When I watched the tragedy on September 11, 2001, I said, “The world will never be the same.” That was fifteen years ago, which may not seem very long until we realize that today’s high school seniors were babies. They can’t remember what life was like back then.
This was not the first time.
I said, “The world will never be the same,” after I heard the news on June 25, 1962, when school prayer became illegal. My kids would have no memories of saying The Lord’s Prayer at the beginning of each school day, and their kids would grow up wondering if God was real. What would come next? Probably, the generation after that would have little perception of right and wrong.
I marvel at the so-called prophets.
They point to natural disasters, wars, and rumors of wars saying the end is near. They should read their Bibles, because Jesus pointed to those things as happening and said, “The end isn’t yet” (Matthew 24:6).
Is the world falling apart?
My immediate answer is, “Not yet, but we’re headed that way.” I don’t expect to live long enough to see the day when God can’t find ten righteous people in the big city. But in another generation or two? Maybe.
Here’s what I know for sure:
God is in control, and he could change everything if he wanted to. The day will come when he will.
[Jesus said,] “The Son of Man will appear in the sky, and the people of the earth will mourn. They will see him arrive in the clouds, with power and great glory.” — Matthew 24:30 from Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story