Trapped in a Cave of Darkness
An Amazing Fact: Late one afternoon in 1901, a young cowboy named Jim White was looking for some stray cattle in the New Mexico desert when he spotted smoke rising from distant hills. On investigating he discovered it was not smoke at all, but millions of bats boiling out of a cave like a tornado. A few days later, Jim returned to the entrance of the colossal cave, where he crafted a ladder with some fence wire and sticks. Armed with a homemade kerosene lamp, the 16-year-old adventurer descended 50 feet into the gaping corridor of the dark abyss, becoming the first person known to explore Carlsbad Caverns.
I remember my first visit to Carlsbad Caverns—it was breathtaking. I learned that during Jim White’s first expedition into the caves, his kerosene lamp went out. Can you imagine being in the bowels of the earth, suddenly enveloped by pitch-black darkness? Fortunately, Jim had brought some extra oil, and after fumbling around in the dark, was able to relight his lamp.
He then dedicated the rest of his life to promoting the caves and guiding people through these awesome underground cathedrals.
A Dark World
The thick darkness of a cavern is hard to comprehend. While once touring another cavern, my guide turned out the lights. The inky darkness was palpable. I could not see even the faintest trace of my hand directly in front of my face. It was disorienting to stand there and know that I was virtually blind.
It reminded me of this Scripture—“For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people” (Isaiah 60:2).
Most people around the world today are walking with their eyes wide open but totally blind to the spiritual war being waged for their souls.
I, too, was once lost in this spiritual darkness and literally living in a cave—that is, until I found a Bible. The light from God’s Word guided me into truth, where I now enjoy a new life, hope, and fellowship. I’ll never forget the feeling of joy seeing the light after having been trapped in darkness my whole life …
… and that is something I pray the Holy Spirit will do in other lives all across America. How about you? Would you like more people’s eyes to be opened so they can walk out of the darkness forever? Together we can help millions do just that!
A New Frontier
In October 2014, Amazing Facts will be going to New Mexico to present a brand-new prophecy series in Albuquerque.
Why Albuquerque? This growing city in New Mexico is a wonderful and diverse cross-section of America. Virtually every race, religion, and denomination is represented in its more than 420 churches, temples, and synagogues.
This new prophecy series—which will share the gospel in a relevant way for today’s audiences—will continue to be among our best resources for witnessing and sharing the love of Christ with others for years to come.
In fact, among the most effective tools we have ever produced in reaching souls are our evangelistic DVD series, such as Millennium of Prophecy from New York City and the Prophecy Code recorded in Maryland.
Many of these programs air every week on TV, and thousands of people continue responding. But it is past time for a fresh, updated production to keep the three angels’ messages going out with power. It has been more than seven years since we recorded a fresh series of evangelistic programs in North America!
And more important, America’s great beacon of hope is dimming due to the erosion of biblical principles and lack of spirituality. Our families are under attack as churches struggle for relevance in a self-absorbed, materialistic society. People need Jesus! “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the shadow of death a light has dawned” (Matthew 4:16).
We Must Act Together—Now!
Will you join me in sending the light of God’s Word into their darkness? Let’s go spelunking together for souls and shine a beacon of light on their pathway! Yes, the cost to pay for the planning, venue, filming, and resources will be about $250,000—but your gift today, when put into God’s hand, will help bring more people to Christ and ensure the Word is shared with millions through the broadcast, future DVD distribution, and our many other ministries. No gift is too small when given to Jesus!
Friend, I’m tired of seeing the lost and lonely wandering in darkness without Jesus—aren’t you? That’s why I am thrilled the Lord has sent people like you to join the battle. So let’s make Albuquerque a monument to exploring new places to share God’s Word and impact people for eternity!
Yours in the last great work,
Pastor Doug Batchelor
President, Amazing Facts
P.S. Don’t forget, your generous gift by December 31 will not only be deductible on your 2014 returns, it will help Amazing Facts boldly proclaim the gospel again in the coming year. Thank you in advance for joining us with your gift of support and your prayers!
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