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Letter from the President - April 2020

April 2020
 
Greetings Everyone,
 
I hope you are all doing well during this nationwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
In watching the daily news, it appears that many are having mental and emotional problems because of the virus. Many, of course, are fearing death for themselves or their loved ones. Some have suggested that this pandemic is the beginning of the end. That God is beginning to punish America for her sins. And, the END of the world is near.
 
It is important that you know and understand what is happening. To understand, we must go to the source of TRUTH, the Holy Bible. The Bible does not always go into minute details but it does give a panoramic view of what has happened in the world and what is going to happen in the world. So, what is happening now?
 
We read in Rev. 1:1 that Christ will reveal to His servants, “things which must shortly come to pass.” He, of course, revealed these things to the Apostle John (Rev. 4:1-2). John was in the spirit and saw the throne of God (Rev. 5:1-9). Christ receives the book (scroll) from the Father and is designated as the One worthy to open the scroll. The scroll has seven seals (vs. 5). He opens them one at a time.
 
The first four seals — the White Horse, the Red Horse, the Black Horse and the Pale Horse are called the four horsemen of the Apocalypse (Rev. 6:1-8). Next He opens the fifth seal (Rev. 6:9-11), which is tribulation. The sixth seal reveals heavenly signs (12-16). And finally “the great day of his wrath has come” (vs. 17). The 7th seal is known as the “Day of the Lord.” and consists of “the seven last plagues” (Rev. 15:1). These plagues will be poured out on those having the mark of the beast and who worshipped the image of the beast (Catholic Church and her daughters) (Rev. 16:1-2) (Rev. 17:5).
 
When the seventh and last trump (trumpets are plagues) is poured out Christ will then return to the earth to set up His Kingdom (Rev. 16:17; I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess 4:15-18). This is the panoramic view of what the future holds. It is Bible prophecy!
 
The Bible must interpret itself. In other words, Christ who is the WORD of God and the REVELATOR must be the ONE who interprets the meaning of these seals. And interpret them He did. But where? The answer has been there all along. However, few understand it.
 
The three chapters of Mat. 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 give us the answers to what the seven seals are. Space does not permit me to go into specifics here but many of our articles and sermons on our website (cognwm.org) do. Search with the keyword “tribulation”.
 
Briefly, the White Horse is false religion. The Red Horse represents wars. The Black Horse and Pale Horse represent famine, pestilence and disease. The fifth Seal is tribulation (Mat. 24:21).
 
This tribulation is primarily Satan wreaking havoc on the House of Israel (English speaking nations— U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada, etc.). The sixth seal is heavenly signs and the 7th seal is God’s wrath on those who reject Him and insist on worshipping a false god.
 
The first four of these seals have been open for centuries and have been wreaking havoc on humanity. Witness the persecution from the Romans, the Plague of Justinian, the black Plague of 1347, the Italian Plague 1629-31, The Spanish flu of 1918 to name a few.
 
The 5th, 6th, and 7th seals have not yet been opened. God’s people should not panic or become dismayed by the things that are happening. They were prophesied to happen. This Coronavirus pandemic is only one of many plagues to hit mankind. There are many prophecies that must be fulfilled before Christ returns. Look these up and read them. Don’t skip over them: (1) Mat. 24:14; (2) Mat. 24:15-20; (3) Mat. 24:37-39; (4) 2 Thess 2: -3; (5) Rev. 17:10-18.
 
Now, look up and read the following scriptures (1) Rev. 1:1 (2) Prov. 3:5 (4) Mat. 24:13 (4) Rev. 2:26-27 (5) Rev. 3:21 (6) Ps. 91:1-10. There are many other scriptures iterating prophecies that must be fulfilled prior to Christ’s return. So, all indications are that it is not yet time for His return. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that the Day of the Lord will come suddenly, during a time of peace, but they should be prepared spiritually (I Thess 5:1-6). Christ said the same thing (Luke 21:36). No man knows the day nor the hour of His return. But we can tell by the signs of the times and the prophecies that have and have not been fulfilled.
 
Surely, these are trying times. Personally, I have never seen anything like it in my seventy-seven years. But, I was not alive in 1918 during the Spanish flu pandemic. So, you see these things are going to happen. And they have happened from the Day of Pentecost in 31 AD until now. Don’t be shocked or discouraged.
 
The Apostles faced discouraging events during their lifetime. The Romans persecuted the Christians for centuries and though many died, others survived. The Apostles wrote letters of encouragement to the Church members. Many endured to continue God’s Work.
 
As time passed, others died in wars, concentration camps, famines, pestilences and diseases but God’s Work continued. And it continues today.
 
Stay close to God in prayer and study. Do not become discouraged. Stay the Course. Hopefully, things will get back to some degree of normalcy soon. The prophecies mentioned above will soon be fulfilled. Christ referred to these times as “the beginning of sorrows.” Be watching!
 
I always conclude these letters by thanking those of you who tithe as the Bible commands in gratefulness for all God has blessed you with. You have adhered to Christ’s admonishment to his disciples, “freely ye have received, freely give” (Mat. 10:8). Without your support we could not do this work.
 
 
Sincerely,
George Trent
 
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