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TV Broadcast #1132

Earth’s Last Hour
Part One

June 15, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1132 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Praise God! It’s good to see everybody this morning. You know, when the apostle Paul, or Paul the apostle, went around establishing churches in his day, there were many subjects that he preached. Of course, the center was Christ and Him crucified, the Gospel of grace.

But he didn’t confine himself to just that specific subject. There were many times he informed and taught his people about how the age was going to progress and how the end of the age, or how the age would end, and about the coming of the Lord, and the hope that we have in Him.

And there certainly is a need that we understand many of those things, I believe, because this is the context in which we serve God. We need a knowledge of the Gospel of grace and how to live our lives in a practical sense, but we also need to understand the times.

And I just had a sense in the last little bit…in the last three or four weeks, I’ve sort of reconnected with something that I believe the Lord made real to me about a dozen or more years ago. And it wound up with a series of articles, and then got gathered together in a book called “Sudden Death Overtime.” But it was a sense that history repeats itself, that there are patterns in God’s relationship with the world and with men that tend to repeat over time. And so what we see in the past is extremely relevant to us today, because we are absolutely seeing history repeat itself.

You know, in the beginning we have the record in the first few chapters of Genesis of the creation, and how beautiful and how perfect and how sinless it was, no corruption whatsoever. And then something happened, didn’t it. When God created Adam and Eve and they chose to rebel against Him, they chose to disobey deliberately, and to chart an independent course, and there was a fellowship that was broken.

Not only was there a fellowship broken, but there was a very real power that took control of their lives and began to move them inexorably towards death, there’s no question about it. God says, the day you eat of this tree you will die and you will die. In other words, there is something gonna start that’s gonna culminate in your end.

And so death began to enter, and it wasn’t very long before you had the first murder. The first child born into the world, Cain, I believe, and his brother Abel…and Cain killed his brother Abel, didn’t he, out of jealousy? There was something…you saw that principle of sin begin to rise up, and it’s all about self and self gratification, and the anger and the jealousy that consumed him.

And so, Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, he refused to humble himself, he refused to repent, and things went from bad to worse. And we see how things progressed over generations.

And, finally you come to the place in chapter 6 where God sees that things have gone to a point where there’s nothing to do but bring judgment. And, if I can…there we go, chapter 6. “When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” (NIV).

Now right there you see something going on. People are being motivated purely by natural considerations, weren’t they? They’re not seeking God, they’re not concerned about what God says, or what God wants, or His reason for creating us. They simply were taking their life, their earthly life for granted, trying to live it as they pleased.

And, the Lord said, He made a determination, He said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever….” That’s a pretty strong principle, isn’t it? Man thinks this world is gonna go on. He’s trying to plan his future and how he can cope with all the problems of the world, and he doesn’t realize that there’s no future—there’s no future to plan for, not in the long term sense.

And men, in this hour, they were planning on the future. Jesus referred back to this and said, they were, “…marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark…until the flood came.” (KJV). They had no clue what was coming in spite of the fact that God had done everything in His power to warn men and to reach out to them. But there was a condition that had settled in upon the human race.

And He said, “My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (NIV). And I’m not interested in verses 3 and 4, or 4 and 5, I guess it is. There’s a whole lot of fanciful theories about who the Nephilim were, and all that stuff, and as I say, that’s another deal, and they were who they were.

But verse 5, “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and…” Listen to this. “…That every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” See, I’ll tell you, when God interacts with man, when He makes Himself known, whether it’s by conscience, whether it’s by preaching, whatever it is, there’s no such thing as a neutral place. Men either bow to their Maker or they go the other way, and there’s a darkness that seizes their minds.

And this is what had happened. They had reached a point where there was no return. There was no going back. And, even in this you can see the mercy of God, because he declared a period of 120 years, at some point it says that. Yeah, back in verse 3, He says, “His days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Boy, God is merciful, isn’t He?

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He will allow men to go to a point of no return, and still reach out, and still reach out, and give time. So there was 120 years of warning when God’s voice was in the earth through Noah, and through what Noah did, but here was one man who, “…found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (KJV). You know, God has always had a people, not matter what has gone on in the earth, God has had a people. Praise God! And God has always been faithful to His people, has He not?

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And so, rather than just jump in, and have a temper tantrum, and kill everybody, He reached out in love and in mercy, and He gave a message to Noah. He warned him what was coming, and He gave Him something to do. And Noah believed God and his faith was translated into action. And out of all the people that lived on the earth at that time, we don’t know how many that was, but however many there were, there was a whole total of eight that believed in some measure, they believed enough to be part of this. And they listened to the voice of God, and they built an ark, and they were preserved.

And when the floods came down, the boat went up, didn’t it? And when the floods went down, the boat settled down into a brand new world, and God began over what He was doing. But I’ll tell you, there’s something we can see in the words of Paul in Romans chapter 1. This is a favorite passage of a lot of folks in this hour, but it’s the truth. And this tells you why men get in the condition that they get into.

In verse 18, now Paul has just talked about not being ashamed of the Gospel. May God help us not to be ashamed of the Gospel. It’s the Good News!

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No matter what men think, this world is full of people who are caught by a terrible power and that power will absolutely drive them to destruction and death. And God, being the great bully that He is, doesn’t want men to go to hell. There’s a love that reaches out, isn’t there, through the Gospel, through the Good News, and He is the One who made a way when we were totally helpless.

My God, there’s not a one, as we’ve said so many times, there’s not a one of us here who can look down on anybody. We are sinners who have been saved by the grace of God, who did everything that was necessary. As it was said this morning, Jesus paid it all, didn’t He?

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Every bit, every reason that I have to hope this morning is because of what He did. And I’m so thankful just to put my trust in that, to stop trying and just trust in the Savior and what He’s done for me. But then Paul is launching into the condition of the world, and why it’s where it’s at. And he says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men…” (NIV). Now, here’s the description of what’s wrong. Who do what? “…Who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”

So here are men who know something, but yet they feel inclinations that are contrary to that and they have a choice, and that’s what’s driving this whole issue. It is, what do I do with these desires and this nature that wants what it wants, and yet, here’s a truth of God that’s saying, that’s wrong, and I have a different way for you to go. What’s the answer? What do men do? They still that voice. They stifle their conscience and they go their way, and they harden their hearts against what they know about God.

“…Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

It continually amazes me, and yet it shouldn’t amaze us, how readily men look at the world, look at the universe today, and declare that there is no God…many of the intellectuals…there is no God and everything has happened by blind chance, and that’s a scientific fact, and by God, you’d better not say different. Lord have mercy! That is not just blindness. That is a willful, hard-heart blindness that simply refuses to bow to the God to whom we will every one give an account.

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In spite of the fact that God is a God of great love and mercy reaching out, they will have their own way. And every once in a while, you’ll find in some of the writings of some of the leading intellectuals, atheists, the absolute admission that the reason they choose to believe what they believe is that they want the freedom to do as they please. They feel lusts and inclinations and they don’t want anybody telling them they can’t do that. And so they latch on to this belief, ‘there is no God and I can do as I please…I am my own god.’

Well you see what’s going on here. This applies in every age, but it certainly applied to the world before Noah, because men were continually making this choice. There’s a God we know about. Noah was still alive for a lot of this period of time, by the way. Not Noah…I’m sorry, but Adam. Adam was alive. They had first-hand knowledge of what had happened and what had been, and yet they chose to harden their hearts as is described here.

It says, “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile…” That means useless, pointless. “…And their foolish hearts were darkened.” So here’s what goes on. Whenever anybody resists light and says, no to light, what happens? Darkness takes its place. And that darkness is a real power that blinds people.

You know, I made the comment Wednesday night, I think, or sometime recently, that I have never seen a time when people were more blind. It just blows my mind the things that they will just lap up and believe, that don’t make a bit of sense if you can see at all.

But I’ll tell you, if you could stand in front of the most beautiful sunset that there has ever been…and if you’re standing next to a blind man trying to convince him about it, and he doesn’t know about sunsets, and doesn’t believe in them, it doesn’t make a bit of difference. He can’t see it. And this is the condition of the world that we live in today.

But it certainly was the condition that happened before the flood. It says, “…They became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” So you see idolatry coming into the picture.

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.”

And it goes on and begins to describe some of the conditions that resulted. I believe there’s some wisdom that God wants His people to get at this point, because we have a generation that has been brainwashed with a lot of lies. And you see it in some of the militancy of people clinging to lifestyles that we know the Word of God is very plain about. In so many ways, you see it, but it’s founded upon some lies that are pretty powerful.

And I’ll tell you, we’ve got young people growing up in a world that many of us have a hard time relating to. It’s not the world we grew up in. I mean, some of you middle-aged folks, you want to go back a ways. And I know there are folks here that are older than I am that can remember way back, and it’s just a different world. You have no idea what’s changed. This is not the America that we grew up in.

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Nor will it ever be again. That’s part of what I want to get to today. But there are lies that have been propounded to the point that it’s almost like, well, what do I say to that? And one of them is that if I as a person find inclinations in me that arise, just seemingly without my trying to make them happen, that means that I was born that way. That means that they are not only legitimate, but they are to be celebrated.

Now I’m not talking just about one thing here, this could be anything. I’ll tell you, that is a lie from Satan. It absolutely does not reckon with the truth of the condition the human race is in, that we truly…we were endowed by God with many natural desires, capacity for pleasure in many ways.

And God gave us those things, and every one of them had a wonderful, holy purpose. Every truly natural thing has its place in the plan and the purpose of God. God designed us. God’s not against pleasure. You remember what David said. “…In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are…”

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“…Pleasures for evermore.” (KJV). I’ll tell you, men don’t know what pleasure is. We don’t have any idea until we get to the other side what real pleasure is gonna be. There is going to be joy that we will hardly be able to contain. But what has happened is man in his selfish, sinful condition has turned all these desires inward, and they become in the service of self! It’s all about me and gratifying a desire.

And if I feel a desire rising up in me, that means it’s legitimate! That’s a strong argument, because that’s the reality! There are desires that people have that they didn’t ask for! And I’ll tell you what, only the grace of God—only the grace of God can deliver people, can deliver us!

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Every single one of us, we have no power to change. You cannot…there’s no therapy, there’s no human effort that can change, fundamentally, what’s wrong with the human animal, because that’s what we’ve become. But there is a grace, the Gospel of the grace of God can give us a new heart and a new life and a new nature, and can sanctify all those things in us that want to go the wrong way.

So I don’t know whether someone will hear this…there are people who hate this truth! But I’ll tell you what, God has the answer. But we have been sold for a generation or two now. It has been relentlessly preached, people are born a certain way—people are born a certain way—people are born a certain way! It’s wrong to say this or that is wrong. Well that is a lie! And we need to get it. We need to understand.

And yet, we need to have the Spirit of Christ and love people. None of this...there’s no justification for any of this translating into hatred and animosity towards anybody! I’ll tell you, did not Paul say, “…such were some of you…”?

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He did. And we need to have open hearts, but we need to have minds that are not swallowed up with the lies that are being sold to this generation. But if you will go down in this passage, I’m gonna jump ahead to…verse 28 is good enough, because it’s not just one thing. This is a whole lot of things.

“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind….” (NIV). So you see what’s going on. This is a resistance to truth. What happens? How does God react…at a certain point, how does God react to that? He gives them over. That’s a pretty sobering thing. When God steps back and says, all right, I’ll let you have what you want. But it’s something that has set them on a path of destruction. Oh my!

“…They did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips…”

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He throws that in there. “…Slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents…” He throws them right in there with all this other stuff, but it’s the Spirit of the Age. “…They are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

And that’s one of the things that we are seeing in this age. It’s not just that people are caught by the power of sin. Folks, we all need God. Every one of us, apart from the grace of God, is caught by something. It’s not just that people are caught by something, it’s that they are boastful and proud! They are going to shake their fist in God’s face and say, we are doing right! This is not a bad thing! This is a good thing!

There is a militant spirit in people that is taking over our world, and God help us to not be swallowed up by what’s going on, and to recognize what is going on—recognize the hour in which God has called us to live. So anyway, this is a pretty good description looking back at the world of Noah’s day! But God was faithful, wasn’t He?

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There are some wonderful lessons there. One of them is that God will not always strive with men. Another is that there is a time when judgment becomes inevitable. There is no hint that Noah went out and said, folks, things are bad, but if we’ll pray, God will turn it around. No hint of that! There was an inevitability about coming judgment. It was not, ‘turn it around.’ It was, ‘judgment is coming!’

But God has made a way of escape. That was the whole message and he got seven converts. And God was faithful, wasn’t He? God never, for one second, forgot His people. Praise God! That’s a glorious lesson!

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That’s a glorious thing! God never forgets His people!

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He never loses a single one. He always provides. And always in the end, they’re the ones who come out on top.