of the LIFE & DEATH of
by Pastor Max
the lies & deceptions of the 'DaVINCI CODE' & 'JESUS
PAPERS' and providing Historical Evidence and proof of Jesus'
men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being
deceived." (2 Timothy 3:13),
the Word.... For the time shall come when they will not endure
sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to
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
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 and pornography.
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
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
Bible gives the REAL REASON people accept and believe these false
doctrines and reject the Gospel instead of embracing it.
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
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 you."
THEY TOOK THE MONEY", and did as they were taught: and this
saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
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 truth.
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
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
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 these words:
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 be stoned.'
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
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) and others.
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
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 Christ:
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 antiquity.
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 Pilate.'
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 city."
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
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
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
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 innocent
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' theories.'
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 taught."
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
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 Magdalene."
ARE ONLY TWO 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
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
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 stressed.
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 spelled out."
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
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
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
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 was overpowered."
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 888."
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 perfection."
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
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 of
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
his powerful book, 'The Story of the Bible', Sir Fredric Kenyon,
the Director and Chief Librarian of the British museum wrote,
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 unearthed.
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 example."
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
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 in Galilee.
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 analysis."
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
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 overflows."
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
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 had crucified.
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 you whole."
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 saved."
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
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
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
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 book.
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 Christ."
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
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
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
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 antiquarian curiosity."
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 languages."
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 former days."
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 violence."
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
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.!
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 Trinity.
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
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 am."
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?"
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 works."
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 world.
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
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 generation.
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." (Luke 9:52-56)
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
must pray for the salvation of those in Hollywood; the actors,
writers, directors and owners of these Hollywood movies 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
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 said:
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." (Luke 12:49-51)
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 Papers.'
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. Amen.
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
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 years.
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 unpopular.
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 you. 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
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 until now."
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 8:19-23)
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
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! Our 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
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 vice versa?
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 Algeria?
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
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
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
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”. (Genesis 3:17)
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
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
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
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.” (Gen. 3:6)
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
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
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 GOD.
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
among the reports of hypocrisy, backsliding & gross moral
evils, St. Paul interjects the Blessed Hope of the Return of Jesus
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.
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 Corinthians 4:3-5)
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. And
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 Jewish leaders,
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 5:43
Jewish leaders rejected Jesus Christ Who came to save them in His
Father’s Name. When Antichrist comes in his own name, they will
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
prophet Ezekiel declared that Iran (Persia) together with
Ethiopia, Libya & Turkey will march against Israel in the
great battle of ‘Gog and Magog’.
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
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
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 the young.”
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,
strange as this may seem, these reprobate preachers actually
play-out the exact role of ‘backsliding Israel’ in Old
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!
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!
rely 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!
have 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
have 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,
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 also.
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 God.
spirit that confesses that ‘Jesus Christ is come in the flesh’
is of God. Those who do not are of Satan and the Antichrist
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 virgin birth!
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 denomination!
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
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 blast-off”.
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
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
ACTIVIST MODERATOR IS ROCKING THE UNITED CHURCHAN -Edmonton
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 irrelevant question.”
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
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 Orthodox.”
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 their fruits...
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. 7:15-23)
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
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.
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)
MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
my dear friend, God is still in the business of setting men and
women free from their sins, sorrows, heartbreaks, fears and
troubles. In this age of frustrations, nervous tensions and
mental collapses, Jesus Christ is still granting peace to the
troubled, joy to the discouraged, strength to the weary and
healing to the sick!
- You MUST admit that you are a sinner
Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God”. (Rom. 3:23) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
MUST believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that Jesus died
on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead.
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal
life. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already.” (John 3:15,18) “Verily,
verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on
Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
MUST repent of your sins
Bible says, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish.” (Lu.13:3) “Let the wicked forsake his way and the
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,
and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will
abundantly pardon”. (Isaiah 55:7)
- You MUST receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour
Bible says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with Me.” (Rev. 3:20) “He that hath the Son hath life: and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12)
- You MUST confess Jesus Christ as your LORD
Bible says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation”. (Romans 10:9-10)
shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man confess
before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall
be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8, 9)
DO I INVITE
JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?
to God, a prayer - from your heart.
Tell Him that you
are a sinner and that you need forgiveness. Tell him that
you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins. Tell him that
you are willing to change, to turn away from sin. Ask Jesus
Christ to come into your heart and life and be your personal
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 1:12)
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2
you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW
RECEIVED THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.
God Bless You.
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