Sermon: Fence Sitting

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Fence Sitting
by Edwin M. Cotto

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INTRODUCTION: Illustration: A vegetable squash stuck between a fence.

BODY: The Biblical Pattern:

  1. Prophet A announces a message.
  2. The message is a time prophecy.
  3. Prophet B appears at the end of the time prophecy.
  4. Prophet B is instrumental in calling out a remnant.
  5. THERE IS ALWAYS TWO GROUPS – A FENCE

EXAMPLE 1: ENOCH  <——————-120 year probation——————–> NOAH. SEE: Genesis 6:3

  1. 120 years probation (not life-span – Noah lived an extra 350 years extra) SEE: R&H, Sept. 19, 1907, para. 4.
  2. Methuselah in Hebrew means “when he dies, it will come” – His life was a warning message!
  3. If you were there, which side of the fence would you have been in?

EXAMPLE 2: ABRAHAM  <——————-400 Year captivity——————–> MOSES. SEE: Genesis 15:13

  1. If you were there, which side of the fence would you have been in?

EXAMPLE 3: JEREMIAH  <——————-70 Year captivity——————> EZRA / NEHEMIAH. SEE: Jeremiah 29:10

  1. They built their lives in Babylon (verses 5-6)
  2. If you were there, which side of the fence would you have been in?

EXAMPLE 4: DANIEL  <————–490 Year captivity————-> JOHN THE BAPTIST. SEE: Daniel 9:24 (on screen)

  1. Compare to “the time is fulfilled” -Mark 1:15
  2. If you were there, which side of the fence would you have been in?

EXAMPLE 5: DANIEL  <——————-2300 Year Prophecy——————–> ELLEN G. WHITE. SEE: Daniel 8:14

  1. From 457 BC (year of Cyrus’ decree and beginning of the 490 years) to 1844 AD = 2300 years.
  2. Who was the prophet in 1844? Ellen G. White.
  3. Restoration of truth began through intense Bible study – such as: Sabbath, Law, Health, SOP, etc.
  4. Ellen’s prophecy about diseased animals comes true!
  5. If you were there, which side of the fence would you have been in?
  6. Satan raises FALSE RELIGIONS during Ellen’s time / Satan raises FALSE RELIGIONS during Daniel’s time

EXAMPLE 6: GOD’S PEOPLE  <——————-1000 Year Prophecy——————–> END. SEE: Revelation 20:6

  1. One more time prophecy to begin soon?
  2. If there is a “first” resurrection there must therefore be a “second” resurrection – 
  3. TWO SIDES OF THE MILLENNIUM – A FENCE – but decisions must be made before the 1000 years begin!
  4. WHEN that moment comes, which side of the fence WILL you be in?

CONCLUSION: Share illustration of the baby swallowing pills. USE PERCEPTIVE SENSES.

  1. Reunions at the first resurrection: Moms with their children, Sons with their parents. My meeting with my mom.
  2. Jesus, the Spirit and the Bride (God’s people) say: COME! – APPEAL: Revelation 22:16-17.

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About The Author

Edwin Cotto

With years of experience in evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and Spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución where he had the opportunity to travel conducting evangelistic meetings. Edwin has also appeared on 3ABN, worked as the main apologist at the Adventist Defense League, and is trained and certified with the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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