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What Is Ahead? Part 2

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February 9, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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What Is Ahead? Part 2

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  • Allen Jackson: The creator ofheaven and earth knows us by
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  • name and has invited us into hiseternal kingdom that we can
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  • serve him in time and join himin eternity.
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  • Yes, I want to participate.
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  • You mean, youreally believe that?
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  • Absolutely, I do, and I wish youwould too.
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  • Decide what you believe.
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  • We've been halfheartedfor too long.
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  • Allen Jackson: It's goodto be with you again.
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  • This is the second part in ourstudy of "What's ahead?"
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  • You know, in order to havean orientation of where we're
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  • headed, you have to have clarityon where we are.
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  • And so I guess my firstinvitation to you today was to
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  • do a little personal check,evaluation.
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  • Where are you spiritually?
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  • Where are you emotionally?
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  • Where are you as webegin this new year?
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  • You know, we're still walkingthrough all the drama around
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  • COVID and elections and all theturmoil around that, and it's a
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  • good time to take a few minuteswith the Lord and unpack any
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  • baggage you have.
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  • Are you angry?You resentful?
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  • You bitter?You frightened?
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  • You happy?
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  • Wherever you are, we need toknow where we are, because
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  • that's a navigational tool formaking a successful journey for
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  • what's ahead.
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  • So take just a moment, maybeeven if you need to pause before
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  • we get to the lesson, and take aminute with the Lord and say,
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  • "Lord, there's some things Ineed to offload."
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  • If not, make a few notes aswe're goin' through the lesson,
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  • whatever the Holy Spirit remindsyou of.
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  • We have an assignmentfrom the King.
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  • It's not grounded in the WhiteHouse or the halls of Congress.
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  • It comes from the throneroom of God.
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  • And in our future, we will seethe King of kings and the Lord
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  • of lords and he will reward usfor our faithfulness.
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  • Now, that is something to beexcited about.
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  • Grab your Bible,maybe a notepad.
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  • Open your hearts.
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  • God has something for us today.
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  • Allen Jackson: You see, I thinkwe have been influenced by
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  • a very effective deceptionof our adversary.
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  • Shades of gray,middle ground.
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  • We don't want to go too far.We don't want to be emotional.
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  • We don't want to be zealots.
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  • We don't want to be perceived asbeing over-the-top, fanatical.
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  • We don't mind being fanaticalfor UT, for the Titans or
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  • the Predators.
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  • We don't mind being fanaticalhow we manage our resources.
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  • But we don't want to befanatical about the Lord.
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  • It's a deception.If it isn't righteous, it's sin.
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  • I'll give you a little paradigm.It's helpful to me.
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  • How do you know if somethingisn't straight?
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  • Well, if you have a straightline, it's pretty easy to check
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  • everything else.
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  • Doesn't have to deviate greatly.If it isn't straight, it's bent.
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  • If it isn't righteous, it's sin.
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  • Honor the Lord with your life.
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  • Now, there's another point ofjudgment, the great white
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  • throne judgment.
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  • We'll talk about that in anothercontext.
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  • Then the New Testament tells usabout the overthrow the
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  • antichrist and his forces.
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  • He's a real character, and hewill step onto the stage of
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  • human history.
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  • In 1 John chapter 4, I'm notgonna take you through all the
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  • verses, it tells us about thespirit of antichrist, many
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  • antichrist, and the antichrist.
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  • The spirit of antichrist that'sbeen present in the world from
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  • the beginning.
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  • We see it in Bethlehem when thebabies were slaughtered.
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  • Such a desperate desire to keepthe Messiah from coming that
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  • we'll slaughter a generation ofmale children in the whole city.
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  • Then there have been manyantichrist that has stepped onto
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  • the stage of human history.
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  • One of the most notable attachedto your Bible, the name isn't
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  • mentioned there, but 130 AD, barKokhba.
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  • A Jewish man presented himselfas the Messiah, and he led a
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  • rebellion against Rome, thefinal rebellion against Rome,
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  • 'cause by that point the Romanswere so fed up with the Jews
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  • that they forbid the Jews tolive in Jerusalem, and they
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  • renamed the city.
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  • And through history, there havebeen many false christs.
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  • We could walkthrough that history.
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  • It's not helpful at this point,but at the end of the age the
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  • Bible tells us there'll be anindividual that will be the
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  • embodiment of the antichrist.
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  • The bargain that Satan offeredto Jesus in his wilderness
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  • temptation when he said, "Ifyou'll bow down and worship me,
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  • I'll give you authority over allthe kingdoms of the world."
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  • There'll be a human being takethat deal, and he will literally
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  • be the embodiment of the spiritof antichrist.
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  • Jesus said there would be manywho would come in his name.
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  • Again, we've been giveninformation, we just haven't
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  • paid much attention.
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  • The antichrist will rule overthe entire earth for a
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  • brief period.
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  • And for about a 3 1/2 yearwindow of time, he'll be the
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  • most brutal dictator our worldhas ever known.
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  • Now, here's what weneed to be conscious of.
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  • God will permit this.
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  • He has given us a choice.
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  • You see, when we reject him,when we reject his Son, God
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  • gives us what we ask for.
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  • If we don't want to servethe true Christ,
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  • we can serve the false one.
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  • We have an assignmentin the world.
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  • We haven't taken itvery seriously.
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  • Do you know how weary I amwith people saying to me,
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  • "I don't like big churches"?
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  • Really?You like crowded hell.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • It isn't about us.
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  • I've been a part of church,tiny churches.
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  • When I came here, there wasa few dozen people.
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  • The size of the church doesn'tmake it godly or less so.
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  • It's the condition of the heartsof the people.
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  • You see, we have to choose toserve the Christ, the true
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  • Christ, the Messiah, the Son ofGod in righteousness and
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  • holiness and we can share in hiskingdom.
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  • Or we can choose to serve thefalse christ, the antichrist,
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  • and we will get the benefits ofthat kingdom.
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  • It goes right back to what weread a few moments ago.
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  • If you wanna be filthy, be asfilthy as you can, but if you
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  • want to be righteous, be asrighteous as you know how.
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  • See, God doesn't teach ustheoretical truth.
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  • When we have a revelation ofGod's truth, he will give us the
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  • opportunity to live through it.
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  • And by doing that, we gain trustand confidence in the
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  • faithfulness of God.
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  • We learn to depend upon hischaracter and his power to
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  • sustain us.
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  • One of the lessons before usright now is we have to learn to
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  • say no to our carnal, earthlyself and to say yes
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  • to godliness.
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  • It's not an easy classto be enrolled in.
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  • Everybody is welcomeinto the kingdom of God.
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  • It's not about your IQ, yourheight, your race, your gender.
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  • Everyone is welcome.
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  • It is truly free,but it isn't cheap.
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  • It requires a life laid down.
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  • Pontius Pilate, the Romangovernor that condemned Jesus to
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  • death, gave that Jewish audiencein Jerusalem a choice.
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  • He knew Jesus was innocent.
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  • He wanted to release him,but he was afraid
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  • of the public pressure.
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  • Before you point a finger athim, how many times have we
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  • conceded to pressure?
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  • Pressure for our jobs, pressurefor something we thought
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  • was valuable.
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  • So Pilate came up with a scheme.
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  • He thought he'd outfoxed them.
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  • He said, "I releasea prisoner to you.
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  • It's a holiday time.I release a prisoner.
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  • It's my habit."
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  • And he chose the worst prisonerhe had in the prison,
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  • a murderer, an insurrectionist,a vile man by the name
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  • of Barabbas.
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  • And he said, "I'll eitherrelease Barabbas to you, or I'll
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  • release Jesus of Nazareth, themiracle worker, the healer."
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  • I'm sure Pilate thought it wasa slam dunk.
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  • And to his shock and amazement,the crowd said,
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  • "Give us Barabbas."
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  • And they made another statement.
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  • They said, "We haveno king but Caesar."
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  • And for 19 centuries, the Jewishpeople were ruled over by a
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  • series of caesars, and they weresubmitted to one Barabbas
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  • after another.
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  • God has given all humanitythis choice.
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  • We can accept the Messiah andhis kingdom, or we can serve
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  • the antichrist.
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  • male announcer: You know, one ofthe great things about the Bible
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  • is you don't need to have theknowledge of a "Jeopardy" champ
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  • to be able to jump in.
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  • Just a quick review of the storyand, boom, you're right there
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  • with it.
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  • And sometimes it's those of uswho think we know everything
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  • about God's story that are theones who really need the review.
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  • So as a way to help all of us,we're gonna recap the entire
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  • story so far in under60 seconds.
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  • "Sixty seconds?" you say."Impossible!"
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  • To which I say, "Well, maybe,but let's give this a shot."
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  • Okay, go.
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  • The story starts at thebeginning of the whole
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  • enchilada, when God spokethe universe into existence,
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  • including creating the world'sfirst man and woman.
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  • At first life was perfect, butsoon after, these folks and
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  • their kids and grandkids decidedthey didn't want to live the way
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  • God had told them to, and prettymuch everybody on earth got into
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  • some kind of evil or another.
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  • So God decided to hit the resetbutton and wiped out all of
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  • earth with a flood, except for aman named Noah and his family.
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  • The population started to growagain and eventually God chose
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  • a group of people to starta new nation called Israel.
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  • Israel went through some prettyrough stuff early on, like being
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  • slaves in Egypt.
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  • But eventually, God rescued themand brought them into a giant
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  • piece of land God hadpromised to them.
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  • Later, God raised up at kingnamed David to rule Israel.
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  • David was an amazing guy,helping people live the way
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  • God wanted.
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  • The people of Israel were unitedand living at peace.
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  • But when David's son Solomonbecame king, he sorta forgot
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  • about God and startedto worship other gods.
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  • As you can imagine, that wasabout to spell great trouble,
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  • not only for Solomon,but for all of Israel.
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  • Allen Jackson: The truth is,the Bible is intimidating.
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  • Sixty-six books written over along period of time, dozens of
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  • authors, different cultures,words we don't know how to
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  • pronounce, places we don't knowwhere they are, and we're
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  • supposed to understand it.
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  • Most of us have just given up.
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  • Well, I built a tool to help.
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  • It starts with a timeline, 12points that'll arrange the whole
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  • Bible for you in a chronologicalway so you'll know where Abraham
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  • fits in relation to Isaiah.
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  • It'll help you.
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  • And I found some crazy talentedillustrators to do some
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  • whiteboard drawings alongwith it to make it not only
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  • accessible, it makes itkinda fun.
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  • You can do it asan individual study.
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  • You can do it as a group.
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  • You can do it with your kidsor your grandkids.
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  • You can get your softball teamtogether and do it.
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  • You can get your neighborsaround a kitchen table.
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  • Hey, churches arestruggling a bit.
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  • You're the church,you and your Bible.
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  • Open your heart.
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  • It's the Whiteboard Bible.It'll be a blessing.
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  • female announcer: The WhiteboardBible makes the Bible easy for
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  • Allen Jackson: The consequencesof rejecting God, to be honest,
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  • will be horrific.
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  • But it's not God's fault.
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  • People want to blame God.
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  • In our rebellion, our rebellionis so deep, that when we choose
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  • not to cooperate with God andrefuse him, then we blame him
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  • for the consequence.
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  • Those of us who choose Jesuswill be under his government,
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  • his light, his glory.
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  • It's a good place.
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  • There is no better.
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  • Those who reject Jesus will beunder the government of
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  • the antichrist.
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  • Now, Revelation 19 tells usabout the defeat of
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  • the antichrist.
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  • In verse 11 it says, "I sawheaven standing open and there
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  • before me was a white horse,whose rider is called Faithful
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  • and True."
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  • Apparently there's horsesin heaven.
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  • I don't think we haveto clean stalls.
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  • I don't know how that's gonnawork, but I'd be glad to.
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  • That doorkeeper in the houseof the Lord thing.
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  • If they need me to clean stalls,I'm in.
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  • I just want to be there.
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  • "With justice, he judgesand makes war.
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  • His eyes are like blazing fireand on his head are many crowns.
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  • He has a name written on himthat no one knows but himself.
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  • He's dressed in a robe dipped inblood and his name is the Word
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  • of God."
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  • Who is it?
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  • It's Jesus coming back to judgethe earth.
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  • "The armies of heaven werefollowing him, riding on a white
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  • horse and dressed in fine linen,white and clean.
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  • And out of his mouth comes asharp sword with which to strike
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  • down the nations, and he'll rulethem with an iron scepter.
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  • He treads on the wine press ofthe fury of the wrath of God
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  • Almighty, and on his robe and onhis thigh he has the name
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  • written, 'King of kings andLord of lords.'"
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • But I think there's a largerlife lesson for us, 'cause it's
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  • not an easy time.
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  • It's an intense time.It's a difficult time.
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  • It's a polarizing time.
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  • It's a break from the past, butthere's a life lesson for us.
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  • We don't win by violence or byhatred or being tough
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  • and rugged.
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  • We're not gonna John Wayne orRambo our way through this.
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  • We win by laying our lives downas Jesus did.
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  • It's an important lesson.
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  • It's not a position of weakness.
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  • Jesus didn't go to the crossbecause he was powerless.
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  • He didn't go to the crossbecause he was intimidated by
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  • Roman soldiers, I promise you.
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  • When they blindfolded him andbegan to beat him about the head
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  • and say, "If you're the Son ofGod, tell us who hit you," only
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  • his love for youand me kept him silent.
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  • He gave us a little window intothat when they came to
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  • arrest him.
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  • And Peter draws a sword and he'sgonna do some damage, and Jesus
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  • said, "Peter, put it away.
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  • I could call legions of angels.
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  • What I'm about to do, I'm notdoing from a position
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  • of weakness."
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  • We're not going to face what'sbefore us from a position
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  • of weakness.
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  • But it's not our bluster or ourstrength or our violent nature
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  • that will bring the victory.
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  • It's yielding our livesto the King.
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  • I think it's worth noting thatin that passage Jesus is
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  • identified as the Lion of thetribe of Judah.
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  • Judah is one of the 12 tribes,but it's from that word "Judah"
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  • that we get the word "Jew."
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  • Did you know that today Jesus isstill a Jew?
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  • He identified with the tribe ofJudah for time and eternity.
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  • When you hate the Jews, you hatethe brothers and sisters
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  • of Jesus.
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  • And if I could give you a bit ofcounsel, tread very lightly.
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  • In that chapter, same chapter,Revelation 19, two more verses,
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  • verse 19, "I saw the beast andthe kings of the earth."
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  • It's the antichrist.
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  • "And their armies gatheredtogether to make war against the
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  • rider on the horse and his army.
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  • But the beast was captured, andwith him the false prophet who
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  • had performed the miraculoussigns on his behalf.
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  • And with these signs, he haddeluded those who had received
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  • the mark of the beast andworshiped his image.
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  • The two of them were thrownalive into the fiery lake of
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  • burning sulfur.
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  • The rest of them were killedwith the sword that came out of
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  • the mouth of the rider on thehorse, and all the birds gorged
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  • themselves on the flesh."
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  • Now, there's two characters inthe book of Revelation in
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  • opposition to one another.
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  • That is the big picture drama ofthe book of Revelation, the Lamb
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  • and the beast.
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  • The Messiah andthe false christ.
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  • "The Lamb," the word occurs 28times in the book of Revelation,
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  • referring to the Lamb of God.
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  • "The beast" occurs 33 times inreference to the antichrist.
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  • That is the essence of this endtime conflict between the
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  • antichrist and that spiritwithin him and the Spirit of the
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  • true Christ.
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  • We shouldn't be surprised thatwe see it breaking into
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  • the open.
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  • We've been told.
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  • The mark of the beast.
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  • I'm asked about thatthe good bit lately.
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  • I read a lot of articles aboutthat of late.
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  • Revelation 13, just veryquickly, verse 16, it says, "He
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  • forced everyone small and great,rich and poor, free and slave to
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  • receive a mark on his right handand on his forehead so that no
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  • one could buy or sell unless hehad the mark, which is the name
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  • of the beast or the numberof his name."
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  • A mark on your hand or yourforehead, without which you'll
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  • be shut out of the marketplace.
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  • Not a new idea.
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  • I've heard it, again,since I was a child.
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  • I dismissed it.
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  • It seemed improbablefor a long time.
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  • It seemed impractical.
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  • When I was in college, theyopened a new grocery store
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  • down the street.
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  • I was in another stateand city, so.
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  • And it was the first grocerystore we'd ever seen where every
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  • piece of merchandise in thestore was scanned.
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  • Some of you are old enough toremember that when you went to
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  • the grocery store, there wereactually prices on all the
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  • products and somebodykeyed them all in.
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  • How quaint.
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  • Well, you know what we nicknamedthat grocery store?
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  • It was the beast.
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  • Took us a while to learn to shopthere with any kind of comfort.
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  • Well, the characteristicsurrounding this notion of the
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  • mark of the beast seems toallude to some things: a global
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  • economy, centralized monetarysystem, universal control.
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  • Those things seemed improbablenot too many years ago, but
  • 00:17:57.502 --> 00:18:02.006
  • today those things which seemedhardly possible have become,
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  • if not normal, they're certainlyon our radar as aware and
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  • around us.
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  • The ability to track everyone.A global economy.
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  • Never occurred to me as a youngman that leaders in our nation,
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  • business leaders in our nation--forget elected officials,
  • 00:18:19.023 --> 00:18:21.392
  • business leaders in our nationwould prefer a global economy
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  • even if it diminishedour own country.
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  • And now that's morenormal than not.
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  • A centralized monetary system,a common talking point,
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  • the ability to monitorcommunications
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  • or to close markets.
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  • If your currency is monitoreddigitally, you can be shut out
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  • rather easily.
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  • We're watching that happenright now.
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  • So the questions I'm asked mostfrequently is the vaccine the
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  • mark of the beast?
  • 00:18:55.860 --> 00:18:57.862
  • I'm not a doctor, I can't givemedical advice.
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  • I'm a pastor, I can givebiblical advice.
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  • There's nothing in Scripturethat suggests to me the vaccine
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  • is the mark of the beast.
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  • The technology companies areworking pretty diligently to
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  • give you digital passports.
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  • Digital copies of yourvaccination record seems to be
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  • causing some stress.
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  • I have traveled internationallysince I was a boy, and my
  • 00:19:16.347 --> 00:19:19.283
  • parents took us to crazy places,so we had to get vaccinations
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  • for crazy diseases.
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  • And I've traveled with apassport and a vaccination card
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  • that listed my vaccinations toallow me to come or go from the
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  • United States sinceI was a child.
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  • The paper card or a digitalcopy of that to me
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  • seem interchangeable.
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  • Marking me physically with it iscompletely different discussion.
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  • You don't have to go find waysfor the Scripture to
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  • be fulfilled.
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  • You need to pay attention towhat's happening.
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  • Listen, think, it will help you.
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  • The Holy Spirit will help you.
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  • My time's gone.
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  • I'll give you one more piece.
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  • Israel will come back to thecenter of history.
  • 00:20:03.094 --> 00:20:07.598
  • You know, at the center of yourBible--we read our Bibles here
  • 00:20:07.598 --> 00:20:09.934
  • regularly on a systematic basis.
  • 00:20:09.934 --> 00:20:12.136
  • The central group of people arethe Jewish people, and the
  • 00:20:12.136 --> 00:20:15.673
  • primary geographical locationthat's the center of the
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  • discussion is a tiny littlesliver of land at the end of the
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  • Mediterranean that God promisedto Abraham and his
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  • descendants forever.
  • 00:20:23.547 --> 00:20:25.783
  • God gave that territory awaylong before there was a
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  • United Nations.
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  • And as we come back to the endof the age, Israel is going to
  • 00:20:30.388 --> 00:20:33.491
  • come back and the Jewish peopleback into the center of history.
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  • Romans chapter 11, verse 25, "Idon't want you to be ignorant of
  • 00:20:38.696 --> 00:20:41.599
  • this mystery so that you may notbe conceited.
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  • Israel has experienced ahardening in part until the full
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  • number of the Gentiles has comein."
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  • The New Testament talks abouttwo people groups: the Jews and
  • 00:20:49.440 --> 00:20:52.610
  • the Gentiles.
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  • If you're not Jewish,you're Gentile.
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  • It's not about religion,it's about your DNA.
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  • "Also all Israel will be saved.
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  • As it is written, 'The delivererwill come from Zion and he will
  • 00:21:04.955 --> 00:21:07.291
  • turn godlessnessaway from Jacob.
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  • And this is my covenant withthem when I will take away
  • 00:21:08.959 --> 00:21:11.095
  • their sins.'"
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  • He says there'll be a hardeningin part in the Jewish
  • 00:21:12.463 --> 00:21:15.533
  • people's hearts.
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  • Now, throughout all of thehistory of Christianity there
  • 00:21:16.867 --> 00:21:19.670
  • have always been Jewish peoplesthat embraced Jesus as Messiah.
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  • But some portion of the peoplehave experienced a hardening of
  • 00:21:23.908 --> 00:21:26.310
  • their hearts, but it's notforever.
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  • The word until is introduced.
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  • And as the Jewish people arebeing regathered to the land of
  • 00:21:31.382 --> 00:21:33.718
  • Israel--it started in 1948.
  • 00:21:33.718 --> 00:21:36.187
  • It accelerated in 1967.
  • 00:21:36.187 --> 00:21:38.656
  • We have seen a rapidacceleration of that in the last
  • 00:21:38.656 --> 00:21:41.592
  • three years with the moving ofthe US Embassy, with the
  • 00:21:41.592 --> 00:21:45.296
  • acknowledgment of the GolanHeights as a part of their
  • 00:21:45.296 --> 00:21:47.398
  • territory, with the permissionsto--regarding the West Bank
  • 00:21:47.398 --> 00:21:51.869
  • with the Abraham Accords and thepeace agreements that have been
  • 00:21:51.869 --> 00:21:54.505
  • worked out with other nationsaround the Middle East.
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  • It says all Israelwill be saved.
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  • There's no other nation orpeople group that are mentioned
  • 00:22:01.846 --> 00:22:04.482
  • with the frequency that theJewish people in Israel are
  • 00:22:04.482 --> 00:22:07.118
  • mentioned in our Scripture.
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  • It's not even close.
  • 00:22:08.452 --> 00:22:10.187
  • When it says all Israel, itdoesn't mean every Israeli or
  • 00:22:10.187 --> 00:22:12.890
  • every Jewish person.
  • 00:22:12.890 --> 00:22:14.258
  • Romans 9 says, "Isaiah cries outconcerning Israel, 'Though the
  • 00:22:14.258 --> 00:22:17.795
  • number of the Israelites will belike the sand by the sea, only
  • 00:22:17.795 --> 00:22:21.265
  • the remnant will be saved.'"
  • 00:22:21.265 --> 00:22:22.867
  • The remnant is those that Godhas known and chosen
  • 00:22:22.867 --> 00:22:25.403
  • for himself.
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  • There'll be 144.000 Jewish menthat will be the ultimate
  • 00:22:29.507 --> 00:22:33.878
  • advocates for the Jesus story inour world.
  • 00:22:33.878 --> 00:22:37.448
  • But God is gonna judge thenations on the basis of how
  • 00:22:37.448 --> 00:22:39.650
  • they've treatedthe Jewish people.
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  • It's very clear.
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  • In Joel chapter 3, the firstthree verses, you can check it,
  • 00:22:43.554 --> 00:22:46.490
  • God said he will enter intojudgment with the Gentile
  • 00:22:46.490 --> 00:22:49.126
  • nations because we divided upthe land.
  • 00:22:49.126 --> 00:22:53.964
  • I would encourage you to be inurgent prayer that our nation
  • 00:22:53.964 --> 00:22:57.034
  • will not align itself againstIsrael and the Jewish people.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • And then Jesus will establishhis kingdom on earth.
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  • You've been praying that foryears if you know the
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  • Lord's prayer.
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  • "Your kingdom come,your will be done on earth."
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  • Didn't say we were goin' toheaven to do the will of
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  • the Lord.
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  • The King is coming back to theearth to rule and to reign
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  • in righteousness.
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  • I'll close with Isaiah 24,verse 19.
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  • It says, "The earthis broken up.
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  • The earth is split asunder.The earth is thoroughly shaken.
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  • The earth reels like a drunkard.It sways like a hut in the wind.
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  • So heavy upon it is the guilt ofits rebellion that it falls,
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  • never to rise again.
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  • In that day, the Lord willpunish the powers in the heavens
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  • above and the kings on the earthbelow, and they'll be herded
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  • together like prisoners bound ina dungeon.
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  • They'll be shut up in prison andbe punished after many days.
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  • The moon will be abashed and thesun ashamed for the Lord
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  • Almighty will reign on MountZion and in Jerusalem, and
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  • before its elders, gloriously."
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  • The King is gonna rule and reignon the earth in all of
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  • his glory.
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  • Don't focus on the darkness.
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  • Don't focus on the wickedness.
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  • Don't be surprised by it.Don't wring your hands.
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  • Become a part of the expressionof the light.
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  • That phrase there is a bitintriguing.
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  • It says, "The moon will beabashed and the sun ashamed."
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  • Why would that be?Didn't know they had feelings.
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  • Luke 9:26, he said, "If anyoneis ashamed of me and my words,
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  • the Son of Man will be ashamedof him when he comes in his
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  • glory and the glory of theFather and of the holy angels."
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  • The glory of the Son, the gloryof the Father, and the glory of
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  • the angels are--is what Jesuswill reign on earth within.
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  • That light will be so dazzling,so amazing, so beyond our
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  • imagination that even the sunwill be ashamed.
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  • Won't hurt our eyes.
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  • Folks, there's somethingbetter coming.
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  • We've thought of--
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • We have wrongly imagined thatserving the Lord meant when we
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  • were done here we had to go sitin an eternal church service.
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  • Whew, I don't wanna go either.
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  • That's not the assignment.
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  • God created the earth andeverything that's in it for us,
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  • and in our rebellion, we handedit over to destruction.
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  • There's a new heavenand a new earth.
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  • You don't have to fearwhat's ahead.
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  • It will require of us courageand faithfulness
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  • and perseverance.
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  • We will need one another.
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  • But when it's beyond us, Jesuswill intervene.
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  • He is faithful over his house,and he's the head of the church.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, before wego, I want to pray for you.
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  • I don't want to pray around thelesson today or pray about
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  • our nation.
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  • I wanna pray for you.You know, our faith is personal.
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  • Jesus knows your name.He knows your circumstances.
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  • He knows the detailsof our lives.
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  • You are important to him.
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  • I may not be able to visit yourhome, but we can stand together
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  • in the Spirit and invite Godinto the midst of your
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  • life today, let's pray.
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  • Father, I thank you for yourWord, for its truth and
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  • its authority.
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  • I thank you for every personthat's had the time to share
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  • this message with me today.
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  • Lord, I pray that you wouldintervene in their life.
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  • Let the heaviness lift.
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  • Lord, bring strength to theirbodies and peace to their minds
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  • and hope to their souls.
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  • Let the joy of the Lord filltheir home this day.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • male announcer: Join us everyweek for another exciting
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  • message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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