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The Nations In Prophecy Part 1

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March 22, 2021 1:00 am

The Nations In Prophecy Part 1

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March 22, 2021 1:00 am

On our plane of existence things are clearly a mess. Aren’t you glad there’s Someone in charge who lives on another plane of existence? God's unseen Hand is guiding the forces of history toward His conclusion. And, through Bible prophecy, we can understand the last chapter of the story.

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God's unseen hand is guiding the forces of history toward his conclusion and Bible prophecy can understand the last chapter of the story stay with us from the Moody Church in Chicago this morning with with Dr. Sir was clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line delete certain Bible prophecy is not always easy to understand, and you make this easier. Well Dave I can make it easier in a simple sentence and remind people that eventually around the throne are going to be people from every tongue and nation. All will be represented different colors black, white, brown, aren't we glad that we know eventually as you mentioned how it's going to and but why is it that we have so much racial conflict. Today I want to ask you, have you heard of critical race theory that is being taught in universities is the intention of this to bring the races together or to keep them apart. While the answer is to keep them apart in perpetual conflict. I show that in my new book entitled, we will not be silenced responding courageously to our culture's assault on Christianity for gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here is what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 we have to recognize that many of the theories, especially about race are intended to destroy and not unite but now once again we go to God's word and we began to talk about the future, which we know is ultimately in his sovereign hands. I'm sure you probably heard the story of the boy who was reading a novel in the living room is mother said to come help do the dishes but he said no mom I can't because I'm in chapter 6 and I right now. He said the villain. This evil robbery. He's got someone pinned against the will and I have to see how it turned out, was most mothers do, she persisted. And finally, knowing he had to go. He just flipped to the back page of the book and he read it and he said you know that Robert he's doing all right. In chapter 6, but is he ever in for a surprise when he gets to the last page.

Today were going to look at the last page you know that this is been a series of messages entitled God and the nation. We've spoken about God's sovereignty in raising up leaders.

God's sovereignty in bringing them down. We also studied how one nation is used by God to judge another, it's all been a part of the series, and now we come to a passage of Scripture that tells us that God personally is doing the judging. Through Jesus Christ. What is called in the Bible, the judgment of the nations and what we'd like to do in the next few moments is to give you five characteristics of the judgment of the nations or I should say five features of that judgment and N0, and particularly on the one that is most troubling to us, namely that it appears as if some people inherited eternal life because they were kind to others and so were going to have to unravel that particular passage with its mystery. So with that background, the passage is the 25th chapter of Matthew where Jesus speaks about the judgment of the nations and as we look through these features I want you to notice that first of all first of all, the time is that the glorious appearing of Christ. Matthew 25 verse 31, when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all of the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory with to take a moment to give you a timeline here when you look at all of the prophecies of the Bible. It makes most sense to put them all together to believe that first of all there's going to be a rapture of the church, then a period of great tribulation that lasts about seven years plus and then you have the glorious appearing of Jesus to the Mount of olives and this is an appearing that is so beautiful that if you notice in chapter 24 of Matthew. I don't even have to flip to another page it says in verse 30 at that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn.

They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. That's the event that is spoken of here and then after the time of the glorious appearing of Jesus you have what is known as the millennial kingdom which lasts thousand years plus and after that you have a great white throne judgment given in Revelation chapter 20.

So here you have you have the glorious return of Jesus.

That's the time of this judgment.

Let's hurry on and let's go to the place of the judgment. Where does that happen when the Son of Man comes in his glory with all the angels with him, he shall sit on his throne. Is this the throne of heaven know it says when the Son of Man comes in the throne of his glory.

He's going to come to earth. The Bible says in the book of Zechariah chapter 14 verse one when he comes, these feet shall stand upon the Mount of olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east and the mountable of shall split into to the north and to the south so that there shall be a very great valley.

Jesus is actually coming to this earth that people on earth shall see him every eye that is still able to see if that period of time. Every eye of all those who are living shall see him as he returns to this planet see in the Old Testament, those prophecies that were made about a glorious rule on this earth. They have never been fulfilled. Now some people bless them. They want to spiritualize them. They want to make them into poetry, but some of us actually believe that God is going to literally fulfill them. For example, it says in Isaiah 2 that he shall judge among the nations, and shall settle disputes among many different people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. Those words evidently are engraved in the United Nations in New York, but I need to tell you in case you haven't heard it before. The United Nations will not bring that kind of peace to this earth. Sorry. Thank you for trying, but you're not going to do it. Only Jesus is going to do it and he's actually going to rule disable where we going to be, well, if we're enraptured were going to have glorified bodies, we may come with him.

You'll notice that the Scripture says all the angels are coming with him. In ancient days when a king travel to another country. The king of France of the King of England. Perhaps 1000 or more people accompanied him bucklers cook's all kinds of various servants, there would be advisors.

People who would be like soldiers guarding the presence of the king.

What we call today the Secret Service all of those would go with the king and and when Jesus comes to earth what just sent it is going to be in the Bible also talks about us coming with him at this glorious appearing when Jesus comes to this earth.

That's where I believe it's going to take place. So we looked at the time we looked at the place who are the participants.

Let's pick it up in verse 32. It says all the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from the other as a shepherd separates sheep from the goats.

He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. The imagery is that of sheep and goats. The people like sheep and goats. Now it says all the nations, FNA, ingrate, from which we get the word ethnicity are or the ethnic differences. All of the ethnics usually referred to in the New Testament as Gentiles.

All of these people are going to be gathered before him who are they, they are ones who have served by this great tribulation. Remember, rapture, tribulation, glorious appearing of Jesus Christ. They've survived the great tribulation, and now they are going to stand for judgment whenever I would hear about the judgment of the nations when I was a child I used to think that to all the nations would come up before God, like Canada, like the United States and then you'd have them go into one column or another just like on election night here in the United States where you have all of Illinois going Democratic and you have all of California. Going the other was a little boy who said daddy, daddy, do people still tell fairytales today and his father said oh yes yes he is and those fairytales usually begin with when I am elected, I will, but the judgment of the nations is not like all of the nations going in one column or another. It is an individual judgment. As you can see all of the people. The Bible says are gathered before him, and you have some who are sheep and you have some who are goats and they are going to be set apart by the Lord and they will have to separate eternal destinies.

You can go to Israel today if it were safe and you could see shepherds still doing this because sheep and goats graze together during the day and oftentimes at night they are separated for various reasons and that is shepherd stands in front of the herd as it comes toward him. He takes his rod and he taps the sheep perhaps on the right and they go to the right and he taps the goats on the left side of their head and they go to the left and that's the imagery that Jesus is using for this final judgment for the participants. The sheep and the goats. Another feature is the purpose of this what is the purpose of this judgment anyway.

Now we have to look at the text very specifically in verse 34. It says these words, then the King will say to those on his right, you who are blessed by my father take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. It's to determine who is going to go into this millennial kingdom over which Jesus Christ will rain and all those who go into the millennial kingdom. In this context are believers and they're still going to have their earthly bodies will have to die someday and be resurrected because the Scripture does say that in the millennial. There is going to be longevity. A child shall die, being 100 years old at the total curse has not yet been lifted, and flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. So these earthly bodies cannot live in an eternal existence. So what you have is Jesus here separating those who are wicked into one place and those who will enter into the millennial kingdom will enter into the kingdom that is been prepared since the foundation of the world. The goal is to determine who enters the kingdom over which Jesus shall rule well we looked at the time the glorious appearing the place, which is earth the participants the sheep and the goats.

The purpose who goes into the kingdom.

But now we come to really the thing that is troubled us. At times the most about this particular judgment and that is the basis upon which they are judged. Let's read the text. You'll notice that the king says in verse 35 to the sheep who go into the kingdom. I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me I was in prison and you came to visit me then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed your thirsty and give you something to drink. When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you when did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you.

The King will reply I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me and we want to say while I suppose if you believe that salvation is by works.

This would be the clearest passage that you would have in all the Bible to argue that way that if you do good deeds. You get to go into the kingdom you get to heaven if you do bad deeds are excluded. But that would be a mistake to draw that conclusion for a number of different reasons.

First of all, because the Bible so clearly teaches in other passages that it is not by works by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight. We can't be saved by good works for the simple reason that the only works that God ultimately accepts are the works of his beloved son, who is perfect, and unless we put our trust and faith in Jesus, we will be excluded even if we happen to do some good works that is clearly taught in the Bible a simple fact is that the best deed in all the world is not an answer to our deep depravity and our sin, but that we read this and it seems as if the basis of judgment was indeed what they did with these brothers of Jesus, and we ask ourselves well you know if it good deeds were the way to heaven.

What about somebody like Ted Turner didn't he give $1 billion to charity or something like that. Yet he claims to be an atheist. I may what happens to him.

This makes us look at the text a little bit more closely does not. Let's put it all in context. Who are these people anyway. And in these brethren during the period of great tribulation. The Bible says that there are Jews that are converted to Christ multitudes of them. Revelation chapter 7 says 144,000 that it even lists the various tribes from which they come.

And it says that they are sealed and they are servants of God and catch this. They have their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb will during the great tribulation Antichrist is ruling Antichrist is forcing everyone to take the mark of the beast, and if you do not take the mark of the beast. The Bible says that you cannot buy or sell. You couldn't go to Jule or Dominick's to buy a loaf of bread unless you go through some kind of a scanner or some kind of an indicator that that says that you have the mark of the beast, and so old that you can possibly do in that situation is somehow survive. And these Jews who may be the brethren, about whom Jesus speaks these Jews were helped by Gentiles by the ethanol us and and they were helped because the only way that they could survive is by help and in doing this, the Gentiles, whatever problem they also had to buy or sell because they have been ones who didn't receive the mark of the beast either but but they at least had some kind of wiggle room whereas during the period of tribulation. The Jews are specifically targeted by the greatest hate and Setanta campaign in history so for these Gentiles to help the Jews is definitely a sign that these are Gentiles who also believe in and trust the Messiah and they do not taken the mark of the beast and enter good works there good deeds are obviously an indication of of who they are and who they are loyal to. And so Jesus says, as a result of that you did this to my brother and you visited me in prison you clothed me, and because of that, you will enter into the kingdom to hang onto that for a moment as we look at the goats and see what happens to them. You'll notice it says in verse 41, then he will say to those on his left, depart from me, you who are cursed into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels, for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me and indeed I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. They will also answer Lord, now when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you. He will reply, I tell you the truth whenever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me. And then comes the most ominous verse in this whole chapter that should give us chills, then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life, my friend. Today, this is Pastor Luther. Isn't that sobering to think that there is going to be a time of judgment to be so final that will be handed down by God, let me ask you another question. Are you aware of the fact that there are businesses in schools today that if you have whites skin. If you're a white, you are considered to be a racist. Now if you're a black American. The idea is that you can't be a racist because after all, you are a member of the oppressed group that kind of theory is being taught today in our schools and our universities and in business you understand what's happening.

These are the kinds of issues I discuss in my new book entitled, we will not be silenced responding courageously to our culture's assault on Christianity for a gift of any amount and can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW Moran going to give you a phone number. Hope you have time to get a pencil and write this down 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337. I know for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luther a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Dark days may be ahead for America, but exactly why is a matter of some debate, a listener named John has posed this question Pastor Luther in your book on is God on America's side you make a case for the downfall of America because of immorality, wickedness, ungodliness, and so on. However, not once, that I could remember. Did you speak of Genesis 12, three, and the curses that come to nations the curse Israel.

Another prominent pastor and author released a book a few months back in it. He argues that America has been blessed because of her support of Israel and will soon be cursed because America is beginning to turn from Israel. This does not seem to be what you argue in your book so who's right well the quick answer.

John is that both of us are.

It is true that in my book.

I don't make any reference to America's treatment of the Jews.

Many other authors have emphasized this. I wanted to emphasize that even apart from that America I believe is headed for judgment. I believe that we are a nation under judgment because you can't really explain what is happening in Washington unless you realize that there is some national blindness that is going on in this country and so this book was written as a warning to America because of those things now. I do agree that one of the reasons that God blessed America's because of our support of Israel.

However, I do not take it to an extreme, like some people do their been those who have tried to say that every time we have not supported Israel. We've had a national disaster so they tried to correlate our support of Israel with natural disasters. I don't think that we can do that.

It is very difficult for us to read the fine print of God's purposes, but at the same time, you're right. I think that we should continue our support of Israel and perhaps that support is one of the reasons why God has blessed us. But even apart from that, we are internally self-destructing because of our own wickedness. Thankfully, in the midst of this, the church has been called by God to be faithful and to represent Jesus Christ in the world no matter what happens, and that's the bottom line for you and for me.

Thank you John for your question. Thank you Pastor Luther that answer if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our and click on ask Pastor Luther or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60611 Luther Hasbrouck part one of the nations in prophecy, the last in a six part series on God and the nations next time.

Join us for more about properly interpreting prophetic Scriptures. Thanks for listening.

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