Chuck Terrill: 100 seconds before midnight
Seventy years after its inception, the minute hand on “The Doomsday Clock” has been moved to 100 seconds before midnight.
The Science and Security Board believe that the world is more dangerous than it has ever been. They based their decision to re-set the clock on increasing global environmental crises. There is growing unrest in the Americas, Russia, Syria, China, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and Palestine. There is increased political conflict, negative rhetoric, and religious tension around the world.
The symbolic clock is closer to Armageddon than it has ever been.
We should not be surprised. Jesus spent over ten percent of His recorded teaching time predicting the very future we are now receiving: “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:6-11).
The apostles agreed with their Master and continued to preach and teach His words. Speaking of the appearance of the anti-christ, Second Thessalonians 2:9-12 predicts a strong delusion God will send in the end times: "The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore, God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
We are now living in the age of demonic delusion.
The Science and Security Board agree with the revealed Word of God: Apocalypse is near. We live in a day when “wrong” is called “right” and “right” is called “wrong.”
The good news? You can be ready for the immanent return of Christ. Jesus said, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. So, likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matthew 24:29-33).
We can tell time.
We can see the signs.
Christ is at the door.
Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.