meerkat-2Stop for a moment and take a “Meercat” look at what’s going on in the world. Look around and be discerning concering world events.  {God willing, this is the first of two posts on this topic.}  Update: Click here for part 2.

Communist China’s president Hu Jintao is to visit Cuba and the USA soon.  

Russia’s president Medvedev is to visit both Cuba and Venezuela in the near future.  

Russian Prime Minster Putin rattles his saber most recently toward breakaway Georgia.  

Hugo Chavez is a strong arm dictator that hates America and would love to see her downfall.

Iran’s president Ahmadinejad hates America and makes no secret that he wants Israel destroyed.

Iran now has missiles that are capable of hitting Israel and are considered a threat by European nations.  

Radical Muslim desire to destroy both Israel and America and use terror attacks to do it. 

With the global financial instability is a world wide economic depression possible? 

The morality of America is going to hades in a handbag (Abortion… Gay Marriage… etc.).

With these situations who knows what might happen tomorrow?  The old Cold War powers are testing each other’s resolve.  New powers are looking to move up in the pecking order.  Age old hostilities are being rekindled.  Financial instability has everyone worried.  The outcome is anyone’s guess at this point.

We have to wonder… Does the Bible have anything to say about these things?  Click here for another pertinent question.  Now consider the following…

     Matt 24:9 (Jesus) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 

     2 Tim 3:1 (Paul) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. (Does this describe the day we live in?)

     Rev 2:10 (Jesus) Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 

     Mark 13:19 (Jesus) For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be.  20 And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved.   But for the sake of the elect, whom He chose, He shortened the days. 

     Matt 24:37 (Jesus) As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  38  For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark,  39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.  40 Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left.  41 Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. 42 Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.  44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

     2 Thess 2:3 (Paul) Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day (Jesus’ return, the 2nd coming of Christ) will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness (Anti-Christ) is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

     John 16:33 (Jesus) I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

     Matt 13:20 (Jesus) As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,  21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.  22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (The CHURCH may soon go through a time of testing, purification, and cleansing.  Yes Lord!  As You will for Your glory!!)