By Peter Mucher, Founder of Beacon World Missions
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed to him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.” –Luke 4:5
“The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” –Nahum 1:3
Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, was led into the wilderness where He was tempted by the Devil for 40 days and during those days He did not eat. Satan did his best to tempt Jesus to no avail. The text says that the Devil acted in a “moment of time”. Satan is quick and will attack any one. If he tried to spin his magic on Jesus, he will have no reservations on going after you.
Each day we pick up the newspaper, or tune our Television to a news channel, or click on our I-pad, Smart phone, or Computer where we can review the news in a 100 places at the click of a mouse or TV remote. We have instant news reports streaming into our home, or office. Without a doubt tragedy can strike in a moment of time.
All of us remember the 2004 series of deadly Tsunamis triggered when devastating earthquakes struck Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Reports over 300,000 killed or lost in Indonesia alone. A cyclone hit Burma killing another 138,000 in May, 2008. However, the deadliest tragedy hit China in the 1931 floods killing up to four million people and the 1976 earthquake that hit Tang Shan, China, killing another 700,000.
More recently a deadly series of tornadoes hit Alabama and Georgia in a sudden event that caused widespread destruction, lots of collateral damage and loss of life. Whether it is from an earthquake, cyclone, flooding, volcanic eruption, landslides, hurricanes, etc., these natural disasters strike with little warning cause catastrophic damage and untold numbers in loss of life.
As a missionary, my wife and I are away from our home in Trenton, Georgia, a good many days out of the year. We were away in April, 2011, when an awful tornado ripped through our community and utterly destroyed our home and office. (That was, I believe, the same series of Tornadoes that swept through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing and destroying leaving many injured.) Thankfully, none of our family was home. But in a moment of time almost all of our worldly goods were gone! Some of our neighbors were hit harder than us and few lost their life and many suffered injuries.
I don’t have to convince you that great tragedy can sweep across your life and destroy all you own, kill your loved ones and leave you devastated and in too many cases, broke. We see and hear of these tragic events all too often. But I wish to speak to you about a far worse storm that can hit you, personally, and attack your home and your loved ones.
I mentioned that I am a missionary. That means I go out and try to inform my friends, neighbors and people all around the world that a greater tragedy and hurt is coming. I am a preacher of righteousness and like Noah in the Old Testament; I warn people everywhere that God is angry. He has promised to never again destroy the world with a world-wide flood. But He has warned that He will destroy this earth with fire. That sentence has been pronounced and will be enacted soon. God has commissioned His preachers, pastors and missionaries to warn the people to turn from their sin and believe on His Son, Jesus Christ. That is why I wrote this tract. Please read this brief plan that God provided to show His love and desire that you and your loved ones be saved before it is too late. May God open your heart to these Scriptures that you might understand their great truth and believe God’s sincere appeal.
Unless you are very familiar with the Bible you might never have read this simple plan that God has made available for you and all other unsaved people. May God open your heart to His truth.
ROMANS 3:23-27 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ROMANS 1:16-19 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
I CORINTHIANS 15:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
ROMANS 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
ROMANS 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
EPHESIANS 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
ROMANS 10:8-13 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Look again at three words in that last sentence.
Whosoever …is a wide word…wide enough to include every friend or loved one you ever knew, or cared for. It is wide enough for you. God had you in mind when He said, “Whosoever…”
Call …is an easy word. Anyone can call. This is something we do almost every day of our life. We call out to friends, relatives, or our work associates. Call is an easy thing to do. So to be saved…you must call out to God in prayer. You must ask Him for salvation.
Saved…this word is used by God for you see the certainty of salvation. This is not a “hope so” word, it is not a “I think I might get saved”… God deals in absolute certainty…He wants you to know you can be saved right now and your salvation is forever. Eternally saved. Look at them again:
Whosoever…the wide word includes you and it includes me…shall call this is the easy word… shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.
Now isn’t that what you really want? In your own words…Believing the Gospel report of how Jesus died for our sins on the cross…was buried and 3 days later was resurrected from the dead…Call upon the Name…the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ…and God promises… you shall be saved.