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It is finished!
By Marcel Malgo
What must it have meant to our Lord, when He was able to say the victorious words,“It is finished!”? We can never fathom this with our finite understanding, but the triumph in heaven was doubtless immeasurable when the Lamb of God conquered death at Calvary.

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The Scriptures, the light of the prophetic Word, must be the sole and highest measure of our judgment. Everything which is not in agreement with it or contradicts it can only be unmasked as a deception.

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Given the instabilities in Europe and Germany’s rise in financial and economic power, just what prophecies might validate this country’s current role? As might be guessed, this topic also attracts a range of opinion. In fact, it might be more correct to say that an increasing number of people are now being led to accept versions of British-Israelism on this view.

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By Dr. Ron J. Bigalke

Amos 2:4-16 was written specifically to exhort ancient Israel, but the message of those verses also instructs modern nations. It is applicable to any nation or people that continually forsakes God’s Word and the blessing that comes with obedience to that Word, and who boasts in their own strength.

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accompanies and marks the entire life of a man. Thus, Job says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble” (14:1). Seen purely physically, it is our heart that is in incessant unrest. Just as the unrest of a clock is in continuous motion and keeps the clock running as pace setter and running regulator, so our heart ensures that we remain alive. At some time in the future—if we do not first take part in the Rapture—the heart of every one of us will stand still and we will enter eternal rest (cf. Hebrews 4 and Revelation 14:13). After all, we know what the Bible says, “My time is in Your hands.” It is reserved only to the eternal God to determine this period of time. Then He as it were stops the unrest of our clock and stops the pace setter of our life, the heart. When the Bible speaks of the heart, the human organ, this physical heart which keeps our blood circulation in motion, is hardly ever meant. Rather, the Bible means with it the seat of our personality, the origin of our thoughts and feelings; in brief, our

Unrest”; this is what the little building part (balance) of a mechanical clock calls itself. It serves as the regulator of the running of small clocks, in particular wristwatches and pocket watches. The precursor of the “unrest” was the “restless part.” As the board of directors of the ministry, we are accustomed to meet regularly, first of all for common prayer, but then also to deal with pending questions and problems. Above all we are concerned that the work goes forward and does not suffer a standstill. Now if one or even several members of our board are away traveling, it usually becomes very quiet among us who are left behind. Thus, recently one of us remarked when all of us met again, “Now the unrest is back again….” Involuntarily, I had to think of the “unrest” of the clock. Without this element, which is in constant motion, nothing runs; the clock stands still. In the Bible, the unrest is identified in various ways as that which
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soul and our spirit. Our Lord Jesus says in Matthew 15:19: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts.…” In Matthew 9:4, Jesus looks into the heart of the teachers of the law: “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” There, the question arises: what comes out of our hearts? Are we spreading a negative unrest? Are we a source of unrest? Is our heart full of destructive and evil thoughts? Or is our heart filled with the great passion: all for Jesus, to do all that we can to bring others in contact with Him, to do everything to spread His message? God has not promised us a quiet journey, but a sure arrival! God wants to fill our heart with godly unrest. He sets the pace so that we keep in step with Him. He wants us not to live on without doing anything, but to be active for Him. What motivates our hearts? For God’s children, there is no “retirement.” Our Lord Jesus often demonstrated an intense activity. Yes, sometimes He became rather restless and even very energetic. But it was a godly unrest. So we read for example in Mark 6:45: “And straightway He constrained His disciples….” His disciples may have found this uncomfortable. And perhaps they thought within themselves, “Lord, why such unrest…?” In John 2, our Lord showed Himself from yet a much more energetic side when He began to cleanse the temple: “And when he had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables” (verse 15). In Matthew 10:34, Jesus then declares Himself: “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” Our Lord Jesus walked this “restless” way quite consciously and consistently, and when necessary, He took drastic measures. How is it with us? Do we still have the courage to step out for the cause of the Lord, even when this disturbs our rest? MC

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We will consider Jesus’ last three words on the cross from three different aspects: the work is finished, the task is completed, and the battle is over!
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When Jesus Christ died on the cross at Calvary, the greatest work that ever took place on this earth was accomplished. This work was so infinite, and above all so very hard, that it weighed heavily upon our Lord, even beforehand.
ohn 19:28-30 reports, “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” We could sum up the last words of our Lord, “It is finished” with “It is accomplished” or “It is over.” Let us contemplate on these three related expressions.

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It is finished; the work is accomplished! When Jesus
Christ died on the cross at Calvary, the greatest work that ever took place on this earth was accomplished. This work was so infinite, and above all so very hard, that it weighed heavily upon our Lord, even beforehand. When He still had the whole path of suffering before Him, He spoke the moving words, “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished” (Luke 12:49-50). The NIV translates this more clearly as follows, “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed!” We should never make the mistake of thinking that it was a small thing for the Son of God to begin this great work of redemption here on earth, or far less to finish it! When He spoke of the grain of wheat that had to die in the earth, He said openly, “Now is my soul troubled” (John 12:27). Is it surprising that He spoke such words? Even before the cross, He had to suffer unspeakably. The battle in the Garden of Gethsemane cost our Lord sweat, tears and even drops of blood. Such agony came over Him there that He was literally in fear of death. Think of His conviction and all that they did to Him. He had to endure a terrible Roman flogging, such as some men did not survive. A scarlet robe was put on His bleeding back, and a crown of thorns was placed on His head. This would hardly have been put there gently, but with force, so that the blood ran down His face. They hit Him on the head with a reed, so that the thorns penetrated deeper and deeper. And then came the actual act, the cross. This cross was so terrible, the darkness so great, the pain so awful, the thirst so unbearable that the heart of the martyred Lamb of God cried to the Father, “But you, O Lord, be not far off; O my Strength, come quickly to help me. Deliver my life from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen” (Psalm 22:19-21, quoting again from the NIV). Psalm 22 is the prophetic p\salm of suffering, which portrays this heartfelt cry of the Lamb of God for us. It was not that our Lord lost His nerve at any time, however, and wanted to avoid this path of suffering. In John 12:27-28 He declared, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name.” Our Lord did not want to avoid this path at any time; on the contrary, He wanted to finish the work! The path of suffering was infinitely hard, but He trod this path to His death on the cross and could say from the bottom of His heart, “It is finished”! Yes, it is finished, once and for all. It cost Him enormously, but He finished the work.
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It is finished! Without atonement, we could never have called God “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). We could never have accomplished this task ourselves, for to a holy God, atoning for sin means death.
It is finished; the task is completed! With the death of Jesus on the cross at Calvary, the greatest task that was ever given to a person was completed. Our Lord died as the Son of God on the cross, but He suffered the torture of His task as man. For hour after hour He was tormented by terrible pain, in order to complete the greatest task that was ever given to a man on this earth. He was familiar with this terrible task, however, as the Son of God before the foundation of the world. Who was there before the foundation of the world? God the Father. And who else? None other than His Son, Jesus Christ. Micah says in his proclamation of the Messiah, that His going forth had been from of old, from everlasting (Micah 5:2). The NIV translates this, “Out of you (Bethlehem) will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times,” with a note in the margin that says, “Or from days of eternity.” Our Lord Jesus already existed before the foundation of the world. At that time, a deep love characterized the fellowship of the Father with the Son. In His high-priestly prayer, Jesus said Himself, “Thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Before anything was created, the Father and the Son were there, united by a deep love. He who was so loved by His Father was made to be the Lamb of God. Revelation 13:8 says that He was “…slain from the foundation of the world.” Here we are confronted with an incredibly great contrast: on the one hand, the Father loves His Son above all else. But on the other hand, it is this very Son who is chosen to be the sacrificial Lamb of God. Does a father show his love for his son in this way? Something else took place, however, before the foundation of the world, which turned the world upside down. This event had a deep connection with the infinitely hard task of Jesus Christ. Paul describes it as follows, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 1:3-5). Before the foundation
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of the world, God the Father decided, in His unfathomable love, that we human beings should also become His children. In order for this to take place, however, somebody had to complete an unspeakably hard task: atonement had to take place for the sins which we human beings would commit. Without atonement, we could never have called God “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). We could never have accomplished this task ourselves, for to a holy God, atoning for sin means death. In this way, we would never have become children of God because we would have died for our sins. So somebody had to atone for our sins who Himself was sinless, and therefore did not have to be punished for His own sins. And there was only One in heaven and earth who fulfilled this condition: the beloved, begotten Son of the Father, Jesus Christ. No wonder Peter exclaimed in joy, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you” (1 Peter 1:18-20). Before the foundation of the world, the Father loved His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Before the foundation of the world, we were also chosen, however, to become children of God. The kingdom of the Father was prepared for us as an inheritance. And before the foundation of the world, the beloved, only-begotten Son of the Father was chosen to complete the hardest task of all time: to die as the Lamb of God on the cross of Calvary—for us! We can only stand in awe and amazement before such a plan of salvation! How did our Lord and Savior react when He was entrusted with this task, a task which would cost Him His life in such a terrible way? His reaction was almost incredible, “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:7-8). “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”

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The work is ended, the task is accomplished, the battle is over. Heaven is open to every one of us!
(John 4:34). “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (John 6:38). How tremendous it is that the beloved Son of the Father showed such willingness to become the Lamb of God! Jesus Christ died on Calvary’s cross, and thus completed the hardest task of all time. And today, we may all rejoice and testify, the task is completed; it is finished! so incomparable, is us human beings. We are His triumph! More than this, however, we are also His reward, the reward for his unspeakable pain, “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11). Because He travailed, He will be satisfied. He will see many people justified who have received eternal life through His death. Yes, the battle is over, the Lamb has overcome, and His reward will be great.

It is finished; the battle is over! The work is accomplished, the task is completed, and the battle of the Lamb of God is over, once and for all! What must that have meant to our Lord, when He was able to say the victorious words, “It is finished!”? What must it have meant to Him when His long and painful path of suffering came to an end and the battle was over? We can never fathom this with our finite understanding, but the triumph in heaven was doubtless immeasurable when the Lamb of God conquered death at Calvary. Jesus Christ Himself declared that there would be rejoicing “…in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Luke 15:10). How much greater must the rejoicing have been in heaven, when the slain Lamb of God returned as the victorious hero of Calvary! We read of this triumph in the new song which the twenty-four elders sing to the praise of the Lamb of God in Revelation 5:9, “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” What was the triumph of our Lord? What is the triumph of His victory? Revelation 5:9 together with verse 10 gives us the answer, “Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” The great triumph of our Lord, that which makes Him so glorious, so great and

Do you belong to those whom the Lamb of God bought
with His blood? Are you a part of the reward that the Lord will receive for His unspeakable suffering? Does His death mean life for you? Please understand what took place there at Calvary: Christ died for you, for you personally. He died for you because the Father in heaven loves you so much (John 3:16). Have you already come to Jesus with your whole burden of sin? When Jesus spoke the words, “It is finished!” a worldwide amnesty was declared. From this moment on, every person, however sinful, however wicked they may be, can come to Jesus to receive from Him the assurance, “Pardoned—forever and ever!” These three last words of Jesus on the cross are able to turn poor, lost and erring sinners into happy people. Are you saved for time and eternity through these three glorious words, “It is finished!”? Can you testify that these three words have totally turned your life around and changed it? When Jesus spoke those three words, His battle was over. Your battle, which you have been fighting for so many years, can also be over. You can find peace in the words, “It is finished!” Because He suffered, bled and fought for you, you may come into peace for all eternity. The work is ended, the task is accomplished, the battle is over. Heaven is open to every one of us!
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World Conspiracy in Light of the Bible
Johannes Pflaum

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What does the Bible say about world conspiracy theories? Do they belong to the prophetic Word? Read here the last in the series, Part 10.

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n past articles, I have attempted to illuminate on a Biblical basis all the conspiracy theories that have spread throughout Christianity. I hope that I have made it clear that many of these theses which appear to be in accordance with prophecies concerning the Antichrist, are in reality extremely questionable, sometimes even in contradiction with the Word of God. For this reason, I would like to ask whether all these conspiracy theories and this alleged insider information are not a part of the end-times deception, which draws believers away from the only valid truth of the Scriptures and fear of God in a very subtle way. In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 it says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” We should not just apply these verses to the manifold deception of the political left. The question must be permitted, whether all the world con10
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spiracy theories are not a part of this end-times deception, these strong delusions, which God Himself sends because we do not love Him and His Word above all and let that be sufficient for us. The Scriptures, the light of the prophetic Word, as it says in 2 Peter 1:19-20, must be the sole and highest measure of our judgment. Everything which is not in agreement with it or contradicts it can only be unmasked as a deception. One sign of the end times is the insecurity, fear and perplexity of mankind. The alternative to this is not in the supposed searching in the realm of the powers of darkness and the revelation of alleged conspiracies and backgrounds. This does not just discourage us as believers. The Lord Jesus talks about the earnestness of the situation and the danger of deception without holding back in Luke 21. But then He points His disciples in the direction above and says, “When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”
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Is Germany Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?
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One of the most asked prophecy questions in America by far is whether the U.S.A. is mentioned in the Bible. Given America’s influential role in the world in these last days, surely it must merit specific mention … or so, most people reason. There is a wide range of opinion on this question, not to mention virtual terabytes of speculative comment and Scriptural misinterpretations.
he debate continues even among learned and respected prophecy scholars. However, of late, the prophetic significance of another Gentile nation is being increasingly queried … namely, Germany. Given the epic financial tremors in Europe, the instabilities in its Eurozone membership, and Germany’s rise in financial and economic power, just what prophecies might validate this country’s current role? As might be guessed, this topic also attracts a range of opinion. In fact, it might be more correct to say that

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torical events. It takes the view of a camera that is installed as if overtop Israel and Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, this camera was expressly focused upon the live action in this general Middle Eastern area, swinging its angle of view as far east as Susa in Elam, north to Assyria and Babylon, and southwest to Egypt. The world’s major successive powers of those times, such as the Assyrians and the Romans, are only caught on this surveillance camera as they trample across Israel and Judah. They are bit actors, not even deserving their own camera installation. Later, in the New Testament, the arc of the camera widens somewhat, but not much, roving as far as Rome and more northern parts of Asia Minor. In our time today, this prophecy camera would still not have captured long glimpses of America on its footage. At best, this nation would only make few and fleeting cameo appearances in the Middle East—minor interventions over the past century, and more recently, the incursion into Iraq. Yet today, the video camera of Bible prophecy still remains fixed to its pedestal above Israel, limiting its arc of view to the general surrounding area. It has not moved from its spot. This perspective is often overlooked by Bible readers, given that the majority of the world’s Christians (also the greater world populations and economies) lie outside the line of this camera’s view. Given this dominance, we might therefore think that most of the important action in the world is in America, in

We must remember that the Bible remains an Israel-centric document. As such, its prophecies deal with the generalities of the world’s geopolitical history, but only so in relation to Israel and Jesus Christ.

many (the emphasis here being upon the words “specific mention”). Without a doubt, Bible prophecy encompasses the actions (collective and individual) of all Gentile nations, among which Germany and America are likely included. Focus upon the Middle East Theatre Is Germany mentioned in Bible prophecy? To begin, we must remember that the Bible remains an Israel-centric document. As such, its prophecies deal with the generalities of the world’s geopolitical history, but only so in relation to Israel and Jesus Christ. Yes, there are indeed specific nations mentioned in end-time prophecies. However, these are all in the Middle East theatre. To provide a perspective on this issue, we here reproduce an excerpt from an earlier article series in this space (Midnight Call magazine August and September 2008, “Iconic Last Days: False Images and Picture-Perfect Prophecy”). “[…] Consider the surveillance camera. Normally, these devices point at a fixed view; others move in a regular or random arc. Yet, they remain attached to one mounting spot. So it is with the Bible’s perspective of prophecy and his12
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China, Europe or perhaps other wealthy or populous countries. But where do we see these countries in our prophetic videotape? The Bible at best only gives mention to these countries as either ‘islands of the seas,’ the ‘kings of the east,’ or perhaps Gog from the far north (Ezekiel 38), without even turning its camera in their direction. Imagine this insult to the developed, high-income countries supposedly running the world order of today. They hardly even merit mention in the final credits of Bible prophecy.” Signs of Germany’s Rise Lately, offshoots of the British Israelite persuasion, have been proudly proclaiming that they “told you so” in respect of recent gyrations in Europe. If you missed their admonitions, just what have they been saying? They see recent financial and economic tremors in Europe, as the final staging to the emergence of the power structure prophesied for the endtimes, this being the Holy Roman Empire in which Germany plays a ruling role. The economic rise of Germany in recent years, along with the advent of financial meltdowns in some of the periphery European countries, is proof-positive to them that their Bible interpretations are correct. They see Germany using its economic power to consolidate its leadership position, then to rule a new European coalition of countries. To this point, likely few prophecy scholars will disagree with these observations. The British Israelite groups, however, come to these opinions by a completely different set of beliefs. Just what is British-Israelism? In answering, we must acknowledge that there are a wide number of groups that will fall under this broad umbrella (each with some significant theological distinctions). Other names for offshoots from British Israelism include Celtic Israelism and Anglo Israelism. A later term often used is Armstrongism, named after the 20th century teachings of Herbert Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God. However, the common foundation that distinguishes them from orthodox Christianity, is that they consider many of the Old Testament prophecies that are addressed separately to the House of Judah and the House of Israel (the ancient Northern Kingdom) as applying to the last days. In their view, the House of Judah (comprised of the tribes of Benjamin and Judah) are the Jews of today, whereas the House of Israel is represented by the lost 10 ten tribes of Israel, who in present times are “discovered” to exist incognito in the form of mostly northern European peoples. The 10 tribes of Israel (those that were deported and dispersed abroad by the Assyrians in the 7th century B.C.) lost their identity and were eventually also lost to antiquity. These “lost” Israelites then emigrated to other parts of the Middle East, the Caucasus, to Northern Europe and, importantly, England and Ireland. British Israelite groups generally view Britain as modern-day Ephraim and America as the tribe of Manasseh. Some groups go a step further, and identify the Germany of today as Assyria. Just as the lost 10 tribes supposedly ended up in Europe and America, so did the ancient Assyrians once they were vanquished by the Babylonians. Is all this plausible? British Israelism: Is It Harmful? The objective of this article is not to provide an all-points refutation of British-Israelism and its offshoots, but rather to show that the interpretations with respect to modern-day Germany
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British Israelism was popularized as a Christian interpretation early in the 19th century. It no doubt was influenced by the much earlier academic interests in Irish Orientalism and Phoenicianism.

among its more prominent factions are incorrect. In our view, the 10 northern tribes were never lost. Clearly, 12 tribes of Israel are shown to exist in the Book of Revelation (Chapter 7, 12 and 21), these references applying to the future. The debate centers on whether all the Israelite tribes are represented by the Jews of today. The New Testament, which documents a time over 700 years after the Northern Kingdom of Israel was destroyed, specifically mentions the House of Israel tribe of Asher as being the ancestor of Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:36). After the breakup of the northern tribes from the southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin, at least some of the northern Hebrews, who remained faithful to the teachings of the Law, fled to the south. Therefore, the Israel of today is considered to be a blend of the House of Judah and the House of Israel. As such, the prophecy found in Ezekiel 37:1922—the two houses of Israel and Judah being made into one stick—has already been fulfilled rather than will yet occur in the future. British Israelism was popularized as a Christian interpretation
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early in the 19th century. It no doubt was influenced by the much earlier academic interests in Irish Orientalism and Phoenicianism. A large number of secular treatises on these influences were written as much as a century earlier. While we are not convinced to adopt the foundational viewpoints of British Israelism, at the same time we also do not see them as being heretical. These views alone do not affect the gospel or essential doctrine. That said, a ragtag set of beliefs with respect to last-day prophecies, Sabbath-keeping, Judaical ordinances … etc. can be found among them. Of course, the same could be said about the rest of Christianity. Where Is Germany? One of the more prolific churches today teaching British Israelism (more specifically, Armstrongism) is the Philadelphia Church of God (PCOG). As such, we will here focus on their statements in regard to Europe, Germany, the Holy Roman Empire and end-time prophecy. According to them, just as the 10 northern tribes of the House of Israel supposedly migrated to America and be-

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came the founders of the European nations of Britain, France and others, so apparently also did the Assyrians. The Armstrongites claim that they migrated to the environs of modern-day Germany (specifically, former Prussia). As Assyrians were a war-loving, cruel people, the PCOG is sure that Germany will be the country that will rule brutally over a new Europe, this taking the form of a group of 10 kings. Recent events in Europe, of course, only add fuel to the PCOG’s conviction (and boasting, we may add). Indeed, Germany, which has the largest economy of all the 17 Eurozone countries, is in a position of large influence. To the PCOG, this is all a prelude to a Fourth Reich (a revived Holy Roman Empire), a state of organization where Germany will rule over Europe. An evil strong man (Antichrist) will come from this empire, as he is said to be an Assyrian (Isaiah 10:5, Micah 5:5). Moreover, the PCOG interprets various Old Testament prophecies as revealing that Germany will in fact punish all the 10 tribe descendents, also oppressing and dominating America. Really? These views are not altogether in agreement with Bible prophecy. We observe faulty and confused interpretations on a number of levels. To begin, Bible prophecy expressly reveals that the rule of the 10 kings (a power coalition of 10 nations) emerges before the Antichrist is revealed. In other words, 10 kings come first, then the 11th who is revealed as the An-

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If Germany is today to be one of the 10 kings that are to arise as a revived Roman Empire, then their leader cannot then emerge to be the Antichrist. He must be the leader of yet another country and not of the 10.

tichrist enters the scene. Shown as a king (the Old Testament’s parallel to today’s rulers), he must therefore represent a country. Thus, if Germany is today to be one of the 10 kings that are to arise as a revived Roman Empire, then their leader cannot then emerge to be the Antichrist. He must be the leader of yet another country and not of the 10. How so? Daniel expressly says, “there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among” the first 10 horns (Daniel 7:8). (A horn is used in the Old Testament to symbolize the sovereign power of kings.) Clearly, it is an 11th and different king (likely representing a smaller nation) who arises while the previous 10 remain in existence. At a later time, he does indeed subjugate three of them (Daniel 7:8). Germany clearly does not fit this story line. Germany already exists … and it is not small. We can cite more verses that demolish the Philadelphian (PCOG) fixation with Germany, their view on a Holy Roman Empire, and interpretation of the Bible’s statements on historical and endtime geopolitics. Overall, the PCOG framework with respect to both the historical and last day sequence of rulers as laid out in the
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claims? Moreover, just how is it possible to name Hitler as the sixth head (which the PCOG does)? John the Revelator told us that the “sixth” kingdom (the Roman rulership) already existed at the time that he was writing his prophecies. And, just how is it that the PCOG determines that the 1930s to 1940s period qualifies as the time that “is”? If so, there must have been a second coming of John this past century which all of Christianity missed. The Bible very clearly reveals that the sixth and seventh heads, as well as the 8th king (6th through 8th kings/kingdoms mentioned in Revelation 17) are all of Roman origin. While it is possible that this 8th king could be some type of Assyrian entity, he comes out of the Roman rulership. The previous 5 kingdoms pictured in Revelation 17 (the five that are fallen) are not Roman. According to our deductions, the prior five “kings that are fallen” (Revelation 17:10) are Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia and Greece. (We plan to provide our arguments for this interpretation at a future time.) As for the sixth head, there can be no doubt about its Roman identity. Scripture then proves that the coming 7th head (the one with 10 horns, which signifies a ruling power, in this case the collective of 10 contemporaneous kings) and 8th king who emerges later as the Antichrist, are also of Roman heritage. Here we must go to Daniel 7:24, which substantiates this view. The book of Revelation, after all, fits hand in glove with the prophecies in the Book of Daniel. “The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After

The Bible very clearly reveals that the sixth and seventh heads, as well as the 8th king (6th through 8th kings/ kingdoms mentioned in Revelation 17) are all of Roman origin.

Bible, is also flawed. For example, they take an incorrect interpretation of the seven heads shown on the beast of Revelation 17. As we have outlined in the past, the 7 heads (who are also 7 kings) represent the historical lineage of the major Gentile powers that have ruled and suppressed the Hebrews. On the other hand, the group of 10 kings, which are also mentioned in Revelation 17 (and symbolized four other occasions in Scripture), exist at the same time. Whereas the kings (rulerships) that are represented by the 7 heads are consecutive (not in dominance at the same time), the 10 kings represented by the horns exist contemporaneously. Revelation 17:10 says that the 7 heads “are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come.” Just who are these kingdoms? Quoting the November/December issue of the Trumpet, the PCOG assigns the identity of the “five fallen” as follows: Justinian (A.D. 554); Charlemagne (A.D. 800); Otto the Great (A.D. 962); Charles V; and Napoleon who crowned himself emperor in 1804. Such interpretations are highly imaginative and subjective … not to mention Scripturally unsound. John the Revelator wrote down the visions given to him late in the first century. Just how could the five kingdoms that had already fallen, all yet come to power in later centuries, as the PCOG
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them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones.” The kingdom that Daniel is referring to here is the fourth kingdom that he sees in his visions—namely, the terrible beast—that follows the previous ram that represented Greece (see Daniel 7:7). Therefore, indeed the 10-king global power coalition will emerge from the Roman peoples. If this is so, we present this conclusion: the 10 kings cannot include Germany if it really is the modern-day Assyria, as the PCOG claims. According to Daniel 9:26, the 10 kings must be of Roman origin, not Assyrian. Crucially, consider this important point: Revelation 17:12 says that the 10 kings had “not yet received a kingdom” at the time of John the Revelator. This verse then disqualifies Assyria as being one of the 10 nations (and, for that matter, also modern-day Iran and Egypt). Why? They had already received a kingdom in past history. They are therefore disqualified as members of the final 10 kings. Points to Ponder We conclude as follows: indeed we believe that events today in Europe will ultimately play a factor in the emergence of the last-day, 10-king power coalition. We are not at all convinced that this will take the form of a Holy Roman Empire, one that is in complicity with the Roman Catholic Church. Revelation 17 shows the “prostitute” on the back of the beast that represents all 7 historic kingdoms, from Egyptian to Roman. The Roman Catholic Church hasn’t been around that long. To be sure, European financial instabilities today very likely will play a role in the emergence of the next world order. However, there is no way of anticipating the various convolutions that may unfold in the interim. One should not forget that we live in a globalized world where international financial markets, politics and economies are tightly intertwined. There is no telling just what event might prove to be a catalyst for further instabilities. Geopolitical events do not occur in a vacuum. As we have shown, British Israelite perspectives on Germany’s specific role in end-time prophecy are not Scriptural. Furthermore, if it is not possible to identify Germany as modern-day Assyria from Scripture, then one must question of what value such a perspective would have for Christians. Isn’t the Bible the full record of what the Holy Spirit considered essential to reveal to Christians? The same Assyrians that persecuted the Hebrews (destroying the Northern Kingdom and persecuting Judah) in the Old Testament, have decamped and followed the 10 lost tribes to Europe, there to persecute and oppress the descendents of the 10 Northern tribes once again? That would mean that the 2nd head shown on the beast in Revelation 17 must be revived and come back to global dominance. This does not agree with the sequence that is shown in Scripture. Finally, the Bible does not allow us to make any specific predictions as to what countries will be involved or the timing and exact sequence of last-day events related to the emergence of the 10 kings, and nations outside the Middle Eastern theatre that are not specifically named. That said, careful study of Bible prophecy does allow us to uncover incorrect interpretations, speculations and false prophecies. As such, one should always examine the Scriptures for oneself to test all views, whether from the Philadelphia Church of God Trumpet, or Midnight Call or any other publication. MC
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As we have shown, British Israelite perspectives on Germany’s specific role in end-time prophecy are not Scriptural. Furthermore, if it is not possible to identify Germany as modern-day Assyria from Scripture, then one must question of what value such a perspective would have for Christians.

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Amos 2:4-16 was written specifically to exhort ancient Israel, but the message of those verses also instructs modern nations. It is applicable to any nation or people that continually forsakes God’s Word and the blessing that comes with obedience to that Word, and who boasts in their own strength.
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srael was chosen by God to experience God’s blessing in an entirely unique manner from any other nation (cf. Deut 28—30). God demanded that the nation repent from its moral deficiencies and religious hypocrisies. Nearly forty years after Amos warned the nation of Israel, the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom, and their ten tribes were lost among the Assyrian Empire. God’s people never thought they would experience such devastation. If a nation disdains the sovereignty of God, the message of Amos is far too obvious that the Lord God will indeed shatter the false hope and security of those who live independent of Him and His revealed Word (cf. 1 Thess 5:3).

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Stressing the principle of moral causality (3:3-4, 8), Amos indicated that the nature of a person would be made manifest inevitably by one’s manner of life. The reason for this truth is not some natural tendency; rather, it is because God is the Lord, and His will is moral.
DO WHAT IS RIGHT (3:1-15) Each warning begins with the formula, “Hear this word” (3:1; 4:1; 5:1). Israel surely objected to the message of Amos on the basis of their elect status. God previously delivered Israel “from the land of Egypt” (2:10) because He made an eternal covenant with them (cf. 2:4-5; Deut 28-30). Israel assumed because they were “chosen among all the families of the earth” (3:2), that they would experience God’s continued unconditional blessing and salvation in spite of their actions. Amos indicated that election demands responsibility, in addition to privilege. The prophet indicated that blessing is conditioned upon faith and obedience to the revelation of God’s will in Scripture. Election does not supersede God’s sovereignty. Amos therefore insisted upon the continual unbound sovereignty of God. The prophet’s message is personally relevant because both blessing and judgment are understood solely within the realms ordained by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all and whose rule is more absolute than Amos could have experienced.1 Stressing the principle of moral causality (3:3-4, 8), Amos indicated that the nature of a person would be made manifest inevitably by one’s manner of life. The reason for this truth is not some natural tendency; rather, it is because God is the Lord, and His will is moral. God’s decree is explained in Galatians 6:7-8. “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Blessing and judgment are always dependent upon the continual free sovereignty of God and human responsibility.2 From a cultural perspective, the indictment against God’s people in Amos 3 is perhaps one of the sternest. The prosecution is most convicting. “‘But they do not know how to do what is right,’” declares the LORD, “‘these who hoard up violence and devastation in their citadels’” (3:10). The indictment is threefold. First, there was moral corruption (“they do not know how to do what is right”). Secondly, there was “violence and devastation.” Lastly, there was greed (“in their citadels”). Those who forget to do what is right deserve judgment, not blessing. The citadels were the storehouses of “violence and devastation” because the nation could no longer distinguish between good (right) and bad (wrong). Israel’s supposed allies were summoned not to attack or defend Israel, but to be witnesses of the “great tumults within her and the oppressions in her midst” (3:9). Wealth was attained through dishonest gain and by oppressing the poor, which was hidden “in the citadels” to keep it safe from all intruders. The nation was extravagant in its accumulation of wealth: the rich built winter and summer houses—“houses of ivory” and “great houses”— without thankfulness or thought given to the Lord, but through corrupted worship (3:14; cf. 1 Kgs 12:29-33; 2 Kgs 10:29; Jer 48:13). God concluded that it was not wealth that was hidden, but “violence and devastation.” God was just in his judgment (cf. Ezek 45:9). He would “punish Israel’s transgresssions” (3:14), and their wealth would “come to an end” (3:15). Wealth is neither good nor evil. However, when people love prosperity more than God, they will find themselves embracing all sorts of evil (1 Tim 6:10; Rev 3:17-18). Those who trust in riches “will fall, but the righteous will flourish like the green leaf” (Prov 11:28). “Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, cease from your consideration of it. When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens (23:4-5). One must recognize every possession as a gift of God to be used for His glory. Deuteronomy 8:10-11 communicates a wonderful principle: “When you have eaten and are satisfied,
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Billy Sunday was occasioned to say that it would be preferable for someone who was saved at a revival meeting to die that night and go immediately thereafter to heaven. His perspective emphasized a person’s conversion to the exclusion of living a life in faith and repentance toward God.
you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you. ‘Beware lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping His commandments and His ordinances and His statutes. . . .’” DO SEEK TO PRAISE GOD (4:1-5) Throughout the nation’s history, God brought various forms of punishment upon Israel to cause the people to return unto Him (4:4, 9-11). God chose Israel as an elect nation to reveal His presence and to dwell among the people (Exod 25:8). Disobedience, however, did not exempt the nation from suffering and trial (4:7, 9-11). Sin is evident when the poor are oppressed and the affluent waste time with partying, practicing boisterous religion without repentance (4:1, 4-5). God’s holiness is the assurance of His truthfulness. For this reason, He swore an oath with regard to His response to these actions. The people were doing what they loved, that is, satisfying their own interests and not giving thought with regard to God. The nation was satisfied with religious ritual, “but not in accordance with knowledge” (Rom 10:2). Their religion pacified the conscience, but did not result in life transformation (12:1-2). Apathy and hypocrisy were apparent. False religion is “of the flesh and human, whereas” true religion “is of the spirit, spiritual and divine. One soothes the human spirit; the other brings on the crisis which leads to repentance. One kind adapts itself to the life and ways of the worshipper. The true kind transforms the worshipper into the image of God.”3 With great blessing and privilege comes great responsibility. Such a notion was true especially for
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Israel, but also for all the nations. All people are responsible for sin because God is holy; judgment is inevitable for those “who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,” and who live for the temporal. Israel’s elite would not be rewarded for riches, but for righteousness. True worship does not seek self-aggrandizement, but to praise God. The purpose of God’s discipline is repentance and true worship. For those who forsake God and ignore divine discipline, there will be an eternal judgment. A LIFE OF FAITH AND REPENTANCE William Ashley “Billy” Sunday was a professional outfielder in the National League from 1883 to 1891. He converted to Christianity during the 1880s, and resigned from his athletic career to pursue Christian ministry. Sunday was one of the most popular American evangelists during the early 20th century. He was a very interesting revival preacher, to say the least, and he had an unusual perspective with regard to the Christian life. Sunday was occasioned to say that it would be preferable for someone who was saved at a revival meeting to die that night and go immediately thereafter to heaven. His perspective emphasized a person’s conversion to the exclusion of living a life in faith and repentance toward God. According to Titus 2:14, the believer is saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for their redemption, “and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.” It is contrary to Scripture to assert that one is saved for heaven only. There is “fruitful labor” to be accomplished in the present life (cf. 2 Cor 4:18; Phil 1:12—2:13; Col 3:1-4). It is

Amos demonstrated that disaster will overtake the nation if the poor are abused, time is wasted with partying, and religion is outrageous and without both faith and repentance.
a biblical priority to “bear fruits in keeping with repentance” (Luke 3:8). Many of the people in Amos’ day were living similar to the perspective of Billy Sunday. They believed that their religious festivals, holy days, and worship were the priority of life. God, however, was angry with the people, not because they refused to worship in the Temple regularly, but because their actions were not consistent with their profession of faith in Him. Amos corrected the mistaken perspective that religion is the priority of life, without regard for a “transformed” life that is “acceptable to God” (Rom 12:1-2). (4:6-13) According to 4:1-5, the people loved to worship so they could flaunt their social status, and did so through meaningless religiosity. The women, in particular, were declared to be “cows of Bashan,” who insisted that their husbands bring them ample drink and other luxuries for their partying, even if the poor were oppressed in the pursuit for such pleasures (4:1-3). God was no longer the priority of the worship (4:3-5). Although the people were loyal to their traditions, Amos shocked them by revealing their separation from God. Worship (or religion) that ignores the existence of the one true God or His revealed Word is false. The people had forsaken and rejected God in their worship, and ignored the Lord’s discipline of the nation; consequently, the nation must either repent or perish. Amos demonstrated that disaster will overtake the nation if the poor are abused, time is wasted with partying, and religion is outrageous and without both faith and repentance. Although the nation was chosen by God to reveal His presence and for Him to dwell among them (Exod 25:8), this did not make the nation exempt from difficulties and sufferings if they disobeyed the Lord God. Several catastrophes were brought by God to cause His people to return to Him (4:7, 9, 10). Regardless of God’s warning, the people did not return (Heb. shub) to the Lord by turning from their sins. Therefore, the Lord would discipline the nation, according to 3:11-15. A LIFE OF JUSTICE (5:1-27) Israel confessed faith in God with her lips, but demonstrated disdain toward him through her idolatry and injustices. The nation was proficient in maintaining an outward appearance by performing many of the divine requirements. They celebrated feast days and joined together in “solemn assemblies,” and brought burnt and peace offerings to the Temple (5:21-23). The nation, however, was inundated with corruption and injustice (5:12); therefore, God hated and despised the religious rituals (5:21). God’s response was that the nation would reap what they had sown (5:11; cf. Gal 6:7). The essential meaning of justice is agreement with a standard by which right and wrong may be measured. In the Old Testament, the standard was God’s revealed Law. In the New Testament, the entirety of the 66 books of Scripture constitutes this standard. The Word of God is the charter for a truly just society. The emphasis of the New Testament upon a personal relationship with God does not lessen the biblical injunction to demonstrate holiness and justice in society. Justice and righteousness are not merely qualities that are related to standards of behavior, such as, what a person does or does not do. With his reflecAPRIL 2012 21

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“‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’”
bribes and turn aside the poor in the gate” (Amos 5:12). True worship is not following traditions, but seeking God in obedience. God’s concern was not for restoring appropriate forms of worship; rather, He desired the nation to restore His values for justice. God detests any worship that does not promote justice and righteousness consistently on a daily, ongoing basis. Those who truly worship God must be committed to “seek good and not evil” with all people. It is then that the blessing of the Lord is realized. “Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the gate!” God cares very much for the heart of His people. A people or nation who rejects His values of justice and righteousness, by abandoning themselves to pleasure and wealth while oppressing others, will experience His punishment. The message of Amos demonstrated that Israel was beyond the opportunity for repentance, and therefore the nation would experience God’s discipline for living the exact opposite of God’s expectations. It is a sobering thought to desire repentance, but find that the opportunity has been lost (cf. Heb 12:17). God will fulfill His mandate for justice and righteousness, even if it means bringing the Day of the Lord as a time of darkness for His people. God’s Word is certainly relevant to exhort us to pursue true worship and authentic living through our expression of jus(493) tice and righteousness. ENDNOTES
1 2 3 John D. W. Watts, Studying the Book of Amos (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1966) 43. Ibid. 43-44 Ibid. 43-44

tion upon the Old Testament Law, the prophet Amos focused attention upon God’s concern for people. The purpose for God’s Law to govern society was so that each person—rich or poor—would be treated with compassion and fairness. The concept of God being just is an affirmation that God is committed to practicing righteousness by all people. God’s own innate passion for justice causes Him to demand that humanity maintain the conviction to practice justice toward all people. “‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’” (5:24). “‘I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion . . . By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all who judge rightly. I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me’” (Prov 8:12, 15-17). Amos announced God’s judgment for injustice not only against Israel, but also for all nations. Israel did not abandon the worship centers—established by Jeroboam—in violation of God’s Law. Old immoralities were still practiced, even being performed supposedly in God’s honor. “For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, you who distress the righteous and accept
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PART IV
By NORBERT LIETH

In his first letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul tells him,“…how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” Read here Part 4.

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n 1 Timothy 1:18, Paul writes to Timothy, “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy….” What charge or command is the apostle speaking of? He is referring to what he had already commanded Timothy to do: he should see that no strange doctrines were spread, that no strange influences found their way into the Church, and that the sound doctrine was preserved (verses 3-11). Then Paul continues in verse 18, “…according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare” (cf. 1 Timothy 6:12 and Jude 3). This verse is translated as follows in the NIV, “Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight.” Timothy received the command to fight the good fight. He did not need to do this alone, however, or without spiritual weapons. Rather, he could undertake the great task, strengthened by the prophecies made about him. Apparently, there were prophecies concerning Timothy which he could and should claim (1 Timo-

thy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6). We are no longer living today in apostolic times. The events concerning Timothy belong to the foundation of the early Church. Today, we have all the prophecies in the Scriptures, which were not completed at that time. This Word strengthens us and leads us to fight the good fight. We are simultaneously called upon to use the spiritual gifts that the Lord has given to strengthen us, and to enjoy using them. God always gives the spiritual gift needed for a task. In verse 19, Paul continues, “Holding faith, and a good conscience.” To fight a good fight we need, besides the word of prophecy and the use of spiritual gifts, personal faith and a good conscience. Prophecy and spiritual gifts (1 Timothy 1:18 and 4:14) come from God; faith and a good conscience are our part. Only in this way can we fight the good fight and endure. We should employ the gifts in faith and with a good conscience, and claim the promises and do in accordance with what we know in theory. Those who do not abide in the doctrine and confirm it
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with their lives are in danger of being spiritually shipwrecked, “…which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” (verse 19). We should have a good conscience and not ignore it. We ignore our conscience when we leave the pure doctrine, no longer live in accordance with it, and are indifferent to it (verse 5). “Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme” (verse 20). Both these men had forsaken the doctrine and a good conscience. They set themselves above the pure doctrine, suffered shipwreck, and finally became blasphemers. These could well be the same persons that Paul mentions in his second letter to Timothy, “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some” (2 Timothy 2:16-18; see also 1 Corinthians 15:12 and 2 Thes24
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salonians 2:2). “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words” (2 Timothy 4:14-15). It is to be assumed that these men, in spite of their exclusion from the Church, still had influence over it and a number of followers, which made things very difficult for Paul. This is always the case. There will always be people who let themselves be deceived and join the wrong side, and make it very hard for those who are on the right side. Many expositors assume that the men mentioned spiritualized the resurrection in a Greek-philosophical way, and did not believe in a physical resurrection. This reminds us of the present-day tendency to spiritualize Israel, the Rapture, the return of Jesus in great power and glory, and the millennium of peace. It happens that Christians first begin to doubt Biblical truths, then openly question them, and finally become cynical or make a mockery of everything. They have lost their good conscience and are no longer receptive for the truth and corresponding admonitions. Paul gave these two men over to Satan, in apostolic authority, which apparently meant exclusion from the Church. He committed them to the kingdom of Satan, which lies outside the Church (cf. 1 Timothy 5:15 and 1 Corinthians 5:3-6). The aim of their exclusion was not to condemn them, but to discipline them and make them (MR1010/421) turn around.

USA

Mind-Reading Comes Closer
In a report, scientists say that through a L kind of surgical wiretapping they were able

Forget Siri, the iPhone voice program—neuroscientists may someday have your brain babbling on the phone.

to translate brain electrical signals back into single words overheard by patients, with 89 percent accuracy. The report raises the possibility that brain sensors could help people speak through a computer simply by thinking what they want to say. “We’re trying to figure out how the brain decodes acoustics into words,” says study senior author Bob Knight of the University of California-Berkeley. The goal, he says, is to help patients rendered voiceless by strokes or other ailments speak their thoughts directly, Knight says, much like Stephen Hawking, the famed physicist who speaks only with the aid of a computer synthesizer. “We might soon be able to read out what a patient is hearing from electrodes on their brain,” says neuroscientist Iain DeWitt of Georgetown University Medical Center, who was not part of the study. He cautions that imagined speech, which generates the words we speak, likely originates in a slightly different location in the brain than the part tested in the study that makes sense of overheard words. “The real advance is that it shows we are closing in on the code that the brain uses to give meanings to words,” says New York University neuroscientist David Poeppel. Invasive implants, “cutting holes in people’s heads,” he says, look less promising down the road than devices worn outside the head, as researchers get better at teasing out brain signals. “It’s fair to say that there is a great deal of work going on in understanding the speech center of the brain,” says Josef Rauschecker, a colleague of DeWitt.
-USA Today, 1 February 2012

Reading another person’s mind has been a fictional dream of men for ages. If only one could know for sure what the other person thinks. This, of course, would be extremely helpful in the world of politics and during business dealings. It would mean nothing could be hidden; only truths would be clearly revealed. We are reminded here of the words found in Psalm 139:2, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” When Jesus was on Earth, sin never affected His life; He was without sin. Subsequently, He knew the thoughts of man, “And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” (Matthew 9:4). John concludes chapter 2 of his book with the words, “He knew what was in man.” While this scientifically engineered tool will be helpful for many people, particularly those unable to communicate, it is evident from Scripture that it will ultimately be used by the evil one to solidify his absolute fake “divine” position toward all the people in the world. Revelation testified, “And all the world wondered after (admired) the 4309 beast.”
(For more on this subject, read The

UK

A ‘Black Box’ for All Drivers
The firm said the system would allow L its better drivers to receive cheaper premiums. The system involves the installation of a small black box into the driver’s car which records how they drive. The measures include monitoring speed, braking severity, cornering and the types of roads used during certain times of day. This information is transmitted remotely to the insurers, and can also be accessed by users via a website which gives information on overall performance, warning them if they are likely to be moved to a higher premium. “The point is that these sorts of devices firmly put in the hands of the driver a responsibility for driving safely. It makes you think.” The information could be used to prove who was at fault in accidents, AA spokesman Ian Crowder added, but such detailed information would only be disclosed with a court order. He said the “pay-how-you-drive” system, which is aimed primarily at young drivers, could save customers up to £850 per year.
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The AA is set to launch a new insurance policy which uses satnav technology to track driver performance.

Coming Digital God, Item 1046.)

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EU Plans Full-Fledged ‘Political Union’
European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has told the Chinese public that the EU will become a fullyfledged “political union” after the financial crisis.

Speaking to TV cameras after a meeting L with Chinese leader Wen Jiabao in Beijing,

the problems in the euro area the conclusion has been to further integrate and to complete the monetary union with a fiscal union and, I believe, in the future toward a political union.” EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy highlighted a clause in the joint summit communique which says the EU is willing to “swiftly” give China market economy status—a move that would help it sell more cheap goods to Europe. “It’s the first time we put this kind of agreement with this kind of language after an EU-China summit,” he said. Wen said nothing on Iran and indicated that China does not want outside interference in Syria. “The future of Syria is for the Syrian people to decide,” he said.
-euobserver.com, 14 February 2012

he noted the EU has recently suffered mass strikes and protests, including violent clashes in Greece. “It is true that in many of our member states there have been student protests and strikes. This is normal in our open societies where people have a right to protest,” he said. “I want to make this very clear to Chinese public opinion. Because I understand when you see the news you may be putting some questions. Is the European Union really going to progress? I say, ‘Yes. No doubt about it’…Precisely because of

Europe is China’s largest customer. The EU represents the world’s biggest exporter and importer. According to Bible prophecy, Europe will continue to be the center of the world. It is biblically defined with these words, “Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces” (Daniel 7:23). Compulsory speed recording devices for commercial vehicles were implemented decades ago in some European countries, with great success. When one drives on Europe’s highways, it is immediately evident that trucks, virtually all the time, are governed by a lower speed limit and keep to the right lane. Critics have long ago ceased because the system has proven to be successful. By law, truck drivers can only operate their vehicles for limited hours a day. Most highways are closed to commercial trucks Sundays and holidays. Obviously, the drivers are generously compensated and well rested so they operate responsibly; they are controlled. Britain’s experiment with passenger vehicles will likewise be successful. In

We notice the word “diverse.” Of what does this diverseness consist? Historically, a kingdom or any government operating independently for the well-being of its citizens; usually one ruler, one tax code, one language, with one goal for only its own people: peace, prosperity, and security. The European Union is different. It is expressed in their motto, “United in Diversity.” The success is mind-boggling when one considers the fact that only 70 years ago, World War II devastated the continent. While economically as well as financially, the EU has been extremely successful, one thing is lacking: a “political union.” That obviously is only a matter of time. In spite of being the most diverse continent on earth, a political union will and must be achieved. From Scripture, we know that the ultimate end, the climax of this union will result in one leader— the Antichrist. 4316
(For more on this subject, read Who Is the Antichrist?, Item 2254.)

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“All the anecdotal evidence suggests that people who have installed the system have about a 30% better claims experience—in other words, less crashes—than those who don’t,” he added. The technology, known as “telematics” or “black box insurance” has for several months been utilized by smaller insurance firms such as Co-Op and Coverbox. Keith Peat, a spokesman for the Association for British Drivers, told the BBC he was worried that drivers who did not want to allow telematics in their vehicle would face higher costs. “Providing the drivers give their consent it is OK,” he said. “But what we are totally against is people who don’t give their consent being penalized.”
-www.bbc.co.uk, 9 February 2012

due time, the technology will be exported to other countries. After all, you can’t argue with success. The other side of the story is that the “big brother” theory is slowly but surely becoming real, intruding in the lives of all people the world over. This will finally lead to the much dreaded global world, with governmental authority implementing total 4308 control.
(For more on the last days, read Revelation 13: Satan’s Last Victory, Item 1067.)

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WORLD

After Two Thousand Years, the Final Days?
Some people recite history from above, recording the grand deeds of great men. Others tell history from below, arguing that one person’s life is just as much a part of mankind’s story as another’s.

If people do make history, as this deL mocratic view suggests, then two people make twice as much history as one. Since there are almost 7 billion people alive today, it follows that they are making seven times as much history as the 1 billion alive in 1811. The chart above shows a populationweighted history of the past two millennia. By this reckoning, over 28% of all the history made since the birth of Christ was made in the 20th century. Measured in years lived, the present century, which is only ten years old, is already “longer” than the whole of the 17th century. This century has made an even bigger contribution to economic history. Over 23% of all the goods and services made since 1AD were produced from 2001 to 2010, according to an updated version of Angus Maddison’s figures.
-www.economist.com

Dr. Charles Seife, in his book Decoding the Universe, begins the introduction with these words, “…Probably not the first thing you want to read when you pick up a book, but it’s true. Humanity— and all life in the universe—is going to be wiped out. No matter how advanced our civilization becomes, no matter if we develop the technology to hop from star to star or live for six hundred years, there is only a finite time left before the last living creature in the visible universe will be snuffed out. The laws of information have sealed our fate; just as they have sealed the fate of the universe itself.” What does the Bible say? The apostle Peter writes, “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (2 Peter 3:11-12). However, that’s not the end for those who believe in the accomplished work of redemption by Jesus Christ; thus Peter continues, “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (verse 13).
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Ahmadinejad Calls for New World Order
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for a new world order of justice-seeking nations, to replace the existing Western-dominated liberal status quo.

President Ahmadinejad made the reL marks at the inauguration ceremony of the 2nd International Conference on Hollywoodism and Cinema in Tehran. The Iranian chief executive stated that the world’s dominant powers deliberately bully the smaller nations, who are not in conflict with one another, thereby creating artificial problems between them. President Ahmadinejad also pointed out that this new world order needs to be all-inclusive, and not be dominated by any particular single nation. At least 48 foreign scholars from France, the US, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Palestine and the UK took part in the conference. The event kicked off in the Iranian capital, as part of the 2012 Fair International Film Festival.
-www.presstv.ir, 2 February 2012

(For more on the coming kingdom, read Zechariah’s Prophetic Vision for the New World, Item 1052.)

The gigantic strides made in the last 100 years can’t be multiplied in the coming century without severely, if not catastrophically, affecting life on earth.

Ahmadinejad is right on target. The world cannot continue indefinitely under the auspices of the present system. There will and must arise a new system to dominate planet Earth. It will be the new New World Order, powerful enough to subdue all nations of the world in order to bring about peace, prosperity and security for all. But, we must add, that will only be temporary because it is manmade. It will end in the greatest catastrophe the world has ever known— the Great Tribulation. 4313
(For more on this subject, read One World, Item 2203.)

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Universal Biometric Identification System in the Works
India has launched an ambitious program to fit each of its 1.2 billion residents with an Unique identification number (UID).

Each number will be tied into three pieces of biometric data: fingerprints (all ten digits), iris scans (both eyes), and a picture of the face. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will begin processing people in various locations around the country. UIDAI aims to slowly roll out the program and to ID 600 million people in the next four years! This is a mammoth program. While residents are not mandated to get a UID, a growing list of services including social welfare and even some bank accounts will soon require the identification number. If successful, this will be the first biometrically verified universal ID implemented on a national scale. India is forging new ground, drawing both fears and hopes of what a national ID number may bring with it. Ostensibly the UIDAI was formed, and the idea of UID green-lighted, to help those 440 million Indian people who were found to be below the poverty level in 2002. The nation has an extensive series of social welfare programs—everything from medical support to home heating fuel subsidies—but many of these services are ripe with corruption and bureaucratic stagnation. Many of India’s poorest citizens do not have ID cards, bank accounts, or even addresses that they can use to register for social services. Often the money for these programs ends up in the hands of middle

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class families tricking the system by using false identification schemes. With the UID, India hopes to give every resident a means of accessing welfare services as well as cut down on fraud. To the UIDAI, the purpose of a national ID is to enable the government to get help to those who need it. Ultimately I wouldn’t be surprised if the UID, with its biometric data, could be used as a means of payment (when linked to a bank account), or as an access key to homes and cars. Purchase a meal with your fingerprint and unlock your door with the twinkle in your eye. Similar results could be expected in other nations that adopted biometric identification systems. The UIDAI points out that the UID is just a number, not an ID card. Each Indian state will still be responsible for issuing licenses and identification cards. The actual UID number will not contain any intelligence; that is, it will not code for anything. It’s only a random string of digits, making it harder for hackers to exploit the system. UID’s will be given to every resident of India, no matter their citizen status. The registration process has also been made transparent. When a resident is interviewed for the UID, they can see everything that the processor does via an outwardly facing computer screen attached to their laptop. Residents provide their name, date of birth, gender, father’s UID (if applicable), mother’s UID (if applicable), and address (if applicable). Fingerprints, picture, and iris scans are collected at the same time.
-singularityhub.com

mark is to be placed on or in the right hand or the forehead. While this new ID produces a number strictly for identification, it is definitely another step toward the ultimate ID, the mark of the beast. Beside the article there is an illustration with the words, “Will the future be filled with cool technologies and endless opportunities or will our own creations lead to eventual doom?” Doubtless, the latter is right because based on Revelation 13:14, the ultimate image relating to the mark is manmade.
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(For more on this subject, read Preparing for the Mark of the Beast, Item 1061, $16.95.)

C R O AT I A

Popular Referendum Says YES to EU Accession
Of those who did show up to the polls, L around 68 percent voted for the accession despite concerns over economic turmoil in Europe and ambivalence over a possible loss of sovereignty. Accession still needs to be ratified by the Croatian parliament and by all EU-27 parliaments before the country officially joins next year. Anti-EU sentiment in the country flared up in April when two Croatian commanders—Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac—received lengthy jail terms by judges in The Hague. However, the BBC reports that Gotovina recently told his supporters to back Croatia’s bid to join the Union. For their part, EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy and EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso released a joint statement saying EU membership will “help secure the stability and prosperity” of the nation. They described the
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Croatians voted in favor of joining the European Union on 22 January in a popular referendum that will see it become the 28th member state.

Identification papers have been standard the world over for decades. In some countries like the U.S., the identification paper is the driver’s license, without which many business activities cannot be transacted. India now goes one step further. Every person is to be registered and receive a unique identification number. That means without carrying a driver’s license, a passport, or an identity card, the person can be identified. This number is unique and permanent. Is this the mark of the beast? We don’t think so because according to Scripture, the

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SWITZERLAND

To Abolish or Keep the Leap Second
The future of the world’s time is being debated at a meeting in Switzerland.
at the International TelecomL Experts munication Union are deciding

whether to abolish the leap second. This is an extra second that is added every few years to keep time measured by atomic clocks in sync with the time based on the Earth’s rotation. Countries such as the United States, France and Germany want to lose the leap second, but the UK, along with China and Canada, wants it to stay. The world’s timescale, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), is based on the time measured by atomic clocks, which use the incredibly regular vibrations in atoms to count the seconds. But these clocks are so accurate, they put our former timekeeper—our planet—to shame. The Earth speeds up and slows down as it spins, which means that while one rotation is one day, some days end up being a few milliseconds longer or shorter than others.

As a result, leap seconds were established in 1972 to keep the time told by atomic clocks and the Earth’s time in phase. Dr. Felicitas Arias, director of the time department at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris, said: “When leap seconds were defined, this was a request from maritime navigation—and today maritime navigation can use other ways to access rotational time.” Peter Whibberley, senior research scientist in time and frequency at the national Physical Laboratory, in Teddington, UK, said: “A decision to stop using leap seconds to keep UTC aligned with mean solar time would be perhaps the most fundamental change to timekeeping for hundreds of years. “For the first time, civil time worldwide would be based purely on man-made clocks and no longer tied closely to the Earth’s rotation.” This could cause some long-term problems. Over decades, the difference between Earthbased time and atomic clock time would amount to a few minutes, but over 500 years, they would be out by an hour. Over millennia, the discrepancy would grow even more. The British Science Minister David Willetts said: “The UK position is that we should stick to the current system used throughout the world. In the midst of turmoil and much confusion within the EU, the process to take on more member nations continues unabated. The European Union must do justice to its name and be a Union to unify the entire European con-

“Without leap seconds we will eventually lose the link between time and people’s everyday experience of day and night.”
-bbc.co.uk, 18 January 2012

This is not science fiction, but true earthly based science. This split second is causing quite a stir among the nations. David Willetts expressed his concern by saying that without the leap second, “we will eventually lose the link between time and people’s everyday experience of day and night.” Will this happen? Here is what the Bible says about the ultimate destination of time, “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer” (Revelation 10:6). 4290
(For more on Creation, read Cosmos, Creator, and Human Destiny, Item 2251, $30.)

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EU flag on display in Brussels at an event to celebrate the previous wave of enlargement (Photo: ec.europa.eu)

result as good news for the whole of the Balkan regions. Opponents of accession fear Brussels will now rule the country and that the EU has changed because of the trouble surrounding the euro. EU supporters believe membership will “Croatia will not lose its sovereignty or natural resources, nor will it be ruled by the EU,” President Ivo Josipovic said in a written statement.
-euobserver.com, 23 January 2012

tinent. Although much negative news has been coming out of the Union lately, experts tells us that after all the dust has settled, the EU will grow stronger and more united in order to significantly influence the entire world. This process is to be expected, according to Bible prophecy. It is ordained of God that from the four Gentile superpowers— Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome—the last one will not be limited to Europe, but

will be global. This should lay to rest all the various theories that Asia or America will dominate the world. That assumption cannot be supported by prophetic Scripture. Besides, the entire American continent (South and North) and its 35 sovereign nations can be considered European; they were established with European principles, and make use of Roman law. All without exception speak European languages, and all have historical and cultural ties to Rome (Eu4293 rope).
(For more on the four superpowers, read Daniel’s

Prophecies Made Easy, Item 1057, $12.)

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Asteroid Shield to Be Developed to Protect Earth
A new consortium of EU researchers is exploring options for dealing with an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Plenty of ideas are already on the table, such as deflection with projectiles or explosives and using gravity to put it off course. But the project’s complexity and costs are problematic.

One of the main problems is detecting asteroids. This chart illustrates how infrared light is used to more accurately determine an asteroid's size than visible light can.

The Earth’s residents can once again L play the popular game of “What if?”

Corbis

What if a hunk of cosmic rock is out there on a collision course with Earth? An Asteroid labeled “(433) Eros” is rushing toward our planet on a course that will bring it relatively close, at least on a cosmic scale. On the one hand, the chunk of rock—measuring 30 by 13 kilometers (19 by 8 by 8 miles)—is approaching Earth closer than any asteroid of this size has for a long time. But on the other, it is currently following a circular path far beyond the moon’s orbit. Many people might shudder to think of these silent giants. But then they will go on about their daily business, forgetting all about (433) Eros and others. After all, in statistical terms, the chances of an asteroid that size hitting the Earth are still rather slim. Nevertheless, there are still some people who remain focused on this threat. Among them are Alan Harris and his colleagues at a newly formed consortium working on behalf of the European Union to develop “mitigation” strategies against potential cosmic killers. Harris, a planetary scientist at the German Aerospace Center’s Berlin-based Institute of Planetary Research, is leading the three-year NEOShield project, with “NEO” being the acronym for “near-Earth object.” In response to these worries, the European Commission recently decided to invest €4 mil-

An artistic depiction of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth: Scientists know that Earth has suffered asteroid strikes over the course of its history. A number of gigantic craters attest to these impacts, including the Barringer Crater in Arizona, the Nördlinger Ries in southern Germany and the Manicouagan Reservoir in Canada. A new EU project is exploring potential methods of "mitigating" threats from asteroids.

lion ($5.3 million) in the NEOShield project. An additional €1.8 million will come from scientific institutions and industry partners. Within three years’ time, the experts hope to draw up a blueprint for a test mission. If it can find a financial backer, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the mission could be launched as early as 2020. In the meantime, researchers are working hard to find out whatever they can about our cosmic escorts. For example, NASA plans to launch its “OSIRIS-REx” probe in 2016 to pay a visit to the asteroid “1999 RQ36.” If everything goes according to plan, the probe will return to Earth seven years later with up to two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of sample material in its hold.
-spiegel.de, 26 January 2012

of gigantic craters in Canada, Arizona and Germany, to mention a few, all seem to attest that asteroids did strike the earth sometime in ancient history. Yet, the tiny sum ($5.3 million) the European Commission has allotted to this project seems to testify that the alleged danger is mostly theory. However, the increased attention to outer space may well be connected to the real thing confirmed in the Bible, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels” (Revelation 12:7). War in heaven is something totally different than war on earth. The Bible does not give more information except to report of the end result, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (verse 9). Thus, planet Earth will experience an impact of some sort coming out of 4299 heaven.
(For more on this subject, read 2012, the Bible and the End of the World, Item 2252, $12.99.)

Scientists the world over seem to increasingly focus their attention on outer space; in this case, targeting the threat of asteroids. Is it real or imagined? Based on a number

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Geneva Bible Dear Editor, I love your ministry because of my Biblical convictions, which means I am Pre-Trib, Pre-Mil, and love the Jews. I was taken aback recently when material was sent to me under your banner offering the Geneva Bible…the Bible of the Reformers. Now, I ask, why would I want the theology of the Reformers? In other words, “Replacement Theology.” The Reformation may have returned to the proper understanding of justification, but not ecclesiology, eschatology, or even the acknowledgement of the Positional or Identification truths as revealed by the Apostle Paul. They have absolutely no clue as to the importance of knowing the difference between the first and last Adam (1 Corinthians 15) regarding our sanctification. Why? Because the Reformers missed a great deal of biblical truth … they had bad Hermeneutics. The Replacement Theology crowd sings the praises of Luther, etc. at the expense of neglecting the revelation of the Apostle Paul’s inspired writings. They surely miss the admonition and warning of 2 Timothy 2:15-16. You have given me great pause about the stated doctrine of your ministry by running such an advertisement.
-P. Niednagel, CA

Answer: Thanks for calling my attention to the Geneva Bible relating to Replacement Theology. Doubtless, you have done more research than I in this matter, but we are pursuing two different targets. The Geneva Bible, like any other, is a translation from available manuscripts. What the Reformers attempted to do or not to do theologically has no direct relationship to the words translated. I am concerned about the end product. How best to translate virtually any word from one language to another is an unending debate. I have a New Testament listing 26 English language translations. Here is a sample of Matthew 1:1:
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principles, as we used to be for 200 years ... what laws we institute such as pro or anti-abortion, homosexuality, prayer in school, freedom of religion, etc.? America’s Founding Fathers knew that a nation’s well being depends on objective knowledge of God’s truth. I do believe all Christians would prefer to live in a country with pro-Christian laws. Don’t we then need to monitor the professed faith of candidates for office and not shrug, saying we live under the evil one? How much, if any, political effort to improve society is to be exerted by a Christian? Also, does the much quoted passage from 2 Chronicle 7:14 apply only to Israel? This can all get a bit perplexing with so many views being preached. Thanks for your reply.
-R. Metzler, PA

“The Book of the Generation of Jesus Christ…” (KJV) “A Genealogy of Jesus Christ…” (TCNT) “The Family Tree of Jesus Christ…” (WMS) “A Record of the Ancestry of Jesus Christ…” (KNOX) These few examples show how one can say the same thing with different words. If you had a full command of the Greek language, you would quickly realize that there are innumerable ways of translating the same words, but the end result should reveal the genealogy of Jesus Christ in this case. The character of the translators is not necessarily decisive. Luther was viciously anti-Jewish in his last days. King James is listed in Wikipedia as “a lover of male company,” and one of the contributors of the NIV is allegedly a lesbian. And the translators of the Geneva Bible were proponents of “Replacement Theology.” I value the product, not the producers. The translations I use most are the KJV and Luther in German.

lamic world. This is also true in India, where religious fanatics are trying to create a Hindu Republic. Lastly, 2 Chronicles 7:14 has absolutely no relationship to any country but Israel, yet we may apply the spiritual value to the Church of Jesus Christ. I suggest that you follow Jesus as revealed in Holy Scripture, not Christian political activists who follow the Roman road.

Christian Nation Dear A. Froese, From your reply to various letters to the Editor, I understand that you do not agree with the concept “Christian Nation” often referred to in those letters. We know from Scripture that the whole world is under the dominion of the evil one, and only Israel and the Church are God’s. We are merely pilgrims passing through. I would like your opinion on how that should work itself out. Does it mean then that it makes no difference whether we are grounded largely by Christian
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Answer: Neither Jesus, the apostles or the early Church indicated that they had a political mandate. That’s the false teaching originating with Rome, declaring Christianity to be the state religion. From that point on, all European countries (including Colonial countries— South and North America, Australia, New Zealand, etc.) had incorporated to a greater or lesser extent the Christian church as the official national religion. The Founding Fathers of America, mainly Deists and Freemasons, recognized that religion must be separate from the State. Today, evangelical Christianity is trying to turn back to Roman principles, establishing a “Christian nation,” which never was, nor ever will be. Incidentally, the same spirit of uniting politics with religion is evident in the Is-

Calvinism Dear Bro. Froese, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I appreciate the Midnight Call magazine and ministry. What a blessing you are. You are a dear brother in Christ. I would like to correct an error if I could. I am writing in regard to the letter on “Calvinism” in the January 2012 issue. This is in no way an attempt to change your mind in what you believe; I don’t claim to speak for all Calvinists. I don’t consider myself a “Calvinist,” but a follower of our Lord. I prefer to call Calvin’s tenets, “Doctrines of Grace.” That said, you made a statement that many opponents of “Calvinism” make: QUOTE: “The assumption that God created billions of people on earth predestined for Hell is contrary to His statement. ‘For God so loved the world.’” I believe those who are finally lost are not predestined. Predestination only pertains to those who are saved or born again. I don’t know of any good Bible teacher of “Doctrines of Grace” that teaches such a thing. All men born into this world are already lost and headed for Hell because of Adam’s sin. By

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your statement, if all those lost are predestined for Hell, then it goes back to Adam and he was predestined to Hell. To me, this would make God to be the author of sin. You and I would agree that God is not the author of sin. I believe we would agree that God owes nothing to any of us. So, since Adam by his own free will brought sin to all mankind, cannot God give the gift of salvation to those He chooses? I agree that in predestinating some to be saved, He passes over the rest. If you want to be troubled that God passes over the rest, I understand that. Please don’t say that anyone is predestined to Hell. I will always reject that thought. We all have a different understanding in these things, and that’s okay with me. We agree on the Gospel of Jesus Christ that saves lost sinners. But, that statement to me is extreme error. I love you, Brother Arno, and you are my brother in Christ. Continue in His work.
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all, “For God so loved the world,” not those “predestined by irresistible grace.” I heard someone explain it this way: “When I was burdened with sin, I saw a gateway over which was written, ‘Whosoever will, let him come.’ In faith, I pressed through that gateway and lost the sin-burden. Then, looking back, I saw the words written on the inside, ‘Chosen before the foundation of the world.’” If grace is not available to all sinners, then it’s not grace and God does not love the world, but only His elect. Thus, salvation based on Predestination contradicts the collective message of Holy Scripture.

Answer: I would accept my statement to qualify for “extreme definition,” but not “extreme error.” You write, “Please don’t say that anyone is predestined to Hell.” That is exactly what Calvinism implies. I strongly oppose such an assumption because the Bible clearly reveals that it is the will of God that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of God, but man does not want it. Certainly, there are many Scriptures that teach predestination, but there are equally many verses that clearly show man’s free will to decide. After

Why Israel Suffered Dear Midnight Call Ministries, Wasn’t happy reading the Christmas letter that seemed to be so wise yet blamed the coming war and the suffering of the tribulation all on Israel. I started my subscription opening to that stab in the heart. When we were reading Daniel in Sunday School, prophecy became a big thing to me. I seemed to hear God’s heart cry for His land, and it touched my heart. There are, of course, three reasons God brings war to Israel, according to what I learned then: 1. to bring His people back to Himself; 2. to judge the nations hating Israel; 3. to cause the world to know He is the God of Israel. God is drawing His people to Himself, and in the seven years, revealing a people for His name’s sake. Are not the gates and foundations of the New Jerusalem all with Jewish names, tribes, and apostles?
-B. Willig, IN

Answer: We fully believe that the return of the Jews to the Promised Land and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 are part of God’s way of restoring Israel, with the ultimate aim of fulfilling Scriptures such as Romans 11:26,“And so all Israel shall be saved.” The three reasons you mentioned relating to Israel’s conflicts are certainly confirmed in the Bible. Unfortunately, even many evangelical Christians seem to deny that the process of preparation (about 4,000 years) is part of the fulfillment of the final prophecies. To us as believers, it is of great encouragement to see what is happening in Israel today, realizing that Israel’s neighbors, the Arabs, and to a larger extent, the Islamic world, oppose Bible prophecy fulfillment. However, ultimately all nations of the world are enemies of Israel. But the good news is that virtually all of the prophets end pronouncing the restoration and collective salvation of Israel.

Various Questions Dear Mr. Froese, I appreciate the variety of different subjects and writers in this magazine, and the research and information given to each article. I am enclosing some questions for the “Letters to the Editor” section. It’s a great feature in your magazine. 1. Moses was credited with writing Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, yet he lived 120 years and had not been alive during Genesis (Deuteronomy 34:7). 2. God told Moses he would not go over to the Promised Land because he sinned against God at the Meribah waters and failed to sanctify God before the children
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Once Saved, Always Saved Dear Mr. Froese, I can’t even begin to thank you enough for Midnight Call. I generally read it from cover to cover. I have surely received guidance and direction from your cherished publication. May the God of Abraham be eternally praised! I am also an avid reader of “Letters to the Editor.” Brother Arno, you have answered many more questions for me than you could know. I do, however, have a question that hinders me. I was born and raised as an old backwoods Southern Baptist. I certainly feel blessed to have been brought up by my sweet, “Jesus loving” mother. She’s gone now, along with the rest of my family. It is quite often lonely and depressing being the only one of my family left. The greatest thing I could think of at this point in time is to do my absolute best at witnessing and proclaiming the Son of God that takes away the sins of the world. Brother Froese, please help me to understand something. Even though I am a devout Baptist, I do not believe in “Once saved, always saved.” I base my belief on 2 Peter 2:1822. I would love to have you explain these verses to me.
-C. Passons, MS

of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:4951). However, Moses appeared with Jesus and Elijah at the Mount of Transfiguration. Was that in the Promised Land? (Mark 9:2-7). 3. Isaiah 66:23 says all flesh will come to worship Him from one Sabbath to another. Isaiah 66:24: “And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me (the Lord).” Why would we be able to see into Hell? That sounds terrible. Thank you.
-A. Rule, IL

Answer: Question 1: Moses knew because he was in the presence of the Lord—the Holy Spirit was the source of his memory (see John 14:26). Question 2: Not being permitted to enter the Promised Land has no relationship to spiritual realities. Moses was a person who knew God, and God knew him; thus, he was called to appear with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, but not in the flesh. Question 3: From the story of the rich man and Lazarus, we realize that the condemned will see what they missed, and apparently the saved will be aware of the judgment of the condemned. It is interesting that Lazarus is not involved in the dialogue and we don’t know to what extent he did realize the punishment of the rich man. The literal interpretation is applicable for the Jews who were faithful to the God of Israel; thus, they witnessed the destruction of those who had transgressed. What we do know for sure is that in heaven, there is no sadness, suffering or pain; subsequently, the punishment of the lost will in no way affect us.

again. They kept holding to the flesh. There are many wonderful people who have a great testimony; they turned away from evil, became upright and honorable citizens, had their family restored, and outwardly became examples to their family, their church, and their neighbors, but one thing was lacking: self-denial, saying yes to the death of their own flesh, their own selves. Hence, they never broke through to a living faith in Jesus, which results in the rebirth. Such are the most dangerous people in the church. For that reason, I often write that the atheists, communists, Islamists, Hindus, etc. are not the enemies to be feared, but fake Christianity is the most horrendous enemy for the truly born-again believer.

Promised Land Borders Dear Editor, I enjoy Midnight Call and am writing with a question: Does modern-day Israel occupy all of the land God promised to the Jewish people in the Old Testament? Thank you.
-D. Matter, KS

Answer: Although I am against the lighthearted and often flippantly made statement, “Once saved, always saved,” I cannot support the teaching that the born-again person can be lost. Please read the entire chapter, and notice the words, “false prophets… false teachers.” Such persons have been converted, but were never born-

Answer: The borders of the Promised Land are given in Genesis 15:18, “…from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” That means parts of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are Promised Land territory and will one day be taken possession of by Israel. We had the intention for many years to publish a map showing the original Promised Land, according to the most reliable Jewish sources, and Israel’s borders today. Your letter has given us the encouragement and the reason to do so in the not-too-distant future. MC

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“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:3-4).
he theme for the 2012 International Prophecy Congress is “When Light Meets Darkness.” This Scripture introduces us to the first separation between light and darkness. The division runs all the way through God’s plan of salvation. Of the completion, we read in the last book of the Bible, “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). That is the Eternal Light. John emphasizes the distinct difference when he says, “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, this light is identified. It is Jesus Christ the Lord, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:4-5). This light has appeared many times throughout the history of Israel. We recall the burning bush Moses was confronted with, or the pillar of fire Israel saw in their pilgrimage toward the Promised Land. We also recall the lighted candle in the tabernacle in the desert, and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. But all these lights were only shadows of that which was to come. Finally, in the fullness of time, Jesus exclaimed, “I am the light of the world.” It was the light of the Lamb of God, “…the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

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That is what the 2012 International Prophecy Congress is all about. In the midst of chaos, uncertainty, and insecurity the world over, there is light. It’s the light of prophecy, “…the light that shineth in a dark place…” (2 Peter 1:19). That is the light our international rostrum of speakers will expound upon during the 2 ½ days. The world, as we all know too well, lies in darkness because planet Earth is ruled by the prince of darkness. He is the great deceiver, the murderer from the beginning, the destroyer, the god of this world. It is Satan who desires to confuse those who are seeking the true light. He cunningly offers them counterfeit lights, things that seem correct, often scientifically confirmed, but in reality are not true. That is why we gather in Myrtle Beach with likeminded believers to follow our Lord’s admonition, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We have no other light than that which was given to us. Through God’s incomprehensible love, we have the light, the message of hope and restoration of eternal salvation. The Bible speaks of the past, the present and the future. In particular, it highlights the nation Israel and God’s plan with His chosen people. How this all relates to today’s world, the nations, the uprising in the Arab world, the turmoil in Israel, and the decline of America is the message we will underscore at the Atlantic Coast International Prophecy Congress. Only the Bible has the answer to the world’s race toward abysmal eternal darkness. Although October is still far away, we urge you to send in your registration as soon as possible (fully refundable at any time). Hotel rooms are available on the first-come, first-serve basis. We are praying and waiting for your response.

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MEET THE SPEAKERS
From Switzerland comes Dr. Roger Liebi (Dipl. Mus., B.Th., M.Th., Th.D.). He has served in many of Midnight Call’s conferences and Congresses in Europe and Israel. Dr. Liebi is proficient in classical and modern Hebrew, as well as Aramaic and Greek. He has authored many works translated into various languages. Dr. Elia Morise, an Egyptian Arab, will be a highlight as he presents Scripture from Egyptian perspectives. Dr. Morise’s knowledge and experience relating to the witness to Muslims will definitely be a great benefit to the Church in America. Dr. Morise is the main Arab language speaker for Midnight Call’s Radio New Hope programs. From Germany, we have Norbert Lieth. He is a graduate of Midnight Call Bible School in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has served as Midnight Call’s missionary in several South American countries. Norbert Lieth is the lead speaker for Midnight Call Ministries throughout Europe. Wilfred Hahn comes from Canada. He 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 Canada’s largest global investment group.

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries U.S.A. and editor-in-chief of the criticallyacclaimed 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. This is America’s first and only International Prophecy Congress. It is expected to be filled early.

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Dr. Elia Morise

Norbert Lieth

Irit Iffert Jael Kalisher

Govert Roos

Wilfred Hahn

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For the first time, we will have two Israeli believers, Irit Iffert and Jael Kalisher. They will bless us with their exceptional musical talents, compassionately presenting Hebrew Scripture songs, along with traditional and modern Christian music. But there is more good news: originating from the Netherlands, Govert Roos, who serves as music director at Midnight Call International Headquarters in Dübendorf, Switzerland, will bless us with his inspiring voice, contributing to the theme, “When Light Meets Darkness.”

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Elia Morise Testimony to Islam: Part I
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Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Roger Liebi Are We Really in the Endtimes? Part I Arno Froese Darkness upon the Earth Wilfred Hahn Endtime Global Political Economies Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Roger Liebi Are We Really in the Endtimes? Part II Norbert Lieth The Light of God in History Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Elia Morise Testimony to Islam: Part II

Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Elia Morise Testimony to Islam: Part III TBA Roger Liebi Are We Really in the Endtimes? Part III Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Questions & Answers

14:45 15:15 18:30 19:00 19:45 20:15 Introduction/Welcome Arno Froese Darkness upon Israel Irit Iffert, Jael Kalisher, Govert Roos Wilfred Hahn Prophecy’s View on Geopolitical Darkness

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“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed;
we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
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In this issue we want to highlight missionary Stephan Beitze, who is the son of Werner and Ursula Beitze, missionaries in Guatemala. The following is taken from one of his reports.

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idnight Call missionaries in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Guatemala have often experienced opposition, and in some cases outright persecution. Who are these missionaries in South and Central America? Virtually all come from Europe. Most have made it their life calling. They have been integrated into the various countries where they serve. In some cases, already the third generation is actively involved in publishing the precious Word of God in that part of the world. Recently, Norbert Lieth and Jonathan Malgo flew to Bolivia where Midnight Call missionaries were celebrating 50 years of service. We plan to publish additional information about the work in a future issue of Midnight Call. When we look at the introductory Scripture, we realize God’s wonderful hand of grace. Yes, we may experience many negative things, but that is never the end. The apostle Paul then writes in verse 17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” May these words of comfort for all who suffer be decisive in our life here on earth, because our goal is “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

From Argentina to Guatemala
Something unexpected recently happened. Word of Life Bible College in Guatemala invited me to lecture on two subjects. This Bible College was established two years ago. Before that time, students had to go to Argentina where Word of Life operates a larger Bible College. Because of the difficult economic situation in Guatemala, several believers got together with the idea to start their own Bible school. They now occupy a large area with a building suitable for a Bible school facility. There is sufficient room for 35 students, who have already begun to study at the school. But they had one problem: qualified teachers. Because my sister, Susana, is a member of Word of Life, I did not have much trouble agreeing to this task. A special bonus was included: the opportunity to see my family again. The subjects I teach on are: 1) The Torah (the five books of Moses), and 2) Christian Missions. It was a joy to see how the students participated eagerly. During

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Our study of the Acts of the Apostles as a guideline for God’s plan for missions, as well as practical experience, contributed toward a better understanding of the mission of the Church.

Christian Missions, it turned out to be very practical. During that short time, we experienced the Lord calling some students into full time service. Many counseling sessions were also done. A 35 year old brother was unsure whether he should take the position of pastor in a local church. Then there was a 17 year old, who with his father during the weekends serves in a newly planted church in a little town where the Gospel has been strongly opposed by the locals. It is not unusual for stones to be thrown at them. Often, pressure is evident from the opposition. Another brother on his way home was shot in the abdomen by a drunken person. He scarcely clung to his life. Now he has found a place in the Bible school to reside. He strongly feels that the Lord wants to make use of him. Our study of the Acts of the Apostles as a guideline for God’s plan for missions, as well as practical experience, contributed toward a better understanding of the mission of the Church. Having grown up in Guatemala, I had to get used to the many earthquakes again. One was specifically impressive. We were in Acts 2, studying Pentecost. While reading that Scripture, we experienced another earthquake. The entire building was shaking.

That was quite a visible demonstration for this important subject. After nine days of teaching, I was able to lend a hand to my parents in the office. It is just wonderful to see the volume of literature moving out of our facility to the Guatemalans. We pray that every piece of literature: books, magazines and recordings will be blessed by the Lord. I was also happy to do some practical work for my father, who has little time to do it. Additionally, there were a number of speaking engagements in various churches, which really filled my itinerary to the utmost for that month in Guatemala. We want to mention here that many of the missionary couples sent out more than 45 or 50 years ago have made the mission field their permanent home; thus, the children and grandchildren are considered “natives.” That fact is obviously helpful in communicating the Gospel with the locals. This reminds us of the words found in Deuteronomy 6:7, “And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” MC
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“And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 36:11).
Behind all the activities of the Israelis, the Arabs and the rest of the world is God’s clearly expressed intention to reestablish the nation of Israel on their original soil. The purpose is expressed in verse 27, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” That is Israel’s collective salvation.

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When reading this verse, we must note the “I will” of the Lord. That is most significant because it contradicts the general opinion of the world. There are innumerable books and articles written about the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, and many historical facts are quoted. Yet, none of these mention that it is all due to God’s eternal resolution, confirmed with His “I will.” Verse 8 reads, “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.” God speaks to the topographical land of Israel (not Palestine), and tells of the needed food in preparation of the people who “are at hand to come.” At this point in time, it is all but impossible for Israel to take possession of the entire Promised Land: from the river of Egypt to the great River Euphrates. But that contradicts God’s clear statement in verse 10, “I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded.”

Multiplying of Man
Here are some statistics about the population of the land of Israel, from 1690 to 1947: Year Jews Christians Muslims 1690-1691 2,000 11,000 219,000 1800 7,000 22,000 246,000 1890 43,000 57,000 432,000 1914 94,000 70,000 525,000 1922 84,000 71,000 589,000 1931 175,000 89,000 760,000 1947 630,000 143,000 1,181,000 Based on statistics for 2010, Israel’s population count is 7,624,000, of which 5,818,000 are Jews.

Arabs in Israel
This is one of the most hotly debated issues in the world. Arabs insist that all of the land of Israel should be incorporated into a new state called Palestine. Although the majority of the world’s nations do not agree to that plan, they do support, without exception, Israel’s limited possession of the Promised Land. When one follows the continuous development, the various peace treaties, dialogues, and agreements, one notices that they are all but hopeless. Many Arabs insist on Israel’s elimination, and Israel refuses to yield to such pressure. But in the end, what’s happening in and around Israel will not change God’s eternal resolution.

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Israel’s Future

As believers, we take notice of God’s special love for Israel. This is often overlooked within Christianity. Although it is clear that “God so loved the world,” Israel does have a special place because through Israel God brought forth His Son Jesus Christ, and He Himself declared, “Salvation is of the Jews.” That fact is not dependent on Israel’s condition. To Pharaoh, the Lord said, “Thus said the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn.” Therefore, regardless of Israel’s condition, they will become the center of the world and the praise among all the people on Earth.

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tians. Donations transferred to Assaf Harofeh were given in the name of Jesus.

Christian Work
Missionary work is very sensitive in the land of Israel. The law, for example, prohibits teaching children about Jesus without the expressed permission of the parents. Several Christian organizations and works have been attacked by extreme, religious Jewish groups that are vehemently opposed to any missionary activity in the land of Israel. It is for this reason we do not publish names, places, or the scope of activity of Jewish believers and their work in the land of Israel. Here, we must take the advice of our Lord, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” We invite all of our friends and supporters to continue praying for Israel, that the Lord may hasten the fulfillment of His Word. Daniel gives us an excellent example. He writes, “…I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Daniel 9:2). Daniel understood what Jeremiah wrote: the 70 years of captivity in Babylon would end. He could have just thanked the Lord for this prophetic fact, but he does more. We suggest that you read the entire chapter. Notice how Daniel identifies himself with the sins of his people, and during that prayer, he receives an answer and an additional vision that reaches into our times and beyond. Action for Israel serves to show the love of Christ to the Jewish people in the land of Israel, demonstrating through our prayers and gifts that, for Israel, the best is yet to come.

Action for Israel
That is why our late Founder, Dr. Wim Malgo, created the Action for Israel Fund, for the distinct purpose to bless His people and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to the Jews in the land of Israel. As reported in the February issue of Midnight Call, the Action for Israel Fund is administered by Fredi & Beate Winkler, Directors of Beth Shalom in Haifa, Israel. The Winklers arrived there in 1973, and their nine children were born and raised in the land of Israel. They have firsthand knowledge and are qualified to determine the various needs of the Jewish people in the land.

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“He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly” (Psalm 147:15).
ere at Midnight Call Ministry, we are concerned with His Word. What does the Word of God say about our days and the future? Very much actually. We know that the past, from the very beginning, is recorded in our Bible. AND, if we want to know about our days and the future, all we have to do is read the prophets. They tell us what to expect. Prophecy tells the future. One of the most profound prophecies was made by our Lord. When speaking about His Second Coming, He said, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (verse 28). He does not give us any clue about the sin committed, but simply tells us they were doing the same thing we are doing today—eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. That’s nothing unusual. However, in the midst of everyday activity, something will happen unexpectedly—judgment! Right now in the U.S.A., the news media floods us with information about politics. They talk and debate about all kinds of things except the essential issue: salvation from eternal damnation.

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The Mark of the Beast has long been the subject of heated debate and even outrageous sensationalism.
Did you know that the world is being prepared now for its implementation? In every aspect of life on this earth—from economy and government to religion—there are strong indications that we are closer than ever to the time when a worldwide identification system is a likelihood rather than a wild impossibility.

PREPARING FOR THE MARK OF THE BEAST
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Chapters 24 & 25 of the book of Matthew have given birth to numerous doctrinal stances. Largely those doctrinal statements have revolved around eschatological issues. Many vital questions concerning the timing of endtime events are dissected and addressed in the examination of these prophetic chapters.

TERROR OVER AMERICA
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Computers and the Internet continue to revolutionize the way we live. But is our increasing dependence on these technologies stealing our privacy and setting us up for a devastating fall? In this thought-provoking assessment of how far we have come and where we may be headed, popular Bible teacher Ron Rhodes provides easy-to-understand answers to important questions.

Is it the end of the world as we know it?
The ancient Mayans were expert astronomers, and their advanced calendar cycles end on December 21, 2012. This has spurred worldwide speculation than 12/21/12 will be a catastrophic day of apocalypse for the entire globe. The doomsday scenarios include destructive solar storms, massive earthquakes, a polar shift of the earth’s magnetic fields, and total annihilation.

Where will the antichrist come from? How will he rise to power?
Using a friendly question-and-answer format, Mark takes readers on a fascinating tour of all the Bible’s key passages about the Antichrist and shares how this information applies to their lives today.

WHO IS THE ANTICHRIST?
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CYBER MELTDOWN
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2012, THE BIBLE AND THE END OF THE WORLD
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Questions That Need Answers
Letters to the Editor is a topical arrangement of carefully compiled and categorized letters that appeared in Midnight Call magazine. Editor Arno Froese has tackled a great many challenging questions in the magazine’s most popular feature, such as Church Doctrine, Eschatology, Scripture Explanations and the Rapture of the Church.
• • • • • • • Creation/Evolution Sin Israel Authority of Scripture Prayer and Salvation Christian Practices? End of Life • • • • • • • Scriptural Explanation Endtime Prophecy Future Prophecies Past and Future Prophecies Globalism or Patriotism? Church Issues Testimonials • • • • • • Signs, Wonders, and the Antichrist Catholicism False Doctrine? The Rapture Rapture Timing Eschatology

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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What is Fact? What is Fiction?
“All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” With these startling words, The Da Vinci Code—author Dan Brown’s megaselling thriller— kicks you into high gear. After 454 nonstop pages, you’ve discovered a lot of shocking facts about history and Christianity...or have you? Awardwinning investigative journalist Richard Abanes takes you down to the murky underpinnings of this multimillion-copy blockbuster that has confused so many readers.

When God Is Silent...
Have you ever felt that, because your prayers were not immediately answered, God was disregarding you? You are about to enter the lives of many great men of God who made requests of the Lord, petitions God chose to deny for His reasons, His purpose, and ultimately His glory. You will be encouraged, DEAR GOD, THANK YOU FOR NOT ANSWERING MY PRAYER edified and exhorted by this ITEM # 1047 • 224 pgs.• Paperback wonderful collaboration of writers, Arno Froese and Dieter Steiger.

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE DA VINCI CODE
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Fascinating Numeric Patterns Revealed in the Holy Bible
Have you ever pondered the fascinating numeric precision woven throughout the Word of God? • 666 pertains to Antichrist. What about 777 or 888? • Why TEN Commandments and not 14 or 18? • Why a 7-day week? Why not 8 or 9? • Why were there 12 tribes of Israel and 12 apostles?

How the Church Is Being Deceived
Examined in the light of God’s Word: • Spiritual Baptism • Laying on of Hands • The Identity Theory • Out-of-Body Experience • Signs and Wonders • Renewal Theology • The Ecumenical Alignment

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THE CHURCH SUBTLY DECEIVED?
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The book of Genesis is constantly under attack from many sources,
but perhaps the most damaging attacks come from within the modern church. With leaders and influencers such as Hugh Ross advocating an old-earth view of the world, it’s no wonder that people’s confidence in the authority of God’s Word has been shaken. In this groundbreaking book, leading voices in the creationist movement defend the first book of the Bible from compromise positions using scientific and historical evidence. The reader can be assured of the accuracy of the Word from its very first verse and the validity of this biblical world view. Contributors include: Terry Mortenson, Christopher Cone, Tas Walker, Eugene H. Merrill, Ron J. Bigalke Jr., Jonathan Henry, Larry Vardiman, and Donald DeYoung.

THE GENESIS FACTOR: MYTHS AND REALITIES
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Why are we here? And where are we going?
Can mankind determine and direct the future of life on earth purely by scientific means? Cosmos is a book that every Christian can and should read; comforting and confidenceboosting for believers, convicting and catastrophic to the skeptic’s worldview. It is a soularresting work that strikes to the heart of the human condition and man-centered philosophy.

COSMOS, CREATOR,AND HUMAN DESTINY
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Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim’s Progress is the most popular book ever written!
It has been widely distributed the world over since originally published in the 17th century. But many aren’t familiar with the story in its original form or its famous author and his life story. Master Books is now making available this exquisite reproduction of this 125-year-old historical compilation manuscript in its original 860-page entirety.

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Ancient insights from the Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes
Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon all show marks of divine inspiration, and each can be a blessing to the reader, but why would God choose a man who turned to idolatry to write these books?

What the Bible Has to Say about Civilizations— Past and Present
GOD AND THE NATIONS
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THE REMARKABLE WISDOM OF SOLOMON
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Hear, read, and inwardly digest God’s Word in this magnificent multimedia presentation of the entire Bible!
Whether you choose to play a single chapter, book, or the complete Old and New Testaments, you’ll appreciate Alexander Scourby’s expressive word-for-word narration paired with synchronized onscreen text displaying every verse. Over 70 hours of word-for-word narration with synchronized on-screen text.

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Everyone wants peace, prosperity, and security, but all want it on their own terms. As a result, we have had wars since there was man on earth. That’s why the Lord Jesus stated, “Ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…for nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom….” That indeed has been the case for the last 2,000 years and throughout human history. Yet the Bible teaches in the book of Revelation that “all the world wondered after the beast…And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him….” That does not seem like war, but peace. It's the time where the world has finally reached its desired goal: peace and prosperity for all. How is that possible? One word—Democracy. The present rebellion in the Arab world is aiming toward Democracy. So, what’s wrong with Democracy? One cannot deny that Democracy is the best form of government the world has ever seen. But there is a great hidden danger. That’s what the book, How Democracy Will Elect the Antichrist is all about. It deals with this subject in detail.

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