May 08, 2007
May 8th, 2007
Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! The tragedy of 32 college students being violently massacred is reverberating around the world. People in many other nations are wondering: “What kind of people are these Americans, when we read so often of mass murders in their very institutions of learning?”
Soon after this massacre, the Stratfor Terrorism Brief reported, “The April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., has generated a spate of bomb threats against schools and universities across the United States. In many cases, school authorities react to such threats by ordering the evacuation of students and faculty from buildings on campus. Evacuations, however, could expose students to a real danger lurking outside—and should be used only as a last resort…. Although an evacuation can provide emotional reassurance that something is being done about the threat, it is not the best action to take when a nonspecific bomb threat is received. In cases in which the threat does not identify a specific classroom or building, sending people out into the open air can put them in more danger than keeping them in place. In a nonspecific threat, the bomb could be anywhere, including outside of buildings. Moreover, there is always the risk that a gunman called in the threat in order to shoot down a crowd of people gathered outside. In Jonesboro, Ark., in 1998, two students aged 13 and 11 set off the fire alarm at Westside Middle School and shot at people as they evacuated, killing four students and a teacher” (April 20, 2007).
My friends, about twice a year I write you a personal letter to give you deeper insights into these prophetic happenings around the world. I try to let you know more about this Work of God and what is behind it. Today, with many events which have been prophesied for centuries beginning to come together, you need to understand these things more than ever. For the next few years will be crucial for you, for your loved ones and especially for your young people.
The youth in America, Canada, Britain and other nations represents, in fact, the future direction of our peoples. So we had better think about where we are really headed!
The continuous drum-beat in our media making fun of the existence of a real God, and ridiculing the very idea of allowing God to set our standards of behavior, is sickening. Yet, this incessant barrage of anti-God, anti-Bible propaganda fills our newspapers and magazines, our radio programs, our television and the Internet. It is certainly having an effect on our young people. Increasingly, our youth as a whole are being turned completely away from the knowledge of the God of the Bible and His ways.
Dare we imagine that this will not have a dramatic effect on the lives and on the actions of young people in these “last days?”
Written some 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul’s inspired description of our time is astonishingly accurate: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
In His inspired Word, God specifically describes our people as being “disobedient to parents, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good.”
My friends, the prophesied Great Tribulation which Jesus specifically predicted will be brought on our peoples because they have turned away from God. Many of our older people, mercifully, may not even live to experience the absolute ferocity of this coming tribulation which Christ predicted, “For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be” (Mark 13:19).
But the increasingly rebellious youth of our nations will be alive and will experience the full force of God’s wrath against a God-rejecting, God-hating society that is countenancing the murder of tens of millions of unborn children, is already beginning to legally allow the “marriage” of men with men and women with women, and is promoting many other absolutely vile practices which our Creator directly condemns. Remember the inspired words of the Apostle Paul—no doubt referring, in type, to the actions of our “liberal” legislators and jurists today, “Professing to be wise, they became fools…. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom. 1:22, 26-28).
So what can we do to protect our own young people—our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces and other youth we sincerely care about? Realizing that this is an enormous problem which is beginning to affect our entire populations as these young people grow up, we have prepared for you an absolutely outstanding booklet filled with information which you and our entire society desperately need! This booklet is absolutely free, and I will be describing it in greater detail at the end of this letter. So keep reading!
Meanwhile, I would like to report to you the growth of this Work of faith which produces for you the Tomorrow’s World magazine, the Tomorrow’s World television program, a Bible Study Course and dozens of vital booklets on key topics related to the Bible and to the prophetic events now beginning to occur. Considering just how small we are in human terms, this Work experienced significant, burgeoning growth in the past six months. We marvel at what is being accomplished on a worldwide scale, and we cannot help but believe the breakthroughs and advances we are seeing are being directly brought about by the hand of God. We are endeavoring to do all we can for God to work through us, as it says in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it….” And substantial building has been going on—not in physical facilities, but in the infrastructure of the Tomorrow’s World program and in the personal lives that are being wonderfully affected by the gospel message being boldly proclaimed on the air waves and through the pages of our publications.
Since our previous semiannual letter, two guest presenters have been added to the Tomorrow’s World television program: Mr. Rod King, our Director in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, and Mr. Wallace Smith, our Pastor in St. Louis, USA. They are adding a new dimension and greater depth to the telecast, which is reflected in the encouraging responses we are getting from Tomorrow’s World viewers around the world.
In just the past six months, a combined total of 38 TV stations and radio stations began broadcasting the Tomorrow’s World program for the first time. These stations reach 41 million households. They bring our total station-count to 211 TV stations and 15 radio stations broadcasting in English, French and Spanish. Since the previous semiannual letter, the Tomorrow’s World broadcast produced 117,000 responses in North and South America, the United Kingdom, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and the Caribbean. The overall worldwide response is up 10 percent over a year ago!
Advertising on the telecast and on the Internet is having a positive impact on our Tomorrow’s World website: www.tomorrowsworld.org. Our ongoing Internet efforts, as reported by our Internet Operations Manager, Mr. Charles Ogwyn, continue to make fine advances and bear increasing fruit. Internet users in almost every country in the world have visited the Tomorrow’s World website. In the past year, Tomorrow’s World Internet visits have increased by 29 percent over the previous year!
The Tomorrow’s World magazine’s circulation is now above 326,000, which is 20 percent higher than a year ago. Since the magazine started in 1999, more than 8.3 million copies have been distributed around the world.
Just this year, in the past four months, 153,000 booklets, CDs, Bible Study Course lessons, reprint articles and other items have been requested and sent in North America, which is 24 percent above a year ago. Since 1999, the Work has sent out more than 1.9 million publications, CDs and audiotapes—all, of course, totally free of charge. This is a work of love, and we truly believe the words in Matthew 10:8, “…Freely you have received, freely give.”
Another thrilling development in this Work is now underway! We are in the process of starting an online university—“Living University”—which will offer accredited degree and certificate programs in the Liberal Arts and Theology for all those who want a Bible-based education. Many major universities are already offering certain courses “online” over the Internet. Our program will be similar in that way, but we will have a faculty totally dedicated to approaching all phases of education from a true biblical perspective. We already have a number of Ph.D.s and those with accredited M.A. degrees lined up to teach. And, as one holding an accredited Th.D., I had the privilege of teaching more theology courses in Ambassador Collegethan any other person. I will certainly be heavily involved in both teaching and overseeing the theology courses offered by Living University.
Your earnest prayers and support for this vital and exciting project are heartily encouraged. For those of you who wish more information, please write us or inquire online at www.livinguniv.com.
Now, my friends, I am pleased to offer you one of the most important “tools” you could possibly receive to help your own children or grandchildren and other youth you may wish to help. After years of preparation, and with input from some of the top leaders in this Work—we have now prepared for you a truly vital booklet on child-rearing. It is entitled, Successful Parenting: God’s Way. It is truly unique in that it is genuinely based on the many divinely revealed principles of rearing young people God’s way even in the midst of our confused, hedonistic society. We offer you this attractive, thoroughly documented booklet absolutely free upon your request.
There is no other booklet like this available today! So, to share with others or help young people in your own extended family, be sure to request this vital, brand new booklet today!
To receive this book absolutely free, insert the enclosed card in the pre-addressed envelope. Within a few weeks, you will receive this very important new tool to help you and your loved ones, our inspiring booklet entitled, Successful Parenting: God’s Way. You will be thrilled with the very practical help this vital booklet can provide.
Let us hear from you! And please remember to pray for this Work which God is now using to help increasing millions learn of His ways and of the soon-coming Kingdom of God which Christ will set up on this earth. In every way we can, we must prepare the way!
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith