To my mind the saddest story in the Bible is
Revelation 20:7-9; "And when the thousand years are
expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which
are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather
them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the
sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed
the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came
down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."
One Day it Will be Too Late
It says they came up like the islands of the
sea; multitudes of impenitent sinners. Millions upon millions; they had refused to
turn away from sin and now they are the victims of their sins.
Among this great company are those who had gone through the seven
last plagues. And yet they had not learned their lesson. They are
deceived into thinking that God is not particular. They had not
heeded the warning.
it says; "Seek ye the Lord while He
may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near; Let the wicked
forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him
return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our
God, for He will abundantly pardon."
This is a warning that one day soon it will
be too late to seek God for He won’t be found.
Revelation 15:1 says; "And I saw another sign in heaven,
great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues;
for in them is filled up the wrath of God."
Yes, one day soon the wrath of God is to be
poured out in the seven last plagues. Those who rejected Noah’s
appeals were swallowed up by the waters of the flood. Those who
have rejected the appeals of Christ will be destroyed by the wrath
of the Lamb.
Not Your Heart
They did not heed the admonition, "Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not
Yes, it is possible to harden our hearts
against the voice of God. Pharaoh did that you will remember. When
God poured out the ten plagues upon Egypt there was a type and
shadow of the last days.
The first three of those plagues fell upon
both the Israelites and the Egyptians.
says; "And I will sever in that day
the land of Goshen in which my people dwell, that no swarms of
flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the
Lord in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between
my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.”
God says, "I will put a division (margin: a
redemption) between Egypt and my people." The plagues were to come
on the wicked and not on God’s people.
It will be the same with the seven last
plagues as they will fall on the wicked and not on the people of
Hardened His Heart
We learn some very interesting things in the
plagues of Egypt. First of all there need not have been those
plagues on Egypt if Pharaoh had obeyed God and not resisted; then
the plagues would never have fallen.
Did you know that it was one word that sealed
Pharaohs destiny; here it is.
says: "And he said, to morrow..." That word tomorrow will cause thousands to
lose out on eternal life.
says; "And the magicians said unto
Pharaoh, this is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was
hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said."
This is the very finger of God. Here was
overwhelming evidence but it says that Pharaoh hardened his heart.
The people who are destroyed by that lake of fire will go down
against overwhelming evidence. Yes, it was so with Pharaoh, he
hardened his heart.
Exodus 8:32 we read; "And Pharaoh hardened
his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go."
But you say, it was God that hardened his
heart. I want to tell you that it says ten times
that Pharaoh hardened his own heart.
Take my hands; at present they are quite soft
for I have been doing a lot of painting and my hands have been
softened by constant dipping into water. When I was engaged in
camp erection my hands became quite hard. Hard hands come from
handling things that are rough, they don’t come all at once but
through constant handling.
You take different materials; the sun affects
them in different manner according to their nature. It melts wax
and it hardens clay. And so as the Spirit of God works upon the
hearts of men and women, different effects are produced according
to the condition of the heart.
The repentant sinner allows God's Spirit to
lead him to conversion and salvation, but the impenitent sinner
hardens his heart more and more. So in one sense it was Pharaoh
that hardened his heart and in another it was God. God pleaded
with him and and Pharaoh rejected that plea.
The Spirit of God leads you to a certain step
in your Christian experience and you say ‘no’. Then the Spirit will take you back and lead
you in a roundabout way and bring you back to the same step.
Could Be Too Late
As I preach this truth I have no difficulty
in convincing people that it is the truth. They say ‘yes the
Sabbath is right! We believe it all.’
Yes many people say, ‘Without doubt brother
Pepper you have the truth, but I don’t want to do anything about
it till Christmas.’ In other words tomorrow!
Yes, the Jews deliberately rejected Jesus
Christ and look at the terrible experience that has been theirs.
says; "How shall we escape, if we
neglect so great salvation."
St Paul tells us the worst thing a man can do
is to neglect. You don’t need to reject all. All you need to do is
just to neglect. St Paul says if we do this there is no escape.
Yes, all you need to do is to neglect and millions are doing this
Proverbs 27:1 says; "Boast not thyself of
tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."
Tomorrow could very easily be too late!
says; "And the river shall bring forth
frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and
into thy bed chamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy
servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy
You go to bed and you feel a cold clammy
feeling; you put your hands down into the blankets and take out a
frog! You step out of bed and you feel something cold and slimy,
you look down and there is a frog under your foot. You eat your
breakfast and out of the porridge a frog jumps out. Frogs hop out
of the oven as you open the door, frogs jump out of the dough as
you make the scones. And what did Pharaoh say to all this:
The Spirit of
Man Says Tomorrow
There is no word that hurts GOD more than
If you want to wake up from the sleep of
death and go into the pit of fire then say tomorrow.
says; "Wherefore as the Holy Ghost
saith, today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts, as
in the provocation.”
The Bible deals with two days, today and 'that'
day. The Spirit of God says today. The spirit of man says
says; "Go to now, ye that say, Today
or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a
year, and buy and sell, and yet gain; Whereas ye know not what
shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour
that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."
The Spirit of
God says 'My Spirit shall not always strive
with man.’ There won’t always be the opportunity to make
your decision for God.
John 14:15,16 Jesus says, "If ye love Me keep
My commandments." Then He adds this, "And I will pray to the
Father and He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide
with you forever. Even the spirit of truth..."
God says "if you keep his
commandments then he will give you the gift of the Holy Ghost." If
we obey God He gives us a wonderful blessing.
You know, I don’t know of a country that is
more asleep than Australia. Why is that?
I think it is because Australia is so far
removed from the troubled spots of our world. And yet we are
living on the very edge of a volcano that is sizzling and ready to
I believe that the Spirit of God is making
His last call to men and women to prepare for the coming kingdom
of Jesus Christ.
says; "Proclaim ye this among the
Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of
war draw near; let them come up:"
The great and terrible day of Armageddon is
Napoleon said, "China is asleep but heaven
help us if she should awake."
Today the spirit of nationalism is abroad.
Even the weakest of the nations are saying that they are strong.
Take Japan; a few years ago she was subdued and shorn of power,
but today Japan is an industrial giant.
says; "Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision; for the
day of the LORD is near in the valley
The Spirit of God is gripping their hearts.
Millions are making their decision just before the seven last
plagues and Armageddon. Yes, they are making their decision either
for the glory land or for eternal death. In order to make their
decision intelligently they must know what truth is. That is where we come in
for we must do our part. 'Signs' are one of the avenues whereby we
can bring to people's attention: the truth of God.
Must be Made Before the Plagues
The plagues must come before the coming of
Revelation 16:1 says; "And I heard a great voice out the
temple saying to the seven angels, go your ways, and pour out the
vials of wrath of God upon the earth.”
But before the plagues are poured out all
decisions will have been made.
says; "Then Peter said unto them, repent
and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
If we are to receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit then we must be prepared for this gift. It is that
Some people say "What about my friends, what
will they say?" I can tell you this, will it be any
consolation to you on the day that God destroys the unrepentant
sinner? You will remember that St Paul says that we will be
without excuse on that day. Even the very best excuse will gain us
Revelation 16:9 says; "And men were scorched with
great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over
these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory."
When the plagues fall there is no more
repentance. The Holy Spirit who leads a man to repentance has
returned to heaven. Yes, right now God will abundantly pardon. He
will receive any repentant sinner but the day probation closes it
will be too late.
Revelation 14:9,10; "And the third angel followed
them saying with aloud voice, If any man worship the beast, and
his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand.
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is
poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he
shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the
holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb."
If you have the mark of the beast you can’t
be keeping the commandments of God. And if you keep the
commandments you won’t have the mark of the beast.
Some people say, ‘We keep nine of the
Commandments; that should be enough.’ Others say, ‘What about the Jews? Very few of
them keep the Sabbath today.’
Friends we are told that the commandment
keepers are Christians for they have the faith of Jesus.
And Jesus says "Blessed are they that keep
One day not very far away those who have
rejected the commandments of God will wake up and find that they
have terrible sores from their head to their feet and they will
have a burning thirst. They will turn the handles of a tap for a
cool drink but a horrible substance like blood will flow out! Why does God do a thing like that? The angels
say "Lord you are doing the right thing.”
Remember that just before this they have
enforced their Sunday Sabbath and boycotted God’s people, then a
death decree goes forth and so the angels say, "Yes, Lord they are
only getting what they deserve.”
The great counterfeit has been 'sun' worship. God says "Alright, if you prefer the Sun you
can have the Sun." And the sun will pour down its blistering
heat upon the inhabitants of this world. Plenty of people say "If I obey God I will
starve!” They will starve anyway there is no question
Plague of Darkness
Revelation 16:10 says: "And the fifth angel poured out his
vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of
darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain."
Just recently in Spain all Bibles were
confiscated. Yes darkness comes upon the people. And now the
spirits of devils go out and spur on the nations to agitate them
towards war: The last great battle of earth, Armageddon.
A Great Earthquake
Then there comes that
great earthquake that topples the leading cities of the
world. London, New York, Paris, Sydney! All the great cities crash to the ground.
Plague of Hail
says; "Judgment also will I lay to
the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall
sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters shall overflow the
The terrible hail storm shall sweep away the
refuge of lies, lies which many have hid behind; such as Sunday is the Lord's Day,
living under the New Covenant, the Law has been done away with,
God is not that particular.
Isaiah 28:20 we are told, "For the bed is
shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the
covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it."
The bed too short, the covering too narrow:
that is a bad way to be in, not covered properly. And the illustration fits. They are poorly
covered when they cover themselves with the traditions and
commandments of men. Is God a tyrant because He treats people like
Today and Not
Tomorrow to Make Your Choice
Friends, before the plagues come, God send a
clear message: there is no need to be lost. The thing is this: today
and not tomorrow is the
time to make your choice. Don’t harden your heart.
says; "And at that time shall Michael
stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy
The great Prince that stands for His people!
Yes, he stands for His people, “…and at that time thy people shall be
delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."
How many will He stand for? Everyone found written in the Lamb's Book of
Life. To be found written in that book means that all decisions
must be made today and not tomorrow!