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LEGENDARY EVANGELISTIC - Dr. Max Solbrekken
week we have had the privilege of talking with a legendary evangelist Dr.
Max Solbrekken. He held a series of meetings for the whole week in
one of our meeting halls in Hokksund, Norway, and has prayed for people
to be healed and delivered.
is 79 years old, he looks healthy and strong and is still traveling all
over the world with the gospel
of Jesus Christ just a she has done it for the last 50 years.
asked Max to tell us how he got saved.
was born in Canada from a Norwegian Parents who love the Lord and were
Christians." They were not Pentecostals and had never heard of
the work of the Holy Spirit. One time my dad got very sick, and his
sickness was identified to be an illness in his gall bladder. He
was admitted in a hospital and was waiting for a surgery. While he
was there, he heard a voice speaking to him in Norwegian that said to
him, "Go home and listen to Oral Roberts on the Radio."
Dad did not know that God could speak to him in that way, but still he
decided to obey the voice as it was very convincing. While he
listened to the radio program he was completely healed and some time
later while he was praying alone he got baptized in the Spirit.
WAS JESUS CHRIST
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 now
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 3:36)
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 earth.
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.
He lives...He lives....Salvation
You ask me how I know He lives....He lives...within my heart.
power! What might! What strength, and what great ability
Jesus has. 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 Ghost power.
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
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
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." (John 1:29)
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.
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 Gospel!
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
promised, "Ye 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
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
SIGNIFICANT SIGNS OF
THE END TIMES
does the Bible say?
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
are four significant signs that show us where we stand today in relation
to then end times and our Lord’s soon return, namely:
Sick Condition of our Planet
Sick Condition of the World
Sick Condition of Israel
Sick Condition of the Church
#1 - THE SICK CONDITION OF OUR PLANET
Mankind is groaning under the terrible weight of sin and condemnation.
Satan - the enemy of God and man - has bound the human race with shackles
of rebellion, unbelief, fear, torment, lust, greed, hatred and
perversion! It was Adam’s acquiescence to the Evil One’s lying
temptation that brought sickness and death (spiritual and physical) upon
the human race.
Bible states: “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for
the manifestation of the sons of God. For
the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of
Him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because
the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For
we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the
adoption, to wit (that is to say), the redemption of our body.” (Romans
everywhere are waiting for the ‘MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD’!
What does that mean? Six billion people are looking for an escape from
the emptiness, fear, torment, sickness and bondage in which they live.
ENTIRE WORLD IS WAITING FOR US - GOD’S CHILDREN TO BE SO FILLED WITH
THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE CAN FREE THEM FROM THE TYRANNY AND LIES OF THE
DEVIL AND HIS EMISSARIES.
believe for a moment, that the millions lost in sin and bound by evil
spirits of occultism, superstition, false religion, satanic oppression
and sexual perversion are happy in that state! No one enjoys being in
slavery to witchcraft, fear, torment and evil spirits.
some are sufficiently deceived to live in a fool’s paradise having
convinced themselves that everything is A-Okay, but the opposite is true.
If everything is all right, why do so many rock musicians die of drug
overdoses and commit suicide? Why do many Hollywood stars die of
alcoholism, suicide and drug overdoses? And why
do wealthy, successful people - who seem to have everything going for
them - take their own lives?
Bible says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot
rest, bringing forth mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God to the
wicked”. (Isaiah 57:20-21)
enemy is not flesh and blood, but Satan himself and all his demons that
tempt, deceive, coerce, inhibit, afflict, torment, steal and kill!
battle is with the devil - not with human beings, however he does use
people to do his bidding! The devil must have his emissaries &
ministers, to do his evil work.
what of the Hindu extremists constantly fighting the Muslims in India and
the Seiks battling the Hindus? And the (political) ungodly Roman Catholic
IRA killing the (political) ‘Christian-in-name-only’ Protestants and
if the pagan are so happy in their religious life, why are there so many
‘holy jihads’? Two examples: Muslim Iran against Muslim Iraq in a
seven year war that saw one million men die, and at present Islamic
extremists terrorizing and butchering hundreds of their own people in
DO NOT KNOW GOD and have not been changed by His mighty power. Anyone
who has been converted to Christ, being born again by the Word of God and
the Holy Spirit, would certainly not be waging ‘holy wars’ against
their fellowmen. The only warfare that we are commanded to fight is the
‘Good Fight of Faith’"
DO WE FIGHT THE DEVIL?
Bible says, “Satan, your adversary, goeth about like a roaring lion,
seeking who he may devour, whom resist in the faith...” (1 Peter 5:9)
We resist him by serving Jesus to the best of our ability; by living a
holy and righteous life, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, healing
the sick and casting our devils!
Scripture says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but
mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the
knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
our search for more land to conquer, new technologies to improve our
living standards, and the pursuit or more wealth, man has engaged in
wars, enslavement, violence and pollution which has raped our
environment, land, water and air.
Planet is groaning under the terrible weight of the awful harvest of
mankind’s sins of rebellion, greed, hatred, violence and slavery!
the beginning, after the fall of our first parents, THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE
was plunged into sin, fear, sickness & death! God immediately placed
a curse upon the earth - “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast
harkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which
I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground
for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”.
PLANET is struggling to stay alive and is groaning under this burden! The
‘second law of thermodynamics’ began after the fall and continues
today with aging, deterioration and decay. Only the return of Jesus
Christ will salvage the earth. Mankind will not be allowed to destroy the
earth, but will be punished for defiling and polluting it, as is
prophesied in the last book of the Bible.
BIBLE SAYS, “And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the
time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest
give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them
that fear Thy name, small and great; And shouldest destroy them which
destroy the earth.” (Revelation 11:18)
will have the last word and will judge polluters! If you want a good
example of this, look at the former Soviet Union which polluted the land,
sea and air and after raping the environment, ended up totally bankrupt.
CHRIST MUST RETURN IN ORDER TO SAVE US FROM OUR OWN DESTRUCTIONS, SO THAT
HE CAN REIGN ON THIS EARTH FOR 1000 YEARS OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY.
Believers in Jesus Christ, like St. Paul, are waiting for the moment
when we can be free from the limitations of our weak, carnal flesh and to
be glorified (in the next life) to forever be in Heaven with Jesus Christ
and all the redeemed from all ages! WE WILL THEN RECEIVE A RESURRECTED
BODY WITHOUT THE LIMITATIONS WE HAVE TODAY.
Bible says, “And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves,
waiting for the adoption, to wit (that is to say), the redemption of our
body.” (Romans 8:23)
will be a joyful time of peace and glory as we live eternally in Heaven
with our Lord Jesus Christ and all the redeemed from every nation, tongue
and people of all ages"
I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of
many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia:
for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and
give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife
hath made herself ready."
to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith
unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage
supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of
God.” (Revelation 19:6-9)
#2 - THE SICK CONDITION OF THE WORLD
Bible says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
will of God abideth for ever.” (1 John 2:15-17)
are Satan’s three knockout-punches which he uses to tempt the
“children of men”, namely: 1) the lust of the eyes 2) the lust of
the flesh and 3) the pride of life.
used these three temptations on Eve with great success. “And when the
woman saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that
it was pleasant to the eyes (lust of th eyes), and a tree to be desired
to make one wise (the pride of life), she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
David fell under this temptation also: He saw a beautiful woman taking a
bath in the privacy of her garden (the lust of the eyes). He desired her
and sent for her, committing adultery (the lust of the flesh). HE FELL
AFTER ONLY TWO STRIKES
DEFEATED HIM TOTALLY
was a different story when Satan used his time-tested strategy on our
Lord Jesus Christ. He withstood the temptation and defeated the devil
each time he came with a new “trick up his sleeve".
Jesus had fasted 40 days, Satan said to Him: “Command that these stones
be made bread.” (the lust of the flesh) Jesus answered, “It is
written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
devil tried again: “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for
it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in
their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot
against a stone. (the pride of life) Jesus answered, “It is written
again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” IN OTHER WORDS, GOD
DOESN’T CLOWN FOR ANYBODY.
Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time and
said: “All these things will I give thee (pride of life), if thou wilt
fall down and worship me.” WHAT A DESPICABLE, ARROGANT, EGOTIST SATAN
IS! Jesus rebuffed him immediately with the Word of God saying, “Get
thee hence, Satan (enemy): for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord
thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:1-11)
HAD TO LEAVE HIM, THEN
Bible affirms that Satan is “the god of this world” and “the spirit
which now worketh in the children of the disobedience”. (John 12:31;
Ephesians 2:2) He is the world’s greatest liar and the father of lies
and a murderer extra-ordinaire (John 8:44))
whole world lies in the lap of the wicked one (1 John 5:19) and he
“goeth about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter
5:8). We however, can “resist him in the faith and he will flee from
us”. (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7)
Bible records that Demos was swayed by the bright lights of Thessalonica
and forsook Paul, “having loved this present world” (2 Timothy 4:10).
And St. John commends the young men in the Church for overcoming the
wicked one! (1 John 2:13)
PAUL WARNED OF THE TOTAL DETERIORATION OF MORALITY, DECENCY AND FAIRNESS
IN THE LAST DAYS. DECADENCE & PERVERSION WILL RULE JUST PRIOR TO OUR
LORD’S RETURN, STATED THE APOSTLE! AS WE READ THE PROPHECY WE FEEL
SADDENED BY THE RESEMBLANCE OF OUR PRESENT AGE TO THE PROPHETIC WORD OF
know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS PERILOUS TIMES SHALL COME. For men shall
be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection,
trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those
that are good.
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a
form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that IN THE LATTER TIMES SOME SHALL DEPART
FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to
speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” (Ephesians
5:11-12) “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which
walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom I have
told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies
of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their
belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For
our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 3:17-20)
among the reports of hypocrisy, backsliding & gross moral evils, St.
Paul interjects the Blessed Hope of the Return of Jesus Christ.
our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour,
the Lord Jesus Christ."
thoughts, actions, prayers, plans, goals and complete agenda here, is
tied to Heaven’s plans, purposes and desires. We belong to His heavenly
kingdom and labour first and foremost for Christ.
is this so important? Only our Blessed Jesus Christ has the mandate,
power & desire to straighten out this wicked world. Therefore we wait
for Him to come.
VYING FOR RESPECTABILITY
prophesied that the time will come, “that whosoever killeth you will
think that he doeth God service”. (John 16:2)
the prophet stated, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own
eyes...Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him!” (Is. 5:20-23)
Paul expounded, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are
lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the
image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but
Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” (2
this WORLD IS EVIL AND PERVERTED is no secret! The world system that
despises that which is good and glorifies that which is EVIL is a product
of Satanic invention, since he is the “god of this world”.
Paul declares that Jesus Christ “gave Himself for our sins, that He
might deliver us from this present evil world (age), according to the
will of God and our Father”. (Galatians 1:4)
SIGN #3 - THE SICK CONDITION OF ISRAEL
IS VULNERABLE FACING ATTACKS FROM EVERY DIRECTION
this moment in history, Israel is very vulnerable because of the pressure
placed upon them by the nations of the world to give up land for peace.
the United States - who traditionally has been their friend, is turning
the screws the hardest of all.
Israel will succumb to all this pressure and give away so much land that
they will be unable to defend themselves. Sometime in the future, Israel
will be deceived into accepting the Antichrist as their Messiah and will
suffer terribly because of that. Referring to this, our Lord said to the
am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if another (the
anti-Christ) shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” (John
Jewish leaders rejected Jesus Christ Who came to save them in His
Father’s Name. When Antichrist comes in his own name, they will receive
A SAD & TRAGIC COMMENTARY ON WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!
guess is that Iraq will eventually be reduced in power after the United
States and her allies are finished with her. Then undoubtedly, Iran will
pick up the pieces and gobble up Iraq (and possibly Syria) and control
all the oil flow in the Middle East! (Ezekiel 38 & 39)
WORD STATES THAT RUSSIA WILL RISE UP AGAIN IN GREAT POWER AND LEAD THE
MARCH AGAINST ISRAEL
will then be the dominant power in the area, with the USA and Israel
giving in to their demands! According to God’s Word, Russia will rise
in great power again and lead the march against Israel!
prophet Ezekiel declared that Iran (Persia) together with Ethiopia, Libya
& Turkey will march against Israel in the great battle of ‘Gog and
WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AND DEFEND HER
WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL AND DEFEND HER! A great slaughter will
unfortunately take place however, before God’s chosen people come to
their senses. They will ultimately receive their long awaited Messiah
Jesus Christ, when He returns n the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in
power and great glory at the end of the age!
Christ will then rule and reign for 1000 years of peace upon planet
earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords!
SIGN #4 - THE SICK CONDITION OF THE CHURCH
Canadian writer, Peter Newman exposes the weaknesses in our churches and
outlines wherein and how we have failed to communicate the Gospel to our
children, grandchildren and our neighbours.
his recent book, ‘The Canadian Revolution’ Peter Newman chronicles
the free-fall of the United Church of Canada’s membership as well as
their influence in society during the past three decades.
writes, “The United Church, formed in 1925 through a union of
Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists, suffered the steepest
decline. Three million Canadians declared their United Church affiliation
to the latest census takers but less than 380,000 bothered going to
church. Although the most liberal of the mainstream congregations,
allowing for the ordination of gay priests and promoting the social
gospel, the United Church found itself paradoxically unable to attract
footnote says, “An increasingly typical event was the closing, during
the fall of 1994, of Chalmers United Church in downtown Vancouver. There
wasn’t a single member left on its congregational rolls who was less
than 80 years old.”
years, University of Lethbridge sociologist Reginald Bibby has tracked
the religious life of Canadians. In his book ‘Unknown Gods’ , Bibby
states: “Tragically, religious groups are failing in what appear to be
spiritually prosperous times. The churches are inept religious companies
that cannot get the faith out of the ware house …The news is that
interest and intrigue persist, in spite of the problems of organized
religion. The result may be a very sizable, ongoing spiritual vacuum.”
Anglican Church, according to the census has 2.2 million members with
784,000 active adherents. Addressing the church synod in 1994, Archbishop
Peter O’Driscoll warned: “In the next ten to fifteen years the
largest age group in the present Anglican Church of Canada will be dead.
At the end of two generations, there won’t be enough people to say
there’s still an Anglican Church alive in this country.”
SAD AND TRAGIC!
the Anglican Church lost 250,000 members from 1981 to 1991, and the
United Church lost 665,000 members during that same period - that’s 10
% and 20 % respectively - the Pentecostal Church grew by 100,000
adherents and the Christian & Missionary Alliance doubled in size!
November,1965 issue of Canada’s Revival Magazine, ‘Cry of His
Coming’ carried the following prophetic headline: 1965 UNITED CHURCH
NEW CURRICULUM SETS STAGE FOR MORE APOSTACY! MODERATOR REV. HOWSE DENIES
PHYSICAL RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST !
that article, this author wrote under the by-line, ‘THE GREAT FALLING
AWAY’ - St. Paul warns: “Let no man deceive you by any means, for
that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” (2 Thess. 2:3)
‘Great Falling Away’ is Here Now- with entire denominations of
Christian Churches turning their backs on the Holy Scriptures, declaring
them fallible and contradictory. They despise the great truths of the
Bible, and exchange them for their own humanistic, man-made philosophies!
strange as this may seem, these reprobate preachers actually play-out the
exact role of ‘backsliding Israel’ in Old Testament times.
My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of
living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold
no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)
IS A LIST OF THEIR BACKSLIDINGS!
They have violated the sanctity of the Holy Bible, discarding the eternal
truths of God’s Word. Man-made philosophies, secular humanism and
blatantly spurious doctrines have filled the void!
almost totally on man’s wisdom and carnal knowledge, having rejected
the wisdom that comes solely from the Holy Scriptures. This leaves them
incapable of making sound spiritual decisions!
rejected the counsel of the Holy Spirit- divine paraclete- and draw their
inspiration from the teachings of others similarly deceived. Serious
decision making regarding spiritual matters and doctrine is therefore
prejudiced, flawed and compromised!
emphasis is on good works, rather than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for
our sins. The ‘social gospel’ they preach is devoid of the grace of
God and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. Their ‘good works’
message offers only secular and political rhetoric to undo social
injustices, without a sound spiritual foundation.
desecrated the Holy Scriptures by substituting their own verbiage instead
of the correct translation of the original Hebrew and Greek, in reference
to God Himself. These literary counterfeiters have unilaterally -without
any jurisdiction- decided to change the gender of Almighty God from
masculine (Father) to Mother. Instead of addressing God as He, they
refer to Him as She and the Lord Jesus is not the Son of God, but the
Child of God!
Word of God conclusively states: “This know also, that in the last days
perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents,
unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false
accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn
away.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron; Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them:
for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear
thee.” (1 Timothy 4:1-2, 16)
URGENT WARNING ISSUED TO THOSE TAMPERING WITH GOD’S WORD
is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,
that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same
hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit
of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now
already is it in the world.
believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God... Who is he that
overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is
the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son. He that believeth
on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God
hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave
of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 2:22-23; 4:1-3;
5:1, 4-5, 9-12)
DOES THIS MEAN? SIMPLY THIS:
who denies that Jesus Christ is God is a false teacher and an enemy of
spirit that confesses that ‘Jesus Christ is come in the flesh’ is of
God. Those who do not are of Satan and the Antichrist spirit!
DOES THIS MEAN: “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”?
are millions of babies born daily across the world. They are all born of
flesh & blood. They have all “come in the flesh”. That is no
miracle, but when God is incarnated in human flesh, that is a miracle. It
simply means that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh! God the Son came
down from Heaven, through the very miraculous and complex process of the
the Holy Spirit placed within the virgin Mary’s womb a specially
created body for the Lord Jesus. He was begotten by the Holy Spirit and
born of a virgin woman without the aid of a human father. Jesus Christ -
true God & true man, in order to suffer and die for our sins and rise
again for our justification. ( )
new United Church curriculum - now taught to thousands of children -
denies the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, leaving the inference that
Joseph or some other man was Jesus’ father. This would indicate that
His mother Mary was sinful and promiscuous, instead of a chaste virgin
and that Jesus Christ was not divine!
you heard of such SACRILEGE? And this - not from an atheistic journal -
but from the official organ and pulpits of Canada’s largest Protestant
same ‘curriculum’ calls the first eleven chapters of Genesis - which
deal with God’s marvelous creation, Noah and the flood - a fable or
myth! It denies the miracles in the Bible, rejects the physical
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and ridicules His ascension
and second coming!
the blasphemous statements made by Rev. Ben Smilie- United Church
chaplain at the University of Saskatchewan, as chronicled by Regina
Leader Post’s Tom Jarvis in an article titled, ‘A MASSIVE
Toronto Telegram printed it in full with the somewhat shocking passage in
large type which speaks of fundamentalist belief in “clay-made man, a
floating zoo, an amphibious-footed Jesus, a son of God who was a home
brew artist, and an ascension that looks like a Cape Kennedy
you heard of anything more blasphemous and anti-Christian, coming from
the pen of an ordained Protestant clergyman!
let the moderator of the United Church speak for himself. The following
was carried by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, June 5, 1965. ‘HOWSE SAYS
LITERAL BELIEVER IN BIBLE LACKS UNDERSTANDING’.
moderator of the United Church of Canada says Christians who believe
literally in all of the ‘metaphors and imageries’ of the Bible
exhibit ‘lack of understanding’.
Rt. Rev. Ernest Howse of Toronto, in an interview Thursday said that one
of the most significant religious trends today is the movement away from
‘medieval imagery and hypocrisy’.
Howse, who had been in Banff for a meeting of the United Church’s
Alberta Conference, said people should not take literally such events as
Christ’s physical resurrection and the virginity of Mary. The moderator
said the United Church’s new curriculum which allows for liberal
interpretation of the Bible, is ‘really nothing new at all’.
is nothing in the curriculum which was not accepted when I was in College
thirty years ago. If people are shocked by it, then it is evident our
ministers have not been adequately teaching their congregations”.
MODERATOR: SAME OLD APOSTASY IN UNITED CHURCH!
Phipps probably learned ‘APOSTACY’ from professors, who were
themselves corrupted while in College! The new moderator of the United
Church is Rev. Bill Phipps - a little known Calgary pastor - who is
making big waves with his outspoken, irreverent and blasphemous remarks.
It appears that he has excelled in unlearning the basic, fundamental
doctrines of Christianity, in the tradition of the Rev. Howse and the
liberal theological College to which he referred!
ACTIVIST MODERATOR IS ROCKING THE UNITED CHURCH’
a major news story carried across Canada in the Southam Press, Nov.1,
1997, Rev. Phipps made these statements: “I don’t believe Jesus is
the only way to God. I don’t believe he rose from the dead as a
scientific fact. I don’t know whether those thing happened. It’s an
a follow-up article, the ‘Ottawa Citizen’ wrote: ‘CHURCH MODERATOR
A HERETIC, PROFESSOR SAYS’ - “The moderator of the United Church of
Canada is a heretic, says a professor of modern Christian history.
heretic is defined as someone who chooses a doctrinal path other than
that of the church to which he belongs”, says John Stackhouse, of the
University of Manitoba.
that standard, Rev. Bill Phipps “is a heretic according to the United
Church of Canada’s own standard of doctrine. He’s also a heretic in
generic Christian terms, because he denies the creeds that all Christians
have subscribed to, whether they’re Catholic, Protestant or Eastern
interviews with media organizations, Phipps denied the divinity of
Christ, denied the reality of the resurrection as a historical fact, and
said he was unclear ‘The historic Church says there are such realities,
which are crucially important to human life,’ said Stackhouse, a former
president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association.”
WHOLESALE BACKSLIDING OF CHRISTIAN DENOMINATIONS DURING THESE PAST THIRTY
YEARS, AND ESPECIALLY THE LAST DECADE, SIGNALS THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
IN THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH AT THIS VERY CRUCIAL MOMENT IN HISTORY - THE TURN
OF THE CENTURY AND THE MILLENNIUM!
very sad commentary on the Church is found in Christ’s message to the
Church where He states:
unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith
the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of
God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou
wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor
hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich,
and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that
thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be
rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see.” (Rev. 3:14-18)
He said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring
forth good fruit.
by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of My Father which is in heaven...And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matt.
asked a very pertinent question: “...Nevertheless. When the son of man
cometh will He find faith on the earth?” The answer is “not very
much”! That is why He stated, “Strive to enter in at the straight
gate, for many, I say unto you will seek to enter and shall not be
able”. (Luke 13:24)
ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
MUST WE PREPARE FOR THE END TIMES AND TO BE SURE WE ARE
READY FOR JESUS
CHRIST'S SOON RETURN IN THE SECOND COMING?
Peter warned, “Make your calling and election sure...” (2 Peter 1:10)
It behooves each one to do a reality check to be absolutely certain that
you know Jesus Christ personally as your Lord & Saviour.
that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead for our
justification. Only He has the power to save you because He is the
Redeemer of the world.
said, “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by Me”. (John 14:6) “I am the door: by Me if any man
enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly.” (John 10:9-10)
Bible says, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Tim. 2:5) “Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Paul declared, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ
Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal
with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form
of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and
things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:5-11)
Christ invites us to receive Him as personal Saviour and Lord with the
promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) And, “All that the Father giveth
me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
out.” (John 6:37)
are warned: “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of that cup.” (1 Corinthians 11:28) Amen.
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