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ACP, The Church for the American Christian who is a Patriot
Pro-Christ, Pro-Life, Pro-Constitution.
34 Duck Pond Road
Harrison, Maine, USA
Pastor Rev. Robert Celeste ACP/MCAC
Mr. Steve Burzlaff, Elizebeth, Kentucky
Special Guest Pastor Rev. Jim Marstaller, Pastor of The CornerStone Gospel Church in Naples, Maine
Not long ago a friend and I were talking, and a woman overheard the entire conversation. She said, "My God would never allow anything like that to happen." I think that one of the biggest reasons liberal churches take out the first eleven chapters of Genesis is because they do not want to face the reality that God is not only a loving God, He is A God who loves us so much that He disciplines when necessary.
Today, as we go through Genesis six and seven we are going to see the power of God. We are also going to see a warning from God. Additionally we are going to see that when we get too far out of hand, God can and will destroy. He can and will destroy everything. We know that in the future God will destroy the earth again. But for those who think He can't do it, we are going to read today how He has already done it once.
As you read, keep this in mind, a cubit is the distance between a man's elbow and the end of his longest finger. It is normally figured as being either 18 inches or 22 inches long. We are going to use the smaller, 18 inch number for our calculations.
Genesis Chapter Six
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Sons of God and sons of men, while I am not sure, I would suggest to you that the sons of God were the descendants of Seth and the sons of men were the descendants of Cain.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Notice if you will, verses 5 and 6. Now we are going to take a quick warning look at what Jesus said in Matthew 24 concerning when He raptures His bride: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. This ark is not a boat, it is more like a huge barge. Look at the size of this thing. 450 feet long by 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. This ark has a total of 1,518, 750 cubic feet of space. It has three floors for a total of 101,250 square feet of floor space. That is a lot of space, but how much space is it? Well, your average freight railroad car is, I've been told, about 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, that would be about 320 square feet of floor space. God's ark built by Noah had 101,250 square feet divided by the average 320 square foot freight car could carry some 316 railroad freight cars. All wood, not an inch of plastic.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. 18 But with thee will I establish My covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
20 Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive. 21 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he. (Genesis 6:1-22 ACP/KJV)
Genesis Chapter Seven
1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. 2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. 3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
5 And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Noah was born in the year 1556 After the Fall, so the year is 1656. The same year his great grandfather Methuselah died.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth. 9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
13 In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; 14 They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. 16 And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. Notice, God shut the door. IF Noah heard, and I seriously doubt he did, but if he heard the screams of his kin and neighbors begging to be let in, there still would have been nothing he could do, for God had shut the door.
17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. 18 And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. 19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. 20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. The water covered the mountains by 22.5 feet. Water seeks its own level, This is no localized flood, this is a world wide flood, a flood that covered the highest peaks by 22 ½ feet. This is a world wide flood. Those that say otherwise need to show us how water does not seek its own level. How could it cover a part here and a part there of earth but leave non flooded voids in between? When you look at a globe, notice how much of the earth is currently covered with water, and as you look at that water, think about how deep it is, miles in places.
21 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. 23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. 24 And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days. (Genesis 7:1-24 ACP/KJV)
In Genesis six and seven God tells us that He caused a huge worldwide flood that killed every land dwelling man and animal. He tells us in Second Peter chapter three that He is going to do it again. But not with water, the next time it will be with fire.
Guys you can believe the nay sayers, the ones who say: "My God would never allow that to happen..." or you can believe God Himself, for His book, the Holy Bible was not written by me, it was not written by a bunch of good ole boys, it was dictated by God to those very special holy men He chose.
I want you to see what God had to say about the next total destruction of the earth and this time all things, including the water dwellers.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. How often do you hear the unsaved say "nothing ever changes"? For this they willingly are ignorant
of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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. (2 Peter 3:3-10 ACP/KJV)
Guys, how often have I said, "Let's get back to basics"? Lots of times. Do you know what it means? It means let's get back to reading God's word, the Holy Bible literally. Let's just take what God said as if He really knows what He was and is talking about. Let's just make the assumption that since God was smart enough to create the earth and the heavens and everything in them and on them and smart enough to create all the languages, that He is smart enough to say what He means and mean what he says in His book, the Holy Bible.
God said He made the earth, the heavens and everything in them and on them on six days, and that He rested on the seventh day. How about we get back to the basics of believing God and giving Him the credit for it. God says He caused it to rain and that, that rain caused a world wide flood that killed everything that breathes through the nostrils except those things in the ark with Noah and his family. Let's take God on face value and figure He did what he said He did.
And as for those who dispute God's word, claiming that it took God millions and millions of years. Well maybe they would be nice enough to tell us what they have created this week. And as for those who tell us that God didn't flood the whole earth, just a piece here and a piece there, well I can not help but wonder if they would be willing to do for me what Jesus did for me. If so, well I'll build the cross and if not, well I think I'll stick with the Lord God of Creation, Christ Jesus. And I really believe and pray that you will too.
Guys, Jesus made the universe and everything in it in six twenty four hour days. He caused a world wide flood 1,656 years after the fall of man, and He is coming back. And He does not have nice things to say about those who are not ready and waiting for Him, He says they are "scoffers, walking after their own lusts,... they willingly are ignorant.
Don't be ignorant guys, don't follow the talking heads, the scoffers, the "I know what Jesus really meant to say" crowd. Follow the word of the Lord, follow what He says in His book, the Holy Bible.
Pray for the salvation of Sean Hannity, for Rush Limbaugh and Michael Savage. Pray for me, pray for my proof reader, pray for Steve and Jim. Pray that we bring you God's truths, not things of man, but things of God. And mostly pray for your families salvation, for the salvation of your Roman Catholic, Jewish and liberal small "c" Christian kin.
And please pray for Steve and his family, seems his mother in law may very well leave this earth tonight.
If you live in the Naples, Maine area, keep in mind that starting Friday October 6th and for the next five Friday nights after tha,t at 6:30 PM we will be doing a Genesis 1-11 series and seminar at the Cornerstone Gospel Church in Naples. You can call me or use the form to e-mail me for further information. There will be child care and there will be snacks. I am not going to try to convince you to leave your church and attend ours, and there will be no request for money. Nor will I tolerate any disruption. Discussion yes. Disruption, NO!
PLease pray for Danny Calhoun, Danny and Theresa Gilpatrick, Seth Winslow, George Robert and this ministry and all involved with it.
Never ever forget this: There aint no purgatory!
Lord Jesus, please give women a love for their babies, from the moment of conception on, let them love them I pray Thee. Amen.
The Lord bless you all and may He heal Mel's eyes and Myra's ears. May You be with Colby as he is now out of boot camp and into Fleet Marine Corps, A Christian babe amongst many a wolf.
And Lord I ask You to bless those who bless me and mine tenfold for the blessing they are to me.
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May the Lord understand the importance of Mac, Cecily, Steve, and Rev. Jim Marstaller to this ministry. Lord I need them both healthy and able to continue to hold up their ends. Lord this cancer of Mac's is starting to get in the way, this ministry needs him whole, just a thought Lord, is all it will take, just a thought on Your part.
There is a young man, a veteran who suffers from some kind of chemical weapon exposure, in a Veterans hospital in Colorado, he is young, and he is Saved, yet his wife just abandoned him. Please pray for him, Lord, help him and deal with her and those who hurt him, we ask this of the Father in Your name Lord Jesus, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with and bless you all, amen.
The difference between a true preacher and a false preacher comes down to this. The true preacher uses God's word to convict of sin, the false preacher twist God's word to justify sin. The Lord our God, Christ Jesus be with you always, amen.
The Lord our God, Christ Jesus, be with you all and please keep your pastor and me in your prayers. Amen. My prayer daily is "Lord please bless those tenfold who bless me."
Pray for the President, pray for Attorney General John Ashcroft, pray for me, pray for all those who open their mouths or take pen in hand in an effort to sway public opinion.
The Lord God of the Universe, Messiah Y'shua be with you all, amen.
It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.
All Scripture quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
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