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It Takes Bravery

Scott Moore
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Scott Moore

Director of Lay Institute for Evangelism (LIFE)

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  • April 11, 2015
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You know it's a wonderful privilege to be here. My wife is not here she is at home. Our son Brandon is fifteen years old works on Sunday morning she sees she is there to make sure that that is facilitated and she's also there taking care of our two hundred fifty plus chickens and so if you ever want to know anything about chickens and or Jesus you just let us know. We'll be able to. Not if they're equal you understand. We'll be able to tell you a little bit about both of those. The following letter was found in a baking powder can wired to the handle of an old pump that offered the only hope of drinking water on a very long and seldom used trail in Nevada's ARMA Gosa desert. It said quote This plant is all right. As of June nineteenth thirty two. I put a new sucker washer into it and it ought to last five years but the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed under the white rock. I buried a bottle of water out of the sun cork in. There's enough water in it to prime the pump but not if you drink some first pour about one fourth and letter so to wet the leather then pour in the rest. Medium fast and pump like crazy. You don't get water. The well has never run dry. Have faith when you get water up fill the bottle and put it back like you found it for the next feller signed Desert Pea. P.S. don't go drinking the water first prime the pump with it and you'll get all you can hold. My goal this morning is for this sermon to be the primary after the sermon. You will have to pump like crazy but God will fill you know he will satisfy every one of your heart's desires. Let's pray showing father what an honor and a privilege to be here among friends among family for the purpose of preaching a message that will inspire us to do more for you. Lord we ask that you will bless us to this day and in Jesus' name we pray. You know I was quite shocked by what Craig shared with us that if you take all of the money that is donated I think I heard this correctly. If you take all the money that is donated for missions from all denominations in the United States we spend twice as much to feed our dogs and cats as we spin to spread the gospel. Sounds to me like some of our animals need to go on a diet. What do you think about that. I'd like you to open your Bibles with me this morning to mark the fourteenth chapter. Matthew Mark so this is the second gospel in the New Testament the second of the Gospels mark the fourteenth chapter and we are going to begin reading in verse twelve. Now our goal this morning during the next thirty six minutes and thirty four seconds we are going to find two characteristics that Jesus told disciples to look for when they were going to find a room that would be furnished and prepared with a meal to be eaten. Then we are going to go to Revelation Chapter ten and we are going to find two characteristics for the foundation of God's in time prefer. Like movement then we will step in to Revelation Chapter twelve and find two characteristics for the in time prophetic messenger of God in time prophetic movement. Then we will step into Revelation fourteen and find two characteristics again for God's in time message for the end of the world so we're going to jump back through these chapters of Revelation and we're over here in March after what fourteen and verse twelve we like it when everybodys correction if you answer incorrectly I'll ask another question so you can be correct. The Bible says this and Mark fourteen and verse twelve and the first day of unleavened bread when they killed the Passover His disciples said unto him where wilt thou that we go and prepare that vow may just eat the Passover and he send forth His disciples who are now in verse thirteen and say up on to them. Go ye into the city and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water follow him. Now we think come on how hard is this going to be. Don't forget what is the meal that they are going to prepare for Jesus to eat. This is the Passover meal. There are tens of thousands of people in Jerusalem at this point. This city is crowded and what do you mean Jesus. A man carrying a pitcher of water. Men don't carry pictures of war. Now what they what carries a satchel of water but Jesus was very specific. He said you were looking for a man. This man is doing something very unique. This man is carrying a pitcher of water. When you find that man carrying a pitcher. Water which men don't do Jesus said you're looking for that man. He's going to meet you and when you find that man you follow that man home. And then what does he say here. Verse fourteen and where soever he shall go in Sayed to the good man of the house. It's almost as if this man that's carrying the pitcher of water doesn't even know they're following him that's almost the implication. And where so ever he shall go again. Say you need to the good man of the house. The master say where is the guest chamber where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples and He will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared their make ready for us two characteristics. Jesus said You are looking for a man and this man is carrying a pitcher of water. When you find that man follow that man. Oh my friends God has given us two characteristics in Revelation ten two characteristics in Revelation twelve two characteristics in Revelation fourteen and when we find God in time prophetic movement it would do us well to follow it all. I wonder I wonder if there are people in your life that are following you and you don't even know. And yet the supper that is prepared for them when they get home will be one that will surpass every other meal that they have every one that will ultimately fulfill every one of their heart's desires. Let's go on this journey together with me. Let's go together. Let's go to Revelation the tenth chapter Revelation Chapter ten and we will begin reading somewhere in that chapter so let's get there together. Revelation the tenth chapter. We're going to begin reading in verse. Let's go to verse six. Revelation Chapter ten and verse six Now here is where you and I are going to find the first of two characteristics for the foundation of God's in time prophetic movement. So here we are in Revelation Chapter ten and verse six it reads and swear by him that live forever and ever who created heaven and the things that are there in that they're in our and the earth and the things that they're in are and the sea and the things which are there in that there should be time no longer. The first characteristic of God's in time prophetic Foundation is that there will be a movement of people that say that there is no longer any more prophetic time of bailable for us to look to in order to verify the validity of Scripture for us to look to in order for us to put our faith in it once it is completed. Dear heart you and I understand a Seventh Day Adventist Christians that prophetic time came to an abrupt halt. An eight hundred forty four. There is an entire movement that teaches and preaches that there is no more prophetic time. You and I find the foundation for our movement in Revelation Chapter two and verse six. There should be time no longer. All of the time prophecies in the Bible that have a bearing on our salvation are fulfilled. You and I are no longer living on time that we can look forward to in the future such as those during the Dark Ages that they were thinking this twelve hundred sixty years must come to an end at some point you and I can are not living during a generation like that. We are living on borrowed time. How do you spend your borrowed time. Characteristic number one. There would be time no longer. Verse eight of Revelation Chapter ten reads and the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again and said Go and take the little book you and I understand that to be the Book of Daniel. Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth and I went into the angel and said to him Give me the little boy and he said unto me take it and eat it up and it shall make the belly bitter but it shall be in the mouth sweet as honey and I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it up and it was in my mouth sweet as honey and as soon as I had eaten it my bell was bitter. And he said unto me must prophesied again before many peoples and nations and tongues and kings sweet in the mouth and yet bitter in the belly. The years between eight hundred forty and eight hundred forty four were sweet years for the Second Advent movement. Jesus Christ was going to come. He was coming just imagine with me if you will that one of your loved one dies loved ones dies just before October twenty two eight hundred forty four you have no choice because Jesus is coming back. It was a silly message. I just couldn't believe it. They were living during the time of the return of Jesus Christ so weak in their mouth. Great anticipation for specific calculations of the end of the twenty three hundred day prophecy brought them to October twenty two eighteen forty four. Jesus was going to come. They had eaten up the Little Book of Daniel. They had studied up about the time of the end of the twenty three hundred day prophecy and they were totally disappointed. Then in verse eleven as if as if the misinterpretation of the event that would take place was not enough. The Word of God says in verse eleven thou must prophesied again before many peoples and nations and tongues and kings. This could be interpreted in three different ways. Finally an understanding of the sanctuary message the sanctuary not being the earth. Yet that being the heavenly sanctuary that was to be cleansed. It could also mean adding the third angel's message to the first two angels messages. Or it could be a literal fulfillment of God adding the gift of prophecy into his end time movement. Dear heart you and I have two characteristics here in Revelation Chapter ten in verse six. It said that there would be time no longer prophetic time has been fulfilled. You and I are living on borrowed opportunities. When the second characteristic is that we must prophesied again this gospel must as it did in the days of Paul. This gospel must go to the entire world you and I now have two characteristics that define the foundation for the in time movement of Jesus Christ the Seventh Day Adventist Church. So what we are going to do now is we are going to look for another two characteristics not just for the foundation. Of God to in time movement but for the prophetic messenger of God in time prophetic movement and for this we are going to Revelation Chapter twelve and we will begin and in reading in verse seventeen. Revelation Chapter twelve and verse seventeen and we're going to draw on some knowledge that God has prepared us for or given to us so that we can answer these questions. So please if you know these these these answers please say them loud enough for whoever is watching online to know that you are actually in here. We already know you're laughing now somebody knows you are there all you know at home is that that I'm up here preaching but you don't know who's out there because there's no camera up here getting you. Thank you for making some noise Revelation Chapter twelve and verse seventeen The Bible says and the dragon who is the dragon Satan Revelation twelve nine says that very succinctly and the dragon was wrought with the woman what is a woman symbolic in Bible prophecy. A church you and I know this Jeremiah six two is it second Corinthians eleven verse one and following also describes that for us so Satan is wroth What does that mean anyway. That's right it's not something you you name somebody it means I can go ride the Satan is angry with the church. Now if you belong to any movement any Christian movement you want to make sure that you belong to the one that Satan is angry with because if you belong to the one that Satan is angry with people can safely follow you away from him and into the kingdom of God. Here we have this verse telling us that Satan is mad at the church and then it says since he can't get to the source of the church he has to get to the. Offspring of the church. It says here and when to make war with the remnant of her seed and noticed the characteristics which number one have. Keep the commandments of God And number two no do not have the testimony of Jesus Christ very distinctly We have two characteristics in Revelation Chapter twelve and verse seventeen. There is an end time prophetic movement that teaches that the commandments of God are still valid today in Matthew chapter five verses seventeen and eighteen. Jesus would say not one jot or tittle will pass from the law until all is a failed. While there is heaven. Why there is not one jot or tittle will pass from the law. Dear heart of friend of mine Satan Satan is angry with a church that teaches that the commandments of God are valid today. There's a verse in scripture that tells us if we feel that the commandments of God are grievous that we need to check our own heart. We need to ask God what's wrong with me not God Why do you require this in your commandments. Let's define and allow Scripture to do this for us. Let's go to Revelation nineteen ten to find out what is this testimony. CY What is this. Yes testimony of Jesus Christ revelation the one thousand chapter in the tenth verse. If you've ever gone to any evangelistic meetings you've probably heard individuals preach on Revelation Chapter nineteen and verse ten so those of you at home please grab your Bibles and let's go to Revelation the nineteenth chapter and the tenth verse and we are going here so that we can understand what is this testimony of Jesus of the Bible reads like this in Revelation one thousand and verse ten it says and I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me see that how do it not. I am by fellow servant of God Reverend. That have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit. Now dear heart you and I are going to find in God's in time movement we are going to find the gift of prophecy in God's entire movement now you know something that that I've wondered about and you know maybe you could chew on this this afternoon is you know it's real easy when the prophet is dead. To take what the prophet wrote him to make it say what you wanted it to say. It's very easy for you and I have to be very careful how we use the testimony of Jesus when we want to prove one of our own points of interest. Don't put it to the side. Be sure to use it but be very careful how we manipulate those texts and those references just so our own hobby horse can be put to the front. The Bible says here in Revelation one thousand Tim that the testimony of Jesus is The Spirit of Prophecy. Let me ask you a question Who was it that inspired Moses to author the first five books of the Bible the Holy Spirit. Who was it that inspired David to author many of the songs. The Holy Spirit Who was it that author dizzy curate that inspired is equal to author of The Book of Huizi he'll not know my friends all of us know the answer to these questions is going to be the Holy Spirit. So get involved today. Give a little back to the speaker this morning you understand. So who. Was it that inspired Matthew Mark Luke John. Who was it that inspired these men it was the Holy Spirit. Who was it that inspired the writings of L N G Y. You an idea a friend have the foundation for gods in time prophetic movement in Revelation Chapter ten in Revelation Chapter twelve and verse seventeen we find the basis for God's in time prophetic movement to teach that the commandments are valid. And number two to have the gift of prophecy in their midst. So that leads us now to Revelation Chapter fourteen. So go there with me if you will we're going to go to Revelation fourteen. We began reading in verse six by the way this evening we will be looking at Revelation Chapter fourteen verses one two three four and five did you know that there were five verses before Revelation fourteen six. There they were going to look at those this evening to find out what is the character of the individuals that understand Vera six through twelve. That's where we are going to be this evening so if there's any one of these things or presentations that you want to miss today make sure it's this one. Not tonight because we're going to be taking a look at the characteristics of those that share the three Angels' messages. You and I have spent time this week in understanding that this book called The Bible is the Word of God. Last night we learned that if we are truly following Jesus then we will be fishing for men. There's no is no and no but because Jesus said in Matthew four nineteen follow me and I will make you. A fisher of men. If we are not following Jesus then we are not fishing for man and if we are fishing for man then we aren't following ho. Jesus. My friends you and I are involved in a in in time movement that is designed by God to take his message to the ends of the world we are not just another denomination. I'm not talking about elitism here I'm talking about God giving us a huge responsibility with the information that we know. Sometimes when I'm giving Bible studies I think Do I really have to share the Sabbath with these people. It's going to rock their world they're going to have to give up their job. I remember I was in a particular place doing an evangelist meeting and I went in to this. I would preach this meeting it was on the issue of adornment you understand that sometimes that gets a little sticky with people adornment but you know I was talking to one of my nephews quite recently and he said to me Uncle Scar is the Bible really talk about. I was like yeah. Well anyway so back to my other story right. So I had preached on the topic of the uniform of a Christian. Do you know that when it comes to clothing the world says take it off and God says put it on. Did you know when it comes to the issue of a dormant the world says put it on and God says take it all. If Satan couldn't handle it in his state of perfection in heaven what makes us think we can handle it here. Interestingly Anyway I talk on this this topic of this of adornment and this lady was coming to our evangelistic meeting. And her name was Mary and Mary. Hemi and if you ever watch the A team and take you back a little bit you know if you ever watch the A team and Mr T. you know who Mr T. is right and he's just decked out right. Well this lady came to the evangelistic meeting and she was decked out like Mrs T. I mean she was she was a little Italian lady and I'll tell you I don't know how she stood up because going to heaven you understand I don't know how she was found and upper arms weren't stretched out her fingers were the right link. I Just Don't Know How She Did It. But we preached on this topic of adornment and the next day this lady came to the evangelistic meeting. Yes Well everything was gone except one little beauty the red sand necklace it had a cross on. Well I sent the bottle worker over to talk to her you know that's fun when you're the evangelists you got Baba workers you can sit in them to do the hard just as you know because they have to learn and learn how to do it. So she goes over there just a sweet young lady and I think her name was Elizabeth and she talks to this lady and and then she comes back to me go back to the chief. Now to be baptized tomorrow is the past couple of them to me back and said OK so I'll go I'll go. And so I went and my wife and I drove up in front of this lady's house and we're sitting in the front seat of the car and I looked at my wife I said I don't want to do this I don't do it at all and at that moment God spoke to me and he said Scott this is not your truth it's mine. Do what I tell you to do and watch how I work in this lady's life. OK. Got out of the car we walked into this lady's house and she had crosses all over her house. This is she's going to be baptized tomorrow you understand and so we casually start talking about things and just slowly easing away the conversation you know you got to be careful when you talk to be thankful because sometimes it's a big issue No one so big because everything fell off except for one thing. Turns out her son had given her this necklace and we made the suggestion that maybe that necklace could be she could value her son in taking that necklace and in this beautiful frame and black velvet background it draping that cross and that gold chain you know just whatever design she wanted over that black velvet and then putting that on her wall with all of her other crosses. She's like you would you know she came to church the next day I was in and I was in a sanctuary that is it was probably just as long as the sanctuary it college Dale Seventh Day Adventist Church the sanctuary was probably that long. And this lady comes in and I'm up on the platform right and she just comes teeter totter in and she comes in along the side she goes to the middle. It's a long shirt she goes the middle and she goes to the middle of the the Pew that she's sitting on. And yes what she had on. Yes what you have don't come on it's not a heart to heart. She had the necklace and I'm up front and she's going to get baptized at the end of the service and I'm the one baptized and I was like Lord you told me to go into that lady's house you told me to say these things to this lady and you told me to watch you work I'm not so i'm preaching one message I was preaching about the city of refuges was huge in my ministry I'm preaching about the city of refuge. And I'm playing a completely different message in my head there in the middle of that service. Mary did this and she got up went to the edge out the back door into the lobby and I'm like what the world is going on. Course I'm preachin City of Refuge to refuge you gotta come to Jesus he's a place that protects you. Except except when I'm praying but what do you know she comes back and comes up all the way back to where she was. Whisper something to the lady next to her and the lady next to her gets up out of the lobby. When they came back in and guess what was going on there now. Some like how low do you want it. So after service fellowship meal I said Mary. Tell me dear sister what did the Lord say to you during service this morning. You're just getting up running now coming back. She's like Pastor Scott you have no idea how bad my occupied as it is. I tried and tried and tried to get that necklace off but the clasp was just too small so I called unless a bit and I said Elizabeth I'm going to come to church tomorrow for my baptism and I need help getting this off. Well I just didn't even think to look for a little bit but it came in down and in the middle of the service God said Elizabeth is sitting right next to you and you haven't taken that on so I just I went out to find her I came back oh well Paris is God God just spoke to me. My friends it's time for us to be bold about spreading the message that Jesus Christ has given to us and when you be when you were bold God is going to make huge inroads in people's lives. You are going to see. God transformed them. These two the two disciples were looking for a man carrying a pitcher of water. Then we were looking for a moment where they preach there's time no longer and you have to prophesied again even though there's no more time. Then we're looking for the movement that has a characteristic of teaching that the commandments of God are valid today even when it comes to the Sabbath. God expects us to share this Bible truth. We don't take the Bible and be people senseless upside the head with it expects us to use our brains and to be tactful and then in Revelation Chapter fourteen after describing the people the characteristics of those that share the gospel. It says this in verse six and I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that well on the earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people saying with us whisper. With what. I'm not convinced with all what those of you at home holler at bay and say loud voice this is a message that God intends for us to share with everyone we meet. Don't hide it under a rug. Don't pretend you're not a Christian when you are at work. Take your Christianity. Put it on your slaves so that when people see you they say you must be a Christian and if they say it with with him and you say I sure know how bad you know when are you going to join me. Let's live for Jesus My friends let's same for Jesus young ladies. The Bible says here in verse seven saying with a loud voice Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of his judgment is come. This prophetic message that we find in Revelation Chapter fourteen. How has the characteristic that God's people will be preaching that the hour of his judgment has already begun. It goes on to say here for the hour of his judgment is come and worship Him that made heaven and earth the sea and the fountains of waters. Worship the Creator do you know in the Book of Revelation this is the longest quote from the Old Testament and it comes from the sabbath commandment in Exodus Chapter twenty. It goes on to say in verse eight and there followed another angel saying Babylon is fallen is fallen that great city because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication and the third angel followed them saying with a loud voice if any man worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture their heart just think in your mind for one moment go all the way back to Sodom and Gomorrah and you tell me what is the unmangled the wrath of God due to humanity destroys. Unless unless you were covered with the righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Bible goes on to say here and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb and the smoke of their torment ascended forever and ever and they have no rest day nor night who worship the beast and his image. I wish I had time to ever receive the mark of his name. Verse twelve here is the patience of the saints. Anybody ever you know usually when I go into places I say good morning saying to Hello Saints How are the Saints doing why because the Bible gives us the biblical definition of a saint and he says right here here is the patience. The in durance the the long suffering of the saints here are they that number one keep the commandments of God And number two. Heck have the faith of Jesus two characteristics that's all it's about us two characteristics you're looking for a man carrying a pitcher of water when you find that men go home with that man. Follow that man home. That man the one that is unique among all the thousands in Jerusalem today. If that man is going to take you to a room that is furnished and prepared and ready for a dinner Revelation Chapter ten you and I find two characteristics of God's in time prophetic movement time no longer. Prophesies again Revelation Chapter twelve verse seventeen you and I find two characteristics that define for us God's in time prophetic messenger number one teaches that the commandments are valid and has the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation Chapter fourteen. You want to find two characteristics they have they keep the commandments of God and they have the faith of Jesus you know. I believe it's James that says Whatsoever is not of faith is what sin that is not James that is Romans Chapter fourteen whatsoever is not a fake verse twenty three is sin. My friends you and I can be very very long people lawfully accurate Sabbath keepers and still be lost if we are doing it in order to be saved rather than because of the fact that Jesus has already saved us. Don't put the cart before the horse the caboose cannot push around the engine. Jesus has given us a message that is equalled by any other denomination. If you show me another denomination that finds its roots in Revelation Chapter ten and I'll tell you they'll be seventh heaven if you show me another movement in Revelation Chapter twelve that keeps the commandments of God and has the testimony of Jesus Christ the Spirit of Prophecy and that group will be a Seventh Day Adventist soon enough. You go to Revelation fourteen and I have never heard any other denomination preach on the three Angels' messages of Revelation fourteen which culminates in a group of people that keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus Christ. There's a world that is walking in the middle of a desert and they're thirsty. Many of them are dying and pleading with God to give them information on this book called The Bible. How are they going to be found. Who is going to share with them. God's in time prophetic message according to Matthew twenty eight and Matthew four it will be those who have chosen to follow Jesus. Bible says to me now to Matthew we've got to go back why in the world would we start with two guys looking for a room. I mean give me a break you know there's a guy carrying a pitcher of water and then they're looking for a place to hold down or you and I are going to Matthew Chapter twenty six Matthew twenty six and verse twenty nine you know and you remember that those two men were looking for a room where they could celebrate the very last Passover that Jesus would experience here on this earth. And at the end of that meal Jesus makes them a promise in the Bible. Says in Matthew twenty six and verse twenty nine. Let's start in twenty seven and he Jesus took a cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying Drink ye all of it for this is my blood of the New Testament which is shed for the remission of sins. But I say unto you and notice the promise that Jesus makes how many of you have a favorite Jews Does anybody have a favorite Jews. What's your favorite use. OK OK here thing. Grape juice lemonade mango fruit our time to come on Florida. Jesus says this in verse twenty nine. Before we read this I want you to think for a moment of what it would be like to go without your favorite Jews or a year you could see it but you couldn't drink. You could smell but you couldn't taste it. You could hold it in a cup but it couldn't touch your lips. Jesus says and I believe that Jesus' favorite drink is great use. It says here but I say unto you I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you. In my fathers King Jesus makes the promise that he is not going to drink any more grape juice until you and I are with him not in just a room that is furnished and prepared although Jesus said Let not your heart be troubled. If you believe in me what did he say there John fourteen one. MARCIUS lacka lacka lacka roaring I'm also my to be specific. Well she's a saint John fourteen he says. I go and prepare a place where you know Jesus is preparing a place for you. He's got a room it's furnished. It's prepared. He wants to know will you be in that room. Will you raise your glass with Jesus. Will you be able to watch his Adam's apple go up and come down as he tastes for the first time in thousands of years. His favorite Jews. Jesus said follow that man home when it comes to you and your life. Are people able to follow you to an upper room where they were besides this media was brought to you by audio peruse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through every sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about our universe or if you would like to listen to more service leave the W.W.W. audio verse or.

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