Proclamation of Jesus Christ

Dear Brethren,

How many people remember peeling aluminum foil off of gum wrappers in the 1940's to help the war effort?  Not many - because that generation is passing away.  Another question:  How many people remember hearing the Gospel Message and Warning that has gone to all the world for a witness?  The answer is:  In 2004 there are billions and billions who have not heard.  Let us consider what our focus, as Christians ought to be.  It is three-fold in nature:

First, the bride of Jesus Christ has to be prepared to meet Him at His return.  Have the people of God, become the holy, loving and caring Christians that Jesus will marry?  "...The marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready... in righteousness... Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb."  (Revelation 19:7-9)

Secondly, there is the fantastic news of a world of Godly peace just around the corner.  Sadly, as we have just seen, there are few who have heard the announcement, and, fewer yet, who are truly looking forward to God's Kingdom.  "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."  (Matthew 24:14)

Thirdly, someone should be warning people of the utter futility of where we, as a nation and world, are headed.  People still need to hear the importance of repenting, i.e., turning their lives around.  "Jesus came into Galilee saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the good news." (Mark 1:14-15)

The people of God are not prepared.  Nations are not receiving the witness of the gospel.  And, this world is not being sufficiently warned.  Obviously, brethren, we still have our work cut out for us!  What to do???

Besides, the life saving work of learning to treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, we are reaching out, albeit in a small way, to preach the gospel and warn the nations.  This week we met with the Program Director of KAAY radio to discuss the particulars.  In the early days of the work, Herbert W. Armstrong went out over this 50,000 watt clear channel broadcasting network - preaching the Gospel and warning this nation, in great power.

It is not right to sit back and think that it is someone else's duty.  We, in turn, like the disciples, must preach the gospel for a witness and a warning before the end.  Jesus Christ also gave us (the called out ones) our commission when He said, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations."  The purpose of the broadcast is to bring a witness and a warning, not to get members.  It will be good if we are able to round up a few scattered brethren who have lost their way.  Perhaps those wayward members will find the kind of caring fellowship that distinguishes the Body of Christ.

Our format will include pointing out this nation's rejection of God - and the consequences to follow.  We may not last long when we openly speak out against homosexuality, abortion, and false religion - but we pray God's will be done. "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins."  (Isaiah 58:1) 

Even though we are very small, we have to give it our best shot.  Those with the major resources may be motivated into like action, as well.  That would be a good thing!  Who knows, maybe this is what God has in mind for us to do?   God is going to get the job done - that is for sure!  Who will do it?  We must speak out - we have to. 

"For if thou altogether hold thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise...from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"  (Esther 4:14)

The program will hold out the hope of survival during the time of distress and tribulation ahead, for those who repent and trust in God.  Is God through calling all those He intends to call at this time?  It does not seem so.  Perhaps there will be those He calls at the last hour to be a part of the first resurrection. 

"The kingdom of God is like unto a master of the house, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.  And about the last hour of the day he went out, and found others standing idle, and said unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us.  He said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive."  (Matthew 20:1,6,7)


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