A German news source recently reported, “Ansbach, Munich, Würzburg, Nice, Brussels—in light of the many horrific news stories, many are asking: What’s the matter with 2016? Has the world gone mad?... Something seems to be coalescing and brewing… Each new development seems to come a bit faster than the last… We are living in an age of shocks and crises that could well be traumatizing in their rapid succession and concentration, since it’s not yet clear whether they’re only a temporary jolt or the beginning of a trend with no end in sight” (Der Spiegel, July 25, 2016).
However, Jesus Christ predicted nearly 2,000 years ago that the approaching end of the age would be marked by false prophets and spreading wars, famines, pestilences—and that these events would be just “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:3-8). Bible prophecies also indicate the end of the age will be marked by selfish materialism, pride, pleasure-seeking, scandals, brutal activities, and the rejection of moral values (2 Timothy 3:1-5). Because of this descent into chaos, Jesus Christ is going to return to this earth and put an end to the evils and suffering that plague the world (Revelation 11:15-18). Jesus warned that those living at the end of the age should “watch” for world events that line up with Bible prophecies so they are not taken by surprise when He returns to establish the Kingdom of God (Matthew 24:42-44). For more information about events that will precede the return of Jesus Christ, be sure to read or listen to Fourteen Signs Announcing Christ’s Return.