Cracking the Genesis Code

The Time's Of Jacob Trouble

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pastor Stephen Bohr


Series Code: CGC

Program Code: CGC000049

01:12 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:15 Our Father in heaven, once again we draw near to Your throne
01:18 pleading for the presence of Your Holy Spirit
01:21 in our study today.
01:23 As we discuss the time of Jacob's trouble, we ask that You
01:30 will help us to understand what this time will be like,
01:33 and the preparation that will be necessary to go through this
01:38 period victoriously.
01:40 We ask that Your Holy Spirit will speak to us,
01:43 and instruct us, because we ask it in the precious name
01:47 of Jesus Your Son, Amen.
01:50 In our last lecture we studied about the story of Jacob
01:56 and Esau. And we noticed that Jacob and Esau,
02:01 these two brothers, actually represent two different
02:07 characters that people on planet Earth will have throughout the
02:12 course of history, and particularly at the end of time.
02:16 In other words, Jacob and Esau represent two different types
02:20 of characters that will distinguish one group
02:24 from another upon this earth, particularly in the end time.
02:29 And, of course, the struggle between Jacob and Esau
02:32 represents the final struggle in controversy between those people
02:38 with those two character manifestations: the righteous,
02:41 and the wicked.
02:42 Now I just want to review a little bit about what we studied
02:46 in our last lecture to set the stage for what we're going
02:49 to discuss in our lecture today.
02:51 First of all I would remind you about the character of Esau.
02:56 Esau believed that the law of God was a yoke of bondage,
03:02 and he actually believed that the law of God restricted
03:07 his freedom and his liberty.
03:09 He wanted to proclaim his freedom from rules
03:13 and regulations.
03:14 We also notice that Esau had no particular interest in the
03:20 responsibilities connected with the birthright.
03:23 The responsibilities involved being a righteous ruler over
03:29 his household, being the spiritual leader,
03:32 the priest of his house, and having the privilege of
03:36 being the progenitor of the Messiah.
03:38 He could care less about any of these responsibilities.
03:42 And we actually noticed that Esau lived for the here and now
03:47 instead of being forced on the sweet by and by.
03:51 Now the character of Jacob was different.
03:55 Even though we know that Jacob sinned against God
03:59 when he stole the birthright from his brother,
04:02 and he deceived his father, Jacob was not given over to sin.
04:07 In fact, Jacob appreciated the duties of the birthright.
04:13 He actually understood what it meant to be the ruler,
04:17 the righteous ruler of the household.
04:19 He understood what it meant to be a spiritual leader,
04:23 or priest of the household.
04:25 And he understood the awesome responsibility of being the
04:29 progenitor of the Messiah.
04:30 In other words, being a member of the holy line which would
04:34 bring the Messiah into the world.
04:35 And, of course, we studied last time that Esau was a very
04:41 hardened and rude person, whereas Jacob is described as
04:45 being docile and mild.
04:48 We also studied last time that the life of Jacob is really
04:53 an illustration of God's people, particularly at the end of time,
04:59 but actually beginning at the very origin of human history.
05:03 Let me just review some of those elements.
05:05 First of all, Jacob lost his home, his sweet home because
05:11 of his sin, but on the way away from his home he repented.
05:17 He truly repented of his sin, and he confessed his sin to God,
05:21 and God forgave his sin.
05:24 At Bethel God gave Jacob marvelous promises that he was
05:29 going to bless him, that he was going to eventually bring him
05:32 back to his home in Canaan, that from him would come an
05:36 innumerable multitude, and that God would protect him
05:40 from his enemies.
05:41 We also noticed that Jacob ended up in Laban's house,
05:46 a type of Satanic figure, a deceiver, a conniver,
05:50 a very wicked individual who changed Jacob's salary
05:54 repeatedly for his own purposes, who feigned love for his
05:58 daughters, but really didn't love them.
05:59 He was interested more in money and material resources
06:04 than anything else.
06:05 And, of course, the life of Jacob was very, very difficult,
06:09 very trying in the house of Laban, but it was a blessing
06:13 to him because he learned how to trust God.
06:16 He also learned how to be firm, and how to remain unmoved
06:24 in the midst of trials and tribulations.
06:27 And then, of course, we noticed in our study last time
06:31 that Jacob, after spending twenty years at the household
06:36 of Laban, God commanded him to go back to the land of Canaan.
06:41 And, of course, this is where we come to the portion of the
06:46 lecture that we want to emphasize today, and that is
06:50 the event that took place immediately before Jacob
06:53 entered the land of Canaan, or re-entered his lost home.
06:58 However, before we study this event at the very
07:03 end of the experience of Jacob, there's something that I need
07:08 to underline, which is extremely important for us to understand;
07:11 what we're going to discuss in our lecture today,
07:13 and that is that when Jacob had to leave home,
07:17 and he was on his way to Laban's house, God showed him
07:23 this dream of a ladder.
07:25 And after showing him the ladder that bridged heaven and earth,
07:29 God was saying to Jacob, Jacob even though you've sinned,
07:32 you've repented, and communion between heaven and earth,
07:35 between you and me, has not been broken.
07:38 There is an open communion.
07:40 Immediately after this dream God gave Jacob certain promises.
07:46 And I would like to read these promises as they're found
07:50 in Genesis 28:13-16.
07:53 There are basically four of them.
07:55 Remember that he's just left his home because of his sin.
07:58 He's on the way to Laban's house; this satanic figure.
08:02 And he's going to spend twenty years away from home.
08:06 And when he gets to Bethel God gives him this dream,
08:09 and He gives him these promises.
08:12 It says there in Genesis 28:13, And behold the Lord stood above
08:17 it, that is above the ladder, and said, I am the Lord God
08:22 of Abraham, your father, and the God of Isaac.
08:26 The land on which you lie, I will give it to you,
08:30 and to your descendents.
08:32 Notice first of all the promise of the land.
08:35 Verse 14 continues: Also your descendents...
08:40 Actually, the King James Version says your seed.
08:43 Shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall spread
08:48 abroad to the west and to the east, to the north and to the
08:51 south. So He says you're going to have innumerable posterity,
08:56 is another promise.
08:57 And then notice, And in you, and in your seed all the families
09:03 of the earth shall be blessed.
09:06 So you have three promises: the land, an innumerable
09:10 posterity, and the blessing.
09:13 But there's one more promise that God made to him.
09:15 Verse 15: Behold I am with you, and will keep you wherever you
09:22 go, and will bring you back to this land, for I will not leave
09:29 you until I have done what I have spoken to you.
09:33 And so as Jacob is leaving home, God is giving Jacob these
09:39 wonderful promises.
09:41 First of all the promise that the land where he had left
09:46 would once again be his; that he would return home.
09:49 Secondly, an innumerable posterity.
09:52 In the third place a blessing.
09:56 And in the fourth place, God promises not to leave Jacob;
10:00 not to forsake him, but to protect him, and to keep him
10:04 along the way. Now let's go to the very end of the twenty year
10:09 period that Jacob spent in Laban's house.
10:13 He's left Laban's house, and now he's returning to Canaan,
10:17 and he's about to enter the land of Canaan.
10:20 God has told him to return.
10:23 In other words, his home which he has lost,
10:25 he is about to recover.
10:27 And as he's there about to enter the land of Canaan,
10:31 where he was cast out of because of his sin,
10:34 he has this experience that is told in Genesis 32.
10:41 In fact, there he's told that his brother Esau is coming
10:46 against him with four hundred armed men.
10:49 In fact, let's read this in Genesis 32:6, chapter 32:6.
10:58 It says:
11:13 Now when Jacob hears that his brother Esau is coming against
11:17 him... By the way, you remember that Esau said, the day will
11:21 come when I will kill my brother Jacob.
11:24 In other words, he was filled with hatred against his brother.
11:27 When Jacob hears this, the Bible tells us that Jacob is very
11:31 distressed, and anxious.
11:33 In fact, let's read it as it's found in Genesis 32:7.
11:39 And we're going to read just the first part of the verse.
11:42 It says here:
11:49 Now the fear that Jacob had is that his sins were so great
11:55 that God was not going to be able to fulfill the promises
11:59 that he had given when Jacob had left home.
12:02 Now God had told him that he was going to
12:04 fulfill these promises.
12:05 But now Jacob, as he's about to enter the land of Canaan,
12:09 his lost home, he begins to fear that when Esau comes
12:14 against him, Esau is going to destroy him, because his sins
12:18 are so great that God is not going to fulfill the promises
12:23 that He made to him twenty years
12:26 earlier. And so it says, that Jacob was greatly afraid
12:29 and distressed. In fact, Jacob knew that he could not be
12:34 presumptuous and demand that God fulfill His promises.
12:37 Let's notice Genesis 32:10.
12:42 When Jacob hears that his brother is coming, and he feels
12:47 his unworthiness, and that he cannot actually even force God
12:51 into fulfilling His promises, the Bible tells us that Jacob
12:55 confesses his unworthiness to God.
12:59 Notice Genesis 32:10.
13:02 He says to God in his prayer, I am not worthy of the least
13:08 of all Thy mercies, and of all the truth, which You have shown
13:14 Your servant. He says, because I'm a sinner, I'm not worthy.
13:17 I'm not worthy for You to fulfill your promises with me.
13:21 I'm not worthy for You to protect me from Esau,
13:25 but God, when You promise You always fulfill Your promises.
13:30 and so he confesses his unworthiness, and he prays
13:35 for God's mercy.
13:36 In fact, notice Genesis 32:11.
13:41 He prays to God for deliverance from his brother.
13:44 It says there, Jacob praying to God:
14:00 And then I want you to notice in verse 12, that Jacob actually
14:04 claims the promise of God.
14:07 Notice verse 12, for You said, I will surely treat you well,
14:15 and make your descendents as the sand of the sea,
14:18 which cannot be numbered for multitude.
14:21 In other words, Jacob is saying, Lord I'm afraid of my brother
14:25 Esau. He's coming to destroy me.
14:28 I'm unworthy even to be speaking to You because of my sinfulness.
14:32 But You have promised that You're going to take me back
14:36 to the land, that You were going to keep me,
14:39 that you were going to give me an innumerable
14:42 host of descendents, that you were going to bless me,
14:45 and now I am claiming those promises, not because I am
14:50 worthy, but because You are worthy; not because I am good,
14:54 but because You are good.
14:56 And so Jacob is there praying, pouring his heart out to God,
15:04 and suddenly a man shows up, and the man lays hold of Jacob.
15:12 And, of course, Jacob thinks it's an enemy, and so he begins
15:16 wrestling with this man.
15:17 Let's notice Genesis 32:24 on this wrestling match. It says:
15:32 In fact, actually, the wrestling match lasted the better part
15:36 of the whole night.
15:38 And Jacob is wrestling with this man, and suddenly the man
15:42 touches his hip, and his hip is thrown out of joint.
15:48 And Jacob says, Oh Oh, this is no ordinary man that I'm
15:53 fighting with. This is a super- natural being.
15:56 In fact, notice what we're told in Genesis 32:25:
16:05 By the way, this is the angel who says, that he could not
16:12 prevail with Jacob, not Jacob with the angel. So it says:
16:20 That is the angel.
16:31 Isn't that interesting that even after he threw his hip out of
16:36 join, Jacob still wrestles with him.
16:39 And Jacob says, this is a super- natural being that I'm
16:44 struggling with, but he did not let him go.
16:46 He hung onto him.
16:48 In fact, notice Genesis 32:26.
16:52 In spite of the excruciating physical pain that Jacob is
16:56 feeling, in spite of the psychological anguish because
17:00 of the load of his sins, and knowing that his brother Esau
17:03 is coming to destroy him, and knowing that he can only depend
17:07 on the promises of God, not because he is good,
17:09 but because God is faithful to His promises.
17:12 We find now in Genesis 32:26 that the angel, or this being,
17:20 this man, as he's called, says to Jacob:
17:28 That is Jacob said:
17:35 Quite a struggle!
17:36 Not willing to let loose of this angel, because he knows
17:42 now that he's more than a human being;
17:44 he's a super-natural being.
17:46 And he wants to have the assurance of God's blessing.
17:49 By the way, God had already given him the assurance of
17:52 his blessing when he left his home and arrived at Bethel.
17:56 By the vision, or the dream of the ladder, God had told Jacob
18:01 I am with you. Your sin is forgiven.
18:03 The bridge between heaven and earth is closed.
18:06 In other words, you can communicate.
18:08 The communion is open.
18:09 But for twenty years Jacob was not able to forgive himself
18:13 for his sin. And so now he's not sure.
18:15 Now I want you to notice in Genesis 32:27, 28, when Jacob
18:23 says to this man, as he's called, I will not let you go
18:28 until you bless me.
18:29 We find in Genesis 32:27, 28, that the name of Jacob
18:35 is changed. It says:
18:54 In other words, when Jacob struggles, and wrestles with
18:59 this man, and refuses to let him go, in spite of the
19:03 excruciating physical pain, and the psychological load of sin
19:07 that is upon him, the angel says, listen, your name will
19:11 no longer be called the supplanter, the one who wants
19:15 to take someone else's place, because now your character
19:19 has changed. You've felt your unworthiness,
19:22 and you're clinging to the promises of God that He gave
19:25 you at Bethel. And so He says, now your name will no longer
19:29 be supplanter, because that's not what you're like anymore.
19:33 He says, your name will now be called Israel, which means
19:37 the Prince of God.
19:39 In other words, there's a change of name when Jacob wrestles
19:44 with this man and prevails against him.
19:48 Now I want you to notice also that Jacob is blessed
19:54 by this man. It says in Genesis 32:29:
20:04 In other words, Jacob wants to know this being's name.
20:16 Now after this episode, it's interesting to notice the name
20:19 that Jacob gave to that place where he wrestled with this man.
20:24 By the way, I mentioned a little earlier that it was with an
20:27 angel, but really in Genesis 32, if you just stick to Genesis 32,
20:31 it says that he struggled with a man, but we're going to notice
20:35 now that this was much more than a common, ordinary man.
20:39 In fact, notice Genesis 32:30, 31, the name that Jacob gave
20:44 that place. It says:
20:51 An now he explains why.
20:54 By the way, Peniel means face of God. He says:
21:07 Who was that man?
21:09 That man, according to this was God, because it says here
21:14 that Jacob saw God face to face.
21:19 And you say, you mean it was God?
21:21 Doesn't it say in Exodus that Moses was not able to see
21:25 the face of God, because he would be destroyed?
21:28 Who was this being?
21:30 Well, it will help us to go to the book of Hosea 12:3, 4,
21:35 because not only does the Bible say that this was a man,
21:38 not only does the Bible tell us that this was God,
21:41 but it gives another name to this being.
21:44 Hosea 12:3, 4. It says here:
21:51 That is Jacob.
22:01 Who did he struggle with?
22:03 With God, but now notice what it says:
22:14 Who did Jacob struggle with?
22:17 He struggled with the what? with the angel.
22:21 Now you say, wait a minute!
22:23 Was it a man, was it God, or was it an angel?
22:27 The Bible says all three.
22:29 Now the question is, who was this individual?
22:32 This individual was none less than Jesus Christ,
22:38 who is identified in the Old Testament by the name
22:43 Michael the Archangel.
22:46 And in several passages He is called the angel of the Lord.
22:51 In other words, in the Old Testament Jesus,
22:55 in His pre-incarnate state is identified as the angel of God's
23:01 presence. He's identified as Michael, the archangel,
23:05 and as the angel of the Lord.
23:07 Now I must make it clear that Jesus is Everlasting God,
23:10 He's Eternal God.
23:11 He's just not a common, ordinary angel.
23:14 He just fulfilled the function of an angel
23:17 in the Old Testament, the commander of the Lord's host.
23:20 And, so actually Jacob had struggled with Michael
23:25 the archangel. And I want you to remember that,
23:27 because we're going to come back to it in a few moments.
23:31 Now we need to go forward in history to see how this
23:37 experience that we've just described from Genesis 32
23:41 will be fulfilled with God's people, because the Bible tells
23:46 us that there's gong to be another time of trouble,
23:48 which is prefigured, or which is illustrated, small scale,
23:53 in the experience of Jacob as he was about to enter
23:57 the land of Canaan.
23:59 Now what I need to do is go to Daniel 11, and we're going to
24:04 read chapter 11 and verse 44, and then we're going to go
24:08 to Daniel 12:1, the very next chapter, and there's a sequence
24:14 here that I want you to see, which is very important.
24:17 And, by the way, we need to learn as we study the Bible to
24:22 read the Bible structurally.
24:24 We need to learn to read and see the sequence of events;
24:28 how things are organized, the order of things as they appear.
24:32 And that's what we're going to notice now.
24:34 We're going to make three comparisons.
24:36 First of all we're going to take a look at Daniel 11:44, and
24:40 Daniel 12:1, and we're going to notice the sequence of events.
24:43 Then I'm going to go to Revelation 14 and 15.
24:47 And I'm going to show you in Revelation 14 and 15 that
24:50 same sequence of events.
24:52 And then we're going to go to the book, The Great Controversy,
24:56 that classic book which presents the true scenario
25:00 of end time events.
25:01 And I'm going to show you that that book gives the identical
25:04 same sequence as Daniel 11 and 12, and Revelation 14 and 15.
25:08 Now notice Daniel 11:44.
25:12 It's speaking about the king of the north.
25:15 And, of course, we don't have time to discuss all of the
25:18 implications about the king of the north, but the king of the
25:21 north represents that end time power which is going to rule
25:26 the world. It's a religious power, and it's going to be a
25:29 persecutor of God's people.
25:31 Notice Daniel 11:44:
25:40 In other words, there's going to be some news from the east,
25:44 and from the north, which is going to trouble
25:46 the king of the north.
25:47 And what is he going to do as a result? It says:
26:00 Do you see the points here?
26:02 1. There are certain tidings, or there's certain news
26:07 from the north and the east that trouble the king of the north.
26:11 And then the king of the north, in consequence of those tidings,
26:15 goes out to what? Goes out to destroy many.
26:20 And, by the way, the word many refers to God's faithful people.
26:24 And then we have Daniel 12:1.
26:26 There are three events in this verse that I want to underline.
26:31 It says there:
26:38 What's going to happen when the king of the north goes
26:40 to annihilate many?
26:41 Michael shall what? shall stand up.
26:45 By the way, that expression, stand up, is interpreted early
26:50 in the book of Daniel, in verses 3 and 4 the expression stand up
26:53 means, begin to rule, or take over the kingdom.
26:59 In other words, the standing up of Michael here,
27:03 means that Jesus is now taking over His what?
27:06 He's taking over His kingdom.
27:08 And then, notice, it continues saying:
27:33 So notice, the king of the north hears these tidings
27:37 from the north and the east; he's distressed.
27:40 In consequence he goes out to destroy and annihilate many.
27:45 When he goes out to destroy and annihilate many,
27:48 Michael stands up and He begins to rule.
27:51 In other words, He ceases to be a priest,
27:54 and now He becomes a what? a king.
27:57 And then when He stands up there's a terrible time of what?
28:00 a time of trouble that there hasn't been since the beginning
28:05 of the world, according to this.
28:07 And, by the way, who is the one who stands up? Michael.
28:11 What is Michael called?
28:13 For example, in Jude 9 He's called Michael the Archangel.
28:18 And then notice in Daniel 12:1 the third element.
28:23 Once again, it says, At that time Michael shall stand up,
28:26 that great prince who stands watch over the sons of Your
28:29 people, and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never
28:32 was since there was a nation, even to that time.
28:35 And now notice:
28:45 The question is, delivered from whom?
28:49 In context, delivered from whom?
28:52 Who has gone out to destroy and annihilate many?
28:57 The king of the north.
28:58 So God's people are gong to be delivered from whom?
29:02 From the power of the king of the north.
29:04 So let me review, because this sequence is of critical
29:07 importance. Daniel 11:44 says that certain tidings
29:12 from the north and the east are going to bother
29:14 the king of the north.
29:15 As a consequence he's going to go out to destroy
29:19 and annihilate many.
29:20 When he does that Michael is going to stand up,
29:24 Michael the Archangel, and Michael the Archangel is Jesus.
29:28 Standing up means that He's going to cease to be a priest,
29:31 and now He's going to be what?
29:32 He's going to be a king.
29:34 He's going to begin to rule.
29:36 And then, of course, you have a time of trouble,
29:38 such as never was since there was a nation.
29:42 And at that time, during the time of trouble, God's people
29:45 will be what? will be delivered, everyone who is found
29:48 written in the book.
29:49 That is the sequence.
29:51 Now lets notice the same sequence in Revelation 14:15.
29:57 Revelation 14:15.
30:00 By the way, do you know what the tidings from the north
30:03 and from the east really are?
30:04 The seal of God in Revelation 7; the angel comes
30:13 from what direction of the compass?
30:15 He comes from the east; from the rising sun.
30:19 And the loud cry of Revelation 18 comes from heaven.
30:25 By the way, in antiquity heaven was north, because God sits
30:29 in the sides of the north.
30:32 And so, really, the tidings from the north and from the east
30:35 are the three angels' messages, particularly intensified by
30:42 the message of this angel of Revelation 18, which brings the
30:46 sealing message, which is going to separate the righteous
30:50 from the unrighteous.
30:51 And so the tidings in Revelation 14 would be the
30:54 three angels' messages.
30:56 By the way, when the three angels' messages are finished,
30:59 is humanity divided into two groups?
31:03 Revelation 14-20 says yes.
31:07 You have the harvest of the earth, and you have the what?
31:09 And you have the grapes of the earth.
31:11 By the way, have you ever noticed in Revelation 14
31:15 that the grapes are outside the city, outside the holy city,
31:19 and the righteous are inside the holy city?
31:22 Why do you suppose the wicked have come and surrounded
31:25 the city? By the way, this is the church;
31:28 it's spiritual Jerusalem.
31:29 Why have the wicked come there?
31:31 Because they want to what?
31:34 They want to destroy those who are found where?
31:37 inside the city; the righteous.
31:40 And so I want you to notice that the three angels' messages
31:43 intensified by this message that comes from the north
31:46 from heaven; intensified by this sealing message which comes
31:49 from the east, troubles the religious powers of the world,
31:53 and they gather around God's people,
31:55 symbolized by Jerusalem, with the intention of what?
31:59 of destroying them.
32:00 And then I want you to notice something very interesting.
32:03 As soon as the three angels' messages are finished,
32:07 in Revelation 15, you have the closing of the
32:12 heavenly temple service.
32:13 Have you ever noticed in Revelation 15:5-8 that it says
32:19 that the temple was filled with smoke, and no one could enter
32:24 the temple until the seven last plagues had been poured out?
32:28 So you have the what? the closing of probation.
32:33 Let me ask you, when probation closes, does Jesus cease to be
32:37 high priest, and does He take over His position as king?
32:42 He most certainly does!
32:44 He changes His garments from His priestly garments
32:46 to His kingly garments.
32:48 And that's in Revelation 15; the closing of the door.
32:52 And then, of course, you have the time of trouble.
32:56 In Revelation 16 the time of trouble is the period
33:00 of the seven last plagues.
33:02 Are you seeing the sequence that we have here?
33:05 The three angels' messages are the tidings.
33:08 This separates humanity into two groups.
33:12 The wicked come against the church,
33:14 represented by Jerusalem, to attempt to destroy it.
33:17 At that time Jesus closes the sanctuary service.
33:21 He becomes king over His people.
33:25 And as a result you have the time of trouble,
33:28 which is the period of the plagues.
33:30 Now let me ask you, does Revelation indicate that God's
33:34 people will come victorious from this period? Absolutely!
33:38 You can read in Revelation 15:2-4.
33:41 It says that there's a group who are victorious over the beast,
33:46 and over his image, and over his mark.
33:48 Are those the powers which wanted to destroy God's people?
33:51 Absolutely! And so you find the same structure and sequence
33:56 in Revelation 14 and 15, as you found in Daniel 11.
34:00 But it gets even more amazing when we look at what is said
34:04 in the book, The Great Controversy.
34:05 I'm just going to give you the pages.
34:07 In The Great Controversy you have a chapter, which begins on
34:12 page 603, and the title of that chapter is, The Final Warning.
34:18 It's a whole chapter about the sealing.
34:22 That's the angel that comes from the east, and about that mighty
34:26 angel who comes from heaven.
34:28 That's Revelation 18:1-4.
34:31 That's page 603, it's called The Final Warning.
34:34 Those are the tidings from the north and the east,
34:36 incidentally. Interestingly enough, immediately after that
34:41 you have on page 613, after that chapter you have the
34:45 chapter which is called, The Time of Trouble.
34:51 And on page 613 Ellen White says...
34:55 By the way, she begins that chapter by quoting Daniel 12:1.
34:59 You find Ellen White saying on page 613, first of all,
35:03 that everyone has been sealed with the seal of God,
35:07 or has received the mark of the beast.
35:09 All of humanity has been divided into two groups.
35:12 And then she says, on pages 614 and 615, that the wicked are
35:20 enraged against God's people.
35:22 Interesting, same identical sequence, in the correct order.
35:27 And then on page 616 she says, Then God's people will be
35:32 plunged into those scenes, which are called in the Bible,
35:35 the time of Jacob's trouble.
35:37 And she goes on to talk about the experience of Jacob.
35:41 Interestingly enough, in the book, The Great Controversy,
35:44 page 635, the next chapter is titled, God's People Delivered.
35:52 And finally, on page 637, Ellen White quotes Daniel 12:2
35:58 where it speaks about many who sleep in the dust of the earth
36:01 shall be raised; some to everlasting life,
36:04 and some to everlasting shame and contempt.
36:07 Very interesting that in The Great Controversy you have the
36:11 identical sequence that you have in Daniel 11 and 12,
36:15 and Revelation 14 and 15.
36:18 Let me review what Ellen White has to say.
36:20 She speaks about the final warning; those are the tidings
36:23 from the north and from the east.
36:24 Then begins the chapter on The Time of Trouble.
36:27 She speaks about humanity divided into two groups.
36:31 She speaks about the door of probation closing.
36:34 Then she says that the wicked are enraged with the righteous.
36:38 Then she says the righteous will be plunged
36:40 into the time of trouble.
36:42 And then she speaks about the experience of Jacob
36:45 in Genesis 32 as prefiguring what's going to happen
36:49 to God's people.
36:50 And then in the very next chapter she titles it,
36:52 God's people delivered.
36:54 And then she speaks about the special resurrection
36:57 of Daniel 12:1, 2.
36:59 In this way, in three different lines of argument,
37:04 we an see what these prophecies are actually talking about.
37:08 They're talking about the final onslaught of the wicked against
37:12 God's people after the close of probation, and the trials
37:16 that God's people are going to have when the wicked come
37:18 against them just like Esau was coming against Jacob.
37:22 And God's people are going to go through the same type of
37:26 experiences that Jacob went through during this period.
37:30 In fact, let's notice several things that the Bible has to say
37:34 about the time of Jacob's trouble.
37:36 Notice Jeremiah 30:6-9.
37:39 This is actually where we get the name,
37:41 the time of Jacob's trouble.
37:44 It says here in verse 6:
38:04 Are you catching what he's saying here?
38:07 He's saying that men are like they're in labor.
38:10 And their faces; they're in anguish, in other words,
38:14 in pain, and their faces are pale.
38:16 And then notice what it continues saying:
38:29 By the way, is this similar terminology to what we read
38:31 in Daniel 12:1, even though Jacob's name is not mentioned,
38:35 it's the same terminology. It says:
38:53 By the way, those are the yoke and the bonds of Esau.
39:00 That is Israel.
39:08 Who would David the king be at this point?
39:10 David the king would be Jesus Christ.
39:14 Now there are many Christians who believe in the rapture idea.
39:18 They say that the church will be taken out of this world
39:22 before the tribulation.
39:23 The folks who believe this are setting themselves up to be
39:29 caught in the time of trouble without the necessary
39:32 preparation to go through this period,
39:34 because the time of trouble is going to be the worst period
39:38 of distress, and anguish, and tribulation in the history
39:42 of planet earth.
39:43 There's no other period, no matter how bad it got,
39:47 that is even faintly similar to this, and the devil knows it.
39:52 And so the devil tries to convince the church that Jesus
39:55 is going to take the church out of the world before the
39:57 tribulation, so that when they're caught in the
40:00 tribulation, they don't have the necessary preparation:
40:03 faith and perseverance in order to go through
40:07 this time successfully.
40:09 Notice Matthew 24:21, 22 describing this period.
40:15 It is the worst in intensity in the history of the world.
40:19 It says here:
40:23 That word is magoli in Greek, where we get the word megaphone.
40:41 That is those days of the tribulation.
40:54 Is this going to be a terrible time of trial and anguish
40:56 for God's people?
40:57 It's going to be just like the experience of Jacob,
41:00 only it's not going to be only on the borders of literal
41:03 Canaan; it's going to be on the borders of the heavenly Canaan;
41:08 A severe time of trouble when the enemies of God's people are
41:12 coming against them, and we will go through the same
41:15 experience, anguish, wondering whether God will be able to
41:18 fulfill His promises, because of our sinfulness,
41:21 and our unworthiness, and when we cry out to God day and night
41:26 for deliverance.
41:27 We will wrestle with God in prayer.
41:30 But, of course, we need to learn that now, and that's what Jacob
41:34 learned to do in the house of Laban.
41:36 That's where he developed a character.
41:38 He learned to be industrious.
41:40 He learned to be patient in affliction.
41:42 He learned to be patient when he was mistreated, and therefore,
41:45 he was ready for this period, at the end,
41:48 before he entered Canaan.
41:50 Now notice Psalm 91:14-16, Psalm 91:14-16.
41:57 This is known as the Psalm of the tribulation,
41:59 and it has several very important points.
42:03 It says here in verse 14:
42:08 God is speaking.
42:13 Notice: because we have set our love upon God...
42:20 What? Is that a key word? Absolutely!
42:34 What did Jacob say to the being that he was struggling with?
42:38 He says, tell me your what? Tell me your name.
42:41 And then it continues saying, he shall call upon me.
42:46 Did Jacob do that? Yes, he did.
42:48 He shall call upon me...
42:55 There's the same word: time of trouble.
43:11 And, of course, it says there in Psalm 91 that no plague will
43:16 afflict God's people.
43:18 You know, some people are afraid of going through
43:20 the tribulation. They say, I hope God lays me to rest
43:22 before that time comes.
43:23 Don't be so quick!
43:27 You know, some people say it's going to be such a terrible
43:29 time, you know, I hope God will allow me to go to the grave
43:32 and then I'll resurrect when Jesus comes, because it's going
43:34 be a terrible period.
43:35 I don't want to live during the period of the plagues.
43:37 I don't want to live without an intercessor.
43:39 Listen folks, we are going to live without an intercessor,
43:42 but we're not going to live without a protector,
43:44 because God protected Jacob, and God is going to protect
43:48 His people, and God is going to listen to His people.
43:52 We'll be able to claim the promises of God.
43:55 By the way, this period is described in Isaiah 54:7, 8,
44:00 Isaiah 54:7, 8. It says here:
44:08 This is God speaking about Israel.
44:26 And so, for a moment, it's going to look like God withdrew
44:30 His face, and His presence from us.
44:32 By the way, did Jesus go through that same experience?
44:36 Absolutely! Did Job go through that same experience?
44:39 Do you remember the story of the widow in Luke 18,
44:41 who kept on coming, and coming, and coming to the judge
44:45 for justice, and finally he did her justice?
44:48 Well, it's going to be the same during the time of trouble,
44:52 folks. The answer will not come immediately.
44:55 God's people will have to prevail in prayer.
44:57 They will have to wrestle with God.
45:00 They will have to have perseverant, unshakable,
45:03 unbreakable faith as they pray to God, and they have to claim
45:07 God's promises, no matter how they feel, because Ellen White
45:12 says that we're going to feel unworthy.
45:14 We're going to feel like we can't even claim God's promises.
45:17 And the devil is going to whisper, come on, you're too
45:19 sinful for God to protect you, and fulfill His promises
45:22 with you. But we must trust what God says, rather than trusting
45:26 our feelings and our emotions.
45:28 By the way, this end time experience is going to be just
45:31 like the experience of the three friends of Daniel,
45:34 in the valley of Durah.
45:35 Allow me to mention that just for a few moments here.
45:39 Do you remember that Nebuchadnezzar, who, by the way,
45:43 for awhile lived like a beast, raised up an image,
45:47 and he commanded everyone to worship the image that he had
45:52 built, and everyone who would not worship the image,
45:55 was to be what? was to be killed.
45:58 Let's notice when the three young men come before
46:02 Nebuchadnezzar, what they say.
46:05 Daniel 3:15, Nebuchadnezzar says:
46:30 There's the word again.
46:35 Notice what the three young men say, verses 16-18.
47:02 Let me ask you, was that a severe time of trial and anguish
47:06 for these three young men?
47:09 It most certainly was.
47:11 Did they claim God's promise?
47:13 Do you know they claimed the promise in Isaiah that says:
47:15 though you go through the fires, you will not be burned.
47:17 Now their feelings told them that they were going to be
47:21 burnt, but they trusted and relied on the promises of God.
47:27 This is the experience that God's people are going
47:30 to go through. The time of Jacob's trouble is the same
47:34 time that the three young men went through their experience,
47:37 and the same experience on a worldwide scale at the end
47:41 over the beast, his image, his mark,
47:44 and the number of his name.
47:46 By the way, who was that fourth person in the fiery furnace?
47:51 Notice what we find in Daniel 3:25.
47:55 Nebuchadnezzar says:
48:06 Was that the same person that Jacob struggled with? Yes?
48:12 Is it the same individual who will rise to deliver His people
48:16 in Daniel 12:1? Is it the same one that is going to deliver
48:21 His people at the end of time? Absolutely!
48:24 By the way, do you know what He's called a little later on
48:27 in chapter 3? Notice Daniel 3:28. It says:
48:39 Excuse me? Who sent His what? angel.
48:45 Who is the angel? the Son of God, according to this.
48:49 Is this the same being that struggled with Jacob?
48:53 Yes, because that individual is called man.
48:55 Here you have son of man.
48:56 That individual is called God; this is the Son of God,
49:00 and that individual is called the angel;
49:02 here you have the angel.
49:04 This experience is an illustration of the time of
49:07 trouble that Jacob went through, and that God's people will go
49:11 through at the end of time.
49:12 By the way, there's another experience in Daniel which is
49:14 similar to this one, which illustrates the same point:
49:17 when Daniel was thrown into the lions den.
49:24 In fact, the next morning, after Daniel had been thrown into
49:29 the lions den, the king comes and he says, hey Daniel,
49:34 has the God whom you serve continually,
49:38 been able to deliver you from the lions?
49:42 There you have the key word again.
49:45 And at the end of the experience, notice what the king
49:48 says in Daniel 6:27.
49:50 He says, speaking about God.
50:08 Did God fulfill His promises? Yes, He did.
50:13 Do you think it was an easy experience for Daniel to think
50:15 about being thrown into a den of hungry lions?
50:18 If you don't think they were hungry, you continue reading
50:21 the story about when the princes were thrown in.
50:23 The Bible says that they hadn't even reached the ground,
50:25 and the lions were having them for cat food.
50:29 They were gobbling them up.
50:31 Those lions were starving.
50:34 They were hungry.
50:35 But that night that Daniel spent in the lions den
50:38 they acted just like kitty cats.
50:41 Now, let's notice Revelation 7: 13-17.
50:46 This speaks about this end time generation.
50:48 Folks, God's people are going to come victorious
50:51 out of this period.
50:52 That's the point that I want to emphasize.
50:55 If we have the faith of Jacob; if we learn to trust God
50:59 like Jacob; if we learn to confess our sins,
51:02 and to repent from sin, no matter how far down we feel,
51:06 we can trust the promises of God.
51:08 God is going to deliver His people in the midst of this
51:10 terrible end time tribulation.
51:12 It says in Revelation 7:13:
51:34 By the way, the Greek says, these are the ones that came out
51:38 of the tribulation, the great one.
51:42 That's the way it says in Greek.
51:44 They've come out of the tribulation, the great one.
51:46 And now notice:
52:18 Will God fulfill His promises with His people?
52:21 You can take it to the bank.
52:23 But when do we need to learn to trust the promises of God?
52:28 If we come to that time, and we haven't learned to trust,
52:32 we're not going to suddenly trust.
52:34 The time to feel our unworthiness, the time to
52:38 repent of sin, the time to confess our sins, the time to
52:43 develop an unshakable, and unbreakable faith is now,
52:47 because at that time it's going to be too late.
52:50 In fact, in The Great Controversy we find that the
52:54 author says that some will come to this period without the
52:58 necessary preparation, and they will cry out in anguish to God.
53:03 Remember what Esau did when he lost the birthright?
53:07 He cried out with a bitter cry.
53:09 They will cry out to God, because they'll see that they've
53:12 lost the inheritance.
53:13 And she says that everyone around them will simply
53:16 make fun of them as they hear them crying out in anguish.
53:22 I pray to God that we won't be of those who manifest this
53:28 attitude of Esau, but that, rather, we'll be like Jacob
53:31 and hang on to the hand of God, and say, I will not let you go
53:35 until You bless me!
53:37 In fact this experience is going to take place all over again.
53:40 Revelation 13:15. Let's read that. It says:
53:59 Are you going to have a trial again over the beast,
54:02 and over his image? Yes, you are.
54:04 Is it going to be a trial over worship? It most certainly is.
54:07 Is our life going to be in danger? Absolutely!
54:11 In fact the powers of the earth will gather
54:14 against God's people.
54:15 Now do you remember when Jacob overcame that he was
54:19 given a new name?
54:20 Notice Revelation 14:1.
54:24 Those who go victoriously through this end time
54:28 tribulation receive a new name.
54:31 In fact it's the name of God.
54:32 It says in Revelation 14:1:
54:43 And, by the way, those are those who will be alive
54:45 when Jesus comes.
54:55 So is God going to give us a new name? Of course!
54:58 You can read it in Revelation 3:12 as well.
55:01 The message to the church of Philadelphia: He who overcomes
55:05 will receive My new name, it says there.
55:08 And so our names will be changed.
55:11 I don't know what mine will be, but it's going to be changed.
55:16 And it's going to manifest and reveal the victory that we have
55:20 gained over the flesh, over the world, and over the devil.
55:24 Now allow me to read you a statement from
55:27 The Great Controversy in closing.
55:29 This is found on pages 622 and 623.
55:51 Isn't that true that we usually think that things are
55:54 going to be worse, and they really aren't as bad
55:56 as we thought? She says here:
56:30 And then she says this:
57:19 You say that's a hard goal to reach,
57:22 but in Christ we can do all things.


Revised 2014-12-17