What is happening in the world and what are the prophetic implications?
Have you ever thought that something was off or terribly wrong with the world today? Indeed, something is wrong.
- The social fabric in many societies is disintegrating: In America for example, broken families are the norm, the police are not respected, media and government leaders are not trusted, and disagreements about politics and faith has left the nation polarized. Civil unrest is common, and whispers of a civil war are rampant.
- Many are in despair: The #1 illness in North America is depression. Suicide attempts are on the rise. More than 1,000,000 attempted suicide in America last year.
- Tension and anger are on the rise: No one is surprised when the news reports a road rage incident, violent ‘melt-downs’ in supermarkets, or brawls in large venues. The world seems on edge.
- The world seems vulnerable: Every few weeks the news reports an unusual sink-hole has appeared, mudslides, flooding or forest fires have destroyed large areas of land, extreme weather has impacted life and farming, earthquake and volcanic activity has killed or displaced thousands, or tens of thousands of animals suddenly and mysteriously die. Eco and geologic systems seem to be changing (and struggling).
- Violence is rampant: It is common now to read of young children plotting to murder classmates and parents. Stories of atrocities by terrorist groups are constantly in the news, as are stories of violent altercations between various protesting groups. Violent crime in the U.S. is on the rise, even though overall crime has declined since 1980.
- The church seems to be dying: Church attendance is decreasing rapidly. Mainline Christian denominations are fraught with infighting and disagreement about key doctrinal positions. Many denominational offices have set aside past commitments to orthodoxy and now embrace a more liberal, progressive ideology. This obscures the truth, minimizes accountability, and distorts teachings regarding what God expects of His followers.
- A negative spirit is evident: Though difficult to pinpoint, there seems to be an underlying pessimism and anger in society.
- An egocentric and narcissistic spirit is evident: The focus on me and the drive for more permeates our culture.
- Values are changing: What was considered right in the past is now considered wrong. Chaos is rampant. The idea of moral absolutes is rejected and truth is viewed as subjective.
- The geopolitical landscape is fragile and changing: It is not surprising to read of coups, wars, rumors of wars, sanctions or embargos.
- The global economy is fragile: It is not unusual for reporters and world leader to speak of significant swings in the markets, the need for new trade tariffs or agreements, and talk of new currencies.
These are just a few of the signs that illustrate how the world has changed in the last 40 years, and not for the better. It is important to recognize that all that is referenced in the first part of this article, was noted in Bible prophecy many years ago. What we are witnessing today is what prophecy states would take place just before the return of the Lord (the Rapture) and the beginning of the Tribulation period. The Bible likens the events of the last days to labor or birth pains, which begin slowly and intensify as the time of delivery approaches.
Friends, when dark clouds form overhead and winds pick up you know a storm is near. Jesus said, “…when you see all these things, you know that it [the end of this age and time of the Rapture] is near, right at the door” (Matthew. 24:33b). Labor pains intensify when the time of delivery approaches. The labor pains or signs noted in this article are intensifying—things are worse now than they were 15 years ago. This indicates the time of delivery is at hand. Christians realize that the delivery is the Rapture. Through the Rapture, Jesus will ‘catch-up,’ rescue and deliver His people from the terrible time of suffering the world will soon endure (the Tribulation period).
The next section presents additional information on what the Bible says is going to happen in the near future.