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I recently received an email from World Vision asking for donations to help fund their assistance with the tornado disasters. And in the email, they had a quote from one of their workers basically saying in eleven years of disaster relief, she’d never seen so many natural disasters in one year. I was listening to K-love radio and someone said this may be the most tornadoes we’ve ever had in our nation’s history.

We have seen extreme earthquakes one after another. Tornadoes slicing through cities like they’re made of butter instead of brick and concrete. Wildfires destroying homes like a rampaging monster. Floods washing away homes and cars. All in the few months of 2011 that we have experienced so far. All before hurricane season even arrives.

Then, forget nature. Man-kind is kinda…losing it. Since when has our country struggled to pay our military? Newscasters never run out of tragedies to relay. Our prisons are crowded to bursting. Homeless are overwhelming the streets. Mothers are murdering children. Prophets are predicting dates fore the end of the world – repeatedly. If they are wrong, they simply reschedule Christ to return on another day.

People. Are. Scared.

And who can blame them? The world has become too unpredictable and it’s nerve-racking.

Allow me to explain what is most likely going on; the world is ending.

Seriously. I’m not kidding.

Okay. Okay. Let me explain better. As Christians, we have been taught since our spiritual birth that Christ will return for the believers and leave the rest to play patty cake with the anti-christ. Let me explain something about the antichrist; he will have A LOT of influence. He would have to, right? To deceive the entire world like the bible says he will? He would have to be pretty persuasive for people to follow him like they will. And let me add one more thing; the people will have to be so desperate for deliverance from their trials that they will BELIEVE him.

If, if, if, the antichrist were to come right now, would he be able to deceive many? Heck yes. But to change the entire economic flow of the world, he would need the support of more than many. Hitler had the support of many, but he didn’t control the world. The anti-christ will have such extreme support that he will have say or influence over all the nations of the world. Hitler’s followers were hungry for something more than they had. The anti-Christ’s followers will be desperate. So desperate that they will be moved with every false promise that he makes. They will hang on to his words and lap them up like starving animals.

My point? People are desperate. Many are even THAT desperate (as evidence by the May 21st idiocity). But not enough. Not that many. Not yet. But with every person falling into poverty, the number of desperate rises. With every natural disaster, the number skyrockets. With every new disease and outbreak, the number increases.

What this all means is scripture implies that people will be desperate enough to accept the anti-christ. Which means the world will be bad enough to make them that desperate. And, my opinion speaking, I think we are nearing that state but not there yet. Following this direction of thinking, I believe we can safely assume that things are far more likely to get worse rather than better.

However, that being said, this does not need to make us nervous. We should not walk in fear. Our problems are not really with the current state of the world, for we are in the world, but we are still separate from the world. The world may go hungry and suffer famine, but as children of the Most High, we have a mighty Provider. The world may fall sick and weak, but we have the best Healer. The world may fall by violence, but we have a Protector. We may be affected by the world’s state, but as believers, we should never be crippled by it.

We are in a fallen world, but I do believe it was Jesus who said, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, New King James Version)