The President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Tasmania, Pastor Gary Webster is in the country for a three week programme called Ancient Mysteries Reveal the Future.
The three week programme will be held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi building from last Friday till the 21st of May.
Pastor Webster said the purpose of the programme is to help people find hope, meaning and purpose in life.
“There are many people concerned with what is happening in the world today in terms of climate change, where are we headed environment, where the global economy’s headed, where are we headed when it comes to rising crimes and this is global phenomenal,” he said.
“What the future holds is the question that many people are asking and where are we headed?
“So I want to help people have hope because the outlook on the world is not full of hope today and so the programme is to help people to find hope, meaning and purpose in life and it answers the big questions in life of where have we come from? Where are we headed? Is anybody in control?
“[And] when we come to this door to the end all of us what’s beyond and is there anything beyond so it looks at the big questions but it’s answering the big question of what does the future hold?”
He went on explaining of what happened in the 2000 and 2012.
“Now you will be very well aware of what happened in the year 2012 when the world was suppose to come to an end in the mind calendar and what happened, nothing happened,” he told the Sunday Samoan.
“The year 2000 the world was supposed to end but nothing happened and yet many people and I am talking about leading psychics, were predicting the world ending and all sorts of stuff.
“So then the question is, “Can we actually know the future? Is that possible?
“[And] so I can show and help the people realize that there is a source who knows the future but if you go to a source you would want two things from the source,
“One is you want to be historically accurate which means when it talks about stuff in the everyday world it gets it right and it doesn’t make a whole lot of mistakes as its not based on myths and legends and fairy tales.
“Secondly, it needs to have a proven record of fulfilling predictions meaning when it makes predictions they happen and it’s because it has proof.”
He explained that he will be showing people what the Bible says.
“This events I show people of those two things are from the Bible because this book does have those two things,” said Pastor Webster.
“For example, if you go to the Middle East because I have a background in archaeology and ancient history, we know that there are things that were said in the bible that have actually been found in the Middle East now.
“I will be speaking of this from the books of Daniel and Revelation as these are the two books that Jesus specifically said to study and to look at.
“[And] why did he say that? Because Jeremiah spelled out the reason for that and that is this: “God doesn’t just know the future but He wants us to have purpose, meaning, hope and peace in our minds now.
“And that prophesy was given so that we can have that and not be anxious and troubled but to have faith in God.
“And so that’s what I will be sharing on what the ancients past says so that we can know what is happening in the world today and so we can know what soon to happen so we can have faith in God and know how to live today.”
Pastor Webster was asked how he will deliver the message to the people as Samoa is a Christian country after all.
As to delivering his message, “I don’t think that would be a problem at all because I have shared this with many other countries of the Pacific,” he said.
“Because sadly, nowadays, even in the Christian world, people don’t believe in this entire book. For example many believe the first three chapters of the Bible are not right so once we go down that track then what is right?
“What I’m trying to do is make the people even in the Christian world believe in this book, because sadly even here in Samoa and other Pacific countries, we are becoming westernized and the more time goes on, the less faith most people are going to have in this book.
“So there will be no problem in making the people interested as I will keep it simple and I will show them that this is what archaeology says and this is what the Bible says so it will be simple”
“There are many things that the Bible says that we don’t have maybe evidence for it,” he said.
“For example creation, how do we know that?
“The only way we know that is we have to actually come to a point of belief.
“For example, the same with evolution it says this and that of what happened but how do we know it happened again that is faith as evolution is a theory and creation is a theory as well.
“How do we know it’s true? Well because the Bible says it’s true and so it all comes down to believing and faith.
“So to me this book is true because it’s been found by archaeology even its view on health is correct.
“So I invite everyone who wants to listen to come on down at the T.A.T.T.E. Building from now until the 21st of May at 7pm and fellowship together with us.”
Pastor Webster has worked for the Church for almost 30 years in various roles, including church administrator, evangelist and theology lecturer.
More recently, he was part of the Adventist Media team as editor of Archaeological Diggings. Prior to this, he served as president of the South New South Wales Conference.
He is married to Merilyn Webster.