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March 28, 2007
I read a rather unusual story recently. In North Platte, Nebraska 2 stray cats walked into a house through the front door and assaulted 2 visiting women and a boy. These cats were shot with tranquilizers and then euthanized. They were tested for rabies. I don't know the results of that test.
Revelation 6:8 states "So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth." During the coming tribulation period, animals will attack and kill men.
Animal attacks seem to be more frequent now in Africa as man imposes on their territories, but I was unable to find any kind of statistics of animal attacks through a Google search. If any of you can find these stats for me, I would appreciate it.
-------War and Rumors of Wars-------
"6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." Matthew 24
The disciples had asked Christ what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age. Christ mentioned wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes. I have always had trouble with this verse because we have always had these things. Some scholars believe that there will be an increase of these things, yet armed conflicts have actually decreased. So what was Christ trying to say to us?
First, He said these were the beginning of sorrows. This implies that worse sorrows would follow. Fortunately for man, we've been in "the beginning of sorrows" for 2,000 years now. Christ is also saying that things would continue just as they were until He returned.
Christ also said "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." Matthew 24. What were the days of Noah like? People lived the way they wanted to live without any regard for God. They lived their normal daily lives until sudden destruction came upon them.
It will be the same when Christ returns. People will live the way they want to live without any regard for God. In fact, the world will be more at peace than at any time in history when Christ returns because scripture says, "For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape." 1 Thess.5:3
Why do the people of the United States call President Bush a warmonger? It's because they want peace. Why do the Muslims try to convert the world to Islam? Because the Koran teaches that Islam is the only way to peace. The world wants peace and they will achieve a false peace but it will end in the worse disaster in history. This is because there is no peace without Christ.
If wars and rumors of wars are not a true indication of the nearness of Christ's return, then how do we know that we are living in the last days of the last days? The key is Israel. Christ is coming again to set up His earthly kingdom and Jerusalem is going to be the capital city of planet earth. Therefore Israel has to exist at the time of His return.
Israel was not anywhere to be found until 1948 when it became a nation once again. I recommend that you buy Hal LIndsey's video 1948. He goes into great detail on what a prophetic significant year that was.
Why is God so angry with the world during the coming tribulation period? It is because the world parted His land. His land is Israel and He has given it to the Jews as an "everlasting possession". What we see developing in the world today is the world rejecting God's authority over His land and trusting in His adversary, the evil one. The Arab world has publicly stated that want Israel wiped off the face of the earth.
In other words, they are saying we reject God's authority. We submit to the evil one. How does the rest of the world respond? They try to tell Israel to give up their land so we can have peace. By doing this, they also reject God's authority. The whole word rejects God and will force Israel to "give up land for peace". What will be the result? The nations will be destroyed.
What hope do we have? We simply put our trust in Christ because He promised, "I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." Revelation 3:10
Copyright 2007 by Gary Goodworth
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