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Last Days Living Part 1

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October 19, 2020
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As we’ve seen in this series; our country is declining steadily. But even if she were to recover one day; fulfilled prophecies remind us the return of Christ is near that life; as we know it; will soon draw to a close. How are we to live in light of this knowledge? Dr. Robert Jeffress points us to three biblical commands to follow to ensure America’s last days are our best days.

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Last Days Living Part 1

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORYWITH DR. ROBERT JEFFERS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN, TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WELL, IT'S CLEAR TO MOST OF US
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  • THAT WE ARE LIVINGIN THE LAST DAYS
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  • AS HOSTILITY TOWARDSCHRISTIANS IS ON THE RISE
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  • AND OUR COUNTRY'S MORALSTANDARDS SINK EVEN LOWER.
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  • THE SIGNS CLEARLY INDICATETHAT CHRIST'S RETURN
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  • COULD BE COMING SOON.
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  • SO HOW SHOULD WE BE LIVINGNOW IN LIGHT OF THAT REALITY?
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  • WELL, TODAY I WANT TO SHOW YOU
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  • THAT OUR FINAL DAYS ON EARTHCAN STILL BE OUR BEST DAYS.
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  • IN FACT, THE KNOWLEDGEOF CHRIST'S SECOND COMING
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  • SHOULD FILL US WITH HOPE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,"LAST DAYS LIVING"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • AMERICA IS IN THE MIDST OFCRITICAL EVENTS THE LIKES
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  • OF WHICH WE'VE NEVER SEENBEFORE. IN THESE INCREASINGLY
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  • DIVIDED TIMES LEADING UPTO THE 2020 ELECTION,
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  • NOW MORE THAN EVER WENEED TO JOIN TOGETHER
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  • AND PRAY FOR AMERICA.FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,COMES "PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
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  • A COLLECTION OF 40INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
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  • AND 40 INTENTIONAL PRAYERSFOR OUR GREAT NATION.
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  • REQUEST "PRAYING FOR AMERICA"BY DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO SUPPORT THE
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  • MINISTRY OF PATHWAYTO VICTORY TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • FROM THE VERY BEGINNINGOF THIS SERIES,
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  • I HAVE SHARED WITHYOU MY CONVICTION,
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  • THAT WE ARE TRULYLIVING IN THE LAST DAYS.
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  • FROM AN ESCHATOLOGICALSTANDPOINT,
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  • THE WORLD IS CERTAINLYCLOSER AT LEAST BY 2000 YEARS
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  • TO THE END OF TIME
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  • THAN WHEN JESUS AND THENEW TESTAMENT WRITERS
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  • FIRST STARTED TEACHINGABOUT THE END OF THE AGES.
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  • AND THERE ARE NOOUTSTANDING PROPHECIES
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  • THAT HAVE TO BE FULFILLED
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  • BEFORE THE RAPTURE OFTHE CHURCH CAN OCCUR.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS ITCOULD HAPPEN ANYTIME,
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  • EVEN BEFORE WE CONCLUDETHE MESSAGE TONIGHT.
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  • AND YET, EVEN IF JESUS' RETURN
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  • IS STILL THOUSANDSOF YEARS AWAY,
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  • YOU AND I ARE CERTAINLYLIVING IN OUR LAST DAYS.
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  • THINK ABOUT THIS IN30, 40, 50 YEARS,
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  • MOST OF YOU HERE TONIGHT,
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  • MOST OF YOU WATCHING THISBROADCAST WILL HAVE DIED.
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  • ALL YOU HAVE TODO IS DO THE MATH.
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  • I MEAN, AFTER ALL, IF YOULIVE TO BE AN EXTRA AGE
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  • OF LET'S SAY AGE 80
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  • FAR BEYOND THE NORMALLIFESPAN OF 70 PLUS YEARS.
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  • IF YOU LIVE TO AGE 80,
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  • JUST SUBTRACT YOURPRESENT AGE RIGHT NOW,
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  • AND THINK ABOUT HOW MANYYEARS YOU HAVE LEFT.
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  • WHAT IF THOSE REMAININGYEARS PASSES QUICKLY
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  • AS THIS PAST YEAR?
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  • PERHAPS YOU CAN UNDERSTANDNOW MY ASSERTION
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  • THAT WE ARE CERTAINLYLIVING IN OUR LAST DAYS.
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  • AND THE QUESTION IS ASFRANCIS SHAFFER ONCE SAID,
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  • HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE INLIGHT OF OUR COMING END?
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  • YOU KNOW, MANY OF PAUL'S LETTERS
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  • THINK ABOUT1 & 2 THESSALONIANS,
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, DEALT WITH THETHEME OF LAST DAYS. LIVING.
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  • NOW, SOME OF THE APOSTLE PAUL'SDETRACTORS CRITICIZED PAUL,
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  • THEY SAID PAUL WAS MISTAKEN.
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  • HE THOUGHT HE WASLIVING IN THE LAST DAYS
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  • AND THAT CHRIST WAS GOING TORETURN DURING HIS LIFETIME.
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  • AND YET A CLOSER EXAMINATIONOF PAUL'S WRITINGS
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  • REVEAL THAT PAUL NEVER SET ADATE FOR THE LORD'S RETURN.
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  • HE REALIZED THAT THEMERE TICKING OF THE CLOCK
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  • WAS MOVING US CLOSER TO THATCLIMACTIC EVENT IN HISTORY.
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  • IN ROMANS 13:11-12.
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  • PAUL SAYS THIS, DO THIS,
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  • KNOWING THE TIME THATIS ALREADY THE HOUR
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  • FOR YOU TO AWAKENFROM THE SLEEP.
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  • AND NOW SALVATIONIS NEARER TO US
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  • THAN WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED.
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  • THE NIGHT IS ALMOST GONEAND THE DAY IS NEAR.
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  • PAUL HAD DONE THE MATH.
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  • IF THERE WAS A FIXEDDATE ON GOD'S CALENDAR
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  • FOR HIS SON'S RETURN,
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  • THEN HE SAID OURULTIMATE DELIVERANCE,
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  • THAT IS OUR SALVATION,
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  • IS CLOSER TODAY THAN ITWAS WHEN WE FIRST BELIEVED.
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  • THAT MAKES SENSE, DOESN'T IT?
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  • AND IF PAUL WERE ALIVETODAY, HE WOULD SAY,
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  • IT'S EVEN CLOSER NOW THANIT WAS 2000 YEARS AGO
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  • WHEN I WROTE THAT VERSE.
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  • HE SAID, WAKE UP, WIPETHE SLEEP FROM YOUR EYES
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  • THE END IS NEAR.
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  • WELL, HOW SHOULD WE LIVEIN LIGHT OF THE COMING END?
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES TONIGHT,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURNTO 1 CORINTHIANS 15,
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  • 1 CORINTHIANS 15.
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  • WE USUALLY ONLY READ THATCHAPTER AT EASTER TIME.
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  • IT'S A CHAPTER ABOUTTHE GREAT RESURRECTION
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  • THAT AWAITS ALL THOSE WHOBELONG TO CHRIST JESUS.
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  • AND AFTER DESCRIBING ALL OFTHE WONDERS OF THE NEW BODY
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  • AND THE RESURRECTIONTHAT AWAIT BELIEVERS,
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  • PAUL CLOSES HIS DISCUSSION
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  • WITH THIS DOSE OFPRACTICAL APPLICATION.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 58 OF1 CORINTHIANS 15.
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  • PAUL WRITES, THEREFOREMY BELOVED BRETHREN
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  • BE STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE,
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  • ALWAYS ABOUNDING INTHE WORK OF THE LORD,
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  • KNOWING THAT YOUR TOIL ISNOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.
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  • AS WE WATCH THE LASTGLIMMER OF TWILIGHT
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  • FADE INTO DARKNESSIN OUR CULTURE,
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  • THIS SINGLE VERSE PROVIDESUS WITH THREE ADMONITIONS
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  • FOR HOW TO LIVEIN THE LAST DAYS.
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  • I WANT YOU TO WRITE THEMDOWN ON YOUR OUTLINE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, PAUL SAYS THATIN LIGHT OF THE LAST DAYS,
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  • WE NEED TO BE HOPEFUL.
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  • BE HOPEFUL.
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  • IT WAS THE BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR,WARREN BUFFET, WHO SAID,
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  • "I HAVE NEVER SEENAMERICANS MORE FEARFUL."
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  • IT TAKES FIVE MINUTESTO BECOME FEARFUL,
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  • MUCH MORE TIME TOREGAIN CONFIDENCE.
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  • CERTAINLY THERE'S ENOUGHTO BE FEARFUL ABOUT TODAY,
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  • ISN'T THERE?
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  • THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS TO BEFEARFUL ABOUT IN OUR CULTURE.
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  • BUT INSTEAD OF BEING OVERWHELMED
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  • BY THE NEGATIVE POSSIBILITIES,
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  • PAUL SAID, I WANTYOU TO BE STEADFAST.
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  • THAT WORD STEADFASTMEANS TO BE SEATED,
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  • FIRMLY SITUATED, SETTLEDIN YOUR EMOTIONS.
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  • THE HEBREW EQUIVALENTIS THE WORD SECURITY.
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  • IT'S A WORD THAT MEANSTO BE AT LEISURE.
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  • EUGENE PETERSON DESCRIBESTHAT KIND OF SECURITY
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  • THAT GOD OFFERS US AS BEING
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  • THE RELAXED STANCEOF ONE WHO KNOWS
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  • THAT EVERYTHING IS ALL RIGHT,
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  • BECAUSE GOD IS OVER US WITHUS AND FOR US IN JESUS CHRIST.
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  • IT IS THE SECURITYOF BEING AT HOME
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  • IN A HISTORY THAT HASA CROSS AT ITS CENTER.
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  • IT IS THE LEISURE OFTHE PERSON WHO KNOWS
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  • THAT EVERY MOMENTOF OUR EXISTENCE
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  • IS AT THE DISPOSAL OF GOD ANDLIVED UNDER THE MERCY OF GOD.
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  • NOW DON'T MISUNDERSTANDWHAT PAUL IS SAYING
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  • WHEN HE IS SAYING BE STEADFAST.
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  • HE'S NOT TELLING US THATWE'RE TO BE LACKADAISICAL
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  • IN OUR ATTITUDE ABOUT LIFE.
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  • ELSEWHERE IN PAUL'S WRITINGS
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  • HE REMINDS US THAT WE'RE IN ADEATH STRUGGLE AGAINST EVIL,
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  • AGAINST THE FORCES OF EVIL.
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  • AND THEREFORE HE SAYSIN EPHESIANS 5:15-17,
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  • LIVE YOUR LIFE THEN WITH ADUE SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY,
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  • NOT AS MEN WHO DO NOT KNOW THEMEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE,
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  • BUT AS THOSE WHO DO.
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  • MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR TIME,
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  • DESPITE ALL OF THE EVIL DAYS.
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  • DON'T BE VAGUE, BUT FIRMLY GRASP
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  • WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE THEWILL OF GOD FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • WHEN PAUL IS TALKING ABOUTBEING RELAXED OR SETTLED,
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  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT HAVING YOURINNER EMOTIONS UNDER CONTROL.
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  • IN SPITE OF THE INEVITABLEAND INCREASING THE OPPOSITION,
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  • WE CAN BE SETTLED IN OUR SPIRITS
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  • KNOWING THAT JESUSCHRIST IS COMING FOR US.
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  • THE BIBLE CALLS THATKNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST RETURN
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  • THE BLESSED HOPE FOR CHRISTIANS.
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  • IN TITUS 2:13, THE BIBLE SAYS
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  • WE ARE LOOKING FORTHE BLESSED HOPE
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  • AND THE APPEARING OF THE GLORYOF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR,
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  • JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THE ONLY HOPE WE HAVE
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  • THAT KEEPS US FROMBEING OVERWHELMED
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  • BY THE DIFFICULTIESOF THIS WORLD
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  • IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ONE DAY
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  • CHRIST IS GOING TO DELIVERUS TO A BETTER DESTINATION.
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  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE WHYTHAT FILLS US WITH HOPE
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  • IN THIS WORLD FILLEDWITH OPPRESSION.
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  • LET'S SUPPOSE YOUHAPPEN TO BE SOMEBODY
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  • WHO ABSOLUTELY HATESTHE COLD WEATHER.
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  • THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES COUPLEDWITH THE LACK OF SUNSHINE
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  • MAKES YOU DREAD THE WINTER.
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  • HOWEVER, YOU HAVE AN EMPLOYER
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  • WHO APPRECIATESYOUR PRODUCTIVITY,
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  • AND SO HE WANTS TO REWARDYOU AND ENCOURAGE YOU.
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  • AND SO ONE DAY IN OCTOBER,
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  • YOUR EMPLOYER CALLSYOU IN AND SAYS,
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  • I KNOW HOW MUCH YOUHATE THE WINTER.
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  • SO HERE'S THE DEAL I'MGOING TO MAKE WITH YOU.
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  • AS SOON AS THE TEMPERATUREDROPS TO 32 DEGREES
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  • AND STAYS THERE FORSEVEN DAYS IN A ROW,
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  • I'M GOING TO SENDYOU ON A TWO WEEK,
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  • ALL EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO HAWAII.
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  • NOW, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ATTITUDEWHEN JANUARY ROLLED AROUND?
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  • I MEAN, I IMAGINE
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  • YOU WOULD BE CHECKING YOURSMARTPHONE CONSTANTLY,
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  • MAYBE HOURLY TO SEEIF THE TEMPERATURE
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  • HAD YET DROPPED TO FREEZING.
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  • AND YOU MIGHT FINDYOURSELF CURSING THE SUN
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  • EVERY TIME IT APPEAREDFROM BEHIND THE CLOUDS.
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  • I MEAN YOUR HATRED OFTHE HEAT WOULDN'T BE
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  • BECAUSE OF A SUDDEN NEWAFFECTION YOU HAD FOR
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  • COLD WEATHER. YOU STILL DISLIKESNOW AND ICE AND GRAY SKIES,
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  • BUT YOU UNDERSTAND NOW,
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  • AS SOON AS THAT TEMPERATUREDROPS AND STAYS THERE,
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  • THE CLOSER YOU ARETO YOUR DELIVERANCE,
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  • TO THE SHORES OF WAIKIKI.
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  • NOW, LISTEN TO ME, JESUS SAID,
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  • I AM GOING TO PREPAREA PLACE FOR YOU.
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  • AND AS SOON AS IT'S READY, I'MGOING TO COME AND PICK YOU UP.
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  • HOWEVER, THE DESTINATIONTHAT JESUS HAS IN MIND
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  • IS FAR MORE GLORIOUSTHAN HAWAII.
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  • AND YOUR LENGTH OF STAY WILLBE MUCH LONGER THAN TWO WEEKS.
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  • IT IS A FOREVER DESTINATION.
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  • BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW WHENDEPARTURE TIME IS COMING?
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  • JESUS SAYS, JUSTWATCH THE TEMPERATURE.
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  • THE TEMPERATURE ISN'TGOING TO START DROPPING.
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  • THE TEMPERATURE OF WORLD EVENTS
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  • IS GOING TO START HEATING UP.
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  • JUST WATCH FOR WARS ANDFAMINES AND PERSECUTIONS.
  • 00:10:15.137 --> 00:10:19.275
  • WHEN YOU SEE WORLD EVENTSSTARTING TO HEAT UP,
  • 00:10:19.308 --> 00:10:22.111
  • DON'T GET DISCOURAGED.
  • 00:10:22.144 --> 00:10:23.813
  • KNOW IN FACT THAT YOUR DAYOF DELIVERANCE IS NEAR.
  • 00:10:23.846 --> 00:10:27.583
  • JESUS SAID IT THISWAY IN LUKE 21:28.
  • 00:10:27.616 --> 00:10:30.686
  • HE SAID, WHEN YOUSEE THESE THINGS,
  • 00:10:30.720 --> 00:10:32.488
  • ALL OF THESE TERRIBLETHINGS BEGIN TO TAKE PLACE,
  • 00:10:32.521 --> 00:10:35.825
  • STRAIGHTEN UP,LIFT UP YOUR HEADS,
  • 00:10:35.858 --> 00:10:38.561
  • BECAUSE YOUR REDEMPTION,THAT IS YOUR DELIVERANCE,
  • 00:10:38.594 --> 00:10:41.397
  • IS DRAWING NEAR.
  • 00:10:41.430 --> 00:10:44.900
  • MY FRIEND AND MENTOR FOR SOMANY YEARS, HOWARD HENDRICKS,
  • 00:10:44.934 --> 00:10:46.569
  • USED TO SAY THAT THEDEJECTED EXPRESSIONS
  • 00:10:46.602 --> 00:10:50.172
  • ON MOST BELIEVERS FACES
  • 00:10:50.206 --> 00:10:51.574
  • WOULD MAKE THEM A PERFECT COVER
  • 00:10:51.607 --> 00:10:53.909
  • FOR THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS.
  • 00:10:53.943 --> 00:10:55.978
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:10:56.011 --> 00:10:57.546
  • YOU KNOW, PESSIMISM REALLYIS A POOR ADVERTISEMENT
  • 00:10:57.580 --> 00:11:00.316
  • FOR CHRISTIANITY, ISN'T IT?
  • 00:11:00.349 --> 00:11:01.817
  • AND YET NEGATIVITY IS INVOGUE TODAY FOR BELIEVERS.
  • 00:11:01.851 --> 00:11:05.254
  • PESSIMISM IS SOMETHING
  • 00:11:05.287 --> 00:11:07.123
  • THAT IS A REGULARBYPRODUCT OF BELIEVERS.
  • 00:11:07.156 --> 00:11:10.760
  • YOU KNOW, THERE'SNOT A DAY THAT PASSES
  • 00:11:10.793 --> 00:11:12.261
  • AND I IMAGINE IT'S TRUE FOR YOU,
  • 00:11:12.294 --> 00:11:13.829
  • THAT I DON'T GET AHALF A DOZEN EMAILS
  • 00:11:13.863 --> 00:11:15.998
  • THAT HAVE BEEN FORWARDED TO ME.
  • 00:11:16.031 --> 00:11:17.700
  • PEOPLE SAYING THATTHE EXPLODING DEFICITS
  • 00:11:17.733 --> 00:11:19.969
  • ARE GOING TO MEAN WE'RE GOING TOBE STANDING IN BREAD LINES SOON.
  • 00:11:20.002 --> 00:11:22.772
  • OR THEY SAY THATILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
  • 00:11:22.805 --> 00:11:25.341
  • ARE GOING TO RAPE ANDPILLAGE OUR COUNTRY
  • 00:11:25.374 --> 00:11:27.376
  • IF WE'RE NOT CAREFUL.
  • 00:11:27.409 --> 00:11:29.011
  • OR THEY SAY SOON, THEPRESIDENT'S GOING TO HAVE US
  • 00:11:29.044 --> 00:11:31.447
  • BOWING DOWN ANDWORSHIPING ALLAH.
  • 00:11:31.480 --> 00:11:32.782
  • ALL OF THESE NEGATIVE THINGSTHAT ARE GOING TO HAPPEN.
  • 00:11:32.815 --> 00:11:36.285
  • LET ME ASK YOU,
  • 00:11:36.318 --> 00:11:37.787
  • ARE YOU NATURALLY DRAWN TOWARDPEOPLE WHO ARE PESSIMISTIC?
  • 00:11:37.820 --> 00:11:40.756
  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,
  • 00:11:40.790 --> 00:11:41.924
  • BUT WHEN I SEE A PERSONLIKE THAT COMING,
  • 00:11:41.957 --> 00:11:43.092
  • I WANT TO RUN FOR COVER.
  • 00:11:43.125 --> 00:11:45.361
  • NON-CHRISTIANSFEEL THAT SAME WAY.
  • 00:11:45.394 --> 00:11:47.663
  • PESSIMISM IS A POORADVERTISEMENT FOR THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:11:47.696 --> 00:11:51.934
  • WHAT DID PETER SAY?
  • 00:11:51.967 --> 00:11:53.202
  • HE SAID, BE READYTO GIVE AN ACCOUNT
  • 00:11:53.235 --> 00:11:54.937
  • TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU FORTHE DREARINESS THAT IS IN YOU?
  • 00:11:54.970 --> 00:11:58.574
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:11:58.607 --> 00:12:00.075
  • NO, HE SAID, BE READYTO GIVE AN ACCOUNT
  • 00:12:00.109 --> 00:12:02.044
  • TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU FORTHE HOPE THAT IS WITHIN YOU.
  • 00:12:02.077 --> 00:12:06.348
  • CHRISTIANS ARE TO BE HOPEFUL.
  • 00:12:06.382 --> 00:12:08.951
  • WE HAVE THE HOPE, THE ASSURANCETHAT DELIVERANCE IS COMING.
  • 00:12:08.984 --> 00:12:13.756
  • PAUL SAID, I WANTYOU TO BE STEADFAST.
  • 00:12:13.789 --> 00:12:16.292
  • THAT IS BE HOPEFUL.
  • 00:12:16.325 --> 00:12:17.526
  • SECONDLY, HE SAYS,BE COURAGEOUS.
  • 00:12:17.560 --> 00:12:20.896
  • HE USES THE WORDHERE, IMMOVABLE.
  • 00:12:20.930 --> 00:12:23.632
  • I WANT YOU TO BE IMMOVABLE.
  • 00:12:23.666 --> 00:12:25.868
  • WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHERECOMPROMISE IS CELEBRATED.
  • 00:12:25.901 --> 00:12:30.606
  • I MEAN, AFTER ALL, IF THEY'RENOT IN THE ABSOLUTE TRUTHS,
  • 00:12:30.639 --> 00:12:33.209
  • WHY SHOULDN'T WE BEWILLING TO ENGAGE
  • 00:12:33.242 --> 00:12:35.177
  • IN A LITTLE GIVE ANDTAKE WITH OUR BELIEFS?
  • 00:12:35.211 --> 00:12:38.047
  • WELL, THAT'S OKAY INTHE POLITICAL WORLD.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.682
  • IN THE POLITICAL WORLDCOMPROMISE IS USUALLY NECESSARY,
  • 00:12:39.715 --> 00:12:43.285
  • BUT COMPROMISE IS LETHALIN THE SPIRITUAL WORLD.
  • 00:12:43.319 --> 00:12:46.822
  • THE BIBLE SAYS WEARE NOT TO COMPROMISE
  • 00:12:46.856 --> 00:12:49.658
  • OUR CORE CONVICTIONS.
  • 00:12:49.692 --> 00:12:50.993
  • IN 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58,HE SAID,
  • 00:12:51.026 --> 00:12:53.229
  • I WANT YOU TO BESTEADFAST AND IMMOVABLE.
  • 00:12:53.262 --> 00:12:56.732
  • THAT IS REMAIN FIRMIN YOUR CONVICTIONS.
  • 00:12:56.765 --> 00:13:00.135
  • I WANT YOU TOCONSIDER, FOR EXAMPLE,
  • 00:13:00.169 --> 00:13:02.171
  • THE CONVICTION, THESTEADFASTNESS OF THE CHARACTER,
  • 00:13:02.204 --> 00:13:06.442
  • DANIEL, WHEN HE WAS LIVINGUNDER THE REIGN
  • 00:13:06.475 --> 00:13:08.043
  • OF KING DARIUS IN BABYLON.
  • 00:13:08.077 --> 00:13:10.246
  • YOU REMEMBER THE STORY.
  • 00:13:10.279 --> 00:13:11.380
  • GOD HAD GRANTED HIM FAVOR
  • 00:13:11.413 --> 00:13:12.882
  • AND HE HAD RISEN TO APLACE OF GREAT POWER.
  • 00:13:12.915 --> 00:13:15.351
  • UNDER DARIUS THE KINGTHERE WERE THREE PRESIDENTS
  • 00:13:15.384 --> 00:13:18.420
  • AND DANIEL WAS ONEOF THOSE PRESIDENTS
  • 00:13:18.454 --> 00:13:20.256
  • AND THEY PRESIDEDOVER 120 REGIONS
  • 00:13:20.289 --> 00:13:23.993
  • THAT WERE GOVERNED BY A GROUPOF MEN CALLED THE SATRAPS.
  • 00:13:24.026 --> 00:13:27.696
  • AND THE SATRAPS WEREVERY JEALOUS OF DANIEL.
  • 00:13:27.730 --> 00:13:30.366
  • THEY WERE JEALOUS OF HISMETEORIC RISE TO POWER.
  • 00:13:30.399 --> 00:13:33.736
  • HERE'S AN IMMIGRANT WHO'SCOMING TO OUR NATION
  • 00:13:33.769 --> 00:13:36.105
  • AND SUDDENLY HE'S BECOMEONE OF THE PRESIDENTS.
  • 00:13:36.138 --> 00:13:38.874
  • AND SO THE SATRAPSSET A TRAP FOR DANIEL.
  • 00:13:38.908 --> 00:13:42.478
  • REMEMBER WHAT THEY DID.
  • 00:13:42.511 --> 00:13:43.679
  • THEY WENT TO KINGDARIUS, AND THEY SAID,
  • 00:13:43.712 --> 00:13:45.147
  • KING, WE URGE YOU FORNATIONAL SECURITY PURPOSES
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:47.917
  • TO SIGN THIS EDICT THAT SAYS
  • 00:13:47.950 --> 00:13:49.685
  • ANYONE WHO WORSHIPS ANOTHER GODOTHER THAN YOU, KING DARIUS,
  • 00:13:49.718 --> 00:13:54.290
  • HE SHALL BECOME FOOD, DINNERFOR THE LIONS BASICALLY.
  • 00:13:54.323 --> 00:13:59.194
  • AND DARIUS SIGNED ITIMMEDIATELY WITHIN 30 SECONDS,
  • 00:13:59.228 --> 00:14:02.631
  • AND SO THE MESSAGEWAS TAKEN TO DANIEL
  • 00:14:02.665 --> 00:14:05.734
  • ABOUT WHAT THE KING HAD ORDERED.
  • 00:14:05.768 --> 00:14:08.938
  • HOW DID DANIEL REACT TOTHE NEWS ABOUT THIS NEW LAW
  • 00:14:08.971 --> 00:14:11.807
  • THAT WOULD FORBID HIM FROMWORSHIPING JEHOVAH GOD?
  • 00:14:11.840 --> 00:14:14.910
  • LISTEN TO DANIEL 6:10.
  • 00:14:14.944 --> 00:14:16.879
  • NOW WHEN DANIEL KNEW THATTHE DOCUMENT WAS SIGNED,
  • 00:14:16.912 --> 00:14:21.083
  • HE ENTERED HIS HOUSE
  • 00:14:21.116 --> 00:14:23.118
  • AND HE CONTINUED KNEELING ONHIS KNEES THREE TIMES A DAY,
  • 00:14:23.152 --> 00:14:27.589
  • PRAYING AND GIVINGTHANKS BEFORE HIS GOD,
  • 00:14:27.623 --> 00:14:30.726
  • AS HE HAD BEEN DOING PREVIOUSLY.
  • 00:14:30.759 --> 00:14:36.098
  • NOW, HAD DANIEL BEENLIKE MOST PEOPLE,
  • 00:14:36.131 --> 00:14:38.701
  • IF DANIEL HAD BEENLIKE ME, PERHAPS,
  • 00:14:38.734 --> 00:14:41.070
  • I KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE
  • 00:14:41.103 --> 00:14:42.037
  • IF I'D BEEN GIVEN THAT MESSAGE.
  • 00:14:42.071 --> 00:14:43.806
  • I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO KNOW
  • 00:14:43.839 --> 00:14:45.341
  • EXACTLY WHAT WAS THE KING'SATTITUDE WHEN HE SAID THAT?
  • 00:14:45.374 --> 00:14:48.077
  • WHAT WAS HIS DEMEANOR?
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:49.078
  • WHAT WAS HIS FACIAL EXPRESSION?
  • 00:14:49.111 --> 00:14:50.546
  • DID HE MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONSFOR ME IN THAT EDICT,
  • 00:14:50.579 --> 00:14:52.948
  • ONE OF HIS PRESIDENTS?
  • 00:14:52.982 --> 00:14:54.183
  • I WOULD HAVE QUIZZED THEMESSENGER, NOT DANIEL.
  • 00:14:54.216 --> 00:14:56.518
  • HE WENT UP ON HIS ROOFTOPIN FRONT OF AN OPEN WINDOW,
  • 00:14:56.552 --> 00:15:01.156
  • AS HE ALWAYS HAD DONE
  • 00:15:01.190 --> 00:15:03.025
  • AND HE BEGAN TO PRAY,
  • 00:15:03.058 --> 00:15:04.560
  • NOT BECAUSE HE WAS TRYINGTO TOUT HIS SPIRITUALITY.
  • 00:15:04.593 --> 00:15:06.528
  • HE PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAYIN FRONT OF AN OPEN WINDOW
  • 00:15:06.562 --> 00:15:08.964
  • BECAUSE THAT'S WHATHE ALWAYS HAD DONE.
  • 00:15:08.998 --> 00:15:12.201
  • WHY WOULD HE STOP NOW?
  • 00:15:12.234 --> 00:15:13.535
  • BECAUSE OF SOMEEDICT FROM SOME KING?
  • 00:15:13.569 --> 00:15:17.039
  • NO DANIEL KNEW FROMFIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE
  • 00:15:17.072 --> 00:15:19.008
  • THAT KINGS COME AND GO.
  • 00:15:19.041 --> 00:15:21.944
  • WHEN HE HAD FIRSTARRIVED IN BABYLON,
  • 00:15:21.977 --> 00:15:23.445
  • REMEMBER NEBUCHADNEZZARWAS ON THE THRONE
  • 00:15:23.479 --> 00:15:25.347
  • AND NEBUCHADNEZZARHAD A SLEEPLESS NIGHT.
  • 00:15:25.381 --> 00:15:28.517
  • HE HAD A DISTURBING DREAM
  • 00:15:28.550 --> 00:15:29.952
  • AND DANIEL WAS GIVEN THEPOWER TO INTERPRET THAT DREAM.
  • 00:15:29.985 --> 00:15:32.821
  • AND REMEMBER WHAT DANIELSAID TO NEBUCHADNEZZAR?
  • 00:15:32.855 --> 00:15:34.823
  • HE SAID, NEBUCHADNEZZAR,
  • 00:15:34.857 --> 00:15:36.258
  • ONE DAY, YOUR KINGDOMBABYLON IS COMING TO AN END
  • 00:15:36.291 --> 00:15:38.427
  • AND IT WILL BE OVERTAKENBY ANOTHER POWER
  • 00:15:38.460 --> 00:15:40.562
  • AND THEN ANOTHER POWERAND THEN ANOTHER POWER
  • 00:15:40.596 --> 00:15:42.865
  • UNTIL THE FINAL EVERLASTINGMONARCH BEGINS TO REIGN.
  • 00:15:42.898 --> 00:15:47.236
  • IN DANIEL 2:44 HE CONCLUDEDHIS INTERPRETATION TO THE KING
  • 00:15:47.269 --> 00:15:51.540
  • WITH THESE WORDS.
  • 00:15:51.573 --> 00:15:52.574
  • IN THE DAYS OF THOSE KINGS,
  • 00:15:52.608 --> 00:15:53.842
  • THE GOD OF HEAVENWILL SET UP A KINGDOM
  • 00:15:53.876 --> 00:15:56.712
  • WHICH WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED.
  • 00:15:56.745 --> 00:15:58.514
  • AND THAT KINGDOM WILL NOTBE LEFT FOR ANOTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:58.547 --> 00:16:01.016
  • IT WILL CRUSH AND PUT INTOAN END ALL OF THESE KINGDOMS,
  • 00:16:01.050 --> 00:16:04.920
  • BUT IT ITSELF WILLENDURE FOREVER.
  • 00:16:04.953 --> 00:16:09.024
  • DANIEL LIVED LONG ENOUGH
  • 00:16:09.058 --> 00:16:10.225
  • TO SEE THAT PROPHECYBEGIN TO UNFOLD.
  • 00:16:10.259 --> 00:16:12.394
  • HE SAW NEBUCHADNEZZAR DETHRONED.
  • 00:16:12.428 --> 00:16:14.696
  • HE SAW BABYLON AND DEFEATEDBY THE MEDO PERSIAN EMPIRE
  • 00:16:14.730 --> 00:16:17.933
  • LED BY KING DARIUS,
  • 00:16:17.966 --> 00:16:19.601
  • BUT DANIEL ALSO KNEW THATDARIUS'S DAYS WERE NUMBERED
  • 00:16:19.635 --> 00:16:22.738
  • JUST LIKE THOSEOF NEBUCHADNEZZAR.
  • 00:16:22.771 --> 00:16:24.807
  • AND SO INSTEAD OFCOMPROMISING HIS BELIEFS
  • 00:16:24.840 --> 00:16:27.543
  • TO FIT IN WITH SOMEKING WHO WAS TRANSITORY,
  • 00:16:27.576 --> 00:16:30.479
  • DANIEL CHOSE TO SERVEA SOVEREIGN KING
  • 00:16:30.512 --> 00:16:34.483
  • WHOSE KINGDOM WAS FOREVER.
  • 00:16:34.516 --> 00:16:36.752
  • AND THAT INSIGHTABOUT THE FUTURE
  • 00:16:36.785 --> 00:16:39.321
  • GAVE DANIEL THE COURAGE TO BEIMMOVABLE IN HIS CONVICTIONS.
  • 00:16:39.354 --> 00:16:44.093
  • NOW, I BELIEVE IT'SONLY A MATTER OF TIME
  • 00:16:44.126 --> 00:16:45.627
  • UNTIL BELIEVERS BEGINTO SUFFER PERSECUTION
  • 00:16:45.661 --> 00:16:48.964
  • FOR THEIR FAITH IN OUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:16:48.997 --> 00:16:50.599
  • I'M NOT SAYING OVERNIGHT
  • 00:16:50.632 --> 00:16:52.134
  • CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO STARTBEING EXECUTED IN AMERICA.
  • 00:16:52.167 --> 00:16:54.837
  • HISTORY REVEALS THAT PERSECUTION
  • 00:16:54.870 --> 00:16:57.072
  • COMES MUCH MOREGRADUALLY IN CULTURES.
  • 00:16:57.106 --> 00:17:00.342
  • FIRST OF ALL, CHRISTIANSWILL BEGIN TO BE OSTRACIZED
  • 00:17:00.375 --> 00:17:03.178
  • BY OTHERS SOCIALLY.
  • 00:17:03.212 --> 00:17:04.913
  • PUBLIC RIDICULE OFCHRISTIANITY IS ACCEPTED TODAY.
  • 00:17:04.947 --> 00:17:09.685
  • HAVEN'T YOU NOTICEDHOW ACCEPTABLE IT IS
  • 00:17:09.718 --> 00:17:12.888
  • TO MAKE FUN OFCHRISTIANS ON TELEVISION,
  • 00:17:12.921 --> 00:17:15.524
  • BUT YOU WOULD NEVER DO THAT
  • 00:17:15.557 --> 00:17:16.658
  • ABOUT OTHERRELIGIONS LIKE ISLAM.
  • 00:17:16.692 --> 00:17:19.294
  • BUT IT'S OKAY TO MAKE FUNOF CHRISTIANS ON TELEVISION.
  • 00:17:19.328 --> 00:17:22.297
  • WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU EVERSAW AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN
  • 00:17:22.331 --> 00:17:25.300
  • PORTRAYED IN A POSITIVEWAY IN TELEVISION OR FILM?
  • 00:17:25.334 --> 00:17:28.470
  • ONCE THE PUBLIC HAS DEVELOPED
  • 00:17:28.504 --> 00:17:29.738
  • A GENUINE DISTASTEFOR CHRISTIANITY,
  • 00:17:29.771 --> 00:17:31.940
  • GOVERNMENT IS FREE
  • 00:17:31.974 --> 00:17:33.208
  • TO BEGIN LIMITING THERIGHTS OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:17:33.242 --> 00:17:34.810
  • AND THEN ONCE THAT HAS HAPPENED,
  • 00:17:34.843 --> 00:17:37.246
  • WHEN CHRISTIANS ARESOCIALLY OSTRACIZED
  • 00:17:37.279 --> 00:17:39.815
  • AND THE RIGHTS ARE MARGINALIZED,
  • 00:17:39.848 --> 00:17:41.984
  • IT WILL BECOME MUCH EASIER
  • 00:17:42.017 --> 00:17:43.485
  • FOR CHRISTIANS TO BECOME THETARGET OF BLATANT PERSECUTION.
  • 00:17:43.519 --> 00:17:46.788
  • AND YOU SAY, BUT ROBERT,YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.
  • 00:17:46.822 --> 00:17:49.258
  • WE'VE GOT A GUARANTEE AGAINSTTHAT HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:17:49.291 --> 00:17:51.960
  • IT'S CALLED THE UNITEDSTATES CONSTITUTION.
  • 00:17:51.994 --> 00:17:54.963
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENTGUARANTEES THE RIGHT
  • 00:17:54.997 --> 00:17:57.166
  • OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
  • 00:17:57.199 --> 00:18:00.035
  • ARE YOU SURE ABOUT THAT?
  • 00:18:00.068 --> 00:18:02.037
  • IT WAS JUST A FEW MONTHS AGOWHEN EGYPT WAS IN TURMOIL,
  • 00:18:02.070 --> 00:18:05.073
  • PEOPLE WERE RIDINGIN THE STREETS
  • 00:18:05.107 --> 00:18:07.042
  • THAT EGYPT ANNOUNCED THAT ITWAS SUSPENDING ITS CONSTITUTION
  • 00:18:07.075 --> 00:18:11.547
  • TO PRESERVE PEACEIN THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:18:11.580 --> 00:18:13.782
  • DO YOU REMEMBER INOUR OWN COUNTRY,
  • 00:18:13.815 --> 00:18:15.751
  • THERE WAS A TIME WHEN WESUSPENDED OUR CONSTITUTION?
  • 00:18:15.784 --> 00:18:19.521
  • WHEN WE CURTAILED, ABROGATED
  • 00:18:19.555 --> 00:18:21.390
  • THE RIGHTS OF JAPANESEAMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II
  • 00:18:21.423 --> 00:18:24.927
  • IN THE INTEREST OFNATIONAL SECURITY?
  • 00:18:24.960 --> 00:18:28.564
  • WHAT MAKES YOUTHINK SUCH A THING
  • 00:18:28.597 --> 00:18:30.032
  • WILL NOT HAPPENAGAIN IN THE FUTURE?
  • 00:18:30.065 --> 00:18:33.135
  • WELL, DANIEL LIVEDTO EXPERIENCE THAT.
  • 00:18:33.168 --> 00:18:35.704
  • THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THEFINAL FORM OF GOVERNMENT
  • 00:18:35.737 --> 00:18:38.607
  • IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARSOF EARTH'S HISTORY
  • 00:18:38.640 --> 00:18:40.609
  • WILL BE A DICTATORSHIPUNDER ANTICHRIST.
  • 00:18:40.642 --> 00:18:43.111
  • THERE WILL BE A 10NATION CONFEDERACY,
  • 00:18:43.145 --> 00:18:44.780
  • ALL NATIONAL DISTINCTIONSWILL BE ABOLISHED,
  • 00:18:44.813 --> 00:18:47.282
  • WHICH MEANS ALL NATIONALCONSTITUTIONS WILL BE ABOLISHED
  • 00:18:47.316 --> 00:18:50.953
  • AND EVERY HOUR THAT PASSESMOVES US CLOSER TO THAT DAY
  • 00:18:50.986 --> 00:18:55.324
  • WHEN CHRISTIANS LIVINGIN THE UNITED STATES
  • 00:18:55.357 --> 00:18:57.426
  • WILL LOSE ALL OF THEIRFREEDOM TO WORSHIP FREELY.
  • 00:18:57.459 --> 00:19:00.829
  • THEY WILL BE FORCED TO WORSHIPTHE ANTICHRIST OR TO DIE.
  • 00:19:00.862 --> 00:19:05.367
  • HOWEVER, WE DON'T HAVE TO WAITTILL THOSE FINAL SEVEN YEARS
  • 00:19:05.400 --> 00:19:08.136
  • FOR THE WHOLESALE PERSECUTOROF CHRISTIANS TO BEGIN.
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:11.540
  • I BELIEVE A CONTINUINGRE-INTERPRETATION
  • 00:19:11.573 --> 00:19:13.909
  • OF THE FIRST AMENDMENTOF THE CONSTITUTION
  • 00:19:13.942 --> 00:19:15.944
  • WILL GIVE OUR GOVERNMENTSUFFICIENT AUTHORITY
  • 00:19:15.978 --> 00:19:19.214
  • TO ATTACK BELIEVERS WHO DEFENDTHE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN,
  • 00:19:19.248 --> 00:19:22.451
  • WHO OPPOSE SAME SEX MARRIAGES,
  • 00:19:22.484 --> 00:19:24.453
  • WHO EXHIBIT THEIR FAITHIN THE PUBLIC SQUARE,
  • 00:19:24.486 --> 00:19:26.388
  • AND WHO INSISTSTHAT JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:19:26.421 --> 00:19:28.423
  • PROVIDES THE ONLYWAY OF SALVATION.
  • 00:19:28.457 --> 00:19:31.827
  • SUCH PERSECUTION WILL TAKETHE FORM, I BELIEVE OF FINES,
  • 00:19:31.860 --> 00:19:35.230
  • THREATS OF LOSINGTAX EXEMPT STATUS,
  • 00:19:35.264 --> 00:19:38.634
  • THE INCARCERATIONOF OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:19:38.667 --> 00:19:40.369
  • WILL BE JUST SOME WAYS
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  • THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANSWILL BE TEMPTED
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  • TO RENOUNCE THEIR FAITH.
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  • DO YOU REMEMBER IT WASJUST SEVERAL MONTHS AGO
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  • HERE IN THE DALLASFORT WORTH AREA
  • 00:19:49.811 --> 00:19:51.813
  • THAT A MIDDLE SCHOOLSTUDENT WAS SUSPENDED
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  • FOR A DAY FROM SCHOOL
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  • BECAUSE HE POLITELY IN A CLASS
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  • SAID HE BELIEVED THATHOMOSEXUALITY WAS WRONG
  • 00:19:58.720 --> 00:20:01.189
  • ACCORDING TO HIS RELIGION.
  • 00:20:01.223 --> 00:20:03.558
  • NOW IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
  • 00:20:03.592 --> 00:20:07.963
  • UNTIL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS,THE MULTICULTURALISM,
  • 00:20:07.996 --> 00:20:12.634
  • WHATEVER NAME YOUWANT TO GIVE TO IT
  • 00:20:12.668 --> 00:20:14.536
  • CAUSES THE RIGHTS OFCHRISTIANS TO BE ABROGATED.
  • 00:20:14.569 --> 00:20:17.539
  • HOW SHOULD WE RESPONDNOT IF THAT HAPPENS,
  • 00:20:17.572 --> 00:20:20.809
  • BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS?
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN IT OVERTO ACTS 5 FOR JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ACTS 5 TELLS US HOW TO RESPONDIN TIMES OF PERSECUTION.
  • 00:20:25.180 --> 00:20:29.985
  • YOU REMEMBER THE APOSTLEPETER AND THE APOSTLES
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  • WERE BROUGHT BEFORETHE JEWISH HIGH PRIEST
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  • AND THEY WERE CONDEMNED
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  • BECAUSE THEY HAD REFUSED
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  • TO QUIT PREACHING THEGOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:20:41.263 --> 00:20:44.232
  • AND IN ACTS 5:28-29, LUKERECORDS THIS ACCOUNT.
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  • HE SAID, THE HIGH PRIEST SAID,
  • 00:20:48.937 --> 00:20:50.205
  • WE GAVE YOU STRICT ORDERS
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  • NOT TO CONTINUETEACHING IN THIS NAME,
  • 00:20:51.940 --> 00:20:53.975
  • THAT IS THE NAME OF JESUS,
  • 00:20:54.009 --> 00:20:55.477
  • AND YET YOU HAVE FILLEDJERUSALEM WITH YOUR TEACHING
  • 00:20:55.510 --> 00:20:58.347
  • AND INTEND TO BRING THISMAN'S BLOOD UPON US.
  • 00:20:58.380 --> 00:21:01.583
  • BUT PETER AND THE APOSTLESANSWERED AND SAID,
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  • WE MUST OBEY GODRATHER THAN MEN.
  • 00:21:04.920 --> 00:21:10.759
  • PETER'S RESPONSE TOTHESE GOVERNING OFFICIALS
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  • I THINK GIVES US THREEIMPORTANT INSIGHTS
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  • ABOUT HOW WE NEED TO REACT
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  • WHEN WE ARE THREATENED WITHPERSECUTION FOR OUR CONVICTIONS.
  • 00:21:17.566 --> 00:21:20.635
  • NUMBER ONE, PICK YOURBATTLES CAREFULLY.
  • 00:21:20.669 --> 00:21:23.939
  • NOW, PETER DIDN'T HAVETO CALL A PRAYER MEETING
  • 00:21:23.972 --> 00:21:25.540
  • WHEN THE HIGH PRIEST SAID THIS
  • 00:21:25.574 --> 00:21:26.475
  • TO SAY NOW FELLOW DISCIPLES,
  • 00:21:26.508 --> 00:21:28.343
  • LET'S DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT
  • 00:21:28.377 --> 00:21:29.511
  • WE'RE GOING TO KEEPPREACHING THE GOSPEL.
  • 00:21:29.544 --> 00:21:31.113
  • JESUS HAD ALREADYGIVING THE ORDERS.
  • 00:21:31.146 --> 00:21:32.914
  • AND IN ACTS 1:8 HE SAID,YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES.
  • 00:21:32.948 --> 00:21:37.486
  • HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICE,BUT TO OBEY CHRIST.
  • 00:21:37.519 --> 00:21:40.455
  • SIMILARLY, WHEN WEREORDERED TO KEEP SILENT
  • 00:21:40.489 --> 00:21:42.624
  • ABOUT OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:21:42.657 --> 00:21:44.559
  • WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TODISOBEY GOVERNING AUTHORITIES.
  • 00:21:44.593 --> 00:21:49.331
  • TEENAGERS, THAT MEANSSCHOOL AUTHORITIES.
  • 00:21:49.364 --> 00:21:52.067
  • EMPLOYEES, THAT MEANSWORK AUTHORITIES.
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:55.804
  • CITIZENS THAT MEANS THEGOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES.
  • 00:21:55.837 --> 00:21:59.007
  • WE MUST BE PREPAREDTO DISOBEY GOVERNMENT.
  • 00:21:59.040 --> 00:22:04.446
  • BUT THERE ARE SOME TIMESTHAT WE DO HAVE A CHOICE.
  • 00:22:04.479 --> 00:22:07.783
  • NOT EVERY GOVERNMENT LAW THATCARRIES RELIGIOUS OVERTONES
  • 00:22:07.816 --> 00:22:12.154
  • SHOULD BE DISOBEYED.
  • 00:22:12.187 --> 00:22:13.455
  • FOR EXAMPLE, CHRISTIANS
  • 00:22:13.488 --> 00:22:14.723
  • WHO REFUSE TO PAYTHEIR INCOME TAXES,
  • 00:22:14.756 --> 00:22:16.825
  • BECAUSE THEY DON'T LIKE THEWAY THE MONEY'S BEING USED
  • 00:22:16.858 --> 00:22:18.560
  • TO SUPPORT ABORTIONS.
  • 00:22:18.593 --> 00:22:20.095
  • SHOULDN'T CLAIM THATTHEY'RE BEING PERSECUTED
  • 00:22:20.128 --> 00:22:21.930
  • FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS SAKE.
  • 00:22:21.963 --> 00:22:23.598
  • INSTEAD THEY'RE BEING PUNISHED
  • 00:22:23.632 --> 00:22:24.766
  • FOR FAILING TORENDER UNTO CAESAR,
  • 00:22:24.800 --> 00:22:26.601
  • THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR'S.
  • 00:22:26.635 --> 00:22:29.104
  • AND THAT'S WHY I SAY
  • 00:22:29.137 --> 00:22:30.572
  • WHEN YOU DECIDE TO ENGAGEIN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE,
  • 00:22:30.605 --> 00:22:33.175
  • MAKE SURE IF YOU'RE GOINGTO DEFY HUMAN AUTHORITY,
  • 00:22:33.208 --> 00:22:36.711
  • THAT YOU BASE YOUR DECISION
  • 00:22:36.745 --> 00:22:37.879
  • ON CLEAR BIBLICALCOMMANDS OR PRINCIPLES.
  • 00:22:37.913 --> 00:22:41.416
  • SO PICK YOUR BATTLES CAREFULLY.
  • 00:22:41.450 --> 00:22:42.984
  • IN THESE LAST DAYS,
  • 00:22:43.018 --> 00:22:44.219
  • I THINK CHRISTIANS AREGOING TO BE CHALLENGED
  • 00:22:44.252 --> 00:22:46.154
  • TO COURAGEOUSLY STAND AGAINSTTHOSE WHO DELIBERATELY
  • 00:22:46.188 --> 00:22:50.892
  • AND SOMETIMES JUST INNOCENTLY
  • 00:22:50.926 --> 00:22:52.594
  • ATTEMPT TO AGGREGATE OURCONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
  • 00:22:52.627 --> 00:22:55.564
  • BUT IN DOING SO IN PUSHINGBACK AGAINST THESE PEOPLE,
  • 00:22:55.597 --> 00:22:58.567
  • FOR TRYING TOCURTAIL OUR RIGHTS,
  • 00:22:58.600 --> 00:23:00.402
  • IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE NOTACT LIKE JERKS IN THE PROCESS.
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  • 00:23:04.372 --> 00:23:11.513
  • EVEN IN THESE CONFUSING TIMES
  • 00:23:11.546 --> 00:23:13.482
  • OF PERSECUTION ANDUNREST IN OUR COUNTRY,
  • 00:23:13.515 --> 00:23:16.451
  • WE MUST OBEY GODRATHER THAN MEN.
  • 00:23:16.485 --> 00:23:20.088
  • THAT'S OUR MANDATE AS BELIEVERS.
  • 00:23:20.121 --> 00:23:22.424
  • THANK YOU FORLINKING ARMS WITH US
  • 00:23:22.457 --> 00:23:24.426
  • IN OUR MISSION TOPIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:24.459 --> 00:23:27.295
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:27.329 --> 00:23:29.397
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:29.431 --> 00:23:30.632
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE PATHWAYTO VICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:23:34.703 --> 00:23:36.104
  • WHEN WE BOLDLY APPEAL TOGOD FOR HIS HELP, AND WHEN
  • 00:23:36.137 --> 00:23:39.374
  • WE PRAY ABOUT ISSUESTHAT AFFECT OUR LIVES,
  • 00:23:39.407 --> 00:23:42.310
  • WE DIRECTLY INFLUENCE OURFAMILIES, OUR CHURCHES,
  • 00:23:42.344 --> 00:23:45.580
  • AND OUR NATION. IT HAS HAPPENEDBEFORE, AND IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.
  • 00:23:45.614 --> 00:23:49.651
  • IN HIS BEST-SELLING BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:23:49.684 --> 00:23:52.320
  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSRECOUNTS 40 FASCINATING
  • 00:23:52.354 --> 00:23:55.257
  • REAL-LIFE STORIES OFFAITH AND COURAGE
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:23:57.225
  • FROM AMERICAN HISTORYALONG WITH 40 PRAYERS
  • 00:23:57.259 --> 00:24:00.228
  • TO HELP YOU PRAY INTENTIONALLYFOR THE COUNTRY WE LOVE.
  • 00:24:00.262 --> 00:24:03.598
  • TRAGICALLY MILLIONS OFAMERICANS
  • 00:24:03.632 --> 00:24:05.800
  • HAVE BECOME ADVERSARIALTOWARD GOD.
  • 00:24:05.834 --> 00:24:07.969
  • OTHERS BELIEVE THAT GOD ISTURNING HIS BACK ON OUR COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:08.003 --> 00:24:11.306
  • I WROTE MY BOOK,"PRAYING FOR AMERICA,"
  • 00:24:11.339 --> 00:24:13.208
  • TO HELP YOU PRAY AND TOSERVE AS A CATALYST FOR
  • 00:24:13.241 --> 00:24:16.545
  • CALLING ON GOD FOR HISMERCY AND HIS GRACE.
  • 00:24:16.578 --> 00:24:19.781
  • THE ONLY HOPE FOR CHANGING THECOURSE OF AMERICA'S FUTURE IS TO
  • 00:24:19.814 --> 00:24:23.218
  • PRAY FOR OUR GREAT NATION.REQUEST YOUR COPY OF
  • 00:24:23.251 --> 00:24:26.454
  • "PRAYING FOR AMERICA" WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:26.488 --> 00:24:29.057
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY. ANDWHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE"AMERICA AND THE BIBLE"
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  • TEACHING SERIESON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:24:35.964 --> 00:24:39.067
  • THE FIRST AMENDMENTABSOLUTELY HAS NOTHING TO SAY
  • 00:24:39.100 --> 00:24:42.270
  • ABOUT NATIVITY SCENES.OR PRAYERS AT GRADUATIONS.
  • 00:24:42.304 --> 00:24:46.308
  • OR TEN COMMANDMENT DISPLAYS.IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO SAY
  • 00:24:46.341 --> 00:24:50.378
  • ABOUT THAT. OUR COUNTRY WASFOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION.
  • 00:24:50.412 --> 00:24:54.916
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS BRINGINGTHE TRANSFORMING HOPE
  • 00:24:54.950 --> 00:24:57.352
  • AND POWER OF GOD'SWORD TO YOUR HOME,
  • 00:24:57.385 --> 00:24:59.921
  • YOUR CITY, ANDTHROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:24:59.955 --> 00:25:01.890
  • THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTINGPATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY.
  • 00:25:01.923 --> 00:25:05.293
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:05.327 --> 00:25:08.363
  • WITH ALL OF THE PROBLEMSFACING OUR WORLD TODAY,
  • 00:25:08.396 --> 00:25:10.966
  • IT CERTAINLY FEELS LIKE WE'RELIVING IN THE LAST DAYS.
  • 00:25:10.999 --> 00:25:15.036
  • BUT RATHER THANTREMBLING WITH FEAR,
  • 00:25:15.070 --> 00:25:16.738
  • THESE TRYING TIMES SHOULD FILLUS WITH HOPE AND WITH COURAGE
  • 00:25:16.771 --> 00:25:21.743
  • BECAUSE THE SIGNS ARE CLEAR
  • 00:25:21.776 --> 00:25:23.178
  • THAT OUR LORD ISCOMING AGAIN SOON.
  • 00:25:23.211 --> 00:25:25.647
  • AND THAT KNOWLEDGEOF CHRIST RETURN
  • 00:25:25.680 --> 00:25:28.450
  • IS THE BLESSED HOPEFOR CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:25:28.483 --> 00:25:31.152
  • MAKE PLANS TO JOINUS AGAIN NEXT TIME,
  • 00:25:31.186 --> 00:25:33.788
  • WHEN I CONTINUE TO DESCRIBE
  • 00:25:33.822 --> 00:25:35.390
  • HOW WE SHOULD BE LIVINGIN LIGHT OF THE LAST DAYS.
  • 00:25:35.423 --> 00:25:39.427
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:25:39.461 --> 00:25:42.397
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:42.430 --> 00:25:45.567
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • YOU'RE INVITED TO REQUEST
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  • A COPY OF DR. JEFFERS' BRANDNEW BOOK "PRAYING FOR AMERICA."
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  • PLUS THREE COMPLIMENTARYISSUES OF PATHWAY MAGAZINE
  • 00:25:55.644 --> 00:25:58.880
  • ARE OUR GIFT TO YOU.
  • 00:25:58.913 --> 00:26:00.415
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:00.448 --> 00:26:04.019
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:04.052 --> 00:26:06.454
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "AMERICA AND THEBIBLE" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:11.126 --> 00:26:13.695
  • THESE PROGRAMSARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:13.728 --> 00:26:15.497
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:15.530 --> 00:26:17.232
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING WRITINGOR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:17.265 --> 00:26:20.769
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY:
  • 00:26:20.802 --> 00:26:24.873
  • CHRISTIANS, THERE'SSOMETHING FOR YOU
  • 00:26:24.906 --> 00:26:28.443
  • WHEN YOU ABOUND INTHE WORK OF THE LORD.
  • 00:26:28.476 --> 00:26:29.844
  • GOD'S NOT ASKING YOUTO OVER-EXERT YOURSELF,
  • 00:26:29.878 --> 00:26:32.681
  • TO WORK OVER TIME FOR NO PAY.
  • 00:26:32.714 --> 00:26:35.083
  • HE IS SAYING THEREIS A REWARD COMING
  • 00:26:35.116 --> 00:26:37.786
  • FOR THOSE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
  • 00:26:37.819 --> 00:26:39.654
  • IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:39.688 --> 00:26:43.158
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:43.191 --> 00:26:45.326
  • FOR PART TWO OF THEMESSAGE LAST DAYS LIVING,
  • 00:26:45.360 --> 00:26:48.329
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:48.363 --> 00:26:50.131
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:26:50.165 --> 00:26:57.539
  • HI I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,BIBLE TEACHER ON
  • 00:26:57.572 --> 00:26:59.841
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORY AND I'MSTANDING HERE IN FRONT OF
  • 00:26:59.874 --> 00:27:02.844
  • THE VALLEY OF JEZREEL,ALSO KNOWN AS ARMAGEDDON.
  • 00:27:02.877 --> 00:27:06.347
  • THE SITE OF THE FINALWORLD BATTLE BEFORE JESUS
  • 00:27:06.381 --> 00:27:09.451
  • CHRIST RETURNS. AND IT'SJUST ONE OF THE PLACES
  • 00:27:09.484 --> 00:27:12.053
  • THAT WE'RE GOING TO SEEON OUR TOUR OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:27:12.087 --> 00:27:15.623
  • WE'LL VISIT ARMAGEDDON, WE'LLSTAND ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES,
  • 00:27:15.657 --> 00:27:18.993
  • WE'LL VISIT HIS EMPTYTOMB. JOIN US FOR
  • 00:27:19.027 --> 00:27:22.030
  • THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY BIBLEPROPHECY TOUR MARCH, 2021.
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