VBC – Sunday Evening Service 9-23-18
We're in Isaiah chapter number 13 and 14 here tonight. We will look at that. I'm going to read the first five verses and pray that's God the be with us that I give us understanding of this passage encourage us here that we have been placed on the right side of history that were on the winning side and thank God for that and challenges us to see more people with us.
Isaiah Chapter 13 Verse number 1 through 5. I'll read that before. I pray the burden of Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amos did see lift you up a banner upon the high mountain exalt The Voice under them shake the hand that they may go into the gates of the Nobles. I've commanded my Sanctified ones.
I've also called my mighty ones for mine anger. Even them that rejoice in my highness the noise of a multitude in the mountains. Like as of a great people tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of Nations gather together the Lord of hosts musters the host of the battle they come from a far country from the end of the heaven, even the Lord and the weapons of his indignation to destroy the whole land.
Heavenly father. I ask that she will be with us tonight or do we desire to hear from you? I'm very mindful that human wisdom and knowledge and speaking Lord. Doesn't available anything. So I pray that our church family the night your children my brothers and sisters or that they will hear from you tonight and that I will not stand in the way of you speaking help us have understanding about what you would want us to know from this passage and make application to our lives moving forward in Jesus name.
I pray amen. So on a Saturday morning, I went to a soccer game. Of a friend haven't been the many soccer games and my life. What's the few YouTube videos feel like I know a good enough about it now to enjoy it but as any rectly game would have soccer baseball any sport. I would guess there is a some dad on the Cylon some man who was screaming at the kids and he's coaching all the time.
It's funny because when they needed coaches, he probably didn't sign up right. He said I don't have time. I don't know anything, but he's probably at every game early. And he's on the sidelines yelling at the kids and telling them what they should be doing and the guy that I was standing by he seemed to know a whole lot about soccer and he said a whole lot about soccer.
But none of the kids listen to them, you know, why because they were busy playing soccer. All right. And so what he said was not related to the game that they were playing he was too far away used to this connected. And so when I was by this guy saying praying to God and I was thinking about Isaiah 13 and 14, and I said God, please don't allow me to be like that coat like that guy on the.
And who stands up and who yells and screams which you know, I don't yell and scream but I don't stand up and it seems like he knows a whole lot about a sport but he doesn't live where we're live. He's not playing the sport that were playing and that's difficult. So when we talk to our teenagers, we say you want to know the what of a passage right?
What is it saying? Then you want to know the so one of the passages? And then the now what I have a hard time in these passages in the book of Isaiah, but Ezra was going to be difficult. But Isaiah really is difficult at times to understand all that's going on as a Steve and I were talking before the service if somebody writes one book on revelations in time prophecy.
You might want to read it if they write 10 books on it. You might want to stay away from him. Okay, because it seems like the people get more excited about it are the ones who just have the craziest opinions. People just have the craziest opinions and I don't want to do that. And so I'm not even arrogant enough to think that I could be the guy that knows a whole lot about soccer yelling.
I would actually be more like Tinsley and not tensley was doing she decided that every time somebody said something twice she would yell it out too. So they would say offsides off science and tens ago. Yeah that's offsides that's offsides or they say attack the ball and pins would say off Tak the ball.
She didn't know what she was saying. She was just repeating what somebody else was saying about the game. And that's a real temptation to I don't want to take my knowledge any farther, but in preaching it be very tempting just to repeat something. I don't even understand what that guy saying about a game because we live and the Bible is relevant and it's not the preachers job to make the Bible relevant.
He can only do the Injustice of turning it irrelevant and making it something as not so this passage is good for me and you. He wants us to know it and I trust him and it here. We see it in verse number one the burden of Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amos did see so first of all, we see that this is what we call special Revelation given to us Leia that he saw something Friday night with the teenagers.
We talked about the God who speaks and general revelation. You know the things we know about God from creation the things that we can see and we can stand in all psalm 19 the stars and all the things and there's an awareness that there's a God and the conscious tells us not only is there a God but you have a thin that him and our conscience either condemns us and we know that we're wrong or excuse us.
And so there's this information that people have about God and sometimes that's all people here in the South have is this General Revelation? Yeah. There's a God and I'm a sinner. But they have a never got the knowledge of John 17:3 the know who is the one true God and the Jesus that has been sin.
But here what we have is with special Revelation and this is stuff that we're not going to know unless God tells us. All right. So Isaiah is going to know some things about the near future and the far future that nobody else is going to know unless God reveals it to him and he gave it that Isaiah.
And so with the near future what's going to happen to those people and the near future about Babylon and the children of Israel and then something in the far future that hasn't yet happened. And so that's what we're learning about so we can look back on this pastor than say. Yep. It happened. Like you said it was going to the prophecies that he gave that were fulfilled that were given in the Old Testament.
Then they end up being fulfilled in the Old Testament. They were true and we can believe that the ones that are coming will also be true. And there's no reason to believe that we're much closer to the Fulfillment that complete fulfillment of these apocalyptic prophecies than we are. The first time it was given Jesus could come at any day.
Do you believe that then we really believe that. You know just because the guy on the street corners krasin says it doesn't mean he's wrong right? It's a really is coming and we ought to be mindful of it and we should teach it to the people when we speak to them. So there's some there's no law understanding the near future and then the far future and so there's a partial fulfillment in the Judgment.
Then there's this the totality is going to come the Apostle John in Revelation 13 1 through 16. So he tells what's going to happen in the Great Tribulation he takes. These passes the say that he believes there's this future fulfillment of it. Any I don't know if this was a common saying at any point sometimes I did things that could take you to realize nobody else in the rest of the country did it and it wasn't really a trend.
It was just something me and my friends did did you ever anybody know every when you leave around me and say hey peace in the Middle East I'm out any of you ever say peace in the Middle East. As a site of signing off. Wow, slightly awkward. Okay pastor warned me about this too. And I'm like, no, you don't know that was a thing for a moment.
We would say peace in the Middle East. And so there's this teacher Tony Hess here and it could be worth a pitcher. And so Tony has was a teacher at my Christian School and every time I'd see brother see Tony has I would shake his hand and he would do this little weird snap thing and I would say he would say peace in the Middle East and then he would say but win.
It's out say during the millennial Reign white rent because there will be no peace until the king of Peace comes in Jesus. All right, it's a long flows of right and so he made me have this little eschatology quiz every time I would see him so he'd say piece of Middle East but win. And the millennial Kingdom when the king of Peace will come.
All right, I'm feeling like Pastor all alone up here. I'm just weird though. He's preaching the Bible what he feels all alone, but it helped me right Tony has he would tell me peace in the Middle East I Googled it to see if anybody else did and there's even a signing off when people take. P itme which means peace in the Middle East.
All right. It's an expression. All of you are wrong. All right. All right, and so peace in the Middle East and now we have these problems in a place called Babylon that's mentioned. You know Babylon is mentioned in the bible. I'll Jerusalem's mentioned more but outside of Jerusalem. This place called Babylon is mentioned the second most amount of times and we remember the first time we hear about it.
Where I get started, isn't that Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, so it's been around. For a long time. I was kind of reminds you remember they build that Tower and it's not so much like they're going to jump off the top of it and get in the heaven like Mario, you know, you go up the vine and you jump into a new world.
It's not so much that as in we are going to come together economy and Empower and we're going to demonstrate that. Nobody can touch us. We are the greatest where the powerful and then God says, let me look at that little Lego Land that you built down there and he looks at it if you ride in your.
Well, I would encourage you to put in here by chapter 13 and 14 Jeremiah 50 and 51. Which means if you don't get anything in the past is night Pastor gets another chance Jeremiah 50 and 51 and then Revelation 17 and 18. You really need to read all of those to get a fuller understanding of what's being talked about Jeremiah 50 51 Revelation 17 and 18.
So where is Babble now and. Peter 5 13 it says the church that is at Babylon elected together with saluted which with you salute with you. So does Marcus my son? So when Peter is writing a first Peter, it's still around but it's not around today. There's not a big dominant power in this world that calls itself Babylon here.
And so if you read we know that at some point existence is Babylon is destroyed and it will say it was going to be. But since it's going to be such a prominent player in the end times and it's not that it must arise from the dust of the past and assume the importance that is set forth in these predictions.
So we know in the future there is going to be a city called Babylon that is going to come the power and have a prominent Rome during those seven years of tribulation. Some have said that its Rome because this is seven City on a Hill some say it's another city and that will be called Babylon or it could just be where it was at in there.
It'll be risen from that because you imagine after the time of the Rapture the time that Jesus Calls the church up and all the chaos that goes on during that time. How everything would be moved around how maybe one city that was such a powerful player may not become because the destruction I've told you this before and I didn't know it was so weird growing up in the church that I went to small country Church there they had a big picture on the wall.
It was a picture of airplanes crashing and everything cars crashing the each other. It was a Rapture scene that took place and it was right off to the side of the pool pimp to look at and every service. And so I studied it all the time there. It was helpful. I read the Left Behind series when I was 16 and there's things there that I don't necessarily agree with but you know, what I do appreciate is I knew that it was a real event real things are going to happen and it was coming.
It doesn't help us the only imagine things as a fairy tale, right? We know that heaven isn't a bunch of. People dress like cupid sitting on a cloud playing a harp all the time. We know that's not the case their streets and places. Well, the end times are the same thing real events are going to happen here.
And so we see this it's going to come back and it's going to be a location something that God has struck a my heart when I was thinking about it maybe in Iraq where Babylon might be or one of those places maybe a place like that would rise to power because maybe here in Alpharetta many of us go to heaven.
And there's complete destruction of our system the different parts of the Muslim world after the Rapture the next day may look very similar to the day before except what they're hearing on the news. I'm not saying that's the case and how Babylon Rises but I'm telling you this can fix my heart to realize it's not the same better missionary went down the Italy's they could you imagine if the Rapture was accompanying the soccer game and they showed a picture how few of those people would even disappear.
Because when we think about it Grandma and Grandpa and everybody disappears, but in many parts of the world, that would not be the case Revelation 16:14 for they are the spirits of the devil working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the battle of the great day of God almighty.
And so this great day of God Almighty. It leads us Revelation 16 times 18 is leading to this battle of Armageddon into this Valley of megiddo. And it's going there. That is the ultimate that is the end of it all there. And so there's a leading up to. I'm Leo Ryan. It's winner-takes-all. It's a real world Ward's everybody coming all the hatred being there and there's a Bloodshed unlike any movie could even portray Revelation 14 2010.
The winepress was trodden out with the city and blood came out of the winepress even unto the horse's bridle by the space of a thousand and six hundred for lows. It's just an in an unimaginable amount of Bloodshed there. More than any battle that you could read about and human history. And so what is the strategy of the overthrow here in Babylon verse them are to lift up a banner upon the high mountain and exalt the voice of them shake the hand that may go into the gates of the Nobles.
And so this Banner is going to be raised in all these armies are going to come there. This is the second time in as a here. There's been a reference to this invading Army and God raises. Banner in a chapter 5 verse 26 it says and he will lift up a banner to the nation's from afar and will whistle unto them from the ends of the Earth and behold they shall come with speed swiftly.
I can't do it David Burkhart can do it. Could you give us that well whistle when you want to call a lot of people around you. I know your mom's here and you probably know social whistle and buildings go. All right, you see that can never do that. Say my life. All right. And so there is a whistle.
Is that what the whistle he's in trouble with his mom. So sorry didn't mean to do that to you there. And so that says that this Banner is raised in a whistle is given that. Gather them all together everybody's coming together for this ultimate battle and so in the same manner these armies are going to come together and it says that they're Sanctified here and that kind of seems odd to us, right because we say Sanctified We Believe holy We Believe righteous.
So we think we'll these armies have to be the good guys in the story. But what's being said is that they're set apart for a purpose that God is going to use all these armies coming together for a purpose and he will summons them and the noise of them come in together. Great as they come together and although the human armies attacked the nation on the Judgment.
It is God that is judging the enemies and why is this happening verse 11. What is the central issue for judgment emerges here and I will punish the world for their evil and the wicked of their iniquity and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud of The Proud the cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible and so it's because of their haughtiness and because of the pride here that is going to come too.
And we're going to get in chapter number 14 does time won't allow but Pastor will get into that and show us where did this all begin? It starts in Pride. It starts with Lucifer them there and it just continues here and God is going to use the medes to destroy Babylon. When we're reading this that doesn't seem weird to us, right we're used to hearing words like meat and Babylon, but when they heard it at this time, it would sound funny to them because Babylon is not in power and the medes are just a small nomadic group at the time.
So it's kind of like saying Guatemala is going to take over China. Like what did I read this right here. And so in the prophecy it's going to Babylon is going to rise up here and then after that the medes and the Persians will come and if you follow history here after a series of the Babylon took there.
Is here and then the denominator military power in the Middle East then after Babylon, there was Persian Rule and then after the Persians Alexander the Great the Greeks and then after the Greeks the Romans this right coach, thank you. All right good. And so we see that's going to happen and it was told in advance and they didn't know it was going to happen.
But Isaiah did why? Because God told him he said I'm going to tell you what's going to happen. And when people see this they're going to know that I'm right and then in 2018 when Vision Baptist Church sees it they're going to look back on history and they're going to say, yep. It happened. Just like you said it was going to happen.
Which means yep. It's going to happen just like he says it's going to happen and we can know this with Assurance here this incredible day of Destruction. The day of the Lord is referred to over a hundred times in Scripture. Verse 7. Therefore shall all hands be faint and every man's heart shall melt and they shall be afraid pains and Sorrows shall take hold of them and they should be paying as a woman that travail with they shall be amazed one another and their faces shall be as flames.
No, seven years. It just gets worse and he gets worse and he gets worse here. That's what they say having a child like right you get the pain it builds and it builds and it builds. With our first child Stephanie said I think I'm having contractions. I'm like, well, let me know in the morning if they're still there and they were all right.
I really were I'm a horrible person there. But by the time I got up it was time to get to the hospital but poor wife have been up all night. But I was well rested and ready to the take care of you dear always thinking ahead Luke. Alright, I was thinking and so this attack will be unrelenting here and it shall be chased Azzurro verse 14 and as the sheep that no man takes up and they show every man turned his own people and flee everyone his own land everyone that has found shall be thrust through and everyone that has joined the them shall fall by the sword their children also shall be dashed to Pieces Before Their Eyes their houses shall be spoiled and their wives rabbit.
These are actual events the taken place and it says and Amos and speaking about the day of the Lord. It's as if a man did flee from a lion and a then he's running from a lion and then he meets a bear sounds like an Old Spice commercial and then he runs into his house and he leans up against the wall and what bites them.
A serpent bite some running from the line you run into the bear then you get into your house and then a snake bites you that is unrelenting wrath of God. You're not going to get away from it here, even in verse number 11 and I will punish the world for their evil and the wicked of their iniquity and I will cause the arrogancy of The Proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible and I will make man more precious than fine gold and even a man that the go to wedge of ophir.
Say I will make a mortal more precious than gold. They'll be such death and Carnage around that if you're going through the land and you found somebody that's still alive finding them will be more precious than gold because there's going to be mass destruction and this is real and so when you're talking to somebody about the Lord's return and you're talking about their salvation, And you say I don't want to be too relenting?
I don't want to be unrelenting. I don't want to keep taking this conversation farther. I don't want to make them feel anxiety and I want to make them feel bad the days coming and they'll run from the lion will run from the bear and then they'll go into her home. It's coming for them. The wrath of God is coming for them.
So help them see it here. Luke said men will simply die due to the fear Luke 21:26 men's Hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken. It's going to be so heavy that men would just died of cardiac arrest just with the thoughts of what's going on.
This is nothing like it we've ever seen here. This information has been revealed to us through God's word. We need our friends and family to hear from God concerning the promises of Destruction for all those that stand and resistance to him as Lord verse 9 behold the day of the Lord come. Would you to put that on the screen 13 verse 9 and as we're closing here the night would you read this aloud with me 13 verse 9 behold the day of the Lord cometh cruel both with wrath and fierce anger to lay the land desolate and he shall destroy the Sinners their of out of it.
It's not a positive message but is a certain message the day of the Lord cometh. They've had two centuries until the first fulfillment of it, but it was fulfilled. And we know the final fulfillment of it is coming first Thessalonians 5:2 for for yourselves knowing perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night any of you ever been robbed in here.
I'll write that any of you expect that it was coming. Did you plant it? Was it on your calendar with no extra just didn't expect it at all to come to you as a thief and a night. I was a teenager and there's a song with that was saying they'll say. A man and wife asleep in bed. She hears a noise she turns her head.
He's gone who knows what it says next it says I wish we had all been ready to men walking up a hill one disappears in one left standing still. I wish we had all been ready thought about that song often couldn't ignore the picture in my church The know that the Rapture was a real event and in my world view as a teenager, there was a Jesus coming and there is going to be a rapture.
And so any time I walked up a hill with a friend anytime. I was with somebody I would occasionally have this thought which was are they going to be ready? Jesus? Are you going to come today? Is my friend going to come with me. And in those Left Behind series. They would say well maybe you would come back and my friend would have a second chance.
I hope that's the case, but I doubt it's the case Bible tells us take the other solutions to the wheel a strong delusion. Which means that if you can't believe Jesus today and this place with the Holy Spirit working upon your life and this offer will don't believe that after the Rapture that your heart would be any more prepared to make it here.
And so our prayer here the night is Lord adjust my view of the future. It may not happen in my lifetime that I believe it will do you believe that it will we should we believe that it shouldn't and but this is where human history is going and you're going to confront wickedness and oppression face to face.
And an open way in the Nations and in times of Jesus coming back a rat Sherm led by tribulation is a promise of God, he gave a promise and we've seen it and he's going to fulfill it again. Not just simply ask you is it part of your world view? Is it really part of your world view? So what do you mean was it part of my world view?
Does it affect the way you make decisions? That's what the world does view lisak when you're thinking about other people. Does it come up when you look at the Bible do you say yes, or you saying nah, it must be talking about something else and I hope you'll make it part of worldview. And I hope you'll teach it to your kids a part of the world view something that God says in the future is going to happen is more certain than the history that we're told about by other humans it is going to happen.
So this is my prayer and here the night. Say God adjust my heart adjust my thinking about the future adjust my thinking about life help me have a worldview that says I know that you're coming back and when you're coming back your wrath will be unrelenting against those that are against you and I have the short time in history the make sure that those that are found in Christ and that we will be found safe.