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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.
A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Monday Evening, July 9, 2001
"Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner, but my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished" (Isaiah 51:6).
The Bible tells you to look. Look and see that all is corrupted by sin and is passing away.
In 1964 Barry McGuire sang this song. It still holds true today.
The Eastern world, it is explodin', Violence flarin', bullets
You're old enough to kill, but not for votin',
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'?
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin';
And ya tell me over and over and over again, my friend,
Ya don't believe we're on the Eve of Destruction.
Can't you understand what I'm trying to say?
Don't you feel the fears that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there'll be no runnin' away,
There'll be no one to save, the whole world in a grave,
Take a look around ya, boy, It's bound to scare ya, boy,
And ya tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ya don't believe we're on the Eve of Destruction.
Think of all the hate there is in Red China,
But what about that high school in Columbine, Colorado?
You may leave here for four days in space,
But when you return, it's the same old place,
The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
You can bury your aborted babies and don't leave a trace,
Hate your next-door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace,
And ya tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend,
Ya don't believe we're on the Eve of Destruction, no, no; Ya don't believe we're on the Eve of Destruction.
("The Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire, 1964,
altered by Benjamin Kincaid Griffith, 2001.)
Look around you. It's bound to scare you.
1. Look out – at the world.
"And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him…" (Revelation 6:8).
The Apostle John looked, in his vision of the Tribulation, and saw death followed by Hell. That is true even today, if you will look at the reality of life and death all around you. Look out – at the world – at death followed by Hell.
2. Look down – at Hell itself.
"And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh" (Isaiah 66:24).
3. Look up – to the record of your sins in the Books – God's record of your sins in Heaven.
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened…and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works" (Revelation 20:12).
"For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up ; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me" (Psalm 40:12).
When you look up in your thoughts to how many sins of yours are recorded in God's books, you will not be able to look up very long!
4. Look within – at the sins in your heart and mind.
"That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man" (Mark 7:20-23).
"And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do…But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee…" (Luke 12:17, 20).
If you look within yourself, like this fool did, and say "What shall I do?" you will get the wrong answer every time – because your very nature is corrupted.
5. Look to Christ – in Heaven, at God's right hand.
""They looked unto him, and were lightened" (Psalm 34:5).
"enlightened" – Matthew Poole.
"And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced"
"And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he (John the Baptist) saith, Behold (look upon) the Lamb of God" (John 1:36).
If you from sin are longing to be free,
Look to the Lamb of God;
He, to redeem you, died on Calvary,
Look to the Lamb of God.
Look to the Lamb of God, Look to the Lamb of God,
For He alone is able to save you, Look to the Lamb of God.
("Look to the Lamb of God" by H. G. Jackson, 19th century).
6. Look not behind you – thinking of going back to the world of sin.
"Escape for thy life; look not behind thee" (Genesis 19:17).
"But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt" (Genesis 19:26).
She looked back to the world of sin, and fire and brimstone burned her alive. She was covered with brimstone – a type or picture of burning in Hell.
And Jesus said,
"Remember Lot's wife" (Luke 17:32).
(END OF SERMON)
Solo by Benjamin Kincaid Griffith: "The Eve of Destruction"
by Barry McGuire (1964).
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