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WHAT  WILL  HAPPEN  TO  YOU,
BEFORE  THE  WORLD  ENDS ?

You may be thinking. 

"Say What?!  You have got to be kidding.  No one knows what is going to happen to me.  I don't even know what's going to happen to me, anymore than anyone else.  That kind of information just is not available."

"Who says the world is going to end?  Sure, it's getting a little polluted, but we can clean it up.  And besides, even if it does end, I won't be around to see it.  The world could get hit by a meteor, maybe, but someone would see it coming in a telescope somewhere.  We could blow the planet up ourselves."  But you would probably say, "Not likely, that isn't going to happen."

Still, suppose you could know beforehand what was going to happen to you.  Suppose you did have foreknowledge of certain occurrences in your life.  Foreknowledge that gave you the opportunity of making the most of your circumstances.  A little foreknowledge might be a good thing.  A little foresight often helps one prevent misery.

If the world was going to end I wouldn't want to end with it.  I would do anything possible to prevent an event like that from hurting me.  If that event were going to happen, I would definitely want to know about it in advance.  Just give me a chance to do something.  If I knew the world was going to end, I sure would want to do something.  If I knew I would get through that kind of devastation without suffering too much loss, I would breathe a whole lot easier. 

"But the world is not going to end, is it?  And besides, I don't need to know what is going to happen to me tomorrow.  I can handle anything that comes along.  I have done all right up to now." 

Surely, there have been times when you wished you knew what was going to happen concerning some matter?   Wouldn't it be nice to know the job you are thinking about taking will be much more profitable than the job you now have?  Wouldn't it be nice to know the car you just ordered will last you 150,000 miles, with no problems?  Wouldn't it be nice to  know the land you have bought is going to appreciate over the next 5 years? 

Wouldn't it be nice to know beforehand that the job you are about to take is going to disappear in 6 months?  Wouldn't it be nice to know if the car you are about to order will lose its transmission before you can finish paying for it?  Wouldn't it be nice to know if the land you are thinking about buying will never be worth what you are about to give for it? 

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I believe, if you knew the land wasn't worth anything, you wouldn't buy it.  I believe also, if you knew the land was worth millions, you would 'jump on it,' if the price was just thousands, especially if you had the thousands to invest in it.  Wouldn't you?  Or at least most people would. 

But of course, no one knows what is going to happen tomorrow, especially what will happen to yourself.  It sure would be nice to know though, wouldn't it? 

Sometimes we can make good guesses about the consequences of our actions.  Sometimes, with thoughtful use of history, logic, and science, we can almost 'KNOW' what is going to happen.  Often, we can predict a trend, see an opportunity, see a path we should take and its probable outcome.

In most things, really true knowledge is not available to us, especially about oneself. Usually, it is equally impossible to foresee the twists and turns of ones life.  I don't know what is going to happen to me, and no one else KNOWS. 

Except perhaps God, if you believe there is a God.  Personally, I cannot believe anything different. One surely cannot prove, scientifically, His existence. Few humans, have had proof enough of God, to KNOW that He is. 

Many of us KNOW He is, in our hearts. We believe, to the point of knowledge, that there is a GOD, the Creator of all things, the Supreme Being.  Everything we see is "proof" to those people who believe God is.  Many individuals, both "religious" and "non-religious" are convinced of His Presence. 

If there is an all powerful, all knowing, supreme being, "God," would it be possible He would have some knowledge of events before they came to pass? 

Of course an all powerful, all knowing God would know the outcome of future events.  By definition that is true.  If God is all knowing, He must know the future.  Time does not count.  It is said He sees all things from beginning to end.       
(Isaiah 46:8-10)   

And, of course, we all believe in God, don't we?  There are too many things which can't be explained without the explanation a Creator gives.  What He reveals in the Bible is often the only reason we can give for the way things are.  There are countless questions for which we just don't have answers. 

Who can experience their existence, explain their act of life, or feel they have a purpose, without feeling as if there is a higher purpose?  And therefore, One who is higher, who has that higher purpose? 

It is not the purpose of this book to provide reasons for an intellectual belief in God, or 'A Supreme Being,' although a very good case can be made.  This book's aim is to help one see more fully God's true purpose, warn of events that must soon happen, help some to find the great escape of Jesus, and to discuss the history and prophecy concerning planet earth, as it relates to you. 

This is the point, if there is a one true God, He is important, and important to you.  This may sound obvious, it seems obvious to me.  The answer to the question, "Is there a God?" is a matter of personal belief and faith.  If there is, And there is, a God, He is important to You.

I believe strongly that God is, and He does have purpose in all His actions.  I believe "God is" and is a "
rewarder of them that diligently seek Him."     (Hebrews 11:6) 

Wouldn't it be nice to know that when Jesus comes, you will be ready, looking for Him?  Wouldn't it be nice to know, as close as possible, when Jesus will return?  You know you would be ready for that day, wouldn't you?  Especially if what is revealed in the Christian Bible about God and Jesus Christ is true. 

It is the purpose of this book to provide some possible road signs to events the Bible says will take place very shortly.  Events important to the planet.  Events important to you.  Toward this purpose, it is assumed and believed throughout the rest of this book, GOD IS, has revealed Himself to man, and has purpose in His actions. 

Now if you do not believe in God, or any Supreme Being, then your reasons must be sound ones to you. Otherwise, you would not believe He does not exist.  At least you believe something.  That is a kind of faith, albeit somewhat negative. 

If you don't believe in a purposeful God, then you believe the Universe came about by chance.  You must then believe the Universe came into being without purpose, and is drifting through time aimlessly. 

If you don't believe in God, and your mind is settled, and you have no doubts, fine.  If, in your mind, there is the least shred of possibility, there is a purposeful God, you should keep an open mind and continue to question and seek.  It would be better to believe there is a purposeful God, and there not be, than to not believe in God when He Is.  Wouldn't it? 

Since this book is based on belief in the One purposeful God, maybe He would tell us what is going to happen to the world, and thus ourselves.  Of course, no one in the world, including ourselves, can predict or foresee, with absolute accuracy, the future, or even the daily events of our lives.  God can! 

In the Christian Bible He has revealed much of Himself and His plans.  He also reveals much of Himself through His creations.  Sometimes He reveals things directly to men.  God could tell you exactly what will happen to you, couldn't He?  He might.  But, for the most part, He makes us live our lives and find out ourselves. 

I wish God would personally tell me exactly what to do, each moment of the day.  God doesn't seem to speak loud enough.  Maybe we have difficulty hearing.  Instead, we must learn of Him through study, prayer, and thoughtful reflections about the world around us. 

In God's wisdom He makes us live day to day, learning how things work.  We have to use our minds, and think out the course of our lives.  We have to make our best guesses, put forth our best labor, and hope for the best.  God can fix all our problems, and He will, in His best time. 

In the book of
Isaiah, God says, "Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them."  The Bible also says, "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, . . ."  (Isaiah 42:9; Isaiah 46:9,10)


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