Presentation on theme: "Where Have We Come? 18 You have not come to a mountain [Mt. Sinai] that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19."— Presentation transcript:
Where Have We Come? 18 You have not come to a mountain [Mt. Sinai] that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; 19 to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, 20 because they could not bear what was commanded: Heb. 12:18-24 (cont.)
Where Have We Come? “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” 21 The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, Heb. 12:18-24 (cont.)
Where Have We Come? 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. Heb. 12:18-24
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On! 25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven? Heb. 12:25-29 (cont.)
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On! 26 At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Heb. 12:25-29 (cont.)
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On! 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a KINGDOM THAT CANNOT BE SHAKEN, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:25-29
Quoted From Haggai 2:6-7 6 “This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I WILL SHAKE ALL NATIONS, and the “Desire of All Nations” [ NKJV ] will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty.
Clearly An End Times Prophecy Specifically mentions ALL NATIONS being shaken These shakings will precede the glorious return of Messiah, the “Desire of All Nations”
Unprecedented Changes in the World Since 2010 1. 1. European economies failing (Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and more) 2. 2. In 2011, the “Arab Spring” resulted in total collapse of dictatorial governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen – as predicted, those governments have been replaced with radical Islamic rule
Unprecedented Changes in the World Since 2010 3. 3. We are now seeing what many experts are calling the “Islamic Winter” – violent anti-American protests in more than 20 nations, including the 9/11/12 attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya which resulted in the death of the U.S. ambassador and 3 others
Unprecedented Changes in the World Since 2010 4. 4. We are witnessing the weakening and decline of Western Civilization (including the U.S.) and the ascendency of radical Islam 5. 5. All radical Islamists share two things in common: Hatred of U.S., the “great Satan,” and hatred of Israel, the “little Satan”
Unprecedented Changes in the World Since 2010 6. 6. Iran racing towards nuclear weapons that it will use against Israel and possibly the U.S. 7. Israeli PM Netanyahu will attack Iran if necessary: "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," he said (9/15/12).
Unprecedented Changes in the World Since 2010 8. 8. Muslims warn that an all out Middle East “world war” would erupt if Israel attacked Iran and Israel would be completely wiped out. OH REALLY???
God Will Defend Israel 1 This is the word of the LORD concerning Israel… 2 I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling… 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Zech. 12:1-3
God Is No Respecter Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to ANY people. Prov. 14:34 20 [Daniel] said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. 21 He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. Dan. 2:20-21
God Decides the Fate of Every Nation 26 From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26-27
Nations Will Be Judged 15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug; their feet are caught in the net they have hidden… 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell [Heb. Sheol = “hell” KJV ], ALL THE NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD… 19 Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in Your presence. 20 Strike them with terror, O LORD; let the nations know they are but men. Ps. 9:15-20
God’s Handwritten Message to Belshazzar 22 “But you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself… 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven… You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. Dan. 5:22-30 (cont.)
But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways... 25 “This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN 26 “This is what these words mean: Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Dan. 5:22-30 (cont.) God’s Handwritten Message to Belshazzar
27 Tekel: YOU HAVE BEEN WEIGHED ON THE SCALES AND FOUND WANTING. 28 Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians...” 30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain. Dan. 5:22-30 God’s Handwritten Message to Belshazzar
America’s Crisis – Economic, Military, Social & Moral 1. 1. $16 trillion debt – $.40 of every dollar spent by the government is borrowed! Debt/GDP ratio now 104%! 2. 2. Federal Reserve announced QE3 (9/13/12), another round of “quantitative easing” = printing more paper money which further devalues dollar and increases inflation!
America’s Crisis – Economic, Military, Social & Moral 3. 3. The very next day U.S. credit rating downgraded again from AA to AA- (Egan-Jones) 4. 4. China has bought 400 tons of gold in the last 6 months – they are moving toward a gold-backed currency which could cause the collapse of the already weakened U.S. dollar
America’s Crisis – Economic, Military, Social & Moral 5. 5. Massive cuts to U.S. military in 2013 – our enemies understand! 6. 6. Homeland Security is preparing for riots like Europe – bought 1.5 billion rounds of ammo this year (750 million hollow bullets banned in international warfare and 750 million that can penetrate walls), presumably for use against its own citizenry!
America’s Crisis – Economic, Military, Social & Moral 7. 7. 53 million babies have been “legally” murdered since 1973 – devastating effects on the mothers 8. 8. Abortion & sterilization now “healthcare” freely available to all 9. 9. Gay marriage now law in Md., DC other states 10. 10. 26% adults mentally ill (NIMH)
3 Stages of God’s “Wrath of Abandonment” (Rom. 1:18-32) 1. 1. Sexual impurity 2. 2. Homosexual perversion 3. 3. Depraved mind [lit. “no mind” – futile thinking, hearts darkened] = INSANITY God gave them over to…
Insanity of Political Correctness & “Tolerance” Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also APPROVE OF THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM. Rom. 1:32
Keep Your Eyes on Israel American/Israeli relations deteriorating On 9/11/12, Pres. Obama refused PM Netanyahu’s request to meet with him later this month in NY THE SAME DAY our embassies were attacked and violent Muslim protests erupted in 20 countries! The U.S. is doomed if it turns its back on Israel!
What Can We Do? 1. 1. Pray, Fast & Repent 2. 2. Be Salt And Light 3. 3. Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst 4. 4. Keep Our Focus on the Kingdom of God
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. Jer. 18:7-10 (cont.)
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it. Jer. 18:7-10
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent 12 “Even now," declares the LORD, "return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:12-14 (cont.)
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent 14 Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing— grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. Joel 2:12-14
#1: Pray, Fast & Repent 1 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. 2:1-4
#2: Be Salt & Light Wake up, speak up, stand up – be a witness for Christ! The Spirit-filled Church is to restrain the power of antichrist (2 Thess. 2) Vote in the upcoming election: “Vote the Bible” (Pastor John Hagee); “Christians must vote biblically” (Dr. Tony Evans)
#3: Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing (Joel 2:12- 14) Abraham’s intercession for Sodom Be strong and put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18) Get ready for persecution (2 Tim. 3:12)
#4: Keep Our Focus on the Kingdom of God 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.” Heb. 12:28-29
#4: Keep Our Focus on the Kingdom of God Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now My kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36
#4: Keep Our Focus on the Kingdom of God In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. Dan. 2:44