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January 27, 2022 8:00 am
What a powerful series done in God's word with Dr. Don Wilton about the signs of his coming more that continues today as we study God's word about the end times about the return of Jesus Christ know the reader to pray with you connect with resources on the phone at 866899 word and online at tewonline.org are in Matthew chapter 24 Jesus was having a dialogue with the disciples and onto three basic questions those questions, you can read for yourself there right there in Matthew chapter 24 verse three number one they lost Jesus when will the temple crumbled to the ground because Jesus had just told him that that was going to happen. Number two.
What would be the signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Number three.
When will be the end of the now.
I'm very interested in those questions myself. I kind of like to know when will the world come to an end when is this earth going to cease to exist when is Jesus Christ going to come again.
He told us he is going to.
He's already gone back to heaven. He's been there for quite a while is the time for him to come back when exactly is going to be that time. What do we know about that time. Now Jesus on these questions. Matthew 24 is just one small part of what Jesus did. We've got to go into the Old Testament and into the New Testament extensively to discover and to try to find out what Jesus was talking about.
But in Matthew chapter 24. There are seven signs of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I'm not being dogmatic about the sons. What I'm saying to you is that there are seven general clues categories that Jesus gave to us that would help us to determine the matters that are important concerning his return. Remembering at all times that we will never know exactly when he will come because the Bible says nobody knows that he's going to come like a flash of lightning is going to come just like that, but these all the sirens that we can look to and I'm going to tell you that in the year 2002, that there are considerably more signs. There is a great deal more evidence today concerning the immanence of Jesus return then say even 20 years ago we looked at for those signs number one was birth pains in verse eight of chapter 24 Grady the whole of chapter 24 concerns. Those birth pains.
We looked at that somewhat extensively the second sign is the matter of the endurance of believers, and right there in verse 13 of Matthew 24.
Jesus says those who endure to the end will be. Say we looked at that. We tried to discover what Jesus meant by that. This thing Jesus spoke about the general category was the matter of worldwide proclamation well. The interesting thing here is that Jesus says in verse 14 Jesus says that this gospel is going to be preached to every nation will how can that happen what we've already discovered how that's going to happen is going to happen through the events of the rapture is going to happen through the witnesses.
The witness of the two witnesses is going to happen through the resurrection of the two witnesses during the tribulation. Often they all killed and rise from the dead. It's going to happen through the hundred and 44 Jewish evangelists buckled the hundred and 44,000 that the book of Revelation talks about will get back in old this going to happen. The gospel is going to be said by the angels of God. God is going to empower and commission design data give them a very special chalk and they are going to bring, possibly during the tribulation. They all going to be empowered because the Holy Spirit is God and we will suddenly find ourselves at the fourth of those signs and that is called the abomination of desolation.
What is the abomination of desolation but I'm going to just show you Richard you come and stand here with me for a moment, please. Brother cell would you come you, Steve, would you come up with Dr. Jack are very halting here everybody can cycle projects are not Richard seeing that you're so small a meaning I'm going Oscar to stand right in the middle. Shall you need to be all right. Steve, if you stand right now Salvia is going to represent the rapture of the church and it's at this point that Jesus tells us in first Thessalonians, and in other passages and by the wind and a preach on the rector. What is it wise again to take place.
Why do we believe that when we get this from what's going to take place is involved in it and he's going to be left behind, but the church is going to be taking Jesus is going to come in the clouds and the whole church is going to be type and the spirit of God, right out of the world and then the Bible says we going to enter into the time of distress.
The tribulation and it's going to be divided into two equal parts 3 1/2 years and 3 1/2 years. Steve is going to represent the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is the end of the age. This is when Jesus comes back and lands back on earth, followed by the battle of Armageddon.
All the things the thousand year reign. The great white throne judgment of all those things. We'll talk about Steve represents Roger the middle went Richard to stand is going to be the abomination of desolation, etc. 3 1/2 year mark.
Why the abomination because antichrist is going to reveal himself for who he really is and he is going to commit abomination sacrilege against the holiest of holies, he is going to defy the sacredness of God and he is going to commit the abomination. What's this what's this that closes desolation. And when Jesus in Matthew chapter 24 and verse 21 talks about the great distress he is talking about this 3 1/2 year. Write your between the abomination that causes desolation and he.
Second, and folks it is one of the most frightful times that you ever considered not just the question I'm going to say this to you if you know Jesus Christ as your personal savior. If you have received them in your heart you not deign to be involved in this. I mean, let's give God a hand folks come on Jesus status member. Romans 10 there is now therefore no condemnation to those who are in union with Christ Jesus, see Jesus Christ to say this rate we got to be taken out of the world of you. So some of you might say will imposter. If we not going to be. Why go to all the trouble of having to read this and study this and spend Sunday off the Sunday on I'm going to tell you why folks number one because what this does for us, it gives to us a fresh insight of the love of God.
This helps us to understand how very significant the love of Jesus Christ is that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Second of all, it is going to compel you and me to make certain that we recite. I tell you, there were a couple of times.
Folks are sated and modest in our Lord. I just want to make certain you know why I don't want to be left behind book. I know that I know that I know that I'm safe but there's another reason why we need to study this Richard because people like you and me need to get off our seats and do something about. We need to get up and stand up and go out there and tell people about Jesus. You with me. That's what we need to be doing folks we need to be developing a passion.
I am so proud of you as a congregation for the way in which you received altogether separate. You know why because folks we are talking about winning people to Jesus Christ. There is nothing that is more than winning people to Jesus Christ and I know that I'm not going to be here, but I learned to have a passion, Jesus said, go and preach the gospel teaching, preaching, and baptizing, and I'm going to be with you always, even to the end of the age. Thank you Jim, thank you so much. All right, let's read about Matthew chapter 24 going to just pick up at verse 50 Jesus said so when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of through the prophet Daniel let the reader understand, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house.
Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Pray that your flock will not take place in the winter on the Sabbath. Now here it is there it is sad when they will be great distress on people from the beginning of the world until now, and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive that for the sake of the elect and I'm going to speak about that in the next couple weeks we going to be on the subject of the next three weeks at least for the sake of the elect, by the way, that's the first time that the word elect, is used in the word of God, to talk about very designation that Jesus gives you that for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened at that time if anyone says to you. Look, there is the Christ, with areas, do not believe that false Christ's and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect if that were possible. See, I have told you this ahead of time. Not likely going to be dealing with of the next two or three weeks is this 3 1/2 year period of time. I'm going to repeat this book, we must know this and understand. There are three things that are going to happen at the outset. When it comes to that. The time we going to look at just the first of those three things.
Number one, it's going to be a time of great distress.
Jesus saves. Why did he say it was going to be a time of great distress. What would close a time like that to be a time of great distress. What qualifies to be called a time of great distress apart from the fact that Jesus said that, let me tell you.
Jesus said that it's going to be pretty significant. Jesus said this is going to be a time of great distress watchlist on equaled from the beginning until now. You mean it's going to be worse than the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.
Absolute you mean it's going to be worse than all the disasters and all the rules and all the massacres that have taken absolute Jesus status on equal. In fact, Jesus said, listen, preach about even trying waste your time preaching on it because you never be able to describe what what is well first of all it's going to be a time of great distress because of the outpouring of God's anger. Three reasons your folks watch going to be a time of great distress unequaled from before the beginning of time because it is going to be a time when God's anger is poured out some of you going to say to me pasta hold on a minute I don't understand this you telling me gone, is going to get that angry yes or but I thought God was already mad. Well, God is not mad folks.
God is angry at sin.
God cannot tolerate sin. God is righteous God can have no part of sin and God is made away possible. Some people might say will now wait a minute, pasta canonical God was a God of love.
He is a God of love.
That's why we're here today. That's why he's given us this word ahead of time because he loves us so much and has demonstrated his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and thinks of you will forgive me because I don't want to hear the sound was disrespectful.
But if God from the time of Adam and Eve sin has demonstrated his anger and he's Roth again soon God is saying to us, and what Jesus Christ is trying to teach us is that during this time that 3 1/2 year.
You ain't seen nothing yet God is going to be out upon those who are left behind. Let's read about me to Revelation 14 going to be in Revelation for just a little while. Some turn their Revelation chapter 14 frames. These are some very tough things to to read and understand. That's why I'm so grateful I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.
That's not today. I take great joy in presenting you the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation chapter 14 and verse nine, the third angel followed them and said in a loud voice. If anyone worships the beast and his image and receive his mark on the floor during the hand he to narratives will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his raw. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb and the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever.
There is no rest day and night for those who worship the beast and his image for anyone who receives the bulk of his name. I'm reading to you. Just one pass.
It's horrific and it has to do with the pouring of the anger of God.
No wonder Jesus said this is going to be a time of great distress unequaled from before the beginning of time and never to be equaled again number two.
The second thing that's going to happen in this time concerns the unrestrained meanness of the antichrist. You need to just look out for a moment the unrestrained meanness of antichrist never met someone, I'm sure you have that you said you know that person is just me or she just me.
Some people could just be me folks. You probably have someone on that campus with managers meeting might be at work.
You got a boss or supervisor just meet that way to describe the just being people, I just got you not.
I just got something stuck down there and I just mean.
I mean there's just no other way to describe that are just me.
Let me tell you something, folks.
What Jesus cares about to tell us is that this time of great truths. Distress is on equaled, not the least of which because of the risk trained meanness of the antichrist. Now you going to say to me write a minute now cost are you telling me that God has been restraining the work of Satan watch me. Yes, God is sovereign and God has been holding back safety you cite one half what I'm going to tell you wow what Jesus was saying here is, if you want to understand the time of distress such as which is unequaled by frame you need to understand what the antichrist is going to be about is the impersonation of Satan because he is meanness is going to be restriping God is going to turn him.
God is going to say or we struggle with. May I remind you this is only for those who being left behind. The unrestrained meanness well it's read about Revelation chapter 13 Bible says in verse 11 of chapter 13 then I saw another beast coming out of the earth.
He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound being healed and he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth. Look at this equals listen folks wonder Jesus, I Jesus said great and miraculous signs will be performed during this time. What's he doing here. He's closing file even to come down from heaven, where in the food you of all people. Everybody is left behind is going to see this.
Look at verse 14, because of the signs he was given power to do on the half of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the water. Jesus say in Matthew 24. This is going to be a time of deception.
We gonna talk about that next week. Listen to this set up an image in honor of the beast was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give the breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak to all who refused to worship the image to be killed. You also for everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark in these right hand.
Ronnie's part so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the same, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight let him calculate the number of the beast.
It is man's number and his number is 666 watch me here folks. Listen carefully you know that in July I'm gonna be overseas preaching. Preaching for the European Baptist convention all the churches from all over Europe we're already beginning to make plans and I'm asking you to pray in the back of these going to be with me. I'm asking you to provide you know folks that Europe is changing. It's no longer a conglomeration of separate nations. It's becoming the United nations of Europe, the United States of Europe.
Most of the countries operate only you wrote the same currency you know that today if you go to Sam's to go and get some food.
You not going to get any food unless you go to Sam's Club not even try. We will operate on charge cards and we have access to everything but I'm telling you the world is marching down God's power to forgive interruption.
Dr. Donald back in just a moment but he insists I remind you we are here for you, not just presenting the gospel, but having a conversation praying together a prayer line is 866-899-WORD.the number down stored in your cell were available 24 hours a day at 86689673 only pray with you but also connect with powerful resources and help you grow in your faith can take a look at some of those resources on our website right email@example.com now back today's great teaching Dr. Don Wilton site cost of these things are so hard to hear. I know my friend.
That's why I'm so glad that we are here. I'm glad we're here because of the love of the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm glad because we've got an opportunity today to give our hearts to him. I want us to be passionate about. Listen friends at first Baptist week restart of the third worship service in second Sunday school to make room for others.
We've made room. Do you know that in the middle service. They were probably almost as many people there about. I don't know I'm not counting. We now about three worship services, but the gaps here folks that Slip places next to you being most places charge begging inside it's time. It is time that we get it is time that you understand what God is all about his time in America that we stand up and be counted is that we can understand Jesus Christ. Jesus said this will be a time of great distress. Why the outpouring to be designed. The unrestrained meanness of antichrist.
There's 1/3 thing. The unparalleled suffered of those who are left behind in Revelation chapter 16 verse right now don't even like to read this passage. The Bible says the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seated by the intense heat and I cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refuse to repent and glorify him down in verse.
The second part of this $10 was plunged into darkness. Men hold their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their playing in souls. But they refuse to repent of what they had done all the unparalleled suffering of those who left behind both the tribulation saints and those who refused to come to Jesus Christ frame today.
It's a different story.
Today we have an opportunity. The time has not come now is the acceptable time when a powerful phrase to finish today's teaching Dr. Don Wilton the day of salvation. Lord spinster in your heart. I pray that you not only her doctor will today. She's been teaching and preaching the word of God. But now, as he steps in the studio you'd open your heart to what he wants to share next are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now they are gone. I know that on the center 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. In Jesus name, my friend.
I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news. Welcome to the family of God.
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