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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essentials: Signs of the Times

Notes: Essentials: Signs of the Times
September 18, 2014
Pastor Jeff Lasseigne 
Harvest OC
Ezekiel 37

Pastor Jeff is here talking about how great worship was tonight. How that is just a small taste if to what is to come when we are in Heaven in front of God.

Jeff is talking about a story of timing and when others are on the same page with you.

Eschatology is the study of the last days in Bible times. Studying the future. 

Jeff believes we are living in the last part of the last days.

The count down started at Pentecost in Acts 2.

He is speaking about the rapture of the church and what follows after that.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 NKJV
[3] Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

Jeff is talking about how he flew into Denver and was following the signs to get around. That the Bible has lots of signs if you can carefully follow them.

When the Bible talks about the signs of the times, it is in general speaking about the signs indicating the second coming of Christ. 

There are over 300 references in the New Testament talking about the second coming. The Old Testament has over 1500 references.

5 Signs we are in the last days.

1. The Regathering of Israel

Israel was reestablished in May 14, 1948.

Ezekiel 37:1-14 NKJV
[1] The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. [2] Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. [3] And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" So I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." [4] Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! [5] Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: "Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. [6] I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD."'" [7] So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. [8] Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. [9] Also He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live."'" [10] So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army. [11] Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' [12] Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. [13] Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. [14] I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it and performed it," says the LORD.'"

Like Daniel, Ezekiel was a captive of Nebuchadnezzar.

When Israel was reestablished that was the biggest event and most prophesied event in all the Bible.

Over 40% of all Jews in the world live in Israel now.

Mark Hitchcock wrote that we are the generation that has a front row seat that sees this prophecy happen.

The Bible says that the Jewish people would not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Zechariah 12:10 NKJV
[10] "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.

The Bible says that when the tribulation begins there will be 144,000 Jews that will be saved at that point and will go into the world and proclaim the word of God.

Revelation 7:3-4 NKJV
[3] saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." [4] And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:

Ephesians 1:13 NKJV
[13] In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

More Jews will be saved then 144,000 according to Revelation.

Revelation 7:8 NKJV
[8] of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

Revelation 12:7-9 NKJV
[7] And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, [8] but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. [9] So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:13-17 NKJV
[13] Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. [14] But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. [15] So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. [16] But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. [17] And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

That passage speaks of satan attacking the Jewish people.

During the Great Tribulation, the rest of the Jews will recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Jeff says this conversion was probably accurately described as Saul was converted to Paul.

Acts 9:3-9 NKJV
[3] As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. [4] Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" [5] And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." [6] So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do." [7] And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. [8] Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. [9] And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Jeff says it is no coincidence that Israel
Is in the news almost everyday.

2. The Growing Apostasy

1 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV
[1] Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, [2] speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, [3] forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

 Paul is warning us about these things. That in the last days many people will be turning from their faith.

1 Thessalonians 2:1-2 NKJV
[1] For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. [2] But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.

Apostasy is the walking away of "professing believers" from the church. These are people walking away from their religion, these are not true believers.

1 John 2:19 NKJV
[19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.

The opposite of belief is is not just unbelief, it's false belief!

Many people today claim to follow Christ, but many only hope that God is following them.

3. Middle East Peace

We don't have peace there yet. Many nations are engaged in trying to get peace there. 

Their will be a false pseudo peace that will come from the devil.

4. The Reunited Roman Empire

Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 speak of this.

Babylon, Meto-Persia, Greece and The Roman Empire.

Revelation 13:1 NKJV
[1] Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

These ten horns will be ten nations.

Revelation 17:15-16 NKJV
[15] Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. [16] And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.

Daniel 9:26 NKJV
[26] "And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined.

The Anti-Christ will be from the new Roman Empire.

Jeff says all of the big groups of countries like the G8 or NATO will form the G10 for the antichrist.

5. Growing Globalization 

All the systems that are linking the world together. Internet, travel, and how the world is shrinking through technology.

The things we take for granted today are not all bad things.

Jeff said he read that only 20% of transactions are done in cash now.

Jeff is saying that globalist tell us that if we are all interconnected as economies then we will have less ripple effects in a down turned economy.

The antichrist will use globalization as his tool to unite and take over the world.

All of this information should be turned into applications.

Jeff is giving 5 take always,

1. Stay biblical.

Be balanced in the word and watch what is going on.

2. Pay attention

Jeff believes most of us, the current generation, are going to experience the rapture of the church.

3. Live obediently 

The Bible says to live expectantly and obediently. 

Live for this day and that day of return.

4. Reject worldliness

The world is passing away.

There is plenty of us to love in this world. Our family and friends to love. It is the things of the world for us to reject.

5. Share Faithfully

The gospel is still our commission and no time has been as important as now.

Don't forget that someone shared the Gospel with me, and I am thankful for that.

God's clock is ticking away. It never speeds up or slows down, just keeps ticking closer to the end.

We are past the looking for the signs part, we should be listening for the trumpets!

Are you ready for the return of Christ?

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