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Servants in the Fire

Alistair Huong

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Alistair Huong

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  • January 12, 2013
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all were so thankful for your word the promises prophecies found therein we know that you have an interest in our lives both now and in the hereafter and so as we investigate how we can be prepared for the times ahead I pray that your spirit will be here to your teacher or guide we pray in Jesus this began in our Scripture reading this morning in Revelation chapter seven this is really the theme passage for our discussion today Revelation seven beginning in verse one and after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds of the earth that the winners should not go on the earth nor the sea nor on any each and I saw another angel ascending from the east having the seal of the living God and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given her to your embassy saying are not the earth neither the sea nor the trees till we have sealed Google the service of our God in their warhead and I heard a number of them which were sealed and unsealed a hundred forty four thousand twelve tribes of the children of Israel this morning I want a snowman on the description of the hundred four thousand in which they identify as the service of God what does that need to be servants of God if you look in the bulletin the title listed they are servants of the living God it could also be titled service in the flyer servants in the fire must go to the book of Daniel this is where we'll be spending most of our time this morning then effectively I want to look at Daniel because of Daniel and Revelation are companion books it's like learning algebra so that you can get capitalists Daniel is algebra revelation is calculus if you don't understand Daniel when you get the revelation you're getting missing a whole bunch of stuff and I believe that when Jong ventilators discussing the servant of God we need to think back okay are there instances in Daniel that you illuminate this concept of the servants of God I want to keep that thought in mind as we go through the story of Daniel chapter is read to see what we can learn Daniel chapter three beginning in verse one Nebuchadnezzar the king the king of one nation by way the king of Babylon good made an image of gold whose height was threescore cubits and the breadth thereof six cubits he said in the plane of Duron in the province of Babylon we see in this verse advantage of the three begins with Babylon and Babylon raises up and in and this image is constructed with very unique I mention sixty cubits tall six cubits why will keep that number in your mind but is there in Revelation anything never checks with the name Babylon him okay I will make connections the already available to Revelation do we see any story any trial about an image and is that one image related somehow Revelation I think you were headed with this ballistic going first to benefit and the king said to gather together the princes the governors and the captain 's judges the treasurer 's the counselors the sheriffs and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up then the princes the governors the captain the judge of the treasures counselor the sheriff and all the rulers of the provinces were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up both sure looks like a list of everyone who is anyone we have here the monarchs the Queen of England is in attendance along with Prince Charles and Prince William and Prince 's cage and their baby okay your space and then all the governors so we've got the presence we got the Prime Minister 's we got the Senators the representatives we got the military leaders and generals we got the Supreme Court justices there got economic leaders so the Federal Reserve is in attendance we have what they call the counselors of a whole lot of her noticing a theme that harbor the thought leaders that steer academia and an philosophy of the assure the lawn for Smith in there but from rulers or the CEO the residence of the Exxon Mobil send that have pools and all of the leaders of every race there in society is in attendance one of the attending whether the same verse two they are called to the one of the image dedication this is interesting to me because of the people dedicate statues and sculptures and images all the time I mean us southern we got sculptures on campus and then they are dedicated when they are unveiled when they're finished the Statue of Liberty is an image and it was dedicated at one point and so on I'm looking at this story and I'm asking myself what so special everyone who's anyone is there for the dedication of the sculpture of a little other know another image in a pantheon of images and I'm sure Nebuchadnezzar built there something significant about that and it looks as though Nebuchadnezzar is using this as an opportunity to gain solidarity with his kingdom it's a time for peace and safety to be proclaimed for people to come together to put aside our differences to come together and say in what all together were all anybody were all friendly new despite our differences is there any share this that such words might be spoken today this is one last lesson I want to draw near and that is the dedication how many times do you dedicate image usually once so this occasion on the plane of Guerra appears to be a one time special event I think that gives us a little more significance as to what happened later on in the story let's continue reading verse four then the herald cried aloud to you it is mended old people nations and languages stop right there there is a message that is being proclaimed by the messenger of Babylon Harold a messenger in Revelation do we see on another messenger with a message to every nation kindred time people we see conflicting messages don't wait from conflicting messengers to every nation kindred tongue and people in this case what is the message verse five that at one time you hear the sound of the cornet flute and harp that but sultry dulcimer and all kinds of music you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up for six and whose of all down and worship it shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a rain fiery furnace therefore at that time when all the people heard the sound of the cornet flute part of aquaculture in all kinds of music all the people of the nations and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the key had set up so this was a political rally so appeared at first to stir up the patriotism and the solidarity and you see of the Divine kingdom that has been conquered by another but now that everyone gathered together and they are sort of helpless and another spring the trap right he said Yahoo the United because if you're disunited you will be burned so all who all disagreeing elements will be gone and will be in unity that seems to be the case throughout history when ever church and state because the church believes that it's important to have unity because that's of the Bible says but even in other religions unity is valued as someone ensures is able to real power of the state or how tempting and how long SQL it really is to coerce unity and compliance through force and what greater force is there than the threat of death so what we see here we see religious legislation being decreed in the name of peace in the name of bringing unity in the nation and an interesting point here your music is all I don't want to die I heard my attention into music but perhaps there is a relationship perhaps the relationship between music the type of music we listen to how worship is conducted a kind of music is permitted in worship it may have some relationship with whether or not we will bow at the last day and whether or not the or rather it will be instruments to be used in creating that the culture and environment for the bowing to take place one final point on these verses before we move on is the time ball down it says when you hear the music you fall down and worship without the vivid image right when you worship something you'd find yourself at least that's how it used to be so fall down and worship and when the music starts playing sure enough the people fall down and worship son Daniel chapter three falling down is connected to our synonymous with worship you see that okay I'm asking to remember all the little points that I promised by the time together later the falling down people 's worship in this chapter but the reading birthday wherefore at that time searching Chaldeans came near and shoes the Jews in Revelation do we hear of an accuser around accusations are a tool of the enemy verse nine based speech and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar okay and live forever thou O King has made a decree that every man shall be the sound of the cornet flute part well hello all music shall fall down and worship the golden image and whose of qualified down and worship that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace there are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon Shadrach Misha and Abednego these men overcame have not regarded the Acer not by God nor worship the golden image which you have set up so here we see the conflict in the story the accusations are leveled against God 's faithful people somewhat of activation well it is obvious activation these people are disruptors of the paste they don't obey the law of the land these people are insurrectionist they do not own day their troublemaker but there is something more insidious is what is the climate that has been created by this whole show the whole purpose is to come for a dedication a political reason and I'm sure that the purpose has been communicated as McCain is going to bring the nation all together and where to go and we're going to support in a show of solidarity and unity and patriotism that keyword shall remain second Bendigo will or in this case they are to of being unpatriotic there being this lawyer Neil to their country they are going against what popular him us and they are while they are and are causing trouble you see the past that they went through is not an isolated event in which it's a clearer world is not necessarily easy decision to set out or not it's a situation in which you now and you might as to preach and share another day or you don't now and you are up here every as the one person who is fighting against every single vertebrae compromised and he and prosperity and unity to the letter it looks as though you are siding with the enemy who had held our people those perhaps might even believe that terrorists interesting but it gets better then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fear he commanded to bring Shadrach the second Bendigo then they brought these men before the king and of the state instead of the event is a truer Shadrach Misha and Bendigo do you not serving my dogs who worship the golden image which I have set up now if you be ready at that what time you hear the sound cornet flute are set with salt endorsement all kinds of music you fall down and worship image which I have made well but he wishes not you will be casting our indebtedness of the burning fiery furnace and who is not God best of the liver you out of my hands notice what Nebuchadnezzar is doing here he is being a Sharon politician gives that a second check and what will happen this to public opinion when you are given a second chance and you still stubbornly refuse all the people standing on a hot claim watching this unfold this easy this is just a one time thing this is the dedication of the image I mean come on just to do one time and lots of changes so we won't see him get you another chance went on about twenty nanometers all do it again just to give you another chat don't be so stubborn don't be so ridiculous don't be so unreasonable can you feel the pressure to see the pressure on the point of view around with not so much the pressure of the liens even though of course that has motivating value but the peer pressure the fresh air that anyone else is doing it and no one else in vaccine you and the situation is crafted by the accuser of the brethren in such a way that you will be looked upon as often as stellar unreasonable selfish and also just stupid and so here's the question we talk about where to stand for God in the last days this story we see that I can have an effect on inability do stand but what makes us think that we will stand that if in this mall areas that creep up in a lot of nominal stand now when we look around and were thinking online what are they in the same where they thinking what will I tell you it would get this one your God well done in the fire you see the story again in chapter three comes after the story again except one story damage to shed any second benefit would not have stood this one task if they did not stand a simpler task than Y while you just eat the apple out of the page now I think a lot of the content is in a committed big fuss about it please surely continue the garnish don't have to even need not have to drink the wine just doing this in one of high guess why if they had fallen that one time that what had been a gain of three they would all who says he will stand than when we can't stand and here's my favorite part of the story verse sixteen Shadrach and a second and go answered and said to the king O Nebuchadnezzar we are not careful and severe this matter meaning we do not have we don't need to defend ourselves here if it is so our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of thine hand okay so what is the order they referring to if you throw us in the burning fiery furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us and he will deliver us wow those are some strong words over there some marketing words this is sound yes slightly presumptuous to you it's just likely that these men would say go ahead throw us in our gotten deliberate it's almost as though they're just fighting McCain might well related trial I dare you doesn't that sound a little bit presumptuous just pretentious almost what they say that I believe I know what you giving again if we look in Isaiah forty three very quickly Isaiah forty three and verse two Ashley was the first one to idea forty three versus one Cuba now thus saith the Lord that created video Jake and he doesn't want me O Israel fear not for I have redeemed thee and I called what I mean thou art my window passes through the waters I will be with me and through the rivers they shall not overflow to me when I walk us through the fire out shall not be burned neither shall the flame kindle upon you think you the candidate 's receivers were cleaning the promise of Isaiah forty and beyond as I think you already have figured out I believe that this story is a foreshadowing is an illustration one hundred four thousand women go through and just like shaft seventy second minute ago they will be delivered from the fire and somehow these men knew they knew the Bible between the promise I think there was some confirmation also from the Holy Spirit in their hearts December seventeen the very openly and blatantly define the key in the name of their God in the name of the truth averse agent but if not but if not what if we really reversed astray through the city so our dog rearing serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of the hand of King but if not technically I heard people say well if he doesn't deliver us be a no-no team that we still will worship your God or worship the golden image which you set up but I want to point this out that doesn't make sense in the context there is a second way to meet diverse look at verse seventeen the seventeenth stock of the world if it be so meeting if you throw in the fire birthday theme but if not if not what if you don't grow us in the fire you see that big of the reader in person it seems as if it be so if you will acquire our God he will deliver in any way to deliver us but if you can deliver us we still worship it doesn't make sense in the context of what they're saying they are going to deliver a budget and other easy one of the failure these young guys they are not standing up there I will be around in Colorado back there standing up there with her phases as flint and they're saying that McCain didn't grow up in the cleanup problem with it we agree and we know that God is able and he will deliver up but if you don't know which is letting you know right now some worship was talking about no matter what you do to us we will not back to see the message doesn't matter God is good and deliver us and if you don't punish us were still not going to back the audacity the hour right challenge to the Kings authority now where it's first nineteen then with Nebuchadnezzar full of your reading and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach Misha and then ago so in verse thirteen we see that he was already enraged and he was furious but in verse nineteen when his facial expression changes so this gives me the idea to mental picture that through verse fourteen dollars or eighteen kingdom to another the sod put on a nice guy face is doing the good cop bad talk with me is coming in he put his arm around me guide you I love you guys are my best workers I still remember that day when you are promoting unity nine Daniel and I pray that you remember my dreams many other great a minute to grade your command look at your records you guys know that things very well I hate the music I still love telling what that's try this again I think another try that see if we can work something out we were sat hers looking at the IFA in front of fire but I got to deliver us and he don't present a fire were still in worship and we are told here in verse nineteen in Nebuchadnezzar 's face transforms if I remember correctly Elway said that his face contorted to one that looks like a demon and so there are those who say that the papacy has changed the Babylonian powers that be in the last days they are not the same as what we've read about in the past while I think they are not the same on the outward appearance but in the hearts I think the dragon is still speaking through the mouth of the land and so here we see nothing is there just really mad therefore verse nineteen he spake and commanded that they should heater furnace once at times more than it was want to be seven times are not I I think that this by recall correctly these are the furnace used to smell the metal to build the image is not just like Dale woodstove where you want your hands right this is hot and how do you see a smelting furnace seven times hotter same street but here's a more significant point wine seven times remember that the image the image was sixty cubits tall six units while we know that the Babylonians invented the system of math that based on sixty sixty minutes in an hour three hundred sixty degrees in a circle we have taken Babylonians for that the decimal system is based on ten came later on the Babylonians had done what they had the corner on six but Nebuchadnezzar shows seven what's the significance of the number seven on the Jews really love the number seven was held as Nebuchadnezzar know the number seven well guess what every seven days the governors of the provinces took the day as another to notice you guys want playing hardball with me while I are all with you is acting up seven times six is my number is exceeded up seven times you want a rest every Sunday while Ginny or seven times in the fire seven find the heat in the fire so Nebuchadnezzar says you guys are going to get it now seven times hotter liens in the fire now is or is significant for the number seven in any significant with the number seven related to an image in Babylon and ten degrees and union of churches they personally want actually before we deliver twenty and he commanded the most mighty Mandarin is are you buying the second betting going to cast them into the burning fiery furnace then these men were bound in the code there goes another half in their undergarments were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace we do therefore because the teams met with urgent in the furnace exceeding half the flame of fire slew those men that significant amnesia and then ago so in case anyone doubted that the fire was hot the meeting mighty men of kingdom as his army they fell down and die as soon as they got close this one hot very hot verse twenty three I sexually read twenty three to twenty five says a new screen shattering the second window fell down found in the midst of the burning fiery furnace then nothing is of the King was astonished and rose up in haste is focused that this counselor do not recap three men down in the midst of the fire the answer necessity true obtaining any answer to send low I feed format is walking in the midst of the fire and they have no hurt in the form of the fourth is like a son of God you remember what happened every time the term fall down was used in Daniel chapter fall down and worship fall down and worship fall down and worship and every time the nations fell down before the image these were young and they said but the moment they were brought to the fire if all and of course I think I might be no embellishing this a little bit but they fall down yet they fall down because they're down in the Caspian but I we are firing instantly all in all the relevant mind instantly incinerated in a turnaround besieges and instantly they follow because now they say I'm not confident in but I'm in analogies and here's the point there will be fires in the last six we can liken that to the four winds being let loose we can call at the time of trouble we can call at the time of Jacob 's trouble we can call it what we will but the story advantage after three tells us that Jesus is in the fine and that it is better to be in the fire with Jesus and to be outside without and here's something else Jesus will not walk with us to the fire if we don't want to the fiery furnace to the three Hebrews one one wastes that they wanted to be more than anywhere because after Jesus and inelastic when the winds are letters when the time of trouble presses upon those who are named among the hundred and forty four thousand they would rather be in the fire with Jesus and anywhere else that right there is the essence of the message this morning and we can we can just extract soul like more goodness how do this left but in verse twenty six West twenty second Manhattan as I came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoken since Shadrach needs Jack and Abednego you will recall service all the loads high God come forth and calm it are then shattered a second ago came for the midst of the fire do you see what just happened the entire story of being chapter three from start to finish is a snapshot if a picture is terrible of what it means to be a servant of God in a warrant is one of the names to be see you what it means to be a part hundred four four thousand these are the characteristics these are the types of people at the hunt and forth without being this is experience that they must overthrow and that is the RSS that they will go through as well personally six a couple interesting applications here it says that Nebuchadnezzar has a call into the harness to call these guys out I do see in my mind these three guys inside walking around in there with their Lord please have faith in the flyer and to hear all the colonies nobody is calling us they look again and they said we have to go we rather fear Jesus says now you go it's time the point has been made and I just I just think that in the minds of these three young Hebrews they did not have it in the online overlooked at the root of our article library all the while there is shown a list sure that all we are we were growing right now now now that will not their attitude was not their spirit their heart and mind were completely consume being the presence of Jesus so that it will choose a look at Santa Fe and calling your name would probably go out the hundred and forty four thousand here's the key point this servant of God they would rather burn in the fire when Jesus entered this honor that's the essence of what it means to be a servant of God let's wrap this story verse twenty seven and the princes governors and captains of the keys counselors being gathered together salty snack upon whose body the flyer had no power nor was an hair of their heads singed neither were their coats change notice smell of fire had passed on if you've ever been around a campfire you know that this will now uses her close forever and you walk around any smell the smoke a month later when the guy they walked out to the arguments now like there's twenty eight minutes another spoke and said Blessed be the God Shadrach Micha invented out with and an angel and delivered his service that trusted in him change the king 's word and yielded her body that they might not serve or worship any god except their own therefore I make a decree that every people nation and language which speak anything amiss against the God of seventy seconds ago Abednego shall be cut in pieces in the house shall be made a dunghill because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort then the king promoted Shadrach Muzak and Abednego in the province of Babylon we hear we see that the picture image of what it means to be the service of God there those will stand for the right though the heavens fall they would rather die then send they would rather be in the fire with Jesus than anywhere else without they are the picture of the hundred and forty four pounds and experience that they go through just that they have to stand against ancient Babylon there will be an end time back just as though they were the golden image there is going to be an image to the beasts just that there was union of churches say it will be union of church and state just as though there will be blue this legislation coursing a certain type of worship there will be a religious legislation coercing third worship just as there will be some element of Sabbath and the seventh day and the fourth amendment in the end time there will be pressure point on the fourth commandment there is going to be here pressure of going against what all the world the popular opinion of everyone around us just as Shadrach me check and didn't do so will those in the time just as there will be a death decree it wasn't just agreed there will be adept at three just as though God 's people they literally are grown in the flyer they are put to the test the time of trouble and the end times hundred forty four thousand they will not be spared between they will go through the time of trouble they will be tested but Jesus will be with them just as he was in the fire or that the service of God who are then they are those who are obedient under the there those who are faithful regardless of their those who stand for the right though the heavens fall then in chapter three is a prophetic chapter is not just a nice Bible story to put the kids to bed even though that's where a great use for the gang of three is the picture of one hundred and forty four thousand will be like and what they will go through graciously father we thank you for the promises in your word for the examples of the faithful throughout sacred history that we can take courage when we are facing similar circumstances they are prayer truly is Jesus VNS and Phyllis when indentured servants of the living God that we would be faithful unto death and that we will be sure to duty after the news of lessons the remainder of the 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