Church of God, New World Ministries

Monthly Letter - April 2008

30 April 08
Greetings Everyone,
OIL, $200.00 per barrel. Is that out of the question? I don’t think so. As I write to you, oil is selling for around $120.00 dollars per barrel. Some economists are predicting the unimaginable price of $200.00 per barrel. If that happens, the price of gasoline could double. Of course, when gasoline and diesel fuel prices go up, so does the price of heating fuel, electricity and most of the other products that are transported by the vehicles using this fuel. Now, add that to the devastation taking place in the home mortgage market brought about by higher interest rates and out of control spending and you begin to see a very shaky economy. But, as bad as that seems, we are now faced with a global FOOD CRISIS! And, do I need to mention that America has recently experienced several earthquakes, numerous tornadoes, floods and drought, in some parts of the country, wreaking havoc in the lives of many.
I heard a panel of newscasters talking recently about these conditions and they metaphorically characterized the accumulation of all the horrendous events taking place as THE PERFECT STORM. The phrase perfect storm is borrowed from the 1997 book The Perfect Storm. The phrase refers to the simultaneous occurrence of events which, taken individually, would be far less powerful than the result of their chance combination. Such occurrences are rare by their very nature, so that even a slight change in any one event contributing to the perfect storm would lessen its overall impact. As I heard them talk, I could not help but recall Christ’s words to His apostles in Matthew chapter 24 and verse 33. He said, “So, likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” He was, of course, talking about His promised return to this earth. He had outlined the conditions in the previous verses of that chapter. When all of these events come together — Look for the Perfect Storm!
I do not attempt to set dates for Christ’s return. Christ said that He himself did not even know the day nor the hour (vs. 36) but that we should WATCH! (vs. 42). We are admonished to WATCH world conditions because it is through those conditions we will know the approximate time of Christ’s arrival. I am not crying wolf! According to the scriptures, all these events are only the “beginning of sorrows.” (vs. 8). Cataclysmic events will continue to occur and escalate until they create the Perfect Storm which will catapult the world into The GREAT TRIBULATION (verse 21) and conditions will become so horrific that Christ will have to come back to save mankind from destroying himself. (vs. 22). What a sad epitaph for mankind. And yet, it is God’s only way to get us to turn from our sinful ways.
“Therefore be ye also ready for as in such an hour ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (vs. 44). Most of you reading this letter have just finished observing the Days of Unleavened Bread. Through the observance of these days we are admonished to “put sin out of our lives.” And to “put on the divine nature of God”. As the day of His return approaches, we should be striving to draw even closer to God. He is our hope, our salvation! There is NO OTHER WAY! I cannot tell you the exact hour of His return, but when you see Jerusalem encompassed with armies and the abomination of desolation take place you can know that it is nigh. The ministry of The Church of God New World Ministries has been trying to keep you spiritually motivated and inspired to press toward the Kingdom of God. But we cannot do it for you! You must work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Prepare now, before it is too late!
On another subject, the next important part of God’s Master Plan of Salvation is Pentecost. (Lev. 23: 9-22). This year we will be observing this feast regionally. Plans have not yet been finalized as to the exact locations and times. We are tentatively planning to hold services in Paintsville, KY; Knoxville, TN; Lexington, KY; and Bridgeport, WV. If possible, you should try to attend one of these locations. For more details you may contact our office at (865) 774-8485.
Mr. Joe Shuster has done a series of articles which he has titled “Our Calling”. It is a four part series. The first message was recorded on DVD and was entitled “Launch into the Deep”. That message was sent to you via the monthly DVD program. The fourth part was recorded on DVD and you should have already received that message as well. It was entitled “Catch Men” and was to be played the Sabbath after Passover. The other two messages were recorded on CD, with NO VIDEO. We mailed you a copy of Part 2 a few days ago (for those on the Monthly DVD program) and it is entitled “Let Down Your Net.” If you would like a CD of Part 3 entitled “Expecting Miracles,” simply click the “Request Material” button below to have it sent to you.
My friends, with world conditions escalating at an unprecedented rate, I must remind you that God’s Church still has a WORK to do! God had a reason for building HIS CHURCH! One of the commissions He gave HIS CHURCH was to preach the GOSPEL to the world! To warn them of the impending crisis ahead. Remember, Christ said, “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (vs. 46). With that in mind, on behalf of God’s Church, I would like to thank each of you for your generous tithes and offerings received during this Spring Holy Day season. For sake of space, I won’t elaborate on how God is blessing His Work now, but look for details in a future Newsletter in the website article written by Mr. Brian Tinkler. That’s it for this time. But, I leave you with one thought — WATCH! The Perfect Storm is brewing.
George Trent
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