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Pastor Andre Ascalon baptizes Mason and Matthew George.

Lift Your Eyes!

Editorial by Jorge Aguero

When the disciples asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Matt. 24:3, NKJV), Jesus answered them by listing several signs that would occur before his second coming—including pestilence, such as COVID-19, and wars similar to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jesus specifically mentions one sign that will mark the end of time: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matt. 24:14, NKJV).

The gospel is being preached in many ways. Now, with social media, it’s reaching unimaginable places. Every single Sabbath from October 2020 through April 2022, the New Jersey Conference witnessed how the Lord added to His church those who have accepted Him through baptism.

Pastors have been baptizing candidates in rivers, swimming pools, backyards, at the beach and bathtubs (Pastor Fismed Omar pictured baptizing Luz Jímenez with Liliana Alguera’s assistance).

The time has come. We need to lift our eyes and do the work that Jesus has commanded us: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19, NKJV).

Jorge Aguero serves as the president of the New Jersey Conference.

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