What Do We Do To Reach The World?

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John J. Blanchard
October 31, 2015 (listen to audio)

What do we do to reach the world?  I just covered our statistics, which are impressive for us.  A lot of outfits would think they are pretty paltry, but we know that we have climbed many percentage points in just a few months.  We have leveled off, so we are somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 visitors a month and around 10,000 page views.  We have been there now for a couple of months.  The numbers are way up since spring when we had just a few hundred visitors in a month, but it’s puzzling that we get so few inquiries.  Very few people call or write or e-mail for more information.  You would think that would be taking off as well, but it’s not.

In the past week I have received from the office in North Carolina a list of the sermons and Bible studies that we have.  Putting this together with the other information that we have for the people in the world, here we stand at 337 sermons and Bible studies that have been recorded, 70 basic subjects have been recorded, 12 booklets, one chronicle of the church which is a history book, one text book which is The End of Tyranny, two websites (TheBeautifulThoughtsofGod.com and GLCG.net website), one video site QuickVision.org, three annual peace videos, and of course miscellaneous and sundry CD’s, DVD’s, and various promotional items and gifts that we pass out to people who appear interested.  By the way, before I go any further, thank you for all of your donations and your tithes and offerings that made all that possible.  The amount of information is impressive that we have available to the world.  Where do we go from here?

First I want to read a chapter in Romans, and then we are going to discuss that chapter in Romans.  I want to turn to Romans chapter 10.  We are going to read the entire chapter, and then we will talk about it.

Romans chapter 10, beginning of course in verse 1:  “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.  For Christ is the end [that means the point of] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, ‘The man who does those things shall live by them.’ But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, ‘Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?”’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) or, ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say?  ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Continuing in verse 10 of Romans 10:  “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?  And how shall they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written:  ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!’”

Verse 16:  “But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our report?’  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  But I say, have they not heard?  Yes indeed:  ‘Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.’  But I say, did Israel not know?  First Moses says:  ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.’  But Isaiah is very bold and says:  ‘I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.’  But to Israel he says:  ‘All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.’”

This was Paul talking about his own people—Israel, and that’s 2,000 years ago.  Since then God certainly did call people after Jesus Christ.  Many did answer the call.  They were saved by His blood and received the Holy Spirit.  Since then things have gotten very confusing, and Christianity has certainly broken down and is very divided.  It is important to remember that the lessons directed toward ancient Israel are then directed toward the Church in latter times.  They are the same lessons we all have to learn.

GOOD NEWS FOR EVERYONE

We learn a lesson in verse 15, and I will re-read that.  “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

That’s something we have really tried to champion in the last decade or more.  We have tried to bring the good news to people.  The websites and the statistics are showing that more and more people are going there, but it’s a very small portion.  It’s not generating interest for people to follow up.

Verse 14 says the gospel must be preached.  Let’s read verse 14 of Romans 10:  “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?  And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?  And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Yes, they are ignorant.  The world is ignorant, just like ancient Israel was ignorant.  Just as ancient Israel believed in the one God, so does the Christian world believe in Jesus Christ and salvation, but they are not grasping the gospel of peace.  Why?  It’s the same problem that ancient Israel had.  There is a certain ignorance in not hearing the truth.

Let’s back up to verse 3.  The people are indeed ignorant.  I am starting in verse 3 now.  We will read just a little section of Romans 10.

Romans 10, verse 3:  “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”

That can be said about Christianity today, just like it was said about ancient Israel.  It is applicable, because they have set up their own standards of righteousness.

Verse 4 goes on to say:  “For Christ is the end [which means the point of the law] of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, ‘The man who does those things shall live by them.’”

MOST CHRISTIANS DO NOT KEEP GOD’S LAW

Christianity does not keep the whole law of God.  By and large, they are observing Sunday.  By and large, they are keeping pagan holidays and not God’s holy days.  Even today I happen to be speaking on Halloween, and Christians are observing Halloween.  They are participating in a pagan celebration.  They have set up their own standards of righteousness which makes them ignorant of God’s ways.

If you go to verse 8, we are told:  “But what does it say?  ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach)…”

We have tried to preach the word of God faithfully, and it’s really nearer to people than it’s ever been before!  With a smart phone or a computer or a tablet or an iPad or by the old fashioned telephone or writing a letter, the gospel of peace is available anywhere in the world!  We have not had as a small group the ability to go everywhere in the world, but the message is really all over the world.

When you think of maybe 7,000 to 10,000 visitors out of a planet of seven billion and of a Christian population that is probably close to half of that, one must wonder where are the believers who want to hear the gospel?

It’s a confusing thing, and it leaves us in a quandary.  How much information can we put out there?  If 337 sermons doesn’t get it and 70 basic lessons doesn’t get it, and all the booklets and digests that are out there that can be downloaded or ask for in print doesn’t get it, would a thousand sermons do it?  Would ten thousand sermons do it?  Would a million sermons do it?  When is enough information available to turn the tide?  When do you have enough?

The word is nearer than it’s ever been to the people of the planet, but we have to take today as an example.  I am picking today because it just happens that this Bible study is landing on Halloween.  Today you have probably hundreds of millions of Christians keeping this day and participating in a truly pagan celebration.  We covered that two weeks ago, and that’s on the web.  We got one comment that I know of.  It was favorable.  That’s on the web for seven billion people to look at and billions of Christians.

In a few months Christianity will observe Christmas. They even put Christ’s name in it.  We know that’s a pagan celebration, and anybody can look that up even in their dictionary or encyclopedia.  We know that for Halloween and Christmas the decorations are over the top.  Halloween is actually starting to rival Christmas, at least in the United States.  People put up more decorations than I have ever seen before.  Each year they seem to want to outdo the year before.  Haunted houses are springing up everywhere.  There was the rare haunted house built by people to scare others for a fee.  They were rare, but now every town, every village, and some neighborhoods have their own haunted house.  Halloween super stores pop up for about a month before Halloween where you can get all these horrible costumes and decorations.  Horror movies abound.  New ones come out every year, and old favorites get looked at.  There are horror parties.

I was at a grocery store recently, and the mother was a cashier.  While she was running the register, her teenage daughter came up and said, mom, we are going to have a horror party tonight.  We want to watch horror movies.  Can I go?  I was waiting in line and listening.  Mom said, okay.

There is Satan worship.  It takes place in various cities and places around the country, and indeed the world.  As a matter of fact, my home town—Detroit—has just unveiled a statue to Satan.  It’s a horrible thing. What can we do?  Just two weeks ago we put a sermon on our website blasting Halloween.  We can’t make anybody go to it.  We can’t force anybody to change.  We can’t make Christians take their faith seriously.  It really seems that Christians don’t care, and of course, if they don’t care, why would the world care.  Christians shouldn’t be buying Halloween decorations and Christmas decorations or participating in pagan holidays and holy days.

We can prove over and over again every year that all this is wrong.  We can reference secular sources to prove our point.  We can reference religious sources.  We can build a rock-solid case against any of these pagan holidays, and we can base it all on the Bible.  We can base it on historical record.  We can show people that is a Druid celebration or that comes from ancient Egypt.  It doesn’t matter, because the facts don’t bother them.  I am not talking about just the pagan world.  I am talking about the Christian people in the world.  They don’t care.  But unless people care, they are not going to change.  They are not going to ask for the truth.  They are not going to request information.

SERIOUSLY CALL ON THE LORD

Let’s read Romans chapter 10, because this tells us in this same chapter what’s missing.  We read right over it.  You might have missed it yourself.  Romans 10, verse 9:  “…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’”

They are not calling upon the name of the Lord in a serious manner.  That is a harsh charge, you may say, because there are lots of Christians who say, I believe on the Lord Jesus.  But if you back up to verse 4, like we said, Christ is the end or the point of the law.  And Moses says, the man who is just and righteous will keep the law.  They are not seriously calling upon Christ to help them in their life to keep the law.

THEIR OWN STANDARDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

The point of this chapter is that people have set up their own standards of righteousness.  For one to say, the Lord Jesus saves me, and set up their own laws to live by, they have not really accepted what the Lord says we need to do to show love for Him.  He says, if you love Me, keep My commandments.  Yet, salvation is for all people.  God wants everyone to be saved, but we have a responsibility.

It is really time for Christians not to have one foot in the pagan world and one foot in the Christian world.  People need to truly call upon God, and that’s what is missing.  They are not calling upon God in the wholeheartedness of what Christ was talking about.  They want the salvation.  They want their sins removed, but they don’t want to stop sinning.  It’s not compatible.  It is going to lead to a lot of problems.

Keep your marker or whatever in Romans chapter 10, and let’s go to Hebrews chapter 12.  Turning to Hebrews chapter 12, beginning in verse 5:  “And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:  ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.’  If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?  But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.  Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.  Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?”

God chastens everyone He loves.  How many people does He love?  Let’s go to the gospel of John chapter 3.  There is a famous part of this set of Scriptures that we are going to read, but we are going to read a little more than people generally read here.  Everybody likes to quote John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Let’s back up to John chapter 3, verse 12:  “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?  No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

Christians have received the light.  They understand the Bible, supposedly.  When they keep pagan holy days, they are keeping the darkness by their own will in their life.  God says that is the equivalent of unbelief because it’s not total belief.  It is acceptance.  We want that wiping away of our sins, but we want the freedom to keep sinning.  God says, that is not acceptable. That’s not true belief.  Christ says, if you love Me, keep My commandments.  We have covered that many times.

HYPOCRISY WITH MODERN FALSE GODS

God does love the world, so that means His chastening eventually is for everybody.  That means the chastening upon the Christians first, because they are the ones who should know better and not have one foot in the pagan world and one foot in the Christian world.  God has another term for that.  We can study that as well today, too.  He calls that hypocrisy.

Our false gods must be exposed.  I am not talking about Satan and the demons.  We have exposed them, and the Christian world generally believes they exist.  But false religious doctrines must be exposed and done away with, other than the correct Sabbath or the false holy days.

Materialism:  we live in the most materialistic age in history!  Along with that goes money.  The god of this world is money.  People practically worship at the feet of billionaires.  You are always hearing about how many billionaires there are.  They put them on game shows.  They put them in interviews on how to be successful.  It’s like we worship money.

Also along those lines is entertainment.  People love entertainment.  They want it everywhere.  It’s not just in a theater anymore.  It’s on your TV.  It’s on your smart phone.  It’s on your iPad.  It can be streamed 24/7.  The advertisements show people watching their favorite programs anywhere they want to be—24/7.  People want entertainment.  It has become a god, and people love the technology that brings them all that entertainment.  People love their gadgets.

These are all idols.  We could go back and look at the Ten Commandments.  God said, you shall not have any idols.  Only the one true God should be venerated, but we worship at the feet of all these things, which are forms of idolatry.

Romans 11 follows Romans 10, obviously, and it has some very serious warnings.  I want to read Romans chapter 11.  Let’s flip back where you kept your marker.  Paul explains something that God did to get the Jews to understand the truth, and many, many thousands did back in the day.  The early Church was all Jewish.  That first Day of Pentecost they were all Jews that were baptized.

Let’s read in Romans 11, beginning in verse 1:  “I say then, has God cast away His people?  Certainly not!  For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.  Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, ‘Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life’?  But what does the divine response say to him?  ‘I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.”

I believe there is a remnant of people around the world who want to do it properly and keep the holy days properly and keep the Sabbath—Christians.  Here Paul says there is a remnant from that time, the ancient Israelite time, into his time which were the early baptized people in the Church.  These were Jewish people who were baptized.

Romans 11, verse 6:  “And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.  But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.  What then?  Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.  Just as it is written:  ‘God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.’  And David says:  ‘Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them.  Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.’”

CHRISTIANS CAN BE CAST OFF

God allows people to go blind to the truth if they don’t believe.  You can just have works, and there are a lot of nice Christian works in the world that are helping poor people, helping disadvantaged people, and helping sick people.  But if you are not going to accept the law of God, by faith realizing that you must do these things to show that you love Jesus Christ, God says that’s not enough.  We have to strive to keep the law.  Take that one foot that is still in the pagan world and put it firmly on the Christian side of the line.

Verse 11:  “I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?  Certainly not!  But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.”

Here you see Paul says, by turning to the Gentiles and offering them salvation, this will help make the Jews jealous!  I do believe that’s working, even to this day.  More and more are starting to realize the seriousness of Jesus Christ’s first coming.  That’s a wonder to see!

Continuing in verse 12 of Romans 11:  “Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!”

He says, how much better it will be when they are saved and converted!

In verse 13 we are talking to the Gentiles who are accepting the truth of God:  “For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.”

He said, I am working so hard in you in part to provoke my brethren to jealousy to accept the truth as well!

Verse 15 of Romans 11:  “For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.  And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”

He is warning the Gentile Christians that branches were broken off the olive tree that is rooted in Jesus Christ and to the New Testament and the giving of the law at Mount Sinai.  When they fell off the tree, so to speak, you, a wild olive branch, were grafted in.  Without that Old Testament and the fulfilled prophecies, you would be nothing.  You wouldn’t be here!  He is warning the Gentile Christians.

Verse 19 of Romans 11:  “You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’  Well said.  Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith.  Do not be haughty, but fear.  For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.”

That is a warning to the Christians.  You better take this faith seriously, and it is based on the Old Testament and the entire Bible.  The gospel of peace is based on acceptance of the law—the Ten Commandments.

Continuing in verse 22:  “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God:  on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness.  Otherwise you also will be cut off.”

Christianity has left the faith once delivered by going back to paganism.  It started almost 2,000 years ago.  Three hundred years or so after Christ’s death, Christianity was, for the most part, headed off the rails.

Verse 23:  “And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.”

God is going to bring Israel back.  That’s a promise!

Verse 24:  “For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?”

They are going to come back in droves to the truth and accept Jesus Christ about whom the prophecies of the Old Testament spoke of.  It’s going to happen.

Verse 25 of Romans 11:  “For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”

A lot of Gentile Christians have persecuted the Jews and the Israelites, thinking they were better than them.  They had accepted Christ’s blood.  They are making the same mistake, only perhaps more serious because the Holy Spirit is involved here!

Verse 26:  “And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  ‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’  Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy.  For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.  Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!  ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has become His counselor?  Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?’  For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever.  Amen.”

The warning is to the Gentile Christians to be very careful that just as the original branches were pruned off, they can very easily be pruned off.  God intends to save the original olive tree.  But to those of us who have been baptized and who have received the Holy Spirit, or at least been led by the Holy Spirit, I would say we have a graver responsibility to keep the truth and to stay away from paganism.  We have a responsibility to stay away from idolatry.

We really do need to get both feet on the same side of the line for Christianity—on the side of the law, on the side of obedience.  If we are going to accept the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ, we show Him that we love Him by keeping His law.

It is clear, there is a grave responsibility.  It is also clear that God let Israel and the tribe of Judah go through some terrible persecutions in order to cleanse them.  They had tremendous hardship.  I think it has led to a lot of them turning to God, and it will also lead to just about all of them in a resurrection when the dry bones come together and all the bones of Israel come together.  They will see clearly and have a chance at repentance.

FALSE GODS MUST BE ELIMINATED

If we take that lesson to heart, the same thing can and will happen to Christianity.  God will allow us to put our noses in the mud enough and suffer the consequences by worshiping money, idolizing technology and materialism, and worshiping false gods.  We keep putting one foot on the pagan side of the fence and one foot on the Christian side of the fence. God said all that must be torn down.  All the false gods must be torn down.  That was the whole point of bringing ancient Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea (their baptism) to Mount Sinai to receive the law.  Then they could be cleaned up from all those pagan gods of ancient Egypt.

We are making the same mistake today if we call ourselves Christian and keep and observe those old pagan celebrations and customs that come from thousands of years ago.  We try to cover them up with tinsel and bright lights and say this is Christianity today.  It is not!  God is not happy with that.

We know in Revelation 7 there will be an innumerable multitude.  We can turn there.  They have washed their robes clean in the blood of Christ, but the innumerable multitude are going to be obedient.  I am in Revelation 7, verse 9.

THE GREAT TRIBULATION IS NOT DESTRUCTION

Revelation 7, verse 9:  “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’  All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying:  ‘Amen!  Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever.  Amen.’  Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?’  And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’  So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.  And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.  They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”

This innumerable multitude will live through what’s called the great tribulation, which is not the world getting destroyed.  God loves the world that He created, and He loves the people on it.  It does mean they came through a huge test.  Revelation 3 talks about a test to come upon the whole world during the last Church era.

I believe we are about to enter that test.  That test is:  are we going to get rid of the idolatry—the false gods in our lives—and accept Jesus Christ in His entirety and His law, or not?  That law is what we will all live by in the Millennium.

I can see here a promise that the world will not be destroyed.  But I also see the word of God fulfilled that a very strong, powerful test will come in which everyone will have to bow their knee to Jesus Christ and accept Him as Lord and King and His law as a law to live by.  It will have a powerful unifying effect upon the world.  No more will the world be divided on the issue of who keeps Friday for a holy day and who keeps Sunday instead of Saturday.  No more will the world be divided on the issue of who keeps pagan holidays that man has set up, or who keeps God’s holy days that He set up in Leviticus 23 where it says they shall be kept forever.

This is something that will be done very soon, I do believe.  The test will start, if it hasn’t started already.  I can look out at the world and see the hopelessness that people are beginning to feel.  There will be no strong dollar to pull the world out of a huge depression.  There will be no hope that technology from Microsoft or Google will come up with some gizmo gadget that will save people.  No technological genius will put together some sort of energy saving device that will cure all the world’s energy problems and solve global warming.  What will unify the world is keeping the law of God.  What will unify the world is getting both feet on the side of God’s law—both feet in Christianity the way it was meant to be lived.

God used the Gentile Christians to make the ancient Israelites jealous.  He may turn from Christians to the non-Christian part of the world to make us get jealous, because as we read, people will turn to Him who have not sought Him.

I believe the whole world is going to be able to see Satan for what he is, as well as all these false gods that have been set up that we have accepted and branded as Christian.  When we see that clearly, we had better repent.  But I do believe there is a remnant who will be preaching the truth and who will go forth to preach the gospel of peace.  There will be an innumerable multitude, because God says so.

God’s Holy Spirit will work on this earth in a miraculous way and open up people’s minds. People will have to accept the fact that they must seek it, they must ask, they must inquire of God, and He will answer them with the Holy Spirit.

WHY DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT YOU BELIEVE?

I am saying to whoever hears this, assume nothing about your faith.  Prove it.  Be like a Berean.  Ask yourself why I do what I do?  Why do I believe what I believe?  See if it squares up with the Bible and God’s law.  If it doesn’t, simply correct it.  What is so hard about that?  As more and more people do, that innumerable multitude will grow from just a few, to eventually cover the whole earth!  I believe that’s where we are next.

I am hoping people will soon be inquiring and asking, but I do think it’s going to take some very harsh trials.   I don’t care if you are a billionaire or a pauper, you are going to have to turn to God for some answers.  God is going to let our nations be chastened because He loves everybody.  We saw in Hebrews He chastens everybody He loves.  He loves the whole world, we are told in John 3:16.  This test will come upon the whole world, but it’s for our own good.

Somebody has to be willing to stand up—a remnant—and preach the truth.  They need to tell people what it is they need to do to get into God’s good graces, and it will happen.  I have no doubt, because the Scriptures say so.  God has never made a mistake before, and He won’t now.

Let’s pray that this all goes quickly, and that Jesus Christ can and will return quickly and put an end to all this suffering that you see on the news every night.  We want to get this whole world unified in Christianity the way Christ intended it in the first place.

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