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 Sermon on What is Coming

By Brian Pepper

Most people are anxious to know what the future holds. And it is prophecy that foretells the future. There are very clear indications of future events outlined in the Sacred pages.  I would say that it would be safe to say this, that the majority of people in this world are completely unaware that God has a clock. Some have called it the 'clock of prophecy'.

God has a clock

The Holy Scriptures makes it very clear that God has a very special clock in Heaven. God says in Ecclesiastes 3:1 onwards, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven: A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;"

You see God is not a disorganized God.  For time is a very important thing. The universe runs to time and when the great prophetic clock strikes, nothing can stop that clock. The clock struck first at creation, then at the flood.  However today we are going to sweep past the great events such as the reformation, dark day, falling stars, and we are going to zoom into the immediate future.

The year 1844

Before we do this let us go back to 1844 which I assure you is a very important date. So much so that all end time things have their beginning at this time.  I would like you to read Daniel 7:9,10: "I beheld till the thrones were cast down and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgement was set and the books were opened."

Daniel the prophet takes us behind the scenes and reveals to us that in 1844 the great investigative judgement began. Adamís name was first on the list then it moved to Seth... Cain... Noah... Abraham... Moses... Peter... Paul... Judas... and so on until we find ourselves almost 150 years along the way (from 1844).  Godís clock moves on relentlessly.  All the time we are moving closer and closer to the last great final movements.

Now so that we might be able to see this, we must go back to that important date in last day prophecy: 1844.  It was at this time that God sent a very special and a very timely message to the world. You will find it in Revelation 14:9,10: "And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud 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 Lamb."

The Third Angel's Message

This message is designed to put Godís children on their guard. This third angel is saying: "They will be brought into close combat with the beast and his image and their lives will depend on holding fast to the truth."

The 'third angel's message' has sped from country to country, into Asia... India... the jungles of Burma... Australia... New Zealand... the South Sea Islands... Papua New Guinea... on and on... spanning the world.  For this message is a world wide message. Some of the last and final events that will take place are not easy to slot into a definite time period. However not too many students of Prophecy would argue with me when I say that we are right now in what is known as the 'shaking time': the time when those who are not sincere, who know the truth but do not obey the truth, will be shaken out.

Never has the church gone through such an upheaval as in the last few years.  It has been torn apart by doctrinal differences, distrust in the leadership, rejection of the Spirit of Prophecy. Surely it is the 'shaking time'. The Devanport affair, even the Chamberlain business has had its effects, but the important thing is, do we recognize it? 

The Testing Time

We often speak of the 'testing time'.  We ask ourselves "will we be able to stand to test?"  I wonder how many realize just how close the testing time is?  In Revelation chapter 13, the prophet John describes the great 'test' that will come upon the inhabitants of this Earth.  Revelation 13:15 says: "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed."

Sunday Laws

The time is not far distant when the greatest test will come to every individual. The Mark of the Beast will be urged upon us and those who have step by step yielded in pressure, who have conformed to the world, will give in to the Satanic powers that will try to enforce their dogmas as indicated in Revelation 13:15. They will do this rather than subject themselves to derision, and to insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest will be between the commandments of God and the commandments of men.

Time of Trouble

Next in the events of the last days, which bring us to the grand 'finale' of this earthís history comes the 'time of trouble'.  Just before the seven last plagues begin to fall, the time of trouble is thrust upon the world. As the work of salvation closes, terrible trouble comes upon this Earth.  Although still held in check by the angels, the nations of Earth are angry and ready for the final great battle of Armageddon.

Latter Rain

It is also at this time that the 'latter rain' will come to give power to the 'loud cry' of the third angel, and to prepare the people of God to stand during the seven last plagues.  Right up to the last hours of time, God still has a people in Babylon.  Before the plagues begin to fall the faithful ones must be called out that they might not: "...partake not of her sins, and receive not of her plagues."

Image to the Beast

God's holy Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for the issue is between the worship of the Beast and the keeping of the Commandments of God. There will be only two classes at this time, those who fall in line with the Beast and his Image, and those who are true to God and refuse to bow the knee to Baal. It is sad to read that the first named will be in the majority.

Revelation 13:8 (First Half) says: "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship himÖ"

Sign to leave the Cities

It is at this time that the 'loud cry' of the third angel is given in its fullness. It is also at this time that the 'sign to leave the cities' will be given. God will give us a sign so we might know the time of departure from the cities of this world. Just as the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was a signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so when America issues a decree enforcing the observance of Sunday, this will be a warning to Christians that it is time to leave the large cities. Godís people will know that the end is very near.  Probation will close.

Probation closes

When Godís presence was finally withdrawn from the Jewish nation the priests and the people were unaware of it.  Although they were under the control of Satan, they still regarded themselves as the chosen people of God and when probation closes no one will know, neither the Christians or the persecutors of the people of God. But it will not be long before the inhabitants of this Earth will realize that something terrible has happened.  Daniel 12:1 says: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone that shall be found written in thy book."

Seven last plagues

The 'four angels' of Revelation chapter 7 now let go the winds of strife and the world is thrown into a 'time of trouble' the like of which has never been known before.  When the 'seven last plagues' begin to fall, the wicked became so enraged against the people of God that they determine to wipe them off the face of the earth. A degree goes forth to slay them.

The time of Jacob's trouble

We now enter what is known as the 'time of Jacob's trouble'.  Before the Christian comes to this trying period, he must learn to have complete trust in God. The darkening of the sun in 1780, the falling of the stars in 1833, will be nothing to be compared with what will take place at this time. Satan and his evil angels perform great signs and wonders.  We read about them in 2 Thessalonians 2:9: "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."

Satan's deceptions

Jesus spoke of this delusion, Satan's deceptions, and said it would be so great that even the very elect could be deceived (Matthew 24:24)

There is a graphic description of this remarkable happening in the book ĎThe Great Controversy.í  I would like you to notice with me this passage: "As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will impersonate Christ. The church has long professed to look to the Saviourís advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the Earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air, ĎChrist has comeí ĎChrist has come!í The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed his disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; He heals the diseases of the people. This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion."

But the people of God will not be deceived, for the teachings of this false Christ do not harmonize with the Scriptures. His blessings are pronounced upon the worshippers of the 'beast' and his 'image', the very ones that God has warned about.  Just as the prophet Daniel indicated, the Christians find themselves in the 'time of trouble such as never wasÖ'

Death decree

A decree goes forth fixing the time when the Commandment keepers may be put to death, but their enemies try to take their lives before the official date.  However none are able to pass the mighty angel guards that protect Godís people. Guns are aimed at them but they misfire or are torn from the hands of the assailant and shattered to pieces. Others are defended by angels in the form of men.

Voice of God delivers

Instead of the 'death decree' being carried out the 'voice of God delivers'. Companies of armed men urged on by the host of evil angels prepare to annihilate Godís people when suddenly a dense blackness deeper then the darkness of night falls upon the earth. The people of God hear a voice saying "look up", and lifting their eyes to the heavens they see in a rift in the darkness the 'rainbow of promise' shining with the glory from the throne of God that encircles every praying company. Then as they lift their eyes heavenwards they see the glory of God and the Son of Man seated upon His throne.

It is at midnight that God manifests his power for the deliverance of his people. Suddenly the sun appears shining in its full strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror upon the scene, while the people of God behold with solemn joy the signs of their deliverance. 

Tables of stones

And as they continue to gaze upward there appears against the sky a hand holding 'two tables of stone' folded together.  Revelation 11:19 says: "And the temple of God was opened in heaven and there was seen in his temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."

The hand opens the tables revealing the 'Ten Commandments'.  The words are so plain that they can be easily read.  However just before God reveals His law in the heavens the graves are opened and all who have died having faith in the 'third angels message' come forth from the tomb. They have been glorified in order to hear and see Godís 'covenant of peace' with those who have honoured Him by keeping His law.

In Revelation 1:7, the prophet John wrote about this time saying: "Behold. he cometh with clouds: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

"They also which pieced HimÖ"

Those who wear most guilty in Christís unjust trial and crucifixion, those who mocked and derided Christís dying agonies, the most violent opposers of His truth and His people:

Caiaphas the high priest.
Pilate the Roman governor,
the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

They are raised to behold Him in all His glory and to see the honour placed upon those who have been loyal and obedient.

Announcing the hour of Christ's return

Suddenly what at first seems like thunder is recognized as a voice.  It is actually the voice of God himself announcing the hour of Christís return.  Revelation 16:17 says: "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done."

This great voice is none other than the voice of God.  Testimonies V.1 p.184 says: "Soon I heard the voice of God which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake, buildings were shaken down and fell on every side.

It is when this voice sounds that Godís people are delivered and the time of Jacobsís trouble is over. Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud about the size of a man's hand.  It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness.

Sign of the Son of man

The people of God know this to be the 'sign of the Son of man'. In a solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer to the earth it becomes lighter and more glorious until it is brilliant beyond description.  Revelation 19:11 says: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Verse 14 says: "And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."

The armies of Heaven follow Him. The holy angels, a vast unnumbered throng accompany the Saviour. As the living cloud comes nearer every eye beholds the Prince of Life.

Verse 16 says: "And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written King of Kingís and Lord of Lordís."

The King of Kingís descends upon the cloud wrapped in flaming fire. The heavens are rolled together as a scroll, the earth trembles before Him, every Island is moved out of its place. To those who mocked Christ in His humiliation come to their minds the words of the Saviour, found in Matthew 26:64: "ÖHereafter shall ye see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."

How tragic it will be for those who have rejected the Christ, who have spurned the offer of Salvation. But what a day of rejoicing to Godís people, for then will come to pass what is written in Isaiah 25:9: "ÖLo, this is our God: we have waited for him, and He will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his Salvation."

How will it be for you?

What will it be? When the King of Kingís comes to gather His jewels, will you be among those who have honoured God by keeping His commandments? There will only be two classes on that day: those who have accepted Christ and those who have rejected Him; those who have honoured Christ, and those who have honoured the Beast. When the King comes in brother, when the king comes in, how will it fare with thee and me? When the King comes in? That is the question each one of us will have to face.  It is the decision you make today that will decide where you stand on that great day. May our decision enable us to join those who will stand with Christ on that day.


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