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Rainbow Divider
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TV Broadcast #1133

Earth’s Last Hour
Part Two

June 22, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1133 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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!

( congregational amens ).

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. I thank God. Well, of course, you know how God started again. And, even though He said, I know how it’s gonna go. I know the condition of men’s hearts, but I’m never again gonna destroy the world by a flood.

But anyway, He began again, and in time He called a man named Abraham, didn’t He, Abram? Revealed Himself to him, and Abram responded in faith. And He called him to leave his family and to go to a land that I will show you, and basically gave him some awesome promises. The central promise was this…that through your seed, I’m gonna bless everybody in the world. All nations are gonna be blessed. Someone’s gonna come from you seed.

And how God tried him and miraculously provided the son, and continued to reveal Himself to him, and so the nation that became the nation of Israel, was born. And God began to deal with them. And of course, we don’t have to go through its history in any great detail. But we know that at every juncture in the history of the nation of Israel, we see a majority of people who were little better than the idolaters around them, and we see a small remnant of people who were faithful, who actually got it, who understood what God’s purpose was, who believed in the God of Israel, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. They remained faithful to Him in the face of what was happening.

And over the centuries God sent prophet, after prophet, after prophet, after prophet, and warned them and judgment would come. And finally it got so bad that…the expression is used in the last chapter of 2nd Chronicles when the Babylonian captivity came. It said, God warned them and warned them, “…till there was no remedy.” See, you get that? Earlier He said, I will not always strive with man, and there was an absolute declaration of judgment that was to come. God was saying the same thing. There was no remedy, and so judgment came.

But God was faithful, wasn’t He? He preserved a remnant of people even in Babylon. And He brought them back under several leaders, Zerubbabel and others, Ezra, Nehemiah…brought them back and reestablished the covenant with a small group of people. And yet you go down about a generation…a few years, I don’t remember the exact time frame…to Malachi, and things are already going downhill, aren’t they?

People are saying, oh…and they’re grumbling about all this duty that they have to do, and we’re not getting anything out of this, and this is not worthwhile, and God is listening, isn’t He? And he says, “Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord…heard it, and a book of remembrance was written.” (KJV). I’ll tell you, we live in a dark world, but I’ll tell you, God hears every heart that is turned to Him.

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Oh, He is tuned to that frequency. We never have any reason to be full of fear and just go with the flow. We can always reach out to God, and there’s a God who hears the cry of that heart. But you know, when Malachi passed off the scene, the prophets went silent for 400 years.

Can you imagine what that would have been like? Generation after generation, somehow the faith that used to be in Abraham—that was once in Abraham was transmitted from family to family, person to person. And yet, in all of that time, there were still people that believed, and the nation was getting more and more corrupt, farther and farther from God, until the words of Isaiah were fulfilled. He said, gross darkness is upon the people. And that’s the condition into which Jesus came.

And all of a sudden, God began to move to fulfill the great promise. And He sent a man named John the Baptist, attended by miraculous signs and angel visits and all kinds of things, there was a message that went out. “Repent…the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And Jesus came on the scene. And we know all about His ministry and the great miracles that He performed, but the message was, the kingdom is at hand, repent, and believe the Good News. And then, of course, the crucifixion and all of that, and the foundation of the Gospel was laid.

But here is something that has jumped out at me, and it’s comes to me a number of times over the years. If you look back into 2nd Chronicles, into the time of Solomon when he built the temple…do you remember how they dedicated the temple, and the power of God was present there, and he gave this tremendous, impassioned plea. Oh God, if we ever stray from you, and we come and we pray in this place, will You hear our prayer?

And God gave the great promise, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” God gave that great promise.

Did you ever wonder why John the Baptist didn’t preach that? This was the very nation to whom this was given. He never preached that. He never said, all of the remnant pray and seek God, and we can turn this ship around, we can save this nation. Jesus never, ever preached 2nd Chronicles 7:14.

Boy, you can hear people all over the place today, and it’s sincere, and praise God, people ought to seek God. But always that thing is tacked on to the end, ‘and God will heal your land.’ It’s like, God will save America if God’s people will pray. I’ll tell you what, I believe we’re beyond that.

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It’s not popular to say it, but I believe with all my heart, we are long past turning the ship around. But Jesus came with a positive message, but there was no such thing as, if My people will humble themselves and pray, God will heal this land, God will turn thing around. Rather, His words to that generation, the leaders of that generation, were, unremittingly, they had everything to do with judgment and the condition that they were in. He warned them!

In fact, He said, you are the children of your fathers, He meant spiritually, they were the children of the ones who had killed the prophets. And what He meant by that was, they had embraced the same spirit that motivated those people back there to do the things they did. They had embraced that! In the face of Jesus, the very Son of God, walking in their midst, performing miracle after miracle, they hardened their hearts against that, and embraced what they had received.

And Jesus’ words to them were, God’s judgment, for every one of the sins of all those generations, is going to come on this generation. It’s like they had embraced that heritage. And so, now they were the holders of all of these sins. They had embraced the sin! They had embraced everything that was wicked, everything that was wrong, and God said, that judgment is gonna fall on you!

And He warned them and He said, the time is gonna come when your enemies are going to surround you, and they’re gonna tear down every one of these walls, they’re gonna tear down this temple. “…Woe to them that are with child…” in that day! There is a judgment that was coming.

There was no hint in the words of Jesus that there was a thing they could do about that. That was a fact! This is a judgment that is coming. Do you remember in Noah’s day? The Lord said 120 years. It was like, this is a declaration. Man has reached a point where judgment is inevitable! I am starting a countdown clock. There is a countdown to judgment that is happening. And when that clock ticks down to zero, it’s coming, period. That only opportunity that anybody has in this time is to save yourself.

And I believe with all my heart that was the condition of the nation of Israel. They had had centuries of God reaching out in incredible mercy to listen to His voice and to stop hardening their hearts. He said to them, “…why will you die?” Why do you want to die? Oh, if you’ll only turn and repent, I will take you to My bosom. I’ll wrap My arms of love around you, I’ll bless you. I love you! Come back to Me.

What were Jesus’ words when He wept in the garden? He overlooked Jerusalem…right before He went to the cross. He said, oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that stoned the prophets, you killed the ones I sent to you. How often would I have gathered you as a hen gathers her chickens and you would not.

See, that’s the thing. It wasn’t that God wanted it to be this way. He said, I would! But you would not. And so when Peter came along and preached on the day of Pentecost, what was his…of course, his message was to repent and all of that. But there’s something very significant in this regard in the end of Acts 2.

He’s preached the message and there’s a bunch of people that were asking, what should we do? They were convicted by God’s Spirit. In verse 40 it says, “With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them…” (NIV). Now what was the essence of his message at this point? “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” He didn’t say, if My people who are called by My name shall humble…He didn’t say that, did He? There was no other message left, but save yourself.

This corrupt generation is headed for judgment! Nothing could stop that. God’s clock had started ticking. He’s already declared, judgment is coming. It’s coming because of centuries of rebellion and sin in the face of God’s love. But, there’s an opportunity to save yourself!

And God was faithful, wasn’t He? Just as He was in Noah’s day. He waited 40 years, or so, until the armies of Rome surrounded Jerusalem and leveled it to the ground…horrific judgment that fell upon that nation. But all during that time, God was reaching out. God was saving one here and one there, and another one here. And there was a remnant of God’s people. He would not bring the judgment until every one of His had been rescued. Praise God! Isn’t that an awesome thing?

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God is not gonna lose a single one of His! Judgment becomes inevitable at some point! But God is going to be faithful to reach every one of His people, and He was! They didn’t have an easy time of it. Several of their leaders were publicly executed. They were persecuted! They had a terrible time…the saints in Jerusalem. They had to take up collections to help them, in other nations.

But you know, before that judgment happened, God sent warning to His people, and He said, it’s time, leave! When the armies surrounded Jerusalem, God’s people weren’t there, because God was faithful. God had gotten them out of there.

Well, folks, I see in this and in other judgments that have happened in the past, I just have this deep sense that that’s the hour we’re living in. You know, many years ago, the late 1960’s now, it’s already receding into history. God visited this church in a most remarkable way, and we refer to it every now and then. But I’ll tell you, our younger generation needs to know some of these things.

( congregational amens ).

There was a powerful visitation of God, that revealed things, certainly it opened the Word, that’s always got to be the center.

( congregational amens ).

If it’s not in the Word, we don’t need it. But God shined a light on scripture, after scripture, after scripture, and basically was saying, this is the time! Now is this scripture fulfilled! Did He not do that in the time of Jesus?

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Yeah. He’d come, when their babies were not even born yet, when Jesus wasn’t even born yet, there would be a powerful Spirit of God that would come on somebody, and they’d be referring back to Old Testament scriptures and say, these are fulfilled…now is the time.

Well, I believe God was doing that in our midst, and there was a great picture of the course of the age, and where we were headed, and the darkness. And we saw time and time again in visions and various ways that the world was getting darker, and darker, and darker, and darker, and God’s people, few in number, but yet God giving them light. And as the darkness grew, so did the light grow, grew…whatever it was, anyway I got my tenses wrong.

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Light got brighter. And then it was pictured in so many different ways, a time of judgment coming, and God lifted His people from the earth…that was pictured in so many different ways. Sometimes it would be a giant Man of Light that would stand up, and then that Man of Light would rise up off the darkness of the globe, and when He did, fire would fall on this world.

That’s a sobering picture. That’s not what you hear in most places, but that’s what I see in the scriptures, as well. And part of it was…one of the messages was, this is the eleventh hour, one more hour to go. We’re entering this last period of time.

And one of the strongest emphases and messages that was propounded at that day was this…Satan is being loosed. There were at least two, that I can recall, there were at least two occasions when an angel actually took a young person into a place in the spirit—took them to a place where demon powers, high order demon powers, by the description, were in a place of confinement, waiting. And then an order was given and they were released into the world, and they saw the effects of that demon-infusion upon people. People started acting crazy. You wonder why the world is going crazy, people are doing absolutely insane things? There is a power that has been unleashed upon this world.

( congregational amens ).

I believe with all my heart that God’s judgment is ticking. One of the things that’s interesting to me looking back, is that the articles that I wrote at that time, were written in about the year 2000 and 2001. Anybody remember what happened in September, 2001?

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Pretty significant. We were already seeing some of these things, and all of a sudden you have this blow of judgment. Folks, I believe God’s clock is ticking on our world, and we need to be awake, we need to be aware, we need to recognize what’s going on.

I just want to read some scriptures, if I can, from the New Testament, because in a sense, I’ve almost gotten ahead of myself, but let’s go to 2nd Thessalonians. It’s interesting to me how Paul said so many of these things to those people, and yet, 2,000 years have passed. But, it was truth that they needed, it was truth that we need. Because regardless of when all this happens, the message to us is the same, folks! We cannot be swallowed up with the world!

( congregational amens ).

This world has been overtaken with darkness. It is a darkness that affects minds, it affects belief, it affects the things people stand for! And if we don’t have a grasp of truth, we will be carried away with that darkness!

( congregational amens ).

Now I’ll tell you, young people getting ready to go back to school, some of them to college, you are not going to hear this!

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Some of them are gonna tell you that you’re just an accidental animals with all kinds of natural instincts and anything you feel to do is right. And don’t you dare say any different. There are gonna be all kinds of things, moral relativism, anything goes, and we get to make the rules. There’s no overriding moral order.

They might…I’ve said this before, but they might as well rebel against the law of gravity! If you rebel against the Law of Gravity, the end is not going to be good! But the moral law of the universe does not come from a set of arbitrary rules! It comes from the very character and nature of God Himself!

( congregational amens ).

If we rebel against that, we are rebelling against the very order, the very nature of things! God designed everything to work in accordance with His own nature.

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It doesn’t work any other way. Any other way leads to destruction!

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The scripture says, God does not tempt any man. When man is tempted, what?

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“…He is drawn away…” (KJV). Of what? “…His own lust, and enticed.” And, “…When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” But we have a God who loves men and doesn’t want them to perish.

But anyway, the Thessalonian believers were serving God faithfully in a culture where they were having a hard time of it. There was a lot of persecution, and, let’s just pick it up in verse 3 of chapter 1. “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each another is increasing.” (NIV). Boy, that’s a wonderful testimony, isn’t’ it? Let that be our testimony.

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We can do that if we’ll let God have His way. “Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance…” There is the quality that never gives up. “…Your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just.”

Boy, do you see a little bit of injustice in the world? Man I’ll tell you, I’m in touch, a little bit, with some of the things that are going on. I get newsletters from here, and e-mails from here and there, and it’s incredible the things that some of our brothers and sisters are going through in this world.

You go onto the continent of Africa, there’s hardly a nation where Christians are not suffering terribly. We need to pray. We need to ask God to strengthen them. We sit here in our comfortable little churches and pews and homes, and we have no idea what may be coming. But I’ll tell you, we have a God who is faithful.

But here is the thing. God is just! Just because we don’t see it right now, there is a God who is taking note of everything that happens. While it happens, He’s using it to make us stronger, to separate true and untrue faith, or false faith. A lot of people just kind of believe with their own human energy. It doesn’t do any good. We need a divine miracle that changes us. Well the song that we just sung, “give me the faith to believe.” Faith comes from Him, doesn’t it?

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Praise God! But anyway he says, “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy…” I read this. “…Of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well.”

So now you have two things going on. There is judgment falling upon sinners and there is relief for God’s people. Two things…you see that?

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Yeah, those two things. All right, when does that happen? “This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.” Well, that sounds an awful lot like what Jesus said, doesn’t it? He said, He’s gonna come in the clouds of heaven, the angels with Him. It says, when He comes, it’ll be like it was in the day of Sodom, when Lot went out of Sodom. What happened when Lot went out of Sodom?

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Fire fell. What happened to all those who were left behind?

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What happened to all those who were left behind in Noah’s day?

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They all died, didn’t they? It’s not a message you hear. But that’s what Paul is saying right here. “…Blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

That’s an interesting way of putting it, isn’t it? It doesn’t say, oh I just can’t believe…no! This is a refusal! God’s message of love and hope is not a pretty-please kind of ‘can-I-sell-you-on-My-program’ kind of thing, and it’s almost preached that way. This is a command to repent and to believe the Gospel!

( congregational amens ).