Time Running Out On Mankind
Earlier, it was mentioned how the world will collapse under the huge amount of debt the major nations have already accumulated. America is a sterling example of deficit spending- borrowing to run a big federal government- for her growing social programs, and to fight no-win wars in far-off lands. Here is what has happened to the US national debt. It took 200 years for our nation to grow to $1 trillion in debt; then 10 years later 1986, $2 trillion. By 1992, it doubled to $4 trillion, and doubled again in 2005 to $8 trillion. Today in 2012, the US national debt is almost $16 trillion, representing about $50,000 per person for everyone living in America. Since Pres. Obama took office just 3 1/2 years ago, our national debt has ballooned over 60%, from $10 trillion to $16 trillion. (Source: theeconomiccollapseblog.com).
With just normal progression, where would you think the US national debt and the US$ will be in three or four years? Since Pres. Nixon in 1971 closed the ‘gold window’ for foreign nations to exchange their US$ into gold, the value of the US$ today is only worth 18 cents in purchasing power, and will continue to lose value due to excessive printing of US$ by the Federal Reserve Bank. The present US national debt situation is untenable, as nations of the world are dumping their weakening US$, and seeking another world reserve currency to replace the US$, which has been king since 1943. Before this happens, the US national debt will exceed $20 trillion and the US$ will be worth less than 10 cents. A financial collapse will certainly occur in the next few years, if not sooner!
Mankind’s 6000 Years Almost Over- Jesus Will Soon Return
The 6000-year period since Adam is significant because it signifies that we are living in the last days of mankind. The Bible speaks of the last days of mankind. Peter stated ‘that one day is with the Lord as a 1000 years, and a 1000 years as one day..’ 2Pe3:8,9. So by God’s own reckoning, from Adam till today is six days, or 6000 years. As God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the 7th day, God will soon rest when Jesus Christ returns and establishes His millennial kingdom on earth. But before this happens, all the terrible judgments and woes cited in the book of Revelation will come to pass before He returns. There are many signs pointing to the last days. God has chosen the nation of Israel to reveal His timetable. A significant sign is the rebirth of the nation of Israel. On May 14, 1948, after 2500 years of foreign rule, the Jews returned to their homeland by a UN decree. In concession for the 6 million European Jews killed during WWII, the Jews were allowed to ingather from many nations into Israel. The prophet Isaiah rhetorically asked ‘Who hath heard such a thing? .. shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children’ Is66:8. In 1948, the nation of Israel was born at once. Another sign, Jesus foretold 2000 years ago, that the Jews then would ‘fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled’ Lk21:24. The destruction of Jerusalem happened in 70 AD under the Roman Emperor Titus, and the Jews were led captivity into all nations. But in the 1967 Six Day War, for the 1st time in 2500 years, Israel was able to regain control of Jerusalem from the Gentiles by miraculously defeating a superior multi-national force. Zech14:1-3 foretell of a final war involving all nations against Israel which will occur soon, and that ‘the Lord shall go forth and fight against those nations’. God promised Abraham, ‘And I will make of thee a great nation.. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed’ Ge12:2,3. In the end, those nations that side with Israel will be blessed, and those against her will be cursed. Jesus will then reign from Jerusalem over the world for 1000 years. Here we see that God’s 7000-year plan for mankind is integrally and mysteriously tied in with the nation of Israel.
Another sign of the last days is the increase in man’s arrogance and immorality. Paul said ‘that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away’ 2Ti3:1-5 (very little repentance, salvation, healing, and deliverance in today’s churches). Still another key sign, Jesus foretold of rampant deception in the last days Mt24:4,5,11,24. Through deception by many false prophets and false christs, the churches today are in steep apostasy. Paul wrote speaking of the Antichrist, ‘that the day of Lord shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition’ 2Th2:3. We are certainly living in the last days before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Satan’s 6000-Year Dominion Soon Coming To An End
Through the 6000 years of civilization, kingdoms have risen and fallen. Satan controlled all of them, using evil men to do his bidding. Satan even offered to give Jesus: ‘all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them.. will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me’ Mt4:8,9. The strong prey upon the weak; the mighty, the helpless. There have been countless wars, battles, and conflicts resulting in many deaths. Rapes, suicides, murders, and killings are common. People worship Satan, many false gods, and money. False religions and idolatry proliferate, keeping people in ignorance, and in fear and bondage. Sicknesses, diseases, famines, pestilence, and natural disasters are commonplace. Satan has killed many people, stolen many souls, and continues to destroy mankind Jn10:10. Satan has caused multitudes to go to hell. However, Satan’s dominion over mankind is soon coming to a close. The Bible states ‘Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time’ Re12:12. Jesus will soon return to battle the beast and the false prophet, and will cast them both into the lake of fire Re19:19,20. Then an angel from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand will bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit for a 1000 years Re20:1,2. When Satan is bound, this ends his 6000-year dominion over mankind, and he loses all his kingdoms. Re11:15 states ‘the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever’. The 7th 1000-year of God’s plan for mankind as found in the Bible, the 7th day, the day of God’s rest, will then come to pass. A new age of righteousness, peace and joy is coming when Jesus, the Prince of Peace, returns to establish His kingdom on earth. Then after Jesus 1000-year reign, there will be a new heaven and a new earth for the first heaven and earth were passed away Re21:2. New Jerusalem, the holy city, the bride of Christ, will descend out of heaven from God Re21:2,9,10. Eternity will then begin!
God’s Plan For Mankind- a Holy People For Himself
In the process of the 6000 years of mankind since Adam, God has been calling a holy people unto Himself to be separated from the world, and to follow Him. To achieve that, God sent Jesus Christ to save us and to be our example. God then gave us His Holy Spirit to lead us; to be like Christ, and the Holy Bible to guide us in our walk. An acronym for the BIBLE is ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth’; another, ‘Believers Instruction Book for Life Eternal’. Because God is Love 1Jn4:8, He wants to give us everything that He has. But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give it only to those that are holy and deserving. So this is the reason why God created us– to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- to be His heirs. Ro8:16,17 state ‘we are the children of God.. heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together’. Ro8:29 says ‘For whom (God) did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that (Jesus) might be the firstborn among many brethren’. Re21:7 states ‘He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son’. Mt25:34 says ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’. God wants us to reign with Jesus Christ in his millennial kingdom Re5:10. Finally, God wants to give us His glory Jn17:22, and for us to become like Him Ep3:19. Heb2:10 states ‘It became (God).. in bringing many sons unto glory..’. Our short time on earth is just a testing period for God to find out who is worthy to receive His glory. God is preparing a holy people unto Himself for eternity, which goes far beyond the Bible’s 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind. In short, God wants us to be like Him Ep3:19,1Jn3:2, and to give us everything that He has, including eternity- forever and ever. Amen!