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In the midst of a time when the world was ripe for judgment, God told Noah to build the ark of salvation.This was Gods last speaking at that time. Here we have a connection between our time and that of Noah, for in our day also God has spoken to this world for the last time.

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the Bible. It is more up-to-date than ever. Therefore, we knowingly and purposely want to direct your focus on the Bible by our periodicals, our literature, our internet work, etc. It is the bright light in this dark time! David declares in Psalm 119:105: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Our Lord Jesus reminds us not to let our light go out on our way. This means nothing else but that we remain close to Gods Word. Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come upon you! For he that walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light! (John 12:3536). We still live in the time of grace. However, in John 9:4 Jesus says, The night comes when no one can work. Here, Jesus means first the night of the end time, in which darkness descends upon all nations. But the Bible also speaks of another darkness, a darkness that can overtake everyone. Are we aware that our life is of short duration? James says this quite dras-

t home with me there lies a beautiful old Bible, a precious treasure from the 17th century. But this Bible stands on the shelf only as decoration. With many people, things are no different. They have one single Bible, and it stands somewhat dusty on the shelf. They read it very rarely. To take the Bible as the living foundation for their lifethey are far from that. For them, the Holy Scripture is an unintelligible book with dead letters. Paul points out to the Corinthians what constitutes life with Jesus Christ, and how one uses the Bible correctly: For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in ChristWho also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life (2 Cor. 2:17; 3:6). How do you read the Bible? What does the Word of God mean for you? It is our great longing to show you what tremendous treasure has been given to you with Gods Word, with
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tically: For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away (James 4:14). Frequently, even believers are befallen by a personal darkness toward the end of their lives. The key words are Alzheimers, dementia. I witness this also with my mother in her 84th year. Her thoughts are darkened, but her eyes are shining, because Jesus lives in her heart. Did Jeremiah have such happenings before his eyes when he warned: Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while you look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness (Jer. 13:16)? How terrible it must be for people who do not have Jesus in their hearts and know that they are ill with Alzheimers and approaching mental darkness. Frequently, such patients see only one solution to escape this disintegrationsuicide. On the other hand, what comfort it is when a man approaching this darkness knows that Jesus is his light! Children of God can testify in every situation: For thou wilt light my lamp; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28). MC

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Something strange is happening in our days. There are a number of unexplained revolutions occurring worldwide; in particular, in the Arab world. The unusual part is that there is no leader. The Arab pro-democracy movement is leaderless. People from all walks of life are just protesting. They want a change: they want democracy. This reminds us of the fall of the Soviet Union. In that case too, no leader was to be identified. Suddenly, and seemingly without warning, the citizens of the various Soviet dominated countries arose in protest. Hundreds of thousands filled the streets in many East European cities, which climaxed in the fall of the Berlin Wallall without a leader. The Church of Jesus Christ, His Body on earth, is in a similar position: we have no leaders, no apostles, and yet, the Church is functioning and growing all over the world. That really is a miracle. How this all relates to the prophetic Word will be the theme of this important prophecy conference. You will hear the reasons for the Arab pro-democracy movement. You will learn why Israel is in such a precarious position and why the Church, seemingly diverse, is in reality being prepared for collective departure. Thats why you should not miss this extremely relevant conference; you will better understand what is happening in the world, in our country, the Church, and our families after hearing the many Scripture-based prophetic messages. Six Bible scholars will expound in detail the things that were, the things that are, and the things to come in the near future. Be sure to register now so you will not miss this vital conference for the year 2011.

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But as the days of Noah were,so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking,marrying and giving in marriage,until the day that Noah entered into the ark,and knew not until the flood came,and took them all away;so shall also the coming of the Son of man be(Matthew 24:37-39).

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And just as Noah was inwardly and outwardly protected from the powers of destruction and judgment through the pitch with which the ark was covered,we are also protected inwardly and outwardly from the end-times powers of destruction through the precious blood of Jesus!
hat was Noahs time like? It is important for us to know this, because the Lord Jesus compares this time with the time directly before His return. Noahs time was firstly the climax of Gods speaking on the one hand, and the ultimate phase of mans rebellion on the other hand. God had spoken much and often to man before the flood and before Noah. He spoke through Abels sacrifice of His atoning will (Hebrews 11:4). Through Enochs walk with God, He spoke of the necessity of sanctification and of His coming in judgment (cf. Hebrews 11:5 and Jude 14-15). And then God spoke again, for the last time, through Noah (Hebrews 11:7). In the midst of a time when the world was ripe for judgment, He told Noah to build the ark of salvation. This was Gods last speaking at that time. Here we have a connection between our time and that of Noah, for in our day also God has spoken to this world for the last time. After the flood, He still spoke, God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son (Hebrews 1:12). Just as God spoke for the last time through Noahs ark to the world of that time, so He has also spoken for the last time through His Son, Jesus Christ. The ark is a concrete, prophetic portrayal of the Church of Jesus Christ, which will be saved, but also of Jesus Himself. By what do we notice this? Firstly, through the fact that the ark was the only salvation from judgment (cf. Acts 4:12). Secondly, through the fact that it had only one door (Genesis 6:16), and Jesus said in John 10:9, I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved. He is the only means of salvation, the only door, in the midst of a world that is ripe for judgment. He became this on Calvarys cross. Thirdly, through the relevant substance which made the ark the means of salvation, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch (Genesis 6:14). The ark in itself could not save anyone with-

out the substance that made the ark watertight. Noah was protected inwardly and outwardly from the flood of judgment. If Jesus had died a normal death, our redemption would not have been effective, but the substance of redemption, His precious, holy blood that He shed at Calvary, made it effective, In whom we have redemption through his blood (Ephesians 1:7). And just as Noah was inwardly and outwardly protected from the powers of destruction and judgment through the pitch with which the ark was covered, we are also protected inwardly and outwardly from the end-times powers of destruction through the precious blood of Jesus! The Lord Jesus speaks in His prophetic speech in Matthew 24 of the six terrible sins of the end times. He speaks in Verse 7 of rebellion, Verse 9 of hatred, Verse 10 of betrayal, Verse 11 of deception, Verse 12 of love that has grown cold. Further, the number 3 spoken of 3 times in the description of the ark points to the perfect work of redemption, The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubitswith lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it (Genesis 6:1516). What a moving picture, 3 times 3, for by whom was our redemption planned before the foundation of the world? By God the Father Himself (Ephesians 1:4). Who carried out our redemption in the fullness of time? God the Son (1 Peter 2:24). Who confirmed and sealed our redemption? God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13). There were three stories in the ark: one above, reminding us of the Majesty enthroned on high, God the Father. One in the middle, reminding us of God the Holy Spirit, who hovers over us and works in our hearts. And one at the bottom, reminding us of God the Son, who descended to the depths of being forsaken by God. Many people may ask, what use is the blood of
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What kind of people were those who entered the ark? A minority,but there were people who really did enter it. People who are saved are safe in Jesus Christ.They are,like Noah,hermetically sealed off from the spirit of this world,for they have their window above.
He is turning away from the world and seeks to unite Himself with the Bride-Church. More and more the call of Revelation 22:17 is heard, And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. The resistance to the Holy Spirit was expressed in Noahs time mainly through occultism, which blurs the boundaries between heaven and earth. The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose (Genesis 6:2). According to our understanding of the Scriptures, these were fallen angels, spirits of darkness, which had relations with human beings. This union produced tyrants or so-called giants (Genesis 6:4). In that time, as today, spiritualism, calling upon spirits, was rampant. Reading horoscopes and other abominable sins are commonplace today (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). That is why Jesus said, As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be in Matthew 24:37. This is the terrible burden that we feel in our day. In spite of Gods clear warning signs (Israel, the nations, the reappearance of the Roman Empire), a completely opposite development is taking place among men: intemperance, adultery and sorcery are taking on gigantic proportions. But in the midst of these warnings that the Lord gives us, He calls to us, He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). And in verse 25, Behold, I have told you before.

Jesus, who died almost two thousand years ago, to me? How can that help me in the 21st century? Has not this blood disappeared? How can it still be effective today? The answer is that the Holy Spirit makes the redemption that took place around two thousand years ago alive. He glorifies the Lamb of God, and He makes the power of the blood of Jesus effective now, today.

It is a bad thing when a person departs from God the


Father, it is terrible when he denies the Son, but he will inevitably come under judgment if he resists the Holy Spirit, for it is always the Holy Spirit who glorifies and makes the work of God come alive through the Lord Jesus. God said concerning the people of Noahs time, My spirit shall not always strive with man (Genesis 6:3). Everything which God wanted to make alive through His Spirit in the hearts of men was rejected. For this reason, the Holy Spirit turned away from the world of that time and turned to Noah and his family. Noah concerned himself with the building of the ark, and through this the gulf between Noah and his contemporaries became ever wider. Instead of a uniting, a general ecumenism, there was actually an ever greater separation. This is the work of the Holy Spirit today, in these end times.
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What was the tragedy of the people of that time? Was it


that they perished? No! The tragedy was that they perished while salvation was so near, and that many of them fell prey to the deception, I am saved. Nothing can happen to me, although they were actually lost. This is clear from the words of the Lord Jesus in Matthew 24:39, And [they] knew not until the flood came, i.e. they did not realize the seriousness of the situation, just as it is today. The Scriptures imply that Noahs contemporaries were more or less religious; they were familiar with the ark,

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I know thy works:behold,I have set before thee an open door,and no man can shut it:for thou hast a little strength,and hast kept my word,and hast not denied my name(Revelation 3:8).
with its purpose, and they were more or less in agreement with Noahs work. The mockers, as is the case today, did not want to know about it; they perished. But there must have been other people, of which there are many today, who stood around the ark, so-called nominal Christians. But, my dear friends, one thing is important, then as now: to enter. Jesus said, Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14). What kind of people were those who entered the ark? A minority, but there were people who really did enter it. People who are saved are safe in Jesus Christ. They are, like Noah, hermetically sealed off from the spirit of this world, for they have their window above. God instructed Noah concerning the ark, A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above (Genesis 6:16). If you are in Jesus, you have an open window where you can look up. Why? Because you have a little strength, I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name (Revelation 3:8). What kind of people were those who stood outside? Were they all mockers? Not at all! There were people who had heard everything from Noah, over whose life stood both the one and the other, people who had one foot in the ark and the other outside it. They did not notice until the flood came, and then it was too late. There were above all people with certain religious opinions. There were surely those who said, God is a God of love; He will not let us perish. But when the flood came, they all perished, together with those who smiled superciliously at Noah and his ark and maintained that the result of scientific research proved, The

idea of a coming judgment is not true. But when the flood came, they all perished.

A last question: What does Noahs time mean to children of God today? Three terms become apparent in Noahs time which we must also keep in mind today: 1. Grace: While God pronounced the inevitable judgment in Genesis 6:7, through which not only all people but also all the beasts, creeping things and birds would be destroyed, He then said, ButBut Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8). This shows us his position. He was a man who found grace, who had to assert himself against the general opinion of the people of that time. He was a friend of God. 2. Sanctification: It says of Noah that he walked with God (Genesis 6:9). This is always a result of grace. Let nobody say they have found grace with God if they do not live a sanctified life. We do not find grace because we live sanctified lives, but vice versa: the reality of grace in our lives produces a holy life. If this is not so, we have received the grace of God in vain (Titus 2:11-13 and 2 Corinthians 6:1).
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Noah had already done everything which God had commanded him.He had found grace before Him,he was obedient,he walked with God,but after all this came the new,end-times command of the Lord in Genesis 7:1, And the Lord said unto Noah,Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
3. Persevering obedience: Noah was perseveringly obedient to his God for decades. It says in Genesis 6:22, According to all that God commanded him, so did he. And in Genesis 7:5, And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. In verse 9, it says that the animals went into the ark in pairs, a male and a female, just as God had commanded them. This was persevering obedience, illogical, ridiculous and open to the opposition of world opinion at that time. But Noah did what his Lord commanded. Only out of this threefold inner attitudegrace, sanctification and obediencedo we have a clear stand. Noah did what nobody else did; what nobody else thought necessary was a vital necessity for Noah, namely, not only to be interested in the building of the ark, but also to enter it himself. He went a step further, in spite of his decade-long persevering obedience of faith: when the ark was finished, which he had himself completed, he entered it himself. Here, too, he obeyed the Lord. This is taking a clear stand. Today, a clear stand is necessary for every ark-builder, and this at the Lords command. Let us not forget: Noah had already done everything which God had commanded him. He had found grace before Him, he was obedient, he walked with God, but after all this came the new, end-times command of the Lord in Genesis 7:1, And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. This had consequences for Noah. It meant a complete break with everything hitherto; he could not return to his old life. This is what Jesus demands in Luke 12:35-40. We believe that the Lords command in Genesis 7:1, Come thouinto the ark is equivalent to the
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cry at midnight in Matthew 25:6, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. This shows our inner stand, the examination of our inner attitude before and in the Lord. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (2 Corinthians 13:5). Then and now the words apply, Go ye out to meet him! Observe our time. We are in the end phase of the end; some people hear it, and others do not. Noahs contemporaries were incapable of hearing the command to enter into the ark. They lacked grace, sanctification and obedience. In the same way, the foolish virgins were incapable of going into the marriage (cf. Matthew 25:6ff.). They lacked the oil of the Holy Spirit. How is it with you? The Lord says, For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry in Hebrews 10:37. An examination of your inner stand is necessary for you now!
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By Dr. Ron J. Bigalke

he word eschatology is derived from two Greek words, eschatos (last) and logos (discourse), meaning the doctrine of last things. Though there are Christians who seek to undermine this field of theology, the study of eschatology is important because it fits the totality of Scripture. For instance, one of every ten verses in Scripture is prophetic (meaning 27 percent of all Scripture is predictive of future events). Furthermore, the prophetic Word is important to study for, at least, six reasons. First, Bible prophecy demonstrates the veracity of Gods Word (Isa 4049; 2 Pet 3:13). There are over 300 prophecies with regard to Christs first coming, and approximately one-fourth of the New Testament is prophetic. Second, Bible prophecy demonstrates the sovereignty of God in real history. God has stated history before it commences. Third, Bible prophecy demonstrates the believers responsibility in the current age. Ones view
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of the future will determine how he/she lives in the present. Fourth, an understanding of Bible prophecy should be an impetus for evangelism. Christ will judge the world of sin and unrighteousness, thus the gospel message needs to be proclaimed boldly and clearly. Fifth, Bible prophecy should be an impetus for godly living. One does not want to be caught in shame when Christ returns for His church. Sixth, Bible prophecy gives comfort in the midst of sorrow and facilitates perseverance with a hope of the future. The Prophetic Word The issues in Bible prophecy are important because they deal with the whole counsel of Gods Word and the eschatological hope of the Christian. The study of Bible prophecy also follows biblical admonitions (cf. Matt 16:1-3; 24:3). Hebrews 11:13-16 (cf. Luke 21:34, 36) refers to those who lived in light of Gods

The issues in Bible prophecy are important because they deal with the whole counsel of Gods Word and the eschatological hope of the Christian.
future promises. Second Peter 3:11-14 emphasizes the urgency of being ready when Christ returns. First Thessalonians 5:1-11 contrasts the you (those who are able to understand the times in which they live) and they (those who are unaware of Gods prophetic decrees). Bible prophecy is important because Jesus commended the study of prophecy. The world today wants to make sense of the events currently transpiring. In Matthew 2425, the question is answered with regard to the sign of Messiahs coming and the end of the world. The Jewish understanding of the end of the age and Messiahs subsequent coming are intricately related. The reference to the coming in verse 3 (also vv. 27, 37, 39) would have meant the kingdom of God being established by Messiah as a literal, earthly reign. It is when Christ establishes His kingdom on earth that the unconditional promises made to Israel in the Abrahamic covenant will be fulfilled. Prior to that time, Jerusalem will be a cup of trembling unto all the people round about (Zech 12:2). The present turmoil in the world today is leading toward the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The Rapture Though many signs are given for Christs second coming, none are given for the rapture. There is nothing that must precede the rapture, and yet nothing that precludes prophesied events from transpiring before the rapture of the church prior to the tribulation; it is an imminent event (e.g. Phil 3:20; 1 Thess 1:10; Tit 2:13). Despite all the signs of the second coming, there will be scoffers in the last days (2 Pet 3:3-4). Peter exhorted those living in the last days that the heavens and the earth are reserved unto fire for the day of Gods judgment and destruction of the ungodly (3:7). Furthermore, he warned that the reason for the Lords delay is that God is not willing that any should perish, but for all to come to repentance (3:9). Christians who rightly believe in the rapture and Christs judgments are not pessimistic; rather they are optimistic, realizing that the only hope for mankind is to be found in Jesus Christ. Identity of the Antichrist The Antichrist is known as the beast (Rev 13:1), the man of lawlessness (2 Thess 2:3), the son of perdition (2 Thess 2:3), Wicked (2 Thess 2:8), the abomination (Matt 24:15), the little horn (Dan 7:8), a king of fierce countenance (Dan 8:23), the prince that shall come (Dan 9:26), a vile person (Dan 11:21), the strong-willed king (Dan 11:36), and the worthless shepherd (Zech 11:16-17). The Antichrist (Greek prefix anti) not only stands against the true Messiah, but also in the most diabolical manner, he comes in the place of Christ. The Antichrist will likely be the one who is able to make the peace process in the Middle East work. He will accomplish a false peace that will end in sudden destruction (1 Thess 5:3). The man of lawlessness (2 Thess 2:3), or the wicked, is diabolical in his nature and deeds. He is certain to break any and all laws that God has commanded. Specifically, his rebellion is against God and His law. The Antichrist will actually exalt himself as God and erect an image of himself to be worshipped (Dan 11:36; 2 Thess 2:4; Rev 13:8). The New Age movement will find great joy in this world leader, as he will likely encourage the lie that man can become a little god. Through lying signs and wonders, he will deceive a wicked and unrepentant world (2 Thess 2:9-10). The Nature of the Tribulation The Jewish understanding of the end of the age was directly related with a future resurrection and Messiahs reign on earth (Luke 20:34-40; Dan 12:2; Ezek 37:12-14; Isa 26:19). The end of the age is a reference to judgment at the end of the mystery kingdom that is illustrated in the parable of the wheat and tares (Matt 13:39, 40). The parable teaches that both wheat and tares will grow side by side as a result of the true sowing of the gospel and false countersowing, which will culminate in the saved of God entering the blessings of the millenAUGUST 2011 13

Peter prophesied that the Day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night (2 Pet 3:10). John also used the same terminology with reference to the Lords second coming (Rev 16:15). The Day of the Lord is the same as the day of God described in 2 Peter 3:12, as the time including the burning of the earth in which the elements will melt.
nium, and those who have rejected the gospel suffering eternal punishment. The tribulation period is said to be cut short (Matt 24:22); otherwise, no life would have been saved. The shortening of the days does not mean that it will be less than seven years; rather, it means the time of wrath will be cut short. Surely, mankind deserves more than seven years of tribulation for his rebellion against God. Although the judgments intensify in sequential order (i.e. the seventh seal is the seven trumpets and the seventh trumpet is the seven bowls), the intensity of those judgments is restricted primarily to the last three-and-one-half years (Dan 7:25; 12:7; Rev 11:2; 12:6, 14; 13:5). Throughout the tribulation, there will be an unprecedented number of conversions through the ministry of the 144,000 (Rev 7:1-8) and the two witnesses (Rev 11:3). The reference to he that shall endure unto the end (Matt 24:13) refers to the time of Christs second coming (cf. Rev 7:9-17), and not the false doctrine of salvation by works. Only those believers who endure, that is, survive through the horrors of this period (Rev 619) will be saved. The saved will enter the millennial kingdom in their natural bodies. Peter prophesied that the Day of the Lord would come as a thief in the night (2 Pet 3:10). John also used the same terminology with reference to the Lords second coming (Rev 16:15). The Day of the Lord is the same as the day of God described in 2 Peter 3:12, as the time including the burning of the earth in which the elements will melt. The judgment with fire is contained in the seal, trumpet, and bowl judgments. After the millennium, there will be the new heavens and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. The new heaven is described in Revelation 21; it will be established at the end of the millennial kingdom, and its creation is to be eagerly anticipated by believers. At the end of the millennium, all the effects of Adams fall and sin will be erased in the creation of the new earth. The new Jerusalem will then descend from heaven
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as the eternal dwelling place of the redeemed of all the ages. Conclusion Bible prophecy is as an impetus to believers to warn the lost. Since these events have not occurred yet, it proves that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation (2 Pet 3:15). Peters words of exhortation are both dramatic and sobering, as he prioritized the believers responsibility to live a diligent lifein peacespotless and blameless in Christ. The future is certain for all those in the Lord Christ Jesus, and the duration of all the saints in fellowship with the God of peace, who has reconciled the elect unto Himself, will be eternal. Surely, with such a great hope for the church, Gods people should take comfort that God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thess 5:9; Tit 2:13). Christians are to warn those that do not have such hope that the coming of God in judgment will be swift (1 Thess 5:1-6). The early church would greet each other (in the form of a petition) with the word maranatha (1 Cor 16:22), meaning our Lord come; it was spoken to indicate their eager expectation for the coming of the Lord Jesus to deliver the church from the coming Day of the Lord (1 Thess 1:10). As Christians, we should live each day with an eternal perspective, knowing that our future in Christ is certain. (448) Maranatha!

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And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (Zechariah 12:10).

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We are living in an increasingly insecure world. The news media continues to bombard us with reports, mainly negative, and we can barely digest it all. But the above Scripture gives us the answer: its about the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the spirit of grace. Israels salvation is at stake. The Gentiles are mentioned in the previous verse: And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem (verse 9). The entire world says no to a Jewish Jerusalem. This years Atlantic Coast Prophecy Conference will be targeted toward Israel, the Church, and the Gentile world. What it all means and what the Bible has to say about it will be presented by our speakers during the 2 1/2 day prophecy conference. So, dont miss this important event!

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MEET THE SPEAKERS


NORBERT LIETH is a graduate of Midnight Call Bible School in Montevideo/Uruguay. He has served as Midnight Calls missionary in several South American countries. Norbert Lieth is the lead speaker for Midnight Call Ministries throughout Europe. He has authored 18 books, and many have been translated into several languages. He and his wife, Elke, and their four daughters reside in Switzerland. WILFRED HAHN is known for his writings and insights on present-day world economic and money trends, viewed from a Biblical perspective. He has global investment industry experience spanning three decades, having held various executive positions from Director of Research for a major Wall Street firm, to Chairman of Canadas largest global investment group. At one time also a top-ranked global analyst and strategist, he continues to write and work as a Chief Investment Officer. The Mulberry Ministry, founded in 1995 with his wife, Joyce, publishes and distributes Eternal Value Review and over 40 books and booklets. For the past 10 years, he has been a contributor to Midnight Call magazine. DR. CHUCK MISSLER, a Naval academy graduate and former Branch Chief of the Dept. of Guided Missiles, had a remarkable 30-year executive career. He served on the Board of Directors of 12 public companies and was CEO of 6 of them. For twenty years, Chuck balanced his high-profile corporate career with his teaching commitment to a weekly Bible study at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Southern California. He earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana Baptist University in Biblical Studies in 1999. He and his wife Nancy established Koinonia House in 1973. Koinonia House publishes the monthly Personal UPDATE, which highlights the Biblical relevance of current events to over 50,000 subscribers worldwide. After a devastating earthquake in 1992 demolished their home in Big Bear, California, Chuck and Nancy moved Koinonia House to Coeur dAlene, Idaho, and K-House now reaches tens of thousands through its monthly newsletter, radio shows, and conferences. DR. GREG HARRIS (Th.D.) has taught at Washington Bible College for seven years. Then for ten years, Dr. Harris taught Bible and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He continues to serve as an international faculty member of the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Amman, and maintains an ongoing international conference and pulpit ministry. He is the author of The Cup and the Glory, The Darkness and the Glory, and The Stone and the Glory and numerous journal articles. He joined The Masters Seminary family in 2006 as Professor of Bible Exposition, and also teaches as an adjunct professor at The Masters College. Dr. Harris serves as the teaching pastor at Lake Hills Community Church in Castaic, CA. JAMES K. WALKER, the president of Watchman Fellowship, is a former fourth generation Mormon with over twenty years of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He has been interviewed as an expert on new religious movements and cults on a variety of network television programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the United States and internationally. ARNO FROESE is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the critically-acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Sunday, 16 October

Monday, 17 October
JamesWalker Thus Saith Brooklyn:Israels Prophets vs.the Watchtowers Prophets
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Tuesday, 18 October
Norbert Lieth Furnace of the Future
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Wilfred Hahn Present Israel Linked: Money & Antisemitism Arno Froese All Things Must Be Fulfilled
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Dr.Greg Harris JesusUse of Psalm 118 and the Future of the Nation of Israel Wilfred Hahn Future Israel Linked: Islam,Oil & the West
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Dr.Greg Harris The Glory of God Changes EverythingIncluding the Future Dr.Chuck Missler WhatDoWeDo? Norbert Lieth What Seven Brothers Say About the Future JamesWalker Thus Saith Salt Lake City: Israels Prophets vs.Mormonisms Prophets
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14:45 19:00 19:30 Introduction/Welcome Arno Froese Democracy Invasion of Islam Dr.Chuck Missler Where Are We Headed?

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Norbert Lieth One Sentence About the Future Arno Froese The Timing of the Rapture
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Endtime Earthquakes, Pestilences, Famines & Disasters: When? Part II


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In Part I of this series on prophesied natural disasters, focusing upon earthquakes, we had reviewed the earthquakes in diverse places mentioned by Christ. We also examined the first four of the five apocalyptic seismic events mentioned in the book of Revelation. Crucially, we had concluded that the earthquakes mentioned by Christ are not the same as the ones mentioned in Revelation. We continue our review of the apocalyptic earthquakes.
he fifth and greatest earthquake of all time occurs at the time of the seventh bowl (or vial) judgment. It most certainly is a global earthquake, said to affect the islands. It again is accompanied by voices, thunderings, lightnings, and again hail (this time, precipitation the weight of a talent, which is the equivalent of 25.5 kilograms or 56 pounds).
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice

out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great

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Therefore the LORDs anger burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake, and the dead bodies are like refuse in the streets. Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised. He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! (Isaiah 5:25-26, NIV). Also, [] The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken.The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it fallsnever to rise again (Isaiah 24:18-20).

hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great (Revelation 16:17-21).

This final and most catastrophic earthquake of all history is also the frequent topic of Old Testament prophets.

This final and most catastrophic earthquake of all history is also the frequent topic of Old Testament prophets. It coincides with the final judgment, taking place at the time of Armageddon (possibly also the quashing of Gog) and the smashing of all the capital cities of the nations, including Babylon the Great. It is just prior to the restoration of Israel. A number of prophets speak of this time. Says Joel:
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel (Joel 3:14-16).

Haggai also is given a vision of this time:


And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts (Haggai 2:2223).

This last earthquake of judgment, positioned at the very end and at the time of Armageddon, is also confirmed by Isaiah in several Scriptures:
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We have hardly exhausted the prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, not to mention connecting them to the judgment of Babylon the Great. See also these Scriptures: Isaiah 29:6-7 and Haggai 2:6-8, Ezekiel 26:15, 31:16, Zechariah 2:7-9. Having briefly reviewed the five earthquakes of the Tribulation period mentioned in Revelation, we note that they are not the earthquakes that Christ told us would happen. The first and fifth earthquakesbracketing the other threein this writers opinion, represent both the start and end of the Great Tribulation period (the second period of 42 months), framing the time of Gods wrath in the form of supernatural events. As a matter of interest, this perspective on the timing of Revelations earthquakes aligns with the opinion of a number of scholars, who view the events of the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24) in parallel with the first five seal judgments of Revelation. As such, the sixth and seventh seals would then occur in the second half of the Tribulation.

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Prophecy Keys to Earthquakes It goes without saying that there remains much debate between scholars that endorse the pre-tribulational view, as to the times of the various judgments mentioned in Revelation (seals, trumpets and bowls). We can hardly contribute to this debate. However, in the matter of earthquakes, here are some of the keys that must be considered. 1. In the book of Revelation, there is no mention of earthquakes before the time of the sixth seal. All five earthquakes mentioned occur from that point forward. 2. All earthquakes mentioned in Revelation are of divine or heavenly origin. None are natural phenomena such as are occurring today or as may be the earthquakes in diverse places that Christ indicated. All are divinely enacted, either through Christ or angels. 3. All prophesied earthquakes in the Old Testament are specific to the day of the Lord in other words, those that are caused by divine judgment, and clearly referring to the time of Gods wrath. (Possibly there is one exception, this being the point where Christs feet alight upon the mount of Olives, splitting the mountain in Zechariah 14:4.) 4. All the earthquakes prophesied in the Old Testament as part of the time of wrath are all specific events, most of them global in scope. They are truly apocalyptic and not part of a generic group of earthquakes that occur in diverse places on the earth. Next, we should note the differences between the earthquakes that were prophesied by Christ (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) and the specific ones mentioned in the Old Testament, Revelation and the other New Testament writers. 1. The earthquakes prophesied by Christ are non-specific to location and

Tsunami flooding on the Sendai Airport runway, Japan


Finally, lets consider this most intriguing question: has the incidence of earthquakes been increasing in recent years and decades?

number, in that there are multiple earthquakes in various places. By contrast, all five earthquakes mentioned in the book of Revelation are singular and specific events. 2. The earthquakes mentioned by Christ occur during the period that is called the beginning of sorrows. The three accounts of this prophecy in Matthew, Mark and Luke are all in agreement on this point. The earthquakes mentioned in Revelation, on the other hand, all occur at the time of the sixth seal and thereafter. That period is not the beginning of sorrows, but rather much later, likely (as in this writers opinion) the Great Tribulation period (the second half of the Tribulation period). 3. Several of the prophecies involving earthquakes in Revelation, correspond to earthquakes prophesied in the Old Testament and elsewhere in the New Testament; whereas the earthquakes in diverse places, associated with nations rising against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms, along with pestilences and famines, do not. Are Earthquakes Increasing Today? Finally, lets consider this most intriguing question: has the incidence of earthquakes been increasing in recent years and decades? To be scientifically valid not going beyond what can be validly ascertained from statisticsthe answer is probably not. This conclusion may be shocking to some. Indeed, this writer has received numerous aggravated re-

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seismic data in a fashion more agreeable to their preferred opinions on the matter of earthquakes, they will discover that similar problems will arise with the other phenomena that Christ said would occur during the beginning of sorrows. We recall that along with earthquakes, there would also occur famines, pestilences, and that nations would rise against nations and kingdoms against kingdoms (Matthew 24:7). Of course, over history, the world has always been subject to wars, famines and pestilences. Should we therefore interpret Christs statements to indicate that these phenomena during the beginning of sorrows will be much the same as usual? Such an interpretation would not be reasonable either. If so, there would be no need for Christ to give us these indicators to identify a period of heightening sorrows. Then, can wars, pestilences and famines be said to be increasing in severity and frequency today? The evidence would suggest no at least, not yet. In the case of wars, they can be shown to be decreasing in recent decades. For example, a recent report of the World Development Indicators (World Bank, 2011) concludes the following:
Interstate war has declined dramatically since the two world wars of the first half of the 20th century. Major civil conflicts (those with more than 1,000 battle deaths a year) increased during the postcolonial and Cold War era, peaking in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Since 199192, when there were 21 active major civil wars, the number has steadily fallen to less than 10 each year since 2002.

Child victim of the 19211923 Famine in Soviet Russia.


Then, can wars, pestilences and famines be said to be increasing in severity and frequency today? The evidence would suggest no at least, not yet. In the case of wars, they can be shown to be decreasing in recent decades.

sponses to this conclusion in the past. Apparently, some Christians hold great comfort in the notion that earthquakes are already increasing in severity and frequency today. To them, this is seen as a sign that the Lords return is near. However, the plain truth is that anyone using proper statistical methods (and, it should be added, adhering to what the Bible actually says) cannot conclusively state that earthquakes have increased in recent times. Seismologists (who are experts in this topic, and other Bible students) have come to the same conclusion. Consider this quote from the website of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), In 1931, there were about 350 [seismograph] stations operating in the world; today, there are more than 8,000 stations and the data now comes in rapidly from these stations by electronic mail, internet and satellite. As such, statistics gathering and reporting has served to increase the earthquake counts as well as the perception of their incidence. In reality, occurrences have not risen, just the reporting of earthquakes of smaller size. Earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 (on the Richter scale) or greaterthe ones that historically were noticeably cataclysmic, and most likely to be reportedhave remained fairly constant. In fact, one earthquake per year exceeding 9.0 on the Richter scale (as was the strength of the recent seismic occurrence in Japan) is considered normal. There are other independently corroborated studies that have come to the same conclusion. For those who are inclined to disregard statistical validity and to interpret
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Other research organizations have expressed similar opinions. In the case of pestilences and famines, we can well point to reasons why these may sharply

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increase in the future. However, the reality is that their incidence around the world has decreased sharply over the past century or so. At this point in history, both for reasons of limited data and statistical validity, a rise in the frequency and severity of earthquakes cannot be proven conclusively. Confirming this view that the time of earthquakes in diverse places is not yet, is the fact that none of the other tandem phenomena of famine, pestilences and wars can be shown as having increased. Should this really be seen as a disappointment? Is prophecy therefore invalidated? May that never be the case. For one, as we have shown, this conclusion does not overturn Scripture. Our study to this point would argue that the earthquakes that Christ mentions occur during the first half of the Tribulation period not before, nor after. Moreover, Christs return and the Rapture are not delayed by this conclusion. Why? Because the Rapture is signless and has always been imminent. Points to Ponder Part II The Lords return is not delayed at all by the fact that earthquakes are not yet increasing today. We must conclude that much greater earthquake activity lies ahead for the world. If our interpretation of Matthew 24 and the corresponding accounts of Revelation is correct, a pronounced increaseconclusively noticeable for all of mankind to recognizewill occur during the first half of the Tribulation period. We can conclude that there will be many all around the world. Moreover, these seismic events are not specifically mentioned in the book of Revelation, nor are they part of the divinely triggered earthquakes that

Mount of Olives, Israel

are instruments of Gods wrath in the second half of the Tribulation period. As disastrous and powerful as the recent Japanese earthquake may have been, it will pale in comparison to the worst yet to come. Not only is the heightened earthquake activity mentioned by Christ yet in the future, but also the biggest earthquakes of all time have yet to occur. With respect to the last one, John the Revelator tells us this: [] No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake (Revelation 16:18). Most wonderfully for Israel and the remaining Christians at the end of the Tribulation period, is the advent of one more earthquake. This is a local one, occurring on the Mount of Olives.
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (Zechariah 14:4).

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (Zechariah 14:4).

This occurs at the time that Israels Messiah finally returns. As his feet touch the Mount of Olives, the hill splits in two. Water flows out of the temple mount, and the new Millennial period begins (Revelation 22:1). MC
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Married Couples No Longer in Majority


Married couples have dropped below half of all U.S. households for the first time, the Census Bureau says, a milestone in the evolution of the American family toward less traditional forms.
Whats more, just a fifth of households were traditional familiesmarried couples with childrendown from about a quarter a decade ago and from 43 percent in 1950, as the iconic image of the American family continues to break apart. In recent history, the marriage rate among Americans was at its highest in the 1950s, when the institution defined gender roles, family life and a persons place in society. But as women moved into the workforce, cohabitation lost its taboo, and as society grew more secular, marriage lost some of its central authority. Today, traditional patterns have been turned upside down. Women with college degrees are now more likely to marry than those with just high school diplomas, the reverse of several decades ago, said June Carbone, a law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and co-author of Red Families v. Blue Families. Employment instability depresses marriage rates, Carbone said. Explaining the reasoning, she said: I can support myself and the kid, but not myself, the kid and him. W. Bradford Wilcox, the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, argues that the retreat from marriage is bad for society because it means less security for children.
-The Kansas City Star, 29 May 2011, pg. A6

The Bible says, Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is God-ordained; thus, the tendency toward non-marriage on the one hand and desiring same-sex marriage on the other clearly The Reverend Younan is bishop of the Lutheran Church in Jordan and in the Holy Land. There are approximately 3,000 members in six different locations, including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, Ramallah and Amman.
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casts the shadow of things to come, namely the decline of marriage. Experts point to various reasons for this development. However, the real reason is often overlooked, which is Satans attempt to invalidate Gods principal laws for mankind. The Bible says of the Antichrist, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). The most shocking news, however, is that divorce is more common within the evangelical campthose who claim to believe in the Biblethan the rest of America. 4112
(Read Prayer and Revival, Item 1002 to stir revival in your lives, families, churches and the world.)

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Christians, Jews and Muslims are connected in fellowship as all believe in the one God, said Bishop Munin Younan, elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, representing over 70 million Lutherans worldwide. We are united in our striving for human values, human rights, religious freedom, the protection of minorities, the fight against poverty, being responsible tenants of planet Earth and the creation of righteous peace in the Middle East, the Reverend Younan stated in Hanover, Germany. Unitedly he said, we will transform the world into an oasis for multi-culturalism.

These noble goals of the president of the Lutheran World Federation are to be commended, but something is missingthe Great Commission, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen (Matthew 28:19-20).

Wasnt it Luther who often quoted the Scripture, The just shall live by faith? Isnt that more important than anything else on planet Earth? Indeed, the world will unify and is presently in the process of doing so, but that will not lead to the recognition of mans sinful nature, neither the need to be converted to living faith in the Redeemer. Bishop Younans admonition ignores the plain truth, He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God 4113 abideth on him (John 3:36).
(To learn the true marks of a believer, read Seven Signs of a Born Again Person, Item 1030.)

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A New Communist Career Built on the Past


Bo Xilai, who is in charge of the city of Chongqing, is one of the rising stars of Chinas Communist Party. His recipe for popular success? A crackdown on corruption, patriotic songs and the sayings of Chairman Maodelivered directly to your mobile phone.
Its a new morning in Chongqing, a major city in southwest China. In a city park, the sound of Oh, red song can be heard coming from dozens of voices. The singers are sitting on green and white plastic stools. A few meters away, another group of citizens who apparently love to sing are practicing the revolutionary hymn Zuguo, nihao! or Hello, Fatherland! The amateur neighborhood choirs have gathered in front of wooden signs that are placed through the park and encourage citizens to sing red songs. Elsewhere in Chongqing, the political culture that the Great Leader Mao Zedong once used to provoke Chinas masses to embark on permanent revolution is blossoming once again. The citys radio and television stations are also broadcasting revolutionary songs, and instead of the entertainment shows that used to be its customary fare, one channel is showing prime-time documentaries about the historical achievements of the Communist Party. Local newspapers are also firing up the revolutionary campaign. Since Bo Xilai, the local Communist Party secretary and former trade minister, has been in charge in Chongqing, Mao has been reinstated as the patron saint in the struggle against all of the possible contradictions of a very real capitalism. Bo even uses text messages to send inspiring Mao quotes to his fellow citizens, who now find sentences like The world is ours, we should unite for achievements, or Responsibility and seriousness can conquer the world and the Chinese Communist Party members represent these qualities, popping up on the screens of their mobile phones.

Bo Xilai,who is in charge of the city of Chongqing,is one of the rising stars of Chinas Communist Party.His recipe for popular success includes patriotic songs and the sayings of Chairman Mao,delivered directly to your mobile phone.This photo shows people singing revolutionary songs during a celebration for the upcoming 90th anniversary of the Communist Party of China in Chongqing.
omy, aimed at overtaking the United States and possibly Europehas no intention to replace its communist ideology with Roman (European) democracy. This is quite evident by the popularity of a man called Bo. What will be the outcome? Temporary success politically, economically, and especially financially. The Communist Party is well aware that the king of capitalism, the United States, needs China and her capacity to buy American government bonds. In short, the U.S.A. needs China more than China needs the U.S.A. Yet, this astonishing success will not last indefinitely, so China will doubtless change toward a European-social democracy in order to fully cooperate with the worlds largest economy, the European Union. The last Gentile superpower is described in Daniel 7:7 with these words, After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. The diversity of Europe can readily accommodate Chinese communism, but in the end, it will break in pieces and stamp the residue with its feet. That will bring about Chinas final 4091 compliance with Roman laws.
(For more on how the world is heading toward a global society, read Revelation 13: Satans Last Victory, Item 1067.)

Bo began by winning public support with a merciless campaign against the local mafia and the government officials connected to them. He ordered the arrests of an estimated 5,000 people for illegal prostitution, operating gambling dens, weapons possession and other crimes. Thirteen were executed, including the former deputy police chief. Even Chinese legal experts criticized this purge as too authoritarian. For example, Li Zhuang, the prominent attorney of a mafia boss, was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison for allegedly urging his client to make false statements. But instead of diminishing Bos popularity, the criticism only enhanced it. He is continuing to make radical changes in Chongqing, especially in places where citizens are most likely to notice. Trees are being planted along dusty streets, and the police officers who are now posted at major intersections compete to help citizens instead of harassing them, as they did in the past. As of May 1, Chongqing eliminated school tuition for all children below the ninth grade. Bos mix of a tough leadership style and populism is effective in China, where the countrys economic miracle is fueling inflation and deepening the gap between rich and poor. Bo Xilai is setting the right idealogical tone, says Chen Chuan, the deputy propaganda chief of Shapingba, one of Chongqings districts.
-www.spiegel.de, 12 May 2011

With the implosion of the Soviet Union, climaxing in the fall of the Berlin Wall, communism supposedly had died, but not really. Today, Chinathe worlds most populous country with the fastest growing econ-

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God Angry with the USA Dear Mr. Froese, I received the magazine Midnight Call and was reading about Brazil and the mineral deposits. Ive often thought that God is pretty disgusted with America at this point in time. Yet when I had read just a couple of paragraphs, it hit me all of a sudden: not only is God pretty angry at America, but God has removed His hand from America. The reasons I say this are: A. Millions here are rejecting Jesus as the Son of God. B. America is practically stupid in sin of all kinds. C. Obama has rejected Israel, will not support Israel, but gives support to her enemies. It hurts me to see people that I know who just wont come to Jesus. I hear, Oh, Im not doing anything bad, or After Ive had my fill of fun, then I might give your Jesus
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a chance. It just hurts my heart. I read a book called Desire of the Ages. I cried for the hurt that was done then. For now, how it must break His heart to be rejected even more.
-M.Monaghan,WA

Answer: Man consists of spirit, soul and body, made in the image of God. America or any other country on planet Earth is a political identity, governed by the god of this world and always standing in opposition to the God of creation. Now to yourABC: A. Not millions, but all except the small flockreject Jesus, the Son of God. B. The Bible says, The whole world lieth in wickedness. However, an escape is provided, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father (Galatians 1:4). C. Americas provision for grants, loans, and military aid to Israel has not changed under the Obama administration.

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In summary, the whole world is still subject to Gods grace:That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:15)those who remain in this world, but are not of this world.The only nation different is Israel; the prophet Jeremiah proclaims, I am with thee (Israel) saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee (Jeremiah 30:11). Learn not to mix political exhibition with spiritual realities.

the flesh. Otherwise, heaven would not be heaven as you rightly state. Read the profound statement in 2 Corinthians 5:16,Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. So no recognition after the flesh in heaven. Being earthly-minded clouds our spiritual vision of heaven.

Sadness in Heaven Dear Mr. Froese, We enjoy our Midnight Call so much and look forward to it. A lot of questions have been answered for me and now I have one of my own. I have been praying for our four children for a long time to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. They are all grown up and have children and grandchildren of their own. My question is this: when I arrive in heaven and they arent saved, how can I be happy, peaceful and content when I know they will be in hell forever? The Lord says there will be no tears and sadness in heaven.
-J.Ward,MO

Answer: The Bible says, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. That means we will experience something that is literally out of this world. The target of our joy will be Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we will recognize each other, but not in

Old Testament Saints Dear Arno Froese, In the April edition of Midnight Call, in your reply to P . McHugh, OH regarding Old Covenant Regeneration, you denied that people in Old Testament times could experience a rebirth. As I understand it, the rebirth is the Holy Spirit of God operating upon ones heart and in ones life. Revelation 14 speaks of the everlasting gospel. So the gospel of Jesus Christ has been in existence from the very beginning of the Old Testament (Genesis 3:15). In Galatians 3:8, we read of the gospel being preached to Abraham, and Abraham believed the gospel, and righteousness was imputed to him (verse 6). In verse 14, we read of the blessing of Abraham, which was the Spirit. So the Spirit was given in Old Testament times as well as New Testament times. You cited John 14:17, where Jesus said to his disciples that the Spirit would be in them, and that Even today, Jesus comes to us through the Holy Spirit. This is true; but it was also true in Old Testament times, for we read in 1 Peter 1:10-11 of the prophets proph-

esying of the grace to come, and searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify. So the Spirit was in the prophets as well as in the apostles. This is Old Covenant regeneration before the incarnation, because the Holy Spirit could not be in the prophets unless they had been regenerated in their own personal experience. God has always saved souls in precisely the same wayby grace through faith, and even faith the gift of God, lest any man should boast. Jesus said that Abraham rejoiced to see Christs day, and he saw it and was glad. Thats the true, everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, from Adam and Eve on down through past ages to our time todaysame gospel, same Spirit.
-W.Hargreaves,AL

Answer: You certainly put forth some excellent arguments about the possibility of the rebirth for Old Testament saints, but in reading prophecies relating to the promised New Covenant, one finds that they nullify the Old Testament rebirth theory. Jeremiah speak of the future, clearly revealing the result of the rebirth in chapter 31, verses 31-34. That means it had not taken place at that time. Note also that Jesus speaks of the future, I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16).That promise was only fulfilled at Pentecost. The fact that the Holy Spirit came upon the prophets and was in them served only one purpose: to assist them
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in fulfilling their task.That is not equal to abide with you forever.

Founding Fathers The Founding Fathers of our nation, for being such an ungodly bunch of men who hated the Bible, sure gave us a wonderland to teach and preach the Gospel and all the freedoms we enjoy! The old devil was good to work through these men to give us such a great Constitution like none other in this world. No man is perfect, only Christ, but He really used this awful bunch of unbelievers to help establish this wicked land of America. Thank you, God, for those sinners (like you and I) that gave us a nation where we can preach and teach and tell all the world about your love. God have mercy on their wretched souls.
-D. Oswald,WI

not undividedly to Jesus Christ my Lord. We must learn to distinguish between political religious faith and faith as revealed in Holy Scripture.

Answer: The Bible instructs us to earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered to the saints, not the Founding Fathers. The fact that the overwhelming majority within Churchianity come close to worshiping the faith of the Founding Fathers is the reason for this documentary (see page 2). Under no circumstances do we question the integrity of these courageous and God-fearing men we call the Founding Fathers, but when it comes to their faith, which they wrote about with their own hands, then we are duty bound to warn of such false religions. If I do not count myself a stranger and foreigner in this country, or any other country, then my allegiance is

Advice to Israel Dear Editor, I have been a reader of News From Israel for over a year and, for the most part, the articles are interesting and at times very informative. I do, however, disagree about God and the end time because I cant conceive of a mother or father who creates and favor another child over the other. I dont believe God thinks like that and any religion which preaches that sort of nonsense refuses to understand the Gospels. I do believe God is the creator and all that we are belongs to Him. Thus, we are all under the face of God and one is not greater than the other. What I am saying is that all of us, all 7 billion, belong to the creator and are all Gods children. I do understand the need to bring God into human understanding and the development of the Old Testament and the history of the Jew before the development of that text. I will say that I continue to read as much as I can about God and the development of religion. I do wish I could read in the original text, some of what has been written over the ages. I believe, by reading in the original, I would be a better person and understand the Lords Word more fully. Apart from that, you could help by separating the political

from the original text when you do your articles. I dont know if that is possible, but I believe by doing so, clarity of thought would come through. For example, the events of the Middle East are rapidly changing and have been for some time. I do hold Israel to a higher standard because, the great majority of the founding leaders were Europeans and had a background in Western European thought and all that it entails. Thus, I say this: when you discuss the political, separate it from the religious. For example, events in the Middle East are moving past Israel in that she will become a minority ruling a majority population if she continues to hold on to the West Bank, Golan Heights and parts of Lebanon. This is regardless of the religious concept of them as Gods people. The introduction of nuclear weapons in the Middle East has given Israel a false sense of security because, sooner or later, there will be a limit to the number of weapons before it will make non-nuclear states nervous. No nation would stand by and see another nation building those weapons and the means to deliver them, without saying enough is enough. Nuclear weapons are weapons of mass destruction and by nature are designed to destroy civilization as we know it. If not people in the Middle East, then China, Turkey, Greece, Spain, South Africa, Iran, and other nations will deploy those weapons. This

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is a political reality, not a religious reality. If both sides do not sit down and talk; if one nuclear weapon is released or Iran is bombed, then I believe Israel will find herself completely isolated. Not even Europe or America would come to her aid because we all would be involved in WW III. Now is the time to write about and discuss what can be done to bring about peace. Politically it is a zero sum game, if both sides continue to face off in the Middle East.
-J. Robinson, AZ

Answer: Your attempt to analyze the Middle East Conflict from a political/historical perspective puts the cart before the horsewe only deal with the biblical prophetic worldview. You are ignoring the fact that Israel is special, for Jesus said,Salvation is of the Jews. That fact alone keeps Israel in a category separate from the rest of the world. What God thinks about the world is expressed in Isaiah 40:17, All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. That does not mean God rejects the world; the Bible says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). This offer provides for each of the almost 7 billion people on earth to be Gods chosen people, His elect. We are not here to meddle in the political affairs of any nation. Our task is to document Gods intention for individuals and the nations, based on Holy Scripture.To accomplish this task, one cannot detour Israel.

Zechariah the prophet has this to say, I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction (Zechariah 1:14-15). That should settle all arguments: no nation, organization or movement will be able to bring peace to the Middle East or the world except God, and He does that from Zion. Today, all nations, without exception, contribute toward the affliction of Israel. It makes no difference whether it is the United States or Zimbabwe. All the nations of the world are in agreement with your thought pattern, namely that Israel should accommodate the Arabs, permitting them to settle in the Promised Land. The whole world without exception tells Israel what to do, but it will all be in vain. Thus, Gods judgment upon the nations, according to Joel 3:2. As far as the territory of the land of Israel is concerned, it was settled long ago,In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates(Genesis 15:18).

(Romans 8:21). And they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. It must have been many, many books, etc. for the amount in 2003 dollars would be approximately $2,000. Verse 20: So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed. It doesnt say that the Church grew mightily, but rather the Word of God. This is what I copied out of Jimmy Swaggarts Study Bible. What do you say about the burning of the Quran? Let me know.
-V. Cope, NC

Burning the Koran Dear Mr. Froese, Acts 19:19: Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men. Curious arts refers to the practicing of magic. So the Holy Spirit was mightily working in peoples lives just as He desires to always. If we will allow Him, He will clean us up. He does it through our faith in Christ and the Cross

Answer: The apostle Paul gives us an example of how to deal with idols in Acts 17:23. He did not condemn, offend or insult the idol, but used it as an avenue to proclaim the truth. Acts 19:19-20 has no relationship to the issue at hand, because it speaks of people who believed in Jesus, and as a result, cleaned up their relationship to idol worship. If Mr. Terry Jones would call on his members to collect all ungodly objects, religious and political, including things in his own house, for a public burning ceremony, then indeed they would be practicing what is written in Acts 19. True believers follow in the footsteps of Jesus; they are light and salt on the earth who do not have enemies, but see in all people the need for salvation. Jesus said,Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Such behavior can only be accomplished by one redeemed by the blood of the Lamb! MC
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