“Peace and Safety,” then Sudden Destruction


No one knows the day or the hour of the Lord’s return. Time after time, people who have tried to pin point the day, month, or year…..are proven wrong. The Bible does instruct us to be ready for that day over and over again. Some of the words or phrases it uses to warn us are: to be sober, be alert, must also be ready, let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch. Many of these instructions are accompanied by descriptions of how people will be asleep, drunk, eating, drinking, marrying, and even scoffing about the Lord’s return. The spiritual blindness that envelops the world has them believing things will continue on as they have been. In this article, we will view deteriorating global conditions through the clear biblical lens that warns:  people will say, “peace and safety,” then sudden destruction follows.

1 Thessalonians 5:1  Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Sin, spiritual darkness, moral decay, and decadence has blinded many of this world’s inhabitants to the fact that a day of reckoning is coming. This planet will see economic chaos, wars increase, natural disasters mount, and evil unhinged on every side as history reaches it’s final climax. The Bible warns us numerous times about how severe global conditions will be prior to Jesus’ return. I believe there are several reasons for the Bible’s warnings. One reason is the fact that…understanding the perilous times we live in will motivate us to live holy lives as believers. 2 Peter 3:11  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God…

Another primary reason for the Bible’s warnings is the fact that……a majority of the people in this world are blind to the fact that Jesus is coming soon and there are clear signs everywhere pointing to that climatic event. A biblical understanding of the times we live in should motivate every Christian to witness to others. We have been commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel. In my own heart…knowing that time is short creates a sense of urgency to tell people about coming judgement and salvation through Christ alone.

I can understand how people in the world are not discerning about the perilous times we live in, but what I cannot fathom, is the depth of apathy regarding Bible prophecy and the nearness of the Lord’s return I see as widespread in the church today. I explain the root cause of last days apathy among many believers in detail in previous articles: Is Bible Prophecy Relevant Part One and Two.apathy-pill

It’s safe to say that many christians are clueless about how current geopolitical conditions point to the nearness of Jesus’ return because they don’t study Bible prophecy or simply ignore it altogether. That’s a shame because there are things happening all around us that point to the fact that….this world is growing darker, more volatile, and more desperate with each passing day. Let’s take a look at some of the news from just the last few days to get a realistic view of current global conditions:

The situation in the Middle East is unstable on every side. Tensions are rising in the region and Israel faces increased threats as never before:

Lt. Col. Steinberg, Commander of Battalion 931, said his forces do not encounter Hezbollah on the border fence daily, but that didn’t mean their forces and 100,000 rockets were not there. A considerable risk remains of an inadvertent conflict breaking out and escalating quickly. This could begin with a Hezbollah response to IDF action, with Hezbollah moving advanced missiles into southern Lebanon.  -Jerusalem Post

Iran and it’s proxy Hezbollah are entrenched and empowered by the presence of the Russian military in Syria. Iran has operators in both Syria and Lebanon and their goal is longterm and united. Their ultimate goal is to destroy the Jewish State. Both Iran and Hezbollah have free reign in the region do continue gaining ground unimpeded, except for the Israeli Lebanese border where the IDF. keeps close tabs on weapons shipments and has conducted airstrikes to stop weapons convoys from being delivered into terrorists hands.

It is still unclear whether Russia has a plan on how its adventure in Syria might end and if its new military assets on the ground, like the modern fighters and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, will remain there. Given this, it seems the longer the Russian military campaign in the region lasts, the stronger Moscow’s alliance with Iran, Hezbollah and possibly Iraq will become. This alliance threatens strategic Israeli interests with regard to Iran and Hezbollah. –Jerusalem Post 

It remains unclear what role the Russians will play in the short term, but Ezekiel 38 tells us that there will be a day when the Russian army will lead a vast invasion from the North to plunder Israel.

The situation in the Asia-Pacific region could certainly boil over at any moment.

Although I don’t believe China or the United States desire a large scale conflict…it may be inevitable.  With all of the saber rattling in the region and influx of weaponry into the contested South China Sea arena…..conflict may ensue by accident, miscalculation, or calculated risk.

About Howard Green
Howard uses end time Bible Prophecy to proclaim the gospel and to exhort believers. He focuses on end time prophecy because it points to repentance, salvation, and holy living through Jesus. 2 Peter 3:11 What sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God...
  • mike

    There are 193 nations on the earth. 58 are Islamic. 1 is Jewish. And the Scriptures said that in the latter years Israel would be regathered, swallowed up and surrounded by enemy nations which were blasphemous, envious and violent. Hmmmm….

  • Lookinforawayout

    Just reading this article today and seems that is more pertinent than ever!
    God bless you, Howard Green!

  • jafo

    There will be some form of war first. After its short term is over the worlds politicians will claim they were able to pull back from the brink of total world war. Thus saying peace & safety. Then my friends look out …