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The Olivet Discourse (Part seven)


Christ’s reply
Beginning with the predictions that are to follow. These begin to occur after the beginning. These event signal the soon return of Christ. It is when these become prevalent and obvious it is time to keep aware and plan for the soon return of the Messiah.
Section D – Persecution of Christians
The verse gives great detail as what to expect to see fulfillment of this prophecy:
“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.”
In the Middle East due to the rise of ISIS this is once again becoming a reality. In fact it was reported that last year the most persecuted religion was the Christian religion. It has happened in the past, but is once again on the rise. Once again it points to a rise in this treatment of the followers of Jesus Christ.
Section E – Apostasy and betrayal
“And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.”
Apostasy is defined as the act of giving up your religious or political beliefs and leaving a religion or a political party per Cambridge dictionary.
Now what many do not realize is that giving up on your religious beliefs doesn’t mean you outright deny your faith. You just stop desiring to follow the teaching of the Bible. Millions live this way daily. Millions go through their life thinking they are “religious” when this is the furthest thing from the truth. They are living an apostate life. This is something that has been occurring within the United States since God was removed the schools in the 1960s and has been increasing exponentially ever since.
In this last election the betrayal began to be seen clearly. As friends and family deleted each other’s names from Facebook.
Again we see fulfillment of the words of Jesus Christ coming to be.

The Olivet Discourse (Part six)


Christ’s reply
Section C – Famine and earthquakes.
This one is the hardest to show. Mainly due to the sources from which we can gather this information cannot be fully trusted. What can be said in the research I did perform that I find the trend to be on the increase for both. Ever since the beginning of the 20th century there has been a gradual increase in the number of earthquakes. I also noted that in the latter part of the century it began to increase in numbers higher than previously seen. I also noted that in most of the charts shown up to the current year the chart was made there was a slight decrease. However, I must add that for example one made in 2008 there was a decrease three to four years previous this date. Yet one made in 2015 showed 2008 higher that the number shown in the 2008 chart and that once again there was a decrease between 2011 and 2015. What can clearly be said is that earthquakes are dramatically higher and more destructive.
As for the famines. It appears that “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by BandAid in the 1980s was just that a Band-Aid for the problem that has never truly been eliminated, but it sure made those on the left feel good about themselves for a couple of years. So famine is still ever present in this world and those with wealth continue to horde unto themselves as they live in their mansions shouting for the masses to give their money while they do nothing truly themselves.

The Olivet Discourse (Part five)


Christ’s reply
Section B – Rumors of wars
Now in part three of this series I used this as an example. At that time I showed that this world in general has constantly been in a state of wars and rumors of wars. I also established that at the beginning of 20th century things start to change. Here things called “world wars” took place. Something that had never been even thought possible before that war actually occurred. It must also be pointed out that it was due to events that took place in this first of two world wars that laid the foundation for the return of the Jewish people to the lands that was theirs up until 70 A.D.
An uneasy peace took place between 1918 and 1939, which was really a time of rebuilding and restocking more than an actual peace. As a result the Second World War took place, which resulted in the death of over eighty million lives worldwide and in particular the death of over six million Jews. It was the death of the latter that resulted in making the Jewish people to return to their homeland to escape a future rise in anti-Semitism, which has been on the rise since 2009 due in large part by the election of president Obama. A person who made it clear that he hated the nation of Israel and everything it stood for.
At the end of the Second World War, the world has never known peace. There have been wars and rumors of wars. The United States has been involved in two wars at the same time since 9/11/02 and in reality we still are.
It must also be noted that this verses itself has a division.
Matthew 24:6 – And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
In the KJV it is:
6 – And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom”
Nation – ethnos – a race, people, nation; the nations, heathen world, Gentiles
Kingdom – basileia – kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men; hence: kingdom, in the concrete sense
So let’s use this in the verse now:
For races of people will rise up against other races and countries shall rise up against other countries.
This has always been an issue, but within the last eight years that has been amplified by the previous leadership of the United States. It is also being seen in Europe. A prime example of this was the 2016 New Year’s rape parties of Muslim men that went through the streets of Germany raping German national females.

So this prophecy has come to pass and is still present with us today.
So both the prophecies of Section A and Section B are fulfilled and ongoing.

The Olivet Discourse (Part four)


Christ’s reply
Section A – The rise of false prophets and false teachers
In Matthew 24. There are two references to this. The first is in verses 4 and 5. The next is in verse 11 after what as was explained in the previous part of this series as the transition point. So these are two separate events, even though related in part.
The precursor events of verses 4 and 5 have a stipulation from Christ Himself and it is something that all should heed and try to understand. So let’s look at these two verses in the KJV and then break it down further so we can truly understand.
4 – And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
These false prophets have one dangerous element to them. It is something many did not even recognize nor do they even see it today. We are warn not to allow ourselves to be deceived by our fellow humans. For we are all just the creation of God, and so we are to be alert to the truth and this can only come from knowing the true meaning of the Bible. Look at the beginning of verse 5:
“For many shall come in my name.” He makes this very clear. That there will be those that say they come in the name of Jesus Christ Himself.
“My name.”
My – mou- I, me, mine own, my
Name – onoma – name, character, fame, reputation
They say they will come in the name of Christ yet they will not. They will be there pretending to be doing the will of God through Christ but in reality they shall be actting upon their own behalf.
A prime example of this is the popes of the Catholic Church. A church that requires to follow rituals, pray to statutes and to seek after God not through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, but through Jesus’ mother. They also said that it was due to God that the crusades take place to take Jerusalem form Muslims.
Their actions and behavior were finally shown for what they were when true copies of the writing of the Gospel came to light due to the fall of Constantinople, which brought Greek copies into possession of men like Martin Luther. This led to the Reformation when it was found that the Latin verses of the Gospel has been changed and perverted by those within the early Catholic Church. Does this mean that there have been no one that can call themselves “Christian,” form the Catholics? No it does not. For there are have been many that have come from that church that are truly Christian.
This however proves what Jesus was forewarning of. Those that say they are in the service of Jesus Christ, but in reality are in service only for their own lust and desires.
This is why Christ gave the warning so that those that saw the truth would not blindly follow those that did as many did in the early years of the Catholic Church. So as you can see this statement has been relevant ever since the time that Christ Himself walked amongst us, till now.

The Olivet Discourse (Part three)


Christ’s reply
As shown in part two the apostles asked two questions of Christ. It is important to note that Jesus does not mention what will happen forty years later when the second temple is destroyed by Roman. What he goes into though is the true core of their question. Where the disciples’ minds were truly seeking an answer for. This is where Jesus takes them in the beginning of His reply to their inquiry:
Matthew 24:4 – Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. 9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
We will look at this response one point at a time, but let’s establish these points:
A) The rise of false prophets and false teachers: “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.”
B) Rumors of wars: “And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
C) Famine and earthquakes: “There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world.”
D) Persecution of Christians: “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.”
E) Apostasy and betrayal: “And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other.”
F) Increase in false prophets and false teachers: “And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.”
G) Open sin will be seen everywhere: “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.”
H) Spreading of the Word of God to all nations: “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it.”
What needs to be noted in Jesus response to the apostles is that it works in two parts. For there is a transition that takes place when Christ says, “But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” Or in the KJV: “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” There will be events that are not as obvious to those that live in the times of these events. However, when after the beginning things will become more obvious more clearly seen, harder to deny. The events after the transition mark an escalation not only in the evidence of these events, but in magnitude to not only the numbers affected but at the speed at which is occurs. As an example. Let’s look at rumors of wars. As Roman fell apart, small countries took over former provinces of Roman and many went to war with each other. As time progressed and these new nations settled in there were still uneasy between many and so time to time war would break out. As we came into the 20th century wars escalated to the point of two world wars and after the second there has never been any year since when there was never any peace. The world at one point or another has been in constant war ever since 1945 till today.

The Olivet Discourse (Part two)


The prediction of the destruction of the temple
Matthew 24:1 – As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. 2 But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
It is this statement that causes the apostles to start to think and ponder as they left Jerusalem that day. What Jesus was referring to was the events that would transpire in 70 A.D. some forty year in the future, and only six years after the final completion of the overall temple itself.
The questions
Matthew 24:3 – Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?
Jesus mentioning the destruction of the temple led the apostles to think that the destruction of the second temple would signal his return to earth. This is why they posed the questions to Him in such a manner. Not realizing that their two questions had two completely different answers.
One point that does need to come to light here is the pattern in which are followed with respect to the first temple. When Solomon’s temple was destroyed in 586 B.C. it was followed by Israel’s captivity to the gentile nation of Babylon, which lasted seventy years. It is during this time period, it must be noted, that Daniel lived and wrote his prophecies.
But back on point, it is the fact the temple is destroyed and then there is exile for the Jewish people from their homeland. When the second temple is destroyed the Jewish people are spread throughout the world and do not return to Israel and re-establish the nation until 1948.
The pattern is one that is constant with the Jewish people. They have faith, they fall from their faith. They rebel, they are punished. Each time they are punished it is worse than the time before. This is God showing all that to spare the rod is to spoil the child and thus rebellion. So God never spared the rod and each punishment suited the nation as a whole, and each one worse than the last.
So if they had pondered it correctly they would not have thought that the destruction of the temple meant His return, but their rejection as a nation of God once again.
In today’s climate you can see that out of all the generations before this one that is currently on the rise, there was a form of discipline. Within the last few decades though, discipline has become something discouraged and as a result the youths in all societies no longer respect their elders and in turn are rebelling. Does this not point to a coming correction form God Himself? I think it does, and woe unto to those that deny the existence of God.
So, the questions are: 1) When will the temple be destroyed? And 2) What signs will single Christ’s return and the end of the world?
As I have just pointed out these are not related, but to the apostles they were. Due to their current blindness when they asked the question. The answers are covered as we progress through this series.

The Olivet Discourse (part one)


In the book of Matthew we come to the twenty-fourth chapter. Within this chapter is Jesus teaching events to come.
The audience
Those that listen to this message is not the masses or those in religious power. This message is to those chosen by Jesus Himself to be his closest followers. His apostles. All twelve were present for this. The last time, really all would be for this important lesson that Jesus was to bestow upon them.
For the most part they did not understand. They were still blinded to the fact that Jesus was more than a man, more than human. It is something they still stayed blind upon until after His resurrection.
Even though many have studied the word of God since that time. Many of these are still blind to the full truth. God’s plan is complicated, as is the fact that we live within corrupt and sinful bodies. For these reasons God allows us insight to His plan as it is needed and to those that are willing to listen and understand. It has always been this way and it will continue to be so.
The fact that the apostles did not see is telling and something that all of us need to ponder and think upon. For there is much misunderstanding and misinterpretations of this Bible. This is shown in the fact that there are so many subgroups within the Christian faith itself. The Methodist think this way, the Baptist that way, and at the same time the Catholics think an entirely different way.
What is important is that each and every person study the Bible for themselves and never take to words of others as the truth, even my words. We are all to seek true understanding of the Bible. If you hear a version that is too far away from what you know, confirm or deny it yourself by studying painstakingly the scriptures. If what the other says does not match the Bible. Turn away from them and do not listen.
Jesus had already reached this point with the people of Israel. They had rejected Him. So he taught important facts like He is about to relate only to the apostles and no one else. For at that time, even though they didn’t understand most of what he said they would later have the scales fall from their eyes and they would see and understand. That is still true today for those that have accepted Christ as our Savior. In time the scales will fall when the time is right and we will come to understand.

Millennial Outreach #13


Understanding the Constitution (part 2)

Yesterday we covered the beginning of this topic and the first two amendments to the constitution. Now we will continue with the more if not all of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.
Now someone will ask why quartering of soldiers was so important to be made into an amendment. Again let’s look at the amendment itself:
“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
During the reign of the British over the American colonies. It became commonplace for the military to kick people from their homes and to stay within them. They would also then vandalize the homes and steal items from within. Which is what led to the next amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
If you are starting to note a tread here. It is a government gone rabid. Thinking the can and could do anything they wished just because they were the government. This is the mentality that is now coming back into play within the United States government and is supported by those within the congress and the senate. Especially by those that think they should tell the people how they should live and act and what is and is not acceptable. i.e. the Democratic Party.
The next amendments deal with the justice system, both criminal and civil, dealing with the individuals rights, being more important than that of the state. From the fifth to the eighth amendment’s addresses these issues.
Then we come to the ninth amendment. Known as the unenumerated rights:
“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
But what are the enumerations in the constitution? These are the powers given to and to be maintained by the Federal Government. These are, as shown in Section 8 of the Constitution:
1: The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
2: To borrow Money on the credit of the United States;
3: To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
4: To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
5: To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
6: To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;
7: To establish Post Offices and post Roads;
8: To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
9: To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;
10: To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations;
11: To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
12: To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;
13: To provide and maintain a Navy;
14: To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
15: To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
16: To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
17: To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
18: To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Anything listed here is what shall not infringe upon the rights of the individual as prescribed by the ninth amendment.
Which leads us to the Tenth amendment:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Simply, anything not listed in the eighteen empowerments above goes to the state and if the state doesn’t want to deal with it. Then it goes to the people. i.e. the cities, towns and counties within the states, or just the people themselves.
So as a prime example. There is no listing to educate the children. So there should not be a Department of Education that is Federal. This is exclusively left to the states and the people.
Key points that need to be made
Frist: the Constitution is the core and overall righting document that governs all other laws in the United States:
Article 6; clause 2: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
So wishing and marching around to change for example gun laws is a waste of time. Since it takes this to change the constitution:
Article 5: “The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.”
Of all laws the Constitution is the hardest to change. So to do so learn to follow the right procedures to accomplish what it is you seek to change.

Millennial Outreach #12


Understanding the Constitution (part 1)
Part of this understanding must be understood from the stand point of those who made this document. What caused them to make it and thus leave, rebel, against the country they were originally a part, the British Empire.
The British considered those that lived within their colonies to be second class citizens. They looked down upon those that they saw as ignorant and backward. Even though they had come from the island of Great Britain, and had the same or greater education and intelligence they were seen as unequal. It is this mentality that caused the American Revolution.
Those that formed the government of the newly formed Untied States did not wish this mentality to continue. Even though many within this new nation were still seen as less than human, that being those that were black and white that were called slaves. Many within the government did not wish for this to continue thus forming this document that is called the “Constitution” to be as it is. Opening the door to some changes that those that made this document knew would take time. This is seen in the letter by George Washington use to present this document for approval by the very first congress of this nation.
“It is obviously impracticable in the Federal Government of these States to secure all rights of independent sovereignty to each, and yet provide for the interest and safety of all. Individuals entering into society must give up a share of liberty to preserve the rest. The magnitude of the sacrifice must depend as well on situation and circumstance, as on the object to be obtained. It is at all times difficult to draw with precision the line between those rights which must be surrendered, and those which may be preserved; and, on the present occasion, this difficulty was increased by a difference among the several States as to their situation, extent, habits, and particular interests.
“In all our deliberations on this subject, we kept steadily in our view that which appears to us the greatest interest of every true American, the consolidation of our Union, in which is involved our prosperity, felicity, safety—perhaps our national existence. This important consideration, seriously and deeply impressed on our minds, led each State in the Convention to be less rigid on points of inferior magnitude than might have been otherwise expected; and thus, the Constitution which we now present is the result of a spirit of amity, and of that mutual deference and concession, which the peculiarity of our political situation rendered indispensable.
“That it will meet the full and entire approbation of every State is not, perhaps, to be expected; but each will, doubtless, consider, that had her interest alone been consulted, the consequences might have been particularly disagreeable or injurious to others; that it is liable to as few exceptions as could reasonably have been expected, we hope and believe; that it may promote the lasting welfare of that Country so dear to us all, and secure her freedom and happiness, is our most ardent wish.”
Many states did not wish for slavery to continue while others did. But they understood at the time of the writing of this document that to keep this newly formed Untied States that there must be a compromise that would have to be addressed at a later date.
However, there were other things that were non-negotiable. This things formed the first ten amendments of the Constitution. There are now twenty-seven of these amendments.
The first ten though are the ones we will address at this time, because they dealt with the issues that were caused by the British and thus caused the revolution.
1) The freedom of expression and religion
2) Bearing arms
3) Quartering soldiers
4) Search and seizure
5) Rights of the individual
6) Rights of the accused in criminal prosecution
7) Civil trials
8) Furthers guarantees in criminal cases
9) The unenumerated rights
10) Reserved powers
Each of these were crimes committed by the British Empire upon those that lived within the American colonies.
The British would not allow people to openly say what they wished to, and so many were killed, imprisoned and tortured as a result. Also many had come to America to freely worship God as they saw fit, and not under the dictates of the control of the government, which is still for the most part the practice even to this day within Great Britain. Since the king was the head of the British church. Unfortunately, this amendment is being violated within the United Sates at this time. It is also the desire of those within universities to further infringe upon this right today.
As for bearing arms we must look at the wording of the amendment directly to fully understand its intent:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The “militia” is a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency and consists of all able-bodied civilians eligible by law for military service. However to be able to form this “militia” the citizen will not have this right acted upon so as to limit or undermine or encroach upon it. That means to be able to be called upon the purchase of Assault type weapons so as to be able to defend this nation in time of an emergency cannot be regulated. For no one can know when an emergency may arise. The average citizen must provide their own weapons, not be issued a weapon by the government, since in an emergency there may be no way to issues said weapons.
Why is this necessary? “to the security of a free State.”
So those that wish to regulate guns wishes not to have a free state, but wish to be like the British Empire in the 1700s. Looking down upon all others, because they see themselves as the special the chosen the righteous, when they in reality are not.
End part 1

Billy Graham


This is a man that affected millions of people’s lives. I have listened to several of his messages this last week, as the prepared to lay his body to rest, and I am just overwhelmed by what I heard.
As my faith has grown. My understanding of the Bible has sorrowed to new heights. However, as I listen to Mr. Graham’s messages. I could see that I wish I had gained the knowledge I now have sooner. In every aspect Billy and I have the same understanding of the meaning of God’s Word.
I did hear him once as a teen on television in the 1970s, but until now I never truly listened to any other message he gave, except from a book a read a while back. I knew Mr. Graham was a man that we should listen to when it comes to the teachings of the Bible. I realized that he was the best thing we had to a prophet. He rose to this level upon the passing of Peter Marshall in 1949. Throughout the last half of a century he could be said to have been a spiritual leader. In that time a great revival took place, which helped this nation out. However at the same time those upon the left and within government hampered and muted this growth due to the removal of God from public schools and the forced legislation of the murder of the unborn, and ultimately the forced national legalization of the marriage of same sex couples. He fought this within the legal limits allowed us all. Unfortunately, these actions of removing God has started this nation in a downward spiral, but it was in no fault due to Billy Graham.
I highly suggest people find a way to listen to Mr. Graham’s messages and truly open their hearts to what they will hear. For there is still need for more to hear and understand the true meaning of the teachings within the Bible. For time is running out upon this world, as is proven more and more every day in world and national events.