Continued from yesterday.
The church today is filled with people who sing about God and talk about God: but the clarion call of the Spirit today is for those who Know God personally, who are living in His presence and walking in His power.
Dan. 11:30-32 But the People who know their God will display strength and take action.
But I thank God for His law, David said, The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple (Ps 19:7) Ps 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chasten us, 0 Lord, and teaches him out of the law. Ps 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying and grant me thy law graciously. Ps 119:36 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes because they keep not thy law.
In our text we are talking about an adversary not only to the children of God, but also to God Himself. This adversary hates the people of God and hates God's sanctuary. This adversary, this enemy is set to defile the sanctuary of God to desecrate the holy place of God. To bring in the abominable, the unholy, the unclean, vile and the profane. Of course this is talking about any sin or perversion of truth, but it clearly includes homosexuality which is standing today in the pulpits of many churches.
Daniel prophesied, They will bring in sin and set it up in the place where God is supposed to be honored and loved and worshiped and from the place which truth is suppose to emanate. And this adversary, this demonic spirit will carry away many weak, carnal, fleshly, material minded Christians. This Spirit will capture them not with great overwhelming irresistible strength and power but with flattery. The devil will appeal to their flesh and their fleshly appetites and desires. And those who at one time were lovers of truth and strong preachers of holiness, and sanctification, and separation from sin, are going to do wickedly against the very law, the very truth, and the covenant that they once defended. And they shall join forces to pollute and defile and profane the house of God, bringing all kinds of wickedness and uncleanness and perversion into the sanctuary.
And they shall take away the daily sacrifice; In other words they shall despise the crucified life, the life that Jesus lived, and commands His disciples to live. Lu 9:23 Jesus said any man that will come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Somebody said pastor, you paint a pretty bleak picture, you make it sound like we're in the dark ages or something. Let me say we are in the dark ages, these are dark times and it's going to get worse before it’s over. John 9:4 Jesus said, work while it is day because the night cometh when no man can work. Isa 60:2 Isaiah said, For behold the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people. That's happening right now just as it did in Egypt: the darkness was so thick so heavy you couldn't see your hand in front of your face and no one moved from their places for three days. I know it sounds bad but it's just that compared to all this, candy fluffy white clouds stuff that you hear today, the truth is not near as sweet and not near as comfortable.
The Bible tells it full strength. It will be dark, and gross darkness will come upon the people. I love the word of God, "God is awesome." It's like God stands to the side and says take your best-shot devil, then the announcer gives you blow-by-blow coverage of all the damage that the devil does. Then Jesus leans back and turns it loose one-shot and knocks the devil out cold,
and shows us that He is still the champ. He is large and in charge. He is still the boss. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.
To be continued.