January 2002 Newsletter

VOLUME XXIX• NUMBER I

THE THIRD DAY IS HERE!

Virtually every household in ISRAEL is able to receive TBN Europe via Hot Bird “Direct-To-Home” satellite!
“COME AND LET US RETURN UNTO THE LORD: FOR HE HATH TORN, AND HE WILL HEAL US… AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US: IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP, AND WE SHALL LIVE IN HIS SIGHT.” Hosea 6:1, 2

The Year 2001 marked the BEGINNING of the third day on God’s great prophetic time calendar. The Apostle Peter makes it clear that:

“ONE DAY IS WITH THE LORD AS A THOUSAND YEARS, AND A THOUSAND YEARS AS ONE DAY.” II Peter 3:8

So, from the time of Christ, TWO DAYS have passed. While this prophecy is aimed primarily at the nation of Israel, I keep reminding us that we gentiles have been “grafted into the vine” and are “spiritual Israel,” and entitled to all the great covenant promises to Abraham! But, that is another whole subject.
The point, here, is the fact that two-thirds of this exciting prophecy has come to pass just as Hosea spoke it! We know that two thousand years ago, national Israel rejected their Messiah, but it was prophesied that, “after two days,” something would happen.

Most of us were alive, in 1948, when the United Nations mandated that Israel should be a nation once again, and that Palestine should be their homeland! How utterly awesome was the fulfillment of this prophecy—

AFTER TWO DAYS WILL HE REVIVE US…

When Jan and I visited EGYPT, we were greeted with this glorious sight – SATELLITE DISHES on nearly every building in CAIRO!
But, far more awesome is the very next promise:

“IN THE THIRD DAY HE WILL RAISE US UP…”

And the cry of the prophet is glorious:

“COME LET US RETURN UNTO THE LORD.”

The total fulfillment of this last part of the prophecy is just ahead, but here is where it really gets exciting! Yes, right here is where you and I —Your TBN— enters the picture!

Each year in January, I try to give you TBN’s “State of the Network” address. And while we have seen some amazing growth and expansion of the network in previous years, NOTHING can compare with this – THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD DAY – the year of our Lord 2001!

For starters, we learned, to our great delight, that the new European satellite reaches, virtually, every household in Israel! Exactly HOW Israel will “return to the Lord,” is yet before us; but, Praise God, the witness of their true Messiah is beaming into the land of the Bible. We know that this WORD will “not return void”!

Even this glorious news pales, when we see that in 2001 — are you ready for this — NINE NEW SATELLITE SERVICES pierced the airwaves, literally COVERING THE REST OF THE WORLD!

OUR TBN covers the ENTIRE WORLD via 21 SATELLITES. That is the first step, but, THEN, we must get the signal to the HOMES – via little satellite dishes, cable, or broadcast TV stations. Even those who live in dirt-floor homes in INDIA are watching YOUR TBN on CABLE! With a three hundred dollar receiver, we can reach a whole CITY for Jesus!
Not every home can yet receive us, but the “FOOTPRINT” covers the WORLD, and remember God’s promise?

“EVERY PLACE THAT THE SOLE OF YOUR FOOT [FOOTPRINT] SHALL TREAD UPON, THAT HAVE I GIVEN UNTO YOU…” Joshua 1:3

Praise the Lord God Most High! The whole world is ours for the taking – let’s TAKE IT for the Kingdom of God! Hallelujah!

So the key to getting the great satellite signals into the homes of the world are the many terrestrial TV stations, cable stations, and DBS or DTH receivers (little dishes). So, buckle up because here is where it gets even more exciting! Do you remember when dear Oral Roberts prophesied that TBN would have 100 TV stations, and later the word came that we would have 1,000 TV stations? Well, glory to God, we have passed even that awesome word!
As I write this letter in mid November, the worldwide total of TV stations has grown to: 2,716. Praise the Lord! That represents about 475, just this past year of 2001! Say it with me — “HELLO WORLD!” 420 of the TV stations (in the grand total) are covering America. The rest cover much of the world and are growing fast! Our message is right out of Hosea’s prophecy:

“COME AND LET US RETURN UNTO THE LORD.” Hosea 6:1

Let’s review some of the major sign-on’s this past year: Jan and I had the joy of meeting the King of Tonga (in the South Pacific), who helped us “throw the big switch,” as we signed on Channel 33, covering this island nation! Stations signed on in: Zambia, Africa (two in Zambia: Kabwe and Kitwe); Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lesotho, South Africa; Fiji; Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific; and Guyana, South America. The smaller stations and cable stations are simply too numerous to mention that came on in Latin America, the Philippines, India, and other parts of Asia. While we wait for Mainland China, let’s rejoice for a beachhead in Hong Kong. Yes, one of the new DTH satellites is covering much of Mainland China, and the little dishes are moving north into the rest of the nation! Praise the Lord!

While we rejoice over this amazing expansion, the real payoff comes from the thousands of letters, E-mails, phone calls and faxes, from the whole world! Messages like these:

“I am a Hindu by religion. Kindly tell me about salvation and how do I enter in it as I need Lord Jesus in my life… I am in real distress.” [From INDIA]

How about this one:

“I’m not a Christian. I’ve been a viewer of your channel and am thinking again about my religion. I’m so impressed about the way you pray and ask for things from your Lord and most impressed about Jesus as a Savior. Could you help me find the way to Jesus or, in other words, join Christianity?” [From EGYPT]

I could fill thousands of pages with thrilling messages of souls hearing and finding a new faith in Jesus as Savior.

One more great leap forward involves the vast cyberspace we call the Internet. In the month of October 2001, alone, we had 21 million hits and 867,000 page reviews from 127 countries of the world! Thank God for this great new technology that reaches into every nation and touches areas that do not get our TV signals. One email message from Germany says it all:

“I just found your web page and I am deeply moved in my heart. I prayed the prayer of salvation with all my heart, which you have published on your web site.”

Many ask for Bibles or literature about the Christian faith, and we gladly send thousands of items to multitudes in foreign lands. Ah, dear Partners, IS IT HARVEST TIME? We know it is! It is the beginning of THE THIRD DAY, and sometime soon in this third day — JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK TO THIS WORLD! And, He told us that the “harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few.” (Luke 10:2)

Will you be a laborer with YOUR TBN? Jesus went on to say, “He that reapeth, receiveth wages and gathereth fruit unto life eternal so that he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together” (John 4:36). Jan and I cannot continue without YOU! Your love and faithfulness keeps us going. Yes, the daily burden sometimes grows heavy – but, then, your letter comes; a prayer; a word of encouragement; a gift of “precious seed,” and our spirits are revived and somehow we are able to go on. Thank you!

The third day has dawned — we are almost Home. Come on dear ones — one more mile, one more lap. I see the finish line — it is just ahead!