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January 19, 2022 8:00 am
Sometimes the future could be frightening but it doesn't need to be future of today's topic with Dr. Don Wilton as we open the word of God together know that our phones were open as well with 866-899-WORD 866-899-9673. We love to pray with you and connect with great resources.
Now Dr. Don Wilton I don't have this with you but my walk yesterday I was completely prepared by breakfast Saturday. I had prepared this message some days and weeks ago. It I felt back with the Lord had spoken to him so yesterday I slept on my study in my private study, and I began to talk to the Lord and I began to read the Scripture not began to prepare my heart for worship today. I ended up in my study for quite a number of hours probably six hours would say why just simply because I couldn't believe God began to take me deeper and deeper into his word and that's what he does when I was an understanding on my back became a lack of understanding what I think was sufficient in order to teach my people was grossly insufficient and I came to understand that Bruce wonderful trough of God's grace is backwardness and that the deeper I dig into the truth of the word of God, the deeper I need to go the more I understand, the more I recognize I don't understand ladies and gentlemen we are starting a mixed marriage subject I do not know early on such there is a great deal that I'm going to say to you that will require much attention on your but I believe that it behooves us festival to come to grips with the word of God so that we are going to continue to do as we going to continue to study this route. I'm afraid to be bound by the things that everybody says I'm certainly going to read commentators do word studies and try to have a better understanding and grasp of what it is that God is saying, but I believe we need to come to grips with the word of God as we always did. The second thing that I believe we need to do is we need to understand that the spirit of God will give us options. He will give us clarity of thought and God by his spirit opens our minds and he'll do that for you there going to be many things that we will study together that initially you going to struggle with going to grapple with. I want you to grapple with it, that is my purpose. I want to drive you into your closet. I want you to go home and say I didn't quite understand the I want you to ask questions of your teachers. I want you to struggle with the word of God because God will bless.
Ione went with the study of 1130 or something lost. Not tell you deep down in my heart there was a refreshment. There is a blessing that God gives to you when you really get to grips with these word of the subject. The least because we're discussing things that are very difficult to understand until he comes because the situation Jesus was born.
Then he lived upon the serpent. He died upon the cross. Some days later, while preparing to over 500 people. Jesus, together with some of his disciples went back to the Mount of olives and in front of them.
He ascended, he was taken up in the word bear to the same means that he was literally snatched up.
It's very similar to the word that we use for the rapture of the church taken away, snatched out and it pertains to the next Mary act of Almighty God, something that only God can do.
Jesus was taken by the hand of Almighty God according to his sovereign purpose. The word of God tells us that he was seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you and for me, the angel came to these gentlemen, said man please don't be concerned. I know you're standing there looking up and wondering what this is all about overwhelmed by theological disposition and circumstance but I want to tell you the truth that the same Jesus who went up is going to come back again and then remembered what Jesus said because Jesus said in my father's house there are many mansions if it were not the case. I would tell you that I'm going to prepare a place for you up there and if I don't prepare that place. Listen to this I will come again but am going to take you to be with me forever. That's what Jesus was talking about.
No wonder he prefaced his remarks by telling them. Let not your heart be troubled, he said, please do not spin or waste your time worrying about future events because I am going to come back.
That's what this is all about until he comes to his non-Christian world. What do I need to know about your company and what should I be doing until you come if you don't mind me just asking one more question.
When exactly are you going to come nondata confess to you that on September 11 when those massive buildings came tumbling down. The thought crossed my mind that this was the end of the kind of had an apocalyptic touch to it looks on people's faces. The disaster people running down the streets of New York trying to escape the crushing buildings, the sadness of the heart the things that the Bible alludes to a massive live. Are you coming. Is this the beginning of the end goal of the disciples they had been with the Lord Jesus in the temple. This was the culminating point of over three years of ministry that I think I was suffering perhaps from an overload. They were not any different to you and me. Some of you most of you. I hope I know well over 2000 of us of being in Bible study today, many morning worship when it comes to the end of this message, you gotta work out of them say, let's talk about the big game tomorrow. What's for lunch. Let's find something different to converse about. We had a spiritual overload. Some of us not even sorry man I don't need any more Bible right now, let's talk about something different.
I think perhaps if you read my problem with these disciples came out and yeah they were over these Galileans. These were fishermen.
These birds from the root. They gathered around the feet of Jesus Christ. And I don't know.
Maybe. Matthew turned to John and said and what can we say Jesus chose to serve these incredible things he stripped about the kingdom of God and messiahs, and if you look at me you seen the father and I tell you the truth about through this aggressive all the poor in spirit, and he's healing people, then what can we say in Matthew part of John and Sigmund about something else. We've had enough church for the day and I don't know maybe John looked up and said I brought up in this incredible look at this building this but what a magnificent piece of engineering we've never seen anything like what they didn't know is they were being prompted by the Holy Spirit. Did you know that the Holy Spirit guides us direct us, gives us the right things to say helps us to ask the right questions so it is that Jesus delivers what is commonly known, the Olivet discourse. While all of it because it took place on the Mount of olives and the Mount of olives is singularly significant because that's the place where Jesus ascended at back is the place where Jesus will come back again and sitting right there atop the mountain.
Jesus deleted this discourse in the wake of a three-pronged question that came from the disciples suspect dignity.
They didn't know they were asking three questions but they did neither did they necessarily understand the significance of the questions they were lost. Let's read about Jesus left the temple in Matthew 24 was working away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its building.
Do you see all these things he lost. I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another.
Everyone will be thrown down little bit later as Jesus was sitting on the mouth of all of the disciples came to him privately tell us they said question number one, when will this happen when what happened when will the temple come tumbling down that you just told us about question number two what would be the sign of your coming, coming to deliver the Messiah that we been expecting who will deliver us from the oppression of the Roman Empire number three. When will be the end of the because we believe according to the Old Testament that the coming of the believer is going to be me by a new piece. In other words, we know that according to Ezekiel and Ben will and Jeremiah and Isaiah the prophet. We know from the Scriptures that the coming of the Messiah is going to simultaneously signal the end of the three of those questions are interrelated and very singularly significant. Well look what happens. Jesus answered retroactive. No one deceives you, for many will come in my name climbing on the price to move the seed many will hear words and rumors of birds, but see to it. You are not a long such things must happen with the industry become nation will rise against nation kingdom against kingdom.
There will be famines and earthquakes in various places leaves all the beginning of birth.
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to bed.
You will be hates about early nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and the end will come. So when you see standing in the holy place the abomination that causes desolation, spoken through the prophet Daniel that the reader understand and let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
No one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. No one in the field go back to get his cloak. Grateful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Pray that your flight will not take place in the winter on the Sabbath. The vendor will be great distress unequaled from the beginning of the word.
Until now, and never to be equaled again those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened at that time if anyone says to you, look there is the Christ not believe false Christ's and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and verticals deceive even the elect if that were possible. See, I have told you of time so if anyone tells you where he is out in the desert not go out or using the inner rooms do not believe resurrecting the comes from the east is visible even in the West, so would be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a caucus there the vultures will gather. Immediately after the distress of those days the sun will be blocking the moon will not give up its life, the stars referred from the sky and the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At the time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and the nations of the earth. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send these angels with a loud "and they will gather his elect from the first wins and from one end of the heavens to the other not learn this lesson from the fig tree soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves, you know that the summer is near. Even so, when you see release things you know that it is near right after Burrell.
I tell you the truth. This generalization will certainly not pass away until these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, my words will never pass away.
You remember back in Luke's gospel chapter 19 verse 11 Robin says that while they the disciples and the people were listening to this. Jesus had just made an announcement, Jesus told them in Luke chapter 18. He said I am the son of man, and I've come to seek and to save the lost. Remember, now they were expecting a deliver a conqueror someone who would set them free.
Jesus said I've come to seek and save the lost. He was trying to teach them about a movie wall. The Bible says that at that time he went.he began to tell them a parable because you always wanted to give them an earthly story with a heavenly meaning to enhance their spiritual understanding. He was near Jerusalem.
Listen to this chapter 19 says, and the people that the kingdom of God wasn't going to happen at once. When Jesus said these things, they said, wow, this is it. I'm so the disciples couldn't understand why he didn't brandish a soul waiting for that well because they had read the Old Testament that you because they had seen John the Baptist. The Old Testament told them that the Messiah would be announced well that had seen John the Baptist. They all knew him but visited with in fact they knew about the special relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist, why did they expect something to happen right now because they had chewed his arrival in Jerusalem. Remember the tickertape parade that gave the Lord Jesus that was able to palm branches and people were shopping.
They were ecstatic because they believe that the kingdom of God was imminent.
He claims the temple read like that morning there was a need chase them out when he said, like Mark, my father's house a house of merchandise. These people that had watched how he had with the religious leaders go back to Matthew chapter 23 program spikes and by prison and and equipping them everything you could imagine. Folks, let there be no mistake whatsoever.
Jesus had no time whatsoever for these people who were in the church and yet behave in such an ungodly manner.
Jesus was impressed with the fact that little bit go to the Jerusalem Baptist theological seminary that did not impress anyone but Jesus was not impressed by the Brady readings and they present the lighting will Jesus was impressed by their religiosity and these people around him. They didn't have a very good taste in their mouth wintertime to the religious leaders remember these religious leaders were siphoning their money. Folks, let me give you an illustration we took up a lot of people give tithes and offerings and you being so faithful. Can you imagine if you that I took whatever I wanted out of the offerings bought myself a new motor club and what ever I want to do with it and you could do nothing about.
You know that the Old Testament writers tell us that the Jewish people of that day. They do not pay religious leaders wanted them to do because it was part of the cultural and religious obligation.
They knew that the religious leaders were committing for.
By taking money that was given to the church.
They knew these things they couldn't stand there was nothing they could do about the religious leaders in the day of Jesus were a very powerful group of people. They were not unlike the Muslim clerics that you find in places like Iraq and Iran.
Remember, the Ayatollah Khomeini. Let me tell you something friends, I never met the Ayatollah Khomeini, but on data tell you that under the Shah of Iran. He lived in exile in France and when the shop Iran was evicted, thanks largely to the United States of America. The lady came back to Iran and he anything do body could question him to the religious clerics of Jesus, but no such thing as a personal relationship and I can tell you they didn't have deacons. There was no system of answerability is not accountability. These people knew that they knew they had listened three statements about the temple and it is these disciples ask these questions and Jesus immediately and understanding them because he is the Messiah, the son of the living God.
Jesus begins to also the question that most significantly, Jesus begins to talk about the listing to Dr. Don Wilton our teacher here on The Encouraging Word.
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There are many people some of whom I respect very deeply believe that this discourse have to do with 8070.
There are some wonderful Christian people who believe that Jesus was talking about was the imminent collapse of the temple under Roman persecution. I do not believe that the single moment Jesus was talking about the future and pathological discourse.
Jesus was answering the questions we discovered I the question concerning the temple not tell you what me most was that I believe it was my final point last week that Jesus pointed to the temple because he wanted to demonstrate in a very practical happens to the church of the living God in the spirit of God is good, that he was saying to these disciples. This paper will come down because my house is being bred into disrepute and I will never godlessness when you remove my house to come tumbling down while 30 years later they believed, let me just remind you my friends for years later we ballooned headlong into the apostolic age and the apostolic age was the duration of the New Testament church. It was the prime time of instructing people like you and me to do charge God and Jesus Christ begins the logical display of what really counts in the house of God, a place that could relate. So by the future and how do we know the future one day to submit to you today will Jesus blame Sabin keys seven events that were going to happen prior to his, let's look at the first of the future events Jesus spoke about your dues birth pains, birth pains, but I do see a show of hands or how many of you moms have had labor pains you raise your hands.
Please anchor would you clear lap clock and event been a move on the going number two on listen to me, Jesus, did you notice what he says your folks. He says in verse eight he says these are the beginnings of birth pains with what all the beginnings of birth pains not to put The commitment is beginning to respond a lot easier ready tell them about the temple he says wrap chopping. This federal he says wrap topic. No one deceives you well. Deception is a birth. Deception goes down. He says many will come in my mind climbing on the Christ. It's remember Waco I'm just using that as an example, David Karesh motivated grade school himself the Messiah sit on the Christ Jim Jones in the jungles of Guyana that's that's the type of thing that many will come, putting a timeline on the ship.
I'm just putting it into its context. While we read about rules. Ever since Jesus was here, but then he also says rumors of wars, I was watching Fox news the other day and one of our esteemed senator said I want to tell you something I know for a fact that next move is going to be against Saddam Hussein. Let's a room or wall between but it's a room and nobody's declared with rumors of those he goes on cases that do not belong such things must happen, but the end of school become so very telling us about these things, deception and false Christ lives in rumors of wars. He says on the good news for you son of the then he goes on, and he says nation will rise against nation, the right you know what's happening in India today. India and Pakistan historically had been at odds with one another since the British Empire pulled out fighting over little piece of mountainous territory: Kashmir.
The Indians and Pakistanis don't get along that have nuclear potential. There is an imminent disaster waiting to happen. It is a very serious business. While Bible says nations will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, burdens, famines, there's another one earthquakes another one in various places.
But then Jesus is. Jesus said these things are the beginning of birth pains and he's doing is a sign I want to tell you something, my friends, when it talks about Mike coming back to the server I'm talking about events that take place leading up to and including truck for Dr. Donna's been preaching and teaching.
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