1. Last Day Deception (Matthew 24) John MacArthur

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    http://www.macarthurcommentaries.com And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ ” and will mislead many. (Matthew 24:4–5) The first activity to signal Christ’s return will be widespread deception by a proliferation of false Christs. There were false Christs, or Messiahs, before Jesus’ time, and there have been others at various times since, including many in our own day. But in the end times their number and influence will vastly increase. Jesus is warning those who will be living during the end times, which will not include believers of the church age (who will either have died or been raptured before the Tribulation). The deception of those days will be intensified and escalated as never before, as the Holy Spirit withdraws His restraining power and lets all hell break loose. The evils, deceptions, sorrows, tragedies, conflicts, and animosities of those days will exceed all others the world has ever known. Because deception will be at its apex, Jesus warns, See to it that no one misleads you. Blepo (see to it) literally means simply “to see,” but was often used, as here, in the sense of “keep your eyes open,” or “beware.” In his parallel account Luke reports Jesus as saying, “See to it that you be not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and ‘The time is at hand’; do not go after them” (21:8). Later in the discourse Jesus repeats the warning: “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:23–24). Empowered by demons, the end-time false Christs will manifest supernatural powers that previous ones have not possessed. As the number of deceivers grows, so will the number of vulnerable people who desperately look for answers to the overwhelming calamities that torment them (see 2 Pet. 2:1–3; 2 Tim. 3:13). The world will begin to disintegrate, suffering will become unbearable, and sin will reach its maximum potential. The moral and spiritual influence of the church will be gone, and even more significantly, the restraining power of the Holy Spirit will be removed (see 2 Thess. 2:7). The world’s systems and institutions will start to self-destruct from unbridled wickedness. To take advantage of that desperate situation, an abundance of false and cleverly deceptive messiahs will arise, each claiming, I am the Christ. Their spurious gospels will mislead many, as they promise to deliver men from their problems and troubles. The epitome of that false group will be the Antichrist, the ultimate false messiah and deceiver. As Jesus Christ was righteousness incarnate, the Antichrist will be evil incarnate. In the book of Daniel he is called an insolent king, skilled in intrigue (8:23), a self-willed tyrant who magnifies himself above every god and speaks monstrous evil against the God of gods (11:36). Paul calls him the man of lawlessness and the son of destruction (2 Thess. 2:3), and in the book of Revelation he is called the beast (11:7; 13:1–10)...

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    • The Final Generation of the Future Judgment (Luke 21:29-33) John MacArthur

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      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-264 It is now our time to turn to the Word of God, Luke chapter 21. Luke chapter 21 and our text for today is verse 29 and following down through verse 33...Luke chapter 21 and verses 29 to 33 and this is the Word of the Lord. Let me read these verses to you. "And He told them a parable. Behold the fig tree and all the trees. As soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. Even so, you too when you see these things happening, recognize that the Kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away." If you've been with us, you realize that the twenty-first chapter of Luke is a chapter about the return of Jesus Christ, not His first coming which we are celebrating at this time of year, but His Second Coming. And, in fact, the hope of every Christian is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians are those who love His appearing. We are those who are looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. We as Christians are awaiting eagerly for the glory which shall be revealed in us, that glorious manifestation of the sons of God to take place at Christ's return. We are waiting for the redemption of our body. The New Testament says we are those who are waiting for the Son from heaven. We are waiting for the coming of Christ, waiting for that time when we reign with Him, when saints judge the world, waiting for that day when we shall all be changed, waiting for that day when sin is ended and we are presented to Christ as a chaste virgin to our bridegroom, waiting for that day when we are present with the Lord, when we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is....

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      • The Necessities for Effective Prayer (Mark 11:22-25) John MacArthur

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        http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-58 Mark 11, open your Bible to Mark’s gospel and we’re going to be looking at verses 22 to 25...verses 22 to 25 in Mark chapter 11. We know we’re in the Passion Week of Christ. He has entered into the city of Jerusalem on Monday. On Tuesday He came in and attacked and assaulted the temple. And by the time we come to our text in verse 22, it is Wednesday...Wednesday. On the next day, Thursday will be the Passover meal, on Friday the crucifixion, on Sunday the resurrection. So these are the last days of our Lord’s life and ministry. Now the subject of our verses, verses 22 to 25, and we’ll actually back up to verse 20 so we get the flow, the subject here is prayer...prayer. And you might think that this is a kind of an odd place to do a lesson on prayer. It might seem to you that there could be other more pertinent things to talk about, given what is coming with the Lord dying, rising, ascending, and all that’s bound up in that. But this lesson is absolutely critical and it’s critical at this juncture....

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        • Confronting Error with Condemnation, Not Conversation (Luke 20:45-47) John MacArthur

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          http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-250 And now we come to the Word of God again, and Luke 20 is our text...Luke 20. We have arrived at the end of this chapter and we'll look at the final three verses...Luke chapter 20 verses 45 through 47. Let me establish them in your mind, follow as I read. Luke chapter 20 beginning at verse 45. "And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, 'Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes and love respectful greetings in the marketplaces, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, who devour widows' houses and for appearances sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation." Strong words. Unmistakable words. Backing up a little bit from this text and approaching it from afar off, we need to be reminded that the Bible warns us about false teachers from beginning to end. There have always been and there always will be false religious leaders who operate for Satan. They operate out of the kingdom of darkness, but they operate as if they are messengers from God....

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          • God's Plan Demands Christ's Return, Part 1 (Luke 21:8) John MacArthur

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            http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/42-254 This morning we have the opportunity to return to the twenty-first chapter of the gospel of Luke and to consider the next in a series of messages drawn from our Lord's own teaching called "Signs of Christ's return...Signs of Christ's return." One of the cardinal doctrines in the Christian faith is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He came once to die on the cross, to pay the penalty for the sins of all who would believe throughout all of history. He will come again to judge the ungodly and to establish His Kingdom for His saints. He will reign in that Kingdom for a thousand years. Then the entire universe as we know it will be destroyed, and in its place He will create a New heaven and a New Earth in which all His own will dwell forever in joy and peace and righteousness. This is the future and this, as I said, is a cardinal doctrine of the Christian gospel, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. That is the theme of our text in Luke chapter 21. In fact, from verse 5 all the way to verse 36, Jesus talks about the features that are associated with His return. There are some people who would assume that the story of Jesus ended badly, that frankly it couldn't have ended any more badly than it did...rejected by His own people, killed as a criminal, rejected as a religious leader, seen as a seditious rebel, a threat not only to religion but a threat to societal peace, put on a cross by the Romans like a whole lot of other criminal riff-raff. It couldn't have ended any worse. That might be the perspective of even well-intentioned people who were attracted to Jesus, if in fact we left out the rest of the story. But Jesus didn't leave it out and so on Wednesday of Passion Week, two days before His death, Jesus says, "I'll be back. This is not the last chapter. This is not the end. This is not the last vision the world will have of Me." Walking out of the temple on a Wednesday evening with only a few disciples gathered around Him, and heading up the western slope of the Mount of Olives, that is not the final vision of the Lord Jesus Christ. And He wants to make that very clear even before He goes to the cross....

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            • James: The Brother of Our Lord (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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              http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/80-394 We have been doing a series along the last few months on Sunday nights from a book that I wrote called Twelve Unlikely Heroes, and it is a book that is designed to demonstrate what God can do with very unlikely, very flawed, very weak people. We have gone through a long list and we only have a few more. Tonight we're going to be looking at James, the brother of our Lord, and then next Sunday night we'll look at the final two: Mark who wrote the gospel of Mark, and Onesimus--Onesimus being a runaway slave, and their lives intersected in a most remarkable way. Certainly James, the brother of our Lord, is an unlikely hero. And he is in a spiritual sense a hero. We're talking about spiritual heroism that is amazing and powerful, spiritual impact and influence that extends far beyond what one would assume based on what we know to be true about a certain individual. We're talking about spiritual heroism being used mightily of God....

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              • Groanings Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:26-28) John MacArthur

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                http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-425 We open the Word of God now to the eighth chapter of Romans to continue our look at life in the Holy Spirit. We have been endeavoring to bring the wonderful, blessed Holy Spirit into a clearer picture in our understanding, given the fact that much today in the evangelical church is said about the Holy Spirit, I'm afraid that most of it is a misrepresentation of His person and His work. I said at the very beginning, a bold statement, and I will repeat it that our Lord Jesus condemned the leaders of Israel for attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to Satan and in the modern Pentecostal Movement of today, the reverse is occurring where works of the devil are being attributed to the Holy Spirit. It's a very sad, sad insult, a grief to the Holy Spirit and in some cases even a blasphemy of the blessed Holy Spirit. When we worship God, we worship the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And somehow the Holy Spirit has been trailing behind in terms of emphasis, when in reality the Holy Spirit is THE member of the Trinity most personally intimately involved in the life of a believer. We've been learning that in this eighth chapter of Romans. We find ourselves now down in the middle of the chapter and I want to read for you verses 24 through 30...verses 24 through 30. We've already looked at verses 24 and 25, but we need to read them for context. And we won't go into verses 29 and 30, but again they give us the full picture of this section. Romans 8:24, "For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see with perseverance, we wait eagerly for it....

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                • Homosexuality and the Campaign for Immorality (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                  http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-449 Earlier in the service I read from the first chapter of Romans what is really a very, very shocking portion of Scripture. Just to remind you that Romans chapter 1, verses 18 to 32, describes the wrath of God that is unleashed in the world. The wrath of God is divided into a number of elements. There is eschatological wrath. That is the wrath that will fall on the earth at the end of human history in a time called the time of Tribulation. There is sowing and reaping wrath. That is the wrath of God that comes consequent on sin--whatever a man sows, he reaps. There is cataclysmic wrath. That is the wrath of God that He sets on man from miraculous use of the natural order, such as the Flood, or any other massive disaster that catapults souls into eternity. So there is that wrath of God which is eschatological and which is consequential and which is cataclysmic. And then there is that wrath of God which is eternal wrath, and that would be the wrath of God unleashed on the ungodly forever in the punishments of eternal hell. But the wrath that is being referred to in Romans 1 isn't any of those. It is the wrath of abandonment. The wrath described here is the wrath that is executed when, according to verses 24, 26 and 28, God gives them over--gives them over, gives them over. In other words, it's when God abandons a nation. It's when God abandons a society and gives them over to the consequences of their behavior, which is escalating iniquity and disaster leading to judgment. This wrath of God is released from heaven, "revealed from heaven," verse 18 says, "against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth." And he goes on to say they all have the truth; the truth is visible from creation....

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                  • The Final Generation, Part 1 (Mark 13:28-37) John MacArthur

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                    http://www.gty.org/Resources/Sermons/41-69 Let’s open the Word of God then to the thirteenth chapter of Mark’s gospel, Mark chapter 13. We are coming to verses 28 to 37 in our ongoing look at this amazing account of our Lord’s life, and we’re going to be looking at verses 28 to 37, both this morning and this evening. While it’s not a long passage, it’s loaded. And in order to cover all the ground, we’re going to do that this morning and tonight. And then next Sunday we will leave the subject of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and move right in to the things that lead up to the death and resurrection of Christ. Let me read this text for you. Verse 28, Mark 13, “Now learn the parable from the fig tree. When its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know the summer is near. Even so, you too when you see these things happening, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. But of that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. Take heed, keep on the alert, for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the door keeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening at midnight, or when the rooster crows or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you, I say to all, be on the alert.”...

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                    • Is Experience a Valid Test of Truth? (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

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                      http://www.gty.org/resources/sermons/90-461 As you know, over the last number of weeks, we have been sort of anticipating the coming of our Strange Fire Conference which will be held here at Grace Church on October 16 through 18th. This is the second in what we’re calling Truth Matters Conferences, and this one addresses the issue of the Charismatic Movement which has had a greater negative impact on the church over the last 25 years than probably any other Movement at all. It has created all kinds of chaos. It needs to be addressed and so that’s what we’re going to do in that conference....

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