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Date this was spoken at church?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imtPF2b2Q4M
which is mysterious - not dark, not bright. There are a few different themes in the first 20 minutes I could use for different parts. If I find something better suited, I'll use it, but this comes close to my retrospective thoughts of a slow moving powerful scene in time, yet out of time.

 The Man Before the Storm


 I dreamed I was standing in the field north of the old farm where I grew up, looking to the north and east. There, above the hill to the east- an ancient drumlin a third of a mile away and 250 feet higher- was the most terrible thing coming upon the land-- Incredibly dark and vast and ominous. A great and terrible darkness coming on the land from the north by northeast.  I knew immediately what it was-- It was the geophysical darkness literally coming on the earth of the great and terrible Day of the Lord. The Day that I had looked into for some time and understood what the Bible actually pointed to. The event Jesus cited in Matthew 24:29 when He quoted Isaiah 13:10, 34:4, Ezekiel 32:7-8 and Joel 2:10, 2:31, and 3:15 when He said:

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days
 the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light;
the stars will fall from the sky,
and the heavenly bodies will be shaken."


Unlike many people, I don't conflate the tribulation with the wrath and I knew -thanks to Jesus, which comes first and what they literally are. And this was the advent of the Day of the Lord coming on the land in literal form and from the north. In the Bible it describes it coming from the north.  (see Ezekiel 1:4 and ) I knew all that land that lay beyond the top of that hill to the north and northeast. I knew the fields and farm and woods beyond and the people who lived on that next farm. I knew the roads and the character of the land of the town and county beyond that, and the glacial hills all the way to Lake Ontario. And I knew that the terrible darkness caused by the events described in Revelation 8 and other places throughout scriptures, had enveloped
all that land beyond the top of our hill, and now it was suddenly without warning, upon us! Looming at the very brink of our farm! Astonished and thunderstruck, I stopped in my tracks and pointed directly at it and shouted to those behind me- about 15 people - that it was the great and terrible Day of the Lord! (Yes, the great and terrible day as is made clear in Joel 2:11 and 2:31, Malachi 4:5, Zephania 1:14, Jeremiah 30:7, Amos 5:20, Ezekiel 30:3, and many more) It was here! It was upon us! Like a vast black storm the likes of which beggar human imagination. It even comes from the north as you can see is clear in Job 37:22.
   All those behind me looked on with sudden fear at the overpowering sight of it and my warning of what it meant. Then as we were all standing there, ours eyes fixed on the monumental spreading darkness, seeing the speed with which it approached, I suddenly noticed that it seemed not to be moving anymore- that it seemed stopped in time momentarily. And looking at it, I suddenly noticed standing about 30 feet away from me to the east, a man. He was not looking at the oncoming darkness at all but had his back turned to it and was facing us instead, looking plaintively right at us. I wondered who he was and how he came to be there so suddenly. He had on a simple off-white linen robe. His hair was dark and curly with a beard that was equally dark and thick but not long. His eyes seemed to have sunburnt crowsfeet above both cheeks and He looked weatherbeaten. I looked right into His dark brown eyes and felt something rising powerfully in me.
  For although I had never seen His face before, I began to recognize Him. It occurred to me He was a shepherd. He was not as handsome as all the pictures they paint. His nose was a bit broader and his jaw a bit more robust than I had thought. He was of normal height, but his very slightly stocky build made him look perhaps a bit shorter. I could see his sinews and veins in his arms and larger than average hands and see that he was stronger than average and had lived a tough life. His face was unconcerned about the storm behind him but was concerned about us and he had a sad face that seemed to have been one of suffering.
"
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him".
Isaiah 53:2
He stood between us and that darkness. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed, and suddenly realizing who I was looking directly at, I involuntarily raised my right arm, and pointing directly at Him I shouted to the others,
"This....is the greatest man who ever lived!"
The others looked at me and Him and seemed to humbly acknowledge it. "He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life!," I continued," and because of it He overcame death and holds the keys to Heaven and Hell!", I proclaimed loudly. I do not recall the precise words but these are very close and the first words out of my mouth were "This....is the greatest man who ever lived!"
Jesus, a sunbeaten shepherd who suffered long and hard in many ways for us, and I suddenly could SEE it! I suddenly could SEE what it was like for him,... the loneliness, the fatigue, the hardship, the emotional drain to his limit,.. I could SEE that He was '
a man of sorrows aquainted with suffering'
'
He was despised and rejected by mankind', 'Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem'.
Isaiah 53:3

Then something happened which wounds my heart even now when I re-live this: He suddenly approached me without saying anything and walked right up to my right side. And then He closed His eyes in the most poignant way and took hold of my right upper arm, and He put his head on my shoulder as if the words I spoke meant the world to Him.. ...He put His head on my shoulder!
 I was so taken that I barely realized what was happening. I was unable to fathom for a moment what was happening and why He would do this to me. I suddenly realized it was the things I said to others as His witness that Jesus really is who He said He is, which caused Him to come to me and do this. That was what all His suffering was for. To spread to everyone who He is. All He did is in vain without it. Go out and spread the gospel to "all the world", He told us. No one is saved if they refuse to hear this. But everyone who accepts what He did for them, -the terrible suffering and dying, the sinless life, the loneliness, the sacrificed happiness, the persecution and mocking from others, the tears, and the hardship of a perfect life led for us, will make every bit of it worthwhile to Him. It
literally means the world to Him. The whole literal world.
 Filled with emotion, I awoke.
 Jesus did not speak to me. He did not smile at me. Instead, He closed His eyes and rested His head on my shoulder at what I said to others.
 People saw Jesus in person during those days and Job 29:24 says:
When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.

Yes, all of Job 29 is also the words of Jesus though few lifeless churches believe it. I don't think Jesus smiled easily. And I think that passage shows it, - that and his life of suffering.
The great and terrible Day of the Lord is coming. Are you prepared to tell the world about the sunbeaten Shepherd? The One who stands between you and the terrible Day of the Lord? Your words will mean the world to Him.
He truly was the son of God and conquered death so that we might conquer death as well
through Him, and we might also become children and sons and daughters of God like him through faith in Him
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So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ " Galatians 3:26-27

We are all born under a curse. We all sin. It is appointed for each of us to die. And then, the judgement. When is that judgement? Does it come before the Day of the Lord? Or after? It comes after! Note what Paul says in Romans 14:10:
For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. It is written: 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'
This is
after the second coming. The Day when all will see Him. And again in Revelation 20 when it says:
"
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
This shows judgement is also after the Second Coming. This is called the Bema seat judgement and is when the righteous have what is worthless burned up, and are rewarded for what they did of value.(1 Corinthians 3:12-15).  In the very last line of the book of Daniel (chapter 12 verse 13), the Lord says to Daniel:
“As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

That is that same Bema seat judgement when you will receive your reward- your 'allotted inheritance'.  At the end of days, when you will rise. Jesus stands between you and that last Day. It is only through His suffering that you may be able to stand on that Day. Seek the Lord while He still may be found.
        

 
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