Several dramatic, violent events are shaking our world. Just recently, we have seen Russia invading Crimea and Ukraine; Palestinians raining down terror on Israel; an entire “state” of terrorism taking over much of Iraq and Syria; anti-Semites driving Jews out of Europe; Germany overtaking Europe’s militaries; Iran building the bomb. And that’s just in the past couple of months.
With all this upheaval taking place around you, what is your reaction?
America has “rarely been stronger,” President Barack Obama said on May 28. He believes critics who challenge that assessment are either misreading history or are partisan ideologues. “Our economy remains the most dynamic on Earth, our businesses the most innovative,” he said. “The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century past, and it will be true for the century to come” (emphasis added throughout).
The sickening scene is now all too familiar: a radical Islamist, dressed in black, standing above a Western prisoner, who is kneeling with his hands behind his back. The victim’s head is shaved, and he’s wearing an orange tunic. He reads a prepared statement denouncing the United States. Then the jihadi starts talking. He says that what he is about to do is revenge for American strikes against the Islamic State. Then he takes out a short knife and cuts off the head of the prisoner.
Last week marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. It was a tragedy the world had never experienced before. It is a vivid and deeply emotional memory that is printed in the minds of each American—watching a jumbo jet plunge into a skyscraper, a ball of fire emerging with plumes of black smoke pouring out the side, and then fifteen minutes later watching the same thing happen again. Later that day another plane hit the Pentagon and another crashed into a Pennsylvania field. September 11, 2001, was one of America’s darkest days.
On September 18, Scotland will hold a major referendum. Voters will be asked: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The British government in London has promised to honor the outcome of the referendum. Basically, that means that if a majority of Scots vote “yes” next Thursday, the British government will renounce its sovereignty over Scotland.
The seven-week war between Hamas terrorists and Israel Defense Forces is now over—at least for the time being. Terrorists in Gaza launched missiles at civilians for weeks while the idf hit Gaza with airstrikes and even a ground incursion to shut down its smuggling tunnels. It’s estimated that more than 2,100 Palestinians died, along with 70 Israelis.
Why is there so much misunderstanding about the universe? There are two mainstream schools of thought about the source of the universe—are either of them based on sound, provable truths?
In Part 8 of this Revelation series we covered the fifth era of the Christian Church: Sardis. God said there was a few that remained faithful to God’s truth, but most people in this era failed in supporting God’s Work. Christ said to Sardis, “I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1). This era of God’s Church was spiritually dead.