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January 26, 2022 8:00 am
We been studying the signs of his coming with Dr. Don Wilton Jonas Nelson open God's Encouraging Word together while we study God's word no work for you. 866-899-WORD is our prayer line or meet us online at tewonline.org G 866-899-WORD 9673 RTW online.org.like your Bibles this morning and let them just the Matthew chapter 24 while you open your Bibles to Matthew chapter 20 for right off you if you would find the book of Zechariah be a little while before I get to Zechariah you don't know where it is. It's not too far from Matthew if you go in reverse.
Go back through the Old Testament right near the end of the Old Testament.
Some of these books in the Bible can be very difficult to find.
I know that they were also going to be in the book of Revelation extensively. The smell so we going to be in three areas today in God's word.
First of all, in Matthew 24 and I'm going to read you one passage that is very crucial in Zechariah then we going to be in the book of Revelation quite extensively. Our series entitled until he comes in. Evidently the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the eve of his demise in terms of the world standards on the eve of his sacrifice upon the cross, found it significantly important in anything the Jesus bid was significantly important to tell us about the future in Matthew chapter 24, amongst many other things and there are a lot of things I'm not going to ever suggest to you that the things that we are looking at all conclusive that they are told that the Lord Jesus has to say. You can understand that we been here in Matthew 24. I don't know but I think from about 1 January and we not anywhere near getting out of the first part of Matthew 24. There is so much the Jesus at the site of us concerning these matters, but amongst many other things.
I believe that the Lord Jesus points us to seven major future events or signs that all going to occur.
From the time of his death and ascension until the time of his second coming, which would be followed by the battle of Armageddon setting up of these thousand year reign. Jesus tells us about seven major events that are inclusive, not only of the church age, but also that little period of time which we call the tribulation, which is going to be the time after the rapture of the church when the church is being taken. The body of Christ believers all with the Lord with the Holy Spirit is being taken out of this will there be a seven year tribulation. Divided into two equal hall and it is at that time that the antichrist is going to appear in person Bible tells us that his presence is already in the world is going to sign a covenant with Israel.
3 1/2 years. Then at the midpoint is going to commit the abomination that closes desolation.
That's really all the signs are not on the birth pains that we studied in verse eight of chapter 24, there's the sign of enduring believers. Jesus took great care, culminating in verse 13 to tell us that those who stand firm to the end will be saved.
You can go even today on the college campuses whether it be time soon or Western Carolina UMC – will South Carolina.
Conversely, Ruffin Greenberg calling Anderson limestone we could go on and on and Jesus was telling us that the wicked will becomes the more notable it is concerning those who stand up for Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for many of our students on the campuses of high schools and colleges. Stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ Bible says that is going to become increasingly assigned of the return of Jesus. The third significant sign is worldwide proclamation. Jesus told us about it right there in verse 13 he said this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony, nations, and then the end will come, and we looked at the and we discovered some incredible foods and we try to answer some questions that that I think some of us have. For example, with the spirit of God gone during the rapture and the tribulation the church. How are people going to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and we discovered for five or six reasons not out of the Scriptures that God overrules any sovereign grace to bring about the impossible. We know that you cannot be saved outside of the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is gone, but God in his sovereign grace makes a determination issues, I agree, if you please. From his throne and humans in his heart how these people are going to come to know him during the tribulation.
Sundays we come to the of the major signs of future events, the abomination of desolation. Let's read about it again in verse 15 Jesus said I'm going to stop a couple of times again because we need to understand this, Jesus said, and so when you see standing in the holy place. By the way, where is the Holy Pl., Jerusalem us to identify that any rock. Jesus was saying, but he was saying it and really he was talking about. He says when you see in the holy place. Now this is this is Jesus didn't say when this happened in Washington DC. Jesus said when you see the abomination that causes desolation that is going to in the holy place in the temple in Jerusalem, spoken of through the prophet Daniel let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. No one on the roof of the sauce go down to take anything out of the house.
No one in the field go back to get his cloak. How grateful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers. I wonder why he would've said that when he makes a staggering statement he says play Jesus invokes prayer during the tribulation at a time when the spirit of God is not. Why would he say that only one group of people are capable of playing in those they all those who have become fused with Christ Jesus. Those who have been born again, only born again people can communicate with God person who doesn't know Jesus Christ cannot communicate with God without preceding that communication with the prayer of repentance. The prayer of repentance opens up communication to God. But there are literally hundreds upon thousands of people who talk to God every day that prayer is going my way. Because the Bible says the only way you can get to God is through the son. So if you haven't come to know the sun. You cannot get to the father, no matter how unpopular that might be and we got people who are trying to compromise faith in Christ Jesus, saying that it doesn't matter what a person believes everybody could talk to God know you cannot unless you repented of your sin, you seaplanes everything has to do with the cross. It has to do with the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God is taken away the sin of the world and limits of this abomination that causes desolation. Jesus invokes what is he say he says that you will not take place in the winter on the Sabbath, because then they will be great. This class equaled from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again. I'm not going to read the next verse, but I'm so grateful for the next verse, because Jesus very quickly says it's going to be cut short well what is this all about the antichrist is at work right in the middle of the tribulation Bible says he will suddenly turn against Israel.
That's going to happen violation desecration abomination and ultimately confrontation the abomination of desolation is about the confrontation of evil against letters holy and righteous. That is why it is going to take place in the holy city in Jerusalem and the Bible says that the antichrist is going to commit sacrilege. He is going to defy the holiness of God, not I. Do you suppose Satan has gone off to Israel all the time.
I just want to ask this question, you can go back to the first days when God children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt and he made the Abraham a covenant with them all the chosen ones of God, why has Satan gone off to Israel, the nation of Israel is singularly significant that is going on in Israel today is very, very, very important for all of us.
I believe that for the believer. What is happening in Israel is vitally important. That's why soon as they sign that peace accord.
I'm going back to Israel.
I hope many of you going to come. I'd like to take busloads of us to Israel. It is very import to see what's going on in Israel for the believer. Why does Satan go after them. Why would Satan want to eliminate the Jews. What I want you to consider this. If Satan could have eliminated the Jews before Jesus prayer.
Three things would've happened. Number one he would've broken the line and the lineage of David. You want to read about the genealogy of the king go to Matthew chapter 1. Had Satan been able to eliminate the Jews applied to Jesus. He would've broken the line and the lineage of David number two he would have prevented the birth of the Savior because he was about half David unto you this night a child is born when the tree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world, all the Jews should be taxed. Well, he would've prevented his brother number three had eliminated the Jews prior to Jesus coming, he would've destroyed God's plan for redemption, you and I would not have drawn chapter 3 and verse 60. Well guess what happened. Satan tried and he failed remotely failed because God is victorious Jesus Christ was, is and always will be totally because we know that go back into the book of Genesis and see how many times Satan came against the children of Israel, and he was beaten time without number, but there is a problem you folks because God Israel God Israel. He gave them the best.
Why, because of their adultery because of their idolatry. Because of her faithfulness.
He depressed the chosen ones. Then God made in the heart of God from before the foundation of the world peace plan for the redemption not only for Jews but Gentiles, not anything name, but the women not only for those who were slaves, but those not free, Jesus Christ the son of the living God. God, God gave his authority. God's divine sovereign reached down from heaven and he provided way. Jews and Gentiles to be reconciled to the father.
The brass band would be put. Well, what is this difference between Jews and Gentiles between Jews and Christians. The essential differences that our Jewish friends do not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, they are still operating under the I got a hold on your folks. They do not believe that Jesus Christ came they all still looking for is coming what you close Jews who come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. God met so many of them you call them messianic Jews.
Why because they have come to put their faith and trust in the Messiah has come, so Satan wanted to eliminate Jews prior to the Jeep to the coming of Jesus Christ.
He would've broken the line he would've prevented his breath would've destroyed God's plan for redemption. Well, Jesus client because he is God. Satan couldn't hold them back. So why would he have continued. Why does Satan continue to try and destroy the Jews. Three reasons number one because it can destroy the Jews. Now that Jesus has come, he would break he would've broken God's promises number two he would have prevented the Jews restoration, he would have prevented the putting of the bill of divorcement number three. He would have destroyed God's plan for his divine rule does not just black Satan. That's what he does during the time John 1010 tells us he's a thief he's come to destroy the steel to take.
That's not his. What is he do he breaks he prevents and he destroys Jesus saving drawn treatment to bursting.
I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly wrapping something interesting here we are in the middle of the tribulation. Jesus showed us the fourth major sign which is the abomination that causes desolation, and Jesus all of a sudden gives a system of instructions to those who are left behind to those who are going to be in the abomination of desolation. I want to make an announcement if you give in your heart to Jesus Christ.
You trusted him. You're not going to go through any of these things that I'm about to speak about the Lord Jesus told us what Jesus was telling us here was concerning those who are left behind at the time of the rapture of the church and he was specifically talking about the tribulation science. Those who come to know Jesus Christ. During the seven year period and we discovered from the word of God how it's possible that they would come to know Jesus Christ and Jesus here is saying look, I'm going to tell you something that not a single born-again believer is going to go through if you know Jesus prior to the rapture but I'm going to tell you this for reason I'm telling you this because I want to encourage you but I want to exert you my friend listen to me. Jesus Christ is saying here. You and I need to understand the great commission the great commission is that we need to do what ever it takes to get into the whole to preach the gospel. Jesus was reinforcing this while he gave a set of instructions to the people who are going to be alive and well going to be believers during the abomination of desolation. Yeah, they are going to get them to level CXXXIII I'm going to give them both you and I want to talk about number one fleet number two by Christ number three in this passage in Matthew 24 take cover.
Number four instructions you can read about it that they Matthew 24 starting in verse 16 things he says to them. He says you have been left behind. You have missed the abomination that causes desolation all things I want to tell you to do is you belong to me. Number 13, to hurry up my Christ number three take, but that's what he tells why. Well, let's look at quick. He tells them to sleep. It's not good. Verse 16 he says that those who are in Judea flee. By the way, why does Jesus say those who are in Judea because that's where it's going to happen is going to take place in the holy place middle of Judea and Jerusalem. The inside was going to Take Pl. in Spartanburg, Asheville, Washington DC.
Likewise, in Kabul, contrary to public opinion. It's going to take place at the holy place. Jesus was talking to those people who are going to be there on the spot that what Jesus was saying is that my gospel is going to be made available to people and people are going to need to flee from the wrath of the antichrist in the right have turned their hearts and lives of the Jesus Christ will be free and I wrote about for you in the Greek text transliterated is the word Boudreau, which transliterated literally means the fugitive, the fugitive, that's where we get our word fugitive from you know that the Bible is telling us.
Jesus is saying to us here. I'm going to instruct you to take flight in order to escape the danger that is going to come down upon you, not hope someday to use a phrase that invited you going to have to just listen. Otherwise, those of you who are Bombay Pharisees you going to have a real problem with this Jesus is about to tell these people that hello is going to break loose. What a powerful teaching… He never holds back and there's more to come in just a moment, but he wants me to remind you we are here for you connecting on our website right email@example.com remarkable resources and Dr. Wilton.
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Now back to today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton and if you have a problem with that, my friend. Let me tell you again is going to break loose what Jesus was saying is that the abomination is going to be such sacrilege it is going to be such a righteousness of a holy God that God is going to allow the very hell itself to be set up on the 3 1/2 years and Jesus Christ are so we become a fugitive. I want you to turn the Zechariah very quick Zechariah chapter 13 and I'm going to read just some verse eight Zechariah chapter 13 in verse right. Listen to what God's word says after the shepherd has been struck and the sheep are being scattered. Zechariah says in the holy land, declares the Lord narratives two thirds will be struck down in Parrish to come back to this one will be lifting this word I will bring into the fire.
I will refine them like super tasting like gold, they will my name and I will answer them and I will say they are my people, and they won't say the Lord is our broad frame what God is thinking about is the moment at which the children of Israel and those who come to believe in him that is the moment at which the bullet is laid aside and these people are reconciled to God the father, God the son that I want you to read the book of Revelation chapter 13. We gotta be there for a while.
That is, it being here is Jesus trying flee. What is the significance of this when Jesus told these people.
They need to become a fugitive.
Three important things to note your number one they need to flee because the antichrist will have total authority during this time.
Revelation chapter 13 and verse seven Revelation chapter 13 in verse seven. Bible says the antichrist was given power like murder against the science and to conquer the he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Now look at the site early inhabitants of the will worship the beast and he defines who will worship the beast whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain before the creation of the world the antichrist during this time Jesus is saying those who belong to me. Instruction number one fleet why the antichrist will have authority.
Number two. Many people are going to be killed during this time they going to be slaughtered. Look at Revelation chapter 6 go back to Revelation chapter 6 Revelation chapter 6 verse nine Bible tells us that when he opened the FTSE I serve under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had mine trying remember our second big issue regarding future events. The enduring of science I believe is the testimony of the word of God. They had maintained that this work of the antichrist.
They clear about who the ones who had been brought to the ones who are dying and being killed during the tribulation. They called out in a loud voice, how long the sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you, and judge the inhabitants of the earth and eventual blood.
Folks what's happening. God's giving us a picture what is happening at this juncture is that things are happening in heaven and things are happening in believers are in heaven and God is showing us how the souls of those who had lost their lives during the tribulation. All pleading with God, such as broken babies announces the snap to blacklist his sample under the antichrist will it see what God is about verse 11 when each of them was given the right road and they were told to wait a little longer until a number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been laws complete God what is God's also brought out Brad's answers here.
You cry, I understand. I'm the God of grace, but I want you to know that what is happening has been determined from before the foundation of this decree and there is nothing that man can do all the time that it might be God and I went to many hundreds and thousands need to be marketing as the wonder Jesus safely. Such great truth. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
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Dear God, I know that Arneson and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart.
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