In a recent visit to a northern Italian cemetery, the Pope made some profound remarks. “Pope Francis has said the spate of conflicts around the globe today were effectively a ‘piecemeal’ Third World War, condemning the arms trade and ‘plotters of terrorism’ sowing death and destruction… Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction” (Aljazeera, September 14, 2014).
It is interesting to consider that the “wars and rumors of wars” that pervade the globe could be a “piecemeal Third World War.” However, Christ warned that these events are just “the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8). The real Third World War is yet to come – a time pictured in part by the biblical Feast of Trumpets. This 3.5-year period of worldwide war or “tribulation” will result in the deaths of literally billions of people (Revelation 6:7-8, 9:13-15). This full-blown World War III will not be piecemeal but global, and will result in the return of Christ as the King of Kings, and the establishing of His throne on the earth (Revelation 19:11-16). This war was described by Christ as a time “such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). It will truly be “the war to end all wars.”
For more information on the reality of this coming time – a time that will not be mistaken – be sure to read our booklet Revelation: The Mystery Unveiled!