: “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” - Matthew 24:7.
COMMENT: Evidently, the world has been matching into harder and harder times since World War 1, which marked the beginning of the last days. The last days are “perilous times” when “the wicked shall do wickedly”; when people will not have feeling for their fellow men, as their consciences would be “seared as with a hot iron”; and “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived”. - Daniel 12:10; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 12, 13.
The world has in the recent past faced severe economic and social conditions in which stock markets are now in a free fall, and people “at the point of sheer panic”. The global economic melt-down, resulted in the bankruptcy of several multi-national companies and in the retrenchment of thousands of workers. Some of those affected have even committed suicide as have been widely reported in the media. Knowing that the hard times and the selfish attitudes of many people are a fulfilment of Bible prophecies, we should not be wondering why the former times were better than this (Ecclesiastes 7:10) but to draw closer to God Who is gathering His people into His fold to learn meekness and righteousness as to be saved in the day of His anger. – Zephanaiah 2:1-3