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  • Gary Petty
    Hello, I'm not sure of your question. The "spirit" or life of a person returns to God who gave it, but the Bible teaches that the dead are "asleep" until the resurrection. Since we don't have an immortal soul, this means that unless God resurrects human beings we have no future.
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    Hello, the figure of 25 % comes from Revelation 6:1-11. This is in reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It is the same time period of Matthew 24: 5-8 which Jesus calls the "beginning of sorrows." This figure does not include the overall death toll of the tribulation which follows these events.
  • Gary Petty
    Kathy, Your question is a good one. Judaism, although they observe the Sabbath, has rejected Jesus as the Messiah and are not Christian. When we compare Bible teachings to groups like the Catholic Church it is clear that they aren't following the teachings of Jesus Christ. According to the book of Revelation true Christians are those who have the testimony of Jesus and keep God's commandments. It is important that all those who want to be an authentic follower of God seek and live by biblical truth. The United Church of God is dedicated to discovering and living by the word of God.
  • Gary Petty
    Jacob, I'm glad this sermon was helpful. The Apostle Paul writes some difficult passages, but he is remarkably inspired and profound.
  • Gary Petty
    Karen, I know the pandemic is a difficult time for all of us. You make a good point that this could be the beginning of sorrows. The magnitude of the effects represented by the Four Horsemen is staggering. Current Worldwide Covid deaths are around 2 million people. The world population is 7.8 billion. Twenty-five percent of the world population is approximately 1.9 BILLION. This is a staggering figure. Stay close to God because He is our refuge.
  • Gary Petty
    Clarice, I'm glad you received a benefit from the program. Please continue to watch.
  • Gary Petty
    Yes, the Bible teaches that baptism involves full immersion. Baptism is an important step in the Christian journey. The United Church of God has ministers who can help you learn more about repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior. Click on the Congregations tab where you can find the telephone number of a minister nearest to you.
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    The purpose of this sermon was to explain biblical principles of what it means to be a citizen of the kingdom of God. I tried to deal with specific issues that are clearly defined in the Bible.
  • Gary Petty
    Mark, This is such wonderful understanding. We know that God loves humanity and the majority will receive salvation.
  • Gary Petty
    Wendy, The purpose of my BT Daily was to deal directly with the issue of "family privilege" as a philosophy growing in the United States that is obviously against the Bible's definition of marriage and family. I mentioned BLM because one of their stated purposes is to disrupt the concept of the nuclear family. This idea is spreading throughout many groups. I believe that black lives matter as do people in Syria or Rwanda. All people are made in the image of God. I am also aware that the majority of people suffer because of Satan's rule over mankind. I also believe that the only answer to humanity's problems is to turn to God and the sacrifice and work of Jesus Christ. This grace was given to me and I want to share it with all. I really encourage you to read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. God wants to heal all of us and Jesus will return to save humanity. That is the hope of all Christians.
  • Gary Petty
    Thank you for your comments. I agree that all of us can get so overwhelmed by the immediacy of life that we lose sight of what God is doing. It is then that we can become spiritually complacent. Every once in a while God wakes us up and keep us moving forward.
  • Gary Petty
    Good question. When we read Matthew 24:1-14 Jesus tells us what will happen before the "great tribulation." In Revelation 6:1-8 John is given a vision of events that will lead to the deaths of a quarter of the world's population. These events appear to be a further explanation of what Jesus said in the first part of Matthew 24. In Revelation 13 we see the rise of the last great superpower. COVID-19 is not directly mentioned in these prophesies, but it may be the precursor to what Jesus called "the beginning of sorrows." It is important to stay focused on God and His truth. We don't know all of the details, but the Bible does give us a clear picture of the events that will lead to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. His return is the Christian hope for tomorrow.
  • Gary Petty
    I'm sorry it has taken me so long to respond to this question. I was reading from the NKJV. I have never read a Hebrew translation of Revelation translated into English so I can't comment on what it says. Here is what The Book of Revelation Unveiled study guide says about the mark of the beast: “Many have speculated as to the meaning of this puzzling prophecy. Some interpret it in terms of supercomputers, unique personal identity numbers and even microchips imbedded under the skin. “However, we should consider that receiving a mark on the hand or forehead could well be figurative. Remember from Revelation 7:3 that God’s servants were sealed on their foreheads. And in Deuteronomy 6 Moses told God’s people to ‘keep all His statutes and His commandments,’ noting, ‘You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes’ (Deuteronomy 6:2; Deuteronomy 6:8). The hand and forehead here represent one’s actions and thoughts respectively—which should be dedicated to obeying God."
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    David, I'm sorry, we don't have a transcript for this program. If you email me I can send you some notes.
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    Carl, Sometimes it can be a little discouraging when we don't see more people responding to the message. At the same time, we can see how despondent Jeremiah was because he watched Judah be destroyed because no one listened to God's message. Paul was stoned and driven out of town for preaching the message. In the end we must stay humble before God, do what He sets in front of us to do, and preach the message. Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.