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The carefree days of summer
and vacation time are behind us. Somehow, we hoped that by Labor
Day the U. S. economy would be jump-started, that the horrors and
evils of Bosnia would be behind us and our soldiers would be out
of Somalia. Instead, massive layoffs by major corporations
continue to stagnate the economy, the stark horrors of Bosnia
remain and our soldiers continue in the quagmire of Somalia with
400 more troops ordered in—not out.
if we review the events of the last two months, there seems to be
little to give us much hope. Yet the extreme severity of the
problems is the one thing that gives real hope. Daniel 12:1-2 and
Haggai 2:7 reveal that just before God's Kingdom, when "the
desire of all nations shall come," conditions on earth would
mark us in "a time of trouble (or "shaking of the
earth") such as never was since there was a nation." The
noted historian, Arnold Toynbee, designated our era as "an
unprecedented time of troubles." The events of this not so
lackadaisical summer confirm that the "time of trouble"
of Daniel 12:1 is upon us.
Economy Will Yet Collapse
(Ezekiel 7:19; Zephaniah 1:18)
Unprecedented floods in the Midwest and the
scorched earth drought in the farmlands of the Southeast resulted
in crop destruction that will haunt our frayed economy. Flood
recovery will cost over 20 billion dollars while we are still
strapped with paying off Hurricane Andrew. Massive layoffs
continue. How many more disasters can our crisis ridden economy
Crime, Violence, Hate—
in "the Last Days"
(2 Timothy 3:1-3)
In July, the
Report To The Governor On The
Disturbances In Crown Heights revealed that there were three days
of uncontrolled violence against Jews simply because they were
Jews. The only disagreement is who was responsible for not taking
steps to quell the violence immediately. Acts of anti-Semitism are
at an all-time high throughout the world. Will the
"hunters" rise again (Jeremiah 16:16)? There is an
alarming increase in skinheads and violent murders of members of
all minorities by skinheads (Time, August 9, 1993).
abortion battle has reached a new high in violence. It has been
bloody. Now it is deadly. Doctors who perform abortions have been
shot or murdered. Those who pulled the trigger are considered
heroes by some.
Violent car-jackings have instilled a fear of driving in some parts of the
nation. (Time, August 16, 1993). And what about our youth, the
flower of any nation? "They're armed, dangerous and live next
door. From inner cities to quiet suburbs, America's youth have
developed a fatal attraction to firearms" (Time, August 2,
1993). In addition to gang killings and crime, the latest craze of
youth is drive-by shootings—aiming mostly at cars and houses.
Thus far this year, New York City has experienced an average of 28
deaths a month from random shootings. But even quiet towns like
Omaha, NE and Lexington, KY are being shot up by young punks.
Marks Us in "the Last Days"
(2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Thanks to the new morality, sexual activity
of teens is on the increase. The National Center For Disease
Control and Prevention reported that 7 out of 10 high school
seniors are sexually active (Newark Star Ledger, August 22, 1993.
More than a million teenagers become pregnant each year. Most
alarming is the increase in pregnancy among girls 10 to 14 years
old. HIV (AIDS virus) infections continue to spiral at an
astronomical rate. The greatest increase is now among heterosexual
relations. Our society is so pleasure driven that the simple
Biblical solution to these sex oriented problems, premarital
abstinence, is considered impractical.
Fortunately Americans just missed the
greatest July 4th fireworks explosion in history. It was sheer
luck, not FBI or police prowess, which the UN, Holland and Lincoln
Tunnels, etc. were not blown up the week of July Fourth. Only
because a member of the terrorist gang turned informant were we
spared. This doesn't bode well for the U. S. in the future.
Terrorist acts are extremely difficult to prevent. Egypt can well
attest to that. Islamic fundamentalists are determined to
overthrow President Mubarak and they just may succeed. To the
South, Sudan has become the haven, training ground and launching
pad for the Islamic fundamentalist militants. Meanwhile, in
Southern Sudan, the Islamic Government has been waging a campaign
of genocide against black Christians that would make Bosnia look
like a picnic. Two million have been killed since 1989 (Jewish
Press, August 27, 1993). Where is the news media?
is No Better
Europe is in the throes of its severest
recession since the "great depression" of the 1930s.
Ethnic hatred and violence in Germany and elsewhere has become so
common place that it doesn't make headlines anymore. And then
there is Bosnia, the shame of every Western leader. Joel 3:9-10
speaking of the end time, predicted that "weak" nations
will say, "I am strong." Despite President Clinton's
threats, the little Serb army in Bosnia has defied the UN and
bullied its forces all over the countryside. The peace treaty that
is being brokered by the UN appears to be a sell-out to ethnic
cleansing and violence.
breakup of the Communist Empire and nations into smaller ethnic
nations is a remarkable fulfillment of Amos 5:18-19. The end-time
would find mankind fleeing from a "lion" (British
Empire) only to meet the (Russian) "bear." With the fall
of Russian Communism each segment is going into its
"house" of ethnic nationalism. First we saw the dividing
of the Soviet Union into ethnic republics, then Czechoslovakia
divided into two republics. Now the former Yugoslavia is
splintering into ethnic nations. This threatens a domino effect of
further ethnic splintering in the former Soviet Republics.
Trip to Denver
The most significant event of the summer was
not the Pope's trip to Denver, as colorful a media event as it
was, but President Clinton's anxiousness to travel from Washington
to Denver to welcome the Pope as he stepped off the plane. Then he
had a private meeting with him. Would Clinton do the same for the
head of any other church? No. But all heads of State are eager to
meet with Pope John Paul II (Time, August 23, 1993). Why? Because
he is not just the head of a church, the Vatican is the capital of
a church-state government, the Papal State. For centuries the
Papal State has claimed to be the Kingdom of God on earth.
Remember when Popes crowned and uncrowned kings? Historians refer
to that era as the "Dark Ages."
has 1.5 billion followers worldwide. They might differ with him on
abortion, birth control, celibacy of the priesthood, but they
revere him as the head of the Papal State. Through his priesthood
he has an intelligence gathering network that is the envy of every
government. It reaches down into almost every town and villa over
much of the globe. Nations are anxious to exchange ambassadors
with the Vatican. John Paul II plays power politics with a skill
that awes world leaders. John Paul and former President Reagan
successfully plotted the downfall of the Communist Empire (Time,
February 24, 1992). His ultimate political agenda is revealed in
the following statement he made April 21, 1990.
united Europe is no longer a dream. It is not utopian memory from
the Middle Ages [emphasis added]. The events that we are
witnessing show that this goal can be reached."
wants to revive the Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages.
Scriptures (Revelation 13, 17, 19) indicate just such a
church-state union will result in the final downfall of our
civilization. But there is hope—for upon these ruins God will
set up His Kingdom that will rule from the rivers to the end of
the earth. Man's extremity will be God's opportunity. Daniel 2:44;
Zephaniah 3:8-9; Psalm 46:6-10
updated booklet "What Is This World Coming To?" shows
that today's headlines were prophesied over 2,000 years ago in the
Bible. The booklet "Church Union and Anti-Christ"
focuses on the "man of sin," "Anti-Christ,"
and "false prophet" prophecies. Together they will give
you a guide through the thrilling prophetic times in which we are