cool hit counter
           Hear the Bible COME ALIVE IN SONG!







 Quotes   Puzzles 


 Sermons   Commentaries   Reviews   Links   Store 

  Music Guide
  Music Page
  Song Previews
  Bible Promises in Song
  MP3 Downloads
  Song Reviews 
  Win a FREE CD
  Win a FREE MP3
  Fundraising CDs
  Sheet Music
  Store Page

  Bible Perspective
  Extraterrestrial Life
  Exorcism and Demonic Possession
  Fortune Tellers
  Secret Rapture
  Speaking in Tongues
  The New Age Movement
  Capital Punishment
  Seventh-day Adventists favor Tradition over Bible

  Ancient Mysteries
  Why Did God Permit Sin?
  Does it matter if Creation was Literal or Figurative?
  Why do we have a Seven Day Week?
  Pre Flood Civilization
  Was Behemoth an Elephant, Hippo or Dinosaur?
  Is the T-rex Dinosaur mentioned in the Bible?
  Did Humans and Dinosaurs Live Together?
  Were our Ancestors Giants?
  Was there an Ice Age in Job's Day?
  Does God have a 7000 Year Plan?
  Jesus' Real Birthday
  The Two Adams
  Parallels between the 2 Adams and Passover
  Supernatural Events recorded in 30 AD
  The 2nd Coming Predicted
  Will Jesus Rule over the Earth for 1000 Years?

  Dieting and the Christian
  Is the Bible Inspired?
  Are you Saved or Lost?
  Why do Christians Suffer?
  Is there Life after Death?
  What did Jesus Look Like?
  Was Peter the First Bishop of Rome?
  How did Isaiah know the Earth was round?
  Expanding Universe known in 700 BC
  What are the Seraphim & Cherubim?
  The Hound from Heaven



 Sermon on Close of Probation

By Brian Pepper

In Uralla, NSW Australia, there is the grave of Captain Thunderbolt, a daring adventurer of the early days of that state. Some years back I traveled all around the country where Captain Thunderbolt operated. It is rugged and hilly country perfectly suited to the kind of operations that he carried out. What amazed me was the famous leap that this remarkable man and his faithful horse made. It seemed to me to be hardly possible for a man and his horse to attempt such a span, but they did and galloped to safety.

Message Carved in Rock

There was something else that was near to this famous place that held my attention. On some great boulders were engraved passages of Scripture. These great rocks are quite close to the roads and can be seen by all as they travel along that highway. How often have we have seen texts either carved in the rocks or painted on the mossy stone?

Now, I do not think that Captain Thunderbolt carved those texts, though there is no reason why he could not have done that very thing, for he was known as the gentleman of the bushrangers. But whether he was responsible or not, those texts are there and they are likely to remain there until the earth is dissolved in fervent heat.

Coming up a steep grade with the car climbing in a slow but steady second gear, as the car makes a fairly sharp turn, all of a sudden you are confronted with a text of Scripture engraved in the hanging rock: 'Prepare to meet thy God'. Today that sign is not only carved in the rock on a sharp incline miles away from anywhere, but it is everywhere. You cannot get away from it.

The Hour is Striking

I would like you to notice a text found in Ezekiel 7:5-7. I like the way this text is rendered in the Revised Standard Version. "Thus says the Lord GOD: Disaster after disaster! Behold, it comes. 6. An end has come, the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold it comes. 7. Your doom has come to you, 0 inhabitant of the land; the time has come, the day is near, a day of tumult, and not of joyful shouting upon the mountains."

I think that is one of the most solemn statements that I have ever found anywhere in the Bible. Did you get that statement clearly? It says "Disaster after disaster! The end has come."

Another translation (Moffat) is even more graphic for it says, "The hour is striking, and striking at you; the hour and the end. Your doom has come."

Are We Heeding the Warning?

No wonder Jesus said in Matthew 24:44, "Therefore  be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."

We need to be ready. There is no knowing the time when we must depart from this world.

Ezekiel 33:4 says, "Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head."

The question is this, are we heeding the warning sound? If we do not, the responsibility is on us. The Bible says, the hour is striking and striking at you. Remember this; death cheats many a man and woman out of eternal life.

Proverbs 1:24,25,27,28 says, "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:" 

It is a terrible thing to ignore the pleadings of God and yet how many are doing it. And sad to say not only those outside the church but those inside the church as well. Not all are hearing the pleading voice and answering by positive action.

Have We Time for God?

God calls us to the Prayer meeting but not all answer that call. God calls us to the Sabbath school but there are some who never answer that call. Really, God does not ask very much of our time. When you sit down and quietly work it out, we do not give much of our time to God, and yet there are those who even deny god the few hours He asks of them.

Yes, the hour is striking and striking at you. That is a solemn statement. When that strikes it will be too late, for man's probation will be closed then. It is also a solemn thing to think that our probation is closed the moment we die. Not necessary some time in the future.


Satan seems to be very successful in getting people to procrastinate, to put it off until it is too late. Have you ever thought of what it will be like ‘the last night of earth'?

If men and women knew that it was the last night on earth they would not find it hard to give up their evil habits. It would be very easy for them in that day to say, "I will quit living for the things of this world." "I am ready to do what God wants me to do."

There are always some who feel that some other day would be a better time to make a change in their lives.

There are a good many individuals, when they see what is in Bible they say, "Yes, I can see it is truth, it is in the Bible. But I could not do what God wants me to do, not at present anyway, perhaps some time in the future." Yet little do they realize that the last night of earth is drawing close.

We are told "It is striking; the hour has come, the hour is striking, and striking at you; the hour and the end." Our excuses will not stand in that day.

I sometimes wish that Satan was not so successful in getting people to hide behind their petty excuses. One says, "I am too busy to do what the Bible says I should be doing. Others say, "I am all wrapped up in my career and there is no time for anything else."

Excuses sound so good but I will tell you this, they will be worth nothing when we stand before the Judgment Bar of God.

Parable of the Great Banquet

The Lord gave us a picture of this in the parable of the great banquet.

Luke 14:16 says, "Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

Verse 18. "And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused."

Verse 20, "And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come."

Jesus tore the hypocrisy of their petty excuses clear away. One was going to examine a piece of land that he had bought to see if it came up to expectations. This was ridiculous. Could you imagine a Jew buying property without weighing up all the pros and cons long before making the purchase. The other put forward a very poor excuse He said, "my wife won’t let me." You can easily see who was ruling that home.

Destruction of Pompeii

You have all heard of Pompeii, that ancient city that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. 

The people of Australia should count themselves fortunate indeed that they do not have earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and such like manifestations of nature.

Well away back nearly 1900 years ago, the volcano began to rumble and roar. The warning was given that it looked as though the volcano was about to erupt. A good many of the people fled for safety. When things had quietened down, just for a little while, and it seemed as if all would be alright: then some of the people who had rushed away, they stole back into town just a little ashamed that they had left so quickly. Yes, they took up the pleasures of life once more. And according to the records they were really given to pleasure.

The records are all there to tell us of these things, petrified for eternity. Living in immorality, living for the gods of this world and the lust of the flesh: they little realized that the hour of the last night on earth was upon them.

I have no doubt that the Apostle Paul had gone there to preach. I do know one thing, and that is that God does not bring judgments upon a place until He first of all sends a message of mercy and an appeal to turn from iniquity.

God gives men a chance to accept the truth, and as I mentioned there is a very strong possibility that St Paul preached in that town as it is not too far from Rome.

I want to tell you that there were people in old Pompeii who were resisting the last appeal from God to turn from iniquity. They were putting it off, putting it off until the Holy Spirit had striven for the last time. It is a dreadful thing when God comes to the end of His mercy.

They dug that old town out of the ruins and today you can walk down the streets. You can still read the names of many of the streets. In some cases you can even read the names of the people who were living in those houses. They are not living there anymore, but they were living there 1900 years ago. Suddenly, in one hour, in one moment you might say, all life came to an end as that river of lava suddenly covered them. And there they were petrified in hot and burning death.

It ought to be a reminder to our world of the last days, what it will be like when our world reaches her last night: if you could only see those ruins, and think of how life came so suddenly to an end.

What Mattered for Pompeii's Inhabitants

There was a woman, a comparatively young woman. She had evidently fled inside to gather her most sacred treasures when the volcano blew up that fateful night 1900 years ago. She was found fleeing from her home having fallen right across her own doorsill. There she was pinned down that awful flood of death, boiling, white hot lava. She was found 1900 years later petrified, still in the attitude of flight and fallen right across her own doorsill. And in her stony hands she was still clutching something. They pried her hands open and found in each hand a pearl earring. When the last night on Earth came to her, what was it that she treasured most? It was her precious earring. It was the one thing she must save. But those things will not avail: they will do no good when an individual comes face to face with eternity. It is then that earthly treasures lose their value.

A man was found turned to stone. He is another specimen that you can view. He was found clutching something to his breast, holding it close to his bosom. They pried open his stony hands 1900 years later to see what he valued most the last night on Earth and they found a little treasure chest. In it gold, and silver, and precious stones, and all the rest. That was valuable; there is no question about that. But the last night on Earth, that is what he thought of, "I must save my jewels, I must save my gems." And there he was, clinging to his precious little gods that could avail him nothing as he went down in that burning death to be petrified for our day, as a warning to those who shall be living in these last days: clinging to their earthly gods right to the last.

Procrastination Today

I want to tell you that the trinkets of this life: the gold and silver of this life will mean absolutely nothing when it comes to the hour of death when one must stand face to face with eternity.

Men today say, "I would like to take my stand and do what the Bible says I should be doing, but I am afraid it might interfere with my business or my chances of promotion. The last night on Earth it will be different.

People today will sell their souls to please their friends, or their relations.

All over the world there are individuals who know the truth. There are individuals who have found the truth but they do nothing about it. They just keep on putting it off. Remember this, God says, "It is coming; the hour is come the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end. Your doom has come."

Many are coming to the end of their natural lives even before the end of all things. The day death strikes, that is the end for you and for me. I tell you it is high time that the warning was given.

I picked up the paper and was horrified to read that a young man had accidentally shot himself. He was shooting cattle at the slaughter yards when he slipped and the gun went off. I had baptized that young man. Only God knew if he was ready to go.

Close of Probation

I would like to mention another striking instance of how quickly one can come face to face with his or her probation without a moments chance for preparation.

A man and his wife attended Bible study that was being conducted by a layman in his home. It was the first Bible study they had ever attended. At the conclusion of the study the layman prayed and in his prayer he mentioned the Close of Probation. Afterwards the lady asked him, what did he mean by probation. So he explained that the moment a person dies then that person has no further opportunity to make themselves right with God. The lady said, "I have never seen it that way before." Shortly after they got in the car and set out for home. On reaching their home the man got out but his wife made no move. He called her but there was no response. Further investigations proved that she was dead. The hour had struck for this lady and the hour had struck for the young man.

It is high time, the warning was given. There is a need to sound the alarm and not to sing a lullaby like so many of the preachers are doing today. 

Amos 4:12 says, "Therefore thus will I do unto thee 0 Israel and because I will do this unto thee prepare to meet thy God."

People have to be prepared to meet God. There is a warning to be given. The matter is urgent. Many Church leaders are asleep. I asked one minister of a well known church how he occupied his evenings. He said he played chess. Playing chess when multitudes are in the valley of decision. How can we afford to dilly dally when eternity is so close.

May God help us to be ready for the last night on Earth.


The Bible in Song Sermons category is expected to be enlarged over time as hard copy sermon notes are scanned, typed and edited in webpage format. Visit Sermons Page for the complete list of sermons and Bible Commentaries

  PDF Sermon Files
Click image for sample. The Complete Sermon Collection is available at the Store Page. It includes 169 sermons which are listed on the Sermons Page, plus several audio visual sermonettes and a number of incomplete sermons. Original typed sermon notes have been scanned in PDF files on a DVD.


  PDF Revelation Files
Easy access to all the uploaded Revelation Bible Commentaries written by Brian Pepper. Also a CD of the complete Book of Revelation consisting of 22 PDF files scanned from original typed documents. These files can be downloaded by Adobe Acrobat to view on computer screen, or printed in booklet or other format.


  SDA Prophecy Chart
Bible in Song Sermons and Commentaries pages have exposed flaws in the "2300 day" prophecy chart most notably used by Seventh-day Adventists. Seventh-day Adventists in their biblical interpretation have favored the tradition of their founding fathers over Scripture and the "divine revelation" of their own prophet Ellen White. Read more.


Thank you for posting some of (Brian Pepper's) sermons. It's like reading the very words Jesus has spoken to me and is a great encouragement. I cannot say that about many Pastors but I can say that about (Pr Pepper). Thank you. Robert (USA) ... more testimonials.



Return to top

| Home | Previews | Music | Videos | Freebies |Quotes | Puzzles | Sermons | Commentaries | Comments | Donations | Links | Store
© 2004-14 Bible in Song All Rights Reserved.