What in the world is going on in the world? Are we in the end-times? Is this just part of the normal “growing pains” of this planet we call Earth? What in the world is going on with our world?
There are the self-proclaimed prophets out there declaring they know with all certainty that the end of the world is upon us. There are those who say the exact date is December 21, 2012 (based on the Mayan calendar). However, many of these same people said the same thing would occur on January 1, 2000 and yet we are still here.
Are we in the end-times? I don’t know. Do you? I do know one thing for certain – only God knows and He isn’t telling us. Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matt. 24:36-38 NIV).
Our world is in a heap of trouble, we all know that for certain. There is political unrest both here and abroad. There is geographical and geological unrest upon this world. This planet of ours is in a state of constant change. Landscapes change, temperatures change, topography changes, people change. Is there anything we can do?
The answer is a most resounding “YES.” Jesus went on to say, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matt. 24:42-44 NIV).
Okay, we are to keep watch for we do not know when the end will come. What else can we do? Simple – pray. As the psalmist said, “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” (Ps. 18:3).