Daily, we read and see pictures of growing millions of distraught human beings fleeing their homelands in a desperate attempt to reach a place of safety. These people are increasingly arriving in Europe from Africa, the Middle East and other regions. Why? Because their human governments are failing. Because their own people are "desperate" to find a place where they and their children can have a reasonably sound feeling of physical safety and procure the basics of life, such as food, water and proper sanitation.
Yet, throughout the Middle East, Africa and many nations in Asia, South America and elsewhere, their governments are failing. Millions are literally starving right now in Venezuela. There are financial upsets and governments nearing bankruptcy in Brazil, Argentina and elsewhere throughout Latin America. Think of the hundreds of people being murdered, raped and tortured by the drug cartels in Mexico. Again, why?
When we read the inspired account in Genesis 6 of why God Almighty "destroyed" all flesh except the family of Noah, it becomes obvious that this present generation is coming very close to having reached the same degree of human degradation as Noah's period. For in that day: "The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence" (Genesis 6:11).
Dear readers, when we read the constant reports in the news about how corrupt governments all over the earth are oppressing and impoverishing their peoples, it is obvious that Almighty God will soon intervene! For God tells us in His Word: "For I am the Lord, I do not change" (Malachi 3:6).The unchanging Jesus Christ is coming soon (Revelation 11:15). That is in fact the only hope for this corrupt generation!
We in this Work have the wonderful opportunity right now to reach out to this world in growing power and proclaim the reality of the true God, the reality of Christ's Second Coming and the real meaning of life which so very few on earth truly understand. We in this Work are driving ourselves to proclaim God's Truth to this deceived and confused world. This Work of the living Jesus Christ is constantly growing in power and impact. I hope all of you regular readers are praying for the continued growth of this Work! We are grateful for the increase in our Tomorrow's World magazine subscriptions, which reached a new record of 539,000 unique individual subscribers receiving our March-April 2016 print edition. When you keep in mind that many copies are read by two or three people, this means that perhaps more than a million of our fellow human beings are being reached by each issue of this magazine!
Yet we want to be good stewards of the resources God provides. So, you will see that this issue's circulation number has gone down a bit. As many of you know, we ask those who have not been in touch with us for quite a while to "renew" their subscriptions. We are also finding ways to spread this message as cost-effectively as possible, and in ways to reach new audiences. Many of our readers, especially the younger ones, are "digital natives" who do most of their reading on the Internet—on their computers, or even on their smartphones. So, we are reaching out to those readers with a wonderful new "digital flipbook" version of this magazine. You can add it to your print subscription by going online to TomorrowsWorld.org/digital. You can even switch over to digital-only if you like.
Dear readers, let us remember that Jesus Christ commanded His servants: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). This Work is fulfilling that command far more powerfully than any other similar work on earth today! We are grateful that we can be used by God as His servants to carry out His commission. And most of all, we are grateful to Almighty God that we have this opportunity, that He is giving us the strength and is opening the "doors" (Revelation 3:8) to go through and reach the whole world with the end-time message of Christ and warn the peoples of this world in a way most of them have never heard before. Thank God! We really do need to look forward with absolute faith and joy to Christ's Second Coming, when He will "finish the Work" He has begun in this age today.
God is not mocked! All of these virtually insane and vile ideas and practices now circulating in our perverted society will soon come to an end when Christ returns as King of kings! Before that, however, God will have to absolutely shake this world so all nations will finally be willing to "listen" to His true servants and humble themselves to learn from His servants in Tomorrow's World. And we also need to prepare ourselves. Read my article, "Are You Willing To Change?" on page 5 of this magazine to learn what each of us must do!
The world often seems to be "coming apart" right in front of us, as Mr. Rod McNair explains in his article beginning on page 18 of this issue, "The Great Unraveling." Yes, things are growing worse, and will grow still worse before the very end. Referring to the very end of this age, Jesus said: "There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:25–28).
When all of us see these signs of the awesome power of the great God, as Christ returns in magnificent glory to rule this world, we can truly "lift up our heads" and be thankful and grateful that we have been willing to be the true servants of God at the end of this age! We can thank God for ever and ever that we have been inspired to give of our physical resources to help "feed" God's flock and with increasing power reach the more than seven billion of our fellow human beings alive today as true servants of the living God! Finally, planet Earth will be a true paradise, unlike the countless human utopias that have been hoped-for but have failed, as Mr. Richard Ames notes in his article, "Global Utopia: An Impossible Dream?" on page 10 of this issue.
We need to move forward ever more powerfully to proclaim this vital message, as the "darkness" is swiftly closing in on this world. And soon, when these things occur, we can be eternally grateful and filled with joy as we see our Savior and our elder Brother returning to give us the gift of eternal life.
This is our hope. And it is a very real hope! As our long-time readers of Tomorrow's World know, the events immediately preceding Christ's return are now well under way! So we can rejoice in Christ's promise: "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22:7). And again: "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work" (Revelation 22:12). Let us be sure that our "work" will afford us a wonderful reward when Christ comes back to rule over His Kingdom forever! Finally, Jesus promises: "Surely I am coming quickly" (Revelation 22:20).
Let us go "all out" in preparing for this magnificent event so we may "be there" when Christ returns as King of kings, and receive a wonderful reward for what we have done in His service at the end of this age!