I wonder how many true Christians have ever pondered on the fact that although there are many differing trials and tribulations that trouble us (and are peculiar only to us because we actively practice our faith), I wonder how many of us realise just how blessed we really are in spite of our persistent and varying trials. Let`s have a read of  1 Peter 4: 12-13. `Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the painful ordeal which is to test you, as though some strange thing has happened to you. But instead rejoice in as much as you are partakers of Christ`s sufferings; so that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.`

 How many times have any of us ever stopped and considered just how frustrating,  and ultimately hopeless this existence which we all know as life must one day appear to be to the greater percentage of the rest of the unbelieving, God rejecting people of this earth. In their times of despair how frighteningly lonely it must all be for them, how unreasonably demanding and competitive and unfair it must seem, and how lawless and unforgiving it must feel, and of course come the time of their death, how ultimately pointless it all was, believing that all that they have ever loved, known and achieved has to be forsaken, lost and unremembered forever.

The majority of the young men and women of today have been brought up to believe that if they are not yet `number one`, then at the very least they are more than capable of being `number one` and if they do not achieve that elevated status, then there is something very wrong with them and they are destined for a life of poverty, unfulfilled dreams and failure with only themselves (or more often than not, by perverted proxy, others) to blame. They are driven by the unrealistic and false impression that they have not just a hope but a right to achieve `stardom` and fame and all of the materialistic trappings that come with these things, and that this fame and riches is not just a dream but the birthright for everybody born upon this earth to attain. They believe that they must above all other things, make a social and a financial success of their lives and at the same time be loved by everybody and be respected by everybody. What they fail to grasp is that even the very least of these longed for and desirable material things (in the real world, outside of `showbiz` and footballing dreams) has to be hard worked for and maintained, because if it isn`t then it will disappear and with it all of that person`s admiring `friends` and social life and eventually hope, because most will not possess the strength of character to try to start again. And so the tell tale signs of despair start to appear, sleeping in late, `soft` drug taking, lethargy and an unwillingness to communicate with their family members. What a way to have to start out life, being indoctrinated with the idea that money is to be the main objective and driving force, with very little or no place for compassion, love (real love) or friends (real friends) or generosity of spirit and certainly no room at all for the Lord God Almighty. Self, self, self, equals self destruction! Yes for most young, Godless adults these days, the realisation that they are not number one nor have they the capability of ever being able to come anywhere near to being it, brings utter hopelessness, after all, what now is there for them to live for and to hope for? Can they ever be content with living a quiet life, earning enough money to live on and perhaps raise a family? maybe, but at the back of their minds will be that awful nagging question, what for, what is the point? Some of these people will then try to relive their `failed` lives through the lives of their children who, when they do not reach their demanding mum`s and dad`s high expectations, end up living a more miserable and unhappy existence than their parents. Unfortunately in this world most people are forced to work mainly to `get by`. There are no trappings of success, no worshipful greetings or salutations from adoring `fans`, no people `hanging` on their every word or fashion fancy. For many there is very little chance of promotion within their job, they have started at the bottom of the ladder and that is were they are going to stay, or will they, can they possibly get any lower?  The choice for many to try to lift themselves above the drudgery that their lives now appear to be to them is to take to the legal, state sponsored and heavily taxed drugs of alcohol and tobacco, the self same drugs that queen Victoria once referred to as `the working man`s pleasures` and she instructed her government of the day`s chancellor to go extremely easy on increasing any further tax on these items come the next budget. That was of course before the national health service (free health care for all British citizens) came into being, and instead of keeping the country`s poor working classes at a useful and affordable level because of the number of deaths these state sponsored drugs promoted in the past, these drugs have nowadays become an unacceptable drain on the country of Britain`s resources because of the cost involved in treating and keeping acutely ill alcohol and tobacco users alive, and this state of affairs has induced the government to annually increase the taxation on these products. So what do some of the `cash-strapped` British people do now? well they have started to take advantage of the available untaxed drugs such as home-grown `weed` and cheap rubbish-tobacco filled smuggled cigarettes and inexpensive `moonshine` alcohol instead, which in the not so very long term are going to prove to be far more destructive and to be a far more expensive drain on the national health service than legal alcohol or tobacco ever were! The really sad thing about all of this is that the Lord God instructs us to look after and nourish our bodies and our minds and not to over-indulge in anything for any length of time, but as we know, this evil society in which we now live has rejected the Lord and nearly all of His teachings to such an extent that in Britain`s state schools, Christian prayers cannot now be said at the beginning of the school day and also it is illegal not to teach the Godless theory of evolution! Yes people freely indulge themselves in drugs of all kinds, `legal` or otherwise just to escape the hopelessness of their miserable, Godless lives. There is a distinct and pronounced gaping chasm of a festering wound in the majority of people`s lives these days caused by a complete lack of loving, true Christian spirituality, and it is a wound that individuals try to heal with materialistic pleasures and/or escapes (including sexually driven ones) which have to be increasingly more pleasing than the ones that they had previously indulged themselves in. There is of course a name for this kind of manic, sensual progression, it`s called `addiction`.  Now as if all of this were not enough to try to compensate for lack of experiencing the love, hope and comfort of the knowledge of the one true God, various governments around the world have thrown one more false, comforting `hope` into the mix, and it is that of state sponsored and endorsed gambling, better known as `lotteries`, just one more brittle straw for the lost, foundering sheep of this sad, Godless world, to try to desperately cling onto.

The idea, that is the current trend among the would be `movers and shakers` of the `global society` (in which most people now like to think that they live in) in which everybody is an `I am`, is, ultimately ludicrous. Have they I wonder, ever stopped to think that this state of every individual person thinking themselves superior to the next individual, cannot possibly work? Have they never heard of the expression, `all chiefs and no indians`, meaning that the real work never gets done because everybody is too proud and full of themselves to get down and do it? And so running with this attitude we come ultimately to chaos and breakdown, or the `broken society` which is a `soundbite` popular with many politicians these days. Those of us who know our Christian biblical scripture realise that the Lord God Almighty is NOT the author of chaos, lies or confusion, let`s read  1 Corinthians 14: 33. `For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints`.  And so who is the author, the originator of chaos, lies and confusion? well let`s read another scripture and the words of Jesus Christ, to find out,  John 8: 44. `You are of your father the devil, (Satan) and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: because he is a liar and the father (the originator) of it.`   With all of this greedy and blatant hedonism and materialism abounding in this world, along with all of the lewdness, lawlessness, Godlessness and unashamedness constantly invading people`s lives, not only out on the streets but also `piped` into their very living spaces via the medium of television, videos, song lyrics, radio, and/or the internet, it is no wonder that there are so many lost and confused people around. So what are the world`s so-called `christian` churches offering as an alternative, as an escape from all of this death-dealing, worldly materialism? And if what they are offering to would-be new Christian converts is so radically different and liberating from the daily world diet of trash, glitzy lies, entertainment and eternal death, then why aren`t there millions and millions of repentant souls beating a path to their doors? Well, sadly, the truth is that the so-called `christian` churches of this world are now seen by the majority of ordinary people as being very little or no different at all than the rest of the money-grabbing, pleasurer seeking, perverse and lying world that these `christian` churches profess to offer an alternative to.  And is it any wonder? because by the greediness of these church`s, by their lying and extortion, by the publicly exposed perverse and outrageous behaviour of many of their clergy, by their loose or non existent morals and their complete disregard for the Lord God`s protective and caring laws and commandments and holy days and festivals, especially the true Sabbath day, they have led the people of this world straight into the hands of Satan!

 Many priests and ministers because of their lying theories and rhetoric, have in the minds of the general public, stripped away the the God-given loving dignity of created mankind and in its` place substituted the blasphemous Satanic lie of the theory of evolution. The lie of the evolution of humankind is simply this: it proposes that we as humankind, deep down, are nothing better than a low-life, filthy, stupid, artless, primitive, tree swinging monkey which itself has evolved from some sort of brainless and directionless slime which in its` turn somehow managed to `create` itself eons ago, way back in some conveniently distant and imaginary time. This is exactly, exactly, the way that our vile, jealous enemy Satan the devil, in his futile, self delusional and hateful, evil arrogance, sees us  and wants us to be seen by ourselves !    Most of the people of this world, unbeknown to them, are being driven to a form of insanity by the lifestyles that they are living or trying to live, they feverishly, desperately and ultimately futilely try to cram what they imagine could be an eternal lifetime`s experiences into the very short and fragile mortal one that they know that they possess. We know what happens  when you try to fit a gallon of liquid into a pint pot, it reaches its` limit then overflows and the greater percentage of it goes to waste and yet millions upon millions of poor misguided and deceived people try to live their desperate, Godless lives this way.  Let`s have a read of  Haggai 1: 5-6. `Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. You have sown much, but bring in little, you eat, but you do not have enough, you drink, but you are not filled with drink, you clothe yourselves but there is not one of you that is warm; and he that earns wages, earns wages only to put them into a bag that is full of holes`.  We can understand from that last scripture that even way back in history people were, well, people, there is indeed (as regards the human `make-up`) `nothing new under the sun`, as king Solomon once observed. What was happening between and concerning humankind way back then, is still occurring now, the only difference being that now there are billions more being led astray and being left feeling spiritually isolated, and they do not even realise it, and why not? because they have been let down by the so-called `christian` institutions of this world that just love to be perceived as `churches of (the Christian) God`, but strangely enough, how many of the mainstream `christian` churches actually use the term `church of God` in their titles? These `christian` churches have left the vast majority of the peoples of this world feeling that it`s alright to do as you please as long as you `just believe`, and when this does not work out to be true, then these people are left spiritually clueless, with probably none at all having actually lifted up a bible and read it for themselves, let alone trying to understand that which they could be reading within its` pages. Then this spiritual attitude and ignorance and callousness is passed on to the next generation and so on, until we have a world of hedonistic, immoral, lawless, helpless individuals which is pretty much, as regards the younger generation and many of the older, were we are right now! Let`s have a read of  Psalm 58: 3. `The wicked are estranged (from the Lord) from the womb, they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies`.  These words are oh so true, for the children are brought up and nurtured in a pagan, Godless household as soon as they are born, and when they are old enough they are then sent on to be further indoctrinated with Satanic lies in Godless, state sponsored educational establishments which in turn prepare them to fight to become number one in a Godless society which in its` turn churns out broken, disillusioned, defeated, hapless, morally corrupt and spiritually lost and/or weak failures by the million. What a prospect, what a deeply sad and sorry state!  We in the true Christian church(es) of God are indeed very blessed, because we have the comfort of the knowledge that we have a heavenly Father who cannot die, is all powerful and will never forsake us or leave us, coupled with this we have our God Creator our brother Jesus Christ who, by the will of our heavenly Father, has been given power over all things, as He testified after his resurrection.  Matthew 28: 18. `And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, All power is given to Me in heaven and in earth`.  Our God will never leave us or lose sight of us, even in death He knows exactly where we are, and in life we are given wise council and a true and certain direction in which to travel. We recognize and try our best to keep the good and proper laws that He has given us in the form of the ten commandments which have been lovingly devised to protect and strengthen us as opposed to the Satanically driven and inspired thousands of man-made `laws` that are designed to confuse and tread down and keep justice from those who cannot afford to buy their `protection` and also to convict many of being criminals who, in the eyes of the Lord God, are not criminals.  But the best hope of all that we have is the hope, and more than this, the promise of, an eternal, love-filled life after mortal death!  Let`s consider, what does the person really `possess` who does not have the one true God in his or her life? Well, basically, the answer must be dust, (but in reality they cannot possess even that!) for as the Lord God told Adam way back in the garden of Eden, Genesis 3: 19. `In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken: for you are dust, and to dust you shall return`.  What a hopeless prospect for all of the unbelievers who are walking and who have ever walked this earth! Any man who does not have the laws of the one true God by which to live his life has only in their place the bad laws of man, and most of these laws are despised by the people who are forced to obey them, and for those who openly disobey these man-made laws, then for these people they have become that most unstable and dangerous of things, a law unto themselves. Let`s read what happens when this situation occurs within a person,  Proverbs 5: 21-23. `For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord considers all of his comings and his goings. The wicked shall be taken by his own iniquities and he shall be bound by the cords of his own sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his foolishness he shall go astray`.  People are, on the whole, not stupid, and they notice time and time again the ever increasingly depraved behaviour of those who love to rule over them, particularly the clergy and the politicians. Now, as for the politicians, many have the arrogance to assume that their behaviour either goes unnoticed or that it is none of the business of those who, in their eyes, are of the `lower orders`. So, when election time comes around, they have the gaul to blame the majority of the electorate of being apathetic for not `bothering` to turn out to vote for any of them! Well, we should ask ourselves, what half decent person in a relatively sane state of mind is going to vote for any one of these promise breaking, lying, decadent, self important, indulgent, Godless and morally bankrupt persons? It is therefore, not so much apathy that prevents people from turning out to vote, but more a distrust and a loathing of and for the whole political and law-making system that more or less demands that ordinary people have to select a person who they think is good and decent and honest enough to be representative of them, from a whole bunch of unworthies! It`s a bit like being told to go into a butcher`s shop in which you know all of the meat is rotten, and then to try and find a piece that doesn`t yet stink as much as the rest of it.  Proverbs 28: 11. `The rich man is wise in his own conceit, but the poor that has understanding, searches him out`.  verse 15. `Like a roaring lion and a wandering bear, so is a wicked ruler over the people`.  And  Proverbs 29: 27. `An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he who is upright in his ways is detestable to the the wicked`.  In the true Christian church of the Almighty God, we who are members of this church are indeed very blessed because we have the ability to be able to stand far back and distance ourselves and not allow ourselves to become embroiled and thus held captive in the workings of the Satanically inspired and driven Babylonian system which now so openly and blatantly `struts its` stuff ` across this sorry world. Even with this being the case, we find that it is a constant battle to keep this safe distance because, as we know only too well, the sins of the Babylonian system can be at times very attractive to our to our fleshly, carnal minds. With the Lord God`s help we can resist it and them if we keep in daily contact with our God through regular, sincere prayer, and because of this daily contact we are also able to offer up prayer almost subconsciously in times of immediate threat or danger, and these `subconscious` prayers will be answered because  our God knows us.  Of course we will get our `fingers burned` from time to time, we are none of us perfect, we see the fire and we know the harm that it can do to us but still we are drawn to its` light, but it`s when our resistance fails and we reach out to try and `play` with it that the damage occurs because we have handled and meddled in something over which we have no control, we are not fireproof, and sin has the same effect on us. Satan and his works, and the `christian` clergy and churches under his control, can appear very attractive to us poor, fleshly humans, even to the point of seeming divine in nature, let`s read some of the warnings given to us about such things beginning with the book of  2 Corinthians 11: 13-15. `For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And this is no marvel, because Satan himself is transformed to appear as an angel of light. Therefore it is of  no great thing if his ministers also appear as ministers of righteousness, whose own ends will be according to their works`.  And now we`ll read from 1 Timothy 4: 1-2. `Now the spirit (of the Lord God) expressly let`s us know that in the latter times (which are now upon us as our present day times) some shall depart from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and of the teachings of demons. They speak lies in hypocrisy, their conscience not bothering them`.  Now to 1 John 4: 1-4. `Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits to determine whether they are of the Almighty God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. This is how you will know the true spirit of the Lord God, for every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ (as very God incarnate) has come in the flesh, is of God:  And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ (as God incarnate) has come in the flesh, is not of the Lord God, and this is that spirit of anti-Christ, whereof you have heard that it shall come; and even now it is already at work in the world. Now this next verse shows how we true Christians have hope and the blessed and distinct advantage over the deceived and the non-believing people of this world. But you, little children, are of the Lord God, and have overcome them (the evil spirits of anti-Christ) because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world`. (those under the control of Satan the devil and are deceived and held captive by the Babylonian system)  How many times have we heard the phrase, `go towards the light`?, a favourite saying of so-called `mediums` and their like, but we must be careful, for as we have read previously, even Satan can appear as an angel of light, this `light` has blinded many pagans, atheists and would be Christians because it is a light similar to that of a spark, sure it can be seen to be welcoming in the dark, but it does not constantly illuminate anything, it is not a light by which you can clearly see things, it is a light deliberately set to mislead, it is a wrecker`s lamp, like the type that is waved on the seashore to entice lost ships onto the rocks so that they will founder and their surviving crew members murdered and their precious cargos looted. We are living in very fragile times, `polite` society is unfortunately, just a very thin veneer, we only have to witness the hysterical, free-for-all stampedes at the `January sales` to understand and wonder at just how much more so will be the dangerous, selfish, and manic dash for the approval of the `leaders` that people will soon be fighting over and for which they think are going to be their salvation?  I am of course referring to the `beast` and his `sidekick` the `false prophet` who are mentioned in the book of Revelation. These will be terrible times indeed but much, much worse is to follow during the events that will befall the peoples of this earth in the `run up` to the final end-time battle of Armageddon. Think of all of the worst atrocities that have ever as of yet been committed by man upon his fellow man, and then multiply them many, many times over and then add Satan and his millions of demons into the mix, now you may have an idea of  the horrors that are going to happen. But we who are of the true Christian faith will have plenty of warning of these events, let`s read the words of Jesus Christ in  Matthew 24: 4-13. `For many shall come in My name professing that I am Christ, and they shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, but do not be troubled, for all of these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in various places. All of these things are but the beginnings of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and they shall kill you, and you shall be hated by all nations for My name`s sake. And then shall many be offended and shall betray one another, and shall not trust one another. And many false prophets shall arise and shall deceive many. And because sin shall abound, the love of many shall become cold. But he that endures to the end, shall be saved`. Without true Christian faith, how can anybody even hope to endure these things to the end?  And so, as people have behaved monstrously in the past, so they will behave in the future, only more so!   What else does our Lord Creator and Saviour, Jesus Christ, have to say and tell us about this very near, future, vicious, evil and Satanically driven behaviour and slaughter that is about to run riotously out of control across this earth?  Let`s start by setting the scene about how things are already tenuously hanging by a thread of  restraint right now in our present time. We`ll begin with Jesus talking about the people`s behaviour towards Himself just prior to His crucifiction.  Luke 23: 31. `For if they do these things in a green tree, (act out of control and commit atrocities when their lives our fairly secure and comfortable) what shall be done in the dry?` (what will they behave like when life isn`t so comfortable and secure)  Well, two verses in the book of John tell us what will happen to some true practising Christians in time to come, John 16: 2-3. `They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes the time comes that whomsoever kills you will imagine that he is doing God a service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father or Me`. But let`s not forget that the ordeals that some of our Christian bretheren will have to endure are as nothing compared to the horrors that are to befall the rest of the world, we only have to read the book of Revelation to know about these future events. The people of this world tortured to death the most beautiful and loving `person` that ever walked this earth, how much more so will they hate and attack and murder each other when times become a Godless, unconstrained, lawless free-for-all with wars raging all around this planet? And if all of this was not bad enough, then comes the divine intervention.  Revelation 9: 1-6. `And the fifth angel blew a trumpet and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose smoke out of the bottomless pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and because of this smoke the the sun and the air were darkened. And from out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and to them was given power (to injure) just as the scorpions on this earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not harm the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men that do not have the seal of God in their foreheads.  And it was commanded that they should not kill these men, but that they should be tormented for five months; and their torment was like that of the effects of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. And in those days (because of the agony of this torment) men shall seek to die but shall not be able to because death shall flee from them.` Revelation 16: 10. `And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the anti-Christ; and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they chewed on their tongues because of the pain that they were in`.  We know that our Lord Creator, Jesus Christ, suffered hour after hour of withering agony on the Roman torture stake before He finally died. We also know that He had the power to  prevent this from happening and to even stop the process once it became too awful for Him to endure. But he did not cause it to stop because He knew that if He did then the whole of humankind would be lost to the penalty of sin which is death, a penalty instigated by God (Jesus Christ) Himself, ages before, and that Satan (the very `creator` of death, in fact death itself), would have won over humankind. This then is the hope that Jesus had, it was the hope (and the belief) that once dead, (yes, really dead!) His heavenly Father could and would resurrect Him. And this is the hope that we as true Christians have, the hope that in good turn, Jesus Christ our Saviour will resurrect us from the dead. This hope is denied all of the poor unfortunates who believe the Satanic lie that this life is their one and only chance and that nothing exists beyond it for them.  Of course Jesus in his time upon this world in the flesh knew that most of the people of this earth had been and still are being deceived and that He was come to eventually find and gather all of the `lost sheep` of this world to Himself.  Matthew 18: 11-12. `For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them has wandered off, will he not leave the ninety nine to go into the mountains and look for the lost one?`.  But this fact can only be a comfort in this life to those of us who know of it and believe in it, and as for those who don`t, well, we come back to their perceived hopelessness once again.  When Jesus was being tortured to death by some of the very people who He was literally dying for to save, Satan must have imagined that this was his moment  to witness the destruction of mankind once and for all? Did Satan hope that because of the unjust and vicious way in which Jesus had been and was being treated by the very humans that He had lovingly created, that He would, in righteous wrath and vengeance put a sudden end to all of His misery and agonizing suffering and destroy the lot of them, right there and then? But then came the unexpected body blow to Satan when he heard these words uttered by the suffering Christ, Luke 23: 34. `Then said Jesus, Forgive them Father, because they do not know what they do`.  Satan knew before Jesus was crucified that his (Satan`s) fate was already sealed, but he wanted to, and still wants to, take as many others with him to eternal death as possible and this includes all of humankind! We can still see this kind of mindset played out when we witness various scenarios which usually involve a person going on the rampage with a variety of deadly weapons in a crowded shopping mall or in a school and murdering as many innocent people as they can before finally killing themselves. It is obvious that the mindset of those people who do not allow the one, true, loving, great God into their lives are leaving themselves wide open to Satanic attack and persuasion, and many are hell-bent on self destruction whether in this life by over indulgence in the `pleasures of the flesh` or destruction in the next life because of their evil, callous and sadistic behaviour in this one. There has been for about seventy years now, a precarious `world peace`. There have of course been prolonged and vicious wars raging around the world in various places but there has never yet been another all-out global conflict. This has led to a false comfort that there is peace in the world and that from now on that is how it`s going to remain. We can hear the politicians of this earth talk about peace, `peace in our time`, whereas the biblical scriptures tell us of a completely different scenario which could come down upon the peoples of this world at very short notice indeed, let`s read from the book of Jeremiah 6: 13-14. `From the least of them to the greatest of them every one is given to covetness; and from the prophet even to the priest every one deals falsely. They have superficially calmed the anxiety of the people by proclaiming, peace, peace; when there is no peace`.  And now we`ll read from  Jeremiah 12: 12. `The destroyers have come upon all high places through the wilderness: the sword of the Lord shall devour from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have peace`.   This next scripture tells of the precursor to the awful, final battle that is yet to befall the peoples of this world, and it is not far off now,  Joel 3: 9-15. `Proclaim this amongst the nations; Prepare for war, stir up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up. Make your farming implements into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am strong. Gather yourselves and come all of you unbelievers and assemble yourselves around about: then at this place Lord God, cause Your mighty ones to come down. Let the nations be wakened, and then come up to the valley of Jehoshephat: for it is there that I will sit to judge the assembled nations. Put you in the sickle for the harvest is ripe, come get you down, for the press is full, the fats therein are overflowing, because their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes gathered in the valley of judgement, because the day of the Lord is near in the valley of judgement. (In that day) The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars will not shine`.  Does any of this sound like a future world at peace? no, and these things could come to fruition at any time now, because unbeknown to this world of Godless unbelievers, these events have already started!!!  Some of us may ask the question, how can it benefit and bless us the bretheren of God`s true church, to know beforehand of all of these terrible events that even now are at work, when the rest of the world is living in `blissful ignorance`?  Well, it is because through our knowledge of the scriptures that we are in possession of the whole story, not just the terrifying bits and pieces which, if not already beginning to `niggle` at the minds of the peoples of this world, very soon will be. To live in `blissful ignorance` of the facts of events that are yet to happen is one thing, but trying to ignore and to cope with the horror and the misery of them when they finally do arrive and of having no hope after  inevitable death, is most definately another. But for those few, true Christians who will still be living upon this earth at the time of these horrors, they will be able to cope with them with love and hope in their hearts because they will already know about the outcome of these things. I wonder how many of you reading this article have ever considered how awful and desperately lonely and frightening it must be for a non-believer to come to or near to their moment of death? There can be no consolation for them, there is in their minds no help beyond the grave, no redemption, no true love yet to come, no more light or warmth or comfort, no more family and friends, nothing! So how do they manage to live quite `happily` from day to day? well it`s because they cling to their only hope, `tomorrow`, not today will they die, no, maybe tomorrow, but definitely not today. And as we all know, `tomorrow never comes` because it is a day that really, does not exist, because as soon as it arrives it ceases to be and the next day has already taken its` place. The whole Godless world is living for `tomorrow`.  But if they knew the truth about their `far away tomorrow`, they would not even dare to think about it let alone try to live for it.  Let`s have a read of  a scripture that sums up the `tomorrow` mentality, we`ll find it in the book of Isaiah 22: 12-13. `And in that day the Lord God of hosts called for weeping and for mourning and for baldness and for girding with sackcloth. But instead behold, joy and gladness, slaying of oxen and killing of sheep and eating the flesh thereof and the drinking of wine: (saying) let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.`  There comes a day for most people when they do actually manage to step back from the `rat race` that life has become for them and stop and think `what has been, and is, the point of all of this?` because as true Christians know, without the Lord God the Father and the Lord God the Son, Jesus Christ in a person`s life, there is no point!  God is love. A person can have the whole world and much more, the whole of physical creation, all the worlds and the planets that are in the vastness of space, all the gold, `wealth` beyond imagination, they can have it all, and what will they really have, what will they then be? What will they be with no true God, no love? They will be an empty, lonely, love-starved shell, a sad, pitiful, hopeless, helpless, mortal human being whose only destiny is to die, rot away and perish for ever with nobody to remember who you were, what you did or how you truly felt. Nothingness for ever. What a sad and desperate prospect, and this is why we true Christians who have allowed our one true God to enter into and to guide our footsteps and our lives, this is why we are the most favoured and the most fortunate, the most blessed and the most loved people on this earth. And what is more, we have an eternal future life to look forward to, and it will be a life that goes on beyond this present life, a life of no more pain, sorrow, tears or loss, and it is a future life that does not recognize or know of death because it will have been destroyed,  yes death itself will have died, Satan and all of his demons will have been destroyed forever!   Revelation 20: 14. `And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.` and  Revelation 21: 4. `And the Lord God shall wipe away all the tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, : because the former things are passed away.` (See also the article, `Can Satan Be destroyed?) What a future for every true Christian to look forward to, a future that has so far been denied every unbelieving, hopeless, Godless person upon this earth.  For the last scripture for this article we`ll read from  Romans 8: 12-18. `Therefore bretheren we are debtors, but not to the flesh to live after the way of the flesh, for if a person lives after the flesh they shall die: but if you through the spirit do put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. For as many that are led by the spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption thus enabling us to cry to our God, Abba, (daddy) Father. The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. And if children then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ; if so be that we have to suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us`.  

But, and this is the important part, in order for there to be TRUE hope for an individual, that individual has to first recognize and then worship the one TRUE God by keeping and obeying his commandments and by being a part of his TRUE CHRISTIAN church.


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