Acts 16:36-37 ( CSB)
The jailer reported these words to Paul: “The magistrates have sent orders for you to be released. So come out now and go in peace.”But Paul said to them, “They beat us in public without a trial, although we are Roman citizens, and threw us in jail. And now are they going to send us away secretly? Certainly not! On the contrary, let them come themselves and escort us out.”
The Bible says that the only way they would leave was with a noisy exit.
If you keep reading the whole town is like a parade and all the magistrates are leaders.
Paul sat down, crossed his arms and said I am not going quietly , I wont go quietly .
I am a Christian , I am the head & not the tail, above only & not beneath. When you humiliated me, you did in public for everyone to see and now you want me to be delivered quietly and to quietly be a Christian ? You want me to secretly tip toe around in this City as though God hasn’t miraculously set me free & caused me to triumph over everything the enemy tried to do to me?
So lend me your ears a few minutes ( I will give them back) as I preach on “ Noisy Exits”.
This story of Paul is an analogy of the Church & how we are supposed to act right before the rapture. The Rapture, the catching away could happen an anytime. Once it does the world goes into a seven year tribulation of Gods judgment. The Antichrist will come in the scene after the Rapture and rule the ten kingdoms in the Middle east. One world Government ( our economy will collapse after the Rapture ) all the end time events will play out their narrative.
My intent today is not to cover or overview the full premise of our eschatological beliefs, but rather to talk about the impact that we Gods church is to make before the rapture. I see in our world a spiritual principality that says the church needs to just be quiet. It needs to shut up & get in its place. The church needs to stay in its four walls and don’t share Jesus, stay out of government, shut up, be quiet, be the church but do it secretly. Do it quietly, don’t influence your cities, nation or world. Be high maintenance low impact Christians instead of high impact low maintenance Christians.
The posture that God wants in His Church however resides in our opening text.
Paul could have misapplied the fruits of the Spirit. He could have said the Bible does say that the fruits of the Spirit are peace,kindness, gentleness , but notice he knew when to roar like a lion & be gentle like a lamb. Theres got to be a lamb & lion in the Body of Christ. Sure there is a time to be meek & mild but there is also a time when we need to cry loud and spare not & say we aren’t leaving here quietly ! You want me to shut up, I will preach louder, you want me out of government, I will get in it even more ! You want me to back up , I wont back up, I will take over! I will declare that Jesus is still the answer for America & the world! We wont leave the school system, we wont leave the government, we wont leave our cities our nation, we will not leave quietly!
When we leave the devil will be glad we are gone!
I want to see such a revival that the devil prays for the rapture!
The devil wants the rapture to happen, so we wont be a thorn his side .
He doesn’t want
• Witnessing on the job
• Holy spirit filled believers
• Salt & light christians
He wants us to exit silently.
Its happening in the pulpits
don’t preach controversy — shhh it may offend someone.
Let me say this… we — are — not– supposed—- to — leave —quietly.
I am not leaving quietly, we will leave casting out devils, with signs wonders and miracles following… Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today& forever.. we are not leaving quietly! We are leaving speaking in tongues, interceding & prophesying , rejoicing!
Jesus said in
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
1. The end times aren’t happening to Gods people, Gods people are happening to the end times. We are not supposed to leave quietly.
2. We are not supposed to leave weak, we are supposed to leave strong.
People that know their God are supposed to be strong & do exploits.
The devil looks forward to the rapture as much as we do. We are his purgatory. We are tormenting Him until he goes to Hell.
He’s in torment every time the church assembles & glorifies our Jesus.
Let me ask some questions.
Has the Gospel of Jesus been insulted openly?
Have miracles of God been out down publicly?
Has healing been put down publicly?
Preachers ridiculed publicly?
Faith & religion insulted with every movie & tv show?
Every sitcom & night show?
If its been down publicly then don’t anyone dare tell me that God wants us to leave silently.
Before this thing is over we will see real miracles, The Gospel will go places we never dreamed it would go, we will see people filled with the Holy Spirit that we never dreamed would be filled, conversions in highest places of the world.. Muslims will be saved by the billions and be born again & Holy Ghost filled. God will reach into the LGBT community & say come on home prodigals there is a way that leads to life! I wont make a silent exit.
The Bible Talks about Noisy Exits
l Noah had a big exit everybody knew when Noah was leaving.
l Elijah didn’t leave quietly he had a noisy exit ! – fiery chariots whirlwind
l Samson didn’t have a quiet exit!- pillars pushed down
l Stephen didn’t exit quietly.
Every time you read of Jesus at Gods right hand he’s sitting, but when Stephen is stoned, Jesus is standing. When you stand for God on earth, Jesus stands for you in Heaven.
The Bible said while they were stoning him that Saul of Tarsus was holding their coats consenting to his death.
The Bible said that while the stones hit Stephen that Stephen lit up like an angel and it said “ They could resist the Spirit by which he spoke.” Stephens lit up & he’s dying but Paul is holding coats & the seed of the Gospel is in his heart through the stoning of Stephen . Through a Noisy Exit God is raising up an Apostle Paul.
l Enoch didn’t have a quiet exit — walked with God & was not for God took Him.
l Jesus had a big exit — Resurrection- 40 days eating, seen by 500+ people….showing up, walking through walls… hello.. I’m Jesus!
When it was time for Him to go to Heaven, two angels came & he went up on a cloud. While he’s going up the angels say in
Acts 1:11 ( MEV)
They said, “Men of Galilee, why stand looking toward heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you to heaven, will come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
We are not leaving quietly!
1 Thess 4:15-17 ( MEV) 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall be forever with the Lord.
The point of all of this is we can not remain silently.
Mordecai told Esther don’t leave quietly.
Esther 4:14 ( MEV)
For if you remain silent at this time, protection and deliverance for the Jews will be ordained from some other place, but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed. And who knows if you may have attained royal position for such a time as this?”
God has put us here to occupy & push His Kingdom agenda until he come to get us. Lets not be silent.. lets make sure we see to it that we will have indeed a Noisy Exit. The Church came in with a shout, lets go out with one.!