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The new Prophetic Year began on November 21, 2021. It is the latest start that I have ever seen. This year it is tied to the timing of the Jubilee Prayer Campaign (November 21-20, 1993). So it appears that in some way the court case that we won in 1993 is surfacing again in a greater way. 76 days later brings us to February 5, 2022, and the next cycle of 76 days brings us to April 22.
Another possible clue as to the significance of November 21 is that the two books that were translated into Urdu in Pakistan were printed last week, and Pastor Fiaz picked them up at the printshop on November 21. The books are: The Purpose of Resurrection and The Restoration of All Things.
In talking to him yesterday face-to-face on Telegram, he was able to show me that stacks of books. (We had 2,000 of each printed.) Fiaz is planning an inauguration celebration soon, probably the first week in December. He is going to invite many people to the celebration and will give each of them a copy of the books in a bag inscribed with God’s Kingdom Ministries.
Fiaz is very excited about this. He believes that these books will go far in replacing the “Angry God” with the “God of Love.” He says that the pastors and seminary professors appreciate my “scholarly” approach to the word. They have a great desire to learn the word, but they have lacked written material. They have few books in their own language, and most of them do not really focus on teaching the word.
Many years ago, as I contemplated a future time when my books would be translated into other languages, I mused that whoever is willing to invest in other countries will establish their message, whether good or bad. So now we are investing in the church in Pakistan are seeing the New Covenant gospel beginning to spread throughout the country. Until recently, they have only known the gospel of an Angry God. But that is changing rapidly.
Earlier this year, Fiaz translated 12 short tracts and published them first separately and later in a single book. This provided a good introduction to the restoration of all things and to the “good news” approach to evangelism. But the people needed a long study to answer their questions. That is why I suggested that the longer book, The Restoration of All Things, was needed to solidify the message that the tracts had introduced.
Meanwhile, however, Fiaz had read The Purpose of Resurrection and had discovered that there were two resurrections in the future. This was a revolutionary teaching to him and to the seminary professors as well. But they agreed that the word of God does indeed teach this clearly, and this added structure to their understanding of the Tabernacles Age to come. The first resurrection (of the overcomers) comes at the beginning of that Age, and the general resurrection comes at the end, according to Revelation 20.
It also distinguishes between the overcomers and the church as a whole, and this lays the foundation for the study of the feast days as well. We are at the end of the Pentecostal Age and transitioning into the Tabernacles Age.
Fiaz has now started working on a new project, The Laws of the Second Coming, so that the people understand the feast days and how they prophesy of the two comings of Christ. But because this book is long, we plan to break it up into two volumes.
Also, because it will take some months to complete, Fiaz felt it was necessary to do smaller books at the same time. Hence, he is also working on translating A Short History of Universal Reconciliation, which will answer the people’s question: “How and when did the church lose sight of Universal Reconciliation?” We know that this was the dominant accepted teaching for the first 400 years or more in church history. It was not even controversial until the year 400, when politics got in the way.
This is the dirty little secret that only seminarians seem to know. It cannot be hidden from them when they take courses on church history, because virtually all of the books on church history write about this openly. I discovered this in my own research.
Looking ahead, we are discussing which books to translate in the following year. My commentary on Jonah, Prophet of Restoration will probably be next, as it builds upon The Laws of the Second Coming. The most constructive plan is to lay good foundations and then build upon them layer by layer. Ultimately, of course, Fiaz wants to translate the Bible Commentaries. His intent is to make this his life’s work.
As I have said before, Fiaz translated about 30 books from other authors, but they were unwilling to help with the cost of printing the books. Christians are quite poor in Islamic countries, as they are not allowed to prosper. So those teachings are not being circulated among the Christians in Pakistan. Yet since we are willing to make that investment, the gospel of the Kingdom is going forth unhindered and is already making a huge impact on the country.
The fact that these books were picked up from the printshop on November 21 suggests that this new Prophetic Year will prosper the word, not only in Pakistan but also in other countries. Perhaps this will be just the start of a larger work in other countries. I take Jesus’ words seriously when He said in Matthew 24:14,
14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
In those days, preaching in person was paramount, because writing books and letters was a tedious process and could reach only a few at a time. Today, however, with the advent of the printing press, we can print thousands of books at a time and distribute them quickly and efficiently—especially if we give them out freely to those who cannot afford to buy books.
You who support this ministry make it possible to do this work. You know by now that I do not beg for money, nor do I make emotional appeals. I have learned over the years that if I have a need, I go to God, not to men. When God called me back to full-time ministry in 1991, I made a “deal” with God, saying, “I do not want to spend my time and energy as a fund raiser. This is Your ministry, not mine, so if You will provide for the needs of the ministry, I will spend my time and energy teaching the people.”
God honored that request, though God often tested this by bringing us down to our last five dollars with looming bills to pay. Those were the early days, of course. I am thankful that He has not seen fit to test us in that way for many years. I give God the glory, but I also thank you, because you are God’s agents of provision.
Although my policy is not to talk about money, I do appreciate your support. Some of you have been very generous, bring this ministry to a new level in recent years.
When determining how to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom, I understand that what God is in, He also provides. There is a place, I suppose, for doing that proverbial “leap of faith,” but I do not like taking on financial obligations before the time is right. Many ministries seem to do this, but then they find it necessary to write newsletters that focus only on fundraising to support the projects that they have taken on “by faith.” My normal practice is to talk to God about any needs we may have, and to let Him talk to you. That way, you can truly be led by the Spirit and not be driven by the need or by an emotional appeal.
Meanwhile, we are now seeing the dawn of a new level of ministry. In the last 2-4 years, God has been working behind the scenes to prepare the way and to provide for the next level. If I read this correctly, we should move by the end of the second 76-day cycle (April 22).