Well, good afternoon everybody. I think it is afternoon. I donít
know if itís afternoon where you are or what time zones there are. You know, itís probably not that much of a
difference in time. Just teasing. I want to also talk about Christ returning and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb a little
bit too and itís part of my introduction. Itís great to know the understanding that Pentecost does picture the
gathering of the first fruits. A lot of the churches, you know, feel that Trumpets is when that occurs and not just the return
of Christ but also the resurrection of the Saints. So, we do have a great, you know, an understanding of that, which is nice
to have that weíll be partaking of the wedding supper as well as discussing with Christ and the Father different things
prior to us returning. So, itís not just a resurrection, then coming back immediately, but a, sort of a debriefing of
what is to take place in the future. So, Iím looking forward to that time and I know you are as well. We can sit and
talk with the Father and the Son and be able to see what the heavenly is all about.
But I just wanted to continue where Bill left off in Revelations
19 just to talk more about what Christ is going to be doing; and if you turn to chapter 19 verse 14 it says "Then the armies
which are in heaven followed him upon white horses", itís of course us, "clothed in fine linen, white. Out of his mouth
goeth a sharp sword, that it should smite the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron; and He treadeth the wine
press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS
AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw angels standing in the sun, with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst
of heaven, come and gather yourselves together and to the great supper of the Lord; that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and
the flesh of captains, the flesh of the mighty men, the flesh of horses that sit upon them, and the flesh of men, both free
and bonded, both great and small. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gather together to make
war against Him that sat on the horse, and His army. And the beast who has taken with him the false prophet that wrought miracles
before him, which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. They were both
cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnants were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the
horse, which sword proceedeth out of his mouth, and all the foes were filled with their flesh.
Then, of course, in chapter twenty it talks about Satan being
bound a thousand years. So today, and I wanted to go to Luke after that. Luke
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chapter 18:8. Because before Christ left, he asked a question
in verse 8, "I tell you, he will event them speedily", talking a parable he had just given them. Nevertheless, when the Son
of Man comes, shall he find faith on the earth. And he spoke to his parable that certain which trusted in themselves that
they were righteous and despised others.
So, today I would like to ask the question for all of us;
you know, Christ says, "Will he find faith on the earth?" In this type of society as we have it, there are many things that
are taking place, you know, as far as what Bill is mentioning concerning the cares of this world and getting involved in maybe
too much materialism and us examining ourselves so that we can become closer to God in the spiritual aspect of things, and
not allow the physical to sort of dominate our thinking. There seems to be a lot of, I feel, spirits of deception out there
and today Iíd like to talk a little bit about that; and I am sure that in your encounters with other groups and other
people they have come up with, say, different doctrines that seem to be far out there. But, I myself, am getting a little
tired of hearing some of this, you know. Iíve attended different groups, even home groups and people come up with all
kinds of things. Recently there is a, you know, itís happened before, but there was attack on the Holy Days that they
are not binding on us today. They are reduced to an Old Testament observance as well as the Sabbath and that we donít
need to keep them.
There is a movement underfoot with that to try to do that
and I have a text that I would like to read out that Art McCarroll wrote that sort of signifies some of the things that people
have been talking about concerning the Holy Days. He used to be a minister of World Wide a number of years ago and I think
he left, but heís got some books out as far as his understanding is concerned on some doctrines and different things
and he quotes Colossians 2:16 verse 17, saying to "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of the
holy day or a new moon or of the Sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Now, we use
that or I use that to support that, you know, we should observe the holy days and we donít have anybody respect this
or disrespect this in that regard; but he looks at it as being, the shadow of things to come, have already occurred and, again,
this is another doctrine thatís out there that other people have put forth. It said "The day of the shadowÖ",
Iíll just read part of what he is saying, is "The shadow of the Sabbath rests of Christ, since Christ is in you which
is the mystery then you are ready in Godís rest and have ceased from doing your own righteousness. Therefore, doing
away with the actual keeping of the holy day.
Unleavened bread, there is no need to take unleavened bread
out of the house since Christ has already made you unleavened. The shadow has
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already happened to Christians. Pentecost, we do not need
to keep Pentecost since you already have Godís Holy Spirit. This shadow has already occurred for Christians, but as
we know, this also represents the Day of the Gathering of the First Fruit. So, it still needs to take place, and itís
not complete yet. The feast of trumpets we are in today you are already saved in Christ, Christians you do not need to be
saved at Trumpets, Christ returns with the Saints to save the world. Atonement, Christians have already received Jesus as
their atonement. Again, no need to keep that. In tabernacles, Christ does not need to dwell, we do not need to dwell on temporary
booths or tabernacles because the human body is a tabernacle containing the consciousness of the person.
So, we see here that as also the last great day, Christians
are not judged in the white throne judgment. There are already spirit beings and are being judged today, but as we know the
last day has not occurred yet so itís still a shadow of things to come. So, people like to say different things and
they like to get into, you know, sort of tearing down the doctrines or the scriptures weíve come to hold to be true.
Recently in discussion with a brother, he feels that Satan
is not the god of this world. That the temptation in the wilderness, where itís in Luke 4, chapter 4 in verse 5, where
Satan says, "I will give you all the kingdoms of this world if you will bow down and worship me" is not true, that Satan was
lying to Jesus Christ, and therefore, it is not a true statement that Satan is the god of this world. And these are from brethren
that are, you know, saying these things. Also, we will be in the Kingdom of God whether we like it or not. Thereíre
people that are saying that, as far as, we donít need to do the work of salvation, which Paul says, you know, work out
your own salvation in addition to having the Holy Spirit we need to put forth effort in working our own salvation out as well.
And, so we have many of these attitudes or, you know, deceptions
as I say, that are taking place in our day today. Sort of as a prelude to the type of world that exists in the book of Revelations.
Because, I donít know if you know of Harry Potter and the books, as far as the witchcraft and different things that
exist in that whole series and in the movies and everything, and the book of Revelation itís basically the world of
Harry Potter. You know, the people get involved in demonism and witchcraft and there is a lot of things that is going on in
the Book of Revelation that are, say, a prelude then to what we have and what we are reading and there are there are brethren
that like Harry Potter, that like to read; they feel itís good literature. We have it in the schools today and there
are a lot of influences that are involved when kids are reading that type of literature.
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Letís turn to Matthew 24, verse 36, "But at that day
and hour, knoweth man, no, not the angels in heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also the son of
coming of Man shall be. For in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark; and knew not until the flood came and took them away. So shall also the
coming of the Son of Man be." So, we see here that, you know, Noah, in the time of Noah, there was violence on the earth,
there were many things that were going on. And in Jude 14 we see that the Bible quotes the book of Enoch. You may say, what
else was going on at the time of Noahís day. It says in Jude 14, "And Noah also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of
these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment on all, and to convict all that
are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which
ungodly sinners have spoken against him. There are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth
speaking great swelling words, having menís persons and admiration because of advantage. " So, we see that this type
of attitude exists before Christ returns and it also indicates that there was a bad attitude during the time of Noah.
I want to turn to First Peter 3, and verse 19; actually 18;
and it says there, "For Christ had also once suffered for sins, the unjust for theÖthe just for the unjust, that he
might bring us to God being put to death in the flesh but quickened by the Spirit, by which he also went and preached unto
the spirits in prison which sometimes were disobedient, when much the long suffering of God waiting in the days of Noah while
the ark was bring prepared. Wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water. So, this is an interesting aspect of Christís
work. I take it to mean that after his resurrection he went to visit the spirits in prison which were disobedient during the
times of the flood, and, what were the spirits doing during that time of the flood?
The book of Enoch, which I have, I will read from just to
give you an idea of what the book of Enoch does say. Now, a lot of this literature is not in the Bible, but it does refer
to the Bible. But it has an interesting take on the Spiritís involvement, perhaps, in different things, and it says
in chapter eight here of Enoch, "And Azazel taught the people the art of making swords and knives, shields and breastplates,
and he showed to those chosen ones brackets, decorations, ornamentations, all kinds of priceless stones, all kinds of color
rings and alchemy. And there were many wicked ones and they committed adultery and erred and all their conduct became corrupt
and they were taught incantations and cutting of roots, resolving of incantations and astrology and a knowledge of signs and
taught the seeing of the stars and the course of the moon as well as deception of man. So,
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there is an indication here and Iím not saying that
people put Enoch is the scripture, but that there were many things that were happening with the spirit world as well in the
time of Noah as it is going to be in the book of Revelations. So, my point there is that we need to be on guard against a
lot of these influences in our lives and be able to know, you know, what is happening with those spiritual influences.
In Mark 4, going back to the Parable of the Sower, and it
came to pass in verse 4 and it came to pass as he sowed some fell by the wayside and the fowls of the air came and devoured
it up and some fell on stony ground, where it had much earth. And immediately, it sprang up, it had no depth of earth. But
when the sun was up, it was scorched, because it had no roots and it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns
choked it up, and yielded no fruit. And others fell on good ground and did yield fruit that sprang up in trees and brought
forth some thirty, some sixty, and a hundred. And so in verse 14, 15, Christ goes into the explanation of the Parable. And
he says, "And these are they by the sower and the word; these are they by the side where the word is sown, when they have
heard Satan comes immediately and takes the word that was sown in their hearts. And these are they, likewise, which are sown
on stony ground, but when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness, and have no root in themselves and
so endurith but for a time. Afterward, when affliction of persecution arises, for the wordsí sake, immediately are offended
and these are they which also are sown among thorns, such as heard the word. And the cares of this world and the deceitfulness
of riches, and the lust of other things entering in chokes the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
So, we can see here this Parable as applies to us today.
We have spiritual influences, we also have the cares of this world in verse 19, that if we get, you know, itís okay
to desire these, you know, a house, you want to have a family, you want to do different things, you want to achieve things
in life, but we always have to be careful that we donít get too caught up in these things, and that we have the spiritual
perspective on the things that weíre doing so that the deceitfulness of riches as it says and the lust of other things
doesnít enter in and choke the spirituality of the word of God so that we become unfruitful, as it says. And the finally,
these are they which are sown on good grounds, such as hear the word and receive it and bring forth fruits, some thirty full,
some sixty and some a hundred. So, Christ wants us to be as the Parable that is fruitful and to develop our talents and to
be fruitful in that way, and to serve him and to try to develop what we have for his benefit, and not just for our benefit,
as far as that is concerned.
In Galatians 5 and 16, we have the war against the flesh.
And in context, I am talking about will Christ find faith on the earth when he returns? And,
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you know, we have to become vigilant. We have to constantly
be vigilant in our walk in the Spirit. So that we will be there and presence, so that we will have the faith when Christ returns,
that he is talking about.
So, In Galatians 5, 16 "Walk in the Spirit and you shall
not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh and these are contrary
the one to another so you can not do the things that you would. But if you are lead by the Spirit, you are not under the law."
And so, we see here a admonition, as you know, to walk in the spirit. To be fruitful in the things of God. And to not allow
the flesh to begin to dominate us and to begin to, if we have weaknesses, that we will work on them and, you know, fast, pray,
study as far as that goes, to be able to mortify the deeds of the flesh because itís not just a acceptance of Christ
and thatís it. Also, itís also coming into vogue in some of the members I talked to, but working out a salvation,
so the fruit of the Spirit, as it says in verse 21, envy, murderers, drunkenness, revelings of such like. I tell you before
as I have told you in the past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.
So, as Paul was saying as well in other places that he worked
on himself that he would not be called a castaway. You know, it shows that Paul himself had to be vigilant about himself and
constantly be working on himself and his salvation so that he would make it into the Kingdom of God. And so again, the fruit
of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness and faith, as well as meekness, temperance,
are things that, as you know, we should strive for. And to pray and study that these very desirous attributes are part of
our lives and in a daily walk and so that we can exemplify that to others, but so also that we will be able to increase in
love, in joy, in peace, in longsuffering and all these good things that are part of the Spirit. And, so again, once again,
we could be a good example to others as we walk with them. And, you know, not to judge them at all as well.
In Ezekiel 47 we see here when Christ returns, He will be
establishing the temple once again. And the holy days will be established and you know the scripture of Zachariah where it
talks about Egypt is going to be punished if they donít come up to keep the peace. Isaiah 66 talks about all flesh shall
come and worship before me, from one new moon to each Sabbath. So the holy days will be part of that whole structure that
Christ is going to set up with the temple during the time that He comes back. There're a lot of things that are happening,
of course, when He returns. There are judgments that are going on. The earthís surface is renewed and rebuilt, and,
again the temple is established in Jerusalem, the captives are brought back in to the land. There is a tremendous amount of
activity that goes on and a very inspiring amount of activity. But in chapter 47 it talks
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about a special stream that flows out of the temple from
the threshold. It says, "Afterward he brought me again into the door of the house, and behold water is issued from under the
threshold of the east, of the house eastward, and the waters came down from under the right side of the house, at the south
side of the altar. Then he brought me out of the way of the gate north and led me about the way without unto the other gate
by the way that looks eastward, behold the ram waters on the side.
So, this river comes out of the throne room of the temple
and Ezekiel here talks about just this river going towards the Dead Sea to reliven the dessert, but also to bring life to
the Dead Sea. And Zachariah talks about another water issuing from the same location towards the Mediterranean Sea to bring
life to that, because I believe that in Revelation it talks about the sea and all things being killed. So the waters of the
oceans, all the fish and all the marine life in the ocean will be destroyed. So, that river is going to replenish that particularÖthe
oceans of the world, as well as perhaps all the continents coming together, at that time, you know, to form one land surface.
Thatís speculation. But this river runs from Jerusalem and then it continues, it says in verse 3, a thousand cubits,
and He brought me through the waters. The waters were to the ankles and He measured a thousand and brought me through the
waters in waters to the knees. And He measured a thousand and brought me through the waters were to the loins. Afterward He
measured and it was a river that I could not pass, for the waters were risen, waters to swim in Ė a river that could
not easily be passed over. And he said, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and calls me to the brink of
the river, and when I returned behold that at the bank of the river were many trees on the one side and on the other. Then
He said to me "These waters issue out of these countries and go to the dessert, and into the sea which being brought forth
into the sea, the waters shall be healed."
Now, if you go to Revelation twenty-two we see that that
river has a lot to do or is very much like the river in Revelation; "And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear
as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb in the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river
there was a tree of life" (and it could be a plural noun here that there were many trees on each side of this river, not just
one) "which bare twelve manner of fruits, yield there her fruit every month and the leaves of the tree were for the healing
of the nation and there shall no more be a curse but the throne of God and the Lamb shall be and His servants shall serve
Him" So, we see that this Ezekielís temple, that river talks about trees on each side of that river that is very similar
to what we see in Revelation for the healing of the nations. And why we have to partake of the spiritual leaves of the tree
were for the healing of the nations, I do not know. I donít know if itís just symbolic or thereís actually
something there to heal
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the nations. But itís all tied in to, you know, the
future and what we are going to be doing with the Father and the Son. And also, this has not been fulfilled yet so there are
many things that need to be fulfilled in the holy days, which are an important structure that we, you know, keep and help
us to keep close to God. And to keep revealing, you know, new things to us on these days as we focus on the meaning, the particular
meaning of each of the holy days. Keeps us close to him and also gives our spirits a boost.
So, what I wanted to bring out in that area of scripture concerning the
water is that perhaps we can look at it this way that the Holy Spirit is that water that flows out of New Jerusalem. And that
we should be, as Ezekiel was walking through those waters, we should be walking through those waters spiritually, and walking
to the place where weíre swimming in that river that Ezekiel was swimming in. In other words, that we are swimming in
the Holy Spirit symbolically. That we are completely contained and inspired by Godís Holy Spirit so that He can lead
us in a deeper understanding of our lives and what we need to be doing in the future. And also to keep us guarded from the
deceptions that are out there; from many of the things the brethren are saying, another one that Christ is a created being
because he is the first born of all creation. Another concept that is with some of these people. We need to protect ourselves
from these things brethren and to remain faithful and to remain close to God so when he returns, will he find faith on the
earth? He will find faith with us and we will be the salt of the earth.