Preface: From the Author
In this information age, where the
public is nearly overwhelmed by the assault on their senses, is it any wonder
that there are so many skeptics? When ten different answers are to be found for
every one question, who can you believe? We all need a trustworthy guide through
the many strait places in life as much as the sailor needs a pilot over the
sandy bar or up the rocky river, but where is this guide to be found? We point
you to the Bible. Inspired of God, written by holy men, it points out with great
clearness and precision the duties of both old and young. It elevates the mind,
softens the heart, and imparts gladness and holy joy to the spirit. The Bible
presents a perfect standard of character; it is an infallible guide under all
circumstances, even to the end of the journey of life. Take it as the man of
your counsel, the rule of your daily life. In it can be found the keys to your
But these days when the vast majority have ceased to take God’s
Word as their rule of life, the sure results have followed one after another.
Mankind looks fearfully into a foreboding future. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes,
earthquakes and other various natural disasters fill the news day after day;
children shooting other children, nation after nation on the verge of
bankruptcy, wars and ethnic cleansings, famine and starvation, deadly accidents
in the air, on the land and sea. These are all shocking reminders of events
clearly foretold in the Bible as the result of ungodliness. The future of the
world looks grim and dark.
What can we do about it? Is there a way to avoid these
calamities? The answer is, yes! God has always given clear warnings before
sending judgments, and along with His warnings He always supplies an escape.
Taking the Bible as our sole authority, it is my desire to journey with you
through past and future events, as they relate to Biblical prophecy, and point
you to the only real means of escape -- God’s plan of redemption.
In this endeavor many delicate subjects will be addressed, so
I would like to assure you that the things expressed in this book are not for
the purposes of condemning anybody but are for education and uplifting. As with
all messages of love there will be those who may become offended no matter how
hard we may try to avoid it. I quote from another author who has expressed the
same sentiments: "It is a delicate task to write concerning religious
subjects about which very fine and sincere people have strong differences. One
wants to speak frankly enough to make a point, yet also to maintain a proper
balance, so that in disagreeing he is not needlessly disagreeable.
As with any book--certainly not excluding the Bible itself--it is inevitable
that some misunderstanding or differences of opinion will result. Some may feel
too much has been said, others not enough. Nevertheless, in the words of Pilate,
‘What I have written I have written.’ " Ralph Edward Woodrow.
I hope this book will be a blessing to you!
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