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August 18, 2016
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Revelation Revealed: The 7 Churches of Revelation Part 1

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  • - Bil Cornelius: I'm convinced
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  • that a lot of the reason why God
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  • has not brought judgment on our
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  • country like he could is because
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  • of our stance with Israel.
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  • And if you remove that, you are
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  • asking for it in our country.
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  • And it is time for our entire
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  • nation to repent on this one
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  • and say, "You know what?
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  • We need to stand up for
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  • what's right.
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  • Israel is one of the last
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  • bastions of freedom.
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  • It's God's people, and we need
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  • to defend them."
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  • This has nothing to do with
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  • politics.
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  • It has to do with what
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  • the Bible says.
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  • And if Republicans or Democrats
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  • side against the Bible,
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome, how are you
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  • guys doing?
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  • Great to see you today.
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  • Thanks for being a part.
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  • People have been asking me,
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  • "Pastor, do you think it's like
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  • the end times?
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  • Do you think it's the end
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  • of the world?"
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  • And honestly I do not,
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  • but I will tell you that I do
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  • understand why you think
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  • that way.
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  • In fact, if you go back in
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  • the history of the whole end
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  • of the world discussion,
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  • for hundreds of years,
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  • theologians have thought this.
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  • And every time a natural
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  • disaster happens, or something
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  • horrible goes on in the world,
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  • or there's a big giant world
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  • conflict--in World War I, people
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  • thought it was the end of
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  • the world.
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  • World Word II, they thought it
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  • was the end of the world
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  • because of Hitler.
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  • They thought it was the end of
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  • the world, which, you know, it
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  • seemed like it at the time,
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  • no question about it.
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  • Then you fast forward to
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  • the '80s, people looked
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  • at Russia
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  • and the whole Cold War, this
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  • must be the end of the world.
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  • And now today, oh, look at
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  • the Middle East, it must be end
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  • of the world.
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  • And so, again, the reason why I
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  • don't believe it is is because
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  • there's so many times when we
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  • thought it was in the past,
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  • okay?
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  • In fact, John, who wrote
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  • Revelation, thought he was
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  • living in the end times,
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  • and that was 2.000 years ago.
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  • The Apostle Paul, when he wrote
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  • about it, thought he was living
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  • in the end times.
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  • Again, 2.000 years ago.
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  • So, we just don't know.
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  • Having said that this afternoon,
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  • Jesus is going to come back.
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  • And if he does, in heaven I will
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  • apologize to every one of you.
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  • But I want to talk today about
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  • what would happen, right, if it
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  • was the end of the world,
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  • what would that look like?
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  • We'll touch on that
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  • a little bit.
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  • In fact, later on in
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  • the message, we're going to talk
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  • about what
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  • President Barack Obama
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  • has to do with the end of
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  • the world, okay?
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  • So, we're going to talk about
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  • that.
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  • I know I mentioned that
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  • last week, I was going to talk
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  • about that.
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  • So, we are going to discuss that
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  • a little bit.
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  • Does he play a role in the end
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  • of the world?
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  • And so, let's talk about that
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  • a little bit as well.
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  • But let's first look at
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  • the seven churches, look at
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  • Scripture with me.
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  • Revelation chapter 1, verse 3
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  • says this, "This is a revelation
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  • from Jesus Christ, which God
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  • gave him to show his servants
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  • the events that must--that
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  • must soon take place.
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  • God blesses the one who reads
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  • the words of this prophecy to
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  • the church, and he blesses
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  • all who listen to his message
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  • and obey what it says,
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  • for the time is near."
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  • Another translation says,
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  • "The end is near."
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  • Revelation 1, verse 10 says,
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  • "It was the Lord's Day, and I
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  • was worshiping in the Spirit.
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  • Suddenly, I heard behind me a
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  • loud voice like a trumpet blast.
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  • It said, 'Write in a book
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  • everything you see, and send it
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  • to the seven churches in
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  • the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna,
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  • Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis,
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  • Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
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  • Write down what you have seen,
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  • both the things that are now
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  • happening and the things that
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  • will happen.
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  • This is the meaning of the
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  • mystery of the seven stars you
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  • see--you saw in my right hand
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  • and the seven gold lampstands.
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  • The seven stars are the angels
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  • of the seven churches,
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  • and the seven lampstands are
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  • the seven churches.'"
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  • I love it when the Bible
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  • interprets itself, okay?
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  • So, let me give you a couple
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  • things here.
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  • First of all, the angels equals
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  • pastors or leaders.
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  • And by angels, we don't mean
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  • that pastors and leaders of
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  • the church are angelic.
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  • What we mean is an angel
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  • is what?
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  • It's a messenger from God, okay?
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  • And then the lampstands equals
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  • the people or the church.
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  • That's what that actually means.
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  • Before we get into
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  • all the seven churches,
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  • I want to first point out
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  • Revelation 1:3, where it
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  • says the time is near,
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  • or the end is near.
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  • Because since we don't know when
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  • the end of the world is going to
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  • happen, we do know the Bible
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  • says it's near, which means
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  • we're supposed to be living as
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  • if it's tomorrow, as if it's the
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  • next day, as if it's this week.
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  • And so, if Jesus came back
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  • Friday, how would you live
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  • differently, right?
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  • Let's talk about these
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  • seven churches.
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  • Let's look at the first one now.
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  • Revelation chapter 1--chapter 2,
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  • excuse me, verse 1 through 6.
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  • "Write this letter to
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  • the angel," to the pastor or
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  • messenger, "of the church
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  • in Ephesus.
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  • I know all the things you do.
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  • I have seen your hard work
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  • and your patient endurance.
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  • I know you don't tolerate
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  • evil people.
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  • You have examined the claims of
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  • those who say they are apostles
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  • but are not.
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  • You have discovered they
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  • are liars.
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  • You have patiently suffered
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  • for me without quitting.
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  • But I have this complaint
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  • against you.
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  • You don't love me or each other
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  • as you did at first!
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  • Look how far you have fallen!
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  • Turn back to me and do the works
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  • you did at first.
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  • If you don't repent, I will come
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  • and remove your lampstand from
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  • its place among the churches."
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  • Now, this church, Ephesus,
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  • was the most prominent of
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  • the churches.
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  • So he says, "I'm going to remove
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  • your lampstand.
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  • I'm going to remove
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  • your influence."
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  • See, a lampstand holds what?
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  • It holds light.
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  • It's not the light,
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  • but it holds the light.
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  • The church, we're not the light,
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  • but we hold the light of Christ.
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  • And so, if we do not remember
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  • to love God with all our heart,
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  • soul, and mind like this
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  • is talking about, he says
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  • it'll remove your influence.
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  • And so, this is important to
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  • contrast what John in Revelation
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  • says to the church in Ephesus
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  • with what Paul,
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  • 35 years earlier, said to that
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  • same church in Ephesus.
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  • In Ephesians 1, verse 15, it's
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  • not in your outline, but let me
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  • read this to you.
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  • Ephesians 1:15, this is what
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  • the Apostle Paul said to
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  • that same church when it was
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  • a fledgling new church.
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  • It was just a new church start.
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  • He said, "Ever since I first
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  • heard of your strong faith in
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  • the Lord Jesus and your love,"
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  • your agapen, "for God's people
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  • everywhere, I have not stopped
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  • thanking God for you."
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  • So he says, "When I first heard
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  • of your agapen for God and
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  • agapen for other people,
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  • your love for God,
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  • for other people,
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  • I was just blown away," right?
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  • Then John comes back
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  • 35 years later and says,
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  • "You know what?
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  • I know you've been faithful
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  • to God all these years,
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  • but you've lost your agapen.
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  • You've lost your love for God
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  • and for each other.
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  • So he's saying, "Look, I know
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  • you've been walking with God
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  • for a long time, but you need to
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  • remember what it was like to be
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  • new in the Lord,
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  • new in your faith.
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  • Before, you used to just come to
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  • church every week, and serve in
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  • the nursery, or you know, bring
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  • your tithe, and pray, and have
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  • a quiet time.
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  • Before you did all that stuff,
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  • and those are all good things,
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  • what made you do all those
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  • things?
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  • You fell in love with God."
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • We've got to remember
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  • our first love.
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  • So, write this down, would you?
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  • Number one, the message to
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  • the church in Ephesus was this.
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  • You work hard and you persevere,
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  • but you have forgotten
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  • your first love.
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  • So, remember and repent.
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  • "Come back to me," God says.
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  • God's saying, "I love you.
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  • I want it that way."
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  • You know, it's so funny,
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  • the longer we walk with
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  • God--generally speaking, those
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  • who are older in the Lord take
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  • sin very seriously, but kind of
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  • forget to take God seriously.
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  • Those who are new in the Lord,
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  • generally speaking, take God
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  • really seriously.
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  • They want to experience the
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  • power of God, but they typically
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  • don't take sin very seriously.
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  • But if we could ever figure out
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  • how to take God seriously and
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  • take sin seriously, oh what God
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  • could do through us.
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  • Or as David said, he said what?
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  • "Help me remember the joy
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  • of my salvation."
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  • Look at the next Scripture,
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  • Revelation chapter 2, verse 9.
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  • This is the next church here.
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  • It's the church at Smyrna.
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  • "I know about your suffering
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  • and your poverty."
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  • Would you underline the word
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  • "suffering" there?
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  • Suffering and poverty seem like
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  • the same thing, but they're not.
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  • You can suffer and be wealthy.
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  • You can also suffer and be
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  • in poverty.
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  • "I know about your suffering and
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  • your poverty, but you are rich!
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  • I know the blasphemy of those
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  • opposing you.
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  • They say they are Jews, but they
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  • are not, because their synagogue
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  • belongs to Satan."
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  • Now, this is not saying that
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  • Jews are satanic.
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  • This is saying that those who
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  • are going to the synagogue to do
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  • the routine, just religious
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  • rote stuff, that's of the devil
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  • because you've forgotten
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  • to love God.
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  • That's what it's saying.
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  • It's not saying--there's nothing
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  • wrong with being Jewish.
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  • He was saying that your purpose
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  • is gone, right?
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  • He goes on to say,
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  • "Don't be afraid of what you're
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  • about to suffer.
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  • The devil will throw some of you
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  • into prison to test you.
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  • You will suffer for ten days."
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  • Would you underline the words
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  • "ten days"?
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  • More on that in a minute.
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  • "But if you remain faithful even
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  • when facing death, I will give
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  • you the crown of life.
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  • Whoever is victorious will not
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  • be harmed by the second death."
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  • So, it says that you
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  • may even be facing death.
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  • And so, the Bible talks about
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  • how there will be eventually
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  • what's called a mark of
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  • the beast, and there's this
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  • antichrist.
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  • We're going to talk about the
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  • antichrist next week a little
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  • bit, so if you're wondering
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  • like, "What's all that about,
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  • and how am I going to know who
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  • the antichrist is?
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  • And is it really Bill Clinton,
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  • and is it really Barack Obama?"
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  • No, it's not.
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  • It's not either of those guys.
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  • We're going to talk about that
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  • next week.
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  • There's some real telltale signs
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  • of who that's going to be.
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  • We'll explain that next week.
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  • So anyways, it's interesting it
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  • says here that you may be facing
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  • death.
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  • And some people say, "Well,
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  • that's how you know it's the end
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  • times if you have to either
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  • denounce Christ or die," right?
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  • But if that's the end times,
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  • then we definitely are in it
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  • because that's already
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  • happening.
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  • That happens in the Middle East
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  • all the time.
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  • People who say either
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  • you--either what?
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  • You either become Muslim
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  • and denounce your faith, right,
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  • or we're going to kill you.
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  • That happens.
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  • Now, I'm not trying to say all
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  • Islamic people do that.
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  • Not all Islam people do that,
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  • but there is a radical extreme
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  • that definitely does that.
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  • That like either you worship
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  • Mohammed, worship, you know,
  • 00:09:06.150 --> 00:09:08.050
  • Allah, their version of God,
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  • or we're going to kill you.
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  • That's actually happening
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  • right now.
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  • But that's also been happening
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  • for hundreds of years.
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  • That's not new.
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  • You know, even as recently in
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  • the last few shootings here in
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  • America, the shooters, as crazy
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  • as they are, have stood
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  • Christians up first and shot
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  • them first.
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  • And said, "Are you a Christian?
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  • Stand up."
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  • Boom, shoot them in the head.
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  • And so, this is also why,
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  • you know, it's not just crazy
  • 00:09:28.130 --> 00:09:29.090
  • people, it's also demonic.
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  • Why would they be targeting
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  • Christians unless there's
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  • something spiritual going on
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  • there too?
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  • So, that's how we know that's
  • 00:09:35.050 --> 00:09:36.000
  • not just--they are crazy, but
  • 00:09:36.000 --> 00:09:37.200
  • they're also crazy in--that's
  • 00:09:37.200 --> 00:09:39.080
  • also demonic.
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  • But that's what that is,
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  • so I truly believe that.
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  • But this Scripture does speak of
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  • a persecution that's going on
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  • here, and that there is such
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  • thing as the persecuted church.
  • 00:09:47.270 --> 00:09:49.290
  • But it says, "Whoever's
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  • victorious will not be harmed by
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  • the second death."
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  • The second death--the first
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  • death is when we died ourselves
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  • and became Christ followers.
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  • The second death is the actual
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  • physical death.
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  • And we are all going to die
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  • one day.
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  • I just don't believe we're all
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  • going to die like this.
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  • But it says here that you will
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  • be thrown in a prison and suffer
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  • for 10 days.
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  • Ten days, theologians believe
  • 00:10:05.110 --> 00:10:08.040
  • that that's not speaking of
  • 00:10:08.040 --> 00:10:08.270
  • a literal ten days in prison,
  • 00:10:08.270 --> 00:10:10.050
  • it's speaking of a time period.
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  • Because in Daniel chapter 1,
  • 00:10:11.250 --> 00:10:13.190
  • Daniel was fasting for 10 days.
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  • And Jeremiah chapter 42,
  • 00:10:15.060 --> 00:10:16.290
  • Jeremiah waited on God
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  • for 10 days.
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  • Time and again throughout
  • 00:10:18.140 --> 00:10:19.170
  • Scripture, you see
  • 00:10:19.170 --> 00:10:20.150
  • a 10-day period of time
  • 00:10:20.150 --> 00:10:21.090
  • where people were
  • 00:10:21.090 --> 00:10:22.060
  • going through something.
  • 00:10:22.060 --> 00:10:23.210
  • And so, what we
  • 00:10:23.210 --> 00:10:24.130
  • believe--theologians, what they
  • 00:10:24.130 --> 00:10:25.280
  • believe is going on here is it's
  • 00:10:25.280 --> 00:10:27.020
  • saying not specifically 10 days,
  • 00:10:27.020 --> 00:10:28.210
  • but actually that your
  • 00:10:28.210 --> 00:10:30.010
  • suffering--this is good news.
  • 00:10:30.010 --> 00:10:31.130
  • Your suffering has
  • 00:10:31.130 --> 00:10:33.070
  • an expiration date.
  • 00:10:33.070 --> 00:10:35.080
  • Isn't that good to know that?
  • 00:10:35.080 --> 00:10:37.170
  • Maybe you're going through
  • 00:10:37.170 --> 00:10:38.030
  • something right now, and God
  • 00:10:38.030 --> 00:10:38.270
  • wants to tell you this.
  • 00:10:38.270 --> 00:10:40.110
  • I believe today is a message
  • 00:10:40.110 --> 00:10:41.170
  • for you today.
  • 00:10:41.170 --> 00:10:42.060
  • He's trying to say that you will
  • 00:10:42.060 --> 00:10:42.280
  • outlast what you're going
  • 00:10:42.280 --> 00:10:44.050
  • through, that it will not last
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:46.100
  • forever.
  • 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:46.280
  • Isn't that good news?
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  • Can we just give God some praise
  • 00:10:47.170 --> 00:10:48.060
  • that whatever we're going
  • 00:10:48.060 --> 00:10:49.010
  • through will come to an end?
  • 00:10:49.010 --> 00:10:51.130
  • It's not forever.
  • 00:10:51.130 --> 00:10:52.180
  • Praise God for that.
  • 00:10:52.180 --> 00:10:54.260
  • So, our suffering will come to
  • 00:10:54.260 --> 00:10:56.220
  • an end, but this is important,
  • 00:10:56.220 --> 00:10:57.240
  • number two.
  • 00:10:57.240 --> 00:10:58.100
  • The persecuted church at Smyrna,
  • 00:10:58.100 --> 00:11:00.280
  • "When persecuted, do not be
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:02.200
  • fearful but be faithful."
  • 00:11:02.200 --> 00:11:04.290
  • When persecuted, do not be
  • 00:11:04.290 --> 00:11:06.020
  • fearful but be faithful.
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:08.220
  • Now, what does
  • 00:11:08.220 --> 00:11:09.290
  • President Barack Obama
  • 00:11:09.290 --> 00:11:11.160
  • have to do with the end times?
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  • You ready?
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  • Here it is.
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  • Very, very little.
  • 00:11:14.170 --> 00:11:16.260
  • And here's why.
  • 00:11:16.260 --> 00:11:18.220
  • He's just not that powerful.
  • 00:11:18.220 --> 00:11:21.020
  • No president is.
  • 00:11:21.020 --> 00:11:23.070
  • They're just not that powerful.
  • 00:11:23.070 --> 00:11:24.090
  • Here's what he does have to do
  • 00:11:24.250 --> 00:11:27.250
  • with potentially the end times.
  • 00:11:27.250 --> 00:11:30.010
  • We don't really know this yet
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:30.250
  • because a lot of this plays into
  • 00:11:30.250 --> 00:11:32.190
  • what our next president does,
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:35.010
  • whether he solidifies some of
  • 00:11:35.010 --> 00:11:36.290
  • the moves that our current
  • 00:11:36.290 --> 00:11:38.090
  • president has done, okay?
  • 00:11:38.090 --> 00:11:40.240
  • So, here is where I'm going to
  • 00:11:40.240 --> 00:11:42.030
  • get a bit political, but I'm
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:44.040
  • really trying to be theological
  • 00:11:44.040 --> 00:11:45.140
  • with political implications.
  • 00:11:45.140 --> 00:11:47.110
  • I'm not trying to be political.
  • 00:11:47.110 --> 00:11:48.180
  • Does this make sense?
  • 00:11:48.180 --> 00:11:49.100
  • Everybody with me?
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  • Turn to the person next to you
  • 00:11:50.030 --> 00:11:50.240
  • right now and say, "Pastor Bil's
  • 00:11:50.240 --> 00:11:51.190
  • about to offend you."
  • 00:11:51.190 --> 00:11:52.170
  • Just go ahead and warn them
  • 00:11:52.170 --> 00:11:53.040
  • right now.
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:53.270
  • All right, so we're all
  • 00:11:53.270 --> 00:11:55.120
  • big boys.
  • 00:11:55.120 --> 00:11:56.060
  • Find your big boys
  • 00:11:56.060 --> 00:11:56.230
  • and big girl pants.
  • 00:11:56.230 --> 00:11:57.270
  • Here's your truth of it.
  • 00:11:57.270 --> 00:11:59.160
  • Whether they were--whether our
  • 00:11:59.160 --> 00:12:00.120
  • president is a Republican
  • 00:12:00.120 --> 00:12:01.290
  • or Democrat, Independent,
  • 00:12:01.290 --> 00:12:03.130
  • Libertarian, or any other flavor
  • 00:12:03.130 --> 00:12:04.200
  • you'd like to pick, I really
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:06.070
  • don't care when I bring this up.
  • 00:12:06.070 --> 00:12:08.200
  • This is a criticism that I would
  • 00:12:08.200 --> 00:12:09.280
  • have for any president if they
  • 00:12:09.280 --> 00:12:12.020
  • made this move.
  • 00:12:12.020 --> 00:12:13.070
  • Our current president made
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:15.150
  • a deal with Iran that is deadly.
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:19.180
  • And here's what I mean by that.
  • 00:12:19.180 --> 00:12:21.150
  • Iran has made it very clear that
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:23.190
  • they have every intention of
  • 00:12:23.190 --> 00:12:25.030
  • destroying Israel.
  • 00:12:25.030 --> 00:12:27.000
  • That goes against God's Word
  • 00:12:27.000 --> 00:12:29.030
  • for us to align ourselves with
  • 00:12:29.030 --> 00:12:31.020
  • anyone who wants to destroy
  • 00:12:31.020 --> 00:12:33.290
  • Israel.
  • 00:12:33.290 --> 00:12:35.110
  • I'm going to show you some
  • 00:12:35.110 --> 00:12:36.000
  • Scripture on this, Isaiah.
  • 00:12:36.000 --> 00:12:37.130
  • First of all, let's look at
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:38.000
  • Genesis, all the way back at
  • 00:12:38.000 --> 00:12:38.240
  • the beginning.
  • 00:12:38.240 --> 00:12:39.160
  • Genesis chapter 12, it says, "I
  • 00:12:39.160 --> 00:12:40.290
  • will bless those who bless you,
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  • and whoever curses you, I will
  • 00:12:42.210 --> 00:12:44.170
  • curse, and all people on earth
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:46.090
  • will be blessed through you."
  • 00:12:46.090 --> 00:12:47.010
  • So, if you--speaking of Israel,
  • 00:12:47.010 --> 00:12:49.010
  • says, "Those who bless you
  • 00:12:49.010 --> 00:12:50.110
  • shall be blessed.
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:51.060
  • Those who curse you shall be
  • 00:12:51.060 --> 00:12:51.240
  • cursed."
  • 00:12:51.240 --> 00:12:52.250
  • That puts us on the wrong side
  • 00:12:52.250 --> 00:12:54.240
  • because we just signed
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:56.230
  • an agreement--I say we, our
  • 00:12:56.230 --> 00:12:58.180
  • president did sign an agreement
  • 00:12:58.180 --> 00:12:59.220
  • that was not ratified by
  • 00:12:59.220 --> 00:13:01.090
  • Congress, by the way, which by
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:03.090
  • the way is not even legal
  • 00:13:03.090 --> 00:13:04.290
  • according to our Constitution,
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:06.290
  • which is interesting because
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:07.170
  • that means at that moment he
  • 00:13:07.170 --> 00:13:08.170
  • functioned more like a king than
  • 00:13:08.170 --> 00:13:09.230
  • a president.
  • 00:13:09.230 --> 00:13:11.060
  • It's supposed to be ratified by
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:12.000
  • the Congress, right?
  • 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:13.080
  • But guess what happened at this
  • 00:13:13.080 --> 00:13:15.050
  • point when he does this?
  • 00:13:15.100 --> 00:13:18.100
  • In the agreement, it says we
  • 00:13:18.100 --> 00:13:20.070
  • will loosen up the funds we've
  • 00:13:20.070 --> 00:13:22.030
  • been tying because we think
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:23.050
  • you're going to go enrich
  • 00:13:23.050 --> 00:13:24.040
  • uranium and have a nuclear
  • 00:13:24.040 --> 00:13:25.000
  • program, and we're allowing you
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:27.050
  • to have a nuclear program.
  • 00:13:27.050 --> 00:13:27.280
  • So, we basically just gave them
  • 00:13:27.280 --> 00:13:28.260
  • billions of dollars.
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:29.220
  • We basically just funded their
  • 00:13:29.220 --> 00:13:31.030
  • bomb is what we just did.
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:33.010
  • And so, now they can build
  • 00:13:33.010 --> 00:13:34.130
  • a bomb.
  • 00:13:34.130 --> 00:13:35.170
  • They can enrich uranium is what
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:36.150
  • we're really talking about.
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:38.170
  • But then we say, "Oh, but in
  • 00:13:38.170 --> 00:13:40.020
  • the agreement, they promise for
  • 00:13:40.020 --> 00:13:42.030
  • the next so many years that they
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:43.090
  • will not do it, that they will
  • 00:13:43.090 --> 00:13:44.090
  • not build a bomb."
  • 00:13:44.090 --> 00:13:46.090
  • Here's the problem with that
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:47.130
  • promise.
  • 00:13:47.130 --> 00:13:48.200
  • The problem with that is there's
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:50.050
  • this philosophy that is in
  • 00:13:50.050 --> 00:13:52.170
  • the Quran.
  • 00:13:52.170 --> 00:13:53.140
  • In fact, it's the Quran 3:28,
  • 00:13:53.140 --> 00:13:55.020
  • it's called taqiyya,
  • 00:13:55.020 --> 00:13:55.210
  • T-A-Q-I-Y-Y-A, taqiyya.
  • 00:13:55.250 --> 00:13:58.250
  • Taqiyya is the Muslim license to
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:01.200
  • lie to the infidels in order to
  • 00:14:01.250 --> 00:14:04.250
  • camouflage Islam's holy war
  • 00:14:04.250 --> 00:14:07.180
  • against the world.
  • 00:14:07.180 --> 00:14:09.010
  • In other words, it is okay
  • 00:14:09.010 --> 00:14:10.280
  • according to Mohammad to lie to
  • 00:14:10.280 --> 00:14:13.000
  • someone who is not a believer in
  • 00:14:13.000 --> 00:14:14.240
  • Mohammad if it'll help you
  • 00:14:14.240 --> 00:14:16.070
  • kill them.
  • 00:14:16.070 --> 00:14:18.210
  • "Oh sure, we'll keep our word,
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:19.190
  • America, no problem.
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:20.270
  • Where do we sign?
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:21.190
  • No problem."
  • 00:14:21.190 --> 00:14:23.060
  • They have no intention
  • 00:14:23.060 --> 00:14:25.120
  • of keeping that.
  • 00:14:25.120 --> 00:14:26.190
  • So, either our president knows
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:29.110
  • that and doesn't care, which I
  • 00:14:29.110 --> 00:14:31.160
  • don't believe is the case.
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:32.270
  • I'm not here to judge his heart,
  • 00:14:32.270 --> 00:14:33.220
  • I can only judge his actions.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:35.070
  • I don't believe that's the case.
  • 00:14:35.070 --> 00:14:37.080
  • Or our president is what I call
  • 00:14:37.080 --> 00:14:39.170
  • an ideologue.
  • 00:14:39.170 --> 00:14:40.220
  • He really, ideologically, truly
  • 00:14:40.220 --> 00:14:42.090
  • believes that they mean it.
  • 00:14:42.240 --> 00:14:45.240
  • And if that's the case, that's
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:46.180
  • very foolish because Iran, at
  • 00:14:46.180 --> 00:14:49.110
  • the same time, the same exact
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:52.020
  • week that they signed that they
  • 00:14:52.020 --> 00:14:54.280
  • were not going to build a bomb
  • 00:14:54.280 --> 00:14:56.190
  • with the uranium that they were
  • 00:14:56.190 --> 00:14:58.060
  • going to get and enrich their
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:14:59.130
  • nuclear program, it was going to
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:00.120
  • be for other causes, the same
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:02.140
  • time they signed that they were
  • 00:15:02.140 --> 00:15:03.180
  • not going to do that, they were
  • 00:15:03.180 --> 00:15:04.100
  • also chanting in the streets,
  • 00:15:04.100 --> 00:15:06.000
  • "Death to America,
  • 00:15:06.000 --> 00:15:07.070
  • death to Israel."
  • 00:15:07.070 --> 00:15:09.170
  • This is craziness.
  • 00:15:09.170 --> 00:15:11.100
  • Why would you make a deal
  • 00:15:11.100 --> 00:15:13.060
  • with them?
  • 00:15:13.060 --> 00:15:14.080
  • I just--I don't understand,
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:16.080
  • I don't understand.
  • 00:15:16.080 --> 00:15:16.260
  • The same president who wants
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:17.230
  • to confiscate our guns wants to
  • 00:15:17.230 --> 00:15:19.010
  • give a gun to crazy people in
  • 00:15:19.010 --> 00:15:20.080
  • Iran, something worse
  • 00:15:20.080 --> 00:15:22.080
  • than a gun.
  • 00:15:22.080 --> 00:15:23.090
  • This just does not add up to me.
  • 00:15:23.090 --> 00:15:26.070
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:15:26.070 --> 00:15:28.190
  • So, that's where I take issue
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:30.250
  • with our president.
  • 00:15:30.250 --> 00:15:31.160
  • It says in
  • 00:15:31.160 --> 00:15:32.010
  • Isaiah chapter 62, verse 1,
  • 00:15:32.010 --> 00:15:34.160
  • "For Zion's sake,
  • 00:15:34.160 --> 00:15:35.140
  • I will not keep silent."
  • 00:15:35.140 --> 00:15:36.280
  • That means I'm supposed to say
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:38.070
  • this, guys.
  • 00:15:38.070 --> 00:15:39.200
  • God has told me very clear in
  • 00:15:39.200 --> 00:15:40.240
  • the Scripture that for
  • 00:15:40.240 --> 00:15:41.140
  • Zion's sake, for Israel's sake,
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:42.180
  • speak up.
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:43.210
  • So, we're supposed to do that.
  • 00:15:43.210 --> 00:15:45.020
  • "For Jerusalem's sake, I
  • 00:15:45.020 --> 00:15:45.240
  • will not remain quiet, till her
  • 00:15:45.240 --> 00:15:47.030
  • righteousness shines out like
  • 00:15:47.030 --> 00:15:48.130
  • the dawn, her salvation like
  • 00:15:48.130 --> 00:15:49.200
  • a blazing torch."
  • 00:15:49.200 --> 00:15:51.000
  • So, we're supposed to
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:51.160
  • speak this.
  • 00:15:51.160 --> 00:15:52.030
  • Isaiah 62, verse 6 says, "I have
  • 00:15:52.030 --> 00:15:53.230
  • posted watchmen on your walls,
  • 00:15:53.230 --> 00:15:55.000
  • O Jerusalem.
  • 00:15:55.000 --> 00:15:55.180
  • They will never be silent day
  • 00:15:55.180 --> 00:15:56.210
  • or night.
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:15:57.120
  • You will call on the Lord, give
  • 00:15:57.120 --> 00:15:58.130
  • yourselves no rest, and give him
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:16:00.020
  • no rest till he establishes
  • 00:16:00.020 --> 00:16:01.100
  • Jerusalem and makes her
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:02.110
  • the praise of the earth."
  • 00:16:02.110 --> 00:16:03.190
  • Guys, we used to be the watchmen
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:06.050
  • on the wall for Israel, and we
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:07.150
  • have abandoned our post
  • 00:16:07.150 --> 00:16:09.170
  • as Americans.
  • 00:16:09.170 --> 00:16:10.230
  • And that should change or else
  • 00:16:10.230 --> 00:16:12.030
  • God will take his favor off of
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:14.090
  • our country.
  • 00:16:14.090 --> 00:16:15.230
  • I'm dead serious about this.
  • 00:16:15.230 --> 00:16:18.120
  • And if you're caught up on
  • 00:16:18.120 --> 00:16:19.160
  • the fact that I criticized our
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:20.180
  • president, and you're offended
  • 00:16:20.180 --> 00:16:22.070
  • and want to leave, bye.
  • 00:16:22.070 --> 00:16:24.270
  • I'm okay with that because our
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:26.230
  • president on this one is wrong.
  • 00:16:27.050 --> 00:16:30.050
  • It's not right.
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:30.270
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Martin Luther King was
  • 00:16:35.180 --> 00:16:36.100
  • an amazing pastor before he was
  • 00:16:36.100 --> 00:16:38.030
  • a great civil rights leader,
  • 00:16:38.030 --> 00:16:39.160
  • phenomenal man of God.
  • 00:16:39.160 --> 00:16:41.160
  • I'd like to commemorate not
  • 00:16:41.160 --> 00:16:43.030
  • only his life, his legacy, his
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:45.190
  • stature, his influence, but also
  • 00:16:45.190 --> 00:16:47.080
  • his opinion on this very issue.
  • 00:16:47.110 --> 00:16:50.110
  • Look what he had to say
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:50.270
  • about this.
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:52.000
  • "Peace for Israel means
  • 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:53.040
  • security, and we must stand with
  • 00:16:53.040 --> 00:16:54.190
  • all our might to protect its
  • 00:16:54.190 --> 00:16:56.040
  • right to exist, its territorial
  • 00:16:56.040 --> 00:16:57.270
  • integrity.
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:16:58.290
  • I see Israel as one of the great
  • 00:16:58.290 --> 00:17:00.110
  • outposts of democracy in the
  • 00:17:00.110 --> 00:17:01.250
  • world, and a marvelous example
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:03.170
  • of what can be done, how desert
  • 00:17:03.170 --> 00:17:05.030
  • land can be transformed into
  • 00:17:05.030 --> 00:17:06.190
  • an oasis of brotherhood
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:07.180
  • and democracy.
  • 00:17:07.180 --> 00:17:09.040
  • Peace for Israel means security
  • 00:17:09.040 --> 00:17:10.170
  • and that security must be
  • 00:17:10.170 --> 00:17:11.190
  • a reality."
  • 00:17:11.190 --> 00:17:13.070
  • He went on to say, "Israel's
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:14.190
  • right to exist as a state in
  • 00:17:14.190 --> 00:17:15.270
  • security--in security is
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:18.070
  • incontestable."
  • 00:17:18.070 --> 00:17:19.090
  • So, Martin Luther King stands on
  • 00:17:19.240 --> 00:17:22.240
  • our side of this issue.
  • 00:17:22.240 --> 00:17:25.020
  • And so, I'm telling you right
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:27.030
  • now this is the right side.
  • 00:17:30.190 --> 00:17:33.190
  • And if President Bush would have
  • 00:17:33.190 --> 00:17:35.120
  • signed on this, I'd be talking
  • 00:17:35.120 --> 00:17:36.200
  • bad about him today.
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:38.220
  • I'd be saying, "This is wrong."
  • 00:17:38.220 --> 00:17:40.070
  • This has nothing to do with
  • 00:17:40.070 --> 00:17:41.010
  • politics.
  • 00:17:41.010 --> 00:17:41.250
  • It has to do with what
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:43.040
  • the Bible says.
  • 00:17:43.040 --> 00:17:44.120
  • And if Republicans or Democrats
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:46.070
  • side against the Bible,
  • 00:17:46.070 --> 00:17:47.160
  • I'm going to go against them.
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:49.280
  • The Bible is God's truth.
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:52.040
  • Guys, we forget--I'm convinced
  • 00:17:53.180 --> 00:17:56.180
  • that a lot of the reason why God
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:58.040
  • has not brought judgment on our
  • 00:17:58.040 --> 00:17:59.050
  • country like he could is because
  • 00:17:59.050 --> 00:18:00.190
  • of our stance with Israel.
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:02.060
  • And if you remove that, you are
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:03.100
  • asking for it in our country.
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:05.170
  • And it is time for our entire
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:06.160
  • nation to repent on this one,
  • 00:18:06.160 --> 00:18:08.140
  • and say, "You know what?
  • 00:18:08.140 --> 00:18:09.060
  • We need to stand up for
  • 00:18:09.060 --> 00:18:10.010
  • what's right.
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:10.180
  • Israel is one of the last
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:12.040
  • bastions of freedom.
  • 00:18:12.040 --> 00:18:13.130
  • It's God's people,
  • 00:18:13.130 --> 00:18:14.260
  • and we need to defend them."
  • 00:18:14.260 --> 00:18:16.010
  • It's really a big deal that
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:17.060
  • we stand with them.
  • 00:18:17.060 --> 00:18:18.020
  • So, enough of that.
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:18.200
  • I'll stop, but that's--it's
  • 00:18:18.200 --> 00:18:19.100
  • a very big deal.
  • 00:18:19.100 --> 00:18:21.240
  • But I will tell you that I do
  • 00:18:21.240 --> 00:18:23.200
  • believe that America is missing
  • 00:18:23.200 --> 00:18:25.210
  • an opportunity to stop ISIS
  • 00:18:25.210 --> 00:18:27.140
  • right now.
  • 00:18:27.140 --> 00:18:28.050
  • The persecution of church,
  • 00:18:28.050 --> 00:18:29.160
  • just to show you how bad the
  • 00:18:29.160 --> 00:18:30.120
  • persecution of Christians is in
  • 00:18:30.120 --> 00:18:31.120
  • the Middle East right now,
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:32.050
  • I believe in Pakistan alone,
  • 00:18:32.050 --> 00:18:34.070
  • I think these numbers are right,
  • 00:18:34.070 --> 00:18:35.160
  • in Pakistan alone, there used to
  • 00:18:35.160 --> 00:18:37.020
  • be 1.5 million Coptic Christians
  • 00:18:37.020 --> 00:18:39.170
  • in that nation.
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:41.060
  • Now, there's a little less than
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:42.020
  • 400.000 of them.
  • 00:18:42.020 --> 00:18:43.170
  • And not all of them got out,
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.000
  • so it means many of them were
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:47.150
  • slaughtered.
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:48.070
  • There's been a mass slaughter of
  • 00:18:48.070 --> 00:18:50.010
  • Christians all throughout
  • 00:18:50.010 --> 00:18:51.270
  • the Middle East,
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:52.270
  • and that is wrong, guys.
  • 00:18:52.270 --> 00:18:54.080
  • It was wrong when Hitler did it
  • 00:18:54.080 --> 00:18:55.050
  • with Jews, and it's wrong when
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:56.140
  • ISIS is doing it with
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:57.070
  • Christians.
  • 00:18:57.070 --> 00:18:58.200
  • And so, we need to stand up
  • 00:18:58.200 --> 00:19:00.020
  • because otherwise, one day,
  • 00:19:00.020 --> 00:19:02.000
  • generations from now, they're
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:03.090
  • going to look back at our
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:03.270
  • generation and say,
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:04.180
  • "What were they thinking?
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:06.220
  • Why did they let this happen?"
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:08.090
  • And so guys, look, I don't--I
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:10.070
  • know we're not evil, but it is
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:12.200
  • evil when you let mad men
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:14.120
  • continue.
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:15.220
  • That's also evil.
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:17.140
  • And so, we have an army of
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:18.250
  • people, men and women who are
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:20.260
  • willing to put their lives at
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:22.060
  • risk to stop ISIS, and we have a
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:24.220
  • leadership that's not willing
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:26.040
  • to pull the trigger and do it.
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:28.170
  • And so, that has to change
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:29.130
  • because if you haven't figured
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:30.150
  • it out yet, the war is going to
  • 00:19:30.150 --> 00:19:31.160
  • come to our land if we don't.
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:34.110
  • So, where do you want to
  • 00:19:34.110 --> 00:19:34.270
  • fight it, here or there?
  • 00:19:34.270 --> 00:19:36.120
  • You're going to fight it.
  • 00:19:36.120 --> 00:19:37.130
  • And so, we have to wake up
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:38.130
  • and realize that's a reality.
  • 00:19:38.130 --> 00:19:39.270
  • So anyways, that's all my
  • 00:19:39.270 --> 00:19:40.210
  • politics for the day,
  • 00:19:40.210 --> 00:19:41.240
  • and I really don't choose to be
  • 00:19:41.240 --> 00:19:42.220
  • political, but I also want to
  • 00:19:42.220 --> 00:19:44.030
  • speak the truth, and I believe
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:45.140
  • I have just done so.
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:47.060
  • So, love you guys, and I just
  • 00:19:47.060 --> 00:19:48.080
  • feel like God wants me to tell
  • 00:19:48.080 --> 00:19:50.060
  • you those things.
  • 00:19:50.060 --> 00:19:50.230
  • Revelation chapter 2, verse 13
  • 00:19:56.100 --> 00:19:57.260
  • goes on to say this.
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  • "I know that you live in the
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  • city where Satan has his throne,
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  • and yet you have remained
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  • loyal to me.
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  • You refused to deny me even when
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:03.270
  • Antipas, my faithful witness,
  • 00:20:03.270 --> 00:20:05.110
  • was martyred among you.
  • 00:20:05.110 --> 00:20:06.260
  • But I have a few complaints
  • 00:20:06.260 --> 00:20:07.240
  • against you.
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  • You tolerate some among you
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  • whose teaching is like that of
  • 00:20:09.290 --> 00:20:11.050
  • Balaam.
  • 00:20:11.050 --> 00:20:11.270
  • He taught them to sin by
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  • eating food offered to idols."
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:15.020
  • Now, before we go any further,
  • 00:20:15.020 --> 00:20:16.150
  • food offered to idols does not
  • 00:20:16.150 --> 00:20:17.140
  • really mean they ate bad food.
  • 00:20:17.140 --> 00:20:19.010
  • What it means is that they
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:20.090
  • intermarried people who were
  • 00:20:20.090 --> 00:20:22.030
  • worshipping other gods, okay?
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:25.050
  • Because the worshipping of other
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:26.040
  • gods always involved
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:26.280
  • slaughtering animals,
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  • and putting them on the altars,
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:29.270
  • and then eating the food.
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  • That's what that really is
  • 00:20:30.250 --> 00:20:31.180
  • representing there.
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:32.210
  • And so--and this was
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  • the Baal god.
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  • That's why Balaam is mentioned
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:35.260
  • there.
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:36.140
  • Baal god was just a very--it was
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:37.270
  • a very detestable worship.
  • 00:20:37.270 --> 00:20:39.100
  • They had Baal temple
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  • prostitutes.
  • 00:20:41.020 --> 00:20:41.270
  • It was very--it was a very--it
  • 00:20:41.270 --> 00:20:43.030
  • was like a sexual worship,
  • 00:20:43.030 --> 00:20:44.200
  • it was really jacked up.
  • 00:20:44.200 --> 00:20:45.160
  • And they would have these
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:46.050
  • temples where people would
  • 00:20:46.050 --> 00:20:47.120
  • gather around these big temples,
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:49.010
  • and there would be these big
  • 00:20:49.010 --> 00:20:49.250
  • thrones, and these women would
  • 00:20:49.250 --> 00:20:50.230
  • start dancing on these thrones.
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:51.200
  • And then men would come up, and
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:52.250
  • their worship was to lay money
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:53.290
  • at the feet of these women
  • 00:20:53.290 --> 00:20:55.000
  • dancing.
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  • Boy, it's a good thing none of
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:56.110
  • that happens nowadays, you know
  • 00:20:56.110 --> 00:20:57.100
  • what I'm saying?
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:59.220
  • Anyways, so that's what that
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:02.120
  • worship looked like back in
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  • the day.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:04.040
  • So, they were intermarrying
  • 00:21:04.040 --> 00:21:05.010
  • these people.
  • 00:21:05.010 --> 00:21:05.250
  • And then it says, "And they also
  • 00:21:05.250 --> 00:21:06.170
  • committed sexual sin.
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  • Repent of your sins, or I will
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:09.060
  • come to you suddenly and fight
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:10.190
  • against them with the sword of
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:11.260
  • my mouth."
  • 00:21:11.260 --> 00:21:12.140
  • It speaks of the sword of my
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:13.120
  • mouth because John's picture of
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:14.180
  • Jesus was he was--actually had
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:16.250
  • a giant sword coming out of his
  • 00:21:16.250 --> 00:21:18.120
  • mouth because the sword is
  • 00:21:18.120 --> 00:21:19.090
  • the Word of God, okay?
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:20.280
  • So, that's what that represents.
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:21.260
  • And so, what does this mean
  • 00:21:21.260 --> 00:21:22.220
  • for you and me today?
  • 00:21:22.220 --> 00:21:23.240
  • Pergamum is what's called
  • 00:21:23.240 --> 00:21:25.000
  • the compromising church.
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:26.140
  • And so, stay true to your faith
  • 00:21:26.140 --> 00:21:28.000
  • and remove all compromise from
  • 00:21:28.000 --> 00:21:29.260
  • your life.
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:30.140
  • God wants us to stay true to our
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:32.060
  • faith and remove all compromise
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:34.280
  • from our life.
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:36.170
  • You know how we end up
  • 00:21:36.170 --> 00:21:37.040
  • compromising?
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  • Can I tell you the way we really
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:38.160
  • compromise?
  • 00:21:38.160 --> 00:21:39.150
  • This is a big deal.
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:40.110
  • Many people compromise by
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:41.210
  • choices they make.
  • 00:21:41.210 --> 00:21:43.040
  • Other people compromise by
  • 00:21:43.040 --> 00:21:44.120
  • intermarrying among people
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:46.190
  • making bad choices.
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:48.010
  • Now, if you've already married
  • 00:21:48.010 --> 00:21:48.190
  • that person, God's Word is very
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:49.090
  • clear to stay married to them.
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:50.210
  • If you're dating someone
  • 00:21:50.210 --> 00:21:51.100
  • and they're not honoring God,
  • 00:21:51.100 --> 00:21:52.030
  • you need to get out of that.
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:53.170
  • You need to get out as fast as
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:54.070
  • you can.
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  • I'm just--trust me on this one,
  • 00:21:55.130 --> 00:21:57.040
  • I'm just--I'm just saving you
  • 00:21:57.040 --> 00:21:57.270
  • lots of money on marriage
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:21:58.210
  • counseling one day.
  • 00:21:58.210 --> 00:22:00.070
  • Just get out right now.
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:02.040
  • I'm serious, I'm dead serious,
  • 00:22:02.040 --> 00:22:03.020
  • because you're asking for
  • 00:22:03.020 --> 00:22:04.110
  • problems because you're
  • 00:22:04.110 --> 00:22:05.060
  • compromising.
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:06.060
  • So, whether you're compromising
  • 00:22:06.060 --> 00:22:06.270
  • about things you do, or you're
  • 00:22:06.270 --> 00:22:07.240
  • compromising by being with
  • 00:22:07.240 --> 00:22:09.030
  • someone who's doing those things
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:10.070
  • that are compromising, either
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:11.060
  • way it's a compromise.
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:12.100
  • I really believe God wants to
  • 00:22:12.100 --> 00:22:13.080
  • say to his church today that if
  • 00:22:13.080 --> 00:22:15.200
  • it's really the end times, how
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:17.240
  • fast would you repent of your
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:19.200
  • sin if you knew Jesus
  • 00:22:19.200 --> 00:22:20.130
  • was coming back Friday?
  • 00:22:20.130 --> 00:22:22.210
  • So, let's talk about that
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:23.070
  • a little bit.
  • 00:22:23.070 --> 00:22:23.250
  • Do me a favor, take out your
  • 00:22:23.250 --> 00:22:24.180
  • sheet of paper that you have,
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:25.190
  • you've been taking notes on.
  • 00:22:25.190 --> 00:22:26.070
  • Turn it over real quick, and I
  • 00:22:26.070 --> 00:22:27.170
  • want you to draw a few things on
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:28.270
  • this piece of paper.
  • 00:22:28.270 --> 00:22:29.220
  • Let's talk about this sense of
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:30.110
  • urgency for a moment.
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:31.160
  • So, I've got my paper up here
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:32.200
  • too, and I've drawn on mine
  • 00:22:32.200 --> 00:22:33.290
  • already.
  • 00:22:33.290 --> 00:22:34.180
  • Would you just do the following,
  • 00:22:34.180 --> 00:22:35.080
  • and on the left hand side,
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:36.090
  • write "now."
  • 00:22:36.090 --> 00:22:37.270
  • And on the right hand side of
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:39.200
  • the same sheet of paper,
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:40.120
  • write "the end."
  • 00:22:40.120 --> 00:22:42.040
  • And then maybe move over an inch
  • 00:22:42.040 --> 00:22:43.040
  • or two and write the word
  • 00:22:43.040 --> 00:22:44.110
  • "30 days."
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:46.060
  • Then an inch or two more, write
  • 00:22:46.060 --> 00:22:47.020
  • "90 days."
  • 00:22:47.020 --> 00:22:48.070
  • Then in the middle of the paper
  • 00:22:48.070 --> 00:22:49.000
  • write "1 year," then "5 years,
  • 00:22:49.000 --> 00:22:50.250
  • 10 years, 20 years," all
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:52.010
  • the way to the end of your life.
  • 00:22:52.010 --> 00:22:53.120
  • Now, there are some things that
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:54.260
  • God has put on your heart for
  • 00:22:54.260 --> 00:22:56.000
  • you to do.
  • 00:22:56.000 --> 00:22:57.060
  • They're just what I call
  • 00:22:57.060 --> 00:22:58.080
  • bucket list stuff that you're
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.050
  • like, "Before I die, I will,"
  • 00:22:59.050 --> 00:23:00.260
  • fill in the blank, right?
  • 00:23:00.260 --> 00:23:02.260
  • What are those things?
  • 00:23:02.260 --> 00:23:03.240
  • Get those on this list
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:04.160
  • right now.
  • 00:23:04.160 --> 00:23:05.090
  • If Jesus were to come back
  • 00:23:05.090 --> 00:23:06.130
  • 1 year from now, what do you
  • 00:23:06.130 --> 00:23:08.190
  • know you've got to get done?
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:11.180
  • What if you make your list?
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:12.240
  • And here's what you do with your
  • 00:23:12.240 --> 00:23:13.130
  • list once you have your
  • 00:23:13.130 --> 00:23:14.030
  • entire list.
  • 00:23:14.030 --> 00:23:14.200
  • Guys, can you help me out?
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:15.220
  • Once your list is done, I want
  • 00:23:15.220 --> 00:23:17.220
  • you to take it and fold it like
  • 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:19.080
  • an accordion, right?
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:20.250
  • Like just fold it like a fan.
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:22.270
  • You know how you make those
  • 00:23:22.270 --> 00:23:23.150
  • little fans?
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:24.010
  • Just fold it real quick because
  • 00:23:24.010 --> 00:23:25.050
  • now is the end.
  • 00:23:25.050 --> 00:23:27.240
  • Thank you.
  • 00:23:27.240 --> 00:23:28.110
  • Now is the end.
  • 00:23:28.110 --> 00:23:29.150
  • If this--if now was the end,
  • 00:23:29.150 --> 00:23:31.070
  • what would you do right now?
  • 00:23:31.070 --> 00:23:33.080
  • See, if you begin to look at
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:34.050
  • your goals and your dreams this
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:34.240
  • way, it changes everything.
  • 00:23:34.240 --> 00:23:36.200
  • Now you're like, "Okay, what I
  • 00:23:36.200 --> 00:23:37.080
  • was going to do in 20 years,
  • 00:23:37.080 --> 00:23:37.250
  • I've got to do in 2.
  • 00:23:37.250 --> 00:23:39.030
  • What I was going to do in
  • 00:23:39.030 --> 00:23:39.200
  • 10 years, I'm going to do in
  • 00:23:39.200 --> 00:23:40.070
  • 1 year.
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:40.240
  • What I was going to do in
  • 00:23:40.240 --> 00:23:41.150
  • 1 year, I'm now going to do in
  • 00:23:41.150 --> 00:23:42.190
  • 1 month.
  • 00:23:42.190 --> 00:23:43.100
  • What I was going to do in
  • 00:23:43.100 --> 00:23:43.280
  • 1 month, I'm now going to do
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:46.010
  • in--30 days, now I'm going to do
  • 00:23:46.010 --> 00:23:47.010
  • it in 3 days.
  • 00:23:47.010 --> 00:23:47.280
  • What I was going to do in
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:48.180
  • 90 days, I'm now going to do in
  • 00:23:48.180 --> 00:23:49.200
  • 9 days."
  • 00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:50.060
  • It just compacts everything, and
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:51.250
  • now you're living with urgency.
  • 00:23:52.020 --> 00:23:55.020
  • Now is the time to do the things
  • 00:23:55.020 --> 00:23:57.250
  • God is leading you to do.
  • 00:23:58.270 --> 00:24:01.290
  • Today is the day.
  • 00:24:01.290 --> 00:24:04.130
  • Bible says in Psalm 90, it says
  • 00:24:04.130 --> 00:24:05.210
  • to number your days.
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:07.050
  • That's what we just did,
  • 00:24:07.050 --> 00:24:08.060
  • we just numbered our days.
  • 00:24:08.060 --> 00:24:09.090
  • What are we going
  • 00:24:09.090 --> 00:24:09.250
  • to get done this year?
  • 00:24:09.250 --> 00:24:11.250
  • What are we going
  • 00:24:11.250 --> 00:24:12.140
  • to do now that we've been
  • 00:24:12.140 --> 00:24:13.000
  • putting off and putting off?
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:13.170
  • The Bible actually also says,
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:15.090
  • "Today is the day of your
  • 00:24:15.090 --> 00:24:16.070
  • salvation."
  • 00:24:16.070 --> 00:24:17.060
  • You say, "Oh no, I'm not ready
  • 00:24:17.060 --> 00:24:18.150
  • for that, pastor.
  • 00:24:18.150 --> 00:24:19.030
  • I've got too many questions left
  • 00:24:19.030 --> 00:24:20.100
  • unanswered yet for me to give
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:21.110
  • my life to Christ."
  • 00:24:21.110 --> 00:24:22.120
  • Really?
  • 00:24:22.120 --> 00:24:23.010
  • So, you don't have all your
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:25.190
  • theological, scientific,
  • 00:24:25.190 --> 00:24:27.110
  • archaeological, historical, and
  • 00:24:27.110 --> 00:24:29.140
  • philosophical questions answered
  • 00:24:29.140 --> 00:24:31.180
  • before you give your heart
  • 00:24:31.180 --> 00:24:32.080
  • to Jesus?
  • 00:24:32.080 --> 00:24:32.230
  • Do you think there's going to be
  • 00:24:32.230 --> 00:24:33.120
  • a day when you have all those
  • 00:24:33.120 --> 00:24:34.010
  • questions answered, and then
  • 00:24:34.010 --> 00:24:35.160
  • you're going to give your heart
  • 00:24:35.160 --> 00:24:36.080
  • to Jesus?
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:36.260
  • Because I have all those
  • 00:24:36.260 --> 00:24:38.130
  • questions, and I've been serving
  • 00:24:38.130 --> 00:24:39.110
  • Christ for a long time, and
  • 00:24:39.110 --> 00:24:40.180
  • I still have those questions.
  • 00:24:40.180 --> 00:24:42.120
  • So, what you're saying is,
  • 00:24:42.120 --> 00:24:44.120
  • "Once I'm all-knowing, then I'll
  • 00:24:44.120 --> 00:24:46.050
  • introduce myself to
  • 00:24:46.050 --> 00:24:46.290
  • the all-knowing."
  • 00:24:46.290 --> 00:24:48.080
  • That's not even possible.
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:50.210
  • Your mind can't even handle
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:52.260
  • all the thoughts of God.
  • 00:24:52.260 --> 00:24:54.090
  • What makes you think you're
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:55.050
  • going to get every question
  • 00:24:55.050 --> 00:24:56.060
  • answered before you give
  • 00:24:56.060 --> 00:24:56.270
  • your heart to Jesus?
  • 00:24:56.270 --> 00:24:57.230
  • That's not even possible.
  • 00:24:57.230 --> 00:25:00.150
  • So, if that's your excuse,
  • 00:25:00.150 --> 00:25:01.150
  • then when the end of your life
  • 00:25:01.150 --> 00:25:04.050
  • happens, you'll stand before God
  • 00:25:04.130 --> 00:25:07.130
  • and he'll say,
  • 00:25:07.130 --> 00:25:08.020
  • "Why should I let you in?"
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:08.230
  • And you'll say "Well, if you'll
  • 00:25:08.230 --> 00:25:10.130
  • answer these questions,
  • 00:25:10.130 --> 00:25:11.030
  • then I'll accept Jesus."
  • 00:25:11.030 --> 00:25:11.270
  • And he's going to say,
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:12.170
  • "It's too late."
  • 00:25:12.170 --> 00:25:14.000
  • That's the point.
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:15.110
  • The point is you've got
  • 00:25:15.110 --> 00:25:16.000
  • to receive him by faith.
  • 00:25:16.000 --> 00:25:18.130
  • Faith means that you also have
  • 00:25:18.130 --> 00:25:19.210
  • some questions that you just
  • 00:25:19.210 --> 00:25:21.050
  • set aside and go with.
  • 00:25:21.050 --> 00:25:23.180
  • That's what faith means.
  • 00:25:23.180 --> 00:25:26.040
  • So, instead of saying, "Tomorrow
  • 00:25:26.040 --> 00:25:28.090
  • is the day of my salvation,"
  • 00:25:28.090 --> 00:25:30.020
  • why don't you say, "Today
  • 00:25:30.020 --> 00:25:31.180
  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
  • 00:25:40.200 --> 00:25:43.200
  • He is clearly moving today.
  • 00:25:43.200 --> 00:25:45.180
  • I got a question I'd like to
  • 00:25:45.180 --> 00:25:46.230
  • ask you.
  • 00:25:46.230 --> 00:25:47.140
  • Have you prayed the simple
  • 00:25:47.140 --> 00:25:48.160
  • prayer to receive Christ as your
  • 00:25:48.160 --> 00:25:50.050
  • Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:51.130
  • If you've never done so, would
  • 00:25:51.130 --> 00:25:52.250
  • you pray this simple prayer
  • 00:25:52.250 --> 00:25:53.190
  • with me?
  • 00:25:53.190 --> 00:25:54.050
  • This is actually how you
  • 00:25:54.050 --> 00:25:55.040
  • become a Christian.
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:25:56.240
  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:25:56.240 --> 00:25:58.030
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
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  • I realize I need you in my life.
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  • I believe you died on the cross
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  • to pay the price for all my
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  • sins, and that you rose again
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  • from the grave, proving that
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  • you're God.
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  • And now I ask you, I invite you
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  • to come into my life, change me
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  • from within, be my Lord,
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  • and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus,
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  • for saving me."
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • we believe that Christ has come
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  • in your life.
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  • And that's what it means
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  • to become a Christian.
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  • Thanks so much for being a part
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  • of our program today.
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  • We hope you have a great week.
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  • - female announcer: Many of us
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  • face difficulties that challenge
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  • our resolve and keep us from
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  • moving forward.
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  • As a thank you for your support
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  • of Bil Cornelius Ministries,
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  • we would like to send you a copy
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  • of "Winning the War Within:
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  • When You Feel Like Giving Up."
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  • In this incredible DVD message,
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  • - Bil: The power of God is so
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  • much bigger and stronger than
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  • that I believe what God wanted
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  • some crazy, weird stuff.
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  • But he wants to reveal to you
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  • that he is available for
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  • whatever you need right now.
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  • - Bil: The next time the devil
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