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Showing Revision 17 created 02/17/2018 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. Eschatology is a study of last things.
  2. It's a study of the end times.
  3. Classic eschatology includes things like
  4. the second coming of Jesus Christ.
  5. When we think eschatology,
  6. we think of the second coming.
  7. When we think of eschatology,
  8. we think of prophecy.
  9. We think of the new
    heavens and the new earth.
  10. We think of judgment day.
  11. We think of eternal punishment.
  12. Oftentimes, in this category of theology,
  13. we discuss the nature
    of the Kingdom of God.
  14. Is the Kingdom of God a thousand years?
  15. Or what is the Kingdom of God?
  16. The Kingdom of Heaven?
  17. The future of the church,
  18. the future of Israel -
  19. these are things that are
    discussed under this heading.
  20. The millennium.
  21. The rapture.
  22. The resurrection of the dead.
  23. The tribulation.
  24. The antichrist.
  25. Can you think of anything else?
  26. Those are the things that are
  27. commonly included in
    this branch of theology.
  28. So, here's the question.

  29. Why take a number of Lord's Days
  30. and devote them to this topic?
  31. Is this necessary?
  32. My sermon this morning,
  33. I've entitled this:
  34. Why a Series on Eschatology?
  35. Today, an introduction.
  36. I just want to talk to you about why.
  37. (incomplete thought)
  38. I have five reasons.
  39. There are other reasons,
  40. but in this message I want to lay down
  41. five reasons as to why I want to do
  42. a series concerning eschatology.
  43. And I hope you leave here today
  44. believing that at least
    3 or 4 or 5 of these
  45. are sufficiently important to
    warrant a series like this.
  46. I think all of them are.
  47. So, I think that before we dive into this,

  48. I feel like I need to say something here.
  49. I cannot help but that this series
  50. is going to be polemic.
  51. Do you know that word?
  52. What's a good synonym for polemic?
  53. It's controversial.
  54. You might even think critical
  55. or argumentative.
  56. It's the idea that this series
  57. is not just going to be
    a setting forth of truth;
  58. it is going to be a combating error.
  59. So, I can hardly avoid confronting
  60. dispensational premillenialism.
  61. I detest it.
  62. But I want to show you that there's
  63. a biblical reason for detesting it.
  64. (incomplete thought)
  65. Brethren, look, if you
    don't know that term
  66. by the end of this, you
    will know that term.
  67. You will know some of the major tenets
  68. of dispensational premillenialism.
  69. Over against what?
  70. What do you hold to, pastor?
  71. Over against the biblical position.
  72. Brethren, look, I say
    that tongue-in-cheek,
  73. but brethren, I don't want you to believe
  74. anything unless it can be shown to you
  75. from Scripture.
  76. Dispensational premillenialism is
  77. that eschatology that is
    largely touted by Hollywood,
  78. by John Hagee,
  79. and yes, by John MacArthur.
  80. Now, I want to say this at the beginning.

  81. God has used John MacArthur
  82. instrumentally in my own conversion.
  83. He's had a profound influence on my life,
  84. even at a day when I didn't recognize
  85. that I would a preacher and a pastor.
  86. He influenced me tremendously.
  87. And as much as anything,
  88. it was his example as a preacher
  89. who was deeply committed
    to the Word of God.
  90. I appreciated that about him.
  91. He could convince me of anything,
  92. just so long as he could
    show me from Scripture.
  93. I mean, from day one when God saved me,
  94. he had a powerful influence on my life,
  95. but God gave me a hunger
    for the Word of God
  96. that was greater than the
    influence of John MacArthur.
  97. John could take me anywhere as long as
  98. he could show me from Scripture
  99. that I ought to go there.
  100. And he did. He convinced
    me of many things.
  101. I mean, the sovereignty of God.
  102. There it is.
  103. I would hear him preach it.
  104. Yep, there it is.
  105. Election. Yep, I see it right there
  106. in the Word of God.
  107. You know, he was big on Lordship.
  108. I was saved reading
    "The Gospel According to Jesus,"
  109. which deals with this
    whole Lordship issue.
  110. Yep, there it is in the Bible.
  111. He was very convincing.
  112. Repentance. Yep, there is it.
  113. The rapture...
  114. Where is it at?
  115. Now folks, as a young believer,
  116. he could have taken me anywhere
  117. that he could have shown me from Scripture
  118. that I ought to go.
  119. The rapture.
  120. Let me tell you something
    about the rapture.

  121. It's not like the Trinity.
  122. The Trinity is a concept
  123. that you don't find the
    word "Trinity" in Scripture,
  124. but you find the concept.
  125. But with rapture, I don't
    even find the word.
  126. But I don't find the concept.
  127. And in the verses that are used
  128. to reference this supposed rapture,
  129. I'd get to looking at those things
  130. and say that's not
    what that's talking about.
  131. Brethren, I actually heard,

  132. I believe it was the time I
    was out there in California,
  133. I actually heard John MacArthur say
  134. as he was preaching through Revelation,
  135. he said now some of you are going to ask
  136. where the rapture is.
  137. He said it's in the white
    spaces between verse 3 and 4.
  138. And I'm not making that up,
  139. because you found that
    message, didn't you, James.
  140. I mentioned it and somebody told me here -
  141. you've heard that Jeff?
  142. (unintelligible)
  143. But he used specifically
    "in the white spaces"
  144. when I heard it.
  145. And I said "in the white spaces?"
  146. You're telling me there's a doctrine
  147. in the white spaces?
  148. Brethren, there's something wrong
  149. with that approach to Scripture.
  150. As a young believer who had been
  151. so impressed by John's commitment
  152. to the Word of God, I was baffled
  153. as to how that commitment seemed to
  154. disintegrate when it came to eschatology.
  155. Look, I want to tell you right up front.
  156. I appreciate John MacArthur,
  157. but my commitment to God's Word
  158. is greater; it is foremost.
  159. I will follow any preacher

  160. that I sit before and listen to preach;
  161. I will follow any preacher as long as
  162. he can show me from the Word of God
  163. that I ought to go where
    he wants to take me.
  164. But God help us, brethren.
  165. Let no one take you anywhere -
  166. including me -
  167. don't ever let me take you,
  168. or any of the preachers in this church
  169. on the radio or on the Internet
  170. take you anywhere they cannot show you
  171. from the Word of God.
  172. It is not responsible listening to sermons
  173. unless you have an open Bible.
  174. Listening to sermons and
    listening to theology
  175. and listening to doctrine,
  176. listening to teachers
    without an open Bible
  177. is irresponsible on your part.
  178. Because you have no way of knowing
  179. whether this guy is
    leading you into error or not.
  180. And just because somebody
    has a certain reputation
  181. as being a Bible scholar,
  182. or being this or being
    that or being reformed
  183. does not mean that they
    cannot lead you into error.
  184. And you will not know if they are,
  185. unless you are checking
    and proving everything.
  186. Brethren, there is a reason why
  187. the Bereans show up in Scripture.
  188. They were more noble.
  189. And what were they doing?
  190. There's a nobility in testing everything
  191. by the Word of God.
  192. Everything.
  193. Brethren, the primary thing compelling me
  194. to do this series is
    that I do not believe -
  195. for one, I believe that
    there are serious errors
  196. associated with dispensational
  197. The second thing about that is
  198. I don't believe that those
    errors are harmless.
  199. I do not believe that they are harmless
  200. with regards to sound doctrine
  201. or the life of the church.
  202. There's implications in this system
  203. that I believe are harmful.
  204. And that's why I want to deal with it.
  205. Brethren, I am under a charge

  206. to preach the Word.
  207. And I think if we just
    did a survey right now
  208. of how much these subjects
    that are dealt with
  209. under this heading of eschatology
  210. are dealt with in our New Testaments -
  211. well, the whole Bible,
  212. but the New Testament specifically,
  213. how much of it actually
    deals (incomplete thought).
  214. I've gone through the New Testament.
  215. I believe I can find
    aspects of eschatology
  216. in every single book
    of the New Testament
  217. except 3 John.
  218. I can't find it there.
  219. But in every other book.
  220. This is something that the early church
  221. counted as a doctrine for us to know,
  222. to embrace - it's important.
  223. God has given it to us in His Word.
  224. And so, ok, I have five reasons

  225. as to why I believe
    that a series like this
  226. is justifiable.
  227. And I think this introduction
    is important.
  228. I want you all to feel this.
  229. So, here's the first.

  230. This is the first reason why I believe
  231. we need to look at this.
  232. See, brethren, the thing is
  233. this dispensational premillenialism
  234. is being taught everywhere
  235. as though it's the truth.
  236. It's being taught by Hollywood.
  237. I'll tell you, when Hollywood owns
  238. a doctrine, you ought to fear.
  239. I'm not saying that every single thing
  240. that possibly can come
    across the television screen
  241. or movie screen is going to be erroneous,
  242. but when the world gets on board,
  243. beware.
  244. Do you remember from 1 John
  245. who controls the world?
  246. If Satan controls the world,
  247. then the world jumps on board this system;
  248. this eschatology.
  249. Satan typically does not
    just do thing randomly.
  250. He does things with intent.
  251. Deliberately.
  252. On purpose.
  253. He means to accomplish his ends,
  254. and his ends are not favorable to us.
  255. So, here's the first thing.
  256. I believe that that system
    of eschatology out there -
  257. you know what I'm talking about.
  258. I'm talking about this eschatology
  259. that basically says this:
  260. we're going along right now
  261. and we're going to get raptured.
  262. And then there's going to be 7 years.
  263. Now if you're pre-tribulational,
  264. there's going to be 7 years of tribulation
  265. and then Jesus Christ is going to come
    and set up an earthly kingdom,
  266. and it's going to last for 1,000 years
    and then you're going to have Armageddon
  267. and then you're going to
    have this judgment day,
  268. and then the new heavens and new earth
  269. are going to be ushered in.
  270. I'm talking about that kind of system.
  271. I'm talking about the "left behind" thing.
  272. This is all the charts and everything
  273. that you see John Hagee set up.
  274. Now look, I'm not going to say that
  275. John MacArthur buys into every last iota
  276. of the "left behind" stuff,
  277. but by and large, he holds to this same
  278. type of eschatology.
  279. Here's the first reason.

  280. I believe it commandeers the promises
  281. that God has given to the church.
  282. Probably the most defining aspect
  283. of dispensational premillenialism
  284. is its insistence that there are
  285. two people of God.
  286. Let's just lay that down.
  287. Fundamental to this eschatological system;
  288. this dispensationalism:
  289. two people of God.
  290. Who are the two people?
  291. The church and Israel.
  292. Two distinct people.
  293. Two distinct purposes for each.
  294. You need to see this for what it is.
  295. MacArthur insists that certain promises
  296. made to Israel are not for you and me.
  297. That's what's being insisted.
  298. What's the big deal?
    What's the big deal?
  299. Brethren, think about it.

  300. This is what this is like.
  301. Imagine this.
  302. You know, we have families in the church
  303. that are adopting children.
  304. Imagine this.
  305. Imagine that you have a son.
  306. A man and a woman.
  307. They have a son.
  308. It's born to them.
  309. Well, later on, they've got this one son.
  310. They decide that they're going to adopt
  311. two sons.
  312. One is born into the family.
  313. Two are adopted into the family.
  314. Imagine this.
  315. Imagine that these two adopted sons -
  316. suppose it's my family.
  317. I have one son.
  318. Let's suppose I adopt two sons now.
  319. I bring those two sons home,
  320. and I sit down at the table with them
  321. and I look across the table
  322. and I look in their eyes.
  323. And I say, "Boys, you
    see Joshua over here?
  324. He was born into the family.
  325. My wife gave birth to him.
  326. He's blood of my blood,
  327. bone of my bone.
  328. He's my boy.
  329. Boys, guess what?
  330. I want you to know this.
  331. I am going to treat you as equal to him.
  332. I am going to be every bit a father to you
  333. that I am to him.
  334. I am going to love you like I love him.
  335. I am going to care for
    you like I care for him.
  336. All that it means for him to be a child
  337. in this family, it's going to mean to you.
  338. I'm going to give you everything.
  339. You are mine.
  340. I'm your father.
  341. You are full heirs.
  342. Every privilege he has, you have.
  343. You bear my name.
  344. You're going to bear the name 'Conway,'
  345. and everything that it means
  346. to be a Conway child is yours.
  347. No difference.
  348. No difference between you at all."
  349. Now look, if I go upstairs

  350. and I'm listening down the stairway
  351. because I want to hear if they really
  352. appreciate what I just told them.
  353. One of those adopted sons
    says to the other one,
  354. "that's not true.
  355. We're really inferior to Joshua.
  356. Our father - he's really not
    going to treat us the same.
  357. He is going to play
    favorites with Joshua."
  358. (incomplete thought)
  359. You see, this is what's happening.
  360. You've got the adopted brother - you.
  361. The adopted brother -
    somebody like John MacArthur.
  362. And he's saying in your ear,
  363. "it's not true. It's not true.
  364. Don't believe that the Father is going to
  365. give us everything that
    He's giving to Israel."
  366. That's what he's saying.
  367. And he will admit he's saying that.
  368. He doesn't deny that.
  369. But Scripture simply does not teach that.
  370. I am going to prove that to you
  371. in the weeks ahead
  372. beyond any shadow of a doubt.
  373. It does not teach that, brethren.
  374. Not at all.
  375. Guys that hold to that system
  376. would take certain promises away from us.
  377. And I don't believe
    this is any small matter.
  378. I want you to turn in your Bibles

  379. to 1 Peter 1:13.
  380. There's undoubtedly many places
  381. that I could go here,
  382. but brethren, 1 Peter 1:13.
  383. Notice how this reads.
  384. 1 Peter 1:13
  385. "Therefore, preparing
    your minds for action."
  386. See, what Peter is speaking about here
  387. is living life now being ready for action;
  388. being sober-minded.
  389. He wants us to set our hope -
  390. what is hope?
  391. Hope is faith in things that happen
  392. in the future.
  393. That's what it is.
  394. Like Piper talks about "future grace."
  395. It's faith in future things.
  396. That's what hope is.
  397. I hope for things to yet come.
  398. He says set your hope; your expectation;
  399. your faith in the future things,
  400. "fully on the grace that
    will be brought to you
  401. at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
  402. What I want you to see is Peter believes
  403. that you living now with
    minds set for action;
  404. prepared for action, being sober-minded.
  405. How are we to live?
  406. We're to live with our minds set
  407. on that hope that is going
    to be revealed to us
  408. when Christ comes.
  409. You know what?
  410. You know what we get when He comes?
  411. Everything that's been promised.
  412. We get the inheritance.
  413. You see, it's like having
    the two adopted boys.
  414. When does this all come really to fruition
  415. about being even?
  416. Well, it's when I die
  417. and the will is read.
  418. Are they truly heirs?
  419. Are they going to receive everything
  420. that the family-born son
  421. is going to receive.
  422. And you see what he wants?
  423. What Peter wants us to do
  424. is he wants us to look at what is coming;
  425. what God has promised,
  426. and he wants us to set our hope there.
  427. Brethren, I'll tell you,
  428. does that not keep people going?
  429. Look, people can endure
    very difficult things today
  430. if there's a promise of something
  431. absolutely altogether glorious tomorrow.
  432. Right? That's just a reality about life.
  433. We can endure hardship now.
  434. Look, if some of the things
    we have to endure now
  435. are forever, then that's not good.
  436. That's not very encouraging.
  437. But when you know that these things,
  438. like Paul says,
  439. only momentary, only light affliction,
  440. to be followed by an
    eternal weight of glory.
  441. Well, that keeps us going!
  442. I can suffer today if I
    know paradise tomorrow.
  443. And this is the idea here.
  444. It matters what's been promised to us.
  445. Am I a full heir?
  446. Or am I really just going to be regarded
  447. as a step-child when the inheritance
  448. is being handed out?
  449. That's not a small thing.
  450. If I believe ethnic Jews have somehow

  451. been afforded a greater privilege,
  452. or somehow they are greater benefactors
  453. in the Abrahamic covenant - somehow -
  454. than us believing Gentiles,
  455. it makes a difference.
  456. Am I even?
  457. Or am I inferior?
  458. Brethren, don't you love the thought
  459. that anything - anything -
    a believing Jew,
  460. not just any Jew, but a believing Jew -
  461. anything a believing Jew can come to
  462. and look in Scripture and say,
  463. that is mine -
  464. I as a believing Gentile can
    look over his shoulder
  465. and say that's mine too.
  466. That matters.
  467. That matters to me.
  468. Brethren, to me that makes
    my salvation glorious.
  469. Now, it would be glorious if I was
  470. just delivered from hell,
  471. cast out on to an island,
  472. never got to see God face-to-face.
  473. But the very fact that I've been
  474. brought into the family;
  475. into the citizenship of the same
  476. commonwealth of Israel;
  477. into the same family;
  478. grafted into the same tree
  479. and all those promises that were given
  480. to the believing Jew are
    "yes and amen" in Christ.
  481. That brings our salvation
    to a level of glory.
  482. It ought to stagger us
  483. what God has done for us.
  484. It really ought to.
  485. Dispensationalists constantly

  486. want to stress that Israel gets
  487. an earthly kingdom and land
  488. and all manner of territorial promises
  489. while the church doesn't.
  490. The church is going to be somewhere else.
  491. But listen, our Lord comes
  492. and does He make any distinction?
  493. When our Lord talks about who gets
  494. the kingdom of God,
  495. or who inherits the earth -
  496. you think about right when He
  497. starts out His ministry in Matthew
  498. and He gives the Sermon on the Mount
  499. and those so well known Beatitudes.
  500. Does He make any distinction between
  501. believing Gentiles and believing Jews?
  502. Who does He promise the kingdom to?
  503. Do you remember?
  504. Blessed are the poor in spirit,
  505. for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  506. And blessed are the meek,
  507. for what?
  508. They shall inherit the earth.
  509. Not the believing Israelites.
  510. The meek. The meek.
  511. The distinctions are gone.
  512. That's what we find in Scripture.
  513. I would say to John MacArthur

  514. and to all the other dispensational
    premillenialists out there,
  515. we will not surrender one
    blood-bought promise to you.
  516. Not one.
  517. The beauty is John's going to get them
  518. even though he doesn't believe
    he's going to get them.
  519. But still, if you've got the
    two adopted kids downstairs
  520. and the father hears that,
  521. he doesn't like it.
  522. He doesn't like it, because you know what?
  523. He really wants to comfort them
  524. and to cause them rejoicing
  525. in the reality of that.
  526. He wants us to live in
    light of that right now.
  527. He really does.
  528. And listen, I am not saying -

  529. I will not say that the
    church replaces Israel.
  530. Or displaces Israel.
  531. What I'm saying is this,
  532. God's true people
  533. even in the Old Testament,
  534. God's true people -
  535. not all ethnic Israel.
  536. It was a remnant.
  537. And what God has done
  538. is He's determined to take
  539. from Gentile stock and make
    true Jews out of them.
  540. All Israel is not Israel.
  541. And now, some Gentiles are.
  542. They're grafted in.
  543. That's the truth.
  544. Every promise.
  545. Every covenant ever given
  546. to those true Israelites.
  547. Yes and amen, they are mine in Christ.
  548. And that's exactly what the New
    Testament would have us teach.
  549. We're going to look at this a lot more.
  550. But I believe that that eschatology
  551. commandeers the promises
    given to the church.
  552. Here's a second thing.
  553. The church's urgency is dulled

  554. by that form of eschatology.
  555. Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 24.
  556. Matthew 24:42
  557. "Therefore, stay awake..."
  558. This is concerning His coming.
  559. "Stay awake, for you do not know
  560. on what day your Lord is coming.
  561. But know this, that if
    the master of the house
  562. had known in what part of the night
  563. the thief was coming,
  564. he would have stayed awake
  565. and would not have let
    his house be broken into.
  566. Therefore, you also must be ready,
  567. for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
  568. you do not expect."
  569. Our Lord left His disciples
  570. with a sense of urgency.
  571. Be ready.
  572. His words to them were words:
  573. you want to be ready,
  574. because I'm going to come
    like a thief in the night.
  575. And I'm going to come quickly.
  576. You want to be ready.
  577. Be ready.
  578. And you know what you find in Scripture?
  579. There's a sense that we're to
  580. pass that urgency on to the lost.
  581. Today is the day of salvation.
  582. Today, if you hear His voice,
  583. do not harden your heart. Why?
  584. Because there's an urgency.
  585. Christ may return at any time
  586. or death may take you at anytime.
  587. There is no guarantee of any future
  588. beyond right now.
  589. You want to settle matters
    with Christ immediately.
  590. Be watchful. Be ready.
  591. That is the urgency of Scripture.
  592. Let me ask you something.
  593. Is there the real possibility
  594. that Jesus Christ might come today?
  595. That's what you need to ask yourself.
  596. Could He come today?
  597. And bang! It's all over.
    All over. All done.
  598. Time as we know it is over.
  599. The world comes to an end.
  600. The trumpet of the archangel sounds.
  601. And there is the Lord Jesus Christ
  602. come as a thief in the night.
  603. Suddenly revealed from heaven
  604. with His mighty angels in flaming fire,
  605. and He's bringing vengeance upon those
  606. who did not obey the Gospel;
  607. those who would not surrender to Him.
  608. Couldn't that happen today?
  609. Is it possible?
  610. That's how Jesus Christ left His church
  611. with that mindset of that urgency
  612. that that can happen.
  613. It makes everything urgent.
  614. When you think that that sky out there
  615. might split open today and He may come
  616. and there is nothing keeping Him back;
  617. that is not what all this "left behind"
  618. dispensationalists believe.
  619. And this is not what
    John MacArthur believes.
  620. Listen.

  621. All you have to do is watch
  622. one of these "Left Behind" movies.
  623. Inevitably, you know what you get?
  624. The rapture takes place.
  625. And then somebody who is cold,
  626. hard-hearted unbeliever,
  627. when the rapture takes place,
  628. well now they see.
  629. Oh, it's all real.
  630. Now I get a second chance to believe.
  631. Well, and if I'm not
    convinced by the rapture,
  632. then I go through seven
    years of tribulation.
  633. Oh! Ok, now I can believe.
  634. And if I don't believe after that,
  635. well, now, Jesus comes and sets up
  636. a 1,000 year kingdom.
  637. Oh, now, I get to believe.
  638. That's basically the mindset behind this.
  639. If you believe that that is garbage,

  640. and that when He comes, it's going
    to be like a thief in the night,
  641. and it's going to be like the days of Noah
  642. when nobody's saying, well, you know,
  643. it's been 7 years since the rapture
  644. and this probably is going to happen.
  645. It's been 1,007 years
  646. and so we're probably due for Armageddon.
  647. Brethren, that's not what Scripture says.
  648. It says in an hour when you do not think
  649. He's coming.
  650. It is going to be as in the days of Noah.
  651. They are going to be going
    about their business
  652. and marrying and giving in marriage
  653. and nobody's keeping the calendar
  654. and marking it.
  655. He says not even the Son knows that time.
  656. It is going to happen swift.
  657. It is going to happen quickly.
  658. It is going to take men
    and women by surprise.
  659. And Jesus knows it.
  660. And as He's leaving, He's saying
  661. to His disciples: Watch!
  662. Watch! Watch!
  663. Be ready!
  664. Brethren, ask a dispensational

  665. if it's possible for Jesus Christ
  666. to return this very day
  667. and judge all the nations as described
  668. in Matthew 25 where Jesus gathers
  669. all the nations before
    Him and divides them.
  670. Some on His right hand to eternal life.
  671. Some on His left hand
    to eternal punishment.
  672. And it's over.
  673. Just ask your dispensational friend
  674. if he believes that could happen today.
  675. You know what his answer's going to be?
  676. I don't expect so.
  677. Look at verse 44.
  678. "Therefore, you also must be ready.
  679. For the Son of Man is coming at an hour
  680. you do not expect."
  681. Brethren, just think about how this

  682. appeals to the unbeliever.
  683. Because I used to think this way
  684. when I was lost.
  685. I would hear this stuff about
    there being a rapture
  686. and about 7 year tribulation
  687. and about a 1,000 year kingdom,
  688. and I thought, well, I'm going to go on
  689. with my life and if the rapture happens,
  690. well, then I'll get my act together.
  691. That just appeals to the unbeliever.
  692. That is not what Scripture says.
  693. That is not a hope that the Scriptures
  694. give to the unconverted.
  695. Not at all.
  696. It leaves us with a
    second-chance theology.
  697. And I think it's dangerous.
  698. This sort of eschatology
    puts men to sleep.
  699. Just check out the "Left Behind"
    mentality that's out there
  700. regularly portraying unbelievers
  701. who they begin to see all these things
  702. come to pass and then they believe.
  703. Brethren, let's be honest with Scripture.

  704. Do you know that shortly after Jesus
  705. said to His disciples,
  706. you better be ready,
  707. He says let me tell you
    what it's going to be like.
  708. It's going to be like 10 virgins.
  709. Five are wise. Five are foolish.
  710. They all look the same.
  711. It's people in the church.
  712. It's religious people.
  713. It's professing Christianity.
  714. Five are ready. Five are not ready.
  715. It's portrayed by not having oil
  716. in their lamps among the five foolish.
  717. The five wise - they have oil.
  718. The five foolish - they do not have oil.
  719. What happens?
  720. They're waiting. They're waiting. They're
    waiting. Like we're waiting today.
  721. They're waiting, but
    what is the whole point
  722. of the parable?
  723. Be ready! Be ready!
  724. The five that are ready - what happens?
  725. Bang! Christ comes!
  726. And it's over!
  727. There is no rapture.
  728. There is no 7 year tribulation.
  729. There is no 1,000 year kingdom.
  730. It's over!
  731. And if you're not ready, the door is shut.
  732. And if you don't believe me,
  733. read in the 25th chapter of Matthew
  734. about the parable of the 10 virgins.
  735. When Christ comes, if you are not ready,
  736. the door is shut.
  737. And when the door is shut,
  738. they cry out, "Lord, Lord, open to us!"
  739. And He says, "truly, I say to
    you, I do not know you."
  740. "Watch therefore, for you know
  741. neither the day nor the hour."
  742. Brethren, there is an urgency
  743. that Scripture puts upon the church
  744. and upon the evangelization of this world
  745. because of the possible imminent return
  746. of Christ at any single moment.
  747. And when He comes, the door is shut.
  748. And if you're not ready, it's all over.
  749. That is what Jesus is teaching.
  750. How can so many be wrong?
    How can so many be wrong?

  751. How can they come up with
    this convoluted system?
  752. Which, by the way, does not have
  753. very good historical weight behind it;
  754. not the dispensational type
    of premillenialism,
  755. propounded by Scofield, Darby,
  756. but really not much history
  757. beyond the early 1800's.
  758. Brethren, when you go
    to Scripture, you tell me.
  759. You've got 10 virgins.
  760. Five wise. Five foolish.
  761. It doesn't say the rapture takes place
  762. and the five wise get zapped out
  763. and the five foolish are left
  764. and now have an opportunity to believe.
  765. What you are told is the door is shut.
  766. While they were going to buy,
  767. the Bridegroom came and
    those who were ready
  768. went in with Him to the marriage feast
  769. and that door was shut.
  770. That's it.
  771. If you're not ready, it's over.
  772. It's over.
  773. Third.

  774. The first: that system commandeers
    the church's promises.
  775. That system commandeers
    the church's urgency.
  776. Third, that system commandeers
  777. one of our basic hermeneutics;
  778. one of our basic Bible
    interpretation methods.
  779. Let me tell you what I mean.
  780. I believe that dispensationalism
  781. is founded on an unsound method
  782. of Bible interpretation.
  783. You know what we have here?
  784. We have a Bible.
  785. Sixty-six books.
  786. Was it all given to us just like that? No.
  787. It was given to us over a
    matter of thousands of years.
  788. What happened?
  789. Well, what happens is we have
  790. progressive revelation.
  791. God begins to tell us
    about the coming of Christ
  792. back in Genesis 3.
  793. And as you go through your Bibles,
  794. what happens?
  795. More and more and more light.
  796. More revelation.
  797. More information.
  798. It builds.
  799. It keeps building upon itself.
  800. Progressively God reveals more and more.
  801. The further you go in God's Word,
  802. the more light we have,
  803. because the more knowledge we have;
  804. the more God is revealing to us.
  805. And it was given to us progressively.
  806. Over quite a few years.
  807. And you know where we especially see
  808. progression made is when you go
  809. from the Old Testament
    to the New Testament.
  810. Why?
  811. Because suddenly, Christ has come.
  812. The Spirit of God is given to the church
  813. which leads the church into all truth;
  814. led those apostles into all truth
  815. that could write the New Testament.
  816. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment.
  817. You know what the Old Testament is?
  818. Do you know what the New Testament
  819. tells us about the
    Old Testament repeatedly?
  820. It's types and shadows.
  821. Christ is the fulfillment.
  822. Look, we don't say that
    a shadow is darkness.
  823. Shadows aren't darkness.
  824. They're just not as bright as being
  825. in the full sunlight.
  826. Right?
  827. I mean, you go out in the full noonday sun
  828. and you cast a shadow.
  829. You don't look and say, oh, that's black.
  830. That's darkness.
  831. No, it's not darkness.
  832. I can see lots of things in my shadow.
  833. But if I step away and I let
    the full light shine down there,
  834. well, yes, it's brighter now.
  835. Shadows are not darkness.
  836. They're just not as bright.
  837. The thing is God reveals
    in the New Testament
  838. this full blazing light of Jesus Christ.
  839. The full sunlight's there.
  840. This blazing revelation of Christ.
  841. Since the New Testament explains
  842. so many of the types and shadows
  843. and concepts of the Old Testament,
  844. we definitely need
    to constantly be looking
  845. at our New Testament
  846. in order to figure out what this means
  847. back here in the Old Testament.
  848. I'm not making that up.
  849. That's exactly what
    happened when Jesus came.
  850. That's exactly what happened
    when the apostles
  851. walked this earth.
  852. What did they do?
  853. They explained what was going on
  854. in the Old Testament that
    was not understood
  855. when they just had the Old Testament.
  856. You say, is that true?

  857. Brethren, look at Malachi 4.
  858. This is no small thing.
  859. Malachi 4:5
  860. I'm just going to show you
    a few examples of this.
  861. Remember, I'm talking about the fact
  862. that this dispensationalism commandeers
  863. one of the church's
    most basic hermeneutics;
  864. one of the basic biblical
    interpretive methods.
  865. You know, we want to be
    able to interpret Scripture.
  866. We want to come to Scripture,
  867. and we want to figure
    out what things mean.
  868. There's some basic rules that we apply
  869. to interpreting Scripture.
  870. You want to look at context.
  871. You want to compare what this author
  872. has to say about the same
    thing in other places.
  873. You compare Scripture with Scripture.
  874. One of the most fundamental
  875. biblical hermeneutics is that you examine
  876. the Old Testament in light of the New.
  877. Let me show you why.
  878. Let me show you Jesus
    doing this exact thing.
  879. Here we have Malachi 4:5-6.
  880. "Behold, I will send
    you Elijah the prophet
  881. before the great and awesome
    day of the Lord comes,
  882. and he will turn the hearts
    of fathers to their children
  883. and the hearts of
    children to their fathers,
  884. lest I come and strike the land
  885. with a decree of utter destruction."
  886. Now look, here's the thing,

  887. the Old Testament has shadows or types.
  888. Do you know what that is?
  889. That's where the shadow is real,
  890. it's physical,
  891. but it points to a
    greater spiritual reality.
  892. But you know what else you have?
  893. You have metaphors.
  894. Guess what's true about a metaphor?
  895. If I say, you know, you and I were
    talking about this afterwards
  896. and we locked horns.
  897. That's a metaphor.
  898. Here's the thing about a metaphor.
  899. If you take a metaphor literally,
  900. is it true or not true?
  901. It's not true.
  902. You see, when you look at a shadow,
  903. there's reality to it.
  904. The fulfillment - there's greater reality.
  905. There's spiritual reality.
  906. One points to the other.
  907. But when you're dealing with metaphor,
  908. to literally take the metaphor is error.
  909. That's key, because if you mix up
  910. a metaphor for that which you believe
  911. ought to be taken literally,
  912. you are going to end up in error.
  913. Here's what happens.

  914. We look at Malachi.
  915. Elijah the prophet is going to come.
  916. Now look, if I take this
    at literal face value,
  917. you know what this says?
  918. It says Elijah the Tishbite.
  919. Remember Elijah?
  920. Predecessor to Elisha.
  921. Elijah.
  922. Remember Mt. Carmel?
  923. Called down fire from heaven?
  924. That Elijah. Elijah the Tishbite.
  925. That Elijah. Called down
    fire from heaven Elijah
  926. is going to be sent,
  927. presumably from the dead
  928. if you're going to take it literally.
  929. He's going to come back from the dead.
  930. "Before the day of the Lord."
  931. But you know what happens when you
  932. come over to the New Testament?
  933. The New Testament gives us light.
  934. How so? Matthew 11:12.
  935. Jump over there. Matthew 11:12.
  936. "From the days of John
    the Baptist until now,
  937. the kingdom of heaven
    has suffered violence,
  938. and the violent take it by force.
  939. For all the prophets and the law
  940. prophesied until John.
  941. And if you are willing to accept it,
  942. he is Elijah who is to come.
  943. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
  944. You see, you need ears like that to hear,
  945. to process.
  946. Or how about this. Go over to Matthew 17.
  947. You see, it is a metaphor.
  948. It is a metaphor when you portray
  949. someone as being someone
    else who they are not.
  950. It is a metaphor when you portray
  951. someone as being someone else
  952. even though they are not
    actually that someone else,
  953. but you portray them that way
  954. because of certain similarities.
  955. That is metaphor.
  956. But to take that literally is to come away
  957. with an erroneous conclusion.
  958. Jesus says John the Baptist,
  959. he is Elijah who is to come.
  960. He is the one.
  961. It wasn't meant to say that it was
  962. Elijah exactly the Tishbite,
  963. but one who is like him.
  964. Matthew 17:10-12
  965. "The disciples asked Him,
  966. 'Then why do the scribes say
  967. that first Elijah must come?'
  968. He answered, 'Elijah does come,
  969. and he will restore all things,
  970. but I tell you that Elijah
    has already come,
  971. and they did not recognize him,
  972. but did to him whatever the pleased.
  973. So also the Son of Man
    will certainly suffer
  974. at their hands.'"
  975. To take such a metaphor as literal
  976. is to end up with a falsehood.
  977. One of the most fundamental rules
  978. of Bible interpretation that can be
  979. deduced from passages like these
  980. is that we need Jesus and His apostles
  981. to correctly interpret the Old Testament.
  982. Can you see it there?
  983. If you don't have the New Testament,
  984. then you're left without
  985. some pretty important information.
  986. Dispensational premillenialism,

  987. like that of John MacArthur's
  988. denies - denies the
    fundamental hermeneutic
  989. or Bible interpretation method.
  990. Listen to John MacArthur.
  991. These are his words.
  992. He did a message called:
  993. "Why Every Calvinist
    Should be a Premillenial."
  994. Something like that,
  995. back at his Shepherd's Conference
  996. back in 2007.
  997. These are his words.
  998. "It is not legitimate to
    interpret the Old Testament
  999. as secondary and the
    New Testament as primary.
  1000. Otherwise, the Old Testament was
  1001. literally darkness, not light."
  1002. No, it's not.
  1003. It's shadow.
  1004. Not full light.
  1005. But shadow isn't darkness.
  1006. These are his words.
  1007. "If you say the Old Testament cannot be
  1008. rightly interpreted apart
    from the New Testament,
  1009. then you have denied the perspicuity
  1010. of the Old Testament."
  1011. Who knows what the word perspicuity means?
  1012. Clarity.
  1013. How can he say that?
  1014. When Jesus comes along and says,
  1015. let Me tell you about Malachi's Elijah.
  1016. It's John.
  1017. I don't know how he (John
    MacArthur) comes to this.
  1018. Brethren, does it deny the
    clarity of the New Testament
  1019. when Scripture says,
  1020. "don't muzzle the ox?"
  1021. Well, in its physical reality,
  1022. that doesn't deny any perspicuity.
  1023. That's pretty clear.
  1024. Don't muzzle the ox.
  1025. You've got an ox
  1026. pulling the grinding wheel.
  1027. Don't put a muzzle on it so it can't eat.
  1028. Let it eat.
  1029. But is that the end of the story?
  1030. You see, if I take John
    MacArthur's approach
  1031. and say, nope, the Old
    Testament's got to stand alone.
  1032. If you can't interpret it all by itself,
  1033. it's darkness. You're denying perspicuity.
  1034. The Apostle Paul did not believe that.
  1035. Brethren, when the Apostle Paul
  1036. begins to teach Gentile believers -
  1037. Corinthians, Timothy who was
  1038. with the Ephesians,
  1039. you know what he says?
  1040. He says muzzling the ox -
  1041. God didn't give that because
    He was concerned about oxen.
  1042. He says God gave that
  1043. because He wants those who render to you
  1044. spiritual things not to be muzzled.
  1045. Take care of them.
  1046. Take care of your preachers.
  1047. He says that's what it's for.
  1048. Do you get that out of the Old Testament?
  1049. You can read your Old Testament
  1050. till you're blue in the face,
  1051. and you are not going to find that said.
  1052. You see how you rob the text?
  1053. Do you see how it's
    just massively incomplete?
  1054. Brethren, have you ever read

  1055. there in the Sermon on the Mount
  1056. that your righteousness;
  1057. your righteousness if
    you're in the kingdom,
  1058. it better exceed that of
    the Scribes and Pharisees.
  1059. And you know right before that,
  1060. He talks about what that
    righteousness looks like.
  1061. It looks like you not relaxing
  1062. even one of the least commandments
  1063. given in the Old Testament,
  1064. which would include commandments
  1065. just like this.
  1066. But you see, if I'm not gong to relax
  1067. commandments like muzzling the ox,
  1068. I better have some New Testament manner
  1069. of interpreting it, or you're going to be
  1070. running your oxen out there all muzzled.
  1071. I mean, right?
  1072. If you're going to
    take all this literally,
  1073. what I'm being told by Christ
  1074. is I better not relax one of the least
  1075. of the commandments that was given.
  1076. But what I find in the New Testament
  1077. is all those commandments
    had moral realities.
  1078. They had practical realities
  1079. that pointed to living my life in this age
  1080. as a Christian.
  1081. But knowing how to apply those things
  1082. and how to interpret those things...
  1083. Brethren, when I come
    into the New Testament,
  1084. I find Christ is the Passover Lamb.
  1085. It's in the New Testament that I find
  1086. that Christ is the fulfillment
  1087. of the Old Testament priesthood.
  1088. It's in the New Testament that I find
  1089. that all the festivals, the new moons,
  1090. the Sabbath days were all shadows,
  1091. but Christ is the substance.
  1092. Can I tell you something?
  1093. Whether it's dispensationalism
  1094. or whether it's covenant theology,
  1095. any time you start in the Old Testament,
  1096. you are going to end up going somewhere
  1097. God never intended you to go.
  1098. If you start there.
  1099. It's inspired.
  1100. We need it.
  1101. But what we see is that we never
  1102. want to deal with the Old Testament
  1103. as though Jesus Christ never came
  1104. and as though the apostles never
  1105. wrote the New Testament.
  1106. Clearly, brethren, clearly they show us
  1107. repeatedly that that is how we are
  1108. to deal with Scripture.
  1109. If we embrace John
    MacArthur's hermeneutic,
  1110. (incomplete thought).
  1111. You know what he said?
  1112. He said nobody ends up an amillenialist
  1113. unless they read the New Testament
  1114. back into the Old.
  1115. I just say: exactly!
  1116. That's what I'm supposed to do!
  1117. Brethren, reading what
    the Old Testament says

  1118. concerning Israel, the
    covenants made to Israel,
  1119. promises made to Israel,
  1120. and coming to all manner
    of dogmatic conclusions
  1121. without first reading the New Testament
  1122. to see how the
    Holy Spirit inspired apostles,
  1123. teach us to interpret those things
  1124. in the Old Testament
  1125. is a very irresponsible way
  1126. to approach Scripture.
  1127. It is.
  1128. That is irresponsible.
  1129. You let the New Testament light
  1130. shine on that Old Testament,
  1131. and it will come to life.
  1132. That's what Jesus did.
  1133. Brethren, He came along and He just
  1134. started throwing all this stuff out,
  1135. and it just blew everybody away.
  1136. He starts explaining things in ways
  1137. that He just let the light in.
  1138. Never read the Old Testament promises;
  1139. never read anything from the Old Testament
  1140. as if Jesus had not come;
  1141. as if the New Testament
    had not been written.
  1142. That's the third.
  1143. This basic hermeneutic of
    interpreting the Old by the New.
  1144. They would wrest it from our hands.

  1145. Because I would say this.
  1146. Nobody ever ends up becoming
  1147. a dispensational premillenialist
  1148. unless they refuse to
    read the New Testament
  1149. back into the Old.
  1150. I understand how they come up with
  1151. what they come up with,
  1152. because they don't let the New Testament
  1153. guide them in their interpretations.
  1154. Here's a fourth thing.

  1155. The church's missionary
    hope is commandeered.
  1156. For the sake of time,
  1157. I'm going to shoot right through this.
  1158. Brethren, in Revelation 20,
  1159. it says that during the millenium,
  1160. the devil is bound
  1161. from deceiving the nations.
  1162. If that is indeed a way of
    describing this current time,
  1163. then the missionary hope is this:
  1164. the devil is bound.
  1165. Not totally.
  1166. He's bound from doing one thing:
  1167. deceiving the nations; the Gentiles.
  1168. Listen, that's what Scripture says.
  1169. Jesus Himself said,
  1170. "How can somebody enter
    the strongman's house
  1171. and plunder his goods?"
  1172. Unless what?
  1173. "Unless he first binds the strongman.
  1174. Then indeed, he may plunder the house."
  1175. Remember what happened?
  1176. He sends 72 out.
  1177. 72. They go out preaching the Gospel.
  1178. And when they came back, they said,
  1179. Lord, the demons - they obeyed us!
  1180. He says, "I saw...
  1181. I saw Satan fall."
  1182. You see, Satan does not
    have power before the Gospel.
  1183. That's what this is all about.
  1184. That's what we're talking about here.
  1185. He said to them,
  1186. "I saw Satan fall like
    lightning from heaven.
  1187. Behold, I have given you authority
  1188. to tread on serpents, scorpions,
  1189. and over all the power of the enemy,
  1190. and nothing shall hurt you."
  1191. You know in John 12, He says this:
  1192. Think of this. Jesus is
    going to the cross.
  1193. John 12.
  1194. He says this:
  1195. "Now is the judgment of this world."
  1196. "Now is the judgment of this world.
  1197. Now the ruler of this
    world will be cast out."
  1198. What? The ruler of this world
  1199. is going to be cast out when?
  1200. In John 12.
  1201. See how perfectly that correlates
  1202. with taking that millenium to be
  1203. this long period of time
  1204. between Christ's comings -
  1205. His first coming and His second coming.
  1206. This is the missionary age.
  1207. This is the age of the ingathering
  1208. of the Gentiles.
  1209. This is the time of the Gentiles.
  1210. This is a time when Satan cannot keep
  1211. the nations in darkness
  1212. as he did before the cross.
  1213. And I'll tell you this.
  1214. Jesus said this.
  1215. He said now - now - I'm
    going to the cross.
  1216. Now is the ruler of this world cast out.
  1217. And you know what He says next?
  1218. And if you lift Me up,
  1219. I'm going to draw all men -
  1220. not just Jews.
  1221. I'm going to draw all men unto Me.
  1222. Brethren, the hope of the church
  1223. is that we live in an age
  1224. when Satan is bound,
  1225. when we can go out among the nations,
  1226. and by the power of Christ -
  1227. Him going with us,
  1228. "Lo, I am with you to the
    end of the world."
  1229. All authority - and we can go out there,
  1230. and we're going to come
    back with a harvest.
  1231. They would commandeer that from us.
  1232. John MacArthur mocks at that.
  1233. Yeah, the devil, he goes
    around like a roaring lion
  1234. seeking whom he may devour.
  1235. Doesn't sound like he's chained to me.
  1236. John, that is just shoddy,
    shoddy Bible interpretation.
  1237. Again. Because if you go to Revelation 20,
  1238. it does not say that he's bound
  1239. from seeking whom he may devour.
  1240. It doesn't say that he's not going around
  1241. like a roaring lion.
  1242. It says he's bound from
    deceiving the nations.
  1243. That's what it says.
  1244. That's what Jesus said.
  1245. The ruler of this world -
  1246. at the cross - the ruler of this world
  1247. is cast out.
  1248. You say, what does that mean?
  1249. It means something.
  1250. And what He follows it with
  1251. is I will gather all men unto Myself.
  1252. That's what it means.
  1253. The devil will not be able to resist that
  1254. from taking place.
  1255. So that's the fourth thing.
  1256. The fifth thing is this.

  1257. That system commandeers
    the church's glory.
  1258. You say, what do you mean by that?
  1259. Brethren, brethren, a faithful examination
  1260. of the Scriptures is going to reveal this:
  1261. Brethren, brethren!
  1262. This is the pinnacle.
  1263. This is the top of the mountain.
  1264. Everything in this book
  1265. is pointing somewhere.
  1266. It is pointing to Christ.
  1267. And when you come to the New Testament,
  1268. what you find is all this was shadow,
  1269. and it's all pointing to Him.
  1270. And you come to the New Testament,
  1271. and the four Gospels are all about Him,
  1272. and the epistles are all about
  1273. interpreting what happened in His teaching
  1274. and in His life.
  1275. And it's all about Him.
  1276. It's about Him.
  1277. It pointed.
  1278. The Gospel was all in types and shadows
  1279. found in the Old Testament.
  1280. It's pointing to Christ.
  1281. And it's pointing to the church.
  1282. You come to the New Testament,
  1283. the church...
  1284. the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
  1285. Christ and the church
  1286. is the focal point.
  1287. Everything looks there.
  1288. It is on the mountain top.
  1289. It is the culmination of all prophecy.
  1290. Do you realize what this
    dispensationalism teaches?
  1291. We've got to build a temple again.
  1292. We actually have to have priests
  1293. offering sacrifices again.
  1294. Brethren, let me tell you something.
  1295. Types and shadows always look
  1296. to the fulfillment.
  1297. They look to that which is far better.
  1298. Think of the type and shadow
  1299. that we have been given in this age
  1300. when most types and shadows
    have been put away.
  1301. The Lord's Supper is a type and shadow
  1302. of what?
  1303. Of sitting with Christ face-to-face.
  1304. Of having Him forever.
  1305. Do you recognize what it says
  1306. if we get to Christ and the church,
  1307. and then we allow this
  1308. redemptive retrograde, regression -
  1309. we go back down the mountain.
  1310. And we set up sacrifices again.
  1311. Do you know what happens?
  1312. Do you know what it communicates
  1313. if when Christ comes,
  1314. you revert back to shadow?
  1315. Do you realize what that communicates?
  1316. Do you realize what shadows
    always communicate?
  1317. Something better is yet to come.
  1318. Do you recognize that if Christ comes
  1319. and we go back to shadow,
  1320. it says Christ is not it.
  1321. There's something better.
  1322. Do you know what Jesus did?
  1323. He came.
  1324. He's on the road to Emmaus.
  1325. He says, boys, I can take you through
  1326. this whole book.
  1327. And it's about Me.
  1328. It's pointing to Me.
  1329. Do you realize when He died
  1330. that veil tore from the top to the bottom?
  1331. Saying it's done!
  1332. All done with the shadows
  1333. because the reality has come.
  1334. Brethren, the church -

  1335. the church is His body.
  1336. It's the fullness of Him
    who fills all in all.
  1337. He can look at the church -
  1338. this is the highest point of redemption.
  1339. This is the highest point of blessing
  1340. bestowed upon man
  1341. that we actually are His bride.
  1342. We actually are His body.
  1343. We actually are the fullness of Him.
  1344. Have you ever just stopped?
  1345. We are the fullness of Him
  1346. who fills all in all?
  1347. This is it. This is it.
  1348. This whole perversion
  1349. for you to tell me that in God's plan
  1350. there's going to be a
    reconstruction of a temple,
  1351. there's going to be a re-institution
    of the Levitical priesthood.
  1352. Does Hebrews not just
    blow that whole thing
  1353. right out of the water?
  1354. Hebrews is all about the
    Levitical priesthood
  1355. [no more].
  1356. It needed a better priest.
  1357. Brethren, Hebrews 10:1,
  1358. "Since the law has but a shadow
  1359. of the good things to come,
  1360. instead of the true
    form of these realities,
  1361. it can never by the same sacrifices
  1362. that are continually offered every year
  1363. make perfect those who draw near."
  1364. It never made anything perfect.
  1365. Never made anything perfect.
  1366. But He has come now who does make perfect.
  1367. Will we reinstitute shadows that mean
  1368. we now need to look for something else?
  1369. That's what a shadow is.
  1370. If you just look at the basic intent
  1371. and definition of a shadow,
  1372. it should dispel.
  1373. I can remember as a new believer
  1374. even hearing that somebody
  1375. like J. Vernon McGee
  1376. or one of these Scofield-ites
  1377. was saying that they were going to
  1378. reestablish the Old Testament worship.
  1379. I didn't know a lot, but it made me
  1380. recoil with horror at such a thought.
  1381. Because I could see it even
    as a young believer.
  1382. That dishonors Christ.
  1383. Brethren, if that is not sufficient reason
  1384. to go to Scripture and to seek the truth
  1385. on this matter, I don't know
    what sufficient matters.
  1386. How we handle the Word,
  1387. not being disarmed of one
    of the basic hermeneutics,
  1388. owning every promise
    that God has given to us,
  1389. not losing the glory of
    Christ and the church.
  1390. We do not want to back down
  1391. to some shadows again.
  1392. Losing that missionary hope
  1393. of the binding of the devil.
  1394. Brethren, harmful errors.
  1395. I believe harmful.
  1396. The church's urgency is dulled.
  1397. We don't want that.
  1398. I want to set forth before you
  1399. in these weeks ahead
  1400. the biblical view of end times.
  1401. And I think you will find this.
  1402. It gives all the promises to us in Christ.
  1403. It demands urgency.
  1404. It will show us we need to interpret
  1405. everything in the Old by the New.
  1406. It will show us this
    is the missionary time.
  1407. This is the time of
    ingathering of the Gentiles.
  1408. It will show us that Jesus Christ
  1409. and the church is the fulfillment;
  1410. it is the culmination.
  1411. There's nothing higher.
  1412. Christ is all the glory
    of Immanuel's land.
  1413. I could just imagine a true
    Christian shedding tears.
  1414. Even if Israel at some point
  1415. rebuilds the temple,
  1416. the true Christian would lay those bricks
  1417. with tears as an affront to Christ.
  1418. They may do that,
  1419. but don't believe for a second
  1420. that it's got anything
    to do with God's plan -
  1421. not His redemptive plan.
  1422. It does not have to
    do with the fulfillment
  1423. of what these guys are talking about.
  1424. We're going to look at this.
  1425. We're going to look at this
  1426. because Scripture is not
    silent on these things.
  1427. Scripture has an enormous amount to say.
  1428. Father, I know that those
    of us here in this church

  1429. do not have a corner on the truth.
  1430. And I know that my brother John MacArthur
  1431. has been so instrumental in leading me
  1432. into so much truth.
  1433. Lord, we know that many that hold
  1434. to that way of thinking,
  1435. that mindset, they're Your children.
  1436. But Father, we pray for them.
  1437. We pray that You would
    lead them into truth.
  1438. We pray that You would lead us into truth.
  1439. Lord, may Your Word be a lamp
  1440. unto our feet in these days all our life;
  1441. in the days ahead and
    all the way to the end.
  1442. May You lead us in truth.
  1443. The Spirit who was sent
  1444. to guide us into all truth,
  1445. we pray that He would lead us into truth;
  1446. lead us into understanding,
  1447. rightly comprehending in the weeks ahead.
  1448. Lord, oh, if there's
    anything I can pray for,
  1449. I pray that this church
    would live and teach
  1450. unto the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  1451. And whatever we look at in the weeks ahead
  1452. we want it to be for His glory.
  1453. We want it to be for His sake.
  1454. Lord, in humility, we
    want to handle the Word.
  1455. We want to believe what the Word says.
  1456. Lord, we thank You that that One
  1457. who fulfills all the shadows has come.
  1458. Oh, we thank You that
    we don't have to live
  1459. under that Old Testament law.
  1460. That was a yoke about their neck
  1461. that none of them could bear.
  1462. Oh, Lord, we thank You we're not under
  1463. that dispensation.
  1464. We thank You that our Lord has come.
  1465. We thank You we've been set free.
  1466. We thank You that we have the light
  1467. of the New Testament now.
  1468. Lord, thank You that we
    live in such a time as this.
  1469. In such a time that You
    are harvesting the Gentiles,
  1470. and many of us in this room -
  1471. we are the Gentiles that Satan
  1472. has not been able to deceive.
  1473. His hand was held back
    and we were rescued.
  1474. And we have come to find rest and trust
  1475. in the bosom of Jesus Christ.
  1476. Oh Lord, thank You!
  1477. Thank You for this salvation.
  1478. Thank You for choosing us.
  1479. Thank You for rescuing us.
  1480. Thank You for all the glorious hope
  1481. and the promises that
    we have in Jesus Christ.
  1482. Thank You that You've
    made us full inclusion,
  1483. full sons, grafted in to
    the tree of Your people.
  1484. Made fellow citizens with the saints.
  1485. Members of the household of God.
  1486. In all ways, partakers of the covenants.
  1487. The covenants, the promises
    have become ours.
  1488. True offspring of Abraham.
  1489. All because of Christ.
    All because of Christ.
  1490. Lord, thank You our salvation
  1491. is abundantly great, abundantly glorious.
  1492. Salvation which is to the uttermost.
  1493. Thank You, Lord.
  1494. Thank You.
  1495. In Christ's name we thank You.
  1496. Amen.