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Will You Escape Armageddon?

The battle of Armageddon is an event in Bible prophecy worthy of praying “that you may be counted worthy to escape” (Luke 21:36). In this video, learn how you can avoid it—and the signs of the end times leading up to it.

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

Armageddon IS Coming

Our planet and all our nations are faced with natural disasters, famine, earthquakes, wars, and total destruction. We even see the word “Armageddon” appearing in news headlines. Will we soon experience World War III? Will the world soon experience Armageddon?

The 1998 popular movie “Armageddon” portrayed an incoming asteroid the size of Texas that would destroy all life on earth. NASA recruits a team of oil drillers to save the world. Perhaps you’ve seen that sobering movie.

Are we today in danger of incoming earth-destroying asteroids? describes the meteor that exploded over Siberia in 2013:

On February 15, 2013, a small asteroid, perhaps measuring 20 meters across, came down over the southern Urals of Russia, barreling in at about 19 km/s, and exploded over Chelyabinsk Oblast, near the town of Chelyabinsk. With a mass greater than that of the Eiffel Tower, the asteroid exploded in an airburst, unleashing energy equal to about 500 kilotons of TNT, some 20 or 30 times the energy released in the Hiroshima atomic explosion (“Why the asteroid threat should be taken seriously,”

Continuing the report, author David J. Eicher describes the dangers we face today:

The risk from asteroids impacting Earth and causing widespread damage, death, and catastrophe is real, and is present every day of our lives. But it is to a degree a counterintuitive threat, which makes it hard for some people to take seriously. The risk at any given moment is almost nonexistent, but given enough time, a catastrophic event will happen again. Do we need to worry about an asteroid strike during our next foray out to lunch? Probably not. But someday a large enough asteroid with Earth’s name on it will enter the picture, causing horror and mayhem for humanity. Unless we do something about it, that is (ibid.).

Your Bible reveals future astronomical events as well as major military conflicts. Revelation the sixth chapter describes cosmic disturbances: “And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (Revelation 6:13–14).

The movie “Armageddon” used the title to depict the cataclysmic end-of-the world danger described in your Bible. Bible scholars describe Armageddon as the final battle between good and evil. Who will win that battle? Will the world survive Armageddon? And will you be able to escape “Armageddon”?

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Where Will Armageddon Take Place?

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The word “Armageddon” has come to symbolize the final battle between good and evil. Will Armageddon trigger ultimate destruction of planet Earth? Or will divine intervention from outer space save us all? We’ll answer that question on today’s program.

Armageddon warns us of a World War III. World War II ended in 1945, more than 75 years ago. Younger generations today may know little of its history, the suffering, global trauma and the loss of scores of millions of lives. To many at the time, the devastating conflict between nations appeared as if the end of the world was near. But the Allied nations prevailed against Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, and VE day, Victory in Europe Day, was proclaimed on May 8, 1945. The war in the Pacific continued with Japan’s military forces striving to control more and more territory. U.S. President Harry Truman approved the dramatic strategy to shorten the war with the newly invented weapon of mass destruction.

On August 6 and August 9 of 1945, the United States dropped the first ever atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan killing more than 150,000 (“Hiroshima and Nagasaki Death Toll,” Children of the Atomic Bomb,, October 10, 2007). The nation of Japan surrendered unconditionally on September 2, 1945, ending World War II. In his victory broadcast from the USS Missouri battleship, General Douglas MacArthur summarized the historic lesson of war. Gen. MacArthur repeated these words in his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951: “Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blocks out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.”

Yes, our Armageddon WILL be at our door. Or as General MacArthur pronounced it: “Har Maggadon will be at our door.” Turn to Revelation 16:16, “And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.” The original Hebrew is Har Magadon, or the Mount of Megiddo. The armies of the world will gather in northern Israel at Megiddo before marching south to Jerusalem. Megiddo is located about 55 miles north of Jerusalem in Israel. In ancient times it guarded the main trade routes between Egypt and Damascus. It also overlooks the biggest plain in Israel, the Valley of Jezreel (as it’s called in the Bible) or the Plain of Esdraelon. The kings of the east cross westward across the Euphrates River. They meet up with other superpower armies at Megiddo.

The book of Revelation describes this gathering as the sixth of the seven last plagues. They gather at the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon, then move southward to Jerusalem to fight Christ there. Notice Joel 3:1, “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather ALL nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there” (Joel 3:1–2).

The Valley of Jehoshaphat is between the Mount of Olives and the city of Jerusalem. It’s also known as the Kidron Valley, which extends southward for some distance. Yes, the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty will take place at Jerusalem. Jehoshaphat means “judgment of the Eternal.” God will judge the nations in this climactic battle.

Your Bible reveals the sequence of events leading up to Armageddon. The Savior, Jesus Christ, revealed major prophetic signs leading up to the great climax and the end of this age. He also proclaimed a new age to come; we call it Tomorrow’s World. Jesus preached the gospel, the good news of a coming world-ruling government called the Kingdom of God. You can read about that in Mark 1:14–15! Jesus answered His disciples’ question concerning the end of the world or the end of the age. Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

What signs should we watch for? And what sequence of prophetic events should we expect? Our revealing free booklet we’re offering today features a chart showing the sequence of major prophetic events: Bible prophecy reveals the three and one-half year period leading up to the end of the age. And what signals the END of this sad world of failed human governments? Turn in your Bible to Revelation 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’”

The Real “War to End All Wars”

We saw that the world’s armies will gather at Megiddo, in northern Israel, ready to oppose the returning Jesus Christ. Will that battle affect you? Nations will at first reject the returned Savior. Revelation 11:18: “The nations were angry….” They will resist the divine world-ruling kingdom and even go to war against it! The end-time superpower, the last revival of the Roman Empire, called the “Beast” in the book of Revelation, supported by ten worldly kings or kingdoms, will fight a futile war against the coming King of kings. Revelation 17:12, “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12–14).

The book of Revelation reveals a sequence of major battles of World War III. Just read Revelation the ninth chapter. Armies east of the Euphrates River move westward using powerful weapons to destroy one third of earth’s population. The Apostle John records this prophetic vision in Revelation 9:17–18, “And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.”

Are military forces even now preparing for World War III? Our Tomorrow’s World magazine subscribers are aware of major military developments. The April–May 2023 edition featured this question: “Has World War III Already Begun?” Editor in chief Gerald Weston cites several individuals, including Pope Francis, who state that World War III has already begun: “‘The world is at war,’ he said. ‘For me, today, World War III has been declared. This is something that should give us pause for thought. What is happening to humanity that we have had three world wars in a century?’” (“Pope Francis: ‘World War III has been declared,’” America: The Jesuit Review, June 14, 2022) (Tomorrow’s World magazine, p. 6).

Today’s nations are increasing their nuclear capabilities. Nine nations around the world are confirmed to have nuclear weapons. The combined power from these weapons could destroy all human life on earth several times over. On page 5 of the Armageddon booklet, this chart shows the estimated number of nuclear warheads each possesses. They are Russia, the United States, France, China, the United Kingdom, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.

October, 2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was a time when the whole world was facing a potential Armageddon. On that anniversary, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists made this sobering announcement: “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its nuclear saber-rattling have roused the nuclear war genie, with the word ‘Armageddon’ creeping into general discussion during the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. That 35-day crisis (Oct. 16-Nov. 20, 1962) remains a definitive moment in United States national security history and was the general public’s first up-close-and-personal introduction to the real possibility of nuclear war” (“Déjà vu and nuclear roulette: The Bulletin’s initial reactions to the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists,, October 26, 2022).

Unsealing the Dramatic Events of Revelation

My friends, many of you experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. You faced the frightening reality of what seemed to be a real Armageddon. Evangelist Gerald Weston described those dangers in a Tomorrow’s World magazine article titled “Cold War Secrets, Broken Arrows, and the Fate of Humanity.”

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 nearly brought the world to the unthinkable: a nuclear exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union—in popular parlance, ‘Armageddon.’ Although it was understood to be a close call during those 13 tense days in October, few would learn just how close it was until decades later—and most people still do not know (March–April 2020, p. 5).

The magazine cover featured this sobering summary: “Cold War Secrets Revealed! How one man’s decision prevented global Armageddon.”

My friends, we need to face reality! Billions of human beings on earth will die—as war, hunger, and disease expand over the planet. Yes, we will face the extreme danger of human annihilation.

The fourth seal of Revelation pictures the four horsemen combining their powers. The world will suffer massive deaths of men, women, and children. Turn to Revelation the sixth chapter. The Apostle John, who wrote the book of Revelation under God’s inspiration, sees in vision the famous four horsemen of the Apocalypse. They symbolize, in order, false christs and false religion, war and its devastating effects, famines that normally follow on the heels of war, and pestilence and disease that follow after famine. The Apostle John writes in Revelation 6:8, “So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a FOURTH of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

The fifth seal, as we read in Revelation 6:9, reveals a martyrdom of Christians during the tribulation period of about two and one-half years. Then we read about the SIXTH SEAL, which introduces the time of God’s wrath and judgment on the nations. The Sixth SEAL is referred to as the heavenly signs. Revelation 6:12, “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (Revelation 6:12–14).

These heavenly signs, as they are called, introduce the Day of the Lord. The Day of the Lord is the time of God’s wrath and judgment on an unthankful, rebellious world. Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, will be WRATHFUL. He’ll execute God’s righteous judgments. The Day of the Lord, here in Revelation 6:17, is called “the great Day of His wrath!”

The Day of the Lord will bring God’s judgments on the nations. Let’s understand. There are three prophetic milestones leading up to Christ’s return. They are: 1. The Great Tribulation; 2. The Heavenly Signs; and 3. The Day of the Lord. These three events cover a period of about three and one-half years. There are over thirty prophecies in your Bible referring to the Day of the Lord. Isaiah 34:8 and Isaiah 63:4 show that the Day of the Lord in end-time prophecy, the time preceding the Second Coming, is a period of one year! You might want to write down those references: Isaiah 34:8 and Isaiah 63:4!

Revelation the nineteenth chapter describes Christ’s great heavenly army descending to the earthly Armageddon battleground. Revelation 19:11,

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS (Revelation 19:11–16).

My friends, what side will you choose when judgment day comes? Will you choose to be on the side of the King who will rule the earth and bring it lasting peace? As we just saw in Revelation 17, faithful Christians will follow Christ. Revelation 17:14, “and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

Will You Be Among the Saints At Christ’s Side?

We all need to watch for prophetic signs leading to Armageddon. The kings of the earth and their armies will gather in northern Israel to fight against the Savior, Jesus Christ, at His coming. Again be sure to read that in Revelation 19:19. The King of kings will conquer these rebellious, oppressive nations. But how can you personally prepare for the challenging times ahead? My friends, will you escape Armageddon?

Notice the admonition by the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke 21:36, “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Perhaps you have not been praying. Now is the time to get down on your knees and cry out to God for a change in your life. Isaiah 55:6–7 tells you how to draw close to God. “Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

God promises to bless you and forgive you, IF you seek Him with your whole heart. The solution to the world’s problems lies in the future change in human nature. Beyond Armageddon, the new world government, comprised of Christ and the saints, will teach the way to peace. Yes, during the millennium, there will be a renewal of human character and the human spirit. The Kingdom of God will rule over all nations for a thousand years. Pray for that Kingdom to come. We look forward to the time beyond Armageddon when the prophecy of Zechariah 14:9 will be fulfilled: “And the LORD shall be King over all the earth.”

Yes, the Prince of Peace will govern the world’s nations with love and justice, guaranteeing a world of prosperity and abundant living for all peoples.

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Why Are You Alive?

The Bible answers your toughest questions: Why am I alive? What does God want from me? Why did God create humans? Richard Ames shows from Scripture God’s purpose for creating people and our future as “heirs with Christ.”

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

Mankind’s Purpose and Destiny

On November 15, 2022, the United Nations announced a major historic event. For the first time in recorded history, the world population reached 8 BILLION human beings. What is the future of these 8 billion people? Are we to just “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die” as the old English idiom states? Regular viewers of Tomorrow’s World know biblical prophecies foretelling mankind’s self-destruction in the future Great Tribulation. Thank God that He will intervene to save humanity from cosmocide. But what is YOUR purpose in life?

Many evolutionists will say that the purpose of life is self-preservation, self-perpetuation, and self-determination. Those motives are certainly a part of human nature. But is survival the only meaning and purpose for life? Can you truly know your REAL purpose for living? Is there life beyond death? Why were you born? What is your ultimate destiny? My friends, you need to answer the question, “Why are you alive?

Join us on Tomorrow’s World for amazing answers to the most important questions in life!

Materialism Provides No Answers

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For thousands of years, philosophers have proposed answers to the question, “What is the meaning of life?” And that is a question we all should be able to answer.

Much of today’s world has embraced an evolutionary worldview. And many materialists and evolutionists say there is no transcendental purpose of life. For example, the famous American astronomer and cosmologist Carl Sagan, thought that humans, in the grand scheme of the universe, are almost insignificant. When the space probe Voyager 1 photographed an image of planet Earth in our solar system, Carl Sagan, considering this “pale blue dot” as he called it, made a striking comment: “Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves” (Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, 1994, p. 9).

Sagan wrote that planet earth is a “lonely speck” in the cosmic dark. Must we then conclude that we are so insignificant as to be meaningless? Then why does the universe exist? Has it no purpose? Is the universe and our part in it meaningless? The Creator of the universe has a sober warning to atheists. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:18–21).

This atheistic philosophy admits that it cannot or will not answer the question, “What is the purpose and meaning of life?” On the other hand, Nobel Prize winner Sir John Eccles clearly saw significant meaning in the creation. Sir John Eccles was, at the time, perhaps the world’s foremost authority on the mind and brain. The observations of this distinguished scientist about the meaning and purpose of life are very profound. He was interviewed for a World Tomorrow TV Program back in the 1980s. Sir John Eccles said: “I would say that the meaning… has to come back to the Creator.… One has to believe that there’s more behind all this, from our very existence as creating selves to what we do and how we live in what I like to think, in an altruistic society—caring and loving one another, living for one another, building a new world of love and inspiration and dedication and sacrifice—ah, building such a world. The meaning of all this, I think, is in the mind of the Creator. You see… as soon as you get away from materialism, ah, you have wonderful opportunities. You’ve left being tied down in materialism, stuck in materialism.”

Sir John Eccles could clearly see the strong limitations of materialism. One definition of materialism is: “a theory that physical matter is the only or fundamental reality and that all being and processes and phenomena can be explained as manifestations or results of matter” (Merriam Webster Online). No! Physical matter is NOT the only reality. I encourage you to view our TV Program or read our Tomorrow’s World article, “What is the Greatest Reality?” The atheistic, materialist philosophy admits that it cannot or will not answer the question, “What is the purpose and meaning of life?”

Transformed to Become God’s Family

The ancient Greek philosophers came up with a wide range of answers to the questions, purposes, and meaning of life. The 4th century B.C. saw the rise of three principal schools of thought in Greece: Epicureanism, Stoicism, and Skepticism.

The Apostle Paul was quite familiar with these ancient schools of thought. He visited Athens about A.D. 50. If you have your Bible, turn to Acts 17. ACTS 17:18, “Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him [the Apostle Paul]. And some said, ‘What does this babbler want to say?’ Others said, ‘He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods,’ because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus [that’s Mars’ hill], saying, ‘May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?’” (vv. 18–19).

Paul then proclaimed to them the Creator God, who made the world and everything in it. And he made this fundamental, yet ASTOUNDING OBSERVATION in verse 28: “… for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’” (Acts 17:28).

In Him we live and move and have our being! Our entire existence, Paul tells us, is intimately tied to the Creator God! Even the Greek poets knew we are God’s “offspring,” His children. Paul knew that human life can have no real meaning or purpose apart from God! Yes, we were created to have a special relationship with our Creator. It’s the VERY FOUNDATION of a meaningful life! The Messiah, Jesus Christ, also affirmed this highest purpose in life. A lawyer asked Him, “Which is the great commandment in the law?” Turn in your Bible to Matthew 22:37. Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37–40).

That relationship leads to a change from selfish human nature, to a loving spiritual nature. God wants us to be born into his immortal family. The Bible explains that ultimate transformation takes place at the resurrection from the dead. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, is the firstborn from the dead (Revelation 1:5)! He is the firstborn of MANY BRETHREN as it tells us Romans 8:29. God’s children will be transformed from mortal to immortal at the resurrection, as it states in 1 Corinthians 15:53. Yes, you have an opportunity to belong to an immortal family, to be a part of God’s kingdom and royal family. Remember, Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

Yes, your Bible reveals the real purpose and meaning of life. Bible prophecy outlines the future of the world and the future of humanity. That future also reveals your purpose and meaning in life. Jesus Christ came with a message called the gospel, which means “good news.” That message is emphasized in the heavenly announcement of Revelation 11:15, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Thank God that He has a plan to save mankind from total cosmocide! We are headed toward World War III and Armageddon if we as nations and individuals do not change our way of life! Beyond Armageddon, God has promised a new age to come. That new age will begin with the return of Jesus Christ to this earth, and the establishment of His kingdom over all nations! Revelation 5:10 and Revelation 20:6 reveal that our calling and purpose in that kingdom is to rule as kings and priests with the King of kings, Jesus Christ, for a thousand years here on earth! What else has God promised faithful Christians? What is your destiny beyond death? Turn in your Bible to Matthew 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’”

My friends, faithful Christians, and that could include you, will inherit the Kingdom of God! The prophet Daniel also confirms that promise: DANIEL 7:18, “But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.” Notice, “forever and ever.” Yes, faithful Christians will inherit eternal life! My friends, that is just a small part of the glorious destiny God has planned for you!

The amazing truth is that your potential future is grand, magnificent, and transcendent beyond what you can imagine! We get a hint of this plan when Jesus’ mother and brothers attempted to visit Him when He was visiting a large group of people. Matthew 12:46, “While He was still talking to the multitudes, behold, His mother and brothers stood outside, seeking to speak with Him. Then one said to Him, ‘Look, Your mother and [Your] brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.’ But He answered and said to the one who told Him, ‘Who is My mother and who are My brothers?’ And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother’” (Matthew 12:46–50).

My friends, is YOUR very purpose in life to become a member of God’s Family?

How to Become Sons and Daughters of God?

“For in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring’” (Acts 17:28).

We also saw the amazing statement by Jesus in Matthew 12:49–50, that He considers His faithful disciples as His family! “He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.’”

Jesus described those who would obey our Father in heaven as His spiritual family. My friends, God is inviting you to be part of His family! Notice this inspiring scripture, Ephesians 3:14. The Apostle Paul states that he bows His knees to our Father in heaven. Ephesians 3:14, “For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [now notice this!] from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named…” (Ephesians 3:14–15).

Yes, God is the Father [from] whom the whole FAMILY in heaven and earth is named! God is producing a family. He wants you to voluntarily choose to become His sons and daughters! Notice that in 2 Corinthians 6. God wants you to come out of the carnal, sinful ways of the world. 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:17–18).

God is love, as it tells us in 1 John 4:8 and 16! He wants YOU as His son or daughter! Remember what Jesus taught us to pray in the outline, or model, prayer. How do you begin your prayer? “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). How do you become a son or daughter of your Father in heaven? We must first acknowledge God Almighty as the Creator of heaven and earth. Notice this in Hebrews 11, the faith chapter. Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Some of you longtime viewers of Tomorrow’s World have had wonderful answers to your prayers because you have humbled yourself to pray to your Father in heaven. But there’s another step that Jesus made clear when He preached the gospel of the kingdom of God. Notice that in Mark 1:14, “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mark 1:14–15).

Yes, my friends, Jesus called all His audience to repentance. What do you repent of? You repent of sin, which is the transgression of God’s law, His Ten Commandments! Repent means to change your mind, to express so much sorrow for your sins, your behaviors, your attitudes, that you turn your life around and go God’s way, rather than the carnal way of selfishness, greed, lust, jealousy, and sin. Remember when the NT church began on the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter gave instructions to his audience. Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call’” (Acts 2:38–39).

Now is the time to seek God, as it tells us in Isaiah 55:6–7. God will abundantly pardon, as He promises, if you follow through with Christ’s instructions.

After genuine repentance, faith, and baptism, God gives the gift of the Holy Spirit. That is the beginning of a truly spiritual life. We become the very heirs of God, co-heirs, or joint-heirs with Christ. Read it for yourself in Romans 8:14. Continuing in the KJV: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:14–17).

We’ve already seen a glimpse of our inheritance: We will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5); we will inherit the Kingdom (Matthew 25:34 and Daniel 7:18); We will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:29).

Let’s understand, we are now heirs of God, not yet inheritors. That takes place at the resurrection! Once we are God’s begotten children, we need to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, as it tells us in 2 Peter 3:18! As we learn and practice God’s way of life, we grow in godly character. And that takes a lifetime.

Coming Together in Christ

But the greatest reality is that God is omnipotent, all powerful, as it tells us in Revelation 19:6, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” Yes, God rules supreme. And His Kingdom is the family of God and the government of God! You can be a part of that loving, divine, royal family.

The Apostle Paul wrote: “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). My friends, you can be a member of that body, the Church of God. How can you find that Church? I encourage you to view Gerald Weston’s program “Would Jesus Choose Your Church?” and Rod McNair’s program “Are Churches Dying?” Jesus said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Yes, His Church will NOT die! We are also told in Hebrews 10:25 not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Those Christians are assembling every week to fellowship with one another and worship God on His Sabbath. You can meet some of them at our Tomorrow’s World Presentations which are held at various locations around the world. Just visit the website and scroll down to “Presentations.” There you will find a listing of the cities and dates where you will find all four of our TV presenters and other area ministers presenting prophetic topics of vital interest. We hope to meet you at one of these Tomorrow’s World Presentations! You may also meet members of the Living Church of God. As you and your family fellowship with loving and faithful Christians, you will grow spiritually in God’s love. Teenagers enjoy the annual Living Youth Camp and participate in sports, outdoor activities, and Christian Living classes that challenge our young people to experience for themselves the values of abundant living that will last a lifetime and beyond. Living Church of God members attend the eight-day annual Feast of Tabernacles in various locations around the world. They are preparing for tomorrow’s world when all nations will observe God’s biblical festivals (Zechariah 14:16).

Yes, God has a glorious future for you and your family, IF you seek Him with your whole heart as it tells us in Isaiah 55:6–7. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, declares our purpose in life in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

My friends, I encourage you to prove for yourself the real meaning of life.

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