October 29, 2014
October 29th, 2014
Dear Tomorrow’s World Subscriber,
Welcome to all of you new subscribers! The prophetic events I personally have preached and written about for over 62 years are well under way. Astonishing events are coming upon us—sooner than many have realized in the past. We all need to pray that the Government of God—the Kingdom of God—comes very soon, as this world is certainly on the way to destroying itself unless Christ returns as King of kings. And keep reading—for I have a very inspiring free offer for you at the end of this letter!
Thousands of us in this Work recently returned from a time of joy and enthusiasm in observing the biblically commanded Feast of Tabernacles, which Christ and the original Church of God also observed. We in this Work of faith are—in a sense—“pioneers,” for the entire world will soon join us in observing the Feast of Tabernacles as clearly indicated in Zechariah 14:16-19. As Zechariah was inspired to write, any nation which will not come up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles will have “no rain; they shall receive the plague” along with “all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.” The Feast of Tabernacles pictures the coming Millennial reign of Christ—a time of joy and prosperity.
Yet, my friends, this is just one of seven annual church festivals commanded in the Bible. The first is the Passover—which pictures our acceptance of Christ’s shed blood as payment for our sins. Next are the “Days of Unleavened Bread”—picturing how we must put out sin, and our need to “grow in grace and knowledge” after we have accepted Christ’s sacrifice. Next comes the day of Pentecost or “Firstfruits” which pictures the fact that very few are being called in this age—yet we are indeed the “firstfruits” of the billions of people who will be called after Christ returns as King of kings.
Next in God’s Plan, the “Feast of Trumpets” is commanded, which reminds us that Jesus Christ will return at a time of war and strife—as trumpets picture a warning of impending trouble. Then, God forcefully commands His people to observe the “Day of Atonement” even as Paul did out in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, long after everything was supposedly “nailed to the cross” (Acts 27:9). Then comes the “Feast of Tabernacles”—or “Feast of Ingathering”—which I have already described, which pictures Christ’s rule in the time of the really big harvest of souls during the Millennium (Exodus 34:22).
Finally, what about those untold billions of human beings—many of them living in Asia and Russia and Africa—who never even heard the name of Jesus Christ or learned anything about Christianity as they were growing up? Are they cut off from God even though they never really had a genuine chance to know the Truth? God proclaims in His inspired Word: “For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11). Therefore, in order to be totally fair and impartial, the Eternal God must give these people a genuine opportunity for salvation. This final Feast—a special solemn observance on the Last Great Day, right after the seven-day Feast of Tabernacles—pictures that awesome time called the “Great White Throne Judgment” when these untold billions of human beings are given their first genuine opportunity to know the Truth and obtain salvation. For the “Book of Life” is opened and they are able to be judged by what they do once they are given a genuine understanding (Revelation 20:11-13). If you would like a complete biblical explanation of these true Christian Festivals, write us or call us to request your free copy of our eye-opening booklet, The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan.
My friends, God’s Master Plan is awesome. And only a very few people on earth genuinely understand it and understand also the real purpose of human existence. Somehow, God has brought you into contact with the true Church of God and the Work of that Church to preach the “Gospel of the Kingdom” to all nations as a “witness” (Matthew 24:14). God is not trying to “call” everyone now—or He would be doing it. So we find that most people on earth are not now and never have been “Christians” of any sort. But God’s Plan pictures all of this clearly so His true servants on earth can understand. It is absolutely wonderful and inspiring to be able to observe these annual festivals commanded by our Creator—the very festivals which will be observed by the entire world in a few years under the rule of Jesus Christ. Each of us who is now called can truly be thankful to God to be a genuine “pioneer” in understanding why we are here, where we are going and the real purpose of life.
Remember, as I have told you a number of times, a primary theme of this Work is “Restoring Original Christianity”! With all our hearts, we are trying to get back to what Christ and the original apostles really understood and practiced. Almighty God will definitely bless us for this—and we will be among the few who are taken to the promised “Place of Safety” as described in Revelation 12:14-17.
But now, in this “present evil age” as the Apostle Paul described it (Galatians 1:4), we who are willing to truly surrender our lives to God and walk with Christ must come out of this present society and actually do what Almighty God clearly tells us to do in His inspired Word. We will be blessed forever if we are willing not only to hear but to act on the Truth of Almighty God. As millions in this society increasingly turn away from the true God and descend into more and more paganism and even debauchery, we may find ourselves persecuted and tempted to turn aside as thousands of the early Christians were similarly persecuted. Even now, the Huffington Post reports (October 15, 2014):
“Some Houston pastors are being forced to hand their sermons over to the city—and they’re not happy about the government reading over their shoulders.
Houston has asked five local conservative pastors to turn over sermons about a controversial new city ordinance that bans discrimination against LGBT people. The original subpoenas demanded to see any preaching related to homosexuality and gender identity….
It appears that the city will still be demanding access to no less than 17 categories of private communications (including things like text messages) between private citizens who are not even parties to the suit and other private parties. This is a naked attempt to intimidate private citizens who did nothing but disagree with the government over a policy matter. Do any of us really want to live in an America in which we can be threatened, silenced, and even punished for disagreeing with the government?”
Dear subscribers, we all need to realize the power of Satan the Devil to guide people in authority to begin to persecute the Truth—and the people of God who are willing to follow the Truth! Clearly describing these “last days,” Isaiah was inspired to tell us about what would happen in our time, right now: “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice” (Isaiah 59:14-15). So God clearly indicates that those who depart from evil will make themselves a “prey.” They will be hounded and persecuted by a world which is more and more cut off from the true God and seems to have no idea of what is right and what is wrong—and no genuine “fear” or deep respect for the God who gives all of us life and breath. We need to realize that. And all of us need to “gird up our loins,” ask God to help us genuinely understand the Truth—and be willing to follow that Truth in faith that the living God will guide us and bless us eternally if we do so!
Near the end of this inspiring chapter in Isaiah, God tells us, “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob” (Isaiah 59:20). Yes, the true Christ of the Bible will return soon to set up His Kingdom—His actual ruling Government on this earth with headquarters at Jerusalem. Then He will make “all nations” come up to Jerusalem to keep the Feast of Tabernacles and to learn the Truth as we saw in Zechariah 14.
I am now 84 years old and am driving myself to get out Christ’s true message to the world. We in this Work are being used by God as His inspired servants at the end of this age to warn you—and all who are willing to heed—before it is too late. As God gives me life and breath, I want to help all of you subscribers to genuinely understand the Truth about why you were actually born and the inspired plan of salvation Almighty God has—as revealed in His annual Holy Days. And you must be made aware of the horrible punishments which will soon be meted out on a rebellious society which refuses to obey the Creator or even “seek” Him in a genuine way.
Most of you don’t realize it, but this world is so far away from the true God that it will soon end up fighting Christ when He returns as King of kings! In describing the coming “Beast” of Revelation and the ten kings who will “give” their power and authority to this coming powerful leader, God states, “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14).
May God grant that we may be among those who are fighting on Christ’s side in this coming battle and are among those who are “called, chosen, and faithful!”
As subscribers to Tomorrow’s World magazine, you are being given the opportunity to understand and know the genuine purpose of life, the real future that is now being worked out under God’s prophetic plan, and what you should be doing to protect not only yourselves but your family and loved ones! For we are trying with all of our hearts to get Christ’s warning message out with increasing power. We have experienced great growth in this Work during this past year. With the help of your tithes and offerings, we sent the November-December 2014 Tomorrow’s World magazine to more than 470,000 addresses in 171 countries around the world. As we strive to reach more and more people with the “Ezekiel warning” (Ezekiel 33:1-7), we are constantly finding ways to become better stewards of the tithes and offerings of those who support this Work. Even though we have recently expanded the Tomorrow’s World magazine to 36 pages, while continuing to improve its quality throughout, we have been able to manage expenses so that it actually costs less to print and mail a 36-page issue today than it did to print and mail a 32-page issue a year ago!
Of course, the Tomorrow’s World magazine is just one of many publications we send to our subscribers, viewers and friends. Altogether, in the last twelve months, we sent requesters more than 750,000 booklets, Bible Study Course lessons, reprint articles, CDs and DVDs. All of these were sent absolutely free and with no obligation! And many more of these items were downloaded absolutely free from our TomorrowsWorld.org Web site.
Furthermore, to encourage and inform our subscribers even more personally, we sent out more than 100,000 invitations to our Tomorrow’s World Presents meetings held across the United States, Canada, and in various locations around the globe. Thousands of you subscribers attended these meetings and gained a closer view of the Work we are striving to do to fulfill the true mission which Jesus Christ has given us.
We are also very thankful for a huge new door that God has opened up for us to go on air with “CBS Reality TV” in the United Kingdom. The Tomorrow’s World telecast began broadcasting on CBS Reality in October, and the preliminary results are very encouraging. We have a wonderful, 7:30 Sunday morning time on this powerful commercial station which covers approximately 95% of all TV homes in the UK! As I hope most of you understand, it is vital that we reach the United Kingdom, as well as all of the modern “Israelitish” nations, and indeed all of the world with the good news of the coming Kingdom of God and the Ezekiel warning. This is why whether it is television into Hong Kong and China, or in the Spanish, French, Russian, Ukrainian or other languages, or on this new, major UK station, we continue to go in faith through the many open doors that God shows us.
In addition to these really encouraging cable and satellite television developments, we are also very excited to be on the edge of some major new developments with truly international impact, on “Internet television.” Many of you are aware that we have been on “Roku” for a couple of years now. But I am now also very thankful to announce that even as I write this letter, I am being informed that our long-planned “Google TV” and “Amazon Fire TV” channels are in the process of launching. At this time, our new Google TV channel is live, and our new Amazon Fire TV channel is in the final stages of development and should be “live” by the time you receive this letter, or soon thereafter. Many of you understand how important “Internet TV” is, especially with younger audiences in their 20s, 30s and 40s. But why is it so important to get the Tomorrow’s World telecast on “Internet TV” in addition to these many powerful commercial cable and satellite channels? One reason is that although studies indicate that cable and satellite television will remain the primary way which people “watch television shows,” we know that an increasing number of people around the world are beginning to watch more and more television by using these “on-line” or “Internet” services.
We are also very happy to announce our new, Tomorrow’s World mobile app for Apple iPhones. We have offered “smart phone” apps for Android and Windows Phone for more than a year, and are very pleased to now make available this brand new mobile app for iPhone. With more than 171 million Americans who own smart phones, and smart phone use growing all around the world, including in “developing countries,” this is another very important way that we can reach even more people with the true Gospel. We know there is much more we need to do, and we very much appreciate your prayers and support as we continue to strive to preach the Gospel to all the world. These new developments I mentioned above, along with the nearly 4 million views at our main Tomorrow’s World YouTube channel, the more than 100,000 Facebook fans at the Tomorrow’s World Facebook page, our more than 46,000 Twitter followers, more than 70,000 fans at our French Facebook page—Le Monde de Demain, more than 25,000 fans at our Spanish Facebook page—Iglesia del Dios Viviente, El Mundo de Mañana and the tens of thousands of additional followers and fans at our various other social media pages are a testament to the fact that God continues to do a powerful Work through the Philadelphian remnant of His Church (Revelation 3:8). We thank you for your prayers and support in this.
Finally, my friends, I stated at the beginning of this letter that we have an exciting free offer for all of you. We have produced a special DVD which will truly open your eyes to the mission of this Work and the extent of this Work. For you will hear from many of our ministers and leaders literally all over the world—from many countries and backgrounds. I am sure you will find it exciting and it will help you understand more than ever what this Work is all about! It tells about the real “mission” behind this very Work of God which is now beginning to have an impact more than ever upon the world as a whole. And it will “open your eyes” to much more about what we are doing and the wonderful support we have received from so many of our ministers and leaders from so many nations and ethnic backgrounds. At first, we produced this for our own membership at our recently concluded Feast of Tabernacles—which I have described. However, we now feel that it would be good to give all of you an opportunity to see this truly interesting and exciting DVD. For many of you are already co-workers or donors to this Work on a regular basis. Many of your hearts are already in helping get this message to the world. So we deeply appreciate what all of our subscribers are doing to back the very Work of God. It is our “mission.” It is our reason for being. As Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).
Then He stated, “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together” (v. 36). All of us who wholeheartedly participate in this crusade to reach a very confused humanity will be eternally rewarded by the great God who gives us life and breath. I pray that all of you will want to do all you can to support the Work of God and want to be an active member of the “team” which Jesus Christ is using at the end of this age. It is genuinely exciting when you understand. It gives life meaning and purpose. May God inspire all of you by this exciting DVD and I pray that God’s richest blessing will be upon all of you as you give your life to your Creator and truly learn to “walk with Christ” now and forever.
With Christian love,
Roderick C. Meredith
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