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March 15, 2022 8:00 am
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Death is Dr. Michael Hsieh, this series of messages entitled how God works with saying the life of the sum of how God works. We have seen how God shows up seeing how God provided for Elijah supernaturally in the middle of the heart of worship and country. We have seen how God performed goals and set about seeing how God performed the Nichols amount, we have seen how God ministered to lodge up when he was depressed when it was discovered we wanted to God. God minister to him at every need to go see God thanking him for the very present of the Lord moment in time, son unexpected times drawn, allowing last lien he goodbye today a look at the last days and the prophet Elijah's life. If the final message at Dr. you set series called how God works. So let's get right to it here now is Dr. Michael you set the message he's called.
The best way to go. I want to tell you that the Scripture couldn't be clearer about the issue of life and death, heaven and hell.
But in our anxiety to accommodate an anxiety to compromise and anxiety of not offending anybody. We have compromised these truths. These biblical doctrines are less clear as the sun shone so many of the surveys are conducted in America among the population in general. The vast majority of people think that everybody when they got to go to heaven. I want to tell you.
I wish it was a case that is not a bull. My body want to see anybody go to hell. But the truth is truth and the truth is not everybody's going to happen. This is a live from the pit of hell that Satan delights to spread out than the population why to keep people from turning to Christ to keep people from turning to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He wanted to keep things going on the way to hell and therefore he blinds up about truth so many nonbelievers out there are deceived into thinking that they can go to heaven without Jesus.
Listen to me, read my lips. It is absolutely no not possible that anyone would get to heaven with God's face and surrender of one's life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Regardless of your church affiliation.
Regardless of your family connection regardless of your knowledge of what you know. Regardless of your ethical stand. You can only get the seven if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You only go to heaven when you come to the point in your life when you acknowledge that I am born a sinner and I will die a sinner unless I recognize that Jesus paid for my penalty of my sin in the life of this great man of God. Elijah we going to see today how he went straight up to heaven from earth why because he was a man who walked with God. He was a man who obeyed God.
He was a man who trusted in God and his word was a man who feared God with all of his heart.
This is temporary defeat this part of his temper depression. This part of his temperate discouragement. Elijah, like all of those who put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ was taken to eternal life in heaven.
Elijah was a man who walked with God and now it is time for him to be in the presence of the Lord. When the time came, God decided that a larger like Enoch is going to go straight to heaven he will not see an earthly grave, but is transformed to a heavenly body on his way to see Paul said that this flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Paul said this is a corruptible tent that we live in, and therefore, it goes to the ground on rock just like the seed goes into the ground. You never see it anymore. But in heaven for the believers when you get up there. Jesus has a body that is prepared for you a heavenly body, a body like the Lord Jesus Christ after the resurrection abutted us free of pain about it is free of battles about this, free of agony about it. I was free but God in his mercy in God and his grace not allow a large or Enoch to rot in the ground.
I want to tell you that didn't came undone in his way up and fell to the ground symbolic of the mental that fell off so he goes up to heaven, his corruptible body fell to the ground and corruptible body was prepared for him in heaven is mortal body was literally dissolving as he was going up because he received an immortal body. This perishable give way to the imperishable. As we looked at this series of messages entitled how God works we've seen in the life of this man how God works. We have seen how God Elijah insurance broke we have seen how God provided for Elijah supernaturally in the middle of the heart of bail worshiping country we have seen how God performed miracles and Z FF we have seen how God performed the Nichols amount, we have seen how God minister to a larger when he was depressed when he was discouraged when he wanted to die. God ministered to him at every need and then we have seen how God restored into a ministry to the even the next generation of Israelite king and today we see God taking him home, taking him to the very presence of the Lord turn with me if you haven't already. The second Kings chapter 2 Elijah has been given a word from the Lord. And now he said it's a matter of hours before his going to be propelled into the presence of God. But before that, he goes into a missionary journey. He goes out and he visits three seminaries that he has helped found three Bible schools in three different cities where the sons of the prophets. These are all students of a larger he goes over there and he says goodbye to everyone of them before he takes off and goes into the presence of God. Elisha's understudy Elisha's disciple. Elisha was his heir apparent, would not leave. He goes with him wherever he goes. Every time they go to town. He said, look, you stay here said no sir I'm done with you. Is it now, you stay here, said Norm going with you in these towns that Elijah has visited with Elisha until have significance within them and in the sequence in which he visited them. I wanted to listen very carefully marked them in your Bible because they are important. There are the three stages in which every believer goes through first in verse one. He went to give go from Joshua chapter 4 we know what Gill gal is Gill gal represented the place of beginning Gill gal represented the place of security and safety Gill gal represented a place of communion and sharing with God Gill gal represented the place of preparation and in Joshua chapter 4 Gill gal become engraved in remodeling of every Jew we say why because there Joshua piled up 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel, and he said to them is that in the future when your descendents ask you and say what are these stones stand for. He said tell them that this is where God dried up Jordan in order God's people might cross over and going to the promissory Gill gal is a symbol of preparation and their Elijah was remembering the beginning of his obedience to the Lord God is a time when God gave him a challenge and he said get up and go to I have and he said yes Lord, that is a symbol of his preparation as a symbol of his obedience to the Lord when he called them initially from Gill gal. He goes to Bethel market again. Elisha close on his heels.
Bethel is a place of altars.
Bethel means the house of God.
Abraham, when he came out of Egypt and repentance and turn back to God after he live in Egypt to offer the sacrifice and Bethel. Jacob offered a sacrifice and Bethel. Bethel is a place of heart searching Bethel is a place of self-examination. Bethel is the place of putting whatever's precious to your heart. Whatever you're holding on to whatever you clinging onto and God says that whatever that is.
God wants you to put that on his altar that is Bethel. Let me ask you this what is it that God is been saying to you that on the altar for me that an offer for me, not because God wants that God needs it, but because you do from Gill gal to Bethel to Jericho Jericho represented battles for their Joshua led the people of God into a supernatural victory when they shouted and God got the walls to fall down. Jericho is a place where God supernaturally gave victory in battle and their Elijah stood there on he remembered he remembered his battle in his own life. He remembered the battles with the prophets of bail he remember the battle with Jezebel and with Ahab. He remembered the bottle of discouragement. The battle of depression and the burden of this policy.
He remembered the puddle of injustice that took place when neighborhood Israelite was killed for no reason except greed and there he remembered the battles and I guarantee you in our heart convinces hard to say.
I'm so glad the battle is over Gill gal and to Bethel and to Jericho and into Jordan. The departure point.
Some of you are in the place of beginning. Some of you, and you go. Some of you in the beginning, in your Christian walk.
Some of you have begun the process of sanctification. You are symbolically speaking in Gill gal right now then others of you are making your way into Bethel and their building an altar for God and then are you hearing the voice of God telling you the sacrifice where you hearing the voice of God and saying the reason you feel that there is dryness in your Christian walk. The reason you feel that heaven is like iron on the earth is like brass is because you not obeying me and sacrificing Bethel that sacrifice might be up on home.
That sacrifice might be a broken romance and that sacrifice might be a shutter dream that sacrifice might be a lost job, or a lost career that sacrifice might be a loss of a loved one. Whatever it is handed over. Don't ever ever ever ever forget that when you are standing there Bethel offloading your sacrifice, God is doing his work in your life within the some of you who already been to Gill gal and you into Bethel in the you are in Jericho you have known. Even the places of victory in battle and often battle it may have been a battle in your own home, and God gave you victory it may have been a battle of your son or your daughter who turned away from the Lord and God brought them supernaturally to the kingdom it might have been a battle through where you have Russell didn't doubt you have wrestled in fear was taught that you have wrestled with unbelief and disbelief. And now you've made it across the river. It might've been a battle in prayer what God is telling you to spend time with him and maybe a battle of sensuality, whatever it is a battle whatever Jericho you ran God if he has given you victory in the past you know what he wants to give you victory again and he wants you to look back at the past victory and know that the one who gave you that victory in that day was to give it to you again. I wanted to notice that Elijah wanted to go walking these places alone. You remember back after mine, who were so discouraged he got to Beersheba with his officer's servant, the one before Elisha and he said things that you stay here, and I'm going to go alone when he got there alone who face at the Gothic my life. It was so discouraged you so despondent.
Remember I told you that had the servant been there. Elijah probably would not be discouraged because this young man would've reminded him of the goodness of God and here again. He wants to do it alone, but Elisha, God bless him. Elisha would not let him go alone Elisha out of a sense of loss without a sense of loyalty, not a sense of commitment out of sense of devotion there alone. Such friendship and such commitment, such devotion is very rare indeed. But it is also blessed indeed for later only going to see how Elisha received double portion of Elijah's spirit, stopping for a moment until you this. If you have one person who walks with you into Gill gal who walks with you and to Bethel who walks with you into Jericho, you are blessed indeed. But if you don't listen to me. Please. I would urge you to take time to cultivate a person who would walk with you not only to Gill gal not only to Bethel not only to Jericho but all the way to Jordan, a manager choose a man and a woman chooses a woman when they got to the Jordan. The point of departure is a gust of wind began to blow the largest mental falls and Elisha picks it up and with the departing moment came Elijah.
The mental Elijah the disciple turns to his disciple, Elisha, and he says what can I do for you what can I do for you what are you going to ask you know I love Elisha's boldness. I really really do. I just love it have been praying for God to give me such boldness is added. You could have been all shocks. I don't need anything not worthy to receive anything, but he didn't do that look in his response.
He said all I want to double portion of your spirit is the Lord that this language is very familiar to the Old Testament. The older son receives double portion of his father's inheritance.
Why, because he supposed to take care of his mother, the widow is supposed to take care of the little one I received double portion and therefore there is not a strange thinking when Elisha set the logic give me a double portion of your spirit. He knew exactly what he was asking.
It wasn't an easy thing, but he got in the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking don't sit next to you sister you calling my name. What can I do for you what is it that you asking me what would you ask for what you said, think about this for a long long time. Elisha could have asked for power to call down fire from heaven. He did mess with that said, give me power to raise the sound of widows, but he didn't ask for that. This wise man of God. He asked for the spirit of God dwelt in the larger to dwell in him and I asked for the spirit of God in abundance. James tells us that you have not because you ask not. And when you ask you ask wrongly, I believe that that when it comes to God's work when it comes to God's glory.
God wants us to ask for big things. God expects us to come to him and ask for a notion, but instead we go to God and were bringing the thimble I will bless you as you God wants you to come to him at times ask for a mountain and we come to him and ask for more Hill when you read on the life of a larger going to discover that God answered his prayer exactly specifically for a larger perform for miracles, but Elisha performed what a great God we dare to ask God for big things dare to ask God for great things dare to ask God for Mikey things he wants to know what is your lack of faith that stopping it from coming through. It only comes to the work of God when it comes to the kingdom of God comes the salvation of souls when it comes to equipping of the saints comes to impacting the world for Jesus Christ. I want to tell you I am the first among the amendment and the claimant. Something struck me as I was working my way through this passage when he larger was privileged to be lifted up on the way to heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ himself. After the resurrection and spending time with his disciples, he was ascended into heaven. This is a series entitled how God works. But notice how, in both cases the witnesses were personal disciples not the last crafts listen if I was entrusted to stay. Elijah was going up in the whirlwind man alive. I wanted to bring the Israelites royal family there. I would've want to bring the leftover profits of bail that I'm going to bring everybody there I was at sea, thank God. This is not series about how Michael you support how God works for Wallace in charge of staging the Lord Jesus Christ ascension into heaven. Man I tell you I will have some people that I want to have Pontius Pilate there, and special on his wife. There you know why because I knew she was going to him and says I told you so. I would want to have Caiaphas the high priest there I would wanted the Roman soldiers nailed him to the cross. There I want the crowd was it give us Barabbas. I wanted to be there, but that didn't work that way. God does not work this way. These moments were reserved only for the eyes of faith.
These moments were reserved only for those who determined to live by faith and walk by face and not by sight. I want you also to notice that when the larger was taken up to heaven his mantle. Spirit fell in one man, Elisha all but with the Lord Jesus Christ was ascended to heaven. The Bible said he gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to all desire. I want to end the series of messages what I've begun this message. Namely that if you truly desire heaven in the hereafter.
You have to walk with God in the here and now Jesus said only the father knows our and I live every day as Jesus will come back today, but here's a question if you were to die and you go and face the Lord Jesus Christ. What would you say to if you look in the czar's the one who died for you to pay the price of your sin and Savior and Redeemer do what you say if your answer is I'm not sure I'm go to heaven.
You can be sure to just take God at his word.
That's all I'm asking you to do, but if you have known the Lord Jesus Christ and you have walked with him. What would you say when you see him on what you say I'm sorry, Lord, I was indifferent. I'm sorry I was called. I'm sorry I was busy I'm sorry I didn't realize you kingdom needed me.
Would you apologize for all these things are what you say look up giving you my all the word of God tells us that is not a single member in the body of Christ. That is not important to his word to his king. We all offer different gifts, each of us can offer some could you say Jesus, I have given my all may then be the prayer of my heart your heart today. What will you say to Jesus in the moments following your last breath, Dr. Michael you sent and leading the way team would like to help make conversations with the pastor easily available to you needed teaching about Elijah's last moments brought some questions to mind that we encourage you talk to are leading the way pastor today and just begin that conversation by going to LTW.org/Jesus. If you are new listener, you may be interested in knowing more about who Dr. Michael you set and it's really an amazing story, God called a young man out of a difficult situation and let down a path to worldwide impact.
You see young Michael UNICEF was living in Egypt and this was during the time when a dictator was allowing us to overtake the region, your call to ministry. Michael was miraculously granted a visa out of his home country just before the borders were permanently closed with only what he could carry by hand.
He traveled to Lebanon then on to Australia. We began and completed Bible school, and of course, met his wife Elizabeth. Michael continued his education in California and in Georgia, ultimately settling in the area. We God called Michael UNICEF to begin the church of the apostles from the very beginning. The mission was to reach the lost, to equip the saints using all means available, and so leading the way began and is now heard in 27 languages through various media and technologies worldwide. Learn more about how God is using the obedience of Dr. UNICEF to take the gospel worldwide visit LTW.org or call us at 866-626-4356 866-626-4356. This program is furnished by leading the way with Dr. Michael