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Oppression and Fear
"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you." — James 5:1-6 (NIV)
Will Class Divisions Destroy Society?
The words quoted above were written over 1,900 years ago, but are a poignant prophecy of "the last days." Most religious people, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, consider our day to be a time of prophetic fulfilment, and one of general anticipation that we are in "the last days" leading to the ultimate end or climax of trouble in the present age. None can agree upon what comes after this trouble, nor even necessarily what will cause it. But Jesus made it clear that during this time humanity will be at a societal crossroads, experiencing fear on a global level, with every heart suffering the uncertainty of what is to come, and what mankind is doing to himself and to the earth. He said that these days would be cut short otherwise humanity would completely destroy himself. (Luke 21:25-26; Matthew 24:21-22)
In recent years we have heard the cries of the laborers and the disaffected across the globe, protesting the oppressive behavior and exploitation of them by the rich. In January of this year it was reported by Oxfam International that 48% of the world's wealth is concentrated into the hands of only 1% of the global populace, and by contrast that the poorest 80% of the global populace own only a little more than 5% of the world's wealth. In April 2014 both Princeton and Northwestern universities found that the United States is no longer a Democracy or a Republic, but is now an Oligarchy - a country dominated by the will, and at the service of, the wealthiest elite. Such inequalities on a global scale can do nothing less than create societal discord and strife. But are there any solutions to these problems?
On the surface of things, it would appear that no solutions are available. And indeed, the Bible paints a clear picture of a worsening global conditions which will reach a point where current society collapses. This is the greatest fear of many, but while the Bible shows this event taking place it does not leave us hanging. We are given the assurance, and additional details that following the collapse of the global social, political, economic and religious systems that a new order will emerge. Not the "new world order" of conspiracy theories, but a new social order organized as a global government under the control of God. We have seen so many fulfilled prophecies over the past 120 years that it would be foolish to conclude that the prophecies which point out the coming theocracy are not to be trusted. What will this new global government be like and what will it accomplish? Here are a few things that the Bible lays out:
Brings global peace: Micah 4:2-3
Restores the earth: Isaiah 11:1-9, Isaiah 65:21-25
Provides justice: Psalm 72:12-14
Raises the dead and heals the sick: Isaiah 25:6-8, Revelation 21:4
There is of course much more pointed out in the Bible about this coming global government. If you are interested in learning more about these things please request your free copy of our DVD "Why Does God Permit Evil?" using the form you see below. Nobody will call on you, we will simply mail out to you our free DVD to watch at your leisure. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
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