This Week's Sermon ( 11-21-17 )

" He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "   Revelation 22:20

" I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. "   2 Corinthians 12:2-4

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: "   Philippians 1:23

" But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:20-21

As I mentioned in my last week's sermon, Samuel and Paul, both having been in Heaven and seen Heaven, preferred to be in Heaven.

John also had been to Heaven and wrote the book of Revelation.

Notice how he said after having been in Heaven;

" Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "

John wanted Jesus to return.

Only people who have been to Heaven and seen Heaven, prefer to be in Heaven.

Like Paul said;

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: " 

Those of us who have never been to Heaven nor seen Heaven would still rather be here in this present life and wish we could live here forever.

Nobody wants to die. This is all we have ever known.

If we are enjoying a prosperous life and are enjoying good physical health, we definitely do not want to leave this life.

We would rather Jesus delay His coming...if we are being honest with ourselves.

This is why Jesus said;

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "

There was a movie that came out a few years ago called, " Heaven is for Real ".

It was about a pastor's child who supposedly had gone to Heaven.

According to the doctors the child never actually physically died.

What supposedly brought interest to the pastor was that his son told him that he had met someone who his parents had never told him about.

The person the pastor's son had met while he was in Heaven was his own sister who died in a miscarriage.

The pastor and his wife never told their son about this.

The pastor was surprised that his son knew about her and evidently this was what sparked the idea of making the movie.

While I thought it was interesting that the pastor's son met someone in Heaven that his parents knew of but never told him about, ( if all of this is true, as we never know what is true in the movie making business ), I came in contact recently with someone who personally knows this family and knows the child who claimed to be in Heaven.

Well, I asked my friend if the child, after having been in Heaven, would rather be in Heaven than be here in this life.

He told me there was one day during his childhood that he was playing out in the street and almost got hit by a car.

The pastor got after his son for being so careless.

The son responded by saying he had hoped he would be hit by the car so he could go back to Heaven.

Well, if he would rather be in Heaven than here in this life, then maybe he was telling the truth.

My friend, like I said, only people who have been to Heaven would rather be in Heaven with Jesus.

We need to keep our heart focused on Jesus and desire to be with Him more than be with our money, prosperous life and good physical health here.

We need to be watching, praying and hoping Jesus will return soon.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 8-23-16 )

" And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the number of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. "   Revelation 13:16-18

 

All we know is the antichrist will require an identification mark or number that identifies the person with him, to be able to buy food, clothing, etc... and to be able to sell anything, during the time of his reign.

It will be an identification mark that will be placed either on the person's right hand or forehead that will consist of either some kind of a mark, his number or the number of his name.

It is not clear who gets which kind of identification mark or number but it will obviously be readable by a computer scanner upon presentation and will confirm that the person is a member of the antichrist's organization.

I just learned recently that technology has advanced to the point that a computer designer came up with a scanner that can actually read a person's blood flow when they place their hand on the scanner and will confirm that the person whose hand is placed on the scanner is programmed into the system and has authorized access. The only problem with this presently is if the person has a skin situation that would block the scanner from being able to read the blood flow, the person would have to use the other hand.

What is interesting is that no computer "chip " is necessary. It reads the blood flow.

This technology is expensive but a major company who can afford this is now renting this new computer for handling its finances.

I asked someone who is programmed into this computer and has authorized access if they could foresee the day when people would be making purchases with this method of technology.

The answer was, "yes".

My friend, if the antichrist John prophesied of is alive today, he will have the modern technology to enforce his mark or number in a way that only people who have his identification mark or number can make purchases or sell anything...according to John's prophecy.

We may be nearing the time of the 7 year tribulation period faster than we think...which is when this system of buying and selling with an identification mark or number is supposed to happen, according to Scripture.

Which means, fortunately, the event Paul described for the born again believer in Jesus, could be closer to happening than we think.

" 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 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Praise the Lord!

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 7-26-16 )

" And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. "   Acts 1:9-11

Yes, " this same Jesus " will come again, just as He left.

I was on Mt. Olivet in 1993 where Jesus ascended 2000 years ago.

While I was looking at the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives I was thinking about when Jesus returns.

And, who is " this same Jesus " ?

He is God in the flesh.

Jesus clearly said;

" I and my Father are one. "    John 10:30

My friend, every religion on earth claims to be the only way to Heaven.

Jesus made the same claim.

" Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father but by me. "   John 14:6

Within world religions, there is a compromise of their claim to be the only way to Heaven as some of its leaders will say, in the end, all people will end up in Heaven.

This is contrary to the teaching of the Holy Bible .

Jesus said hell is eternal, not temporary, and Jesus also said there will be more people end up in eternal hell than will make it to Heaven.

" Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. "   Matthew 7:13-14

So again, we choose to believe who and what we want.

I choose to believe Jesus.

When it comes time to die or when Jesus returns, I hope all of us will rest our faith in Jesus.

Yes, Jesus is God in the flesh... God, who came to earth and was born of a virgin, was made of the seed of Abraham, grew up as we do, was tempted as we are, felt physically tired and needed sleep as we do, got hungry as we do, knew what grief, sorrow and sadness is like as we do, knew physical pain as we do, and died for us.

God died in human flesh and was resurrected from the dead bodily as we will be when Jesus returns.

Jesus clearly said after His resurrection;

" Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. "   Luke 24:39

John said about the return of Jesus;

" 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 3:2

I hope Jesus comes today.

The Lord bless you.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: ( 7-5-16 )

" Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  "   Revelation 1:7

" Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  "   1 John 2:18

" But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  "  2 Peter 3:8-9


Before my wife died, she told me she thought Jesus was coming soon.

John wrote in the verse I quoted that Jesus will return plainly visible for all to see.

John also said that even though there are many antichrists, there is specifically one that will come that obviously was prophesied about. With the situation in the Middle East today, I have no doubt he is soon to come within the political realm and do what the Bible prophesied he will do.

Peter said the Lord is not slow in coming back, even though Peter, along with the other disciples of Jesus and those who followed and believed in Jesus 2000 years ago, were looking for and expecting Jesus to return even back in their day.

I will continue this discussion about the return of Jesus soon.

Personally, I wish He would come today.

The Lord bless you.

Wayne Brown