Ankerberg Monthly Letter May 2013 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter May 2013

I hope you’ve enjoyed the eye-opening programs we have recently aired called “Trapped Behind the Veil of Islam.” Its analysis regarding the treatment of women in Islam serves to spark urgency among Christians to both share the Gospel with Muslims as well as to speak out regarding the many abuses of human rights toward women in nations led by Sharia Law.

 

The serious nature of these programs, and the clear presentation of Christ’s love for Muslims, causes me to want to translate these programs into Arabic, Mandarin, and other major languages of people overseas. As I shared with you last month on television, I have learned that new language technology exists for us to do this. Last month I told you about the opportunities. Today I want to give you a report of what has come in.

 

During March, we were in need of $600,000 to pay our airtime expenses in order to stay current on all of our stations. As you know, every month we receive a bill for airtime from every station that must be paid so we can continue to bring our television programs into your home.

 

I want to say a big thank you to you and everyone else that gave a gift to help. You and our many other supporters are very generous and loving Christians. You have made it possible for us to broadcast our programs into 206 countries around the world—something I never dreamed would happen.

 

It was only a week after I began sharing our need of  $600,000 that I learned about a new language technology that could quickly and accurately translate our television programs into the world’s top 10 languages and allow us to talk directly to 77% of the people in the world in their own language.

 

I further learned that this new technology could translate our entire website, including all 2,700 articles, into over 50 different languages of the world in a matter of just 90 days. If so, we could then provide the audio, video, and text to 7 billion people on their cell phones, tablets, and computers in their own language—anywhere in the world!

 

A week after I learned about this new technology, I presented this information to you on television because I believe this new technology changes everything!

 

People overseas want to hear the truth about God. They would love to see our unique programs on Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Masonic Lodge, abortion, homosexuality, astrology, and new age beliefs. We have also offered a wide variety of programs on the evidence for the existence of God, the deity of Christ, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, discipleship, and how to live the Christian life. Just think of what it would mean to viewers overseas who have not seen these programs.

 

But first, we need to pay our airtime expenses so we can continue coming into your home and the homes of those overseas. If we lose the stations and networks we are on, then we will lose our outreach to the very people we want to reach. Once we pay these expenses we will turn our sights toward translating our programs.

 

So what came in during March and the first week of April? Well, we received  $450,000 of the $600,000 we needed for airtime. We are $150,000 short. This has caused us immediate problems.

 

We must raise this money right away or we will be forced to cut back on stations. Even though we have wonderful opportunities to present and defend the Gospel in the languages of people overseas, this is on hold until we solve this problem.

 

I believe you want to see us continue coming into your home each week. Plus, you would like to see the Gospel presented and defended in the other languages. Therefore, there are two things I would like to ask you to consider.

 

First, I need you to become one of our monthly supporters, one of those who will become part of
our Inner Circle Of Friends and give a gift of $25, $50, or $100 each month. I need you as my partner to invest in God’s plan of bringing the Gospel to the world. I can’t stress enough how important your monthly support is to our ministry.

 

Second, I need immediate help to make up the $150,000 deficit. In March, not all of our supporters got involved. I believe that if you and each of our other friends give what he or she can, this can be accomplished. Ministry is always a team effort. Can I count on you to be part of the team? If so, please contact us by phone at 1-800-805-3030. Our operators are available 24 hours a day. You can also mail your gift or donate securely online at JAshow.org. A lot hinges on the next few days—I’m counting on you.

 

What Is the Next Series We Will Air on Television?

Many real concerns exist that appear to threaten the future of our lives. Iran and North Korea continue to threaten the use of nuclear weapons. The national debt continues to climb at an unsustainable record level. The traditional definition of marriage faces its greatest challenge yet in the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Yet, the Bible is the only book that reveals the truly big events that are coming in the future. Many of these events are recorded in the Bible’s final book, the book of Revelation. I have seen that there is a real desire to study and understand this book among Christians. That’s why we are airing “Step by Step through the Book of Revelation.”

 

My guest for this series is Middle Eastern journalist and prophecy scholar Dr. Jimmy DeYoung. Based on a lifetime of prophecy study, numerous tours of Israel and the Middle East, and interviews with top political and religious leaders, his teachings provide an in depth look at a topic we all desire to know—what is God saying to us in the book of Revelation?

 

In this series, Dr. DeYoung establishes “three pillars” of Revelation, each pillar representing one of the main events in the future that are recorded in the book—the rapture of the Church, (which is followed by seven years of tribulation), the second coming of Christ to earth (followed by the millennium), and then the final judgment (followed by eternity future). He also answers:

  • When will Christ return for believers in Jesus?
  • What will happen to America and the nation of Israel in the last days?
  • How will the Antichrist come to power and lead the nations?
  • When will the events of the Tribulation take place?
  • What awaits us in the new heavens and earth?

These questions are not only important for the future but offer much insight for how we live today. Remember, Revelation is the only book in Scripture to promise a blessing upon those who read it.
A Special Offer Just for You
This month, I’m offering a special package of resources to help you grow in your faith and understand God’s plan for the end times as shared in Revelation.
First, I’m making available the five programs in “Step by Step through the Book of Revelation” with Dr. Jimmy D. Young.
Second, I’m offering “The Revelation Puzzle,” a one-hour question and answer session with Dr. DeYoung on the events surrounding the book of Revelation, such as: What will happen to little children at the rapture? Will the Antichrist be a Jew or Gentile? Where is America in end-time events?
Third, this package includes “The 35 Most Asked Prophecy Questions” with prophecy scholar Dr. Renald Showers. Dr. Showers presents detailed biblical teaching that I believe will encourage every Christian in these eight television programs.
Fourth, our package includes the Step by Step through the Book of Revelation Study Guide. This book includes additional questions, commentary, quotes, and information not found in the television programs. Many readers have found these study guides helpful in their daily devotions as well as in studies at their local churches.
Finally, during this series only, if you order our entire Revelation package for $110, I will add another very important television series to your package absolutely free. It is called “The Rise of the Ezekiel 38 Nations” and also features journalist and prophecy scholar Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.
In this series you will learn the modern identities of the nations that God predicts will attack Israel in “the last days, and how today’s developments in the Middle East are leading us toward the future war described in Ezekiel 38. Dr. DeYoung shares what he has learned in his recent travels to the Middle East while interviewing Israel’s political and military leaders, and why many prophecy scholars believe we are living very close to the events of the Ezekiel 38 war.
 All five of these unique resources—“Step by Step through the Book of Revelation,” the question and answer DVD “The Revelation Puzzle,” the eight-programs in “The 35 Most Asked Prophecy Questions,” the study guide, and the free bonus series “The Rise of the Ezekiel 38 Nations”—are available this month for your gift of $110.
It is going to be a great month. By the way, with your gifts last month we provided new computers and other equipment for the Christian leader in Romania we introduced to you on our program. This will enable him to offer our programs in Romanian to one million people in his area. A country that was once under communism and closed to Christian activity will now be sharing the Gospel on television! Pray for him.
Know that my heart’s greatest desire is to bring the Gospel message to as many people as possible around the world. Be a vital partner with me in this ministry. Write or call us today. Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.

For the sake of the Gospel,

 

Dr. John Ankerberg