Ankerberg Monthly Letter October 2014 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter October 2014

Thank you for your prayers! So much has happened over the past 30 days. In this letter, I want to:

  • Share how God opened doors of opportunity during our trip to India
  • Tell you about the loss of Darlene’s mother
  • Inform you of the homegoing of my dear friend and co-writer, Dr. John Weldon
  • Reveal a glimpse of our upcoming series “World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy”

God at Work in India

 On August 29, Darlene and I flew to Mumbai, India (formerly Bombay). During our visit I had the opportunity to speak four times with Christian media leaders and key pastors from around the country. Our ministry also sponsored a dinner for the leaders and pastors during the event where we showed clips of our television program, demonstrated our mobile app, and shared our website.

These leaders in India were very excited to become acquainted with our ministry and opened further opportunities for us to minister. We were able to meet TV station owners and to sign contracts for airtime on their stations and networks.

In fact, by the time you receive this letter we will have begun broadcasting in Hindi on a satellite television network reaching 80% of India’s television homes and 120 other nations (497 million people in India speak Hindi, 800 million worldwide). We also signed contracts with stations broadcasting in the next two largest languages—Telugu (spoken by 74 million people in India) and Tamil (spoken by another 61 million people) which will allow us to present the gospel all across India.

Many of you have helped us take the gospel to these people. Without your faithful prayers and sacrificial support this would not have been possible.

How will we be able to pay for this outreach? In the last 30 days God has led two families to give two matching gifts—committing to match every gift given by friends of our ministry up to $225,000!

This is very important. It means every dollar God leads you to give toward our worldwide missionary outreach will be doubled. If you give a gift of $25, it will become a gift of $50; $50 will become $100; $100 will become $200; $1,000 will become $2,000; $100,000 will become $200,000.

Reaching this matching gift of $225,000 will help us pay for broadcasting expenses in India and our other worldwide networks over the next 12 months. Would you pray about giving as generously as possible to help us present the gospel to the 1.2 billion people in India?

The Loss of Darlene’s Mother, Patricia Macaulay

We flew from America to India, and we landed about 1:00 a.m. Indian time. When we arrived at our hotel, we learned Darlene’s mother Pat had suffered a stroke and had taken a turn for the worse. A week later we returned home to Chattanooga and drove directly to the hospital. We had a wonderful time talking and praying together. Three days later she passed away. God’s timing worked perfectly so we could be together.

Pat and her husband Neil served the Lord together for more than 40 years around the world through evangelism and music. She was a superbly gifted pianist and organist who played for over 20 years at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Washington D.C. and for events like the Southern Baptist Convention. After her husband died, she continued to play organ for 21 years at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga. We traveled to Indiana for her funeral with family, followed by a visitation in Chattanooga with friends in our local area.

The Homegoing of Staff Member Dr. John Weldon

Also, just before I left for India, I said goodbye to my friend and long-time staff member Dr. John Weldon. He passed away a few days later at the age of 66 following a long battle with cancer. He served our ministry for more than 20 years, co-authoring more than 100 books with me and 200 articles. He will be greatly missed. To honor his life, we are offering one of our classic books for free as an e-book. You may download Ready with an Answer at our website JAshow.org.

On Television This Month: World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy

This month we are airing our new television series on “World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy” with news journalist Dr. Jimmy DeYoung. We talk about America and the Arab states bombing ISIS (also called ISIL or the Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria where an estimated 31,000 to 54,000 terrorist members have set up an Islamic caliphate.

We also discuss the significance of Russian troops invading Crimea and parts of Ukraine. In addition, we share how Iran continues to develop nuclear capabilities while publicly vowing to wipe Israel off the map. How do these events connect with biblical prophecy?

Dr. Jimmy DeYoung has recently returned from Israel where he has been a reporter since 1993. During this time he has interviewed every prime minister in Israel. In our new series, in program 1, we ask, “Where does the Islamic State fit into biblical prophecy?” ISIS has declared itself a nation, chosen a radical leader, and has beheaded both American and British workers.

In program 2, we investigate, “Does the Bible predict there will ever be a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians?” Where is this conflict heading?

In program 3, we discuss, “Is Russia’s growing power mentioned in the Bible?” What does the Bible predict Russia will do in end time events in Ezekiel 38? Is it true Russia will lead a coalition of nations in battle against Israel? When will this take place?

Part 2 of “World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy” includes the threat of Iran. Henry Kissinger says Iran is a bigger problem than ISIS as Iran continues to work toward developing a nuclear bomb in opposition to the United Nations. Dr. DeYoung shares Iran’s role in Ezekiel 38 as a major power among the nations and how this prediction is accelerating toward fulfillment.

In program 2, Dr. DeYoung reveals Turkey’s strategic role in end time events. Four of the nations listed in the future Ezekiel 38 War are found in modern-day Turkey. While often overlooked in today’s news, it is clear many who join the Islamic State from Western nations are traveling through this nation.

Program 3 concludes with, “What does the Bible teach will happen in the world after the Rapture occurs?” What major wars will take place? What hope and encouragement does Scripture hold for believers today?

Television Programs and New Prophecy Book

I’d like you to have these six half-hour programs in Part 1 and Part 2 of “World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy,” plus “The Alignment of the Nations,” a TV series that further documents the actions of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38.

Fourth, I would like you to have a copy of our new book The Most Asked Prophecy Questions. This 387-page book answers numerous questions people have asked us about the Rapture, Tribulation, Antichrist, Armageddon, Jewish Temple, Second Coming, Millennium, and much more. This is a resource you can use for years to come.

Finally, if you would like to have all of these materials—all 6 programs in “World Chaos and Biblical Prophecy” Part 1 and 2, as well as the 4 programs in “The Alignment of the Nations Against Israel,” plus our new 387-page book, The Most Asked Prophecy Questions, all four of these items are available together for only $100. Items can also be requested individually. Please see the enclosed card for details.

I need your help if we are to translate and broadcast our television programs presenting and defending the gospel in India and in other nations. You can help greatly by 1) giving a gift toward our matching gift fund, 2) committing to monthly giving, and 3) ordering our $100 prophecy package. Thank you in advance for your ongoing prayers and generous gifts. I hope to hear from you this month.

For those still waiting to hear,

Dr. John Ankerberg