The rate in which a light flashes on top of an emergency
vehicle is the average rate that people are dying and going to hell.
The flashing blue or red light on top of an emergency vehicle is a signal of
need: The emergency could be a fire, a crime, or a person in physical duress.
Whenever you see the flashing light, you know there is a need. The flashing
light is symbolic of something else too. The speed at which the light flashes is
approximately the average rate in which people are dying and going to hell.
That’s about 1.7 people every second.
Of course, there is no way of accurately knowing how many people are dying
and going to hell. Only God knows for certain. We can, however, make some
general calculations based on facts we do have. There are many very
extensive studies that breakdown the religious beliefs of the world. When
you compare these belief systems with the Bible you have a good idea how many
people believe in the Biblical plan of salvation. According to these
studies, 7% of the world's population has accepted the Biblical plan of
salvation. Even if this research is wrong and 75% of the world is going to
Heaven, that still means that 38,000 people are going to Hell every day.
Clearly, any way you look at it, there is still a tremendous amount of work that
needs to be done.
Following is how the numbers add up:
1.68 per second
101 per minute
6048 per hour
145 thousand per day
53 million per year
3.7 billion per average lifetime
above is the
estimated average number of people
who have died and gone to Hell since you opened up this page.
As with any statistic, it is easy to forget each number
represents a person, an eternal soul, someone just like you. Although we cannot
fully comprehend it, God has a personal and deep love for each person. The
harvest truly is great and the laborers are few. Hosea 4:6 says, "For a lack of
knowledge, my people perish."
The next time you see a flashing light, or think of your
heartbeat... remember it is symbolic of someone entering into a Christ-less
eternity. Also remember, if it were not for the faithfulness of another
believer, that flashing light would have been symbolic of your fate. The
flashing lights are declaring a need; a need for us to pray, give, and go.
The Raw Statistics
Number of people in the world (as of Jan. 2004) 6.339 billion
Number of true believers 410 million
Number of non-believers 5.989 billion
% of the world’s population which will die this year .883%
# of the non-believers who will die this year 52.9 million
# of seconds in a year 31,536,000
# of the non-believers who will die each second 1.68
How the statistics were derived
It is difficult to determine the exact number of true believers in the
world. There are many that are labeled "Christian" because of the
country they live in. Others view themselves as Christians simply
because their parents were Christians or because they attend a church.
The only way to determine if a person is a true believer is to compare
their method of salvation to what the Bible teaches.
Using this as a guideline, the number of true believers has been
estimated around 340 million, but could be as low as 230 million. To
provide for a margin of error, we will say there are 400 million true
believers. Even if there were twice as many true believers (800 million)
the number of people dying and going to hell would still be high, around
1.51 instead of 1.68 per second.
The source of the "mortality rate" (.883%) was the CIA World Fact
Book, 2003. The world's population can be found at:
A mortality rate of .883% means that 1 out of every 113 people in the
world will die this year.
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