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What in the World?
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A lot of people have talked with me about world conditions. They’re wondering what’s happening to our world. Why so many disasters, like earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, famines, storms, wars, and terrorism?

Many thinking people are turning to the Bible for the answers. This is what the Bible says: “For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7 NKJV). "And there will be signs in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth…Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:25-28, NKJV).
When you travel on the highways, you look for signs, right? Like a certain building or house, a familiar lake or stream. Perhaps a mile-marker. Or some sign that tells you how near you are to your destination.
In the same way, the Bible gives signs or markers to show us how near we are to the end of our earthly journey.

Something Much Better
You see, God never planned for us to live in a world like ours today. God created something much better than a world with wars, violence, crime, terrorism, sickness, heartache and death. He made a beautiful, perfect world in the beginning. The Bible says, “God looked over everything He had made; it was so good, so very good!” (Genesis 1:31, The Message).
Sin is the cause of all the problems we have in the world today. The first person on earth who sinned started it all. “When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” (Romans 5:12, NLT).
But God has something much better in mind for us. Jesus told about it in these words: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3, NKJV).
God says He has a place for you. A place for me. A place for all who want to go. When you see all these signs happening, don’t get discouraged. The best is yet to come. Jesus is coming soon.

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By Bob DuBose. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from THE MESSAGE ®, the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.,and the New Living Translation © 1996.

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