This Week's Sermon ( 7-27-17 )

" 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 name of the beast, or the number of his name. "   Revelation 13:16-17


Something was recently mentioned in the news that I want to take a moment to talk about.

There is a company here in the USA that got the idea from Europe, ( where this has already been going on ), to implant a microchip in the hand of its employees.

There have been microchips already in the past used for medical information but this microchip has more to it than just medical information.

It gives the employee the ability to buy things with this microchip implanted in their hand.

The company has not made this a mandatory procedure.

The employees that want this in their hand, volunteer.

Obviously, this is not the mark of the beast.

So far, this has nothing to do with the antichrist.

However, when the antichrist does come on the political scene, he will know about this technology and use it for his purpose, later.

My friend, we may be getting closer to the rapture - that is, when Jesus returns to catch His people up into the clouds, than we think.

This event known as the rapture is to happen before the antichrist brings the Jews and the Arabs to signing the 7 year peace treaty...commonly known as the 7 Year Tribulation period.

The antichrist's future mandatory rule, that in order to buy food, gas for the car, etc... one must have his identification mark in the right hand or the forehead he will establish later during the 7 year treaty.

While I was watching this news story, I noticed the microchip shown to the media was being laid on the person's right hand.

Interesting!

I know I could still die before Jesus comes back but I will always watch for His return.

Jesus said;

" Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. "   Luke 21:36

Keep your faith in Jesus and keep watching for Him to return, as Jesus Himself told us to do.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 4-28-15 )

You will no doubt read articles pertaining to Bible prophecy written by people who are probably hoping something they have seen going on in the world they think appears to have some connection to one of the seal, trumpet, and/or vial judgments in the book of Revelation.

 

Let's remember that what John wrote about in regard to the seal, trumpet and vial judments in the book of Revelation is restricted to the time frame within the 7 year tribulation period and only within that time frame.

 

This is why God told John to come up hither to see what shall happen after he wrote the letters to the 7 churches.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.   Revelation 4:1

 

There are general and specific signs that Jesus said for us to watch for that cover a time period of 2000 years to our present day – that is, when Peter spoke out and said;

But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:16-21

 

While Joel's prophecy of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end times happened 2000 years ago when Peter spoke these words, some of what Peter said pertains to the future 7 year tribulation period just before Jesus returns literally to earth.

However, the coming of Jesus only to the clouds, at least 7 years before His return when He sets up His Millennial Kingdom here on earth, the event in which evangelicals refer to as the “ rapture “ was not revealed to Peter but was later revealed to Paul.

 

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. “  1 Corinthians 15:51-52

 

General signs that Jesus said for us to watch for such as an increase of natural catastrophes on planet earth are definitely happening today, even before the 7 year tribulation.

Also prophetic signs of society getting more and more wicked and evil is also definitely for sure happening today, even before the 7 year tribulation period.

 

My friend, do not be caught off guard when Jesus descends from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God to the clouds and raises the dead in Christ first up into the clouds and then catches those of us who are also in Christ and are still alive and remain, to meet our Lord in the air.

 

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

 

Yes, we could still die before this event happens.

We just do not know when Jesus will come for us.

That is why we need to be watching and living in expectation of His return.

Because we do not know when Jesus will come is why Jesus said to be watching so that day does not take us by surprise.

 

Notice Paul, even 2000 years ago, who was living in expectation even back then and was watching for Jesus to return said;

 

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

If we claim to belong to Jesus we should be comforting one another with the words of Paul's prophecy about Jesus coming back to catch us up to be with Him forever.

 

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 4-21-15 )

I'm speaking from my heart.

 

I've literally lost everything in my life.

My wife died October 26.

There is nothing left.

 

My friend, whatever you are going through, do not let it cause you to not be watching for the return of Jesus.

 

You do not want to miss the rapture – that is, the return of Jesus when He descends to the clouds and catches those who are looking for Him to return, up into the clouds to meet Him in the air and to be with Him eternally.

 

I must stay focused on the return of Jesus and not let my depressing situation cause me to miss His return.

 

This world is getting sicker than it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

The apostle Paul prophesied that evil doers will get worse before Jesus returns.

This is definitely happening today.

 

This means people will get more evil than in the days of Noah when God destroyed everyone in the world at that time except Noah and his family and also destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah...except for Lot and his family.

 

Incredible.

 

There is every indication that Jesus will return sooner than either we wish or think...whichever is the condition of our heart.

 

The Holy Bible says the Lord knows our heart.

The Bible also says the Lord knows who actually belong to Him, as well.

 

My friend, no matter what you are going through, whether good or bad...keep your focus on Jesus and His return and be ready for His return.

 

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued “ The Rapture “ ( 4-8-15 )

The “ rapture “, which is the evangelical title given to the future event of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 is described by the apostle Paul as this;

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.“   1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

The translated phrase “ caught up “ in the Greek reads, “ aprayesometha “, meaning, shall be seized, plucked, catch, pull, take by force.

The English word given to this translation by today's evangelicals, “ rapture “, means, according to Webster's definition of the word “ rapture “ - to be carried away with joy, love, ecstasy, an expression of great joy and pleasure...a carrying away or being carried away in body or spirit.

It is interesting that Webster defined it as in the body or in the spirit.

He must have understood the Greek Biblical meaning of what Paul was talking about in this Bible verse.

 

Paul also described the event today's evangelicals call “ the rapture “ as this;

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

“   1 Corinthians 15:51-53

 

When the event known today among evangelicals as “ the Rapture “ happens, those who are looking for Jesus to return will, in the twinkling of an eye, be bodily changed from being corruptible, as we are in the present, to being incorruptible.

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. “   Hebrews 9:28

 

When those of us who are saved by our faith in the blood of Jesus are changed bodily in the blink of an eye, will bodily rise in the air to meet our Lord in the clouds and so shall we ever be with our Lord.

 

One sign that Jesus told us to watch for is happening presently.

 

There is a magician in the town of Las Vegas, Nevada, who can raise his own body into the air and fly through the air.

He can even imitate the Biblical “ laying on of hands “ and cause anyone to physically rise above the ground into the air.

 

This is no surprise.

 

The antichrist will also be able to do supernatural things to make people think the Holy Bible has nothing to do with it.

 

Just as so many people have claimed to be abducted by aliens from outer space, so, when the “ rapture” takes place, the secular world will write it off and explain it away as either being alien abduction or the gift the magician in Las Vegas has of being able to raise people off the ground and into the air.

 

This is another sign of the return of Jesus in the Biblical event we call, the rapture.

 

Wayne Brown