In a letter to the Christians at Thessalonica, Paul speaks of a future event he calls “the day of the Lord.” He writes, “Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,  not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, NIV).

Some theologians believe the “day of the Lord” Paul refers to here is the final judgment. However, I believe with most scholars that Paul is speaking of Christ’s second coming. And Paul states that Jesus’ return will not take place until two things happen:

  1. Many who once knew God will fall away from the truth of the gospel they’ve known.
  2. The Antichrist, or man of sin, will be revealed.

It should be obvious to every lover of Jesus that a “falling away” is already taking place. Many believers, as well as Christians throughout the past few decades, have grown cold in their love for God. In a scheme to pervert Christ’s gospel of grace, Satan is convincing masses of believers they can indulge their sins without paying any penalty. This turns Christ’s gospel into a message of licentiousness! Tragically, many lukewarm Christians are succumbing to this spirit of lawlessness, making them ripe to accept the man of sin (the Antichrist) when he comes on the scene, working miracles and solving problems.

You may think, “I would never be fooled into following the Antichrist.” But Paul warns that people will be blinded and deceived by their own sin (2:9-10). Satan will convince the world, just as he convinced Eve, that God doesn’t punish for sin (2:11).

Beloved, it doesn’t have to be this way for any of us. God has made a covenant promise to remove all delusion from us and give us victory over sin, through the power of Christ’s cross. All he asks is that we declare war on our sin, saying, “I won’t make peace with this habit. I refuse to abide it. Deliver me, father, by your Spirit!” When he hears this prayer, he’ll send such Holy Ghost power and glory from heaven, the devil won’t stand a chance!

Pray right now that God implants in you a great reverence for his word. Ask him to help you be disciplined in your reading of the scriptures. And ask the Spirit to help you take to heart what you read — to believe that God means what he says!

— Rev. David Wilkerson

The Reliability of the Bible

It was once believed that the earth was flat and was supported on the back of a tortoise floating in a sea. The Greeks thought that Atlas, a giant, held the universe in his arms. The Egyptian account of creation involved gods (such as the sun god, which was born on a flower), some of whom were part animal and part human. Plato thought the world was a living being and that earthquakes were caused when it shook itself.

The Bible, though written in the same time period and by men who lived in these same cultures, is completely free of such myths. Even the Qur’an, of far more recent origin, contains Arabian myths. As it has often been pointed out:

“The Bible is the only ancient book that is accurate in all scientific details. Other ancient holy books from the East include legends and errors too childish for consideration. Even comparatively modern books like the Koran abound in historical and chronological blunders.”

—- Dave Hunt

Sunday Morning Preparations

Hello and blessings in Jesus’ name!

I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be broadcasting a message from the sanctuary tomorrow morning.  Please check back at 11 AM to listen.

Also, please take a moment to be reminded of the suggestions for each Sunday that we are not able to congregate together at church:

I’d encourage you to wake up tomorrow morning, Sunday, and go about your regular routine of getting out of bed, dressing, and perhaps eating some breakfast.  Then at 10:30 AM plan on spending some time doing the following right in your own living room:

1) Begin by praying for your needs, the needs of your family and our church family, the needs of the nation, and all the spiritual needs we all have.

2) Take some time to worship the Lord through song.  Sing a few hymns or choruses.  Sing out unto the Lord, whether there are several of you or you are the only one in the room!  Make a joyful noise to the Lord!

3) Tune in online at 11 AM by either checking back here, going to the church’s Facebook page, or heading over to Berean Assembly’s YouTube channel for the day’s message from God’s Word.

4) Once you’ve listened to the entire message, spend more time in prayer, not only for yourself but for all the many needs that we have all around us.

5) Thank the Lord and worship Him again in praise!  Sing something like, “God is so good, God is so good, God is so Good, He’s so good to me”.  Then add in “He answers prayer… He’s so good to me.”

Make sure you are spending time with God tomorrow.  Don’t be lazy about it. Let’s stay in the good discipline of Sunday morning worship – no matter where we are.  These habits will serve us well as we move forward.

We will make it through this crisis. The Lord is with us!

In the Lord’s Service,

Pastor Gary

A Hope that no one can take away from you!

Many news outlets and casual talk a few weeks ago suggested that our problems with the coronavirus would have passed by this point. Instead, matters have grown increasingly ominous. In response, churches have been reaching out through loving messages, praying fiercely for healing and supplying necessities. Caring for one another practically is one step; the other is constantly reminding one another of our faith’s great truths.

As Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and great biblical apologist, said to his students on the eve of Hitler’s election as Germany’s leader, “I know that many of you know a great many of the hard facts of life. Today you are not to be given fear of life but courage; and so today in the Church we shall speak more than ever of hope, the hope that we have and which no one can take from you.”

Our God is good and holy and all powerful. He will never abandon us, and nothing in heaven or on earth can snatch us from his hand. Let us hold tightly to these promises, no matter what the coming days bring.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).

— World Challenge (David Wilkerson’s ministry)