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What Heaven Knows About Earth | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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March 7, 2021 3:00 am

What Heaven Knows About Earth | Sunday Message

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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March 7, 2021 3:00 am

How much does Heaven know about events on Earth? Perhaps more than we think! In this Sunday morning episode, Pastor Greg Laurie unfolds this mystery with a powerful message from the Book of Revelation. Listen in and be encouraged! It’s the latest message from Revelation: A Book of Promises.

Notes

Chapters 6–19 are the heart of the Book of Revelation.

3 Distinct Series of Future Judgements:

Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, Seven Bowls

God’s judgement frightens us.

God’s judgement sobers us.

God’s judgement humbles us.

God’s judgement reassures us. 

“They were slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9).

Life is hard, but God is good.

People in eternity are aware of the fact that their loved ones are not saved.

When people believe in Jesus on Earth, it is public knowledge in Heaven. 

People in Heaven may know more about the time and place of events on Earth than we realize.

There is a direct connection between the believers in Heaven and those still on the Earth.

The nonbelievers want to hide from God (Revelation 6:16).

“Who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17). 

Who are the 144,000?

The 144,000 are described as, “Following the Lamb wherever He goes.”

God has placed that same mark on all of His children.

If you deny Jesus is the Son of God, you are antichrist (1 John 2:22).

When someone professes faith in Christ and walks away, they are antichrist (1 John 2:18–19). 

Someone may walk away from Christ for a time, but if they are a child of God, they will always return. 

Seek to follow the example of the 144,000—following Jesus wherever He goes.

Scripture Referenced

2 Timothy 3:12

Luke 16:28

1 Corinthians 13:12

Ephesians 2:6–7

Luke 15:7

Psalm 139

Revelation 14:4

Ephesians 1:13–14

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the Grigori 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. Just go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast. Grab your Bibles and turn to Revelation chapter 6 organ a look at two chapters together. Revelation 6.

Revelation 7 the title of my messages. What heaven knows about earth we come to a new section in our series on the book of Revelation with the sake of an illustration. Let me compare it to a fill, remember what we used to go to theaters right and we would take our seats.

Now I don't know about how you guys go to a movie, but for Kathy and I it always involves popcorn and milk.I'm not sure how that started those two things, but that's what we get popcorn and milk that so sometimes I'll see Kathy come on the movie starting and there's a long line of the concession stand.

This is all ancient history now as Ned Henschel thinks but I have to get the popcorn and ultimate Kathy you don't want to miss the beginning of the film you find out who the main characters are the plot lines are being established, and she always shows up about four or four minutes late and that you think who's that. Why do they do that again. That's why you have to be there in the beginning of the movie. So if the book of Revelation were of film we would now know who the main characters are both good and bad.

The hero appears in chapter 1, and of course it's Jesus Christ the good guys are in chapters 2 to 3. That's the church that's us. Now the villain and his bad guys come barreling in. In chapter 6 is the four ominous horsemen of the apocalypse and now the real action of the book is beginning to build that the music is swelling in and were sinking deeper into our seats and on about you coming back to theaters, but after I'd walked out of the theater. It was embarrassing to see how much popcorn I dropped to my seat and on the floor. I felt bad for the people cleaning it up so now this is the big moment as the story continues on, and now we see conflict affected looks at this moment in the book of Revelation is all the bad guys are winning because we see wickedness taking hold as Satan rides roughshod over planted earth. The good guys are getting pummeled by the antichrist but spoiler alert.

Jesus Christ returns in the end, and we win in the end, just in case you didn't know, so Revelation chapters 6 to 19 are really the heart of the book. These chapters contain 21 judgments that will be unleashed on the world during the seven year tribulation. We have three distinct series of judgments double both fall planet Earth. A. During this time known as the tribulation basically is going to be seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls.

Let me say that again seven seals, seven trumpets and seven bowls but let me say at the outset. God takes no pleasure in this. You know sometimes people want to portray God is angry, you know, with a lightning bolt in the sand so excited about bringing judgment on planet Earth.

Nothing could be further from the truth because the Lord says in Scripture. I take no delight in the death. You know sometimes people will say something along the lines of what I believe in the God of the New Testament, not the God of the Old Testament because the God of the Old Testament is wrathful and angry. But the God of the New Testament is loving and gracious. Clearly, you have not read the Bible because yes, we see a God of holiness. We see a God of righteousness, but I God of love and a God of mercy in both the old and the new testament was go back to the Old Testament as an example, we remember that the plagues came upon Egypt and upon Pharaoh.

The Lord didn't want to do that Pharaoh was warned over and over by Moses to lead God's people go and he refused in his heart got harder, but he had opportunity after opportunity to repent and it was really on him, yet no one ultimately to blame but himself out of the story of Noah, the book of Genesis will, God sent the judgment through the flood. There was plenty of time for people to turn to God and to repent before one drop of rain fell again. The Lord took no pleasure in that another classic example of God be merciful in the Old Testament is the story is a story of Nineveh member. This was a city renowned for his wickedness run by the Assyrians that were very cruel in the way that they are treated their enemies just unbelievable atrocities.

And God warned them that judgment was coming, but the Lord raised up a prophet named Jonah who obviously didn't want to go at first but he eventually got there and he gave them the message, 40 days and Nineveh will be overthrown. But notice it was a warning first. And what happens. The people repent and God does not sin. Judgment there are positive aspects of the judgment of God. Believe it or not. Number one God's judgment frightens us, and that's not a bad think it's supposed to judge God's judgment scares the hell out of us and that's good to have the hell scared out of you. It'll make you think twice before you do that thing.

And as you watch God's judgment of the repercussions come into a person's life when they done the wrong thing. It's a warning to you to not also do the wrong thing number two God's judgment sobers us, it forces us to reassess the way we been living our lives in.

Sometimes it causes us to change our priorities at CS Lewis instead pain is God's megaphone to reach a depth world.

The psalmist said before I was afflicted I went astray.

But now I have kept your words of God can use these things to get our attention. Another thing about the judgment of God, it humbles us, it strips away our self-righteousness and reminds us of how sinful we are reminding us that were not in control, and control of our own lives and it reminds us that we desperately need God in our life. And one last thing about the judgment of God. It reassures us to know Greg, you got that one wrong no.

It reassures us and reassures us that though finally be justice in the world. Every day we get up in the morning and we read news sites about horrible unthinkable events that take place crimes that are committed horrible sinful things that are done we think that's not right, but we remind ourselves one day. There's a final court of justice outsourcing unfold here in the book of Revelation. Revelation chapter 6 is like flyover of the whole book starting with what we call the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We talked about this last time, remember that the first horse is white and the writer is none other than the antichrist, not Jesus Christ but antichrist who inaugurates the tribulation. Coming on a white horse insert a looks like he's a good guy and in the beginning of the tribulation. He comes with overtures of peace and solutions to the economic problems of the world and it much more, but then he shows his true colors, bringing us to the next source.

The red horse of war because antichrist was never a peacemaker. He always was a troublemaker and he uses offer of peace as a ruse to deceive people, and it appears as we read to the book of Revelation that God allows men to unleash his significant military might and nuclear weaponry. Closing time has come for our planet as we know it, and antichrist begins to enforce his agenda on planet Earth in this so-called benevolence gives way to blood thirsty vengeance on all disagree with him following that is the black course of famine and finally the pale horse that brings pestilence, famine and disease and all the things that inevitably follow war but now we come to a group of courageous believers were put to death people that would not take the mark of the beast people that would not pledge their allegiance to the antichrist. In fact, maybe even people that you have shared the gospel with double miss the rapture but come to faith later we read about them in Revelation 6.

Starting in verse 19 when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that have been slain for the word of God and the testimony they help they cried with a loud voice.

Think how long the Lord, holy and true, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth, then a white robe was given to each of them was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and of their brothers would be killed as they were, was completed so. There who are these people that appear in heaven who been put to death for their faith in Christ. These are people who have come to believe in Jesus during the tribulation. Again, these are people who miss the rapture.

These are people who refuse to take the mark of the beast. Why would they put to death. Two reasons are given, but Revelation 69 there were slain for the word of God and for the testimony they help number one they stood for the word of God.

Number two, they had a powerful testimony. Let me ask you a question do you stand for the word of God.

You speak up for what is true.

Maybe people are saying things in a conversation that you know contradict what the Bible says do you have the courage to say.

Well let me just offer my opinion, and the Bible says it's funny menu bring a Bible out people freak out. Don't think just a very presence of a Bible alarms some people, but you may quote it because you have one nearby, or you may have memorized the verse and you share with the Bible says and then also they were put to death because of their testimony. Listen, every Christian has a testimony. Now the question is is it a good one. Or is it a poor one. A testimony is your story of how you came to faith in Jesus Christ. We read later in the book of Revelation of people that overcame the devil them will get to this in the future. Message that I'm calling how to overcome the devil but we read that they overcame the devil by the blood of the Lamb by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives until death, and so they use the blood of the Lamb and their testimony so your testimony, your story of how you came to believe in Jesus as a powerful bridge to start a conversation about your faith might even be surprised to know that I when I'm sharing my people are people I don't start with a sermon.

I don't cruise around with a little pulpit like this on wheels you know that I have in the market nonstop and preach a sermon now. I usually start with my own story of how I came to believe in Jesus as a young kid at the age of 17 and what really got through to me. So they have their testimony and their persecuted and if you stand for the word of God.

And if you're bold with your story of what Christ is done for you. You will face a degree of persecution affect were told in second Timothy 312. All who desire to live godly lives will suffer persecution.

Now we come to the heart of this message. Remember were talking about what to people in heaven know about what's going on here. Honor follow-up question. Do they even care are people in heaven watching us right now are they looking down from glory and observing what were facing and what were going through. It seems our two trains of thought on this subject. Some would suggest that when you're in heaven. The last thing you would care about is what is happening on earth and to the point if you knew of something so tragic or sad that it happened on earth. It would ruin heaven for you. The other train of thought is people in heaven are watching our every move they sometimes even intervene in our lives. Sometimes they speak to us and they guy that's okay. You might be surprised to hear me say both of these views are incorrect in both of these views are not biblical. So let me give you a biblical view of what people in heaven know about earth.

Now someone might be thinking what what why even talk about this.

Who even cares about you care if you of a loved one in heaven now, as you probably know our son Christopher went to be with the Lord. 13 years ago. He was only 33 years old. It was a life altering event either very close relationship with Christopher as I do with my son Jonathan. We talked every single day and to suddenly have communication, and no longer be able to hear from them or talk to them or know what they're doing. It's like you've been cut off and so there were two things I wanted to know about. In the aftermath of my sons death. Number one I wanted to know more about heaven, so I wouldn't salmon the expert on heaven, but I would say I'm a student of heaven, and I would add this.

I also wanted to know more about how I can bring hope when tragedy strikes because when you lose a loved one, or when you find out that your terminally ill or something huge happens to you. You wonder how my going to survive and I wanted to know how I can bring hope to people like this because God brought hope to me in my hour of need, because there's a bottom line as you get older you get to know more people that have gone on to have it you going to know more people who die some of your thinking out think so that the pressing thought preacher well it's just reality. Someone's gotta tell you, so I guess it's going to be me. Listen to this. Hate to break the news to you. Life is our it just is.

But God is good and God can give you what you need in life. Don't be afraid you won't necessarily give you what you need before you need it will never give it to you after you needed. He'll always give it to you when you need it. The Bible says these are present help in time of trouble. So before we dig into this passage, Sharon Revelation 6, let's think of some other passages that tell us a little bit about what heaven knows about earth. The first one that comes to mind is found in Luke 16 and here's the point I want to make people in eternity are aware of the fact that their loved ones are not.

Say people in eternity are aware of the fact that their love ones are not saved. Going back to Luke 16.

It's a behind-the-scenes look at the after life. Something gets up terrible for the parables in the lustration. This is a real story because names are attached and it's a story of two men. One was rich. One was for one had no interest in God one believed in God.

They both die. The rich man had a big funeral. It would've been on all the television stations everyone would've known about it. The poor man nobody even cared about them.

By the way, his name was Lazarus and Lazarus live from the food that fell from the rich man's table. So they both died in the entered into eternity.

Lazarus not the same Lazarus that Christ raised from the dead by the way, but Lazarus in this story is immediately escorted by the Angels into heaven, into what is called Abraham's bosom.

The rich man, meanwhile, is sent down to Hades, or a place of torment and he is literally in flames he realizes how horrible this is. We read in 1628 him saying I have five brothers and I want to warn them about this place of torment so they won't have to come here after they got so this indicates a knowledge in heaven in the afterlife about what is happening on earth and I bring this up because sometimes people say things like, will you be oblivious of what is happening on earth and and you will remember anything about what happened on earth would you talking about this guy is aware of the fact that he is brothers that are alive and are still in the doesn't want him to end up in this horrible place of judgment that he finds himself in. So when you get to heaven you don't know lest you know more right because the Bible says that in that day. We will know as we are known first Corinthians 1312 we will know is we are no by the way, that word needs to come to know. This indicates that there is still a process of learning in heaven and in the new work the phone like you die and go to heaven. Of all the sub you know everything you know is much as God knows no that's not true.

Only God is omniscient, all-knowing. I will keep learning and growing in heaven affect Ephesians 26 says God has raised us up with Christ and seated us in the heavenly realm. So in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace and that word show means to reveal so this phrase coming ages indicates there's a progressive ongoing revelation in which we learn in the heaven. More and more about the grace of God is, and that going to be exciting. Here's another point number two when people believe in Jesus on earth it's public knowledge and have when people believe in Jesus on earth it's public knowledge in heaven. Luke 15, Jesus told three stories of people who lost something.

There was a woman who lost a calling that was a father who lost a son, and there was a shepherd who lost a sheet of the case of the shepherd. He went searching until he found that stray sheep and brought it back wrapped around his neck, rejoicing, and then this point is brought there. Luke 15 Jesus says in the same way, though, be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people so know this when you engage in evangelism. This is pleasing the heart of God and what a person believes in Jesus on earth. There is joy in heaven but notice it says that there is joy in the presence of the angels of God sometimes will say when a nonbeliever comes the Christ, the angels rejoice. Well, that's kind of true but it's not exactly what it says it says there is joy in the presence of God. Could their first actually be suggesting that the great joy is not among the angels alone, but it's among us. In other words, is it possible that in heaven I would be aware that my life or testimony or witness had some impact on someone who would just believe in other words, I'm in heaven and I know someone, I share the gospel with just came to faith. Maybe it's my son or my granddaughter or maybe a relative, even beyond matter or someone else, but there's a direct connection between heaven and earth.

We think heaven is so far away. Think of it more as a another dimension that you enter into. When you go into the afterlife. Succumbing back to Revelation chapter 6 verse 10 and 11.

We have the martyrs crying out how long the Lord, holy and true unto you judge and avenge our blood on those that dwell on the earth ringing me to my next point. People in heaven may know more about the time and place of events on earth and we realize again. People in heaven may know more about the time and place of events on earth. Then we realized who are these people there mere mortals there. People like you and me. They been put to death for their faith, but there were aware of things. For starters, they're aware that they were killed for following Christ and they know that was an injustice so that the same people in heaven that they were on earth there's a direct continuity. The martyrs are fully conscious, rational and aware of each other aware of God and aware of what is happening on earth.

Also note there aware of the passing of time on earth is in verse 10, how long the Lord, holy and true to you judge and avenge our blood in verse 11 it said to them that they should rest a little while longer.

I bring this up because sometimes people say in heaven were not aware of the passing of time.

Would you say that these folks who were put to death for their faith are fully aware of the passing of time.

Also I would add, there's a direct connection between these believers in heaven and those that are still on the earth. They were further fellow servants and their brothers again this is connected to these people in particular. But if it's true of them could it not be true of us so my point is simply this. Heaven knows more about earth and you realize. Now we come to another part of chapter 6, the sixth seal is open to God's judgment comes the planet earth in full force and there are cataclysmic events that are happening there so big the people are freaking out what to Revelation 6, verse 12, I luckily opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. The sun became as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood in the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree drops its late figs when it shaken by a mighty wind, and then the sky receded as a scroll when it's rolled up in every mountain and island. I was moved out of its place in the kings of the earth and the great men, and the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and the rocks of the mountains. Notice that everyone is affected the famous and the unknown, the powerful and the week the rich and the poor. Verse 16 of Revelation 6 and they said to the mountains and the rocks fall on us and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. Verse 17 for the great day of his wrath is come in who is able to stand his nonbelievers on a high from God. They say to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, you know, it said there's no ETS in foxholes I don't think that's completely true, but there are people that on their very deathbeds will reject God course are some that will believe and thank God for his mercy. That is, it extended what if I'm talking to somebody right now is on their deathbed. We've done some horrible things with your life. You made some horrible decision and you said things to God that you wish you could take that and you think it's too late for me it's never too late for you no matter what sin you've committed.

If you will call out to Jesus Christ. He will forgive you. The Bible tells a story about what we call the thief on the cross he actually was guilty of a former serious crime and theft was hanging next to Jesus probably was a murderer and he turns to Christ and says, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom and Jesus says truly, truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise us and no matter what you've done, God will forgive you of your sin, you can have a second chance and if you want to know more about that tell you how in just a few moments, but these people are not turning to God they're pretty much dying as they have lived in effect or calling out to mother nature then I think God hide us or God forgive us and even more, God save us there saying rocks and mountains hide us from this judgment that is to come. Have you ever tried to hide from God. If you ever tried to run from God member when my grandkids were small, we would play hide and seek. They had learned the art of deception, yet they would go in high light behind the curtains and that I would see their feet they be laughing in that act like I didn't know where they work or are you Allie where are you, Lucy, Christopher and I would find them and then I'd say let's do it again. Go live and then hide in the same place that's us hiding from God. You really think you can hide from him.

Do you really think you can escape from him. Should you even want to escape from him. The answer is no. The psalmist says in Psalm 139. I can never escape from your spirit. I can never get away from your presence of I go to Kevin you're there. I get out of the darkness to hide me in the light around me to become night but even in darkness.

I cannot hide can't hide from God.

Now the scene closes with the asking of the rhetorical question number 17. Who is able to stand in the answer is no one, yes again I want to emphasize God will give chance after chance for people to believe even in the tribulation. But the people end up being judged in this final day, it's on them.

It's not on God. He takes no pleasure in this he doesn't want to do it because he is just, he will now we come to Revelation chapter 7 verse one after these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth that the wind should not blow on the earth or on the sea, or any tree and I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth in this e-zine do not harm the earth and the sea or the trees till we have sealed the servants of God on their foreheads. Who are these servants of God that will be sealed on their forehead. We worried already been introduced to them.

We call them the hundred and 44,000 question. Who are the hundred and 44,000 simple answer. They're not Jehovah's Witnesses. I bring this up because the watchtower Society says that there are hundred and 44,000. Jehovah's Witnesses there. The fulfillment of this prophecy will that's ridiculous because this hasn't happened yet. This is a future event will happen in the tribulation.

Which is not begun yet so who pray tell, are the hundred and 44,000. What we know they are Jews because they come from the 12 tribes of Israel.

In verses 48 you of the specific tribes that they will actually come from, including the tribes of Judah, Asher and Zebulun. These Jews have embraced Jesus as their Messiah. Some might call the messianic Jews call them what you like. These are Jewish people that have embraced the Jewish Messiah, and they believe in him and now God has called them to a special purpose or sort of like supercharged superpowered missionaries combing the planet with the ever lasting gospel.

It said of them that they have their own song which is kinda cool. They have their own song unique to them.

It's also said of them that their spiritually pure later in Revelation 14 for it is said of the hundred and 44,000. They follow the Lamb that's Jesus. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes and also is said to us here that no lie is front of their lives and their blameless there sort of like spiritual superheroes, nothing can stop them. There literally indestructible, and this really ticks off the antichrist because he wants to stop them but he cannot. There's a special mark on them that distinguishes them and the antichrist cannot stop them. And did you know God is put a mark on you.

Now when we think of Mark. We think of it in a negative way. Like the mark of the beast, but there's a good mark given this way. It's a get ID tag right you put your ID tag on your luggage like when I go to the airport.

I wait for my luggage. It's like everybody has black luggage right. A lot of us have luggage, probably from the same company and so it comes down the little belt therein and I've had people walk up with my bag in a couple of times I walked off with someone else's bad so check the ID tag to figure out who the luggage belongs to you when ID tag it says something along the lines of property of the Lord Jesus Christ. He plays that mark on you when you believe Ephesians 1 says after you heard the message of truth, that is the gospel you believe then you were sealed in him with the Holy Spirit of promise given as a pledge or a down payment of our inheritance. So God is put his mark on you. You belong to the Lord you're the Lord's property are destroyed about older men who I had walk with the Lord for years and one day he was getting tempted to sin, and he prayed Lord, your property is in danger again so it's a great thing know that the gods ID tag is on you at your under the protection of God, but in this the start contrast because we have those that have the mark of the beast and those that have the mark of the Lord. Listen if you have the mark of the Lord. No one can stop you. Listen to this. I am indestructible until God is done with is an interesting passage at the end of the gospel of Mark chapter 16 read says of the followers of Jesus able to get deadly serpents and they will not be harmed and they can shrink deadly poison and it won't kill them. Now we've heard about these churches that have services or they can rattle snakes around. That's ridiculous. That's not trusting the Lord. That's testing the Lord and I just read about some preacher that was bent by the rattlesnake and die, but doesn't mean we should be foolish and take unnecessary risks. What it does mean is you're not going to go before your time. Case in point, Paul the apostle was shipwrecked on an island and he was warm and of itself over the fire and we read a venomous snake bit him and we just read. He shook it off another fire everyone thought he was going to die. He took a bit by Bennett as a kid and die because God wasn't done by the web been bitten by many snakes. And that's because I used to have snakes as a kid I would go to catch them in the wild by mid pet stores and so many times I was bit bit by state which is not a pleasurable experience. By the way, but I was never bit by venomous snake. But here's the point you're going to go as long as God wants you to go so don't worry about Adobe go one of this is my last day will of it is it is and if it is and it isn't but here's what you need to know your goal as long as God wants you to go when your time is come, you'll be escorted by the angels into the presence of God. So the hundred and 44,000 are protected by God because they have his mark those that follow the antichrist have his mark as well so let me ask you this if you were alive at this time whose Mark would be on your life.

Antichrist or Jesus Christ. Let me bring it into the present moment whose Mark, are you carrying right now the mark of Christ, the mark of the antichrist will some of your perspectives able Greg and even you said and I Christ is not appeared yet, so clearly I'm not carrying the mark of antichrist will and abroad. Since you are either for Christ or your for antichrist because antichrist is not just referring to a man that is coming, also known as the beast and the son of perdition, and other phrases that are used. It also speaks of a mentality friend since if you deny that Jesus is the son of God, you are antichrist because first John 222 says, who is a liar it's a man who denies that Jesus is the Christ.

Such a man is antichrist to denies the father son, listen to this.

When someone professes faith in Jesus and walks away their antichrist. First John 218 says, dear children, this is the last hour and as you've heard. The antichrist is coming, even though many antichrist of have come. This is how we know it's the last hour they went out from us, but they did not really belong to us abruptly belong to us they would've remained with us, but they're going out showed that none of them belong to us so if someone professes faith and walks away from Jesus and never returns their antichrist and if someone follows Jesus and falls away and returns well there just prodigal.

That's a lot of people out there. Maybe I'm talking to her prodigal right now. Some of that was raised in the church, someone that knows what is right, but you gone astray, and you feel like going so far I could never return know you can return no will confirm that you belong to Jesus Christ. But if you don't return.

It confirms that you are actually anti-Christ, so we should seek to follow the example of the hundred and 44,000. Remember the follow Jesus wherever he goes. They live honest, blameless, lives, and they fearlessly proclaim the gospel everywhere hundred and 44,010. Amazing what one life can do a story is told of a man who spoke to another young man whose name was Dwight and he said Dwight the world is yet to see what God can do with and through and in the man who is fully committed to him. While the young man named Dwight who heard that was also known as Dwight Moody, better known as DL Moody and Moody went on to become the greatest evangelist of his generation.

One man I just finished writing a book about Billy Graham. It's called Billy Graham the man that I knew and it was just amazing for me to revisit his lie.

If life it's almost like a Bible story. I mean, it reminds you of Gideon how the Lord just call this young man to go deliver the Israelites. He was living in obscurity that was Billy Graham, a farmboy living with his parents, Sarah North Carolina getting up really early in the morning to milk the cows as a young man he aspired to be a professional baseball player in God had another plan and evangelist came to his town and preached under attendance and and young lanky Billy Frank as he was called walked forward and gave his life to Christ. Who would've known that God would use this young farmboy to touch the world. Who would've known the guy would abuse this unknown boy from North Carolina to be the greatest evangelist and human history. And who knows if I'm not talking to someone right now that could be the next DL Moody. The next Billy Graham. The next Corrie 10 boom the next whoever God wants to use what God can do in and through a mineral woman was totally committed to him. Look at what he does.

Of this group of 144,000 so many people come to Christ. As a result of their testimony. Revelation 79 says, behold, a great multitude that no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues that may be the largest revival in human history.

So much for the vengeful God that enjoys judging people.

This happens in the tribulation. Let me lend this plane now and come back to what heaven knows about earth. These scenes are happening on earth are viewed in heaven, and right now heaven is watching you want to make heaven share believe in Jesus Christ and then he will put his mark on you. He will put his ID tag on you when you will come under his protection if you will, of the absolute assurance that when you leave this life go to the afterlife you going to God's presence in heaven as I said before we decide in this life where we will spend the afterlife. My question to you is if you were to die today where would you go. According to the Bible.

There are two destinations heaven or hell. If you put your faith in Jesus. You go to heaven if you went up in hell. You have no one to blame but yourself. God is giving you a warning right now. This is your wake-up call anything, believe in me is calling you to himself, Jesus Christ the son of God died on the cross for you. 2000 years ago he was crucified and he bore your sin.

Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt we could not pay, but the good news is is Jesus rose again from the dead three days later and he is alive. That's right. Jesus Christ is alive and he standing at the door of your life wherever you are and he is knocking anything. If you hear his voice and open the door he will come in.

Would you like him to come into your life would you like your sin forgiven. Would you like to go to heaven when you die. Would you like to be ready for the next event on the prophetic calendar known as the rapture.

If so, you need to pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart and life right now the moment were going to do that nominally join this simple prayer. So if you want your sin forgiven, if you want to go to heaven when you die if you want to be ready for the Lord's return. Or if you're prodigal you need to come back home again pray this prayer with you could print out loud if you like you can prayed in the quietness of your heart, but just pray this simple prayer after me right now.

Pray these words Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner but I know that you are the Savior who died in the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead.

I turned from my sin. Now and I choose to follow you from this moment forward. Thank you for hearing this prayer. Thank you for answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast in the learn more about harvest ministries. Please subscribe and consider supporting this show.

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