And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars…
The Bible predicts that a series of devastating wars will occur just before Christ returns. These battles will involve the Antichrist and his armies fighting against forces that seek to destroy his empire. The major powers involved with these wars will be Europe, the U.S., Russia, China, many nations surrounding Israel, and virtually every other nation on the face of the Earth. At the end, all nations will do battle near and within the nation of Israel as God gathers all their armies for destruction. This section is dedicated to explaining the prophecies dealing with these wars and how they fit with recent events. It will become evident that the world has been preparing for the Battle of Armageddon for decades. The political alignment of nations and their weapons capabilities are both signs that precisely correlate to Biblical prophecy and speak of the nearness of Christ’s Return.
War is often glorified when absent and abhorred when present. During times of peace, nations take pride in how their soldiers of the past have fought to maintain freedom and security for their country. Memories quickly move from the blood and horror of the killing fields to the celebration of victory and patriotism. This is true regardless of the country of origin, the ethnicity of the people, or the region of the world involved. The people of all nations want to think of their country as being powerful and victorious in battle, able to defend the homeland against all threats.
Through our actions, we continually prove that we are people of conflict—bound to return to the day of battle again and again. History books do not relish the records of quiet people living simple lives. Rather, they describe the greatness of an Alexander in battle or the unmatched strength of the British Armada on the high seas. The heroes and victories won in the wars of yesterday only serve to mask the reality of war.
No generation can say they are completely free from the threat of war. Jesus spoke of the inevitability of conflict when he prophesied of the signs of his coming. He said in the Gospel of Matthew:
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places.
“All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
If you are a Christian then you believe what the bible says about the end times. And although there is a lot of debate about how, when, where this will occur, you have to admit that things sure seem to be heading in that direction.