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“The Book Nobody Knows”

MEANING LOCKED UP UNTIL NOW

Bruce Barton wrote a book about the Bible titled The Book Nobody Knows. This title certainly has been true --- until recently! After revealing many prophecies to the Prophet Daniel, God told him to “keep the book shut as a secret, till the CRISIS AT THE END (when) trouble shall be multiplied on earth.” (Daniel 12:4) The whole world is now in a time of grave crisis and is rapidly approaching a condition of mass destruction, man now has the means to wipe out the entire human race! God said that at this time “None of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand” (Daniel 12:10). Though printed copies of God's Word and a general knowledge of the Scriptures are widespread today, the world as a whole still does not understand the Bible. It is in utter confusion religiously, academically, politically and militarily. The world does not really know where it is headed, nor does it comprehend the lessons of the past. Never has mankind needed understanding of the knowledge of God more!

SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING NEVER MORE NEEDED

Scientific and technical knowledge continues to multiply --- but so do world troubles! Obviously, material knowledge and scientific and technological know-how have not brought man the ANSWERS to world problems. This knowledge has only led to the proliferation of problems, and has led mankind to the brink of nuclear annihilation! The late former president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, recognized the fact that man now has the ability to destroy himself. In his inaugural address he said: “In the swift rush of great events, we find ourselves groping to know the full sense and meanings of the times in which we live. … How far have we come in man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward light? Are we nearing the light --- a day of freedom and peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us? … Science seems ready to confer upon us, as its final gift, the power to erase human life from this planet.” How may world disasters be averted? What is the solution to the seemingly inevitable nuclear, chemical and biological “Armageddon”? At the close of World War II, just following the surrender of the Japanese on board the battle ship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur put his finger on the only possible solution. He said these fateful words: “Men since the beginning of time have sought peace. Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations, … Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn have failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blots out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at he door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science,art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past 2,000 years, It must be of the spirit if we to save the flesh.”

Notice these remarkable words carefully.

Although he was one of greatest and most successful generals of modern times. MacArthur believed that our world had had its last chance to wage a major war and to end it short of the annihilation of mankind! But he also saw the only solution to this world's ills to be a renewing of man's spirit --- an improvement in human character! Let's be honest. Let's face the facts. There is a cause for every effect! Because man has chosen to go his own way an has rejected God's revealed knowledge, mankind is reaping the consequences!

Man's own Ways are the cause of the misery, wretchedness and trouble filling the world today! Cut loose from God and the understanding of His Word, man's misguided scientific and technological genius has led him to the brink of self-annihilation!

The problem, therefore, basically, is theological, as God plainly says in His Word: “My people are destroyed for lack of (true, spiritual) knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

ONLY ONE HOPE

People tend to delude themselves into thinking there is no special danger right now --- that the world has always been as chaotic as it is today. Of course, human nature has remained basically unchanged. The ways of carnal-minded men have always ended in destruction and death (Proverbs 14:12). But, in prophesying of our day, the Apostle Paul said, “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13). This coupled with the stark reality that never until now has human annihilation been possible, ought to WAKE US UP! Jesus Christ, the greatest newscaster who ever lived, knew the ultimate result of the terrible state of affairs men would bring on themselves in this end time. He predicted: ”Except those days should be shortened, there should NO FLESH BE SAVED ALIVE.” (Matthew 24:22). Yet, your Bible shows there is hope for mankind! God Almighty has promised to intervene in world affairs. He will not allow the scientific genius of man to destroy all life on this planet. He has promised to send Jesus Christ again --- this time to save us from ourselves and bring peace at last!

YOU CAN BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND

How, then, can you begin to really understand the Bible? Here is how you may begin this exciting adventure. Study the Bible to find TRUTH. Be careful to “prove all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Then Believe GOD --- Believe His Word as you would accept any other book in which you had confidence. When the Apostle Paul came to Berea, the people he found were preaching something utterly different than that which had been taught and had believed. They did not know whether Paul was a false prophet or a man sent from God. Notice what they did: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind (that is, without prejudice, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11). So study your Bible without prejudice, but be careful to prove all things as the Bereans did --- search the Scriptures, whether those things be so! Read and study your Bible daily --- check for yourself and see what it really does teach. Don't just assume that what you have always heard and believed is the truth of God.

BIBLE Correspondence Course “Herbert Armstrong College”

Copied by Sandy Lyons by approval December 27, 2012

"By Stan McDonald."


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