“Endure hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2TI 2:3
It's six a.m. The alarm goes off, producing a sudden jolt into half awareness and a string of sensations; confusion (Where is that noisy clock?)…disbelief (Is it morning already?)…and irritation (Do I have to get up and face this day with all its problems?)
We’ve all experienced similar reactions to the early morning jangle of an alarm clock. And we all know how waking up can be painful if the night has been too short, or if the upcoming day offers only problems and difficulties. In many ways, this illustrates where Christians today find themselves. A shrieking alarm is telling us that we are living in the last period of Church history, but most believers are resisting the wake-up call because it’s too painful or frightening. They are failing to heed Paul’s warning in 1TH 5:6, “So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.”
Across this land and around the world, Christian watchmen are sounding an alarm by questioning some rapid changes in politics, society, religion, and the economy:
What is this “New World Order” that world leaders are talking about?
Are the multitude of laws being rapidly pushed through our national and state legislatures designed to enslave us?
Why do we need a “national police force” of 100,000 men?
Are United Nations’ forces already training on U. S. soil?
Are the reports of over 40 detention centers located around this country true? Who is supposed to occupy them?
Why do the news and entertainment media portray Christianity (and Christians) in such negative terms, while presenting other religions like Islam and the New Age Movement in a positive light?
Why is anti-Semitism on the rise around the world?
Why is interest in the occult (i.e., psychics, channelers, astrologers, etc.) increasing?
Are we moving toward a cashless economic system? Why is this dangerous?
Credible spokesmen are providing specific answers to these and other disturbing questions about the times in which we live. And all their answers point to one conclusion: the world is being prepared for the rule of the Anti-Christ during the seven-year period of history called the Tribulation.
The Tribulation occurs during the last seven years of the Age of Israel, which was interrupted at Pentecost when the Church Age began. During the Tribulation, Satan will try to establish a one-world government under his rule; he will persecute the Jews as never before in history in an attempt to destroy them and prevent the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. But before the Tribulation begins, the Church Age must end.
Specifically, the Church Age will end with the Rapture of the Church (1TH 4:15-17; 1TH 5:9). While "no man knows the hour or the day" (MAT 24:36; MAR 13:32) when the Rapture will occur, there are numerous signs that point to the fact that we are now living in the "eleventh hour" of the Church Age; and as this age closes, Christians will face an hour of testing that will both refine their faith and give maximum opportunity to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.