The End of the World: 1918
Greg Laurie has written yet another piece on the “end times” for the Christian Post.
“Pastor Greg Laurie pulled no punches in his warning to congregants of California-based Harvest Christian Fellowship Church Thursday night, explaining that Christians are living in the last days and tougher times lay ahead, in a message based on the Bible’s book of Revelation 6-19 titled “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”
“We are living in the last days and, yes, the worst is yet to come,” said Laurie, listing major signs of the end times: “Antichrist. Armageddon. The great tribulation period. The four horsemen of the apocalypse.”
The historic Doomsday Clock is ticking ever closer to global catastrophe, Laurie explained, saying according to scientists, it registers “3 minutes ’til Doomsday,” when it says the world will experience a nuclear Armageddon.”
The main evidence given by Laurie is that of the Iran-Israel conflict.
This pretty much ignores the fact that Israel has the ability to nuke Iran into the Stone Age should the need arise.
Are things today worse than they’ve ever been?
Let’s look at another year…1918.
The world is at war.
Technology has enabled weaponry advances that create casualties at a rate unknown before in history.
By the time the war is over at least 15 million people are dead.
The seeds of future conflicts, including those in the Middle East, are planted.
Those war numbers pale in comparison to the 50 million people who die in a worldwide influenza epidemic.
Antibiotics and modern surgical techniques are still decades away from common use…so the death rate from (now) curable disease is off the charts.
Freedom of speech is legally curtailed by Congress to suppress criticism of American involvement in the war.
German immigrants are looked at with hostility and suspicion; “In the wake of the declaration of war, Wilson classified German immigrants over the age of fourteen as enemy aliens who had to surrender all firearms and wireless radios, as well as register for Selective Service so the government could monitor their whereabouts. They were also prohibited from living next to military installations. Schools banned German-language instruction, orchestras stopped playing German music in public, and towns drew up laws that prevented aliens from voting.”
The traditional Christian church is at war with German higher criticism and the historic mainline churches are abandoning the “fundamentals” of the faith.
It was a difficult time in history…but Jesus didn’t return.
The Apostle Peter said we were already in the end times 2000 years ago.
I believe that.
I also believe there have been much more difficult times to live in, with much greater “signs” than we see now.
Might I suggest that instead of trying to convince people of how bad things are that we give thanks for how incredibly good things are in comparison?
Granted, it won’t sell books or generate click bait, but it may please Jesus enough to come pick us up sooner than later…