What Is This World Coming To?
In the Bible the word “world” in the original Greek text is “kosmos,” which means social order. Galatians 1:4 describes our world or social order as “the present evil world.” We will see from the Bible that the destruction of our world or social order has begun.
For decades the ministers of our Bible Students Congregation have traveled across Europe, Russia, Siberia and elsewhere visiting other Bible Student Congregations and observing what this world is coming to.
Banks Fined $81 Billion for Biggest Fraud in History
The days of banks being trusted institutions to help protect your savings and retirement are over. Remember 2008 when the banks blew up the global economy and cost U.S. citizens trillions in savings and retirement? By the end of 2008 Germany, Japan, and China were also locked in recession, as were many smaller countries. And now comes a frightening report that banks have agreed to pay 81 billion dollars in restitution and penalties for criminal and civil abuses against the public and their own customers. Many authorities are concerned about the banking system.
In an article, U.S. News & World Report warns that Social Security payouts will inevitably end, and says you must “prepare for the end of Social Security.” How could this happen? Actually,
Social Security has become like a Ponzi operation. New contributions are used to pay off earlier contributors. In the past the government foolishly tapped into Social Security savings for other purposes, and now there are not enough new contributors to pay those who already funded the system.
Yes, sometime in the future Social Security as we know it will come to an end and there is nothing President Obama, Congress or any other government agency can do to stop it. Also noted financial experts are predicting an unprecedented depression that will make the 1933 depression look like a picnic. Actually, Ezekiel 7:19 prophesied of a coming time when men would throw their money into the streets because it is worthless.
Ezekiel 7:19 (ISV): “They’ll fling their silver into the streets, and their gold will be cast away as impure. Their silver and gold won’t be able to deliver them during the time of the LORD’s wrath. They won’t be able to satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs, because their iniquity has tripped them up.”
What is this world coming to? Mankind’s gross selfishness and greed will eventually cause worldwide starvation which as a part of the “great tribulation” of Mathew 24:21 will scripturally contribute to the destruction of our sinful society which thankfully will be replaced by the 1,000 year Kingdom of Christ. Rev. 20:6
The Poor Grow Poorer
A new report in 2015 about the extreme global wealth inequality showed that the combined riches of only 62 of the world's most wealthy individuals equaled the wealth of 3.5 billion people who are the bottom half of humanity. The findings, published by the poverty-fighting organization Oxfam, highlighted the growing divide between those at either end of the income spectrum. Since 2010, the wealth of the richest 62 people increased 44% to $1.76 trillion, the report found. Over the same period, the wealth of the world's poorest half fell over a trillion dollars or 41%.
A World of Savage Storms
Savage snow storms, a rare winter hurricane and deadly floods have been devastating our planet due to massive polar shifts and super-heated El Niño currents. Where will global climate changes lead? Extreme weather conditions are a part of the “great time of trouble” of our day. Daniel 12:1.
UN Gives Historic Biblical Sites to Islam
The Bible states that in the ancient time of Abraham, early in the book of Genesis, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob was in Hebron, while Rachel’s Tomb was in Bethlehem. What an incredible confirmation that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. The UN had the unmitigated gall to declare as Islamic sites these burial places of the Hebrew Patriarchs. How unfortunate that the UN, which includes many Christian nation members permits Islamists to rewrite Judeo-Christian history and hijack our Biblical heritage. How dare the UN rewrite the Bible which is the actual Word of God!
Christians Persecuted By Muslims
The watchdog group Open Doors in its list of countries where Christians face the greatest
persecution, has found that 2015 was the worst year in modern history. Over 7,000 Christians were killed for their faith between Nov. 1, 2014, and Oct. 31, 2015. The top 20 killer nations are mostly Muslim. The small Palestinian Territories in Israel are listed at #24 in persecuting Christians at a higher rate than most countries.
Israelis Sow Seeds of Success on Ethiopian Farms
Anti-Semitism, the hatred of the Jews, is at an all-time high since World War 2. Yet Israel is remarkably helping Third-World nations all over the globe. Fair Planet is an example. Fair Planet is an Israeli NGO that helps smallholder farmers in Africa to exit the cycle of poverty through access to high quality seeds. To do this, Fair Planet collaborates with the world's leading seed companies. With seed technology and training from the Israeli NGO Fair Planet, subsistence farmers in Ethiopia are increasing productivity up to five times and income up to eight times.
Ethiopian farmer Nuri Awel was quite skeptical about the Israeli project Fair Planet (www.fairplanetseeds.com), a nonprofit Israeli operation that gives small farmers in Ethiopia access to cutting-edge seed technology and shows them how to get the most from these seeds.
Awel was very skeptical, but once he saw the quality of the new plants, he became an enthusiastic follower. “His yield was fantastic and he sold his tomatoes at excellent prices.” “Awel doubled his annual income from his 1,000-square-meter plot and is using the money to fix his house and send his son to college. One year later, these high-quality seeds are going a long way toward increasing agricultural productivity in many developing countries.
“Their tomatoes used to be small and soft. Now they are bigger and firmer with a longer shelf life…. This is a life-changing opportunity, a tool for third world countries to exit the cycle of poverty.” Fair Planet started with tomatoes in all four Ethiopian regions in which it is active, and then introduced other vegetables with excellent results. Fair Planet aims to reach more than 50,000 rural households within five years, thus improving the lives of an estimated 300,000 people. Other Sub-Saharan African nations have expressed interest in participating.
“We are eager to work in more countries because the need is there,” says Dr. Shoshan Haran, Founder and Operations Manager. Incredible! Israel wants to help nations in poverty and need, wherever they are.
Israel’s Restoration to God
The prophet Jeremiah spells out Israel’s complete restoration to God’s favor. But first they must return to their original home land as prophesied in Jeremiah 24:6,7
Jeremiah 24:6,7 “For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land [Israel]: and I will build them…And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will betheir God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”
Unfortunately the majority of the Jewish People don’t yet have the faith to return to their homeland, Israel so Jeremiah 16: 14 & 15states the Lord would finally send “hunters” who by persecution would drive the Jews out of Europe, the US, and elsewhere to Israel. Thus, anti-Semitism is at an all-time high. Consequently some rabbis are predicting that in five years there will be no more Jews in Europe.
Before God’s Kingdom is established on earth the Jewish people will not only return to the land of Israel but they also will accept the Messiah.
Zechariah 12:10 reveals that during an invasion of Israel in the not to distance future, the Jewish people will finally realize and mourn for their responsibility in the death of Jesus. Then they will enjoy the blessings of the 1,000 year Kingdom, in which the church of Christ raised and united with Christ in heaven will live and reign a 1,000 year in Christ’s Kingdom on earth as stated in Rev. 20:6.
Now during the Christian Age the Church of Christ is now being called, selected and developed into the character-likeness of Christ in order to qualify to live and reign with Christ during Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom on earth (Revelation 20:6). We read in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” That is, all mankind will be raised from the dead in Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom.
Then, in Christ’s Kingdom, as stated in 1 Timothy 2:4, God “will have all men to be saved [out of death] and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Then verses 5 & 6 of 1 Timothy 2 tells us why. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Yes, the 1,000 year Kingdom of Christ on earth will be the “due time” for mankind’s individual trial for eternal life.