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The Final Battle Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer
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December 15, 2021 1:00 am

The Final Battle Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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December 15, 2021 1:00 am

Do you feel indifferent about the end times, or do you anticipate Jesus’ second coming? According to biblical prophecy in Revelation, the future contains some dark days for planet Earth. A great battle will climax the end of history and the end for Satan. In this message, you’ll get a clear vantage point of the stages of Christ’s return to earth.  Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)

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Flores looking to Jesus phoned her and according to Bible prophecy future contains some dark days. A great battle will climax the end of history as we know more details on what lies ahead. Stay with us from the Moody Church in Chicago.

This is going to win with Dr. Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line vasculature. One thing is for sure if we read the last page of the Bible, the good guys win. Dave and I put it a little differently and say the good guy when and all of those who belong to the good guy, namely Jesus Christ, we participate in his victory. And you know in a world that is being torn apart by so many different forces when we see human evil that seems to encompass all the earth, we have to say to ourselves and remind ourselves that it's eternity that really counts and time is short. We want to thank the many of you who help us. As you support the ministry of running to win in 20 different countries in three different languages would you consider becoming an endurance partner. Of course you need more info. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com that's RTW offer.com. Click on the endurance partner button or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let us turn our attention to what is going to yet happened and the victory that Jesus will win and shut it and sealed it over him so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed during the millennial kingdom. Satan will be bound after these things.

He's going to be released just for short time, and I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them and I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand and they came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. That is, those that were beheaded during the tribulation. Who came to believe on Christ. Even though the church had already been enraptured. I want you to notice it says that they came and they reigned with Jesus Christ disable pastoralists or what are we going to be doing your guy have a glorified body and if you're a believer you will be raining with Christ to say on the I thought maybe you know somewhere in heaven. Well maybe somewhere in heaven eventually. But on the earth. Yes, what does it say in Revelation 510.

You need not turn to it, but you must listen carefully. I'll even read verse nine to give you the context worthy art thou to take the book and to break its seals, for that was slain, and its purchase for God with thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Are you included in that.

Now notice and has made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God and they will reign upon the earth. Now there's so much that could be said about the reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth and our participation in that rain. Remember that those who go into the millennium are all believers, but they will have their earthly bodies because people will be saved during the period of great tribulation after the church is been enraptured but what can we say about the rule of Christ. First of all, people rule over the entire earth.

It says in Psalm two that the Lord Jesus Christ is going to ask of God the father.

In fact the father says ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost part of the earth for thy possession and it says that he shall reign old over the whole earth.

Also, people rule with authority and power. He will rule with great authority and power member that verse in Psalm 22, which I read to you a few weeks ago and so I expect you to remember it.

Of course it says all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord and all families of the nations will worship before we get that all the families of the earth all the families of the nations for the kingdom is the Lord's and he rules over the nations, all prosperous of the earth will eat and worship those who go down to the dust will bow him.

Everybody's got worship the Lord. Now remember that the reason it is necessary for Jesus to rain on this earth is, I've already emphasized in pardon the repetition that earth is the planet you know on which God decided to enact this drama and it was here that the rebellion occurred. First of all, Lucifer said I will be like the most high, and he retained, as we mentioned in our first and second messages. He retained his power and his authority on the earth. And then Jesus put man therefore conflict. He says you take dominion and it is here where man has not taken dominion over the earth. He can't control nature. But he can't even control himself. Look at the wars the rumors of wars, all the things that people are doing to one another. You can't get organized.

He can't rule if there's anything that history is proven it is man's inability to rule. So what Jesus Christ is going to do is to come test snatch the earth from Satan and and and show that right in this smear of where they failed. He will succeed in his goodwill with absolute authority and power and all over the earth. There will be worldwide acceptance of Christ.

It says in Isaiah chapter 11 verse nine that the knowledge although Lord shall cover the earth, even as water covers the sea, and of course water covers the see what else would cover the sea except water. Come to think of it, and that's the way the knowledge of the Lord shall be over the whole earth. It says in Isaiah chapter 2 in that day. Many people shall go and say, come ye onto the mountain of the Lord unto the house of the God of Jacob, for he shall teach us his ways, and we shall walk in his paths for the word of the Lord shall go forth from Jerusalem and he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and there's mirrors into pruning hooks and nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. I'm told that verse by the way, is inscribed here in the United States in the United Nations building, they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks are you telling me that the United Nations is going to bring that about. The United Nations is going to cause the nations of the earth to put down their armaments you say what were living in a period of peace, of necessity, it is a deceptive piece. I know some of you are saying pastoralists are using to be a pessimist today.

I know I am.

But remember that a pessimist is nothing more than an informed optimist. There is no way in the world of the United Nations is going to fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament that pertain to God's millennium and the reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

Now there's 1/3 event. First of all, Jesus Christ will return to the earth into stages people rule the earth, and finally he will judge the earth.

He will judge the earth at the last part of chapter 19 the beast and the false prophet who deceives so many people during the tribulation period are already thrown into the lake of fire and after the thousand years are ended.

Satan is allowed one more time to try to get up in the rebellion. I don't know why God didn't seem to tell us why this was necessary. But he goes to the ends of the earth, and he discovers that because people in the millennium are actually bearing children because they are in their earthly bodies.

There are some children who have grown up during those thousand years who do not belong to God because even if Satan is bound the human heart is still wicked and people turn away from God and Satan is actually able to drum up some support for his final rebellion against God, and what a pitiful spectacle. It is verse eight, and he will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog that just really means and time ruler should not be confused with Ezekiel 38 and 39, to gather them together for war. The number of them is like the sand on the seashore say oh my goodness.

Maybe they'll be able to do now. What they couldn't do during the turn of events in Armageddon hold my goodness and they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, which is of course Jerusalem and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. God says that is enough like taking a candle, just nothing of the light saying that is. That's the final rebellion of man and the devil. Verse 10 and the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are also and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever and ever and ever, and the degree of their torment will be determined by the number of victories that Satan one older dog while he was in existence upon this planet and therefore every single thing that he has ever done will be adequately recompensed so that there will be a sense of justice and the equilibrium of justice throughout all of eternity. We are going to behold the incredible justice of God's part of my message next week and were all going to be able to say that God did all things well and and notice how it came out so what about the people well verse 11 and following, which I memorized many years ago in the King James version of the Bible is one of the most awesome frightening passages of Scripture for those who do not know Jesus Christ because the dead of all the ages are going to be resurrected and personally and individually stand before God and I saw a great white throne and him that sat on it before, whose face the earth and the heavens fled away, and there was found no place for them and I saw the dead, small and great stand before God and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the book of life and the dead were judged out of those things. Sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead which were in them and they were judged, every man according to his works is simple, I thought. Salvation is by grace, how come there judged according to their works.

They are not judged to see whether they will enter into heaven. They are judged on the basis of what they did with what they knew.

Accurate, precise judgment so meticulously weighed out. It would be like a pharmacist weighing out your prescription so that the balances of justice are perfect. All of them will suffer forever, but not all of them will suffer the same degree forever will depend on what they did with what they knew and then in chapters 21 and 22 of Revelation, which obviously we cannot get into that is heaven for the saints. The description is there three great events. Christ returns to the earth. Christ rules over the earth for a thousand years, and then Christ judges the earth and all the inhabitants that have ever been a part of the earth. I want to tell you my friend that you can tell your love for Christ or your indifference toward him by whether or not you're looking forward to his coming. Are you glad to see them if you were to come this afternoon.

Would he spoil your your schedule would he rain on your parade. Give some things in mind that are more important than seeing Christ.

If so, you don't love them very much, even if he saved you. You still don't love them. There's an old Scottish story about some men who were on a fishing expedition and they fished for weeks and they were gone. And when they arrived at the shore. Many of the wives of the men were there to greet their husbands and the skipper of the ship looked any notice that there was bills Marion.

There was Joe's Margaret and that looked like all of the women were there but he looked any couldn't see his own wife, and he was quite frightened, wondering if something it happened to her and finally he he trudged up the hill where they live and he came to the house and she came in she threw her arms around him and she said all she said.

I've been waiting and he said yeah but all the other wives were watching for their husbands. How much is he some of us say yes were waiting for the Lord, are we watching blessed is he. The Bible says who the Lord finds watching the Lord finds watching I wish I could convey this to you with more articulation but I have to say that one of the things that God is sure certainly proving is that nobody ever wins over him. I've emphasized this so often that I hesitate to say it again, but there is no such thing as you being here today saying I can hold out on God or I'm not to submit to him, or I'm not to be saved.

Whatever it is that resistance of the human heart.

When God points out sin in your life as a Christian, for example, when you say I'm not gonna give it up because when you rationalize, you cannot win against God. You can't either this life nor the life to come, because God always has the last word he writes the last pay there's anything I want to emphasize today is please be wholly yielded to God and do whatever you have to do to be fully right with God and with man don't hold grudges against your fellow brothers and sisters don't be angry with God. Don't say I know better than what God is saying. Because you don't many years ago when I was in seminary, I heard a story of a beautiful woman by the name of Tony Joe Henry evidently was her name. Her mother taught her how to dance, how to hold her cigarette how to mix drinks and this young lady because of her beauty was very, very popular, but as sometimes happens to beautiful women. She became involved in immoral relationships. And, of necessity, those relationships end up with regret, guilt, anger, hostility, alienation, and all those other things.

So one day in a fit of anger and rage. She actually killed her boyfriend. She was put in jail and I'm told that when someone visited her in jail. She said, quote I always knew the dog ran the whole show.

But I tried to steal one small show and nobody is going to steal one last act, but I urge you to hurry to Jesus Christ who died that you might be forgiven and cleansed so that you can be welcomed by God and so that the anger and the hostility of God toward sin is taken out on Christ on your behalf so that you can be saved, just as you are with your doubts with your fears with your inability to believe you stable.

There could be somebody here today wasn't been in church for a long time and you said you know what the pastor saying today's distant light of all that, to Christ. Even with your doubts come to him with all your religious prejudices all the barriers that have been formed in your mind against what I've had to say today just come as you are, you know there's a song we sometimes sing just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me and that thou didst me come to the old Lamb of God. I, because nobody can ever steal and act from God.

Join me as we pray in our father we just celebrate with our hearts and minds the absolute triumph of Jesus, we thank you that there is no sense at all, in which the world today is out of control. From your standpoint, we thank you Lord that the novel already has been written, the script is written, the end is certain is written in stone by the finger of God is the Lord between then and now we struggle, we do not understand.

We agonize, we thank you father that Jesus will reclaim planet Earth and all the victories that Satan have ever one will be a charade. Father, we need to bring this down to where we live to Monday morning and Tuesday.

Not to mention Wednesday and Thursday and we pray father that you might mightily enable us even in this moment to give you matters that are too big for us so that we might live holy for you and Al before I close what you talk to God and tell him whatever you need to tell him you're withholding something from the Lord. Open your heart like you might open your hand and say, God, it's yours you've never received Christ as Savior say Jesus save me. I come to you. Just as I am. I don't understand it all, but I come you have a burden that you should not be bearing give it to God.

Thank you father Jesus name this is Pastor Luther. I certainly hope you prayed that prayer with me. We need to constantly be reminded that things will and and God is the victor you know so often. Perhaps you've heard us say that running to win this in 20 different countries in three different languages. It's easy for us to mention that, but sometimes we forget specifics that means thousands upon thousands of people and you know I'm holding in my hand a letter from someone who writes I am a prisoner in a Texas prison.

I want to thank you for your commitment to preaching the truth of God's word.

Pastor Luther Jesus has delivered me from a lifestyle of homosexuality and sexual immorality, and he goes on to talk about the way in which he has grown in the faith, and then he ends with this sentence. There are prisoners who listen to you. We need the truth here.

We've heard that before that there are places where prisoners actually gathered together around the radio, or perhaps around a computer to listen to these messages. You my friend have an investment in this ministry. We can continue this because of the faithfulness of our supporters. Would you consider becoming an endurance partner that someone who stands with us regularly with their prayers and their gifts. Of course you need more info.

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Time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luther a question about the Bible or the Christian life David in St. Louis Missouri listens to K SIV FM 91.5. Here's his question. First Timothy 315 says the church is the pillar and foundation of the truth. Many Roman Catholics use this verse to speak about the authority of their church. So, Pastor Luther, what does this verse mean, thank you so much for asking that question and it is very very important you know when you read the context of the verse there, as you mentioned in first Timothy what you discover is that the pillar and the ground of the truth is the revelation of God, even through the writings of the apostle Paul to Timothy.

Ultimately it is the responsibility of the church to hear the truth believe the truth preach the truth witness to the truth and hopefully it is grounded in deed on those great truths that have made the church great throughout the centuries want to comment specifically on what you said about the fact that the Roman Catholic Church uses this verse. I know that it does. But I want to emphasize that the verse does not say that the church is the source of the truth is, many Roman Catholics would want us to believe it is to be grounded in the truth, for certain, but let me give you one example. For example, Pope Pius in the year 1950 as a matter of fact claimed it as dogma that Mary ascended into heaven, she did not die. Now there's an example of the way in which the church oftentimes has if I might use the phrase made up truth because that's not found anywhere in Scripture.

It is contrary to everything that we know about the Scripture about Mary being an ordinary Jewish lady who is given. Of course the privilege of bearing the son of God.

And so when we speak about the church being the pillar and the ground of the truth. We can look at the church as the source.

The source is the word of God. But having said that, that's exactly what the church is to be based upon and that the church should witness to the truth of that word. Some wise counsel. As always, from Dr. Erwin looks her thank you Dr. Lewis. Or if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our website@rtwoffer.com and click on ask Pastor Luther or Collins 188-218-9337 188-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614.

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