Saturday, March 27, 2021


                        Christ has died! Christ is Risen! Christ will come again!

Jesus Christ's Return:

                            by Pastor  Max Solbrekken, D.D.                                             - Written in 2012 -

"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 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 into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)


The Church of Jesus Christ is not immune to suffering! In it's 2,000 year history the Church has gone through long periods of suffering, persecution and death. And we have survived! Without doubt, Christians are presently suffering greatly in nations where Islam, Communism and other evil Regimes oppress the Body Christ! As we get closer to Christ's Return, Satan will undoubtedly organize a 'Baptism of Suffering' against the Church.

When Jesus Christ our Lord raptures the Church in what is called 'The Second Coming of Christ', we will then take our place with those who have fought the battle and won, who have been diligent to the very end and made it through victoriously; triumphing over evil, unrighteousness and wickedness.

We will come out of the "furnace of affliction" with not even the smell of fire on our persons, the ropes of bondage burned off and a testimony so powerful for our Lord  God that no one will be able to repudiate.We will then be a part of that glorious church without spot and wrinkle that will be presented to our Heavenly Bridegroom by the Blessed Holy Spirit, at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when Jesus Christ returns for His Bride.

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". (Revelation 19:7). In other words, the bride was not ready until a certain point in time, when she decided to prepare for the marriage ceremony.


Jesus warned concerning the Seventh and Final Church Age. The word,  Laodecian means, "The people rule or power to the people". How indicative of the age in which we live! The democratic process means "government; by the people, of the people, and for the people". Even the so-called Socialistic and Communistic regimes espouse the doctrine of the proletariat, the Peoples' Republic, etc.

In the Church, we also see people ruling: popes, cardinals, and archbishops, ruling without the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is missing in many Protestant churches and are  totally devoid of God's blessings as the people rule, often void of Divine direction!


Jesus warned: "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked". (Revelation 3:14-17)

The invitation, however, is always there: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 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.” (Rev. 3: 18-20)


It is my solemn duty to warn God's people against the backsliding that is pervading churches that carry the name of Jesus. The handwriting is on the wall, and time is short.

The Bible states: “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Let us walk honestly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” (Rom. 13: 11-14)


Satan is desperate because he knows what lies ahead for him! The Word of God states: And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil (Liar), and Satan (Enemy), which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the Word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because He knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12: 9-12)


St. Paul wrote: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” (1 Cor. 18:22). Anathema Maranatha: Our Lord Come - an exclamation of the approaching Divine Judgment. Anathema (suspended). Verse 22 means that a curse as well as a blessing will be evident at Christ's return! There will be both a blessing and a curse at His Coming. The righteous will rejoice and the unrighteous will weep in remorse! It was used as the Church's censure - final ex- communication.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of His saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convice all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungody committed and of all their hard speeches which ugodly sinners have spoken againt him.”(Jude 14, 15)

Maranatha is Aramaic as an imperative: maranata meaning 'our Lord come', or as an indicative, meaning 'our Lord is come' - An exclamation of the approaching Divine Judgment!


God spoke to me with a message for the nation of Canada in July 1967. It was carried in, "The Cry of His Coming", and on our national radio broadcast. The sermon  was called, "A SALUTE TO CANADA". We were celebrating our 100th birthday and God showed me Canada as a great nation with His rich blessings upon us. We were a nation of freedom, opportunity and plenty, but that if we did not repent of our sins and humble ourselves before God, we would lose our greatness, and much of God's favor.

I quoted the Scripture, "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but Sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34).  Our magazine with the Centennial Year Message, 'A Salute to Canada' was sent to all elected officials across Canada, civic officials (large cities),  provincial officials and national governments of our nation. I received many kind letters from government officials thanking me for the sermon. One person who responded very warmly and enthusiastically was the Justice Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

The years passed and the young Justice Minister became our 15th. Prime Minister.  Pierre Trudeau seemed to be leading the nation in a dangerous leftward trend. Some of his policies that caused deep concern were: 1) abolition of capital punishment. 2) broadening of the Divorce Laws. 3) legalizing homosexuality, lesbianism, & bestiality. 4) legalizing abortion (not on demand). 5) seeking to legalize marijuana.  He then called an election.

The Holy Spirit inspired me to deliver another sermon, titled: 'My message to Prime Minister Trudeau'. It was sent in booklet form by the tens of thousands across Canada. Copies of the booklet and tape were sent to the Mayor of every large town or city in Canada, the MLAs in each province, all Members of Parliament and heads of major nations across the world, both free and Communist. A copy of the message was sent to Queen Elizabeth 11, Pope of Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury, Billy Graham and Oral Roberts. I received complimentary and kind letters from leaders across the world.


I wrote of King Nebuchadnezzar, who became proud and said, "Is not this Great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the Kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty". (Daniel 4:30). God judged King Nebuchadnezzar and he lost his mind.

For seven years, the great king wandered about like an animal and ate grass as an oxen until he acknowledged God. I wrote of King Herod, who made an oration. The people said, "It is the voice of a god and not of a man". The scripture declares, "He gave not God the glory and God smote him until he died eaten of worms"! (Acts 12:23)

When Prophet Samuel entered Bethlehem, the City Elders trembled in fear of God: "...And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?" (Samuel 16:4) . Government officials need to tremble before God again and obey His Holy Word in order to bring back righteousness and sanity to the nations. The Bible says: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalms 33: 12)

St. Paul spoke to King Agrippa and challenged him with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. The scripture says that Agrippa cried out, "...Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian". (Acts 26:28) And when Paul spoke to Felix the Governor, he trembled because Paul spoke of "Righteousness, temperance and judgment to come". (Acts 24:25)

The Bible says, "Righteousness exalteth a nation and sin is a reproach to any people". (Proverbs 14:24) Again, God's Word declares, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn". (Proverbs 29:2). "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord". (Psalms 33:12)


In the spring of 1978, I was awakened after a powerful meeting. The voice of God had been speaking to my heart while I was sleeping. The message of God was already in my mind, totally comprehensible and ready to deliver.

I awakened with the words, 'Canada Turn Around, Canada Come back to God,' whirling around in my Spirit. So powerful was this impression that I leaped out of bed, grabbed my Bible and note paper, and wrote down the message which I knew God wanted me to deliver across the nation and around the world.

Canada turn around, come back to your senses! Come back to God and righteousness, decency and reality. There is still time to Call upon the Name of the Lord. He is Gracious and will forgive, heal and liberate you from the power of Darkness, fear and disease!

I began to preach the message of repentance across the nation; in crusades, by printed material, on television and radio. I preached that message across the nation of Canada and around the world with great success! I warned of the coming of God's judgment on our sinning world and the soon return of Jesus Christ!


The message  was a warning from God's Word for everyone to repent of their sins and begin to live righteously in the light of the scriptures and to begin to seek God with great intensity, honesty, sincerity and urgency.

Everyone should know that we are living in the end time of God's grace upon the earth and that our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ is coming again real soon.

The Bible says, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chron.  7:14)

The Lord promises to hear our prayers and heal our land, if we obey His Word. God spells out directions for a Holy Ghost, heaven sent revival! Here is the recipe: If God's people will do four things, God promises to hear our prayers and bring healing to our Land. 

What are these four things? Are they pinnacles of spiritual growth, never to be reached?  No, God would not ask us to do what we could not attain in the natural. He is not unreasonable.

The Bible says, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool". (Isaiah 1:18)

1.  Humble Ourselves
2.  Pray
3.  Seek God's Face
4.  Turn from our wicked ways


We must look to God for help - not to ourselves, government officials, business leaders, educators or others. Jesus said, "Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you". (Matthew  6:33). The Bible says, "God resisteth the proud and giveth grace to the humble". (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5: 5,6; Prov. 3:34)

We can and must HUMBLE ourselves and get rid of all dirty, filthy, sinful pride as we reach out to love everyone regardless of skin color, racial background, educational or social standing or financial worth:

But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4: 6,7)

The scriptural way to humble ourselves is to fast and pray! We must realize that we cannot save ourselves or heal the hurts of people, in our own strength. God is our source. He is the Saviour and Deliverer.

The Bible says: “ I am the Lord, and there is none else. There is no God beside Me. I girded thee though thou hast not known Me. Look unto Me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: For I am God, and there is none else.”(Isaiah 45:5; 6:22); “Come unto Me and ye that labour and are heavy burdened and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28)

Let us begin to PRAY to God on a regular basis as we praise Him for His love and grace.  God wants us to make our petitions known to Him FIRST before we ask our fellowmen for help.

Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church: and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall SAVE the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:14,15)

King Asa was diseased in his feet and went to the physicians for help instead of praying to the Lord. The Bible says, "Asa sought the help of the physicians and died"(2 Chronicles  16:12)  It is not wrong to seek help of physicians so long as you have sought God first and have laid out your petition to Him first. It is God who rules in the lives of men. Let us not forget that. That is why St. Paul stated, "Pray without ceasing"(1 Th.  5:17)   What did he mean? Stay in an attitude of prayer. Keep your lines of communication open between God and yourself.


Let us SEEK GOD with all our hearts. In order to seek God, we must walk close enough to Him to see His face and feel His power. To seek God means to desire His presence! To want to be near Him and share all our intimate and urgent needs with Him. And to spend time praising and thanking Him for all His goodness to us.

By God's grace, let us all TURN AWAY from the lusts of the flesh and the sins of the spirit and conduct ourselves as true followers of Christ in all humility and righteousness. We have His promise that when we, the Church, have done these things, then God will hear our prayers and answer in great demonstration of Holy Ghost power.

The Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteousness 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)

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14):; "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:5)


When King Hezekiah became ill, the prophet came to him with a message, "...Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live". (2 Kings 20:1). The Bible states that King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and "wept sore" (v.3) as he repented and asked for mercy. God heard his prayer and gave him an additional fifteen years of life.

Whatever problem you may have, God is greater than all the power of the devil and sin. He is greater than sickness, disease, fear and poverty! Praise God forever.

The solution comes when we turn our faces to the wall and ask Jesus to intervene! His Word states, "And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me". (Ps. 50:15); "...turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations." (Ezekiel 14:6) "...and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and True God." (1 Th. 1:9)

The Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, fo will abundantly pardon". (Isaiah 55:7)


Only Elijah and a faithful silent group of 7,000 had not bowed their knees to Baal. He was grieved in his heart and brought down God's judgment upon that wicked nation in the form of a drought. He challenged: "...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him".

The Bible says, "My people have committed two evils, They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water". (Jer. 2:13)

How anyone could leave the Church, the Gospel and the goodness of God, with it's fountain of living water and be turned to dumb idols, sinful practices, lustful pleasures, greed and the doctrine of works, I will never know! For these are no more than broken cisterns that can hold no water!


The Devil offers everything and delivers only death and eternal damnation! He is the enemy of God and man and is an eternally lost entity! He hates Jesus Christ who has destroyed him and taken away his power over mankind!

He hates every believer in Jesus Christ because of His eternal victory over him and all the works of Darkness. The precious BLOOD of Jesus Christ scares Satan and his demons, and the Word of God has declared him and his kingdom doomed forever!

Christ's death purchased our salvation: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Col.2:14,15);

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the power of the devil. And deliver them who who through fear of death were all their lifestyle subject to bondage.” (Heb.2:14, 15)

The answers to man's perplexing questions and the riddles of life, are found only through Jesus Christ our Lord and in His Divinely Inspired and Sacred Word, the Bible.  On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand."


The Bible states: "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat upon him was Death, and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword (war), and with hunger (famine), and with death (tsunamis, war, earthquakes, mudslides etc), and with the beasts of the earth (ie:  Mad Cow, Monkey Pox, West Nile Virus, Sars.)"  (Rev. 6:8)

People are afraid, nervous, anxious and full of fear.  We are living in a world that is no longer safe! We are living in a world full of terrorism, wars, new frightening diseases and viruses and startling weather disasters that are wiping out thousands of people in seconds.

On September 11, 2001 - the world changed.  On September 11, 2001 - Satan was rejoicing.  On September 11, 2001 - Satan scored a victory.  But I am here to tell you that Satan can be defeated!

What was a relatively safe, comfortable existence turned instantly into a world of terror.  The Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden accomplished something very important on September 11, 2001.  The terrorists took away our freedom, the freedom to feel safe, the freedom to feel secure.

The world is dealing with so many issues that its hard for people to cope. Our world is literally falling apart.  We are experiencing earthquakes, tidal waves, tsunamis in places that are totally unexpected and at the greatest magnitudes ever recorded.  The new diseases and viruses we are seeing in animals and food products are alarming.


The whole creation, including the earth and all living creatures therein, the cosmos and all universes that our Lord has created, are groaning and travailing in pain and travail "together until now." (Rom. 8:22,23)

The earth is "running down" as science teaches it will.  Man has polluted the air, the water and the earth.  The earth is polluting and destroying itself through earthquakes, tidal waves, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.

Nature, through solar storms, falling meteors, black holes, white holes and worm holes is doing damage to the universe.  Tornados, cyclones, tsunamis and severe electrical storms cause great bodily harm and death to people and animals, as well as destroying millions of acres of timber annually through forest fire.  The animals and wild life are themselves polluters, spreading disease amongst themselves, as well as being purveyors of many deadly diseases to the human population.


Are these diseases and viruses the starting point of what is coming next during the GREAT TRIBULATION?  I believe that the outbreak of AIDS, SARS, Ebola virus, Lyme disease, Mad Cow disease (BSE), Foot and Mouth disease (FDM), West Nile Virus, Hanta Virus, Monkey Pox and the latent TB and drug resistant TB that is now rampant (2 billion world wide) is surely Bible prophecy being fulfilled.  

There are also so many new viruses, bacteria and parasites spread by animals, rodents and pests to human beings.  Are these new viruses from animals also a precursor to the awful things which will happen during the Great Tribulation.


A  headline that appeared (August 2003) in the Washington Post, must have sent shock waves through the Medical Community and the general population.  From a theological perspective, the connection between Biblical eschatology and the phenomenal parade of new emerging viruses being passed from animals to humans, this new report is very significant.

Are the new diseases like Sars, Mad Cow Disease, West Nile Virus, Bird flu and many others biblical prophecies significant?  Are these world disasters, extreme weather changes, world disasters and mounting hatred, wars and nations turning against nations world wide, BIBLE PROPHECY coming to pass?

The Bible states: "And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat upon him was Death, and Hell followed with him.  And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword (war), and with hunger (famine), and with death (tsunamis, war, earthquakes, mudslides etc), and with the beasts of the earth (Mad Cow, Monkey Pox, West Nile Virus, Sars.")  (Rev. 6:8)

For a very long time Bible scholars were unable to understand this verse.  Everyone had serious questions about beasts being a source of so many people dying.  When S.A.R.S. struck the world with a vengeance a few years ago, the meaning of the scripture became very evident.  St. John's prophecy was so absolutely clear!


The prevalent thought was, when famine came, wild beasts from the forests would enter cities and towns and kill people for food.  Some translations of Revelation 6:8 placed the words 'wild beasts' in their study notes.      

Now we know how wrong that interpretation was!  God's Word is absolutely perfect!  As a preacher who has studied the Holy Bible for over 40 years, I believe this to be pre-Tribulation, more and more as the truth in revealed through events that happen round about us.

In my research, I found found that SARS, Lyme Disease, Foot & Mouth disease, Mad Cow disease, Hanta virus, Monkey pox, Ebola virus, Aids and West Nile Fever are diseases that have all come from animals (beasts) or rodents and insects (pests).  

Jesus warned:  "For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and PESTILENCES, and earthquakes, in divers places." (Matthew 24:7).

Rob Stein wrote: "It happens again and again.  Strange and frightening new infections seem to appear out of no where, such as Lyme disease, Ebola and of course, AIDS.  With Monkeypox coming on the heels of Sars, which emerged not long after West Nile, it is a phenomenon that seems to be happening at an accelerating rate.

"Scientists agree that the trend is alarming and appears to be gathering speed.  In the coming years, they say, dangerous new pathogens emerging."


The world has become a very dangerus place. On every hand, we see death and destruction.  The Bible states that, "the whole world lieth in wickedness."  (1 John 5:19); "And the world passeth away and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." (1 John 2:15-18)

No only they, but OURSELVES also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is to say, the redemption (resurrection) of our body.

SATAN is hard at work and Satan's influenec is everywhere! His filth and stench  can be seen, heard and felt across the world.  His evil, unholy and corrupting influence is everywhere present; in homes, communities and nations, as well as in academia, the government, commerce, judicial systems and in the church.

The truth is that the whole world lies in wickedness and Satan is the "prince of the power of the air."  Satan is the author of the "spirit of disobedience" that pervades society today.  This "spirit of disobedience" is affecting millions of people across the earth. (Ephesians 2:2,  Ephesians 5:6, Colossians 3:6)    

Even though we as Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit and have fellowship with Jesus and each other, we live in a flesh and blood body.  We are constantly being bombarded with temptations.  We have Christ's promise of divine healing, but we are still subject to ageing and death.

St. Paul states that we groan inwardly because of our limitations and desire to be clothed with a glorified body, knowing that one day we will be changed and receive a glorified body similar to Christ's. 

The Bible says: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not."

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."  (1 John 3:1-2).


Death and corruption have been present on this earth and in the cosmos since the terrible 'fall of man' in the Garden of Eden.  Everything is subject to the 'Second Law of Thermodynamics' - that of ageing, deteriorating and corruption.  There is no escaping it.  

Everything that is born dies eventually and will go back to the dust of the earth.  All great men and their empires, small or great will deteriorate and go to ruin.  Now the universe is running out of steam and Bible Prophecy is being fulfilled and will continue to be fulfilled as time goes on.

JESUS demanded: “…Whosever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel’s the same shall save it.”

For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8: 34–38).

Christ’s Victory and Satan’s Defeat is our Liberty for time and eternity! Amen and Amen.