And Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, threatens to bomb Iran, which could set off World War III.
Besides all this, there is the economic disaster. A national magazine quotes 83-year-old billionaire George Soros as saying, “The situation is about as serious and difficult as I have experienced in my career.”
Soros went on to predict riots on American streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. He also said today’s global economic system could collapse altogether.
So much for gloom and doom. Though today may be dark, a bright, glowing future is ahead. The Bible foretells a time of no war, worldwide peace, and no hunger. It’s like a preacher said, it may be Friday, but Sunday is coming.
In biblical parlance, “swords will be beat into pruning hooks and spears to plowshares, and men will study war no more.”
What a blessed future. The world could be in those days within a few years. However, we don’t know when they will start. We do know that certain events must take place before those fabulous times.
God’s Word says that first Christ must come in the Rapture, the seven-year Tribulation must play out, then Christ will return to Earth and bring longed-for peace.
That tranquility will not last just a decade or two. Revelation, chapter 20, promises six times that it will continue for a thousand years.
The Old Testament is chock full of predictions about that 1,000-year reign of Christ, which we call the Millennium.
In poetic terms the Scriptures discuss that wonderful time: “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom like the crocus.
“It will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy ... they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God” (Isaiah 35:1, 3).
How the world needs the kingship of Christ. We know that some African countries have been embroiled in skirmishes and civil war for years. Actually, there will be no lasting peace until Christ, the Prince of peace, takes the reins of world government.
Then, as mentioned earlier, “He will judge between many peoples and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning books. Nation will not take up sword against nations, nor will they train for war anymore” (Micah 4:3).
Today, home intrusions, assaults and abductions are common. Our homes have deadbolt locks and alarm systems to ward off evil. Not so, then.
Note the quaint way the Scriptures describe home safety: “Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make him afraid (Micah 4:4).
All of nature will change when Christ reigns. Apparently longevity will be restored for mankind, and death will be at a minimum.
When one dies at the age of 100, he will be just a child (Isaiah 65:20). Methuselah lived 969 years, and people may live that long again.
In Kruger National Park in South Africa, ferocious wild dogs run in packs and hyenas and lions dare you to get out of your car. Not so during the thousand-year reign of our Lord.
Animals will be docile and not carnivorous. Here is what Isaiah said: “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food.”
Though the serpent will still crawl on its belly, it will not be poisonous. The Bible says: “The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child [will] put his hand into the viper’s nest” (Isaiah 11:8).
Today half the world goes to bed hungry, but then food will be plentiful. “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes” (Amos 9:13). Like the preacher says, “It may be Friday, but Sunday is coming.”