Billy Graham, in his last message to America, is initiating an evangelistic outreach, called a€?My Hope for Americaa€?, culminating on his 95th birthday, November 7, 2013. Please prayerfully think through and thoughtfully write down the steps God has used in your life to bring you to Himself, so you can share the Truth of the Gospel graciously and succinctly with others. How did the Holy Spirit work in any of these life events help me see my own need and draw me to accept Christ as my Savior?
Baptism is often a defining moment in a persona€™s life and it will give an understanding about an individuala€™s Spiritual Journey.
My Personal Invitation to Others: What One Person or Couple can I pray for and invite into my home for lunch or dinner, to afterwards share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the a€?Defining Momentsa€? Billy Graham DVD, or the a€?My Hopea€? event on Nov. You May Also Consider asking someone to help you in your outreach: Join with another person or couple, who know the Lord, so you become a team to pray and plan inviting others into your home or to their home, to view a€?Defining Momentsa€? (or the Billy Graham Gospel presentation on Nov. You May Also Consider asking someone to help you in your outreach:A  Join with another person or couple, who know the Lord, so you become a team to pray and plan inviting others into your home or to their home, to view a€?Defining Momentsa€? (or the Billy Graham Gospel presentation on Nov. Answer: A The sanctuary blueprints and full specifications for its construction were given to Moses by God. Answer: A The sacrificing of animals was necessary to help people understand that without the shedding of Jesus' blood, their sins could never be forgiven.
Answer: A When a sinner brought a sacrificial animal to the door of the courtyard, a priest handed him a knife and a basin. As our High Priest, Jesus gives us the power to live right in the present and in the future.
A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus? The sprinkled blood (representing Jesus' sacrifice) was accepted by God, and the confessed sins of the people were transferred from the sanctuary to the high priest.
Answer: A The Lord asked Moses to erect a sanctuary--a special building that would serve as a dwelling place for the great God of heaven. A Brief Description of the SanctuaryThe sanctuary was an elegant, tent-type structure (15' x 45'--based on an 18-inch cubit) where the supernatural presence of God dwelt and special services were conducted.
12.A A What six sublime promises does the Bible give us about the righteousness offered to us through Jesus? The stronger groups tended to settle in the more desirable areas where there was an abundance of water, natural resources (wood, clay, iron ore, coal), and natural protection (hills, sea coast, rivers, lakes).
And by the time the weaker finally arrived at a location to settle down, they were frequently so far removed from other groups that there was little contact, trade, or interaction. For these reasons while civilizations were forming in Mesopotamia, India, China, and North Africa, groups that had roamed as far as North and South America and islands in the Pacific developed little further in cultural organization than the tribal unit and possessed a technology that was far less developed than in the larger civilizations. About the early civilizations, the Apostle Paul, in Romans 1-3, states that they were created with a clear knowledge of God, but having rejected and twisted what truth they did possess, they worshipped the creature rather than the Creator. Sumer was a collection of over thirty city-states, each possessing its own patron deity, but sharing a common religion featuring the worship of Elil with a central religious center at Nippur. Other innovations of the Sumerians were the wooden wheel, the wooden plow, and the wooden oar for their ships.
The Sumerians developed (or recovered from their spiritual memory derived from Noah) an elaborate belief system that included many gods who possessed human characteristics, a concept of personal sin, that they had been created to serve the gods, a class system of sorts between major and minor gods, and an elaborate flood story.
On their tablets of clay they recorded the Epic of Gilgamesh, the story of a perfect, idyllic world into which the first created humans were placed, a world free from warfare, hatred, and one where everyone spoke the same language. The Sumerians were weakened due to the salinization of their wheat fields and were overcome by an invading group of people led by Sargon, the Great. An Akkadian legend says that Sargon was abandoned by his mother in a reed basket which she placed in a river.
Sargon developed an industry of bronze weapons making, and to secure an abundant supply of tin and copper with which to make the bronze, he extended his kingdom north into present day Syria.
The growth of such an urban, economic empire (which is also known as the Babylonian Empire) required codes and laws to govern life generally and the economy in particular. Although the Babylonians absorbed much of the Sumerian worldview, they also developed a complex religion based upon astrology. The Assyrians, located to the north of Babylon, revived and were able to fight off several other invading groups that came into the Fertile Crescent from Indo-Europe and Syria. The constant flow of invading peoples into the Fertile Crescent resulted in a blending of cultures, religions, and gene pools. After over 400 years as slave in Egypt, Abrahama€™s descendants, under the leadership of Moses, left Egypt miraculously under Goda€™s guidance around the year 1250 B.C. During this period of time God delivered to the Hebrews the religious system known as Judaism. After the 40 years of wilderness living, which resulted from their disobedience evidenced in worshipping the golden calf fashioned by Aaron, the brother of Moses, the Hebrews entered Canaan.
The northern section, Israel, was invaded, captured, and sent into exile by Assyria in 732 B. During their centuries of development, God raised up among the Hebrews the ancient prophets, who were raised up by God to give warnings to both Israel as well as to their pagan neighbors. They were chosen by God to be his covenant people, from among whom the Messiah was born of the virgin Mary. The Philistines were descendants of a sea people who originated from around the Aegean Sea area to the east of Greece.
The Philistines were a literate people who originally spoke the language of people living in Crete, Cyprus, and the Aegean area. This civilization eventually concluded that their ruler, the Pharaoh, was actually divinity in the flesh.
Perhaps the most famous of its rulers was Cleopatra who was the lover of both Julius Caesar and of Marc Anthony of the Roman Empire. He restored Egyptian religious worship and traditions back to their state prior to the radical revisions introduced by Tutakamena€™s father, Pharaoh Akhanaten. Rameses ruled for over 60 years and died at the age of 93, an age far exceeding the average 35-year life span of Egyptians who were his contemporaries. The early Minoan settlers of Crete and southern Greece were descendants of Egyptians who first migrated to the island of Crete. They were the first to develop the skills necessary to build large stone columns for their many massive palaces, monuments, and temples. They were major importers and exporters of gold, silver, ivory, bronze, pottery, and animals from the continent of Africa to the south and developed extensive trade with Middle Asia, North Africa., and even East Asia.
They were master canal builders and specialists in highly developed agriculture and irrigation systems.
It is speculated that they were extensive travelers, and that skills needed to build the pyramids constructed by the Mayans in South America may have been brought by Egyptians traveling in their reed boats.
They hosted the descendants of Abraham for over 450 years, first as guests and family members of the house of Moses, and later as slaves. Together with the Hittites after the Battle of Kadesh, the Egyptians pioneered a format for developing a long-lasting treaty between two powerful nations that numerous other subsequent civilizations followed.
The Gospel of Christ was brought to the Egyptians by the Apostle Mark who was martyred during his ministry in Egypt. The civilization that developed in the Indus River Valley rivals Egypt and Mesopotamia as the oldest known civilization. At the apex of its development, the Harappa population was about 10% of the known worlda€™s population, making it comparable to the Nile River civilization in Egypt and probably larger than that in Mesopotamia. The Harappa civilization developed when a large number of Aryan people descended into the Indus Valley from the northeast. A large, extensive sewage system to which all of the buildings in the cities were connected. Agriculture was made possible by the annual flooding in the spring when the ice melted and in July and August during the rainy season. The Longshan Culture built large fortified towns along the Yellow River, fortified by large earthen walls and ramparts. There are indications that the early Chinese who settled along the Yellow River believed in the same God as the Hebrews, the God who was revealed to them in creation and in the stories received from Noah and his sons. The Sumerians, Amorites, Egyptians, Longshan, and Harappa were some of the earliest groups that formed civilizations. The Indo-European language group spread from the Black Sea area into the Indus River Valley and into Euro-Asia. Civilizations emerged early and quickly after the Flood throughout the four major population areas of Europe, Euro-Asia, and Asia.
The Nile River Valley was home to the great Egyptian civilization that reached its zenith during the reign of Ramses II, the probable pharaoh reigning during the time of Moses and the Exodus. An advanced Harappa civilization existed in the Indus Valley of India that conducted trade with Egypt and Mesopotamia. Respond correctly to at least 80% of the questions based upon the nine big ideas found in the first section above, Whata€™s Worth Knowing? Be able to list several chief characteristics and features of each of the four major river civilizations. Create with your group ten test questions you believe all student should be able to answer after your groups presentation.
Identify on a blank map the four major areas of civilization along the four river valleys and the items below. On their tablets of clay they recorded the Epic of Gilgamesh, the storyA  of a perfect, idyllic world into which the first created humans were placed, a world free from warfare, hatred, and one where everyone spoke the same language. Sargon developed an industry of bronze weapons making, and to secure an abundant supply of tin and copper with which to make the bronze, he extended his kingdom north into present day Syria.A  He also developed a library of several thousand clay tablets, built a vast network of roads, and established the first known postal system.
The growth of such an urban, economic empire (which is also known as the Babylonian Empire)A  required codes and laws to govern life generally and the economy in particular.
From Moses was received the Pentateuch, or the Five Books of Moses.A  He also established the first representative government, a system of government, Peoplea€™s Law, that was carried across Europe into England by the Anglo-Saxons, and became foundational for the United States of America. After the death of Solomon, the nation of the Hebrews experienced civil war and separated into Israel in the north occupied by ten of the tribes, and Judah (from which the name a€?Jewa€? was derived) in the south occupied by two of the tribes. Rameses ruled for over 60 years and died at the age of 93, an age far exceeding the average 35-year life span of Egyptians who were his contemporaries.A  He was so revered by the nation (for three generations of Egyptians knew no other Pharaoh) that for generations after his death he was referred to as the Great Ancestor of the nation.
At the apex of its development, the Harappa population was about 10% of the known worlda€™sA  population, making it comparable to the Nile River civilization in Egypt and probably larger than that in Mesopotamia.
The major power in the Harappa society was the priestly caste that presided over a polytheistic religious system.
Now: How has my life changed, since I have invited Christ to come into my life to cleanse me from my sins by His Precious Blood and to become Lord of my life? How can a Holy God allow me, a sinful person, into His Holy Presence, to live with Him forever, and God still be holy? 7tha€¦ and to be followed by my personal testimony and invitation for them to receive Christ as I have done?
Salvation: Was there a specific event that prompted me to accept Christ as my Savior?A  What, when and where? The walls were made of upright acacia (wooden) boards, set in silver sockets and overlaid with gold (Exodus 26:15-19, 29). The Bible teaches that everything in the sanctuary or connected with its service was a symbol of something Jesus would do in saving us. They were a copy of the original sanctuary in heaven, which was the pattern for Moses' sanctuary.
The laver, located between the altar and the entrance of the sanctuary, was a large washbasin made of brass.
Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:a€?a€?A. This righteousness, which is miraculously accomplished for me and in me by Jesus, is the only true righteousness that exists. Once each year, on the day of atonement, a solemn day of judgment took place in Israel (Leviticus 23:27). He then transferred these confessed sins to the scapegoat, which was led into the wilderness (Leviticus 16:16, 20-22).


That day's services pointed to the blotting out of sin by the real High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary.
The altar of burnt offerings where animals were sacrificed was located in the courtyard, just inside its entrance (Exodus 27:1-8). Jesus' death as our sacrificial lamb and substitute, and His continual powerful ministry as our heavenly Priest, accomplish two incredible miracles for us:A. Initially they were propelled to distance themselves from each other by major language differences.
Because they settled in these areas and because they settled first, they had more time and resources to develop civilizations.
One thing that is usually required for a culture to develop is interaction with other culture groups. Hence, the imperialistic armies of Europe with canons, ships, and guns met tribesmen in parts of Africa armed with spear and bows and arrow. The Sumerians were a people who perhaps migrated from the Caspian Sea area into the Fertile Crescent, the fertile area lying between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
Sumerian priests would climb these tall towers thinking that at the top they might encounter the gods who would descend from the sky to meet with them.
Little is known about this period or people, but there are written records that indicate that there were kings who ruled Sumer during the antedeluvian period (period of time between Creation and the Flood).
They utilized and brought to greater development a writing system on clay tablets, called cuneiform, borrowed from earlier groups in the area. Sargon established the powerful and vast empire of Akkad that ruled over most of the Fertile Crescent.
Therefore, Hammurabi developed an extensive set of laws to govern the culture and the economy. They observed the movement of the stars through astronomy in an attempt to understand the behavior and will of the gods. People in the area became known as a€?Mesopotamiansa€? rather than Amorites, Sumerian, Assyrians, or Babylonians.
The growth of population created problems with sewage, garbage, overcrowding in urban centers, decreasing drinking water supplies, disease, and the constant threat of a new people group arriving to take advantage of the fertile soil -- even though salinization continued to be a constant problem. In a revelation from Elohim, Abraham was promised an inherited land that would remain the possession of his descendants. During a period of 40 years in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan Moses received from God the Ten Commandments while communing with God on the top of Mount Sinai. Under the leadership of Joshua, the Hebrews systematically defeated all the people groups living in the land of Canaan and possessed the land promised to them by God. They gradually adopted the language of the Canaanites and blended their religion with that of the Canaanites and featured the worship of the god Baal. Therefore they could not corrupt the divine blood line through marriage with common people.
The i??entire cultural and economic life of the nation was built upon the flooding of the Nile River.
For one brief period, however, one of the Pharaohs, Akhenaten, promoted a form of monotheism. Cleopatra was a descendant of General Ptolemy who was given governance over Egypt by Alexander the Great of Greece.
When Ashkenaten became Pharaoh he banished the gods of Egypt, banished their priests, emptied their temples, and forbade their worship or sacrifices made to them. He (1) ended the worship of Aten, contrary to his fathera€™s policy, and (2) restored the worship of Amun. His wife petitioned the king of the Hittites, asking to be given as a wife to one of his sons. He was known as a war pharaoh, leading campaigns against the Hittites, Syrians, Libyans, Nubians, and other neighboring nations.
They founded the Minoan civilization and their capitol city of Knossos on the island of Crete.
They fell victim to the plagues brought by God against the Pharaoha€™s (likely Rameses II) stubbornness to refuse to allow over one million Hebrew slaves to leave Egypt peacefully. The Indus River civilization, known as the Harappa civilization, was located in present-day Pakistan, appearing about 1500 B.C. Modern excavations of skeletal remains suggest that the people were tall, with elongated faces and dark hair, similar to people in the Mediterranean i??area (Greece, Italy, Crete).They spoke a language belonging to the Indo-European family of languages.
The priests were both religious and military leaders and ruled from walled citadels in the major cities.
The Chinese today consider this river basin to be the cradle of Chinese civilization and refer to the river as a€?the mother river.a€? It has an east-i??west extension of about 3,000 miles from the Kulun Mountains in the west to the Pacific Ocean on the east, and a north-south extension of 684 miles. It is probable that they moved into the Yellow River area after the Tower of Babel event and retained the knowledge of God received from Noah and his offspring. It had elaborate drainage and sewage systems superior to those in many parts of modern India today.
They utilized and brought to greater development a writing system on clay tablets, called cuneiform, borrowed from earlier groups in the area.A  Cuneiform (from the Latin cuneus, three-sided wedge) used wedge-shaped markings made with bamboo pens on soft clay. The entire cultural and economic life of the nation was built upon the flooding of the Nile River.
Modern excavations of skeletal remains suggest that the people were tall, with elongated faces and dark hair, similar to people in the Mediterranean area (Greece, Italy, Crete).They spoke a language belonging to the Indo-European family of languages.
But most people don't know that at the same time, the Lord gave Moses the blueprints for one of the most mysterious structures ever built - the sanctuary.
This means we cannot fully comprehend the plan of salvation until we understand the symbolism connected with the sanctuary. Between these angels was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:17-22), where the supernatural presence of God dwelt. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
In this manner, the sanctuary was cleansed of the sins of the people, which had been transferred there by the blood sprinkled before the veil and had been accumulating for a year. Through His shed blood applied to those written in the book of life, Christ would confirm the decisions of His people to serve Him eternally. There is nothing so uncomfortable as being around people who dona€™t speak your language, and nothing more comfortable than finding others who do! Those who were constantly on the move and being chased from place to place by the stronger had less opportunity to develop a civilization or to benefit from natural resources.
The Spanish conquistadors, while few in number, were able to subjugate an entire Latin American continent due to their superior technology. They cultivated fields of wheat, groves of date palms, developed herds of cattle, manufactured pottery and woven baskets, and developed a wide-ranging trade system using their sea-worthy boats. He ruled by means of a powerful military nobility that lived off of a vast taxation network extracted by those whom they subjugated. As with the Vikings much later in history, the sea people were ruthless, relentless in their attacks, and arrived at unexpected times. The history of the Hebrews after the Exodus from Egypt is a story of constant conflict with the Philistines, including the story of Samson and Delilah, and the numerous battles between the Hebrews and Philistines under the Hebrew king, David. The Nile provided a fertile valley carved out of hot, sandy desert that was able to sustain a large civilization extending along the narrow river valley from the Mediterranean in the north to Ethiopia in the south. A variety of causes have been suggested for his early death, and for many years it was suspected that he was murdered. He abandoned the new royal city built by his father at Akhanaten and moved the capitol back to the traditional capitol at Thebes.The royal celebrations and sacrifices to Amun were restored, winning him great favor with many of the people.
He was also the most prolific builder of monuments honoring his rule, as well as pyramids for the burial of his many children. The priests were intermediaries between the people and the numerous gods and goddesses discovered on clay seals and figurines. This period is also credited with the development of the Chinese five-tone music scale, the five-stringed zither, and pan-pipes. Persia is supplying rockets to Hezbollah, American troops are in Babylonia, and Assyria questions whether it wants to be part of the new Iraq. It must have been important, because the Israelites could not enter the Promised Land until it was completed.
This symbolized Goda€™s throne in heaven, which is likewise located between two angels (Psalms 80:1). When Adam and Eve sinned, they would have died at once except for Jesus, who stepped forward and offered to give His perfect life as a sacrifice to pay the death penalty for all people (Revelation 13:8). This ministry of the blood by the priest foreshadowed Jesus' present blood-ministry for us in heaven.
This special judgment day, like that of Israel's Yom Kippur, foreshadowed the final atonement to be made for planet Earth.
And Christian missionaries from Europe and the United States armed with computers, flashlights, and modern medicines, encountered stone age tribesmen in the islands of the Pacific as late at the end of the 20th century.
They developed a system that divided a circle into units of sixty, from which we today get our minute composed of sixty seconds and a system of counting based upon the unit of ten. Two of the consequences were (1) a confusion of languages, and (2) a huge flood that lasted for seven days and seven nights. But they were described as being primarily a nomadic people who were never conquered, refused to live in houses, and moved frequently from place to place.
One of their number who had gained prominence in Egypt, Joseph, was able through his position to ensure their safe move into Egypt.
Eventually they were controlled by the Egyptians who at times extended their control northward to Syria. This was not a monotheism that resulted from special revelation granted by the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but developed from his angry response to all those who belittled him when he was a boy. But more recent examination of his mummified remains indicate that he had severe scoliosis, a broken leg that had become infected, and probably died from several genetic diseases, caused by the fact that his mother was one of his fathera€™s sisters. He fathered at least 80 sons and 60 daughters, all with the purpose of leaving behind a royal line and a successor to the throne. Central avenues were 30 feet wide with narrow streets running through the residential areas. Knowledge of the Aryans comes primarily from a series of stories called vedas passed down orally in India. Fertility was seemingly a major emphasis of the Harappa religion and was the cause of the veneration of sacred animals, especially bulls. The vast area of fertile soil and extensive forests was fueled by tremendous amounts of soil that annually washed down from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean. Recent studies now propose that it was a change in the path and frequency of typhoons that brought the decline of the Harappa civilization. It merges with the Yangtze River as it nears the Pacific Ocean to form a vast and fertile plain. Oracle bones were simply that: bones on which cracks in the bones were deciphered by oracles who added written pictographs for interpretation.
He also developed vast wheat and barley fields, groves of date palms, and under his leadership Babylon became a central power in Mesopotamia.
Central avenues were 30 feet wide with narrow streets running through the residential areas.A  Large granaries were built to hold surplus wheat and barley.
This unique portable temple represented God's dwelling place among His people, and its services showed the nation of freed slaves a three-dimensional panorama of the plan of salvation. After Jesus died on the cross as our sacrifice for sin, He arose and went to heaven as our Priest to minister His blood in the heavenly sanctuary (Hebrews 9:11, 12).
From the yearly type of the ancient day of atonement, all of humanity is assured that our faithful High Priest, Jesus, still mediates in heaven for His people and stands ready to blot out the sins of all who will exercise faith in His shed blood. YOU WILL FIND MANY PERSONAL TIPS, HELPS AND EXPERIENCES FROM DENIS` OWN LIFE,A  BASED ON OVER 40 YEARS OF FASTING AND PRAYER FROM SHORT FASTS OF UP TO 10 DAYS,A  TO FASTS OF 40 DAYS AND MORE ; FASTING TEACHINGS FROM THE MINISTRY OF REV. The weaker tended to move out farther, and the stronger tended to settle down more quickly and claim their space.


Ur was a community of moon-worshippers and from among them God called out Abraham and his family to become the father of all who have faith (Romans 4). They practiced taxation, conquest of neighboring peoples, slavery, and developed an early monarchial form of government. A Sumerian king, Ziusudra, survived the flood in a large boat, in which he preserved the seeds of plants and life. There they were eventually enslaved by the Egyptians, and they remained slave for over 400 years. The southern section, Judah, with its capitol, Jerusalem, was invaded, captured, and exiled by Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar in 586 B. Eventually, however, the sea people were able to settle along the Mediterranean coastline of the land of Canaan and were known as the Philistines. They possessed a written language, but deciphering the script used is still in its early stages. Estimates now available from satellite imagery shows a ridge of fertile soil up to 20 feet deep, 10 miles wide and 100 miles long that straddles the Indus River.
The pattern of the annual typhoons gradually moved increasingly eastward and the people followed the rainfall in scattered, smaller groups. Because only 10% of the Chinese land is productive for food, the Yellow River basin was crucial in the development and survival of the Chinese people.
A careful look into the secrets of the sanctuary will crystallize your understanding of how Jesus saves the lost and leads the church. By slaying the animal with his own hand, the sinner was thus graphically taught that sin caused the innocent animal's death and that his sin would cause the death of innocent Jesus. The blood ministered by the earthly priest represents Jesus applying His blood to our record of sins in the sanctuary above, showing that they are forgiven when we confess them in His name (1 John 1:9). There is no possible way for a person to become righteous by works (his own efforts), because righteousness requires miracles which only Jesus can accomplish (Acts 4:12).
It was with Abraham that God made his redeeming covenant that resulted in the coming of Jesus into the world as Savior. But the Hebrews for the most part lived under a series of male and female Hebrews judges, and then a series of kings. Because they were viewed as gods in the flesh, they strove to keep the royal bloodline pure through marriage between brothers and sisters.
In addition to the rich alluvial soil, water was plentiful from typhoons that annually dumped immense amounts of rainfall on the area. In addition, the fact that the Harappaa€™s bronze tools and weapons were inferior in design and quality to those manufactured in Egypt and Mesopotamia may also have resulted in invasions as the cities declined in population. The river gained its name from the color of the mud and silt that flows from the Kulun Mountains. But on this day the blood was taken into the most holy place and sprinkled upon and before the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:14). Sumer was located near to where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers merge and flow into the Persian Gulf. Both the veneration of bulls and the use of the lotus position were later developed further in Hinduism and Buddhism in India. And it indelibly impressed the sinner with the solemn reality of sin's awful consequences (eternal death) and the desperate need of a Saviour and a substitute. Only on this special judgment day did the high priest enter the most holy place to meet God at the mercy seat.
She was the daughter of Akhenaten and his favorite wife, Nefertiti The result was two daughters who both died in infancy. Fifteen of the crew were killed instantly, but the 16th crew member, Ken Cantrell, survived. A The explosion caused an inferno of death, but Ken Cantrell was protected by the power of the Holy Ghost: a€?God told me that I should not be afraid, but to open the door and go out.
I went in and out, and I carried the burning bodies one by one out of the a€?melting death ovena€™, while the flesh fell from their bones.a€? This took approximately 35 minutes. It was the most notorious, toughest and bloodiest night-club in the entire state of Alabama.A I remember that in one week, 17 people were killed inside A the A club and in front of it. A Sometimes in the A gamblingA  A world hundreds of thousands of dollars changed hands in a single night. It was in this kind of environment in Huntsville, Alabama, that I was raised, without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although I was one of the worst sinners, I had respect for my grandfather and the Baptist church. I then took out and threw away my loaded dice from yet another pocket and removed my marked playing cards from still another pocket. Navy, a Brother Ratan invited me on the street to `Mother Lane`s Hospitality Home` for the Service Men.
Although I was on my way to a Baptist Church, Brother Ratan persuaded me to come to his Service-Men`s Centre.A A minister, the Rev. I however, kept the book with me.A On the Aircraft Carrier `Lake Champlain` I tried to read it once again.
I tore off the cover where my name was on it and tore it up into fine pieces and tossed it into the ocean. I figured that in the garbage can it would be gone for good and that no one would find it there.
Even if they would find it, my name would not be on it.A My Commanding Officer loooked in the garbage can and picked it up.What business would a Commanding Officer have looking in a garbage can? For some reason or other, he asked me to be sure to read it first and then if I wished to discard it, i could do so.A To this day I did not understand why my Commanding Officer ever looked into a garbage can excepting it to be the Lord who led him to do this.
A Although I had been a Baptist Preacher, I began feeling the Anointing in the pages of Bro.
A After the 10th day of fasting, several of the boys remarked that they saw a light around my body. A Day by day on my 21 day Fast I could feel this `Holy Ghost` protection increasing all over my body. All of the rest of the crew were out to get candy bars, coffee, cigarettes, refreshments, etc. If many of the boys, who had just returned a few seconds earlier, had stayed away for just a moment longer, they would not have been engulfed in the a€?flames of deatha€™.
Fire!a€? I also yelled out: a€?Fire!a€? Huge billows of rolling, raging flames were rushing towards everyone. With horror I saw all 15 of my Crew Mates swallowed up in sudden death.A Joe and Don were the furthest away from the only door in the room when the explosion occurred and Don fell to the floor with Joe Carnes. He would not come to church and refused to accept Christ.A Joe was sitting next to me at the time of the explosion. His head, shrunken so small appeared as a mummy dwarf - others likewise, as I watched their bodies bake to a crisp. A I reached over to where Joe had been sitting and placed him on my left arm and partly on my shoulder but his flesh fell from his bones as I held him in my arms.It was not long before I could hear the frying of the flesh from the bodies of my buddies.
It just did not seem possible that I could be alive in the Furnace of Fire and my buddies being killed. As the flames of death engulfed my buddies one by one, it seemed that I had supernatural eyesight when I could look through the Flames and see all 15 of my buddies go down in the flames.A In front of my eyes I saw all 15 of the crewmen die.
I did not understand the nature of the power with which my beloved Jesus had equipped my body.
First of all, it was almost unbelievable that the fire was real, because I could not feel the heat at all, although the flames totally covered me from every corner.
I therefore did not understand how the fire could injure my colleagues to such an extent that they burned in front of my eyes. But Jesus was so close, and I felt the power of the Holy Spirit so strongly, that this supernatural power of the Holy Spirit prevented me from being scared or injured.a€? A I then went to my other mate, Don Hatcher.
A He did not want to die, and he screamed when the fiery a€?arms of deatha€™ came towards him.
If this had not been a supernatural event, I should not have been able to get away.A There was also another sailor to whom I was very close.
He sometimes fought with the other guys, and he also fought a lot with me before I became a Christian. I spoke with Elbert of how Jesus could take away his lust for fighting, but he had shrugged this off. He even tried to fight the flames by thrashing wildly with his arms, but to no avail.A Thomas Moore was a man of average build whom I tried to win for Jesus. He answered in passing that there was still time for him to make up his mind.A There was a huge wall of this fire at least 30 feet thick. I was walking back and forth in the flames hardly realizing what to do, not feeling any discomfort or even heat of the fire in any manner.
It seemed that the Truth of the Lord Jesus in the volume and the way and manner that I was practicing it had brought the Power of the Lord Jesus upon my body that I could not be hurt.A While in the fire I tried to pick up the bodies of some of my mates to see if there was any life in them. As I grabbed them, tugging at them, their baked and cooked flesh just fell off their bones. Now as I was facing the hatch, the Voice of the Lord came forth and told me, "Go forward to the red hot hatchway. Grab the wrench, open the door and walk out." I got closer to the door and hesitated right in the Flaming Inferno.
A Again the Lord said, "Be not afraid, I am with you, you shall not die, open the door and walk out." I still held the corpse of Joe.
I walked out, much to the amazement and bewilderment of the Officers, Chaplain and spectators, and laid down the body of my buddy Joe.
My Officers ordered me not to but I disobeyed and returned against orders and retrieved, one by one, the corpses of my buddies and brought them out and laid them down. The extreme heat on the bodies and bringing them out into the cool air caused some of their eyeballs to pop out. The heads and torsos were burnt so far beyond any normal expectation, that you could not even recognize them as human beings.A A sailor tried to follow me into the Catapult Room but his feet were burnt off and he was left with stumps. The cover was off because at first I did not like the book and I had thrown the cover overboard.
The metal, control valves and maneuver panel were totally melted.Everything had to be replaced. I tried to stop him outside the door but came too close to the entrance of the room and got burned and had to be treated.
He was like a superman, though he became exhausted in his exertion of carrying out the bodies. I saw with my own eyes a sick boy stand upA healed when Cantrella€™s shadow got close to him. A It was approximately 11:00pm on the 6th of August, 1953 - the night before the explosion.
A I had read about light shining from a man in the Bible, a prophet that had fasted for 40 days. IMPORTANT NOTICE LITTLE BLOOMS CHILDREN`S ORPHANAGE INDIA MY INDIA MISSIONS TRIP NAZARENE ISRAELITE ??? INTERESTING VIDEOS OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA NAZI GENOCIDE PERSECUTION OF THE JEWISH RACE HITLER`S HOLOCAUST BLUEPRINT CHRIST KILLERS??? Now as I was facing the hatch, the Voice of the Lord came forth and told me, "Go forward to the red hot hatchway.



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