The long standing prophecies of a time of great distress by prophets of old such as Daniel,Jesus and others is fast approaching as conditions prevailing in the world at the moment all point to an unmistakable conclusion.World conditions are going from bad to worse as the level of security quickly deteriorates into a state of lawlessness.All too often the victims are the most defenseless in society even as recent spate of violence and terror have revealed.
In Kenya for example, the graphic images of a band of terrorists storming a shopping mall and shooting dead innocent people are still very fresh in the minds and hearts of many who watched it from around the world .Ever since this incident nearly eight months ago,there have been reports of bombings and series of grenade attacks hurled at packed crowds gathered in market places, or standing at bus stations in the evenings,on passengers traveling home from work,worshipers attending Sunday sermons,and even on innocent children caught up in the drama.
The Somali -based militant group Al Shaabab continues to claim responsibility for these attacks blaming the Kenyan government for alleged atrocities committed by its defense forces whom they accuse of invading their country three years ago in October 2011.The government of Kenya on the other hand justified its crossover into Somalia citing alleged kidnappings of tourists and foreign aid workers in Kenya and in response to the request by the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia at the time.
While it’s certainly true that Al shabaab is directly or indirectly(through other terror networks collaborating with them) responsible for these acts of terror on the streets of Nairobi,Mombasa,Garissa and other towns in the northern corridor territory of the country,mostly the magnitude of attacks not just in terms of the collateral damage and death toll but also the frequency with which they have been carried out is something that critics lay squarely on the lack of proper intelligence gathering by the government watchdog agency,corruption in the security docket and commitment to protecting the lives and property of citizens by the government as enshrined in the constitution.
In the newly formed state of South Sudan,a war erupted between rebels and loyal forces over claims by the opposition of unfair dismissal of its leader,the former vice president Riek Machar and other prominent members of his Nuer tribe from the cabinet in July 2013 by President Salva Kiir who is from the Dinka tribe.This followed weeks of tension and division between the two camps amid claims by the President’s faction of a preplanned coup by Machar’s wing.Since the conflict began almost a year now,civilian casualties have risen exponentially.And this is technically, still just a minus on the overall statistics of the wider Sudan conflict since its genesis in the early 80s.
Going further afield in the west,in Nigeria,the long standing menace of the homegrown terrorist group,Boko Haram, is now a well documented case by the world’s major news media outfits and human rights groups alike.And in its most recent horrifying tale yet,the group has kidnapped up to an upwards of 200 school girls from Northern Nigeria where the gang has been unleashing a number of untold evil on the inhabitants for decades now.This latest episode has sparked an international outrage from child rights and academic advocacy groups to politicians and celebrities and from mainstream and social media campaigns to every other possible means available to compel the leaders of the militia to release the girls immediately.
Of course these conflicts are not limited to the continent of Africa only even as long running battles between fighting factions,terrorist groups,nations and kingdoms continue to fulfill the sign offered by Christ when asked by his close associates way back in the first century to explain what would characterize his presence which he had indicated during an earlier occasion to occur at a future time together with its significance .A significant explanation for the widespread moral decadence is also alluded to by one of the prominent writers of the divine book who became an apostle of Jesus in the first century and foretold a marked change in human society in general.
In view of all these developments,any keen observer familiar with the Bible’s prophecies outlining the outworking of God’s purpose with regard to the earth ,mankind and the future is almost certain to find a logical connection between these and their significance.This is good news indeed to persons looking forward to a deliverance from the present state of captivity in a wicked world.Jehovah’s Witnesses are among Christians today cherishing such a hope and to this end they are working tirelessly to share this hope with their neighbors everywhere in the world while there’s still time to respond quickly to the warning given by God in advance of the seriousness of times we currently live in and the impending gloom ahead.
Ultimately when that time arrives all people now sighing and groaning due to the rampant suffering in the world will for the first time find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace under God’s newly established Kingdom.They will not recall any former things into their minds neither will it come up into their hearts anymore because the Creator is making all wars and conflicts to cease from the ends of the earth to times indefinite.The invitation to all lovers of righteousness out there is “COME”.