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The Time Of The Signs
Prior to the creation of the Atomic bomb in the 1940s, mankind did not possess the capacity to wipe out the human race. In the span of only seventy years mankind has gone from moderate ecological stability to teetering on the brink of self-destruction. With rapid pace we have created weapons of mass destruction, altered our weather, dug further into the earth than ever before (often precipitating severe earthquakes), polluted our air, begun the melting of the polar ice caps, tampered with the human genome, manipulated our food supply through genetic modification, and littered the space around our planet for hundreds of thousands of miles outward. It is not uncommon to hear the fear in people's voices as they, for the first time ever, ponder the end of the human human race, the destruction of our planet, and the end of all things as we know it. This state of affairs may be new to most people, but nearly 2,000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth foretold that these things would occur. There are three different, but authentic and personal ear- and eye- witness accounts of his prophecy, but all three of these accounts contain the same key elements:
Is The Destruction Of Earth Imminent?
Mark 13:19-20 – "For those days will be a time of tribulation such as has not occurred since the beginning of the creation which God created until that time, and never will again. Unless the Lord shortens those days, no life will be saved."
Matthew 24:21-22 – "For then there will be great distress, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. Unless those days are cut short, no life will have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short."
Luke 21:25-26 – "There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken."
These prophecies were further expanded upon by prophets such as Paul, James and John who stated that this would also be a time of social, economic, political and religious upheavals. Old Testament prophets noted that the political and economic structure of our society would be "gathered together" on a global basis, that the Jews would return to the land of Palestine, families would begin falling apart, the weak of humanity would rise up against the rich and powerful, global warfare would erupt, and mankind would begin to literally destroy the planet. Although trouble has always been with mankind, never before have we faced the very things that the prophets said would occur. One prophet – Daniel – even pinpointed the dates in which these things would begin to manifest themselves, pointing to the late 19th and 20th century.
So as we look outward and see all of the havoc that mankind is creating on our tiny planet, one finds it easy to become despondent and afraid. We observe these problems, but we also know that we are virtually powerless to stop them. Organizations exist to ease the troubles of mankind, but they have minimal effect on a global basis. On the surface it appears that there is no hope. But for those who take a moment to look more closely at the words of the aforementioned prophets, we read of the remedy. Their prophecies of both the time and events of our day are very striking and cannot be doubted or dismissed by those of a rational mind. This should give us the necessary encouragement to believe the other prophecies which they uttered: that this time of global chaos is going to be stopped, and will be quickly followed by a new government, under Divine control, which will make wars to cease, which will enforce justice, which will restore mankind to his long long-lost physical and moral perfection, and will even result in the resurrection of the dead and the full restoration of the earth. This period is known in the Bible as the Kingdom of God and is shown to last for one-thousand years. During this one-thousand year period a global effort will take place that will bring humanity to a period of peace and tranquility. It will be a righteous government, but it will also be a strict one. Every person will be expected to obey the rules of justice, righteousness, and peace
During this time of year when the world is briefly reminded of the birth of Jesus Christ – the one whom the Bible designates shall be the ruler of this coming Kingdom – we often hear or see one of the most famous pieces of music ever created: "Messiah". This musical piece (known as an oratorio) was composed by George Frideric Handel in 1741. The text from which the lyrics are taken come from the words of many Old Testament prophets who prophesied both the global trouble of our day, as well as the global Kingdom to follow after it.
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