Is Armageddon Almost Here?
Armageddon is a term now commonly used by politicians and scientists (borrowed from the Bible) when referring to World War III and it has been associated with nuclear holocaust on a global basis.
Jesus was asked by His disciples as to what would be the sign of His coming and of the end of the world (MATTHEW 24:3). He proceeded to outline the various conditions that would come to pass such as wars, rumours of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences, etc. Upon superficial consideration of these events one might be inclined to say, "So what?", as these conditions have always been with us. However, in MATTHEW 24 verse 8, Christ said
"all these are the beginning of sorrows."
The word "sorrows" - when studied in the original Greek from which our English translations were derived - is translated in more modern English as "birth pangs". Birth pangs are initially further apart in time and not as strong, but later, towards the end of the birth process, they increase in intensity and occur more frequently. Taking these world conditions spoken of by Jesus and viewing them like birth pangs in the past, the initial stages would have been spaced well apart, but towards the end, coming more frequently and with greater intensity. Let's take another look at this situation.
Birth Pang No. 1 - False Religions (MATTHEW 24:5)
There has been a tremendous increase of interest in the Occult in recent years; Demonic influences; and the invasion of Eastern-type religious concepts, as well as professing Christian churches turning to doctrines of men and human philosophy. Jesus prophesied that
"many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
Birth Pang No. 2 - "Nation shall rise against Nation and Kingdom against Kingdom." (MATTHEW 24:7)
In recent times there has been a dramatic increase in political chaos - nations torn apart by civil war and revolution. Just take a look at the recent history of Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.
Birth Pang No. 3 - "Wars and Rumours of Wars" (MATTHEW 24:6)
Wars are as old as the history of the human race. World War I (The Great War) was thought to be the “war to end all wars.” Then Hitler invaded Poland in 1939 and World War II began. An estimated 60 million people died.
In August 1945 the most terrible weapon ever invented was used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - the Atom Bomb. Since World War II our papers have carried reports of wars, both major and minor, almost every week.
There has never been such a time in history, barely has one war finished, before another one starts. Here are just a few of the wars that have taken place since World War II - Korea; Israel 1956, 1967, 1973, 1982; Vietnam; Afghanistan; Africa; South East Asia; the Falklands, etc., etc.
Birth Pang No. 4 - "Famines" (MATTHEW 24:7)
There has always been famine, but with the dramatic increase in population and major economic and environmental problems, the future looks bleak. Major famines took place in 1974 in Africa and Asia, and even worse famines in Cambodia in 1979, and now the experts predict even greater famines in the future.
Birth Pang No. 5 - "Earthquakes" (MATTHEW 24:7)
Earthquakes have increased alarmingly during the 20th century. It has been estimated that earthquakes have doubled every ten year period since 1950. During the 70's, almost one million people died as a result of earthquakes - and we are warned of greater earthquakes to come around the major fault lines in the earth's crust.
Birth Pang No. 6 - "Plagues" (LUKE 21:11)
Modern medical science has virtually eradicated many of man's traditional plagues. However, in spite of this progress, many over-populated countries suffer malnutrition and with lack of medical supplies and sanitation, are breeding grounds for the massive spreading of disease.
Birth Pang No. 7 - "Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." (LUKE 21:24)
Jerusalem was liberated from captivity after centuries of Gentile domination. In 1917, Jerusalem was liberated by the British, and from that time onwards there has been a rapid return of the Jews to re-build the Israeli nation in their original city. This was one of the prophecies foretold by Jesus that would predict His soon return.
It is very obvious that the Birth Pangs that He foretold have increased in their frequency and intensity and as He prophesied in LUKE 21:32:
"This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled."
Source: ‘Voice of Revival'