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How To Have a Steadfast Hope In A Shaky World | Part 1

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May 12, 2022 8:00 am

How To Have a Steadfast Hope In A Shaky World | Part 1

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You listed below should you world listen to Adrian Rogers, Jesus Christ, not to be displayed to be generated that I have a settled fate. So many Christians remind me of a man who swallowed a was afraid to move right my break, afraid to sit still for my package and I know Christians are just about that nervous about that generated welcome to find featuring the profound truth of the gospel taught in the practical messages Adrian Rogers this month we talked about how to live in hole on the edge of eternity. Though it's been anticipated for more than 2000 years. Jesus could come again at any moment as prophesied in the book of Revelation, but as children of God we have a settled faith.

If you have your Bible turn to second Thessalonians chapter 1 is Adrian Rogers reveals how to have a steadfast hope in a shaky world would you take God's word. Five second Thessalonians 1st chapter, you know, the stage is set for the drama of the Rangers only this drama is not a make-believe Israel. But the problem is we have too many Christians today who are troubled too many who are generated to many who are unsettled because they are living with sort of last day hysteria. Obviously, we don't know that these are the absolute last days the last days. In one sense of the word began when Jesus ascended because from that time to this time we've been living on the edge of eternity Jesus Christ could come back at any moment.

But that has been true for 2000 years. But God's people are not to be upset not to be dismayed not to be generated that I have a settled fate.

So many Christians remind me of a man who swallowed and a and he was afraid to move, afraid my break, afraid to sit still freighted my hatch and I know Christians are just about that nervous about that. Generally, well we going to look today into the word of God and find something that will give us a settled faith in a shaky world was set up.

If you can keep. When all those roundabouts are losing theirs is just a sign you don't understand the situation, but it may be another assignment may be a sign that you have a dog grip on the word of God now. Second Thessalonians chapter 1 and look at the will in verse seven and you who are troubled are you probably talking to you and you who are troubled rest with us, that is settled now release that tension rest with us. When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe. Because our testimony among you was believed in that day. Now let's talk about a settled faith in a very shaky world. I will lay three things upon your heart and I pray God the Holy Spirit will write them in delicately upon your heart and ask them today into your consciousness. Truth number one. As we look at the Scripture. You need not be dismayed.

You may not be dismayed. Look again if you will, in verse seven and you who are troubled rest with us pastor. These are dark days. Yes, they are but they are gloriously dark because the darkest hour of the night is just before the dawn. You say I hope is not in politics. Everybody's talking politics these days I hope is not in sociology.

Our hope is not in science. Our hope is a show that is the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ not notice that who is coming. It says here in verse seven. Look at it again. The Lord Jesus that the Lord Jesus, you know, today, his Lordship is video ignored and repudiated what is going to be revealed. This word reveal means it's going to be on the radio. People don't understand who he is. They talk about the peasant from Galilee. They talk about the lowly Nazarene by Fran when he comes again he is coming as the Lord Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of lords, and is coming to be glorified and he's coming to be mired. Notice again in verse 10, when he shall come to be glorified in all of his saints. Now when he came the first time he was spat upon. When he came the first time he was alive at all. When he came the first time he was ignored and then worse than being ignored. He was crucified, but when it comes again and I can hardly wait. He's going to be ground and he is going to be glorified and at that moment there will be start Tara for those who do not know him and who have not trusted him. Notice in verse eight. These coming in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Savior, then, becomes the judge and men have Kirsten behind his back. They won't cursing through space I will promise you that. So who is coming Lord Jesus. The Bible says in verse seven look at and you are troubled rest with us.

When the Lord Jesus DC that would win just_doesn't say when he is coming now. We don't know that exact time because that day that hour no one knows, but we do know there is a time that the Bible calls win. Jesus came the first time own time. He was born over time he died on time.

He rose on time and he is coming back. The second time own time. Our Lord is never ahead of time.

Our Lord is never late. As a matter fact, the book of Malachi tells us in chapter 4 and verse two that Jesus is coming as the son of righteousness and it says this some under you that fear my name shall the son of righteousness arise and the word for son. There is not SON but asked you in an is an analogy, the writer of Malachi says that the second coming of Jesus is like a sunrise like a sunrise not doing two things about sunrise. Number one, you can't hurry it up is that not true. Can you make the sun come up early in the morning. No, you can't hurry up point number two you can't stop his coming is like the sunrise. You can't hurry and you cannot stop it, but it shall come, and one of these days, the Lord Jesus is going to fall back the shades of night and with a star open the door the morning and flood this world with his glory, and I can hardly wait when he is coming. We don't know but we know exactly that he is coming back. Think not only of the hood of his coming and the wind was coming, but the wonder of his coming look in verse 10, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired_that word at my if you have a King James version of Scripture actually another translation gives it the word has the idea of wonder. Phillips translates it this way it will be a breathtaking one to all that believe. Can you imagine what it would be like if we heard the trumpet sound right now and I mean were swept up. Can you even just think of it Jim admiring looking upon his name is wonderful. No wonder we wonder wonder at friend will wonder, first of all, in his reading, deeming is taken stubborn people like we were.

And sometimes our God haters transform by his love those who were living in ignorance and blindness. We had our eyes open.

Those who been demonize by the power of elastin drugs and immorality have been made. Fuel what what transforming love. This is an look at them when we caught up to meet the Lord we going to be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and will look around and we will see the saints in the glorified bodies. Is he perfect it will be perfect because will be like him. The Bible says is he exalted, we will be exalted is a prophet, priest and king. We will be prophets, priest and king. Does he reign, we will reign with him, and every vestige of sin will be removed.

No wonder we wonder when we see the blood wash saints that Truong caught up to meet the Lord in the air and we look around and see what he is done.

Not only will we wondered is transforming power but friend. We will wonder at his saving grace look in verse 10. Look at when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired and what's this all them that believe you sell those who did wonderful works is out of those who gave a lot of money is that all of those were handsome are educated all we will wonder that we have been saved by his we just put our faith where God put our sins upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we see that bloodlust all we say, from whence they come in here they believe in Jesus, they trusted Jesus. Does that seem too simple to you, friend. It is gloriously simple and it is simply glorious believe all the Lord Jesus writes you be saying I'm so glad I've been able to preach that gospel.

I'm so glad that I can hold up this book and say to anybody in place anytime if you will believe in Jesus. I promise you will be a part of the word of God, he will save you and anybody anywhere anytime ever comes to Jesus in repentance and faith that he doesn't say that I'll close my Bible never preach again. I can promise you that he will save you.

There will be the one that was transforming love there will be the wonder of his saving grace in all them that believe and there will be the wonder of his keeping power.

Look again in verse 10 these coming to be glorified in all them that believe not one of them will be lost. You see this is going to be homecoming. Can you imagine a family that gathers for homecoming and they're all there and is a sumptuous meal on the table and there's a lot of laughter and a lot of happiness, a lot of joy and then somebody says where Susan has anybody seen Susan Susan Susan is a little child where Susan Susan is not branded one little child were missing when that's what homecoming I'm telling friend when we're caught up. He's going to be admired in all them that believe not a one will be lost. Met so let alone Jesus have a lien for repose. I will never know. Never desert to its close that so should endeavor to shape ever known never know.

Never forsake no wonder we going to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and not only do we see the hood of his coming in the wind of his coming in the wonder of his coming. But notice, we see the witness of his coming. Look again if you will, in verse 10 of the same chapter when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe not watch this because our testimony in you was believed in that day when Paul came to Thessalonica, the people to whom he is writing pagans on the way to hell any came and testified what Jesus Christ did not for him the proof that you believe this, I coming Jesus Christ is not that you have notes in your Bible, but that you are trying to bring souls to Christ.

I would take something, because a Mike Tyson I don't care how much money you give this church demographically. Again, I don't care how beautiful you see how eloquently you may teach. If you not trying to bring souls to Christ.

You're not right with God. Right with God, a spiritual Christian. Jesus said you shall receive power that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me a Christian who does the witness is a contradiction in terms.

Paul spoke of the coming of Jesus. He said these folks are ready because our witness because my testimony. I was cleaning my garage.

I don't get to do that often is almost a privilege just to be able have enough time to do something like that. Set aside this day in the garage, maybe going and it was a nice day and I have garage door open. No man came by and walked up the meeting, said Mr. you need some help. I need a job again. I work for you.

Would you pay me some he was told he could help me.

I knew very Frank that it won't be bothered with. I said no I don't need any help thank you is or will I need some money. I sublimity this month.

I race my billfold and gave him some money and and I got back to my work Holy Spirit in you to tell them about Jesus you just trying to get rid of as a one visit was known for that matter the scratch unit on by Jesus as of well I'm sorry Laura. I should have. He's gone.

Lord said you could catching and I knew I had to left them well down the street department just a moment I want us to question the cut to the chase, he bowed his head with me and prayed Dave's heart. Christ can I hug in on a hug that old man. I didn't see an old man there that was down on his luck guy I saw man a Jew in the Savior's crown. I saw man made life the Lord Jesus Christ. I saw man is going to be caught up in the rapture and transfer all to the light's of the very son of God, you know, one of the greatest privileges that we have is to preach the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has a what is Paul saying in this first section he is saying you need not be dismayed to you who are troubled rest. God is everything under control. Matter fact I have a model in my status as a grantor trust me I have everything under control now number two.

Not only should you not be dismayed. You should not be deceived look if you will. And now in the second Thessalonians. The second chapter and notice how it begins. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and by our gathering together on the him that is the rapture, that ye be not soon shaken in mind or be trouble. That is, don't be dismayed, neither by spirit nor by word nor by letter, as from us as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he as God set up in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God, remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things. I must stop reading. Therefore, moment, but Paul is saying not only don't be dismayed. But don't be deceived. Look again.

Chapter 2 verse three let no man deceive you not put down big plane and strike the devil is a deceiver is a liar is the father of all lies and he had inspired a devilish deception what it happened a forged letter had gone out somebody assign Paul's name to to deceive the church and they were teaching that the church was already in the great tribulation, and they were saying that you Christians have missed the rapture and during the great tribulation.

It was alive. It was a devilish live ball is talk about our being gathered together to him.

In verse one. The rapture is going to come first. But it was a lie that the Lord is at hand here in the tribulation and so Paul is straightening them out about this and tells them. Now the truth, and he explained some things to them about the antichrist that is going to come. You see there's coming a antichrist. The man of sin. He's going to fling one final insult into the face of heaven's key mount notice what he says in verse three let no man deceive you by any means for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the sum of perdition. That is the day the Lord is not going to come until the antichrist is here now is called here the man of sin he is going to be the epitome of evil. He is Satan's Superman.

He will counterfeit the work of God and like any criminal he has many aliases I would give some names that is called in the Bible to them about right here.

First of all, is called the Mama sin. The man of sin that speech of his character is going to be the enemy of evil is going to be the personification of sin. You see history began with the Santa man it will end with the man of sin. All of the evil of this world will be distilled in the one man is called a man of sin. Another translation calls this the incarnation of wickedness.

Another translation, the champion of wickedness. Another translation wickedness in human form.

All of these are the same way say he's a man of sin, but also is called in verse three, the son of perdition. What is let me perdition means judgment and it speaks thereof. The judgment that Shirley awaits him. The only other person in the Bible.

It's called the son of perdition is Judas and Williams translates this son of perdition, the one who is do destruction mess reason why since Satan sales a sinking ship in Revelation chapter 13 is called bear the beast all these are aliases wisely call the beast because that speaks of his ferocity is cruel and fierce and ferocious nature.

This man may have the face of an angel but has the heart of the beast and then the apostle John calls him the anti-Christ. You can read about that in first John is called the antichrist and the prefix AMTI anti-means instead and again he is against Christ when he comes as a substitute for Christ is one who opposes Christ is one who will be a substitute for Christ. That is, he is the counterfeit Christ knowledge get something straight. Jesus can say he that hath seen me has seen my father, the antichrist can say the same thing. He is of his father the devil, just as Jesus Christ was God in human flesh antichrist will be the devil in human flesh, and he can say he that hath seen me has seen my father, but his father is the devil. Now you have to understand this, that Satan desires worship and is getting bolder and bolder these days and more and more he is inculcating to himself demonic devilish worship. He wants to receive worship and he will receive that worship through the antichrist coming up tomorrow, will you perk to this important message. Maybe today you have questions about who Jesus is or how to begin a relationship with God through Christ glorifying God's love to find resources and materials there that can answer questions you may have about your faith You like to order a copy of today's message in its entirety.

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