Men Will Seek Death Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are my notes from tonight's sermon 9/8/2001 regarding when men
will seek death. I have uploaded the audio to
http://www.onenessapostolic.org/audio

Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and
poor, free and bond, to receive a mark <5480> in their right hand, or
in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number
of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six
hundred threescore and six.

5480 charagma {khar'-ag-mah}

AV - mark 8, graven 1; 9

1) a stamp, an imprinted mark
1a) of the mark stamped on the forehead or the right hand as the
badge of the followers of the Antichrist
1b) the mark branded upon horses
2) thing carved, sculpture, graven work
2a) of idolatrous images

We live in a time where the things spoken of regarding the mark are
close to being feasible with technology. Cars offer as a feature
various GPS devices where one can have their exact location
pinpointed. Whole industries have great concerns for fraud
prevention which come down to various methods of people identifying
themselves. We pass little coded cards or key chain tags over
scanners at grocery stores to get our discounted price. Is it that
huge of a step to have that barcode or one of the other "marks" that
have replaced it or whatever tattooed onto one's hand. Would a
society that wears jewelry pierced through their bodies and
tattoos all over be "concerned" about one more little mark on their
body to prevent fraud? This are the end times. Don't kid
yourself. This IS the time to get right with God!

Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall
from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the
bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of
the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air
were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto
them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of
the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those
men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that
they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the
torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and
shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Of course the real Christians will already be gone from the earth.
There are of course many mysteries that we cannot understand, but
some things the Bible is clear about. If the coming of the Lord for
His Church was going to be a time of horror for the Church why would
such a thing be a "comfort"?

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not
find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Can we comprehend the horror of a time when men are actually
seeking DEATH and cannot die? Is that hard to believe when
now we see people being kept alive by machines, sometimes against
their will?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of
God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

The true Christians can comfort one another regarding the Rapture.

John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent
me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

God is Holy, God is a Spirit, God is a Holy Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that
day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or
that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God.
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these
things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his
time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now
letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all
power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had
pleasure in unrighteousness.

Notice this verse:

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

No power other than the Holy Spirit could hold back the antichrist,
so when will the Holy Spirit be taken away from the Earth so that the
antichrist can be revealed?

Those of us who are Christians know that Jesus is the Holy Spirit.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive,
because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for
he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.

When the Church is raptured the Spirit of Christ will be "out of the
way" and then the antichrist will be revealed.

Those who put their faith into the things of this world will be
sorely disappointed.

2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the
night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the
works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens
and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and
blameless.

How could the Bible be any plainer?

Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in
the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in
marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood
came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they
drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

In the days of Noah it was a very wicked society, kind of like
reading a current newspaper on just about any day you could pick.

Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth
was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for
all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Pastor Steve Winter