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The Tide of Our Times

“Peace and Safety” is the siren song playing in the background as the world continues its relentless march into the end-times and the awaiting arms of the Antichrist and his false prophet. Designated as the “Millennium Summit,” the UN’s 55 th session opened to the “largest-ever gathering of world leaders” in history with a call to unity and peace as 149 world leaders met to “ponder what kind of global society they hope to achieve.” Peacekeeping was the overarching theme with the agenda for the world’s elite including everything “from Albanian refugees to zinc mining” as well as plans to “ratify a record 514 multilateral treaties.” Surely with this latest summit, the world continues to move closer to that time “when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them” (I Thess. 5:3).

Incredible! Absolutely incredible! Yes, out of the “spiritual summit” which preceded the Millennium Summit came a pronouncement from the pit of hell! During this summit of world religious leaders, reports tell us that over 1,000 religious leaders came together in a show of unity—“cardinals, rabbis, and patriarchs joined shamans, bodhisattvas, gurus, and other ‘living gods’—to encourage the faiths to bury ancient enmities and cooperate in resolving world conflicts.” This should cause one to shudder. And as troublesome as all of this may be, even more unbelievable is the statement coming out of this so-called spiritual summit declaring all religions to be equal!

Which brings up one more question. “Just how close are we to the end, really?”

Something New and quite amazing has been occurring at high school football games in towns and cities across America during the current fall football season. It seems that in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling effectively banning “organized” public prayer before the game (in the case Santa Fe Independent School District vs. Doe), that a groundswell of “spontaneous” pregame prayer has erupted in numerous places throughout the nation. In some localities, literally thousands of fans have joined in the “prayer rebellion” by uniting in a recitation of the Lord’s prayer immediately following the national anthem. As to the reasons behind this grassroots movement, one person was quoted as saying (and aptly so), “it’s not about praying anymore. It’s about our rights and freedoms being take away.” For the record, the court’s ruling “banned prayers before football games [only] if the school initiated and promoted it.”

“A new world religion will arise.” Thus reads the beguiling subheading found in an article dealing with future trends and the predictions of a well-known “trendspotter.” It’s interesting to note that this “new religion” will be “based more on something loosely defined as ‘spirituality’ than on specific creeds” and thus made to “appeal to the next generation.” Surprising? Not really. This is actually not new at all. The origins of this “new religion”—whatever its final form may be—are as old as the Garden of Eden and the fall of mankind. If you listen carefully, you may even hear the hiss of the Serpent as he subtly whispers, “Ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5). For a very brief description of this final world religion, see Revelation Chapter 13, verse 8: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the Antichrist], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

“Are we living in the Last Days?” is a very pertinent question indeed. From the seething cauldrons of hatred in the Middle East and elsewhere to the mapping of the human genome—“ God's instruction book for life”—even as we watch we see many strange and exciting developments taking place in the realms of human knowledge and experience. Surely the signs of the times are multiplying before our very eyes and the Rapture of the Church and the start of the Tribulation could be very soon. Jesus is coming! Are we ready?

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