planning that went in to say this one man. No, I forgot about this. This is called an A W, A C f, which is a highly sensitive radar system. That can detect aircraft and ships and vehicles, it's kind of the eyes and ears of the entire rescue. So all of this is been employed for Scott or grady. And so at 6 35 in the morning, the helicopters approached the area where grady's signal beacon had been traced and the pilot saw some bright yellow smoke coming from the trees near a rocky passer where grady had set off a flare. The 1st, the stallion touched down and 20 marines jumped off the aircraft to set up a perimeter. As a 2nd, c stallion landed o'grady appeared running toward the marines at immediately dove into the side door of the helicopter. They're trying to identify who is this person? Yes, this is brady quick. What are we doing? We're still trying to deploy troops. No, no, stop. Close door. Everybody back in there taking a quick head count is everybody here? Yes. Yes, yes, jack. Jack jack. Only 7 minutes after they landed. They take off and these big helicopters are on their way. That wasn't the end of the story. However, as they flew low overs serve hel bosnia. The American aircraft in tech to serve missile radar along with creation coast scanning for targets. The request was made to take the missile launcher out, but they said that request was denied. If not, we don't want to heighten any of this and create a greater war. And so they just continued on minutes later, the marines reported they were under fire 3 shoulder launch surface to air missiles had been fired at them. But because of the quick response of these helicopters, they were avoided. They were only flying 150 feet off the ground at 175 miles an hour and they were drinking or dodging to evade these missiles. Gunfire was heard in these helicopters as well. They could hear going into the fuselage, hit some of the communication gear. Another lodge in one of the marines armed a uniform. But he was not injured because he had on the proper gear one door gun to return fire. Finally, at 71530 minutes after picking up o'grady, the rescuers reported our feeder wet, meaning they were over the water. By 7 30 AM, or grady was back aboard the cure sargje in time, you could say for breakfast. All the aircraft landed without further incident. And it was considered a great success. Scott o'grady had been saved out of the clutches of the enemy with great effort, with great cost and even with some sacrifice. But it was successful. You can see o grady here exiting the aircraft still with a dirty face. After a harrowing, 6 days behind enemy lines, time magazine later wrote an article on the harrowing story and others picked it up and movies were made and so on and so forth. It was done an incredible and successful rescue. But can you imagine waiting, waiting, waiting. Lots of time to think to reflect, to ponder, to wonder if rescue would come, or would he just be chalked up as a casualty of war? I imagine there were some very low moments for grady over those 6 days. And 6 nights the friends when the time was right, every possible support of the United States military was used to safely bring o'grady home. And that's why I liked this story. We've been going through a series entitled final events and in the same way, god is not doing everything he can to keep us out. He's doing everything he can to bring us home. If you're join us late in this series, here's a list of many topics that we have been covering as we've been marching through. What the bible and spirit prophecy have share with us about what we can expect. And so we're down here at the bottom of the list, god's people delivered. This is the good news. And as we go through this, some of you may say I'm confused about this part or that part. I would encourage you to go back and pick up some of these other sermons and listen to them. They are available on audio verse donny's been good about uploading those to audio verse. Most of them are there. They're on our church website. You can go to our live stream and click there. They're also on YouTube, a bible truth for these times that was called, I believe they're there and you can see them there. So there's many ways to access it. But we're looking at the piece now that I'm excited about god's people deliver. I'm excited that we serve god that will deliver his people. He doesn't just say well, it didn't work out. Let's just wash our hands and try again. No god has placed himself. Jesus has placed himself in the way of the enemy, has sacrificed his well being, has spilt blood on our behalf that we may be delivered. And that's good news. And so our title and then we have one more piece. I believe it will be in 2 weeks, the 2nd coming. And so we're going to be talking about that in greater detail as well. So this is part 9 as entitled deliverance at midnight. To begin, we're going to try and pick up a little bit where we left off last time. And that's why if you have not listen to last week sermon, you might want to go back and grab that. But in daniel chapter, 12 verse one, we looked at how michael stands up and how this is the close of probation. In the verse here on the screen, daniel chapter 12 verse one at that time, michael, another name for christ shall stand up the great friends who stands, watch over the sons of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble that jacob's time of trouble that we looked at last time, such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. And at that time, your people shall be. What's the word delivered? Everyone who has found written in the book. So those who stand through the judgment, those who stand through jacob's time of trouble will be delivered underline it started put all of these little lines out like it's glowing. This is important. God, people will be delivered. We see a very plainly here we see deliverance of god's people, those whose names are written in the book of life. Friends, is there evidence that there is an investigative judgement and the end result of the investigative judgement is that god's people will be delivered. Another verse also speaks to the end of the world and we see that in this job, chapter 2 verse $31.00. It says the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood referring to May 1917, 80 many history books. Talk about that, but that's kind of bringing us into an in time scenario that says before the great and terrible day of the Lord and it will come to pass birth. 32. That who's so ever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be what's the word delivered for mount zion and in jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. Thank you, Lisa for reading that. That verse for us for our scripture reading premises were delivered is the same word used in daniel chapter 12 verse one that we just saw earlier. And the context of this passage in joe makes it clear that this is the end of world language, end of time language, final event language. And so if you look at this passage as well, it has mount zion emissions, jerusalem, and the remnant i would suggest to you that all 3 of those are synonymous or meaning virtually the same thing. Mount zion was on the north side of jerusalem. And as being compared here to the remnant we see similar language at the end of the annual chapter 11. We've looked at the end of the chapter 11 little bit of a complicated verse, and I put in there what we've learned along the way. And it says, and he, the context says the king of the north, which we know shall be the papacy. So plant the tabernacles or church of his palace or stayed between the seas, plural, that's mediterranean and dead sea, which is jerusalem, or god's people, the remnant in the glorious holy mountain we can say mount zion jerusalem, remnant yet he shall come to his inn and none shall help him again. This idea of jerusalem. Mount zion, the remnants same thing, god's people that are faithful to him. And we see it there and daniels chapter 11 as well. We see in other places some verse 48, the 1st 2 verses, this as great as the Lord and greatly to be praise in the city of our god, in his holy mountain, beautiful and elevation. The joy of the whole earth is mount zion. You see of the same 3 there. Listen. And so we see, enjoy, we see. And daniel, we see and saw the mount. Zion symbolizes the remnant jerusalem. We could include them $144000.00. And so if we go back to job 232, i'll put it back up here on the screen. And then so come to pass, and whoever shall call the name of the Lord shall be delivered for in mount zion in jerusalem shall be deliverance as the Lord has said. And in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. This is a beautiful verse because who so ever so call in the name of the Lord shall be saved, shall be delivered. These are the ones who stand through jacob's time of trouble. These are the 144000 who will stand on mount zion with the lamb. These are those who are spiritual jerusalem or the remnant church as it says, other places. These are those that keep the commandments of god and have the testimony of jesus christ. They are all the ones who have called on the name of the Lord, and they will be the ones who will receive deliverance. Isaiah for verse 3, we all seem to look at as well. And as they had chapter 2 and 3, they are clearly talking about end of time as they speak repeatedly of the day of the Lord. Says the events that will come to pass in the latter day that's repeated, how the wicked will hide the glory of god's coming. It also speaks of how the Lord will arise terribly to shake the earth. All of that is in isaiah chapter 2 and chapter 3. And then we get to chapter 4, verse 3 and says, and it will come to pass that he who is left in zion and remains in jerusalem will be called holy everyone who has recorded among the living in jerusalem. This is all talking about the same group of people, similar language, those in dine, those are remain in jerusalem. Those that we call holy. What you say in the book of life and we continue on verse for when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of vine, these are god people that have their sins blotted out. Praise the Lord for that? Do we have some filth in our lives that needs to be taken care of? There is a way to take care of it. God wants to take care of it. When the laura's washed away the filth of the daughter's design and purged the blood of jerusalem from her midst. But the spirit of judgment and that by the spirit of burning, you see the end of judgment there. Then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of mount zion and above her assembly is a cloud of smoke by day and the shine of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory they will be covered. So again, cloud smoke flaming fire, this is god's protective presence. This is familiar language to the children of israel. God himself is the protector of his people. However, the presence of a holy god can only materialize among people who are wholly that is why his people need to wash and purge anything that is contrary to the holiness of god. And he says, i've made provision for that too. Don't cling to your sinfulness. Purge, let it be taken away from you that you may dwell in my presence that I may cover you. Verse 6, and there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime, from the heat, for a place of refuge and for a shelter from storm and rain. Here again, you see the deliverance of god's people. He will shield them from heat and from storm. And those who are left on mount zion, those who remain in jerusalem, those that are the remnant of god's people, will be the one who in verse 3 are called holy. They will be recorded among the living in jerusalem and they'll be delivered friends. These are the people we want to be, isn't it? We want to be found record in the written book of life when michael stands up. We want to be the ones that have called on the name of the Lord. We want to be accounted as being mount zion, jerusalem, the remnant we want to be among those written among the living in truth from those that are call holy. And for clarification, i don't know that I need to make it, but it's not because we earned it. Is not because we're good enough. But because we fully depended on jesus christ who is worthy, who is good enough. It's because we're fully surrendered to jesus. And because we allow jesus christ to change us to change you and me and by his grace we are living for jesus christ. These are the ones that the promise comes out very clear will be delivered early writings. Page $282.00, I saw the St leaving the cities and villages associated together and companies and living in the most solitary places. Angels provide them food and water, while the wicked were suffering from hunger and thirst, this is the 7 last plagues, right. Angel providing them with food and with water. Sounds very much like I say a 3316 bread will be given him. His water will be sure. Here's another one from earlier I use page 56. The Lord showed me repeatedly that is contrary to the bible to make any provision for our temporal once in the time of trouble that you may read that you may say hold on. I thought we were supposed to prepare for in time. Well, that is true, but when the time of trouble comes, it will be so bad if you think you will have provision to carry you through to that time. Think again, it won't happen. Let's keep reading this quotation says, I saw the saints had food laid up by them or in the field in the time of trouble. When sword, famine and pestilence are in the land, it would be taken from them by violent hands and strangers would reap their fields. Their desperate right they will be at the time for us to trust wholly in god. And he and I would say he alone will sustain us. So don't hear what I'm not saying. It's okay. Do you see the events happening around? As you say, I'm going to get little extra this little extra that that will probably come in handy at a certain point in time. Those, you know how to lecture gas this week were probably better prepared. But if you think at the end of time in terms of, in jacob's time of trouble that you're going to have a bomb shelter and stock supplies someplace that you're going to rely upon. Think again, somebody built that bomb shelter, somebody told you that food, somebody knows where you live, you can't get fully off the grid, they will find you and they will take what you have, but the children of god are okay with that. You like them here, have some help yourselves, but the children of god will be protected by the angels and their bread and water during that time. Will be sure I saw that our bread and water will be sure at that time and that we shall not lack or suffer hunger for god is able to spread a table before us in the wilderness and the sound a little bit like som, 23. Yea though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of death, we can say 7 last legs. I will feel no evil for you are with me. Your rod and staff a come from me, you prepare and pay will be for me in the presence of mine enemies, god able to do that. He sure is continuing if necessary, he would send ravens to fetus as he did to feed elijah or rein manna from heaven. As he did for the israelites, houses and lands will be of no use to the saints. In the time of trouble dislike, eliza was sustained by the hand of god. We too, during this time will be sustained by god. I was curious, I looked it up. A raven can carry about a pound and a half. Now, god can do anything at the end of time, right? He can make a raven carry as much as he wants or even to carry. But most of the things you have delivered to your home from Amazon, weigh less than a pound and a half. By the way, how much is a loaf of bread way? I don't know, I should have looked it up. But the ravens are going to supply or needs mana, all these things will come together. And we will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that god is providing this one for me and author to 70 during the night. A very impressive scene passed before me. There seemed to be great confusion and conflict of armies. A messenger from the Lord stood before me and said, call your household and I will lead you, follow me. So the messenger from the Lord seems to family together. Okay, we're all here. Good. Follow me. I'll show you the way and he led me down a dark passage through a forest, then through the cliffs of mountains and said, here you are safe. Where can I go? Where can I get off the grid? You know, I've thrown away my cell phones. Everything else, but they can do heat seeking or whatever it is to find out exactly where I am. How can I be safe? And the angel says Get your family, i'm going to keep you safe. And then it continues. There were others who had been led to this retreat, and the heavenly messenger said the time of trouble has come as a thief in the night as the Lord warned you it would come. Here's the amazing thing during the time of trouble when we are fleeing to the mountains, angel lead us to these safe places. And I love this idea that we will be led to other things. Other people that perhaps have been an encouragement to us that we haven't seen for a long time. Are they okay? Where are they? I don't know. And then all of a sudden I get led back into this little cave somewhere. Oh, it's you. You're ok. Praise the Lord and there's hugging and squeezing and, and reciting scripture verses and, and maybe even some thinking and we're encouraging each other during this time. Isn't that beautiful? I just love that thought, I love this quote. What a beautiful picture, what a beautiful promise. That is angels will lead us to safe places. Lead us to close friends, perhaps, or for our physical needs to be provided and so on. I also can't help a think of queen esther and the plight of god's people at the end of time who face the death decree and the similarities between that and the story of esther. Just as haman moved upon unsuspecting king as you wears, to declare a death decree against the jews we see in this story that god worked in a marvellous way to deliver his people. You remember the story through queen esser and mordechai friends, i believe at the close of time god is going to work in a similar way on our behalf. It seem hopeless for god's people didn't but did god overcome? Yes. In fact, there is such an irony in that story and the way it sets up everything and everybody says they're going to be hammered, they're going to be smash. There's no way out. We've thought of everything and it looks hopeless and doom and gloom. And then just at the last, everything turns on its head and justice is served and god's people are delivered. Do you see some parallels there? This is a prophet's in king 6 o 5. The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of god will be very similar to that issued by as you, aris against the jews today, the enemy, the truth of the true church see in the little company keeping the sabbath commandment. Mordecai at the gate, remember they hated mordecai hammond, it hated it. Says the reverence of god's people for his law is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and trampling on his sabbath. Satan will arouse indignation against the minority who refused to accept popular customs and traditions. Men of position and reputation will join with the lawless and the vile to take counsel against the people of god. Wealth genius, education will combine to cover them with contempt. Persecuting rulers, ministers, and even church members will conspire against them with a voice and pan by both threats and ridicule. They will seek to overthrow their faith. Does this sound overwhelming? It sure. Does this sound like everything is against the people of god? It sure does. Every tweet, every news article, every person of position by false representations in angry appeals, men will stir up the passions of the people and then notices not having a thus sayeth the scriptures to bring against the advocates of the bible sabbath. They are resort to oppressive enactment to supply the lack. And we see a lot of those types of bully tactics happening today to secure popularity and patronage legislators will yield to the demand for sunday laws soon as they bring it in, they just yield to it. That's what politicians are best at anyway. They have to appeal to their base. They have to be reelected, they have to keep their power. But those who fear god cannot accept an institution that violates the precept of the decalogue. On this battlefield will be fought the last great conflict in the controversy between truth and error were not left in doubt as to the issue today. As in the days of esther and mordecai, the Lord will vindicate his truth and his people. So just as esther and mordecai and the jewish people were delivered, gods people will be delivered from death degree at the end of the world. And so we don't need to be worried as a song that we heard this morning. So we don't need to be worried about whether or not god's people will prevail, but we can have full assurance that through jacob's time of trouble, god's people will be delivered. Now we've already laid a scriptural foundation for that. And we've looked at a fair number of quotations. But if you will allow me, I'd like to put a few more quotations up. I think the bible already established is what's going to happen. So the quotations don't necessarily change what we've already established. They just kind of flush out with a little more detail what's coming. And I think that it's helpful. And so I want to look, there's an entire chapter in the great controversy called gods people delivered. And I would encourage you to go home and read it right there at the end, and it's encouraging. But I want to share with you some piece of that says when the protection of Human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honor the law of god. There will be indifferent lands, a simultaneous movement for their destruction. As the time appointed and the decree draws near, the people will conspire to root out the hated sect that few. By the way it will be determined to strike in one night. A decisive blow was still utterly silence, the voice of dissent and reproof. Now his enough date has been said, we will exterminate them on this day. We have given them every opportunity they will not conform. And so we know how to act with shouts of triumph and hearing and implication. Throngs. 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 than a rainbow shine with the glory of the throne of god spans the heavens and seems to circle each praying company. What are gods people doing during this time? praying they hear them making their noise. They hear them be on the doors. They know that their time is short and so they are praying, praying, praying, the angry mob, caesar suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries, die away, why they're pitch blackness. The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of god's covenant. That's the rainbow, and long to be sealed from its overpowering brightness. And so it's just when it seems god's people are going to be wiped off the face of the earth, the masses are angry. They look to us as the cause of the trouble in this world. And so with murderous rage, they strike against god's people with a death decree. And the wicked are moving upon god's people to destroy it. And then this didn't blacklist enshrouded them and they're not able to move forward in destroying god's people. And the quote continues by the people of god, a voice clear, melodious, is heard saying, look up, look up and lifting their eyes to the heavens, they behold the bow of promise. So for us, this is a clear and melodious voice that is like music to our ears, and we see the bow of promise of god's protection. And it says the black, angry clouds that covered the firm and are parted like stephen. They look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of god and the son of man, seated upon his throne in his divine form. They disturbed the marks of his humiliation and from his lips they hear the request presented before his father and the holy angels. I will, they also whom thou has given me be with me where I am. He says I gotta go get my kit. We know this promise from John 17. And so here jesus says, the father, please let those whom you've given me. Be with me where I am, he said it's time for me to come to this earth and to take my children home. And then we hear these very words spoken. Continuing again, a voice musical and triumphant is heard saying, they come, they come holy, harmless under file. They have kept the word of my patience. They shall walk among the angels and the pale, quivering lips of those who have held fast, their faith, utter a shout of victory. Friends, this will be a moment of triumph and victory. Just as the wicked are about to wipe us off the map and destroy us, then we hear this voice from heaven saying that we are being delivered. And in that glorious moment, those quivering lips, we shout the shout of victory. It is at midnight that god manifests his power for the deliverance of his people. The sun appears, shining its strength signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with pear and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous behold with solemn joy, the tokens of their deliverance. Everything in nature seemed turned out of its course. The stream ceased to flow. Dark heavy clouds come upon and clash against each other in the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of in describable glory. When comes the voice of god like the sound of many waters saying it is done revelations $1617.00. That is the 7th play that we looked at last week. It is done. You recall the 7 last flags. The source, the sea turns the blood, the rivers turn, the blood, the scorching sun, the darkness arm again. And each of these gods people discover that all physical security, all economic security are life true. Worship true light is all in christ. Everything they say they can deliver. They cannot. And in the 6th flag we have arm again. We have drawn up the river euphrates in the 3 unclean spirits, the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. He has spiritualism, the papacy, past a protestant isn't united, and the people support is drawn up. So to rally the people one last time state impersonates christ. A date is set for a death decree like the time of esther and the wicked are quickly moving upon the writers and then the 7th leg is poured out. And I want to read it with you one last time. You have your bibles turn. Revelation chapter 16, we're going to read the last few verses of this, this chapter, revelation chapter 16, beginning verse 17 relation, 16 verse 17 says in the 7th angel poured out his ball into the year and allowed voice came out of the temple of heaven for the throne saying it is done, and there were noises and thundering and lightning and there was a great earthquake such a mighty great earthquake as had not occurred says men are on the earth. Now the great city battle was divided into 3 parts and the seas of the nation fell, and great babylon was remembered before god to give her the cup of the wine and the fierceness of his wrath. Verse 20. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found, and great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hail stone about the weight of a tower that's about $75.00 pounds. I'm in blasphemy god, because of the plague of the hail. Since the plague was exceedingly great. Nobody who repent probation is already close. There still cursing god as the hail is falling. But here in the 7th flag to rescue his people. In the midst of all of this going on, we hear the voice of god say it is done. This is when deliverance of god's people takes place. Here in the 7th plague, great controversy. 637. That voice shakes the heavens in the earth. There is a mighty earthquake such it was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty earthquake. And so great quoting scripture, we just read it. The firm it appears to open and shut the glory from the throne of god seems flashing through the mountain shake like a reed in the wind and ragged rocks are scattered on every side. There is a roar as of a coming tempest. The sea is lashed into fury. There is heard the shriek of a hurricane, like the voice of demons, the bottom mission of destruction, the whole earth he's and swells like the ways of the sea. It's surface is breaking up, it's very foundation seem to be giving away. Mountain chains are thinking, inhabit islands, disappear the see ports will become like sodom, for wickedness are swallowed up by the angry waters. Babylon, the great is come to remembrance before god to give on to her the cup of wine, of the fierceness of his wrath. Quoting scripture again, great hailstones, every one about the weight of a talent are doing their work of destruction. The proudest cities of the earth are laid low. The lordly palaces upon which the world's greatest men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves are crumbling, to ruin before their very eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and god's people who have been held in bondage for their faith are set free. So in the midst of great cities being destroyed, see ports like sodom being destroy. Babylon is destroyed, great hailstones fall upon the wicked. There is this dense blackness and shrieks of hurricane. This is all through the language of the 7th flag of revelation. 16. This is the end of the world and god's people is dead. Are delivered friends, i think it's very possible that we may live through this time and that we ourselves may hear with our own ears, the voice of god saying were delivered. It is done. The parallel verse to this that we already looked at, but I want to go back to daniel chapter 12. The 1st 2 versus says at that time michael self stand up. We looked at dad, the great friends who stands, which watch over the sons of your people, and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that time. And then we read at that time, your people shall be delivered everyone who is found written in the book. But then I want to point out verse to and we don't talk about this much on the piece on this before. But inverse 2 at the same time that we've just been talking about the deliverance of god, people notice inverse 2. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake from the everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Presence. Not talking about the general resurrection. Perhaps you recall the millennium. The bible causes a 1000 years and we have the 1st resurrection at the beginning, the 1000 years where jesus comes. We are the 2nd resurrection after he brings through slim down. That's a separate study. But many of you know this from scripture, and so there's this 1st resurrection of the righteous, which if we die and the Lord, that's what we're be part of. But then there's this 2nd resurrection of the wicked at the end of the 1000 years. That's the one we don't want to be part of. But this is not talking about death. Here's a to resurrection, john 528. When I marvel not just for the hours coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice and still come forth that have done good unto the resurrection at the 1st one of life. And they have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation at the 1000 year. Revelation 20 verse 5 says it this way, but the rest of the dead live not again until the 1000 years were finished. The wicked verse dickson says, bless that whole is he that hath part in the 1st resurrection on such the 2nd death has no power. And so we have these 2 resurrections separated by a 1000 years. Is that what daniel chapter 12 or 2 is talking about? It's not but if the priest of god shall reign with him a 1000 years and so on. So we have that there in the bible, we have the proof of this and it's a very brief overview. But I think you know that there's these 2 resurrections that's common knowledge. But let's read verse 2 again. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Who's going to be raised at that time? To turn a life and to shame and everlasting contempt. I believe this verse here is a hint of a special resurrection, not a general resurrection, a special resurrection. Revelation 17 gives another hand. Behold, he has come in with clouds and every i will see him. Even those who pierce him. I thought those that pierson wouldn't come up until after the 1000 years were done. But it says right here in the 1st yet revelation, even those that pierced him, we're going to see him coming. How is that going to happen? There's a hint. There is a special resurrection. Matthew 2664. I said, you hear after you will see the sun, a man sitting at the right hand of the power and coming on the clouds of heaven. Jesus was talking about this during his trial and he says, you will see with your own eyes, how are they going to see they persecuted jesus? Are they going to be part of the 1st resurrection? No, not until the end of the 1000 years. Again, another hand off the lips of jesus himself that there will be a special resurrection before he comes. And I'm so thankful for great controversy that spells us out a little bit gray country 637. It says grades are opened and see quotes. This verse daniel, 12 verse to many of them that slept in the dust of the earth, awake some everlasting life. And some shame never laughed in contempt. We just read them. And then we have the 1st group all who have died in the faith of the 3rd angels message come forth from the tomb. Glorified here, god's covenant of peace and those who have kept his law. And so that 1st group, we have those that have kept the beautiful promises of god and they have died in the faith. And the 3rd angels message, which would be from 844 to the 2nd coming of christ. This is not necessarily all the writers who have died since 1844. There are many writers who never accepted the sabbath and these special truce, they were never made aware of. They lived up to the light which they had, but those that take place or that come in this special resurrection or something. And who believe the 3rd angels message have proclaim the 3rd angels message and did the work of the 3rd angels message. People like our pioneers, james and ellen, white, j, n. Andrews and other righteous pioneers, many of the giants of our faith, who have been laid to rest before the coming of the Lord who embraced the 3rd angels message. These will be resurrected just before jesus comes back so they can see jesus coming in the clouds. So this wonderful promise for us some day avenue this morning is that if we are laid to rest before jesus comes back, but we will be resurrected as if we were alive when jesus comes. If we accept an embrace and proclaim this 3 angels message, that's exciting. But it's not only that group, there's 2 other groups. Quote continues as also it's pierced him, revelation $17.00, those that mock and to write a christ dine agonies. They'll be resurrected. To see that this person whom they marked who they did out who they spent in his faith, that's the same person in all of his glory. And then the 3rd group, the most violent opposers of his truth, and his people are raised to behold him in his glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient. Who are some of the most violent posers of his truth and his people. You have to think in light of this series that we've done, some of the pope's will be there. Persecuted, 50000000000 plus of god's people. Many other persecutors of god's people. And they will see with their own eyes at that moment. The one that they rejected and they worked so adamantly against coming in the clouds of glory in this special resurrection. Continuing on, it says dick clouds still covered the sky at the sun now and then breaks through, appearing like the avenging i jehovah. Fierce lightning leap from the heaven enveloping the earth in a sheet of flame, above a terrific roar of thunder voices, mysterious and awful, declare the doom of the wicked. The word spoken are not comprehended by all, but they are distinctly understood by the false teachers. Those who little before were so reckless, so boastful and defiant and exultant in their cruelty to god's commandment. Keeping people are now overwhelmed with consternation and shudder in fear. Their whales are heard about the sound of the elements. Demons acknowledge the deity of christ and tremble before his power, while men are supplicating for mercy and grovelling and abject terror. Friends, this is not repentance. They're not seeking to be right with god. But these demons and the wicked are overwhelmed with fear and abject pair of what their choices have brought to them. And friends, this is very clear. I don't want to be a false feature. The reality is that it's not always popular to give the truth as it is in jesus. We talk so much about, I'm offended and sometimes i'm offended for somebody else. We extend the offense. Well, they're not necessarily offended. I'm going to be offended for them. And we talk about who defended and how they're offended and what was said that was offended. We need to get rid of because of the offense. And this is to come down and that needs to go away. But nobody's asking the question, how does god feel? What offends god, how is he offended by our lifestyle, by our choices? When his kids make these awful choices and they're reaping the terrible effects of their choices. And that's offensive to a loving god. And he says there's a better way. So where was I? It's not always popular to give the truth as it isn't jesus. I've lost friends in this life. Over the truth is, isn't jesus, you have to you know, what, it feels like to be ridiculed and mocked and laughed at, made fun of for sharing simply what it says in god's word. I'm not saying that this is what scripture says, but somebody's offended and they mock and they ridicule. It doesn't fit the narrative of the day. And so I've been call and maybe you have to close minded, out of touch with reality. Just because you want to live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of god. People may have called you illegal just because you desire to live up to standards, to aspire to dress with modest simplicity that what you eat and drink or whatever you do should bring honor and glory to God. That how we live should be in response to his grace and that that matters. And that by grace we can overcome the evil habits of this world. But for some that's legalism don't even try. Well, I can do all things through christ who strengthens me. No, no, you can don't be illegal. Just just live in the grave, bask in the grave and just keep on sending. Don't worry about it. What they don't understand is that good works are not the root of our salvation. They're the Fruit of our salvation. What jesus has done to transform our hearts and our lives by their fruits, you shall know them maybe even called a bigot judge mental, holier than thou strait laced whatever it is, because you don't accept every lifestyle and every choice under the sun as okay. Of course you love the person, but that doesn't mean that you can just can don't and celebrate the choices they've made that fully contradict god's work. I absolutely want to give the truth to people in a spirit of humility and love to be gracious with people. As god is gazes with me as these was gracious throughout the gospels, receiving people where they are, as god, lovingly ungracefully receives me where I am. But even when you do that, you lose friends. He is himself, our 10 verse 29. Jesus answered said, assuredly i said you, there is no one who has left house or brothers sisters or father mother or wife, or children or lands for my sake. And the gospels who now so not receive a 100 full, now in an age to come, eternal life. Friends in, if gaining every friend in this world is the point. Jesus is a sorry example. He desires that all come on to him, but he's not going to change his theology to make everybody happy. He has a higher power that he serves. That was his heavenly father. And when push came to shove, he held the truth rather than giving in to the pressures of men and had gotten crucified. But sadly, they are false teachers out there to day. Even something I'm the church giving soft messages, patting people on the back. It's ok to live a lay to see and lifestyle, to be lukewarm. But it's really just preparing some avenues to not be committed to God not be surrendered to God, not learning what it means to trust in god. And when push comes to shove and the pressures come down hard, they're just going to receive the Mark of the beast because the message is continually. If you love jesus, it doesn't matter what you do. If you love jesus, doesn't matter how you worship, if you love jesus, doesn't matter your sinful habits. And so if I love jesus, i can go along with the crowd. I can please both. But the time has come in when you can. Jesus himself said, if you love me, do what ignore my commandments. There's plenty of love. There's plenty of grace. Sounds like the sixties and seventies. Right? noises. If you love me, keep my commandments. If you don't love me, don't bother. But if you love me, don't you want to do the things that please him? John 1010, I come that they might have life. They might have it how more abundantly. It really comes down to do we believe that when it comes to obedience, do we believe that what he's asking us that we might have life and haven't dull and boring and terrible and awful and miserable? That's how we read the verse oftentimes is Saturday night when we do nothing, we're christian that is born in terrible tal. It's awful. No, it's not. He's going to give us life. And we can have it more abundantly devon joy filled life to have peace. Dev assurance to have a sense of purpose and calling of something bigger than ourself. And the world can offer that it tried and tried and tried, believes people mc over and over and over. And some people get up and get your test. My i've tried, i've been here, I've done there, i've done the all this stuff and I was empty, empty, empty, empty. And then jesus go my life. Finally, for the 1st time I have joy. I have peace. I have contentment. I was sense of purpose until the 7th leg is poured out. Just 40 is returned. His false teachers will reap the Fruit of their own false teachings. I don't know about you, but I don't want to listen to false teachers. I don't want to read false. Teachers because if I do, I will become a false teacher myself. Rather let us listen to the truth as it is in jesus and from inspiration will know the truth and the truth will set us free. A few more slides here, the voice of god is heard from heaven declaring the day an hour of jesus coming. Won't that be interesting? You'll hear audibly a voice from heaven telling you the day an hour of his coming and delivering the everlasting covenant to his people, like peals of loudest thunder. His words roll through the earth. What a great moment that will be. So even those that are part of the special resurrection will hear god's voice when the day in our jesus coming is declared. I want to be there at that moment. Don't you? The israel of gods dan, listening with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenance are lighted up with glory and shine as the face of moses when he came down from sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them, and when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored god by keeping his abbot holy, there is a mighty shout of victory. And what a shout of victory that will be! May we all give that shout on that day? Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of man's hand. It's a cloud which surrounds the savior, wood seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of god know this to be the sign of the son of god. Install him, silence. They gaze upon it as it draws nearer, the earth becoming lighter and more glorious until his great white cloud, its base, a glory like a consuming fire and above it. With a rainbow of the covenant, and jesus rides forth as mighty conqueror friends as it were living for some avenues. This is the moment we are waiting for to see a small black cloud about the size of a man's hand getting bigger and bigger until it come to a great white cloud and jesus writing for the mighty conquer. May we live to see that day where we are delivered and jesus comes as our deliver and friends, let me just suggest there's nothing in this earth that is worth missing out on that moment. There is not pain that you have gone through there. That is worth missing that moment for there is not a disappointment or frustration in the church. Does worth missing and turning your back on god over friends he is loves us and he's coming to deliver us No matter how hard the time of trouble is going to be. It will pale insignificance to the moment of deliverance. That will be ours. When jesus comes in the court of heaven, friends, nothing this earth, it's worth miss. Now on that moment, nothing is worth it. I think of romans 818 for I consider that the sufferings of this present time. Are you suffering through something right now? class a teacher or relationship that's totally gone awry. A child that's out of the church. A lay off financial struggles. You name it. Is this verse true or should we rip it out of our bible? For I consider that suffering for this present time are not worthy. They're not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed in US. You think your trouble today? It's going to consume your mind for eternity. Think again, you think it's going to last forever thing again. You think it's another night without a morning think again. Friend, jesus is coming soon because he loves that he is going to deliver us and no matter how hard the time of trouble is going to be, it will pale insignificance to the moment of deliverance. That will be ours. When jesus comes in the clouds of glory, i said $25.00 or 9 and it will be said in that day. Behold, this is our god. We have waited and waited and waited for him and he will save us. This is the law. We have waited for him, so we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Beautiful verse, i said $25.00 verse 9. Friends. My appeal is simple. Is jesus your god this morning. Because god's word says he's coming for us. And that he'll save us friends to the picture and scriptures that jesus will come at midnight to deliver us from the wicked, who will try to destroy us. And he'll also deliver us from this world of sin. And next week we'll look at that more closely. The 2nd coming up is I thought we just looked at it. Well, we're going to look at some more. But clearly the deliverance of god's people takes place finally, fully and completely. When views appears in the clouds of heaven to take us off this planet and friends, i don't think it's going to be long. The things that we see happening, the headlines, the unprecedented headlines we keep seen in the news. Truly, it can't be long friends before we know it. He who says he will come will come and we will see the greys open and those have been torn from us in death. Those who have live righteous lives in ages past will come out of the grave and in a blink of an eye. Our feet will be coming off the earth and we will be ascending into evan, off of this planet to meet the Lord in the air to ever be with the Lord. Do you want that experience to be yours? Do you want the deliverance of god to be yours? Do you want to spend eternity with the Lord? If so, don't get hung up on the hardships of life and the here and now focus on jesus. Focus on his promise. Focus on his word, focus on the day when all the troubles of this life will seem so small and insignificant as we behold the glory of the Lord. May we each be able to say, lo, this is my God. I have waited for him. I have trusted in him, I place all hope in him, and he will save me. Make it personal. I'll rejoice and be glad in his salvation. Dear heavenly father, like scott, already years ago, all of us find ourselves behind enemy lines. And on this side of things, life is hard as the devil seeks to destroy and malign as in any way that he possibly can. And there are times that we feel that perhaps we'd been abandoned. Perhaps we'd been forgotten. Perhaps our pings in our prayers are not being heard. But lord, at midnight, you will come. You will come with every force at your disposal. And the wicked will be overwhelmed. The demons of hell will tremble as they see the glory of the god, that we, sirs, as he comes to take us home to deliver us from the clutches of the enemy. Lord, may we live for you each and every day. In light of that glorious day, you come to take our name name in this media was brought to you by audio person, a web site dedicated to spreading god's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermon, please visit w W W dot audio verse dot org.

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