Once, while I was waiting to watch the news, I remember several ads that were playing. There was nothing remarkable in this, by itself; ads are part of the daily bombardment of modern society. What got my attention this time, however, was that one ad was about a video game, and the narrator mentioned right from the start: “Rated for Teenagers.” I then saw image after image of men in body armor shooting other men in body armor, of explosion after explosion. They were selling destruction—supposedly saving a world from something, but destroying everything in their path. Right afterwards was an ad introducing a new Star Wars video game, saying: “You are part of the Rebel Alliance, set to destroy the Empire.” Again, violence, war and destruction were promoted.
Is this where we are headed?
Following the killing of a teenager in Chicago, one CNN article was titled: “Lord, when is this going to end?” It is sad to say, but not until things have gotten much worse. The Bible gives a very clear warning to the world: “The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:8). The verses before and after this passage describe the society we are living in. There is no justice; there is no righteousness—which is to obey God’s law, the Ten Commandments. This includes keeping the Sabbath, a day of rest and peace, which God provides for us every week and that must be observed.
Our feet are running to do evil and we despise God’s law. Again God warns us that failing to obey Him brings curses:
“But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. I will set My face against you, and you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you, and you shall flee when no one pursues you” (Leviticus 26:14–17).
A society that promotes and lives by the sword, that pushes God out of their lives, that does not want to live according to God’s laws and His way of life, is bound to reap what they are sowing.
The only way to prevent this from continuing would be a national repentance and turning back to the way of the God of the Bible. Sadly, every day that passes, we can see that this will not occur. We are hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Nations are increasing their budgets for armament. The rhetoric of many in the United States right now is: “Arm yourself.” The same is happening everywhere. Bigger, faster, more powerful. Warlike nations with little hope of victory along with the world’s greatest superpowers rattle sabers, to the unsettlement of all: “You do not scare us, we will destroy you.”
Where is this all heading? The Bible tells us that: “the love to the many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). This will bring about wars between ethnicities and between nations, and the world will be going for total destruction. The solution is the return of Jesus Christ, the One who will put an end to the tragedy that will spread to the whole world. Only the return of Christ will prevent humankind’s annihilation. For more information of this vital topic, order the free booklet Armageddon and Beyond, or download it directly from this Web site.