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An Extraordinary Return Part 2

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May 20, 2021 1:00 am

An Extraordinary Return Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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May 20, 2021 1:00 am

The hope of Christ’s return has motivated Christians for two thousand years. And that day is nearer now than ever. When Jesus ascended into heaven, only a few were witnesses to the event. But every eye will see Him return to vanquish His enemies.

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Run with endurance the race is looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter of our hope of Christ's return as motivated Christians 2000 years return in power is never know whenever only a few saw Jesus rising to heaven. Every eye will see him return to vanquish its enemies church in Chicago. This is with Dr. Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Pastoralists are you feel we are in the final stage of history before the return of Jesus day by not going to go out on a limb and say yes to your question but I do need to emphasize that never before have we seen events line up as they are lining up today to wind up history. What we do know for certain is that Christ is going to return. This is the last day, we are making this sermon series available to you as a resource or if you prefer, as the book entitled Christ, among other gods, a defense of Christ in an age of tolerance. I know that you'll be blessed by these resources and for a gift of any amount you can have either the book or the series, Christ, among other gods. Here's what you do go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 I'm going to be giving you that contact info again at the end of this broadcast for now, listen carefully, because history is going to be wrapped up by the glorious return of our Savior, and I can already see it happening where people are asked to sign on and that if you don't they say see euro standing in the way of a global agenda. Here we are on the verge of a brand-new age when were going to bring peace and were going to end hunger in the world and who in the world won't get on the agenda. It's those Christians who think that their God is the right one commitment to globalism number four. There will be a commitment to utopia utopia we can usher it in you should just see how optimistic this document is though it was written by a man who had some sense of realism.

But he says we appeal to all the inhabitants of this planet Earth cannot be changed for the better. Unless the consciousness of individuals is change. We will pledge to work for such transformation in individual and collective consciousnesses for the awakening of our spiritual powers for reflection, meditation and prayer were positive thinking. Choose whatever you like, or none of the above for the conversion of the heart. This is for the conversion of the heart together. Get this folks together, we can move mountains and without a willingness to take risks, and a readiness to sacrifice there can be no fundamental change in our situation. That's why we commit ourselves to a common global ethic to better mutual understanding as well as to societal beneficial piece fostering earth friendly way of life.

Of course being capitalized. Utopia is on the corner just around her.

The Bible says regarding Antichrist in Daniel chapter 8 verse 25 and through his goodness he will cause his seat to succeed and he will magnify himself in his heart and he will destroy Manny while they are at ease.

I like the King James translation here it says through peace, he will destroy many you have all of the dogs, a piece that will be flying around and behind it will be the most brutal, politically motivated religious organization that this world is ever seen. That will be viciously cruel. Let me give you one other commitment of Antichrist, and that is of course intolerance. Intolerance to those who disagree intolerance of all dissent. Listen to the words of Mariah Tim's is as the plagues of Revelation are a special package of karma visited upon the obstinate that they might awaken to the wrong attitudes animals that don't adapt become extinct. Remember survival today means understanding and responding to change within the context of internal revolution that the Bible says that when Antichrist comes people are going to be forced to take his mark upon their forehead or upon their hand scholars of the Scripture used to wonder how that can take place. Today we understand it a little better. It could well be some kind of a computer chip and in a cashless society which would only make sense because that would end goal of the drug money that is being laundered and so forth so that everything would have to go through a common computer and a cashless society, you would not want to lose your ID, your pin, your personal identification number and it could be tattooed on your hand or on your four head where ever you wanted it and it may well be that you don't even know the number yourself so that you could never be held up by anyone who would make you confess with your number is and then the Bible says that those who do that in order to live because without it you can't buy or sell they are indicating that they are buying into the beasts religious agenda. Remember were not talking politics in the end as much as we are religion all well upon the face of the earth shall worship him now is in that context of the Bible talks about the return of Jesus Christ. The Bible says that there is going to be a battle called the battle of Armageddon because Antichrist's power is going to wane and is going to fall apart and is going to come to the Middle East and it's going to begin their act of the Valley of Armageddon. But it is going to spillover at least for 200 miles throughout the Middle East and it is going to be the most bloodied and the most vicious and the most cruel battle that is ever been seen on this planet.

So first of all, it will be fought in Israel.

But secondly, it is the worst conflict to passages that I want you to turn to.

The first is Matthew chapter 24 where Jesus predicted what is going to happen. Matthew chapter 24, where he gives us a glimpse into the end time and how bad it is going to be in this chapter.

He begins by talking about Titus surrounding the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., but this becomes a picture of the great tribulation, and the final return of Christ to this planet. It says in verse 21 for then there will be great tribulation, such has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now or ever will be, and unless those days had been short, no life would have been saved but for the sake of the elect those days had been short then if anyone says to you, well behold, here is Christ, Benjamin creme says that there is a Christ to his right now in the Himalayan mountains and is waiting to be revealed. And when he comes.

He's gonna be taller than Jesus lets what the battle of Armageddon is none of the all about us to see who is taller, but notice it says if somebody says here's the Christ. Here's a holy man I never knew how people could worship a man until I saw the Dalai Lama at the Parliament of world religions and people were clamoring to touch him and Antichrist will have an aura about him that will be so magnetic. In fact, he will probably say that is a reincarnation of some previous important personage and everybody will worship him. But Jesus said do not. When somebody says Christ is over there.

Don't believe them. Verse 24 for false Christ and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, elect behold I've told you in advance. If, therefore, they say to you, behold, he is in the wilderness, don't go out there, behold, he's in the inner rooms, don't believe them. Verse 27 for just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the West, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. And Jesus says in verse 29 there will be signs in verse 30 there will be the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the tribes of the earth will mourn 90 to be clear and say that many of us believe that when this happens, you and I will already be in heaven because there will be a rapture of the church that will take God's people to himself and then there will be a period of time the great tribulation, when there are some people who will believe on Christ. That's why there are believers during the great tribulation.

When God continues his work with the nation Israel. But then Jesus Christ comes to the Mount of olives and we come with him but me read to you or quote to you. Zechariah 14 it says his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of olives, which lies before Jerusalem on the east and the amount of olive shall cleave in the midst thereof towards the West and towards the east, so that there shall be a very great valley and then toward the north and towards the south a little literally break apart when Christ comes in every eye shall see him, people say well how can every I see him is is ABC going to be there. Is NBC going to be there or may be the answer. Finally, is he and and they will be there right that's a possibility, but another possibility is that when Jesus actually begins his majestic approach. It may take so long that there may be this sign in the sky that the entire world may turn its 24-hour revolution so that everyone sees what is in the sky and that every eye beholds him and sees his glory, and as he begins to the sender than the finally on the Mount of olives and green one.

The people in the battle of Armageddon are going to say let's all gang up and take care of him no matter what their differences whether differences are geographical, whether their differences are religious. They are going to set all that aside and are going to say we need to fight against Christ and so they will turn on him and the Bible says that he will come and he will slay them, and all the false religions, and all the people who believe that we are God and all the people who thought to themselves that they could have their self transformation. Those who believed in the fundamental goodness of man that we did not need redemption. All of them. The Bible says will be destroyed. Now let us turn to Revelation 19 it was read to us earlier, but there are a couple of verses. I would like to point out to you where we have a detailed description of Christ's coming.

Revelation 19 verse 11 and I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse and he who sat upon it is faithful and true, and in righteousness he judges and wages, and his eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diagrams and he has a name written upon him which no one knows himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood in his name is cold. The word of God and the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following him on white horses. Who are those armies look at verse eight. At the marriage supper of the Lamb.

It says and it was given to her. That is, to the bride Christ's bride us to clothe herself in a white linen, bright and clean. That means that we come with the Lord Jesus Christ is able where my going to be at this time of great glory. When the heavens open and when the majestic king comes to this end, upon the earth. If you're a believer in Jesus Christ.

You will be with him, perhaps in a number of years. I hope to lead another tour to Israel, but don't feel badly if you can go because of your believer, you're in for the grand tour. The grand and so the text goes on to say it on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, king of kings and Lord of Lord and then the Scripture says in verse 20 what happens to the beast. What happens to all these people who went around saying he's God, he's God. And then people say look, don't complain. Is giving is bread on the table. Why are you complaining because they will think that their physical bodies is much more valuable than their eternal souls.

It says that the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet and we might add all the other false prophets that have lived who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. And these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. If you think that the judgment is somewhat severe. What you need to remember is the simple fact that God regards the greatness of our sins in accordance with the greatness of the being against whom our sins have been. That's the reason why the justice is served. Though the judgment seems so harsh is because you see, we are no longer able to honor the glory of God and not a one of us can and that's why we need Christ. And if you're here today and you have never personally believed on him, you will be included in this final judgment because all in the and will either worship the beast or worship Christ and the division will be complete and it will be eternal. Let me paint you in conclusion to pictures. The one we have already talked about, but in another passage in Revelation, it says that an angel went throughout the whole earth, crying with a loud voice and said if anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes his mark upon his forehead or upon his hand. He also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured mixed in the cup of his fury and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb and it says that the smoke of their torment shall rise up forever and ever, and they have no rest of those who worship the beast all the people he said you know it doesn't matter what your belief is as long as you are sincere. That's important.

It says that they shall be destroyed and their smoke goes up forever and ever. What a terrible picture of all false religion that is not acknowledged God's own son Christ as King of Kings and Lord of lords. But let me now page for you another picture. John says and I saw that where a sea of glass mingled with fire, and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image and over the number of his name, and they stood on the sea of glass, having the harps of God, and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb sank great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints who shall not fear the old Lord, and glorify thy name for now only are holy and all nations shall worship before the four thy judgments are made manifest, and he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the new Jerusalem, descending from heaven from God, and its light was like unto a stone most precious even as a jasper stone, clear as crystal and I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it and the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it, and there is no night there. There shall in no wise enter into it anything the defile of neither whatsoever work, abomination, or maketh a lie.

They which are written in the Lamb's book of life. And Jesus said, behold, I come quickly. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of the first and the last, and the Spirit and the bride say, come. And let him that he ripped say come and let him that is a first come, and drink of the water of life freely. He which testify of these things saith, behold, I come quickly. Even so, Lord Jesus, my friend today. If you've never believed on Jesus. If you've never received him as your Savior acknowledging your sinfulness would you do that right now.

If the Holy Spirit of God has talk to you.

You talk to God. This is your day of opportunity.

Jesus is going to return and you know we don't know when but we know it is certain. This is the last day where making available this sermon series Christ among the other gods and a book I've written a companion book, essentially the same material. Christ, among other gods for a gift of any amount.

This resource can be yours either the book or the sermon series. Here's what you do go to RTW You need these resources in order to defend Jesus Christ and help others to understand why he alone is Savior God and King go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337.

Let me give you that phone number again 1-888-218-9337.

Today's the last day that we are making these resources available, it's time again for another chance for you to ask Pastor lutes or a question you may have about the Bible or the Christian life. Having a troubled past and be a millstone around one's neck Nancy from Ohio writes I've listen to your sermons on breaking the cycle I was raised by her father who was an inwardly troubled person in his scarred emotions spilled over into our family life.

I was not one of the favorites in the family and his actions towards me were very, mentally and physically abusive. My self-esteem was below ground level and my inner scars were deep and many. My mother was a true Christian and it was probably because of her that my life was saved and somehow I managed to make it to adulthood.

I'm glad she never stopped loving me. My brother claims that even though God forgives our every failure he is keeping track of them all. And when we get to heaven. Our past sins will still have to be accounted for on judgment day. If that's the case, I know I'll stand someday before my God, hanging my head in shame because my sins were so many Pastor lutes or what do you think Nancy, thank you so much for writing. I hope that you are listening and I hope that you benefit from what I have to say. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, as you have done. Our sins are legally forgiven, past, present and future is put away. In fact, the Bible says that God doesn't regard them anymore. He doesn't throw them in our face anymore your brother, however, still does have a point because the Bible says in second Corinthians chapter 5 verse 10 that we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account for the deeds done in the body, whether good or bad. So how do we reconcile that there is a way that God is going to evaluate our lives since our conversion in order to know how to reward us and there is no doubt that some people's reward because the faithfulness is going to be much greater than other people who were unfaithful, no question about it. If we do see our sins in any way. It will be represented to us as forgiven because God is not going to throw them in her face. Will we be embarrassed while the Bible does say that some will have shame at his coming, but keep in mind that throughout all of eternity together. We as God's people will sing his praises and will sing his grace.

Tell your brother that he himself has to be very careful because the more honest we are, the more we realize how great our sin is and if we do poorly at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. All of us will, but thank God for his mercy. Paul also says in second Corinthians that in that day. All people shall have praise of God.

You'll have praise of God. Nancy and I will have praise of God.

All because of God's undeserved mercy don't live in fear, but live rather for Jesus Christ with joy, knowing that your sins are forgiven, they are washed away your life is important and the judgment seat will not determine whether you go to heaven or hell is a judgment to determine how much God can reward you. I hope this helps.

God bless you.

Thank you Nancy for sharing your heart with us. Thank you Dr. lutes or for sharing yours. If you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our and click on ask Pastor lutes or or call us at 1-888-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us that's running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 believers effectiveness is determined by the disciplines of the Christian life every day every week every month every year. Next time I'm running to win. We begin a series outlining four disciplines crucial to your spiritual maturity. Don't miss the disciplines of the soul.

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