May 1, 2015
May 1st, 2015
Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,
Greetings from Charlotte, NC! As the human founder of this present Work and the Editor-in-Chief, I try to write all of you a personal letter about twice each year. I will turn 85 years of age in June. I have been full-time in the Work of the living Christ for about 63 years since my graduation from Ambassador College in Spring of 1952.
How world conditions have changed since that time! Back then, the United States was truly united as we were about to begin eight solid years of mostly peaceful and prosperous times under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Most people virtually never “made fun” of religion the way they are often doing today on mainstream TV and in other sources. Nearly everyone stood straight and proud when our national anthem was played at some public event. The same spirit of love and loyalty was evident in Britain and most of the Commonwealth nations also when “God Save the Queen” was played.
Back then, some smart-alecks would have been virtually “run out of town” if they had even suggested the idea of “men marrying other men!” The Anglo-American love affair was in full swing. For together we had won World War I, World War II and were united in powerfully resisting the takeover of world affairs by the Soviet Union. We were still a basically strong and solid people. Even though the full Truth of God’s Word was not fully understood or preached, there was still a deep reverence and respect for the God of the Bible.
But now, as the United States and British-descended peoples increasingly turn away from the true God, the great God of creation has begun to take away our power and humble us. For He told our forefathers that if we would “turn away from Him,” if we “despised His commandments and statutes,” the Eternal God warned: “I will break the pride of your power; I will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. And your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its produce, nor shall the trees of the land yield their fruit” (Leviticus 26:19-20).
Even now, the most populous state in the United States, California, is experiencing what may, indeed, be the beginning of the final drought on America—helping to bring down the United States and to genuinely humble our peoples as they increasingly “despise” the God of the Bible and His great law. “Why pick on California?” some might say. My answer: “Because it is from the vile TV and Internet programs and films produced primarily in California that America is being led astray!”
These vain, God-rejecting, egotistical men—along with many others like them in many parts of the world—have become the primary “opinion makers” of our secular world. Because they were never taught the Truth of the Bible by those who “profess” to be ministers of God, they have become totally secular in what they present to our peoples—especially our young people. And our young people, especially, are easily swayed by the media and heavily influenced by the anti-God “stupidity” set before them. Most of our young people have no real understanding of the inspired Word of God which plainly tells us: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). Under the powerful influence of our “opinion makers” in the media, most young people—and now increasing numbers of older folks who ought to know better—deeply resent the New Testament warning of the Apostle Paul who was inspired to write about the “cutting edge” thinkers and philosophers of his day: “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” (Romans 1:26-27).
What was the underlying attitude of these pagans? “They did not like to retain God in their knowledge” (v. 28)!
Sound familiar? My friends, we have come full circle! We have gone right back into the same type of paganism which the Bible condemned so powerfully some 2,000 years ago. But we ought to know better! Yet, even the “professing ministers of God” have so “watered down” what they preach and write that the vast majority of their followers have been led to “turn away” from obedience to the God of the Bible! The power of true religion is no longer understood or appreciated. And keep reading: for I have a special free offer for you at the end of this letter!
Millions of people in the Muslim world are already being stirred up to action by the power of religion! Even as I write, the United States’ government is being forced to intervene more and more in the religious wars of the Middle East. Western politicians do not want to call them “religious wars,” but they are nevertheless exactly that. For these people are fighting each other over religion.
But “religion is of no consequence”?
Most of you Tomorrow’s World subscribers know that your own Bible directly indicates a soon-coming “revival” of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. This will have dramatic religious overtones. For millions of people all over the world will soon be stirred to virtually worship the “false prophet” of the book of Revelation. This man will have so much demonic power that he will actually bring fire down from heaven in front of millions (Revelation 13:13)! Influenced by this man, millions of his followers will actually fight Jesus Christ at His Second Coming (Revelation 17:14).
As the coming “King of the South” (Daniel 11:40) “provokes” or attacks the coming “King of the North”—the leader of the revived Holy Roman Empire—this war will eventually lead to the final conflagration settled by God’s direct intervention at a place called “Armageddon.” Even now, the leaders of the European nations are being forced to rethink their positions of neutrality and lack of armament. They are beginning to get together a genuine European army for the first time since World War II. They are beginning to realize that the threat of Islam is real and is going to affect all their nations before long. So they are getting ready for war—if need be. All of this, plus the increasing power and encroachment of the ISIS warriors in nation after nation in the Middle East is preparing the way for the final battle which I just described. And this will involve “religion!” So I pray that all of you dear brethren and co-workers can begin to take seriously what is happening before your very eyes! These major powers are definitely coming together within the next several years. These prophecies which I have been personally preaching for more than 62 years are certainly beginning to happen right now. May God open your eyes to see where He is working. May God open your heart to be willing to “get involved” in the Work Jesus Christ is doing through human beings to prepare the way for His Second Coming.
This Work of the Living Christ is growing in power. We are going on many more television stations, and using many more Internet platforms to increase the impact of our Internet outreach. We are holding evangelistic meetings across the entire United States and many other nations. We are going “all out” as best we can to reach this world with God’s Truth.
On March 29, I presented a live, online Internet presentation titled, “The Power of Religion!” I want to sincerely thank the hundreds of members, co-workers and Tomorrow’s World readers who I know prayed for this presentation, and most of all we thank the Almighty God for the doors that He has opened for us to preach the Gospel with increasing power around the world. We know that humanly, we are weak. But with God’s help, we will accomplish the mission He has given His servants—to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ’s return, and the soon-coming Kingdom of God as a “witness” to all the earth, to all peoples and all nations, as Matthew 24:14, Mark 16:15 and elsewhere give us clear command to do! God seemed to bless this live presentation in every way! Although it is not possible for us to know exactly how many people were watching this live event, a conservative estimate is that more than 5,000 “tuned in live” over the Internet.
I do thank each of you for your prayers and your support in what is the most important “Work” that must be accomplished as the end of the age approaches. And, I exhort each of you in love to get even more excited about the great calling that God has given us and the great privilege that we have to be co-workers together, and with Christ in the Father’s Work! We are doing a worldwide “Work,” and the Work that God has given us means we must preach and teach the entire message of Jesus Christ which includes both the “Good News” of Christ’s return and also the “Ezekiel warning” to the modern descendants of ancient Israel! As we see these perilous times approaching, as we see increasing war in the Middle East and Africa where violent and extreme Islam has already resulted in the deaths, raping and suffering of many thousands of people, and as we see the professing “Christian” European empire coming together under the leadership of Germany, and as we see the prestige and power of the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and other “Western” powers further decreasing because of national and individual sin, it is more and more important to really put our hearts and our prayers into the Work of the living God! And through television, Internet, print and social media, plus the dedication of our hundreds of faithful ministers and thousands and thousands of faithful members all around the world, the Work of the living God is growing.
In addition to what I mentioned above about television, many of you may be encouraged to hear that our Internet and Social Media presence continue to grow rapidly. You will note that by the time you receive this letter, new functionality has been added to the main TomorrowsWorld.org web site which lets our Internet visitors see which articles, telecasts and other content are being talked about the most and are receiving the biggest “reach” in social media. Just look at the new “Most Talked About” section on the TomorrowsWorld.org home page. This “reach” is in large part because of our many members and readers who “share” our articles, telecasts, booklets and webcasts on Social Media. We thank you for that! As many of you have seen, we have striven to integrate our Internet, television, social media and print efforts in such a way that they each complement one another and produce the greatest impact. And although we pray that God will increase our impact many, many times over, the results even now are encouraging! For example, the Tomorrow’s World English Facebook page grew from 79,581 fans in April 2014 to 136,000-plus fans in April 2015. The Spanish Facebook page grew from 12,735 fans in April 2014 to nearly 26,000 fans today, and the Tomorrow’s World French Facebook page grew from 32,242 fans to more than 113,000 fans in the same time. But more important is the engagement and activity of these pages. Weekly, we receive dozens of doctrinal questions, questions about the Sabbath or Holy Days, and questions about the Work of God from these pages.
My friends, the great God of the Bible warns His people: “Look among the nations and watch—be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you” (Habakkuk 1:5). If you follow us more closely—and with an open mind—you will come to see that this is that Work! We are preaching, teaching, writing and broadcasting over television, radio and the Internet the full Truth of the Word of God more powerfully and more fully than any other work on this earth today! Increasing numbers are beginning to realize that. It is important to realize that somewhere on this earth—as the end of this age approaches—God does have true ministers and servants who preach the full Truth. They must give the “Ezekiel warning” (Ezekiel 33:1-7) to God’s people. They must preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God—the message of Christ’s coming Government to be set up on this earth at His Second Coming, and they must preach the true name of Jesus Christ as well (Acts 8:12). It is time to quit “playing games.” Each of us must “wake up” and realize that the Creator God is now beginning to intervene in human affairs more than ever before. So may God help each of you to genuinely study, meditate, and pray fervently for understanding and for the faith and courage to act on God’s Truth. May God help each of you want to get involved in this very Work of God which is reaching you right now.
In light of all this, I now want to offer you, absolutely free, two very important free gifts. The first is a DVD of the stirring message I gave in my Internet presentation some weeks ago entitled: “The Power of Religion!” In a personal way, you will be able to learn more truth from this presentation than we are normally able to give you in our written material. It may inspire you to want to know more of what this Work is all about—and what the world is coming to!
Secondly, I sincerely want to offer you something that has been very close to my heart for many years. It is—along with the Ten Commandments booklet I wrote—one of the most important things I have ever written in my entire life. It is about the most important topic on the face of the earth. It is about the vital subject of “Why were you born?” You will find—in this thoroughly documented booklet entitled, Your Ultimate Destiny—the most thoughtful, complete and understandable material you have ever read about the purpose of human life and why you are actually alive and drawing breath in the first place! Millions have wondered if there is a purpose for their lives. They see suffering and anguish all around them in a seemingly “purposeless” existence. This booklet really does give the answers. So I urge you in Christian love and concern to call us or write us immediately and request this powerful and very meaningful booklet. You will probably find it even more meaningful than you realize now. I think it is one of the deepest and most thoughtful things that I have ever written. And I thank God for giving me the ability to understand and write this booklet. May God help you to write for this, study it and begin to understand and be encouraged and inspired by the real Truth as to why you were born in the first place. Remember! We are grateful that all of our literature is sent out to you absolutely free because we have thousands of donors and co-workers who support this Work not only with their prayers, but with faithful tithes and offerings to Almighty God. “Donors” are those who give just once. “Co-workers” are those who give more regularly—about two or three times a year at least. They are the driving force that financially makes it possible for us to give all of this literature to you, produce these hundreds of thousands of magazines and booklets, pay for television and Internet coverage all over the world, conduct evangelistic meetings, etc.
We thank God for these people whose “hearts” are truly in the Work of God. Any of you who—of your own volition—wish to become a Co-worker may certainly do so and you will then be sent each month a special “co-worker letter” from me or Mr. Richard Ames telling you about the details of this Work, what is happening, more interesting background to prophetic events and other important information. You, yourself, will then be part of the “team” which Jesus Christ is using to finish His Work in these latter days. Your reward will be eternal.
Finally, thank you again for your interest in the Tomorrow’s World magazine and this Work of the living Christ! I am trying to drive myself as hard as I can at my age because I know—and know that I know—that the end of this society really is coming soon. So “watch” world events! And pray that God will help you to understand and to do His will so “that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).
My personal thoughts and prayers are with you. And I ask for your thoughts and fervent prayers—as well as your genuine willingness to get involved in this Work guided by the Creator God at the end of this age. Let us hear from you!
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith