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The signs of the times (4) [Sings and Wonders/ miracles]. Yoshinobu Namihria , MD , FACG 3000 halls ferry road Vicksburg MS 39180 Phone: 601 638 9800 ; fax 601638 9808 E mail: namihira@earthlink.net. Sermon detail. Opening hymn: 304 faith of our father Scripture reading: luke 21:25-28

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the signs of the times 4 sings and wonders miracles

The signs of the times (4)[Sings and Wonders/ miracles]

Yoshinobu Namihria, MD , FACG

3000 halls ferry road

Vicksburg MS 39180

Phone: 601 638 9800 ; fax 601638 9808

E mail: namihira@earthlink.net

sermon detail
Sermon detail
  • Opening hymn: 304 faith of our father
  • Scripture reading: luke 21:25-28
  • Special music: the namihira’s
  • Sermon: the signs of the times (4) [signs and wonders]
  • Closing hymn: 590 trust and obey
memory verse
Memory verse
  • .28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”luke 21:25-28
the main summary 1
The main summary 1
  • it must be recognized that Satan can also perform lying signs  and wonders. Not everything supernatural is of God. {this is important
  • If you totally (100 % ) put your trust in Signs and wonders,Miracles,You can be easily deceived
  • as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
  • when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”luke 21:25-28
the main summary 2
The main summary 2
  • The signs and wonders He wrought in behalf of His people showed His power over nature
  • Physical laws are : True,Universal.Absolute,Stable.Omnipotent
  • There is link between symmety and beauty
  • we should see forms of evil angels around us, trying to invent some new way to annoy and destroy us
  • we should also see angels of God guarding us from their power
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(Text: Matthew 24:23,24,26) Christ warned about the false

  • Christs and false prophets who would appear to deceive His
  • people: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is Christ,’ or
  • ‘There,’ do not believe it.
take home point
Take home point
  • For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great
  • signs and wonders to deceive
questions
Questions
  • Signs and wonders
  • Miracles
  • Is it safe to follow signs and wonders?
the bottom line
The bottom line
  • If you totally (100 % ) put your trust in
  • Signs and wonders
  • Miracles,
  • You can be easily deceived.
  • Why ?
  • Jesus performed miracles , showed signs and wonders.
  • Satan also can perform signs , wonders, miracles.
watch out for miracles
Watch out for miracles
  • In the Exodus story, the Pharaoh's magicians were able-to a point-to counterfeit the power and miracles of God (Exodus 7:10-12). Likewise, Satan is most dangerous and effective when he is imitating God's miracles and messengers. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
satan will impersonate jesus towards the end
Satan will impersonate Jesus towards the end?
  • is there any place in the Bible that says Satan will impersonate Jesus towards the end?
  • you have in Matthew 24, when the Disciples asked Jesus to give them the signs of the end, the first thing He said was that ‘Beware, many will come in My name saying I’m Christ’ and ‘There will arise false christs’.  So it may be Satan appearing in multiple ways through different individuals.  But you can also look in 2nd Corinthians 11:14:  ‘And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.’  And then of course 2nd Thessalonians 2:4, it tells us about the devil sitting in the Temple of God showing himself that he is God.
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There’ll also be great miracles performed too

  • you can read in Revelation chapter 16 where it talks about the spirits of devils working miracles – that’s plain enough – and they deceive the leaders of the world by the miracles which they have power to do.  So we know Satan has power to do signs and wonders.  That’s what he did with the magicians of Pharaoh in Egypt.  So yes I do believe Satan is going to seek to impersonate Christ.
how to keep from being deceived
how to keep from being deceived?
  • that’s the best question!  1)Through knowing the Word, 2) knowing the Lord, and 3) a relationship with Him through prayer.  Jesus said if it were possible, even the very elect would be deceived; and that’s Matthew 24.  And so if you know the Word, you’ll be able to identify when something is wrong and measure all things by the Word of God.  So the more you know the Lord and pray for discernment, God will help you to be able to distinguish the true from the false.
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Exodus 7:10-12 (NKJV)

  • 10 So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12 For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.
signs and wonders
Signs and Wonders
  • A miracle is the occurrence of any event apparently 1) contradictory to and 2) unexplainable      by the laws of science, and usually attributed to God.
natural event vs miracle
Natural event vs. miracle

Occurrence – the law of science = natural event

Occurrence -- the law of science = miracle

What are the physical laws ?

  • The law of gravity
  • the law of entropy
  • The law of thermodynamics
  • The law of centrifugal /centripetal forces
physical law
Physical law
  • A physical law or scientific law is a scientific generalization based on empiricalobservations of physical behaviour (i.e. the law of nature[1]). Laws of nature are observable. Scientific laws are empirical, describing observable patterns. Empirical laws are typically conclusions based on repeated scientificexperiment and observation, over many years, and which have become accepted universally within the scientific community.
physical law1
Physical law
  • The production of a summary description of our environment in the form of such laws is a fundamental aim of science. These terms are not used the same way by all authors. Some philosophers e.g. Norman Swartz use "physical law" to mean what others mean by "natural law"/"law of nature".[2]
physical laws
Physical laws
  • Physical laws are:
  • True, at least within their regime of validity. By definition, there have never been repeatable contradicting observations.
  • Universal. They appear to apply everywhere in the universe. (Davies, 1992:82)
  • Simple. They are typically expressed in terms of a single mathematical equation. (Davies)
  • Absolute. Nothing in the universe appears to affect them. (Davies, 1992:82)
  • Stable. Unchanged since first discovered (although they may have been shown to be approximations of more accurate laws—see "Laws as approximations" below),
  • Omnipotent. Everything in the universe apparently must comply with them (according to observations). (Davies, 1992:83)
  • Generallyconservative of quantity. (Feynman, 1965:59)
  • Often expressions of existing homogeneities (symmetries) of space and time. (Feynman)
  • Typically theoretically reversible in time (if non-quantum), although time itself is irreversible. (Feynman)
a connection between beauty and symmetry
a connection between beauty and symmetry.
  • Often those who understand the mathematics and concepts well enough to understand the essence of the physical laws also feel that they possess an inherent intellectual beauty. Many scientists state that they use intuition as a guide in developing hypotheses, since laws are reflection of symmetries and there is a connection between beauty and symmetry. However, this has not always been the case; Newton himself justified his belief in the asymmetry of the universe because his laws appeared to imply it.
physical laws and theories
Physical laws and theories
  • Physical laws are distinguished from scientific theories by their simplicity. Scientific theories are generally more complex than laws; they have many component parts, and are more likely to be changed as the body of available experimental data and analysis develops. This is because a physical law is a summary observation of strictly empirical matters, whereas a theory is a model that accounts for the observation, explains it, relates it to other observations, and makes testable predictions based upon it. Simply stated, while a law notes that something happens, a theory explains why and how something happens.
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Examples of

  • symmetry and beauty
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Back to

  • physical law and miracle
melting ice
Melting ice
  • Consider the above picture.  Melting ice makes a perfect example of entropy.  As ice the individual molecules are fixed and ordered.  As ice melts the molecules become free to move therefore becoming disordered.  As the water is then heated to become gas, the molecules are then free to move independently through space.  For both of the above reactions the entropy (DS) would be positive
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Here are some good examples of reactions that would have  positive entropy.

  • Formation of gases
    • CO2(s) g CO2(g)
    • H2O(l) g H2O(g)
  • Formation of ions in solution
    • NaCl(s) g Na+(aq) + Cl-(aq)
  • More molecules of product than reactants
    • 2NH3(g) g N2(g) + 3H2(g)
    • NH4Cl(s) g NH3(g) + 3HCl(g)
  • The temperature of a substance is increased.
    • H2O(l, 25oC) g H2O(l, 50oC)
law of entropy
Law of entropy
  • The second law of thermodynamics is that ALL things lead to entropy.  What this means is that with all spontaneous reactions, entropy increases.  
  • Within you, your community, country, world, solar, system, and universe things are speeding toward increasing disorder (absolute chaos!).
law of gravity1
Law of gravity

The greater the mass

The shorter the distance

The greater the gravitational force

natural event vs miracle1
Natural event vs. miracle

Occurrence – the law of science = natural event

Occurrence -- the law of science = miracle

What are the physical laws ?

  • The law of gravity
  • the law of entropy
  • The law of thermodynamics
  • The law of centrifugal /centripetal forces
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Examples of

  • Miracles/signs/ wonders
  • in the bible
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 A.   Many signs and wonders occurred in the time of the Old Testament.

  •               1. The sun stood still at Joshua's command.                          Joshua 10:12-14
  •                2. Water flowed from a rock when Moses struck it.                           Exodus 17:5, 7 (Psalms 78:15-16, 20)
  •                3.  The Red Sea parted so that God's people could cross.                           Exodus 14:22                           Hebrews 11:29
  •                 4.   An iron ax floated on water.                            2 Kings 6:5-6
  •                 5.  The waters were turned to blood.                          Exodus 7:17
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 6.  The dead were raised to life.                             Hebrews 11:35

  •                         a.    The son of the widow of Zarephath.                                      I Kings 17:17-23
  •                          b.   The Shunammite's son.                                      2 Kings 4:32-37; 8:1, 5
  •                           c.   The young man laid in Elisha's sepulcher.                                      2 Kings 13:21
  •   7.  Aaron 's rod blossomed.                               Numbers 17:1-9
  •    8.  The three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace remained unharmed.                                 Daniel 3:23-27
  •     9.   The widow's cruse of oil and barrel of meal was continually replenished  during a time of famine.                                  I Kings 17:9-16                                  2 Kings 4:2-7
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 10.  Baalam's ass spoke.                                  Numbers 22:23-30

    11.   Jonah, swallowed by a whale, was vomited up alive after three days in its belly.                                  Jonah 1:17; 2:10

    12.   Moses' rod became a serpent; his hand became temporarily leprous when he  put his hand in his bosom.                                  Exodus 4:3-4, 30; 7:10,12

   13.   The Jordan parted when Elijah "smote the waters" with his mantle.                                  2 Kings 2:8

14.   The sun went backwards (so to speak).                                  2 Kings 20:9-11

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15.   Manna fell from the skyto feed God's people.                              Exodus 16:4-31 (Psalms 78:24, 25)

 16.  Gideon's fleece became wet and dryaccording to his request concerning the word of the Lord to him.                                    Judges 6:3640

  • 17.  Elijah pronounced a drought upon the land,"and it rained not on the earth         by the space of three years and six months. And heprayed again, and the   heaven gave rain ... "                                    I Kings 17:1, 14; 18:41-45                                    James 5:17-18
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 B.   Jesus Himself performed many mighty signs and wonders among the people.                   John 20:30; 21:25                   Acts 4:30

  •   1.  He changed water into wine.                            John 2:1-11
  •    2.  He walked on water.                          Matthew 14:22-33 (Mark 6:42-52; John 6:16-21)
  •     3.  He took money from the mouth of a fish.                            Matthew 17:24-27
  •     4.  He fed the multitudes with a few loaves and fishes. {5Bread /2Fish}                            Matthew 16:8-10
  •                    a.   The five thousand. {5Bread /2Fish}   Matthew 14:15-21 (Mark 6:35-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:5-14)
  •                     b.  The four thousand. {7 bread, a few fish}                                  Matthew 15:32-39 (Mark 8:1-9)
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 5.  He cursed a fig tree, and it shriveled up.                            Matthew 21:17-22 (Mark 11:12-14, 20-24)

   6.  He told the storm to cease, and it became silent.                            Mark 6:45-52

7.  At His word the dead were raised to life.

  •                     a.   The widow's son.                                 Luke 7:11-16
  •                      b.  Jairus' daughter. Matthew 9:18-19, 23-26 (Mark 5:22-24, 35-43; Luke 8:41-42, 49-56)
  •                       c.  Lazarus.                                  John 11:146; 12:9
  •    8.   At His command his disciples brought in a draught of fish where there had been none.                            John 21:5-12
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 C.   The early church experienced many miracles as well.                            Acts 2:43;4:16; 5:12; 14:3                            Romans 15:19                            2 Corinthians 12:12

 1.   Those bitten by poisonous snakes remained unharmed.                                Mark 16:18                                 Luke 10:19                                 Acts 28:3-6

2.   Those imprisoned for the gospel's sake escaped unharmed.                                  Acts 5:17-25:12:1-17:16:25-40

3.   Those upon whom just the shadow of Peter fell were made whole.                                  Acts 5:15

4.   "And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul, so that                         from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons,   and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out                         of them."                                  Acts 19:11-12

  • 5.   The dead were raised to life.
  •                          a.   Peter raised Dorcas (Tabitha).                                     Acts 9:36-40
  •                           b.   Paul raised Eutychus.                                    Acts 20:9-12
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II.   However, it must be recognized that Satan can also perform lying signs  and wonders. Not everything supernatural is of God. {this is important }

  •                 Exodus 7:9-11;8:17-19                Deuteronomy 13:1-5                Matthew 24:24                Mark 13:22                2 Thessalonians 2:9                Revelation 13:13-14; 16:14; 19:20
  • III.   God has given to every believer the power to perform the same mighty         deeds as Jesus Himself did – if we have faith.
  •                   Matthew 10:1, 8                  Mark 16:16-18, 20                  John 14:12
  •          A.   The Holy Spirit has provided for the gift of miracles in the church.                            I Corinthians 12:10-11, 28, 29
  •          B.   The basic element necessary to operate in this realm of ministry is faith.                            Mark 6:5-6; 11:22-24                            Hebrews chapter 11                            Daniel 6:23
  • C.    In the last days, power will be given the two witnesses "to shut heaven,                  that it rain not in the days of their prophecy," and to turn waters                  "to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will."                            Revelation 11:1-6
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IV.   For what reasons does God generally perform miracles in our midst?

  •         A. Miracles serve as a confirmation of a person's ministry or message.
  •                1.   The minister (person), that he is sent by God.
  •                           Exodus 4:3-9, 30:7:10, 12                            Numbers 16:28-35                            I Samuel 12:17, 18                            I Kings 17:24                            Mark 9:39; 16:17-18                            John 3:2:6:14, 36; 11:42                            Acts 2:22                            2 Corinthians 12:12
  •                2.   The message (word), that it is from God.
  •                             Exodus 4:3-9, 30; 7:10, 12                            Judges 6:11-21                            I Kings 17:24; 18:37-39                            2 Kings 20:8-11                            Matthew 11:2-5                            Mark 16:20                            John 5:36                            Acts 2:22; 8:6                            Hebrews 2:3-4
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K.   In the Old Testament, signs or wonders served as evidence of the one true God.

  •                           Exodus 7:17                            Deuteronomy 4:35                            Joshua 2:11                            1 Kings 18:24, 37-39                            2 Kings 5:15, 17                             Daniel 3:28, 29
  •   C. God performs miracles to meet the needs of His people.

     Exodus 14:22 (the parting of the Red Sea, to save God's people in time of trouble

 Exodus 16:4-31 (manna fell from the sky, that God's people might be fed in the wilderness)                   Exodus  17:5, 7 (water came from a rock, to quench their thirst)                   I Kings 17:4-7 (ravens fed Elijah during famine)                   I Kings 17:10-16 (the widow's cruse of oil and barrel of meal never emptied,  during time of famine)                   2 Kings 2:19-22 (the waters were sweetened)                   2 Kings 4:38, 40-41 with Mark 16:18 (eating of poisonous food not harmful to His people)                   2 Kings 4:42-44 (100 people fed in famine with a small portion of food)                   Matthew 16:8-10, etc. (thousands fed with the small amount of food available)                   John 2:1-11 (water was turned to wine at. a wedding feast)                   Acts 28:3-6 with Mark 16:18; Luke l0:19 (a poisonous snake bite un harmful to believers)

the purpose of miracle in god eye
The purpose of miracle in God’ Eye
  • . God performs miracles to meet the needs of His people.
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D.   Miracles increase our faith.

  •                  John 2:11, 23; 5:53:7:31; 11:45;20:30-31                   Numbers 14:11                   Acts 9:42
  •         E.   God sends them sometimes as judgment upon the unjust.
  •                1.   The plagues, etc. – Moses and Pharaoh.                           Exodus chapters 7-12
  •                 2.  Elijah and the drought of several years.                            I Kings 17:1, 14, etc.; 18:1, 42-45                            Luke 4:25-26                            James 5:17, 18
  •                  3.  Hailstones sent in battle against the enemy.                            Joshua l 0:11
  •                   4.  The sun standing still during battle.                             Joshua 10:12-14
  •                   5.  The waters turned to blood; a drought pronounced upon the land                        – the two witnesses of Revelation.                             Revelation 11:5-6
  •           F.  They may simply be symbolic in nature.
  •               1.   Jonah in the whale three day s and three nights: typified the death                       and resurrection of Jesus Christ.                           Jonah 1:17:2:10                             Matthew 12:40
  •                 2.   Jonah and the gourd withered by a worm typified his lack of pity                      on the city of Nineveh.                              Jonah 4 6-11
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V.   No matter who is the vessel God uses to bring about a miracle or healing, it is God Who is to get the glory for it.

  •                    2 Chronicles 7:3                   Matthew _:8; 15:31                   Mark 2:12                   Luke 5:25-26; 7:15-16:13 13; 17:15-16; 18:43                   Acts 4:21; 14:11-15                   John 2:11; 11:4
  •      A.   The reaction of the crowds to miracles performed in scripture was one of worship.
  •                    Exodus 4:30-31                   2 Chronicles 7:3                   Matthew 9:8; 14:33; 15:30-31                   Mark 2:12                   Luke 5:25-26; 7:15-16; 13:13; 17:15-16:18:43                   Acts 3:8-9; 4:21
  •        B.   When Paul healed the cripple at Lystra and the people all cried,               "The gods are come down to us ... " he rebuked them for thinking it was              by his own power that it had been done.
  •                       Acts 14:11-15
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 C.  Miracles cause people to recognize who Jesus Christ really is: the Messiah,              the Son of God.

  •                     Matthew 11:2-5; 14:33                      John 6:14                      Acts 9:34, 35
  •         D.   They cause people to believe in God.
  •                       Exodus 4:30-31; 14:31                      John 2:11, 23; 5:53; 7:31; 10:37-38; 11:45; 20:30-31                      Acts 9:42; 13:12
  •          E.   Often they arouse great fear in man for God.
  •                       Exodus 14:31                      Joshua 2:9-11; 5:1                      I Samuel 12:17-18                      Matthew 14:26                      Mark 6:49-50                      Luke 5:26; 7:15-16                      Revelation 11:11, 13
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VI.   People are easily impressed with the spectacular. Scripture says         that the crowds in Jesus' day "marveled" and were "greatly astonished"         at the things done in their midst.

  •                    Matthew 9:8                   Mark 2:12; 5:42; 6:51                   Luke 5:9, 26                   Acts 3:10; 13:12
  •         A.   Many followed Him because they had seen the miracles He had performed.
  •                      Luke 5:15; 6:17                     John 6:2; 12:9
  •          B.  Others said they would not believe except they saw a sign.
  •                      John 4:48; 6:30                     I Corinthians 1:22
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 C.  Some seek a sign with the wrong motive: that of tempting God.

  •                      Mark 8:11                     Luke 4:12 (Deuteronomy 6:16)
  •           D.   But we are not to seek a sign (Matthew 12:38-39; 16:4). Scripture says                  that the signs are to follow us (Mark 16:17), not we the signs.
  •           E.    Gideon thought God had forsaken His people because of the lack                  of miracles in their midst (Judges 6:13 "If the Lord be with us ...                  where be all His miracles?"). We are not to have an over-dependence                 on the miraculous, that we lose sight of the Lord Himself.
  •            F.   Nevertheless, some – despite the miracles done in their midst--                 still refused to repent and believe.
  •                            Exodus chapters 7:12 (Pharaoh)                           Matthew 11:20-21 (Chorazin and Bethsaida)
  • by Diane S. Dew
take home point1
Take home point
  • However, it must be recognized that Satan can also perform lying signs  and wonders. Not everything supernatural is of God. {this is important }
take home point2
Take home point
  • we are not to seek signs / wonders / miracles in the last days. (Matthew 12:38-39; 16:4).
  • Scripture says  that the signs are to follow us (Mark 16:17), not we the signs.
which is which
Which is which ?

We

Christians

Signs

Wonders

miracles

the bottom line1
The bottom line
  • If you totally (100 % ) put your trust in
  • Signs and wonders
  • Miracles,
  • You can be easily deceived.
  • Why ?
  • Jesus performed miracles , showed signs and wonders.
  • Satan also can perform signs , wonders, miracles.
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“Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert,’ do

  • not go out...” Matthew 24:23,24,26.
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(Text: Matthew 24:27) There will be no need to go anywhere,

  • for Jesus said, “For as the lightning comes from the east and
  • flashes to the west,
similarity
Similarity
  • The lighting scene
  • The second coming of Jesus
  • There is similarity
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(Text: Revelation 1:7) Again, we are told, “Behold, He is coming

  • with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even they who
  • pierced Him.” Revelation 1:7.
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We will see Him when He comes! No one will need to tell us

  • when Jesus comes with all His Holy angels!
the bottom line2
the Bottom line
  • At the time of the second coming of Jesus,
  • It is obvious to everyone on the earth.
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Gospel to all the world

  • As we look at the signs given in the Bible that were to be fulfilled
  • before the coming of Christ, only one has not been fulfilled.
  • Just one.
  • That one is found in Matthew 24:14:
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(Text: Matthew 24:14) Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom

  • will be preached in all the world, as a witness to all
  • nations, and THEN THE END WILL COME.”
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Then

The END The second coming of Jesus Christ

The gospel proclamation / preaching to all nations, tongues

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To every nation, tribe, tongue and people.” Revelation 14:6.

  • Do you realize that you are seeing the fulfillment of this
  • prophecy tonight in this very meeting?
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This is a part of the preaching of the everlasting gospel to

  • every creature.
  • It is amazing what is happening around the world where the
  • gospel is being proclaimed by TV, radio, evangelistic meetings,
  • the Internet, private Bible studies, and 128
  • correspondence courses around the globe.
the gospel proclamation
The gospel proclamation
  • The gospel proclamation by various means
  • TV (local and satellite)
  • Radio
  • Internet
  • Evangelistic meetings
  • Bible correspondence courses
  • Books
  • Magazines (periodicals )
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Daniel has said that “knowledge shall increase.” In the last

  • crucial days of this world’s history, the book of Daniel will be
  • unsealed, and that will bring about an increase in knowledge
  • about God’s plan for this earth as well as a great increase of
  • knowledge in the scientific world.
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The sins that called for the destruction of the world in Noah’s

  • time exist today.
  • Without Christ’s prophecies about the end of the world and
  • His coming to set up His kingdom, man would have little or
  • no hope for the future.
  • He seems bent on his own destruction, as evidenced by events
  • now taking place.
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Jesus compared our day to the days of Noah.

  • The people who lived in Noah’s day were busy making a living
  • and doing their daily things with not much time for spiritual things.
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(Text: Matthew 24:37-39) Jesus said in Matthew 24:37-39: “But

  • as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son
  • of Man be.
the similarity
The similarity

The coming of Jesus Christ

The Days of Noah

take home point3
Take home point
  • The days of Noah
  • The second coming of Jesus
  • There is a link
until
until
  • and marrying and giving in marriage untilthe day that Noah
  • entered the ark,
until1
until
  • and did not know untilthe flood came and took them all
  • away,
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What do you mean by every intent of thought?

  • Answer: thinking, imagination, contemplation, deliberation, reflection, concept, consideration, brain wave
  • Answer: intention, aim, goal, target, objective, purpose, plan
  • On the wrong side of the road. .
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(Video: 21 sec) It sounds like a person who has seen what

  • things are like around us today.
  • Pornography and immorality is everywhere, in books and
  • magazines, on computers and television, in advertising, in
  • many kinds of entertainment-things that would have made
  • our mothers and fathers blush with shame.
the signs of the times and the end of the age 1
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age (1)
  • 7 So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?” 8 And He said: “Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time has drawn near.’ Therefore[b] do not go after them. 9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end willnotcome immediately.” 10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. Luke 21:7-19
the signs of the times and the end of the age 2
The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age (2)
  • You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake. 13 But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony. 14 Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate beforehand on what you will answer; 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. 18 But not a hair of your head shall be lost.19 By your patience possess your souls.
the coming of the son of man
The Coming of the Son of Man
  • 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;26men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”luke 21:25-28
memory verse1
Memory verse
  • .28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”luke 21:25-28
the mystery of iniquity
The mystery of iniquity
  • "Remember ye not," Paul inquired, "that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?" {AA 265.2}
  • Terrible were the trials that were to beset the true church. Even at the time when the apostle was writing, the "mystery of iniquity" had already begun to work. The developments that were to take place in the future were to be "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish." {AA 266.1}
the love of truth vs strong delusion
The love of truth vs. strong delusion
  • Especially solemn is the apostle's statement regarding those who should refuse to receive "the love of the truth." "For this cause," he declared of all who should deliberately reject the messages of truth, "God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." Men cannot with impunity reject the warnings that God in mercy sends them. From those who persist in turning from these warnings, God withdraws His Spirit, leaving them to the deceptions that they love. {AA 266.2}
  • Thus Paul outlined the baleful work of that power of evil which was to continue through long centuries of darkness and persecution before the second coming of Christ.
object lessons
Object lessons
  • In bringing forth Israel from Egypt, the Lord again manifested His power and His mercy. His wonderful works in their deliverance from bondage and His dealings with them in their travels through the wilderness were not
  • for their benefit alone. These were to be as an object lesson to the surrounding nations. The Lord revealed Himself as a God above all human authority and greatness. The signs and wonders He wrought in behalf of His people showed His power over nature and over the greatest of those who worshiped nature. God went through the proud land of Egypt as He will go through the earth in the last days.
an imagery of an eagle young bird
An imagery of an eagle /young bird
  • With fire and tempest, earthquake and death, the great I AM redeemed His people. He took them out of the land of bondage. He led them through the "great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought." Deuteronomy 8:15. He brought them forth water out of "the rock of flint," and fed them with "the corn of heaven." Psalm 78:24. "For," said Moses, "the Lord's portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance. He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; He led him about, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." Deuteronomy 32:9-12. Thus He brought them unto Himself, that they might dwell as under the shadow of the Most High. COL P.287
just before the deliverance
Just before the deliverance
  • I was pointed back to the time of Moses, and saw the signs and wonders which God wrought through him before Pharaoh, most of which were imitated by the magicians of Egypt; and that just before the final deliverance of the saints, God would work powerfully for His people, and these modern magicians would be permitted to imitate the work of God. {CET 168.2}
evil angles vs guardian angels
Evil angles vs. guardian angels
  • That time will soon come, and we shall have to keep hold of the strong arm of Jehovah; for all these great signs and mighty wonders of the devil are designed to deceive God's people and overthrow them. Our minds must be stayed upon God, and we must not fear the fear of the wicked, that is, fear what they fear, and reverence what they reverence, but be bold and valiant for the truth. Could our eyes be opened, we should see forms of evil angels around us, trying to invent some new way to annoy and destroy us. And we should also see angels of God guarding us from their power; for God's watchful eye is ever over Israel for good, and He will protect and save His people, if they put their trust in Him. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. {CET 170.1}
conclusions 1
Conclusions 1
  • Jesus performed miracles , showed signs and wonders.
  • Satan also can perform signs , wonders, miracles.
  • the Pharaoh's magicians were able-to a point-to counterfeit the power and miracles of God (Exodus 7:10-12)
  • Satan is most dangerous and effective when he is imitating God's miracles and messengers.
conclusions 2
Conclusions 2
  • Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14).
  • Satan will impersonate Jesus towards the end? Satan has power to do signs and wonders.
  • 1)Through knowing the Word, 2) knowing the Lord, and 3) a relationship with Him through prayer.
  • the more you know the Lord and pray for discernment, God will help you to be able to distinguish the true from the false.
conclusions 3
Conclusions 3
  • A miracle is the occurrence of any event apparently 1) contradictory to and 2) unexplainable      by the laws of science, and usually attributed to God.
  • it must be recognized that Satan can also perform lying signs  and wonders. Not everything supernatural is of God. {this is important }
conclusions 4
Conclusions 4
  • Physical laws are:
  • True
  • Universal.
  • Absolute
  • Stable.
  • Omnipotent
  • expressions of existing homogeneities (symmetries) of space and time.
conclusions 5
Conclusions 5
  • the essence of the physical laws also feel that they possess an inherent intellectual beauty.
  • laws are reflection of symmetries and there is a connection between beauty and symmetry.
  • while a law notes that something happens, a theory explains why and how something happens.
  • ALL things lead to entropy.
conclusions 6
Conclusions 6
  • things are speeding toward increasing disorder (absolute chaos!)
  • Many signs and wonders occurred in the time of the Old Testament.
  • we are not to seek signs / wonders / miracles in the last days. (Matthew 12:38-39; 16:4).
conclusions 7
Conclusions 7
  • If you totally (100 % ) put your trust in
  • Signs and wonders
  • Miracles,
  • You can be easily deceived.
  • The lighting scene
  • The second coming of Jesus
  • There is similarity
conclusions 8
Conclusions 8
  • We will see Him when He comes! No one will need to tell us
  • Matthew 24:14) Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom
  • will be preached in all the world, as a witness to all
  • nations, and THEN THE END WILL COME.”
  • Time is running out!
conclusions 9
Conclusions 9
  • Matthew 24:37-39: “But
  • as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son
  • of Man be.
  • The days of Noah
  • The second coming of Jesus
  • There is a link
  • when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”luke 21:25-28
conclusions 10
Conclusions 10
  • The signs and wonders He wrought in behalf of His people showed His power over nature
  • As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: so the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." Deuteronomy 32:9-12.
  • we should see forms of evil angels around us, trying to invent some new way to annoy and destroy us.
conclusions 11
Conclusions 11
  • we should also see angels of God guarding us from their power
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The END

  • Thank you for coming!
sermon detail1
Sermon detail
  • Opening hymn: 304 faith of our father
  • Scripture reading: luke 21:25-28
  • Special music: the namihira’s
  • Sermon: the signs of the times (4) [signs and wonders]
  • Closing hymn: 590 trust and obey
place of visit
Place of visit
  • 10-8-2011 vicksburgsda church