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By Jim Towers

You don’t have to be a preacher, pastor or Jehovah’s Witness to be an evangelist. As a matter of fact it may be an asset for you to just be yourself. Today, God needs all the help He can muster to reach out to a hurting humanity with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I admit that this was an unusually active day, but being a “people” person I enjoy such a day as this.

Today before going to the gym I checked my e-mail. A loyal reader whom I’ve come to know mailed me from her cell phone. She desperately needed my advice on how to handle a potential suicide. It seems her husband’s friend was suicidal because of the trauma he had recently gone through with the death of his mother. As if that wasn’t enough, his girlfriend broke up with him on his birthday. Now he was teetering on suicide, feeling he didn’t have a friend in the world. I told her what steps I would take.  She wrote back later saying she had followed my advice, which was to get him to repent for not making God a part of his life, receive Jesus Christ into his heart, get baptized, begin studying the Bible and join a Bible-believing church.

That is my approach, since most unbelievers are either atheists, agnostics or know nothing about the things of God.  If a person is sincerely seeking God’s face for one reason or another they must admit that they have ignored Him in their lives. Of every person I’ve led to Christ in this way no one has ever denied doing so.

Today I look for every opportunity to share Christ with a hurting humanity.

While pedaling the stationary bike and watching the news about Trump’s visit to Jerusalem, it dawned on me that this could be the lead up to the war of Gog and Magog. The night before, I had read that Trump had bombed Syria once again and I was reminded that Damascus would be completely destroyed in the last days. Trump is intent on destroying Isis, and Damascus is their gathering place. In that same news clip the word “peace” came up again and again. We all know that the Bible says, “They shall say peace, peace, and all of a sudden destruction.”  Folks, it’s all happening right before our very eyes.

I thought about how the Lord had prompted me to talk to Frank for the past two weeks. Now after seeing that news report at the gym I was determined to stop and warn him. After working out I had to pass by Frank’s house on my way home. I had met Frank a couple of years ago. He is a big burly mechanic with big rough hands. I needed my lawn mower fixed and I had neglected to share Christ with him. We hit it off immediately and I found him to be a gentlemanly and intelligent person in spite of his rough appearance. Lately he had been on my mind and I felt compelled to stop by and share the gospel with him. Upon my arrival I told him that the Lord had laid it on my heart to stop and share the gospel with him. Out of curiosity I asked if he had been praying and seeking God’s face.

It was the wrong question – to which he gave the right answer. “You can’t see God’s face, God is a spirit and you can only see his reflection in the face of His Son Jesus Christ.” It was not at all what I expected to hear. Then he explained himself, saying, “I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and I don’t want anything to do with no church.”

I met all of his rebuttals with sensible answers, since I had heard all of the resistant blather before.

Then out of the blue he said, “If I were to go I would go to such and such a church.” I knew that church to be a Bible believing one and I agreed that it would be a good choice. What that response told me was that he wasn’t about to go back to the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall and had been thinking about attending a Bible believing one instead.

A young friend of his who had been listening piped up, “I ain’t going to no church either.”

I let them both give off steam, and then reminded them that things were getting hairy out there in the world and that they should both seek the Lord. I left my card and a tract with the name of my church on it. I had fulfilled my mission with no hard feelings on either side. I felt confident that God would take it from there.

After lunch I had to make another run downtown and on the way I stopped to get coffee at the donut shop.  While there I met a lady who confessed that she was terribly afraid of all that was going on in the world, but couldn’t understand it. I told her she could find verification for the end time chaos in the Bible and gave her my card. She said she was Episcopalian and dreaded that Trump was now our president. Although I will discuss politics, I didn’t go there. This wasn’t the time to get into that and it won’t matter one way or another if prophecy is being fulfilled.  Only Jesus can bring peace to this fallen world.

When I got home our Catholic neighbor lady came to the car and excitedly told us of an abduction attempt of a child from the mother’s arms at a local mall. “The world’s gone mad, she cried.  “I worry for my grandchild.”  We invited her into the house and I read II Timothy 3:1-5 to her.  She read along with me. “Oh my God,” she said, “it’s all happening just that way.”

The day ended with a call from my lawyer friend in Pensacola. Although he knows I’m a radical Christian he likes me anyway. We had a good conversation with laughter and bantering, but in the midst of it I touched on scripture, something he never refutes, being a Catholic. We talked for a good half hour and finally said our goodbyes. It occurred to me that he had called to see what I had to say about the world situation; one in which he has to wear a bullet proof jacket to court. God had put it in his mind to call me. Realizing that, I sat down at the computer again, even though it was getting late, and wrote to him. I told him how much I appreciated his friendship and that I felt compelled to share the Gospel with him, which I did. It was short and to the point.

It was a very eventful day, and I thank God he could use me in this way.  Still I wondered, “Lord, don’t you have any other evangelists in my area?”  I didn’t need an answer; it was only a rhetorical question. Then I remembered the verse in the book of Daniel that says, “Those who know their God shall have a wide ministry in those days.”

YBIC

Jim Towers           jt.filmmaker@yahoo.com and www.thepropheciesmovie.com and book.

  • MM4817

    Jim,

    I am not an internet troll and I am not here to insult you or your beliefs. I am just a non believer who has a few questions and your passion my help answer them. There are many contradictions in the Bible. Passages that do not match up with other passages. If the entire book is written by God then how can this be? Are they mistakes from years of translation or were the passages manipulated by man? Either way that means that at least to some extent the words have been changed and the book can’t be 100% from God. If it was 98% from God that isn’t bad, but if it’s only 45% that I’m concerned. There is no way to know so that bothers me. I wouldn’t want to follow a book just to find out that it is only 18% correct. Since many of the stories in the Bible are older then the Bible it seems more like a collection of folk lore then a guide to life. No offense. Even stories like the story of Jesus had been going around for hundreds of years before his birth. What if one of these other stories are the true story of the Messiah? Or what if they are all just stories? There is little to no proof to prove most things in the Bible and that bothers me. Let’s say there is a box sitting on a table. I tell you that the box is empty but you says it has something in it. The odds of either one of us being right as basically 50/50. But if I say it is empty and you say the box contains a red stuffed panda with eight black spots that was made in China and it smells of cigarettes from Dave the man who had the box in his mail truck for three and a half hours. I would have to ask you how you know all that and if the only answer I get is I believe it to be true I wouldn’t be so sure. What do you know that I don’t? The Bible is flawed and odds are it is just a collection of stories that is not the word of God since there is no proof that is it. I’m not saying you are wrong but odds are you are. Do you have any proof you are right or is it all belief? If you have no proof then could another religion be right or maybe even none of them? Like I said Jim, I just have to many question with no answers. Thanks for your time.

    • Hello,

      I emailed Jim and don’t want to answer for him but I will attempt here also-
      Thanks for asking the questions. If your truly seeking an answer I would take it up in sincere prayer, for Christ to reveal himself to you. I offer to have a discussion with you and we can systematically go thru these points, they are not unlike many who are non believers or others (outside Christianity) seeking an answer and then searching for the Truth.

      Prophecy is one way that the Bible authenticates that its message is from outside our time domain. If God can create us and the universe he certainly has the means to get a message to us.

      I recommend two things for you to read 1) The Coming prince by SIr Arthur Anderson- This book will detail the precise mathematical prediction made in the old testament of the Coming of Christ. Anderson was the second commissioner appointed in Scotland Yard and approaches the prophecy with that attitude. The link below will give you the synopsis and outcome of the whole thing. It is bullet proof and cant be denied
      http://xwalk.ca/king.html

      2) Much more in depth into all your questions-
      http://www.emjc3.com/proof/bibleproofbook.pdf

      Again if you would like to correspond to me as I am the owner of the site, we could attempt a dialogue- just email me on the contact page with your information.

      Lastly I told someone I could give proof of God in one word-
      Antisemitism

      No other race of people have been hated/persecuted around the world by all cultures as have the Jews. This is proof that Satan exists and if Satan is real- Then God is also. The holocaust, the trials,pomgroms thru the centuries, the attacks by the medieval church, Persians, and on and on point to Satan trying to undermine God’s plan. Even now you can look at the tiny city of Jerusalem and wonder why so many covet it- It has no significance geographically, nothing strategically, no natural resources and yet it is contested by all the world. Yet in the old testament Zechariah states”I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people” ” A cup of trembling to all nations” Sounds crazy, yet it is the reality of these very days!

      The warning sign that something is going on should be flashing across your mind– The times are approaching fast when you wont have a choice in the matter, as it will be too late.

      Blessings
      Martin

      • MM4817

        I read the document number one you posted. Not trying to insult anyone but it was much less then convincing. The math was manipulation to fit the result that was wanted. If those number are right they are vague enough that you could interpret them however you want. It’s like when a preacher give a date for end times and that date comes and goes. They say they got the math wrong and reinterpret for a different date. Even the passages were vague enough that it can be left up to interpretation. If this is so undeniable, then why do the Jewish people who follow the old testament not believe that Jesus was the Messiah. The second document is too long to read tonight so I will have to look it over another day. But can you explain the contradictions in the Bible from different books of the Bible?

        • ill never be insulted man, so don’t worry about that. I think its very specific on exact days/ It is in fact exact and precise. Listen it took me days to do the research to figure this out myself and go thru the prophecy word for word- If you can brush it off overnight- there is no point in back and forth.

          I am wondering if you even read it or studied it yourself, the answer to your question about “why do Jewish people not believe” is stated under the ancient rabbis section on what they thought within the article itself, so mostly answers your own questions on that.

          I think the second article will answer in more depth any other questions you have from my perspective so give it a worthwhile read.

          • MM4817

            I read the second document and still I hate to say that you’ve got nothing. If your beliefs give you peace and happiness, I am happy for you. But you don’t have better info then the rest of us out there. The box is empty and you can’t prove it isn’t. If I see evidence that there is something in the box I’ll let you know but until then be careful what you believe and be careful not to spread info until you know it’s true. A lot of false info out there and it’s tripping some people up. Have a good night.

          • Thanks for the reply- Appreciate the opportunity to speak openly- Was traveling for work so couldn’t respond sooner.

            Everything is right in front of you and if you just opened your eyes, you would see it. All the answers are in the Bible- It is integrated message system spanning thousands of years and yet is so precise and logical that it is impossible to refute- It is essential to “blindfold our prejudices” and shed the baggage of our misconceptions. The only sure barrier to truth is the presumption that you already have it…20th century science has vindicated the Biblical
            perspectives of reality (the finite universe; the discovery of the nature of time, the realization of hyperspaces…and more!).

            The Bible is the only book that teaches history in advance-
            Often we find the Biblical record of historical events contradicted by traditional secular scholarship, only to have subsequent archaeological discoveries later vindicate the Biblical historical record. For example, the history of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire, was regarded as a Biblical myth by scholars who denied even the existence of this ancient city until 1849, when the ruins were discovered, validating the Biblical accounts. A similar situation occurred in regard to ancient Babylon. Though the Bible has spoken prophetically of all the major empires of the world, we see that it has most specifically focused on the nation of Israel. In fact, the entire history of Israel is an astonishing testimony to the supernatural origin of the Bible. When we examine the prophetic messages centering around it and see them fulfilled in its history, the Bibles track record is validated and the providence of God is affirmed over and over.

            Israel is the lens through which the Bible presents both the past and the future of the world itself. It is the means through which Gods program for the redemption of mankind will be performed.

            I asked you before how do you explain the hatred for the Jews spanning thousands of years, validating Satins attempts to thwart God. You can’t. How do you explain the UN and the World at large who constantly stick their noses in the affairs of the Jewish state- why care so much about a piece of land, that has no oil, not strategically located, nothing makes it important at all, but God planted his flag on Jerusalem and the nations rage- to this day- open your eyes man.

            One of the greatest miracles in the Bible is before our very eyes: the continuing existence of the Jewish people. Again and again, throughout the many centuries and empires, attempts to wipe out the Jews have always failed. The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Crusaders, and the Nazis of Germany”all failed in their aggressive attempts at genocide.

            The Israelites originally went down to Egypt as a family, were enslaved, and after four centuries, emerged as a nation. God referred to this emergent nation as His firstborn (Ex 4:22). And it was His plan to use them to bring forth the One who would be the Redeemer of mankind.

            Dispersion

            Though Israels Babylonian captivity was its first removal from the land, God restored and continued to woo the nation to faithfulness. Christs arrival, ministry, and ultimate rejection are well-known historically, but few people realize how much this led to the Jews later dispersions. Jesus Himself gave us His perspective when He said:

            O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. – Matthew 23:34-39

            The tragedy of all history, the rejection of Christ, led to the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. In fact, Luke 21:24 foretold that the Jewish people shall be led away captive into all nations, a statement that reflects the very language of Deuteronomy 28:64: Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other (NKJV). The Diaspora simply cannot be understood without the background of Deuteronomy.

            The regathering of the Jews into their own homeland”the second time”is the key to understanding the times in which we live.

            It was a dramatic day on May 14, 1948, when David Ben-Gurion, using Ezekiel as his authority, announced on international radio the name of Israel as the new state and homeland for the Jews. It was a great day for the Jews. And it was a most significant day for Biblical scholarship as well. The debate about the literalness of Gods promises should have ended.

            Immediately set upon by their Muslim enemies, Israel shocked the world by the miraculous victories in their War of Independence. Vastly outnumbered, they nevertheless established their fledgling state in the midst of impossible conditions. In 1967, they again startled an astonished world with their miraculous victories in the Six-Day War. And again, in 1973, in the Yom Kippur War. The saga of the Israeli Defense Forces has become a modern legend. And yet, the worse is still to come.

            Even science confirms it, but they hug their delusions to the end. Advances in microbiology, DNA, et al., have dealt the death blow to Darwinism. DNA is a digital code. Darwinism cannot explain the origin of life because it cannot explain the origin of information.

            The famous Atheist Anthony Flew who came to the conclusion in the existence of God said “There were two factors in particular that were decisive. One was my growing empathy with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an Intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical Universe. The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself—which is far more complex than the physical Universe—can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source. I believe that the origin of life and reproduction simply cannot be explained from a biological standpoint despite numerous efforts to do so. With every passing year, the more that was discovered about the richness and inherent intelligence of life, the less it seemed likely that a chemical soup could magically generate the genetic code. The difference between life and non-life, it became apparent to me, was ontological and not chemical. The best confirmation of this radical gulf is Richard Dawkins’ comical effort to argue in The God Delusion that the origin of life can be attributed to a “lucky chance.” If that’s the best argument you have, then the game is over. No, I did not hear a Voice. It was the evidence itself that led me to this conclusion.” He was so closer to God but still died unsaved because his search ended before he accepted Christ as his savior- Even Christopher Hitchens (a famous atheist that perhaps more people have heard about) admitted that deism is a position that is impossible to refute.

            Romans 18-For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
            unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

            God’s wrath is directed “against all the godlessness” (asebeian, “lack of proper reverence for God”) and wickedness (adikian, “unrighteousness”) of men, not against the men as such. (God’s wrath will also be revealed in the future; cf. Rom 2:5.) God hates sin and judges it, but
            loves sinners and desires their salvation. These verses declare that knowledge concerning God is available to all, as it is seen in the created world, accessible to the entire human race.
            [The first step of wisdom is to listen to the worst that God says about
            us. We were born into this lost race.]

            Again, the conclusion to this description of natural revelation is important—all men are without excuse. The witness to God in nature is so clear and so constant that ignoring it is indefensible.

            The Old Testament is an account of a Nation. The New Testament is the account of a Man. The Creator became a Man. His appearance is the central event of all history: He died to purchase us and is alive now. The most exalted privilege is to know Him. That’s what the Bible is all about.
            http://www.khouse.org/articles/2005/606/
            http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/david-klinghoffer/scientists-confirm-darwinism-broken
            http://www.khouse.org/articles/2003/491/