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The Judas Spirit of Betrayal (Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid, Part 4)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #124

TEXT: John 13:20-30

Four weeks ago, the first spirit we dealt with in this series titled “Four Dangerous Spirits to Avoid”, was the Pharaohistic spirit of pride. For the past two weeks, we have dealt with the second spirit to avoid in our series, the Saulish Spirit of Rebelliousness, Stubbornness, Disobedience and Witchcraft as shown in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel. Today, we are going to deal with a third dangerous spirit to avoid — and that is the Judas spirit of betrayal.

Any governmental leader, church leader, spouse, business leader will tell you that the worst kind of person to deal with in life is a person you cannot trust, a person who is a liar, a person that you have to watch or the person that you have to have someone else to watch because you have a check in your spirit about them that they have the spirit of betrayal in them – they have the spirit of Judas.

Some of the most reviled people in history are traitors — people who turn their backs on those whom they have promised to be loyal to. You might recall the name of Benedict Arnold who was a war hero during the American Revolution but he defected to the British, plotted to turn over an American fort to them, and led British soldiers on raids against Americans. John Anthony Walker, Jr., was a U.S. Navy officer who secretly spied on the U.S. for the Soviet Union for 17 years during the Cold War. If we go back in history, we will see the faces of the Romans Cassius and Brutus who murdered Julius Caesar. Today, some people are calling Edward Snowden, the man who released evidence of the U.S. government’s surveillance activity, a traitor. But, arguably, the most infamous of all traitors is Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus Christ for thirty pieces of silver.

I would submit to you that this spirit of betrayal is still present in our churches and ministries today. And, this morning, we are going to look at the characteristics of this spirit with the purpose of being able to identifying it in our own lives and in the lives of others whom we may be working with.

The name “Judas” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Judah” meaning praise. Most scholars agree that Judas’ surname, Iscariot, means “a man of Kerioth.” Kerioth was a town in southern Judea. Jesus and the eleven other disciples were from the region known as Galilee. Thus, Judas would have been the only non-Galilean among Jesus’ disciples – he was the outsider of the group. Today, we are going to look at the three main characteristics of the Judas spirit as shown in the life of Judas Iscariot.

1. The first characteristic of the Judas spirit is extreme selfishness. In John 6, a series of teachings from Jesus Christ are recorded. Some of these teachings are described as “hard sayings” and many of the multitude who had been following Jesus up to this point decided to leave Him. When they had left, the Bible tells us that Jesus asked his disciples, “Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? …we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.”

2. The second characteristic of the Judas spirit is a love for money more than a love for God. In John chapter 12, when Mary came and anointed Jesus’ feet with perfume, Judas looked on with disapproval. John 12 reports that he said, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?” John also adds that he said this “not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.” Judas didn’t really want to give to the poor, he was just concerned about where the money was going. he probably felt as though he had the right to approve or disapprove of how the money was spent in Jesus’ ministry.

3. The third characteristic of the Judas spirit is a person being filled with Satan. In John’s account of the Last Supper, verse 27 reads, “And after the sop Satan entered into Judas. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.” According to Smith’s Bible Dictionary, “in eastern lands where our table utensils are unknown, the meat, with the broth, is brought upon the table in a large dish, and is eaten usually by means of pieces of bread clipped into the common dish. The bread so dipped is called a sop.” So, after Jesus gave Judas this morsel, the Bible tells us that Satan entered into Judas.

My friend, we must watch out for these warning signs in our own lives if we are going to avoid adopting this dangerous spirit: Are we selfish? Do we love the Lord for him or for what He can do for us? Are we serving Him because we truly want His work done in the earth? Do we love money more than we love God? Do we place too much importance on money in our lives? We must consider why we are really serving God. If we don’t keep these two issues in check, we leave a doorway open for the devil to step in to our lives and drive us to betray God, Jesus Christ, and the work that He wants done in our lives, in the lives of people in the church, in the lives of people in the world.

+ Plus, listen to Matt Redman singing “10,000 Reasons” and Byron Cage singing “Great and Mighty”

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10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #100 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, by the grace of God, I want to continue with part two of the message that we began on yesterday titled “10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days.” This is the last message in this series of 100 days of preaching the gospel. I am grateful to God for the time that we have spent in His Word together over the past 100 days. I hope that you have enjoyed it and that you have been blessed and encouraged by it.

The two passages which we read in I Timothy and II Timothy are a warning message from the Apostle Paul to the young minister Timothy who was leading the church at Ephesus. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul mostly focuses on religous apostasy. In other words, in the last days, false teachers peddling dangerous doctrine would creep into the church and the people of God will be deceived if they are not on guard against it. In 2 Timothy, Paul talks about the moral and social decay that will come about in the “last days.” Tim LaHaye and Ed Hindson write that in this context, the term ‘last days’ refers to the “end of the church age” — and thus a time period that is close to the Rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. John F. Walvoord states, “Apostasy, of course, was already present in the time that Paul lived, but with the progress of the present age, in spite of the dissemination of the truth and the availability of Scripture, the world will continue to follow the sinful description which the Apostle Paul gave here.”

As I mentioned to you on yesterday, I believe that we are indeed living in the last days. We are drawing ever closer to the Rapture of the church and the return of Christ. And during these days, there are some things that God wants us to do while we wait for His coming. On yesterday, we discussed five of those things, which are as follows:

1. God wants you to be saved, if you are not saved already.
2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.
3. God wants us as His children to pray.
4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.
5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

These are five basic, fundamental things that God wants us to do based on His word. Today, by the grace of God, I want to share with you five more things that God wants us to do in the last days.

1. God wants us to faithfully attend and participate in a local Bible believing church.
2. God wants us to tithe and give to Him through our local church.
3. In light of the second coming of the Lord, God wants us to love one another.
4. God wants us to witness to those who are not saved.
5. God wants us to put on the whole armour of God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

10 Things God Wants You to Do in the Last Days (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #99 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:1-14, 1 Timothy 4:1-3, 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we are living in perilous, dangerous, wicked, bitter, and hard times. We are living in the last days. I tell folks all the time that we are living in days that only God can help us now. The Lord made it perfectly clear that “last days” would come. The Lord never told a lie. In fact, the Bible says that “God cannot lie”, meaning it is impossible for Him to lie. I believe according to the Word of God, that those “last days” are here. Make no mistake about it, something is about to happen in this old sin-cursed world and that is, the Second Coming of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

However, even though we are living in these difficult times, God wants us to stand strong even if we have to stand alone. So today I want to share with you ten things that will help you to stand strong in light of these last days and in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

1. God wants you to be saved.

2. God wants us to confess our sins when we commit them.

3. God wants us, as His children, to pray.

4. God wants us to live a holy life before Him.

5. God wants us to read and meditate on the Bible daily.

+ Plus, listen to Al Green and Heather Headley singing “People Get Ready” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

When God Makes All Things New

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #98 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 21:1-8: “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

The Bible tells us that one day this old earth will be done away with. It will be destroyed and a “new heaven and a new earth” will be created in its place. In his letter to first century believers, Peter states that “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.” A few verses later, he reiterates his point by saying, “the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

The passage we just read from Revelation 21 describes this new heaven and new earth which will come at the end of time.

Dr. John MacArthur states that “in the consummation of all things, God will renovate the heavens and the earth, merging His heaven with a new universe for a perfect dwelling-place that will be our home forever. In other words, heaven, the realm where God dwells, will expand to encompass the entire universe of creation, which will be fashioned into a perfect and glorious domain fit for the glory of heaven.”

The Bible tells us that this new heaven and new earth will be so awesome, and so wonderful, that we will not even remember the old heaven and earth. Speaking through the Prophet Isaiah, God said, “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

Today, I want to briefly share with you three ways in which God will make all things new in this new heaven and new earth.

1. First of all, God will make us new spiritually and morally.

2. Secondly, God will make us physically new.

3. Thirdly, and finally today, God will make a new creation.

+ Plus, listen to Steven Curtis Chapman singing “All Things New” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Great White Throne Judgment of God

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #97 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Our passage of scripture today tells us about the event which immediately follows the end of the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of the Millennium, Satan and his army of rebels are defeated by fire that comes from God out of Heaven. John quickly takes us to the next event in the grand end times drama, and that is the Great White Throne Judgment which read about in Revelation 20:11-15.

Tim LaHaye and Tony Kessinger write that this passage “is the most sobering passage in the Bible. Here unbelievers can see a glimpse of what their ultimate encounter with God will be like. These verses describe the end of the 1000-year millennial reign of Christ upon the earth.”

The Great White Throne is only seen in this passage. It is unique from the other thrones mentioned in the book of Revelation — no other throne is called “great” and “white” This throne is called “great” for three reasons: 1) the One who occupies the throne, 2) its enormous size, and 3) the significance of the judgment that will issue from the throne. This throne is called “white” because of the purity of the One seated on the throne and because of the fairness and righteousness of the verdict that will issue from the throne.

Very briefly, tonight, I want us to ask and answer four important questions about the Great White Throne Judgment.

1. Who is the Judge?

2. Who Will be Judged?

3. How Will They be Judged?

4. What Will the Sentence Be?

+ Plus, listen to Ruben Studdard singing “Amazing Grace” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The 1,000 Year Reign and Kingdom of Jesus Christ

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #96 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:4-10: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years…”

On yesterday, we saw in the Word of God the final event which must take place before the millennial kingdom can be brought about — the imprisonment of Satan. With the antichrist, the false prophet, and Satan gone from the earth; and with Jesus Christ and his army of saints and angels present on the earth, the one-thousand year reign of Jesus Christ can begin.

This time period is called the Millennial Kingdom. According to the Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, “the word millennium comes from the Latin word ‘mille’ meaning ‘one thousand’ and ‘annum’ meaning year. This word appears 6 times in Revelation 20 defining the duration of Christ’s kingdom before the destruction of the old heaven and the old earth. The millennium therefore refers to one thousand years of Christ’s future reign on earth, which will immediately precede eternity.”

This time period is also called the messianic kingdom because it is the fulfillment of the promise that God gave to David in the Old Testament — that there would always be one of David’s descendants sitting on the throne of Israel.

There are so many aspects of this wonderful time that we could get into today, but I want us to briefly hit the highlights of this passage.

1. The first thing I want us to look at today is the Resurrection of the Saints.

2. Secondly, today, I want us to look at the Reign of the Savior.

3. Thirdly, today, I want us to look at the Return and Rebellion of Satan.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “The King is Coming” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

Satan Goes to Prison or ‘How Peace Will Come to Earth’

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #95 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 20:1-3: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

Yesterday, we saw in Revelation chapter 19 the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the earth. He ends the Battle of Armageddon with the powerful “Sword” — the Word — that comes out of His mouth. This event marks the end of the Tribulation and the very beginning of the one-thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on earth.

Notice what John MacArthur said about this momentous event: “From the remotest point of antiquity, men have longed for and talked about a golden age, a utopia, an age of peace and justice and righteousness, a time when oppression and war will cease. Poets have written about it. Folk singers still sing about it. Politicians promise it. Prophets predict it. Most people cry for it. And no one brings it. There is, however, such a world coming. And it will be brought at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It will be a kingdom the likes of which men have never even dreamed, though they have dreamed much. It will be a utopia beyond all utopia and understanding and comprehension. It will be a true age of blessedness.”

It will be the fulfillment of the words of the angelic choir which sang at the birth of Jesus Christ — “Peace on Earth!”

However, there is one more thing that must be done before the thousand years of peace can begin. You might have noticed in our passage on yesterday that the beast and the false prophet were taken and cast into the lake of fire. However, there is no mention of what happens to Satan — the mastermind behind the great rebellion against God during the end times. If Satan is still running loose, how can there truly be peace on earth? Well, today, I want us to look at the first three verses of Revelation 20 and see the destiny of Satan — and how God brings about true peace on earth.

1. First of all, notice The Arrival of Heavenly Authority.

2. Secondly, notice the Abolishment of Satanic Power and Influence.

3. Thirdly, notice the Annihilation of Demonic Deception.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Blessed be Your Name” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

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