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Temple Baptist Church - 8-1-2021Revelation 15:1-4IntroductionA. Chapter 15 of the Book of Revelation is the shortest chapter in the book. It, like the Minor Prophets, is not short because of lack of importance. It is important for you and me to know what is happening in heaven during the Tribulation Period. B. During this seven-year period, we will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. We will also have some knowledge of what is transpiring on earth. This brings us to the question: “Do God's people in heaven know what is happening upon earth?” Let me answer this way: yes and no. I do not often used oxymorons but, in this case, “Yes and No” is the right answer. 1. No. We will not know of all the sufferings, sinfulness, disappointments, discouragements of our loved ones on earth. That would bring heaven's perfection down to the level of this ungodly world. Heaven will be a wonderful, perfect place of joy and peace. 2. Yes. a) We will know when a sinner becomes a saint on earth through the new birth. Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. b) We will know to some degree what transpires upon earth concerning the righteous judgment of God upon the ungodly. I do not presume to know that extend but these verse tend to say that there is some degree of knowledge. Revelation 6:9-10 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: (10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. C. Verse 1. The seven angels are now ready to aid God in the judgment of those who have rejected the gospel and aligned themselves with the world's system. God's judgment will be both appropriate and timely! Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. You “be still and know that I AM GOD!” BECAUSE “I will be exalted among the heathen … I will be exalted in the earth!” Trust in the Lord with all your heart because He is still able to do all things. D. These seven last plagues (God used plagues to judge Egypt and deliver Israel) which the angels hold will be so terrible as to fill up or complete the wrath of God against this wicked world. “To fill up” means to complete, be concluded, to satisfy the wrath of God upon this sinful, cursed world. The number “7” is the bible speaks of completeness or perfection. 1. These seven plagues are called great because God's judgment will transcend all judgments in the past. When we study the bible, we see the greatness of God's power in judgment but these last plagues will be the greatest ever seen on earth. 2. These seven plagues are called marvelous because of its supernatural nature. Never has there been such a thing happen on earth including the universal flood of Noah's day. These plagues will be things that only God can do. They will not be natural phenomenon. E.Verse 2. We see in heaven a sea like unto glass. What a beautiful sight it would be to look out over the Atlantic Ocean and see its surface perfectly flat, made like unto glass, reflecting the glory of the sun or moon. Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. F. This sea of glass will be mingled with fire. Possibly relating to the “fiery trials” that have befallen these Tribulation Period saints who have suffered the loss of their lives. Fiery trials have always been a way of life to God's people. These saints have gotten victory over the beast, not defeated by the beast. I want to use a verse written to the “strangers scattered” or dispersed Jews who paid a terrible price of their stand for Christ. These tribulation saints will die for their faith! 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: G. Here we find a four-fold victory achieved by these martyred saints: 1. Victory over the beast –the political system of antichrist on earth. The end-time socialistic dictatorship under Antichrist will not tolerate disobedience of any form! These tribulation saints will put their faith in God instead of faith in Antichrist and his ungodly political system. Instead of looking to the political system, they will look to God for provision and the necessities of life. 2. Victory over his image – failure to worship the political system on earth. In chapter 13, we find that the people on earth were commanded to bow to an image just as the three Hebrew children were commanded to bow to the image in their days. These tribulation saints will bow only to Christ! Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. Philippians 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 3. Victory over his mark – failure to take the mark of the political system on earth. The end-time government will attempt to force compliance. We are getting a small taste of this in our day. These tribulation saints will starve before they die! Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 4. Victory over the number of his name – failure to identify with the political system on earth. God's children are to obey government if that obedience does not contradict scripture, but our obedience does not mean that we identify with government. We, as God's children, are not to identify to an ungodly government. We have to live in this world and should strive to live a life acceptable unto God and visible to men! These tribulation saints made little effort to hide their Christianity! H. Verses 2-4. These martyrs are given harps, instruments used to worship God. What a thrill, what a position. They use these harps to sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. The content of their songs: 1. The Song of Moses (this is not the song of victory found in Exodus, chapter 15, which was a song of victory) is about the Nation of Israel and is found in Deuteronomy 32:1-43, just prior to his death on Mount Nebo. God told Moses what to write and to teach it to Israel before his death in Deuteronomy 31:19-22. Then Moses commanded the Levites to put the book into the Ark of the Covenant as a witness against the people. The Song of Moses prophesied of Israel's departure from God to follow the gods of Canaan, His judgement upon Israel for their sin, God's faithfulness to Israel, and Israel's restoration back to God. This song is prophetic of Israel's rejection of the Messiah, national blindness and judgment, and restoration at the end of the Tribulation Period. 2. The Song of the Lamb is about the Tribulation Saints who overcome the beast through rejection of the mark and, ultimately death. 3. Both songs hold the same truths: a) God's glory is found in His works. “Great and marvelous are thy works” – Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? b) God's glory is found in His Person. “Lord God Almighty” Lord, His supremacy; God, His Divinity; Almighty, His sovereignty. Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. c) God's glory is found in His Holiness. “Just and true are they ways” God is impeccable and immutable. In Him is no darkness at all and all His ways and works are righteous. Psalms 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. d) God's glory is found in His Position. “thou King of saints” King of kings and Lord of lords, He is our Sovereign for eternity. J. Verse 4 also gives a prophetic picture of the Millennial Reign of Christ: 1. The Fear of the Lord. “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, He will be feared as he rules with a rod of iron from the throne of David. 2. The Glory of the Lord. “and glorify thy name?” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, His name will truly match His position: King of kings and Lord of lords. 3. The Holiness of the Lord. “for thou only art holy:” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, righteousness will reign on this earth. 4. The Worship of the Lord. “for all nations shall come and worship before thee;” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, all nations will bring their offerings to Christ. 5. The Judgments of the Lord. “for thy judgments are made manifest.” During the Millennial Reign of Christ, justice will be swift and appropriate!
Temple Baptist Church - 8-1-20212 Timothy 3:1-5 Introduction: A. As Paul writes to Timothy in this second epistle, he describes the characteristics of religion 2,000 years ago. Religion, not salvation! 1. If this was so 2000 years ago, look around you today! Sunday is just another day; the Bible is an unread book; biblical Christianity has gone the way of the world; churches are emptying; faithfulness is a relic of the past. 2. What we just read is a “picture” of what religion looks like when the “power thereof” is missing! B. Paul's admonition is “from such turn away.” We live in days of “universal acceptance!” People are good with today's religion because it is comfortable and makes no demands. 1. Religion says, “It does not matter what doctrine you believe as long as you go to church.” 2. Religion says, “It does not matter where you go to church as long as you go to church.” 3. Religion says, “Doctrine divides but love unifies.” Doctrine has always divided because true doctrine is bible based, not based in denominationalism. C. Now, here is the situation of our day: 1. Morals are gone. 2. National pride is gone. 3. Common sense is dead. 4. Religion is hodge-podge. 5. And conversion is a rarity. D. It all “boils down to this:” Religion without the Power of Change. Salvation is something that God does; therefore, salvation always works! We bring a bankrupt sinner to Christ through repentance and faith and God gives us eternal life to come and a new life now! 1. The Holy Spirit used the word “denying,” which means to refuse, reject, or to contradict. This world has heard and known the Truth but is in a constant state of denying it. I want to look at a verse this morning that we are all familiar with. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. a) You can deny the existence of change. There is no change of life in salvation. This is contrary to “he is a new creature: old things are passed away; BEHOLD, all things are become new.” b) You can deny the relevance of change. Your life may be changed but my life does not have to change. This is contrary to “Therefore if any man be in Christ.” Change is not individual. The Bible declares change to be universal in salvation. 2. THE WORLD DOES NOT WANT WHAT WE HAVE, therefore, they refuse it and contradict it. Titus 1:15-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. (16) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. E. Salvation is a Powerful experience. A “change of life” is ALWAYS there when one gets saved because it is “breathed out unconsciously.” We do not necessarily feel a change but, suddenly, things take on a different perspective. Change in the life of the believer is a natural part of our salvation. F. I want to look at the “power thereof” for a few minutes. Things in our lives that automatically take place. The word “thereof” is an interesting word. From that cause or from that origin; therefrom. It comes from a root word meaning “to breathe unconsciously.” Breathing has two essential parts: inspiration or to breathe air in and expiration or to breathe air out. G. Breathing is one of the body's Auto-nomic Responses of the nervous system: heart beat and breathing are two of the most significant of these responses. 1. These are things that we do without thinking. The beat of the heart is the more regulated of the two as, when, you think about it, you can hold your breath or change the way that you breathe. 2. Thus it is with the life of the child of God. We are new creatures by birth and have a new nature that is an Autonomic Response to the work of the New Birth. H. Here are several things that are found “thereof” in true salvation. 1. The Power of Conversion. The world wants “A Salvation without a Conversion.” True biblical salvation ALWAYS makes a change in your life! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (Raised to walk in newness of life.) a. A changed life. (Conversion is an automatic response that is done spiritually without thinking. When I was saved, something forever changed in my life.) b. A changed mind. After our conversion, we think differently. We see things through spiritual eyes. c. A changed desire. “For to me to live is Christ.” 2. The Power of Conviction. The world wants “A Spirit without Conviction.” When we are saved, the Holy Ghost of God begins to dwell within us. John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (14) He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. a. A sensitivity to sin. When we sin, we know it because we become sensitive to it. b. A conviction about sin. Sinfulness becomes wrong to the child of God. c. A desire to change from sin. A turning away from sin to Christ. 3. The Power of Conformity. The world wants “A Scripture without Conformity.” If the Bible is the pure Word of God, and it is, then it demands obedience. Philippians 3:8-11 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (10) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (11) If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. a. Conformity to the Son of God.
Temple Baptist Church - 7-25-2021Proverbs 17:22 Introduction: A. My theme verse is Proverbs 4:23, which says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 1. I continue to emphasize that we are made in the image of God: a trichotomy, body-world conscious, soul-self-conscious, and spirit, God conscious. 2. If out of the heart (or the soul) are the “issues” of life, and the bible says that it is so, then that which proceeds from with the soul of each of us is what we allow to issue forth. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” 3. If the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and it is, then the natural man is utterly depraved and nothing that proceeds from the natural can be good! “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing.” 4. Therefore, I can reasonably say that we, as God's children, have the responsibility of controlling our “issues.” 5. It all comes down to this: if you want to be sad and have a broken (downcast, disquieted, disappointed, discouraged) spirit that drieth the bones, you have that choice. Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood … (And the blood comes from the marrow of the bone. Dried bones equal a lack of life giving blood.) 6. Or you can choose to put a merriment in your soul and a smile on your face. 7. Problems neither go away through tears or laughter so choose the later. B. This morning, I want to deal with one of my favorite verses: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” 1. I love this verse! I love to laugh, joke around, and have a great time. You can ask my wife, I meet no strangers. One of my sons said, “One day, Dad is going to get maced!” That may be but, in a world full of trouble and worry, laughter is essential for survival. 2. For the most part, I have found people to have a sense of humor and laughter is good for the soul. I lady in the checkout line at Wal-Mart (I was picking at her) said, “Never lose your joy. I lost mine a few months ago.” She was referring to the death of her husband but what she said stuck with me. People need to laugh. 3. Remember the words: “Smile a while and give your face a rest.” It takes a lot fewer muscles to smile than to frown and frowning will give you a headache! C. The word “merry” is found 28x in your King James Bible. It is an outward thing whereas Joy is an inward thing. Merry can but does not necessarily mean happy which relies upon our happenings. D. “Merry:” Cheerful in a lively sense, to cheer up; to be glad; to have joy; to brighten up. There are three verses dealing with a “merry heart” that I want to look at for a few minutes: 1. A Merry Heart Maketh A Cheerful Countenance – Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. a) Most people today look like a mule that has been eating saw briers! Everywhere you go in this world, you see sad faces, hear cursing and complaining! Men live lives of quiet desperation! b) People are dissatisfied and disgruntled. This should not be the lot of the child of God. We should be a satisfied, happy people. We are someone going somewhere! 2. A Merry Heart Maketh A Continual Feast – Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. a) Enjoyment of life! We are so blessed and yet people are still not satisfied and often live lives of quiet desperation! A feast is a merry event! I am not talking about vacations; I am talking about all day and every day! The joy of the Lord is your strength! b) I remember the old family reunions back in the 50's and 60's when our family would come from all over and spend the day together eating, pitching horse shoes, and just sitting around catching up on family news. It was a day looked for with great anticipation. c) I sure miss those days. We had a ball. 3. A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like A Medicine – Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. a) A smiling face or “drieth the bones?” A choice that we make. I tell people that you can laugh about your problems, or you can cry about them. Neither will change the problems, but laughter can lessen the pain. For to me to live is Christ! When Christ, who is your life, shall appear. b) Laughter is a medicine with no ill side effects. Can you imagine a medicine prescribed for you with all good and no bad side effects? Today, they send you several pages of what may happen to you if you take the meds prescribed. E. HOW TO HAVE A MERRY HEART 1. A Merry Heart Comes Through Conversion – You will never be happy until you know Christ. Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. 2. A Merry Heart Comes Through Contentment – You will never be happy until you know contentment. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 3. A Merry Heart Comes Through Commitment – trusting the Lord in every part of your life. (Whatever my lot thou hast TAUGHT me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul!”) 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheles I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 4. A Merry Heart Comes Through Consecration - Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. lose life and find it – most people never find their lives because they never lose their lives! “Let me lose my life and find it, Lord, in thee!” Conclusion: God wants you to be merry, happy, in this life even though it is full of troubles and sorrows. You will never be happy until you are converted! You will never be happy until you are content! You will never be happy until you are committed! You will never be happy until you are consecrated!
Temple Baptist Church - 7-18-2021Jeremiah 17:1-10 Introduction: A. A couple of weeks ago, I preached on the issues of life that proceed from the heart (the soul of man, the seat of man's affections, where the things that he treasures are found). So much is said in the Bible concerning the heart. Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. (22) For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (23) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (10) I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways. B. As we read these verses together this morning, we find: 1. A Depraved Heart – Verse 1. First Mention of Table in the Bible were the tables of stone upon which the Commandments were written. “Adamant as stone” Here we find the sin of Judah engraved WITH A PEN OF IRON AND A POINT OF DIAMOND. 2. A Departing Heart – Verse 5. Departing from the Lord. “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” 3. A Deceitful Heart – Verse 9. Deceitful above ALL things. Who can know it? Self-deception is the worst form of deception. 4. A Defiled Heart – Verse 10. God tries the reins and gives judgment according to the “fruit” produced by the heart. 1. The Danger of our Heart. The heart is a source of “heartache” for each of us this morning. Our “heart,” by its sinful nature is naturally depraved. I will be so glad when eternity begins for me, and this sinful flesh is gone. (1) It matters not if you are male or female; (2) it matters not how much you love the Lord; (3) it matters not how godly a life that you try to live; your heart, my heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. That is the total depravity of the flesh. a. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. I find it interesting that the Bible says “above all things.” I have been deceived by others; I have been deceived by circumstances; but the greatest deception that you and I face is an i51) You need to take heed to yourselves. Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; (Heed – to hedge about or to pay strict attention to something. Yourselves! We spend more time worrying about others than self when the greatest enemy that we face is the one who faces us in the mirror.) 2) Never trust your heart. Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered. (One of the times that God calls a man or woman a fool is when they place trust in their feelings and thoughts. Right and wrong are dictated by God's Word, not what we think of feel.) 3) Never follow your heart. Isaiah 44:20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? (The heart will lead you in the wrong direction. “If I know my heart” is a deceptive phrase to follow.) a) Religion Can Deceive Your Heart - James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. b) Promiscuity Can Deceive Your Heart - Job 31:9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; c) Alcohol Can Deceive Your Heart - Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. d) Pride Can Deceive Your Heart - Jeremiah 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD. e) False Prophets Can Deceive Your Heart - Luke 21:8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. b. The Heart Is Desperately Wicked. Desperate – having urgent need; dangerous. The desires of the heart of an individual drive them to do hideous, wicked, perverted things. Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. c. The Heart Is Depraved. Who can know it? The answer is understood: no one. 2. The Defense of our Heart. a. Our Heart's Defense Takes Diligence. Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Keep-protect with vigilance. All-priority. Diligence-Meticulously.) b. Our Heart's Defense Takes Desire. Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (There are few in these last days who are willing to serve God with all their heart. Most only follow their heart. Desire dictates direction.) c. Our Heart's Defense Takes Determination. Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. (I am in this thing for the “long run.” Better men than I have fallen to the wayside over the years. I am not speaking evil of them because they are my friends and I believe that they love the Lord but, for various reasons, they followed their heart instead of determining their hearts.) Conclusion: The importance of our heart is that, for out of out heart are the “issues” of life. a. The Heart Dictates What We Do - Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. b. The Heart Declares What We Are - Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Temple Baptist Church - 7-18-2021Revelation 14:12-13 Introduction: As we get to these verses tonight, we need to interpret them within the context in which they were written. Then, we will get the real meaning instead of the usual application. Most apply these verses to the saints of God who have gone on before us and that is a good application but not the biblical interpretation. In Matthew, chapter 23, we find 8 times that our Lord said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” Matthew chapter 23 precedes chapter 24 in which our Lord gives the prophecy of the last days before and during the Tribulation Period. It was these religious zealots who continued in the ungodly tradition of their predecessors. They persecuted God's prophets and His people. A. Here, in our text, we find more martyrs who were to die during the Tribulation Period. God's people have always paid a horrific price for faith. Such payment began with the first family unit and continues through the prophecy of the end-time. Matthew 23:34-35 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: (35) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. B. Throughout the bible, we find obedience to God and death by man tied together. Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! C. From Abel (the second born son of Adam and Eve) and the prophets of the Old Testament to John the Baptist, Stephen, James, the apostles, along with saints by the millions during times of religious persecution in the Dark and Middle Ages. There are still people around the world paying for their willingness to stand for Christ. D. Tonight, I want to look at verses 12-13 within the context of chapter 14. Chapter 14 gives a prophetic view of what will transpire in the second half of the Tribulation Period or Jacob's Trouble. In the middle of Daniel's Seventh Week, we find this chapter. At the beginning of the second half, we find that several things transpire. 1. The abomination that maketh desolate has taken place in the holy temple on Mount Sion. Here we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Daniel 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 2. Israel flees to the wilderness. Here, we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Matthew 24:15-16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (16) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 3. There is war in heaven and Satan is cast down to the earth having great wrath because he knows that his time is short. Here, we find prophecy fulfilled. a) The Prophecy - Ezekiel 28:16-17 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. (17) Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. b) The Fulfillment - Revelation 12:7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. (9) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 4. The political and religious systems are now in place and the mark of the beast is essential for survival by individuals. E. We have set the context so now we will look at verses 12-13 of chapter 14. The Patience of the saints is found in a two-fold manner. 1. These believers in verse 12 keep the commandments of God. a) During these past two years, we have heard much about submission to human government. Submission if the right thing to do if it does not violate scripture. 1 Peter 2:13-14 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; (14) Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. b) We are to submit to every ordinance of man if that ordinance does not violate a clear command of God from the bible. When the bible gives the believer a mandate, it ALWAYS supersedes man's mandate. Let us look at a biblical comparison between our day and our prophetic context in chapter 14. Acts 5:28-29 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. (29) Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. c) The command - Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. d) The Submission - Revelation 14:12a Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God … 1) The Physical Consequence – Verse 13 – “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth” 2) The Spiritual Consequence – “Blessed are the dead…” F. Their patience and faith brought about a martyr's death. These precious Tribulation saints will choose death over life that they may have life over death! They will “die in the Lord from henceforth!” Our Lord spoke of this day: Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 1. There is a spiritual salvation found in the bible and it is all “by grace through faith.” This salvation is an act of God and, therefore eternal. 2. There is a physical salvation found in the bible and it is a deliverance from this life to the next. Matthew 24:13 speaks of a physical deliverance, not a spiritual one. These martyrs die because of their faith in God's deliverance. Philippians 1:20-21 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (21) For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. G. Their martyr's death brought about a blessed reward. 1. They will Rest – “They may rest from their labours.” 2. They will be Rewarded – “Their works do follow them.” Hebrews 6:9-10 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. (10) For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
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