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TV Broadcast #1134

Earth’s Last Hour

June 29, 2014

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1134 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: 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 ).

This is a command to turn from wickedness and to humble yourself, and receive the gift that I have given to you through My Son! I’ve done everything necessary. But you see, in the hearts of men, there’s a refusal to obey that message.

“They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power…” When? “…On the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony…with this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by…” This is interesting…by His power! “…By his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” Where does the energy comes from? It comes from God, doesn’t it?

( congregational response ).

Boy, I don’t have it, but He has it. “We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

But now, Paul had to contend with a whole lot of false doctrine in his day, didn’t he? And some of it concerned the coming of Christ! So here’s how he begins in chapter 2. “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.”

So, somebody was spreading bad information, saying, did you hear the latest revelation from Paul? The day of the Lord has already happened. Sending them a letter saying, this is Paul’s new teaching, or something. Somehow, they were getting a report that was false and Paul wanted to really straighten it out.

He says, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed.” Now what’s he talking about? He’s talking about our being gathered to Him. And I’ll tell you what, there are so many things that people that divided up and they’ve complicated the end of the age, and it’s so simple. He’s gonna come and He’s gonna gather His own people, and He’s gonna destroy the world, and judgment is gonna fall. End of story.

But anyway, Paul is saying, there’s something that’s got to happen before all that happens! There’s a rebellion that’s going to occur! Now rebellion is not just a general attitude. It is against something! This is a description again of the spirit of man who knows something about God! They know what they ought to do! They know there is a God! They know it instinctively in their hearts, and they say, I will not listen! I will follow my own lusts.

And just as Paul described, it’s not just that I’m gonna do what I want to do, I’m gonna glory in that, and I’m gonna boast in it! I’m gonna take pride in what I believe and what I stand for. Man, that is an ‘in-your-face’ rebellion. God, I will not listen to You.

David wrote, “Why do the heathen rage?” (KJV). The people gather themselves together against My anointed One. He that sits in the heavens is gonna laugh, I’ll tell you what, it’s not a laugh of pleasure. Can you imagine a puny man shaking his fist at God and saying, I don’t have to listen to You. I can do as I please. This is a God who could sneeze and come out with a galaxy…just to put it in a crude way. Oh my! Is that not an indicator of what sin does to the human mind and the human heart?

( congregational response ).

It absolutely brings a blindness. And there’s a lot in here I’m not gonna try to de-code. There’s a whole lot of teaching about it. But it says, “…The man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (NIV).

I’ll tell you one thing! There is no building that will ever be considered to be God’s temple! God does not dwell in temples made with hands. We, human beings, were made to be God’s temple. Whatever this is talking about, it’s not talking about a building somewhere. It’s talking about humanity.

“Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back….” So, you’ve got a principle! You have got a principle in Paul’s day of lawlessness, that is, rebellion against God! God, I will not have you rule over me! I will not yield! That principle was there, but there was something restraining, something holding the dam back!

Can you imagine what this world would be like if God had stepped back and said, all right, Devil, you can do as you please? We wouldn’t be here. If God stepped back, the Devil would have overrun this world, and it would be hell on earth. Well, you’ve got some pictures of it in some of the countries of today. You want to go to hell-on-earth, go to Somalia, go to North Korea. Go to places like that…absolutely hell. And yet God still has a people. Praise God!

But oh, this world would be a very different place if God had not done some restraining, if God had not said, Devil, you can do this much, but you cannot do what you really want to do. Which was what? To unite the world…to bring everybody under some form of government that is going to reflect his character and his dominion over the human race. Totally blinded, totally in rebellion against the God of heaven. That’s what Satan was after. Do you not see that shaping up in our day?

( congregational response ).

Do you not see the forces that are at work in our world, that are absolutely against God? You know, we grew up in a land that almost made you think that America was a special place, and I believe in many ways it has been. Here, we’re free. Here, we’re in a nation that’s friendly to the Gospel. And generation after generation will pass, and we will live and we will die, and life will be good and comfortable, and then we’ll die and go to heaven, and…that’s almost like on into the future that’s how it’s gonna be.

Well, folks, it ain’t that way. This nation has turned its back on God…the powers that be. I believe God has a people. I don’t believe it’s nearly as many as a lot of them think. But that isn’t the way it is. That’s not the world we’re in.

And I just have a special sense from the Lord that the Lord wants a lot of young people to get this. You need to understand the world you’re a part of. There are some strong arguments out there that are going to try to sway you, and pull you, and just blunt this message. And God deliver us from ever being haters or ever having that kind of a spirit towards people. That’s not it. That’s not what it’s about.

Oh my, we need to get…we need to understand, we need to see what is unfolding in front of us because God is allowing it. There is a divine judgment clock that is ticking in our world. If that is not what the Lord was revealing when He visited this church so many years ago…and then I’m sure there are other places. I don’t want to make anybody think we’re special. But if that was not the message, I don’t know what is. It’s wonderful to see things in here. It’s another thing for the Lord to step into history and say, now is the time—now is the time. Darkness has been turned loose and it is swallowing up this world.

But I believe what Paul was looking forward to was a time where there was going to be a rebellion against God! This is people who know! This is people who have heard! But they say, no! I reject that! I will not go that way! We’re gonna have our own truth here. We’re gonna be the measure of what’s right and what’s wrong.

He says, the Spirit, verse 7, “…The secret power of lawlessness is already at work…” That’s what I just said. “…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.”

So you see what the coming of Christ is about? He starts this passage talking about His coming and our gathering. But now he’s saying when he comes, it’s coming in judgment. It’s the same coming. But now he says, “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 that deceives those who are perishing.” Folks, we need the Lord.

( congregational amens ).

I’m not smart enough to stand up against this. Are you?

( congregational response ).

But we’ve got a God! We have Someone in our midst who is faithful, who understands everything that’s going on. He doesn’t want us to be afraid, but does want us to be alert and awake. All right, “…and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing.”

Well, why are they perishing? “They perish because they refused to love the truth….” See, this is a hardening of heart. The same thing that happened in Noah’s day, the same thing that happened in Israel, is happening again today. “…They refused to love the truth and so be saved.”

So once you have this characteristic of refusing the truth, what happens? What does God do? How does He react? “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie…” You wonder why people are so blind and so sure of themselves at the same time?

( congregational response ).

Yeah, that’s why. “…And so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have…” Done what? Delighted! “…Delighted in wickedness.” Do we not see that in our day?

( congregational response ).

People who are ‘proud’ of their wickedness! Oh my. But oh, thank God, for what he follows this up with. “But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

You know, I’ve had this come back to my mind several times…a simple thing that Jesus said to His disciples when He was talking in that context, I believe, about the coming of the Lord and the condition of the world. He said, “Fear not, little flock.” (KJV). Don’t be afraid. Little flock! Doesn’t that kind of give us a picture?

Imagine how Noah must have felt, eight of them against the world. Can you imagine the mocking, the disdain that he had to put up with in that world, warning them about judgment that was coming? And yet there was something, there was a conviction that was from heaven itself, that fueled his faith, that made him able to stand true.

Folks…again, that’s the world we live in. We need to hear the voice of our Savior who says, don’t be afraid—don’t be afraid, little flock. “…It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

( congregational amens ).

Praise God! We can have a sober apprehension, a sober understanding of the world we live in, and yet not be filled with fear because we know that God is gonna be faithful to His people!

( congregational response ).

He said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” I’ll be with you ‘til the end of the age! I don’t know what He’s gonna call upon His people to do, but I believe there’s something He’s called us to do in this hour.

( congregational amens ).

Noah built a boat! The early church preached the Gospel among Israel until judgment came! And God saved those that were His! God has a people today. We are here for a reason…to serve God and to stand in this world! God has given us a message of hope that…there’s a lot of this darkness that’s gonna cause some people to be awakened and say, hey, I need something!

( congregational amens ).

God, give us something that is so crystal clear, such a contrast with this world that they will come to the Light! He is the only Light we have! There’s no light in me! It’s not a light in my opinion or anything like that! It’s His presence in His church that we need!

I think of some of the other passages where God’s people were encouraged along this line. Ephesians chapter 5 is one that pops to mind. Verse 8, “For you were once darkness….” (NIV). And that’s something we need to never forget, folks! We need to never forget what we are and how much we need Him, so we never occupy the place of looking down and having a condemning spirit towards people!

( congregational response ).

Jesus didn’t, except for the ones that hardened their heart in that form of wickedness. But I mean, when you talk about people caught in sin, he had a compassionate spirit. And so should we, because we’re no better.

“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead…” Or rise from among the dead is what the sense of it is. “…And Christ will shine on you.” Isn’t that an awesome promise?

( congregational response ).

Wake up! Get up! Look…reach up to God, and what? God will shine on you! “Christ shall give thee light,” I think it says in the King James. Rise up and Christ will give you light. That’s a promise. I intend to hold Him to that, do you?

( congregational response ).

I need light! I don’t know how to steer my way through this darkness that we’re in, but I’ve got Somebody who’s with me, who’s promised never to leave me. So do you. You reach up with your heart to Him, and He’ll give you the light that you need! He’ll give me the light that I need. What an awesome promise!

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (NIV). I think of Romans 13…just a few words in that. Obviously there’s so much you could say. It’s a pretty big subject. Well, again, he’s talking about how to live in the world and how to be God’s people. In verse 11 of chapter 13, “And do this, understanding the present time.” Is that something we need?

( congregational response ).

As you’re going to school, as you’re going to work, do we need to understand the world that we live in?

( congregational response ).

Do we need to have a sense of where it’s going? Do we need to have a clear a picture in our minds as Noah had?

( congregational response ).

Yeah. Judgment is coming! We know that it’s coming, and this time it’s fire. You know, I’ll just toss this is. There are a couple of news sites that I check pretty regularly. Most of it’s depressing if you look at it and forget all this. But somebody…I guess the discussion going on among all the comments at the end of a story had to do with the condition of the nation and the fact that we’ve gone so far, and maybe it’s too far and all of that. And somebody dropped in this little comment. And boy, it really struck a chord with me.

And they referred back to a time when they were out at a beautiful lake in a beautiful setting, on a sunny, summer day one time, and all of a sudden within the space…

( snapping fingers ).

…Of five minutes, black clouds rolled in, and thunder rolled, and lightening struck, and it was a strong storm that just came up out of nowhere! And there was something that happened in his heart and it seemed like the Lord had said, when My judgment falls upon this nation, it will be like that. It will be sudden. It will be without warning. Did not Paul say that about the world?

( congregational response ).

“…When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them…but…that day should not overtake you as a thief…” (KJV). Because you’re awake, and you’re alive, and you’re awake.

I’ll tell you, the things that will bring distress to this world should bring us joy. My God, when these things happen, we need to lift up our hearts and say, Lord, it’s not gonna be long. Oh Lord, that’s the world I long for. This world, you can have it. We’ve got to live here, but don’t sink your roots here! Don’t put your hope in this world! Don’t plan for a long, tranquil life in this world. Serve God, stay close, listen to His voice.

“…Understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over…” (NIV). Oh, doesn’t that sound good? “…The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

The course of mankind…every time God’s light is rejected, it results in darkness and blindness, and ultimately into a condition where there is no more answer. God will not always strive with men. In every age this has been true. It’s true in our age. And we are seeing that condition more and more and more.

And I believe, as I said, with all my heart, just as there was in Noah’s day, just as there was in Jesus’ day, there is a clock that is ticking. There’s a day that God knows when Jesus is gonna come. And boy, it would be all right with me if it was today. But it’s gonna come. And it’ll come like a trap upon the world.

But God is faithful to His people. You put your hope and your trust in Him and He will never betray that trust. He loves you. He has everything you need, everything that I need. Just as He was faithful to His people in Israel, just as He was faithful to Noah, He is faithful in this hour. And we can look to Him.

And boy, we need to be awake! And I’ll come back to the thing that I guess was the uppermost in my mind. We need to recognize the condition of the world and the deception that has taken root in the minds of people in our day. Recognize it for what it is. Always hold it up to the light of the Word of God, and stand true to this.

God is looking for people, as He was in Malachi’s day. There was a great darkness that had over-run Israel again. But there were a people that spoke oft to one another. They were the ones who still had this fear of God in their hearts. God took note. God sees your heart today. I pray that He can awaken it with a hunger, with a desire to recognize where the world is going, and to say, Lord, I’m with You. That’s the Kingdom I belong to. I’m willing…I don’t want to be like Lot’s wife. Yeah, I’ll walk out, but I’ll look back because that’s where my heart’s really at. I want to be one that’s able to turn my back and say, Lord, even so, come Lord Jesus.

( congregational amens ).

Oh my. Don’t you think there’s gonna be some shouting and some rejoicing on that day?

( congregational response ).

Let’s stand true. Let’s do exactly what Paul said in so many places and what the Lord said. Be ready. Stand true. Keep looking up. Keep looking to Him. Let our goal and our heart be the thing that God has called us to…to become like Him. Let’s let Him do the saving. Let’s love each other, and let’s stand true, and we’re gonna have a God that’s gonna bring His people through.

And one day we’re gonna stand on that other side. And He’s gonna put us on display, not because we are anything, but because of His grace, because the Master Craftsman has been able to make something eternal—of eternal worth out of somebody as worthless as we are. But He’s gonna put us on display and say, this is what I’ve been doing. And you down there who have hardened your hearts, there’s nothing but judgment.

It’s a sobering time. It’s a time when we need to be rejoicing, too. But I just pray, especially for the younger ones who are growing up in a world that us older ones don’t even recognize. You need to know what’s going on. You need a clear picture, and I pray that God will open your heart because this world is gonna pull on you. Some of it is gonna sound pretty reasonable. But I’ll tell you what, there is truth. You rise up from among the dead, you lift up your heart to God, and He’ll give you light. He’ll give you understanding. He’ll give you what you need. He is faithful. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).