A personal message from the Editor in Chief...
How do you describe Tomorrow’s World to a neighbor who is unfamiliar with this magazine? It is certainly not Time, National Geographic, or Sports Illustrated, but neither is it like most religious publications. You surely have seen a difference by now, but do you understand why it is different? Where are we coming from? What are our goals?
Tomorrow’s World reports and analyzes world news, but does not take sides politically. (Yet we occasionally are accused of doing so—by both sides of the political spectrum—because truth is truth, no matter where it comes from!) We speak a great deal about Bible prophecy, yet do not claim to be prophets. We write about Christian living as a better way of life and warn against behaviors that bring nothing but sorrow and heartache.
Another important difference that sets us apart from almost all other publications is that, despite being a high-quality magazine, Tomorrow’s World is given away free of charge. There is no paid advertising found in its pages. You will never see us selling books, T-shirts, or coffee mugs, and we give away all of our booklets, DVDs, CDs, and other materials free of charge. So, what’s in it for us? Why do we do this? What is our mission?
We at the Living Church of God, which sponsors this magazine and the Tomorrow’s World telecast, take the Bible very seriously. That is why we do not sell the truth (Proverbs 23:23; Matthew 10:8), and that is why our message is different. But don’t all “Christian” churches take the Bible seriously? Don’t they all teach what it says, just from different perspectives?
I am afraid, my friends, that you would be disappointed by the facts of this matter, which point toward the reason for the mess our world is in today. Truth is not relative, despite academia’s best efforts to convince us—and particularly our youth—otherwise. Absolute physical truth is the reason we can fly planes, and moral truth is just as absolute—not subject to the shifting sands of human opinion.
The Scriptures plainly show what our mission should be. Jesus commanded His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). This sounds simple enough, but what was the “gospel” Jesus told His followers to preach?
The Bible is filled with this message that almost no one understands or proclaims. Preachers have replaced the true Gospel message for one about the person of Christ and a cheap kind of grace. In doing so, they neglect the message Jesus Himself proclaimed for more than three years prior to His death, burial, and resurrection.
Christ’s sacrifice is part of the Good News, but so is the message He proclaimed before His crucifixion. Few are even aware of His message, but Tomorrow’s World proclaims that message of the soon-coming Kingdom of God on earth!
In that kingdom, Jesus will be “King over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:9), the resurrected King David will rule over the entire nation of Israel (Ezekiel 34:23–24; Jeremiah 30:9), and the resurrected Twelve Apostles will sit on thrones, each ruling over a tribe of Israel (Matthew 19:28). We understand that those who are truly Christ’s at His coming will be given rulership over cities (Luke 19:15–19).
All of this explains why Scripture calls Jesus the King of kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). True Christians of this age will be those kings and lords He rules over! So, why is it that people read these clear statements but fail to understand them—or refuse to believe them?
Some longtime readers of this publication know the answer to that question. We understand why most people—even many frequent readers of this magazine—do not “get it.” As Jesus tells us, no human beings can come to Him unless His Father opens their minds and draws them to the truth. That may sound shocking, but it is what Jesus said, and He even repeated it for emphasis: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…. Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father” (John 6:44, 65).
If God is opening your mind to understand these things, and you desire to learn more about the coming Kingdom of God, we invite you to order our free publication Do You Believe the True Gospel? And—spoiler alert—it is not about floating on clouds in heaven!
You may wonder why Tomorrow’s World spends so much time on world news and biblical prophecies. Do you realize that from one quarter to one third of the Bible is made up of prophecy, and that most of those prophecies concern what is referred to as the end time, the time leading up to and immediately prior to the return of Jesus Christ? Longtime readers of Tomorrow’s World understand why He must return. The reason is found in Matthew 24:21–22.
It should be obvious to anyone who sees what is happening in our world that we are heading into very troubled waters. Everything is not okay. Yes, there have been very troubling times in the past, but never during a time with greater potential for total oblivion. The United States is no longer united. Rather, it is badly divided with virtually no prospect of being reconciled, which bodes well neither for the U.S. nor for the rest of the world. The post-World War II era of relative stability is coming to an end, and the Bible reveals where all of this is heading.
We at Tomorrow’s World see our nations heading for a train wreck. Our world is traveling downhill, picking up speed, and the bridge is out. The end is in sight and disaster is our lot unless we slam on the brakes and turn around.
We have no illusions that the majority will even listen to our warning, much less accept and act on it, but we are nevertheless obligated to give it. “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” (Proverbs 24:11–12).
God told the prophet Ezekiel to record a message for others to broadcast at the end of the age—even though that message would be rejected (Ezekiel 3:4–7). Those who understand the message and fail to sound the warning will be held accountable. But if they do sound the warning, even though it is rejected, these watchmen will not be held responsible for the disaster (Ezekiel 33:1–7).
This sums up, in very simple terms, what Tomorrow’s World is all about. That is why we tell the truth. That is also why we realize that the message we proclaim is unpopular and will become more so as time goes by. There are times in life when we must stand up for the truth, no matter the cost. As the Apostle Paul rightly stated, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Tomorrow’s World is like no other magazine today because we tell the plain truth of Christ’s message, what He did for us, and how His plan for mankind is going to play out. We tell the bad news as well as the good news. We proclaim the return of Jesus Christ to rule over all the earth from a throne in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4, 9). And we explain life’s purpose—that people may be born into the very Family of God at a resurrection to eternal life. Tomorrow’s World magazine gives hope to a troubled world that is rapidly losing hope.
The real question now is, how will you respond?