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November 30, 2020
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  • Allen Jackson: I dislike the waywe've been trained, we've been
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  • trained to attend church, torecite a sinner's prayer, to get
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  • dipped in a pool, and then getyour theological blocks in a
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  • neat row, and beyond that you'repretty much good to go.
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  • We need to show up at churchfrom time to time, and a little
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  • money probably wouldn't be a badidea, and maybe an occasional
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  • volunteering event would be okaybut beyond that,
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  • just live your life.
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  • Folks, that's deception.
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  • Allen Jackson: Good to be withyou again, and our topic today
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  • is "Watching ProphecyFulfilled."
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  • I think many times we imaginethat living in the midst of a
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  • biblical narrative would be allexcitement and anticipation and
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  • great joy, and there's certainlysome parts of that.
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  • But if we read our New Testamentwith a little bit more of an
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  • open heart, we also find thedisciples afraid, sometimes not
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  • knowing what to do, feeling abit adrift, there's even some
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  • significant pushback and someresistance to what
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  • they're doing.
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  • Sounds a lot like the worldwe're living in now.
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  • Not everybody embraces Jesus,not everybody's excited about
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  • the kingdom of God, noteverybody endorses a biblical
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  • worldview or biblical idealsaround sexuality or marriage,
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  • but we still can't step awayfrom the truth of our Lord.
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  • We need God's perspective, weneed a biblical perspective to
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  • help us understand how tonavigate this most extraordinary
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  • year that we're living through.
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  • I thank God for your life, foryour willingness to open your
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  • heart to the Word of God and toinvite God's presence into
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  • your life.
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  • If we stand together, I believewe will see the victory of our
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  • God in this generation.
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  • Grab your Bibles, get a notepad,open your heart, God has
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  • something for you today.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Allen Jackson: The title forthis session this morning is
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  • "Watching Prophecy Fulfilled,"and be certain of this, you are.
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  • It's not something removed fromyou, it doesn't need to be a
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  • theological exercise in history,you're watching it fulfilled on
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  • a daily basis.
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  • Now I wanna start with Isaiah,primarily because we've just
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  • finished reading Isaiah.
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  • I hope you do the daily Biblereading with us, if you don't,
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  • you're forfeiting an importantpart of your spiritual health,
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  • and you don't have to follow ourreading plan, about a 10-15
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  • minute investment a day we readthrough the Bible together
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  • every year.
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  • And if you if you're not a partof that, come on and join us,
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  • we're just starting the book ofJeremiah but you can go to the
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  • website and get the portionsevery day.
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  • If you have the church app youcan, if you don't, you can
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  • download it to your portabledevices and the Scriptures will
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  • be there everyday.
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  • It'll actually read it to you onthe app so you can listen while
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  • you commute to work or you dochores around the house, or yard
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  • work, whatever it may be.
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  • You need a consistent diet, asystematic diet of the Word
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  • of God.
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  • We just finished Isaiah, Ithought it would be helpful,
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  • it's not an easy book to read.
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  • Isaiah was a prophet inJerusalem, he's one of the major
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  • prophets, three major prophetsin the Hebrew Bible, it just
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  • means he prophesied over a longperiod of time.
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  • Isaiah was a court prophet, hewas a prophet of the palace,
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  • some will say he was a prophetof the purple; it just means he
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  • was comfortable in the halls ofintrigue in the palace of the
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  • king and the influentialdecision-making, and he was at
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  • the center of it.
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  • Amos was a very different kindof a prophet, Amos was a farmer,
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  • but not Isaiah, Isaiah was athome in the midst of the
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  • decisions that were governingthe nation.
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  • In fact, Isaiah was a prophet inJerusalem during the reign of
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  • five separate kings for a 40year period of time.
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  • It's a bit personal to me, mybrother Philip and I studied at
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  • Hebrew University and one oftheir campuses is on Mount
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  • Scopus, just to the east, a bitnorth of the city of Jerusalem.
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  • It's a little range of hills andwe lived in an apartment
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  • building and at night I could goup on the roof of the apartment.
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  • And sometimes we'd get homesick,you know you miss sausage gravy
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  • and sweet tea.
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  • And if I got a bit homesick, I'dclimbed the steps and sit on the
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  • roof and from where we were youcould look over the Kidron
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  • Valley and you can see theTemple Mount, the literal
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  • platform where the temple stoodwhen Jesus was here.
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  • Now today in the center of theTemple Mount there's a Muslim
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  • shrine, it's that gold dome yousee in all the money shots
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  • of Jerusalem.
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  • But I'd sit on that roof in thedark, in Jerusalem at night
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  • there's a breeze and it'susually chilly, and usually kind
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  • of hunkered down inside of asweatshirt.
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  • And I look across the valley atthe Temple Mount and I would
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  • think, "You know, King Davidprayed there and Solomon prayed
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  • there, Isaiah prayed there, andnow I get to sit here and offer
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  • my prayers," and it made theBible feel really personal
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  • to me.
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  • I'd like to invite you into thattoday.
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  • When we talk about prophecybeing fulfilled, I'm not talking
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  • about theology debates, I'mtalking about living your life
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  • with the awareness that AlmightyGod, the creator of heaven and
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  • Earth is moving in the earth,and in his wisdom he's chosen
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  • you and I to be a part of thisvery unique season.
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  • And if we can understand a bitbetter the story of Scripture
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  • it'll help us understand how toengage in the season in which
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  • we live.
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  • I dislike the way we've beentrained.
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  • We've been trained to attendchurch, to recite a sinner's
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  • prayer, to get dipped in a pool,and then get your theological
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  • blocks in a neat row, and beyondthat you're pretty much good
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  • to go.
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  • I mean, you need to show up atchurch from time to time and a
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  • little money probably wouldn'tbe a bad idea, and maybe an
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  • occasional volunteering eventwould be okay, but beyond that,
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  • just live your life.
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  • Folks, that's deception.
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  • We are birthed into the kingdomof God so that we can spend our
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  • lives serving the king.
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  • Now you may do it as a butcher,a baker, or a candlestick maker
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  • but you got a kingdomassignment.
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  • We've been given the Word of Godto help us understand the nature
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  • and the character of God not tofind discrepancies, not to find
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  • the ways that the Gospels don'tagree but to understand the
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  • nature and the character of God.
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  • And I think Isaiah can help us abit with the season we're in
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  • today, he served during fivekings.
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  • Some of you will remember whenIsaiah was recruited, it's
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  • Isaiah 6, it says, "In the yearthat King Uzziah died I had
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  • a vision."
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  • That was the first king, Uzziahreigned a long time in
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  • Jerusalem, over 50 years, forthe most part the Bible tells us
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  • he was a good king but he endedbadly; finishing well is not an
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  • easy thing.
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  • And he was followed by Jotham,who the Bible tells us was a
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  • good king as well, it's a littleoverly simplistic because the
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  • good kings faced bad things andchallenges and problems.
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  • And the good kings may, or thebad kings may have faced some
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  • defeats by their enemies but thepeople continued to have lives,
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  • to marry, and to buy and sell,and to do all the things that
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  • comes with life.
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  • But the bad kings did notencourage the people to honor
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  • God and to worship God, theyinvited in unclean things,
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  • immoral things, idolatrousthings, destructive things.
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  • Jotham was followed by Ahaz, hereigned 20 years and he was a
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  • wicked king.
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  • The enemies of Israel defeatedthem regularly, it was just one
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  • way for his story and to giveyou a score card.
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  • Then Hezekiah followed him, 29years, he was a good king, he
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  • honored God but he faced sometremendous challenges.
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  • At one point during Hezekiah'sreign an Assyrian Army came,
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  • Assyria was the dominant worldpower in the region at the time.
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  • They brought an army of 185.000people towards Jerusalem, they
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  • were completely outnumbered, theAssyrians were more
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  • technologically sophisticated,their military was better
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  • trained, there was no chance.
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  • In fact, the Assyrian commanderstood outside the walls of
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  • Jerusalem and taunted the peoplein their own language.
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  • They asked him not to speak inthe language of the people, and
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  • he said, "I want the people toknow what we're gonna do to
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  • them," and God sent Isaiah, andhe said, "You go tell Hezekiah
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  • not to lose any sleep overthem," and the angel of the Lord
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  • came and devastated the army.
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  • There was a season whilebiblical scholars said that that
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  • was a metaphor, not too manyyears ago the archaeologist were
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  • excavating in Jerusalem,Hezekiah built a wall, the the
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  • city grew under his reign and hebuilt another wall.
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  • Outside of Hezekiah's wall, youknow what they found?
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  • Assyrian armor and skeletons,metaphorical skeletons.
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  • But even with the king that theBible labels is good, he had
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  • challenges and problems andadversaries and armies
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  • threatening them, life is morechallenging than we would like.
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  • And then he's followed byManasseh, he reigned over 50
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  • years, he was wicked, one of theworst kings of Judah.
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  • Manasseh was involved in devilworship, even sacrificed his
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  • children in worshiping the demonGod of Molech, he offered them
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  • in the fires of the HinnomValley right outside the walls
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  • of Jerusalem, he hated Isaiah.
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  • Now by this time, Isaiah hasbeen speaking the God's
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  • perspective into the nation ofIsrael for decades,
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  • he's established.
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  • He's hated, he banned him, heforbade him to speak, and that
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  • didn't satisfy him so he had himbound hand and foot in order
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  • that a hollow tree would bebrought; this was
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  • Jewish tradition.
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  • When Isaiah was placed in thehollow tree and Manasseh had him
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  • sawn in two.
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  • It's recorded in Hebrews chapter11, New Testament, the hall of
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  • fame of faith.
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  • Near the end of that chapter, itsays that, "The world wasn't
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  • worthy of these," God's people,it says, "They hid in caves,
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  • they were sawed in two," it's areference to Isaiah.
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  • Do you have room in yourimagination that you could serve
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  • the Lord faithfully for decadesacross many kings and the rise
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  • and fall of empires thatimpacted your nation, and you
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  • could face that kind of a tragicend?
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  • See, our faith has been a littleperverted, I believe in a God
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  • who wants to bless us and bringgood things to us but we don't
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  • just follow God when things aregood and easy.
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  • We're not just Christ followersso that our investment portfolio
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  • will do better in the marketthan the ungodly.
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  • We're not just Christ followersso our children will get better
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  • scholarship offers than theungodly, what nonsense.
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  • And Isaiah reminds us of this,across five different kings and
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  • five different reigns and fivedifferent perspectives.
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  • It's worth noting that Isaiahserved the Lord and the Lord's
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  • people with both godly andwicked kings, he didn't retire
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  • based on the political party inpower.
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  • Although the attitude of thosein power had some tremendous
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  • impact upon Isaiah's life andcircumstance.
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  • I wanna invite you not to backaway from your faith and your
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  • assignment, if your party won,bless you, and if you're a party
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  • didn't won, bless you.
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  • We have a kingdom assignment.
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  • Now, there's a challenge inseeing and believing and
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  • processing what God has do,living in the fulfillment of
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  • Scripture is not an easy thing,Jesus talked to us about it
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  • quite a bit, he talked about newthings, new wine skins, new
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  • patches on clothing.
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  • He said that God would do newthings and it would stretch us
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  • and expand us and be awkward forus.
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  • Isaiah, if I could stay therefor a moment, said, "See, I'm
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  • doing a new thing.
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  • Now it springs up, do you notperceive it?
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  • I'm making a way in the desertand streams in the wasteland."
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  • "I'm doing a new thing, can'tyou see it?"
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  • and the answer would be, "I likethe old things."
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  • The old jeans are the mostcomfortable, the shoes that are
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  • broken in are the ones that arebetter to walk in.
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  • Even the disciples struggledwith this, they spent three
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  • years with Jesus, the greatestleader and teacher humanity's
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  • ever known.
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  • They had a most remarkable threeyear run, he recruited them, he
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  • spent time with them, theytraveled with him, they shared
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  • meals with him, they experiencedhis miracles.
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  • And he began to tell them, longbefore his crucifixion ever
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  • began, he began to tell themabout the suffering he would
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  • endure in Jerusalem, thetreatment he would receive, what
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  • would happen to him, and that hewould be raised from the dead.
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  • He told them repeatedly, overmany many-occasions, and he told
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  • them in the plainest oflanguage; they had opportunities
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  • to ask him about it, tointerrogate him about it, and
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  • yet when that began to unfold itwas as if they had no idea it
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  • was going to happen.
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  • They seemed to be completelycaught off-guard, they
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  • scattered, they ran and hid.
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  • They've had months and months togalvanize themselves against the
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  • threat that it represented, tohave formulated a plan together
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  • and what they would do whentheir friend was arrested and
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  • how they would stand together,and they were
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  • completely unprepared.
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  • It's not easy to watch God move.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, it's PastorAllen.
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  • I wanted to take a moment withyou, we're coming to the end of
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  • a most unusual year, who couldhave anticipated 2020 the way
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  • it's unfolded?
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  • I want to say thank you, yourprayerful partnership with us
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  • has made such a difference thisyear, we've been able to expand
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  • our ministry in almost everyfacet of what we do.
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  • In April, about the timequarantines were starting, we
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  • were able to go on the radio inNew York, in LA, we expanded our
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  • media broadcast to dailyprograming across the nation.
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  • Literally hundreds of thousandsof people a week have heard the
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  • Gospel because of your faithfulpartnership and generosity--
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  • thank you.
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  • One of the outcomes of this yearis the opportunity, and
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  • unprecedented opportunity forsharing the Gospel of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • And as we look forward to a newyear, I want to ask you to
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  • consider making an investment inour ministry.
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  • Together, we're gonna lift upthe name of Jesus in
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  • this season.
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  • Thank you and God bless you.
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  • online to AllenJackson.com AllenJackson: Again, the Scripture
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  • informs us, we've got to pay abit of attention.
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  • In Luke 24, it's the story onthe road to Emmaus, it's the
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  • road to a village away fromJerusalem.
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  • This is after Jesus'scrucifixion and it's after his
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  • resurrection, but he hasn't yetappeared to the broader group of
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  • disciples, and we get a littleinsight into the mindset, I
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  • believe that's the reason Lukeincluded it.
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  • These two men are walking alongthe road and Jesus joins them
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  • and they don't recognize him.
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  • They said, "We had hoped that hewas the one who was going to
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  • redeem Israel, and what is more,it's the third day since all of
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  • this took place and.
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  • In addition, some of our womenamazed us, they went to the tomb
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  • early this morning but theydidn't find his body."
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  • And if you're reading this andyou've read it before, you're
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  • thinking, "Duh."
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  • "They came and told us thatthey'd seen a vision of angels,
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  • who said he was alive.
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  • And then some of our companionswent to the tomb and found it
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  • just as the women had said, butthey didn't see Jesus."
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  • So these two disciples on theEmmaus road are part of the
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  • inner circle, they were therewhen the women came back from
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  • the tomb and said, "It's empty,"but the Angel said,
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  • "He's alive."
  • 00:16:12.663 --> 00:16:13.998
  • "And Jesus said to them, 'Howfoolish you are, and how slow of
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  • heart to believe all that theprophets have spoken.
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  • Did not the Christ have tosuffer these things and then
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  • enter his glory?'"
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  • Jesus challenges them on twopoints, he said you had
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  • Scripture that told you whatwould happen, you should've
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  • believed the Scripture.
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  • And on top of that, what'sunspoken, is he said, "I told
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  • you myself, I told that groupwhat was going to happen."
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  • Now I don't believe Peter andJames and John and Mary and
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  • Martha were stupid, I don'tunderstand them to be
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  • unrighteous or immoral orungodly or rebellious
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  • or prideful.
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  • They lead me to believe thatwatching God move and
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  • understanding what's happeningis not simple.
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  • I told you that one of the mostnatural, the most celebrated,
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  • most recognized response tocataclysmic unexpected change
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  • is what?
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  • denial.
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  • And even though Jesus had toldthem what was going to happen,
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  • in the midst of this they arestruggling.
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  • When we find the disciples afterthe crucifixion, in John 20,
  • 00:17:21.032 --> 00:17:23.935
  • they're hiding.
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  • They'd been warned, they'd beenprepared but they can't break
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  • out of their denial, they justcan't believe it.
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  • There has to be a tremendousinner struggle, I can hear
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  • their conversation.
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  • "It was unfair, he was innocent,the trial wasn't just."
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  • See, they can't break out of theemotional loop of the injustice,
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  • the horrific event, it wasn'tright.
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  • The high priest broke his ownrules, we know Jesus
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  • was innocent.
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  • So there's one band around theirmind that's in the injustice of
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  • what they have witnessed, andnobody to say it to and nobody
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  • to explain it to, and then theevents that they watched with
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  • themselves were completelycontradictory to all of their
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  • experiences with Jesus.
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  • Nothing had ever hindered Jesusand they had been eyewitnesses
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  • to this for month after monthafter month after month, the
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  • attempts to entrap him withlogic from the most celebrated
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  • scholars of the day failed,Jesus's wisdom exceeded
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  • them all.
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  • They saw Jesus trapped in stormsthat they thought were going to
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  • destroy them and they saw himspeak to the wind and the waves,
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  • and they obeyed him.
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  • They had experienced Jesus whenhe was confronted by demons and
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  • he commanded them to be silentand leave, and they did.
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  • They were with him when angrymobs came to destroy him and he
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  • simply slipped through the mobsuntouched.
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  • They had watched him speak todeath and it relented, they had
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  • no experience that suggestedJesus could be overwhelmed.
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  • So they're watching somethingcompletely beyond their frame of
  • 00:19:13.144 --> 00:19:16.314
  • reference, and you know whatcomes to mind when that happens.
  • 00:19:16.347 --> 00:19:20.484
  • "Maybe we misunderstood, maybehe wasn't who he thought he was,
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  • maybe we were deceived."
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  • Then on top of that there's thiscrushing despair and
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  • hopelessness, "Could we reallyhave been deceived all along,
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  • did we misunderstand?"
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  • And if you stay on that trackjust a minute, there's a logical
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  • destination, they realizethey're vulnerable.
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  • Now they're frightened, "If theycould do that to Jesus we better
  • 00:19:48.613 --> 00:19:54.151
  • go deep underground," and that'swhere Jesus finds them.
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  • It's John 20, I didn't put it inyour notes, you know the verse.
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  • I wanna ask you a question, Idon't have time to unpack it
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  • with you this morning but whatchanged their perspective?
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  • What event would, in that littlewindow of time, transform these
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  • frightened, terrified,disheartened, discouraged?
  • 00:20:13.838 --> 00:20:17.241
  • It was Pentecost, that Jewishholiday, what happened that day?
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  • The Spirit of God was pouredout, and the same Peter and
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  • James and John that had beenhiding and frightened and
  • 00:20:30.988 --> 00:20:33.324
  • terrified, they stood on thestreets of Jerusalem and says,
  • 00:20:33.357 --> 00:20:36.460
  • "God made this.
  • 00:20:36.494 --> 00:20:37.795
  • Jesus, whom you crucified, bothLord and Christ," and the game
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  • was on.
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  • The book of Acts is the story ofwhat that crew did.
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  • But the lesson before Pentecostis the challenge to struggle, to
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  • interpret, to participate.
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  • See, I don't think it's gonna beeasy to understand everything
  • 00:20:55.513 --> 00:20:58.182
  • God is going to do in thisseason ahead of us, it's gonna
  • 00:20:58.215 --> 00:21:03.921
  • be disorienting.
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  • This year the change that hascome to us, the pace at which
  • 00:21:05.289 --> 00:21:07.491
  • it's come, the speed at whichit's come.
  • 00:21:07.525 --> 00:21:09.927
  • I would have told you a year agoright now that there was no
  • 00:21:12.530 --> 00:21:15.199
  • circumstance, no imaginablecircumstance that would cause us
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  • to close the doors of thisbuilding for 10 weeks, if the
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  • building had been blown downwe'd pull the trailer up and had
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  • church in a parking lot.
  • 00:21:25.109 --> 00:21:26.477
  • I've been here when there wereno buildings, we had a tent, we
  • 00:21:28.846 --> 00:21:30.948
  • were good to go; we were good togo home because it was hot or
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  • cold or damp or something.
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  • I'm sure you've got your own setof things you've experienced
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  • this year.
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  • So I want to take the balance ofour time and talk just a little
  • 00:21:43.661 --> 00:21:45.896
  • bit about some of the signs ofour times, what do we see, from
  • 00:21:45.930 --> 00:21:49.266
  • a biblical perspective, that canhelp us understand what's
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  • happening now?
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  • Because I believe Scripture isbeing fulfilled in front of us,
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  • and I wanna just give you acouple of signs, I could give
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  • you more, it's not an inclusivelist but I'll start here.
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  • Jesus told a parable in Matthew13, it's the parable of the
  • 00:22:02.513 --> 00:22:05.249
  • wheat and the tares, youremember it?
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  • It's a description of the peopleof God at the end of the age,
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  • it's about a man that sowed afield and when the crops came up
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  • and it was time to harvest theydiscovered that in the midst of
  • 00:22:18.329 --> 00:22:20.598
  • the wheat that was intendedthere were also tares; they look
  • 00:22:20.631 --> 00:22:24.502
  • similar but one bore fruit andone didn't.
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  • And the servants said, "Do youwant us to pull up the weeds,
  • 00:22:28.672 --> 00:22:31.208
  • the tares?"
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  • And the owner said, "No."
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  • Well the disciples privatelyasked Jesus for the
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  • interpretation, I'll read youjust a portion.
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  • He said, "The one who sowed thegood seed is the son of man and
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  • the field is the world.
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  • And the good seed stands for thesons of the kingdom and the
  • 00:22:44.488 --> 00:22:46.323
  • weeds are the sons of the evilone.
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  • And the enemy who sows them isthe devil, and the harvest is
  • 00:22:49.160 --> 00:22:51.462
  • the end of the age, and theharvesters are the angels."
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  • Again, I'm confident that we'reapproaching the end of the age,
  • 00:22:54.498 --> 00:22:57.802
  • there's a harvest that's gonnatake place, the greatest harvest
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  • the world has ever known.
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  • The parable is a portrayal of aworld that professes
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  • Christianity, the wheat's thetrue believers and the tares are
  • 00:23:06.110 --> 00:23:10.314
  • the false believers, and they'reboth flourishing together,
  • 00:23:10.347 --> 00:23:12.783
  • they're only distinguishable bytheir fruit, that's what Jesus
  • 00:23:12.817 --> 00:23:15.186
  • taught us.
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  • That you'll know us by ourfruit, not by the labels we wear
  • 00:23:16.554 --> 00:23:18.589
  • or the buildings we sit in orthe time of the day on the week
  • 00:23:18.622 --> 00:23:21.058
  • when we worship, nor thetranslation of the Bible we
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  • read, nor the clothing of thepresenter.
  • 00:23:23.494 --> 00:23:25.529
  • I'm not sure what dress code forchurch is anymore, I used to
  • 00:23:27.198 --> 00:23:32.837
  • think God didn't speak to meunless I had on a coat and tie.
  • 00:23:32.870 --> 00:23:35.372
  • Allen Jackson: I want to praywith you before we go, you know
  • 00:23:39.844 --> 00:23:41.479
  • prayer changes things, most ofall it changes us, let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you for the seasonthan what you have called us to.
  • 00:23:45.416 --> 00:23:48.352
  • Lord, you've given us everythingwe need for life and godliness.
  • 00:23:48.686 --> 00:23:51.555
  • Today, give us open hearts andlistening ears to recognize what
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  • you're saying to us, may westand with courage and boldness
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  • in this season, that the name ofJesus be lifted up and you be
  • 00:23:58.629 --> 00:24:01.966
  • pleased with your people.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray,amen.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:24:05.803 --> 00:24:07.137
  • Allen Jackson: Hey, this isPastor Allen.
  • 00:24:12.710 --> 00:24:14.044
  • I wanna take just a moment withyou to say thank you, your
  • 00:24:14.078 --> 00:24:16.580
  • partnership and encouragementand generosity in our ministry
  • 00:24:16.614 --> 00:24:19.250
  • makes all the difference and Iwant you to understand how vital
  • 00:24:19.283 --> 00:24:22.052
  • that is to us that we standtogether.
  • 00:24:22.086 --> 00:24:23.954
  • 2020 has been a most unusualyear, disruption, fear, virus,
  • 00:24:24.388 --> 00:24:28.592
  • chaos, a lot of things have comeat us but in the midst of that
  • 00:24:29.093 --> 00:24:32.363
  • God has enabled us to respondand expand the scope of
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  • our ministry.
  • 00:24:35.533 --> 00:24:36.834
  • We changed the whole format sothat we could present you
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  • real-time lessons, three timesevery week we capture those and
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  • share them with you across thenation.
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  • We've been on the radio in NewYork and LA in new ways, daily
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  • programming, hundreds ofthousands of people on a weekly
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