Written December 31, 2011
The End of the Year ~ Time to Take a Look
I. The Look Back ~
We made it! The year 2011 is over. Who would have thought the world would make it this long? Lots happened during 2011 in the Hovind family, in the ministry outreach, and in my personal life. God blessed greatly! (Duh!) Against my wishes, I was moved from Georgia to Colorado. The prison camp here has 500 guys; is beautiful, clean, and safe; and has a great view of the mountains including Pike’s Peak 35 miles due north. I’m free to write, teach Bible studies and serve God. I’ve been blessed to lead about 20 men to Christ at this camp and am actively discipling about a dozen who are still here. Many of their names are on the previous blogs and they love getting letters!
Following the example found in Luke 2:52 of growing physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually, I use the end of each year to check each of those areas in my life. I don’t know why, (my two inch mattress, the mountain air, regular chiropractic ) but I have actually grown since coming here. I’m now 6’2″ not 6’1″. Who cares? Well, my 5’0″ wife might as it might stretch her neck even more to kiss me if they let me go HOME! My torn rotator cuff is better but not 100%. I’m picking up some Spanish and French, teaching GED math, reading a lot of history, writing lots of stories and booklets, and am still very close to finishing the dissertation for another doctorate. It deals with the creation, the flood, and the coming judgment as outlined in 2 Peter 3.
I still get and answer about 40—60 letters each week and am s-o-o-o-o-o-o grateful for the mail and the encouragement it brings. In my 1,885 days of being locked up I’ve only had 2 (two) days where I got no mail! MANY guys here receive NONE! Psalm 142:4 says “no man cared for my soul” and that describes many of the men in prison. I’ll continue listing names of men who need encouragement and would be MOST thankful if you would write them.
Eric’s new ministry, God Quest, is producing lots of great creation materials! Keep an eye on him as he continues to do great things for the Lord! Hopefully you have read about “The Genesis Project!” This enormous undertaking may reach millions for Christ!
II. The Look Forward ~
What will the new year bring? Only God knows the future but He has revealed a LOT in His Word. One thing is for sure as I see it: December 21, 2012 is NOT the end of the world or the date of the rapture. Matthew 24 is very clear on the subject as is Mark 13 and Luke 21 and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3. The “gathering together” of God’s elect comes AFTER the sun and moon go dark. That unmistakable cosmic event is mentioned at least 10 times in Scripture (Is. 13:10; Ezek. 32:7; Joel 2; Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Acts 2:20; Rev 6:12, etc) and provides a GREAT ‘anchor’ around which we can study eschatology. It’s sort of like a big Sudoku puzzle. I’ve been working on my study of end times for years and have had to change my theology several times. As I study the Scripture, I believe things will continue to get much worse on planet earth and we will be here for part of it. I suggest everyone who wants to know what to do read carefully God’s Word and do what it says. Win souls like never before in your life. Nothing else will matter in 5,000 years I assure you!
I hope to write many more stories, knee-mails, and blogs praying that they will help others grow in grace.
I continue to file motions in the courts pro se, hoping to exonerate myself in this case. I feel a little like Moses felt after Pharaoh turned down his ninth appeal to let the people go. Maybe God will have to talk to Pharaoh a little louder. Thanks for your Acts 12:5 style prayers!
III. The Look Around ~
Souls are lost, people are hurting financially and in many other ways. The need is great everywhere! DO SOMETHING for the Lord! There has never been a better time in earth’s history to serve God. FANAFI! (Find a need and fill it!) Persecution of believers world wide is at an all time high. More Christians have been killed for their faith in the last 100 years than in the preceding 2000 years! I suspect the great “falling away” is upon us.
IV. The Look Inside ~
This is a great time of year (Actually, any time will do) to look inside and examine your life and heart. (Ps. 139). God promised He would “hear from Heaven, forgive our sin and heal our land” (BOY do we need THAT!) if we would “Humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, turn from our wicked ways.” II Chron. 7:14. Look inside today and ask yourself, “Could I be part of the world’s problem? Will God judge America because of me and my sin? Is my heart right with God? If not, see and apply I Jn. 1:9! FAST! Are you a godly person? Are you trying to follow God’s will? Check your God given role and duties against Eph. 5; Col. 3; I Pt 3, etc. and fix any errors you see.
V. The Look Up! ~
God is not tired. He is not worried. He is not sleeping. He is not distracted. He is never caught off guard. He knows the end from the beginning. He is not late. He is not weak. He is not calloused. He may indeed need to let us suffer so others can be saved. He is not willing that ANY should perish! Even in judgment, He remembers mercy. Trust His promises. He clearly told us His will. Mary said it best in John 2, “Whatsoever He saith unto you, DO IT!” Her command was the BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN!
May God bless you in the coming year!