This Week's Sermon ( 10-17-17 )

" But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  Mark 13:32-33


" But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  "   1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

There is so much going on in the world these days that I have to talk about the return of Jesus.

There has recently been hurricanes of catastrophic proportion that has excelled any hurricane that has happened in the past.

There was a hurricane that hit Ireland recently, where there has never been a hurricane ever in history.

There was a fire in California recently that was the worst in California ever...even though fires are common in that state. 

Many church people are now wondering what is going on. They are wondering if Jesus might be returning soon.

I heard a sermon this past Sunday in which the pastor admitted that most of his life he has always quoted the verse;

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  "   Mark 13:32

not taking signs of the return of Jesus seriously.

But he admits, now, he is wondering if Jesus is coming back.

Jesus did say;

" And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; "   Luke 21:35

While there will be catastrophic events take place to indicate the return of Jesus, we still have to remember one thing that Paul said;

" For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  "   1 Thessalonians 5:3

Even though, along with catastrophic events as we have been witnessing lately, this " peace and safety " is also prophesied to be part of the last days before Jesus returns and this prophecy of " peace and safety " has not happened yet.

According to Jesus it will be during this time that many christians will be slack, thinking the Lord delayeth His coming. 

It will be during this time of " peace and safety " that christians will lose sight of the return of Jesus and focus on worldly things. 

During this " peace and safety " is more than likely when Jesus will return in the rapture but we must also understand that the rapture is also a prophetic sign of the return of Jesus when He returns literally to the earth to fight in the battle of Armageddon and set up His thousand year kingdom here on earth.

Keep your faith in Jesus no matter what happens.

Jesus is returning soon.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy/Grace continued ( 5-19-15 )

My friend, do not believe the recent teaching that Jesus will return on September 20, 2015

because of the blood moon.

 

This is another myth within evangelicalism today in which a church person took something mentioned in science and took a Bible prophecy from the future 7 year tribulation period and brought it in to today's time period.

 

Joel's prophecy of the time for the sun to be darkened and the moon turned into blood that Peter quoted;

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. “  Joel 2:31

 

will not happen until after the sixth seal is opened during the 7 year tribulation period;

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; “  Revelation 6:12

 

The rapture – that is, Paul's prophecy of Jesus descending to the clouds to catch His people up into the clouds to be with Him forever will have already happened before the sixth seal is opened.

 

Jesus could still come today, if He so chooses.

 

I wish He would.

 

It is interesting that the prophet Joel prophesied that people can and will come to salvation in Jesus even during the 7 year tribulation period...the same time frame he prophesied the sun turning dark and the moon turning into blood;

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. “  Joel 2:32

 

The view that after the rapture nobody can come to salvation in Jesus is totally unbiblical.

 

 

I will now talk about God's grace.

 

God's grace will continue to exist even after the rapture and during all of the 7 year tribulation period and even throughout the Millennium.

Yes, even though the 7 year tribulation period will be a time of God's wrath, He will forgive anyone during that time who comes to repentance and believes the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

That friend we once witnessed to who, for now, rejects coming to Jesus might come to Jesus after the rapture when he or she sees that we are gone and the wrath of God is being poured out just as we said will happen.

 

It is interesting that all through the Old Testament even though God judged and poured out His wrath on even His own chosen Israel, there were many times He withdrew His wrath against their disobedience in turning to the world's gods and serving them rather than Him, and as Samuel said, for His own sake forgave them and blessed them.

 

I love what Isaiah said;

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.

I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. “  Isaiah 57:15-18

 

 

For us today who believe in Jesus even though we will be judged for our works during the time we are saved ( not before we were saved ) we may or may not receive rewards, depending on how our works come out of the fire;

Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.

If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.   1 Corinthians 3:13-15

 

It is God's grace that saved us and forgave us and it is His grace that will keep us in Heaven even though our works might not get us any rewards.

Rewards in Heaven will depend on our motive in why we did what we did.

God knows our heart even though He has forgiven us.

 

Remember, God is a God of grace and a God of judgment both.

He never changes.

 

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued/Grace ( 5-13-15 )

I will start out this sermon about prophecy and then talk about God's grace.

 

In case you are not aware, according to the news there are now 56 million Americans here in this country who have willingly withdrawn from any religion and any church company that exists.

 

Whatever the actual reason is, I think it is mainly due to the hypocrisy within the religion and the church company itself.

 

The problem is, this withdrawal includes people who were once of what the apostle Paul calls, “ the faith “.

But nevertheless, Paul prophesied that this departure from “ the faith “ would happen.

Many followers of Jesus will depart from “ the faith “...before Jesus returns, according to the Bible.

 

So, this should not be a shock to those of us who actually follow Jesus and believe the Holy Bible in its entirety, and not just selected verses within it – that is, that we like and prefer...which unfortunately, is the common way of Biblical interpretation in today's modern evangelical society.

 

Now I turn to the subject of “ grace “.

 

We must remember that in interpreting the Holy Bible, it is not meant to be in the manner as most evangelicals do today – that being, accept the verses we like and reject the verses we do not like...which is the problem in today's modern evangelicalism.

 

According to the Holy Bible, there is no such thing as a “ dispensation of grace “.

This title is a man made term – totally unbiblical.

 

If you take the time to carefully read the Old Testament portion of the book known as the Holy Bible, you will find God's grace even in that portion of the Holy Bible.

 

We have to remember and accept the Biblical fact that God is a God of judgment and a God of grace...both.

 

God made clothes even for Adam and Eve who disobeyed Him and ate of the tree that God told them not to eat of when they discovered that they were naked.

This is grace that God showed to Adam and Eve.

 

Also, which later I will get into, there is a drastic difference between the judgment of God and the wrath of God...both being shown in and throughout the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible and throughout the portion known as the New Testament.

 

However, there is a definite specific time period of God's wrath that will be poured out on the world during the period known as the 7 year tribulation period.

What is interesting is that this wrath of God will be worse than even what God poured out on the world in Noah's day and the day of Sodom and Gomorrah.

 

The drastic difference will be that portions of the wrath of God during the 7 year tribulation period is that even though humans will wish to die and escape the wrath of God, they cannot die. God will not let them die.

That would be too easy for them.

They must remain alive and suffer what God pours out on them.

This will be horrible for them and worse than it was when God flooded the entire planet and when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah... as they were allowed to die

 

We must understand from Scripture that God's grace never had a beginning nor will it ever have an end...according to the Holy Bible.

God is gracious to anyone and I mean literally anyone who is repentant in their heart and puts their faith in Jesus Christ who is the God of Israel in the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.

You either believe this Biblical fact or you do not.

The choice is yours.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon: Prophecy continued ( 5-5-15 )

I was talking to a christian friend recently who told me his cousin no longer believes Jesus is literally the only way to Heaven.

 

I personally have heard this from another evangelical christian friend.

 

These evangelical christians once believed that Jesus is the only way to Heaven but now believe different.

For them, Jesus is still ' a way ' to Heaven but not literally the only way to Heaven.

For them, Jesus is now one of many ways to Heaven.

This belief within evangelicalism is becoming more widespread.

 

Paul prophesied this change of belief from what people once believed but no longer believe.

The term Paul gave for it is “ apostasy “.

Paul clearly said;

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; “  2 Thessalonians 2:3

 

The Greek words “ he apostasia “ translated “ a falling away “ has the definite article meaning

the Apostasy “ - a serious major abandonment of the faith.

The translated English phrase “ a falling away “ does not mean born again christians falling off planet earth at the time of the rapture.

 

Webster defines the word “ apostasy “ as this - “ an abandoning of what one has believed in, as a faith, cause, principle, etc. “

 

Abandonment of what one once believed is truly abandonment. If they never believed something to begin with then it would not be abandonment. A person has to once have believed something and then changed their faith or it would not be abandonment or

apostasy “.

 

Paul used the word “ apostasy “ plain and clear.

 

This new belief within evangelicalism of Jesus no longer being literally the only way to Heaven as Jesus claimed but now believe that Jesus is one of many ways to Heaven is an abandonment of what these evangelicals once believed – in other words, what Paul prophesied as “ the Apostasy ”.

 

I asked my evangelical friend if he believes Jesus lied to us when He claimed to be the only way to Heaven... he said, “ yes “.

 

We are definitely living in the end times.

 

Wayne Brown