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December 8, 2019
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Prequel of the Bible: Earth's Rapid Decline

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  • [waves crash and fizzle]
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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me.
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  • Have you ever seen "Where's Waldo"?
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  • One of those "Where's Waldo" pictures?
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  • You know the one, the guy with the funny hat,
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  • he's wearing a striped shirt, he's in a crowd,
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  • and he's hidden there somewhere in the picture,
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  • and your job is to find him.
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  • Now, the interesting thing about Waldo
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  • is that he's not actually hidden.
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  • That is, he's there.
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  • Once you find him, you realize he was hidden
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  • right out in the open.
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  • Hard to find in the midst of everything that's going on,
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  • but once you got him, you got him,
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  • and after that, you can't really miss him.
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  • Today, well, we're not looking for Waldo,
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  • but we're looking for something that's hidden in plain view.
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  • It's hidden right out in the open.
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  • We're looking at a really important story, or theme,
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It appears before all the other Bible stories
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  • that we're familiar with today.
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  • We're continuing our series "The Prequel of the Bible."
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  • Dig into this and you gain really important insights.
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  • When you study the prequel of the Bible,
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  • you find out what was behind Satan's rebellion.
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  • You see that in Revelation chapter 12,
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  • that there was war in heaven.
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  • But what kind of war?
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  • Well, really this was a political contest.
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  • It was a battle of ideas.
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  • It was a battle of philosophies.
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  • You see, Satan was charging that God was unfair.
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  • He attacked God, and in an attempt to gain followers
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  • for himself, he attacked the character of God.
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  • He said God was fundamentally unfair.
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  • He said that God was not loving.
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  • He said God was keeping back the best for Himself
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  • and depriving others of what was rightfully theirs.
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  • We found that Satan offered a platform,
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  • an alternate way of running the universe,
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  • an alternate organizing principle, if you like.
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  • He rejected God's system, which was based on love
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  • and universal giving, where the objectives are lovingkindness
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  • and mutual benefit.
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  • Instead, what he proposed was something based on selfishness
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  • and opportunistic taking,
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  • where power and domination are the key, the objectives.
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  • He had a surprising amount of success.
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  • The Word of God says that he attracted one-third
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  • of the angels of heaven to follow him.
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  • Ultimately, though, they weren't successful.
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  • Revelation chapter 12 says they were cast out of heaven.
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  • Here on the earth he continued his war against God
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  • and overcame Adam and Eve,
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  • bringing them under the curse of sin.
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  • At the same time, he took something from them:
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  • He took from them the dominion over the earth,
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  • which God had given them.
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  • This is why Jesus referred to Satan
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  • as the ruler of this earth in John 12 and verse 31.
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  • Once Satan usurped control of the world,
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  • he set about putting into place
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  • his system for operating the earth and all life on it.
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  • He twisted and perverted creation,
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  • obscuring the amazing earth that God had created.
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  • And he erased, to the extent he could,
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  • the character of God as seen in the original creation.
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  • He put in place a world that is at all levels
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  • organized around the principle of selfishness.
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  • And so here we are,
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  • living on earth as Satan's system plays out.
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  • The thing is discerning people are able to see
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  • more and more clearly that the whole thing
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  • is a complete fiasco.
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  • That's because selfishness as a system collapses in on itself.
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  • Not only is it a horrible design;
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  • it's completely unsustainable.
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  • And since the world we live in is organized around selfishness,
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  • we can expect to see the earth,
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  • all of its natural systems and lifeforms,
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  • and every area of human endeavor participate in this collapse.
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  • Satan might as well have been building with sand
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  • because his system was doomed from the start.
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  • And...there it goes, the natural result of a flawed design.
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  • Now, think about what's at stake.
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  • As Satan's design is doomed,
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  • then so, too, is everything else that's based on selfishness.
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  • That part of our lives that we spend fighting to get above
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  • other people or to exercise control over other people,
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  • ultimately, it's wasted.
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  • The extraordinary efforts we make to accumulate
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  • more and more resources, in the end, wasted.
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  • The efforts we make to glorify ourselves,
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  • in the final analysis, it's all for nothing.
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  • And yet there are billions who continue to be taken in
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  • by Satan's continuing campaign,
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  • billions who align themselves with Satan
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  • and spend massive amounts of energy
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  • competing within his organizing principle of selfishness.
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  • Jesus predicted the collapse of Satan's system,
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  • and He gave us a very detailed account of what will happen
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  • here on earth.
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  • In fact, a detailed account of what's actually happening
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  • right now.
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  • But before we look at that prophecy in detail,
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  • let's stand back and look at the big picture,
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  • starting with creation itself.
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  • To understand how things are unraveling,
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  • let's look at how they were put together.
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  • Let's look together at what happened in Genesis chapter 1.
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  • [piano music]
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  • In creating the earth,
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  • God was very intentional, very methodic.
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  • He first created two massive and interlinked systems:
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  • our atmosphere and our hydrosphere.
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  • With the atmosphere, He created the many layers of gases
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  • that extend out 60 miles or so into space
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  • and protect the earth.
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  • Our atmosphere is amazingly complex
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  • and constantly in motion.
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  • With our hydrosphere, God created all the water
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  • on the surface of the earth: our oceans, lakes, rivers.
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  • These two systems, the atmosphere and hydrosphere,
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  • are sister systems, joined at the hip,
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  • and constantly engaged in exchanges,
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  • exchanges of heat, chemicals, and energy.
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  • These two systems really function together
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  • more as a whole than as separate systems.
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  • Next, God created dry land, our soil system,
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  • which is the basis for our food production the world over.
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  • And then He created plants to live in the soil.
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  • He then populated each of the systems He created--
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  • birds and fish for our atmosphere and hydrosphere
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  • and then land animals.
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  • He also created microorganisms to live in the soil
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  • and, well, just about everywhere else.
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  • There are untold billions of microorganisms
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  • in just a handful of soil,
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  • and they're an irreplaceable part of healthy soil
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  • that grows food.
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  • Finally, God created people,
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  • and when He reviewed what He created
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  • and how the intermeshed systems functioned as one,
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  • incredibly complicated but elegantly balanced,
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  • He was well-pleased with His work.
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  • Genesis 1:31 says that God judged it to be "very good."
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  • In other words, it was perfect,
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  • and it worked exactly the way He designed,
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  • reflecting His character of love so deeply
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  • that lovingkindness was the organizing principle.
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  • The plants, the animals, the people--
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  • they all coexisted happily, and they gave to each other;
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  • they benefited each other with every interaction.
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  • It was a system based on giving, and no one gave more than God.
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  • But if you look at the systems that God created,
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  • in perfect balance, you see that every single one of them
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  • is in significant and accelerating decline.
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  • And why is that?
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  • One simple reason:
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  • It's because Satan's system based on selfishness
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  • is a catastrophic failure.
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  • Take, for instance,
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  • the massive, majestic, and beautiful ocean system.
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  • Well, how bad is that?
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  • Every day it dies a little more, and it's not coming back.
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  • The loss of life webs,
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  • the general health of our oceans is staggering.
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  • We have the logs of sea captains from hundreds of years ago
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  • describing an ocean that's now foreign to us.
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  • They wrote of an ocean teeming with life.
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  • It was a resource thought to be inexhaustible.
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  • But today the seas that once seemed endless
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  • are staggeringly polluted and increasingly depleted of fish.
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  • Massive fishing boats chase the remaining fish
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  • to the ends of the earth and to the utter depths of the sea.
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  • And now scientists say that it's not very many years from now
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  • the oceans will essentially be devoid
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  • of commercial fishing stocks--
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  • completely fished out.
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  • That's a huge problem
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  • because about one billion people get most of their food
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  • from the sea, and those people are even now being forced
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  • to compete for land-based food,
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  • and that's a terrible thing because our natural systems
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  • that support food production are also in accelerating decline.
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  • And you don't have to be any kind of radical environmentalist
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  • to see it.
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  • It's just the way it is.
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  • Isaiah wrote that the earth would "wax old like a garment."
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  • Isaiah 51:6.
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  • And today we're seeing the fulfillment of that.
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  • I'll have more in just a moment.
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  • [music]
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  • -Announcer: As we look around the world,
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  • it appears this planet is spinning wildly out of control.
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  • The world now is a far cry
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  • from the world of even just a few years ago,
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  • leaving many people wondering if there's hope.
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  • Our free offer today is "Hope for a Planet in Crisis."
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  • To receive this free guide,
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  • call 800-253-3000
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  • Get "Hope for a Planet in Crisis."
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  • [soft piano music]
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  • -Man 1: What does the Bible say about astrology?
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  • -Man 2: Why do bad things happen to good people?
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  • -Girl: What color is Jesus?
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  • -John Bradshaw: If you have a question,
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  • we'd love to find an answer
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  • for you from the Bible.
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  • Line Upon Line
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  • from It Is Written TV.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me on It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Like our oceans, our fresh water system around the world
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  • is crashing.
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  • Most major population centers around the world
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  • rely on aquifers for their water,
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  • and many of these aquifers,
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  • which basically are underground lakes that take centuries
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  • to fill up, are heading towards depletion.
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  • Even worse, a significant amount of global food production
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  • is irrigated with water from aquifers
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  • that are being depleted,
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  • such as the Ogallala aquifer in the United States.
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  • The Ogallala helps feed the world with the crops
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  • it irrigates, and it's just one of many major aquifers
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  • around the world that are depleting.
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  • Should these aquifers completely run dry,
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  • the impact on our global food production system
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  • will be profound.
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  • And at the same time that our aquifers are depleting,
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  • our weather patterns are becoming
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  • not just less and less reliable but actually more hostile
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  • to people and crops.
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  • Our jet stream, part of our atmosphere,
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  • is slowing and destabilizing
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  • as a result of our crashing cryosphere--
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  • or in other words, because of massive ice loss in the Arctic.
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  • What that means is that weather systems are becoming
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  • more intense and moving more slowly,
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  • meaning they last longer.
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  • Now we get more pounding rain instead of nurturing rain.
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  • We get heat waves that are literally killers
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  • in some parts of the world,
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  • causing such extreme heat that plants and humans
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  • can't survive.
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  • And we get prolonged droughts
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  • and dangerous waves of polar air.
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  • Add it all together
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  • and the climate is becoming more hostile.
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  • The industrial revolution--
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  • and our industrial agriculture system, in particular--
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  • has allowed the world to have a spectacular population boom.
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  • The population has exploded over the past 250 years.
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  • And the same industrial agriculture system
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  • that feeds the world requires massive amounts of water
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  • and a stable environment.
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  • So imagine if the aquifers were to run dry.
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  • How would we feed the almost 8 billion people on the planet?
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  • Global food prices would spike,
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  • and the 3 billion people or so who now live
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  • on less than $2.50 a day would not be able to afford food.
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  • Does it sound like a future nightmare?
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  • Actually, with all the pressure on agriculture,
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  • food prices are already under pressure.
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  • Even if you have not noticed,
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  • they've spiked three times in the last 15 years,
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  • with dire results for half the population on earth.
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  • If you look at a 50-year chart of global food price movements,
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  • you'll see that prices fluctuated.
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  • But between 2007 and 2012, they pretty much exploded.
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  • Now take a look at this chart
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  • from the New England Complex Systems Institute in Boston.
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  • They took part of the food price spike from the chart
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  • we were just looking at and put on that chart
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  • all of the uprisings, riots, government overthrows,
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  • and significant conflicts in the period.
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  • What they found is that civil unrest exploded
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  • when food prices spiked.
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  • When food prices double or triple
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  • over a short period of time,
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  • those who can no longer survive sometimes resort to violence.
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  • So with the destabilization of the natural world,
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  • you'd expect to see more and more food price spikes
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  • and more and more violence.
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  • Now, if you haven't noticed food price spikes,
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  • it's probably because you live in a developed country
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  • where food is highly processed.
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  • In your $4 box of corn flakes, for example,
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  • the raw corn and sugar in there costs only a few cents.
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  • So food prices triple, and all of a sudden you're paying $4.30
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  • for your box of corn flakes-- you'll hardly even notice.
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  • But if you're trying to live on $2.00 or $2.50 or less a day,
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  • and you're barely making it,
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  • and then the cost of your corn and your sugar triples,
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  • well, you've got no other option but to be hungry.
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  • What we're seeing is a world
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  • where the systems that support life and human society
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  • are in accelerating decay.
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  • So what we can reasonably expect is mounting resource pressure,
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  • food shortages, water shortages,
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  • as well as increasingly hostile weather, killer heat waves,
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  • floods, extended droughts, and at the same time,
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  • we can expect to see wave after wave of conflict,
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  • with the fault lines most likely being between people groups
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  • who already don't like each other
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  • and between those who have resources and those who don't.
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  • And of course, with food shortages and conflicts
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  • always comes dramatically increased hunger and disease.
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  • Now, let's compare what's coming upon the world
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  • with what the Bible clearly says will happen in the final days
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  • of earth's history.
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  • Romans 8, verse 22 says that all of creation is groaning
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  • because of sin-- Satan's rebellion--
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  • and will be liberated from its decay by God.
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  • Isaiah 51, verse 6 says,
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  • "The earth will grow old like a garment."
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  • The picture of earth in earth's last days is clear.
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  • What started out as whole and strong and perfect
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  • has become weak, torn, frayed, and full of holes.
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  • But for the most detailed look at what's coming on the earth,
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  • let's turn to the description
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  • that Jesus Himself gave His disciples.
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  • The account of what He said is included in Matthew chapter 24.
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  • The setting is really interesting.
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  • It's just before Jesus was captured,
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  • put on trial, and crucified.
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  • So He's down to the last few hours with His disciples,
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  • and He knows it.
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  • He meets with them privately, and they ask Him a question.
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  • They say, "What will be the sign of Your coming,
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  • and of the end of the age?"
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  • Jesus gives them an incredibly detailed answer.
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  • We're going to focus on three verses of that answer,
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  • Matthew chapter 24, verses 6, 7, and 8:
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  • "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
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  • See that you are not troubled;
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  • for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
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  • For nation will rise against nation,
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  • and kingdom against kingdom.
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  • And there will be famines, pestilences,
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  • and earthquakes in various places.
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  • All these are the beginning of sorrows."
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  • Back with more in just a moment.
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  • [music]
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  • -Announcer: As we look around the world,
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  • it appears this planet is spinning wildly out of control.
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  • The world now is a far cry
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  • from the world of even just a few years ago,
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  • leaving many people wondering if there's hope.
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  • Our free offer today is "Hope for a Planet in Crisis."
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  • [ominous music]
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  • [insects chirping]
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  • [camera rattling]
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  • [wind blowing, insects buzzing, feet crunching grass]
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  • [indistinct voices]
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  • [wind blowing]
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  • [insects buzzing at night]
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  • [music]
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  • [dramatic sounds, heart thumping, creaking]
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  • [dramatic music]
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  • [crowd cheering]
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  • [soft music]
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • The Bible verses we're looking at suggest to us
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  • that we are coming towards a time of real trouble
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  • for the earth.
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  • Matthew 24, verse 6 says,
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  • "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars."
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  • Now, given the context of the passage,
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  • it's telling us that in earth's last days
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  • we'll see actual open fighting, a lot of regrettable situations
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  • where there will be very real conflict.
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  • Next we read, "See that you are not troubled;
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  • for all these things must come to pass,
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  • but the end is not yet."
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  • Now, this is really important.
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  • Remember, in this war between Christ and Satan,
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  • not only is the character of God
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  • pitted against the character of Satan,
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  • but God's system of lovingkindness
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  • is pitted against Satan's system of selfishness.
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  • And typical of any politician,
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  • Satan will try and spin any event into an affirmation
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  • of his way and into a condemnation of God.
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  • The whole miserable campaign ends when Satan's system
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  • is in obvious failure,
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  • and he's run out of excuses and accusations.
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  • Until then, "These things must come to pass."
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  • We have to live through the decline and failure
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  • of Satan's system.
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  • For how else could it be proven to be false?
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  • How else could the charges against God's character
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  • also be proven false?
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  • Now, this is an important concept,
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  • so let me say those words again:
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  • "See that you are not troubled;
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  • for all these things must come to pass,
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  • but the end is not yet."
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  • Now, the next verse is verse 7.
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  • It starts out like this:
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  • "Nation will rise against nation,
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  • and kingdom against kingdom."
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  • So we're going to see dramatically more conflict.
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  • In regard to nation against nation,
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  • that means conflict between states,
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  • which are entities that have borders and a flag.
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  • When it says kingdom against kingdom,
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  • it refers to groups of affiliated people
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  • who don't have borders and a flag.
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  • So this could mean, say, Turks against the Kurds,
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  • Hutus against Tutsis, Arabs against Jews.
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  • And, of course, you can get
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  • tremendously complicated situations going
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  • where you have both kinds of conflicts at once.
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  • States against states and people groups against people groups.
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  • The rest of verse 7 says, "And there [will] be famines,
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  • ...pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers [areas]."
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  • The famine part is clear enough.
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  • "Pestilences" refers to disease.
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  • That can mean dramatic incidence of diseases that we know
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  • or the resurgence of diseases that we thought we had beaten
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  • or the spread of diseases which are new to us.
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  • And, of course, we're clearly told we will see
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  • more and more earthquakes, which are something
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  • that appears to be happening right now in real time.
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  • The last verse we're looking at, verse 8, says,
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  • "All these are the beginning of sorrows."
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  • The word there used means "birth pains,"
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  • which means that, like birth pains,
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  • it isn't just a one-off earthquake that means too much,
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  • but it's that these things are becoming more frequent
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  • and more intense the closer we get to the return of Jesus.
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  • When we study the state of the earth as it is now
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  • and in the near future,
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  • and we compare that to what the Bible says will happen
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  • during the last days of the earth,
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  • there are some inescapable conclusions.
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  • First, the two descriptions are essentially the same.
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  • What the Bible calls the "last days of the earth"
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  • have already begun.
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  • We're living in the end times,
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  • and we conclude that Satan's system is an utter catastrophe.
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  • Which makes it all the more amazing that he's still running
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  • his campaign and still fooling massive amounts of people.
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  • The natural result of Satan's system is death,
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  • disease, suffering, injustice, and strife.
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  • But there's a way out of this nightmare
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  • Satan's rebellion has caused.
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  • If we turn our backs on Satan, if we leave his rebellion,
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  • and if we accept the gift of salvation
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  • that Jesus has provided us,
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  • then we have a future ahead of us that's amazing.
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  • If ever there was a time to pause and open our hearts
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  • to Christ, it's now.
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  • And the thing is, He's just waiting to come in.
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  • Given where we are in history,
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  • given that we've actually entered "the last days,"
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  • we should be asking some truly critical questions, such as,
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  • "What should I be doing?"
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  • and "How does Satan's system end?"
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  • and "What happens after that?"
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  • Now, we'll answer those questions
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  • next time we're together.
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  • The greatest question we could wrestle with
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  • is the question of where we stand with God.
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  • How are things between you and God?
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  • Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior
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  • Now, that's a question that we can answer now.
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  • -John: Thank you for remembering that It Is Written
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's pray together,
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  • and let's answer that question that we asked just a moment ago.
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  • Our Father in heaven, we thank You today for Jesus.
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  • We thank You that things can always be good
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  • between us and You.
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  • We thank You that Your heart is toward us.
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  • We look around a world that's just going down, down, down.
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  • Things seem to be spinning out of control.
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  • But we know this is a time to be hopeful, if our hope is in You.
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  • Friend, is your hope in the God of heaven?
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  • Does the God of heaven have your heart?
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  • Have you chosen Jesus as your Lord,
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  • as your Savior?
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  • If you do, open your heart to God now, would you?
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  • Lord, our hearts are open;
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  • our arms are stretched out towards You.
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  • Take hold of our hand, keep us, and never let us go.
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  • We know that these are some of the very final days
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  • of earth's history.
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  • And we thank You that Jesus is coming back soon.
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  • As we've offered You our hearts, we know that we shall be ready,
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  • not by works of righteousness which we have done,
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  • but because in Your mercy You save us.
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  • Now, keep us, we pray, now and eternally,
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  • in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thank you so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • [theme music]
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