IN THIS ISSUE
* BRITAIN’S FOOT &
* WIDESPREAD ETHNIC
IN MESSIAH'S MILLENNIAL KINGDOM
DISEASE AND FEROCITY WILL BE BANISHED
“They will not harm
or destroy on all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge
of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea. ... The wolf also will live with the
lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat.” … “The calf and the
young lion and the young fattened animal will feed together, and a little
boy will lead them. The cow and the bear also will graze and their young will
lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play
near the hole of the cobra, and the young child will put his hand on the viper’s
den without danger. .”
(Isaiah 11:9, 6-8)
FOOT & MOUTH EPIDEMIC
“The hand of Yahweh the LORD will bring
a very severe
pestilence on your
* UNPRECEDENTED FOOT &
* PLAGUE OUT OF CONTROL -
WORSE TO COME
* 700,000 ANIMALS
SLAUGHTERED ( just the beginning )
* INTERNATIONAL TRADE
* IRISH STOCK MARKET
* EUROPEAN BANK IN DILEMMA
* UNITED STATES and
AUSTRALIA ON FULL ALERT
* THE PLAGUES OF ANCIENT
BRITAIN is in the grip of a Foot and Mouth epidemic. The disease broke out last
February on a farm in Heddon-on-the-Wall in northern England. Within a short
time it had spread to Scotland and Northern Ireland.
By the end of March, the number
of cases reported totalled more than 670. The virus next penetrated the
quarantine mechanisms of the Irish Republic, France and Holland. A number of
confirmed cases were reported in these countries also.
British Agriculture Minister,
Nick Brown, confessed that the outbreak of hundreds of cases of foot-and-mouth
disease was unprecedented internationally, and that the epidemic was yet
to reach its peak.
F&M is one of the most dreaded
of livestock diseases, being highly infectious, and having very serious
F&M is caused by a virus. There
are, in fact, seven types of the virus, and sixty sub-types.
The disease afflicts
cloven-hoofed animals causing them to develop painful blisters in their hooves
and mouths so that they stop eating as much. They soon suffer a loss in weight
and a fall in milk production, and inevitably abort their young.
Although the majority of
infected livestock survive, they never regain robust health, and they become
The disease rarely affects
humans, even if the diseased meat is eaten, but an epidemic of the disease
seriously affects the economy and prosperity of nations. It decimates the
livestock industry, and precipitates economic disaster - not only for the
farmers, but for the whole nation.
This is now happening in
Britain, in the Irish Republic, and in parts of Europe.
British agriculture is now
referred to as “a sick old man.” Hugh Byrne, Ireland’s Natural Resources
Minister, called Britain, “the leper of Europe.”
In this age of globalisation,
Europe, the United States, Australia and other nations are very concerned lest
the disease wings their way.
The virus can be spread by
direct or indirect contact with infected animals; it can be spread by air, by
cars, by wheels, and by shoes. Humans are often the carriers. And while the
virus does not normally affect humans, it does cling to their clothes, boots,
and to their pets’ feet and fur.
The virus can go undetected for
three weeks before being diagnosed, and during that time, animal movements that
criss-cross the country can rapidly spread the disease. Even healthy
animals may be disease carriers.
Making things more difficult, a
certain strain of the virus, in sheep, does not manifest itself clearly, and
therefore it is difficult to detect.
Britain, which produces
vaccines for other nations fighting foot-and-mouth disease, has not had an
outbreak itself since 1967.
Agriculture Minister, Nick
Brown, says the disease may have been introduced into Britain through illegal
commercial or personal imports of meat.
newspaper said the particular strain of virus in the British livestock was
common in China and South-East Asia. The infected meat, it said, may have been
smuggled in from the Middle or Far East, and served in a restaurant, before
ending up as pig swill (scraps used for pig food). Pig swill could have been the
source of the outbreak.
Industry experts say Britain is
a prime destination for meat traders who sell cheap meat smuggled in from
countries where foot-and-mouth disease is endemic. (The disease, in fact, is
endemic to every continent except North America, Australia and Antarctica).
F&M is a disease that knows no
boundaries. In a matter of weeks, the disease cut a swath of economic
devastation through the heart of Britain’s farming and tourism industries, and
now it threatens to do the same in Ireland and continental Europe.
According to experts, the
epidemic is clearly out of control in Britain. Prime Minister Tony Blair
described the plague as a “hellish situation,” and said his government hoped to
contain the epidemic in Britain by May. But according to an Agriculture Ministry
report, the worst is yet to come. The number of new cases could rise to as many
as 70 a day, and more than 4,000 farms could be wiped out by the end of May.
CONTAIN THE PLAGUE?
Once the plague has broken out,
there are only two ways of containing the disease.
1. By vaccinating all animals.
2. By destroying all diseased
animals, and all healthy animals that could have come anywhere near them.
The British government has been
considering vaccination, and has now received permission from the European Union
Standing Veterinary Committee to vaccinate, should it be decided that that is
the right way to go. Earlier the government had shied away from vaccination
because of the long-term implications it can have for export markets
The culling of livestock began
quite early. By the end of March, more than 700,000 cows, sheep, goats and pigs,
out of a total livestock population of more than 55 million, were destroyed
This was just the beginning.
Some government experts predicted that the crisis would continue to grow for
months; and in a worst-case scenario, it could mean the loss of 50% of the
livestock of the nation.
The British government stepped
up its efforts to bring the crisis under control by announcing two new policies
- burial for up to half a million sheep, and slaughter on suspicion of the
disease for new cases, without waiting for laboratory tests.
To create “firebreaks” between
sick and healthy animals, the government ordered nearly all livestock on farms
next to infected farms, to be destroyed. The cull involves the slaughter of all
animals susceptible to the virus.
200,000 apparently healthy
sheep in Scotland were slaughtered.
Britain is compensating farmers
up to 90% of market value for slaughtered animals.
To help stem infection, the
government prevents pigs from being sold and then resold within 21 days. The
Agriculture Minister wants this rule applied also to sheep, goats and cattle.
When F&M was confirmed in a
sheep herd across the border in Northern Ireland, fears were triggered that the
disease would spread to the Irish republic and hit its $6 billion-a-year
livestock industry. Dublin imposed rigid restrictions and monitoring.
St. Patrick’s Day parades and
rugby matches with Britain were banned, as were hunting, fishing and horse
racing. Golf courses were closed, and farm animals linked to British herds were
culled. Nevertheless, the dreaded virus hit.
The news of the outbreak sent
shock waves across Ireland, and stocks slumped more than 5 percent on the
Dublin stock exchange. In late March, the Republic confirmed its first cases
of the disease, and agricultural officials pre-pared to destroy 40,000
F&M presents a major problem
for Ireland, as it exports 90 percent of its farm production. And agriculture
accounts for 12.7 percent of Ireland’s gross domestic product.
A national population census,
scheduled for April 2001, has been postponed because of fears that officials
roaming around the countryside could spread the disease.
THREATS TO THE CONTINENT
Defying Europe’s checkpoints,
and quarantine precautions, including roadway disinfectant mats, F&M swept into
France and the Netherlands, and sent jitters throughout Europe.
France was considering a
vaccination of all livestock against the disease, but such a move would be
catastrophic for exports.
In the Netherlands, farmers
appealed for vaccinations to save their herds. In the meantime, 18,000 animals
were slaughtered in an effort to contain the outbreak. A Dutch Agriculture
Ministry spokesman said, “It’s very disappointing. You can never completely
Supermarket shelves of milk and
meat were quickly cleared as the Dutch anticipated bans on food from farm areas.
As European farmers looked
nervously at the worsening situation in Britain, German and Italian officials
announced the first suspected cases in their countries.
A German agriculture official
warned that the virus was virtually certain to seep across the border from the
Netherlands. Infected Dutch farms are only 50 km from the border with
Sweden cancelled its “Food
Chain 2001” trade fair for organic farmers, scheduled late March, for fear
visitors might bring in the disease.
As the threat to Europe
continues, the European Central Bank, which oversees the common European
currency, is facing a decision of whether to raise interest rates in a battle
against inflation, or to lower them to boost industries facing a global economic
The fact that Europe, despite
its expensive and sophisticated surveillance and tracking systems, has failed to
contain the disease, has worried many. And as the battle to contain the outbreak
on the Continent continues, Europe is not very happy with Britain.
CONCERN IN THE USA
The American government is very
concerned about an invasion of F&M, and the Agriculture Department has set up an
emergency hot line to give advice on the disease. It has also halted the
importation of meat and meat products from the 15 nations of the European Union,
and placed all ports of entry on heightened alert. Beagle sniffer dogs are
In the last two years, the
Department has reported 18 emergency outbreaks of foreign plant and animal
diseases in the United States. But the last outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease
in the United States was in 1929.
The US has had considerable
experience in fighting F&M. After six outbreaks in the last century, it set
about eradicating the blight from North America. In 1947, Washington led a
campaign to push the disease south of Panama. And in 1954, the federal
government established a research facility at Plum Island, N.Y., to develop
Experts say that a
failure to keep the disease out of the US could devastate American food
production and harm international agricultural trade. They have also expressed
fears that the Agriculture Department does not have sufficient resources to
protect America’s 170 million cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.
AUSTRALIA also went on high alert, and authorities placed a ban on
piggeries using swill-feed.
THE ECONOMIC IMPACT
According to the New York
Times, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman said the government was seeking
to balance its support for economic globalisation with the need to protect its
$50 billion meat industry.
“With 96 percent of the world
population living outside the U.S., we have to have those markets abroad,”
Veneman said. “As the economy becomes more global, so too does the food system.”
Senator Tom Daschle of South
Dakota has called for an extreme measure - a ban on the importation of all
livestock and meat products from all countries.
To the Agriculture Secretary,
that would lead to a potentially disastrous trade war that could hurt all kinds
of American food and farm exports, valued at $59 billion a year,
including $4.5 billion of meat.
In Britain, F&M is causing a
great deal of suffering to the farming community; and many farmers have been in
tears. A farmer who also has several rooms for bed and breakfast, said; “Farming
is our main livelihood, but we can’t sell or move any animals. And there are no
bookings for Bread and breakfast.”
Many are saying, “Farming is
The fear is that the epidemic
will drive many farmers out of business, in spite of the compensation the
government is paying for slaughtered animals. The down side is that farmers will
not be allowed to replace their livestock until six weeks after the last
outbreak in their area.
And then, if they are able to
buy new livestock, the farmers must wait until the summer of 2002 for the
animals to reproduce, and then months more before they have any lambs and calves
to sell. It is an 18 to 24 months period without income that few farmers can
afford, especially after the Mad Cow epidemic in the 1990s, which led to mass
slaughter and export bans.
F&M, like Mad Cow Disease, can
result in the bankruptcy of smaller farms, and their takeover by large-scale
farming. At least one farmer has gone to court to challenge the slaughter of
This gives some idea of the
economic effects of an F&M plague.
TOURISM AND BUSINESS HIT BADLY
The Foot and Mouth epidemic has
affected the tourist industry as well as the farming.
At the beginning of the
outbreak, the British government warned tourists to stay away from the
countryside so that they wouldn’t contribute to the spread of the disease.
Historic sites, National Trust
homes and gardens, royal parks and zoos were closed, along with public foot
paths, and horse tracks, and much of Britain’s network of canals.
As citizens heeded the advice,
rural villages and hamlets began to feel the pain as business began to dry up.
Some restaurants say business is down by 80%. Soon tourism officials were
complaining that to save the farmers, the government was killing an industry
worth four times as much as farming
Many of the National Trust
estates have been reopened, but most of the tracks are closed off, with notices
saying, “Keep Out” and, “Don’t step off the pavement.” Tourists in the Lake
District may go boating, but are not to walk around the shores on the lakes.
Tour cancellations are badly
affected country areas; taxis sit idle; vacancy signs hang on hotel fronts;
stores are in the dumps, and a lot of people, including farmhands, are being
laid off. Farmers, instead of milking their cows, are engaged in the joyless
task of disinfecting their properties.
OF ANCIENT EGYPT
The Foot and Mouth epidemic
reminds us of the plagues that afflicted Egypt in the time of Moses. The fifth
plague affected livestock, while the sixth, affected men and animals. Pharaoh
“‘Look! The hand of YHWH will
bring a very severe pestilence on your livestock which are in the field, on the
horses, on the donkeys, the camels, the herds, and the flocks. But YHWH will
make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and the livestock of Egypt,
so that nothing will die of all that belongs to the sons of Israel.’ And YHWH
set a definite time, saying, ‘Tomorrow YHWH will do this thing in the land.’ The
next day YHWH did this very thing, and all the livestock of Egypt died; but of
the livestock of the sons of Israel, not one died.”
“Then YHWH said to Moses and
Aaron, ‘Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses
throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. It will become fine dust over
all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out in blisters on
men and animals throughout all the land of Egypt.’ So they took ashes from a
furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw them toward the sky, and they
caused boils to break out in blisters on men and animals.” (Exodus
We cannot say that either of
these plagues were Foot and Mouth disease; but they certainly were horrendous
plagues; and certainly Britain’s F&M outbreak is a horrendous plague.
The plagues upon ancient Egypt
were a judgment because of the slavery it imposed on the people of Israel, and
because of Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Israelites go. Do you remember the
circumstances of the Israelites being in Egypt?
The story goes back four
hundred years before Moses. You can find the account in Genesis 37 to 50.
Joseph, a son of Jacob, the patriarch of Israel, was sold into slavery by his
treacherous brothers. But the Hand of God was upon Joseph, and eventually that
Hand elevated him to the chief rulership of Egypt under Pharaoh. This was
because Joseph had been able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, and to warn him of a
severe famine that would come on the Middle East, some seven years down the
Joseph supervised the food
production and storage in Egypt, and this saved the nation from starvation.
During the famine, Pharaoh invited Jacob to bring his family of 70 members, and
their servants, to settle in Egypt.
(Genesis 45:16-21. 47:5-6)
Years later, another Pharaoh
arose who enslaved the Israelites and used them as masons to build Egypt’s
pyramids and palaces. In due time, because of the harsh oppression of His
people, God raised up Moses to lead the people out of Egypt, and back to the
Pharaoh refused to let the
people go; and it took ten severe plagues to make him release them.
Now, my reader, what are we to
make out of the many plagues, pestilences and Prophecy that are hitting the
nations today? Are they judgments or warnings from Almighty God?
In Scripture, Prophecy
including earthquakes, pestilences, plagues and droughts are presented as
judgments; or otherwise, they are disciplinary measures to cause people to
repent of their evil ways and to return to God.
The Almighty made it very clear
to King Solomon that when these kinds of Prophecy struck, there was a remedy;
Yahweh would heal. But the leaders and the people must repent of their sins and
appeared to Solomon at night and said to him; ‘I have heard your prayer, and
have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.
If I shut up the heavens and there is NO RAIN, or
if I command the LOCUST to devour the land, or
if I send PESTILENCE among My people, and My people who are
called by My Name …
HUMBLE THEMSELVES, and
PRAY, and SEEK MY FACE and
TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS,
then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal
their land’.” (2
2001 is a time of emergency in
Britain; and our hearts go out to all who are suffering. And our prayers ascend
to Heaven on their behalf. But this is a time for the people of UK and Ireland
to humble themselves, and to pray, and to seek God’s Face, and to turn from
their wicked ways. This is a time for believers to confess the sins of the
nation, and to beseech God to raise up leaders of integrity and righteousness,
and to grant repentance to the nation.
But many in Britain say, “In
which way are we more wicked than any other nation?”
Britain! To whom much is given,
much is required! Britain! From the first century AD you have had the Gospel.
You have experienced the Reformation. You have had many evangelical awakenings
and revivals. God called you to send out missionaries of the Gospel to the
uttermost parts of the earth.
Britain! You have been
instrumental in establishing righteous standards in many parts of the world. You
have been privileged, and blessed by God, in many ways.
BUT HOW IS IT TODAY?
To quote from one of your own
members: Gary Streeter MP, shadow Secretary of State for International
Development (UK) has assessed the pressing issues of Righteousness and Justice
in our contemporary society.
Writing in Prophecy Today
magazine (March-April 2000), Mr Streeter says of Great Britain:
* a racist attack takes
place every four minutes
* 435 abortions take place
* 480 couples are divorced
every day; nearly half the marriages end in divorce..
* Crime costs Britain £14
million every day.
* On average a child in the
UK spends 3 hours daily watching TV, and 3 minutes talking to his or her dad.
* £300,000 is spent on
pornography every day.
* Every year there are
7,000 suicides in the UK and Ireland; and 100,000 attempt suicide.
That’s not half the story.
There’s the moral depravity; the drug and alcohol addictions; the alarming crime
rate; as well as the apostasy in the pulpit; and the apathy in the pew.
This is the time, I repeat, for
the people of God in Britain to pray for their country. And the same must be
said to every other nation on earth today!
A TRAGIC LOSS
A communication received from
the UK reads: “We are praying for a fast solution to this F & M which is causing
such great distress in this country. I must share with you the report I’ve just
read of a vegetarian farmer who has never had a sheep slaughtered before ... she
breeds for wool.
“I share the sense of her agony
at losing 300 of what she regards as her ‘children’ - sheep she helped birth,
and who had always followed her voice, without recourse to a sheep dog.”
Tragically, this good English
shepherd could not save her precious sheep from the havoc of F&M.
There is a Good Shepherd,
though, who can save His sheep from disease and disaster. He’s my shepherd. Is
the LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me to lie down
in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He
guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Yes, when I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are
with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
“You prepare a table before me
in the face of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil. My cup is full
and running over. Only goodness and lovingkindness follow me all the days of
my life, and I will dwell in the House of YHWH forever.”
Y’shua, Jesus the Good
Shepherd, is speaking now:
“My sheep hear and listen to My
voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; I give them eternal life, and they
shall never perish; and no-one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who
has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no-one is able to snatch them out
of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.”
Y’shua is the Good Shepherd we
all desperately need today!
“Which man among you who has a
hundred sheep, and if he loses one of them, will not leave the ninety-nine
even in the desert, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
And when he finds it, he will put it on his shoulders, rejoicing; and when he
reaches home, he will call together his friends and his neighbors and say to
them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
“I tell you that in the same
way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than
over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
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WIDESPREAD ETHNIC CONFLICTS
It is tragic that at a time
when the world is shrinking, when racial integration is taking place in many
nations, we see ethnic intolerance and violence seething all over the globe.
The Lord Jesus Christ was
speaking about ethnic cleansing and wars when He said;
“Nation will rise
against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines.”
This prophecy comes from the
Gospel of Matthew, where the Greek word for "nation" is ethnos, from
which our English word ethnic is derived. Jesus was saying ethnos
will rise against ethnos. Although this word includes wars between
nations, it certainly includes ethnic conflicts such as we have seen in the
Balkans, in Indonesia, in Sri Lanka, in India, Burma, the Philippines, in
Rwanda, Turkey, Iraq, Armenia, Azerbaijan, N. Ireland, Israel, Russia, China,
and in many other places.
Why all thE ethnic hatred?
When you see the ethnic
brutalities you exclaim, “It’s wicked!” Yes, indeed it is! And the reasons for
it are many - there’s the historical background, there’s grievances,
discrimination, exploitation, hatred, politics, customs and religion, and so on.
But the basic cause, as someone has just said, is wickedness. Man’s heart is
selfish, crooked and wicked.
Look at this diagnosis of man’s
heart, by the Almighty God who searches the innermost being of man.
“The heart is more crooked
and deceitful than all else, and is desperately sick - incurable. Who
can understand it? I, Yahweh, search the heart, I test the kidneys -
the most secret parts, to give to each man according to his ways,
and according to the results of his deeds.”
The apostle Paul amplifies this
description of men’s crooked and desperate hearts:
“And since they did not see fit
to acknowledge Yahweh, the LORD God, any longer. He gave them over to a
depraved mind, to do those things which ought not to be done. They became filled
with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy,
murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God,
insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without
understanding, untrustworthy, heartless, merciless and ruthless; and, although
they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things deserve
death, they not only continue to do these very things, but also give hearty
approval to those who practice them.”
But why is man so wicked? Has
he always been evil?
No, man has not always been
evil. Man was created perfect. And even Satan, the devil, was not evil at the
beginning. Yes, Satan is real; he is a very intelligent being. You might call
him “the force of evil,” but he is not eternal; he is a created spiritual being.
He was a beautiful angel. In Hebrew his name was Helel which means
“shining one.” He is commonly referred to as Lucifer, and the Bible has given
him the names, Satan, the devil, the destroyer, the evil one, and “the god of
His fall from an archangel to a
demon occurred when he gave way to an evil thought that germinated in his mind.
It is recorded in the book of Isaiah:
“How you have fallen from
heaven, O Helel (shining one, Lucifer), son of the dawn! You have been
cut down to the ground - you who have ruined the nations - you who said in your
heart, ‘I will ascend into the highest heaven; I will raise my throne
above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly on
the utmost heights of the north. I will ascend higher than the clouds; I will be
like the Most High.’ But you are thrust down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of
It is this same evil one who
has blinded mankind, and brought them into the bondage of corruption. And Satan
constantly manipulates men to fulfil his evil plans.
“And even if our gospel is
veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing - the unbelieving, whose minds
the god of this age has blinded so that they might not see the light of the
gospel of the glory of Messiah, who is the image of God.”
(2 Corinthians 4:3-5)
The reason the whole
world is not yet a cesspit of corruption is because the Gospel, the good news of
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, has delivered countless millions of people from sin
and evil, and made them “the salt of the earth.”
And what is the Gospel? It’s
as the apostle Paul declared:
“Now brethren, I again
declare to you the Good News which I have already preached to you -
the Good News which you have received, and on which you take your
stand; by which also you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the words that I
preached as Good News to you - unless you believed in vain. For what I received
I passed on to you as of first importance, that the
Messiah died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He
was buried, and that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures.”
But regarding man’s heart;
God says it is wicked. It’s incurable!
Is that final? Does it mean
there is no hope for man?
old heart there is no cure. God says, “I
can do nothing to improve your old heart. And you can’t either! It is simply
incurable; but what I can do, is to give you a NEW heart. I can give you a
HEART TRANSPLANT - and a guarantee that goes with it!”
We’re talking here, of course,
not about our physical heart, but about our soul - the innermost part of our
being. God says:
“I will give you
a new heart and put a new spirit in you;
and I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My laws, and you
will guard My judgments, and do them.”
This is what the Master
referred to as being “born again.” It is receiving spiritual life. Again Jesus
“The thief does not come except
to steal, to kill, and to destroy; I have come that they might have life, and
might have it beyond measure. I am the Good Shepherd;
the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
When the Lord Jesus, the Good
Shepherd, died on the cross of Calvary, He gave “His life as a ransom for many.”
On the basis of the sacrificial
death of Christ, as a substitute, for sinners. God can forgive our sin, and give
us a new heart - and new life. The glorious result is salvation - our
deliverance from the cesspit of evil and darkness.
“For He delivered us
from the power and dominion of darkness, and transferred us into the
kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have
redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
It is because of the Gospel and
the redemptive work of the Messiah at Calvary, that there is still
righteousness, love, justice, and goodness on the earth, and that the nations
have not totally sunk to the depths of depravity.
But there is a battle going on,
in every nation - the battle of Evil against Godliness. At times it looks like
Evil is going to win. But no! I’ve read the Prophets and the Revelation, dear
friend, and it’s Yahweh, the Lord God Almighty, who wins! How could it be
Soon the prophecy of Isaiah 2:4
will be fulfilled.
“For the earth
will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea.” “Holy,
holy, holy, is Yahweh of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.”
This is Messiah’s Millennium -
the 1,000 years of righteousness that begins after Y’shua returns, bringing
restoration to this corrupt and polluted planet. And after the 1,000 years?
"In keeping with
His promise, we are looking forward to new heavens and a new earth, in which
(2 Peter 3:13)
Those who love darkness rather
than light will, of course, not be too keen to live in Messiah’s Millennium, nor
in the eternal realm of righteousness. And of course, they won’t!
But my question to you, my
reader; On what side are you? Are you on the side of Righteousness, or the side
of Evil? On the side of God, or the side of Satan? If you are not sure on which
side you stand, then why don’t you call upon the LORD God and ask Him to give
you a new heart, and to place you in His Kingdom, right now? He loves you, and
has provided for your salvation. The guarantee the Lord Jesus gives is:
“My sheep hear and
listen to My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; I give them eternal
life, and they shall never perish; and no-one will snatch them out of My hand.”
Below is a prayer which you may
pray, if you want to make your decision for Righteousness, for Christ, for God.
Pray sincerely, trusting God to answer your prayer right now.
Heavenly Father, I come to You
in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I come just as I am, a sinner needing a new
I know I am not worthy of Your
mercy, and that I deserve to suffer the penalty of my sins, but I believe that
You sent Your Son, Jesus the Messiah, to die on the cross and to pay the penalty
of my sins. I believe that He rose from the dead, and lives to save those who
call upon His Name. Father, I call to You right now, asking You to forgive all
my sins, and to deliver me from the power of sin. Please give me a new heart.
Lord Jesus, I ask You to come
into my life, to be my Saviour and my Master from this day on. I surrender my
life to You, and by Your grace, I will follow You all the days of my life.
Master, save me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and with the joy of Your
Salvation. Make me a faithful witness for You until You return to take me to the
Thank You Father for hearing my
prayer. Thank You for Your salvation. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my sins
away. Thank You for the everlasting life which by faith I receive from You
today. Thank You, Master. Thank You. Amen.
PLEASE KEEP YOUR SIGNED PRAYER
WITH YOU AS A
REMEMBRANCE OF THIS WONDERFUL
DAY IN YOUR LIFE.