After 54 years of animosity, Cuba and the U.S. “formally restored diplomatic relations after an agreement struck last year putting aside decades of hostility came into force. Just after midnight local time [July 20, 2015], the diplomatic missions of each country became full embassies. The Cuban flag was raised on Monday at the newly opened embassy in Washington… Outside of the embassy, crowds of people cheered as the Cuban national anthem played and three Cuban soldiers stood at attention while the flag was raised” (BBC News, July 20, 2015).
While many rejoice at this news, many are apprehensive and wonder what this geopolitical shift will bring. What many do not realize is that God is actively guiding the course of history according to His plan (see Daniel 4:17, 25, 35). Bible prophecies have long foretold that just before Jesus Christ returns, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world... and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14). The true gospel is not about going to heaven (Acts 2:34; 13:36; John 3:13). It is about a coming world government that will be established by Jesus Christ at His return that will bring peace to this earth (Isaiah 9:6-7; Revelation 11:15-18). The opening of Cuba may open the door to that powerful message for a people in need of justice, righteousness, mercy and truth.
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