[HomeARC note (10/98): Please refer to The Charter for the Family's current doctrine and policies regarding most of the following subjects.]
1. QUESTION: OUR HOME HAD A QUESTION ABOUT THE MOVIE "E.T." & WHETHER OR NOT WE OUGHT TO TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO SEE IT? Do you think it would be okay for children?—Emma, Asia.
ANSWER: THE MOVIE "E.T." WAS VERY TOUCHING & IT ALMOST MADE ME CRY. It shows what love can do. It was sort of a "be kind to animals" thing. It was kind of a "Beauty & the Beast" story. But on the less happy side, they're getting the kids willing to believe anything. It shows you the programme of the Devil teaching'm not to believe in God or the Bible or angels or saints or anything like that, anything supernatural or Christian or Jesus. But they teach'm to believe in that kind of stuff so they'll love monsters & demons & devils & beasts & all kinds of horrible things! I mean, it's a perversion! That ugly thing!—It was a reptile! But it had a few good little morals about it, teaching love & non-violence. Shows you what their parents are up to. They went crazy! Kids have more common sense than the adults. The adults were just freaking out! Maybe if we explain it to the kids ahead of time they could see it. (Maria: The bad samples of the American children in it outweigh the good!) That was a horrible thing to dissect the frogs, you usually did that the last year of high school. I wouldn't be surprised if in those American schools they're getting really that vicious!
3. QUESTION: CAN PLANTS FEEL LOVE?—Samson, Europe.
ANSWER: IT'S BEEN PROVEN THAT IN A HOME WHERE'S THERE'S A LOT OF FUSSING & QUARRELLING & LOTS OF WRANGLING & FIGHTING & MEAN PEOPLE‚ BAD PEOPLE, THEY'LL ACTUALLY DIE! They'll wither up & die even if they're growing as potted plants in dirt & water & with everything! They only thrive in love‚ just like people—they respond to love! Yes, they can feel & they can even hear!
4. QUESTION: WE ARE MEMBERS OF A HOME PARTIALLY SUPPORTED BY WS & EACH COUPLE IS GIVEN A LITTLE POCKET MONEY TO SPEND FOR THEIR NEEDS‚ AS WE DON'T LITNESS OR HAVE ANY OTHER FORM OF INCOME. BUT IS IT RIGHT FOR THE SHEPHERD TO ASK FOR IT BACK TO PAY FOR OTHER HOME NEEDS?—Psalms, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: I SAID IT CAN'T BE USED FOR EXAMPLE BY THE BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE CAMP, THAT HE COULDN'T TAKE IT BEFORE YOU GOT IT & USE IT FOR THINGS LIKE THAT. But once they've got it, my God‚ it'd be against all of God's principles of giving & sacrificing if you wouldn't give it back if it's needed! I want to tell you right now if they're that selfish I don't even want to give you that, if the camp needs it for camp expenses & your own utilities & your own food & you're not willing to donate it when they see the camp needs it! Once it's in the hands of the people then it is yours to do with as you will. But if you're not even willing to contribute it for needed food or your own utilities, God help them!
5. QUESTION: MAHATMA GANDHI WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS PEACEFUL TACTICS WHICH MANY THINK HE COPIED FROM THE BIBLE. We wondered what your opinion of Gandhi was & if you think he was really saved or a secret believer?—John‚ India
ANSWER: THIS IS WHY THEY ASSASSINATED HIM, THEY SUSPECTED HIM OF TURNING CHRISTIAN, because he really seemed to be Christian in all of his policies & conduct & his pronouncements, & he even recommended reading the New Testament, & you know how that must have infuriated demonic Hinduism. They said that was really why they finally shot him, because they said he was turning Christian!
6. QUESTION: DID THE LORD HIMSELF MAKE LOVE TO MARY & CAUSE HER PREGNANCY?—OR WAS IT A MIRACLE?
ANSWER: WHY NOT BOTH? THE LORD COULD'VE SENT HIS ANGEL GABRIEL TO DO THE FUCKIN' & PLANTING THE SEED FOR HIM‚ His seed, His angel, His ministering spirit. Angels are ministering spirits, so His angels are a part of His spiritual powers. And then it says, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee & the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, & thou shalt conceive." (Lk.1:35)
I'VE ALWAYS SAID IT IS A MIRACLE OF GOD THAT CONCEPTION TAKES PLACE. I just don't believe it just happens by accident. But God uses the natural‚ so-called natural means. But if you ask me, it's all very supernatural! A man can fuck a woman every day several times a day & not have any children & she'll never conceive unless the Lord ordains that she conceives. 'Cause that spark of life of a creation of a new human being, a new soul‚ a new heart & mind & personality, I think that is a miracle & a gift of God, not just some kind of a physical accident! Man & modern science are tryin' to make it all sound strictly physical & man-made. You know it's not completely physical!
THE SPIRIT THAT THAT CHILD CONTAINS IS NOT PHYSICAL! God has to cause the conception to take place that creates a new human soul by the combination of a new human body with a new human spirit. Adam was created & there he lay, all of him, a perfect physical specimen, the most perfect ever made. But he was as dead as a doornail, just a man made out of mud, until the Lord breathed the breath of life in him & he became a living soul. That's the miracle of God! I mean, it was all a miracle! But that's the greatest miracle of all, the spirit, the spiritual. "It's the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing." (Jn.6:63) What more could He say than that?
THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IN CONCEPTION: "IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH, THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING." The flesh is a mere vehicle, it's a mere instrument, it's a tool. But it's the spirit that brings life & a new human soul into being, a new personality, a distinct separate individual personality different from anybody else in the whole World, God-created, created by the hand of God & placed there in that tiny egg along with a sperm to become a new being, a new personality, a new human being, a new spirit, a new soul, an eternal, immortal, imperishable spirit! Not the mere ovum‚ egg & the little wiggle-tail. Those are like the physical vehicles that God uses to perform the physical side of it.
JESUS HAD A PHYSICAL BODY, A NATURAL HUMAN PHYSICAL BODY JUST LIKE US, so why couldn't God have used the angel Gabriel to fuck Mary, as it sure uses that expression to supply the physical instrument of the sperm which angels can have obviously from the Scripture. Gabriel supplied the sperm, Mary supplied the egg & God supplied the Spirit. Why not? It sure sounds like it to me! Of course, that's mere theory & guess work on my part, but read it.
THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS, THAT'S WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE. "HE CAME IN UNTO HER," & that expression's only used in having sex throughout the Bible. (Maria: Well, just like the Lord said Davidito would have your spirit, it's almost the same thing.) Exactly! He's obviously got his natural‚ human, physical fleshly father's physical characteristics‚ but he has my spirit. In a sense the same is true I believe of Techi. God merely used the men as mere physical instruments, that's all, as I got in that Letter about Tim. He was just my stud that performed the duty to sow the seed, a mere physical operation to perform the necessary elements for the physical side. But God supplied the spirit.
GOD HIMSELF CREATES THE HUMAN SPIRIT, IT'S THE WORK OF HIS HANDS. Of course, it's all a work of His hands, everything is a work of His hands. So whether they talk about miracles or the supernatural it's all supernatural, & there's nothing you might say really natural, ha! It all was created by God. The way man uses the word "natural," you'd think everything had created itself. Man talks about nature & natural things as though it was not all the creation of God, but that some things just came naturally like Evolution.—Ha! Evolution came about as unnaturally as anything could possibly have been dreamed up, for it is a totally false unnatural nightmare lie of the Devil!
SO IF GOD CAN SAY THAT THERE IN DAVID'S CASE HE GAVE HIM THE STRONG TOUGH YOUNG BODY OF A VERY STRONG YOUNG TENERIFAN FOOTBALL PLAYER‚ BUT MY SPIRIT, why couldn't God have used the angel Gabriel to fuck Mary to supply the so-called natural seed for the physical side of Jesus, the physical body? He used Mary to supply the ovum, why should it be such a strange thing & impossible to believe & unacceptable to believe that He could have used the archangel Gabriel to supply the other physical component, the sperm?
OBVIOUSLY I THINK THE LORD CLOAKED THAT IN SUCH MYSTERIOUS LANGUAGE because I think He probably felt that people just wouldn't accept it or just wouldn't believe it, it was hard enough to believe as it was, ha! In fact a lot of people still don't believe it, that she was a virgin, "seeing I know not a man." Well‚ she hadn't known a man, but she could have known an angel! Of course, God Himself could've taken on human form or angelic form & done it Himself!—Why not?
7. QUESTION: (MARIA: THERE'S A BIG ARGUMENT AGAINST PEOPLE HAVING BABIES NOWADAYS BECAUSE THEY SAY THE WORLD IS OVERPOPULATED ALREADY & THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH SPACE FOR EVERYBODY. What do you have to say to that?)
ANSWER: THAT'S RIDICULOUS! IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE WORLD'S NOT GOING TO BE OVERPOPULATED & NEVER HAS BEEN! God's the best judge of that, He controls the population, so He ought to know!—Because the End is going to come before the time they say it's going to get overpopulated, so therefore they're wrong! In just the few years we have left, it couldn't possibly become overpopulated.
THEY SAY THE WORLD IS GOING TO GET OVERPOPULATED BY SOMEWHERE LIKE THE MIDDLE OF THE NEXT CENTURY, BUT THE LORD'S GOING TO STEP IN & REMEDY IT, INTERVENE! In fact‚ the population has not grown as fast as they thought it was going to nor grown at the rate they predicted. You know that those guys were wrong about overpopulation & World starvation, anybody with any sense can look around & see how much space there is left! There's still plenty of room & plenty of land to produce food. The World is not overpopulated, it's underdeveloped! They just need to do more & better with what they've already got & share the wealth, & not try to kill the babies! If they distributed the land & the wealth evenly between everybody, there wouldn't be any problem!
8. QUESTION: (MARIA: IS THERE ANYTHING AGAINST INCEST IN THE BIBLE?)
ANSWER: SURE, THE OLD MOSAIC LAW, WHICH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT! (Maria: I thought there wasn't anything in the Bible against it?) It's not really clear in the Bible‚ but there are plenty of man's laws against it, even the marriage of first cousins! Incest has been known to bring out either the strengths or the weaknesses of a family, & it often produces either geniuses or idiots, just like any other kind of inbreeding. With farm animals, for example, you can inbreed in such a way as to improve the line or the strain, or you can do it in the wrong way & make it worse.
9. QUESTION: IF A GIRL IS PREGNANT, BUT NEVER HAD HER PERIODS REGULARLY BEFORE SHE GOT PREGNANT‚ HOW CAN SHE KNOW WHEN SHE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO MAKE LOVE?—Because she cannot say her periods were usually coming on the 21st of every month or in between the 28th day, etc. Thank you so much!—Louisa.
ANSWER: I GUESS SHE'LL JUST HAVE TO GUESS AT IT OR GO BY HER LAST PERIOD OR ASK THE LORD! (Mat.9:29)
10. QUESTION: IS IT SUFFICIENT TO PRINT PAMPHLETS OF JUST ONE PAGE TAKEN FROM ANY GP LETTER OF THE "THOUGHTS FROM MO" TO LITNESS? Dad said it was the minimum size he allows to print regarding Letters, but he didn't say whether to litness with them. If the time is so short & the need so great to give out the Word, why should we measure to give out the Word? I think the pattern to follow should be the Komix.—Peniel, Mexico.
ANSWER: AMEN! THAT'S WHAT THE 4-PAGE GP KOMIX ARE FOR!
11. QUESTION: IF WE GIVE OUT QUOTES ON THE BACK OF OUR CALLING CARDS, DO WE COUNT IT AS LIT OUT?—Praise & Christina, S. Europe.
ANSWER:—WHY NOT?—IT'S LIT! GBY!
12. QUESTION: I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT FALLS UNDER MASS WITNESS & WHAT FALLS UNDER PERSONAL WITNESS. When we go out litnessing some count each piece of lit out as a personal witness. Some also for mass witness, count the pieces out, then multiply by 4, figuring an average of 4 got mass witnessed to.—Timothy, Asia.
ANSWER: EACH PIECE OF LIT IS SUPPOSED TO COUNT AS ONE PERSONAL WITNESS. But in the poor countries of the World they are often passed around to others also, so Mt.9:29.
13. QUESTION: OUR 10% IS LESS THAN $30 SO WE'RE SENDING AN ADDITIONAL $3.45 TO MEET THE QUOTA. DO WE PUT IT IN THE "GIFTS"?—Apollos & Evelyn, Asia.
14. QUESTION: HOW DO YOU FIGURE RADIO SHOW STATS? If a Station reaches 30‚000 do you count that every time the Show is broadcast?—Robin‚ S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: YES, YOU CAN.—MT.9:29.
15. QUESTION: I WONDER IF THE CRUCIFIX ACTUALLY HELPS IN THESE EXORCISM CASES when the exorcist holds the cross in front of the demon-possessed people?—Maria
ANSWER: WHY NOT? IT'S A SYMBOL OF THE VICTORY OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS OVER THE DEVIL‚ so it could be like socking the Devil in the face with a reminder of it!—I'm sure he'll get the message! But your faith must be in Jesus & not the mere symbol.—Mt.9:29. We use lots of symbols that are a witness & preach a message, like bread & wine for the body & blood of Jesus at Communion, oil for the Holy Spirit in anointing for healing, hearts for love, etc.—Why not a crucifix? It "preaches Christ, & Him crucified"! (1Cor.1:23)
16. QUESTION: WHAT MAKES JESUS' TEACHINGS DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF THE OTHER GREAT TEACHERS like Mohammed & Buddha?—Mary, India.
ANSWER: THE DIFFERENCE WAS THAT THOUGH THEY ALL TALK ABOUT LOVE, THAT HE WAS LOVE & HE WAS GOD, so He really knew what He was talking about! Not only that, He was the only One that died for the sins of the World & rose from the dead! So you can't even class Him along with other teachers, He's in a class all by Himself. They may have taught similar doctrines‚ similar teachings, but nobody taught like Jesus. He taught with authority, He really knew what He was talking about. Because He's the only Saviour: "I am the Way, the Truth & the Life! No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" (Jn.14:6)
17. QUESTION: ZECH.14:21 SAYS "AND IN THAT DAY THERE SHALL BE NO MORE THE CANAANITE IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD OF HOSTS." Would this mean that in the Millennium the curse is lifted from the [descendents of the Canaanites]?—Sheba, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: MAYBE SO!—SOUNDS LIKE IT!—GOOD POINT! [HomeARC note (10/98): See "The Un-Cursed Sons of Ham!", ML #2928.]
18. QUESTION: IT'S BELIEVED THAT ANGELS ARE ALREADY SAVED & DON'T EXPERIENCE SALVATION. But in the case of the fallen angels, because they have sinned & even though they believe in Jesus, isn't it still necessary for them to also repent & receive Jesus to be saved, just like us, as they also have the free will of choice of good & evil, accepting Jesus or rejecting?—Sheba‚ S.E. Asia.
19. QUESTION: HOW CAN YOU HELP CHILDREN OVERCOME THE FEAR OF DARKNESS?—Daniel, Pacific.
ANSWER: TURN ON A LIGHT!—WE NEVER SLEEP IN A TOTALLY DARK ROOM, & YOUR CHILDREN SHOULD NOT EITHER! Evil spirits hate light! I don't like dark either! I don't blame the poor kids! I blame you for not leaving a small light on!
20. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK BAD DREAMS ARE CAUSED BY?—Jacob, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE BAD!—THE DEVIL!—Pray for good ones, like you pray for anything else good, & against bad ones!
21. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE MOVIE "THE OMEN" & "THE FINAL CONFLICT?"—Eleazar, Asia.
ANSWER: WE'VE NOT YET SEEN "THE FINAL CONFLICT," BUT WE DID SEE "THE OMEN," ABOUT THE SUPPOSED BIRTH OF THE ANTICHRIST, & IT WAS DIABOLICAL! Although significant, I'd say it was a horror film in which evil triumphed, as in so many of those modern occult & witchcraft films that have a very evil influence & effect on viewers. It left me with a very negative feeling, a real downer! I wouldn't want anyone to see it!—You'll be sorry! "Whatsoever things are good, think on those things!" (Phil.4:8)
22. QUESTION: AT THE MWM CLUB MEETINGS THEY COULD DO THE SKITS THAT ARE ON THE MWM SHOWS, COULDN'T THEY—the skits that at least have some kind of purpose to them?
ANSWER: YES, I SHOULD SAY SO!—AS LONG AS THEY HAVE ANY KIND OF PURPOSE TO THEM!—Skits & jokes with meaning! But that stupid Russian Roulette!—That was about the awfullest thing I ever saw!
23. QUESTION: IS THERE ANY GOOD EXCUSE FOR BEING A SUPPORTER & NOT GOING TO THE MISSION FIELD?
ANSWER: SURE!—IF YOU CAN'T BE A MISSIONARY!—OR YOU CAN REALLY GIVE A LOT TO SUPPORT'M!
24. QUESTION: SOME HAVE GONE TO THE FIELD UNPREPARED BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THE WAR WOULD HIT ANY MINUTE. Can they expect God to supply for them there or should they return home & try to get Home Support?
ANSWER: IF YOU ONLY WENT TO THE FIELD TO ESCAPE THE WAR, YOU'LL POSSIBLY GO HOME NOW. If you want to be a Missionary, stay! God'll take care of you somehow because you obeyed!
25. QUESTION: WHEN THE ANTICHRIST GETS HEALED OF THE DEADLY WOUND‚ does God do that or the Devil?
ANSWER: THE DEVIL CAN HEAL HIS OWN AFFLICTIONS. This is why so many false cults have healings.
26. QUESTION: IF I GO TO THE HOSPITAL TO BE DELIVERED OF A CHILD & THEY SAY I NEED TO HAVE A CAESARIAN SECTION, what should I do? Can God deliver me from that too?
ANSWER: OF COURSE! We've had many Mothers who were advised to have caesarians, but who insisted on trusting the Lord, & He never fails!—Too often doctors advise surgery to make more money!
27. QUESTION: WHY DO SOME PEOPLE GET HEALED WHEN A FAITH HEALER PRAYS FOR THEM, BUT OTHER PEOPLE WILL NOT BE HEALED UNLESS THEY HAVE FAITH FOR THEMSELVES?
ANSWER: IT DEPENDS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD & THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. Jesus often immediately healed the ignorant sinners in mercy to inspire their faith. Others who already know the Lord usually need to be inspired with obedience!—Or patience, which is a sign of faith.—Or to learn a lesson.
28. QUESTION: I HAD A QUESTION WHICH I'VE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT FOR AWHILE CONCERNING THE WHITE RICE which is pre-dominant in the Eastern countries. I believe that most of the white rice in the West is actually brown or red rice which has been bleached or processed in some way to make it appear white & "pure" & thus more appealing to Western tastes. But here in the East, I have seen it actually growing in the fields & drying by the sides of country roads in its raw state, & it is actually white! And although red rice is available here, it is grown primarily in the cooler climates of the mountainous regions & is much more expensive than the common white kind. So my question is, since this white rice is natural & is grown this way so plentifully here, is it good for us & okay to eat?—Lois, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: OF COURSE! It is the white chemically bleached & polished rice which is not as nourishing as the natural unprocessed rice.
29. QUESTION: THIS IS AN ENDTIME QUESTION REGARDING THE MARK OF THE BEAST which I don't fully understand. Rev.13:16 says, "He causeth all, both small & great, rich & poor, free & bond‚ to receive a Mark in their right hand or in their foreheads."—But yet we know that not all will receive this Mark, as it looks like even whole nations will rebel against him & we who know the Lord will certainly refuse. So when it says "causeth all," could it mean that he tries to cause all or would like all to receive his Mark?—Lois, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: YES, HE ORDERS ALL, BUT IS OBVIOUSLY NOT COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL!
30. QUESTION: MY 10–YEAR OLD SON, EMMANUEL, ALSO HAD A QUESTION which we couldn't fully answer. He asked, "What kind of bodies will people outside the City have?" We could tell him that they will be some sort of Resurrection bodies, better than those we have now, but since we will be ministering the leaves of the Trees of Life to them for their healing (Rev.22:2), it seems that they must also have some type of sickness or troubles. So can you tell us anything more about those who live outside the City which would give us a clearer picture of what they will be like?
ANSWER: NO, SORRY, I DON'T KNOW. It's a mystery to me too!
31. QUESTION: ARE THE ANGELS GOING TO HAVE MANSIONS ALSO, OR TAKE UP ANY SPACE IN THE HEAVENLY CITY?—Mark.
ANSWER: HA! I SUPPOSE THEY COULD IF THEY WANTED TO, BUT I NEVER HEARD OF ONE HAVING ONE, HAVE YOU?
32. QUESTION: WILL THE ANGELS HAVE BODIES LIKE OURS & NEED DWELLING-PLACES IN THE CITY, OR WHERE WILL THEY BE?—Mark.
ANSWER: WHERE THEY USUALLY ARE!—Wherever they're needed!—Ha!
33. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE HITLER DIARIES STERN MAGAZINE FOUND?
ANSWER: I THINK I FOUND OUT WHY THE HITLER DIARIES WERE CONSIDERED A FRAUD.—Because they were possibly actually authentic‚ but too favourable to Hitler. The desire of [some people] to make money in this case overwhelmed their desire to condemn Hitler. Why worry about the past when they can make money on the present? But they actually claim they didn't know, but to pay 4 million dollars for something you haven't read, that's actually crazy! And The London Times paid half a million for the rights, & it was the front-page cover story of Newsweek for three weeks! So they're all looking pretty embarrassed right now—all hepped about it, having proved they were authentic & everything else, until they started reading them & found out they were too favourable to Hitler!—Ha!
[T]he guy who originally got'm refuses to reveal his sources but still claims they're authentic. He's also the guy who claims he paid the money to the guy he bought them from & he hasn't got it. The two top editors of Stern even had to resign. I really enjoyed that, thank the Lord! If Stern was that careless & a liar about one thing, they could have been lying about everything they published & they certainly have been lying about much of it, including us! Stern's credibility is just shot to Hell!—Shot full of hell holes & all shot to Hell, nobody will trust Stern again. Hallelujah! God's wheels of justice grind exceeding slow but exceeding fine. They got caught in their own trap, & are now nearly ruined!
34. QUESTION: WAS JOHN THE REVELATOR A RELATIVE OF JESUS?—Micah, Pacific.
ANSWER: HE WAS POSSIBLY THE COUSIN OF JESUS. John the Baptist was a cousin & possibly John the Revelator was a cousin. That means that he was a son of His mother's sister. He was the son of Mary's sister‚ Salome, & John the Baptist was only Jesus' second cousin because Elizabeth was Mary's cousin, so that made Jesus & John second-cousins whereas John the Revelator was his first cousin. That's maybe why they felt so close. It's either according to Catholic history or tradition that Mary had a sister called Salome & that John the Revelator was Salome's son, but that's all tradition. (Maria: It's not brought out in the Bible at all, right?) No, but it still could be so.
35. QUESTION: WHAT DOES DAD THINK ABOUT READING TO OUR CHILDREN SOME OF THE FAVOURITE CLASSICS THAT WE READ AS KIDS, SUCH AS "HUCKLEBERRY FINN", "POLYANNA" & DICKENS' WRITINGS‚ ETC.?—Charity, Pacific.
ANSWER: EVEN WHEN I WAS A KID I THOUGHT TOM SAWYER & HUCKLEBERRY FINN WERE HORRIBLE! I was amazed at the things they said & did & got away with! They were terrible, terrible kids! I think they're really corruptive for children or young people to read or watch those stories. I read Tom Sawyer & that was so bad I refused to read Huckleberry Finn, & recently we've seen one of the movies & I think it was just as bad if not worse! I mean it really teaches kids to lie & steal & disobey & even get violent! Terrible! I think that dear Mark Twain was up to trying to corrupt the Christians by corrupting their youth. They'd be a lot better off to read things like "Polyanna" & "17" & some of those. They certainly were better stories. Dickens' stuff was so morbid, such sad stories & sad endings about sad people & the horrible conditions of the England of his day, I mean he just wrote the worst about England! I'll bet he was trying to destroy the Empire & it looks like he did it or helped. In the end of one, the guy's girlfriend marries some other guy & he goes off to serve the Empire alone in far–off North Africa with "Great Expectations" of what? Have your kids read all our True Komix?—Then start'm on the "Basics"! Our Dito is already reading that at 8 years old! How do have time to read any worldly classics trash?—We don't!
36. QUESTION: DO YOU THINK EXPOSING OUR CHILDREN TO SOME WORLDLY MUSIC OR MOVIES, ETC., COULD BE EDUCATIONAL & BENEFICIAL IF YOU FEEL IT'S INSPIRED?—Martha, Pacific.
ANSWER: I'M CERTAINLY HOPING NONE OF THOSE SONGS ON "MY OLD FAVOURITES" WILL BE A BAD INFLUENCE, but they need to be able to see the other side & know the difference & choose the good & eschew the evil. The children are so protected & so sheltered they hardly ever get out to know what the rest of the World is like unless they listen to the radio. I've tried to choose the best music‚ but you'll probably find some things in there you don't like & there're probably a few things in there I don't like. But I tried to point out the fact that I don't like it.
BUT I THINK THERE'S ENOUGH GOOD IN THERE THAT'LL MAYBE DO SOME GOOD, D.V. I didn't care that much for the Beatles, but there're some people probably who still like the Beatles. But I thought with this generation or our little kids coming up who've heard about the Beatles & ask, "Who are the Beatles? What is it all about?"—They might as well hear a sample, if for no other reason than to find out what we don't like & why we don't use Beatles music on MWM & MCV‚ so at least they will not be ignorant of those things & not be completely dumb about them when they get out facing the World & other people.
THE LORD LET ME GET QUITE AN EDUCATION IN THE WORLD EVEN WHEN I WAS YOUNG. I'm sure the Lord was the One that allowed me to sneak off to all those movies & see what the rest of the World was like. Otherwise I never would've known. I spent all my life in church & at home & at school. School was bad enough, that was Hell on Earth! I buried myself in my studies, & that I kind of enjoyed, but even a lot of that was junk‚ a waste of time! But the Lord let me get a pretty broad education so I would understand this World & what it's got & what it hasn't got. I don't think you have to experience everything in this World & know everything. But I think you need to know a little about it.
THIS IS AN AREA, MUSIC, & you might say worldly music, popular music, music outside the Family, that perhaps they need to be familiar with.—To know there is a lot of beautiful music in the World & it's not all in the Family, & I think much of it's inspired.
37. QUESTION: WE WERE WONDERING IF THE CHILDREN IN DAD'S HOME HELPED OUT IN THE DAILY HOUSEHOLD CHORES, I.E. DOING DISHES, ETC., THAT ARE NORMALLY CONSIDERED ADULT JOBS. Doing daily household jobs seems to be such a chore to our children, & we sometimes give them jobs to do as punishment for being bad.—Dove, Pacific.
ANSWER: HA! OF COURSE THEY DO, & LIKE IT! They consider it an honour, even a reward, to be trusted with such necessary essential & important Family jobs! They're proud of their work! They know it's a sign of "growing up" & becoming "grown-up"! Whatsa matter with your kids! Actually, chores should never be a punishment for small children. But for older kids already grown up it might be different. Our kids like to work! Whatsa matter with yours? Maybe you started too late!—And only "sometimes gave'm jobs" instead of all the time! It's life!
38. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHILDREN FANTASISING & PLAYING MAKE-BELIEVE? Is it good for them & just a natural phase they pass through or should it be prohibited as "an idle mind is the workshop of the Devil"?—Michael, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: IT'S JUST AS NATURAL AS DREAMING! Techi talks about imaginary animals with her Lego blocks. They're really good props for pleasure, that's for sure! With a child nothing is impossible, all things are possible in the World of make-believe & imagination.—And they haven't been long from a World where everything was amazingly possible, so they've got lots of faith.
SOME EVEN HAVE IMAGINARY PLAYMATES‚ SPIRIT HELPERS!—Just "discern the spirits" & make sure they're good spirits of the Lord! (1Jn.4:1) A child often lives in a dream World. Just be sure they don't dwell there too much & lose contact with reality. Don't rebuke'm for sometimes having their heads in the clouds—just keep their feet on the ground!
39. QUESTION: PSYCHOLOGISTS NOW BELIEVE THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO EACH PERSON IS PERMANENTLY RECORDED IN THE SUBCONSCIOUS. So could it be that the flashback experiences of the entire life of those who've had death experiences are just a replay of what's already recorded in their minds?—And could this be the method that God uses to record "every idle word?"—Jonah, Pacific.
ANSWER: YES!—AND GOD KEEPS BOOKS IN HEAVEN! And everything is recorded there. Not only all the deeds done in your body, but every work you've ever done, & even every idle word. You talk about files, I'm sure He must have some computerised system to keep records of all that! I wouldn't be surprised that the individual file on each of us is right here, you're your own little computer & here's the record already right here! (Points to his head.)
EVERY ONE OF YOU IS A COMPUTER, & YOUR LITTLE CHIPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK RIGHT HERE HAVE GOT THE WHOLE STORY! And when they reel off that record of your life there when you face the Judgement Angel at the end of the tunnel—which all of them say they always face & they always are given a review of their whole life in just a seemingly few minutes—he probably just uses this for the projector, it's coming right out of your own head! He just refreshes your memory & reels it off to you in your mind's eye! So God's got quite a system!—Amen!
40. QUESTION: SOME OF THE FAMILY ARE AGAIN TRYING TO PROMOTE LOCAL LANGUAGE MWM SHOWS IN FRANCE & GERMANY. Attempts to get French MWM on the air in France over a year ago failed & since then the Family there has had severe persecution in both these countries. Is there any value in those still there continuing to push the Local Language show, which would involve an immense amount of time & work in office & personal follow-up & exposure of addresses & personnel & distraction of their main job of getting to the mission field or being supporters of those already on the mission field?—Maria.
ANSWER: BETTER TO GO TO THE FIELD OR SUPPORT THE FIELD. GERMANY HAS HAD ITS CHANCE, & SO HAS FRANCE, AS MOST OF EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA. I also agree with Adar‚ who says: We just hope everyone knows how hard their Home fields have become & just how easy it is to get stuck back there! Besides having largely rejected us & our message, most European countries are mounting new anti–sects campaigns & the Club has received some of its worst-ever police & media persecution‚ making busking & church ministries virtually impossible in some countries. Children of some who returned have been taken away from their parents by court action with other cases pending! The main centres for raising funds have been closed also due to police raids & media exposure! (This may be another of "God's Tricks" to close these doors, as, frankly, we've been feeling that some have gotten their eyes more on the money than on souls or getting out!) At any rate‚ things are hot in Europe & as you put it so well, "Personally, I think I'd take my chances on the field!" We surely hope that as many as possible will stay on the mission field, more will be able to leave for the field, & that the remainder will work harder than ever to support our faithful missionaries. PTL!"
41. QUESTION: THE LETTER "WAR OR PEACE" WAS SUCH A VICTORY! It's such a blessing to have more time! Since it doesn't seem that the War is so imminent, is it necessary for us to continue to keep up our survival supplies & have alternative refuge plans or can we just not concern ourselves with things for a few more years?—Samuel, Europe.
ANSWER: HA!—WHAT "THINGS"?—YOU ALWAYS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR SURVIVAL & have contingency plans for any emergency which could come anytime‚ not only wars, which are already raging in some countries!
42. QUESTION: IN SPANISH, BESIDES "SUERTE" (LUCK), WHEN LUCK OCCURS IN A MORE DRASTIC OR SURPRISING SENSE THEY ATTRIBUTE IT TO "EL AZAR." This almost sounds like the name of some sort of god, "Azar," which leads me to question if it originates from some spiritual force or god. Judging by the credit that people in the World give to luck, I sometimes wonder if it's not a spiritual entity competing for glory & power with God. We would rather people tell us "God bless you" than "good luck‚" because we have more faith in God than in luck.—Any comment?—Matthew Askins, S.America.
ANSWER: "LUCK" DEFINITELY COMES FROM ITS GOD, LUCIFER!—We don't need Luck, the blessings of the Devil for loyalty to him, much less Lucifer! Our blessings are of the Lord!—Not Luck or Lucifer! Do any of you Spanish experts know what "El Azar" means? Sounds to me like you're right!
43. QUESTION: ONE THING WE WERE WONDERING ABOUT WAS IF IT IS OKAY TO ASK MWM MEMBERS FOR DONATIONS TOWARDS THE COSTS OF THE MEETINGS? As MWM is free we haven't been, but feel the need to, as there is quite a lot of expense involved in the follow–up. Even if it is just a few dollars it is a big help. If we could know about this we could then let the minstrels know. They would say that "the show is free, but if you could help towards our expenses for travel, hall hire, etc., it would help us to continue having these meetings.—Jethro & Ruthie, Asia.
ANSWER: OF COURSE!—TAKE UP A FREEWILL OFFERING! Lots of Clubs & Meetings & churches do!—They should expect that!—And they should have to pay for any extra copies of tapes, books, lit, pins, stickers, etc. Only the first show offers are free‚ neither should you ask for money in the mail, except for extras.—But face-to-face—"Ask & ye shall receive"!—But don't force, badger or pressure. GBY!
44. QUESTION: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN LONDON (& I CAN'T THINK OF A BETTER WAY OF SAYING THIS), IS A FINANCIAL DIVISION. Some Homes, or couples, are making great sums of money mainly through ES-work on the one hand, whereas on the other extreme there are families who are just as dedicated & working & trying hard, but financially don't make enough headway for the shortage of time involved. A problem is that money is such a sensitive area to most, especially at this present time.
—SO SENSITIVE IN FACT, THAT I'M SURE IF I SHARED MY HEART & TRIED TO CREATE A VISION FOR SHARING TOGETHER FINANCIALLY & ACTS 2:44,45, IT WOULD CAUSE DIVISION! To mention it would be the beginning of a long drawn–out debate, which no one has the time for! So in the hope of avoiding all that, I am writing. There's always a balance & "Rewards" is a fantastic Letter on the other side. Also, no one wants to pour money down a hole. But I think it's a question of attitudes, & getting back to the real Family life & sharing everything again. It seems some are taking the Letter "Rewards" as an excuse to hoard & lay up for themselves treasures upon Earth‚ such as Landrovers, multiple sets of video equipment, setting money aside for buying a house on the field, etc.‚ while some large families who would love to make it to the field, don't get a chance to try ES-work or aren't being helped in any way.—Jed & Esther, British Isles NASs.
ANSWER: ANGER! GOD'S ACTS 2:44‚45 & 4:31-35 HAS NEVER CHANGED, & NEITHER HAVE OUR BASIC REVOLUTIONARY RULES OR GOD'S BASIC LOVING PRINCIPLES OF SHARING WITH THOSE IN NEED! If there is a different opinion or division over this, it's not ours or the Lord's!—So it must be of the Devil & selfish people! GHU!—No wonder you're not all on the field!
45. QUESTION: IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE TOO MUCH SEX?—COULD IT HARM YOU IN SOME WAY?—Abel.
ANSWER: YOU CAN GET TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING BUT GOD'S LOVE! I've heard stories & read things that seem to corroborate that the sudden burst of energy of sex is very good for helping you get over the hump of fevers or colds or some illnesses, but I also believe that burning up too much energy that way, overdoing & excess can have the opposite effect. You're just like a battery: Too many starts & overloading the battery can knock it flat! When a battery is in good shape & it's got a lot of power, it can really sock it to the starter. But if you try starting it too many times you'll knock the battery flat, just like excess in any other field, such as sex.
46. QUESTION: WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP WITH A SMALL ORPHANAGE, BUT WE WERE WONDERING WHAT WOULD HAVE THE BEST FRUITS: Adopting one child & giving him our full attention, which would be like gaining one fulltime disciple, or trying to give a little bit of love to all the children?
ANSWER: I THINK ADOPTING CHILDREN IS A WONDERFUL MINISTRY RATHER THAN RUNNING A GREAT BIG ORPHANAGE. Take them into your Home & treat them as your own children & give them the time & attention & training they need. I think it's a wonderful ministry, & I think lots of our Homes could do it. It's hard work. I've heard of I don't know how many cases where the Lord tested couples to see if they would love a child enough & take good care of it & that they could be trusted with a child‚ where they adopted one or two or three children because they thought they were never going to have any, & then all of a sudden they had their first one!
47. QUESTION: ONCE BEFORE YOU MENTIONED THAT THE OLD TESTAMENT STORIES WERE PRETTY GORY FOR CHILDREN. But I was wondering if they'd by okay for older children, as some Old Testament stories do have some good lessons.—Or would it be best just to stick to the BIPs & that's all the Old Testament education they'd need?—Martha, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: AMEN!—Kings & Chronicles are about the worse books in the whole Bible! They were written when Israel was nearing her end & her last days & the Bible really shows how bad they did get & why God threw them out!
TELLING STORIES ABOUT DAVID & SOLOMON ARE BAD ENOUGH! I don't recommend the Old Testament history, especially for our little kids, except some of the standard children's stories, & you'll have a pretty hard time finding too many good stories in the Old Testament. About the best you can say for most of the Old Testament is that Israel was a dandy bad example! Many are horror stories! That's stuff bad enough without having them read even more horrible stories from history!
(MARIA: DID YOU GO OVER THOSE OLD TESTAMENT STORIES IN THE BIPs?) Well‚ I cover some of them pretty fast, pretty lightly, in fact I think I wish I'd never gotten into some of them! I remember when I was reading them as a young kid & teenager I used to wonder why in the World He even put all those stories in there! Well, now I understand, it's to show how perverted & how perverse & horrible Israel got! She couldn't have been much worse!
IT JUST EXPLAINS WHY GOD HAD TO DESTROY ISRAEL & WHY HE HAD TO CAST OFF THE JEWS! Kings & Chronicles explains why God had Nebuchadnezzar come down there & slaughter them & burn'm & torture'm & carry'm away captives! It shows how bad they were‚ how horrible they were! And then God had mercy on them on top of that after seventy years of captivity, He actually restored them & let them come back, kind of like their little Millennium, but then still they were worse than ever, until He finally had to throw them out for good! And as if all that wasn't bad enough, why then He sends Jesus & they murder Him!
I MEAN THE OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY IS ONE LONG HORROR STORY. I don't know how those horror stories got to be so popular amongst Christians, except that it's just a typical revival of old Jewish Jewishness ! (Maria: It's probably the Devil's work to cast doubt in people's minds, even Christians' minds about how could God be so horrible?) Yes, exactly! Well, it wasn't God Who was so horrible‚ it was the [disobedient] Jews! He had to get pretty horrible with them, they were so horrible!
BUT STILL THERE ARE A FEW GOOD STORIES THERE about the prophets & patriarchs who were the good guys & rare exceptions.
48. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PHENOMENAL SUCCESS OF THE DAILY MIGHT MINISTRY IN SUCH COUNTRIES AS THE PHILIPPINES, ETC.?—Isn't it even a greater outreach than the music shows?—Timothy, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: YOU JUST CAN'T GET THE KIND OF GOOD SOLID RESPONSE WE NEED FROM A LITTLE 1-1/2 MINUTE DM SPOT! You'll never get the solid response from that that you'll get from a 1/2-hour MWMI show! MWMI gets real solid response, a real following & real fan mail, people that'll really get stuck on the show & won, & it's proven itself! But considering how much the DM is aired on radio & TV & how many people they're reaching, their lasting response is pitiful! It's pitiful & it's from the wrong people!—The church people!
IT'S ALMOST LIKE ONE OF THE DEVIL'S TYPICAL SIDETRACKS‚ DETOURS & DISTRACTIONS they got so hung up on DM spots while neglecting MWMI there. They didn't really push & sell MWMI because they were more interested in their own DMs—not even Simon's approved ones! So that they just let MWMI go to pot! And when we started investigating the whole setup, it turns out that most of their response to the DM is from churchy people!—That shows who it appeals to‚ & that's exactly the wrong kind of people that we don't necessarily want to reach! In other words, that DM show really may cause us more trouble than good!
IT'S ALREADY DRAWING FIRE & BAD PUBLICITY FROM THE CHURCHES! I'll tell you, if the Devil can't stop you, he tries to sidetrack you, gets you off on something off the main line. When it's less than the best‚ then you're really missing the mark!—And MWMI is the best! I'm sorry, but that's the way I feel about it! About the most good DMs have done is create a little good PR with the stations, papers & officials, so maybe that's worth it. But to have neglected the best—MWMI—for mere DMs really missed the mark! Sorry.—C'mon‚ Philippines!—Let's go MWMI! The show that's really got it & really counts!—And has the results to prove it Worldwide!—Amen?
49. QUESTION: LOTS OF GIRLS WITH MATES & CHILDREN STAY OUT ALL NIGHT OFTEN WITH ARAB FISH BECAUSE IT GETS LATE & THEY FEEL IT UNSAFE TO COME HOME. From what I can see, the fruit is not good in their mates & children, & I've never allowed it with my wife. You did advise against it, but can you clarify? ILY!—Hab.2:4, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: IT DEPENDS ENTIRELY UPON THE CASE, CIRCUMSTANCES & FOLKS INVOLVED. My original advice was about two hours, but many require more time to be fruitful. Mine was gone all night several times & it usually had good results.—Why not yours?—Who are you?—Mt.9:29. Have you ever read the warning in your name, Hab.2:4?—Watch out for that besetting sin of pride!
50. QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE WITH CHECKING YOUR BIORHYTHMS? If so‚ could you tell us the results & if you think it is basically a true science?—Jonathan, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: WE'RE INVESTIGATING IT & SOME FOLKS HAVE FIGURED MINE, & all I know is they jive with my bio watch!—Ha! As for really affecting me, I haven't seen it. We Spirit-filled Christians seem to be a bit immune to such things that affect the World—likes bios, horoscopes, pills, etc. I don't even need vitamin pills! I'm high on the Holy Ghost!
51. QUESTION: WILL WE STILL BE HAVING SPIRITUAL BATTLES & TRIALS SUCH AS EMOTIONAL UPSETS, JEALOUSY, DISCOURAGEMENT, ETC., DURING THE MILLENNIUM?-Claire, L. America.
ANSWER: WE'LL HAVE LOTS MORE LOVE & POWER TO RESIST THESE NATURAL EMOTIONS‚ & be much stronger spiritually & understand more, & no longer be prey to the Enemy's attacks or subject to normal physical weaknesses of the flesh. Everything will be much better, but with still lots to learn & teach others. Abrahim is usually a very good boy!—But he still loves wine, women & song!—And that's not bad if not too much!
52. QUESTION: I KNOW THAT IN THE MILLENNIUM OUR WORK CONTINUES A LOT AS IT IS NOW, OFFICE WORK, PUBLICATIONS, ETC. Does this carry on into Heaven, or does all of our work in Heaven change? What will our work in Heaven be? Is the Heavenly Mansion only for rest & freetime, or do we work there as well?—Daniel, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: IN THE MILLENNIUM WE'LL PROBABLY BE MORE LIKE SUPERVISORS of such work, as the Angels & good spirit helpers are of ours now, but get the System & converts to do the actual physical labour.—And we definitely have ministries in Heaven, like His other "ministering spirits" do now (Heb.1:14), including taking the Healing Leaves of the Tree of Life to the Nations outside. I wouldn't be happy without some good work to do!—Would you? But all work & no play would be very dull‚ so I'm sure we'll be thankful for our Family Mansions, like now!
53. QUESTION: IF THE GROUND FLOOR OF SPACE CITY WITH ITS PARK & EXHIBITS, ETC., IS THE ACTUAL SURFACE OF THE NEW EARTH, DOES THIS MEAN THAT THE CITY WILL BE STATIONARY & NOT MOVE TO VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS AROUND THE EARTH, AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED?—Or can it still move?—Samuel, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: WELL, IN OUR LATEST POSTER IT LOOKS PRETTY STATIONARY!—HA!
54. QUESTION: YOU'VE MENTIONED BEFORE HOW THAT WHILE IN SPACE CITY WE'LL BE ABLE TO GO & WITNESS TO THOSE ON THE OUTSIDE, OTHER NATIONS, & MINISTER TO THEM. Do you suppose they'll know who we are when they first see us & treat us kindly & courteously, or will we be unknowns & strangers to them—as "angels unawares"?—Jordan, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: PROBABLY BOTH, LIKE NOW.
55. QUESTION: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT AGE IN HEAVEN. What does Dad think of how our age in Heaven will be determined? In the Letters he's mentioned that when he's seen Grandmother, who died as a very old woman, in Heaven she looked like she did in her prime, her late 30s or early 40s.—The same with Dr. Koger. He's also mentioned in Letters that some people, such as children, Lamont's sister, Crystal, continue to grow or age as they would've on Earth. Do you think that at whatever age you're taken by the Lord, you just continue to age until you reach your prime‚ & then stop?—Or if you're older you just go back to that age? If so, won't there be an awful lot of people in their prime? If so, I hope that people will continue having babies & children in Heaven, as I would really miss it if there weren't any new ones after all the ones taken by the Lord as children & babies grew up! What do you think about this?—Abraham, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: HA! I'M WITH YOU‚ BROTHER! "BORN IN HEAVEN!" Musta been good news for you!—It was for me! PTL!
56. QUESTION: DEAREST DAD, ALL THESE LETTERS ON SPACE CITY ARE AMAZING! I have been absolutely astounded at the dimensions you have worked out, at the gigantic immenseness of it all! God bless you for taking your time & making it a reality for us all. After reading all these Letters I feel like I've visited it myself. I only have one question, before this we used to think there were 12 levels in the City. Is this still true?—Charity‚ S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: I'M NOW MORE INCLINED TO BELIEVE HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE OUTSIDE PROTECTIVE 216-FOOT JEWELED WALL. But I'm still convinced there will be various levels of Heavenly Society, & probably with their own areas, according to their rewards & shine or shame! I'd sure love to be near you!—You're always dear to my heart with your gorgeous nudie on my desk! GBY! ILY!—IPFY!
57. QUESTION: IF A CHILD IN THIS LIFE GOES TO BE WITH THE LORD, WHEN HE'S RESURRECTED WHAT WOULD HIS RESURRECTION BODY BE LIKE? Would he be resurrected in his prime, going forward in time, or would he be resurrected in a body corresponding to the body or age he had on earth & then grow up in the spirit world until he reached his prime? Crystal, Lamont's sister‚ was about 10 when she went to be with the Lord, but when Grandmother saw her she was in her late 20s. In the art that our artist did there are children there playing, so would they be children who went to be the Lord & who were growing up in the spirit?—Or children who were possibly born in Heaven, as you seemed to indicate might be possible, or some of both?
ANSWER: BOTH!—"To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" (2Cor.5:8)‚ so we go straight to Heaven when we die, & mature there. Our new Heaven series in GN Book 12 should enlighten you.
58. QUESTION: I WAS REALLY INTERESTED ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU EXPOUNDED ON 1COR.6:3, "KNOW YE NOT THAT YE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS," & it made me think about a question I've had about the ranks & levels of authority in the spirit world:
In particular, I was wondering about Seraphims & Cherubims, who are angelic beings mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 3:24 it says‚ "He placed at the East of the Garden of Eden cherubims, & a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the Tree of Life." It also talks about the Ark having two cherubims around God's throne. In Isaiah 6, it mentions Seraphims, who seem to be some sort of angelic heralds. My question is where exactly do they fit in in the spirit world? They seem to be more or less confined to a certain area & not as free as angels to come & go. Is this right, are they more or less assigned to guard duty or something of the like, & aren't necessarily used as ministering spirits, like angels & departed saints?—James, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: I DON'T KNOW. ALL I KNOW IS THEY ARE VERY POWERFUL CREATED MINISTERING SPIRITS IN EXISTENCE BEFORE MAN, & are of various ranks, power & position, both good & bad!
59. QUESTION: I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THE EARTH AFTER THE MILLENNIUM, THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CITY—are they alive in fleshly bodies or are they all in some kind of spirit bodies, having died once already? It sounds as if perhaps some will be having children from Isa.65:20.—Judith, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: AMEN!—ABOUT THE KIDS! See "Born in Heaven!" They are definitely in some kind of immortal resurrected body, but most likely not as powerful as ours, since we seem to be their rulers & ministers.
60. QUESTION: MY MATE HAS TWO CHILDREN STILL IN THE SYSTEM, & HE HAS TO PAY $60 A WEEK FOR SUPPORT. I would like to know what Dad feels about paying support for System children.—Fay‚ USA.
ANSWER: IT DEPENDS ON THE CASE & THE CIRCUMSTANCES. If they were stolen from the Family by a backsliding mate, you've no further obligation before the Lord except in love & as an influence for good by your concern. But that's according to Mt.9:29.
61. QUESTION: IN HAVING "ALL THINGS IN COMMON" (ACTS 2:44,45), WHAT ABOUT PERSONAL DEBTS? (1JN.3:17)?—Abraham Snowman, S. America.
ANSWER: IT SAYS "ALL THINGS"!—BUT IT ALSO SAYS "OWE NO MAN"!—HOW COME YOU DO?
62. QUESTION: I'D JUST LIKE TO KNOW WHAT DAD THINKS OF PADRE PIO, A WELL-KNOWN STIGMATIST.—David & Marie, Asia.
ANSWER: I BELIEVE HE'S DEAD.
63. QUESTION: I MYSELF HAVEN'T LED MANY TO GET SAVED BY PRAYING WITH PEOPLE, SIMPLY BECAUSE I'VE NEVER FELT IT WAS MY JOB‚ unless someone was really ripe & ready, so, like you said, it is a talent which I don't have much of. But I can go out & pass out the Letters to people with the attitude of "You gotta read these Letters, man, it's the Word of God, they'll bring you Home!" And I really feel if we get out the Words with the right attitude, the Words will win souls. That's what won me, your Letters, & that was 11 years ago, & I know those Letters are going to win the World "as long as we go everywhere & feed the fish." So what do you think, Dad? Am I a soul–winner as long as I'm passing out the Letters to all those souls?—Dan, Indonesia.
ANSWER: YOU'RE CERTAINLY A WITNESS! Only God can win'm, really, & only they can make the decision. Mt.9:29. GBY!
64. QUESTION: CHURCHES REALLY LIKE TO USE THE VERSE JOHN 8:11, ESPECIALLY THE PART, "GO & SIN NO MORE."—Saying that "her sin was making love with other people & that Jesus said go, & don't do that (make love to others)." Personally I myself believe that what He was saying was don't go around fucking people without love. How would you clarify this in short, using the Scriptures explaining what her sin was that He forgave her for & not to go & do again?—Theresa, Pacific.
ANSWER: SHE WAS STILL UNDER THE MOSAIC LAW, BUT EVEN THEN THE LORD FORGAVE HER!—We are not!—We are only under Christ's Law of Love!—"Against such there is no law!"—Not even adultery! Read Nos.592,647,648, etc.
65. QUESTION: WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW DAD'S OPINION ABOUT ALAN KARDECK, whether he is a revolutionary & innovator or just a liar‚ since his religion is very influential in Brazil.—Emmanuel, S. America.
ANSWER: SORRY, HAVEN'T HEARD OF'M OVER HERE.—Anybody know?
66. QUESTION: IS IT SAFE TO EAT RAW EGGS IS ASIA?—Some say you can get amoebas from them if not cooked. Does anyone know any other natural cures for amoebas besides garlic?—As the medicine Flagyl which is prescribed is horrible with bad side-effects.—Tim & Faithy‚ India.
ANSWER: I DRINK THREE RAW EGGS IN MY MORNING COFFEE-PEANUT-BUTTER-EGG-NOG EVERY DAY!—I just pray over it. Besides, the Lord seems to have made it difficult for germs to get inside of clean foods like fruits‚ vegetables, eggs, etc. You get most of those diseases from unclean meats & unpeeled fruits & vegetables. I just peel my three eggs & drink'm & feel fine! TTL!
67. QUESTION: WHY DO YOU THINK THE HOLY SPIRIT FORBADE THE APOSTLES TO GO TO ASIA WITH THE GOSPEL IN ACTS 16:6?—Nathanael Pillar, Pacific.
ANSWER: WHAT WAS CALLED "ASIA" THEN WAS ONLY ASIA MINOR IN THOSE DAYS OR WHAT IS NOW TURKEY, & dangerous for travellers at that time. Instead‚ by direct revelation they were sent to safer & more civilized Greece where the highly influential Greeks readily received the Gospel & rapidly spread it with their international language to most of the known World of their day. But the Gospel was taken to India by Thomas & throughout what is now known as Asia by others, so that Christians were even found in Japan later!
68. QUESTION: DAD HAS SAID THAT A CHILD CAN RECEIVE JESUS AS SOON AS IT IS ABLE TO TALK & UNDERSTAND SALVATION IN SIMPLE TERMS. When is a good time for a child to pray for it?—Nathanael Pillar, Pacific.
ANSWER: "IT" IS JESUS!—And as soon as he can understand Who Jesus is‚ a child can ask Him in, which is usually as soon as he learns to talk, usually around two years of age!—See No.708.
69. QUESTION: I AM INTERESTED IN WHERE IS THE RECORD OF THE CONSTRUCTION DATE OF SOLOMON'S TEMPLE (1012 BC). The archaeological records I can find seem to be pointing to about 953 BC. Which is correct?—John Freedom, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: SOLOMON'S TEMPLE WAS BEGUN IN THE FOURTH YEAR OF HIS REIGN & finished & dedicated about eight years later, & some date its founding anywhere from 981-1012 B.C. The 1012 B.C. may come from Usher's Chronology or my old Bible Concordance as the first record of it in secular history. It's also in Smith's Bible Dictionary & the Thompson Chain Reference Bible.
70. QUESTION: THE OTHER DAY WHILE DISCUSSING EVOLUTION & THE BIBLE WITH SOMEONE THEY ASKED ME IF EVE WAS CREATED ON THE SAME DAY AS ADAM. I said "yes," on the sixth day. They seemed sceptical as it said that Adam named all the animals that God brought before him & not finding a helpmate for him, God then created Eve. It does suggest that it was after the 6th day. Could you please help me with this question as I didn't quite know how to answer it.—English Ruth, Europe.
ANSWER: IT CERTAINLY SEEMS FROM GEN.1:26-28 THEY WERE BOTH CREATED ON THE SIXTH DAY‚ & that Gen.2:7-8 & 21-25 is merely a more detailed description of their creation.
71. QUESTION: I'VE A QUESTION ABOUT THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD & SATAN. We know that God is omnipresent & all-knowing. The latter, if this is correct, means that God knows our thought before & during the time it enters our minds. Does the Devil have this same attribute to some measure if any at all? I think it's safe to assume evil thoughts are inspired by the Devil along with man's sinful tendency to weaken along these lines. But does the Devil have foreknowledge or all-knowing quality like God? I'd be relieved to know that Satan doesn't have that power.—Bart & Maria, Europe.
ANSWER: NO, SATAN IS NOT OMNISCIENT‚ & only knows what the Lord has already said about the Future—just like you! Of course he also knows God's laws of cause & effect, sowing & reaping, etc., so in that respect the Future can be pretty predictable by anybody—even you!
72. QUESTION: HOW LONG WERE ADAM & EVE IN THE GARDEN BEFORE THEY WERE CAST OUT & WHAT LANGUAGE DID THEY SPEAK?—Bani & Mercy, Caribbean.
ANSWER: YOU'LL HAVE TO ASK'M ABOUT THAT AT THE MARRIAGE SUPPER!
73. QUESTION: IN "THE TALISMAN" IT ASKS WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET RID OF EVIL SPIRITS. Sometimes I think even the sea is not the best place to rebuke them to as they continue to cause trouble. So how about praying that they get converted into angels‚ or is this not our business?—Joseph & Claudia, Europe.
ANSWER: THERE IS NO BIBLICAL RECORD OR PRECEDENT OF PRAYING FOR THEIR CONVERSION. They even defied Christ in person! So I'm convinced the truly evil rebellious angels of Satan, devils, as well as incorrigible evil human spirits, "Satan's Saints" (see No.1423) will not repent without severe prolonged punishment like the Lake of Fire! (Rev.20:10,14,15) We are simply to rebuke them & cast them out. Ask the Lord where to send'm!—Mt.9:19.
74. QUESTION: COULD YOU PLEASE WRITE A WORD CONCERNING THE MOVIE "GANDHI." From discussion here, there are a lot of pro's & con's concerning the effect of the movie on the audiences not only of the World but especially the people of India, where this movie will play to pack-out audiences for years to come. Winning so many awards‚ one wonders if it is a propaganda tool in the hands of the [ACs] against S. Africa, White rule‚ etc. Yet it is a historical film that reveals a lot about man's sinful nature as well as the life of Mr. Gandhi.—Timothy, MWMI.
ANSWER: AMEN!—IT CERTAINLY IS A BLAST AGAINST VIOLENCE‚ & A CONDEMNATION OF THE ABUSES OF IMPERIALISM, & THE FINAL VICTORY OF RIGHT OVER MIGHT! God bless the Indians!
75. QUESTION: HOW DOES DAD FEEL ABOUT FULL-SCALE ESCORT MINISTRIES IN AREAS WHERE WE HAVE BEEN SEVERELY PERSECUTED FOR FFing ALREADY or areas where potential legal hassles could endanger the overall work &/or ROs in that area?—Jennifer, Pacific.
ANSWER: THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESing & PRIVATE FFing.—Full-scale professional ESing is likely to suffer if illegal or competitive, whereas discreet private FFing can survive long after the ESers are stopped!
76. QUESTION: CONCERNING "BAN THE BOMB"—IN TAIWAN MOST OF THE TEAMS ARE COUPLES ON THEIR OWN, SO IN THESE KINDS OF CASES WE WANTED TO KNOW IF THEY COULD SHARE IN THEIR LAF?—James & Amana, Asia.
77. QUESTION: ALSO, IF CERTAIN BRETHREN BETWEEN HOMES HAVE A SPECIAL LINK, IS THERE ROOM FOR SHARING BETWEEN THEM? These are a few questions that have come up, so we wanted to see how you felt.—James & Amana, Asia.
ANSWER: WHAT SPECIAL LINK?—If you mean they've already been sharing without harmful results, why not?—Mt.9:29.
78. QUESTION: WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, IS IT OKAY FOR ANY SHEPHERD TO HAVE ANY DEBTS OR SHOULD HE FIRST PAY HIS DEBTS & THEN ACCEPT THE JOB OF A SHEPHERD?—Leysha, Europe.
ANSWER: HE WOULD CERTAINLY NOT BE A GOOD EXAMPLE WITH DEBTS! The Scripture clearly indicates he should first go & pay his debts & then offer his sacrificial service to the Lord. (1Tim.3:7; Rom.13:8)
79. QUESTION: COULD WE HAVE SOME FINAL WORD ON BEER? The Philippines is famous for its good quality & very cheap beer. For a lot of Homes, the price of wine is just so high that it is almost impossible to afford it. Therefore some feel that there is a justification of drinking beer as it is much much cheaper. Also in some situations when thirsty while witnessing it is not possible to drink the water as it is not safe but the only choice is between beer or soda. Could we have the final word so that there can be no more excuses & differing views & we can all have a united view on it & obey?—Jude, Asia.
80. QUESTION: WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT M&M WOULD RECOMMEND TO AMERICAN PARENTS LIVING ABROAD CONCERNING PASSPORTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. In some countries a child born to two American parents is eligible for nationality & passport in that country (Portugal & Britain, i.e.) If it is possible to get a foreign passport, should we, & if we do should we also obtain the U.S. passport?—Leah, WS Unit.
ANSWER: FOR PARENTS & KIDS NOT TO HAVE SAME NATIONALITY PASSPORTS COULD HAVE COMPLICATIONS & differences in treatment in different countries‚ such as longer visas for some & shorter for others. Besides, for parents to qualify for local nationality is usually much more difficult than for kids born there. American passports are usually very well-received in most countries. Mt.9:29.
81. QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND—THE LOCAL NATIONALITY PASSPORT OR BOTH IF POSSIBLE & DUAL NATIONALITY?—Leah, WS Unit.
ANSWER: SEE ABOVE.—A lot depends on the country & its laws & local conditions, but dual citizenship could come in handy in some cases, but be a drawback or even forbidden in others. Mt.9:29.
82. QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT A CHILD WHOSE PARENTS ARE OF TWO DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES & THE CHILD COULD OBTAIN BOTH NATIONALITIES? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.—Leah, WS Unit.
ANSWER: SEE ABOVE.
83. QUESTION: WE HAVE TWO BOYS IN THE HOME, AGED 13 & 7. WHAT IS DAD'S OPINION ON KIDS PLAYING WITH TOY SOLDIERS & PRETEND GUNS IN THE HOUSE? Even if an older child understands the Letters, like Sgt. York & plays in that kind of context, would Dad allow it?—Byron & Tabitha, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: WE FORBID IT IN OURS!—Ours have never had a toy gun or played anything but a Roman or Christian soldier in Bible skits!—Why should they want to? We should abhor violence even pretended in play! Why should you let them even play bad behaviour?
84. QUESTION: WE WERE WONDERING HOW DAD FELT ABOUT KIDS WRESTLING—LIKE IN FUN—BUT IT SEEMS LIKE SOMEONE ALWAYS GETS HURT IN THE END. I know it's in our blood to fight & we shouldn't‚ but is some wrestling around OK?—Keilah & Shiza, USA.
ANSWER: I THINK YOU ANSWERED YOUR OWN QUESTION.—We shouldn't! Why should you let your kids even pretend to fight & be bad?
85. QUESTION: WE HEARD THAT IN DAD'S HOUSE HE ASKS THE GIRLS THAT HAVE BABY BOYS TO STOP MAKING LOVE FOR 40 DAYS, but when they are girls, they're supposed to stop it for 80 days. Is that right? If so, are we expected to do the same?—Tiago & Tabitha, S. America.
ANSWER: THIS IS A MOSAIC HEALTH LAW, SO WE ARE NOT BOUND BY IT EXCEPT FOR HEALTH REASONS. But nearly all doctors recommend six weeks to let the woman heal & recuperate before possibly having another pregnancy.—Mt.9:29.
86. QUESTION: RE: WITNESSING IN CLOSED COUNTRIES. SINCE IN MOSLEM COUNTRIES, ETC., WITNESSING IS DONE SLOWLY & CAREFULLY & NOT MANY ARE REALLY REACHED WITH THE FULL MESSAGE, WOULD THE BLOOD OF THE SOULS THERE BE ON THE HANDS OF DEPARTING DISCIPLES (IF THEY DO NOT GET OUT THE WARNING BY LIT OR EVEN VERBALLY‚ ETC.)?—Rachel & Bob, Asia.
ANSWER: YOU ARE ONLY OBLIGATED TO TELL'M OF THE LOVE OF GOD IN JESUS IN PERSONAL CONTACT, but with great discretion.—And it depends on the lit, country, person, circumstances, etc., as God leads.—Mt.9:29.
87. QUESTION: WOULD IT BE ADVISABLE FOR US TO BE LEGALLY MARRIED BEFORE WE GO TO THE FOREIGN FIELD?—Since all the children except our oldest have my last name & wife & our oldest have a different last name. Would this present any difficulties when going through immigrations?—David New Song, USA.
ANSWER: IT SEEMS IT WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEMS OF THE DIFFERENT NAMES IF YOU WERE, as well as possibly other complications. But most such families have had no such difficulties as long as you're obviously the parents.
88. QUESTION: WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE DICTIONARY DAD USES? It sounds like a good one.—Ezekiel, North America.
ANSWER: HA! WE USE MANY, PLUS ENCYCLOPEDIAS! Most agree.—But we haven't found any that beat Chamber's Twentieth Century, except it's a bit bulky!—It's almost an encyclopedia!
90. QUESTION: COULD DAD WRITE CLARIFYING EXACTLY WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OF NEW MEMBERS TO BE A LIVE–IN?—Especially regarding middle class & regarding forsaking all.—Alejandro & Creation, S. America.
ANSWER: HAVE THEY CHANGED SINCE REVOLUTIONARY RULES & ACTS 2:42-47 & 4:31-35?—Mt.9:29.
91. QUESTION: RECENTLY WE'VE ENCOUNTERED A SITUATION NOT BEING COMPLETELY SURE WHAT TO SUGGEST, OF A COUPLE RE–ENTERNG A HOME & THE HOME TRYING TO OBLIGATE THEM TO FORSAKE THEIR CAR, BANK ACCOUNT, ETC., USING THE LETTERS & ALL BUT NOT REALLY BEING A GOOD SAMPLE OF WORKING HARD & FORSAKING ALL TO MAKE THEM FEEL WORTHY OF INHERITING THEIR COMPLETE POSSESSIONS. I'm personally against that attitude of the sheep forsaking all if the shepherds aren't worthy & hard-working, to feed their own mouths too!—Alejandro & Creation, S. America.
ANSWER: SEE ABOVE.—If you don't like your Shepherd, you can always join another Home.
92. QUESTION: IN THE MILLENNIUM & LATER ON IN HEAVEN, WILL ABRAHIM STILL BE WITH YOU CONTINUALLY AS A GUIDE & TEACHER?—Esther, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER:—WHY NOT?—WE'RE THE BEST OF BROTHERS & LOVE EACH OTHER DEARLY & KNOW EACH OTHER SO WELL!—I hope so!
93. QUESTION: REGARDING ORAL SEX: Why is it okay for women to suck men but not men to suck women?—Maria.
ANSWER: IT DEPENDS ON WHAT WOMAN & WHAT SHE'S GOT OR HASN'T GOT!—VD symptoms on the male organ are usually much more obvious in the form of sores, etc.‚ & therefore can be avoided. Whereas, a woman's sexual organs can conceal at least 20 kinds of sexual diseases extremely contagious in oral sex!
94. QUESTION: CONCERNING LIVE-OUT COUPLES OR MEMBERS who do not visit the Home faithfully but we visit & feed them by mail, do they count as members? We have about 50 such people but we don't know whether to report them as members or not.—Jeremias & Faith, South America.
ANSWER: LIVE IN OR OUT, THE THREE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERS ARE THAT THEY FELLOWSHIP, WITNESS, & HELP SUPPORT THE HOME OR WORK.—Do they?
95. QUESTION: IN "ASTRONOMICAL FAKERY" Dad explains that the "waters above the firmament" are past the stars, but in "The Big Lie" the verse is used to explain the Flood.—Enoch & Galilee, South America.
ANSWER: SO?—GEN.7:11 SAYS "THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN WHERE OPENED" to help cause the Flood.—Why not?—You got a better explanation?
96. QUESTION: I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE MAN IN MT.22:11-13. In that marriage the King saw a man which had not a wedding garment‚ & the King told them to cast him into outer darkness. Who is he? If he was saved, the King wouldn't tell them to cast him into outer darkness. In case he was not saved‚ he could not attend the wedding. Is that marriage the Marriage of the Lamb?—Job, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: THE WEDDING GARMENT HERE IS A TYPE OF SALVATION, so having none he was not saved. This wedding here spoken of was a type of the Kingdom on Earth, the fellowship of the Saved‚ the Church, to which he did not belong, being unsaved‚ & was therefore an unworthy intruder & rightly cast out. This is not the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in Heaven, for he could never have gotten that far without being saved!
97. QUESTION: IF 5 PEOPLE WITNESS TO 1 PERSON does it count as 5 personal witnesses?—Esli, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: WHY NOT?—BUT YOU CAN'T COUNT IT AS FIVE PEOPLE WITNESSED TO!
98. QUESTION: WHAT ABOUT THE DISNEY MOVIES WITH TALKING ANIMALS?—Maggie, S.E. Asia.
99. QUESTION: WE'D LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ORPHANS, i.e., the effects it has on their lives‚ psychology, etc. Does it affect their character, reactions, etc.?—Bart & Maria, Europe.
ANSWER: WHAT?—BEING AN ORPHAN? OF COURSE! We're all affected & influenced by our backgrounds & environments, not only orphans!—And they can be either good or bad, orphan or not! Many orphans are better off than the neglected, untrained‚ abused & mistreated children of some parental homes! Orphans learn to share & consider others, & often grow up with a more unselfish personality & greater sense of responsibility & appreciation of parents & home than many who've had'm!
100. QUESTION: Was there a specific reason that [incest] was forbidden under the Mosaic Law?—Ammi, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: SEE QUESTION NO.8 ON INCEST.
101. QUESTION: IT SAYS FOR US, "TIME SHALL BE NO MORE" IN HEAVEN BUT WILL THERE STILL BE TIME FOR THE DEVIL & HIS SAINTS WHO ARE CAST IN THE LAKE OF FIRE FOR AN AGE?—Trust, S.E. Asia.
102. QUESTION: CAN WE USE SONGS FROM THE FAMILY SONGBOOK TO CUT A RECORD IF A COMPANY WANTS TO RECORD IT? Someone overseas told is it's okay as long as we send the Family 10% of the profits—does this still apply?—Antipas & Hagar, USA.
ANSWER: YES—& AS LONG AS THE FAMILY IS STILL FREE TO USE IT!
103. QUESTION: SHOULD BRETHREN IN THE U.S. BOTHER INVESTING $1000s RECORDING IN THE U.S. WITH THE IDEA THAT THEIR OWN MWM COULD BE BIG THERE, WITH POSSIBLE OVERTONES OF USING PROFESSIONAL RECORDING FOR HOME SUPPORT & TO PROVE "WORTH" OF BEING ACCEPTED BY MWMI or is all that a vain idea & brethren concerned should just get to the field & not try to procure large loans & donations from the Family‚ friends & kings for recordings?—Israel Hoofer, Canada.
ANSWER: WE ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH DEDICATED, CONSECRATED, WHOLEHEARTED 110% ALREADY-ON-THE-FIELD MUSICIANS, in ten or more musical Units recording & broadcasting fulltime already on nearly 2000 stations in ten languages & costing thousands of dollars without asking Family or friends to support any more!—Especially untried, unproven, untested musicians still back home in the System!—Forget it!—If you've got any good recordings, send'm to MWMI & we might use'm. Tx!
104. QUESTION: I READ A BOOK CALLED THE BIBLE & THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE WRITTEN BY A CHRISTIAN NAMED DON TANNER. The guy believes Atlantis existed. He also talked about there being some destructive flood Satan caused before the Creation. Is this possible? In Crystal Pyramid MO said the prophet Avak told him something similar (214:9)—Ezekiel, Canada.
ANSWER: NEVER!—How could there have been a Flood before the Earth was created?
105. QUESTION: HOW SHOULD WE COUNT HOLY GHOST BAPTISMS ON THE STATS? In Acts 5:32 it says that God gives the Holy Spirit to those that obey Him, yet in Lk.11:13 it says simply that He gives it to those that ask. I feel it's both, ask & obey, but when witnessing in mass, if we pray for people to receive the Holy Spirit, what could be a guideline to help us count how many receive?—Miguel & Ruth Volunteer, S. America.
ANSWER: THE SAME AS WHEN YOU ASK HOW MANY WANT TO RECEIVE JESUS!—A show of hands!—Why not? They're just as sure as the salvations!
106. QUESTION: WE'D BE INTERESTED TO HEAR DAD'S LATEST VIEWS ON BETROTHAL CEREMONIES IN THE FAMILY. We've come across differing views, is it a public testimony?—James & Charity, Asia.
ANSWER: WELL, WE NEVER HAD'M IN PUBLIC, only in the Family. It's up to the couple, whether they want to declare their engagement openly or not. It's a nice way of letting everybody know. But is it supposed to guarantee they stick?—It hasn't!—Only the Lord can! As far as I'm concerned, we're all married to Him & each other‚ & in our Home we share accordingly. But most of us usually sleep with the same person nightly—eventually.—Especially those in love!—Like me & Maria!—Only real love lasts!
107. QUESTION: WE WONDERED WHAT DAD THOUGHT OF SELLING ITEMS TO RAISE FARE FOR ANOTHER FIELD? There was a car here which was forsaken to the Family in another country, then brought to Ecuador for the work there. It was given to one couple to be stewards over while they were in this country. When they decided to move on to a new field‚ they sold the car which could have been a real blessing to the work there.—Zadok & Palestina, S. America.
ANSWER: FAMILY PROPERTY IS OF COURSE NEVER SUPPOSED TO BE PRIVATELY DISPOSED OF WITHOUT FAMILY CONSENT!—Did they know the car was only loaned & not given to them?
108. QUESTION: WE KNOW OF COURSE THAT GOD NEVER MADE A MISTAKE, BUT DID JESUS? If He was never disobedient‚ then why does it say He learned obedience through the things which He suffered? (Heb.5:8)—Bart & Alicia Oh, S. America.
ANSWER: BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS! Jesus Himself said, "Only God is good!"—Yet He was without sin!—But He had a choice in the Garden & was in all points tempted as we are! That was sure learning obedience! (Lk.18:19; Heb.4:15; 2Cor.5:21; Lk.22:42; Phil.2:8)
109. QUESTION: WE KNOW JESUS NEVER SINNED (HEB.4:15) BUT WHY DIDN'T HE CONSIDER HIMSELF GOOD AS HE SAID IN MT.19:17, "THERE IS NONE GOOD BUT ... GOD"?—Bart & Alicia‚ S. America.
ANSWER: SEE ABOVE.
110. QUESTION: THE "MRS. JESUS" LETTER IS SO HEAVY, BUT DOES THAT MEAN THAT CATHOLICS WHO PRAY WITH YOU BUT STILL HAVE CATHOLIC HANGOVERS ABOUT SALVATION, WHEN THE ENEMY LATER GIVES THEM DOUBTS, THEY AREN'T SAVED?—Phil & Cedar, Caribbean.
ANSWER: THE ENEMY GIVES EVERYBODY DOUBTS—just don't believe'm! Once saved, always saved! Faith cometh by the Word! Keep'm in the Word!
111. QUESTION: CHEERFUL'S PERIOD WAS QUITE OFTEN LATE with the interval in between being from 29 to 35 days, so that we could never really pin point the day it would start. She is now PG & we don't want to make love during the time she would have been having her period, but the trouble is we really don't know when to start & finish. If her periods had been normal, we would know. Should we start counting from the date of her last period? We are being extra cautious because she has had miscarriages in the past.—Adam & Cheerful‚ S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: SEE ANSWER TO QUESTION NO.9 ABOVE.
112. QUESTION: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A LITTLE COMMENT ABOUT CONCERNING "EXCOMMUNICATION PROCEDURES": We have found out in dealing with different cases that there are other serious problems beside the ones mentioned in that Letter. Most of the things mentioned in "Excommunication Procedures" are the more evident outward signs of spiritual problems. But there are also other problems that can mean damage to the rest of the Body as well that don't have these outward signs, such as heavy spiritual pride, that manifest in sowing dissension & division inside the Family, or leading weak sheep astray, giving them false prophecies or ridiculous counsel.—Jose & Celia‚ Europe.
ANSWER: THE LORD'S OWN FORMULA IS STILL THE SAME: MT.18:15-17.
113. QUESTION: ABOUT THE USE OF THE HEADPHONES, WE HAVE FOUND THAT THE FAMILY THAT WE HAVE SEEN HAS NOT BEEN VERY DISCRIMINATIVE WHEN IT'S SAFE TO USE THEM & WHEN IT IS NOT.—Because many times we need to have a listening ear to the World & what is happening around us; a child crying, somebody getting hurt, doorbell ringing, especially driving outside or just being in town where life is so dangerous. So now that the Family is going micro & wearing headphones a lot, a warning of when it's safe to use them may be needed to avoid possible accidents.—Jose & Celia, Europe.
ANSWER: I CERTAINLY WOULD NOT RECOMMEND'M WHEN DRIVING OR CARING FOR KIDS or anytime you need to hear the phone‚ doorbell or other things. A good policy at such times is just to use one on one ear!—Push the other onto your cheek.—That's what I do. Only drown yourself on two-phoned stereo when that's all you have to do!
114. QUESTION: SOMEBODY IN THE FIELD ASKED ABOUT A BABY RECEIVING THE HOLY GHOST WHILE IN ITS MOTHER'S WOMB because she feels that hers got filled when she was pregnant. I guess clarifying counsel about children & the Holy Ghost will be needed for the whole Family.—Jose & Celia, Europe.
ANSWER: WHY NOT?—I & JOHN THE BAPTIST DID! But it's not the usual case.
115. QUESTION: NOW WITH THE LETTER "BAN THE BOMB" WE CAN'T SHARE WITH ANYONE EXCEPT OUR MATE & WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER BRETHREN. You might say to join a co-op, but they're either all full or preparing to leave to another field. We have worked cooperatively‚ but as of late we're working in our own little Home. So what can we do—continue not sharing or can we share with those we have been sharing with in the past?—Jaalah, Caribbean.
ANSWER: AS WE SAID, YOU CAN CONTINUE TO SHARE WITH THOSE YOU'VE BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO SHARING WITH.—If they had anything, you've already got it!
116. QUESTION: WE WERE WONDERING IF DAD HAD ANY GRANDPA STORIES OR ANY ANECDOTES ABOUT KIDS PLAYING TOGETHER & NOT BEING SO SENSITIVE ABOUT "LOSING." Our kids seem to love competitive games, sports, tag, math, bingo & even spelling bees, but they hate to lose. It seems to be good for them to learn not to take themselves too seriously, what do you think?—Jonathan & Delia, S. America.
ANSWER: NO ONE LIKES TO LOSE, BUT WE ALL NEED TO LEARN TO BE GOOD LOSERS, which is a greater victory than being a winner! "More than conquerors!" (Rom.8:37)
117. QUESTION: IN A RECENT LETTER (AL CAPONE) I READ THAT DAD WAS SMOKING CIGARS ON THE TOILET WITHOUT GIVING A NEGATIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT IT. This has caused some confusion in our Home with people that always had hang–ups about smoking. The rules on the subject are very strict (excommunication!) I would like to know Dad's opinion now, have the rules changed‚ or?—Peter, Europe.
ANSWER: HA! I KNEW SOMEBODY WAS GONNA PICK UP THAT BUTT!—I don't smoke. I just sit there & let it smoke itself to cover other odors. I've tried sprays‚ incense, matches & all—but nothing does it like a good cigar!—Maybe I can but you cannot?—Like drinking!—Some don't dare drink a drop!
118. QUESTION: IN HEAVENLY HELPERS—VOL.II, which I appreciate very much, it says on page 18‚ "Cuts: to wash with fresh water." I just wondered if you agreed with this, as I've always been told by doctors & medical books to only apply iodine or a similar solution. Water may contaminate it & rinse dirt even deeper into the wounds. The bleeding cleanses it best from inside.—Maria, Europe.
ANSWER: MY DAD SUCKED'M!—Mt.9:29.
119. QUESTION: DO WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO RAISE SUPPORT WHEN THE LORD GAVE US THE FUNDS TO LEAVE & WE ALREADY WORKED ON OUR HOME SUPPORT & tried to make it work, but only a few people pledged support? Do we need to wait & risk getting caught in the war?—David, Europe.
ANSWER: IF YOU'RE ONLY LEAVING BECAUSE OF THE WAR, FORGET IT! But if you really wanna be a missionary & have the faith, maybe they'll come through with help when they see you really mean it by going! Most folks find support easier to raise after going to the field—if you keep up a good Mail Ministry!—And on the field if you've got the faith & push!—Mt.9:29.
120. QUESTION: WE WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T FEEL IS CLEAR IN THE LETTERS. DAD SAID RECENTLY THAT AT NAFM TIME WE SHOULD HAVE 2 OR 3 SMALLER FELLOWSHIPS & THEN A MEETING OF THE NASs, GASs & OTHER TOP LEADERS OF THE COUNTRY. Our question is: Who are these other top leaders? Obviously, the NROs would be included, but are the DASs & LASs included here also? We are wanting to have Delegates' Meetings twice yearly, & the next one will be in August, & there's a controversy about who these top leaders are that should attend besides the NASs & GASs. Could we have a more specific word on this please?—Job & Joy, Asia.
ANSWER: ONLY EXTRA LARGE NAFs OF OVER 100 at long inconvenient distances were advised against. Other Officers Meetings' Delegates should be decided on by each Executive Committee or NAF, but I would think should include as many ASs as possible—a whole stableful!—Ha!
121. QUESTION: WE MET A MAN RECENTLY WHO WAS A REHABILITATED ALCOHOLIC & HE GAVE THE CREDIT TO AN ORGANISATION CALLED ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS & GOD, which is the group's policy, although they didn't mention the Name of Jesus. We were interested to hear if Dad knew anything about this group. It seemed a bit strange to us.—Simon & Linda, Asia.
ANSWER: ITS WORK & SUCCESS IS WELL–KNOWN INTERNATIONALLY FOR YEARS & definitely includes credit to God's help & the help of fellow ex-alkies! Thank God they go that far! Considering the number of different religions they include, they're doing well to go that far! GB'M! They're doing a great work! Give credit where credit is due!—What a place to witness!
122. QUESTION: AT THE FIRST SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP IN COPENHAGEN AFTER OUR RETURN FROM INDIA, I WAS VERY SURPRISED WHEN THE BRETHREN DECIDED NOT TO MAKE A COLLECTION FOR A FAMILY IN INDIA AS THEY HAD PLANNED, but instead to collect money for a Danish Home that had problems with a bad sickness. Coming straight from the mission field & knowing how great the need is there, this seems to be totally out of proportion with anything—even when the people are sick or have problems—because here in Denmark, the System is helping everybody who has no job or is sick or has no place to live. Scandinavia is one of the easiest places to survive in the whole World—you just have to go to the office & pick up the money. I think we should be ashamed to help people who are already living such an easy life instead of the frontline soldiers who really need it desperately—maybe for the next meal or the next rent. What do you think of this, Dad?—Enoch‚ Europe.
ANSWER: I HEARTILY AGREE! "Firstly Apostles!"—The missionaries are at the top of God's list & your preferred creditors! "God First!"—And His work & workers! (1Cor.12:28; Lk.12:15-21; Mt.6:33)
123. QUESTION: DOES DAD CONSIDER THAT GANDHI HAD MORE OF A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE INFLUENCE ON INDIA seeing he was largely responsible for getting the British out of India? In "School Days" Dad said Gandhi was expanding Christian principles, but also in a recent Letter, Dad said India had returned to heathenism.—Elkanah, India.
ANSWER: THEY KILLED GANDHI & HAVE TRIED TO BURY HIS CHRISTIANITY WITH HIM! The British were a mixed influence on India, but can be thanked for giving'm the Gospel, as a result of which millions of Indians are Christians today. I would say Gandhi was also a mixed influence, but mostly good.
124. QUESTION: I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER I SHOULD STAY IN THE NORTH OR GO SOUTH, I will definitely try to keep being a supporter by tithing, & I would try to witness more also. Probably my biggest problem in going South would be home support. I think I would have trouble raising money. But I have an extra problem of always paying $60 a week to my ex-wife for child support for my beautiful daughter Christina. It is a legal court agreement. Do you think it might be a sign for me to stay in the North or should I try to figure a way to get the money?
ANSWER: MT.9:29, MT.8:22 & JAM.1:5-8.
125. QUESTION: FOR AWHILE NOW I HAVE BEEN WONDERING ABOUT BROTHERS & SISTERS GOING OUT ON THEIR OWN ALONE. I realise that sometimes there's no other way, & they have to do this (FFing & no partner due to lack of personnel, etc.) But what about when they could have a partner but they are just used to going on their own, so always do. I always felt that Dad believes in going "2 by 2" when at all possible for security & safety. And here especially in such dark spiritual places as Calcutta, etc. I feel we need a "prayer partner" as we go anywhere for spiritual safety as well as physical.—Christian & Phoebe, Asia.
ANSWER: AMEN! I AGREE!—And always have! It's a Family rule! If at all possible, of course!
126. QUESTION: ANOTHER THING THAT HAPPENS HERE OFTEN IS THAT MEETINGS ARE HELD BY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE AREA & JUST ALL THE MEN GO. These guys discuss many important things, & have to make some big decisions, GBT! But what I'm wondering about is, maybe sometimes these men need some women to help balance out their decisions & add more counsel? Wouldn't it be much better for the shepherds & wives to be there when at all possible to help make more balanced decisions? This is something I was always taught‚ but maybe it's old hat too?—Christian & Phoebe, Asia.
ANSWER: AGAIN I HEARTILY AGREE!—You two are one, & wives add spice & wisdom!—Especially about childcare questions, which are about half our work now!
127. QUESTION: WE WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE ARMENIANS & WHY THE LORD ALLOWED A LARGE NUMBER TO BE SLAUGHTERED BY THE TURKS. We've met some & they seem to genuinely love the Lord & some have really helped the Family. It just seemed like it was a judgement of God rather than just persecution to get them moving & spreading the message. Also is it possible they are [related to the] Jews‚ as they seem such good businessmen & are so intelligent, speaking five or more languages?—Cedar & Melanie, Asia.
ANSWER: WHY DOES GOD LET ANYBODY BE MARTYRED?—FOR A WITNESS! It was a mighty powerful witness to the whole World!—And a relief to the departed Saints!
128. QUESTION: DO PRAYER LETTERS SENT TO THE FAMILY IN THE WEST COUNT AS A WITNESS?—Philip & Grace, Asia.
ANSWER: WHAT FAMILY?—Our Family (captial F) or your unsaved System family?—I'd say to both! That you're a Missionary on the Field should be a witness to both!—GBY! But prayer letters to our Family don't count on your TRF witnessing stats.
129. QUESTION: WE OF COURSE ARE IN FULL AGREEMENT WITH THE "BAN THE BOMB" INTER-HOME SHARING BUT HAD A QUESTION REGARDING INTER-FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS IN LIGHT OF THE BAN. At times in the past, we as a mated couple have experienced special love & attachment for another mated couple in a separate Home. In these special relationships in the future, will sharing still be banned even if the partners involved to the fullest of their knowledge know they have no "bugs."—Mara, USA
ANSWER: WE SAID "EXCEPT THOSE WITH WHOM YOU'RE ACCUSTOMED TO SHARING ALREADY."
130. QUESTION: ALSO IN THE CASE OF SINGLE FOLKS WHO ARE CONSIDERING BEING MATED, DO THEY HAVE TO ARRANGE TO LIVE IN THE SAME HOME BEFORE SHARING or can they also have special dispensation concerning this after a health check?—Mara, USA.
ANSWER: IT WAS OUR REVOLUTIONARY RULE THAT PROSPECTIVE MATES LIVE & WORK TOGETHER IN THE SAME HOME FOR SIX MONTHS BEFORE MATING, to be sure it's real Love, the Lord & good for His work! Is that less needed now?
131. QUESTION: WE HAD A QUESTION ABOUT PEOPLE IN "COMATOSE" STATE: There was that famous case of Jo Ann Quilin who was in such a state for years—hanging in "limbo" sorta—not really dead, but not really alive. So while we're working on the Catechism section on Death‚ we thought we'd ask about it. Is it a case of where there's been a serious accident, etc., that normally lead to death—did the victim have a "death experience" but hadn't yet decided which way to go? Could it be their spirit was stubbornly hanging on when it was their time to go‚ or didn't want to return when they should? So thus the body was in a state of "indecision"?—Isaac, Asia.
ANSWER: I DON'T KNOW! I'M SURE IT DEPENDS ON EACH CASE. Maybe they still are being tested or instructed. But it seems few return. Maybe they're being prepared!
132. QUESTION: OR COULD IT BE THAT WHEN THE VICTIM WAS DYING & THEIR SPIRIT LEAVING THE BODY, another spirit was trying to re-enter that body & use it‚ but if it wasn't ordained to be so, it couldn't fully do so—& thus there was a struggle in the Spirit World going on? I thought of the verse about Michael contending with the Devil for the body of Moses in Jude 9. Any comments?—Isaac, Asia.
ANSWER: MAYBE SO. I DON'T KNOW. MOSES WAS DEAD. How many come out of it?
133. QUESTION: WILL THERE BE ANY SNOW IS HEAVEN? I've always enjoyed ice skating, maybe we'll have skating rinks in Heaven without the freezing cold temperatures.—Amos, S.E. Asia.
ANSWER: I BELIEVE YOU CAN HAVE ANYTHING YOU HAVE FAITH FOR!—I'm puttin' in my order!—See our new "Heaven" issue, GN Book 12!—And the "Heaven" Poster!—Ha!—Mt.9:29!
134. QUESTION: IS EVERYONE GOING TO RIDE WITH JESUS TO THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON?—Or boys only?—Ann, Asia.
ANSWER: I DON'T KNOW—IT JUST SAYS "ARMIES," & most armies are mostly men. Did you wanna go?
135. QUESTION: WILL WE BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE SEXUAL FEELINGS OF THE OTHER SEX IN HEAVEN—If we're a girl, how it feels to be a boy, etc.?—Ann, Asia.
ANSWER: HA!—YOU ALREADY KNOW!—Maria loves the way I feel—especially where I feel around!
136. QUESTION: WILL BABIES & MOTHERS BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE RIGHT AWAY by speech or will the communication by "thought" & in the spirit just be better so as to anticipate babies' needs better?—Isabelle, S.E.Asia.
ANSWER: FROM MY EXPERIENCE, MENTAL TELEPATHY IS THE USUAL STYLE IN THE SPIRIT WORLD!—You just know what they're thinking! Maria already usually knows what I'm thinking!—Ha!—I'm her biggest baby!
137. QUESTION: "ON SUCH THE SECOND DEATH HAS NO POWER" (Rev.20:6) Is the first death just when we die or is it the unsaved state in this life that may continue in the "unseen state" or second death for the unbelievers?—Elia & Freedom.
ANSWER: "AND DEATH & HELL WERE CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE. THIS IS THE SECOND DEATH." Rev.20:14. The first death is what we all die‚ physical death of the body. The second is a spiritual death, "Born once, die twice! Born twice, die once!"
138. QUESTION: WHAT HAPPENS IF A SAVED CHRISTIAN RECEIVES THE MARK OF THE BEAST? Does he lose his salvation?—Andres, Caribbean.
ANSWER: HA! NO SAVED CHRISTIAN WOULD DO SUCH A THING!—If someone does, it shows they're not saved!
139. QUESTION: WITH THE DOLLAR ON SUCH A RISE NOW‚ WE READ OVER "GREEN PIG" & "MONEY EXPLODES." Will the money explode before the last seven years? Maybe even this summer?—Or very soon?—Ruthie, Pacific.
ANSWER: OF COURSE!—ALL MONEY!—AND THE ANTICHRIST CREDIT SYSTEM WILL TAKE ITS PLACE.
140. QUESTION: IF THE U.S. DOLLAR IS RELEASED TO PUNISH THE ENEMIES OF THE [ACS], will this possibly help bring the Antichrist to power, & maybe even be the tool to bring the USA into agreement to sign the Antichrist Covenant?—Ruthie, Pacific.
ANSWER: MONEY MANIPULATION IS ONE OF THE MAIN TOOLS THE ANTICHRISTS ARE USING TO BRING THE WHOLE WORLD TO HEEL!
141. QUESTION: WILL THE WORLD CREDIT SYSTEM BE ESTABLISHED SOON, AS PART OF THE ANTICHRIST RISE TO POWER TO SOLVE THE WORLD'S ECONOMIC PROBLEMS WITHOUT WAR?—But then will the credit system already in use worldwide be enforced with the Mark of the Beast only after the Atom War in the last 3-1/2 years?—Ruthie, Pacific.
ANSWER: READ "THE FIVE WARS OF THE ANTICHRIST" (No.1528).—The Atom War now seems to come near the end of the Tribulation to destroy Babylon (USA), the Antichrist's chief enemy. So the Antichrist Credit System must be before that, as part of the Antichrist's control system, probably even before the Tribulation!
142. QUESTION: REGARDING THE LETTER "SALVATION IN THE SPIRIT WORLD" I wanted to ask Dad about "the great gulf fixed" in Luke 16:26. The original word translated as "Hell" is "Hades" in Lk.16:23 & not "Gehenna." Is this a case where the person's fate, because he's so bad, has already been decided (as mentioned in 1423:24)?—Nathanael, Europe.
ANSWER: POSSIBLY—OR POSSIBLY THE PURGATORY PART OF HADES, from which he may eventually be released after "many stripes" bring repentance. (Lk.12:47)
143. QUESTION: WAS THIS "GREAT GULF" DONE AWAY WITH BY JESUS' PREACHING TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON? (1Pet.3:19; 4:6) Hope I'm not splitting hairs, but just so we'll be able to "answer him that asketh us." GBY!—Nathanel, Europe.
ANSWER: I WOULD HARDLY THINK SO—THERE'RE STILL PLENTY OF'M THERE, ALL WHO'VE GONE IN SINCE!
144. QUESTION: DOES IT MEAN THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE HELL SINCE DEATH & HELL ARE THROWN IN THE LAKE OF FIRE? (1466:30)—Andrew Newsman, Europe.
ANSWER: IT SAYS IN REV.20:14&15 THAT ALL THOSE REMAINING IN HADES after the Great White Throne Judgement that were not found in the Book of Life, were cast into the Lake of Fire. Maybe there's no more Hades, but certainly a Lake of Fire!—It depends on what you mean by Hell!
145. QUESTION: DO PEOPLE STILL DIE IN THE MILLENNIUM?—Andrew Newsman, Europe.
ANSWER: YES!—THEY ARE NATURAL HUMAN SURVIVORS OF THE WRATH OF GOD. We saved, resurrected & Raptured are the only ones with superhuman immortal bodies, rulers of the Millennial World!
146. QUESTION: IF THE DEVIL IS THE DEATH ANGEL & IS LOCKED UP, WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL DYING IN THE MILLENNIUM?—Bani & Anna, Asia.
ANSWER: WHO SAID HE WAS THE ONLY DEATH ANGEL? There are many angels with the power of death!—Both God's & the Devil's! You don't have to be slain by a Death Angel to die a normal physical death!
147. QUESTION: IF THE LIFESPAN IN THE MILLENNIUM WILL BE SIMILAR TO PRE-FLOOD CONDITIONS of which the oldest recorded age was 969, does this mean most or all of the survivors of the Wrath of God will not live unto the time that Satan is released out of the Pit? And if so, does this mean people who rebel will be their children born during the Millennium?—Shadrach‚ S. America.
ANSWER: EITHER OR BOTH!—They may even live longer under such ideal conditions, far better than before the Flood!
148. QUESTION: DURING THE MILLENNIUM, THE ORIGINAL CURSES ARE ABOLISHED. Does it also include the curse of the various languages which was a result of the Tower of Babel?—Benjamin & Ange, Asia.
ANSWER: POSSIBLY. BUT WE SAVED RULERS WILL EVEN READ THEIR THOUGHTS! However there will still be limited curses on the rebellious or disobedient.—Zech.14:17-19 et al.
149. QUESTION: ARE THE UNSAVED STILL GOING TO SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD or are they going to use a unique language for the whole Earth?—Benjamin & Ange, Asia.
ANSWER: SEE ABOVE.
150. QUESTION: DURING THE MILLENNIAL RE–EDUCATION, IS THERE STILL A NEED & USE FOR LOCAL LANGUAGE MINISTRIES & translation of MLs & TKs, etc.?—Benjamin & Ange, Asia.
ANSWER: I HOPE NOT!
151. QUESTION: CONCERNING THE "REMNANT THAT SHALL BE SAVED‚" as mentioned in para.63 of "Jacob the Deceiver," specifically the reference in the Zec.12:9-11. We read on through Zec.13:6 & wanted to ask if verses 8 & 9 of Zec.13 seems to indicate that 2/3rds of the "Jews" shall perish & this 1/3 shall be saved.—Bani & Mercy, S. America.
ANSWER: SO SAYS THE SCOFIELD BIBLE!—WHICH I DOUBT! If any; it means only of those in Israel, as it says in verse 8.
152. QUESTION: WE WANT TO ASK WHAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE IF THEY ARE CHRISTIAN & THEY GET FORCED TO TAKE THE MARK OF THE BEAST AGAINST THEIR WILL? Or could that happen?—Francois & Mary, Europe.
ANSWER: IMPOSSIBLE! NO ONE CAN BE FORCED TO TAKE IT, & NO REAL CHRISTIAN WILL!—They'd sooner die first!
153. QUESTION: I UNDERSTAND THAT CHRISTIANS ARE THE TRUE ISRAEL & I can defend my position from the Word, as you've shown us in the Letters‚ but I don't have any ground to stand on when it comes to the re-settlement of Israel, etc. Even in early Family material the formation of the state of Israel was given as one of the reasons why we know we're living in the time of the End.—Vessel & Lamb, USA.
ANSWER: JUST BECAUSE JEWS HAVE RESETTLED THE LAND‚ what's that got to do with us being the true Israel of God by faith?—It's ours!—They're the usurpers!
154. QUESTION: WHERE IS SPACE CITY NOW? And how is it coming to Earth & when?—Hart, Asia.
ANSWER: IT'S NOW IN SPACE ON ITS WAY HERE & WILL LAND ON THE NEW EARTH AFTER THE MILLENNIUM & BATTLE OF GOG & MAGOG.—Rev.21.
155. QUESTION: IN BOF‚ PART 13 (Mt.25:33) IT SAYS "AND HE SHALL SET THE SHEEP ON HIS RIGHT HAND, BUT THE GOATS ON THE LEFT": Who are those goats? Are they saved or not? If they are not saved, why are they there then & not at the last judgement?—Matt, Europe.
ANSWER:—THIS IS THE LAST JUDGEMENT!—Not the Second Coming. This is the Great White Throne Judgement, & another proof that some will still be saved in the Millennium!
156. QUESTION: KOREANS, INCLUDING SOME CHRISTIANS, PERFORM A SACRIFICIAL RITE FOR THEIR DEPARTED. They bow before the food prepared. I think it's idol worship‚ for there is no Jesus in it. Can someone become a Christian & still perform this rite?—Job, Asia.
ANSWER: IF YOU PUT JESUS INTO IT THROUGH PRAYER!—1Tim.4:4-5; 1Cor.8:1-13; 1Cor.10:25-31.
157. QUESTION: ARE WE GOING TO BE PERFECT IN HEAVEN?—Maria—S.A.
ANSWER: IT CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE IT! Read all the verses in your Bible on being made perfect—find them in your concordance.—Now what do you think?
158. QUESTION: IF THERE WILL STILL BE PROBLEMS IN HEAVEN, WHAT COULD THEY BE?—Maria—S.A.
ANSWER: AS FAR AS I CAN SEE, ONLY THE SUPERVISION, HEALING & SAVING OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD, the folks on the New Earth to whom we take the healing leaves of our Trees of Life! But I don't see it as a problem but a joy & pleasure!—Like giving God's Love & the Good News of the Gospel of Salvation to folks even now!—Don't you enjoy it? But then we will have full power & control with no dangers‚ lacks, physical problems, weariness, sickness, sorrow, pain, death or Satanic anti-Christ opposition or persecution!—Just smooth sailing & pure pleasure! HAL! TYJ! GBY!
159. QUESTION: WITH MORE FAMILY MEMBERS NOW GOING INTO DIFFICULT FIELDS LIKE CHINA, do you feel we should start encouraging those with a burden for the Mideast to actually go to these countries?—Such as Bahrain & Dubai & Kuwait which are somewhat "open" fields. We have many people on our mailing list who are really coming along, but so many need that personal touch & witness to be able to come in all the way. What do you think?—Jay & Praise, Arab Lit-PIC.