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Love growing cold

Scripture: “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold,” Matthew 24:12.

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The word ‘many’ appears a number of times in the verses prior to our text.
Vvs. 5, 10, 11. It also appears in verse 30 only there it is translated by the word ‘great’. That helps us understand just what the Saviour is saying of the last days.

A GREAT NUMBER of deceivers will come and will deceive a GREAT NUMBER of people, verse 5.

A GREAT NUMBER will be offended as a result of the great persecution, verse 10.

A GREAT NUMBER of false prophets will succeed in deceiving many, verse 11.

The result of all this deception, persecution and offence  is a GREAT NUMBER of believers will grow cold in their love for Christ and His cause!

I. SURELY WE ALL SEE THE ABOUNDING OF INIQUITY TAKING PLACE TODAY.
The word “iniquity” means ‘the overthrowing of the law’. I need hardly illustrate that such has been happening before our eyes.
The word “abound” means “to multiply”. Acts 6:1, 7, 9:31, 12:24. This how this age started but it will end with wickedness abounding. The tide of blessing will go out!

1 The vilest of sins, outlawed by God, have been legalised by men! The world we live in has an utterly different opinion of right and wrong from that of 50 years ago.

2 The level of tolerance amongst believers for such sin has risen! This is alarming! Christians today tolerate the intolerable. John 2:13-17, Gal 4:18.

3 It is accepted without a protest from those who once protested. The FPC is very silent now where once it was very vocal. Our pulpits rang with challenges against ecumenism and modernism. Not so much any longer.

II. IN SUCH AN ATMOSPHERE, ‘WAXING COLD’ WILL TAKE PLACE.
I need hardly illustrate that such has been happening before our eyes. We see it in the:
Attendance at our church services.
Participation in our prayer meetings.
Lack of interest in a carrying out the great commission of Christ.

1. The words “shall wax cold” carry the meaning of “growing cool by blowing.” Something that we all do with our porridge, soup or tea! Look at Rev 12:14-16 and see an example of the devil seeking blowing upon the people of God to “cool” them and turn them from the truth.

2. Cooling is taking place all around us, aye and maybe within us! The cries of the wicked fills the air and creates a cooling wind.

3. It has happened before. Rev 3:14-20. It leads to a withdrawing by the Lord and a deafness and insensitivity to that withdrawal amongst Christians.
Can it be that the Saviour is withdrawing from us?

III. IT CAN ONLY BE REMEDIED BY HEEDING THE SAVIOUR’S WORDS.
Rev 3:14-18.

1. Recognise the offence such a thing is to Christ. 15-16.

2. Recognise the sinful thinking that has led to such a state. 17.

3. Respond to His counsel. 18-19. It is a call “to do business with Christ.” “Buy – be in the market place.” Christ was engaged in “His Father’s Business.”  “Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49.

4. Rejoice in the Saviour’s promises and look for their fulfilment. 20-21.

Let us seek to be overcomers again.

Surely I come quickly, Pt3

Scripture: “Surely I come quickly,” Revelation 22:20

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III. NOTHING SHALL DELAY CHRIST’S RETURN

The words “I come quickly” carries the meaning, “I will come without delay.”  This world is presently enjoying “its day”! But the Lord will yet have His DAY. Time is not considered by God as men count time. “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night,” Psalm 90:4. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” 2 Peter 3:8.

1. It is an appointed day. “Behold, the day of the LORD cometh,” Zechariah 14:1. “For the day of the LORD is at hand,” Zeph 1:7. “The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly,” Zeph 1:14.

2. It is a day known only to God. “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only,” Matthew 24:36.

3. It will dawn. It is written up in God’s calendar and that appointment will be kept! “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Rev 6:15-17.

They cry to the mountains to cover them, to shelter them from the wrath of the Lamb but it is in vain! There is only one things that will cover us, protect us from the wrath of God.
Heed Exodus 12:12-13. “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Please note the words: “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” The blood of the lamb provided shelter. It of course picture the blood of the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. The sinners only hope is to get under the blood of Christ and thus have his sins forgiven eternally.

May you heed these words tonight.

The climax of the ages, Pt2

Scripture: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up,” Daniel 8:23.

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Please note you can listen to Part 1 of this message here.


This age will end “when the transgressors are come to the full.”

II. WHAT IS THE FINAL MANIFESTATION OF MAN’S REBELLION?

1. God at present is restraining man’s rebelliousness. Zech 5:8-11, 2 Thess 2:3-10. The devil has always been under the restraint of God but we must not think that Rev 20:1-6 is referring to it. That is a future complete and utter restraint of Satan during the 1000 year reign of Christ after His return in glory.

The partial restraint in earlier times is seen when the  Lord confused the languages of men so that “they left off to build the city,” Genesis 11:8. The flood of Noah and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah likewise acted as a brake upon man’s bold defiance of God. This will continue until God has accomplished His eternal purpose. “God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name,” Acts 15:14. Then God will lift the restraint and allow evil free course in the final days of this age. 2 Thess 2:6-7, Rev 7:1-3.

{A full explanation of this subject may be found in my online book, “The Shadow of the Antichrist.”
Move your cursor to the top of the page and a page counter will appear. Type in the page number 74. That should take you my comments on the early verses of Rev 7. You can download the book freely.}

2. Man is heading, under the promptings of the devil, to the place of attempting to supplant God. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God,” 2 Thess 2:3-4.
Such a desire and ambition has shown itself on many occasions. Isa 14:12-15; Eze 28:1-10. A/c referred to  – Daniel 7:8, 25, 8:10, 25

3. These truths were taught by the apostles. 2 Thess 2:5. They must be heard again to prepare Christians for the final days.

III. WE ARE NEARING THE MANIFESTATION OF THE FULNESS OF REBELLION.

1. God’s Word has been replaced in the ‘Church’. Man’s notions and theories, “moving with the times” have become the authority in religious matters.

2. Immorality has become morality. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20. That is what is happening in the churches where once the gospel was preached.

3. Unbelief and defiance of God have become the new creed of modern ‘Christianity’! Arlene Foster and the DUP have evidently embraced this creed.

Arlene Foster and Clifford Stafford at GAA match

Sabbath-breaking and overtures to the most wicked, the sodomites, is the order of the day. The DUP will most certainly pay a high price for such folly! Shame on those Christians who have aided her in her folly such as Clifford Stafford, a professing Christian and attender at Martyrs Memorial FP Church and the other FPs within the DUP ranks who have chosen to keep quiet! We agree with what Councillor John Finlay said when he rebuked her Sabbath-breaking but she went on to violate the Word of God in an even more serious way when, a few days later, she attended the sodomite celebration in Stormont building, a gathering one of her party members, Paula Bradley, co-sponsored .

Action is required of Christians who are in partnership with Mrs Foster in the DUP and who therefore must share in the shame and guilt of what she has done.

(A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church in two parts on July 8th & 9th, 2018.