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Has Man Gone Mad?

Everywhere we see man’s madness toward one another particularly in the form of oppression and violence. A civil war in Syria and Middle Eastern countries have led to the highest number of refugees ever – over 60 million. The trade in illegal drugs and the resulting crime and violence plagues many nations and millions of human beings. Violence against women, immigrants and others have led to incidents like the 49 individuals recently slaughtered in Orlando, FL by a single gunman. Nations continue to purchase and stockpile more and more weapons to protect their leadership, their borders and their place in the world. Nations such as Iran and North Korea are pursuing nuclear weapons to increase their power and threaten their neighbors.

Jesus described our day in these terms: “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matt. 24:21 NASB) The prophet Joel describes our day and associates it with the gathering of the nations against Israel. “Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare a war; rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near, let them come up! Beat your plowshares into swords And your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am a mighty man.’” (Joel 3:9,10 NASB) Terrorists and hackers have become mighty men and have at times had huge influence over their fellow men.

God, because He knows the end from the beginning, knew that man’s disobedience in Eden would lead to this result. (Isa. 46:10) However, He also knew it was the best way to teach man the heartache, misery and destruction that would result from sin. Therefore, God allowed man to experience the result of disobeying His principles of truth and righteousness.

While the situation looks unfixable to us, God has everything under control. “Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.” (Psa. 76:10) God will allow the situation to continue until Armageddon when through Christ and the church He directly intervenes, saves Israel and brings this present, evil order of things to an end. Jesus mentioned this in Matt. 24:22 (NASB): “Unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

The apostle Paul writes, “Now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.This expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.” (Heb. 12:26-28 NASB) Christ’s unshakeable kingdom will bring man’s madness to an end and offer mankind the chance for peace, health and everlasting life.

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