On 9/24/01, the day Handbook 2 was completed, God recorded and dated two promises on the final page:
"'Consider, I pray you, from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month... consider this... from this day I will bless you.'
And again the word of the Lord came... on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, 'I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms...'"
Also, on the last page of Handbook 2, God repeated the promise to shake the heavens and the earth, this time it came with a warning.
"See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused Him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven...
He has promised, saying, 'Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens.' And this expression, 'Yet once more', denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, in order that those things which cannot be shaken may remain."
Am I taking His warning to heart? Am I listening?
"Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets, those who spoke in the days that the foundation of the house of the Lord of hosts was laid, to the end that the temple might be built."
Listen to Isaiah:
"Sing to the Lord a new song,
Sing His praise from the end of the earth!
The Lord will go forth like a warrior,
He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, He will raise a war cry.
'I will lay waste the mountains and the hills,
And wither all their vegetation...'"
Isaiah 42:10, 13, 15
"A sound of tumult on the mountains,
Like that of many people!"
"I have commanded My consecrated ones,
I have even called My mighty warriors..."
"The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
...The Lord and His instruments of indignation..."
Excerpts from Isaiah 13:3-5
Listen to Amos:
"Behold the eyes of the Lord are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth..."
And to this word from Jesus:
"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven is forcibly entered and violent men seize it for themselves."
It is time! Am I aware of it? And even beyond awareness, do I perceive what is happening?
"For it is time for judgment to begin with the house of God..."
1 Peter 4:17
(Handbook 2, Article 23)
"Sing to the Lord... sing His praise from the end of the earth!"
And from John:
"They sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb.
'Great and marvelous are Thy works,
O Lord God, The Almighty;
Righteous and true are Thy ways,
Thou King of the ages.
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?
For Thou alone art holy;
For all the nations will come and worship before Thee,
For Thy righteous acts have been revealed.'"
Revelation 15:3, 4
And the blessing God promised? Paul received it!
"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He has considered me faithful, putting me into service..."
1 Timothy 1:12
(Handbook 3, Article 49)
"Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever,
For wisdom and power belong to Him.
And it is He who changes the times and the epochs,
He removes kings and sets up kings;
He gives wisdom to wise men, and knowledge to 'knowers.'
It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things,
He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.
To Thee, O God... we give thanks and praise,
For Thou hast given us wisdom and power;
Even now Thou hast made known to us what we requested of Thee.
For Thou hast made known to us the King's matter."