16 The Time of Trouble

Audio: The Time of Trouble

It is said of the 144,000 in their description that these are they which came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb. It is one thing to have tribulation but another thing to come out of it. We can all go into it, it is not too hard to do that but to come out is a different story.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

To come out of great tribulation you have to be written in the book and it says the 144,000 came out of great tribulation as this tribulation is going to embrace the whole world whether you believe the Lord or not but there will be only 144,000 living saints when Jesus comes that have come out of the tribulation. Will you come out of tribulation? Perhaps you have tasted some tribulation. The thing that will determine if you come out of the tribulation or not is whether you get offended or not because God will come and take out of his kingdom all that offend and do iniquity. In Christendom people won’t stand up and say yes I’m a worker of iniquity. It is quite an obvious thing that you wouldn’t claim.

Our human brains always put us on the side of the good. Whenever we read something and there is good and bad, we always put ourselves on the good side don’t we and these people over here are bad. That is what happens with the human mind. God says he will take out all that do iniquity and offend. It is easy to admit that you get offended. Therefore if you get offended you are a worker of iniquity. That is how you know or not if you carry offence. The 144,000 will come out of this tribulation and will be on top of mount Zion with the lamb and they will be overcomers. Will they be offended? No. What is it that is going to offend us? Jesus is speaking of a twofold prophecy, one of the time in Jerusalem and one of the time today.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Jesus is talking about the abomination of desolation and in the Bible there are two things that desolate. Adventism is quite united on the fact that the transgression of desolation refers to the papacy. Who came and desolated Jerusalem? Did the papacy desolate Jerusalem? No. There was another power that was desolating and that was pagan Rome namely the daily as it says the daily and transgression making desolate. When Jesus was talking in the literal sense destruction of Jerusalem he was talking about imperial Rome or paganism destroying the Jews. That was a typology of the last day when papal Rome will persecute the Christians.

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

This woman according to the church line up was Jezebel. Jezebel was a desolating power. When you see the desolation standing in the holy place, flee into the mountains. We saw in our last study in 1888 the image of the beast, America started pressing the Sunday law. That was the warning for Christians to move out of the large cities and to move into the country. Are you in the country? We should be living in the country as it is written the large cities will receive the plagues the most. Recall New Orleans when the hurricane hit New Orleans, what was it like to get out of the city? Do you want to be living in the city? God doesn’t want us to be living in cities today. He wants us to be living on the outskirts in the country where we can still do missionary work in the cities but he wants us living out. The fleeing into the mountains is a misunderstood situation.

The Sunday Law

I had always thought that I would hear on the news that the Sunday law has come in and if I was driving in my car I would turn around and start driving off. I wouldn’t go home and talk to my wife, I would just drive until I ran out of fuel and I would start running and as I ran I would keep running until it got dark and I would expect black hawk helicopters to start bombing the place as I’ve escaped and then as I start getting hungry I would go into a cave and there would be this beautiful baked bread for me. As I ate my food I would see all these enemies running around the cave and all of a sudden Jesus would come and praise the Lord. Does this sound a bit like a Hollywood action movie? There are Christians who are waiting for the Sunday law before they do anything. It is dangerous to be waiting for something like that to happen. Jezebel was a sly woman that we talked about in a previous study and she was quite capable of catching those men.

Jezebel

History shows that Ephesus was a pure church and they hated the doctrines of the Nicolaitans but the next church is under persecution and by the time it came to Pergamos, they had in them those that had the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. There was a transition of hating it and over the time when the children of the disciples and the new converts started becoming lax and lazy lowering the standard the doctrine of the Nicolaitans came into the church by the time of Pergamos. That doctrine was simply philosophy which is exactly like theology. This philosophy came in and that was catalyst to bring in the doctrine of Balaam which was worldliness. Whenever there is theology there will be worldliness, they go hand in hand. That was the doctrine of Balaam as Balaam tried to unite the Moabite women with the Israelites and tried to get them to have a relationship. As that worldliness came in, after that the doctrine of Jezebel came in, the authority came in. If you speak against the church as Jezebel caused Naboth who wouldn’t yield to the king, she sent false witnesses to say Naboth blasphemed the king and God. Jezebel will blame people for dissing the authority of the church and in doing that she will persecute. That is what Jezebel did and it was the pure church resulting into this woman which was the abomination that made desolate for 1260 years. Then the image was created that will also make desolate.

It should be remembered that, as the experiences of Ephesus, Smyrna, and Pergamos, will be repeated in the last church before the second coming of Christ, so the history of Thyatira will have its counterpart in the last generation. The power of Jezebel will again be felt. What was once done by a church in days of intellectual darkness will be repeated in days of great light. p. 69, THE SEER OF PATMOS – HASKELL

The abomination that Jezebel was will be repeated at the end and when you see the abomination standing in the holy place, go to the mountains. The precursor of that was in 1888 God’s people after that should have been leaving the large cities but in a personal respect when we see Jezebel coming in and standing in the holy ground in the area of Gods church, we have some problems.

Satan is moving with his power from beneath to inspire men to form alliances and confederacies of evil against light and against the Word of God. Infidelity, papacy and semi-papacy are coming in close and powerful companionship with professed Christianity. {2MR 164.1}

What was coming in close to Christianity? Infidelity which is being worldly. Worldliness was coming in and then the papacy which was Jezebel or semi-papacy or an image to the papacy which is apostate Protestantism. Weren’t they the image when they fell in America because America was a protestant country? There are three things and the bible calls them in different terms – the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. These things are coming in close.

The low views of inspiration, the exalting of human ideas from men called wise, are placing human talent above the Divine wisdom, and forms and science, so-called, above the power of vital godliness. {2MR 164.1}

These are the signs of the last days. {2MR 164.2}

There was a friendship between Christianity or at least professed Christianity and these three elements. Semi-papacy, apostate churches and the Catholic church and heathenism. These were coming in and as that comes into God’s professed people, something will happen.

I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure people, little known to the Catholics; {SpM 1.5}

When we see the abomination or in simple terms, Jezebel or false religion coming in to God’s professed people then it becomes dangerous for those that are really practising the truth because those people that have been influenced in this relationship will turn like Judas. Who betrayed Christ? Judas. It wasn’t Caesar or another big person. It was the person inside the camp that did the work. This is the warning. When this starts coming in and the Judas of nominal Adventism and nominal protestant churches start making that alliance, Gods people need to be really wise about this and need to flee to the mountains.

As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC 608.2}

Apostasy

In the 1950’s the evangelical churches had two men who had a magazine called the Eternity Magazine which wanted to do a study on the cults that arose in America. They made the terms of what constituted a cult and went to three major churches. One was the Jehovah Witnesses, the Mormons and the third was the Seventh Day Adventist church. As they came to the brethren, they told the general conference what they were going to do. We are writing about cults and we think you are a cult and we are going to be investigating you and that got the general conference in a cold sweat. They drastically needed to be accepted into the Christian fold/family or the body of Christ as the evangelicals say. So Adventists had to pull down certain things. Namely the atonement was completed at the cross had to be adopted. Also that Ellen White couldn’t have been inspired like Bible prophets, the nature of Christ and the calling of the man of sin had to be changed. These things came out in the book ‘Questions on Doctrine’ and ‘Movement of Destiny’ by Froom and ‘What We Believe’. In these books was the pulling down of the things that made Adventism what they were. As a result they were welcomed by the evangelical churches into the body of Christ as Christians. Now they were accepted but before they weren’t. I’m amazed at how much influence a fallen church can have like we have to bow down to their judgements. As this took place we have come to view matters of the gospel in nearly the same light as everyone else because if the atonement was completed at the cross, what do you need a heavenly sanctuary for? What do you need a day of atonement for? Why do you need to be perfect for? Everything gets pulled down over this issue.

When the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. {GC 608.2}

The preparation has already been done.

Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC 608.2}

Can you see why Jesus says when you see the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, you better start moving out as there are going to be some problems. There needs to be a preparation. Notice that Gods people have to answer in the courts. If you have answer in the courts, guess what already exists?

The Sunday Law

The people of God–some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the forests and the mountains–still plead for divine protection, while in every quarter companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing for the work of death. {GC 635.2}

We have just seen in a nutshell that when these powers come into the church which is going to cause a betrayal of trust, Gods people must be wise and pull away. As they pull away, some will still end up in prison. Some will end up in the munitions of rocks. Are you prepared for that time? It is not like we think it is that we will hear the news and will leg it to the bush and everything will happen very fast.

Preparation

If the evil hosts are prepared don’t you think we need to be prepared?

Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean [thing]; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.

52:12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel [will be] your rereward.

He will be backing you up. Here there is an instruction to go out from the midst of her from apostate people that Jezebel has infiltrated. Why? Don’t you want to help the people? They will betray you. Touch not the unclean thing. You will not go out with haste. You aren’t going to jump in your car and leg it as soon as you hear the news. You aren’t going to go by flight, God will lead you. How do I know if God is talking to me? Will I hear him? If I don’t hear him I won’t know. Are you hearing him now? If you aren’t hearing him now you won’t hear him at all. Whether you run in your car or whatever you do will be of none effect as you are not listening to him now. If you will be prepared by listening to God by obeying every word that proceeds out of his mouth, then you will be prepared to hear God in what you are meant to do. Some will end up in prison and some will end up in the munitions of rocks. We need to prepare is that correct? The preparation I’d like to deal with is the major preparation. There is much preparation to do to come out of the world. Do you believe we need to be in debt today? You are going to have Christendom on your case. Do you want the banks on your case too? The financial institutions will want their money back. We have counsel that we should not owe man money. Do you think we should be dependent on government payments? We shouldn’t be dependent on government payments. If you can get them and have them, don’t be dependent on them. Be prepared to not have it. What about the silken cords of affection? The family members that don’t want to follow the lord but you are tied because of human relationships but you are tied because of human relationships. You are born to them and grown up to them and you have this cord as you are attached like an umbilical cord attached to your mum. Do you think it’s good to have that in the time of trouble? It’s not good to have in the time of trouble. We need to become wise and move out of the cities. We need to have as less baggage as possible. Recall the vision that Ellen White had of the people travelling to heaven. They were all loaded up with their carts and horses and off they went. Was there room as they travelled? No they started dropping things off. Things had to be dropped off. The main preparation I want to talk about is displayed in characters of the bible.

Elijah

The people of the end days represent Elijah. Elijah was a threefold prophecy. Elijah, John the Baptist and those that have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy are the people of the Elijah message. Elijah had been preaching reformation in his church, congregation, community and Israel. As he upset the whole nation by going in and telling them they were going to have a drought for three and a half years, the climax of that was on Mount Carmel and God manifested himself mightily. Then the rain came and he ran with Ahab to Jezreel.

At the gate of Jezreel, Elijah and Ahab separated. The prophet, choosing to remain outside the walls, wrapped himself in his mantle, and lay down upon the bare earth to sleep. {PK 159.1}

Would you like to do that? Go to sleep? This is what Elijah did. The king went into the gates to Jezebel and was telling Jezebel everything. The king of Israel was telling Jezebel, this is very significant. As the leader of the church of the Israelites, was communicating the things that Elijah had done like his dob in.

As Ahab told the queen of the slaying of the idolatrous prophets, Jezebel, hardened and impenitent, became infuriated. She refused to recognize in the events on Carmel the overruling providence of God, and, still defiant, she boldly declared that Elijah should die. {PK 159.1}

That night a messenger aroused the weary prophet and delivered to him the word of Jezebel: “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” {PK 159.2}

Doesn’t Elijah’s message cut down false prophets? Yes absolutely. The message that is preached upsets false prophets and Jezebel gets very upset and when people of our own country, faith, Adventism run along and tell Jezebel, the decree is kill the person. We know that Elijah shouldn’t have reacted the way he did but I believe it was providential as it is written that Elijah is of like passions as we are. Because he is of like passions as we are, that reaction that happened in Elijah will happen in us.

It would seem that after showing courage so undaunted, after triumphing so completely over king and priests and people, Elijah could never afterward have given way to despondency nor been awed into timidity. But he who had been blessed with so many evidences of God’s loving care was not above the frailties of mankind, and in this dark hour his faith and courage forsook him. Bewildered, he started from his slumber. The rain was pouring from the heavens, and darkness was on every side. Forgetting that three years before, God had directed his course to a place of refuge from the hatred of Jezebel and the search of Ahab, the prophet now fled for his life. Reaching Beersheba, he “left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness.” {PK 159.3}

He was scared and don’t think you are going to be any different when you get that threat of death. Sometimes you have a high and then a creeping feeling at night of sufferings in the future.

But a reaction such as frequently follows high faith and glorious success was pressing upon Elijah. He feared that the reformation begun on Carmel might not be lasting; and depression seized him. He had been exalted to Pisgah’s top; now he was in the valley. While under the inspiration of the Almighty, he had stood the severest trial of faith; but in this time of discouragement, with Jezebel’s threat sounding in his ears, and Satan still apparently prevailing through the plotting of this wicked woman, he lost his hold on God. He had been exalted above measure, and the reaction was tremendous. Forgetting God, Elijah fled on and on, until he found himself in a dreary waste, alone. Utterly wearied, he sat down to rest under a juniper tree. And sitting there, he requested for himself that he might die. “It is enough; now, O Lord,” he said, “take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” A fugitive, far from the dwelling places of men, his spirits crushed by bitter disappointment, he desired never again to look upon the face of man. At last, utterly exhausted, he fell asleep. {PK 161.1}

Do you ever wonder what you would if you ran to the mountains if you saw your life closing in? If you saw that the abomination of desolation is standing really close to you? It is about time you are going to get killed. You can see it in the courts, you’ve testified for God and you’ve already prepared yourself by moving to the country and getting rid of all your ties and then it’s time to go and you went out into the bush, what would happen at dinner time? What would happen the next day and the day after as the crickets will be chirping, there will be the bush noises that give you the creeps and nothing will happen. There will be no black hawk helicopter flying around now that you have walked off they are going to be chasing you straight away, it is going to be that time of silence, quiet, depression creeps over you.

Did God forsake Elijah in his hour of trial? Oh, no! He loved His servant no less when Elijah felt himself forsaken of God and man than when, in answer to his prayer, fire flashed from heaven and illuminated the mountaintop. And now, as Elijah slept, a soft touch and a pleasant voice awoke him. He started up in terror, as if to flee, fearing that the enemy had discovered him. But the pitying face bending over him was not the face of an enemy, but of a friend. God had sent an angel from heaven with food for His servant. “Arise and eat,” the angel said. “And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head.” {PK 166.1}

After Elijah had partaken of the refreshment prepared for him, he slept again. {PK 166.2}

He was mentally and physically tired.

A second time the angel came. Touching the exhausted man, he said with pitying tenderness, “Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” “And he arose, and did eat and drink;” and in the strength of that food he was able to journey “forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God,” where he found refuge in a cave. {PK 166.2}

Who else had to do that? Jesus. The 144,000 will go into great tribulation. We can think great, an angel is feeding me I will be so happy about it. Or you can think it is an enemy and you will be perplexed and tried. Two meals will last you forty days and forty nights. What about the next night? Where has the angel gone? Is he going to come and bring me some food now? This is what happened to Elijah. The Bible says our bread and water will be sure. It is no feast. It is not a cave full of bread, it is not there.

John the Baptist

Was john the b out in the wilderness and caves? He was in prison. Some will be in prison, some will be hid.

The life of John had been one of active labor, and the gloom and inaction of his prison life weighed heavily upon him. As week after week passed, bringing no change, despondency and doubt crept over him. {DA 214.2}

Isn’t that the same as what Elijah had? Aren’t these the two Elijah’s? Are we not to be part of the third? Do we think our life is going to be different? We have a Hollywood impression on our mind as when we watch TV or movies we see life very fast changing. When we look to the future our minds automatically flick the events really fast in a matter of seconds it’s all over. But right here week after week it is going to happen. Some of us get a little tired at this camp. We’ve not been here two weeks, not even a week and we are tired. What would it be like week after week not having meals every day? What are you going to do? The mind starts playing. The doubt creeps over him.

To the desert prophet all this seemed a mystery beyond his fathoming. There were hours when the whisperings of demons tortured his spirit, and the shadow of a terrible fear crept over him. {DA 216.1}

The demons whisper to him, what are you doing? You’ve misunderstood prophecy, what are you here for? Or Gods people shouldn’t be in dungeons, they should be out and now you are caught, you are lost.

Could it be that the long-hoped-for Deliverer had not yet appeared? Then what meant the message that he himself had been impelled to bear? John had been bitterly disappointed in the result of his mission. {DA 216.1}

You and I will be disappointed with our mission.

He had expected that the message from God would have the same effect as when the law was read in the days of Josiah and of Ezra (2 Chronicles 34; Nehemiah 8, 9); that there would follow a deep-seated work of repentance and returning unto the Lord. For the success of this mission his whole life had been sacrificed. Had it been in vain? {DA 216.1}

But the Baptist did not surrender his faith in Christ. The memory of the voice from heaven and the descending dove, the spotless purity of Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit that had rested upon John as he came into the Saviour’s presence, and the testimony of the prophetic scriptures,–all witnessed that Jesus of Nazareth was the Promised One. {DA 216.3}

John would not discuss his doubts and anxieties with his companions. {DA 216.4}

He was suffering inside and he zipped his lip. His faith grasped what? All the baptisms and work he did? This is an attribute you will find that those who will not be offended do not consider their works in order to prop their pride back up. He considered Jesus, yes that was Jesus. The prophecy says it was. He didn’t look at flattery. How many Jews would have flattered him? They came to him and said keep doing it brother, they would have flattered him like nothing else and he didn’t think of that. It is written that there is a certain class that will come up in the day of the Lord saying we have done this and this in your name. Isn’t it true that when someone offends you, especially if you have been kind to them, you say they offended me and I did this and this to them. Do you ever do that? Where you reflect on your own actions in the good and then look at what was done to you as an injustice because of what you have done? That is the source of offence. If you will look at what you have done and then you look at the reaction of other people and you get offended in your heart and that remains you will be lost. It is written that he will pluck all those out of his kingdom that offends. Do you get offended when people don’t’ appreciate what you’ve done? John the Baptist looked at Jesus and remembered Jesus this and that and that’s all he remembered.

Jacob

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. The prophet Jeremiah, in holy vision looking down to this time, said, “We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. . . . All faces are turned into paleness. 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.” Jeremiah 30:5-7. {PP 201.1}

The 144,000 came out of great tribulation. They didn’t just go into a hard time as we all go into hard times, we all have those tears at night and anguish but do you come out of it? If you don’t, then you will be offended. Jacob came out of it.

As Jacob was threatened with death by his angry brother, so the people of God will be in peril from the wicked who are seeking to destroy them. And as the patriarch wrestled all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau, so the righteous will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the enemies that surround them. {PP 201.2}

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. {PP 201.3}

Everything you’ve done and Satan is telling you everything bad you’ve done. This will happen to everybody. Who is going to come out of it? Who will come out of it?

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 the angel do? What did Jesus do? In order to try his faith also reminded him of his sin. The whole world hates you, your brethren hate you, the churches hate you, the government hate you, Satan hates you and it appears that Jesus hates you. Everybody hates you and you hate you. Forget it, this is terrible. But Jacob would not be turned away because he was not offended. He was hurting but not offended.

But Jacob would not be turned away. He had learned that God is merciful, and he cast himself upon His mercy. He pointed back to his repentance for his sin, and pleaded for deliverance. As he reviewed his life, he was driven almost to despair; but he held fast the Angel, and with earnest, agonizing cries urged his petition until he prevailed. {PP 201.3}

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. {PP 202.1}

This is where the test lies. Do you want to prepare? Here is the prerequisite, the requirements.

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. {RC 371.5}

The evil ones are prepared to receive the mark of the beast, are you prepared to come out of great tribulation? What do you need? You need to be living in the country and you need to have faith, if you don’t have faith you are going to miss out. If you have faith you will not be offended. Would you like to increase your faith? The disciples said to Jesus increase our faith, I want more faith. Do you think you have the faith to pass this time? Really? Honestly? To sit there for days and the demons tormenting you and it even seems that God has forsaken you and all your loved ones have forsaken you? Do you think your faith is strong right now to not be offended in this situation? Then we need to ask Lord increase our faith. Jesus tells us how to increase our faith in no uncertain terms.

How to Get More Faith

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.

Was that the answer to the question? It wasn’t the answer to the question. Jesus states how powerful faith is, he didn’t answer the questions as it comes out in the parable next.

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?

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

If you were a boss and your servants get paid and their wage and you said to your worker, do such and such a thing which they did and at the end of the day would you say thank you so much I’m going to massage you and give you a spa bath and you are going to be lavished with all sorts of praise, would any of you do that to worker? No. We wouldn’t do that.

Luke 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.

In other words if you do something, if you present something or if achieve something for the Lord and you think that was wonderful, I’ve done a wonderful job at this, why would you go and expect some praise back? If you are looking for people to flatter you, if you are pleased when people say that was lovely, if that pleases you or in the other situation if they put you off with a cold shoulder and you are not appreciated and you get offended, you don’t have faith. Faith will never look at what you have done, never. Whether its action or emotion, it doesn’t matter what it is, it won’t consider it at all. When the hour of trial comes, I won’t say I prophesised and preached in your name, you won’t do that. The wicked will do that. Notice your mind when you get offended you always flick to the actions you did in the good. This is testimony your faith is weak. Jesus says think differently. You need to think when you do something there is no benefit.

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?

Is he going to find people that have faith, real faith that don’t get offended? Here was the story of the unjust judge. A widow came to the judge and said will you please sort this out? He said no go away. A prideful person would have said okay I will go away then and leave it at that.

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. {COL 164.3}

What would you do if someone offended you? Would you come back for more? You wouldn’t, pride wouldn’t, it would say fine I’m backing out and I leave you to it but this widow, shall he find faith on the earth? This widow got repulsed but I’m coming back for more. Hit me on the right cheek, I don’t care I want something. I want help, do what you like me to me, sure I’m bad just help me is all I’m asking. She was persistently repulsed, no go away but she didn’t and neither should we.

Again and again she came to him, only to be treated with contempt, and to be driven from the judgment seat. 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. {COL 164.3}

Do you have that faith? Do you get discouraged and want to run away? This is what we need to get through this time.

The Syrophenician Woman

Jesus went out into the borders to help this woman, it was the only reason he went out. It wasn’t just half a day’s walk it was three days to get there. He went there foreknowing her need and when he got there, he gave her the cold shoulder. He walked passed her.

Mark 7:25 For a [certain] woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:

7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

7:27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast [it] unto the dogs.

Jesus called her a dog. How many of you if you got called a dog would be offended?

Mark 7:28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.

Just some crumbs please? I need something, sure I’m a dog, I’m not disputing that fact but I want some food and that’s why I’m here.

Mark 7:29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.

7:30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

How many among us have this faith? I want more, I want help. This is the preparation we need.

Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. 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}

How well do you know your bibles?

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

There is one thing you need to be scared about – the promises of God. If you don’t know the promises of God, however are you going to pray to him? What was the prayer?

All who will lay hold of God’s promises, {GC 621.2}

If you know what Gods promises are and those promises you take because whose words are they? They are Gods words not yours who can’t lie, and you take that word as the thrust of your prayer, whose word are you bringing to the throne? Jesus words. Was Jesus ever denied a prayer? He was heard in that he feared. He prayed alright but it was the promises. Therefore how much should we know our bibles? Isn’t that the preparation we need? We need to be studying and not arguing doctrine? To be feeding ourselves for the time for trouble because you need to know God’s word and nothing else so when you pray and nothing seems to happen, if it’s your own words and desires, what is the guarantee it’s going to be answered? The Word says let God be true and every man a liar. God doesn’t respect the prayers of liars. Therefore we must pray according to his word. If you ask anything in my name, it shall be given you. What is the name of Jesus? The Word. If you ask anything in my Word, you will get it. If you don’t know the word, you will be offended.

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Do you want to escape this world? How do you do it? By the great and precious promises. As I was considering this, I thought I really have to get myself a promise box and so I ordered one that Sr Carol did, beautiful bible text with the quote. We need those promises, we need to feed on them and align ourselves with the conditions of those promises and hold them like the gold of Jesus Christ.

Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not obtain it. {GC 621.2}

You will go into tribulation and you will never come out.

Wrestling with God–how few know what it is! 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. {GC 621.2}

Will you come out of great tribulation? How few there are. It is said that went many went down the broad road and few found the gate. Then it is written that many wanted to enter in that gate but couldn’t. A few. This is the preparation, how much faith are you exercising? It comes back to the personality study we had about offence. As soon as you get offended, let the bells ring, faith is low.

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 a hard road or a harder road?

We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises. {GC 622.2}

Do you claim them already? Are you familiar with the promise and the conditions?

Angels record every prayer that is earnest and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God. {GC 622.2}

The creature comforts get left behind so you can pray because if you are in touch with your creature comforts, what are you going to do in the bush and in prison?

The deepest poverty, the greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it. We must take time to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols of gold, of houses, or of fertile lands. {GC 622.2}

What did Jesus do on the cross? Was he going through the same experience? Did he fast 40 days and 40 nights? Did he go through Jacob’s trouble? He did. We must overcome as he overcame because we are meeting the same experience. That is why the 144,000 will sit on his throne with him because it is a time of trouble since there was a nation. Jesus was on the cross, saying my God why has thou forsaken me. There is no doubt the whole world will be plunged into the time of trouble. No one will miss out on the trauma but who is going to come out?

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.

Would you get offended if God didn’t hear your prayer? It is interesting we always expect the answer of our prayer to be a yes but when someone answers the phone, do they say yes? They just listen. Our prayers will always be answered by God listening. It doesn’t mean you will get the response. He will hear it but you won’t hear anything back. Jesus was in this situation.

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.

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.

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

Your bitterest enemies will be your neighbours, your acquaintances. They will be your enemies. The grief that is wrack your brain and heart and soul, if you get offended by considering I’ve been so nice to them, I brought them presents to appease them and they are still upset with me, then you don’t have faith.

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

Is that not what Jesus said on the cross? Into thine hands I commend my spirit. God is not listening to me, everyone hates me, I’ve done nothing good, God is merciful and I’m going to fade away if he desires. Yield to death and then your peace will come. It is written of the 144,000 that they shall hear the covenant of peace. When they go through this experience they will only hear the covenant of peace when they resign to his love. Take no offence. When did Jesus experience this? What day of the week? Friday? Friday is preparation day. Sunday is resurrection day and what is in between? The rest.

Amen.

Posted on February 16, 2011, in Sermons For Sabbath, The Consummation of the Everlasting Covenant, The Time of Trouble and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Are you a pastor of a church?

  2. Are you a member of a particular church?

  3. thebridegroomcomes

    My favorite author said, “at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.” Early Writings, p 33.
    This is not some odd quote. It fits well with Scripture. For a better understanding, please visit http://www.TheBridegroomComes.com and email me any questions–I promise to try to reply.
    Ruhling7@juno.com

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