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             “The life which I now live...I live by the faith of the Son of God,
                who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
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                                                                                                 Countless tragedies occur on a daily



  Why Does
                                                                                                 basis such as murders, school shootings,
                                                                                                 abortions, rapes, accidents, financial woes,



  a Loving God
                                                                                                 problems with relationships, and sickness.
                                                                                                 According to Dr. Horn of the U.S. Health
                                                                                                 & Human Services, on an average day in



  Allow Bad Things
                                                                                                 America, thousands of guns are brought to
                                                                                                 school, 7700 teens become pregnant, 1100




             to Happen?
                                                                                                 teen abortions take place, hundreds of
                                                                                                 teens contract sexual diseases, and a tragic
                                                                                                 number of teens commit suicide.
                                                                                                    A random survey of teens in Baltimore
                                                                                                 found that 72% of them personally know
                                                                                                 someone who has been shot. Sadly, such
  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love                          things happen in our world. Jesus said in
  God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)                       Matthew 18:7, “For it must needs be that
                                                                                                 offences come.” Everyday heartbreaking
                                                                                                 divorces take place, loved ones die, children

 I
                                                                                                 are kidnapped or molested, people are
      n July of 1945, during WWII, the         some of the survivors and heard their
                                                                                                 cheated and awful injustices occur. Such
      warship USS Indianapolis had just        horrific accounts of what they went through.
                                                                                                 things can crush us to the ground. How
delivered the atomic bomb. On its way back     It all poses the question “How could a loving
                                                                                                 could God allow this to go on?
home it was torpedoed by the Japanese and      God allow such bad things to happen?”
sunk, stranding many sailors in the Pacific
Ocean. In the days that followed, hundreds
of men perished by sharks or others means         THE PERPLEXITY                                                  continued on next page
until the tattered survivors were finally        Jeremiah 12:1
rescued. How could something so tragic         “Righteous art thou, O
ever happen?                                   Lord…yet let me talk with
  If we look at WW II alone, we see an         thee of thy judgments:
awful death count of 54 million. We could      Wherefore doth the way of
add WW I, and the other twentieth-century      the wicked prosper?”
wars and the death count would be over            How could a just and
100 million! I have been to Jewish holocaust
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Why Bad Things Happen?                                 There is evil in the world because there               could it be that we have eliminated God
continued from page 1                               is evil in the heart. If God were to rid the              from our society? We have kicked God,
                                                    world of “bad”, He would have to begin with               prayer, and the Bible out of our schools. We
      THE PARADOX                                   each of us. We need to consider that, before
                                                    we get too indignant toward God. Mankind
                                                                                                              have listened to the “experts” like Dr. Spock
                                                                                                              tell us that God’s way of raising children
   Ezekiel 18:25 “Ye say, the way of the Lord       is the one who has created the war problem,               is wrong. We have passed out condoms to
is not equal (fair). Hear now… Is not my way        the alcohol problem, the AIDS problem, the                our public school children and sent the
equal? Are not your ways unequal?”                  immorality problem, the divorce problem,                  message that it is acceptable to be immoral
                                                    and every other problem. We live in a                     in spite of what God says. We have assisted
   When bad things happen, many people              society of rebellion and lawlessness because              our teen girls in having abortions without
immediately put God on trial. A multitude           we have rejected God’s instruction for life               their parent’s knowledge. We have bought
of “second guessers” put God in a corner,           given to us in the Word of God (Bible). For               the lie that elected officials can be ungodly
point their finger, and accuse God of               example, if we followed God’s instruction                 and immoral as long as they do their job
unfairness. But let’s take a look at the real       from the Bible on alcohol, we wouldn’t have               and the economy is good. Through the
problem. We wonder why God allows bad               drunk drivers killing innocent people. If we              television, we have allowed endless hours of
things to happen! Think about this. If God          followed God’s instruction on sex (Hebrews                rape, drugs, murders, and other ungodliness
were to eliminate the source of the bad, He         13:4), we wouldn’t have an AIDS epidemic.                 to be flushed into our living rooms like
would have to start with mankind, i.e., us!         When things go wrong in the world, it is                  raw sewage. We have told our children
We are the problem. The Bible says, “There          unfair for us to turn around and blame God.               they evolved from animals and then we
is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).       The Bible says in Genesis 18:25, “Shall not               wonder why they act like them. Maybe if
   We are the source of all selfishness, sinful     the Judge of all the earth do right?” We are              we thought about it long and hard enough,
pride, lies, lust, covetousness, stubbornness,      the culprits, not the victims, and we need to             we might realize we are reaping what we’ve
and a host of other things. The problem             be honest enough to admit it. We have the                 sown. In so many words, we’ve told God to
with this world is a sin problem. There is          nerve to blame God, instead of repenting                  leave us alone. Should we be surprised if He
war in the world because there is war in the        of our sin. God has no obligation to rescue               has complied with our wishes?
human heart. We expect nations to get along         us from the mess we’re making. We need to
                                                    take an honest look within, and think twice                  We now have the society we wanted, but
with each other when husbands and wives                                                                       don’t like the consequences. Unfortunately,
cannot even get along. We talk about world          before we demand justice.
                                                                                                              many are contributing to the moral demise
peace while neighbors, siblings, co-workers,                                                                  of our nation by redefining “right and
and relatives fight like cats and dogs. The
problem is us, not God. Jesus traced the
                                                           THE PREMISE                                        wrong,” and moving the boundary until
                                                                                                              nothing is sacred anymore. We have been
world’s problems to our own sinful hearts.            Romans 9:14 “What shall we say then? Is                 brainwashed into thinking such a culture
He said in Matthew 15:19 “For out of the            there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.”              is normal. We have to ask ourselves, “What
heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,                                                             kind of a society will we be leaving behind
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:    Why do bad things happen? Does it mean
                                                    God is callous, unfair, or doesn’t exist? Or              for our children and grandchildren?” Very
These are the things which defile a man.”                                                                     few dare to address the root of the problem.
                                                                                                              When a preacher speaks out against such
                                                                                                              things, he is scorned as “unloving and
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                                                                                                                 Even in Bible times people were saying
                                                                                                              to the preachers, “Prophesy not unto us
                                                     Please visit our website at www.FaithForLife.net         right things… speak unto us smooth things…
                                                     to read additional archived articles such as:            prophesy deceits” (Isa 30:10). The Bible adds,
                                                     · How to Really Know God    · How Can I Forgive Myself   “For the time will come when they will not
                                                     · Does God Care About Our   · What Should I Do With      endure sound doctrine …And they shall turn
                                                       Sorrows?                    My Life?
                                                     · What Darwin Gave to       · Faith and Finances         away their ears from the truth” (2 Timothy
                                                       the World                 · More helpful articles      4:3-4). God has backed away and watched
                                                                                                              as man has chosen sin over his Creator. God
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  THE PERCEPTION
   Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your                What Does the
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thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith
the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the




                                                      heaven?
earth, so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
   We will never be able to fully understand
God’s ways, and we’re “out of our league”
when we attempt to do so (Ps 131:1). God
sees a much bigger picture than we will ever
see. The Bible mentions “the purpose of Him
who worketh all things after the counsel of his       “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
own will” (Eph 1:11). There are no accidents          the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
or coincidences with God. There are many
Bible examples of God working all things out
for a much bigger purpose than was realized
at the time. So, why does a loving God allow
bad things to happen? Perhaps it’s to show us
our own frailty, and remind us of impending
death. Perhaps it is to help us get our eyes
off this temporal world. Maybe He is trying
to cultivate humility or patience in our lives.
Perhaps God allows trials in life to cause
us to look to Him for support. Maybe God              W      hat do John Wayne, John Lennon
                                                             and John Kennedy all have in
                                                      common? They all once walked this
                                                                                                      will still be known by the same name
                                                                                                      (Philippians 3:21, Luke 13:28). We will
                                                                                                      walk on literal streets of gold (Revelation
allows affliction in our life to get us back on
track when we are straying. David wrote in            earth, but have since died and are              21:21). The saints in heaven will live in
Psalm 119:67,71, “Before I was afflicted I went       forever gone. But have they ceased to           mansions according to Jesus. He said, “In
astray: but now have I kept thy word. It is good      exist, or has their “never to die” soul just    my Father’s house are many mansions...I
for me that I have been afflicted.”                   re-located?                                     go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).
   God may use trials in life to get someone’s           The Bible is clear about the “after life.”      An incredible description of the
attention who may be on the road to hell              What does the Bible say about heaven?           beauty of heaven is given in Revelation
(Please see pages 6-7). Whatever the reason,          First of all, where does the Bible say          21:10-21. Heaven will also be a place
we must also remember that heartaches are             heaven is located? The apostle Paul said        with perpetual wonder and excitement
part of a world that has been cursed by sin           (II Corinthians 12:4) that he was “caught       (Psalm 16:11). The greatest ten minutes
since the Garden of Eden. Yet, our Creator            up” into heaven, and the apostle John           you’ve ever lived on earth won’t
did not leave us without a remedy. He loved           also spoke of going “up”in order to get to      compare to it. Heaven will also be a
us enough to send His own Son into the                heaven (Revelation 4:1).                        place without suffering, pain, tears,
world to die for our sins.                                                                            crime, or death (Revelation 21:4). There
                                                        Evidently heaven is up in space               will not be any sin or unsaved sinners
   Many years ago, a heartbroken father asked         somewhere at this time and the Bible
his pastor, “Where was God when my son                                                                there (Revelation 21:8).
                                                      hints that it is toward the north (Psalm
died?” The pastor wisely responded, “God was          75:6). Someone asks, “How will we                  The sad reality is that according
in the very same place He was when His own            know how to get there when we die?”             to Jesus, not many will go to heaven.
Son died”. God has proven His love for us.            According to Luke 16, we will be                Matthew 7:14 says, “narrow is the way,
When tragedy strikes our lives, we can either         escorted there by angels.                       which leadeth unto life (heaven), and few
get bitter or better. It can either drive us to God                                                   there be that find it.” The Bible tells us
or from God, depending on our reaction (Zech             But how long after our death will it         that only truly saved believers will be
13:9). I spoke with a WW II holocaust survivor        be before we can go there? If someone           there (Revelation 21:24). The good news
who could have been bitter, but instead               is truly saved (see pages 6-7), their soul      is that getting to heaven is available
proclaimed his immense love and trust for God.        will go to heaven immediately when              to everyone (II Peter 3:9), and we can
The world is full of injustices including the ones    they take their last breath (II Corinthians     know for sure we are going to heaven
committed by those who are pointing a finger          5:8, Philippians 1:23). The Bible doesn’t       when we die (I John 5:13). Do you have
at God. One day God will judge all injustices         teach any such place as “limbo or               such assurance? Please see pages 6-7 for
(Matt 13:41). It is not our responsibility to         purgatory.” What will Heaven be like?           further information.
second-guess God, but to trust Him.                   We will be able to see each other, and
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The                                                 1 Corinthians 6:18 “Flee fornication…he              Revelation 3:18 “That thou mayest be
                                                  that committeth fornication sinneth against his     clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness
                                                  own body.”                                          do not appear.”
                                                    Ephesians 5:5 “For this ye know, that no
                                                  whoremonger, nor unclean person…hath any                          POLYGAMY
         and                                      inheritance in the kingdom of Christ.”                   (Having more than one spouse)

                                                    1 Thessalonians 4:3 “For this is the will of         Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave
                                                  God, even your sanctification, that ye should       his father and his mother, and shall cleave
                                                  abstain from fornication.”                          unto his wife (singular): and they shall be one
   We live in a sex-saturated society. There
                                                                                                      flesh.”
was a time when the word “sex” was said             Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and
in hush tones. Today it screams at us             unbelieving, and the abominable, and                  Deuteronomy 17:17 “Neither shall he
from televisions, radios, movie screens and       murderers, and whoremongers…shall have              multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn
billboards. The saddest part is most of           their part in the lake which burneth with fire      not away.”
the time our society is engaged in illicit        and brimstone: which is the second death.”
sex! Our culture laughs about housewives                                                                 Matthew 19:5 “For this cause shall a man
cheating on their husbands. The boundaries                                                            leave father and mother, and shall cleave to
of our society keep moving, but God’s                            ADULTERY                             his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”
opinion is timeless. The Bible addresses all         (Having an “affair” within marriage)
                                                                                                        1 Timothy 3:2 “A bishop then must be
forms of sex very clearly. Please consider the      Exodus 20:14 “Thou shalt not commit               blameless, the husband of one wife.”
plain scriptures on sex in the following areas:   adultery.”

               MARRIAGE                             Leviticus 20:10 “And the man that                                 SODOMY
                                                  committeth adultery with another man’s wife,              (Homosexuality or lesbianism)
              (Legitimate sex)
                                                  even he…the adulterer and the adulteress              Leviticus 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie
  Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them, and         shall surely be put to death.”                      with mankind, as with womankind: it is
God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,                                                                                   abomination.”
and replenish the earth”.                            Matthew

   Genesis 2:24 “Therefore shall a man leave
                                                  5:27-28 “Ye
                                                  have heard
                                                                          Only sex within a                                             Leviticus
                                                                                                                                     20:13 “If a man
his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh”
                                                  that it was said
                                                  by them of old       meaningful and committed                                      also lie with
                                                                                                                                     mankind, as
(intimacy).                                       time, Thou shalt
  Proverbs 5:18-19 “Rejoice with the wife of
                                                  not commit           marriage relationship can                                     he lieth with a
                                                                                                                                     woman, both
                                                  adultery: But I
thy youth…and be thou ravished always with
her love.”
                                                  say unto you,
                                                  That whosoever
                                                                        bring true satisfaction.                                     of them have
                                                                                                                                     committed an
                                                                                                                                     abomination:
    1 Corinthians 7:2,5,9 “Nevertheless, to       looketh on                                          they shall surely be put to death; their blood
avoid fornication, let every man have his own     a woman to lust after her hath committed            shall be upon them.”
wife and…defraud ye not one the other (ie,        adultery with her already in his heart.”
don’t withhold intimacy from spouse). for                                                                1 Kings 14:24 “And there were also
                                                    1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the           sodomites in the land: and they did according
it is better to marry than to burn” (i.e., be     unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
inflamed with lust)                                                                                   to all the abominations.”
                                                  God? Be not deceived: neither…adulterers.”
   Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage is honourable in                                                              Romans 1:26-27 “For this cause God gave
                                                     Galatians 5:19, 21 “Now the works of the         them up unto vile affections: for even their
all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers      flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
and adulterers God will judge.”                                                                       women did change the natural use into that
                                                  fornication, uncleanness…and such like: of          which is against nature: And likewise also the
                                                  the which I tell you…that they which do such        men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
           FORNICATION                            things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”       burned in their lust one toward another; men
         (Sex outside of marriage)                                                                    with men working that which is unseemly,
  1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the                   PORNOGRAPHY                               and receiving in themselves that recompence of
unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of                  (Visual immorality)                     their error which was meet (disease).”
God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators.”          Exodus 28:42 “And thou shalt make them             1 Corinthians 6:9 “Know ye not that the
                                                  linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from       unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of
                                                  the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach.”

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God? Be not deceived: neither…effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind.”
  2 Peter 2:6 “And turning the cities of Sodom




                                                          Jesus Said
and Gomorrha into ashes (God) condemned
them with an overthrow, making them an
ensample unto those that after should live
ungodly.”




                                                    What?
  Jude 1:7 “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha,
and the cities about…going after strange flesh,
are set forth for an example, suffering the
vengeance of eternal fire.”

              PEDOPHILIA
        (An adult molesting a child)
   Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one
of these little ones which believe in me, it were
better for him that a millstone were hanged
about his neck, and that he were drowned in            Most people think there are       believeth not the Son shall not see
the depth of the sea.”                              many different ways of getting       life; but the wrath of God abideth
                                                    to heaven. To listen to most         on him” (John 3:36). Again, he
              BEASTIALITY                           preachers, you would think           intimates that he’s the only way
     (A human molesting an animal)                  it doesn’t really matter what        to heaven. The Apostle Peter was
                                                    you believe, as long as you’re       apparently pretty narrow as well.
  Exodus 22:19 “Whosoever lieth with a              sincere. You’ve probably heard       He spoke of Jesus Christ and
beast shall surely be put to death.”
                                                    the expression “All roads lead       said, “Neither is there salvation
  Leviticus 18:23 “Neither shalt thou lie with      to heaven.” In these politically     in any other: for there is none
any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither      correct days, people want to be      other name under heaven given
shall any woman stand before a beast to lie         broad-minded and not exclude         among men, whereby we must be
down thereto: it is confusion.”                     any religion or religious leader.    saved” (Acts 4:12). The Apostle
  Leviticus 20:16 “And if a woman approach
                                                    But what did Jesus say? Jesus        Paul adds, “For there is one God,
unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou          claimed to be the only way to        and one mediator between God
shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall     heaven. He clearly stated in John    and men, the man Christ Jesus”
surely be put to death; their blood shall be        14:6, “I am the way, the truth,      (I Timothy 2:5). Apparently St.
upon them.”                                         and the life: no man cometh unto     Paul didn’t think there were
                                                    the Father, but by me.” Notice       many different ways to heaven.
   Conclusion: Our culture is trying                that Jesus didn’t say he was a       The Apostle John stated, “This is
everything possible to find fulfillment             good way, or a better way, or        the record, that God hath given to
in illicit sex. Someone said, if illicit sex
                                                    even the best way. He said I’m       us eternal life (heaven), and this
really brought satisfaction, our society
would shine like the noon day sun. Only
                                                    THEE way, and added that             life is in his Son. He that hath the
sex within a meaningful and committed               you cannot come to God (or           Son hath life; and he that hath
marriage relationship can bring true                heaven) except through him!          not the Son of God hath not life”
satisfaction. God gave sex within marriage          Now that would be perceived          (I John 5:11-12). Apparently St.
as a blessing and also to replenish the             as pretty narrow in these all-       John didn’t feel that all roads led
earth (Gen 1:28). According to the verses           inclusive days, but that is what     to heaven. There are a number
above, illicit sex is strongly condemned.           the Creator of the universe said.    of other Bible verses, but the
The eternal consequences for such sins are          Are you going to believe the         conclusion is clear. According to
very serious (Eph 5:5, Rev 21:8). Is there a        broad-minded preacher, or God        Jesus and the apostles, Christ is
remedy? Thankfully there is hope. Please            the Son? Jesus Christ also added,    the only way to heaven. If you
carefully read pages 6 and 7 for the answer.        “He that believeth on the Son        claim to be a follower of Jesus
                                                    hath everlasting life: and he that   Christ, do you believe that?



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         How Does a Person


     Heaven?
  There are three things you can know for
                                                   Get to


                                                  God’s image–a trinity. “And God said, let us
                                                                                                            God’s Plan
                                                                                                           of Salvation

                                                                                                       hold him guiltless that taketh his name in
sure…                                             make man in our image, after our likeness:           vain” (Exodus 20:7). Read it carefully–are
                                                  so God created man in his own image, in the          you guilty of ever doing this?
   1) That you are going to Heaven. “These        image of God created he him; male and female
things have I written unto you that believe on    created he them” (Genesis 1:26). Man is                 #4 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it
the name of the son of God; that ye may know      made up of body, soul, and spirit.                   holy” (Exodus 20:8). Have you always been
that ye have eternal life” (I John 5:13).                                                              faithful in this area?
                                                     God placed Adam and Eve in the
  2) That your life will be changed when          garden. “And the lord God commanded the                #5 “Honour thy father and thy mother”
you get saved. “Therefore if any man be in        man, saying, Of every tree of the garden             (Exodus 20:12). Who can say that they have
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are      thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the       always honored their parents?
passed away; behold, all things are become        knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat
new” (II Corinthians 5:17).                                                                              #6 “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).
                                                  of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof       While most have never committed murder,
  3) You will never lose your salvation.          thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).            Jesus clarifies this commandment when
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they      Man ate of the fruit and though he didn’t            he tells us that to even hate or be bitter at
shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck   die that day physically, he                          someone is murder of the heart (Matthew
them out of my hand.” (John 10:28).               died spiritually!                                    5:21-2).
  It all revolves around Jesus Christ!               When Adam and Eve had children they                  #7 “Thou shalt not commit adultery”
                                                  were now born spiritually dead as well (no           (Exodus 20:14). While many have never
  Who is Jesus Christ? John 1:1 says, “In the     longer in God’s 3-part image). Genesis 5:3           committed adultery, Jesus tells us in the
beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word      says “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty           Bible that to even lust after the opposite sex
was with God, and the Word was God.” John         years, and begat a son in his own likeness,          is adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:27-8).
1:3 continues, “All things were made by him;      after his image; and called his name Seth.”
and without him was not any thing made that       That is why we must be re-born spiritually.            #8 “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
was made.” Jesus was God in flesh or God                                                               Who could claim that they’ve never taken
the son who created everything.                      That is also why we have a sin nature. You        anything that doesn’t belong to them?
                                                  don’t have to teach a toddler to be selfish, lie,
   He came to earth to save us. “For the son      steal things, sass back, fight with siblings, etc…     #9 “Thou shalt not bear false witness”
of man is come to seek and to save that which     it is also our nature as we grow up. The 10          (Exodus 20:16). (i.e., lie) No one could
was lost” (Luke 19:10). The first step in         commandments reveal our sinful condition.            honestly claim they have never told a lie.
going to heaven is to realize we need to be
saved.                                              #1 “Thou shalt have no other Gods                    #10 “Thou shalt not covet” (Exodus
                                                  before me” (Exodus 20:3). No one can claim           20:17). Have you ever desired anything you
  How do we get to heaven?… “Jesus                that they have never put anything ahead of           didn’t need, or that wasn’t yours?
answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I     God (money, career, another person, own
say unto thee, except a man be born again, he                                                             Many places in the Bible tell us that liars,
                                                  goals, pleasure, sin & vice, etc).
cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).                                                             adulterers, idolaters, thieves, the coveteous,
                                                    #2 “Thou shalt not make unto thee any              etc., will spend eternity in hell (Revelation
  There is a difference between a physical        graven image” (Exodus 20:4). Many have               21:8, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-21).
birth and a spiritual birth. “That which is       been guilty of inventing a God of their
born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is                                                            Romans 3:10 tells us, “As it is written,
                                                  own imagination and liking (a “God that
born of the spirit is spirit” (John 3:6).                                                              there is none righteous, no, not one.”
                                                  overlooks sin and takes everyone to heaven”).
  Why do we need a spiritual birth? Man             #3 “Thou shalt not take the name of the              Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned, and
was originally created a three part being in      Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not          come short of the glory of God.”

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  Romans 6:23 explains that sin has a              religion or false teaching–anything contrary
penalty: “For the wages of sin is death” (hell).
  We cannot possibly get to heaven by
                                                   to the word of God, the Bible.
                                                      To repent means to change your mind about       does life have
                                                                                                      meaning?
keeping the law (10 Commandments).                 your sin, and make Christ the Lord of your
                                                   life. Are you willing to turn from your sin and
  The 10 Commandments were given by                turn to God? Do you believe that Jesus paid
God to show us how impossible it is to             the full price on the cross for your sins?
be saved by doing good works. “Wherefore
the law was our schoolmaster to bring us             Though God hates sin, he loves you and
unto Christ, that we might be justified            sent Jesus to die for your sins. “But God             Hugh Morehead is the chairman of
by faith” (Galatians 3:24). The law (10            commendeth (proved) his love toward us, in         the Dept. of Philosophy at Northeastern
commandments) shows us that we are                 that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for   University. Forty-five years ago he began a
condemned and need a Savior.                       us” (Romans 5:8).                                  hobby of writing to famous philosophers,
                                                                                                      scientists, and authors asking them, “What
   You will never get to heaven by doing               “For God so loved the world, that he gave
                                                                                                      is the purpose of life?” The responses he
good works. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works          his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth    got back were depressing at best.
of righteousness which we have done, but           in him should not perish, but have everlasting
according to his mercy he saved us.” “Therefore    life” (John 3:16).                                    Legendary chemist and author, Isaac
being justified by faith, we have peace with God                                                      Asimov wrote back, “As far as I can see
through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).          If God is convicting you of your need           there is no purpose to life.” Karl Jung, the
                                                   of forgiveness, and you would like to be           famous Austrian psychiatrist, wrote, “I don’t
  Yet getting to heaven is not automatic           saved (born again), the final step is to ask       know what the meaning or the purpose
just because Jesus died for your sins!             God for the gift through a simple prayer.          of life is, but it looks like as if there were
Salvation is a gift that must be received.         “For whosoever shall call upon the name of         something meant by it.” And Albert Ellis,
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and      the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).           the psychiatrist who invented RET therapy
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God”     Notice the promise of this verse from a God        said, “As far as I can tell, life has no special or
(Ephesians 2:8). That means that baptism           who cannot lie. Titus 1:2 says, “God...cannot      intrinsic meaning or purpose.” Well-known
has nothing to do with being saved. Romans         lie”. Do you believe that God will save you        educator, Edward Gorny replied, “I doubt if
6:23 explains, “The gift of God is eternal life    simply because He said He would? Christ            there is one”...So much for the experts!
through Jesus Christ our Lord.”                    will save you if you are willing to make him
                                                   the Lord of your life.                                For many years now, people have
  How does a person know when they are                                                                been told they are just a product of
ready to be born again? They know they are            If you know that you are ready, you can         evolution. That makes them basically a
ready when they mean business with God,            pray and ask God to save you in your own           refined animal. So many people today are
and are willing to repent of sin. Acts 3:19        words such as: “Dear Heavenly Father, I            searching for the meaning of life, and yet
says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted,      know that I am a condemned sinner unable           are not finding it. They see life as mere
that your sins may be blotted out.” II Peter       to save myself, but I am willing to turn           existence, void of any purpose or meaning.
3:9 says the Lord is “not willing that any         from my sins and make Jesus my Lord and            But as Christians we know that God has a




      H
should perish, but that all should come to         master. I now trust in His sacrifice on the        purpose for our lives. The Bible says, “We
repentance.” Jesus said, “except ye repent, ye     cross to pay for my sins. Please forgive me        know that all things work together for good
shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). That       and save me. Amen.”                                to them that love God, to them who are
means being willing to also turn from false                                                           the called according to His purpose” (Rom
                                                                                                      8:28). He doesn’t want us to merely exist,
                                                                                                      but to fulfill His plan for our lives.




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                                                                                                         Solomon indicated in the book of


                        EAVEN
                                                                                                      Ecclesiastes that if we don’t understand
                                                                                                      the purpose of life, it will seem useless,
                                                                                                      tiresome, and unfulfilling. Ecclesiastes
                                                                                                      1:2-3 says, “Vanity of vanities …all is

         classic christian radio                                                                      vanity. What profit hath a man of all his
                                                                                                      labour which he taketh under the sun?”
                                                                                                      God tells us that when we live without
                                                                                                      His purpose and plan, it is all a waste!
                                                                                                      Only one life will soon be past, and only

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 What
                                   ABORTION                                                            Right
                                                                                                                                              ?


                                                                                                                                    OR
Makes                                                                                                  Wrong
        “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalms 127:3
   For many years there has been an endless        “somebody’s property.” What a dreadful and          being pregnant. Twenty Five times the Bible
debate over the issue of abortion. Human           even embarrassing conclusion to come to by          says the expecting mother was “with child.”
opinions are a dime a dozen. Is there not a        today’s standard! Yet we currently have judges,     God recognizes the unborn as a child. Let’s
real standard to go by? Is there not a source      politicians, and talking heads who justify the      go on. What is a soul? According to the Bible,
of truth, or is it just a free for all? When our   “right of a woman” to do what she pleases           the soul is the real you. It is the seat of your
nation was being forged in the early days          with her own body …i.e., “her property.” But is     personality, your character, your disposition
of our independence, the standard was our          this the case with our Creator?                     and temperament. It is the reason you laugh
Creator’s instruction manual on life … the                                                             or cry. It is the real you. It is invisible and lives
Bible. It was the very reason freedom loving          The New Testament of the Bible was               inside of the body. It is the source of your life.
people came to the “new world” in the first        originally written in Koine Greek which is          When your body dies the soul departs and
place. Before you downplay the Bible you may       a very precise language. The Greek word             lives in one of two places forever (heaven or
want to know that God holds it above His           for a baby (brephos) is the exact same              hell). The body is just a “motel” that your soul
own name (Ps 138:2), and we will be judged         word whether referring to a baby inside the         is temporarily living in. One day it will “check
from it on judgment day according to Jesus (Jn     womb or outside of the womb. This is very           out.” We receive an eternal, never to die soul
12:48, Rev 20:12). So what does God’s Word         important. At the birth of Jesus, the Bible says    at the moment of conception along with our
say about abortion? Is it an issue for nine        in Luke 2:12 “This shall be a sign unto you;        sinful nature. That’s why you don’t have to
people in black robes to decide, or is it our      Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling         teach a toddler how to lie, be selfish, or sass
Creator’s call? Do those judges even believe       clothes, lying in a manger.” We would recognize     back. David said in Psalms 51:5 “Behold, I was
God’s Word and make decisions based on His         this “babe” (Jesus) as a human being. It would      shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
standard? Human supposition says the unborn        be murder to kill him at this point. Now            conceive me.” Only a person could be a sinner,
is not a child, but just part of the woman’s       notice what the Bible says about John the           not a thing (fetus or embryo). We are a sinner
body. Supposedly it’s a woman’s right to do        Baptist in Luke 1:41 “When Elisabeth heard          from conception because we receive our living
as she pleases with her own body (property),       the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her      and never to die soul at conception. In a past
because “the unborn child doesn’t have a           womb.” John the Baptist is still unborn. This       editorial in a local newspaper, a “contributing”
soul!” In the infamous Dred Scott decision         babe inside the womb was around 22 weeks            writer called those who believe this “right
of 1857, our Supreme Court decided a black         along in the pregnancy, and he’s still called a     wing religious fanatics.” Unfortunately our
American slave essentially did not qualify as a    babe or brephos! The Greek word brephos             society has been pretty brainwashed. God’s
human being. They                                  means infant. It’s a word that speaks of a          Word indicates that a child receives his soul
were simply                                        person, not a fetus, embryo or thing. It makes      at the moment of conception along with the
                                                   no difference to God whether the child is           sin nature, which all human beings possess.
                                                                            inside or outside of the   That child in the womb already has an
                                                                                womb, he is still      eternal soul which is the source of life. He
                                                                                  a human baby         or she is a human being! Science even tells
                                                                                    according to our   us the unborn child already has a DNA code
                                                                                     Creator. The      which is different from both parents. The
                                                                                      Bible never      unborn child has his own blood supply and
                                                                                        refers to a    organs apart from his mother. There is also a
                                                                                          woman as     detectable heartbeat within the child around
                                                                                                       the three-week mark. Once conception takes
                                                                                                         place the child receives only nourishment
                                                                                                         from his mother through the umbilical cord.
                                                                                                         He receives no cells, no flesh, and no new or
                                                                                                       additional life from the mother.
                                                                                                          Furthermore, God recognizes us as human
                                                                                                       beings while we are still in the womb. God
                                                                                                       called the prophet Jeremiah into the ministry
                                                                                                       while his mother was still carrying him (Jer

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Abortion Right or Wrong?                                   We can look with disgust at Hitler’s cruelty     defiled” (Titus 1:5). The problem with America
                                                        to six million Jews seven decades ago. America      today is we’ve been brainwashed to believe we
continued from previous page                            has a genocide of our own which is far worse.       just evolved by random chance. This means we
1:5). Evidently that little one inside of the           We have murdered approximately 50 million           really have no purpose or meaning in life. We
womb is a person. King David speaks clearly             babies since abortion became “legal” in 1973        are basically animals. Then when people act
about God recognizing him as a human before             (where have all the babies gone?). That is          like animals, we wonder why?
he was ever born (Ps 139:13-16). Isaiah the             more helpless baby boys and girls than the
prophet was recognized and called by God                population of the states of; NV, OR, ID, MT,           Let’s not kid ourselves … abortion is a big
while in the womb, “And now, saith the Lord             UT, WY, CO, NM, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, MN,             money business. Many abortionist make as
that formed me from the womb to be his servant”         IA, AR, MS, and AL.. combined! That’s nearly        much as $2000/day. It’s not about the freedom
(Isa 49:5). The great man Job said to God,              45 times more American deaths caused by             of choice, but money (“the love of money is
“Thou hast clothed me (my soul) with skin and           all wars since the American Revolution. It is       the root of all evil,” I Tim 6:10). The majority
flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews”        hypocrisy for us to condemn China for human         of our national media has done a good job
(Job 10:11). Notice the word “me” in these last         rights violations while butchering our own          swaying the population to their biased pro-
two verses. As though the unborn baby is a real         children. God will hold the guilty accountable      choice position. Our society has been led
“me” person. Now, there are some who argue              one day for this shedding of innocent blood         to believe it’s just tissue, or an “un-evolved”
that Adam wasn’t alive until God put breath             (II Ki 24:4). That includes those who vote          person. In reality, many of those in power look
in him and he began to breathe on his own.              “pro-choice” through the ballot box. We             at abortion as a smokescreen to control world
They say the same must be true for a baby who           may justify this bloodshed because we               population. Sadly many of us Americans who
is only really a living person after he begins to       have declared it “legal,” but one day we            oppose abortion are still funding it unwillingly
breathe on his own. There is no comparison              will be judged by God’s law, not man’s. All         through tax dollars that go to organizations like
here at all. Adam was lifeless and still until he       the doctors, nurses, parents, congressmen,          Planned Parenthood. Christian people need to
began to breathe. But any mother who’s ever             lobbyists, senators, presidents, supreme court      raise our voices in opposition. Indifference to
felt the “kick” of the baby in her womb knows           justices, and voters will give an account.          such a holocaust is simply unacceptable. God
that baby is very much alive and growing inside                                                             is the giver and taker of life. Man has delved
of her. Ultra sounds given during abortions have           We have become de-sensitized as a nation.        into a sacred area (the womb) where he has no
shown the unborn baby screaming and kicking             A few years back an eagle was killed here           business being. Ecclesiastes 11:5 says, “As thou
for fear inside of the mother as he tries to get        in ND just 135 miles west of Fargo. The             knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
away from the suction hose about to dismember           authorities put forth a $2500 reward for            the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with
him. This baby can already experiences terror           information leading to the arrest of the            child: even so thou knowest not the works of God
because he is a human being!                            culprit. The crime was punishable by a fine         who maketh all.” We need God back on our
                                                        of $100,000 or a year in jail. We have laws in      side. Isaiah 59:2-3 says, “Your iniquities have
   Very early on in the Bible God says, “Whoso          our land to punish anyone who even harms an         separated between you and your God, and your
sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood            unborn eagle, while we allow the slaughter of       sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
be shed: for in the image of God made he man”           unborn human babies. The Bible calls that “an       hear. For your hands are defiled with blood.”
(Gen 9:6). We have been made in the image               inordinate affection” –Col 3:5 (i.e., a perverted
of God whether 3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years, or           passion). We are saving the owls, whales and           In closing let me say that those who have
30 years. Later on in the Bible God says, “Thou         trees while we destroy our children. I’m afraid     been on the wrong side of abortion can even
shalt not kill” (Exo 20:13). In the very next           we’ve lost our ability to reason! We have been      now find forgiveness through repentance (I Jn
chapter it says, “If men strive, and hurt a woman       sold a bogus bill of goods. We’ve been told         1:9). There is also loving counsel available for
with child, so that her fruit depart from her…and       it would be better for an unwanted child to         those who find themselves at the crossroad of
if any mischief follow (i.e.; the baby dies), then      be aborted, while three million couples are         an unexpected pregnancy. God loves us, and
thou shalt give life for life” (Ex 21:22-23). That is   waiting to adopt. We were told that aborting        is willing to pardon the guilty, but we must
pretty plain. Perhaps an abortion doctor should         an unwanted child would lower child abuse           submit to his standard. As a nation, God says to
consider the following. In Proverbs six, God            through out our land. The opposite has proven       us, “If my people, which are called by my name,
mentions the things that He hates! In verse 17          true. Child abuse has increased dramatically        shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
it says “hands that shed innocent blood.” There is      since Roe v. Wade. Ronald Reagan said, “We          face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I
nothing more innocent than a baby!                      cannot diminish the value of one category of        hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
                                                        human life, without diminishing the value of        will heal their land” (II Chron 7:14). Proverbs
   Back in Bible times the heathens sacrificed          all human life;” and then he added… “there          14:34 says “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but
to the false gods of Molech and Baal by                 is no cause more important than the abortion        sin is a reproach to any people.” Finally let me
throwing children into fire (Ps 106:37-8).              issue.” It has ramifications in so many other       say again; that unborn baby is not just a glob of
While that may seem extremely calloused, is             areas. Abuse within the womb has spread to          undeveloped tissue. He or she is an eternal soul,
it any worse than dismembering a living baby            abuse outside of the womb. That is because          a creation of God in His own image. Someone
limb by limb with a sharp knife under the               abortion devalues life as it desensitizes the       needs to speak up for the unborn who are
fallacy of choice? The most dangerous place             heart. Imagine even debating the morality of        unable to speak for themselves. In this whole
in America is not a coal mine, race car, dark           the heartless act of partial birth abortion! We     battle of “rights,” the rights of the unborn have
alley or shark infested waters …it’s a woman’s          are simply not thinking …we have become             been overlooked. God says, “I call heaven and
womb. 4500 babies perish every day in the               numb. We have become a pagan nation, killing        earth to record this day against you, that I have
land of the free. Half the people who enter an          without caring. We are already beginning to         set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:
abortion clinic never come out alive.                   see the introduction of euthanasia in our land.     therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed
                                                        The Bible states, “Their mind and conscience is     may live” (Deut 30:19).              – FfL Editor
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  Jesus
                                                    If God created everything, then He                the Bible was Jesus Himself. The Son of

   did                                           created you and me. The man Job said, “The
                                                 Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of
                                                 the Almighty hath given me life” (Job 33:4).
                                                                                                      God didn’t get His start in a manger in
                                                                                                      Bethlehem. He existed in eternity past. When
                                                                                                      it came time to hurl the planets into their
                                                 Again, David said, “Know ye that the Lord            places, and the stars into their sockets, it was
                                                 he is God: it is He that hath made us, and           Jesus who did so. In John 1:3 we read, “All

                Create
                                                 not we ourselves” (Ps 100:3). While these            things were made by Him (Jesus); and without
                                                 prophets point to God as the Creator, is             Him was not any thing made that was made”.


 everything?
                                                 there any place in the Bible where God               Not only were all things created by Him, but
                                                 Himself claims responsibility for creating           for His glory and honor. The Bible says in
                                                 the universe and mankind? In Isaiah 45:12,           Colossians 1:16, “For by Him (Jesus) were all
                                                 God says, “I have made the earth, and created        things created, that are in heaven, and that are
                                                 man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched        in earth, visible and invisible…all things were
    Many religions like to place mere mortals    out the heavens, and all their host (stars) have     created by Him, and for Him.” This is why we
 on the same level as the Son of God. We         I commanded.”                                        say that Jesus is in a class all by Himself, and
 need to ask ourselves, “Did Mohammed                                                                 shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same
 ever rise from the dead?” How about Mary,          But the question at hand is… “Did Jesus           breath as other religious figures. By faith, we
 Buddha, Confucius, or any other human           actually create the universe?” The answer is         believe that He is the Almighty Creator of
 being? God only has one Son who rose from       “Yes”! The Bible definition of God includes          all nature. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:3,
 the dead, and His name is Jesus. But there is   the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy             “Through faith we understand that the worlds
 another criterion that sets Jesus apart from    Spirit. But as we get more specific, we find         were framed by the word of God, so that things
 all others. According to the Bible… Jesus       that the Bible points out “God the Son” as           which are seen were not made of things which
 was the Creator of the universe.                the one responsible for creating everything.         do appear”. Please prayerfully consider the
                                                 The Bible says in Hebrews 1:1-2, “God…               greatness of the One called Jesus Christ.
    In Genesis 1:1, the Bible says; “In the      hath in these last days spoken unto us by his
 beginning God created the heaven and the                                                             Consider also the love He has for us (His
                                                 Son… by whom also he made the worlds”.               creation) in that He was willing to die for our
 earth.” According to historian Fred Meldan,     That means the One speaking everything
 the ancient Egyptians believed that a flat                                                           sins in order to save us.
                                                 into existence back in the first chapter of
 world rested on four pillars of stone. The

                                                        God’s Positive Bible Answers
 ancient Hindus believed that a flat world
 rested on the back of a huge elephant, the
 elephant stood on the back of an enormous
 turtle, and the turtle stood on an immense
 coiled snake! Instead of promoting such
                                                      You say...                     God says...                     Bible Verses
 incredible theories, Moses, who was educated         "It's impossible"              All things are possible.        (Luke 18:27)
 in Egyptian schools, was inspired by God to
 write the creation account in Genesis. He            "I'm too tired"                I will give you rest.           (Matthew 11:28-30)
 gave us the true, God-breathed account, in           "Nobody really loves me"       I love you.                     (John 3:16 & John 3:34 )
 words of grand simplicity, matchless beauty,
 and exquisite accuracy: “In the beginning God        "I can't go on"                My grace is sufficient.         (II Cor. 12:9 & Ps. 91:15)
 created the heaven and the earth.”                   "I can't figure things out"    I will direct your steps.       (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
    The Bible clearly states that God created         "I can't do it"                You can do all things.          (Philippians 4:13)
 everything. A person only has to look at
 the superb design of our universe, world,             "I'm not able"                I am able.                      (II Corinthians 9:8)
 and human body to logically figure that              "It's not worth it"            It will be worth it.            (Roman 8:28 )
 we didn’t evolve by accident! There was
 an intelligent and powerful Designer                 "I can't forgive myself"       I forgive you.                  (I John 1:9 & Rom. 8:1)
 behind the design. God has supernaturally            "I can't manage"               I will supply all your needs.   (Philippians 4:19)
 built this knowledge into us. Romans 1:20
 says, “The invisible things of him from the          "I'm afraid"                   I have not given you a          (II Timothy 1:7)
 creation of the world are clearly seen, being                                       spirit of fear.
 understood by the things that are made                                              Cast all your cares on me.
                                                      "I'm always worried                                            (I Peter 5:7)
 (mankind) so that they are without excuse.”          and frustrated"
 Many scientists are rethinking Darwin’s
 faulty theories. The prophet David said,             "I'm not smart enough"         I can give you wisdom.          (I Corinthians 1:30)
 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens            "I feel all alone"             I will never leave you nor      (Hebrews 13:5)
 made; and all the host of them by the breath                                        forsake you.
 of his mouth” (Ps 33:6).

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                                                                                                                                the other side of


  Iraq                                                                                                                  AlcOhOl
                                                                                                                        The next time you see a clever beer or alcohol
                                                                                                                      commercial consider these sobering thoughts:
                                                                                                                        •	By	the	age	of	18,	a	child	will	have	seen	100,000	
     In the
                        BIBle                                                                                             beer commercials.
                                                                                                                        •	Two	 out	 of	 five	 children	 will	 have	 tried	 alcohol	
                                                                                                                          before age 13.
                                                                                                                        •	Two	out	of	three	high	school	seniors	have	drunk	



I
                                                                                                                          an alcoholic beverage within the past month.
   srael is the nation most often mentioned      book of the Bible), chapters 17 and 18,
   in the Bible. But do you know which           reveals both a world religious and economic                            •	Alcohol	 is	 the	 leading	 cause	 of	 death	 of	 those	
   nation is second? It is Iraq! However,        system known as Babylon. Babylon is a Bible                              between the ages of 16 and 24.
that is not the name that is used in the         word synonymous with Iraq. Revelation                                  •	Nearly	18	million	adults	in	the	United	States	are	
Bible. The names found in the Bible are          17:5-6 describes a one-world religion as,                                problem drinkers, and more than 10 million are
Babylon, Ur of the Chaldees, Shinar, and         “Mystery Babylon the great, the mother of                                alcoholics.
Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia                harlots and abominations of the earth…
means between the two rivers, more exactly       drunken with the blood of the saints, and                              •	The	 economic	 costs	 to	 Society	 of	 alcoholism	
between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers (in      with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” It                              and alcohol abuse are estimated at nearly
modern day Iraq). The name Iraq, means           will apparently be a persecuting religion                                $117 billion a year, including $18 billion from
“country with deep roots.” Indeed Iraq is        with its roots in the Babylonian worship of                              premature deaths, $66 billion in reduced work
a country with deep roots and is a very          a mother and son (Semiramis and Nimrod).                                 effort and $13 billion for treatments.
significant country in the Bible. No other       According to verse four, the religion will                             •	Alcohol	use	kills	100,000	each	year,	25	times	as	
nation, except Israel, has more history and      be very wealthy. Verses nine and eighteen                                many as illegal drugs combined.
prophecy associated with it than Iraq.           also infer that this religion has ties with
                                                 the city of Rome. Verse sixteen reveals that                           •	Alcohol	 is	 a	 major	 factor	 in	 marital	 and	 family	
   The “Cradle of Civilization” is located in    this Babylonian one world religion will be                               breakups.
Iraq also known as Mesopotamia. Noah built       destroyed during the tribulation period.                               •	Among	 state-prison	 inmates,	 532,000	 drank	
the ark in Iraq. By Genesis 11, the Tower
of Babel was constructed in Iraq. Later on,         Then there is another system associated                               heavily before committing rapes, burglaries and
Abraham the founder of the Jews, lived in        with Babylon mentioned in Revelation 18.                                 assaults.
Ur of the Chaldees. His ancient house is         This one is political in nature, and likely                            •	It	is	estimated	that	alcohol	is	involved	in	54%	of	
still a landmark to this day in the southern     represents a one-world government. This                                  all	 violent	 crimes,	 60%	 of	 all	 murders,	 40%	 of	
part of Iraq. His daughter-in-law Rebekah        political system will eventually be destroyed                            crimes	to	property	and	50%	of	rapes.
was from Nahor, an ancient city in Iraq.         as well. For years there was speculation
                                                                                                                        •	Alcohol	use	was	the	cause	of	approximately	half	
Abraham’s grandson Jacob (also known as          concerning where this system would be
Israel) met his wife Rachel in Iraq. Years       headquartered. Now, many Bible scholars                                  of	 all	 traffic	 fatalities	 last	 year	 (about	 23,000	
later, Jonah (after spending three days in       feel that the revival of ancient Babylon as                              deaths).
the whale) preached to the city of Nineveh,      the center of world power will literally be                            •	Up	to	70%	of	drownings	involve	alcohol	use.
which is located in modern day Iraq. Old         in Iraq. The remains of Babylon can still be                           •	Cirrhosis	of	the	liver	kills	14,000	drinkers	each	
Testament prophets like Ezekiel and Amos         seen in central Iraq. As the situation in Iraq                           year.
preached in Iraq. Nebuchadnezzar, King of        continues to unfold, it will be interesting to
Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq in   see if the country slowly evolves into some                            •	Alcohol	 use	 increases	 the	 chances	 of	 getting	
587 B.C. Daniel was thrown into the lion’s       type of a center of world trade.                                         cancer in the digestive tract, liver and colon.
den in ancient Iraq. When Jesus was born,                                                                               •	Women	 who	 take	 as	 little	 as	 three	 drinks	 per	
                                                     Editor’s Note: The government of Iraq is currently moving
the wise men from the east came from Iraq        forward with plans for building a modern city of Babylon. The            week	run	a	30%	greater	chance	of	contracting	
to Bethlehem. Peter would later go to Iraq to    project is aimed at rebuilding the glories of Mesopotamia’s              breast cancer than non-drinking women.
preach the gospel.                               most famous city. What’s more, the current US administration
                                                 is contributing towards “The Future of Babylon Project,”               •	Drinking	 by	 expectant	 mothers	 can	 cause	
  But Iraq hasn’t only had a significant past.   through the State Department’s budget. Mariam Omran                      birth	 defects	 and	 is	 a	 major	 cause	 of	 mental	
Presently, you cannot read the daily paper       Musa, head of a government inspection team based at the
                                                 site said, ‘It depends on funds. I hope that Babylon can be
                                                                                                                          retardation in children.
or listen to the news without hearing about      reborn in a better image.’ Bible prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah,       These	are	facts	you’re	not	apt	to	find	in	the	carefree,	
this country. According to the Bible, Iraq       Ezekiel, and Revelation indicate the ancient city of Babylon
                                                                                                                      exciting, romantic world of alcohol commercials.
may also have a very important part in the       in Iraq will in fact, be rebuilt in the “last days” of history and
future. It is ironic that Iraq has come to the   become one of the wealthiest and most powerful cities on the            So when you’re asked to buy America’s favorite
                                                 face of the planet. Iraqi Finance Minister Ali Abdul Ameer
forefront in the last few years. A careful                                                                            dangerous drug, remember these facts...and don’t
                                                 Allawi said “I think rebuilding Babylon is a wonderful idea.”
reading of prophecy in Revelation (the last                                                                           allow	your	future	to	be	sacrificed	in	a	bottle.	
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       what                                                                                             “For it is the blood that




                             sin?
                                                                                                      maketh an atonement
            can                                                                                       for the soul.”
           wash                                                                                                         Leviticus 17:11
           away
    Sincere people today are                     God, which taketh away the sin of the world”    blood of Christ to our own sins? The
  trusting in many different things              (John 1:29). Jesus Christ would be like that    answer is by being born again (John 3:3,7).
  to forgive their sins. The Hindu,              Passover lamb as a male, without sin, dying     This requires two things which are both
  Buddhist and Moslem all have various ways      in the prime of life (age 33) as the innocent   connected to the shed blood of Christ.
  to atone for their sins. Within the realm      dying for the guilty. For many years, the       First of all we must be willing to repent of
  of Christianity, some hope to have their       blood of sacrificial lambs had been shed        our sins. The Bible says, “Repent ye therefore,
  sins forgiven by doing good works, getting     by the thousands. Jesus would shed the          and be converted, that your sins may be
  baptized, observing the sacraments, going      final blood on the cross. Before He died,       blotted out” (Acts 3:19). Secondly we must
  to church or keeping the commandments.         He spoke those last words, “It is finished”     put 100% of our faith in the blood sacrifice
  God’s plan for forgiveness from the very       (John 19:30). By this he meant, there’s         of Jesus on the cross to save us from hell
  beginning, is very clear according to the      now no more need for animal sacrifices.         and our sins. The Bible says, “God hath set
  Bible verse above. After Adam and Eve          The moment Jesus died, the thick veil back      forth (Jesus) to be a propitiation (satisfactory
  sinned and lost their innocence in the         in the Jewish temple supernaturally tore
                                                                                                 payment) through faith in his blood, to
  Garden of Eden, they tried to cover their      in half and God made it clear there was
                                                                                                 declare his righteousness for the remission of
  nakedness with fig leaves. God gave them       to be no more animal sacrifices. The Jews
                                                                                                 sins” (Rom 3:25).
  an object lesson right away and used animal    continued to sacrifice lambs until Titus
  hides or leather (Gen 3:21) to cover them.     the Roman general permanently destroyed           Please carefully read pages
  Obviously some animals (most likely sheep)     the temple. God had spoken. So what can         6-7 for more instruction on
  had to die, and the first blood was shed for   cleanse us from our sins? Please carefully      how to know your sins are
  sin. Immediately God gave them a promise       read the following Bible verses as they spell   forgiven.
  of a coming Messiah one day (Gen 3:15).        out the answer:
  Adam and Eve’s two sons, Cain and Abel,          1 John 1:7 “The blood of Jesus Christ his
  were soon offering up sacrifices to God.       Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
  Abel offered up a lamb as a blood sacrifice,
  which was acceptable to God. Cain offered         Ephesians 1:7 “In whom (Jesus) we
  God a bloodless sacrifice of fruit and         have redemption through his blood, the
  vegetables and it was rejected. God had        forgiveness of sins.”
  set a precedent as told in Hebrews 9:22,
  “without shedding of blood is no remission”       Romans 5:9 “Much more then, being now
  (forgiveness of sin). Years later Abraham is   justified by his blood, we shall be saved
  found offering up sheep as a blood sacrifice   from wrath through him.”
  (Gen 22:13). By the time we get to Moses,         1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know
  God establishes the Passover involving the     that ye were not redeemed with corruptible
  following instructions: A special lamb was     things, as…tradition from your fathers; But
  to be sacrificed. It would be a male lamb      with the precious blood of Christ, as of a
  without spot or blemish. It would be a         lamb without blemish and without spot”
  year old, which is prime of life for a lamb.
  Its blood would be shed as a sacrifice, and       Revelation 1:5 “Unto him (Jesus) that
  the innocent would die for the guilty! That    loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
  lamb would be a picture of someone who         own blood.”
  was yet to come. The Passover and the
  shed blood of lambs would continue for           Apparently baptism or doing good
  many years. After numerous centuries, Jesus    deeds has nothing to do with getting us
  Christ appeared on the scene, and John the     to heaven. That leaves us with one final
  Baptist proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of        question. How can we apply the shed


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                                 Cultural
                                Cultural
                                Christianity
                               Christianity
                                           “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.”
                                                        II Corinthians 13:5


   These days it’s in vogue to be a Bible         were going along with the Christian Culture       supernatural ones. Being genuinely born
believing Christian in America. Mega-             without ever truly being converted to Christ.     again requires a miraculous work of God
churches abound with sharp programs and           We don’t become a future citizen of heaven        on the heart. It cannot be manufactured
entertainment. It is now cool to be a fan         by just mechanically reciting a sinner’s          by man. It cannot be found in a “touchy,
of contemporary Christian music. Radio            prayer. The culture and trend of today is to      feeling-oriented” emotional experience. It’s
stations are playing music about Jesus,           get into a Bible study, read Christian books,     not just an intellectual decision. It is a God-
and there are bookstores full of Christian        and turn over a new leaf. Unfortunately           spawned miracle. No watered down gospel
material. Many people pray over a meal            this is not the spiritual birth Jesus spoke of    will ever produce this supernatural spiritual
before eating and even celebrities wear           when He said, “Ye must be born again” (in         birth. People today are blinded by their sin,
crosses around their necks. There are football    order to go to heaven; John 3:3,7). This          self-righteousness, false religion, and pride
players kneeling to pray after a game and         spiritual transformation is not something         (II Cor 4:4). They have been lured into
“John 3:16” banners by the goal posts. It’s a     you “grow into.” It is not becoming more          a false sense of security by the Christian
much different world than the days when           knowledgeable about spiritual matters. Jesus      culture. Most people feel they are going to
the Catacomb martyrs were bleeding and            said, “Except ye be converted…ye shall not        heaven when in actuality they’re not (Matt
dying for the faith. In light of this, many       enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 18:3).      7:13-14). Only God can break through the
today are making decisions for Jesus, but are     This conversion takes place in the heart, not     blindness to reveal Himself to the unsaved
they supernatural or superficial decisions?       the head. It starts with a change of mind         (John 6:44). When the Holy Spirit works
In the Bible we find unbelievers just going       about our sin. Many today are sauntering          on the human heart (John 16:8) the sinner
with the flow of “Christian culture” without      up to the old rugged cross for forgiveness        sees his need to repent! Only then can he
being truly converted to Christ and the           and salvation, without any guilt, shame, or       exercise saving faith to make Christ the
cross. The Bible predicted a great “apostasy”     repentance over their sin. In the Bible we        Lord of his life. This is neither cheap nor
(departure from the truth) in these last days     find the unsaved under great conviction           shallow. Jesus said, “whosoever he be of you
in which we’re living (II Thes 2:3, I Tim 4:1,    (guilt) over their sin (Act 2:37/9:6/16:29-       that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot
II Tim 3:1). Today we see many deciding           30). In this day and age of the “feel good        be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). It means giving
to make Jesus their Savior, without making        gospel” it’s hard to find many pulpits            your whole life to Christ. It’s an all-or-
Him their Lord (master). The Bible says           preaching against sin like Jesus did (Mt          nothing commitment. Many people today
“that God hath made that same Jesus, whom         23:13-32). The bar has been lowered to the        are actually looking for something real and
ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ”          point where anyone can jump over it into          worthwhile to commit their lives to. When
(Acts 2:36). We don’t become a real child         the “Christian world.” Today’s definition of      you truly mean business with God, you’ll
of God with just a mental assent to right         godliness and holiness is pitiful (I Pet 1:15).   cross the bridge from the world and burn
theology. The clergy of Christ’s day had a        We find a spiritual menace among us called        it behind you. Only then will you know
lot of right doctrine (Mt 23:3) but Jesus         “easy believism” which promotes a velvet          the joy and excitement of being genuinely
still called them children of the devil (John     cross instead of a blood stained one. We’ve       converted, and not just a cultural Christian.
8:44). Is it possible to agree with Bible truth   resorted to worldly methods to draw crowds
and still be on the road to hell? Jesus spoke     instead of really preaching the Word without        *For more information on becoming a
of the coming Judgment Day, and of those          compromise. The result is shallow decisions,      true Christian please carefully read pages
who thought they were Christians, but were        and counterfeit Christians. The ultimate          6-7.
tragically wrong (Mt 7:13-14/21-23). They         result is superficial conversions instead of

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 Life
                                                                                                    the sidewalk on the opening night of the

       what is
                                                                                                    Broadway musical “Superman”, unable to
                                                                                                    afford a ticket to the premiere of their own
                                                                                                    creation! Someone had stolen their ‘glory.’
                                                                                                       How does God feel when we seize His
                                                                                                    glory? The Apostle Paul said, “But God forbid




                                            ?
                                                                                                    that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
                                                                                                    Jesus Christ” (Gal 6:14). Why do we do what
                                                                                                    we do? Why does a man try to make money?

                          all             about                                                     Why does a woman try to look sexy. Why
                                                                                                    do we set out to accomplish something? Is it
                                                                                                    for God’s glory or ours? This can be a serious
                                                                                                    indictment against our motives.
       “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory
                                                                                                       If God created us and gave us our talents,
       of God.” I Corinthians 10:31                                                                 looks, and abilities, how can we take any
                                                                                                    credit? The Bible says, “What hast thou
                                                                                                    that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst
What are you living for? Why                     of your ideas?”, Edison just smiled and pointed    receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou
                                                 to heaven! That’s called ‘giving God the glory.’
do you do what you do?                                                                              hadst not received it?” (1 Cor 4:7) One day
                                                                                                    a woodpecker was banging away at a tree
What is your purpose in life,                       In 1808, when the famous Austrian
                                                                                                    when lightning struck it and blew it into a
                                                 composer Haydn was a fragile old man,
or actually…what should                          he attended a grand performance of his             thousand splinters. The dazed woodpecker
be your purpose in life? As                      composition “The Creation.” The crowd was          got back on his feet, looked at the tree and
                                                 electrified by the presence of such a legend.      said, “Wow…I’m really something!” The
kids,we all sung the “Hokey                                                                         Bible says, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us,
                                                 When the concert was over, the crowd
Pokey” song which states…                        turned toward Haydn and gave a thunderous          but unto thy name give glory” (Ps 115:1).
“That’s what it’s all about.”                    applause for the composer. Haydn was
What is life all about?                          deeply disturbed by the recognition. He
                                                 mustered up all his strength to rise to
                                                                                                                the sobering
   The average person is clueless as to          his feet and then pointed to heaven and                        responsibility
why they were put on this earth. They are        shouted, “Give Him the glory, give Him the
                                                                                                       “For ye are bought with a price: therefore
living for things like: fun, money, sex, vice,   glory!” He then collapsed back into his seat
                                                                                                    glorify God in your body, and in your spirit,
entertainment, sports, or pleasure. Sadly,       totally exhausted and was wheeled out of
                                                                                                    which are God’s” (I Cor 6:20)
these things are as shallow as the Hokey         the concert hall, never to be seen in public
Pokey in light of “the big picture.” The         again. The Bible says, “Give unto the Lord the       I remember back in 1971 as a kid
Bible says in Proverbs 21:17, “He that loveth    glory due unto his name” (I Chron 16:29).          following the classic boxing match between
pleasure shall be a poor man” (in more ways      How concerned are you about glorifying             Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier. Ali said
than one). Then there are some who live          God as you were created to do?                     beforehand, “There’s not a man alive who
for power, fame, recognition or attention.                                                          can whip me…I’m too smart (he tapped
They are ‘applause junkies’ and don’t even
know it. They desire credit or honor. They                 self reverence                           his head), I’m too pretty (he lifted the head
                                                                                                    high in a profile), I am the greatest. I am the
are ‘in their glory’ when they are getting        “To God only wise, be glory through Jesus         king! I should be a postage stamp…that’s
the attention. Ironically, this is the exact     Christ for ever. Amen” (Rom 16:27).                the only way I could get licked!”
opposite of the Bible verse above.
                                                    We do God a great disservice when we               I must admit that I was thrilled when
   God’s Word says “Whatsoever ye do, do         proudly take the credit. How would you feel        Frazier won the match! The verse above
all to the glory of God” (I Cor 10:31). That     if someone stole your honor? Jerry and Joe         mentions glorifying God with our body
means that God should always get the             were two skinny, shy youths with glasses back      (looks and abilities) and spirit (our soul
credit and honor. Do you wake up every           in 1930 when they came up with the concept         which includes our personality and talents).
day to exalt your Creator and please Him         of Superman, the “Man of Steel.” In need of        Why does God give us certain abilities? The
with your life? Do you live to deflect all the   money a few years later, they signed over the      Bible says, “Unto whomsoever much is given,
applause back toward God?                        rights to Superman for $130. Superman went         of him shall be much required” (Lu 12:48).
  Thomas Edison was a genius with many           on to be a multi-million dollar superhero
                                                                                                      The ex-Beatle song writing team of Lennon
inventions and over 1000 patents. When his       in movies, television, and comics. Jerry and
                                                                                                    and McCartney had talent, but it wasn’t used
wife asked him one day “Where do you get all     Joe lamented how in 1966 they stood on
                                                                                                    for God’s glory. Elvis had a beautiful baritone
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voice, but it wasn’t used for God’s glory.
Napolean was a great leader, but his ability
                                                      the salvation realization                         behalf.” Whatever it may be in life; our goals,
                                                                                                        dreams, desires, and schemes should all be
wasn’t used for God’s glory. Maybe you have            “Every tongue should confess that Jesus          to glorify God. It is what life is all about.
the ability to sing, play an instrument, make        Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”    Sadly, there are very few who really live life
money, administrate or lead. Maybe you               (Phil 2:11).                                       this way.
have a great personality or the gift of gab.
Whatever abilities you may possess…could                Without being born-again (as Jesus                 Many years ago, Pastor Earl Cannon
God get some glory from them? After all, it          mentioned in Jn 3:3), we cannot glorify            organized a parade to honor God in
is the very reason we were put on this earth.        God. The Bible says, “For all have sinned,         Chicago. He was expecting a crowd of
That’s what life is all about. The Bible says, “If   and come short of the glory of God” (Rom           around 15,000. Sadly, all that showed up
any man minister, let him do it as of the ability    3:23). For the first                                                              was a handful
which God giveth: that God in all things may         20 years of my life,                                                              of people and
be glorified” (I Pet 4:11).                          I was trying to do
                                                     good and please God.             How concerned are                                200 policemen
                                                                                                                                       to direct traffic.
  It’s not all about us, but God!                                                                                                      What a different
                                                     Unfortunately, it was all
                                                     in vain. The Bible says,         you about glorifying                             world it would
                                                                                                                                       be if every
       the sacred reality                            “They that are in the
                                                     flesh (unsaved) cannot           God as you were                                  human finally
                                                     please God” (Rom 8:8).                                                            realized why
   “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks     Back in the spring of
                                                     1981, God dealt with
                                                                                      created to do?                                   they were put
                                                                                                                                       on this earth.
to God” (Col 3:17)
                                                     my heart and I finally                                                            Glorifying God
   When Samuel Morse was working on                  understood what it meant to make Jesus the         was the burning desire of Jesus. Before
his telegraph invention he would often hit           Lord of my life (Phil 2:11). I was willing to      going to the cross to die for us he said to
a dead end not knowing what to do. He                turn from my sins in repentance, and place         his Father, “I have glorified thee on the earth:
later testified that at such times he would          all of my faith in the death and resurrection      I have finished the work which thou gavest
pray for God to give him wisdom, and                 of Jesus Christ. That is the only thing that       me to do” (Jn 14:7). From this point on and
without fail, the next step would come to            can save us from our sin and take us to            for the rest of our days, may born-again
him. When he finally tested the invention            heaven. Now I want to glorify my Creator           Christians make it the desire of their heart
in 1844 his first words in Morse code were           with my life as a Christian. Sometimes             to glorify God. That’s what its all about!
“What hath God wrought!” The Bible says,             glorifying the Lord may mean going through         “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”
“Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people,      rough times. Peter said, “If any man suffer        (1 Cor 10:31).
give unto the Lord glory” (I Chron 16:28)            as a Christian…let him glorify God on this
Again, we are reminded to “do all to the                                                                                                    – FfL Editor
glory of God” (I Cor 10:31).




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       What will it be like
                                                                             The Bible says, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and
                                                                          poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their
                                                                          foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save (except) he that

       at the end of the                                                  had the mark”. (Rev 13:16-17) The Bible sheds more light on this




       world?
                                                                          identification mark when it says, “Let him that hath understanding
                                                                          count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his
                                                                          number is Six hundred threescore and six (666)”. (Rev 13:18)
                                                                            Already, this number can be found encoded into the Universal
                                                                          Product Code (UPC) located on almost all items you buy at
                                                                          the grocery stores, retail stores, etc. The worldwide rule of the
    Have you noticed all the floods, tornados, earthquakes, and           antichrist will last for seven years with the first three and a half
  other crazy weather patterns lately? Perhaps many people are            years taking place under the guise of peace, and the last three
  wondering, “What is this world coming to?” Jesus spoke of               and a half years being utter chaos! (Matthew 24)
  “earthquakes in divers (various) places” occurring during the last
  days of earth’s history. (Matthew 24:7)                                   According to the Bible, approximately two thirds of the world’s
                                                                          population will be eliminated in a blood bath. The antichrist will
     One third of the Bible was prophetic when it was written, and        especially target the Jews for extinction, which is why the tribulation
  it has a lot to say about end-of-time events. It all hinges upon the    period is called a time of “Jacob’s trouble”. (Jeremiah 30:7)
  second coming of Jesus Christ. There were 300 Bible verses that
  predicted the first coming of Christ. There are over 1,800 verses          The antichrist will make Adolf Hitler look like a choir boy.
  that speak of His second coming. The Bible says, “Christ was once       (Rev 12) Meanwhile, back in heaven, the raptured believers will
  offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him       be appearing before the judgment seat of Christ. (II Corinthians
  shall he appear the second time”. (Hebrews 9:28)                        5:10) At the end of the seven-year tribulation, Jesus will return
                                                                          to the earth at the valley of Armageddon. There He will defeat
    In approximately 30AD, Jesus died, rose, and ascended back to         the armies of the antichrist. (Rev 19) In the late eighteenth
  heaven. Before He left, Jesus said to His followers, “In my Father’s    century, the French military leader Napoleon once saw this valley
  house are many mansions… And if I go and prepare a place for            in west central Israel, and called it the greatest place he had ever
  you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself”. (John 14:2-       seen for a battle. From there, Jesus will go up to Jerusalem: “And
  3) There are over 7,400 promises in the Bible. God the Son has          his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is
  never broken a promise!                                                 before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave
    The next event on God’s prophetic calendar is the rapture.            in the midst.” (Zechariah 14:4) Ironically, seismologists report that
  This is when born-again Christians will be ‘snatched’ from the          this fault line was created on July 11, 1927, when an earthquake
  earth in an instant of time. It is referred to in various places        struck the Holy Land.
  within the Bible. In the book of I Thessalonians 4:16-17, God’s            From Jerusalem, Jesus will set up His kingdom and world peace
  Word says, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a       will finally be realized (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:1-10). With all of that in
  shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:      mind, the key for a real Christian is to be found faithful when
  and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and    Christ returns. The Bible says, “Abide in him (Christ); that, when
  remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet     he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before
  the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. This       him at his coming”. (I John 2:28) Those who have never been
  event will take place without warning.                                  truly born-again need to get ready
     The Bible says, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at         for Christ’s second-coming
  the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be      (Please see pages 6-7).
  raised incorruptible, and we (living believers) shall be changed”. (I
  Corinthians 15:52) Those unbelievers who are left behind after
  the rapture will experience unspeakable chaos on this earth such
  as the world has never seen before. The Bible calls it the “Great
  day of God’s wrath”. (Revelation 6:17) The globe will come under
  the control of a ‘one-world ruler’ (Globalism is already shaping up
  across our world with national boundaries slowly being erased).
    In the Bible, this one-world ruler is called the ‘antichrist’, or
  the ‘beast’. He will require every person to be accountable to
  him, and will force them to receive some type of an identification
  voucher (possibly a computer chip?) that will enable him to
  keep track of everyone’s whereabouts and purchases.


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