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Preface: This course is based upon the personal correspondence course initially developed in 1954 that began under the direction of the late C. Paul Meredith in the old Radio Church of God. Various portions have been updated for the 21st century (though much of the original writing has been retained). It also has more scriptural references, as well as information and questions not in the original course. Unless otherwise noted, scriptural references are to the New King James Version (NKJV), copyright Thomas Nelson Publishing, used by permission. The KJV, sometimes referred to as the Authorized Version is also often used. Additionally, Catholic-approved translations such as the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) are sometimes used as are other translations.
This examination is given to help you better understand your Bible.
You are now reading the QUESTIONS SECTION. It CONTAINS the INSTRUCTIONS and the QUESTIONS you will be asked. Note that there are 79 questions and that they are numbered consecutively 1, 2, 3 etc. Note also that there are four possible answers given under each question. These are labeled A, B, C, D. ONLY ONE of these four possible answers is considered to be the RIGHT one!—the other three are false unless stated otherwise.
YOU ARE TO SELECT THE ONE RIGHT ANSWER FROM AMONG THESE FOUR POSSIBLE ANSWERS.
You are to repeat this process for each of the questions asked. This comprises your test. (Generally speaking, the incorrect answers are false ideas which are taught and believed about the subject.)
Our objective is to give all who have determination to know God’s Word the opportunity to understand the true meaning of the Bible.
By the answers you give to our examination questions, you help show if you have the desire to learn and are doing your best. We are here to aid just such people and we are thrilled to do so.
The final judge as to whether you know your Bible and are living by it will be God Himself. He is the One you had better seek to please. It is He who is able to give you eternal life.
Your eagerness to study and to make the most of your opportunity is what really counts. The exact grade you might make is not too important to you or to us. Naturally, however, we expect a somewhat high percentage of correct answers from you.
Answer as many questions as you can without referring to the previous lessons you have studied. If you find any difficult questions, then refer to the lessons. We expect you to do so!
Notice that these questions are divided into four parts—corresponding to the four lessons. We advise you not to cover more than one lesson at a sitting. Take sufficient time to understand each question.
Here are two EXAMPLES TO SHOW YOU HOW to answer the questions:
Read the first question of this test. The right answer to select, of course, is “C.” Here is the second example:Notice question number 2 on the next page. The correct answer is “B.” That is all there is to it! It is very simple and fast.
The procedure is always the same. Now continue with question 3 in the same manner…
1. How will Utopia finally become a reality?
A. Only through a true revival in all churches and their union into one church.
B. When people of goodwill everywhere combine their efforts toward this end.
C. Through God’s intervention, as He only has the power and wisdom to set up a Utopia.
D. By international cooperation implementing the United Nations’ “New Universal Agenda” that was adopted in the Fall of 2015.
2. When Christ is King over all the earth, how will He govern it?
A. Through elected representatives of all nations.
B. By God’s law, which will then be the law of the whole world.
C. By allowing people to reason out the specific laws and regulations best for each nation under the circumstances.
D. By applying the wise principles men has formulated through their various governments and the United Nations.
3. Why is God allowing men to establish their own forms of human government?
A. Because He is not concerned with politics.
B. Because different races need different types of government.
C. So, people will be able to develop good traditions.
D. So they will ultimately learn how wrong their ways and ideas are.
4. When Christ comes to rule the world, He will
A. govern gently and sweetly at all times.
B. place a man over Israel that has never had any military experience.
C. rule with a rod of iron and be very severe with the rebellious.
D. take no interest in education as education has nothing to do with a better way of life.
5. God’s ways are
A. firmly believed in by most calling themselves Christians today.
B. superior to our ways.
C. promoted in the public schools today.
D. properly taught by the world’s main religions today.
6. False or improper education
A. helps to enslave us.
B. may result in a little discomfort to us but it does not enslave us.
C. results when God’s Word is taught in the public schools.
D. is not one of the ills today in the United States and Britain, for we have relatively modern schools.
7. Which one of the following four statements is false? When Christ’s government is established on earth
A. transformed saints will be priests.
B. some saints, in addition, will have other offices.
C. humankind will be taught the right way to live.
D. multiple religions will be encouraged so people can follow their hearts.
8. Repentance means
A. not to turn from the wrong way in which one is living.
B. turning to an evil way of life.
C. turning from our ways to God’s way.
D. to keep on living as you are living.
9. The final fate of those who, in the millennium, cannot be taught obedience under any circumstances will be
A. that they will be left to shift for themselves.
B. eternal removal from both God and man called the second death.
C. removal to another planet.
D. an opportunity to receive more chances.
10. What will be the objective of God’s program of re-education during the millennium?
A. To reform only our economic system.
B. To develop the WHOLE character of humanity—to perfect humanity’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life.
C. To re-educate humans to understand their responsibility in a democratically governed society.
D. To remold only the social life of the community.
11. God’s re-educational program will teach humans
A. to become healthy, happy and prosperous.
B. that God wants us to be poor.
C. that true spirituality is developed by being miserable and unhappy.
D. that it is natural to be sick.
12. What method will God use to re-educate the world?
A. He will merely reform the present educational structure, making as few changes as possible.
B. He will abolish all falsehood and institute a new system teaching obedience to God’s laws.
C. He will teach everyone to follow whatever he/she thinks is right.
D. He will keep religion out of the schools.
13. How will God’s educational program be supervised?
A. By political parties.
B. By school boards, the same as today.
C. By leaders elected by the vote of the people.
D. By God’s government ruling from the top down.
14. How is God now preparing a trained teaching staff for the future?
A. By calling individuals out of the ways of this world and training them, through His word and experience, that God’s laws are best.
B. He isn’t training any—there won’t be any need for teachers during the millennium.
C. By training teachers in today’s worldly top flight colleges to teach a man how to live.
D. By preparing the various denominations to take over the educational program.
15. Re-education will be successful because
A. it will be supervised by denominational churches instead of the government.
B. the people will vote on what they wish to be taught.
C. teachers won’t be allowed to punish children.
D. there will be a power invested in teachers to keep order and to make people learn the truth.
16. During the millennium, which one of the following will be established?
A. Parochial schools to supplement God’s system.
B. Government by God which will regulate humanity’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
C. Military academies to train an efficient army.
D. ‘Rainbow’ education to support those with different gender preferences.
17. As a result of God’s educational program, there will be
A. toleration extended to all religions.
B. universal knowledge of the really important things of life.
C. scientific advances in military technology.
D. confusion in the methods of instructions.
18. What is the fundamental BASIS of a right education?
A. A child-centered training program.
B. The scientific method of study which limits itself strictly to physical things revealed only by man’s five senses.
C. The truth, including God’s revealed laws which define right from wrong.
D. A democratically controlled educational program.
19. People have been taught the wrong way of life
A. ever since the days of Adam.
B. only since the time of Christ.
C. they have never been taught the wrong way.
D. because they have been following God’s laws which are bad for them.
20. What steps is the true Church to take today to prepare for God’s future educational program?
A. The Church is to train its members to qualify as teachers for the millennial reign of Christ.
B. The Church is to force God’s way on the world now by a campaign to reform this world’s school systems.
C. The Church is not to be concerned about it.
D. The Church is to teach that God’s laws regulating life have been abolished.
21. Jesus was born to ultimately
A. teach all people to celebrate Christmas and Easter.
B. set forth principles the nations should use in electing their officials.
C. be a king and sit on David’s throne.
D. picture to all people the worth of rugged individualism and rejection of authority.
22. Jesus wants men and women to
A. renounce all earthly interests.
B. have abundant, happy lives
C. work through the “accepted” political and religious channels for world peace.
D. strive through denominational churches to bring about Utopia.
23. How did the world, in general, accept Christ’s message?
A. Nearly all accepted it except the Jews.
B. The Roman world accepted the true Christian message, and it now permeates our western society.
C. Only about half the world has accepted Jesus’ message.
D. They spoke evil of it and rejected it.
24. From where will Jesus receive His crown and His kingdom?
A. From God the Father in heaven.
B. From His saints and His churches.
C. Since His kingdom is not literal, His coronation takes place only in the hearts of humans.
D. From the United Nations and all men of good will.
25. Jesus’ actual coronation
A. took place when He ascended to heaven.
B. will take place after He conquers the Anti-Christ.
C. will take place just before His second coming.
D. takes place when each of us pledges Him our allegiance.
26. As King of kings, how many great crowns will Jesus have?
A. Only one.
B. Three, to show His sovereignty over heaven, Hades, and earth.
C. Seven, the “perfect number.”
D. Many—the exact number is not described.
27. When do the saints receive their crowns?
A. After Jesus returns during the millennium.
B. When we die “in Christ.”
C. At Christ’s return.
D. Just after we are raptured to heaven.
28. After His return, Jesus’ dominion
A. will be only in Palestine.
B. will extend to the ends of the earth.
C. will be over Christian nations only.
D. will actually be in heaven, where the saints are raptured.
29. In the millennium, Christ will
A. let the weather cycles function normally upon the disobedient.
B. see that Israel and all other peoples are blessed with proper rainfall and other physical blessings.
C. bless only the Jews.
D. not attempt to control the weather
30. In the millennium, devastated cities in Palestine
A. will be rebuilt and repopulated.
B. will in no case be rebuilt.
C. are to be swallowed up by such great earthquakes that they will be forgotten forever.
D. will be used primarily as dumping grounds.
31. During Christ’s rule, Israelites will
A. build new homes with an abundance of lumber from Lebanon.
B. again dwell in tents so they can be close to God.
C. all be living in palaces as world-rulers.
D. not have modern cities.
32. Palestine is destined to
A. become mountainous through great earthquakes.
B. remain arid.
C. blossom forth as the Garden of Eden.
D. be covered by the Dead Sea.
33. The life-giving stream flowing from Jerusalem into the Dead Sea
A. will be constructed by the city for commercial purposes.
B. shows that humankind’s genius will continue to control natural forces.
C. signifies Jesus’ weeping tears over Jerusalem.
D. symbolizes the “healing” of the nations through Christ’s Spirit going forth to all peoples.
34. During Christ’s reign, the nations will
A. all be destroyed, except the Israelites.
B. preserve their individual ways and “accept the Lord.”
C. each be allowed to continue their own systems of government.
D. all learn God’s way and obey His laws.
35. During Christ’s reign material blessings
A. will not be given as a reward
B. will not be bestowed upon the Gentiles.
C. will be showered on Israel and all other nations that obey.
D. will not be withheld as a punishment.
36. Will there be highways in the millennium?
A. Yes, there will be great superhighways.
B. This is not revealed in the bible.
C. No, because fast transportation will not be permitted
D. Yes, but only small ones as there will little “running to and fro.”
37. In the ‘world tomorrow,’ people will
A. not need to be educated.
B. continue using their present languages without any change.
C. all be taught one new language.
D. not need to speak since even their thoughts will be made manifest.
38. The farmers in Palestine will then
A. have to rely on irrigation even to raise meager crops.
B. be forced to move into the cities for protection.
C. be blessed with superabundant crops.
D. have very few good crops because of soil depletion.
39. Will humans lose their just reward for their labor and toil?
A. No. God says He will not permit His people to be pillaged any more.
B. Sometimes, because human nature will still cause men to steal and plunder.
C. Only when the heathen nations attack and pillage.
D. Yes. God will still let men learn their lessons.
40. In the millennium, animals will
A. have their natures changed and will all become peaceful.
B. sweep over the land in rebellion against human rule.
C. largely have been destroyed and therefore be almost non-existent,
D. become more ferocious
41. The United States has a great national debt because
A. the American citizen is motivated by a Godly desire to see that all people live as well as we do.
B. the United States, knowing other nations can be trusted to pay back our loans with interest, believes it to be a good business venture.
C. God has commanded us to make allies of other nations by giving them money, so they will aid us if we are attacked.
D. God has put a curse upon the USA for its disobedience to His laws.
42. God is
A. not interested in your financial affairs.
B. interested in people’s finances only to the extent that He knows that they are giving something to charity.
C. desirous that all fulfill His commands for tithes and offerings.
D. leaving it up to each individual as to what he wishes to give to the church.
43. We owe money to God because
A. God wants to see to it that we remain “just poor folks.”
B. God is the owner and sustainer of all we use.
C. God knows there is not enough money for all, and He plans to see that it is properly
D. governments of men command us to.
44. God’s plan calls for furthering His work here on earth by
A. means of tithes and offerings.
B. such offerings as people they feel they are able to give.
C. seeing that large endowment funds are set up to further His work, thereby making it
independent of the support of the people.
D. having people do nothing now, but letting them wait until Christ comes in person to direct them.
45. If we tithe, God has promised
A. nothing in return.
B. He will see that we can also pay more taxes.
C. we will gain eternal life by this means.
D. He will pour us out such a great blessing there will not be room enough to receive it.
A. concern only the Jews.
B. do not mean tenths.
C. have been commanded by God from the earliest times.
D. are taken from your profits after you deduct your personal living expenses.
47. In these end times, God has commanded the tithe be used
A. primarily to build church hospitals in foreign lands.
B. to further the gospel and warning of the imminent return and rule of Christ on this earth while also supporting the poor.
C. to gather the churches of the world into one great, tremendously powerful political organization.
D. to tell people the urgent necessity of believing that Christ is the Savior and informing that keeping the Ten Commandments is no longer necessary.
48. God the Father
A. is a working God—He has work to do.
B. is “retired” and has been doing nothing since the earth was created.
C. is not now interested in our activities and has gone way off.
D. has turned all things concerning this earth over to Christ, and allowing no thought concerning them to enter His mind.
49. Which one of the following four statements is false? In God’s government there is rank,
A. for the Father gave orders to Christ.
B. for Christ bears the title of High Priest of the Father.
C. for Christ gave orders to His apostles or ministers.
D. but the ministers and their congregants are on an equal footing as to authority in the Church.
50. Melchizedek is
A. a personage in the Old Testament who has never been identified.
B. the High Priest of the Father and the Christ of New Testament times.
C. just another human being who lived in Old Testament times.
D. a divine being who lived on earth in Old Testament times, but who has not been known to have existed on earth since that time.
51. Which one of the following four statements is false Melchizedek conducted His office of High Priest by
A. instructing Adam and Eve in all the laws of God.
B. not instructing Adam and Eve in all the laws of God.
C. personally contacting Cain and Abel.
D. blessing Abraham for his tithes.
52. Which one of the following four statements is false?
A. Isaac tithed.
B. Abraham tithed.
C. Jesus said that tithing was not necessary.
D. Jacob tithed.
53. After God called the descendants of Abraham out of their captivity in Egypt and they disobeyed Him, He changed His previous Melchizedek-priesthood tithe system by
A. stopping the tithe system entirely.
B. letting the people pay whatever they thought was right to His newly appointed priesthood.
C. letting the tithes go to further civil government activities.
D. appointing a Levitical priesthood to receive His tithes.
54. The priests of the Levitical priesthood of Old Testament times used the tithe to
A. further the preaching of the gospel by means of the printing press.
B. conduct health research.
C. support themselves so that they could be free to perform services in the tabernacle.
D. further charity.
55. According to the Bible, a “tithe” means
A. a sixth
B. an indefinite amount
C. a third
D. a tenth
56. Today, under the New Testament,
A. the tithing is taught (and in modern times, considered 1/10th of net income after taxes, but before personal expenses are deducted)
B. inasmuch as there are no more animal sacrifices to be offered, no tithes are required
C. God dropped His tithing law when Christ nailed all the laws to ‘the cross.’
D. the churches are right when they say “it is better if you tithe, but you will not be held accountable by God if you do not.”
57. Since animal sacrifices were done away with as a result of Christ’s sacrifice, God has ordained another priesthood to take the place of the old ritualistic priesthood. It is most closely a type of
A. the Universal Church priesthood.
B. the Levitical priesthood.
C. chosen in such a way as to identify it with the various Protestant religious denominations in the world today.
D. the Melchizedek priesthood.
58. The New Testament Melchizedek priesthood has arisen as a result of
A. men being born into it, as was the case in the Old Testament priesthood.
B. Levites who decided to be Christian.
C. Christ calling men who have had hands laid upon them.
D. a sudden miraculous vision from God.
59. Which one of the following four statements about the end-time warning message is true?
A. Christ finished giving it in His day.
B. Christ commanded His true called ministers in our day to finish giving it.
C. Christ never gave any command at all regarding it.
D. Christ expected His apostles of that day to finish giving it.
60. Which one of the following four statements is true? You can tell which church is God’s Church and therefore which church should receive your tithes to carry out the gospel and warning message because
A. it will not bear God’s name—Church of God.
B. it will cry out boldly the very Word of God as it is given in the Bible and will bear good fruit.
C. it will be a little group which will not have worldwide reach in these last days.
D. it will be great church bearing another name than that of God.
61. What is God saying to this desperately wicked world?
A. “Earth shaking, imagination-defying catastrophes of nature are coming because of your sins, but escape is possible through divine protection.”
B. “I find all mankind to be my good and faithful servants.”
C. “Organize movements for world brotherhood and you will prevent annihilation of human life from the earth.”
D. It is ridiculous to think that God is speaking to modern-day nations.
62. How is God speaking to you personally?
A. God is not speaking to you personally today.
B. Through His inspired Word—the Bible—and through increasingly severe disruptions of nature, as well through His ministry.
C. Through the statesmen of your government.
D. Through the philosophy and poetry of great men like Emerson.
63. Is God fair—is He a God of love?
A. He is fair and loving whenever He doesn’t punish us.
B. The Bible does not tell us.
C. No, He is a God of wrath.
D. Of course, because He is a loving Father who corrects His children when they go astray.
64. God BEGAN to foretell the cataclysmic disruptions to befall our present generation
A. before the time of Noah.
B. during the time of Moses.
C. during the time of Jesus Christ.
D. just before the very end-time.
65. The people of Sodom
A. are not a WARNING reminder for us today.
B. were basically good people who didn’t know better than to continue in their sins.
C. were practicing evil and are a WARNING for those who would live as they lived.
D. were spared destruction for their sins.
66. Which ONE of these have heeded God’s warnings?
A. Only the few who have feared and respected God’s authority down through the ages.
B. The vast majority in Noah’s day.
C. The overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah.
D. All who ever heard the truth.
67. Which method did God use to warn the Egyptians?
A. God gave no warning, but immediately sent devastating plagues.
B. God first spoke His warning through His chosen ministers of that day.
C. God mainly used the pagan Egyptian priests to warn Pharaoh.
D. God told the Jews, who thought they were called to be preachers, to warn the Egyptians.
68. How must God loosen man from bondage to his wicked human nature so that he may be freed to seek God?
A. God will be forced to pour out fierce plagues upon rebellious and stubborn humankind similar to how He did to free ancient Israel from enslaving Pharaoh.
B. God will be able to do so by using moderate means with everyone.
C. God must use gentle means with everyone.
D. God will not interfere in human affairs today, or in the future.
69. What does “to know the Lord’ signify?
A. To join a church denomination.
B. To shed tears in an evangelistic meeting.
C. To believe the Father sent Christ to abolish His Law.
D. To recognize and act on the fact that God is Creator, Sustainer, Law-giver and Ruler.
70. Why will God severely PUNISH the nations today?
A. Because God has pleasure in seeing humans suffer.
B. Because that is the only way they will ultimately turn to God and learn the right way to live.
C. Because He wants to destroy human lives.
D. Because the people are keeping God’s Law.
71. Which one of these four statements is true?
A. The white horse of Revelation 6 pictures Jesus Christ.
B. The pale-green horse of Revelation 6 pictures Islam.
C. The black horse of Revelation 6 pictures the curse of atheistic communism.
D. The red horse of Revelation 6 increasing warfare.
72. Which one of these four statements is true?
A. The “beginning of sorrows” precedes the Great Tribulation.
B. The United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will be the only nations to escape famine and disease epidemics.
C. The prophesied darkening of the sun and moon and the occurrence of spectacular meteor showers have already happened in the 19th century.
D. Earthquakes are gradually diminishing in frequency and intensity.
73. Which one of these four statements is false?
A. God will temporarily withhold the trumpet plagues until the 144,000 are “sealed.”
B. Having the “seal”—the Holy Spirit – in their foreheads will protect the 144,000 from further plagues.
C. The 144,000 were sealed by 1917.
D. A great multitude will repent and be sealed when God shakes the very heavens.
74. Between which great world powers will the terrible “east-west” war soon be fought?
A. Russia and the United States of America.
B. Europe and Russia.
C. Great Britain and Europe.
D. Great Britain and Egypt
75. What do the “locusts” of Revelation 9 symbolize?
A. Modern Europe’s weapons of warfare which will have power to torment men.
B. Huge hordes of insects.
C. Massive armies of foot soldiers.
D. Hand-to-hand combat.
76. Who will escape the horrifying plagues just ahead?
A. Those who are able to flee from the centers of population.
B. Those who begin obeying God now as Philadelphian remnant Christians.
C. Those who become the allies of Europe.
D. Those who quickly become the allies of Russia.
77. Which one of these four statements is false? Immediately following the great “east-west” war, those unwilling to repent
A. will be spared from suffering God’s painful plagues.
B. will suffer painful sores.
C. will suffer from polluted, bloody waters and subsequent parching thirst.
D. will suffer the scorching heat of the sun as the earth careens in orbit.
78. After the earth’s orbit-shaking disruption, what will rebellious, unrepentant mankind do?
A. Turn joyously to God and His rule.
B. Meekly accept Christ as their Ruler.
C. Turn in a frenzy of hatred to fight against their Creator.
D. It is not revealed in the Bible.
79. Which one of these four statements is false?
A. A gigantic worldwide earthquake is to occur in the near future.
B. Tremendous volcanic eruptions will darken the sky causing men to fear further disruptions.
C. Hailstones weighing 130 pounds will pummel the earth with utter destruction!
D. The majority of humankind will quickly turn to God after the great hail.
80. Does it “pay” to “give in”—surrender – to God and His ways quickly?
A. No, because you will have to forfeit your self-respect.
B. No, because God can’t respect someone who gives up and surrenders to Him easily.
C. Yes, the swiftness and totality with which you turn to God and His ways will determine how many of these terrible events you will be spared from.
D. No, because the more stubborn you are, the more merciful God will be to you.
Keep this question section.File it in your notebook at the end of the Lessons it covers. Review these questions now and then. Why? Because the review will give you the opportunity to impress the true answers more firmly upon your mind.
Also, a review of the three false answers given here for each question will aid you to realize more clearly some of the false ideas which you may have taken for granted. You will thereby grasp and retain the truth much better when it is presented to you.
Grade Yourself. Simply count the number of questions you missed. Your grade percentage will be next to that number below: