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# 1
Author: Bernard Asbell
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Scripture: Isaiah 5:20
Published: WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU by Bernard Asbell, p. 182.

In his book WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU, Bernard Asbell relates the following scenario:

You are a schizophrenic in a mental institution and you have a choice of watching either Rambo or Love Story:

If you're looking for long-term peace of mind, opt for Rambo. ... Researchers have found that schizophrenics become more aggressive after viewing nonviolent movies (comedies, adventures, love stories) than violent ones with scenes of cruelty, fighting, and murder. Researchers [Johnston and Lundy]… showed forty-three violent and thirty-eight nonviolent films to about three hundred patients in the Veterans Administration Medical Center. [Paitents were more than twice as likely to "act out" after watching the "nice" films.] The researchers proposed that people in institutions are more upset by representations of ordinary life than they are by those of chaos.

[Bernard Asbell, (1924-2001) was a writer on politics, government, and social science. He was a college professor and a folk singer, and author of several books, including WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT YOU, a collection of fascinating social science research which profiled various behavioral traits in various contexts and cultures.]


Application:

Ever think that our world is becoming more and more like one big mental health ward, something out of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?" Well, now you have research to back up your suspicions. Today, just like the patients at the VA center, we find people increasingly upset, and even hostile, toward those who promote traditional family values.

"What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter" (Isaiah 5:20, NLT).

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# 2
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Matthew 24:10-12
Published: "Welcome to the coldest village on Earth" by Sean O'Hare, published UK DAILY MAIL, 1/22/13
It's official. Oymyakon, Russia, is the coldest permanently inhabited village on the planet. How cold does it get there, you ask? With average winter temps hovering around -50 degrees Celsius (that's -58 degrees Fahrenheit!), it's cold enough to make a glass bond to your lips, the ink in your pen freeze solid, and your car battery die if you turn it off for even a short while. It's so cold, that nothing--NOTHING--can grow there.
 
The 500 residents of Oymyakon survive on Reindeer and horse meat and what little else is transported to their single, small grocery store. "Unsurprisingly, locals are hardened to the weather and unlike in other countries - where a flurry of snow brings things grinding to a halt, Oymyakon's solitary school only closes if temperatures fall below -52C."

Application:
Did you know that love has a temperature? Just like Oymyakon, it is possible for the human heart to become so cold that nothing--NOTHING--can grow there. Take, as an example, what the Bible has to say about the spiritual condition of mankind In the last days. We are told that the hearts of most men will grow so cold that nothing good will be able to grow there, and not even the judgment of God will be able to melt them. Most will go to their graves in cold-hearted defiance--unwilling to repent even under His mighty hand. 
 
"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold"  (Matthew 24:10-12).


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# 3
Author: Christina NG and Rebecca Lee, ABC News
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Published: "Florida Man Swallowed by Sinkhole: No Signs of Life Detected" by Christina NG and Rebecca Lee, ABC News, March 1, 2013

ABC News reports:

A Florida man [Jeff Bush, age 36] has disappeared into a 30-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole that collapsed the bedroom portion of his home overnight, according to police.

The hole opened up at around 11 p.m. Thursday night in the Seffner, Fla., neighborhood, authorities said.

"[The family] heard a sound that they described as a car crash emanating from the bedroom in the back of the house," Hillsborough County Fire Chief Ron Rogers said at a news conference today.

The family rushed into the room where Jeff Bush, 36, was sleeping,according to ABC News' Tampa affiliate WFTS-TV.

"All they could see was part of a mattress sticking out of the hole. Essentially, the floor of the room had opened up," Rogers said.


Application:

Like a "thief in the night," death came suddenly, unexpectedly for Jeff Bush, and swallowed him up.

Spiritually speaking, there is a day coming when all in this world will be swallowed up and laid bare by the judgment of God. "The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done it it will be laid bare (2 Peter 3:10).

Mr. Bush had no expectation of sudden destruction as he laid his head to rest that night. Had he known his home was on shaky ground, he would surely have taken measures to shore up the foundation or quit the premises all together. But when it comes to the sink hole of God's judgment, we have all been given fair warning. Don't allow the Day of God's judgment to swallow you up.

"You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly... and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief" (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4).

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 3:7
Published: “Stewards of the Seed: Technology, Relationships and Lessons Learned in Agriculture,” by Hugh Grant, President, Chairman, and CEO of Monsanto Co., a speech delivered at the ASTA Annual Conference, Seattle, 6/22/05

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:1-6
Published: “IMF Bombshell: Age of America Nears End” by Brett Arends in Market Watch, Yahoo Finance, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Matthew 13:30
Published: "Atheist 'mega-churches' take root across US, world" By GILLIAN FLACCUS, AP, published Religious News Service, 11/11/13

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# 7
Author: George Carlin
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Scripture: Revelation 14:15; Matthew 13:39
Published: Various

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# 8
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Published: "North Koreans mark major national holiday amid missile launch fears, Published on FoxNews, April 15, 2013 by Associated Press

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# 9
Author: Kurt Ernst
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Revelation 17:14
Published: "Survivor Truck: For those who take armageddon seriously" By Kurt Ernst, Published FoxNews.com, November 05, 2012 via High Gear Media

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1-4
Published: "Gunmen Shoot 2 Kids, 17 Others at New Orleans Mother's Day Parade" By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor, May 13, 2013

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1-4; Leviticus 19:32; Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 23:22; 1 Timothy 5:4; 1 Timothy 5:8
Published: "Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister" by Justin McCurry, Tokyo Desk, UK GUARDIAN, published 1/22/13

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# 12
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Matthew 24
Published: "Jews ordered to register in east Ukraine" by USA Today staff writers, published USAToday.com, 4/17/14

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# 13
Author: Jerry Vines
Contributor: Will Beauchamp
Scripture: Revelation 21:22-27
Published: A Sermon entitled "The Great Rescue"

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Philippians 2:9-11
Published: “Pittsburgh's mayor 'Tebows' in defeat” by CNN news blog editor Mallory Simon, CNN's Brad Lendon, 1/10/12

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# 15
Author: Tom Krattenmaker
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Published: USA Today Online

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Luke 13;34-35; Luke 19:41-42
Published: “Israel remembers Holocaust victims with siren, ceremonies” by Yair Altman and Shahar Chai, on YNetNews.com, 4/19/12

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# 17
Author: Pat Sage
Contributor: Pat Sage

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# 18
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: 2 Peter 3:10; Isaiah 51:6
Published: "Earth-Crossing Asteroids: How can we detect, measure and deflect them?" by David K. Lynch on Geology.com, 2007

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From the related category : Second Coming


Illustrations : 17
# 1
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Published: UK Telegraph 2/18/11

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# 2
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 3
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:19; Romans 5:10

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Isaiah 62:11

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Daniel 9:26-27

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# 6
Author: Barnett Gushin
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
Published: Mike Di Paola, Bloomberg News, in Business Week online

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Published: "Amid Syria’s civil war, a 40-foot statue of Jesus rises on mountain top between front lines" by Associated Press, published THE WASHINGTON POST, 11/2/13

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# 8
Author: Wallace, Wallechinsky, and Wallace
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Published: SIGNIFICA by Wallace, Wallechinsky, and Wallace, P. 176

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# 9
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Published: Collected Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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# 10
Author: Tom Krattenmaker
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Published: USA Today Online

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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 46:9
Published: “Corps Takes A New Look At The Green Bullet” by Dan Lamothe and Matthew Cox, MARINE CORPS

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# 12
Author: Dr. M.R. De Haan
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Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Published: OUR DAILY BREAD, August 4, 1992

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# 13
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6
Published: "The Science of Sleeping Seals" published on Ripley's Believe It Or Not, July 3, 2013

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# 14
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: I Thessalonians 5:1-6
Published: “IMF Bombshell: Age of America Nears End” by Brett Arends in Market Watch, Yahoo Finance, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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# 15
Author: Dennis Covington
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51
Published: various

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# 16
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6
Published: “Human Eye Found Doing Second Job” By JANE E. BRODY, Published: January 5, 1995, New York Times

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# 17
Author: Katherine Kehler
Contributor: Barnett Gushin
Scripture: Matthew 2:2
Published: As quoted on Thoughts About God

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From the related category : Prophecy


Illustrations : 12
# 1
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon
Scripture: Romans 15:8
Published: as posted on Grounded In Grace facebook

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:3
Published: “Israeli Rebuke of Obama Exposes Divide on Mideast” by Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Fri May 20, 2011.

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# 3
Author: Fred Gates
Contributor: Fred Gates
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2
Published: various

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# 4
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: As reported by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer posted: 18 October 2010 06:06 pm ET

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# 5
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Genesis 22:18
Published: “Amazon.com Drops Jigsaw Puzzle of Dachau” By JTA Published, The Jewish Daily: FORWARD, October 02, 2012

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# 6
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Daniel 9:26-27

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# 7
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Published: "The Redesigned $100 Note" published on NewMoney.gov, retrieved 2/8/14

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# 8
Author: Stephen Kingsley
Contributor: Stephen Kingsley
Scripture: Exodus 20:7; 2 Peter 1:20

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# 9
Author: Editors, NELSON’S ANNUAL PREACHER’S SOURCEBOOK, 2003
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Scripture: John 5:39-47
Published: Editors, NELSON’S ANNUAL PREACHER’S SOURCEBOOK, 2003, p. 72

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# 10
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Published: "Presbyterians narrowly vote to divest from companies used by Israel" by Associated Press, as published on FoxNews.com, June 21, 2014

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# 11
Author: Editors, Nelson's Annual
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Psalm 118:22-23; Zechariah 12:10
Published: NELSON’S ANNUAL, 2004, pp. 86-87

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# 12
Author: David Louis
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Romans 11:25-26
Published: 2201 FASCINATING FACTS, p. 18

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From the related category : Future


Illustrations : 2
# 1
Author: James L. Fickett, Jr.
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: James 1:2; Hebrews 12:1-3; Psalms 30:5b
Published: JAMES: FAITH THAT WORKS, 1972, p. 67

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# 2
Author: Illustration Exchange
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Ephesians 2:12; Proverbs 24:14
Published: “Atheists rally on National Mall in show of political force” by Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service, Published: March 24, 2012

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