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Has God "Gone Away"?

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Why do some churchgoers fail to recognize the very real God of the Bible, and fail to understand how He is right now causing the fulfillment of specific biblical prophecies that will massively affect our nations and our lives?

Millions of people—including many regular churchgoers—seem to be "in denial" of the reality of the God of the Bible. But that God—the true God—states clearly in His inspired word that He is in charge of the weather, that He is the One who brings about "great earthquakes" (Luke 21:11) and that He is in control of the rise and fall of nations!

Do you believe this?

Millions do not. For their churches simply talk about religious sentiments, about "sweet Jesus," and give the distinct impression that the "god" they worship is not real—that He is not a dynamic Spirit Personality who is actively in charge of the entire universe, and that He is now beginning to intervene in human affairs in a specific way.

Why do they fail to see?

Why do these churchgoers fail to recognize the very real God of the Bible, and fail to understand how He is right now causing the fulfillment of specific biblical prophecies that will massively affect our nations and our lives? Because they are not acquainted with that God! They have—for the most part—never been told about the specific end -time prophecies now beginning to affect the United States and the British-descended peoples in a special way.

In fact, these millions of sincere people are blinded . God makes this very clear in His inspired word. Notice how He describes Satan: "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world ; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:9).

The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians why most people are so easily deceived: "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded , who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them" (2 Corinthians 4:3–4).

Like me, you were probably taught in Sunday School that Jesus spoke in parables so the common people would more easily understand Him. But the truth is exactly the opposite! Notice what Jesus actually said: "And the disciples came and said to Him, 'Why do You speak to them in parables?' He answered and said to them, 'Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given…. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: "Hearing you will hear and shall not understand , and seeing you will see and not perceive"'" (Matthew 13:10–11, 13–14).

In plain fact, God is not trying to save the world at this time . But He has not "gone away"! Rather, He has allowed carnal human beings on this earth to go their own way—to experiment with their ideas about religion, politics, education and culture, and to develop their own ideas about what is right and what is wrong. If God did not do this before establishing His Kingdom on the earth, many rebellious human beings would protest that they had never been given an opportunity to try out all their ideas about how to build a civilization. Instead of welcoming His Kingdom, they would feel that God had restricted them, held them back, and failed to really give them "free moral agency" if He had forced them to do the right thing from the beginning.

Because of this, He has allowed human beings to go their own way. What has been the result? Human nature and human ideas—under the sway of Satan, the invisible "god of this age"—have produced enormous suffering, anguish and death. As God's word tells us: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death " (Proverbs 14:12).

Truly, the record shows that following the advice in Frank Sinatra's famous recording, "I Did It My Way," is not a very good idea! Our ideas often seem fun to envision, and may even give temporary pleasure if acted upon. But in the end, most human reasoning and philosophy ends up leading to death and destruction, if acted upon.

So, where is God?

He has kept "hands off" this world, as a whole, for about the last 6,000 years, except for working directly with His people and fulfilling specific details of prophecy. For example, He has intervened in bringing down ancient Babylon and Egypt in the manner He specifically predicted many years in advance. He guided circumstances and even personalities so Alexander the Great would arise and sweep across continents. He predicted, generations in advance, the rise of the Roman Empire—and prophesied that there would be seven revivals of this empire, leading to the final revival called the "Beast" in Revelation 17. If you doubt any of this, please write for our eye-opening booklet entitled: The Bible: Fact or Fiction? It will be sent absolutely free and postpaid upon your request.

Over the next several years, and it is already beginning, the great God will increase His intervention in human affairs as never before ! He will shake the nations until their teeth rattle! God tells us: "See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven' " (Hebrews 12:25–26).

The massive financial crisis the U.S. and many other nations are now experiencing is just the beginning! For continuing terrorism will shake our nations' morale. The most enormous earthquakes , storms, floods and disease epidemics in history will soon begin to occur—not in far off southern Asia or some other remote place—but right in the midst of the Western nations, in the United States, Canada and Britain! Then, the educated "smart alecks" who write about "The God Delusion" and other such rubbish will begin to be shaken by the realization that perhaps there is a "real" God after all! Eventually this great God will shut their mouths!

If you understand your Bible, you will realize that on this earth, right now, there is a true Work of the great God to warn His people at the end of this age. In God's mercy, you have now been brought in contact with that Work! If you have the wisdom, honesty and humility to genuinely study this magazine and the free booklets we send out (remember, all our literature is free !), you will begin to understand the real purpose of human existence, and the specific prophecies now beginning to occur in a remarkable manner. It will change your life. And it will lead you—if you are willing to act on the Truth—to come into contact with the real God of the Bible, and to have His divine protection and blessing in the years just ahead.

For God has not "gone away"! By virtue of creation, He is a Father to every one of us. You , personally, were made in His image, so that you might eventually become a real son in the very Family of God. If God is calling you right now, you will come to see that you were made and put on this earth to learn lessons , to develop the very character of Christ , and eventually to become one of the "kings and priests" to rule this earth under Jesus Christ just a few years from now (Revelation 5:9–10).

There is a tremendous purpose for your life! May God help you to exercise the wisdom and spiritual courage to act on the Truth you are receiving from this Work, and to fulfill that genuine purpose. We are here to serve you . As the months and years go by, you will come to realize this—if you genuinely study and learn to obey your Creator. If you would like to write us or call us for personal spiritual counsel, or to ask any questions about the Bible, about prophecy, or about any other matter, please contact us at the Regional Office address nearest you, given at the bottom of this page, or send your request to us at our www.tomorrowsworld.org Web site. No, we do not claim to be perfect. But we are the remnant of the true Church of God on this earth. We do understand the Truth, the real meaning of the end-time prophecies—and the way of escape during the terrible times ahead. May God help you to understand and to act!

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