"THE LORD HAS BARED HIS HOLY ARM BEFORE THE EYES OF ALL THE NATIONS; THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD!"Isa. 52:10 TLB
From the very beginning of time God has asked each succeeding generation this penetrating question — "HOW SHALL THEY HEAR?""Hear what?" you may ask. Knowledge of the One True and Living God — Creator of heaven and earth and all that is therein!
Buckle up, because I want to take you on an exciting and at times fearful journey that I believe answers the most important question in the Holy Bible!
After the fall of Adam and Eve, our journey begins at Genesis 3:15. The "SEED OF THE WOMAN" is God's first clue and the beginning of the revelation of Himself to mankind. We have taught and discussed many times this awesome and at times tortured trail through time as God sought to reveal Himself to the human race. A few made the connection. Enoch "walked [and talked] with God: and was not; for God took him!" (Gen. 5:24). Noah tried to make his generation hear, but only he and his family were spared the awesome flood. God sent angels to wicked Sodom, but they would not hear — only Lot and his family escaped. Elijah preached to his generation, but only a few heard; so God took him to heaven in a chariot of fire! Through the kings of Israel, and ultimately the majestic Temple of God built by Solomon, God sought to reveal Himself to the nations of the known world. That great Temple wherein dwelt the Shekinah glory of God was to be the great lighthouse pointing the nations of the world to the One True God; but sadly, God's chosen people failed by and large to make HIM KNOWN. By the end of the Old Testament, the prophet Malachi closes his generation with a rebuke so severe as to make one tremble in fear!
"BEHOLD, I WILL CORRUPT YOUR SEED, AND SPREAD DUNG UPON YOUR FACES, EVEN THE DUNG OF YOUR SOLEMN FEASTS; AND ONE SHALL TAKE YOU AWAY WITH IT." Mal. 2:3
Wow! God was so angry and furious with this generation, that for 400 years He did not speak to them! No prophet, no word, no light — UNTIL!Ah, here is where it really gets exciting — Paul tells us:
"BUT WHEN THE FULNESS OF TIME WAS COME, GOD SENT FORTH HIS SON…." Gal. 4:4
Praise God Most High! We have just come through another great celebration of God's ultimate answer to the hellish condition of this lost world! Please say it with me — "PRAISE GOD FOR JESUS!"Yes, the cure for earth's fatal disease, sin, is here — all praise and glory to our True and Living God!
But the burning question still rings in our ears — "HOW SHALL THEY HEAR?"
With the possible exception of the apostles of Jesus and the first century generation who did carry the gospel to the then known world, each succeeding generation has largely failed to take the GOOD NEWS to the ends of the earth! And yet, the prophet Isaiah states clearly:
"THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF GOD!" Isa. 52:10
ENTER GOD'S TBN! Yes, you and I — God's people — now have IN OUR HANDS the means, the tools, the hardware, the software, and praise God, the WILL TO TAKE THIS GOSPEL, LITERALLY, TO THE VERY ENDS OF THE EARTH! Hallelujah! Praise the Most High, True and Living God forever!
In my January letters to you, my faithful Partners, I try to give you the highlights of the previous year's growth and further outreach. This past year of 2003 has been so explosive there are hardly words to express it! Your eyes would glaze over if I even tried to tell you how 5,804 TV stations linked with 36 satellites are now placing a footprint over every square inch of planet earth! Or, how the Internet is receiving over 2 million hits or visits a day! How do we express the joy we feel when thousands from Moslem nations call, email and write asking how to accept our Christian faith? China is partly open — keep praying!India is nearly half covered! Yes, the land of 100 million gods is accepting the One True God by the thousands — even millions! I would have to write a thousand pages to even begin to report the multitudes pouring into the Kingdom of God, as this mighty Voice called TBN thunders forth the glory of God to earth's remotest corners! Praise the Lord!
But here is my solemn question: Will we fulfill the GREAT COMMISSION given to us by Jesus Himself? Remember, most generations from the beginning HAVE FAILED! What will history write of us — our generation?
"HOW THEN SHALL THEY CALL ON HIM IN WHOM THEY HAVE NOT BELIEVED? AND HOW SHALL THEY BELIEVE IN HIM OF WHOM THEY HAVE NOT HEARD? AND HOW SHALL THEY HEAR WITHOUT A PREACHER?" Rom. 10:14
And, finally, the question that I know has been directed by the precious Holy Spirit directly to you and me — our generation —
"AND HOW SHALL THEY PREACH, EXCEPT THEY BE SENT?" Rom. 10:15
Ah, dear Partners — we are doing it! Together we are sending preachers, the best of them on TBN — to the ends of the earth! Yes, together we are sending the most precious word in all the Bible to the lost sheep of God's world —
"FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED." Rom. 10:13
Will you help Jan and me and your TBN family — will we keep sending the knowledge of the One True God to all the world? May God say of us:
"HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM THAT PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, AND BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS." Rom. 10:15
We love you — we need you —
“How can they hear... unless someone tells them?”
Dr. Manickam Prakash,TBN's liaison in India, shared about the phenomenal expansion of TBN throughout India—almost HALF the nation is now receiving our programs! Praise the Lord!!
Jan is telling the WORLD about her miraculous healing from colon cancer last year. Yes, Jesus has TOTALLY 100% HEALED our precious Jan. To God be the GLORY!!!
This past November's Praise-a-Thon® was like no other in TBN's 30 year history! Bishop T.D. Jakes preached the glory down during the "Missions" night service!
This photo was sent to us from Valeri Rukovichkin, director of Life TV, our affiliate in Estonia. TBN is seen all over the former Soviet Republic nation of Estonia—even in the TV stores at times!