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Ten Massive Changes Will Soon Transform Your Life

April 13, 2009

Ten Massive Changes Will Soon Transform Your Life

Ten megashifts are upon us, but you probably haven’t heard about any of them.

Until this week (mid-June, 2007), I couldn’t tell you about them, either. My main soapbox was my column at WorldNetDaily.com, the largest independent news source on the Web, and they have limits on how many head-spinning announcements and abrasive opinions they can tolerate from one guy. So I’ve requested a leave of absence for a while. (You can still access my archives there, however.)

Now that I’m playing in my own sandbox, I feel free to offer you perhaps the most startling array of breakthrough announcements in two thousand years.

Sightseers Welcome Here!

But what I’m really looking for are clear-eyed Christians who can spot a major revolution when they see one . . . and jump at the chance to join it.
This page is the appetizer. For the main course, keep on clickin’ . . .

Contents

Spiritual

1. Jesus is winning! Within our lifetime, the entire world may become Christian.
2. Over-the-top miracles are happening by the millions–mostly through ordinary people.
3. Our evangelism is becoming far more sophisticated and efficient (also less annoying)!
4. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Post-Modernism are headed for collapse.
5. Traditional churches are rapidly being replaced by something a lot better.

Scientific/Economic/Political

6. Very soon, 98% of all cars will run on water. Smog will vanish. Whatever “global warming” may be caused by man-made pollutants will end.
7. The entire oil industry will collapse, and soon after that, Islam.
8. Other new technologies will turn the world upside down.
9. Solutions to many of our chronic diseases like AIDS and cancer will soon be popping up out of the woodwork.
10. Because of such advances, the cost of living will plummet and prosperity will flourish.

If all these predictions sound too good to be true, read on. They’re not.

1. Jesus is winning! Within our lifetime, the entire world could become Christian.

The Earth is becoming Christian at a very fast clip. My best estimate is that there are 64 million more Christians now than a year ago. That breaks down to 175,000 a day (births plus conversions minus deaths).
Numbers are always debatable, of course, but I’ve consulted with several of the best religion statisticians on the planet, and my stats are quite defensible, being based partly on a number of denominational surveys costing a total of $1.1 billion. History has never seen such a rapid and vast shift in loyalty and identity.
Why are folks unaware of the explosion of the church? Partly because it’s so recent, and partly because global “Christianity” is a huge mishmash of two billion disparate souls–anything that could vaguely be called Christian, from Mardi Gras revelers to natives of villages where many others are Christians to alcoholic drug addicts who were married in a church 20 years ago. This statistical salad is such a jungle that it conceals the presence of the fast-growing heart of the church: the “evangelistic evangelicals.” (Sorry, dumb name, I know. If you can think of a better one, please send it to me!)
This snowballing collection of fundamentalists, pentecostals, charismatics, and ordinary, garden variety evangelicals totalled just 70 million in 1970. But by 2000, there were 707 million of them. That’s a red-hot growth of 8% a year. At that rate, everyone in the world would be a born-again Christian by 2032!
Now as I said in chapter one of Megashift: Igniting Spiritual Power, straight-line projections never go in a straight line. (By that method, you could claim that every person in America will soon be fat!) But that 8% growth rate does show you the momentum we evangelistic evangelicals have. And 707 million souls are not a statistical blip!
Or take a longer view:
• In 1900 there were 2 million evangelical or charismatic Christians in Africa. By 2000 there were 200 million.
• In Latin America during that period, the born-again population zoomed from 1 million to 170 million.
• And in China, just since 1950, Christianity has exploded from fewer than a million to 200 million.
Let’s see, that’s growing from 4 million to 570 million in one century. Do you detect a trend here? If so, congratulations—you’re ahead of The New York Times, CNN, and the massed legions of academe.
Or take a tiny slice of the future: By 2010, just at current growth rates, Brazil would have 435,000 churches, surpassing the 350,000 in the U.S., where we shut down 3,000 to 4,000 churches a year.
How do all these growth numbers compare with other religions? The closest “competitor” is Islam, with a 1.8% growth rate. If I may borrow a line from my Catholic brethren:
                                           Hail Mary, full of grace!
                                           The Muslims are in second place.
What will an overwhelmingly Christian planet look like? Lotsa happy campers! Disease will be down, prosperity up. Few wars, or none. You could lose your wallet on almost any street in the world, and get it back. And you might even be able to find a plumber on weekends.

2. Over-the-top miracles are happening by the millions–mostly through ordinary people.

Frinstance: I’m part of a local team of fewer than 20 who reach out to anyone needing physical healing or deliverance from spiritual oppressions of various sorts. (Yes, we make house calls!) Just from January to June of 2007, we’ve seen God heal . . .
• cancers of the liver, prostate, and pituitary
• two severe cases of osteonecrosis (disintegrated jawbones)
• lupus
• type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes
• post-polio syndrome
• multiple sclerosis
• arthritis
• migraines
• hearing problems (but not total deafness)
• scleroderma
• plus healings of bad backs, bad knees, etc.
As you see, some of these conditions are incurable.
In addition, we have seen even more healings in the spiritual dimension, ranging from mere cigarette addictions to outright demonizations.
We’re very ordinary folks — no professionals, no pastors, no shouting, and no collections whatsoever. But we do offer quiet, open meetings about once a month in Colorado Springs, and if you or a friend need help, please click here for the time and place of our next meeting. We don’t hit 100%, and we’ve still got our training wheels on, but we’re improving.
The significance of what our little bunch is doing is this: We want to help you copy us and start a similar, miracle-producing team of ordinary people in your town. We want you to discover that fully dedicated, born again Christians are empowered to do far, far more than what you’ve been told.
In my book Megashift: Igniting Spiritual Power, I’ve documented cases of resurrections in 52 countries–true resurrections, not “near-death experiences” on O.R. tables. At this writing, I’d guess that Mexico has seen about 500 (462 through Freedom Ministries alone), and God only knows how many have occurred in China.
But believe it or not, some of these miracles are even more impressive than the resurrections! Read Megashift and see.
Most who have read the book have been duly impressed by the documentation (names, addresses, phones, faxes, e-mails), but they often complain that most of the miracles are taking place overseas. Well, we’re starting to fix that. So if you’re in North America, please contact Frank Gray at fgray@yes-ministry.org and tell him you want to join the adventure and form your own team where you are. It’s a whole new day.

3. Our evangelism is becoming far more sophisticated and efficient (also less annoying)!

Because the stakes are often so high–life or death for millions of people–young Christian missionaries have often shown themselves brave enough to do almost anything. For a time in the Nineteenth Century, the best British missionaries would buy a casket to pack their belongings in for the African field. It was a practical step because very few of them would survive disease past their first four-year term, and the casket would assure a proper Christian burial.
For almost 2,000 years, we’ve been willing to pay an unnecessarily high price for an inadequate result. Even today, thousands of mishes here and there are spinning their wheels when they could be seeing great results. Typical mistakes:
• Driving into an unresearched town, getting out the P.A. system, and blaring the gospel in the central square.
• Extraction evangelism, in which we make isolated converts (in effect, pulling them out of their families and communities, which quickly turn against them).
• Establishing Western-style churches with a building, programmed services, and pastor-run staff.

We’re Getting Smarter

It’s taken us almost 2,000 years to get a clue, but we’re finally starting to do some key things right in outreach. Examples:
Spiritual mapping and prayer-walking. We find out (from research and from God) what the main problems are in a town or neighborhood before we barge in and attract opposition. Instead, we bind or “pray down” the controlling spirits first; then when we go in, the reception is immensely better.
Bless first, preach later. Sometimes we adapt Jesus’ counsel in Luke 10:9 by going first to the local leaders and asking what they need. (It could be seeds, water, a school, business startup microloans, a medical clinic, etc.) Then as we begin the aid program, we build on that established trust by bringing the good news of Jesus Christ.
• Where we have no resources for aid, we instead heal the sick and give other blessings by the power of God, just speaking them into existence! (See The 2 Minute Miracle by my associate Lynn Reddick.)
Finding the man of peace. As in Luke 10:7, we use as our “base of operations” the home of a prominent man or woman whom God has already chosen–rather than running around town, banging on doors.
Respecting family units. Instead of pulling apart families by dealing with individuals, we now go a bit slower and make sure the whole extended family is understanding the meaning of becoming disciples before they make that move and become baptized.
Bible storying. Instead of explaining the gospel in Western theological language, we simply begin telling the Bible story, serialized, to the whole village, evening by evening, starting with Genesis. This is proving to be wildly successful in oral cultures.
Planting house church networks. According to the Bible, churches in homes are the only proper kind. They are always interactive, mutually supportive, sermon-free, family type gatherings. They are never pastor-run hierarchies. And what’s even better is that we always make it clear that after a bit of training, each house church should start sending out teams of two or three to plant more house churches.

Does this work?

Let’s take India for an example. As of 1995, Indians were probably seeing only a few hundred new churches planted per year (all traditional and institutional). Then we adopted the house church model, where even the dalits (“untouchables”) could go out and plant ever-expanding networks of lay-led, home based congregations. With no need to finance buildings or pastors, growth exploded to 20,000 new house churches in 2002. And in 2005, they planted 50,000 new house churches.
Probably over two million Indians became Christians just in 2005, and the numbers are growing fast. My guess: As soon as word gets out that the brand new Indian house church movement is a family-friendly, community-friendly, India-friendly network of friendships (not a Western institution), at least 70 million who now secretly admire Jesus in their hearts will become avowed Christians overnight. And that’s only the beginning. Longer term, India will be a Christian nation . . . and that will turn out to be a vast blessing to them—spiritually, culturally, and economically.
Much the same story is being repeated in China, where new statistics show there’s a total of 200 million Christians!
Dozens of other countries are seeing similar results.

But what about the West?

Not all of the six strategies above are appropriate for North America and Europe. But we have our own ways that work. For instance, Californian Neil Cole and his network of friends have started 700 organic churches in 32 states and 23 nations in six years.

Then just this week I heard of an Ohio man who recently wrote a booklet for professional types, “explaining how a person can come into a vital, personal relationship with Christ.” He placed a few sponsored-link ads on Google, opened a site called lifesgreatestquestion.com, which contains the simple booklet, and within two weeks, thousands of Net surfers from 170 countries visited the site, with one out of every eight registering online a decision to follow Christ! A year later, that ratio still holds, and 120 per day are becoming Christians.
By one estimate, the world’s forty main evangelistic websites will see over a million decisions for Christ in 2007. If that isn’t Western, I don’t know what is!

But if you’re not a techie . . .

A couple of friends of mine, John White and Kenny Moore, decided in 2002 to make contact by phone at a certain hour every morning and ask the Lord (as in Luke 10:2b) to send out workers into the harvest. Every day, the same boring prayer.
But the results have been anything but boring. John and Kenny now hear daily from people who want to get involved in house church planting . . . and hundreds of other people worldwide are phoning a friend every day to pray the same prayer. As a direct result, house churches are springing up in many nations. Read the story here.
An even simpler story: Mike Steele, the North American Director for Dawn Ministries, got sick and tired of twisting people’s arms to go out and do something, year after year. So a year and a half ago, he abruptly told the Lord he was quitting: “If you want me to keep doing this, you’re going to have to make the phone ring.”  And since then, it has—continually—with people who want to know how to start house church networks.
Moral: God likes it when we cut Him in on the action. He’s ready to move way faster than we are.

4. Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Post-Modernism are headed for collapse.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ has always been the standby argument for the truth of Christianity.
But despite the many compelling proofs of the resurrection, non-believers have often denied it–for no other reason than its sheer lack of consistency with ordinary life. People who die have a strong tendency to stay dead, they rightly note.
But now, here comes this inescapable flood of modern-day resurrections, most of them since 1985-90. What do they mean?
First and most plainly, they mean that the long-ago resurrection of Christ is no longer a one-off, oddball event or myth that contradicts the reality we know. It’s now just one instance in a large and growing series of similar events, probably 1,000+, in 52 countries, many of them easily provable to any skeptic who cares enough to investigate, and all of them resting upon the use of the powerful name of Jesus Christ.
For the Post-modernist, atheist or agnostic, this is a dilemma. No longer are they disputing a faraway fable but a concrete series of present realities. And the existence of this whole new category of events is a death blow to any viewpoint that would dismiss Christ’s resurrection because it seems to be part of a nonexistent category.

Wait, there’s more.

A few dozen other kinds of miracles are described in Megashift, and thousands more are happening daily in open, participatory churches worldwide. Add in this tsunami of clearly supernatural events, and you have an overwhelming problem for agnostics and other religionists. To my knowledge, nobody is running around performing resurrections in the name of Buddha, Krishna, Mohammed, Karl Marx, or Elvis. Jesus is the whole show. Try curing a few cancers in the name of Brahma, and let me know how you fare.
The facts will out. Jesus heals bodies and transforms lives. This powerful truth is being demonstrated thousands of times a day–right in the face of other religionists.
And what is the typical outcome? In fair and even encounters, Christian spiritual power prevails, and Jesus wins perhaps 99% of the time. The main defenses of other religionists are not theological arguments or counter-demonstrations of miracles, but violence, persecution, legal roadblocks, blatant propagandistic falsehoods, guns, bombs, and machetes. Anything but love and good deeds.
This is why our 707 million core evangelicals are growing so much faster than Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, and atheists. (And remember that the 1.8% annual growth rate of Muslims springs almost entirely from their bedrooms. They have no gospel and no hall of fame for their giants of shining virtue–unless you count killing infidels as a virtue.)
As these power encounters with other religions become more and more numerous, the Christian salient will keep growing. Anti-Christian violence and politics cannot win the war when the actual battles are being won by love and miracles 99% of the time.

5. Traditional churches are rapidly being replaced by something a lot better.

My opinion–which I’m prepared to argue for hours–is that the most disastrous event in world history was the subjugation of the church in the Fourth Century.
Subjugation to whom?
• To Emperor Constantine, who legalized Christianity but outlawed house churches.
• To our own bishops, who were far too eager to control the church–and ended by strangling most of the life out of it.
• But mainly to the pyramidal, hierarchical, institutional set of traditions that still prevail in the conventional, non-participatory congregations of today. (For details, consult Megashift, especially Appendix Two, “How did we ever get into this mess in the first place?”)
There are too many variables in world history to play “What if?” with much authority. But if you’ll allow me a ballpark guess, I’d say that of the 60 billion people who have walked the earth since A.D. 100 (mostly toward eternal death), roughly 30 to 50 billion of them could have been saved if the church of Jesus Christ had remained close to her Lord and maintained the original family-type relationships of the early house gatherings you see in the book of Acts. (For details, check out the sidebar on page 228 of Megashift: “The Worst Cataclysm in History.”)
If that collapse into traditions was the worst event of history, then one of the best events of history must surely be today’s deliverance from traditions–and the corresponding restoration of . . .

Simple Churches

Thanks to TV, I’ve bragged on the glories of the house church to as many eyes and ears as anyone today, so I’m not anxious to harangue you further, except to reproduce this table from chapter four of Megashift:

The Gulf Between Old and New

The Traditional Church 1. 5% participation in meetings
2. Meetings programmed
3. Meet in building, sit in rows
4. Meeting format boring
5. Pastor-centered
6. Clergy and laity divided
7. Based on tradition
8. Emasculating
9. Two-thirds women
10. Most decisions by decree
11. Led by one pastor or board
12. People passive
13. People controlled
14. Inquirers must visit church
15. Expensive
16. Emphasis on large meeting
17. Denominational oversight
18. Building a private empire
19. Doctrine is flag, battle cry
20. Isolation, loneliness
21. Jesus as guest of honor
22. Hidden sin often lingers
23. Self-image: sinners
24. Goal: perseverance, stability
25. Immaturity, growth plateau
26. Leadership limits expansion
27. Churches isolated and weak
28. Fossilizes over time
29. Institutional hierarchy
30. Your presence irrelevant
The Open Church: Team Christianity 100% (open worship/sharing/ministry)
Meetings open, spontaneous
Meet in homes, offices, dorms, etc.
Every meeting different
Christ-centered, Spirit-driven
People united
Based on Scripture
Empowering for ever-wider ministry
Slightly more men than women
Most decisions by consensus
Led by elders and 5-fold ministry
People proactive
People free
Members go to outsiders
Cheap
Emphasis on small groups
Apostolic oversight
Building the Kingdom
Doctrine is anchor, foundation
Teamwork, closeness
Jesus as host, emcee
Communal righteousness
Self-image: saints
Goal: overcoming, victory
Spiritual maturity
Leaders created continuously
Area teamwork and city “elders”
Always reforming, learning, growing
Family-type relationships
You are needed, loved, important.

Summing it up, house churches function as the body of Christ—your family, your team—but institutional churches comprise an audience. You can see why top pollster George Barna says in Revolution that by 2025, traditional churches will retain only 30-35% of the U.S. “audience share”—while house churches and other interactive events will grow to 65-70% of the whole.
The house church community is not about houses. It’s about a 24/7 lifestyle surrounded and supported by close, loyal friends—brothers and sisters who are committed to protecting you and helping you along in your walk with God.
It’s a wonderful life! Don’t settle for anything less.

6. Soon 98% of all cars will run on water. Smog will vanish. Whatever “global warming” may be caused by man-made pollutants will end.

From time to time, you’ve seen ads or news reports for automobiles that run on water. Google up that topic, and you’ll find that a majority of them look rather flaky.
The rumors you’ve been hearing for 40-50 years all have the same theme: Somewhere, an ordinary guy working out of his garage has invented a way to double or triple your gas mileage . . . or make your car run on water. But understandably, the big oil or auto companies are out to get him or buy him out to shut him up.
It would be nice to dismiss the rumors as paranoia and scams. That would be so satisfying, so easy . . . and even easier if some unexplained power hadn’t recently blocked 80% of the websites on this topic! Downright eerie, huh?
But fear not, some of the sites are still up (as of today) and offering video clips of inventors and their cars running on water or a good mix of water plus gasoline. You can try to view some surviving videos here or here or here or here.
Personally, I don’t need to look at any videos to bolster my faith in water-powered engines. Three months ago, I saw one at a friend’s shop, up close and personal.
He actually ran two of them for me–both of them lawn mower engines, both of them odd in different ways.
The first one was fed water fuel through a two-foot-long tube. Believe me, it’s spacy to stand there and watch the laws of physics being violated—especially when my own lawn mower is such a pain to get started. But there was this engine, running like a Swiss watch with a big blade attached to it. I even checked the engine from all sides (for your sake, not mine) to verify for you that my friend wasn’t being cute and running a hidden gas line into the carburetor.
But the truly bizarre experience was watching him run the second engine (sans blade). He had a whole trayful of bottles and cans with highly inappropriate fuels. I can’t remember the exact order, but he poured in some Pepsi Light, A-1 Steak Sauce, human urine, Classic Coke, pickle juice, water, salt, Listerine, plain dry sugar (a sure-fire engine killer), soy sauce, crude oil, Aqua Velva, and half a dozen other things I can’t recall. I stuck my nose right on the exhaust pipe, and the smell was actually kind of pleasant. Certainly it had no gasoline scent.
My friend even gave me a photo of a brass-toned “Tornado” engine (not his own invention) that runs on water, weighs the same as a VW engine (174#), and generates about 5,000 horsepower. If I have the story straight, its inventor tested it for unloaded acceleration, and it went from 0 to 30,000 rpm in 0.6 seconds. Peppy!

Why am I telling you all this?

The world economy is based on oil. In the future, it won’t be. You need to start adjusting your outlook and life to that.
Will my friend’s many inventions sweep GM and Toyota into the dustbin of history? Doubtful. There are some tricky technical issues to solve on the way from the prototype stage to full production.
Will he be given a ticker-tape parade in Manhattan? No.
Will he be acclaimed as a hero? Not for many years. The government already broke a few of its own laws, egregiously, to put him in jail for two years without a trial, and various interested parties have tried to kill him six times. He’s a really nice guy, but he upsets soooo many applecarts.
If my friend’s inventions don’t make it, somebody else’s will. This is the age of the Internet and international finance. Secrets just aren’t what they used to be, and money is a relentless force.
So if your financial future is tied to the petroleum industry, my advice is: Punt. You’ve hitched your wagon to a falling star.

7. The entire oil industry will collapse, and soon after that, Islam.

The Shah of Iran always insisted, angrily, that petroleum is way too valuable to be burned up by a billion cars. He was right.
In his day, unfortunately, there was no way to stop the plundering of the world’s oil fields. But now there is.
Once water engines reach the tipping point, the rules of the great planetary game will change. Existing gas-burning cars and trucks will become a drag on the market–and a huge political football. Democrats and Republicans will vie for the best plan for displacing them.
On the bright side, little old ladies who only drive to church on Sundays may be able to pick up a good Cadillac for, say, a thousand bucks, tops.
This megashift will knock the Arab Muslim world on its collective can. And as the demand for oil sinks slowly in the East, what will Muslim men do? The main product they make from Mauritania to the Rann of Kutch is carpets – most of which are made by women and children. What will they do?
Well, rich sheiks will grab their gold and move to Monaco or Marseille. The other 99% of the people will crash into a vast black hole, financially and culturally. The flow of billions of petrodollars that has been keeping Arab culture afloat will drop by 85-90%. Hajjis will not be able to afford their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. Even terrorists will find themselves short of support. (Shed a tear.)
Most Muslims realize dimly, almost subliminally, that Islam has never given them much of anything. With petrodollar support falling off a cliff, there will be nothing to dull the pain of realizing that they’ve been gypped for 1400 years.
Already, in the past 12-15 years, Jesus has appeared to about a million Muslims in dreams or “night visions.” He always appears as a white man dressed in white robes, don’t ask me why. About 70% of the time, He speaks some version of John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.”
Whole villages are turning to Christ now. Muslim authorities have admitted they are rapidly losing Africa. Indonesia, Earth’s largest Muslim nation, is now 30% Christian. In Bangladesh, a stunning 522,000 Muslims have turned to Isa (Jesus) since 1997. In Pakistan, there are similar numbers, starting in 2004. Media call centers and Internet outreach sites are flooded with thousands of queries per day from Muslims around the world, asking how they can become Christians.
Islam is doomed–and along with it, militant Islamism.

8. Other new technologies will turn the world upside down.

I’m sitting here with a little slice of steel and a small sheet of copper in front of me, souvenirs from my last visit to my nameless inventor friend.
As I sat in his shop, he lit up a welding torch running entirely on water. I waved a finger through it. The flame was about like a candle, 259 degrees. I also held my coat sleeve in it–for a bit too long, apparently. The dry cleaner really had to work on it, but the scorch mark is almost gone now. (Good thing. It’s my best suit coat.)
Then he picked up a slab of aluminum about the size of a thin book. Without turning up the heat (there are no knobs or valves to adjust), the flame automatically and instantly adjusted to the melting temperature of aluminum, which he said was about 600 degrees. (I think he meant Celsius.)
Then he picked up the thin sheet of copper, about three inches by eight, and began slicing off strips of it. Pure copper melts at 1,800 Fahrenheit.
Then he picked up a brick of gray steel the size of a two-pound loaf of Velveeta, three by three by something. In the course of about 45 seconds, he took a quarter-inch slice off of it for me–at 2,400 Fahrenheit.
If I’d asked, he would have taken the time to punch holes in some concrete pieces sitting there, and the flame would have jumped up to about 5,000 F. I guarantee you that I wouldn’t get my precious finger or my sleeve within six feet of that flame if it were punching holes in concrete.
Acetylene torch fuel costs about ten dollars for an hour’s worth. The cost for water and electricity for my friend’s wonder torch is about 17 cents an hour. But welding is a tiny field compared to the big enchilada: electricity.

I’m Not Talking

To avoid legal hassles, I’m not going to spell out any details here, but this is my general prediction: Electricity will become extremely cheap–virtually free–with almost zero pollution.
I’m told that various inventors have already devised half a dozen ways to produce electricity at essentially no cost. That’s the good news.
The bad news is, start-up manufacturing and marketing will probably have to begin overseas in some charming country where officials can be bribed to keep their hands off the operations.
On a safer topic, my friend actually invited the Department of Energy to send an observer and watch him zap the radioactivity out of a little lump of hot radioactive waste.
They sent five. Five engineers with a Geiger counter. And in a very few minutes, my friend eradicated the radioactivity.
The guys were impressed. Then they went home. End of story.
Don’t ask me how long it’s going to take the government to get serious about their responsibilities. It’s a complex world we live in.
One last example of a breakthrough technology that I saw . . . and it’s one that you can buy today. My friend casually picked up a limp cotton washcloth that he had sprayed with a white insulating liquid. Then he grabbed a welding torch (a standard model, not the water-fueled kind). I winced as he draped the washcloth over his hand and blasted it with the torch for half a minute. Now that’s insulation!
The next time I visit him, he has promised to paint a raw egg with this stuff, then try to cook it with an acetylene torch for three minutes. He promises that the egg will stay totally raw. I’m not going to bet against him.
There are hundreds of such revolutionary advances out there, waiting for someone to develop them. (Inventors tend to be paranoid about someone stealing their ideas.) As soon as we can build legal safeguards into our system, funding will pour into technologies that will turn civilization on its ear.

9. Solutions to many of our chronic diseases like AIDS and cancer will soon be popping up out of the woodwork.

I have another friend who used to own a nice hospital in Africa. He had to get out of the business, however. His mistake was that he started curing lots of cases of AIDS (which he says is the easiest thing in the world to cure if you know how to go about it, which very few doctors do).
He was abruptly called on the carpet by the country’s surgeon general, who told him, “I see you’re having a lot of luck with AIDS. Do as you wish, but it’s my duty to inform you that if you continue, I shall have to have you put in jail.” When he asked why, he was told that his hospital program violated the guidelines of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration!
As former President Reagan reminisced with a reporter once, “You’d be surprised who actually calls the shots!”
For 20 years, I’ve done a lot of promotional writing for alternative health newsletters. In that time, I’ve seen cures cross my desk for everything but the post-falling-off-a-cliff syndrome. And I can tell you that the Internet alone almost guarantees that the last-resort clinics in Mexico and the Caribbean will not remain hidden and disrespected much longer. Some of them are quackish, but many of them put our chronic disease care to shame.
The U.S. is tops for crisis intervention medicine (like fixing broken bones), but we do poorly with chronic, long term conditions (heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, etc.) That’s going to change big time, and the change will very likely spring from the Caribbean area, where seriously ill patients can get relief from the oppression of the Federal Death Authority.

10. Because of the above advances, the cost of living will plummet and prosperity will flourish.

In 2004, evangelical lodestar Philip Yancey realized that something was amiss when he read a report claiming that, “little has changed since 1980.” It stated that “80% of the world’s people still live in substandard housing, 70% are unable to read, and 50% suffer from malnutrition.” (Thanks to the Internet, slop like this has achieved eternal life.)
So he dug up the real facts (Christianity Today, May 2004, Page 88):
* In just 30 years, illiteracy has plunged from 53% to 20%.
* Malnutrition has dropped from 50% to 20%.
* Only 25%, not 80%, have substandard housing now.
* Lack of clean water now afflicts 25% of the world–down from 75%.
“Experts once forecast that world population would hit a high of 20 billion, causing an intolerable strain on Earth’s resources. That prediction was lowered to 15 billion, then 11 billion, then 9 billion.”
In 30 years, first-year infant mortality has dropped from 1 in 8 births to 1 in 16.
U.S. life expectancy has hit 77.6 years (or more if you wear a dress). Our major killers (heart disease, stroke, cancer) are down 3 to 5%. Alternative health methods are starting to get respect, and this will eventually transform “old age” into a vibrant, active time of life extending to 100 110 years because chronic degenerative diseases are being cured.
Leprosy has declined greatly, polio is almost gone, and smallpox, the dreaded killer of 500 million, has vanished from the planet.
World per capita income is up 60% while extreme poverty has fallen almost in half.
In the United States, the teenage birth rate has dropped 30% in 10 years.
All in all, things in backward countries have improved more in the last 50 years than in the previous 500.
I’m grateful to Phil for reminding me that good is outrunning evil at flank speed even in the secular realm. But when you add in the impact of Christian work for the coming Kingdom, the picture grows brighter still:
In answer to sustained, focused prayer, we now often see poverty fading, bars and crack houses shutting down, heathen temples being shuttered for lack of interest, government corruption being exposed and stopped, crime rates plunging, etc.
And as part of the huge wave of miracles sweeping the globe, rapid ecological transformations are occurring in dozens of countries: droughts ending, crops exploding, endangered wildlife returning, destroyed forests bouncing back, dead zones in oceans coming alive with fish not seen before–even the discovery of diamonds on the surface of the ground in one newly Christian area!
Even war just isn’t what it used to be. Combat deaths have hit their lowest point since World War II, dropping perhaps below 20,000. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has announced that the world’s ongoing wars now number only 18, compared to 33 in 1990. That’s dramatic! And none of these wars are between nations! They’re all civil conflicts. Also, our loudly lamented daily body count in Iraq is less than 1% of what it was during all the years of World War II.

Yes, things have changed. And they will keep changing for the better. Why? Because God is moving events like never before. The miracles in the New Testament were little more than a warmup for what’s happening now.
Also, the growing transformation of the church from a model using 1-2% of its membership in active ministry to a model using potentially 100% is staggering in its implications. You must begin to see that the “balance of power” in this precarious world lies with the church of Jesus Christ. I don’t say that with any sense of hunger for power. But political leaders in many regions are almost out of solutions, and God’s people must step into the gap–in prayer, in action, in every realm of public and private life.
With millions of miracles exploding worldwide and new strategies proving far more effective for us, this is no time to sit back and watch! Get involved now.
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