This message was written by Steve Wohlberg of White Horse Media.
Pictures are from Google Images
TRICK OR TRUTH
Halloween is upon us. On lawns and rooftops, inside malls, and at parties, ghosts, ghouls, skeletons, beady-eyed bats, spider webs, and R.I.P. tombstones appear everywhere. Of course, it’s all fun and games, right? Soberly think about that for a moment. Halloween makes darkness and death seem fun–yet these bona fide realities surround us daily, and they’re not cute.
Michael Jackson: Dead
David Bowie: Dead
You? Me? Someday, we’ll be dead too.
Believe it or not, honest answers to life’s deepest questions are found inside one book, it’s the world’s all-time bestselling book too; although sadly, few read it. Too many are mesmerized by high-tech video games instead. Can you guess what book that is? No, it’s not Harry Potter, but The Holy Bible. This sacred volume explains the truth about sin, death, spiritual darkness, a very real devil, and a holy heaven–and this is no trick.
About sin it tells us: All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 NKJV)
About death it notifies us: It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)
About the devil it informs us: “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9 NKJV).
About the last days it predicts: “But know this, that in the last perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Timothy 3:1-4 NKJV).
Doesn’t this sound a lot like our world today? Just turn on CNN or Fox News. Look at all the politicians, government officials, world leaders, and celebrities who keep messing up. All too many are “boasters,” “proud,” “lovers of money,” and “without self-control.”
Deadly natural disasters–such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, storms, floods, and fires–are also on the rise, as are vicious conflicts among nations. The Holy Bible predicted this too. Notice carefully: “There will be signs…wars and commotions… nation will rise against nation… there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines, and pestilences… fearful sights… on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity… men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming upon the earth” (Luke 21:25, 9-11, 25-26 NKJV).
As we approach the dark night of Halloween, news reports include horrific accounts of terrorist atrocities, violent crimes, and racial killings. Divisive debates over sexual orientation rage daily. Spiraling heart disease, diabetes, and cancer take their toll, even among trick-or-treating kids. It’s heartbreaking. Society is surely teetering on the verge of a tremendous crisis.
WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
Every four years, Americans vote on their choice about who should become the next president of the United States. But I’ve got news for you. No matter who wins the White House–whether Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Green Party– no human being can solve this world’s problems. Only God can, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Eternal Ruler of the universe.
And guess what? He will.
His Holy Book predicts:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat: both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up… Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:10, 13 NKJV)
According to this biblical prophecy, Heaven’s plan isn’t to slap a Band-Aid on global immorality and disunity. In other words, God Almighty won’t use peace treaties, the United Nations, earthly governments, law enforcement officers, “climate change” legislation, or any proposal initiated by fallen men to permanently soothe earth’s rampant woes. Ultimately, such measures won’t work anyway. Instead, His purpose is to utterly eradicate evil by melting “the elements… with fervent heat.”
On that big day, all manmade toxicity, satanic cruelty, and gross wickedness will be “burned up.” Now read this: “The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26 NKJV). When the dust settles God Himself will recreate “new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
The last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, also testifies:
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:4-5 NKJV)
Doesn’t that sound fantastic? No more suffering, funeral services, or salty tears. Silent cemeteries won’t exist. Sin, sinners, and Satan will vanish forever. Dear reader, this isn’t Hollywood fantasy, or an empty promise made during election year, but God’s truth. “These words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5 NKJV), says the Holy Book.
The good news of the Bible is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). “In Him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). His love is so great that two thousand years ago He sent His Son into this dark world to unselfishly sacrifice Himself on a cruel cross to pay the price for our sins–including yours and mine. “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3 NKJV) is the biblical message. Truly, this is Heaven’s greatest “treat” for guilty souls longing for hope, help, and forgiveness.
Amazingly, R.I.P. applied to Jesus Christ too when His lifeless body was placed in a clammy tomb just outside Jerusalem. He lay silent for only three days: then “God raised Him from the dead” (Acts 13:30 NKJV).
Dear reader, Jesus Christ will soon return “on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30) His face will shine brighter than the sun. For all who repent of their sins, and trust Him as their Savior, the darkness will end. They will have “everlasting life” John 3:16 NKJV) in God’s earth made new (see Revelation 21:1).
It’s not an accident that you are reading this tract. God’s love is drawing you today. Yes, even you. So during this Halloween season, don’t be duped by the Devil.
According to God’s Holy Book, what you have just read this isn’t a trick–it’s the truth.
Choose Jesus Christ today.