The words in a letter from a very wise woman who lives on Vancouver Island gave me the idea for this article. She said, “This is indeed a wicked-minded world when no one but God through Jesus Christ can cleanse it. There can be no other source on earth except a tremendous act of Divine Power that could make the slightest dent in the thick structure we have built around ourselves.” Recent events have reinforced her statement as we see this world becoming more and more violent and there appears to be no way out.
Sometimes God brings about a need in an organization and then fills that need through a special individual. This happened to us 2002. Although never having written articles to that point, Holly Mills joined the only other correspondent at the time, Brooks Alden, and began writing a column using the tagline, “As I See It.” It wasn’t long before letters began flowing in telling us how her messages were so inspiring and heartfelt.
Holly is one of the fortunate ones who have known of the Israel Truth message from youth and it has always sustained her through her life’s journey. She had a successful career in the airline industry but always found time for charitable pursuits. She hosted an Israel Truth Bible Study for three years and takes every opportunity to immerse herself in other studies of Scripture. Perhaps her greatest strength is that she writes what she feels so passionately.
“For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;” (Col. 1:19)
This is a tough world. So many things are happening in the world that sometimes it is hard to recognize it as the one we grew up in. My father passed away only six years ago but I don’t think he would be able to handle the world as it is today. We are morally bankrupt. A friend of mine is mentoring a young woman who has just recently joined her church and it is amazing what this young woman has told her about what is going on out there today. The world for so many young people is full of darkness and they don’t know any other way. Luckily this young woman turned her back on it all and found Christ. She is now a new person in Jesus Christ. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2Cor. 5:17).
“Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.” (Deut. 22:9)
“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be aware of change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” (Justice William O. Douglas from Common Ground, Issue 172 November 2005). At the time of the mailing of this magazine we are in the middle of summer and fresh produce is on the shelves of our grocery stores and local markets. It all looks so good doesn’t it; all fresh and colourful, but how good is it really? Here in British Columbia, Canada we look forward every year to buying fresh produce from local vendors and from our Okanagan Valley that has the most wonderful fruits and vegetables you can get, but is this now under threat?
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 24:44).
Are we ready for our Lord’s return? This may seem like a silly question as of course, we all are, aren’t we? I ask this question only because we live in a world that lives very far away from the Lord and it is constantly influencing us. God, though, does not want us to live in this worldly system but to live holy and to be holy. We cannot follow the worldly system and follow God at the same time. It seems to me that the only way we can do this is to have a change of heart. If we do not change our hearts we flounder trying to live in two worlds. We cannot serve two masters and have peace in our heart. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”(Matt. 6:23-25). This is a decision we all have to make. The time is short and our nations are lost in their sin. Choose wisely.