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Where Are We Headed?

This world is helpless today! It’s in a hopeless predicament! “Oh, I wouldn’t say that!” many will exclaim. People don’t want to believe it! They prefer to deceive themselves with wishful thinking. And therein lies the danger!

Most men are afraid to face the facts! But the development of science in engines of mass destruction has far out sped development of man’s power to control them! And man at last has built the awesome Frankenstein monster that threatens to destroy him from all the earth! Man has reached that stage of development and “progress” at last where he is utterly unable to save himself!

These relentless forces now set in motion would continue until the fear so frankly expressed by top scientists of blasting human life completely out of existence would become a reality if Almighty God Himself did not intervene to save us from ourselves! But thank God – that’s prophesied!

It’s time we were becoming concerned! It’s time millions were becoming alarmed! – Yes, frightened, aroused, and a little more than curious to learn what’s prophesied from here!

For the immediate future –the stern revelation of prophecy shows this world will go from bad to worse! World-confusion, strife, destruction, will increase with rapid acceleration! It’s the natural course to expect! The United Nations cannot bring peace. The aggressor nations – and we are so gullible we never recognize them until after they plunge the world into another war! – will go right on with their scheming, and diabolical planning for world-rule! The dreaded nuclear war will come!

The greatest prophet who ever lived looked down into our time, of the now-imminent future, and said, “And there shall be distress of nations, with perplexity men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things coming upon the earth!

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with POWER and GREAT GLORY! And when these things begin to come to pass know ye that the Kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled” (Matt. 24:25-32).

Today the world’s only hope is the direct supernatural intervention of Almighty God in the affairs of men! We’re so hopelessly involved and entangled in the type of paganized competitive-government civilization built up on earth, we cannot extricate ourselves! We’re in the death-grip of an evil system, and only God can save us from extinction!

But God will intervene! He will send Jesus Christ once again to earth and this time, not as a lamb-like gentle Teacher, but in all the supreme supernatural power and Glory of God!

“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things” (Acts 3:20-21). Jesus Himself said, “If I go, I will come again” (John 14:3) His coming is the world’s only hope! And with Him shall come, at last, world government!

Yes, the idea of world government is sound! It is, truly, the world’s only hope! World government will come.  But not by the hand of man! Nor by well-meaning politicians with competitive national interests to protect! Nor by conquest, not by any Hitler’s or Stalin’s or even Obama’s or mysterious “Beast.” No world power will ever accomplish total world rulership! But when Christ returns, He shall come as King of kings, a world ruler with supreme wisdom and power.

Few seem to have understood the purpose of either Christ’s coming to earth 1900 odd years ago, or His prophesied second coming, now imminent!

He came the first time as a divine Messenger, bearing a message from God. That message was the Good News (Gospel) of the Kingdom of God a future world government. That message was Christ’s Gospel. In other words, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, the very Gospel he commissioned all New Testament ministers to preach to all the world thru all this age. Yet almost universally that True Gospel Message is rejected today, and the organized and powerful denominations of this world have, as prophesied, turned to another gospel, a gospel about a different Jesus! They don’t even preach the same Jesus described so vividly in the New Testament.

Yes, it was Jesus Christ who first proclaimed to the world the idea of world peace thru a future world government! Jesus even proclaimed Himself the future King of that world government, and for this cause He was crucified (John 18:37)! Will His true ministers, who dare proclaim today His coming world government, be martyred also for this same message? But what they did not understand about His message was that His kingdom was for the future. He said plainly, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36).

But world government brought about by the leaders of the present world governments is absurd and impossible! What man lives today who could safely be entrusted with that much power? What man would not abuse such vast world-power, exalt himself, and wield it to his own ambitious and selfish purposes? What man has the wisdom to execute such power, save this world from itself, and administer his great office for the good of the governed?

Again we repeat: “Human civilization has “progressed” adversely to the point where now it is utterly helpless to save the world from itself! The world’s sole hope now lies in the supernatural intervention of God.

Now notice the description of Christ’s imminent return to this earth! “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war” (against evil). “And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations.”  (“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). This is not a sword of steel to do physical harm, but the Word of God to correct and do spiritual good!) “And he shall rule them (all nations) with a rod of iron: and he hath a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:11-16).

A supernatural, divine world-ruler! A King over all kings of the earth! One whose weapon is the Word of God – the truth! And Jesus said it is the truth that shall make men free! A world-King who shall judge in righteousness! Surely that’s the world’s greatest need!

Men ridicule the idea of a utopia today, as though it were impossible. But why should it be impossible? Why shouldn’t men have it? The answer comes thru another question: why is there so much unhappiness, strife, injustice, fear, and suffering now? Simply because men are thinking, acting, and living contrary to all the laws by which such happiness, universal prosperity, and joy could come! That’s the plain and simple answer! Because of selfishness, greed and vanity!

Suppose everyone on earth loved all his neighbors equally with himself! Suppose everyone was honest, kind, just, considerate, gentle, pleasant and cheerful -- industrious, in perfect health and of keen alert mind – humble, trusting fully in God, working happily with zeal and enthusiasm to accomplish all the good he could! Can you visualize what a world would result? Well, it would be a real and practical utopia.

But, you say, that’s contrary to human nature! Yes, true! But Jesus Christ is coming to change human nature! The power of God in one, thru His Holy Spirit, changes, converts, that soul. It gives him power, if he wills to master, to overcome the human nature within! Thru faith he can be changed into the kind of person described above! And the mission of Jesus is to work exactly that change in humanity!

Impossible? Oh, no! Nothing is impossible with God! And Jesus is coming in all the supernatural power and glory of God!

It’s possible, now, for us to peer into the future, on over past and beyond the hellishness this world will put itself thru during the immediate future, and catch a preview of the New World! First, the nature of Christ’s world-rule:

“With righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity the meek of the earth. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Eternal, as the waters cover the sea.” None deceived-- as most are today – true knowledge universally, true education shall be a basic part of the program. “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse (Jesus Christ), which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it (Christ) shall the Gentiles seek” (Isa. 11:4-10).

Now for the effect – a preview of happiness and world peace:  “But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain (kingdom) of the house of the Eternal” – that is, the Kingdom of God – “shall be established in the top of the mountains” – that is reigning over the great nations of earth – “and it shall be exalted above the hills” – the smaller nations. “And many nations shall come, and say, come, and let us go up to the mountain of the house of the Eternal, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he (Christ) shall teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His path: for the Law shall go forth out of Zion, and the Word of the Eternal from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nations shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah. 4:1-3).

It is when people are undeceived, when God’s law goes forth, when people begin to seek God’s laws, and live by His ways, and when, thru Christ and the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit, by the decision of each person and by the power of God, even human nature is changed, that we shall have peace, prosperity, happiness, and joy! Christ admonished us to pray “thy Kingdom come.” Are you doing that? You should, that is where we are headed.

 
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