MARTYRS IN THE LAST DAYS

"They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service." John 16:2. Every individual in our world will be arrayed under one of two banners. The two armies will stand distinct and separate, and this distinction will be so marked that many who shall be convinced of truth will come on the side of God's commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, prior to the last closing conflict, many will be imprisoned, many will…

GIANT BLUEFIN TUNA

AN AMAZING FACT: Giant bluefin tuna are the largest living species of tuna, with some reaching up to 10 feet in length and weighing 1,400 pounds. A bluefin’s lifespan is believed to be longer than 20 years, but only one in a million of the hatchlings survive to maturity. They are also considered by many to be among the strongest and fastest fish. Their torpedo-shaped bodies and ability to retract their pectoral fins enable them to reach up to 25 mph in short bursts. Bluefin are found in all of the world’s oceans and can…

UNDER THREAT OF DEATH

"For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14. Wonderful events are soon to open before the world. The end of all things is at hand. The time of trouble is about to come upon the people of God. Then it is that the decree will go forth forbidding those who keep the Sabbath of the Lord to buy or…

CROCODILE EYES

AN AMAZING FACT: Crocodiles are among the largest and longest-living reptiles on Earth. Just like a tree, they have growth rings in their scales. By counting these rings, scientists can tell the age of a crocodile and know that some males can live up to 70 and even 100 years. Female crocodiles rarely grow larger than 10 feet, but males can weigh over 2,000 pounds and measure over 20 feet in length. Like all reptiles, crocodiles are “cold-blooded” and must lie in the sun to get warm or laze in the water to cool down. But,…

BETRAYED BY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES

"A man's foes shall be they of his own household." Matthew 10:36. When the law of God is made void, and the church is sifted by the fiery trials that are to try all that live upon the earth, a great proportion of those who are supposed to be genuine will give heed to seducing spirits, and will turn traitors and betray sacred trusts. They will prove our very worst persecutors. "Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them;" and many will give heed to seducing spirits. Those…

GOOD SAMARITANS OF THE SEA

AN AMAZING FACT:  Throughout history there are many examples of dolphins helping humans in distress. The earliest record of dolphins saving people dates back over 2,000 years in ancient Greece. The musician Arion was returning home by boat after winning a handsome reward for singing. Some sailors threatened to kill him and steal his treasure. According to legend, Arion persuaded them to let him sing one last song, and as he sang, dolphins started to swim alongside the boat. Arion jumped into the water and was carried to…

FORMER BRETHREN WORST PERSECUTORS

"Then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." Matthew 24:10. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent…

LIVING FOSSIL

AN AMAZING FACT: A few days before Christmas in 1938, a strange fish was caught in a net near the mouth of the Chalumna River in South Africa. Captain Hendrick Goosen and his crew thought the fish was bizarre enough to alert the local museum in the small town of East London. The director of the museum, Miss Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer, described the creature as “the most beautiful fish I had ever seen, five feet long, and a pale mauve blue with iridescent silver markings.” Marjorie had no idea what the fish was, but knew it…

PERSECUTED FOR CHRIST’S SAKE

"All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12. As Christ was hated without cause, so will His people be hated because they are obedient to the commandments of God. If He who was pure, holy, and undefiled, who did good and only good in our world, was treated as a base criminal and condemned to death, His disciples must expect but similar treatment, however faultless may be their life and blameless their character. Human enactments, laws manufactured by satanic agencies under a plea of…

SAND TIGER SHARKS

AN AMAZING FACT: Sand tiger sharks, also known as ragged-tooth sharks, have a deceivingly ferocious look. They are large-bodied sharks up to 10 feet long that display a menacing mouthful of razor-sharp teeth that protrude in all directions, even when their mouth is shut. Despite their fierce appearance they are a docile, non-aggressive species, only attacking humans in self-defense. Sand tiger sharks have another unique feature. We have all seen the ominous picture of a shark dorsal fin cutting the surface when on the prowl.…

PERSECUTION BY PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS

"Ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved." Matthew 10:22. There is no necessity for thinking that we cannot endure persecution; we shall have to go through terrible times. The persecutions of Protestants by Romanism, by which the religion of Jesus Christ was almost annihilated, will be more than rivaled when Protestantism and popery are combined. The commandment-keeping people of God erelong will be placed in a most trying position; but all those who have walked in the…

HERMIT CRABS

AN AMAZING FACT: Hermit crabs are curious creatures found near the coasts of Europe and the Americas. Most are aquatic, but a few species, like the coconut crab, live on land and can attain a length of up to 18 inches. Hermit crabs are sometimes called robber crabs because they are born without armor and must survive by borrowing the empty shells of dead mollusks as a protective home. These comical scavengers insert their soft abdomens into the abandoned shells they claim and drag about with them for defense. Their strong…

THE UNITED STATES IN PROPHECY

"I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Revelation 13:11. One nation, and only one, meets the specifications of this prophecy; it points unmistakably to the United States of America. Here is a striking figure of the rise and growth of our own nation. And the lamb-like horns, emblems or innocence and gentleness, well represent the character of our government, as expressed in its two fundamental principles, Republicanism and Protestantism. The Lord has…

FAIRY SHRIMP

From AmazingFacts.org AN AMAZING FACT: Fairy shrimp are amazing little crustaceans that are related to sea shrimp and can be found in vernal ponds. A vernal pond is a temporary pool that usually appears in the spring. Also known as anostraca, these sea creatures are seldom more than three-quarters of an inch long and usually much smaller. They have 11 to 17 pair of legs that look more like feathery leaf-like appendages they use to a create a current for swimming, which they seem to prefer doing upside down. The current they…

THE CORRUPTION OF TRUTH

"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not." Matthew 24:23. Before the last developments of the work of apostasy there will be a confusion of faith. There will not be clear and definite ideas concerning the mystery of God. One truth after another will be corrupted. After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, every conceivable power of evil will be set in operation, and minds will be confused by many voices crying. "Lo, here is Christ; lo, He is there. This is the…

SEA STINGERS

From AmazingFacts.org AN AMAZING FACT: Few marine animals are as mysterious and intimidating as jellyfish. These incredible creatures can be found in all of the world’s oceans, and even a few varieties inhabit freshwater. They are 97 percent water and quite transparent, hence the name. Most live in shallow coastal waters, but a few can be found at depths of up to 12,000 feet! One of the largest jellyfish, the lion’s mane jellyfish, can be six feet across and have tentacles over 100 feet in length! Jellyfish have no heart, no…

SATAN AND THE THREE FOLD UNION

"And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast." Revelation 13:4. "He had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon." Though professing to be followers of the Lamb of God, men become imbued with the spirit of the dragon. They profess to be meek and humble but they speak and legislate with the spirit of Satan, showing by their actions that they are the opposite of what they profess to be. This lamb-like power unites with the dragon in making war upon those who keep the commandments of God and have the…

DOLPHINS

From AmazingFacts.org AN AMAZING FACT: Dolphins are wonderful creatures that belong to a group known as cetacean that includes all whales, dolphins, and porpoises. There are over 40 different species of dolphins and porpoises that can be found in most oceans and even in some freshwater rivers. Like humans, dolphins are warm-blooded mammals that breathe air and nurse their young. They are highly intelligent and usually live for about 20 to 30 years. Incredibly, dolphins can sleep in a semi-alert state by resting one side of…