Church of God, New World Ministries

Monthly Letter - January 2009

31 January 09
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
What a dilemma! What will Congress do with 350 billion dollars? Already, those who received massive chunks of the first 350 billion are waiting with hands outstretched for more. No immediate impact on the economy has been noticed by the first handout. And, apparently, no restrictions or oversight guidelines were given to those who received the first batch of aid. The same CEO’s who were responsible for the economic crisis in the first place just received large bonuses and some of the banks that were supposed to use the money for loans have stashed their allotments away in a “uo;rainy day fund.” What a demonstration of greed and mismanagement!
 
Will the next 350 billion solve our economic woes? Job layoffs are increasing, record filings for unemployment benefits are reported, new housing construction has decreased dramatically, and the American people are finally spending less. How did we get in such a predicament? There is a reason! However, our leaders do not know the answer. They continue to try to solve the economic crisis by spending our way out of it. Mister John Shelton recently delivered a sermon entitled, “quo;The Root of All Evil…” He gives a unique insight into the reasons for our economic troubles. Send for your FREE copy of this enlightening DVD simply by clicking the appropriate button below.
 
Is Jesus Christ going to come back to this earth during our generation? The signs of his imminent return to the earth certainly appear to be evident. We have experienced wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, famines, and a whole host of other troubles, just as Christ said we would. The world is filled with evangelicals preaching “Christ.” Jerusalem and the Middle East seems to be the focal point of many of the nations of the world. Moral decay, a fascination with sports, and economic decline among the nations are all present. And, emerging rapidly on the scene is a United States of Europe.
 
Many of our readers may not be familiar with the United States of Europe. Let me explain briefly. In the second chapter of the book of Daniel we find Daniel (an Israelite captive serving in the court of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) interpreting a dream for the king. Daniel explains what the king saw in Daniel 2: 31-35. The interpretation is given in verses 36-43. Most commentaries agree that the fourth kingdom is the Roman Empire. In chapter 7 Daniel has a vision of four great beasts. The fourth beast in verse 7 has ten horns. Verse 8 explains that amongst the ten horns came up a “little horn” before whom three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. A horn is a government.
 
To understand the rest of the prophecy we must rely on John’s revelation in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. In verse one we see a beast (gentile government) rising out of the sea (masses of people) having seven heads and ten horns. The seven heads are the remaining seven horns of Daniel 7 verse 8 after three of them had been plucked up. (defeated in warfare). The explanation is that there were to be seven resurrections of the fourth head (Roman Empire) each influenced by the “little horn” (papacy) which would remain on the earth until Christ (the stone in Daniel 2:44-45) returns to destroy the earthly kingdoms and set up His Kingdom on earth. The ten horns of Rev. 13:1 are ten kings that will emerge in the Last Days and they will give their power to the beast, the final resurrection of the Roman Empire. (United States of Europe) (Rev. 17: 9-13).
 
All the signs point to Christ’s return, but all these signs were prevalent some thirty to forty years after our Savior was crucified on the stake in 31 A.D. The Roman Empire had conquered the world at that time and the Jews were among the conquered. The Roman Emperor, Nero, burned Rome and blamed the “Christians”. Thousands were martyred. Many were taken captive and transported to various parts of the Empire. In 66 A.D. the Jews revolted against the Roman rule and war ensued. In 70 A.D. the Roman General, Titus, surrounded Jerusalem and desecrated the temple. Again, thousands were crucified and murdered. The Roman Empire, at that time, was in a state of moral decay and was infatuated with sporting events — gladiators and chariot racing occupied much of their time and attention. Political corruptness and poor economic conditions were rampant. So, you see, the people living in the days of the apostles were expecting Christ’s return during their lifetime. (I Thess. 4:17). All the signs were there!
 
Thinking that Christ was coming during their time the letters written by the apostles to the Churches reflected what they should be doing to prepare for Christ’s return. There is much we can learn from these letters. I delivered a sermon recently in this regard. The sermon is titled, “When Disaster Strikes.” We certainly should know what to WATCH for and HOW TO PREPARE! Send for your FREE copy of this DVD by clicking the button at vthe bottom of this page.
 
Some of our local Host Groups have been using the large blue song books at Church Services. If you would like a set of the music to go along with those large blue song books simply click the button on the bottom of this page.
 
I want to announce in this letter that we are planning a Pentecost Week-End in Lexington, KY. We will be sending out more information in future letters and posted on our website. Plan to come, if possible. We will be meeting at the same location (The Best Western) we held the feast last year. We are planning activities for Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday.
 
Since the Feast of Tabernacles traffic on our website has been “out of sight.” Perhaps the economic conditions are prompting people to start looking for answers from the Bible. Whatever the reason, visits are markedly up and material orders have increased dramatically. Thanks to all of you contributors, we have been able to increase our advertising on Google and Yahoo. We have had record visits lately. Perhaps God has more planned for this “Little Flock” than we can presently see. Watch and pray always, the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much!
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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