GREETINGS in Jesus' name! Here we are, already well into the year 1962. Events will move faster this year than ever. The WORLD will plunge one year closer to its END—and the dawn of the happy WORLD TOMORROW!
We who are the instruments Jesus Christ is using in GOD'S WORK must keep pace. One big leap ahead is the enlarged 28th Anniversary number of The Plain Truth, which you will receive in just a day or two—now going up to a full 48 pages.
Hundreds have asked me, WHAT ABOUT ASTROLOGERS' FORECAST THAT THE WORLD IS COMING TO AN END FRIDAY NIGHT FEBRUARY 2nd?"
Pagan astrologers and star-gazers in Malaya, India, and other parts of Asia say that on that night—just a few days now —seven planets in the "House of Capricorn" will be in conjunction, and that the moon will enter the same "House" that same night. That means, they predict, the END OF THE WORLD! One astrologer in India says the world will explode like an over-ripe melon.
WHY are so many millions of people interested in what pagan astrologers predict, while they are utterly heedless of the SURE PROPHECIES OF GOD?
If you want my opinion, I do not use the mighty and powerful facilities God Almighty has placed at my disposal for speaking to some 20 million people every week, all around the world, to voice my opinions. I proclaim the SURE Word of God. And I do not say "I think"—or "this is the way I look at it." But I do proclaim with authority the "THUS SAITH THE LORD," and there is no "maybe" or "perhaps" about it—it is SURE!
And this I now say to you: God Almighty, in His Word, does NOT say this earth is going to explode on Friday night February 2nd. He DOES say this earth "abideth forever," and that it shall not be removed forever. What God says is going to END is "this evil world"—this system of society.
God also says a few things about these very astrologers. In the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th chapters of Daniel you read of the astrologers in ancient Babylon. In every case they were shown as pretenders, fakers, who had no power at all. They were utterly UNABLE to forecast the future, but GOD did reveal the future, through Daniel the prophet.
Again, in Isaiah 47, you'll read of "the DAUGHTER" of that ancient Babylon. A "woman" is the symbol of a church. It is speaking of the RELIGIOUS phase of Babylon as it has descended down to our day—that is, the religions of the Far East, of India, and, in its western evolvement, the Roman Catholic and the Protestant religions. This is a PROPHECY, for OUR TIME RIGHT NOW! It shows that our peoples—the Americans, the British, and northwestern Europe nations, are in the grip of this Babylon religion.
Speaking of this modern "Babylon" religion, God says to her: "Let now the ASTROLOGERS, the monthly prognosticators, the star-gazer, stand up,...behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them," etc. (Verse 13-14).
The predictions of these false prophets are utterly spurious and WORTHLESS! But whatever GOD says will happen is absolutely SURE!
God Almighty has called YOU, as well as me, to shout to the world HIS WARNING of what is soon to befall the nations, unless they repent and change their ways. Time is short and GROWING SHORTER so fast we can hardly realize it! Here we are in 1962! What will THIS calendar year bring forth?
The Common Market in Europe will MAKE PROGRESS toward POLITICAL and MILITARY UNITY—the resurrection of the Roman Empire! Russia will keep the world in the jitters of "cold war." The Plain Truth is now expanding to 48 pages. In one or two months it will add the second COLOR to 8 more pages. Many more radio stations will be added, thundering the WORLD TOMORROW around the world. A super-power 50,000-watt Boston station is now being added —many others to follow. We probably shall soon be ON THE AIR over more than half the population of Britain at the prime time of 8:00 P.M. every night, seven nights a week. We hope to put out TWO-PAGE Messages in the French and the German editions of Reader's Digest, to be read by MILLIONS in their own languages—as we already publish these dynamic two-page Messages in the British, Australian, and New Zealand editions. We hope to begin these powerful Messages in the UNITED STATES editions of Reader's Digest either this year or next. One out of every five adults in the British Isles reads Reader's Digest. It is read by more people than any publication on earth. IT IS POWERFUL!
The Year 1961 closed with another 30% increase in the growth of this great work. Millions heard Christ's own Gospel. Hundreds were converted and baptized. In other words, our living Head, Jesus Christ, granted us by far the BIGGEST harvest in the history of this work—30% bigger than ever before, just as 1960 was 30% bigger than 1959—and this phenomenal growth has continued for 28 years! Read the "PERSONAL from the Editor" column in the February Plain Truth.
TIME IS SHORT and rapidly RUNNING OUT ON US!
We still have by far the greatest part of the work to yet be done! We are yet FAR from having accomplished the Great Commission. This great mission must be the one uppermost immediate PURPOSE in your life and mine. We must sacrifice, PRAY, and strive to this end more diligently than ever.
The income provided by our beloved family of Co-Workers started off the new year with a record-breaking upsurge—for the first ten days. Then it began to drop off sharply. Now once again it is dropping down to serious levels. Our Lord and Saviour, the Living Jesus CHRIST, is opening doors, guiding, blessing, prospering His Work. He is LEADING the way—WE MUST FOLLOW! Your earnest prevailing, believing PRAYERS for this work—even for me personally, and all the staff with me—are SERIOUSLY NEEDED!
The entire financial ability to keep this great Work going depends on YOU and the others in our family of Co-Workers! Pray earnestly that God will PROSPER every Co-Worker—not only yourself, but all the others, that all may have the means to give liberally for God's Work! Let's all do better this year than ever before!
The NEED is great, and URGENT—and air-mail speeds it to us faster! THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, and God WILL bless you!