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May 16, 2021 3:00 am
Things are bad because Satan is allowed to have his way.
Things are bad because God is not completely having His way yet.
Jesus Christ is going to take this planet back to its Eden-like state.
One day Heaven and Earth will become one.
God is not going to abandon His creation; He’s going to restore it!
God’s perfect plan is to “bring all things in Heaven and on Earth together under Christ.”
God will make Earth into Heaven and Heaven into Earth.
The name Devil means, “Accuser.”
The serpent speaks of his deceptive ways.
In the Millennium:
There will finally be world peace.
There will be joy and happiness and no more disabilities!
People will live long lives.
The animal kingdom will be subdued.
There will be universal justice and righteousness.
The curse that came upon the world because of sin will be lifted.
Who will be at the Great White Throne Judgment?
Out and out sinners
Unsaved church members
“The Books were opened” (Revelation 20:12).
One of these books will surely be the Book of God’s Law.
Perhaps another book is a record of everything we have said or done.
Perhaps another book will show how we fail to live up to our own standards.
Another book might have a record of all the times we’ve heard the gospel and rejected it.
One day every person on Earth will meet Jesus Christ; and if you don’t meet Jesus as Savior, you will meet Him as Judge.
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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 were in the book of Revelation. In fact, were in the last leg of this amazing book. So, I'd like you to grab your Bibles and turn to Revelation chapter 20 the title of my messages turning the world right side up. Years ago I was walking my dog late at night while I wasn't really walking him. I just let them go and do his business and he was a bit down the street and all of a sudden the cat appears on my dog starts chasing the cat they go a little further down the street and suddenly I noticed this cat has a white striped on its back, which means it's not a cat at all.
It is a skunk and I hear this piece and I already could smell it.
It's unbelievable how bad that sentence.
My dog starts running toward me full blast. He's terrified he's taken a direct kid in the face from a skunk. Now I know what is going to do. He's gonna run to our house so I'm running to get of my dog try to get to my house. I left the door wide open.
I want to get there before. He doesn't shut the door so he doesn't come on my golf right is in getting to the front tour. My dog runs right by beat roads through my golf.
I open up the back window and he goes in the backyard is rolling around on the grass and the scent was so awful though my wife who's asleep upstairs behind a closed door. She does have a supersonic nose though. She's she wakes up. What is that smell and it was just horrible and my poor dog is trying to get that smell off of him and you know when Yuri hit point blank by a skunk you're going to know it and this sort of reminds me of sin. It just wrecks everything our whole world is been infected by the stench of sin and there is no way to get rid of it you so you can run all that you want and try to escape it, but you can't get rid of the effects of sin anymore than my dog to get rid of the effects of that direct kid in this space from a skunk. So were looking now at the last days I were looking at what sin does in the lives of people. Satan is sort of having this heyday and that he's pulling out all the stops and were seeing the destruction and the misery that comes as a result. But why are things the way that they are at this time and in the last days number one.
Things are bad because Satan is allowed to have his way.
He's allowed God allows evil in the world and this is one of the hardest things to explain because things happen that are just not right. And sometimes we are hard-pressed to come up with some kind of an explanation that will satisfy people but I can tell you this, Satan is described in the Bible is the God of this world and also of the Prince as the prince of the power of the year. The spirit that now works in the sons of disobedience and so he is behind the wickedness and the depravity and all the things that are wrong, but the title of this messages turning the world right side up for the world to be turned right side up.
The devil needs to be not off of his perch.
He needs to be dethroned.
Listen, the devil may be invisible and the devil may also be insidious, but he is not invincible. He's going down and he knows it. In fact, one of the reasons things are so bad in the last days is because the devil knows his days are numbered. Revelation 1212 says the devil has come down to you in great anger and he knows he is a little time to interesting this phrase great anger, speaking of the devil speaks about violence burst of fury is not just someone who's upset. This is a violent emotional fury that the devil is unleashing and why is Satan so filled with hate and venom.
Why does Satan want our destruction. Why does Satan do all these things because he knows Jesus is coming for us to know Jesus is coming is an incentive to live a godly life and reach people with the gospel right when the devil thinks of Jesus coming he wants to wreak as much cabbage as he possibly can. He wants to destroy as many lives as he can. Here's a second reason things are as bad as they are in a world today, the world is bad because God is not completely having his way, yet he's not completely having his way, yet he allows certain things that happen he is sovereign which means ultimately in control what he is allowing the enemy the devil, Lucifer and Satan to do with it is what it what it is he wants to do, but ultimately the Lord is going to step in and he's going to change everything and bring an end to the evil reign of the devil and his demons.
Only God can do this.
Some people think politicians will solve our problems. I feel sorry for you in particular, they think the answer is technology or psychology or ecology, but the real truth is, the answer is in theology without apology. If we don't have theology without apology were going to have our own eulogy.
We need God to step in. We need God to right all wrongs and turn things right side up, were living in a day went basically bad is good in good is bad on him talking about living in a time or something that is virtuous and wholesome, take the family as an example, take marriage something God is our day. That is good, but it is attacked constantly in film and the media in other ways you think something that's good. Someone who loves Jesus and wants to help others in their scene is extremist and narrowminded and and someone who's filled with hate, which couldn't be further from the truth. Then you to grab something that's wicked and evil and celebrated and even promoted the Bible even says in Isaiah 520. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.
They even are expressions sort of express that. For instance, there are certain expressions that have not well, so we say stood the test of time. Expressions like galling or chunky jewelry or holy smokes, or when you slip music would see Daisy's no one says that any warrantless or probably in their 90s right then. Other expressions that were very cool and there day in the 60s groovy and are proud and heavy. All those are dated as well. But then the funny thing is certain slang expressions that have stood the test of time, like the word cool.
They were using the word cool back in the 50s and were still using it today and 20, 21, all that's cool and that's a positive thing and we say it's cool. That means it's good it's cool. But then there's another word we use hot all that's hot and the funny thing is you can have something that is both cool and hot at the same time, seems contradictory.
All that's a cool car all that's a hot thing and so we use those words interchangeably know if something is really good really cool a really hot with 80 that sick cooking I'm getting confused now at another popular word dope dope. There was a time when we would see someone who was a bit slow on the uptake would be a dope all there and go then if someone's using drugs over there on dope. Now it's a positive thing. Oh, that's dope so I bring this all up because one day the earth is going to be well it's going to be cool. It's going to be dope if you will. It's going to be healed because God is going to return our planet to an even like state. In this period of time that is coming.
This called the millennium. Okay, let's pull out our graph again and review the chronology of end times events that we understand what's going on because here in Revelation 20 were looking at the millennium next event of the prophetic calendar is the rapture of the church. This is when the Lord comes for his people and were caught up to meet the Lord in the air in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, then we have the Antichrist emerging on the scene.
He rebuilds the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. This is the beginning of what is to be a seven year great tribulation. For the first half. The first 3 1/2 years Antichrist comes off like a good guy like a peacemaker, but in reality he's a bad guy and he's a troublemaker. Then he performs the abomination of desolation which is erecting an image of himself in the rebuilt Temple and commending people to worship it.
This marks a 7/2 of the tribulation. This is one God's judgment is poured upon the planet and then ultimately everything culminates in the battle of Armageddon and then Christ returns in the second coming again.
The rapture is at the beginning before the tribulation begins before Antichrist is revealed.
The second coming is at the end of the tribulation.
And then after the second coming are the events were going to be looking at together, including the millennial reign of Christ were Satan is bound for a thousand years, you know, sometimes Christians will say one thing I'm going to die and go to heaven in a live there forever.
That's actually not technically true because according to the Bible one day heaven and earth are going to become one God is not going to abandon his creation.
He's going to restore it one day years ago my wife was driving along with our son Jonathan. He was only a little boy at this point he was around age 3, so she was talking to three-year-old Jonathan about the rapture. Oh Jonathan, this could be so exciting. Jesus is going to come present will go immediately to heaven. And the more she talked quieter. Little Jonathan became and finally he blurted out mom. I don't want to go to heaven and leave this beautiful world that God is made, you know that sometimes hard for a little kid to understand this because the way we frame it isn't always biblical will. God's good judge this world and destroy the world.
What we hold on God's gonna redeem the planet.
The system of evil, and Satan is going to be overthrown, but are planted is going to be restored if ever seen a supercool restored car drive down the road.
Maybe it's a 67 Mustang Shelby Europe 57 Chevrolet Bel Air just restored to original condition like it just drove off the showroom floor and if your car guy you will that is so cool. Well, that's because you like restored things just what God is into restoration as well. He's gonna restore lives. He's gonna restore bodies and he's even then to restore our planet. God's perfect plan.
According to Scripture, is to bring all things in heaven and earth together under Christ. Peter preached in acts 321 that Christ must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything as he promised long ago through the holy prophets listen to this God is going to make earth and the heaven, and heaven into earth. The wall that separates the two will be removed okay so let's cut to get this chronological before we read our text at this point, the Antichrist is in power is established himself as the head of a 10 nation confederacy is led them to war they faced off of the kings of the east and the battle of Armageddon and all kinds of destruction is unleashed. Now it's God's turn now God's gonna step in. Read Revelation 20 verses 1 to 4 with me right now.
John writes and then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand and he laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and he cast them into the bottomless pit, and shut him up and set a seal on him, so he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years were finished.
But after these things. He was relieved for a little while and I saw thrones, and then that's out of them, and judgment was committed to them and I saw the souls of them that it been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God would not worship the beast or his image, or received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands and they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. By the way, the word millennium means 1000. That's why we use that word. This is the 1000 year reign of Christ and the first thing he does is he chains up Satan for a thousand years. Verse two says that Satan is the Dragon, the serpent of old, the devil and Satan now it's interesting every one of these names gives us an insight into the character of our adversary. The word devil means accuser. The Bible calls Satan the accuser of the brethren. So here's how it works. Satan whispers in your ear why did you go ahead and commit this in no one will ever know, and then you commit the sin and he condemns you, for it accuses you before God.
So is the devil or the accuser, then he's called the serpent that speaks of his deceptive ways. You know, serpents or snakes are subtle, they can get out of the tightest spaces they can get themselves into something that you would never expect as they can get through a member years ago I was really in the snakes as a kid I collected them. I love snakes. I read books about snakes and so I talked my mother into going to a pet store and buy me a snake.
So we went to the pet store and we had a terrarium with us, such as the an aquarium without water in it and so I bought my steak and I put them in the terrarium in the trunk of the car and we drove home and we open up the trunk of the car. There's a terrarium and no snake. Somehow the snake got out of the terrarium and he was loose in that car. My mother said I'm never driving that car get so couple weeks later she had to drive the car and she pulled into an intersection because the light was red. She's waiting for to turn green and suddenly she felt a cold coil drop on her ankle. She opens up the door the car jumps out screaming or having to be a police officer standing nearby. He said then what's wrong. She said there's a snake in my carnage is landed on my ankle and he ran over to the car and it was a loose coil that had come undone, and so she never drove that car again and I got the car so worked up pretty well.
It was an old Ford Star liner. Here's a picture of what it looked like but anyway that's all stake worksheet you never notice snake is thinking you know steaks have no expressions on their face. You know what a dog thinking they're happy either smiling, the tongues hanging out you even know how a cat feels for the most part but snake they'll be looking at you in the bethinking I'm in a bite you in the face or a goalie in the sun.
I'm not sure which. So the doublethink is serpent to get into one little area of your life when you compromise just a little bit but now he is humble. He's brought down. Notice in verse one in Angel dust that we don't even read it's a mega Angel like Michael the Archangel Gabriel another high-ranking angel. It just says in Angel does this. This is Satan's day of humbling maybe a few days earlier the Antichrist and the double thought they were on a role in this whole crew was going to work out in their favor, but now the party is over verse one.
I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand earlier in Revelation we read about the demons coming out of the pit. Now there put back in the pit with the devil are you for the expression you can put the genie back in the bottle. But Tahir, the devil is put back, it is. In these there temporarily for a thousand years until he is released for a brief time and then he is judged again.
For a moment about what our world's gonna be like during the millennium what's going to be like well it's going to be amazing. It's going to be sick. It's going to be dope.
It's going to be hunky-dory. It's going to be beyond your wildest dreams number one when Christ comes in roles on this planet.
There will be world peace world peace. Isaiah 2 forces the Lord will settle international disputes and all the nations will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
All wars will stop in military training will come to an end right now over. In Israel they are being polarized with rockets from Hamas. Hamas is a terrorist organization is backed and funded by Iran, and I have friends that live in Israel and the asked for our prayers and we need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but when Christ comes and rains again will be world peace. No more conflict, number two during the millennium will be joy and happiness, and no more disabilities by talking to somebody right now with the disability when Christ comes and rains will be no more depression no more wheelchairs no more blindness or deafness. Isaiah 35 says when he comes, will open the eyes of the blind Holland stop the ears of the deaf and the lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will shout and sing another feature of this time is people will live really long lives. Isaiah 6520 says.
No longer will babies die when only a few days old. No longer will adults die before they lived a full life. No longer will people be considered old at 100. I like the sound of that I read about a woman who at that moment was the oldest woman on the earth.
She was 117 years old. Her name was Emma Marano and as she said the reason she lived so long was because of what her diet was every day.
Emma 82 raw eggs and cookies when an interesting combination to raw eggs and cookies. She said I didn't really eat much because I did that for the teeth as are her words. Another woman made it to the ripe old age of 116 and she gave credit to eating bacon every single day. She had a steady diet of bacon and eggs. Then I read about a much younger man. He was only hundred and 10 years old and never been sick for Adina's life and he said he it was because he eats garlic, honey, cinnamon and all of oil and an opiate all of those things at the same time every single day and credible butts, but his father he said told him never to eat red meat and especially hotdogs with then I read about another guy who made it past the hundred and he said the secret to my longevity as I eat a hot dog every day. Here's what I find interesting in all these diets there's no mention made of tofu or kale, hotdogs, bacon egg so that's going to be my new diet hotdogs, bacon and eggs every single day, but that during the tribulation period will live long lives also number for the animal kingdom will be subdued. This is where the Wolf and the Lamb are together with the little child reading that moral familiar with that. I think animals will be completely tame and docile is 11. Six is the Wolf will romp with the Lamb. The Leopard will sleep with the kid Online will eat from the same trough in the little child will lead them in the imagine I was watching the special and TV the other day about whales and this one was about orca now while we call them killer whales, but there better known as orca's and there probably the most intelligent creature in the ocean and certainly one of the most intelligent animals that God created in the they move about together in pods and they have their own languages and orchestra in some parts of the world have a different way of communicating than orca's and another part of the world that there were a magnificent creature. I love to go swimming within orca. Maybe you can do that in the millennial late reign of Christ or you can take your cat for a walk. I will not mock someone is walking the line that the cat jokes are over with. If you have a lion or a Bengal tiger or something like that. But an amazing time where the animals are subdued and it will also be universal justice and righteousness universal justice and righteousness no more corrupt lawyers or corrupt judges or frivolous lawsuits. Some 72 two says he will judge your people and righteous is your afflicted ones with justice he will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy and listen to this. The curse that came upon the world because of sin will be lifted completely. Romans 819 says all creation is waiting for this day, one God will remove the curse from the planet. This all happens in the millennium but there's trouble in paradise. Satan and his minions are released after 1000 years of incarceration and people follow that others just goes to show that people are wicked in their heart. We like to say it's all the fault of the environment or were your race, but in reality we have people living in a perfect environment is a who are these people, these are the children of the children of the children of those that survived the great tribulation.
Their descendents who still have sinful natures we been with Christ are new bodies. We don't have sinful natures anymore. But these are these people, they actually rebelled against God after being ruled by Christ for a thousand years looks like Satan's time being incarcerated as and changed him one bit. He picks up very last left off, and he does what he does best raises hell. But the Lord finally says it's over. No more of this verse 10 of Revelation 20. The devil that deceived them was constant of the lake of fire and brimstone with the beast and false prophet are the be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Dealership cares now we move from the millennium on earth to the great white throne judgment and have it last time I talked to you about the judgment seat of Christ, also called the bema seat of Christ, which is where the Lord is giving out rewards to his faithful servants. This is different.
This is that ominous great white throne judgment. Revelation 20 verse 11 then John writes, I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away.
And there was found no place for them and I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God in books were opened. Might underline that word books notes it's plural. And another book singular was open, which is the book of life and the dead were judged according to their works, by the things that were written in the books and the sea gave up the dead that were in it and it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead that were in them and they were judged, each one according to his works. Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire while one ominous scene.
This is probably the most serious and sobering passage in all of the Bible and Dante's poem inferno are the famous words over the gates of hell abandon hope all you who enter here."
So here's this great white throne wasn't white because it's pure and God is going to judge from this cure throne and if a person ends up at this judgment gets to late. There's going to be no debate over guilt or innocence. There's going to be a prosecutor but no defense attorney will be an accuser but no advocate. They'll be an indictment but no defense mounted by the accused, the convicting evidence to be presented with no rebuttal or cross-examination. There is no jury, there is simply a judge that holy judgment will be final and binding for all eternity. Some people say twilight symbol for God. All will make my case though it's too late. There are thousands of chances before death. But if you wind up at the great white throne judgment), it's too late.
Who will be at this judgment on number one. The just be out and out sinner by out and out sinners I mean people who acknowledge there is sinner they own it, they don't make excuses for it. They kind of like being a sinner. These are people that have no interest in God they believe in God out of their way to mock God to make fun of people who believe in Jesus Christ's elbow be there at this great white throne judgment but there's some other people that will be there as well.
Like self righteous people, another different from the outright sinner because a self-righteous person feels because of the things they've done for the good life they've led Bill be admitted in heaven. They don't think they need God they don't need Jesus. They don't need forgiveness they'll be there as well because he ignored the passage that said it's not by works of righteousness which we have done that, according to his mercy he saved procrastinators will be there as well know these people are different from your average center or even your self-righteous person.
The procrastinator is a person you tell about Jesus and they'll say something along the lines up when you know what I really am interested in that. I would look in the bed and yelled go to church with you sometime.
Or how much Harvest at Home. Maybe someday, and I think it's good that you seem to have found something that is helped you and I'm open to this. But I'm dizzy and I don't have time right up W thereto because they procrastinated for too long. Just will also be there unstable church members being a member of a church doesn't make you a Christian any more than well-being in a car makes you a garage notes is me being in a car garage makes you a car, got the reverse right so just because you go to church. It doesn't necessarily mean you're a Christian, and there are people that attend churches. There are people that have their name on the membership role of the church, but they are not followers of Jesus are living a double life because they're not really Christians at all, though, be there at the great white throne judgment. Everything's going to be known. Look at verse 12. I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God in the books were opened.
Now here's a question. Why is someone at the great white throne judgment.
In other words, if they've lived this wicked life and rejected God's offer of forgiveness. Why does the Lord to send them the judgment answer because he wants to reveal to them why this is happening.
The final confrontation between God and man is there to demonstrate why this is happening. Jesus explains it in John 318 he that believes in me is not content but he who does not believe in me is condemned already, because he is not believed in the name of the only begotten son, listen, I know this is unpopular.
I know this will offend someone, but I want to say because it's in the Bible there is only one way to come into a relationship with God the father and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life no man comes of the father but by me. So if you reject that if you say no to Christ who suffered and died in your place on the cross and say I don't want your forgiveness. I don't care about your sacrifice, you'll end up in this judgment because there's only one way to get to heaven and it's by having Christ come and live inside of you, as I've said many times, heaven is not for good people have in this for or given people have you been forgiven of your sin. If not, I'll tell you how to be in a few moments and I'll tell you how you can be sure your name is written in the book of life. So stay with me because I'm almost done.
Isn't it interesting how we read here that books are open plural, and a book is open, singular, which is the book of life. So what is written in these books will I know the guy can say with certainty, but I think I can offer an educated guess based on other passages of the Bible. I think one of these books may be the book of God's the book of God's law.
By that I mean it's the 10 Commandments. The Bible tells us in Romans 319. The commitment forgiven that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world would be guilty before God, the 10 Commandments open my eyes and they shut my mouth because I might say well I lived a good life and I was a good person okay really here's a 10 Commandments member. The story of that guy that we call the rich young ruler. He cruised up to Jesus and is lowered supercool BMW chariot, drinking a latte, not really, but he he was a wealthy guy. He came up to Jesus. He says good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life.
Jesus says you know the commandments and Jesus quotes a bunch of the commandments to the rich young ruler, and then that young man said all of these I have From my youth up and then we read Jesus looked at him and loved him. It would've made more sense that we read and Jesus looked at him and smacked up like what you talking about you broken all these commandments on but the point is Jesus quoted the commandments to show that young men he had broken them and that's why he needed Jesus but that young. I miss the memo everyone. It was a broken these commitments.
Let me ask you a question of your life. Have you ever stolen.
Have you ever taken the Lord's name in vain.
Have you ever coveted something that belonged to someone else's and what will of course okay then you broken a commandment. The Bible says if you offend in one point of the law, you're guilty of all of it so we might say well I'm good I lived a good life and God will say open up this book and it's a book of the law showing that I have broken these commandments perhaps another book would be a record of everything I've said and done everything I've said and done.
Ecclesiastes 1214 says God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing. Good or bad thing about that everything you've done is recorded in heaven, every word you spoke every thought you had every text you sent everything is recorded in heaven. In Matthew 1236 is every idle word, a man speaks left to give an account of the day of judgment maybe another one of these books would show that you didn't even live up to your own standard because sometimes people will think why not into organized religion. I have my own beliefs that I live by, really, when you say you're not into organized religion.
Can I be so bold as to suggest what you're really saying is I don't want to hear about Jesus Christ or the Bible because orbit is all organized religion is that what you call it I: a relationship with Jesus Christ. But anyway, I have my own rules that I live by. I suggest you don't even live up to your own standards you set a standard.
This is wrong and I'll never do this thing than you do that, they will maybe it's not as wrong as I thought this other thing is bad I'll never do that, then you do that well you keep adjusting that, according to bad choices you make. The Bible says in Romans 214 evil when nonbelievers who don't have God's law instinctively follow what the law says because in their hearts they know right from wrong.
They demonstrate God's law is written in them because her own conscience will accuse them or tell them what they're doing is right. The day will come when God through Christ will judge everyone's secret life.
You don't even live up to your own standards, much less God's standards to all these books are open this show. You really brought this on yourself maybe another book is a record of every time you heard the gospel and rejected because someone might signal our way. No one ever told me about Jesus.
No one ever told me he died of the cross for my sin.
No, hold it, check this out and maybe there's a film reel with highlights of your life all the times you heard the gospel you are as a little kid in Sunday school and the teachers telling you Jesus loves you and you're cutting off the pigtail of the girl sitting in front of you, dear, you are as a young man and someone engages you on the street to talk about Christ and you push them away.
Here you are looping the channels are you're on YouTube just looking at different things and you hear some bald guy telling you need Jesus in his I don't watch that right now I would go watch a Video instead see you heard the gospel in your held responsible to what you've heard, you know more than you think you know knowledge brings responsibility.
The question will be, is your name written in the book of life one day.
Every person on earth will meet Jesus Christ is inescapable. These unavoidable and if you know medium is Savior. You will one day meet him as judge me say that again one day. Everyone's going to meet Jesus Christ. And if you don't meet him as Savior. You will meet him as judge because Philippians 2 says at the name of Jesus Christ every knee will bow, of those in heaven and those in the air, then every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.
Every person world leaders, presidents, Prime Minister's Kings and Queens movie stars, rock stars billionaires unknown people. Everyone will stand before God, and know this. The road to hell is paved with excuses. If you end up in hell. You have no one to blame but yourself. Hell is a prison in which the doors are first log from the inside by us and then are locked from the outside by God.
The last thing God wants is for any man or woman made in his image to spend eternity separated from him in this place called hell.
And this is why Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and for me because we all sin.
We've all broken God's commandments. We've all fallen short.
We've all messed up. But Christ died for us and he rose again from the dead. Now he stands at the door of our life and he knocks the nieces if you hear his voice and open the door to come in I mentioned earlier that passage that describes this time of judgment as the second death.
Listen to this.
If you're born one shall die twice if you're born twice you'll die one what is it mean if you're born one shall die twice what this simply means is your you're born physically but then you will die physically and you'll face the second death, which is the judgment of God.
But if you're born twice you'll die once. Let me explain born twice you're born physically but then you're born again. Jesus said in John three unless you are born again, you will not enter the kingdom of God. By the way, Jesus said that to a religious dude name Nicodemus, a man who was pretty self righteous. A man who was known to be a spiritual person but a man he was searching for God was honest enough to come to Jesus look for help.
Jesus at all just cut to the chase.
We didn't say that, but it's important I was going to cut to the chase with you buddy Nicholas and you need to be born again.
What is that meetings are born from above. It means US Christ to come and live inside of you and he forgives you of all of your sin. Remember I told you earlier gods in the restoration you made a mess of your life. Have you made decisions you wish you would not made have you done things you wish you would not done as you said, things you wish you would not said, but you can turn the clock back right will listen God to make all things new. The Bible says of any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person old things are passed away, and behold, everything becomes fresh in you. I love it when it rains, don't you, for starters, people with dirty cars get the car wash that they want to or not.
The sun comes out. The bird started singing again, and this is what can happen to you if you believe in Jesus, the son can come out in your life again. You can find purpose again I'm talking to somebody right now that is really depressed. I'm talking to somebody right now that is so despondent you've contemplated suicide. Maybe even someone who's attempted. Listen, I want you to know there's a God in heaven who loves you and he is a plan for your life.
Don't give up hope this is your moment for your life to change when I was just a young kid 17 years old heard the gospel in a way I understood. I put my faith in Jesus and I've never look back with regret that decision right now you can have your life change because Jesus is ready to forgive you and come into your life would you like to be forgiven of your sin. Would you like to go to heaven when you die, or would you rather go to hell and face the great white throne judgment.
The choice is yours.
Listen you decide in this life where you will spend the afterlife where you want to go. I think you want to go to heaven. I know I do so in a moment on the prayer, prayer, and I'm in ask you to pray this prayer with me. This is a prayer we you would ask Christ to come and live in your heart you would ask him to forgive you of your sin in your making the decision to follow Jesus.
This can happen for you right here right now so if you want Jesus to come of your life if you want to go to heaven when you die if you want your sin forgiven.
I want you to just stop what you're doing and I want to the prayer prayer with me.
You can pray it out loud if you like you can pray quietly but say this to God and mean let's all pray pray these words. If you would, Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner but I know you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead.
I'm sorry for my sin, Lord, and I choose to follow you from this moment forward you my Savior and my Lord my God and my friend. Thank you for hearing this prayer in answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray. They met everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast in the learn more about harvest ministries. Please subscribe and consider supporting this show. Just go to harvest.org. By the way, if you want to find out how to come into a personal relationship with God. Go to know God.org that's key NOW GLD.org