Sermon Transcript – Like a Thief In the Night

Series A – Second To Last Sunday of the Church Year – Sunday, November 16, 2014 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28in the name of Jesus
0:32the text I’ll be preaching from this
0:33morning is our epistle text the gospel
0:36text will be spending some time looking
0:37at it during Sunday School in light of
0:39Genesis 3. actually the two work
0:42together and I’ll explain that during
0:44Sunday School
0:46our epistle text begins with these words
0:48now Brothers about times and dates we do
0:51not need to write to you why well you
0:54know very well that the day of the Lord
0:55will come like a thief in the night
0:58now who remembers the book that Hal
1:01Lindsay wrote entitled the late great
1:03planet Earth
1:04who read it
1:06okay how about the sequel uh 1980s
1:10countdown to Armageddon yeah I read that
1:13too unfortunately and in case you
1:15haven’t noticed the 80s have come and
1:19okay although I still really like these
1:22Styles and the skinny ties and all that
1:24kind of stuff but that’s a different
1:25story now have a question were any of
1:28you raptured on September 6 1994
1:32no okay uh May 21st 2011 any of you
1:35raptured no you you were raptured
1:38Stephen okay
1:40we’ll have to talk to you later how
1:42about October 21st 2011 any of you
1:46no okay now the reason I ask is because
1:49each three of all three of those dates
1:51were dates that Herald camping predicted
1:53that Christ would return
1:55and of course he’s very he was very
1:58convinced at the time that he had
2:00cracked the X catalogical code now let
2:03me get a little closer to home how many
2:04of you fear that the four blood moons
2:06are a harbinger of the impending return
2:08of Jesus
2:10this is this is kind of a popular book
2:13right now by the way they’re not and
2:15I’ll explain that from scripture here in
2:16a moment now all of these books and
2:18their prophetic speculations are nothing
2:20but the ravings of men who are off
2:22Mission any of you spend time in the
2:24corporate world you know what mission
2:26creep is Mission creep is a bad thing
2:30you know it would be as if Apple
2:32computer decided that it was going to
2:34start working on you know making fast
2:36food chains that’s what we would call
2:37Mission creep I am not interested in
2:40eating a MC Apple you know uh whatever
2:42you know you get what I’m saying or an I
2:45never mind I hamburgers and things like
2:47that that would be called Mission Creek
2:49Apple computer focusing on fast food
2:51well the same thing applies when it
2:53comes to eschatological uh code cracking
2:57it’s you’re off Mission this is not what
3:00Jesus has given the church to do which
3:02is why Paul begins our epistle text this
3:05morning with these words now Brothers
3:07about times and dates we do not need to
3:08write to you for you know very well that
3:10the day of the Lord will come like a
3:11thief in the night
3:12what hour do do thieves say Hey listen
3:15um you know I’m going to be there
3:16tonight uh 2 30. does that work for you
3:20I mean no Thief does this right so this
3:24is this is something we need to consider
3:26here all of these books
3:28from these eschatological code Breakers
3:30don’t buy these books don’t listen to
3:32these men they are end time
3:34speculationists who are all hyped with
3:37no biblical substance they use
3:39sensationalism to play on the fears of
3:41Christians in order to sell their books
3:43they all claim to have cracked the
3:45Bible’s end time code and in the end
3:47they end up robbing Christians of their
3:49money and the joy and peace and comfort
3:51given to us in scripture regarding the
3:53end times you’ll notice that our epistle
3:56text is not all doom and gloom coming
3:58soon there’s something more to this text
4:00fact is that Paul in our morning’s
4:03epistle text shows us that there is no
4:05end times code to crack you know it’s
4:08not like the book of Revolution the
4:10Revelation is a Sudoku puzzle and you
4:12got to figure it out and at the end of
4:13it you’ve got the numbers that you can
4:15put in order and figure out the date
4:16that Jesus is going to return that’s not
4:18how this works so the Bible doesn’t give
4:20us a puzzle to solve instead it gives us
4:23a message a gospel a good good news to
4:26Proclaim until Jesus returns and by the
4:30way Jesus himself makes this exact point
4:33if you’d like to look on in Acts chapter
4:351 I want to take a look at the first
4:37eight verses in Acts and I want to point
4:39something out to you a little known
4:41passage that I think is worth reviewing
4:43when it comes to all these end times
4:45speculations Acts chapter 1 I’ll start
4:48in verse 1 so we get our context here
4:50here’s what Luke writes he says in my
4:52former book Theophilus I wrote about all
4:55that Jesus began to do and to teach you
4:57know Luke is the author of the of the
4:59Gospel of Luke as well as the book of
5:00Acts so Theophilus is the person he
5:02wrote These to
5:04so I wrote about all that Jesus began to
5:06do and teach until that day when he was
5:08taken up to heaven and after giving
5:09instructions through the Holy Spirit to
5:11the apostles he had chosen after his
5:13suffering he showed himself to these men
5:15and gave many convincing proofs that he
5:17was alive like eating with them right he
5:19appeared to them over a period of 40
5:21days and spoke about the kingdom of God
5:23on one occasion while he was eating with
5:26them he gave them this command do not
5:28leave Jerusalem but wait for the gift of
5:30my that my father promised which you
5:32have heard me speak about for John
5:34baptized with water but in a few days
5:36you will be baptized with the holy
5:38spirit so when they met together
5:41so when they met together they asked him
5:43Lord are you at this time going to
5:46restore the kingdom to Israel the big
5:48eschatological question the kingdom of
5:51God here on Earth and you could just see
5:53Jesus going I spent three years with you
5:55guys so here’s Jesus’s response he said
5:59to them it is not for you to know the
6:03times or the dates that the father has
6:06set by his own authority
6:09you mean Peter and Paul and James and
6:13Bartholomew and those that they weren’t
6:15allowed to know when Jesus was coming
6:18bingo so notice it is not for you to
6:22know the times of the dates the father
6:23has set by his own authority but you
6:25will receive power when the Holy Spirit
6:27comes on you and you will be my
6:29Witnesses in Jerusalem and in Judea and
6:32Samaria and to the ends of the Earth
6:36so eschatological code cracking is not
6:40given for us to do
6:42that’s Mission creep the mission that we
6:44have is to Proclaim Christ and him
6:47crucified for our sins to call Sinners
6:49to repent and to be forgiven by what
6:52Christ has done for them on the cross
6:53all of that other stuff if you’ve seen
6:56the movie up that dog you know he’s the
7:00talking dog
7:01I think you’re great right okay well
7:05that’s what’s going on with this es
7:07catalogical stuff it’s a squirrel don’t
7:09pay attention to the squirrels what
7:11Jesus tells us what God’s word tells us
7:13is to stay on Mission and when it talks
7:16about the end times it does so in a way
7:17in a way that gives us Comfort now let
7:21me remind you what Jesus said in a
7:23couple of other places remember we’ve
7:25read the Olivet discourse last week I
7:26won’t reread the entire thing although I
7:28was highly tempted to do so Matthew 24
7:30verses 4 through 5 Jesus said watch out
7:33that no one deceives you many will come
7:35in my name claiming I am the Christ and
7:37they will deceive many this is a mark of
7:39the end times verses 26 and 27 so if
7:42anyone tells you there he is out in the
7:44desert don’t go out or here he is or in
7:47the Inner Room don’t believe it for as
7:49the lightning comes from the East and is
7:52visible even to the West so will be the
7:54coming of the son of man in other words
7:56when Jesus shows up everybody on the
8:00planet is gonna know it’s Jesus ain’t
8:01nobody gonna have any doubts about it
8:03it’s like people are going to go I don’t
8:06is that Jesus you know no they’re
8:08they’re all going to know okay this it’s
8:10not going to be a secret it’s not going
8:12to happen in it’s it’s not like you’re
8:13going to hear it in the news that Jesus
8:15has showed up and he’s going to appear
8:16in Canada and Winnipeg you know so let’s
8:18drive on up there and let’s see Jesus no
8:20that’s not how this works now I told you
8:22I’d tell you about the blood moons those
8:24of you who may be tempted by this thing
8:26let me explain something to you I’m very
8:28familiar with this Blood Moon’s business
8:31and it’s a bad bad book and the reason
8:34why is because it somehow equates a very
8:37normal thing that happens they’re called
8:39lunar eclipses they happen from time to
8:42night from time to time you know the
8:44moon passes into the Earth’s Shadow this
8:46is a this has been happening for like
8:48Millennia and it happens regularly they
8:50happen when I was a kid nobody freaked
8:52out about it but nowadays you know
8:54people are trying to somehow take these
8:55Blood Moons you know these these lunar
8:57eclipses and say oh look they fall on
9:00feast days in the Hebrew calendar it
9:01must be a harbinger of the end
9:03let’s take a look at Matthew chapter 24
9:05real quick this Bible does talk about
9:08the Moon turning to blood but watch how
9:10it does so
9:12Matthew 24 29-33 immediately after the
9:15tribulation of those days watch this the
9:18sun will be darkened
9:21the what the sun will be darkened okay
9:24well I don’t know if you’ve noticed this
9:26but the moon doesn’t actually give off
9:27any of its own light it kind of borrows
9:29it from the Sun Well if the Sun is
9:32darkened what do you think is going to
9:34happen to the Moon
9:35right it’s going to become dark it says
9:38and the sun will be dark and the moon
9:40will not give its light the Stars will
9:41fall from the heaven and the powers of
9:43the heavens will be shaken
9:44so this Blood Moon business yeah the
9:48blood moon you’re looking for is in
9:50tandem with the sun darkening when that
9:53happens you know Jesus is just about to
9:57return and you say yeah you don’t say oh
10:01you say yeah so and here’s what it says
10:03so then the then will appear in heaven
10:05the sign of the son of man and all the
10:06tribes of the earth will mourn they will
10:08see the son of man coming on the Clouds
10:10Of Heaven and the powers and the great
10:11glory and he will send out his angels
10:13with a loud trumpet call and they will
10:15gather his elect from the Four Winds
10:17from one end of the heaven to the other
10:18from the Fig Tree learn its lesson as
10:21soon as its branches become tender and
10:23puts out its leaves you know that summer
10:25is near so also when you see all these
10:27things you know that it is near at the
10:30very Gates so it’s not like we’re going
10:32to be caught unawares why well we know
10:34God’s word Jesus has kind of given us
10:36the inside scoop we know what’s coming
10:38and if we’re alive when these things
10:40happen we’re not going to be caught
10:42unawares now back to our now back to our
10:46epistle text just a reminder it’s not
10:47for you to know the times of the dates
10:49the father has set by his own authority
10:50we can know that it’s getting close and
10:52that’s about all that we can know so
10:54Paul then says this while people are
10:57saying peace and safety here on the
11:00earth destruction will come on them
11:02suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant
11:04woman and they will not Escape
11:07now I like the fact that it describes
11:10Christ’s return as labor pains because
11:12that’s talking about the arrival of new
11:14life and what’s going to give birth with
11:16all the labor pains in the tribulation
11:17in the end is the visible kingdom of God
11:20at new Heavens new Earth it’s a big deal
11:22and it’s something that we can Rejoice
11:23about but for those who are not in
11:27who have heard the good news and
11:28rejected Jesus persisted in sin and
11:30unbelief this is not going to be a good
11:33day this is why Zephaniah describes it
11:35this way remember our Old Testament text
11:37on that day declares Yahweh a cry will
11:40go up from the fish gate wailing from
11:42the new quarter in a loud crash from the
11:44hills whale you who live in the Market
11:47District all you Merchants will be wiped
11:49out all who trade with silver will be
11:52ruined at that time I will search
11:54Jerusalem with lamps and punish those
11:56who are complacent who are like wine
11:58left on its dregs who think the Lord
12:00will do nothing either good or bad
12:03it’s like somebody’s saying you really
12:05believe Jesus is coming back come on
12:07it’s been like 2 000 years really yeah
12:11come on Jesus isn’t going to do anything
12:13either way he’s Jesus is off playing
12:15golf somewhere on a different planet
12:16right their wealth will be plundered
12:19their houses demolished they will build
12:22houses but not live in them they will
12:23plant Vineyards but not drink the wine
12:25the great day of the Lord is near near
12:29and it’s coming quickly listen The Cry
12:32of the day of the Lord will be bitter
12:34and shouting of the warrior there the
12:36day that day will be a day of Wrath a
12:39day of distress and anguish a day of
12:41trouble and ruin a day of darkness and
12:43Gloom a day of clouds and Blackness a
12:45day of trumpet and Battle Cry against
12:47the Fortified cities against the corner
12:49towers do you kind of see why
12:51everybody’s going to know it’s Jesus you
12:53know it’s this is the description of
12:55what the day of the Lord is going to be
12:59this kind of hearkens to what we heard
13:01at the end of our gospel text
13:04Jesus says throw that worthless servant
13:06outside into into the darkness where
13:08they’ll be weeping and gnashing of teeth
13:10yeah Jesus believed in hell
13:12in other words the popular preachers at
13:15evangelicalism has put out there who
13:17tell us that love wins and that there is
13:19no hell
13:20they’re not speaking the truth
13:22they’re not speaking the truth they’re
13:24deceiving people but now for the good
13:26news but you Brothers
13:29sisters notice that Paul acts like he’s
13:32writing to Christians can you imagine
13:34that what a thought and you know what
13:36I’m a pastor in a church so I feel like
13:38I’m talking to Christians so I’ve got
13:40some words of comfort for you this
13:41morning you are not in the darkness so
13:44that this day should surprise you like a
13:46thief you’re not
13:48you are all sons of the light now Sons
13:51is used in a broad sense we can say Sons
13:54and Daughters here you are all sons of
13:56the light that’s you you
13:58Judy you are a son daughter of the light
14:01Gary you are Don you are everybody here
14:05we are sons of the light
14:08we do not belong to the night or to the
14:12so then let us not be like others who
14:15are asleep
14:16but let us be alert and self-controlled
14:19for those who sleep they sleep at night
14:22and those who get drunk get drunk at
14:25so because you are children of the light
14:28live as children of the light be sober
14:31minded and awake good cross reference to
14:34this passage is Romans chapter 13 11-14
14:36besides this you know the time that is
14:39the hour has come for you to wake from
14:42salvation is near to us now than when we
14:45first believed Paul writes it sure
14:48certainly is salvation is nearer now
14:51it’s almost here it’s like Christmas is
14:53coming for salvation is nearer now to us
14:56well then when we first believe the
14:58night is far gone the day is at hand
15:04so then let us cast off the works of
15:06darkness and put on the armor of light
15:09let us walk properly as in the daytime
15:11not in orgies or drunkenness not in
15:14sexual immorality and sensuality not in
15:16quarreling and not in jealousy
15:19put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
15:21provision for the flesh to gratify its
15:23desires the light is about to break
15:27since we belong to the day let us be
15:30self-controlled putting on faith and
15:32love as a breastplate look at that faith
15:35in love as a defensive armor what a
15:38beautiful thought and the hope of
15:40Salvation as a helmet
15:42for God did not appoint us to suffer
15:46let me tweak this a little bit God did
15:48not appoint you to suffer Wrath
15:52instead to receive salvation through our
15:55Lord Jesus Christ he died for us so that
15:58whether we are awake or asleep that
16:00means dead or alive we may live together
16:03with him
16:05so encourage each other and build each
16:07other up just as in fact you are doing
16:10that’s right God did not appoint us for
16:13wrath Christ bled and died for you
16:16he has given us salvation we have
16:20received his salvation he’s washed Us in
16:23the waters of baptism
16:24buried us with Christ raised us with
16:28Christ has circumcised our hearts every
16:30Sunday that we have the Lord’s Supper
16:32the Lord is here and you receive his
16:34body and blood broken and shed for you
16:36for the Forgiveness of your sins you are
16:38not children of the darkness you are
16:40children of the light Christ has bled
16:42and died for you and he has not
16:44appointed you to suffer the wrath of God
16:48on that great and terrible day
16:53you will see Christ face to face
16:56and just like the good servants in the
17:00parable that we read in Our Gospel text
17:02you too will hear from Jesus well done
17:06good and faithful servant
17:09and you might be tempted to say but yeah
17:15I know what I’ve done
17:18I don’t deserve this
17:21and the reality is you don’t but the uh
17:24the other reality is this there is no
17:26higher authority than Jesus and he’s
17:29bled and died for you he’s accounted for
17:31your sins and so on the great day of
17:35his verdict cannot be overthrown you are
17:39in him and he has said you are not
17:42appointed for Wrath
17:45you are saved you are in Christ he has
17:48bled and died for you the gavel has come
17:52and you are declared innocent
17:55let us rejoice with what a great
17:57salvation that we have in Christ
18:00he came to save sinners sinners like me
18:03and like you and that we have hope on
18:07this day of Terror the day of the great
18:09Wrath of the Lord
18:10we are assured that he did not appoint
18:12us to suffer that wrath instead we have
18:15received salvation through our Lord
18:17Jesus Christ in Jesus name amen
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