In this blog post, and in the next four posts, we will examine the scriptures to see what God has told us about what this world will be like just before Jesus comes to rapture us. And since I believe that these are the last days and that He could come any day, what we will describe is what this earth is like now.
What This World Is Like Now, Just Before
The Rapture – Part One
1. False prophets mislead many (1 Tim. 4:1; Matt. 24:11). This is probably one of the most evident indications of the last days—that false teachers who are influenced by demons and who teach their doctrine mislead many. This activity is not as widespread as it will be in the Tribulation, but we do see it more and more on college campuses and even in some churches.
2. A great proliferation of evil (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13). This trend, again, will be the greatest during the Tribulation, however we certainly can see it now. The result is that many will be deceived and the truth lost. Paul in 2 Timothy 3:2-5 reveals to us nineteen characteristics of this evil:
…men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;
That last point, “holding to a form of godliness,” I think is most interesting because it shows us the great deception of evil—that some mannerisms of people may appear as godliness when it is not. Thus we have to be careful in our judgments of people, to make sure they are true.
3. Wars breaking out all over the world (Matt. 24:6). Just as evil grows worse and worse, so it is with war; the more people are infected with evil (in all of its characteristics) the more they will hate each other and choose war.
4. Famine (Matt. 24:7; Rev. 6:5-6). Famine in the world is growing worse and worse every day and is a constant sign that His coming is near. Many countries of Africa are presently in the worse shape. It has been reported in many sources that people in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen are starving to death. One article reports that in these countries “famine now threatens 20 million people.”[i]
The cause is not so much to do with drought (though that is some of the cause), but to war and violence. Hence, because of violent war groups, people are afraid to leave their homes, fish, plant, or trade. The threat of war also limits aid workers from helping. Many workers have been killed, and also much of the food delivered has been raided. In some cases starvation is used by evil groups as a war tactic.[ii]
[i] Max Bearak and Laris Karklis, “Starving to death,” at https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/2017-famines/?utm_term=.adbc2e05f238