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June 24, 2019 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based freezing of Dr. Don Wilton and a message, lest we forget it's my joy to welcome you to have Dr. Don Wilton to this time of Bible study again. His message is called. Lest we forget why people die and nations crumble their opportunities to look in the world we live in go. My goodness, it's a dark day. There are good times ahead good opportunities for us to have a Christlike influence in our small corner of God's vineyard is Dr. Don would say, and you'll gain those tools today teaching of Dr. Don Wilton. While we do so now that we love to connect with you love to pray for you. Pray with you, call us at 866899 word 866-899-9673 or meet us email@example.com now praying today for people just like me.
We the people I'm about to share with you something that's going to really run deep. The colors of the United States run deep, but nothing like the word of God, which is sharper than any two-edged sword, you going to need your Bibles want to give you a minute to find Daniel chapter 5 I received a lot of questions during the series. What would God say to America today. If God was standing in the spoof. It what would he have to say to us. I've entitled this message today. Lest we forget. I have a subtitle which is neither here nor there but why people die and nations crumble. Yep we going to talk quite a bit about a people for whom we could never express adequate gratitude. We couldn't say thank you enough. When the serviceman came up here a minute ago. It's hard for me. I I get so choked up when I look and I see men and women saluting here in our congregation on one thinks of the sacrifices that have been made. When you think of where we've come from and this Bible is a story. It's his story.
It's the story about God and how God relates with and to people like you and me and interwoven in the story is the most incredible life lesson and in Daniel chapter 5, God tells us something now, folks, I'm going to say a lot of things in a short space of time. People want to know about in times they want to know about America.
I have people ask me all the time. How does America fit into God's scheme of things. I've even had questions.
Is America in the Bible and what would God say to us today. I just want you to know that at the end of the Bible in the book of Revelation there is a nation a city cold Babylon and Babylon is singled out as the city that God uses to illustrate a nation that once was very great and very mighty.
And yet at the end of the book. They are the very anti-Christ. They are the opposite of all that God is and God's ultimate judgment is is reserved for Babylon and Babylon. According to the story was a mighty power. They were the will power everything revolved around them when you get to the end of the Bible. They crumbled they were so far from the heart of God. People rose up and made a determination that they were more important than God. They became the we the people of mighty valor. They became the solution to their own salvation. They became the center of their own universe and in Daniel chapter 5 and and I mean the whole chapter for just the moment this is a blitz lest we forget, Daniel chapter 5 is the story about a king by the name of Belshazzar, a mighty king. He ruled his people and it's a story about how leaders can lead a nation to destruction. And it's a story about a people who agreed they just followed and what happened was in all likelihood, Belshazzar was the grandson of name you couldn't answer and during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was thriving and maybe you could maser disobeyed God and he began to think of himself more highly than God, and God said you not going to get away with it. You can call the convention and you can vote to become immoral, but I'm not going to let you get away with it.
You are not going to defile the law of God, no matter how popular it might be you are not going to define me and this chapter yet tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar was brought down to size and what God says was as soon as Nebuchadnezzar determined that he was more important than God. God gave him over to the mind of an animal's behavior began to reflect the behavior of an animal, and what happened in Daniel chapter 5 is that God reminds us that there was only one condition by which God restored name. You couldn't answer and he's people and that was that he would humble himself. You see, verse 23 tells us that he lifted up himself against the Lord of heaven. I want you to see verse 23 you have lifted your self up against the Lord of heaven and when Belshazzar took over the rulership of Babylon. He just let it go. He said unashamedly and unapologetically. We are going to give ourselves over to revelry, debauchery, we going to support everything that contradicts the word of God. We gotta make it our business and the story beginning at verse one, King Belshazzar made a great feast for thousand of these lords and drank wine in front of the thousand that shows a picture of the leadership syndrome that leads a people who follow down the road to destruction.
And in the middle of all this revelry in verse five. Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace opposite the land span and when the king sold this hand.
The Bible says in verse six that he said, changed any thoughts alarmed him and his limbs gave way and he's knees not together now were also going to discover that evidently it didn't help him very much. You can get as nervous as you want to. When God speaks, but unless you do what God says it doesn't amount to anything you can respect God you can go to church. You can say you're a nation under God, you can hold to the precepts of God.
But I'm less you do what God says it does not matter.
God will take you out and so we know the story here. That's why this is written in the book of Daniel because Belshazzar Winton, he found all his magicians he consulted with his Congress, and none of them had a solution either. He called in the mayors of the city and the astrologers in the wisemen and the people you had all the money to support all the campaigns he called in all the packs and all those who have a lot to say in the people of influence in the Bible tells us that Belshazzar said somebody for dear me, let's get the people because we the people by the people. People solution is what is going on but I couldn't do it. Queen came to the king, and said there's a man by the name of Daniel is a godly man is a preacher boy let him come. So beginning at verse 13, Daniel was bolting before the king and this man of God stood there before the king, and if you beg my pardon. He laid the smack down.
In fact, the king even said to him, listen son I tell you what you tell me what this is all by you that got you've always dreamed about all set you up in high places. I'll give you a membership to Augusta national all make life real pretty. And you know what Daniel did.
He said listen, man, you can keep all that stuff. In fact, when I start telling you the truth of God's word you not going to like me one bit, and he began to interpret this dream and the interpretation here is very clear in this passage of Scripture, beginning in verse 25. This is the writing that was inscribed. Meaning, meaning Tycho Pawson.
This interpretation means God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end tickle you been weighed in the balances and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and the Persians then Belshazzar gave the Kaman. Daniel was clogged with purple and trade of gold around his neck proclamation was made about him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
But that very night Bell saw was to buy the Kelby by Darius the Mead took over his kingdom.
That very same night.
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That's 866899673 about today's teaching with Dr. Don Wilton right off the Pearl Harbor Franklin Delano Roosevelt one of my heroes love reading great biographies. He said this right in the off them off the Pearl Harbor quote those who long enjoys such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that others have died to win them all.
Nation is at the crossroads. Ladies and gentlemen, lest we forget history repeats itself. Consider Babylon began small given by God established with the purpose grew to become the most powerful nation in the world and died. A pitiful death. They were taken over by foreigners. They were run out of town. They were handed over to the radicals. What do you suppose it was that they forgot in the story. Is it possible to find what God is saying.
Lest we forget someone they failed to remember that God had established them as a nation that's pretty evident when you read the whole Sauber of Babylon, but verse 18 reminds us of that God's word says very clearly, your king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty.
Belshazzar evidently soon forgot the valuable lessons of the pause doesn't help to just once a year, memorialized the blood of the patriots.
If we don't do what they died for pride reared its ugly head in Belshazzar and among the peoples of the Babylonians. Verse 22 tells us unequivocably concerning this king.
You have lifted your self against the Lord of heaven.
Just as a matter of interest.
What makes America unique. My friends have you ever pondered that question. What makes us unique among the nations will go and do little research. Let's just keep it to the Americas wonderful frames.
The Canadian you know why Canada was founded Canada essentially was founded by a group of French explorers who came essentially looking for gold. It was founded for the purpose of finding treasure. Well, let's go south of the border showing its go to Mexico. Why was Mexico found Mexico was founded by Spanish explorers who essentially came looking for gold. They were looking for treasure. So why was America found America was founded by a group of men and women who came looking for God the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
They came here with only one purpose in mind and that is to establish a place where they could worship the Lord Jesus in freedom and lift high his knife. The gold that was found in America which rendered this nation so great was as a consequence of the founding principle, God rewarded those people I'm convinced, and he still is to sponsor ourselves and you can find this reflected in one charter off to another across the colonies just going to your homework. If you look at the charter. For example, of Rhode Island in 1683. They charter states, and I quote, we submit our persons, our lives, our state unto the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and the Lord of lords and to all those perfect and absolute blows given to us in and through his holy word that's Rhode Island well just drop down a little go to Connecticut. Beautiful been there many times one town in Connecticut is my favorite school, Wilton, Connecticut is my favorite town in Connecticut. I've even got a But saves Wilton a picture of me standing outside the Wilton Baptist Church.
It suits my personality you go to the charter of Connecticut. What you read that it was formed by a virus listen to it was formed for the further proclamation. Sorry I'm reading the wrong one to preserve the purity of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's Connecticut in its original charter formed to preserve the purity of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ Maryland was full by zeal to extend the Christian gospel Delaware was full for the propagation of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. I read something this possible week in which one of my friends pose the question, what if Washington DC became the next state. If we somehow decided to give DC statehood. What would they charter read today can I make a suggestion. This could be DC's charter today, we hereby set ourselves to honor and serve ourselves because we ourselves are to be worshiped and honored as God, for there is none like him to us. Why did Babylon collapse.
Well, they failed to remember that God established them as a nation.
There's something else they failed to do. They failed to remember that the devil is just outside the door. You know that in this passage that King Belshazzar called the party and the Medes and the Persians were camped outside the gates of the city. Now how stupid is that it's we've got nothing to worry about syndrome.
Nobody could ever touch us maybe because what the Babylonians thought number one that they were big and mighty number two that they were invincible and indestructible. Maybe they thought sincerely that they were secure and untouchable America. We as a nation of lead the world where one many wars and saved many other nations from the zoster we send more aid to help more people around the world than anybody combined more disaster relief than any other, but the Bible tells us that the devil is a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour Belshazzar thought he could just party. His troubles away became intoxicated by his own sense of self worth. He became satisfied by his own lust for life. He became blinded by his treasure chest. He became completely bamboozled by his own comfort zones.
I need some position of dictatorial power, he became the victim of his own interpretation of taking the fifth, believing honestly that he could say anything that he wanted without fear of legal ramification that he could make utterances and decrees without being held accountable to the laws of God, and God showed up and said to him you have been weighed in the balance in your days are numbered. Something else that they forgot lest we forget, they failed to remember that freedom is not a license for immoral behavior. Never forget many years ago.
Being in a very very remote part of northern Mongolia and into Indochina.
I was in a place where the gospel was not allowed where the church is persecuted and everywhere I went I had one TV channel on the meager television sets and it came out of America and that one channel was M. T. The we the people look at us Babylonians was so blinded by their refusal to see the hand of God that they could not see the relationship between the moral decay and then national decline. They moral decline late to the spiritual decline in the spiritual decline led to the moral decline because moral depravity invariably leads to spiritual depravity and spiritual depravity invariably leads tomorrow property at SWAT God is who he is. That's why Jesus said, remember this until I come. That's why he pointed to his day. He said if you don't remember me your bed because you've got the laugh you got no moral compass you got no spamming you got no forgiveness. You got no hope.
That's why I want to invite you to give your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. We the people one nation under God.
I am an American and proud to be but I like Christian man and not cry out to God for this country that maybe some that would reach down and he would do something that we do for ourselves in the land about number four now close with this they failed to remember that God will not be marked.
God will not be marked. Babylon was now in full crumble mode is a downward spiral gun trace if they became proud and arrogant. They ignored the enemy.
They lost a self-respect. They followed an ungodly leader. They lost their moral compass. They disrespected their spiritual roots and they began openly and unashamedly challenge the face of God and so the end was announced when the end was announced three things happen number one verse five says God spoke verse six says the king became frightened and verse verse 13 says God's man showed up.
It's interesting when God's man showed up in the midst of the revelry and the debauchery what God said yes this is the job of everyone who claims to know Jesus Christ in the job of every preacher. Yes, this is the popular sound that rings across the whole wave institutions in this nation that we love God will not be marked. Thus saith the Lord. What was Daniel's sermon and a great three point sermon verse 18, all power comes from God any further questions. All power comes from God.
Second point of Daniel's sermon. Verse 20 God punishes arrogance and pride. The third point in verse 21 in verse 22 God requires absolute repent doesn't require us to turn over a new leaf will deposit a new resolution resolution requires repentance that we come before him and we cry out to him, we confess our soon we trust him. If we haven't trusted and we go to put our faith and in him turn our lives over to him. I want you to do what you need to do cry out to God, give your life to Christ, receive him as your Savior and your Lord I call upon you as American citizens to rise up to take a stand joined great men of faith like Martin Luther stood upon the word of God and said yeah I stand.
I call upon you to be unpopular. I call upon you to not get an invitation because you would be an unwelcome presence in that group.
I call upon you to be understand that you type for righteousness and holiness. I call upon the leaders about nation to consider what they are called upon people all over this nation that lives up in the lab. People, there is no certain that is worse then any other sin because we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God, you, and I'm not going to solve the problem by pointing fingers and becoming judgment. We know Dana solve the problem of this nation by isolating sins and singling them out when God has made it clear that we already simple people who are in need of him all people are welcome in this chart. There are no exceptions. That's why we living in a day and age today where it's becoming increasingly unpopular in churches to preach and proclaim the word of the living God. People are running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get the only good and little bit teasing wonderful stories and five everything has to be dished up. The way we live. But God doesn't give me what I like to give me what I need God, I'm so thankful to the Lord for you so thankful to the Lord for this church.
I'm so thankful for the span. I'm so thankful to the schools of moms and dads will loving their children no matter your children again and let you down.
The Gunnison keep loving them.
When your child takes a detour don't turf them out. Embrace thing, forgive them, teach them get alongside every soon they encountered Jesus, he set down with them and then Paul reminded us he was the chief of sinners. So where does that leave you with is that leave me that's the hope of the world is in Christ and folks, I'm an eternal optimist. I believe that I base days are ahead of us.
I believe God is just challenging us afraid she's just calling us back to where we need to be. We need to go back to Bethel back to the place of our commitment, we need we need to go back to where the fire is folks in the great joys.
The fire is pursuing you.
God is using this radio station broadcast with Dr. Don to let you know that he loves you. He wants to fire in your life, or perhaps the very first time save for Jesus I pray for those right now.
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