Chapter 1 Prelude
When I think about the world we are living in, I remember how I viewed it as an unbeliever. It seemed that all the problems of the world could be solved by unity and cooperation of governments because the world had become a smaller place to live. In my ignorance, I didn´t know that is precisely the plan and goal of the devil. For his desire is to unite politically, economically and religiously all people against God, (Genesis 11:1-9, Revelation 16:14).
We are not to be ignorant. We are to know the sharp difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. The light of truth will expose the darkness, deception and error.
Jesus gave to us the light by which we can understand what is going on in the world around us. This light is revealed as the “signs of the times.” We must be careful not to seek after signs, but we are to know them. The Olivet Discourse which describes and details many of these signs, is found in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. The Lord´s disciples were also very interested in His return and the conditions of the world at His coming, as shown by their questions. They wanted to know, do you?
“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the age?”
From here Jesus proceeds to explain what events and world conditions would signal His return to set up God´s kingdom and government on the earth.