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Logo of Hartland Summer Conference 2021: Revelation's Cosmic Conflict

02 Prepare to Meet Thy Creator

Rodney Bowes

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  • July 16, 2021
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Thank you very much. Again, it's good to be back studying god's word together. I hope that you have your bible and we're going to look at part 2 of a message from the book of the deaf. And I, once again, we're looking at this book that in my opinion, does not get enough study. Very, very seldom have I heard or myself even studied from f and I A but this has been a personal study of mine that has really challenged to me. It's been very thought provoking as we've looked at this. So just in a review, and then we're actually going to put a study guide in your hand. For this particular one, we don't have a powerpoint or anything. Sometimes it's good to have different teaching style. And this one is we're going to put a study guide into your hand. You're going to follow along with your bible and a pen, right? So hopefully you can have both of those things ready to go. A loaner is going to pass the study guides out, put them in your hand, but I just want to remind you that is F and I as ministry, was a catalyst in a mighty revival in ancient israel, his message per volt. In my opinion, one of the greatest revivals that we read about under king josiah. And again, if you want to study that, you can look at 2nd chronicles chapter 34 2nd kings chapter 23. And you can read about this amazing reformation that happened. But our message today is called how to be part of the remnant how to be part of the remnant to very, very important message. Now in part one, we talked about is F and I as name, hoover members white and f and I is name means it means 2 things. There are 2 definitions of z, f and I are one is y'all way has hidden. It is your way. And as many of you are familiar, your way is the covenant name of god that says covenant name, you all way has hidden or it means you all way has treasured those are the 2 ways that you can understand the F and I as name once again stephanie aia wrote specifically about the judgement of god. I want to again call your attention to is F and I, A chapter one and verse 14. The great day of the Lord is near it is near and hastens quickly or greatly the noise of the day. Now before we go on, we must understand that judgment is a reality and it always has been. God, it does not let sin go unchecked forever and ever. God is just. And his love, which we've heard a lot about god's love is his love cannot lead his people go through pain forever. And so there is a point where god steps in. We see it repeatedly throughout the bible. And here the writing of f and I and the word of the Lord which came to f and it says the great day of the Lord is near. And that is used many times in the bible to reference the 2nd coming that is the greatest of the great days. There have been distinct times of judgment, but this is a for shadowing of the greatest of all days when jesus himself will descend. So with that in mind, the day of the Lord is good news if you are in jesus, if we have given our life to christ, if we have allowed his love to permeate us, if we have allowed that to happen, it's good news. But to those who have not, that's what I show up there. One is about the noise of the day of the Lord is bitter. There the mighty man shall cry out versus if the dean it says is a day of wrath, trouble, distress, devastations, desolation, darkness, and gloominess. That's a solemn thought. That's a very solemn thought. So in chapter 2, indefinitely chapter 2, we find judgment upon the surrounding nations chapter one focuses on the investigative judgment of judah and specifically of jerusalem. God was looking specifically at his chosen people, but here we see the general investigative judgement and the judgement itself. Notice with me inverse for, definitely chapter 2 inverse for it talks about the judgement on gaza. Ash go on ash dodd and exxon inverse 5. It talks about cain and the philistines. Again, adverse 7, we see ash dot again, verse 8. Moab ammon. And we see that god is a god who loves us, But his love is so amazing that he will not let sin go on forever. That's good news. That's why and the very end of daniel chapter 7 that we see that judgment is given and pronounced in favor of who the faith god is so loving and kind. So with, in the context of judgement, the whole book is F and I is in the context of judgment that clear to everyone. All right? As we think of this and we compare it with revelations, cosmic conflict, and we think of the time in which we live right now. And we think of revelation chapter 14 and verse 6. It says for the hour of his judgement is come. We are living in the time of the investigative judgement. It is a serious time to be alive. So with that in mind, let us be introduced to the concept of the remnant in the book of zepplin aia. We're finding it here. First we look at verse 7 and also verse 9 of chapter 2. It says the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of judah. So here we are introduced to the idea of remnant in verse 9. At the very end of verse 9, it says, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. Very interesting. It was not just jerusalem, or it was not just those who live in judah, who are going to possess the nations. It's the remnant. It's the written that the gods people who are going to be saved. Now, on your study guide, you have a couple of blanks. There are 9 hebrew words and 3 greek words that are used to describe what we find in English as the term remnant 9 hebrew words and 3 great words. But if you do a study and you look at all of them and you see how they all go together, they have some concepts that are shared by all the definitions. There is number one preserved alive. That is very important. The remnant is those who are preserved, how alive that's very important. Another key term that used to describe this is they, are the reza, do the remnant or the residue. Now, what is residue Left over? That's right. Sometimes you don't want residue, like on your dishes, right? If you're washing your this, if you don't want residue of your food, but the residue can be very important and life saving, especially when the bible talks about this concept of the remnant, the remnant is actually what keeps life going. Another idea that is very important is those who have escaped, those who have escaped and we're going to see that very clearly as we open god's word together and we see how the name of f A naya is repeated over and over. And we see how god people, his remnant have escaped their judgments. Then another concept is those who have been delivered, those who have been delivered. And finally, those who remain those are the concepts. Now, let's think about this in context of our current situation. Like to read to you, you have the statement there for christian service, page 41 and paragraph number one. It is a solemn statement that I make to the church that not one in who knows the answer to that was the blank there not one in 20, not one in 20 whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history and would be as verily, without god, and without hope in the world as the common sinner they are professionally serving god, but they are most earnestly serving mammon. They are most earnestly serving the things of this world. This half and half work is a constant denying of christ rather than a confessing of christ. What percentage is it when you have not one in 20? Was that percentage 5 percent less than 5 percent? This is not one in 25 percent. I don't know about you, but that does make me think of the remnant that is not the majority. My friends, that is the minority. And we understand as we read through the bible, that it is not those who are in the multitude. Those who are of the greatest number that is safe crowd to be in jesus again said in matthew chapter 7, that broad is the road that leads to destruction. And how many are on that road? Many, there are many on that road. The narrow road that leads to life few are those who have found that road. But what so astounding to me, which is not here in your notes. But ellen white had a specific vision. And in her vision, she saw a group of people who thought who thought and believed with all their heart that they were on the narrow road. They thought for sure they were on the narrow road. But in reality, the vision shared with us they were on the broad road. What does the bible say about the Human heart? It is this faithful. It is desperately wicked who can know it. God can know it. God can know it. And if we allow our self to be permeated with the life of jesus, we are safe. But if there is an ounce of self, if there is a living for self, if there is a desire for the world and for as this quote said, mammon for the things of this life. If that is the motivation, we're going to be among that larger number, christine service, page $81.00, paragraph 5, not one in a 100. The percentage has dropped. Now one in a 100 among us is doing anything beyond engaging and common worldly enterprises. We are not half awake to the worst of the souls for whom christ died. What percentage is that? less than one percent? less than one percent. If you look at it in that perspective, it is very thought provoking. How was it possible? How is it possible as we pulled the curtain back in revelations, cosmic conflict? We know that there are 2 major players in the drama of the ages of the universe. It is christ and it is satan. Satan is a master of deception. He's a master of counterfeit. He's a master. He knows the bible better than we do. He has had a lot of experience. In the last days, we understand that there will be miracles that will be wrought, that if we were to trust our senses, we will certainly be deceived. The only way that we can tell between the counterfeit and the true is by the word of god. That's my great controversy, tells us very clearly. And the reality is that many do not know the bible like we should. We should know the bible so well. So well. It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour in the contemplation of the life of christ, especially the closing scenes of his life. Thinking about the bible, knowing what books are in the bible. I dare say that some may have even struggled finding the book of death and We need to know our bibles. The bible leads us to jesus. So what are practical steps to be part of the remnant that is described in is F and I A but elaborated upon in the book of revelation, how can we be part of it? Number one is gather together in unit t 0 and I A chapter 2. Let's look at verse one and verse to gather your cells to get their yes gather together. Oh, and desirable nation. So gathering together is very important. Gather together in luke chapter $24.00. The verses are here on your study guide, but jesus told his disciples, his waiting ones to wait for what What is it everyone the holy spirit, right? That in jesus told them to wait for the holy spirit. Again, I'm guessing that many times we are doing things in our own power instead of the power of the holy spirit. As I have been traveling around the World and been in many different churches and so forth, one of the most profound things that I have that I have been challenged with is an idea that one of the founders, the founding thought, figures of light past their home or how bio, he wrote several books, someone viewed have received some of those steps. The personal revival is one specifically that as really made an impact on me and it, it shows us clearly that our great need is a daily baptism of the holy spirit. That's where jesus had in his ministry. If we look at is a chapter 50 inverse for he was wakened morning by morning. So he would have the tongue so he would know how to speak. It's essential for us to have a daily baptism of the holy spirit. The holy spirit is something not that we control, but that should control us. We need to put ourselves in that place and there is no better way than we find in acts chapter 2. That's what you're going to put in the blank. Their acts, chapter 2 x 2 shows us what happens when we listen to god's command Jesus is coming soon. I already know you believe that before jesus comes again, there is something that must take place. That is called the latter rain. When is the last time that you prayed personally for the latter rain? When is the last time that your church prayed specifically for the latter rain? We don't pray enough for this gift. We don't pray enough for the holy spirit. We need this precious gift here and testimonies. Volume 9 page 197. It says study the 2nd chapter of acts in the early church. The spirit of god brought mightily through those who were harmoniously united. On the day of pentecost, they were all with one accord in one place. We are to demonstrate to the world that men of every nationality are one in christ jesus. Then let us remove every barrier and come into unity in the service of the master. Listen to this and see if this is not present truth in the erection of national barriers in the erection of what the National barriers you present to the world. A plan of Human invention In the erection of national barriers you present to the world, they plan of Human invention that god can never endorse to those who do this. The apostle paul says, and then I encourage you to read what he says quoted there from 1st corinthians, chapter 3. Now in our world today, if we look around us, do we see any kind of erection of national barriers? Do we see any prejudice happening in our world today? Is there any targeting of certain ethnicities or certain people have just seen what's happened in South africa just this last week with their president there zelma and the many people who will die because of the may hand that is going on. There's a lot of insurrection and there isn't no place that I've been specifically like in the tribalism that is in so many countries of africa. But let us not think that it's only something that is on the african continent we've seen in the last year and a half, 2 years. We have seen an eruption of political unrest in our own country. And the basis has been on this very thing, erection of national barriers. Safety is a master at trying to have us exemplify and multiply the differences as human beings. There's a lot that unites us together. God wants us to come into unity, but not a false unity. Don't get me wrong. It's a unity based on god's word. That is the unity that we need. All national or cultural traditions and ideas need to be laid down and we need to follow the bible. Sometimes when I'm teaching overseas and I'm teaching or internationally, i should say people will say, I'm sorry, but that's just not our culture. That's not the way we do things here in this place. And the reality is that for honest, every culture is flawed on this planet. It doesn't matter where, where you are from. It doesn't matter what your background is. All of our cultures are flawed. They all need to be given up, lay down at the foot of the cross, and jesus, and the culture of heaven is the culture that will unite us. Does that make sense? When we have that kind of unity, we will once again see what we saw on the day of pentecost. And again, ellen white as she is writing about the last days and looking at the world that we live in today and looking at the challenge is, is that we have to get the gospel to every nation. She says we need more than pentecostal power. We need more than pentecostal power. How do they get to call the power? What was this quotation that we just looked at? It was by them working harmoniously. It was united with one accord in one place. Hebrews chapter 10. The 1st 24 and 25. Has a special in time application. It's hebrews chapter 10 that we need to focus on. He will chapter 10 that tells us that we should come together that we should provoke one another that we should encourage one another to love and good works. It's the verse that tells us that we should not forsake could be assembling together as is the manner of some. But we should come together and pray. There's another statement that has really changed my thinking about ministry and the idea of coming together. Ellen white was talking specifically about the church in Los Angeles, close to my own heart. It's close to my house. So she said specifically left the church in Los Angeles. And I would like to say that you fill in the blank in whatever the name is of your town. Whatever the name is of your church, let the church at blank meet together daily. That's where she said daily to pray for god's blessing to be upon his workers. How many churches do you know of that meat daily? I, again, there say very few. How do we do it in our world today? How do you do it during a pandemic? Well, how do you do it when people live far away? There's a lot of dynamics there. God will give us a plan. For those of you who have an opportunity to be on line, you can meet on line if you can meet in person. Of course in person is ideal in my in my estimation. But if you can meet there was a church in China that is actually the largest 7th day adventist church in the world. Pastor friendly shares the story and it was shared during one of our days of fasting and prayer. I think it was the one bill before this particular quarter and they asked the leadership of the church, how is it that you grew so big? How is it? Because not only was a big church, but it had all these church plans. There were all of these small churches that were coming from this mother church. How was it? What did they say? They said, you know, we're a very busy congregation. We're full. Our congregation is full of people who have to get to work early. There are those who go to school, but we understand that we need prayer. So they said they have a group $15200.00 people, whatever it is. Every morning at 4 30 AM they came together to pray and in their estimation, and I believe it's true. It was because of that commitment to the daily prayer daily coming together that there was a great thing. Now we have convocation, right? We have the morning manner, which I haven't made it to because I'm one california time and 3 am just doesn't work very well except when my baby is crying and then I can deal with that. But every morning, what would it look like if we did that? Not just at a convocation, but if we did that all during the year, what a thought our local church, we've tried this were you pray for us. We all need to do it. Are local churches, but we have a group that comes together. It's still small, it's between $8.17 people. We come together every morning at 6 AM. Our church in southern California is very spread out. We have people who drive for an hour and a half to come, so they're all spread out. And so we joined together on zoom. If there are people who can come together, it's fine, but 6 AM every morning and we pray. We pray for 30 minutes too many times in my own personal observation. I have seen that prayer meeting turns into a sermon. Do you have that experience? prayer meeting is just a sermon meeting. No, no, and my understanding is prayer time. It's time to be on our knees. It's time to be interceding for others very specifically and praying. I like practical things. I don't, I'm not a good preacher of just theory. I like practical things and I'd like to give you an idea of something that you can do at your own local church and your own small group, whatever it is, something that exceedingly practical. It's called pray for the cities. Have you heard of this initiative before? The great initiative from the general conference, and as I mentioned earlier, there are more than 600 cities in our world that have more than 1000000 people. And the reality is, is that many of those cities have 0 7th day adventist, 00. Who's going to pray for them? If we're not. So you have right there a list, then you can pray for every day. There's about 10 cities that we pray for every day. And I develop the calendar and we go around the World and it's great to do for kids as well because it's got a map and you can track your journey throughout the world. Pray for the cities is what it's called. If you go to the web site revival and a reformation dot o R G, it's a website from the general conference in the 7th day adventist. You will find a principal map that you can have and pray for the cities. It is a powerful, powerful thing. We need to come together to point number 2. We need to seek the Lord. Again is F and I or chapter 2, we're looking at verse 3. The 1st word says seek the Lord, seek the Lord. This is very important. We have god to understand this. There is a lot of things that as humans we can seek, we can seek for, Well, we can seek for education, we can seek for a husband or wife. We can seek for happiness. First and foremost, we should seek the Lord, I say, a 55 verse 6 and 7. Verse 6 specifically says seek the Lord while he may be found. What does the verse imply? Always be he won't always be able to be found. That's what it says, that's exactly what it implies. That's words f and I, as about there for naya is about the reality that there is a finality to this world. It will not go on forever and ever in a ceaseless nothingness. There is a finality, amos chapter 8, verse $11.12. You know what that says? I'm guessing many of you understand that when there will be a famine in the land, what's the famine of? It's a famine for the word of god. How is it that in a world where there are bibles upon bibles, upon bibles that have been distributed, that have been given away in the United States of America, where the average home have 5 bibles? How is it that there can be a famine for the word of god? Because people haven't been eating it? How can people starve when the, when the food is right there? All that is a reality for song Matthew chapter 6 verse 33. Seek hearst. Seek 1st, the kingdom of god and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you, seeking god 1st in our lives. And I love matthew chapter 7 and luke chapter 11. You can jot in your notes, luke chapter 11 there, parallel. But there are words that are very important for us to understand and we miss the meaning if we only read it with the eyes of what is there in English. If we can understand the implication of these words in the original greek, we would understand something called from matthew 7, verse 7. It says ask, and it means keep asking, that's what the word means. In a continuous tense, it continues ask and keep asking, and it will be given to you fake and keep seeking. And you will find knock and keep knocking and it will be opened to you. That's what we need. There is an earnestness that is needed in the church today, and I dare say that the earnestness does not come from within. The earnestness is not a human manufactured earnestness. It's an earnestness that jesus himself implants in the heart, as we b, hold him. As we behold jesus, the more beautiful he will become and the more natural it will be for us to seek him. That's the way it works. There are people who come and they say, you know, I've tried reading the bible, it just doesn't work for me. I've tried praying, it just doesn't work for me. We're just not looking at jesus enough. We have got to look at jesus is the righteousness of christ. That is going to put all of the humanness in the dust, lay it all in the dust. All of our righteousness is according to isaiah, 64 in verse 6. All of our righteousness are as filthy rags. We've got to understand this. It's not us. It's jesus that we need to look at. We need to look at him. We need to, we need to ask and it will come naturally. As we behold christ. By beholding we will become changed, acts of the apostles, page 467. He whose heart is fixed to serve god will find the opportunity to witness for him. Difficulties will be right this word down powerless, difficulties will be powerless to hinder him who is determined to seek 1st the kingdom of god and his righteousness in this drink gained by. What do you think it is? prayer in the strength gained by prayer and a study of the word of god, he will seek virtue and forsake vice. When we pray, when we study, we get to know jesus We get to know jesus and jesus has never lost the case. Jesus is always victorious, no matter what the demon, no matter what the habit, no matter what the sickness. As we've looked at in our other messages, we have seen that jesus can cure them all. And he has done it. And he will do it. Point number 3, being part of the remnant be meek, be meek. That's what it says as we go on in verse 3 of the F I A chapter to seek the Lord. All you meek of the earth song chapter 37, verse 11, and Matthew, 55. Tell us that the meek will inherit the earth that makes sense. The remnant are meek, the remnant are meek. They have an inner strength, as it says and meekness is talking about our character. Meekness is not weakness. It is a tender compassion for every person we meet and the with the inner strength to stand for truth. So often satan wants to do one of 2 things with us. He wants to push us into the fires of fanaticism or the ice of indifference, The fires of fanaticism or the ice of indifference. And satan is having a great, hey day in the world today. We see fanaticism rearing its head in all kinds of different ways with new interpretations of prophecy, new fanatical diets, new fanatical, everything, everything fanatical. Satan can push that way, but the other way is the ice of indifference. What is the solution? Jesus looking at jesus. Did people think jesus was fanatical or Yes they did. And those who are loving and kind in the last days will be looked at as straight laced fanatics. But they're not because they have the blend that jesus had. They have meekness in their life. They have the inner strength that allows them to be different from the world. They don't have to conform to everything that's popular. They want to be like christ. And that meekness is going to shine out and make them very special. Now how does this work in regard to medical missionary work? Medical ministry page 166 and paragraph 5. Our physicians are to show christ like sympathy in every line of their work. If they are clothed with the panel p of heaven christ like meekness and loneliness, they will be truly successful. But conformity to the world to gain its favor and recognition will bring weakness. If we're not me, we're going to turn out to be weak. If we are not me, we will turn out to be weak, very important. No such concession is to be made. Our hope and strength do not depend on outside appearances. I want to encourage you. If you have not yet read this article, you need to see the adventist world magazine of March of I think it's actually supposed to be 2021. But it was a reprint of Robert pearson's address to the world church in 1978. This particular magazine highlighted the 3 angels messages. Maybe some of you remember that a few months ago, the world church is highlighting the 3 angels messages. And robert pearson is specifically talking about a danger, a very real danger that exists in the world. In the 1st generation of a movement of religious movement, there's a lot of zeal. There's a lot of energy. There's a lot of focus. There is a lot of, I don't really care what people say. I am going to do what I know is right. Second generation of that movement, it starts to become a little more fluent. It starts to gather some buildings. It starts to need some infrastructure. Now we're not against buildings. I praise the Lord for this building. Actually. Preaching outside, in really hot, humid weather is not my favorite, but I'll do it if I need to. But in the 2nd generation, there's loss of the 1st love experience in the 3rd generation. You know, you have people who are disconnected from that 1st generation. They never really saw that. They only heard about it. They didn't have an experience themselves. They read about it. In the 4th generation, people are so far disconnected and if they have not had that experience that that 1st generation had they can go through all the mechanics without understanding anything of what was behind the movement. The article that Dr. Pearson wrote that you can read, there describes that this is not something we want to happen to us. He was talking about it at a denominational perspective. We cannot let this happen to the church. But I would say, let us be introspective and say, this cannot happen to me. This cannot happen to my family. I have got to have that 1st love experience looking at jesus, looking at his meekness, letting it transform me so I can stand and no matter what happens around. Because everything that can be shaken will be shaken. If we have not learned to stand with jesus now, if we have now learn to run with him, when he runs, we're not going to make it. It's impossible. Point number 4. As we look at jeff and I are by the way, before we go there, look at the end of verse 3 different chapter 2 in verse 3. This is where we get the idea very clearly from the scripture that jeff and I as name means hidden, it may be, then you will be hidden in the day of the lord's anger. There's a lot of fear that goes on in some people's mind when they think about the last days they think about persecution. You know, some people have told me they've had dreams of helicopters flying over, and tanks, coming and armed people and fear of being tracked by your cell phone and just fear of everything. Have you met people like that or have you had their own experience where you've had that fearful looking to the last days? hollywood is definitely capitalized on some of these things. Those are the movies that are so popular. Fear based. The bible tells me that god is able to make something visible, invisible. He's able to hide something in plain sight. What I have to worry about what's going to happen in the last days. God can make us disappear. I mean, we can still be there, but we'll be, we won't be seeing technology can fail just like that. There are some who've develop all kinds of amazing theories of the Mark of the beast issue. And these things that deal with technology very specifically. Yes, technology will have its place, but in the end it can fail just like that. I'm here, we've all experienced the right. You've had your phone and it just like doesn't work well, god can do that on a global scale. You know, they can be tracking you, they who, you know, whoever they may be at that particular time tracking you and then all of a sudden, where did they go? We're still there, but we're hidden. God wants to hide his people. God will hide his people. He will hide his remnant in the last days. All right, point number 4, trust in the name of the Lord jeff and I A chapter 3 in verse 12. I love this verse. I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. We have got to learn to trust god We've got to learn it. Proverbs 35 and 6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways. Acknowledge him and he shall direct your path. Beautiful. I love this desire wages paid $667.00. In my name christ bade his disciples pray in christ's name, his followers are to stand before god through the value through the value of the sacrifice made for them. They are of value in the lord's sight. What was the sacrifice made for you and me? What was the sacrifice? Is there a value that you put on the life of jesus christ? There's no, there's nothing in this world. It is in valuable. It is unbelievable. In as the mobile, we cannot understand the price that truly was paid for the Human soul. For each one of us, it's that that gives us value. So much of the talk in the world today is you are valuable because of you know, you are valuable because of jesus. Jesus makes anyone and everyone valuable because of the imputed righteousness of christ. They are accounted precious. Don't let the world get into your mind. And take you down satan's rabbit holes and discourage you and distract you and destroy you focus on christ. That's where the value is. That's where we will be safe. That's how we will be hidden. That's how we will be part of the remnant. And I love point number 5, we need to learn to follow the lamb. Notice what it says here is F and I A chapter 3 in verse 130. And I have 3 in verse 13, the remnant of israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall lead deceitful tongue be found in their mouth. What does that sound like to you? revelation 14, that's a direct parallel passage. Direct parallel path, and for they shall be their flocks and lie down and no one shall make them afraid. This verse shows us the importance of following jesus, following the lamb. Revelation 14 verse 4 and 5. Let's look at it here. Fill in the blanks. These are the ones who are not defiled with women, not defiled with false teaching, from the filth that comes from the false woman of revelation. Chapter 17. That pollutes the whole world with her doctrines and teaching not being confused with babylonian ideas. But know these are the ones who follow the lamb, whither soever, or wherever he goes. Following the lamb, these were redeemed in their mouth, was found no deceit for they are without fault. They are without fault before the throne of god. How is it that we can be without fault in jesus through jesus by jesus. We've got to focus on jesus. That's the message of that f and I let us strive is the word. Let us strive with all the power that god has given us to be among the 144000 or we striving. If you look at your life, just spend some time in quiet contemplation and reflection on this the preparation day. Spend some time thinking a thing I really striving. Is that really what's happening in my life? Is that my is that is that clearly seen in the way I live? Is that evidence, by the way, I spend my money? Is that evidence, by the way, I spend my time? Is that evidence by what comes out of my mouth? All of those are simply a reflector of what's in the heart. Let us take this message carefully. Let us think of what god has done to make us a part of the room and we have time for a comment. See a comment here in the band of this, the ration that we have to strive to be among this, the 144000. That is correct. We don't need to worry who will compose them. But we have advised, this is the way to strive that throwing back past the to what you mentioned earlier about the word unity. What do you think about people who says unity in diversity? Well, that's a loaded question because in one sense it is true. If we look at just around the room, we see quite a bit of diversity right here. We have different cultures. We have different skin tones, we have different heights, different genders. There can be a great unity here, but what you're referring to is something of a theological construct that says let us all get along. And it doesn't really matter what the bible says. But let us as humans, as it says here in just other quotation, a human li invented diversity. That's the difference. Let the bible define itself and allow us as human beings as different as we are to come together in harmony on god's word. Let us not unite on manufactured human made differences, which is what is common in our world today. That is what is happening. Satan is, is driving this car so to speak, as far as he can. He's driving it as hard as he can. Don't let him do it. Focus on god's word unite in god's word. Let's pray together and surrender our hearts to, to the Lord. Heavenly father, i thank you for the book of jeff and I. It has been such a personal blessing. And I pray that as your word has been shared here today, that it will accomplish where you have sent it to do in each of our hearts. That those who are in this auditorium and those who are watching online right now. And those who are watching the future that all of us will see the importance of jesus christ. And that he is the only way that we will be part of the remnant. It's not our own righteousness. It's his that is so important. Help us to focus on that, that we can be changed and transformed from within day by day moment by moment our, by our lord, forgive us where we have put the spotlight on ourself. Where we have thought of ourselves in some way able to do this. We're not able we need you lord, please bring us into this biblical unity that we've studied today. When you bring this revival in your church today, please send the holy spirit in a powerful way. Help us to strive with all of our god given ability to put you 1st and last and best and let you do the mighty work that you want to do again, lord, I pray for each one who is here. Each one who is watching and listening, please bless us all so that we can be a blessing. In this dark, my humble prayer, jason, 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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