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Reeling To and Fro Like a Drunkard

The Prophet Isaiah described our current day with these words: “The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard And it totters like a shack, For its transgression is heavy upon it, And it will fall, never to rise again.”—Isa. 24:20 New American Standard Bible

The world bounces back and forth between competing political, economic, social and religious philosophies, looking for and never finding one that meets its needs or solves its problems. Instead, mankind becomes more and more divided into competing groups with a growing anger for, and intolerance of, those who do not share their values and philosophies.

Because of this dilemma, Jesus prophesied regarding our day, “On the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25,26 NASB) Men’s hearts are failing them for fear of the coming political, religious, economic and social strife. To man there appears no way out of their current trouble. Man has neither the wisdom, the resources, nor the proper spirit to resolve all of the ills afflicting this planet and its many human and animal inhabitants.

Still, Jesus prophesied that these signs would herald the approach of his earthly kingdom. “When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”—Luke 21:28 NASB

This trouble signals the imminent implementation of Christ’s earthly kingdom which will bless all the families of the earth. The Apostle Paul wrote, “The anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.” (Rom. 8:19 NASB) The heavenly deliverance of the completed church, Jesus’ faithful followers or “the sons of God,” will then bring an end to this present evil world. (Gal. 1:4) They will replace it with a “new heavens” (religious government) and “new earth” (civil government) based on righteousness that will bring peace and life to all mankind.—2 Peter 3:13

This new heavens and earth pictures Christ’s kingdom, which will resurrect every man, woman and child from the grave, wipe away tears from off all faces and eliminate death, mourning, crying and pain from man’s experience. (Rev. 21:4) In this kingdom, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will walk, and all will know the Lord, from the least unto the greatest.—Isa. 35:5,6; Jer. 31:34

The competing philosophies of man will be replaced by the law of God—the law of righteousness and love for their fellow men. A highway of holiness will be cast up for all mankind to walk upon to perfection, harmony with God, and everlasting life. (Isa. 35:8; 62:10) Man will no longer fear the future but rejoice in the love of God and his deliverance.—Isa. 25:9

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God’s Divine Plan of the Ages

As the graphic above shows, God has a plan of salvation that encompasses all mankind. This plan was formed before the creation of the first man, Adam. In this plan, God anticipated Lucifer’s fall and his subsequent beguilement of Eve and Adam’s resulting disobedience because “I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done.” (Isa. 46:9-10) He allowed these events to take place to teach all his intelligent creation (angels and mankind) the results of sin.God also provided a way of recovery of both the angels and mankind. Paul writes “so that might be made known now to the governments and to the authorities in the heavenlies, through the congregation, the manifold wisdom of the God; according to a plan of the ages, which he formed in Anointed Jesus the Lord of us.” (Eph. 3:10-11 Emphatic Diaglott) This salvation was provided through the sacrifice, resurrection and kingdom of His dear son, our Lord Christ Jesus.

We encourage you to consider the various components of this plan of salvation through the subsequent pages of this portion of our website.

Booklets on Scriptural Subjects

Booklets on a variety of Scriptural subjects. You can request a free copy by sending your request to info@orlandobible.org or writing to the Orlando Bible Students, PO Box 180216, Casselberry, FL 32718.
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Booklets on the Bible
Christ's 1000 Year Kingdom
Booklets on Christ’s Kingdom
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Booklets on The Church
Science and Creation
Booklets on Creation
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Death and Resurrection
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Booklets on God and Jesus
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 Booklets on God’s Plan
Hope for a Fear-Filled World
Booklets on Hope
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Booklets on Israel
When a Man Dies
Booklets on Prayer and Healing
Why God Permits Evil
 Booklets on the Time of Trouble

Books on Scriptural Subjects

The following books and magazines are offered by the Orlando Bible Students. Please contact us at info@orlandobible.org for details on how to purchase them.

Studies in the Scriptures

The Divine Plan of the Ages - Volume 1 small

Hard cover 6 volume set of Bible study helps containing 3300 pages.

$35 USD

The Book of Books

The Book of Books small

Explains general themes and format of the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 320 pages

$3 USD

People of the Bible

People of the Bible
People of the Bible

Discusses the important people of the Bible and how God used them to accomplish his work. 467 pages.

$4 USD

The Creator’s Grand Design

The Creators Grand Design
The Creators Grand Design

Presentation of the Bible’s teachings regarding God’s design for man, including the hope of future life. 240 pages.

$3 USD

Behold Your King

Behold Your King
Behold Your King

Examines the prophecies pertaining to the manner, time and purpose of our Lord’s return and second presence. 105 pages.

$3 USD

Daily Heavenly Manna and Songs in the Night

Daily Manna - Songs in the NIght
Daily Manna – Songs in the NIght

Daily morning and evening devotional.

$6 USD

God’s Promises Come True

God's Promises Come True small

160 pages of Bible stories designed for children. Now includes coloring pages.

$6 USD

Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

Our Lord's Teachings by Parable
Our Lord’s Teachings by Parable

160 page letter size, reference manual on all of the parables.

$6 USD

 

The Dawn Magazine

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64 page monthly magazine covering the Biblical implications of current events, weekly Sunday school lessons, and lessons on Christian life and doctrine.

$12 USD per year for print version

$6 USD per year for digital version

The Herald of Christ’s Presence Magazine

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28-page full color magazine published every 2 months covering doctrine and prophetical teachings on a variety of Biblical subjects.

$10 USD per year