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Signal of Need




Chapter: 13.09
(Section 13: What about those "Without the Gospel?")
Copyright Michael Bronson 1997, 1999, and 2000

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.

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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 40 thousand 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.  (The raw data and the calculations can be found at the end of the chapter.) 

Following is how the numbers add up:


1.72 per second

103 per minute

6198 per hour

149 thousand per day

54.3 million per year

3.8 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 perish."

The next time you see a flashing light, 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.

As of January 2007, there were 6.68 billion people in the world. Therefore, about 58 million people will probably die this year. Listed below is how this number breaks down:

· 1.84 per second
· 110 per minute
· 6,611 per hour
· 159 thousand per day
· 58 million per year
· 4.05 billion per average lifetime (70 years)


The Raw Statistics

Number of people in the world (as of Jan. 2006): 6.68 billion

Number of true believers: 410 million

Number of non-believers: 6.27 billion

% of the world’s population which will die this year (as of 2006): .867%

# of the non-believers who will die this year: 54.3 million

# of seconds in a year 31,536,000

# of the non-believers who will die each second 1.72


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" (.867%) was the CIA World Fact Book, 2006.  The world's population can be found at http://www.ibiblio.org/lunarbin/worldpop  A mortality rate of .883% means that 1 out of every 113 people in the world will die this year. (Source of mortality rate: https://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/rankorder/2066rank.html)



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Other Chapters in this Section

Who are the Heathen?
Open for Interpretation
The 5 Main Views
How we came Up With the 5 Views
Why Study the Heathen
Christianity is Losing Ground
Most of the World has not heard the Gospel
A Signal of Need
How Many People Die on an Average Day?
What About the Seeking and Sincere?
Parental Influence
The Value of the Soul
Questions and Answers
Quick Visual Aid for the 5 Views
Quick Visual Aid of View 1
Quick Visual Aid of View 2
Quick Visual Aid of View 3
Quick Visual Aid of View 4
Quick Visual Aid of View 5
Implications of the 5 Views
Breakdown of the 5 Main Views
Breakdown of View 1
Breakdown of View 2
Breakdown of View 3
Breakdown of View 4
Breakdown of View 5
The Christian's Mission to the World
How Convinced are You?
Putting it all Together

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