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Christian Biblical Church of God

Post Office Box 1442

Hollister, California 95024-1442


Fred R. Coulter, Minister

October 6, 2005

Dear Brethren,

After being hit with yet another hurricane, Rita, the nation is once again reeling from the devastation of disaster. Now hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost every thing or nearly every thing they have and have been displaced because of these two hurricanes. Our hearts go out to them and their families, especially those who have lost loved ones. It will take a mammoth effort by governments, business and individuals to rebuild. The process will take years to complete. On the other side of the nation, fires broke out in California and floods assailed Kansas. It seems like the hand of God is heavy upon this nation in His judgments because of its sins.

As weather and world tragedies continue to occur, it becomes increasingly apparent that we may be in the "times of sorrows" spoken of by Jesus when He told His disciples about the events of the end times. We have read and studied Matthew 24 for years, but when put into the perspective of the end times, it gives us a larger perspective of the events that are taking place in the world: "And as He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, His disciples came to Him alone, saying, 'Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of Your coming, and of the completion of the age?' Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Be on guard, so that no one deceives you. For many shall come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ'; and they shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you do not let these things disturb you. For it is necessary that all these things take place, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and pestilences and earthquakes in different places. Now all these things are the beginning of sorrows" (Matt. 24:3-8).

Jesus did not give us an indication of how long the time of sorrows would be. However, as we review past history, it could endure for years. What transpires next, is also what has happened in the past so we can be sure that it will occur in the future: 'Then shall they deliver you up to affliction, and shall kill you; and you shall be hated by all nations for My name's sake. And then shall many be led into sin, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another; and many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many; and because lawlessness shall be multiplied, the love of many shall grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, that one shall be saved" (verses 9-13).

Because of whatever path that lies ahead of us, in order to stand for the truth of God, we must be strong in the Lord and faithful. Jesus promised that if we remain faithful, enduring to the end we shall be saved. That is a clear, definite and explicit promise. Jesus said, "The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall never pass away" (verse 35).

Not only must we watch world events, but also we need to vigilantly maintain our spiritual lives—our relationship with God the Father and Jesus Christ. In loving God with our hearts, minds, lives and being, we will be steadfast and faithful at all times. The apostle John gives us this encouragement that gives us hope in times of trouble: "That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our own eyes, that which we observed for ourselves and our own hands handled, concerning the Word of life; (And the life was manifested, and we have seen, and are bearing witness, and are reporting to you the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us;) That which we have seen and have heard we are reporting to you in order that you also may have fellowship with us; for the fellowship—indeed, our fellowship—is with the Father and with His own Son, Jesus Christ. These things we are also writing to you, so that your joy may be completely full. And this is the message that we have heard from Him and are declaring to you: that God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him. If we proclaim that we have fellowship with Him, but we are walking in the darkness, we are lying to ourselves, and we are not practicing the Truth. However, if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His own Son, cleanses us from every sin" (I John 1:1-7).

We also have the personal promise of Jesus that He will never leave or forsake us—after all He lovingly gave His life to save us: "Do not allow the love of money to influence your behavior, but be satisfied with what you have; for He has said, 'In no way will I ever leave you; no—I will never forsake you in any way.' So then, let us boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'... Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Heb. 13:5-8).

With these commitments from God the Father and Jesus Christ, though we may be troubled, confronted with disasters and the sorrows of the end time, we need not be discouraged or adrift. God will sustain us with His love, faith and power. Irregardless of what transpires our example of Jesus Christ and the apostle Paul gives us great hope and encouragement: "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He, Who did not spare even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also grant us all things together with Him? Who shall bring an accusation against the elect of God? God is the one Who justifies. Who is the one that condemns? It is Christ Who died, but rather, Who is raised again, Who is even now at the right hand of God, and Who is also making intercession for us. What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Accordingly, it is written, 'For Your sake we are killed all the day long; we are reckoned as sheep for the slaughter.' But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom. 8:31-39).

This is what we must focus our minds on continuously—especially in times of trouble!

Enclosed are the three charts for the short series in Daniel: 1) The Reigns of Gentile Kingdoms. 2) The break down of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9. 3) The 1150 days of Daniel 8.

We will be sending the overall chart of Revelation, when we send the first three tapes. When we send these to you we will send a list of all the tapes that go with the series in Revelation. Most of you should have the tapes already. The final total will be around 30 tapes and will be one of the most in depth studies in Revelation we have ever done.

Steady progress is being made on the book Occult Holidays or God's Holy DaysWhich! Since it covers all the occult holidays and God's holy days, this book will be in season all year long. There has never been a book like this one! Our printing goal is set for November.

Brethren, this is the last letter we will send until after the Feast of Tabernacles. In spite of the troubles we may face, please have an excellent Feast! Once again thank you for all your love, prayers and continued support. May God bless you with His love, grace and encouragement in all things.

With love in Christ Jesus,

Fred R. Coulter


  1. The Reigns of Gentile Kingdoms

  2. The break down of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9

  3. The 1150 days of Daniel 8.

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