“The LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.” (Hosea 4:1-3).
Year 2004 began with an intense debate about the
teaching of values in education in
As one might have expected, advocates of both public and private education went to the parapets, each extolling the virtues of their kind of education. A day later, the same newspaper wrote:
“Australia is moving towards a national charter for values education after federal and state ministers agreed that going to school is “as much about building character” as learning academic skills. A draft values education framework will be sent to school principals “to guide debate in this important area” ahead of a national forum on April 28 – 29 in Melbourne, a spokesman for the federal Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, said yesterday.
The Values Education Study, released in November, was commissioned by Dr Nelson and was supported by all state education ministers. It found confusion in schools about what constituted values and said research showed that a partnership between schools and parents could help reinforce attributes as tolerance, social justice, inclusion, and freedom.”
Pardon? Reinforce attributes as tolerance, social justice, inclusion, and freedom? Have we reached the stage in which our people need ‘attributes’ that totalitarian regimes deny to their peoples?
The next day, in a nationally televised current
affairs program by
Three days later, again in a nationally broadcast program, the Prime Minister himself was asked about the values he complained public schools were not teaching. It was his chance to set the record straight, but he too prevaricated and changed the subject. He spoke of the need for ‘cooperation‘ between parents and educators in deciding the values that all schools ought to teach.
Now isn’t that extraordinary? People complain that schools do not teach values, yet when asked about them, they change the subject and invoke the need to ‘explore’ ‘cooperate’ and ‘decide’ on the values that schools ought to teach. In other words, we are going to invent the wheel once again.
After two thousand years of Christianity you’d think that people would instinctively know the values that make for good character. Isn’t this what religion is supposed to be all about? It only shows what happens when religion is relegated to the back burner: the entire society is thrown into confusion about the values it ought to live by.
One of the best commentaries on the merits of public versus private education came from a local community newspaper.
“Prime Minister John Howard sparked a debate over schools last weekend when he suggested parents were shying away from public schools because they had become “too politically correct” and “values neutral”. In the days that followed there was an angry and justifiable backlash from teachers and parents. Many people would argue the only positive result of Mr Howard’s comments was it put the issue at the forefront of public debate.
How is it possible to be too politically correct? The Macquarie Dictionary defines correctness as “conformity to current beliefs about correctness in language and behaviour with regard to policies on sexism, racism, ageism, etc.” Aren’t these the values children should learn? Private schools do not have a monopoly on values.
According to NSW Education Minister Andrew Refshauge, public schools strive to impart values such as inclusiveness, tolerance, diversity, striving for academic excellence, democracy and a “fair go”.
Why is it almost 40 per cent of teenagers attend private secondary schools and one in three children do not go to a public school? It is a misconception a child will get a better education solely because he or she attends a private school, but it is something increasing numbers of parents including the Prime Minister appear to believe.
Many seem to think private schools have higher academic results, but the 2004 HSC results clearly show seven of the 10 performing schools were State schools.
Better discipline is often given as a reason why
parents send their children to non-government schools. But private schools cannot be judged to have
better discipline simply because they can more easily expel troublesome
students or they have a stricter uniform code.
Government schools turn out many fine well-rounded young adults who go
on to make productive and honourable contribution to society.” (
The State Education Minister touched somewhat on the values schools should ‘impart’, but even his list is not definitive.
Going back to the Federal Minister’s Report on Vales in Education, one may be tempted to ask what is wrong with the ‘attributes’ of ‘tolerance, social justice, inclusion, and freedom’ that he listed? Nothing wrong, except that these are the very ‘attributes’ that Canadian and American Courts have invoked to demand the legalisation of homosexual marriages. It is the kind of ‘attributes’ feminist and homosexual lobbies have used from the beginning of their campaign all over the world.
Politicians do not make statements they know are going to be controversial unless they have a certain aim in mind and want to channel the discussion in a certain direction. Can you see where this whole debate is heading and what purpose it serves? Can you see the mire and stupor into which the whole world has fallen? And see how easily these lobbies have entrapped both the Education Minister and the Prime Minister? After declaring these to be desirable attributes for character building they cannot now turn back and repudiate them. And the mass media has fallen headlong for this trap too.
Our politicians know the storm that the notion of
homosexual marriage has caused in
When we discovered that our leader was listed among the wicked spirits that came up on the River Euphrates from the East, we were greatly surprised (‘Another End Time Prophecy Unveiled’, in TCH 12). Not any more. God know people’s minds, hearts and intentions, better than we do. He does not condemn them for freeing the people of Iraq from tyranny, which the United Nations should have done long ago, but for delivering them the ‘freedoms’ that they do not want or need.
It is an extraordinary fact that it should be the Liberal Party, the party of lawyers, that is being used as a Trojan Horse by homosexual lobbies to introduce their agenda into public life, not the Labour Party, which is more sympathetic to its cause.
So what are the values that every child should be taught in school, and every parent should teach at home? We will come to them shortly, but first let us look at what we wrote as early as 1995. We pick up the story at one of Jesus’ lessons to His disciples about His return to this earth and the end of this age.
“Now as He sat on the
Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you.
Mat 24:5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
Mat 24:6 See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines,
Mat 24:8 pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." All these are the beginning of sorrows. "Then they
Mat 24:9 will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.
Mat 24:10 "And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
Mat 24:11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Mat 24:12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Mat 24:13 "But he who endures to the end shall be saved. "And this gospel of the kingdom
Mat 24:14 will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Mat 24:32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth
Mat 24:33 leaves, you know that summer is near. "So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near; at
Mat 24:34 the doors! "Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
Mat 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
Mat 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
Mat 24:37 "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
“How could the world be taken by surprise by these events,
as it was taken by the flood of Noah, if everyone is aware of the work of the
two witnesses? Something isn’t right.
Could it be that we have been sold another fib by those who tell us to
keep our eyes on
And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another,
because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Now after the three-and-a-half
In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
“Did you notice that
the word “
The word “
“Those who have fallen away after they have “tested the good
word of God... crucify again for themselves the Son of
God”. They could be anywhere in the
world, not just in
“There are a number of such cities around the world, but we
can’t speak about them. We can, however,
speak of the city of which we have first hand
experience, from where we have been sending these magazines to the world, and
“Our readers would know about the homosexual festival called “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Grass” which takes place in this city annually, and of which we have written in the past. It is an open display of vulgarity and obscenity that would make any decent person sick just by watching it. This is only one aspect of a wide range of homosexual activities that take place in this city all year round.
“As for those who crucify Christ, all our leaders –
political, religious and academic – have done it. The political leaders have done it by turning
this State from Christianity to paganism.
The official religion of
“Earlier this year we had an election in this State. The Coalition government, formed by the
Liberal and National Parties, lost the election. That is the good news. This was the government that gave
“The bad news is that Labor Party won the election. This party has been described by a Member of
Parliament as the homosexual party. One
of the first acts of Parliament, signed by the new Premier, enshrined into
legislation the “right” of gay couples to be regarded as families. Then on
“The “right” of homosexuals to marry and adopt children? Who gave them this “right”, the United Nations? The Creator says that this is not “right” but wrong, so wrong that they will pay with their lives for it. Unfortunately, other people suffer as a result of their abominations too. Our leaders would never accept that the current disastrous draught, the astronomical national debt, the unemployment, the epidemic of youth suicides, the decay of cities and many other social evils, have anything to do with their policies, their attitude to, and especially their legislation on, homosexuality.
“First, it was the law against homosexual “vilification”. Then gay couples received the ‘right’ to be regarded as normal families. Now, our highest office demands that homosexuals have the ‘right to marry’ and adopt children too. What next? Are they going to pass a law that everyone become a homosexual? Thank God they won’t have time for that.
“Those who want children should exercise their ‘right’ to conceive and rear children, not adopt them after other people have labored with them, then inculcate them with their vile ideas. All those ‘rights’ are being granted to homosexuals while Christians are being denied the right to speak against such abominations and against the offensive vulgarities that pass as cultural events in this city. This is how our political leaders ‘crucify again’ for themselves the Son of God.” (“Would The Real Witnesses Please Stand Up”, The Christian Herald No 5).
The expressed desire of our Governor General in 1995
has been overtaken by events in the
If you get the impression that this ‘exploration’ is nothing more than the back door by which they can introduce more un-Christian, anti-God, concepts and laws, you are not wrong.
The efforts of the homosexual lobby has shifted from the United Nations and the Courts, which they have largely conquered, to the churches, some of which are still opposing their practices. Now do you think that they want to become priests and ministers because they love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and want to preach righteousness, truth and holiness? Or rather because they want to neutralise and silence this institution too. Churches and religious institutions are still allowed to speak on this matter, and condemn homosexuality without penalty, but not for long. The United Nations will see to that.
“The U. N. Human Rights Commission is scheduled to meet March 15 to
April 25 in
“IGLHRC [the San-Francisco-based International Gay and Lesbian Human
Rights Commission] called last April's introduction of the resolution by
“At the 2003 session,
“Last year's resolution, according to the IGLHRC, had the support of
“The resolution, IGLHRC asserted . . . would "provide activists with another tool to hold states accountable to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered] people."
However, some opponents contend the remedy proposed by the resolution
will have worse societal implications than the alleged disease,
"homophobia." "It is highly likely that gay-rights advocates
will use this resolution, if it passes, to advance their agenda to legalize gay
marriage and to create hate-crimes legislation," contended A. Scott
Loveless, associate professor of law at the
"In their quest to legitimize homosexuality, many of these countries have actually limited some of our most fundamental freedoms, including freedom of speech," Loveless said.
The draft resolution presented last year by
Isn’t it extraordinary? It was a
American evangelists never tire telling their followers that Islam is a religion of the Devil. We are not quite sure that that is how the Almighty sees it. When we pointed out that Islam is as much a religion of Abraham as is Judaism and Christianity, each with its own role and purpose, we received some of the most virulent criticism ever. They forget that individual acts of suicidal madness, by the kind of minorities that all religions have, do not invalidate the basic tenets of a religion. They have also forgotten what God had told Abraham about Ishmael, his son by Hagar, who became the father of the Arabs and of Islam.
These are the words of God, of the Holy Spirit, not of the Devil. Those who say otherwise commit an unpardonable sin.
The Americans would never admit that the Almighty would allow the kind
of devastation they suffered on
It should not be left to Muslim nations to oppose resolutions on homosexuality at the United Nations, for they are an insult not only to them, but to true Christians and to the whole civilized world. If a foreign body imposes such abominable resolutions upon any nation, it should be mercilessly thrown out of the country without delay, and never be heard of again.
Rumours have it that the United Nations considers moving its
Ishmael was a mirror mage of Jacob, each with twelve princes, but on opposite sides of the fence. Isn’t this what is evident in the world at present: a wild man, with wild descendants, against the whole world, and the world against them?
Those American ‘evangelists’, blinded by their hatred of Islam, betray their own ignorance of the Scriptures by failing to see the hand of God and prophecy at work in their own nation.
These then are the ‘freedoms’ that our political leaders would like to
‘impart’ to our students, freedoms that the United Nations regard as ‘the
birthright of all human beings’. Of
course, the United Nations was there when God created the first human beings
and heard Him say, ‘your fundamental birthright freedom’ is to debauch
yourselves with all sorts sexual perversions?
They have forgotten the lessons of history and what happened to those
who abandoned themselves to these kind of ‘freedoms’.
Over the years, we have not spared other religions either, making our voice heard in their lands too. Yet, we have never had a word of condemnation from these people, only from Christians, and from the Jews.
Our message to the people of the world is that they are God’s people too, only that they follow a wrong path and worship wrong gods, just as Christians did before they turned to Jesus Christ.
What then are the values that create good character, which all peoples should teach to their children?
For thousands of years, the God-given standard that has formed the back bone of western civilisation until it started falling apart under the onslaught of modernism, was the Ten Commandments. It is from this standard that all other character building values proceed – diligence, honesty, respect for the law, honour for the elders, charity, humility, love, and faith. These are the forgotten values in our society today.
You cannot have ‘attributes’ outside these parameters. You cannot ‘tolerate’ law breakers, you cannot ‘include’ deviant, anti-social, elements, you cannot have ‘social justice’ by justifying the unjustifiable, and you cannot have ‘freedom’ without responsibility, freedom beyond the limits of decency and common sense.
The Judeo-Christian Scriptures have proven over and over again that they are divinely inspired and provide the best practical solutions for true character building. The problem is that religion today suffers from a massive crisis of credibility.
Since the beginning of time, religion has played a crucial role in education and in people’s lives, but with the advent of modernity this is no longer the case. In the last couple of centuries religion has been continuously undermined and subjected to attack from what has wrongly been called science and enlightenment. The great educational institutions of our time are no longer centres of discovery and honest quest for truth, but hotbeds of radicalism, negativity, dissent, and ridicule.
Years ago, I was overjoyed when a top Anglican school
Teachers careers in those schools are determined by exam outcomes. Parents, who pay exorbitant sums of money for their children’s education, want to see tangible results. Character is not as easily measured as are curriculum subjects. Any wonder that so many good students end up as unscrupulous, greedy, professionals. They lack moral education, and true character building values. No subject teaches these values, not even scripture lessons.
Even the Priest, who was taking religious instruction classes, would not touch creationist materials that extolled biblical values. Being a librarian, I had the chance to observe him at work. His lessons were a joke to say the least. He had a horrendous time controlling his classes and motivating students to take him seriously. He was paying the price for his own convictions, for he was an evolutionist too. Students did not expect that from him. They respect a man of conviction who stands up for his principles, not one who vacillates between two positions that are incompatible with each other.
I don’t think he had proper teaching qualifications either, for his lessons were unstructured and poorly prepared. For all intents and purposes, he did not quite seem to know what he was talking about either. Students are not stupid; you can fool them once or twice, but if they perceive that you keep going before them without much of an idea what you are going to talk about, they tear you to pieces. Heaven help you after that, because even a school management with the strictest code of discipline can’t help you anymore.
It is wrong to assume that a preacher is naturally a good teacher too. A class full of students is not a church congregation that listens quietly to nonsense for an hour or so, then thanks the preacher for it.
The Bible tells us that there are many people in the world who ought to do anything but preach Scriptures.
For two thousand years impostors and incompetent hypocrites have wreaked havoc with the Christian Gospel, giving people a sour taste of what religion is all about. The Apostles saw it coming and warned their followers about it in the strongest terms. That is why they spoke of the need for a restoration of all things before the return of Jesus Christ.
For a long time I wondered how such people could preach from the Bible on Sundays, then teach students during the week that the story of creation is a myth and the book of Genesis is not to be taken seriously. And they still wonder that when children grow up they do not believe in God and would have nothing to do with the church.
Many of the problems in today’s education can be traced directly to the intrusive government legislation that forbids any kind of corporal punishment. They say that they do it for the good of the children, but evidence is mounting that children brought up without discipline become adults without discipline too.
No corporal punishment, no rote learning, no speaking harshly to students, no external examinations, no lowering the students’ self-esteem, nothing that might incommode our ‘little angels’. The problem is, we are not dealing with ‘little angels’, but with many intrinsically disruptive elements that do not know the meaning of discipline anymore.
After a few years in private education, I moved to a public school that was more easily accessible for me. That school introduced a laudable program of 20 minutes quiet reading for all students first thing in the morning. I had year 11 in the library’s instruction room. That was supposed to be a more disciplined and diligent class, as all senior student classes are supposed to be. Yet even in that class there was a group of four students who did their best to live up to their fame as bullies and trouble makers. After trying every method at my disposal to quiet them down, without success, I wrote a memo to the Deputy Principal, who was in charge of discipline in the school, inviting him to come down to the library to discuss their case with me, or tell me when I could go and discuss it with him in his office. He did not answer me; he knew their case very well, and that nothing more could be done with them short of expelling them. But expelling students from a school does not look good on the school administration record, and so they let the staff grapple with unruly students the best they can.
However, I did not give up for I could see the disruption they were causing to other students. I wrote two more memos, and when the Deputy Principal still did not answer me, I expelled them from the library and sent them to the Principal to deal with them. It was only then that the Deputy Principal reluctantly made his way to the library. A heated discussion followed. His point was that we had to do everything in our power to keep them in school, ‘because we could not throw senior students out in the street’. And my point was that not only were they not getting any benefit out of it, but were causing major inconvenience to other students. I pointed out that we were not a correctional institution to deal with perennially recalcitrant juveniles, but an educational one with responsibility to the majority of students and to parents who expect the best possible education for their children. In the end I had to accept his viewpoint, for he was my superior, but he promised to have a serious discussion with them warning them that unless they changed, their behaviour would not be tolerated much longer.
Whether he did that or not, I do not know, but what I do know is that a few days later, during a school social occasion for our senior students, they got into a major brawl with some strangers. One of our good students who went to their help, was stubbed and killed on the spot. Two of the bad ones ended up in hospital fighting for their life. They survived, but that was the end of their association with our school. Far too late in my opinion.
Somehow, the school administration and the Education Department managed to keep the whole incident out of media headlines. No school wants to see its name associated with that kind of record. They made my life miserable after that, undermining my position whenever they could and wanting me out of the school, mindful of the fact that if my attempts to have those incorrigible juveniles dealt with earlier had come to light they may well have been held criminally responsible for the death of that good and innocent boy. They were a time bomb ready to explode anytime; and it did. But the school’s interest and the administration’s record demanded that they be kept in school at all costs. And the costs turned out to be very high indeed. Fortunately, my association with that school did not last long after that. Unfortunately, it came for the wrong reason: a car accident caused by another irresponsible youth, who did not respect traffic laws, caused me severe injuries that forced me into an early retirement.
There would have been no room in private schools for those students, and there should have been no room for them in public schools either. But they were in school because the current educational guidelines work in their favour. Teachers who want to advance their career are judged among other things on their ability to deal with unruly students. Rather than have their record spoiled, when nothing else works, they let the rascals rule the roost in the class. And so, public education gets a bad mark, and other students suffer as a result of it.
As a Teacher/Librarian, who did not care for further career advancement I could afford to be firm with them, but other teachers put up with it, always hoping that the next year would bring them better students.
The problem comes mainly from the inane notion that all children must stay in high school until late teens. For many of them school is nothing but a drudge and a vexation of spirit, and so it is for anyone who has to deal with them.
So what should be done about it? Apprenticeships, that’s what! Every qualified tradesman should have a helper, an apprentice who in the beginning would receive a certain remuneration from the Government.
The Government provides substantial amounts of money to families for the upkeep of their children, as they should, and to schools for their education. Part of this money should be split between tradesmen and apprentices in the early days, until apprentices become productive and self supporting. Everyone would benefit from such a scheme, and would spare the schools from having to work as baby sitters, or correctional institutions, for students that have no reason to be there.
Less than a quarter of high school students go on to university. And for that, all children must be subjected to trudging education that leaves little mark on them. Just think how much you remember of your high school studies, and whether you would not remember just as much if those studies were more judiciously spread out and combined with practical work.
The push for university education for everyone and everything helps neither society, nor individuals who have no stomach for it. It merely reinforces the misplaced concept that education to be worth anything must be at the university level.
The school of life and practical training still offer the best education for the vast majority of people. Just think how many people you know who have no university education and yet have done very well in life and are pleasure to deal with. And just the same, how many people you know with university education whom you wish you had never met. If you have never met such a person, happy are you. Pray to God that you stay that way and that you’ll never have to put your foot in a Court of Law for example.
When Labour was in Government at the Federal level, they took nursing education from hospitals and put it into universities. Then they had to invent a new position, nurses’ help, to deal with what the nurses used to do before. The result is that the country has a chronic shortage of nurses.
Universities are conservative institutions. Because they operate on fixed budgets, they cannot expand and shrink at will according to the market principle of supply and demand. They cannot expand quickly enough when there is a certain shortage in the labour market, then close down departments and lay off staff when that demand has been fulfilled or diminished. That is why hospitals and other institutions that can take care of their own needs, must be allowed to do so on the basis of well established, verifiable, national guidelines and standards, and not be subjected to the whims of politicians and bureaucrats that more often than not have little idea of what they are talking about.
Most children are not meant for, and do not care for,
university education. They would benefit
infinitely more from practical training that could start as early as the end of
their primary school, or elementary school as it is more commonly called in
At the end of primary school, all education should be two streamed: one stream for academically inclined students, and another for those that love practical training. Sport should play a bigger role in both streams, but more so in the latter. Basic subjects such as Literature, History, Geography, Mathematics, Science, Physics and Chemistry, should be staple menus for all students, each stream however with its own emphasis and degree of complexity. In the practical training stream, these subjects should be gradually reduced until they take no more than two days per week.
This, however, is considered elitist education, and in a world gone mad on egalitarism it is unlikely that the powers that be would consider such a scheme. One of the arguments against it is that students are too young to take life long decisions at that early stage. But opportunities for further education should not stop there. Further education through evening or correspondence courses should be available throughout life.
At the end of my elementary school, I undertook three
years vocational training that qualified me as electrician. Then I completed my high school through
evening classes while working as a tradesman.
I was aiming towards electrical engineering at university when my life
took a radical turn. I escaped from
More than a decade passed, and although I felt well versed in Scriptures and history, I did not rush to do anything with my knowledge, always thinking that if God wanted me to do something with it He would provide the opportunity. And He did, but not in the manner or the time that I expected. Originally, I thought that my knowledge and experience would be harnessed thorough an existing church. But rather than making use of my knowledge and cooperating with me in enlightening the world on the malaise that was destroying churches worldwide – lack of Scriptural knowledge – I found myself on a collision course with these same churches. In desperation, I began an independent work by publishing The Christian Herald. I produced the first seven editions on evenings, weekends and school vacations while working as a Teacher/Librarian. Then I had the accident that forced me into an early retirement. Since then, I managed to maintain the rate of one edition per year while convalescing at home. It so happened that the Internet came into vogue at about the same time. Without the Internet I would have had to give up on this work, for I would not have been able to carry out the almost interminable research work that some of the articles required.
Now, why am I telling you these things? To show you that with all the twists and turns that my life had taken, and the physical, psychological, and emotional pain that I endured, and still do, there are few people in the world that would be happier than I am. I have the right relationship with My Maker, I know where I stand, what I do, and where I go, which is what few other people could honestly say.
That is why a decision taken at the age of 13 or 14 is not the end of the road as far as one’s career and happiness are concerned. Indeed, I am convinced that getting work experience and practical training for some years after primary school, is the best possible outcome for students of that age. It would teach them valuable skills and the value of honest work, it would give them the satisfaction of earning their own upkeep and would lessen the burden on families; and it would be a lot less costly for the Government too.
Let those who aim to become doctors, teachers, lawyers and the like, take the academic stream, but let others who like working with their own hands not be castigated for not getting a university degree for it.
God certainly does not do that. He extols the virtues of honest diligent work in whatever field.
Prov. “Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings, . . . “
Eccl. 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”
Eccl. “For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.”
The value of one’s life is not measured by its length, but by its quality. And that quality is measured by the provision one makes for eternity, for peace and tranquillity of mind, and the degree of spiritual union with God.
Jesus Christ was only thirty three years old when His life came to a violent end, yet He left us an example and a legacy that changed the world. There is no better ideal or example that anyone can have than that of Jesus Christ. That ideal begins at home with proper parental upbringing that involves a degree of corporal punishment if needed.
Prov. “Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction.”
Prov. “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”
Prov. “Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.”
Prov. “Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.”
Prov. 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Prov. 15:5 “A fool despises his father's instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.”
Psa. 119:67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.”
Psa. 119:71 “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes.”
Psa. 119:75 “I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.”
These days, it is alright to imbue children with chemicals that affect their minds in order to subdue them, turning some into virtual zombies, but it is illegal to touch the little angels’ bottoms or palms for misbehaviour. That is Satan’s way – destroying the mind and the soul in order to preserve the body, the very opposite of God’s way – sacrificing the body in order to save the mind and the soul.
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. "To him who overcomes
I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
He who overcomes will reap the rewards of salvation, not he who has no discipline and no control over his impulses.
Some children certainly need medical attention, and who wouldn’t after growing up on the kind of deficient diet that is common today, but most suffer from lack of firmness, from being spoiled, from not being disciplined in the right manner, at the right time. Worst offenders are parents, who expect teachers to recover what they had neglected in their children’s early formative years.
At least a quarter of the Bible is about putting the body through agony in order that the soul may reach ecstasy. A life-long quest for betterment is best exemplified by the Scriptures that referred to Jesus Christ.
Human beings have but one choice: to become Jesus’ friend, or His enemy; to stand by Him, or become His footstool.
The wise of this world have turned the purpose of life on its head. They destroy the soul and preserve the body because this life is all they know about. They have blocked their minds to spiritual enlightenment because they do not believe in God and in His salvation, and then condition children to think in the same way. This ‘wisdom’ dominates our educational institutions to their core. And they wonder that children grow up aimlessly, and society is in such a chaotic state.
Today’s children grow up in a highly unnatural and
unhealthy environment. After spending
most of their waking hours in front of one screen or another, they cannot
relate to each other and are unable to appreciate the beauty and wonders of the
natural world. The story of the
Should people wonder then that the western world finds itself in the midst of a youth suicidal epidemic? (At lest they do not take other innocent lives with them as do their Islamic counterparts). Nobody seems to know why, or what to do about it. It never crosses their mind that what they offer children, the world in which they grow, the valueless education they receive, is not good for them. It leaves them empty and desirous for spiritual fulfilment which they cannot find in this materialist world.
You think that leaders would have learned the lesson by now that there is no substitute for spiritual fulfilment, that material things, good food, and fashionable clothes, do not provide lasting satisfaction. If they did, wealthy people would be the happiest, yet their rate of suicide is higher than that of the average people.
When I was young, in
Prov. “Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?”
Prov. “Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?”
Prov. “So is he who goes in to his neighbour's wife [or daughter]; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent.”
Prov. “By means of a harlot a man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life.”
Prov. 5:1 “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding,
Prov. 5:2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge.
Prov. 5:3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil;
Prov. 5:4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Prov. 5:5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell.
Prov. 5:6 Lest you ponder her path of life; Her ways are unstable; You do not know them.”
Prov. 5:7 “Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth.
Prov. 5:8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house,
Prov. 5:9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one;
Prov. Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner;
Prov. And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed,
Prov. And say: "How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction!”
Prov. “I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me!
Prov. I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation."
Prov. Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well.
Prov. Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets?
Prov. Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you.
Prov. Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth.”
Prov. “As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love.
Prov. For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress?
Prov. For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths.
Prov. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin.
Prov. He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.”
Prov. “A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
Prov. For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city,
Prov. To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way:
Prov. "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here"; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him,
Prov. "Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant."
Prov. But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell.”
Children, as much as adults, need spiritual fulfilment. The values that our heavenly Father enshrined for us in the Bible produce not only true character and peace of mind, but guarantee eternal life as well.
The Challenge Of The Orthodox Church
People would not be caught dead answering questions raised in our magazines, right? Right! Except when truth cuts too close to the bone and the wound is too painful to be ignored. As the Scriptures say:
We were not a little amused to find that the Romanian Orthodox Church took it upon itself to challenge us on our writings. We were amused because as a church that bases itself mostly on tradition, we thought it would be the last to challenge us on the Scriptures, which we consider to be our strength. Nevertheless it did it, and we are only too happy to answer it. Let us begin at the very beginning by establishing what the doctrines of salvation are. This I where we find them.
Did you get them? The seven doctrines emphasized here are: repentance, faith, baptism, laying on of hands, resurrection, eternal judgment, and perfection. Perfection is mentioned first, but by right it is the last, as the statement, ‘let us go on to’ clearly indicates.
Now how many of these doctrines does the Orthodox Church preach and practice? None! At least none in the manner proscribed by the Scriptures, the manner taught by the Apostles of Jesus Christ in the early Churches of God. Repentance, baptism and laying on of hands are outward expressions of one’s faith, an indication of a mature desire to change one’s life according to God’s will. Resurrection, judgment and perfection are prerogatives that come from God at the judgment time.
Since these doctrines are foreign to the Orthodox Church, which ones does it preach and practice? Infant baptism, immortality of the soul, judgment after death instead of after resurrection, and going to heaven or to hell immediately after judgment. None of these things are in the Scriptures, and none are part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On the contrary, the Apostles of Jesus Christ spoke very strongly against any departure form the right Gospel.
Those who preached a different gospel were to be accursed, not once, but twice. Now does the Orthodox Church take note of this curse? Neither this, nor any other Church, has received the commission to depart from the Gospel taught by the Apostles, and preach its own gospel. Jesus Christ Himself gave a strong warning against those who would dare to do so.
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
Where then do mainstream churches draw their doctrines from? Mainly from the pagan ancient Egyptian religion which introduced the notion of an underworld and judgment after death. Jesus Christ and His Apostles preached judgment after resurrection, and entering the Kingdom of God of the living, not of the dead. Some people may well say, ‘judgment after death, or judgment after resurrection, what’s the difference, it is still a judgment, isn’t it?’ Well, the difference is that one cannot judge dead people. The God of Jesus Christ is the God of the living, not the God of the dead.
God does not judge dead people. He resurrects them first, then looks at their record and determines whether they are worthy of eternal life in His Kingdom, or eternal damnation in a Lake of Fire. Only the memory will remain of those who have been destroyed in the Lake of Fire as a remembrance of what happened to those who have defied God and never repented.
The notion of purification in purgatory after death, is nothing but a fallacy. It was never part of the Bible, either in the Old, or in the New Testaments. It was precisely to distance people from such noxious beliefs that God brought a new religion to the world which He gave to a chosen people. The Israelites were supposed to be an example to the world, but instead they made a mess of it. So God chose a new people, and made a New Covenant with people chosen from many nations.
Unfortunately, the Christians made a mess of it too, having taken to the world an entirely different gospel than the one given by Jesus Christ and His Apostles, one that Rome preached when it took over Christendom. It is this religion that mainstream churches are still preaching today, the Orthodox Church among them, not the one given by Jesus Christ.
The people of ancient Israel found their neighbor’s religions more tempting because it contained tangible idols which they could see and touch, whereas God’s religion required belief and worship of an invisible God.
Now although Rome imposed its will on Christendom in the fourth century, the first idolatrous images appeared in the churches only about the eighth century. From then on churches competed with each other in the display of idols. Those that claim to represent Jesus Christ have no resemblance whatsoever with the real Man, let alone with the risen Christ. What they are presenting to the world these days are nothing but caricatures of Him, both in images and in their teaching about Him. For even on the cross He was not a defeated or heartbroken man as they would have you believe. What do these words tell you?
Who do you think needed more pity, the Man who thundered those lucid words, or those who were swarming, weeping or rejoicing around Him? A few minutes later, He turned to God and said: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Are these the words of a defeated and broken man? Why then does the Orthodox Church continue to present a lifeless image as a Savior? The risen Christ CANNOT be represented by anything human beings can do, and they should stop trying to do it. Here is an image of the glorious Christ. Let them represent Him that way if they can.
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not
be afraid; I am the First and the Last. "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”
We hope those who have been portraying Christ as a lifeless image are ashamed of themselves. The Orthodox Church should never forget what the Second Commandment says, for that was valid for all times, not only for the Old Testament, for God does not change, and Jesus Christ was God.
Exo 20:4 "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
Exo 20:5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
Exo 20:6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
Mat "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
God Himself says, do not try to represent Me, only imagine Me according to the description that I give you of Me, for it is not possible for you to represent Me in My glory. We cannot even see Him, let aloes represent Him.
Exo 33:20 “But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live." And the LORD said,
Exo 33:21 "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. "So it shall be, while My glory passes by,
Exo 33:22 that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.
Exo 33:23 "Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."
And if that is not enough, here are more injunctions against idolatry.
Those who make idols, and those who worship them, are like their idols. Unless they turn to the living God while they have a chance, they are doomed forever.
When the people of Samaria turned back to the pagan religion of Egypt, and embraced the idolatrous religion of their Canaanite neighbors, God became tired of correcting them and let them to their own devises. They lost the protection of God, their identity, and were taken into captivity. They were thought to have vanished from History, but recent discoveries identified them as being none other than the people of old Europe. (See TCH 10). How extraordinary that the two nations of Israel, Judea and Samaria, should end up representing the Old and the New Testaments respectively. How did the Samaritans lose their identity? By abandoning the sign that identified them, the sign of the Sabbath, and embracing the sign of ancient Egypt, the sign of the Sun, Sunday.
Exo 31:13 "Speak also to the children of
Exo 31:14 'You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people.
Exo 31:15 'Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever
Exo 31:16 does any work on the Sabbath day, he
shall surely be put to death.' Therefore
the children of
Exo 31:17 'It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"
Now what day is Jesus Christ expecting his followers to observe when He returns? Not Sunday, for sure.
Mat 24:20 "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.”
That flight will take place at the very end, just prior to His return. Those who claim to be Christians, must observe the day that identifies them as the people of God. Does the Orthodox Church observe that sign? You know the answer. Now notice what will happen shortly after that flight.
Mat 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Mat 24:30 "Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31 "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
The angels of God will be going around the world to gather the elect of God. Now how are they going to identify them? Are they gong to stop and ask every individual whether he is an elect of God or not? Certainly not! They will be looking for the sign that identifies the people of God. God can read people’s minds and hearts, and so can His angels. They will be looking for the sign of the Sabbath, just as they looked for the sign of the blood on the door posts that identified the people of Israel when they came out of Egypt.
Exo “'And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.
Exo 'For I will pass through the
Exo 'Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Exo 'So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the LORD throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.
Exo 'Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off
Exo that only may be prepared by you. 'So you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I will have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as an everlasting ordinance.”
Blood on the doorposts identified the people of Israel until the sign of the Sabbath became their new sign.
It is interesting to note that the blood on the doorposts sign was associated with the Passover, the Holy Day that Jesus Christ specifically told His disciples to observe in a particular manner.
The blood of Jesus Christ, spilled at Passover, represents the New Covenant. Does the Orthodox Church observe this Holy Day? Its members have hardly ever heard about it, let alone observe it. They say that this is a Jewish Holy Day, and yet, this is what Apostle Paul told the members of the Corinthian Church, a Gentile Church?
Those who are approved by God must observe the Passover in the manner described here by Apostle Paul. Those that keep it in an unworthy manner, or not at all, are not approved by God. And if they are not approved by God, they have no chance of being saved, no chance of inheriting eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
When Rome imposed its will on Christendom, it forced Christians to adopt its beliefs and customs and forbade them from ‘Judeaizing’ anymore. That meant that Christians were no longer allowed to practice the doctrines of the Gospel of salvation and observe the Holy Days that they were accustomed to. The Romans said that they were Jewish Holy Days, but just because the Jews observed them it did not make them Jewish. They were God’s Holy Days, they were observed by Jesus Christ, by the Apostles, and by the early Churches of God.
The time has come for all churches to return to the roots from which they had departed at that time. Ignorance is no longer justifiable, especially now that this information is freely available, and people can observe them without hindrance. This is what this work has been all about: restoring the long lost Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have gone to great lengths and great expense to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ and inform people about it. And yet, those who have been peddling false gospels have had infinitely more success than we have had. People refuse to believe that anything good comes freely these days. Well, the Gospel of Jesus Christ does. Those who impose burdens on their followers do not preach the right Gospel. As Apostle Paul said:
The trials that precede the return of Jesus Christ, much too obvious in the world at present, are meant to shake people out of their somnolence and bring them back to the right path.
Zec “It shall come to pass in that day That a great panic from the LORD will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, And raise his hand against his neighbor's hand;
Zec Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. Such also shall be the plague On the horse and the mule, On the camel and the donkey, And on all the cattle that will be in those camps.
Zec So shall this plague be. And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.
Zec 14:17 And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, on them there will be no rain.
Zec If the family of
Zec This shall be the punishment of
Now which Holy Day will survivors of the Great
Tribulations from all nations come to observe at
Now if people want to go churches that work like neighborhood clubs, it’s fine with us. It is their privilege. But if they go to church in order to find God and be saved, then they deserve to be told the truth – what the Gospel of salvation is all about. This is what we have been doing from the very beginning, and yet, the Orthodox hierarchy is angry with us for doing a work that itself should be doing.
That all people will convert to the religion of Jesus Christ when He makes His triumphant return there is no doubt. The Orthodox Church, however, would have a great advantage if it took the initiative and did so now, for to it, or its Greek predecessors, has been given the New Testament, not to the church of Rome. Like the Jews, who have scrupulously preserved the Old Testament for us, the Greeks have done a marvelous job in preserving the New Testament. The Orthodox Church therefore ought to preach what it has preserved.
Now there is a reason why Jesus Christ has restored His Gospel at this particular junction of world history. At no other time could two people have done this work and taken that Gospel to the world. This is what prophecy said that it would happen, and this is what it has happened. How? Through the means of modern technology.
When we began this work, we had no idea where it would take us, or that it would put us at odds with virtually the entire world. All we wanted was to expose some cases of hypocrisy and blatant exploitation of believers with false doctrines about tithing and offerings. As we were preparing to do that, we expected opposition from some people, but not from the whole world. It came as a shock to find ourselves being castigated by the very people we thought would support us. But it was not to be. Wickedness, hypocrisy, and exploitation of believers are far more widespread than we could have possibly imagined. In speaking against it, and against the false doctrines that are being peddled as doctrines of salvation, we found ourselves doing the work of the two witnesses of the book of Revelation.
It took us some time to realize that witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an unbelieving world did not mean converting the world to it too. Not that we did not want it, but this world is so deeply steeped in falsehood, people get disturbed by the truth and would rather not hear about it. Well, hear they will, because this is our job.
Now we believe that there may be some lessons for our readers in knowing the evolution of this work.
Our first edition was produced on a portable typewriter. It nearly drove us mad, for every single mistake or alteration required the retyping of the entire page. When one uses a number of sources – Bibles, compendiums, historical books, print media, television, etc., as we did – one needs flexibility, which we did not have then.
We got some flexibility with the daisy wheel typewriter which we used for our next edition. We could make minor corrections to a paragraph without having to retype the whole page.
Then came a big step forward with the electronic typewriters with which one could edit an entire page.
Not long after that came the first computers. We could write and edit articles of up to twenty pages long – an unbelievable progress at that time.
Now we experienced all these changes and advances in technology during the time we produced our first seven editions. The pace of progress, however, was speeding up faster than we could keep up with it.
For then came the revolution that really changed the world – advanced computers and desktop publishing. No limit on the size of articles, or on what one could do with them in terms of editing, style, format, etc.
Up until then, we were still using printed
versions of Bibles and compendiums, the backbone of this work. People in a
number of libraries in
Then came the electronic Bibles and encyclopedias, and not long after that, the Internet. I seldom set my foot in any library after that. The whole world is at my disposal from my own office.
Now all these inventions and phenomenal progress occurred in less than two decades. If these are not miracles, we do not what they could be. Which proves that human beings are still capable of miracles. Well, miracles or not, one thing is certain, without these inventions few people would have known about us and about this work. But now we have reached, and exchanged correspondence, with people from virtually every corner of the globe, including with some very respectable academics.
Some people may have thought that we were cold by not engaging in lengthy personal correspondence with them. Friends, we simply could not do it. This has been an almost impossible task for us. Plus we had to cope with some pretty horrific trials along the way too. What we have done instead, was to provide people with all the information they needed to work out their own program of spiritual growth. We are able to provide, at least for the time being, initial counseling for those who desire it.
As for the Orthodox Church, instead of confronting us, it ought to search the Scriptures to confirm that what we say is true, then take the initiative to correct its errors and become an example to other churches that need to do the same. It should call a special Council to discuss these matters, and then make the necessary adjustments to its teachings and doctrines. It can thus return to the Gospel from which it had departed long ago.
Earlier this year, we read an interesting announcement from the Anglican Church. It said that it was reviewing Sunday as a day of worship because people were no longer using it for that purpose. They did not say what day of the week they were considering, but what day could serve that purpose better then the Sabbath? We think this is a roundabout way of saying we want to return to the day of the Lord, without acknowledging a debt to those who have been advocating this for a long time. The Orthodox Church could join ranks with the Anglican Church and return to the Sabbath of the Lord together, for people in the Orthodox world are not observing Sunday as a day of worship either.
They need to start from scratch, from the very beginning, with a fresh call to repentance, like that of John the Baptist.
Mat 3:1 “In those days John the Baptist came
preaching in the wilderness of
Mat 3:2 and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
Mat 3:3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.'"
When John the Baptist was no longer on the scene, Jesus Christ continued with exactly the same message.
Mat “Now when Jesus heard that John had
been put in prison, He departed to
Mat And leaving
Mat and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
Mat Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned."
Mat From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
John the Baptist lost his head for the work of God, yet Jesus Christ began His ministry knowing full well that He too would pay with His life for it. So should we be surprised, or panic, that we might face a similar prospect? It was Jesus Christ Himself who told His disciples not to expect a different treatment.
We have already lost one person as a result of this work. So should we panic and run from it? This is not an option for those who are called to do the work of God.
Now although both John the Baptist and Jesus
Christ began their missions with a call to repentance, the first
Apostle Peter called his contemporaries a ‘perverse generation’. What would he say if he lived today?
His congregation was a thoroughly Jewish one, but notice what happened later when he went to the Gentiles.
God granted repentance to the Gentiles too. Repentance means life, and lack of it means death. Repentance is closely associated with faith. A man without faith is a walking corpse, as a wise man once said.
Now notice what Jesus Christ told one of His disciples who had an emergency in his family.
Mat “Then another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
Mat But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
Death in the Orthodox and
There are people in this world who appear to be alive, but who are in fact quite dead. Anyone who is not among the elect of God and member of a true Church falls into that category. Anyone who follows, practices, and believes doctrines other than those approved by Jesus Christ is a member of a congregation of the dead. This is the time to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit, so that you too may join a Church of Jesus Christ, a Congregation of the Living God.
When God granted repentance to the Gentile, He
opened the way for them to become part of His elect. But for that they need to repent and undergo
the rituals of the
Apostle Paul gave them a new baptism and laid his hands on them before they could receive the Holy Spirit. See how important it is that people follow the correct doctrines of salvation, doctrines that come from the Scriptures, not from tradition? In his epistles to Timothy, Apostle Paul went on to say:
Now how could Orthodox people, and those of other religions for that matter, be saved when they never undergo those doctrinal rituals? A Christian is not one who goes to church on Sundays, but one who has received the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
If the Spirit of Christ is not in you, you are
not a son of God and cannot inherit eternal life. You do not have immortality in yourself as
present day churches wrongly preach. You
must qualify for it by first becoming a member of a true
At one time, when I was engaged in a discussion with the minister of a certain church who was annoying me with his interpretation of the Scriptures, I decided to cut the discussion short. So I told him that I was a son of God. He promptly turned his back on me and walked away.
They think you are mad when you tell them that you are a son of God, and yet they often recite the Lord’s Prayer which says, “Our Father who are in heaven.” Now if God is our Father, then we are His sons, aren’t we? Or is it alright to recite the Lord’s Prayer by heart as long as you do not believe it?
Mat 15:7 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These people draw near to Me
Mat 15:8 with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
Mat 15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
What about those Scriptures above? “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Do you believe them? If not, ask yourself why not? I will tell you why not: because you are not a son of God. Once you receive the Holy Spirit it is no longer a case of believing it, it is a case of knowing it. You know that you are a son of God, and no one can take that knowledge away from you. People can claim to be sons of God, but not God, not the Holy Father Himself, as a certain individual does. Even Jesus Christ did not do it, even though He could have done it.
Mat "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
Now did the Jews believe those Scriptures any more than Christians believe them today? It is for this very reason – their lack of belief – that they killed the Son of God, their Messiah.
Unbelief has lead to many a people’s downfall. The Holy Spirit that dwells in people after their conversion grants them the faith and the strength to stay on the right path from then on. The Scriptures even say that after you receive the Holy Spirit, it is not you that speaks, but He that dwells in you.
The Orthodox, the Catholic, and virtually all other Churches urgently need to reform themselves if they are to save their followers from oblivion. It is not only we who say that they have been derailed from the right path; the Apostles of Jesus Christ saw this apostasy coming even in their own time.
Apostle John was Jesus’ most loved disciple, yet even he was being isolated from the Church of God, which most likely he set it up or helped in its establishment. How much more would they do it these days? And they still call themselves Churches of God. Great has been the mystery that has enveloped those Churches from the very beginning.
Strong words, but unfortunately never more true than now. We emphasized the fact that the Holy Scriptures, given by inspiration of God, are able to make one wise, and that those who continue to live in sin are ‘always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ Those who preach other than the correct doctrines of salvation fall in this category.
The Scriptures not only tell us what we must do to be saved, but how to avoid being derailed from the right path once we embark upon it. For unlike other religions, which promise salvation by simple membership, Christianity requires a life long process of overcoming and perseverance. Christians have powerful enemies that want to derail them from the true path.
In other religions, simple manifestations of the spirit are regarded as signs from God. Not so in true Christianity. Christians are supposed to test the spirits and be able to discern the true and holy from the false and wicked.
Here is an example of wicked spirits.
It is clear that even wicked spirits have a role to play in God’s scheme of things. He is setting them on the people that depart from His path. Next time you see an apparition, a medium, or some other sign from beyond, do not run to worship it, but test it by the standard of the Scriptures, asking yourself what purpose does it serve. Is it beneficial and genuine, or dangerous, secretive, wicked and costly? Bear in mind that wicked spirits work through the agency of human beings. The prophets that opposed Micaiah were human beings, yet they were doing the work of the Devil, allowing demons to act and speak through them. Christians must never allow that to happen. They can stay on the right path by always referring to the Bible. But Bible study in order to be effective must be accompanied by prayer and meditation.
Christians will always have stumbling blocks set on their path, but the Holy Spirit will never abandon them.
Without the Holy
Spirit, no one can reach the
At birth, people’s brains and hearts are blank like a video tape that has nothing on it. The moment one takes the first breath, a recording process begins. God created the world in such a way that all human beings are supposed to come to a point in life in which they desire more than just eating, drinking and being merry – an yearning for an innermost satisfaction of the soul. It is at such a time that the Spirit of God touches people. Some people grasp that moment, and perform the necessary changes; others do not. That is why Jesus Christ said that, “many are called, but few chosen." (Mat ).
When people repent,
are baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit, the old record is being wiped out,
and a new record set in motion. It is
this record that determines their fate at the time of judgment: eternal life in
Why not try a short test to see if this is so: set aside one week during which time you will do nothing evil. You will be good, patient, generous, friendly, and kind to everyone that comes in contact with you. You will be surprised at the power that emanates from you and how people around you change too. At the end of that week you will most likely feel better than you have ever felt.
Young people often say that they will get married when they find the right person. Some of them do, but quite a large number do not. Of those that marry, almost half discover that they have not married the ‘right’ person and end up in divorce. The problem is, more than half of the second marriages are not ‘right’ either and end up in divorce too.
Now could it be that people expect the other person to be ‘right’, without thinking whether they themselves are ‘right’? You can only have a lasting marriage if both partners are ‘right’. But being ‘right’ does not mean being perfect. It only means being understanding and tolerant towards the shortcomings of the other person. As Apostle Paul said:
When looking for
the right person, make sure that you yourself are right too. You will find out how ‘right’ you are by
taking our test. Chances are that you will
not be happy with yourself, as it is almost certain that you will fail a few
times before you manage a full week without shortcomings. You may then be a lot less judgmental of
others, a lot more tolerant and
understanding of them. You will then be in
a much better position to find the ‘right’ person too. You may even be surprised by how many people
may appear to be right for you then. Do
not be surprised to find that God may use that occasions to touch you and call
you to repentance too. You never know
what transpires in the end. Bear in mind
that all big things have a small beginning.
In any case, you will loose nothing, but could
find the key to the
Those that come with an old record before God at the time of judgment, can expect nothing but damnation. Is your life worth that much that you would not want to give it up for something that is infinitely better and more satisfying? Make no mistake about it, there is a judgment of God that no one can escape.
God will judge the living and the dead at “His appearing and His Kingdom.” Whence then did the Orthodox Church get the idea of judgment after death? While other churches hold similar beliefs, the Orthodox Church has a greater responsibility for to it has been given the New Testament. We ask nothing more than that they honor what they have given us.
Now if judgment occurs at the appearance of Jesus Christ, what happens to the people when they die. Nothing! They are asleep, to use the biblical vernacular, or dead and unconscious, to use a more common one. When they come to consciousness again, after the resurrection, they will find themselves facing the judgment of God.
Priests and ministers of religions rush to the bedside of dying people in order to give them the ‘sacraments’ that ensure their place in heaven. Pity those that died in wars, on the seas, in wildernesses, in deserts, etc. Will they ever go to heaven, or suffer forever in hell because a priest could not administer last minute sacraments? This charade has gone on for too long. It is time to put an end to it, and follow the scriptural way to salvation. It is not what people do in the last minute of their life that determines their fate, but what they have done with the whole of their life. If they have not repented, changed their life, and created a new record for themselves, they can have a thousand priests at their bedside, it will not make an iota of difference.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Blessed are those who
do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”
See that? Jesus Christ – ‘the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last’, in case you did not know whose work this is – determines people’s fate according to their work, not according to what the priests do for them at, or after, death. People cannot begin to keep the Commandments of God at the last minute of their life so that they may have the right to the tree of life. They must prove themselves, and bring works worthy of salvation, over a longer period of time.
Being by someone at such a time, in order to ease the person’s pain and sense of loss, is worthwhile, but the notion that anyone could be saved by priestly ‘sacraments’ at the last minute is dangerous, for it lets people believe that they can postpone their moment of repentance until a more convenient time.
Who gave ‘sacraments’ to Jesus Christ, to John the Baptist, to Stephen, to Apostle Paul, to other Apostles, and to the millions of Christians who died in Jerusalem, in Rome, throughout Europe, and in many other parts of the world? The word ‘sacrament’ is not even in the Bible, and if it is not in the Bible, it is not necessary. No addition or deletion is allowed to what the Bible says under any circumstance. Tradition has a role to play in Christian life, but only when it is based on the Scriptures. The Pharisees of old failed because they followed a human tradition. Modern day Christian ‘Pharisees’ are doing exactly the same thing.
The Romanian Orthodox Church chose an unknown provincial monk to do its bid in challenging us. We would have liked to answer him point by point, but we can’t because: 1) it serves little purpose in airing his banalities, and 2) much of what he said falls under the category of blasphemy, which we could not repeat even for a critical assessment.
None of the things he said invalidate anything we have written so far. The question is, how did he know about us? The answer is found on the page following his diatribe. A picture of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarch, in company of the Pope, carried the following caption:
“As proof of the
hope in Christian unity stands the witness of the first visit by a Pope in an
Orthodox country. The great historic
event, which took place on 7–
Ooh! “The spiritual mission of the Romanian people?” And what exactly might that be? Are we going to see twenty million Romanian missionaries crisscrossing the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ under their arm, preaching it to all and sunder? Well, we better let the world know what the Romanians have in store for it, for we would not want it to be taken by surprise by such an earth shattering event, would we?
We just wonder what happened of that mission as far as other Orthodox countries are concerned? Why have no other Patriarchs invited the Pope to their lands if his visit is such a blessing for their peoples? In particular, why has the Russian Orthodox Church resisted all attempts by the Polish Pope to visit their land?
This Pope has
visited more than one hundred and twenty countries around the world, but he
would gladly have given them all away for just one visit to
The reason the Russian Orthodox Patriarchs have resisted it so far is that such a visit would mean an acknowledgement of the Pope’s supremacy over Christendom, a role they have reserved for themselves ever since Moscow became the centre of the Orthodox world after the Ottoman hordes conquered Constantinople. Russian Patriarchs consider themselves to be the true leaders of Christianity by virtue of the fact that it was the Greek Church that gave the New Testament to the world, not the Church of Rome.
Isaiah had a lot
more to say about
Here are some
interesting identifying signs about the forces that come against
This is a long
prophecy too, and you can read the rest of it in the Bible. The ancient Medes, who together with the
Persians, have conquered and destroyed ancient
The world would be
so much better and safer if people stopped opposing God by devising “road maps”
The Jews would do well to take note of the following Scriptures too.
Isn’t it remarkable how well the sons of the bondwoman have been fulfilling their prophetic role of persecuting the sons of free woman, and how especially well they are doing this job now? Unfortunately, they have gone well beyond just persecuting them, they are committing mayhem with their penchant for suicidal homicides. But God sees their actions and shall reward them accordingly. Those who choose death, shall be rewarded with death, while those who choose life, shall be rewarded with life, especially if they repent and turn to God now while they have their chance.
What we have in the
The sons of Ishmael were supposed to persecute the sons of the free woman, not kill them altogether. This is where Islamist leaders have failed their people miserably. If they feel so strongly about Jihad, they should take their ‘dirty war’ (not ‘holy war’, for there is nothing holy about their kind of war), to pagan lands, and convert them, not to the people ‘of the Book’. Christian Churches have failed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but even so they still value life and the virtues that make life worth living and create good character: truth, love, faith, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, etc.
A Muslim man came
to us recently, desperately requesting help to go back to
Would the forefathers of Islam, Abraham, Ishmael, and Mohammad, approve that kind of religion? We don’t think so. God certainly doesn’t. God is life; He is the God of the living not of the dead. Those who think that they please God by destroying life, especially innocent life, are gravely mistaken.
God’s promises to
Abraham were of two kinds. The first
referred to the earthly inheritance of his descendants by blood, and the second
to a heavenly inheritance of his descendants by faith. Now although Ishmael, his first born son, was
to receive substantial blessings too, Abraham’s birthright inheritance passed
on to Isaac. The lands
The Jews thought that a visit to their land by the Pope would placate that man and give them legitimacy in the eyes of the world. And what happened instead? Tribulation, and nothing but grievous tribulation. And shall we say, ‘just as we told them’?
are doing their best to change the course of history and prevent biblical
prophesies from taking their course. They know that
Those who think
that the term ‘
And yet, the book
of Revelation speaks of a
"Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, "with whom the kings of the earth
“Then he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations,
her flesh and burn her with fire. "For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.
"And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth."
An institution of
worldwide renown, which rules over many waters (obviously peoples), has the identifying signs of seven
heads and ten horns. We have discussed
this ‘Mother of Harlots’ in many of our editions (TCH 3, 4, 10, etc.). The
seven heads are the
thing is that although this ‘woman’ rules over the ten horns, from among which
it rose (See TCH 10), those horns still
hate it. Isn’t this what is happening in
the world at present? On the one hand,
people are in awe of the
Combining this prophecy with the following one from Zechariah, we come to some pretty ominous developments.
Zec 9:13 “For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man."
Can you see now what is in store for the world in the very near future? East against West, and North against South, just as the Almighty said that it would happen in the end.
Zec “. . . For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.”
Now where is the ‘spiritual mission of the Romanian people’ in this context? Me thinks rather that the mouse has roared. Instead of spending its resources on the poor, with which the country has been so bountifully blessed, and improve the country’s disastrous image, the Romanian Orthodox hierarchy went to great lengths to reach us with its angry message.
Since ancient times, it has been the role of the people of God to keep a close watch on peoples’ morality, and bring them and their leaders back to the right path.
Although Romanian media is awash with stories of corruption in the country, including at the highest levels of the Government, the Orthodox Church takes issue with our work instead of the work of its leaders.
the nation to its knees with his megalomania.
While people groaned, he build a monument to himself – the People’s
Palace – the second largest building in the world. Now his erstwhile friend, the Patriarch,
wants a monument to himself too: a new massive ‘Cathedral’ in the heart of
The nation’s roads are a disgrace, pensioners are starving, yet the leaders can think of nothing but glory to themselves.
When I visited the country two years ago, I wanted to see that Palace for myself. To my dismay, I found it out of reach of tourists. What should be the nation’s premier tourist attraction, was being kept under armed guards. They are still gripped by fear and suspicion as if people would demolish it and take souvenirs out of it as they took out of the Berlin Wall. The nation should be so lucky. It might save itself heaps of money by not having to pay an army to guard it.
They might want to
2003, Prime Minister, Adrian Nastase, went into a
hunting escapade with a party of friends that included his Agriculture Minister
and the leaders of
The party returned without any trophies, but
at least the leaders of the two information agencies discovered a new vocation
for themselves. They should join
“Hunting is also an effective compensation: the man feels free to kill. But for a man to become like a beast, to feel the smell of fresh blood, and to see his victim writhing to death in front of him, is dreadful”.
The Psychiatrist considers that we are dealing with “cowardly aggressiveness”, because no mater how fierce an animal may be, it has no defense in the face of a man with gun.
“Hunters are not courageous people. When you wait with a rifle in your hands, you risk nothing. [Except the bullets of your fellow ‘professionals’]. Moreover, the Psychiatrist believes that these people are without any feeling of mercy. “I have never seen merciful hunters.” Regarding the appetite for hunting of those that govern us, the Psychiatrist is of the opinion that they like shooting animals because they consider themselves to be a privileged class. “The privileged class before ‘89’ had similar habits”.
“I don’t know why in our modern age hunting is connected with dictators. All were hunters; Ceausescu was sanguinely bloodthirsty, killing out of pleasure. Hunting was the “endowment of certain members of the Government and Securitate”. “Hunting is part of the ‘dreadful scenario of man’s fight against nature’, specific to communism”, said Tudose.
Another Psychiatrist, Alina
Voaides, added: “It is very hard to explain why
hunting is still in fashion in a country like
wealthier countries have just one information agency;
1) They ‘improved’ the country’s political, judicial, and military system by placing their acolytes in key positions.
2) They set out to ‘educate’ media people on the virtues of ‘original democracy’. Wayward journalists who thought that they could just report on anything they want whenever they want were taught a lesson they could not refuse. The balance for 2003 was one death and twelve assaults. (‘Evenimentul Zilei’, 26 Februaries, 2004).
3) They put the fear of God in the hearts in
émigrés who thought that they could just pack up and go back home whenever they
want. They had to learn the lesson that
in an ‘original democracy’ things are different. An increasing number of people who
enthusiastically went back home after years of exile, hoping to help the
country out of its misery, are deserting it again, as are the country’s young
4) Instead of blending into the community and forgetting about their shameful past, Securitate men are brazenly, ostentatiously, and spitefully setting themselves up in posh clubs, exclusively reserved for former Securitate superior officers.
All ‘reigns of
terror’, that began with the French Revolution, came to their deserved
A country that is rich in human and natural
resources, with a highly educated work force, is the tail of
It must be
When the European
Parliament put a caveat on
In his very first declaration he said that he will put priority in solving the crimes against journalists. Now why are the crimes against journalists more heinous than other crimes, and why must they be solved first? Because that might placate a disgruntled media that is increasingly critical of the Government. There is a crime that has been waiting to be solved since 1991. We wrote about it in our previous edition. Are they going to solve that one too, or are they going to commit another one in order to cover up the first? We know pretty well what they are going to do. We just hope they know the implications of it, for they are playing with fire. More than the lives of a few people are at stake here; the destiny of the entire nation is at stake. If they have not done enough, let them fill the cup. The whole world knows, or will know, about it.
Mat "Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
Mat "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.
Mat "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
It took less than a month for the Romanians to see the kind of reforms they can expect from their new supper minister.
president of National Liberal Party, Gheorghe Flutur,
sent a letter to the European Parliament requesting an urgent analysis of the
‘grave situation’ created in
People have been complaining that they have no access to their files from communist times. Well, there, PSD has access to them. And if they haven’t got a file, what’s a big deal about creating a new one. Many people have found themselves with new files in recent years. You never know when they may come handy. Like at election times.
murder. It no longer supports any
adversary. It has unleashed itself against the press and against the
opposition. It behaves as if it is mad. Today – tomorrow, it is the first
battle – for the local and regional Councils. (. . .)
In the next few years, EU will channel fat funds, tens of thousands of
euros, through SAPARD programs, towards the country’s municipalities. The PSD has developed a taste for euros.
When Evenimentul Zilei began to publish, at the beginning of last week, the serial entitled ‘Vilas of the PSD Bosses’, they went crazy. They simply censured the newspaper. They put State Institutions in motion against it too. Very grave. Unprecedented attack against freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But because the press cannot be silenced as long as the opposition is still alive, they began an attack against it too. Their campaign, however, is shoddily put together. For two days, the ‘State-Party’ has been compiling lists of so-called bosses of PNL and PD [Liberal and Democratic Parties], which they promptly passed on to the Anticorruption Prosecution (. . .)
the PSD do that when all EU reports deplore the lack of judicial independence
in the country? Since none of those
things have occurred, isn’t the PSD guilty of blackmail? (. . .) The Opposition does not have the power to
pass on to the Anticorruption Prosecution its own findings (. . . ) It is not the
Opposition, which was in power only four years [last decade], that has created
Most of these things would be hardly more than dirty electoral tricks, the sort of which are common in virtually all democracies, except that Nastase’s Government does not merely want to embarrass its opposition, he is using State Institutions to vanquish it altogether, leaving it no more than a stump – an opposition in name only, as in Putin’s Russia.
As for those old
Securitate files that still cause a lot of stir in
Among the former
Well, well, well, they do not want us back, lest we take a bite of their cake.
In the aftermath of the 1989 Revolution, they used to say, ‘we won’t sell the country to foreigners”, as a ruse to delay privatization. Now their slogan is directed against ‘foreigners’ who may deprive them of their slice of cake. Or is it rather to prevent them from bringing back dangerous notions of free speech, free press, and true democracy?
Friends, if that is how you see our sacrifice and the trials we had to endure to achieve anything in the West, and give the country a modicum of respect on the world stage, you can keep your slice of cake and eat it too. If you think that it was more honorable bending your back to the burden of that odious regime, than fight it in which ever way you could, you deserve more than your slice of bitter cake, you deserve your fate.
Years of university
studies, and decades of experience in education, theology and desktop
publishing, not to speak of general life experience in the West that could be
useful in the current circumstances, brought nothing but ridicule from my
former compatriots. And it wasn’t even
me who initiated the discussion along these lines, for it is not in my
character to boast about my achievements.
They ask questions about you, they want to know what you do, how you
live, how wealthy you are, etc., and then they put you down. “I would have become a millionaire by now, if
I had been in the West that long”. Yeah,
you would! Or you would be in jail as so
many others who thought that they could become rich quickly by crooked
methods. Everywhere in the West is
The majority of
Going back to my
country of origin after three decades in an orderly country like
More than anything else, the country needs an infusion of new values, new morality, new attitude to law and order, and an awareness that material possessions produce only short term happiness.
No other institution is better suited to teach these values than the church, especially now that there seems to be a hunger for spirituality in the country. We saw many churches that could not contain all the people that wanted to go in.
This yearning for spirituality, however, needs to be channeled in the right direction, for it could easily go the wrong way too. The country’s leaders need to get away from the notion that there is merit and profit in associating the country with Dracula. Let that remain in the realm of fiction, where it belongs, not in people’s consciousness, for that could be their ruin.
The country needs a new attitude towards the environment too. We read with dismay declarations from Government ministers that they intent to transform the Danube Delta into a hunter’s paradise. That way, they recon, foreigners with hard currency would come to hunt and leave their currency behind.
The Danube Delta is
a unique wildlife refuge area of considerable significance to the whole
continent. Long ago it should have been
placed on the world heritage map. Far
more tourists would come to shoot with photographic cameras than with rifles,
as they do in
We have reasons to
The current Government should remember that being in opposition in a true democracy is not a disaster. Oppositions are treasured, not for the sake of opposing, but for providing alternative solutions that might serve the country better. When the current opposition had its short stint in power last decade, it did not seek to vanquish its opposition, and did not make recourse to illegality to stay in power. Neither did it seek to infiltrate overseas communities with its own acolytes.
Initially, the editors of the magazine that published the Orthodox Church’s challenge to us, expressed the desire to publish articles from our magazine in their publication on a regular basis. We gave them our blessing, but it lasted only a short time, until the Orthodox Church noticed it and stuck its nose where it ought not to. They quickly changed sides, and published its diatribes against us instead. It turned out to be a very profitable measure for them. Overnight they found themselves sitting on a fortune. Doors were being opened in the highest echelons of power. They soon boasted of meetings and opened doors to the President, the Prime Minister, the Patriarch and, pointedly, the heads of the country’s two information agencies.
When these people put their name in a certain press, they do more than personal publicity; they pass on messages.
We expected the new missionaries to be more sophisticated than that. Do they think that they endear themselves to exiled communities by boasting free access to those who caused them to flee the country in the first place? Or that we would be intimidated by veiled threats to our life and property, the kind of which they never seem to tire of sending us?
If we were afraid for our life we would not be doing this work. We have learned to live with a sword over our heads for a long time. We only remind them what Jesus Christ told Pilate.
Pilate misused the
power that was given to him from above, as have the leaders of
We cannot compete with anyone on the basis of power, popularity, or financial rewards. But then, do not the Scriptures tell us that people have been capable of selling their soul for a bowl of food? Nevertheless, we keep hoping that our friends’ turnaround is not a reflection of their true character, but only blip in what otherwise seemed to be a good record.
We believe in people’s ability to repent, change, and turn to God in due time. This is why we keep hoping that the country’s leaders and their missionaries would see the light of day, and change their masters from the Devil to Jesus Christ while they can, because He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world.
Our prayers, and
the prayers of the nation, are that
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
Yes, ‘the effective prayer of a righteous man avails much’. The effective prayer of an entire nation avails even more. But it needs to be told about it so that people know who to pray to, what to pray for, and how to pray about it. Their prayer will avail nothing as long as they continue to bow their heads and bend their knees before idols.
The living God does not live in, and does not compete with, dumb and deaf idols. He does not hear the prayers of those who do not keep His Commandments either.
Prov.28:9 “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.”
James mentioned the need to confess our trespasses to one another. This is another thing that has irked the Orthodox Church a lot. Here is part of what we wrote in the article, “Confessing Your Sins, But To Whom?” (T C H 11).
“God showed us how we could reason with Him about our sins.
“Wonderful staff, isn’t it? We confess our sins to God who blots them out both of our memory and His memory. Now if God does not want to remember our sins anymore, why would a human being want to dig deep into our subconscious and hear our sins confessed to him after we have been forgiven and washed by God and been made ‘white as snow and wool’? Wouldn’t that defile and trouble our mind and our soul and be contrary to God’s principle? The question is, did the Apostles really want us to unburden our conscience to one another in contravention to what God told us in the Old Testament? The answer is an emphatic NO. Let us consider the case of Apostle Paul. More than any other person in the Bible, he is used as an example of one who was sinful once, saw his errors, confessed his sins, was forgiven, and became a holy man. Now let us contrast him with king David [who confessed his sins to God and was forgiven].
“He confessed that he was a
sinful man by zealously persecuting the
Now notice what happened when it came to personal sins of which he was even more loathsome.
“When it came to personal life and the sins of his flesh, Apostle Paul was not as forthcoming as when discussing his well-known persecution of the Church. He was not happy with ‘the law in his members’ that was causing him to sin and feel so bad about himself, but did not think it necessary to tell people the exact nature of those sins. He had confessed them to Christ, who obviously had forgiven him, and that was enough. Mainstream churches place their priests as intermediaries between men and God, but we have no such custom because it is not scriptural. Our Intermediary and Advocate with the Father is none other than Jesus Christ, our Lord, who took our sins upon Himself in the first place.
we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (End of quote).
The Scriptures do not say that we must confess our trespasses to the priest, but to one another, and to God, and to Jesus Christ who is our Advocate with the Father. If the priest wants people to confess their sins to him, let him confess his sins to them too, for otherwise he takes the prerogatives of God and of Jesus Christ, and that is an unpardonable sin.
Only with God the Father and with Jesus Christ, who have no sins to confess, is this a one way street, not with the priests who more often than not are more sinful than the members of their churches.
Neither the Orthodox, nor any other Church, has received the commission to overrule the Scriptures, and place its priests in such highly blasphemous positions.
This is the time for all to repent and turn to the living God, for soon even repentance will no longer be possible.
And he said to me, "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!"
And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these
things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says,
"Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The End Of The World According to Newton
Everyone knows that
The question is, where did he
get the year 2060 for the end of the world? The answer is, from counting 1260
years from the year 800. And what
happened in that year that made it so important for the history of the
world? Nothing, except that is, if you
are a Protestant. That year, Pope Leo
the III anointed Charlemagne as emperor over the
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God
day and night, has been cast down. "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
"Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.”
“But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.”
In biblical terms, 1260 days mean 1260 years.
(Num. 14:34; Ezek. 4:4-6). The woman, of course is the
The problem with
Christians were forbidden, under penalty of
death, from following any form of Christianity other than that dictated by
Now what happened in 1585 or thereabout? The Protestant Reformation that freed the inheritors of Jacob’s birthright from the shackles of the Catholic Church. We say ‘about’ because neither the Council of Nicaea, nor the beginning of the Protestant Reformation can be decided with pinpoint accuracy at this time.
The question is, why do the Protestants begin
their count from the year 800 instead of the year 325? Don’t they know that Christians were
persecuted long before that time? Don’t
they know what the Council of Nicaea meant for the
What about the end of the world then? If it does not come in the year 2060, when
will come? Or will it come at all? O yes
it will! The Bible does not say that at the end of the 1260 days or years, the
end would come. The prophecies that deal with the end of the world, are
entirely different ones. It so happens
There are three stages, or ages, in the history of the world. The first one comprises the first six thousand years of history. This age has been given to men to experiment with all sorts of governments, religions, ideologies, social systems and the like, and learn the lesson that without God they cannot govern themselves. This age has lasted about six thousand years. We are now fast closing on the end of it.
The next age is a shorter one, just one
thousand years of what has been called the
The third age, will
commence at the end of the
which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Many people have asked how many people would be left in the world after the Great Tribulation. It is not a question that has easy answer, but in most likelihood only about ten per cent of the current world population, or about six hundred million people, would survive. If you think that that is too few, remember that if it were not for God’s intervention, no flesh would survive alive.
Mat 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time,
Mat 24:22 no, nor ever shall be. "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.”
There are three prophecies that speak of a drastic reduction in population. The first one comes from Ezekiel.
Here, one third of the population is being
left. The context of this prophecy is too specific to refer to anything other
Zec 13:7 "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion," Says the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered; Then I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass in all the land," Says the LORD, "That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
Zec 13:9 But one- third shall be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, 'This is My people'; And each one will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"
This prophecy is specific for the Jews. It gives us the time of its fulfillment too – when the Shepherd is struck by the sword. Need we say who that Shepherd was? This is a continuing prophecy, whose fulfillment is yet to be completed, for God continues to put through the fire those whom He wants to save – the spiritual Jews, the followers of Jesus Christ, who are called from both Jews and Gentiles.
Isaiah, however, gave us a more general prophecy that could only be fulfilled during the Great Tribulation.
The last sentence, which speaks of the holy seed being left as a stump, correlates with Jesus prophecy about the elect of God being saved during the Great Tribulation. That tells us that this prophecy is about the whole world rather than just the Jews, for the whole world will be enveloped by that cataclysm.
Now will you be among the elect of God that
welcome the return of Jesus Christ, or do you still wish that the end of this
age is still a long way off? Remember,
only a few will make it into the
Mat "So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."
If you think that these are just idle words,
you are grievously mistaken. The
Protestants believe that when the Pope anointed Charlemagne as emperor over the
new Roman Empire, he committed a blasphemous sin by taking upon himself
authority that did not belong to him.
That is far from the case. The
Popes have committed many sins during their long reign, but not in this regard.
Ecclesiastical authorities have always been superior to secular
authorities. All kings
There are serious questions whether the Church
of Rome was ever a true
It is interesting to note that the Church of
Rome was not listed among the seven Churches of God named in the first three
chapters of the book of Revelation, even though
Only a blind person would fail to recognize what institution has played the role of the ‘Mother of Harlots’ down through the centuries. Not by merely anointing kings over its domain, but by preaching falsehood and indulging in abominable practices.
‘Physician, Heal Yourself’
“He said to them, "You will surely say this proverb to Me, 'Physician, heal yourself!
Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.'" (Luke 4:23)
Is this is the proverb our nemesis would like to use against us, or the one about the beam in our eyes versus the speck in theirs? They have been hoping for this to happen for a long time, but now finally they’ve got us: our predictions have failed and we have become ‘false prophets’, just as they have been telling their followers from the very beginning.
We got it wrong in the year 2000 when, like a
lot of other people, we thought that the world would undergo unprecedented
changes. They never occurred. We humbly went before the Almighty asking
what went wrong and why we had been put in that situation. He sent us back to the Bible, and when we did
so, we found our error. We had failed to
take into account Daniel’s prophecy that after the ‘abomination of desolation’
Our nemesis have been rejoicing and gloating ever since: ‘He wiggled his way out of it the first time; let us see how he gets out of it this time. They have branded us ‘false prophets’, and yet, they still want to know what we have to say about it.
Now why do you think they might want to know that? Because they have used our writings in their work and now they find themselves in trouble too. And, obliging as we are, we would not want to cause them any further embarrassment, would we? We will give them the answer; we just wonder whether they will like it, for an astonishing answer we did find in the end.
First, it is important that we establish what makes a ‘false prophet’. Let us begin with Jesus Christ.
Mat "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous
Mat wolves. "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from
Mat thistles? "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Mat "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Mat "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Mat "Therefore by their fruits you will know them. "Not everyone who says to Me,
Mat 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
Mat "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
Mat "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
So, false prophets are those that bear bad fruits, preach falsehood, and practice lawlessness.
Now, one may search our writings until he gets blue in the face, he will never find anything that would qualify us as such. Our teachings and preaching have been scrupulously based on the Scriptures. Neither have we done anything that would be classed as bad fruits. We have never taken advantage of anyone, or done anything that would not be expected of the disciples of Jesus Christ. We are sorry to disappoint our nemesis. Later, Jesus Christ added another characteristic to false prophets.
Mat 24:11 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
Mat 24:12 "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Preaching deception and lawlessness will cause people to become hardened towards their fellow human beings. None of these apply to us either. We have been poor by any standard, and yet we have not only carried out this work with our own resources, but have done our best not to turn our back on people who were in genuine need. The Gospel of Luke, however, adds another characteristic to false prophets. Maybe that will satisfy our nemesis.
Well, we do not know many good people who speak well of us, let alone the wicked. But maybe Jesus’ apostles would come to the rescue of our nemesis. Let us begin with Apostle Peter.
Can anyone accuse us of having preached destructive heresies, denying our Lord, and exploiting people by covetousness? These are the very reasons we began this work in the first place: to expose the heresies, the hypocrisy and the destructive work of others. We have spoken against these things in virtually all our editions.
Once again we fail to make the mark of false prophets. But maybe Apostle John may bring succor to our nemesis.
We know of no one who has made a stronger case that both the Father and Jesus Christ continue to come in the flesh to dwell in Their people through the Holy Spirit than we have. We challenge everyone to search our writings to see how many times we have quoted Scriptures like the following:
Let us now go to Apostle Paul and see what he had to say about false prophets.
Have we ever transformed ourselves into anything that we have not been? From the very beginning we have said that we were doing the work of the last witnesses of God on this earth. The evolution of this work has proven us right. We have reached to every corner of the earth and yet, to date, no one has come back to us to say that he was preaching the same things. Neither have we brought anyone into bondage with false doctrines about tithing and mandatory offerings, as do the very people who accuse us of being false prophets. Sorry, once again we fail to make the mark of false prophets.
But what about your failed prophecies, do they not qualify you as false prophets, someone might say.
Herein lies a mystery that has gone unnoticed so far. According to the Bible, a false prophet is not one who fails on prophecies, but one who fails on doctrines. We have never failed on doctrines, which is not what our nemesis could say. They have failed on doctrines, not on prophecies, because they do not bother with prophecies anymore. They have been wrong so many times, they have given up on prophecies altogether. That not only is NOT a virtue with God, it is a sin. Those who give up on the work of God because they have failed on prophecy, commit a sin from which it is very hard to recover.
God expects His people to tackle the prophecies of their time. That is why they are there for – to be unveiled at their appropriate time. If some people make mistakes along the way, it is because prophecies are set in contexts that almost guaranty failure before success. Such are the prophecies of Daniel that have given us the hillbillies. But having failed at them once or twice, is no reason to give up on them. That is because unless one unveils the prophecies of our time, people would never understand the importance of the times in which we live. And not understanding that, can make them lackluster in their preparation for the return of their Lord. Finding them asleep when He returns is deadly, as the parable of the foolish virgins only too clearly shows.
Mat 25:1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet
Mat 25:2 the bridegroom.” Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
Mat 25:4 "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 "And at a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'
Mat 25:7 "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 "And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
Mat 25:9 "But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to
Mat 25:10 those who sell, and buy for yourselves. '"And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
Mat 25:12 "But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Mat 25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
In the Gospel of Mark, we have Jesus Christ saying: "And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!" (Mark ).
Watch what? Watch world developments and correlate them with biblical prophecies.
It is easy to sit on your laurels and watch how others do the work for you, then condemn them when things do not come perfectly on line. Before you do that, however, you should have all the facts, because a false accusation could land you in a lot of trouble. That is the situation in which the Jews found themselves when they accused Jesus of being possessed by a wicked spirit. Inadvertently, they committed an unpardonable blasphemy.
Mat “Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, "This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons."
Mat But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.
Mat "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?
Mat "And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit
of God, surely the
Mat "Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.
Mat "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.
Mat "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.
Mat "Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.
Mat "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.
Mat "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the
Mat mouth speaks. "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
Mat "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
Mat "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
These days it is easy to watch world developments as we are being bombarded with heart rending images from all over the world whether we like it or not. But placing them in their prophetic context is not as easy. It requires a good grasp of both Scriptures and history, and that require years of preparation.
I did not set up to do this job, let alone to make myself a ‘prophet’. Life’s circumstances brought me to where I am, and woe is me if I do not perform what is expected of me. In doing this work, I forfeited many a life’s joys and rewards, but I do not complain, for with all its travails, this work has brought me infinitely more joys.
What I would like to ask our nemesis, and everyone else for that matter, is where else could they find a better correlation between world developments and biblical prophecies than in our writings? We have revealed at least one major biblical prophecy in almost every edition of this magazine. We have been correct in all except in the one from Daniel that spoke about the ‘time of the end’. And even there we have not been altogether wrong, but only partly right. We were so excited about what we discovered, we rushed to tell everyone about it, before considering all the facts, and whether God wanted us to inform the world about it or not.
Jesus Christ said that the time of the end would take the world by surprise by the Great Tribulation and His return, just as the people of Noah’s time were taken by surprise by the Flood.
Mat 24:37 "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Mat 24:38 "For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that
Mat 24:39 Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
We acted contrary to this prophecy, and that is why God allowed us to fail, so as to guard such knowledge from the ears of those who were not meant to know about it. The question is, if this prophecy is not for general consumption, who is it for? It is for those who watch, as Jesus said:
Mat 24:42 "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
If you tell this to those who do not watch, they not only would not believe you, but come back and tear you to pieces.
Mat 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
Our duty is to in form the world of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and call people to repentance regardless of when the end comes: this year, next year, or three years from now. Since only the elect of God will be spared the troubles of the Great Tribulation that precedes the return of Jesus Christ, it stands to reason that such knowledge belongs to them and to them only.
Without placing the prophecies about the end time in their proper biblical context, and letting people draw their own conclusions about the validity of the messages that God is trying to send to the world through His people, one may as well go about his work blissfully unaware of the disaster that is poised to strike the world at any time.
With all the prophecies that are being fulfilled before our very eyes, prophecies which we have discussed in detail in many of our editions, we are having a hard time convincing the world that it is on the edge of the precipice. For even if we have been wrong about the exact ‘time of the end’, it should be obvious to all that we were not wrong by very much.
Our nemesis have long wished that we would stop speaking about the prophecies regarding the time of the end, especially now that they think they have us in their hand. This is not an option for the people of God. Even if they fall, it is only temporary. They get up, dust themselves of, and keep going, whereas when the wicked fall, it is for good.
The people of God are commanded by their Savior to watch, and we are here to help them do just that. Those who can find others with a better prophetic record, good luck to them. We would like to know who they are too.
Getting some prophecies wrong in an effort to unveil them for the benefit of others does not make one a false prophet. The Bible has many examples of, not failed, but delayed, prophecies, just as in our case. People who were persecuted by their contemporaries and accused of being false prophets, were not considered false by God Almighty. Jeremiah and Jonah are only two such examples.
In cases of misread prophecies, it is not the immediate errors that count so much, as what people do afterwards. Do they examine themselves in an honest and open manner, or pretend that nothing serious had happened, and make recourse to phony explanations in order to sidetrack their followers?
This is what the Seventh-Day Adventists did in 1844, Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1918, and the Worldwide Church of God in 1975, when their prophecies about the end time failed to materialize as expected.
Being coached in symbols and metaphors that needed to withstand the test of time, prophecies rendered themselves easy targets for misinterpretation. But while prophecies need interpretation, doctrines do not. This is where virtually all churches have failed, for they have all been indulging in interpreting doctrines, rather than prophecies. Those that still speak about prophecies, do so in general nonspecific terms that cannot fail in their lifetime.
Now, we are not excusing our errors, for we should not have made them. We should have been more careful, but we weren’t. The Almighty saw it coming, and allowed it to happen. He did so because we were getting ahead of ourselves. We have had so many successes in the past, we were beginning to think we were infallible. We were sliding ever so close to the sin of arrogance. In order to bring us back, He allowed us have a taste of failure. We were terribly perplexed when it happened for we could not see where we had gone wrong. We tended to think that the prophecy itself had failed, and that made it that much more difficult for us to find the answer to it. It became one of the most difficult trials that we have ever faced. But before being overwhelmed by it, the Almighty answered our prayers, and showed us our error. We were surprised to find that it was much closer home than we could have imagined. Everything was in place, everything had been fulfilled as expected, and then, when it came to the crunch, instead of having the big bang – the Great Tribulation and the return of Jesus Christ – we had a sudden pause and an unexpected lull in the proceedings. That made us look as if we were false prophets. But why? Well, hard to believe as this may be for some, Daniel’s prophecies contain the seed of their own failure, and the failure of anyone who tried to unveil them. Now before we go back to Daniel’s prophecies to show you the exact nature of our error, we need to take a detour back to the parable with which we began this article. We need to look at it in its entire context.
The day Jesus Christ began His ministry, He
confronted His contemporaries with a warning that they were not going to
believe what He was about to do, not in their midst, in
Mat 11:23 "And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
Mat "But I say to you that it shall
be more tolerable for the
Notice carefully, it will be more tolerable for sinful people in the day of judgment, than for nonbelievers and despisers. Why? Because given the chance, many sinners will repent, whereas cynics, despisers and nonbelievers hardly ever do. Those who do not believe in God and in His retribution, see no reason to repent, and without repentance there is no salvation.
When people depart from God and lose the fear of judgment, they depart from life and choose death. Henceforth sin becomes trivial and their life becomes a never ending quest for selfish gratification. Unable to grow old gracefully, the closer they get to the end of their life, the more miserable they become.
Why God Allows Evil In The World
During a recent television program by
The defenders of religion – high ranking clerics in local churches – were no match for the agnostics and the atheists. It became obvious after a while that they fell into a trap. The were sitting ducks to the arrows of the non-believers, who in most likelihood had prior knowledge of the questions they were going to be asked.
Now I expected that the atheists would make recourse to the much vaunted scientific ‘proofs’ of evolution, but instead they used a much older reason for their unbelief. “If there is a God”, they said, “why did He not put and end to all the evil that has been perpetrated in the world for so long, often in His name?”
Well, why didn’t He? It is a good question.
Unless people know the purpose of life, and believe
that this world has been created as a preparatory stage on the road to eternal
life, they will forever complain about what is happening in this world. The trials which the people of God must
endure in this
world, are necessary for the development of true
character, without which no one could ever make it into the
Yes, this world, this phase in our development, was necessary so that we may “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit”, and that could not be done without pain.
Is it clear now why God has allowed so much evil in the world?
1) To allow His people to develop the necessary character for eternal life in His Kingdom;
2) To sift the good from the evil, to render to each one according to their work;
3) To instill the mind of God into the minds of those who are destined to become Children of God.
What mind was in Jesus Christ? The mind of God! How did He acquire it? From the Bible! The Bible is the mind and the word of God. That is why both the Old and the New Testaments say that the word of God is truth.
By studying the Bible, and familiarizing yourself with it, you familiarize yourself with God, and acquire His mind. You achieve spiritual union with Him, a necessary condition for salvation.
Unless people understand
that God has been reproducing Himself through this creation, they will always
wonder why He had allowed so many tragedies to occur in this world. He cannot afford to bring disobedient and
disorderly people into His eternal Kingdom.
Only those that prove themselves by overcoming this world, by keeping
under control the pulls of their nature and bringing their thought processes in
tune with those of the Father and of Jesus Christ, can attain eternal life in
God intervenes in the life of all human beings, but those who refuse His overtures are left to their own devises. God’s principle, is a universal principle: human beings reap what they sow. Those who sow to the Spirit, inherit eternity, while those who sow to the flesh, inherit death. This is the lesson that comes out of the Bible.
The reasons terrible things are happening in this world are: lack of faith, disregard for God’s Word, wrong philosophy of life, and ignorance about the purpose of life.
Daniel’s Prophecies Revisited
Look at these Scriptures again and think carefully what they might be telling us. What are the wise supposed to do with their understanding about the end time, if the wicked are not meant to know about it? The wise shall know about the ‘time of the end’, but the wicked shall not know, and must not be told about it either. Now what do you think it might happen if, contrary to the will of God, they would be told about it? What did Jesus Christ say?
Mat 7:6 "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
For more than a decade, we have been involved in a
fierce battle with our nemesis. While
they desperately tried for years to dissuade us from continuing with this work,
we tried for just as long to convince them of our bona fides. Those from the
For a while, the Apostles and their followers were
able to move freely among the Jews, but not long after that the Christians were
scattered both out of
We find it astonishing that the leaders of the
Worldwide Church of God,
Year after year we kept reaching out to them with the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, yet instead of assessing it in light of the latest scriptural revelations, they rejected it and kept pushing their own dishonest unscriptural gospels and doctrines. But there comes a time when even God’s unbounded patience comes to an end.
In order to prevent us from revealing to them what they were not supposed to know, the Almighty allowed us to fail, even though we had done our utmost to stay close to Him, close to the Scriptures, and close to our mission. That served two purposes: 1) It reinforced in the minds of our nemesis the notion that we were ‘false prophets’, thus blinding themselves to everything else we had to say. 2) It brought us down to earth with a thud. We needed that, as we were getting too confident of our work for our own good.
We had been sailing in calm waters for so long, we had forgotten the lesson of the early Christians. As we reach the apex of this work, we needed a reminder that as long as we are in this world we are on shaky ground, and prone to make mistakes.
Now hard to believe as this may be for some, Daniel’s prophecies contain the seed of their own failure and the failure of anyone who tried to unveil them. God knew that the time of the end would be a time of trouble, and that His people, perhaps out of desperation, would try to reveal to their contemporaries everything they knew in order to convince them of the importance of the times in which they lived, so as to turn them back from their sinful ways, and back to God. But the last thing people who had gone overboard want to hear is talk about the end. That only sends them wild, making them dangerous for the people of God. In order to prevent His people from making that mistake, God inserted a twist in Daniel’s prophecies, which could not be detected until one had failed at them first. Jesus Christ knew about it, and that is why He warned His disciples: “whoever reads, let him understand” when He sent them to Daniel’s prophecies.
Mat 24:15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand).”
When we discovered the identity of the ‘abomination of desolation’, we assumed that was the mystery that Jesus Christ was referring to. That was part of it, but by no means the whole thing. Daniel’s prophecies contained many more mysteries. Have a look at the following prophecies, and consider how one might reconcile their apparent dichotomy.
Mat 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
If one knew when the ‘abomination of desolation’
Mat 24:15 "Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
Mat 24:16 "then let those who are in
Mat 24:17 "Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
Mat 24:18 "And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
Mat 24:19 "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
Mat 24:20 "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
Mat 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until
Mat 24:22 this time, no, nor ever shall be. "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.”
On the surface, it all seemed to be clear and straightforward. But when that event passed and nothing happened, we were perplexed, humbly going before the Almighty asking what happened. He sent us back to the Bible, and when we went we found our error. We had not followed Jesus’ advise to go to Daniel’s prophecies, which said that ‘from the time that the daily sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.’ So we waited another three years and nine months, and horror of horrors, our Lord failed to come again to rescue us from the hole which we had dug for ourselves a second time.
As usual, God sent us back to the Bible, only that this time it was extremely difficult to locate the error.
Now let us look at Daniel’s prophecy in its entirety,
and see if we can first resolve the apparent dichotomy between
It is a short chapter, one of the shortest in the
Bible, yet one of the most complex. In a few words it speaks of ‘a time of
trouble’ – which could be none other than the ‘Great Tribulation’ of
Of particular importance to us is verse 11: "And from the time that the daily
sacrifice is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, there
shall be one thousand two hundred and ninety days.” We might never have known the exact meaning
of this archaic language if we did not have Jesus’ explanation in
A cursory reading of these verses would lead one to believe that after one thousand and ninety days, the ‘blessed’ would have to wait another forty five days until one thousand and three hundred and thirty five days are completed. But what then? What would happen at the end of those days? The end, isn’t it? Well, that is what we, and a lot of other people thought, but it wasn’t to be. We anxiously waited another forty five days, and absolutely nothing happened again. Except that is, giving our nemesis what they always hoped for, proof of us being ‘false prophets’.
Well, much as they may wish it to be so, it isn’t. Because even if we made a mistake originally, we are still the ones to find the problem with it and correct it.
Consider this: is the expression, “Blessed is he who waits” a mere general statement or a warning? Everyone has assumed, us included, that this is a general statement. But why would the Almighty insert it at this particular junction, what purpose would it serve? God would never make a light statement, especially in this important prophetic context.
Who are the blessed? Obviously the wise who understand the time of the end. But if they are blessed why must they be reminded of it? Because they would find themselves in great strife. Why? Because their prophecy about the end time would not come as expected. The expression “Blessed is he who waits”, serves two purposes: a warning against them losing faith, and an encouragement for them to be patient until another one thousand three hundred and thirty five days have passed.
The forty five days we were talking about earlier, have nothing to do with this prophecy. The ‘blessed’ would have to wait not another forty five days, but one thousand three hundred and thirty five days, until the time of the end. In other words, the two timelines – 1290 and 1335 days – do not run concurrently, as the first impression leads everyone to believe, but consecutively. No one could have known that until the forty five days had passed without anything happening.
This is where Jesus’ warning makes true sense: ‘whoever reads, let him understand’.
How wonderful that a prophecy written two and a half millenniums ago would contain both a proviso for its failure, and a solution for its resolve.
Keeping Up The Faith
In The Face Of Adversity
It is our hope that our friends around the world would not have lost their faith in us altogether as a result of our prophetic misses. They should remember this:
Even in the face of the greatest adversity, the people of God can turn misfortunes around to their advantage.
We came out greatly strengthened from that experience, and hopefully so have all those who kept their faith in us. The secret is never to despair and always go before God in a humble and contrite spirit. Whenever we did that, He always answered our prayers and pointed us in the right direction.
Without us realizing it, the multitude of revelations that the Almighty had given us and we to the world, was bringing us ever closer to the sin of arrogance. This needed correction, and the best way of doing it was to give us a taste of failure.
We were so confident of ourselves, we felt as
if were already in the
Getting some prophecies wrong when trying to unveil them, is not analogous with becoming a false prophet. Many prophets and disciples of Jesus failed in premature expectations of His return, including His Apostles, and yet, God did not consider them to be false prophets.
People should be sophisticated enough in spiritual matters to discern between those who are trying to take advantage of them with false teachings, the real false prophets, and those who are honest but not entirely accurate with their prophecies.
It is not wrong to get people ready for their Lord, and then find that He delayed His return. This is exactly what Jesus Christ said that would happen.
Mat 25:1 "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet
Mat 25:2 the bridegroom. "Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3 "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,
Mat 25:4 "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5 "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6 "And at a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'
Mat 25:7 "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 "And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
Mat 25:9 "But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to
Mat 25:10 those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11 "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!'
Mat 25:12 "But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Mat 25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
It is not possible for people to understand the importance of the times in which we live unless they understand the prophecies of our time. The danger of not understanding them is that they may be caught unprepared for the return of Jesus Christ. As these Scriptures clearly show, those that are caught unprepared, will almost certainly loose their salvation. That is why Jesus Christ told His disciples to watch.
Now watch what? Watching world developments and relate them to biblical prophecies. Unless one understands the meaning of the events that take place in the world at present, he is wasting his life.
We do not know of anyone who has unveiled more biblical prophecies, and has a better track record in explaining world developments in light of those prophecies than we have had since we began this work. And yet, we must continuingly justify ourselves and face the accusations and the scrutiny of our nemesis.
Our prophetic errors are infinitesimal compared with the calamity of their doctrinal teachings. Yet instead of correcting themselves in light of our scriptural revelations, they have caused us untold problems. But then, our Lord warned us that this is what would happen if we did the work of God.
People whom He healed, fed, and taught, turned ferociously against Him when their leaders told them to do so. Now if Jesus Christ Himself made no headway with His contemporaries, how much less would we expect to make it with our contemporaries when our mission did not involve anywhere near the kind of miracles that He performed? Our mission has been to inform the world of what is in store for it if it did not return to its Creator, and then leave it to God to do the rest. He has amply done so, and supported us more than we expected. Leaving aside Daniel’s prophecy, which we have not failed but only mistimed, virtually everything else has come to pass as we said it would. Now we do not say this to boast of our achievements, for we have passed that, but to let people know that the Great Tribulation of which we have spoken so much, will unmistakably come to pass too.
This world calamity can no longer be avoided. Behind the scenes things are moving in that direction. While we cannot tell you its exact date, we are certain that within the next half a dozen years or so the face of the earth will be completely changed, and changed forever. Do not be caught unprepared for that event, for the Great Tribulation is closely followed by the return of Jesus Christ. Remember what He said about it:
Mat 24:21 "For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever
Mat 24:22 shall be. "And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened.”
For the elect’s sake God will intervene to put an end to human madness, lest no flesh be saved alive. Here is the chance for those who are wise to turn this event to their advantage, and make it the greatest day of their life.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, if you love God and keep His Commandments, you have nothing to fear. But if you are not, and do not use this opportunity to turn to God while you can, you will rue the day that you were born.
Organizing Church Finances
We are beginning to be concerned that some people may find themselves in trouble for not doing the right thing as far as God is concerned. They use our writings without acknowledgment or attribution, and without making any contribution to it. We do not say this in order to benefit from people’s largesse, for we have passed that stage now, but so that in the day of judgment we are not accused of failing to let people know what they should have done. We have an obligation before God to tell people when we think they are on the wrong path
When we published the Constitution of Alpha and Omega Christian Foundation seven years ago (see The Christian Herald No 7), we received inquiries about the method of financing for our organization. We purposely left that answer vague, for we knew that whatever we said, people would use it for their own selfish purposes. Now, however, that we are preparing to enter the Millennial Kingdom of God, this question needs clarification. Up until now, we have followed the example of Apostle Paul and carried out this work without requesting support from anyone.
Churches, however, need financing. It was Apostle Paul too who made it clear that those who do the work of the Gospel, are entitled to live of that work. He expected that people who attended church services would make a contribution to it.
Apostle Paul lived of the fruit of his own hands for as long as he could, but in the end, especially when he was in chains, he had no choice but to live off the offerings made by church members. The principle of free offerings however was always maintained. At no time did he impose burdens on anyone or any church by demanding tithes or mandatory offerings.
That principle was practiced even when tithing and
offerings were mandatory in ancient
The temple and its religious life were financed by
freely given offerings, just as churches should be financed now, and as they
will be financed during the
After people make their contribution, and fulfill their obligation before God, it is no longer their concern how their gifts are being spent. Church Councils must always maintain proper accountability, bearing in mind that they work for God too. We know that Jesus Christ and His disciples received offerings during their ministry too. But notice what happened because they did not have a committee which should have kept count of both income and expenditure.
Of course Jesus knew what was happening, but He allowed it to continue knowing what Judas’ destiny would be in the end. Now unless a receipt is required for taxation purposes, offerings are best made anonymously, in a box at the entrance or exit of the congregation, or by envelope. Never during church services, and never after being cajoled by a preacher to do so.
If a preacher interrupts his service to request donations, you are better off getting up and walking right out of that church, for it is certain that its doctrines are not right before God either. People must be allowed to give according to the disposition of their heart, always bearing in mind that, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Once this principle has been made known to the congregation, and perhaps repeated once or twice a year for the benefit of new members, usually in conjunction of a Holy Day celebration, preachers should not be carping about it all the time. Occasional requests for special gifts, such as those made by Apostle Paul for the brethren in Jerusalem who were under a severe draught, are all right, but that is not a justification for making it a permanent feature of every church service.
Preachers often combine this Scripture with the following one to justify both Sunday service and requests for donations.
In both cases, the first day of the week was a working
day. People were to gather and store
gifts so that they would be ready when Apostle Paul arrived. Gifts in those days did not consist of money
only, but of food, clothing, possibly animals, etc., all of which required
transportation. That is why it was
expected that other people would go along with Apostle Paul to
In the second example, Apostle Paul was on one of his journeys when he happened to pass by that congregation on the first day of the week. As one might have expected, he made a stop and spoke to them. It must have been a keen congregation, for he kept going until . Had it been a proper day of worship, rest and fellowship, he would have conducted a religious service in the morning, not at night. There are several places in the New Testament which tell us that the early Churches of God kept the Sabbath as a day of rest and worship, not Sunday. Here are just a couple of examples.
Now why do you think the expression, ‘a Sabbath day's journey’ is being used here? If it is a working day, no one can stop you from journeying from morning till evening, or even longer, but on the Sabbath you can only travel so much. If it tires you, and takes your mind away from God, His creation, and the Scriptures, it is too long.
Here, clearly Apostle Paul addressed a Jewish congregation on a Sabbath day. But when the Jews rejected him and he moved on to the Gentiles, he did not change the day of rest and worship. Indeed, it was the Gentiles themselves who asked him to speak to them on the Sabbath too.
When the Apostles left the Jews and moved on to the
Gentiles, they did not change the day of rest and worship from Sabbath to
Sunday. That occurred more than two
centuries later, when