(NOTE: This article is not a 10-second sound-bite," but is a serious look at a two-fold phenomenon that will profoundly change the world in which we live.)
Borrowing a phrase from author Charles Dickens, we are entering a period of time during which powerful events and forces have been set in motion suggesting they are harbingers of things to come -- strong indicators that we are at the onset of “The Best of Times, and the Worst of Times.” In the following article this writer will attempt to make the case for each, beginning with the latter.
“The WORST OF TIMES”
Some would suggest that there have been periods in history when things were worse than they are today. World War II comes to mind. But during those tumultuous times there were clear distinctions. Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich ushered in a period of clear and present danger to the world. There were more than 1,000 death camps at places such as Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau and Treblinka, and the evil slaughter of six million Jews was unambiguous. History shows that Hitler, who began World War II with his blitzkrieg attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, was responsible for 50 million deaths. The world knew it was evil, and people did not need to be convinced of the evil that had been unleashed upon the world. The December 7, 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan signaled that evil forces wanted to conquer the world. Lines were drawn and the world seemed to know that it was a case of -- good vs. evil.
Today there seem to be no such clear distinctions. The lines have been blurred. That which has been considered – “truth” for countless generations, is now considered – “a lie,” and those things that most agreed were – “lies” are now being called – “the truth.” Similarly, things that were traditionally considered – “evil” are now called – “good”, and those things considered – “good” are now considered “evil.” And this is not exclusive to America. Traditional values have been turned on their head in what has generally been considered the civilized world, so much so that a paradigm shift seems to have occurred. Evil forces seem hell bent on destroying America and American values, and the same is happening at an accelerated pace in the world at large.
These are all the fulfillment of Biblical prophecies. The prophet Isaiah said: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).