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The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Sunday Message

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February 28, 2021 3:00 am

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse | Sunday Message

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February 28, 2021 3:00 am

Many people have questions about the end, Armageddon, and the Antichrist. But in this Sunday morning episode, Pastor Greg Laurie encourages us to look for Jesus Christ above all. Get prepared for the Lord’s return by listening to this message in Revelation 5–6! It’s the latest in our new series, Revelation: A Book of Promises.

Notes

When Jesus came to this Earth, He came to purchase back what was lost in the Garden.

“Who is worthy to open the Book?” (Revelation 5:2).

Scripture tells us that God keeps our tears in His bottle; and He also keeps our prayers.

The first Horseman of the Apocalypse is none other than the Antichrist.

There are over 100 passages that detail the origin, nationality, career, character, kingdom, and final doom of Antichrist.

The Antichrist will come at economically hard times.

He will bring global economic stability and global peace.

“Through peace, he will deceive many” (Daniel 8:25).

The Devil can do nothing without God’s permission.

The only thing that is holding the Antichrist back is the Church.

We are to wake up!

We are to sober up!

We are to suit up!

Scripture Referenced

Luke 4:5–7

Revelation 19:11

2 Thessalonians 2:7–8

2 Peter 3:9

1 Thessalonians 5:6–9

Luke 21:34

1 Thessalonians 5:8

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the great glory podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events.

From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry's go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast are I will let's all grab our Bibles were going to the book of Revelation together in the title of my message is the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It's pretty ominous sounding this minute.

That's only to be talking about in this particular message as we go through the book of Revelation heard a story about talk to Christians over standing on a road side with a sign that said, the end is near turnaround before it's too late to some guy spread God by through its brakes unrolled on his window and yelled at the christens. Why don't you religious nuts.

Just leave us alone and he sped off and there was a screeching of tires in the huge splash in one of the christens turned to his Christian friend and said that we should just get a sign that says bridge out instead.

Right. So here's the question, is the end. Really, near heaven, we heard this for a long time. Is Armageddon actually coming is the Antichrist close to appearing. Are we going to see the Apocalypse in our lifetime. I mean, the very word Apocalypse is a powerful word. It usually means something catastrophic and something really bad will say it so bad its apocalyptic there is a trend right now while theory floating around on the Internet about of zombie apocalypse right so we use this word a lot but actually it's it's an interesting word. It's an interchangeable word with the word Revelation and it simply means the unveiling, or another way to translate it to pull the lid off of something and that's exactly what we see happening now as we come to this new section of Revelation. The lid is being pulled off and we see a lot of powerful events are happening in rapid succession. As I described earlier, not unlike dominoes closely stacked together one knocking the other one over. We have never been closer to the Apocalypse and we are right now type the word Apocalypse in Google and you will find one hundred million pages addressing the topic but what does it mean that's what I want to talk about a number of years ago Billy Graham wrote a book called approaching hoofbeats, the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and here's what really wrote in a quote. Some theologians and Bible scholars have thought that these scenes as described by the apostle John to be a description of past events. However, most evangelical scholars interpret them as having to do with the future as do I rights Billy, in my view, the shadows of all four Horsemen can already be seen galloping to the world at this very moment. Therefore, I want not only to apply these four symbols of events yet to come, but also for us to put our ears lowered to the ground it here there hoofbeats growing louder by the day. Graham concludes quote I can hear the hoofbeats of the sources much louder than when I first began writing this book." He wrote that book 38 years ago. So if Billy Graham could hear the hoofbeats louder than we certainly can hear them even more.

Right now, these approaching hoofbeats have become thundering hoofbeats and I want to talk about what the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who they are what this is all about. But before we get to that in Revelation chapter 6 here. Revelation 5 organ that go back to Kevin for a moment and see what's happening in heaven before the four Horsemen are on Lisa read with me from Revelation chapter 5 verse one Johnson's ice on the right hand of him loose on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals and I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the scroll and the lucid seals and no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look at it. John writes, so I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll or look at it but one of the elders said to me do not we behold the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and the lucid seven seals and I look to behold in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamp as if it had been slain, having seven heads and seven eyes, which are our seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth, and then he came and took the scroll out of the right hand of him who sat on the throne. Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a heart so we will of hearts in heaven.

What way and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, and they sing a new song, saying you are worthy to take the scroll to open it seals, for you were slain, and he redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation. There so here now. John is in heaven. A mysterious scroll is produced. It has seven seals on it. Look in verse one of Revelation 5. Again, I saw on the right hand of him that sent him the throne of scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Now we read this and we have we have no idea what this evening so let me explain it contextually and historically, and then apply for us today. What is the scroll while back in those days. Important documents were written down on paper and rolled up in what we would call a scroll. This was something that was used back in this day to record wills, for instance, the will of the Roman emperors.

This Bayesian and Caesar Augustus were on scrolls sealed with seven seals. So what that means is you open up this paper. This parchment you would write down something you'd roll it and you would put a wax seal and imprint it with the insignia, then he would write something else roll that up put the seal on it again roll a little more.

Put another seal on it so when you were opening this document you would open it and break one seal read a portion of it than break another seal we little more of it and break the other seal so this was reserved for the most important documents since a sort of you like having in encryption key to a highly classified document.

Today's old was a seven sealed title D.

So what was it. What is this mysterious scroll.

I believe it is a title deed of the earth. This is what Jesus has come to the earth for this is why he was born in the manger of Bethlehem.

This is why he dies on the cross of Calvary, and this is why he rises again from the dead. This is his mission to buyback to purchase back with his blood that which was lost way back in the garden of Eden when our first parents, Adam and Eve sinned. There was a curse that came upon humanity, and we lost paradise and all of the effects of sin came into the human race of rent since about them, and even not send we would have never grown old. If Adam and Eve had not said we would never die if Adam and Eve had not said I would have hair right now right so the idea is simply this, that we lost something great in the garden, Jesus has come to purchase it back again. But there's only one way it can be done and that is if he comes as a lamb to be slain if he will die for the sin of the world you know the devil actually offered him a hack on this. A shortcut I remember when Christ was beginning his earthly ministry, the devil took him out of the desert and we read that he showed him all the kingdoms of the world which is kind of amazing to think about like all the kingdoms of the world.

What are the actually see all all these kingdoms may be of that moment of the president of the future and the devil said all this is mine, and I can give it to whomever I want to give it to. And if you will now worship me. I'll give it to you like while first of all, if that was not true. Jesus would've corrected him and said it's not yours you can't give it to whomever you choose, but in fact Christ did not disagree with this statement because it was true of the devil is called the father of lies.

But in this particular instance. He's telling the truth.

The Bible describes him as the God of this world, the prince of the power of the air who effectively has the title deed of the years prior to this event. But now he's saying the Jesus I know what you're here for.

I know you want this and I'll give it to you on a silver platter. All you have to do is give me the momentary pleasure of worship and Jesus of course as it is written, you shall worship the Lord God in him only shall you serve. So Jesus knew the only way to reach this objective was by going to the cross. And so when he hangs on the cross of Calvary and he uses one word to tell us time which is translated, it is finished. That's what he was effectively saying finish is a stronghold on humanity finished was a miserable bondage that people are held by because of Satan and finished with Satan's possession of the title deed of the planet Earth, the parties over and the devil knows it. So back to our heavenly scene. The angel holds out a scroll and says who is worthy to open the scroll saw massive cosmic recruitment effort is taking place sort of a heavenly Google search to can open this scroll, and no one is found now considers a lot of heavy hitters in heaven.

We have the great patriarchs like Abraham and Moses and David. Is there prophets like Jeremiah, Isaiah, Elijah apostles, Peter James and John there all their but none of them can open this scroll.

There's more angels and you can shake a stick at. Including Michael the Archangel Gabriel and others but no one is worthy to open the scroll and John begins to weep. By the way. Sometimes it said there's no tears in heaven while the Ritz because John is weeping at this point because no one is worthy to open the scroll. No one is found here that can change the condition of the world. That means if it's not open the suffering, pain, sickness and death that characterize everyday life will not stop and so John begins to weep and suddenly there's an answer to Revelation 5 verse five.

One of the elders said to not wheat. Behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and loose the seals to have to tell you this is the lion of the tribe of Judah. It's Jesus himself who is coming as a lamb.

It's interesting he is appearing as both a lion and a lamb. Jesus appears and he now can open the scroll. Why because he is as a lamb who is been slain over and Isaiah is speaking of Jesus. It says that he would lay his life down and he would not protest and he would be like a lamb that had been slain, John the Baptist pointed to Jesus and said to his disciples, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. There's another really interesting thing we find here in Revelation 5 we find out what happens after we pray. Have you ever prayed about something and received no answer. It almost seem like God wasn't even listening and you ask it to God. Even here, that prayer look at what it says in verse eight, the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a hard and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the same. Listen, every prayer that you pray is recorded and noted in heaven. Every single prayer. The Bible says he keeps our tears in a bottle which means every tear you shed is known by God in every prayer prayer.

You pray is heard by God. Any stores your prayers in heaven. So we talked about information being in the cloud right. Your prayers are in the clout that the Lord is aware of them and some he will answer straightaway.

Others, he will answer in his timing. Others, he will answer later, but will ultimately see his purposes, and plans when we get to heaven. So here now is Jesus presented to us as a lamb you don't, Christ walked among us. He never said his deity aside, he was God walking this planet. Not a man becoming God, that's impossible. He was God becoming a man. And at the Transfiguration. Remember he shined like the sun with Moses and Elijah on inside the miracle is not like gene that Jesus shine like the sun on the Mount of Transfiguration, the miracle was. He didn't do it all the time because he was always shining the Iva phone and and it has a flashlight feature and it always gets turned on randomly. You know, and so I get a get rid of that flashlights going to drain my battery Jesus was like walking among us but he shrouded that line he'd laid aside the privileges of deity and walked among us as a man or as a lamb. Now lambs are not strong creatures. You could not find a creature the four opposite of a lion than a lamp of a lion is ferocious and powerful called the king of the jungle, a lamb that dinner on four legs, they might as well just carry mint jelly around with them because they can run fast and they they can really bite. They can't do much of anything except God. Right so it's interesting that he's compared to both the lamest week.

Jesus was not weak but he was meek that Jesus said of himself on meek and lowly meek needs power under constraint, so he did not fight back. He did not strike back when he was hit in the face as he was tried on false charges.

He took it meekly as a lamb.

And you know it's interesting the word that you turn Revelation for lemmings a little pet plan a little pet line so when the Jewish people would celebrate the Passover, they were to slay a lamb.

As you remember, and then they were to take the blood and in the case of the first Passover apply it to the door of their house on the top and on the right and on the left, and God's judgment would Passover. So they would take that little pet lamb that they had come to love and they would offer it as a sacrifice. And the reason for that is God wanted them to feel the effects of sin. I mean imagine sacrificing your little pet dog or little pet cats how hard that would be you know because people become so attached to animals these days in the week. They have family photos and the dogs in the photo right and you push them around in strollers or whatever it is.

So it's the idea was to take something that you love and treasure and offer it so you would feel that sense of loss and the ugliness of sin and so when it's realize that Jesus is the Lamb who was slain who can open the scroll. There's an outbreak of praise and worship. Revelation 59.

They sing a new song senior worthy to take the scroll and open it seals, for you were slain, and he redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue people and nation of this is very important out of every tribe and tongue people and nation bring this up because sometimes the question is asked what about the person who is never heard the gospel listen to this. Ultimately the gospel will be preached in all of the world.

Every tribal here every tongue will hear every race will hear. Yes, even the person living in the middle of the jungle is that sometimes presented, or the person out of the middle of a desert are all going to hear the gospel so will be getting heaven. Everyone is represented from every background and I think this is even the celebration of our distinctions of our cultures of our languages of our races. Our altogether at the throne of God. Now we shift gears to this powerful and ominous chapter. The key chapter to understanding the book of Revelation. Revelation chapter 6 now are looking at the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Revelation 6 verse one and now I summon the Lamb open one of the seals I heard one of the four living creatures saying with the boys like thunder.

Come and see, and I look to behold a white horse and he that sat on it had a bow and a crown was given to him and he went out conquering and to conquer. When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say come and see another horse, fiery red went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword. When he opened the third seal heard the third living creature say come and see, and behold a black horse.

And he that segmented at a pair of scales in his hand. Now notice this is all happening after these things, that's all.

Revelation 4 begin after these things after what things after the things of the church.

We looked at the words of Jesus in the seven love letters of Christ to his church and Revelation chapters 2 to 3 when we come to chapter 4 now were in heaven and also in chapter 5. So this is all happening after the church is removed. This is important because the first horseman of the Apocalypse Apocalypse is none other than the antichrist. This is antichrist.

Another rating the tribulation. Some get confused. Think maybe this is a reference to Jesus Christ becomes because he rides a white horse.

And we know the guy always rides a white horse right the old Westerns a good guy had the white hat well well it's true that Jesus comes on a white horse, but this writer is not the same as the description of Christ in Revelation 19 Revelation 19 which is describing Jesus returning it since I saw heaven opened up before me was a white horse, whose rider is called faithful and true. With justice he judges and wages war on his head are many crown so here comes Jesus on air horse, one. Returning to planet Earth. This is different were reading about here and Revelation 6. This is not Jesus Christ. This is antichrist masquerading as the Messiah.

Antichrist wears a crown. In contrast, Jesus wears many crowns member Jesus said one of the signs of the last days will be many will come in my name, saying, I am Christ. So here is antichrist now, the prefix anti-can be translated instead of as well as against so we might as the question is antichrist is coming, world leader against Christ or is he offering them self instead of Christ.

Answer both I and if you contrast the white horse and rider in Revelation 19 with the writer in Revelation 6.

There's a lot of important differences. The antichrist and what we just read here carries a bow without arrows Jesus Christ has a mighty sword Antichrist wears a victors crown singular. Jesus Christ wears many crowns. Antichrist initiates war Jesus comes with his armies at the battle of Armageddon and ends war Antichrist inaugurates the great tribulation. Jesus Christ ends the great tribulation. Now just as mysterious as the word Apocalypse is the word antichrist who is this person is it an actual human being. Answer yes he has many aliases in the Bible is called the man of sin, the son of perdition. The little horn, the wicked one, the Prince who is to come. The one who makes desolate, and of course the beast, but we pretty much know him as the anti-Christ.

He's not who you may suspect he's going to be suave is going to be intelligent, engaging magnetic and charismatic but it's all a mask hiding who he really is the most evil men who overlap.

If Satan were to have a son.

This is him the only man I could even compare to the antichrist would be Judas Iscariot. The Bible even tells us that Satan entered Judas's heart, but there are over 100 passages in the Bible that detail the origin, nationality, career, character, kingdom, and the final doom of the antichrist out. Sometimes a question is asked is the antichrist alive right now know we can say with any certainty. In a Newsweek poll that was done 19% of Americans said they believed antichrist is on earth right now in a U.S. News & World Report article 49% of Americans said they believe that there will be an antichrist sometime in the future, but we don't know we don't know if he is alive, let me say this could be. We know that when he emerges on the scene will come in economically hard times. He'll do with no other president, Prime Minister King or world leader has ever done to bring economic stability and global peace will be hailed as the greatest peacemaker that ever lived, and that this is going to be interesting because the Bible says in Daniel 825 through peace, he will deceive many. We all long for global peace.

We want there to be no war. Here comes a man inaugurating the tribulation.

With peaceful solutions with economic solutions. We don't even know how evil he is, until a little bit later in the tribulation.

By the way I think is completely futile and pointless to try to figure out who the antichrist is because if you figured out to the antichrist is that means you miss the rapture, so don't waste your time.

As I've said before, don't spend your time looking for antichrist. Spend your time looking for Jesus Christ because the Bible says when you see these things begin to happen. Look up for your redemption is drawing near.

So notice. Also it says in verse two is crown is given to him.

This reminds us that even this evil man needs permission from God to do his evil work member in the book of Job. How the Angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan was among them. Remember Satan as a fallen angel and God was bragging on Job, saying, have you considered my servant Job, a perfect and upright man when the fears God and shuns evil and Satan pushes back says a why do you think Joe fears you refers you because you bless them and in effect, he says let me have a little time with them like let me have access into his life and God gives them a limited permission in the life of Job in a series of calamities both fall him but just remember the devil always has to ask permission and God will not let you be tested above which you are able. Now we come to horse number two. We can call him the warhorse Revelation 63, he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, come and see another horse, fiery red went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth and the people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword. So now antichrist is showing his true colors. First, he comes off like a good guy riding on a white horse wearing a crown bringing peace. Now we see his real agenda. A red horse, fiery red would be a literal translation. Remember later in Revelation 12 three we read a description of Satan as being a great, fiery red Dragon and that reminds us that Satan is behind the wars and struggles on this planet. Jesus said if Satan he comes to steal, kill and destroy.

But again, notice the difference between Jesus Christ and antichrist at the coming of Jesus Christ we have peace on earth.

That was the announcement to the shepherds keeping watch over their flocks by night.

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men with whom God is well pleased when antichrist comes along to take peace from the earth, we read that he has a sword in the record here for sword speaks of the short stabbing sword in a Roman soldier would use in close combat. It was also used as a weapon by assassins. It speaks of something that is sudden and unexpected.

Again he comes first, as amended peace, but actually he's a man of war and now is going to bring the misery and have it that is part of his plan. Following the white horse and the red horse. We have the pale horse the black horse death plagues in misery follows. This is the great tribulation. The first half of it. The first 3 1/2 years begin peacefully. The second half of it antichrist pursues his agenda and the judgment of God ultimately follows falls on the planet. By the way God takes no pleasure in bringing judgment. That's why even during the tribulation.

The Lord gives opportunity for people to repent. We read that he sends his angel and the heavens preaching the everlasting gospel and warning people to not take the mark of the beast. That's why it's so crazy when people get hung up. Think you know if I take the vaccine for covert, 19, is that the mark of the beast know it isn't because when the beast is here when antichrist is revealed during a know it, you're going to know. He said coming world leader and appear Christian you ship me around know it anyway and I'll tell you why I believe that in just a moment.

So this is not something we have to be worried about, but the Angels are telling us not to take in the mark of the beast and proclaiming the gospel and I call this an angelic mop up operation.

The angels will reach the ones we missed flying to the heavens proclaiming the gospel. We also read of two powerful witnesses that will be raised up in the tribulation. The perform miracles calling fire down from heaven, stopping the ring.

Some believe these two witnesses may be Moses and Elijah. Then we read of another hundred and 44,000 people who are called by God to preach the gospel. We know that these are Jewish people know they're not Jehovah's Witnesses it's very clear that there from the 12 tribes of Israel.

So these are Jewish people that have embraced Jesus as their Messiah. So think 144,000 kosher Billy Graham's proclaiming the gospel as you combine that with the angelic message in the heavens. You combine that with the witness of the two prophets that will get into later in you realize God is going out of his way.

God is bending over backwards to help people to repent of their sin so they don't have to face this judge with the Lord says I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked. That's why he sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sin. Antichrist, why has he not been revealed yet.

The only thing holding him back is the presence of the church on the earth is a very important verse second Thessalonians to seven says the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed. That's antichrist, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming. Who is the one that is not restraining sometimes people say will it's the Holy Spirit who is restraining when the Holy Spirit is removed from the earth are then antichrist will be revealed, but the Holy Spirit is not going to be removed from the year and the reason for that is, people are coming to Christ during the tribulation. The victim of the greatest spiritual awakening. Some revivals are going to happen during the tribulation. In the Bible is clear and pointing out that no one can come to Christ unless the Holy Spirit draws him right so it's not the Holy Spirit that's taken from the earth it's the Holy Spirit working through the church. He who now restrains speaks of the spirit working through you and me. Some of this, the reason things are worse right now is because believers followers of Jesus are the restraining force on the planet keeping things at bay. I mean imagine how bad it will get more caught up suddenly and thousands, even millions of Christians disappear. How all help you break loose.

No more restraints no more people pushing back no more people protesting it we can just do whatever we want.

Nonbelievers will think and they will. So what are we to do in the light of this teaching of the imminent return of the Lord. Hey, Jesus told us were to be both salt and light in our world. Salt and light. He says you are the salt of the earth. You're the light of the world. So what is that mean well salt back in the first century was used as a preservative. They didn't have refrigerators like we have today so they would rub salt in their meat, and it would it would last longer. Our modern equivalent would be something like beef jerky right so where are restraining force, you know we going we permeate we make a difference when another thing that salt does is it stimulates thirst. Remember when there were movie theaters that we could go to I can remember the last time I went to a movie but I remember ordering popcorn and you know they have different sizes little size and a bigger size and then one that's like the size of a trashcan or something and other give you free refills are you're motivated to get that one because it's a better deal and then they salt it right and then you go back and see you don't want to pay $30 for a call to know can I get a little cup of water. I'm sorry were not able to were not allowed to give the cops out and this is our remember a bit. Anyway, salt stimulates thirst right and I think when you're walking with Jesus. As you are to you will stimulate in others of thirst for God when they're around you don't see something he knew that they want. Why is it that stolen food always taste better never notice that you're in a restaurant. Somebody orders a burger and fries and you say, I'll just have a salad in on your eating your little salad then you say can have one of your fries and they say yes and then the pride turns out to be the greatest French fry you've ever eaten in your life. There's something about watching someone enjoy a meal that makes you want to have the same meal. And there's something about watching the Christian walk with God that makes a nonbelievers sake I want what you have Jason point. Remember when Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for preaching the gospel, their backs are ripped open with the Roman web their feet. Their legs were fastened in stocks in a dungeon and we read at midnight Paul and Silas began to sing praises to God.

Not long after that an earthquake came in the Roman jailer thought he was in big trouble because all of his prisoners were the skate but they didn't run away. And Paul said were still here. Don't harm yourself, and that man that harden Roman jailer said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved. He saw something in Paul and Silas that he wanted so badly and I just pray that you and I could be like that we could be salt in our culture, we could be light in our culture and draw people to Christ. Let me address the question I raised last time I'll close with this one is the rapture. No one knows the day of the hour, but here's an interesting verse second Peter 39, says the Lord. Is it really being slow about his promise, as some people think know he's been patient for your sake because he doesn't want anyone to perish, he wants everyone to repent, you know, I came to Christ in 1970 and we were talking a lot about the Lord's return and we were saying, Lord, even so, and we were hoping he would return in the 70s and of course in the 80s and 90s into the present day. But aren't you glad God didn't answer our prayer back in the 70s because think of how many people have come to Christ. Since that why is Jesus not yet come because he doesn't want any to perish but he wants all to come to repent.

What that means is he's waiting on you. He's waiting on you to come to him to believe in him because Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God died on the cross for your sin he rose again from the dead and now he stands at the door of your life in the Knox.

If you hear his voice and open the door will commit listen if you reject the offer of Jesus Christ to forgive you. You will face a certain judgment in a place called hell. And the last thing Jesus wants is for anyone made in the image of God to spend eternity in this place that was designed not for people, but for the devil and his angels. He wants you to be forgiven. He wants you to join him in heaven. Don't you want to go to heaven when you die, don't you want to be ready for this event. We been talking about called the rapture of the church because if you're not a believer in Jesus Christ. Listen, you will be left to face the great tribulation.

It is going to be hell on earth. You do not want to be here when this happens, God has a far greater plan for your life, but he won't force coming back to that statement of Jesus, for he says he sense of the door knocks the he's Pilates is a good gentleman. Hey, can I command not, I would really love to come in and have a relationship with you. I would really love to forgive you. I would really love to bring you peace and joy and purpose in life. Why would you say notice that you can have your sins forgiven you can enter into a relationship with God right now and if you haven't done that yet.

I want to give you a chance to do it. As we pray for someone to pray for you then I'm going to invite you to put your faith in Jesus Christ.

Let's pray father I pray for every person were ever they are watching this right now. I pray that your Holy Spirit will convince them and convict them of their sin and bring them to yourself.

Help them to see their need for Jesus, help them to believe the Lord I'm also going to pray for prodigal sons and daughters out there people that were maybe raised in the church would have gone astray. Lord, I pray you would bring them back to yourself right now in Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Listen if you want Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sin if you want to know that you will go to heaven when you die if you want to be rapture ready if you want to be ready for the return of the Lord. If you want this relationship with God, I've been talking about. It's as simple as a prayer, Jesus said for God so loved the world he gave his only begotten son and whoever believes in him should not perish but everlasting life. What is it mean to believe in him means to put your faith in Christ doesn't mean to merely acknowledge that a historical figure named Jesus walked this planet 2000 years ago. It's much more than it's a relationship I'm not talking you about religion relationship. We use a Jesus come in them. My life would you like Jesus to come in your life right now.

Would you like him to forgive you of your sin, to pray a simple prayer and I'm in Ascot you would pray this prayer after me you can print out loud if you like can print quietly in your heart but God will hear this prayer because the Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. That's what you're doing in this prayer are calling on the name of the Lord. If you want Jesus to come into your life is pray this prayer after me this pray Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner but I know that you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sin rose again from the dead. I choose to follow you from this moment forward. Thank you for hearing this prayer in Jesus name I pray met everybody Greg Laurie here.

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