An estimated 300,000 heard Dr. Max Solbrekken's message
interpreted by Nelson Aprigo at Parque Brasil, Paulinia, S.P.
Brazil on April 13, 2005. Four thousand buses transported
200,000 people to the Assembly of God Annual Crusade!
AN AIR OF GREAT EXPECTANCY
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
There is an air of genuine expectancy in the hearts of spiritually alert Christians today. A sense that something big is about to happen on the ‘spiritual front’ in the battle for lost and dying souls. The Battle is enjoined between right and wrong, between good and evil, between God’s elect and Satan’s emissaries. It goes right back to the prophecy made by the Creator in the presence of Adam and Eve which was directed to the Liar, the defrocked Lucifer, who had instigated the High Treason coup.
The Big Question is: 'What are we expecting'? Is the prophetic Word of God in the Holy Scriptures speaking to us? Is the Blessed Holy Spirit revealing truths from the Word which have been hidden to our spirit man? Is He divulging truths of coming events, yet not revealed? Is God using His Word, the Holy Spirit and His Blood to make a deliberate statement to us about the need for a Revival of Righteousness, so that an Awakening happens in the world of sinning men and women?
We are all familiar with the last words spoken by our Crucified, Risen and Glorified Saviour, before His ascension to the Right hand of God’s Throne. Reading the Great Commission always stirs my heart to pray. It grips my spirit until I can hardly lay down the Holy Bible. It stirs me to go out and win souls on a one-to-one basis, as well as in crusade services!
THE GREAT COMMISSION of our Lord Jesus commands: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe. In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.”(Mark 16: 15-18)
REPENT OR ELSE...!
As great and powerful as those words are, they were not the last words of command uttered by our Lord. On the Isle of Patmos Jesus Christ issued His last command to the church. It was not “GO YE...”, but “REPENT---OR ELSE.” Unto five of the seven churches, His message was: “Repent” or He would remove their candlestick or worse! (Rev.2; 5, 16, 22; 3: 3, 19)
Taking the pulse of today’s deteriorating world does not generate HOPE! There isn’t a lot to look forward to with Russia’s illegal actions and take-over of Crimea and possible meddling in Ukraine, North Korea's nuclear posturing, Iran’s race to acquire Atomic bombs, a fearful Israel, a US President out-of-touch with reality and a tottering Superpower status, together with staggering Natural Disasters.
When you add to that, the growing apostasy of the Protestant Churches in the Western World and Roman Catholic Pope Francis' refusing to condemn homosexuality in a church riddled with pervert priests, we realize that we are living in a time unparalleled in human history.
There is, however, an excitement in my spirit as I daily draw near to our Lord through His life-giving Word and prayer, in close fellowship with the Father and the Son through the Blessed Holy Spirit. I sense, as never before, His quickening presence and a deepening of my understanding of the Mystery of the Godhead and His Eternal Plan, Purpose and Will for His Church. We are seeing more and more miracles and answers to our prayers, for which I am so very grateful to our Lord.
The Holy Scripture states: "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with PERPLEXITY; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
“And then shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your Redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21: 25-28)
We are EXPECTING God's power to be poured upon His people in a greater measure than ever before as we see the end approaching. Remember, our Lord said: "Ye shall receive POWER, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. And ye shall be WITNESSES unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the end of the world." (Acts 1:8)
HOW WILL THIS HAPPEN?
Jesus said: "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may ABIDE with you forever, Even the SPIRIT OF TRUTH; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless. I will come unto you. And at that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me and I in you.
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of My Father, and I will LOVE him and I will MANIFEST Myself to him. Jesus Answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words, and My Father WILL LOVE HIM, and We (Father & Son) and make OUR abode with him." (John 14: 16-23)
Here is a great truth: All we need to do for the Heavenly Father to love us, is to love Jesus, believe His Words and keep them. God is then obligated to love us and manifest Himself to us. Praise the Lord!
I am excited because I am EXPECTING a mighty REVIVAL of God consciousness across the world, even though spiritual darkness is creeping across much of the planet and evil forces of Satanic nature, dressed in religious garb, is on the march as Satan knows he has but a short time left to make his desperate move to control the world.
The great TRUTH is that SIN is an abomination to GOD and that when God the SON was incarnated (God in human flesh) He did so that He could DESTROY sin! And that is exactly what He did when He poured out His pure and perfect blood as solvent for our sins, purchasing eternal life for all who would believe on Him as Lord and Saviour!
THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS!
In his book ‘The Blood of His Cross’, Dr. Andrew Murray writes: “The great event which moved Heaven, earth and Hell; for which the world had to wait for four thousand years; the results which will endure forever – the shedding of the blood of the Son of God on the Cross – had an unspeakably great object: – It was to bring about the destruction of sin itself, and of its consequences.”
The Bible states: “Wherefore as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Rom.5:12,17,20) Here is the glorious truth: WHEN SIN ABOUNDS, GODS GRACE IS EVEN MORE ABUNDANT.
The Bible says: “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sins.” (Heb. 9:22); “If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another and the BLOOD of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all our sins.” (1 John 1: 7). Amen.
WE HAVE A SIN PROBLEM!
Dr. Billy Graham lamented: “Yet, the farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. My heart aches for America and its deceived people.”
Shortly after the 2012 Aurora Movie Massacre, Fox News Commentator Mike Huckabee stated: “Ultimately, we don’t have a Crime Problem or a Gun Problem. What we have is a SIN Problem. And since we ordered God out of our schools and communities, the Military and public conversations, you know we shouldn't act surprised when all hell breaks loose.”
Many years ago Dr. Oral Roberts stated: “I have read the last chapter in the BOOK (Holy Bible) and it says that, “We Win.” Praise the Lord!
THE CHRISTIAN’S VICTORY CRY:
WE ARE SECURE IN JESUS!
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Jesus said, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." (Mark 16:15). Our Lord declared, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me."(John 14: 6).
Jesus invites us, "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matt.11: 28). He assures us, "Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out."(John 6:47):" And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father's hand." (Matt.10:28, 29).
St. Paul declared, "If ye then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God." (Col 3: 1-3).
YOU ARE SECURE IN JESUS!
The Word of God states: "And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age." (Matt.28:20); "He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."(Heb.13:5). The original text is even stronger. Jesus used a double imperative.
He actually said: "I will never, No never leave thee. I will never, No never forsake thee..." The word always is a measure of time while the word alway is a measure of distance. He said: “I will go the distance with you, all the way until you arrive at Home in Heaven!”
My dear friend, you are SECURE in Jesus Christ. You can TRUST Him and DEPEND upon Him to lead and guide you by the Blessed Holy Spirit. He cannot and will not force you to love Him, but He still loves you with an unconditional Love.
No one else will ever care for you like Jesus. He loved us so much that He left Heaven's glory to come down to this sin-cursed earth to purchase your soul from damnation and Hell through His sacrifice on the ‘Old Rugged Cross’ and His glorious resurrection from the dead!
The Bible says, "For when we were yet without strength (hopeless), in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom.5: 5-10)
That’s why St. John exclaimed: "We love Him because He first loved us." (1 John 4: 8-19). An old Gospel song says: Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!
SECURE FOR TIME & ETERNITY!
My friend: “Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life today and He will be the best friend you will ever have. He will forgive all your sins and give you joy and peace within. And you will know that you are secure in JESUS for time and Eternity!
If sickness is seeking to rob your health and strength, remember that Jesus Christ has purchased your total salvation which includes forgiveness of all your sins, peace in your soul and divine healing for your tired and sick body!
We were created in the image and likeness of God. He is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we are also triune: spirit, soul and body! We are His special creation and unlike the plant and animal kingdoms, we were made in God’s LIKENESS with an ability to commune with our Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit in prayer and His Word. We enter into the Holy of Holies through the shed blood of our Substitute and Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord
The Holy Bible declares: “Christ hath REDEEMED us from the CURSE of the law, being made a curse for us.” (Gal.3: 13) You may say, “What was the curse of the law?”
Moses, the great Jewish prophet and lawgiver gave us the answer in Deuteronomy 28. The blessing of keeping the Covenant with Almighty God meant that the Israelites would blessed, above all the peoples of the earth in everything including peace, victory over enemies, prosperity and good health!
JESUS BROKE THE CURSE!
If they broke the Covenant, however, a curse would fall upon them which meant unrest, defeat in battle, famine, sickness, disease, poverty and slavery! The CURSE of the law included, “all diseases, every sickness and every plague” ever known or still unknown to man! (Deut. 28: 60, 61)
When God had finished His Masterwork of Creation He was well pleased: “And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good.” (Gen.1: 31) There was no sin, fear, pain, sickness, disease and death in the Garden of Eden until the fallen archangel Lucifer whom we call Satan, Devil and Evil One tempted our first parents and they sinned. With sin came fear, guilt, pain sickness, disease and death.
Our Heavenly Father, however, KNEW before the foundations of the earth were laid of the High Treason that would be committed by His archangel (Isa.14: 12-17; Ezek.28: 12-17; Rev.12: 7-9) and had a plan in place. After God had brought down His judgment upon Adam and Eve and the earth because of their sin, He judged Lucifer with these words:
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her SEED: It shall bruise thy HEAD, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” (Gen.3: 15) In theology, we call this ‘The Law of the First Mention’.
THE SEED OF THE WOMAN!
In Jewish gynecological records, the names of the fathers are always listed. In this great prophetic statement which announces the coming of the Messiah Who would crush Satan’s head, He would be born of a virgin without the aid of male sperm. Four thousand years before Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, God gave Satan a “heads up”.
Paraphrasing, He said: “You think you have won by turning My own special creation against Me, but you will not win. Be on the lookout, because I am going to do a new thing. A virgin will conceive in her womb and bring forth the Deliverer who will do battle with you for the souls of men and although you will bruise His heel, He will crush your head and destroy you eternally, Satan.”
The Word of God states: “For when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law to REDEEM them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”(Gal.4:4,5)
For our Saviour Jesus Christ to fulfill this prophecy, He had to suffer, bleed and die upon a rugged cross in order to meet the demands of Divine Justice and pay the penalty of all SINS, past, present and future, of all transgressors who would repent and receive His mercy. The Bible says that Jesus “was delivered for our offences (sins) and was raised again for our justifications.” (Rom. 4: 25)
Through His shed blood on Calvary’s Cross, Jesus took our place and paid the penalty for our sins. As our Substitute, He died in our stead. The penalty for SIN was death, physical and spiritual. God had warned Adam: “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat. But of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.” (Gen.2: 16, 17)
IN DYING THOU SHALT DIE!
The literal Hebrew says, “In dying thou shalt die”. In other words, ‘You will begin to die in that day and eventually die.’ Since that day, every baby has been born with death in its mortal body! Many years later a prophet stated: “The soul that sinneth it shall surely die.” (Ezek 18:4)
The Holy Bible records the great transaction of Adam’s Sin being imputed to the human race, making us all guilty in God’s sight. When Jesus Christ paid the ransom for us, our sins were laid upon Him and imputed to Him.
He took the punishment for our sins and gave us His righteousness in return through His death and resurrection, making us His sons and daughters.Thank God Almighty, we are free, totally FREE for time and Eternity! Now, you know why, those who receive Jesus Christ and Saviour and Lord are SECURE in Him! Amen