London's Sunday Telegraph editorial reaction to the Norwegian mass killing in late July becomes highly appropriate for describing a whole range of disturbing trends afflicting humankind around the globe. "It is a salutary reminder that anarchy and tragedy can erupt even in the least likely venues: The complacent dictum that 'it could never happen here' no longer applies anywhere. In our dangerous and uncertain world, there are no safe havens. Nor is the nature of the threats we face predictable or consistent" (July 24).
Continuing troubles and tragedies
And yet in spite of our increasing mega-troubles, hope often springs eternal in the breast of mankind. We are all aware of the looming prospect of possibly plunging back into a global recession, perhaps much worse than the one from which we just emerged. Even more disturbing in one sense is the worldwide decline of religious freedom. A recent report by Pew Research Center's Forum on Religious and Public Life has shown that this is really happening. "Nearly a third of the globe's population—2.2 billion people—live in countries where religious persecution increased between 2006 and 2009" (Thomas S. Kidd, USA Today, August 23).
The ultimate solution is coming!
Yet we somehow believe that things can still change for the better. And we're right! Over three decades ago, an American newsweekly magazine wrote about the world needing "A Strong Hand from Somewhere." This evokes a divine solution to our minds.
Indeed divine intervention remains our only real hope for deliverance from the box canyon that mankind has willingly entered, but without fully realizing how. Jesus Christ promised a solution from above which would occur before humanity destroyed itself from the face of the earth (see Matthew 24:21-22). Over 300 prophecies in the Bible promise Christ's return to planet earth to save us from ourselves. "Behold the Lord God shall come with a strong hand and His arm shall rule for Him. Behold His reward is with Him, and His work [of salvation] before Him" (Isaiah 40:10).
One of God's annual Holy Days commemorates Christ's second coming to planet earth where He was before some 2,000 years ago. Many Christians celebrate this benchmark, world-shaking event by observing the little-known and even less-understood Day of Trumpets. Christ arrives on this earth at the seventh and last Trump. "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud [angelic] voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15).
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