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Extortion Grows Around the Globe

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Recently in South Africa, criminals strapped an explosive device to an ATM technician and forced him to open the machines he was hauling so they could steal the money (Institute for Security Studies, February 18, 2021). Thankfully, the victim was released after the ordeal. Extortion efforts like this are being used with increasing frequency by cartels and gangs around the globe.

Experts say that tactics such as these demonstrate the extreme lengths to which crime syndicates are willing to go. For all the measures taken to defend against them—by law enforcement agencies and the financial industry—criminal organizations continue to display a dangerous willingness to raise the stakes themselves, including the use of stolen explosives.

God warned that at the end of the age, especially in Israelite-descended nations like South Africa, terror and terrorist acts should be expected (Leviticus 26:16). Bible prophecies also warn that the social and moral fabric of these nations would begin to decay rapidly: “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey” (Isaiah 59:14–15). Individuals and organizations that do not follow these evil ways will stand out and invite attacks because they are trying to act morally.

Events such as this should motivate followers of the God of the Bible to “sigh and cry” over the abominations they see in the land (Ezekiel 9:4)—and pray more fervently “Thy Kingdom come.” Jesus Christ promised He will return (John 14:1–3), and His return will bring peace and justice to this earth. When we look around, we see powerful reasons why this world needs Him to return soon. For even more reasons, read our article “Seven Reasons Why Christ Must Return.”