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TV Broadcast #1089


August 18, 2013

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1089 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: The devil has deliberately just taken over our culture and driven it away from the moorings, away from anything. The simple thing like prayer in the public schools … my God, if we recited that prayer every day in public school, do you think that would stop everything? Those are symptoms. Those are symptoms of a nation that has made choices. And we have made a choice in this nation to reject God. I don’t care what you say. A majority of our country has rejected God and rejected everything He stands for.

I know there’s people that say, well, we’ve got to do this, we’ve got to do that. Well, I don’t think I see any stops between here and disaster myself. I don’t want to be just negative. I want to realistic, though. Because there’s another dimension that we’ve got to remember. We’re not just living in a world that’s gonna go on and on. We are living within a world that has an end. It has an expiration date that God has already set.

Now he didn’t explain that to the Mayans or to some of these would-be date-setter preachers. At least, He didn’t give them the date. But I’ll tell you, there is an expiration date. There is a plan that is wrapping up. And we are not seeing just evil as usual. You know, there’s always been bad things happen. You go back through history, there’s been all kinds of ugliness happen, but this is not the same. Something has changed.

Because what happens … and you saw it in what Jesus said about the spirit that went out. When the man started he had one spirit. That’s bad enough, and then there was a certain amount of reprieve. The spirit went out. What happened later? He wound up with eight, much worse off than when he started and that’s where we’re at, folks. You reject light, you choose darkness, it’s much worse. It’s much worse.

Look at … everybody knows the scripture just about in John chapter 12, verse 35. Because this is looking at that generation! “Then Jesus told them, You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light.” (NIV).

The darkness that is overtaking our world now is not simply the rule of Satan over mankind. This is the result of rejected light. It is men who have chosen darkness. And folks, we are told in the Word of God that’s how this age is going to end, as far as the world is concerned. God’s not going to lose a single one that He has foreknown from the foundation of the world. Thank God! His light is gonna continue to go and it’s gonna continue to reach in spite of everything the devil can do. The gates of hell will not prevail against His plan!

But I’ll tell you, the world of men, don’t you look for it to get better. They can do all they will, you’re not gonna stop evil from happening in this world. Now when devils take over some people’s lives, they get rich and famous and admired. If the devil takes over somebody else, he does what Adam Lanza did.

You talk about the change of values, I made this point, I couldn’t refrain from making this point because I’ve thought about it so much since … so often I should say, since that event. Well understandably, everybody was horrified, weren’t they? Sure. I was. And you pray for it and you sympathize with the people. My God, we should!

But it just drives me crazy to think about all the many people who are in this position. They will absolutely be filled with shock and horror because 20 children died, but they don’t seem to have any conviction about the fact that this nation has systematically slaughtered 58 million children over the decades, children who are a lot younger, a lot more innocent, and a lot more helpless!

What’s going on? How does, in their thinking a blob of meaningless, discardable tissue, suddenly, magically get transformed into a baby of inestimable value, simply by passing out of the mother’s womb? Now I’m not gonna go off on a bandwagon about the issue, but that’s a pretty big symptom, isn’t it … how we can suddenly justify murder?

Now let me give you this scenario. (I did put this in an article.) Imagine somebody like Adam Lanza goes into a hospital maternity ward filled with newborns, takes a gun and shoots them all. What do you think the reaction would be? Utter horror! How could somebody do such a terrible thing! Beef up security! Do something!

But let’s back the clock up a few hours. All those babies are still inside their mother’s womb. There is a significant part of our society that would see nothing wrong in doctors slaughtering those children in ways a lot more gruesome than simply putting a bullet in their head.

What’s going on here? We have been disconnected from God and righteousness in any form. Now just adhering to the Constitution and all that stuff doesn’t make anybody righteous, but boy, it sure is … it’s at least a warning, it’s a wall, it’s something to restrain. But the forces that want to transform our nation today hate our Constitution. They hate everything to do with our heritage. The will re-interpret it. They will do end-runs around it. If they could, they would abolish it in a moment. But that’s simply those forces that are at work in the human race.

And you know, we’ve used many times, we’ve talked about the end of the age in 2nd Thessalonians, I believe it is. 2nd Thessalonians, we find that there is even in Paul’s day, a spirit at work in the world, a spirit of antichrist was at work, but there was a restraining force.

Do you think anybody would have ever been saved, do you think the Gospel would have gone out into the world if God had just taken His hands off and let the devil do as he pleased in the world? Give me a break. Do you think man could do anything against that kind of power? Our nature agrees with it! All he has to do is appeal to us and we wander right into his jail. So God has restrained, there has been a restraint.

But Paul talks about a rebellion that’s coming. And he talks about the man of sin. I have not worried about whether that’s ‘a man,’ or just humanity. It doesn’t really make any difference. It’s gonna happen the same way. He talks about in verse 7, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.”

You know what’s gonna fix this world? Fire — and replacement with a world where righteousness rules and sin and death and all the things that have gone before are banished forever. You see that in Revelation.

“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil ….” Every sort of evil. Some of it’s in Hollywood, some of it’s in the news broadcasts, you name it.

I’ll interject this. You know we talk about somebody like Adam Lanza destroying, including his own life, 28 lives and his mother’s. What about somebody who has a high position of influence motivated by demons, they’re on TV all the time, and they’re spewing out something that’s been inspired by Satan. Who is doing more damage? Who is serving Satan more effectively? A couple of homicidal maniacs who just can’t take it anymore and are gonna go out and do all the damage they can, or somebody who is constantly spewing out Satan’s lies and deceiving people, binding cords of darkness about them?

I’ll tell you, when the Lord pulls the veil back, we’re gonna see. In fact, men complain about how God hasn’t protected them, I believe with all my heart that when that day comes, we’re gonna look back and we’re gonna be amazed at how much evil God has restrained that would have happened! God has been so merciful.

You look at the history of Israel, that nation that was so full of rebellion, and how many times God protected them, God blessed them, God worked, and then He would take His hand off when they would be rebellious, and let their enemies come in. They would cry out and He would come running to their rescue, time and time again. We have a merciful God.

( congregational amens ).

Merciful God. “… Every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.” It says, “ They perish …” Now why are they perishing? Is this just something God decided, I’m gonna kill them? No! “They perish because they refused to love the truth …” They did! God reached out! God convicted! God tried to get their attention through events, through thoughts, through everything He could think of, He tried to stop them in their mad rush toward destruction! They didn’t want it. They wouldn’t hear it. Don’t want to hear that. I love my sin. Of course, they don’t call it that, but that what it amounts to.

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” So what happens? “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion ….” Anybody see that in our world today?

( congregational response ).

Why? “… So that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” Oh let’s celebrate it. My God. Do you see why the world is in the condition it’s in? Should it surprise any of us when something terrible happens? I’ll tell you, it amazes me it isn’t worse. What we’re seeing is God just simply taking His hands off.

Somebody made that point … I don’t know if it was Ann Graham … or somebody. But when the news people were going to interview people about 9/11 … oh, why did God let such a thing happen? Well, they made the point that we’ve told Him to go take a hike and now we expect Him to come. And He did, He stepped back. We don’t want You, God. We don’t want to follow Your laws. We don’t want You to rule over us, but we expect You to stop anything bad from happening. Oh, give me a break.

You think about Jesus … I mean, how does God feel about this? Is He just licking His chops, saying, oh boy, I’m gonna get to judge people? Is that His Spirit?

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You think about Jesus … right before the cross, He was in a place where He could look over Jerusalem, and He said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you ….” How often would I have gathered you like a hen gathers her chickens, and what?

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You would not! That was the problem. You would not. It’s not that He wouldn’t. They wouldn’t. Now your house is left desolate. There comes a time when God simply stands back and lets people have what they want. Be careful what you want. You just might get it. But what was Jesus’ reaction? Was He saying this with glee?

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He wept. In one of the other accounts about this it says, he talked about the time is coming when your enemies … see, this wasn’t something God just did directly. He said, your enemies are gonna surround you, they’re gonna hem you in, and they’re not gonna leave one stone upon another, because you didn’t know the time of your visitation.

My God, we’d better have ears that are open to His cry and open to His voice. We’d better be listening. Don’t fall into the delusion of that man in Brooklyn. You think there’s a neutral place? There’s no neutral place. There are two kingdoms, both of them unseen by natural eyes. They are both real.

And I’ll tell you, Jesus Christ is Lord. He sits on a throne. He is sending His Word into the earth, His message of hope and promise. And there are people that are opening their hearts to it, and He’s changing them, and He’s giving them a new heart and a new life and a new hope. Praise God! And there’s others who are just going like this. What does the scripture say? “Today if you hear His voice …”

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Don’t harden your heart. And that’s His Word to anybody that’s in that position today. You better hear His voice. You better not look for this world to fix itself. It’s not gonna fix itself. We need the Lord. He’s the only One that bring can His people through what’s gonna happen at the end of this age. I don’t know what it may entail. As I say, it may entail death for many of us … some of us. But I’ll tell you, they can’t kill what God’s done.

( congregational amens ).

They can’t kill the life that’s in here. Somebody puts a bullet to your head, that’s a one-way ticket out of this place forever! You’ll never have to come back and suffer one more thing. Never be any more pain, never any more sorrow. Oh, I’ll tell you, we have a sure and certain hope in the Lord.

You know, I said earlier, this could make somebody, not just sober, but fearful. Oh Lord, if bad people are out there doing all kinds of things, what am I … I’m living in this uncertain world, somebody might walk up to me and put a bullet in my head. Well, I’ll tell you, we do serve a Lord who knows His children. There’s not one thing the Devil can engineer that He doesn’t allow.

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And we get a pretty good glimpse of that in the Book of Job, don’t we?

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When it starts, Job is the most righteous man God identifies in the earth. And He just enumerates all the things that he did … just a God-fearing man. And the Devil somehow … don’t ask me all the mechanics of this, but the Devil came before God. The Lord brought him up! The Lord said, “Have you considered my servant Job?”

That’s another message, but you could follow that through. God was wanting to something really special for Job and it just came in an odd package. God had something in mind in all that happened. And Job wound up a lot better off than He was in the beginning. That’s true for every one of us. If we’ll just humble ourselves and trust Him.

But anyway, the Lord brings him up and says, “Have you considered my servant Job?” And the devil says, yeah, do you think Job is serving You for nothing? That just tells you his nature. Selfish! What can I get out of it? He’s serving You because You put a hedge around him! What does that mean?

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That was protection, wasn’t it? That means the Devil couldn’t get to Job. The Devil would loved to have done all the nasty things he did long before this! But he couldn’t because God had put a hedge of protection around Job. And so he was accused before God of just serving God for what he could get. And of course, we know the Lord just said, all right you can touch everything he has. And one, by one, by one, by one.

( snapping fingers ).

All his children, all of his possessions were gone. And he said, praise the Lord. “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb ….” (KJV). And naked I’m gonna return. And he wouldn’t curse God. And so they had a repeat of the scene and the Devil was allowed again to touch him, but not take his life. So he made his life miserable with boils, or whatever. And God used that difficult circumstance to bring him to a place of greater knowledge and greater blessing in the ultimate end.

But the thing that we need to focus on is the reality that there is such a thing as a hedge. God does not forget His children. He knows everything about every one of you. And there is not one thing, there’s not one hair of your head or mine, however few you may have left, that God doesn’t know about, and that God doesn’t protect from anything the Devil would try to do that isn’t a part of God’s plan.

Folks, we need Him. That hedge of protection, whatever measure there has been is being removed from our society. God knows what’s going to happen as a result. I cannot see anything good coming out of it, except for the fact that I believe God is gonna use the distresses that are coming to awaken His people, to get our nose out of trying to just live our lives daily, gratifying our own desires and just living like we’re just buried in the moment.

We’ll wake up and say, wait a minute, what’s going on here? God’s people need to be awakened. We need to be awakened. We need to have answers. Not condemnation and not all that stuff, but I mean, loving answers, and say, this is a world that has chosen darkness rather than light, but there is hope. The door of salvation is not yet closed for those who can hear His voice.

And God has given us the privilege of shining as lights in a dark world. I didn’t take time to look this scripture up. I think there’s one that says something along that line. Yeah, in Philippians chapter 2 … see this is bonus material, this is not in the article. Philippians 2:14. “Do everything without complaining or arguing ….” (NIV). Now some of you won’t be able to get past that.

( laughter ).

Anyway, let’s work at it. Let’s ask God to help us. “… So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” That’s a pretty good prescription for what the Lord wants of us … to draw together, to draw near to Him, to look with understanding at the world we live in, to be able to have an answer and a life to back it up for those that God would reach, because God is winding this thing up and we need to wake up.

And what happened in Newtown … I’m not trying to diagnose the particulars. It’s just a symptom, as was what happened a few days later. You know, when some crazy person lit a fire up in New York somewhere and shot then the firemen who responded to it. I mean, it just goes on and on, where you see certain kinds of spirits that do take over people and they are homicidal maniacs in some way.

And so, what do we expect? The devil’s just gonna be happy? No, there are some spirits that are that way. There’s others that are sitting behind news desks trying to tell us about it. No difference in God’s eyes. How many of you saw the headline a couple of weeks ago, or a week ago, I guess where some scientists were going to examine Adam Lanza’s DNA.

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To try to identify the evil gene. Do you see the evolutionism in their thinking?

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They think, oh he’s damaged. If we can just fix the gene, he’ll be a Sunday School boy. He’ll be sweet, or people like him will be sweet. They’re not gonna fix this race. There’s only one that can rescue us, as Paul says in Colossians chapter 1 … to rescue us from the power of darkness and translate us into the kingdom of His Son. We need divine rescue.

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People need to be crying out to Him saying, oh God, I have no power to free myself from this world and its fate. I need You.

( congregational amens ).

I come to You as a lost, broken, helpless sinner. I need You to just take over my heart and my life. Give me life and hope beyond this world. That’s the only message we’ve got, folks. It’s Christ, to lift Him up in the world that’s descending into darkness from which it will not recover. That’s the reality of it.

But Jesus is coming one day. He’s gonna split that sky and I’ll tell you, that’s gonna be a shouting time for everyone who knows Him. Oh praise God. Aren’t you looking forward to that day? Even so, come Lord Jesus!

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! Praise the Lord!