As we approach the days of the Apocalypse, known in the Bible as ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’ (Joel 2, Isa. 13), ‘THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD’ (Isa. 61), ‘THE GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH’ (Revelation 6), and many other such terms that signify God’ great and sore displeasure with man’s evil upon earth, we can expect certain prophesied events to transpire that will signal the end of the world as we know it. The greed of man is insatiable, and as man’s greed increases, so does his insanity, so do his activities that are destroying both the planet and life on the planet. After sending warning after warning after warning, the hammer will finally drop and man will discover that he is but a weak vessel of clay that can no more resist or oppose God than a paper boat survive a 100 foot tsunami.
God will send judgment upon man to reward the weak and powerless (with eternal life), and to punish the rich and powerful who destroy His creation with impunity, to punish those who rob the labor of the poor that slave in their factories, and to punish those who launch wars that kill millions, all for the sake of profit. Throughout the Bible God warns leaders, both political and religious, to protect the weak, to not take away the rights of the poor, to nourish the widows and the fatherless (the weakest members of society.) Despite all their high sounding rhetoric of helping the poor and disenfranchised, of forming a just society, politicians of all nations do exactly the opposite; the rich and powerful get away with murder while the poor and weak are murdered with impunity. The poor are crushed with the weight of unbearable poverty while the wealthy dine on $1000 Kobe steaks and $10,000 bottles of French wine, more money than many poverty ridden humans make in a lifetime, and that after slaving from sun up to sun down every day of their lives, sometime from age 4 and up. The poor are traded like commodities, like cattle in a meat market even while the greed of commodities traders in Chicago and New York drive up the prices of grains and cereals, so that even the most basic of food stuffs are priced out of the reach of millions. In essence they trade the lives of people, people themselves become commodities so that a select few can collect billion dollar bonuses at the expense of millions of lives. Their political leaders instead of defending and nourishing the destitute poor, hide behind the façade of free markets to defend their inaction on behalf of the weakest and poverty stricken slaves in society, especially in third world countries. Not only do they take no action to protect the poorest, politicians actively work on behalf of powerful corporations and business interests to pass laws that further impoverish the already poverty stricken. There is no better glaring example of this political corruption than in India where the government has sold the nation’s small farmers to multinational interests like Monsanto, and as a result a small farmer commits suicide in India every 30 minutes. These politicians do not pass these laws and open up their countries to foreign investment for the sake of the betterment of the citizens of the nation but rather for their own profit. They line their pockets with millions while the poorest commit suicide out of desperation because they have become so impoverished that they cannot even feed their families one meal a day. If the judges of this world will not judge the cause of the powerless, will the Omnipotent Judge of the whole world also not judge their cause? Yes He will judge their cause and in doing so He will crush those to whom He has given power and authority to serve all His people, not to oppress them, not to rob and kill them for their own profit!
I will not go into the depth of the wickedness of man, especially towards children in this day and age but I will say that the only One that is truly JUST in all creation is the Creator; is God and none else. When the rich and powerful who alone have the means and resources to bring justice and equity to the weakest and poorest begin to do the opposite, that is they begin to suppress and condemn the poor to a life of destitution through their policies, then how long can we expect our Just God to keep silent? The Bible tells us that the rich and powerful rob the poor by not paying them just wages (this is what Globalization is all about, robbing the poor to make the already rich even richer).
- HIDDEN FACE OF GLOBALIZATION (compare to James 5:1–9)
Is the labor of these helpless women and children really worth only $5.00 a week (for 16-18 hour shifts, 7 days a week)? The rich and powerful are the exploiters of these destitute poor not their saviors. So the LORD Himself will bring them justice to these innocent victims of human greed; and woe, woe, woe unto the rich and powerful in the day of His Great Wrath!
The Bible also tells us that legislators pass mischievous laws designed to defraud the weak of their God given rights (the very idea that rights come from man is ungodly, rights can come from God alone and he gives equal rights to all men.) The numbers of ungodly laws increase by the day in every nation on Earth, particularly the US and the rest of the developed world. So when those who have been given authority by God to defend those who cannot defend themselves begin to do the opposite, who will defend the weak but God Himself? The following video is shocking but not shocking enough for the real depth of the depravity that is prevalent in our world today; depravity that is covered up and even protected by authorities worldwide!
So when God’s wrath comes and shakes this planet to its very foundations, I will not ask the question ‘Why is God doing this?’ On the contrary I wonder everyday how can He be so patient not to have poured out His wrath already upon wicked wicked man, whose wickedness grows exponentially by the day? Since most people are kept A-MUSED (unthinking) by the entertainment media, they have little knowledge of the depth of wickedness of man towards man, not in the days of Attila the Hun but in the 21st century. However man’s wickedness is not hidden from God and having given man millennia worth of warnings, the End of the World will be initiated and executed by God that will utterly devastate this world and its wicked inhabitants. The very fact that God gives man innumerable warnings of His pending Judgment, warnings that are totally ignored by the A-MUSED masses, and the fact that He has given us such detailed information in advance of what will happen long before it actually happens proves that He is Just. The word that best describes God’s character other than LOVE is the word LONGSUFFERING, and if people cannot see evidence of His Longsuffering toward man everyday of their lives, they have been truly blinded by this world. The Bible tells us that God does not willingly afflict the children of men but when man continues to multiply his wickedness rather than repent and turn to God, is God unjust because He will send Judgment? The Judgment will be in proportion to the wickedness of man, and the judgments foretold in the Bible clearly reveal how grievous will man’s evil be in the eyes of God in the last days. Even today God is sending warnings as witnessed by the ever increasing climate disasters and other problems confronting mankind, but is anyone listening?
So as we approach the time of ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’, the time of God’s vengeance upon man for the copious amount of blood that man sheds daily on earth, and his countless other evils, we can expect the following events to begin to transpire rapidly and with ever increasing destructive impact on all aspects of life in this world, both from a Social perspective and an Environmental perspective. Society as it exists in economically and politically stable times will come apart at the seams. So too will the environment that is suitable for stable existence on earth; the climate will become more and more extreme and climate disasters will grow, both in frequency and magnitude. In the beginning months and years of ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’, look for unprecedented devastation in all aspects of life through the following means:
The Bible guarantees certain outcomes, the End of the World being the most dramatic yet certain beyond doubt. The Bible also gives many unmistakable signs that will prove to anyone who lives in this world with their eyes open that prophesied events will have begun. Although many teach that many End of the World prophesies have already been fulfilled such as certain Seals have been opened, certain trumpets have been blown, I am of the understanding that we are yet in the warning stages, not in the fulfillment stages. Just as water receding rapidly off a beach is a sign of a pending tsunami, not the tsunami itself, so too are present day disasters as extreme as they have been such as the Japan tsunami, only warning signs not the actual disasters that will transpire as the End of the World events begin to unfold. I believe all of the prophesied events of the Book of Revelation will transpire over a short period of time but we will be able to distinguish them from historical events on the basis of the following:
- 1.The number of fatalities will be in the millions, and the final count in the billions.
- 2. The devastation will be so extensive that the geography of the Earth will change, continents may split apart or sink altogether.
- 3. Every country on Earth will suffer tremendously from one or more of the following: War, Famine, Earthquakes and Pestilences (or pandemics).
It is only when every country on Earth is being afflicted by one or more of the above listed catastrophic events and millions and tens or hundreds of millions are dead within a matter of months or a few years (less than 10), can we be certain that the End of the World has begun. So the Bible leaves no room for speculation or doubt as to the fulfillment of prophecy; gruesome as it may sound it will be the body count and Global nature of the catastrophes in the above categories that will prove beyond doubt that the End will be near.
Notice I did not mention the Two witnesses or Antichrist or Wormwood or comets or asteroids hitting the earth or aliens showing up in mother ships or the Sun being darkened or the moon and the stars not shining or any other such thing that prophecy teachers generally equate with signs of the End of the World. The reason I have done this is that I believe that the End of the World will come in stages, each stage being more devastating than the previous one. The Trumpets of Revelation will be blown after all the Seals have been opened not concurrently. At the present time what the world is facing is devastation from the categories of disastrous events listed above that will most likely begin with the collapse of the Global Economy. The Two witnesses and the Antichrist and the Judgment of the Great Whore, Babylon the Great will all follow but not before War, Famine, Climate disasters and Pestilences have destroyed a great part of the planet and some 2 billion lives have been lost. So before we get through this stage, what’s the point in trying to figure out the identity of the Antichrist or to be concerned that an asteroid or some other projectile will hit the earth? Sure those things will follow but is not pole to pole devastation with a couple of billion lives lost enough cause for concern at the present time?
In conclusion in this day and time look for catastrophic destruction resulting from a collapse of the Global Economy followed by all-out war, famines and food shortages, extreme environmental / climate disasters, and deadly disease outbreaks. We’ll worry about the Antichrist and the rest of Revelation if we make it through this stage that I expect to begin within a year or so, and which will last close to seven years. I close with this unmistakable sign that will prove to you that what you will be witnessing will be a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when you see hundreds of million people dying each year of the above listed catastrophic events, and such catastrophic events transpiring on each and every country in the world. Before that time do not believe that ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’ has begun, that we have entered time of ‘The Beginning of Sorrows’ or that even one of the 7 Seals of Revelation, chapter 6 has been opened. There is way too much confusion out there about what is the timing of the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy; I hope that this article will help clear up some of this confusion.