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Sermon delivered June 24, 2006 by Pastor Donald J. Gettys

McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church

McDonald, Tennessee

Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized.

When the Lamb Roars

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The world is far different than it was since Nine/Eleven. 12 months ago. Things are happening so fast that even Seventh-day Adventist Prophecy Scholars are having a hard time keeping up with fulfilling prophecies. A lot of things are taking place right under our nose. One of the scary things about it is that there is no other church in the world that I know of truly understands last-day events like Adventists do.

There was a KIWANIS Club in Dallas, Texas that called on our conference there in Keene and said, "Would you send a Seventh-day Adventist pastor to explain to our KIWANIS Club what is going on in the world." So, we have a reputation. The scary thing is that if we understand these things and we don't speak up in a time like this, who is going to speak up? We really need to speak up.

Open you Bible to 1 Peter 4:7. "The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray." The end of all this is near. It's at hand. We believe that. I know another terxt that is fast fulfilling

Come over here to Revlation 13 in your Bible and we'll spend the bulk of our time here. Keep in mind that we're studying Revelation today and Mark Finley is finishing up his series tonight and then next Sabbath we will begin a whole new series on the book of Daniel. We're going to try to tie in the book of Daniel with current events and things like that. Really bringing out some great things in the book of Daniel. So I hope you will be here for that series. One book every week, twelve weeks. We're really going top get into the book of Daniel. We'll be looking forward to kicking that off next week.

Revelation 13:11 says, Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.

Now, I don't know just how dragons talk, but my imagination tells me that they roar! So here is a picture of a lamb that roars: the roaring lamb. Could you picture yourself out on a farm, leaning on the nice white boards of a fence, admiring some of the farmers new born lambs as they romp in the grass and then one of the little lambs comes over to where you stand and opens up its mouth and out comes a terrifying, earth shaking roar. It is so terrifying that it makes your hair stand at attention!! This is an awesome thing. You've never heard anything like that before. The lamb roared at you.

The lamb in this prophecy does not belong to a farmer, it belongs to each of us because it is none other than our great country-the United States of America. That's what this is. We need to be aware of that. There are many things that are going on. America is the lamb-like-beast of Revelation 13. This is an official viewpoint of our church of Revelation 13. Indeed America did begin as a lamb: Peaceful and Christ-like. It came up out of the earth. It did not come up out of the water. Water represents people, so this came up out of an unpopulated are. Unlike all other beasts of Revelation this one comes up out of the land. A beast coming up out of the dirt. That's what happened here in America. Coming up or out means that it was a brand new beast. You've never seen this beast in the prophecies before. It's a new nation. A beast represents a nation.

This lamb-like beast does not stand for an American Buffalo. It stands for a nation; America! Now, I love America. I'm wearing an American tie today with the state's flag on it. We love the United States Flag. We as Seventh-day Adventists salute the flag. We love being in this country. We love the freedoms that we enjoy here in the United States of America. It's a great place. Praise God for America.

America used to be predominately a Christian Protestant Nation. A Christlike land. America was Home to the masses who yearned to be free. America was the Bastion of freedom. We were so God- like we engraved it on our coins; "In God we trust." We have God in some of our national songs and pledges. We really appreciate that. But sadly now we have proposed laws and passed laws that are limiting religious expression. Prayer in public schools, the display of the Ten Commandments on public property. You could go through a whole list. What we are doing is trampling on our freedoms.

However religion in America is getting some help just recently, and you've noticed that through the Republican Party. I'm not advocating which party you should be of. I have no business doing that. But the Republican party is now being known as the party of the Pious. In fact a news article in the WEEK magazine April 28, 2006 is headlined: "The GOP and God: an Unholy Alliance?" That's their viewpoint on it.

Many are alarmed that modern American Christians see the conflict and chaos in the Middle East as a welcome fulfillment of biblical prophecy and a hastening of the second coming of Jesus Christ. I will tell you that what we need to be alarmed at is when the woman mounts the beast and gets the reigns in her hands, she sits on the beast, she directs the beast, and controls the beast. When you see an apostate church, apostate Christians dominating state government then Revelation 13 is beginning to be fulfilled. The road will be exceedingly rough from this point until the second coming of Jesus.

I have in my hand an old book that my grandmother Jordan gave to me. It's called, Testimonies to Ministers. I want to read you a quotation from page 206. It says, "When the Nation for which God has worked in such a marvelous manner, and over which He has spread the shield of Omnipotence, abandons Protestant principles, and through legislature gives countenance and support to Romanism in limiting religious liberty, then God will work his own power for His people that are true. The tyranny of Rome will be exercised, but Christ is our refuge."

That's an amazing statement, isn't it. Just in case you would like to be refreshed on the meaning of tyranny, which is coming, tyranny means severe, cruel, unrestrained exercise of power or authority or force. That's what's coming upon Christians in the future.

Ans so, what does this mean? It means we will be forced to worship as Romanism wishes us to worship. Romanism will control the beast. This means that the once meek lamb, the lamb-like beast of Revelation 13, America, will actually be turned into a dangerous mega beast, a beast controlling the entire people of the whole world. His roar will be heard throughout the whole world and his co-hort, the woman rider.

You remember In a visit to Brazil in 1992, the Pope shocked us all by warning Catholics to beware of Protestant evangelicals which he called Sects. He has named Seventh-day Adventists as being among that protestant group.1 What is going on?

When America links up with this world church, things will change fast. Friend, all this means that we are beginning to see the last days. I think we're beginning to see our freedoms fading away.

Adventists discovered the true meaning of Revelation 13 way back in 1851. J. N. Andrews did the study. He was a very intelligent man. He was a bible scholar. He discovered the meaning of Revelation 13. Many people if not most laughed at him. That year USA had a total military of about 20,000 men. They said this could never be the case. In fact 25 years after this was first preached, America was still fighting Indians and losing. Remember Custer's last stand? He was wiped out by Sitting Bull's braves.

Look at Revelation 13:12. He Now, who is "he?" The United States of America) exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. You know what beast that is. It's the one whose wound was inflicted in 1798 and was healed in 1929.

Adventist pioneers preached this truth before they knew much of Revelation 13. While they were preaching this, America, basically, was floundering in the Civil war back in 1860 and so forth. It was very undetermined if America would even continue to exist as the United States. But eventually America did grow and today America is a super power, the only super power of the world. Even 1933, when Hitler came to power, America was only number fifteen in world power. Now we are number one. So, you see how fast we have grown to power. We're the super power of the world now. Look at the quickness at which America gained the leadership of the world. We have exercised awesome military power in World War I, World War II, and now in the Middle East. We are developing powerful new weapons. America is trying to defend modern civilization against the Islamic terrorists who would destroy our liberties and destroy life as we know it.

In fact, our president, George W. Bush, said: "We are fighting the followers of a murderous ideology that despises freedom, crushes all dissent, has territorial ambitions and pursues totalitarian aims. They're seeking weapons of mass murder that would allow them to deliver catastrophic destruction to our country."2 That's what we are fighting against.

Our view of Revelation sees America teaming up with the Papacy and this dynamic duo eventually leading the world, the entire world, controlling the world. Never before has this view been truer than right now in the year 2006. Now for the first time in history America is practically fulfilling these verses in Revelation 13.

Look at Revelation 13:13,14. And he (America) performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down [Some [people think that was the atomic bombs] from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, [Now who is the first beast? That's the one whose deadly wound was healed in 1929, the political religious system of the Roman Church.] he [America] deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. The image to the beast.

So, look at what is happening: Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Methodists to join the Catholic/Lutheran Agreement. "Pope Benedict has made uniting all Christians a priority of his pontificate. For the first 1000 years of Christianity, there was only one church. In 1054, it split into the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches."3 Then five hundred years later Martin Luther came on the scene and established Protestantism. Today, five hundred years later, the papacy is trying as never before to unite all Christians into one group. The 75 million Reformed Churches met with Pope Benedict XVI in January of 2006 and their leaders said: "We are eager to pursue how Catholic and Reformed Christians might be partners together..."4 They're getting together.

In May, 1991 the pope called for all world governments to "ENSURE" the holiness of Sunday as a day of worship especially in the great industrialized societies. In effect the Pope has indorsed a world wide Sunday Law! It's been on the books for a long time. Revelation 13:12 says: the lamb like beast made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast. That's interesting.

Pope John Paul said, "Every human being has the 'Basic Right to Sunday Rest!'" He went on to say that that right must be supported by Law!5

How does a nation speak publicly? Through legislation, and that's what we're seeing. So, that is not a call for Sunday worship and a Sunday Law. America is the military superpower, and the Roman Catholic Church is the religious superpower and when the religious super power sits upon the beast and takes the reigns in her hand, that's the fulfillment of Revelation 13. And that's what we're beginning to see taking place.

Look at Revelation 13:15. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.

What this means that:

  1. . United States of America will force the earth, the entire world to worship the Papacy which is riding in its back, whose deadly wound was healed. This includes the papal day of worship that we call Sunday, which was inaugurated by the Catholic Church in 321 AD. That's where Sunday came from.
  2. United States causes non-worshipers to be killed. That's what It says in verse 15. That is known by many Christians as the Death Decree. Now, notice one verb in these verses that is repeated twice? The word "Speak"! It's found in verse 11 and then it's found again in verse fifteen. Speak through legislation. We are going to see more and more laws restricting our freedoms.

Now, in Revelation 13:16,17. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

In other words, tough times are ahead. We believe that. America is changing rapidly. There is a crisis in religious liberty in America today. In addition, just look at all the new Islamic mosques dotting our landscape today. We are in the most severe religious liberty crisis that this church has ever faced since the dark ages.

The American Constitution is right now in danger of being reinterpreted. People are trying to get Constitutional amendments against gay marriages. There are all sorts of amendments being proposed. Many being proposed now, more in fact than have been proposed at any time in recent history. America started out as a Christ-like nation. Liberty and freedom were our hallmarks. The American flag stand for that freedom. We're going to be flying that flag on July 4. Hopefully that freedom will last. Hopefully that prophecy will not take place. I understand all prophecies are conditional. And they have conditional elements. But I will tell you that I believe this one is taking place.

Let's not weaken our Constitution. We are seeing the fast erosion of minority rights and the upholding of the rights of the majority. We are seeing a gradual collapsing of Constitutionally protected freedoms in America. And why is this? Freedom from unreasonable searches/seizures, for example. They can come to your house now with a search warrant and they don't have to knock before they enter. That is a change that was made this past week. Freedom from wiretapping our phone lines is another. We used to have that. And now our government in the name of homeland security is tracking phone calls by the millions. Our freedoms are fading. Much of this has been brought about because of our war on drugs, our war on crime and our war on terrorism. Naturally we have to restrict freedoms, they say, in order to conduct a war like this. So, the pendulum is swinging away from religious liberty and more and more toward what Revelation 13 predicts

Let us not be like those who are asleep at the wheel. Let us be alert. I THESSALONIANS 5:1-6 Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.

Let us be self-controlled. Are we in a spiritual crisis in our own life at the same time that a world crisis is going on? We ought not to be. So many churches fight the empty pew. Preachers are preaching platitudes. We need to be preaching the truth of the Bile. We must wake up before we are lost as families and churches. We ought to be more interested in the Bible than in TV. We need to be interested more in prayer that the theater and TV. Where is the commitment of our forefathers? Where are the J. N. Andrews of today? WE ought to be studying the bible as we have never studied it before. We must never lose sight of our goal.

Come back here to Philippians 3. Here is our goal, and never let us lose sight of our goal. Philippians3:13,14. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heaven-ward in Christ Jesus.

What is the prize? Never forget that our prize, our goal is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Prize. Our prize is salvation. We get that through the gift of God. You cannot earn salvation. But it is given to those who love the Lamb. I don't want a lamb roaring at me. I don't want that. I want a Lamb the is happy with me, that comes to me, that provides me with sanctuary. And that's what sheep are for, right, to cloth us. That's what I want to happen: I want the Lamb of God to clothe me with His righteousness, which is free. I can do that. I want to make that the priority of my life.

Look at Revelation 12:17. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman [Who is the dragon? Satan. Woman is God's church.] and went to make war against the rest of her offspring those who obey the commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. These are Christians who keep the commandments in the last days, the remnant of her seed. Those are the ones the devil is mad at. The dragon is mad. The lamb roars, thundering out edicts and laws such as would to make the saints of old quiver in their boots. However, as One lamb roars, telling us that we are at the end of time, the other Lamb sweetly calls for you to commit your life to Him. Are you willing to submit your life to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God? Are you willing to be baptized? Are you willing to put aside some of these things that the devil is drawing you away from Jesus and get back to God? Are you willing to be a student of His Scriptures? Are you willing to put prayer as a priority of your life? We must do these things. We're living in the last days of time. This is not just another sermon. This is a call for you to do something about your salvation and the salvation of your neighbors.

I am just so thrilled with the meetings we have had down here in Chattanooga. Do you realize that we have projections of baptizing between two hundred and fifty and three hundred and fifty people from this effort? That is phenomena. I believe the Holy Spirit is being poured out. If it's being poured out and you have it, praise the Lord. If it's not being poured out on you, it can be. You can have God's Holy Spirit. I urge you to give your entire life to Jesus. Make sure of your salvation. Jesus died for you. He is the Lamb of God, and He's not roaring. He's calling your name. Please give your life to Jesus before it's too late, because the time is near. The end of the world is coming, and we must not be asleep at the wheel of our religious experience.

Endnotes:

1. Review and Herald, November 11, 19692, p.7.

2.>/a> US News and World Report June 12, 2006 p. 36.

3. Associated Press, January 7, 2006.

4. World Alliance of Reformed Churches, Clifton Kirkpatrick, President.

5. Southern Tidings, January 1992.

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