Friday, June 26, 2020

THESE ARE THE LAST  DAYS
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
 An old house on land owned by the Solbrekkens 
in 1950 at White Beech, SK. Fred & Max visited
the area 50 years later & saw that great sign!

     In August 1968, I wrote this paper which was largely dispensed across Canada via TV. Radio and printed page. It was released 4 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (1964) and in the same month as Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated.

    The situation in the USA is alarmingly similar now, as it was then. And even worse, because of the Coronavirus which was deliberately or accidentally released from China! The world’s economy is sick, and the USA is being ripped apart by angry mobs looting, pillaging, burning, and protesting. Terrorist organizations like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, Thieves and other anarchists defy Law and Order.

                         WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING?

    A medical doctor asked: “What is this Pandemic about? Is it God?” I answered: “I believe it is three things. First, God is trying to get our attention. The problem is so enormous that we realize that we need help from Him. Secondly, God sometimes allows that Devil to bring destruction, to bring us to our knees, to call upon the Him for deliverance. Thirdly, I believe that God will protect His people and when sinners see His hand of blessing upon us, they will call out for mercy and join us!

       In 1986, David Wilkerson shared this prophecy with Dr. Mike Evans: “I see a plague coming on the world, and the bars, churches and government will be shut down. The plague will hit New York City and shake it like it has never been shaken. The plague is going to force prayerless believers into radical prayer and into their Bibles, and repentance will be the cry from the man of God in the pulpit. And out of it will come a third Great Awakening that will sweep America and the world.”

     Let us believe that an earth-shaking Revival will begin this year! 

    Here is the message I brought to a large readership in April 1968. During that year, I conducted a major crusade in Morvant, Trinidad, 31/2 months in City-wide Crusades across Norway, and the Pentecostal Convention in Central Newfoundland! This message was central to my Revival Crusades!

                         THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS!

      I believe that more and more people are opening their hearts to Christ and turning to the Word of God for answers to this awful pandemic. As the “End Approaches”, the Holy Spirit desires to work with us in sharing the Gospel with our fellow Canadians across the nation and other lands!

   Things are moving very quickly in the nation shaking events of our troubled world. Every day takes us one day nearer to Christ’s return, the rapture of the church and the end of the world.

     Each hour takes us into new crises, new destruction, new heart break and new sorrow. Many of the terrible things which are happening now before our very eyes had been prophesied and predicted by the prophets and apostles of our Lord thousands of years ago.

     The days in which we live are perilous, dangerous, and wicked! They are awesome, evil, and prophetic. These are trying days full of fear, pessimism, and sadness for many. For the true believer in Christ, however, it should be a time of anticipation, expectation and hope as we think of the soon return of our Lord.

      Time marches on, no one able to stop it – and with it marches prophecy – marching on to fulfillment!

                        MEN’S HEARTS FEARFUL!

      Reading the daily newspapers is like reading the utterances of the prophets in the Bible. Old Testament prophets Moses, Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and the Apostles in the New Testament, foretold the events which are happening around about us now.

      Any student of the Bible can surely see the ‘Handwriting on the Wall’, regarding the wickedness of mankind, the shortness of time, the soon Return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the coming Judgment Day!

     The Bible says: “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 with power and great glory.

     “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your eyes for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21: 26-31)

          BELIEVERS IN CHRIST: NO FEAR!     

    Regardless of how dark the picture looks, we who know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and are filled with His Holy Spirit are not afraid. Our belief in the Word of God, together with our hope of the glorious Appearing of our blessed Lord and Saviour, keeps us strong in the power of His might!

    I believe that it is a God given opportunity to be alive in this Midnight Hour of God’s grace and mercy, and to be a part of His ‘End Time Rescue’ team of reapers!  

      What an honour to herald the Gospel message inviting poor, lost, sick and dying souls to prepare for ‘Christ’s Return’ and the ‘Marriage Supper of the Lamb’.

      The Bible says: “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. 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.” (Rev. 19:7,9)

      What a tremendous responsibility is ours since we have been given so much light from God and so many open doors to give out the Word of Life!

                   WE MUST NOT FALTER!

     We must not falter; we dare not fail. We cannot ignore the pleas from the hungry and thirsty souls who are begging us to ‘come over and help us’, before it is too late.

     I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of the great things in store for us who are servants of the Living God, daring to believe the entirety of His Word in this perverted generation!

     I thank God with all my heart that He has seen fit to save my wretched soul, baptize me with His Divine Holy Spirit and call me into His ministry! My heart is filled with joy to realize that He cares for us and desires to use us for His honour and glory. Hallelujah!

     By His grace, I am ready to do His bidding and allow Him to direct me into areas and avenues where He would have me go. My prayer in these last ten years has been and still is: “Here I am Lord, Send me!” Please pray for me that I will always be in the centre of His will!

                  JESUS: THE LAST DAYS!

     JESUS said: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh; so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, this all these things be fulfilled.” (Matt.24: 32-34)

      “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword and shall be led away captive unto all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21: 24)

      Jesus warned that because they had rejected God’s Word and their Messiah, the nation of Israel would be dissolved, Jerusalem destroyed, and the people taken captive.

    The Fig Tree is the symbol of Israel. Bible scholars are united in the belief that when Israel became a nation once again after 2,000 years, that was in fact, “the budding of the fig tree.”

     At 4:00 P.M. on May 14, 1948, Prime Minister David Ben Gurion hoisted the Israeli flag and read the Declaration of Independence of the Sovereign Free State of Israel, in the Art Museum in Tel Aviv.

     God’s Word was fulfilled, Satan trembled, and the enemies of God’s Chosen People in the Islamic world were filled with hate and prepared for war!              

                    GOD’S WORD WAS FULFILLED!

     “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 ye see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21: 32-34)

      Millions of Christians martyred, Communists enslaving millions, Hitler exterminating six million Jews, Islamic regimes enslaving, torturing, destroying millions,  deadly epidemics, pandemics killing hundreds of millions, major earthquakes, space travel, detonating atomic, hydrogen and cobalt bombs in the atmosphere and on earth, tsunamis destroying property and killing multitudes.

                   PERILOUS DAYS HERE NOW!

     The Bible says: “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, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5)

     This certainly is a picture of this generation. These are treacherously dangerous and perilous times: murder, rape, violence, and crime stalk the streets of our cities as nuclear nations stand ready to pull the trigger that would begin a third world war that could bring death to millions the world over!

    This world stands on a powder keg; almost anything could topple the scales in the wrong direction - almost hourly and daily - new protests, riots, demonstrations, insurrections are taking place around the globe. The world waits and watches breathlessly hour by hour and for fresh news of violence and bloodshed! These days are wicked. Gross immorality and sex perversion have taken a tremendous toll of young lives in this present generation.

     Our Western Civilization  is being demoralized to the extent that many of our youth have no will to work, no desire to achieve worthwhile goals, no initiative to help themselves or their fellowman and no respect for their parents, governmental authority, and even God Almighty! They have become slaves to LSD, marijuana, heroin, liquor, pornography, hatred, perverse thoughts, and demon inspired music.

     Remember the great Empires of Greece and Rome and how they fell because of Moral Corruption. England is falling and falling fast, because of her SINS – the USA and Canada on her heels – May God Almighty help us!

                       THESE ARE TRAGIC DAYS!

    Not only do we have wickedness and sinfulness in the world today, but we have a double barrel attack on the Word of God and humanity at large. We are faced with the sins that brought the judgment of God upon the Antediluvian Age in the Flood (Days of Noah), and also the Sins of Sodom and Gomorrah (Days of Lot ) that brought the wrath of God in total destruction upon those cities!

    On the Domestic Scene we have the tragedy of broken homes, divorce and children left to shift for themselves. We have the tragedy of little children assaulted and raped by some demon possessed pervert or sadist, women raped, and entire families murdered by someone controlled by evil spirits.

    The great increase of drug addictions, violent crime and suicides should shock us all and bring us to our knees in prayer to God for a spiritual Revival!

     On the Political Scene we see the tragedy of assassination of character by the Media and the brainwashing of the population by TV and newspapers; good men railroaded and have had to resign or been defeated because of a biased press.  

     Then, in this generation, we have seen the hand of Satan at work through a Marxist in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1964, and again in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King this month (April,1968). Only a communist or demon inspired person would kill Martin Luther King, realizing full well the terrible repercussion this would have upon the black populations there!

     The United States lost millions of dollars in the fires, lootings, killing and rioting last year. In these last riots, no doubt multiplied millions more were lost, to say nothing of lost lives, injured persons, anguish, turmoil, and heartbreak.

    I personally believe that communists, anarchists, and criminals are taking advantage of the black vs white situation in the U.S. and are fanning the flames as much as possible, realizing a civil war would destabilize that great nation! May God help us. These are indeed tragic days!

                      PROPHETIC DAYS!

      God has His hand on all things, and I believe that everything that has happened has been for a purpose and according to God’s plan. USA, Britain, Canada, and other nations have forsaken God and will reap what they have sown. Unless there is real repentance, God’s blessings will depart from those nations and those who lead them.

     All these things are having their effect upon millions of people and every day history is being made, and prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes. All these events, tragedies and fulfilled prophecies point us repeatedly to the imminent soon personal Return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

     In the Holy Scriptures we read: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come, and let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev. 22: 17)

     My urgent message to you today is to prepare to meet your Maker, for surely, we are living in the very last days and soon we will see Him face to face. We who are Christians must labour and work to win others to Him before the Darkness falls upon the earth and God says: “Closing time, Gentlemen.”.

     The BIBLE says: “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his head to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be Time No Longer. (Rev. 10: 5,6)

       Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.” (John 9: 4); “Say not ye, there are yet four months, and then comet harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4: 35, 36)

    Surely we are living in the very last days, and as we look around us we see the rising tide of Red Communism engulfing millions, we see the darkening clouds of apostacy, false religion and backsliding, lukewarm  church members hovering low; we see the mammoth rise of crime, racism, violence and strife everywhere; and then we look into the Bible, God’s Holy Word, and we read: “Lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth not.” (Luke 21: 28)

    I want to ask you one question, before I bring this message to a close: “Are your sins washed away by the blood of Jesus, or are you a sinner on the broad road that leads to Hell and separation from God?”

     Stop lon g enough in your pursuit of pleasure, wealth and fame and begin to think of Eternity, the destiny of your soul and the love of God that sent Jesus Christ to die  for you on the cross of Calvary so many years ago!

    My friend, please accept Jesus Christ today as your personal Saviour and your name will be written down in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Rev. 20:15). Here are the words of invitation from our Lord Himself: “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11: 28). Amen.

Please Note: In 1,000 B.C. (Before Christ’s birth) the Babylonian Talmud wrote: “The first time in the world’s history that men were legally married to men and women were legally married to women was during the Days of Noah.”

My Question is: “Should we not then be seriously concerned, since we know that God judged that wicked generation, by destroying them all through the Flood? The Canadian Liberal Government legalized same-sex marriage in 2011.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


THE SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)
      Many years ago in Greece there lived a very intelligent and wise old man called Simonides. One day a group of philosophy students came to this great teacher and philosopher for some help. They wanted to know, ‘Who or What is God’?
      After a few minutes meditation the grand old man asked the group of students to return the next day, so he could think on the matter. The following day the students came expecting an answer. They said, "Most noble Simonides tell us Who or What is God"!
     He scratched his beard and thought for a moment and said, "This is a very deep subject. I need thirty days to study and think, research and philosophize". 
    In one month's time the students returned only to be told by the scholarly poet, that he needed more time. He still had no answer. They were asked to come back in a year's time.
    After 365 days the group of inquisitive, anxious students were ushered in before the great man. "Most noble Simonides", the spokesman began, "We have come to you for some words of wisdom and understanding. Would you tell us Sir, What or Who is God? We are troubled and would like an answer from you."
   The great philosopher stroked his beard and scratched his head as he sat in deep thought. Then he rose to his feet and said, "Men of Greece: For 365 days I have pondered and thought. I have meditated and researched. I still have no answer - I do not know and I cannot tell What or Who is God!"
    The early Hebrews believed that God was Holiness. The Greeks believed He was Wisdom, the Romans thought He was Power, and the heathen advocate that God is Mystery. The Scientists say God is Energy. He is all these and more. The New Testament tells us what He is: "God is Love!" (1 John 4:8)
    God is Holiness and Wisdom. He is Power and Mystery. He is Energy and He is greater than all these. He is Love, and He loves us all! His love is greater than the love of a mother for her child, a husband for his wife - greater than human love. His love is heavenly and pure. It is divine, eternal and past finding out, and it is unconditional! 
    Don't forget it, my friend; God loves us all. Let it sink deep into your heart – God loves you!
               THE SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL!
   St. Paul was one of the most educated and learned men in Israel and the founder of the Church among the Gentiles. He wrote more than half of the New Testament. He had received so many visions and dreams that he was given a thorn in the flesh, lest he be exalted above measure. (2 Cor.12: 1-9)
    He had been caught up to Heaven and witnessed things he was not allowed to speak of publicly, and yet he said: “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but LOSS for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and I count them but dung (garbage), that I may win Christ.” (Phil.3:8)
   The great Apostle wrote: "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the SIMPLICITY that is in Christ." (2 Cor. 11:3)
   Many years ago, the Moderator at a World Council of Churches Conference, condemned Evangelists for presenting the Gospel and "Reading the New Testament in simplistic terms, and third world countries are being victims of this". The West India Anglican Bishop singled out Oral Roberts, Max Solbrekken and Billy Graham in his attack. He said, “We don’t need the Capitalistic Jesus of Billy Graham, the Sweet, Sweet Jesus of Oral Roberts or the Screaming Jesus of Max Solbrekken”
   Here is a strange PARADOX. While St. Paul was concerned about people getting away from the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ, a twentieth century Church Leader is afraid that Evangelists are preaching it in easy-to-understand terms!
    The reason large crowds came to hear Jesus Christ preach, was because He was honest, sincere, truthful. and had the power to back up His message with signs, wonders and miracles. THERE WAS ONE MORE FACT - HIS MESSAGE WAS SIMPLE AND PLAIN. (John 16:29)
    Ever since the beginning of time, some have tried to confuse the issue by complicating it. We all know however, that the simpler the device, the easier to construct and maintain. The simpler the instruction, the easier to understand and follow and the simpler the message, the easier to comprehend.
  During the Dark Middle Ages, only certain theologians of the Roman Catholic Church were allowed to read the Bible, while the laity were kept in total ignorance and darkness. The vernacular used in the liturgy was Latin - and the people were told that they were too uneducated to read the Bible for themselves.
    Dr. Martin Luther - an Augustinian monk - who hadn't seen a Bible until he was more than 20 years of age - got the opportunity to study it. The Word of God changed his life and the gospel message he began to preach changed the world!
      And Martin Luther’s co-worker in the Reformation, Dr. Carlstadt, had attended the best Roman Catholic Seminaries and Universities, graduating with a Doctor of Theology degree, without ever reading the Bible! That is the fallacy of Religious Organizations which favour Tradition over the Bible and Works over the Grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
      Trying to gain prominence and respect from the people, some clergymen in their arrogance and pride like to "grand stand" by using words, phraseology and terminology which the average person does not understand. The result is that the preacher is left alone in the pulpit with a few half-asleep parishioners, while the rest have stayed at home.
    Before entering the full time ministry, I spent about ten years in the business world. A manager of a large supermarket in Prince Rupert, British Columbia once remarked, "Isn't it strange, I can sit here and listen to you for hours as you talk about Jesus and the Bible, and yet the longest hour of my entire week is attending church Sunday morning and trying to stay awake from 11 AM to 12 noon. I understand what you are saying but my Pastor's message goes over my head".
    The reason Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and Max Solbrekken are able to draw large crowds and reach the multitudes, is because we preach the simple message of Jesus - His death, resurrection, love, power and present day ability to meet the needs of all who come to Him by faith!
             IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED!
    The Bible states: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”(Gen.1: 1-3)
   HERBERT SPENCER, a recognized scientist and highly acclaimed philosopher and sociologist writes about five factors as the most general forms into which the manifestation of the Unknowable (God) is re-divisible: time, space, matter, energy and force!
    He explains that to define the Unknowable or GOD, these five factors must be in place: 1. Time, 2. Space, 3. Matter, 4. Energy, 5. Force. In His great wisdom, Almighty God gives us the ANSWER in the first three verses of His holy, infallible and inspired Word.
      HERE IT IS: Time: beginning; Space: heaven; Matter: earth; Energy: Spirit; Force: moved!
The Evolutionary Theory has been proven untenable among genuine scientists for quite some time. The ‘Ape Doctrine’ took a big hit in Israel in 1983: Evolution Theory found wanting at Local Trial!
    The Jerusalem Post on April 2, 1983 carried the following report: “Evolution was on trial in Jerusalem last week and found GUILTY of failing to meet the standards of a scientific theory by the First Congress of Inquiries into the Origin of Life and Evolution….But most, after rejecting the theory of evolution on scientific grounds, failed to offer an alternative theory to account for the origin and development of life. Instead, they affirmed their belief in Divine Creation…”
     The aims of the Conference were to explain that it is INCORRECT to present the theory of evolution as unchallengeable, and to show much of it as having been refuted. The Education Ministry circularized all schools, principals and supervisors to attend. The Congress was organized by the Ben Gurion University of the Negev sponsored by Israeli’s Minister of Education. It was held on Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.”
    CHARACTER KNOWN BY BELIEF IN GOD!
   Many of the great breakthroughs in Science have been made by Jewish scientists so it is good to see that they have mostly kept their brains free from the devil’s evolutionary lies; that nothing added to nothing, multiplied by nothing and divided by nothing, created everything!
    What is Science? Encyclopedia Britannica states: In its ‘broadest sense science is learning and knowledge’. Oxford Dictionary says: “Science is systematic and formulated learning.” Another dictionary says: “Science is knowledge gained and verified.”
   In short, science is knowledge that rests on proof. It is demonstrated knowledge! Where do you suppose knowledge comes from? Naturally, all knowledge and wisdom comes to us from our Creator, Almighty God. God is Omniscient, with all Knowledge, Wisdom and Understanding!
    NAZI GERMANY’S Scientists stated: “Science has demonstrated that the Nazis are the Master Race.” The Soviet Union’s School teachers taught for seventy long years that: “Science has proven that there is no God. “In 1972, Soviet Union’s Leonid Brezhnev stated: “We are no longer homo sapiens – modern man. We are homo – sovieticus: A Super Race.”
   From 1989 to 1995, I was privileged to minister a lot in the former Soviet Union and since we drove thousands of miles, especially in the Ukraine, we experienced what Communism had done to that country. Hitting the pot holes and smelling public washrooms at a distance, I once remarked, “The Russians sent their space craft to the moon, but they can’t build a toilet.”
    Infidel Science in Canada, USA and world -wide teach that the theory of evolution is the only viable, rational approach to the origin of all things! How incredibly incredulous our pin-head evolutionary scientists have become! Infidel science is a revolutionary philosophy better known as ‘Foolosophy!”
   No wonder the Bible states: “The fool (idiot, insane person) has said in his heart, there is no God.”(Ps.14:1) The simple truth is that an idiot could say there is no God, because he is an idiot and doesn’t know any better. A person with a normal functioning brain wouldn’t make such a foolish statement!
   MALCOLM MUGGRIDGE, former BBC Radio and TV Commentator and world famous journalist, atheist and evolutionist was soundly converted to Jesus Christ and turned the Academic and Journalistic World on its head. Regarding the Evolutionary Theory, he stated:
    "I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it's been applied will be one of the GREAT JOKES in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has. I think I spoke to you before about this age as one of the most credulous in history, and I would include evolution as an example.
     “I'm very happy to say that I live near a place called Piltdown. I like to drive there because it gives me a special glow. You probably know that a SKULL was discovered there and no less than 500 doctoral theses were written on the subject and then it was discovered that the SKULL was a PRACTICAL JOKE by a worthy dentist in Hastings who'd hurriedly put a few bones together, not even from the same animal, and buried them and stirred up all this business. So I'm not a great man for bones." 
           FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!
    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).
     Martin Luther called that verse, ‘A Miniature Bible’. It has been called, ‘The Gospel in a Nutshell’ and ‘the Central Verse of the Bible.” Multitudes have found eternal life through reading the Holy Scriptures and John 3: 16 is the Gospel of Christ packed in a very concise and powerful life-giving statement.
    The Devil constantly tries to pervert everything he can and he often does so by infiltrating the theological field and especially the area of Bible Translators. They have subtly done so with this verse through translators who have taken it upon themselves to modernize the text thereby undercutting the strength of God’s Word.
     Dr. Henry Morris, a great Bible scholar and Creation Scientist stated: “The Greek word for “only begotten” is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes “only generated.” As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable  means a word of only one syllable, so “mongenes” means only one genesis or only one generated…or, more simply, “only begotten.” It does not mean “one” or even “one and only.”
    "It is worth noting that, although Christ is called the Son, or the Son of God, frequently in the New Testament, He is never (in the Greek original) called “the only” son of God.
   “The fact is, that to call Him the only Son of God would make the Bible contradict itself, for He is not the only Son of God, and certainly not the “one and only” Son of God.
      Angels are several times called the sons of God (e.g. Job 38: 7), since they had no fathers, being directly created by God. Likewise Adam was called the son of God (Luke 3; 38), because he was directly created. The same applies even to fallen angels (Gen.6:2), and even to Satan (Job 1:6) because they also were created beings.
      “The term is also used in a spiritual sense, of course, for those who have become new creations, in Christ Jesus by faith. (2 Cor. 5; 17; Eph. 2: 10, etc.). In this sense, we also are “sons of God”. (e.g. 1 John 3:20) by special creation? By special creation, not physically, but spiritually.
     “But it is never applied in this sense to Christ, for He is not a created son of God (as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other cultists teach), but the Only Begotten Son of God. He never had a beginning, for He was there in the beginning (John 1; 1). In His prayer to the Father in the upper room, He spoke of “the glory I had with Thee before the world was.” (John 17: 5).” See Micah 5: 2, 3; John 1: 18; John 10:30; Col.1: 15)
     “Jesus Christ did not become the only Son of God by His virgin birth, for He is also the ‘eternally begotten” Son of the Father. He is eternally, in His bosom” “yet always “going forth” to declare the Father – once as the creating Word, occasionally in pre-incarnate theophanies, also through the Holy Spirit conveying the written Word, which had been “eternally settled in heaven” (Psalm 119: 89) down to man through divinely chosen prophets, then ultimately appearing as the incarnate Word to live forever as the God/man.”
             GOD’S LOVE IS APODICTIC!
   The word apodictic is from the Greek apodikticos, meaning ‘evident beyond contradictions! I discovered it many years ago while studying the dictionary. Instantly I thought, that word belongs only to God and the Bible; not to humans! The Majesty, Power, Wisdom, Grace and Righteousness of God are evident beyond contradictions. 
      No-one could dare to contradict God’s Love; Calvary proved that!
     God’s love is so amazing and beyond comprehension and yet so personal, accessible and real. Here are several more Scriptures that reveal the love of Jesus Christ toward us: “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Him.” (John 3: 17, 36)
     Here is a Scripture that has blessed multitudes of people across the world through radio, television and in our large crusades, and has brought healing and deliverance to many: “He that spared not His Son, but DELIVERED Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also, freely give us all things?” (Rom.8: 32)
    This reveals the length to which our Heavenly Father went to redeem a lost, sinful and perishing world. He did not spare His own Son but turned Him over to wicked men who blasphemed Him, spit in His face, pulled out His beard, lashed Him with the razor-sharp Roman cat-of-nine tails until His back looked like a plowed field, and pounded spikes through His hands and feet to a cross at Jerusalem’s garbage dump on Golgotha’s Hill.
      The hymn writer penned these most appropriate words:

He came to earth the promise to fulfill
A rugged cross He bore up Calvary’s Hill
And for my sins He cried, Father forgive
Born to die, that I might live.

Born to die, a cruel cross to bear
Born to die, that I His love may share
Between two thieves, He bowed His head and cried
Tis finished, I came to die

        ALL SINNERS GUILTY BEFORE GOD!
    The Bible says: ‘All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ my Lord.” (Rom.3: 23; 6:23). “For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 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: 6-10)
      The greatest message anyone could hear is that Jesus Christ died for their sins so that they could be forgiven, liberated from bondage and servitude to the world, flesh and the Devil, Hallelujah! The Bible states: “But if we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, His Son cleanseth us from all sins.” (1 John 1: 7)
     Many years ago during the California Gold Rush, a man lay dying in his little shack. A kind Christian lady came to be with him. She read to him from the Bible: “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)
     Suddenly, he quickened and speaking in a weak voice asked: “Is that in the Bible?” She answered, “Yes, it is in the Bible.” He asked: “To whom is He speaking? Is He speaking to me?” The lady responded: “Yes, He is speaking you.” Again the dying man inquired: “Did He say anything else?” She read John 1:12, “To as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God.” (John 1:12). Then she said, softly, “Yes, He is speaking to you.” Quietly, the dying man said, “I receive Him. I am satisfied.”
         He had found peace with God and himself! Then, he closed his eyes and was gone. Angels came down and carried his spirit away and brought him safely into the arms of Jesus! What a glorious gospel. What a glorious message of hope and life, we have through the blessed crucified, buried and risen Lord Jesus Christ!
   THE BLOOD OF CHRIST OUR ONLY HOPE!
     The blood of Christ is mankind’s only hope! For nearly 2,000 years, the Christian church has presented the claims of Jesus Christ to be able to save lost souls, heal the sick and liberate the suffering and wounded, granting eternal life on the basis of His shed blood, vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead!
     St. Paul wrote: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with the wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; BUT UNTO US which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor.1: 17, 18)
      “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and One Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself a RANSOM for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim. 2: 3-6)
      “…We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but One. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many.) BUT TO US (believers) there us BUT ONE GOD, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Cor. 8: 4-6)
     “Now it was not written for His sake alone, that it was imputed to him; BUT FOR US ALSO, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences (sins) and raised again for our justification.” (Rom.4: 23-25)
      St. Paul didn’t pull any punches. He cleared the decks and told it like it was and still is! He stressed the fact that there are many false prophets worshipping god of no value for they are only ‘make believe gods’, and if the pagan want to believe in them that is their own business and to their folly, however, we are Christians, believers in Jesus Christ our Lord, Saviour, Master and God!
        We do not mix pagan faiths with the Pure Gospel of Christ! We do not compromise the Word of God to please anybody. There is only ONE GOD: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Amen.
               PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN!
     Shortly after President Ronald Reagan was seriously wounded by a deranged gunman, his pastor asked him, “Mr. President, were you ready to die?” He replied: “Oh no, I have so much more work to do!” His pastor continued: “Mr. President, I meant were you ready to meet God?” Ronald Reagan answered: “Oh, Yes!” The pastor probed: “Mr. President, why would you say that?” to which Ronald Reagan replied: “I have a Saviour!"
     My question to you, friend is this: “Do you have a Saviour?” The Bible says: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32). He stated: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.” (Luke 19: 10).
     St. Paul said: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” (1 Tim.1:15). Our Lord invites: “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”(Matt. 11: 28); “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)
                JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW!
    In Billy Graham: Personal Thoughts of a Public Man, British TV commentator David Frost wrote: “I once asked Billy Graham what his goal was when he took the pulpit. He replied: “First of all, I want the content to be accurate. I want it to be biblical and I want it to be simple. I study to be simple.” I pressed him. “Can’t a message be too simple?”
     He answered: “When Dr. Karl Barth, the great Swiss theologian, the greatest theologian of his generation, was visiting America a couple years ago, he was at one of our great seminaries, and a student asked him the question, ‘Dr. Barth, what is the greatest single thought that ever crossed your mind?”
     The students thought some tremendous statement was coming forth and they were all on the edge of their seats and he said, ‘Jesus loves me; this I know for the Bible tells me so.” Then, Dr. Barth stood to his feet and walked out of the room!
     No more beautiful words have ever spoken by men or angels than these: “I know God loves me!”  Praise God.  Say these precious words and believe them and you will see what a change will be affected within your life. May God bless you, in Jesus’ name! Amen.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


The
Transforming Power
of the
BIBLE!
by Rev. Max Solbrekken, D.D.

            "England has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare.  England made Shakespeare and the Bible made England."   --VICTOR HUGO
      There is an inherent power in God's Word to change the lives of those who trust its holy precepts and worship the Living God! "Transforming" and "revolutionary" are terms that are compatible with the message of the Gospel.
    Evolutionist Charles Darwin visited Tierra del Puego in 1833 and found a people whom he thought were incapable of being civilized.
    He wrote, "The Fuegians are in a more miserable state of barbarianism than I ever expected to have seen any human being".
  Thirty six years later Darwin revisited the same people, and was astounded by the change wrought by the power of the Word of God preached to them by missionaries!
      He wrote, "I should have predicted that not all the missionaries in the world could have done what has been done.  It is wonderful and it shames me, as I have always prophesied a failure.  It is a grand success".
    In a letter to the London Missionary Society, together with a gift the equivalent of US $125, Darwin wrote, "I shall feel proud if your committee shall think fit to elect me as honorary member of your society".
   St. Paul states, "The Scriptures are able to make you WISE UNTO SALVATION, through faith which is in Jesus Christ our Lord". ( 2 Tim. 3:15)
   Books of mathematics, sciences, philosophies and medicine can make one wise in those fields, but only the Bible makes one wise unto salvation!
BY GRACE, THROUGH FAITH, IN CHRIST!
     Jesus Christ declares, "You are now clean through the Word which I have spoken to you". (John 15:3)  And St. Peter emphasized that the New Birth is attainable only through the Word of God (Holy Scriptures) and the Holy Spirit!
    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1 Peter 1:23). We are saved by God’s grace alone, through our faith in Christ alone and in the Lord Jesus Christ alone!
    Our redemption comes to us by the grace of God (Eph. 2:8-9), through our faith in His finished work on Calvary (Rom. 5:1) and by Christ Alone. (Heb. 1:3)
   “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain converdastion received by tradition from your fathers;
    “But with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish or spot. Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last days for you.” (1 Peter 1: 18-21)
                 THE BIBLE HAS MANY WITNESSES!
  There are many witnesses which testify to the Bible's transforming power.  The following historical data shows the power of both faith and unbelief.
     Jonathan Edwards, the nationally known evangelist and Max Jukes, the avowed atheist, were contemporaries living in the USA.
      Max Jukes lived a godless life and married a girl of the same caliber.  This union produced 310 paupers, 150 criminals, 7 murderers, 100 drunkards. And more than one-half of the women were prostitutes!  
     Jukes' 540 descendants cost the State 1.25 million dollars.
    Jonathan Edwards was a Minister of the Gospel.  He married a girl from a Christian family and from that union, there were 1,394 descendants.
   An investigation of Edwards' posterity revealed 13 college professors, 65 college presidents, 3 US Senators, 30 judges, 100 lawyers, 60 physicians, 75 army and navy officers, 100 preachers and missionaries, 60 prominent authors, 1 US vice-president and 60 other public officials, 295 college graduates, among whom were State governors and ministers to foreign governments.
    And the preacher's descendants did not cost the State a penny!
WHY IS THE WORD OF GOD
SO EFFECTIVE?
1. It is God-breathed and inspired:
     The Bible says, "For prophecy came not at any time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost". (2 Peter 1:21)
     Jesus said, "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life". (John 6:63)
2. It is alive and active:
      "For the Word of God is quick (living), 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." (Heb. 4:12)
     “He hath sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps. 107:20)
3. It is authoritative:
       Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will pass away, but not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law until it is fulfilled". (Matt. 5:18)
    The Bible says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
4. It is immutable:
      God stands behind His Word.  It cannot fail.  It is permanent: “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie…” (Heb. 6: 17,18)
    "God is not a man that He should lie...Hath He said and shall He not do it?  Or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good"? (Num. 23:19)
   "So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth:  it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
5. It is eternal:
    The Word of God is eternal because He is eternal. “But the Word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (1 Peter 1:25). “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but My words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13:31)
6. It is holy and pure:
    “Every Word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words; lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5,6)
    How will it go for Muhammed and Joseph Smith, who have added to God’s Holy Word and lied repeatedly, when they stand before God for judgment? Lost souls guilty of leading millions astray!
   Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer to His Father in Heaven: “Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is truth.” (John 17: 7)
7. It is infallible and true:
     “Thy Word is True from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.” (Ps. 119:160); “For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven.” (Ps.119:89);
   “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is Truth.” (John 17: 17); “For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…” (Rom. 3:3,4)
   The 'Christian Century' editorialized:  "The Bible towers in content above all earlier religious literature; and it towers just as impressively over all subsequent literature in the direct simplicity of its messages and the catholicity (universalism) of its appeal to men of all lands and all times".
THE BIBLE AND ITS
AFFECT ON THE USA!
   A Newsweek report dated December 12, 1982 carried the headline:  'How The Bible Made America'.
      Here is an excerpt of their report: "SINCE THE PURITANS AND THE PIONEERS, THROUGH WARS AND SOCIAL CONFLICTS, A SENSE OF BIBLICAL MISSION HAS UNITED US, DIVIDED US AND SHAPED OUR NATIONAL DESTINY".
     President Ronald Reagan declared:  "For centuries it (the Bible) has exerted an unrivaled influence on American culture, politics and social life. Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the constitution, is our founding document.  The source of the powerful view of the model society, a beacon in the world".
    In 1665, Sir Isaac Newton - one of the world’s most renowned scientists - said, “No sciences are better tested than the religion of the Bible”.
     In 1787, Daniel Webster wrote, “God’s Word contained in the Bible has furnished all necessary rules to direct our conduct”.
     In 1850, Abraham Lincoln declared, “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to mankind and that all things and desires for man to know are contained in it.
    “All of the good from the Saviour of this world is communicated through the Book; but for this Book, we could not know right from wrong.  All of the things desirable to man are contained in it.”
    In 1870, Charles Dickens stated, “The New Testament is the best book the world has ever known or will know”. 

HERE IS A SHORT COMPILATION OF WHAT OTHER US PRESIDENTS SAID ABOUT THE BIBLE:
  George Washington:  “It is impossible rightly to govern the world without God and the Bible.”
Thomas Jefferson:  “I always said, I always will say, that the studious perusal of the Sacred Volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.”
John Quincy Adams:  “In what light soever we regard the Bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable and inexhaustible mine of knowledge and virtue.”
Andrew Jackson:  “The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests.”
Ulysses Simpson Grant:  “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties:  write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.  To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization, and to this we must look as our guide in the future.”
William McKinley:  “The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book, the better citizens we will become, and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.”
Theodore Roosevelt:  “I plead for a closer and wider and deeper study of the Bible, so that our people may be in fact as well as in theory “doers of the Word and not hearers only”.
Woodrow Wilson:  “When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the WORD OF GOD, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.”
Warren Harding:  “I have always believed in the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, whereby they have become the expression to man of the Word and Will of God.”
Calvin Coolidge:  “The foundation of society and of our government rests so much on the teachings of the Bible, that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings should cease to be practically universal in our country.”
Herbert Hoover:  “We are indebted to the Book of books for our national ideals and institutions.  Their preservation rests in adhering to its principles.”
Harry S. Truman:  “The Bible is the moral code of our nation and of civilization.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower:  “In the highest sense the Bible is to us the unique repository of eternal spiritual truths.  In the most tangible sense, it is the ultimate and indispensable source of inspiration for America’s life in freedom.”
  In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting the USA, made this outstanding statement:
   “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbours and her ample rivers, and it was not there:  in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there.  Not until I went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”

POOR WOMAN CONFRONTED BY AN ATHEIST!
    The great English preacher, Spurgeon, told the story of a poor woman who was confronted by an agnostic.
   "What are you reading?"  "I am reading the Word of God", she answered.  "Who told you that?"  "He told me so Himself", she countered.  "Told you so?  Why, how can you prove that?"
     Looking skyward, the poor woman said, "Can you prove to me that there is a sun up in the sky"?  "Why of course; the best proof is that it warms me and I can see its light."
     "That's it", she shouted.  "The best proof that this book is the Word of God is that it warms me and lights my soul".

               THE CONVERSION OF QUEEN VICTORIA!
    Here is the glorious testimony of how England’s Queen Victoria was born again!
   A beautiful incident in the experience of Queen Victoria is worth remembering.  It has been published and is unquestionably authentic.  The Queen had attended a service in St. Paul’s Cathedral and had listened to a sermon that interested her greatly; then she asked her Chaplain, “Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?”  His answer was, “I know of no way that one could be absolutely sure.”
      How sad!
     This was published in the Court News and fell under the eye of a humble minister of the Gospel John Townsend, an intimate friend of George Mueller, whose life of faith led to the founding of his well-known orphanages.  This John Townsend was the father of the famous “Sister Abigail”, another Christian of extraordinary faith and service.
      After reading of Queen Victoria’s question and the answer she received, John Townsend thought and prayed much about the matter, then sent the following note to the Queen:
                
                TOWNSEND’S LETTER TO THE QUEEN!
     To her gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of her most humble subjects;
      With trembling hands, but heartfilled love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture - John 3:16; John 5:24; Romans 10:9-10?
     These passages prove there is full assurance of salvation by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe and accept His finished work.
        I sign myself, your servant for Jesus’ Sake, John Townsend

      John Townsend was not alone in praying about his letter to the Queen.  He took others into his confidence, and much prayer from many hearts went up to God.  
      In about a fortnight he received a modest-looking envelope containing the following letter.

To John Townsend;
      “Your letter of recent date received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to.  I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God’s grace to meet you in the Home of which He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you’.”
(Signed) Victoria Guelph.

  Please Note:   The above testimony was excerpted from the tract, ‘Can We Be Sure?’ by Hull Publishing Co. Ltd., Winnipeg, Canada.

    The people of Taiwan were spared the tyranny of the ‘Butcher from Bejing’, Mao Zedong who murdered and killed his opponents by the millions.  They were spared the inhuman agonizing deaths of between 40 and 80 million whom Mao - the corrupt, unconscionable and filthy emissary of Satan - destroyed through a mass famine, while exporting grain to prove to the world how great his lying ‘cultural revolution’ really was.
     Yes, thank God that the people of Taiwan escaped the kangaroo trials, murders by the inquisitional Red Guards because of that godly man President Chaing Kai-Shek and his belief in Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour!
 Editor’s Note:  Write for the free article, ‘Canada’s Shame: Trudeau

TESTIMONY OF TAIWAN’S PRESIDENT CHIANG-KI-SHEk PERSONAL FAITH, TO HIS PEOPLE
    How I wish that all the people would read the Bible, worship and believe in the one and only true God!  The Bible which is God’s Living, inspired and true Word teaches us about the triune God:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Bible also declares that we can attain righteousness by our faith in His Son Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself through His death on the cross, and shed His blood as an offering for sin.  God’s righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ exalts a nation.  That has been proven historically. Christ is Freedom’s Rock!  His love covers a multitude of sins.  Everyone who believes on Him shall receive eternal life!” 


                 Dr. Nick Krushnitsky & Dr. Max Solbrekken
                   with a second interpreter in City Park in
                  Taipai, Taiwan Gospel Crusade in 1999.
            "My shoulder and arm are healed" testifies 
           lady in 1999 Taipai, Taiwan Bible Convention.
              Dr. Nick Krushnitsky & Dr. Max Solbrekken 

Dr. Nick and Mrs. Krushnitsky give a special
honour and tribute to Donna  Solbrekken at
the 1999 Bible Conference in Taipai, Taiwan.