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August 30, 2021 6:00 am
Description when Jesus is lightning flashes from east to west, so will the Son of Man coming in every eye shall see me. How's that going to have a will to well one, woven together.
He can make a slow dissenter that every camera will pick up and broadcast it could do it over the period of it all hours day slowly dissenter me, there's a lot of options there. You play with that if you like.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Kasten.
Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.
Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of first Thessalonians.
Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching not, here's Pastor Rick in first Thessalonians chapter 5 with today's edition of cross reference radio is making it clear there is a distinction between those who are right with God and those who are not what's going to happen.
You say, why don't the churches talk about these things. I don't always them so he continues, but concerning the times and seasons here in verse one times refers to the various time periods involved in God's dealings with the human race. Theologically we were students in seminary we would use the word dispensation. Why use it. Why not just say. The time and it's hard to spell to anyway. Hebrews chapter 1 verse one God.
At various times and in different ways spoke to the fathers. In times past has in these last days spoken to us through his son.
See the last days began when Jesus was resurrected. The church began, but wherein the last of the last days because of the seasons that are unmistakable before you get to the seasons that were different times. Is Chronos in the Greek for when we get our English word chronology seasons is Kairos and the seasons speak of the character. The timetable is in the time but the seasons of the character of the time what's happening within this. Their troop movements.
We understand when an army begins to move troops towards the border. There probably going to invade or they're going to defend if you're in Nazi occupied Europe. You part of the resistance you know to say Nazi is not enough.
You have to. I think now qualified because people are conveniently forgetting what that was all about the demonic Nazis that an entire nation demonically possessed and if you don't know the history of the Nazis.
In what world was was happening with you. How can you miss this.
It was so horrific the world is said, you know, this could never happen again.
They gonna be shocked when antichrist is worse first try to get rid of the Jews that I didn't work. Next he will try to get rid of the Christians first, then the Jews. And that's the sequence of those events that we won't be here to see that happen now concerning the Christian looking at prophecy in Scripture. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not understanding Old Testament prophecy. He said hypocrites. That's a sermon you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the Chronos signs of the times you can't tell that I'm the Messiah Jesus expected the Jews to recognize his first coming someday. And of course those were his disciples. In fact, Nicodemus couldn't find rest until he got to the bottom of had a personal interview with Christ. John is recorded the interview forest. From that interview, we have one of the most heralded verses of all the Bible God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son as the emphasis there and whosoever should believe in him should not go to hell. That's what it says should not perish, so Luke chapter 7 Jesus answered and said that he's talking to a prophet who was a student of the Old Testament great man of God, the last prophet of the Jews John the Baptist and John is arrested and he's wondering a thing if this Jesus is Messiah.
Why am I behind bars. Why does this current government still exercise authority over Israel if he is the Messiah. John struggled with this because the Jews weren't sure about their Messiah. There were different thoughts. Would he be conquered and then conquer how a display out of you look at Isaiah 53 they should've known that should've understand we say in hindsight Monday morning quarterback there Christians that do this with the second return of Christ. They don't look at the Scriptures they just like the Jews, the missing what's written right there were John the Baptist. He sends his disciples to Jesus to say are you the one or do we look for another Jesus answered and said go tell John the things you have seen and heard the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the death hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them and you never seen anything like it and say that part but that's the meaning John you never seen anything like this costs on the one who comes close to this is raising up the dead was preaching the kingdom at the same time was making lepers clean their smelly cells with their broken bodies will with just a word, a glance, and they are made right John. The answer is all it had to be said. That settled it. See, we are supposed to pay attention. It does mean something. Now there are some times and seasons that are out of our reach.
God is put them there is told us about them. Jesus said that even the angels don't know the Son of Man in his incarnate state was not opening the vault of future information in this area. That's how serious a matter it was.
This is even the Son of Man is that all of course evaporated when he rose again from the dead, but when he rose again and he was about to go to heaven. He met with his disciples when they saw him ascend into heaven to know that silly looking scene, and there they were with their jaws dropped open. Watching him ascend in them angels as men of Galilee, what are you doing look at. You take a little can reach in the posted on anyway you have to kind of be there in your head that there there apostles watching the Lord ascend in the heavenly whenever say they like this before and the angel sťances have sold waste and gave the same Jesus the same way you see them leave is coming back further insight on the rapture. You mean to tell me the Scripture says, the way we saw him ascend data.
Here is the way we going to see him come back. Yes, but accept the seven Jesus said to them, it is not for you to know times and seasons which the father has put in his own authority. That means the precise day the precise hour the precise month and year.
We don't know when the Lord will come back for his church but the precise time when he comes back with his church that has been revealed. It will be seven years after Daniel talks about in Daniel chapter 9 Daniel chapter 12 and nerves throughout the Scripture. There large clues and facts given to us to know these things, but we have to be concerned with right now and I went over this last week, but I think it merits a second review. What makes the time we live in the season to be looking for the Lord's return. While the rebirth of the nation Israel. That is one with others more to that Israel rebirth as a nation, 1948, May 14 attacked the next day with everybody who dared to come into their land for the first time because they would be more is beyond reason. How this nation can be such a survivor.
In the midst of such global hatred, it is not an anomaly.
It is an act of God and the world they might not see it. Christian supposed to see it. There is a growing movement in Israel. This is big news for the Jews to pray the temple mount right now they can pray there right now.
The angry Muslims have possession of the Temple Mount.
The little chrome dome as their sole commercial them serve some respect. No sending people to hell. I have no respect for their beliefs. I love the reach them as individuals and preach the gospel to another. So idea, but I get the other guy a chance to speak to why they don't do it to us. If Eve had said shed out to the serpent. None of this would've happened. This comes out of men who are sure about the truth. Quality of the other guy out. Sometimes sometimes I know what he's going to say and I don't want to hear. I think some of that attitude needs to find its way into our witness yeah you had your say which are killing the unborn in your your sodomite behavior and all you had your say this is our say in the midst of all these things. This is again they know they know this is his power. That's why they won't let you. That's why there is a mainstream which is a polluted stream media. They want to control the voice for they want to shut the church or put a gag one don't see Jesus when you pray, make me that's really the response that the church has to eventually have whether you think it is more important to believe men are God you decide. But I've already made my decision. Church is been through this, Jesus said of Oedipus, my faithful witness, was martyred as he stood up for me but back to this, the Jews, and in Israel is saying we want to start praying on the Temple Mount. That's big news in Israel.
So this growing movement to pray the temple Dems fighting words to the Muslims is going to happen.
Antichrist is going to bring us about why do I bring it up because the antichrist according to Daniel chapter 9 the great day of the Lord the 70th week of Daniel. He's going to rebuild the Jewish temple is going to allow Jews to worship again bring their mosaic offerings to the temple and then at 3 1/2 years. He's going to go in and wipe it all out so you can worship me now, so my point is the season that we live and we are watching this happen.
Unlike ever before. There is also a movement in Israel to defy the Arab problem. This is unprecedented. The Jews are beginning to say you know what we've got sick and tired of catering to your needs and then you blowing us up so they just approve the giant statue of Jesus in Nazareth Bethlehem is Bethlehem anyway. The details, this is big news because that is a Muslim heavy environment and the Jews are saying we don't care used to be a time where I can do that. The more upset would be dealing with the law. So you see a change in direction in the heart of the nation of Israel that we've not seen. There is a growing movement in Israel to reinstitute the Mosaic sacrifices, which none of you Christians are allowed to participate in our sacrifice was on the cross of Calvary is the whole purpose of the letter to the Hebrews you say you Christians if you go back to that temple to find relief from your sins, you have renounced Christ serious business.
Well the Temple Mount faithful is the group that I have in mind the been around for a while, but what's not been around for a while is that now moved their office right by the Temple Mount. What property value is over there to get up in a little flannel refrigerator size apartment overlooking the Temple Mount and the Western Wall for junior and millions of dollars.
That means if they got property there. Somebody's finding them and is not one person is an indicator that there is a movement stirring amongst the Jews worldwide to have their temple back. Your watching it you living in a time of prophecy is being put in place the prompts. The scenes are being set up. I mentioned that there was globalization that's Babel the rebuilding of Babel. Everyone spoke the same language and babble every Muslims in the same place at Babel. They were microcosm of globalization rest of the world was left alone. Dinosaurs were thumping around way to the archaeologist Flying Dutchman anthropologists, many of them got nevermind stuffed satellites. Satellites are an important part of the Old Testament prophecies the two witnesses. According to Revelation 911.
The way not having a good math day they will be finally killed by antichrist and his forces and they will be left in the streets dead but 3 1/2 days, and the Bible says people from every tongue, every tribe, every kindred will see this. How can take bus rides there little seen on television on on the Internet. While television films like on the Internet. The habit right there on their phones. You can have this fulfillment. 50 years ago it would've been difficult to bring this about. Well, maybe not. 50 years ago, but did another math issue, but you know what I'm talking okay 100 years ago, you would would've been able to do this now you can join the Scripture. When Jesus is lightning flashes from east to west, so will the Son of Man coming in every eye shall see me. How's that going after one or two ways happen. Well one tube, woven together. He can make a slow descent to earth that every camera will pick up and broadcast it could do it over them. If we get all hours of the day. Slowly the sentiment. There's a lot of options there. You can play with that if you like I mentioned the dawn of the nuclear age Ezekiel 38 and 39 you readers like us right out of the nuclear the military's manual on handling nuclear contaminated items on the battlefield sum will go through. They will mark the bones and another group will come and dispose of them. Ezekiel gives us these details written 500 years before Christ came 3000 years about 25 math is just not going well for me.
The rise again of the Russian Islamic alliance Ezekiel 38 and 39 Ezekiel lists the nations, almost all of them, a Islamic before Islam was ever thought the fact thousand years before Islam was fought.
Ezekiel names the alliance of Russia and all of these Islamic nations, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, Persia, all coming in the Israel trying to wipe her out.
We see this alliance in place now who's helping Iran build their nuclear reactor. Russia and so the global mark of the beast of soul off of Thessalonians. Going to have to speed this up sodomite society, the technology buyer sell.
You will not be able to do without the mark of the beast that you enforce that in some little village in Tibet or all Tibet would be easier with their other place of the world again remote South America another place in India and all those little villages antichrist on absolution.
Everything is going to be on the grid. You will not be able to make a move. This whole thing with the NSA.
The only part of government that's listening. They start original but is good. This is just making away frantic race.
Not only will he be able to listen. He'll have a drone at your front door in five minutes it will be Amazon delivering you a package global persecution of Christians, the global apostate church is always been apostate churches. John will talk about diopter fees and him blind and all that but there will be a global apostate church, all having their own separate little where Protestants were Catholics with Baptist were Pentecostal and we are all agreeing with each other because there's going to be left behind some and so anyway, Paul says, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
Now he begins to open up first to use this for you yourselves know perfectly and here it comes, that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night since it's such a lame of the day looking like a thief in a life in our project that you and by the way, is some of my casual but is profound.
Is this for you yourselves know perfectly gives them a good schooling that work perfectly in the Greek agree boss it means exact accurate cautiously circumspectly. I went over this with you, line by line, precept upon precept, detail by detail.
I covered this with you. We talked about how difficult it is to get an outline in the early stages of your faith on the end time scenario or Paul is living with through that with them is as I went over this with you.
I know you don't get it off because it is so incredible.
It's outside the box of natural thinking to you begin to see that everything with God is outside the box. In one sense of the word that the day of the Lord begins with perplexity. It transitions into dread and it ends with great carnage.
There will be over for billion people wiped out and the whole process is not done yet. After a while you just can't count anymore should go to the book of Revelation detritus in 1/3 of the population, mankind was wiped out and another and use I can keep up with this after while who's not being written down shock and awe.
So Paul is saying we are going to be here for this. Matthew 24 verse 38 Jesus speaking for as in the days of the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, although when the incomes will be perverted marriage. He continued already is, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will be the coming of the son of the going to be having a good time.
A portion of society here when the rapture comes in right after the rapture. It will start off with some perplexity but great joy, false joy, I'm going to take the time to read from the Old Testament primarily what the Scripture has to say about the day of the Lord because it is fierce. Isaiah perhaps has really I think is the leadoff hitter. Behold, the day of the Lord comes cool with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate, and he will destroy its sinners from it for the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their life. The sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause it's like to shine. I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity, I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low horniness of the terrible successor all is God is looking not just going to be a time in history where I'm been set had and I'm going to demonstrate this wrath. And guess what all that they go through in the great tribulation.
Without repenting his Revelation till this day. Worked on grinding the teeth against God after you do this to us calling for the mountains to fall on them to hide them from the wrath of the lamp, but they still would not repent, it gets worse after they die.
Then there judged and is not a good judgment. It is the great white throne judgment eventually for the Joel chapter 1 verse 15 alas for the day of the Lord is at hand, it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
Joel chapter 2 verse wanted to blow the trumpet in Zion sound the alarm in my holy mountain. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is that Hannah day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong like of whom has never been, nor will there ever be any such after them, even for many successive generations, Amos ways and woe to those who desire the day of the Lord for what good is the day of the Lord to you.
It will be darkness and not light and the prophets are saying that this is not a joke. What is the New Testament supposed to do it this New Testament a Christian is supposed to say I better be fast about my business and preaching the gospel because as awful as the day of the Lord is going to be on earth the day of hell will be worse and it will be without end.
We are supposed to look. Many Christians I think get into this place where they just have sorbent advocate role when it comes to reaching the lost.
They themselves are not looking to preach Christ there hoping the pastor does there hoping some new ministry pops up to do it. They hope they can support something.
But the critical feature missing they themselves are not ready to share Christ free what people are going to think of them. What you think the going to think of you when the land and hell and you never talk about you live right next door and you had a chance to get a shot. Take the shot, squeeze the trigger and you know sometimes it's hard to pull the trigger. You know maybe write an email that you want to send somebody just can't hit send.
That's understandable, but not when it comes to you get them before you, and God says give it to you don't choose your afraid of failure to self-centeredness there that needs to go away. There's a view that's wrong and that kind of thinking and the view is simply this, I'm a bit ashamed of what I'm about to say, that may not be thought out that way but that is what's beginning to happen we have to do understand it isn't honor to preach the gospel. It is a dishonor to hide it. Pray for God to bring into your life. First a burden to win the lost, and then bring in some lost people. Zephaniah how often do you him the day is a day of wrath, the day of trouble and distress of the devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. What you think Paul is teaching them when he was that I taught you about the day of the Lord. This is what he was giving them. Revelation chapter 6 for the great day of this wrath has come, and who is able to stand moon thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of first Thessalonians cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference radio.com once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.
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