Where can you find words to describe today’s world? Problems bubble, seethe and then explode in every corner, in every direction. Where are the phrases to capture the feeling of the massive mega-problems that have pushed us to the brink of annihilation? Where are the principles that will guide us even to see in their awesome scope, if not to solve, the crises which cause us to consider cosmoscide?
Where in the world can we find words to express the turmoil, frustration and despair we feel as we see the black burden of the future descend on us with a crescendo of problems more prolific than the population explosion?
New-coined words are a dime a dozen. Rhetoric repeats itself with historic boredom! Political promises, the always-bright, new manna for the day, breed worms and stink even before the sun goes down! Parish practitioners peep and mutter inane and hypocritical soothing sayings like, “The good in human nature will prevail. Peace, brother, peace.” When there is no peace! Sober scientists search for words to sound the alarm they feel when they view the devastating statistics of over kill potential in the hands of the Nuclear Club of nations, the sinister statistics of world population totally eclipsing food production, the telltale statistics of the rising threat of pandemics of diseases once thought dead, like bubonic plague!
The phrase The Crisis at the End is taken from the Book of Daniel: “And now, O Daniel, keep all this a closed secret and keep the book shut as a secret, till the crisis at the end” (Dan. 12:4). Daniel goes on to say, “I heard all this, but I did not understand it. So I asked, ‘O my lord, what is to be the last phrase before the end?” But he said, ‘Ask no more, Daniel, for the revelation is to be kept secret and closed, till the crisis at the close” (Dan. 12:8-9).
The whole book of Daniel deals with world government. Daniel had received information about all the world governments which would rule the earth between his time and the time when God would set up His government on earth. Naturally Daniel wanted to know how long this was going to take, and what were some of the things that were going to happen just before God’s intervention so he could watch for those telltale signs indicating the imminent coming of God’s Kingdom.
God knew it would be a long time yet, and not to frustrate Daniel, He told him to “forget it.” But He also commanded Daniel to write down the details he had been shown, because they would be of use to people like Daniel just before and during “the crisis at the close.” So despite the fact that these words of the Bible are “ancient” they hold the key to the riddle of Today’s World. They answer the seemingly unanswerable questions that plague statesmen and scientist alike in the “Crisis at the End.”
The simple warnings of God’s Word tells it like it is. There was no need of preserving endless place names. God didn’t need to list the wars that would quickly culminate in the war to destroy all mankind that we all see on the horizon. God didn’t need to perpetuate meaningless words like Korean police action, Vietnamization, Cambodianization, or whatever may be next. He didn’t need to coin phrases like Trade War, Cold War, War of Nerves, the Gulf War. All God needed to do to inform thinking and reasonable men in time to make proper preparation, was to cause to be written and preserved these simple statements: “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars there will be sore misery then, such as has never been, from the beginning of the world till now – no and never shall be. Had not those days been cut short, not a soul would be saved alive” (Matt. 24: 6, 21-22)!
Those words plainly tell us in beautiful, succinct form what to watch for in the form of daily headlines just before the end (that’s the end of the present society, man’s government, by the way, and not the end of the earth, as scoffers would like you to believe the Bible teaches). What’s more important, these words are comforting! Comforting because they add the good news of what God has in store beyond the scope of mere human sight. They add the sure word of hope in an age of hopelessness.
When you see all these problems exploding around you, God’s advice in modern language is, “Don’t get shook!” “See and do not be alarmed. These things have to come, but it is not the end yet” (Matt. 24:6). God knew things were going to be the way they are today. God knew mankind would not be able to find solutions to his multiple problems. God knew human beings would escalate their troubles to the point of human extinction. Now, mankind is beginning to see the picture. Mankind sees all the problems, but none who see the problems well are very enthusiastic about the possibility of solving them.
Scientists readily admit they don’t now have the answers. Politicians certainly don’t have the answers (they are a big part of the problem!) Priests and clerics sit mumbling at the bottom of an abyss where the world has thrown them and their dead god. (Read about that in Isa. 26:12-14). Educators are fighting for their own lives, they have no answers, their future looks black! Industry in its greed is creating a major portion of the problems, is reluctant to reform, and has no real answers. The financial world is busy digging its own grave, they have no answer either.
But God says things are not going to end the way mankind predicts! God says He knows mankind has the power to blow himself off the face of the earth. But God insists by His right as Creator and Ruler that He will not allow things to go quite that far, He plans to stop the world and get on!
Believe it or not, God loves us in spite of all our faults. In fact, He loves us more than we love ourselves, and He is not going to allow us to destroy ourselves (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Matthew 24:22). Those are the words for “Tomorrow,” plus whole chapters, whole books that outline in detail God’s Good News for the New World to Come!
But back to today, that’s what this article is about. The Bible can provide you advance notice about next week’s headlines, next month’s and next year’s! It’s more than modern. It’s beyond up-to-date! It’s past present! If you will get busy and read the Book, you’ll be able to anticipate world events.
And, more important, you’ll learn how God in that same Word has provided the principles which will enable you to live through those events and participate actively in the good news beyond! When you pick up your daily newspaper, your weekly news magazine, when you watch television news programs, you’ll be able, along with the members of God’s Church, to say, “I read it first in the Bible!”
Here are some areas for you to prove the point, to practice with, to get excited about. And remember God’s comforting advice about today’s news: “Don’t get shook!” Today’s news is bound to be bad, and get worse! But as you read more of the Book you’ll see more of the Good News beyond today’s bad news.
Does “Don’t get shook!” mean we should take today’s bad news and the horrors yet to come with a shrug of the shoulder! NO! Does that mean we shouldn’t be alarmed into action? NO! Does that mean we should not begin to make personal changes, because God is going to do it all? NO, no, no! It simply means that as you begin to see God’s plan for the future, you don’t have to face it with all the frustration of the ignorance of the unknown that mankind alone, without God, must face! It means you can have hope beyond the black terror man predicts for the world’s future. It means you will want to join us in getting this good message across to a dying world!
Read Isaiah chapter three. Go to your local library and read the same chapter in several modern translations of the Bible. Then read your daily newspapers and see if you can find any resemblance between the two. (Send for our FREE DVD, “Headline News”).
God warns us in many places that in the time frame just before He returns, conditions in society would be a blatant unblushing, even proud duplication of Sodom and Gomorrah just before He wiped them out! Read Genesis 18, 19; Jeremiah 6:13-16 (verse 17 tells about this Work) and Luke 17:28-30. Then pick up your local paper and read through the advertisement pages for the movies, or go to the local drugstore and look at the books and magazines for sale, or just look at the people passing by on the street and see if God’s Bible is the Word for Today or not!
The time is now, that time that Daniel sealed up his Book for, the time to unseal and understand with God’s help what not even Daniel in his day could understand! Try reading Daniel chapters 7 and 8 along with Revelation 13 and 17.Then pick up your newspaper and see how the union of European nations is coming along, count and see. God says there will be ten. How many are there now?
That’s enough for one day. If any questions comes to your mind which you can’t answer for yourself, just drop us a line, we’d be glad to help, we’ve read the Book before! We read the Book every day! And, remember: You read it first in the Book, the Bible – That’s the Word for Today!