The Harvest Has Ended and We are Not Saved

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Jacob and Esau were two brothers. One day Jacob tricked Esau and he got very upset. It’s not good to be upset or to trick people. Both Jacob and Esau had done wrong but because Esau was very upset, Jacob thought, oh no, I have done wrong. What did Jacob do when he had realised that he had done wrong? He prayed to Jesus to forgive him. He said, “God, please forgive me.” What happens when you pray for God to forgive you? God forgives. But Esau didn’t ask to be forgiven. He was still angry. One day Esau decided to come and kill his brother. Jacob was scared. What should we do when we’re scared?  What did Jacob do? Jacob prayed to God. God didn’t seem to answer him but should we stop praying? No. Jacob didn’t give up. He said, Lord I really need help. He kept pleading until the Lord helped him. Sometimes the Lord will help us but it doesn’t come straight away. Should we give up? No. We should always pray. If you do something naughty, you should ask for forgiveness. God will forgive. He wants us to give Him our sins. When we do something naughty, we don’t want to have our sins anymore so then keep praying when you need help. Don’t give up. Jacob’s trouble is a time of testing for God’s people. Who of you would ever go to a test unprepared? If you were unprepared, what would happen? You’d fail. This test, we cannot afford to fail. Therefore, we need to prepare for the coming of Jesus. It is our duty. What will happen to the house of Israel, God’s people, at the end of the world?

The Wheat and the Tares

Amos 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.

9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

This prophecy is talking about the shaking when the house of Israel shall be split into two. The wheat and the tares. The promise is that not one genuine grain will fall upon the earth. Jesus talks about the signs that shall be before He comes in Matthew. He goes through all the history, of the Dark Ages and the events that took place in 1755 and 1833. At the end of the chapter after speaking about the time of Noah, He says:

Matthew 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season

24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.

24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

24:48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth his coming;

24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

There are two servants here both serving the same God. One is faithful and the other is mingling with the drunken and joining to the world. Here are two workers just like the two brothers, Jacob and Esau; the wheat and the tares.

A new life is coming from heaven and taking possession of all God’s people. But divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest. {2SM 113.3}

In the church two parties will develop. A separation will take place. It’s prophesied to happen. There is the faithful servant that gives meat in due season and the evil that says in his heart, the Lord delays his coming. He begins to smite his fellow servant with his tongue (Jeremiah 18). Two parties will be developed. What does Jesus say about the close of probation?

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

How many? Many will go into the broad road.

Matthew 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

How many find the narrow gate? Few. These are the two classes: many and few. These few are spoken of in Luke.

Luke 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

How many went down the broad road? Many. How many found the gate? Few. How many wanted to enter in? Many wanted to enter in but the Bible says that they couldn’t enter in. Many of the few try to enter in but they can’t. Notice what these many of the few say.

Luke 13:25 when once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door,

The shut door is the close of probation. At that time, many of the few cannot get in.

Luke 13:25… and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Here is the few that don’t go down the broad road. They don’t want to be completely worldly. They want to have Christianity but they still cannot enter in the straight gate. When the door is shut they will say, we’ve eaten and drunken with you and had religious experiences with you. But Christ will say to these many of the few, I don’t know you. Depart from me ye workers of iniquity. Iniquity means lawlessness; to serve God and say God doesn’t require everything of us as long as you have a superficial believe you’re okay, those people are called workers of iniquity. They degrade the law. This is a disturbing experience for them.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

How to you get through the straight gate? By doing the will of God. Not thinking about it, not desiring it and not professing it, but doing it. That’s how you get into that gate.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

You can have knowledge of prophecy, be able to declare when Sunday law comes, or show spectacular things that will happen and yet you can still be locked out. This is the separation. There will be two classes developed. The wheat and tares. Jesus is talking about this division in Matthew. Notice who will be separated out.

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Who is being separated? The separation is pulling those that do iniquity and that say you don’t have to be reformers and obey everything that God says. They say you just have to believe. That is working iniquity. It says they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend. Do you get offended?

Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Loving the law and having no offence goes hand in hand. If you work iniquity then you are going to have offence. Whenever we read these things, we automatically put ourselves in the right category. We’re the right ones and these apply to all the wrong people. Are we the ones that get offended? If we do then we’re working iniquity. Would you admit that you work iniquity? It’s far easier to see if you get offended. This is what the angels are pulling out of God’s kingdom. Two parties will be developed in Adventism. One party will work iniquity. They won’t claim it but they will get offended. The other class do the will of God in all things and live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. When probation closes does Satan need to keep people pretending that they are saved? No, he doesn’t care what people think after that day. These people who have been in God’s Church say:

Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

Would you like to have that reality? It’s all over and I’m not saved. In the parable of to the wedding feast where do the people go with their wedding garments on? What does God do to the person that doesn’t have his wedding garment on? He throws him out.

Separated

As they are separated from the loyal ones, Christ looks upon them with deep sorrow. They occupied high positions of trust in God’s work, but they have not the life insurance policy that would have entitled them to eternal life. From the quivering lips of Christ come the mournful words of regret, “I loved them; I gave My life for them; but they persisted in rejecting My pleadings, and continued in sin. {UL 301.4}

Here is a class of people who occupied high positions of trust in God’s work. It says they persisted in continuing in sin. Have you ever read the testimonies and seen the counsels? They reject all the counsels and persist doing their own thing. If they continue to persist, they’ll end up on the wrong side of the fence.

O that thou hadst known, even thou, in this thy day, the things which belong to thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. Today Christ is looking with sadness upon those whose characters He must at last refuse to acknowledge. Inflated with self-sufficiency, they hope that it will be well with their souls. {UL 301.4}

Do you hope that you’ll be well with your soul in the time of Jacob’s trouble? So will the other people. What’s the difference? Here are two classes. Both work for the Lord, both teach and preach and they both do many good things. Both hope to be part of the right class. When they read these texts, people automatically put themselves where they hope to be. Just because you hope doesn’t mean you’re there.

…they hope that it will be well with their souls. But at the last great day, the mirror of detection reveals to them the evil that their hearts have practiced, and shows them at the same time the impossibility of reform. Every effort was made to bring them to repentance. But they refused to humble their hearts. Now the bitter lamentation is heard, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved” (cf. Jeremiah 8:20). . . . {UL 301.5}

How will you know where you stand whether you’re saved or lost? There’s not much difference between the two classes. One class works iniquity, but we don’t associate ourselves as workers of iniquity. The Bible says every man is right in his own eyes. We all observe ourselves as correct. This makes it very difficult to distinguish which class we’re in. When we read the text that prophesied this time of trouble, we noticed that there isn’t much difference between those who are saved and those who aren’t.

Jeremiah 30:5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

30:6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Who shall be saved? Jacob. What was Jacob’s new name? Israel. I’m going to sift Israel. I’m going to separate Israel. I’m going to cause division in the ranks of Adventism. The genuine souls will not fall to the ground. He, the Israel of God, Jacob will be saved out of it. How many shall know what childbirth is like?

Jeremiah 30:6 …wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins,

Every man. All faces gather paleness. Where’s the distinction between those who are right and those who aren’t? From the external you can’t tell because they all have the same reaction. The Bible says that Jacob, the Israel of God, will be saved out of there. Do you want to be part of those people? Do we need preparation? Absolutely. That’s why we’re here to prepare to this time.

Satan had accused Jacob before the angels of God, claiming the right to destroy him because of his sin; he had moved upon Esau to march against him; and during the patriarch’s long night of wrestling, Satan endeavored to force upon him a sense of his guilt in order to discourage him and break his hold upon God. Jacob was driven almost to despair; but he knew that without help from heaven he must perish. He had sincerely repented of his great sin, and he appealed to the mercy of God. He would not be turned from his purpose, but held fast the Angel and urged his petition with earnest, agonizing cries until he prevailed. {GC 618.1}

That’s what Satan did through Esau to Jacob.

As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God’s people in the time of trouble. {ibid}

If we’re faithful were going to have more enemies than we can poke a stick at. Our brethren will be our enemies. Who was the faithful servant smitten by? The unfaithful servant. It wasn’t a random heathen. It was the person professing the same Lord, who had the same message. That was the person who had the hatred. Our most bitterest enemies will be our brethren and our families. The sins that we’ve committed are well known by our families. Satan influenced Esau, his brother. Satan will be influencing professed Adventists to ridicule those that stand on the original platform of truth.

And as he accused Jacob, he will urge his accusations against the people of God. He numbers the world as his subjects; but the little company who keep the commandments of God are resisting his supremacy. {ibid}

Here is that few of a few. The little company. They don’t talk about keeping the commandments of God. They keep them.

If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. He sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sins have been pardoned; but he does not know that their cases have been decided in the sanctuary above. He has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to commit,… {ibid}

Do you think Satan has written down everything that you have done wrong? Absolutely. Better than you can remember, he knows them. He can press your sins upon you like he did to Jacob. Is there anyone here that hasn’t sinned? Then we have a serious issue ahead of us. If we have sinned, Satan knows that. Although God has forgiven Satan doesn’t want you to think that.

…and he presents these before God in the most exaggerated light, representing this people to be just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the favor of God. He declares that the Lord cannot in justice forgive their sins and yet destroy him and his angels. He claims them as his prey and demands that they be given into his hands to destroy.

As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the uttermost. {ibid}

In the story of Job, the Lord permitted Satan to make Job’s life a full wreck. This is what’s going to happen in the time of Jacob’s trouble. This is the test. God is going to say, these are my people, they serve me, you can have a shot at them. God steps back and Satan has a go. Are you prepared for that time when your Saviour appears to be stepping back, to test your faith? What a time is this.

Their confidence in God, their faith and firmness, will be severely tested. As they review the past, their hopes sink; for in their whole lives they can see little good. {ibid}

Here is an indication of what separates these professors that failed in the time of Jacob’s trouble from those who will be saved out of it. What did those who were shut out say to God? Lord, haven’t we done all these good things? Here the people of God look at their lives and can’t see anything good. The wicked look at their lives and see how much good they’ve done. The righteous feel more lost than the people that are actually lost.

They are fully conscious of their weakness and unworthiness. {ibid}

Satan says, you did this scene. Are you going to say, no I didn’t? Yes, I know I did it. I can’t deny it. You’re fully conscious of the mistakes you did in your past.

Satan endeavors to terrify them with the thought that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to his temptations and turn from their allegiance to God.

Though God’s people will be surrounded by enemies who are bent upon their destruction, yet the anguish which they suffer is not a dread of persecution for the truth’s sake; they fear that every sin has not been repented of, and that through some fault in themselves they will fail to realize the fulfillment of the Saviour’s promise: I “will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world.” Revelation 3:10. {ibid}

What is so stressful about the time of Jacob’s trouble? It’s a time of trouble such as never was. It can’t be Christian persecution for the truth’s sake because nothing will match the Dark Ages the Bible says. In this time of trouble you don’t care about those who are going to kill you. You care more about whether you are right with God. You care that your own weaknesses will fail you. You yourself are the biggest hindrance, you don’t trust yourself. Do you think we need preparation for this time?

Jacob’s experience during that night of wrestling and anguish represents the trial through which the people of God must pass just before Christ’s second coming. {PP 201.1}

Jacob wrestled with whom? Jesus. To Jacob’s senses, Jesus was an enemy. He was coming to destroy him also.

Satan endeavored to force upon him a sense of his guilt, in order to discourage him, and break his hold upon God. When in his distress Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and made supplication with tears, the heavenly Messenger, in order to try his faith, also reminded him of his sin, and endeavored to escape from him. {PP 201.3}

What did Jesus do to Jacob? Jesus also reminded him of his sin. Wow, the whole world, the devil and it appears that even God hates me. How will you survive in such a time? The financial world has crashed, families are smashed, houses are gone, everybody hates you, you hate yourself because of what you’ve done, the devil reminds you and even God appears to remind you. What a black day.

… But Jacob would not be turned away. He had learned that God is merciful,… {ibid}

He didn’t just remind him of his sin but he also appeared to leave. He shoved him off. Stop fighting me. Go away. If you went to God and He said, go away, what would you do? It would be shattering. My Saviour said go away.

Such will be the experience of God’s people in their final struggle with the powers of evil. God will test their faith, their perseverance, their confidence in His power to deliver them. {ibid}

This is the test. God is only testing his people, but it feels like a reality. Do you think we need to prepare for such a time? How should we prepare?

The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger-… {GC 621.2}

Here is a requirement, a prerequisite to pass the test. A faith that can endure weariness. Do you have that faith? The world teaches that faith is the power of positive thinking but no power of positive thinking is ever going to do any justice in the time of Jacob’s trouble. Literally everything is against you. There will not even be a glimmer of hope. There’s not even a chance of building your life back up again. We’re taught that faith is some cleaver exercise of the mind to believe the impossible. We shall understand what faith is.

…a faith that will not faint though severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. {ibid}

Why is our heart beating here today? So we can prepare for that time. We have an exam ahead of us and now is our study time.

His victory is an evidence of the power of importunate prayer. All who will lay hold of God’s promises, as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded. {GC 621.2}

Did Jacob succeed? Absolutely. We have to do it exactly the way he did it. By faith.

Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not obtain it. Wrestling with God–how few know what it is! {ibid}

Have you wrestled with God lately? Have you been on your knees and worn a hole in your trousers because you’re intensely earnest to have God reveal Himself to you? To have God’s will implanted into your life? Have you done that lately? If you haven’t, perhaps that is something to do tonight. Pray like you’ve never prayed before for this time that’s about to burst upon this earth. How many went down the broad road? Many. How many found to the gate? Few. How many went in? Fewer still.

… How few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire until every power is on the stretch. When waves of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliant, how few cling with unyielding faith to the promises of God. Those who exercise but little faith now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of satanic delusions and the decree to compel the conscience. And even if they endure the test they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have never made it a habit to trust in God. The lessons of faith which they have neglected they will be forced to learn under a terrible pressure of discouragement. {GC 622.1}

Do you want to the hardest road or the easy road? This is determined by how much you prepare. If you only prepare a little bit, you’re going to go through the hardest time with the chance that you won’t go through.

The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger,—a faith that will not faint, though severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. {GC88 621.2}

Do you want faith? The disciples asked Jesus for faith. Increase my faith, is that your prayer? What did Jesus tell them? Our Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. The answer for the disciples is the answer for us here today.

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

17:6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

Did that answer the question of the apostles? No – he merely told them how powerful faith is. Here is the answer. Follow carefully.

Luke 17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?

17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?

He’s asking the question, if we have a servant, how many would then pamper their servant? The bible says, I think not.

Luke 17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow [think] not.

17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Here is how faith is to be increased. God sends you on a job and you do that job successfully. Say in your head, I’m unprofitable. I’ve only done the thing that was asked of me. There is no credit in your account. The wicked say, we have done all this stuff, let us in. This is the faith: to do something and think nothing of it. To do God’s work with all your heart and think in your mind, you’re an unprofitable servant and that God owes you nothing. Because he doesn’t. That’s the faith you need. This is what Jesus answered to the disciples.

Self-Works

The wicked will always reflect on their life to the things that they have done. That’s works. Often works is interpreted as: if you’re a stickler for truth then you’re works based. If you’re picky with every word that proceeds out of God’s mouth and you want to fulfil everything that God has told you, that’s works. That’s how 2010 interprets that. The bible is saying works can even be doing missionary work. Preaching the gospel can be works if you perceive that your actions give you credit before God. Any action you and I do is zero credit before God. This is the distinguishing thing between the two classes. Here, Jesus told them that faith is thinking that anything you do is unprofitable, not works. Although, faith works, the works that faith works is not a credit to yourself, it’s credit to God. Here is a necessary parable for those in the time of Jacob’s trouble; to pray and not faint.

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Here Jesus gives the parable, not that God is an unjust judge, but that the perception of God’s people in the time of Jacob’s Trouble is that He is unjust. Just like Jacob. The angel fighting against him knocked out his hip. That’s a bit harsh. This widow comes to this judge who doesn’t care about anybody and says, can you help me? No, go away. Can you help me? No, go away. Can you help me? No, go away. Can you help me? Until the judge gets frustrated and says, okay I’ll help you. That is the attitude that God’s people must have in the time of Jacob’s trouble. Can you help me Lord? Until you pester God. You can’t actually pester God, but this is the comparison that Christ is drawing in this parable.

The judge who is here pictured had no regard for right, nor pity for suffering. The widow who pressed her case before him was persistently repulsed. Again and again she came to him, only to be treated with contempt, and to be driven from the judgment seat.{COL 164.3}

What would happen if this woman had pride? Would that offend her? What’s God going to separate from His Kingdom? All that do iniquity. How do we know if we do iniquity? Whether we get offended or not. Great peace have they that love thy law and nothing shall offend them. The offence and keeping the law are hand in glove. Therefore, being offended and being a worker of iniquity go hand in hand. We don’t associate ourselves as workers of iniquity, but we can identify whether we get offended or not. If we have pride and self sufficiency and come to the judge who says, no, our pride is wounded and we won’t go back. Pride doesn’t like to get hit twice. Jesus says, if a man smites you on your right check, go again. That’s pretty silly if you’re proud but that is what the Christian will do. If someone smites you, that’s okay, smite me again. This is the attitude and the faith that we need.

The judge knew that her cause was righteous, and he could have relieved her at once, but he would not. He wanted to show his arbitrary power, and it gratified him to let her ask and plead and entreat in vain. But she would not fail nor become discouraged. Notwithstanding his indifference and hardheartedness, she pressed her petition until the judge consented to attend to her case. “Though I fear not God, nor regard man,” he said, “yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” To save his reputation, to avoid giving publicity to his partial, one-sided judgment, he avenged the persevering woman. {COL 164.3}

When we pray and have a desire to be like Jesus we should never give up. Even if it doesn’t appear your prayers aren’t answered in regards to God’s perfect will. Never give up. This is the faith that doesn’t get offended. Let’s look at another illustration of this faith that doesn’t get offended. I’m a worm, I’m a sinner. God hates me. Satan hates me. The world hates me. That’s fine because I do too. But Lord, I want your mercy. I have no credit to give you. I have done nothing but your mercy is what I want. That you have said and if you have said it I’m going to hang onto that until I bother you. Put yourselves in this woman’s shoes. It’s very important for us to learn this faith. The time is about to break upon us and we need to have this faith.

Matthew 15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Jesus called the woman a dog. It’s not a good thing for me to cast the Israelites’ food to you dogs. First she cried, no answer. She cried again, you’re a dog. Would you be offended if someone called you a dog? If you have true faith you will not be offended. A dog has life. I should be dead. Better that I be a dog than nothing. Faith will say, I am nothing, He is everything. What does the woman say? True.

Matthew 15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

There it is: this faith that will not be put off even when God himself slanders you. Who is Christ pulling out of His kingdom? What does the bible says about Christians that have their seed in the stony ground?

Matthew 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon [at once] with joy receiveth it;

Do you love the Word and receive it with happiness? It’s a good start but it doesn’t mean you’re finished. How do these Christians, who start out so happy, finish.

Matthew 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

When tribulation comes many are offended. This is the call for Adventism to stop being offended. How many people get offended by the testimonies to the churches? They are very offensive. If we get offended we shall fail in the time of Jacob’s trouble. If only we could have the faith that can take those harsh rebukes and say, yes Lord. Truth but you’re still going to help me because you’re a friend of sinners. This is the faith that has to persevere. There is a test to show how you’re offended. This test is what Jacob told to his family when they came back to the place where he was wrestling with the angel. Are you the family of Israel? Then Jacob is talking you both you and I. Jacob had his wrestle and then they came around to it again which is prophetic for what we are about to come into. What Jacob says to his family we need take unto ourselves.

And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there, and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother. Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments, and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el, and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their ear-rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem.” And the family of Jacob never found them again. “And they journeyed, and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.” {3SG 136.1}

Will God’s people get killed in the time of Jacob’s trouble? No. The nations of the world will have the terror of God upon them and they can’t hurt us. This is prophetic. If we want to have this faith, we need to put away our gods, our dress, the earrings and things that make us vain. These things tend to go against the faith that will not be offended. We need to go through an experience that will not be offended, even if we look a bit strange to the world. You can read the story in Genesis 35:1-4. They were to put away their gods. This is evidence of faith working. If truly you have a faith that will not be offended then you can give up everything that God requires of you and you won’t be offended. Look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus has been through the path that the overcomers in Laodicea will go through. We who desire to be overcomers need to look to Jesus.

Laodicea

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

We in a time of Laodicea who desire to be overcomers need to look to Jesus. Here is the prayer and crying of Jesus.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Often we perceive that Jesus being God didn’t need anyone to help him. He’s the Saviour, he didn’t need a saviour. Jesus placed himself in a position where he needed God to save Him. He cried as if his whole life depended on it because it did. If the Son of God needs to do that, how much more do you and I need to do that?

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Jesus is stepping on a path that we need to follow.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

If we don’t have a picture of Jesus, we will faint in our minds. The power of positive thinking doesn’t work without Jesus. We know the story of Jesus in Gethsemane. When he was on the cross he said if it be possible let this cup passed from me nevertheless, thy will be done. Here is the time of Jacob’s trouble that Jesus experienced.

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

The Son of God said, why have your forsaken me? Isn’t that what Jacob sensed? Isn’t that what the people who go through Jacob’s trouble will sense? Absolutely. God has forsaken me. What did he say after that? Dwell upon this.

Psalms 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

God’s not answering me, it’s quiet. What’s going on? Here is Jesus again and this is you and I also because Jesus bore what we must bear. This is Jesus’ prayer. Should our prayers be any different to the Lord’s?

Psalms 31:9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

Jacob’s trouble is like child birth, the stress and the cramps.

Psalms 31:10 For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

What is the stress that is coming upon us? Our sins. Yes, they have been forgiven, but they are brought to memory by the devil.

Psalms 31:11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours,

Our worst enemies will be our former brethren.

Psalms 31:11…and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

31:13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

Is that Jesus? Absolutely, on the cross. All my disciples forsook me. His neighbour betrayed him, Judas. All the religious world counselled to kill him. In Adventism the unfaithful servant will smite the other one just like in the time of Christ. What does Jesus say on the cross?

Psalms 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

This is the prayer of Jesus. Though they slay me, yet will I trust him. That has the come by knowledge of His mercy. As we suffer as Jesus suffered in verses 9 to 13, we must have verse 5 as our reality. To be able to trust God comes from verses 21 to 24. How can I commit myself to someone who appears to be gone? By knowing who he was and what he was like. He hasn’t changed. It was just my perception that had changed. Jesus, while on the cross, commits himself to God because he has good thoughts about God.

Psalms 31:21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

Although I felt in my haste the Lord wasn’t there, really he was there.

Psalms 31:23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

Remember the two brethren, the evil doer and the faithful servant. The faithful will be saved out of that trouble.

Psalms 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Let us love God whether we feel His love or not. Faith is not a feeling. He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved.

Amen.

 

Posted on October 19, 2010, in Divine Service Sermons, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Pastor Godfrey,
    Thank you from every fibre of my being for allowing God to speak through you, pointedly to me through this “heart-rending, soul-searching” sermon! In direct answer to my thoughts, prayers, fears and apprehensions came this rod of chasening, comfort and encouragement to me — the latter, I needed the most.
    Tears of brokeness, joy and relief took over me as I read, and though my vision kept blurring through my tears, I could not stop reading until I’d read the whole message which (in my opinion) God had it tailor-made (just for me) this day, proving to me yet again that He knows my anxious thoughts, hears my faintest cries; is quick to forgive and indeed plenteous in mercy. I will continue readingg it as often as I need it, and pass it on to relatives friends, and whom ever in His providence God points me to share this most caring and loving message, which could have only come from no other place but straight from His throne – a timely message for all who are serious about meeting God in peace when he comes. I praise my God and father today that “MY FAITH IS RENEWED!!!’
    May God continue to bless your ministry with many souls from the enemies kingdom, and give you His strenghth and power to always pray and not faint.
    Please remember my family and me in your prayers, as we do the same for you. Happy Sabbath!

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