The foremost newscaster of all times reveals the crisis into which we are now headed and what the outcome will be.
THE HANDWRITING is on the wall for today's civilization. Many top leaders, newscasters and scientists have seen that handwriting. But only one has fully understood it — and the good news that lies ahead for all mankind.
They Have Seen It
Before he died, Winston Churchill warned: "Unless some effective world supergovernment can be brought quickly into action, the proposals for peace and human progress are dark and doubtful." Sir Winston saw the handwriting on the wall. So did John F. Kennedy. In a speech before the United Nations, U.S. President John F. Kennedy declared: " Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.... Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable.... Together we shall save our planet — or together we shall perish in its flames." Environmental scientist Barry Commoner warned: "We run the risk of destroying this planet as a suitable place for human habitation." France's President Giscard D'Estaing warned his nation while in office: "The world is unhappy because it does not know where it is going and because it guesses that if it did know, it would discover that it was heading for catastrophe." These all have seen the handwriting on the wall for today's civilization. No wonder many ask, If there is a real God in heaven, and if that God is concerned about humanity, then is not this the time when he should and indeed must intervene in the affairs of his creatures here below to save us all from world annihilation? Men on the highest levels of our society and culture acknowledge today's problems. But they do not grasp the solution — the good news that an entire new civilization is coming that will establish world peace and bring prosperity! Few seem to realize that today's crises were directly prophesied in the pages of the Bible, and that the future is laid bare in advance by Jesus Christ himself for all to read, to understand and to find therein the only way of escape! It is little realized in this day of religious confusion, that the Jesus of your Bible was the greatest newscaster of future events who ever lived! Jesus was asked: "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of... the end of the world?" — the end of this civilization, not the end of the earth (Matt. 24:3). Jesus announced several major events that would lead up to and climax in the end of this civilization and the establishment of an entire new civilization on this earth. First, he said to beware of false prophets who would come preaching in his name and deceive the many — not just the few (verse 5). Then he described the impact of wars leading to world wars (verse 7). After this, he warned, terrible famines and pestilences — disease epidemics — and earthquakes in unexpected places would afflict the earth (verse 7). Next, he foretold a time of terrible religious persecution (verses 9-13). Jesus announced 1,900 years in advance that these coming events would be the most awesome and dangerous in all human history and would result in human annihilation unless Almighty God intervened! "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (verses 21-22). Here Jesus clearly describes the time when all human life — this very civilization — would be blasted off this planet unless God intervened for the sake of his "elect"!
This Is Tomorrow's News
Jesus Christ was more than 1,900 years ahead of time as a newscaster. For he said that unless the real God — the God most people do not acknowledge and certainly do not know — intervened in human affairs, the threat of annihilation would become a stark reality! British scientist Sir Robert Watson — Watt, the developer of radar, once said: "I am not optimistic the human race will survive." He pointed out there are now three ways in which the world's population could be wiped out in a few hours. The first is the hydrogen bomb, which with nuclear fallout could destroy humanity. The second method is through biological substances. It would take only a half pound of the most deadly to kill the animal and human population of the world. And the third method of destroying man is through nerve gases. The good news Jesus brought is that none of these three means will be permitted to end all human life. God will intervene in world affairs to end man's destructive capacity! Around the world, the handwriting is also clearly on the wall in a veritable population explosion. The result is already visible in Africa — the stark reality of hunger and starvation closing in on millions of human beings every single year! No human organization can solve this problem. There are too many economic, political and religious conflicts that stand in the way. Here, too, Jesus foresaw the only possible solution — divine intervention and total reeducation in family planning and agribusiness.
Why Man's "Last Hope for Peace" Failed!
Even while the guns were still firing and men were dying on the battlefields, the United Nations Conference assembled in San Francisco in the spring of 1945 to found an international political entity to preserve peace. Men and women of many races and colors were there from 54 nations — representing the majority of human beings living on the earth. As the conference opened, General Jan Smuts of South Africa declared: "If San Francisco fails, then I see nothing but stark disaster before mankind." "It is no exaggeration to say," said Britain's Anthony Eden, "that the work on which we are making a start here may be the world's last chance." Remember? Yes, those were the words we were hearing and reading back in 1945 from the acknowledged leaders of modern human civilization! But go back even further. Even the League of Nations — formed after World War I — was formed for the same basic purpose. It, too, was called "man's last hope for peace"! As all the world knew even before World War II began, the League of Nations miserably failed! So too, the U.N. is failing to solve the problems pressing in on the Middle East today. Why? Because all human attempts thus far have sought to build on the foundation of this world's civilizations, which is based primarily on selfishness, greed and competition. What we call human nature is basically hateful, resentful, competitive and selfish. No wonder people "are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes" (Rom. 3:15-18). Not until this nature is changed will we have peace! Newscasters talk about peace, but they do not know the way to this kind of permanent peace. Jesus scooped all this world's newscasters by getting his message into print more than 1,900 years ahead of time. That message of coming world peace is called the gospel — an old English word meaning "good news." Jesus' message is good news. It announces the only way to end the present crises — the reestablishment of the government of God on earth over all nations. Imagine what a changed world this will be when the God who created the earth and life upon it also rules it in justice and mercy. The good news is that a whole new civilization is coming to bring peace at last.