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Everybody you're listening to a new beginning, which is a podcast made possible by harvest partners. If this program is impacted you love to hear from you. So just send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org again it's email@example.com you can learn more about becoming harvest partner by going to harvest.org for some mystery and uncertainties around God's end times plan coming up today on a new beginning pastor Greg Laurie offers biblical clarity. We don't know when the rapture is the second coming will happen seven years after the rapture.
The Bible actually did the very day that Christ would arrive on the sea. This is one of the most wind blowing prophecies all of the Bible and some of us have a hard time recalling the past we might remember an event from 20 years ago, we forgot what we had for lunch yesterday.
God sees the future with perfect clarity is already there and we can have his wisdom for what to expect from the pages of Bible prophecy pastor Greg Laurie is helping us to the beginning as we study what the Lord tells us why we have the prophet Daniel, how many of you like puzzle you like puzzle. I am not one of you, I admire you.
Seems like smart people like puzzle don't work on this puzzle. If I with my wife and that we walk to someone's home and there's a puzzle she will literally sit down and start working on the puzzle that we walked to a hotel and they have a puzzle in the lobby. She will sit.I went to work in the puzzle and I just keep walking.
I like why. To me it's like why it's a waste of time.
Well, look before is here in Daniel chapter 9 is a probe attic puzzle and we don't want to keep walking here. We want to see what this puzzle is all about. Because this puzzle or prophecy is the most remarkable in the book of Daniel and that's saying a lot because there's some significant prophecies in this book.
I would even say this is one of the most mind blowing prophecies in all of the Bible. Why because this prophecy that were going to read in a moment gives us the exact date of the arrival of the Messiah, not for his second coming, though I think I can say with some certainty when the second coming of Christ will be the second coming of Christ will be at the end of the tribulation. The Bible very clear in pointing this out. So once the rapture happens. Let's get a dog quick flyover.
Here's a chronology of prophetic events to come from my viewpoint number one.
The next event I think on the calendar would be the rapture of the church were all Christians are called up to meet the Lord in the air on the heels of that is the emergence of the Antichrist will talk about him a little bit more in a few moments and that inaugurates the great tribulation. That last for seven years at the end of the seven year tribulation period is what is called the old gobbles of Armageddon and that is when Christ returns and what we call the second coming, the second coming is at the end of the tribulation.
During the battle of Armageddon. But since the rapture is an apple. We don't know when that's going to be, but you can counted pretty much from seven years after the rapture more or less well we don't know when the rapture is and I don't care what blood moons are doing. By the way, I don't buy into any of the blood moon stuff and let me tell you why the Bible does say the moon will be turned to blood started as a prophecy by Joel also quoted by Peter on the day of Pentecost that is speaking specifically of what will happen in the tribulation. Were not in the tribulation. Please don't be sidetracked by blood moons are there's plenty in the Bible that is reliable, that we can depend upon.
So having said all that, we don't know when the rapture is the second coming will happen seven years after the rapture but the Bible actually predicted the very date that Christ would arrive on the scene and you know the Lord revealed this to Daniel and you know when the Lord revealed this to Daniel when he was praying you know a lot happens when you pray not only does Adele not want you to preach the gospel.
Trust me. The devil does not want you to pray why because there's power in prayer. It's been said and Satan trembles. When he sees the week is saying upon his knees will do everything he can to keep you from going to the Lord in prayer. But Daniel was praying and not only was he praying he was repenting of his sin and he said the three hardest words. Remember what the three hardest words are to say no more dessert know those are not the words.
The words are I have said is very easy for me to say you send but it's harder for me to say I have sent with that's what Daniel said. What's remarkable about that as we don't really know of any sin that Daniel committed though we know he was a sinner like the rest of us what he was willing to own up to his own sin and admitted and so God worked as a result of this. Did you know that one of the greatest revivals in America started with a prayer meeting.
It happened in downtown New York City was a man named Jeremiah Lanphier who decided to hold a prayer meeting, so he handed out flyers to New Yorkers a join me at lunch time for prayer.
Very few people showed up that usually the way it is with prayer meetings. You know, people show up for a Bible study, maybe even more people. So for a Christian concert or worship a bed but you say let's ever prayer meeting your numbers will go down, but that did not deter Jeremiah lengthier and he called this little prayer meeting and only a handful showed up with something dramatic In the stock market crashed. The next day, and soon his little prayer meeting was filling within six months. 10,000 people were gathering every day at lunch time in New York City for prayer. This isn't Sunday morning. This is lunch time there praying and they started renting theaters and concert halls because they were overflowing churches so they could hold these prayer meetings and then God started moving and 50,000 New Yorkers came to Christ from March to May. During that single year 50,000 people were coming to Christ every week and what it was all said and done over 1 million people came to Jesus. As a result of that permit is called the great and God could do it again. It just starts with someone like you.
So would Osama started prayer meeting in my neighborhood.
I was started prayer meeting at my office to start a prayer meeting over here and you think that little step of faith and wall.
Daniel was praying he was repenting of his sin. I am Cindy said to the Lord, you know, the problem is, some people have never repented of their sin, and yet they claim to be Christians. I read recently that 50% of Christians don't have the assurance of salvation nominees say something provocative. I believe one of the reasons 50% of Christians in America don't have the assurance of salvation is maybe because 50% of them hard say all can you see the great weight half of Americans generally will say I'm a Christian you think half of America is Christian. Now if it is I sure don't see the evidence of it. That's the only thing I can evaluate so my point is this if you want to be a Christian you must believe in Jesus, but you must also repent of your sin. On the day of Pentecost as a spirit was being poured out. People were deeply moved and they said that the apostle Peter, what should we do and Peter said repent of your sins that you may be converted in times of spiritual refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, repent we say okay what is that even mean the question is actually military term that means an about-face and you know the command about-face. That's what repented six about-face I'm going this way, I repent its about-face on going that way.
So instead of running from God.
I'm running to God and I'm doing what God wants me to do. Repent of my sin. That's important you know people say oh I just love the Lord so much and I have this deep feeling for Jesus and okay does it affect you in the way that you live because here's what Jesus said say they listen if you love me, keep my commandments. Yes, but I feel emotion. That's cool, keep my commandments, but I feel your nice do what I tell you to do that I would be like a husband Sano dear, I love you so much you do if Wi-Fi does love you I love you and that he's having affairs with five other women simultaneously that Crete doesn't love you okay and in the same way a person you know I love the Lord were breaking his commandments were doing things his word tells us not to do.
Do we really love him so. Daniel repented of his sin. He asked the Lord to forgive him and as he's waiting on the Lord have revealed something amazing. Mr. Greg Moore will have the second half of this message in just a moment. Everybody what are you doing this weekend. I like to hang out with you at harvest and home services own.
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Pastor Greg continues his message called making sense of the prophetic puzzle was listen you know God wants to revealed truth to you.
He wants to show his will to you and or somebody listening to me right now that needs to know the will of God for their life and here's what the Bible says if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask from God and he will give it generously shows only the Lord told the back saying enough to give this to you is that I really wanted generously give you my wisdom Daniels praying these repenting in the Lord lays this autumn look at Daniel nine verse 25 know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince, there will be seven weeks and 62 weeks. This drink will be billed again on the wall, even in troublesome times and after the 62 weeks Messiah will be cut off, but not for himself stop there.
I know some of you are scratching your head using what what is it even me. Let me read it to you from a modern translation listen, it will be 49 years, says the Lord to Daniel +434 years from the time the command is given the rebuild Jerusalem until the Messiah comes.
Jerusalem streets and walls will be rebuilt. Despite perilous times.
After this period of 483 years, the anointed one for the Messiah will be killed, but not for himself, his kingdom is still unrealized. So what does this mean what started taken apart and put it back together. God is telling Daniel that the city and walls of Jerusalem will be rebuilt because her in ruin at this time.
When did that happen under Nehemiah. Remember, we study the book together in a series. We called the rebuilt life so Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king. He was a Jewish man cupbearer means that you access to the king pretty much 24 seven.
You are always in close proximity to the most powerful man on earth.
So Nehemiah heard about the plight of his fellow Jews how the city was lying in ruin and and he wanted to do something about it. He was in a construction guy even wear a hard hat. He wasn't an architect.
It was a cupbearer counselor and advisor what he thought. I'm in a position of influence.
I want to leverage my influence for God's glory and and so apparently Nehemiah was a very cheerful guy because when did the king said, hey Nehemiah, why do you look so sad. He was probably one of those guys that is smiling all the time and I love that we Christians are that way. Listen Christian should be cheerful people are Christians and sort of light up a room when they walked in. So don't be a Debbie downer or a Bobby buzz kill cheerful the Bible says this cheerful hard is good medicine, but a crushed spirit saps a person straight.
You know some people are always smiling personally comes the minors Pastor Ricky Ryan you know Ricky, you've all met up. He's our campus pastor over at harvest, Lonnie O'Malley effective now.
We became a person it would be Ricky Ryan.
He always wears Hawaiian shirt. I traveled with them around the world going to cold climates, you know, I'm wearing a sweater or jacket. Ricky still were annoyed sure in flip-flops and sacred youths freezing. He does sort of as a personification of a Loja and he's always smiling always has an encouraging word I said them. Ricky you are the most Christian Christian.
I think I've ever met.
Your your you know, just a great representative of Christ, so when Ricky isn't smiling. That's weird. I remember a moment when Ricky was not smiling and I was responsible for our Ricky is a very good surfer back when he was a young man he competed and so he loves surfing.
He loves surfboards and servers do we have any servers or you surfer to so so Ricky got a brand-new board and he was put that on top of his attorney said Greg would you tie that down for me. I said sure understand. I have no mechanical abilities that I mean even scientists are down is perplexing to me.
So I did my best, Greg version of find a surfboard down and so he's driving ahead of me and I'm a Heinemann as he takes up I saw the board like I don't come off the car go airborne. It was a light poured a small board and it's flipping in the air flipping flipping flipping and then it hits the ground below it. The ground below pentagram boom boom boom side filled with things and so we pullover. Ricky gets out of his car. He looks at his surfboard looks at me.
He's not smiling.
A rare moment in time.
Ricky was like what happened upon you and your board to this is so much a cost by the by many more.
I was responsible.
My point is, Nehemiah was a happy, cheerful guy, but at this moment in time. He wasn't smiling to the Kings is what's with the problem. Nehemiah does I'm sad I'm sad for my people that their their cities line in ruins and art exhibits. He says will what you want to do well king I would love to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild the walls again. King says I think that's a good idea to have you gone but I'll tell you what I'll do because I like you so much, the Senate armed escort lamina underwrite the whole project. So the prophetic clock was set in a motion from the moment that King Artaxerxes gives the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah is this many days. The clock was now ticking. The moment that wall started to be rebuilt so Nehemiah 21 says it came to pass in the month of Nissan. In contrast of the month of Toyota. It's a different month, the month of Nissan in the 20th year of King Artaxerxes so we know it's 1/20 year of the reign of Artaxerxes. So let's do the math. Artaxerxes began his reign as king and for 65 BC so the 20th year of his reign would have been for 45 BC.
Remember, we count backwards in BC years now. The first day of Nissan is March 14.
According to our calendar, and this 69 weeks of Daniel began with March 14 445 BC when the commandment of Artaxerxes was given to restore and rebuild Jerusalem calculated out and it comes out to 173,880 days what happened from the moment that King gave the decree to rebuild the city 173,880 days later, Jesus of Nazareth road into the city of Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilling Bible prophecy to a T.
That is amazing to me.
And by the way, when Jesus rode into the city. He was playing this hand, if you will for a large part of his ministry.
The Lord sort of flew under the radar and by that I mean he would heal someone in need, say don't tell anybody, because my hour has not yet come right now is ours, he knows exactly what he is doing when he melts a donkey and rides in because the Bible says that the Messiah would come riding a donkey so he was saying to everyone you got the right folks. Make no mistake about it, I am your Messiah. So this is a total fulfillment of Scripture so that people are having a party there waving palm branches or crying out hosanna to the son of David, you know what Jesus is doing is weeping.
It's like someone crying at the Rome birthday party I think when you get older maybe you do that I don't even like to hear birthdays anymore when your kid might birthdays on Sunday when you get older as I can. Birthdays on Sunday another year to your almost crying natural party hears Jesus the biggest party of the year and he's weeping wisely weeping because he knows he's going to be cut off that Daniel said Messiah will arrive and he will be cut off.
Jesus knew he was going to die for the sins of the people look at verse 26 of Daniel nine.
After the 62 weeks Messiah will be cut off, but not for himself. Jesus was coming primarily to die on the cross for the sins of the world.
He knew that any new these very people that were crying. Hosanna today and only ours would be crying crucify him and let his blood be on us and on our children later. 33. Most people are saying it is beginning at 33 Jesus Christ said in this Greg Laurie important perspective on God's plan today and there's more insight to come as she continues this message here on a new beginning.
So many saw the movie Jesus music and theater, many more were unable to cope, but is now out on DVD copy for Moshier Avenue, beginning it's the fascinating story of how early Jesus music caught fire almost instant checks that hardly ever shed a tear. Check your arch as he did the day he heard a new fan called love song. He was little. So the next thing we hear is can you guys play tonight. She's not Lonnie's preacher.
Hours later, love song debuted at Calvary Chapel.
I can think of many pastors that would've allowed someone that to happen on their state every night.
It was something new a new band would form with new songs within six months 12 and I saw contemporary Christian music or right before my very eyes. Yes that's true I did. And you know you understand that I came to Christ in 1970 so I came to this church called Calvary Chapel and all these bands were up on the stage plane and I literally thought I was going to have to just give up all music. I mean I was raised listening to the Beatles.
You know, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the birds, etc. and I said well I guess I'll just listen to him as now and not listen to music any longer and all of a sudden here's this band called love song that I thought were artistically amazing fantastic songs, lush harmonies very strong message about the gospel, it moved me deeply and I remember one of the first times I went to Calvary and this song was playing in the lyrics of it were were all gathered here because we all believe there's a doubter in the ground.
We has given not only we had the season we said you and 13 and when the brain and one reach out Jesus with the other. Bring a friend.
That song encapsulated really the essence of what this music was about.
It was St. look. Our lives are changed. Christ is done this for us.
We want him to do it for you.
So reach out to someone and bring them to hear this message and this music eventually became known as contemporary Christian music.
Now there's a whole industry of these bands traveling around the world and of course contemporary Christian radio stations and so forth. That's fantastic. I love to listen to but you know what it started in a revival in that story is told in this documentary film the Jesus music and we would like to send you a copy for no charge, and when I see no charge. I'm in ask you to send a gift that some of you can only send the little you get your copy of the Jesus music. Some can give a little more and some of you could give quite a bit more whatever you sent will be use to continue our mission here and harvest of bringing the gospel to people and teaching the word of God's order your copy of the Jesus music on DVD, Blu-ray, and downloadable as well. As soon as you can affect what you do it right now we have a copy waiting for you and will get it on its way. As soon as we hear from you.
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