Somewhere on this earth, God has true servants who faithfully and fully proclaim the end-time events to which we should all be paying attention.
As a youth, I grew up in "mainstream" Protestantism. My parents, my sisters and I regularly attended a good-sized church in southwestern Missouri. The sermons were rather general, sometimes philosophical or boring, but just attending church made us "feel better." We were attending the church our family had always attended. So it seemed the right thing to do. It never occurred to us to ask ourselves: "Where is God's true church today? Where is the living Jesus Christ really working through human beings on this earth today?\
Most people never ask themselves such questions.
Yet, today, staggering events are on the immediate horizon. They are prophesied in your Bible. One fourth of the entire Bible is devoted to prophecy. And the Apostle Paul stated: \Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables" (2 Timothy 4:2–4). Does your minister preach the full message of the Bible? Does he regularly explain and make clear to you and your loved ones the powerful end-time prophecies of the Bible? There are quite a number of specific events for which true Christians should be watching. These events will soon clearly indicate that humanity is at the very end of this present age—the age of man's rule over the earth under the influence of Satan the Devil (Revelation 12:9).
Somewhere on this earth, God has true servants who faithfully and fully proclaim the end-time events to which we should all be paying attention. God inspired His prophet Amos to tell us: "Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?" (Amos 3:7–8).
Many religious leaders talk about the "end times." But, in all honesty, who is telling you—often in advance—the specific events to watch for? And who is helping you, today, to understand the real meaning behind the traumatic upheavals in the weather, the increasing earthquakes, the terrorist attacks and the awful wars in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere that are now beginning to threaten this planet?
Who is truly "making sense" out of all of this?
Jesus said: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31–32). Again, if you are to abide in Christ's "word," who is really making that word "come alive?" Who is continually quoting—not just from the secular writings of this world—but from the inspired word of God? Who is constantly challenging you: "Prove all things; and hold fast that which is good" (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV)?
Our editors and writers at Tomorrow's World magazine sincerely hope that every one of you subscribers will be inspired to genuinely dig into your Bible, look up the scriptures and prove the vital truths we give you in this magazine by researching them in your own Bible! Then, and only then, will you come to understand the truth which shall make you "free" from the confusion, the half truths and the deceptions that clutter our modern religious landscape.
Over the years, I have often encountered sincere people from various religious groups and cults who are out on the street doing "personal evangelism." Occasionally, I have questioned them about a number of key issues in the Bible. Amusingly, yet sadly, when these earnest young men or occasionally older persons of either sex, are confronted by very clear biblical statements that directly contradict the handful of scriptures with which they are familiar, a look of puzzlement or even fear sweeps over their faces. They suddenly realize they are "caught." They have no answer to the clear and consistent words of the Bible on many, many basic subjects!
As you read this Tomorrow's World magazine, or view the Tomorrow's World telecast, I am sure that you will notice that we are "definitely different!" We quote extensively from the direct words of the Bible, and rely on it to prove our points. We earnestly try to make the basic truths of the Bible plain. If you really study our literature—and especially the outstanding Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course—you will find that a clear and consistent way of life is taught in the Bible which goes way beyond what most churches in this world even begin to teach. A basic "key" to understanding is to be willing to do what God says. Yet most religions in this world's professing Christianity unfortunately teach and practice what has been called "cheap grace." They promote an empty, sentimental acceptance of the person of Christ and are absolutely blinded to the powerful message of obedience which He constantly preached. As we have told you so often, when a young man came to Jesus and asked the way to eternal life, Jesus' reply was very simple. He said, as He always did: "If you would enter into life, keep the Commandments" (Matthew 19:17). Then He began to name some of the Ten Commandments to indicate exactly what He was talking about.
Yet the overwhelming majority of professing-Christian ministers will, if you pin them down, definitely state: "You don't have to keep the Ten Commandments!" Oh, of course, they will say that the commandments are a good "guide" to life, or that they contain good principles. Or, sometimes they pretend to teach obedience to God's commandments. Yet, they absolutely refuse to teach their followers to keep the fourth commandment, or to truly abstain from killing in all its forms, or to condemn wholesale divorce and remarriage, which is "adultery" as Jesus said. How often have you heard your minister directly explain Jesus' teaching on this: "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery" (Matthew 5:32)?
So do not be deceived! As this age draws to an end, it is up to you to sincerely seek out and prove where the full message of Jesus Christ is being preached today! You need to know! Try to face squarely the many, many scriptures that tell you: "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus" (Revelation 14:12). Ask God earnestly for real understanding. Then you will be able to see through the "trick arguments" which so many religious teachers often use to get around all these dozens of clear statements in your Bible. And always remember Jesus Christ's powerful challenge: "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).
Do not allow yourself to be so easily fooled! Remind yourself of God's solemn declaration: "But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word" (Isaiah 66:2). As President Bush often says "Don't mess with Texas," so I say to you: "Don't mess with the Bible!" You readers—including all ministers and priests who may read this—had better fear the very real Creator God who is soon going to intervene and put a stop to all the "little games" professing religious leaders play with the Bible! As we have told you so often, God tells us how to have genuine understanding: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever" (Psalm 111:10).
We in this end-time Work of the living God have a responsibility to preach the full Truth to our peoples, and to all nations. Jesus said: "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" (Matthew 24:14). To expedite the fulfillment of this goal, we are moving the headquarters of this Work to Charlotte, North Carolina, where the economy will better facilitate our doing the Work of God. As this Work continues to grow in size and scope, we will soon be able to purchase more television time, enlarge the Tomorrow's World magazine circulation many times over, and serve our God—and you readers—better in every way. Because of the move there may, for a brief time, be some delays in mailing or in other areas, but overall we will be able to do the Work far more effectively from our new location.
As our friends and subscribers, may I ask each of you to please pray for God's blessing on this Work, and on our transition to our new Headquarters location in Charlotte? And let me thank you for your interest in Tomorrow's World magazine and God's precious Truth! May God bless and guide you as you act on the Truth and follow Him. As you have the faith and the courage to genuinely obey God and do what He says, He will certainly open your mind as to where Jesus Christ is working today.