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Countdown to the Apocalypse: Christians in the Cross-hairs

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November 26, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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Countdown to the Apocalypse: Christians in the Cross-hairs

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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS, AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • CHRISTIANS HAVE FACED RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION
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  • FOR OVER 2.000 YEARS,
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  • BUT JESUS PREDICTED THAT THERE WOULD
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  • BE A DRASTIC INCREASE IN VIOLENCE
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  • AND OPPRESSION TOWARD BELIEVERS BEFORE HIS RETURN.
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  • COULD WE BE WITNESSING THE SIGNS RIGHT NOW?
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  • TODAY WE'LL LOOK AT THE INTENSE PERSECUTION CHRISTIANS
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  • ARE FACING AROUND THE WORLD AND SEE HOW CURRENT EVENTS MAY
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  • BE SIGNALING THAT WE'RE LIVING IN THE END TIMES.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED CHRISTIANS IN THE CROSSHAIRS
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • OO
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  • THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
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  • THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
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  • THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
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  • TO BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS
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  • STRONG JESUS
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • TO BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • RISING UP
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • HIS NAME IS JESUS
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  • THERE'S AN ARMY RISING UP
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  • COME LORD
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  • COME LORD
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  • COME LORD WE NEED YOU TODAY
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • COME LORD WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • RIGHT HERE
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • RIGHT NOW
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  • BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • TO BREAK EVERY CHAIN
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  • OH LORD HALLELUJAH
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDING)
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  • [ANNOUNCER] WE MAY NOT KNOW THE DAY
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  • OR THE HOUR WHEN CHRIST WILL RETURN,
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  • BUT THE BIBLE PAINTS A COLORFUL PICTURE
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  • OF THE END TIMES.
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  • AND TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT'S AHEAD,
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  • WE'RE PREPARED TO SEND YOU PATHWAY TO VICTORY'S
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  • EXCLUSIVE BIBLE PROPHECY CHART.
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  • THIS HELPFUL RESOURCE IS YOUR PERSONAL
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  • AT-A-GLANCE TIMELINE LINKING SCRIPTURE
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  • WITH KEY EVENTS THAT FORETELL THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.
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  • A COPY OF THE BIBLE PROPHECY CHART
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  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
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  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • YOU'RE PROBABLY FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME OF MERIAM IBRAHIM.
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  • SHE THE SUDANESE WOMAN, A 27 YEAR OLD MEDICAL DOCTOR
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  • WHO WAS ARRESTED IN THE SUDAN,
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  • AND THEN TRIED AND CONVICTED FOR APOSTACY AND ADULTERY.
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  • APOSTACY BECAUSE SHE CONVERTED FROM ISLAM TO CHRISTIANITY.
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  • EVEN THOUGH SHE NEVER PERSONALLY EMBRACED THE MUSLIM FAITH,
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  • THEY STILL ACCUSED HER OF APOSTACY.
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  • SHE WAS ACCUSED AND FOUND GUILTY OF ADULTERY
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  • BECAUSE SHE HAD SEX WITH HER HUSBAND WHO HAPPENED
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  • TO BE A CHRISTIAN,
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  • AND THE MUSLIMS DID NOT RECOGNIZE THAT MARRIAGE.
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  • AFTER HER TRIAL SHE WAS SENTENCED
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  • TO DEATH BY HANGING FOR APOSTACY,
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  • AND FOR 100 LASHES FOR ADULTERY.
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  • SHE STOOD BEFORE THE SUDANESE PROSECUTOR,
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  • TIME AND TIME AGAIN HE GAVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO RECANT OF HER FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND EACH TIME SHE UTTERED THOSE WORDS
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  • THAT HAVE NOW BECOME FAMOUS.
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  • WHEN ASKED TO RENOUNCE JESUS CHRIST AS HER SAVIOR SHE SAID,
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  • "I AM A CHRISTIAN, AND I WILL ALWAYS BE A CHRISTIAN."
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  • AS A RESULT SHE WAS SENT TO PRISON.
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  • SHE WAS PLACED IN SHACKLES,
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  • AND THE PRISON OFFICIALS REFUSED TO UNCHAIN HER
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  • EVEN WHEN SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER CHILD.
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  • AS A RESULT OF THE OUTCRY OF MILLIONS
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  • OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD,
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  • MERIAM IBRAHIM WAS FINALLY RELEASED
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  • FROM THAT SUDAN PRISON AND SHE TRAVELED
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  • TO AMERICA WHERE I HAD THE CHANCE TO MEET HER.
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  • WHEN SHE WAS INTERVIEWED BY MEGYN KELLY ON THE KELLY FILE ,
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  • MERIAM IBRAHIM SAID THAT HER HEART BREAKS
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  • FOR THE WOMEN OF SUDAN, AND THEN SHE ADDED THESE WORDS,
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  • "THERE ARE MANY MERIAM'S IN SUDAN AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
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  • "IT'S JUST NOT ME."
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  • IN OUR SERIES COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE,
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SIGNS THAT JESUS SAID WOULD
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  • PRECEDE HIS LITERAL, VISIBLE RETURN TO THIS EARTH.
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  • AND ONE OF THOSE SIGNS JESUS TALKED ABOUT WAS
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  • AN INCREASE IN BOTH THE INTENSITY AND FREQUENCY
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  • OF PERSECUTION FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW HIM.
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  • JESUS SAID IT THIS WAY IN JOHN 16:33,
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  • "IN THE WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION, BUT TAKE COURAGE,
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  • I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD."
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  • AND TODAY WHEN WE HEAR STORIES LIKE OF MERIAM IBRAHIM,
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  • WE SEEM TO THINK, WELL THAT'S FOR THE MIDDLE EAST.
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  • THAT HAPPENS IN OTHER PLACES,
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  • BUT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN HERE.
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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE
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  • IN SCRIPTURE THAT WE WHO LIVE
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  • IN THIS COUNTRY WILL BE EXEMPT FROM PERSECUTION.
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  • IN FACT, THERE'S EVERY GUARANTEE THAT WE
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  • WILL EXPERIENCE PERSECUTION.
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  • JESUS SAID AS MUCH IN MATTHEW 5:1-10,
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  • HE GIVES THOSE QUALITIES
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  • OF A DISCIPLE THAT WE CALL THE BEATITUDES.
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  • BUT THEN HE BEGINS IN VERSE 11 AND SAYS
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  • IF YOU EXHIBIT THOSE QUALITIES,
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  • IF YOU'RE A TRUE FOLLOWER OF MINE
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  • BE READY FOR PERSECUTION.
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  • VERSE 11 JESUS SAID, "BLESSED ARE YOU" NOT IF,
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  • BUT "WHEN MEN CAST INSULTS AT YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU,
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  • "AND SAY ALL KINDS OF EVIL AGAINST YOU FALSELY,
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  • "ON ACCOUNT OF ME.
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  • "REJOICE, AND BE GLAD, FOR YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN
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  • "IS GREAT, FOR SO THEY PERSECUTED THE PROPHETS
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  • "WHO WERE BEFORE YOU."
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  • LET'S TAKE A MOMENT AND BRIEFLY SURVEY WHAT
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  • IS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ.
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  • ON JUNE THE 10TH, THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ IN SYRIA,
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  • WE CALL THEM ISIS,
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  • CAPTURED THE CITY OF MOSUL ON JUNE THE 10TH.
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  • NOW MOSUL MAY NOT MEAN MUCH TO YOU,
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  • BUT MOSUL IS THE ANCIENT CITY
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  • OF NINEVEH WHERE JONAH MINISTERED.
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  • AND FOR THE LAST 2.000 YEARS
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  • IT HAS BEEN A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY,
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  • AND YET ISIS CAME IN AND AS A RESULT
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  • OF A PURGE OF ALL CHRISTIANS,
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  • TODAY THERE ARE NO CHRISTIANS REMAINING IN MOSUL.
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  • THEY'VE ALL FLED.
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  • HOMES AND CHURCHES HAVE BEEN TURNED
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  • INTO BOMB FACTORIES AND TORTURE CHAMBERS.
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  • ALL OF THE CHRISTIAN SITES HAVE BEEN SHUTTERED.
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  • THEY HAVE HAD ALL OF THEIR ASSETS TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM,
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  • AND THEY HAVE BEEN SENT INTO THE DESERT.
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  • IN MANY WAYS THESE CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ AND THE MIDDLE EAST
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  • ARE EXPERIENCING WHAT THE WRITER OF HEBREWS TALKED ABOUT
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  • IN HEBREWS 11 BEGINNING WITH VERSE 35,
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  • "AND OTHERS WERE TORTURED, NOT ACCEPTING THEIR RELEASE,
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  • "IN ORDER THAT THEY MIGHT OBTAIN A BETTER RESURRECTION.
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  • "AND OTHERS EXPERIENCED MOCKINGS AND SCOURGINGS,
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  • "YES, ALSO CHAINS AND IMPRISONMENT.
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  • "THEY WERE STONED, THEY WERE SAWN IN TWO,
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  • "THEY WERE TEMPTED, THEY WERE PUT TO DEATH WITH THE SWORD.
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  • "THEY WENT ABOUT IN SHEEPSKINS, IN GOATSKINS,
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  • "BEING DESTITUTE, AFFLICTED, ILL-TREATED.
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  • "MEN OF WHOM THE WORLD WAS NOT WORTHY,
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  • "WANDERING IN DESERTS, AND MOUNTAINS,
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  • "AND CAVES, AND HOLES IN THE GROUND."
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  • THAT'S THE FATE, THAT IS THE EXPERIENCE RIGHT NOW
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  • OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
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  • YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CHINA.
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  • YES, THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
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  • IS GROWING EXPONENTIALLY IN CHINA,
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  • BUT SO IS PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS.
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  • BOB FU, WHO IS THE FOUNDER OF CHINA AID,
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  • SAID THAT CHRISTIANS IN CHINA FACE THE WORST PERSECUTION
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  • SINCE THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION.
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  • HE SAID, QUOTE, "THERE HAVE BEEN FORCED DEMOLITIONS,
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  • "THE REMOVAL OF CROSSES,
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  • "OVER 300 CHURCHES HAVE BEEN ATTACKED.
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  • "PASTORS HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON.
  • 00:11:44.040 --> 00:11:47.070
  • "MULTIPLE BELIEVERS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED AND HOSPITALIZED,
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  • "AND THOUSANDS OF POLICE WERE MOBILIZED TO ATTACK A CHURCH.
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  • "THIS HAS NOT BEEN SINCE THE TIME
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  • "OF THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION.
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  • "IT IS OVERWHELMING"
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  • PERSECUTION WAS PART OF THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
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  • AT THE BEGINNING.
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  • WE'RE SEEING IT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY.
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  • DID YOU KNOW PERSECUTION WILL ESCALATE
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  • AND REACH ITS ZENITH DURING A FUTURE PERIOD
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  • OF TIME WE CALL THE TRIBULATION?
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  • CHRISTIANS WILL BE SLAUGHTERED BY THE MILLIONS
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  • FOR THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • YOU SAY NOW WAIT A MINUTE,
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  • YOU'RE IN THE TRIBULATION.
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  • I THOUGHT ALL CHRISTIANS WERE GONNA BE RAPTURED.
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  • WE WERE GONNA GET OUT HERE,
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  • THAT THERE WEREN'T GONNA BE ANY CHRISTIANS.
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  • IT'S TRUE, THE CHURCH WILL BE RAPTURED
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  • BEFORE THE FINAL SEVEN YEARS OF EARTH'S HISTORY,
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  • BUT DURING THAT FINAL SEVEN YEARS,
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  • MANY PEOPLE WILL COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST,
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  • BUT THEY WILL PAY A TERRIBLE PRICE TO DO SO.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE KNOW THAT IN THE BEGINNING
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  • THERE WAS PERSECUTION AGAINST BELIEVERS.
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  • WE'VE SEEN THE PERSECUTION RIGHT NOW
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  • IS THE NORM AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • THE GREATEST LEVEL ITS BEEN IN HISTORY.
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  • WE ALSO KNOW THAT IN THE FUTURE THERE
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  • IS GONNA BE A WORLDWIDE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS.
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  • WHY DO WE THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO
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  • BE EXEMPT HERE IN THE UNITED STATES?
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  • LISTEN, I BELIEVE PERSONALLY IN THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
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  • BUT CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE RAPTURE,
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  • THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE GET A PASS ON PERSECUTION.
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  • I THINK THINGS COULD BE VERY, VERY, VERY TERRIBLE
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  • BEFORE THE CHURCH IS FINALLY RAPTURE.
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  • THERE'S NO GUARANTEE OF EXEMPTION FROM PERSECUTION,
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  • THERE IS EVERY GUARANTEE OF IT AND WE NEED
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  • TO BE PREPARED FOR IT.
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  • WELL, WHAT IS PERSECUTION?
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  • LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT PERSECUTION IS.
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  • ONE DICTIONARY DEFINES IT THIS WAY,
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  • HOSTILITY OR ILL-TREATMENT, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE
  • 00:13:31.100 --> 00:13:35.020
  • OF RACE, OR POLITICAL, OR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.
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  • APPLIED TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH,
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  • BEING PERSECUTED MEANS ENDURING UNFAIR TREATMENT BECAUSE
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:48.190
  • OF EITHER YOUR WORDS OR YOUR DEEDS THAT YOU DO
  • 00:13:48.200 --> 00:13:50.210
  • IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:13:50.220 --> 00:13:53.110
  • AND THAT KIND OF ILL-TREATMENT YOUR RECEIVED,
  • 00:13:53.120 --> 00:13:56.000
  • WELL, IT'S ON A SPECTRUM.
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:57.240
  • IT CAN BE ANYTHING FROM RIDICULE THAT YOU ENDURE
  • 00:13:57.250 --> 00:14:01.200
  • FOR WEARING A CROSS TO SCHOOL OR WORK,
  • 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:04.010
  • ALL THE WAY TO THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM,
  • 00:14:04.020 --> 00:14:05.280
  • AND THAT MEANS MARTYRDOM FOR THE FAITH,
  • 00:14:05.290 --> 00:14:08.000
  • AND ANYTHING IN BETWEEN THOSE TWO EXTREMES.
  • 00:14:08.010 --> 00:14:12.040
  • NOW, IF YOU NEVER TAKE A STAND FOR YOUR FAITH,
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:15.090
  • IF YOU NEVER ACT DIFFERENTLY THAN THOSE AROUND YOU,
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:18.140
  • YOU NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PERSECUTION.
  • 00:14:18.150 --> 00:14:21.010
  • BUT IF YOU DO TAKE A STAND FOR JESUS CHRIST GET READY.
  • 00:14:21.020 --> 00:14:24.250
  • YOU ARE ARE GOING TO SUFFER.
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:26.200
  • IT IS INEVITABLE.
  • 00:14:26.210 --> 00:14:28.190
  • AGAIN, JESUS TALKED ABOUT THAT IN MATTHEW 24:8-9.
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  • HE SAID, "BUT ALL THESE THINGS ARE MERELY
  • 00:14:32.060 --> 00:14:34.150
  • "THE BEGINNING OF BIRTH PANGS.
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:36.150
  • "THEN THEY WILL DELIVER YOU TO TRIBULATION,
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:40.000
  • "AND WILL KILL YOU, AND YOU WILL BE HATED
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:42.220
  • "BY ALL THE NATIONS ON ACCOUNT OF MY NAME."
  • 00:14:42.230 --> 00:14:46.060
  • THAT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN BANK ON.
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:48.240
  • WELL, WHAT SHOULD WE BEING DOING
  • 00:14:48.250 --> 00:14:50.160
  • IN ORDER TO PREPARE FOR THIS COMING PERSECUTION?
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:54.090
  • SOME OF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IT ALREADY.
  • 00:14:54.100 --> 00:14:56.140
  • BUT WHAT ARE WE TO DO TO PREPARE FOR IT?
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:58.200
  • I WANT YOU TO TURN IN YOUR BIBLES TO 1 PETER 4.
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:15:03.170
  • LOOK AT VERSES 12 AND 13.
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  • HE SAYS, "BELOVED, DO NOT BE SURPRISED
  • 00:15:05.090 --> 00:15:09.050
  • "AT THE FIERY ORDEAL AMONG YOU,
  • 00:15:09.060 --> 00:15:11.070
  • "WHICH COMES UPON YOU FOR YOUR TESTING,
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:14.090
  • "AS THOUGH SOME STRANGE THING WERE HAPPENING TO YOU.
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:18.210
  • "BUT TO THE DEGREE THAT YOU SHARE THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST,
  • 00:15:18.220 --> 00:15:21.240
  • "KEEP ON REJOICING SO THAT ALSO AT THE REVELATION
  • 00:15:21.250 --> 00:15:25.090
  • "OF HIS GLORY YOU MAY REJOICE WITH EXULTATION."
  • 00:15:25.100 --> 00:15:31.190
  • I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT THAT PHRASE "DON'T BE SURPRISED."
  • 00:15:31.200 --> 00:15:35.000
  • YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES, AND I'LL PUT MYSELF IN THIS CATEGORY,
  • 00:15:35.010 --> 00:15:37.140
  • WE GET SURPRISED WHEN WE SUFFER FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.
  • 00:15:37.150 --> 00:15:40.130
  • WE THINK, WAIT A MINUTE,
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  • I'M SUPPOSED TO GET REWARDED FOR DOING RIGHT.
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  • I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO SUFFER FOR DOING RIGHT.
  • 00:15:45.220 --> 00:15:48.050
  • AND YET PETER SAYS DON'T BE SURPRISED WHEN YOU SUFFER
  • 00:15:48.060 --> 00:15:51.110
  • FOR CHRIST AS THOUGH IT WERE ODD, THAT IT WERE STRANGE.
  • 00:15:51.120 --> 00:15:54.210
  • AND THEN HE ADDS THAT WORD AT THE BEGINNING, BELOVED.
  • 00:15:54.220 --> 00:15:57.230
  • THE WORD MEANS LITERALLY AS THOSE DEEPLY LOVED BY GOD.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:16:03.260
  • WHEN YOU SUFFER IN YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:16:03.270 --> 00:16:05.140
  • WHEN YOU SUFFER IN A RELATIONSHIP,
  • 00:16:05.150 --> 00:16:07.040
  • WHEN YOU SUFFER AT SCHOOL FOR FOLLOWING CHRIST,
  • 00:16:07.050 --> 00:16:09.270
  • REMEMBER YOU'RE DEEPLY LOVED BY GOD.
  • 00:16:09.280 --> 00:16:12.150
  • YOUR SUFFERING DOESN'T MEAN GOD HAS FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU,
  • 00:16:12.160 --> 00:16:15.090
  • OR THAT HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT YOU,
  • 00:16:15.100 --> 00:16:17.110
  • THIS IS JUST PART OF THE PRICE FOR FOLLOWING CHRIST.
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  • DON'T THINK OF IT AS UNUSUAL.
  • 00:16:20.180 --> 00:16:23.160
  • AND YOU KNOW INHERENT IN THIS IDEA
  • 00:16:23.170 --> 00:16:25.090
  • OF PERSECUTION IS BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY.
  • 00:16:25.100 --> 00:16:29.070
  • YOU SAY WELL IT'S NOT FAIR THAT
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:31.150
  • SOMEBODY WOULD DO THAT TO ME. IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:34.120
  • THAT'S PART OF SUFFERING.
  • 00:16:34.130 --> 00:16:35.250
  • LOOK AT 1 PETER 2, TURN BACK TWO CHAPTERS,
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  • TO VERSES 21 AND 23.
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  • IF WE'RE FOLLOWING CHRIST,
  • 00:16:41.100 --> 00:16:42.240
  • WE'RE GONNA HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:44.130
  • THAT CHRIST EXPERIENCED.
  • 00:16:44.140 --> 00:16:46.050
  • AND WHAT WAS THAT EXPERIENCE?
  • 00:16:46.060 --> 00:16:47.120
  • LOOK AT VERSE 21.
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  • "FOR YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED FOR THIS PURPOSE,"
  • 00:16:48.250 --> 00:16:51.280
  • WHAT PURPOSE? FOR SUFFERING.
  • 00:16:51.290 --> 00:16:54.010
  • "SINCE CHRIST ALSO SUFFERED FOR YOU,
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:56.130
  • "LEAVING YOU AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU TO FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS."
  • 00:16:56.140 --> 00:17:00.160
  • AND WHO WAS THIS CHRIST?
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:01.250
  • LOOK AT VERSE 22, "WHO COMMITTED NO SIN,
  • 00:17:01.260 --> 00:17:06.100
  • "NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH."
  • 00:17:06.110 --> 00:17:09.090
  • THAT IS HE SUFFERED FOR NO REASON.
  • 00:17:09.100 --> 00:17:12.170
  • HE DID NOTHING THAT MERITED HIS SUFFERING.
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:16.010
  • VERSE 23, "AND WHILE BEING REVILED,
  • 00:17:16.020 --> 00:17:18.030
  • "HE DID NOT REVILE IN RETURN.
  • 00:17:18.040 --> 00:17:20.040
  • "WHILE SUFFERING, HE UTTERED NO THREATS,
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.140
  • "BUT HE KEPT ENTRUSTING HIMSELF
  • 00:17:22.150 --> 00:17:24.140
  • "TO HIM WHO JUDGES RIGHTEOUSLY."
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:27.080
  • JESUS WAS TREATED UNFAIRLY.
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:31.210
  • YOU KNOW, PETER REMINDS US IN VERSE 20,
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  • IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:17:34.260 --> 00:17:37.020
  • AND YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG AND YOU SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES,
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:41.040
  • YOU DON'T GET ANY CREDIT FOR THAT.
  • 00:17:41.050 --> 00:17:42.280
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:17:42.290 --> 00:17:44.140
  • YOU DON'T GET CREDIT FOR SUFFERING FOR DOING WRONG.
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:47.290
  • LOOK AT VERSE 20,
  • 00:17:48.000 --> 00:17:49.040
  • "FOR WHAT CREDIT IS THERE IF,
  • 00:17:49.050 --> 00:17:50.240
  • "WHEN YOU SIN AND ARE HARSHLY TREATED,
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:53.180
  • "YOU ENDURE IT WITH PATIENCE?
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:55.190
  • "BUT IF WHEN YOU DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND SUFFER FOR
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:58.000
  • "IT PATIENTLY ENDURE IT,
  • 00:17:58.010 --> 00:17:59.120
  • "THIS FINDS FAVOR WITH GOD."
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:02.020
  • THE CALL TO BE A CHRISTIAN IS THE CALL TO SUFFER FOR CHRIST.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:06.190
  • DIETRICH BONHOEFFER ONCE REMARKED,
  • 00:18:06.200 --> 00:18:08.050
  • "WHEN CHRIST CALLS A MAN, HE BIDS HIM COME AND DIE."
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:14.040
  • ADMITTEDLY, WE'RE NOT SUFFERING LIKE CHRISTIANS
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:18.200
  • IN THE MIDDLE EAST YET.
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:20.180
  • BUT THE GROUNDWORK IS BEING LAID FOR THAT
  • 00:18:20.190 --> 00:18:22.270
  • TO HAPPEN IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.
  • 00:18:22.280 --> 00:18:25.070
  • AND LET ME TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 00:18:25.080 --> 00:18:28.170
  • RIGHT NOW THERE IS A MORAL REVOLUTION OCCURRING
  • 00:18:28.180 --> 00:18:32.220
  • IN OUR COUNTRY THAT IS PROCEEDING AT WARP SPEED.
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:38.280
  • AND WITH THAT MORAL REVOLUTION WILL COME
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:40.270
  • A CULTURAL REVULSION AND REJECTION
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:45.000
  • OF CHRISTIANS AND WHAT THEY BELIEVE.
  • 00:18:45.010 --> 00:18:47.090
  • AND THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:18:47.100 --> 00:18:50.100
  • WE ARE HAVING A MORAL REVOLUTION THAT WILL LEAD
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:53.160
  • TO THE MARGINALIZATION AND ULTIMATELY
  • 00:18:53.170 --> 00:18:56.010
  • THE CRIMINALIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:59.150
  • MY FRIEND AL MOHLER HAS A THREE STAGE PROCESS
  • 00:18:59.160 --> 00:19:03.080
  • OF HOW A MORAL REVOLUTION OCCURS IN A CULTURE,
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:06.250
  • AND I WANT YOU TO WRITE DOWN THESE THREE STAGES.
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:09.160
  • STAGE ONE, WHAT WAS CONDEMNED IS NOW CELEBRATED.
  • 00:19:09.170 --> 00:19:15.220
  • WHAT WAS CONDEMNED IN NOW CELEBRATED.
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:17.170
  • STAGE TWO, WHAT WAS CELEBRATED IS NOW CONDEMNED.
  • 00:19:17.180 --> 00:19:23.290
  • AND STAGE THREE, THOSE REFUSING TO CELEBRATE ARE CONDEMNED.
  • 00:19:24.000 --> 00:19:29.030
  • AND ONCE THAT REVOLUTION IS COMPLETE,
  • 00:19:29.040 --> 00:19:32.160
  • WHAT HAPPENS IS THE MARGINALIZATION OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:19:32.170 --> 00:19:37.140
  • THE GERMANS DID NOT TAKE THE JEWS
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:40.050
  • TO THE CREMATORIUM IMMEDIATELY.
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:42.170
  • IF THEY HAD TRIED TO DO THAT AND
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.020
  • EXTERMINATE THE JEWS IMMEDIATELY,
  • 00:19:44.030 --> 00:19:46.030
  • THE GERMAN PEOPLE WOULD HAVE RISEN UP AND OBJECTED.
  • 00:19:46.040 --> 00:19:49.060
  • NO, THEY WERE TOO SMART TO DO THAT,
  • 00:19:49.070 --> 00:19:50.220
  • INSTEAD THEY FIRST OF ALL MARGINALIZED
  • 00:19:50.230 --> 00:19:53.000
  • THE JEWS IN THE CULTURE.
  • 00:19:53.010 --> 00:19:55.050
  • THEY MADE THE JEWISH PEOPLE OBJECTS
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:57.010
  • OF DISDAIN, CONTEMPT, HATRED.
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:59.090
  • WELL THEY'RE DIFFERENT THAN WE ARE.
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:01.040
  • THEY'RE HURTING OUR SOCIETY.
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:02.270
  • AND ONLY AFTER THEY HAD MARGINALIZED THE JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 00:20:02.280 --> 00:20:06.200
  • THEN WERE THEY ABLE TO TAKE AWAY THEIR RIGHTS,
  • 00:20:06.210 --> 00:20:09.050
  • EVEN THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE IN THE FINAL SOLUTION.
  • 00:20:09.060 --> 00:20:12.040
  • THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH CHRISTIANITY.
  • 00:20:12.050 --> 00:20:14.160
  • RIGHT NOW THERE'S AN EFFORT TO MARGINALIZE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:20:14.170 --> 00:20:17.080
  • THOSE CHRISTIANS ARE BACKWARDS IN THEIR THINKING.
  • 00:20:17.090 --> 00:20:19.180
  • THEY'RE BIGOTED.
  • 00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:21.030
  • THEY'RE NOT GOOD FOR SOCIETY.
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:24.040
  • AND ONCE THEY HAVE MARGINALIZED CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.260
  • THEN IT LEADS TO THE CRIMINALIZATION OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:20:25.270 --> 00:20:30.020
  • AND YOU SEE THAT ESPECIALLY IN WHAT
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:32.070
  • IS HAPPENING AROUND THIS DEBATE AROUND HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE.
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:36.160
  • I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THAT
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:38.070
  • THREE STAGE PROCESS I JUST GAVE YOU.
  • 00:20:38.080 --> 00:20:40.250
  • FIRST OF ALL IT BEGINS WHEN WHAT
  • 00:20:40.260 --> 00:20:42.240
  • WAS CONDEMNED IS NOW CELEBRATED.
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:46.130
  • DO YOU REALIZE THAT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE HAS NOT BEEN
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:50.160
  • WITH US FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, OR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:54.110
  • IT DIDN'T EVEN APPEAR ON THE SCENE
  • 00:20:54.120 --> 00:20:56.240
  • UNTIL 2001 IN THE NETHERLANDS.
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:21:00.070
  • THAT WAS THE FIRST PLACE IT WAS EVER HEARD OF.
  • 00:21:00.080 --> 00:21:02.240
  • UNTIL THEN, IT WAS ROUTINELY CONDEMNED.
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:07.110
  • AND YET SUDDENLY, OVERNIGHT,
  • 00:21:07.120 --> 00:21:09.210
  • WHAT WAS CONDEMNED IS NOW CELEBRATED.
  • 00:21:09.220 --> 00:21:13.190
  • STEP NUMBER TWO, WHAT WAS CELEBRATED IS NOW CONDEMNED.
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:18.160
  • THE IDEA THAT MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN,
  • 00:21:18.170 --> 00:21:22.270
  • WHY, THAT IDEA IS BEING CONDEMNED ROUTINELY.
  • 00:21:22.280 --> 00:21:27.010
  • AND YOU SEE THAT EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:28.240
  • ANYBODY WHO STANDS UP FOR THE BELIEF THAT MARRIAGE SHOULD
  • 00:21:28.250 --> 00:21:32.010
  • BE RESERVED FOR A MAN AND A WOMAN,
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:33.290
  • THEY ARE MARGINALIZED AS HOMOPHOBES,
  • 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:37.000
  • BIGOTS, AND HATEMONGERS.
  • 00:21:37.010 --> 00:21:39.140
  • AND THIS THIRD STAGE, THOSE REFUSING
  • 00:21:39.150 --> 00:21:42.040
  • TO CELEBRATE ARE CONDEMNED.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:44.240
  • IF YOU DON'T JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION
  • 00:21:44.250 --> 00:21:48.090
  • OF HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, YOU'RE A MARKED PERSON.
  • 00:21:48.100 --> 00:21:52.000
  • YOU'RE GONNA BE CONDEMNED.
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:53.140
  • YOU'RE GONNA HAVE YOUR BUSINESS TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU.
  • 00:21:53.150 --> 00:21:57.070
  • WE SAW THAT WITH THE SWEET CAKES BAKERY
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:59.260
  • IN OREGON THAT WAS PUT OUT OF BUSINESS.
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:02.000
  • DID THEY LOSE THEIR LIVES?
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:03.070
  • NO, BUT THEY LOST THEIR LIVELIHOOD
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:05.260
  • BECAUSE OF THEIR FAILURE TO CELEBRATE A GAY MARRIAGE.
  • 00:22:05.270 --> 00:22:09.220
  • AND THAT IS GONNA HAPPEN MORE AND MORE AND MORE.
  • 00:22:09.230 --> 00:22:13.050
  • IT'S JUST BEGINNING. AND WE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED.
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:17.150
  • REMEMBER, THEY CRUCIFIED JESUS.
  • 00:22:17.160 --> 00:22:21.170
  • WHY SHOULD THOSE WHO FOLLOW JESUS EXPECT ANY LESS?
  • 00:22:21.180 --> 00:22:26.280
  • AND YET, WITH THIS COMING PERSECUTION COMES
  • 00:22:26.290 --> 00:22:30.050
  • A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
  • 00:22:30.060 --> 00:22:34.200
  • DO YOU REMEMBER PAUL'S WORD IN PHILIPPIANS 2:15-16?
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:38.190
  • HE WAS WRITING TO A CULTURE THAT WAS
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:40.100
  • EVEN MORE DECADENT THAN OURS.
  • 00:22:40.110 --> 00:22:42.280
  • REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID?
  • 00:22:42.290 --> 00:22:44.110
  • "IN THE MIDST OF THIS CROOKED AND PERVERSE GENERATION,
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:47.150
  • "IN WHOM YOU APPEAR AS LIGHTS IN THE WORLD,
  • 00:22:47.160 --> 00:22:51.250
  • "HOLDING FAST THE WORD OF LIFE,
  • 00:22:51.260 --> 00:22:54.100
  • "SO IN THE DAY OF CHRIST I MAY HAVE CAUSE TO GLORY
  • 00:22:54.110 --> 00:22:58.120
  • "BECAUSE I DID NOT RUN IN VAIN OR TOIL IN VAIN."
  • 00:22:58.130 --> 00:23:01.290
  • HE SAID PHILIPPIANS, IT'S GETTING DARK OUT THERE,
  • 00:23:02.000 --> 00:23:05.050
  • BUT REMEMBER THIS,
  • 00:23:05.060 --> 00:23:06.240
  • THE DARKER THE BACKGROUND, THE BRIGHTER THE LIGHT.
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:10.020
  • AS THIS WORLD, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:11.220
  • BECOMES DARKER AND DARKER,
  • 00:23:11.230 --> 00:23:14.000
  • THE LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL SHINES EVEN MORE BRIGHTLY.
  • 00:23:14.010 --> 00:23:18.050
  • AND THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT
  • 00:23:18.060 --> 00:23:20.120
  • WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT LIGHT.
  • 00:23:20.130 --> 00:23:22.250
  • WE MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:23:22.260 --> 00:23:25.030
  • THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. JESUS SAID IN JOHN 9:4,
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:28.200
  • "WORK WHILE IT IS STILL DAY.
  • 00:23:28.210 --> 00:23:31.280
  • "FOR THE NIGHT COMES WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK.
  • 00:23:31.290 --> 00:23:38.070
  • YES, THE DARKNESS OF THE WORLD PROVIDES
  • 00:23:38.080 --> 00:23:41.290
  • A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:42.000 --> 00:23:45.160
  • AND NEVER FORGET THIS,
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:47.240
  • THE NIGHT IS ALWAYS THE VERY DARKEST
  • 00:23:47.250 --> 00:23:52.030
  • JUST BEFORE THE DAWN OF CHRIST APPEARING.
  • 00:23:52.040 --> 00:23:55.240
  • MUSIC
  • 00:23:55.250 --> 00:24:01.010
  • YES, EVEN IN THESE DARK, OMINOUS TIMES,
  • 00:24:01.020 --> 00:24:04.130
  • WHEN CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IS RUNNING RAMPANT,
  • 00:24:04.140 --> 00:24:07.180
  • IT'S THE GREATEST TIME IN HISTORY TO SHINE THE LIGHT
  • 00:24:07.190 --> 00:24:11.000
  • OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:24:11.010 --> 00:24:13.260
  • GRATEFULLY, PATHWAY TO VICTORY HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH
  • 00:24:13.270 --> 00:24:16.250
  • A REMARKABLE YEAR-END MATCHING CHALLENGE OPPORTUNITY.
  • 00:24:16.260 --> 00:24:21.060
  • WHICH MEANS THAT WHATEVER YOU ARE ABLE
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  • TO GIVE BETWEEN NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST WILL
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  • BE MATCHED BY A GROUP OF FRIENDS OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • EFFECTIVELY DOUBLING YOUR IMPACT FOR GOD'S KINGDOM.
  • 00:24:31.190 --> 00:24:35.280
  • PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS REMARKABLE MATCHING CHALLENGE
  • 00:24:35.290 --> 00:24:39.240
  • AND GIVE AS THE LORD DIRECTS YOU.
  • 00:24:39.250 --> 00:24:43.000
  • YOUR GENEROUS GIFT IN THIS CRITICAL SEASON
  • 00:24:43.010 --> 00:24:45.200
  • WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE,
  • 00:24:45.210 --> 00:24:47.270
  • AS TOGETHER WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:24:47.280 --> 00:24:50.190
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:24:50.200 --> 00:24:53.100
  • NOW PLEASE, STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:55.050
  • I PROMISE TO BE BACK IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:24:55.060 --> 00:24:59.140
  • [ANNOUNCER] LOOK AROUND YOU AND YOU'LL SEE
  • 00:24:59.150 --> 00:25:01.260
  • A WORLD ON THE BRINK OF PANDEMONIUM.
  • 00:25:01.270 --> 00:25:04.090
  • THE RISE OF RADICAL ISLAM,
  • 00:25:04.100 --> 00:25:06.040
  • REBELLION AGAINST GOD,
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:08.010
  • BLATANT PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:25:08.020 --> 00:25:10.180
  • ARE WE LIVING IN THE END TIMES?
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:13.070
  • WELL, WE CAN'T KNOW THE TIMING OF CHRIST'S RETURN,
  • 00:25:13.080 --> 00:25:16.080
  • BUT WE CAN KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE TIMES IN WHICH WE LIVE.
  • 00:25:16.090 --> 00:25:19.220
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  • 00:25:19.230 --> 00:25:22.200
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS EXPLAINS HOW TODAY'S HEADLINES
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  • FULFILL ANCIENT BIBLICAL PROPHECIES.
  • 00:25:25.260 --> 00:25:28.060
  • WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RADICAL ISLAM,
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:31.160
  • HOW THE UNPRECEDENTED PERSECUTION
  • 00:25:31.170 --> 00:25:33.180
  • OF CHRISTIANS SIGNALS THE END TIMES, AND MORE.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • 00:25:52.100 --> 00:25:55.040
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  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:58.060
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  • 00:25:58.070 --> 00:26:01.020
  • AND THAT IS SO THAT WE CAN PREVENT THE PREMATURE IMPLOSION
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:07.060
  • OF THIS WORLD SO THAT WE HAVE MORE TIME
  • 00:26:07.070 --> 00:26:09.010
  • TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:09.020 --> 00:26:11.050
  • [ANNOUNCER] EVERY DAY ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:11.060 --> 00:26:13.080
  • WE'RE COMMITTED TO PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL
  • 00:26:13.090 --> 00:26:15.170
  • WHILE THERE'S STILL TIME.
  • 00:26:15.180 --> 00:26:16.260
  • JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK SOON,
  • 00:26:16.270 --> 00:26:18.230
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE GENEROUSLY,
  • 00:26:18.240 --> 00:26:20.250
  • YOU'RE HELPING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE FIND
  • 00:26:20.260 --> 00:26:23.000
  • THE PATH THAT LEADS TO SALVATION.
  • 00:26:23.010 --> 00:26:25.130
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:25.140 --> 00:26:29.250
  • WE TEND TO THINK OF PERSECUTION
  • 00:26:29.260 --> 00:26:31.200
  • AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 00:26:31.210 --> 00:26:33.260
  • THE SUDAN OR CHINA.
  • 00:26:33.270 --> 00:26:36.160
  • BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, PERSECUTION IS COMING TO AMERICAN SOIL.
  • 00:26:36.170 --> 00:26:42.210
  • THE COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE HAS BEGUN,
  • 00:26:42.220 --> 00:26:44.270
  • AND CHRISTIANS IN AMERICA ARE IN THE CROSSHAIRS.
  • 00:26:44.280 --> 00:26:49.170
  • WELL, AMERICA WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT
  • 00:26:49.180 --> 00:26:51.290
  • ON CHRISTIAN MORALS AND ETHICS,
  • 00:26:52.000 --> 00:26:54.220
  • BUT TODAY'S LAWMAKERS AND POLITICIANS SEEM INTENT
  • 00:26:54.230 --> 00:26:58.070
  • ON TEARING THEM DOWN.
  • 00:26:58.080 --> 00:26:59.290
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL EXAMINE THE CONSEQUENCES
  • 00:27:00.020 --> 00:27:03.030
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:10.050 --> 00:27:13.270
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:27:13.280 --> 00:27:15.250
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:27:15.260 --> 00:27:18.140
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  • 00:27:40.150 --> 00:27:42.160
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  • 00:27:42.170 --> 00:27:44.010
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  • 00:27:44.020 --> 00:27:45.150
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  • 00:27:45.160 --> 00:27:47.160
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:47.170 --> 00:27:51.090
  • YOU KNOW, WE KEEP HEARING OVER AND OVER AGAIN
  • 00:27:51.100 --> 00:27:53.210
  • THAT OUR CULTURE US EVOLVING.
  • 00:27:53.220 --> 00:27:56.190
  • WE'RE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AS A CIVILIZATION.
  • 00:27:56.200 --> 00:28:00.190
  • BUT THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THE CONTRARY.
  • 00:28:00.200 --> 00:28:03.120
  • WE ARE DEVOLVING AS A NATION AND AS A WORLD.
  • 00:28:03.130 --> 00:28:08.040
  • AND IT IS THAT MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DETERIORATION
  • 00:28:08.050 --> 00:28:12.010
  • OF OUR WORLD THAT IS THE FINAL SIGN
  • 00:28:12.020 --> 00:28:15.070
  • OF THE COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:28:15.080 --> 00:28:19.060
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