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LEGENDARY EVANGELISTIC - Dr. Max Solbrekken
week we have had the privilege of talking with a legendary evangelist Dr.
Max Solbrekken. He held a series of meetings for the whole week in
one of our meeting halls in Hokksund, Norway, and has prayed for people
to be healed and delivered.
is 79 years old, he looks healthy and strong and is still traveling all
over the world with the gospel
of Jesus Christ just a she has done it for the last 50 years.
asked Max to tell us how he got saved.
was born in Canada from a Norwegian Parents who love the Lord and were
Christians." They were not Pentecostals and had never heard of
the work of the Holy Spirit. One time my dad got very sick, and his
sickness was identified to be an illness in his gall bladder. He
was admitted in a hospital and was waiting for a surgery. While he
was there, he heard a voice speaking to him in Norwegian that said to
him, "Go home and listen to Oral Roberts on the Radio."
Dad did not know that God could speak to him in that way, but still he
decided to obey the voice as it was very convincing. While he
listened to the radio program he was completely healed and some time
later while he was praying alone he got baptized in the Spirit.
WE NEED A REVIVAL
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Bible clearly outlines the sins of Israel, which at one time held a
special relationship with God. In this article I compare Israel's
backsliding to the Church of Jesus Christ's seemingly constant drift from
our amazing spiritual beginning until the present!
the same manner, I parallel the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden from purity, honesty and worship of their Creator to the corrupt,
jaded and perverted world system of today!
Word states:"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach
to any people." (Prov. 14: 34 ); "Blessed is the
nation whose God is the Lord." (Ps. 33: 12). According to these
Scriptures, Canada is in a fallen state!
Church is in desperate need of a genuine Holy Ghost, heaven-sent,
apostolic revival of mammoth proportions! Without a visitation from God,
the Church will not be able survive the awful onslaught of Satanic
invention and intrigue!
Evil One is working overtime to minimize, decimate and destroy the
effectiveness of the Body of Christ around the world! He has
employed many and varied agencies and emissaries to do his bidding ever
since 'The Fall', which has caused great confusion and suffering to the
greatest problem suffered by the Body of Christ down though the
centuries, however, has been self - inflicted! Discord among
brethren, jealousy, envy, backbiting, lust, greed, pride and control,
have been some of the sins that have seriously hampered the sanctity and
the growth of the Church!
major problems have been that of deception, laziness and indifference!
Power hungry men have often been willing to compromise the Word of God,
to maintain their position of prominence in society and authority in the
has been the result of these actions? A loss of real spiritual
power, a vacuum of moral leadership in the Church and community, and a blurred vision
of the purpose and goals of the Ministry. It has also generated a lukewarmness
toward the needs of the people, a lack of compassion to reach a lost world
and a loss of the Holy Spirit's fire in praise and worship.
are some key Scriptures that relate to our situation today and their
ramifications as it applies to our individual lives and the Church body
as a whole. In this message I seek to show the similarities that existed
in various times in Israel's history of backsliding to what is happening
in the Church presently.
1: 1 - 5
words of Nehemiah the son of Hach-a-liah. And it came to pass in the
month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in the palace, That Ha-na-ni,
one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them
concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The
remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great
affliction and reproach:
wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof
are burned with fire.
it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept,
and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of
heaven, And said, I beseech Thee, O' Lord God of heaven, the great
and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love Him
and observe His commandments."
clear to me that the report given to Hezekiah about the awful condition
of Jerusalem - the City of God - and the sad plight
of the inhabitants therein, closely resemble the plight of the Christian
Church in many parts of the world today.
will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matt.
16: 18). It is true that Jesus is building His Church and it is
also true that the gates of hell cannot and will not prevail against
it. During the time of Christ, City Hall (as we call it), where
plans of war were hammered out, was directly behind the gate, and
consequently was referred to as the Gates of the City! The words, 'the
gates of hell',
refer to the opinions, plans, strategy and agenda of Satan. They
cannot succeed in the long term! They will be defeated.
Lord gave us the Great Commission, which stated in part: "Go ye
into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall
be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall
take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall
recover." (Mark 16: 15 – 18)
THE CHURCH A REPROACH TODAY?
must ask ourselves the questions: "Are we fulfilling the Great
Commission of our Lord, or are we just playing Church? Are we casting out
devils, healing the sick, setting the captives free, and preaching the
good news to those who haven't yet heard?
a casual reading of the Epistles teaches us how graciously,
unselfishly and righteously God desires us to live, after receiving Jesus
Christ as Lord. Do we love the Lord with all our heart,
soul and mind, and our neighbour as ourselves? Do we love others, as
Christ loved us or do we hold onto grudges and unforgiveness? It is difficult
to believe that we are not "missing the mark" in
Lord's Prayer, which our Master taught His disciples to pray, states in
kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven."
Have our lives helped to cause that to happen? Is His will being
done in our earth (body) as well as on the earth? Are we a part of
the solution or a part of the problem?
was confronted with a pitiful sight! The walls of Jerusalem were
broken down and the gates had been burned with fire! And the remnant that
were left in God's Holy City were in great affliction (poverty,
despair, sickness) and reproach (persecuted, maligned, ridiculed).
we are honest with ourselves and God, we must admit that this is a
picture of the Church world-wide.
before, has the Roman Catholic Church
so publicly disgraced and sued in the courts, because of the sick
homosexual practices of their pervert pedophile priests! And when you see Protestant denominations
in the Western World caving in to the demands of homosexuals and
lesbians for ordination and same-sex marriages for their clergy,
doesn't it make you sick?
first time I saw two men kissing on TV, I felt nauseated!
What a reproach. What an unnatural, disgusting image for little
children to absorb!
disastrous fall into almost comatose formalism, and a rejection of the
Virgin birth of Christ, the Born Again experience and the Doctrine of
Hell of many Protestant Churches makes one wonder how bad it can get. The
only answer is a red-hot, Holy Spirit led revival of righteousness.
2. Joel 1:
9 - 14, Joel 2:15
field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine
is dried up, the oil languisheth. Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O
ye wine dressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because
the harvest of the field is perished.
vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate
tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, even all the trees of
the field, are withered: because
joy is withered away from the sons of men. Gird
yourselves and lament ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come,
lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat
offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.
ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the
inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto
the Lord. Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a
destruction from the Almighty shall it come."
believe that there is a parallel between the crises in the
Church today, and the vision that the prophet Joel had of Israel facing
the day of judgment, called in the Old testament, 'the Day of the Lord'!
Using this Scripture as a pre-picture of the Church in the time of
the end, allow me to share some pertinent and very important truths:
Why was Israel to
asked to call a solemn assembly? Why must the priests lie all night in
sackcloth, crying unto God? Why must all the inhabitants of the land
fast, mourn, weep and repent? Judgment was coming! The terrible 'Day of
the Lord' was about to take place, when the Almighty's wrath will fall
upon the world at the very end of time.
BIBLE ISSUES A WARNING!
Peter wrote about it with great solemnity and warning: "But the
day of the Lord shall 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. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens
being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with
fervent heat? Nevertheless, according to His promise, look for
new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be
found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (2
Peter 3: 10 – 14). Why should we call a solemn assembly and
sanctify a fast? Why should the Church spend much, much more time in
prayer? Here are three reasons:
WE HAVE LOST THE HARVEST - VERSE 11
Church, the harvest is the youth of our nation! Our young
people who have drifted away from the faith of their fathers and mothers!
Young people who smoke marijuana, fornicate, drink alcoholic beverages
and gamble at the casinos and video lottery terminals! Young people who
are carnally minded and live only for pleasure, instead of being
consecrated and dedicated to God and His program.
WE HAVE LOST THE JOY - VERSE 12
reason that there is so little joy in the hearts of Christians is because
we have lost the harvest. It is because we are not winning souls to
Christ! The Bible says: "They
that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth,
bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalm 126: 5, 6).
have never met an unhappy soul winner!
People who witness for Christ and are engaged in Church and Missionary
work are the happiest people that I have been privileged to meet, because
they are involved with eternal souls. A soul winner's joy is sweet and
his reward is great.
Bible says: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of
the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for
ever and ever." (Daniel 12: 2, 3)
IS NO MEAT & DRINK OFFERING - VERSE 13
priests and their families lived off some of the offerings that
were brought to the temple. People had stopped bringing in their
offerings, so therefore there was very little for the ministering priests
to live on. How can the Church survive when people lose interest,
backslide, stop paying their tithes?
can the work of God grow if people stop serving Him, and discontinue
giving missionary offerings? Only a revival, an awakening, a visitation
from God Almighty will shake us into action, so that our hearts will be
right with Him and open to the call of God upon our lives. Let us call a
solemn assembly and get people involved in fasting and praying for a
genuine revival from Heaven.
3: 1, 2
prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard Thy
speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the
years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember
is one of the most powerful Scriptures in the Bible, to convince the
Church to call upon God for mercy, forgiveness and help! The prophet had
apparently been in prayer and God had spoken to him. Prayer is a
two-way street. It is important to let God speak to us during our times
of seeking Him! What God told the prophet shook him to the core,
and made him afraid.
did God tell Habakkuk? It
seems that God must have given him a message, that
impending judgment was about to fall. Gripped by a holy reverence
andr godly fear, the prophet cried out:
of judgment, send a revival. Revive Thy work O Lord, in the midst
of the years. Don't let your cup of judgment get filled up! Rather make
yourself known unto us NOW by forgiving our sins and showing mercy. And
if You must judge us, in Your great wrath remember to be merciful!
JEREMIAH 2: 13 ; 6: 16
My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of
living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can
hold no water. Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and
ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye
shall rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
are some sad stories in the Bible of hardhearted people who refused to
turn to the Lord, even after He called them repeatedly! Here He
speaks to Jeremiah - the weeping prophet - about His feelings regarding Israel ,
His chosen people! He asks: "Hath a nation changed their gods,
which are no gods? but My people have changed their glory for that which
doth not profit." (v. 11).
indicts Israel on two counts: Forsaking Him, the fountain
of living water and exchanging Him for counterfeits - broken cisterns
which can hold no water.
He challenges them to take a good hard look at all the alternatives:
"Stand at the crossroads of life and have a good look at the
alternatives. Then, return to the good ways and walk in them." What
does He offer? Peace and rest for our souls! yet, there are many who
enter the wide gate and take the broad road which leads to death
BIBLE GIVES THE KEY TO REVIVAL
is the KEY to revival: “If My people, which are called by My name,
shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2
Chron. 7: 14).
are four things that God's people must do in order for the Almighty to
rend the heavens and come down in Revival Power in our midst!
we must humble ourselves, getting rid of the sin of pride. Second,
we must begin to pray earnestly for His intervention. Third,
we must seek His face in protracted times of intimate fellowship with our
Heavenly Father! We must get close enough so that we can walk with Him
like Enoch, Abraham and Moses! And Four,
we must "lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so
easily besets us" (Heb.12: 1, 2), and turn from
every wicked way.
1: 6 - 9; 3: 8 - 10
son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a
Father, where is Mine honour? and if I be a Master, where is My fear?
saith the Lord of hosts unto you. O priests, that despise My name. And ye
say, Wherein have we despised Thy name? Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine
altar, and ye say, Wherein have we polluted Thee? In that ye say, The
table of the Lord is contemptible.
if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil" and if ye offer
the lame and the blind, is it not evil? offer it now to thy governor;
will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of
hosts. And now, I pray you, beseech God that He will be gracious unto us:
this hath been by your means: will he regard your person saith the Lord
was displeased with the priests who were indifferent to their holy tasks
in the temple. They were only going through the motions instead of
reverently ministering to the Lord! Are we also guilty of only going
through the motions without real conviction and love for our Lord?
God help us to give Him our very best, instead of the cull, the left - overs
in our life. He is not content to play second fiddle or be the fifth
wheel. He wants to be NUMBER ONE in our heart and life! Let us
give Jesus Christ centre stage.
verse 11 through 14, we read: "For from the rising of the sun
even unto the going down of the same MY name shall be great among the
Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto My name,
and a pure offering: for My name shall be great among the heathen, saith
the Lord of hosts."
were they doing? They were offering animals that were blind and lame and
sick unto the eternal God! He asks: "Should I accept this of
your hand? saith the Lord. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his
flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing:
for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and My name is dreadful
among the heathen."
SIN AND A SHAME!
is scandalous when you consider the very little we give to God and His
cause in the so-called Christian nations, relative to what we
spend on cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling and
is a Sin and a Shame! We spend more money on chewing gum in
our respective countries than we give to Almighty God. That has to
Chapter 3, we read: "Will
a man rob God? yet
ye have robbed Me. But
ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee. In tithes and offerings. Ye are
cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation.
ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine
house, and PROVE ME now herewith saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not
open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
will not be room enough to receive it.
I will REBUKE THE DEVOURER for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the
fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the
time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts."
the authority of God's Word, I declare that you will never sorry if you
give God His share in tithes and offerings. He is no man's debtor and He
will prosper and bless you as He has promised. His Word cannot fail and
He will not fail you.
life was changed when he had a vision of God in the temple. He became one
of the greatest Prophets of all times! He cried out: "Behold,
the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear
heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between
you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will
not hear." (Isaiah
59: 1, 2)
he gives us the key to forgiveness and peace: "Seek ye the Lord
while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: Let the
wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him
return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God,
for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55: 6, 7)
REVELATION 3: 14 - 20
unto the angel of the church of the La-od-i-ce'ans write; These things
saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the
creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I
would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm,
and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.
thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of
nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor,
and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear, and anoint thine eyes
with eye salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke
and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at
the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I
will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."
La-od-i-ce'an Church had drifted so far from the truth that
Jesus is standing on the outside seeking entrance to His OWN CHURCH. How
very, very sad! He wants us to be red hot for Him and His Gospel. Please
make room for Jesus Christ in your heart and life today! Only then, do we
really begin living. In his great love and mercy, Jesus will wash away
every sin and fill our hearts with contentment and contagious joy!
a reproach in that Day, to be left on the outside, because you have left
Him on the outside of your life! He urges, “Behold, I stand at the Door
and knock, if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to
him, and will sup with him
and he with Me.
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I
also overcame, ans am set down with My Father in His throne.” (Rev. 3:
JONAH 1: 1-6
go to Ninevah, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness
is come up before Me. But Jonah rose up to flee from the presence of the
Lord; and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish; so
he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them to
Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty
tempest in the sea, so that
the ship was like to be broken. Then the mariners were afraid, and cried
every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares
that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them.. But
Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship, and he lay, and was fast
the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him. What meanest thou O
sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be it that God will think upon
us, that we perish not. And they said everyone to his fellow, Come, and
let us cast lots, that we may
know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot
fell upon Jonah.
said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is
upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? What is thy
country? and of what people art thou?
And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the
God of Heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.
were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done
this? For the men knew that he had fled from the presence of God, because
he had told them. Then said they unto him, what shall we do unto thee,
that the sea may be calm unto us: for the sea wrought and was tempestuous
said he, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be
calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon
you. Nevertheless, the men rowed hard to bring it to land.; but they
could not; for the sea wrought and was tempestuous unto against them.
they cried unto the Lord, and said, we beseech Thee O Lord, we beseech
Thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent
blood: for Thou O Lord, hast
done as it pleased Thee. So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into
the sea, and the sea ceased from her raging.
the men feared exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and
made vows. Now the Lord had prepared a GREAT FISH to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."
a wake-up call Jonah received from Almighty God and what tremendous
measures He takes, so that a heathen city could hear God's voice and be
saved. It was an unusual and awesome way to reach that entire city for
GOD BECAME A MAN!
pales, however, when one considers the Salvation plan that Jesus of
Nazareth fulfilled through His Virgin birth, pure and righteous life,
vicarious death and glorious resurrection. The Sovereignty of God
demanded punishment for sin
and the CROSS provided the Final solution!
a time, God overlooked or winked at our sins in His great mercy and
kindness by allowing the sacrificing of innocent lambs, goats and
bullocks (occasionally a red heifer) to suffice.
the fullness of time had come, however, Almighty God our Heavenly Father,
gave Himself in His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and those of
the whole world. The word propitiation means the covering, satisfaction
and the expiation. Jesus of Nazareth, true God from eternity and true man
by His virgin birth, had to die so that He could cover us and remove our
sins to SATISFY the Righteous Demands of Divine Justice.
in the belly of the GREAT FISH, Jonah repented of his rebellion and
disobedience. God forgave him and gave him another opportunity to reach
the wicked city of Nineveh with God's message of repentance and judgment.
Praise the Lord!
the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry
ground. And the Word of the Lord came unto Jonah the Second time, saying,
Arise, go unto Nineveh that great city, and preach unto it the preaching
that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, according to the
Word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three days
the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on
sackcloth, from the greatest one even to the least of them. For word came
unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his
robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes...
God saw their works, that they turned from their Evil way; and God
repented of the evil that He had said that He would do unto them, and He
did did it not.” (Job 2: 10: 3:1-10)
total repentance of the entire city of Nineveh moved Almighty God to
change His mind about His judgment toward them. He freely forgave them
all by extending His mercy toward them. Jonah's change of heart in
obeying God's directive after a long and hard lesson, brought our
Heavenly Father's great love into focus for all to see and experience.
LESSONS TO ALL!
are a number of lessons for us to learn from this ancient happening:
First, God loves the heathen and will use every possible means to rescue
them. Secondly, the work of a true 'Man of God' isn't a soft touch. It
may involve tough times and very hard work. The importance is to be
obedient to the Holy Spirit and answer 'yes' when He calls!
prayer is that everyone of us will be willing to carry the message of
Christ's salvation to our relatives, friends, neighbours and others as
often as possible whenever possible to as many as possible, for as long
BOOTH and his wife Catherine founded the Salvation Army in 1865.
They chose as their slogan, 'Blood and Fire', referring to Jesus Christ's
BLOOD shed for the remission of sins and the Fire referring to the FIRE
of the Holy Spirit. He stated, "The tendency of fire is to
go out; watch the fire on the altar of your heart. Anyone who has
tended a fireplace, knows that it needs to be stirred up occasionally.
1892, William Booth wrote the well-known hymn, 'SEND THE FIRE'.
It is filled with Gospel truth, Biblical Doctrine and Great
Commission Admonition. You can sense the presence of God by
reading the words, and the Holy Spirit burns when it is sung.
is no-one as unhappy as a person who has been called of God to preach
Christ's Gospel, but has stifled that call. For some people it will be
too late to answer that call, but for others the Holy Spirit may still be
calling for you to do His bidding. May He help you to answer that call.
WALKING TOO CLOSE
TO THE EDGE
By Pastor Max
was a beautiful Spring Day in April, 2017. Six young hikers were enjoying
their walk on top of Mount Harvey north of Vancouver, British Columbia.
One hiker fell behind. When he arrived at the summit, his friends were
not there. The five had stepped onto a large ledge (cornice) and it broke
loose plunging them 500 meters down to the ground and their death.
was such a tragedy! Those
hikers didn't realize the serious situation they were walking onto, until
it was too late. The young
men were unsuspecting, thinking that they were on solid ground.
Gradually, they had moved from safety to uncertainty. Then, suddenly, the
there are many people today who in a spiritual sense, are “walking
too close to the edge” and are unknowingly in great danger in
their personal lives and even their soul's salvation! They feel they are quite alright but have
left God out of their lives and have
in their own minds constructed a new theology,
a feel good religion of
being kind to their neighbour or protecting the environment.
a shock for them when
they finally stand
before the Living God for judgment, without the covering of
Jesus' blood and the assurance of Eternal Life! A ticket of 'Good
Works' is worthless without the Salvation of God that is given us
through Jesus Christ alone!
are a lot of young
people who fall into a similar trap.
In their quest for action and fulfillment, they will try anything
different, trust a new acquaintance or get hooked on dangerous drugs!
Many become obsessed with lustful habits, involved in illicit sex,
drunken parties, gambling or crime!
are seduced by the spirit of the Occult and become deceived by demons of
witchcraft, spiritism, mind reading, clairvoyance,
yoga and spirit travel. Suicide demons prey on the minds of the simple
until 'a Lying Spirit' convinces them to do it, luring them to a devil's
have lost their way in the fog of political correctness and in a
spiritual sense, have fallen off a
cliff because the ground where they were walking was unsafe, shaky and
treacherous. The tragedy is that many are ignorant of the pitfalls and
the fact that they are throwing away their lives, by listening to the
she was listening to a very intelligent and honest being when she heard
Lucifer talking to her through the voice of the serpent. She was deceived
and got Adam to partake of the forbidden fruit, thereby plunging the
entire human race into rebellion, chaos and wickedness.
Listening to that evil, lying voice was the greatest tragedy ever
to befall mortal man!
more are being deceived today in exactly the same way. They think they
are hearing very knowledgeable voices telling them that they will get
rich if they spend more time at the casino. One more poker game and they
will reclaim everything they lost. One more throw of the dice or one more
night of revelry and everything will change for them. It was the voice of
Satan, the Liar!
Then he asked pointedly: “There is a very
winding road up in the mountain pass. Looking over the edge, it's hard to
see the bottom. Have you ever driven on such a road.” The driver nodded
that he had. The interviewer said: “I've asked the other drivers, how
near could they come to edge of the road at a full gallop and still be
safe. One said that he could drive within two feet of the edge and the
other said that he could come within 12 inches."
driver stood to his feet, put the hat on his head and said, “Excuse me
sir, I am not your man. I would stay as far away from the edge of that
road as I could.” As he was walking toward the door, the Stage Coach
Representative jumped up, saying, “Stop. You are man we want. You have
FAR FROM THE SHORE!
1924, Charles E. Moody
wrote the beautiful Gospel
song : You're drifting too far
from the shore? It has been popularized by many singers such as Hank Snow, Vince Gill,
Dolly Parton and others. Here are some of Charles Moody's wonderful
on the perilous deep
Where danger silently creeps
And storms so violently sweeping
You're drifting too far from shore
Drifting too far from shore
too far from shore
Come to Jesus
Him show you the way
too far from shore
Today, The Tempest rose high
overshadowed the sky
Sure death is
too far from shore.
amazingly true statement! Far too many have loosed from their moorings
and are drifting toward open seas with no compass and no map. Jesus is
Way Maker, His Word our compass and guide.
the multitudes who have thrown caution to the wind and have thumbed your
noses at moral norms and are now in big trouble, there is still hope for
If you call out to Jesus Christ for deliverance, He will answer you.
He will rescue you from the angry waves. He will liberate you from the
powers of sin, fear, sickness and evil spirits. You will become a new
creature in Christ Jesus. He will wash you in His blood, forgive your
sins, remove the fear and fill you with His blessed Holy Spirit! JESUS
will give you His peace!
If you do not,
you will continue drifting farther from the shore and the waves of fear,
bondage, despair, despondency and confusion will overtake you and you may
never come back.
Dear friend, if
I have described your situation, remember Jesus waits for your call this
very moment. He invites: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy
laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28).
Again He said: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me;
and him that cometh unto Me, I will in wise cast out.” (John 6:37).
There is only
ONE Who has the mercy and grace to reach out to you and the power to
liberate you! He said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man
cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6). Amen.
SIGNIFICANT SIGNS OF
THE END TIMES
does the Bible say?
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
are four significant signs that show us where we stand today in relation
to then end times and our Lord’s soon return, namely:
Sick Condition of our Planet
Sick Condition of the World
Sick Condition of Israel
Sick Condition of the Church
#1 - THE SICK CONDITION OF OUR PLANET
Mankind is groaning under the terrible weight of sin and condemnation.
Satan - the enemy of God and man - has bound the human race with shackles
of rebellion, unbelief, fear, torment, lust, greed, hatred and
perversion! It was Adam’s acquiescence to the Evil One’s lying
temptation that brought sickness and death (spiritual and physical) upon
the human race.
Bible states: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for
the manifestation of the sons of God. For
the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of
Him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For
we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit (that is to say), the redemption of our body.” (Romans
everywhere are waiting for the ‘MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD’!
What does that mean? Six billion people are looking for an escape from
the emptiness, fear, torment, sickness and bondage in which they live.
ENTIRE WORLD IS WAITING FOR US - GOD’S CHILDREN TO BE SO FILLED WITH
THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE CAN FREE THEM FROM THE TYRANNY AND LIES OF THE
DEVIL AND HIS EMISSARIES.
believe for a moment, that the millions lost in sin and bound by evil
spirits of occultism, superstition, false religion, satanic oppression
and sexual perversion are happy in that state! No one enjoys being in
slavery to witchcraft, fear, torment and evil spirits.
some are sufficiently deceived to live in a fool’s paradise having
convinced themselves that everything is A-Okay, but the opposite is true.
If everything is all right, why do so many rock musicians die of drug
overdoses and commit suicide? Why do many Hollywood stars die of
alcoholism, suicide and drug overdoses? And why
do wealthy, successful people - who seem to have everything going for
them - take their own lives?
Bible says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot
rest, bringing forth mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God to the
wicked”. (Isaiah 57:20-21)
enemy is not flesh and blood, but Satan himself and all his demons that
tempt, deceive, coerce, inhibit, afflict, torment, steal and kill!
battle is with the devil - not with human beings, however he does use
people to do his bidding! The devil must have his emissaries &
ministers, to do his evil work.
what of the Hindu extremists constantly fighting the Muslims in India and
the Seiks battling the Hindus? And the (political) ungodly Roman Catholic
IRA killing the (political) ‘Christian-in-name-only’ Protestants and
if the pagan are so happy in their religious life, why are there so many
‘holy jihads’? Two examples: Muslim Iran against Muslim Iraq in a
seven year war that saw one million men die, and at present Islamic
extremists terrorizing and butchering hundreds of their own people in
DO NOT KNOW GOD and have not been changed by His mighty power. Anyone
who has been converted to Christ, being born again by the Word of God and
the Holy Spirit, would certainly not be waging ‘holy wars’ against
their fellowmen. The only warfare that we are commanded to fight is the
‘Good Fight of Faith’"
DO WE FIGHT THE DEVIL?
Bible says, “Satan, your adversary, goeth about like a roaring lion,
seeking who he may devour, whom resist in the faith...” (1 Peter 5:9)
We resist him by serving Jesus to the best of our ability; by living a
holy and righteous life, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, healing
the sick and casting our devils!
Scripture says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
our search for more land to conquer, new technologies to improve our
living standards, and the pursuit or more wealth, man has engaged in
wars, enslavement, violence and pollution which has raped our
environment, land, water and air.
Planet is groaning under the terrible weight of the awful harvest of
mankind’s sins of rebellion, greed, hatred, violence and slavery!
the beginning, after the fall of our first parents, THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE
was plunged into sin, fear, sickness & death! God immediately placed
a curse upon the earth - “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast
harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which
I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground
for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”.
PLANET is struggling to stay alive and is groaning under this burden! The
‘second law of thermodynamics’ began after the fall and continues
today with aging, deterioration and decay. Only the return of Jesus
Christ will salvage the earth. Mankind will not be allowed to destroy the
earth, but will be punished for defiling and polluting it, as is
prophesied in the last book of the Bible.
BIBLE SAYS, “And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the
time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest
give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them
that fear Thy name, small and great; And shouldest destroy them which
destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18)
will have the last word and will judge polluters! If you want a good
example of this, look at the former Soviet Union which polluted the land,
sea and air and after raping the environment, ended up totally bankrupt.
CHRIST MUST RETURN IN ORDER TO SAVE US FROM OUR OWN DESTRUCTIONS, SO THAT
HE CAN REIGN ON THIS EARTH FOR 1000 YEARS OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY.
Believers in Jesus Christ, like St. Paul, are waiting for the moment
when we can be free from the limitations of our weak, carnal flesh and to
be glorified (in the next life) to forever be in Heaven with Jesus Christ
and all the redeemed from all ages! WE WILL THEN RECEIVE A RESURRECTED
BODY WITHOUT THE LIMITATIONS WE HAVE TODAY.
Bible says, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is to say), the redemption of our
body.” (Romans 8:23)
will be a joyful time of peace and glory as we live eternally in Heaven
with our Lord Jesus Christ and all the redeemed from every nation, tongue
and people of all ages"
I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of
many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:
for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and
give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife
hath made herself ready."
to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith
unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage
supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of
God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)
#2 - THE SICK CONDITION OF THE WORLD
Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
are Satan’s three knockout-punches which he uses to tempt the
“children of men”, namely: 1) the lust of the eyes 2) the lust of
the flesh and 3) the pride of life.
used these three temptations on Eve with great success. “And when the
woman saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that
it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of th eyes), and a tree to be desired
to make one wise (the pride of life), she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
David fell under this temptation also: He saw a beautiful woman taking a
bath in the privacy of her garden (the lust of the eyes). He desired her
and sent for her, committing adultery (the lust of the flesh). HE FELL
AFTER ONLY TWO STRIKES
DEFEATED HIM TOTALLY
was a different story when Satan used his time-tested strategy on our
Lord Jesus Christ. He withstood the temptation and defeated the devil
each time he came with a new “trick up his sleeve".
Jesus had fasted 40 days, Satan said to Him: “Command that these stones
be made bread.” (the lust of the flesh) Jesus answered, “It is
written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
devil tried again: “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for
it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone. (the pride of life) Jesus answered, “It is written
again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” IN OTHER WORDS, GOD
DOESN’T CLOWN FOR ANYBODY.
Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and
said: “All these things will I give thee (pride of life), if thou wilt
fall down and worship me.” WHAT A DESPICABLE, ARROGANT, EGOTIST SATAN
IS! Jesus rebuffed him immediately with the Word of God saying, “Get
thee hence, Satan (enemy): for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord
thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:1-11)
HAD TO LEAVE HIM, THEN
Bible affirms that Satan is “the god of this world” and “the spirit
which now worketh in the children of the disobedience”. (John 12:31;
Ephesians 2:2) He is the world’s greatest liar and the father of lies
and a murderer extra-ordinaire (John 8:44))
whole world lies in the lap of the wicked one (1 John 5:19) and he
“goeth about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter
5:8). We however, can “resist him in the faith and he will flee from
us”. (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7)
Bible records that Demos was swayed by the bright lights of Thessalonica
and forsook Paul, “having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10).
And St. John commends the young men in the Church for overcoming the
wicked one! (1 John 2:13)
PAUL WARNED OF THE TOTAL DETERIORATION OF MORALITY, DECENCY AND FAIRNESS
IN THE LAST DAYS. DECADENCE & PERVERSION WILL RULE JUST PRIOR TO OUR
LORD’S RETURN, STATED THE APOSTLE! AS WE READ THE PROPHECY WE FEEL
SADDENED BY THE RESEMBLANCE OF OUR PRESENT AGE TO THE PROPHETIC WORD OF
know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME. For men shall
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those
that are good.
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a
form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART
FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to
speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Ephesians
5:11-12) “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which
walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have
told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies
of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For
our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 3:17-20)
among the reports of hypocrisy, backsliding & gross moral evils, St.
Paul interjects the Blessed Hope of the Return of Jesus Christ.
our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ."
thoughts, actions, prayers, plans, goals and complete agenda here, is
tied to Heaven’s plans, purposes and desires. We belong to His heavenly
kingdom and labour first and foremost for Christ.
is this so important? Only our Blessed Jesus Christ has the mandate,
power & desire to straighten out this wicked world. Therefore we wait
for Him to come.
VYING FOR RESPECTABILITY
prophesied that the time will come, “that whosoever killeth you will
think that he doeth God service”. (John 16:2)
the prophet stated, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own
eyes...Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him!” (Is. 5:20-23)
Paul expounded, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are
lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but
Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” (2
this WORLD IS EVIL AND PERVERTED is no secret! The world system that
despises that which is good and glorifies that which is EVIL is a product
of Satanic invention, since he is the “god of this world”.
Paul declares that Jesus Christ “gave Himself for our sins, that He
might deliver us from this present evil world (age), according to the
will of God and our Father”. (Galatians 1:4)
SIGN #3 - THE SICK CONDITION OF ISRAEL
IS VULNERABLE FACING ATTACKS FROM EVERY DIRECTION
this moment in history, Israel is very vulnerable because of the pressure
placed upon them by the nations of the world to give up land for peace.
the United States - who traditionally has been their friend, is turning
the screws the hardest of all.
Israel will succumb to all this pressure and give away so much land that
they will be unable to defend themselves. Sometime in the future, Israel
will be deceived into accepting the Antichrist as their Messiah and will
suffer terribly because of that. Referring to this, our Lord said to the
am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if another (the
anti-Christ) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (John
Jewish leaders rejected Jesus Christ Who came to save them in His
Father’s Name. When Antichrist comes in his own name, they will receive
A SAD & TRAGIC COMMENTARY ON WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!
guess is that Iraq will eventually be reduced in power after the United
States and her allies are finished with her. Then undoubtedly, Iran will
pick up the pieces and gobble up Iraq (and possibly Syria) and control
all the oil flow in the Middle East! (Ezekiel 38 & 39)
WORD STATES THAT RUSSIA WILL RISE UP AGAIN IN GREAT POWER AND LEAD THE
MARCH AGAINST ISRAEL
will then be the dominant power in the area, with the USA and Israel
giving in to their demands! According to God’s Word, Russia will rise
in great power again and lead the march against Israel!
prophet Ezekiel declared that Iran (Persia) together with Ethiopia, Libya
& Turkey will march against Israel in the great battle of ‘Gog and
WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AND DEFEND HER
WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AND DEFEND HER! A great slaughter will
unfortunately take place however, before God’s chosen people come to
their senses. They will ultimately receive their long awaited Messiah
Jesus Christ, when He returns n the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in
power and great glory at the end of the age!
Christ will then rule and reign for 1000 years of peace upon planet
earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords!
SIGN #4 - THE SICK CONDITION OF THE CHURCH
Canadian writer, Peter Newman exposes the weaknesses in our churches and
outlines wherein and how we have failed to communicate the Gospel to our
children, grandchildren and our neighbours.
his recent book, ‘The Canadian Revolution’ Peter Newman chronicles
the free-fall of the United Church of Canada’s membership as well as
their influence in society during the past three decades.
writes, “The United Church, formed in 1925 through a union of
Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists, suffered the steepest
decline. Three million Canadians declared their United Church affiliation
to the latest census takers but less than 380,000 bothered going to
church. Although the most liberal of the mainstream congregations,
allowing for the ordination of gay priests and promoting the social
gospel, the United Church found itself paradoxically unable to attract
footnote says, “An increasingly typical event was the closing, during
the fall of 1994, of Chalmers United Church in downtown Vancouver. There
wasn’t a single member left on its congregational rolls who was less
than 80 years old.”
years, University of Lethbridge sociologist Reginald Bibby has tracked
the religious life of Canadians. In his book ‘Unknown Gods’ , Bibby
states: “Tragically, religious groups are failing in what appear to be
spiritually prosperous times. The churches are inept religious companies
that cannot get the faith out of the ware house …The news is that
interest and intrigue persist, in spite of the problems of organized
religion. The result may be a very sizable, ongoing spiritual vacuum.”
Anglican Church, according to the census has 2.2 million members with
784,000 active adherents. Addressing the church synod in 1994, Archbishop
Peter O’Driscoll warned: “In the next ten to fifteen years the
largest age group in the present Anglican Church of Canada will be dead.
At the end of two generations, there won’t be enough people to say
there’s still an Anglican Church alive in this country.”
SAD AND TRAGIC!
the Anglican Church lost 250,000 members from 1981 to 1991, and the
United Church lost 665,000 members during that same period - that’s 10
% and 20 % respectively - the Pentecostal Church grew by 100,000
adherents and the Christian & Missionary Alliance doubled in size!
November,1965 issue of Canada’s Revival Magazine, ‘Cry of His
Coming’ carried the following prophetic headline: 1965 UNITED CHURCH
NEW CURRICULUM SETS STAGE FOR MORE APOSTACY! MODERATOR REV. HOWSE DENIES
PHYSICAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST !
that article, this author wrote under the by-line, ‘THE GREAT FALLING
AWAY’ - St. Paul warns: “Let no man deceive you by any means, for
that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thess. 2:3)
‘Great Falling Away’ is Here Now- with entire denominations of
Christian Churches turning their backs on the Holy Scriptures, declaring
them fallible and contradictory. They despise the great truths of the
Bible, and exchange them for their own humanistic, man-made philosophies!
strange as this may seem, these reprobate preachers actually play-out the
exact role of ‘backsliding Israel’ in Old Testament times.
My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of
living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold
no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)
IS A LIST OF THEIR BACKSLIDINGS!
They have violated the sanctity of the Holy Bible, discarding the eternal
truths of God’s Word. Man-made philosophies, secular humanism and
blatantly spurious doctrines have filled the void!
almost totally on man’s wisdom and carnal knowledge, having rejected
the wisdom that comes solely from the Holy Scriptures. This leaves them
incapable of making sound spiritual decisions!
rejected the counsel of the Holy Spirit- divine paraclete- and draw their
inspiration from the teachings of others similarly deceived. Serious
decision making regarding spiritual matters and doctrine is therefore
prejudiced, flawed and compromised!
emphasis is on good works, rather than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for
our sins. The ‘social gospel’ they preach is devoid of the grace of
God and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. Their ‘good works’
message offers only secular and political rhetoric to undo social
injustices, without a sound spiritual foundation.
desecrated the Holy Scriptures by substituting their own verbiage instead
of the correct translation of the original Hebrew and Greek, in reference
to God Himself. These literary counterfeiters have unilaterally -without
any jurisdiction- decided to change the gender of Almighty God from
masculine (Father) to Mother. Instead of addressing God as He, they
refer to Him as She and the Lord Jesus is not the Son of God, but the
Child of God!
Word of God conclusively states: “This know also, that in the last days
perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn
away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron; Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear
thee.” (1 Timothy 4:1-2, 16)
URGENT WARNING ISSUED TO THOSE TAMPERING WITH GOD’S WORD
is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,
that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same
hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit
of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now
already is it in the world.
believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God... Who is he that
overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is
the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth
on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God
hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave
of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 2:22-23; 4:1-3;
5:1, 4-5, 9-12)
DOES THIS MEAN? SIMPLY THIS:
who denies that Jesus Christ is God is a false teacher and an enemy of
spirit that confesses that ‘Jesus Christ is come in the flesh’ is of
God. Those who do not are of Satan and the Antichrist spirit!
DOES THIS MEAN: “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”?
are millions of babies born daily across the world. They are all born of
flesh & blood. They have all “come in the flesh”. That is no
miracle, but when God is incarnated in human flesh, that is a miracle. It
simply means that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh! God the Son came
down from Heaven, through the very miraculous and complex process of the
the Holy Spirit placed within the virgin Mary’s womb a specially
created body for the Lord Jesus. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and
born of a virgin woman without the aid of a human father. Jesus Christ -
true God & true man, in order to suffer and die for our sins and rise
again for our justification. ( )
new United Church curriculum - now taught to thousands of children -
denies the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, leaving the inference that
Joseph or some other man was Jesus’ father. This would indicate that
His mother Mary was sinful and promiscuous, instead of a chaste virgin
and that Jesus Christ was not divine!
you heard of such SACRILEGE? And this - not from an atheistic journal -
but from the official organ and pulpits of Canada’s largest Protestant
same ‘curriculum’ calls the first eleven chapters of Genesis - which
deal with God’s marvelous creation, Noah and the flood - a fable or
myth! It denies the miracles in the Bible, rejects the physical
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and ridicules His ascension
and second coming!
the blasphemous statements made by Rev. Ben Smilie- United Church
chaplain at the University of Saskatchewan, as chronicled by Regina
Leader Post’s Tom Jarvis in an article titled, ‘A MASSIVE
Toronto Telegram printed it in full with the somewhat shocking passage in
large type which speaks of fundamentalist belief in “clay-made man, a
floating zoo, an amphibious-footed Jesus, a son of God who was a home
brew artist, and an ascension that looks like a Cape Kennedy
you heard of anything more blasphemous and anti-Christian, coming from
the pen of an ordained Protestant clergyman!
let the moderator of the United Church speak for himself. The following
was carried by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, June 5, 1965. ‘HOWSE SAYS
LITERAL BELIEVER IN BIBLE LACKS UNDERSTANDING’.
moderator of the United Church of Canada says Christians who believe
literally in all of the ‘metaphors and imageries’ of the Bible
exhibit ‘lack of understanding’.
Rt. Rev. Ernest Howse of Toronto, in an interview Thursday said that one
of the most significant religious trends today is the movement away from
‘medieval imagery and hypocrisy’.
Howse, who had been in Banff for a meeting of the United Church’s
Alberta Conference, said people should not take literally such events as
Christ’s physical resurrection and the virginity of Mary. The moderator
said the United Church’s new curriculum which allows for liberal
interpretation of the Bible, is ‘really nothing new at all’.
is nothing in the curriculum which was not accepted when I was in College
thirty years ago. If people are shocked by it, then it is evident our
ministers have not been adequately teaching their congregations”.
MODERATOR: SAME OLD APOSTASY IN UNITED CHURCH!
Phipps probably learned ‘APOSTACY’ from professors, who were
themselves corrupted while in College! The new moderator of the United
Church is Rev. Bill Phipps - a little known Calgary pastor - who is
making big waves with his outspoken, irreverent and blasphemous remarks.
It appears that he has excelled in unlearning the basic, fundamental
doctrines of Christianity, in the tradition of the Rev. Howse and the
liberal theological College to which he referred!
ACTIVIST MODERATOR IS ROCKING THE UNITED CHURCH’
a major news story carried across Canada in the Southam Press, Nov.1,
1997, Rev. Phipps made these statements: “I don’t believe Jesus is
the only way to God. I don’t believe he rose from the dead as a
scientific fact. I don’t know whether those thing happened. It’s an
a follow-up article, the ‘Ottawa Citizen’ wrote: ‘CHURCH MODERATOR
A HERETIC, PROFESSOR SAYS’ - “The moderator of the United Church of
Canada is a heretic, says a professor of modern Christian history.
heretic is defined as someone who chooses a doctrinal path other than
that of the church to which he belongs”, says John Stackhouse, of the
University of Manitoba.
that standard, Rev. Bill Phipps “is a heretic according to the United
Church of Canada’s own standard of doctrine. He’s also a heretic in
generic Christian terms, because he denies the creeds that all Christians
have subscribed to, whether they’re Catholic, Protestant or Eastern
interviews with media organizations, Phipps denied the divinity of
Christ, denied the reality of the resurrection as a historical fact, and
said he was unclear ‘The historic Church says there are such realities,
which are crucially important to human life,’ said Stackhouse, a former
president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association.”
WHOLESALE BACKSLIDING OF CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS DURING THESE PAST THIRTY
YEARS, AND ESPECIALLY THE LAST DECADE, SIGNALS THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AT THIS VERY CRUCIAL MOMENT IN HISTORY - THE TURN
OF THE CENTURY AND THE MILLENNIUM!
very sad commentary on the Church is found in Christ’s message to the
Church where He states:
unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith
the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of
God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou
wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich,
and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that
thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be
rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see.” (Rev. 3:14-18)
He said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit.
by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of My Father which is in heaven...And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt.
asked a very pertinent question: “...Nevertheless. When the son of man
cometh will He find faith on the earth?” The answer is “not very
much”! That is why He stated, “Strive to enter in at the straight
gate, for many, I say unto you will seek to enter and shall not be
able”. (Luke 13:24)
ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
MUST WE PREPARE FOR THE END TIMES AND TO BE SURE WE ARE
READY FOR JESUS
CHRIST'S SOON RETURN IN THE SECOND COMING?
Peter warned, “Make your calling and election sure...” (2 Peter 1:10)
It behooves each one to do a reality check to be absolutely certain that
you know Jesus Christ personally as your Lord & Saviour.
that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead for our
justification. Only He has the power to save you because He is the
Redeemer of the world.
said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by Me”. (John 14:6) “I am the door: by Me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly.” (John 10:9-10)
Bible says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Tim. 2:5) “Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Paul declared, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:5-11)
Christ invites us to receive Him as personal Saviour and Lord with the
promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) And, “All that the Father giveth
me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
out.” (John 6:37)
are warned: “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of that cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28) Amen.
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