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# 1
Author: Bernard Asbell
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
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: 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

Japan's new Finance minister isn't making friends among the nation's burgeoning elderly population where over 1/4 of its people are over age:

Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care. ...

To compound the insult, he referred to elderly patients who are no longer able to feed themselves as "tube people". The health and welfare ministry, he added, was "well aware that it costs several tens of millions of yen" a month to treat a single patient in the final stages of life. ...

"I see people aged 67 or 68 at class reunions who dodder around and are constantly going to the doctor," he said at a meeting of economists. "Why should I have to pay for people who just eat and drink and make no effort? I walk every day and do other things, but I'm paying more in taxes."

Aso later tried to explain away his comments as solely "personal" preference and not a statement of policy. Many in Japan (at least the 1/4 over the age of 60) are not buying it.


Application:

Sadly, elder abandonment, and even elder contempt, is a growing global issue as the aging population increases worldwide. 

It's interesting to note that in the last days: "People will be lovers of themselves ["Why should 'I' have to pay"], lovers of money ["the health and welfare ministry ... was 'well aware that it costs several tens of millions of yen' a month to treat a single patient in the final stages of life"], boastful and proud ["I walk every day and do other things, but I'm paying more in taxes"], abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love ["hurry up and die"], unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God" (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

God would have us to go against the global tide and honor our elders as He commands:

“You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord" (Leviticus 19:32).

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you" (Exodus 20:12).

"Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old" (Proverbs 23:22).

"But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God" (1 Timothy 5:4).

"But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" (1 Timothy 5:8).



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# 4
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

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# 5
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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# 6
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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# 7
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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# 8
Author: George Carlin
Contributor: Illustration Exchange
Scripture: Revelation 14:15; Matthew 13:39
Published: Various

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# 9
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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# 10
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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# 11
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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# 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 : 18
# 1
Author: Neal Pollard
Contributor: Neal Pollard
Scripture: Matthew 24:44
Published: Idaho Statesman

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

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# 3
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14
Published: UK Telegraph 2/18/11

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# 4
Author: Mitchell Dillon
Contributor: Mitchell Dillon

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# 5
Author: Wallace, Wallechinsky, and Wallace
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Published: SIGNIFICA by Wallace, Wallechinsky, and Wallace, P. 176

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# 6
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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# 7
Author: Dennis Covington
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:51
Published: various

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# 8
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Scripture: Isaiah 62:11

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

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# 10
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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# 11
Author: Illustration Exchange
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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
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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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# 15
Author: Illustration Exchange
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Published: Collected Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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# 16
Author: Tom Krattenmaker
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Published: USA Today Online

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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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# 18
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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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
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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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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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