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The Nations In Prophecy Part 2

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March 23, 2021 1:00 am

The Nations In Prophecy Part 2

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March 23, 2021 1:00 am

Jesus once spoke of a coming judgment of the nations designed to separate the sheep from the goats. When He spoke of this in Matthew 25, He made it clear that there are only two destinies for any of us. In this message we learn more about the future, and why today is the day to believe on Christ.

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Rain forests looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter of our Jesus once spoke of the coming judgment of the nations designed to separate from the goats. When he spoke of this in Matthew 25 he made it clear that there are only two destinies for many of us today. More thoughts about the future and why today is the day to believe on Christ church in Chicago this morning to serve as clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line after Luther, one thing seems clear. Time is running out everybody writing holy God.

You put it very soberly, but you're absolutely right. And you know here in America. We've had the opportunity of preaching the gospel for so many years but did you know that the right to free speech is under assault in my new book entitled, we will not be silenced responding courageously to our culture's assault on Christianity. I have a chapter on free speech. Did you know that one of the best defenses on free speech was actually Salman Rushdie wrote the Satanic verses. As a matter fact what we need to do is to understand the philosophical basis that is being used often times indoctrinated into our children that free speech is wrong. Only the oppressed should be speaking Rushdie of course stood against that all of this is discussed in my new book, we will not be silenced for a gift of any amount.

It can be yours. Go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us go and sense the urgency that we should have for people to get right with God. I suppose if you believe that salvation is by works. This would be the clearest passage you would have it, all the Bible to argue that way. But if you do good deeds. You get to go into the kingdom you get to heaven if you do bad deeds are excluded. But that would be a mistake to draw that conclusion for a number of different reasons. First of all, because the Bible so clearly teaches in other passages that it is not by works by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight. We can't be saved by good works for the simple reason that the only works that God ultimately accepts are the works of his beloved son, who is perfect, and unless we put our trust and faith in Jesus, we will be excluded even if we happen to do some good works that is clearly taught in the Bible a simple fact is that the best deed in all the world is not an answer to our deep depravity and our sin, but that we read this and it seems as if the basis of judgment was indeed what they did with these brothers of Jesus, and we ask ourselves well you know if it good deeds were the way to heaven. What about somebody like Ted Turner didn't you give $1 billion to charity or something like that.

Yet he claims to be an atheist. I may what happens to him. This makes us look at the text a little bit more closely does not. Let's put it all in context. Who are these people anyway. And these brethren during the period of great tribulation. The Bible says that there are Jews that are converted to Christ multitudes of them. Revelation chapter 7 says $144 and it even lists the various tribes from which they come.

And it says that they are sealed and they are servants of God and catch this. They have their robes washed in the blood of the Lamb will during the great tribulation antichrist is ruling antichrist is forcing everyone to take the mark of the beast, and if you do not take the mark of the beast. The Bible says that you cannot buy or sell. You couldn't go to Jule or Dominick's to buy a loaf of bread unless you go through some kind of a scanner or some kind of an indicator that that says that you have the mark of the beast, and so all that you can possibly do in that situation is somehow survive. And these Jews who may be the brethren, about whom Jesus speaks these Jews were helped by Gentiles by the ethanol us and and they were helped because the only way that they could survive is by hope, and in doing this, the Gentiles, whatever problem they also had to buy or sell because they have been ones who didn't receive the mark of the beast either but but they at least had some kind of wiggle room whereas during the period of tribulation.

The Jews are specifically targeted by the greatest hate and Satanic campaign in history so for these Gentiles to help the Jews is definitely a sign that these are Gentiles who also believe in and trust the Messiah and they do not take the mark of the beast and enter good works there good deeds are obviously an indication of of who they are and who they are loyal to. And so Jesus says, as a result of that you did this to my brother and you visited me in prison you close the did may and because of that, you will enter into the kingdom to hang onto that for a moment as we look at the goats and see what happens to them.

You'll notice it says in verse 41 that he will say to those on his left, depart from me, you who are cursed into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels, for I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me and indeed I needed clothes and you did not clothe me. I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. They will also answer Lord, now when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you. He will reply, I tell you the truth whenever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me. And then comes the most ominous verse in this whole chapter that should give us chills, then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. Who are the goats.

They're the ones who took the mark of the beast.

They are the ones who would not sacrifice anything to save anybody's life or to help anyone, much less the Jews because to do so meant that they were putting themselves in the peril and the possibility of death and having taken the mark of the beast. They of course were rejecting any possibility of helping Jesus Christ brethren, and that would be the sign that would be the sign that they are unbelievers you know when you read the book of Revelation and of course we don't have time to do that today, but it is you do. One of the things you discover is that during the tribulation.

The distinction between believers and unbelievers is very clear. For example, in the 14th chapter it says explicitly all those who take the mark of the beast are destined to the eternal flames where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever because once you do that you side with you side with the devil and by the way there's no evidence that people in hell would ever repent of their sins.

Sin has certain consequences.

And once you've cast your lot to take the train all the way to the station as we look at this passage of Scripture. I'd like to leave us with two very important lessons that should be transforming in our lives. The first is that we have to ask the question.

Even though this this refers to the tribulation. The basic principle is still there for us.

Isn't it in the basic principle is who are you following and who is Jesus Christ for you Bonhoeffer your member use this passage during the time of the Nazi rule in Germany asking the parishioners of his churches. Who is Jesus Christ for you Thomas. He said Jesus Christ today is the Jew so we should be doing is inviting Jews in we should be defending the Jews.

We should be. We should be willing to extend ourselves and we should be able to look into their eyes at the site you are for me Jesus Christ. If you need close I will close you if you're in prison I'll visit you if you need food output food on your table because I'm going to serve you as if I'm serving Jesus. So, who's Christ for us. Is it a biracial child is at by the way a child that perhaps that is unwanted.

Some of you mothers.

God bless you, the father of your child may no longer be in the home.

For whatever reason, and you have to raise that child alone. Maybe it was a child.

You didn't want there some resentment in your heart. Can you look into the eyes of that child and rear him as if he were Jesus Christ I have to tell you, of course, I know he doesn't act like Jesus Christ but easy Jesus Christ for you is is the child that you tutor over at Cabrini Green. Is he Jesus Christ for you.

Is there someone in need in your community or in the inner-city someone whom you are extending yourself. Someone to whom you have are able to meet their need and to say yes you are Jesus Christ to me and I'm caring for you as if you were he, I read this passage and I'm overwhelmed by the words of Jesus and how personally he takes our interaction with others. Did you know that in verse 35. I believe it is verse 35 uses the word. I six times. Let me read it with emphasizing that I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. One of the people are so surprised what you mean Jesus hungry. I didn't see you hungry all you saw the least of these, and you fed him, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me up. I needed clothes and you clothed me in that oh Siri refugee camp. That's me who needed clothes. I was sick and you looked after me. I don't know if I'll get a chance to say this again, but it's coming right now. Did you know that during the early centuries during the plagues that some of the early church fathers said that it was the plagues that actually helped Christianity spread because of the difference that people saw between unbelievers and believers, and the difference was this unbelievers flight for their lives whenever there was a play, not wanting to get the disease.

Christians willingly risk their lives to take care of others believing that they had a higher calling than life itself. And so Cyprian, one of the early church fathers, and regarding the plagues bring them on a great they help us show the reality of the Christian faith. And so Jesus said you needed clothes and you clothed me, I was in prison and you came to visit me so I have to ask you today, is there anyone in your life who is Jesus Christ to you, should we not all have someone who is in need only look upon as being Jesus whom we can serve. What a transforming church. It would be if all of us were involved in the life of someone else who needed us. There's a second lesson in this, of course concludes our series of messages on God and the nations, and that is simply this, that obviously history is going somewhere. We as Christians do not believe that history is cyclical… Keeps going around in circles and that it just comes and goes with no end in sight. History is on a March that ultimately is determined by God with your open Bible.

I'd like you to look one more time at verse 34 Jesus is saying to the righteous take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for use since the creation of the world.

Notice that this kingdom was in preparation for a long time doesn't mean that God you know has to get his act together and needs to work at what was he saying is it's in the mind of the father from the beginning, you realize that you were in God's mind from the beginning. And Jesus said that this kingdom is being prepared and has been prepared from the beginning. But notice that the same word is used in verse 41, then we will see will say to those on his left, depart from me, you who are cursed. Last time I spoke on the fact that we have a God in America who can only Blasi cannot curse or he cannot he cannot judge depart into eternal fire prepared is the word for the devil and his angels doesn't say was prepared for man per se though. It's also clear in the book of Revelation that that's where they all and eventually who reject Jesus Christ as Savior, aren't you startled by the contrast that there is of the two categories and that there is no in between category here.

There's no sheep and goats and then something that is neither she nor goats that it's either on one side or the other side for all of eternity there. Some people bless them, who think that hell cannot be eternal because because we just don't want any eternal help but notice what it says in verse 46 they will go away into eternal punishment, and the righteous to eternal life, and there you have two separate eternities is history marches on, you know, in Canada at the Fraser River somewhere up north in British Columbia you have the river crashing down and then it separates and part of it goes to the right and part of it goes to the left.

One of the streams goes to the Atlantic Ocean. The other eventually lands up in the Pacific Ocean. And so the streams go now. Eventually that water might need to somewhere but not not in this case where you have the great divide Jesus separating people from one another forever and so I guess I have to ask you this question. Have you personally come to trust Christ as Savior in such a way that you say yes I know which side of the divide I will be on. If you are to take the time to read Matthew chapter 26 and 27 and 28, you discover that Jesus is dying on the cross and the reason that is dying on the cross is because we are sinners and through his death. Salvation comes to those who believe and then that that gift of salvation as it works itself out in us, we begin to serve others. We begin to find the least of these is brethren and we begin to serve them as if they were Jesus eternity is a long time say to the young people present. The people who took the mark of the beast. They they followed a loser. He appeared to be a winner but he followed a loser. They followed a loser.

Don't ever follow somebody who appears to be a winner but in the end loses during the time when none. You have Gladstone as being the prime minister of England there is a story about a young man who came to him and said that I hope to do great things. And Gladstone says that's good. He said what you plan to do is that I want to get a good education. Gladstone says that's great. And what then is his wife drive a good education. I want to be elected to the British Parliament to make a difference.

So that's good. What then and then he said well the young man said after that I'd like to write some books to pass my wisdom onto future generations. Gladstone said that's good and what then as well.

Eventually I'm going to have to retire sitting on its right. What, then, well of course you know at some point I'm going to have to die now. That's right, and what then the young man said.

I don't know how to answer that question and apparently Gladstone says get on your knees stay on your knees until you have thought of life through to the very and these righteous go into eternal life. These others eternal punishment.

And there's nothing in between. Who ever you are. Think life through to the very and let's pray our father, we are overwhelmed by this passage because we we think of its implications for our lives and then we think father of the fact that it is coming and it is true, and eventually you will have the great separation and we think father of how families are going to be separated. Husbands and wives, children and brothers and sisters and cousins and aunts and uncles all determined by what they did with Jesus. Would you father, because those who are present today have never trusted you as Savior would you cause them father to believe. Even at this moment to say Jesus. I receive you because I want to be a part of your company when it you just talk to God. Now, no matter where you're at in your spiritual journey simply say father I am desirous of serving you. If you're a believer you can say that those who have never trusted Christ say Jesus save me eternity is coming.

Father do in us that which is well pleasing in your sight. We pray in Jesus name, amen my friend today at a time when there is so much political con in the United States, and for that matter within the entire world.

We need to be reminded of the fact that God is sovereign among the nations, I hope you been blessed as a result of this series of messages titled God and the nations, and for a gift of any amount we are making it available to you. We want you to have it so that you can listen to it again and again shared with your friends ask for God and the nations for gift of any amount. As I've mentioned, it can be yours. Go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. I want to thank you in advance for standing with the sound of thank you for your prayers and your gifts because together we are having an impact for the glory of God and the sovereignty of God is something we must all remind ourselves of in this troubled time.

Go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 is time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor loser a question about the Bible or the Christian life. When you read the news. It seems the end times are right around the corner of the Bible tells of a powerful world leader will emerge. In those times a man, it calls the antichrist. A listener named Patricia wrote with this intriguing question pastor looks or will the antichrist know he is the antichrist before he emerges.

Will Patricia I'm going to give you a very simple and a very short answer. I think that the answer is no, I don't think that Judas knew that he was going to turn out to be the Judas that we know of in the New Testament. I think that most world leaders when they take positions on the stage of history, they have no idea exactly knowing where they are going and I suppose that antichrist to I believe will arise in Europe is going to find a tremendous amount of support from people.

He's going to be a peace candidate and that he just thinks that he is going to be the ruler of a certain territory, but as time develops and as he gains power, he becomes more evil and he might not know what the Bible says about the antichrist, and suddenly he's going to realize that he has tremendous power is going to desire, worship, and he will not know probably how it will all and thank you pastor looks for that answer for Patricia's question. If you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our and click on ask Pastor loser. Or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to ask Seth running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 when you're tossed overboard. The most important thing on your mind is being rescued. Humanity is overboard in the storm receive eternal God has put in place a rescue plan plan outlined in the book of Romans next time don't miss a series on rescued what God did to save us. Thanks for listening. This is Dave McAllister running to win is sponsored by the Moody Church

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