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Matthew 24, wars, kingdom, Roman Empire, United Nations, World War, Korean War, Libya, Egypt, Syria,famines, Indian Ocean, influenza, flu, AIDS, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Are you ready to meet the Lord?  

This is Part 3 of however many parts there are going to be, which is now focusing on Matthew 24:6-8.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Now some of you are going to say, “It’s always been this way.”  Has it?  I’ve wondered about that myself, but somewhere I came upon Roman history and found they had a couple of hundred years of relatively peaceful times, starting a hundred years before the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Yep, the Romans had managed to conquer the whole known world at the time, except in those barbarous hick towns out in the middle of nowhere nobody cared about.  There hadn’t been in any huge wars during those two centuries, evidently, and even the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD wasn’t a biggy for them – just a minor hiccup in their United Nations Empire.  Of course, things have been getting worse since that peaceful era ended.

So, fast forwarding to recent times, there has been the first modern war, the American Civil War; followed by World War I, “The War to End All Wars;” followed by the even bigger World War II; and lesser conflicts, such as the war without a conclusion yet, the Korean War; the not so popular Vietnam War, the Iraqnam War, and the Afghanistannam War.  Ah yes, Afghanistan where the big nations invade for a season to test their new weapons and tactics out on real people, the Taliban obliging.  Also, there are the unconcluded civil wars in Libya, Egypt, Syria, etc., etc., etc.; plus, rumors of wars: the Western powers against Iran, North Korea versus the world, and China’s  intimidating Japan in remembrance of the Japanese invading them back in 1932.

By the way, just a few minutes ago I was looking up wars in the encyclopedia to count how many there have been in the 20th century alone, and after 150, I quit there were so many.  Check it out yourself.  There is nothing but wars and rumors of wars in contrast to the time of the Lord Jesus’ prophecy.

Also, if you notice in the second sentence in the prophecy, the Lord said, “there shall be famines.” And there are about 150 notable ones from 400 AD on, including the Great Chinese famine of 1959-1961 where 15,000,000- 43,000,000 died.  But there was only one famine noted BC.

Well, it looks like things are getting worse, doesn’t it?  And how about them earthquakes and earthquake generated tsunamis?  The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami left 230,000 dead; and the 2011 Japanese Pacific earthquake and left 28,000 dead or missing, and whole towns were wiped out.   Of course in the U.S.A., you  don’t have to worry about wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes.  Or do you? Hear about its Civil War with 650,000 dead and 400,000 wounded; or its 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic with 500,000 dead; or its 100,000 cases of polio; or its near million who have contracted AIDS, the half of which have died? And how about Earthquakes?   In America, there are too many which are too soon forgotten to talk about.  “But what about famines?” you say.  They’re on the way, folks, because it will take only one major catastrophe to eat up the nation’s two-week food supply backup – look out!  

Truly the last days are here now. But by knowing this truth, a Christian need not be anxious - because our God reigns in heaven and earth - though it is only the beginning of sorrows for those without the Lord Jesus Christ.

And so, until we meet again…  Remember God loves you.  Read your Bible.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen