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May 13, 2022 8:00 am
Listen closely, as Adrian Rogers years. What will happen when Jesus Christ returns to church is a restraint to a power able digital that the Holy Spirit and having his people has Satan on a leash and the certain things that he would like to do that it cannot move Joe. One of these days. Satan is going to be released. One of these days. The restraint will be all with is that when we take it out. Welcome to love words find featuring the powerful messages in lessons Adrian Rogers we live in hope on the edge of eternity. We are not waiting for any more fulfilled prophecies. Jesus could come at any moment in part one of today's message. We learned that though we don't know the exact time or day.
We know he will return exactly on time.
Second Thessalonians reveals how to have a settled faith in these last days.
If you have your Bible turn there now beginning in chapter 1 as Adrian Rogers delivers part two of how to have a steadfast hope in a shaky world we're going to look today to the word of God and find something that will give us a settled faith in a shaky world set up. If you can keep. When all those roundabouts are losing theirs is just a side you don't understand the situation. Maybe another sigh may be a sign that you have a bulldog grip on the word of God. Second Thessalonians chapter 1 and look at it will in verse seven and you who are troubled are you probably talking to you and you are troubled rest with us. That is seven release that tension rest with us. When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe. Because our testimony among you was believed in that day.
Now let's talk about a settled faith in a very shaky world. I will lay three things upon your heart and I pray God the Holy Spirit will write them in teleplay upon your heart and ask them today and they are consciousness truths number one. As we look at the Scripture. You need not be dismayed. You may not be dismayed. Look again if you will, in verse seven and you who are troubled rest with us pastor. These are not days. Yes, they are but they are gloriously dark because the darkest hour of the night is just before the dawn. You say I hope is not in politics.
Everybody's talking politics these days I hope is not in sociology. Our hope is not in science hope is to show that is the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and so what is Paul saying in this first section he is saying you need not be dismayed, you who are troubled, God is everything under control.
Matter fact I have a model in my status as Adrian. Trust me I have everything under control now number two. Not only should you not be dismayed. You should not be deceived look if you will. And now in the second Thessalonians. The second chapter and notice how it begins. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together on the him that is the rapture, that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be trouble. That is, don't be dismayed, neither by spirit nor by word nor by letter, as from us as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he as God sit within the temple of God, showing himself that he is God, remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things I must operating there for moment, but Paul is saying not only don't be dismayed. But don't be deceived.
Chapter 2 verse three let no man deceive you not put down big plane and strike the devil is a deceiver is a lie is the father of all lies and he had inspired and devilish deception what it happened a forged letter had gone out somebody assigned Paul's name to to deceive the church and they were teaching that the church was already in the great tribulation, and they were saying that you Christians have missed the rapture and during the great tribulation. It was a lie. It was a devilish live ball is talk about our being gathered together to him.
In verse one. The rapture is going to come first.
But it was a lie that the date Lord is at hand here in the tribulation and so Paul is straightening them out about this and tells them. Now the truth, and he explained some things to them about the antichrist that is going to come. You see there's coming a antichrist. The man of sin is going to fling one final insult into the face of heaven's key mount notice what he says in verse three let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
That is the day of the Lord is not going to come until the Antichrist is he now.
He's called here the man of sin he is going to be the epitome of evil. He is Satan's Superman.
He will counterfeit the work of God and like any criminal he has many aliases I would give you some names that is called in the Bible to them about right here.
First of all, is called the man of sin.
The man of sin that speaks of his character is going to be the enemy of evil is going to be the personification of sin. You see history began with the Santa man it will end with a man of sin. All of the evil of this world will be distilled into one man is called a man of sin. Another translation calls this the incarnation of wickedness.
Another translation, the champion of wickedness. Another translation wickedness in human form. All of these are the same way say he is the man of sin, but also is called in verse three, the son of perdition. What is let me what perdition means judgment and that it speaks thereof. The judgment that Shirley awaits him.
The only other person in the Bible.
It's called the son of perdition is Judas and Williams translates this son of perdition, the one who is doomed to destruction mess reason I said safe in sales. A sinking ship in Revelation chapter 13 is called bear the beast all these are aliases wisely call the beast because that speaks of his ferocity is cruel and fierce and ferocious nature. This man may have the face of an angel, but he has the heart of the beast and then the apostle John calls him the anti-Christ. You can read about that in first John is called the antichrist and the prefix AMTI anti-means instead and against. He is against Christ when he comes as a substitute for Christ is one who opposes Christ is one who will be a substitute for Christ. That is, he is the counterfeit Christ knowledge get something straight. Jesus can say he that hath seen me has seen my father, the antichrist can say the same thing.
He is of his father the devil, just as Jesus Christ was God in human flesh antichrist will be the devil in human flesh, and he is a he that hath seen me has seen my father, but his father is the devil. Now you have to understand this, that Satan desires worship and is getting bolder and bolder these days and more and more he is inculcating to himself demonic devilish worship. He wants to receive worship and he will receive that worship through the antichrist. Look, if you will, in the second chapter and verse for it speaks of this man of sin who is an exalted himself above all that is called God.
Now that is the anti-he is against God or that is worshiped, but now here's the anti-in place of God so that he is God sit within the temple of God, showing himself that he is God, the devil is always wanted to be worship. Now the Bible says that this antichrist is going to come and sit in the temple of God will.
Where is that where the temple of God will be rebuilt in Jerusalem is a really believe the temple will be rebuilt. Yes, I I believe it will be rebuilt by the Antichrist himself and this antichrist will make a covenant with Israel and help the temple to be rebuilt bad and then when the temple was rebuilt he himself will enter into that temple and he will show himself that he is God. Of course, is not God. But Jesus said in Matthew 24. When you see the abomination of desolation set in the holy place then you know that the greatest tribulation ever is about to begin. Now notice the antichrist is going to be revealed. Look, if you will, in verse three let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that Mama send me revealed what is that tell it tells us that he could be alive and well but they'll been covered right now he may be alive today on planet Earth.
I personally believe is going to come out of a reunified Europe with talk about that later but he's going to be revealed.
But until he is revealed there is a spirit working in this world that the Bible calls the mystery of iniquity. Notice if you will in chapter 2 verse six and you know what withholding that he might be revealed in his time talking up antichrist for the mystery of iniquity already work only he who now X will let until he be taken out of the way I look at this very carefully looking verse six and you know what withholding that he might be revealed in his time. That is, if the antichrist is alive and well today there is something that is holding him back there something that is restraining him. It's as if the devil is only and you know what withholding that he might be revealed in his time antichrist cannot come on the stage until the time that is set now notice in verse seven for the mystery of iniquity doth already work friend. If you cannot see the spirit of antichrist in the world today, you blind, the mystery of iniquity doth already work only he who now let us and that's King James, for he who now restrains will restrain until he be taken out of the way. Now notice if you will, in verse six there's a walk and you know what withholding now notice in verse seven.
Only he who now restrains there's a lot and there's a he, what is the one what is church when the church is taken out the church as a restraint to antichrist and the church is going to be taken out was that he that he is the Holy Spirit who inhabits the church now.
When is the church inhabited by the Holy Spirit going to be taken out at the rapture when the church is taken out of the rapture when the trumpet sounds a price rise.
First we were to remain alive will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air and to admire him and to be changed and be like him.
They were taken out and the restraint is gone. Did you know that the church is a restraint to the power of evil.
Did you know that the Holy Spirit inhabiting his people has Satan on a leash and the certain things that he would like to do that he cannot do starting with Joe Satan said the things I want to do what you will let me know.
Speaking to one of these days. Satan is going to be released. One of these days.
The restraint will be gone when is that when we taken out you like us they wish we were gone. We are a pain to them. But the Bible calls us salt and light what the soul well salt preserves. What else do salt do salt stains salt irritate one of these days. This preserving staying irritating salt will be taken out light. What does light do we live or a light reveals as well as produces one of these days, God's divine photosynthesis will be taken out one of these days, God revealing light will be taken out one of these days, the preaching, like I'm doing today will be taken out and antichrist will have his way that Madison will be revealed, the son of perdition is going to come and when that happens, when the church is taken out friend. There will be such a flood tide of lawlessness and wickedness. You might as well try to damn up microphone with toothpicks has to stop the flood tide of lawlessness that will come in that day when the church at the rapture is taken out. That doesn't mean that the Holy Spirit is no longer owner listen friend. The Holy Spirit is everywhere. There's no place where God is not what he's talking about is the restraining power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will stand aside and then the antichrist, the man of sin will come on the scene.
He will be all of the hit list the Khomeini's the Saddam Hussein's Napoleons in one he will be the composite of evil. His intellectual genius will be great. His authority will be overpowering is hatred to be extraordinary.
His techniques will be superb men will be willing to die for him. Women will swoon at his feet.
Little children will speak his name with reverence and the whole world will wonder after the beast now would you be willing verses 10 and 12 because time is running out on me. It speaks of chapter 2 verses 10 and 12 lesbian verse nine even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders who make you believe that up is down, black is white and make you believe that good is evil all power and signs and lying wonders. Now watch this and with all this evilness of unrighteousness in them that perish because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie that they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. Listen to me.
Don't you ever plan on getting saved after the rapture. There will be some people say that director but not people like you, not people of seven churches like this and heard the gospel preached heard the plan of salvation presented and he said no I don't want him I don't want Jesus. I had pleasure in unrighteousness that they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness and the opposite here of truth is not error, but it is unrighteousness.
A man is presented with the truth, and then he thinks of the CNA said well I will.
The truth I would take my sin and God says in with your sin will be the baggage of unbelief, when the church is taken out and the Bible says that you will believe the lies of the antichrist as some people say, well understood a way to the rapture and of the rapture happens in Iran else is known that I just turning to save know you will you will believe the lies of antichrist and you will go into the great tribulation and then ultimately you will die and go to hell now what have we said and I must come to conclusions. Paul is saying these folks and don't be dismayed. They say secondly to these people. Don't be deceived. Anything thirdly and finally, you will not be disappointed.
Chapter 2 in verse eight, then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth. This is talking about the battle of Armageddon.
When the wicked wicked one. Antichrist comes consume him with the spirit of his mouth. What is at the breath of his mouth. The same Jesus who spoke them into existence is going to speak them into oblivion. This makes the battle of Armageddon.
Remember that the second coming of Jesus Christ is in two stages. First, quality comes secretly for his church and then secondly come sovereignly with his church is a period of seven years in between the great tribulation, and when our Lord comes not only in the mystery of the rapture, but the majesty of the revelation.
It's then that antichrist is going to be destroyed is then the 777 will take care of 666. It is then that the Lord Jesus and suffered in shame will come in glory. It is then that Jesus who wore a crown of thorns will wear a Diovan. It is then that the one who died in the center's place will come to execute judgment upon those who refuse such love became the first time to seek and to save is coming the second time in judgment, became the first time in mercy. He's coming the second time in flaming fire dictate vengeance became the first time in humility. He's coming the second time in incredible power. What is this mean to you. This will give you five things it means do an statements number one, there is the intersession factor, you better begin to pray. Number two, there's the soul winning factor. If you have men, women, boys and girls friends, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, brother, sisters, without Jesus shared Jesus number three is the family preparation factor, you had better get your children and get them into the word of God and get them to understand things that are happening today because the spirit of antichrist is in the world, and the mystery of iniquity doth already work there is the comfort factor friend. Don't be dismayed to go around with headline hysteria and last of all, there is the hope factor. We have a home that is steadfast and sure we the only ones who really understand what is happening in this day and in this age. Some people visit a real old church. The church was beautiful the building.
I mean they wanted to see if there was a janitor there and they said can we go inside and look at the building project since its you may go in the key is in the law and so the people went over there and they tried to turn the key. They tried to turn the key. They tried to unlock the door. The tried and tried and tried, they even took the key out of the lock took a handkerchief, wiped it all blew it off put it back in, but they could during the key matter.
While there will janitor came over to settle. I'm so sorry. The reason you couldn't turn the key is the doors already unlocked, just lift the latch and go only I'm sorry didn't tell you for not wanting this if you want to be saved. The doors already unlocked. Quit trying and start trusting. Just come as you are and if you don't know Jesus. I want a legion of prayer would you pray this prayer out of your heart dear God I am a center. My sin deserves judgment, but I made him want mercy, Jesus died to save me and you promise to save if I would trust. I do trust you, Jesus. I did right now, this moment with my heart come into my heart, forgive my sin. I'm sorry for my soon. I repent of my sin.
I turn from it to you. Forgive me, cleanse me saying me, Lord Jesus, and by faith pray this way. Thank you for saving the Lord Jesus.
I receive it right now is the gift of your love. I trust you. Now, my Lord, my Savior, my God and my friend begin now to make me the person you want me to be the Lord Jesus, I will live for you, not in order to be saved. That's a gift that I will live for you because I am saying, Lord Jesus, help me not to be ashamed of you give me the courage to make a public in your name I pray, amen. And if you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now. We would love to celebrate with you and invite you to our find God's love page of the website you will find answers, you may need about your newfound faith. Go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab that says find God's love. Welcome to his forever family. We can't wait to hear from you today if you'd like to order a copy of today's message in its entirety.
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