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