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What's Happening to Our World?

article by John Ross Schroeder

Recently Newsweek magazine wrote of "a pileup of disasters, crises and wars." The world appears to be entering a meltdown mode. Astute observers are now asking questions like "What on earth is happening to us?" Does the Bible tell us how to cope with this uncertain world?

A tug boat is among debris in Ofunato, Japan, following a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

Source: United States Navy

Is the American age drawing to a close? Although he doesn't share this belief himself, George Friedman, founder of the global intelligence company Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting), acknowledged: "There is a deep-seated belief in America that the United States is approaching the eve of its destruction. Read letters to the editor, peruse the Web, and listen to public discourse. Disastrous wars, uncontrolled deficits, high gasoline prices, shootings at universities, corruption in business and government, and an endless litany of other shortcomings - all of them quite real - create a sense that the American dream has been shattered and that America is past its prime" (The Next 100 Years, 2009, p. 15).

In recent years, I have written a number of times on the failure of the United States as a whole to meet God's moral standards as laid out in the Bible. Indeed our free booklet The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy shows the importance of the United States in God's plan and purpose for mankind.

Yet it's not all about America. God has a serious quarrel with the behavior and conduct of all the nations of the earth.

Japan only a beginning

Even at this writing Japan re-mains in dire straits in the wake of its momentous earthquake and the devastating tsunami that immediately followed. Nancy Gibbs of Time magazine described their effects: "The 9.0 quake that hit Japan on March 11 was powerful enough to shift the earth on its axis and make it spin a little faster . . . It shoved the island nation one parking space to the east . . . The sturdy buildings that survived the quake were ravaged by the wave that followed. The three-story wall of water dissolved coastal towns, dry-docked boats on the roofs of buildings and shuffled houses like playing cards" (March 28, 2011).

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