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Standing Tall, While Others Fall

Lowell Hargreaves

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The three heros of Daniel three still inspire us today to stand up for our faith like they did, even if we are unpopular or strange for doing so. Don't miss this amazing practical lecture on Daniel 3!

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Lowell Hargreaves

Lowell Hargreaves is a full time itinerant evangelist for Amazing Facts. He and his wife, Sandra, along with their two children, Teresa and Michael, have traveled all around the world with Amazing Facts. Pastor Lowell is also an ordained minister of the SDA church. Recently, his seminars have an added facet with his son Michael joining him in preaching prophecy to the public.

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  • May 16, 2015
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Happy Sabbath. So good to be with you dear in this beautiful place on God's holy day and I bring you greetings from your brothers and sisters in Africa. We just returned this past Wednesday morning from them via last Sabbath. We were preaching in the open air just like this in Lusaka Zambia. We had a I don't know you could call it an area of fellowship followed by a baptism and my son he was doing a similar meeting just a couple kilometers away they had another open air meeting on Sabbath. And they told us take our greetings back to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. So I bring greetings from Africa. We are glad to be here in the Philippines it's cold cool in Zambia at this time of year the sun actually fell good last Sabbath here if you're in the sunshine it might get hot. But they're there on the southern side of the equator so it's cool this time of year in Zambia. But I bring you greetings from our brothers and sisters there. We do want to invite you to join our next program perhaps go program we teach five aspects of of Islam at pastoral literature events Islam help of answers a child evangelism personal of answers and public events of them and you can be an evangelist. We had someone come through our year program recently they went out and did an O.J.T. meeting us a hall meeting and their group kept growing and growing. Eventually they had some fifty people coming and thirty five of them got baptized and they came back for graduation they said I never thought I could be an evangelist. You could be. So we invite you to come to our program to Vore month of course if you take the full course three months of training followed by a one month O.J.T.. And also today I want to share a big thank you for those of you who have sponsored students many of those who come to our program can't afford the tuition and they get sponsored by someone and I know there are a number of you here that have sponsored or perhaps those students will thank you to you for your support. Our next batch Aug sixth thirty seven time that's the full course. Now for those of you that are working you can't cover the full course we invite you to this. I share the Sunday trading twelve Sundays of training and personal advances on how you can get viable studies how you can answer objections how you can gain decisions and that's followed by O.J.T. you get to do it in a whole O.J.T. where you go through twenty six lessons and then we have everything you need as are the slides the scripts the handouts. We've had quite a few people come through our Sunday program so the next Sunday program begins August ninth and will go through October twenty five. And if you're a working Seventh Day Adventist we invite you to come to Manila center August ninth and you can join the Sunday training the icier program if you'd like to learn more about perhaps go visit our Web site. Task or we can do but with that if somebody takes this I might be able to see a little bit on that side. We do invite you to watch amazing fact every Sunday we are on channel four people's television bastard back there. There's from five thirty to six every evening. Today my topic isn't titled standing tall when others fall and I'll invite you for just a moment about your kids with me as we pray once more for God's presence. Our Heavenly Father as we open your holy word now we pray for your spirit to teach us on this beautiful Sabbath in Jesus' name amen. You have a Bible take your Bible and turn to Daniel Chapter three. One of the most well known stories in the Bible is found in chapter three. We're going to go through that story today in your chapter three beginning with Verse one says never be couldn't as Or it was the great king of Babylon the king made an image of gold whose height was threescore Cuba and the breadth the depth. There are six Cubans he set it up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. The plain of Dura is just a few miles outside the walls of Babylon and Babylon back then was a big superpower of the world. This image the Bible tells us was six by six and you understand that in Babylon they use six as a common number we get our sixty minute hour from the Babylonians the sixty second minute comes of the Bologna and they use six sixty that comes to us from Babylon. And this image was sixty cubit high and six cubits probably in Gap translating into our. As your men set about ninety feet high by nine feet deep the depth of this image of Colossus. And there have been a number of Colossus is built in it and to quit it you may have heard of the Colossus of Rhodes. It was seventy cubits high or about a hundred feet. It was toppled by an earthquake. But Babylon the kingdom dominating the world back then was a superpower itself the city of Babylon was one of the Seven Wonders of the world and they had there within the city a lot of gold in fact it's known as the golden empire. Antiquity tells us that the image of Dale within the city of Babylon was twenty three thousand kilos of solid gold. The table in front of the image was another twenty three thousand kilos of gold. That's just one image and one table. They had two enormous golden lion there inside Babylon. They had an eighteen foot statue of a man solid gold. You can understand building an image of God that was no problem. They use gold like we use country today the story of Daniel Chapter three takes place probably between fifteen to twenty years after the events of the end of chapter two. And yet not to you have an image but the image of your No two only has a head of gold. The image of chapter three is all of goal inspiration fills us that we can as are shared much regarding the interpretation given by Daniel but the words are there and of gold produce the greatest effect upon his mind. Think I have the head of gold. These are words impressed him so much that his wise man who had not been able to tell the dream propose that we make such an image as the one seen in his dream and that he set it up that all might see the head of gold which was a representation of his kingdom. So the idea of building this image actually came from his wife to man and it was first the idea the suggestion was that he would build an image the life he had seen in Daniel Chapter two. However this pleased the king his pride and vanity found full scope in the thought that he could represent is important and he resolved that instead of merely copying the image he had seen he would make an image that should excel the original not just the head of gold I'm going to make the whole image of gold. It was his design. This is from signs of the times eight hundred ninety seven it was his design that the whole image should represent the greatness of Babylon there or that which had been said regarding the kingdoms that were to follow should be blotted from his mind and from the minds of those who had heard the dream by the splendor of the image he was about to make not just the head of gold the whole image of gold from his rich store of treasure his history of celibacy and come back from the conquest of Palestine basically had conquered the world he had the gold from Egypt he had the gold from the other empires we had conquered the God that he had brought back from Jerusalem from his rich. Or trace your negative goodness or cause to be made a great golden image similar in its general features to that which he had which had been seen in the Vision Save in the one particular of the material of which it was composed. All image of goal. Accustomed as they were to magnificent representations of their heathen deities the county of this had never before produced anything so imposing and majestic as this resplendent statue threescore cubit in height and six crew bits in Brent. Imagine what that must of looked like ninety foot has probably including the pedestal that was standing on ninety foot high goal in it me can you imagine what that would look like as the sun blacked it off the pot might be the goal. That was impressive even for and I thought of her that would have been impressive and it was not surprising that in a land where I don't worship was of universal prevalence that the view noble and priceless in me in the plain of Dura represented the glory of Babylon and its magnificence and power should be consecrated as an object of worship. The thing was so beautiful so dazzling why not worship it a symbol of Babylon. That's all a verse Well now you still have your Bible open right here in your three Verse two says. Then the king sent to gather together the princes of the governors and the captives the judges the treasures the counselors the sheriff and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image would be good as a king had. Set up everybody who was very buddy came for this dedication. All the world leaders of the men who are all gathered there on the plain of Dura. And there are some scholars who believe that the king of Jerusalem it was a battle for the beginners or also came like objects that may indicate that you can put in your notes Jeremiah fifty one verse fifty nine. It was no doubt that Shadrach me Jack and Abednego were not the only Hebrews there on the plane that day with all those thousands perhaps hundreds of thousands. Let's read now versus three through six. Then the princes the governors and captains the judges the traitors the councillors the sheriffs and all the rulers of the provinces were gathered together and to the dedication of the image that the king had set up and they stood before the image that had set up. Musta been thousands there on this great plain outside of Babylon. Then the Herald cried aloud to you it is commanded O. people nations and languages this is the whole the known world that at what time do you hear the sound of the cornet flute are sacked but sultry dulcimer and all kinds of music. You fall down and worship the golden average that never make an ass of the king has set up a verse six and whoso followers not down and worships shall the same hour be cast in the midst of a burning fiery furnace we have here all one world government we have here a one world religion. And we have near a death be created a universal death decree. Are there some lessons we can learn from this story for in time. Oh yes. Now verse seven says there are four at that time with all the people heard the sound of the coronet Lou are sacked but sultry and all kinds of music. All the people of many or all the people the nations and the languages all down and worship the golden image that didn't begin as of the king had set up the whole world bow down before this image we have we're forced worship and extreme pressure. Come with me in your imagination. Back to the plain of Dura and we're standing there with the thousands of the world leaders. These are the governors of the world. And you're there because now we can as we think you are somebody because only the leaders came so you're there and you hear this proclamation. When the music begins to play bowed out and when the music starts this is not clumsy music with discordant note this is the best orchestra that Babylon could could gather and I'm sure the music itself was moving and as the music begins to play like a giant wave all the people bowed out. What would you do. Can you imagine the peer pressure that must have been there that day as thousands of people suddenly prostrate themselves would you stand. It's you to kind of imagine how much pressure there was that day to fall down one world religion. And hey you over your head is this a death threat. If you don't bow down you're going to burn. They're going to throw you in the furnace. What would you have done. Think about this. Shadrach me shack and Abednego were probably not the only Seventh Day Adventists there of the plane that there were in the Seventh Day Adventists. Where they have a keeper core where are they looking for the first advent of the Messiah. Yes So they were Seventh Day Adventists back then and they were not the only ones there but we know from the story there are only three that stood and I'm sure that when those other Seventh Day Adventists when they saw Chad back in the shack and Abednego standing there's a gate What are those guys doing what are they thinking they're going to get us all in trouble. Don't you know you don't have to pray to the image you can bowed down. You can pray to the God of heaven or you can but there are some interesting things down here in the dirt. You can look at. You don't have to pray and worship their babies but come off your butt or bow down or we're all in trouble. What would you have done. Well let's read on the story verse eight says where for at that time is certain Cal the NS came near and accuse the Jew. Here's an interesting commentary. These are the minutes of those that accuse the Jews these manhood that's accusing the Brewers had been OK from death by Daniele's appealed to the king in their behalf. So these men that are now accusing Shadrach were the very ones they owe their lives to do you know of it hadn't been for Daniel they would have been killed back again objected to. These are the same man that are now accusing the second Abednego but they were envious of the three he brews and were desirous of hurting their influence. They therefore carried the complaint to the king that these men had dared to disobey his commands. So now you know who's accusing those three men. Let's read now versus nine through twelve. You're still there in your Bible you know three verses nine through twelve as then spake they spake and said to the King as you can as OK live forever but I know that you have made a decree that every man that showing near the sound of a coronet mood are sacked but psaltery and dulcimer and all kinds of music shall fall down and worship the golden image and who is a follower not down and worshiped that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Who made the decree the king. Therefore verse twelve there. There are certain Jews who view you can't you have said over the affairs of the province of Babylon Shadrach Acme shack in the bed. These unmanned OK'ing have not regarded you you made the degree you set these guys up as leaders and they're not. New they have not regarded you they serve not your gods nor worship a golden image which thou hast set up you set it up you gave the decree and they're ignoring you. They don't even obey. Didn't every kid knows or I'm just giving him the commentary here you can find all this from inspiration to never you can as are flushed with triumph was brought the word that along his subjects their worst saw it as a mandate the thought that his slightest wish should not be respected at the dedication of the image of the King was a rage and he commanded that the man be brought before him. Can you imagine he is the king nobody disobeys King a bigot no other. But here are three Jews those Jew always getting in trouble. Verse thirteen Daniel three verse thirteen. Then begin as are in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrack me shakin Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king as the three groups stood before the king in their moral dignity innocence and purity. He was convinced that they were superior to the men in his kingdom even though he was angry when those three men were brought before him and he looked into their eyes he knew instantly these men these are the best men I have in the kingdom I can trust these men they're honest. I hate to lose these guys. They had always been faithful in the performance of their duty. Let me just stop right there. Does your boss know that about you. You're always faithful and whatever you're our boss assigned you to do is that the reputation you have in your workplace. This was the reputation of Shadrach me shack and a bit ago. They had always been faithful in the performance of their duties and he he decided that he would be gracious and give them a second trial. I'd hate to lose these guys so I want to give him a second chance verses fourteen and fifteen Oh goodness is fake and a set of them is the truth. Oh Shadrach me shakin a bit ago. Do not use are my gods nor worship a golden image which I have set up now or city now if you be ready. That at one time you can hear the sound of the cornet flute are sackbut psaltery and dulcimer and all kinds of music. You fall down and worship the image which I have made. Well OK I'll let you all. But if you worship not usual be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace and the moon is that God That shall deliver you out of my hair who can deliver you out of my hand any of the kingdoms that he had conquered. Had any god been able to save them those other kingdoms. No no there was the conqueror of though our world. Who can stop me. The same verse sixteen notice their answer. Daniel three sixteen Shadrach me shakin Abednego answered and said to the king or beginners or we are not careful to enter. In this matter. That's kind of in the Old English that that may be hard to understand what they're saying is we are not hesitant. We don't hesitate to give you our answer. In other words what they're saying we don't need a second chance. We have already made our decision and we will not say you have to give us a second chance. You don't have to have the orchestra play again. We've already made our decision we will not work that image. Can you imagine how big it as it must've felt after that kind of response. But three verses seventeen and eighteen it would be so our God whom we serve is able is the able is the able God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and he will deliver us out of the financial King. But but it is not been known until the yoking that we will not serve God nor worship the golden image which now has set up you have that kind of play. Our God my God is able to deliver me but if not I'm still not going to obey a man instead of God we will not bow down before this dazzling image. We would rather die than disobey. Verse nineteen then was never you could never love. Here he was in a rage then was no bigness or full of fury in the form of his speech that is appearance is faced with shame. Against you had wrecked me shakin Abednego therefore he spake and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was want to be heeded. The Bible says then was never goodness were full of hearing. I doubt that his servants had ever seen him so bad. In fact we're told when the king saw that his will was not received as the will of God He was full of theory. You understand this is the king. He's used to being obeyed nobody disobeyed the king of Babylon and here these three men they're speaking packed into him as it were. Nobody haven't had had that best. So he is enraged when the king saw that his will was not received as the will of God He was full of theory in the form of his decision was changed against these men say tannic attributes made his countenance appear as the countenance of a demon. Musta looked like a devil got so bad. Let me ask you Did you ever get angry when you lose your temper. It would be well at that point for somebody to take a picture of your face because the expression on your face when you are enraged is an expression you probably would not like to see that's what happens when the devil take control when you lose your temper. Then you are under the same control. That's why it's important not to lose your temper with all the force he could command. He ordered that the furnace be heated seven times odder than it was want and commanded the most mighty man. A blind the youth and cast them into the furnace you understand. This is back in Babylon where today we have modern Iraq. What are they have in Iraq today or oil wells and even back in the days of ancient Babylon they had these open loyal wells where the oil would move up out of the ground and they would use just a crude oil to light fire. No doubt that's what they had used to melt down all the gold and make this beautiful statue you can make a furnace hot even back then with the crude oil and they made the furnace seven times hotter. I don't know if they'd ever seen a fire this hot probably the sides of the oven were glowing with heat because of the furnace. Notice the commentary on this he knows or felt that it required more than ordinary power to deal with these noble man. His mind was strongly impressed that something unusual would interposed in their behalf and his strongest men were ordered to deal with them. So it was as if those are felt somehow in his soul that something was going to intervene to save these men even devoid threw them in the fire and that's why he arranged for the strongest man. Verse twenty three verse twenty says. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach knees shakin Abednego and they cast them into the burning fiery Purnell most mighty man. These were the man they were famous for their size famous for their strength. These were the M.V.P. medley goodness there's army. They were well known for their strength they were well known no doubt for their bravery and there were probably also known for their cruelty. And as with most military men no doubt they were very proud of their power and their strength. Verse twenty one. Since then these men were bound in their hats and their coats and their outer garments and were cast in the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Do you think the soldiers bound them gently. I doubt it. They were very roughly three did as they were grabbed and bound and thrown into the fire. Verse twenty two tells us therefore because the king's commandment was urgent at the fire exceeding hot the flame of the fires to those men that took up Shadrach the shack and a bit ago. These the mighty men the M.V.P. of Babylon's military they were killed by the heat. Can you imagine how hot this fire must have been the apocryphal reading of chapter two says that the fire was shooting out of the furnace forty nine cubits the air all of those high as the statue years ago the statue itself and it was so hot that he created out of the inference of that fire of those who might even as they threw Shadrach the shack and Abednego into the fire. Verse twenty three. And these three men judged we should act and Abednego fell down but now into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Think about it outside on the plain of girl when everybody who failed at all those three men stood tall. He didn't call the flamers lost their power to consume surrounded now here let's go back to the king. He thought he had done away with these three guys. Watch this. Surrounded by the officers of his government by the county of and by distinguished a great man from many countries. The king filled with say ten experience looked on the scene waiting to see how soon the man who had defied him would be utterly couldn't sue. I wonder I wonder if there might have been some other Jews that day on the plane of Durer that were thinking. Serves them right. That's what they deserve. They're not very smart. You don't have to pray when you kneel down you can write of the God of heaven. Kneel down go save your neck. And so when they were thrown in the fire there are probably other Jews writhing and yeah that's what they deserve. But what a difference. Suddenly it says but his triumph suddenly came to an end he saw something that he thought must have been an illusion. He turned pale and shading his eyes with his hand he directed his gaze to the furnace watching with intense interest. Let's read now versus twenty four and twenty five then have the goodness of the king was astonished and rose up in haste in spray can set in their ways counsellors did not we cast three men bound in the midst of the fire. They answered and said under the king through okaying he answered and said Lo I see our man walking in the midst of the fire and they have no hurt and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God How did know because. As in what the Son of God look like. Listen when Christ manifests himself to the children of men an unseen power speaks to their souls. They realize that they are in the presence of the infinite one before His Majesty King and Nobles tremble and acknowledge the living God above every earthly power who was inside the fiery furnace with the Hebrew words the living God and would never know just saw the Living God standing there with these three outcasts Hebrews that had been willing to die rather than just the way it spoke to his soul this is the Living God standing there in the fire with the men you tried to kill the Hebrew captive had never get an answer of Christ the Redeemer that was to come and from the description given the king recognized the form of the fourth in the fiery furnace as the Son of God. Let me ask you where are those three brews witnesses for God They were witnesses yes of the fire but had they witness for the Lord before the fire. Evidently they had told the king of the Messiah to the coming Jesus is coming. They were Adventists proclaiming the advent first advent of the Lord to the king. Seventh Day Adventists. Let's read verses twenty six and seven. Now then who is this. Does that mean it doesn't send a servant. He goes until then. Never think it is or came near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace as close as he could get without getting burned he could see there the bodies of his burned champion and he can feel the heat radiating out of that furnace netlink it knows the ghost of the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spake and said Shadrach me shack and Abednego huge servants of the most high God come for and come hither then Shadrach me shakin Abednego came forth of the midst of the fire and the princes governors captains and the king's councillors being gathered together saw these men upon whose bodies the fire had no power nor was a hair of their head spin. Neither was there where their coats change nor the smell of fire had passed on them. They had been in this inferno and the only thing they got burned was the whatever they can them up with the ropes or what the change that's why it was hot enough to burn off change the fact that these young these youth came forth from the fire having received no harm save only that their fetters had been burned away with the on the comprehension of the life of man how could you explain this. I mean fires was the butter and here are these guys coming out of the fire and the number that was beyond the comprehension of the wise man and made a decided change in the sentiments of the people. Although our own had gathered around this image now all the world has gathered around this fire close as they dared yet to see three men that don't burn the tidings of the. It's a wonderful deliverance were carried to many countries by the representatives of the different nations. God was glorified by the faithfulness of his children. Those three young men were the story makers that day one of the Bow down. What God to forgive and them is God forgive sin to God forgive David Ferguson. God forgives. But if those three men had bowed down we wouldn't have the story. It wouldn't be there in the Bible. They were the story makers back then. Will you be a story maker at in time. Because you will not just obey God these three man made headlines back then. Someday God's people are going to make headlines again this is not just an interesting story. Notice the commentary. History will be repeated. False Religion will be exulted the first day of the week that Sunday. A common working day possessing no sanctity whatever will be set up as was the image at Babylon. You will one day stand on your plain of Dura. You will be tested and the question for you is will you now down like the other Jews that were there that day on the plain of Dura. Or will you be yes Shadrach me shakin a bit they go right into that question is for you. History will be repeated. All nations and then people will die. He commanded to worship this serious Sabbath at Sunday when it's in force by law. This is Satan's plan to make of no account the decay instituted by God What day is that. As today the Sabbath and given to the world as a memorial of creation there is a parallel chapter in the Bible that parallels Daniel Chapter three and that is Revelation thirteen turn there please. Revelation thirteen verses fourteen to eighteen this will be your to the plain of Dura. That's history. But your plane of Dura is coming described here in Revelation sixteen thirty rather verses fourteen her eighteen Revelation thirteen fourteen need to see them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the be saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make and what an image. Because the beast which had the wound by a sword and did live and he had power to give life under the image of the beast that the image of the bee should go speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed and he causes all all both small and great rich and poor free and bond to receive a mark mark of the beast in their right hand or in their foreheads and that no man might buy or sell say he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom let him who has another standing count the number of the beast for it is the number of a man and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Notice the parallels in three we have an image Revelation thirteen. We have an image in Daniel three we have sixty by six sixty meters high six meters deep in Revelation we have six six six and yet no three you have church and state united in Revelation thirteen church and state unite. Daniel three you have a universal decree in Revelation thirteen we have a universal decree in general three there is a death sentence and there will be another death sentence Revelation thirteen fifty three you have a furnace in Revelation thirteen you have fire that comes down from God out of heaven in Gagnon three there are faithful few in Revelation thirteen there will be a faithful few. You can see that implied in verse eight and yet no three that was delivered and in Revelation thirteen there will be deliverance for those who are faithful to God and you can be among those. What would you have done if you had been there on the plain of Dura. Would you have bowed or would you have stood where you've been thrown in the fire was at the Acme second Abednego. People always tell me well but I was forced to. I had no choice. They put the boards on Sabbath. I had no choice. Oh yes you do. It's your choice whether you take your boards and get your job or whether you obey the God of heaven. If we don't have the courage today to stand by the Sabbath what makes us think we're going to stand when it becomes an issue of life or death. People say Oh but I I had no choice. Oh yes you have a choice. People I was recently in Africa. And the elder of one of the churches was transporting us to our site transporting us back home on Shabbat morning two Sabbaths ago picked us up. He said I'm tired today. He said I got an email last evening from my boss in Germany that said they want reports business reports on Monday morning so I stayed up till midnight working on business reports Friday night. I thought that's not Sabbath keeping was the Sabbath begins when Friday evening at sundown. How about you Fred I just give you an example somebody in Africa what about you Are you faithful to God Now if you're not faithful Now what makes you think you'll stand when the test isn't forced. Now is the time to stand for what is right. God will give us the caried to stand when the pressure is brought. What will you do. What would you have done if you had been there what will you do when the task is. The time is not far distant when the test will come to how many. Every soul the mark of the beast will be urged upon us those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conform to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to do the powers that be rather than subject themselves to derision insult and threaten imprisonment and death. If you're come compromising now you'll compromise them. What will you do. It is. The issues of the daily tests that determine this victory or defeat in life's great crisis was that a great sin to bow down before an image. They weren't killing anybody they weren't committing adultery. They weren't stealing anybody's property. It's like a small thing. All I have to do you know something down here take a look at this. Who would know. But they were unwilling to disobey God. What prepared those three Hebrews was than if you back up a did you know from Daniel three to one what happened again you know what was there attested I don't want. Yes they cast India no one prepared them to stand the test in Daniel three. Listen because they were true to God and genuine and dire then they were true to God in Daniel three in worship. There's a lesson for us. What was the diet of Daniel hen hen and I am I still in as a riot you know what the diet was. You can read it in the Bible. Test your servants for ten days. Let us be given vegetables and water to drink. That's the Daniel Dyer. Here's what counsels on diet and Foods says which is being promoted by your conference. God has spoken in his word in the case of Daniel and his three companions there are servants upon itself or as far as the servant then accepting what God has spoken in the history of. Children of Israel from whom for their good he sought to withhold a last death for whose good for their own good. I saw somebody just this morning they were walking along you know what I'm illustrating right they had a stroke. What makes people have strokes. Can you get a stroke from eating carrots. You can get a stroke from eating fruits and vegetables less of vegetables fruits and grain is. She did compose our diet not an ounce of less meat should enter our stomach. Who said that. That's not me I'm just reading. Don't get mad at me please. You want to get mad get mad at the author this is your prophet our prophet. Seven They have a nice profit. If you want to get mad at her then that's OK. Not an ounce of flesh enter our stomachs the eating of flesh is unnatural. We are to return to God's original purpose in the creation of man. So if you want to prepare to stand it in time number why do you need to make a commitment to health reform if you're not willing to make a commitment to health reform today. You think you're going to stand the pressure at the end of time. I doubt it. Number one is a commitment to health reform Number two a commitment to Integrity Watch this as the three Hebrew stood before the king and their moral dignity innocence and purity. He was convinced they were superior to all the other man and his kingdom integrity are you honest in every aspect of you. Why have you seen the signs they post here in the Philippines. Be honest even if others don't. Even if others can't even if others won't. Why did they post those signs here. Is it because honesty is a strain here in Asia. No it's because this is a problem and even society has got the signs to be honest. God is telling you as a Christian be honest those three Hebrews they were known for their integrity honest in all their dealings. Number three I'm talking about how to prepare. Number three faithfulness. They had always been faithful in the performance of their duties. About you then your boss say that about you do you just look busy when the boss comes around and when the boss is gone well that now it's time for Facebook or whatever. And number four these are the preparing to spin. Number four a commitment to witness those three Hebrews we are told the Hebrew captives had told her of Christ the Redeemer that was to come. They weren't Seven Day Adventists looking for the first advent of Jesus we are Seventh Day Adventists looking for the second advent of Jesus. They told the cake. Have you told your boss Jesus is coming Have you told your work associates. Jesus is coming. Do they know you as a Seventh Day Adventist. If we were to turn time back a hundred years and you were to meet a seventh they evidently know what their message was. Jesus is coming. All rise. I'm Jesus is coming we believe that a hundred years ago. Do we believe it today. Are we still Seventh Day Adventists. If you want to prepare for the coming crisis the Sunday law when it's in force. Here are the four things you need to make a commitment to. Number one a commitment to health reform. Number two a commitment to integrity honesty in everything you do in life. Number three a commitment to faithfulness. And number four a commitment to when the time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. It's coming soon. The mark of the bees. What will you do. Will you stand tall when others fall. Now's the time to prepare to stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few. This will be our test the greatest want of the world is the want of man men who will not be bought or sold men who in their inmost souls are true and honest men who do not fear to call sin by its right name. Men whose consciences is true to duty as the needle to the pole man who was taken for the right though the heavens fall Shadrach me shack and the bed they go those were those types of man. Will there be a drachma Jackson Abednego is it in time. Well there be a will you be among them. I trust you will be among them. Are you committed. Let me ask you today how many of you want to stand at in time for the truth. As your hands. Now today I want to take it a step farther. As you look at this list preparing for the crisis a commitment first of all to health reform. I'm wondering if somebody here would like to make a commitment. I know I need to change back to the original diet the Daniel diet and today I'm going to make a commitment to that man for your hand. Praise the Lord you know what that means. The vegetarian diet. I don't know that might be hard for some of you but you know it will increase your intelligence science actually tells you your intelligence goes up your I.Q. will increase when you change from eating meat to being a vegetarian. How about number two have you been faithful in everything you've been doing on this. How many want to make a commitment honestly today May I see your hand. You know you've not been honest but you want to make a commitment. God sees your hand. Number three faithfulness in everything that you do would you like to make a commitment to be faithful to your hand. And number four. Shadrach yak and I bet they go they will witness to the King about the coming savior. You want to make a commitment to witness me I see your hands. Some of you you're raising your hand you don't know you don't know what to do for a witness but you're the place where you could go and learn how to witness and that place is called Pascoe Monella center. Please go August sixth or August ninth you can learn how to be an effective witness today we're going to end our worship service by singing this song Lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring. He is coming again. Now is the time to prepare.

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