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 Sermon on Our Shattered World

By Brian Pepper

As I look around the world today and see what is going on I am thankful that beyond the shadows, beyond the war clouds, beyond the troubles of this world of ours, God has given us the assurance of a new and better day to come, where there will be no more sickness, there will be no more sorrow, there will be no more crying, and there will be no more tears. I wish from the depths of my heart that somehow in this so-called prosperous land of ours, we could take our ambitions off temporal prosperity and realize how desperate we may be one day, and how utterly imperative it is that we get our investments in heavenly things.

Let us take a notice what is written in 2 Peter 3:10, 13: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

Verse 13: "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

A shattered world contrasted with a new born world

I do not know anywhere in the Bible where you will find a greater contrast then that. On one side it pictures a shattered world, a broken world. On the other side of the picture, the direct opposite. A new born world completely made new, the old has passed away and we stand we stand between those two pictures at this present moment. Our shattered world on one side and the new world come on the other side.

God reveals future through prophecy

We are given the assurance in Amos 3:7: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth His secret unto his servants the prophets."

I am thankful that God has promised before the great events take place in this world, He will reveal it to man. He outlines the events to take place right down to the very end of time. And He sends that message through His prophets. St Peter puts it this way and I like his illustration. 2 Peter 1:19: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts;"

I find there are many individuals who are suffering under a sort of depressive darkness. They say the future looks so dark. Thousands today are asking "what is ahead?"

St Peter says, "The word of God is a light that shines more and more unto a perfect day."

When you read the Bible today, it is more up-to-date than tomorrow’s newspaper. I never cease to marvel at that. The Bible never misses the mark. It says in the Book of Peter, 2 Peter 1:21, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

Importance of Bible Prophecy

I never cease to marvel how that the majority of folk pay so little attention to Bible prophecy and yet claim to be Christians. One thing is certain, you cannot believe in the resurrection without believing in prophecy. You cannot believe in Heaven without believing in prophecy.

Jesus said to his audience one day in Matthew 16:2,3: "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather today: for the sky is red.  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is read and lowring, O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky: but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"

They knew the weather signs alright, they had no trouble there.  But Jesus went on to say "Oh, you fools, you can forecast the weather but you cannot discern the signs of the times."

With uncanny accuracy the heavenly clock of prophecy indicates the very hour in which we are living today. Jesus said, speaking of His great prophecies in Luke 21:28, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh."

Prophecy is not to discourage, but inform us

Some people lose heart when they read some of the dark forecasts of prophecy and see how they are being fulfilled. Jesus said we must expect these conditions to prevail upon the earth in the last days. These things were not written to discourage us but rather to inform us in advance that we may know the things that are yet to come. We should be most thankful that God has given us this knowledge.

Man has shattered his world

God gave a beautiful home to man, but man has spoiled the picture. Man has shattered his world. Just like a baby rummaging in the cupboard, he finds a plate and picking it up, dashes it to the floor and it smashes. He tips up the flour, the sugar and the milk. Man is like this, he has gone on a rampage and spoiled God’s order of things.

Jesus and prophecy

The Bible says of these last days upon the earth, that things would be bad. But Jesus says, "If you are a Christian then it will not worry you, look up for your redemption draweth nigh."

One time Jesus was talking with his disciples. They said, "Master, you have talked a great deal about events that are to transpire down in the last days, tell us, what will it be like in the end of the world."

Jesus went right back to the past and borrowed an example from the days of Noah. He said, "If you want to know what it is going to be like in the end of the world look back to Noah’s day.  There they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.  All they cared for was having a good time until the flood came and took them all away."

All you need to do is just check to divine records and you will see the prophecy is being fulfilled alright.

Man out of touch with God

These days man seems to be getting smarter and smarter. We think of ourselves as being highly civilized. We think that great grandfather driving a horse and buggy was very much out of date. In this computerized, highly technical world of ours, it does make great grandfather look as if he belonged to another world. But there was something about great grandfather that makes a tremendous difference. He was up-to-date with God and out-of-date with sin. Today our world is up-to-date with sin but out-of-date with God.

It is quite obvious that our family world is going to pieces. Did you know that in the United States of America, which is supposed to be a Christian country, for every three marriages there is one divorce? I understand that Australia statistics reveal a similar figure. This is a very serious thing. Every time the wedding bells ring, yes if they rang the bells thrice then they should toil one bell for a divorce.

In 2 Timothy Chapter 3, especially in the first five verses, there is listed some of the characteristics of people living at the end of the world. In the limited time that we have available today it would be very helpful to notice a few of many that are recorded.  2 Timothy 3:2, "…disobedient to parents."

Children will be disobedient to Parents

As a boy I remember that if I dared to disobey my parents, that disobedience would receive its due reward. But a great change has come in. In Germany during the dictatorship of Adolph Hitler, young people were trained to turn traitor to their parents, trained to turn against their own fathers and mothers, to betray their own family. The Bible speaks of this very thing being one of the many signs of the last days.

Men will be Fierce

It is quite apparent that the social world has also been shattered. I want you to take another look at 2 Timothy 3:3 and you notice it says, "fierce", that means men will be fierce. You would think that seeing man is supposed to be becoming more civilized that he would put away any fierce habits.  But today in 1989 the most dangerous, the most ferocious being in the world is man himself. How many times do we see on TV the brutality of modern man. Soldiers kicking a man in the head as he lies on the ground, or hitting someone with the butt of the rifle. Hideous things and all manner of tortures. But the Bible says it will get worse and worse.

Man shall wax worse and worse

Notice (2 Timothy 3) verse 13, "Evil men shall wax worse and worse." And in verse 3 it says they shall be fierce.

A few years ago Malaya was very much in the news.  Most of us can remember that they had a danger area and it was a very dangerous area too. Why? Because of the Tigers of the jungle? No! There is no question that they are dangerous and their bite is terrible, and there is no antidote for tiger bites. They have crocodiles in the swamps and rivers and they are very savage. And there are terrible snakes. But they do not begin to be as fierce as the men of the jungle. The men of the jungle are far fiercer than the beasts of the jungle.

In the United States of America someone is murdered every forty minutes, and that is in a so called Christian country. You might say, oh yes one could expect that of the U.S.A. But Melbourne, right here in Australia, has held the world record for murders on a population basis.

Predictions for the last days

There is another thing that the Lord predicted about our world that would be evident in the last days. Turn with me to the great 'signs of the times' chapter found in Matthew 24:7, "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…". Jesus goes on to say, "And there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diver places."


One encyclopaedia says that there have been as many destructive earthquakes in the last forty years as in the last 1,000 proceeding. They have become so common that people can sleep on through an earthquake today. All they do is to take an aspirin and go back to sleep. People can read where a 1,000 people, or 10,000, or 250,000 people have been killed by an earthquake. Such things do not register anymore.


Jesus speaks of another sign. In (Matthew 24) verse 7 it says, "There shall be famines."

I used to think that was just because they could not grow enough food. But it is not that alone. One situation that has come to our attention today, and that is man’s ability to wipe out the enemy’s crops. Today a nation can starve out the enemy. It is so different from what God said, "If thine enemy hunger" do what? "Feed him."

In recent years there has been some terrible famines, Cambodia, Ethiopia and so on. There was a famine in India where a 1,000,000 people starved to death. Do you know that this dreadful tragedy took up two column inches in the Indian newspapers. Jesus says that one of the marks of the last days would be famines. But we also notice that "there will be pestilences."


Diseases, you would think that with better qualified doctors and more research in the field of medicine, they would be able to catch up with the germs, the pests, the bugs and all the rest, wouldn’t you?

Never has our world seen anything comparable to the medical knowledge and medical science that we have today. It is truly amazing, there is no doubt about it. But the strange thing is that while the scientists are becoming wiser and smarter, the insects and the germs are getting smarter too.

You hear about evolution, people talk a lot about that, but listen to this. In the Readers Digest there was an article that spoke of how the pest world has been able to develop insects that can resist DDT (deadly sprays), and germs that resist penicillin. Just imagine that! While the doctors in their laboratories and the scientists working in theirs, the pest and the germs were working in their laboratories trying to find a vaccinate themselves and immunise themselves against DDT and Penicillin. Why it is absolutely amazing. Talk about evolution that takes millions of years and here we have insects that have developed resistance specimens in just a matter of a few years.

They say in some insect families it takes many more times as much DDT to destroy them as it did the same species a few years ago. In fact about the only sure way to get rid of a fly permanently is to drop a heavy bucket of DDT on its head. It seems as if, while the scientists were going to college, the insects and all the rest were going to university. Yes, Christ said that is exactly as it will be in the last days.

Is Education the answer?

The educational world used to promise that they would bring us to a better world. They used to say, "We will educate, educate, and we will show the world a better way."

But instead of getting better, the world is rapidly getting worse. Christian folk so often send their children to public schools singing, "I am a child of the King", but they come out the other end chanting, "I am a son of an ape."

Somewhere along the way they have lost their God. In many of the textbooks used in the public schools, they are being taught that there is no God.

The only text Book that tells us where we come from, why we are in the world, where we are going from here, you will not find this in the schools. It is only man’s ideas and Satan’s. Yes, education has confused men and taken away his hope for the future.

The Church should be the great spiritual leader

The spiritual world has let us down also. Great Cathedrals have been built all over the world. Prestigious churches can be seen almost everywhere. As one newspaper put it, "We have fine structures and we have built up great social organisations. But where is the Church to lead us the way out?"

God intended, God ordained, and God indicated that the church should be the great spiritual leader. The church should not be dabbling in politics and all the things that it is today. The church should be preparing men and women for a better way of living in preparation for life eternal. And that is the message we, as the great Advent people, should be giving to the world today.

I am so thankful that beyond the troubles, the war clouds, that God has given the assurance of a new and better day to come. Revelation 21:1,4 says, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away; and there was no more sea." Verse 4, "And God shall wipe away tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

I am so glad that one day soon God is going to take over. Man has failed so miserably. As we look around the world today, we see nothing but trouble and distress. But it will be all over, it will be soon be behind us. That is why Jesus said, "When you see all these things take place then you are to look up. Why?  For your redemption draweth nigh."

Do not get discouraged. It is getting too close for that.  Be ready and waiting.  It will not be long now. Not one of Jesus prophecies has failed, neither will this one. So you can be assured that our Redemption is very close.


The Bible in Song Sermons category is expected to be enlarged over time as hard copy sermon notes are scanned, typed and edited in webpage format. Visit Sermons Page for the complete list of sermons and Bible Commentaries

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Easy access to all the uploaded Revelation Bible Commentaries written by Brian Pepper. Also a CD of the complete Book of Revelation consisting of 22 PDF files scanned from original typed documents. These files can be downloaded by Adobe Acrobat to view on computer screen, or printed in booklet or other format.


  SDA Prophecy Chart
Bible in Song Sermons and Commentaries pages have exposed flaws in the "2300 day" prophecy chart most notably used by Seventh-day Adventists. Seventh-day Adventists in their biblical interpretation have favored the tradition of their founding fathers over Scripture and the "divine revelation" of their own prophet Ellen White. Read more.


Thank you for posting some of (Brian Pepper's) sermons. It's like reading the very words Jesus has spoken to me and is a great encouragement. I cannot say that about many Pastors but I can say that about (Pr Pepper). Thank you. Robert (USA) ... more testimonials.



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