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Facing The FUTURE With CONFIDENCE And HOPE

FACING THE FUTURE WITH CONFIDENCE AND HOPE

 

Is it possible to do the following two things at the same time?

1) Face up honestly to what is happening in the world.

2) Have a confident, hopeful attitude to life

The more we face up to what is happening in the world, the more likely we are to get depressed. Pollution of the environment is having a disastrous effect on the only planet we can live on. Deadly conflicts are engulfing more and more areas of the world, ruining people's lives and turning once beautiful countries into killing grounds ruled by mobs with guns and bombs. Our cities are becoming more and more unsafe as crime and violence increase all the time.

The alternative to facing all this is to escape and pretend that it isn't happening. Live for the moment - eat drink and be merry, buy all the things the ad-men say are essential for human happiness. Don't worry about what is going on in the world - relax with a drink, watch the TV and lose yourself in the lives of your favourite soap opera characters.

But maybe neither of these alternatives suits you. You don't want to be depressed by reality and you don't want to escape into unreality. What can you do?

The answer has to do with God - not a God of our imagination or a God who makes people fight and kill in his name, but the real God who loves us and wants us to love Him and each other. He set this world in motion and he will bring it to an end in the way he said he would in the Bible. He sent Jesus the Messiah into the world to bring us salvation and eternal life.

You may not realise it but the things going on in the world today are prophesied in the Bible for the last days of this age. For example:

Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

The Holy Bible

 

Our Bible: The Most Critical Issue

by J. Sidlow Baxter
 

Christianity is based on a book. It centres in a Person. It expresses itself in a message. It authenticates itself in an experience.

That basic book is the Bible. That central Person is Jesus.

That expressive message is the Gospel. That authenticating experience is the new birth.

Think here about that basic book. Christianity stands or falls with the Bible. It is no use saying, as the liberalists or modernists do, that so long as we have Jesus we do not need an infallibly inspired Bible.

Nay, all that we know authentically about the Lord Jesus we owe, and shall keep on owing, to the Bible. To say that so long as we have Jesus we do not need the Bible is about equal to saying that so long as we have the sunshine we don't need the sun.

Left Behind or Led Astray - Exposed

Left Behind or Led Astray? - Exposed

A new DVD documentary has just been released by Good Fight Ministries entitled, "Left Behind or Led Astray? Examining the Origins of the Secret Pre—Tribulation Rapture." Good Fight Ministries is run by post—tribulationist Joe Schimmel, the senior pastor at Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California. Schimmel’s ministry is endorsed by evangelist Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, star of the original "Left Behind" movies. The following write—up appears on the back cover: "Take a fascinating journey with us as we examine the shocking origins of the secret, pre—tribulation rapture doctrine... Featuring expert commentary from David M. Bennett, Dr. Mark Patterson, Jacob Prasch, Joel Richardson, and Dave MacPherson."

The truth of the matter is that the 4 1/2 hour film seriously distorts the historical evidence and is full of false accusations, unsubstantiated myths, and lies.

GOD’S INTEREST IN ONE SOUL

GOD’S INTEREST IN ONE SOUL

Job 32: 1-4; 33:6, 7, 23

I do not know whether you have read this Book of Job. I want to show you the point of it. It is very interesting in this respect - it shows God’s interest in one soul. The soul of man is so precious to God that this book is all about one man - all about Job. Are you not struck with the fact that God is interested in one soul? My dear friend, it is my joy to tell you that God is interested in your soul; you may not be interested in it; you may have passed your time in neglect of it. It is sad to see how people neglect this most important matter. Not that you do not intend some time to pay attention to it, but the devil has succeeded so far, and you have lent a willing ear to him. He has succeeded, as he did with me once, in persuading you to shelve this question. You think more about business matters - the things of this life - than the interests of your soul; that shall be attended to at some future time, you say. I would urge you to care for it now.

God was interested in Job. Here is one book of forty-two chapters - all about one soul.

Signs That Make You Wonder - James P Smith

Signs that make you wonderExamining the roots, shoots and fruits
of the modern-day prophetic movement.

James P Smith

In a recent edition of Prophetic Witness we published and article which included the names of several individuals who are, or have been, connected with Toronto Pensicola, the Kansas City Prophets or the New Apostolic Reformation. As a council we are unanimous in saying that our movement does not endorse any of the above.

For that reason we are happy to promote the attached book of the month, 'Signs that make you wonder' by James P. Smith which more accurately reflects our position.

It is, as it suggests, an examination of the roots and fruits of the modern day prophetic movement and it leaves no stone unturned in its exposing of falsehood within the modern charismatic movement.

Christ's Second Coming - Donald CB Cameron

Christ's Second Coming

SEVEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS

Donald CB Cameron

 

This excellent little book on Christ's Second Coming looks at seven questions in relation to the event; Who, What, Why, How, When, Where and How we can be prepared?

As such it is a perfect introduction to the subject outlining simply but thoroughly God's prophetic plan in relation to the return of His Son. Following his answer to the first six questions posed above, the author proceeds to set out a comprehensive list of so called 'signs of the times' - topical evidence to support his belief in the immInence of that great event.

The Early History of PWMI

100 years
(The following is taken from "The Midnight Cry"
- 50 years of prophetic witness
- published by PWMI in 1967)
 

 

Historical Origins

 

In the parable of the ten virgins, our Lord declared that at midnight a cry came, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh: go ye out to meet him” (Matt. 25: 6). Prior to that awaken­ing shout, all the bridesmaids had slumbered and slept, oblivious to their responsibilities on that nuptial night. For centuries it seemed that the church, like the ten virgins, was comparatively without thought of her heavenly Bridegroom or hope of His Second Advent. Indeed, it was not until the nineteenth century that there was much attention given to this subject. In the last 150 years, however, there has been a deepening interest in eschatology and an increasing belief in the imminence of our Lord’s return. This revival of interest and expectancy (never, of course, completely absent), more­over, received a very great impetus fifty years ago.

Early in 1915 proposals were submitted to the British Government that Palestine should be converted into a dom­inion for occupation by the scattered nation of Jews, but although the recommendation was sympathetically received, no action was taken. Consequently, in the following year, the Zionist organisation put forward a “programme for a new administration of Palestine and for a Jewish resettlement of Palestine in accordance with the aspirations of the Zionist Movement”. This too was shelved. But the matter was brought to a head by other developments.

JFK's Question - And Yours?


FIVE DAYS before he became the president of the United States, John F. Kennedy asked evangelist Billy Graham to have lunch and play golf with him. After the game they were driving back to the Kennedy home when the president—elect stopped the car, turned to Billy and said, ‘I want to ask you something. Do you believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?‘ The evangelist replied, 'I most certainly do.‘ Kennedy then asked, ‘Well, does my church believe it?‘ (he was a Roman Catholic). ‘They have it in their creeds,‘ answered Billy. 'They don't preach it,‘ said Kennedy. 'They don't tell us much about it. I'd like to know what you think.‘ And so Billy Graham explained what the Bible said about this great prophetic event. (Sources include: Billy Graham, "Just As I Am" p.395).

Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q1. Will there be a General Resurrection?
 

I have received many questions on the subject of the resurrection of the dead and matters related to it, such as, where will the dead remain until the resurrection?

The subject is a broad one and not always clearly understood without a concentrated study of the issues.

Let me begin by saying that the idea of a general resurrection, followed by a general judgement, often espoused by amillennialists, is a fallacy. Scripture clearly teaches that there will be a number of judgements, just as there will be a number of phases in the raising of the dead. On the matter of a general judgement this teaching is based mainly on two scriptures:

"Marvel not at this for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation" (John 5 v 28-29).

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

 

Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.

Q2. Who Are The 144,000 mentioned in the Book of Revelation?
Will they be Jehovah's Witnesses?
 

The people mentioned in the question will most certainly be Jehovah's Witnesses in the truest sense of the words. But let me emphasise that they bear no relation whatsoever to the followers of the Watchtower Tract Society who meet in Kingdom Halls.

The J.W.s or Millennial Dawnists, as they are sometimes called, are a spurious and heretical cult who deny many of the foundational truths of scripture. By contrast, the 144,000 will be true men of God who will give faithful witness to Jehovah Himself. To understand who these people are and exactly what there function will be we need to consider three things.

Firstly, we must look at their chronological appearance; secondly, their genealogical background; and thirdly their eschatological role. All of this can be gleaned from the two short passages in which they are mentioned - Revelation 7 v. 1-8 and 14 v. 1-5.

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