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Signs of the times

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2 Feb 2011
Signs of the times

Jesus warned that just prior to His return, cataclysmic upheavals would take place in the world that would defy human explanation and strike fear into the hearts of men. In just the last few weeks, our eyes have witnessed a rampaging fire in the Carmel heights of Israel, snow storms in Europe and the USA never witnessed before, rain storms and flooding in Australia on a scale that boggles the mind, and the unexplained deaths of thousands upon thousands of fish and birds in North and South America.

When one adds to this picture the wholesale murder of Christians throughout the Muslim world, plus the rise of anti-Semitism and the hatred of Israel in all international spheres, then the words of Jesus become more important and most worthy of our careful consideration. No wonder he said that we are to watch and pray and, more notably still, to be ready for His sudden appearing.

Nations buckling under huge mountains of debt, coupled with nuclear proliferation, only add to the dangers of an unstable global situation, not to mention the wars that continue to rage in Iraq and Afghanistan. Anxiety levels are increasing everywhere! World leaders are void of real answers and their political theories have proven to be bankrupt. No wonder they are now openly calling for a one-world government, a new global currency and human controls never imagined or seen before. As things get worse the masses, longing for safety, will join this call thinking that their only way out of the present distress will be totalitarianism with its promise of peace and order.

Freedom, as we know it, could become a thing of the past and a brave new world order could arise totally transforming the present social, political and economic order. All of this would be hailed as progress and another step forward in humankind’s evolutionary development!

Naturally, leadership over this new globalist regime would have to be given to a dynamic, benevolent and “wise” leader such as the world has never seen but certainly has longed for. Absolute obedience would be given to him by universal decree and those who failed to submit would be removed from society under the charge of being enemies of the global order. Celebrations would abound and a new one-world religious system would be established. The Bible, once the world’s most loved and read book, would be banned!

With every passing day, this picture seems to be emerging with frightening clarity and what was once only written about by “whistle blowers” is now openly being stated and published without shame. Economic pressure, natural upheavals, wars, and nuclear threats coupled with fear and anxiety have enabled the globalists to “show their hand” with increasing brazenness. Meanwhile, the followers of Jesus are being slaughtered everywhere across the Middle East and North Africa, and are being mocked in nations that once called themselves Christian. It turns out that faith in Jesus is now a problem for much of the world!

Nevertheless, is it not amazing that his words of warning in Matthew 24 have been fulfilled with pinpoint accuracy? He is hated only because He tells the truth and thereby unmasks the wickedness of the human heart. He himself declared that his own people would be hated by all men because they bear God’s glorious name. What did he do to these nations to arouse such hatred and rejection? The answer is simple – He loved them and gave His life for them!

In the end the “signs of the times” will prove to be the only “road map” worth following. The coming new world order will only bring humankind closer to utter destruction. Indeed, Jesus said, “Unless those days be shortened no flesh will be spared.”

Rev. Hedding is Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; www.icej.org/
This article first appeared in the February 2011 issue of The Jerusalem Post Christian Edition; www.jpost.com/ce