The rate in which a light flashes on top of an emergency vehicle is the average rate that people are dying and going to
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.
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 (70 years)
The number 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
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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