What's Ahead

by Bill Rudge

After spending much time in prayer, fasting, and biblical research, I believe we are at a very crucial time in the history of the United States, Israel, and the world. So what’s ahead?

The world will become more violent and immoral. Wars and rumors of wars and extreme weather conditions will intensify. There will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. Thefts, lies, and deception will be rampant. There will be increased surveillance and monitoring of virtually every detail of everyone’s lives and movement toward a world currency and government.

Anti-God agendas will target virtually every aspect of Christianity. In contrast, occult and New Age beliefs and practices will be embraced by growing multitudes as all areas of society –– even many churches –– will be infiltrated with sorcery.

As a result of the increase in wickedness, the love of many will grow cold. Apostasy will continue its advance. Unbiblical teachings and practices, and even more bizarre forms of entertainment, will proliferate and be accepted in many churches. False prophets will mislead many with false signs and wonders.

Persecution of committed believers who maintain a testimony for Jesus and the Word of God will be widespread –– manifesting in every area of society from science and education to medicine and psychology. Nevertheless, the message of the Gospel will advance, as millions of people around the world come to faith in Jesus Christ –– even in Islamic countries, and regions where the Gospel is suppressed and believers are oppressed.

Israel will face mounting pressure to sign a peace treaty to resolve the Palestinian problem. Aspirations to rebuild the Temple will come to the forefront. A seven-year peace treaty will be signed with the one the Bible foretells as the Antichrist. He will break the peace agreement midway, unleashing the worst holocaust in history.

While the global dream of unity, prosperity, and peace will one day become a temporary reality, it will end a few years later in a worldwide nightmare of hostility, chaos, and devastation. This generation appears to be racing toward the literal fulfillment of Revelation!

God’s patience for America and the world will finally be exhausted as He looses regional, national, and global judgment, culminating in Armageddon. Christ will then conquer the Antichrist, False Prophet, and all the ungodly forces aligned against Him, before establishing lasting peace and restoring the Earth to Garden of Eden-like conditions.

All these signs and trends are birth pains which will ultimately lead to the birth of Messiah’s millennial kingdom. While I do not know when Jesus is coming back, I am convinced we are the generation of Christ’s second coming. We are living at a time when all believers in Jesus Christ must be faithful to Him and His Word, have discernment, stand strong, and persevere to the very end.

Jesus said in Luke 21:29 - 36 ––

“Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Although the day and age in which we are living is difficult and confusing, wisdom and strength are available to all who seek and trust the Lord. In the midst of seeming darkness and wickedness, the light and love of true believers will shine all the brighter. May you daily seek His face, diligently study His Word, purify your life, discern the signs of the times, be led by His Spirit, and remain faithful until the very end.