With all of the social issues, threats of wars, shortages, and diseases, does anyone really think this is normal or it's going to get better soon? According to the Bible it's going to get much worse, and then, there will will appear someone that seems to have all of the answers!
(7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
Some Christians think they will be out of here before things get bad.
(9) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake.
Who must endure to the end, Christians!
Matthew 24:13 ESV
(13) But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Great Tribulation - problems, troubles, difficulties, suffering, hardship, that has never been seen before.
Matthew 24:21 ESV
(21) For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.
A message for Christians, if you're not here why did Jesus make this comment?
Matthew 24:23-24 ESV
(23) Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.
(24) For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
The Rebellion, uprising, rioting, civil disobedience, civil disorder, unrest, anarchy, fighting in the streets - anything sounding familiar?
2 Thessalonians 2:3 ESV
(3) Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
Out of the mist of the people someone will appear, and the world will be amazed and worship this person.
Revelation 13:8 ESV
(8) and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.
Revelation 13:13 ESV
(13) It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,
Even to the point they will take a mark.
Revelation 13:16 ESV
(16) Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead,
God gives everyone a choice, and those that rebel choose to worship this person and take the mark.
(9) And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
(10) he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
(11) And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Is this a gloomy vision of the future? Sure it is and we caused it by our choices. Do you want someone to blame, look in the mirror and start there. Do you want to raise up your arms and not care, you can do that, but when you open your eyes you'll still be here in this mess. Now is the time to understand, this physical world isn't what you've been taught. If you choose to close your eyes then maybe later you'll remember what you read and accept Christ.