Over the decades of my writing and speaking career, I have written or given what seem like countless blogs, articles, audio messages, etc. Of all the items that I have written or given as live messages to audiences, there is one which overwhelmingly has proven to be the favorite in the responses that I have received. It is an audio message entitled “How Many Will God Save?”

This message focuses on existential questions many Christians have stated or held but are reluctant to discuss in open conversation. Many have wondered “Can God save me?”, “Have I committed the unpardonable sin?”, etc. Others wonder “Is this the only age of salvation?” Jesus Christ foretold that the latter days would be a mirror image of the civilization that existed in Noah’s pre-Flood times when mankind’s population had exploded to a very large number (Genesis 6:1), likely matching the population of mankind that now exists on the earth. Obviously, since Jesus Christ lived and died circa 2,000 years ago, the vast majority of mankind which has lived on the earth never heard of Jesus Christ or anything about him. Since Acts 4:12 asserts that there is no other name whereby humans can be saved than via the name of Jesus Christ, does this mean God will “damn” all the people who never even heard his name or anything about him? Only a very unfair God would do such a thing since he chose to create much of mankind in millennia or places where Jesus’ name was completely unknown. Thankfully, all the above questions have biblical answers, and the answers are most encouraging.

These answers are in the audio message that is included as part of this post (this link is also available at the homepage of my website, but some readers may not have noticed it). The Apostle Paul wrote that there is a series of “ages” that God has pre-determined to give all mankind a chance at salvation. Paul references “all ages” (Ephesians 3:21), “other ages” (Ephesians 3:5), “the ages to come” (Ephesians 2:7), and the “mystery which has been hid from ages and generations” (Colossians 1:26). The Greek word translated “ages” in these scriptures is “aion,” from which we derive the English word “eon,” which means an indefinite period of time which has a beginning and an end-point. This Greek word can also mean “dispensation.” It does not mean “eternal” or “forever.” However, the King James translators mistakenly (and frequently) translated the Greek words “aion” and “aionios” (which mean “age-lasting”) as the English words “world,” “eternal,” or “everlasting.” The Hebrew word “olam” (which means “age-lasting”) is also frequently and mistakenly translated as “everlasting,” “eternal,” etc. Read Matthew 24:46 and see how different the verse sounds when it is translated as “age-lasting punishment” instead of “everlasting punishment” (which connotes eternal punishment). Revelation 20:5, 11-15 speaks of a future age when all mankind which has perished is resurrected to a time after the Millennium when the “book of life” is again opened (i.e. a time when more names will be added to the list of the saved). This period of time is referred to by many as the White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:10 in the KJV speaks of a time of torment described as “for ever and ever” when the words are actually translated from a form of the Greek word “aion” (meaning age or ages).

The audio message below will address many scriptures which sound in various biblical translations like vast numbers of mankind are condemned to be punished eternally, when that is not the literal meaning in the original Hebrew or Greek. The audio message was digitized from an old cassette tape recording of a live message I gave decades ago, so if it sounds like it came from an old recording format–it did. If you listen to this almost hour-long message, you may join the numbers of people who have told me that it was one of the most encouraging messages I ever gave. It also will give you a far more positive perception of God!

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[Personal Update]  It has been a long time since I gave a personal update to the general readership of my blog, but it is now time to do so as I am working through several health challenges to compose blog posts. Performing millions of keystrokes since 1986 writing books, articles, blogs, speeches, emails, etc. has taken a toll on my hands and eyesight. I’ve endured worsening osteoarthritis issues in my body, but the arthritis is now diagnosed by doctors as “severe” in my hands and wrists. It is getting harder to use my hands to write at keyboards or on keypads. I’ve agreed to have steroid shots in both hands in a few days and I hope that they will give me some meaningful relief. I’ve also been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. Too much time at computer monitors for decades has affected my eyesight. My right eye was diagnosed as needing retinal surgery a few weeks ago, but the surgeon later found that my retina problem had “self-corrected” and did not need eye surgery (thanks be to God!). I’m being regularly tested to monitor my eyes for a possible glaucoma problem. The eye specialists also tell me that I may need cataract surgery on both eyes in “a year or two.” Finally, my right eye can no longer be corrected to 20/20 vision even with trifocals so there is some on-going fuzziness in my vision. I’d very much appreciate your prayers for my healing so I can go on writing blog posts, but the diagnoses received from doctors requires me to lessen the time I spend at a keyboard and looking into a computer monitor. Therefore, my blog posts will be somewhat less frequent and may also be shorter in length. Periodically, I will also post items from my blog archives which are still just as relevant today as when they were first written.