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15. Revelation's Millennium, when the Devil Goes on Vacation!

Lowell Hargreaves Michael Hargreaves

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Listen to this lecture to find out more about Satan's 1000 year forced vacation. This lecture invites us to make a choice that effects our personal destiny. Don't miss this topic!

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  • February 21, 2015
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Our topic for tonight revelations the millennium when the devil goes on vacation. Many of you here tonight love to take vacations. Let me be your hands. Well of course the more vacations the better. But we might like to have vacation for a little while. But the Bible reveals to us the time when the devil will have a case in for a one thousand years. Nothing to do for a one thousand years. Let's go in our Bible to Revelation twenty one and two. Did you do your homework tonight. Who did your homework for tonight. Revelation twenty very good. A student's Revelation twenty verses one and two are going to read it here we're going to read about the buying being of the devil. Revelation twenty one and two says and I saw any change will come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand and he laid hold on the dragon that old serpent which is the devil and Satan and bound him along those a new year. Here we have a thousand years and this thousand year period is often called the Millennium. Of course millennium is not found in the Bible but the concept is there one thousand years. Millions. Thousand in Latin and him is years one thousand years and we want to begin our study tonight with this question when will the thousand year vacation of the devil began. We'll start to answer that by looking at a passage from Jesus in John five twenty eight and nine if you're taking notes. John five twenty eight and twenty nine Jesus here outlines two resurrections John five twenty eight. Marvel not at this Jesus says for the hour is coming hasn't come yet but it's coming in the which all that are in the good. Here his voice. Whereas it is then in the graves and when they hear his voice say he'll come forth they that have done good and to the resurrection of alive and they that have done evil on to the resurrection of damnation. We see here two separate general resurrections apparently the saved in the last do not come up in the same resurrections. There's a resurrection for the righteous resurrection of life and then there's the resurrection for the unrighteous resurrection of damnation. These are the general resurrections. We're not talking about any special resurrections here these are they general resurrections to separate general resurrections. Well that brings us to this question son. When do these two resurrections take place and which one comes first. Well let's begin to answer that from Revelation twenty verse six Revelation twenty six tells us blessid and all the you see they have a part in the first resurrection. Since there's a first resurrection that implies there has to be a lot out of the effect it has to be a second resurrection blessed and holy is he it as part of the first resurrection on such the second death has no power but they should be priests of God and of Christ and so reign with him a thousand years where they were Aine with you. Well we're going to get back into that in just a moment but please notice here the first resurrection is for who for the blast is for the holy So this is the resurrection of alive this is for the righteous the Blessed and the holy if you die this is the resurrection you want to come up in. No person comes up in that first resurrection. Here's another text that indicates this revelation twenty verse four says. And I saw thrones and they sat upon them and judgment was given unto them. And I saw THE SOULS of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God Now these are not this embodied souls these are actual people. They're in heaven and which had not worship the beast neither his image neither had received his mark upon their forehead foreheads or in their hands and they lived in their original That means they came to life. So they were resurrected. They lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Where do they re. I will answer that in just a moment but please notice they live they came to life they were resurrected and then they are raised with Christ for a thousand years. So evidently the one thousand year vacation begins with the resurrection of the righteous. No wicked person has any part in that first resurrection. All of the writers that are in their graves are resurrected in that first resurrection. The what about the rest of the day. What about the wicket. Let's read read on verse by Revelation twenty verse five says but the rest of the dead who would that be weak since all the righteous came up in the first resurrection who is the rest of the dead that would have to be the unrighteous will work it but the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished or until the end of the thousand years. And if you're following in your bible the last sentence in verse five actually belongs to verse six. So here the Bible says the rest of the dead that's the wicked. They didn't live again until the thousand years were finished they will live again but not until the end of a thousand years. Jesus called that resurrection the resurrection of the resurrection of damnation. So here we have two resurrections separated by one thousand years. First Resurrection is the resurrection of life. That's where the are. Just and then the second resurrection is the resurrection of damnation or condemnation and that is for the wicket at the end of the thousand years let's review here's our proof text Revelation twenty verse six blessid and holy is he that has a part in the first resurrection. They shall raid was here my thousand years and then verse five but the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished two resurrections separated by a thousand year period. Well that leads us to the question when the first resurrection take place which would be good in the one thousand year period. Let's get our answer from that alone in the six or four other verse sixteen put it in your note. First that's a lot of use for verse sixteen says for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. This is Christ's coming back with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first there's another tech showing at the dead in Christ come up in the first resurrection. That's the one for the blast for the holy. So this first resurrection takes place resurrection of life. When Jesus comes back when the Lord returns there are four groups of people the first group of people are number one the righteous dead. Number two the righteous living. And number three the wicked dead. Number four the wicked living every person who ever lived or died falls into one of these four groups. Right just dead right just living wicked wicked living. What happens to each of these groups when Jesus returns. Let's start with that first one the righteous then what happens to them when Jesus returns. Well we already read the answer they are resurrected first this law means four sixteen and seven. They come forth from the grave with immortal bodies not subject to disease or aches or pains. They may have gone into the grave looking like old people but when they are resurrected they have immortality they have a mortal use glorified bodies. What about that next group the right just living what happened to the righteous and living when Jesus comes back. Let's read the next verse of the Saloni and Spurstow Saloni ends for verse seventeen says and then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them. With who. With those who were resurrected caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord please notice those that were resurrected those that are living we all go to meet the Lord together. We go up to heaven together. The righteous who have died they don't get to heaven before we that are living we that are alive. We don't go to heaven before they are because the Bible says we go up how we go up together to meet the Lord in the air and something else we that are living. We too shall be changed. If you want the tix First Corinthians fifty fifty one to fifty five. So when we that are alive when Christ comes back we're going to be changed in an instant fast as you can blink your eyes. We get immortality immortal youth we get a new body. Would you like to have a new body. Some of you if you're over fifty you'd like to have a new body. I got to fifty and passed and I'm looking forward to a new body when Christ comes back away that are alive. We too shall be changed. Ah the righteous caught up to meet the Lord in the air well son after being caught up wrapped. That's what rapture means caught up after being caught up raptured to meet the Lord in the Air Where then do the right just go. All that straight answer from Jesus. John fourteen versus one hundred three Jesus says and John fourteen one to three Let not your heart be troubled I go to prepare a place for you where to Christ go he went to heaven and if I go and prepare a place through Jesus says I will come again and receive you and to myself that where I am there you may be also. Where is jesus right now. He's up in heaven he is in heaven and he says when I come again I will take you to be with me years in heaven that now we can answer the question where will the right to rain during the thousand years. It will tell you know the answer. It will be and you haven't. This whole idea of the Lord reigning on earth for a thousand years is not biblical. Christ takes us up to those mansions he's prepared for us. That's where we will spend the thousand years. So we found out what happens to the righteous when Christ comes back to the right just dead or resurrected and the righteous living are teaching all the righteous caught up to meet the Lord in the air taken up to those dimensions he's prepared. Let's go on now to the third group we're dealing now with the wicked. What happens to the wicked dead when Jesus returns. Well the answer is nothing. Bible says the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished the nothing happens to the wicked dead when Jesus returns they go right on sleeping the sleep of death for another thousand years. That leaves us with one more group the wicked that are alive when Christ comes back what happens to them this is the most tragic picture. But the Bible gives it to us. Second does a lot as a one seven zero nine says and to you who are troubled rest with. Just when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty Angels this is Jesus coming back in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ who shall be punished with what with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power so when Christ comes back the wicked that are alive there destroyed. The Bible says. Here's another text. Styx comes from second this law means to eight and then show that we could be revealed in the Lord Jochen at the spirit of his mouth and still destroy with the brightness of His coming. So when Christ comes back what happens to the wicked that are alive they are destroyed by the brightness by the glory of His appearing. No we want to clarify this is not hell fire hell fire takes place later as we shall see tonight. But when Christ comes back the wicked they cannot endure the glory of His presence and so they are slain by his glory and their dead bodies are left scattered all over the world. Well that leaves us with the question Father is there any chance of being saved after Jesus' return. What's the answer the answer is no. Who would be left to save all the right just where are they heaven all went to heaven the wicked what happened to them that they're all dead so who would be left. This whole idea of a thousand years of peace on earth when the wicked get a second chance to be saved is a present delusion of the devil to lead people to put off their salvation and think oh well if I wait you know I still get a thousand years later. Paul says now is the accepted time now is the day of salvation if we wait till Jesus comes back. It's too late we don't get a second chance after crime. It's comes back. Let's review what happens at the second coming Christ's return in the righteous that are resurrected the righteous living a chain righteous are caught up to meet the Lord together and take him to heaven. The wicked are dead they stay dead and the wake of living are destroyed. That brings us to another question What is the condition of this earth during the one thousand years. Sun to answer that we need to consider what happens to this earth when Jesus comes back. Let's review that from Revelation Chapter sixteen verse eighteen. The Bible says and there were voices and thunders and lightnings and there was a great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth so mighty an earthquake and so great. This is what happens when Christ comes back. What will that earthquake do. All the Bible tells us in every island fled away in the mountains were not found. Every island how many seven thousand one hundred in every island fled away in the mountains were not found. But the righteous what's happened to them. They are going up to meet the Lord in the air so don't worry if you're here in the Philippines on the islands. Let the island think they're right just like going out to meet the Lord in the air. We can clearly see what happens to this earth when Christ comes back that great earthquake Well level and every manmade structure there will be nothing made by man left standing after that earthquake an earthquake that flattens the mountains and sinks the islands. Imagine the condition of the earth during the one thousand years with an earthquake that's powerful enough to think the islands and flatten the mountains it will be one scene of desolation and ruin from all. From the entire earth. Jeremiah describes it in Jeremiah twenty five or thirty three. Let's read it. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even on to the other end of the year they shall not be lamented neither gathered nor burry base will be done upon the ground. Why aren't they gathered why aren't they limited Why aren't they buried or who would do it all the right just where they went to heaven the way kitten. They're all dead so there's nobody left to love mentor over them nobody left to bury them or to cry over them. This earth this whole earth will be one vast Cemetery during the thousand years. If you like a couple more attacks that show us this put these in your notes. Isaiah twenty four verses one three and nineteen through twenty two describing this earth the Isaiah says that God empties the earth. Where is all the where is everybody. The righteous went to heaven the wicked old dead and then you can read in verses nineteen through twenty two about this earth revealing to and fro like a drunk man. That's a great earthquake and it says the prisoners are gathered in the pit and we read about the devil being bound in the pit. You begin to see where that is and then you can read in Jeremiah for twenty three to twenty seven another eyewitness account where the prophet says that the whole earth will be without a light during the one thousand years. Thousand Year blackout. Well you know the devil he doesn't mind working in the dark he lives in the dark he loves the dark but no human is going to live here on planet Earth for a thousand years thousand year blackout. We know this earth is going to be turned into a scene of scene of ruin and desolation like Japan after the tsunami are like. Will then city after the great typhoon. Well that brings us to this question where will the devil be during the thousand year. Where would you put him if you had your choice. But right here in the mess that he's created at exactly what God does. Let's go read that from Revelation twenty one to three and I saw an angel come down from heaven having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand and he laid hold on the dragon that old serpent which is the devil and Satan and bound him a thousand years and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal upon him that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled and after that he must be loosed a little season. How long a little season. Please notice that he is cast into the bottomless pit. What's that. Well the bottomless pit comes from the Greek word abouta is describing a waste place a broken down place a place of ruins where we get our English word abyss from where in the universe will you find a waste place during the thousand years. They're right here. That's why Jeremiah says in Jeremiah four twenty three I beheld the lot or the earth and lo it was wasted and void in the heavens they had no light there's no blackout and that word void in the Greek translation of the Old Testament there you have the word a boo solves this earth is the oh boo sauce or the bottomless pit so the bottomless pit and then refers to the earth in its desolate broken down chaotic condition during the thousand years thousand year blackout. It's right here on the earth. But the Bible says The Devils are bound with it. Great change what is that great change. Well that is not a Cheney a literal change. Can you find a spiritual being with a literal metal chain. No of course not Revelation is full of what symbols and laziness full of symbols that this would have to be a chain of events that bind the devil. What are the events. All the righteous Where are they in heaven or in heaven all the wicked where they are dead or they're all dead. Though the devil is bound because he has nothing to do no work to do. Sorta like if I wanted to help you do something but circumstances are preventing me I might say I'd like to help you but I'm sorry my hands are tied. But doesn't mean my hands are literally tied it's a figure of speech. The devil's hands are tied for a thousand years because he's got nobody to work upon and no doubt he will be literally bound to this there or he will be allowed to travel off to the universe and annoys other means. I heard of one church that says the devil is already bound. They said he was bound back in one nine hundred fourteen or something like that. While you have the Devils already bowed today in the world is this bad. We better hope he doesn't get loose. No the devil's not bound today if these bounties bowed with a chain or rubber bands that stretch from here to Las Vegas and back and even if you could by put the devil in a literal pit and by name with a literal chain with that stop him from working. He's got a billion demons working for him the only way you could truly buy in the devil is if you take everybody away from him so he is nobody to work on. And that's exactly what God does for a thousand years he has no one to him. So Satan is bound in chains of darkness on a desolate earth for a one thousand. Years what do you think that the devil will do for those thousand years. That's going to be torture for the devil. He's been so busy tempting and destroying and killing and deceiving in this sudden he's got nothing to do except argue with his demons. There's nobody left to tempt nobody left to kill the wicked are all dead. Can you imagine how what torture that will be for the Devil to be bowed with nothing to do for a thousand years except think and reflect back over his rebellion against God again and again he's been forced to admit defeat. The devil is a true suicide warrior and no doubt the devil he's going to wander around in the darkness looking at the corpses of the lost. Will he see you here. I hope not. I can imagine the devil as he's stumbling around the darkness of this earth. He comes upon a man he remembers well. This man had a Christian wife and I can imagine they had three little girls there every week. The wife would go to church. The little girls would go along but the husband he didn't have time for church or religion he had a business he was busy and I can imagine that often his wife would say honey why don't you join me in church why don't you give your life to Jesus and maybe sometimes he hurt his little girls praying for their daddy that some day he would be a Christian and he thought yeah someday someday maybe I will. But he kept waiting and then I can imagine one day the ground begins shaking beneath his feet. Jesus is coming back the earthquake is happening and he's not ready and he's cut down with all the other wicked and is a devil looks upon this man. I can see a hideous smile spread over the devil's face. He knows that never. Again will that man have a chance to be saved. Could that be you. Think about this if right now there is some step you know God want you to take but you're saying no not now. Some bad habit you know God wants you to give up but you don't want to give it up. You can know the devil smiling at you because you know so far his plan in your life is working and if you died tonight you would not be ready for that. That's why we urge people don't put off your decision for Jesus surrender your life to Jesus and let him control your life because we want to be among the saved. Well during the millennium the righteous are in Heaven while the earth is desolate. Now what happens at the end of the millennium. Well we already found out one thing that happens. Revelation twenty five but the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. So we know one thing that happens is that the resurrection of damnation would have to take place at the end of the thousand years of Revelation twenty verse six describe some people who experience the second death. Now before you can die a second death you must first have a what Second Life a second life as that in whole you see they had a part in the first resurrection and that's the second death path no power. So some people are going to die a second death but before they could die a second death they have to be resurrected. That would be the second resurrection. Let's now read verse seven. Revelation twenty verse seven says and when the thousand years were expired when they were finished that Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. Here's the question what looses it. Well what is it that bound here. What bound the devil all the righteous in heaven Heaven the wicked and. All dead. What happens at the end of the thousand years that Lucius is the devil. Whether the resurrection of damnation. When the wicked are resurrected now the devil has somebody to work upon and he doesn't waste them all and he gets right back to work. Revelation twenty verse eight and show go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth deceive the nations. I thought they were already deceived. Well the devil's not going to come with Bat swings in horns and a pitchfork and pale in a red suit thing. Hello I'm the devil or all loss is not going to come like that he's probably going to appear as the glorious Prince. Maybe he'll even claim the power to have resurrected them. And the Bible says He will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth north south east and west. May God who's that Gog and Magog. Well those are symbolic terms for the anti-christ. Those are fought against God and against God's people and he will gather them to battle the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Most of the world apparently will be lost not because they could not be saved but because they would not be saved on God's terms. Then reading verse nine it says and this is the last of the wicked. They went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed that means they surrounded the camp of the saints about in the beloved city what city is this is not an earthly city because all the earthly cities were destroyed by the earthquake back a thousand years earlier. So what city is this. Well this would have to be the holy city New Jerusalem Revelation twenty one two I John saw the holy city New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for a husband. So we know now another thing that takes place at the end of a thousand years is that the whole. He city the sands apparently on the Mount of Olives that cry of fourteen for which becomes the great plain when Jesus feet touch it and the Holy City settles there. That happens at the end of the thousand years and then go away kid they go up and they surround the city they make preparations for a battle. How long. Well the Bible says the devil's loose how long sees for a little season we don't know how long they're going to prepare for the battle that will be logged it up to make preparation and then they will marshal up they'll march up and surround the city and they'll probably have some weapons more sophisticated than our painter has painted. I can imagine they'll be some terrible weapons. It might even look like they will conquer the city and they'll be many warriors some of the greatest warriors of all time. Napoleon and Hitler Stalin and Alexander the Great. Because we don't know course but we can assume many of them they went down in death with the ambition to conquer they're going to come up with that same ambition and the devil he marshals all the last into his army to conquer this city the holy city. And they go up and they surround the city and the Bible tells us fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured. That's at the end of the thousand years at the end of the millennium Satan attacked the city number one and number two the earth is purified by hell fire. We talked about hell fire last night and we saw that as there was a flood of water and there was only one place of safety during that time that was the ark so at any time there will be a flood of fire and there will only be one place the safety and that is inside the holy city with Jesus the saints and so. Even feel the heat so the Earth is flooded with fire and we found out the Bible tells us even the air is going to be on fire the rocks of the elements will burn with gravity to this earth is going to be purified of every trace of sin and pollution. Can you imagine what that fire will be like. We study that the other night Malakai for verse one in review it says Behold the day comes that show bird is another day and all the proud yes and all that do wickedly shall be stubble and the day that Congress shall burn them up are not going to live in a hill for all eternity. They're going to be burned up that the LORD of hosts that it shone leave them neither rude nor Branch who is the root of evil. The Devil and then of course the branches of the wicked. And then verse three tells us and they took down the wicked for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this the the LORD of hosts. So what happens all the wicked are turned into ashes and apparently the right to their able to walk out on those ashes and watch God recreate the earth after hell fire goes out the righteous will go out the gate to the holy city they'll walk out of those ashes and God is going to recreate. There will be a new heavens and a new earth and we learned last night that even the devil is going to be cremated. We read that from easy killed twenty eight eighteen and nineteen. God will cremate the devil and then the Bible says never shall be any more. Let's reverse ten now and then we saw first hand in the devil that the seed them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night. How long for ever and ever and how long is that Athan till life. And that we could do not have eternal life. How long was Jonah in the whale's belly. Three days and three night. He said forever. So we know that forever is not mean that they will never die. The wicked have not been promised eternal life as a long as there is any life left. They're going to feel the effects of hell fire. They will be rewarded. Each one according to their works some will be burned up in a moment. Those that aren't very evil who will burn the longest the devil. But we know that hell fire will eventually go out because God going to make a new heavens and a new earth. Let's now review the Great White Throne Judgment which you read about from Revelation twenty verses eleven to fifteen we are backing up a little bit in the story here before hell fire before the fire falls from heaven. We have this great white throne judgment and many times when you read Revelation you find that John will back up and you know clarify something in the events of the order of events that transpired so here John is backing up a little bit and he's clarifying what happens before a hellfire. Let's read it here. Both read about for Revelation twenty eleven where it says John says and I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it from the earth and the heaven fled away and there was found no place for them. Verse twelve and I saw the did a small and great stand before God This would be the wicked THE been resurrected now and the books were opened and another book was opened which is the Book of Life and the dead were judged out of those things which are written in the books according to their works and I can imagine what those books are open the wicked are immediately. Remember all their evil deeds will be saved by grace but they will be judged by their work. That's their right to say by grace the wicked are not so. They may be judged by their works. And so all those evil deeds are going to come back to their memory. They're going to admit we're getting what we deserved. Now verse thirteen and the sea gave up the dead which were in it and death and hell that step in the grave delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged every man according to their works. Verses fourteen and fifteen and death and hell the margin says grave death of the grave were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. So what happens in this Great White Throne Judgment. Everyone recognizes why they are lost. That's right and the Bible says in these verses Isaiah forty five twenty three Romans fourteen eleven Philippians two ten that the wicked are all going to bow the need before God and confess that their sentence for eternal destruction is just unfair. Their lives don't change their hearts don't change but they will admit that they are getting what they deserve. Even the lost are going to admit that God is just and fair in all of his dealings. And then Isaiah nine verse five it indicates the wicked now instead of attacking the holy city. They attack one another and they'll be blood flowing no doubt outside that city. Then the fire falls out of heaven. And then after Revelation two I need a very next verse says Revelation twenty one verse one and I saw a new heaven and a new war. What happened in the first seven and the first are burned up and up they were destroyed. So John says I thought a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven in the. First earth were passed away and there was no mercy and then Revelation twenty one verse four says that God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. No doubt the righteous inside the holy city they look out of the city they might recognize some friend or some family member outside in the fire and there will no doubt be tears. But after Hill goes out and then the Bible says God is going to wipe away our tears probably wipe away the painful memory. God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death neither side road nor crying neither shall there be any more pain for the former things are passed away. We know tonight based on the not I that all around us that Jesus' coming is very very right around the corner and every case will be decided either for eternal life or eternal destruction. Did you know that some day the saved in the lost will all meet one final time. There are around that see the righteous inside the wicked outside. You will be there either inside with the saved or outside with the last you'll be there will all be there. The Bible tells us in Revelation twenty one verse eleven. Both the wall of the New Jerusalem is as a Jasper stone clear as crystal. In other words the walls of the New Jerusalem are like transparent glass. You can see right through those walls. Imagine what that will be like for the wicked as they march up across the surface of the earth. They come up to the holy city and they look through those transparent walls and they see what they have thrown away what they have exchanged for the pleasures of thin. That will be torture for the wicked. I can't imagine that man member we were describing. He comes up in the second resurrection the wrong resurrection and he looks around for his wife and his daughters he can't see can't find them and soon he's caught up with all the other wicked in the preparations for the battle and the day finally arrives when they march up to the city and as he walks up to that transparent glassy wall I can see him as he's looking inside the beauty of the New Jerusalem and contrast with the desolation outside. What a scene he I can imagine he sees there the landscape being designed by God Himself. The beautiful mansion is prepared for the save the seas the golden streets and perhaps in the distance you can see the tree of life arching over with its life giving fruit. He sees the river of life winding down to the city and may be off in the distance he can see the very throne of God the out shining of the throne of God It is a look see anything so him self. What a fool I have been. What a fool I was that I didn't give my life to Jesus and make my decision to be among the same and I can imagine perhaps as he's looking inside the beauty of the New Jerusalem. Perhaps perhaps he sees some for me other forms. Maybe he recognizes his wife and his daughters inside the city in the memories that come back to him he remembers how is why I've begged him to give his heart to Jesus. He remembers the prayers of his little girls for their daddy and those prayers come burning back in his memory and I can see that man calling out to his wife Bonny honey I'm out here on ASH Jesus to give me a second chance. But his voice just bounces back off the wall and I can see that man fall in an. Agony of remorse outside the city pleading for another chance to be saved that he'll never have said there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth as the wicked realize that they are the law. You will be there either in the siding with the savior outside. I want you to come with me in your imagination for a moment to the night to that scene because you will be there and I want you for just a moment to imagine yourself standing outside the city with the lost and ask yourself why. Why am I out here. Is there some step you know God wants you to take but you're putting it off some decision you know God wants you to make but you're not ready to make it. Or maybe some commandment you know God wants you to keep but you don't want to keep it. Sometimes he will say Are you talking about the Fourth Commandment the Sabbath. Well that's the one that the Christian world has thrown away. I've had people say oh you're always talking about the Sabbath. Well it's the Christian world and set aside the seventh commandment I would talk a lot about that one. But most every Christian thinks you ought to keep nine commandments but there are ten. And people say but if I kept the Sabbath my family would think I join some sect they'd think I'd lost my mind. Well you can know this if you choose to follow God's word to obey God somebody is going to think you're a little bit crazy. There's going to be some family some friends that think you're strange. Somebody is going to scoff at you but what good will your family do you if you're outside the city. There will be people outside the city blaming one another. I wanted to obey God You killed me I didn't need to I'm lost and it's your fault. People will be. Blaming one another outside the city even be blaming their minister Jeremiah twenty five verse thirty four. Will there be pastors outside the city. Oh yes there will be no doubt thousands and millions of people that are going to turn an anger on their pastors and say You deceived me you told me it didn't matter what day I kept holy I am lost and it's your fault. There are people who say but preachers if I kept the Sabbath I might lose my job but I got to pay my bills. If you had all the wealth of the world piled up in a mountain of gold outside the city what good would it do you. What she says say what will a man what would a prophet a man if he gain the whole world and lose his soul. Or what would a man give in exchange for his soul. You will be there either inside the city with the saved are outside with her last. I want to be inside don't you. Tonight You can make a decision to be among the say we're going to have our helpers pass a card to you tonight. This card isn't titled revelations millennium like to have our helpers pass those cards please. And tonight you can make a decision to be among the saved. There's something on the card for everybody so take a card whether you're a say an active Christian or not. We want you to take a card if you need a pen. Just ask one of our helpers. We have extra pins and put your name on your card as you receive it. We want everybody to have one of these. Does everyone have a card. If you're sitting at the. Even I'll then just take a stack of cards and they will. You can take one and pass the rest on to those beside you. Let's go through this card together tonight. Box number a lot. Ox number one says I want to be inside the New Jerusalem with Jesus and the same so of all ages at the end of the millennium. I hope that's a decision we can all make. Put a check in that box if that's your decision your commitment. Second line. Number two I choose to follow Jesus and keep all his commandments by His grace. I hope that's a commitment we can all make as well tonight. You don't earn your salvation. But if we're not willing to obey Jesus Jesus says if you love me keep my commandments and that's why the Bible says blessid are they that do His commandments that they may enter in may have a right to the tree of life and enter into the gates into the city. We show our love for Jesus by obeying him. So that's your commitment put a check in that second box and box number three I feel that Jesus wants me to prepare for baptism. We haven't really talked much about baptism but if that's something you're thinking about a step you're considering at some point in the future then you can check that box and then the last box I would like a personal visit to discuss some questions I have. If you have questions we would be happy to visit with you and try to answer questions you may have. If you check the last box then kindly put your phone number there so that we can contact you and set up a visit time in a place where we can come and answer your questions or meet you and answer your questions. And then if you have it. So yet. Put down your name on your card and your phone number if you're like he checked the last box then kindly put your phone number so we can make contact with you your address. If you are a church member you can check yes. If not check no. And if you are church member then you can list there on the last line what church you attend. Currently we will sing one stanza of him all to Jesus I surrender. You need some more time to finish your card. Take the time while we sing the first thing. If you haven't done so yet we like you to turn your card about so I help you like the cards and we will continue singing. It's. Do we have all the cards. There is hope for you. For a thousand years the devil's bow. And there is hope for you. No man on earth will walk around and there is hope for you. The same dwell on a holy ground. Oh there is hope in Christ for you hope for you who inside the city to where there is hope for you for the lost outside all is hell there is hope for you the fire will all of sinners dispel but there is hope in Christ for you. Let's thank God for that hope tonight as we pray Our Dear Heavenly Father we thank you that the door of mercy stands open tonight. We can choose to be with the saved inside that city. We believe your word that some day we will all meet there. We want to be in the side with the saved. So we ask your blessing on every decision marked on these cards that we might be with you inside that holy city. We pray not only for ourselves but if our families we want to be saved as families so work not only in our hearts but in the hearts of our family members. We pray in Jesus' name amen.

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