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Our World Held Captive by the Devil

August 22, 2010

We’ve now sent the September-October Good News to our three printing plants (in the United States, South Africa and Australia) and approved the proofs for printing. For several years we’ve been printing the magazine in three different regions of the world, which allows us to save a considerable amount of money on postage and shipping costs for distributing The Good News around the world.

The September-October cover theme is “A World Held Captive: Soon to Be Set Free!” As we normally do in the September-October issue, it focuses on the themes of the fall Holy Days. This lead article summarizes the saga of human history—that mankind has been deceived and taken captive by Satan the devil, leading to enormous suffering and problems, but that the human race will soon be delivered by Jesus Christ at His return.

Two other articles in this issue are “Coming Soon: The Magnificent Millennium” and “Ezekiel’s Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones: What Does It Mean?” The first, of course, covers the prophesied return of Jesus Christ and establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth, while the second explains the meaning of the White Throne Judgment period after the Millennium.

We certainly hope you’ll read these articles before the upcoming Holy Days as an encouraging reminder of the wonderful events they picture for us and the entire human race!

Another article, “The ‘American Century’: What Was Really Behind It?” describes America’s startling ascent to superpower status in the 20th century and what Bible prophecy reveals about the nation’s rise and coming fall. Another addresses the question, “Could Jesus Christ Return Tomorrow?” (hint: No, and here’s why).

Meanwhile, our “God, Science and the Bible” feature discusses significant discoveries this summer at the site of the ancient Philistine city of Gath that support the biblical account of Samson’s death in a Philistine temple and confirm the occurrence of an earthquake mentioned by the biblical prophets Amos and Zechariah.

This issue will be mailed to 362,000 subscribers, with many thousands more reading or downloading it online. We appreciate the faithfulness and generosity of our members who make it possible to share this wonderful good news with a world that truly is held captive to suffering and spiritual darkness. Please join us in praying that this message of hope and God’s coming Kingdom will fall on fertile ground!

Scott Ashley—managing editor, The Good News

August 22, 2010 - Posted by | Good News Magazine, Home Office, Media and Communications, Prophecy |


  1. “A WORLD HELD CAPTIVE – SOON TO BE SET FREE”, What a timely article! Humanity is indeed held captive by the prince of the power of the air of this world who will soon HURL the offspring of the ANCIENT OF DAYS into utter chaos and destruction fueled by hatred and violence which comes from Satan, the Devil, humanity’s ADVERSARY. Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth) would testify of Satan’s authority, saying, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the RULER OF THIS WORLD is coming, and he has nothing in Me (John 14:30).”

    The Son of man would testify in another place, saying, “…., I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven (Luke 10:18).” And in another place signifying the rebellion of Satan and one-third (1/3rd) of the angels who would fight against the ANCIENT OF DAYS and His HOLY ONE, THE SON OF MAN, OUR FATHER’S KING AND CHIEF SHEPHERD, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven, and behold a GREAT RED DRAGON, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads, AND HIS TAIL DREW THE THIRD PART OF THE STARS OF HEAVEN, AND DID CAST THEM TO THE EARTH, and the DRAGON stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child (the Son of man – emphasis, mine) as soon as it was born (Revelation 12:3-4).”

    There will soon be another GREAT BATTLE, Satan and the aforementioned fallen angels will fight against MICHAEL AND HIS ANGELS before the GREAT TRIBULATION begins (Revelation 12:7-17 and Daniel 12:1). The prophet Ezekiel, through the Holy Spirit, described how the king of Tyrus had many of the immoral qualities of the anointed cherub, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Adversary, which would lead Satan to rebel against the government of the ANCIENT OF DAYS and His HOLY ONE, YESHUA OF NAZARETH (EZE. CHS 26, 27 AND 28:1-19). Soon, this great Adversary of the ANCIENT OF DAYS and His HOLY ONE and the Adversary of humanity will make the WORLD AS A WILDERNESS AND DESTROY THE CITIES THEREOF – HE HAS NOT AND WILL NOT OPEN THE HOUSE OF HIS PRISONERS (ISAIAH 14:12-17). There are many scriptures showing the world is indeed held captive by Satan – His time, even his appointed time, of deceiving and destruction will soon have an end.


    Comment by dwight s. stewart | August 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. Another addresses the question, “Could Jesus Christ Return Tomorrow?” (hint: No, and here’s why).

    How do we give that answer without being accused of declaring, “My Lord delays His coming” — which Jesus seems to warn against in Matthew 24:48?

    Comment by Richard | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Richard,

      Matthew 24:48 is not about just the act of declaring as it proceeds to the next verse which explains what an evil servant does when his master is away (verse 49). Yes, (I Thess 5:6)we are told to be watchful and be observant of the events around the world but we can only do so if we know what to look for and as to not caught off guard and/or to prematurely conclude.

      Comment by John David Uy | August 25, 2010 | Reply

    • The tabloid teaser in this provocative headline might well be the last word–today. Does it mwean within the next 24 hours, before the latest adult generation dies off, or before the 7th recorded thousand year history of humanity expires? Well, we’ll just have to read it to find out!

      In a way (and I’m sure one not intended by either the author or editor of the GN magazine) II Pet 3:9, absolutely reveals both a cause and the key to eliminating why the collective Churches of God could be causing Our Lord and Savior to delay His coming. God’s patieince and mercy is great but it does have its limits. (as the histories of the pre-noation world, Sodom and Gomorrah and Jerusalem 70 years after the death of Jesus Christ indicate)

      If we really want the Kingdom of God with all our hearts and might we should seek Godly repentance with the same kind of intensity. And in a revealing way that is exactly what we are doing for better or worse.

      Tim McCaulley
      Jacksonville FL

      Comment by Tim McCaulley | August 26, 2010 | Reply

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