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Co-Worker Letter – October 2012

October 16, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! I have some inspiring and exciting news to report. Mr. Wallace Smith’s Tomorrow’s World television program entitled, “Seven Signs of the Antichrist” completely overwhelmed our previous television response record! This program brought in a grand total of 8,696 responses including the Web response for just this one program! So we are very thankful for the increased impact this Work of Christ is having. Congratulations, Mr. Smith!

As we now have the Tomorrow’s World television program on more major stations than ever—and as the impact of our Internet work grows and is bringing in an increasing number of Web responses to the program—we are now breaking new ground and reaching far more people than ever with Christ’s message. As the European Union seems to be coming apart, as China and Japan line up against each other in the western Pacific, and as the Middle East comes ever closer to a full-scale war in that region, far more people around the world are becoming aware that this present human society is in mortal danger.

From what I perceive, it is obvious that more and more and more professing Christians realize that they really do need to be praying, “Thy Kingdom come.” I pray that all of you dear co-workers will come to profoundly share that feeling and do all that you can to help others understand the purpose which the great God is working out here below, and that you yourselves will “grow in grace and in knowledge” and do all you can to prepare for your part in Christ’s coming Kingdom.

In that vein, I would like to share with you the fact—which many of you know—that several thousand of us recently returned from observing an annual Holy Day festival which Almighty God commands His people to observe. This spiritual Feast—called in the Bible the “Feast of Tabernacles”—will soon be observed by the entire world when Christ returns. So, those of us observing it now are simply “pioneers” in doing what God has always told His people to do and what the world will be doing within a few short years when Christ’s feet are on this earth again. Notice how God describes this festival in your own Bible. In Zechariah 14:1-4, God describes the coming great “day of the Lord” when all the nations will be gathered to battle against Jerusalem. Then, your Bible says, “the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations…. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives…” So Christ is coming back to this earth just in time to stop these various nations from utterly destroying all human life—as Christ Himself warned might happen (Matthew 24:22). Verse 9 tells us, “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day, it shall be—‘The Lord is one, and His name one.’” So Christ will then become “King of kings” over the entire earth as Revelation 11:15 clearly predicts.

Then what happens?

“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16-18).

Therefore, in the near future when Christ is on this earth, all “nations” will come up—not to watch the Jews keep the Feast of Tabernacles—but themselves to keep the Feast of Tabernacles by the command of Jesus Christ Himself! If they will not obey God—as most people are unwilling to do today—God will get their attention by taking away the rain and “they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”

Your Bible states clearly that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So it is vital that each one of us comes to fully understand the fact that a true Christian is one who has Christ actually living within him the same kind of life which Christ Himself lived 1,900 years ago and observing the same Sabbath and the same “Holy Days” which Christ observed—“setting us an example”! Is that complicated?

Those of us who have just observed the Feast of Tabernacles in dozens of Feast sites around the world came back spiritually refreshed, invigorated and very grateful that we were able to have eight full days of fellowship with God’s people, a full sermon or two nearly every day—plus some Bible studies and special socials—and thoroughly “drink in” the kind of atmosphere we will have in Tomorrow’s World when Christ returns. Frankly, as thousands of brethren could tell you, it was wonderful! Keeping the Feast of Tabernacles or, as it is also called in a few places in your Bible, the “Feast of Ingathering”—picturing the time when Christ will gather in the big harvest of souls which He is not trying to do now—this festival portrays what is going to happen in Tomorrow’s World. By observing the seven Holy Days which God outlines in His inspired Word, the great Master Plan of our Creator is burned into our brain so we are able to understand the plan and purpose which our Creator is now working out among men and nations. If you would like to learn more about this, please write us or call us immediately and request your free copy of our inspiring and very informative booklet entitled, The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan. This booklet will really “open your eyes” if you are willing to actually follow the example of the Christ of the Bible and the early New Testament Church.

For, dear friends, one of the major themes of this Work is “Restoring Original Christianity.” We have a booklet by this title—which I hope you will also request if you have not read it. As the end of this age approaches, it is vital that each of us “gets real” and honestly and sincerely and fearlessly comes to be willing to actually do what God says!

Each of you will find—if you will do this—that God’s way is not “so hard.” God’s laws and God’s Holy Days are definitely not burdens! Rather, tremendous understanding, peace of mind, and blessings come to those who are willing to truly “walk with Christ” and let Him live His life within us through the Holy Spirit. We need to follow the example of the Apostle Paul in this. For, as Paul was inspired to write, “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).

Through the Holy Spirit, the living Jesus Christ will supernaturally live His very life in yielded Christians and help them come to full understanding, help them grow in grace and in knowledge and help them prepare for eternal life in Christ’s everlasting Kingdom. All of you dear brethren and co-workers have the opportunity before you to achieve this magnificent goal if you will exercise the faith and the courage to step out and do what God says regardless. Yet, many are fearful of being looked down on by their fellow man, losing some of their friends and family or other possible consequences of obeying God (Mark 10:29-31).

But what is really important—the “praise of men,” or eternal life? Remember, the Apostle John recorded how, in Jesus’ time, many even then were afraid to confess Christ “lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:42-43).

Almighty God tells us: “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).

Dear friends, I know that it may not be “politically correct” to warn you in this way, but the great God who gives us life and breath tells us not to be “cowardly” or “unbelieving.” If you will read the Psalms over and over, you will see that King David and other psalmists constantly referred to how God blesses the men or women who learn to trust in the Creator. For instance, David wrote, “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” (Psalm 4:5). Again, he wrote, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them” (Psalm 5:11). Again, David wrote, “O Lord my God, in You I put my trust; save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me” (Psalm 7:1). Over and over and over God tells us He wants men and women of genuine faith andcourage to be part of His everlasting Kingdom! Will this include you?

May God bless, inspire and guide every one of you as you are willing to truly do His will and walk with God. My prayers are with you and I am sure that God’s Spirit will be with you and guide you to the degree you are willing to heed His Word and give your life to Him.

As this present society comes to an end, as the nations rage against one another and things around us continue to change—usually in a negative way—may God inspire us to “go all out” in helping prepare for His coming Kingdom! You will be rewarded forever. So please put your heart in your prayers and put your heart in this Work which the living Christ is using us to do. We do appreciate your help and your support very much. Thank you, in Jesus’ name!

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

P.S. There will be no regular co-worker letter next month as we will be sending out the semi-annual letter to all of our subscribers.

Co-Worker Letter – September 2012

September 11, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! What actually comes first in your life? Most of you co-workers have demonstrated by becoming co-workers that you know God is real—and that He is intervening in world affairs and in your life. That is wonderful. And the Creator will certainly bless any of us who sincerely try to honor Him and do our part in His end-time Work!

But is that enough?

How can I best serve you and serve all of our other co-workers? I am now 82 years old and may not have that many more years left to serve my Creator and to serve you. Certainly, as long as God gives me life and breath, I want to continue to preach, teach and write the full Truth to all of you the best I can. Even though it may not be the “popular” or the “politically correct” thing to do, I am commanded by the Creator God to correct when necessary and to exhort you to do better. For God Almighty commands His faithful ministers: “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).

In the New Testament, God tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

So how can I genuinely help you the most? Going beyond what we normally do in these letters in telling you about the ongoing fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the growth of this powerful Work of faith, I now want to warn every one of you dear co-workers, in love, about one of the most dangerous and pernicious attitudes now permeating our entire society. This attitude will undermine and simply destroy your relationship with God if you get into it. Please think deeply about this quotation I have used in the past in articles and letters. As U.S. News & World Report pointed out a few years ago: “More than three-fourths of Americans call the nation’s religious diversity a source of strength…. Meanwhile, more than 3 in 4 Americans believe all religions have at least some elements of truth—even though few say they know much about religions other than their own. And nearly 70 percent think spiritual experiences are the most important part of religion. ‘If one’s religion is more about individual identity than doctrine or creed, it’s a lot easier to be tolerant,’ says Egon Mayer, a sociologist at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Gallup says that the high degree of religious tolerance reflects, in part, ‘not only a lack of knowledge of other religions but an ignorance of one’s own faith.’ In some polls, he says, ‘you have Christians saying, “Yes, Jesus is the only way” and also, “Yes, there are many paths to God.” It’s not that Americans don’t believe anything; they believe everything.’”

My dear brethren and co-workers, this attitude is certainly pervasive in the approach of millions of Americans. For they increasingly believe different “bits and pieces” of various religions and philosophies. Also, because of the almost total confusion in religion today, other millions are completely “giving up” and turning to atheism—completely denying the existence of God Himself! People are really confused as they “cobble” together, “their own” form of religion. However, extremely few people in the United States, Canada, the UK or Australia take with total seriousness the real God of the Bible. Somehow, they are not willing to surrender their will to the genuine Higher Power who created them and gave them life and breath. They are often quick to say, “Here is the way I look at it!”

In all respect, do you really think that the great God—the Creator of heaven and earth, the God who gives you life and breath—is very concerned about the millions of differing “opinions” that we puny, mixed-up human beings have about the ultimate purpose of life? For the God of the Bible tells us, “‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the Lord. ‘But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word’” (Isaiah 66:1-2).

If we in this Work are helping you grasp the absolute fact that God is real—and that He has total power over world events and over your very life—then it would seem to follow that each of you would begin to exhibit the profound respect for your very Creator which He describes above. Do you, personally, tremble at God’s inspired Word? Will you honestly obey whatever God clearly tells you to do in the Bible? Is the Jesus Christ of the Bible really your “Lord”? Remember, here is what Jesus said about those who claimed to follow Him: “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).

Obviously, if you do not obey what Christ says to the best of your ability, then Jesus Christ is not your Lord!

Yet, in our supposedly sophisticated society, we now increasingly “water down” and virtually do away with almost everything the real Jesus Christ of the Bible taught, stood for and lived for as He set us an example that we should “follow His steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Although we often have clever arguments to justify our conduct, we manage to regularly break nearly all of God’s Ten Commandments! This attitude reached an all-time high recently when the very President of the United States publically stated that he now approves of the idea of “men marrying men”!

The inspired Word of God tells us, in advance, of the very attitude described in these verses: “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. And from such people turn away” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Indeed, the watered-down “form” of godliness now permeating our nation always leads to “denying” the real power or the authority of the living God. The Word of God reveals that—in this final age or “era” of His Church and of this earth’s civilization—the spirit of “Laodicea” will prevail. Here is how God Himself describes the Laodicean attitude: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). Even most supposedly religious people very seldom get truly inspired or “on fire” for God and His Word. The spirit of complacency and compromise is totally dominant in today’s “Christianity.” God’s true ways and His laws are compromised and watered down in every single facet of our society.

So all of us need to wake up! If you haven’t yet done so, please call us or write us and request your free copy of our vital booklet entitled, The Ten Commandments.

All of our physical lives will come to an end. We must learn to take very seriously God’s instruction through Moses, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Dear brethren and co-workers, are you personally truly studying your Bible each day in order to fully understand and to obey the Eternal God’s instruction as to how you should live? Are you meditating on that as you carefully think through how you may more fully reflect Jesus Christ in your life? Are you fervently praying and increasingly “crying out” to God to help you more deeply understand His Word, His will and to perform it in all of your life?

In this Work of the living Christ, we are dedicated to helping you do all of the above! As I near the end of my physical life, I hope you won’t mind if I occasionally instruct you and exhort you to “go all out” to obtain the ultimate goal in all of life. For the real Jesus Christ of the Bible is returning to this earth soon as King of kings! Christ commands all of us to preach His Gospel to this entire world as a “witness.” But you are part of our “inner circle” of members and co-workers. We want to go “above and beyond” in helping all of you in our extended family to fully understand and to fully obey our great God’s precious Truth. For Jesus Christ said that the horrible suffering of the soon-coming Great Tribulation will come “unexpectedly” on those who are not truly close to God. Then Jesus commanded, “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).

May God Himself shake you to a full realization of what is now beginning to happen in world affairs! And may our heavenly Father bless you and guide you into fully giving your life to Him and urgently avoiding the “lukewarm” and “watered-down” Laodicean approach to religion which we see all around us today. May our merciful Father help every one of us go all out in doing His Work, in preparing for His Kingdom, and in truly seeking Him with all our heart, with all our strength and all our mind. That is what must come first in all our lives.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – August 2012

August 15, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Prophetic events seem to be speeding up! Just within the next two years, quite a number of shocking events will probably coalesce to give all thinking men and women a powerful jolt. For they will begin to realize that this time, “it really is different.” For our world will never be the same again.

Even as I write, America has assembled the most formidable armada in the history of naval warfare just off the Iranian coast. Two battle fleets were just joined by the USS Eisenhower Battle Group. The USS Stennis will soon join them. These four nuclear aircraft carrier battle groups are supported by massive numbers of land-based airplanes, France’s leading battle fleet, and a host of British mine sweepers.

From all indications, a big war is soon to get underway in the Middle East! For Iran continues to rapidly develop the capacity to produce nuclear weapons. Iran is the sworn enemy of Israel and of the United States. The Iranians continue to hold anti-American rallies in their major cities, burn American flags, curse our leaders and prepare for war. Obviously, military action may soon get underway. For Iran has repeatedly threatened to annihilate Israel and to close the Strait of Hormuz if we retaliate.

So—even if America wishes to do nothing—the state of Israel will be forced to protect itself from being annihilated! And in what looks very much like a “final warning,” the Israeli Ambassador to the United States wrote these words in a recent Wall Street Journal column: “Iran now has amassed roughly 225 pounds of 20% uranium and 11,000 pounds of 3.5%, sufficient for almost five nuclear bombs…. A combination of truly crippling sanctions and a credible military threat—a threat that the ayatollahs still do not believe today—may yet convince Iran to relinquish its nuclear dreams. But time is dwindling and, with each passing day, the lives of eight million Israelis grow increasingly imperiled. The window that opened 20 years ago is now almost shut” (August 7, 2012).

Meanwhile, what many have called the worst drought since the “Dust Bowl” years of the 1930s continues to devastate vast portions of America’s Midwest and Southwest. Reuters news service recently reported: “Drought is covering 97% of the high plains and 86% of the entire Midwest in the U.S. Conditions in the Midwest, which produces roughly three-quarters of the corn and soybean crops in the world’s largest producer and exporter, worsened despite the first measurable rainfall in a month in some areas” (July 26, 2012). “Surging animal feed prices [mainly corn]—the biggest input costs for livestock producers—also led some farmers to cull their herds in the main cattle producing region of the Plains” (ibid.). “Cattlemen are selling animals they can’t graze or afford to buy feed for… The number of cattle in the U.S. has been dropping for years. The Agriculture Department says the nation’s cattle inventory is the smallest since the agency began a July count in 1973” (Associated Press, July 24, 2012).

Thousands of years ago, God warned of the sobering consequences of rejecting Him and His commandments. “I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce…” (Leviticus 26:19-20). “Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away with the beasts of the field…” (Hosea 4:3). God wants to bless those He created in His image, but disobedience forces Him to remove His blessings and protection (verses 1-7). God does control the weather and yearns for His people to return to Him so that He can once again bless them with “rain in due season” (Leviticus 26:1-4, KJV). For more information on extreme weather conditions, review our insightful booklet, Who Controls the Weather?

Will the United States, Canada, Britain and Australia truly repent and turn to the God of the Bible before more devastating droughts, floods, earthquakes and other natural catastrophes strike? Will we repent of what God Almighty calls the “vile passions” of homosexuality, when “men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:26-28)?

Dear brethren and friends, when even the religious and political leaders of our peoples increasingly sanction these vile, reprehensible practices, how long until Almighty God says “Enough”? God is the One who “sets up kings” and who takes them down. When it is necessary to fulfill His purpose, the Creator God can and does intervene in the affairs of men and nations. The coming Middle East War will undoubtedly speed up the coming of the final Arab Confederacy which will produce the “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40). Likewise, as this Arab power gains strength, this will provoke the coming “Beast Power” with ten “kings” in Europe who will “give” their power to one supreme geopolitical leader (Revelation 17:9-13).

The increasing loss of power and prestige of the American and British-descended nations will pave the way for this coming Super Leader to arise in Europe. America’s own severe financial difficulties plus the coming horrific drought and famine, along with alternating floods and hurricanes and massive disease epidemics,will severely weaken our peoples and make it much easier for the coming Beast Power to conquer us and our allies (Jeremiah 30:4-7). God Almighty commands His true servants: “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1).

Last month—in his fine co-worker letter—Mr. Richard Ames thoroughly covered almost every facet of our media efforts around the world. I won’t try to repeat all those details here, but I would like to give you an update on a couple of even more recent developments which are certainly significant and exciting. This Work continues to greatly expand our social media reach and efforts. For example, our recent Facebook campaigns are reaching nearly a half of a million new people each week and our Twitter followers have risen from about 1,000 as of January to more than 18,000 at this time. Additionally, Tomorrow’s World Web site traffic continues to increase and is currently averaging a 39 percent increase over 2011 in unique visitors! Additionally, we are reaching more and more people over the Internet with our powerful booklets and telecasts. As an example, last month nearly 24,000 people visited “The Ten Commandments” booklet page at the Tomorrow’s World Web site. Additionally, we are engaged in many Internet campaigns to preach the Gospel and to support “local” church areas which are also producing very exciting results.

Also, earlier this month we began airing the Tomorrow’s World telecast Saturdays at 10:30PM ET on The Church Channel, which reaches 60 million households in the United States and another 120 million around the world! Already, we are receiving hundreds of responses each week from this new station. So with your prayers and your support, our Media outreach will soon be reaching millions more people who desperately need Christ’s message!

All of us in this Work of the living God are part of a “team” which the Creator is using to warn the British-descended and American peoples, especially, of the coming Great Tribulation. In Ezekiel 33:1-7, the Eternal tells those of us who understand that we are to be a “watchman” when we see the sword of God’s wrath coming upon the land. We are to warn our peoples of what is ahead so they can understand and repent. God warns us, “But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (v. 6). May God help all of you to understand! Time is short. We are certainly approaching the “final hour” before the traumatic end-time events fully get underway. May God help all of you dear brethren and co-workers to genuinely study your Bibles to gain more understanding of the events that are now beginning. May God open your minds to realize the awesome opportunity each one of us has to become full sons of God if we give our lives to God now. As the Apostle Paul was inspired to write, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

Over and over in the Bible, God tells His people what to do at such a time as this: “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).

Brethren, let each one of us go “all out” to help warn our friends and neighbors nearby—and all those around the world who will listen. Jesus Christ said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (John 4:34-36).

We must fully realize that the great God Himself has promised a great reward for those who give their lives to Him and serve their fellow man in the way we are trying to do through this Work. The “wages” which God will give you for being part of His team are to become glorified Spirit Beings in the very Family of God, forever. May our God inspire each of us to zealously do our part today in helping to proclaim God’s message to this very deceived world. This is our life. This is our opportunity and our calling. Let us show the God who made us that we deeply desire to do His Work and to be part of His everlasting Kingdom.

With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – July 2012

July 17, 2012
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Warm greetings to you all from Charlotte, NC! Dr. Meredith has asked me to write this month’s co-worker letter, as he has been devoting much time to videotaping sermons for the October Feast of Tabernacles, which the Living Church of God will celebrate in more than 40 nations around the world. Since turning 82 years of age in June, he has also been spending time researching and writing his autobiography—a project many of you have encouraged him to complete. Please continue to pray for his wife Sheryl, who after completing her recent cancer treatments is often feeling well enough to attend Sabbath services.

We are very, very thankful for God’s many blessings on His Work around the world. Our Mail Processing Department Manager, Mr. Gaylyn Bonjour, reports that we recently mailed Feed My Sheep—our free “Bonus DVD” sent to those who responded to last November’s semi-annual letter—to more than 44,000 households in the U.S. and around the world. Another 15,000 were sent to our regional offices for local distribution. If you have not viewed the DVD, I urge you to do so. You will see and hear encouraging and inspiring comments by our ministers from Kenya, South Africa, the Philippines, Great Britain, Australia, the Spanish-speaking and French-speaking regions and other international congregations. As Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).

Brethren and co-workers, we thank all of you for doing your part laboring in the great harvest! Please continue to pray that God will call more laborers, co-workers, ministers, and servants to support His Work. Time is growing short as we approach the “crisis at the close” (Daniel 12:9, Moffatt). We have yet much work to accomplish in completing the Great Commission, but we can take encouragement from the words of the Apostle Paul, who preached in an Antioch synagogue quoting the prophet Habakkuk, “Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you: ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you’” (Acts 13:40-41).

The Gentiles in that synagogue responded positively to Paul’s warning! Read the following verse: “So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath” (v. 42).

God says that He will do a Work that will powerfully witness to His purpose and plan, even though the vast majority in this age will reject that message! We serve the living Christ, who said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Yes, it is through Christ’s power and authority that His end-time Work will be accomplished! We all need the faith and boldness of Christ to march on through these troubled times, faithfully doing our part as His zealous and profitable servants! As the Apostle Paul encourages us: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).

Through His power, Christ has opened more mass-media doors for the preaching of the true gospel. Just a week ago (July 10), the Tomorrow’s World telecast began airing at 6:30 a.m. Tuesdays on BET (Black Entertainment Television). BET reaches 80 million television households.  Our Chinese edition of the Tomorrow’s World telecast is doing well, broadcasting in Hong Kong and in the neighboring Chinese province of Guangdong. China television requires a different format limiting the advertising of our free literature to the end of the program. Our Canadian office in Mississauga, Ontario—which produces a Chinese version of the Tomorrow’s World telecast—recently moved to a new facility, which includes a dedicated television recording studio. Mr. Gerald Weston, evangelist and Regional Director for Canada, presents most of the programs. Mr. Rod King and I have also taped several new-format programs there in the Canadian studio. Ten of our booklets have been translated into Chinese and are offered free at the end of the program. You can view these programs at LCGCanada.org/hk.php. The program is subtitled in traditional Chinese, while booklets are available in traditional and simplified Chinese as well as English. Brethren and co-workers, please pray for the success of the telecast on all of these television networks!

Technology is opening other exciting new doors for the gospel. As many of you know, with the increasing popularity of eBook readers such as iPads, Kindles and Nooks, a growing segment of the reading public no longer purchases hard-copy books. In fact, major national bookstores have closed their doors because of faltering business. Millions now prefer to read electronically. God’s Church has the responsibility of reaching out to these readers. So, we are pleased to announce that users of Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices can now download Living Church of God booklets from the Apple iBookstore! You can find the booklets by title, by author or by category, and download them absolutely free of charge for viewing with the iBooks app.

Almost from the start of its availability, one of our booklets—Dr. Jeffrey Fall’s booklet Successful Parenting: God’s Way—became the second most popular download in the iBookstore’s section for free books on the subject of parenting. Other booklets especially popular in the iBookstore so far include Dr. Meredith’s Christian Baptism: Its Real Meaning and the late Mr. John Ogwyn’s Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled! As of today, our English-language booklets have been downloaded from 17 of the 32 country-specific iBookstores—including 13 where English is not the primary language spoken.

Of course, all our booklet ePubs continue to be available at the TomorrowsWorld.org Web site for users of Nook, Sony and other ePub readers (as well as Apple devices). MOBI format booklets are also available for Amazon Kindle users. We look forward to expanding into additional online stores and formats in the future.

Many of you are certainly aware of the growing pervasiveness of mobile broadband devices. In fact, some of you are reading this letter on your smartphone! Industry experts report that by the end of 2011 there were 1.2 billion active mobile-broadband subscriptions worldwide, with 5 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions predicted by 2017! To reach these vast numbers of people with the true gospel, we are very pleased to be launching Tomorrow’s World mobile apps. They are designed to give smartphone users convenient access to the Tomorrow’s World telecast, along with magazine articles and commentaries. To find out more about installing the Tomorrow’s World app on your smartphone, go to TomorrowsWorld.org and click on the “Mobile Apps” link at the bottom of the home page.

Another exciting medium for preaching the gospel is “Roku”—a device that streams high-definition video over the Internet to people’s television sets. Since early June, more than 6,000 households around the world have installed the Tomorrow’s World Roku channel, with hundreds more installing it every week! Roku allows us to bring high-definition video of our telecasts—in English, French and Spanish—even to those who do not have over-the-air or cable access to our programs. Brethren and co-workers, if you have the technology to use Roku in your own home or office, I urge you to join the Tomorrow’s World Roku channel, and consider giving it a “5-star” rating—which will increase its popularity and potential for reaching many thousands more with the true gospel.

In another exciting milestone, the Tomorrow’s World Twitter account now has more than 15,000 followers! Tomorrow’s World typically sends two or three “tweets” each day, keeping followers current on prophecy trends, Bible topics, and news of the Work. You can find the Tomorrow’s World Twitter account by visiting TomorrowsWorld.org and clicking on the “Twitter” icon at the bottom of the home page. Thank God for the open doors He is giving us through various media to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God!

As we near what Jesus Christ called the end of this age (Matthew 24:14)—the “time of the end” spoken of by the prophet Daniel (Daniel 8:17; 11:35; 12:4)—we must “watch and pray always” (Luke 21:36). You, our brethren and co-workers, have been called to support the preaching of the gospel—the good news of the Kingdom of God coming soon to this earth. We must remain watchful and alert to the signs of the times, as we warn the world of the soon-coming Great Tribulation, which will fall in a special way on the Western nations because of their national sins.

All around us, people are suffering. The global financial crisis continues to plague the U.S., Europe and many other Western nations. The United States, already the world’s greatest debtor nation, will soon face enormous added expense on top of its already massive financial obligations! A Barron’s article titled “Watch Out!” warns that “the costs of eldercare will drain the federal budget.” “For years, politicians and retirees could safely ignore the crisis facing America’s Social Security system. The problems lay in a distant, hazy future, far beyond the next Election Day and the next round of golf. This is now changing; the ground is starting to shake. The first of America’s 78 million baby boomers are turning 66, which means they’re eligible for full Social Security benefits…. In short, the future has arrived, and it doesn’t look pretty” (June 18, 2012, p. 23).

As our Western nations ever more brazenly reject the Ten Commandments and God’s way of life, we will pay the penalties for greed, selfishness and sin. God warns us: “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail” (Deuteronomy 28:43-44). Indeed, the two nations now holding the most U.S. debt are China with $1.3 trillion and Japan with $1.0 trillion.

Barron’s further reports: “Eventually, at the rate they’re growing, the combined cost of Social Security and Medicare alone will gradually take over most of the federal budget. Add in other programs, including Medicaid, and entitlements would swallow the entire budget” (ibid., p. 24).

I have had the privilege of giving several Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations, where some of you may have heard me emphasize that there is a solution to all of these problems—a solution that only a very few are willing to apply. God warns us individually and nationally, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). A tithe is a tenth of our increase or income. The Creator God owns the earth and the entire universe. He gives us every breath of life we breathe. Thankfully, thousands of you who are reading this letter have proven for yourselves the blessings that God gives to His obedient servants.

But notice the national penalty for disobedience: “‘You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it’” (Malachi 3:9-10).

If our Western nations would repent, turn to God wholeheartedly and begin tithing, their financial curses would be reversed. God’s way is the way of love. Robbery is a sin, and robbing from God brings a curse. We need to proclaim powerfully God’s true way of life, and warn our nations even more powerfully as Jesus Christ continues to open doors for preaching the gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of God.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and support of God’s Work. Every heartfelt donation helps. Jesus commended the widow who contributed just two mites to the temple treasury (Mark 12:41-43). God will multiply our service and sacrifice.

Dear brethren and co-workers, please continue to pray for the response to the Tomorrow’s World telecast on its new television networks, and for the success of our social media initiatives. And let us all be sober and alert to the signs of the times! “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6).

May God bless you with His grace, love and peace!

With love, in Jesus’ name,
Richard F. Ames

Co-Worker Letter – June 2012

June 14, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! The Presidential election is coming in a few months in the United States. The television ads—the “attack ads”—and all manner of references to the election are swirling around the American public. Things seem to be getting a little “meaner” than usual in this Presidential campaign. For even the issue of “men marrying men,” President Obama’s big health care program and America’s massive national debt are all big issues and heavily debated ideas along with other contentious problems.

In Europe, the entire “EU Project” is in danger of failing. Many nations in the Eurozone are near bankruptcy. Germany—the only completely solvent nation there—does not want to bail out an ever-increasing number of its southern neighbors. So German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now insisting on forming a more complete fiscal and political union for the Eurozone members. Even a number of European and British newspapers are calling it a “United States of Europe”! Of course, as some of you older readers know, I have been personally preaching and writing on this for about 60 years.

Yes! A United States of Europe is on the way, with Germany as its leading power. It will actually be a revival of the ancient “Holy Roman Empire” as described in Revelation 17:7-13 in your Bible. This time, rather than German tanks swooping up north around the Maginot Line, Germany will gain its power by peaceful means. For the coming Leader will already possess such power and influence that other European leaders “will give their power and authority to the beast” (v. 13). As we have said repeatedly, Britain will not be part of this revived Roman Empire in its final form. It will either leave—or it will eventually be pushed out.

So as the present European Union comes apart, as the Middle Eastern nations continue to explode with various uprisings—with dictators being overthrown and Islamic extremists coming into power—it should be clear that mankind cannot govern himself. Events over the next several years will make this increasingly clear. For Jesus Christ Himself directly predicted that the end-time would be a time of “wars and rumors of wars.” And then, Jesus said, “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; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

At that point, man will have reached the end of his rope. Then, the very real God of the Bible will finally intervene and “save” man from himself! All the vain promises of the American politicians, all the claims and promises of European leaders, Middle Eastern leaders, etc., will all eventually come to absolutely nothing.

Just two weeks ago we mailed more than 300,000 “semi-annual letters” to our subscribers around the world. In that letter I offered a brand new DVD entitled “Is the Rapture Your Incredible Future?” Thousands and thousands of responses are now pouring in to our Mail Processing Center here in Charlotte, as well as our other offices around the world. You as a member or co-worker do not need to request the DVD, because I am having it sent to you as a token of our gratitude for your service, support and commitment to God’s Work in these end times. We are expecting upwards of 40,000 to 50,000 responses to the semi-annual letter. Your prayers can help boost the response even higher!

Already, in the previous five months of this year, we have sent out 322,000 booklets, reprints, lessons, DVDs and doctrinal articles. In just five months we mailed out more literature than we did in the entirety of any year in our first six years from 1999 to 2004, and more literature than in our first three years combined. All of this literature, of course, was sent out totally free of charge, made possible by your tithes and offerings. On top of all this, we also sent out 1.3 million Tomorrow’s World magazine copies! This has been a very busy year!

Back in April we added a new TV network here in the United States, called the ION Network. I’m letting you U.S. TV viewers know because some of you have been calling or writing us about your local TV stations disappearing. Yes, I had to cut some TV stations because of exceptionally high costs. We are doing all we can to make every cent count that we receive in tithes and offerings. Jesus Christ has given us a mission that we take very, very seriously. So, even though I did cut some stations, all of them were replaced by a local ION Network TV station. These stations air Wednesday mornings at 6:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Pacific Time and Mountain Time, and 5:30 a.m. Central Time. I am not happy with such an early time, but it was a time we could afford and an opportunity to get our foot in the door, as it were, for a very productive TV network for this Work. With the addition of the ION Network, the Tomorrow’s World telecast is now able to reach into 105 million homes in the United States and Canada, which is 82 percent of all TV homes. We are not always on at the best times, but your prayers can help change this! And over time we will buy the best TV times we can afford. For we must reach this world with increasing power before the Tribulation begins! Remember, if you have a Roku box, you can watch the program on your television at any time, and you can always watch it on the Internet from your computer.

So we in this Work must do everything we can to prepare the way for Christ’s return and help all people understand God’s purpose in guiding world affairs. Truly we do have a huge challenge and responsibility to proclaim God’s Word to this confused world.

Soon after this coming Great Tribulation and the horrifying suffering it will bring, there will be loud voices in heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” (Revelation 11:15). And this time Jesus Christ will return as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16). He will come to rule nations “with a rod of iron” (v. 15). He will have to use overwhelming force to humble a rebellious humanity which has come to think that human ideas and human approaches to government are the right way to go. Finally, they will be willing to do it God’s way. But it will be a shocking and humbling process beyond anything the world has ever experienced.

At that point, all humans will begin to realize that there is a real God—a real Jesus Christ who sits at His Father’s right hand and is about to return here to this earth to set up a literal government here on earth (Revelation 5:10). This government will be directed according to the biblical pattern which reveals the “mind of God.” Throughout the entire Bible, it is made very clear that there will be no “democracy” and no “voting” in Christ’s Government. For as we read in Hebrews 13:8: “Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

As the “Rock of Israel” (1 Corinthians 10:4), Christ guided Moses to appoint the leaders under him in governing the entire nation of Israel: “Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Exodus 18:21). This was definitely practiced through all the history of ancient Israel. When Samuel was told to select a king to replace Saul (who had disqualified himself), he was tempted to anoint one of David’s older brothers who looked more impressive. But Christ explained why this was wrong: “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

How much better it will be in Tomorrow’s World, when Jesus Christ—who “knows the hearts” of men—selects leaders who will function under His direction as King of kings! For Jesus Christ is very God. And He has perfect wisdom, total power and infinite love. He has great compassion for every human being, and will exercise total outflowing concern for our good. “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust” (Psalm 103:11–14).

The inspired word of God tells us: “But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4). Also: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (v. 9). So there will be no more war! And God’s knowledge—God’s approach to all things—will fill the earth.

In another prophecy for the “latter days” (Micah 4:1), God tells us: “But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken” (v. 4). God’s word clearly describes a time of prosperity when each family will own its own property—when God will bless the weather and the crops and men will learn a way of life based on God’s law of love. God describes that His people will be prosperous and happy when He redeems them from the soon-coming Great Tribulation: “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7).

The current practice of “politicking” and voting for leaders whom we really do not know or understand will soon cease. Although democracy may be one of the best humanly devised forms of government, it is not the “wave of the future” by any means. Truly, we all need to learn and understand God’s form of government, for the true saints of God will soon be called on to administer that form of government in Tomorrow’s World. All genuine Christians—and all men of goodwill—should learn to pray, with understanding: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – May 2012

May 18, 2012
Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,

     Greetings and welcome, especially to all of you new subscribers to Tomorrow’s World magazine! We are grateful to be able to serve you. In the months and years ahead, I know that you will grasp the fact that you are gaining more genuine understanding of specific prophetic events and of the very meaning of life than ever before. Also, near the end of this letter, I have a very special free offer for you—so keep on reading!

      Truly staggering events are destined to take place within the next five to 10 years of your life! Although Christ may not come within that period, quite a number of amazing things will happen or begin to happen. In this Work of the living Christ, we are given genuine understanding of the prophesied events which most ministers and students of “mainstream Christianity” simply cannot understand. The malaise now taking place in Europe because of the recent upsets in the French and Greek elections is destined to bring about a restructuring of Europe. Within the next few years, Britain will no longer be part of the European Union! It will either get out or be pushed out! Notice this startling report from London Daily Express:  “SENIOR Eurocrats are secretly plotting to create a super-powerful EU president to realise their dream of abolishing ­Britain, we can reveal. A covert group of EU foreign ministers has drawn up plans for merging the jobs currently done by Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission. The new bureaucrat, who would not be directly elected by voters, is set to get sweeping control over the entire EU and force member countries into ever-greater political and economic union. Tellingly, the UK has been excluded from the confidential discussions within the shady ‘Berlin Group’ of Europhile politicians, spearheaded by German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle…. Opponents fear the plan could create a modern-day equivalent of the European emperor envisaged by Napoleon Bonaparte or a return to the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne that dominated Europe in the Dark Ages….” Euro-MP Paul Nattall, of the UK Independence Party stated:  “The only hope for Britain is to leave the EU and become an independent nation [emphasis ours]” (May 4, 2012).

      From this turmoil, a powerful leader will emerge whom your Bible calls the “Beast” in Revelation 17. As stated in the news release quoted above, this will be “a return to the Holy Roman Empire”! Also, because of the financial, political and religious chaos in Europe, a powerful resurgence of the Roman Catholic Church will take place. It will be truly stunning. And it will be powerful! For a charismatic, miracle-working pope will arise. All kinds of “miracles,” visions of the Virgin Mary and other strange sights and events will begin to take place—startling many and causing many to return to the historical “mother church” of Rome. Many tens of millions will return to their Catholic heritage throughout Europe. As all of this occurs, the Great Tribulation prophesied by Jesus Christ (Matthew 24) will soon occur.

      Will you and your family be “raptured” off to heaven at this time? Is that your future? What is really going to happen to you and your loved ones in the years just ahead as these events actually begin to unfold? A shocking report has just come to my desk from Reuters news: 

“Nearly 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think the Mayan calendar could signify it will happen in 2012, according to a new poll.

The end of the Mayan calendar, which spans about 5,125 years, on December 21, 2012 has sparked interpretations and suggestions that it marks the end of the world.

‘Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming,’ said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs which conducted the poll for Reuters.

‘Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world ‘ends’ in our calendar year 2012,’ Gottfried said, adding that some Mayan scholars have disputed the interpretation” (May 1, 2012).

Amazing! One in seven people worldwide think the world will end in their lifetime. And millions of “Evangelical Christians” think they will be “raptured” away from the coming Great Tribulation. But what does your Bible really say? What specific events should you watch for to know what lies just ahead? How can you be sure of the meaning of end-time events? I have a special offer for you at the end of this letter which can help you fully understand these very questions.

Besides the vastly changed conditions in Europe over the next few years, America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will begin to “wither away” unless we truly repent and begin to serve the God of the Bible. There will be a massive financial malaise along with the destruction of the dollar during these years. Awesome weather, tremendous storms and earthquakes and other upsets will occur in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. For, though most do not understand, we are the promised “birthright” people who have been given the magnificent blessings of the temperate areas of the earth, control of the vastly important “sea gates” and many other blessings because of Abraham’s obedience. But we have turned away from the true God.

Now, these blessings are being swiftly removed because of our rebellion against the Creator who guides the rise and fall of nations. Meanwhile, this very Work of the living God will grow in power and effectiveness. We will reach increasing millions of people all over this earth—especially the English-speaking peoples, and also those speaking French, Spanish or Chinese, and the peoples of Eastern Europe, etc. For, somewhere on this earth, the Eternal God has a true Church which will preach the Gospel of the coming Kingdom or Government of God to a very confused world (Matthew 24:14).

      Though very small, the “little flock” is described by Jesus Christ in Luke 12:32 and by the inspired Apostle John in Revelation 12 as a tiny Church fleeing the final “holocaust” against the saints of God. Notice Christ’s inspired description of this time when Satan has been cast down to the earth at the very end and begins to persecute the true people of God:  “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was 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” (Revelation 12:13-14). Again, “somewhere on this earth,” God has a true Church which is willing to “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (v. 17). Please note also, my friends, that the “Place of Safety” is not up in heaven but “into the wilderness” (v. 14) where God will protect and nourish His true people.

      Though God’s true Church is described as the “little flock” by Jesus Christ in Luke 12:32, it will do a truly powerful Work before the end of this age. That Work is already underway! You, as a subscriber to Tomorrow’s World magazine and probably a viewer of the Tomorrow’s World telecast, are already involved with this Work which was long ago predicted by Almighty God:  “Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:  ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish! For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you’” (Acts 13:40-41).  

      As I am sure you subscribers realize, this Work is not part of the modern watered-down “mainstream Christianity.” It is, rather, the “Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). The Work of this Church is now reaching out to increasing millions with the specific end-time prophecies of your Bible, of the “way of escape” from the soon-coming Tribulation, and a genuine understanding of the very meaning of life itself.

      Now approaching my 82nd birthday, I am still fervent to do my part in preparing the way for the return of the living Jesus Christ to this earth. All of you who have been on the Tomorrow’s World mailing list for any length of time know that my whole heart and being is to do the Work of Jesus Christ in this end time—to do His will in proclaiming and publishing the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. I’ve been committed to this Work for more than 60 years! But, personally, I am virtually powerless and cannot do this mighty Work by myself. Working directly with me are very dedicated servants of Jesus Christ, and backing our zealous team is one of the smallest groups of brethren (called the “little flock” in Luke 12:32) and a tiny group of co-workers (Matthew 9:37: “…The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”)  Yet, this small Work and group of co-workers has been able to proclaim the Gospel literally around the world through nearly 300 TV stations and networks, our Website (www.TomorrowsWorld.org) and our international magazine Tomorrow’s World. During the last few years, our public campaigns (Tomorrow’s World Special Presentations) have reached thousands of people in cities around the world! And even this is only made possible by God’s blessings on this Work!

        Just in the past three months we have been able to add nearly 70 TV stations and a network reaching more than 100 million homes. Our TV program in this past year was viewed by an estimated 11 million households! We thank God for this, but we are barely scratching the surface in a world filled with seven billion inhabitants. Jesus Christ, of course, is very well aware of this.  He has His Father’s timetable and will open the doors for this Work to expand at His bidding—not ours. This past year we received a record number of responses—290,000—from the Tomorrow’s World telecast. From the Internet we had about 1.5 million visitors. With television, the Internet and our other media sources we received a record 1.1 million requests for our booklets, reprints, Bible lessons, compact discs and DVDs. And, as most of you well know, we sent all of this Christian material around the world totally free of charge to each requestor. This is a marvelous blessing and a personal blessing for all of you who have backed us in this Work with your prayers, tithes and offerings.

        In addition to the above, I just now received a most encouraging report on a wonderful new growth opportunity on the Internet:  “God is now opening up a major new door to broadcast the Tomorrow’s World telecast to potentially millions of new people around the world through Internet Television! In addition to the telecast being available from our web site and from platforms such as YouTube, by the time you receive this letter, the Tomorrow’s World telecast should be available 24/7/365 on Roku—one of the leading Internet TV devices that lets users stream ‘high definition’ programming directly to their televisions. We have also significantly increased our social media efforts in order to reach more people all around the world. As one small example of the rapid growth God has blessed us with, our Tomorrow’s World ‘Twitter’ followers should have passed 10,000 by the time you receive this letter!”

        It is obvious to us that God is blessing our efforts and He will definitely bless all of those who help us preach this Gospel message:  “But this I say:  He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Time is short, and we need to do this Work while God’s “sun” shines and before Satan’s “night” turns this deceived world into utter Satanic darkness. As Jesus said, “Imust work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

      We now have thousands of donors and co-workers who realize the vital importance of helping in this Work of the living Christ. They realize that this present age is truly coming to an end. They realize that, by supporting the very Work which Christ is doing now, they truly are laying up “treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). And I want to take the opportunity in this letter to say thank you very, very much to all of you who have chosen to help us do this Work! I thank you and I thank God for His mercy in giving us genuine understanding of the end-time prophecies and of the real meaning of life.

      My dear friends, as a free gift to all of you donors and subscribers, we have prepared a very meaningful DVD containing insightful messages about the end-time events and the false idea of a coming “rapture” for true believers! This DVD contains three powerful messages revealing the truth about the supposed rapture, about heaven, hell and the resurrection, and about your ultimate destiny—the very meaning of life itself. These messages will go above and beyond what most of you have ever understood. Be sure to return the enclosed card to request your free DVD!

      As prophetic events seem to speed up, as Britain gets out of the EU, as the Holy Roman Empire is resurrected and as America and the other English-speaking nations are brought down because of our rebellion against the Creator, may God help you to really understand. May He open your eyes to His Truth. May your Creator help you understand that a great purpose truly is being worked out here on earth and that He may be opening your mind to that purpose and to fulfill that purpose and attain the goal that He has set for every human being. Again, thank you most sincerely for your interest in this Work, and for your prayers and your help.

With Christian love,                                          

Roderick C. Meredith

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P.P.S. Be sure to return the enclosed card to request your free DVD. Mail it today!

Co-Worker Letter – April 2012

April 17, 2012
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! My friends, what is the real meaning of your life? Is there a supreme purpose for your existence? Are you, personally, fulfilling that purpose?

The world around us is rapidly changing. Many millions of people, right now, are being persecuted or uprooted from their homes, suffering the loss of their jobs or having families come apart. Millions are increasingly unsure as to whether there is a “real” God. And so, most of these untold millions of human beings have no sense of genuine purpose for their lives. Increasingly, many of them just “give up”—turn themselves over to alcohol or drugs, or simply decide to “end it all” by suicide. As a syndicated article for the New York Times just reported from Europe, “Giovanni Schiavon, 59, a contractor, shot himself in the head at the headquarters of his debt-ridden construction company on the outskirts of Padua…. Especially in the most fragile nations like Greece, Ireland, Spain and Italy, small-business owners and entrepreneurs are increasingly taking their own lives in a phenomenon some European newspapers have started calling ‘suicide by economic crisis’” (April 15, 2012).

My friends, if these men and women had truly understood the supreme purpose which the Eternal God is working out here on this earth, they would not have killed themselves! If you truly set yourself to “seek” the true God of the Bible and fulfill His purpose in your life, then each day, each major world event and even each personal trial can have a sense of meaning. If you genuinely study the whole Bible and ask God for understanding, the major world events will definitely help you “see” God’s purpose as it is being worked out here among men and nations.

In the pages of our Tomorrow’s World magazine and on the Tomorrow’s World television program, we have told you repeatedly of the Big Picture events soon to come: a rising United States of Europe, a revived Roman Catholic church with increasing influence on religion and world affairs, a coming federation of Arab states—the prophesied “King of the South” mentioned in Daniel 11:40—the “grinding down” of the pride and prestige of the American and British-descended peoples, plus soon-coming major earthquakes even in our nations, along with increasing storms, disease epidemics, alternating drought and floods leading finally to hunger and ultimate starvation for millions.

Also, we have told you repeatedly that the Creator God will use human instruments to powerfully warn our peoples of what lies just ahead and help those who are willing to repent of their sins and seek the genuine protection which our Father in heaven offers to those who are willing to truly surrender themselves to the “real” God of the Bible. Most of you long-time subscribers and TV viewers have seen or heard us say these things repeatedly.

The question is: What are you, personally, doing about it?

Do you not take our words seriously? Remember, we are not preaching what the “mainstream” professing Christians preach. We are not preaching a message which is easy or popular. But it is the Truth.

If you will actually believe the Truth, then the living God will begin to directly guide your life. He will give you increasing understanding and peace of mind (Philippians 4:7). Through His Spirit, God will help you learn lessons for all eternity so you will be ready for your part in the coming Kingdom of God. He will fashion and mold you and make you His full sons. As Psalm 33:10-15 tells us, “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. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. 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.”

So, the important sounding “counsel” of the nations of this world—the big meetings, conferences and important treaties—will all come to nothing. But the eternal God really does guide the lives of those who “fear” Him—those who stand in awe of the majesty, power and wisdom of the great Creator of heaven and earth. And as the very specific prophetic events unfold which we have told you about for years, may God help you to “get the point”—to know that there is a very “real” God who can be your spiritual Father if you truly give your life to Him and trust Him with your life.

As frightening prophetic events unfold in our nations, as disease epidemics, storms and earthquakes strike and even famine and starvation occur in many areas, may the great God who gives us life and breath help you to genuinely trust in Him. For His inspired Word tells us: “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name” (Psalm 33:18-21). If you really trust in God and walk with Him, He will bless you, protect you and guide your life for good in every way. His inspired Word tells us about how He will bless those who have trusted and obeyed Him even in the coming tribulation of this end time, “Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs” (Isaiah 61:7).

Dear brethren and friends, may God also inspire you to earnestly do your part to help proclaim your Creator’s message to this world with increasing power. Notice: this will be the last regular co-worker letter for a couple of months. Because next month we are scheduled to send out the semi-annual letter to all of our more than 330,000 subscribers. So please pray fervently that God will bless this letter and those receiving it. And please pray for all of us on our “Headquarters team.” For we are sincerely trying to give of ourselves to do God’s Work with all of our hearts. We need God’s help and we need your help and your fervent prayers.

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

P.S. We are thankful to report that God is blessing and using the tithes and offerings His faithful people are sending in. For the telecast week of April 12-18, the telephone responses to our television program came in at 6,047 for this one week! This included the responses from our newest stations, comprising the ION network—which has just been added to our TV roster once again. Thank God that we can have an increasing impact in reaching this confused world! Again, thank all of you who have helped and are praying for this Work!

Co-Worker Letter – March 2012

March 15, 2012
Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Christ’s Passover is coming soon! Those who choose to truly imitate Jesus Christ will be observing this biblical festival on the night of April 5 this year. When the appointed time arrived, Jesus was asked by His disciples, “Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” (Matthew 26:17). Obviously, Jesus had always observed this sacred festival, or His disciples would not have asked the question in that way.

True followers of Jesus Christ try—with God’s help—to follow Christ’s example (1 Peter 2:21; 1John 2:6), in everything which they think, say and do. They believe that the Holy Bible really was inspired by Almighty God—and that it is, literally, our Creator’s “Instruction Manual” on how we ought to live. In this Work, we at Tomorrow’s World sincerely try to help all of you dear brethren and co-workers do just that.

Yet, very, very few human beings on Planet Earth even remotely believe this concept. For the inspired Bible itself makes clear that Satan the Devil “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). It is sobering to read the Apostle John’s warning written near the end of his life, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19). So, today, we increasingly read and hear about professing Christians being sorely persecuted all over the world. In a news bulletin I heard just this morning on the radio, a famous preacher was describing how ferocious the persecution of professing Christians is becoming in many African and Middle Eastern nations. Even in the United States, Canada and Britain, Christians are quite often persecuted or prosecuted if they truly stand up for what the Bible says.

It is soon going to get much worse.

At this season, it is important that each of us “examines” himself or herself. As the Apostle Paul instructed the “church of God which is at Corinth”: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…. Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 1:2; 13:5). Many of you have probably not fully realized the importance of the religious festivals which Almighty God instructed mankind to observe—and which Christ and the apostles always observed—setting us an example. If you wish to learn more, please write us or call us immediately to request your absolutely free copy of our very informative booklet, The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan. For these days which God ordained picture the true Plan that the Eternal God is working out among mankind at this time. They are commanded by God and all will be observed in Christ’s coming Kingdom—including the Feast of Tabernacles. Notice Zechariah 14, as it is clearly describing the situation here on earth after Christ’s return as King of kings. “And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain. If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which the Lord strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles” (Zechariah 14:16-18).

These Holy Days are so important to God that He will not mess around with rebellious nations that will not observe them! Of course, they will have been taught about them as most of the world is not being instructed today through a professing Christianity.

So, again, at this special time, let all of us “examine” ourselves before our God and determine to draw closer to Him. Dear brethren and co-workers, we need to have mercy and forgiveness for one another—and for all mankind—since God is not trying to save the entire world yet or He would be doing it! But, regardless of our depth of understanding, I pray that all of you co-workers may more fully prove the biblical truths which we are imparting to you through the Tomorrow’s World television program, the Tomorrow’s World magazine, our dozens of booklets which are sent out absolutely free—plus the wonderful knowledge imparted through the Tomorrow’s World Bible Study Course.

Remember, dear brethren and friends, our Creator is the God who gives us life and breath. He gives us the sunshine and the rain, the food we eat, the clothing we wear. Overall, especially to the degree that we try to serve Him, He guides our lives in hundreds of different ways. As God inspired David to tell us in the Psalms, “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). May God help us each be sensitive to His will and try with all of our hearts to “walk with God” as did Abraham, and all the great men and women of God throughout human history. Are you “walking with God”? Are you profoundly studying the Bible as the Instruction Manual to learn God’s way of life? Are you meditating on God’s Word and picturing how you ought to put it into action? Are you fervently praying to God for understanding and for the strength to do what God says—regardless of persecution?

We in this Work are moving ahead to warn our peoples of what is just ahead. We are also commanded by Almighty God, “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins” (Isaiah 58:1). As we see our beloved nations descending into the cesspool of deeper and deeper immorality—men “marrying” men, literally millions of young people simply “living together” without benefit of marriage or involvement from Almighty God in their lives, increasing vilification of all professing Christians and those who try to stand up for the Truth—it should become increasingly evident that the time is near when God will say “enough” and will send Jesus Christ back to this earth as King of kings. For Jesus is the prophesied “Rock” who will, in love and understanding have to crush the rebellious nations of this earth and all rebellious institutions in order to bring about an entire different way of life based on His spiritual Law (Daniel 2:44-45).

Even as I write, news bulletins are coming out with headlines stating, “Israel builds its own bunker-buster bomb.” The articles reveal that Israel recently unveiled and approved a precision, bunker-burrowing weapon, the latest in a series of operational upgrades aimed at honing what one official labeled “a very credible military option” against the Iranian nuclear threat. This 500-pound MPR-500 bomb is an electro-optical or laser-guided projectile that can penetrate double-reinforced concrete walls or floors without breaking apart. Obviously, as many news sources speculate, Israel is probably on the verge of attacking Iran in order to slow down the Iranian push toward developing atomic weapons with which they have threatened to “obliterate” the entire state of Israel! As one Middle Eastern leader put it, this would set off a “fire storm” throughout the entire Middle East. It would probably provoke the Arab nations to get together in a very tight confederation—eventually producing the “King of the South” spoken of in Daniel 11. This, in turn, would undoubtedly “provoke” the European nations, and inflame the coming “Beast” Power which God describes in this chapter as the “King of the North” and which is described in detail in Revelation 17-18. If these prophetic events get underway within a few weeks or months, they will obviously change your life! For God is real and, in due time, these events will happen.

But, meanwhile, each of us should continually “examine himself” and ask God, most sincerely, to teach us, to train us, “fashion and mold” us and make us like He is in every way so we can truly fulfill His purpose in our lives.

Dear brethren and co-workers, I love you sincerely and pray that God will guide all of your lives for good. I pray that He will give genuine understanding to all of you who are willing, lead you into His way and bring you into His everlasting Kingdom. As I approach my 82nd birthday, I am more and more impressed about how short time is—about how our lives are like a “vapor” that soon passes away. I may not be here very many more years to help you. However, as long as God gives me life and breath I deeply want to do just that. Remember, then, to heed the warning given to us in Psalm 90. “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

Let all of us pray fervently for one another. And may God give all of us the understanding and knowledge that we need to go through these coming years of trial, test, persecution and ultimate joy and exhilaration in His coming Kingdom. Dear brethren and friends, please put your hearts in your prayers for this Work so that we can have far greater impact on this entire world while we have the opportunity. God has called you and me to be “pioneers” preparing the way for an entirely different way of life soon to be set up during the “times of restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21). Let us seize this opportunity with genuine zeal and do all we can to further the preparation for Christ’s coming by getting involved in His Work on earth today.

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith

Co-Worker Letter – February 2012

February 16, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Warm greetings to you all from Charlotte, North Carolina! Dr. Meredith has asked me to write this month’s co-worker letter so he could have some additional time to spend with his wife Sheryl—who, as you know, has been battling stage-four cancer. We are grateful for recent reports of improvements in Mrs. Meredith’s health, and I hope we are all continuing to pray for her complete healing, and indeed for the healing of all the brethren who are facing serious health trials.

I know Dr. Meredith is very appreciative of your continuing and consistent support of God’s Work. In his January 17, 2012 co-worker letter, Dr. Meredith gave an encouraging report of the Work’s increasing effectiveness throughout 2011 in preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of God through television and magazines, radio, the Internet, and our extensive domestic and international mailings. Additionally, Living University will soon complete its fifth year of offering distance-learning courses to students around the world. I know that many of you brethren and co-workers have profited from the courses LU has offered, and from the ability it has given students to come into contact with other distance-learning students from many countries. Enclosed with this letter is a colorful and informative LU brochure that you may want to share with family and friends.

You may be interested to know that, just as the Living Church of God voluntarily submits to a professional outside audit every year, so too is LU audited. We want all who are supporting the Work to have confidence in the responsible stewardship that we are diligently striving to apply in handling the tithes and offerings of thousands of brethren and co-workers.

Dear brethren and co-workers, through your donations, tithes and offerings, our 2011 income in the United States increased by 7.0 percent over 2010. In spite of global financial turmoil, God is blessing His people to be able to give generously to help the Work move forward more powerfully than ever in carrying out the dual commission given by Jesus Christ, to preach the gospel of the soon-coming Kingdom of God, and to feed the flock whom He calls.

Yes, God is using your tithes and offerings to give the world a powerful warning message that it especially needs in these troubled times! We know that 2012 promises more uncertainty and portends new troubles ahead in the growing global financial crisis. In Europe, European Union leaders have continued to press financially strapped Greece to institute painful austerity measures. German leaders have even pressed for the right to manage Greece’s national budget, evoking cries of protest that Greek sovereignty was at risk. We all need to realize, individually and nationally, that “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7). As the EU struggles, the U.S. continues to print more and more currency without any material backing. Our Tomorrow’s World magazine cover article, “The Debt Bomb”—written by Mr. Dexter Wakefield, our Director of Business Operations—warned: “Estimates suggest that the total federal budget deficit in 2011 will reach $1.6 trillion! Along with this sobering news, the International Monetary Fund projects that total U.S. debt will exceed the nation’s annual output of goods and services sometime in 2012!” (July-August, 2011). In fact, as of February 2012, the Congressional Budget Office was reporting the U.S. federal budget deficit for 2011 as having reached 1.6 trillion, while by the end of 2011 the total federal debt had already exceeded 100 percent of Gross Domestic Product! Unless our Western nations repent of their serious financial irresponsibility, these dangerous trends will continue and intensify!

In its Winter 2012 issue, The Wilson Quarterly featured a series of eye-opening articles titled “Lessons of the Great Depression.” The cover photo, from 1930, shows an unemployed man in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC, selling an apple to a congressman for five cents. How serious are Western financial troubles? “The recession of 2008-09 and its aftermath more closely resemble the Great Depression than any of the other Post-World War II recessions. Indeed, this episode might aptly be called the Mini-Depression of 2008-2009. Both economic declines involved the interplay among the collapse of real estate values, the decline of banks’ capital and their willingness to lend, and the desire of households to rebuild financial wealth” (“Great Recession or Mini-Depression?,” Robert Z. Aliber, p. 56).

What were the causes? “In both the 1920s and the mid-2000s, economic euphoria was pervasive as bubbles in asset prices led to surges in spending—and those spending increases further inflated the bubbles that had fostered them in the first place. Then asset prices imploded, household wealth shrank, and banks suffered large losses when borrowers were unable to repay their loans” (ibid.).

Will we individually and nationally learn our lesson? The Creator and Governor of the universe gave ancient Israel a prophetic warning that also applies to us today, “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall be upon you for a sign and a wonder, and on your descendants forever” (Deuteronomy 28:43-46).

Unless the Western nations repent of their increasing transgressions and rebellion against God, we will not see a reversal of the dangerous downward financial trends we have been experiencing! The U.S., once the world’s greatest creditor, seems bent in solidifying its status as the world’s greatest debtor nation! The nation of China alone currently holds about $1.1 trillion of U.S. national debt, followed by Japan with $1.0 trillion—each overshadowing the third-place creditor nation, the United Kingdom, which holds $429 billion.

My friends, in what can we have confidence in these difficult times? In our wealth? No! We need to draw closer than ever to God as the end of this present age comes ever nearer. God has given His people many comforting promises, such as Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Jesus Himself promised us the gift of faith, as well as our physical needs, ifwe commit ourselves to the greatest goal ever given to human beings: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

We can have faith as we zealously strive to fulfill the Great Commission to preach the gospel to the whole world. Jesus stated, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). In the previous verses, He gave us prophetic warning signs leading up to the Great Tribulation. As Dr. Meredith reported in last month’s co-worker letter, “The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic gauge of nuclear danger, has moved one minute closer to midnight because of ‘inadequate progress’ on nuclear and climate issues. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) announced the move—to five minutes before midnight—on Tuesday. The clock last moved one minute back in 2010.”

Yes, it is symbolically only five minutes to midnight! Will we soon experience the “midnight” doomsday? The Bulletin announcement concluded with this sobering warning: “The clock is ticking.” Yes, the time is growing shorter and shorter. But God promises protection for His spiritually alert people in the dangerous times ahead. Jesus exhorts us, “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).

Some financial planners recognize that the clock is ticking. Barron’s: The Dow Jones Business and Financial Weekly assembled a “2012 Roundtable” consisting of ten investment experts, and asked them to analyze and discuss the financial “big picture.” How can investors profit in the unpredictable and unstable world financial condition? One analyst, Mark Faber, stated: “On another optimistic note, World War III will occur in the next five years. That means the Middle East will blow up. New regimes there will be less Western-friendly. The West has also figured out it can’t contain China, which is rising rapidly and will have more military and naval power in Southeast Asia. The only way for the West to contain China is to control the oil tap in the Middle East” (January 16, 2012, p. 35).

Faber also commented on the price of oil: “Oil is around $100 a barrel now. How high it goes depends on how much [Federal Reserve Chairman Ben] Bernanke prints. If there is a disturbance in the Middle East, the sky is the limit” (ibid., p. 36). These factors affect the profit of cagey speculative investors. By the way, if you have not read our insightful booklet, The Middle East in Prophecy, be sure to request your free copy.

Many economists and financial experts know the challenges of our changing global economic realities. They are focused on how to profit from times of crisis. But what they do not know is that Bible prophecy reveals not only the amazing sequence of world events actually leading up to World War III and Armageddon, but also how God’s most faithful people will be protected through these difficult times, and will receive God’s blessings far beyond what today’s financial planners can begin to understand. Our Tomorrow’s World magazine and our weekly telecasts document these vital truths of Bible prophecy. Watch for my upcoming Tomorrow’s World program, currently scheduled for April 12-18, titled “2012 and the Apocalypse.” And do not miss Dr. Meredith’s powerful program, “How to Watch World Events,” scheduled to air April 5-11.

Even though “the clock is ticking,” God does not want us to be fearful. Our Father in heaven expects His servants not only to do their part in supporting His Work, but also to grow personally in the grace and knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 3:18). One way we grow is through earnest Bible study and seeking God’s precious truth. As I mentioned earlier, Living University will soon, as of this May, complete its fifth year of offering biblically based distance-learning courses teaching true values to students around the world. This very month marks the fifth anniversary of the founding of Living University. On February 13, 2007, Dr. Meredith announced the plan to start the University, stating his “deep desire to educate our young people and members and give them the opportunity to participate in the proper type of educational setting in a truly Christian environment.”

On August 15, 2007, LU began its first classes, enrolling more than 150 online students. It now enrolls about 200 students in online and on-site programs. The on-site students are unique assets in the daily affairs of the Living Church of God headquarters here in Charlotte. Through the student work program, the headquarters office receives vital student help in areas ranging from electronic media and editorial support, to reception, secretarial, mailing and other office support duties.

Up to now, LU students have resided in apartments and private homes near Headquarters. What we plan to do soon is to make available University-operated housing to provide a student living environment specifically created to support academic and spiritual success. We would then like to expand this annually as God blesses the University with additional students and the funding to make it a reality. University-operated housing increases safety, permits more privacy and promotes student camaraderie and cohesiveness.

As we are able to do this, we will be helping these students receive the most vital education available today, in the most appropriate environment, while at the same time providing additional hands to do the Work of our great and loving God. But, to make this happen, LU needs your help! Any amount you would like to give, apart from and beyond your regular tithes and offerings to God’s Work, will be deeply appreciated. You can even donate online; just go to www.livinguniv.com and click on “Make a Gift Online.” Thank you for supporting this important educational program, a significant part of God’s Work!

Brethren and co-workers, in order to meet the many challenges of these end-times in which we now live, we must go forward in faith in completing the Great Commission, and we must continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave this encouraging truth: “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes” (Luke 12:43). Let us all work while it is day in preparing the world, the Church and ourselves for the coming of the King of kings. Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

May God bless you all as we individually and collectively serve our Lord and Savior in completing His Work while it is day!

With love, in Jesus’ name,
Richard F. Ames

Co-Worker Letter – January 2012

January 17, 2012

Dear Brethren and Co-Workers with Christ,

Greetings from Charlotte, NC! Your support as a member of the Living Church of God, or as a co-worker, has brought about tremendous results this past year! Our great Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is doing a mighty Work through His tiny Church and His small group of co-workers in these last days! I’ve been in this Work for over 60 years, and I am amazed and impressed with what Jesus Christ has done this past year through such a small group of people, here in the United States and around the world!

Matthew 24:14 states: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” This Great Commission is being fulfilled as a result of our international telecasts and magazines, our worldwide presence on the Internet, our extensive mailings, radio in foreign countries, and last, but in no way least, by word of mouth. Through these media we are now virtually reaching all nations on earth!

This past year we added over 120,000 new Tomorrow’s World magazine subscribers in countries around the world. Our international telecasts were watched by 2.7 million brand new viewers in 2011, and our TomorrowsWorld.org Web site drew 1.4 million new visitors around the world.

Thanks to member and co-worker support, the Tomorrow’s World TV programs were carried on 232 TV stations or networks around the world. Eighteen of the TV stations or networks were added just last year. Our TV coverage brought in more than 286,000 responses through free phone calls, letters and the Internet. From all media sources combined, a total of more than 832,000 booklets, reprints, lessons, CDs, DVDs and other published items were sent upon request worldwide—making 2011 our biggest year ever and an increase of 19 percent over all the items sent in 2010. More literature was mailed last year than in our first five years combined! On top of all this, nearly 2 million Tomorrow’s World magazine copies were mailed in 2011.

TV coverage in the United States and Canada now reaches more than 105 million homes via over-the-air telecasts, cable and satellite TV—82 percent of all TV homes in North America can watch a Tomorrow’s World telecast on TV, plus even more millions could see our telecasts on any day or at any time on our website at www.TomorrowsWorld.org.

We thank God for His great blessings on us this past year! And I certainly hope God has poured out His blessings on you and enriched your life in countless ways for your heartfelt commitment to His worldwide Work this past year. Thank you so very much, my dear brethren and fellow co-workers. I am truly grateful, and as grateful as I am, there is still so much to do this year and beyond!

As most of you realize, this world has been, and continues to be, deceived (Revelation 12:9). Almighty God has allowed Satan the Devil to utterly confuse the vast majority of human beings. Millions are “searching” for understanding, for the real meaning of life. But they search in the wrong places. For, in His ultimate wisdom, God has allowed human beings to go the wrong way for six thousand years under the influence of Satan the Devil. Satan has misguided people and caused them to have a perverted understanding of the Bible—so much so that, in fact, very few people truly believe that the Bible is directly inspired by God. Although they get “sentimental” ideas from it, they do not use it as a genuine guide for their lives.

Yet, the specific prophecies which I have preached for decades are right now beginning to occur. The God of the Bible is real. “The Doomsday Clock, a symbolic gauge of nuclear danger, has moved one minute closer to midnight because of ‘inadequate progress’ on nuclear and climate issues. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) announced the move—to five minutes before midnight—on Tuesday. The clock last moved one minute back in 2010. BAS said the failure of multiple nations to control the spread of nuclear weapons was a cause for worry. The group, which created the clock in 1947, said that two years ago it believed world leaders were trying to address global threat issues. ‘In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed,’ it said in a statement to explain the change” (BBC News Online, January 11, 2012).

So our time is drawing short for giving a truly powerful warning to our peoples—and to the whole world—about what lies just ahead. We have a huge job to do! And Almighty God certainly does intend for His faithful servants to “warn” all of our fellow human beings about the soon-coming Great Tribulation. God tells us in His Word about this very thing and about the sense of urgency which we should have in delivering this message: “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).

Dear brethren and co-workers, as we powerfully preach God’s warning message to this world—and tell people about their mounting sins—persecution will come! We need to realize this and exercise the faith and courage to preach God’s message anyway—knowing the awesome reward we will have. Our Father in heaven tells us in 1 Peter 4:12-13, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.” Later, God inspired Peter to say, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’ Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:17-19).

So each of us must learn to “give” of ourselves in doing God’s Work—and become true “Christian Soldiers” to carry His final message to this world. We must put our faith and trust in God who is now intervening in world events. We must make our lives truly “count for something big.” Even though trials, tests and persecutions will come, we must “go all out” to serve our Creator. Again, our reward will be truly awesome. The Eternal God tells us about our reward which will come after this terrible time of tribulation and persecution: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

Are you willing to join with us in “turning many” to genuine righteousness? Are you willing to go all out in this crusade to proclaim God’s full message to the world before it is too late? May God help you to have the faith and courage to do this.

Again, thank you, dear brethren and co-workers, for the wonderful help and support you have already given in this Work of faith. Our Father in heaven is watching. He is “testing” each one of us—you and me. He is offering us an awesome opportunity to be part of His ruling family forever—if we truly give our lives to Him and serve Him as He clearly tells us to do. May God inspire each one of us to do just that with all of our heart.

With Christian love,

Roderick C. Meredith