Tempted To Quit

October 29, 2022 | 44 | 27:29

Dr. Michael Youssef passionately proclaims uncompromising truth from God's Word to people around the world through the ministries of Leading The Way. Join him for sound Biblical teaching each week.

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Michael Youssef | Tempted To Quit | October 29, 2022
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  • Dr. michael youssef: this message is for every
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  • Faithful believer everywhere.
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  • The believers in smyrna were hated by the world
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  • Because they were faithful in their love for jesus.
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  • And so he goes on to remind them,
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  • "i know your afflictions.
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  • I know the price that you are paying
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  • For your faithfulness."
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  • Jesus knows.
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  • That is why this particular letter
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  • Is desperately needed today.
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  • Dr. youssef: every day, it seems to me,
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  • I am hearing some news of somebody being fired
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  • Because of their faithfulness to christ and his word,
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  • Every day.
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  • Now, i would be standing here literally for hours
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  • And just telling you one example after another.
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  • By the same token, church after church after church
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  • Are falling in line with the pagan secular culture.
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  • In my personal belief-- i always make sure
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  • That you understand, when i speak personally,
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  • Not from the word of god-- unless god intervenes,
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  • Unless god's people wake up in time,
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  • Unless the church repents, unless we seek god
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  • More than we seek our comfort and our safety,
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  • Things are going to get worse, not better.
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  • And that is why jesus's letter to the church in smyrna
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  • Has a special significance for us today, this time,
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  • This day where we are.
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  • Now, whether you live in smyrna, georgia,
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  • Or you live in brooklyn, new york,
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  • Or you live in oakland, california,
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  • Or you live in london, england, or sydney, australia,
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  • Or anywhere in the world, wherever you are,
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  • This message is for every faithful believer everywhere.
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  • This message is desperately needed today
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  • For every faithful student in school,
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  • For every government worker, for every teacher,
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  • For every executive, for every person, and certainly
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  • For every faithful bible teacher and preacher.
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  • Let me draw your attention to the screen,
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  • Where you'll hear jonathan youssef read
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  • Jesus's letter to the church in smyrna, from smyrna,
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  • From the city of smyrna itself, now called the city of izmir.
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  • Jonathan youssef: "to the angel of the church in smyrna write:
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  • These are the words of him who is the first and the last,
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  • Who died and came to life again.
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  • I know your afflictions and your poverty--
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  • Yet you are rich!
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  • I know the slander of those who say they are jews
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  • And are not, but are a synagogue of satan.
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  • Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
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  • I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison
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  • To test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days.
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  • Be faithful, even to the point of death,
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  • And i will give you the crown of life.
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  • He who has an ear let him hear what the spirit says
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  • To the churches.
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  • He who overcomes will not be hurt at all
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  • By the second death."
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  • Dr. youssef: we saw in the last message
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  • In the letter of our glorified lord jesus
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  • To the believers in ephesus, it was a church
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  • That was biblically sound, but they've lost
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  • Their first love for jesus.
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  • They were doing things and even believing the truth,
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  • But all of what they were doing is not coming
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  • Out of their love for jesus, and jesus was warning them
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  • That he'd remove their lampstand.
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  • Now, here, the believers in smyrna,
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  • They kept their love for jesus, which caused them persecution.
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  • Now, beloved, listen to me: it is most often the case,
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  • When your love for jesus is real--let me repeat this--
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  • When your love for jesus is real,
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  • It will cause you suffering.
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  • It will cause you suffering.
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  • I want to remind you that in the greek language,
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  • The word "faith" and "faithfulness"
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  • Are almost the same word.
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  • They're the same root.
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  • "why?" you say.
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  • Because faith that is total trust, total faith
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  • In the lord jesus christ, and faithfulness
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  • Emanates from each other.
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  • When your faith is totally in christ,
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  • You'll become faithful.
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  • In trusting christ,
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  • We prove ourselves to be trustworthy.
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  • Your willingness to accept the cost for anyone is
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  • The clearest indication of your love for that person,
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  • Let alone christ.
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  • How can you prove your love to anyone, let alone jesus,
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  • If it costs you nothing?
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  • And now we glibly-- you see the people
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  • Holding the sign, john 3:16, john 3:16,
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  • And it's the very heart of the gospel.
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  • "for god so loved that he gave."
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  • Love always gives. love always gives.
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  • By the way, this body of believers in smyrna,
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  • One of two, one of two churches, out of all the seven,
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  • One of the two churches, where you never hear jesus
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  • Condemning them for anything.
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  • You never hear jesus correcting them, even.
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  • You never see a rebuke.
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  • The believers in smyrna were hated by the world
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  • Because they were faithful in their love for jesus.
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  • That's why they were hated; and because they were hated,
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  • They were persecuted; and because they were persecuted,
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  • They loved jesus more.
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  • I want you to look on the map again with me.
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  • Here's patmos, where john was exiled,
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  • And he's making the rounds.
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  • It's not quite a circle, but semicircle.
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  • The first message was to the church in ephesus,
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  • The second one in smyrna.
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  • Now, as you look at that map, the city of smyrna
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  • Is now modern izmir in turkey, about 35 miles north of ephesus,
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  • As you can see on the map.
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  • Smyrna was a great trading city.
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  • Smyrna still, even those many years later,
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  • Still a beautiful city.
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  • In fact, it was called the ornament of asia.
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  • It was called the crown of asia.
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  • It was called the flower of asia,
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  • And it was founded in the year 1000 bc
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  • As a greek colony.
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  • But about 600 bc, it was totally demolished.
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  • It was totally destroyed by the lydians,
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  • And it remained desolate for 400 years
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  • Until the romans rebuilt it in the year 195 bc.
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  • Just remember that date.
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  • And because rome rebuilt it, the citizens of smyrna
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  • Were so beholden to rome, felt so indebted to rome,
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  • Felt so thankful to rome.
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  • So, the first temple they built was to the goddess roma.
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  • You know rome was named after the goddess roma?
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  • And that is why it was the first city in asia minor
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  • To build the temple to the goddess roma.
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  • In fact, it was a joke at that time: people would say,
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  • "these smyrna folks, they are more romans
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  • Than the romans."
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  • But that's not all.
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  • They built temples for every god they heard about, whether it be
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  • Zeus or sibyl or apollo or nemesis or aphrodite.
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  • Just build a temple for them.
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  • Please all the gods-- to mention just a few.
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  • Now, you say, "michael, we didn't get up and get dressed
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  • And come to church to get a history lesson."
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  • I'm going to explain to you why this is absolutely relevant
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  • For our day today where we are in this very moment in history.
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  • This is not a history lesson.
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  • These people, who bowed down to every miserable god
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  • That they heard about, these miserable people
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  • Who worshiped so many gods-- and every time they hear
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  • Of a new god, they built a temple for him.
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  • These same people who had the temerity, they had the gall
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  • To call those who trusted in the one true living god,
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  • Creator god, to call them atheists.
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  • Think about that.
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  • Let that sink in, okay?
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  • Is it sinking in?
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  • It will really help you understand that the devil
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  • Has not changed one bit,
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  • That the devil have not changed his tactics in 2.000 years,
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  • And we are facing the same tactics of the devil today
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  • As they did in the church of smyrna 2.000 years ago.
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  • Hear me out, please.
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  • Satan is not only the god of confusion,
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  • But he's the father of lies.
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  • Can i get an amen?
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  • He loves to create confusion in the minds of the masses,
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  • Particularly the young people.
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  • Why does he want to create confusion?
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  • So that they cannot distinguish between falsehood and truth.
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  • But here's the good news.
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  • Jesus said to the faithful believers
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  • In smyrna, and he says to the faithful believers
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  • In the 21st century two comforting words: "i know."
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  • Say that with me.
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  • Congregation: "i know."
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  • Dr. youssef: those two words fill me with joy and comfort,
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  • Comfort and peace.
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  • "i know your afflictions.
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  • I know you're being falsely accused.
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  • I know you're being deliberately--
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  • Being misunderstood deliberately.
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  • I know the price that you are paying
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  • For your faithfulness."
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  • He knows what the devil is up to.
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  • In your life and in your family life
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  • And in your business life and in your church life
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  • And in your campus life, jesus knows.
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  • And then immediately he goes in to tell us who he is,
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  • As if they really need to know who he is,
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  • As if they really need to be reminded who--
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  • As if we need to be reminded who he is--
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  • And the answer is yes, we do.
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  • We need to be reminded every day; not just every day,
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  • But every moment of every day.
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  • We need to be reminded.
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  • And so he goes on to remind them,
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  • "i'm the first and the last.
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  • I'm the alpha and the omega.
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  • I'm the one who was dead, but rose from the dead,
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  • And i'm now glorified in heaven."
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  • Ah, because there is nothing that frightens away fear
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  • Like who jesus is.
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  • There is nothing that banishes fear
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  • Like the power of the resurrected jesus.
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  • There is nothing that exchange fear with faith
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  • Than experiencing the power of the resurrected jesus.
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  • There is nothing that will give you confidence
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  • In the midst of trouble than fully trusting
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  • In the resurrected jesus.
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  • Can i get an amen?
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  • And jesus is saying to every one of his faithful children,
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  • "i am the alpha and the omega."
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  • That's the first greek alphabet
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  • And the last in the greek alphabet,
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  • Just in case you don't know this.
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  • He said, "i am the a and the z and everything
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  • In between those letters.
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  • I am the beginning and the end.
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  • I am the one who had risen from the dead,
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  • Never to die again.
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  • I am the only one who defeated death and the grave.
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  • I am the only one who has power over death.
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  • I am the only one who has power to overcome death.
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  • So bring it on, bring it on."
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  • Even the religious jews who believed in yahweh,
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  • In order to save their own skin and to get on the good side
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  • Of the pagans, they turned the christians in,
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  • Handed them over to authority.
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  • And that is why verse 9-- look at it with me.
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  • I'm going to explain it to you because it's very important.
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  • In verse 9, revelation 2, jesus called them
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  • "the synagogue of satan."
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  • That does not mean they're worshiping satan.
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  • I want to explain this, very important.
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  • He called it the synagogue of satan.
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  • It's in the same way that jesus called
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  • Peter, his chief apostle, "satan."
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  • You got that?
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  • He called him, "get behind me, satan."
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  • Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute.
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  • You're calling peter, your great chief apostle, satan?
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  • Yes, and that's in the same sense,
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  • In the same vein when he calls this
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  • The synagogue of satan; why?
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  • Because they're doing satan's bidding.
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  • They're doing satan's bidding.
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  • When peter tried to stop jesus from going to the cross
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  • And fulfill the plan of god the father, he said,
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  • "this is what satan has been trying
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  • To get me to do."
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  • And that's why he called him satan.
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  • It doesn't mean that peter was satan
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  • Any more than this synagogue worshiping satan.
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  • Have you ever asked yourself the question,
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  • Have you ever asked yourself the question,
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  • "why is the natural man--"
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  • This is man and woman, we now talk mankind.
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  • "why does the natural man hates the gospel of jesus christ
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  • So much?"
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  • And i'm talking about the natural man,
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  • Whether it be religious people or non-religious people,
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  • Because there are many religious people
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  • Who are in the natural.
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  • They've never been regenerated.
  • 00:16:15.591 --> 00:16:17.126
  • They've never been born again.
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  • They've never been born of the spirit of god.
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  • Have you ever asked yourself,
  • 00:16:21.463 --> 00:16:22.798
  • "why do they hate the gospel so much?"
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  • Because the gospel of jesus christ exposes
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  • Man's sin and guilt, and the natural man
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  • Doesn't like that.
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  • The gospel of jesus christ reveals the judgment
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  • And the wrath of god that is coming upon those
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  • Who refuse to accept god's only remedy for guilt,
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  • And they hate that.
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  • The gospel of jesus christ announces that man,
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  • No matter how brilliant he or she may be,
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  • They cannot save themselves.
  • 00:17:00.502 --> 00:17:03.405
  • And, oh, the natural man says, "i'm the captain of my ship
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  • And the master of my life," and they hate that.
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  • The gospel of jesus christ announces that it is
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  • Only, only, only through the cross of christ
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  • That anyone can be forgiven and receive eternal life,
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  • And the natural man refuses to accept that.
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  • That's the bottom line.
  • 00:17:23.325 --> 00:17:25.461
  • And because of their rejection, what many a preacher today
  • 00:17:25.461 --> 00:17:30.933
  • Is doing is they took it upon themselves to water down
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  • The gospel so it can be acceptable to the natural man.
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  • Don't miss this, don't miss this,
  • 00:17:43.278 --> 00:17:44.813
  • Don't miss this, don't miss this, please.
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  • Here, the resurrected, glorified jesus wants
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  • All of his faithful believers, all his faithful children
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  • Who are facing trouble, he wants them to know
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  • That jesus wants all of his frightened children
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  • To know that jesus wants all his timid children to know
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  • That he and he alone has all the power;
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  • Secondly, that he and he alone knows all things;
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  • And thirdly, that he and he alone has a purpose
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  • In everything.
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  • First of all, that he has all the power.
  • 00:18:27.823 --> 00:18:32.861
  • And jesus wants to remind them of his power, and he's saying,
  • 00:18:32.861 --> 00:18:37.332
  • "i was there before the creation,
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  • And i'm going to be there when it's all destroyed.
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  • No one comes before me, and no one comes after me.
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  • I created it all.
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  • I control it all.
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  • I died, and they thought it was all finished;
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  • But on the third day, i rose again.
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  • I have defeated, i have defeated the most powerful enemy of all,
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  • And you need to know that i've defeated death
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  • And the grave, and all you need to do
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  • Is trust me.
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  • Trust me with all of your heart,
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  • Trust me with all of your intellect,
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  • And i'm going to bring you through whatever suffering
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  • You may experience.
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  • I will bring you through whatever affliction
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  • You might go through.
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  • I will bring you through whatever temptation
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  • You might be battling.
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  • I will bring you through whatever
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  • False accusation leveled at you.
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  • I have all the power," jesus says.
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  • He has all the power. who has all the power?
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  • Congregation: jesus.
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  • Dr. youssef: secondly, he knows all things.
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  • He knows all things.
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  • He doesn't only know what troubles you,
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  • He doesn't only know what afflicts you,
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  • But he's holding your hand in the midst of your afflictions.
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  • You might not be feeling his grip,
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  • But he's holding your hand in all of your troubles,
  • 00:20:08.757 --> 00:20:13.495
  • And jesus is saying that
  • 00:20:13.495 --> 00:20:16.031
  • "whatever confusion and affliction
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  • You might be going through, i have been there.
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  • I have been there, and i've been through worse.
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  • People might call you poor, but i call you rich.
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  • People might call you ignorant, but i call you knowledgeable.
  • 00:20:31.980 --> 00:20:35.984
  • People might call you bigot, but i call you loving.
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  • Do not listen to their false accusation,
  • 00:20:39.655 --> 00:20:43.058
  • Because i know, i know the truth, i know the truth."
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  • Not only that, he has all of the what?
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  • Congregation: power.
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  • Dr. youssef: not only that, he knows all--
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  • Congregation: things.
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  • Dr. youssef: but thirdly, he has a purpose for everything.
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  • He has a purpose for everything, for every step.
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  • He has a purpose.
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  • When the devil tempts you, he tempts you
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  • So that he might try to destroy you,
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  • But your sovereign lord, your sovereign lord jesus,
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  • The resurrected, magnified, glorified,
  • 00:21:19.061 --> 00:21:22.898
  • Soon coming to reign and rule jesus, he turns your temptation
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  • Into tests so that he might give you victory.
  • 00:21:27.602 --> 00:21:31.406
  • Look at verse 10.
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  • "do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.
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  • The devil will put some of you in prison to test you,
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  • And you will suffer persecution,"
  • 00:21:40.882 --> 00:21:43.418
  • Watch this, watch this, watch this.
  • 00:21:43.418 --> 00:21:45.387
  • Are you watching?
  • 00:21:45.387 --> 00:21:46.722
  • Watch, watch this, watch what's coming.
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  • Watch what's coming. watch what's coming.
  • 00:21:48.590 --> 00:21:50.525
  • "for ten days."
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  • For ten days.
  • 00:21:52.994 --> 00:21:55.030
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:56.765
  • It means that it is only a limited time.
  • 00:21:56.765 --> 00:22:00.569
  • "it cannot go on forever and ever.
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  • I may allow the evil to prosper for a little while,
  • 00:22:02.904 --> 00:22:06.308
  • But only so that the judgment will be greater.
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  • What satan means for evil,
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  • I'm going to turn it for the good.
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  • Whatever satan tries to destroy you,
  • 00:22:13.615 --> 00:22:15.851
  • I will turn it around to bless you.
  • 00:22:15.851 --> 00:22:18.720
  • Whenever satan designs to work against you,
  • 00:22:18.720 --> 00:22:22.157
  • I will make it work for you."
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  • Why? why?
  • 00:22:27.095 --> 00:22:32.100
  • I think jesus would answer-- i don't put words
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:34.236
  • In jesus's mouth-- but i know because he said
  • 00:22:34.236 --> 00:22:37.139
  • That in john chapter 10, verses 28 and 29:
  • 00:22:37.139 --> 00:22:40.776
  • "those whom the father has given me, i will lose none."
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  • That's why. that is why.
  • 00:22:46.715 --> 00:22:48.784
  • That's why he holds you in the palms of your hands,
  • 00:22:48.784 --> 00:22:53.021
  • And nothing, nothing is gonna happen to you
  • 00:22:53.021 --> 00:22:56.191
  • Unless he says so.
  • 00:22:56.191 --> 00:23:00.128
  • All of their persecution, all of their false accusations,
  • 00:23:00.128 --> 00:23:02.998
  • All of their harassment, all of their discriminations,
  • 00:23:02.998 --> 00:23:05.834
  • All of the lies will amount to nothing,
  • 00:23:05.834 --> 00:23:10.272
  • Will amount to nothing.
  • 00:23:10.272 --> 00:23:11.606
  • Say this with me: "will amount to nothing."
  • 00:23:11.606 --> 00:23:14.676
  • And they are doomed to failure when you put your whole trust
  • 00:23:14.676 --> 00:23:21.082
  • In who?
  • 00:23:21.082 --> 00:23:22.417
  • The alpha and the omega.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. youssef: in mark 16:15, jesus said,
  • 00:23:34.296 --> 00:23:37.332
  • "go into all the world and preach the gospel
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  • To all creation."
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  • Female announcer: there is never a moment of the day
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  • When the sun sets on the ministry
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  • Of "leading the way."
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  • Twenty-four hours a day, in every time zone on the globe,
  • 00:23:47.442 --> 00:23:51.246
  • God's truth is going forth through our outreach.
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  • From broadcasting the gospel to on-the-ground field teams,
  • 00:23:55.417 --> 00:23:59.221
  • From here at home in the west, all the way to the middle east
  • 00:23:59.221 --> 00:24:03.291
  • And asia, we are proclaiming the gospel around the world.
  • 00:24:03.291 --> 00:24:07.696
  • Dr. youssef: the secret power of the christian life,
  • 00:24:09.197 --> 00:24:11.566
  • It is christ being formed in us.
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  • Male: we're the group that's cutting the hole
  • 00:24:15.670 --> 00:24:17.372
  • In the ceiling and lowering their friend down to jesus,
  • 00:24:17.372 --> 00:24:19.541
  • Because we're going to find a way in to get people
  • 00:24:19.541 --> 00:24:21.743
  • The message of truth.
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  • Male: you will never hear on the news that somebody left
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  • The islamic faith to receive christ.
  • 00:24:26.047 --> 00:24:28.750
  • But through our broadcast and follow-up efforts,
  • 00:24:28.750 --> 00:24:31.653
  • We are seeing a constant stream of men and women
  • 00:24:31.653 --> 00:24:35.123
  • Risking their lives and their livelihoods,
  • 00:24:35.123 --> 00:24:37.859
  • As they make the decision to follow christ.
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  • Announcer: for more than 30 years,
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  • We have seen the lord call and equip
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  • "leading the way" to go into the most challenging parts
  • 00:24:44.966 --> 00:24:47.802
  • Of the world.
  • 00:24:47.802 --> 00:24:49.137
  • We have been called to the front lines,
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  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
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  • In 28 languages across 6 continents.
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  • "leading the way" is passionately proclaiming
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  • Uncompromising truth.
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  • Dr. youssef: most of the end-time books,
  • 00:25:10.825 --> 00:25:12.894
  • Where they take a verse from daniel
  • 00:25:12.894 --> 00:25:14.596
  • And a verse from revelation, and then they build up a case
  • 00:25:14.596 --> 00:25:18.033
  • Or a system-- i personally believe
  • 00:25:18.033 --> 00:25:21.436
  • That we must let the word of god speak for itself.
  • 00:25:21.436 --> 00:25:25.740
  • I decided to write a book.
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  • When i looked around, i saw the books on the end times,
  • 00:25:27.943 --> 00:25:30.545
  • That they leave out
  • 00:25:30.545 --> 00:25:32.847
  • What jesus said about the end times.
  • 00:25:32.847 --> 00:25:36.117
  • Who knows more than our lord jesus christ
  • 00:25:36.117 --> 00:25:39.721
  • About what the end times are and what signs to look for,
  • 00:25:39.721 --> 00:25:43.925
  • And how to prepare, and how to live
  • 00:25:43.925 --> 00:25:47.562
  • When you see these signs?
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  • Every christian generation
  • 00:25:49.798 --> 00:25:52.133
  • Must look to the coming of christ.
  • 00:25:52.133 --> 00:25:55.937
  • Our generation is no exception, and so i explain all of that
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  • And what jesus himself said about the end times.
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  • I am all about jesus; and what jesus said is
  • 00:26:05.413 --> 00:26:09.818
  • What really matters to me, and i know it matters to you.
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  • And so i'm clarifying and going straight
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  • Into the heart of jesus and what he said about it.
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  • Male announcer: for centuries, people have theorized
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  • When the end times will come upon us.
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  • For decades, books have been sold
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  • Off the shelves predicting when the end will come.
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  • In his newest book, "is the end near?
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  • What jesus told us about the last days,"
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  • Dr. michael youssef unpacks the words
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  • Of the lord jesus himself in matthew 24 and 25.
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  • Rest in knowing that he holds all things
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  • In the palm of his hand.
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  • Don't let the fear of the future shake your faith.
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  • Know what jesus said.
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