FACING THE FUTURE
By: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
brethren, pray for us that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be
glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from wicked and
unreasonable men: For all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who
shall establish you, and keep you from evil." (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3)
Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica: "For what is our hope, or
joy, or crown of rejoicing: Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus
Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy."(1 Thes. 2:
without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience
of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father."
were converted through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit: "For our
Gospel came not unto you in Word only, but also in power, and in the Holy
Ghost, and in much assurance. And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,
having received the Word with much affliction, with joy of the Holy
that ye were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you
sounded out the Word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and
Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad, so
that we need not to speak to any thing. For they themselves had turned to
God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for
His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which
delivered us from the wrath to come." (1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10)
CHRIST SHALL RETURN FOR HIS CHURCH
Paul had earlier revealed to the Thessalonians the truth of Christ's return in
the Parousia, the Rapture of the Church: "But I would not have you
to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others, which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.
this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them which are asleep.
For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them
in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the
Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." (1
Thes. 4: 13-17).
Paul commended them for their patience and faith during the difficult times
they were going through in persecutions and tribulations.
revealed God's judgments which will come upon unbelievers when Jesus Christ
returns to judge those who have rejected His love and mercy:
"To you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord shall be revealed
from Heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them
that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who
shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord,
and from the glory of His power.
He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that
believe, because our testimony among you was believed, in that day." (2
THE ANTICHRIST: MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
Word of God warns concerning the coming of the Antichrist who will deceive the
entire world with his deception and lying wonders: "And now ye know what
withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work: only He who now letteth will let,
until He be taken out of the way. And that Wicked shall be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of His coming:
him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that
perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a
lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure
in unrighteousness." (2 Thes. 2: 6- 10)
Holy Bible is the final Word of God on all matters concerning the deception of
Satan and the truth of God!
There is no middle ground! They
who believe that Jesus Christ of Nazareth vicariously gave His life for us on
Golgotha's Cross and arose from the dead for our justification, are Saved!
Those who reject the Word of God and Christ's offer of salvation and agree with
Satan, the liar and deceiver, will be Damned forever. They will be deceived by
the Antichrist and his lying supernatural wonders and are Lost for eternity.
ALL KNOWLEDGE HIDDEN IN CHRIST
Paul warned those in Colosse and Laodicea: "That their hearts might be
comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full
assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the Mystery of God, and of
the Father, and of Christ: In Whom are hid all the treasures of Wisdom and
Knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
lest any man should beguile you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the
tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For
in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: In
Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in
putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.
with Him in baptism, wherein ye also are risen with Him through the faith of
the operation of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead.
you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He
quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
"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 show of them openly, triumphing
over them in it." (Col.2: 8-15)
the final analysis, when all the battles are over, the Body of Christ wins. We
win because Christ spoiled all principalities and powers, making a public
display of them before the hosts of Heaven, the demons of Hell and all of
vicarious death for us on Golgotha sealed Satan's doom, and His triumphant
resurrection from the dead made JESUS CHRIST forever the Lord of lords and King
WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN
I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and
on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming
with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the Book, and to loose the seven seals
no man in Heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to
open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was
found worthy to open and read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the
elders said unto me, Weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the root
of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the the seven seals
I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in
the midst of the elders, stood a LAMB as it had been slain, having seven horns
and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the
earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on
when He had taken the book, the four beasts and our and twenty elders fell down
before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of
incense, which are the prayers of saints.
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof: for Thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out
of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us
unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld,
and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and
the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and
thousands of thousands;
with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive
power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour and glory, and
blessing. And every creature which is in Heaven, and on earth, and under
the earth, and such that are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I
saying, Blessing and honour, and glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon
the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said,
Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that liveth
for ever and ever." (Rev.5:1-14)
THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN IS ALIVE
an amazing and glorious truth. The Lamb that had been slain was alive and
standing. He alone was worthy to take the book out of the Hand of Almighty God
on the Throne in Heaven. Only Jesus Christ had the right to open the book, for
He alone had paid the awesome price for our redemption!
BLOOD alone purchased our eternal salvation. Pointing to Jesus of Nazareth,
John the Baptist declared, "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the
sins of the world." (John 1; 29).
the Name of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, St. Peter stated: "Neither
is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4: 12).
the Gospel, St. Paul said: "For there is One God and One Mediator
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all,
to be testified in due time." (1 Tim.2: 5,6)
Bible states that Jesus Christ, "by Himself purged our sins."
(Heb.1: 3). He did it all by Himself. His vicarious death on the cross for us
has sealed our eternal destiny.
Christ alone; not Christ and the Church; not Christ and the Pope; not Christ
and the Virgin Mary!
Bible teaches the Christ alone Doctrine! JESUS CHRIST. GOD'S SON. SAVIOUR!
According to tradition, ancient Christians, during their persecution by the Roman
Empire in the first few centuries after Christ, used the fish symbol to mark
meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes!
Greek word for fish is "ichthys." As early as the first century,
Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter,
i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour. ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthys): .Iota (i) is the first
letter of Iēsous (Ἰησοῦς), Greek for "Jesus" .Chi (ch) is the first
letter of Christos (Χριστός), Greek for "anointed" (of the Lord)
.Theta (th) is the first letter of Theou (Θεοῦ), Greek for "God's",
the genitive case of ΘεÃ³ς .Theos, Greek for "God" .Upsilon (y) is
the first letter of (h)yios (Yἱός), Greek for "Son" .Sigma (s) is
the first letter of sōtēr (Σωτήρ), Greek for "Saviour" whose verses
are an acrostic of the generating sentence.
statement "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" affirmed the
belief of early Christians in the two-fold nature of Jesus Christ being both
fully human and fully divine.
PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS
Bible states: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us
from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of His dear
Son: in Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of
sins." (Col. 1:13, 14)
having made PEACE through the blood of His cross, by Him, to reconcile all
things unto Himself; by Him, I say to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him I
say, whether they be things in earth, or things in Heaven.
you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet
now has He reconciled. "In the body of His flesh through Death, to
present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight: if ye continue
in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the
gospel..." (Col. 1: 20-23)
careful (anxious) for nothing: but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through
Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4; 6,7)
FACING THE FUTURE WITH FAITH
Faith is a gift to the
searching heart, to the sincere seeker after God and His righteousness. Faith is believing that God's Word
is true, in spite of what others say. Faith is
believing that Jesus Christ is Whom He claimed to be, the Word of God made
flesh, God incarnate!
He is True God from eternity and True man by His Virgin birth! That He alone
purchased our eternal life through shedding His pure and sinless blood on the
cross, and that His blood is ALIVE today in the Holy of Holies in Heaven. And
that Jesus Christ our Heavenly High Priest is interceding for us before His
Holy Bible declares: "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come to God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make
intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, Who is holy,
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
heavens." (Heb. 7: 25, 26)
greatest reason for believing that the Bible is true, is that Jesus Christ, the
Living Word of God, believed the Holy Scriptures. He quoted and preached from
them, lived by them.
died and arose from the dead, according to the Word God and by that same Word
will return for us all who waiting, watching and working for Him! Amen.