Amazing Facts

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Amazing Facts
Religious/Non-Profit
Founded1965 [1]
FounderJoe Crews [1]
Headquarters1203 W Sunset Blvd, Rocklin, California
Area served
International
Key people
Doug Batchelor (Speaker/Director) [1]
Website www.amazingfacts.org

Amazing Facts is a non-profit Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic ministry. [2] based on the teachings of Scripture, and is a worldwide ministry based in Sacramento, California, which conducts seminars and streams by satellite, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on TV and satellite across North America and the world. It especially focuses on the Three Angels' Messages of Revelation 14. Beginning as a radio program dedicated to Christian evangelism, it has expanded into television programming, training, lifestyle, educational, health, prophecy seminars and online Bible study ministries.

Three Angels Messages the messages given by 3 angels in Revelation 14:6–12, which, according to The Seventh-day Adventist church, were given to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ

The "three angels' messages" is an interpretation of the messages given by three angels in Revelation 14:6–12. The Seventh-day Adventist church teaches that these messages are given to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ, and sees them as a central part of its own mission.

Radio Technology of using radio waves to carry information

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History

Amazing Facts was founded in 1965 by Joe Crews in Baltimore, Maryland. Inspired by the success of The Rest Of The Story, hosted by Paul Harvey, Joe Crews' original objective for Amazing Facts was to reach out to both Christian and non-Christian listeners via daily 15-minute programs by opening with a scientific or historic fact, and how it applies to the overall Biblical messages. [1] Later, the program offered accompanying home Bible study courses, as well as books written by Crews himself. In 1987, Amazing Facts initiated a television ministry that has expanded to four programs as well as periodic evangelism series.

Baltimore Largest city in Maryland, United States

Baltimore is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maryland, as well as the 30th most populous city in the United States, with a population of 602,495 in 2018 and also the largest such independent city in the country. Baltimore was established by the Constitution of Maryland as an independent city in 1729. As of 2017, the population of the Baltimore metropolitan area was estimated to be just under 2.802 million, making it the 21st largest metropolitan area in the country. Baltimore is located about 40 miles (64 km) northeast of Washington, D.C., making it a principal city in the Washington-Baltimore combined statistical area (CSA), the fourth-largest CSA in the nation, with a calculated 2018 population of 9,797,063.

Maryland State in the United States

Maryland is a state in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, bordering Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to its south and west; Pennsylvania to its north; and Delaware to its east. The state's largest city is Baltimore, and its capital is Annapolis. Among its occasional nicknames are Old Line State, the Free State, and the Chesapeake Bay State. It is named after the English queen Henrietta Maria, known in England as Queen Mary, who was the wife of King Charles I.

Paul Harvey American broadcaster

Paul Harvey Aurandt, better known as Paul Harvey, was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From 1952 through 2008, his programs reached as many as 24 million people per week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 American Forces Network stations, and 300 newspapers.

Shortly before his death in 1994, Crews invited Doug Batchelor to assume the position of president/speaker, which he holds to this day. Today, the Amazing Facts radio program "Bible Answers Live" broadcasts mainly out of Sacramento, California each Sunday evening to about 155 national stations.

Sacramento, California State capital and city of California, United States

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Legislature and the Governor of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had a 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California.

Media programming

Amazing Facts programming is available on a variety of over-the-air, cable and satellite stations [3] In addition, programs are archived on the website.

Radio programs

Speakers

Preceded by
founder
Founder/Speaker/Director
Joe Crews

1965 - 1994
Succeeded by
Doug Batchelor
Preceded by
Joe Crews
Speaker/Director
Doug Batchelor

1994 - present
Succeeded by
Current

AFCOE

Amazing Facts operates the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE). "AFCOE trains and equips clergy and lay people in all aspects of evangelistic ministry." [6] Both a four-month "Complete" course [7] and a 4-day "AFCOE To Go" [8] courses are offered from their campus in Rocklin, CA and by request around the world. [6]

Bible school

Amazing Facts offers a free Bible school with online study guides. [9]

Mergers

In April 2007 it was announced that Amazing Facts and 3ABN would be merging [10] [11] [12] However, in August 2007, after several months of review, Amazing Facts announced they will not merge with 3ABN due to issues with structural dynamics. [13]

On April 6, 2008 Amazing Facts announced a joint venture with Weimar Institute whereby the operations of Weimar Institute will be administered by Amazing Facts and both organizations would have a single board of directors. [14] Weimar was renamed Weimar Center of Health and Education and Neil Nedley was chosen as president. [15]

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  2. http://www.amazingfacts.org/about-us/our-story.aspx
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  8. https://www.afcoe.org/registration/afcoe-to-go-application
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  15. "Dr. Neil Nedley to Lead Weimar". Amazing Facts. Retrieved 2008-10-28.