We have just completed our study of what things will
be like in heaven, immediately prior to the beginning of the judgments of the
Tribulation (the unsealing of the scroll).
We need to make a very quick review of how life will
be back on earth, at the time immediately prior to and at the time of the
And briefly, Jesus has already told us that it will
be just like the time in Noah’s day, immediately prior to the flood, and even
right up until the time when Noah and his family boarded the Ark.
People were basically indifferent and did not care
nor even consider the signs of their times.
Then disaster struck with the flood and everyone
That is the power of arrogance. It makes you ignore
truth. It makes you ignore facts. It blinds you to the events that are going on
around you. It makes you think that life
is going to continue on and on without any significant changes as far as you are concerned.
For over a hundred years, Noah was building the
ark, and preaching the end is near. Everyone
knew what was going on as far as the ark was concerned. Everyone knew that the rains were coming and that
a flood was going to wipe out life. But
then no one had ever seen rain prior to the rain for the flood, as the earth
was watered with mists and springs. So
they scoffed at the idea of volumes of water sitting high up in the sky on
nothing but air.
What a silly idea.
Life went on as before. Noah constructed the ark, people got married,
partied, went to work and did whatever they did on a daily basis as though
nothing significant was going on in the world.
And so it will be during the final generation of
the Church Age. Life will go on as
though nothing significant will be on the horizon as far as history is
concerned. Marriages will occur, babies
will be born, people will party and work and plan their retirement, etc., etc.,
etc. Just as they are
doing in our present day.
However, Jesus, and others, gave us a significant
list of things that were going to occur as history approached the time of the
Rapture. And though we do not know its
exact date, we can look at history and see that it is indeed approaching.
The list includes things like the rise of
incompetent leaders, a population explosion, a technology explosion, conflict,
a rise of apostasy, and many more things.
I will not list them all here, you can go to
the Bible study library and get the list from the List Library.
The rise of unqualified leaders and the rise of a
great apostasy will be the two primary ingredients that will pave the way for
the anti-christ coming into power, once believers are
removed from the world via the Rapture.
With unqualified leaders comes economic hard times
and other hardships in the world. With an
apostate population, the lack of and indifference toward truth, will serve to
lead them to want and even pursue anyone who promises ‘change’ or ‘reform’ or a
‘solution’ to their problems.
And remember that apostasy is the rejection of
truth and all of the principles that accompany truth, so every principle of
truth will be resented, rejected, and attacked with a fervor by leaders, by the
media, and by the general population.
Some of the fundamental principles of truth besides
Christ and the Gospel, are volition, freedom,
marriage, family, free enterprise, nationalism and so forth. These will be systematically dismantled by
concepts of government regulation and decision making processes for you, loss
of freedoms, alternate lifestyles, socialism, internationalism (one world government,
one monetary system), and so forth.
Even today we see a phenomenal push for health care
and global warming, both of which are to be decided by the governments of the
world. Both of which put the decision
making in the hands of an elite few, and leaving the general population at their
mercy. And if you do not comply, then you are punished, penalized, bankrupted,
losing all you have.
God established the divine laws of establishment to
prevent just such atrocities. All of
humanity has to have boundaries within which they can function, so that
humanity can continue with some semblance of normalcy in this devils
world. But when you remove the
boundaries, when you remove conscience, legitimate laws that protect rights,
constitutions, freedoms and liberties and private ownership, then you open up
the door for tyranny and atrocities.
The world will believe that it is headed for
prosperity and better times, even in the face of statistics proving that it is
The Bible teaches that the world is headed toward
its own horrible self extinction.
And so, while the band plays on and people dance
their way into the delusion of the world, in heaven the scene is opening up
with another view of history and destiny.
And that destiny is the truth which will stop evil and save humanity.
It was written in eternity past. People are aware of it. And humanity will walk right into their own demise, with their eyes wide open (with
You should want to be on the side the winner, and
not on the side of the loser, and your daily Bible study (or lack of it) will
determine where you will end up.
End of study