This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'
Each year, I receive many requests to examine the story of those mysterious 'wise men' who traveled so far to worship the new 'King of the Jews.' Who were they? How did they know to watch for a sign in the heavens? How long did they wait for that sign? Where did they come from? (Hint: it's a land that's often in the news today and not in a positive light.) Why did gentiles come to worship the King of the Jews? How did God use them to preserve the Messiah's life? You'll learn the answers to all of these questions and more this week when I discuss "The Mystery of the Magi."
I pray that God will bless you for your faithful support of Hal Lindsey Media Ministries during 2012. 2013 promises to be even more exciting as the coming of our Savior and Lord draws nearer.
I truly believe 2012 will be remembered as a most critical year in our nation's history. I'm convinced that we stood at a defining crossroads last November and I fear the road we chose will only bring suffering, bondage, and great loss for the citizens of our beloved country. So please continue to pray for America for I believe she faces her darkest days yet.
One of the key unknowns about 2012 (at least from the world's point of view) was the rampant speculation about the ancient Mayan calendar and other secular prophecies predicting a major world catastrophe in 2012. Since the Mayan prediction seemed to indicate December 21, 2012 as some sort of "doomsday," I suppose that if you're reading these remarks, the world didn't end. But then, if you're a regular viewer of "The Hal Lindsey Report," you already knew that it wouldn't, simply because the Bible says that the earth will remain far into the future.
Which is to say: God is still in control and Christmas is a beautiful reminder of His great love for us.
Finally, as we approach this most joyous time of year, my heart is saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Please join me in praying earnestly that God will comfort and minister to each of those parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and friends and neighbors who lost their loved ones in that senseless massacre. It's even more distressing because of the tiny, precious, innocent lives that were brutally ended on that horrific day.
Some things cannot be explained and I believe this is one of them. We must realize, though, that the Bible says that even though we cannot explain these senseless acts of heinous violence, we must expect them to increase. The Apostle Paul said that in the last days, "perilous times will come." In his second letter to Timothy, he said, in part: "There will be terrible times in the last days... People will be... abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love... without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous...."
As this world turns its back on Creator God and toward the god of darkness, sin and ungodliness will increase. The Bible tells us that if we sow to the wind, we will reap the whirlwind. And the whirlwind brings with it death and destruction. So I believe we must see Newtown as a warning that we are entering the "last days" of which Paul wrote.
Naturally, this warning cries out to us to seek God's face for His mercy upon our nation and our fellowman, but I believe that, more importantly, it is God's warning to us individually to prepare for what is coming. Newtown shows us that death and destruction can fall upon us, unexpectedly, at any moment. That means that we must make our hearts ready while there is still time. Once again, the Bible tells us that "now is the appointed time," today is "the day of salvation." None of us can be certain we'll have another.
If you have never accepted the gift of pardon that Jesus Christ purchased for you, do it today. Jesus came to earth as a human baby (that is precisely why we celebrate Christmas), then willingly surrendered His sinless earthly life to die a brutal death in your place so that the penalty required by your sin would be paid. And by doing so, Jesus Christ satisfied God's justice. He suffered so you would not have to suffer eternal separation from God. He loves you that much.
The pardon for sin that He secured with His death and resurrection is now available to you. All you have to do is believe and accept it. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died in your place. Confess with your mouth that you are, indeed, a sinner and acknowledge that you are not worthy to be accepted into God's eternal presence. Then, accept the gift of pardon that Christ's death purchased for you. From that moment, you're a member of God's family and can look forward to spending a joyous eternity in His presence.
As you turn from your sin and trust the Holy Spirit to empower you to live a life that is pleasing to God, you'll discover a peace and joy you've never known before. I encourage you to find a solid, Bible-believing church and associate with fellow believers. As this world grows darker and more hostile to the Word of God, we're all going to need the strength and encouragement that comes from being a part of a church family.
Welcome to God's forever family and have a wonderful, blessed, and very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Don't miss this week's Report here Sunday.
"PROPHETIC YEAR IN REVIEW - 2012": This may be of interest to those of you who live in the San Antonio, Texas area. I will be presenting the 2012 edition of my annual "Prophetic Year in Review" on Monday, December 31, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Calvary Temple Church, 3000 Loop 534, Kerrville, Texas, 78028. I'll look back at the major events of 2012 and examine how they fit into the prophetic scenario. There is no admission charge, but seating is limited. So please call the church office during regular business hours to let them know you'll be attending and how many will be in your party. The Calvary Temple office number is 830-895-3000. I'll see you there.