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TV Broadcast #1183

The Day God Shut The Door
Part One

June 7, 2015

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 1183 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Ron Peters: You know, I’m standing up here and I ain’t a preacher, and I’m not sure I’ll do justice to what I want to get off my heart. But, let’s turn over to Luke 17. Maybe I’ll start there…well you can turn to Luke 17. I’m gonna turn back to Matthew 24 for just a second.

Because really this is…you know, the Lord is talking about the end of the age and what’s gonna happen, and His disciples came to Him privately, saying, tell us…this is in chapter 24, and you don’t need to turn there. You’ve heard this probably, some of you, hundreds of times. But they said, “…Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them….” (KJV).

Now this was the most pressing point, I believe, in Jesus’ heart concerning the end time. This was the most important thing, I think, He wanted to get across to them. “…Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Now He doesn’t mean there they’re gonna come saying, ‘I’m Jesus.’ What He means there, they’re gonna be pointing to Him saying, He’s Christ. They’re gonna be acknowledging that He’s Jesus Christ. That’s how they’re gonna deceive them—that’s how religion has deceived men today…many religions.

But He said, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Haven’t we seen that in our lifetime?

( congregational response ).

Of course, these things have been since the days of Jesus—these things have been. But you know, I was thinking about this, too, this message, the message of the Gospel, has been going out for over 2,000 years. This message has gone out. People have tried to warn people in every generation. They’ve been warned that He’s coming. And even if He doesn’t come in our lifetime, if we don’t bow the knee to Jesus Christ on this side of the veil, you’re gonna be locked outside.

( congregational amens )

You’re gonna be outside with all the whoremongers, and the liars, and the adulterers and all the wicked. But God wants to try to get us in. He wants to try to get our attention. He wants to try to get us to be honest tonight before Him because this is coming, Beloved.

We ain’t gonna stop it. There’s nobody on this earth that’s gonna be able to stop it. There’s no power on this earth that can stop Jesus Christ from coming when it’s time. When His Father says, ‘Son, go get Your bride,’ that’s it—that’s it.

And He said, “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations…” That’s happening now, too. “…For my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

I know Paul Campbell was speaking in the men’s meeting and he was talking about how he felt like there was just a coldness…and I feel the same thing. God, what’s wrong with me? Give me a compassion for people. Give me Your heart, give me a love for people, give me a desire.

You know, I watched a video…I’ve been taking some videos off and putting them [in] the computer, some VHS tapes. And Brother Thomas was preaching, and you could tell that his heart, and he even said this…he said, all the time, ever since God saved him, he’s had a desire to get the Gospel out to people. He’s had a desire to preach wherever he went, to talk to somebody about the Gospel. And I said, oh God, that’s not there. I said, help me, put that in here. Give me that, Lord. Give me that desire for people.

“The love of many shall was cold.” I’ll tell you, that love is not in us. That love has to come down from heaven. That love has to come from the Father. And it’s not just gonna…He’s not just gonna dump it on you if you don’t want it. But if you’re crying out to Him, He’ll come and He’ll give you that.

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

And I want to skip over now to Luke 17, and I want to read this. You know, Jesus said that His coming was gonna be like the days of Noah. It was gonna be the same that it was in the days of Noah. And if you look back to the days of Noah and what was happening there, it says that violence filled the earth. Well, Phil brought this up the other night. Their heart continually was evil. There was no good there. Their conscience was seared as with a hot iron and there was no good.

But He says this and I want to go down to verse 26. He says, “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”

You know, we sang that song tonight and I didn’t bring the words up here, but I remember what they were. It’s just, ‘life as usual.’ When the Lord comes, people aren’t gonna be expecting it. They’re not gonna be looking for it. It’s gonna be the last thing on their mind. They’re gonna be so preoccupied with their lives, with whatever…the children were out playing.

Now you think about this. I want you all to think about this and relate it to the way your mind is working, your mindset, now, in this life. The children are gonna be out playing. Daddy’s gonna go to work. Mommy’s going to the store. “They didn’t know it was the day God shut the door.” And then, the bride…I know we’ve got some marriages coming up. I don’t know who all of you are. I can’t keep up with that stuff anymore.

( laughter ).

( laughing ).

But I hope it’s in God—I hope it’s in God. I hope it’s rooted and grounded in God. That’s my prayer.

( congregational amens ).

But the bride and groom…here they are getting ready for their life. Getting ready, making plans for the future, for their life. “They didn’t know it was the day God shut the door.” Then you’ve got bankers, you’ve got the businessmen planning to build great buildings. “They didn’t know it was the day God shut the door.”

And then you’ve got churches—churches out here making plans, big plans for their churches to make them bigger…let’s add on, let’s get more people in here. It’s like Phil said it the other night, it’s almost like a business. Making plans and rejoicing in their plans, not in God’s plans…they’re rejoicing in their plans. And they didn’t know.

Even the…you know, there’s a story of the ten virgins in Matthew 25. Five were wise and five were foolish. That’s a type of the foolish virgins. They don’t know. They don’t have any oil in their lamp. They ain’t got a clue what God’s plan is. They ain’t got a clue as to His coming. But Paul said, we’re not gonna be in darkness as to that day.

( congregational amens ).

He said, we’re gonna be ready. His people are gonna be ready because He’s gonna get them ready. He’s gonna get their attention and He’s gonna show you that I’m coming—I’m coming. Where are you gonna be when He comes. But that’s what He’s saying here. They ate, they drank, they married wives. They were given in marriage until the day Noah entered the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all.

“Likewise also…” Now He’s comparing this also to the day of Lot. “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.” And He said, “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

And, I thought about the closing, the shutting of the door. And, let’s turn over to Genesis chapter 7 for just a minute, because I want to look at this. I don’t know when this is gonna be. I don’t know if this is something that happens to an individual just in their life, when God deals with them, and deals with them, and deals with them, and they don’t respond to Him and to His extended hand trying to reach them.

You know, you think of the story of Esau, how he sold his birthright for a single morsel of meat, and the scripture in Hebrews chapter…I believe it’s…let me turn over. I believe it’s chapter 12. Let me turn over here right quick. In Hebrews chapter 12, he says, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau…” A profane person, “…who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected.”

There’s gonna be a time, beloved, when God is not gonna deal with you anymore. He’s gonna stop. He’s gonna leave you right where you’re at. And he said, “…he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” You’re gonna be crying. You’re gonna be saying, God, I’m sorry. But it’s too late—it’s too late, beloved.

We don’t like to think about this. We talked about God and His love. He is a loving God—He is a loving God! And He’s not gonna lose any of His children, I guarantee you. But there are those that just want to play church. That’s all they want. They want to be like those seven women in Isaiah who took hold of one man and said, let us eat our own bread and drink our own wine, “…Only let us be called by thy name….” Let us do our own thing, we just want to be called by your name, “…to take away our reproach.”

What is that? I mean, come on! God, help us! I hope there’s nobody here like that tonight. I hope that we know the Lord and we really want Him and we’re crying out to Him. I’m not saying that we’re perfect. Ain’t nobody in this building perfect.

( congregational response ).

I’m the least of all, and I know I need God. But God knows I know I need Him. He sees my heart. He looks on our hearts, beloved, and He knows. And He gives space to people, but that space grows smaller and smaller and smaller as time goes on. That’s why Paul said, “To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation…” when they tempted Him in the wilderness for 40 years. You don’t think God was patient…40 years He dealt with those people. And finally He said, it’s enough. You’re not gonna enter into my rest.

We’re in the end time. God is concerned about people. I believe He shared that concern last night. You know, we’re just men and all of us are different. Some of us are more emotional than others. God doesn’t by-pass our emotions all the time, but I believe that the heart of God was being expressed last night to you, however it came across. It doesn’t matter, young people. And I say that…not just young people, anybody that’s in this building and you know that you don’t know the Lord. You know that you’re not right with Him. You know that there’s a need. I say that to you, too.

But, in chapter 7, this is the end here and God is telling Noah to go in. It says in verse 7, “And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.” Noah obeyed God and I believe that was counted to him for righteousness.

“And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.” Now I want you to remember that ‘after seven days.’ And then go down to verse 15. And it says, “And they went…into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.”

The door to that ark was shut. But if you remember, the water didn’t come for another seven days. It didn’t rain for another seven days. There was still time left, but those people knew that the door was shut to that ark. They didn’t know what was about to happen. They didn’t have a clue! But they knew the door was shut. They knew they couldn’t get in.

And if you’ll turn over to Matthew 25 for just a second…we ought to know this, all of us ought to know this one by heart, because this is why God raised this ministry up…to reach people because the ‘end-is-near.’ And even if it doesn’t come in our lifetime, and I don’t know, I’m not a date-setter. I can’t set dates. Nobody here can.

And that was one thing I wanted to read over here. It says in verse 36 over here in Matthew 24, it says, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” And in Luke, that same verse says, not any angels, nor the Son, but the Father only. He’s the only One that knows when that day’s gonna be.

But He gave us this chapter 24 about the end time to give us a clue as to when that was coming, that it’s even at the door. And beloved, I believe it’s at the door. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

God has sent this cry out for years. The Bridegroom is coming. And I’m afraid we hear that and it’s like, okay He’s coming, but maybe I have a little more time. That was in that song, too. We think we have time, but we’ll get ready by and by. Nah, you ain’t gonna get ready by and by. You better get ready today. You don’t know if you’ve got a ‘by and by.’ You may walk out of this building tonight and die out on these highways. And I’m not trying to scare people. You can’t scare people into the Kingdom, but there is a fear of God that needs to be ministered to people by God.

( congregational amens ).

There is a true fear of God. I don’t want to try to impart that by the precepts of men. I want God to really let you know that He’s God, that what you do, He doesn’t take lightly. Take this seriously. It says, “Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” They didn’t have the oil. The oil is a type of the Spirit of God. Paul said in Romans chapter 8, he said, if you don’t have the Spirit of God, you’re none of His. Beloved, we need His Spirit. We need to be born again.

( congregational amens ).

You’re not gonna see the Kingdom of God or understand. The preaching of the Gospel is gonna be foolishness to you because you don’t have the Spirit. You’re not born again! You can’t see the Kingdom of God and you sure aren’t gonna enter into it when the day comes.

But it says, “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” And it says, “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready…” They that were ready—they that were ready! “…Went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

Beloved, I don’t want to be…I want to be found in Him. I want to be ready in that day. God is coming. Everybody here tonight needs to search their hearts. I want to honest with God. I want to be honest with God, tonight. I don’t know what I lack, but He does. But I know I can trust Him, because I know Him! That’s what you’ve got to have. You’ve got to have a foundation, a rock that you can stand on, that when the floods come, and they beat against that house, when the Devil comes and he tries to drive you off that and condemn you and beat you down, you ain’t going nowhere!

( congregational praise ).

You’re right there on that rock. Let me tell you, if you’re in Jesus’ hand, and Jesus’ hand is in God’s hand, that is pretty secure!

( congregational amens ).

But if you’re not there, you’re subject, you’re Devil’s food. I think that was a service that Phil preached one time. We’re Devil’s food. That’s all we are. And he’s taking advantage of you, he’s using you. Beloved, search your hearts tonight. That’s my prayer. That’s my cry. You know if you’re just playing church. You know if you’re just here because Mommy’s here or Daddy’s here. You know if you’re just coming because of a friend of yours. You want to take away the reproach of not coming. You know that and God knows that. And yet, He still loves you.

( congregational amens ).

For while you were yet sinners. “…While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

( congregational amens ).

He died for us. He came and He shed the Holy Ghost, shed His love through the Holy Ghost in us. I mean, that’s just unfathomable. I still can’t fathom His love. I still can’t fathom His patience and His kindness and His mercy. But you’ve got to be in a place where you can receive that. But beloved, we have that opportunity tonight. I believe God’s given us an opportunity tonight. Every time we come together and Christ is in our midst, you have an opportunity. You have an opportunity to bow your knee before Him. Praise God!

( congregational amens ).