Peace And Safety
This Week’s Feature Article by Jack Kelley
Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thes. 5:1-3)
The one time when people are sure to talk about peace and safety, is just after they’ve experienced the horrible effects of war. For example, I remember as a kid seeing movies of people dancing in the streets of New York when they learned that World War 2 had finally ended. Soon the military was all but dismantled and people everywhere expressed a joyous expectation of peace.
Of course this turned out to be only an illusion. A scant five years after the end of WW2 the US was at war again in Korea. But people have an amazing sense of optimism, even if it’s only based on illusion, something I think we’re about to have confirmed again in 2012. I think circumstances are ripe for a brief but intense war in the Middle East.
The Perfect Storm
This is beginning to look like the geopolitical version of a perfect storm. It’s hard to see how the world can avoid some kind of regional war. As one commentator put it, with all the military forces arrayed in such a confined space (the Persian Gulf) starting a war by accident becomes a real possibility. In 25 years of study I’ve never seen conditions quite so ideal for the fulfillment of prophecy as they are now.
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