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Our world is right and wrong are overgrown today on a new beginning pastor Greg Laurie points out where we can find help. Some people solve problems through technology; recall is the real truth is, the answer is theology without apology.
We need God right all wrongs and things right side of the younger person should well know problems report today everything is fine.
Were happy. Whether report problems, emergencies, price 24 hours a day, as we learned in our study of Revelation. Things will get much worse during the great tribulation today on Greg Laurie hope to see how the will eventually go walk my dog late at night while I wasn't really walking them.
I just let them go to 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 account at all. It is a gun that I hear this, and I already could moment.
It's unbelievable how about that center my dog starts running toward me full last these terrifying direct kid in the face from a skunk. Now I know what is going to do is gonna run to our house so I'm running the event of my dog trying 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 isn't getting to the front door.
My dog runs right by me through my health. I open up the back window when he goes to the backyard is rolling around on the grass and the said was so awful that my wife was asleep upstairs behind a closed door. She does have a supersonic know so 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 you're kid point blank by a skunk you're going to know in 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 to 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 is 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 as the prince of the power of the year. This 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 message is 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 affect one of the reasons things are so bad the last days is because the double noses 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 at 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 to do what it is he wants to do.
Ultimately, the Lord is going to step in and change everything and bring an end to the evil brain 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 what 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 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 in the media and other way you think something that stood 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 take bad something that's wicked and evil ended, 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, shall 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 anyone with her probably in their 90s right then. Other expressions that were very cool and there day in the 60s, groovy, and far out in heavy all those are dated is well within the funny thing is certain slang expressions that have stood the test of time, like the word cool. There were using the word cool back in the 50s and were still using it today. 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. Oh, that's a hot thing and so we use those words interchangeably now something is really good really cool a really hot with a fat, sick cooking I'm getting confused now in another popular word don't go there was a time when we would say someone who was a bit slow on the uptake would be a dope out there and go then if someone's using drugs over there on Joe. 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 well.
It's going to be sealed because God is going to return our planet to and even like state. In this period of time that is coming. This called the millennium pastor Greg Laurie will have the second half of his message in just a moment whatever you send us an email, text or post a comment on social media. We read every word pastor Greg ministry right before coronavirus hit me when into lockdown sermons and how my walk with Christ and have learned and grown so much as a Christian.
My marriage has been rocky over the last few years and I started listening to your happily even after seeing it was so beneficial to our relationship for your daughter and your messages. And, of course, I kept us together as a family. Thank you so much as pastor Greg heard from you. How have these daily studies were encouraged to try pastor Greg let them know sending firstname.lastname@example.org again, that's email@example.com will today as part of her studies in Revelation. Pastor Greg is highlighting what the Bible says about the millennium. Let's continue. You know, sometimes Christians will say want them 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 principal 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 could 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 the planet 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 well that is so cool.
Well, that's because you like restored things because what God is into restoration as well. He's gonna restore lives. He's gonna restore bodies and he's even gonna 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 get this chronological before we read our text at this point the antichrist is in power, he has 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 him into the bottomless pit, and shut them 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 sat on them, and judgment was committed to them and I saw the souls of them that it been beheaded for their witness to Jesus 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 what 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. 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 an 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 talk 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 though. It's going to be hunky-dory. It's going to be beyond your wildest dream. 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.
In military training will come to an end. 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 in those who cannot speak will shout and sing another feature of this time is people will live really long lines.
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 that 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 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, but his father he said told him never to eat red meat and especially hotdogs. But then I read about another guy made a pass to 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 and eggs so that's good to be my new diet hotdogs, bacon and eggs every single day butter 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 review familiar with that. I think animals will be completely tame and docile as the 11th 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 eat them. Can you 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 remove 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 and thought what a magnificent creature. I love to go swimming within orca.
Maybe you can do that in the millennial reign of Christ or you can take your cat for a walk. I will not mock someone who's walking a line that the cat jokes are over with. If you have a lien or a Bendel Tiger or something like that. But an amazing time where the animals are subdued and I 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 would just says 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 plan all happen in the millennium.
Greg Laurie giving us an eye-opening look at what life will be like during the thousand year reign of Christ upon the earth, the time known as the millennium and there's more to come from the study hereunder new beginning. Yesterday we hear so many terms that apply to Bible prophecy mark of the beast millennium, the great tribulation, and our understanding that might be a little hazy about what those terms mean and in what order they come, yeah, could you maybe give us a little fly over of God's end times plan. Yes, I'd be happy to, but I need some trumpets and echo and then I'll do it. So you're ready. I'm ready to fly over of the book of Revelation.
Okay so this is my understanding of how all these events fit together.
The next event on the prophetic calendar is the rapture of the church. That's when the Lord comes in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye were caught up in the air to meet him. It's also when were reunited with loved ones who preceded us to glory. So were caught up to heaven on the heels of that, this mysterious character called the Antichrist is revealed. That inaugurates what is called the great tribulation.
The last for seven years. Interestingly, the Antichrist comes initially as a good guy up with that."
A peacemaker, but in reality he's a troublemaker. He rebuilt the temple for the Jewish people, but he erects an image of himself and demands that people worship him. This marks the halfway point of the tribulation. In this event is called the abomination of desolation. So the first part of the tribulation is the peaceful reign of Antichrist. The second part of the tribulation is or he unleashes his theory against Jewish people against Christians and God ultimately brings his judgment upon the Antichrist and the tribulation. We have a group called the hundred and 44,000. These are Jewish people will put their faith in Jesus as their Messiah and they travel around the world proclaiming the good news okay so everything culminates to what the Bible calls the battle of Armageddon and then Christ returns again and the second coming. This inaugurates the 1000 year reign of Christ, which is called the millennium, then heaven and earth becomes one, the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven to this planet fulfilling the prayer of Jesus when he said that I kingdom come that will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So that's a flyover of end times events. By the way, we put this all on this really cool bookmark that comes with our brand-new book called Revelation, a book of promises and we want to put this book in your hands because I've written it to help you to understand how this great book of the Bible applies to you the very title says it all. Revelation means unveiling and God's desire is not to conceal but to reveal he wants us to understand these things and so I want to help you with that. So for your gift of any size will send you your own copy of this brand-new book from harvest ministries that I've written simply called Revelation, a book of promises yeah that's right it will be glad to send a copy your way.
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