Give Me the Bible

Signs Of His Coming

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Kenneth Cox


Series Code: GMTB

Program Code: GMTB000008

00:19 Well it's my pleasure to welcome you to
00:22 this 3ABN Worship Center right here in Thompsonville, Illinois,
00:27 where we have the great pleasure
00:29 of presenting the series
00:32 by Pastor Kenneth Cox
00:33 Give Me The Bible.
00:35 And today the subject is
00:38 The Signs of the Coming of Jesus Christ.
00:41 Now Pastor Cox is a Bible scholar
00:44 and on top of that he's a historian.
00:47 But he's also one who is an observer of current events.
00:52 And today I know that he is going to be looking at
00:57 some current events and telling us how these things relate
01:02 to Christ's return.
01:04 We believe with all of our hearts that
01:06 Jesus Christ is coming soon.
01:08 And I know that sometimes people say:
01:10 "Well, He's delayed His coming. "
01:12 But I want to tell you, I'm so glad He has
01:14 because there are so many more
01:16 that are going to be in the kingdom as a result of that
01:20 delay. But one of these days He's going to say
01:23 "It's time, " and He is going to come.
01:28 And my friend we want to be ready for that.
01:30 And we are looking today at signs that tell us
01:34 that that is going to be very soon.
01:37 Before Pastor Cox comes,
01:39 Walter Arties is going to sing for us
01:42 My Faith Looks Up to Thee.
02:09 My faith looks up
02:14 to Thee.
02:17 Thou
02:19 Lamb of
02:22 Calvary,
02:28 Savior
02:30 divine!
02:39 Now hear me while
02:43 I pray,
02:48 Take all my
02:51 guilt away,
02:56 O let me
03:01 from this day
03:06 Be wholly
03:12 Thine.
03:18 May Thy rich grace
03:23 impart
03:26 Strength to my
03:30 fainting heart,
03:36 My zeal
03:40 inspire;
03:47 As Thou
03:50 hast died for me,
03:56 O may my love
04:02 to Thee
04:05 Pure, warm,
04:10 and changeless be,
04:14 A living
04:21 fire.
04:40 Amen.
04:43 Thank you very much, Walter.
04:45 Enjoyed that.
04:47 Faith in God is what counts in our experience day by day.
04:52 We're very happy to welcome all of you again to
04:55 Give Me The Bible.
04:57 Take a look at what the Bible has to say about the
04:59 coming of Jesus Christ.
05:02 That's what we're looking at...
05:03 different aspects concerning the coming of Jesus Christ.
05:07 And this morning we're looking at the signs
05:10 of Christ's coming and what we're talking about is
05:14 current-day signs that tell you and I
05:17 that Jesus is coming soon.
05:20 That's what we want to know... what the Bible says.
05:22 What says the Bible, the blessed Bible?
05:25 This my only question be.
05:29 The signs of the coming of Jesus Christ
05:32 are now all around us.
05:34 What says the Bible to me?
05:36 That's what we want to find out.
05:38 That's what we're looking at.
05:40 Uh, our next presentation is on the coming of Jesus Christ,
05:45 and we're going to take a look at the manner
05:47 of the coming of Christ. How Jesus Christ is coming back.
05:51 What the scripture says about the manner in which
05:54 He will be coming.
05:55 And so that's what our next presentation will be on
05:59 is the coming of Jesus Christ.
06:02 But this morning... what are you looking for?
06:05 What do you want to find in what we're talking about?
06:11 Uh, we want to look, folks,
06:14 at signs that as far as I'm concerned
06:18 are universal.
06:21 They don't just affect us here, they affect everybody.
06:24 Going to take a look at some of those signs.
06:26 And then we're going to look at some signs that the Lord
06:29 has given that deal with specific things.
06:32 And so those are the things that you want to look for
06:35 and understand about the time in which you and I
06:38 are living today.
06:40 Because without question, you'd pretty much have to
06:44 shut your eyes and not be aware of what's going on
06:49 to miss the signs that we see taking place today.
06:53 So I hope it will be helpful to you
06:55 as we take a look at some of these signs.
06:58 Look forward to the day when Christ will come back.
07:02 You know... Think! It says He will come back with a shout
07:05 and the voice of the archangel, and it tells us
07:09 that all the dead in the grave will hear His voice
07:13 and will come forth. Look forward to that day.
07:16 Walter is going to sing for you Hear The Trumpet Sound.
07:43 Father Gabriel in that day
07:45 he'll take wings and fly away,
07:48 for to hear the trumpet sound in that morning.
07:53 He will blow it in the east,
07:56 he will blow it in the west,
07:58 and we'll hear the trumpet sound
08:01 in that mornin'.
08:03 In that mornin', my Lord, how I long to go
08:09 for to hear the trumpet sound
08:11 in that mornin'.
08:26 Talk about me as you please,
08:29 I'll talk about you on my knees,
08:32 for I want to hear that trumpet
08:34 in that mornin'.
08:37 Just a while down here below
08:39 then to glory I will go
08:42 for to hear the trumpet sound
08:44 in that mornin'.
08:47 In that mornin', my Lord,
08:50 how I long to go
08:52 for to hear the trumpet sound
08:55 in that mornin'.
09:22 Oh I love to shout and sing
09:26 praises to my Heavenly King,
09:28 for He'll make the trumpet sound in that mornin'.
09:33 Then on the wings of love I'll fly
09:36 to the paradise on high
09:38 when I hear the trumpet sound
09:41 in that mornin'.
09:43 In that mornin', my Lord,
09:47 how I long to go
09:49 for to hear the trumpet sound in that mornin'.
09:54 In that mornin', my Lord,
09:57 how I long to go
10:00 for to hear the trumpet
10:03 sound
10:07 in that
10:11 mornin'.
10:27 Amen.
10:43 Father in Heaven, we look forward to hearing
10:47 that trumpet sound!
10:49 We ask that each of us may place our lives in Your hands
10:55 that we might anxiously, longingly,
11:00 look forward to that day when You're coming back.
11:03 Bless us today. Give us Your Spirit, Lord.
11:07 Give us understanding
11:09 that we might prepare our hearts...
11:12 that we might look forward to that day when You return.
11:17 For this we pray in Christ's name, Amen.
11:26 Christ had some very clear and direct words
11:32 concerning His coming.
11:34 And He told us some things that's rather interesting.
11:38 Notice what He had to say here:
11:49 Now we have a saying that goes along with that, don't we?
11:51 We say: "Red sky at night, sailor's delight. "
11:57 So we... we understand that.
11:59 Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
12:01 Christ goes on, and He says here:
12:10 And we have a saying that goes with that.
12:12 Red sky in the morning, sailor take warning.
12:16 So we understand that.
12:18 We've grown up with that.
12:20 We understand that those are signs that if the sun
12:24 is setting, it's bright red and clear,
12:27 we know we're going to have a nice day the next day.
12:29 We understand that.
12:31 Christ mentioned those.
12:32 Now listen to what He says:
12:44 He said: "You can look at the sky and you know what's
12:47 going to happen, but you can't discern
12:49 the signs of the times? "
12:51 If anybody ever in the history of this world
12:56 should be able to discern the signs,
12:59 it's you and I today.
13:01 I mean they're there. They're clear.
13:03 We're going to look at them this morning.
13:05 Signs that God has given us concerning His coming.
13:09 We need to understand that.
13:11 We need to make sure that our hearts are right
13:15 and that we are prepared for His coming.
13:18 Now He says: "When you see these things" - or when these
13:21 things happen, or begin to happen...
13:31 So He said: "When you see all these signs that are happening
13:34 and taking place today,
13:36 then you ought to rejoice.
13:41 You ought to be happy
13:43 because your redemption is drawing near. "
13:45 And I hope by the time we're through at the end
13:48 of this presentation that you will understand
13:52 that the signs that are taking place are definite
13:55 indications that you and I need to be prepared
13:59 for the Lord's coming.
14:00 That needs to happen. So we're going to go
14:03 to a sign that I believe definitely affects us today
14:07 in a very, very real way. And it says here
14:13 in Revelation 11 verse 18:
14:26 Said: "That time's come. "
14:40 That's the sign I want to look at here.
14:42 "Shall destroy those who destroy the earth. "
14:47 We need to take a close look at that.
14:49 These are signs, folks, that I'm sharing with you
14:53 that are, as far as I'm concerned, universal.
14:56 They affect everyone.
14:59 They affect you; they affect people on the other side
15:02 of the world. Throughout our listening audience
15:06 by television or by radio no matter where you are
15:09 any place in the world, these signs affect you.
15:14 Now, I know we live in a time when there's a lot being said
15:18 about global warming and what's going on there.
15:22 And I find people on both sides of the fence concerning
15:26 global warming. These signs have nothing to do
15:29 in a sense with global warming.
15:33 These are signs that affect us today and will continue
15:37 to affect you and me.
15:39 1. World population.
15:42 That definitely affects all of us.
15:46 What's happened there?
15:47 If you take the chart we've got here...
15:50 If you start way back in the beginning
15:52 and you just come down,
15:53 that bottom line is talking
15:55 about years, OK?
15:58 And the line that goes up,
15:59 that's talking about the number
16:01 of people - billions.
16:03 And so if you take a look at it,
16:05 it works like this:
16:06 it took us 1800 years
16:11 to reach 1 billion people.
16:15 OK?
16:17 1800 years
16:20 to reach 1 billion people.
16:24 OK?
16:27 Watch.
16:28 This is what's happening, folks.
16:30 This is what's happening now,
16:32 today.
16:36 That's what the population is doing.
16:40 I mean, when we hit 1 billion
16:43 and made that curve,
16:44 it's gone straight up since then.
16:48 Right on up till today
16:50 we stand at 6,750,000,000 people
16:56 and it keeps going all the time.
16:59 Growing every, every day.
17:02 What does that mean?
17:04 That means that the population
17:06 is exponentially growing like you and I
17:10 don't even understand.
17:13 Give you an idea.
17:16 By the year 2050 -
17:20 that's basically 41 years away -
17:23 the earth's population will be
17:26 9.5 billion people.
17:30 You understand what that means?
17:32 That means in basically 40 years
17:37 you have a 50% increase
17:40 in population.
17:42 A 50% increase.
17:44 Now that may... You say, "Well, so... so what? "
17:51 Well, if you have more people, folks,
17:56 you have more mouths to feed.
17:59 That's just a simple fact of life.
18:02 And this is what we're doing.
18:05 This is what we're affected with.
18:07 This reminds me of what Jesus
18:09 said in Matthew 24 verse 22.
18:11 He said: "Except those days be shortened,
18:15 no flesh would be saved. "
18:19 And we're coming to that.
18:21 I want to show you what that's doing to us.
18:23 Land.
18:25 Now, any way you want to look at it, folks,
18:31 there's just only so much land.
18:33 That's not something that we can grow.
18:36 You can't... can't grow land. It's there and that's it.
18:42 So what has happened to our land?
18:44 Watch what's happening.
18:46 I showed you the population.
18:48 The population here.
18:49 I showed you how it went just like that.
18:51 The top line there
18:54 has to do with pasture and farmland.
18:57 That's where we get our food.
18:59 That's what grows food for us.
19:01 OK? As you can look there,
19:04 it was fine... went along just fine.
19:08 Nothing changed; everything worked fine
19:12 until we hit 1900.
19:16 And then all of a sudden it starts dropping.
19:20 So by the time we hit 2009,
19:24 those two lines cross.
19:27 You understand what that means?
19:32 When those lines cross, folks,
19:35 that means there are places now
19:39 that can't... we cannot produce
19:42 enough food for the population.
19:46 That means famine.
19:49 And that's where we are today!
19:52 We're... we're faced with that today
19:55 because those lines have crossed.
19:58 It makes a tremendous amount of difference.
20:10 OK?
20:12 To feed an American
20:15 it takes 3 acres of land.
20:17 To each one of you
20:20 it takes 3 acres of land
20:23 to feed you.
20:26 For a Chinese it takes 1 acre.
20:30 And by the way, China has used up
20:35 almost all of their land... farmland and all...
20:41 it's all being used today.
20:45 America? Yes, we still have land,
20:48 but just remember... the ole population is rising
20:52 and it takes 3 acres to feed you.
20:57 Also, not only takes 3 acres to feed you
21:00 but it takes another acre of land just to take care of you
21:05 as far as urban and highways and all.
21:10 Do you realize that every year -
21:15 listen to me - every year
21:18 a piece of land the size of the state of Maine
21:22 turns to concrete.
21:27 Every year that happens in this country.
21:30 And so our land, little by little by little,
21:35 is being used up. This is true all over the world.
21:41 Now face that. However you want to look at it,
21:44 something has to happen.
21:47 Something happens to take place.
21:49 Water? You've got more people,
21:54 you have to have water for them to drink.
21:57 You have to have water to sustain life.
22:00 That's necessary.
22:01 So where are we in that respect?
22:04 Every individual uses about 4 quarts of water a day.
22:10 That's drinking water and that's water that's in your food
22:15 and so forth. That' what we use: about 4 quarts.
22:18 Notice... 2000 quarts.
22:23 It takes 2000 quarts of water
22:27 every day just to care for you.
22:34 I'm talking about it takes 2000 quarts of water
22:37 to grow the food and that type of thing that you eat.
22:40 Each one of you use about 2000 quarts of water
22:45 every day.
22:49 All over the world.
22:53 So when we're looking at water,
22:54 this is basically what happens.
22:57 Of the water that's used throughout the world,
23:01 about 70% of it is used in irrigation.
23:05 That's the greatest use of water there is is irrigation.
23:09 Industry uses about 20%.
23:12 Residences use about 10%.
23:16 That is how the water's used.
23:18 Now, what does that mean?
23:21 Every American... every American
23:24 uses 500,00 gallons of water
23:30 a year.
23:31 Every American uses
23:34 500,000 gallons of water a year.
23:39 So what... what is that doing to us
23:43 when we talk about it? What's happening?
23:46 I... I hope you can see this,
23:48 and I hope you can visualize it.
23:50 I'll try to help you understand
23:52 what's happening here.
23:54 It's taken the world and just divided it up into 4 groups.
23:57 And this represents how much land...
24:01 excuse me, how much water is being used
24:04 in each one. And the dark blue,
24:08 the very dark blue,
24:09 is where the least amount of water is being used.
24:15 The light blue... People living there are
24:18 using about 20%
24:21 of the water that's available.
24:24 OK?
24:25 The tan... they use about 40%
24:30 of the water that's available.
24:33 And the dark uses above that.
24:36 Now, what I want you to look at,
24:38 look at North America up there.
24:41 Kind of the light blue.
24:43 You can look at different countries of the world
24:45 that are in light blue.
24:46 This is 1995.
24:50 Let me show you what it's going to look like in 2025.
24:58 That's the way it'll look.
25:00 United States will have gone from light blue to tan.
25:04 Many countries will have used up
25:08 much more water than they are receiving.
25:12 That's what we face.
25:14 That affects every human being, folks.
25:17 I can tell you. They talk about shortage of oil,
25:21 that doesn't start to compare with the problem that we have
25:25 with water.
25:26 And so we need to understand what's happening,
25:30 what's taking place in this old world as far as the water supply
25:33 is concerned. It's not until the well runs dry
25:36 that we know the worth of water.
25:39 That's what Benjamin Franklin had to say.
25:46 Well, let's talk a little bit about the rainforest.
25:51 You don't hear much about it.
25:54 At one time, the rainforest covered 14%
26:00 of the world.
26:03 Today it covers 6%.
26:09 That much of it's been used.
26:12 Now, you say: "Well, so what?
26:14 Cuttin' down trees and using them? So what? "
26:18 Well folks, the rainforests are referred to
26:23 as the lungs of the planet.
26:26 See, that's the greatest source that we have
26:31 of turning carbon dioxide into oxygen.
26:36 What's happening to it?
26:38 Look at this:
27:07 That... that's doing away with the greatest source that we
27:12 have of oxygen.
27:14 That's what we're doing to the planet.
27:19 That's why the Bible says:
27:33 The perplexity... what do you do?
27:37 How do you handle when the land is being used up?
27:42 Disappearing? How do you handle when the water
27:46 is being used up?
27:48 The oxygen supply is disappearing.
27:51 What are you going to do with that?
27:54 Perplexities.
28:09 That's where we stand today.
28:11 Those are universal signs
28:14 that affect every man, woman, and child
28:17 on the face of the earth.
28:22 Natural disasters.
28:24 Have you? Have you noticed?
28:28 Has it? I mean, has it come to your attention any?
28:32 Have you noticed what's happening
28:34 as far as natural disasters are concerned?
28:48 That's what's happening in your lifetime, my lifetime,
28:52 right now. Natural disasters that are taking place.
28:58 Tornadoes. I was raised, folks,
29:03 in Oklahoma.
29:05 Oklahoma is tornado alley.
29:08 OK? Let me tell you something.
29:10 You do not have... listen to me...
29:14 you do not have tornadoes in Oklahoma
29:19 in the first part of February.
29:25 You don't have those.
29:29 And we just did.
29:31 Tore up cities and killed people.
29:35 That's totally out of order.
29:39 Just doesn't happen; doesn't take place.
29:42 But it did.
29:45 Something is out of order.
29:49 Natural disasters are taking place like we have never
29:53 experienced. I have people say:
29:55 "Oh, we've had these for years. We've had all those things. "
29:58 Not in my lifetime!
30:01 Tell you for sure.
30:04 No! The natural disasters we are seeing today
30:08 are totally different
30:10 than they were 30, 40 years ago.
30:22 We are to the place today where we kind of...
30:25 we stand and wait and wonder
30:29 what the season's going to bring
30:31 when it comes to hurricanes.
30:34 They've increased so much.
30:38 Earthquakes.
30:59 And by the way, the old King James version
31:02 says in devious places... or in diverse places...
31:08 it speaks of. Which it means places where
31:12 you normally don't have 'em.
31:15 And today we have earthquakes in places that we didn't think
31:20 would have earthquakes.
31:21 Someone was just telling me that we even have an, uh,
31:25 something that gives us indication on the moon
31:29 that are taking place. Earthquakes that are happening,
31:33 indications of where we are.
31:44 Quarter of a million people perished
31:47 in a matter of a few minutes. Gone.
31:53 I'm talking about natural disasters that are happening
31:56 today, folks.
31:58 I'm not talking about something that happened 100 years ago.
32:01 I'm talking about what you've seen in the last couple years.
32:05 Whoever thought?
32:10 Whoever thought of fires as a natural disaster?
32:16 You know?
32:19 We didn't think that way.
32:20 We didn't think of fires...
32:24 You never heard about a fire being, you know...
32:29 such as we had in California
32:31 when they had to evacuate 1,000,000 people.
32:35 I mean... Yes, they've always had fires in California.
32:38 That's kind of a natural thing,
32:40 but NOT LIKE THIS!
32:42 Folks, I've walked through where those fires were.
32:48 Those fires were so hot
32:51 that they took refrigerators and just melted 'em down.
32:57 There were balls of fire in those fires that would just...
33:03 the heat was beyond anything that anybody has described
33:07 or known about.
33:10 Australia? Worst fires ever.
33:15 Over 200 people have lost their lives.
33:18 This has... this has just happened.
33:21 These are signs. You and I must wake up.
33:25 We mustn't continue on and say:
33:27 "Well, this has just been there. "
33:32 Those are signs of the times in which we are living.
33:36 Famines.
33:38 I'm talking about right now.
33:41 I'm not talking about a year ago.
33:44 I'm not talking about two years ago.
33:46 I'm talking about right now 13,000,000 people
33:51 face starvation.
33:55 13,000,000 face starvation.
34:01 Not enough food to eat.
34:05 Hard to comprehend.
34:11 I remember when I went over to the country of Haiti.
34:20 Stood there and watched
34:23 two little girls running their hands through the sewer
34:28 trying to find something to eat.
34:33 Depressed me so bad I went back to the room
34:36 and wouldn't even come out for a couple days.
34:39 Just couldn't stand the thought.
34:42 13,000,000 people
34:46 that are dying
34:49 because they don't have enough to eat.
34:54 I'm talking about the condition today that we live in.
34:59 What's happening in our old world.
35:03 Paul wrote to Timothy and he told him certain things
35:07 that were going to happen describing the last days.
35:10 I want you to listen to them.
35:19 Now he's talking about the time in which you and I are living.
35:23 Perilous times shall come here, II Timothy the third chapter.
35:32 Very true today... but listen to the next one.
35:38 Does that strike any chord with you?
35:41 I mean... I stand there in amazement
35:46 that Wall Street and what is taking place there
35:52 totally from the love of money.
35:55 And even... even after Congress
36:01 was hard enough on them to tell them
36:03 "Leave, you don't need anything"
36:06 and had them come back
36:07 in which they were supposed to have done some housekeeping,
36:12 you know, and straighten things up,
36:15 got rid of some things that they had
36:18 and their bonuses and all that
36:21 and sat there and listened to them go down the line
36:24 after the housekeeping's been done.
36:28 And they say: "Oh well, my salary's not been $1,000,000. "
36:35 Time in which we are living... the love of money.
36:38 I don't think there's ever been a time
36:42 in which it's more true than today.
36:45 Try to convince you, try to convince me
36:49 that the problem we're having with oil is shortage.
36:55 Try to convince me of that!
36:57 Wish somebody would.
37:00 Because, I mean, when you're talking about it and here
37:05 the price of oil per barrel drops in January
37:11 and the price at the pump goes up.
37:13 And they tell me that's shortage?
37:16 Just doesn't fit.
37:19 It does fit one thing: the love of money.
37:23 That it fits.
37:35 Describes the condition.
37:37 Do you understand, folks, the moral condition of today?
37:42 That one... listen to me...
37:45 one out of every 100 Americans is in prison.
37:53 Think that!
37:55 One out of every 100 are in prison.
38:13 Right down the list you could spend a whole
38:16 morning just on one of those things.
38:20 That's what's happening.
38:32 Certainly the time we are living today.
38:36 "Lovers of pleasure more than the lovers of God... "
38:47 That is the condition we're in.
38:50 What has it done to us?
38:53 Well, at the present time...
38:57 or I shouldn't say at the present time...
38:58 the latest statistics I could get was 2007...
39:03 2007: 36.1 million people
39:09 in this world have AIDS.
39:12 36.1 million people.
39:16 And, you know, I appreciate very much all that's being done
39:22 to try to meet that problem.
39:26 Trying to find out a cure of some kind.
39:31 And then to have them come on the television and say
39:35 that the cure they were trying to do wasn't helping anybody...
39:39 it was probably hurting them.
39:41 And so we face that kind of a situation.
39:45 What is that doing to the world?
39:48 When you have 36.1 million people affected
39:53 with AIDS, what does that do to us?
39:56 I'm going to explain this graph to you.
40:00 The light blue - or green - is women.
40:05 Excuse me... get it right: are males.
40:08 And the dark blue are women.
40:11 These represent deaths.
40:15 Dying... people that are dying, listen to me,
40:21 people that are dying between the ages of 15 and 49.
40:27 15 and 49.
40:29 Do you understand what that means?
40:31 Those are the people that work!
40:36 Those are the people that are those that bring bread
40:41 to the house.
40:42 OK.
40:45 Look at 'em.
40:47 1900 up to 2000. Folks,
40:53 80... a little better than 80%
40:57 of those that are dying of men
41:01 are between the ages of 15 and 49 years of age.
41:06 So that means that the working force is dying off.
41:11 The working force is dying off.
41:14 See if I can go back to this. I want you to look at something.
41:19 Look here at the Southern Hemisphere.
41:21 Latin America you have 1.4 million people with...
41:26 with AIDS.
41:28 You come here to Africa. You have 25.3 million
41:33 and you go into... basically,
41:37 into South and Southeast Asia
41:42 you have 5.8 million.
41:44 Now what I'm trying to tell you, folks,
41:46 is those countries are in problems
41:50 because their working people are dying off.
41:56 They're dying, and there's not anybody left to sustain life
41:59 for them.
42:02 Facing a tremendous problem here.
42:08 Look at it just a little bit here.
42:22 Now like I said, I appreciate
42:24 them doing everything they can to help these people physically
42:29 with medicine or whatever they can provide.
42:32 What bothers me is you don't hear anything being said about
42:37 changing lifestyle.
42:40 They want to bring the epidemic to a stop?
42:43 Then change a lifestyle.
42:45 But nevertheless it continues on.
42:47 The number of people living with AIDS, as I told you,
42:51 are 36,000,000. Deaths...
42:54 those that died in 2007 were 3.1 million.
42:59 We've had 21,000,000 people...
43:04 21.8 million people...
43:06 that have died from AIDS.
43:11 It talks about pestilence?
43:13 That's what it's talking about.
43:24 All that is going to happen.
43:25 Now listen to me carefully
43:27 because Revelation the 18th chapter...
43:31 the other evening I told you...
43:32 that's where we're living today is in the 17th and 18th chapter.
44:19 OK. Where do we stand today?
44:24 Well, at the present time
44:26 the U.S. national debt
44:29 is 10.6 trillion dollars.
44:40 I haven't been able to figure it out.
44:42 Maybe some of you in the television or radio audience
44:46 can help me sometime figure it out.
44:49 But I haven't figured out
44:51 how you pass a stimulus package
44:57 of almost 900 billion dollars.
45:04 Where do you get the money?
45:09 I mean, as best I can tell,
45:12 folks, you only have 2 choices.
45:15 You either have to print it
45:16 or you have to borrow it.
45:21 Maybe there's a way I don't know,
45:23 but that's the only two ways I know to get it.
45:25 You've either got to print it or you've got to borrow it.
45:28 If you print it,
45:32 then you fire inflation like you can't believe.
45:38 And if you borrow it,
45:40 you just put us deeper in debt.
45:44 And we're already at $10.6.
45:48 Do you know what that means to you?
45:50 Huh? Do you know what that means to you?
45:52 Let me show you what that means.
45:56 Back in 1900 we had a debt...
46:00 national debt... of $1.2 billion.
46:02 That cost every one of you $16.
46:07 Now you probably could handle that.
46:10 Well, by the time we hit 1950,
46:15 our national debt had risen to $256 billion
46:20 that meant it cost each of you $1700.
46:28 By the time we reached 2009, the national debt
46:31 is $10.6 trillion.
46:34 That means that it costs each one of you
46:37 $34,795.
46:44 That's the national debt.
46:46 Now that really doesn't worry me too much.
46:51 I believe that we probably could handle that.
46:54 One fellow said if you just... if all the women
46:58 took the change out of their purses we'd probably cover that.
47:02 But nevertheless, that doesn't worry.
47:06 Do you want me to tell you what worries me
47:09 when we talk about national debt and what we're faced with?
47:14 Well I'll tell you what worries me.
47:15 This is what worries me.
47:16 It's not public debt that worries me,
47:19 it's private.
47:20 This is the private debt:
47:23 $53 trillion.
47:27 We are a nation of debt.
47:33 That's what we are...
47:35 a nation that operates by debt.
47:40 That's the reason it says that in one hour
47:43 all gone.
47:46 Over.
47:47 Dear friend, maybe you can say what you want to,
47:53 but I can tell you right now
47:55 it's not like being in debt as we once were.
48:01 Today it is totally different.
48:08 Let me mention just a couple things further.
48:10 Bird flu.
48:14 I'm talking about something that affects the whole country,
48:16 the world.
48:18 You can see the spread of it.
48:20 That in red is where bird flu...
48:24 Last week we found out that now
48:27 India has become affected with bird flu.
48:31 And then of course other countries like the United States
48:35 and Australia and others will eventually have that.
48:41 And I can tell you, if that isn't handled some way
48:45 we can have a pandemic that will be unreal
48:50 as far as the world is concerned.
49:21 I think of all the scriptures in the Bible
49:26 that bother me most is the one where it says
49:29 "Did not know. "
49:34 That they had just gone about life...
49:37 weren't concerned, didn't know.
49:40 And here, Christ has given all the signs
49:45 that you and I should know.
49:47 There shouldn't be any question.
49:49 We should know.
49:50 And yet it says: "As it was in the days of Noah,
49:54 so will it be the coming of Jesus Christ. "
49:58 Years ago, there was a city
50:04 in Italy called Pompeii.
50:09 Pompeii
50:12 is a very, very nice area.
50:16 The climate is just wonderful.
50:19 And this city in Italy
50:22 was known as a very, very special place
50:26 and people came there, and it was kind of a resort
50:31 because just outside the city a little ways
50:35 was a huge volcano called Vesuvius.
50:40 Now that volcano was there,
50:45 and, oh sure, it spewed out a little bit of lava
50:50 you know, every so often
50:53 but nothing that really frightened the people too much.
50:56 But that volcano provided some very nice things for them
51:01 because all around Pompeii they had hot mineral springs.
51:08 And people would come in from everywhere
51:10 to bathe in the spas in Pompeii.
51:13 It was wonderful.
51:15 Marvelous.
51:16 They enjoyed it immensely.
51:18 Oh, yes. There had been some people that had told them
51:22 "You've got to get out of here.
51:23 This volcano's going to erupt
51:25 and you need to get out of here before it erupts. "
51:27 But... it was nice!
51:31 It was nice living in Pompeii.
51:34 I mean the climate was ideal.
51:36 The spas... all the things there.
51:40 In fact, even back then
51:42 they had hot running water in their homes.
51:46 Everything was there.
51:50 And then one day Vesuvius
51:55 erupted
51:59 and the city of Pompeii disappeared.
52:04 I mean in a matter of minutes
52:08 the whole city disappeared.
52:13 In fact, it so thoroughly wiped out Pompeii
52:19 that it was forgotten
52:22 and for 1700 years
52:26 it was not known of.
52:29 And a German archaeologist
52:31 was reading in the library and came across
52:35 where it mentioned Pompeii.
52:37 And taking a group of scientists they went over
52:41 and they began to excavate.
52:43 And today they have excavated Pompeii.
52:47 You can go there today and you can walk down the streets.
52:52 And you can look into the houses and the shops
52:54 and everything that's there.
52:56 It's interesting...
52:59 because you see the lava came in so quick and so fast
53:05 and covered that city that it caught the people exactly
53:09 where they were.
53:10 And they found out that as they were excavating
53:14 they would come to places where there was a hollow spot.
53:19 And they found out that they could tap into that
53:22 and pour plaster of Paris in there
53:25 and they could break it open and they would get a mold
53:28 of the people just exactly like they were.
53:31 Because when the lava caught them,
53:34 it covered them and their body cooled the lava down
53:38 and it made that cavity.
53:40 And so as you walk down the street, you can see
53:44 a whole family sitting around the supper table eating.
53:49 You can see this man pushing this little cart
53:54 running down the street
53:55 just exactly where the lava caught him.
53:59 You can see this woman with her jewels in her hand
54:03 running down the street trying to outrun the lava.
54:07 Were not ready. Did not know...
54:11 when all of a sudden it came to an end.
54:15 Dear friend, for you and for me
54:19 let's not miss God's final call.
54:26 Someday you'll hear
54:30 God's final call to you.
54:37 Someday you'll hear
54:41 God's final call to you.
54:49 This could be it, my friend,
54:56 if you but knew.
55:03 God's final call,
55:08 God's final call.
55:16 If you reject
55:19 God's final call of grace,
55:26 you'll have no chance
55:30 your footsteps to retrace.
55:37 All hope will then be gone
55:43 and doom you'll face.
55:53 More than 2,000 years have passed
55:55 since Jesus promised to return.
55:58 And through the centuries, the hearts of His faithful ones
56:02 have clung to those precious words.
56:04 But His promise has not yet been fulfilled.
56:07 The Lifegiver's voice has not yet called the sleeping saints
56:11 from their graves.
56:12 Each day many more Christians fall asleep in Jesus
56:17 clinging to the Blessed Hope
56:19 and believing that the next thing they'll see
56:21 is their Savior coming as He promised
56:24 in the clouds of glory.
56:26 But my friends, there are so many who do not have
56:30 this Blessed Hope. And many of them would
56:34 if they just had the opportunity to hear about Jesus.
56:39 That is why we are producing these programs.
56:42 We want to tell them about God's amazing love.
56:46 About our Savior, Jesus Christ.
56:48 About His second coming.
56:50 We want to give each one of them that Blessed Hope.
56:53 Think of it. Even now all of heaven's astir
56:56 preparing for that great day.
56:58 The Lord is waiting for us
57:01 to join Him in spreading the good news.
57:03 Praise God! The time of waiting is almost over.
57:07 Light is gleaming upon the clouds above the mountaintops.
57:11 Soon there will be a revealing of His glory.
57:14 The Son of Righteousness is about to shine forth.
57:17 NOW is the time to prepare for the coming of the Lord.
57:21 Readiness to meet Him cannot be attained
57:24 in a moment's time.
57:25 Each member of our ministry team has focused on doing all we can
57:31 to spread the good news,
57:32 but we cannot do it alone.
57:34 We need your help.
57:35 Each of us must prepare, watch, and wait.
57:39 But we also must work earnestly
57:42 for the salvation of souls.
57:44 Please consider what you can do
57:46 for those who still don't know about Jesus.
57:48 As the Holy Spirit impresses,
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Revised 2014-12-17