Gloom and doom, prophecy and hope

by Hal Lindsey

A new report issued by the German-based Energy Watch Group suggests all the global warming alarmists can stop worrying about the damage being done to the climate by fossil fuel emissions.

Global warming alarmists predict that 50 years from now, fossil fuel emissions produced by human civilization will have catastrophic consequences on the weather. Well, according to the German group, in 50 years, we’ll have run out of fossil fuels anyway. It says that global oil production peaked in 2006 – much earlier than most experts had expected. The report predicts that production will now fall by 7 percent a year and that by 2050, there won’t be enough left for it to be a factor.

It’s interesting, in a morbid sort of way, how there are, for this generation, no positive forecasts. Nobody is looking to the future with hope, despite the efforts of modern politicians to stir us with hopeful quotations from leaders of bygone generations.

Fifty years ago, futurists were talking about flying cars, mega-cities, an end to disease and poverty and the prospects for world peace. The only bump in the road for them was the negligible risk that the Soviets would commit national suicide by launching a nuclear war.

Barring that, the future was looking pretty rosy.

Here is the consensus outlook for mankind’s foreseeable future, 50 years later.

According to the CIA, FBI and Defense Department, it is a question of “when” and not “if” America will suffer a catastrophic attack by terrorists using weapons of mass destruction.

That’s assuming the Middle East doesn’t spark a world war involving weapons of mass destruction that draws Russia and America into open conflict.

Surviving that, according to Al Gore, the catastrophic climate changes that threaten human civilization are neither an “if” nor a “when.” Gore says it is a scientific certainty, and that it will happen in the next 50 years.

(Gore’s weather forecast won him an Emmy, an Oscar and the Nobel Peace Prize, so don’t question his science.)

According to NASA, if the weather doesn’t get us, a catastrophic asteroid strike will. A conference on “planetary defense” was convened last March in Washington to coincide with the release of a NASA report entitled, “”Near-Earth Object Survey and Deflection Analysis of Alternatives.”

There hasn’t been such a killer asteroid strike in all recorded human history, but that’s the point, say those charged with protecting the earth from NEOs. Smaller, continent-shattering asteroid strikes hit every 5,000 years or so.

“So,” they argue, as they peer into space telescopes between rounds pacing back and forth, “we’re long overdue.”

Their competitive pacing partners at the Pentagon, CIA, the U.N. and the Al Gore International Headquarters for Saving the Planet duly echo the same mantra of, “it isn’t a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when.'”

But the German energy group’s forecast gives us just 42 years – they say they are sure of both “if” AND “when” – and their forecast predicts a complete “meltdown of society” as supplies dwindle and prices rise, well before we’ve run completely out of oil.

That’s the secular futurist forecast for mankind for the 21st century.

Here’s the Bible’s forecast for the generation that would see the conclusion of the Church Age, the Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ at the conclusion of the Great Tribulation Period.

Jesus said the last generation would witness unprecedented increases in earthquakes, famines, wars and pestilences. He warned, “On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”

Jesus didn’t say that there actually would be a threat of catastrophic climate change, or of cosmic extinction by a random killer asteroid, but rather, He warned of the fear of them.

He said those cosmic and natural signs would be accompanied by a global sense of panic at our helplessness in the face of such impending catastrophe.

“Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken,” is how the NIV renders Luke 21:25-26.

But the same Jesus Who so accurately pre-empted the secular futurists by almost 2,000 years said that, for those that place their trust in Him, what appears to be gloom and doom and catastrophe and chaos is actually good news, because, He said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28 NIV).

If you have a relationship with Jesus, then the time for welcoming Him is fast approaching.

If you don’t, then for you, the time to get prepared is quickly running out.

2 thoughts on “Gloom and doom, prophecy and hope

  1. To the world, Gods prophetic word is always classified as gloom and doom. To those who have a relationship with their awesome Saviour, this gloom and doom is not gloom and doom but wonderful news that soon and very soon Jesus will return for those who are watching and prepared for His return.
    For Gods Word says in Luke 21:36; “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” For the child of God there is no gloom and doom, there is nothing but a future of such awesome love, and life so great that we can’t even begin to comprehend how great it really will be.
    Those who don’t know Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, it is so easy to turn this gloom and doom into a future of beauty and love on a scale our little minds can’t even imagine. Hurry though, Jesus return could be any second now.

  2. The Warning

    The Bible bears with it a warning. Why? Because there is now a massive deception in religion! This is the warning of our Lord Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 24:4-6—

    “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.”

    It is no longer surprising if somebody would come to teach you about Shinto, or Bahaula. We are already warned that many preachers would come bearing the name of Christ, and shall deceive many. In fact, considering the history of mankind, according to statistics, it is in our time that thousands, and perhaps millions, of the so-called preachers have appeared. And they are all preaching the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if we are going to analyze the warning in the prophecy of Christ, He said that, many shall come in his name. However, they bring only His names, but not His doctrines.

    This is the reason why we often hear them say, “Just accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you will be saved!” As simple as that! They use Christ’s name as a front, not God’s teachings, which are, supposedly, of greater importance. In line with that, this is what II John 1:10-11 says—

    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrines, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God-speed. For he that biddeth him God-speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

    This is a warning coming from St. John. He said that, if anyone comes – be him a man, or an angel – but he brings not His doctrines, that person should not be paid attention to. They should not even be greeted. And whoever accommodates him becomes a partaker to his evil works. Perhaps this warning is already sufficient to caution us – that we should be forewarned of those people, especially in our time when many will come, bringing the name of Christ, but not His doctrines or teachings.

    Now, what could be the main objective of these people? Why will they grow in number? Of course, there is a reason! But, what could be the reason behind the rise in number of these kinds of preachers, who do not teach the truth, but instead, mislead and deceive many? In I Timothy 6:9-10, it says—

    “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which some coveted after, they have erred from the faith …”

    The love of money is the primary reason why many of our fellowmen have erred in their faith. Are you aware that competition in business becomes stiffer because of the love of money? The same thing is true with religion. That is the reason why a lot of religious organizations have appeared right now. The love of money is the root of all evil. In his desire to be rich, man has fallen to destruction and death. What has given birth to wrong religions? Obviously, they are brought forth by the love of money. For this reason, we must not play deaf and blind in matters of faith. For all we know, the religious organization that we are affiliated to is money-oriented! Go out of your way to find out if the pastor that is leading you is just desirous to enrich himself. If that is the case, then, your salvation is at risk. To prove that there are, indeed, preachers who mislead his followers, let us read Romans 16:18—

    “For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

    Therefore, there are really deceivers, but of course, nobody will admit that he is one. Instead, through their good words and fair speeches, they are able to deceive the hearts of the simple/naïve. And this is something that does not surprise us anymore. Naturally, nobody among them would admit that he is a deceiver; otherwise, he would not be able to fool anybody anymore. A cheater who has a bronze will not tell that what he has is just a bronze. Definitely, he will claim that it is gold. And that is exactly what St. Paul is trying to tell us. They will not admit that they are liars and deceivers, and by their good words and fair speeches, they will succeed in deceiving the hearts of the simple.

    Can you consider now that what they do is a form of service to God? Is that what you call service to Christ? According to St. Paul, they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but only their own belly. They think only of personal interests and personal gains, but they do not let others know of their real motive. In fact, this is what Micah 3:11 says—

    “The heads thereof judge for coward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among you? None evil can come upon us.”

    Even during the early times, there were already deceivers in religion. And the prophecy said that, their heads and priests will judge according to reward and gains. They all have the same intention, and that is to amass wealth and money. Yet, they will still lean upon the Lord, and claim that no evil shall befall them. But that is not true. The truth is, they are just preaching because of money. And this prophecy has been coming to mass, very extensively, right in our time. So, beware of them. Let us fervently seek for the truth. God is giving us a reminder in Isaiah 56:10-11—

    “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand; they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.”
    Did you notice how this prophecy is laden with reminders and warnings to those who want to be worthy in the eyes of God? It made reference to greedy dogs, which never find contentment. No matter how much you give them, they just couldn’t have enough.

    Unfortunately, the dogs that are being referred to in those verses are the pastors … the religious leaders … the preachers who are incapable of understanding. They are the pastors who have turned to their own way; everyone for his own gain. They are only after personal gains. Let us find out how our Lord Jesus Christ introduced those greedy dogs. John 10:1 says—

    “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

    That is how Christ introduced them. Those who climb up by some other way … those who walk on their own way are bandits and thieves. And the prophecy tells us that many of their kind shall appear in our time. So, beware! There are greedy dogs that lurk in our lives.

    Perhaps, you may ask, With what things are these greedy dogs cannot find contentment? In what particular aspect are they incapable of finding satisfaction? This is what Ecclesiastes 5:10 says—

    “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

    Remember what Isaiah 56:11 says?

    “… they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain.”

    This time Ecclesiastes 5:10 says—

    “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver.”

    In what things are they not satisfied? It is in money! That is why, if you have noticed, if you are going to feed your pastor of the literal (or the material) food, he will surely get full. But when it comes to money and donations, he will never have enough! He will keep on asking for more. Even if you give him donations everyday … even if you’ve given him all your money … even if he had already become millionaires and billionaires, he will still accept your donations. This is something that that cannot be denied. And this is the primary reason why they have turned to their own way. And what did they do when they have turned to their own way? This is what Romans 10:2-3 says—

    “For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.”

    According to these verses, the ignorant pastors, indeed, display a zeal of God. However, they do it the wrong way. T hey established their own righteousness; we can also say that they have also built their own churches, or religions. But, we must always bear in mind that they did those only because of money. Therefore, if we are really seeking for the truth, please, consider the manner the Bible wants us to do it. I John 4:1 says—

    “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

    This statement from St. John is not meant to discredit other people. He did not mean to malign or destroy anyone. He was simply being honest in telling the actual scenario during his time. During the time of St. John, there already appeared many false prophets and false teachers. That is why, he has admonished the early Christians not to believe every spirit. Instead, they must try the spirits whether they are of God. And when he said, “try” (the spirits), he meant that, we must make a thorough scrutiny and examination of those spirits for us to know who among them is of God.

    And we must not feel hopeless, because when John told us to try the spirits whether they are of God, it implies that there are really spirits that are of God! However, the men of God are rare; they are not common. What is common are the false preachers, who succeed in deceiving the hearts of the simple thru their good words and fair speeches. But let us take heed at the advice of St. John. Let us try the spirits.

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