War is nothing new to mankind. We have been involved in wars since the beginning of time and this is not something unique to our generation. Jesus said it would be so … until the end times when war will escalate into a global battle involving all the nations and kingdoms of this world.
“You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matt. 24:6,7a)
We are watching it happen as our “Global Village” prepares itself for the greatest conflict this world has ever seen – the great Battle of Armageddon.
War is the hallmark of our generation. A study of wars since 500 B.C. shows a dramatic increase in recent years. The 20th Century saw five major wars – World War I, World War 11, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf War – with a death poll of 59,5 million according to the Academic American Encyclopaedia, Electron Version (Danbury, Conn Grolier, 1995). The 21st Century has kept up the pace.
Never has the world seen so much conflict on a global scale as it is experiencing at this present time. Nation is rising up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom and it is estimated that, of the 82 world conflicts since just 1990, all except three have been civil or ethnic.
Every day our news headlines tell us about trouble in Chechnya, Bosnia, Africa, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and other parts of the world. Our hearts break as we watch little children, elderly people, and innocent citizens suffer dreadfully.
The Middle East is a power keg just waiting to explode, as the nations race to acquire more potent weapons and Israel struggles to keep her land. Everybody is involved as world rulers struggle to bring about some sort of fragile peace – and world citizens watch developments on their television screens.
The more men cry out for peace, the worse things seem to get. The words of Jesus are being literally fulfilled right before our eyes.