Countdown to Eternity 

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by Woody Young and Chuck Missler
This enlightening guide illustrates how Biblical events hold significance for your daily walk with God.

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“It’s just ideal. I wouldn’t hesitate to give it to anyone who had questions about the Bible. Put it in your General Bible Section!”
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“Presents well the overall picture of the Bible.”
Bookstore Journal, February ‘ 93

“An excellent starting point for understanding the Bible. I’m going to use it as a primary resource for anyone who questions the Bible ‘s validity.”
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“Very easy to understand and I appreciate that.”
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“I had been studying Eastern religions and ‘New Age’ and had many questions about the Bible. This book answered them all! It finally makes sense to me.”
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Because this enlightening guide illustrates how Biblical events hold significance for your daily walk with God, you will be inspired to approach the Bible with a new perspective — that given to you by the Holy Spirit. You will be amazed when Scriptures, which may have seemed unimportant to you before, illuminate your faith. The Bible is a message to mankind from an awesome creator who clearly spells out the solutions to life’s problems. COUNTDOWN TO ETERNITY reveals this message in a manner which is easily understood, allowing you to experience your fullest spiritual life.

Co-authors Woody Young and Chuck Missler understand the complexity of the Bible and the frustration many suffer trying to digest it. Both authors have large spirit-led ministries, reaching out to believers and non-believers. Woody Young, a successful entrepreneur who owns several companies, is the founder of Joy Publishing, which won the 1991 Ben Franklin Award as “Small Press Publisher of the Year.” Joy Publishing produces the monthly publication, The Christian Communicator: A Source of News and Encouragement for Christian Writers and Speakers’ which is recognized around the world. The recipient of the Distinguished Toastmaster Award by Toastmasters International, Mr. Young is the author of more than twenty books.

Chuck Missler has served as CEO and on the Board of Directors of many Fortune 500 companies, primarily in the defense industry. He graduated with honors from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland and holds graduate degrees in business and engineering. Now in full-time ministry, he has over eight million Bible study tapes in circulation around the world and is co-author of two books.

Preface by Woody Young ………………………….. 13

Preface by Chuck Missler ………………………… 21

HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT THE BIBLE ……. 25

Special Meanings for Special Words ………. 25

The Integrated Message System …………….. 25

A Quaint Expression ………………………………… 26

Organization ………………………………………………. 27

Bible Compilers Organize Old Testament

into Logical Order ………………………………. ……..27

Law, History, Wisdom, Literature, Poetry, and Prophecy ……………………………………………………………………… 28

God’s Special Promise ………………………………… 28

The New Testament: Gospels, History, Letters, and Revelation …………………………. 29

The Time Domain ………………………………………… 30

Message Authentication ………………………………. 31

The Bible As “Word of God” ……………………….. 32

Helpful Reference Points ……………………………… 32

The Meaning of the Letters After Bible Verses …………………………………………………. 34

That Something Extra That Makes the Bible Special ………………………………………… ……….34

CHAPTER 1

THE CREATION: SETTING THE STAGE FOR RECURRING THEMES …………………………………….. 37

Preview of Creation ……………………………… 37

Relevant Terms ……………….. …………………..38

Something New for Everyone ……………….. 40

A Topic That Pops “The Question” …………………………………………………………………. 42

Searching for Truth ………………………………. 43

Searching the Bible Daily for Insight ………………………………………………………………… 43

If Black is the Absence of Color Then What is the Absence of Black? …………………. 44

Where to Search for Answers ………………………………………………………………………….. 44

The Excitement of Creation …………………………………………………………………………….. 45

The Very Beginning of All Things …………………….. 45

Billions! Is That Spelled With a “B”? ……………….. 46

The Bible is Not in Conflict With Science …………. 46

Other Theories ……………………………………………………. 47

Some Theories Have Holes in Them. This Has a Gap ……………………………… 50

Does Age Really Matter? …………………………………….. 51

It Takes Faith to Believe Man-Made Theories …….. 51

The Delusion of the Big Lie ………………………………… 52

God’s Direct Involvement …………………………………….. 52

A Most Dramatic Incident …………………………………… 53

The Stench Got So Bad It Bothered Heaven …………. 53

Unexplainable Happenings …………………………………… 55

God’s Amazing Power to Intervene ……………………… 55

There’s a Difference ……………………………………………. 56

Spiritually Receiving God’s Word ……………………….. 57

CHAPTER 2

SATAN IN HIS PROPER PERSPECTIVE …………………………………… 59

Preview of Satan’s Character and History ……………. 59

Relevant Terms …………………………………………………….. 60

Beyond Our Own Horizon …………………………………….. 61

The Unseen World: the Actual Reality ………………….. 62

We Need a Reveal Code ………………………………………….. 62

The Dark Side ………………………………………………………… 63

Metaphysics ……………………………………………………………. 63

The Biblical View …………………………………………………… 64

Will the Real Satan Step Forward? ………………………… 64

Satan’s Trick ………………………………………………………….. 65

Distinguishing Good From Evil ……………………………….. 66

Confusing the Situation …………………………………………… 66

Satan’s Beauty ………………………………………………………….. 67

Perfection, Wisdom, and Beauty, With Access to God’s Holy Mountain ……………………. 68

Satan in Relation to Other Angels, and Man and Jesus in Hierarchy ……………………. 68

Angels in Their Proper Perspective …………………………. 69

The Duties of Angels …………………………………………………. 69

Fallen Angels and What They Have to Look Forward To ……………………………………… 70

Satan and His Followers Cast Out of Heaven …………….. 71

Who Created Who? ……………………………………………………. 72

Pride Causes Satan’s Sin …………………………………………… 73

The Pseudo-Christ that Deceives in the Last Days …….. 75

Man is Made Slightly Lower Than Angels ………………….. 75

What it Takes to Live a Life of Joy, Happiness, and Contentment …………………………………….. 76

Making the Correct Judgement Call ………………………….. 77

The Void Only God Can Fill ………………………………………… 77

Giving Permission to be Hurt ……………………………………… 78

Revealing Those Certain Characteristics That are Satan’s Nature ……………………………………. 81

The Character of Satan is in Each Person …………………. 83

It All Starts in Childhood ……………………………………………. 83

Undistorted Love of God ………………………………………………. 83

CHAPTER 3

WHAT HAPPENED TO MAN BEFORE THE FLOOD? ……………….. 85

Preview of Life Before the Flood …………………………………. 85

Relevant Terms …………………………………………………………… 86

The Edenic Covenant …………………………………………………… 88

God Makes it Easy to Obey ………………………………………….. 89

The Cost of Disobedience ……………………………………………. 89

Motivation to Disobey God is Irrelevant ………………………. 90

The Adamic Covenant ……………………………………………. 91

Satan’s Curse ………………………………………………………………………………..91

Eve’s Curse …………………………………………………………… 92

Adam’s Curse ………………………………………………………………………………..92

The Cause of Shame and Fear ………………………………………………………………………………. 93

God’s Plan for Covering Sin ……………………………………………………………………………….. 94

God’s Plan for Salvation ………………………………………………………………………………… 95

The Toil Sin Causes …………………………………………………………………………………. 95

The First Birth of Children ……………………………………………………………………………………. 96

Acceptable and Unacceptable Offerings to God ……………………………………………………………………………………. 97

Pride and Repercussions ……………………………………………………………………………………. 98

“Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” …………………………………………………………………………………….. 99

Spiritual Life and Death ………………………………………………………………………………………… 99

God Does Not Shut the Door …………………………………………………………………………………. 100

Faith in God’s Word …………………………………………………………………………………………….. 101

Everyone is Still Welcome …………………………………………………………………………………….. 101

God Makes Provision for Human Sin …………………………………………………………………….. 102

A Righteous Line According to God ……………………………………………………………………….. 102

God Was Upset ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 107

Man Causes God to Grieve in His Heart …………………………………………………………………. 107

Imagine the Scene ………………………………………………………………………………………………… 108

How do You Tell Others? ……………………………………………………………………………………… 109

“His Death Shall Bring” ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 110

What it Takes to Be a Witness ………………………………………………………………………………. 110

Sinless Versus Righteous ………………………………………………………………………………………. 111

Once You’re In, You’re In ……………………………………………………………………………………… 111

Wicked Called to Judgement …………………………………………………………………………………. 112

Noah’s Flood Like a Baptism …………………………………………………………………………………. 112

A New Beginning ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 113

A New Spirit ………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 113

How Much More Serious Can You Get? …………………………………………………………………. 114

Can You Hear Over the Noise? ………………………………………………………………………………. 114

CHAPTER 4

AFTER THE FLOOD–WHAT HAPPENS TO MANKIND?………. 117

Preview of Life After the Flood ……………………………………. 117

Relevant Terms…………… 118

Meanings of Names Shed Light ……………………………………… 119

Given a Second Chance ……………………………………… 120

Guilty as Charged ………………………………………. 121

The Noahic Covenant ……………………………………….. 122

The Provisions of the Covenant ………………………………………… 124

The Responsibility to Repopulate the Earth ……………………………….. 124

Can’t Get to Heaven That Way …………………………………………. 126

Confusing the Language ………………………………………….. 126

A New World Order …………………………………………… 128

The Subjection of the Animal Kingdom is Affirmed ……………………………………………. 128

Humans are Able to Eat Animal Flesh ……………………………………………. 129

Life Span Decreases After Flood ……………………………………………. 129

The Sacredness of Human Life is Enforced …………………………….. 130

Punishment for Taking Another’s Life …………………………………………….. 130

Whole New Meaning to Law and Order ……………………………………………… 131

The Covenant is Not Only Confirmed to Noah, But to All Mankind ………………………………………………. 131

The Law of Social Order Meant for All ……………………………………………….. 132

The Rainbow Covenant ……………………………………………….. 133

No Flood Ever Again, But How About Fire? ……………………………………… 135

Forfeiting the Prize ………………………………………………… 135

Specific Groups Singled Out …………………………………………………. 136

Dealing With the Unholy ………………………………………………….. 136

God Deals With Groups as a Whole …………………………………………………… 137

Who Does God Get Angry With When He Dissolves the Present World by Fire …………………………………………… 138

A View of the End Times …………………………………………………….138

CHAPTER 5

ABRAHAM’S FAITH AND WHAT FAITH MEANS TODAY ………………………… 141

Preview of Abraham and His Faith ……………………………………………………. 141

Relevant Terms ……………………………………………………. 142

Takes His Good Old Time …………………………………………………….. 143

Abraham Receives Advance Notice …………………………………………………….. 145

Great Comfort to the Righteous …………………………………………………….. 148

No Laughing Matter …………………………………………………….. 148

The Abrahamic Covenant ……………………………………………………… 150

Blessings for Abraham’s Descendants ……………………………………………………… 151

Be Careful of the Curse ……………………………………………………… 153

An Important Link to the Future ……………………………………………………… 153

The Universal Aspects of the Covenant ………………………………………………………. 154

Prophecy and Abraham’s Story ………………………………………………………. 155

The Meaning of Hope………………………………………………..155

Prophecy Gives Hope………………………………………………..156

Abraham is Called on to Demonstrate His Faith…………………………………………………156

The Name is Prophetic………………………………………….157

Abraham Truly Believes in God……………………………………………………158

Faith Gives Endurance………………………………………….158

Knowledge of the Heavens At One’s Command……………………………………………158

Realizing that Bible Prophecy Came First……………………………………………………159

One Can Choose to See the Future…………………………………………………160

The Prophetic Sacrifice that Takes Away The Sins of the World………………………………………………..160

Prophecy as God’s Way of Showing His Intentions………………………………………….161

Notice How Detailed Some Prophecies Are……………………………………………………161

Resurrection’s Parallels……………………………………………162

Word Pictures Foreshadowing the Future……………………………………………….163

The Special Significance of Receiving His Bride………………………………………………….163

Illustrations Give Understanding of Future Events…………………………………………………164

What Abraham’s Faith Means for Christians………………………………………….164

Spirituality Versus Morality……………………………………………..164

By Faith-the Only Way……………………………………………………165

CHAPTER 6

THE ANCIENT WEDDING CUSTOMS AND THEIR ANALOGY TO JESUS AS THE BRIDEGROOM,

AND BELIEVERS AS THE BRIDE…………………………..167

Preview of Ancient Wedding Customs and their Relevance to the Christian Walk……………………………………………..167

Relevant Terms……………………………………………168

Words that Create an Image in One’s Mind………………………………………………170

Understanding the Customs of the Time……………………………………………….170

Behold, the Days are Coming When………………………………………………171

Many Events Still to Happen…………………………………………….173

Are World Events Signaling What is to Come?…………………………………………….173

Thomas Verbalizes His Doubts……………………………………………..174

I Go to Prepare a Place for You…………………………………………………..175

Jewish Weddings First Century-Style…………………………………..175

The “Shiddukhin” or Engagement……………………………………..176

Ketubah“- the Agreement………………………………………178

He Promised to Return……………………………………………..179

The Bridegroom is Coming…………………………………………….179

The “Huppah” or Wedding Ceremony…………………………………………180

The Festive Seven Day Celebration……………………………………….181

Jesus the Groom, Believers the Bride…………………………………………………182

Preparing for the End-Time Events………………………………………………..183

Everyone has the Opportunity to Respond……………………………………………..183

An Offer of Marriage……………………………………………185

The Importance of Baptism……………………………………………..185

The Bible as One’s Ketubah with Christ………………………………………………..186

Promised Return for His Bride………………………………………………….187

Preparing a Place for Us………………………………………………………..187

The Bridegroom is Coming……………………………………………….188

Lord, I Put My Faith in You……………………………………………………..188

Celebration or Tribulation………………………………………….189

A Picture that Should Melt Hearts with Appreciation……………………………………….189

EPILOGUE

YOUR ADVENTURE INTO THE SUPERNATURAL………193

Holographic Analogy……………………………………………..193

Our Source of Illumination……………………………………….194

Your Log Book for the Journey………………………………………………195

The Next Step……………………………………………………..196

The Ultimate Issue……………………………………………………197

Your Divine Appointment…………………………………………198

APPENDIX.……………………………….203

BONUS INFORMATION

How Can I Know If the Bible is True?…………………………………………………….40

NASA Scientists Have Discovered an Ever Expanding Universe…………………………………………………43

Time is Not Absolute!………………………………………………..47

If You Believe in Evolution You’d Better Hold the Peanut Butter!…………………………………………………..48

What is Meant by an Analogy or a Similitude and Why Search for Them in the Bible?……………………………………………………..54

Satan’s Other Names……………………………………………………..69

Fallen Angels Come in Two Different Types………………………………………………………70

Where Hatred Comes From……………………………………………………….79

A Hidden Message………………………………………………….103

“Noah’s Ark” Fact or Fiction……………………………………………………..108

Sudden Nature of the Flood…………………………………………………………112

Where does Human Sin Come From?………………………………………………………..116

Where Noah’s ark Landed……………………………………………………….125

Where Noah and His Family Started to Populate……………………………………………………..127

The Spiritual Meaning of Clothing……………………………………………………..133

Abraham’s Path…………………………………………………………….144

Abraham and Lot Divide the Land……………………………………………………………146

Roots of the Major Religions……………………………………………………149

What’s in a Name?…………………………………………………………151

What is the Holy Spirit’s Responsibility to the Bride of Jesus?…………………………………………………………177

Is There a Verse That Describes How the Bride of Christ is Going to Meet Him?……………………………………………………………180

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