Dennis Jones was baptised as a Christadelphian on 20 May 2008, aged 74. He writes:
“I was very slow in making this decision. My wife, Lucy, was baptised in 1978. No one rushed me into making my decision. I attended Bible classes with Lucy for many years and was accepted with friendship by all Mumbles ecclesia members, attended many social occasions, including Sunday School parties and outings, and a Christadelphian visit to Israel.
My faith and beliefs in Bible prophecies became stronger. I could see for myself world affairs rapidly changing, especially in the Middle East: the State of Israel had been formed in 1948 and Jews were returning to their homeland in their thousands, the Jewish/Palestinian conflict was worsening and Russian influence in the Middle East was growing. Furthermore, I believed increasingly in Jesus’s promise that he would return to this world as King, and set up his kingdom in Jerusalem.
I had a strong conviction, possibly because of personal health difficulties, that some undefined pull (call it angelic) was inviting me to change. My decision delighted Lucy and the many friends I had made in Mumbles ecclesia.”
Below, Denis expands on the hope that now helps him to look to the future with confidence:
“War in Israel”, “Bloodshed and suffering in the Valley of Jezreel”, “Jesus returns to earth”. Such bold headlines are a related to Bible prophecies. As Christadelphians we believe they will come true. Present times show they are imminent. We believe that the Bible is the true word of God and that all Bible scripture is true! To quote 2 Peter 1:20-21: “No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”
The Bible is also the guide for people who want to please God: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We look, therefore, to the near future when believers and non-believers will accept Bible truth, and welcome to Jerusalem the return of Jesus, son of God. He will become King of his earthly kingdom, creating a new, orderly world, free from corruption.
Jerusalem will become the ‘City of God’ for people of all nations: “Many people will go and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion will go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he will judge among the nations, and will rebuke many people: and they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2: 3-4).
The book of Revelation tells us more about the future of the new Kingdom reigned over by our Lord Jesus from his new Jerusalem:
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:3-5).
So – read your Bible, understand its prophetic words, and pray, be baptised and await the return of Jesus. May he soon come!