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Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity

The astounding message in this booklet will affect you in the years just ahead, and it will also affect your eternal future! It is vitally important. This information has been suppressed for many centuries, but it is information that you need to know!

This booklet contains genuinely shocking information for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. It has profound implications for the future of our civilization. Yet the facts contained herein have been documented again and again by respected historians and even many theologians. They are not based on some “pie in the sky” theory or concept.

The now-swiftly-developing result of false religion will dramatically affect your very life within the next decade—far more than you probably imagine! For this explosive revelation is not just for “religious people”—it is for everyone. All our lives will soon be affected.

We all need to ask ourselves: “How did I come to believe what I now believe about religion, morality and the entire purpose of human existence? If my friends and I have just blindly gone along with generally accepted ideas, isn’t it likely that most other people have also done the same? Is it possible that we have blindly accepted false religious ideas which have, in fact, greatly affected the way our entire societies have developed—the kind of legal systems, educational systems and religious systems that we have devised and that we take for granted?”

Have you ever asked yourself these basic questions?

If there is a real God and if the Bible is His inspired revelation to humanity, then we should carefully consider what the Bible clearly says about these questions! For the Bible specifically says: “Prove all things, hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV).

Again and again, the Bible clearly shows that most human beings are deceived. Describing the end-times, the Apostle John described the Devil in this manner: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). The more than two billion “Christians” in the major denominations are part of the “whole world” that John described—and many are deceived! These people and their preachers do not intend to be evil. For a deceived person does not know that he is deceived! It is important that we understand that distinction.

So I am not being “mean” by writing the above, for the God of heaven commands me to preach the Truth. And I cannot help you if I simply share sweet platitudes and pretend that “all is well” when all is not well! For we are now nearing the very end of 6,000 years of human history under the influence of Satan the Devil—whom Jesus Christ called the “ruler of this world” (John 14:30).

“Sincerity” Is Not Enough

I am well aware that thousands of you who will read this booklet are very sincere in your desire to be Christian. You truly think that the form of religion you grew up practicing is what Jesus Christ and the apostles taught. Many ministers and priests also sincerely believe the same things. You mean well.

What you need to realize is that billions of other human beings have lived and died without ever understanding or practicing any type of professing Christianity. The majority of the world’s population has neverat any time—professed Christianity! And most of these people have also been very “sincere”—just as you may be. So it is not a matter of “sincerity” or of following the majority. It is a matter of finding the genuine Truth regarding the purpose of human existence, and finding the true way to fulfill that magnificent purpose.

Is “sincere” religiosity enough? No! All religions are not “equal!” If you are willing to prove to yourself that the One great Creator is the true God and that the Bible is His inspired revelation to mankind, then you must understand that there is only one way to eternal life. And that “way” is through the true Jesus Christ of the Bible! As the Apostle Peter stated, “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10–12).

Yet very few professing Christians even begin to grasp the enormity of the deception orchestrated by Satan the Devil. They find it hard to grasp the fact that Satan has not only deceived those in the pagan, non-Christian world, but that he has devised a counterfeit Christianity and has foisted it off on millions who sincerely think they are following the Christ of the Bible! As the Apostle Paul warned the Corinthians: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!” (2 Corinthians 11:3–4).

Indeed, another “Jesus”—a totally different Jesus Christ—has been palmed off on an unsuspecting humanity! Remember, a counterfeit $100 bill is designed to look very much like an authentic bill. Seeing the apparent similarities, people are often deceived into accepting the counterfeit. So it is with Satan, the Master Deceiver! For your own sake, please be willing to consider whether you have been misled into assuming that you are truly following the Christ of the Bible and what He actually taught. For your Bible clearly indicates that only genuine Christians will be protected during the coming holocaust—the Great Tribulation described by Jesus Christ!

Very soon now—within the next several years—the great God of all creation will begin to intervene directly, more powerfully than ever. The recent hurricanes that came smashing through Florida, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of the United States are only a small prelude to what God will begin to do in these last days. Jesus Christ specifically predicted: “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven…. And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken (Luke 21:11, 25–26).

The great God will get mankind’s attention! He will help those who are willing to understand to “come out” of this modern Babylon (Revelation 18:4) and to extricate themselves from Satan’s society.

The Apostle Paul was also inspired to tell us that Satan the Devil is the literal “god” of this world’s society! Paul wrote, “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:3–4).

The Basic Premise

The basic premise of this booklet is that our Creator has allowed a very real Devil to absolutely deceive most of humanity for the past 6,000 years. Satan has, in fact, established a counterfeit religion in order to mislead the entire world, but the great Creator will soon intervene to send Jesus Christ back to the earth as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16). When He returns, Christ will cast Satan into a bottomless pit, “so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:3).

One of the primary ways Satan deceives most people is to make them think that he does not even exist! So people make jokes about how “the Devil did it,” feeling that there is not a real Devil after all. But, as we have seen, Jesus Christ called Satan “the ruler of this world.”

How did Satan come into being? What are his methods of deception? And, most importantly, how has Satan deceived the whole world? When Jesus Christ quoted from “Daniel the Prophet” (Mark 13:14), He considered those writings as Holy Scripture. In the book of Daniel, we find spirit beings—both angels and demons—described on a number of occasions.

After Daniel had been fasting to seek greater understanding, God sent an angel to encourage him (Daniel 10:10–12). The angel gave Daniel a remarkable explanation about why it had taken him so long to answer Daniel’s prayers. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come” (vv. 13–14).

Later, this same angel recounted further details of the unseen spiritual world. “Then he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince'” (vv. 20–21).

Clearly, this passage is speaking of spirit wars! It is describing the struggle that goes on behind world affairs in the spirit world. For Satan the Devil is described as “the god of this age” who “has blinded” the unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Satan is also called “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). The angel speaking to Daniel was describing a battle among spirit beings wherein even the great archangel Michael (see Daniel 12:1) had to be called in for assistance!

This world, this “age”—this nearly 6,000-year period from Adam until now—has been, and still is, a society dominated by Satan the Devil and millions of fallen angels or “demons” who followed him in rebellion against the Creator God.

“Satan” is not just a generalized term for evil. Satan is not a blind force. Satan the Devil is a powerful spiritual personality—originally created by God as a cherub—who rebelled against God. His original name “Lucifer” means “light bringer.” But since his rebellion he has been called “Satan”—which means “adversary.”

Notice Isaiah 14:12–15: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.”

Here we find the mighty Lucifer plotting to overthrow God! His great capacity and vanity made him decide to compete with his Creator!

In Ezekiel 28:1–16, God describes first the human prince of Tyre. He was obviously a man of great capacity and the full leader—on the human sphere—over this New York of the ancient world. Then Ezekiel begins to describe the real “power behind the throne”—the “king” of this pagan city-state. Notice: “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created'” (vv. 12–13). Here we find a personality who existed millennia before Tyre—in the “Garden of Eden!” Yet he was a created being (v. 15), not a member of the God Family.

Satan Has a KINGDOM

After his political bargaining and maneuvering to gain followers, Satan was cast out of the “mountain” or Kingdom of God. As Revelation 12:3–4 indicates, Satan was able to draw after himself one-third of the angelic host in this rebellion against God! These fallen angels are now called “demons.” Satan now has literally millions of fallen angels who are his followers, and in that sense has a “kingdom” over which he rules in the spirit world.

Matthew recounts the story of Jesus’ temptation by Satan, a very conniving personality. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1).

This gospel account forewarns us that Satan is not against quoting Scripture. In fact, Satan even had the audacity to quote scripture to the Author of scripture, Jesus Christ! “Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, ‘If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone'” (Matthew 4:5–6).

Then Satan offered Jesus “All the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things will I give you if you will fall down and worship me'” (vv. 8–9).

Of course, Jesus knew the spiritual principles involved and correctly applied the appropriate scripture in response, saying: “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve” (v. 10). Jesus chose to obey God and to receive His kingdom in God’s time and in God’s way.

Later, when Jesus was accused of using Beelzebub to cast out demons, He said: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his [Satan’s] kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:25–26).

Satan does have a kingdom! He is the invisible “god” of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is the prime deceiver of men and nations. “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

Satan is the spirit being who will powerfully influence, and perhaps even finally possess, a soon-to-come, charismatic, political dictator who will seduce a mighty world superpower arising in a revived, militant, united Europe—the end-time “Babylon”! Satan will be the “god” who animates and empowers the false religious system that will undergird this world-dominating, economic and military power! Do not just believe me or take my word for it. Look at the Bible for yourself!

God’s word predicts that this coming oppressive system will be literally energized by demons: “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury. And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues'” (Revelation 18:1–4).

Satan will motivate these coming world rulers to fight against Christ at His return as King of kings and Lord of lords. But Christ will depose Satan and his wicked rule will come to a sure end.

Satan the “Counterfeiter”

Jesus condemned the religious leaders of His day for their hypocrisy. Those ecclesiastical figures made a pretense of being godly, yet refused to follow the spiritual intent of God’s law. Jesus attributed to them Satan’s own character, using the analogy that since their father was Satan, they could only behave “like father, like son.” The Devil lies and murders, so who should be surprised if the Devil’s children do the same, preaching a perverted gospel of deception and falsehood?

It is important to grasp that Satan is the literal “father of lies.” He continually and cleverly lies and deceives mankind, and so do his

servants. In fact, lying becomes so common to people under Satan’s influence that they often find it easier to tell a lie than to tell the truth!

As part of his conspiracy to thwart God and overthrow His great plan for mankind, Satan has his own ministers! The Apostle Paul warned Christians about the great deception caused by Satan and his ministers: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13–15).

Satan’s ministers often look like and sound like what deceived people think Christ’s ministers should sound like! But they preach “another Jesus” and proclaim a “different gospel.” It is up to each individual—including you!—to genuinely study the Bible and to prove what Jesus and the early apostles taught and practiced.

The Two Babylons

The Bible specifically describes not one, but two “Babylons.” Not long after the great flood, one “Babylon” was founded—the ancient city-state established by a man named “Nimrod” (Genesis 10:8–10). The second Babylon is a modern church-state system described in Revelation 17 and 18. Its leaders will literally fight Christ at His Second Coming (Revelation 17:12–14)!

Think about that! Hundreds of millions of people in this end-time “Babylon” are so deceived that they will have the audacity to literally do battle with the returning Son of God and the armies of heaven!

To understand how this system called “Babylon” began, let us go back to the earliest days of man’s history. In Genesis 10—soon after the flood—mankind began to multiply again. Wild animals also multiplied, and people needed protection. At this point, a son of “Cush” was born. The Bible tells us: “Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, ‘Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.’ And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar” (Genesis 10:8–10).

So this “mighty hunter”—said to have been a powerfully built man—began to gather people together into cities for protection, and also to put them under his personal control. The beginning of Nimrod’s kingdom was “Babel”—Babylon. From there, he went on to establish other cities and to gather men together in a relationship that made them feel “independent” from God—not needing God’s protection. Finally, mankind—having “one language and one speech” (Genesis 11:1)—began to build a massive skyscraper or “tower” that has been called “The Tower of Babel” (vv. 4–9).

God knew that, under this Babylonish system, mankind was quickly drawing away from Him and would soon invent weapons and means to destroy himself. God said: “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them” (v. 6). The creative power of the human mind was such that God knew mankind might invent terrible weapons capable of destroying the earth, and that His plan to give mankind 6,000 years to write the lessons of human suffering could be cut short before He intended! So God came down to “confuse their language” and to scatter them over the face of the earth.

But history and consistent, pervasive stories and ancient legends from nearly all nations indicate that the philosophies and religions started by Nimrod and his wicked wife, Semiramis, have continued down to this day. For, after Nimrod’s death, his wife Semiramis claimed that he was now the “sun-god.” As author Alexander Hislop wrote:

“The Chaldean Mysteries can be traced up to the days of Semiramis, who lived only a few centuries after the flood, and who is known to have impressed upon them the image of her own depraved and polluted mind. That beautiful but abandoned queen of Babylon was not only herself a paragon of unbridled lust and licentiousness, but in the Mysteries which she had a chief hand in forming, she was worshipped as Rhea, the great ‘Mother’ of the gods, with such atrocious rites as identified her with Venus, the Mother of all impurity, and raised the very city where she had reigned to a bad eminence among the nations, as the grand seat at once of idolatry and consecrated prostitution. Thus was this Chaldean queen a fit and remarkable prototype of the ‘Woman‘ in the Apocalypse, with the golden cup in her hand, and the name on her forehead, ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.’ The Apocalyptic emblem of the Harlot woman with the cup in her hand was even embodied in the symbols of idolatry derived from ancient Babylon, as they were exhibited in Greece; for thus was the Greek Venus originally represented” (The Two Babylons, pp. 5–6).

Counterfeit Religion Spreads

This Babylonian system of idolatrous worship spread all over the world as the inhabitants of the city itself were scattered (Genesis 11:9). As they went from Babylon, these men took their worship of mother and child, and the various “mystery” symbols, with them. Herodotus, the world traveler and historian of antiquity, witnessed the mystery religion and its rites in many countries, and wrote of how Babylon was the prime evil source from which all systems of idolatry flowed. In his noted work, Nineveh and Its Remains, Layard wrote that we have the united testimony of sacred and profane history that idolatry originated in the area of Babylonia. Alexander Hislop quotes these historians and others confirming this point in his remarkable treatise mentioned above.

Later, the Roman Empire assimilated into its system the gods and religions of the countries over which it ruled. Since Babylon was the source of this paganism, we can easily see how Rome’s early religion was a form of Babylonish worship that had developed under different forms and different names in the countries to which it had gone. In his well-documented book, Pagan and Christian Creeds, Edward Carpenter wrote: “The similarity of ancient pagan legends and beliefs with Christian traditions was so great that they excited the attention and undisguised wrath of the early Christian… not knowing how to explain it, they fell back to the theory the devil, centuries before, caused the pagans to adopt certain beliefs and practices” (p. 25).

Carpenter also quoted Tertullian, an early “church father” living between 160–220ad, as saying: “The devil, by the mysteries of his idols, imitates even the main part of the divine mysteries” (ibid.).

Also, Carpenter, noted: “Cortez, too, complained that the devil had possibly taught the Mexicans the same thing that God taught Christendom” (ibid.). The famous Spanish explorer found that the originally pagan inhabitants of Mexico were already practicing the same pagan rites, and had many of the same pagan beliefs, that the Roman Catholic church had assimilated!

Since the practices of today’s churches are not the same as the early true church recorded in the New Testament, it is vital to know whether there has been a purposeful mixing of false pagan practices with the true teachings of Christ, the apostles and the Bible. Many historians, such as Edward Gibbon, have noted the change brought about by great numbers of pagans flocking into the early Christian church and mixing their pagan customs and beliefs with those of the church (see Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1, chapter 15).

Notice how today’s churches have sprung from the same root as paganism! Satan has created an entire system of “counterfeit Christianity.” He has cleverly guided vain religious leaders to introduce completely pagan ideas, concepts and practices into “Christianity.” Since the word “Christianity” is stamped on the outside of the package, most people assume that the religion of Jesus Christ is being offered. Little do they realize that totally false concepts of God, of Jesus Christ and His message, of the purpose of eternal life and of the way to eternal life—have been wrapped up in a package called “Christianity.” But theirs is a “counterfeitChristianity that has cut most of mankind off from the true God, and has caused enormous confusion, suffering and death!

Note these excerpts from Pagan and Christian Creeds: “The Christian Church has kept itself severely apart from discussion of heathenism, taking the stand that it, the church, represents a unique and divine revelation and has persuaded mankind of this to such a degree that few people nowadays realize that it has sprung from just the same root as paganism and that it shares by far the most part of its doctrines and rites with the latter” (Carpenter, pp. 11–12).

“The common idea is that the pagan gods fled away at Christ’s coming, yet it is well known to every student that this is contrary to fact. At the time of the recorded appearance of Jesus, and for some centuries before, there were temples without and dedicated to Apollo or Dionysius among the Greeks, or Hercules among the Romans, Mithra among the Persian, Baal and Astarte among the Babylonians, and temples dedicated to many other gods. An outstanding phenomenon is apparent: notwithstanding great geographical distances, racial differences between cults and in detail of services, the general outline of creeds and ceremonials were—if not identical—markedly similar” (ibid., pp. 19–21).

“Not only were these pagan creeds and ceremonies which had existed centuries before Christ’s coming markedly similar to each other, but also they were similar to true Christianity—a fact that cannot be considered accidental. As an example of this, of eleven main deities from seven countries, it was believed of all or nearly all that ‘these deities’ births were on or near Christmas, of a virgin mother, in a cave underground, that they led a life of toil for man. They were called light bringers, healers, mediators, and saviors. They were thought to have been vanquished by the powers of darkness, descended into hell or the underworld, to have arisen and become pioneers of mankind to a heavenly world… Krishna, the god of India is an outstanding parallel with the life of Christ” (ibid., pp. 21–23).

Carpenter goes on to write: “The idea of God sacrificing His Son for the salvation of the world is so remote and remarkable—yet it ranges through all ancient religion and back to the earliest times and is embodied in their rituals” (ibid., p. 133). These unusual customs were so similar to the truth that they strongly suggest there must have been some guiding force behind them. A counterfeit Christianity was being created by the invisible “god” of this age whom Jesus Christ called the “father” of lies (John 8:44).

The Da Vinci Code

It is evident that with such marked similarities to actual Christianity, as are shown by the eleven deities from seven countries, one should approach this subject with an open mind to see if a fusion of paganism and true Christianity is present today.

Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code spent many months at or near the top of the best-seller lists. Millions have been enthralled by this fascinating novel. What is so unusual about it?

Though cast in the form of a novel—and containing fiction and error—it can spur a reader to realize that a lot more is under the surface of our religious ideas and practices than usually meets the eye. There are three principal characters in The Da Vinci Code: Sophie Neveu—a gifted French cryptologist; Robert Langdon—a Harvard symbologist; and Leigh Teabing—a former British Royal Historian.

Let us “listen in” on their conversation about the origins of what the world today calls “Christianity”—

“‘Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun-worshipping pagans to Christianity. By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties.’

‘Transmogrification,’ Langdon said. ‘The vestiges of pagan religion in Christian symbology are undeniable. Egyptian sun disks became the halos of Catholic saints. Pictograms of Isis nursing her miraculously conceived son Horus became the blueprint for our modern images of the Virgin Mary nursing Baby Jesus. And virtually all the elements of the Catholic ritual—the miter, the altar, the doxology, and the communion, the act of ‘God-eating’—were taken directly from earlier pagan mystery religions.’

Teabing groaned. ‘Don’t get a symbologist started on Christian icons. Nothing in Christianity is original. The pre-Christian God Mithras—called the Son of God and the Light of the World—was born on December 25, died, was buried in a rock tomb, and then resurrected in three days. By the way, December 25 is also the birthday of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. The newborn Krishna was presented with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Even Christianity’s weekly holy day was stolen from the pagans.’

‘What do you mean?’

‘Originally,’ Langdon said, ‘Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagan’s veneration day of the sun.’ He paused, grinning. ‘To this day, most churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun god’s weekly tribute—Sunday'” (The Da Vinci Code, pp. 232–233).

The Historical TRUTH

“But that is all fiction!” you might say. “Where did this crazy author get all these strange ideas? I am sure that my religion is based completely upon the Bible!”

Please, my friends, do not be too sure!

The Bible itself tells us: “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV). The actual truth is—and I do challenge you to prove it—that this part of Dan Brown’s book is based on solid fact. For historian after historian acknowledges that the original Christianity of Jesus and the Apostles was dramatically changed within a few centuries after Jesus’ death! As noted historian Will Durant wrote:

“Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. The Greek mind, dying, came to a transmigrated life in the theology and liturgy of the Church; the Greek language, having reigned for centuries over philosophy, became the vehicle of Christian literature and ritual; the Greek mysteries passed down into the impressive mystery of the Mass. Other pagan cultures contributed to the syncretist result. From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity… and a personal immortality of reward and punishment; from Egypt the adoration of the Mother and Child, and the mystic theosophy that made Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, and obscured the Christian creed; there, too, Christian monasticism would find its exemplars and its source. From Phrygia came the worship of the Great Mother; from Syria the resurrection drama of Adonis; from Thrace, perhaps, the cult of Dionysus, the dying and saving god.… The Mithraic ritual so closely resembled the eucharistic sacrifice of the Mass that Christian fathers charged the Devil with inventing these similarities to mislead frail minds. Christianity was the last great creation of the ancient pagan world.… [The Eucharist] was a conception long sanctified by time; the pagan mind needed no schooling to receive it; by embodying the ‘mystery of the Mass,’ Christianity became the last and greatest of the mystery religions” (The Story of Civilization, Vol. 5, Durant, pp. 595, 599).

Paul Johnson is one of many highly respected historians who openly acknowledge that the biblical seventh-day Sabbath observed by Christ and the original Apostles was changed. “Many Christians did not make a clear distinction between this sun-cult and their own. They referred to Christ ‘driving his chariot across the sky,’ they held their services on Sunday, knelt towards the East and had their nativity-feast on 25 December, the birthday of the sun at the winter solstice. During the later pagan revival under the Emperor Julian, many Christians found it easy to apostatize because of this confusion; the Bishop of Troy told Julian he had always prayed secretly to the sun. Constantine never abandoned sun-worship and kept the sun on his coins. He made Sunday into a day of rest” (A History of Christianity, pp. 67–69).

What happened after Constantine? The widely read mainstream religious author Jesse Lyman Hurlbut explains:

“The forms and ceremonies of paganism gradually crept into the worship. Some of the old heathen feasts became church festivals with change of name and of worship. About 405ad images of saints and martyrs began to appear in the churches, at first as memorials, then in succession revered, adored, and worshiped. The adoration of the Virgin Mary was substituted for the worship of Venus and Diana; the Lord’s Supper became a sacrifice in place of a memorial; and the elder evolved from a preacher into a priest.… The church and the state became one when Christianity was adopted as the religion of the empire, and out of the unnatural union arose two evils, one in the eastern, the other in the western provinces. In the east the state dominated the church until it lost all energy and uplifting life. In the west [“Rome,” Ed.] as we shall see, the church gradually usurped power over the state, and the result was not Christianity but a more or less corrupt hierarchy controlling the nations of Europe, making the church mainly a political machine” (The Story of the Christian Church, pp. 79–80).

A Modern “Babylon” Created

So where does all this lead? We have just read Hurlbut’s statement that the professing Christian church of the Middle Ages was “mainly a political machine.” It was saturated with pagan concepts, doctrines and practices. Did the leaders of the Protestant Reformation really bring the professing Christian church “back on track” to the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3)—back to the true Christianity of Jesus and the original Apostles? Although sincere, the Protestant reformers carried over most of the anti-law, anti-obedience attitudes they had come to adopt in their rebellion against “Mother Rome.” Like Rome, they were still involved in a paganized system of false doctrines, pagan Holy Days, and false concepts of God, which God Himself describes in Revelation 17:4–5: “The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

With this form of “Christianity” as the state religion, masses of former pagans “converted.” Many did so out of convenience rather than conviction, and kept their old beliefs privately. Others came to the new syncretistic faith uneducated in its beliefs, and able to receive only the most basic instruction.

“Babylon” is a symbol of confusion. The formation of the Roman Catholic Church and then the later appearance of dozens of “daughter” churches has certainly brought about a spiritual malaise of conflicting denominations, doctrines, creeds and practices—all supposedly “Christian.” Yet none of them corresponds remotely to the Christianity that the original Apostles and the early Church of God followed for decades after the death of Jesus of Nazareth. They all have retained dozens of pagan ideas, and practices, that would have been utterly foreign to the early Church! Satan has indeed done a masterful job of creating a counterfeit Christianity.

Although Alexander Hislop appears to have remained a Protestant until his death, he carefully pointed out—with much historical documentation—that the modern Roman Catholic Church is a continuation of the ancient Babylonish mystery system, and that its religious festivals and most of its practices were drawn directly from the Babylonian religion and its priesthood. Hislop partially makes the connection with the “daughter” churches that have come out of Rome. But he was evidently blinded to the full meaning of what has happened to modern “Christianity.”

Near the beginning of The Two Babylons, Hislop lays out the basic thesis that he goes on to document in full:

“It has been known all along that Popery was baptized Paganism; but God is now making it manifest, that the Paganism which Rome has baptized is, in all its essential elements, the very Paganism which prevailed in the ancient literal Babylon, when Jehovah opened before Cyrus the two-leaved gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.… Her judgment is now evidently hastening on; and just as it approaches, the Providence of God, conspiring with the Word of God, by light pouring in from all quarters, makes it more and more evident that Rome is in very deed the Babylon of the Apocalypse; that the essential character of her system, the grand objects of her worship, her festivals, her doctrine and discipline, her rites and ceremonies, her priesthood and their orders, have all been derived from ancient Babylon; and, finally, that the Pope himself is truly and properly the lineal representative of Belshazzar. In the warfare that has been waged against the domineering pretensions of Rome, it has too often been counted enough merely to meet and set aside her presumptuous boast, that she is the mother and mistress of all churches—the one Catholic Church, out of whose pale there is no salvation. If ever there was excuse for such a mode of dealing with her, that excuse will hold no longer. If the position I have laid down can be maintained, she must be stripped of the name of a Christian Church altogether; for if it was a Church of Christ that was convened on that night, when the pontiff-king of Babylon, in the midst of his thousand lords, ‘praised the gods of gold, and of silver, and of wood, and of stone’ (Daniel 5:4), then the Church of Rome is entitled to the name of a Christian Church; but not otherwise. This to some, no doubt, will appear a very startling position; but it is one which it is the object of this work to establish; and let the reader judge for himself, whether I do not bring ample evidence to substantiate my position” (Hislop, pp. 2–3).

Later Hislop describes how the Catholic “confessional” was borrowed from paganism, giving priests greater authority over the lay members. He explains that the pagan festivals of Christmas and Easter were introduced into “Christianity” centuries after Christ revealed the full Truth to His apostles. “Indeed,” Hislop writes, “it is admitted by the most learned and candid writers of all parties that the day of our Lord’s birth cannot be determined, and that within the Christian Church no such festival as Christmas was ever heard of till the third century, and that not till the fourth century was far advanced did it gain much observance. How, then, did the Romish Church fix on December the 25th as Christmas-day? Why, thus: Long before the fourth century, and long before the Christian era itself, a festival was celebrated among the heathen, at that precise time of the year, in honour of the birth of the son of the Babylonian queen of heaven; and it may fairly be presumed that, in order to conciliate the heathen, and to swell the number of the nominal adherents of Christianity, the same festival was adopted by the Roman Church, giving it only the name of Christ. This tendency on the part of Christians to meet Paganism half-way was very early developed” (ibid., pp. 92–93).

Indeed.

Meeting paganism half-way “was very early developed,” Hislop writes! Yet God clearly told our ancestors: “Learnnot the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not” (Jeremiah 10:2–4, KJV). Yet modern day churchgoers persist in doing just that—and then have the audacity to stamp the name “Christian” on the outside of this package of pagan beliefs and practices! Those genuinely interested in the basic history of this relationship between ancient Babylon and modern professing Christianity should, if possible, find and read such books as The Two Babylons, Pagan and Christian Creeds, The Golden Bough by Sir James Frazer and many similar works of history and theology. If your mind is open, it is relatively easy to prove to yourself that modern “churchianity” is simply a continuation of the old Babylonian religion, with the name “Christian” stamped on the outside!

Have Protestants “Come Out” of BABYLON?

Many conservative Protestant and Orthodox leaders and theologians will wholeheartedly agree that the Roman Catholic Church is, indeed, a continuation of “Babylon.” They are very familiar with the fact that most of the early Protestant leaders clearly identified Rome with the “Babylon” and with the “Great Whore” described in Revelation 17–18.

But what is the real basis of the Protestant churches themselves throughout the world today? Why did the early leaders revolt against the authority of the Roman Catholic Church? To what extent are they responsible for today’s “divided Christendom?”

Did the Protestant reformers succeed in attaining their stated goals? More importantly, the real question is whether the Protestant reformers and their successors have succeeded in returning to the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints”? (Jude 3).

Each of us needs to examine the well-known saying of Chillingworth, the Protestant theologian, “The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible, is the religion of Protestants” (Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, article “Chillingworth, W”). In their constant affirmation of the scriptures as “the inspired rule of faith and practice” (ibid., article “Bible”), the Protestant leaders have committed themselves to follow the religion of Jesus Christ and His apostles in all respects.

Virtually all scholars acknowledge that the primary and original founder of Protestantism was Dr. Martin Luther. Yet Luther constantly rejected the authority of scripture when it pleased his own whims—although he often stated otherwise!

It is remarkable that in rejecting the doctrine of transubstantiation, Luther declares the absolute authority of Scripture in matters of faith and practice. He states: “For that which is asserted without the authority of Scripture or of proven revelation may be held as an opinion, but there is no obligation to believe it…. Transubstantiation… must be considered as an invention of human reason, since it is based neither on Scripture nor sound reasoning” (Documents of the Christian Church, ed. Bettenson, p. 280).

If Luther had only applied this type of scriptural test to all of his doctrines, the world today might be a different type of place! For when he was charged with inserting the word “sola” (alone) into Romans 3:28, he haughtily replied, as cited by historian Johannes Alzog: “Should your Pope give himself any useless annoyance about the word sola, you may promptly reply: It is the will of Dr. Martin Luther that it should be so” (Manual of Universal Church History, p. 199). And, it is worth noting, no other reason for such unscriptural changes as these were ever given. When it came to his personal doctrinal convictions, Martin Luther was truly a self-willed man.

In judging any man or movement, Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20). Historian Henry C. Vedder recounts the instruction Martin Luther gave to the German princes when thousands of the peasants, who had sincerely followed his revolt against Rome, themselves rebelled against those arrogant princes:

“Rebellion is not a vile murder, but like a great fire that kindles and devastates a country; hence uproar carries with it a land full of murder, bloodshed, makes widows and orphans, and destroys everything, like the greatest calamity. Therefore whosoever can should smite, strangle, and stab, secretly or publicly, and should remember that there is nothing more poisonous, pernicious, and devilish than a rebellious man. Just as when one must slay a mad dog; fight him not and he will fight you, and a whole country with you.

“‘Let the civil power press on confidently and strike as long as it can move a muscle. For here is the advantage: the peasants have bad consciences and unlawful goods, and whenever a peasant is killed therefore he has lost body and soul, and goes forever to the devil. Civil authority, however, has a clean conscience and lawful goods, and can say to God with all security of heart: ‘Behold, my God, thou hast appointed me prince or lord, of that I cannot doubt, and has entrusted me with the sword against evildoers” (Romans 13:4)…. Therefore I will punish and smite as long as I can move a muscle; thou wilt judge and approve.”… Such wonderful times are these that a prince can more easily win heaven by shedding blood than others with prayers.‘” (A Short History of the Baptists, pp. 173–174).

Well may we ask ourselves, “If these are the words of a reformer sent from God, then what is the measure of true religion?” Are these the words of a man directed by the Holy Spirit of God? Was the risen Christ using this man to purify His “little flock?”

It is true that Luther and Calvin had personal religious motivations. Luther’s mind was tortured with a perpetual sense of guilt. In his extreme emphasis on salvation by faith alone, he was trying desperately to devise some system where the law of God and the justice of God would have no place.

But Luther’s personal spiritual upheaval would have had little effect on Germany or the world had he not appealed to the political and financial instincts of German princes. And “it is true to say that the motives which led to the Lutheran revolt were to a large extent secular rather than spiritual” (Alfred Plummer, The Continental Reformation, p. 9).

Especially in regard to his insistence on faith alone and his rejection of countless scriptures teaching the need for obedience, Luther was a stubborn, self-willed man.

The Bible teaches: “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4, KJV). This is clearly referring to the Ten Commandments—the spiritual law written by the very finger of God. The inspired James explains: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:10–12).

What law forbids adultery and killing? Obviously, James is referring to the Ten Commandments. And he concludes by telling us to speak and act according to this law. And the words of Jesus Christ agree. For when a young man came to ask Him the way to eternal life, He answered, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments,” and He proceeded to name some of the Ten Commandments (Matthew 19:16–19).

Completely ignoring its direct parallel with the teachings of Jesus Christ, Luther haughtily declared of the book of James: “Compared with the Epistles of St. Paul, this is in truth an epistle of straw: it contains absolutely nothing to remind one of the style of the Gospel” (Alzog, Vol. III, p. 208). Luther stubbornly rejected the entire book of James because it did not agree with his doctrines!

In rejecting the first five books of the Bible, Luther declared: “We have no wish either to see or hear Moses. Let us leave Moses to the Jews, to whom he was given to serve as a Mirror of Saxony; he has nothing in common with Pagans and Christians, and we should take no notice of him” (Alzog, Vol. III, p. 207).

Since Luther regarded Moses as having to do with God’s lawwhich Luther hated—he wanted “nothing to do” with Moses’ inspired writings!

But since Luther’s favorite writer was the Apostle Paul, we wonder how Luther reacted to Paul’s inspired words to Timothy: “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:15–16). Remember that only the Old Testament Scriptures were written when Timothy was a child.

Since Luther stubbornly wished to take no notice of Moses, we might remind him of the Apostle John’s description of the victorious saints of God singing “the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Revelation 15:3). But Luther’s own writings promptly answer: “I look upon the revelations of John to be neither apostolic nor prophetic” (Jules Michelet, The Life of Luther, p. 273). He might then add, “Everyone may form his own judgment of this book; as for myself, I feel an aversion to it, and to me this is sufficient reason for rejecting it” (Alzog, Vol. III, p. 208).

And it is a fact that Martin Luther willfully rejected the authority of any book in the Bible to which he felt an “aversion.”

Now, perhaps, we can understand the real meaning of the religious confusion of our time. Today’s Protestants have inherited from Luther—acknowledged as the greatest leader of the Reformation—a spirit of self-will and a tendency to reject the all-inclusive authority of God’s word!

As historian George P. Fisher wrote, regarding Luther: “In the retention of rites and customs he did not require an explicit authorization from Scripture. Enough that they were not forbidden, and are expedient and useful. His aversion to breaking loose from the essentials of Latin Christianity in matters of doctrine is equally manifest” (History of Christian Doctrine, p. 283).

In Luther’s own words: “No one can deny that we hold, believe, sing, and confess all things in correspondence with the old church, that we make nothing new therein nor add anything thereto, and in this way we belong to the old Church and are one with it” (Thomas M. Lindsay, A History of the Reformation, Vol. I, p. 468).

By their own statements, then, it is proved that the Protestants regarded themselves only as a continuation of the historic Catholic Church, but under a different and “purified” form. Luther himself vehemently affirms their essential oneness with the Catholic Church!

Regarding Calvin, Fisher wrote: “He did not deny that the Christian societies acknowledging the Pope are ‘churches of Christ’…. He indignantly denies that he has withdrawn from the Church” (History of Christian Doctrine, p. 304). Philip Schaff noted Calvin’s description of the historical Roman church: “As our present design is to treat of the visible Church, we may learn even from her the title of mother, how useful and even necessary it is for us to know her” (History of the Christian Church, Vol. VIII, p. 450).

Protestant leaders’ insistence on their basic unity with the Catholic Church, and their identification of her as their “mother” church, is most significant!

God Identifies the Roman Catholic Church

Martin Luther’s earliest New Testament translations include many illustrations picturing the “Whore of Babylon” as the Roman Catholic Church. Describing this widely understood interpretation, Roland Bainton tells us: “Fallen Babylon is plainly Rome” (Here I Stand, p. 258).

Countless Protestant books, pamphlets, and tracts make that same identification today. They brand the Roman Catholic Church as the “great Whore” of Revelation 17.

But, it must be admitted, most Protestant denominational writers have stopped making this identification. After publishing those editions of the Bible, and pamphlets and tracts, they suddenly came to the embarrassing realization that they were telling on themselves!

For the corrupt Roman “mother” church has given birth to harlot daughters! If the clear, consistent principles of scriptural identification are to be honestly applied, the Protestant churches are “harlot daughters” of a paganized, apostate Rome!

They came out of her in protest. But, as we have clearly seen, they retained most of her pagan doctrines and concepts. They are still following Rome’s example of mixing in the politics and wars of this world. And we have seen abundant Protestant testimony that they recognize she is their “mother” church!

Protestant historian Rufus Jones wrote that Luther “started out to inaugurate a Church composed of those who had faith and spiritual vision, and who revealed an ability and power to proclaim the Word of God. But, in reality, he left in full operation a large relic of the ancient creeds, an extensive ‘rump’ of superstitions, traditions and magic, and a heavy inheritance of external authority” (The Church’s Debt to Heretics, p. 228).

In other words, the Protestants still retain many pagan doctrines and traditions inherited from Rome. We have seen that some of these false traditions involve the pagan holidays that the early Catholics adopted and gave Christian-sounding names. We ought to look into these things!

The Protestant churches stand clearly identified by God Almighty as the “harlot daughters” of apostate Rome!

Speaking of this entire Babylonish system, God commands: “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

The question is whether or not we will obey our Maker!

What Lies Just Ahead

All of this information is not just a philosophical argument against genuinely pagan practices—important as that may be. The understanding of this matter can also help protect sincere and zealous Christians—if they will take action—from the coming “holocaust” described in the Bible as the Great Tribulation! Brilliant author Adrian Hilton describes the background of what is right now underway:

“Jesus had said his kingdom was not of this worldly order, and talked much of the world and the Church being at odds until his return. It was not until Constantine began a process of syncretism that Christians began to understand the nature of the beast which was evolving. The Saturday Jewish Sabbath was replaced by Constantine’s edict forbidding work on ‘the venerable day of the sun’ [Sunday], and the celebration of the Passover was declared illegal—on pain of death. It was replaced by ‘Easter’, celebrated on a Sunday and inherited from a Babylonian cult to the goddess Ishtar. The Roman pseudo-Christianity caused many faithful believers to flee into the mountains of Europe and Asia Minor to escape persecution and death, and there they continued, away from the world’s view, as the true church of Christ. The majority of Christians, however, were awed by the universal influence of the new unity. There was one Empire under the one Emperor, leading one Church under one God. Many believers began to wonder if they had not misunderstood the concept of the kingdom of God—it might have been the Church itself, or even the christianised Empire. Thus the fateful union of Church and State was ratified—a union that was to shape the evolution of Europe for centuries to come” (The Principality and Power of Europe, pp. 23–24).

Later, Hilton continues:

“Just as crucial to the federalizing process is the erosion of the achievements of the Reformation. Even some prominent Evangelical Christian leaders have presented this momentous move of God as one of the greatest tragedies that ever happened to the Church, and state that Protestants ‘destroyed the unity of Christendom’. They fail to mention the true nature of the Papal system of religion, the depths of spiritual darkness in which it keeps its followers, and its diametric opposition to true biblical Christianity. Unity, it seems, is more important than truth. The concept of Christendom, however unbiblical its practice, appears to matter more than the national boundaries set between one principality and another, regardless of the liberties those boundaries defend.

While visiting Austria in 1983, the Pope spoke out against the ‘national and artificial borders’ all over Europe. He added:

‘Europeans should overcome the menacing international confrontations of states and alliances, and create a new united Europe from the Atlantic to the Urals.’

In 1988, he continued this theme when he addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg; an occasion at which many asked why a perceived spiritual leader was addressing the issues of political unity. The Sunday Telegraph, in 1991, summed up the Pope’s plans for the ‘evangelisation’ of Europe. It stated:

‘He is calmly preparing to assume the mantle which he solemnly believes to be his Divine Right—that of new Holy Roman Emperor, reigning from the Urals to the Atlantic.'” (ibid., pp. 36–37).

“Babylon” Revived!

As Britain’s Sunday Telegraph reported, Pope John Paul II expressed his wish to “reign” over a new Holy Roman Empire. However, the key question is: will it really be “holy”? Or will it actually be a revival of an ancient, pagan, Babylonian church-state system that God condemns?

In a prophecy for our time, the prophet Isaiah describes a modern virgin “daughter” of the ancient Babylon, who would profane her own people (Isaiah 47:1–9). God clearly describes this modern Babylon as “the lady of kingdoms” (v. 5). Then God states: “And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever,’ so that you did not take these things to heart, nor remember the latter end of them. ‘Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, “I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children”; but these two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day: the loss of children, and widowhood. They shall come upon you in their fullness because of the multitude of your sorceries, for the great abundance of your enchantments'” (vv. 7–9).

Notice how some of these exact statements are used against the modern Babylon that will fight Christ at His Second Coming! “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her” (Revelation 18:7–8).

This is the soon-coming church-state system in Europe, which will eventually turn on the American and British-descended peoples and bring about the Great Tribulation! It will be a revival of ancient Babylon, with its priestly castes, pagan rituals and doctrines and complete disregard for God’s commands. It will be a clever counterfeit of true Christianity. To millions, though, it will seem like the real thing!

Why?

Because the vast majority of professing Christians do not genuinely study the Bible. They do not really dig in and try to “prove” all things as God commands. Therefore, even many evangelical Christians—and their ministers—will eventually be caught up in the euphoria of this powerful Babylonish system! For it will be part of the “ecumenical movement.” It will seem like “the thing to do.”

Please remember Jesus’ words: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14).

The Jesus Christ of your Bible also gave this powerful warning: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'” (Matthew 7:21–23).

The beautiful pageantry, the music, the pomp and ceremony and the intimidating power of this coming Babylonian system will be very impressive. But only those who genuinely do God’s will and keep His commandments—all ten of them—will be in Christ’s soon-coming Kingdom. “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12).

At the very end of His inspired word, our Creator tells us plainly: “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” (Revelation 22:14–15). The religious sorcery and idolatry of the Babylonian system will be enticing to millions. The vast majority will follow that way. But the above passage warns about anyone who “loves and practices a lie.” The teachings of modern “Babylon” are filled with lies, misunderstandings and pagan practices. Satan has been extremely clever in creating a counterfeit Christianity, which looks so much like the original that untold millions have been deceived. Those who follow this pagan counterfeit religion will suffer the full fury of their Creator when the Trumpet Plagues and the Seven Last Plagues are poured out on a rebellious world (Revelation 8, 9, 16).

Yet God’s word describes the temporary wealth and power of this system: “For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth” (Revelation 18:23–24). And how will it end? “Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore'” (v. 21).

You Need To ACT!

God warns: “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Revelation 18:2). Then God commands: “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues'” (v. 4).

In this booklet, we have briefly demonstrated that virtually all religions have originated from “Babylon.” The Oriental and African religions have many of the same pagan and false concepts of God and salvation, developed from the original worship of Nimrod and his harlot wife, Semiramis. Professing “Christianity” is massively influenced and diluted by these pagan concepts.

Wherever you are, whoever you are, we urge you to genuinely study the Holy Bible, the inspired revelation which God gave to mankind. For your sake, please, do not just read the Bible for sentiment or to reinforce what you already believe. Learn to genuinely study the Bible and see what it clearly and repeatedly says about the real nature of the Creator God, of eternal life, and of the true way to eternal life. If you are genuinely interested and willing to prove these things, please write or call us and request one of our most helpful and fundamental booklets, entitled Restoring Apostolic Christianity. Also, if you are willing to take the time to study, request enrollment in the Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course. Your enrollment is absolutely free and all our booklets and literature are free! We just request that you put forth the time and mental energy to study these materials, diligently compare them with the Bible itself and sincerely prove to yourself where the Truth is actually taught.

We will continue to explain the prophetic events now unfolding to bring about the revival of Babylon—and of the coming Kingdom of God. This message will not be popular! We will be harassed, vilified and persecuted for bringing you the plain truth about what is really happening in world affairs. But we must not be afraid to proclaim the full Truth about genuine Christianity and about the apostasy directed against it by Satan the Devil. For the living God does not take kindly to fools and cowards!

“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:7–8). Satan’s Counterfeit Christianity must be exposed, understood and repented of!

May God help you to act on this message while you have the opportunity. May God help you to prove to yourself what the Bible really says, and to find out about—and fulfill—the genuine purpose for your life.

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Co-Worker Letter – June 2011

June 16, 2011

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Wow! What a month this has been, as well as the past two months! I am so thankful you are able to read this letter, because many areas here in America are suffering incredible disasters. Natural disasters are striking across our beloved country at an intensity I have never seen. Yes, I’ve seen plenty of Mississippi floods, but this year’s Mississippi flood is one of the worst if not the worst in our national history. And on May 22, at 5:41 p.m., my birthplace, Joplin, Missouri, was hit by one of the most horrendous, destructive and deadliest EF5 tornadoes in American history. God spared virtually all our members and co-workers in the Joplin area. Psalm 91 comes to my mind, where God promises: “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (vv. 9-11). Even one of our supporters, who lives just one block from the center of the tornado’s destructive path in Joplin, had his life and house spared, with only minor damage to his house. The tornado skipped over his home—a miraculous sight to see, especially considering that more than 8,000 homes were utterly destroyed or heavily damaged. Yes, all of us have a lot for which to be thankful!

We are continuing to see and experience positive growth in this Work! To date, our membership has been blessed by hundreds of baptisms in 72 countries around the world, and our membership is up a solid 13 percent over a year ago, and our list of co-workers worldwide has grown 14 percent above a year ago. I truly thank our God in heaven for His great blessings! I believe He has moved you to join with us in this end-time Work, and I certainly thank you for your part!

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The Tomorrow’s World television program is sending a powerful witness to millions of homes around the world. Just these past two weekends we began airing on a new TV station in Hong Kong, China, and it was a great start. With our combined prayers, this TV station has the potential to make a significant impact in that area of the world. This is the very first time for this Work of God to be able to broadcast in China, and we look forward to God blessing this new door for the Church, and your prayers are most appreciated! This is not the work of man.

In the past few weeks you should have received my latest subscriber letter that I send to all Tomorrow’s World magazine subscribers twice a year. Tens of thousands are responding, asking for the DVD about the Antichrist and the soon-coming “Spirit Wars.” This is most encouraging! Since you are a member or co-worker, I have arranged to have the DVD mailed to you automatically; you do not need to make a special request for it.

We are experiencing our biggest year yet for the television program. And we hope with your prayers and support, we can acquire more TV time around the world. Time is short. Thanks for your help! May God bless you abundantly for your support.

Dear friends, we who know the Truth have a special responsibility to proclaim Christ’s message to the whole world! Jesus Himself commanded His followers, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). In this Work of the living Jesus Christ, we are doing all in our power to get Jesus Christ’s true message to the entire world. Most of you realize that it is not a message solely about the “person” of Christ. Though including much about Christ, it emphasizes the Good News of the coming “Kingdom of God” as Jesus Himself preached (Mark 1:14). Remember, spreading this powerful message about the coming, world-ruling Government of God based on God’s laws was Jesus’ primary mission in life. And if He lives His life within us, this “mission” should also be ours! Jesus Himself stated, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34). The living Christ will certainly be with us, aiding us, guiding us and blessing us if we do this. Most of you realize this, or you would not be co-workers in this growing Work.

It does take faith and courage to give oneself to God and to obey our Creator no matter what. So many of the “religious” people in Jesus’ day simply did not have the intestinal fortitude to do that. They just “went along” with the crowd and were not willing to stand up against the majority. Even though many of the religious leaders “believed in Him,” they did not confess Jesus Christ by their mouths or by their actions, “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42-43).

As we preach the specific prophecies of the soon-coming downfall of America and the British-descended peoples, we will be persecuted. Our message will not be “popular.” But we will know that the great God who gives us life and breath will be watching over us, guiding us and—in the end—blessing us in powerful ways. And I will pray that we will soon be ready to have part in the resurrection from the dead at the last trump when Christ returns as “King of kings” (Revelation 11:15).

Remember, brethren and friends, God has made every one of us—male or female, black or white, brown or yellow—in His image. He gives us the sunshine and the rain, the food we eat and the air we breathe. He brings challenges before us and guides us to the degree that we seek His will. Truly, He is fashioning and molding us to become like He is. For our Creator wants us to be His full Sons and to reflect His nature and His mind in all that we think, say and do.

Ancient King David was inspired by God to tell us this, “The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works” (Psalm 33:13-15). For God intends that all of us who are willing become His full Sons—interacting with Him and with Christ, and sharing eternity with Them in the coming Kingdom or Family of God soon to be set up on this earth under Jesus Christ. This is the magnificent goal for which we all strive. May God help each of you to become excited about the real purpose for your life. May you be excited and enthusiastic to give of yourself in every way you can—each according to his means—in preparing the way for this coming blessed Kingdom soon to be set up here on earth. May God give you the understanding, the faith and the courage to act on the Truth and fulfill the purpose for which you have been created.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – May 2011

May 09, 2011

Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,

Warm greetings from Charlotte, NC! Welcome, especially to all you new readers, to the Tomorrow’s World magazine and the genuine understanding of prophetic events and the very meaning of life which you can learn from our Tomorrow’s World television program and this very magazine.

My friends, I am excited as never before. For so many of the prophetic events we have talked about or written about for many decades either have already happened or are right now in the process of happening! The virtual “tsunami” of Middle East and North African nations overthrowing their secular rulers is coming along day by day even as I write. This—as we have explained—could clear the way for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic extremists to take over much of the Middle East. Such an event would “prepare the way” for the coming “Mahdi”—the Islamist religious/political leader who will no doubt become the biblically prophesied “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40). He will probably lead in the provocation of the “King of the North” described in that same inspired prophecy in Daniel 11. And this will set in motion the final chain of events leading up to “Armageddon,” and then Jesus Christ’s return as King of kings (Revelation 11:15)!

Meanwhile the Eternal God really is “breaking” the pride of our power (Leviticus 26:19). The American dollar is going down the tubes. Our military is already stretched too thin with many more “little wars” on the horizon. Many of our cities and towns in the southeastern United States have been devastated by a huge outbreak of tornadoes that was described by the National Weather Service as “the largest in U.S. recorded history” (BBC News, May 2, 2011). Also, we have had one of the most powerful earthquakes in modern history strike Japan with a terrible tsunami following—plus massive earthquakes which have recently hit not only Japan but various parts of China, the Philippines, New Zealand, Chile, Haiti and elsewhere! Now, we are also experiencing terrible drought and wildfires in vast parts of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. And let us never forget the massive flooding which hit most of Queensland, Australia and which caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the crops there—as flooding, drought and wildfires are also ruining crops in various parts of the United States. Many other “natural” catastrophes—plus increasing outbreaks of war—are occurring all over the world, too numerous to mention.

What’s going on?

What’s going on is that the Eternal God really is beginning to intervene! As He has specifically stated in prophecy after prophecy, He is now bringing down the modern descendants of the “Lost Ten Tribes” of Israel for our massive and mounting sins! For we now behold a spectacle of  “men marrying men,” increasing millions of young people just “living together” without benefit of marriage, increased usage of illicit drugs, violence and every vile thing that can be imagined. The Almighty God is beginning to say, “Enough!”

If you would like to understand the meaning of all of this even further, be sure to write for our special offer of an informative, free prophetic DVD which I will describe in detail later on in this letter. This offer should be meaningful and exciting to you.

Meanwhile, remember, my friends the speculation about “2012.” Millions have been deluded into believing that the “end of the world” will occur then. Or that the “Age of Aquarius” will begin then. Yet, the Bible does indicate that the rebellious wicked spirits who followed Satan do know certain things beyond what we humans sometimes know. And this is certainly indicating that next year, 2012, may be a very exciting year! Even apart from that, as a minister of Jesus Christ in His true Work for over 58 years, I clearly perceive that within the next three to six years truly awesome events will begin to take place! By this time six years from now I feel—based on my decades in God’s Work—that the “world” around you will be vastly changed from what it is today. I do not predict that the Great Tribulation will have begun by then, or that Christ will have come by then. But prophetic happenings will be bringing us “very close” to those events, and enormous changes will already be underway beyond anything you have ever experienced in your life!

The Word of God clearly indicates that during the “last days” a literal “Spirit War” will begin, with Satan making one final attempt to overthrow God in heaven and being cast back down to this earth!

Notice this inspired prophecy! After describing how the “woman”—the true Church—“fled into the wilderness” during the Dark Ages for 1,260 years, the prophet moves ahead to the end. John then writes, “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

As in so many other places, God definitely, specifically, indicates that “the whole world” has been massively deceived by Satan the Devil. Finally, Satan is cast back down to earth and begins to attack the true Church with fury, “because he knows that he has a short time” (v. 12). Then, we read how Satan again attacks the “woman” who gave birth to the male Child, Jesus Christ. We read how the true Church is given “two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent” (vv. 13-14).

So a terrible persecution is going to be mounted against the “little flock” who constitute God’s true Church today. Yet, for those who are truly converted and willing to obey their Maker, God promises a “Place of Safety.” This place is not up in heaven—for the unbiblical “rapture” theory is totally untrue. Rather, the Place of Safety is in the “wilderness” somewhere on this earth. Those “watching and praying” (Luke 21:36) will be protected as many Scriptures indicate. But “the rest” who have not been truly close to God will have to confront an “enraged” Satan the Devil. He will persecute them mercilessly. They are the “rest” of God’s people “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

Dear friends, how will you know when the coming “Spirit War” in heaven has taken place? As we have just seen, when Satan is totally defeated, “his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). “His angels”? These are perverted demon spirits who will begin to attack mankind in a way they probably never have before. For as Satan himself is “enraged” (v. 17), so will his demons be!

At that point, we may begin to hear more “horror stories” than ever—men and women doing weird, cruel and perverted things; many experiencing unusual and inexplicable temptations to carry out evil and terribly perverted and outlandish acts. Also, the leaders in many nations—especially in the coming “Beast” power—will begin to demonstrate a strange, demonic influence beyond anything previously shown. The coming False Prophet will be allowed awesome power to perform Satanic miracles—even bringing “fire…down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Revelation 13:13). Your Bible states that “in those days” millions will be deceived by false ministers, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Mark 13:17, 22).

If you truly open your mind to what the Bible is clearly saying, it should be obvious that all of us need to “seek God” and His genuine Truth as never before! For we must not “play games” with God or with ourselves, nor just “kid” ourselves that we are truly serving God while we continue right on with our human reasonings and excuses to follow this world and to go our own way! We must soberly heed God’s inspired warning to us in the book of Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

So each of us needs to be absolutely sure that we are fully obeying and zealously serving the God of the Bible. We need to absolutely prove to ourselves that the Bible is inspired by God. We need to understand that the prophecies in the Bible clearly show that the vast majority of human beings are deceived. Then we need to understand that we may have been deceived (as I certainly was before God called me) and that we need to become part of that “little flock” that truly keeps the Ten Commandments, walks with God and is protected by the Creator God in the perilous days ahead. So study carefully Revelation 12 and all that it implies. Meditate on Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” And think carefully and act on Jesus’ warning at the end of His prophecy in Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Individually, you need to find out and prove to yourself where the living Christ is “working” in these last days. For “somewhere on this earth,” God does have a Work which is truly preparing the way for His coming Kingdom to be set up on this earth. The “Work” behind the Tomorrow’s World program and this magazine is a work of faith. As we have explained, we are a spiritual continuation of the Work begun by Jesus Christ, the original apostles and Herbert W. Armstrong in our day. This Work is producing much “fruit” right now for all to see.

Now I want to update you on some of the latest developments in this Work during these trying but exciting end-times. Most of you, except our newest subscribers, received my previous semiannual letter, in which I offered a free DVD titled “End Time Prophecy and You.” I am so encouraged by your response. More than 57,000 of you asked for the DVD, and we were excited to send the DVDs to everyone who requested it—totally free of charge and without the slightest obligation. Freely have we received, and freely we give. That is God’s way (Matthew 10:8)! I wish everyone would request the offers I give in my semiannual letters, including this letter! Our consummate mission is to spread the Gospel, the true meaning of God’s Word and God’s loving end-time warnings as far and wide as possible.

So far this year we have mailed nearly one million Tomorrow’s World magazine copies to 186 countries around the world. Since we launched the magazine 12 years ago, we have been able to mail the magazine into a total of 218 countries and dependencies.

Just since the beginning of this year, we have mailed over a quarter-million booklets, reprints, lessons, CDs and DVDs upon request to Tomorrow’s World subscribers around the globe. To date, over the past 12 years we have mailed more than 19 million magazine copies and other publications around the world. As I think you can plainly see, we are serious about what we are doing. And again, all this was done totally free of charge to our subscribers and all who requested our publications.

The Tomorrow’s World television program continues to grow and grow. Just this week, we added a new TV station in Los Angeles—KCAL, channel 9, which airs every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Over a half-million TV households regularly watch the Tomorrow’s World telecast every week on all of our TV stations. Since our telecast began 12 years ago, nearly 24 million TV households (containing about 60 million men, women and children!) have viewed the telecast in countries worldwide. We are happy about this, but we have a long ways to go to reach the entire world with its 6.9 billion inhabitants!

If you are an Internet user, we encourage you by all means to visit our website at www.TomorrowsWorld.org. Just a few weeks ago we launched a new version of our website that gives us a solid platform for future growth in reaching out to all humanity. If you have not done so already, please go to our website as soon as you can.

In the past four months we have been very busy in reaching out to the public with “Special Presentations” by me and many of my fellow ministers. So far this year, we have already conducted 57 of these campaigns, which have been attended by many hundreds of visitors. If one comes to your area, we hope you will attend!  It can be life changing, for you, your family and your friends.

My friends, if you are beginning to realize that God is real and that He is truly beginning to intervene powerfully in human affairs according to His inspired Word, then—for your own good—be sure to act! For “sticking your head in the sand,” or evading the issue, will only bring sorrow and trouble beyond what you can even humanly imagine. However, I am not asking you to just believe what I say. As I tell you on television so many times, be sure to “check up” on me and on all of us in this Work and genuinely prove what we say out of your own Bible! For we in this Work really are the “servants of the living God.” You—and much of the world—will come to realize this in the years to come. For the things we are prophesying are beginning to happen and the rest of these things will absolutely happen and massively affect the way all of us live before the end of this age.

If you truly want to get your life in order, then follow God’s instruction given to people who had gone astray and who needed to truly “come back” to God and act on His Truth. For God told the ancient Israelites who had gone off into 70 years of captivity how they ought to come back to Him. God told them in His inspired Word, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13).

So genuinely set your heart to “seek” the true God—the God of the Bible—the God who is now beginning to intervene powerfully in the world all around you. Try to get involved in His true Work. Through your earnest prayers and support, try to “hold up the hands” of all of us who preach His Truth and are trying to get out the final “warning message” before the end of this age. We all need to become fully involved and give our lives to our Creator as He calls us and gives the understanding and the opportunity to be in the first resurrection. With this thought in mind, we are offering you as a special free gift a DVD with two powerful messages about the Antichrist and the coming Spirit Wars! I think you will find this DVD and the messages in it sobering and exciting. This will help you genuinely understand what lies just ahead in the world and in your life. Then, may our Father in heaven motivate you through His Spirit to understand and to act on the powerful Truth He is revealing to you through this very Work!

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

P.S. Act now! Be sure to request this stirring DVD with two exciting messages about the Antichrist and the soon-coming Spirit Wars! Return the enclosed card today in the pre-addressed envelope. It is free of charge.

P.P.S. All of you in the greater Los Angeles area, be sure to start tuning in every Sunday to KCAL, Channel 9, at 7:00 a.m.! Tell your friends and neighbors! For we must reach out more powerfully than ever to your area before the coming earthquakes and other disasters strike. Please pray for the success of Tomorrow’s World on this powerful television station!

Co-Worker Letter – April 2011

April 12, 2011

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Warm greetings from Charlotte, NC! The Christian Passover is upon us. It is the time when true Christians re-dedicate themselves to their faith in the blood of Christ to pay for their sins—and also in their dedication to surrender their lives to the living Christ. For, three days after He shed His blood for us, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. Dozens of Christ’s followers personally saw Him soon after this. And finally, God’s inspired Word tells us, “He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once” (1 Corinthians 15:6)! Throughout the book of Acts, it is recorded that the early disciples traveled all over the Roman Empire saying, in effect, “He is risen! Jesus Christ of Nazareth is risen from the dead!” (Acts 2:22-24, 32; 4:10, 33, etc.).

Later, the Apostle Paul was inspired to tell us of the “mighty power [of God] which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:19-23).

Somewhere on this earth, the Eternal God continues to work through His true Church—the very body of Christ. This Church—through its Work—will be the major instrument which God uses in enlightening people about the real meaning of Christianity, the genuine purpose for their lives and the reality of the soon-coming World Government under Jesus Christ. Somehow, in His mercy, God has called you to begin to understand His Plan and what He is doing at the end of this present age!

As we explain to you the meaning of God’s precious Truth on the Tomorrow’s World television program, on our Web site, and through the pages of the Tomorrow’s World magazine, our booklets, our Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course and these personal letters, I pray that God will help you to more fully grasp the profound purpose for your life. I pray that you will grasp the awesome opportunity you have to take part in this final “Crusade” to proclaim the genuine message of Jesus Christ and the Bible to the entire world!

In addition to the blessings we receive, all of us will have trials and tests along the way. These trials are to be expected. And if we truly learn from them they will simply strengthen our faith and our resolve (Mark 10:30).

However, God has been very merciful to this end-time effort. Thanks to you and all others who support this Work! As few in number as we are, we are experiencing consistent growth in all the major areas of this Work, and some areas seem to be exploding with growth. Our free publications are being requested as never before. In the first three months of this year, a quarter-million publications, CDs, DVDs and Bible lessons were sent around the world—more than 24 percent higher than last year’s record high for the same period! Thank you for your part! We are passionate about getting our Bible-based materials into the hands of as many people as possible who request our materials. Since this Work of the living Christ began sending out materials in 1999, we have sent 19 million pieces of literature, magazines, CDs and DVDs, including 4.5 million booklets, reprints, CDs and DVDs, plus 14.4 million magazine copies—as always, all free of charge!

Just recently, we received the highest response ever to the Tomorrow’s World television program. Nearly 6,700 telephone calls and letters came in response to just one Tomorrow’s World telecast! To date, the telecast has now reached more than 50 million people—men, women and children. Each week, the telecast is reaching from 40,000 to 60,000 new, first-time viewers. Our average audience each week numbers 500,000, give or take. Since the beginning of this year, we have been able to reach 722,000 brand-new viewers. Your prayers and support can help reach even more. As God continues to “break the pride” of power of the Americans and the British-descended peoples—(see Leviticus 26:19)—as everything seems to start going wrong—millions are just beginning to “wake up” and to realize that Almighty God may be involved! Through this Work, we help you and millions more to understand the meaning of these ongoing prophetic events. And all of us who do understand have a responsibility to warn others. For God’s Word tells us, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11-12).

A few months ago I sent everyone on our mailing list at that time a semiannual letter offering a DVD entitled “End-Time Prophecy and You.” More than 55,000 responded, which is a new record. Again, thanks to you for helping make this possible.

Our support base of new donors, co-workers and baptized members is most encouraging, and I thank you for being part of this. Our new donor count has risen 32 percent over a year ago. Co-workers are up 16 percent, and members are up 17 percent over last year. Thank you very much, dear brethren and co-workers. And, with God’s help, please keep up the good work! For this Work is moving ahead! This is your Work, also, as you dedicate yourself to do your part. As the living God looks down from heaven, may He inspire each and every one of us to go “all out” to give our lives in service to our Creator and to do His Work with every fiber of our being! As Jesus Christ, our Savior, and our example said so fervently, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return

Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return
By Roderick C. Meredith
Do you know what events will signal the biggest event of all time—the return of Jesus Christ to this earth? Learn what to watch for on the chaotic world scene so you will not be confused or caught unprepared.

     Our time truly fulfills the words that Franklin Delano Roosevelt spoke at the beginning of the Great Depression: “This generation has a rendezvous with destiny.” Far more than the 1930s generation, which was then fast approaching the most destructive war in the world’s history, we, today, truly have a rendezvous with destiny! A world-shaking crisis is inexorably building and will, in the near future, explode the appearance of normalcy which still pervades Western civilization at this time.
     Presently, the news media is randomly reporting tragic events, explaining their significance in a way that the average man or woman can understand. You need to know that the progression of disturbing news stories is not
random and inconsequential. In fact, they foreshadow remarkable key trends and specific events that will change everything you are familiar with in the next few decades!
     How can anyone know the future for sure? Who really understands the big picture
?
     There is one Source who really knows what will happen. Did you realize that about one-fourth of the entire Bible is prophecy and that about 90 percent of all prophecy is for “the end time”—the time just ahead of us?
     These predicted events are sure. Of course, some people are not interested in Bible prophecy. But they should be, since it will affect their own lives, their families, their jobs and their futures. There is a real God, and the Bible speaks for Him. God inspired the words of these prophecies, and they are sure. We had better wake up
and believe they will happen! By the time you finish reading this booklet your eyes will be opened to understand the significance of today’s news and where it is all leading.
     Notice what the Apostle Peter wrote about the Bible’s prophecies: “So we have seen and proved that what the prophets said came true. You will do well to pay close attention to everything they have written, for, like lights shining into dark corners, their words help us to understand many things that otherwise would be dark and difficult.… For no prophecy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself. It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God” (2 Peter 1:19–21, The Living Bible). Why did God preserve these prophecies for us? Because the great God is working out a marvelous purpose here below, nationally and individually. We need to study God’s inspired prophecies if we wish to understand His purpose!

Can the Almost Unimaginable Happen?

     Do you know what the most important news story of our generation will be? What is the biggest event that will shake the entire earth within the lifetime of most of you? The Second Coming of Christ will be the most important event of this generation. Christ is coming back!
     Make no mistake about it. Jesus’ return will not happen secretly off in some cave with no one knowing about it. Jesus Christ will literally come back to the city of Jerusalem, to the top of the Mount of Olives, to begin governing the entire earth! There will be a divine, one-world government. What a shock that will be to all humanity!
     This event is specifically predicted throughout the Old and New Testaments of your Bible. Hundreds of millions of people believe (superficially) that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The Second Coming is predicted in each of the four Gospels, in the book of Acts and in the epistles of Paul, James, Peter and John. Jesus’ return is the focal point of the entire book of Revelation. If you believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, then you must
believe in the Second Coming of Christ.
     If the King of kings is soon returning to establish the Kingdom of God upon this earth, you should be getting ready for it. You should know how it will affect your business, your economic future, your personal safety and everything around you.
     You can know what the signs are that will precede Christ’s coming and watch for them. Why stay in ignorance about the meaning of the events taking place around you? Jesus commands His genuine disciples to watch and to be ready. “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
     Your entire life is about to change. Events will unfold soon to destroy the Western world’s way of life as we have known it.
     In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are three accounts of Christ teaching His disciples what to watch for before He returns. Luke wrote: “So you, likewise, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things are fulfilled. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Luke 21:31–33).
     Jesus Christ gave a series of signs that must occur before He returns. Evidently, the fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy would happen within the lifetime of one generation—once the signs relative to that specific prophecy begin. So Christ is coming back to this earth, but not right away. Not until these signs have occurred! People who go running around mouthing their own ideas and predictions about Christ’s return “tonight” are false prophets. They are not heeding the words of Jesus Christ. The signs listed in Jesus’ words must occur
first.
     Soon, mankind will suffer through the most devastating, bloody war in human history—called, in biblical terminology, the “Great Tribulation.” “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive]; but for the elect’s sake [for the sake of God’s repentant, obedient people] those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21–22).
     We are now approaching that time, and these things are now being revealed. “Many shall be purified, cleansed, and refined [God is examining you and me, testing us to see who is willing to obey His Word], but the wicked shall continue to act wickedly. None of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10, NRSV).
     Do you understand that our degenerate, corrupt nations are headed for a big fall? Do you fully realize that America’s national debts are almost out of control and that, proportionately, Canada’s indebtedness is even greater? Can you grasp the full meaning—in God’s eyes—of the spiritual and moral toboggan slide of our entire Western civilization?
     If you consider yourself a follower of Jesus, then you should pay close attention to His instruction to you: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). Read on, dear reader, to see what things to “watch” for!

1. Wars, Violence and Lawlessness

     Watch for wars—big wars, little wars, ethnic wars, wars of all sorts and escalating violence and increasing lawlessness—which will increasingly affect all of the world, especially the English-speaking nations.
     Often, people think the world will get better. Former President George H. W. Bush talked about a “new world order” as though there was going to be peace. This post–Cold War time is unstable and extremely volatile—so much so that one of the world’s most respected magazines typified this present time as “strange.… There are few certainties. One, however, is that lions are not going to lie down with lambs: wars will continue” (The Economist, Jan. 8, 1994, p. 16). The “new world order” is only producing a faltering, fading peace. Events will get worse, not better.
     Why is our civilization bankrupt of workable solutions to global, peaceful cooperation among nations and ethnic groups? Norman Lear, long-time television producer and political activist, clearly delineated the problem in a speech addressed to the National Press Club. “At no time in my life,” said Lear, “has our culture been so estranged from spiritual values.… Our problems lie beyond the reach of politics alone.”
     Again, the Gospel of Matthew contains Jesus’ prophecy to His disciples about the state of the world just prior to His Second Coming. “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Matthew 24:6–7). While humanity has lived with warfare over the millennia, the sheer annihilative potential of today’s weapons and the possible massive scale of conflict has made for a unique and dangerous time which is unprecedented in history.
     Verse 22 is a prophetic qualifier which only points to our time of high technology and its awful, brilliantly evil weapons of mass destruction. “And unless those days were shortened [the time of world war using these new weapons], no flesh would be saved [human extinction]; but for the elect’s [God’s repentant, obedient saints] sake those days will be shortened.” Today’s world is full of widespread wars and rumors of wars. There are many ethnic wars taking place—not only in the former Yugoslavia, but also in the former Soviet Union and in many places throughout Africa and Asia. Dozens of regional wars are now being fought around the world!
     America will not escape this increasing intra-national and international strife. The day will come when the Los Angeles riots of 1992 and the destruction of the World Trade Center towers in 2001 seem like minor skirmishes as governments become unstable and old alliances fall apart. Civil wars and wars between nation-states will increase. There will be little wars and big wars, resulting finally in a great war wich will culminate at the battle of Armageddon in the Jezreel Valley in Israel—at which point Christ will return.
     Some think this is alarmist, pessimistic thinking, unwarranted because of mankind’s innate goodness. Such naïve people exude a quirky kind of optimism, proclaiming in the best “Pollyanna” tradition, “Oh, things are going to get better.” Well, as a minister of God, I am commissioned to tell you they are not
going to get better until after Christ returns. Yes, there is a wonderful Tomorrow’s World, but realistically you should realize that life will get very dark and desperate before a new world dawns.
     Have you noticed the completely inexplicable outbreaks of violence—random shootings, murders and mass killings? Jesus Christ predicted this societal breakdown just before his return. “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). In the United States, we used to think we were a Christian society; perhaps some still do. But today, our leisure time entertainment—TV, videos and movies—rivals ancient Rome’s lust for sex, drugs (including alcohol), violence and brutality.
     Paradoxically, the United States and Canada have remarkably high percentages of their population who say they believe in God and go to church regularly. This hypocritical national behavior was foreseen as characteristic of the human society existing just before the Messiah’s return.
     The Apostle Paul was inspired to write: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1–5).
     Men deny the authority of God, despite a show of religiosity. Paul commands, under inspiration of God, “From such people turn away” (v. 5)! Get away from people who talk about religion, but deny the authority of God, because they will mislead you. They will confuse you. This sassy, sarcastic, lust-filled generation is headed for big, big trouble. You need to recognize that and not be a part of it.
     The sign of wars, increasing violence and lawlessness is the first thing to watch for.

2. Drought and Famine

     Drought and famine—lack of rain and lack of food—will stalk the earth on a massive scale never seen before. Yes, these things will become much, much worse.
     When there is drought you also have wildfires—range fires and forest fires. After the fires have burned off the brush, there is always the danger of floods when it resumes raining because there is no vegetation in the burned area’s watershed to retain the precipitation. These catastrophes of drought, famine, fire and flood naturally tend to go together. In Matthew 24:7, Jesus predicted: “And there will be famines.” Worldwide famines will engender vicious competition and strife among nations over food. This will mean increased political and military danger, especially for the United States, Britain and the British-descended peoples, whose lands have typically been seen as the breadbasket of the world.
     Those of us living in the advanced, developed world have thought these things would only occur in places like India, Bangladesh or Africa. How could famine happen to us? It is practically unthinkable to suggest that one dark day the supermarkets and restaurants would have to close due to lack of food! But famine, the pain of empty stomachs, will occur in the United States of America, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere among the English-speaking peoples of the world. Let us understand what God says and why.
     Most people just do not understand that it is God Almighty who controls the weather and that He sometimes uses this power to punish nations that displease Him! King Solomon knew this. During the dedication of God’s temple in Jerusalem he acknowledged God’s power, “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they [the people] have sinned against You…” (1 Kings 8:35). Does God collectively punish a nation for mocking or ignoring His moral, ethical standards? You bet He does! “For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,’ says the Lord. And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:30–31).
     The book of Revelation confirms this coming famine. “When he had broken the third seal [shortly before the coming of Christ], I heard the third Living Being [an angelic personage] say, ‘Come!’ And I saw a black horse, with its rider holding a pair of balances in his hand. And a voice from among the four Living Beings said, ‘A loaf of bread for $20, or three pounds of barley flour, but there is no olive oil or wine’” (Revelation 6:5–6, The Living Bible).
     Yet God is merciful and patient with individuals and nations that have a change of heart. Solomon also understood this point when he prayed, “…when they [the people] pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and give rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance” (1 Kings 8:35–36).
     We need to recognize that God controls the weather! He punishes His own people when needed. If our nations would return to God with heartfelt repentance, and begin to keep His laws and live His way, then these plagues need not come. But how many of you believe this will really happen? How many of you believe that our nations will have a heartfelt repentance and get back to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel? I think most of us know better. I wish they would, but I doubt that they will. Regrettably, our nations have some very hard lessons to learn about thumbing their noses at God.

3. Earthquakes and Other Natural Catastrophes

     God prophesies that earthquakes and other natural catastrophes will increase. Before Christ will return, we are told there will be “earthquakes in various places” (Mark 13:8; Matthew 24:7). In the last few years, most of you realize that there have been frequent earthquakes, sometimes in unusual places. This trend will continue because the Bible indicates that it will. Jesus Christ prophesied of them. And you, too, should be expecting them. Watch, as the number and magnitude of earthquakes grow, because they will become extremely devastating.
     There have been earthquakes even in ancient times, as mentioned in the writings of Josephus (Antiquities, bk. 15, chap. 5, sec. 2). The Bible records specific instances of earthquakes in the past and predicts them in the future (Zechariah 14:4–5).
     These earth-jarring occurrences arise from natural shifts and changes in the earth’s mantle, especially along worldwide earthquake belts or fault lines. A million people died in earthquakes during the 20th century, and scientists acknowledge that the 21st “might see 10 times as many deaths, with a million lost in a single blow” (San Diego Union-Tribune, “Quakes Grow Deadlier,” Sept. 28, 1999).
     In the near future, there will be more earthquakes even in places where they are not normally expected. Earthquake expert John Nance said: “It’s dangerous arrogance for any of us, wherever we live, to assume the problem is isolated to any particular region. We stand united in the seismic peril” (Los Angeles Times, “Superquake May Lie Ahead Almost Anywhere in U.S.,” Mar. 25, 1989).
     In the same article Nance warned, “The Eastern Seaboard is in more danger than the West because they are abysmally unprepared, with building standards far less stringent than California which is ‘earthquake country’ in the thinking of many people. An earthquake in the American Midwest or somewhere in New England, for instance, could be devastating because there is so little readiness and the shock from the unexpected so overwhelming.”
     In recent years, scientists have come to a better understanding of the immensity and magnitude of the tremendous fault systems that trace themselves underneath the whole earth. However, not all the earthquakes of the near future will be natural disasters—the usual groans and strains of planet earth’s crust. Some will be directly induced by God as a sign of His power, and will be designed to help people wake up. God will take a direct hand in the affairs of men. The earthquakes specifically mentioned by Jesus Christ as a foreshadowing sign of His return will be unusual by their location or unparalleled magnitude.
     Why? Most of us understand. But remember that Jesus Christ directly predicted, “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). Have there not always been earthquakes? Of course. So Jesus must have been speaking of more earthquakes than usual—and more powerful earthquakes. And certainly that is exactly what has been happening over the past several years!
     In Isaiah 29:6, God says of Jerusalem: “You will be punished by the Lord of hosts with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with storm and tempest and the flame of devouring fire.” God says, “I do not
change” (Malachi 3:6). He did punish ancient Jerusalem with earthquakes and storms. Now, He is beginning to punish modern Israel in the same way.
     “Why pick on Los Angeles?” some local journalists have asked. The better question would be, “Why not
?”
     Los Angeles is regarded as the media capital of the world. More rotten, vile movies and television shows featuring murder, mayhem and illicit and perverted sex are produced in Los Angeles than in any place else in the world. California has long been regarded as the “leading edge” of almost any form of perversion known to man. So the Great God
who guides the affairs of men and nations has every right to punish such degeneracy and rebellion against His laws and His ways by a people He has blessed so much. And the people in California—as in most parts of the English-speaking world—have had many chances to learn the Truth in the past if they had any genuine interest.
     Maybe a good shaking up will get people’s attention! So, dear readers, watch for increasing earthquakes as a sign that Christ is coming soon. And if you would like to know more about God’s intervention in natural phenomena, write for your free copy of our booklet Who Controls the Weather?

4. Disease Epidemics

     A plague of disease epidemics is beginning to worry public health officials all around the world. AIDS is only the most discussed of these “new” diseases—the ebola virus, “mad cow disease” and many others scarcely heard of just ten years ago are now worrying public health experts worldwide. And many old scourges of humanity (malaria and tuberculosis to name just two) are reemerging as super, drug-resistant diseases that ignore penicillin and other drugs which were formerly used to combat them! Of course, degenerative diseases such as cancer and heart disease continue to affect greater numbers of people, as our food and water supplies become increasingly tainted with the pollutants of our technological age.
     The Bible indicates clearly that future disease epidemics will be, in part, spread by wild animals (Revelation 6:8). Some of the worst plagues of humanity have been animal borne, like bubonic plague. Bubonic plague is a naturally endemic problem among wild animals in certain regions. It is only due to society’s diligence in maintaining sanitary standards that such problems stay at the fringes of civilization.
     People are aware that whenever society is disrupted due to war or natural calamities, there is always the threat of disease. But these disease problems are just a small foretaste of the deadly contagious pandemics which are prophesied to sweep the earth. “I heard the fourth Living Being say, ‘Come!’ And now I saw a pale horse, and its rider’s name was Death. And there followed after him another horse whose rider’s name was Hell. They were given control of one-fourth of the earth, to kill with war and famine and disease and wild animals” (Revelation 6:7–8, The Living Bible).
     The Greek word translated “pale” is chloros, which signifies the pale-green or the sickly yellow-greenish color of severe disease. Jesus Christ predicted that great “pestilences” would be one of the signs to mankind to warn of His imminent return (Matthew 24:7).
     Would God afflict the earth with lethal disease plagues? Moses was inspired of God to write this: “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1). God, speaking directly through Moses, is saying that if our peoples today would obey God, and diligently observe to do His commandments, He would set us on high above all the nations of the earth. That is exactly what God did do to the ancient Kingdom of Israel at the time of King David. When King David turned to God with all his heart, He began to bless and prosper Israel magnificently.
     But what happened when “the anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel” because they were disobeying? (2 Samuel 24:1). “So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel from the morning till the appointed time. From Dan to Beersheba seventy thousand men of the people died. And when the angel stretched out his hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, ‘It is enough; now restrain your hand’” (vv. 15–16). We, whatever our descent or ethnicity, are no better than those ancient Israelites.
     The Old Testament Israelites, who accepted a relationship with Almighty God, promised to live by His Word. They praised His Name with their mouths and thought of themselves as God’s people. The Great God of the universe, however, is not impressed with hypocrisy—mere words of loyalty and love—but requires us to back up our words with action, genuineness and honesty.
     “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.… For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:14–17, 26).
     We must show ourselves as being fully faithful and engaged in our commitments to God. We must do, or at least make serious efforts to do, all that God requires of us in our family, sexual relations, business dealings and every other area of life. Why? Listen to what God inspired to be written for our benefit.
     “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you.… The Lord will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish.… The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart” (Deuteronomy 28:15, 22, 27–28). Disease epidemics are clearly a tool used by God to punish disobedient people.
     Yes, God will do all these things to this world, including the modern descendants of Israel, unless we turn back to God in profound, heartfelt repentance in a way that few people have ever done.
     Awesome times are bearing down. We are not talking about some little thing to be done off in a corner. We are talking about the most massive, event-by-event intervention by the Creator in the history of this earth. Nothing in the past can even remotely compare to this. Can you grasp the massive effect that these events will have on your life, or
on everything you have ever known?
     Listen! God is trying to get your attention. These soon-coming events are real. They will happen. Do not just believe me. Believe what is written in your Bible. Check up and prove it. That is how you come to know God. You must
know God to receive His protection in this coming time.
     Again, these coming events will not occur primarily somewhere off in Africa, Asia or somewhere like that. Disease epidemics
will begin to strike America, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia in a worse way than they have ever done in our entire history.

5. The Rise of an Aggressive, Fundamentalist Islamic Power

     In the time of the end, the Bible predicts that there will arise, in North Africa or the Middle East, a charismatic personality who will be able to unify, harness and lead a powerful block of nations in which Egypt will have a key role.
     “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him [a power located north from the king of the South]; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.… He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels [will be at his feet or footsteps]” (Daniel 11:40, 42–43).
     This is a good example of why you need to watch the daily newspapers. Your newspaper reading will be very interesting if you understand Bible prophecy. You will begin to realize, from now on, what is the significance of the massive arms purchases by Middle Eastern countries from weapon-producing countries like North Korea, China, Russia, Eastern Europe and the U.S.A.
     Presently, the whole Islamic world in the Middle East and North Africa is being enveloped by a wave of resurgent Islamic fundamentalism. Islamic fundamentalist insurgencies, funded by rogue states and terrorist organizations, are trying to destabilize the moderate, Western-leaning, secular regimes currently in power, and are seeking to replace them with a unified, resuscitated Islamic caliphate (empire)—the prophesied “king of the South.” The final leader over these reinvigorated Muslim nations will be a tremendously powerful religio-political false Messiah or “Mahdi” who will draw his power from a confederation of those nations. He will provoke the key events written in Daniel 11, which must occur before the return of Jesus Christ to this earth.
     One of the world’s leading news magazines, The Economist, had this to say about the potentials of a militant Islamic empire: “An Islamic power may never come into existence; but, if it did, it would doubtless give the gun [war-making ability] priority over the purse [peacefully building up its domestic economy and lifestyle]. A new state created out of countries in the western part of the Muslim world, professing the principles of Islam, would have a clear-cut ideology in open competition with that of the modern West. If most of its people were Arabs, it would possess the further unifying force of a shared language. And it would have the power of oil, which could be denied to its adversaries or sold for buying the weapons with which to fight them.
     “The pugnacious new arrival would confront two ready-made enemies. One would be Europe, its centuries-old quarrel with western Islam still liable to flare up over places like Bosnia. Then would come Russia, whose border with Islam in central Asia remains a blur. It is by no means impossible that a new Islamic power would get into a fight with both Europe and Russia—and, if it did, it might look for an ally to China, which also has a border quarrel with Russia” (The Economist, “The New World Order,” Jan. 8, 1994, p. 23).
     Do you think that fanatical Muslims will not use nuclear or biological weapons if they have the opportunity? You had better believe they will. And Bible prophecy shows how it will all turn out. This great charismatic “Mahdi” (Messiah) will gather together the forces of Islam in a final jihad (holy war) against the morally corrupt nations of the West, whose religion, lifestyle and values represent a deadly challenge to the Islamic dream.
     He will feel emboldened to provoke or attack the European Union (Daniel 11:40). This will anger the fierce “king of the North” and the forces of the king of the South will be completely crushed by this European power. The king of the North will then come down “like a whirlwind” (v. 40) and take over the Middle East, including the Holy Land (vv. 41–42). The king of the North’s armies will seize control of the region’s vast oil reserves (v. 43).
     These soon-to-happen events will be awesome to witness. The “king of the North,” a future European Napoleon or Hitler type of powerful, dynamic leader, will react mightily with a blitzkrieg retaliation. This dramatic military response against the king of the South will set off a chain of other events.
     “And they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation” (Daniel 11:31). As we will discuss later, there will, at the end of this age, either be a temple or a special altar in Jerusalem. The priests of the family of Aaron will again offer the daily animal sacrifices prescribed in the Old Testament until a great military power comes in and places there what is called the abomination of desolation.
     The story continues in Daniel chapter 12. “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time.” This is talking about the American, the British Commonwealth and the Jewish people. So, right after this great Muslim “king of the South” causes a war, and the European “king of the North” conquers much of the Middle East, then this king of the North comes west against God’s people, to strike at us. This is the beginning of the Great Tribulation. This is the same time Jesus described in Matthew 24:21: “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be
.”
     We need to realize where all these things are leading, and how they will affect our lives—your life, your family, your children, your job and your future.

6. An Ascendant European Union Seeks Global Primacy

     Watch Europe! Revelation 13 describes the revival of a great military power. The symbolic language which the Apostle John used—about a fantastic beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns—depicts a recurring, evil political system which has greatly oppressed and heavily influenced the peoples in Western civilization, and through them, the entire world.
     The seven heads represent seven distinct revivals of this evil empire over a long period of time. The ten horns represent the ten leaders (kings) of the constituent nations which will make up this ungodly federation that will, first of all, fight against God’s saints. “And it was granted to him [the leader of the ungodly empire] to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation” (Revelation 13:7). These ten leaders will also fight against Christ Himself at His return! “And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12–14).
     This final seventh revival will be similar in form to today’s European Union—ten different nations or groups of nations will be represented by ten different kings or presidents. These ten heads of state “receive authority for one hour
as kings with the beast” (v. 12). In other words, they will rule for a very short time along with the final “Hitler.”
     That is shocking! The Bible is discussing a wholly evil empire that is yet to arise—not some political power way back in history somewhere. Life in the future will not be “kinder and gentler.” This final system is just ahead of us, and the men and women in this oppressive government will literally fight Jesus Christ at His coming!
     Right now we are living in an unstable transition time in world history. Momentous changes are afoot in Europe. “The European Commission—‘Brussels’ to its enemies—looms as dark and dangerous as ever in the demonology of Euroscepticism… EU governments have taken over as the driving force behind European integration. And governments will do a much better and more democratically-mandated job of bringing about a United States of Europe, if that is what they want, than will the European Commission or European Parliament.…Under the [European Commission’s] early guidance, the EU has evolved from its limited beginnings in trade, industrial and farm policy, to a point at which its competence has entered the heartlands of national interest, such as money and, soon, foreign policy and defence’ (The Economist, ‘Europe’s Future,’ Oct. 23, 1999, p. 16).
     One of the major characteristics of this federated union, described in the Bible as “Babylon the Great,” is its enormously attractive economic prosperity and wealth. Material goods will abound for those who cooperate and submit to “Babylon.” The Bible says this about the coming, wicked federated union, “For all the nations have drunk the fatal wine of her intense immorality. The rulers of earth have enjoyed themselves with her, and businessmen throughout the world have grown rich from all her luxurious living” (Revelation 18:3, The Living Bible).
     Humanity will become seduced by one of the oldest of false gods—the golden calf of materialism and pleasure. Revelation 18:12–13 gives a partial listing of the commodities being traded in “Babylon.” At the end of verse 13 it lists, “…and bodies and souls of men.” The original Greek text is talking about not only living human beings being sold as slaves but also the dead corpses of men.
     In Hitler’s Third Reich, human bodies were sold. Dental gold was picked out of the mouths of gas chamber victims for remelting into ingots. Skin was used for lampshades. Hair was used to stuff pillows and make fabric. Could this happen again? Perhaps you did not grow up during World War II as I did. This is exactly what happened in what was supposed to be the most educated, cultured nation on earth—Germany! That was the nation with the greatest number of people with master’s and doctor’s degrees, proportionately, of any peoples on the earth.
     Do not think these things cannot happen again! God says these things will
happen. There will be a revival of an evil empire in the same spirit as the pagan Roman Empire. It will hate God’s people and the Word of God.
     Watch closely the economic powerhouse being constructed in Europe. Even just a decade ago, the nations of Europe had a patchwork of competing currencies, armies and policies. Yet with the establishment of the European Union in 1993, intra-Europe ties began to grow tighter, and European distrust of the United States and its NATO presence increased. Since then, most of the EU member countries have adopted the “euro” to link and eventually supplant local currencies and foster economic unity. Many taxes and tariffs are no longer set by individual countries, but are imposed by European Union legislation.
     Watch the growth of the European military force. “By deciding to equip itself to send up to 60,000 troops to a crisis zone like Bosnia or Kosovo, the European Union aims to become a strategic player that the United States and other countries will have to reckon with,” (San Diego Union Tribune, “EU Adopts Military Goal,” Dec. 13, 1999).
     On the continent, the move toward European unity—and the resulting break with United States influence—proceeds vigorously. As French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac observed of the new military force, “European defence must naturally be co-ordinated with the [NATO] alliance. But as for the development and implementation, it must be independent” (London Daily Telegraph, “Chirac Angers Blair,” Dec. 8, 2000).
     In the United Kingdom, so-called “euro-skeptics” have gone so far as to accuse Prime Minister Tony Blair of “treason” for his eagerness to cede British sovereignty to Europe. They point to pending EU proposals for further tax harmonization, strengthening of Europe-wide “social policy” and a quickened pace of consolidation. During the EU’s summit in Nice in December 2000, British Conservative politicians embarrassed Blair with the disclosure of “a joint German-Italian document calling for another summit in 2004 to plan ‘further development of European integration’” (London Daily Telegraph, “Tories Attack ‘Superstate Deception,’” Dec. 7, 2000). Many in Britain are uncomfortable with seeing their ties with the United States weakened by the EU, at the same time that British national sovereignty is weakened by the EU’s centralizing force.
     We do need to understand the momentous times in which we live. A new world order is in the process of emerging. Will the present European Union transform itself into “Babylon the Great”? Watch! The Bible’s prophecies will be fulfilled before Christ returns—that is the whole point.
     A crucial element that will be essential to the creation of “Babylon the Great” is yet missing from the picture. All of the awesome empires of the past were led by charismatic, dynamic leaders, such as Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Charlemagne, Justinian, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Nebuchadnezzar.
     The Bible does give us some information about this coming “great” leader who will assume political and military control of “Babylon the Great.” Notice the time setting of this prophecy: “And some of those of understanding shall fall, to refine them, purge them, and make them white, until the time of the end; because it is still for the appointed time” (Daniel 11:35). The context of this prophecy is the end-time. Also, it is important to point out that the nature of many prophecies is dual. That is to say, there was one preliminary fulfillment of a prophecy in antiquity, and there is to be a yet future fulfillment of that scripture.
     We learn in this chapter in Daniel that a powerful leader is yet to come on the world scene. This “king,” who will rise up in Europe, “shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god; shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods…” (Daniel 11:36).
     Some Bible students assume this is talking about the great, end-time false prophet, who will be contemporaneous with the rising political-military leader. But there are to be two different individuals involved. Verse 36 is about the secular-power leader—the coming dictator—who will be a charming flatterer, cunning, egotistical and ruthless. This leader is destined to exalt himself above any other religious entity. He will be “full of himself.” “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done” (Daniel 11:36).
     God uses vicious leaders like the coming “king of the North” to punish His hypocritical people, who say they worship Him and print His name on their money (the Americans), but do not do the things He commands. This future “Hitler” will execute God’s wrath, especially upon the peoples of America and the British countries, because as nations they have rejected God’s values and chosen sinful pleasures and conveniences.
     “And you, son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel [whose descendants are now living in the U.S.A. and the British countries and other places]: ‘An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land. Now the end has come upon you, and I will send My anger against you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your abominations. My eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity; but I will repay your ways, and your abominations shall be in your midst; then you shall know that I am the Lord!’
     “Thus says the Lord God: ‘A disaster, a singular disaster; behold, it has come! An end has come, the end has come; it has dawned for you; behold, it has come! Doom has come to you, you who dwell in the land; the time has come, a day of trouble is near, and not of rejoicing in the mountains. Now upon you I will soon pour out My fury, and spend My anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, and I will repay you for all your abominations. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; I will repay you according to your ways, and your abominations will be in your midst. Then you will know that I am the Lord who strikes’” (Ezekiel 7:2–9).
     This coming king of the North “shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above them all” (Daniel 11:37). This despicable political leader will cooperate with a false church system for a time, but he is not attracted to its religious teachings personally, and only wishes to use it to achieve power. He sees himself above it. In his enormous ego he tries to make a god out of himself.
     “But in their place,” this coming Hitler type will “honor a god of fortresses,” or a god of munitions, as some translations have it; “and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things” (v. 38). This powerful individual will dedicate tremendous amounts of international resources to building up his military machine. And he will worship his power and that military machine. “He shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god. Those who acknowledge him he shall make more wealthy, and shall appoint them as rulers over many, and shall distribute the land for a price” (Daniel 11:39, NRSV).
     Here is this awesome power of a coming “Hitler,” and, as we explained, there will be exactly ten nations or groups of nations eventually in Europe having ten kings or rulers over them. They will give their power and strength to this coming dictator, this “Hitler,” for a short time just before Christ’s return. And as verse 40 shows, this European power block will also fight against the Islamic power block to the south.

7. A Powerful Religious Figure Leads a Religious Revival

     One of the definite “signs of the end-times,” which will herald the close of this present evil age, is the arrival on the scene of a great false religious leader, called in the Bible the “false prophet” (Revelation 19:19–21). This religious leader will possess great charisma, and will exercise a very powerful influence over a political power—the soon-coming “Beast” (Revelation 13, 17, 19). He will be the long-prophesied, influential head of a great, militant church in Europe. Together, this combination of personal charisma and awesome power to influence others, will have an enormous effect on the fortunes of the nations of the Western world.
     This coming false religious leader—a leader who is prophesied to sit astride the end-time “Beast” (the revival of a governmental system having characteristics similar to the old Holy Roman Empire which was a combination of church and state) is described in Isaiah 47. “Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon” (v. 1). Notice this is a daughter of ancient Babylon. A modern sort of Babylon is to rise up! “Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate” (Ibid.)
     Who, then, is this “lady” mentioned in Isaiah 47? God’s Word gives us a clear answer. “Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the Lady of Kingdoms” (v. 5). This woman is called the “Lady of Kingdoms” because she has a fornicating political relationship with, and actually rules over, quite a number of different kingdoms or governments of this world.
     Now continue this important end-time prophecy, “I was angry with My
people,” says God (v. 6). Who are God’s people? There are two ways this can be properly understood: one is the Church of God, the other is God’s physical people, Israel—”You [Israel] only have I known of all the families of the earth” (Amos 3:2). This prophecy is definitely speaking nationally, so this is not talking about God’s true Church. Clearly, this is speaking about the end-time nations which comprise modern Israel.
     So God says, “I have profaned My inheritance, and given them into your [the Babylonish system’s] hand. You showed them no mercy; on the elderly [‘ancient’ people, Israel—KJV] you laid your yoke very heavily” (Isaiah 47:6).
     Notice the word “yoke.” This is a yoke of slavery laid upon us by the daughter of the ancient Babylon. “And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever,’ so that you did not take these things to heart, nor remember the latter end of them” (v. 7). And so this modern “lady,” this false religious system, will put a yoke on God’s birthright people—those who have received their tremendous national inheritances from God Almighty.
     God speaks of this woman as being a “Lady of Kingdoms,” putting a “yoke” on the neck of God’s chosen people, Israel, and says this Babylonish “lady” will not think she is doing any terrible thing when she afflicts God’s people. Then He says: “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children’” (v. 8). “But,” God says, “these two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day: the loss of children, and widowhood” (v. 9).
     That is what God says! But where is this explained in the Bible? How can we know that this is an end-time prophecy?
     Turn back again to the book of Revelation, where He is talking about this same system. God says, “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury” (Revelation 18:3). A great religio-political trading system!
     Well, what is that trading system? Verse 2 says, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit. Yes, this modern Babylon, which is now in the process of forming in Europe, will be a very sophisticated, wealthy system that will soon dominate most of Europe. Yet it will be heavily influenced by Satan!
     Notice God’s warning to His people: “Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:4). Dwelling in this Babylonish sytem will be some of God’s people (this applies both physically and spiritually)—and they are commanded to: “Come out… lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (vv. 4–5). And so this Babylonish system and the people in it will be warned!
     Now notice verse 7: “In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she [this modern Babylon] says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’” Do you remember those words? That is quoting directly from Isaiah 47. Yet modern Babylon will say those words!
     “Therefore,” God says, “her plagues will come in one day [just like God said back in Isaiah 47:9]—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her” (Revelation 18:8).
     But first, the modern descendants of ancient Israel will be brought down and punished by God through this system. These people will be punished as no peoples have ever been punished in modern history, because of their flagrant disobedience, and their going after every ungodly abomination.

A Great False Religious Leader

     The great false religious leader will rise up very soon now—in our very day! He will deceive not a few hundred people—like David Koresh and his Branch Davidians—but hundreds of millions! Yes, prophecy indicates that hundreds of millions of people will be deceived! That is exactly what will occur before Christ’s coming.
     The Apostle Paul, in a letter concerning the Second Coming of Christ, wrote: “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him…” (2 Thessalonians 2:1). He then cautioned God’s people “not
to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come” (v. 2). Some were even writing letters purporting to be from Paul. “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition [or son of destruction]” (v. 3).
     Clearly, a great false religious leader will rise up before Christ returns to this earth. What will be the attitude and modus operandi of this great false prophet? “Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (v. 4).
     This man will have supernatural power to deceive! He will have the ability to perform great miracles such as causing fire to come down out of the sky (Revelation 13:13–14). Will you follow such a man? Or, will you now begin to study and understand your Bible so you will know what is ahead? “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs [miracles] which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image of the beast who was wounded by the sword” (v. 14).
     This great false religious leader will have tremendous impact on the Western world—make no mistake about it! You need to watch for these things so that you will not be misled or deceived by him (the soon-coming great “false prophet”) or by any man! “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matthew 24:4)! Keep alert! Keep your eyes open! Be on the lookout for a great, charismatic false religious leader—a “false prophet”! He, like the early New Testament false prophet, Simon Magus (Acts 8:9–11), will deceive hundreds of millions into thinking he is a great servant of God.
     If you know God’s Word—and obey it—you will not be one of those many millions who will be deceived by the soon-coming, great “false prophet”!

8. The Gospel of the Kingdom of God Preached to All Nations

     The great “Olivet prophecy” of Jesus Christ is pivotal in understanding future events. In Matthew 24:3, Jesus was asked by the disciples, “Tell us, when shall these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” As we have seen, Jesus first warned them about false prophets, wars and rumors of wars leading to world war, famines, disease epidemics and earthquakes, and said, “All these are the beginning of sorrows” (v. 8).
     “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation” (v. 9). The coming Great Tribulation will affect the Church as well as national Israel. “And [they will] kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” This verse is quite significant because it says, in effect, that God’s true Church and Work will be known by all nations. People will not hate it unless they know about it, will they? They will hate the true Work of God because
they will hate its message.
     “But he who endures to the end
, shall be saved” (v. 13). The end of what? Well, certainly the end of our physical lives individually, but this also applies to those alive at the end of this age. By this statement, Jesus intended to signify the end of 6,000 years of human experience and sin under the influence of Satan the Devil, which is heralded by the Second Coming of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords.
     In verse 14, Jesus mentions another sign that must happen before His Second Coming—and is happening right now. “And this gospel of the kingdom”—the Good News of the coming Kingdom or world-ruling government of God, based on God’s laws—”will be preached in all the world as a witness
to all the nations.” This Gospel is good news, but it contains a warning. Every nation on earth, not just a few, will hear about this as a “witness,” not to convert them, but as a testimony of God’s future intentions.
     This is not the time when God is trying to convert everyone, as many ministers, who are trying to “save” the world now, would have you believe! God is not going around like a lonely hound dog, wagging his tail and hoping someone will pay attention to him. Through his sins, man has cut himself off from God (Isaiah 59:1–2). Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:44). This is the only way one can come to God. God’s Church is proclaiming the Gospel, witnessing to humanity so that those who are willing can seek Him. Whoever has their mind opened by God can understand. You are reading part of God’s “witness” right now!

9. When Faith Again Becomes a Matter of Life or Death

     Watch for persecution of Christians and the Church of God that keeps the Commandments of God (Revelation 12:17; 14:12). Jesus said, “Then they will deliver you up to… kill you” (Matthew 24:9). Here He is speaking to His people, His genuine disciples. The Apostle John gave the Church and anyone who reads the Bible a test to determine who is a bona fide Christian and who masquerades as such. “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3–4).
     It is these commandment-keeping Christians who will be persecuted. “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9). Jesus clearly foresaw that the world would be full of religious confusion during the end-time. “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many” (Matthew 24:11). Only the few seem to understand; only those called by God. Verse 12 shows the result of this spiritual blindness and confusion: “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” So at the end there will be widespread chaos and lawlessness. And God says much of it can be traced back to false teachings and religious confusion from a Babylon of denominations and religions.
     God’s people will be persecuted at the time of the end, just as the early Christians faced vicious attacks. “If the world hates you,” Jesus told the disciples—and this certainly applies to us, His disciples today—”you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19).
     This present society around us will become increasingly hostile to God’s people and the moral standards they live by! The political, business, media, cultural and religious elites will feel condemned by the true Church of God which will not compromise with God’s Word. God’s Church will be politically incorrect. This world will feel guilty.
     How about you? If the Word of God reveals some Truth to you which may be inconvenient, embarrassing, or personally or financially costly—what would be your reaction? Will you get angry at God because He is meddling? God says He has a right to tell you what is right or wrong in the most sensitive areas of your life. Some people will even start spitting in hatred at the mere thought that Someone else seeks to impose His values on them! And they will not like it. All animals and human beings blink when suddenly exposed to light when they have been in darkness. They do not like that bright light. So it is with the light of the Truth.
     “Remember,” Jesus said, “the word that I said to you. ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also” (John 15:20). Did the religious and political authorities of Jesus’ time keep His Word? No, they did not. They crucified Him instead. But Jesus continued, “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me” (v. 21).

10. A Crisis Strikes Jerusalem

     Watch! The modern nation of “Israel,” populated by the descendants of the biblical tribe of Judah (plus significant remnants of Levi and Benjamin) will suffer serious military losses with part of its territory occupied by enemies just before the Second Coming of Christ. This is of utmost significance! Many students of Bible prophecy declare that 1948 saw the great regathering of Israel in the Holy Land and the final establishment of the nation of Israel. That is absolutely wrong! This was just a precursor, a small forerunner of the gigantic regathering of the remnants of all 12 tribes of Israel that is yet to occur. Meanwhile, the hard-pressed Jewish people in Israel will be attacked and defeated once again. This is difficult to say, but the Bible makes that very, very clear.
     “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city” (Zechariah 14:1–2).
     “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land. They have cast lots for My people, have given a boy in exchange [as payment] for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink” (Joel 3:1–3).
     “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near” (Luke 21:20). Jerusalem has been partially surrounded by armies in recent years, but we will see Jerusalem completely surrounded by armies. Notice this prophecy: “Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains” (v. 21). Those who trust in God, those who believe in Christ, those who are true Christians will understand what to do when these things occur because they will have been studying these various signs as Jesus said. They will have been watching and praying. They will flee to the mountains. “Let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance” (vv. 21–22).
     So in the future, Jerusalem, the political and emotional capital of Israel, will be overrun by her enemies, until Christ returns and fights the aggressor nations (Zechariah 14:3). Once again the city of prophets, kings and the Messiah will be brought down and punished horribly. This major event in the prophetic end-time scenario will witness further outrage.

11. The Abomination of Desolation

     When the city of Jerusalem is attacked and conquered, the foreign occupying power will begin what the Bible calls the “abomination of desolation.” What is that? Jesus Christ describes this abomination of desolation in Matthew 24:15–20. Start with verse 15: “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ [a loathsome contamination], spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place… then let those who are in Judea [today known as the modern state of Israel] flee to the mountains.” The people in Judea are instructed, when they see this terrible abomination of desolation, to flee to the mountains.
      Prophecy predicts that Jerusalem is again to be surrounded by armies (Zechariah 12:2), and an idol will be set up in a holy place. Jesus warns those who are faithful to escape quickly when this desecration takes place. “Let him who is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes” (Matthew 24:17–18). In other words, you are to get out immediately when you see this happening, because if you wait, it will be too late to escape safely. “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those with nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath [God’s people will be keeping the Sabbath]” (vv. 19–20).
     There is a historical parallel to this end-time overthrow of Jerusalem and the erection of an idolatrous object on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. In the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, some 160 years before the First Coming of Christ, pigs were sacrificed as offerings by the pagan Seleucid Greeks upon the altar of God. A statue of Zeus, the chief Greek god, was set up. Something similar will occur once again. We are living during a time which is like the calm before a menacing, destructive storm. If you had been a Jew in Germany in 1935, would you have been alert to your people’s future destiny? Would you have taken appropriate action to save the lives of your family members? You need to be paying attention to what is happening in world events! The cost of ignorance, laxness or a dilatory attitude will be extremely high.
     Remarkably, an important implication of Matthew 24:15 is that there will once again be animal sacrifices on an altar at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount dedicated to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel! Another scripture confirming this states: “And from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up…” (Daniel 12:11).
     Since there is prophesied to be a place of sacrifice, many wonder if there will be a great temple raised up in Jerusalem. An alternative idea would be that there will be merely an altar set up, as happened when the Jews returned from their captivity in Babylon (Ezra 3:2). Watch for this in your world news. Prophecy clearly shows that the Jews will once again be sacrificing at Jerusalem. Whether in a temple or at a simple altar is not yet clear. The Jewish people—remember the Six Day War—move swiftly and courageously when they are urgent about something.
     From the time that the daily sacrifices to God are stopped by a foreign aggressor (possibly by the coming “king of the North”) and the abomination of desolation is set up—“there shall be 1290 days” (Daniel 12:11). This scripture discusses a certain period of time after the abomination of desolation until the end of this present civilization when Christ returns to this earth as King of kings to usher in a genuinely new world order, the Kingdom of God.
     “Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the 1335 days. But you,” God told Daniel to “go your way, till the end; for you shall rest” (Daniel 12:12–13). In other words, Daniel would not himself see the fulfillment of the prophecies God inspired through him. Daniel was to live out his days and die, never having understood the prophecy he was inspired to write down. But today, we can read Daniel’s words and understand, if we begin to walk with God and study these things thoroughly. We need to realize that we are living in momentous times when all these things are about to occur. Let that motivate us to really study God’s Word. And most importantly of all, let us obey our God in all things!

12. The Collapse of the English-speaking Nations—The Great Tribulation

     Before the glorious Second Coming of Jesus Christ to establish His Kingdom, watch for the decline and eventual conquest of the English-speaking nations by their enemies! The biblical terminology for this event is “The Great Tribulation.”
     The Word of God reveals that the worst, most indescribably terrifying time in the entire history of this planet is soon to occur. This terrifying time (the Great Tribulation) is also spoken of as the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7). It will be such an awful time that the destruction and genocide of the Second World War will seem like a picnic in comparison!
     Let us, therefore, examine the scriptures dealing with this dramatic alteration in the world’s power structure which, like a powerful steel trap, will suddenly spring upon an unsuspecting world! Most of us will live to see these cataclysmic times, whether we realize it or not. “But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people” (Luke 21:23). When you really understand this prophecy, Jesus was here speaking nationally of the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples, the Jews and others of the modern-day descendants of the ancient nation of Israel when He uttered that staggering prophecy.
     Notice this same prophecy in a parallel account in Matthew: “For then will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [alive]; but for the elect’s sake [for the sake of God’s people] those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21–22).
      In the past, it was not possible to exterminate all human life from this earth. You might have had a devastating war in Europe, or in the Middle East, but you would still have millions of people untouched elsewhere in the world in Africa, Asia, Australia or in North or South America. But Jesus prophesied of a unique time in the history of humanity. No nation can feel secure from the utter annihilation which is now possible by thermonuclear warfare!
     In the 1950s, it finally became possible to blast all human life off this planet. During the last half century, we have now multiplied our ability to assure our destruction many times over. Scientists tell us today that we now can erase all human life from this earth at least 20 times over
! Christ is describing our time today! No Roman army of Jesus’ day could ever boast of such murderous power.
     Here is what the prophet Jeremiah said about this same time: “Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel [whose modern descendants partially include the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples] and Judah.… ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labor, and all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great [Jeremiah prophesied under inspiration] so that none
is like it’” (Jeremiah 30:4–7). There has never been a time of trouble in human history like this one. Whose time of trouble does this terrible tribulation pertain to? It is the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (v. 7).
     It will be a time of trouble so great that none
is like it. There cannot be two times of trouble like this. This is the same time of trouble described in Matthew 24:21, the same time described in Mark 13 and Luke 21, the same time of trouble described back in Ezekiel 36 and Daniel 12 and elsewhere as the “Great Tribulation.” It is the time of God’s intervention to chastise His chosen people. Nevertheless, speaking of that woeful time of trouble, God says: “I will not make a complete end of you” (Jeremiah 30:11). So he will not utterly destroy us, but He will punish us severely—to shake us to the roots of our very being in order to wake us up. He will correct and humble His people in order to wake them up before it is too late!
     This unprecedented time of trouble will be directed primarily against the American and British-descended Commonwealth peoples, though the other modern-day descendants of Israel will also have troubles. But why against our peoples? Because the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic people have been recipients of God’s tremendous birthright promises as the descendants of the patriarch Joseph (Genesis 49:22–26). For more information request our booklet on this subject, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy. In God’s eyes, blessings also impart responsibilities. We are not a favorite or pet people, but we have been chosen by God for a very special purpose. Regrettably, we have failed to fulfill that purpose. Let us understand why and what will happen.
     “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30)! May God Almighty speed that great day!
     We Americans and British-descended Commonwealth peoples have been materially blessed above all nations on the earth for the last 200 years. During that 200-year period, the English-speaking peoples have wielded power which thwarted the belligerent, aggressive nations—the Central Powers in World War I and the Axis Powers in World War II. Twice in this century, we have restored a warring world to a measure of peace and security. Yet in spite of that, most of our peoples, individually, have turned away from our God. We continue to praise the Lord hypocritically. “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines’” (Mark 7:6–7, NRSV).
     There are numerous end-time prophecies which reveal to our Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples exactly what God Almighty says will happen to us—if we do not turn from our present wayward course of disobedience to Him and His commandments.

The Pivotal Old Testament Prophecy

     The pivotal scripture for understanding end-time prophecy is found in the Old Testament in the 26th chapter of Leviticus. When we rightly understand our national identity, this prophetic chapter takes on new, urgent meaning. Here is basic, foundational information for modern Israel among whom are to be counted the American and British-descended peoples of the Commonwealth. Those Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples are part of the descendants of the so-called “Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.” This prophecy is talking about our ancient ancestors, and it is also speaking of our children and grandchildren at the end of this age.
     We should watch for the fulfillment of those prophecies which foretell the downfall of the United States and Great Britain, insofar as their national prestige and power are concerned, even before their cities are totally demolished in a future round of world war—World War III—which will be the most deadly time humanity will ever experience.
     Speaking of the coming end-time Great Tribulation, God says: “If you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you. I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you” (Leviticus 26:14–17). God Almighty says He will bring us down very low. If we continue transgressing His commandments, He will discipline us in more ways than we can begin to imagine.
     Now continuing in the 26th chapter of Leviticus, God says: “And after all this, if you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more [or “sevenfold more” as many versions render it] for your sins. I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:18–19).
     Our competitors for global power and influence are looking down on us with increasing glee as we stumble in resolving domestic and international problems. These things are happening to our peoples because we have turned aside from God. We have not obeyed the God of our fathers.
     In Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 are powerful prophetic warnings for us today, because God does not change (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8). God promised that if we would obey Him, He would set us “high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1). However, if we do not obey God and keep His commandments: “Cursed shall you be in the city” (v. 16). Are we cursed in our cities? Think about it. Millions of Americans are afraid to go out of their own homes at night. Elderly people and women and others all over this land are afraid to venture out in the evening—in this “land of the free, and the home of the brave”! We are locked in our homes like prisoners! No, we are not blessed in our towns and cities.
     Further, our disobedience would bring upon us curses in our food supply, curses in sexual relations and curses in whatever policies or programs that we nationally attempt because we have turned aside from the Great God.
     The growing effect of our national sins includes escalating crime, violence, marital infidelities, sexual perversions of all sorts, lying, cheating, stealing and every foul thing imaginable that is disgusting in the sight of a just and holy God. The selfishness and decadence of our “modern lifestyle”—which is based on egotistical pride and vanity—are gnawing like voracious termites at the structural frame that holds in place the edifice of our national greatness. How long before our house collapses? Look around you and consider.
     In spite of our great material blessings, the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic-descended nations have turned away from God. We have plummeted in our moral standards. We have become nations of perverts, liars, thieves and murderers. And God will chastise us for our own good as God rebukes and chastens every son He loves (Hebrews 12:6).
     God says: “Therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness” (Deuteronomy 28:48). In other words, these English-speaking nations (including the Jews and others residing in them) will be taken into a terrible captivity. God says we will be “in need of all things; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you” (same verse). Is that plain enough? God will take us into national slavery. The Holocaust of World War II will seem mild in comparison. Our peoples will not all die, but we will no longer exist as nations, not as the United States of America and the British-descended nations of the Commonwealth, after this awful punishment from God Himself!
     “‘The Lord will bring a nation from far away, from the end of the earth, to swoop down on you like an eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, a grim-faced nation showing no respect to the old or favor to the young” (Deuteronomy 28:49–50, NRSV). This will not be Mexico or some nation nearby, but from “afar.” From the end of the earth—from way over in Europe. This enemy will be “as swift as the eagle flies.” It is interesting that three major nations on earth use an eagle as their symbol. One is the United States, another is Russia and the third is Germany. It will be “a nation whose language you will not understand” (v. 49), “a nation of fierce countenance” (v. 50), meaning a very warlike nation.
     God reveals that we will be besieged in our own gates (v. 52), and our peoples will be so hungry, so desperate that they will resort to very desperate measures in the coming age—even turning to hideous cannibalism (v. 53).
     Finally, we will be taken into slavery
by a coming great power that is now beginning to rise up in Europe!

God Promises to Deliver His People!

     God says He will humble us and correct us, but He also promises to deliver us from all our troubles—when we truly learn our lesson and turn from our many abominations!
     “And at that time your people
[all the descendants of the patriarch Israel] shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:1–2).
     The time setting is unmistakable. Daniel is talking about the resurrection to immortality of the saints of God which shall occur at the seventh or “last trump” when Jesus returns to this earth with all His mighty angels, to establish the Kingdom of God to rule for 1,000 years (1 Corinthians 15; 1 Thessalonians 4; Revelation 20:4). Daniel is not speaking of something that happened way back in the Middle Ages. This prophecy concerning the Great Tribulation period leads right up to the glorious Second Coming of Jesus Christ at the very end of this present evil world (Matthew 24:21–30).
     As the foregoing prophecy reveals, God Almighty Himself will order one of His mighty angels, Michael, to stand “watch over” the people of Israel, who at that time will have had their power broken, and will have been scattered into many nations as captive slaves.
     God’s miraculous deliverance of His people is clearly revealed in the thirtieth chapter of Jeremiah. “‘Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob,’ says the Lord, ‘nor be dismayed, O Israel; for behold, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet, and no one shall make him afraid. For I am with you…to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, and will not let you go altogether unpunished’” (Jeremiah 30:10–11).
     The remaining verses in this 30th chapter, as well as the 31st chapter of Jeremiah, go on to explain how God will greatly bless His people, once they have truly learned their lesson: “Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry; I will multiply them, and they shall not diminish; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small” (v. 19).
     What will be the final state of the peoples of Israel, after God delivers them from their captivity at the hands of a cruel oppressor? “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off [includes the British peoples], and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the Lord—for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all.
     “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; for I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow. I will satiate the soul of the priests [God’s servants] with abundance, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:10–14).
     Regrettably, the bad news prophesied by God’s Word of a terrifying time of trouble, which will soon spring upon an unsuspecting, heedless world, must come first! What a tragedy that our peoples will not hear and return to their God! That time will be the worst time of trouble this earth will ever experience (Matthew 24:21; Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 12:l)!
     But the ultimate in good news is that God’s Word also predicts the imminent return of Jesus Christ to this earth. He will deliver the modern-day descendants of Israel (of whom the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic nations and also the Jewish people are part) from a horrible time of captivity and trouble. God says He will sweep aside all human governments (Revelation 11:15–18; 19:11–21). Christ will then banish Satan, so that he will no longer be able to mislead the nations (Revelation 20:1–3), and after removing Satan from power over the nations, the Great God will establish the Kingdom of God upon this sin-cursed, war-torn earth (Isaiah 11:1–9; Revelation 20:4).
     The prophet Daniel also wrote the good news of the establishment of the glorious Kingdom of God: “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).
     Furthermore, Daniel says: “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him” (Daniel 7:27).
     Finally, the nations shall have passed through the Great Tribulation, and will have arrived at the time which all the prophets foretold—the establishment of the Kingdom of God to rule all nations—bringing peace, prosperity, health and happiness to all nations!

13. Heavenly Signs and the Day of the Lord

     Next—after the Great Tribulation—there are to be dramatic astronomical signs in the heavens visible to everyone on earth. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matthew 24:29).
     God really will intervene in human affairs! And He will even intervene with nature and show this generation that there is a real God. Even after the modern nations of Israel are in captivity, God is not through yet. We have professed to being Christian nations, but nationally we are filled with deceit, vanity, avarice and violence.
     Notice Revelation 6: “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind” (vv. 12–13).
     Here are incredible parts of a crescendo leading up to Christ’s return. Almost like a vast fireworks display in the evening sky, we will literally see the transition from the Great Tribulation to intensified punishments directly from God on any who are still unrepentant in defiant rebellion against their Creator. Notice verse 17: “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
     Here in Revelation 6, the six seals outline the same events Jesus told the disciples would occur at the end. As the seals are opened we have first, false prophets; second, wars; third, famines; fourth, disease epidemics; fifth, Great Tribulation (including martyrdom of saints). The sixth seal is the heavenly signs. In Joel 2 also we see that the heavenly signs occur before the great and terrible Day of the Lord. “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord” (v. 31). We already saw in Matthew 24 that the heavenly signs come after the Great Tribulation. What yet remains before the Kingdom of God can be fully established?

14. The Seven Last Plagues

     After the first six seals of Revelation 6 are opened, we read: “For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:17).
     Then, after describing the protection of the 144,000 and the great multitude in Revelation 7, chapter 8 describes the opening of the seventh seal—God’s direct punishment on a rebellious world. This consists of the seven trumpet plagues described in Revelation chapters 8 and 9.
     Finally, in Revelation 11:15, the Seventh Trumpet—the famous “Last Trumpet”—is sounded. Christ returns in power and glory. But even as He returns, the deceived nations of mankind will fight and curse Him who is their very Creator! (Revelation 16:21; 17:14).
     So, as He comes, Christ pours out the awesome seven last plagues described in Revelation 15:1 and 16:1–21. Study these passages. These plagues will be indescribably horrible
!
     But even here, God—who rebukes and chastens every son He loves (Hebrews 12:5–6)—is doing this to bring men and nations to their senses! As you read the passages in Revelation, you see that every mountain and every island on earth will be shaken
. There will be virtually nothing left for hard-headed, vile, rebellious men to hang on to of their former world. Everything around them will be removed or destroyed. Mankind will come to realize that he is nothing compared with the Creator God of the universe.
     Hundreds of millions of men and women will finally acknowledge, as Job finally did: “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:5–6). In a way they have never done before, human beings will truly repent
and be willing to listen to the Truth—listen to God’s true ministers and teachers and obey their Maker.
     Then they will truly understand these statements of God in Isaiah: “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has 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 forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made” (Isaiah 57:15–16).
     Finally, then, humanity as a whole will have been made humble and teachable. It will yield to the Living Christ and the resurrected saints who will join Him in ruling this entire earth in Tomorrow’s World. This world government established by Christ will be known as the Kingdom of God and it will be the active, hands-on, governing leadership of God on this earth!

What Lies Just Ahead?

     So what will happen? Unless we, as nations, bitterly repent of transgressing God’s laws, the future of America and the British-descended Commonwealth countries looks grim indeed. For every great nation and empire in history that has descended into the depths of immorality, like we are now experiencing, has come to an end.
     Will America’s or Britain’s preachers wake up and begin to preach obedience to the laws of God? Will our political leaders turn to their Creator in true godly fear, making God and His ways a vital part of our national life? Will the educators, the psychologists and sociologists begin to build their concepts on the foundations of the Word of God? What do you think?
     The answer seems obvious. We, along with most of our fellow English-speaking nations around the world, are in for a time of national calamity—actually, national punishment
—unprecedented in the annals of modern human history. Month by month, year by year, more and more things will somehow go wrong for us. Our national debt will increase. Our immorality and crime rate will increase. Our cities will become even less safe, as they are racked by lawless hoodlums, gang warfare, race riots—and finally food riots, because of the impending drought and famine prophesied to strike our peoples.
     Describing this very situation for our peoples in the “latter days,” God states: “And the Lord will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the Lord will drive you. And there you will serve gods, the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, which neither see nor hear nor eat nor smell. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them” (Deuteronomy 4:27–31).
     Yes, if we do not heed—nationally or individually—the warning
going out now and over the months and years just ahead, we will have to absorb the full brunt of God’s corrective punishment.
     At the same time, you can be certain there will be other voices of lying deception saying not to worry, everything will be fine. “‘For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously with Me,’ says the Lord.… and said, ‘It is not He’” (Jeremiah 5:11–12).
     In other words, our people will say “these prophecies are not real, God is not speaking; this is just some doom and gloom preacher talking nonsense.” The skeptics will say, “Neither will evil come upon us, nor shall we see sword or famine” (v. 12). Yes, even false ministers will speak evil of God’s true ministry. “And the prophets become wind, for the word is not in them.” In modern jargon, they are saying that God’s servants are a bunch of “windbags”; do not pay attention to them, “for the word [of God] is not in them” (v. 13).
     God clearly forewarned us that there will be cynics and doubters who will contradict and ridicule God’s warning through His true servants: “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle… that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets… knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:1–4).

What Should You Do?

     Now, you should realize that our nations are in mortal peril. Everything you have ever known will be changed over the next decade or two. Your future, and the future of your children and grandchildren, is really at stake.
     There is a real
God in charge. He rules over men, and over the nations of men, perhaps more directly and more profoundly than many of you have realized. Turn to Daniel 4:25 where Daniel, talking to King Nebuchadnezzar, said: “They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” God speaking through Daniel said, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men.” God gives office and authority to those whom He chooses. “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20–21). God is in charge of governments and He often determines the outcome of elections and the rise of literal kings, monarchs and dictators in the nations throughout this earth.
     We need to have faith in God’s power. The Eternal God is the true God who rules over all, and He does intervene in this world’s rotten, misguided society in order to accomplish His purpose.
     So listen to what God says about these societies and about your near future. “But take heed to yourselves,” Jesus said, “lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing” (Luke 21:34). Perhaps you might say, “Well, there are a few years yet to go.” Yes, there are a few—maybe very few. But do not let your heart be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the cares of this life and that day come upon you unexpectedly. For it will come “as a snare”—like a deadly trap that catches an animal before it realizes what hit it. Do not let that happen to you. Christ is coming and His coming will be “as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth” (v. 35) who are unprepared or deceived.
     Even if our nations as a whole will not repent, you can certainly change—and you can be forgiven and protected during the coming Great Tribulation. Jesus Himself gave this assurance. Write for our free booklet, Restoring Apostolic Christianity. It will tell you in much greater detail what you should do.
     Jesus commands us to watch. Prove the things in this booklet from the very Word of God. Look these things up so you will understand. Let the Bible talk to you. Those who trust in God—those who believe in Christ, those who are bona fide Christians—will understand when these things occur, because they will have been studying these many signs as Jesus said.
     So, we are to watch these events, praying that God would help us surrender our lives to Him and His Son Jesus Christ, and that we will accept Him as our Savior and our Boss, our Lord, our Master, our High Priest and our coming King. Then, through His Spirit within us, we must keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:22). Thus, we can begin to walk with the God who gives us life and breath and truly prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
     Personally, you can awaken yourself to an intense awareness of what is happening. You can begin to diligently study the Bible and see what it really says. Cry out to God in earnest prayer! Ask Him for guidance and strength to do what is right! Seek Him for deliverance for you and your family in the turbulent years ahead! Then you can turn to Him with all your heart and start obeying His laws. You can accept the true Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and surrender to let Him
live His life in you.
     As you sincerely seek God and believe in the true Gospel which Jesus Christ Himself taught, you will learn what the Lord requires of you. Do it and He will enrich your life with understanding and purpose. He will grant you the gift of eternal life in His soon-coming Kingdom (John 3:16; Romans 6:23). And He will deliver you from the coming worldwide catastrophe which Jesus predicted so vividly.
     As Jesus Christ Himself instructed: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape
all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36)!

Co-Worker Letter – March 2011

March 14, 2011 

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! As we swiftly approach the end of this age, prophetic events are certainly speeding up! The unprecedented upheavals against authoritarian governments in the Middle East, the massive earthquakes which have recently struck Christchurch, New Zealand, and now Japan, the continued flooding affecting vast parts of Australia and many other so-called “natural” disasters—all this is beginning to shake millions of people into an awareness that “something big is up!”

If we truly study the inspired Word of God, we can genuinely understand.

For this world really has turned its back on the true God of the Bible. If we try to cry out and “tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” as God commands (Isaiah 58:1), then it is we who become “guilty” of being “too judgmental, too selfish, or homophobic” in the eyes of a very confused world! For most of this world is rushing head first into almost every perverted and deviant practice imaginable. Absolutely gross examples of indecency are often reported in our newspapers. Yet, instead of a national day of prayer and fasting being called, most professing Christians go on as if nothing unusual is happening in our truly “sick” society! Yet disaster after disaster is beginning to strike our peoples. And although millions go to their “mainstream” churches, sing songs and clap their hands, their prayers are usually not being heard.

Why?

Because Almighty God’s inspired Word tells us, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). Later in this chapter, God describes the exact situation facing us today as we proclaim God’s Truth to an increasingly rebellious and hostile society, “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (vv. 14-15).

Yes, we will become a “prey” if we continue to dedicate our lives to “crying out” with God’s message to a deceived world. However, by earnest Bible study and fervent prayer, we must summon the faith and the courage to act. Through this very Work of the living Christ, we must reach out with increasing power to make “all” the nations aware—at least as a “witness”—that the God of heaven will soon intervene. That He will set up a righteous government here on this earth (Revelation 5:9-10). And that His government, under the direct rule of Jesus Christ, will be the “stone” of Daniel 2:44-45. As China falters, and America and Britain further descend into confusion and ignominy, a powerful European Empire will soon emerge as the final revival of the Roman Empire. In its last stage, the “ten toes” of the prophecy in Daniel 2 will become the ten “kings” or rulers of Revelation 17:12-13. Instead of being conquered by Hitler’s armies which stormed across Europe in World War II, this time the rulers of the various nations, as indicated, will “give” their power and authority to the “Beast.” God describes how, just a very few years later, this powerful empire will directly fight the returning Jesus Christ! Can you imagine the depth of the confusion and deception leading astray the multiple millions of young men and women in this coming army of the revived Roman Empire?

Think!

This present world has been so terribly deceived by the invisible Satan the Devil (Revelation 12:9), that they will—in the name of “religion”—end up fighting God Himself—in the Person of the returning Jesus Christ! As our peoples continue on their present path of denying the validity of God’s laws, and as they brazenly portray on television, in films and on the Internet almost every form of perverted sex, “living together,” adultery and even “men marrying men,” the Eternal God is beginning to act. He is beginning to shake the nations of this world, literally, in a way they have never been shaken before. God’s inspired Word describes what is just ahead of us unless there is a genuine repentance beyond anything our peoples have ever experienced: “Destruction comes; they will seek peace, but there shall be none. Disaster will come upon disaster, and rumor will be upon rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet; but the law will perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders. ‘The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the common people will tremble. I will do to them according to their way, and according to what they deserve I will judge them; then they shall know that I am the LORD!’” (Ezekiel 7:25-27). God says He will do to us according to our “way”! May God help all of us get the picture and turn to the Creator God of the Bible as never before!

Somewhere on this earth, the Eternal God has true ministers who do understand His inspired prophecy, the real meaning of these present earth-shaking events, and the ultimate purpose for our lives. As God’s Word states, “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?” (Amos 3:7-8). Somehow, you have been brought into contact with this Work—the very Work of the living God. We are growing in power and impact all around this world. If we continue to “walk with God” and serve Him the way He tells us, God will continue to bless us and enlarge our impact as never before.

Truly, dear brethren and co-workers, this Work is a “crusade” to prepare the way for the soon-coming Government of God to be set up here on earth. Again, the Apostle John was inspired to write how God has “made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10). We will not go up to heaven with nothing to do! Rather, genuine Christians will be part of the true body of Christ now being prepared and trained to be those kings and priests serving under Christ in His coming Kingdom.

May God grant each of you the understanding to do your part, right now, in His Work among men. May He inspire you to act on the full Truth and be one of those “overcomers” to rule this world under Jesus Christ and help to bring about a depth of peace and joy beyond what the world has ever experienced!

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – February 2011

February 15, 2011 

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Warm greetings from Charlotte, NC! My friends, truly exciting prophetic events are cascading across North Africa and the Middle East! All the way from Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere, enormous political upheavals have been occurring—sometimes completely overthrowing top government leaders! Nothing like this has happened in that part of the world for decades.

Although the world’s media gives us the details of these events, and television records the vivid images of these ongoing political upheavals, they do not remotely understand what all of this means—and where it is surely going to lead. For that genuine understanding, we have to turn to the inspired Word of Almighty God. One of the greatest monarchs of all history was King Nebuchadnezzar, King of ancient Babylon, the “head of gold” described in Daniel 2:37-40. However, like so many of our modern leaders, educators and even professing Christian ministers, Nebuchadnezzar was very self-willed and vain, and was unwilling to humble himself and recognize that the God of the Bible is not only our Creator but the active Ruler over the nations of men. So God sentenced him to seven years of insanity and banishment from his throne.

Why?

God answers, “This decision is by the decree of the watchers, and the sentence by the word of the holy ones, in order that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, gives it to whomever He will, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17). The Bible is very clear that—when He chooses—God intervenes in the affairs of human governments, in the weather, and the entire world situation. He usually sets over the governments of this world “the lowest of men” (v. 17). Then, the Eternal God guides the course of world affairs, overall, to accomplish His supreme purpose!

Right now, in the prophesied “last days,” God has specifically predicted that an entire group of Arab states will get together in a confederation with plans to overthrow and even destroy modern “Israel”—just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ! Back in Psalm 83, God’s Word prophetically describes the preparatory events to this terrible calamity. He describes how those nations consult together and say, “‘Come, and let us cast them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.’ For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against You: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites; Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre” (Psalm 83:4-7). Note that this confederacy will be composed of the descendants of Edom and of the Ishmaelites, among others. Many Bible scholars recognize that the descendants of “Ishmael” (Genesis 16:10-12) are a warlike people and that the modern people of Moab and Ammon are now found primarily in Jordan (with “Amman” as the capital) and among the peoples of Lebanon and the Palestinians. The primarily “Ishmaelite” peoples are scattered throughout Egypt, the Gulf States and other North African nations.

These are the very people now involved in the furious riots and overthrows of government throughout that region—freeing up the situation for them to get together and form the prophesied “King of the South.” For your Bible clearly predicts that at the “time of the end” (Daniel 11:40-45) a powerful Arab Confederation will become strong enough and arrogant enough to attack or “provoke” the soon-coming Beast Power in Europe! Although they will probably “give it a good try,” the technological superiority of the Beast Power will simply overwhelm this Arab Confederation.

Again, God’s inspired Word clearly indicates that those nations which will be involved are the modern Egyptians, Libyans and Ethiopians along with other allies in that region. Although modern “Israel”—the “glorious land”—will be overthrown, the peoples of modern Jordan shall “escape” from the conquering Beast Power (v. 41). Is this because the sanctuary of “Petra” is controlled by modern Jordan and may become a “Place of Safety” for God’s true Church (Revelation 12:12-17)? Time will tell.

However, my friends, awesome events are now underway to prepare the way for these final events leading up to Christ’s return! For within the next several years, you will no doubt read about and “see” in the television news the starting of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. You will “see” this soon-coming confederation of Arab states beginning to merge. You will “see” the growing hatred of the modern Edomites and Ishmaelites for the nation calling itself “Israel.” And you will also “see” the growing resentment and hatred towards the peoples of America and those of British descent throughout the world. For these people are, in fact, the descendants of the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.” If you don’t yet have our truly eye-opening booklet on this vital topic, The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy, call or write us today to request your copy. It will be sent absolutely free upon your request. Also, my friends, be sure to request your free copy of our well documented and truly enlightening booklet, The Middle East in Prophecy. This booklet covers this entire topic very thoroughly and will give you real facts and answers about the biblical and historical details behind these enormously exciting events now unfolding in the Middle East!

These events were long ago prophesied by the true God—the God very few people know about or understand in our confused modern society. But that very real God is now beginning to intervene in human affairs and make Himself known to those people who are genuinely humble and willing to learn and to understand.


But yes!
There will be all kinds of important-sounding meetings and conferences of the leaders of this world trying to “solve” the problems of the Middle East and the status of the city of Jerusalem. However, they will not succeed. For they will leave the God of heaven completely out of their plans and deliberations. And so God—the real God of the Bible—proclaims, “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10-11). 

Very soon after these end-time events described in Daniel 11 and after the Great Tribulation described in Daniel 12:1-3, the living Jesus Christ will come roaring down from heaven as the conquering King! For He is the prophesied “stone”—the Rock of Israel—who will “break in pieces” the governments of this world and He will rule forever (Daniel 2:44-45).

May God help you to genuinely understand!

This very “Work” of proclaiming God’s message through this magazine and the Tomorrow’s World television program is now being used by God to warn the world, and to warn and help you—if you are willing to listen. For we are being used by God to help prepare the way for the coming Kingdom of God on this earth which alone will bring genuine peace and joy. The true God warns the deceived nations (Revelation 12:9) of this world, “Look among the nations and watch—be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Habakkuk 1:5).

For your sake, for your very survival—I pray that many thousands of you dear co-workers will open your mind to study and to prove what God is telling you right now and that some will be willing to act on the Truth of God while you have the opportunity. For the more you sincerely “seek God,” the more you pray for and get involved in this very end-time Work which Jesus Christ is now accomplishing, the more you will be able to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Let us all earnestly do our part in really preparing for the Kingdom of God and do all we can to help “turn many to righteousness” as the end of this human society approaches (Daniel 12:1-3). We all need to fervently ask God for the understanding and for the courage to act on His Truth.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – December 2010

December 15, 2010 

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Before you receive this letter, I will be observing the 58th anniversary of my ordination as an Evangelist of Jesus Christ. The world has turned over many times since that date, December 20, 1952. Many of the major world events that Herbert W. Armstrong and I and others who assisted him have prophesied for so many years have already come to pass. A number of others are right now in progress. And the situation is clearly coming into focus for the other prophecies to begin to occur very quickly. Dear brethren, please understand! Although many years have passed since we first began sounding the “Ezekiel Warning,” your Bible indicates that—at the very end—these events will speed up and take many people by surprise. The Apostle Peter wrote, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” (2 Peter 3:10).

Writing about Jesus Christ’s Second Coming, the Apostle Paul wrote, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-4). So when most men are saying, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them! For even most professing Christians will be very surprised at how quickly these end-time events unfold.

But will you be surprised?

Are you and your loved ones really preparing yourselves for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ to this earth? Are you zealously doing all you can to learn and to practice the full Truth of the Bible? Or do you “compromise”? Do you “cut corners” here and there in your obedience and service to the God of heaven? Are you too concerned with the idea of “what people think” to give yourself wholeheartedly to seeking and serving the Eternal God? To literally “feeding” on Jesus Christ and surrendering to let Him live His life within you through the Holy Spirit (John 6:57)? Remember, that is the mark of true Christianity—not merely “believing” in Christ—but letting Him live within you. As the Apostle Paul was inspired to tell us, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).

Brethren and friends, prophetic events are truly speeding up! So you and I—and all to whom God gives understanding—need to act on the Truth and not be afraid of carnal men. We must not be like those spiritual cowards in Jesus’ time who—though they “believed” in Him—would not fully commit to following Him, “for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43). For 58 years, I have tried to proclaim faithfully the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) as did the Apostle Paul. We in this Work of God must fearlessly preach the whole Truth of the Bible. We must powerfully warn our peoples of what lies just ahead. We must do both God’s will and God’s Work!

With all our hearts, we in this Work of Tomorrow’s World are doing this! I am so thankful for you taking the initiative to join with us in doing this Work. During Jesus’ day, Matthew 9:35 says: “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” This was a great Work He was doing. He was truly touched and moved by what He saw and perceived among the thousands of people who came to Him. Matthew 9:36-38 observes: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples [which applies to all of us today!], ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.’”

We in this Work are moved by what we see. Billions of people need to hear Christ’s life-saving Gospel. This is where you have a critical part, if you are willing. We all need to be praying earnestly to the “Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Huge doors are now opening to us. Just this month we started airing the Tomorrow’s World program on the Discovery Channel in the United States, reaching 99.5 million households. But the Discovery Channel airs worldwide, yet we are only on it in the United States. Your prayers could help this Work go through even bigger doors. The Discovery Channel has separate feeds going to 258 million households in Asia, 76 million in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 37 million homes in Latin America. In all, the Discovery Channel reaches 470 million homes. Your sincere, fervent prayers could help this Work reach many of these homes totaling as many as 1.4 billion men, women and children!

Starting in less than three weeks, the Tomorrow’s World telecast will start airing on “God TV,” which reaches 175 million homes around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan, India, China and Australasia. This is another huge door, but we need your prayers for God to move people to watch the Tomorrow’s World telecast and respond! “God TV” reaches more than 500 million people around the world! This is big, and your prayers do help!

You can let others do the praying, instead of yourself, if you should choose. But I assure you, if you wholeheartedly back this Work of God, praying for more laborers and everything associated with this Work (this labor of love and this proclaiming of the Gospel of Jesus Christ), God will bless you! God’s inspired Word tells us—to the degree we “give” of ourselves and our substance to God’s Work—to that degree He blesses us! Among many others, notice this inspired Scripture: “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6).

Describing some of the events that are right now beginning to occur, Jesus Christ said, “So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place” (Luke 21:31-32). In these “last days” of man’s rule under the influence of Satan the Devil, may God inspire each of us to go “all out” in doing His Work. May we be stirred to truly make our lives “count for something” by becoming totally involved in the very Work Christ is using to warn this world and to prepare the way for His everlasting Kingdom.

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith 

P.S. Please remember that any contributions dated in December that are postmarked on or before 12/31/10 will be counted as year 2010 donations, and may be tax-deductible in 2010, even if we receive them in January 2011. So be sure any December donation is dated and postmarked no later than December 31.

Co-Worker Letter – November 2010

November 10, 2010

Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,

A warm welcome to thousands of new subscribers to Tomorrow’s World magazine! As you will shortly learn, this Work of God is growing continually and is now reaching millions of people through the Tomorrow’s World telecast, this magazine and our use of the Internet. As the end of this present age approaches, the living Jesus Christ is moving His Work forward with increasing power. It is exciting, yet sobering.

For even as I write, the effects of America’s “mid-term” elections are being felt. Many millions of Americans are upset at the massive spending spree of our federal government. They are deeply worried about our huge national debt. And they are fearful that even the lives of their children and grandchildren will not hold the promise and the opportunities that they themselves have had. Truly, America’s and Britain’s “pride of power” is being broken. And when you really understand biblical prophecy, you will know that, indeed, it will “never be the same again”—at least in this age.

Think!

What is the primary human source of most of the troubles, the suffering and the anguish affecting the nations of this world? From the despotic dictators of many Middle Eastern and African nations to the merely “corrupt” leaders of North and South America and elsewhere, most of the suffering we experience can be traced directly to wrong government! In Africa, some of the dictators even countenance “mass rape” as a weapon of war to intimidate entire regions. In other areas of the world, like Russia and a number of Asian nations, political opponents sometimes “disappear” and are never heard from again! In the United States, many of the candidates for high office have a proven record of corruption, lying or even criminal behavior! This is all representative of human governments under the sway of Satan the Devil who—as the Apostle Paul was inspired to tell us—is the “god” of this present world (2 Corinthians 4:4, KJV). The Bible also tells us clearly that “Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

Again, the Apostle John tells us in Revelation that after Christ returns as King of kings, Satan is “bound…for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while” (Revelation 20:1-3). Your Bible is very clear on the fact that the invisible Satan is now being allowed to heavily influence the nations and governments of this world!

So, what will the Eternal God do when Christ returns?

In a famous prophecy, the prophet Daniel describes how—at the end of this age—“the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure” (Daniel 2:44-45).

The only genuine “solution” to this world’s mounting problems is right government! This  government will be directly headed by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. And it will be here soon—within the lifetimes of most of you now reading this!

That is why Jesus Christ’s primary message was actually about right government. For the Jesus Christ of your Bible came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God” (Mark 1:14).  The Apostle Paul also was inspired to clearly indicate that the reward of true Christians is to assist Christ in governing cities here on earth. To the “faithful” servant, Jesus promised—not going to heaven to play a harp—but rather Jesus told him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities’” (Luke 19:17). The Apostle Paul told the “saints”—the true Christians of his day—“Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?” (1 Corinthians 6:2).

And the Apostle John was inspired to reveal the “song of the saints” which speaks of Jesus Christ, “For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10).

How clear!

From one end of the Bible to the other, God’s inspired revelation to mankind clearly and repeatedly indicates that true Christians—the “overcomers” (Revelation 2:26-27)—will be given positions of responsibility or rulership in the soon coming Kingdom of God. For “kingdom” means government. So if each of us truly surrenders to let Christ rule our lives, He will later use us—as His servants—in helping Him rule over the cities and nations of this world in His coming world government—the “Kingdom of God!” That is God’s purpose in calling you and me in this age. For He is preparing us to be those kings and priests in Christ’s soon-coming government. That is why this Work of proclaiming Tomorrow’s World exists!

We are doing all we can to help you and all our subscribers and Tomorrow’s World viewers to understand God’s purpose. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong, our predecessor, and my personal mentor and teacher, began this special Work of God on January 7, 1934. He began on a tiny, 100-watt radio station, KORE, in Eugene, Oregon, and over the next 50 years his radio program expanded so much that it became the number one syndicated religious radio program across all of North America. By 1969, he was on 264 radio stations boldly proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. In 1967 he launched into television, starting with three TV stations, which grew to 257 over the next 27 years.

I carried on Mr. Armstrong’s heritage beginning in 1992, and continued to proclaim Christ’s Gospel on radio in 1993 to 1995. In 1995 I began what is now called the Tomorrow’s World television program. And for the past 15 years this Work has been broadcasting in nations scattered around the world. We have been on nearly 600 TV stations off and on through these years. And we are presently airing the telecast on more than 300 TV stations, plus thousands of cable systems serving thousands of communities.

We are proclaiming the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ—the Good News of the soon-coming Kingdom of God, and the whole way of life taught by God’s Word, the Holy Bible—a book of life for all those who find it, study it and live it. We are trying to help all who care—and dare!—to find what the Bible describes as the “pearl of great price” (Matthew 13:46). We know many are searching for this pearl. We sincerely hope you are among them. Since this present phase of God’s Work began, we have added more than one million individuals to our mailing list, and we thank you for being among them. Just since the beginning of this year, we have added 140,000 new subscribers in countries around the world. Thousands are being added every week, and we will do all we can, with God’s help, to help them find “the pearl of great price.”

We are a small Work, and by the blessings of God Almighty we are doing a significant job preparing this world for the earth-shaking events soon to come. Jesus Christ declared “…many are called, but few chosen” (Matthew 20:16). He taught “…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). We are doing all we can to help you and everyone else to “enter by the narrow gate” as Jesus describes in Matthew 7:13.

In order to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, on December 5 we plan to switch over the Tomorrow’s World television program from the ION Network on Wednesday mornings to the prestigious Discovery Channel on Sunday mornings. Our telecast time on the Discovery Channel will be 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time. The Discovery Channel can be seen by nearly 100 million households, and we surely hope you can see us on the Discovery Channel yourself. This is an exciting move forward for the Tomorrow’s World telecast!

As small as we are, and relatively unknown as yet, the Tomorrow’s World telecast has now been seen by more than 22 million households in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Australasia, the United Kingdom, Western Europe, South Africa and other countries around the world. Moreover, all of the Tomorrow’s World telecasts can be viewed on the Internet at www.TomorrowsWorld.org any day of the week, 24 hours a day. What a world we live in!  Virtually anyone in the world, wherever the government does not control the Internet, can watch Tomorrow’s World TV programs.

So far this year, we have sent out 2 million magazine copies around the world. In addition, we have mailed out more than a half-million booklets, reprint articles, Bible lessons, CDs, DVDs and other Bible-centered publications. Since this present Work began, we have mailed out nearly 18 million publications. And the telecast, according to our latest statistics, has been viewed now by as many as 55 million men, women and children. So, as small as we are, a great Work is being accomplished. Thank you for being a part of us! And if you are so inclined, your prayers and support for God’s Work are most appreciated, which brings blessings to you and this Work. Thank you! All of our publications, as we always say, are totally free of charge, and we never ask the public for money. This is a Work of faith.

Dear friends and subscribers, we do sincerely want to help you have a good life today plus eternal life in Tomorrow’s World! How can you do this? How can you be helped through this Work of God to carry on successfully during the terrible economic trials, the military and political upheavals and the personal trials and sicknesses which come upon all of us in this life? The answer is not complicated! For God tells us in His Word, “For he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). Many times in the Bible, God indicates that He is a “rewarder” of those who diligently seek Him—as the above verse clearly states. So you must—hopefully with our help and encouragement—come to believe in the real God and the real Jesus Christ of the Bible. You must prove to yourself that God is real and that He says what He means and means what He says in the Bible. Notice another quote from the inspired book of Hebrews in your Bible. Speaking to those who truly believe in God, He says, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say:  ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Again, God tells us through the inspired writings of the Apostle Paul, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). So even though many kinds of trials and tests come upon the true Christian, God promises to make it “work for good.” And we must learn to believe in that solemn promise from our Creator through His inspired Word!

If you will truly surrender your heart, mind and life to God, if you will try with all your heart to be a genuine “overcomer” and so prepare yourself to be among those kings and priests Christ is training for service in Tomorrow’s World, you will be blessed immeasurably. For you will truly understand—beyond all other human beings—the real meaning of life. And you will be preparing yourself for the ultimate purpose of life. Your Father in heaven will guide you, encourage you, protect you and deliver you during the coming Great Tribulation and other trials at the end of this age. As He promises, He will “never leave you nor forsake you.” May God help you to “step out in faith” and give your life to your Creator and fulfill His purpose. And may He help you come to recognize that you will nowhere else find more about His ultimate purpose than through this very Work—the telecasts and publications of Tomorrow’s World!

As we look toward Tomorrow’s World, we realize that it has to “get darkest just before the dawn.” As we see the world-shaking events which God prophesied come to pass, even these events give us hope when we can see that God Almighty is intervening in human affairs. Jesus Christ Himself said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28). With this thought in mind, we are offering you as a special gift to help you grow and to understand—a DVD with three prophetic messages about the end of this age and the ushering in of Tomorrow’s World. I hope you will find this DVD stirring and inspiring! To claim your free copy of this DVD—our special gift to you—be sure to request this eye-opening DVD by inserting the enclosed card in the preaddressed envelope. The exciting messages on this DVD should help you understand the reality of what is just about to happen in soon-coming world events! May God help you to understand, and to act on the wonderful truths we are giving you through this Work which is actually led by the living Jesus Christ! He really is coming soon as King of kings! Let’s all do our part to prepare the way.

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

P.S. Act now! Be sure to request this stirring DVD with three exciting prophetic messages! Return the enclosed card today in the preaddressed envelope. It is free of charge.