“Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” – Job 5:6, 7.
As imperfect or mortal beings, trouble and afflictions are what we have all reason to expect in this world of sin under the influence of Satan the devil. “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble”, declared Job the prophet. (Job 14:1) Right from the time man fell from the favour of God in the Garden of Eden and the sentence of death was passed upon him, he has not known peace. (Genesis 3:16-19) These troubles have become more intense in this time known as the last days, an era which started in 1914 when the devil was driven down to this earth and which event was signaled by the First World War of 1914 – 1918. (Revelation 12:7-12; 2 Timothy 3:13) The hard economic, political and social conditions in the world will continue to get worse and worse until the time of the great tribulation when the devil and his hosts will be destroyed by God through Jesus Christ, Jehovah's 'battle axe and weapon of war'. Only those who have remained faithful to God will be saved to inherit the New World – God's Kingdom fully set up by His grace, as it is written, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book”. - Daniel 12:1; Proverbs 11: 4, Jeremiah 51: 20-23.