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Bible Q & A

Q. In the Book of Revelation, I am confused, what comes first the disease epidemics or the famines or World War III? Maybe I just don’t get the full picture. What is next in line for the earth?
 
A. It is difficult to pin down exactly where, at any given moment, we stand in the development of Bible prophecy. While there are many very specific prophecies of particular events in the Bible, we must also realize that prophecy generalizes about many end-time conditions. The events of the Olivet prophecy (Matt. 24, Luke 21 and Mark 13) and the correlating events of Revelation 6 show a general picture of what will happen prior to the return of Jesus Christ: False prophets, wars, disease epidemics, famines and other prophesied events actually began in the first century of the Christian era!

There appears to be a certain duality or duplication of events involved. All of the above-mentioned factors were present to one degree or another prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. However, the prospect of the total annihilation of human life was not possible until recently, with the ushering in of the atomic age. It is to this end-time age that Jesus was referring when He said” “And if those days had not been shortened, no human being would be saved” (Matt. 24:22).

It appears that the same type of events (wars, pestilence, etc.) will be repeated, with greater intensity, just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Even now we see such events occurring throughout the world. Such happenings will steadily build in intensity and culminate in one last final war, earthquake, famine and false prophets just before Christ sets foot on the Mount of Olives to take over the kingdoms of this world. They cannot, however, be placed in a neat package or one-two-three order. There is a certain amount of overlap. It is a mistake to attempt to be too specific in discerning the fulfillment of certain prophetic events. The main lesson in prophecy is that Christians should be prepared at all times by maintaining a close relationship with God so that when these events begin to happen their salvation will be assured in Christ.
 
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