We are well aware that today’s news indicates that our world may be on the edge of economic and political chaos. Earlier this year, an article in Fortune magazine on a different subject stated: “Too much is happening in the world. Politically, economically, and culturally momentous news is occurring on every continent seemingly every day, and it’s overwhelming for the hapless citizen striving to stay on top of it all” (Geoff Colvin, “A World in Chaos? That May Be a Good Thing,” Jan. 23, 2012).
An important role of The Good News is to help readers separate the wheat from the chaff in implementing Jesus Christ’s instructions of Luke 21:36 Luke 21:36Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
American King James Version×: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” This is part of the end-time prophecy Christ gave on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem. It summarizes the traumatic events that will take place prior to His second coming.
Between one fourth and one third of the Bible is prophecy. If we choose to ignore or seriously neglect such an extensive portion of God’s Word, we are depriving ourselves of crucial understanding of our modern world. After all, the prophet Amos did tell us, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7 Amos 3:7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.
American King James Version×).
Today we have the prophets and Christ’s apostles as well as the prophetic sayings of Christ Himself in the Gospel accounts. The apostle Peter wanted Christians to “be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2 2 Peter 3:2That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
American King James Version×, emphasis added). Portions of the apostolic writings were prophetic, including of course the book of Revelation.
For many years The Good News has been analyzing and explaining the changing world scene in the light of Bible prophecy, focusing in particular on three major prophesied trends—ongoing unrest in the Middle East setting the stage for a final devastating war, the rise of a new superpower centered in Europe, and the moral, spiritual, economic and geopolitical decline of the United States and the major English-speaking nations.
It’s no coincidence that all three regularly dominate our headlines. All were long ago foretold as key developments reshaping our world before the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to usher in the coming Kingdom of God—another key message regularly emphasized in the pages of The Good News.