End of the World as We Know It - Part 1 

School shootings. Unfathomable cruelty on every corner of the earth. The senseless slaughter of defenseless men, women, and children by the thousands.  Moral bankruptcy. The most powerful nation on the planet has debt exceeding $17 trillion. The daily threat of the annihilation of the nation of Israel (and the US). The awakening of the Russian Bear. The ever-growing influence and pressure of political correctness upon the Church. 
What does it all mean? Does the Bible talk about these issues?
The short answer to these rhetorical questions is YES! As this world appears to be unraveling at the seams, people have real questions. Even non-Believers have questions. There are many news shows, documentaries, and even countless references on every day television that illustrates the world’s questions with what’s going on these days. Christians certainly have questions as well. It’s easy to look at the evil influences on this world and feel hopeless. However, God’s Word is chocked full of scriptures that will encourage you.
I’ve been leading a Bible study at my home church for the past few months about how God’s Word perfectly lines up with the things going on right before our eyes. I thought that perhaps some of you who are friends on this page or go to our website occasionally might enjoy venturing through the study with us. We’ve recently started the study over because many new members have shown a great interest in this topic of study. Perhaps you have friends or family members that might benefit form the study as well.
Even as I write this blog, the continued murder of thousands take place in the Middle East. I often ponder the question of how one could cut another’s head off, or burn them alive, and not even be bothered by it. Not only that, but there’s often rejoicing over these gruesome acts from within each radical sect. I’m reminded of this prophetic word of Paul (as inspired by the Holy Spirit).
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron
I Timothy 4: 1-2
When one’s conscience is seared with a hot iron, it’s as if they no longer feel anything. They cannot empathize with the pain of a torturous death, so it’s done without regard. That would be the only way to explain such despicable acts that we’re seeing over and over.  Christianity is on the verge of extinction in some North African and Middle Eastern countries because of the slaughter. The absolutely heartbreaking part is the fact that those responsible feel that they are doing what their God wants. Look at the words of Jesus from about 2000 years ago:
“….the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God a service.”
John 16: 2
It’s amazing how accurate God’s Word is, and I’ve only scratched the surface in this brief overview. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is the only God who has declared the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).  You will be amazed at the enormity of the scriptures that have spoken with 100% accuracy of future of events that are now passé (or is history as of today). If you are a skeptic of Christianity, I encourage you to stay tuned to this blog space. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit might use this study of our world and how it connects to scripture, to lift the veil off of blinded eyes.
Shane Bowers

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