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September 30, 2017
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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  • - Pastor Skip Heitzig: What
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  • does the future hold?
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  • In ancient times, people looked
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  • at signs in the sky as omens.
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  • It's one of the reasons people
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  • look at horoscopes today, is to
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  • find out what the future holds.
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  • So, what's next?
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  • Well, I would ask,
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  • what's next for you?
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  • The book of Revelation predicts
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  • the future.
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  • The more you read it, you'll
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  • discover God's plan for your
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  • future.
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  • This is the only book of the
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  • Bible that has such a direct and
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  • unique promise of blessing to
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  • those who read it, hear it, and
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  • do it.
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  • This is God's eventual unfolding
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  • revelation for how it will all
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  • end.
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  • Some of you desperately need
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  • Some of you desperately need
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  • - Skip: The future does not
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  • need to be a mystery.
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  • While we can't know everything
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  • about what lies ahead, we've
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  • been given enough information in
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  • the Bible to prepare ourselves
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  • for it.
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  • The book of Revelation is
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  • avoided by some people, and
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  • that's unfortunate because there
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  • are so many important promises
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  • and predictions to be found in
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  • that book.
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  • In fact, there's a specific
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  • command not to seal up the words
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  • found in this book.
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  • That's why I recently taught a
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  • series of messages through the
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  • book of Revelation, because we
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  • can understand it.
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  • On this, "What's Next?"
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  • special, we are presenting
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  • highlights from this series.
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  • So let's open up to the book of
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  • Revelation in our Bibles, and
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  • let's discover what's next
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  • - Skip: The first feature I
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  • want you to see about the book
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  • of Revelation is that this book
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  • predicts the future.
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  • Notice what is called in verse
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  • 3: "Blessed is he who reads and
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  • those who hear the words of
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  • this," what?
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  • "Prophecy."
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  • It's called a prophecy.
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  • It is called that five times in
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  • this book.
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  • It is not an allegory.
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  • It is not a fantasy.
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  • It is not poetry.
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  • It is not legendary prose.
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  • It is predictive prophecy.
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  • This book predicts the future.
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  • In fact, the book of Revelation
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  • contain more details about the
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  • end times and the coming of
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  • Christ than any other portion of
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  • the Bible, and it will amplify
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  • it in the greatest detail.
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  • There are 22 chapters.
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  • It will amplify things like the
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  • 7-year tribulation period, the
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  • final world war in the Middle
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  • East, the arrival of a
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  • mysterious figure typically
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  • called, "The antichrist," though
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  • he is known by 50 titles in this
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  • Scripture.
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  • It will detail the Second Coming
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  • of Christ, the millennial
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  • kingdom, and finally, the
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  • eternal state.
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  • And so, we'll read about the
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  • emergence of the antichrist,
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  • followed immediately by the
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  • tribulation, the abomination of
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  • desolation, the great
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  • tribulation, Armageddon, the
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  • return of Christ, et cetera.
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  • They're just gonna, like,
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  • tripping dominoes, fall very
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  • rapidly.
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  • And this is what I believe Jesus
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  • meant when he said, "Unless
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  • those days be shortened, no
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  • flesh would survive.
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  • But for the elect's sake,
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  • they will be shortened."
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  • So, this book predicts
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  • the future.
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  • Listen, it's a revelation.
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  • Look at the second word,
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  • "The revelation."
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  • It's not some cryptic,
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  • mysterious, veiled book.
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  • It's a revelation.
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  • It's a revelation, and you can
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  • understand it.
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  • The devil doesn't want you to
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  • understand it.
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  • God certainly does want you to
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  • understand this book.
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  • I wrote a book called, "You Can
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  • Understand the Book of
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  • Revelation," and the other
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  • night, just for kicks, I got on
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  • Amazon to read what reviewers
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  • were saying about the book.
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  • One reviewer was kind and said,
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  • "It's true, after reading this
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  • book, you can understand
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  • the book of Revelation."
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  • That's the intention of the book
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  • of Revelation, that you can
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  • understand it.
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  • But the joy is promised to those
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  • who read it, those who hear it,
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  • and it says right there, you can
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  • look at it, "Those who keep it."
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  • The book of Revelation will tell
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  • you about the future.
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  • It will tell you about the
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  • tribulation.
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  • It will tell you about what's
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  • coming on the earth.
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  • But more than anything else, it
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  • will reveal to you Jesus.
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  • He's the person highlighted in
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  • this book.
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  • Picture a statue that is covered
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  • up, veiled with a covering, a
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  • cloth, at city hall.
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  • An artist has made it.
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  • The day has come.
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  • The mayor comes and gives a
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  • speech.
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  • The band plays a song.
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  • The artist describes his work,
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  • and at the precise moment, the
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  • veil is pulled off the statue,
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  • and people clap as they see the
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  • work of art.
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  • Think of Revelation like that.
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  • God is pulling the veil off and
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  • saying, "Ladies and gentlemen,
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  • let me introduce to you
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  • Jesus Christ."
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  • He is clearly seen.
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  • Jesus is saying, "I am the
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  • Alpha, the Omega, the Beginning,
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  • the End, the First,
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  • and the Last."
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  • And one of the
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  • unmistakable features of the
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  • book of Revelation is that it
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  • affirms the deity of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • He and the Father share some of
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  • the same characteristics.
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  • We notice that his eyes were
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  • like a flame of fire.
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  • Simply, that's his penetrating
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  • gaze.
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  • He sees everything in you
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  • and in me.
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  • He knows everything.
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  • The writer of Hebrews says,
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  • "All things are exposed, naked,
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  • and open before the eyes of
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  • the one with whom
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  • we must give an account."
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  • What's next for you, I
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  • hope, some of you, is found in
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  • verse 5, where it says at the
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  • very end of that verse: "To him
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  • who loved us and washed us from
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  • our sins in his own blood."
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  • I want you to know that Jesus
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  • loves you, and he wants to wash
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  • you of your sins, and he
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  • has provided his blood.
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  • That's why he came the first
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  • time, to deal with sin, to shed
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  • his blood, to forgive you.
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  • That's what's next
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  • - male announcer: That's
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  • Skip Heitzig on
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  • the "What's Next?" special.
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  • No need for you to look anywhere
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  • else for information about
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  • the future.
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  • Horoscopes won't help, and
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  • so-called experts are wrong
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  • more than they are right.
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  • The Bible has proven to
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  • be dependable and accurate.
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  • So, will you respond to
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  • the offer of a secure future
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  • in Jesus Christ?
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  • That is the most important
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  • question in your life.
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  • You can take action right now.
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  • Go to SkipHeitzig.com and look
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  • for the "Know God" section.
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  • Next on the "What's Next?"
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  • special, Skip will highlight
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  • what heaven's like, and you'll
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  • hear some important information
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  • - male announcer: What in the
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  • world is next for us?
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  • You cannot trust horoscopes,
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  • look to future experts, or
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  • depend on Nostradamus.
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  • But you can examine one book
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  • that has never been wrong, the
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  • Bible.
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  • And here is a special offer from
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  • "The Connection" that offers
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  • access to what's next in our
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  • world.
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  • The "What's Next?"
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  • package includes these resources
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  • from Skip Heitzig: the book,
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  • "You Can Understand the Book of
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  • Revelation," a full CD message
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  • about the coming deception,
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  • and two booklets, "Jesus Loves
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  • Terrorists," and "Standing
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  • Firm in Unsettling Times."
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  • All this for any donation
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  • of $25 or above.
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  • - Skip: Here is the first
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  • characteristic of heaven.
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  • First, heaven is a real place.
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  • It's not something somebody made
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  • up to pass on to people who were
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  • suffering to give 'em a little
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  • bit of hope in this life.
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  • It's a real place, and the Bible
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  • describes it as such.
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  • Heaven is found, that word, 532
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  • times in the Bible.
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  • It is a huge subject.
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  • And whenever it's spoken about,
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  • it's spoken about something that
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  • is a real place.
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  • How did Jesus speak about
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  • heaven?
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  • He spoke about it as
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  • a real place, right?
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  • He said, "In my Father's
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  • house are many mansions.
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  • If it were not so,
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  • I would have told you.
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  • I'm going to prepare
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  • a place for you."
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  • Heaven, then, is a real place.
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  • It's so real that Paul said,
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  • "Our citizenship is in heaven."
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  • Think of heaven as
  • 00:08:58.290 --> 00:09:00.230
  • home sweet home.
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  • It really is your
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  • home sweet home.
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  • Everything that is important to
  • 00:09:05.060 --> 00:09:07.130
  • a believer is in heaven.
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  • Second characteristic, heaven is
  • 00:09:10.210 --> 00:09:13.020
  • a relevant place.
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  • Notice in verse 1: "I saw in the
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  • right hand of him who sat on the
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  • throne a scroll, it was written
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  • inside and on the back, it was
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  • sealed with seven seals.
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  • And then I saw a strong angel
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  • proclaiming with a loud voice,
  • 00:09:28.130 --> 00:09:31.110
  • 'Who is worthy to open the
  • 00:09:31.110 --> 00:09:33.090
  • scroll and to loose its seals?'
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  • And no one in heaven or on the
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  • earth or under the earth was
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  • able to open the scroll,
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  • or to look at it."
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  • What is this scroll?
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  • Whatever this scroll is, number
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  • one, it's highly significant
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  • 'cause it's in the right hand of
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  • God.
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  • That makes it important.
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  • Number two, it involves the fate
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  • of everybody on the earth, and
  • 00:09:58.120 --> 00:09:59.280
  • even heaven is looking and
  • 00:09:59.280 --> 00:10:01.160
  • wondering at it.
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  • That's verses 3 and 4.
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  • And also, jubilant praises erupt
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:07.260
  • in heaven when, finally,
  • 00:10:07.260 --> 00:10:09.130
  • somebody meets the requirements
  • 00:10:09.130 --> 00:10:12.090
  • to redeem something, to take
  • 00:10:12.270 --> 00:10:15.270
  • that scroll.
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  • I suggest to you what we are
  • 00:10:17.130 --> 00:10:19.140
  • looking at is the title deed to
  • 00:10:19.140 --> 00:10:22.010
  • the earth, the title deed
  • 00:10:22.010 --> 00:10:24.040
  • to the earth.
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  • We would call chapter
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  • 5 of Revelation,
  • 00:10:26.050 --> 00:10:27.070
  • in real estate terms,
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  • "The closing of the deal."
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  • Some of you might hear
  • 00:10:33.220 --> 00:10:34.200
  • that and go, "Nah,
  • 00:10:34.200 --> 00:10:35.160
  • I don't know about that.
  • 00:10:35.160 --> 00:10:36.070
  • I mean, why would God, who
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.140
  • created the earth to begin with,
  • 00:10:37.140 --> 00:10:39.130
  • and maintains it with his power,
  • 00:10:39.130 --> 00:10:41.110
  • need to buy it back, need to do
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  • this?"
  • 00:10:43.120 --> 00:10:44.020
  • Now, listen carefully, here's
  • 00:10:44.020 --> 00:10:46.000
  • why.
  • 00:10:46.000 --> 00:10:47.000
  • Because the earth, though it is
  • 00:10:47.000 --> 00:10:49.000
  • God's by creation, was lost to a
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  • usurper.
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  • Adam, in effect, turned over the
  • 00:10:55.020 --> 00:10:57.070
  • title deed to the earth to Satan
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  • in the garden of Eden.
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  • That's why Paul said in Romans
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  • 5: "Through one man," that's
  • 00:11:03.210 --> 00:11:05.110
  • Adam, "through one man,
  • 00:11:05.110 --> 00:11:06.090
  • sin entered the world,
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  • and death through sin,
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  • and death spread to all."
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  • But it wasn't just
  • 00:11:11.150 --> 00:11:12.070
  • mankind that was affected.
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  • It wasn't just people
  • 00:11:13.210 --> 00:11:14.200
  • that was affected.
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  • Property was affected.
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  • The earth itself
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  • came under a curse.
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  • Romans chapter 8, it says,
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  • "This creation was made subject
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  • to futility,
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  • and all of creation,"
  • 00:11:26.290 --> 00:11:28.050
  • he said, "groans and travails,
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  • wanting to be delivered."
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  • So, the scroll is the title
  • 00:11:33.150 --> 00:11:35.260
  • deed to planet Earth.
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.290
  • And as each seal will be broken,
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:40.140
  • as you see, beginning in chapter
  • 00:11:40.140 --> 00:11:41.290
  • 6, as each seal is broken open,
  • 00:11:42.130 --> 00:11:45.130
  • the earth gets purged through
  • 00:11:46.240 --> 00:11:49.240
  • unimaginable tribulation
  • 00:11:49.240 --> 00:11:51.260
  • judgment.
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:53.100
  • So, the question comes in
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  • heaven, and it's a very,
  • 00:11:54.120 --> 00:11:55.150
  • very critical question,
  • 00:11:55.150 --> 00:11:57.140
  • "Who is worthy to open the
  • 00:11:58.060 --> 00:12:01.080
  • scroll and to loose the seals?"
  • 00:12:03.240 --> 00:12:06.240
  • It's a very important question.
  • 00:12:06.240 --> 00:12:08.020
  • Who has the right?
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:08.220
  • Who has the authority
  • 00:12:08.220 --> 00:12:09.260
  • to take it?
  • 00:12:09.260 --> 00:12:10.160
  • Who has the innate virtuous
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:12.060
  • worthiness of character,
  • 00:12:12.060 --> 00:12:13.170
  • the divine right to
  • 00:12:13.170 --> 00:12:15.060
  • take that scroll?
  • 00:12:15.250 --> 00:12:18.250
  • Who has the power to defeat
  • 00:12:18.250 --> 00:12:20.050
  • Satan and wipe out the effects
  • 00:12:20.050 --> 00:12:22.060
  • of sin on the earth, to reverse
  • 00:12:22.060 --> 00:12:24.150
  • the curse put on all creation?
  • 00:12:24.150 --> 00:12:27.110
  • Who is worthy?
  • 00:12:27.110 --> 00:12:28.080
  • And then something very
  • 00:12:28.120 --> 00:12:31.120
  • troubling appears, verse 4, or
  • 00:12:33.040 --> 00:12:36.040
  • verse 3: "And no one in heaven
  • 00:12:39.140 --> 00:12:42.140
  • or on the earth or under
  • 00:12:42.140 --> 00:12:44.220
  • the earth was able to open
  • 00:12:44.260 --> 00:12:47.260
  • the scroll, or to look at it."
  • 00:12:48.040 --> 00:12:51.040
  • In other words, the question
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:52.050
  • is asked, and the answer is
  • 00:12:52.050 --> 00:12:53.270
  • dead silence.
  • 00:12:53.270 --> 00:12:56.190
  • "Who is worthy to take the
  • 00:12:56.190 --> 00:12:57.250
  • scroll?"
  • 00:12:57.250 --> 00:12:58.250
  • Nobody steps forward.
  • 00:12:58.250 --> 00:13:01.240
  • Of all the millions of angels,
  • 00:13:01.240 --> 00:13:03.150
  • not one of 'em, Gabriel,
  • 00:13:03.150 --> 00:13:04.220
  • Michael, none of 'em say,
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:06.070
  • "I can do it."
  • 00:13:06.070 --> 00:13:08.130
  • Abraham, father of faith,
  • 00:13:08.130 --> 00:13:10.010
  • he didn't say anything.
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:10.270
  • He didn't step forward.
  • 00:13:10.270 --> 00:13:12.170
  • Isaac, Jacob, the prophets,
  • 00:13:12.170 --> 00:13:14.130
  • Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Amos,
  • 00:13:14.230 --> 00:13:17.230
  • Zephaniah, Zechariah, David,
  • 00:13:18.020 --> 00:13:21.020
  • nobody says a word.
  • 00:13:21.040 --> 00:13:24.040
  • No one says, "I'm worthy, I've
  • 00:13:24.040 --> 00:13:26.160
  • got the power, I've got the
  • 00:13:26.160 --> 00:13:27.190
  • right," dead silence.
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:30.070
  • Which takes me to the third
  • 00:13:30.070 --> 00:13:31.080
  • characteristic of heaven.
  • 00:13:31.080 --> 00:13:32.080
  • Heaven is a real place, heaven
  • 00:13:32.080 --> 00:13:34.010
  • is a relevant place, and heaven
  • 00:13:34.010 --> 00:13:35.220
  • is a redemptive place.
  • 00:13:35.220 --> 00:13:38.000
  • You'll notice, verse 4: "So I
  • 00:13:38.220 --> 00:13:41.220
  • wept much, because no one was
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:43.010
  • found worthy to open and read
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:44.230
  • the scroll, or to look at it.
  • 00:13:44.230 --> 00:13:47.070
  • But one of the elders said
  • 00:13:47.070 --> 00:13:48.210
  • to me, 'Do not weep.'"
  • 00:13:49.060 --> 00:13:52.060
  • Literally, "Stop crying,"
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:55.040
  • and he points to
  • 00:13:55.040 --> 00:13:56.110
  • and describes in well-attested
  • 00:13:57.190 --> 00:14:00.210
  • Old Testament language
  • 00:14:00.210 --> 00:14:03.100
  • the Messiah.
  • 00:14:03.100 --> 00:14:05.030
  • Notice, he's called, "The Lion
  • 00:14:05.030 --> 00:14:06.250
  • of the tribe of Judah."
  • 00:14:06.250 --> 00:14:09.080
  • I hope some of your minds are
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:10.150
  • going back to Genesis 49, where
  • 00:14:10.150 --> 00:14:12.100
  • the tribe of Judah is described
  • 00:14:12.210 --> 00:14:15.210
  • as a lion.
  • 00:14:15.210 --> 00:14:17.130
  • Hence the term, "Lion of
  • 00:14:17.130 --> 00:14:18.180
  • the tribe of Judah."
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:19.170
  • The term is to convey
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:21.110
  • a ferocity, a roar,
  • 00:14:21.110 --> 00:14:24.010
  • a real menacing presence.
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.250
  • That's what a lion does.
  • 00:14:25.250 --> 00:14:26.290
  • This is a picture of Jesus in
  • 00:14:27.170 --> 00:14:30.170
  • heaven.
  • 00:14:30.170 --> 00:14:32.020
  • When Jesus rose from the dead,
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:34.210
  • he still bore the marks of
  • 00:14:34.210 --> 00:14:36.040
  • his Crucifixion, right?
  • 00:14:36.040 --> 00:14:37.040
  • He had to say to Thomas,
  • 00:14:37.040 --> 00:14:38.000
  • "Reach your hand here.
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:38.210
  • Look, see that it's me.
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:40.010
  • Put your hands in my wounds."
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:41.110
  • So he had those wounds in his
  • 00:14:41.110 --> 00:14:42.190
  • glorified resurrected body.
  • 00:14:42.190 --> 00:14:44.180
  • He ascended into heaven in that
  • 00:14:44.180 --> 00:14:45.290
  • body.
  • 00:14:45.290 --> 00:14:46.190
  • He is at the right hand of the
  • 00:14:46.190 --> 00:14:47.250
  • Father's throne in that
  • 00:14:47.250 --> 00:14:50.040
  • crucified body, and this is why
  • 00:14:50.040 --> 00:14:52.030
  • he's worthy.
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:52.270
  • This is why he's qualified to
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:54.270
  • take the scroll.
  • 00:14:54.270 --> 00:14:55.190
  • Remember what I said?
  • 00:14:55.190 --> 00:14:56.170
  • There's three requirements in
  • 00:14:56.170 --> 00:14:58.100
  • antiquity to redeem back a title
  • 00:14:58.100 --> 00:15:01.100
  • deed, a piece of property that's
  • 00:15:01.100 --> 00:15:02.260
  • been lost.
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:03.160
  • Three requirements:
  • 00:15:03.160 --> 00:15:04.060
  • You have to be related.
  • 00:15:04.060 --> 00:15:06.210
  • You have to be willing.
  • 00:15:07.200 --> 00:15:10.200
  • You have to be able.
  • 00:15:10.200 --> 00:15:12.230
  • That's why the anthem in heaven
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.090
  • down in verse 9 is: "'We've
  • 00:15:14.090 --> 00:15:16.000
  • been redeemed by your blood.
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:17.140
  • You are worthy because
  • 00:15:17.140 --> 00:15:18.240
  • you spent your blood.'"
  • 00:15:18.280 --> 00:15:21.280
  • "And I looked, and
  • 00:15:21.280 --> 00:15:22.190
  • I heard the voice of many angels
  • 00:15:22.190 --> 00:15:24.030
  • around the throne, living
  • 00:15:24.030 --> 00:15:25.040
  • creatures, and elders; the
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:26.200
  • number of them was ten thousand
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:28.040
  • times ten thousand, and
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.230
  • thousands of thousands," do a
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:31.110
  • little math, you discover it's
  • 00:15:31.110 --> 00:15:33.000
  • 100 million plus, plus, "saying
  • 00:15:33.120 --> 00:15:36.120
  • with a loud voice: 'Worthy is
  • 00:15:36.120 --> 00:15:38.100
  • the Lamb who was slain to
  • 00:15:38.100 --> 00:15:40.290
  • receive power, riches, wisdom,
  • 00:15:40.290 --> 00:15:43.100
  • strength, honor, glory, and
  • 00:15:43.100 --> 00:15:44.190
  • blessing!'
  • 00:15:44.190 --> 00:15:46.010
  • And every creature which is in
  • 00:15:46.010 --> 00:15:47.060
  • heaven and on the earth and
  • 00:15:47.060 --> 00:15:48.090
  • under the earth, such as are in
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:49.270
  • the sea," all of God's creation,
  • 00:15:49.270 --> 00:15:51.130
  • all of his animate creation,
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:54.230
  • "and all that are in them, I
  • 00:15:54.230 --> 00:15:55.230
  • heard saying: "Blessing and
  • 00:15:55.230 --> 00:15:57.120
  • honor and glory and power be to
  • 00:15:57.120 --> 00:15:59.100
  • him who sits on the throne, and
  • 00:15:59.100 --> 00:16:01.240
  • to the Lamb, forever and ever!'"
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:05.000
  • The fitting response to taking
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:07.170
  • the title deed, redeeming the
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:09.240
  • world at the cross and through
  • 00:16:09.240 --> 00:16:12.060
  • the tribulation judgments, to
  • 00:16:12.060 --> 00:16:13.150
  • get it back from the control of
  • 00:16:13.150 --> 00:16:14.240
  • Satan, the fitting response is
  • 00:16:14.240 --> 00:16:16.200
  • worship, worship.
  • 00:16:16.200 --> 00:16:18.280
  • So, he got the paycheck.
  • 00:16:18.280 --> 00:16:20.160
  • Jesus took the paycheck of
  • 00:16:20.160 --> 00:16:21.270
  • death, and he died in your
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:23.210
  • place.
  • 00:16:23.210 --> 00:16:24.210
  • So he took the death paycheck
  • 00:16:24.210 --> 00:16:26.120
  • and he gave you the Powerball
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:28.220
  • paycheck.
  • 00:16:28.220 --> 00:16:29.120
  • He let you cash in on heaven.
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:32.040
  • So the first and fitting
  • 00:16:32.040 --> 00:16:34.040
  • response is, "Worthy is the Lamb
  • 00:16:34.200 --> 00:16:37.200
  • who was slain, you took
  • 00:16:37.200 --> 00:16:39.160
  • the debt and you paid it."
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:42.210
  • And I don't care
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:43.120
  • who you are or what you
  • 00:16:43.120 --> 00:16:44.100
  • have done, how bad your sins are
  • 00:16:44.100 --> 00:16:46.220
  • in the past, that's why he's
  • 00:16:46.220 --> 00:16:48.120
  • called, "Savior," and that's
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:50.180
  • - male announcer: Well, for
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  • some, that is breaking news
  • 00:16:54.230 --> 00:16:56.010
  • about heaven.
  • 00:16:56.010 --> 00:16:57.080
  • Imagine that scene.
  • 00:16:57.080 --> 00:16:58.210
  • As Skip said, you can be there
  • 00:16:58.210 --> 00:17:00.280
  • and know for sure by placing
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:02.290
  • your faith in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:02.290 --> 00:17:04.280
  • If you would like to see the
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  • full series of messages from the
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  • book of Revelation, go to
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  • SkipHeitzig.com and look for
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  • "What's Next?"
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  • You will find a full series of
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  • 14 teachings through the book of
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  • Revelation.
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  • It's all free for you to see at
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  • Now, have you wondered why the
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  • small nation of Israel is so
  • 00:17:20.240 --> 00:17:22.080
  • often the center of
  • 00:17:22.080 --> 00:17:23.230
  • international attention?
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:24.150
  • In our next segment, Skip will
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:26.240
  • clearly explain the answer.
  • 00:17:26.240 --> 00:17:28.100
  • That's comin' up on
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  • - female announcer: Once we
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  • understand the future in the
  • 00:17:34.190 --> 00:17:36.040
  • light of the Bible, our first
  • 00:17:36.040 --> 00:17:38.210
  • urge is to let friends and
  • 00:17:38.210 --> 00:17:39.180
  • family know what we've
  • 00:17:39.180 --> 00:17:40.210
  • discovered.
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  • This can be frustrating.
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  • "The Connection" has developed
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  • this special package for you.
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  • It is, "What You Want Them to
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  • Know," ten full-length messages
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  • by Skip Heitzig, answering
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  • questions such as: "Can God be
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  • known?"
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  • "How does heaven work?"
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  • And about heaven, salvation,
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  • and what happens after we die.
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  • This package also includes
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  • Revolution," explaining what
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  • This is what
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  • - Skip: We're always looking to
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  • find out what the future
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  • is going to hold.
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  • And, you know, if we could get a
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  • newspaper that was called, "USA
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  • Tomorrow," instead of, "USA
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  • Today," everybody would want it.
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  • Everybody would buy it because
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  • we wanna know what's going to
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  • happen tomorrow.
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  • When it comes to knowing what's
  • 00:18:43.010 --> 00:18:44.130
  • next, what our future holds, we
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  • need more than medical
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  • ultrasound or a meteorologist
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  • telling us what the weather is
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  • like.
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  • But, you know, we need something
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  • more accurate than somebody just
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  • guessing at what the weather is
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  • gonna be.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:18:58.170
  • And one of the great attributes
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  • of God is that he knows the end
  • 00:18:59.180 --> 00:19:02.180
  • from the beginning.
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  • He has omniscience, and he can
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  • tell what's going to happen
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  • before it even happens.
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  • It's one of his calling cards.
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  • In the Prophet Isaiah chapter
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  • 46, the Lord said: "'Do not
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  • forget the things that I have
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  • done throughout history, for I
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  • am God, I alone, I am God and
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  • there is no one else like me.
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  • Only one can tell you what is
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  • going to happen even
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  • before it happens.
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  • Everything I plan
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  • will come to pass,
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  • for I do whatever I wish.'"
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  • So one of the hallmarks
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  • of God is that he does know
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  • what's next, and he predicts it
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  • throughout the Scriptures.
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  • Now, I say that because what God
  • 00:19:41.150 --> 00:19:43.050
  • does throughout the Scriptures
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:44.210
  • is he stacks the odds against
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  • himself.
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  • He makes hundreds of detailed
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  • predictions so that when they
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  • come to pass, people will look
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  • at the fulfillment and look back
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  • at the great God who made them
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  • and place their faith and trust
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  • in him.
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  • The most exciting thing about
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  • what's next, the most exciting
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  • thing about the future is the
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  • fact that Jesus Christ is
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  • coming.
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  • And the Bible says he's coming
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  • back to this city when he makes
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  • his Second Coming to the earth.
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  • Jesus, in Matthew 24, gives an
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  • outline of what we've been
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  • looking at in the book of
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  • Revelation.
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  • Let me read just a few verses.
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  • This is Matthew 24, beginning in
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  • verse 1: "Then Jesus went out
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  • and departed from the temple,
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  • and his disciples came up to
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  • show him the buildings of
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  • the temple.
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  • And Jesus said to them, 'Do
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  • you not see all these things?
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  • Assuredly, I say to you, not one
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  • stone will be left upon another,
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  • that shall not be thrown down.'
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  • Now as he sat on the Mount of
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  • Olives, the disciples came to
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  • him privately, saying, 'Tell us,
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  • when will these things be?
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  • And what will be
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  • the sign of your coming,
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  • and of the end of the age?'
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  • And Jesus answered and said
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  • to them: 'Take heed
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  • that no one deceives you.
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  • For many will come in my name,
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  • saying, "I am the Christ,"
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  • and will deceive many.
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  • And you will hear of wars
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  • and rumors of wars.
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  • See that you are not troubled;
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  • for all these things
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  • must come to pass,
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  • but the end is not yet.'"
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  • The city of Jerusalem
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  • is mentioned in the Bible
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  • 821 times.
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  • It is the most frequently talked
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  • about city in the Scriptures.
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  • And this section of Matthew 24
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  • is called, "The Olivet
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  • Discourse," simply because Jesus
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  • was on the Mount of Olives,
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  • which you can see in the scene
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  • behind me to your right.
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  • He was on the Mount of Olives,
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  • and the disciples came to him,
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  • and they asked him, "What is
  • 00:21:44.070 --> 00:21:45.280
  • gonna happen in the future?
  • 00:21:45.280 --> 00:21:47.070
  • What is next?"
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  • And so Jesus predicts the
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  • future, the future of the Jews,
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  • the future of Jerusalem, the
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  • future of the world, and his
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  • future coming.
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  • Israel is the very center of
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  • God's plan for the future, and
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  • that's why it's the center of
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  • Satan's spiritual attack.
  • 00:22:01.290 --> 00:22:04.220
  • There's a great old quote in the
  • 00:22:04.220 --> 00:22:07.030
  • Midrash, some of the
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:08.160
  • commentaries about the Torah,
  • 00:22:08.160 --> 00:22:10.170
  • the Old Testament law, and it
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  • says: "The land of Israel is at
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:15.060
  • the center of the world, and
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  • Jerusalem is at the center of
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:19.280
  • the land of Israel, and
  • 00:22:19.280 --> 00:22:21.260
  • the temple is at the center
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  • of Jerusalem."
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  • All of that to say
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  • that the temple and the Temple
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  • Mount is at the very epicenter
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  • of God's plan for the future.
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  • I want you to think of it this
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  • way, in sort of four sections.
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  • Jerusalem is the geographic
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  • center of the earth biblically.
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  • I don't know if you know that or
  • 00:22:44.210 --> 00:22:45.140
  • not, but I grew up in American
  • 00:22:45.140 --> 00:22:46.210
  • schools, where the United States
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:48.120
  • was always at the center
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  • of the map.
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  • And we grew up thinking we're
  • 00:22:50.290 --> 00:22:51.280
  • the center of the world,
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  • but not from God's perspective.
  • 00:22:53.160 --> 00:22:56.060
  • In Ezekiel chapter 5, verse 5,
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:58.060
  • God said: "'I have set Jerusalem
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  • in the midst,'" or in the
  • 00:23:00.090 --> 00:23:02.060
  • middle, "of the nations and
  • 00:23:02.060 --> 00:23:03.290
  • the countries all around her."
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  • Any student has to just simply
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:08.250
  • look at a map and see that
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  • Jerusalem is on a land bridge
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  • that connects Asia,
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  • Africa, and Europe.
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  • And when you read the Bible,
  • 00:23:16.000 --> 00:23:17.090
  • north in the Bible is always
  • 00:23:17.090 --> 00:23:19.060
  • north of Jerusalem.
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  • South is always
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  • south of Jerusalem.
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  • West and east are always taking
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  • their reference point from
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  • the city of Jerusalem.
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  • So, Jerusalem is the geographic
  • 00:23:27.150 --> 00:23:29.230
  • center of the earth biblically.
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:32.030
  • Second, Jerusalem is
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:33.060
  • the salvation center
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  • of the earth spiritually.
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  • Third, it's the storm center of
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.070
  • the earth prophetically.
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  • If you go to Jerusalem,
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  • there's a feeling of tension
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  • that is in the air.
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  • People have learned to live with
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:46.230
  • it and manage it and cope with
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:48.060
  • it, but it's still here
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  • nonetheless.
  • 00:23:49.280 --> 00:23:50.180
  • There's just that political and
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:52.060
  • spiritual tension.
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  • Leaders around the world are
  • 00:23:54.040 --> 00:23:55.130
  • always aware that Jerusalem is a
  • 00:23:55.130 --> 00:23:57.160
  • potential tinderbox, not Asia,
  • 00:23:57.190 --> 00:24:00.210
  • not Europe, but always Israel.
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  • And there's a reason for that.
  • 00:24:03.180 --> 00:24:05.080
  • God said in the prophecies of
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:07.080
  • Zechariah in the Old Testament:
  • 00:24:07.080 --> 00:24:09.030
  • "I will make Jerusalem
  • 00:24:09.030 --> 00:24:10.060
  • a very heavy stone
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  • for all the peoples around."
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:15.130
  • But then finally,
  • 00:24:15.130 --> 00:24:16.230
  • it's the glory center
  • 00:24:16.230 --> 00:24:18.090
  • of the earth ultimately.
  • 00:24:18.090 --> 00:24:20.120
  • You see, the Prophet Isaiah said
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:22.140
  • that "all the nations of the
  • 00:24:22.140 --> 00:24:24.120
  • world will flow into Jerusalem,
  • 00:24:24.120 --> 00:24:27.040
  • and there's coming a time
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:28.090
  • when the law will go forth
  • 00:24:28.090 --> 00:24:30.090
  • from Zion."
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  • Zion is right behind me in this
  • 00:24:32.220 --> 00:24:34.180
  • setting that you are seeing.
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  • The law will go forth,
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  • and all peoples will
  • 00:24:36.280 --> 00:24:38.030
  • flow into this city.
  • 00:24:38.030 --> 00:24:40.120
  • So, we've looked at the place,
  • 00:24:40.120 --> 00:24:42.060
  • and then the prediction
  • 00:24:42.060 --> 00:24:43.290
  • that Jesus made, but I wanna
  • 00:24:43.290 --> 00:24:45.170
  • end with a promise.
  • 00:24:45.170 --> 00:24:46.190
  • Because throughout Matthew 24,
  • 00:24:46.190 --> 00:24:49.080
  • as tough as some of these
  • 00:24:49.080 --> 00:24:51.170
  • predictions are of what is
  • 00:24:51.170 --> 00:24:53.110
  • coming, war, and famines, and
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:54.280
  • pestilence, et cetera, imbued
  • 00:24:55.000 --> 00:24:58.000
  • within this text is also
  • 00:24:58.000 --> 00:24:59.150
  • an incredible promise.
  • 00:24:59.150 --> 00:25:00.230
  • Jesus speaks about his coming.
  • 00:25:00.230 --> 00:25:03.060
  • The disciples ask him
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:04.170
  • the question, "What
  • 00:25:04.170 --> 00:25:05.090
  • is the sign of your coming?"
  • 00:25:05.120 --> 00:25:08.120
  • Matthew 24, verse 3.
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:09.290
  • Jesus also says, "Watch,
  • 00:25:09.290 --> 00:25:12.160
  • for you do not know when
  • 00:25:12.160 --> 00:25:14.110
  • the Son of Man is coming,"
  • 00:25:14.110 --> 00:25:16.100
  • later on, down in verse 42.
  • 00:25:16.100 --> 00:25:18.010
  • So, there's this mention of the
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:19.240
  • coming of the Lord, and that
  • 00:25:19.240 --> 00:25:22.030
  • really is the culmination
  • 00:25:22.030 --> 00:25:23.160
  • of all prophetic hope.
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:25.120
  • And the glory of the world will
  • 00:25:25.120 --> 00:25:26.260
  • be the coming of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:26.260 --> 00:25:28.210
  • Jesus is coming back.
  • 00:25:28.210 --> 00:25:30.270
  • You need to know that.
  • 00:25:30.270 --> 00:25:31.220
  • That needs to fill your
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:32.240
  • heart with hope.
  • 00:25:32.240 --> 00:25:33.170
  • Jesus Christ, your Savior,
  • 00:25:33.170 --> 00:25:35.060
  • is coming back.
  • 00:25:35.060 --> 00:25:36.060
  • And even Jesus promised his
  • 00:25:36.060 --> 00:25:38.100
  • disciples, "I'm going away
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:39.290
  • to prepare a place for you.
  • 00:25:39.290 --> 00:25:41.110
  • And if I go, I will come again
  • 00:25:41.110 --> 00:25:44.070
  • and receive you to myself;
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:46.180
  • that where I am,
  • 00:25:46.180 --> 00:25:47.140
  • there you may be also."
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  • So you can take heart
  • 00:25:49.100 --> 00:25:51.040
  • as you look forward
  • 00:25:51.040 --> 00:25:52.080
  • to the coming of the Lord.
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:54.000
  • Boy, it's been exciting to be
  • 00:25:54.000 --> 00:25:55.050
  • here in Israel, and especially
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:56.270
  • in the city of Jerusalem.
  • 00:25:56.270 --> 00:25:58.140
  • I get amped up just to walk
  • 00:25:58.140 --> 00:26:00.100
  • around the streets of Jerusalem
  • 00:26:00.100 --> 00:26:01.200
  • and hear the buzz and see
  • 00:26:01.200 --> 00:26:04.040
  • the sights and think of
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:05.280
  • all the Scriptures that speak
  • 00:26:05.280 --> 00:26:07.250
  • about this incredible place.
  • 00:26:07.250 --> 00:26:10.150
  • But the question is for you,
  • 00:26:10.150 --> 00:26:11.230
  • are you ready?
  • 00:26:11.230 --> 00:26:13.140
  • You've heard these things.
  • 00:26:13.140 --> 00:26:14.190
  • Some of you have heard these
  • 00:26:14.190 --> 00:26:16.090
  • things all your life.
  • 00:26:16.090 --> 00:26:17.020
  • You've grown up in church, but
  • 00:26:17.020 --> 00:26:18.210
  • you haven't received Christ yet.
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  • You haven't asked him to be
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  • your Lord, your Master.
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  • You have that choice right now
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  • to place your faith in Jesus
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  • Christ, who came to this place,
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  • and died for your sins, and
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  • rose bodily from the grave,
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  • and ascended into glory,
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  • and one day is coming back.
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  • - male announcer: How will you
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  • answer that question from Skip?
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  • It's the most important issue
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  • in your life.
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  • For those looking for concrete
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  • evidence of the Bible's
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  • accuracy, the history of Israel
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  • - Skip: I hope you pay close
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  • attention to the offer of
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  • security in our chaotic world.
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  • Jesus promises peace that can be
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  • found nowhere on this earth.
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  • If you would like to know more
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  • information about making
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  • this important decision,
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  • go to SkipHeitzig.com and look
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  • for the "Know God" section.
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  • You will find clear steps that
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  • you need to take to prepare
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  • yourself for the future.
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  • Thanks for joining me
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