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  • ♪[theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • ♪[music]♪
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  • People are fascinatedby the future.
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  • What will tomorrow be like?
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  • Or next year?Or next century?
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  • We've long lookedforward to flying cars
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  • and cities on the moon.
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  • Children a generation agowatched "The Jetsons"
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  • and "Lost in Space"and "Star Trek."
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  • A Swiss physician in the 1950spredicted that surgery
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  • would one day no longerbe needed as every illness
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  • could be treated with a pill.
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  • We're still making predictions.
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  • Engineers at Google have,probably self-servingly,
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  • predicted that it won't be long
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  • and people will be ableto live forever.
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  • But who'd have thought 50 yearsago that you'd be able to carry
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  • a device in your pocket thatwould let you communicate
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  • with anyone and accessinformation about anything
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  • at any time from anywhere?
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  • There are still peoplewho read horoscopes,
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  • believing that an astrologer isable to predict circumstances
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  • for your life based onthe position of the sun
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  • when you were born.
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  • Any validity to that?
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  • No.
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  • Even a little bit?
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  • No.
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  • Nothing scientific,nothing reliable,
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  • nothing credibleabout that at all.
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  • So why do people give itthe time of day?
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  • Because the future intrigues us,
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  • and an answer today abouttomorrow is irresistible
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  • for some people.
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  • There are spiritist mediumswho claim to be able to tell you
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  • what has happenedor what will happen,
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  • what your future holds,
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  • or that they can bring youmessages from the other side.
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  • Can they?
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  • No.
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  • At least, not withthe cooperation of God,
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  • not with God's blessing.
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  • If you recall the story inthe Bible about King Saul
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  • consulting the witch of En Dor,you'll remember that God
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  • was completely opposedto that practice.
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  • She's referred to as the witchof En Dor for a reason.
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  • In her professional lifeshe was getting information
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  • from somewhere.
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  • If she was getting itfrom anywhere,
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  • it was the dark side,from the devil.
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  • There's nothing about psychics
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  • and mediums and séancesand so on that Christians
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  • ought to have anythingat all to do with.
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  • Today we continueour ongoing series,
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  • "Great Chapters of the Bible."
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  • There are 1.189chapters in the Bible.
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  • Of course, it's a littlesubjective to be singling out
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  • some chapters of the Bibleand not others as great.
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  • But there are undoubtedlymemorable chapters,
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  • some mountaintop chapters.
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  • Hebrews 11 is the faith chapter.
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  • Psalm 119 is the longestchapter in the Bible
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  • and deals almost entirely withthe subject of God's Word.
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  • Matthew chapter 5contains the Beatitudes.
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  • In Exodus 20, God wrotethe Ten Commandments
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  • on two tables of stone.
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  • In Daniel chapter 2, Babylonianking has an epic dream,
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  • which turns out to bean incredible prophecy
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  • about the rise andfall of nations,
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  • from the time ofKing Nebuchadnezzar
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  • until the return of Jesusto this earth.
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  • Today, a look into the future,
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  • at least from the perspectiveof when these words were spoken.
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  • In Matthew chapter 23,
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  • Jesus is speaking to a groupof scribes and Pharisees,
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  • religious leaderswho prided themselves
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  • in their strict adherenceto the law of God.
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  • He calls them"a brood of vipers."
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  • He tells them their fatherskilled the prophets,
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  • that they are no better.
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  • He says in verse 37:
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  • "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,the one who kills the prophets
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  • and stones thosewho are sent to her!
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  • How often I wanted to gatheryour children together,
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  • as a hen gathers herchicks under her wings,
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  • but you were not willing."
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  • And then this:
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  • "Your house is leftto you desolate."
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  • [inhales sharply]Chilling words.
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  • The chosen ones, this peopleGod had rescued from Egypt,
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  • had sustained in thewilderness for 40 years,
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  • and then brought into the landthat flowed with milk and honey,
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  • and He says, essentially,"I'm done with you."
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  • The disciples of Jesus listenedto this, and they wondered.
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  • And Matthew chapter 24begins like this:
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  • "Then Jesus went outand departed from the temple,
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  • and His disciples came upto show Him the buildings
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  • of the temple."
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  • Just what they were expectingJesus to say is not recorded
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  • in the passage, but thosebuildings were magnificent.
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  • You'd anticipate that a personwould have admired them.
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  • This was the second temple,refurbished by King Herod,
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  • who had a [in French accent]penchant,
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  • or a penchant, for massivebuilding projects.
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  • The Temple Mountwas his masterpiece.
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  • But Jesus' response was notwhat anyone was expecting:
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  • "Assuredly, I say to you, notone stone shall be left here
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  • upon another, thatshall not be thrown down."
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  • Now, you can visit Jerusalemtoday and see some of those
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  • very stones that were pushedoff the Temple Mount.
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  • They are huge.
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  • It's no wonder the disciplesexpected the temple
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  • to stand forever.
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  • And so they askedJesus a question.
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  • This is Matthew 24 and verse 3:
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  • "Now as He sat onthe Mount of Olives,
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  • the disciples came to Himprivately, saying,
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  • 'Tell us, when willthese things be?
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  • And what will be the signof Your coming,
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  • and of the end of the age?'"
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  • Jesus' answer was interesting.
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  • They asked Him two questions,but He blended the answer.
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  • Tell us about Yourreturn to the earth
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  • and the end of the age.
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  • And, tell us aboutthis phenomenal time
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  • when Jerusalemwill be destroyed.
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  • But you'll notice something,Jesus' initial response.
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  • He, in fact, didn't immediatelyanswer the question.
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  • But He gave Hisfriends a warning.
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  • This is verse 4 and verse 5:
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  • "And Jesus answeredand said to them:
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  • 'Take heed that no onedeceives you.
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  • For many will comein my name, saying,
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  • "I am the Christ,"and will deceive many.'"
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  • In more modern times, therehave been spiritual leaders
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  • who have led people awayfrom faith in God.
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  • Jim Jones led a large groupof followers to Guyana
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  • in the 1970s.
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  • You wonder how 900people could die,
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  • more than 300 of them children.
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  • But Jones was acharismatic individual.
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  • He came in the name of Jesus.
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  • He undoubtedly dida lot of good.
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  • In a turbulent time, he rana church that was a model
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  • of racial harmony.
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  • He'd been endorsed bypeople in high places.
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  • But again, remember, he did whathe did in the name of Jesus.
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  • David Koresh, the leaderof the group that perished
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  • at Waco, Texas, was anotherwho quoted the Bible and used,
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  • or, or misused, Scripture,
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  • and succeeded in convincinga group of people to follow him
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  • into what turned outto be a tragedy.
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  • There are many religiousleaders today leading cults
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  • that exert control over theminds of others and lead people
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  • into dark spiritual places.
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  • The solution to that, of course,is that a person prayerfully
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  • reads the Bible for themselvesand follows God's leading,
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  • according to the Bible
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  • and not according tothe word of another person.
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  • Once someone gets caught upwith a false spiritual leader,
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  • it's not always easyto get out of that mess.
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  • Let's bring that closer to home.
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  • It might be that yourrelationship with God
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  • is being dictated to,
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  • that someone doesn't want youto think for yourself.
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  • Maybe a domineeringspiritual leader is wielding
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  • outsized authority in your life.
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  • Let me encourage youto think for yourself,
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  • to get as spirituallyhealthy as you can,
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  • and to refuse to be led awayfrom the teachings of Jesus.
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  • For the Christian, the finalauthority is the Word of God,
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  • not the word of a pastor,or the word of a priest,
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  • or the word of a politician.
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  • Make the Bible your guideand let the teachings of God,
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  • let the sayings of Jesusgive direction to your life.
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  • I'll be back with more fromMatthew 24 in just a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks forjoining me on It Is Written.
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  • We're looking at anothergreat chapter of the Bible,
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  • this time, Matthew 24.
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  • Jesus' disciples asked Himto tell them about two things:
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  • the signs of His comingand of the end of the world.
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  • And after warning them againstbeing deceived by false christs,
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  • people who would come inHis name and deceive many,
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  • He said this in verses 6 and 7:
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  • "And you will hear of warsand rumors of wars.
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  • See that you are not troubled;
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  • for all these thingsmust come to pass,
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  • but the end is not yet.
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  • For nation will riseagainst nation,
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  • and kingdom against kingdom."
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  • So how are we doing for wars?
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  • Yes, there were warsin Bible times,
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  • but we both know that in recenttimes the incidence of war
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  • and the extreme effects of warhave become greater and greater.
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  • Whatever Planet Earth mighthave witnessed in ancient times,
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  • more recent centurieshave been truly shocking.
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  • You know, it's estimated thatwhen Spain conquered the Aztecs,
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  • more than 24 millionpeople perished.
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  • Millions died inthe Thirty Years' War
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  • in Europe in the 1600s.
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  • In World War I, there werearound 20 million deaths,
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  • and then World War II costaround 70 million lives.
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  • Add to that the Korean War,the Vietnam War,
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  • the wars in Nigeria and Yemenand Bangladesh and Mexico
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  • and Bosnia and Angola and Sudanand the Middle East and...
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  • [exhales sharply]
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  • And it's a wonder there'sanyone left on the planet.
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  • Jesus said thatthe time of His return
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  • would be characterizedby warfare.
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  • The day in which we liveundoubtedly sounds
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  • like that time:
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  • nation against nation, andkingdom against kingdom.
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  • And Jesus went on to say,
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  • "And there will befamines, pestilences,
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  • and earthquakesin various places."
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  • What do we know about famines?
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  • In the 1800s, a famine inIreland killed a million people
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  • and saw another millionleave the country.
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  • There have been devastatingfamines in China.
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  • Two million or more diedin the Persian famine
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  • of about 100 years ago.
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  • The Soviet famine of the 1930sresulted in the deaths
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  • of between 5 and8 million people.
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  • Just think about that number.
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  • The Great Chinese Famine inthe middle of the last century
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  • caused tens ofmillions of deaths.
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  • But then there's the Biafrafamine and Ethiopia
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  • and so many more.
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  • So notice what Jesus said:
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  • Famine would be a signof His return.
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  • That being the case, then ourday could easily be the day
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  • that Jesus was talking about.
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  • Now, today we're doingbetter globally with famine,
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  • and that's owing to improvedagriculture techniques
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  • and the ability to getfood to people who need it.
  • 00:11:50.166 --> 00:11:53.002
  • But with food deserts becomingmore and more common these days,
  • 00:11:53.035 --> 00:11:57.406
  • it doesn't take much imaginationto realize that things could get
  • 00:11:57.439 --> 00:12:00.476
  • much worse very quickly.
  • 00:12:00.509 --> 00:12:02.478
  • Desperate water shortageshave plagued major cities
  • 00:12:02.511 --> 00:12:05.514
  • in various parts of the worldin recent years.
  • 00:12:05.548 --> 00:12:08.717
  • Jesus spoke about pestilences--disease epidemics.
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  • You can think about some ofthe colossal disease outbreaks
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  • of centuries ago.
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  • Or, we could start alittle closer to our time.
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  • In 1918 and 1919, between 30 and50 million people died worldwide
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  • from influenza, the flu.
  • 00:12:28.804 --> 00:12:32.508
  • More than 25 millionpeople have died from AIDs,
  • 00:12:32.541 --> 00:12:35.778
  • while more than 35 millionpeople currently live with HIV.
  • 00:12:35.811 --> 00:12:40.716
  • In recent years we've triedto get our heads around
  • 00:12:40.749 --> 00:12:42.518
  • some disturbing new diseases,like H1N1--swine flu--
  • 00:12:42.551 --> 00:12:46.689
  • and SARS and Ebola.
  • 00:12:46.722 --> 00:12:49.291
  • We're probably forgettingthat tuberculosis is killing
  • 00:12:49.325 --> 00:12:52.228
  • more than a million peoplea year right now.
  • 00:12:52.261 --> 00:12:56.765
  • And what aboutthe pestilences
  • 00:12:56.799 --> 00:12:57.800
  • that we just becomecomfortable with?
  • 00:12:57.833 --> 00:13:00.035
  • It's estimated that in 2018there were 17 million new cases
  • 00:13:00.069 --> 00:13:04.974
  • of cancer worldwide and9 1/2 million cancer deaths.
  • 00:13:05.007 --> 00:13:10.179
  • Almost 450 million peoplelive with diabetes,
  • 00:13:10.212 --> 00:13:14.316
  • and just under 2 million peoplea year die as a result.
  • 00:13:14.350 --> 00:13:18.320
  • The World Health Organizationsays that 18 million people
  • 00:13:18.354 --> 00:13:20.990
  • a year die from heartdisease, which is,
  • 00:13:21.023 --> 00:13:23.525
  • which is almost1 in every 3 deaths.
  • 00:13:23.559 --> 00:13:26.195
  • Fifteen million peoplea year have a stroke.
  • 00:13:26.228 --> 00:13:28.130
  • More than a third of themdie as a result.
  • 00:13:28.163 --> 00:13:30.933
  • Keep in mind we livewith these diseases.
  • 00:13:30.966 --> 00:13:33.202
  • We sort of expectthat we'll get them
  • 00:13:33.235 --> 00:13:34.670
  • or that someone we know will.
  • 00:13:34.703 --> 00:13:36.505
  • These are the killerswe become comfortable with.
  • 00:13:36.538 --> 00:13:39.275
  • Jesus said that pestilences--disease epidemics--
  • 00:13:39.308 --> 00:13:44.079
  • would be a sign of His return.
  • 00:13:44.113 --> 00:13:46.715
  • And He mentioned earthquakesas a sign of His return.
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  • Iran, 2003: 31, 000or more people dead.
  • 00:13:49.351 --> 00:13:53.355
  • Pakistan, 2005:around 100.000 dead.
  • 00:13:53.389 --> 00:13:56.959
  • China, 2008:88.000 dead.
  • 00:13:56.992 --> 00:14:00.429
  • Two hundred and twenty-eightthousand people dead as a result
  • 00:14:00.462 --> 00:14:04.133
  • of a tsunami in Asia that wastriggered by an earthquake.
  • 00:14:04.166 --> 00:14:08.137
  • Haiti, in 2010, as manyas 300.000 people died.
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:15.644
  • And we remember earthquakes inmany other parts of the world.
  • 00:14:15.678 --> 00:14:19.915
  • Now, notice somethingthat Jesus said about this,
  • 00:14:19.949 --> 00:14:22.318
  • because it would beunderstandable if someone said,
  • 00:14:22.351 --> 00:14:24.253
  • "Oh, oh, John, we've hadthese things forever.
  • 00:14:24.286 --> 00:14:26.555
  • Wars in Bible times,famines in Bible times,
  • 00:14:26.588 --> 00:14:29.692
  • pestilences, too."
  • 00:14:29.725 --> 00:14:30.693
  • Well, of course, that's true.
  • 00:14:30.726 --> 00:14:33.095
  • But what Jesus saidis really worth noting.
  • 00:14:33.128 --> 00:14:35.664
  • He said this inMatthew 24, verse 8.
  • 00:14:35.698 --> 00:14:38.000
  • He said, "All these arethe beginning of sorrows."
  • 00:14:38.033 --> 00:14:42.738
  • Now, that word He usedthere, "sorrows,"
  • 00:14:42.771 --> 00:14:45.207
  • that's a word thatsignifies "birth pains."
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:48.277
  • Now, you can tell by lookingat me that I'm no expert
  • 00:14:48.310 --> 00:14:50.512
  • in birth pains, buthere's what we know.
  • 00:14:50.546 --> 00:14:54.149
  • When a baby gets closeto entering into the world,
  • 00:14:54.183 --> 00:14:57.119
  • contractions begin.
  • 00:14:57.152 --> 00:14:58.587
  • The closer to delivery, the morefrequent and the more intense
  • 00:14:58.620 --> 00:15:02.992
  • the birth pains become.
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  • Jesus said that the signsof His return would be like
  • 00:15:05.661 --> 00:15:08.464
  • birth pains.
  • 00:15:08.497 --> 00:15:09.798
  • Now, another earthquake doesn'tmean too much on its own.
  • 00:15:09.832 --> 00:15:12.601
  • Neither does anotherdisease outbreak.
  • 00:15:12.634 --> 00:15:15.304
  • But take them together,
  • 00:15:15.337 --> 00:15:16.605
  • and recognizing that they'rebecoming more and more frequent
  • 00:15:16.638 --> 00:15:20.009
  • and more intense,
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  • you can't fail to recognizethat what Jesus said,
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  • that these are a signof the end of the age,
  • 00:15:25.781 --> 00:15:29.118
  • is of special relevance.
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  • If these signs indicate thatthe return of Jesus is near,
  • 00:15:32.054 --> 00:15:35.958
  • what are you doingto prepare for that?
  • 00:15:35.991 --> 00:15:38.427
  • How are you living your life?
  • 00:15:38.460 --> 00:15:40.095
  • Have you invited Jesusto live His life in you?
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  • Have you accepted His offer
  • 00:15:43.132 --> 00:15:44.433
  • of a new heart anda new start in life?
  • 00:15:44.466 --> 00:15:47.803
  • He'll give you new direction.
  • 00:15:47.836 --> 00:15:49.405
  • He'll give you a new hope.
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  • All the talk aboutthe end of the world
  • 00:15:51.407 --> 00:15:52.975
  • and eternity in heaven,it's all true.
  • 00:15:53.008 --> 00:15:56.712
  • God wants you to know todaythat He wants you to be ready
  • 00:15:56.745 --> 00:15:59.281
  • for eternity throughhaving faith in Jesus
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  • as your sin-bearer.
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  • More from Matthew 24, anothergreat chapter of the Bible,
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  • in just a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks forjoining me on It Is Written.
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  • Matthew chapter 24 is one of thelandmark chapters of the Bible.
  • 00:16:52.101 --> 00:16:56.705
  • It's a chapterlike no other.
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  • Well, almost.
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  • Luke 21 is an alternate accountof this message given by Jesus
  • 00:17:00.442 --> 00:17:04.279
  • to His disciples,
  • 00:17:04.313 --> 00:17:05.781
  • very similar information there.
  • 00:17:05.814 --> 00:17:08.050
  • In Matthew 24, Jesussaid this in verse 12:
  • 00:17:08.083 --> 00:17:12.554
  • "And because iniquityshall abound,
  • 00:17:12.588 --> 00:17:15.157
  • the love of manyshall wax cold."
  • 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:18.360
  • Doesn't that sound likethe world in which we live?
  • 00:17:18.393 --> 00:17:21.363
  • I don't want to bean alarmist,
  • 00:17:21.396 --> 00:17:22.564
  • but consider a couple of thingsthat are incontrovertible.
  • 00:17:22.598 --> 00:17:26.335
  • In recent times there's been anunmistakable rise of incivility
  • 00:17:26.368 --> 00:17:30.072
  • in the United States.
  • 00:17:30.105 --> 00:17:32.207
  • It would be okay ifthat's as bad as it got,
  • 00:17:32.241 --> 00:17:34.543
  • but it gets a whole lot worse.
  • 00:17:34.576 --> 00:17:36.645
  • There's currently a terribleplague of mass killings,
  • 00:17:36.678 --> 00:17:40.249
  • in schools and in nightclubs andconcerts and places of worship
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  • and places of employment.
  • 00:17:45.754 --> 00:17:48.090
  • Yes, of course, there'sbeen violence in the world
  • 00:17:48.123 --> 00:17:49.992
  • since Cain killed Abel, butwhile the rate of violent crime
  • 00:17:50.025 --> 00:17:53.095
  • is actually down in many partsof the United States,
  • 00:17:53.128 --> 00:17:56.265
  • at least since the early 1990s,
  • 00:17:56.298 --> 00:17:58.467
  • what we're seeing todayis truly unprecedented.
  • 00:17:58.500 --> 00:18:00.969
  • Back to that idea ofbirth pains in verse 8,
  • 00:18:01.003 --> 00:18:03.472
  • it's not just thatthese things happen,
  • 00:18:03.505 --> 00:18:05.941
  • but that these terribleevents are more frequent
  • 00:18:05.974 --> 00:18:08.911
  • and, it seems, more intense.
  • 00:18:08.944 --> 00:18:12.047
  • But notice whatJesus says in verse 13:
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:15.284
  • "But he that shallendure unto the end,
  • 00:18:15.317 --> 00:18:17.753
  • the same shall be saved."
  • 00:18:17.786 --> 00:18:20.422
  • In a discourse where He'stalking about some real hardship
  • 00:18:20.455 --> 00:18:23.192
  • coming to the world,
  • 00:18:23.225 --> 00:18:24.760
  • He goes on to speak about the"abomination of desolation,"
  • 00:18:24.793 --> 00:18:27.796
  • about "great tribulation, suchas was not since the beginning
  • 00:18:27.829 --> 00:18:31.300
  • of the world to this time,no, nor ever shall be."
  • 00:18:31.333 --> 00:18:34.903
  • He encourages people to,to "[endure] to the end."
  • 00:18:34.937 --> 00:18:39.541
  • Now, that's significant.
  • 00:18:39.575 --> 00:18:41.643
  • You know, there are many reasonspeople fall away from faith
  • 00:18:41.677 --> 00:18:44.079
  • in God, and so oftenthose reasons are small.
  • 00:18:44.112 --> 00:18:50.018
  • Here's what I mean.
  • 00:18:50.052 --> 00:18:51.086
  • A man falls into sin,
  • 00:18:51.119 --> 00:18:52.354
  • and, and then he feels as thoughGod won't accept him back.
  • 00:18:52.387 --> 00:18:55.624
  • Someone gets tangled upin something they regret,
  • 00:18:55.657 --> 00:18:57.693
  • and then they feel so much shamethey don't want to face people
  • 00:18:57.726 --> 00:19:00.762
  • at church, and sothey stay away.
  • 00:19:00.796 --> 00:19:03.098
  • Then it becomeseasier to stay away.
  • 00:19:03.131 --> 00:19:04.700
  • They say, "It'll be okaybecause I'll stay close to God."
  • 00:19:04.733 --> 00:19:07.035
  • But, of course, thatjust doesn't happen.
  • 00:19:07.069 --> 00:19:10.305
  • Discouragement drags a lotof people away from God.
  • 00:19:10.339 --> 00:19:13.175
  • Failure does.
  • 00:19:13.208 --> 00:19:16.044
  • When what we know isthat God is patient,
  • 00:19:16.078 --> 00:19:20.215
  • kind, loving, and forgiving,these things ought not so to be.
  • 00:19:20.249 --> 00:19:27.623
  • We shouldn't let any of thatkeep us out of the arms
  • 00:19:27.656 --> 00:19:31.293
  • of a loving God.
  • 00:19:31.326 --> 00:19:33.061
  • In Luke 21, it speaksof persecution,
  • 00:19:33.095 --> 00:19:35.297
  • but Jesus says that will turnfor you to a testimony.
  • 00:19:35.330 --> 00:19:39.568
  • God's able to bring somethingwonderful out of something
  • 00:19:39.601 --> 00:19:43.038
  • truly difficult.
  • 00:19:43.071 --> 00:19:45.641
  • It's what God does.
  • 00:19:45.674 --> 00:19:47.142
  • If you're facing difficultyin your life right now,
  • 00:19:47.175 --> 00:19:49.344
  • I want to encourageyou to endure.
  • 00:19:49.378 --> 00:19:52.047
  • Hang in there with God.Things will turn around.
  • 00:19:52.080 --> 00:19:54.916
  • And God will bring you through.
  • 00:19:54.950 --> 00:19:56.251
  • It's what He does.
  • 00:19:56.285 --> 00:19:57.686
  • You don't need to be able tosee the end from the beginning.
  • 00:19:57.719 --> 00:20:00.389
  • You just need tobelieve that God does.
  • 00:20:00.422 --> 00:20:02.457
  • I hear people talk aboutthe need for a person
  • 00:20:02.491 --> 00:20:04.526
  • to be able to forgivethemselves.
  • 00:20:04.559 --> 00:20:06.995
  • I've never readthat in the Bible.
  • 00:20:07.029 --> 00:20:09.097
  • We're not toldto forgive ourselves,
  • 00:20:09.131 --> 00:20:10.866
  • but to trust that God forgives.
  • 00:20:10.899 --> 00:20:14.002
  • He does.
  • 00:20:14.036 --> 00:20:15.304
  • And He always will.
  • 00:20:15.337 --> 00:20:17.072
  • There's a need to endure,
  • 00:20:17.105 --> 00:20:18.874
  • and if you feel like you don'thave the strength to do that,
  • 00:20:18.907 --> 00:20:21.310
  • remember what Paul toldthe church at Ephesus:
  • 00:20:21.343 --> 00:20:24.046
  • "Be strong in the Lord andin the power of His might."
  • 00:20:24.079 --> 00:20:27.015
  • God is your strength.
  • 00:20:27.049 --> 00:20:28.417
  • You lean on Him,and He will sustain you.
  • 00:20:28.450 --> 00:20:31.086
  • Now, there's morein Matthew chapter 24.
  • 00:20:31.119 --> 00:20:33.088
  • Jesus speaks about signsin the sun and the moon.
  • 00:20:33.121 --> 00:20:36.958
  • A few years ago, the BBCran a story entitled
  • 00:20:36.992 --> 00:20:40.195
  • "What Causedthe Dark Day?"
  • 00:20:40.228 --> 00:20:43.465
  • Through the years, peoplehave postulated that maybe
  • 00:20:43.498 --> 00:20:45.500
  • it was an eclipse, or smokefrom a fire, or a thick cloud.
  • 00:20:45.534 --> 00:20:49.438
  • But it was none of that.
  • 00:20:49.471 --> 00:20:51.306
  • It was May 19;the year was 1780.
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  • While it was still morning,darkness descended
  • 00:20:55.077 --> 00:20:58.447
  • across New Englandin the United States.
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  • Night fell by lunchtime.
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  • People lit candles.
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  • Many people began to pray,
  • 00:21:05.854 --> 00:21:07.255
  • wondering if this wasthe end of the world.
  • 00:21:07.289 --> 00:21:10.525
  • It wasn't.
  • 00:21:10.559 --> 00:21:11.827
  • But it was a fulfillmentof a prediction
  • 00:21:11.860 --> 00:21:14.663
  • in Matthew 24, verse 29:
  • 00:21:14.696 --> 00:21:17.532
  • "Immediately after thetribulation of those days
  • 00:21:17.566 --> 00:21:19.935
  • shall the sun be darkened,
  • 00:21:19.968 --> 00:21:21.536
  • and the moon shall notgive her light,
  • 00:21:21.570 --> 00:21:23.772
  • and the stars shallfall from heaven,
  • 00:21:23.805 --> 00:21:25.874
  • and the powers of theheavens shall be shaken."
  • 00:21:25.907 --> 00:21:28.377
  • It's calculated that onNovember the 12th in 1833,
  • 00:21:29.044 --> 00:21:31.613
  • about 30 meteorswere seen a second.
  • 00:21:31.646 --> 00:21:34.783
  • About 150.000 of them, in all,
  • 00:21:34.816 --> 00:21:37.285
  • seen across much ofthe United States.
  • 00:21:37.319 --> 00:21:39.654
  • Now, at that time, the SecondGreat Awakening was underway,
  • 00:21:39.688 --> 00:21:43.325
  • a major religious revival,
  • 00:21:43.358 --> 00:21:44.926
  • so you can seewhat God was doing.
  • 00:21:44.960 --> 00:21:46.762
  • The Pittsburgh Gazette wrote,
  • 00:21:46.795 --> 00:21:48.697
  • "Some say it looked as ifthe heavens were pouring down
  • 00:21:48.730 --> 00:21:51.533
  • showers of fire--
  • 00:21:51.566 --> 00:21:53.368
  • others, that it resembledthe falling of brilliant
  • 00:21:53.402 --> 00:21:55.604
  • and burning snow--
  • 00:21:55.637 --> 00:21:56.938
  • not an occasionalspit here and there,
  • 00:21:56.972 --> 00:22:00.342
  • but as it would lookin a storm--save only,
  • 00:22:00.375 --> 00:22:02.811
  • that the flakes flew in anopposite direction to the wind."
  • 00:22:02.844 --> 00:22:06.681
  • God was trying to getpeople's attention.
  • 00:22:07.682 --> 00:22:10.419
  • The signs of Matthew 24were being fulfilled.
  • 00:22:10.452 --> 00:22:13.722
  • It was time that people madesure they were right with God
  • 00:22:13.755 --> 00:22:17.726
  • because, broadly speaking,
  • 00:22:17.759 --> 00:22:19.294
  • humanity was enteringits final days.
  • 00:22:19.327 --> 00:22:23.965
  • Jesus said in verse 33:
  • 00:22:23.999 --> 00:22:26.201
  • "When you see all these things,
  • 00:22:26.234 --> 00:22:27.502
  • know that it is near--at the doors!"
  • 00:22:27.536 --> 00:22:31.673
  • Later in the chapter, He saidthat the day of His return
  • 00:22:31.706 --> 00:22:33.942
  • will be like it wasin the days of Noah.
  • 00:22:33.975 --> 00:22:36.478
  • In Noah's day, the whole worldwas invited to get on the ark
  • 00:22:36.511 --> 00:22:40.315
  • and be saved, but in thattime of amazing wickedness,
  • 00:22:40.348 --> 00:22:44.820
  • only eight peopleaccepted the invitation.
  • 00:22:44.853 --> 00:22:48.523
  • Jesus spoke of a time whentwo women would be at the mill,
  • 00:22:48.557 --> 00:22:50.992
  • two men in a field,and He said that
  • 00:22:51.026 --> 00:22:53.228
  • one would be saved whilethe other would be lost.
  • 00:22:53.261 --> 00:22:56.131
  • You know that message is clear.
  • 00:22:56.164 --> 00:22:57.632
  • People with similaropportunities,
  • 00:22:57.666 --> 00:23:00.368
  • and yet one is saved,and one is lost.
  • 00:23:00.402 --> 00:23:05.040
  • Matthew chapter 24touches on a lot,
  • 00:23:05.073 --> 00:23:07.108
  • but the entire chapter is givento encourage us to be ready
  • 00:23:07.142 --> 00:23:10.645
  • to meet Jesus, to beready for His return,
  • 00:23:10.679 --> 00:23:13.181
  • to be ready for eternity.
  • 00:23:13.215 --> 00:23:16.184
  • So let me ask you:
  • 00:23:16.218 --> 00:23:18.787
  • Are you ready?
  • 00:23:18.820 --> 00:23:20.355
  • If you are,that's wonderful news.
  • 00:23:20.388 --> 00:23:23.658
  • If you're not, I have somewonderful news for you.
  • 00:23:23.692 --> 00:23:28.363
  • You're watching this right now
  • 00:23:28.396 --> 00:23:30.665
  • because that has beenordained by God.
  • 00:23:30.699 --> 00:23:34.603
  • And I'm going to inviteyou to be ready now.
  • 00:23:34.636 --> 00:23:37.506
  • "Ready" means you've handedyour heart over to God.
  • 00:23:37.539 --> 00:23:40.609
  • It doesn't mean that you'vefixed all your problems.
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  • It means that you'veinvited Jesus into your heart,
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  • that you've acceptedHim as Savior,
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  • that you believe He acceptsyou, because He does.
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  • And now you live withconfidence that He's with you,
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  • and He's growing you, and thatHe's coming back to this world
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  • for you one day soon to takeyou to be with Him forever.
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  • In verse 42, Jesus says:
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  • "Watch therefore,
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  • for you do not know what houryour Lord is coming."
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  • We can't knowexactly when it is,
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  • but we can knowHis coming is near.
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  • So Jesus says, "Watch. Be ready.Watch. Don't delay."
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  • This whole chapter is given
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  • so we should not becasual about faith.
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  • We ought to take it seriouslyenough to accept Jesus
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  • into our lives right now.
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  • ♪[soft music]♪
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  • Friend, how's thatworking out for you?
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  • An entire chapter letting youknow that sign after sign
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  • after sign after signhas been fulfilled,
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  • and that Jesus is comingback for you soon.
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  • I have one more versefor you, Matthew 24:14.
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  • "And this gospel of thekingdom will be preached
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  • in all the world as awitness to all...nations,
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  • and then the end will come."
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  • The gospel hasn't yet goneto everyone everywhere,
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  • but we're getting close.
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  • We're close. Matthew 24says we're getting close.
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  • So watch, pray, inviteJesus into your heart,
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  • believe that He is yourLord and your Savior,
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  • and when you do,
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  • you can know for surethat eternal life is yours.
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  • -John: Thank you forremembering that It Is Written
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  • exists because of the kindnessof people just like you.
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  • To support this internationallife-changing ministry,
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  • please call us now at800-253-3000.
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  • You can send yourtax-deductible gift
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  • Thank you for your prayersand for your financial support.
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  • Our number again is800-253-3000,
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  • or you can visit us online atitiswritten.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Let's pray together now.
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  • Our Father in heaven,thank You for showing us
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  • in Matthew 24 that Jesus'return is not far off.
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  • Thank You for the signs,
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  • so many of which we can seehave been fulfilled.
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  • We know that He is near,even at the doors,
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  • and so, Lord, take our hearts;make them Yours.
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  • Friend, will you surrenderyour heart to Jesus now?
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  • If you wouldn't,why wouldn't you?
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  • What are you waiting for?
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  • Jesus offers you everlastinglife, and if you would say,
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  • "Yes, I accept that now.
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  • Lord, come into my heart,into my life; change me;
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  • make me Yours;forgive me;
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  • I believe I'm forgiven, and nowI have confidence in You,"
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  • this will change your life...
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  • and bring into your lifeeverlasting life.
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  • Lord, we believethat time is short.
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  • So take our hearts;make them Yours.
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  • We believe it,in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so muchfor joining me.
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  • Looking forward to seeingyou again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[theme music]♪
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