Many simply ask, “Why is this happening? Now? In our country? In the world? Is it all leading to a giant cataclysm, predicted by people like Nostradamus and the prophets of the Bible, or is it just another little downturn we have to muddle through to get to the good times again?”
In many ways, it appears that a tremendous confrontation of nations, economies, and military powers is imminent. Is there any way to survive?
Christian theology repeatedly warns of a coming period of “Great Tribulation” which will virtually destroy the world as we know it.
The Shiite Muslims believe in a 12th Imam who will come and set everything right for them. Some, like the president of Iran, believe they can even usher in his reign by flinging a nuclear bomb into Israel and blowing the nation and its people to dust.
Other smaller cults have all kinds of bizarre beliefs about someone coming to save them. Several years ago, one group of people from the Heaven’s Gate cult committed suicide as a comet drew near, believing they would be united spiritually in a spaceship hidden in the wake of the comet.
Conservative Jews, of course, still await their Messiah, having rejected Jesus long ago. Most, however, believe little or nothing of their traditional religious roots, so what does it matter?
Do you get a sense that many people the world over seek some great, even supernatural person, perhaps God himself, to whisk in and save us all from ourselves?
Of all the different philosophies and theologies, who is right? Whom can we trust?
All these conflicts might be playing in the news in a theater near you. Meanwhile, persecution of many religious groups rages even in the U.S. Christianity takes daily shots from the media and various celebrities. Mormons are vilified and attacked for their values-oriented positions on moral issues. Jews continue to be despised the world over.
It’s nation against nation, community against community, and neighbor against neighbor everywhere you turn. Nuclear threats abound. Certain nations hunger to “wipe Israel off the planet,” to say nothing of the same sentiments toward the United States, Europe, and other nations that are “infidels” and don’t support their philosophies or religious beliefs.
Can anyone save us from such disasters? Can anyone prevent them from happening in the first place?
The longing for a leader who can “save us” from impending global warming, and economic and nuclear disaster grows stronger every day.
In the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, many called Barack Obama “the One,” the “Messiah,” and other grandiose names, believing his ideas of hope and change were what we all needed. People literally bowed before him as a political savior.
Within a couple of years into his tenure, the left was deeply disappointed in him for moving too slowly, and the right was angry because his policies went too far left. Those in the middle just wanted him to accomplish some necessary things like job-creation, reining in the deficit, reducing health care costs, and showing some adeptness in handling foreign affairs and the economy.
Obama may not have, to date, lived up to the hopes of being the Savior we seek. But if someone appeared on the world scene who seemed to have the words, the charisma and the sheer guts to lead the whole world into Utopia, would you be intrigued?
Would you be drawn in, especially if he was as strong on quoting the Bible as the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, Confucius, Moses, and L. Ron Hubbard? What if he seemed able to embrace all and pull us into a unity and harmony never seen before in history?
If he could bring peace among religious systems of belief, amalgamate them into one and show that he is the one they’ve longed for, would you commit?
We will look at the character and personality of this person in the chapters ahead, as predicted by credible authorities.
TO BE CONTINUED:
This blog is taken from this book which is now available on Amazon.com at:
The End of the World As We Know It (End Times Series)