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July 5, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: So Jesus answersthose two questions about the
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  • signs of the end of the age andhis return to the earth and he
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  • gives them several signs.
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  • He says there'll be wars, andfamines, and ethnic conflict,
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  • and all kinds of things that hesays will happen, but then he
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  • gives them the ultimate signthat will signal his imminent
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  • return to the earth.
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  • Allen Jackson: We're continuingthe series we've been doing on
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  • "Courageous Faith" and the topicfor this session is,
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  • "What's Next?"
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  • And I'll explain that a bit morein a moment, but there's two
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  • verses of Scripture that reallyform the foundation of this
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  • study that we've been doing.
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  • Deuteronomy 31 and verse 8, itsays, "The Lord himself goes
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  • before you and he'll be withyou.
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  • He'll never leave you norforsake you.
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  • Do not be afraid and do not bediscouraged."
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  • Throughout Scripture when God iscommissioning his people in a
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  • new direction or he iscommissioning a new leader, one
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  • of the most common directionsthat is given, both New and Old
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  • Testament is, "Do not be afraidand do not be
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  • discouraged," amen?
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  • That's my objective.
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  • It's my objective for you aswell.
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  • We are not going to yield to thefield because of fear
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  • and discouragement.
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  • They will present.
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  • There'll be frightening thingsand discouraging things, and we
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  • will have to determine in ourheart that we will not stop if
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  • we're gonna finish the course.
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  • We may be like Jesus inGethsemane, "Father, I'm not
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  • sure I want to do this," butbefore we're done with the
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  • prayer, I trust we'll be saying,"Lord, not my will be done,
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  • but yours."
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  • And the second verse we've beenusing, 2 Corinthians 4, and
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  • verse 18, "We fix our eyes noton what is seen, but on what
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  • is unseen.
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  • For what is seen is temporary,but what is unseen is eternal."
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  • That first sentence is aparadox.
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  • How do you fix your eyes, how doyou look at the unseen when you
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  • can't with your physicalapparatus?
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  • So we're being invited to lookat something that is invisible.
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  • That's the paradox.
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  • Now, sometimes in Christiancircles we hear that and we
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  • think, "Oh, you're trying to getme to be fanatical."
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  • No, I'm not.
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  • I'm encouraging you to be afaithful follower of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Unseen things are not strange orweird.
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  • You interact and depend uponunseen things every day.
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  • If you use your cell phone,you're
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  • dependent on somethingyou can't see.
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  • How does it communicate?Oh, it's digital.
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  • That explains it.
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  • The unseen is a part of yourdaily life and it doesn't
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  • violate your intellect.
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  • I promise you God can withstandthe searching heat of your
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  • powerful intellect.
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  • I bump into people and they say,"It's just-- Pastor, it's just
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  • hard for me to trust God withall my education."
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  • I appreciate that.
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  • I'm an advocate for education.
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  • Get all you can afford.
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  • Go for it.
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  • I could be a professionalstudent.
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  • But at the end of the day, Idon't believe it violates my
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  • commitment to being a rationalperson to believe that something
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  • I don't see influences my life.
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  • So the purpose of courageousfaith is to help us be faithful,
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  • fearless, and making God choicesthat are based upon things that
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  • our physical senses can't fullyevaluate.
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  • If you're evaluating yourspiritual journey based upon the
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  • input of your physical senses,you are a beginner no matter how
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  • long you have sat in church.
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  • Because the invitation ofScripture is to put our-- make
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  • life choices, how we spend ourtime, how we spend our
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  • resources, how we spend ourenergy, how we fashion our
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  • dreams, based upon things thatwe cannot fully understand with
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  • our five senses.
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  • Now, that's our target in thisseries.
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  • This particular session's aboutwhat's next.
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  • We're gonna look at prophecy.
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  • Look at 2 Peter chapter 1, andverse 19.
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  • It says, "We have the word ofthe prophets made more certain,
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  • and you'll do well to payattention to it."
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  • That's just Peter the fisherman.
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  • He's not a great scholar.
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  • He's not a rabbinic scholar.
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  • He was a fisherman until Jesusrecruited him.
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  • And near the end of his life, hesays to us, "It would be in your
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  • best interest to pay attentionto the prophets."
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • Who's the greatest of all theHebrew prophets?
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  • Isaiah?
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  • Jeremiah?
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  • Ezekiel?
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  • Habakkuk?
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  • No, it's Jesus.
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  • Jesus of Nazareth is thegreatest of the Hebrew prophets.
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  • And in Matthew chapter 24, wehave Jesus's most lengthy,
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  • prophetic discourse.
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  • It's actually-- it's mirroredin Luke 21, and also
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  • in Mark chapter 14.
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  • We don't have time in thissession to look at all three of
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  • those chapters, but if you wantto do a little homework and
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  • research beyond this session,you can read Luke 21 and
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  • Mark 14.
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  • They're all-- they're allrelating to us the presentation
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  • that Jesus made.
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  • We're gonna look at Matthew 24.
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  • Jesus is on the Temple Mountwith his disciples and they
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  • ask him a question.
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  • Jesus says to them, "This templeis gonna be destroyed," and the
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  • disciples can hardly believe it.
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  • It's the most spectacularbuilding in the entire nation
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  • of Israel.
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  • It is the expression of theheart of the nation.
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  • It's the National Bank.
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  • It's one of the wonders of theRoman world.
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  • It's their expression and theirimagination.
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  • It expresses the dominance ofthe God of Abraham, Isaac, and
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  • Jacob over all the earth.
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  • And Jesus said that building'sgonna be destroyed.
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  • And this is at the end of threeyears with him.
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  • They've learned to believe him.
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  • So when they're alone withJesus, they said, "Tell us when
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  • this is going to happen."
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  • And in their imagination, if thetemple's destroyed, it's the end
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  • of the world.
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  • Be a little bit like us sayingWashington D.C.
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  • is gonna be destroyed and neverbe rebuilt.
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  • I think we would imagine thatwould be the end of our nation
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  • at least.
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  • So they said, "Tell us when'sthis going to happen and what
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  • will be the sign of your comingand the end of the age?"
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  • So Jesus answers those twoquestions about the signs of the
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  • end of the age and his return tothe earth and he gives them
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  • several signs.
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  • He says there'll be wars, andfamines, and ethnic conflict,
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  • and all kinds of things that hesays will happen, but then he
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  • gives them the ultimate signthat will signal his imminent
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  • return to the earth.
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  • I'll read it to you.
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  • It's in Matthew 24, and verse14.
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  • He said, "This good news of thekingdom will be proclaimed in
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  • all the world as a testimony toall nations and then the end
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  • will come."
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  • The sign of the approaching endis the gospel of the kingdom
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  • preached in all the world to allthe nations.
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  • Now, I think we typicallyoverlook it because in Jesus's
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  • listing, it's not the sexiest.
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  • We'd rather focus on famines,and ethnic conflict, and signs
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  • in the heavens, but the signthat Jesus directed us towards
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  • is the gospel of the kingdombeing preached in the
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  • whole world.
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  • I think it's very, veryimportant to understand that you
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  • and I have a role to play infacilitating the return of Jesus
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  • to the earth.
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  • It is a solemn responsibility.
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  • And we have shirked that.We've avoided it.
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  • We've kinda shrugged it off andimagine, "Ah, it's about
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  • pastors, and you know, Goddoesn't really care about
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  • organized religion."
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  • I'm not saying he's interestedin the organization of religion,
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  • he's interested in the news ofJesus Christ being shared to the
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  • whole world.
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  • And I don't think it'saccidental that you and I live
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  • in a season where globalcommunication is more
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  • accessible, more available to aglobal population at the least
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  • cost in the history of humanity.
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  • We have an assignment, folks.
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  • The only solution to thesuffering and the misery of the
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  • human condition is the return tothe earth of Jesus of Nazareth,
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  • the prince of peace.
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  • And the sign, the facilitatorfor making that happen is us
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  • taking seriously enough the goodnews of the gospel, that we
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  • expend ourselves in the sharingof that around the earth.
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  • But the assignment we've beengiven is to be unrelenting, bold
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  • advocates for Jesus.
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  • And he said we're going to needto be fearless and courageous,
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  • which means the things we'll beconfronted with will be
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  • frightening and discouraging.
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  • You ready to go?
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  • All right, I'm glad to have bothof you join me.
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  • Now, I want to take the balanceof the time we have and in
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  • Matthew 24 look at two warningsJesus gives us.
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  • I said I want to talk to youabout what's next, so what's
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  • next is the most-- you might becurious and that's okay with me,
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  • but if we are not prepared andengaged in what's next, what's
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  • coming after that's not reallygoing to be relevant to
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  • us, agreed?
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  • So I want to focus with you onJesus gives us two significant
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  • warnings, the first one inMatthew 24:23.
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  • He said, "If anyone tells you,'Look, here's the Messiah,' or,
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  • 'Over here!'
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  • don't believe it.
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  • False messiahs and falseprophets will arise and perform
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  • great signs and wonders to leadastray, if possible, even
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  • the elect.
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  • Take note: I have told you inadvance.
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  • So if they tell you, 'Look, he'sin the wilderness!'
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  • don't go out; 'Look, he's in theinner rooms!'
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  • don't believe it."
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  • In this lengthy discussion aboutwhat the world will be like
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  • before Jesus returns, hissternest warning is a warning
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  • against deception.
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  • It's repeated four times.
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  • More than we're warned aboutfamine, or war, or violence, or
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  • hatred, or immorality, ordemonic involvement, more than
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  • we're warned about any of thosethings, Jesus warns us
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  • about deception.
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  • I like the phrase in thatpassage, "To be led astray."
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  • I think it's helpful in gettingto the meaning of deception.
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  • It's to be led astray.
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  • It's something that'sincremental.
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  • You're on the path and there'san option that opens up and
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  • you're just led astray.
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  • And I also think it's helpful totake note of who Jesus is
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  • speaking to.
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  • He's talking to his apostles,the people he has recruited,
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  • that he spent three yearsinvesting his time and
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  • energy with.
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  • They're his best friends.
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  • They're his most faithfulfollowers and he is warning them
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  • in the plainest of languagerepetitively about
  • 00:11:38.923 --> 00:11:42.227
  • being deceived.
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  • Now, it captures my attentionbecause in contemporary
  • 00:11:45.997 --> 00:11:48.099
  • Evangelicalism, I don't think wehave much concern about this.
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  • We'll get heated up about theend of the age, and you know,
  • 00:11:52.270 --> 00:11:54.873
  • what kind of preparations we'regonna make, and whether we need
  • 00:11:54.906 --> 00:11:57.942
  • dehydrated food, or waterfilters, or precious metals.
  • 00:11:57.976 --> 00:12:01.312
  • And now, those discussions maybe appropriate.
  • 00:12:01.346 --> 00:12:03.848
  • I'm not really trashing that,but we've kind of ignored
  • 00:12:03.882 --> 00:12:06.518
  • Jesus's instructions ondeception.
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  • I'll tell you this, if you don'tthink you can be deceived, you
  • 00:12:08.686 --> 00:12:11.089
  • already are.
  • 00:12:11.122 --> 00:12:14.392
  • If you think because you'verecited a prayer and been dipped
  • 00:12:14.425 --> 00:12:16.427
  • in a pool that your golden andyou're insulated from deception
  • 00:12:16.461 --> 00:12:19.564
  • and you're not vulnerable,you're not paying attention to
  • 00:12:19.597 --> 00:12:21.699
  • the Scripture 'cause Jesus istalking to Peter, and James, and
  • 00:12:21.733 --> 00:12:24.035
  • John, and Mary, his closestfriends, and he's saying, "You
  • 00:12:24.068 --> 00:12:28.039
  • need to be very careful aboutthis."
  • 00:12:28.072 --> 00:12:31.442
  • It's a repeated warning.
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  • It's significant.
  • 00:12:32.844 --> 00:12:34.145
  • I spent several days walkingaround, and praying, and
  • 00:12:34.179 --> 00:12:37.182
  • reflecting on this, and saying,"Lord, if you've warned us in
  • 00:12:37.215 --> 00:12:39.751
  • such plain language about beingled astray, I need to consider a
  • 00:12:39.784 --> 00:12:43.621
  • little bit how I would beenticed."
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  • I think most of us understandthat blatant immorality, or
  • 00:12:46.825 --> 00:12:49.327
  • blatant wickedness, or blatantexpressions into ungodliness,
  • 00:12:49.360 --> 00:12:52.864
  • you get a little warning lightwith that.
  • 00:12:52.897 --> 00:12:54.299
  • I hope you've been around churchlong enough to know that, so
  • 00:12:54.332 --> 00:12:56.701
  • those wouldn't really be thepoints of threat.
  • 00:12:56.734 --> 00:13:00.205
  • I mean, you could reject yourfaith.
  • 00:13:00.238 --> 00:13:01.673
  • You could reject the Lord.
  • 00:13:01.706 --> 00:13:03.041
  • You could choose wickedness.
  • 00:13:03.074 --> 00:13:04.375
  • We all have that capacity, butwhen you do that you know you're
  • 00:13:04.409 --> 00:13:07.378
  • doing wrong.
  • 00:13:07.412 --> 00:13:08.746
  • The alarm bells are ringing onthe inside.
  • 00:13:08.780 --> 00:13:10.081
  • That's not deception.
  • 00:13:10.114 --> 00:13:12.217
  • That's not being led astray.
  • 00:13:12.250 --> 00:13:13.685
  • That's choosing ungodliness.
  • 00:13:13.718 --> 00:13:15.019
  • Don't confuse the two.
  • 00:13:15.053 --> 00:13:17.856
  • We see lots of people withmarginal Christian affiliation
  • 00:13:17.889 --> 00:13:20.558
  • choosing ungodliness.
  • 00:13:20.592 --> 00:13:21.926
  • That's not deception.
  • 00:13:21.960 --> 00:13:23.261
  • That's choosing the world.
  • 00:13:23.294 --> 00:13:25.563
  • When Paul wrote to Timothy in 2Timothy 4, he said, "Demas has
  • 00:13:25.597 --> 00:13:28.600
  • abandoned me.
  • 00:13:28.633 --> 00:13:29.934
  • He loved the world.
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  • He's gone back to Thessalonica."
  • 00:13:31.336 --> 00:13:32.637
  • He didn't say Demas wasdeceived.
  • 00:13:32.670 --> 00:13:35.139
  • He said Demas just decided heloved the world more than he
  • 00:13:35.173 --> 00:13:37.242
  • loved the Lord.
  • 00:13:37.275 --> 00:13:38.576
  • And you and I have to wrestlewith that.
  • 00:13:38.610 --> 00:13:40.211
  • Every one of us, me too.
  • 00:13:40.245 --> 00:13:42.814
  • The invitations of the world arebefore us every day.
  • 00:13:42.847 --> 00:13:47.418
  • That's why we read the verseabout looking at what is unseen.
  • 00:13:47.452 --> 00:13:50.455
  • You'll have to make the choices.
  • 00:13:50.488 --> 00:13:51.990
  • You will forfeit opportunitiesfor gain, for fame, for profit,
  • 00:13:52.023 --> 00:13:56.661
  • for pleasure that are not basedin godliness.
  • 00:13:56.694 --> 00:14:01.366
  • And in the moment, the decisionwill feel like you are
  • 00:14:01.399 --> 00:14:03.268
  • forfeiting something ofsignificance, but in truth you
  • 00:14:03.301 --> 00:14:05.837
  • are not.
  • 00:14:05.870 --> 00:14:07.872
  • I'll give you an example.
  • 00:14:07.906 --> 00:14:09.207
  • Matthew chapter 4, and verse 5,it's in your notes.
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:13.077
  • "The devil took him," who's him?
  • 00:14:13.111 --> 00:14:15.947
  • Jesus.
  • 00:14:15.980 --> 00:14:17.315
  • "The devil took Jesus to theholy city and had him stand on
  • 00:14:17.348 --> 00:14:20.585
  • the highest point of the temple.
  • 00:14:20.618 --> 00:14:23.354
  • And he said, 'If you are the Sonof God, throw yourself down.'"
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  • I'm going to pause just amoment.
  • 00:14:28.559 --> 00:14:29.894
  • I would submit to you that thedevil knew very well that Jesus
  • 00:14:29.928 --> 00:14:32.864
  • was the Son of God.
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  • No question about it.
  • 00:14:34.565 --> 00:14:36.734
  • In fact, I would submit to youthat Jesus knows he's the Son
  • 00:14:36.768 --> 00:14:39.671
  • of God.
  • 00:14:39.704 --> 00:14:41.439
  • And yet Satan has the audacity,the unmitigated gall to say to
  • 00:14:41.472 --> 00:14:48.079
  • Jesus, "If you are the Son ofGod."
  • 00:14:48.112 --> 00:14:51.783
  • Knowing it full well withabsolute certainty who Jesus is,
  • 00:14:51.816 --> 00:14:58.022
  • he challenges it.
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  • I point it out because I assureyou he will challenge what God
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  • has said about you.
  • 00:15:04.028 --> 00:15:06.764
  • He will challenge in your mindwhat you believe the Word of God
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  • to be.
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  • Everybody in here, if we had amoment, could give testimony to
  • 00:15:11.536 --> 00:15:13.571
  • the fact that you have doubted,questioned.
  • 00:15:13.604 --> 00:15:15.707
  • You've had a thought come inyour mind.
  • 00:15:15.740 --> 00:15:17.075
  • "Do you really believe?
  • 00:15:17.108 --> 00:15:19.644
  • Why are you acting so holy?
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  • You know that's not the way youwant to be.
  • 00:15:21.479 --> 00:15:24.148
  • Who do you think you are?
  • 00:15:24.182 --> 00:15:26.484
  • Why would you pray for anotherperson?
  • 00:15:26.517 --> 00:15:28.519
  • What makes you think you're sogood?"
  • 00:15:28.553 --> 00:15:31.889
  • You ever had any those thoughts?
  • 00:15:31.923 --> 00:15:33.725
  • It's not a new thing, but watchthe tactic that Satan uses.
  • 00:15:33.758 --> 00:15:39.430
  • "If you're the Son of God, throwyourself down.
  • 00:15:39.464 --> 00:15:41.899
  • For it is written."
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  • Written where?
  • 00:15:43.401 --> 00:15:45.169
  • In the "Jerusalem Post"?
  • 00:15:45.203 --> 00:15:48.239
  • No, he's about to quoteScripture to Jesus.
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  • Can you believe this?
  • 00:15:50.341 --> 00:15:52.176
  • He's going to quote Scripture toJesus.
  • 00:15:52.210 --> 00:15:54.012
  • "He will command his angelsconcerning you, and they will
  • 00:15:54.045 --> 00:15:56.814
  • lift you up in their hands, sothat you'll not strike your foot
  • 00:15:56.848 --> 00:15:59.384
  • against a stone."
  • 00:15:59.417 --> 00:16:01.586
  • He's tryin' to get Jesus to bepresumptuous, arrogant,
  • 00:16:01.619 --> 00:16:05.757
  • prideful, self-indulgent, andhe's using Scripture to do it.
  • 00:16:05.790 --> 00:16:12.363
  • Watch Jesus's response.
  • 00:16:12.397 --> 00:16:14.732
  • "Jesus answered him, 'It iswritten: "Do not put the Lord
  • 00:16:14.766 --> 00:16:17.969
  • your God to the test."'"
  • 00:16:18.002 --> 00:16:20.071
  • He answers him with Scripture.
  • 00:16:20.104 --> 00:16:22.540
  • One of the ways you and I arevulnerable to deception is
  • 00:16:22.573 --> 00:16:27.145
  • with Scripture.
  • 00:16:27.178 --> 00:16:28.513
  • It's why it's so important thatyou make a commitment to get to
  • 00:16:28.546 --> 00:16:31.282
  • know your Bible.
  • 00:16:31.315 --> 00:16:34.252
  • I'm embarrassed and even a bitashamed that it took me so many
  • 00:16:34.285 --> 00:16:38.423
  • years to invite the congregationto collectively, systematically
  • 00:16:38.456 --> 00:16:42.860
  • read our bibles.
  • 00:16:42.894 --> 00:16:44.762
  • I haven't discovered anything inall of my years that are more
  • 00:16:44.796 --> 00:16:47.632
  • effective and helping uscollectively continue to grow in
  • 00:16:47.665 --> 00:16:50.368
  • the Lord as that dailysystematic reading of our Bible.
  • 00:16:50.401 --> 00:16:55.339
  • About a 15 minute commitment aday, you can read through your
  • 00:16:55.373 --> 00:16:57.875
  • Bible in the course of a year.
  • 00:16:57.909 --> 00:17:00.511
  • And there is something that isboth affirming, and encouraging,
  • 00:17:00.545 --> 00:17:03.448
  • and a point of discussion whenwe all know we're working our
  • 00:17:03.481 --> 00:17:05.950
  • way through the book of Job atthe same time, right?
  • 00:17:05.983 --> 00:17:11.856
  • 'Cause I mean, Job's not alwaysthe most exciting book.
  • 00:17:11.889 --> 00:17:15.493
  • A lot of bad stuff.
  • 00:17:15.526 --> 00:17:16.861
  • Job's got some bad friends.
  • 00:17:16.894 --> 00:17:18.196
  • But you can push through Job'cause you're gonna get to read
  • 00:17:18.229 --> 00:17:20.665
  • the book of Psalms, huh?
  • 00:17:20.698 --> 00:17:23.935
  • It's gonna get better.
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  • If you haven't ever made thatcommitment, I wanna extend the
  • 00:17:27.772 --> 00:17:29.941
  • invitation to you again thismorning.
  • 00:17:29.974 --> 00:17:32.510
  • It's worth it.
  • 00:17:32.543 --> 00:17:33.878
  • You can go to the church websiteor the church app.
  • 00:17:33.911 --> 00:17:35.546
  • You can get the readings on adaily basis.
  • 00:17:35.580 --> 00:17:37.448
  • It'll help you.
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  • If you started and you've gotbehind, you're forgiven in the
  • 00:17:38.816 --> 00:17:40.918
  • name of the Father, and the Son,and the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:40.952 --> 00:17:44.655
  • I brought you a verse ofScripture.
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  • 2 Corinthians 11, and verse 3,he says, "I'm afraid that just
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  • as Eve was deceived by theserpent's cunning."
  • 00:17:50.995 --> 00:17:53.798
  • That's a staggering sentence tome, that Eve was deceived.
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  • Eve.
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  • Remember where Eve lived?
  • 00:18:02.340 --> 00:18:04.475
  • In the garden.
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  • Eve in the garden of Eden.
  • 00:18:06.177 --> 00:18:08.546
  • It says that God came in theafternoon and walked with Adam
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  • and Eve.
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  • She had direct contact with theCreator of all things.
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  • She's living in the garden andshe was vulnerable to deception.
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  • This is before sin.
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  • Now, if Eve in the garden isvulnerable to deception, may I
  • 00:18:26.264 --> 00:18:30.568
  • humbly suggest to you we shouldpay attention.
  • 00:18:30.601 --> 00:18:35.773
  • Now, watch the rest.
  • 00:18:35.806 --> 00:18:37.141
  • It says, "Just as Eve wasdeceived by the serpent's
  • 00:18:37.175 --> 00:18:39.510
  • cunning, your minds may somehowbe led astray."
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  • What's the doorway to us beingled astray?
  • 00:18:44.015 --> 00:18:47.718
  • Our minds, our thoughts.
  • 00:18:47.752 --> 00:18:50.021
  • Your minds are linked to youremotions.
  • 00:18:50.054 --> 00:18:51.856
  • You get some momentum betweenyour thoughts and your emotions,
  • 00:18:51.889 --> 00:18:54.759
  • you've got enough momentum nowto lead you astray.
  • 00:18:54.792 --> 00:18:59.096
  • "That your minds may somehow beled astray from your sincere and
  • 00:18:59.130 --> 00:19:03.367
  • pure devotion to Christ."
  • 00:19:03.401 --> 00:19:05.503
  • What's the target?
  • 00:19:05.536 --> 00:19:06.871
  • Sincerity of faith, and purity,and your devotion to Christ.
  • 00:19:06.904 --> 00:19:11.976
  • There's one other contributorto, it seems to me, to deception
  • 00:19:12.009 --> 00:19:16.080
  • or being led astray and that'ssupernatural activity.
  • 00:19:16.113 --> 00:19:21.719
  • Matthew 24:24 again says, "Falseprophets will arise and perform
  • 00:19:21.752 --> 00:19:25.690
  • great signs and wonders to leadastray, if possible, even
  • 00:19:25.723 --> 00:19:28.426
  • the elect."
  • 00:19:28.459 --> 00:19:29.760
  • Throughout Scripture whereveryou find a true prophet, you'll
  • 00:19:29.794 --> 00:19:32.330
  • find a whole constellation offalse ones.
  • 00:19:32.363 --> 00:19:36.367
  • And we're going to have tobecome a bit more
  • 00:19:36.400 --> 00:19:37.868
  • discriminating, a bit moreaware.
  • 00:19:37.902 --> 00:19:39.203
  • We're gonna need to know theWord of God.
  • 00:19:39.237 --> 00:19:41.005
  • We're gonna need to be familiarwith the person of the
  • 00:19:41.038 --> 00:19:42.940
  • Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:42.974 --> 00:19:44.675
  • Now, there's one more warningand I've got about
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  • three minutes.
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  • You ready?
  • 00:19:47.778 --> 00:19:49.080
  • Matthew 24:36, Jesus said, "Noone knows about that day or
  • 00:19:49.113 --> 00:19:54.118
  • hour, not even the angels inheaven, nor the Son, but only
  • 00:19:54.151 --> 00:19:56.887
  • the Father."
  • 00:19:56.921 --> 00:19:58.256
  • He's talking about his return.
  • 00:19:58.289 --> 00:19:59.590
  • He said no one knows.
  • 00:19:59.624 --> 00:20:00.958
  • So if you meet someone who saysthey know, what do you know?
  • 00:20:00.992 --> 00:20:04.295
  • You know they don't know.
  • 00:20:04.328 --> 00:20:06.497
  • So I wouldn't argue with 'em.
  • 00:20:06.530 --> 00:20:07.865
  • I wouldn't get heated up aboutit.
  • 00:20:07.898 --> 00:20:09.200
  • I'd just smile, turn around,sprint the other direction.
  • 00:20:09.233 --> 00:20:13.804
  • And then Jesus gives us anindicator.
  • 00:20:13.838 --> 00:20:16.440
  • He says, "As it was in the daysof Noah, so it will be at the
  • 00:20:16.474 --> 00:20:20.144
  • coming of the Son of Man."
  • 00:20:20.177 --> 00:20:21.512
  • Now, that's the statement.
  • 00:20:21.545 --> 00:20:22.847
  • Everything that comes after thatis explanatory.
  • 00:20:22.880 --> 00:20:25.283
  • "As it wasn't the days of Noah,so it will be at the
  • 00:20:25.316 --> 00:20:27.652
  • coming of the Son of Man."
  • 00:20:27.685 --> 00:20:28.986
  • We don't have time to go backand look in Genesis at the days
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:31.088
  • of Noah.
  • 00:20:31.122 --> 00:20:32.423
  • You can do that if you'reinterested, but Jesus said, "In
  • 00:20:32.456 --> 00:20:34.091
  • the days before the flood,people were eating and drinking,
  • 00:20:34.125 --> 00:20:37.094
  • marrying and giving in marriage,up 'til the day Noah entered the
  • 00:20:37.128 --> 00:20:40.031
  • ark; and they knew nothing aboutwhat would happen until the
  • 00:20:40.064 --> 00:20:43.367
  • flood came and took them allaway."
  • 00:20:43.401 --> 00:20:46.337
  • That's a bizarre sentence.
  • 00:20:46.370 --> 00:20:48.806
  • Not the part about eating anddrinking, and marrying and
  • 00:20:48.839 --> 00:20:51.208
  • giving in marriage.
  • 00:20:51.242 --> 00:20:52.543
  • Those are normal activities, butit says up until the day Noah
  • 00:20:52.576 --> 00:20:54.512
  • entered the ark, people had noclue.
  • 00:20:54.545 --> 00:20:56.947
  • Well, Noah was a preacher ofrighteousness and what Noah--
  • 00:20:56.981 --> 00:21:01.018
  • Noah did not built a tiny littleboat and put it in a bottle in
  • 00:21:01.052 --> 00:21:03.854
  • his garage.
  • 00:21:03.888 --> 00:21:05.222
  • Noah built an ark in a dryfield.
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  • He didn't build it at theharbor.
  • 00:21:11.262 --> 00:21:13.464
  • He didn't build it at the coast.
  • 00:21:13.497 --> 00:21:15.633
  • He didn't build it on the riverbank.
  • 00:21:15.666 --> 00:21:17.201
  • He built it in a dry field.
  • 00:21:17.234 --> 00:21:19.937
  • Noah had been telling them,warning them repetitively over a
  • 00:21:19.970 --> 00:21:25.676
  • broad period of time, andJesus's words, not mine, Jesus
  • 00:21:25.710 --> 00:21:29.980
  • said that generation knewnothing about what would happen
  • 00:21:30.014 --> 00:21:36.253
  • until they were swept away.
  • 00:21:36.287 --> 00:21:38.956
  • What were they doing?
  • 00:21:38.989 --> 00:21:42.626
  • Well, he gave us the answer.
  • 00:21:42.660 --> 00:21:43.961
  • He said they were eating anddrinking, and marrying and
  • 00:21:43.994 --> 00:21:45.930
  • giving in marriage.
  • 00:21:45.963 --> 00:21:48.032
  • Those aren't wicked things.
  • 00:21:48.065 --> 00:21:50.234
  • They're not immoral things.
  • 00:21:50.267 --> 00:21:52.870
  • They weren't pagan things.
  • 00:21:52.903 --> 00:21:55.506
  • They were so engaged in life'sactivities, if you use Luke 21
  • 00:21:55.539 --> 00:21:59.176
  • and add to it, the list getsbuilt out a little bit.
  • 00:21:59.210 --> 00:22:01.245
  • It says they were buying andselling, planting and building.
  • 00:22:01.278 --> 00:22:06.917
  • Eating and drinking, buying andselling, planting and building,
  • 00:22:06.951 --> 00:22:10.888
  • paying no attention to theunseen.
  • 00:22:10.921 --> 00:22:16.160
  • Again, this is Jesus warning us.
  • 00:22:16.193 --> 00:22:17.795
  • This isn't Pastor.
  • 00:22:17.828 --> 00:22:20.398
  • I'm just telling you what Jesussaid.
  • 00:22:20.431 --> 00:22:23.734
  • We have to guard our hearts.
  • 00:22:23.768 --> 00:22:25.069
  • There's nothing inherently evilor wrong with the activities
  • 00:22:25.102 --> 00:22:28.172
  • listed, yet the people involvedwere swept away, led astray.
  • 00:22:28.205 --> 00:22:34.779
  • Guard your hearts.
  • 00:22:34.812 --> 00:22:36.147
  • What is the instruction Jesusgave us?
  • 00:22:36.180 --> 00:22:39.884
  • He said this gospel of thekingdom will be preached in the
  • 00:22:39.917 --> 00:22:41.886
  • whole world, and then the endwill come.
  • 00:22:41.919 --> 00:22:46.056
  • We have an assignment.
  • 00:22:46.090 --> 00:22:47.892
  • And if our answer is, "Well,I've said the prayer and been
  • 00:22:47.925 --> 00:22:50.628
  • dipped in the pool.
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  • I'm good to go," you'redeceived.
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  • If your answer is, "Well, Idon't think God does miracles
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  • anymore," you're deceived.
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  • If your answer is, "Well, Iattend church occasionally.
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  • I'm okay," you're deceived.
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  • The degree to which we have beenled astray and we've been taken
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  • away from the initiatives thatGod has given us is staggering.
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  • And we have the clear warningof Jesus.
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  • Folks, we live in a uniqueseason.
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  • God is moving in the earth.
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  • We have tremendous freedoms andliberties.
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  • I didn't come this morning withany intent of bringing a
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  • heaviness or a condemnation.
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  • I want to bring clarity.
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  • The King is coming and we have arole to play.
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  • And he's not opposed to usmarrying and giving in marriage,
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  • or buying and selling, or eatingand drinking.
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  • He's given us the capacity forall of those things, but I want
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  • all of those things subordinatedto my desire, to my sincere
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  • faith and my purity with regardto the kingdom of God.
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  • Now, we've already had a time ofministry this morning, but I
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  • did bring you a prayer.
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  • We'll work the rest of thisoutline another time.
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  • You know, when I sit at my desk,it looks so simple.
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  • When I stand up, I find morewords.
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  • But there's a prayer at the endof your outline.
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  • If you'll stand with me, we'regonna read it together.
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  • You know, it's such a privilegeto be together.
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  • One of the great protectionsagainst deception is
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  • one another.
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  • You need a handful of people inyour life who you trust with the
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  • truth, the truth of God and thetruth of your life.
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  • And you need to hear them.
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  • You need to cooperate with themwhen they speak to you.
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  • You don't wanna give away yourauthority.
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  • We follow the Holy Spirit, Iunderstand that, but none of us
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  • will complete the course alone.
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  • We need one another.
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  • Now, that's the truth.
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  • Look at the person on your rightand say, "I need your help."
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  • Some of you don't know which wayright is.
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  • And look at the person on yourleft, say, "I'm not so sure
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  • about you."
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  • All right, have you found yourprayer?
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  • Let's read it together.
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  • Heavenly Father, give meboldness to acknowledge Jesus
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  • each day.
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  • Holy Spirit, grant me wisdom torecognize the opportunities
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  • surrounding me.
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  • Lord Jesus, may you be pleasedwith my choices in time that I
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  • may serve you for all eternity.
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  • All praise to the Lamb.
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  • May your kingdom come and yourwill be done on earth as it is
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  • in heaven, amen.
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