Violence and fear from wars and rumors of wars, terrorism, threat of weapons of mass destruction, increasingly devastating earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, etc. dominates much of today's news.
These along with famines and pestilences from newly emerging diseases, such as AIDS, Ebola, new forms of killer influenza and other highly virulent viruses, as well as reemerging infectious diseases of the past, and threats of bio-terrorism threaten to overwhelm our emergency response capabilities and medical facilities around the globe. Is there any end in sight to all the troubles and terror?
As the world's population (now over 6 billion people and doubling every 35-50 years) mushrooms, resources are dwindling and pollution and global warming appear to be on the verge of spiraling out of control beyond the earth's capacity to keep up. With all this it seems that political and religious leaders, vying for power and control for selfish interests are incapable of establishing and sustaining a united effort for solving mankind's problems - essential to the survival of civilization as we know it. And now, as political and religious terrorists are stalking the earth, it seems that the UN, created after World War II as a last hope for mankind, is becoming a dysfunctional organization.
Prophesies written over 1,900 years ago by the apostle John, have been a mystery to the world but in this century things that were not understood and unthinkable are starting to make sense. He wrote about a blood red moon which surely speaks of pollution. A mark on hand or forehead could be a computer chip with all personal information on it, even now being used in some countries.Forests that create oxygen are being destroyed. A third of the oceans poisoned, it doesn't take too much imagination to think of massive oil spills. In the '50's the KonTiki expedition crossed the Pacific and reported seeing great masses of oil floating on the ocean.The hole in the ozone layer is enlarging over the ice caps causing ice to melt this will kill millions of ocean creatures and mammals, the polar bear is already suffering and starting to starve because of the ice melting earlier each year. All Europe coming together unthinkable even 100 years ago. The decline in the use of money, I for one don't bother to use cash anymore.
What are the meanings of these things? Are there any workable solutions? Are they biblical prophecies coming to pass, revelations from God to mankind? Worth thinking about.