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DISCOVER THE BIBLE
Q What is the BIBLE?
A The BIBLE
is a unique book because
IT REVEALS SIGNS ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD
One day Jesus was teaching His disciples while
they were up on the Mount of Olives. The subject was prophecy.
Jesus "wrote the Book" on prophecy, therefore the disciples had the
Expert in their presence. Realizing the tremendous opportunity they
had before them, they asked the question of all questions:
"...what shall be the sign of thy coming, and
of the end of the world?" MATTHEW 24:3
Mankind has been asking this question for thousands
of years. Many have tried to guess when the world will end.
Some have even set dates. These dates have all come
and gone, yet the world continues. Perhaps the disciples wanted
Jesus to set a date, but His answer simply was:
"...of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."
No one but God knows when the world, as we know it,
will end. Nevertheless, the BIBLE describes certain
"signs" that should be noticeable in the very last days.
These "signs" will show that the end is near.
Now in all fairness, previous generations have seen many
of these "signs" since the resurrection of Christ. In fact, each
generation has thought that the end of the world would take place
in their life time. However, many startling events have taken
place in the last fifty years, and especially the last fifteen years,
which may have great prophetic significance. The daily newspaper
seems to read like certain portions of the BIBLE.
Many things are taking place before our eyes that were foretold
more than 2000 years ago. If we look at God's past track
record of accurately predicting the future, then we are wise
to consider the "signs" He gives us, in the
BIBLE, about future events yet to happen.
We will examine these "signs"
and how they relate to current events . . .
AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE.
THE SETTING - a hospital room where
a man named John is recovering from a mild heart attack . . .
O.K., John, now remember, you have to take care of
your heart. Don't do anything that might get you excited.
Sure Doc, I understand. Don't worry, I'm cool as a cucumber.
Good! I'll be back later. By the way, you have
a visitor waiting outside. Remember--stay calm!
As the doctor leaves, John's visitor enters
the room tripping over a power cord; almost sending the EKG machine
crashing to the floor. John just rolls his eyes in disbelief.
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and
for looking after those things
Hi John, how are you feeling?
O.K., but I think I'm going to get a headache any
Really? I thought your problem was with your heart?
It is, I meant . . . never mind! Look I'm
supposed to be relaxing so try not to get me excited.
Oh, O.K. Hey you want to watch some T.V.! 60
Minutes has this thing on about people whose hearts have suddenly
exploded, and doctors can't figure out . . .
NO! ARE YOU CRAZY? WHY WOULD I WANT
TO WATCH. . .
Hey, hey, calm down. Remember what the doctor said.
How about if I read to you? 60 Minutes had this thing
once about a guy who was in a coma and his friend read to him and
. . .
I'm not in a coma!
Well, can I read to you anyway? I just picked up the newspaper
out in the lobby.
Whatever, just try not to get me excited.
All right, here's something . . . Ebola Virus
Latest Pestilence to Hit the World. John, what's a
You should know, it starts with the word PEST!
Never mind . . . read something else.
How about this one? . . . Famine Grips Ethiopia;
Millions Face Starvation.
NO! Find something else!
Here's another one . . . California Still Expecting
the Big One. Wow! That means a monster quake
could hit any second and California could end up in the ocean.
YOU IDIOT? That means us - we're
in California, remember?!
Here's an interesting one . . . Cold War Ends
but Missiles Still Aimed at United States. Hey wouldn't
it be something if we looked outside the window and saw a mushroom
cloud and . . .
I DON'T WANT TO SEE A MUSHROOM CLOUD! OF
ALL THE LAME BRAIN IDIOTS IN THE WORLD I HAD TO GET STUCK WITH .
John, John, calm down. Relax.
HOW CAN I RELAX WHEN YOU KEEP READING ABOUT ALL
THIS DOOM AND GLOOM?!
How about if I read from this BIBLE on the table instead.
That's better, read something Jesus said.
He always talked about positive things.
Here's something in red. Luke 21:10 says: "Nation
shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great
earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences..."
Hey wiseguy! Knock it off! I told you
to stop reading the newspaper.
I'm not, I was reading from the BIBLE, honest!
But it sounds like today's newspaper!
HEY, YOU'RE RIGHT! In fact, here's something in Luke 21:26
that sounds like YOU!:
which are coming on the earth" . . .
"And as he sat
upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately,
saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the
sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus
answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and
shall deceive many. 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." MATTHEW 24:3-7
When asked about the end of the world, Jesus Christ
gave His disciples some "signs" to look for.
While few of these "signs" are new or unique
to the last days, Jesus Christ says something interesting after
He mentions them. . . .
"All these are the beginning of sorrows."
The word sorrow is translated from the Greek word
"odin" (o-deen). It means a pang or throe.
It is used to describe the pangs or pains that a woman experiences
while she travails in childbirth. Perhaps Jesus was implying
that the "signs" he described would occur,
much like birth pains, at GREATER FREQUENCY AND INTENSITY
during the last days. When we look at history, we notice
that there is truth to Jesus' analogy.
for example, have been occurring more frequently:
From 526 A.D. to 1896 A.D. (1370 year period) 21 major earthquakes
From 1906 to 1983 (77-year period) 52 major earthquakes are
From June 1983 to May 1984 (11-month period) 41 major earthquakes
On May 31, 1935, the most devastating earthquake in
all of history up to that point took place in West Pakistan, but
that record has been surpassed several times since. Also,
reports of several earthquakes taking place SIMULTANEOUSLY
in different locations all over the world have increased.
More earthquakes have occurred in this century than any other.
The millions who have died because of them could very well exceed
all deaths in previous centuries COMBINED. Seismologists
currently show a pattern of earthquakes increasing in INTENSITY
AND FREQUENCY, especially since 1975. Each decade outdoes
the previous decade.
Just as birth pains occur at shorter and shorter intervals,
earthquakes have been following a similar pattern. Fresh
in everyone's minds are the recent devastating earthquakes in Japan,
India, Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Earthquakes
worldwide have especially increased in the past ten years.
According to the BIBLE, the final earthquake
will take place on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem when Jesus
"And his feet shall stand in that day upon
the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem
on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst
the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great
valley; and half of the
mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward
the south." ZECHARIAH 14:4
A few years ago, a large hotel chain sent a crew of engineers, geologists
and seismologists to Jerusalem. They were to explore the
possibility of building a hotel atop the Mount of Olives.
After conducting tests the crew concluded that they could not build
a hotel due to a large geological fault running from east to west
directly under the Mount of Olives.
also been following a trend of greater intensity.
As the world's deserts increase in size and the available
top soil erodes, land on which to grow food decreases. Add
to this the ever increasing population and you have a greater possibility
of famine occurring in more places. Nearly 6 billion people
are in the world (almost the sum of all people since the beginning
of time combined). The Earth's population currently doubles
every thirty-six years. In the next ten years it is possible
that more than one billion people will starve to death. Much
of this is due to drought, flooding or very unusual recent weather
is another sign that Jesus mentioned to His disciples. Webster's
Dictionary offers the following definition:
pes·ti·lence \'pes-te-len(t)s\ n
1: a contagious or infectious epi-
demic disease that is virulent and devastating;
The word virulent brings to mind the AIDS virus that
in recent years has been the cause of many deaths. Mankind
has always had to deal with viruses, but as time goes on he finds
himself dealing with more of them.
| "The AIDS epidemic will produce an enormous and frightening effect on world
health that public health officials may be relatively powerless
-Dr. William Haseltine
AIDS Research, Harvard Medical School
"The AIDS virus shows every sign
of being just as deadly as the plague during the Middle
Ages. We are on a crash course with reality . . .
. The alarm must be sounded, loudly and persuasively.
If it is not, the conclusion is inescapable: millions may
-Dr. J.I. Slaff
The AIDS Epidemic
"Infection with the AIDS virus
is potentially lethal to all men, women and children irrespective
of lifestyle or sexual activity."
-Dr. John Seale
Eminent British venereologist
"This system is very potent in
permitting viruses to reproduce at a ferocious rate.
It's one reason this is such a devastating disease.
It's one of the reasons this virus can be transmitted so
easily from person to person."
-Dr. William Haseltine, AIDS researcher
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Collecting of data began June, 1981.
Reporting began on June 15, 1982.
Basic data from Aids Weekly Surveillance Report--United
States, Center for Disease Control.
Dr. James Curran of the Centers for Disease Control notes:
". . . in many areas, the number
of persons infected with the AIDS virus is at least ONE HUNDRED
TIMES GREATER than reported cases of AIDS."
Jesus also told His disciples:
"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."
Wars have been
on the increase. Before 1945 the world had suffered through
thirteen years of war for each peaceful year. However, since
1945 more than three hundred wars have been fought. In fact,
The War Atlas (a military study), records that since 1945
not one day has passed without some sort of war or conflict somewhere
in the world. . . .
"All these are the beginning of sorrows."
Currently the world (through U.N. effort) is doing
everything possible to snuff out any semblance of war whenever it
begins to flare up. According to God and the BIBLE,
the "navel of the earth" is the Middle
East, and presently the buzzword there is "Peace[.]"
Everything possible is being done to bring peace between
the Jews and the Arab World (including the PLO), and it is beginning
to look like progress is being made:
"...the day of the Lord so cometh as
a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace
safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them..."
I THESSALONIANS 5:2-3
The Rumors of War
and the need for preparedness it produces has changed the monetary
priorities of many nations. The words of President Eisenhower,
reported in the New York Times on April 17, 1953, still challenge
us over a quarter century later:
"A life of perpetual fear
and tension, a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor
of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system
or the Soviet system or any happiness for the people of this earth.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket
fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger
and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending
the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes
of its children. We pay for a single fighter plane with a
half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer
with new homes that could have housed more than eight thousand people
. . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense.
Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity, hanging
from a cross of iron."
In the final surrender ceremonies of World War II,
General Douglas MacArthur summed up the lessons of this horrendous
war that claimed more than sixty million lives. His words
still stand as a warning to our generation:
|"We have had our last chance.
If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system,
ARMAGEDDON WILL BE AT THE DOOR. The problem is basically
theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement
of human character. It must be of the spirit if we are to
save the flesh."
The Battle of Armageddon will be the world's final
war according to the BIBLE. For more about Armageddon
see: Revelation 14:14-20; 16:16; 19:17-21.
General MacArthur knew the importance of dealing
with our earthly problems in a spiritual way. As things worsen,
people try to seek out a spiritual solution, which makes them ripe
for deception. Jesus warned that in the last days the number
of . . .
False spiritual leaders
"And many false prophets shall rise,
and shall deceive many." MATTHEW 24:11
Many cults have sprung up since Jesus said those words.
In fact, most have been started in this last century alone.
Currently most countries have scores of obscure cultic groups
carrying on various practices: shaving their heads; wearing white
robes; playing with poisonous snakes; stockpiling weapons; selling
flowers in airports; making nerve gas; etc. Among all the
self-proclaimed gods, gurus, swamis, false prophets and phony TV
evangelists, it is possible to join the "Cult
of the Month" club, and never exhaust the possibilities!
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take
heed that no man deceive you. For many shall
come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
A great surge in recent years of men claiming to be
Jesus Christ, or a god, or God Himself has occurred. One
such example of a church claiming to be Christian and having a leader
claiming to be Christ is the Branch Davidians and their former leader
David Koresh. Yet Jesus said:
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here
is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall
arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold,
I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the
desert; go not forth:
behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."
A stressful, hectic lifestyle
will also be the norm in the last days. According to the
BIBLE, the climate when Jesus Christ returns will be one
of . . .
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which
are coming on the earth:" LUKE 21:26
Is the present trend in heart attacks a "sign" of the last days? Presently heart disease ranks
as the number one killer, especially in MEN. Nothing
else is even close. It is responsible for more than 42% of
all deaths in America, and nearly twice as high as the number two
killer, cancer. Nearly one fourth of all Americans have some
form of cardiovascular disease, costing more than $137 billion in
medical costs every year. This trend has increased noticeably
since the 1970's and especially within the last 100 years.
Psychologists claim that the number one problem they
must deal with is FEAR, in one form or another. Stress
and heart attacks go hand in hand, and are both indicators of the
fast paced hectic days in which we live. The BIBLE
says that in . . .
"...the time of the end: many shall
run to and fro," DANIEL 12:4
This simply means that busy schedules will require
people to be constantly "on-the-go" (sound
familiar?). Only a century ago, it was common for people
to be born, live and die while never leaving the county.
People would either walk or use a horse to get to their destination
just one hundred years ago (in the peaceful days of "Little
House on the Prairie"). It had been that way for
the five-thousand years before as well. Today zooming through
the air at 500 MPH is common. It is now possible to eat
breakfast in New York, lunch in Denver and supper in Los Angeles.
The six lane interstate highways and cloverleafs also bring
real meaning to the Biblical expression "to and
fro," not to mention our hectic lifestyles. This has
all come about in only the past one hundred years, and has been
due largely to the advancement in technology and inventions.
The BIBLE also mentions that in . . .
"the time of the end...knowledge shall be
increased" DANIEL 12:4
It is hard to believe that less than one hundred years
ago we cooked with firewood and read by candlelight. It had
been that way the previous five-thousand years. Have you
noticed that every new invention is designed to make life easier,
but consequently makes the pace of life much faster? The
result of having conveniences that help us to accomplish more at
a faster pace has caused us to try to "cram more
things" into our already busy schedules. Now you know
where the stress comes from!
The technological advances in even the past fifteen
years have been staggering! The BIBLE says in the
last days "knowledge shall be increased." We are currently
living in what is called the "information age."
A study was done a few years ago to measure technological advancement
since the beginning of time comparing it to height. For example,
if you were to measure all the technological advancement (inventions)
since the beginning of time until the year 1800, it would be one
inch high. The measure of inventions and advancement of technology
between the years of 1800 and 1900 would also be one inch high.
But if you were to measure the "increase
of knowledge," inventions and technological advancement since
1900 up to now . . .
IT WOULD BE AS HIGH AS THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT (555 FEET)!!!
||Part of that advancement has been satellite transmission (along
Today watching live minute-by-minute news stories unfold from all
around the world simultaneously is possible. This is interesting
in light of what the BIBLE said about the last days nearly
2000 years ago.
"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street
[of Jerusalem]...And they of the people and
kindreds and tongues and nations [people all over
the world] shall see their dead bodies..."
This prophecy speaks of two preachers who are killed during
the last days; their bodies left to lie in the street.
For years BIBLE scholars were baffled on how people from
all over the world could simultaneously view their bodies, until
the development of SATELLITE TRANSMISSION.
Other prophecies baffled students of the BIBLE
years ago concerning the last days. Perhaps the "increase
of knowledge" in nuclear potential may have something
to do with these following last day prophecies:
"the day of the Lord will come as a thief
in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with
great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are
therein shall be burned up...all these things shall be
unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being
on fire shall be dissolved,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"
II PETER 3:10-12
"Their flesh shall consume away while they
stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away
in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their
mouth." ZECHARIAH 14:12
Currently enough nuclear warheads exist to either
blow a hole clear through the Earth's seventy-five mile crust or
destroy the world several times over. It is no wonder that
as "knowledge shall be increased"
(Daniel 12:4) "men's hearts will fail them for fear" (Luke
"But as the days of [Noah] were, so shall
also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating
and drinking, marrying and giving in
marriage, until the day that [Noah] entered into the ark, And
knew not until the flood came, and took
them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Society is also experiencing "birth
pains" and, as time goes on, immorality and sinful behavior
become the norm. Jesus indicated how bad it would get by
equating the last days with those of Noah.
In Noah's day, the sinful behavior that brought God's wrath and
resulted in a worldwide flood was displayed by the entire population
(except Noah and his family):
"And God looked upon the earth, and,
behold, it was corrupt;
for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."
It had gotten so bad that God had to virtually wipe
out mankind and start all over with Noah.
"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
One out of four Americans is a victim of crime annually.
Crime costs US citizens a total of $300 billion annually (nearly
30% of the whole US budget).
Between 1962 and 1993 the number of violent crimes increased
The degree of crime and wickedness in a given society
is an indication of what people are contemplating in their minds.
It also reveals the condition of their hearts. In
the days of Noah the result of all their evil thoughts was corruption
Federal Prosecutions of Public
Violent Crime: Number Of Offenses
Basic data from Statistical Abstracts of
the United States.
Groupings represent average rate per year over the two-year
Basic data from Statistical Abstracts of the United States,
and the Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.
"The earth also was corrupt before God,
and the earth was filled with violence."
Today we see much corruption and violence around us.
Political corruption only seems to worsen with time.
Crime continues to increase with no end in sight. Society
is desperately seeking a solution to all these problems.
People are constantly wondering where it will all end.
The days of Noah were dangerous, hard to bear, troublesome,
harsh, fierce, and even savage. All these descriptions can
be summed up in one word - PERILOUS. Which is just
what the BIBLE uses to describe the last days:
"This know also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. For men shall be lovers of
their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are
good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God;
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from
such turn away." II TIMOTHY 3:1-5
Nineteen descriptions are used to portray the conditions
during the last days. Read the following list and see if
these descriptions sound familiar.
1) "lovers of their
own selves" - selfish; self-centered; unconcerned about
2) "covetous" - desires material
things; greedy; driven to possess more things.
3) "boasters" - swaggerers;
blow their own horns; talk about themselves.
4) "proud" - considering themselves
above others; haughty; refuse to admit when wrong.
5) "blasphemers" - slanderous;
swearing; reviling; foul-mouthed; dirty jokes.
6) "disobedient to parents"
- disrespectful toward elders; headstrong; hard to control.
7) "unthankful" - ungrateful;
take things for granted; think the "world owes
me a living".
8) "unholy" - no interest or
desire to keep separated from sin.
9) "Without natural affection"
- showing more affection toward materialistic things, animals, etc.
10) "trucebreakers" - will promise
anything but will not honor commitments; breaks promises.
11) "false accusers" - slanders; destroys
the character of others.
12) "incontinent" - no self-control;
no self- discipline; no self-restraint.
13) "fierce" - savage; cruel; wild;
14) "despisers of those that are good"
- those who mock or have contempt for good people.
15) "Traitors" - no convictions; changes
sides for personal advantage or gain.
16) "heady" - reckless; headstrong;
17) "highminded" - full of self; proud;
puffed up; worship intellect.
18) "lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God"
- sensual; pleasure seeking; self-gratification is their god; not
willing to submit to God; please themselves rather than God.
19) "Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof" - being religious on weekends, but
living like the devil the rest of the week; having an outward
religious display but experiencing no real life-changing power from
God. The BIBLE teaches no one to be religious, but
to have a personal relationship with God.
No doubt Noah saw many in his day displaying the previous
nineteen attitudes, so many in fact that God had to end it all.
Noah must have also felt alone among the enormous cold heartedness
present then. The BIBLE clearly teaches that those conditions
will repeat themselves during the last days:
"And because iniquity [sin] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Jesus Christ said that in the last days sin would
be so common and accepted that people would become callous.
We see this today as people are becoming more selfish, insensitive
and unloving toward one another. It only continues to worsen
as sinful behavior becomes the norm.
attitude of Noah's day was apathy. In spite of decades (Genesis
6:3) of Noah warning those around him of the judgment to come, no
one else came on board with him and his family!
Some, perhaps, thought he was crazy for claiming that a flood was
on its way. The BIBLE predicts a similar attitude
will be present during the last days:
"Knowing this first, that there shall come
in the last days scoffers, walking after their own
lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep [died],
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."
II PETER 3:3-4
Many today ridicule the idea that Jesus is coming
back and that the world will end in God's judgment.
In Noah's day they did not take heed to the warning, but judgment
"Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed
with water, perished:" II PETER 3:6
Many scientists agree that the world was flooded by water 4500 years
ago (the time of Noah). Native Armenians have reported many
sightings of the ark atop Mt. Ararat over the centuries.
In 1955 French mountain climber Fernard Navarra sighted a "black
wooden barge (ship)" entombed within an icy glacier.
After climbing down a 35-foot crevasse within the ice, he came upon
the huge object that he estimated to be at least 50 tons of timber.
He brought back a piece of the rock hard wood (no
trees are within 150 miles of Mt. Ararat) and had it tested for
Carbon-14 dating. Incidently, Navarra did not reveal where
the wood came from, yet the reports returned indicating the timber
was possibly 4500 years old!
How frustrating it must have been
for Noah to have his warnings "fall on deaf ears."
Those around him simply did not want to change their evil
ways. The BIBLE predicts that in the last days a similar
attitude will prevail:
"For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And
they shall turn away their ears
from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
II TIMOTHY 4:3-4
Many today have "itching ears"
that are not willing to hear and apply what the BIBLE teaches.
Many religious leaders have compromised Biblical truths and
instead teach whatever is more appealing and less challenging.
Some who claim they are teaching BIBLE truths are actually
teaching manmade doctrine, traditions and anything else that will
conform more to man's will and desires, than to God's.
The result of all this compromising of God's Word has
been an ever increasing amount of "spiritual starvation."
This in turn, has caused more people to sense a spiritual
emptiness in their lives. They seek for things to fill the
void: drugs, alcohol, reveling, pornography, the pursuit of wealth
and fame, and so on. In the mean time the world becomes a
more confusing and fearful place in which to live. All this
reaches a climax at the return of Jesus Christ Himself.
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in
the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress
of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
Men's hearts failing them for fear,
and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth...And
then shall they see the Son
of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
The problems facing our world only seem to worsen
with no relief in sight . . .
"All these are the beginning of sorrows."
AS the world spins out
of control, mankind tries desperately to find a solution to all
Peace is what man wants and he wants it - NOW! Many
have tried to come up with a formula for world peace. One
person in particular, philosopher Mortimer J. Adler of the Aspen
Institute, wrote an article entitled "World
Peace in Truth." In that article he stated that:
1) World Peace is impossible without World Government.
2) World Government is impossible without a sense of World Community.
3) World Community will be impossible to create without a unity
of the truth.
According to Mr. Adler, "a great epoch in the
history of mankind lies ahead of us. It will not begin until
there is a universal acknowledgment of the UNITY OF THE TRUTH
IN ALL AREAS OF CULTURE . . . for only then will ALL MEN
BE ABLE TO LIVE TOGETHER PEACEFULLY IN A WORLD COMMUNITY UNDER WORLD
GOVERNMENT. Only then will world civilization and world
In essence Mr. Adler is saying that what mankind needs
to obtain peace is . . .
A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT with a ONE WORLD ECONOMY,
and a ONE WORLD RELIGION.
All three of these elements make up what many today
are calling the NEW WORLD ORDER. This term has been
used to prop up all sorts of conspiracy theories (that is not our
However, it is hard to deny the fact that the world is moving toward
a one world system, some feel this is exactly what the world needs:
"For all the contradictions of the present-day
world, for all the diversity of social and political systems in
it, and for all the different choices made by the nations in different
times, THIS WORLD IS NEVERTHELESS ONE WHOLE. We are
all passengers aboard one ship, the Earth, and we must not allow
it to be wrecked. THERE WILL BE NO SECOND NOAH'S ARK.
. . Today in the face of a still worse danger, states belonging
to different social systems can and MUST COOPERATE WITH ONE ANOTHER
IN THE NAME OF PEACE."
Mikhail Gorbachev in Perestrokia
Now, while the BIBLE does not mention the term
"New World Order"; it does suggest that a one world system will
be in existence during the last days, right before the Second
Coming of Jesus Christ.
The BIBLE describes a world ruler who will be in control
of the one world system. This person is known as the "beast." He is more commonly known as the ANTICHRIST.
is described in the BIBLE as having the following traits:
He will be a great orator. REVELATION 13:4-5
He will be a clever politician. DANIEL 8:25
He will be a military genius. REVELATION 6:2; 13:2
He will be a master of deceit. II THESSALONIANS 2:9-10
He will use his
abilities to gain control of the future one world system.
The BIBLE predicts that he will arrange a seven- year treaty
between Israel and their enemies resulting in three and one half
years of peace in the Middle East (Daniel 9:27).
The Book of Revelation (the last book written in
the BIBLE) specifically deals with how the world will end.
In it, we find the description of what the ANTICHRIST
He will control a one world government.
"...and power was given him over all
kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
He will be worshipped by a one world religion.
"And they worshipped the dragon which gave
power unto the beast:
and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast?
who is able to make war with him?
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him..."
He will control a one world economy.
"both small and great, rich and poor, free
and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand,
or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell,
save he that had the mark,
or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Is the world presently looking for such a leader?
- In Belgium (the headquarters of the European Community Office),
statesman P.H. Spaak stood up and said:
truth is, that the method of international committees has failed.
WHAT WE NEED IS A PERSON, someone of the highest
order, of great experience, of great authority, of wide influence,
of great energy; either a civilian or a MILITARY MAN,
no matter what his nationality."
- Historian Arnold Toynbee claims that:
forcing on mankind more and more lethal weapons, and at the
same time making the world more and more interdependent economically,
technology has brought mankind to such a degree of distress
that WE ARE RIPE FOR THE DEIFYING OF ANY NEW CAESAR who
might succeed in giving the WORLD UNITY AND PEACE."
- The onetime leader and founder of the Club of Rome, Aurelio
Peccei claimed that:
charismatic LEADER . . . POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS
. . . (will) be THE WORLD'S only SALVATION from
the social and economic upheavals that threaten to destroy the
- P.H. Spaak, who was also the former Secretary General of N.A.T.O.
claimed as early as 1957:
| "We do not
want another committee; we have too many already. What we
want is A MAN of
sufficient stature TO HOLD THE ALLEGIANCE OF ALL PEOPLE and
to lift us out of the economic morass
into which we are sinking. SEND US SUCH A MAN, AND BE
HE GOD OR DEVIL, we will receive him."
The BIBLE'S prediction of a
one world system and its leader could be occurring right before
In the last few years, some very unusual and very unexpected events
began occurring around the globe.
In November 1989, the Berlin wall came crashing down, and the once
mighty Soviet Empire collapsed.
The world, as we know it, has begun to take a new form. Trade
barriers are quickly being dissolved with the likes of NAFTA, GATT
and other treaties. The information super highway makes it
possible to exchange information between any two persons in the
world instantly. The world is heading toward a one world
system, and when it arrives the ANTICHRIST will be its leader:
"...and all the world wondered
[followed] after the beast."
"...and power was given him over
all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
SOME may wonder how all
the major religions of the world could possibly worship the same
man. However, several major religions are each anticipating the
appearance of a godlike spiritual leader. For example:
The Buddhists are looking for the fifth Buddha.
The Moslems are looking for the Iman Mahdi.
The Hindus are looking for the incarnation of Krishna.
The New Agers are looking for the "The Christ"
Finally, the Jews are still looking for their long
awaited Messiah. Jesus Christ predicted that they would reject
Him as Messiah (Lesson 2) and accept someone else:
"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive
me not: if another shall
come in his own name, him ye will receive."
The BIBLE predicts that the ANTICHRIST,
who is described as a master deceiver . . .
"...exalteth himself above all that is called
God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
II THESSALONIANS 2:4
"...whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders" II THESSALONIANS
"And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship
him" REVELATION 13:8
AS previously mentioned the Antichrist
will also preside over a one world economy. Certain world events
are taking place that could make that a reality. In the Book
of Revelation, John the Apostle describes the following verse:
"And I stood...and saw a beast rise up out
of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns,
and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name
of blasphemy." REVELATION 13:1
This vision of a beast (The Antichrist) with ten horns
puzzled John. However, later the vision's meaning is explained
"And the ten horns which thou sawest
are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet;
but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These
have one mind,
and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."
This vision is prophetic. It reveals ten kings
"which have received no kingdom as yet[,]" implying that their
kingdoms will come in the future. These TEN KINGDOMS
will eventually have "one mind," meaning
that they will agree and act as one.
Is there anything today resembling this prophecy?
The answer can be found by picking up "today's newspaper":
EU KILLS BORDER CONTROLS
Brussels, Belgium (AP)
In a move lauded as a breakthrough
in the European Union's drive for unity, border controls between
seven EU nations are being abolished today. Travelers
will be able to keep their passports in their pockets when
moving from any one of the seven -- France, Germany, Spain,
Portugal, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands -- to another.
Greece, Italy and Austria are expected to join them
in June. But the move comes five years after it was
originally scheduled, and it's on a much smaller scale: several
EU members are unready or unwilling to join borderless Europe.
Britain, ever the halfhearted EU member, has vowed
to stay out.
(This article appeared in the Fargo Forum on March
For many years BIBLE students everywhere
have been keeping an eye on Europe's desire to unify as a possible
fulfillment of Revelation 17:12-13. These unified countries
would be known as the EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET. The combined
resources of these ten nations could make Europe an economic super
power: providing a platform for the Antichrist to seize power
and make his appearance on the world scene.
"These have one mind, and shall give their
power and strength unto the beast." REVELATION
The European Common Market (sometimes called the
European Economic Community or EEC) has also been contemplating
the creation of a common currency used by all its member nations.
Some have even thought of going beyond a common currency
and instead creating a CASHLESS system. Such a system
would involve making all monetary transactions electronically
using phone lines and computers.
Does the technology exist today to set up a cashless system?
Newsweek magazine says yes! In a July
31, 1989 article (p. 54) they stated that smart cards . . .
". . . may make the old science fiction
notion of a cashless society real."
A cashless system would have many advantages, including:
(+) The virtual elimination of the selling
of illegal drugs. Drug dealers would have every transaction
monitored by computers.
(+) An elimination of tax evasion. The
IRS would monitor every transaction. Cash payments "under
the table" would no longer be possible.
(+) A reduction in crime. Money laundering
and embezzling would be virtually impossible. The Mafia,
Black Market and bank robberies would be a thing
of the past. Fewer muggings would take place
since no one would be carrying cash. The
American Bar Magazine quoted Attorney T. Speiser as
saying, "if cash became
obsolete, crime would be virtually eliminated."
Yet even a cashless system using smart cards would
not be foolproof since the cards could still be lost or stolen.
However, a smart leader like the Antichrist would have
no problem coming up with a solution for lost or stolen smart
cards. He could simply have everyone tattoo a number
somewhere on their body, which is exactly what the BIBLE
predicts the Antichrist will do!
"And he causeth all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their
right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might
buy or sell, save he that had the
mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
Would using a "mark" be a far- fetched
The European community does not think so.
Standardization News, February 1990, reported that the
European community is considering using an identification mark.
Page 30 of the report reads:
". . . one cannot market or sell a product
unless it has the EC mark"
In fact, the United States economy has already been
using a "mark" to buy and sell for several
While no one has had it tattooed on their hands or foreheads
(YET!), it appears on all sorts of products.
This "mark" is the familiar - UPC SYMBOL.
Could the UPC SYMBOL be a forerunner to the "Mark of the Beast"?
Let's compare the UPC symbol with Revelation 13:16-18
and see if any similarities exist.
"And he causeth all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their
right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might
buy or sell,
save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or
the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count
the number of the beast:
for it is the number of a man;
and his number is Six hundred threescore and six
." REVELATION 13:16-18
Revelation 13:16-18 refers to a "mark"
representing the number 666. The "mark"
is used to "buy and sell." In
the past some have imagined that everyone would have a 666
tattooed on their hand or foreheads. They would
simply show it to a cashier before paying with checks, credit
cards or cash.
However, considering the fact that the world is moving toward
computerized transactions, it is possible the "mark"
could be something that can be read directly into a computer.
. . .
Which brings us to the UPC symbol.
To the Apostle John, back in the first century,
the UPC symbol would look like a "mark[.]"
The UPC symbol is already used in many applications involving
the buying and selling of merchandise. It is designed to
be scanned into a computer as part of a computerized transaction
system. Here is another interesting thing about the UPC
666 is designed into the symbol!
The UPC symbol stands for universal product
code. It is a label commonly found on consumer products.
Various designs are used for the UPC label.
A common one is shown to the right. This design consists
of several vertical lines of varied widths used to represent numbers.
The lines are made to be read optically into a computer
by a laser based scanning device. We have all seen these
devices at supermarkets. The lines are broken into two
halves with each half containing a 5-number code used to identify
the product and its manufacturer. As the computer scans
the label, it has to identify where the label starts, where the
two halves divide and where the label ends. Therefore,
this design has two longer thin lines at the beginning, the middle
and the end of the label. THESE THREE SETS OF LINES
DO NOT DIRECTLY REGISTER NUMBERS. However, they are
the same two longer thin lines used to represent the number 6
in the second half of the label. Now we are NOT
saying that the UPC label is the "mark of the
beast." We are simply pointing out that the technology
exists to fulfill Revelation 13:16-18. Each UPC label of
this design can represent a distinct and individual number while
also incorporating 666 as part of its design. With a UPC
symbol laser-tattooed on a hand or forehead, a person could
be scanned upon making a purchase. The prices of the items
would be eletronically withdrawn from their account.
Therefore the person would be buying and selling using a "mark" containing 666.
To some people, it may seem far fetched that we
could ever have a "mark" tattooed
on our hand or forehead (for the double amputee). However,
the technology is already available to make tattoos that appear
only under ultraviolet light, or to implant a tiny computer chip
under the skin that would contain all the information of a UPC symbol
and much more.
PROPHETICALLY RIGHT ON! "mark" in forehead.
A very reputable company placed this ad in Advertising Age Tabloid,
October 20, 1980.
dogs may get
The head of Du Page County's Ani-
mal Control Department wants every
dog or cat to have a chip in its
Daniel Boyle said he would ask the
County Board to approve an ordi-
nance requiring that microchip IDs
be implanted in all animals that bite
someone and all pets reclaimed or
adopted from the county's animal
shelter. Boyle said he also would try
to persuade pet owners and veteri-
narians to voluntarily implant the
chips in all dogs and cats to help
If approved, the county would regis-
ter the ID numbers of all the micro-
The microchip, about the size of a
grain of rice, is injected via a syringe
into the shoulder or hip of a dog or
cat. The number on the microchip
can be read by a hand-held scanner.
Boyle said a microchip injection
would cost $20 to $25.
THROUGHOUT this lesson we have compared
certain "end times" prophecies with world
events taking place around us. Are we in the last days?
Global trends seem to suggest that we are, and fast approaching
what Jesus described as . . .
"...great tribulation, such as was not since
the beginning of the world[.]" MATTHEW 24:21
This period of tribulation WILL come.
The BIBLE says as in the days of Noah, when God judged the
whole world; the human race will again be judged and . . .
"...drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without
mixture into the cup of his indignation..." REVELATION
This world is following in the footsteps of Noah's wicked generation.
If God were to forsake His judgment on a generation just
as wicked, He would surely owe Noah an apology.
"...for in such an hour as ye think not the
Son of man cometh." MATTHEW 24:44
(Some information used in this lesson was derived from the following
Special Report: Blueprint for Building the New World Order
The Omega Letter, Pub. Holy Bible King James Version.
The AIDS Cover-Up? The Real and Alarming Facts About
AIDS by Gene Antonio, Ignatius Press Pub.
Armageddon: Appointment with Destiny by G.R. Jeffrey,
Frontier Research Pub.
Earthquakes and the End of the Age by Dr. Julian Pope.
Jesus is Coming
by Terry Watkins.
A Grim Future an article by Ronald Williams.
The New Money System by Mary Stewart with PHD Ministries,
Still Number One an article from American Heart Association
Noah's Ark, Pitched and Parked by Nathan M. Meyer, BMH
Willmington's Book of Bible Lists by H.L. Willmington,
Tyndale House, Pub.
A Sneak Preview ««««««««««««
Since the end of the world coincides with the return
of Jesus Christ, it is only fitting that we study
"The Son of man" Himself - Jesus Christ.
Every one of the sixty-six books of the BIBLE refers
to Jesus Christ in some way. He is the central theme of
the entire BIBLE.
In our next lesson we will take an in-depth look
into the greatest life ever lived, by the greatest person ever
to walk the earth. We will see if the BIBLE answers
things concerning Jesus Christ such as:
* Was He actually virgin born?
* Did He appear in the Old Testament before
His birth in Bethlehem?
* Was He really God in the flesh?
* Was He the Creator of the Universe?
* What did He look like?
* Was He all knowing and all powerful?
* Did He know that He was born to die?
* Did He always exist in eternity?
And more . . .
SO DON'T MISS THE NEXT LESSON AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY
THROUGH THE BIBLE
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