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When Will All of Our Sorrows End?

We are two-thirds through what has been an uncertain and tumultuous 2020. The number of new COVID-19 cases and their associated deaths are growing every day in the United States, and throughout the world. The quick disappearance of this disease-causing pandemic has not come to fruition as some may have hoped. Instead of this pandemic uniting us in a common effort, it appears to be driving people further apart.

People’s lives have been turned upside down due to the uncertainty about taking care of their family, staying healthy both physically and financially, and seeing that their children receive a proper education. Confusion, fear, violence, and social injustice are running rampant. Medical personnel and facilities have been stretched to their capacity in many cases. Although there has been much speculation, no one knows when things will get better in the near future.

Due to these troubling circumstances, we may ask ourselves, what now? The trouble and sorrow that has borne down upon humanity has been bitter, and many in their distresses have wondered whether God has any pity, or if He even exists at all. We may wonder, what is my level of faith and trust in the Heavenly Father?

To answer these questions, we must look to the scriptures for the comfort and assurance that God provides so that our faith and trust in Him can grow and we will not be fearful. The psalmist David wrote, in the words from which our title is taken, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) This “night” of sin, sorrow, and death began with the disobedience of our first parents in Eden. Indeed, it has indeed been a night of weeping. (Genesis 2:17, 3:1-24)

Do not despair, however, for God promises there will be a morning of joy for the human race. That morning will usher in a new day of blessing for all mankind that will come from the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth with Jesus as its ruler. This government of righteousness has been foretold by all God’s “holy prophets since the world began.” (Acts 3:20 21)

What a wonderful governmental arrangement this will be! It will establish universal and lasting peace between men and between men and God, which man in his selfishness has been unable to do. The divine head of this government, Christ, is described in prophecy as “The Prince of Peace,” and we are promised that “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” (Isaiah 9:6,7)

This kingdom will bring economic security to everyone. This is shown by the prophecy that every man will dwell under his own “vine” and “fig tree.” (Micah 4:4) Much of the suffering in the world throughout the ages has been due to lack of food, clothing, and shelter. Even today millions of the human race exist on insufficient supplies of food, have little clothing, and live with the most meager of shelter over their heads. This will be corrected through Christ’s earthly kingdom. All shall have the opportunity to live in peace and safety. (Isaiah 11:9) The prophet Isaiah adds: “They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat … And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands ” (Isaiah 65:21-22)

Peace and economic security will not be the only blessings guaranteed to the people under the rulership of  Christ’s kingdom. Isaiah wrote, “In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering [death] cast over all people, and the vail [ignorance] that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:6-8)

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For additional information please see our related booklets and videos below.

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Christ's 1000 Year Kingdom
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The Times of Restitution of All Things
The Times of Restitution of All Things
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Why God Permits Evil

Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering in the world?

Why does he allow pandemics such as the COVID-19 virus?

Why does he allow man-made tragedies such as the 9/11 attack?

Why does he allow natural disasters such as earthquakes?

Why does he allow the powerful to prey on the weak and poor?

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has suffered from war, disease, famine and calamities. Why would a loving Heavenly Father create mankind to suffer so much, for so long? Has God no pity?

The FREE 32-page booklet “Why God Permits Evil” presents the Bible’s answer to these questions.

To request a free copy of “Why God Permits Evil” by mail, please send your request including your mailing address to:

info@orlandobible.org

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by writing to the Orlando Bible Students, PO Box 180216, Casselberry, FL 32718.

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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
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When a Man Dies
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Why God Permits Evil
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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