"Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. "It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. Zechariah 12:2-3 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and Safety!" then destr uction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5:14-16
Have you seen the news lately?
“Moreover, this climate of fear and suspicion is constantly refuelled by the violence in the Middle East”, Kofi Annan said, adding: “We might like to think of the Arab-Israeli conflict as just one regional conflict amongst many. But it is not. No other conflict carries such a powerful symbolic and emotional charge among people far removed from the battlefield.”
Annan sees the United Nations as the only solution to the world’s woes. “Yes, I remain convinced that the only answer to this divided world must be a truly United Nations”, he said.
“All must play their part in a true multilateral world order, with a renewed, dynamic United Nations at its centre”, he said.
John-Henry Westen (2006, September 21) UN Chief Warns of Global War Over Religion, Says Only UN can Solve World's Problems, Life Site Ne ws, http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/sep/001.html60921
With countless people suffering in the world today--experiencing natural disasters, wars, and disease--there is a heightened sense of fear. It is shocking to see the tares, or should I say "terrors," growing together with the wheat. We can almost envision the angels beginning to bundle as we watch thous ands parading sin, boasting of darkness, and reveling in lawlessness.
Society has obviously moved far beyond the expectation that earthly government can adequately handle the mammoth task to protect us from, or accommodate all of the needs following a catastrophe. People are desperate for someone all-powerful to take over. Truly, only Emmanuel, who has the government upon His shoulders, can bestow Divine protection as the darkness gets darker. The Commander-in-Chief has issued a "code red" to His army, engaging those who love Him, to watch upon the wall and stand in the gap. In response to His beckoning, we lift our voices and shout His own promises back toward Heaven. "Mercy reigns over judgment" (James 2:13). May our Christian "emergency broadcasting systems" sound a clarion call throughout the earth!
Paulette Reed (2006, September 21) "ESTABLISHED IN LOVE--STRENGTHENED IN POWER", The Elijah List, ¶ 12. Retrieved September 21, 2006. http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word_pf.html?ID=4507
Isaiah 43:18 "Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past."