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Hated for Christ (Part C)

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October 11, 2021 6:00 am

Hated for Christ (Part C)

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October 11, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 13:1-13)

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The Jews never had a false missile until they rejected the true Messiah is amazing all the false messiahs came after the resurrection.

You think that alone would waken them to save a something spiritual going on you that I'm missing after Christ. They've had a rash of them even had a woman the eve of Frank claimed to be the Messiah and some of the Jews in those circles accepted that this is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio.

Specifically, you can get a free copy of this teaching hated for Christ is the title of Pastor Rick's message today will be teaching in Mark chapter 13 with this coven outbreak has come. Not only listen this bad virus out there that can kill you. That part is true, but what about all the falsities that came with it lies okay.

I expect that from a world that has an agenda and and those who have power. Now the upper hand.

They they are just they lie every time the talk. They say anything can never tell when they're telling the truth well one thing that has been revealed is how easy Bible believing Christians can be deceived. I mean deceived into a cave into a panic as the facts begin to come out and not letting it go.

This church is lost people because we wouldn't mandate mask and these just to say I you know okay find you nervous about a new you know good reason and then watch online.

Why turn on the pastor why turn on the church.

Why not give the benefit of the doubt to the righteous. I mean you listening to the news media.

One of the ever been honest about anything. I am for me in early stages I for a while at the something to this only was it is at the deadly disease or virus that's out there. But then I saw all the left is really pushing is nice of you know what any team.

Satan rooms for I'm against any time, Satan gets the ball. Now you gotta watch out, and just as troubling to see that Christians were turning on the church for not sharing the level of fear they had. It's not a reason to turn on your brothers and sisters. So what is my point on.

My point is this. This was a dress rehearsal for what's coming.

It was global. I don't know of any time in human history with the glow was put under a mandate and it was pulled off everybody everywhere. I mean fish will wearing mask 10 Army Alexander the great, could not do it. The Caesars could not do Napoleon because no one could bring Genghis con none of the people were Congress could get the entire world what they wanted. Until now we are in the global agent that fits into the end time scenario. So beware, take heed. Don't be gullible. Don't give in so quickly. When you see the fear meter in your heart going up that does not give you the right to collapse the panic fear is fear is going to do what is going to do and we are we. We are we going to fight it with faith you can't fault anyone for being afraid she can begin to raise an eyebrow when they give into that fear and logic is gone, that becomes panic and anyway I hope my point in bringing that up is to say, don't think the warnings Jesus is giving about deception is for some far-off group of believers in the future. It's right now and we should be telling people this verse six for many will come in my name, saying, I am he, and will deceive many interesting is he is presupposing his taught disciples know that that I am he means they're saying their Messiah is admitting he is the Messiah and all that goes with it. From the Old Testament prophets and what he is expounded on this is particularly for the Jews. Once the church is gone. This is what is really going to happen for them and a lot of them will be converted. A lot of them will be slaughtered the Jews never had a false Messiah until they rejected the true Messiah is amazing all the false messiahs came after Calvary and the resurrection. You think that alone would waken them to save a something spiritual going on here that I'm missing after Christ. They've had a rash of them even had a woman the eve of Frank claimed to be the Messiah and some of the Jews in those circles accepted that second Timothy chapter 3, all putting into the church, evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived everywhere. Paul says men will be lovers of themselves, and he goes on to itemize with the going to be well they've always been this way, what during the end times the end of the end times is all going to be amplified greatly, so the apostate churches are false churches.

They will increase. That means it will be no gospel coming from churches because the true church will be rapture taken out of here and Christians will not be able to form assemblies because they will be killed for their belief. How will they be found will labeled now they can track if you get a vaccination track if you get the chip or not and if you do not have it you going to get it, not the chip death.

This is promised and elaborated on in Revelation and so when he says for many will come in my name, saying, I am he, and will deceive many. This is mainly for the Jews, the church, of course. It applies, but we continue. Verse seven but when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled for such things must happen, but the end is not yet man cannot have lasting peace on earth he's going to mess it war alone is not a signal that the end of human rule on earth is about to stop and that's what he's telling them is going to be wars that doesn't mean the end is coming.

They asked when will it be what is the size limit is starting off as a will watch out and hear some things it's not going to be assigned. The end is near. Yes, with all of these earthquakes and pestilence in the horror that's coming and what has already been as a matter of fact does God permit this stuff, among other reasons, he's providing believers with an opportunity to act out what we profess. We say that we going to believe God no matter what, even to the point of death. What about to the point of being fired. What about to the point of being divorce. What about the point of being sick.

What about to the point of being betrayed.

You still going to believe you if you say yes I am well you may get a chance to act that out to prove it.

God is not a statistician injustice that it will ease the statistic you know this game going to be played. Truth must be expressed and when we think when the world thinks about the end of the world they think about annihilation of the planet. Well, that will get to God will get to that would not first the first phases. The ending of human rule 4000 years there about and then not too long after it would seem, then, comes the annihilation of the created universe as we know it, and the beginning of a new universe of planets that have not even been formed yet by God well and verse eight for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be earthquakes in various places and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginning of sorrows was just warming up. All of this stuff isn't is our Berkeley's a birth pangs. I'll get to that in a minute. But such as human history for nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom second Timothy chapter 3 know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.

That's emphatically says no. This Timothy perilous times will come. Still answering the scientists this verse eight is an expansion of Isaiah 19 verse two and they are in Isaiah 19 it had local application is sent mainly to Egypt hear the Lord picks up the verse and he expands it and gives it end time significantly saying that was just sort of a dress rehearsal what's coming is going to match that prophecy in Isaiah that was local. This one's going to be global going to the same thing when we get to verse 12 with a verse from Micah is going to take a prophecy from Micah that was applicable to the time Micah lived in the prophet, and he's going to say just like it was in Micah's day is going to be worse in the end, and we get to verse 12 point that out and there will be earthquakes in various places so natural occurrences will continue to be natural. Luke adds this says pestilences fearful sites and great signs from heaven. That's as you begin to enter deeper into this, and there will be famines and there will be troubles which are always the outcome of wars and earthquakes. On some level there are these of the beginning of sorrows. Not a good start but sorrows here in the Greek that word sorrows in the Greek is birth pangs sudden pains from the contractions going on woman experiences in childbirth is actually it actually is signaling that the the pregnancy phase is ending that the birth is coming, and then that is what it is here to what Jesus means this is the beginning of sorrows and singling to you that the end is coming. It begins infrequent and it intensifies. Now I know ladies that I my understanding is Lotta. Ladies don't want to hear men talk about pregnancy and birth is like were what we know right well I was how I happen to be there when I was born and and I was not impressed with what my mother had to go through so I am a bit of an expert to there you go, I will have someone else start my truck after service because I know you women are that serious about that stuff anyway. Revelation 6 signs and how they intensify after the first seal when the Antichrist rides on the scene on the white horse is an imposter and then we read John say when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, come and see.

This was something not hidden. That's why it's called the Revelation of the book of Revelation invites us to to grapple with it, no good sermons been preached without struggle and and no good Bible lesson elevate your understanding without hard work. Anyways, another horse cc fiery red went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another and there was given to him a great sword. All the images and that speak of war. That's what that is. That is this all out war that is coming in the days of Antichrist verse eight of Revelation 6. So I looked, and behold a pale horse. And the name on him who sat on it was death, and Hades, and Hades followed with him.

And power was given to them over 1/4 of the earth, to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death and by the beast of the earth you don't want to be here for this. This is these are the beginning of sorrows. Well, here it is now intensifying the birth, the actual birth of the sorrows is when Christ returns.

That is when it's wrapped up, but it is said that in World War II 3% of the population was killed because of war or not you not home. People just die natural causes actions. Whatever in war 3% of the population but here in Revelation 6 verse eight God says 25% is going to die just in the earlier stages when the tribulation begins to ramp up, and Christ says these the beginnings of birth pangs. This is what's going it was going to have to happen before the delivery of the kingdom of God by the son to the father.

Verse nine but watch out for yourselves. There's another warning because we need these warnings because we won't watch. We will tend to look for the peace and happiness in Israel.

The just today there so hungry for peace. They're willing to cut their heads off and is a big problem that you know almost peace at any price.

Not all of them but a lot of them know that in fact I just was reading an article and in going over my notes on the Temple and all the stones there that they're covering up the evidences of the temple and other things that are that we we crave almost as Bible students just to keep peace. They're willing to to make allies and just anything for peace and this is this is because them unnecessary pain.

Many times they were.

Anyway, all the stories but we need to try to move on here verse nine.

Watch out for yourself so they will deliver you up to councils and you will be beaten in the synagogues, you will be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for testimony to them rapidly.

A deteriorating situation. This has some direct application to their lives. After Christ ascended to heaven. There, the partial fulfillment of this is that comes with prophecy. Not all prophecy has one fulfillment. Many of them have phases and initial fulfillments. This of course globally deceive culture will not watch out for God.

They will deny him, and they will be violent against those who remind them of Jesus Christ. He says, for they will deliver you up to councils of the forces of law will be used against disciples as it was with Daniel and as it was with Daniel's colleagues councils here is Sanhedrin in the Greek there were there was the great Sanhedrin of 70 men that ran Jerusalem and the nation. And then there were less of Sanhedrin's lesser councils throughout the land that were local authorities politics are designed to dig up something on someone that can be used against them in court or in public or in the family to destroy them. And that's what's going to happen to the church is happening now and you will be beaten in the synagogues nice.

Well, that happened to Paul for sure the intensity ramping up the two faithful churches in the book of revelations seven churches are called out Smyrna and Philadelphia were the only two that were not reviewed. Smyrna suffered Philadelphia taught the word of God and to both of those churches and only to both of those churches. Jesus said I know where the church of Satan is. I know with the synagogue of Satan. It happened to be Jewish because at that time that Sue was giving them the problem, but of course it went beyond the Jews that were opposed to their Messiah. It includes anyone who targets the church for destruction and it's an interesting thought. We think of the Church of Christ Church of Jesus Christ will God says well there's also a synagogue of Satan is also his assembly and it has to do with religion and it has to do with violence against those who are mine. He says here in verse 10, you will be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for testimony to them giving a preaching chance giving those who are listening to them a chance to receive the gospel.

I don't think is going to be entirely wasted. I don't think that Paul Paul got before Caesar because God said he's going to get there and he preached season one cuckoo after that are not that Caesar Nero is one and but but what about those in the court there were those of his of Nero's house that did convert and and so it was not wasted entirely. Verse 10 and the gospel must first be preached to all nations, where all people are sinners except Jesus Christ and they need to hear the gospel. This is global Christianity has struggled to do this because of opposition and in the dark ages.

It was almost completely stop to silence but for remnant. The two witnesses will show up in the end times.

They will convert hundred and 44,000 Jews who will preach the gospel and great multitudes of Gentiles and Jews will be converted and it will again without the church there be no church.

That's how people get converted by direct witness and leftover materials. You know many people to be listened to my sermons.

So anyway verse 11 but when they arrest you and deliver you up are almost done.

Do not worry but not not were almost done. Do not worry, but as part of the text associates but when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand will premeditate what you will speak but whatever is given you in that hour speak, for it is not you who speak with the holy spirit so when they arrest you and deliver you up, that generation will know that these prophecies are being fulfilled, but it still applies to all ages of the faith. The Lord does not expect his martyrs to be fear stricken. That's what he is saying when they arrest you and deliver you up, they hate you, they going to kill you. But I do not expect you to be fear stricken. I pray that if I am persecuted to the death or worse torture in this life. I hope I make a good martyr that is my approach to start getting my head around that. He says don't premeditate because God will minister.

He will be present.

He will be active and he will be ready in the Holy Spirit, he says, but whatever is given to you in that hour speak. That is the unburied gospel water phrase.

Some of us need to be reminded of the gospel is not to be buried speak that for it is not you who speak it is God speaking through you.

Verse 12. Now Brother will betray brother to death, and father his child and children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death and nothing about that is attractive, but it is a fact, and he can't sweep it under the rug. Here is where he is quoting Micah 6 and Micah's day the Syrian army was coming into the northern kingdom. And when that happened.

Micah prophesied we know because of your decadence and your unrighteousness going to turn each other and you turn on each other to save your own skin. And that is what happened and Christ takes it now and he says not only is that human nature in sin, but is going to be carried out in the last days. It is constant.

It is not just for the days of Micah, but he is always going to the Scripture.

The Lord is to drive home his point. Brother will betray brother to death, for the faith for opposing the faith, and again this is what we saw with the Civil War and and that was not a start directly link is this is to Scripture these things are not the intense hatred for Christ rising up and cause them to be put to death Islam militant blatant homosexuality, hedonism, secular humanism there already leading the way for this to happen. They looked at the church's responses to their violations and is saying you know what we gotta stop these people. That's what they're saying about us.

We gotta put into them, protesting and resisting us, and they will get away with it and in life. Verse 13 we arrived if you can just hang in there a few minutes verse 13 and you will be hated by all for my namesake review endures to the end shall be saved.

Hate is an opposite of peace hated because men love themselves.

They love their views and then are interested in being told what to do by God or God's people.

They will second Timothy again for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, bolsters proud blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, and the list goes on and all of those amplified to those who take a stand for God when antichrist is here can expect no mercy.

That's where we're headed. Not already Christians are getting mercy in the course. I just read the Supreme Court won't take a case on the floor us up in Seattle because she wouldn't make a bouquet for these people little bunch of crybaby little me. For now, as for me, will get your own flowers to lip anyway. I'm interested today weasels. They are within the increasing and the deadliness and intolerance and we shouldn't be surprised.

We should be active. Jesus said, take heed.

Don't be deceived and don't be fear driven temptation to abandon Christ to save your own skin. There's been real down through the ages and will amount of time to read all these verses. I have, but let's finish up the little we have the says here in verse 13, by all for my namesake. Everyone will gang up on Christians.

Jesus taught that persecution of believers would be common. It would be severe and nothing about that should surprise us, but he who endures to the end shall be saved.

This is again important because if you love peace for your own self more than you love the Lord your going to be an apostate. If you are around when this takes place. True believers will endure make believers will not. This does not mean perseverant appearance turns your salvation. It means it demonstrates. You are safe and that is a critical point. Well I close with this verse John 422 true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. Father is seeking such to worship him and the rest of the Bible rings and he says even to the death, even to the death true worshipers will worship the father in spirit and in truth move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark 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 once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast.

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