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March 5, 1997

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Re: End-time Fears - Read the Bible

Hello Everyone...

Yesterday one of my "regulars" came in to pick up the order for the company she works for, and was in a talkative mood. Somehow, at her instigation, the topic of discussion went to the "end times" we live in, and the "year 2000." At the mention of this topic, IMMEDIATE APPREHENSION was quite evident. The "inevitability" of "dooms day!" It WILL come. A resignation to the fact that there was nothing that "we" can do about it. The "end of the world."

We had begun our conversation speaking of "how's business" relative to our two companies, and the state of the economy, etc., thinking that business will "pick up" a bit this year compared to last year. And also, how things are fairly "relaxed" for us both, as we get older, a "peace" and contentment to life, that we are enjoying where we are in life, etc.etc.

But when "dooms day" came up, in spite of the calm "cool" exterior, in her eyes I could see this UTTER TERROR at prospects for the future. Utter hopelessness. It reminded me of the prophecy, "men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth..." (Luke 21:26)

I don't use "my" store as a place to "preach" to people, because they are there to conduct business with me. But, when the person is obviously interested in a topic, I will readily speak up. But, neither will I "cram the Gospel" down their throats.

The door was open to speak briefly about Christ's coming, of prophecy regarding end times events. And she was amazed that there might be something BEYOND "dooms day." And, quite a quizzical look when I mentioned the Rapture. And of the concept that the prospects for the future are not necessarily "hopeless." That I am "looking forward" to the future with absolute eagerness!

But then, the conversation made an interesting turn. About "church" and Bible reading. She won't go to any churches because the people in the churches, "don't really believe" what they say they do. I had to agree with her. She said, "the pastors are even worse." Again, I agreed.

When I expressed that I don't go to any of the "churches"; we then talked about studying the Bible. About reading It. That all the answers to what we had just been talking about could be found in Scriptures.

She "used to" read the Bible a lot...when she was going through her divorce. But now, she's married again, and life is going along "smoothly" and she claimed she "doesn't NEED TO read it now." The Bible sits on her night stand, but she just doesn't read it.

WHAT A CLASSIC COMMENTARY on most people! "God, I'm at the bottom of my life! Things are hopeless for ME! God, pleeeez Heeelp!" So, God comes along and "fixes" things...and then, "hum dee dum dum" we go on our merry way, forgetting the "god" we pleaded with.

This person is like the "deceived one" who sees himself in a mirror, and immediately goes away and "forgets what kind of man he was." (Jas1:24) God says, "there is none righteous, no not one" (Ps 53:3) ...and in His mercy allows us to see ourselves by letting us hit rock bottom, so we can see who we really are. We realize that God is our "help..in trouble."(Ps46:1) He delivers us, and we promptly forget what we just learned. God allows us to prosper and then... "Oh look at ME...how wonderful I AM...I'M really a pretty OK person! There is so much goodness inside of me...I must have brought MYSELF to this point of prosperity." ...forgetting that lesson we learned during the down-n-out time. We forget God. Nor do we "need" the Bible...after all, it was only our "good luck" charm anyway, and right now the Karma is working out pretty well, so I don't need it.

The unregenerate World is under doom over the end-time events about to unfold. Many claiming the name of Christ are in no better shape as they are trenching in for the Tribulation...bracing themselves for what they expect...not endowed with conviction of the "blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Tit 2:13) ..."Who has not appointed us to wrath"(1Ths5:9) They have not received "blood-washed" white garments (Rev7:14,Mt22:11) and thus become "worthy" (Rev 3:4) to "escape all these things." (Lk21:36)

Dear reader...the time is "at hand." 1997 could very well be the year the Lord comes for His Church, and to then begin His judgment of the world. Are *YOU* ready?

"Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." (1Cor 10:12)

"...Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (2Cor 6:2)

If you doubt any of this, the answers are in the Scriptures.

Read them!

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