This Week's Sermon ( 6-20-17 )

" Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?  "  Hebrews 1:14


Notice the writer of Hebrews said;

" heirs of salvation " 


I will be talking about salvation... what it is, the significance of it and the need for it before we physically die.

I will be talking about who saves us and from what.

I will be talking about how in God's eyes, there are only 2 categories of human beings...the saved and the unsaved.

I will be talking about how you do not need to fear death, wondering what will happen to you after death, if you even believe you will exist after you draw your last breath in this life...as many do not.

I will be talking about the fact that there is only one way to Heaven...not multiple ways, as many believe.

I will be talking about how no human being can earn their entrance into Heaven...even though many people think they are good enough for Heaven.

I will be talking about the fact there is a literal hell that does exist...as many do not believe.

Join me as I discuss these topics.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 3-24-15 )

The part of the Holy Bible known as The Old Testament shows us that prophecy has been going on for thousands of years.

This is why they are called “ the Prophets “.

They not only prophesied of the end times in our day but they also prophesied of future events of God's judgments on both Israel and the heathen back in their day.

 

There is a misconception of God's grace in the Old Testament as compared to the New Testament.

In reading the Old Testament books known as “ the Prophets “, you will find that even though God warned of judgment on Israel's disobedience and the heathen as well, God would have delighted in withdrawing His plan to execute His wrath and judgment on both Israel and the heathen, if only they would have acknowledged their sins and repented.



And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.“  Nehemiah 9:17

The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. “  Psalm 103:8

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. “  Psalm 145:8

And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. “ Joel 2:13

And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil. “ Jonah 4:2

The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. “  Nahum 1:3



As the writer of Hebrews said;

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. “  Hebrews 13:8



Grace is not a new concept with God in the New Testament after Jesus came to earth and died.

God has always bestowed grace...even in the Old Testament.

God is the same and never changes.

However, God's grace only comes when we acknowledge our sins and confess them to Him and ask His forgiveness and believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

This is why Jesus said we must not only believe the gospel but repent from sin as well;

And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. “  Mark 1:15



The fact that we do not hear the word “ hell “ mentioned in evangelical churches today and the word “ repent “, is in itself a sign that Jesus is coming back and that we are definitely in the end times.

God is a God of judgment and a God of mercy and grace...if we repent.

It is God's nature to judge just as it is for Him to show mercy...according to the Holy Bible.

However, God would rather show mercy and grace, than to pour out His wrath.

This is why God has dragged prophecy of the day of His wrath in the end time out so long.

As Peter said;

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



Just as God finally had enough of the wicked world in Noah's day and destroyed it, so in our future God again will someday say, enough is enough.

When the angel said;

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: “  Revelation 10:6

actually can be understood to mean there shall be no more delay of prophecy being fulfilled.

Technically, time continues even after the angel will say this since Jesus will have His Kingdom for a thousand years of 24 hour days...not to mention the 7 year tribulation period continues day after day, until Jesus returns, after the angel says this.



Fortunately for the human race, God is patient and longsuffering, kind, of great mercy and very slow to anger and is willing to save anyone who repents and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.

My friend, the wrath of God is going to be terrible for those here on the earth during the 7 year tribulation period.

Even with all the evil the antichrist will try to do to people, that will not compare to what God will do to those who take the mark of the antichrist and persecute believers in Jesus during the 7 year tribulation period.



Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 3-17-15 )

Somehow, between today and the second advent – that is, when Jesus returns to cast the antichrist into the lake of fire and establishes His Millennial Kingdom here on earth, there will be a surprise attack on Israel.

By surprise, I mean literally, a surprise attack without Israel being suspicious of being invaded.

Ezekiel clearly said that Israel would be unsuspecting of being invaded when this war takes place against Israel;

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,“   Ezekiel 38:1-11

 

This is certainly not the Battle of Armageddon as many think, simply because at the time of the Battle of Armageddon, which does not happen until the end of the 7 year tribulation period, the Jews will already, for 3-1/2 years, been running for their lives and hiding in Petra after the antichrist reveals his true identity to the Jews and turns on them at the middle of the 7 year tribulation period.

The Battle of Armageddon will be no surprise to the Jews because of being threatened for 3-1/2 years by the antichrist.

The two witnesses will probably be the ones who will keep the Jews from being destroyed during the last 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period.

Since the Jews trusted the antichrist and enjoyed 3-1/2 years of peace during the first half of the 7 year tribulation period without threat of being invaded, thinking the antichrist is their messiah, this war of Ezekiel as he describes Israel living without suspecting of being invaded could happen at the end of the first 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period when the antichrist turns against the Jews and desecrates their temple...in which he probably helped them to rebuild with his protection.

This moment in the overall history of Israel to the present would be the only time Jews would be living without worrying about being invaded...as Ezekiel described.

 

Since the war is an unannounced surprise attack on Israel, much as Pearl Harbor was, it would make sense that during their trust of the antichrist as being their long awaited messiah, this is when it will happen.

Any attack can happen today but it would not be without expectation and would not be any surprise to Israel.

This war of Ezekiel is a total shock to the Jews.

Interesting.

 

It is sad but notice some of the nations involved in this surprise attack against Israel.

It includes much of Europe, northern Africa, Russia and the Middle East.

After the antichrist takes control of these countries during the first 3-1/2 years of the 7 year tribulation period, he will secretly bring them together to attack Israel without Israel expecting this to happen.

The Jews will then, obviously, learn they made a mistake believing the antichrist to be their messiah.

 

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 3-10-15 )

For those who do not make it in the rapture, the 7 year tribulation will be terrible to go through.

Not everyone will take the mark of the beast.

Not only those who come to the faith, who believe in Jesus Christ after the rapture and during the 7 year tribulation period who will not take the mark, there will be some non-believers who, by their God given conscience, will no doubt hate this guy so much they refuse to accept his dictatorship and take his mark.

Many years ago someone asked me what she should do after the rapture.

At this time in her life she did not want to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

Back then, I suggested she hop on a plane and fly to New Zealand.

Now today, I'm not sure if New Zealand would not be involved under the antichrist's rule... but according to the Bible there will be countries not under the antichrist's rule such as Jordan, which borders Syria.

Interesting.

 

For whatever reason people give in to taking the mark of the antichrist... those who unfortunately do take his mark, are doomed to spend eternity in hell.

There is no chance for these willful recipients to repent and believe in Jesus, after taking the mark of the antichrist.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. “  Revelation 14:9-11

For whatever reason people take the mark of the antichrist, God will look at them as taking a willful, decisive and permanent act of connecting one's self to someone who God hates, who God will literally cast into eternal hell along with those who take his mark on their right hand or forehead.

There is no chance to withdraw from this decision upon taking the mark of the antichrist.

Whatever the mark will consist of is not clear.

Whatever it will consist of, it will be placed on the person's right hand or forehead.

 

There are reasons other than willful worshiping of the antichrist that a person will take his mark.

Many will take his mark merely to survive.

According to the antichrist's dictatorship he will require anyone under his control to take his mark in order to be able to buy food to eat.

Without taking his mark nobody under his control will be able to buy anything that is needful nor will they be able to sell anything to gain money to buy anything that is needful.

There will no doubt be many people who will take his mark, just so they can provide for their family...if for no other reason.

This is sad.

If they would only believe in Jesus they could spend eternity in Heaven rather than spend eternity in hell.

 

Notice the angel said that those who take his mark, their time in hell is forever...not temporary.

Contrary to today's popular theology and belief.

Jesus Himself said hell is forever...not temporary.

Wayne Brown