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November 30, 2019
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In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • This is still the truth of the
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  • Word of God--still the truth of
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  • the Word of God: "I am the way,
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  • the truth, and the life.
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  • No man comes to the Father but
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  • by Me."
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  • No one will be saved without
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  • the blood.
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  • And the truth is that's the
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  • same story.
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  • Without the shedding of blood,
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  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • Four decades ago,
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  • we started In Touch Ministries
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  • to lead people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • Throughout the years,
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  • we've seen God's greatness,
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  • his love and his blessings
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  • in such awesome ways
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  • that we just want everyone
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  • to know him.
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  • So let's open God's Word
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch,"
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  • Soon this life will all
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  • be over.
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  • And our pilgrimage will end.
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  • Soon we'll take our heavenly
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  • journey.
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  • Be at home again
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  • with friends.
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  • Heaven's gates are
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  • standing open.
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  • Waiting for our entrance
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  • there.
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  • Some sweet day we're
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  • going over.
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  • All the beauties there
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  • to share.
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  • Just a little while to
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  • stay here.
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  • Just a little while to wait.
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  • Just a little while
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  • to labor
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  • in the path that's
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  • always straight.
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  • Path that's always straight
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  • and narrow.
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  • Just a little more
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  • of trouble
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  • in this low and
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  • sinful state.
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  • Then we'll enter
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  • heaven's portals
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  • sweeping through the
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  • sweeping through the
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  • Soon we'll see the light
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  • of morning.
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  • Then the new day will begin.
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  • Soon we'll hear the
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  • Father calling.
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  • "Come, my children
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  • enter in."
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  • Then we'll hear a choir
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  • of angels.
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  • Singing out the
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  • victory song.
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  • All our troubles will
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  • be ended.
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  • And we'll live with
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  • heaven's throng.
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  • Just a little while to
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  • stay here.
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  • Just a little while to wait.
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  • Just a little while
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  • to labor in the
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  • path that's always straight.
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  • Path that's always straight
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  • and narrow.
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  • Just a little more of
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  • trouble in this low and
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  • sinful state.
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  • Then we'll enter heaven's
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  • portals sweeping through the
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  • pearly gates.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while.
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  • Just a little while to
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  • stay here.
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  • Just a little while to wait.
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  • Just a little while
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  • to labor in the path that's
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  • always straight.
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  • Path that's always straight
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  • and narrow.
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  • Just a little more
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  • of trouble in this low and
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  • sinful state.
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  • Then we'll enter heaven's
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  • portals sweeping through the
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  • pearly gates.
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  • Then we'll enter heaven's
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  • portals sweeping through
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  • the gates.
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: It's not
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  • hard to understand why God would
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  • send plagues on the Egyptians.
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  • Because they had incarcerated,
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  • made slaves out of God's
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  • chosen people.
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  • And it had been going on for
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  • a long time.
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  • And on nine separate occasions,
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  • God sent a plague into Egypt and
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  • each time the message was,
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  • "Let My people go."
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  • And of course, Pharaoh just
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  • ignored it.
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  • His heart was hardened.
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  • He promised to let them go over
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  • and over again, but he reneged
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  • on his promise.
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  • So, now he's facing the last
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  • plague.
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  • So, I want us to title this
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  • message "A Night to Remember"
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  • because indeed it was and it's
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  • the twelfth chapter of Exodus,
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  • and I won't read that chapter
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  • for time's sake,
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  • but first of all I want to talk
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  • about what was the purpose that
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  • God had in mind in sending
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  • all these plagues.
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  • And you'll remember as we went
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  • through each one of them, all
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  • the way to the final one which
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  • was the death of the firstborn
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  • throughout all of Egypt.
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  • And so, His first purpose was to
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  • judge Egypt and their gods.
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  • That was His first purpose--to
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  • send divine judgment upon them,
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  • because they had kept God's
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  • people for several hundred
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  • years.
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  • And remember they started out as
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  • a blessing as a result of saving
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  • Egypt from destruction,
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  • from famine.
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  • And now when the Scripture says
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  • this Pharaoh came along who did
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  • not know Joseph--he put them in
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  • bondage.
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  • And so, first of all was
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  • judgment upon Egypt and their
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  • gods.
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  • Secondly, to liberate Israel
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  • from Egyptian bondage was a
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  • vital part of His purpose.
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  • And, the third purpose was to do
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  • what?
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  • It was preparation for the
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  • coming of the Messiah.
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  • So, think about this, they
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  • started out, a family of
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  • seventy, down to Egypt, the
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  • Pharaoh at that time loved
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  • Joseph because he saved Egypt
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  • from starving to death.
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  • And now, pharaoh after pharaoh
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  • and finally this last pharaoh
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  • who'd mistreated them so badly,
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  • put them all into slavery.
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  • God was ready to rescue them.
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  • So, you would think after nine
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  • horrible plagues that Pharaoh
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  • would finally have said
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  • all right.
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  • That's what he said two or three
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  • times, only to change his mind.
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  • But now came the last and final
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  • plague and that is the one that
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  • we probably most remember above
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  • all the rest.
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  • And that is the night when the
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  • death angel came through.
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  • So, having gone through all
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  • those plagues, having denied--in
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  • fact, even Pharaoh's finest
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  • generals and everyone who was
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  • around him were pleading let
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  • them go, let them go,
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  • let them go but he would not.
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  • And so, God said to the nation
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  • of Israel get ready.
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  • And if you'll notice the fourth
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  • verse of this twelfth chapter:
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  • "Now if the household is too
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  • small for a lamb, then he and
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  • his neighbor nearest to his
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  • house are to take one according
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  • to the number of persons in
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  • them; according to what each man
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  • should eat, you are to divide
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  • the lamb.
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  • Your lamb shall be an
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  • unblemished male a year old; you
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  • may take it from the sheep or
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  • from the goats.
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  • You shall keep it until the
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  • fourteenth day of the same
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  • month, then the whole assembly
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  • of the congregation of Israel is
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  • to kill it at twilight."
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  • Everything very specifically
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  • designated.
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  • "Moreover, they shall take some
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  • of the blood and put it on the
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  • two doorposts and on the lintel
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  • of the houses in which they eat
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  • of it."
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  • So, this is what we probably
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  • remember most of all.
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  • God had given them clear
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  • instruction.
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  • He said tonight's the night.
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  • Finally, Pharaoh is going to
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  • have to give in.
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  • And so, in order to save the
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  • Nation of Israel from Egyptian
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  • slavery, He said here's what
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  • we're going to do.
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  • You're to take a lamb to eat
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  • part, take the blood, put it on
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  • the doorposts and across the
  • 00:09:08.130 --> 00:09:09.250
  • lintel because the death angel's
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  • coming.
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  • And when the death angel passes
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  • through the cities, the towns,
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  • every household in which there
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  • is no blood on the doorpost--the
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  • firstborn will die.
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  • Imagine hearing that.
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  • In your family--no blood on the
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  • doorpost; no blood on the
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  • lintel; absolute death--that's
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  • the Word of God.
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  • Now, I'm sure that many of those
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  • Jews, that many of those
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  • Hebrews, they didn't believe
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  • that.
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  • All of them didn't believe in
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  • Jehovah God.
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  • They had been converted to some
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  • of the gods of the Egyptians;
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  • and so, He made it very,
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  • very clear.
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  • Told them exactly what to have,
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  • what kind of food to have, what
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  • they were to do with every
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  • single part of it.
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  • And He said, "You shall eat it
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  • in this manner: with your loins
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  • girded."
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  • That is, if you have an apron
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  • on, you'd pull the apron up, get
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  • ready to go.
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  • He says, "Your loins girded,
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  • your sandals on your feet, your
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  • staff in your hand, you shall
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  • eat it in haste--it is the
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  • Lord's Passover."
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  • He said, "This is the night the
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  • death angel is going to pass all
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  • through the whole nation
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  • of Egypt.
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  • I will go through the land of
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  • Egypt on that night, and will
  • 00:10:28.180 --> 00:10:31.040
  • strike down all the firstborn in
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  • the land of Egypt, both man and
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  • beast, and against all the gods
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:39.040
  • of Egypt I will execute
  • 00:10:39.040 --> 00:10:41.070
  • judgments.
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  • I am the Lord.
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  • The blood shall be a sign for
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  • you on the houses where you live
  • 00:10:46.140 --> 00:10:49.050
  • and when I see the blood, I will
  • 00:10:49.050 --> 00:10:52.010
  • pass over you, and no plague
  • 00:10:52.010 --> 00:10:54.130
  • will befall you to destroy you
  • 00:10:54.130 --> 00:10:56.220
  • when I strike the land
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  • of Egypt."
  • 00:10:58.190 --> 00:10:59.190
  • Imagine this.
  • 00:10:59.190 --> 00:11:00.270
  • I wonder how many of us would
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:02.110
  • have believed that.
  • 00:11:02.110 --> 00:11:03.200
  • Well, they'd watched all of
  • 00:11:03.200 --> 00:11:05.120
  • these other plagues and so far,
  • 00:11:06.090 --> 00:11:09.090
  • Pharaoh had not let them go.
  • 00:11:09.090 --> 00:11:11.290
  • And the night before was this
  • 00:11:11.290 --> 00:11:13.270
  • terrible darkness that they
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:16.050
  • couldn't explain and could not
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:17.200
  • escape.
  • 00:11:17.200 --> 00:11:18.240
  • This was the final plague.
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  • God gave them opportunity after
  • 00:11:19.260 --> 00:11:22.060
  • opportunity, but God knew in the
  • 00:11:22.060 --> 00:11:23.260
  • beginning they weren't going to
  • 00:11:23.260 --> 00:11:25.200
  • yield to it because what is
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:28.060
  • He doing?
  • 00:11:28.060 --> 00:11:29.120
  • He's making a statement that
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  • would never be forgotten.
  • 00:11:32.260 --> 00:11:35.260
  • And this is why Jews today,
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.260
  • Hebrew people today, they still
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:39.190
  • practicing the Passover.
  • 00:11:40.190 --> 00:11:43.190
  • And that's been hundreds and
  • 00:11:43.190 --> 00:11:45.010
  • hundreds of years ago.
  • 00:11:45.010 --> 00:11:46.280
  • And so, God knew that all the
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:49.060
  • plagues that He'd sent that
  • 00:11:49.060 --> 00:11:51.000
  • would have sent most of us just
  • 00:11:51.160 --> 00:11:54.160
  • reeling in subjection,
  • 00:11:54.160 --> 00:11:56.180
  • what happened?
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:58.060
  • Pharaoh wouldn't let them go.
  • 00:11:58.060 --> 00:12:00.170
  • So, what was this all about?
  • 00:12:00.170 --> 00:12:02.020
  • What this was all about was God
  • 00:12:02.020 --> 00:12:04.010
  • making a statement.
  • 00:12:04.010 --> 00:12:06.030
  • He knew he wasn't going to let
  • 00:12:06.030 --> 00:12:06.220
  • them go.
  • 00:12:06.220 --> 00:12:08.140
  • This was God making a statement
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:09.230
  • to the world.
  • 00:12:09.230 --> 00:12:11.230
  • Not only to the world of his
  • 00:12:11.230 --> 00:12:13.070
  • day, but to the world of
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:14.200
  • our day.
  • 00:12:14.200 --> 00:12:15.110
  • These are My people.
  • 00:12:15.110 --> 00:12:17.170
  • I am establishing a nation.
  • 00:12:18.000 --> 00:12:21.000
  • This nation will be beyond all
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:22.250
  • other nations because through
  • 00:12:22.250 --> 00:12:25.100
  • this nation will come the Savior
  • 00:12:25.100 --> 00:12:27.250
  • of the world, the Messiah.
  • 00:12:27.250 --> 00:12:29.290
  • They didn't understand all of
  • 00:12:29.290 --> 00:12:31.070
  • that, but God was getting them
  • 00:12:31.070 --> 00:12:33.000
  • ready because God knew that one
  • 00:12:33.000 --> 00:12:34.160
  • day you and I would
  • 00:12:34.160 --> 00:12:35.050
  • understand it.
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:36.140
  • And after all those years
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:38.000
  • through what nation did the
  • 00:12:38.000 --> 00:12:39.270
  • Messiah come?
  • 00:12:39.270 --> 00:12:41.100
  • The same nation that was down in
  • 00:12:41.100 --> 00:12:42.240
  • Egyptian bondage.
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:45.040
  • So, at some point, can you
  • 00:12:45.040 --> 00:12:47.120
  • imagine being at home--you, you
  • 00:12:47.120 --> 00:12:50.070
  • wives, for example--and notice,
  • 00:12:50.070 --> 00:12:52.100
  • notice what He told them to do.
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:53.190
  • He said now, you--you are to
  • 00:12:53.190 --> 00:12:56.000
  • prepare all these things.
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:57.290
  • And He tells them later on, He
  • 00:12:57.290 --> 00:12:59.210
  • says you're to--put it on your
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:01.200
  • shoulder; be ready to travel
  • 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:03.220
  • because tonight the death
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:05.000
  • angel's coming.
  • 00:13:05.000 --> 00:13:06.180
  • So, you can imagine what was
  • 00:13:06.180 --> 00:13:08.010
  • going on by the time it got
  • 00:13:08.010 --> 00:13:09.270
  • a little dark.
  • 00:13:09.270 --> 00:13:11.110
  • And I'm sure some of those
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:12.120
  • parents had to convince their
  • 00:13:12.120 --> 00:13:13.240
  • children of what was going
  • 00:13:13.240 --> 00:13:15.260
  • to happen.
  • 00:13:15.260 --> 00:13:17.040
  • But it's interesting how
  • 00:13:17.040 --> 00:13:18.110
  • specific, how specific
  • 00:13:18.110 --> 00:13:20.170
  • Moses was.
  • 00:13:20.170 --> 00:13:22.100
  • He told them to have the food
  • 00:13:22.100 --> 00:13:23.230
  • prepared in a certain way.
  • 00:13:24.010 --> 00:13:27.010
  • They were to stand with a staff
  • 00:13:27.010 --> 00:13:29.190
  • in hand, ready to go,
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:31.270
  • ready to move.
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:33.070
  • They were to be freed overnight.
  • 00:13:33.070 --> 00:13:36.070
  • Now where were they going?
  • 00:13:36.070 --> 00:13:38.040
  • That's what I would have said.
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:39.030
  • Now Moses, where are we going?
  • 00:13:39.030 --> 00:13:41.180
  • You know what he would
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:42.100
  • have said?
  • 00:13:42.100 --> 00:13:43.100
  • Follow me.
  • 00:13:43.100 --> 00:13:44.250
  • And so, He couldn't give them
  • 00:13:44.250 --> 00:13:47.000
  • a lot of instructions they'd
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:47.270
  • like to have had.
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:48.250
  • What are we going to eat?
  • 00:13:48.250 --> 00:13:50.050
  • How long are we going to
  • 00:13:50.050 --> 00:13:51.000
  • be gone?
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:51.240
  • How, how do we know where
  • 00:13:51.240 --> 00:13:52.280
  • we're going?
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:53.290
  • What's going to happen when we
  • 00:13:53.290 --> 00:13:55.100
  • get there?
  • 00:13:55.100 --> 00:13:56.100
  • They had a lot of questions and
  • 00:13:56.100 --> 00:13:57.130
  • so, more than likely some of
  • 00:13:57.130 --> 00:13:58.180
  • those Hebrews decided I'm not
  • 00:13:58.180 --> 00:14:00.280
  • going where I don't need to be.
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:03.140
  • And probably some of them had
  • 00:14:03.140 --> 00:14:04.110
  • sort of become mixed up in the
  • 00:14:04.110 --> 00:14:06.060
  • Egyptians, and so they didn't
  • 00:14:06.060 --> 00:14:08.080
  • even believe anyway.
  • 00:14:08.080 --> 00:14:11.010
  • These were, for those who
  • 00:14:11.010 --> 00:14:12.130
  • believed God's servant, and
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:14.190
  • believed that God had a purpose
  • 00:14:14.190 --> 00:14:16.170
  • for Israel that was far beyond
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:19.210
  • anything they could comprehend.
  • 00:14:19.210 --> 00:14:22.170
  • So, through the streets and the
  • 00:14:22.170 --> 00:14:24.250
  • alleyways and the walkways of
  • 00:14:24.250 --> 00:14:27.190
  • Egypt, the death angel passed.
  • 00:14:28.280 --> 00:14:31.280
  • And in one night, struck dead
  • 00:14:31.280 --> 00:14:34.170
  • every single firstborn where
  • 00:14:34.180 --> 00:14:37.180
  • there was no blood on
  • 00:14:37.180 --> 00:14:39.170
  • the doorpost.
  • 00:14:39.170 --> 00:14:41.230
  • And I wonder how many of them
  • 00:14:41.230 --> 00:14:43.190
  • said put blood on, outside
  • 00:14:44.000 --> 00:14:47.000
  • the house?
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.050
  • Well, how is that going to
  • 00:14:48.050 --> 00:14:49.080
  • protect me?
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:49.240
  • Watch this carefully.
  • 00:14:49.240 --> 00:14:51.060
  • Human reason and faith often are
  • 00:14:51.060 --> 00:14:53.230
  • in conflict.
  • 00:14:53.230 --> 00:14:55.090
  • You have to decide whether you
  • 00:14:55.090 --> 00:14:57.200
  • will believe the truth of the
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:14:59.110
  • Word of God or you'll go by
  • 00:14:59.110 --> 00:15:01.070
  • your feelings.
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:02.090
  • It makes no sense, no sense
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:05.200
  • to believe that putting blood
  • 00:15:05.200 --> 00:15:08.050
  • outside your house on the
  • 00:15:08.050 --> 00:15:10.090
  • doorpost and across the lintel,
  • 00:15:10.090 --> 00:15:12.000
  • that some, some angel was going
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:14.170
  • to come through.
  • 00:15:14.170 --> 00:15:16.060
  • And if you didn't have it up
  • 00:15:16.060 --> 00:15:17.070
  • there, your firstborn was going
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:18.260
  • to die.
  • 00:15:18.260 --> 00:15:20.120
  • That didn't make any sense.
  • 00:15:20.120 --> 00:15:22.140
  • Nor did it make any sense to
  • 00:15:22.140 --> 00:15:24.070
  • have your family ready to go--to
  • 00:15:25.060 --> 00:15:28.060
  • go where?
  • 00:15:28.060 --> 00:15:28.290
  • And I say that again and
  • 00:15:28.290 --> 00:15:29.230
  • again--where are we going?
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:32.060
  • How long are we going to
  • 00:15:32.060 --> 00:15:33.040
  • be gone?
  • 00:15:33.040 --> 00:15:34.220
  • What about all this stuff we're
  • 00:15:34.220 --> 00:15:35.190
  • going to leave?
  • 00:15:35.190 --> 00:15:36.290
  • I'm saying it was a troublesome
  • 00:15:36.290 --> 00:15:38.030
  • time.
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:39.020
  • And think about, think about
  • 00:15:39.020 --> 00:15:41.000
  • saying to your wife, "This is
  • 00:15:41.000 --> 00:15:42.260
  • it--we're leaving it all.
  • 00:15:42.260 --> 00:15:45.130
  • Don't try to carry anything, but
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:46.240
  • just what, whatever Moses said,
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.230
  • that's what we're going to do.
  • 00:15:48.230 --> 00:15:50.040
  • We're going to walk out of here
  • 00:15:50.040 --> 00:15:51.210
  • with whatever we have plundered
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:55.000
  • from the Egyptians--gold and
  • 00:15:55.000 --> 00:15:56.270
  • silver.
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:57.270
  • We're leaving--where we go,
  • 00:15:57.270 --> 00:15:58.260
  • we're going to trust Moses,
  • 00:15:58.260 --> 00:16:00.260
  • we're going to trust God to
  • 00:16:00.260 --> 00:16:02.040
  • guide us."
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:03.050
  • That was an awesome night, an
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:05.090
  • unbelievable night because--
  • 00:16:05.090 --> 00:16:07.010
  • listen, the whole
  • 00:16:07.010 --> 00:16:08.080
  • night--listen--was focused on
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:11.050
  • one thing: my faith in the Word
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:15.050
  • of the Living God which came
  • 00:16:15.050 --> 00:16:17.280
  • through one servant, through
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:20.130
  • Moses.
  • 00:16:20.130 --> 00:16:21.160
  • Do we believe him or do we not?
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:24.240
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:26.040
  • When we say, "Jesus said, 'I am
  • 00:16:26.280 --> 00:16:29.280
  • the way the truth and the life;
  • 00:16:29.280 --> 00:16:31.130
  • no man comes to the Father
  • 00:16:31.130 --> 00:16:32.120
  • but by Me.'"
  • 00:16:32.120 --> 00:16:34.090
  • There are many people
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:35.070
  • who do not believe that.
  • 00:16:35.070 --> 00:16:37.230
  • Most people don't believe that.
  • 00:16:37.230 --> 00:16:40.110
  • Except a man be born again, he
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:42.040
  • cannot see the kingdom of God.
  • 00:16:42.040 --> 00:16:43.030
  • Most people don't believe that.
  • 00:16:43.030 --> 00:16:45.020
  • Here's what I want you to see.
  • 00:16:45.100 --> 00:16:48.100
  • This is still the truth of the
  • 00:16:48.100 --> 00:16:50.060
  • Word of God--still the truth of
  • 00:16:50.060 --> 00:16:52.160
  • the Word of God: "I am the way,
  • 00:16:52.160 --> 00:16:55.020
  • the truth, and the life.
  • 00:16:55.020 --> 00:16:56.260
  • No man comes to the Father but
  • 00:16:57.000 --> 00:17:00.020
  • by Me."
  • 00:17:00.020 --> 00:17:01.070
  • No one will be saved without
  • 00:17:01.070 --> 00:17:03.070
  • the blood.
  • 00:17:03.070 --> 00:17:04.060
  • And the truth is that's the
  • 00:17:04.060 --> 00:17:05.100
  • same story.
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.180
  • Without the shedding of blood,
  • 00:17:07.180 --> 00:17:08.240
  • there is no forgiveness of sin.
  • 00:17:08.240 --> 00:17:11.090
  • You ask someone tomorrow when
  • 00:17:11.090 --> 00:17:12.260
  • you go to work, "Do you believe
  • 00:17:12.260 --> 00:17:14.200
  • the Bible?"
  • 00:17:14.200 --> 00:17:15.180
  • Why I believe parts of it.
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:16.200
  • Well, do you believe that part
  • 00:17:16.200 --> 00:17:18.080
  • that says, "Without the shedding
  • 00:17:18.080 --> 00:17:20.010
  • of blood, there is no remission
  • 00:17:20.010 --> 00:17:20.290
  • of sin?"
  • 00:17:20.290 --> 00:17:21.290
  • I don't even know what
  • 00:17:21.290 --> 00:17:22.270
  • that means.
  • 00:17:22.270 --> 00:17:23.200
  • Do you believe that part that
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:25.260
  • says, "Except a man be born
  • 00:17:25.260 --> 00:17:28.190
  • again, he cannot see the kingdom
  • 00:17:28.190 --> 00:17:29.160
  • of God?"
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:30.110
  • "Well, I don't know whether
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:31.030
  • I believe that or not."
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:32.070
  • You may be shocked at the people
  • 00:17:32.070 --> 00:17:33.200
  • you work around, live around,
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:35.210
  • who do not believe the truth of
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:37.140
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:17:37.140 --> 00:17:39.230
  • There are two choices: believe
  • 00:17:39.230 --> 00:17:42.080
  • Him, obey Him, be ready,
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:44.290
  • or ignore Him and die.
  • 00:17:47.260 --> 00:17:50.260
  • Do you believe that?
  • 00:17:50.260 --> 00:17:53.070
  • Do you believe that except a man
  • 00:17:53.070 --> 00:17:54.200
  • be born again, he cannot see the
  • 00:17:54.200 --> 00:17:55.290
  • kingdom of God?
  • 00:17:55.290 --> 00:17:57.000
  • Do you believe that there's no
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:58.100
  • other name under heaven whereby
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:17:59.200
  • you might be saved?
  • 00:18:01.090 --> 00:18:04.090
  • Many people don't believe that.
  • 00:18:04.090 --> 00:18:05.120
  • There are many people who sit in
  • 00:18:05.120 --> 00:18:07.030
  • church week after week after
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:09.080
  • week--some church, I hope not
  • 00:18:09.080 --> 00:18:10.210
  • this one--in some church
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:12.160
  • somewhere, they don't believe
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:14.040
  • that, because they're convinced
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:16.020
  • and persuaded that if you live a
  • 00:18:16.020 --> 00:18:18.000
  • pretty good life, never killed
  • 00:18:18.000 --> 00:18:19.230
  • anybody.
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:20.220
  • You don't steal, lie, and cheat;
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.030
  • don't run around on your wife or
  • 00:18:22.030 --> 00:18:23.060
  • your husband; you're--well, why
  • 00:18:23.060 --> 00:18:25.110
  • wouldn't God take you to heaven?
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:26.290
  • Because your heart is
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:27.210
  • still carnal.
  • 00:18:27.210 --> 00:18:29.170
  • Think about this.
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:30.250
  • Is there anything that God
  • 00:18:30.250 --> 00:18:32.030
  • required of us that's sort of
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:34.270
  • uncertain and maybe?
  • 00:18:34.270 --> 00:18:37.140
  • How uncertain is this?
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:39.030
  • "The soul that sinneth, it shall
  • 00:18:39.030 --> 00:18:40.190
  • die."
  • 00:18:40.190 --> 00:18:42.140
  • "The wages of sin is death."
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:44.260
  • "Except a man be born again, he
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.110
  • cannot see the kingdom of God."
  • 00:18:46.120 --> 00:18:49.120
  • "Ye must be born again."
  • 00:18:49.120 --> 00:18:51.270
  • None of these things are
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:52.250
  • uncertain--very, very clear,
  • 00:18:52.250 --> 00:18:55.210
  • because God intends for it to
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:57.160
  • be clear.
  • 00:18:57.160 --> 00:18:58.230
  • Watch this.
  • 00:18:58.230 --> 00:18:59.120
  • God hasn't changed His mind.
  • 00:19:00.040 --> 00:19:03.040
  • So, the issue is this.
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  • Here's an awesome story, all of
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  • which is true.
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  • And when you look at it, and you
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  • think about--listen to what
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:13.200
  • God said.
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  • Four times He said--watch
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  • this--four times in Exodus
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  • thirteen: "With a powerful hand,
  • 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:20.260
  • the Lord brought you out of
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  • Egypt from the house
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  • of slavery."
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  • Watch this, this may look like a
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:28.170
  • tragedy but the reason you have
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:31.080
  • your name written in the Lamb's
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:33.030
  • Book of Life, today,
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:35.250
  • the reason you're safe now is
  • 00:19:35.250 --> 00:19:38.070
  • that God brought from those
  • 00:19:38.070 --> 00:19:41.060
  • Hebrews the Son of God, the
  • 00:19:41.060 --> 00:19:44.060
  • Savior who went to the cross and
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:45.230
  • who said, "Whosoever shall call
  • 00:19:45.230 --> 00:19:47.190
  • upon the name of the Lord shall
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:49.150
  • be saved," these thousands
  • 00:19:49.150 --> 00:19:51.070
  • of years later.
  • 00:19:51.070 --> 00:19:53.010
  • It looked like a tragedy, it
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:54.230
  • wasn't a tragedy.
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:56.050
  • What was tragic about it is
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  • that Pharaoh and his crowd would
  • 00:19:57.120 --> 00:19:59.170
  • not believe in the one true God
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:01.270
  • in spite of nine tragic things
  • 00:20:02.270 --> 00:20:05.270
  • that God allowed to happen
  • 00:20:05.270 --> 00:20:07.110
  • and still they didn't believe.
  • 00:20:08.230 --> 00:20:11.230
  • Today, it's the same way.
  • 00:20:12.090 --> 00:20:15.090
  • You could hear "In Touch" all
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:17.160
  • over the world but, do you think
  • 00:20:17.220 --> 00:20:20.220
  • everybody believes it?
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  • No.
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  • You think everybody believes the
  • 00:20:23.140 --> 00:20:24.200
  • Gospel today?
  • 00:20:24.200 --> 00:20:25.210
  • No, because they look around and
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:28.170
  • say, "I'm not doing too bad,
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:30.100
  • I don't need Jesus."
  • 00:20:30.100 --> 00:20:32.260
  • And listen, you don't have to go
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:34.180
  • somewhere else to find people to
  • 00:20:34.180 --> 00:20:35.180
  • tell you that.
  • 00:20:35.180 --> 00:20:37.190
  • It may be that your neighbor or
  • 00:20:37.190 --> 00:20:38.170
  • somebody else can tell you that.
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:40.030
  • No, I don't need Jesus.
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:41.150
  • I don't need to go to church.
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:43.060
  • I don't need God, I'm doing
  • 00:20:43.060 --> 00:20:44.270
  • fine.
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:45.240
  • That's just, that's just your
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:46.180
  • belief.
  • 00:20:46.180 --> 00:20:47.240
  • And how many of those Egyptians
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:48.250
  • must have said to their Hebrew
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:51.280
  • neighbors, "Oh, that's for you
  • 00:20:51.280 --> 00:20:53.290
  • all, that's not for us."
  • 00:20:53.290 --> 00:20:56.190
  • The death angel did not miss a
  • 00:20:56.190 --> 00:20:59.170
  • single household.
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:01.110
  • The death angel came and saw or
  • 00:21:01.200 --> 00:21:04.200
  • killed, one of the two.
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:07.230
  • Where there was no blood, God
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:09.060
  • had said through Moses this is
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:12.250
  • what is going to happen.
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:16.060
  • And what is God saying today?
  • 00:21:16.060 --> 00:21:18.260
  • "Except a man be born
  • 00:21:18.260 --> 00:21:19.230
  • again he cannot see the kingdom
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:21.250
  • of God."
  • 00:21:21.250 --> 00:21:23.150
  • Well, what about all of those
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:24.140
  • folks who've never heard?
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  • God can handle that.
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:27.140
  • You do not have to wonder about
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:28.250
  • people who have heard, who have
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:30.130
  • not heard.
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  • You'd better be concerned about
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:32.110
  • the fact that you have heard.
  • 00:21:32.110 --> 00:21:33.280
  • You know the truth and the
  • 00:21:33.280 --> 00:21:35.070
  • people that you know.
  • 00:21:35.270 --> 00:21:38.270
  • You don't have to worry
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:39.210
  • about God making any mistakes
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:41.050
  • about who's going to Heaven.
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:43.120
  • And so, it was a tragedy upon
  • 00:21:43.120 --> 00:21:44.100
  • tragedy upon tragedies that the
  • 00:21:44.110 --> 00:21:47.110
  • death angel came and so many
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:50.020
  • people lost their lives.
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:52.280
  • And what happened?
  • 00:21:52.280 --> 00:21:54.150
  • God told them exactly what
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:56.070
  • to do.
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:57.060
  • Now He says, "The next morning,
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:21:59.170
  • we're leaving."
  • 00:21:59.170 --> 00:22:01.080
  • I'm sure they had lots
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:02.010
  • of questions.
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:03.130
  • And the Scriptures, the
  • 00:22:03.130 --> 00:22:04.160
  • Scripture says that, "now, the
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:06.170
  • Egyptians urged the people, to
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:08.090
  • send them out of the land in
  • 00:22:08.090 --> 00:22:10.000
  • haste, for they said,
  • 00:22:10.000 --> 00:22:11.000
  • 'We'll all be dead.'
  • 00:22:11.000 --> 00:22:13.020
  • So, the people took
  • 00:22:13.020 --> 00:22:13.280
  • their dough before it was
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:15.010
  • leavened, with their kneading
  • 00:22:15.010 --> 00:22:16.250
  • bowls bound up in their cloths
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:19.000
  • on their shoulders.
  • 00:22:19.000 --> 00:22:20.110
  • Now the sons of Israel had done
  • 00:22:20.110 --> 00:22:22.070
  • according to what the Word of
  • 00:22:22.070 --> 00:22:23.040
  • God said and had requested
  • 00:22:23.040 --> 00:22:25.240
  • from the Egyptians articles of
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:28.110
  • silver and articles of gold
  • 00:22:28.110 --> 00:22:30.050
  • and clothing."
  • 00:22:30.050 --> 00:22:31.030
  • That's what God told me.
  • 00:22:31.030 --> 00:22:32.020
  • He said, "You are to plunder the
  • 00:22:32.020 --> 00:22:33.140
  • Egyptians."
  • 00:22:33.140 --> 00:22:35.220
  • Does that sound like God?
  • 00:22:35.220 --> 00:22:36.270
  • Yes, because--listen, for all
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:39.050
  • those hundreds of years, the
  • 00:22:39.050 --> 00:22:41.120
  • Egyptians had misused the people
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:45.100
  • of God.
  • 00:22:45.100 --> 00:22:46.290
  • And now, He has the Egyptians
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:48.250
  • under such conviction, scared
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:52.170
  • to death.
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:54.110
  • They are saying, "Take my
  • 00:22:54.110 --> 00:22:55.230
  • silver, take my gold."
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.100
  • In other words, they had been
  • 00:22:57.100 --> 00:22:59.160
  • slaves for all those years.
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:01.010
  • And now, God was rewarding them
  • 00:23:01.010 --> 00:23:03.250
  • for their suffering and they
  • 00:23:03.250 --> 00:23:05.210
  • were on their way.
  • 00:23:05.210 --> 00:23:07.010
  • They must have asked many times,
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:08.200
  • "Well, Moses, where are we
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:11.000
  • going, where we're headed?"
  • 00:23:11.000 --> 00:23:12.280
  • But they were going somewhere
  • 00:23:12.280 --> 00:23:14.190
  • and at that point they didn't
  • 00:23:14.190 --> 00:23:16.050
  • know where they were going.
  • 00:23:16.050 --> 00:23:17.130
  • And they didn't know how long it
  • 00:23:17.130 --> 00:23:19.160
  • was going to take.
  • 00:23:19.160 --> 00:23:21.070
  • They were just trusting the word
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:22.200
  • of the prophet, Moses.
  • 00:23:23.090 --> 00:23:26.090
  • So, when somebody says to you,
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:28.060
  • "Well, if you could explain to
  • 00:23:28.060 --> 00:23:30.070
  • me this Heaven business and how
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:31.180
  • to get there and all that.
  • 00:23:31.180 --> 00:23:32.260
  • Well, if you can answer
  • 00:23:32.260 --> 00:23:34.140
  • some of my questions, I might
  • 00:23:34.140 --> 00:23:35.170
  • believe."
  • 00:23:35.170 --> 00:23:37.040
  • Here's the written, inspired,
  • 00:23:37.040 --> 00:23:39.090
  • inerrant Word of the living God.
  • 00:23:41.200 --> 00:23:44.200
  • This Book's not antiquated;
  • 00:23:44.200 --> 00:23:46.280
  • it's a warning, because nowhere
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:49.200
  • do we find God changing His mind
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:52.260
  • or changing His ways.
  • 00:23:52.260 --> 00:23:55.080
  • And now one of these days, those
  • 00:23:55.080 --> 00:23:57.290
  • of us who have trusted Jesus
  • 00:23:58.050 --> 00:24:01.070
  • Christ and the shedding of His
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:02.180
  • blood for the forgiveness of our
  • 00:24:02.180 --> 00:24:04.020
  • sins are going to heaven, and
  • 00:24:04.020 --> 00:24:05.190
  • people who have not, will not,
  • 00:24:05.190 --> 00:24:08.040
  • refuse, will not go.
  • 00:24:10.120 --> 00:24:13.120
  • It's not popular.
  • 00:24:13.120 --> 00:24:15.010
  • Tell your friends that, they
  • 00:24:15.010 --> 00:24:16.090
  • don't believe it.
  • 00:24:16.090 --> 00:24:17.070
  • And yet, here's what the Bible
  • 00:24:17.070 --> 00:24:19.030
  • says: "It is appointed unto man
  • 00:24:19.030 --> 00:24:21.000
  • once to die, and after this
  • 00:24:21.000 --> 00:24:22.170
  • the judgment."
  • 00:24:22.170 --> 00:24:24.030
  • You see, if you don't believe
  • 00:24:24.030 --> 00:24:25.000
  • what He says about salvation,
  • 00:24:25.000 --> 00:24:26.210
  • you won't believe what He says
  • 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:28.150
  • about judgment.
  • 00:24:28.150 --> 00:24:30.250
  • So, where are you?
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:33.090
  • You don't believe what He says
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:34.030
  • about sin?
  • 00:24:34.030 --> 00:24:35.120
  • The Bible says all of us have
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:37.020
  • sinned and come short of the
  • 00:24:37.020 --> 00:24:38.090
  • glory of God and the wages of
  • 00:24:38.090 --> 00:24:39.260
  • sin is death.
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:41.060
  • When you put those two together,
  • 00:24:41.060 --> 00:24:42.180
  • where does that leave you?
  • 00:24:42.180 --> 00:24:44.270
  • "All have sinned and come short
  • 00:24:44.270 --> 00:24:46.200
  • of the glory of God.
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:47.200
  • The wages of sin is death.
  • 00:24:47.200 --> 00:24:49.220
  • The soul that sinneth, it
  • 00:24:49.220 --> 00:24:51.060
  • shall die."
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:52.190
  • Where does that leave us?
  • 00:24:52.190 --> 00:24:54.110
  • Only at the mercy of Almighty
  • 00:24:54.110 --> 00:24:56.050
  • God, trusting Jesus Christ as
  • 00:24:56.050 --> 00:24:57.170
  • our Savior.
  • 00:24:57.170 --> 00:24:59.080
  • We either believe Him, or we
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:02.010
  • don't believe Him.
  • 00:25:02.010 --> 00:25:04.000
  • Think about this, God spared
  • 00:25:04.000 --> 00:25:05.250
  • that group of Israelites and He
  • 00:25:07.140 --> 00:25:10.140
  • kept His Word.
  • 00:25:10.140 --> 00:25:12.200
  • Through all those years, through
  • 00:25:12.200 --> 00:25:14.020
  • all the trials and heartaches
  • 00:25:14.020 --> 00:25:15.260
  • and burdens and Scriptures, all
  • 00:25:15.260 --> 00:25:17.040
  • the way through the rest of
  • 00:25:17.040 --> 00:25:18.000
  • the Bible.
  • 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:18.240
  • Listen, from Genesis, Exodus all
  • 00:25:19.130 --> 00:25:22.130
  • the way through to the Gospels.
  • 00:25:22.260 --> 00:25:25.260
  • And finally, there's a
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:27.270
  • crucifixion, finally there's the
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:29.180
  • shedding of blood once more.
  • 00:25:29.180 --> 00:25:31.120
  • The only difference is this, it
  • 00:25:31.120 --> 00:25:33.270
  • doesn't have to be in every
  • 00:25:33.270 --> 00:25:35.150
  • household, but it does have to
  • 00:25:35.150 --> 00:25:37.050
  • be in every life.
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:39.240
  • The blood of the lambs, the
  • 00:25:39.240 --> 00:25:40.240
  • blood of the goats saved them
  • 00:25:40.270 --> 00:25:43.270
  • thousands of years ago.
  • 00:25:43.270 --> 00:25:45.260
  • The blood of Jesus saves us
  • 00:25:45.260 --> 00:25:47.200
  • today.
  • 00:25:47.200 --> 00:25:49.070
  • Without--listen,
  • 00:25:52.120 --> 00:25:55.120
  • Moses could've said this.
  • 00:25:55.120 --> 00:25:57.020
  • Without the shedding of blood,
  • 00:25:57.020 --> 00:25:59.040
  • there will be no forgiveness.
  • 00:25:59.120 --> 00:26:02.140
  • There will be no salvation
  • 00:26:02.140 --> 00:26:03.240
  • without the shedding of blood.
  • 00:26:03.240 --> 00:26:05.080
  • It's still true.
  • 00:26:05.080 --> 00:26:06.280
  • That was a symbol, Jesus was the
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:10.100
  • blood.
  • 00:26:10.100 --> 00:26:12.040
  • You know how blessed you are
  • 00:26:12.040 --> 00:26:13.200
  • that your name is written in the
  • 00:26:13.200 --> 00:26:15.140
  • Lamb's Book of Life and it was
  • 00:26:15.140 --> 00:26:16.280
  • not anything that you did.
  • 00:26:16.280 --> 00:26:19.100
  • It's something that He did and
  • 00:26:19.100 --> 00:26:20.190
  • you simply responded to it.
  • 00:26:21.180 --> 00:26:24.180
  • "Except a man be born again he
  • 00:26:24.180 --> 00:26:25.280
  • cannot see the kingdom of God."
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:28.040
  • "Without the shedding of blood
  • 00:26:28.040 --> 00:26:29.130
  • there's no remission of sin."
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:31.040
  • "But, if we confess our sin,
  • 00:26:31.040 --> 00:26:32.250
  • He's faithful, just."
  • 00:26:33.010 --> 00:26:36.010
  • That means He has a right, has
  • 00:26:36.010 --> 00:26:37.230
  • the privilege and the power to
  • 00:26:37.230 --> 00:26:39.060
  • forgive us.
  • 00:26:39.060 --> 00:26:39.270
  • Why?
  • 00:26:39.270 --> 00:26:40.170
  • Because the blood of Jesus
  • 00:26:40.170 --> 00:26:41.180
  • Christ atones for, pays for
  • 00:26:41.180 --> 00:26:44.000
  • every single solitary sin,
  • 00:26:44.000 --> 00:26:46.250
  • with the blood of Jesus.
  • 00:26:46.250 --> 00:26:48.190
  • That's the power of the Son
  • 00:26:48.190 --> 00:26:49.110
  • of God.
  • 00:26:49.110 --> 00:26:51.100
  • What a wonderful, not story, but
  • 00:26:51.100 --> 00:26:53.250
  • what a wonderful account in the
  • 00:26:53.250 --> 00:26:55.250
  • Word of God.
  • 00:26:55.250 --> 00:26:57.070
  • Salvation promised by Almighty
  • 00:26:57.070 --> 00:26:59.040
  • God, all the way back to Adam
  • 00:26:59.040 --> 00:27:01.230
  • shedding of blood, and what is
  • 00:27:02.280 --> 00:27:05.280
  • our responsibility?
  • 00:27:05.280 --> 00:27:07.040
  • Think about this, our
  • 00:27:07.040 --> 00:27:09.030
  • responsibility is just one
  • 00:27:09.030 --> 00:27:10.200
  • thing: faith, trust Him,
  • 00:27:11.220 --> 00:27:14.220
  • believe Him.
  • 00:27:14.220 --> 00:27:16.060
  • And if you do--listen, if you
  • 00:27:16.060 --> 00:27:17.170
  • believe the truth of the Gospel
  • 00:27:17.170 --> 00:27:19.280
  • of Jesus Christ, you will
  • 00:27:19.280 --> 00:27:21.120
  • surrender your life.
  • 00:27:21.120 --> 00:27:23.090
  • Somebody says, "Oh, I don't
  • 00:27:23.090 --> 00:27:24.080
  • believe but--"
  • 00:27:24.080 --> 00:27:25.100
  • No, no, no, no.
  • 00:27:25.100 --> 00:27:26.150
  • If you believe, you will
  • 00:27:26.150 --> 00:27:27.210
  • surrender your life to Christ.
  • 00:27:27.210 --> 00:27:29.180
  • Surrender your life to Christ,
  • 00:27:29.180 --> 00:27:31.040
  • you are eternally secure by the
  • 00:27:31.040 --> 00:27:33.290
  • blood of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:27:33.290 --> 00:27:36.120
  • Amen?
  • 00:27:36.120 --> 00:27:38.190
  • Father, thank You, praise You,
  • 00:27:38.280 --> 00:27:41.280
  • bless Your Holy Name for giving
  • 00:27:41.280 --> 00:27:44.220
  • us this account of the truth of
  • 00:27:44.220 --> 00:27:46.230
  • these awesome events of
  • 00:27:46.230 --> 00:27:48.120
  • the past.
  • 00:27:48.120 --> 00:27:49.240
  • We bless Your Holy Name,
  • 00:27:49.240 --> 00:27:51.240
  • we praise You.
  • 00:27:51.240 --> 00:27:52.270
  • We applaud You, oh Lord God for
  • 00:27:52.270 --> 00:27:55.050
  • being patient, loving, and kind
  • 00:27:55.050 --> 00:27:57.170
  • with us and forgiving us
  • 00:27:57.170 --> 00:27:59.050
  • continually.
  • 00:27:59.050 --> 00:28:01.030
  • I pray that every person who
  • 00:28:01.030 --> 00:28:02.070
  • hears this message will believe
  • 00:28:02.070 --> 00:28:04.220
  • in his and her heart, the truth
  • 00:28:04.220 --> 00:28:07.180
  • that makes the difference
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  • between where we spend eternity.
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  • We praise You, we bless You, we
  • 00:28:11.290 --> 00:28:14.060
  • honor You, we glorify Your Holy
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  • Name, Jesus.
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  • - announcer: Coming up
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  • in just a moment,
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  • - male: I'm 68 years old.
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  • I came from abject poverty but
  • 00:28:32.130 --> 00:28:35.030
  • God had his hand on me.
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  • I still have questions.
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  • Why did I have to go through
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  • all of that?
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  • Lord, have I achieved what you
  • 00:28:43.030 --> 00:28:45.030
  • want me to achieve?
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  • Searching for what God wanted
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  • for my life, it's been a
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  • - Dr. Stanley:
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  • And I would ask you, if you knew
  • 00:29:04.060 --> 00:29:05.250
  • He was coming tomorrow, does
  • 00:29:05.250 --> 00:29:07.250
  • anything come to your mind that
  • 00:29:07.250 --> 00:29:09.150
  • you would need to change?
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  • Is it somebody you need to
  • 00:29:12.170 --> 00:29:13.130
  • forgive?
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  • Some debts you need to pay?
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  • Whatever.
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  • Is it something that you need to
  • 00:29:19.020 --> 00:29:20.060
  • change in your life?
  • 00:29:20.060 --> 00:29:21.160
  • What he is saying is, you and I
  • 00:29:21.160 --> 00:29:22.270
  • should live believing and
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  • convinced and persuaded He could
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  • - male announcer: Next on,
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  • "In Touch,"
  • 00:29:29.190 --> 00:29:31.030
  • we continue our 2019 focus
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  • on the whole church by asking
  • 00:29:33.080 --> 00:29:34.280
  • the question: What is our
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  • future?
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  • Today's message: "Anticipating
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  • - Dr. Stanley: How often do you
  • 00:29:43.110 --> 00:29:44.020
  • think about Jesus's return?
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  • Do you sometimes doubt that He's
  • 00:29:49.170 --> 00:29:51.080
  • coming back because, after all,
  • 00:29:51.080 --> 00:29:52.200
  • it's been two thousand years?
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  • You might have a reason to
  • 00:29:55.080 --> 00:29:56.050
  • doubt that.
  • 00:29:56.050 --> 00:29:58.290
  • And He said He was going to
  • 00:29:58.290 --> 00:30:01.290
  • return, but two thousand years
  • 00:30:03.020 --> 00:30:06.020
  • is a long time.
  • 00:30:06.020 --> 00:30:08.270
  • And when you think about His
  • 00:30:08.270 --> 00:30:11.020
  • return, what is the most
  • 00:30:11.020 --> 00:30:12.180
  • preeminent question that people
  • 00:30:12.180 --> 00:30:14.290
  • ask?
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  • What is it?
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  • When?
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  • That's what people want to know
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  • is when, when, when?
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  • And every once in a while,
  • 00:30:23.170 --> 00:30:24.140
  • somebody will ask me, "Do you
  • 00:30:24.140 --> 00:30:26.050
  • believe Jesus is coming soon?"
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  • And here's what I've discovered,
  • 00:30:29.080 --> 00:30:31.290
  • that my answer will either put
  • 00:30:31.290 --> 00:30:33.110
  • joy or gloom in their response.
  • 00:30:34.200 --> 00:30:37.200
  • And when I tell them what I
  • 00:30:37.200 --> 00:30:38.170
  • really believe, which is I don't
  • 00:30:38.170 --> 00:30:40.150
  • know, they just get gloomy in
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  • the face.
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  • Because they're expecting me to
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  • say, "Oh yes, I believe He's
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  • coming at any moment."
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  • Well, He can.
  • 00:30:48.170 --> 00:30:50.100
  • But I know what they're looking
  • 00:30:50.100 --> 00:30:51.020
  • for.
  • 00:30:51.020 --> 00:30:52.010
  • And the--it's very interesting
  • 00:30:52.010 --> 00:30:53.090
  • in the Scripture when--you
  • 00:30:53.190 --> 00:30:56.190
  • couldn't fool Jesus.
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  • Very interesting in the
  • 00:30:58.170 --> 00:30:59.110
  • Scripture when they kept talking
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  • about when, when, when, when,
  • 00:31:01.080 --> 00:31:02.260
  • when.
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  • They had the same attitude
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  • we have.
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  • And what he said to them is what
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  • I want to share with you
  • 00:31:06.220 --> 00:31:07.230
  • this morning.
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  • What I'd like to do is to talk
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  • about this whole issue of
  • 00:31:12.100 --> 00:31:14.020
  • anticipating His return,
  • 00:31:14.020 --> 00:31:16.200
  • thinking about His return.
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  • And I want to begin by thinking
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  • about the promises He made.
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  • Jesus made a number of promises
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  • about His return along with the
  • 00:31:24.230 --> 00:31:26.230
  • apostle Paul, Peter, and other
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  • disciples.
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  • So, what is the truth?
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  • So, let's just listen for just a
  • 00:31:31.290 --> 00:31:33.170
  • moment what some of these
  • 00:31:33.170 --> 00:31:34.250
  • promises are.
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  • So, turn, if you will, to
  • 00:31:35.250 --> 00:31:37.060
  • Matthew chapter twenty four, and
  • 00:31:37.060 --> 00:31:39.090
  • this is a very significant
  • 00:31:39.090 --> 00:31:40.180
  • chapter in the Bible about
  • 00:31:40.180 --> 00:31:41.280
  • Jesus's return and all the
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  • things that are going to happen.
  • 00:31:43.200 --> 00:31:45.110
  • And because it's confusing to
  • 00:31:45.110 --> 00:31:47.140
  • some people, I want us to read
  • 00:31:47.140 --> 00:31:50.080
  • this twenty-fourth chapter,
  • 00:31:50.080 --> 00:31:51.220
  • the first three verses.
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  • And I want to just mention one
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  • thing that when somebody brings
  • 00:31:54.140 --> 00:31:56.100
  • it up, you'll have an answer.
  • 00:31:56.100 --> 00:31:58.060
  • "Jesus came out from the temple
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  • and was going away when His
  • 00:32:01.140 --> 00:32:03.090
  • disciples came up to point out
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  • the temple building to Him.
  • 00:32:06.110 --> 00:32:08.260
  • And He said to them, 'Do you not
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  • see all these things?
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  • Truly I say to you, not one
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  • of,'" listen, "'Truly I say to
  • 00:32:15.120 --> 00:32:17.030
  • you, not one stone here will be
  • 00:32:17.130 --> 00:32:20.130
  • left upon another, which will
  • 00:32:20.130 --> 00:32:22.080
  • not be torn down.'"
  • 00:32:22.080 --> 00:32:24.010
  • Now, He's looking at the temple
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  • saying that.
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  • "As He was sitting on the Mount
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  • of Olives, the disciples came to
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  • Him privately, saying, 'Tell us,
  • 00:32:30.260 --> 00:32:33.260
  • when will,'" listen to this,
  • 00:32:33.260 --> 00:32:35.250
  • "when will these things happen,
  • 00:32:35.250 --> 00:32:38.070
  • and what will be the sign of
  • 00:32:38.070 --> 00:32:40.020
  • Your coming, and of the end of
  • 00:32:40.020 --> 00:32:41.230
  • the age?'"
  • 00:32:41.230 --> 00:32:42.120
  • Now, watch that, He asked
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  • them--they asked Him
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  • three questions.
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  • If you read this chapter
  • 00:32:46.220 --> 00:32:48.060
  • only thinking He asked--
  • 00:32:48.060 --> 00:32:49.110
  • they asked one question,
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  • you'll be totally confused.
  • 00:32:50.190 --> 00:32:51.270
  • They said, "We want to know
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  • three things.
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  • When these things will happen
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  • about all these stones being
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  • torn down," which happened, by
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  • the way, about forty years later
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  • when Titus came in and destroyed
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  • Jerusalem.
  • 00:33:02.280 --> 00:33:04.060
  • "And what will be the sign of
  • 00:33:04.060 --> 00:33:05.250
  • Your coming?"
  • 00:33:05.250 --> 00:33:06.250
  • That's a totally different
  • 00:33:06.250 --> 00:33:07.110
  • question.
  • 00:33:07.110 --> 00:33:08.130
  • "And of the end of the age?"
  • 00:33:08.130 --> 00:33:10.000
  • A totally different question.
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  • So, when you read the
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  • twenty-fourth chapter, all the
  • 00:33:12.020 --> 00:33:13.210
  • things you read here does not
  • 00:33:13.210 --> 00:33:15.000
  • mean all this must takes--must
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  • take place before Jesus comes.
  • 00:33:17.170 --> 00:33:19.120
  • That's not what it means.
  • 00:33:19.120 --> 00:33:20.290
  • But what I want us to look at
  • 00:33:20.290 --> 00:33:21.290
  • here primarily is this whole
  • 00:33:21.290 --> 00:33:24.200
  • issue of the promises.
  • 00:33:24.200 --> 00:33:27.190
  • In the twenty-fourth chapter,
  • 00:33:27.190 --> 00:33:28.260
  • look at the thirtieth verse.
  • 00:33:28.260 --> 00:33:30.210
  • He says, "And when the sign of
  • 00:33:30.270 --> 00:33:33.270
  • the Son of Man will appear in
  • 00:33:33.270 --> 00:33:35.090
  • the sky, and then all the tribes
  • 00:33:35.090 --> 00:33:37.170
  • of the earth will mourn, and
  • 00:33:37.170 --> 00:33:39.060
  • they will see the Son of Man
  • 00:33:39.060 --> 00:33:40.200
  • coming on the clouds of the sky
  • 00:33:40.200 --> 00:33:42.170
  • with power and great glory."
  • 00:33:42.170 --> 00:33:45.120
  • Turn to John chapter fourteen
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  • for a moment.
  • 00:33:48.140 --> 00:33:49.110
  • And in the night before He left,
  • 00:33:49.230 --> 00:33:52.230
  • fourteenth chapter and the third
  • 00:33:52.230 --> 00:33:54.120
  • verse.
  • 00:33:54.120 --> 00:33:55.020
  • And most of you probably know it
  • 00:33:55.020 --> 00:33:56.080
  • by heart.
  • 00:33:56.080 --> 00:33:57.070
  • Remember He starts out by
  • 00:33:57.070 --> 00:33:58.160
  • saying, "Don't let your heart be
  • 00:33:58.160 --> 00:33:59.230
  • troubled, you believe in God,
  • 00:33:59.230 --> 00:34:01.090
  • believe also in Me.
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  • In My Father's house are many
  • 00:34:02.250 --> 00:34:04.050
  • mansions, if it were not so, I
  • 00:34:04.050 --> 00:34:05.150
  • would have told you, I go to
  • 00:34:05.150 --> 00:34:07.010
  • prepare a place for you.
  • 00:34:07.010 --> 00:34:08.190
  • If I go and prepare a place for
  • 00:34:08.190 --> 00:34:11.130
  • you, I will come again and
  • 00:34:11.130 --> 00:34:13.040
  • receive you to Myself, that
  • 00:34:13.040 --> 00:34:14.190
  • where I am, there you may be
  • 00:34:14.190 --> 00:34:16.130
  • also."
  • 00:34:16.130 --> 00:34:17.120
  • Night before He left, big
  • 00:34:17.120 --> 00:34:18.250
  • promise.
  • 00:34:18.250 --> 00:34:19.260
  • Then turn to the book of Acts.
  • 00:34:19.260 --> 00:34:21.110
  • He's already resurrected now.
  • 00:34:21.110 --> 00:34:23.010
  • And look at this first chapter.
  • 00:34:23.010 --> 00:34:25.140
  • And again, He's talking to them
  • 00:34:25.140 --> 00:34:27.130
  • about things that are going to
  • 00:34:27.130 --> 00:34:28.170
  • happen.
  • 00:34:28.170 --> 00:34:29.150
  • And then the question comes up
  • 00:34:29.150 --> 00:34:31.220
  • again.
  • 00:34:31.220 --> 00:34:32.270
  • Because He says in verse six,
  • 00:34:32.270 --> 00:34:35.100
  • "So when they had come together,
  • 00:34:35.100 --> 00:34:37.020
  • they were asking Him, saying,
  • 00:34:37.020 --> 00:34:38.110
  • 'Lord,'" look at this.
  • 00:34:38.110 --> 00:34:40.020
  • Back to the same question.
  • 00:34:40.020 --> 00:34:41.120
  • "'Is it at this time You're
  • 00:34:41.120 --> 00:34:43.210
  • restoring the kingdom to
  • 00:34:43.210 --> 00:34:45.030
  • Israel?'"
  • 00:34:45.030 --> 00:34:45.190
  • You're going to defeat the
  • 00:34:45.190 --> 00:34:46.180
  • Romans and restore Israel,
  • 00:34:46.180 --> 00:34:48.060
  • put them in charge.
  • 00:34:48.060 --> 00:34:49.170
  • "He said to them, 'It is not for
  • 00:34:49.170 --> 00:34:51.120
  • you to know times or epochs,'"
  • 00:34:51.120 --> 00:34:53.250
  • which is seasons.
  • 00:34:53.250 --> 00:34:55.150
  • "'It is not for you to know
  • 00:34:55.150 --> 00:34:56.130
  • times or seasons which the
  • 00:34:56.130 --> 00:34:58.100
  • Father has fixed by His own
  • 00:34:58.120 --> 00:35:01.140
  • authority.'"
  • 00:35:01.140 --> 00:35:03.090
  • Then, if you turn to the book
  • 00:35:03.090 --> 00:35:04.090
  • of the Revelation,
  • 00:35:04.090 --> 00:35:05.130
  • the last book of the Bible.
  • 00:35:05.130 --> 00:35:06.200
  • And again, this same emphasis.
  • 00:35:06.280 --> 00:35:09.280
  • Look, if you will,
  • 00:35:09.280 --> 00:35:10.190
  • in the first chapter.
  • 00:35:10.190 --> 00:35:12.010
  • And in this seventh verse,
  • 00:35:12.190 --> 00:35:15.190
  • "Behold, He is coming with the
  • 00:35:15.190 --> 00:35:17.200
  • clouds, and every eye will see
  • 00:35:17.200 --> 00:35:19.010
  • Him, even those who have
  • 00:35:19.010 --> 00:35:21.010
  • pierced--who pierced Him, and
  • 00:35:21.010 --> 00:35:23.060
  • all the tribes of the earth will
  • 00:35:23.060 --> 00:35:24.230
  • mourn over Him.
  • 00:35:24.230 --> 00:35:26.060
  • So it is to be.
  • 00:35:26.060 --> 00:35:27.130
  • Amen."
  • 00:35:27.130 --> 00:35:28.070
  • So, all through the Scripture,
  • 00:35:28.070 --> 00:35:30.110
  • there's the promise of His
  • 00:35:30.110 --> 00:35:31.060
  • coming.
  • 00:35:31.060 --> 00:35:32.140
  • So, you may say, "Well,
  • 00:35:32.140 --> 00:35:34.170
  • it's been two thousand years,
  • 00:35:34.170 --> 00:35:36.030
  • He still hasn't come."
  • 00:35:36.030 --> 00:35:37.230
  • But I want to come to a passage
  • 00:35:37.230 --> 00:35:39.010
  • of Scripture in Revelation
  • 00:35:39.010 --> 00:35:41.010
  • that gives an explanation of why
  • 00:35:41.010 --> 00:35:44.000
  • we're still asking the question,
  • 00:35:44.000 --> 00:35:45.090
  • why we're still talking about
  • 00:35:45.090 --> 00:35:46.080
  • the timing.
  • 00:35:46.080 --> 00:35:47.170
  • And it is the most preeminent
  • 00:35:47.170 --> 00:35:49.040
  • question.
  • 00:35:49.040 --> 00:35:49.200
  • People don't ask me,
  • 00:35:49.200 --> 00:35:50.240
  • for example, what do you think
  • 00:35:50.240 --> 00:35:52.160
  • is going to happen when
  • 00:35:52.160 --> 00:35:53.100
  • Jesus comes?
  • 00:35:53.100 --> 00:35:54.070
  • The first question is: do you
  • 00:35:54.070 --> 00:35:55.200
  • think He's coming soon?
  • 00:35:55.200 --> 00:35:57.140
  • Well, sure, He could come soon.
  • 00:35:57.140 --> 00:35:58.180
  • In fact, the truth is,
  • 00:35:58.180 --> 00:36:00.090
  • when you and I really and truly
  • 00:36:00.090 --> 00:36:02.270
  • consider seriously
  • 00:36:02.270 --> 00:36:04.130
  • that Jesus Christ
  • 00:36:04.130 --> 00:36:05.100
  • could come at any moment, He
  • 00:36:05.100 --> 00:36:07.030
  • says what happens is, when we
  • 00:36:07.030 --> 00:36:08.180
  • are fixed with that conviction,
  • 00:36:08.180 --> 00:36:11.080
  • we're going to live
  • 00:36:11.080 --> 00:36:12.200
  • a godly life.
  • 00:36:12.200 --> 00:36:14.000
  • If you knew, if you thought that
  • 00:36:14.000 --> 00:36:15.050
  • He could come at any moment, and
  • 00:36:15.050 --> 00:36:16.230
  • He can, if you really believe
  • 00:36:16.230 --> 00:36:18.030
  • that, then you're going to be
  • 00:36:18.030 --> 00:36:19.130
  • motivated to live a godly life.
  • 00:36:19.170 --> 00:36:22.170
  • The world doesn't feel that
  • 00:36:22.170 --> 00:36:23.140
  • way.
  • 00:36:23.140 --> 00:36:24.100
  • They think, first of all,
  • 00:36:24.100 --> 00:36:25.140
  • there's no such thing, or they
  • 00:36:25.140 --> 00:36:26.170
  • don't even believe there was a
  • 00:36:26.170 --> 00:36:27.140
  • Jesus, or they don't believe
  • 00:36:27.140 --> 00:36:28.190
  • He's coming back or whatever.
  • 00:36:28.190 --> 00:36:30.130
  • He says, "We have a fixed
  • 00:36:30.130 --> 00:36:32.200
  • conviction that Jesus is coming
  • 00:36:32.200 --> 00:36:34.170
  • again."
  • 00:36:34.170 --> 00:36:35.090
  • And the result ought to be, in
  • 00:36:35.090 --> 00:36:36.140
  • our life, to live a godly life,
  • 00:36:36.140 --> 00:36:38.270
  • expecting Him at any moment.
  • 00:36:38.270 --> 00:36:40.240
  • And I would ask you, if you knew
  • 00:36:40.240 --> 00:36:42.130
  • He was coming tomorrow, does
  • 00:36:42.130 --> 00:36:44.130
  • anything come to your mind that
  • 00:36:44.130 --> 00:36:46.030
  • you would need to change?
  • 00:36:46.050 --> 00:36:49.050
  • Is it somebody you need to
  • 00:36:49.050 --> 00:36:50.010
  • forgive?
  • 00:36:50.010 --> 00:36:51.030
  • Some debts you need to pay?
  • 00:36:51.050 --> 00:36:54.050
  • Whatever.
  • 00:36:54.050 --> 00:36:55.200
  • Is it something that you need to
  • 00:36:55.200 --> 00:36:56.240
  • change in your life?
  • 00:36:56.240 --> 00:36:58.040
  • What he is saying is, you and I
  • 00:36:58.040 --> 00:36:59.150
  • should live believing and
  • 00:36:59.150 --> 00:37:01.270
  • convinced and persuaded He could
  • 00:37:01.270 --> 00:37:03.110
  • come at any moment.
  • 00:37:03.110 --> 00:37:05.060
  • There is nothing yet to be done
  • 00:37:05.060 --> 00:37:07.210
  • before He comes.
  • 00:37:07.210 --> 00:37:09.040
  • And so, with that in mind, I
  • 00:37:09.040 --> 00:37:10.220
  • want us to consider seriously
  • 00:37:10.220 --> 00:37:12.160
  • this whole issue now of the
  • 00:37:12.160 --> 00:37:14.020
  • time because this is a problem
  • 00:37:14.030 --> 00:37:17.030
  • with many people.
  • 00:37:17.030 --> 00:37:18.160
  • And so, I want you to see
  • 00:37:18.160 --> 00:37:19.140
  • something interesting.
  • 00:37:19.140 --> 00:37:20.180
  • Go back, if you will, to the
  • 00:37:20.180 --> 00:37:21.150
  • twenty-fourth chapter of
  • 00:37:21.150 --> 00:37:23.000
  • Matthew.
  • 00:37:23.000 --> 00:37:24.090
  • And let's look, if you will, in
  • 00:37:24.090 --> 00:37:25.280
  • this--look in this forty second
  • 00:37:26.080 --> 00:37:29.080
  • verse.
  • 00:37:29.080 --> 00:37:30.210
  • Listen to what Jesus said.
  • 00:37:30.210 --> 00:37:33.190
  • He's talking to them now about
  • 00:37:33.190 --> 00:37:34.190
  • the things that are going to
  • 00:37:34.190 --> 00:37:35.190
  • happen.
  • 00:37:35.190 --> 00:37:36.170
  • And He says to them, He says,
  • 00:37:36.170 --> 00:37:38.100
  • "Therefore be on the alert, for
  • 00:37:38.100 --> 00:37:39.220
  • you do not know which day your
  • 00:37:39.220 --> 00:37:41.010
  • Lord is coming.
  • 00:37:41.010 --> 00:37:42.120
  • But be sure of this, that if the
  • 00:37:42.120 --> 00:37:44.210
  • head of the house had known at
  • 00:37:44.210 --> 00:37:46.230
  • what time of the night the thief
  • 00:37:46.230 --> 00:37:48.070
  • was coming, he would have been
  • 00:37:48.070 --> 00:37:49.290
  • on the alert and would not have
  • 00:37:49.290 --> 00:37:51.200
  • allowed his house to be broken
  • 00:37:51.200 --> 00:37:53.110
  • into.
  • 00:37:53.110 --> 00:37:54.110
  • For this reason, you also must
  • 00:37:55.040 --> 00:37:58.040
  • be ready, for the Son of Man is
  • 00:37:58.040 --> 00:38:00.270
  • coming at an hour when you do
  • 00:38:00.270 --> 00:38:03.050
  • not think He will."
  • 00:38:03.050 --> 00:38:05.010
  • So, he's saying, now, He's
  • 00:38:05.010 --> 00:38:07.040
  • coming when you don't think He
  • 00:38:07.040 --> 00:38:08.010
  • will.
  • 00:38:08.010 --> 00:38:09.140
  • So for the believer, we're to be
  • 00:38:09.140 --> 00:38:11.010
  • sensitive and conscious
  • 00:38:11.010 --> 00:38:12.100
  • continually that the Lord Jesus
  • 00:38:12.100 --> 00:38:14.040
  • Christ could come any time that
  • 00:38:14.040 --> 00:38:16.020
  • He chooses to.
  • 00:38:16.020 --> 00:38:16.270
  • Look in the twenty-fifth chapter
  • 00:38:16.270 --> 00:38:19.000
  • for a moment.
  • 00:38:19.000 --> 00:38:19.260
  • And I want us to look at the
  • 00:38:22.030 --> 00:38:25.030
  • thirteenth verse.
  • 00:38:25.030 --> 00:38:26.240
  • He says, "Be on the alert then,
  • 00:38:26.240 --> 00:38:29.090
  • for you do not know the day nor
  • 00:38:29.190 --> 00:38:32.190
  • the hour."
  • 00:38:32.190 --> 00:38:33.260
  • Neither the day nor the hour.
  • 00:38:33.260 --> 00:38:35.280
  • And then back to the
  • 00:38:35.280 --> 00:38:36.220
  • twenty-fourth chapter, want you
  • 00:38:36.220 --> 00:38:38.100
  • to look at one more verse.
  • 00:38:38.100 --> 00:38:39.230
  • "But of that day and hour no one
  • 00:38:39.240 --> 00:38:42.240
  • knows, not even the angels of
  • 00:38:42.240 --> 00:38:44.290
  • heaven, nor the Son, but the
  • 00:38:44.290 --> 00:38:46.130
  • Father alone."
  • 00:38:46.130 --> 00:38:47.100
  • Now, look at that verse, He
  • 00:38:47.100 --> 00:38:48.250
  • says, "Settle the issue, nobody
  • 00:38:49.120 --> 00:38:52.120
  • knows when I'm coming back."
  • 00:38:52.120 --> 00:38:53.290
  • And I remember it hasn't been
  • 00:38:53.290 --> 00:38:54.250
  • too long ago that some fellow
  • 00:38:54.250 --> 00:38:56.200
  • had this thing all figured out.
  • 00:38:56.200 --> 00:38:58.070
  • And there were a lot of people
  • 00:38:58.070 --> 00:38:59.100
  • who believed him.
  • 00:38:59.100 --> 00:39:00.240
  • And I thought to myself, all you
  • 00:39:00.240 --> 00:39:02.190
  • have to do is read one passage.
  • 00:39:02.280 --> 00:39:05.280
  • What did He say?
  • 00:39:05.280 --> 00:39:07.110
  • He said He didn't even know.
  • 00:39:07.110 --> 00:39:09.210
  • Listen to what He said,
  • 00:39:09.210 --> 00:39:10.280
  • "Many false prophets will arise
  • 00:39:10.280 --> 00:39:12.210
  • and will mislead many."
  • 00:39:12.210 --> 00:39:14.010
  • You see, there isn't anything in
  • 00:39:14.010 --> 00:39:15.040
  • the Word of God I need that He
  • 00:39:15.040 --> 00:39:16.230
  • hasn't put there.
  • 00:39:16.230 --> 00:39:17.290
  • And He says, "Make it clear,
  • 00:39:17.290 --> 00:39:19.190
  • nobody knows when He's coming."
  • 00:39:19.190 --> 00:39:22.160
  • Now, that doesn't mean we're not
  • 00:39:22.160 --> 00:39:23.290
  • to be conscious of the fact
  • 00:39:23.290 --> 00:39:25.240
  • that He's to come.
  • 00:39:25.240 --> 00:39:27.040
  • And I can remember this, and my
  • 00:39:27.040 --> 00:39:29.040
  • mom was not a biblical scholar
  • 00:39:29.040 --> 00:39:30.290
  • at all.
  • 00:39:30.290 --> 00:39:31.180
  • She didn't know that much about
  • 00:39:31.180 --> 00:39:32.250
  • the Word of God.
  • 00:39:32.250 --> 00:39:33.200
  • But she drilled this into me.
  • 00:39:33.200 --> 00:39:36.000
  • She would say to me, "You know
  • 00:39:36.000 --> 00:39:37.040
  • Jesus could come at any moment."
  • 00:39:37.040 --> 00:39:39.000
  • And this is what would get me,
  • 00:39:39.000 --> 00:39:40.060
  • and I've said it before, you
  • 00:39:40.060 --> 00:39:41.100
  • don't want to be doing anything
  • 00:39:41.100 --> 00:39:42.220
  • you wouldn't want to be doing if
  • 00:39:42.220 --> 00:39:44.140
  • He comes.
  • 00:39:44.140 --> 00:39:46.150
  • Now, you say--well, for a
  • 00:39:46.150 --> 00:39:48.040
  • twelve-year-old kid or ten or
  • 00:39:48.040 --> 00:39:49.130
  • eight, whatever I was at the
  • 00:39:49.130 --> 00:39:50.200
  • time, that stuck in my mind.
  • 00:39:51.120 --> 00:39:54.120
  • I didn't want to--you know what,
  • 00:39:54.120 --> 00:39:55.260
  • I still don't want to be doing
  • 00:39:55.260 --> 00:39:56.290
  • anything that I shouldn't be
  • 00:39:56.290 --> 00:39:58.160
  • doing when He comes.
  • 00:39:58.160 --> 00:40:00.110
  • Because there, listen, there is
  • 00:40:00.110 --> 00:40:02.000
  • to be a sensitivity, if you'll
  • 00:40:02.000 --> 00:40:04.240
  • think about this, that God's
  • 00:40:04.240 --> 00:40:06.210
  • whole time span of everything
  • 00:40:06.210 --> 00:40:09.160
  • that He intends to do in the
  • 00:40:09.160 --> 00:40:10.230
  • world and all things that are
  • 00:40:10.230 --> 00:40:12.220
  • going on, He has it all
  • 00:40:12.220 --> 00:40:14.200
  • worked out.
  • 00:40:14.200 --> 00:40:16.110
  • And so, for the believers, we're
  • 00:40:16.110 --> 00:40:18.080
  • to believe and to acknowledge
  • 00:40:18.080 --> 00:40:19.180
  • that He's coming at whatever
  • 00:40:19.180 --> 00:40:21.060
  • time He chooses.
  • 00:40:21.060 --> 00:40:22.130
  • But the time is not my business.
  • 00:40:22.130 --> 00:40:25.130
  • And I want you to notice
  • 00:40:25.130 --> 00:40:26.120
  • something in this passage also.
  • 00:40:26.120 --> 00:40:28.290
  • Now go down to verse forty-four.
  • 00:40:28.290 --> 00:40:30.200
  • "For this reason you also must
  • 00:40:30.200 --> 00:40:32.040
  • be ready, for the Son of Man
  • 00:40:32.040 --> 00:40:33.140
  • is coming at an hour
  • 00:40:33.140 --> 00:40:34.290
  • when you do not think He will.
  • 00:40:34.290 --> 00:40:36.210
  • Who then is this faithful and
  • 00:40:36.210 --> 00:40:39.070
  • sensible slave whom the master
  • 00:40:39.070 --> 00:40:40.270
  • put in charge of a household to
  • 00:40:40.270 --> 00:40:42.170
  • give them their food at the
  • 00:40:42.170 --> 00:40:44.120
  • proper time?
  • 00:40:44.120 --> 00:40:45.130
  • Blessed is that slave whom his
  • 00:40:45.130 --> 00:40:47.060
  • master finds so doing when he
  • 00:40:47.060 --> 00:40:48.290
  • comes.
  • 00:40:48.290 --> 00:40:49.260
  • Truly I say to you that he will
  • 00:40:49.260 --> 00:40:51.100
  • put him in charge of his
  • 00:40:51.100 --> 00:40:52.140
  • possessions."
  • 00:40:52.140 --> 00:40:53.080
  • Now, what he--watch what he
  • 00:40:53.080 --> 00:40:54.030
  • does.
  • 00:40:54.030 --> 00:40:55.000
  • There--it keeps on back.
  • 00:40:55.000 --> 00:40:57.010
  • When are You coming, when are
  • 00:40:57.010 --> 00:40:57.210
  • You coming, when are You coming?
  • 00:40:57.210 --> 00:40:58.290
  • And Jesus does what?
  • 00:40:58.290 --> 00:41:00.100
  • He just refocuses their
  • 00:41:00.100 --> 00:41:01.270
  • attention on the fact it's not
  • 00:41:01.270 --> 00:41:03.240
  • when I'm coming, it's what you
  • 00:41:03.240 --> 00:41:05.100
  • ought to be doing until I come
  • 00:41:05.100 --> 00:41:06.250
  • back.
  • 00:41:06.250 --> 00:41:08.070
  • It's your responsibility.
  • 00:41:08.070 --> 00:41:10.030
  • It is your activity.
  • 00:41:10.030 --> 00:41:12.000
  • It is your lifestyle until I do
  • 00:41:12.000 --> 00:41:14.090
  • come back.
  • 00:41:14.090 --> 00:41:15.050
  • Now, when I look at that passage
  • 00:41:15.050 --> 00:41:18.040
  • and I look at--go back to Acts
  • 00:41:18.040 --> 00:41:20.290
  • chapter one for a moment.
  • 00:41:20.290 --> 00:41:22.060
  • I'm going back on purpose here.
  • 00:41:22.060 --> 00:41:23.200
  • And I want you to notice what
  • 00:41:23.200 --> 00:41:25.010
  • Jesus did again.
  • 00:41:25.010 --> 00:41:26.260
  • Because this is where our
  • 00:41:26.260 --> 00:41:29.130
  • thoughts ought to be primarily.
  • 00:41:29.130 --> 00:41:31.130
  • Remember, He said verse six now,
  • 00:41:31.160 --> 00:41:34.160
  • Acts chapter one.
  • 00:41:34.160 --> 00:41:35.270
  • "So when they had come together,
  • 00:41:35.270 --> 00:41:37.080
  • they were asking Him, saying,
  • 00:41:37.080 --> 00:41:38.160
  • 'Lord, is it at this time You're
  • 00:41:38.160 --> 00:41:41.120
  • restoring the kingdom to
  • 00:41:41.120 --> 00:41:42.120
  • Israel?'"
  • 00:41:42.120 --> 00:41:42.280
  • That is, it's time.
  • 00:41:42.280 --> 00:41:44.140
  • They wanted to know what's
  • 00:41:44.140 --> 00:41:45.210
  • the time?
  • 00:41:45.210 --> 00:41:46.200
  • What did Jesus say to them?
  • 00:41:46.200 --> 00:41:49.030
  • "He said to them, 'It's not for
  • 00:41:49.030 --> 00:41:50.240
  • you to know,'" it's none of your
  • 00:41:50.240 --> 00:41:52.120
  • business to know, "'the times or
  • 00:41:52.120 --> 00:41:54.210
  • the seasons which the Father has
  • 00:41:54.210 --> 00:41:56.140
  • fixed by His own authority.'"
  • 00:41:57.150 --> 00:42:00.170
  • And then what does He do?
  • 00:42:00.170 --> 00:42:01.120
  • He refocuses their attention.
  • 00:42:01.120 --> 00:42:03.020
  • He says, "But you will receive
  • 00:42:03.020 --> 00:42:05.170
  • power when the Holy Spirit has
  • 00:42:05.170 --> 00:42:06.280
  • come upon you, and you shall be
  • 00:42:06.280 --> 00:42:08.150
  • My witnesses both in Jerusalem,
  • 00:42:08.150 --> 00:42:10.190
  • and in all Judea and Samaria,
  • 00:42:10.190 --> 00:42:12.100
  • even to the remotest part of the
  • 00:42:12.100 --> 00:42:13.230
  • earth."
  • 00:42:13.230 --> 00:42:14.120
  • Every time they wanted to major
  • 00:42:14.120 --> 00:42:16.010
  • on when You coming back?
  • 00:42:16.010 --> 00:42:18.230
  • He would refocus their attention
  • 00:42:18.230 --> 00:42:19.290
  • to what you ought to be doing
  • 00:42:19.290 --> 00:42:21.020
  • till He does get back.
  • 00:42:21.020 --> 00:42:22.170
  • He says, listen, it's fixed
  • 00:42:22.250 --> 00:42:25.250
  • by divine, by God's authority.
  • 00:42:25.250 --> 00:42:28.090
  • The time of His return is fixed.
  • 00:42:28.090 --> 00:42:30.130
  • But isn't it interesting.
  • 00:42:30.130 --> 00:42:32.020
  • And I think this is God
  • 00:42:32.020 --> 00:42:33.040
  • in His wisdom.
  • 00:42:33.040 --> 00:42:33.240
  • Jesus said, "I don't even know."
  • 00:42:33.240 --> 00:42:36.160
  • I love that.
  • 00:42:36.160 --> 00:42:37.270
  • And the truth is, friend,
  • 00:42:37.270 --> 00:42:39.120
  • whoever you are and whatever you
  • 00:42:39.120 --> 00:42:40.240
  • may believe, nobody knows when
  • 00:42:40.240 --> 00:42:43.120
  • Jesus is going to return.
  • 00:42:43.120 --> 00:42:44.250
  • He could return at any moment.
  • 00:42:45.140 --> 00:42:48.140
  • But nobody knows when.
  • 00:42:48.240 --> 00:42:51.240
  • Imagine what we would be doing
  • 00:42:51.240 --> 00:42:54.060
  • if Jesus said, "In five years,
  • 00:42:54.060 --> 00:42:56.290
  • I'm coming again."
  • 00:42:56.290 --> 00:42:58.210
  • We might be surprised at the
  • 00:42:58.210 --> 00:43:00.150
  • crazy things people would do in
  • 00:43:00.150 --> 00:43:02.200
  • the next five years.
  • 00:43:02.200 --> 00:43:04.170
  • Trying to get everything they
  • 00:43:04.170 --> 00:43:06.090
  • could get in life.
  • 00:43:06.090 --> 00:43:07.270
  • And do everything they could
  • 00:43:07.270 --> 00:43:09.010
  • possibly do to satisfy every
  • 00:43:09.010 --> 00:43:11.130
  • emotion, desire they have.
  • 00:43:11.130 --> 00:43:13.080
  • Or whatever they might be doing.
  • 00:43:13.080 --> 00:43:15.110
  • Jesus in His wisdom intended for
  • 00:43:15.210 --> 00:43:18.210
  • His church, for His believers,
  • 00:43:18.210 --> 00:43:20.080
  • to always be sensitive that He
  • 00:43:20.180 --> 00:43:23.180
  • could come at any moment.
  • 00:43:23.180 --> 00:43:25.090
  • What stirs us to live a godly
  • 00:43:25.090 --> 00:43:26.260
  • life, for example?
  • 00:43:26.260 --> 00:43:28.030
  • What stirs us to want to do our
  • 00:43:28.030 --> 00:43:29.090
  • best?
  • 00:43:29.090 --> 00:43:30.070
  • Knowing that He could come
  • 00:43:30.070 --> 00:43:31.210
  • at any moment.
  • 00:43:31.210 --> 00:43:33.240
  • And so, when it comes to these
  • 00:43:33.240 --> 00:43:34.280
  • passages, the passage--I want to
  • 00:43:34.280 --> 00:43:37.280
  • go back to Revelation chapter
  • 00:43:37.280 --> 00:43:39.180
  • twenty-two for a moment.
  • 00:43:39.180 --> 00:43:41.040
  • And so, how do we deal with this
  • 00:43:41.040 --> 00:43:43.180
  • issue that, in this last book of
  • 00:43:44.230 --> 00:43:47.230
  • the Bible, in the last chapter,
  • 00:43:47.230 --> 00:43:50.020
  • three times.
  • 00:43:50.020 --> 00:43:51.000
  • Listen, we're talking about when
  • 00:43:52.110 --> 00:43:55.110
  • we begin this chapter, we're
  • 00:43:55.110 --> 00:43:56.160
  • talking about He showed me of
  • 00:43:56.160 --> 00:43:57.240
  • river, the water, life and so
  • 00:43:57.240 --> 00:43:58.280
  • forth about heaven.
  • 00:43:58.280 --> 00:44:00.020
  • And then He says in the seventh
  • 00:44:00.020 --> 00:44:02.180
  • verse, "And behold I'm coming
  • 00:44:02.180 --> 00:44:05.010
  • quickly.
  • 00:44:05.010 --> 00:44:06.120
  • Blessed is he who heeds the
  • 00:44:06.120 --> 00:44:08.090
  • words of the prophecy of this
  • 00:44:08.090 --> 00:44:09.190
  • book," that is, hey says in the
  • 00:44:09.190 --> 00:44:11.100
  • beginning of this book, those
  • 00:44:11.100 --> 00:44:12.180
  • who read it, those who hear it,
  • 00:44:12.180 --> 00:44:14.110
  • and those who obey it will be
  • 00:44:14.110 --> 00:44:16.000
  • blessed.
  • 00:44:16.000 --> 00:44:17.090
  • Then He says in the twelfth
  • 00:44:17.090 --> 00:44:18.180
  • verse again, "Behold, I'm coming
  • 00:44:18.180 --> 00:44:20.010
  • quickly and My reward is with
  • 00:44:20.010 --> 00:44:22.240
  • Me, to render to every man
  • 00:44:22.240 --> 00:44:24.130
  • according to what has been
  • 00:44:24.130 --> 00:44:25.240
  • done."
  • 00:44:25.240 --> 00:44:26.170
  • Then in the twentieth verse,
  • 00:44:26.170 --> 00:44:27.240
  • "'Yes, I'm coming quickly.'
  • 00:44:27.240 --> 00:44:28.240
  • Amen.
  • 00:44:28.240 --> 00:44:29.190
  • Come, Lord Jesus."
  • 00:44:29.190 --> 00:44:30.190
  • So, what I want you to see is
  • 00:44:30.190 --> 00:44:32.020
  • this, and that is when He says,
  • 00:44:32.020 --> 00:44:34.170
  • "Quickly," He doesn't mean I'll
  • 00:44:34.170 --> 00:44:36.090
  • be there tomorrow or tonight.
  • 00:44:36.090 --> 00:44:38.010
  • He says, "But when I come,
  • 00:44:38.010 --> 00:44:40.140
  • like instantly, I'm going
  • 00:44:40.140 --> 00:44:42.110
  • to show up."
  • 00:44:42.110 --> 00:44:43.190
  • Now, I want you to notice
  • 00:44:43.190 --> 00:44:46.010
  • something that as we said
  • 00:44:46.010 --> 00:44:47.120
  • before, as each time Jesus
  • 00:44:47.120 --> 00:44:50.030
  • refocused their attention from
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  • when He's coming back
  • 00:44:52.110 --> 00:44:53.220
  • to what they ought to be doing
  • 00:44:53.220 --> 00:44:55.010
  • till He gets back.
  • 00:44:55.010 --> 00:44:56.180
  • So, let's think about from
  • 00:44:56.180 --> 00:44:58.100
  • your perspective and mine, let's
  • 00:44:58.100 --> 00:45:00.040
  • think about this whole issue
  • 00:45:00.040 --> 00:45:02.230
  • of our personal responsibility.
  • 00:45:02.230 --> 00:45:04.260
  • That is, we have a
  • 00:45:04.260 --> 00:45:05.260
  • responsibility as a follower of
  • 00:45:05.260 --> 00:45:07.250
  • Jesus.
  • 00:45:07.250 --> 00:45:08.140
  • And He says, "We're the children
  • 00:45:08.140 --> 00:45:09.200
  • of God."
  • 00:45:09.200 --> 00:45:10.100
  • And He says, "We can't even
  • 00:45:10.100 --> 00:45:11.270
  • conceive of what we're going to
  • 00:45:11.270 --> 00:45:13.000
  • be like when He comes."
  • 00:45:13.000 --> 00:45:15.110
  • But He refocuses their attention
  • 00:45:15.110 --> 00:45:17.040
  • every single time.
  • 00:45:17.040 --> 00:45:18.110
  • Now, I think there are four
  • 00:45:18.110 --> 00:45:20.040
  • activities--you and I could just
  • 00:45:20.040 --> 00:45:22.150
  • put it down to four activities
  • 00:45:22.150 --> 00:45:24.000
  • that we ought to be engaged in
  • 00:45:24.000 --> 00:45:26.160
  • until He comes.
  • 00:45:26.160 --> 00:45:28.060
  • We don't have to be concerned
  • 00:45:28.060 --> 00:45:29.050
  • about when He's coming.
  • 00:45:29.050 --> 00:45:31.060
  • Because, first of all,
  • 00:45:31.060 --> 00:45:32.040
  • you can't figure it out.
  • 00:45:32.040 --> 00:45:33.230
  • And I would say to anybody
  • 00:45:33.230 --> 00:45:35.110
  • out there who's listening or
  • 00:45:35.110 --> 00:45:36.060
  • watching, you may be brilliant
  • 00:45:36.060 --> 00:45:38.130
  • with numbers, but if Jesus said
  • 00:45:39.260 --> 00:45:42.260
  • He didn't know,
  • 00:45:42.260 --> 00:45:44.260
  • only the Father knows.
  • 00:45:44.260 --> 00:45:47.100
  • And He says it's not for us,
  • 00:45:47.100 --> 00:45:49.080
  • He made it clear.
  • 00:45:49.080 --> 00:45:50.010
  • It's not for us to know
  • 00:45:50.010 --> 00:45:51.050
  • the times or the seasons
  • 00:45:51.050 --> 00:45:53.110
  • of His activities.
  • 00:45:53.110 --> 00:45:54.120
  • Then forget the time business,
  • 00:45:54.120 --> 00:45:56.290
  • and remember this, we have
  • 00:45:56.290 --> 00:45:59.030
  • an awesome, at least four-fold
  • 00:45:59.030 --> 00:46:01.060
  • responsibility till He comes.
  • 00:46:01.060 --> 00:46:04.030
  • And the first one is this, and
  • 00:46:04.030 --> 00:46:05.140
  • they'll put these on the screen.
  • 00:46:05.140 --> 00:46:06.250
  • And that is to be watching
  • 00:46:06.250 --> 00:46:09.130
  • faithfully.
  • 00:46:09.130 --> 00:46:11.020
  • Now, well, you say, "Well,
  • 00:46:11.020 --> 00:46:12.050
  • watching what?"
  • 00:46:12.050 --> 00:46:14.070
  • Well, what did He say in first
  • 00:46:14.070 --> 00:46:15.160
  • John chapter three?
  • 00:46:15.160 --> 00:46:17.010
  • He says He's coming, and His
  • 00:46:17.220 --> 00:46:20.220
  • coming ought to motivate us to
  • 00:46:20.220 --> 00:46:22.120
  • do what?
  • 00:46:22.120 --> 00:46:23.040
  • To live a godly life.
  • 00:46:23.040 --> 00:46:25.190
  • That is, we're to, listen,
  • 00:46:25.190 --> 00:46:26.280
  • we're to watch how we live.
  • 00:46:26.280 --> 00:46:29.120
  • We're to watch
  • 00:46:29.120 --> 00:46:30.000
  • what our testimony's like.
  • 00:46:30.000 --> 00:46:32.090
  • We're to watch those, listen,
  • 00:46:32.090 --> 00:46:34.020
  • we're to watch for those who are
  • 00:46:34.020 --> 00:46:35.120
  • watching us.
  • 00:46:35.120 --> 00:46:36.200
  • What kind of a testimony are we
  • 00:46:36.200 --> 00:46:38.060
  • living out before them?
  • 00:46:38.060 --> 00:46:39.240
  • He says we're to be faithfully
  • 00:46:39.240 --> 00:46:42.010
  • watching, watching for His
  • 00:46:42.010 --> 00:46:43.210
  • return.
  • 00:46:43.210 --> 00:46:44.140
  • Yes.
  • 00:46:44.140 --> 00:46:46.020
  • Knowing that at any moment
  • 00:46:46.020 --> 00:46:47.040
  • He could return.
  • 00:46:47.040 --> 00:46:48.250
  • And therefore, because He could,
  • 00:46:48.250 --> 00:46:51.090
  • I am to be busy doing what He
  • 00:46:51.090 --> 00:46:53.210
  • called me to do until He comes.
  • 00:46:53.210 --> 00:46:56.150
  • Faithfully watching.
  • 00:46:56.150 --> 00:46:57.260
  • Now, He didn't say,
  • 00:46:57.260 --> 00:46:58.190
  • "Just watch."
  • 00:46:58.190 --> 00:46:59.210
  • We're to be faithfully watching.
  • 00:46:59.210 --> 00:47:01.050
  • That is, it should be a
  • 00:47:01.050 --> 00:47:02.130
  • continuous mindset for us that
  • 00:47:02.130 --> 00:47:05.120
  • we're the children of God.
  • 00:47:05.120 --> 00:47:07.080
  • We're His followers.
  • 00:47:07.080 --> 00:47:08.110
  • We're the ones Jesus has left
  • 00:47:08.110 --> 00:47:10.030
  • here in order to get the truth
  • 00:47:10.030 --> 00:47:12.000
  • of the gospel so that people
  • 00:47:12.000 --> 00:47:13.140
  • might be saved worldwide.
  • 00:47:13.180 --> 00:47:16.180
  • Faithfully watching.
  • 00:47:16.180 --> 00:47:18.080
  • And He didn't say that we ought
  • 00:47:18.080 --> 00:47:19.240
  • to be, He said we will--we must
  • 00:47:19.240 --> 00:47:22.190
  • be faithfully watching.
  • 00:47:22.240 --> 00:47:25.240
  • So, I ask you the question I
  • 00:47:25.240 --> 00:47:26.270
  • asked in the very beginning.
  • 00:47:26.270 --> 00:47:29.010
  • When is the last time before
  • 00:47:29.010 --> 00:47:30.090
  • this morning you gave serious
  • 00:47:30.090 --> 00:47:33.090
  • consideration to the fact that
  • 00:47:33.090 --> 00:47:34.230
  • Jesus is coming?
  • 00:47:37.100 --> 00:47:40.100
  • We're to keep it uppermost in
  • 00:47:40.100 --> 00:47:41.140
  • our thinking.
  • 00:47:41.140 --> 00:47:42.280
  • It doesn't mean it's in front of
  • 00:47:42.280 --> 00:47:43.290
  • my face every day.
  • 00:47:43.290 --> 00:47:45.030
  • But it means that I'm aware
  • 00:47:45.030 --> 00:47:46.160
  • daily that He could come at any
  • 00:47:46.160 --> 00:47:49.130
  • moment.
  • 00:47:49.130 --> 00:47:51.220
  • Now, we know that He could come
  • 00:47:51.220 --> 00:47:53.020
  • at any moment for any one of us
  • 00:47:53.020 --> 00:47:55.180
  • or a group of us.
  • 00:47:55.180 --> 00:47:57.140
  • But He says, "We're to keep
  • 00:47:57.140 --> 00:47:58.210
  • before us all the time He could
  • 00:47:58.210 --> 00:48:01.010
  • come and wrap it all up.
  • 00:48:01.020 --> 00:48:04.020
  • But it's something we ought to
  • 00:48:04.020 --> 00:48:06.070
  • be doing.
  • 00:48:06.070 --> 00:48:07.060
  • Secondly, we should be waiting
  • 00:48:07.060 --> 00:48:08.230
  • peacefully.
  • 00:48:08.230 --> 00:48:10.110
  • That is, we shouldn't be worried
  • 00:48:10.110 --> 00:48:11.190
  • about it.
  • 00:48:11.190 --> 00:48:12.170
  • We shouldn't get all hung up.
  • 00:48:12.170 --> 00:48:13.210
  • And it's interesting how certain
  • 00:48:13.210 --> 00:48:15.050
  • things can take place in the
  • 00:48:15.050 --> 00:48:16.140
  • world politically or
  • 00:48:16.140 --> 00:48:19.020
  • economically or whatever it
  • 00:48:19.020 --> 00:48:20.050
  • might be.
  • 00:48:20.050 --> 00:48:20.240
  • And people get all upset.
  • 00:48:20.240 --> 00:48:22.030
  • Well, what about this?
  • 00:48:22.030 --> 00:48:23.020
  • And what about that?
  • 00:48:23.020 --> 00:48:23.250
  • And what about the other?
  • 00:48:23.250 --> 00:48:25.060
  • What did Paul say?
  • 00:48:25.060 --> 00:48:26.030
  • He says, "Don't be anxious about
  • 00:48:26.030 --> 00:48:27.110
  • anything, but in everything by
  • 00:48:27.110 --> 00:48:29.070
  • prayer and supplication with
  • 00:48:29.070 --> 00:48:30.120
  • thanksgiving let your requests
  • 00:48:30.120 --> 00:48:32.090
  • be made known to God."
  • 00:48:32.090 --> 00:48:34.060
  • And he says He will surround
  • 00:48:34.060 --> 00:48:35.210
  • you, He will garrison you about
  • 00:48:35.210 --> 00:48:38.040
  • with a peace that surpasses all
  • 00:48:38.040 --> 00:48:40.150
  • human understanding.
  • 00:48:40.150 --> 00:48:41.210
  • God knows, and especially the
  • 00:48:41.210 --> 00:48:43.160
  • day in which this was written,
  • 00:48:43.160 --> 00:48:44.280
  • these were turbulent times.
  • 00:48:44.280 --> 00:48:47.100
  • Rome was like a steel boot on
  • 00:48:47.100 --> 00:48:49.230
  • the Jews, hated the Jews.
  • 00:48:49.230 --> 00:48:51.090
  • They hated the Romans.
  • 00:48:51.090 --> 00:48:53.120
  • And so, it was just, it--this
  • 00:48:53.120 --> 00:48:55.220
  • wasn't conflict or war over
  • 00:48:55.220 --> 00:48:57.070
  • yonder.
  • 00:48:57.070 --> 00:48:57.270
  • This was conflict in Israel all
  • 00:48:57.270 --> 00:48:59.130
  • the time.
  • 00:48:59.130 --> 00:49:00.120
  • And they felt like they were
  • 00:49:00.120 --> 00:49:02.110
  • slaves to Rome, and they were to
  • 00:49:02.110 --> 00:49:04.050
  • a great degree.
  • 00:49:04.050 --> 00:49:05.240
  • But He said, "We're to be at
  • 00:49:05.240 --> 00:49:07.110
  • peace."
  • 00:49:07.110 --> 00:49:08.220
  • Why?
  • 00:49:08.220 --> 00:49:09.110
  • Because we know who we are,
  • 00:49:09.110 --> 00:49:10.180
  • we're the sons and daughters of
  • 00:49:10.180 --> 00:49:11.150
  • the Living God.
  • 00:49:11.150 --> 00:49:12.200
  • Because we know we have the gift
  • 00:49:12.200 --> 00:49:14.060
  • of eternal life.
  • 00:49:14.060 --> 00:49:15.120
  • Because we know that our name's
  • 00:49:15.120 --> 00:49:16.190
  • written in the Lamb's Book of
  • 00:49:16.190 --> 00:49:17.180
  • Life.
  • 00:49:17.180 --> 00:49:18.040
  • We know that we're indwelt by
  • 00:49:18.040 --> 00:49:19.050
  • the very Spirit of God who has
  • 00:49:19.050 --> 00:49:20.230
  • all power to do all things.
  • 00:49:20.230 --> 00:49:22.170
  • We know that He is always
  • 00:49:22.170 --> 00:49:23.220
  • with us.
  • 00:49:23.220 --> 00:49:24.080
  • He will provide what we need.
  • 00:49:24.080 --> 00:49:25.270
  • He will protect us.
  • 00:49:25.270 --> 00:49:26.270
  • He will watch over us.
  • 00:49:26.270 --> 00:49:27.240
  • He--the Bible says that
  • 00:49:27.240 --> 00:49:29.020
  • our God cares for us.
  • 00:49:29.020 --> 00:49:31.110
  • The third thing is this,
  • 00:49:31.110 --> 00:49:32.160
  • and we've said a lot about it
  • 00:49:32.160 --> 00:49:33.150
  • already.
  • 00:49:33.150 --> 00:49:34.070
  • We should be working diligently.
  • 00:49:34.070 --> 00:49:36.270
  • And you notice that passage in
  • 00:49:36.270 --> 00:49:38.180
  • Matthew, He changed, focused
  • 00:49:38.180 --> 00:49:41.000
  • their attention, that and in
  • 00:49:41.000 --> 00:49:42.160
  • Acts, from what time is it going
  • 00:49:42.160 --> 00:49:44.060
  • to be to what they ought to be
  • 00:49:44.060 --> 00:49:45.040
  • doing.
  • 00:49:45.040 --> 00:49:45.290
  • So, ask yourself this: as a
  • 00:49:45.290 --> 00:49:47.290
  • follower of Jesus aware of the
  • 00:49:47.290 --> 00:49:50.140
  • fact that He's coming, He's
  • 00:49:50.140 --> 00:49:52.140
  • giving you a lifespan and a
  • 00:49:52.140 --> 00:49:54.040
  • background and education and all
  • 00:49:54.040 --> 00:49:56.060
  • the things that you have.
  • 00:49:56.060 --> 00:49:57.120
  • What should you and I be doing
  • 00:49:57.120 --> 00:49:58.260
  • according to Scripture
  • 00:49:58.260 --> 00:49:59.270
  • till He comes?
  • 00:49:59.270 --> 00:50:02.120
  • Diligently serving Him.
  • 00:50:02.160 --> 00:50:05.160
  • Diligently working.
  • 00:50:05.160 --> 00:50:07.210
  • Now, this is why I believe,
  • 00:50:07.210 --> 00:50:09.090
  • for example, that retirement
  • 00:50:09.090 --> 00:50:11.040
  • as many people believe it,
  • 00:50:11.040 --> 00:50:12.190
  • is totally, well,
  • 00:50:12.190 --> 00:50:13.210
  • it's unscriptural number one.
  • 00:50:13.210 --> 00:50:15.060
  • But just think about it
  • 00:50:15.060 --> 00:50:16.120
  • for example.
  • 00:50:16.120 --> 00:50:17.090
  • You worked and
  • 00:50:17.090 --> 00:50:19.020
  • you worked till when?
  • 00:50:19.020 --> 00:50:21.120
  • Till you say,
  • 00:50:21.120 --> 00:50:22.020
  • I'm going to work till I retire.
  • 00:50:22.020 --> 00:50:24.090
  • Well, what about working
  • 00:50:24.090 --> 00:50:25.140
  • till He returns?
  • 00:50:25.140 --> 00:50:27.190
  • That's scriptural.
  • 00:50:27.190 --> 00:50:28.090
  • And I'm asking you on the basis
  • 00:50:28.090 --> 00:50:29.230
  • that Jesus Christ could come any
  • 00:50:29.230 --> 00:50:31.020
  • moment, and He says He's coming
  • 00:50:31.020 --> 00:50:33.000
  • as a thief in the night, I would
  • 00:50:33.000 --> 00:50:35.070
  • ask you: what are you doing?
  • 00:50:36.020 --> 00:50:39.020
  • What are you doing that counts
  • 00:50:39.020 --> 00:50:41.080
  • as service to God?
  • 00:50:41.080 --> 00:50:42.210
  • You don't have to preach and
  • 00:50:42.210 --> 00:50:43.210
  • sing and play and go the mission
  • 00:50:43.210 --> 00:50:45.290
  • field to serve God.
  • 00:50:45.290 --> 00:50:48.180
  • But I am responsible, and you
  • 00:50:48.180 --> 00:50:50.110
  • are responsible before Holy God
  • 00:50:50.110 --> 00:50:52.230
  • to live a godly life and to
  • 00:50:52.230 --> 00:50:54.130
  • serve Him until the day we take
  • 00:50:54.130 --> 00:50:56.290
  • our last breath.
  • 00:50:56.290 --> 00:50:58.200
  • Somebody says, "Well, suppose
  • 00:50:58.200 --> 00:51:00.260
  • I'm in the hospital and I know
  • 00:51:00.260 --> 00:51:03.100
  • I'm dying, then what?"
  • 00:51:03.100 --> 00:51:04.270
  • Well, when the nurse comes in,
  • 00:51:04.270 --> 00:51:06.010
  • talk to her.
  • 00:51:06.010 --> 00:51:07.260
  • Listen, can you can you give me
  • 00:51:07.260 --> 00:51:09.260
  • any reason biblically not
  • 00:51:09.260 --> 00:51:12.170
  • to serve God till the last day
  • 00:51:12.170 --> 00:51:14.240
  • you die?
  • 00:51:14.240 --> 00:51:16.040
  • You cannot.
  • 00:51:18.200 --> 00:51:21.200
  • Then you better get busy.
  • 00:51:21.200 --> 00:51:23.290
  • When is He coming?
  • 00:51:23.290 --> 00:51:24.210
  • I don't know.
  • 00:51:24.210 --> 00:51:26.040
  • The time's not the issue.
  • 00:51:26.040 --> 00:51:27.050
  • Listen, watch this, and it's so
  • 00:51:27.050 --> 00:51:29.030
  • simple.
  • 00:51:29.030 --> 00:51:29.190
  • The issue is not the time.
  • 00:51:29.190 --> 00:51:32.080
  • The issue is being obedient to
  • 00:51:32.080 --> 00:51:35.010
  • the Son of God who went to the
  • 00:51:35.010 --> 00:51:36.160
  • cross and laid down His life and
  • 00:51:36.160 --> 00:51:38.180
  • made it possible for you to be
  • 00:51:38.180 --> 00:51:39.230
  • saved.
  • 00:51:40.190 --> 00:51:43.190
  • Then I'd say one last thing,
  • 00:51:43.190 --> 00:51:45.040
  • and that is: we should be
  • 00:51:45.040 --> 00:51:46.040
  • Think about coming to church on
  • 00:51:48.170 --> 00:51:50.000
  • Sunday morning, or whenever you
  • 00:51:50.000 --> 00:51:51.250
  • go to church, and you meet your
  • 00:51:51.250 --> 00:51:53.160
  • friends that you, most of the
  • 00:51:53.160 --> 00:51:54.280
  • time in big cities, you only see
  • 00:51:54.280 --> 00:51:55.260
  • them when you come to church.
  • 00:51:55.260 --> 00:51:57.080
  • We sing together.
  • 00:51:57.080 --> 00:51:58.180
  • We rejoice.
  • 00:51:58.180 --> 00:51:59.070
  • We praise the Lord.
  • 00:51:59.070 --> 00:52:00.160
  • And all these hymns we sing and
  • 00:52:00.160 --> 00:52:02.040
  • the songs that we sing are
  • 00:52:02.040 --> 00:52:03.210
  • things that we believe.
  • 00:52:03.210 --> 00:52:06.120
  • "When We All Get to Heaven,"
  • 00:52:06.120 --> 00:52:07.280
  • "How Firm a Foundation," all
  • 00:52:07.280 --> 00:52:09.170
  • those hymns that we could just
  • 00:52:09.170 --> 00:52:10.230
  • go through many, many,
  • 00:52:10.230 --> 00:52:11.240
  • many of them.
  • 00:52:11.240 --> 00:52:12.150
  • And what happens?
  • 00:52:12.150 --> 00:52:13.070
  • We meet together.
  • 00:52:13.070 --> 00:52:14.070
  • We fellowship together.
  • 00:52:14.070 --> 00:52:15.020
  • We worship together.
  • 00:52:15.020 --> 00:52:16.040
  • We sing, we give, we pray, we
  • 00:52:16.040 --> 00:52:18.060
  • are challenged, we learn.
  • 00:52:18.060 --> 00:52:19.190
  • And what happens?
  • 00:52:19.190 --> 00:52:20.190
  • We go out to do what?
  • 00:52:20.190 --> 00:52:21.260
  • To serve the Living God,
  • 00:52:21.260 --> 00:52:23.230
  • conscious at every moment.
  • 00:52:23.230 --> 00:52:26.030
  • Jesus could come take me at any
  • 00:52:26.030 --> 00:52:28.090
  • moment.
  • 00:52:28.090 --> 00:52:29.000
  • Or He could come at any moment.
  • 00:52:29.000 --> 00:52:30.070
  • He said it's like a thief in the
  • 00:52:30.070 --> 00:52:30.280
  • night.
  • 00:52:30.280 --> 00:52:33.200
  • You see, if the body of Christ
  • 00:52:33.200 --> 00:52:35.100
  • would just get this message that
  • 00:52:35.170 --> 00:52:38.170
  • Jesus is coming and we are
  • 00:52:38.170 --> 00:52:40.280
  • responsible with our--till our
  • 00:52:40.280 --> 00:52:43.010
  • last breath to be getting the
  • 00:52:43.010 --> 00:52:45.030
  • message out in whatever way
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  • He calls us to do it.
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  • I'll tell you what'll happen.
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  • Something's going to happen to
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  • you because you're going to
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  • begin to recognize, watch this,
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  • don't we all talk about how fast
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  • time goes by?
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  • You know we talked about it was
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  • January the first.
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  • And then there was Easter.
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  • And then it was summer.
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  • And then we talked about one of
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  • these days it's going to be
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  • Thanksgiving.
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  • Then we say, "One of these days
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  • it's going to be Christmas."
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  • And we're already talking about
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  • New Year.
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  • Time swiftly goes by.
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  • The question is: how are you
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  • spending it?
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  • Spending it or investing it?
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  • And my prayer is that you'll be
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  • conscious of the coming of the
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  • Lord Jesus Christ and you make
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  • every day count.
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  • If you didn't have but thirty
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  • days, you'd make every day
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  • If I love Him, I'm going to make
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  • every day count.
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  • Amen?
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  • Father, how grateful we are.
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  • You're so patient with us, Lord.
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  • How grateful we are for Your
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  • love and goodness and mercy and
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  • patience and kindness.
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  • Just etch these truths into our
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  • heart and let the results be
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  • that our life begins to count in
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  • ways it's never counted before.
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  • And that we see ourselves truly
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  • as Your servants: working,
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  • laboring, worshipping, watching,
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  • and waiting, knowing that one of
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  • these days You're going to call
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  • us, either individually or when
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  • You come for all of us together
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  • as the body of Christ.
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  • We want our life to count.
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  • Show us how to make it count
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  • because You've given us the
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  • Holy Spirit to enable us to make
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  • it count.
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  • And we pray this
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • blessed by today's program,
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  • - male: Can I get
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  • a large mocha please?
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  • - male: Absolutely.
  • 00:54:57.080 --> 00:54:58.080
  • - male: Thank you.
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  • - boy: Tired of buying of
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  • the same old gifts for people?
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  • This year it's time
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  • to take it up a notch.
  • 00:55:03.210 --> 00:55:04.280
  • [music]
  • 00:55:06.290 --> 00:55:08.030
  • - boy: Why not get something
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  • more meaningful?
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  • The In Touch catalogue's full of
  • 00:55:10.270 --> 00:55:12.040
  • great personal gifts that bless.
  • 00:55:12.040 --> 00:55:14.100
  • It's a no-brainer,
  • 00:55:14.100 --> 00:55:15.180
  • because if not,
  • 00:55:15.180 --> 00:55:16.240
  • you'll end up like this guy.
  • 00:55:16.240 --> 00:55:18.030
  • [music]
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  • - boy: So, get your friend,
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  • coworker, grandmother,
  • 00:55:24.260 --> 00:55:26.120
  • or anyone else
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  • you can think of,
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  • like that nice lady that you're
  • 00:55:28.100 --> 00:55:29.160
  • always inviting to church.
  • 00:55:29.160 --> 00:55:31.090
  • A gift that blesses
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  • To give a gift, visit,
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  • To give a gift, visit,
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  • [music]
  • 00:55:49.170 --> 00:55:54.120
  • - female: So I see prayer with
  • 00:55:54.060 --> 00:55:57.060
  • God as a gift that empowers me
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  • because he gives me direction.
  • 00:55:59.230 --> 00:56:02.160
  • - male: I feel like he's
  • 00:56:02.160 --> 00:56:03.220
  • guiding me life and I can sense
  • 00:56:03.220 --> 00:56:05.020
  • that, I can feel it.
  • 00:56:05.020 --> 00:56:06.070
  • - female: Prayer has
  • 00:56:06.070 --> 00:56:07.110
  • transformed my relationship with
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  • God in that it has deepened
  • 00:56:08.280 --> 00:56:11.090
  • my faith.
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  • - male: The more time I spend
  • 00:56:12.150 --> 00:56:14.000
  • with God, the more I invest into
  • 00:56:14.000 --> 00:56:16.280
  • that relationship I guess you
  • 00:56:16.280 --> 00:56:18.130
  • could say.
  • 00:56:18.130 --> 00:56:19.100
  • - female: So prayer can be your
  • 00:56:19.100 --> 00:56:20.100
  • biggest time saver because with
  • 00:56:20.100 --> 00:56:21.050
  • that you can clearly hear the
  • 00:56:21.050 --> 00:56:22.180
  • voice of God and you know
  • 00:56:22.180 --> 00:56:23.170
  • exactly what direction
  • 00:56:23.170 --> 00:56:24.030
  • - female: Some people think the
  • 00:56:26.060 --> 00:56:26.250
  • Bible is so boring.
  • 00:56:26.250 --> 00:56:28.090
  • - female: That it's no longer
  • 00:56:28.090 --> 00:56:29.020
  • relevant.
  • 00:56:29.020 --> 00:56:30.020
  • - male: That it teaches us we
  • 00:56:30.020 --> 00:56:30.280
  • can't have any fun.
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  • - female: Yeah!
  • 00:56:31.280 --> 00:56:33.230
  • - male: But the Bible is a book
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  • for my life.
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  • - all: Your life.
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  • - all: Our lives.
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  • - female: It gives me
  • 00:56:37.250 --> 00:56:38.110
  • perspective.
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  • - male: It's fulfilling.
  • 00:56:39.070 --> 00:56:40.140
  • - female: It's historical.
  • 00:56:40.140 --> 00:56:42.020
  • - male: God's Word for us.
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  • - male: He's not just in here.
  • 00:56:43.140 --> 00:56:45.000
  • - female: He's in here.
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  • - female: So read the book
  • 00:56:46.100 --> 00:56:47.020
  • that's written to you.
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  • - both: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • - male: To us.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: From God.
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  • - female announcer: The Life
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  • Principles Bible from In Touch
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  • - male: Where are my glasses?
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  • - female: Alexa,
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  • play Daily Devotion.
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  • - male: When did you get
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  • an Echo?
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  • - female announcer: Check out
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  • the In Touch Daily Devotion
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
  • 00:57:11.190 --> 00:57:12.190
  • leading people worldwide
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  • into a growing relationship with
  • 00:57:14.140 --> 00:57:16.100
  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
  • 00:57:16.100 --> 00:57:17.270
  • the local church.
  • 00:57:17.270 --> 00:57:19.060
  • This program is sponsored by
  • 00:57:19.060 --> 00:57:20.290
  • In Touch Ministries and is made
  • 00:57:20.290 --> 00:57:23.000
  • possible by the grace of God and
  • 00:57:23.000 --> 00:57:25.040
  • - Jim Mansfield: My job was
  • 00:57:46.070 --> 00:57:47.000
  • more important to me than my
  • 00:57:47.000 --> 00:57:48.080
  • family and I started drinking
  • 00:57:48.080 --> 00:57:50.030
  • a lot, staying out of town.
  • 00:57:50.050 --> 00:57:53.050
  • It took a toll on me.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: You may be as
  • 00:57:55.080 --> 00:57:56.010
  • low as the prodigal, but you are
  • 00:57:56.010 --> 00:57:58.150
  • not hopelessly, helplessly lost
  • 00:57:58.150 --> 00:58:01.080
  • if you will listen to what I'm
  • 00:58:01.080 --> 00:58:02.250
  • about to say.
  • 00:58:02.250 --> 00:58:04.000
  • - Jim: Sitting on that couch
  • 00:58:04.000 --> 00:58:04.240
  • watching that sermon, something
  • 00:58:04.240 --> 00:58:06.190
  • had happened to us.
  • 00:58:06.190 --> 00:58:09.010
  • I'm talking about the joy of
  • 00:58:09.010 --> 00:58:10.130
  • love in our hearts.
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