Monday, November 14, 2016

                                             By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
    On a Sunday morning in February 1977, I awakened with a stirring message burning in my spirit. The Holy Spirit had been speaking to me while I was still sleeping and the words, 'Canada Turn Around' were on my lips.
    In an instant, the voice of God came to me saying, "Son, bring a message to the nation of Canada".  He instructed me to spread the message by television, radio and printed page. I was to call the message 'Canada Turn Around -Come Back to God', and it was a special message from the Lord to all Canadians.
     There was an urgency in my spirit as I thought about the other times God had spoken to me to bring a message to our nation.  I had sensed that urgency ever since I answered His call to leave my lucrative job in 1963, to enter the Gospel Ministry.
     In early 1964, we purchased an old Army tent, truck and trailer for $2,000. Brother Casperson, a Norwegian Fisherman heard about the tent and  gave us the cash to buy it. It was a blessing because I had left an excellent job and had gone on a $50 a month salary. 
   We already owned our home and automobile. We lived very frugally and Donna was an excellent money manager, so we did alright. That year, I preached in the Big Gospel Tent, in churches and auditoriums. Our radio ministry was carried across the nation and we launched Canada's Revival Magazine, the Cry of His Coming!
     In 1965 we had an amazing tent meeting in Steinbach, Manitoba. During our 5 week tent crusade in Winnipeg, Rev. Samuel Bilsky, came to see me. He was empoyed by a Mennonite Church in Steinbach as a missionary to Ukrainian Catholics. He stated that they did not believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or Divine Healing, but that he did. When he heard me preach and saw God's miracles, he was convinced that I should bring our tent to Steinbach.
     The Mayor permitted us to conduct the Crusade on his land at the corner where two highways crossed, two miles south of the city. Samuel Bilsky knew that his position with the Mennonites would be terminated, but he must obey the Holy Spirit. The Caroline Newspaper interviewed me and carried a lengthy article about our ministry. There was a Pentecostal Church in Steinbach with only two families, but they were divided on whether to back our crusade or not, so we had to count entirely on the Holy Spirit!
                               PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH!
     The night before the Crusade, I spoke on 'The Purpose of the Church and the Duty of Soul Winning' at the Sprague Full Gospel Church, where Hjordis Simonsen was the Pastor. Peter and Dorothy Enns were in that meeting and were deeply moved by my message. Peter was the evangelist for the Mennonites and had been sent by their Church to monitor our service. He declared, “Brother Max, what you have is what we need.”
     We began the Crusade Sunday afternoon with Sam Bilsky and Peter Enns solidly behind the crusade. We saw two glorious weeks of God's amazing grace extended to the community. About midnight on the last Saturday night, a severe storm destroyed our old Army tent. On Sunday morning we removed the wrecked canvas and set up our folding plywood benches and PA system for an open air service.
     There was a general rain across Manitoba and with clouds hanging over the site, we know that it would strike us again. Counting those on the grounds and all those parked along both highways, it was estimated that many thousands witnessed a great miracle that day!
    I'm referring to the sun bursting forth and shining all afternoon for a ten mile radius around the crusade grounds. It rained all over Manitoba except where we were. Our plan was to hold a brief service and close the Crusade before the rain fell. As I was about to open the meeting, I heard a voice saying, “It is not going to rain here this afternoon.” I turned to see who had spoken to me. There was no one trying to get my attention.
     I prayed, “Lord, is it You?” He said, “It's not going to rain here this afternoon.” I asked, “What shall I do?” He said, “Get Sam Biksky to testify. He is long winded.” When I made the announcement, Pastor Jake Toews said, “What are you doing? We are all going to get soaked. Don't you know, he is long winded.” I smiled and said, “It will be alright”. Then, the Lord said, “Get Sister Simonsen to testify.” When, I announced Sister Simonsen, Pastor Jake said, “The rain is about to fall. We will all get soaked.”
     I smiled again. Then, I asked everyone to rise for the reading of the Holy Scriptures. I felt an amazing faith rise up within me as I read and prayed. Then, I stetched out my hands in Jesus' name with these words, “And now, upon the authority of God's Word according to Thy promise, O Lord, I command the clouds to leave and the sun to shine. In Jesus' name. Amen.”
      Immediately, the clouds parted and the sun broke through. Everyone gasped in amazement and began to praise God. The service went on for several hours with great success! Until this day, there are old timers in Steinbach who speak about that crusade and the miracle of the sun breaking through at the very moment I spoke Jesus' Name! Glory be to God forever!
     The Full Gospel Church was founded with 89 persons in the basement of the Lutheran Church, under the direction of Sam Bilsky and Peter Enns. We paid Samuel Bilsky's salary for several years and helped with other expenses. Pastor Jake Toews from Winnipeg helped, and then Pastor Glen Forsberg from Alberta was called and the work grew exponentially. Today, there are several thousand people in Steinbach who are filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues glorifying God!
   What happened in Mennonite Steinbach is exactly what happened in Jerusalem through the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth: “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in His name, when they saw the Miracles which He did.” (John 2:23).
    The same thing happened in Galilee: “And a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His Miracles which He did on them that were diseased.” (John 6: 2). The ministries of the disciples and apostles of Christ produced the same results for them, when they did the same works that He did.

    Here is the testimony of an Early Church Deacon: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria,and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake hearing and seeing the MIRACLES which he did. 
    "For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them; and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8: 5-8)
    During a 1965 crusade in Calgary, Alberta, the Holy Spirit called me into world evangelism. We were in the Jubilee Auditorium, but I was invited by Pastor Phil and Mildred Tretwell to minister in their church on Sunday morning.
   Through the Holy Spirit, Mildred gave two divine utterances in tongues and interpretations. My spirit was so stirred that I fell to my knees weeping, unaware that the entire congregation was similarly affected. 
  The message said that there were multitudes across the sea who were lost, and unless someone took the Gospel to them they would be eternally damned. And since the message was repeated and enlarged upon, it made an enormous impact on me.

     I earnestly prayed that the Lord would send someone to them with the message of Jesus Christ. Suddenly, I heard the voice of God. 
   It seemed to come from a wide expanse and narrowed until it entered my belly area. The voice said, "Son, I am changing your ministry." I said, "That is good. Anything You do for me will be good." Then, He said: "I send you to the Heathen."
   I was shaken and answered: "But how, where and when?" He assured me that He would be with me and not to be afraid or concerned! Immediately, Lester Sumrall's name came into my mind. He opened the door for me in Hong Kong and the Philippines. 
   Simultaneously, I received a letter from Lawson Barbour, a Canadian missionary to India inviting me for a crusade! And in February 1966, Thomas Tutyko and I embarked on a  3 1/2 month World Crusade across Asia, Philippines and India, ending in Jerusalem.
  Thousands of heathen were converted to Christ and hundreds of healing miracles occurred, as Jesus took control. Some notable miracles were documented by medical doctors, who even brought their patients to the crusades.  
      At Bethel Temple (Cathedral of Praise) in Manila, we experienced God's power for 26 days, climaxing with several days in Plaza Miranda. Eleven hundred souls were saved as God bared his arm. 
   Josephine Gadula brought her seven-year-old son Sal Marisigan to the crusade. He was a polio victim with one leg 12 to 15 inches shorter than the other. 
    By a miracle of God, his leg grew to the normal length. One hundred members of his extended family converted to Christ and joined Bethel Temple. And Sal's uncle Conrad Gadula was later called into the Ministry in New York!   
    In our 1966 Guntur India crusade, Jesus blessed us in a spectacular way among the large Hindu population. I was laying my hands on up to 3,000 persons every evening. Dr. Serala Elisha of the Kugler Lutheran Hospital enquired if I had prayed for a 13 year old boy with only one eye.   
   I answered that I had  prayed for a boy with a major infection in an open eye cavity. She stated that the infection was gone and a new eye ball was growing in the cavity and the boy had 20-20 vision in that eye. 
   On the final day of the crusade, Dr. Serala Elisha brought the boy to the podium and before ca. 20,000 people,  gave the glory to Jesus Christ. His eye at that time was half size and still growing.  Praise God forever!    
                                    A SALUTE TO CANADA!
    The first time God gave me a message for our nation was in 1967.  I delivered a  powerful Centennial message by radio titled, 'A Salute to Canada.'  This message stirred a lot of Canadians and people world-wide. It also brought a personal greeting and thanks from our Justice Minister, the Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
   I stated that Canada was a land of Peace, Plenty and Prosperity. I gave credit to the hard working immigrants who built the country and our Armed Forces who fought to keep us free. I warned, however, that to retain God's blessings as a nation we must return to Christ and His Gospel. 
    We sent a cassette and copy of the message to Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the Right Honourable John G. Diefenbaker (Canada's honest P.M.), Queen Elizabeth 11, all Federal Members of Parliament, all Members of the Provincial Legislatures and Mayors of Canada's major cities! 
     In 1968, God gave us great Revivals in Trinidad and other West Indies Islands with large crowds, thousands converted and great miracles of healing. 
   Our crusades in Norway lasted for 3 1/2 months. I preached in all the Pentecostal Conferences from North to South. Ministering in Hammerfest, the world's most northern town was exciting, as were our meetings among the Lapp population!
     Brita Gloppen's healing was carried on the front page of the Bergen and Oslo newspapers. For 10 years she had worn a steel corset and used a wheelchair for 8 years due to deteriorated spinal discs. She had heart disease as well as a brain concussion from falling. Pastor Roald Andersen stated: "I have waited 40 years to see such a miracle."
                                     NEWFOUNDLAND ON FIRE! 
  Our 1967 and 1968 Revival and Conference Meetings with the P.A.O.N. ignited an old fashioned revival of repentance and faith as our Lord Jesus was lifted up. Hundreds were touched by the Holy Spirit and thousands blessed. Many great miracles occurred as the Holy Spirit fell upon us for a number of weeks.
   Geraldine Rideout was 16 years old, two and one-half feet tall and weighed 25 pounds. She was born with Osteo Genesis Imperfecta, a very rare and deadly disease. Her bones were like egg shells and constantly broke when she was turned in the crib. Medical doctors said that she would probably die within  a year or so. 
     Before a crowd of several thousand at the F.G. Bursey Memorial Tabernacle, seven miles from Lewisporte, I had the privilege of praying for Geraldine. She stood for the first time and her bones did not break. She was healed!
   At 21 years of age she started school in grade one and graduated eleven years later. For ca. 17 years she travelled across Newfoundland singing the Gospel and testifying about Jesus her Healer, in various crusades. 
    She and her mother travelled with me to various cities in Canada and to Europe. She grew twelve inches taller after her miracle and at the age of 48 she got married. Hundreds of medical doctors saw her at a medical conference and her testimony was carried by CBC TV across the nation. To God be the glory great things He has done and is still doing!
   On October 26, 1969 we founded the Edmonton Revival Centre (later renamed Faith Cathedral) where we saw thousands of souls blessed; born again, healed, filled the Holy Spirit's Fire and Power. Twenty-two years later on October 26, 1991, we amalgamated with People's Church, releasing me to preach all across Eastern Europe until 1995.
                             MY MESSAGE TO P. M. TRUDEAU
    In 1972 I was given a word from God, to deliver a hard hitting message by radio and printed page called, 'My Message to Prime Minister Trudeau'.  
    I warned World Leaders to turn to God for direction and helpI gave Biblical examples of God's judgment on King Belshazzar,  King Herod and others who became proud and egotistical and worshipped pagan gods. 
    In contrast, I quoted the humility and holy reverence King David had for our Lord and the blessings he received from Jehovah! He stated: "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..." (Psalm 33: 12)
   And, King Solomon stated: "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Prov.14: 34); "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule the people mourn." (Prov.29: 2)
    That Message was sent to all Canadian M.P.s and Provincial M.LA.s. We sent the cassette and magazine to United States President Richard Nixon, Prime Minister Edward Heath of Great Britain, Russia's Leonid Brezhnev, Queen Elizabeth 11, the Pope of Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Oral Roberts and Dr. Billy Graham.
    I received a lot of mail thanking us for that very direct and stirring prophetic message. We were shocked by a letter from the office of the British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, saying that they could not receive the cassette and magazine. The materials were returned with his letter!
  Margaret Graham, our Office Manager asked, "Shall we respond?" I answered, "Not at this time."
   Time passed and P.M. Edward Heath called a snap election to be held on March 4, 1974 believing  he could  win a majority Conservative Government. 
    Hearing the news, I went to God in prayer about the matter an He spoke to my heart to write another letter to the Prime Minister. I called Margaret Graham into my office and gave her this letter:

Prime Minister Edward Heath
10 Downing St. London, England

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
    Some time ago I sent you a letter with a copy of my sermon, 'My message to Prime Minister Trudeau' which you returned saying that you could not receive it. That sermon contained a warning for world leaders to refrain from unrighteousness and to put their trust in Almighty God and His Son, Jesus Christ. I detailed the Lord's dealings with King David whom He blesssed, as well as King Belzhassar, King Herod and others whom He judged severely.
      Mr. Heath, that message was given to me by God, yet you rejected it. You were the only World Leader to do so. If you do not write me regarding this, I declare that you will not win the election. And furthermore, you will lose and go into obscurity politically.

Yours truly, God's servant,
Rev. Max Sollbrekken

     I was preaching in a large crusade at Woodford Square in Trinidad in 1974. The morning following the British Election, I was asked to speak to the student body at the West Indian School of Theology.
      Rev. Dennis White was the President of the College and after my lecture he was driving me to where I was staying. We were close to a little kiosk and I asked Dennis to stop so I could get  a newspaper. He asked me why I wanted a newspaper. I answered that I wanted to see how badly Edward Heath had lost the election. 
     Dennis said, "How badly he has lost. Everyone expects him to win big."  The newspaper screamed, 'CLIFF HANGER. IT'S A TIE." I said, "Dennis, tomorrow the headline will be, "Prime Minister Edward Heath Has Lost the Election!"
   And just like God told me, Edward Heath went into obscurity politically! I was so sure that God had spoken to me that I had told people privately and publicly that if Edward Heath did not lose the election, I would leave the Ministry!
                             CANADA - ITS TIME TO COME BACK!
   For many years, I have immersed myself in the words of Jesus Christ regarding God's coming Judgment on all ungodliness, as well as His message of grace and mercy toward all who repent of their sins and return to Him.
  My heart is still aflame with God's love and compassion with a burden for those who are still in heathen darkness, perversion and deception.  And for those who are lost, both in the Church and the world.
   God's Word is crystal clear.  God hates our sin, but Loves us!  We cannot judge His Word but His Word judges us.  We cannot expect God to change His Word to please us.  We must change to please Him!  
   The Bible says, "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
     And by God's grace I continue preaching the message "Canada - Turn Around" to multitudes across the nation of Canada and around the world - personalizing it for those countries - with great blessing.  May God grant us great revivals during this precarious and perilous time in our history!  All glory to His name.
                                 WHAT DOES REPENT MEAN?
    The definition of 'Repent' from the Mirrion-Webster: to feel or show that you are sorry for something bad or wrong that you did and that  you want to do what is right to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life. To feel regret or contrition / to change one's mind.
    Softly and tenderly - Jesus is calling  It is time to answer the call of Jesus.  Christ is calling you, my friend, to repent!  Christ is calling the world to turn away from sin, Satan and rebellion and to turn to Him, our Saviour and Creator.
    The Lord is calling for you to repent of all sin and completely reject Satan, the god of this world.  St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
    Jesus said, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3)
    We have turned our backs on God and have become self-centered, selfish and spiritually dead.  During the past 40 years our nation and the world has taken a nose dive, and taken a major turn away from God.  
    Many Canadians are despondent, with no real good in sight. Unhappy, fearful and depressed people are the norm these days, without hope for the future.  To say we are living in a very dangerous and frightening time is an understatement.  
   We are living in the End Times and are seeing firsthand the beginnings of Satan's brutal raping, destroying and murderous Islamic Calaphate. Is this not a harbinger of the Mohammedan Antichrist called the Grand Mahdi whom they believe will enslave the world, under their brutal Satanic Regime?
   The Bible clearly  draws time lines with world events and we are very definately drawing near to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Tribulation.
     We need to get serious about the consequences of rejecting God.  A divine call however, has gone out to our Nation and the world to repent.  
    Now is the time to turn around, to repent to God and with faith in Christ Jesus forsake our sin. We must repent of our sins, surrender our wills to God and give up the futile effort of "doing things our own way."
   It's time for Canada to turn back from our rebellious ways through repentance and confessing to Christ our sins of unbelief, pride, immorality, jealousy, envy and prejudice. 
    The time has come for a total rejection of Satan and evil - for a complete repentance. It is time to confront the devil (who is our enemy) and call upon the name of Jesus Christ.  We need to renounce Satan (the devil) and turn away from lust, greed, hatred, selfishness, anger, bitterness and deceit.
    Jesus Christ our Lord has given us power over the devil.  We are instructed to confront the devil - in the Name of Jesus Christ - telling him that he's not welcome in our lives anymore.  
    The Bible says, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
    It's time to WAKE UP and think about eternity and where you will spend it.  We must reject and renounce the many dangerous, deceptive and occultist doctrines of the New Age Movement. As well as the cult of Secular Humanism that teaches, 'man ascended from the world of monkeys and apes, is self-sufficient and is his own God'.
                             WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US?
     We need to humble ourselves and pray.  We must call upon the Name of the Lord and turn away from evil.  Satan is the creator of evil, death and destruction and wants to destroy you and all things around you.
   The Bible speaks about humility, repentance and submission to the Almighty God and a total rejection of Satan, who is the god of this world! St. James states, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)
      The Prophet stated: "He hath showed thee, O man,what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." (Micah 6:8)
    "Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in Mercy.
     "He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us: He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7: 18, 19)
   It's time to come home to our Heavenly Father and be reconciled through Jesus Christ our Lord. To accept the invitation of our Saviour to talk things over,  to straighten out past failures and right wrongs. We need to receive total forgiveness and assurance, with new direction for the future.
    The Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his ways, 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)
   The divine call of God does not differentiate between rich or poor, educated or illiterate, men or women, young or old. There is no class distinction or favoritism due to race, color, nationality or culture with the Almighty.
    All may approach the throne of God and repent of their sins! The invitation of salvation is available to all.  Every person alive, regardless of their background or status in life may approach the throne of God and repent of their sins.  
    We can all receive the mercy and grace of the Lord.  We are Saved through our faith in the finished work of Christ on Calvary's cross. He is the only Way
   There is none other! Christ ALONE saves, heals and delivers from the power of sin, fear, sickness, disease and eternal damnation!
   The Gospel is free to everyone! We are Born Again by Grace alone, through Faith alone and in Christ alone!   
    The Bible says, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."   (Ephesians 2:8-9)
                                    CHRIST WAITS FOR US!
   There is no entry fee, cover charge or red tape to delay our coming to Jesus Christ and repenting of our sins.  There is nothing  to stop the process of salvation from functioning in our lives.  
    Our Saviour waits for all to repent. Christ Jesus our Lord is willing to accept all who will repent and believe in His shed blood. He will  forgive our sins if we are sincere and truthful in our desire to follow Him.
     The prophet invited, "Lo, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; come, ye, buy wine and milk without money and without price."  (Isaiah  55:1)
    And Jesus assures us: "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out."  (John 6:37)
     Our Redemption and Freedom from Satan and Sin was purchased for us by Christ's Death on the Cross!
    The enormous cost of our freedom - redemption from sin and the power of Satan - has been paid for us, through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.  Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3)
    The 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)
   St. John declared, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
   St. Paul emphasized,  "That through death, He  (Jesus Christ) might destroy him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."  (Hebrews 2:14)
  God wants you. He is waiting for you. He wants to recieve you unto Himself. He has the power to free you and make you His very own.    
    Our Savior is waiting for you to turn to him, to submit yourself, ask for forgiveness and be cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb. The good news is that God wants us. He wants you and me. No exceptions, and no questions asked. We come just as we are. He knows all about us and yet He wants us, even though we are sinners. WHY? He is a specialist in the field of cleansing, reconciliation and re-birth.
    The Bible states, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteous."  (1 John 1:9)

                                        JUST AS I AM!
   "Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me;
    And that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come. I come!
    Just as I am, and waiting not, To rid my soul of one dark blot;
     Because Thy blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I come. I come!
      Just as I am; poor, wretched, blind, Sight, riches, healing of the mind. 
      All that I need, in Thee to find, O Lamb of God, I come, I come!
      Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve. 
      Because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come. I come!"

     The Bible says: "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him..."  (2 Chronicles 16:9)
     And God's Word states:  "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open unto their prayers but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil."   (1 Peter 3:12).
     The very first sermons preached by our LORD were the call to repentance and salvation, "Repent and believe the gospel."   (Mark 1:15)  
    The same was true of the great prophet, John the Baptist, (Luke 3:3; Matthew 3:2) as well as all of the Apostles! (Mark 6:12)
    And St. Peter declared, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."  (Acts 2:38)
                                        WHAT DOES REPENTANCE MEAN?
    To repent means to turn, to change course!  Repentance is godly sorrow for sin.  It means being sorry enough to stop committing sin and to change your life.
   After St. Paul’s letter reached the Corinthian Church, they were sorry for their sins and repented, changing their evil ways. 
     He writes: "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation..."  (2 Corinthians  7:9-10)
    Repentance is forsaking evil. To repent is a change of life-style and thinking! Repentance is a complete forsaking of evil, unrighteousness of the world, the flesh and the devil.  When you repent you are changing, turning around.
   Jesus said,  "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  (Luke 13:3)
    In his Mars Hill sermons, St. Paul shared with pagan Greek intellectuals the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
   Then he challenged them:  "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 
    "Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead."
                                        TWO JUDGMENT SEATS!
    Don’t let anyone deceive you, my friend, there is going to be a 'Great Day of Judgment’' when all of us will stand before Almighty God to give an account of our lives. We are living in the end Times, the second coming of Jesus and rapture of the Church is near.
   The First Judgment is the 'Great White Throne Judgment'. The Second is the Behma Seat Judgment for Believers in Christ!
     There will be two judgments: the first judgment is called, "The Great White Throne Judgment' where all sinners and unjust persons shall be judged in relation to their acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ the Jewish Messiah.
    Here is Christ Jesus' solemn warning: "And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
    "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works."
     "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. 
     "This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast out into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
     The second one is called the Bhema Seat Judgment of the Saints. That is where all believers who have trusted in Jesus Christ as personal Savior will be judged for our works.
    St. Paul warns: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is."
   "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."  (1 Corinthians. 3:8)
   In his defense before King Agrippa, the great Apostle rehearsed his Damascus Road conversion experience, and the words of Jesus Christ to him:
   "Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me."  (Acts 26:17-18)
                               THE CALL TO REPENT IS URGENT!
    So urgent is the call for people to repent of their sins, the Bible says: "Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men."  (2 Corinthians 5:11) The Bible specifically declares: "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Rom. 3:23)
     Sin must be paid for unless it is repented of. The Bible states: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  (Romans  6:23)
   St. Paul wrote to the Church in Rome concerning those committing sinful acts and others who condemn them, being guilty of the same sins.
    "But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? 
    "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the Day of Wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;"
    "Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, Eternal Life: 
    "But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;"  (Romans 2:2-9)
   Jesus said, "Behold, I come quickly" - literal Greek: Without delay, at once, soon. (Revelation 22:12). St. Peter gave two reasons why Jesus had not yet returned:
   One thousand years with us is like one day with the Lord! God's mercy is reaching out for more sinners to be saved.
     "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 
     "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."  (2 Peter 3:8-9)
     The Bible says, "Repent and be baptized...and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."  (Acts 2:38-39)   "Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out..."  (Acts 3:19)
    And Jesus says, "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."   (Revelation  3:19-20)
    May the Lord bless you and give you peace. Write me a letter if you have accepted the LORD Jesus Christ as a result of reading this message. Amen.