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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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  • Now, here's a big question:Is there life out there?
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  • There's a real fascinationwith life on other planets,
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  • extraterrestrial life inother parts of our universe.
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  • It used to be that we thoughtthere might be life on Mars.
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  • Pop culture picked upon the subject long ago.
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  • There have been TV programs.
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  • There have been pop songs.
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  • There have been moviesmade about life out there.
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  • The United States governmenthas said that it is committed
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  • to sending a mission to Mars.
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  • We've sent probes out intoour solar system in the hope
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  • of learning more aboutwhat's going on out there,
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  • in the hope of making importantscientific discoveries.
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  • Telescopes searchbeyond our sky and find
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  • the most remarkable imagesof nebula and supernova
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  • and distant cornersof the Milky Way.
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  • But so far, no life hasbeen found out there,
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  • at least nothing in theform of flying saucers
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  • and little green men.
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  • There's no shortageof people who claim
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  • that they've seen UFOs,
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  • convinced that theyhave been visited
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  • by visitors fromanother planet.
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  • Strange sightingshave been reported.
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  • Alien encountershave been claimed.
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  • But it might be,
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  • it might be people are lookingin all the wrong places.
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  • Now, let me show youwhat I mean as we continue
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  • our ongoing series,"Great Chapters of the Bible,"
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  • and look at Revelationchapter 14.
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  • If it's messages fromouter space you want,
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  • I've got something for you.
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  • We start in Revelationchapter 14 and verse 6:
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  • "And I saw another angelfly in the midst of heaven,
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  • having the everlasting gospelto preach unto them that dwell
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  • on the earth,
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  • and to every nation,and kindred,
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  • and tongue, and people."
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  • The Bible is God'sfrontline communication
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  • with the human family.
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  • Peter wrote that "prophecynever came by the will of man,
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  • but holy men of God spokeas they were moved
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  • by the Holy Spirit."
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  • God inspired thewriting of the Bible,
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  • and the Bible brings to us,quite literally,
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  • messages from outer space.
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  • How far away is heaven anyway?
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  • In terms of itsliteral location,
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  • it's a long way from here,
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  • and God communicates with usfrom beyond the stars,
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  • from beyond our galaxy,the Milky Way.
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  • God speaks to us from heaven,
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  • and in Revelation 14we see heavenly messengers
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  • bringing to us messagesthat originate with God,
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  • messages for the entire planet,
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  • messages that are specificin time and in content
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  • and are designed for the world
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  • in the last daysof earth's history.
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  • Revelation chapter 14 beginswith these words, verse 1:
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  • "And I looked, and, lo, a Lambstood on the mount Sion,
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  • and with Him an hundredforty and four thousand,
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  • having His Father's namewritten in their foreheads."
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  • So, who are the 144.000?
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  • There's a lot ofdiscussion about this,
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  • but think about itfrom this point of view.
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  • Revelation is a book writtenusing a lot of signs
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  • and symbols.
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  • In Revelation 14:1, you've gota Lamb standing on a mountain
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  • with exactly 144.000 peoplewho all have God's name
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  • written on their foreheads.
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  • Might be wisest to look at thisfrom a symbolic point of view.
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  • Verse 2 talks about thevoices that John heard.
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  • John wrote Revelation,and, by the way,
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  • this is the same John as whowrote the Gospel of John
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  • and the three little Johnsjust before Revelation.
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  • Verse 3 talks about the songthat the 144.000 sing.
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  • And it tells us that the144.000 "were redeemed
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  • from [among] the earth."
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  • Verse 4 says,
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  • "These are they which werenot defiled with women;
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  • for they are virgins.
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  • These are they which follow theLamb whithersoever He goeth.
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  • These were redeemedfrom among men,
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  • being the firstfruitsunto God and to the Lamb."
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  • And verse 5 says,
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  • "And in their mouthwas found no guile:
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  • for they are without faultbefore the throne of God."
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  • So, who are these people?
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  • Revelation 7 addssome more information.
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  • Revelation 7 says thatthe 144.000 are sealed
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  • with the seal of God.
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  • And in earth'slast great crisis,
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  • people will be marked with oneor the other of two things.
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  • The saved will be sealedwith the seal of God,
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  • while the lost are markedwith the mark of the beast.
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  • So the 144.000 are saved andsealed with the seal of God.
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  • They're obedient to God,God's servants,
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  • saved and not lost.
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  • Revelation 7 goes on and saysthat the 144.000 are chosen
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  • from the 12 tribes of Israel,
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  • exactly 12.000 fromeach of the 12 tribes.
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  • So, if you want to, you couldbelieve that the 144.000
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  • have to be 144.000celibate Jews.
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  • Or you could choose to lookat this as a picture
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  • of God's saved people ofany and all races down here
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  • in the close of time.
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  • What do we knowabout this group?
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  • We know that they're saved.
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  • We know they don't receivethe mark of the beast.
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  • We know they doreceive the seal of God,
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  • because Revelation 14describes the saved as keeping
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  • "the commandments of God."
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  • They are saved; we knowthey're obedient to God.
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  • They follow the Lamb;they follow Jesus.
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  • They are completelygiven to Him.
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  • And that's theexplanation for the Lamb.
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  • They're not following awoolly lamb around a mountain.
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  • The 144.000 appear to bethe saved who survive
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  • earth's final crisis and arevictorious over the beast
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  • and his image, saved whenJesus returns to the earth.
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  • Keep in mind that Revelation 14starts with the words,
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  • "And I looked," indicating itfollows on from Revelation 13,
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  • which says,starting in verse 15,
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  • "And he had power to give lifeunto the image of the beast,
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  • that the image of the beastshould both speak,
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  • and cause that as manyas would not worship
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  • the image of the beastshould be killed.
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  • And he causeth all, both smalland great, rich and poor,
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  • free and bond, to receivea mark in their right hand,
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  • or in their foreheads:
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  • and that no man might buy orsell, save he that had the mark,
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  • or the name of the beast,or the number of his name.
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  • Here is wisdom.
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  • Let him that hath understandingcount the number of the beast:
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  • for it is the number of a man;
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  • and his number is six hundredthreescore and six."
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  • ♪[soft music]♪
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  • Revelation 13 is a picture
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  • of earth's greatfinal spiritual crisis,
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  • a time of persecution andtrouble for the people of God
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  • as evil finally hasits way in the world,
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  • as sin and rebellionagainst God come to a head.
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  • Revelation 14 openswith a picture of those
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  • who are faithful to God,who are victorious,
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  • who sing a song of victory,just as Moses and his people did
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  • after Pharaoh was defeatedand they were delivered.
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  • The beginning ofRevelation chapter 14
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  • is where God sees you,triumphant, victorious, saved,
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  • a conqueror, throughfaith in Jesus Christ.
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  • Imagine what it would take to bepart of the group of people
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  • who are saved inearth's last days.
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  • Well, I'll tell you:
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  • It'll take the presenceof Jesus in your life,
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  • a heart that isgiven over to God,
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  • a life that is lived forGod's glory and not your own.
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  • Think of that with mefor a moment:
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  • Living for your own glory--
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  • how futile is that?
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  • While there's nothing wrongwith having the blessings
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  • of this world, if that'swhat you're living for,
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  • it'll be a curse to youand not a blessing to you.
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  • Imagine having thebest of this world,
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  • but not having Jesus,
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  • or living for yourselfwithout reference to God.
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  • You can pleaseyourself for a while,
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  • but when it really matters,you'll have nothing.
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  • But God offers you everything.
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  • And you can have the bestthat God has to offer,
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  • if you'll open upyour heart to God
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  • and receive Jesusas your Savior,
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  • if you'll receive the new heartGod wants you to have.
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  • Not because you deserve it,
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  • but because Godwants you to have it,
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  • and you can accept it.
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  • Can you do that?
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  • I think you can.
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  • In a moment, the message thatproduces God's saved people
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  • in earth's last days.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • ♪[music]♪
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  • -Announcer 1: Many considerthe book of Revelation
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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 Revelation 14.
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  • Revelation is considereda last-days book of the Bible
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  • because it speaks to manyof the issues and the events
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  • of earth's final days.
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  • And keep this in mindabout the book of Revelation:
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  • John wrote it using a lotof signs and symbols.
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  • He wanted his readers tounderstand what he was writing,
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  • so he chose hissymbols carefully.
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  • If you have a, a code, let'scall it, you need to have a key,
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  • a way for the peoplewho are reading the code
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  • to decipher that codeand get the message
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  • you actually want them to get.
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  • In World War II, Germanyused something called
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  • an Enigma machineto encrypt messages.
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  • It was effective.
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  • Cracking the Enigma codebecame essential to the Allies.
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  • In the 1930s, work was doneby Polish intelligence
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  • to understandthe mystery of Enigma.
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  • During World War II,a British group
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  • that includedmathematician Alan Turing
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  • finally cracked Enigma, whichmany say shortened the war
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  • by as much as four years
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  • and saved potentiallymillions of lives.
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  • It's important to be ableto figure out the code.
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  • John wrote Revelationusing a sort of code,
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  • using signs and symbols.
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  • No, it's not that the entirebook is written like that,
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  • but a lot of it is.
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  • Now, how do we crack the code?
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  • Well, the code used by Johnis really pretty simple.
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  • John used the Old Testamentto source his signs and symbols,
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  • and we see thatin Revelation 14.
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  • We're going to seethat very soon.
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  • But let's pick up inRevelation 14 in verse 6:
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  • "And I saw another angel[flying] in the midst of heaven,
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  • having the everlasting gospelto preach unto them that dwell
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  • on the earth, and to everynation, and kindred,
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  • and tongue, and people."
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  • An angel. Why is that?
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  • The Greek word is"angelos," a "messenger."
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  • This is a messenger sent by God.Again, it's symbolic.
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  • There won't be an actual angelflying up in the sky
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  • calling to peoplebelow on the earth.
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  • This represents a messagegoing to the ends of the world,
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  • a message for everyone to hear.
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  • This is God's last-day message,
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  • the gospel message the worldmust hear, will hear
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  • before everything is donehere on Planet Earth.
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  • So, see how important this is?
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  • A messenger, up where youcan't miss the messenger,
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  • taking the message toeveryone everywhere.
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  • Verse 7:
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  • "Saying with a loud voice, 'FearGod, and give glory to Him;
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  • for the hour of Hisjudgment is come:
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  • and worship Him thatmade heaven, and earth,
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  • and the sea, and thefountains of waters.'"
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  • First thing you notice: Theangel speaks with a loud voice.
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  • In the Greek, a "mega" "phoné,"a megaphone, "a loud voice."
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  • So this indicatesthe message must be heard.
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  • It is important.
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  • I grew up near arailroad track, a busy one.
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  • And as kids, we usedto play on the tracks,
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  • you know, as kids do.
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  • Across from where we lived,the track was long and straight,
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  • and, of course, you could hearthe train coming from about
  • 00:12:43.852 --> 00:12:45.753
  • a mile away, because it wouldsound its warning device
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  • before it crossed the bridgeover the river.
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  • You could hear itrumbling over that bridge.
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  • But one day my brother,knowing a train was coming,
  • 00:12:52.961 --> 00:12:55.897
  • saw me on the track and noticedI wasn't moving to safety.
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  • The train was stilla good way off,
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  • but my brother could see mehere and the train down there.
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  • And he was concerned.
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  • So what did he do?
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  • He spoke to me in a loud voice.
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  • Okay, he shouted to me,
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  • "John, get off the track!John, there's a train coming!"
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  • Of course, I couldn't hear him;there was a train coming.
  • 00:13:17.285 --> 00:13:20.989
  • Well, I got off the tracksin plenty of time,
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  • although the train drivermight disagree with that.
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  • Found out later from my motherthat my brother had been
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  • concerned enough about meto raise his voice.
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  • The angel calls with a, with araised voice, with a loud voice.
  • 00:13:31.966 --> 00:13:35.003
  • No, no, not shouting,but calling to us,
  • 00:13:35.036 --> 00:13:38.840
  • because this is important.
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  • God wants us to be saved.
  • 00:13:41.075 --> 00:13:43.811
  • "Fear God, and giveglory to Him."
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  • No, no, not terror.
  • 00:13:47.048 --> 00:13:49.050
  • But we're to live in relationto God with respect,
  • 00:13:49.083 --> 00:13:51.352
  • with, with awe, with reverence,
  • 00:13:51.386 --> 00:13:53.955
  • maybe even a littleold-fashioned fear
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  • when you considerthe sinfulness of sin
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  • and the ultimate fateof the wicked.
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  • But this is a call to love God,
  • 00:14:00.561 --> 00:14:02.297
  • to surrender to God,to give God glory.
  • 00:14:02.330 --> 00:14:05.967
  • There's a question we want toask ourselves from time to time,
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:09.304
  • maybe even often:
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  • Does my life glorify God?
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  • Is what I'm doing goingto bring glory to God?
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  • How will this decisionglorify the God of heaven?
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  • You don't wantto live for yourself,
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  • but for the glory of the Godwhose Son Jesus died for you.
  • 00:14:24.052 --> 00:14:28.957
  • And God ramps it up whenHe says we are to fear Him
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  • and give Him glory because "thehour of His judgment is come."
  • 00:14:31.359 --> 00:14:35.930
  • Later in Revelation, you readthis really interesting verse,
  • 00:14:35.964 --> 00:14:38.933
  • chapter 22 and verse 11:
  • 00:14:38.967 --> 00:14:42.770
  • "He that is unjust,let him be unjust still:
  • 00:14:42.804 --> 00:14:46.441
  • and he which is filthy,let him be filthy still:
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  • and he that is righteous,let him be righteous still:
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  • and he that is holy,let him be holy still."
  • 00:14:51.479 --> 00:14:55.083
  • And then Jesus says,
  • 00:14:55.116 --> 00:14:56.517
  • "And, behold, I come quickly;and my reward is with me,
  • 00:14:56.551 --> 00:15:00.421
  • to give every man accordingas his work shall be."
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  • Yes, God is goingto judge the world.
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  • Knowing there's a judgmentgoing on in heaven
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  • ought to sober us up a little.
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  • We shouldn't go onwithout reference to God.
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  • We really don't want to playfast and loose with sin,
  • 00:15:13.968 --> 00:15:16.371
  • to be casual about faith in God.
  • 00:15:16.404 --> 00:15:19.307
  • King Belshazzar in Babylonwas told that he was
  • 00:15:19.340 --> 00:15:21.976
  • "weighed in the balances,and found wanting."
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  • How would you be found?
  • 00:15:26.647 --> 00:15:28.750
  • And then God says to us inRevelation 14, verse 7:
  • 00:15:28.783 --> 00:15:31.686
  • "And worship Him thatmade heaven, and earth,
  • 00:15:31.719 --> 00:15:34.756
  • and the sea, and thefountains of waters."
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  • That's a call toworship the Creator.
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  • In Revelation 13,people are called,
  • 00:15:40.595 --> 00:15:42.296
  • in fact, forced, toworship the creature.
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  • In an age of relativismand skepticism and atheism,
  • 00:15:46.768 --> 00:15:51.139
  • the final call to the world isto worship God as the Creator.
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  • And the active agent atCreation was, of course, Jesus.
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  • John chapter 1, written by thesame person as wrote Revelation,
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  • starts like this:
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  • "In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,
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  • and the Word was God.
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  • The same was in thebeginning with God.
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  • All things were made by Him;
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  • and without Him was notany thing made that was made."
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  • So the everlasting gospelin Revelation 14 includes
  • 00:16:18.266 --> 00:16:21.302
  • a very direct call torecognize Jesus as Creator,
  • 00:16:21.335 --> 00:16:25.673
  • and, therefore, to recognizecreation as God's work
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  • in the world and in our lives.
  • 00:16:28.709 --> 00:16:31.913
  • Well, then John writesabout Babylon
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  • and the mark of the beast.
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  • So what's that all about?
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  • I'll have that and morein just a moment.
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  • We're continuing our series,"Great Chapters of the Bible,"
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  • looking this timeat Revelation 14.
  • 00:17:29.837 --> 00:17:32.907
  • It includes what John refersto as "the everlasting gospel,"
  • 00:17:32.940 --> 00:17:37.245
  • the final gospel messageto go to the world.
  • 00:17:37.278 --> 00:17:40.715
  • And in verse 8, we see themessage of the second angel:
  • 00:17:40.748 --> 00:17:45.286
  • "And there followedanother angel, saying,
  • 00:17:45.319 --> 00:17:47.722
  • 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen,that great city,
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  • because she madeall nations drink
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  • of the wine of the wrathof her fornication.'"
  • 00:17:53.661 --> 00:17:56.264
  • Geographically speaking,Babylon was located in Iraq,
  • 00:17:56.297 --> 00:17:59.800
  • 60 or 70 miles in a straightline from Iraq's modern capital,
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  • Baghdad.
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  • The Babylonian Empire fell thatnight more than 2.000 years ago
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  • when the writing wason the wall for its king.
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  • who happened to bethe grandson
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  • of the mightyKing Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • God stated that the citywould never be inhabited again.
  • 00:18:15.716 --> 00:18:19.554
  • So why is John saying, after thefact, that Babylon is fallen?
  • 00:18:19.587 --> 00:18:24.292
  • Now, remember howhe wrote Revelation,
  • 00:18:24.325 --> 00:18:26.961
  • using the Old Testament asthe key to unlock the code
  • 00:18:26.994 --> 00:18:31.432
  • he employed in Revelation.
  • 00:18:31.465 --> 00:18:33.935
  • What was Babylon inthe Old Testament?
  • 00:18:33.968 --> 00:18:36.837
  • Babylon was a centerof false worship,
  • 00:18:36.871 --> 00:18:39.574
  • of opposition to Godand to the gospel.
  • 00:18:39.607 --> 00:18:43.044
  • The prophet Isaiahdescribes Satan as being
  • 00:18:43.077 --> 00:18:45.680
  • the invisible king of Babylonin Isaiah chapter 14.
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  • So Babylon was symbolic of thedark side and the great battle
  • 00:18:50.017 --> 00:18:53.321
  • between light and dark,between good and evil,
  • 00:18:53.354 --> 00:18:55.890
  • between Christ and Satan.
  • 00:18:55.923 --> 00:18:58.359
  • In fact, Peter referred to Romein 1 Peter 5 as Babylon,
  • 00:18:58.392 --> 00:19:03.431
  • the great power thatworked against the church.
  • 00:19:03.464 --> 00:19:07.168
  • Late in earth's history, Godagain refers to the systems,
  • 00:19:07.201 --> 00:19:11.005
  • especially thereligious systems,
  • 00:19:11.038 --> 00:19:13.174
  • working against the truthof the Bible, as Babylon,
  • 00:19:13.207 --> 00:19:16.744
  • and He says thatBabylon is fallen.
  • 00:19:16.777 --> 00:19:18.679
  • She made all nations confused,
  • 00:19:18.713 --> 00:19:21.349
  • drunk with her false teachingsand her sinful influence.
  • 00:19:21.382 --> 00:19:25.286
  • Later in Revelation,in chapter 18, God says,
  • 00:19:25.319 --> 00:19:27.989
  • "Come out of her, my people,lest you share in her sins,
  • 00:19:28.022 --> 00:19:31.459
  • and lest you receiveof her plagues."
  • 00:19:31.492 --> 00:19:33.794
  • God evidently will have people
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  • in the last daysof earth's history
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  • who love Him and desireto follow Him,
  • 00:19:37.632 --> 00:19:40.635
  • but they're caught upin spiritual confusion.
  • 00:19:40.668 --> 00:19:44.105
  • The Towel of Babel inthe book of Genesis,
  • 00:19:44.138 --> 00:19:46.207
  • that's where God confusedthe languages of the people
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  • of the world.
  • 00:19:49.343 --> 00:19:50.411
  • That word "Babel"means "confusion,"
  • 00:19:50.444 --> 00:19:53.214
  • and Babylon representsspiritual confusion.
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  • We want to be sure we'refollowing the truth
  • 00:19:56.517 --> 00:19:58.386
  • of God's Word.
  • 00:19:58.419 --> 00:19:59.320
  • It's important.
  • 00:19:59.353 --> 00:20:01.022
  • Confusion, falsehood,false teaching--
  • 00:20:01.055 --> 00:20:03.858
  • they're deadly, and they leadyou away from faith in Christ.
  • 00:20:03.891 --> 00:20:08.429
  • Then the third angelcomes with this message,
  • 00:20:08.462 --> 00:20:10.898
  • starting in verse 9:
  • 00:20:10.931 --> 00:20:12.967
  • "If any man worshipthe beast and his image,
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:15.536
  • and receive his mark inhis forehead, or in his hand,
  • 00:20:15.569 --> 00:20:18.773
  • the same shall drink of thewine of the wrath of God,
  • 00:20:18.806 --> 00:20:23.277
  • which is poured outwithout mixture
  • 00:20:23.311 --> 00:20:25.713
  • into the cup ofHis indignation."
  • 00:20:25.746 --> 00:20:27.682
  • And so on.
  • 00:20:27.715 --> 00:20:29.150
  • It's a serious message.
  • 00:20:29.183 --> 00:20:31.352
  • Again, what is John getting at?
  • 00:20:31.385 --> 00:20:34.088
  • Revelation builds especiallyon top of the book of Daniel.
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  • A lot of the propheticsymbols John uses
  • 00:20:38.759 --> 00:20:40.961
  • he borrows right from Daniel.
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  • And if we followthat line of thinking,
  • 00:20:43.564 --> 00:20:45.032
  • we can understandwhat a beast is.
  • 00:20:45.066 --> 00:20:48.035
  • This is how Daniel described it.
  • 00:20:48.069 --> 00:20:49.970
  • He had a vision in which he saw"four great beasts [come] up
  • 00:20:50.004 --> 00:20:54.108
  • from the sea, diverseone from another."
  • 00:20:54.141 --> 00:20:57.211
  • That's Daniel 7, verse 3.
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  • He described them as beinglike a lion, then a bear,
  • 00:20:58.946 --> 00:21:01.949
  • then a leopard, and thensomething he had difficulty
  • 00:21:01.982 --> 00:21:05.052
  • explaining, and Godexplains to him what he saw.
  • 00:21:05.086 --> 00:21:07.988
  • Daniel 7:17,
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  • "These great beasts,which are four,
  • 00:21:10.024 --> 00:21:12.993
  • are four kings, which shallarise out of the earth."
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  • Verse 23:
  • 00:21:16.464 --> 00:21:17.631
  • "The fourth beast shall bethe fourth kingdom upon earth."
  • 00:21:17.665 --> 00:21:22.870
  • So when John wroteabout a beast,
  • 00:21:22.903 --> 00:21:25.473
  • if we're being consistentwith how we interpret prophecy,
  • 00:21:25.506 --> 00:21:28.709
  • we'll see this beastas being a kingdom,
  • 00:21:28.743 --> 00:21:32.279
  • clearly a kingdom withgreat power and influence
  • 00:21:32.313 --> 00:21:34.749
  • throughout the world.
  • 00:21:34.782 --> 00:21:36.150
  • Many people today would say thatthat beast is an individual.
  • 00:21:36.183 --> 00:21:39.720
  • Several hundred years ago,
  • 00:21:39.754 --> 00:21:41.155
  • the leaders of theProtestant Reformation
  • 00:21:41.188 --> 00:21:43.057
  • saw it as the medieval church,
  • 00:21:43.090 --> 00:21:45.693
  • the church of Rome, which wasso powerful and influential
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  • and which persecutedGod's people ruthlessly
  • 00:21:49.530 --> 00:21:53.100
  • and mercilessly.
  • 00:21:53.134 --> 00:21:55.069
  • John goes on to warn us againstreceiving the mark of the beast
  • 00:21:55.102 --> 00:21:58.739
  • in our hand or forehead.
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  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:22:00.908 --> 00:22:01.742
  • Your foreheadrepresents your mind.
  • 00:22:01.776 --> 00:22:03.711
  • Right behind your forehead isthe frontal lobe of your brain,
  • 00:22:03.744 --> 00:22:07.548
  • where you make decisions.
  • 00:22:07.581 --> 00:22:09.950
  • And there'll be people whohave made up their mind;
  • 00:22:09.984 --> 00:22:11.852
  • they have decided they'regoing to worship the beast.
  • 00:22:11.886 --> 00:22:14.989
  • They will go against God's Word.
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  • There will be otherswho don't believe
  • 00:22:17.858 --> 00:22:19.693
  • that they should do that,but they do it anyway.
  • 00:22:19.727 --> 00:22:22.363
  • By their actions they supportfalse worship and rebellion
  • 00:22:22.396 --> 00:22:25.433
  • against God.
  • 00:22:25.466 --> 00:22:26.734
  • They'll receive the markof the beast in their hand.
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  • 00:22:50.624 --> 00:22:53.928
  • the great crisis ofearth's last days.
  • 00:22:53.961 --> 00:22:57.031
  • Revelation 14:12 says,
  • 00:22:57.064 --> 00:22:59.099
  • "Here is the patienceof the saints:
  • 00:22:59.133 --> 00:23:01.836
  • here are they that keepthe commandments of God,
  • 00:23:01.869 --> 00:23:04.472
  • and the faith of Jesus."
  • 00:23:04.505 --> 00:23:06.774
  • When you purpose in your heartto surrender to God
  • 00:23:06.807 --> 00:23:09.710
  • and obey Him, when you chooseto yield your life to Him
  • 00:23:09.743 --> 00:23:14.448
  • and to allow His Spirit to leadyou in paths of faithfulness,
  • 00:23:14.482 --> 00:23:18.152
  • you don't receivethe mark of the beast.
  • 00:23:18.185 --> 00:23:20.454
  • You'd instead be sealedwith the seal of God.
  • 00:23:20.488 --> 00:23:24.158
  • God is looking for peoplewho will be more than
  • 00:23:24.191 --> 00:23:26.393
  • cultural Christians, who'lldo more than simply name
  • 00:23:26.427 --> 00:23:30.264
  • the name of Jesus,
  • 00:23:30.297 --> 00:23:31.832
  • who will actually surrendertheir lives to God
  • 00:23:31.866 --> 00:23:35.603
  • and allow His will to be done,
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  • regardless of the costor the consequences.
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  • Are you facing that sortof decision right now?
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  • Should I be faithful?
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  • Or should I compromise?
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  • Should I surrendermy whole life to Jesus?
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  • For some people,the stakes are high,
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  • because you're concerned aboutyour spouse, your family,
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  • But you can knowthat God is faithful.
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  • A decision for God isalways the right decision.
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  • Revelation 14 concludeswith a picture of a harvest:
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  • The saved are reaped;the lost, they're lost.
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  • And you can decide right now
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let me praywith you. Let me pray for you,
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  • Our Father in heaven,
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  • I want to thank You for thisgreat chapter of the Bible,
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  • Revelation 14,
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  • a call to us inearth's last days,
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  • a call to faithfulness,
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  • a call to commitment,
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  • There is coming soon a timewhen the entire world
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  • will be arrayed againstthe faithful people of God
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  • and arrayed against thewonderful truths of Your Word.
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  • We want to stand then.
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  • Friend, do you want to standin that day? Yes, you do.
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  • So, Lord, take our hearts;make them Yours.
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  • Friend, would you yieldyour heart to Jesus now?
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  • Knowing that He wantsto come into your life
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  • Lord, do that, please.
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  • And we would pray with John,who wrote the book of Revelation
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