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Topic tonight is:
“How to know the future”
Predicting – future can be risky business.

Consider with me some of – following predictions:


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"Rail travel at high speed is not possible,
because passengers, unable to breathe,
would die of asphyxia."
—Dionysius Lardner, British scientist, 1823
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"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous
fiction."
—Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at
Toulouse, 1872
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"This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings
to be seriously considered as a means of
communication. This device is inherently of
no value to us."
—Internal memo, Western Union, 1876
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“Heavier-than-air flying machines are
impossible."
—Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895
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"It doesn't matter what he does, he will never
amount to anything."
—Albert Einstein's teacher, 1895
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“Everything that can be invented has been
invented."
—Charles H Duell, commissioner, US Office of
Patents, 1899
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“There is no reason anyone would want a
computer in their home."
—Ken Olson, president, chairman, and founder
of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977

Well…were all these people fools? Hardly!


–Many were very intelligent
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–But–takes more than intelligence
–accurately predict–future
Everybody knows—or at least can learn
–what has already happened–past
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–But who can know what–happen in–future?
–Do you know for sure tonight exactly
what–happen to you tomorrow?
–Next year? –Five years from now?

Trying to see into–future


–like trying–read with–blindfold on
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–or trying–drive–car on–pitch-black night
without headlights
–But that doesn’t stop people
–trying to predict–future
–Weather forecasters try
–Palm readers–psychics
–astrologers claim–know –future
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–All kinds of people in all kinds of religions
claim–be prophets and–know–future
–And every year–gossipy tabloid newspapers
–make scores–wild predictions
–never come to pass

So does anybody really know the future?


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–Yes, there is Someone who does
–And He sees–future more clearly
–any of us can see–past

–God knows everything that’s happened


–everything–ever will happen
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–And best-all, He–shared things really important
–us to know, through His chosen prophets

Do we have–better info than


astrologers/fortune tellers?

–Indeed, we do
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–Go to the Word of God
–Book–unfailingly–reveals future–through–ages

God challenges–false prophets–Isaiah 46:9, 10:


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“For I am God, and there is no other; I am
God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the
end from the beginning,
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and from ancient times the things that are not
yet done”

God–declares the end from the beginning


Has–Bible outlined history in advance–Yes!
Invite you–palace –King of Babylon–
Nebuchadnezzar
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Return 2,500 years
–study an Ancient King’s Dream
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We go through–famed Ishtar Gate
–heart of Babylon itself
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King Nebuchadnezzar–sleep one night
–strange dream–powerful
–Next morning–troubled by dream
–Significant–couldn’t remember it
–Ever happened to you?
Decided–get help remembering it
–Called–wise men–psychics–astrologers
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–clairvoyants–fortune tellers

Read–Daniel described experience (Dan 2:1-3):


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“And in the second year of his reign,
Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was
troubled and he could not sleep”
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“So the king summoned the magicians,
enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell
him what he had dreamed”
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“When they came in and stood before the
king, he said to them, ‘I have had a dream that
troubles me and I want to know what it
means”
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Magicians–cut the liver of a calf
–looked for designs
–dropped oil on water–studied patterns
–this is what your dream means

Sorcerers–communicated with the dead


–discover truth about life and the living
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Astrologers (not astronomers)
–Studied patterns in sky–to predict the future
Nebuchadnezzar–called–so-called wise men
–Commanded–tell him what he had dreamed
–They said–tell us your dream
–we will tell you its meaning
King said–tell me my dream–and its meaning
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–or–cut off–arms–legs–and cut off your head

Wise men–baffled–no idea what the dream was


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–King said, execute them
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Among “wise men” of Babylon
–young Hebrew–late teens–Daniel

Hebrew captive–brought from Jerusalem


–Called before the king

Daniel served–true God


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–promised–ask God–about King’s dream
–said nothing is secret to God

Daniel–faced death–if could not explain–dream


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–Daniel knew just what to do

He knew–Prayer
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Makes a Difference
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God will do that for you too
–facing problem in your marriage
–are you concerned for your children
–God in heaven–has the answer
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Daniel came before–king Nebuchadnezzar
And Daniel said, Daniel 2:28:
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“But there is a God in heaven who reveals
secrets, and He has made known what will be
in the latter days”
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“There is a God in Heaven”
Reveals secrets–unravels mysteries–your life
–gives you guidance–wisdom–direction
He–made known what will be–latter days
–dream–Daniel’s day–to the latter days
Daniel began–reminding
–king what–seen in dream
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–He said–you saw a great image
–Image–carved without hands

Daniel began to describe that image


–head of gold–breast and arms of silver
–thighs of brass–legs of iron–feet of iron–clay

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–Rock–flying through the air
–smashed the image on the feet
–ground up the image
–rock grew–filled whole earth
Nebuchadnezzar wanted to know
–what does the dream represent?
–Who gave dream to Nebuchadnezzar? God
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–Why not let God interpret the dream?

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar (2:38):


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“You are that head of gold”
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God outlined–nations–would dominate world
–Daniel’s time to our time
–He said, there would be four
–Named–first three nations
–Described–New Testament–fourth nation
–Described–happen–after four nations
–down to our day
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We can have confidence–Bible says


–History–following this prophecy
–like blueprint–for 2,500 years
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Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon–ruled the world
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Archaeologists–discovered–tablet
–letter from Nebuchadnezzar
–describes the wealth and splendor of Babylon
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Says–“whole earth bowed prostrate–her feet”
– the feet of Babylon

Babylon–More than 60 miles (100 km) around


–Walls–90 feet (30 meters) high
–wide enough–three chariots–side by side

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–River Euphrates–through center
–provided water

–Inhabitants–constant 20-year food supply


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Clay tablet–inscription–Nebuchadnezzar said
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“The excellence of this kingdom, may it last
forever”
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Babylon–60 miles (100 km) south–Baghdad
–modern-day Iraq
-In recent years Saddam Hussein
– started to restore
– some - buildings at–site of ancient Babylon.
- But would ancient Babylon continue to
rule the world?
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–This prophecy is up to date


–Bible said–first, Babylon was the head of gold
–Another kingdom would come after Babylon
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Babylon ruled world–605-539 B.C.
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The statue and the prophecy continues
–looking through–window–starts in past
–takes us–to future
–curtain of prophecy–pulled aside

Daniel 2:39:
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“But after you shall arise another kingdom
inferior to yours...”

Next nation –to be world power–Medo-Persia


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As described–breast and arms of silver
–silver–inferior to gold
–Medo-Persia–less powerful than Babylon
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How did Babylon fall?
–King Belshazzar–drunken feast–throne room
–Served wine
–sacred vessels–Jerusalem temple

–Bloodless hand
–wrote mysteriously on the wall
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Bloodless hand–wrote words of fire
–Palace wall of Babylon

Urging of the Queen Mother


–Daniel–called–read the words on the wall
–Nobody in Babylon could read them
The words–like this:
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MENE
“God has numbered thy kingdom, and
finished it”
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TEKEL
“Thou art weighed in the balances, and
found wanting”
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PERES
“Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the
Medes and Persians”
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Bible–named Medes/Persians
–Described the Medo-Persian empire
–Cyrus named approximately 150 years
before his birth
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Isaiah wrote “Thus says the Lord to His
anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have
held--To subdue nations before him
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“And loose the armor of kings, to open before
him the double doors, so that the gates will
not be shut.”
(Isa 45:1)

History tells–how Medes/Persians–overthrow


Babylonians?
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–20-year food supply–Babylonians threw–food
over–walls

–Said to–Medes/Persians–don’t worry


–we’ll outlast you
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Cyrus dammed up–Euphrates
–diverted–river into the desert

Marched army–dry river bed–under the gates


–into the city
–came up–behind Belshazzar’s throne room
–Babylon fell–without battle–one night
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Looking–Cyrus cylinder
–British Museum in London
–Describes Cyrus’s attack–overthrow of
Babylon
–Read it–Bible–also recorded–rocks

Bible is accurate–does not guess


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Medo-Persia–ruled world from 539-331 B.C.
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After that another kingdom would rise
–described–thighs of brass
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Daniel 2:39:
“…then another, a third kingdom of bronze,
which shall rule over all the earth.”

Daniel 2:39
What nation–overthrew the Medes/Persians?
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Greek empire–Alexander the Great
–At 33–Alexander rose to prominence
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Greeks came–mighty warriors
–overthrew the Medo-Persians
Historian said–reputation of Alexander the Great
–zeal–Greek soldiers–overthrow
Medes/Persians
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“I am persuaded that there was no nation,
city, nor people where his name did not
reach”
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“There seems to me to have been some divine
hand presiding both over his birth and
actions”

Even secular historians recognize


–Destiny of nations–Divine hand was guiding
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Would Greece rule supreme forever?
–No–Greeks fell to the mighty armies of Rome
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Greece ruled the world from 331-168 B.C.
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Then–iron monarchy–Rome
–demonstrate–military supremacy
–Rome–described–4th kingdom
The Bible says, Daniel 2:40:
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“Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom,
strong as iron–for iron breaks–smashes
everything”
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Indeed–Roman empire extended
–then-known world
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Historians recognize
–Rome followed in this sequence
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Rome ruled–168 B.C.–mid-4th century A.D.
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Greatest historian of Rome–Gibbon
–borrows imagery from the book of Daniel
“and the images of gold, of silver, of brass,
that might serve to represent the nations and
their kings, were successively broken by the
iron monarchy of Rome”
Would there be a 5th nation–overthrow Rome?
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Was Rome overthrown by–5th ruling empire?
–No! It was divided
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For prophecy to be accurate
–must describe–division–Roman empire
–hundreds of years in advance
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Daniel 2:41 says:
“Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly
of potter's clay and partly of iron, the kingdom
shall be divided;...”
Kingdom–divided–as Bible said it would be
Ten barbarian tribes–Eastern/Western Europe
–overthrew Rome–occupied its territory
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Alamanni settled in Germany
–Burgundians–Switzerland
–Franks–France
–Lombards–Italy
–Saxons–England
–Suevi–Portuguese
–Visigoths–Spanish–
Three tribes–now extinct
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Europe tonight is divided
–Bible says: Babylon/Medo-
Persia/Greece/Rome
–Bible predicts–Europe would be divided

–History–following this pattern like a blueprint


Prophecy–to our day–Daniel 2:43:
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“And as you saw iron mixed with ceramic
clay, they will mingle with the seed of men:”
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Bible predicted–divided–attempt to unite
–“mingling of seeds”–intermarriage
–God said–Europe would be divided
–Political leaders–intermarry–unite Europe
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All royal families–Europe while
–united by intermarriage
–through King Frederick and Queen Diana
As we read from Daniel 2:43:
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“…but they will not adhere to one another,
just as iron does not mix with clay.”
Just as iron and clay will not combine
–Divisions of Europe–eloquent testimony
–accuracy–reliability of Bible prophecy
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Would-be rulers, Louis XIV, Charles the V
–attempted to unite Europe They have failed
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“They will not adhere to one another”
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Kings and politicians
–attempted–subvert prophecy
These words have rung true through history
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They will not adhere to one another
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Napoleon tried to unite all of Europe

God had determined–attempt would fail


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Evident–Napoleon knew Bible prophecy
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–After–defeat–1815–Battle of Waterloo
–Reported that he said,
“God Almighty is too much for me”
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God’s Word–proven true–through the centuries
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They will not adhere to one another, and they
haven’t
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Historian describing the defeat of Napoleon, said
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“What was the principal adversary of this
tremendous power? By whom was it checked
and resisted, and put down?”
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“By none and by nothing but the direct and
manifest interposition of God” (by Arnold)

Evident–The nations are in God’s hands


–History is not a kaleidoscope of random events
–History is not–a king, president, or dictator
–History is in the hands of God
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History confirms what the Bible said 2500 years
in advance:,
“the dream is certain, and the interpretation
thereof is sure”
But the dream doesn’t end there.

What is the next event?


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Bible–goes on to say
–A rock cut out without hands

Notice Daniel 2:44:


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“And in the days of these kings shall the God
of Heaven set up a kingdom, which shall
never be destroyed: ”
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and the kingdom shall not be left to other
people, but it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever”

The rock represents


–Christ’s eternal Kingdom
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We’re not in the time of
–head of gold–breast and arms of silver
–thighs of brass–legs of iron–divided Europe
We’re at the time–rock is about to come
The rock–represents the kingdom of God
–Stone cut out without hands
–The Rock Jesus Christ
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Next event–in the prophecy–return of our Lord
–Bible says–Christ kingdom–
–consume all these kingdoms

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It shall stand forever
–Babylon–rose and fell
–Medo-Persia–rose and fell
–Greece–rose and fell
–Rome–rose and fell
Kingdom–on its way–is permanent
–never fade away
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–The eternal kingdom of our God

God wants to you live in that kingdom


–No more suffering–no more heart ache–no
more sorrow
–Jesus Christ, offers you that eternal kingdom

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(ILL:) During the second world war, bombs were


dropping on London The earth was shaking
Buildings were crumbling A father and his 7-
year-old daughter were the only ones that
remained in their family Two sons were killed in
the bombing The mother was killed in the

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bombing Dad and his daughter were in a bomb
shelter

And as they were there, the little girl was so


frightened The earth was just trembling She said,
“Daddy--I’m afraid of the bombs” “We’re in a
bomb shelter We’re protected” “Daddy, I can’t go

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to sleep unless you hold my hand” He reached
over, took her hand A bomb came down that
shook the shelter “Daddy, I’m afraid I can’t go to
sleep” “Oh, honey, go to sleep Go to sleep,
honey” “I can’t go to sleep, Daddy, unless I know
your face is turned toward me”
God’s face–turned toward this earth

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–This earth won’t be destroyed in some
famine or holocaust
–This earth is in the hand of God
–Very soon Christ will come
–Soon–heavens will be illuminated with
His glory
–Soon we’ll be taken to a land–no more
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sickness, sorrow, death
–Soon–at His feet, we’ll sing “Holy, Holy”–in
kingdom–lasts forever

Are you afraid tonight? Like the little girl in


London, are you afraid when it seems the whole
world is becoming a war zone? Are you afraid
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when you think of terrorists out to destroy good
and freedom in the world? Are you afraid when
you hear of violent criminals striking randomly all
around you?

Are you tired tonight? Are you tired of saying a


final goodbye to your loved ones who die? Are

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you tired of all the sickness and suffering and
pain? Are you tired of divorce and heartache and
anger between people?

Then take courage tonight, friends. All of this is


soon to end forever. Jesus is coming to put an
end to evil and begin an eternity of only good and

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peace and joy. The only question is, “Are you on
His side? Have you given your life to Him?”

Yes, His face is turned toward you at this very


moment. Why not turn your face toward Him too?
Turn your eyes upon Jesus tonight, my friends,
and all the problems of your life will grow

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strangely dim as you behold Him. Listen as
_____________ sings, “Turn Your Eyes Upon
Jesus.” After the first stanza, join [her, him] on
the chorus.

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O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s a light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

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Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
Over us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conquerors we are!

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Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!

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Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

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Now let’s pray together tonight. Let’s ask Jesus
to enter our lives so that one day we can live in
the kingdom that lasts forever. Would you like to
raise

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your hand and say, “Lord, I want to live in that
kingdom”?

Father, we long to live with You, in all eternity,


and bow at Your feet and cry “Holy.” When the
kingdoms of earth are passed away, when Christ
establishes His kingdom, we want to be there.

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We see that this world is not in the hands of man,
but in the hands of God. We thank You that soon
You will come, and a new world order will be
ushered in. And Christ’s kingdom will be
established forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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