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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me for part 5 of our five-part series,
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  • "Conspiracy, More Than Just a Theory."
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  • We're looking at the greatest conspiracy of them all,
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  • the conspiracy to bring down the government of God
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  • and to cause Planet Earth to fall finally and forever
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  • into the hands of a fallen angel.
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  • This conspiracy is actually quite easy to see through,
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  • but like most modern conspiracies,
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  • your ability to see this one for what it really is
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  • correlates with your desire to actually want to do so.
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  • Look around the world.
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  • Standards are down. Violence is up.
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  • The amount of people in the United States
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  • who claim no religious faith at all
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  • has risen more than 250 percent in the last 25 years or so.
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  • While the internet can be a tool for great good,
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  • it's also a toxic wasteland.
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  • Morality as we used to know it has been turned upside down.
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  • It's evidence that there's something going on
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  • behind the scenes.
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  • There's a spiritual war taking place,
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  • a battle for the soul of every person alive.
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  • The Bible says in the book of Revelation,
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  • "Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.
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  • Woe to the [inhabitants] of the earth and of the sea!
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  • For the devil is come down to you, having great wrath,
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  • because he knows that he has...a short time."
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  • The less time he has, the more furiously the devil works.
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  • What that means for us today is that you have
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  • an increasing amount of people departing more and more
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  • from solid biblical principles.
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  • Now, you might expect that as knowledge increases,
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  • that as we march down through the stream of time,
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  • that people would actually trend towards believing
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  • what makes sense, what's true, and what's accurate.
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  • But in this massive universe-wide conspiracy,
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  • that's not what's happening.
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  • Now, I'm going to give you an example of that
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  • in just a moment, but first, let's take a look
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  • at another modern-day conspiracy theory.
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  • [Subdued dreamy music]
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  • When I was a kid growing up,
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  • we had in our family home a globe.
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  • I was fascinated by that globe.
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  • Far-off countries and continents and vast oceans.
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  • And like every other globe I had or have ever seen, it was round.
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  • It was a representation of Planet Earth,
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  • and it was spherical, like a ball.
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  • Every photograph that you have ever seen taken of Planet Earth
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  • from outer space--
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  • and there have been countless thousands of them taken--
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  • shows that this earth is round.
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  • But in spite of what most would believe is scientific evidence,
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  • photographic evidence, eyewitness testimony,
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  • the flat earth movement is alive and well.
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  • It was on the brink of dying out when the internet was born.
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  • And with the advent of Facebook and then YouTube,
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  • there's no shortage of people willing to share their claims
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  • that the earth is not spheroid.
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  • A number of very high-profile people have come out
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  • and stated very publicly that they believe the earth is flat.
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  • In fact, there's a surprising chorus of voices
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  • around the world stating that, in their opinion,
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  • the earth is not a sphere.
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  • And why do they think that?
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  • Well, they believe it's all a conspiracy led by NASA
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  • and other government agencies.
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  • What about those photos that we've seen from space?
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  • It's showing us, we thought, the earth is round.
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  • Well, they say they're all fakes.
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  • So there's a belief system that flies in the face of everything
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  • we were taught to believe when we were kids.
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  • It seems to contradict evidence that we would look at and say,
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  • "The evidence is clear."
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  • Now, the same thing happens spiritually.
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  • And I'm going to show you how in just a moment,
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  • but first, there's a reason I'm in beautiful Washington state.
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  • I've come here to talk to a man who is fully persuaded
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  • the earth is flat.
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  • His name is Mark Sargent.
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  • Mark, let me begin by asking you this.
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  • -Mark Sargent: Yes.
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  • -John: How did you get into, how did you come to embrace
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  • the idea that the earth is flat?
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  • -Mark: Boredom, sheer conspiracy boredom,
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  • and that, and that is not a lie, and by that I mean
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  • I was into just about every conspiracy you can think of.
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  • And I wasn't a tinfoil hat-wearing, you know,
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  • Ted Kaczynski type guy.
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  • I was, I had an opinion on just about every conspiracy.
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  • And every conspiracy person knows about flat earth,
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  • and they all hate it.
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  • It's a book on the shelf you're never going to read;
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  • it's the DVD you bought you're never going to unwrap.
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  • It's terrible.
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  • Everyone knows--it's like flat earth is silly.
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  • Uh, it's ridiculous.
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  • And it was one of my bucket lists.
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  • It's like, okay, I can shut this thing down.
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  • And so that's what I wanted to do, and I said,
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  • "I'm going to look at flat earth for the first time ever."
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  • And I clicked on a flat earth video on YouTube
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  • and immediately had a visceral response to it.
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  • Nine months later, uh, beginning of 2015,
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  • I was, I was beside myself.
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  • I couldn't prove the globe in a court of law anymore.
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  • So I made a series of videos called "The Flat Earth Clues,"
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  • put them out to the internet.
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  • I said, you know what, the internet's smarter than I am.
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  • tell me where I went wrong.
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  • And everybody came back and said,
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  • "You know what, you may be on to something."
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  • And here we are, four years later.
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  • -John: So, many people are going to say--here's the earth.
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: It's a very small earth, if this was the earth.
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: But here's the earth. This is what we grew up knowing.
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  • -Mark: Yeah.
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  • -John: So--
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: ...explain to me how that--
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  • -Mark: How is--
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  • -John: ...isn't that.
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  • -Mark: Yeah, how is this globe not what we think it is?
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  • -John: Correct.
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  • -Mark: And I'll give you some short, the crib notes of this.
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  • Uh, mainstream science says that we are exactly this.
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  • We are this tiny little rock covered by a thin sheen
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  • of water, which is covered by a thin sheen of,
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  • of smoky atmosphere that's spinning around the universe
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  • in five different directions,
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  • and we are absolutely meaningless,
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  • we have no purpose in life, and we're an accident.
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  • Flat earth community says the exact opposite--
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  • that you're not this, that you're more something like this,
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  • which is about the same size, by the way,
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  • uh, a flat enclosed world with the North Pole at the center
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  • and the outer rim being made out of a continent
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  • called Antarctica,
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  • that we're covered in some sort of dome-like structure,
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  • that it was made by the Creator, or God,
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  • and if it was made by the Creator,
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  • then we absolutely have purpose.
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  • And this is what all cultures believed in at one point.
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  • Up until really about 500 years ago,
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  • just about every culture you could think of drew this image,
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  • instead of this.
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  • And it was only science that came along later that changed it
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  • from this to this.
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  • -John: So why do you think science would have done that?
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  • The, the understanding, as I understand it,
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  • is that there are people who, who,
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  • who know the earth is flat--
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: ...claim, however, that it is spherical.
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  • Why make that claim?
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  • -Mark: Well, [sighs] 500 hundred years ago,
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  • I can't exactly tell you why they said it,
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  • but what I'm saying here is even our best and brightest,
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  • even our best scientists didn't know until about 1960
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  • what the world actually looked like.
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  • Remember, the, the first picture that was ever taken of earth
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  • wasn't taken until 1972.
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  • So, the big question is, is that, if you,
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  • the best and brightest figured out in 1960,
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  • would they tell people?
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  • If they've been telling people for 500 years that it was this,
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  • they say mathematically this is what it should look like,
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  • and then 500 years later in 1960 it's not this, but it's this--
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  • would you tell people?
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  • No, no, you wouldn't because at that point
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  • the major institutions that you've built up
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  • over the last five centuries are in jeopardy,
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  • so you have to keep this a secret for as long as possible.
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  • -John: So you think that science just feels like it has
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  • too much to lose because it would be embarrassed
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  • about its last so many years of--
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  • -Mark: Way, way more.
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  • -John: ...teaching?
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  • -Mark: Yeah, way more than that.
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  • What I'm talking about is, is three-fold, meaning--
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  • think about what would happen
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  • if all of a sudden the UN announced that,
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  • "Oh, yeah, by the way, this is what it looks like."
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  • Think of what might happen.
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  • Uh, first thing would be academically.
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  • Uh, every university in every country--
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  • we're talking astrophysics and astronomy--
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  • would have to shut down tomorrow.
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  • And they would not reopen.
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  • The remaining physical sciences--
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  • geology, hydrology, biology, archaeology--
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  • you'd have to be retooled from the ground up.
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  • That's every university. That's just academically.
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  • Economically, world markets would have to shut down
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  • for several months just to figure out
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  • what this means exactly.
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  • You know, I mean, come on,
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  • if Donald Trump caught pneumonia tomorrow,
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  • the markets would react.
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  • Imagine what would happen if you showed them this.
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  • But the big thing is religiously,
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  • which is the five major religious houses of this world,
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  • uh, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
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  • You're all of a sudden giving them leverage against science,
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  • and you're asking them to show restraint.
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  • Not an easy thing to do
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  • because science would come back and say,
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  • "Okay, so you were wrong about this;
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  • what else are you wrong about?
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  • Let's revisit things like carbon dating, evolution,
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  • the Big Bang theory, dark matter."
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  • It goes on and on.
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  • -John: I'm really fascinated that you connect the flat earth
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  • with creation.
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  • -Mark: Yes.
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  • -John: And it seems that you connect the spherical earth
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  • with Darwinism and evolution.
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  • -Mark: Yes. Yeah, very, very much so.
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  • Uh, science built their institution off this icon.
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  • And it is an icon.
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  • Everything that they do is based off of this.
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  • This is where the, this is their starting point.
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  • -John: So, we've sent satellites to Jupiter
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  • and through, almost through the bands of Saturn
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  • and so on and so on.
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: What are they sending back?
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  • What are we seeing from the Hubble Telescope?
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  • -Mark: You're seeing what they want you to see.
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  • And that's a great question because what I mean is
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  • every space story comes out,
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  • and we've been seeing a lot more of them recently
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  • in the last few years.
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  • Ever since we started doing our thing,
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  • there have been something--what I call "space beat" stories.
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  • They don't care if you even read the article.
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  • All they want you to do is glance at the headline
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  • because if you glance at the headline,
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  • and you even register the words, just for a second,
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  • it's all the same thing, and that is,
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  • "Hey, there's a thing on Mars that could be a face."
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  • "Hey, there's a hexagon on Saturn."
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  • "Hey, we're reclassifying Pluto."
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  • "Hey, there's something happening, you know,
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  • with the Mars rover."
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  • And so on and so on.
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  • It's all the same thing, and that is, "You're on a globe."
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  • It's just reenforcement for the globe.
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  • They're trying to keep this as secret as long as possible,
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  • and it's only now starting to fall apart.
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  • -John: So, are the other planets spherical?
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  • -Mark: They don't even exist. They're just lights in the sky.
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  • If you go to a planetarium, and you look up at Jupiter,
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  • and you have a pair of binoculars,
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  • well, does it make Jupiter more or less real?
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  • It's like, well, it doesn't matter
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  • because I'm in a building.
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  • It's like, yeah, who's to say when you walk out
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  • of that building you're just walking into a much bigger one?
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  • That's all we're really talking about here,
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  • a giant Truman Show,
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  • a giant structure with walls and a floor and a ceiling.
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  • -John: As you were researching this,
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  • you said it took you nine months to arrive at the position
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  • you now find yourself in.
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  • -Mark: Right.
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  • -John: What were the difficult questions
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  • where you said, "Ooh, the, the round earthers
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  • have really got a good point here"?
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  • -Mark: When we were going through this,
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  • there were very, there were a few weak points, absolutely.
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  • Uh, but not enough to sway us away from the flat earth model.
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  • So, on a flat earth model, for example,
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  • the, probably the weakest point we have--
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  • and it's not that weak because there's nothing
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  • we can do about it-- is the Antarctic sun.
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  • Meaning, if the sun and the moon are traveling around
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  • like mobiles above a child's crib, uh,
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  • and the North Pole's at the center,
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  • well, the Antarctic coastline can't get 24 hours of sun
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  • unless you have multiple light sources,
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  • or there's something going on with the light sources
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  • that we don't know about, and that wouldn't surprise me.
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  • Remember, the technology that we have now that we're using
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  • at this point is still not that advanced.
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  • We've only had HD televisions for 20 years.
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  • So the Antarctic sun is probably the, the, the worst,
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  • but compared to all the other points we have,
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  • doesn't even begin to balance the scales.
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  • -John: So, tell me about the flat earth community.
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  • How big is this community?
  • 00:12:13.280 --> 00:12:15.020
  • -Mark: It's huge.
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  • There's, there's so many millions of people in this.
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  • I, I'm scared to even, uh, suggest the numbers.
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  • Meaning, uh, and I didn't even know how big they were
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  • until a survey came out by a research company in Britain
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  • called You.Gov--but not affiliated with us in any way.
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  • They're a scientific research company.
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  • They wanted to prove it for themselves,
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  • so they polled 10.000 Americans to see who was believing in this
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  • and who wasn't.
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  • And the number that really, really jumped out at them
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  • was the, uh, 18- to 24-year-olds,
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  • was a full third were believing in this model.
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  • And that's what has scared a lot of scientists
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  • to where there were scientific people that were coming out
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  • and making articles, saying,
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  • "Well, it's obvious that You.Gov did bad research."
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  • It's like, what are you talking about? It's your guys.
  • 00:12:57.210 --> 00:12:59.040
  • [Scoffs] Why are you attacking your own team?
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  • It's like, "Well, they obviously did it wrong.
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  • The numbers can't be 30 percent, 34 percent
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  • for 18- to 24-year-olds; it cannot be."
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  • It's like, yeah, it is.
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  • I'm, I'm absolutely guaranteeing that
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  • because not only am I talking to the 18- to 24-year-olds;
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  • I'm talking to the 12- to 17-year-olds.
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  • They're contacting me daily
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  • and trying to get me to do things with them.
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  • -John: Mark, thank you, really appreciate your time.
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  • -Mark: Thank you. -John: Thank you very much.
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • This is "Conspiracy, More Than Just a Theory."
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  • So you've got people who believe that the earth is flat.
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  • Well, how do we know it isn't?
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  • Eyewitness accounts.
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  • You've seen the photos,
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  • and people have been up there and seen the spherical earth.
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  • Does it matter what you believe?
  • 00:14:24.000 --> 00:14:25.180
  • Well, you might debate that one way or the other
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  • when it comes to the earth being flat,
  • 00:14:27.160 --> 00:14:30.010
  • but what about spiritually?
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  • Does it really matter what you believe?
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  • Look at this with me.
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  • It's Revelation 19, starting in verse 11:
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  • "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse;
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  • and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,
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  • and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.
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  • His eyes were as a flame of fire,
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  • and on His head were many crowns;
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  • and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.
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  • And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:
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  • and His name is called The Word of God."
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  • Goes on for two or three more verses.
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  • It's the return of Jesus to the world.
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  • Paul wrote about that same event in several places.
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  • Here's how he described it to the church of Thessalonica:
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  • "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven
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  • with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
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  • and with the trump of God:
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  • and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
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  • then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up
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  • together with them in the clouds,
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  • to meet the Lord in the air:
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  • and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
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  • Does it matter what you believe?
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  • Well, absolutely, as far as that affects your readiness
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  • for the return of Jesus.
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  • What you believe impacts how you live.
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  • Satan knows better than anyone that Jesus is coming back
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  • to the earth, and he doesn't want you to be ready for that.
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  • He's even prepared a huge deception,
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  • a huge issue at the close of time that will cause
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  • masses of people to lose their way spiritually.
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  • Revelation 13:3 says,
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  • "And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death;
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  • and his deadly wound was healed:
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  • and all the world wondered after the beast."
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  • Now verse 8:
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  • "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
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  • whose names are not written in the book of life
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  • of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
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  • Then later in the chapter:
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  • "And he causeth all, both small and great,
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  • rich and poor, free and bond,
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  • to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
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  • and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,
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  • or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
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  • If you were to read that without any sort of view
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  • of the big picture,
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  • it might sound as farfetched to you as the idea
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  • that the earth is flat, or that Bigfoot exists,
  • 00:16:56.100 --> 00:17:00.020
  • or that chemtrails are poisoning the planet,
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:03.000
  • or that aliens are being kept at Area 51,
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  • or that the moon landing never happened and was faked.
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  • But when you look at the Bible, there's no doubt.
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.220
  • It's all leading to the return of Jesus,
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  • and when Jesus returns,
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  • time is up for the inhabitants of Planet Earth.
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  • Revelation 22:11 says,
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  • "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still:
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  • and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:
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  • and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:
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  • and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
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  • There will come a time that it will be too late;
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  • salvation will no longer be on offer.
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  • It's important to be ready for Jesus' return.
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  • As Jesus Himself said in Matthew 24,
  • 00:17:45.040 --> 00:17:48.030
  • "Therefore you also be ready."
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  • What does the ending of this great conspiracy mean
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  • for people on Planet Earth?
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  • Well, one day there'll be no more sin
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  • and no more of everything bound up with sin.
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:18:01.130
  • Revelation 21:4 says,
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  • "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
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  • and there shall be no more death,
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  • neither sorrow, nor crying,
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  • neither shall there be any more pain:
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  • for the former things are passed away."
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  • No more death, no more funerals,
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  • no more surgery, no more illness,
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  • no more violence, no more crime.
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  • No more. Not forever.
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  • The Bible says we'll live in a place where the streets
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  • are paved with gold.
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  • Revelation 21:21 says,
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  • "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls:
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  • every several gate was of one pearl:
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  • and the street of the city was pure gold,
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  • as it were transparent glass."
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  • The tree of life will be there.
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  • "In the midst of the street of it,
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  • and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life,
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  • which bare twelve manner of fruits,
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  • and yielded her fruit every month:
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  • and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
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  • A world without sin, which means a world,
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:08.090
  • a universe without the devil.
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  • Ultimately, sin and Satan will be no more.
  • 00:19:11.260 --> 00:19:16.020
  • That's God's plan for the world.
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:17.290
  • And of course, it's God's plan for you.
  • 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:21.070
  • God wants you to be saved.
  • 00:19:21.080 --> 00:19:23.000
  • John 3:16 tells us that
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  • "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
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  • that whosoever believeth in Him
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  • should not perish, but have everlasting life."
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:32.210
  • Peter wrote that God is "not willing that any should perish,
  • 00:19:32.220 --> 00:19:37.050
  • but that all should come to repentance."
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:39.150
  • That's 2 Peter 3, verse 9.
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  • Not that everyone will come to repentance,
  • 00:19:41.240 --> 00:19:44.150
  • but that's God's will.
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  • It's what God is striving for. It's what His Spirit works for.
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  • It's why angels minister, to turn you towards heaven
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  • in one of the last days of the earth's history.
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:56.270
  • But the devil works: temptation, distraction, self-interest,
  • 00:19:56.280 --> 00:20:01.010
  • pride, skepticism, and on and on and on.
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:05.260
  • So what is it that God is offering?
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  • In just a moment, I'm going to answer that question for you.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me on It Is Written.
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  • A moment ago I asked you to think about
  • 00:20:55.170 --> 00:20:57.140
  • what God is offering you-- that is, offering you and me
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:21:01.060
  • and, in fact, even the whole world.
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:03.190
  • The answer is simple: God's offering freedom.
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:08.170
  • On the other hand, what's the devil offering?
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:10.210
  • The devil's offering slavery.
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:13.190
  • You see it when people are free to have a good time,
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:16.290
  • and then they wake up hungover
  • 00:21:17.000 --> 00:21:18.270
  • or sick or in jail or deeply ashamed.
  • 00:21:18.280 --> 00:21:23.070
  • The devil has convinced people
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  • it's a bright idea to live independently of God.
  • 00:21:24.180 --> 00:21:28.000
  • Or worse, that they can claim to believe,
  • 00:21:28.010 --> 00:21:31.220
  • while that belief doesn't really change their lives--
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  • people who call themselves Christian while their actions
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  • definitely say otherwise.
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  • They might have fooled themselves;
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  • they haven't fooled God.
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  • There's not a person alive who's smart enough or strong enough
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  • to defeat the devil.
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  • This conspiracy against the God of heaven,
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  • against His government, against His Word,
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  • in this conspiracy you've got on the one side
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  • human beings who have been weakened by 6.000 years of sin,
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  • who live in a world that is marinating in wickedness,
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  • and on the other side, you have a fallen angel
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  • who once dwelled in the presence of God,
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  • and his followers who also are fallen angels.
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  • What chance do we have?
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  • Well, thank God, we have every chance.
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  • While human beings are under the death sentence that sin brings,
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  • the Bible says in 1 John 1, verse 9,
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  • that "if we confess our sins,
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  • He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
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  • and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
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  • God will forgive you of your sins.
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  • "There is therefore now no condemnation to them
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  • which are in Christ Jesus,
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  • who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."
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  • Romans 8, verse 1.
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  • Then Jesus Himself will fill you with His presence.
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  • The Holy Spirit brings the personal presence of Jesus
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  • into your life.
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  • Paul wrote in Romans 6:18 that, "Being then made free from sin,
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  • ye became the servants of righteousness."
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  • God frees us from the power of sin,
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  • enabling us to live His way and not our own way,
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  • to live lives characterized by love and not selfishness.
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  • Paul said that if anyone is in Christ,
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  • that person is a new creature.
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  • "Old things are passed away," he wrote,
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  • "behold, all things are become new."
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  • Second Corinthians 5:17.
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  • With faith in Jesus,
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  • you can live confidently as you look forward to eternity.
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  • He died for you.
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  • He's your Mediator in heaven,
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  • and He'll keep you through His power.
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  • And He's coming back to the earth
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  • to end this whole terrible thing
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  • that the devil has pressed upon the world.
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  • There's a massive spiritual battle raging in our world
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  • right now, but not a single person needs to end up
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  • on the wrong side of this.
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  • If you've sinned, God will forgive you.
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  • If you're weak, God will strengthen you.
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  • In fact, He says that His strength
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  • "is made perfect in weakness."
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  • If you're a failure, God will give you success.
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  • If you're new to faith in God,
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  • He pledges to grow you and nurture you and guide you.
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  • And God says He'll never leave you,
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  • and He'll never ever forsake you.
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  • -Announcer: Many nations are mentioned
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  • in the prophecies of the Bible,
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  • but what prophetic role does the United States play
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  • in earth's final days?
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  • Will freedom always ring?
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  • Be sure you get your free offer,
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  • "The United States in Bible Prophecy,"
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  • presented by Pastor John Bradshaw.
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  • This DVD presentation explores what the Bible says
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  • about the United States in prophecy.
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  • To receive this free DVD,
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  • call 800-253-3000
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  • or visit us online at iiwoffer.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw: I'm grateful that throughout eternity
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  • sin will never rear its ugly head again.
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  • And through all eternity we'll be in the presence of Jesus.
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  • If it's hard to imagine what that'll be like,
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  • it won't be hard for much longer
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  • because surely Jesus is soon to return to this world.
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  • Now, the question is, will you be ready?
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  • Let's not make the mistake of looking into the future
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  • and saying, "I don't know if I can be good enough then."
  • 00:25:13.270 --> 00:25:18.030
  • It's not a question of being good enough.
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  • It's a question of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior
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  • and claiming His goodness as your own.
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  • When you've done that, you grow in His grace,
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  • and you just keep on growing in His direction
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  • and grow towards His kingdom.
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  • If you claim Jesus as your friend, as your Savior,
  • 00:25:32.150 --> 00:25:35.000
  • as your Lord, you're claiming everlasting life.
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  • You're claiming readiness for Jesus' return.
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  • Let's accept that readiness from Jesus now.
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  • [Soft music] Our Father in heaven,
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  • no, we're not good enough, no, we're not righteous enough,
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  • not righteous at all, and so we claim Jesus,
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  • not presumptuously, but in faith.
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  • We claim Him, saying thank You for His righteousness.
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  • And thank You for changing us from the inside out,
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  • for making us what we could not make ourselves.
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  • Friend, are you willing to accept Jesus?
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  • I'm sure you are. He's willing to accept you.
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  • When we say "amen" in just a moment,
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  • I want you to say "amen" knowing that heaven is yours,
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  • that your name is written in the book of life
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  • and that when Jesus comes back,
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  • gravity will lose its power over the soles of your feet,
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  • and you will go up.
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  • Our Father, we thank You for the reality of Your love,
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  • of Your goodness,
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  • and of Jesus' return and of eternity with You.
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  • We thank You in Jesus' name.
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  • Let's say together: Amen.
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  • Thank you. Thanks for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
  • 00:26:46.240 --> 00:26:51.070
  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • [Theme music]
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