Greetings, friends and listeners, and welcome to The Sound of Faith. I'm Sharon Knotts thanking you for joining us today because we know faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. I'm excited to bring you today's message, Forget, Reach, Press.
Written from a Roman prison, the aged Apostle Paul penned his most joyful and hopeful epistle to the Philippians. After decades of ministry, he had learned the secret to a fruitful and enduring faith. Forget the past, reach for the present, and press toward the future. You talk about a spirit of error. You talk about a spirit of confusion. So when I was preaching along those lines in 2007, going into 2008, it was only three short years later that the president signed the bill to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military and rescinded the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Act.
Amen? And when that happened, of course, it rumbled and rumbled throughout Christianity. But did we believe, even though as overt as that was, did we think that it would end up with the legalization of same-sex marriage? It's a big leap, a big leap from serving openly and saying, I'm gay and you can't deny me my right to be in the military to same-sex marriage. Y'all are getting quiet out there.
I hope it's because you're listening. Oh, but I do believe that some saw it like myself and vainly, vainly tried to warn the church. We've got to make sure that we have judges in the Supreme Court that are going to stand for marriage. That was my call. That was my clarion call.
Whatever else you do or don't think, we've got to get the right judges on the Supreme Court. But people did not take heed. They heard the voice of the world. The world said, this is what we got to do. And they didn't take heed to the voice of truth because like it or not, the Supreme Court judges are the ones in the end that have the power and the authority.
Amen? And the court got loaded up with those liberal, pro-gay, pro-homosexual judges and what we thought could never happen. You know, we know homosexuality is rampant. We know we cannot deny people their rights just because of their sexual preference. You can. You can't say, well, you can't do this and you can't do that. Of course not.
But marriage is a whole other thing. Amen? Folks, it was not that God was mute.
You hear me? It wasn't because God was mute. It's because the church was deaf.
God was speaking clearly. We can't go by the world. They're not going to hear us.
We already started off. They have the spirit of the world. They have the spirit of error. That's all they can hear.
You can't talk them into convince them anything they can't hear. But when the church becomes deaf to the spirit of truth. Amen? Now, we just about got over that in 2015. We're still like, oh, reeling from the fact that it became legal in 50 of our states for same-sex marriage. But who, who of us could have foresaw the transgender debacle that came on the heels immediately afterwards?
And it all started with that passing of the bathroom policy and that opened up the floodgates again. Amen? You said you called it a debacle. Yes, I do. You say, well, I don't understand that. Well, a debacle is a violent flood carrying debris along its way. And that's the word the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit as I was preparing this message. He spoke to me, debacle. I ignored it because I thought, you know, I don't use that word. And, you know, and so I'm going to use that word.
Came back to me again. And finally, finally, I said, you know, I'm going to go look it up in the dictionary. I think I know what it means, but I'm going to go see for sure.
And actually I had another idea because you can use it in sentences and it can point to what you're saying and people will take it that way. But the actual meaning is a violent flood carrying debris. We see it when there's flash floods. We see it when, oh my God, there's a tsunami and it just comes through and knocks everything down. Houses are down.
Amen? Everything's flooding. I saw last night on the news, Peru, that half of the country is being flooded out and they got live video of houses just when the edges bloom and it's gone and the debris is followed. That is what the Spirit of the Lord spoke to my heart that is happening here. The floodgates have opened and folks, there's no stopping it now.
Let me see somebody stop a flood. And, you know, folks, I thought I had heard and seen everything. I didn't think nothing could surprise me, but this week I saw two things on Facebook that I was like, I can't believe it.
First of all, one was mind-blowing and you may have seen it. A picture of a mother of four children, a married mother of four children, has now transgendered to a man and her teenage son is now transgendered to a girl. And the picture is showing them in their now transgendered new identities. The mother is standing there now as a man dressed as man's clothes, man haircut, and the son is standing there as a girl with long curly blonde hair and they're holding photographs in their hands of what they were born to be. The mother is now a man and she is holding a picture of when she was the mother. And she was a beautiful woman, very lovely woman.
And now the boy is now a girl with long curly hair is holding a picture when he was a boy. And I thought, Lord, God help us. You talk about confusion. You talk about confusion coming into a family like that. What does that do to the whole dynamic of the whole family?
Just one would skew the dynamics. Imagine the repercussions for the other children in the family. She's got three other kids.
Amen. Mommy now looks like daddy and my brother now looks like my sister. How do you grow up with something like that? What does that do as it ripples out to the rest of the family?
A spirit of confusion, a spirit of confusion. And then the other story that I saw of a married couple, young, they're young and they just had a baby, but the father had the baby, not the mother. You say, well, how is that possible? Because the guy transgendered as a woman, the woman transgendered as a guy, they got the hairdos and then everything to look like the opposite sex of what they are. But you're saying, well, I still don't know how they had a baby because they have not had a sexual change to their genitals.
So they haven't completed it yet by going that far. And so therefore they had a baby. And it shows a picture of the baby in the bassinet and the parents lying on the bed and the man with the man haircut and everything is the one that just had the baby.
And the father, who actually would have sired the baby, is lying there next to him and it's a woman. Not really, but you know what I'm saying. So I'm thinking to myself, what a spirit. And that's all that the spirit of God has been speaking to me for weeks and weeks now, a spirit of confusion, a spirit of confusion has been unleashed on our culture. And now we have a culture that's in confusion.
Amen. And then we have some today that are genderless. They're not male or female.
They're neither one. And there are some that haven't decided so they're back and forth. They call it sexual fluidity. What it really is is sexual stupidity. And I don't say that to be harsh, mean, or ugly. I'm saying it truthfully because they have a spirit of confusion and a spirit of error.
Amen. And so depending on the mood that they're in will determine whether they're going to be a male or a female at any given time. Then the genderless ones go even further than that. They are neither. They are neither. They want to be... I forgot what the word is. It's something like androgynous, meaning no sex.
And so they actually go and get... The one that I saw, I don't know what he was born as. I'm not sure if it was a man or a woman.
I think it was a guy, but I'm really not sure about that so don't hold me to it. But he's had plastic surgery so that when you look at him, you're not sure if it's a man or a woman on his face. I don't know what he's doing with the rest of his body.
I'm not sure how that works. Now look, folks, there are such things as medical mistakes. There are such things, and I want to be humane about this in kind because there are people that are hermorphidites, and that's not an ugly word. It just explains they are born with both sexual organs. Sometimes on the inside they have ovaries and on the outside they have the male and sometimes they have both. It's a mistake of nature.
It's a mistake. It's an abnormality of birth just like there are other congenital birth defects that people are born with all the time. You know, I've never said this in the pulpit before, and don't be staring at me after I tell you this, okay?
If you're going to stare at me, wait till I ain't looking. But I was born with six toes on one foot. The six toe was removed when I was a baby, but the foot is still deformed.
It's still not right. That's why I can't wear pretty shoes because I can't get in them right. And when I was young that used to cause me so much stress because I wanted to wear pretty shoes like everybody else. And sometimes I forced my foot in shoes and my foot would be in pain all the time, but I didn't care. I was going to wear pretty shoes. I can remember when my thirties standing at the preach up there, and as soon as I got behind the pulpit, I'd take that shoe off because my foot was going ahh. But you know, I was bound to determine I was going to wear halfway decent feminine shoes. And now after I hurt my back and I thought, you know what?
I can't worry about that. I have to be solid on my feet. I can't trip. I can't fall. I need to be solid on my feet.
So you know what? I can't have my feet and my back hurting. So I decided to wear shoes that don't hurt my feet. But my point being that there are birth defects that happen all the time. And when someone is born with these birth defects that they have these several different both male and female abnormalities, that is another whole thing. I'm not speaking of those people. And I would never say anything to disparage them.
Amen? There are a lot of bad genes circulating out there. We've got bad genes in our family. Every time one of my grandbabies, well actually let me back up to myself when I got pregnant with my first child. And he was born. And they said, oh he's everything. I said, how's his feet? And they're looking at me like, what? I just said, well what about his feet? I want to see his feet. I did the same thing when Todd came along. You know, they think I'm under, you know, I ain't right.
I said, no I want to see his feet. I did the same thing with Sarah. I prayed the whole nine months when I found out I was pregnant that they would not get that because I found out later my parents said there was a cousin on my dad's side that had the same thing. So I knew it was a bad gene floating around somewhere. And then when my grandchildren were still in utero, I would pray that they would not get that gene.
Amen? There are bad genes circulating out there. And so I said all that to say the point that I am not disparaging against people that are born with abnormal sexual organs. But I'm talking about a spirit of confusion and a spirit of error that's taken over this culture. Because God the Creator created them male and female. That's how he created them. That's how God created them male and female. And mistakes that happen today is because of sin that's been multiplied from one generation to the next and the next. But if we're listening to the spirit of the world, we will, by the lie, well God, if there is one, made me this way. So you've got to accept me for who I am. In 2015, Glamour magazine chose for the cover the woman of the year, Caitlyn Jenner. You know Bruce Jenner that won all the Olympic golds?
Well, she was voted, he was voted woman of the year and put on the front page of the magazine and everybody rejoiced and celebrated. We are witnessing a culture that's in confusion because they're possessed by a spirit of error. Now let's turn with me to the book of Daniel, the seventh chapter. And what we're going to read here, at first you may be trying to figure out what in the world I'm reading this for, what has it got to do with the price of eggs.
Well, just hang in there with me and you will see. Daniel, the seventh chapter. In the first year of Belshazzar, king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed. Then he wrote the dream and told the sum of the matters.
Now this is going to be the summary of his dream. Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night and behold the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. And the first was like a lion and had eagle's wings. I beheld to the wings thereof were plucked and it was lifted up from the earth and made stand upon the feet as a man and a man's heart was given to it. And behold another beast, a second like to a bear. It raised up itself on one side and had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it and they said thus unto it arise and devour much flesh. And after this I beheld and lo another like a leopard which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl. The beast had also four heads and dominion was given to it. And after this I saw in the night visions and behold a fourth beast dreadful and terrible and strong exceedingly and it had great iron teeth. It devoured and break in pieces and stamped the residue with the feet of it and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it and it had ten horns. And it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it.
Now I am not going to get on the subject of Daniel and the end times to discuss it as the theme but staying with what we have been talking about today about a spirit of confusion and a spirit of error. Briefly we see that the first beast was a lion. It's unusual it had Eagles wings. But notice that Daniel didn't have any problem describing it.
He wasn't like saying oh how can I explain what this beast looked like. He was able to say it was a lion but it had Eagles wings. So we know the lion is the king of the beast and we know that the eagle is the king of the birds and the fowl.
Amen. And so we know that this pointed to a kingdom. The kingdom was the one that was actually at present in Daniel's day which was Babylon because he was an exile in Babylon and we know that Nebuchadnezzar was the king. And we know this because we would have already read chapter two which we're not going to do but we would have read about Nebuchadnezzar's vision of the statue and how that he needed an interpretation and no wise man could interpret it and then Daniel came along and said here's what your dream means.
And so this is now Daniel's dream of the same thing. The four kingdoms. Okay so whereas in the image that Nebuchadnezzar saw the gold head was him and Babylon now it's the lion.
Okay so now we can keep in step with it. So the first was a lion and it was Nebuchadnezzar. It was Babylon and it was a great and huge kingdom and the reason for the Eagles wings was to show how swiftly Nebuchadnezzar rose up.
It represents the swiftness of his conquest. Beast two is a bear and he didn't have any problem at all in describing this beast. It is a bear.
It's a bear folks. The only thing he pointed out was it had three ribs in its teeth and that was to represent that the Medes Persians, that's the kingdom now that overtook Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar, were a bloodthirsty people. They not only conquered but they liked spilling blood and taking spoils and so that's what the three ribs are showing what a bloodthirsty people they were. And I also read that at that time of course remember this part of the world has not been discovered yet in Daniel's day and at that time the largest bears that were known were in the mountains of Persia.
So that represents Persia. Then we get to the beast number three. Daniel said it's a leopard. Now it has four heads and it has four wings but he doesn't have any problem with describing it.
It's a leopard. Leopards are very fast, amen, and it had four wings again to show you how swiftly that kingdom would rise up and take over and it had four heads. So we know that that was the kingdom of Greece. It hadn't happened yet when we're reading in Daniel but now we can look back historically and see that Alexander the Great rose up swiftly and in no time he conquered the known world pretty much, amen. And so this was a powerful kingdom that arose and utterly overthrew the kingdom before it.
How many are following along? And so swiftly he came to power. Now Alexander the Great died at 33 years old. He died from syphilis. Now this man was a genius. He had conquered the whole world but he died so soon and when he died the kingdom was split up between his four major generals and that's why we have the four heads.
So so far what I want you to see is this. Even though they were unusual they were still easy for Daniel to describe. They were beasts that he was familiar with, amen. But when we get to the fourth beast, do you see anything in there about what kind of beast it was? He doesn't liken it to any beast on the planet, does he? Because there is no animal like it on the planet. He didn't know what to call it because it didn't look like any beast he had ever seen. All he tells us is it's dreadful, it's terrible, it's got iron teeth, which shows you how it just goes and devours and then he said it stopped with its feet. How many remember that now? And that is how the Roman Empire came to power. It utterly consumed the earth, amen, and with its armies it stamped its way throughout all of the regions of that world in that day and it rose up to be the greatest empire that had been up into that time, amen. But now we see that it had ten horns and this speaks to a future time that the original area of the Roman Empire is going to be split up into ten major powers and I don't know exactly how that is and I don't know anybody that knows exactly how it is because just about when they think they've got it figured out and you know at one time they said oh it was the United Nations well they hung on way past ten by now and another treaty that was going on they said it was that well they went past ten by now so if it is them it's got to go back down to ten I don't know what the breakup in the makeup is and that's really not my point right now so we won't go there I want you to see though that it speaks of a future time it speaks of the last days and we see all the rumbling going on in Europe it's frightening what's happening over there amen but then out of these ten horns arises one major horn that comes up and we know by reading all of Daniel you'd have to continue to read we know that that is the Antichrist how many follow me so far okay I told you all that but I don't want you to get hung up there because here's the point I'm trying to make he was not able to describe what this beast looked like because it was so different from the other three and there was no other beast on the earth that he could liken it to so he was not able to describe it and we read in verse 7 that it said it was diverse from all the other beasts if we drop down to verse 19 it says then I would know the truth of the fourth beast I wanted to know about the fourth beast which was diverse from all the others if we drop down to 24 it says and the ten horns out of this kingdom or ten kings that shall arise he tells us what's going to happen ten powers are going to rise and another shall rise after them a single that's the horn and he shall be diverse from the first and he shall subdue the others so here's the point that I hope you see let's look at the word diverse what does the word diverse mean different how many agree it means different but we need to go to the original language don't we we can't just go by the English we need to know what it is in the original language and it was written in Aramaic Daniel wrote this in Aramaic and when you go to the Aramaic you find the word is Shana Shana and it does not only mean to be different it means to be altered do you understand are you listening how many are following me you see something can be different a man is different from a woman amen but then we can get this transgender person who's altered they're not just different they're altered how many follow me it means to be altered and so what he's pointing to is this particular last day civilization and culture are going to be at war with the creator with the creation and the natural order of things the way God ordered it and created it amen they're going to be in war with it they're going to alter the natural order of things and do that which goes against nature and so it will produce a civilization and a culture of confusion amen how many see that when I came upon this it just struck me in my spirit because this last day this Antichrist whom we don't know who he is and and you know there's a lot of speculation but there's a lot that's told about him you can read a lot more about him if the rest of Daniel and we find out that this man will magnify himself above all even above the God of heaven amen and it said that he will acknowledge and glorify a strange God and he will not regard the God of his fathers nor the desire of women Wow what kind of man is he going to be we know he's going to be Antichrist but on a human level what kind of person is it going to be this culture that we're in right now this culture of confusion the spirit of error is going to produce that person that Antichrist person amen and we see it ramping up and so child of God if you are a Christian you're not of the world you're not hearing their voice you're not hearing their message you're hearing the truth amen so I want to ask you according to what Jude said he said brethren I found it needful necessary when I decided to write unto you about the common faith I was just gonna write a nice little letter about the common faith but then I found an urgency in my spirit that I had to exhort you to earnestly contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints for the faith that was once delivered unto the truth amen contend means you've got to strive against you got a fight for amen I'm asking you are you in contention against the culture of confusion are you in collusion with the culture of confusion amen I hope you're being encouraged by our message forget reach press in his letter to the Philippians written from a Roman prison Paul wrote of his great joy in Christ and his secret to his successful ministry I forget those things that lie behind I have known scores of Christians who get stuck in depression and failure because they keep looking back and lamenting about the past only when you let go of the past can you embrace the present and reach out for daily victory in Christ as citizens of heaven Paul said we are pressing towards the mark of the calling up on high the rapture resurrection we should be pressing for the goal line with our eyes on the prize heaven is in our view and the Saints who have already crossed over are calling out don't faint and don't look back forget reach press is available on CD for a love gift of $10 or more for the radio ministry request SK 196 mail to sound of faith p.o. box 1744 Baltimore Maryland 2 1 2 0 3 or shop online at sound of faith dot o RG where mp3s are also available to order by mail send a minimum love gift of $10 request SK 196 to p.o. box 1744 Baltimore Maryland 2 1 2 0 3 Saints airtime is costly so if the Lord moves on your heart please consider sending a special love gift to help us whether or not you wish to place an order until next time this is Sharon not saying Maranatha
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