by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
FAITH IN GOD
it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved." (Acts 2:21)
can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark
9:23) - JESUS CHRIST
This world is
divided into two groups: those who make it happen and those who ask,
"What happened?" The one group has faith and the other
group does not.
lines are drawn between believers and unbelievers, the faithful and those
without with, the optimists and pessimists; people of action and those who
sit on their hands!
IS ACTION - FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS DEAD
action, not just words. And faith in God works miracles!
says, "Faith without work is dead..." (James 2:26) Faith sets
the wheels in motion and gets the job done!
believing will get results, we must have patience, faith and perseverance.
This is why King David said, "Submit thy way unto the Lord, trust
also in Him and He shall bring it to pass". (Psalms 37:5)
ALL CAN BE DISCOURAGED, BUT MUST CONTINUE TO HAVE FAITH
hit dry holes or times of discouragement, we can slip a step or two
backwards or even take a fall. When this happens, we must have faith.
We pick ourselves up, square our shoulders and march forward with renewed,
We must keep
on keeping on, never giving up the faith, regardless of tough times, the
handicap under which we labour. These trials we live through are
what make us stronger and our continued faith in God and ourselves pushes
us to succeed.
LEAD THE WAY WITH FAITH
example of faith is Magnus Patricus who returned to pagan Ireland in the
fifth century as a missionary and preached the Gospel of Christ to the
same Druids who had kidnapped him! This man certainly had
That man -
known today as St. Patrick - was such a revolutionary and had such faith
in God, that during a 30-year-period, he won 100,000 pagans to
Christ and changed the course of Ireland!
FAITH COULD HAVE PUSHED FRANCIS XAVIER TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE DID
Spirit-filled Evangelical crusader could have done what Francis Xavier
accomplished for the Lord in the 16th Century.
He wanted to
become an engineer, so that he would be remembered. Someone encouraged him
to enter the ministry. I'm sure he must have been influenced by the
writings of Martin Luther, because he became a flaming Missionary
Evangelist! A great revival broke loose in India and 30,000 Hindus were
converted to Christ and baptized. His heart yearned to reach the pagan
land of China with the Gospel, but all doors were closed.
Xavier died in 1552 at 46 years of age still trying to negotiate entry
into China. Just before his death he cried out: "O' Thou Great
Wall, when wilt thou open so that the Rock (Jesus Christ) can come
GRAHAM HAS FAITH
preacher, Billy Graham continues to have strong faith and to be a
conscience to the world, preaching the Gospel and reminding everyone that
the 'Blood of Jesus Christ' shed by God's eternal Son on Golgotha -
so many years ago - to atone for our sins!
At 80 years
of age, God's 'great trumpeter', Billy Graham has no plans to
retire, even though he has recently suffered ill health and weakness. This
is because of his strong faith. Faith that enables you to continue to
believe, continue to push forward. A study of Billy Graham's life is
indeed a study in faith!
OUT THE POLITICIANS WHO HAVE FAITH
Who can not
help but admire former USA President Ronald Reagan. President
Reagan, a man who fought so long to get the top job in that country? This
is a man of great faith. His presidency surged with energy and
optimism even after an assassin's attempt on his life. He still continued
to have faith in the world, faith in his beliefs and faith that he could
defeat communism. His legacy will always be the defeat of world
communism and the dissolution of the "Evil
Even now, as
President Ronald Reagan battled the unremitting Alzheimer's disease, he
keeps his chin up and outlook bright!
mention "the little guy from Chiwingan", PM Jean Chretian,
the politician constantly referred to during the last election as "Yesterday's
Man"! Although his credibility has been badly damaged due to the
disastrous outcome of the last Quebec Referendum - many charge him of
being asleep at the wheel - Chretian is nevertheless a man of remarkable
courage and determination and faith. Jean Chretian won the last
election by promising 'JOBS, JOBS, JOBS' and told Canadians to simply
relax and feel good about themselves, have faith in him and in theirselves,
and it worked!
HOWEVER, THAT EARLY THIS YEAR MOST CANADIANS WERE UNHAPPY, DEPRESSED AND
FELLING HOPELESS ABOUT THEIR FUTURE. They had certainly lost their
faith. According to a new UN report, Canada has the highest
rate of suicides anywhere in the industrial world.
doubt, our nation has drifted away from our moral moorings by listening to
the secularist, immoral and perverted pleadings of the out-of-step segment
of politicians and media, who seek to justify their own unrighteous
life-styles by brainwashing others to do the same!
And what of
the man who is seeking his job, Preston Manning, the leader of the feisty
group of Reform Party MP's? Although they have been derided and dismissed
as a viable alternative to the tired old political parties, the son of
Alberta's former irreproachable Premier Ernest C. Manning, is sounding
more Prime Ministerial all the time!
Preston Manning has a sensible and realistic approach to the possibility
of our nation's break-up, the necessity of changing our open-ended
immigration policy and getting Canada's financial house in order!
consider his roots, dedication and his clear-headed common sensible
thinking, it would certainly not surprise me, if one day he rises to the
very top! With the recent passing of Ernest C. Manning - the man called 'the
Father of Modern Alberta' - many are longing for that kind of
leadership from his son!
GROUPS: BUILDERS & WRECKING CREW!
would shirk from their post and shrink away in fear, others stand up and
are counted as men of faith. They have faith in God and that is the most
important. When you have faith, everything else will fall into place.
PESSIMIST & THE OPTIMIST
I am an
optimist with trust and faith in God for today and hope for the future!
The pessimist is a prophet of doom while the optimist is a bearer of glad
tidings. Pessimism is born of unbelief and is a negative force while
optimism is the product of faith and is a positive power!
kills, negativism destroys, but optimism gives opportunity the chance to
knock on your door. There is nothing as dull and lifeless as pessimism and
nothing as refreshing as optimism! A pessimist breeds discouragement in
the livers of others, while an optimist multiplies the glow in his heart
to those around him!
WITH FAITH SOLVE PROBLEMS - PEOPLE WITHOUT FAITH CREATE PROBLEMS
always been two groups in every society: the ones who create problems and
those who solve them! Some are part of the 'builders' and others
make up the 'wrecking crew'. A certain element likes to create
chaos and are labeled 'trouble makers', while others seek to
negotiate as 'peace makers'.
rebuked His disciples after His resurrection for "their
unbelief and hardness of heart because they believed not that He was risen
from the dead"!
the tragedy. Far too many are guilty of these two sins - unbelief and
hardness of heart - today!
IS SIN AND IS THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH
sin and the very opposite of faith, and a hard heart can be cruel,
condemning, judgmental and critical! I would far sooner be "an
easy mark" for those seeking to 'con' me, than to be guilty of
Only a real
encounter with Jesus Christ can change the heart of man. The Bible says,
"Without faith it is impossible to please God". (Heb. 1:6), but
if we can believe, all things are possible!
And that is
the very best news. Continue to have faith and you will see the
proof of the LIFE &
by Pastor Max
the lies and deceptions of the "Da Vinci code' & Jesus Papers and
proof of Jesus' life.
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being
deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13), "Preach the Word...For the time
shall come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own
lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears; And they
shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
fables." (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
are those who say that the 'Day of Revivals' is over, that the Gospel of
Jesus Christ has lost its power. And that the Bible has become an
obsolete book, because of the horrific attacks against its veracity ad
evil and wicked forces.
intimate that the influence of the Church is passé
and the Gospel Ministry of saving souls, healing the sick and restoring
lives, marriages and homes, belonged to a different time. They also
say we are now living in the Post-Christian era.
doubt, the attacks by diabolical "enemies of the cross" will
harm the cause of Christ. The rebellious and gullible will believe
their lies and be attracted to their hateful propaganda much like those
drawn toward the occult, New Age Movement, perverted sex, drugs, alcohol
who are disgruntled by organized religion - especially the Roman Catholic
Church - are prime targets for the biased, distorted views and down right
lies that ooze out of the 'Jesus Papers; and 'The Da Vinci Code'.
show that 60% of British people who read the "Da VINCI CODE"
believe Jesus had children with Mary Magdalene
Norwegian Lutheran Newspaper 'Dagen' (May 28, 2006) reprinted that
according to a recent survey, 60% of British people who had read the book
'The DaVinci Code' believed that Jesus had children with Mary Magdalene
and 30% of those who had not read the book also believed that pernicious,
blasphemous lie. That is deplorable!
normal people with a functioning brain, could become so deluded by these
fabrications in the book and movie, 'The DaVinci Code' is very alarming.
These fabrications and distortions deliberately reconstructed the
historical records regarding the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth.
guess it does make sense, when you realize that these same people flock to
theatres to view flicks produced by people like Michael Moore, and
'conspiracy advocates' who reject the holocaust, blame the Jews and CIA
for the 9-11 attacks on America and declare that astronauts did not walk
on the moon and that the U.S. Government is hiding aliens in Roswell.
DO PEOPLE BELIEVE THE FALSE DISTORTIONS OF THE 'DA VINCI CODE' AND 'JESUS
Bible gives the REAL REASON people accept and believe these false
doctrines and reject the Gospel instead of embracing it. "And
this is the condemnation, that men loved darkness rather than light,
because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth
the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be
reproved." (John 3:19)
is sad that millions are people are so warped intellectually, that they
would so easily believe such nonsense as is shown in 'The Da Vinci Code'
and the 'Jesus Papers'. This book and movie is a total fabrication
and rejection of the detailed historical evidence validated by the Jewish
Sanhedrin, the noted Jewish historian Flavian Josephus, the Roman Governor
Pontius Pilate and the Centurion who crucified Jesus of Nazareth.
Also the Roman historians and the eye witness accounts of more than 500
people who saw Him after His crucifixion and resurrection.
makes the money from 'The Da Vinci Code' and 'The Jesus Papers' but they
will also be responsible for many souls lost.
and Baigent will make hundreds of millions of dollars for the promotion of
their blasphemous work. We know these people have an agenda.
They blatantly promote goddess worship, hate the gospel of Jesus Christ,
disdain the Roman Catholic Church and will do anything for money.
Holy Record states, "And when they were assembled with the elders,
and had taken counsel, THEY GAVE LARGE MONEY unto the soldiers, saying,
Say ye, His disciples came by night and stole Him away while we slept.
And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure
THEY TOOK THE MONEY", and did as they were taught: and this saying is
commonly reported among the Jews until this day." (Matthew 28:12-15)
people will do anything to get their name in the paper, their faces on
television and a multi-million dollar bank account. Judas, however,
sold Jesus for only 30 pieces of silver.
deceptive, money grabbling publicity hounds, like Michael Baigent and Dan
Brown have nevertheless pulled off a diabolical coup, with a less than
brilliant press corps eating up their blasphemous lies as if it were the
EVIL CONSPIRATORS behind the poisonous attacks on our Lord Jesus Christ
took into consideration the millions of Muslims who would gloat at the
depiction of Jesus as having escaped crucifixion, seeing an opportunity to
promote their false, blasphemous, twisted teaching.
knew they had a ready audience among Jews who continue to reject Jesus of
Nazareth as their Messiah, although their meticulous historical records
prove His crucifixion.
is an excerpt from 'The Early Jewish & Gentile Writings' by the
eminent theologian and historian F.F. Bruce:
the Mishmah is a law code, and the Talmud's commentaries on this code,
there is little occasion in these writings for references to Christianity,
and what references there are, are hostile in nature. Such as they
are, these references do show there was not the slightest double of the
historical character of Jesus.
to the earlier Rabbis whose opinions are recorded in these writings, Jesus
of Nazareth was a transgressor in Israel, who practiced magic, scorned the
words of the wise, led people astray, and said he had not come to destroy
the law but to add to it. He was hanged on Passover Eve for heresy
and misleading the people. His disciples, of whom five are named,
healed the sick in his name.
is clear that this is just such a portrayal of our Lord we might expect
these elements in the 'Pharisaic Party' which were opposed to him.
Some of the names by which he is called bear witness directly or
indirectly to the Gospel record. The appellation Ha-Taluy - 'The
hanged One' - obviously refers to the manner of His death."
we have earlier and more important Jewish literature or our purpose than
anything found in the Talmud. The Jewish historian Flavius Josephus
who was born of a priestly family in AD 37 writes about Jesus. In
the 'Antiquities' (xx.9.1), Josephus describes the high handed acts of the
high priest Ananus after the death of the procurator Festus (AD 61) in
therefore Annus was of such a disposition, he though he had now a good
opportunity, as Festus was no dead, and Albinos was still on the road; so
he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of
Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some
others, and having accused them as law-breakers, he delivered them over to
story of the death of 'James the Just' (as the Lord's brother was
called) is told in greater detail by Hegesippus, a Jewish Christian writer
of c.AD 170. The account in Josephus is chiefly important because he
calls James 'the brother Jesus the so-called Christ',. in such a way as to
suggest that he has already made some reference to Jesus. We do find
reference to him in all extant (existing) copies of Josephus, the so
called Testimonium Flavianum in Antiquities xviii.3.3.
Josephus narrates some of the troubles which marked the procuratorship of
pilate, and continues:
there arose about this time Jesus, a wise man, if indeed we should call
him a man; for he was a doer of marvelous deeds, a teacher of men who
receive the truth with pleasure. He led away many Jews, and also
many of the Greeks. This man was the Christ. And when Pilate
had condemned him to the cross on his impeachment by the chief men among
us, those who had loved him at first did not cease;
for he appeared to them on the third day alive again, the divine prophets
having spoken these and thousands of other wonderful things about him: and
even now the tribe of Christians, so named after him, has not yet died
is a translation of the text of this passage as it has come down to us,
and we know that it was the same at the time of Eusebius (275-339 A.D.),
who quotes it twice: 'Some acute critics have found no difficulty in
accepting the Testimonium Flavianum as it stands'."
passage certainly contains several characteristic features of the
dictation of Josephus, as has been pointed out by the late Dr. H. St.
John/Thackeray (the leading British authority on Josephus in recent years)
LEADING BRITISH AUTHORITY ON JOSEPHUS
has also been pointed out that or omission of words, short phrases is
characteristic of the textual tradition the Antiquities, which makes it
easier to accept a suggestion that the word 'so-called' has dropped out
before 'Christ', and some such phrase as 'as they said' or possibly 'as
they say' after 'for he appeared to them'. Both these suggested
emendations are attractive, the former especially so, because the very
phrase 'the so-called Christ' occurs in the passage where Josephus related
the death of James.
other emendations have much to commend them. One is a suggestions of
Thackeray, that instead of 'the truth' (Greek aethe) we should read
'strange things' Greek aethe). The other is a suggestion of r.
Robert Eisle, that some words have fallen out at the beginning. If
the passage, which originally commenced: "And there arose about this
time a source of new troubles, one Jesus.' If then, we adopt these
emendations of the test, this is what we get as a result:
there arose about this time a source of new troubles, one Jesus, a wise
man. He was a doer of marvelous deeds, a teacher of men who receive
strange things with pleasure. He led away many Jews, and also many
of the Greeks. This man was the so-called Christ. And when Pilate
had condemned him to the cross on his impeachment by the chief men among
us, those who had loved him at first did not cease; for he appeared to
them, as they said, on the third day alive again, the divine prophets have
spoken these and thousands of other wonderful things about him: and even
now the tribe of Christians, so named after him, has not yet died out.'
version of the Testimonium has got rid, by one or two very simple devices,
of the difficulties of the traditional while it preserves (or even
enhances) the worth of passage as a historical document. The flavour
of contempt is a little more marked as a result of the addition; and the
closing reference to 'the tribe of Christians' is not inconsonant with a
hope that though have not yet died out, they soon may.'
JOSEPHUS VERIFIES CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS CHRIST
have therefore very good reason for believing that JOSEPHUS did make
reference to Jesus, bearing witness to (a) His date, (b) His reputation as
a wonderworker, (c) His being the brother of James, (d) His crucifixion
under Pilate at the information of the Jewish rulers, (*e) His messianic
claim, (f) His being the founder of 'the tribe of Christians', and
probably (g) the belief in His rising from the dead."
first Gentile writer who concerns us seems to be one called Thallus, who
about AD 52, wrote a work tracing the history of Greece and its relations
with Asia from the Trojan War to his own day. He has been identified
with a Samaritan of that name, who is mentioned by Josephus
(Ant.xviii.6.4.) as being a freed man of the Emperor Tiberius:
Julius Africanus, a Christian writer on chronology about AD 221, who knew
the writing of Thallus, says when discussing the darkness which fell upon
the land during the crucifixion of Christ: 'Thallus, in the third book of
his histories, explains away this darkness as an eclipse of the sun -
unreasonably - as it seems to me' (unreasonably, of course, because a
solar eclipse could not take place at the time of the full moon, and it
was at the season of the paschal full moon that Christ died).'"
this reference in Julius Africanus it has been inferred (a) that the
gospel tradition, or at least the traditional story of the passion, was
known in Rome in non-Christian circles towards the middle of the first
century; and (b) that the enemies of Christianity tried to refute this
Christian tradition by giving a naturalistic interpretation to the facts
which it reported."
the writings of Thallus have disappeared; we know that only in fragments
cited by later writers. Apart from him, no certain reference is made
to Christianity in any extent (existing) non-Christian Gentile writing of
the first century."
is, indeed, in the British Museum an interesting manuscript preserving the
text of a letter written some time later than AD 73, but how much later we
cannot be sure. This letter was sent by a Syrian named Mara Bar-Serapion
to his son Serapion. Mara Bar-Serapion was in prison at the
time, but he wrote to encourage his son in the pursuit of wisdom, and
pointed out that those who persecuted wise men were overtaken by
misfortune. He instances the death of Socrates, Pythagoras and
advantage did the Anthenian, gain from putting Socrates to death?
Famine and plague came upon them as a judgment for their crime. What
advantage did the men of Samos, gain from burning Pythagoras? In a
moment their land was covered with sand. What advantage did the Jews
gain from executing their wise King? It was just after that that
their kingdom was abolished.'
justly avenged these three wise men: the Athenians died of hunger;
the Samians were overwhelmed by the sea; the Jews, ruined and driven from
their land, live in complete dispersion. But Socrates did not die
for good; he lived on in the teaching of Plato. Phythagoras did not
die for good; he lived on in the statue of Hera. Nor did the wise
King die for good; He lived on in the teaching which He had given.'
writer can scarcely have been a Christian, or he would have said that
Christ lived on by being raised from the dead. He was more probably
a Gentile philosopher, who led the way in what later became a commonplace,
the placing of Christ on a comparable footing with the great sages of
HISTORIAN RECORDS PILATE'S ROLE IN JESUS DEATH'
some ancient writers believed that Pilate did send in such a report, but
there is no evidence that any of them had any real knowledge of it.
About AD 150, Justin Martyr, addressing his 'Defense of Christianity' to
the Emperor Antoninius Pius, referred him to Pilate's report, which Justin
supposed must be preserved in the imperial archives."
the words, 'They pierced my hands and my feet;, he says, 'are a
description of the nails that were fixed in His hands and His feet on the
cross; and after He was crucified, those who crucified Him cast lots for
His garments, and divided them among themselves; and that these things
were so that you may learn from the "Acts" which were recorded
under Pontius Pilate.' Later he says: 'That He performed these
miracles you may easily be satisfied from the "Acts" of Pontius
greatest Roman historian in the days of the Empire was Cornelius Tacitus
who was born between AD 52 and AD 54, and wrote the history of Tome under
the emperors. About the age of 60, when writing the story of the
reign of Nero (AD 56-68), he described the great fire which ravaged Rome
in AD 64 and told how it was widely rumored that Nero had instigated the
fire, in order to gain greater glory for himself by rebuilding the
goes on: 'Therefore, to scotch the rumour, Nero substituted as culprits,
and punished with the utmost refinement of cruelty, a class of men,
loathed for their vice, whom the crowd styled Christians.
from whom they got their name, had been executed by sentence of the
procurator Pontius Pilate when Tiberius was emperor, and the pernicious
superstition was checked for a short time, only to break out afresh, not
only in Judaea, the home of the plague, but in Rome itself, where all he
horrible and shameful things in the world collect and find a home.'
was in a position to have access to such official information as was
available; he was the son-in-law of Julius Agricola, who was governor of
Britain in AD 80 to AD 84. If Pilate did send a report to Rome,
Tacitus was more likely to know of it than most writers, his language is
too summary to make any such inference certain."
point in worth noting however, apart from Jewish and Christian writers,
Tacitus is the one and only ancient author to mention Pilate. It may
surely be accounted one of the ironies of history that the only mention
Pilate receives from a Roman historian is in connection with the part he
played in the execution of Jesus."
Great Fire of Rome is also mentioned by Toning, who about AD 120 wrote the
lives of the first twelve Caesars, from Julius Caesar onwards. In
his 'Life of Nero' (xvi.2) he says:
was inflicted on the Christians, a class of men addicted to a novel and
mischievous superstition.' Another possible reference to
Christianity occurs in 'Life of Claudius' (xxv.4), of whom he says: 'As
the Jews were making constant disturbance at the instigation of Chrestus,
he expelled them from Rome.'
ASKS HOW TO DEAL WITH WORSHIPPERS OF JESUS
AD 112, C. Plinius. Secundus (Pliny the Younger), governor of Bithyia in
Asia minor, wrote a letter to the Emperor Trajan, asking his advice on how
to deal with the troublesome sect of Christians, who were embarrassingly
numerous in his province."
to evidence he had secured by examining some of them under torture, 'they
were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light,
when they sang an anthem to Christ as God, and bound themselves by a
solemn oath (sacramentum) not to commit any wicked deed, but to abstain
from all fraud, theft and adultery, never to break their word, or deny a
trust when called upon to honour it; after which it was their custom to
separate, and then meet again to partake of food of an ordinary and
else may be thought of the evidence from early Jewish and Gentile writers,
as summarized in this chapter and the preceding one, it does at least
establish for those who refuse the witness of Christian writings, the
historical character of Jesus Himself'
writers may toy with the fancy of a 'Christ-myth', but they do not do so
on the ground of historical evidence. The historicity of Christ is
an axiomatic for an unbiased historian as the historicity of Julius
Caesar. It is not historians who propagate the 'Christ-myth'
earliest propagators of Christianity welcomed the fullest examination of
the credentials of their message. The events which they proclaimed
were, as Paul said to king Agrippa, "not done in a corner", and
were well able to bear all the light that could be thrown on them."
spirit of these early Christians ought to animate their modern
descendants. For by an acquaintance with the relevant evidence that
will not only be able to give to everyone who asks them a reason for the
hope that is in them, but they themselves, like Theophilus, will thus know
more accurately how secure is the basis of the faith which they have been
is EVIDENT from the above historical facts that Jesus of Nazareth was
crucified on Calvary's cross by the Romans at the behest and prodding of
the Jewish Sanhedrin, as the New Testament proclaims.
is also EVIDENT that the 'pin-heads' who wrote the Jesus' Papers and the
Da Vinci Code have not studied history and are among 'the most ignorant of
peoples", or are the "most cunning liars" and deceptive
"distorters of history" on the planet today.
devil's crowd has tried unsuccessfully to derail the 'Gospel Train"
for 2000 years. Its just not going to work! We are aware of
Satan's 'same-old, same-old' tired, worthless, worn out tricks.
Bart D. Ehrman, Department Chair of Religious Studies at University of NC,
Chapel Hill states, "Not a single one of our ancient sources
indicates that Jesus was married, let alone married to Mary
SOURCES OF SUPERNATURAL WISDOM
are only two sources of supernatural wisdom - God and Satan.
Therefore, we need a divinely formulated rule book as a guide or measuring
stick. The Bible is that rule-book.
Christ endorsed the Holy Scriptures. He even said, "For verily
I say unto you, Til heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle (iota)
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew
5:18' 24; 35)
are looking for a reliable voice of authority. They know they cannot
trust treaties between world leaders or statements made by philosophers,
modernistic theologians and scientists.
Bible, God's Word, is the only real authority we have! Proven
trustworthy throughout the centuries, the holy Bible sheds light on human
nature, world problems and human sufferings. Beyond that, it clearly
reveals the way to God.
WROTE THE BIBLE? Where did it originate and why is it so important?
Biblical scholar Dr. Moshe Katz, and computer expert Dr. Menachen Wiener
of 'The Technician' - Israel's Institute of Technology - have concluded
that God is its author.
conclusion is based on the notion that significant words are concealed in
the Hebrew text of the first five books of the Bible, spelled by letter,
separated at fixed intervals; a system alluded to in Rabbinical literature
used much later.
Katz said the researchers' evidence contradicts the belief that the
Pentateuch is a collection of documents written and edited by different
persons at different times.
patterns of letters repeated throughout all the text dismiss this theory,
because the statistical probabilities of the pattern are information
appearing at set intervals. By chance, it is extremely low -
sometimes one to three million.
pointed to the repetition of the Hebrew word "Torah" (law),
which appears in the book of Genesis repeatedly ever fifty characters, and
the word "Elohim" (God), which appears in the same book, then
skipping 26 letters. The numbers 50 and 26 have great significance
in Jewish tradition.
burial site of Adam and Eve is never mentioned in the text in the Bible,
but by the letter skipping method the names, "Adam and Eve"
appear in the the where the burial place of Abraham and Sarah, the
patriarch's tomb, is described.
BIBLE IS NOT WRITTEN BY HUMAN HAND
extra ordinary aspect to emerge from the research is the prophetic nature
of many words revealed in the text, which gives ammunition to Dr. Katz
conviction that the Old Testament was not written by a human hand.
the book of Esther, which is read during the Jewish holiday of Purim, the
story of Haman's treachery and execution was graphically told.
Haman's 10 sons were hanged and their names are listed in the same book.
After the hangings, Queen Esther, was asked by the king what more could be
done for her and her people, the Jews. Her reply was that she want
"Haman's 10 sons hanged upon the gallows."
puzzled scholars for centuries, since they had already been hanged.
A major hint explaining this mystery, said Katz, is the appearance of 3
letters. These 3 letters are "tas, shin and savin"
in the list of Haman's 10 hanged sons (written smaller than the other
letters). "TAS, SHIN, ZAYIN" spell out the number in
the Jewish calendar for the year 1946 on the Gregorian calendar.
October 16, 1946, explained Dr. Katz, 10 Nazis were hanged following their
conviction and sentencing at the Nuremberg Trials. (11 had been convicted
by Herman Goering committed suicide, by poisoning an hour before the
execution). Julius Steicher, one of the 10 hanged, seconds before
the noose tightened cried out, "Purim Fest, 1946""
said Katz, "In 1946 according to the Jewish calendar, October 16th
fell exactly on the annual Jewish holiday, "Hoshna Raba", which
is considered the last 'day of judgment' in a chain of high holidays,
including Hoshana, Raba and Yom Kippur, a period of judgment."
a phenomenon cannot be explained rationally", commented computer
expert, Dr. Weiner. "So we need a non-rational. And ours
is that the Bible was written by God, through the hands of Moses."
his book, 'Rapture before the Russian Invasion of Israel', Dr. Emil
Gavberluk, M.A., Ph.D, Ed.D., writes: "How do we know what happened
to the universe? The only book in the world that can give us that
information is called The Bible. It is a book that cannot be
destroyed in spite of nations and individuals who have tried to destroy it
down through 3000 years of its existence.
other book has this track record. It is important because it is the
only book that God speaks through with authority, wisdom and power.
it is the only book that changes men's lives. It is the only book
that gives us hope for a glorious future.
HOLY BIBLE - IS SEALED WITH A COMPLEX CODE
is sealed mathematically with a code that has just recently been
discovered as the subliminal language of science. Ivan Panin a
professor at Harvard spent some 50 years working 15 hours a day decoding
it. The Israelis have just rediscovered it. Rabbi David Ordman
who directed a 5 year study with 20 rabbinical scholars at the Hebrew
University revealed this in prestigious London Sunday Mail (1988).
stated: 'The codes are so complex that it took
thousands of computer hours to unmask them, and it would have required an
ultra-modern hi-tech computer to devise them and hide them in the tet - an
obvious impossibility 2,400 years ago. The Torah, therefore, could
only have been written by someone given explicit divine direction on how
it was to be done', Rabbi Ordman
suggested that the texts were encoded as a sign to future generations that
the Torah is much more than a history of the roots of the ancient Jewish
people, but instead a time capsule awaiting a generation with the advanced
technology to decode its contents. Scholars, he said, have long
noticed that the number 7 has a mystical significance."
example, all the key names in Genesis such as God, Adam and Noah are
always mention seven times! Other examples of this: Starting
with the first letter T in Genesis, and counting ever 49th letter (7 times
7), the word Torah is spelled out. In Exodus, if you start with the
first Y, then add every 7th letter, the Hebrew name of God, Yehovah is
these and other examples of the number 7's key importance, Rabbi Ordman
and his colleagues programmed all 125,000 words in the Torah and combed
through billions of combinations, a job that would have taken humans
hundreds of years to complete without computers."
their amazement they found that the Bible contains numerous messages
hidden in number codes, the significance of which they have yet to
understand. He went on to say that the statistical odds against The
Bible being written humanly are impossible."
SIGNATURED ALSO IN NEW TESTAMENT
Emil Gaverluk states that the Greek alphabet is also adaptable to
mathematics, and this shows that the 2 Testaments are really one
revelation from God. He writes: "In the Greek the number for
Jesus is 888. The same number reveals Him in the Old
first 2 Hebrew words of Deuteronomy and the last 2 Hebrew words of the
same book add up to: 'These be the words - all Israel.' The first 2
add up to 297 and the last 2 add up to 591. Each letter having the
equivalent number, as does the Greek. The sum total is 888."
Gospel of John opens with this test, "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was
not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was
the life of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
Gaverluk writes: "Jesus is signatured in the Old Testament: Malachi
3:6, "I am" is 63; "Jehovah" is 770; and
"Not" is 31; all adding up to 888. Another: Genesis 13:1,
"Almighty God" is 345; and Exodus 3:14 "I am that I
am" adds up to 543. The total signature for Jesus again in
thanks to Albert Nobell for digging these out. He has more including
the prime numbers 37 and 73 in "And the Numbers Cam' along with 'Gematria
and a Priori Data' published by Micro-Text, 3221 S. Colfax, Min. Mn.
The number 3 stands for trinity and the number 7 stands for
THE BIBLE BE TRUSTED?
Bible can certainly be trusted. The Bible is the living Word of God.
Over the centuries, a number of very sincere doubters have set out to
prove the Bible to be incorrect.
of these was Sir William Ramsay, who determined to use historical events -
especially the 'Book of Acts' to disprove the validity of the Sacred
Writings. His strategy was to travel to every place and do all the
things - recorded by Dr. Luke, which St. Paul and his party experienced.
similar modes of transportation and reconstructing the great Apostle's
missionary journeys, he discovered Luke's accounts so accurate and
convincing that he received Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.
the conclusion of his study, Sir William Ramsay concluded: ":Luke is
an historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact
trust worthy, he is possessed of the true historical sense; he fixed his
mind on the idea and plan that rules in the evolution of history, and
proportions the scale of his treatment to the importance of each
incident...In short, this author should be placed along with the greatest
historical accuracy of the Bible overwhelmed Sir William Ramsay!
Another 'notable' to be converted to Christ by the outcome of his own
research is mathematician, Dr. Ivan Panin. Immigrating to the USA
more than a hundred years ago from his native Russia, the famous atheist
was challenged by friends to prove the Bible erroneous, using mathematics.
results of Dr. Panin's scientific research convinced him that the Bible is
indeed a 'mathematical marvel'.
discovered a miraculous numeric pattern and consistency, which ran like a
thread throughout the entire Bible - Old and New Testaments! Using
the same scientific approach to Greek classics, the Apocrypha and books of
literature, Dr. Panin found no such divine design.
upon his face he cried out for mercy and received Jesus Christ as his
personal Lord and Saviour! And he devoted the rest of his life
speaking publicly at universities across the USA, proving that the Bible
is inerrant, infallible and divine.
ABOUT THE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS OF THE BIBLE?
Irwin stated: "Mighty empires have arisen, flourished and fallen, but
God's Word endures. And in times of skepticism and unbelief, buried
records have been brought to light, and forgotten nations, whose very
existence was questioned, have been rediscovered. Science,
anthropology, philology, and archaeology have all thrown light upon the
historic truth of the Scriptures."
his powerful book, 'The Story of the Bible', Sir Fredric Kenyon, the
Director and Chief Librarian of the British museum wrote, (1937),
all the work of classical antiquity we have to depend upon manuscripts
written long after their original composition. The author who is in
best case in this respect is Virgin: yet the earliest manuscript of Virgil
that we now possess was written some 350 years after his death. For
all other classical writers, the interval between the date of the author
and the earliest extant manuscript of his works is much greater. For
Livy it is about 500 years, for Horace 900, for most of Plato 1,300 and
for Europides 1,600.
the other hand the great vellum uncials of the New Testament were written
perhaps some 250 years after the date when the gospels were actually
composed, while we now have papyrus manuscripts which reduce the interval
by a hundred years. And while the manuscripts of any classical
author amount at most to a few score, and in some cases only to a few
units, the manuscripts of the Bible are reckoned by thousands."
following quotes are from the British and Foreign Bible Society's book,
'The Master Light'. "Not one of the manuscripts already
mentioned goes back to an earlier date than the fourth century, and it
almost came to be assumed that no manuscript of a prior time would ever be
assumption, however, was falsified by the discovery near the site of the
ancient city of Aphroditopolis in Egypt of a group of papyri, afterwards
known as the "Chester Beatty Papyri' (so named after Mr. Chester A.
Beatty, who purchased most of them). Some of thes go back to the
third century, and one even to the second century - this oldest manuscript
giving us Numbers and Deuteronomy. There are two manuscripts of
Genesis, a fragmentary copy of Isaiah, a leaf of Jeremiah, a manuscript of
Ezekiel, Daniel and Esther, a leaf or two of Ecclesiasticus."
all, therefore, it will be seen that in these three papyrus manuscripts we
have all the books of the New Testament, with the exception of the
Pastoral and Catholic (general) Epistles, represented more or less in
copies which can be confidently assigned to the third century. A
large part of the gap between the original writers and the earliest
manuscripts which we possessed of them has thus been filled: and who knows
what the future may bring."
EVIDENCE: THE OLDEST BIBLE LEAF
question: Who knows what the future may bring ? This question
is already being answered. The oldest manuscript of the Chester
Beatty papyri was the Numbers and Deuteronomy of the Bible, but a further
discovery was made a year or so ago (1935-1936) - a fragment of
Deuteronomy for the Septuagint belonging to the second century B.C.
The story of this precious leaf can only be hinted at:
1917, Dr. Rendel Harris purchased for the John Rylands Library, Manchaster,
a bundle of papyri, and among them two pieces of 'cartonnage', as it is
called - the papyrus used for wrapping up mummies. When the various
fragments had been disentangled there were found to be portions of a roll
of the book of Deuteronomy - small parts of chapters 23 to 26, and a verse
or two of chapter 28."
Deissmann sums it up this way: "The chief value of the new discovery
lies in the fact that the certainty of the handing on through millenniums
of the text of the Holy Scripture - which hostile critics have often
ventured to dispute - has been established with convincing force in one
earliest translations were in Syriac,
Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Latin, Gothic and
Slavic, and scholars have devoted much to these versions in order to
determine what Greek manuscripts were used, and, that questioned settled,
what can be gleaned concerning the text of the manuscripts.
Caspar Rene Gregory, in 'Canon and text of the New Testament, p. 306
stated: "The value of the translations attaches especially at first
to the localizing of texts or of readings, or we may say to the perceiving
of the extent to which readings were spread abroad. For it is clear
that a reading, whensoever it may come, if to be in the Syrian language,
must have been in Syria: if it be in the Coptic translation, must have
been in Egypt. Furthermore, in so far as we may succeed in dating a
translation approximately, its text offers us a clue to the age of a given
form or given readings."
'The Story of the Bible' (p.144), Sir Fredric Kenyon summed it all up as
follows: "It is reassuring at the end that the general result of all
these discoveries and all this study is to strengthen the proof of the
authenticity of the Scriptures, and our conviction that we have in our
hands, in substantial integrity, the veritable Word of God."
NEW HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF BIBLE DISCOVERED
London Times priinted and article by Matthew D'Ancona (Dec 24, 1994), who
wrote of the astonishing discovery made by Dr. Carsten Thiede on three
fragments known as the Magdelen Papyrus.
casual observer would not look twice. Yet these ancient scraps of
papyrus, which have been locked away in an Oxford College library for most
of the century...may transform our present understanding of Christianity
and the Gospels."
Thiede was taken aback by what he found...the strong possibility that the
Gospel according to St. Matthew is not the second century version of an
oral tradition, but an eye witness account. The New Testament, in
other words, may have been written and read by men who walked with Jesus
the Magdalen fragment was dated four decades ago, important research has
been carried out which enabled Dr. Thiede to estimate far more accurately
the years in which the papyrus was likely to have been written. His
conclusions were bold.
the course of four trips to Oxford, it became clear to him that the
papyrus was written in a distinctive script common in the first century
B.C,. but petering out by the middle of the first century A.D. The
hand, he gradually realized, was a hundred years older than was previously
thought. He will not deny the extraordinary implication of his
THE NEW DATING IS CORRECT, the Magdelen papyrus would turn out to be not
only the oldest known fragment of Matthew, but the oldest of all listed
New Testament manuscripts."
don't forget that when the 'Dead Sea Scrolls' were found in some caves in
1948, the Book of the Isaiah was perfectly intact. Even though the scrolls
had been hidden away for more than 2,000 years, the Book of Isaiah is
exactly the same as contained in the Holy Bible we have today.
BIBLE IS STILL THE WORLD'S BEST SELLER
is small wonder then that the Holy Bible is still the world's 'best
seller'! The American Bible Society reported in 1982, that the Bible
had been translated into 1739 languages and dialects, which are spoken by
97% of the world's population.
tot the General Secretary of the Associated Bible Societies, Fergus
MacDonald, more than 40 million Bibles and New Testaments were distributed
world-wide in 1998, in more than 200 nations and through more than 130
Bible Societies! The total of Bibles sold were 20,751,515 - which is
an increase of more than 1/2 million over the year before, and a gain of
more than one million New Testaments, totaling 20,116,627 copies.
stated: "We have good reason to praise God for the increase we see,
but we have a long way to go, before we can say that we have accommodated
the growing hunger after God's Word."
DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THIS?
unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end
of the world." (Psalms 19:2-4)
what of the loud noises made by some 'Johnny-come-lately', like the
humanistic philosophers and supposed theologians who call themselves, 'The
Jesus Seminar'? As well as opportunistic 'play actors' like Baigent
Brown, Ron Howard and Hanks? I would say, "Much like the
proverbial story of the dogs that run after the caravan - The dogs bark,
but the caravan moves on."
MORE SCIENTIFIC THAN SCIENCE
T.A Pierson says, "There is a danger is pressing the word in the
Bible into a positive announcement of scientific fact, so marvelous are
some of these correspondences. But it is certainly a curious fact
that Solomon should use language entirely consistent with discoveries as EVAPORATION
and STORM CURRENTS (1:6,7). Some have boldly said that
Redfield's theory of storms is here explicitly stated. Without
taking such ground, we ask, who taught Solomon to use terms that readily
accomodate facts that the MOVEMENT OF THE WINDS which seem to be so
lawless and uncertain, are ruled by laws as positive as those which rule
the growth of the plant: and that by EVAPORATION, the waters
that fall on the earth are continually rising again, so that the sea never
12:8 is a poetic description of death.
the 'Silver Cord' describes the spinal marrow, the 'Golden Bowl' the basin
which holds the brain, the 'Pitcher' the lungs, and the 'Wheel' the heart.
Without claiming that Solomon was inspired to foretell the Circulation
of the Blood, 26 centuries before. Harvey announced it, is it
not remarkable that the language he uses exactly suits the facts. A
wheel pumping up through one pipe to discharge through another."
LEWIS' FAMOUS STATEMENT
number of years ago, US President, Ronald Reagan, quoted C.S. Lewis - the
renowned Oxford professor - about Jesus Christ, when he made his
profession of faith. Here is the famous quote in full:
am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing
about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher,
but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing
we must not say.
man who was merely a man and said the things that Jesus said would not be
a great moral teacher, he would either be a lunatic - on a level with a
man who says he is a poached egg - or else He would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of
God or else a madman or something worse. But let us not come up with
any patronizing nonsense about Him being a great human teacher. He
has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
his close encounter with death at the hands of a deranged assassin,
President Ronald Reagan was asked by his pastor, "Were you ready to
die?" He answered, "No, I have much more to do!"
The pastor continued, "No, I meant, were you ready to meet God?"
President Reagan answered, "Yes." The pastor questioned,
"Why?" With a knowing smile, President Reagan replied,
"I have a Saviour!"
YOU HAVE A SAVIOUR?
dear friend, reading these lines: My question to you is, "DO
YOU HAVE A SAVIOUR?" When the Philippian Jailor asked Paul and
Silas, "What must I do to be saved", they answered:
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy
house." (Acts 16:31)
NOT GOING TO WORK
Jewish Sanhedrin tried 'early-on' to stamp out the followers of Jesus, but
they couldn't do it. Five thousand were converted when a crippled
beggar was healed. The High Priest and Jewish leaders got extremely
nervous when these great things happened in the name of Jesus, Whom they
on the miracle, Peter declared: "And His name (Jesus Christ) through
faith in His name made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the
faith which is by Him hath given Him this perfect soundness in the
presence of you all." (Acts 3:16)
word of the 'AWAKENING' spread through the city of Jerusalem, the
disciples were brought before the High Priest and his associates for
questioning: "And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By
what power, or by what name, have ye done this?" (Acts 4:7)
answered: "Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel,
that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Whom ye crucified.
Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before
is the STONE which was set at naught by your builders, which is become the
HEAD OF THE CORNER. Neither is there salvation in any other; for
there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
BOLDNESS SHOOK THE JEWISH LEADERS
conferred among themselves, saying, "What shall we do with these men?
For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to
all in Jerusalem: and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no
further among the people, let us straightly threaten them that they speak
henceforth to no man in THIS NAME."
they called them, and commanded them not (never) to speak at all nor teach
in the name of Jesus." (Acts 4:16-18)
and John were no pussy cats! They were tough fishermen who had been
with Jesus, and they had witnessed first hand the awesome power connected
with His name. He had instructed them - before His crucifixion - to
pray to the Father in His name. (John 16:26)
observing the great power wielded by the name of Jesus, do you think they
would listen to a group of stodgy old religious men who had no contact
with God? A thousand times, "NO!" They answered,
"Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more
than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we
have seen and heard." (Acts 4:19, 20)
Peter and John were threatened, they went back to their own company of
believers and reported what the chief priests and elders had said.
When the believers heard the report, they lifted up their voices to God
with one accord:
Thou art God, which has made heaven, and the earth, and the sea, and all
that in them is: And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant
unto Thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word."
stretching forth Thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be
done by the name of Thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed,
the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with
boldness." (Acts 4:24, 30, 31)
attacks on Jesus Christ and the Bible have happened many times before, and
the Church has survived and grown as a result. Christianity hasn't
gone into extinction and today the Bible is still the world's best selling
RATCHET UP ATTACKS ON JESUS CHRIST
December 1936 issue of 'The Witness' carried an article on the Virgin
Birth of the Saviour by T. Ernest Wilson. He wrote, "Many years
ago Dr. Dale of Birmingham made the statement: "The storms of
criticism now are bursting about the venerable head of Moses, but Moses is
not the objective; the time will soon come when the tempest will break
about the One Holy Head."
continued: "And that time has come, apostate Christendom takes every
opportunity of attacking the Person and work of our Lord Jesus
Wilson was referring to was the wicked onslaught by the so called higher
critics who were erroneously charging that Moses did not write the
Pentateuch (first 5 books of the Bible). Of course, they have since
been conclusively proven wrong. But the devil never gives up, so he
grooms more lapdogs to attack the Bible.
he's going after the Head of the Church, the Chief Cornerstone Himself,
Jesus Christ the Messiah. How does he do it? The same way he
deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, through deception, lies and planting
doubts about the veracity of God's Word.
planted doubt in Eve's mind: "Hast God said...? Ye shall not
surely die...You can become like God yourself. God wants to keep you
ignorant..." (Genesis 3:1-5) That LYING DEVIL even had the
audacity to tempt our Lord Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, Who had
come down from heaven to redeem us from our sins and Satan's shackles.
said: "If Thou be the Son of God..." (Matthew 4:1-10) That
lying tricksters KNEW that Jesus was the Son of God. He knew why
Jesus had come down to this planet. He knew what Jesus was about to
do to his kingdom.
study of history chronicles the struggle of Satan and his evil forces
against the Church of the Living Go during the last 2000 years.
Repeatedly, we see the ebb and flow and against all odds, the constant and
steady growth of the Church.
is an excerpt from 'The Wonder of the Book' by Professor Dyson Hague,
M.A.: "Another wonderful thing about the Bible is that it has stood
ages of ferocious and incessant persecution. Century after century
men have tried to burn it and bury it. Crusade after crusade has
been organized to extirpate it. Kings of the earth set themselves,
the rulers of the church took counsel together, to destroy it from the
face of the earth."
the Roman Emperor, in 303 inaugurated the most terrible onslaught that the
world has known against a book. Every Bible almost was destroyed;
myriads of Christians perished; and a column of triumph was erected over
an exterminated Bible with the inscription: "Extincto nomine
Christianorum." (Extinct is the name of Christians.)"
yet, not many years after, the Bible came forth as Noah from the ark to
re-people the earth, and in the year 325 Constantine enthroned the Bible
as the Infallible Judge of Truth in the First General Council."
followed the prolonged mediaeval persecutions. You all know how the
Church of Rome denied the Bible to the people. The Church of Rome never
trusted the people with the Bible. For ages it was a practically
unknown book. Martin Luther was a grown up man when he said that he
had never seen a Bible in his life. No jailor ever kept a prisoner
closer than the Church of Rome has kept the Bible from the people."
CRITICS HAVE THEIR OWN AGENDA
perhaps the worst opposition to the Bible has been during the last 150
years. Its bitterest foes, curiously enough, were men who claimed
liberty of thought, and Bolingbroke and Hume and Voltaire seemed so
confident of the extermination of the Bible, that the Frenchmen declared
that a hundred years after his day not a Bible would be found save as an
came the German rationalistic host, with the fiercest and deadliest of all
the attacks. Yet here the Bible is today, stronger than ever.
It stands, and will stands. The adversaries have done their worst.
They have charged their heaviest charge. They have fired their
deadliest volley. Whatever unexpected adversaries appear in the
future, no more destructive trios than Julian and Celsus and Porphyry,
than Voltaire and Strauss and Renan, than Eichorn and Wellhausen and
Kuenen, will probably ever be confederate against it."
in spite of all these age-long persecutions and assaults, the Word of the
Lord is having free course, and is being glorified. The Bible is
being circulated at about 12,000,000 copies a year, in about 500
us remember here that the adversary has cunningly changed his tactics.
Under Christian garb, by professedly Christian men, under the high
sounding term of "higher criticism" the Bible is assailed in its
very foundation as God's Word, God's revelation to man. It is no
less Satan's work, and more to be feared than the violent opposition of
have been terrible times of persecution against God's people. Dr.
David Barrett, a statistician who has tracked this world wide phenomenon
for the past 30 years, reports that an average of about 150,000 people
have given their lives for Christ annually, and that millions are
presently persecuted in one way or another for the name of Jesus.
said, "Thy kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and violent taketh it
by force." (Matthew 11:12) The literal translation states,
"Thu kingdom of God is advancing powerfully and men of faith take
hold of His promises and carry it forward with an ardour that resembles
is still showing His awesome power in Communist China and other totalarian
countries, including Muslim dominated nations. Here is a recent
awesome testimony of the power of Jesus Christ.
NEWS FROM EGYPT - GIRLS FOUND ALIVE AFTER 15 DAYS
Muslim man in Egypt killed his wife and then buried her with their infant
baby and 8 year old daughter. The girls were buried alive. He
then reported to the police that an uncle killed the children. 15
days later, another family member died. When they went to bury him,
they found the 2 little girls under the sand - ALIVE.
country is outraged over this incident,
and the man will be executed. The older girl was asked how she had
survived. "A man wearing shiny white clothes, with bleeding
wounds in his hands, came every day to feed us. He woke up my mom so she
could nurse my sister," she said.
was interview on Egyptian National T.V. by a veiled Muslim woman anchor.
She said on public T.V. "This was none other than Jesus,
because nobody else does things like this."
believe Jesus would do this, but the wounds mean He really was crucified,
and its clear also that He is alive. But, it is also clear that the
child could not make up a story like this, and there is no way these
children could have survived without a true miracle.
leaders are going to have a hard time to figure out what to do with this,
and the popularity of the 'Passion of the Christ' movie doesn't help.
With Egypt at the center of the media and education in the Middle East,
you can be sure this story will spread. Christ is still turning the
world upside down.! (news report)
I spoke with a young Muslim man from Tanzania whose forbears were from
India. He stated that he could believe that Jesus was born of a
virgin and therefore was very special, but he could not believe in the
replied that if he could understand God I wouldn't believe in Him for then
He would be as weak as I am and couldn't help me, or I would be as great
as God is and I wouldn't need Him. No my friend, it is impossible
for us to understand the One who has created us in His own image.
WESLEY asked, "How can a worn understand a man?" It is
impossible for a finite being to understand the invisible, immortal,
infinite God. It is almost insane to believe that created human
beings could understand - with our limited intellectual capacity - the One
who made us and knows our DNA and our human genome and is the giver and
sustainer of physical and eternal life.
EINSTEIN stated: "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe
is that it is incomprehensible."
CARLYLE - Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher - declared: "I
do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance - I don't
pretend to understand the universe - it's a great deal bigger than I
we are unable to understand the universe, how could we possibly understand
God? The real danger presenting itself to the human race is the
totally unrealistic notion that we can thing of Almighty God in
human terms. Thinking of God as though He were a human being,
instead of the Immortal. God is Eternal, Omnipotent,
Omniscient, Omnipresent and Transcendent Lord God of all flesh. He
is the creator, Saviour, sustainer, healer, deliverer and Judge.
can a sin laden, disease bearing, guilt ridden mortal hope to under the
pure, righteous, holy and immortal Lord God of all flesh? How can an
ignorant, unknowing creature such as man, think we should be able to
understand the omniscient (all wise, all knowing) God?
is irrational to think that we could understand our Maker. We are
unable to even understand ourselves. Millions of people go to
counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists or pastors for help in
understanding themselves. If you can't understand yourself, stop
trying to analyze the One who made you.
people who are unbelievers of God and intellectuals that don't have God in
their lives, try to understand God, they are thinking of God in
human terms. Man will never understand God by rationalizing or
thinking of God in human terms.
is transcendent and so far above us that we could never understand Him.
This is why God sent His Son Jesus. Jesus was wrapped in human
flesh, to show us what He is like. Our Lord visited this
planet to redeem us and deliver us from the powers of darkness that are
seeking to destroy us.
Christ said: "If ye had known Me, ye should have known My Father
also.... Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known
Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father; and how
sayest thou then, show us the Father?" (John 14:7,9)
MURRAY, Dutch Reformed theologian, declared: "Everything is of the
Father, everything is in the Son, everything is through the Spirit.
The entire carrying out of the counsel of God is through the Holy Spirit,
and the sanctification and the impartation of divine holiness which He
SHOULD WE REACT TO THESE BLASPHEMOUS ACTS?
should we do in light of these outrageous blasphemous attacks on the
divinity of Jesus Christ? How should Christians conduct themselves
when facing such lies, blasphemy and injustice? What is the
Scriptural route to take?
we organize demonstrations, and take to the streets starting riots across
the world? How about burning movie studios in Hollywood and theatres
showing the movie or bookstores selling the blaspemous books? Should
we threaten those involved with the Jesus Papers and Da Vinci Code, like
Muslims would have done if such attacks were leveled against Muhammad?
answer is a resounding, "NO". We live by a different code
of ethics employing sanity, holiness and tolerance. We have not
filled the world with the glorious Gospel of Christ by using the sword.
do not gain converts to Christ through intimidation, kidnappings or forced
starvation like the Muslims are doing in Sudan and else where in the
martyrs have died by the millions during the last 1000 years, while trying
to win souls for Christ and helping the poor of the world. Our
martyrs dies to save someone, instead of trying to see how many they could
kill in a suicide attack. Christians are opposed to Satan's work.
are used to being discriminated against. Christians are used to
being persecuted and killed as martyrs while seeking to save lost souls,
feed the hungry and heal the sick.
Islamic suicide bombers who die as martyrs trying to kill as many people
as possible, millions of Christian martyrs over the last 2000 years have
gladly given their lives while sharing Christ's love.
to defend Jesus from the Temple Guard who were led to the Garden of
Gethsemane by Judas Iscariot, Peter used his sword to cut off the ear of
Malchus. Malchus was the servant of the high priest.
said to Peter, "Put up thy sword into its sheath: the cup which My
Father hath given Me, shall I not drink it?" (John 18:10) Then
Jesus healed the man's ear.
job is to stay focused on the Word of God. We must keep our eyes on
Jesus. We must stay focused on the Holy Spirit and keep on preaching
the Gospel of Christ. We must continue by praying for the sick and
casting out devils. We have a job to do and a world of sinners to
win to Christ. We need to bring healing to the hurting people of our
the Samaritans refused to give Jesus and His disciples lodging, James and
John asked, " ... Lord wilt Thou that we command fire to come down
from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But He turned, and
rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what spirit ye are of. For the
Son of Man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them."
do know that after King Herod had killed 'James the Just' - the
younger brother of Jesus - he was judged by the Lord: "And upon a set
day Herod, arrayed in Royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an
oration to them. And the people gave a shout, saying, it is the
voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the
Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of
worms, and gave up the ghost." (Acts 12:21-23)
Word states: "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give
place unto wrath: For it is written, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,
sayeth the Lord." (Romans 12:19)
appears that HOLLYWOOD is already cursed by its own imbecilic,
pornographic and perverted actions. Look at the broken homes,
scarred children, alcoholism, drug addition, suicides, sexual perversion,
depression and mental illness. What a sorry mess Hollywood is.
needs to be pitied rather than emulated. Hollywood needs to be
prayed for rather than envied. Hollywood must be challenged and
rebuked when they pervert society with their filthy immoral movies.
must pray for the salvation of those in Hollywood; the actors, writers,
directors and owners of these Hollywood moves need prayer and salvation.
We need to pray that Baigent, Brown, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are
convicted because of their sins and that they are saved, born again and
filled with the Holy Spirit.
AGAINST THE COMPANIES WHO BLASPHEME JESUS IN BOOKS AND MOVIES SUCH AS THE
"DA VINCI CODE' AND THE 'JESUS PAPERS'
Christians are sleeping and hiding in complacency. May God awaken us
all. Protest against the lies, fabrication and diabolical attacks
that have been used against our Lord Jesus Christ. Protest against
the companies who blaspheme the name of Jesus and defame His character in
books and movies such as the 'Da Vinci Code' and the 'Jesus Papers.'
vicious attacks in such movies as the "Da Vinci Code' and the 'Jesus
Papers' prove the Bible scriptures are true. The Holy Bible records
the amazing prophecy of the aged and righteous Jew, Simeon, who took the
baby Jesus in his arms, in the Temple, saying: "Behold this Child is
set for the fall and rising again in Israel; and for a SIGN which shall be
spoken against." (Luke 2:34)
directors, producers and companies that produced the movies the "Da
Vinci Code' and the 'Jesus Papers' are certainly speaking against Jesus
Christ. They spoke against Jesus in the past just as they are today.
The hate filled mobs cried: "Away with Him. Crucify Him"
even though Pontius Pilate said: "I find no fault in Him." (Luke
23:4, 14) The Bible says: "But this cometh to pass, that the
Word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, THEY HATED ME
WITHOUT A CAUSE." (John 15:25)
directors, producers, writers and movie studios producing movies such as
the 'Da Vinci Code' and 'Jesus Papers' are enemies of the cros
the 'ENEMIES OF THE CROSS' are at it again, re-writing history and trying
to destroy people's faith in the living Saviour Jesus Christ. They
will upset some people, they will turn many people away from the Lord and
in the end they fulfill another Scripture from the Bible, where Jesus
am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already
kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I
straightened till it be accomplished. Suppose ye that I am come to
give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay, but rather division."
prophesied that divisions would arise because of Him. This is
literally being fulfilled through the lies, hatred and strife generated
against Him by the enemies of the cross, as well as the use of these
blasphemous books and films such as the 'Da Vinci Code' and 'Jesus
Christian Church is now rising to the challenge and going on the
offensive. Jesus said, "The Gates of Hell (opinions, plans,
attack of Satan) will not prevail against the Church." (Matthew
16:18) Praise the Lord and glory be to the Lamb of God forever.
IS AT WORK, A.D. April 18, 2006
Kentucky Board of Education has voted to take the first step in
re-defining how America dates time. The board voted to include a new
secular system of dating the calendar, BCE (means Before Common Era) and
AD (Anno Domini, Latin for 'in the year of our Lord') method.
new secular system of time dating will appear in the curriculum and other
materials used by Kentucky educators. This new system is already
being included in textbooks across the nation.
new method will replace the birth of Christ as the dividing point in
history. For example, the new system would change 2006 AD (Anno
Domini) to 2006 CE (Common Era).
also opens the door for the ACLU to find a liberal activist judge who will
forcefully remove the use of BC and AD. The ACLU types will claim
that the use of BC and AD are a violation of the First Amendment because
it dates history based on the birth of Christ.
WILL NOT COMPROMISE
will not be a part of the Antichrist's plan that seeks to eradicate the
EVIDENCE OF JESUS CHRIST'S influence in the earth during these past 2000
compromising preachers have fallen for the trick of the enemy. They
hope to reach Jewish people by amending their teaching and re-writing
history. Jewish people are not fools. Jewish people are
intelligent people who want to know the truth.
have hundreds of Jewish friends. The Jewish people know there are
those of us who tell the truth and also stand with them and the nation of
Israel against their enemies.
you try to re-write history in this case, how could they ever trust you if
the Muslims, who hate them, gain power in Israel? Compromisers are
not to be trusted. Lets always tell the truth, even if it is
Martin Luther stated so many years ago, I declare: "Here I stand, I
cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.
- Max Solbrekken
Christian Friend: If you find it in your heart to remember this
ministry and your humble servant in your prayers on a daily basis, we
would be so thankful to you and the Lord. Thank you and God bless
are 3 laws outlined in the Bible scriptures stated clearly by our Lord God
and Master, Jesus Christ.
OF GOD ON DIVINE HEALING
#1 - THE LAW OF BINDING AND LOOSING
first law on divine healing is found in Matthew 18:18. I call it the
'Law of Binding and Loosing."
that Jesus said, "Very I say unto you...." The word
verily means certainly, surely or assuredly. In other words,
Jesus was giving us the assurance that He was telling the truth and that
we can "bank on that."
WOULD JESUS WANT US TO BIND AND LOOSE?
question we must address is, "What would Jesus want us to bind and
loose"? The answer is, "The same things He bound and
loosed when He was upon earth'! Jesus came against five things in
His earthly ministry:
(disease and death)
and Satan himself
FORGAVE THE SINNER
forgave the sinner: and shed His precious blood to save the lost. He
gave the great commission, calling His servants to preach the 'gospel of
salvation' to the ends of the earth: "Go ye into all the world and
preach the gospel to every creature..." (Mark 16:15)
BOUND THE SPIRITS OF FEAR by speaking peace to the troubled. He
constantly stated: "Fear thou not! Peace be unto you!
HEALED THE SICK & DISEASED and He raised the dead! Jesus
drove out infirm spirits and gave us His power to do the same!
"When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were
possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and
healed all that were sick. That it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and
bare out sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
WAS COMPASSIONATE TOWARD THE POOR AND NEEDY. He proved His
compassion by feeding the hungry, multiplying the loaves and fishes and
giving to the poor. Judas carried "the bag" and was
a thief (John 12:6, 13:29), but many were ministered to through the
generosity of Jesus Christ.
Jesus met the funeral procession outside of Nain, He had compassion upon a
widow who had lost her only son and means of support. He raised the
young man back to life and gave Him to his mother! And finally,
Jesus gave us the KEY TO PROSPERITY and ABUNDANCE.
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these
things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down,
and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you
again." (Luke 6:38)
cast out evil spirits from the tormented, sick, suffering and demented.
Jesus met Satan face to face in the wilderness temptation and overcame him
with God's word. Finally, Jesus totally defeated Satan, through his
vicarious, substitutionary death on Golgatha and His Glorious Resurrection
from the dead, three days later.
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself
likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy
him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver
them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage." (Hebrews 2:13:15)
HAS GIVEN US POWER TO CAST OUT DEVILS AND SET THE CAPTIVES FREE
the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are
subject unto us through Thy name. And He said unto them, I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power
to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:
and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:17-19)
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..." (Mark 16:16-17)
DID JESUS LOOSE? He freed those who
were bound by the power and the influence of the enemy! We must do
OF GOD ON DIVINE HEALING
#2 - THE LAW OF AGREEMENT
second law on diving healing is found in Matthew 18:19. I call this
law the 'Law of Agreement'.
I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any
thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is
is such an easy law to apply. All it takes it two people agreeing in
prayer, regarding a request or petition. A prophet, apostle,
evangelists or pastor is not necessary. It can be any two people
agreeing in prayer.
specified "any two" agreeing (a pastor and a parishioner,
a husband and wife, two children in need) in faith. And God will
grant that petition! He said, "Again, I say unto you..."
Why did He used the word 'again'?
knew that "repetition is the mother of learning". It was
so important, that He repeated this injunction. "I've told
you before but I'm going to tell you again. Don't forget;
this is important"! Do you need a miracle? Jesus
wanted us to know that any believer in need of a miracle can unite in
prayer with another believer and the miracle will happen!
James builds on Jesus' invitation: "Confess your faults one to
another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
OF GOD ON DIVINE HEALING
#3 - LAW OF GOD'S PRESENCE
#3 on divine healing is found in Matthew 18:20. I call this the 'Law
of God's presence".
where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the
midst of them."
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life. In Thy presence is
fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."
said, "....I will never leave thee nor forsake thee". (Hebrews
"I will be with thee until the end of the world (age)". (Matthew
28:20) In the original Greek the meaning is even stronger.
Jesus says: "I will never, no never, leave thee. I will never,
no never, forsake thee." Jesus used a 'double imperative' to
make His point clear. Notice here that He says, "Verily,
certainly, and most assuredly..."
Jesus says I've told you before but this is so important I'm going to
repeat myself. He states, "Again I say unto you.." And
finally, "I will never, NO NEVER leave thee! I will never, NO
NEVER forsake thee!" Jesus made it crystal clear so that we
would understand. Jesus repeated it so we would know that he meant
his words. NEVER forsake thee!" Jesus could not make it
any clearer. Jesus is on our side. We are safe in Jesus.
Jesus Christ our Lord can be trusted, for He is our Saviour and God.
us draw nigh unto God. Study the Bible, seek the Lord for the
answers and lock into the promises and laws of God on divine healing.
Lock into the promises of God for ourselves and receive His answers to our
VERSE CAN CURE
SICKNESS & DISEASE
Pastor Max Solbekken, D.D.
said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God,
and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his
commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases
upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I AM the LORD that
healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)
OF THESE DISEASES
of the most helpful books in print today is the classic, 'None of These
Diseases' by Dr. S.I. McMillan.
author, Dr. S.I. McMillan, a prominent medical doctor uses humor, common
sense and a biblical perspective, in dealing with the causes and cures of
is lamentable that peace does not come in capsules", he utters in
failure as he remembers the thousands of patients who left his office with
"nothing but a prescription for a bottle of pills that would only
relieve the symptoms of their illness but not attack the diseases.
good doctor laments that he now wishes he had rather prescribed his book,
'None of These Diseases', so that a permanent cure could have been
affected! According to Medical Science, between 60 and 100% of all
diseases are caused by nervous tension, emotional stress and strain.
McMillan states that emotions such as fear, sorrow, envy, resentment and
hatred are responsible for the majority of our sicknesses and diseases.
And that emotional stress can cause high blood pressure, toxic goiter,
arthritis, migraine headaches, apoplexy, heart trouble, gastro-intestinal
ulcers and other serious illnesses and diseases.
recently (about 1996) the American Medical Association released the
findings of a nation-wide survey of tens of thousands of their medics. One
of the questions dealt with their success ratio in treating patients.
The answer is shocking - Only 10% of patients had received any lasting
help through their medical procedures.
SCIENCE HISTORY RESTS ON SHAKY FOUNDATION
any problems with falling hair? What do you do to cover up that bald
spot and receding hairline?
the only solution is to massage your head, comb your hair forward, get a
toupee or just simply let it fall.
CURES FOR DISEASES 3500 YEARS AGO
you had lived about 3500 years ago you would have gotten very different
advice - not from a therapist but from your physician.
would have quoted from the famous medical authority of that day, Papyrus
it falls out, one remedy is to apply a mixture of six fats, namely those
of the horse, the hippopotamus, the crocodile, the cat, the snake and the
ibex. To strengthen it, anoint with the tooth of a donkey crushed in
PAPYRUS EBERS - AN ANCIENT MEDICAL WORLD GUIDE - REMEDIES FOR DISEASES
Papyrus Ebers was published about 1552 BC and occupied a dominant position
in the ancient medical world and was one of the leading guides for
practicing physicians for a long time.
are literally hundreds of remedies for diseases in this book, such as
lizard's blood, swine's teeth, putrid meat, stinking fat, moisture from
pig's ears, milk goose grease, asses hooves, animal fat from various
sources, excrete from animals, including human beings, donkeys, antelopes,
dogs, cats and even flies.
MOSES, GOD MADE HIS HEALING COVENANT WITH THE JEWISH NATION
was born about the time the 'Papyrus Ebers' was written in Egypt. He
was educated in their highest schools of learning - scholars think he was
also a physician - as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
when God called Moses to lead His people out of Egyptian bondage, he did
not borrow from the "occultist clap-trap" in their medical books
of disease remedies. He rejected the highest, most respected medical
authority of that day.
directive was "Heed the voice of God, do right, obey His
commandments, keep His statutes and I will heal you".
did not borrow medical advice from the 'Papyrus Ebers'. His advice to
Moses was contrary to the most highly respected medical thought of that
CHURCH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN STOPPING THE BLACK DEATH DISEASE
of Europeans died of the disease Leprosy for hundreds of years. Some
physicians thought the cause of the disease Leprosy was eating hot food or
the meat of diseased hogs. Others blamed the disease Leprosy on
malign conjunction of the planets.
60 million people died from the BLACK DEATH disease in the 14th century.
Dr. George Rosen of Columbia University writes: "Leadership was taken
by the Church, as the physicians had nothing to offer. The Church
took as its guiding principal the concept of contagion as embodied in the
OF LEPROSY - PEOPLE AFFLICTED WITH THIS DISEASE WERE QUARANTINE
the condition of leprosy has been established, the patient was to be
segregated and excluded from the community...it accomplished the first
great feat...in methodical eradication of disease."
the Church needs to investigate measures to insure that the AIDS epidemic
does not leap from high risk groups to the general population, since
governmental and medical bodes are again "doing nothing".
centuries in Europe, multitudes perished from deadly diseases because of
improper hygiene, sanitation and sloppy hospitals. In many villages,
human excrement and waste was dumped into the streets, bringing deadly
diseases, creating epidemics of typhoid, cholera and dysentery.
HAD GIVEN INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE BURYING OF WASTES 3500 YEARS AGO
solution to the problem that was causing these deadly diseases, the
burying of wastes, had been given by God 3500 years before (in Deuteronomy
CUT MORTALITY RATE - GOOD HYGIENE STOPPED DISEASES FROM SPREADING
in the 1840s was famous as a medical center. One of the most famous
teaching hospitals of that day was Allegemeine Krakenhus. In
its maternity ward, one out of six women died.
Ignaz Semmelveis discovered that if doctors washed their hands well, after
doing autopsies and before examining expectant mothers, the mortality rate
Semmelveis was not applauded by the Medical Profession. However, he
was ridiculed by his peers, discredited, lost his position and eventually
succumbed to the pressure, dying in a mental hospital.
had given the same advice many centuries before (in Numbers 19). If
wasn't until 1878 that the method of cleaning hands and instruments was
introduced by men like John Tyendall, Louis Pasteur and Sir Joseph Lister
that the mortality rate began to drop.
New York State Department of Health, in 1960, issued a book describing a
method of washing the hands very similar to that found the BIBLE - Numbers
WESLEY, FOUNDER OF THE METHODIST CHURCH DECLARED IT WAS GOD'S WILL FOR
MIRACLES TO BE IN THE CHURCH, BUT THE MIRACLES HAD BEEN LOST DUE TO
interesting to note that John Wesley - founder of the Methodist Church
declared that it is God's will for miracles to be in the Church, for the
entire Church age, but have been lost to the church because of UNBELIEF.
further stated, "The only method of physics employed by the Early
Church for the first 400 years, was the prayer of faith."
science has come a long way since Papyrus Ebers was published in 1552, BC
and even since the 1840's in Vienna, but I still think that when your
family physician advises you to get a second or third opinion about an
operation, its a good idea.
if anyone wants to try the remedy for falling hair, don't let me
discourage you. But then where would you find a hippopotamus these days?
for me and my house, we will Trust the Lord and serve Him only!
WAS JESUS CHRIST BORN?
By Pastor Max
of Nazareth, True God and True Man, was born to salvage a lost world of
sinning men, to destroy the works of the devil and to build His
Church. He came to this sin curses world to introduce us all to His
Heavenly Father, to redeem mankind through His sacrificial death on the
Cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead. He came to heal
us and to fill us with His Blessed Holy Spirit!
was in the world because Satan was in the world. The devil, who is
the father of sin and death, had been cast out of Heaven and is called the
'Prince of the power of the air', as well as the 'god of this
world'. (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4)
devil had caused previous disruption and chaos. (Genesis 1:2; Ezekiel
28:-13-19); Isaiah 14:12-17)
of Satan's rebellion and hatred for God, he had cunningly planned his
strategy by tempting Eve, with the 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil' in
the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-6; Job 1:8-22; Job 2:1-8)
CALLED - "ADAM WHERE ART THOU?"
great transgression had been made by Adam and Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth..... How would Adam and Eve feel? Would they
CALLED: “ADAM WHERE ART THOU?”
great transgression had been made by Adam and Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth. How would Adam and Eve feel? Would they now
be wise as God, as Satan had promised them? Was the rebellion and
disobedience towards God worth it? No - A thousand times NO.
and Eve's eyes were opened. But, what did they see? Adam and
Eve saw their own vulnerability, stupidity, weaknesses, sin and nakedness.
Fear stalked them and filled their spirits. They had not felt fear
before sin entered their lives. They realized they were naked,
vulnerable and inadequate. Now, they understood they must face the
music, and meet God alone.
where was Satan? Where was the Evil One who had been their wise
counsellor such a short time before?
devil was gone to gloat over his victory. I'm sure that the devil,
the liar and deceiver was not far away, probably hiding behind a tree,
excitedly waiting to see the outcome of their sin. The inevitable
outcome was the separation, dis-fellowshipping of God and His special
DEVIL REJOICED OVER ADAM & EVE'S FEAR AND TERROR
satisfaction must have filled the devil's mind as he observed Adam and
Eve's plight, their complete confusion, perplexity, fear and terror.
and Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool
of the day. God said, "Adam, where art thou? ADAM, WHERE
God called Adam that day, He is still calling you and me. "John,
where are you? Mary, where are you?"
answered, "We are hiding; we are naked; we are afraid"!
God questioned, "Who told you that you were naked? You were
clothed with My glory. Have you eaten of the fruit that I forbad
gave a typical answer from a typical sinner! He said, "The
woman you gave me, she gave me of the fruit. It is Eve's fault, she
gave me the forbidden fruit and it's really Your fault, Lord, because You
gave me the woman".
LIKES TO PASS THE BLAME TO SOMEONE ELSE
seems normal for people to justify themselves. It's much easier to
pass the buck or to blame someone else rather than take the blame, saying,
"I made a mistake, I am wrong, please forgive me."
similar to the Minister who enjoyed portraying women in a negative way.
One Sunday morning as he was preaching on 'The Fall of Man', he vigorously
attacked Eve. If Eve, the weaker vessel, hadn't fallen, the world
wouldn't be in the mess it's now in. The preacher nailed Jezebel and
Delilah: "Women are the ruination of many good men", he shouted.
the close of the service, the Minister stood at the door shaking hands.
Some complimented him on a wonderful sermon, while others were glad to get
out the door.
tall lady shook his hand and she wasn't smiling. She squeezed his
hand until he said, "Lady, you are hurting me". She looked
him square in the eye and asked, "Pastor, what is the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden"?
answered, "I don't know what you are talking about". She
squeezed his hand again until he said, "Ouch". She spoke
again, "Pastor, do you know the telephone number of the Garden of
Eden"? He answered, "Woman, I do not and by the way you
are hurting me." She said, "Well, I know the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden. It's Adam 8-1-2", and she let go
of his hand and left.
ate one too! Eve wasn't the only one to blame. Adam also
disobeyed God, but really the blame goes into further - straight to the
evil one, the Devil.
DEVIL IS TO BLAME
didn't argue with Adam. He turned to Eve and said, "Woman,
what is this that thou hast done?" Eve made more sense
than her husband. She put the blame where it belong: "The
serpent beguiled me and I did eat."
agree with Eve. Satan is the culprit. The devil is to blame
for all the sin, fear, heartbreak, divorce, alcoholism, drug addiction and
juvenile delinquency. He is the architect of all that is evil,
wicked and destructive. Riots, anarchy, thievery, murder, sickness,
disease and war are the outcroppings and results of his plans, goals,
purposes and seduction.
IS TO BLAME. Shout it loud and clear - the devil is the
CALLED THE DEVIL A LIAR & MURDERER
called him a liar, deceiver, murderer and thief. (John 8:44; John
10:10) Our Lord said, "The
thief cometh not for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they
might have life and more abundantly." (John 10:10)
- THE DEVIL IS TO BLAME FOR ALL SIN
said, "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL BRUISE THE SERPENT'S HEAD."
God called out: "Because
thou hast done this, cursed art thou among all the beasts of the field.
Upon thy belly shalt thou go all the days of thy life..." (Genesis
is noteworthy that some scientists believe that at one time serpents and
snakes walked upright and didn't crawl on their bellies as today.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed (the
wicked) and her seed (the righteous). It (Jesus, the seed of the
woman) shall bruise thy head..."
DEFEATED THE DEVIL WITH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS
Golgotha's Hill, Jesus defeated the devil. When Jesus paid the
supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world, and rose again from the dead.
He had delivered the death blow to Satan.
Jesus cried, "It is finished", He had defeated Satan and since
that very hour the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all the sins of the
repentant sinner, and His stripes bring healing to the believing, sick
Bible says, "He (Jesus)
was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are
healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD?
Bible says, "For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever
believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For
God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the
world through Him might be saved."(John 3:16-17)
Bible says: "Neither is
there salvation through any other, for there is none other name under
Heaven given among men whereby you may be saved, but by the Name of
Jesus"! (Acts 4:12) "There
is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." (1
CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE
said, "I am come that they
might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) And
St. John stated: "For this
purpose was the Son of God manifested that He might destroy the works of
the devil". (1 John 3:8) The Scripture says, "When
the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with
devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that
were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
DID ISAIAH PROPHESY?
it and hear it well: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was
upon Him (Jesus) and by His stripes we are healed."! (Isaiah 53:5)
Bible says, "Who His own
self (Jesus) bare our sins in His own body on the tree (cross) that we,
being dead to sins should live unto righteousness, by Whose stripes ye
were healed"! (1
Peter 2:24) "He that
believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the
Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John
IS ONLY ONE WAY - JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE
said, "I am the way, the
truth and the life and 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..." (John 10:9)
Again He said, "Come unto
Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew
DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Bible says, "Without the
shedding of blood there is no remission for sins." (Hebrews
9:22) "It is the
blood that maketh atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11)
Again, "The soul that
sinneth it shall surely die." (Ezekiel 18:20)
Old Testament times, an animal - without spot or blemish - would be
sacrificed, spilling his blood. (Atonement means "covering")
AS THE LAMB DIED ON THE ALTER IN THE TEMPLE, JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD, DIED
ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
Scripture says, "If we
walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with the
other, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all
sin." (John 1:7)
is the Lamb of God, Who was slain for our sins: "One
of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of
Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose
the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the
throne...stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the
He came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the
throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps
and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints."
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;....Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,
Blessing, and honour, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation
SPOILED SATAN'S KINGDOM
Bible says, "And you,
being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He
quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary
to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross, and having
spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it."(Colossians 2:12-15) Oh, Praise God.
serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today. I know that
He is living, whatever men may say...
I see His hand of mercy....I hear His voice of cheer....And just
the time I need Him....He's always near.
lives....He lives...Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way.
lives...He lives....Salvation to impart....
You ask me how I know He lives....He lives...within my heart.
power! What might! What strength, and what great ability Jesus
St. Paul brings it out so graphically in his epistles. Drink in
these truth and be set free and filled with all knowledge, joy and Holy
WORD of God declares: "The
eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the
hope of His calling, and what the riches of glory of His inheritance in
the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He
wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His
own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come. And hath put all
things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the
church." (Ephesians 1:18-22)
unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians
Paul writes, "Who (God)
hath delivered us from the power of darkness (Satan) and hath translated
us into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Jesus Christ) IN WHOM WE HAVE
REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians
referring to Jesus, John the Baptist made the startling statement, "Behold
the Lamb of God which taketh away from the sins of the world." (John
1:29) To this agree the angel's words to Joseph, "Ye
shall call His name Jesus (Salvation) for He shall save (salvage) His
people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
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.
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven
and 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." (Philippians
DAY IS THE SCRIPTURE FULFILLED
book of Isaiah is called the "Gospel of the Old
Testament". The 53rd chapter prophecies the death of
Messiah Who would bring forgiveness and healing to His people.
Isaiah 7:14 speaks of His virgin birth; Isaiah 9:6 speaks of
His Kingship and the fact that He is very God;
Isaiah 28:11-12 foretells the gift of the Holy Spirit and
the end-time phenomena of glossalalia, or "speaking with other
tongues" as a gift of God to bring stability, rest and
peaceful strength to the Church in times of pressure and tension.
Isaiah 61:1-3 prophecies the Gospel Age of His salvation with
forgiveness, healing, deliverance and joy!
he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was,
He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he hath anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the
He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in
your ears." (Luke
entered the synagogue in Nazareth and read from Isaiah the Prophet.
He ended the reading by saying, "This day is
this scripture fulfilled in your ears". He declared Himself the Son of God and Jewish Messiah by those
year of Jubilee could not begin until first the Great Day of Atonement had
taken place. He would die on the cross like the lambs died on the
alters of Jerusalem because He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the
sins of the world."
would fulfill the Old Testament 'Great Day of Atonement' when the
high priest entered into the Holy of holies with the blood of the
sacrificial animal. Jesus was not only the Sacrifice but also
the High Priest Who carried His own blood into the Holy of holies
in Heaven itself. (Hebrews 9:11-14)
scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-21) is also a type of Jesus carrying
away our sins He is our substitute! Every 50th year Israel
celebrated the 'Year of Jubilee' when all the prisoners and slaves were
freed and debts were forgiven. This is a picture of the Gospel Age
when everyone is set free by the blood of Christ and His everlasting
dear friend, Let me admonish you to receive him into your heart and life
as your Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Baptizer and King.
CAME TO SEEK & SAVE THE LOST
said, "I am come
to seek and save that which was lost." (Luke
19:10) You are included in that number, for "All
have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Romans
3:23) You say, 'I cannot live a Christian life in my own strength'!
are absolutely right. You can't do it in your own power, but He will
change you and give you the power to live for Him.
Bible say: "He
came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as
received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to
them that believe on His name." (John
shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...."
(Acts 1:8) Finally Jesus said, "I will never leave thee nor
forsake thee." (Hebrews
13:5)"...and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the
28:20) Receive Him today, as your
Lord and Saviour! Amen