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SO THE NEW YEAR IS HERE!

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

       We’re seven days into the New Year already!  It is amazing how time passes so quickly, isn’t it?  Since time does veritably fly, it is really important to establish goals that would be beneficial for us to reach, both long-term or short-term.  I know many of you are reflecting upon this topic and working at objectives that are realistic.

     On the spiritual side, I want to find time each day to study the Bible, either by myself , with my husband or with a friend or associate.  I also want to keep strengthening my own faith and that of whose whom I love.   I  want to work on being more positive, less moody and much more courageous.  As we get older, we seem to confront more and more problems.  Often, we have the wisdom (or gain it through prayer) to cope with these difficulties, but at other times we have to dig deeply into ourselves and our quality of faith in order to endure.  I hope that I will improve in the ways already mentioned , for only by doing so will life become easier to deal with on an everyday basis.

     Finding answers to spiritual questions helps us to gain strength of spirit.  For example, many people wonder about the meaning of Armageddon.  Having read an article on that subject today, I would very much like to share some of its content with you.  Every comment made was Bible-based.

     Today I want to highlight just a couple of the questions that the article addresses.  There are many misconceptions related to these questions.  We will see the disparity between what people think without any knowledge of the Bible and what the Bible actually says about that issue.

     The first question is whether or not Armageddon  is a man-made disaster.  When we read secular articles in most magazines or newspapers, the term “Armadeddon” is used rather loosely.  In fact, World War One and Two were both at times referred to as Armageddon.  The term, “Thermonuclear Armageddon” referred to the post-World War Two fear that the United States and Russia would one day have a deadly conflict, using atomic weapons.  “Climate Armageddon” is a term that researchers have used to describe possible changes in earth’s weather conditions as a result of pollution.

     Do humans actually have the power to control the future of the earth and all of us who live upon it?  The Bible says in Isaiah 45:18 that God formed the earth “to be inhabited.”  Therefore, he will not allow the earth to be destroyed with all the people in it.  Instead, according to Revelation 11:18, the Supreme God, Jehovah, will “bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

     Another question that the article addresses is whether or not Armageddon is a natural disaster.  Reporters often speak of massive earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc. as “Armageddon.”  They also apply the term to events that they fear in the future.    Therefore, those who are not Bible-trained often believe that Armageddon is a “random event that indiscriminately kills innocent victims.”  That assumption is very far from the truth since the Bible says in Psalm 37:10:  “the wicked one will be no more; and you will certainly give attention to his place, and he will not be.”   Those destroyed at Armageddon will be only the wicked ones, not those serving God.

     Another time I will mention other questions that people have about Armageddon and answer them through the Bible, but not today.  Perhaps, it would be a good idea to reflect upon what I have already described and to read the first few chapters of Revelation, the very last book of the Bible.

     On a lighter note, I wish you all only the best in 2012.  I hope you will make good use of every day, working towards benevolent goals and fulfillment of lovely dreams.  Many wonderful dreams can one day become reality, but the fulfillment does not take place through osmosis.  We have to work towards it, and the work is often time-consuming and hard.  Yet, if the goal is a good one, all the effort to reach it is worth it in the end.

                                                                                     Best wishes always,

                                                                                     Cheryl