J ohannes Gutenberg, Set up the world"s first printing press in 1448 AD and printed the first printed book (the Bible) in 1455 AD. This pioneer of printing by movable types was working on his invention in the cell of a monastery. One day he was very tired and fell asleep while at work. Dreaming, he saw that evil men would use his invention to sow the seeds of wickedness all over the world. He saw that so much evil would result from the misuse of the art of printing that posterity would curse its inventor. He then took a sledge hammer, in his dream, and was about to break the types to pieces, when he heard a voice telling him to stop. That voice told him not to destroy his invention, but to persist in perfecting it, because it would also bring great blessing. While on the one hand the devil would use it to disseminate error and darkness, on the other hand God would also use it to diffuse truth, light, and blessings, making it a source of infinite good. Those words came true.

The Bible was translated and published in many languages, contributing toward the fulfillment of one of the most astounding predictions of Jesus recorded in Matthew 24:14. But not only that. Those countries in which the Bible has been given into the hands of the people, where the Word has had access to practically every home, have distinguished themselves visibly from other countries, where the distribution of the Holy Scripture was prohibited or neglected, and where the people were left in spiritual darkness. Who is so blind that he cannot make comparisons?

Not only the Bible, but good Christian literature in general has been instrumental in bringing the light of the Gospel to many dark corners of the world, in opening foreign missions among the heathen, and in preparing the way for the last message to be given to the inhabitants of the earth. The publishing work in the hands of God"s people has evidently played an important role in the fulfillment of the following prophecy:

"The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up" (Matthew 4:16).

When Christ said, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come" (Matthew 24:14), He must have seen the work of the Bible Societies (distributing the Word of God as it has been translated into hundreds and hundreds of languages) and He must also have seen the work of those who have been called to proclaim the threefold message of Revelation 14. "And in a large degree through our publishing houses is to be accomplished the work of that other angel (Revelation 18:1-4) who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory". (Testimonies for the Church, vol.7. p.140).

Let us bear this in mind: "One of the principal agencies He has ordained for our use, - in preparing a people for the second coming of Christ, - is the printed page". (Testimonies for the Church, vol.9. p.87).

Believing that it is our duty to contribute toward this work, we offer a variety of printed materials which you may find at NPA Online Store.


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