What did Jesus say would
be the condition of the world just prior to His coming?
"As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the
Son of man." Luke 17:26. (See also verses 27-30, and Matthew 24:37-39.) In
the days of Noah, "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." "And the earth was filled with violence." Genesis
According to the parable
of the wheat and tares, how long do the good and bad remain together?
"The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom,
but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is
the devil." "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in
the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the
tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them." Matthew 13:38, 39, 30.
"The harvest is the end of the world." Verse 39.
Did Christ tell us that
worldwide preaching of the gospel would result in world conversion?
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for
a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew
How did Paul describe the
"In the last days perilous times shall come." 2 Timothy
3:1. "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and
being deceived." Verse 13.
How does Scripture
describe the state of international affairs?
"Proclaim ye this among the nations; prepare
war, stir up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up.
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the
weak say, I am strong." Joel
What statement by
Jeremiah about conditions in his day equally applies to our own time?
"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying,
Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jeremiah 6:14.
Will talking about world
peace create a false security?
"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, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of the creation." 2 Peter 3:3, 4. "For yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For
when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh
upon them... But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4.
What warning to Isaiah to
the faithful in his day should also be the Christian's reaction to last-day
"Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid." Isaiah 8:12. (See 1
Peter 3:14.) "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and
lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." Luke 21:28.