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Dear Arno,

Your statement of your recent letter stating that “the only book ever written giving precise details about the past, the present, and the future is the Bible” is not quite accurate. Another book was written and published in 1888, called The Great Controversy Between Christ and His Angels and Satan and His Angels, giving precise details about the past, present, and future. It’s the most amazing and revealing book ever published in modern times, and no wonder! It is the writing of one who was given actual visions of these details and commanded to write them out.

If you would like a copy, I’ll send you one “free” under a new title, “America in Prophecy.” You’ll be astounded with the information you’ll receive. And, you’ll never be the same again.

Just let me know; there’s no cost to you, except perhaps a little humility.

-W. Hargreaves, AL
I like reading Midnight Call. I have a question. Do you believe that once you give your life to Christ, repent and are converted and baptized, that you cannot lose your home in heaven? What if you become lax in prayer and His Word and fall back into the sinful life? Your life is taken at this point; you have not repented and been forgiven—what about your eternal home?
Were not the angels once saved who were expelled from heaven?

I have been taught that you can lose your salvation if you have unrepented of sins on your conscience and you die without repenting.

I would appreciate your comments on the above. Keep up with the Lord’s work.

-E. Stoller, OH
Dear Arno Froese,

I love your magazine, and of course the letters to you are one of my favorites. Your answers are always precise and biblical.

Here is my concern. I believe everything that appears in your statement of faith. I am a pretty new Christian. I grew up with no background in religion at all in an area with no churches around. So, until I was 53 years old, I knew very little about religion. It and money were two things my Dad taught us that you never talk about with anyone.

This summer I had occasion to attend a church with my sister, whom I had been visiting for much of the summer. One day after church, one of their elders asked me to come with him to talk. I did. He pretty much flat-out told me that I must know I was going to hell because I belonged to a denomination, and that that was not in the Bible. A denomination was the same as a division in the church, and he showed me several Scriptures that proved divisions were unacceptable to the Lord. He said that they were the only church going to heaven because they followed the Bible exactly. No musical instrumentation, communion every Sunday, etc.

Just a side note: I did notice that they used all the communication equipment of the day in their sermon and elsewhere within the church, and I don’t think that was mentioned in the Bible. But I just listened. He gave me a week to think about what he had told me, and also asked me about my testimony. I gave him a snapshot view of it right down to breaking down and crying at one point. He told me that feelings were not ever used. And yet the book he chose for me to read told a story about a young man and his wife going through baptism in their church, and coming up out of the water crying. So I don’t know why it was wrong for me. I am puzzled as to what I might have said to convince him that I really felt I was surely as much of a Christian as he was, and certainly just as saved as he was. I was wondering if you could give me some things a person can say at a time like that. My life has changed, and all my family will attest to that, so I know I had more than just a feeling because I was not a nice person at one time. I have had such peace and joy in my heart for over 21 years now. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and try to follow His example every day.

Any thoughts would really be appreciated. I thank you for your time and your wonderful magazine.

-R. Barnes, LA
Dear Mr. Froese,

Do you really think Christ was born on December 25th? The Bible gives you information that when figured out, it would be late September or early October. So trying to put it on December 25th makes no sense to me. It is not one of God’s holy days. Christmas trees, holly, and all of the rest of the pagan garb, and then putting Christ in the center of a pagan holiday. Back in the time of Christ, birthdays were not celebrated. The pope made a bad mistake a long time ago. The 25th was a feast for the sun god, not the Son of God. Just because the church says it is okay does not mean God thinks it is okay. Look at how many churches are going along with same sex marriage; is this okay also?

-D. Wilds, PA
Dear Mr. Froese,

In your July magazine under “End Time Events” in the Letters to the Editor, I must say there is a lot of confusion by the writer. The confused seems to be of the Catholic flavor. May I try to correct this? In the Book of Revelation, the destruction of Jerusalem is in Revelation 11:7-13.

In Revelation 17, Rome is clearly identified as Mystery Babylon. Rome’s destruction is in chapter 18:10, “For in one hour is thy judgment come.” Verse 9, “For in one hour is she is made desolate.” Verse 21, “Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”

Chapter 18 explains the great booty Rome had acquired in her conquest of other countries. So, Rome was a great business trader, even in slaves. The destruction of Rome in one hour could be by nuclear bomb. Iran by now must have many nuclear bombs, as does Pakistan. They cannot resist the urge to use them for long. WWIII is very close.

-R. Cash, AZ
Dear Mr. Froese,

While reading the August 2014 issue of the magazine Midnight Call, pg. 10, I came across the paragraph, “Apostles and Prophets Today?” You say that there are no apostles and prophets today. How then do you explain Ephesians 4:11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers” (Ephesians 4:11).

-R. Garcia, NM
Dear Editor,

For about twenty years, I have agreed with most of your teaching. However, I must disagree with some of Norbert Lieth’s comments on speaking in tongues in his article, July 2014 issue, “Does the Holy Spirit Give New Revelations Today?”

As an apostolic, Pentecostal believer, I received the Holy Ghost with speaking in unknown tongues, and was baptized in Jesus’ name at the age of fourteen. I am now 90 years old and still speak in tongues. I do not claim any special gifts of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts on through the New Testament, teaches that speaking in tongues is the first real sign that one has been born again and received the Holy Ghost, which is to all up to the end of the Church age. No one can ever tell me I have not experienced the real meaning of being born again in the Holy Ghost. I pray that Mr. Lieth can also receive this experience.

-M. Daniels, MS
Dear Brother Froese,

I write to discuss something that has been a problem to me. It is the situation with the Masons. While I realize that they are a cult and are not cognizant of Jesus in their rituals and whatever they do, there still for me must be a gentle spot in my heart.

I grew up in a little town in Southern Idaho, and went to a Presbyterian Church there, that had combined with a failed Baptist Church. It was a believing bunch of people and they were, as I remember them, very close to Jesus. In the midst of this, there were many men who were members of the local Masons. My Dad was one of them, yet, I have never known a man who was more dedicated to our God and practiced daily his walk with Jesus. Now, as I understand things better, I do think that these men, including my Dad, were deceived. But they all, I feel sure, believed that they were serving God by also being active in the Masons. My dad died at age 103, and had not been active in the Masons for perhaps the last 20 years or so of his life.

In view of the great Constitution of the United States that we have been given, I wonder about the men that, even though they were Masons, gave us that Constitution. Were some of them or perhaps most of them really men who worshiped God in a real way, and knew Jesus? I think that God will make that determination, or has made it, but I hesitate to condemn them, considering the result that we have had in the best and most free government to date in the world. I base this lack of condemnation on the life of my Dad, because he did live for the Lord, and all his children (four) are living for the same Lord today, and are a reflection of his life. Thanks for listening to my thoughts.

-P. Lowry, ID
Dear Arno Froese,

I’m not quite sure why these questions came to mind, but am now curious/confused. In Genesis after creation in chapter 3:1-5, I assumed that Satan was always in heaven before God’s throne to worship Him, yet the serpent within the garden was subtle, and said unto the woman in the garden, “Yes, has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Which it seems by many that Satan spoke through the serpent using the serpent’s voice and questioned the Word of God. Satan’s use of Eve was a means to get Adam to complete the fall, because of Satan being in the garden. Was this before he and his angels were kicked out of heaven, or did this garden situation happen after Satan was kicked out of heaven and was around while all was being created?

Also, another question: Mary was born in sin of a man and a woman, as we all are, but she was favored by God and was made pregnant by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Was Jesus tainted by her sin nature? Or did the Holy Spirit remove Mary’s sin nature and make her sinless and pure as Jesus was to be—and did she stay that way?

-C. Bennett, CA
Dear Mr. Froese,

I have been reading the Midnight Call magazine for many years, and the “Letters to the Editor” section is the first area that I turn to. In the May 2014 issue, in the answer to the question “Flesh and Blood,” you made a comment that, “Therefore, the people entering the millennium are not believers necessarily.” I have been taught by certain pastors and commentators that only the righteous will enter the millennium, and that there is Scripture to support this view. They say that the earth will be repopulated, and there will be unbelievers that are born during the millennium. When Scripture refers to the nations being ruled by a rod of iron, does this refer to actual countries or groups of people?

I would appreciate further explanation of this event.

-C. Sellers, IN
Dear Mr. Froese,

My current understanding of the gathering together of the elect and first resurrection is that this occurs at the second coming of Christ our Lord. The Apostle Paul describes this in his letter to the Thessalonians. That said, I don’t believe the Church is appointed unto wrath. In other words, the wheat will remain separate from the chaff until the Lord’s return.

Also, I do not think the nations of the world will be in complete unity under the Antichrist. It is rather a picture of iron and clay not cleaving together. Iron represents the Roman Empire, clay the masses of humanity. The forces of the Roman Antichrist are armies, not civilians. Also, Revelation relates to Daniel, where we get prior prophetic insight.

In other words, I do not believe that true Christians will have or take the mark of the beast. And, somehow, there will be pagan Gentiles who avoid the mark and go into the millennium. The Antichrist system of the beast will scatter the power of the holy people. In fact, it has done so for 2,000 years. And the books of Daniel and Revelation continue to be fulfilled. Yet, we know, the gospel will be preached to the very end.

My intention is not to get involved in a Socratic dialogue, or to be involved in sophistry. Still, there are important questions to be asked, even of ourselves. For example, was it right or wrong from a Scriptural perspective for the founders of our nation to carry out the American Revolution? Is there ever a right time to bear the sword? If so, when? And how can this be done without it being in conflict with the Sermon on the Mount?

The devil is at war with mankind. He hates Adam’s seed. He knows his time is short. Therefore, he goes about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is also at war with the earth, for it is God’s creation. He is anti-man, anti-nature, and anti-Christ. Yet, what sayeth the Scripture? “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Isn’t that great! And isn’t that to be our attitude at all times?

Furthermore, to answer my own question, governments established by God are to bear the sword justly. I am certain America’s founders saw themselves in this light.

-S. Anawalt, WA
Dear Sir,

For a number of years now, I have enjoyed reading many of the articles in the Midnight Call, overlooking your belief in eternal security. But it disturbs me greatly when false statements are made about what I believe. The seven statements made by Rene Malgo in his article, “How Sure Is Salvation?” are all false.

Never is God’s power underestimated. We believe we are transformed (saved) by grace through faith, both being the gift of God.

Jesus took all of our sins upon Himself, but our past sins only are forgiven when we are saved (Romans 3:25). Future sins are covered only when repented of, not automatically without repentance.

When we are saved, the Lord doesn’t take away our free moral agency and make robots of us. Nor does He keep us faithful, but the Holy Spirit does enable us to be faithful and obedient.

If it is not possible for a saved person to fall away, why all the admonitions and warnings in the Bible? And why are we exhorted in Jude 21 to keep ourselves in the love of God?

It seems that those who embrace the doctrine of eternal security gloss over some of the “ifs” found in God’s Word, such as Romans 11:22; Hebrews 3:14, 6:4-6; 10:26-31; and 2 Peter 1:10; 2:20.

We are taught to “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: looking diligently lest any man fail of (fall back from) the grace of God” (Hebrews 12:14-15).

Many who sin when they want, believing their sins are automatically covered by believing in eternal security, certainly are not on the narrow road that leads to life. We would rather be safe than sorry.

-R. Diffenderfer, FL
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