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LIFT UP YOUR HEADS AND REJOICE!   >>
“AND WHEN THESE THINGS BEGIN TO COME TO PASS, THEN LOOK UP, AND LIFT UP YOUR HEADS; FOR YOUR REDEMPTION DRAWETH NIGH.” Luke 21:28

Rejoice? Many would say “what do we have to rejoice about?” Shall we rejoice at Jesus’ words? “UPON THE EARTH DISTRESS OF NATIONS, WITH PERPLEXITY; THE SEA AND THE WAVES ROARING.” Luke 21:25

In Jesus’ final message just before His trial and crucifixion, He gave us several awesome signs to look for that would indicate the nearness of His coming. Of course the critics say, “We have always had hurricanes, earthquakes, famines, wars, pestilence, and on and on!” But, NEVER have we had these so-called, “natural disasters” in such intensity and frequency. In this hurricane season we have had 15 hurricanes and severe tropical storms — an all time record! And the season is not over yet! By the way, Katrina was the worst in recorded history!

The same phenomenon with earthquakes — four times the amount in recent years since records began to be recorded! Remember last year’s horrible 9.15 earthquake that caused the worst tsunami in history? Former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who visited Indonesia and India, said in all his years he had never seen such utter devastation.

How about pestilence? I spoke personally with Leo Slingerland, our station manager in Nairobi, Kenya. He gave me the horror report that several hundred a day are dying of AIDS — in fact, with a shudder, I heard him say the coffin makers are running out of wood, and many who have died of AIDS are simply being buried in mass graves! And this is just one of the many African nations, plus other nations around the earth, where the AIDS epidemic is rampant!

But if you think we have had it bad so far, according to the prophet Isaiah, we haven’t seen anything yet! Now, let me insert here that this is not a doomsday letter, for we who know Jesus Christ have this blessed word from the apostle Paul who writes:
“FOR GOD HATH NOT APPOINTED US TO WRATH, BUT TO OBTAIN SALVATION BY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.” I Thess. 5:9 Praise God for our blessed hope — but for the ungodly and the wicked: wicked: If you think Katrina, Rita and the numerous other hurricanes and tropical storms were bad, read with me Isaiah 24!

Before we do, I know we who are saved will be with Jesus at the great marriage supper of the Lamb before these horrors occur on planet earth. Praise the Lord! So, buckle up your spiritual seatbelt, because compared to Katrina, which has virtually destroyed New Orleans, here is what is coming as God’s wrath is poured out on an ungodly, Christ rejecting world!

“BEHOLD, THE LORD MAKETH THE EARTH EMPTY, AND MAKETH IT WASTE, AND TURNETH IT UPSIDE DOWN, AND SCATTERETH ABROAD THE INHABITANTS THEREOF.” Isa. 24:1

Let me add here that as I write this letter I have just flown over New Orleans by helicopter with Don Tipton of Friend Ships ministry. I wept as I saw firsthand the utter devastation of that great city. Don and his wife, Sondra, have pulled two of their large mercy ships into the harbor and I got to meet dozens of precious volunteers, young and old, who are working day and night helping restore some of the city that can be restored — putting on new roofs, passing out food and water, witnessing the love of Christ, passing out Bibles, and on and on! TBN bought the helicopter that Don said has saved many lives, picking up refugees from rooftops, even taking the dogs, cats, parrots and other pets to safety! We gave from your “HIS HAND EXTENDED” $200,000 to Friend Ships; $200,000 to Franklin Graham’s, “SAMARITAN’S PURSE,” and another $200,000 to Tommy and Matthew Barnett’s “DREAM CENTER,” who has lovingly accepted over 300 of the homeless refugees into their facilities! God bless them!

Pitiful New Orleans practically fulfilled verse one of Isaiah 24, but even that horror is a Sunday school picnic compared to what is yet coming to this earth after God has evacuated His people from the utter destruction to come.

“THE EARTH IS UTTERLY BROKEN DOWN, THE EARTH IS CLEAN DISSOLVED, THE EARTH IS MOVED EXCEEDINGLY.”

Sounds bad? Dear Father, read on:

“THE EARTH SHALL REEL TO AND FRO LIKE A DRUNKARD, AND SHALL BE REMOVED LIKE A COTTAGE; AND THE TRANSGRESSION THEREOF SHALL BE HEAVY UPON IT; AND IT SHALL FALL AND NOT RISE AGAIN.” Isa. 24: 19, 20 Dear Partners, I pray you will share this letter and Scriptures with those who are lost. We have found that the hearts of virtually all the people of the vast Gulf Coast region are open as never before to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am told they literally grasp the Bibles even before the food and water!

So now what? I learned that the law enforcement agencies at all levels have literally emptied the city, including the wicked French Quarter. The voodoo is gone; the Santeria is gone; the houses of prostitution are gone; even the casinos are wiped out in Mississippi. Mardi Gras is over — at least for now! Praise the Lord God most high forever and ever. Amen!

But now, dear Partners, the Harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Souls are streaming into the Kingdom of God, not just in the Gulf Coast, but from all over the world! TBN is God’s Voice to virtually the whole wide world! Will you help Jan and me and your great TBN family bring this glorious Harvest into His fold? Our eternal future is assured through the blood of Jesus Christ, BUT THEIRS IS NOT! Most of us cannot go personally to help bring the suffering lost ones to Christ, but we can add a few dollars to our regular TBN pledges and support — please do it this month. We have virtually exhausted our “HIS HAND EXTENDED” benevolence fund, and we are being told by the government it will take months, even years, to restore the Gulf Coast to even some semblance of what it once was.

Finally, let us rejoice as Jesus told us, that “all these things” simply assure us that “our redemption draws nigh”! Even, in the meantime, as we do experience many of the “birth pangs,” as dear Hal Lindsay admonishes us, we do not have to fear — ah, read and rejoice:

“GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE. THEREFORE WILL NOT WE FEAR, THOUGH THE MOUNTAINS BE CARRIED INTO THE MIDST OF THE SEA; THOUGH THE WATERS THEREOF ROAR AND BE TROUBLED…. BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD: I WILL BE EXALTED…IN THE EARTH. THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US; THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE” (Psa. 46: 1, 3, 10).

Praise the Lord!

Jan and I thank you and praise God for you as we labor together to bring in this final Harvest of precious souls. We love you more and more with each passing year, now 32 1/2, praising the Lord together!

Don Tipton, of Friend Ships, and Paul in front of “ANGEL ONE,” the helicopter donated by TBN, which is being used for relief efforts in New Orleans.

The mercy ship “Hope” lies anchored behind Don Tipton and Paul. TBN has partnered with Friend Ships and other ministries to help with the massive relief efforts in New Orleans and other Gulf region areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina.

Pictured with Paul are Sondra and Don Tipton, founders of Friend Ships, along with one of their volunteers. TBN has assisted Friend Ships in sending two cargo ships to New Orleans filled with tons of food, clothes, medical supplies and volunteers.

Pastors Matthew and Tommy Barnett, and Aaron Jayne of the Los Angeles Dream Center, joined Jan on a very touching Behind the Scenes program. They spoke of how, in addition to their regular inner city ministry in Los Angeles, the Dream Center has also taken in 300 people from New Orleans who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Jan welcomed 36 evacuees from New Orleans, currently living at the Dream Center, as her special guests on Behind the Scenes. TBN has donated $200,000 to the Dream Center to help them as they reach out with Jesus’ love to those whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.